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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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3,693 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,693
Reviews: 1,568
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 248
Gots: 563 | 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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Photo of Birdiebeagle


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Pours a thick black with a creamy lasting brown red head. The head laces very well and lasts for a while. Has a good aroma of carmel, hops and strong alcohol. Has a medium to full body with a creamy thick texture. Produces a great mouthfeel. Has a lively carbination. The oak aging produces a nice sherry taste. Has a bold flavor and a robust finish. This one is very good, I like it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 13:09:27 | More by Birdiebeagle
Photo of mjn5036

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked open this bottle that has been in my basement for well over a year now. The label is also one of the older ones. I think this bottle may be two years old at this point. I can't find a bottled on date anywhere.

Poured into a snifter. This one pours jet black and constructs a cocoa powder color head, about two fingers in height. Thick soapy lacing clings to the walls of the glass after a swirl. Impressive looking brew.

On the nose I get chocolate, coffee, oak and roasted malt. Not a whole lot going on but it smells delicious nonetheless.

The smell is a total letdown compared to the taste. Tons and tons of chocolate, some coffee, a charred oak characteristic and what I think is the vague resemblance of fading hops. From what I understand this is generally a really hoppy stout so I am assuming this one has a decent amount of age on it for there to be little to no hop profile.

Yeti is incredibly rich and smooth on the palate. A perfect amount of carbonation makes this once go down all too easily. At nearly 10%, the alcohol is nearly undetectable. Maybe a sipper when fresh, but given some age Yeti goes down silky smooth and far too quickly. I cant believe I have passed this one up for so long. A great example of its style and one I will be going back to very soon.

Paired with a slice of cheesecake. Simply divine.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 03:01:34 | More by mjn5036
Photo of ddarity


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice Imperial Stout. Nice aroma but a little subdued. Subtle tones of alcohol in the nose which I believe is appropriate for the style. Smooth lingering mouthfeel and overall very drinkable. Nice warming sensation. I really enjoyed this beer. I am realitively new to the style but this sample really makes me want to know more.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 02:47:55 | More by ddarity
Photo of mynie


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber into a stubby little half of a chalice.

Fantastic pour, deep dark black with a large wonderfully brown head. Only loses a small mark for a little bit of ruby showing through at the bottom.

Smells like very bitter malt and an unexpected dose of dry hop against a very light bourbon background. Not as intense as Goose Island's BC--much more stouty and much less bourbony.

Big rush of RIS ultra bitter malts, backed up with a rush of that unexpected bittersour hop and ending on a pronounced but gentle woodbarrell whiskey taste. Long, strong, and layered.

Woo-eee. A great RIS and a great wood-aged beer. Not quite as deadly intense as the bigboys, but certainly a good stepping stone for the uninitiated.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 03:54:31 | More by mynie
Photo of badbeer


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark black in color with a tan brown head, leaving a spotty lacing. The smell is very nice, with hints of roasted coffee and dark chocolate, oak, and vanilla. Taste is nearly perfect, dark fruits seem to be hidden inside, but not always noticed with vanilla, coffee, and chocolate kicking in, not to mention the hop bitterness hidden in there as well. Heavy, very viscous, medium to full bodied with only a little carbonation, but quite enjoyable. I would definately have another, but I would like to try the original Yeti first to compare the two.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2006 10:51:42 | More by badbeer
Photo of stevemcqueenjr


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

this pours very dark, chocolatey brown. the head even looks like chocolate milk. some lacing.

There is a definate caramelized sugar/toffee smell with a malt aroma.

Some sweetness with a little bit of vanilla (extract more than actual vanilla). However i can somwhat taste the alcohol, especially at the bottom of the glass.

this is a very full bodied, smooth beer, its great. I am a fan of a lot of the stuff that great divide has put out including the titan ipa. however, the drinkability i didnt rate as high because i could probablhy only drink a glass or two of this because it is so full-bodied and filling.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2005 02:00:29 | More by stevemcqueenjr
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9/11/2012, poured into a teku

A- Pours deep, dark and black with a one-finger creamy dark tan head that retains decently, leaving some nice lace behind

S- big quaff of chocolate milk and dark chocolate bar up front, aromas of malted milk balls and slightly smoky malt, dark fruit and licorice, a hint of hop bitterness and chili heat, oak and more chocolate on the finish, impressive!

