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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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3,688 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,688
Reviews: 1,568
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 247
Gots: 561 | 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 mnj21655


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled on NOV 06 2008. poured into a chalice.

Pours pitch black with about a finger of brown head that settles to a thin coating leaving some spotty lacing. Aroma is pleasant with some piney hops, chocolate malts, some coffee, a bit of caramel, and a good dose of fragrant alcohols. Taste is much like the aroma, lots of roasted malt character, piney hops, a solid bitterness and a noticeable alcohol presence. Nice roasty flavor, some cocoa, alcohol is more dominant near the finish. Mouthfeel is good, medium-full body, moderate carbonation, creamy. Drinkability is pretty good. Overall a darn good beer, quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 01:02:35 | More by mnj21655
Photo of treyrab


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22ozer into a pint

A: The appearance is that of dark oil, with a creamy brown head. The appearance rivals that of any immaculate stout, very nice

S: The smell is very strong! Tons of dark coffee and cocoa with alcohol definitely present

T: The taste is remarkably smooth! From the smell I thought this was gonna be a burner, but it went down so smooth due to the oak age. This was remarkable with tons of coffee flavor.

M,D: The mouthfeel was rather heavy and due to the hiding of the ABV, this drinkability is decent

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 14:29:14 | More by treyrab
Photo of BillHilly


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2011 Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: pours black with a nice 1 finger head, dissipates to outer edge and retains.

S: coffee, hops, chocolate & roasted malt

T: Drinking fresh it still has a hop presence, chocolate and coffee malt, not overly sweet, pretty balanced.

M: Phenomenal mouthfeel...carbonation is excellent, not overly thick for a beer of this ABV and style...well done.

O: Solid brew overall, wish it had more of an oak/barrel presence, but the beer is fantastic overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 00:23:47 | More by BillHilly
Photo of Jaynuze

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow ... another hyped beer that has lived up to its legend!

A: B-L-A-C-K baby ... with a nice tan head that runs after the beer as you suck this puppy down. Leaves a nice lace ... again, depending on whether or not I cleaned my glasses properly.

S: A wonderful coffee aroma with hints of malty sweetness.

T: Kick ass. Coffee, vanilla, oak, smoke ... you name it, it's in there! Though there are a myriad of flavors, they all blend together nicely to present an non-overwhelming RIS. I could drink this all day, though I'd be very afraid of the consequences!

MF: Silky smooth with plenty of carbonation ... though not too much to spoil the style.

Overall: As I said, I could drink this all afternoon ... though the hefty ABV would make that quite a challenge. This is an interesting derivation to the RIS style with the oak aging. Believe the hype! You’ve got to try this one for yourself!

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 19:20:15 | More by Jaynuze
Photo of SkeeterHawk


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Super dark with a small head of small tan bubbles that fell pretty quickly. I imagine that this is due to the higher than normal alcohol.

Aroma: Lots of roast with some rich fruit notes. I get plums, and chocolate, and all kinds of other wholesome scents. The aroma is really well rounded for such a rich beer.

Taste: Lots of toasty malts, mixed with a whole bunch of roasty malt flavors. The whole flavor is really bold. There is a lot of malt there to distract you from the fact that it is packing over 9% ABV. I have had the regular Yeti, and it wasn't nearly this smooth. The acidity gained from the roast still makes this a hard beer to drink quickly.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2005 01:09:57 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of Rayek


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Midnight black with a voluminous hot cocoa head. Head retention is very good and patches of lace are left behind.

S: Smells like a chocolate pine forest, with the pine winning out. Hop aromas dominate with a heavy pine scent, bakers chocolate is in the back doing its best to break free.

T: Again, the hops dominate. After an initial hit of dark chocolate, espresso and vanilla, bitterness bursts onto the scene with heavy pine and grapefruit flavors. The chocolate rides through the experience if you actively search for it. Finishes dry, with a lingering citrus bitterness.

M: Heavy body feels oily and slick. Carbonation is on the high side.

D: My sample was bottled in Dec of '08, and its youth showed. It was a rather rough around the edges RIS. But even in its youth, this beer was quite tasty. I'm hoping that cellaring a bottle for a year or so will lead to a beer that's a touch smoother.

Note: I recapped the bottle after drinking half. The carbonation loss over night actually resulted in a smoother experience. Perhaps next time, I need to let the bottle breath for a bit before I pour.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 16:29:25 | More by Rayek
Photo of oneeye


