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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,113
Reviews: 1,607
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 293
Gots: 732 | FT: 34
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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 xpdrinker
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottled in November 2011. Purchased at Total Wine & More 12-23-11.

A- Pours opaque black like motor oil with two finger thick brown head that lasts and lasts, eventually settling down and leaving a heavy coat of lace around the inner walls.

S- Not really picking up any oak. coffee roast, vanilla, caramel, a little alcohol, faint hint of black licorice

T- Rich, robust coffee and malt up front, hop burst on the finish. Some oak but it's absolutely buried under all the hefty layers of stout awesomeness.

M- Full bodied and creamy upfront, thins out on the back. Perfect viscosity. Some have referred to it as a sipper, but this is the kind of stout I could gulp.

O- I barely picked up any oak in this stout, but I didn't mind. This is probably one of the best beers of the year for me and I'd probably think this was Marshal Zhukov in a blind taste test if not for the roundhouse kick of hops on the back end. I must return to Total Wine & More for, well, more.

Photo of Winter
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours motor-oil black in color with a thick rocky, brown head. Aroma consists of chocolate and roasted malt. The hops provide a piney nose to it. You can detect oak in the aroma as the beer warms slightly. Thick, coating mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Smooth front with flavors of chocolate and roasted malt. Midway the malt takes on a more burnt taste and the flavor turns slightly bitter from the hoppiness. Strong expresso roast and piney hop bitterness towards the back. Risidual oak and chocolate linger in the long enjoyable finish. The 9.5% alcohol is masked very well which makes this dangerously drinkable!

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. More mellow the the regular version but the alcohol seems to come out more. Poured a near black in color with a thick, tawny head. Layers of caked lace all inside the glass. It was really fin watching the carbonation separate after the pour--kind of like being a little kid at a magic show. Nose is sweet with loads of cocao and some hints of piney hops towards the back.

Flavor is a complex mellow. The wood adds a great dimension that smooths this beer out nicely and brings out a strong vanilla and whiskey flavor. I can also picki out blatant roasted malts, cocao, and some coffee beans. Actually, more of a chocolate covered cappacinno bean. Little bit of licorice too. Hop bitters come out towards the finish but really make their presence known in the aftertaste. Heavy and full mouthfeel. Really coats the tongue and cheeks. Very drinkable but the bitterness and the alcohol might be a bit too much after a while.

Photo of numenor1
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I found no food in the house this morning (10:30 am), so I figured this would do just as well.

Pours like liquid tar and forms an enormous dense tan head that laces wonderfully. The smell seems to be a little subdued from the original, or perhaps its my nose, but i'm picking up scents of vanilla, roastiness, candy cherries and a bit of alcohol--far fewer hops. Again it starts with roastiness, but this time it's taken on an oaky, bourbon quality. Then the cherry sweetness emerges, but is a bit muted compared to the original and more wooden, vanilla like. Then it dries out into the finish with a lasting roasted oaky hop infused presence. It lingers eternal The hops are subdued in this version and supplanted by the oak character. Less aggressive hop bitterness for the oak, yet less cloying too. Perhaps better? I'd give this a 4.75 for taste if it were possible. Mouthfeel is very full, and drinkability is quite good. Great beer, but in the future I'll stick to the original Yeti due to price.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this one in Portland. Bottle to pint glass.

A: Distinctly black with a fluffy, pillowy 2 finger khaki head that resides to a one finger head. Very impressive lacing.

S: Chocolate, toffee, roasted smoky malts. Even a little fruity hops in there too.

T: Chocolate, toffee, oak, caramel, espresso up front. Some bourbon, and vague leather in there as well. Bitter dank, piny hops. Incredibly complex. Plenty of oak and chocolate aftertaste.

M: Fairly low carbonation, semi dry. Full bodied. Perfect for the style.

D: I could drink a bunch of this. So good. Wish I had bought more bottles.

Photo of tcfishler
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a dark brown, cocoa-tinged head that's not exactly huge but has amazing endurance. Lacing is fantastic also.

