Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,606
Hads: 4,268
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
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Gots: 813 | FT: 41
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Crosling on 08-09-2004

Imperial stout aged on new French and American oak chips.
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Photo of Riggsy
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber served in goblet

A: Pours an opaque black, thick with a 2 finger tan head.

S: Woody, boozy aroma at first backed up by dark fruit, primarily prune, faint hop aroma. Surprisingly little dark roast malt.

T: Lots of oak, bourbon-like alcohol, vanilla flavor. Covers up any roast, coffee, or chocolate I would expect. Hop bitterness quite evident.

M: Full bodied, thick mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation.

D: Alcohol a little dominant for my taste. This would be more appropriate as an American Imoerial Stout to signify the amount of hops. Bomber is alot to finish in one sitting. (598 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/18/10. Tulip glass.

Pours a thick impenetrable black with a dense finger of dark brown foam sitting atop. Decent retention, and pretty good lacing which takes on a strange pattern of dots on the glass wall. Smell is in-your-face roasted malt and dry oak, medium roast coffee, and a little dark chocolate. Unfortunately, the beer seems to pick up the flavor of oak without any of the vanillin or spice notes. Taste is again pretty oaky and a lot of roasted malt, some cream, and some dark fruit as it warms (plum, blackcurrant). I didn't notice alcohol per se. The body is quite thick and chewy, and carbonation is light. Overall, this is a really big stout, pretty good flavors. The beer is very dry, so I think it would pair quite well with a rich dessert. (769 characters)

Photo of Ljunkan
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650 ml bottle shared with Bananaman.

Pours a dark black color with a thick, brown head. Looks really nice in the glass imo, you definitely want to taste it!

Smell is vanilla, oak, hops (citrus), fudge, toffee and dark chocolate. Very nice smell, so for no wrong.

Taste is of hard roasted malt, coffee, almost tar, lots of citrus hops, with a BIG, and I mean, BIG bitterness. Lots of burnt notes aswell. I would say this is a bit too bitter and hoppy for my taste.

Mouthfeel is quite good though, it's very filling with a big body, almost sticky, but I must say it's a bit "harsh" also. Not that drinkable...

Well... I don't think the hard roasted malts is working with the big bitterness in the taste as well as you can hope for. I thought this one would be a bit more "rounded" and mellow due to the oak aging process. Still a good imperial stout, though it doesn't live up to the "hype". (894 characters)

Photo of xav33
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
22oz bomber
Bottled Fall 05 (?), tamed 10/06
Medium pour in an English pint

Poured black, with barely noticeable dark brown highlights, with a huge bumby frothy mostly lasting light brown head with excellent lacing.

Smelt strongly of coconut, dark chocolate, vanilla, mocha, with moderate dried fruit.

Taste was upfront strong mocha coffee roast bitterness with a light earthy feel and light semi-sweet dark chocolate and vanilla followed by a more pungent earthy punch and harsh dark coffee taste and some light grassy hops on a long bitter finish. Mouthfeel was full bodied, viscous, softly carbonated, with a comfortable light alcoholic warmth and some harsh astringency.

Overall, some great stuff happening here. The aroma and appearance are perfect, the flavor is great. This is something you buy by the case and hold on to, so as to kill the astringent feel and let the flavor develop into what the aroma indicates. A palate killer when still young. Could easily age into a perfect score. (1,051 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
3.69/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick oily pitch black with a slow erupting tall head of brown foam. Even the head looks quite dense. Thick rings of chunky lace coat the glass as does the oily liquid after each sip before oozing back down to the body. Simply a picture perfect Imperial Stout. Surprisingly strong hoppy nose with floral and piney notes. A bit too hoppy in my opinion as it didn’t let much else shine through until nearly the end of the 22oz. Lighter chocolate and roasty notes peak through at times. Big hoppy flavor as expected with a good strength chocolate malt trying to battle back the hops. It seemed the hops died out after awhile and let some oak come through but not much. Mouthfeel is damn thick and pretty slick going down. Very nice. Pretty good drinkability but the hoppiness drowning out the other flavors drops this a bit for me. Overall a solid beer though I would take the non oak version over this. (909 characters)

Photo of AwYeh
3.69/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours extremely dark brown/black with more than a finger of foamy brown head. Perfect stout appearance.

S: Smell is fainter than I expected, mostly chocolate with a touch of oak.

T: Taste is almost overwhelmingly oak; I enjoy oak flavor in moderation but here it seems a bit too strong to fully appreciate the beer's other flavors (for instance, there is no detectable vanilla in this glass). Despite the imbalance, there is a bit of hop bitterness, as well as malty sweetness/chocolate. It may be better to taste this one after it has spent some time in the bottle to establish more balance.

