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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutOak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,978 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 3,978
Reviews: 1,583
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 278
Gots: 662 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial stout aged on new French and American oak chips.

(Beer added by: Crosling on 08-09-2004)
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Reviews by TheWhiskerReview:
Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours syrupy and black with a 3-finger, creamy mahogany colored head- reduces slowly and strangely (at least new to my eyes) fades in color to a a dingy grey-tan. Leaves a solid ring and moderately dense lace.

Nose is incredibly oaky with caramel, clove, nutmeg and whiskey tones dominating the oily black malt, mocha and toffee aromas. The booze is pretty heavy on this one.

Palate, like the nose, is so saturated with oak it's unreal. The oak takes hold and doesn't let go, lending a very bourbon-esque character to the beer- flavors of dark cocoa, maple, walnut liqueur, caramel and ridiculously dense, bold coffee. The malt is very chewy while the oak helps dry out the brew. The bitterness arrives bold and quickly, bringing in an even bigger booziness- a touch acrid on the finish with flavors of dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla-bourbon extract and spice box. Finish is long and leaves a lingering dry, malty chewiness.

If I'm judging aging potential then maybe this is a world class beer, but this thing fresh is so ridiculously boozy and over-oaked that it was hard to finish.

More User Reviews:
Photo of vwbus7
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this beauty today from a good friend. Turns out to be a vintage Oct 07 2010 bottle.

Chilled to cellar temp

A- poured beautiful black with a dark tan head

S- amazing. Deep roasted chocolate malt, alcohol, charred oak. It's hard to say in words.

T- Roasted caramel, burnt sugar, vanilla, bitter hops but finishes smooth with alcohol and charred oak.

M- Great body, almost chewy. Good carbonation.

O- One of the best oak aged stouts that I have ever tried

Turns out the place my friend got this has several more. I'm going to purchase the rest tomorrow.

Photo of CHickman
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%

Bottled on 9/26/14: Pours motor oil pitch black color with a creamy 2 finger brown head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded slowly, leaving incredible foamy lacing coating the sides and a layer on top.

Huge coffee and chocolate smells up front, followed by oats, charred wood, vanilla, burnt coffee grinds, roasted grains, molasses, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, espresso, piney hops, roasted nuts and booze like a mix of bourbon and merlot which must be from the oak aging. Coffee, roasted notes, cocoa and booze all meld together and seem to fuse the complex aroma into a sweet attack on your nasal passage that is down-right pleasant if you like imperial stouts. There are a whole lot of earthy and grainy oat notes to go along with the booze, oak barrel, coffee and chocolate dominance, but the subtle whiffs of vanilla, dark fruit, licorice and hops really make this quite a treat to inhale.

Taste is so close to the nose that it’s scary; this beast is a combo of coffee, roasted grains, molasses, oats, dark chocolate, charred wood, vanilla, burnt coffee grinds, cocoa powder, espresso, pine cone/piney hops, roasted nuts, dark fruits like cherry or a chocolate dipped raisin, oaky wood and booze like bourbon or a dark rum. The smokiness of the oak and grains makes this a tad sweeter and more boozy, but it seems to unleash the complexities and variety of rich roasted and charred earthy tones that allows the vanilla, brown sugar and seems like syrup to ooze through with the roasted coffee bitterness that mixes well with the leafy hop spices that cruise in the background. It is very complicated with a lot going on, like all of its Yeti siblings, and this oaky version adds a nice different dynamic to the base Yeti while still delivering delicious flavor. The booze does show through so this is another slow sipper.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, with a heavy dense body, mild carbonation, a thin feel on the tongue and mild heat from the booze that trials off bitter, oaky and sweet at the same time with coffee, char, grains and cocoa notes that leave your mouth dry.

Another great Yeti stout that I thoroughly enjoyed and will seek out again. Complex and like a meal in a bottle, the Great Divide Yeti series of stouts has not let me down yet, so I recommend trying this great brew.

Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It's dark and stormy outside so I wanted a dark, rich, malty brew to go with the evening. Jackpot!

This stuff pours an opaque brown that's almost black with a thick brown head that lightens as it recedes leaving almost no film on the top but lots of nice, sticky lacing on the glass. The head is about a finger high and doesn't last too long. The smell is rich, roasted malts with caramel undertones. I didn't notice any of the vanilla mentioned on the bottle, though. Almost no hops come through at all, neither in the aroma nor in the flavor, which is, like the smell, heavy with the roasted malt with caramel, cocoa and coffee mixed in for excellent complexity. There is sweetness on the front of the tongue along with beautifully balanced bitterness as the liquid washes over that portion of my taste buds. This is one full bodied brew, almost viscous in texture, lightly carbonated, very creamy in the mouth.