Aromas are a bit subdued, focused around subtly roasted malt nicely accented by what I presume to be oak-derived aromas of licorice and vanilla. Gives the expectation of something smooth and creamy.

Delivers on that promise in the mouth, with alcohol entirely hidden but contributing to the rich mouthfeel. Bitterness is hardly apparent at first, and even the roasted character is hardly aggressive. Both of those come around a little on the finish to remind you what kind of beer this is. The vanilla and licorice notes from the nose definitely show up again as flavors.

A fantastic imprerial stout, with an incredibly hedonistic mouthfeel. Not as heavy on the coffee/chocolate notes as other stouts, which makes it even more distinctive.

Photo of hu5om
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

thanks to jtrockchalk for this one! split with newk340 adn e11a627
a-very black, swallows the light. 1 finger of soapy tan foam. excellent lacing.
s-dark chocolate, malty, bit of warmth and coffee, robust, woody, smoky
t-dark chocolate syrup, charcol, a bit bitter, very smoky and robust
m-big and bold, thick and powerful. pretty sludgilicious. robust aftertaste with light warmth.
d-i could drink this daily. very happy to get some. excited to try the other yetis soon!

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a bottled on date of 9/23/2013, into a snifter.
Appearance - completely black, no light coming through! Creamy, very thick mocha head! Lacing is art work!
Smell - bold nose with some cocoa, dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee beans!
Taste - bittersweet chocolate, some hints of vanilla and espresso!
Feel - complex and robust with some faint, but noticeable hops present! Very easy drinking RIS at 9.5% ABV!
Overall - pricey, but worth it. Excellent, complex and warming!

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 Aml42000
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Black, opaque body with a tan head. Lacing up and down the sides of a pint glass.

S- Powerful and appealing mocha and almonds.

T- Bitter/Dark chocolate with some espresso notes.

M- Full bodied, coats the entire palate and leaves you wanting more immediately. Round with balanced carbonation. This is nimble and elegant with some serious muscle behind it.

O- Excellent Imperial Stout. The oak adds tons of complexity and the roasted flavors are simply delicious. Highly recommended.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a completely opaque black with a nice, thick tan head that retains as well as you could expect from a nearly 10% brew. The aroma is complex and completely enthralling, big notes of oak and vanilla, as well as chocolate, coffee, coconut, floral and citrus hops and blackstrap molasses. The flavor begins with some nice vanilla and oak notes, followed by a lightly sweet dark chocolate, some expresso, dark fruits, light floral and citrus hops and a roasty finish. The oaked version really tones down the bitterness and hops of the original, in favor of more subdued and subtle flavors. The mouthfeel is full and thick but creamy, and drinkability is out of this world for a stout this big. I really enjoyed this beer, it really smoothes the edges of the original, and makes it all the more enjoyable.

Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aepb1
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Black body, velvety dark brown head and great lacing

S- Roasted coffee, vanilla and booze

T- Dark chocolate and coffee, oaky in the middle and finishes with sweetness/stickiness

M- Full-bodied, velvety smooth, coats the mouth and some heat from the alcohol

D- Great beer! I could sip on one all night, but the heat brings the thought of another one down just a little.

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

22-oz bomber poured into snifters. Thanks to hellomcfly for this bottle.

A = Dark impenetrable mahogany, nice dark tan foay head, fair lacing left on glass.

S = Strong pine hops meld with caramel, oak, light scents of Vietnamese coffee,

T = Oak, chocolate malt and coffee, nice bitter profile of pine, spruce, juniper berries. A well balanced beer.

M = Medium-heavy body, frothy carbonation, very good outhcoating. Only mark against this I would say is that I would have liked it to have slightly heavier body.

D = Very good drinkability, we're having a couple unusually cold days here this Spring and it is a perfect beer to just sit back and enjoy when it is a little cold outside.