M: Medium-thick body with oily texture and light to moderate carbonation.

D: I enjoyed the glass I had, and probably could have had another; not too much more than that though. (777 characters)

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As my Bears try their hardest to blow another importaint game, I open a beer that has intruged me for awhile. In to the snifter...

A - Good amount of head for a thick, 10% abv beer. Dark body, good lacing, attractive beer.

S - Sweet chocolate and cherry seem to be at the front here. Alcohol does tend to doninate the aroma. Wood does seem to lend some tannins to the aroma, which is nice.

T - Very bitter chocolate at entry. Vanilla and tannins hit on the sides of the mouth, and a large about of fruityness (prunes/cherries) stays active throughout. At midpalate, the bracing alcohol hits, and tends to stick long after the finish. The finish is quite nice and dry, which helps balence out the sweetness and bite of the alcohol. Pretty much what one expects from an Imperial Stout, although I did feel like the oak aging was tastefully done, not to overpowering, nice and suttle.

M - Silky, which is good, but I just expect Imperial Stouts to have more body than this...

D - This is a fine Imperial Stout, flavor wise. Not life changing, but good. (1,055 characters)

Photo of Wildman
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured pitch black and formed a nice medium tan foamy head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. The aroma that immediately hits you on this imperial is hops, hops and more hops, which is unusual for the style. Other aromas present hint at vanilla, malt and some pine trying to sneak through the wall of hops. The flavor was of hops, pine and a touch of citrus with some smokiness. The body was medium light and the finish was slightly burnt. I think the hops were overdone on this one and really impact the overall appeal of this beer. (556 characters)

Photo of Bonhoeffer
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Fascinating. Some friends and I did a side-by-side tasting of the Oak Aged next to regular Yeti. Truly enlightening. I'd had Oak Aged before, by itself, and the oak characteristics did not jump out as glaringly as they did in the side-by-side tasting.

First, i took a whiff of the regular Yeti. Nice potent, roasty Imperial aroma. Spot on for the style. Then, i picked up the glass of Oak Aged and inhaled. Wow, loads of oakiness overwhelming all the aroma found in the original.

Then a sip of the regular. Exactly what you'd expect from a RIS. Deep roasted, chocolate notes. Thick and alcohol-forward. I proceeded to the Oak Aged and holy crap. It was like chewing on a piece of furniture. The original Yeti was in there somewhere, but well-hidden behind an overpowering oak character. Nothing remotely subtle about it. Oak oak oak.

This would probably be a good crossover beer for bourbon snobs.

But the oak flavor is so mind-blowing that it detracts from the overall enjoyability and drinkability of the beer. They should tone it down a bit. Original Yeti wins hands-down. (1,087 characters)

Photo of Vierenner
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours beautifully with a dark, rich foam head lasting longer than most. There is a mild sweetness in the smell but hop aroma overpowers it to a great degree. Similarly, subtle flavors are overpowered by the hops ... leaving me wishing I had not even purchased the beer. I think I'm tasting vanilla and caramel but the bitterness sort of confuses my taste buds. Oh, well ... my search for a beer better than New Holland's Dragon's Milk continues. (445 characters)

Photo of Finatic
3.67/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into my Cigar City miniature sifter.

A: Pours a jet black color. Looks like used motor oil.

S: Strong Oak forefront with chocolate and burnt cofee undertones.

T: Hops offset by the oak. A nice pleasant combination.

M: Very refreshing on the palate, carbonation is spot on.

O: Not my favorite RIS, but I would seek it out again. (351 characters)

Photo of Squelch
3.66/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Opaque pitch black with a chocolately head. Beautiful.

Smell: Malty, chocolately, roasty.

Taste: Much more bitter than I anticipated. Very Astringent. Acrid. Needs more age. Oak does come through but only slightly in the middle as an alcoholic vanilla flavor. Alcohol is very evident and not smooth at all. Very intense flavors that I'm not used to.

EDIT: This beer is much better warmed up. DON'T DRINK IT COLD. After warming, the alcohol goes away as does the astringency to a point. Oak comes through much better as a warm sweet smokey vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Creamy. Hot from alcohol.

Drinkability: Very difficult to finish. Just too harsh for my tastes. I think it is too much roasted malts as it seems like I'm drinking charcoal.

EDIT: After warming, this beer is much more enjoyable. (808 characters)

Photo of jisom123
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At cold temps, this Imp St. comes across as slightly watery, but once it warms to 50+, the flavor comes out and it tastes much better.

