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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,719 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,719
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 249
Gots: 569 | FT: 30
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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dejrrma

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -35.4%

12-14-2011 19:27:22 | More by dejrrma
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oberon

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

02-12-2006 22:57:22 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

07-25-2005 00:36:18 | More by RoyalT
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

02-19-2013 23:04:05 | More by aszatk01
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

04-29-2006 22:26:53 | More by DaPeculierDane
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DanGeo

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

03-11-2014 02:05:03 | More by DanGeo
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

07-01-2013 11:50:09 | More by tectactoe
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Hoppin_mad

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-03-2014 17:37:12 | More by Hoppin_mad
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boston2bburg

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%

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...

03-07-2008 01:41:14 | More by boston2bburg
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SuqMadique

California

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

05-22-2012 03:40:56 | More by SuqMadique
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +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.

12-19-2010 22:33:39 | More by TCHopCraver
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jono0101

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

12-06-2013 18:09:07 | More by jono0101
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

08-10-2009 16:26:02 | More by brownbeer
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hopsleeroy

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

02-08-2008 15:48:01 | More by hopsleeroy
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TimBeaulieu

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.4%

01-19-2014 14:11:23 | More by TimBeaulieu
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meatdreams4life

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

11-20-2013 00:09:03 | More by meatdreams4life
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SanFranJake

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

02-22-2013 04:38:47 | More by SanFranJake
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ricksrealm

Florida

4/5  rDev -6.1%

01-19-2012 12:23:14 | More by ricksrealm
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Krafty34

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

02-07-2014 11:13:06 | More by Krafty34
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SkiBum22

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

01-15-2013 20:03:26 | More by SkiBum22
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice style glass.

A: Poured dark and syrupy, almost black in color, with very thin light-brown head that quickly went to thick ring of bubbles around the edge. Nice cocoa brown lacing.

S: Complex chocolate malts with a coffee aroma mixed with alcohol.

T: Chocolate, espresso, and an alcohol bite are the first things to flood the palate. After the initial hit, there are some secondary caramel flavors that help to mellow things a touch. The finish is sharp coffee with a long bitter linger.

M&D: Heavy, chewy mouthfeel with a rich creamy feel. There's significant warming and it's hard to miss the alcohol, sort of a personal dislike of mine but somewhat typical of the style. Due to the ABV, it's tough to drink more than a few in a sitting before the effects set in. Overall, it's quite good.

Thanks to Maria for picking this up for me during her travels.

03-30-2008 23:45:20 | More by SIRIUS2
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joemetric

Kansas

3.31/5  rDev -22.3%

Bottled 09/12

Look- opaque black, thick poor, thin dark tan head

Smell- hints of milk chocolate almost reminiscent of pudding, oak, coffee, molasses, nutty plum. Some cooked cabbage as well, unfortunately.

Taste- charred oak, bittersweet chocolate, earthy hops, semi-sweet malt in the middle followed by bitter dry finish with notes of cabbage. Alcohol is well hidden.

Feel- medium full, slightly sticky, medium carbonation

Overall- Despite the obvious infection, the aroma and appearance were quite inviting. Flavor was disappointing to me and I'm sure the infection played a role but I'm just not fond of the balance of roasted malt in Yeti.

07-10-2014 14:11:13 | More by joemetric
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RebeccaMB

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

03-29-2014 03:42:45 | More by RebeccaMB
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JMD71

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%

Appearance: Deep chocolate brown to almost black color. Nice tan head recedes quickly. Almost no head after inital pour. Carbonation low from appearance...

Aroma: Aroma permeated with roasted malts. A bit of fruitiness also detected. Cofee notes as well as toasted grain can be identified.

Taste: Definitely heavy on the roasted/toasted flavor. The flavor from the oak barrels definitely evident. Strong hop bitterness in the finish. More bitter than I was expecting. Alcohol evident in the flavor but tempered by the roastiness.

Mouthfeel: Very thick! Very smooth & creamy. Goes down very easily with the warming alcohol feeling. A bit of a cloying, smoky, bitter aftertaste, but doesn't adversely effect the impression.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable only when looking for something to go easy with. More of a dessert sipper. This is not one to take lightly. The flavor is as strong as its alcohol effects. Drink slowly & split a bomber with friends!

Comments: Was more bitter than other Imperial Stouts I've had, but this was a very good example. I likes the oakiness which was something new for me. I had a bomber on my own (which I had to spread over two days with a wine stopper!) & should have spread between friends. Very strong! Make sure you're sitting still for a while after this one...

04-23-2006 23:37:34 | More by JMD71
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t8000shx

New York

3.1/5  rDev -27.2%

22oz bomber, aged no longer than it sat on the shelf at the store, so hard to say. Bottle wasn't dusty, looked in good shape (ie label was crisp and not peeling)

A - Looked good, this might have been the best part. Pitch black, amber head, dissipated fairly quickly leaving a small lace. That black-hole color of serious imperial stouts is a huge turn on.

S - Also no slouch. Smelled slightly dried-fruity, raisins or currants. Plenty of coffee and roasted malt scent, and a bit of hops.

T&M - This was a disappointment. Perhaps I should have let it age to allow the flavors to gel better, but that undercurrent of hops I picked up on in the scent were oddly all over the place in the flavor, especially when the beer was still cold. I strongly recommend against drinking this beer much cooler than room temperature, the hops dominated way more than I expected for an Imp Stout. As it warmed up, the hops backed off of the initial taste and the coffee and fruitiness came through a bit more, but fairly quickly the hoppiness makes itself felt, and not in a particularly balanced way. All in all, the beer was good, at best, once it warmed up. The mouthfeel was fine, pleasant viscosity and thickness, somehow reminded me of an Sam Adams Cream Stout (a personal favorite - a bit generic, I know).

D - I did not finish the bottle. Partially because I just was getting full, but also because the flavor was becoming overwhelming on my palette, and was becoming cloying.

For the record, I'm a huge fan of Imp Stouts in general, no question my favorite style of beer. I was tremendously excited about this one and very disappointed in the result, so perhaps some of my negativity was driven by my expectations not being met. I'm thinking of buying another bottle to cellar for a couple years and try it again later.

11-30-2007 03:58:18 | More by t8000shx
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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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