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

Poured from 22 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Flows thick and black into the glass...opaque...no light comes through with backlighting. Nice 1/2 inch dark espresso foam settles relatively quickly. Looks like a potent molasses. Mmmm...
S: Strong and dark...perfect! Oak, EtOH esters, dark chocolate, hint of vanilla bean, bourbon, hint of whiskey, and probably a lot more that I'm missing. Tremendous.
T: Following the advice of previous reviews, I've let this warm up. Alcohol is a little too dominant. Sweeter notes don't quite balance it out. Baker's chocolate, molasses, hint of dark roast coffee. Strong bourbon note.
M: Nice and smooth. Creamy feel. High alcohol content produces a slightly off-putting bitter finish.
D: A hell of a beer and definitely a sipper. However it is one that rewards the time you put into it. I wish I had another one. This would be a good one to enjoy as a digestif in the winter with the snow falling...nice. Will definitely seek this out again!

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

Pours an intense black with a large mocha head which fades to a rocky patch with stringy lace. Smell is dark chocolate, a little tobacco and wet leather, some vanilla, and charred oak. Taste is all the above with an roasted earthyness and sweet malt finish. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, rich and thick. Exceptional. Had this with a year + or so on it. Very well done.

Photo of pfhanlon
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Very dark chocolatey smell.

Appearance: Pours very dark, like tar.

Taste: Sweet and bitter tastes at the same time.

Palate: Thicker than most stouts on the tongue, but overall nice feel.

Overall: Excellent stout, but a little heavier than I'm used to.

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

Bottled on Dec 07 2010 (purely coincidence I'm drinking it at exactly two years old). Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a jet black color with a dark mocha colored head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring clinging to the sides of the glass. Appears very still like staring into an abyss. Spotted lacing is left behind.

S: Intense dark roasted malts and hints of dark bitter chocolate come through initially. A vanilla like sweetness is noticeable as it warms. Not surprisingly, there is a certain woody quality throughout due to the oak barrel aging process.

T: A slightly more mellow dark roasted malt with a blast of coffee at the finish. Similar to the aroma, the vanilla and woody characteristics have a prominent role.

M: Medium to heavy bodied and very still. It has a slight oil-like feel and drinks very, very smoothly.

O: I was thoroughly impressed by this one. I've never had it fresh, but with two years on it, it is one of the better stouts I've tried. Really well balanced, easy to drink, and ridiculously delicious. I have to pick up as many as I can next time I'm luck enough to find it in my area.

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

Drank on-tap at the Dirty Truth, Northampton, MA
Served in a fluted glass

Poured an absolute pitch black with a bubbly, one-finger, mocha colored head that left spotty blocks of lacing all down the glass.

The aroma was rich, sweet and enticing. Powdered cocoa dominated. Vanilla and oak were noticeable as well. A touch boozy with some hops trailing in the background.

The taste was similar to the aroma. Rich, sweet and malty with dark chocolate notes coming through strongest. Creamy and smooth. Black coffee was noticeable as well. Dark and roasty yet not in the least bit acrid or harsh. Vanilla, oak and dark stone fruits appeared in the center along with a touch of licorice. Sprucey, piney, slightly citrusy hops came through on the finish. The hops were intense yet not at all overwhelming, and they provided a perfect balanced to this sweeter than average imperial stout. The hops carried into the long-lasting aftertaste, which eventually turned chocolatey and semi-sweet. Surprisingly, the oak presence in this beer was rather mild. Perhaps its purpose was merely to help smooth and round out the flavors. Whatever the case, this was a damn tasty brew.

The mouthfeel was full-bodied and ultra smooth. Mouth coating. The beer enveloped my tongue and never let go. Super creamy and rich with a very fine, moderate carbonation.

This was an incredibly smooth and relatively drinkable beer. It lacked the extreme bitterness and the harsh acridness found in many of the other examples of the style. The 9.5% ABV was also very well masked.

All in all, this was definitely one of the finest examples of a Russian imperial stout I have tried. Pair this one with a chocolate dessert or, even better, let it be the dessert.