T- smoky chocolate malt mixes with some dark fruit notes, cherry juice, peppery chili, and coffee. More chocolate with oak and a hint of vanilla on the finish, with a coffee linger

M- medium viscous body with low carbonation produces a mouthfeel that is pure silk, leading to a velvety finish with a slight hint of alcohol warmth on the linger

O- the year and a half of cellaring has worked wonderfully for this one. Everything seems to mesh so well, with the chocolate notes taking center stage. Loved the malted milk ball aroma as well.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 23:31:20 | More by Treyliff
Photo of CortexBomb


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out standard imperial jet black with a tan head. The head leaves quickly, but that is somewhat expected for a beer of this type. The lacing is extensive though, so the appearance is still quite good. Nose is a roasted malts wallop...alcohol is also present, as well as coffee notes. This is textbook impy, and I can't wait to try out the flavour.

The taste gives a nice back of the tongue bitter to start before delving into the roasted malts in a strong way. A wonderful bitter effect keeps lingering on the back of the tongue as the flavour transitions, giving slight vanilla and oakey aspects. The flavour also maintains a strongly chocolate tinged aspect throughout and finishes with a strong roasted malts shot. I really can't ask for much more from an imperial

The mouth on this is thick, just as I like my stouts. The bitter hits are also there and add to the character. Drinkability is quite solid, as expected.

Overall: this oak aged Yeti is quite exceptional. I love imperials, and I've had a tonne of them, and this is right up there with the best of them. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2005 00:32:59 | More by CortexBomb
Photo of TheKingsOfHop


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into our Portsmouth tulip glasses:

A: Solid midnight black, that poured like motor oil out of the bottle. Creating a mocha colored head that quickly dissipated leaving a rim of coffee cream.

S: Vanilla, fresh brewed coffee, and an oak characteristic that is very pronounced. Undertones of dark fruit followed by a nuttiness that is drawing us in for our first sip.

T: The front of the palate is enveloped in a sweet savory chocolate, colliding with a rich vanilla oak flavor. The back of the palate is a smooth bittersweet dark chocolate with a warm roasted black coffee.

M: Thick and chewy like molasses. A steady carbonation throughout.

D: For our first Great Divide brew, we are very impressed and are excited to try another.

The Kings Of Hop

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 00:22:52 | More by TheKingsOfHop
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed side-by-side with GD Yeti Stout

Bottled on date: Jan 7/09.

Poured in to brandy snifter

A - Dark brown/black colour with half a finger of espresso coloured head.

S - Stronger smell then the Yeti. Bitter hops up front with coffee and a oak smell in the background.

T - Very sweet up front: caramel & molasses with some bitter hops. Roasted coffee and some chocolate in the malts with a slight bourbon taste in the background.

M - medium to heavy body. Lightly carbonated.

D - A nice smooth RIS with some character.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 21:26:02 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of Proteus93


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The standard stout black colour pour into a Stone IRS snifter. Nice, billowing and creamy head on this one - a little on the lighter side of the browns (not fudgy like some - Ten FIDY, for example)

S: A malt roast, vanilla bean, the oak aromas are quite modest, considering - more appreciable, as far as my nose goes. A little sniff of alcohol in there.

T: Taste is quite similar to the aroma, really - exception being that the oak aging really stands out proudly. Over-roasted/burnt malt, bitter espresso bean, some vanilla. Again, the alcohol pepperiness right on the very finish, and it lingers in the mouth.

M: Thick - almost manages to be creamy and chewy at the same time. A bit of a stick to the lips, but it doesn't get tacky all over the mouth, which is wonderful.

D: A monster, but a pleasant monster to sniff at for a while (and to continue at while drinking!). Each sip continues to lurk around the tastebuds. A nice addition of character to the standard Yeti.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 02:33:23 | More by Proteus93
Photo of JLeege


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/5/2010

Appearance- Poured into a snifter, jet black, no light enters, just a black hole. The darkest head I have seen on a beer. Great retention and tons of sticky lace, I have never seen a stout of this stature lace this much. Perfect 5 appearance.

Smell- Bitter coffee and pine sided hops. Some dark chocolate, slight oak, vanilla, and molasses.

Taste- Dark chocolate, dry cocoa and bitter coffee beans up front. Turns to some piney hops, and some subtle dark fruit; raison and a hint of plum. Then the charred oak pops up on the finish (though not smoky), fairly woody with subtle vanilla, caramel, molasses. Lingering coffee/chocolate and slightly charred wood on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Full body with perfect carbonation, very creamy. After 9 months the alcohol presence is nil.