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.
A. Pours an espresso shade of black. A tan head with a caramel looking oil slick at the top of the foam. A blueish ebony tint that glows throughout the pint glass.
S. The aroma of alcohol and oak hits the nose first. The hint of dark fruits, bakers chocolate, and espresso makes up the rest of the aroma as the Yeti warms a bit. The alcohol dominates the aroma.
T. At first the bitter hops, oak, and the taste of alcohol are present. A complex of flavors mix together well. Bitter bakers chocolate, espresso, roasted malts, a hint of vanilla, and a hint of dry roasted nuts. I detect a bit of earthiness as well. A good bit of earthy bitter hops. The Yeti finishes dry with a rush of alcohol that warms you up both inside and out.
M. The mouthfeel is creamy with a bitter bite. A thick solid body that finishes dry with a warmth of alcohol.
D. The drinkability of the Oak Aged Yeti is good. Your better off letting this bad boy warm a bit to get the full flavor. When chilled the alcohol can dominate. As it warms is when the flavor mixes together to make this a remarkable beer to enjoy. It's a sipper and that is ok for me.
Thanks Mike for splitting the Yeti with me!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 15:48:40 | More by oneeye
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

as I stare at the yeti... is it a hoax? I take note of the deep cocoa head that reminds me of a root beer float. Surely light gets lost in the conundrum of dark that this beer permeates with it's hue. lacing is very nice, a complete sheet that leaves a ring where the tide rose from a tilt of the glass. Plenty of carbonation rushes into the head to provide excellent retention.
As that cute, cuddly jedi in black would say "most impressive"

I have had this before and truly this is a better batch than I recall. I definitely get the vanilla tones from the oak in here. The hops are easily detected underneath this chocolate breathing beast as well as a sense of the alcohol about to assualt that one lone brain cell I have left. I am also getting some sweetness in the odor. This is really good but there are more interesting/complex RISs in my book.

taste etc.
ah, a burnt aftertaste.. I love it. The mouthfeel is sublime, the carbonation makes it easy to drink as it floats across the pallette. The alcohol is a touch hot but not totally dominant. It is a touch thinner than I would prefer but the carbonation makes up for this one ding. The hops manifest as a nice bitter tone after the aforementioned burnt flavor. I am really enjoying the burnt aspect here. The oak doesn't seem to make a huge impact on the flavor profile, there is some vanilla in there but it doesn't vary much from regular yeti.

I like it. I will buy it again. It is a top rate RIS but not perfection in a bottle. A nice sipper for a crummy evening when your team is out of the playoffs...

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2006 01:50:38 | More by Ego
Photo of MagicJeff


4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pretty viscous pour lead to a fluffy mocha colored head. Nice lacing afterwards too.

S: Boozy coffee. Some oats and malt and old oak.

T: Awesome sweet and dark chocolate interplay. Not as much coffee, which I actually enjoy. Oak not prevalent until the after taste, and it kind of bitters out the chocolate to tie it all together. I would love to pair this with a stinky cheese.

M: Boozy but drinkable. Not as thick drinking as the pour indicates, if that makes sense. I view this one as more of a one and done (maybe dessert or winter warmer). I don't see why you'd want to session a +9.5% abv stout anyway.

Overall: Really like how the oak plays into this beer. Not overpowering at all, but you can definitely pick up on it. Decent value and worth seeking out, if you are in the mood for a stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 22:29:26 | More by MagicJeff
Photo of ehammond1

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Sublime Ale House
San Marcos, CA

A very dark brown pour that is just almost black. A relatively thin brown and dark cinnamon red head that doesn't last for long. Leaves some spots and sheets of lace down the glass.

Roasted malt and rich chocolate aroma. There isn't much, if any, wood aroma.

Not quite as hoppy or bitter as the standard Yeti. This version is a touch sweeter and a touch more chocolatey, though I don't find much oak character.

Touch thicker and more luscious mouthfeel than the standard version.

A delicious stout, and like the regular Yeti, this is full of chocolate flavor. There isn't nearly the wood character I thought I might find.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2011 02:41:29 | More by ehammond1
Photo of FleeVT


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a nonic.

A: Black syrup on the coldest of days; this stuff is thick. Thick tan head that sticks to the glass.

S: Lots of milk chocolate, cappuccino, roasted malts, vanilla, and a dose of alcohol.

T: A bit of alcohol up front, then roasted cocoa beans. This has the whole bean, chocolate and espresso, with a bit of hops to help balance it out. Roasted malts come through again in the finish and the alcohol warms and cleanses.

M: Heavy, thick, coating, smooth, mild carbonation; it's a meal, and a great one at that.

D: Break one out for with friends on a cold night. This, in itself, is worth celebrating.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 02:07:36 | More by FleeVT
Photo of Fatehunter


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled Nov 17, 2009, which was just before I bought it. Four and half years later I cracked it open.
It pours a half finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is rich and complex. Lots of chocolate, raisins, oak and cocoa powder.
The taste is slightly boozy, some roasted malt, milk, chocolate and oak too. It finishes with a bit of metallic bitterness.
The texture is silky and smooth with low carbonation.
Quite good, though I think this bottling has/had hit its aging apex.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2014 03:47:52 | More by Fatehunter
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Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orrshow shared this bomber with me, big thanks again.

Very, very deep brown, appearing opaque black in the glass. Mocha coloured one finger thick head, that fades to a thick ring and leaves patchy lacing.