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

When Knuckles was taunting me that he had this on tap in one of our old haunts in Seattle, I was gnashing my teeth and wishing I could find it out here in Massachusetts.

Thank you Austin Liquor of Worcester. Once again, you came through.

This beer is black as night in the glass. Only on the pour do you see some of that deep mohogany brown. The fluffy chocolate colored head takes a long time to settle unevenly into a nice complete layer over the top. Even then, there are circles and patches of resistant foam. Beautiful lacing along the sides that doesn't disappear.

What a smell. Complex and warm. Chocolate, molasses, smoke, maybe just a hint of soy sauce and plums. Fantastic.

The first thing that hits me is actually the mouthfeel. Rich and creamy. Just fills up the mouth with goodness.

A long, multiple flavor taste. Even 30 seconds after the first sip, I'm still getting different notes. Alcohol esters and hop bitterness are predominant, but not at all overwhelming - balanced by layers of smoky chocolate, soy sauce, brown sugar, and some slight woodiness.

What a beer. This thing is great. Knuckles, where exactly do you find this in the bottle in Seattle? What - nowhere?

Photo of midnite2sixman
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This stout pours as almost black with a light caramel colored head.

The smell is roasty. Coffee and chocolate are apparent. It is not overwhelming at all but subtly nuanced.

The taste is smooth and creamy almost with a roasty coffee like tinge.

The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth especially given the style and it finishes with a hint of chocolate.

For a stout, this is one of the more drinkable ones you will find out there. I normally steer clear of super dark beers but this is one to be enjoyed. Preferably around a campfire in a ski lodge, but don't pass up the chance to buy this beer!

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

A= looks like a deep rich chocolate malt shake, totally black (zero light passing through) with dark brown foamy head.

S= dark rich toasty malts, hops florals, chocolate. 4.0 on the Richter scale until it warms into a 4.5.

T= chocolate malt with a hops zip! Wow. Very rich complex roasted dark malts, milk chocolate and dry chocolate, very-present hops florals and some balanced bitters, amazing experience. A toffee taste that one would find in a fantastic soda-fountain chocolate malt.

M= dry yet rich chocolate malt, obviously present but not overdone hops florals, some toffee.

O= expensive at $9.99 for a 25-ounce wine-bottle but definitely worth it for the try, and to stock up on for special occasions once your stocks rise from the dead.

Photo of dsigmon
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: dark almost black pour with tan colored pillowy head. the head stayed on for a little while but as it left a thick stream of lacing found its place

S: fairly boozy at first with some sweet malts and spicy hops. as it warms more aromas become apparent in the form of dark fruit and some cocoa. As the sweet nectar continues its path down the hatch the taste of alcohol and oak comes together.

M: Thick mouthfeel with great carbonation and dry oily finish

D: very good sipping beer on a cold day, have a couple and your on your way!

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

Bottle shared with a friend. Deep dark brown in color with a nice tan thick head. Aroma of dark chocolate and very roasty like coffee. Very roasty. Big malty aroma. Big palate. Palate is smooth. Rich flavors. Full bodied beer. Excellent enjoyable beer.

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter. Bottled on date 11/5/10.

Appearance: Black with a half-inch dark brown head. Head dissipates after about a minute into a dark brown lacing.

Smell: Rich cocoa hits first, followed up by a strong, sweet toffee smell. Hints of dark fruit and coffee. Very strong, excellent aroma.

Taste: A bit of a change of direction from the smell. Very strong roasted barley character up front, with the cocoa coming on strong again. The oak is present but fairly subtle, providing a nice balance and added complexity. The strong caramel sweetness from the aroma is essentially absent here. Finish is fairly bitter, aided by a nice dose of bittering hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation for the style. This is probably the weakest aspect of the beer - I'd like a little bit of a fuller body. The oak is a bit drying going down, which is aided by the bittering hops.

Overall: Excellent imperial stout. Captures the strongly roasty, bittersweet flavor profile that I prefer in my stouts. I love the oak - really adds an extra layer of complexity without stealing the show from the roast

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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