Overall, this is an excellent beer, outstanding, but not truly world class. That said, however, it's a remarkably good counterpart to a sweet Russian Imperial Stout like Samuel Smith's, more bitter, less sweet. Somewhat more expensive, so I doubt I'll have another anytime soon, but still worth trying.

Photo of oberon
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I have sampled this monster a few times but never drank a whole bottle so I decided to pick one up this weekend,pours as black as an oil slick no light showing thru when held up to the light with creamy-like rich mocha colored head thad never settles completely leaving thick sheets of lace behind as it gradually comes down.Oh the complexities in the aroma vanilla,obviously the oak with a very noticable herbal hop leaf elemant as well.Outstanding creamy mouthfeel like marshmellow in its creamy but light airy quality,just minajory of flavors dark roast coffee,unsweetened chocolat with hints of vanilla finishing oaky and earthy.A real gem to be had wich most of you already know out there,just beautiful.

Photo of RoyalT
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – (see above). Hahahaha! But seriously, it looks exactly like the regular Yeti that I had the other day. It’s just gorgeous. The head is big and full, darkly tanned, and shows great retention. It left a beautiful film along the inside of my glass.

Smell – Wow! This smells like Yeti aged in oak. OK, but it really does. The oak and alcohol give off an almost cedar kind of odor. It’s very powerful. Once you get by that you’ve got the big roasty malts and, to a much lesser degree, some dark sweets.

Taste – Kapow! This is woody, all right. It’s like drinking a regular Yeti while someone knocks you on the back of the head with a a solid oak two-by-four. The roasted malts are amazing and the wood and booze combo from the nose just blows you away. The beer is so sweet. It’s super-dark chocolate ice cream at its finest.

Mouthfeel – This is damn near full in the body and creamy smooth with a saliva slappin’ sweetness that will send drool down your cheeks. The big wood and alcohol burst will make you want to jump up and slap your mama.

Drinkability – This is a good sipping beer that I couldn’t stop gulping.

Photo of aszatk01
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Near blackness, brilliant toasted sienna head that turns almost dark brown when you move the glass about. It never goes away. Vinous alcohol and rich caramel dominate the nose. In the taste burnt chocolates and sticky caramels make way for a wonderfully drying hop finish. Oh boy can this beer finish. The hops are huge for an imperial stout. They just resonate on the back of your palate for minutes after each blast of pine and tamarack bark. This is so spicy my nose is going nuts and my taste buds are getting fried. I love it. This is oh so bitter and dry. Just wonderful.

Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of tectactoe
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kevin for pulling this one out - an '07 vintage nonetheless, complete with the old-school label and everything. It pours out like a black hole and is just about opaque as it gets. A decent-sized tan head forms but vanished pretty quickly... I really wasn't expecting much, given the beer's age, so any sign of carbonated life is nice.

I immediately notice some oxidation on the nose; once again, something I somewhat expected for a 6-7 year old brew, however it was mild enough to not hinder, and injected a bit of a boozy-sherry note with just a very light hint of wet cardboard. I feel like another year would push it over the edge, but at this point, it's just fine.

The nose is otherwise crowded with lots of chocolate and a pile of sweet, dark fruits; prunes, raisins, and a light undercurrent of anise and black licorice that soars from front to back. Like I mentioned, I believe the oxidation has injected a bit of sherry to the nose, so this Yeti variant smells the booziest of them all so far. Surprisingly little oak on the nose; honestly, the oak aroma is almost undetectable at this point.

Mounds of creamy chocolate and bittersweet cocoa nibs eradicate whatever taste was currently on my palate and fill it with a mild sweetness and an even more mild bitter roastiness. The oxidation lends a hand to a mild sherry booziness (this'll be the third time I've mentioned it already) that warms the throat nicely. The roast is heavier than I remember from other Yeti variants, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Dark fruits are heavier than I remember as well, but again, not a bad thing at all. Prunes and dates, sweet and dark and even lightly tart for just a split second, before leaving into a dry oak finish. Finally, I taste some oak! For being "oak aged" the beer is shockingly devoid of much oak at all, except for the very back end, where a hint of wood and vanilla finally make an appearance. The body is medium-heavy with a slick, oily, and almost creamy mouth feel; soft and light carbonation.