Brown head. Medium-low carbonation. medium aftertaste stays on course with the beers full-mouth flavor.
9.5 abv; tastes like 11%.

Good beer overall. Definitely worth the price. Buy three: two for you, one for a seasoned stout fan. Don't drink them too cold or the taste comes across as rushed and watery. Temp is very important on this one. (479 characters)

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Special thanks to my brother for bringing this one out...

Poured from a bomber into a Miami Dolphins pint glass...

A - Pours black with a one finger tan head. Decent head retention and lacing...

S - Oak, chocolate, and a dry smokey scent come through...

T - Dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a hint of vanilla and oak. Finishes on a smokey dry note. No traces of an alcohol warmth comes through...

M - A thick full bodied beer with a moderate amount of carbonation...

D - Definitely something I am looking foward to revisiting in the near future. Of the three Yeti's I have tried, this would probably be my least favorite; however, this is still a very solid brew...

Cheers... (689 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Current vintage with the new label served in my Gouden Carolus chalice. Poured one shade shy of black with a quarter inch khaki-colored head that dissipated into a soapy slick. Ruby red highlights revealed around the edges of the glass. Nose was cocoa, vanilla and some hints of wood. Taste was cocoa, bitter wood and some hops bittering at the finish. Mouthfeel was just shy of medium with some oiliness and a bit of alcohol burn. Decent brew, but there are better examples of the style out there. (498 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go to HardTarget for the chance to sample this one...split this with fellow BA's cmaruschak and mmmmbeeeer.

Appearance: An oily black pour with a tan head that retains beautifully. The head fades to wispy lines of carbonation.

Smell: Prominent oak, rum soaked raisins, alcohol, and maybe a touch of bourbon.

Taste: Oak is harsh and up front, vanilla bean, dry cocoa, burnt marshmallows, and a ghost-like smokiness. After a while, my palate felt like I had been licking charcoal.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly slick and creamy with a long, lingering finish.

Drinkability: Glad I shared this one. A definite sipper.

Notes: The oak is too prominent. I know this is the new fad/trend/gimmick is to put everything in some kind of barrel to age it. That being said, I wish the fad would fade. I'll take my regular Yeti from now on. (857 characters)

Photo of longbongsilver
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried the original, spotted the oaked at a reasonable price. Why not...

The pour is JET black, super generous frothy deep brown head of a couple inches. Bit of fizz clings to sides of the mug. Smell of vanilla and deep roasty coffee type tones, yet despite the additional mellowing (or maybe because of?) a whiff of citrus comes up. Don't usually get that anywhere near a stout, don't know whether to be intrigued or worried. Only one way to find out...

The citrus that came up on the smell? Well, it skipped town. Nobody here but us dark malts, sir. Bit of bitter chocolate, something reminding me of dark rye bread, and just enough of the alcohol warmth to connect everything. Just barely enough fizz actually goes down to let me know this ever had any, it damn near coats my tongue.

Is it, overall, a great beer? Yes. Better than the non-oaked? I wouldn't go that far. (874 characters)

Photo of Blanco
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

black with a huge and frothy light brown head. looks like sea foam in texture. smell is of chocolate and the roasted malt. chocolate with a slight bitterness and a hint of the oak. nice mouthfeel although there is a slight burn from the alcohol. this is very good as all the yetis are, though I like this one less than it's counterparts. not as smooth as the others. (366 characters)

Photo of Higravity
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

IMO this was a nice idea but a waste of perfectly good Yeti. I really loved the regular Yeti and this has the similar beautiful dark body and chocolate milk head the oak changes the rest of the beer. Right away the tannin laden acid comes out in the nose with the alcohol more prevailent and the roasted body of malt almost distorted even though coffee and char it is still present. The taste is lead away from the lovely flavors of dark heady chocolate as the the oak character is too powerful, I think it is the acid that makes this beer a sipper. Just as I finish the swallow I can feel the heart burn coming. Still this beer is enjoyable once I stopped "reviewing" it. If I was to have it again though I would just get the regular and much better Yeti. (756 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Morris Tap and Grill, 11/22. This one might be better experienced through a bomber bottle.

Pours jet black with a ring of brown foam. Hearty, roasted nose. Oaky. There is a coffee/espresso back. Hearty, thick taste. Smooth, yet bursting bitter. Gritty coffee mouthfeel. Rolls into an alcohol burn. Just a tad too much. (336 characters)

Photo of jwhawkins81
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Vanilla, coffee, chocolate

Appearance - Poured dark, dark, black. Head was a mdeium chocolate brown. Decent head retention and lacing.

Taste - If you like your stout with a bit of hops this might be the stout for you. Had hints of chocolate and coffee but hops dominated the finish of this beer. Also got a bit of alcohol bite at the end.

