Great Divide “Yeti: Chocolate”
“It’s official: You can now have Yeti with breakfast.” This imperial stout is aged on oak chips, cocoa nibs were added, and a dash of cayenne adds a delicate touch of spicy heat. Aromas give off a heavy scent of milk and dark chocolates, with burnt barley, roasted nuts, oak, vanilla, and a splash of coffee. It actually tastes a bit like German chocolate cake. Palate flavors pay complete attention to chocolate in its various forms, beginning with milk, then slowly adding dark, and finishing off with a dusting of cocoa. A touch of herbal hops adds substantial bitterness, but not enough that it gets in the way. Aging on oak chips adds warm vanilla and hints of coconut, while also helping to round out the body. Cayenne adds an almost black pepper spice to the finish, reminiscent of chili chocolate. A strong orange flavor melds together with the other flavors to create a sort of orange chili chocolate flavor combination. Malts and hops come together for a balanced, bittersweet conclusion. Mouth feel is chewy, milky, bold, and silky smooth with just enough ample carbonation to carry the full body all the way through. Alcohol imparts some dark fruit flavors, hinting lightly at black currant.
I love the entire Yeti series, but this particular one is worth a repeat purchase. The oak/chocolate mix is great, and I find it a bit more sultry and dense than its Espresso or Oak counterparts. I suggest serving at a slightly warmer temperature than average, as this will allow some of the finer complexities to be amplified. If you didn’t know cayenne was in the beer, you may not even notice. It may not be the most world class double stout, but I will always have a soft spot for the Yeti series. I recommend it.