The finish contained just a mild touch of that "cardboard" like oxidation, but as long as you kept the beer in your mouth, it wasn't much of an issue. A year earlier and it probably would have been a non-factor. A year later and it might be too much. Glad to have finally had this one; I'll have to try another one fresh to see how things have changed. My least favorite of the Yeti series so far, but still a good beer when all is said and done.

Photo of Hoppin_mad
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of boston2bburg
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The day has finally come, on which I slay the Oak-Aged Yeti. This specimen was trapped at Bailey's Taproom in Portland, transported cross-country to Roanoke in a well-packed suitcase, and now stands in chains on my desk as it's blood is let in my snifter.

It pours a murky black with a remarkable two fingers of possibly the darkest brown, creamy head I've seen, sticky with decent retention.

Aroma is vanilla bean ice cream, smoke, macaroons, mocha and espresso. Clean, pleasant, and unique.

Taste is similar to the smell, like a chocolate/vanilla twist soft-serve ice cream, a pleasant boozy bite all around, spicy, earthy hops tickle the tongue. It's been months since I had an imperial stout; maybe it just took something this good to get me back into them.

Mouthfeel is about as good as it gets. Carbonation is optimal, body feels like I'm drinking cake, or maybe frosting. It's about as drinkable as it should be - you're not planning on having two are you?

This was definitely worth the wait (a whole week!); if only the Oak Aged Yeti would breed locally...

Photo of SuqMadique
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes scratched out on 12/9/10. I split the bottle with TCGoalie two days prior to his merry wedding.

OA Yeti pours rather black with a one-finger mocha-brown head into my large snifter. The carbonation bubbles right at the top of the body look dense and fairly fast-moving. Lacing left on the glass is great with fine squiggly strands and little blobs that appear and attach themselves to the drinking vessel.

The aroma reveals lots of freshly cut wood and sawdust that melds with dark chocolate, roasted malts, anise, and a bit of mustiness. A dark cherry fruit aroma and notes of vanilla also emerge from the glass. The oak is the most prominent aroma, but all of the scents synthesize rather nicely.

Right at the start of the sip, I get a fresh blast of chocolate and dark malts with notes of vanilla and brown sugar complementing. The oak is present throughout as a tannic bite on the sides of my mouth. However, it never overwhelms the overall flavor. The sweetness of the malts returns near the end of the sip, and is then washed away by a bitter coffee finish. This flavor is complex and titillates my brain.

A velvety creaminess envelops my mouth in a warm embrace at the same time that bitter acidity from the oak nibbles at the sides of my palate. The finish is a puckering, dry end to a lovely and extraordinary mouthfeel.

This bottle had a year and two months of age on it and I think that helped contribute to this being such a delicious and highly drinkable beverage. It was mellow and diverse-tasting, and was overall a great beer. I highly recommend Oak Aged Yeti and look forward to my next engagement with it.

Photo of jono0101
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of brownbeer
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Old label, i'm guessing 07

Pours jet black with a dark browon head. Beautiful.

Bourbon wafts up from the glass from a distance.
Upon sniffing vanilla and definate bourbon notes, chocolate chip cookies, alcohol. RICH.

Palate is suprisingly smooth and full bodied with a faded hop presence. Finishes tannic, leaves lace and a thin layer of head.

A bold beer that requires thought and attention. One of the best stouts out there, best of the yeti's.

Photo of daveg36
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Big ASS beer. Awesome. Flavors are very sophisticated chocolate (Godiva, not Hershey's), and a BIG BITE at the end when the Oak Aging hits you. Very boozy. Massive beer. This bad boy is a 10 to me. I've got to take this one over the Founder's Breakfast Stout. Will wait for KBS to see if that overtakes this one, but for now, this reigns supreme for me in the world of Stout.

Photo of hopsleeroy
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark but still fluid pour(not super viscous). Sets up deep black with small head that sticks around some. Looks good. Smells of wood, chocolate, and a little smokiness. Taste is strong unsweetened chocolate, vanilla, a whiskey like booze flavor, roasted smokey sweet malt. There was some fruit tones on this beer (cherries/dark berries) that started to peek out the warmer it got. Bitterness really bites when this goes down. Mouthfeel was slick and oily but there are others that fill up the mouth in a fuller way. This is a sipping beer and would be hard to take down more than one with the bitterness and the alcohol content. Very Enjoyable. I'm going to lay one down for a year and see how it comes out.

Photo of TimBeaulieu
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of meatdreams4life
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of SanFranJake
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of ricksrealm
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Krafty34
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,978 ratings.