Overall- The espresso oak aged is better, has even more oak and coffee (obviously), but this is still mighty tasty, better than 95% of the imperial stouts out there. It just has some stiff completion amongst its own brand. None the less, still a no doubt, solid “A” beer. This Yeti series is epic. I would do terrible disgusting things for a Barrel Aged version of this!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 07:24:55 | More by JLeege
Photo of travduke

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This is one of the best looking beers I've ever had. Pours like oil. Deep dark, midnight black body. Amazing mocha head that stands 2 fingers over the liquid goodness. Lacing down the entire side of the glass.

Smell: Mmm.. Chocolate, mocha, coffee, roasted malts. I get some of the oak in the nose. Not really any alcohol detected here.

Taste: The taste is incredible. Rich & creamy. Chocolate, and roasted malts. I love this beer.

Drinkability: If this wasn't nearly 10abv I would love to session this. So smooth and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 03:09:54 | More by travduke
Photo of hiikeeba


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up an inky black with a dark tan head that dissipates slowly.

S - Hops dominated the aroma. Some roasted malts in the background.

T - Starts off with the citrusy hops, which fade to the chocolaty roasted malts, leaving coffee flavor in the finish. Very nice.

M - Full bodied beer

D - an exceptional beer

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 23:37:19 | More by hiikeeba
Photo of IBUnit63


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bold, tar-black colored with 2-finger head of milk chocolate-colored, sturdy head. Amazing-what every imperial stout should look like.

Essence of hardcore malt and sugar with deep caramel, strong natural vanilla backbone. Hops are in the background but make their presence known in the balance.

Wow - this is powerful, luscious stuff. Caramelized sugar from the aroma is here in spades; the oak meshes well with the strong malt and mild hop presence with some added toasty coffee grounds and toffee. Alcohol is very present but this is very well-balanced.

Coats the mouth like the best stout sundae you ever had - cold but velvety.

Defintely something to sip and savor - extremely enjoyable. One of the best in its style.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 12:24:39 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of arguemaniac


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This oily, viscous black brew is exceeding intense and rich but still very smooth and well balanced with lots of roast, burnt bitterness, loads of caramel/toffee malt sweetness, a great, slightly cedery oak character, and a delicious citrus hop bitterness/flavor, especially in the lingering finish.

Wow, I have had this one sitting in my fridge for over a year and I think it smoothed at a lot. I didn’t mean to leave it in there so long, I just kept passing it over. Didn’t know what I was missing: rich and complex yet smooth and fairly drinkable.

One of the best Imperial Stouts I’ve had in a while…

Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 01:51:08 | More by arguemaniac
Photo of connecticutpoet


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Julio's, alongside the regular Yeti Imperial Stout.

This beer was clear and dark brown, but hgad a half finger head... a little more than the regular. Not sure if it was a trick of the pour.

Aroma is of smooth dark malts, but with the roasted character of the regular somewhat subdued. Hints of tannins were present.

Flavor... all about the roast. Dark roasted malts, with some essence of vanilla and oak dancing around the edges.

Mouthfeel is just as full, smooth and rich as the regular, but a little more mellowed out.

Drinkability gets high marks. They took something very good and made it excellent.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 19:08:12 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of yossarian14


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Just looking at it you would not realize what a treat you're in for. Black with a tan head that lasts

S - Roasted coffee, smoked wood and a little chocolate

T/M - Simply delicious. Smoked roasted coffee, noticeably warming alcohol and finishes with a hint of vanilla

D - Its a sipper, but I want the entire 22oz bomber to myself next time

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 15:11:46 | More by yossarian14
Photo of HeyItsChili


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with a foamy brown head that slowly settles into a lumpy film.

S - Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak.

T - Earthy blend of coffee and chocolate with a mellow, woody vanilla essence creeping in before flattening off into a warm, strong alcohol finish.

M - Viscous, mild carbonation, full bodied, silky.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 01:41:42 | More by HeyItsChili
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - completely dark, one finger of chocolate milk colored head leaves ropes and patches of lace behind.

Aroma - smoky and piny, maybe a hint of chocolate. The piny hop aroma (Amarillo?) starts to dominate as the beer settles, making it my first I.S. with a hop dominated nose. What could it mean???