Mouthfeel - Smooth medium bodied that complimented the beer well.

Drinkability - At 9.5% more than a bomber is going to get to you. For me personally this stout was a little too hoppy, but again if that is what you are looking for this is probably a homerun. (609 characters)

Photo of stumac
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this bad boy up in a tall pint glass. It had a nice dark chocolate head. I started pissin in my pants. Then I tasted it. I started shittin in my pants.

Appearance: Nice dark chocolate head

Smell: Very malty, chocolatey

Taste: Chocolate fo sho, hints of vanilla, lil bit of wood. Hops are very apparent.

Body: Full, kind of a mild chalky mouthfeel

I would say this is a very good stout. I have had better and I've had worse. Try this definately (455 characters)

Photo of ChrisPro
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a snifter.

Thick oily black with a tall, but thin mocha colored head.

Aroma was dominated by some chocolate, coconut and vanilla from the oak. There is some roastiness but the oak really takes over here.

Flavor is similar to the regular yeti with some beautiful sweetness and a bitter roasty finish, that is accentuated by what seems like tannins.

Thick buttery mouthfeel, perhaps a bit too sharp on the carbonation, but still goes down easy.

Overall, this is a classic oaked imperial stout and done well to style. Unfortunately, it's my least favorite yeti. (588 characters)

Photo of jokelahoma
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice, creamy and completely opaque black, with a fairly large, khaki colored head that stayed with the beer almost all the way down the glass as I drank. Quite a nice appearance, actually. Exactly what you'd expect when looking at an Imperial Stout.

The aroma, however, was not what you'd expect. I picked up faint traces of the vanilla-ish wood character, even more faint traces of some roastiness, but huge, huge amounts of hops. Much hoppier than I'd have expected, almost as though they changed their minds halfway through an imperial stout and decided to make an imperial IPA instead. It's not the IBUs that are off (75, per the website), it's just that all 75 are very much in your face. It isn't bad, mind you, which is why I still gave it a 4.0 on smell, but it isn't exactly what one would expect either.

The taste, unfortunately, continues along this hop line. I do get teasing hints that there's a delicious ADS underneath this hop blanket. Subtle vinous fruitiness sneaks through now and again, giving it almost a port character. The roasted malts add a flavor component that is quite nice, when they can be heard above the cacophany of hoppiness. Vanilla from the oak, black currant flavors... all of those appear to be in there, but they are just buried under the hop flavors and aromas. From the piney, resinous taste the hops leave in my mouth, I'm going to assume they use Chinook hops. Whatever it is, it just seems out of balance to me, considering the style they're brewing.

The mouthfeel is, conversely, almost perfect for an impy stout. It's not chewy, by any means, but you definitely know you are drinking something. Rather milky, perhaps a tad oily, but wonderful.

This is not something I'm likely going to grab again. It isn't bad. Truly it isn't. As stated above, there are hints of a brilliant beer in there. The hops -- and more to the point, the variety of hops and when they're added to the boil -- just overwhelm the excellent beer that's trying to get out. I didn't hate this, but I wanted so badly to like it more than I did. (2,081 characters)

Photo of Khazadum
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled November 2009.

A- Thick creamy cap with some large bubble formation. Starts to churn and generate from the middle outward this pattern. Solid amount of lacing, eventually a thin raft is leftover in the center of the inky darkness. I miss the milk chocolate, dark brown edged froth.

S- Burnt grain dominates the first wave. Following this is a very faint vanilla that seems to have an artificial edging to it. Something manufactured... industrious... forced. Minor chocolate background that is infused with sharp ethanolic characteristics, and nothing else.

T- First impression is the overwhelming burnt grain and roasted malt domination. There is no holding these flavors back. Acrid and disruptive. Some sharp metallic notes come forth with a bit of alcohol heat.

However, immediately following these hiccups is a nice wooden sweetness, that earthy tone that can only be vanilla. This lingers and exhales away to the finish which is strongly dark chocolate. The finish on this beer is amazing. It is so thick with bitter sweetness that it makes up for the opening and more.

M- Medium bodied, bit thinner than I expected. Carbonation is on the opening and quarter of the way through helping hide the flaws of the flavors. The lackluster thickness doesn't stop the chocolate curtains creeping closely inside my oral crevice.

D- The sharp and acrid opening really detract from the drinkability. Alcohol never fully materializes as a near 10% so I'm thankful for that. It has some complexity in flavors, but it falls short of being amazing. Its a Yeti.. I didn't expect amazing. I'm glad I ticked it, and look forward to finishing out the Yeti series strong. (1,674 characters)

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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