Taste - slightly sweet malts gets a brief moment of stage time at first. Then intense roastiness and charred grain hit the palate. Grapefruit and pine flood the mouth on the swallow, taking over completely. The finish stays hoppy but allows in a light roasty caramel flavor. Easily the most hop-influenced I.S. I've had, a nice change of pace.

Mouthfeel - thick and chewy, active carbonation, on target.

Drinkability - very tasty but the purist in me would generally seek an I.S. with less IBU's.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 16:52:29 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of Rizalini


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved from CassanovaCummins, from a trade in persom. Bottled in November, 2011. Poured from a bomber into my Stone Tulip.

A - Pours almost black with a 1 finger creamy, brown head. It falls rather quickly leaving some spotty lacing.

S - Smells very chocolatey! Slight hints of woodsey aromas, but chocolate is definately dominating here.

T/M - The oak is way more evident on the front part of the taste. The taste starts woodsey, followed by a creamy chocolate, and finishes dry, with an earthy (almost umami) woodsy finish. Has a pretty viscous mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O - Another great brew from Great Divide. The Yeti line is very solid, and does not dissappoint. A big beer, but not getting a lot of alcohol heat from the residual 9.5%. A very easy drinking RIS that gets smoother as it warms some. Thanks for this bottle Chris, cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 02:31:02 | More by Rizalini
Photo of Pinknuggets


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to worthy sniffer

A: very dark brown with a thin mocha colored head it is not very thick though and is somewhat translucent around the edges

S: the first thing that you smell is the inside of a oak barrel but its not overpowering then you can smell a bunch of vanilla with hints of roasted coffee and malt similar to regular yeti. There is a hint of alcohol but not much.

T: the oak aging has definitely hid the alcohol i can't taste it at all. THe oak has also made its into the roasted flavor the coffee flavor is minimal but the roasted dark chocolate malt still really comes out this mixes with a vanilla taste that isn't super strong but there for sure. The bitterness of the malt really comes out in the finish and you are reminded it actually is a stout, but there is also that smokey roasted flavor that although mild maintains itself through the finish.

M: The feel is not light but isn't thick either its oily with light carbonation but at a cellar temperature its not really noticeable. There is an almost chewy texture toffee like for sure

O: This is a really good RIS that definitely changed and in many ways benefited from the oak aging process. The oak flavor comes out and mixes in the vanilla well into an already great beer. I do not know whether or not its an upgrade, its different and really good but I don't know if its better as I really like the the original roasted coffee flavor that is somewhat muted. Regardless I really wanna try the expresso version and am now even willing to try the belgian version if I see it around.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 07:18:39 | More by Pinknuggets
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Quite an exceptional stout. A beast in a bottle nearly.

Pours a coffee black with a milk chocolate head. A lot of lacing on the glass.

Taste & mouthfeel are outstanding. A very creamy stout that covers every base. Taste is like chocolate, traces of coffee and, like another reviewer mentioned, a trace of cherry at the end. The alcohol is masked fairly well but I do pick up traces of it.

Overall, this is an exceptional stout that really packs a punch. Can't have more than 1 or 2 of these due to the ABV. But I have to say that this is one of my favorite stouts.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 21:05:24 | More by jdubjacket
Photo of Buebie


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Cellars in Roseville.

Poured from a brown bomber into a 20oz tulip.
Black and inky syrpy texture. 3 finger brown head, medium to mild laceing. Head retention in thick.

Smells of chocolate, mild coffee, black licorice, molassess, sweet malted syrup, vanilla, cinnamon.
Taste is so thick and sweet, charred smokey oak, really sweet for an oak aged, but well balanced all around. Dark chocolate, cream, dry hoppy finish. No alcahol warming present.
Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy. Thicker then Ten FIDY. Lightly carbonated and oooh so creamy....did I mention it was silky and creamy?

This is a delicious RIS, will purchase again and again. $6 for a brown bomber, not bad at 9.5 ABV.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 20:50:46 | More by Buebie
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Divide- Oak Aged Yeti- Bottled on: 10/9/09
Nearly 9 months old

A- Dark black beer, 2 maybe even 3 finger dark brown head. Head fades very slowly and oily swirls on top are left.

S- Dark chocolate aroma opens up to lightly smoked malts.

T- The smell leads you straight into this perfectly matching taste. Roasted chocolate, caramel, malt, oak, and very slight coffee. Sweet woody goodness.

M- A little dry with medium carbonation, it is great.

D- Lovely, slow to fully enjoy. 9.5% ABV is very well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 20:33:44 | More by Stacy53
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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