Upon pouring, I could smell the beer from across the table. Whiskey like alcohol aroma is present, matched by coffee been, black licorice, liquor soaked cherries and vanilla. A rather bitter and boozy aroma, but as full an aroma as I've smelled from any beer.

All the flavours are quite bold, coffee seems to be first noted, but is soon replaced by brown sugar on the tip of the tongue. Things become chocolatey for just a moment, then the follow up is a bitter roasted flavour laced with vanilla. The finish is hot, alcohol can be felt all the way down to the stomach.

The body is thick, and the carbonation just barely cuts through it. Quite comfortable to sip on.

I would like the alcohol to be a little less prevelant, but this is a sipper. Would be interesting to compare this to the regular Yeti. I get the feeling it may have scored even higher if we didn't taste in the middle of the afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2007 18:37:37 | More by elricorico
Photo of thekanna


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black, so dark and opaque that it doesn't even give way when held up to light. Thin, tan head dissipates quicky and leaves lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Strong burnt malt smell with burnt sugars, molasses, caramels, and a deep herbal medicine aroma that's not really off-putting at all.

T: Roasted malts give way to a darkly bitter espresso taste which lingers in the mouth forever, as if all sweetness escaped from the world. Baker's chocolate and faint molasses round it out, along with a slightly phenolic aftertaste.

M: Thick and chewy, with just a small tingle from the carbonation.

D: Great for sipping and admiring its complexity.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 02:27:33 | More by thekanna
Photo of Jree261


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-Deep dark brown to black with a chocolate milk colored foam out of the bottle.

Smell-Coffee, cocoa, and mocha.

Taste-Bitter dark chocolate and strong coffee predominate throughout.

Mouthfeel-Heavy, full bodied beer with a long finish and good balance.

Overall-Really good cold weather dessert beer. Balance and finish are excellent and really make the beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 01:24:53 | More by Jree261
Photo of mullenite


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2007 bottle

Poured a dark brown/mahogany color with a tall, but short lived, cocoa colored heard. No cap was left once the head receded and there was little to no lacing on the glass.

Smell was exactly like malta. Sweet, caramel-y, lots of malts coming through. No roast or fruits whatsoever, no oak, no hops.

Taste was much, much better. Very rich chocolate flavors, cherries and plums, a slight touch of oak, with an aftertaste that reminded me of dark chocolate covered cherries.

Medium-full body with light carbonation. Thick enough to leave a coat and with just enough carbonation to clean it. Absolutely perfect mouthfeel.

I think this one may have aged either a bit too long or just barely not enough. It was good, but I have a feeling 5 years is not a good time for it.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 15:43:49 | More by mullenite
Photo of bluegrassbrew


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours an opaque black with a minimal coffee colored head that left little lacing.

Smell is just a bit of vanilla that is dominated by alcohol.

Tasted quite good. Alcohol present, but not as much as the nose indicated. Chocolate and coffee with just a touch of vanilla. There is a bit of oak, mostly in the finish.

A little bit thinner in the mouth than other RIS's I've had.

Overall, quite tasty. Very easy to drink. I did enjoy the oak at the end, but I wish it was a tad thicker. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 05:01:41 | More by bluegrassbrew
Photo of aasher


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: tinted the darkest of browns on the fringe of black, soapy tan head that laces the glass throughout

Smell: excellent mixture of coffee smell with perhaps chocolate, not very much alcohol present

Taste: great flavor, very rich and coffee heavy, not much oakiness at all

Mouthfeel: extremely creamy and smooth, almost soapy

Drinkability: very drinkable for it's alcohol content, very good flavor and excellent mouthfeel, is rich and satisfying

I'd highly recommend trying one

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 22:05:20 | More by aasher
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a one-finger brown head that fades very slowly, leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is chocolate and coffee. Starts sweet coffee and chocolate, smooth bakers chocolate finish. Expensive - $11.95 for a 22 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 22:05:57 | More by jdhilt
Photo of ThePaleRider


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful stout with a one finger dark chocolate head. No light can be seen penetrating this amazingly dark beer.

S - Chocolate, coffee, oak, booze, very dark fruits.

T - Booze hits the tongue first followed by the taste of black coffee. Then the smokey oak flavor comes in very strong. You can really taste the alcohol in this bad boy, but in a good way.

M - Lighter than I was expecting, but still full bodied.

O - Nice oak aged stout that really packs a punch. Could be a little smoother, but definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 05:31:15 | More by ThePaleRider
Photo of projectflam86


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this through a trade with natelocc787. Thanks for the brew!

A- Pours an ink black color with a thick coffee colored head that leaves sheets of lacing.

S- Dark roasted malt aroma with hints of wood and vanilla.

T- Big dark malt taste with some burnt wood and oak flavors. A gentle alcohol warming on the palate with some vanilla and bourbon flavors. A bit of roasted coffee beans and chocolate in the finish. Hoppy bitterness is actually quite apparent throughout which helps to balance the strong roasted malt flavor.

M- Full bodied with medium/low carbonation. Alcohol is fairly well hidden.

D- Big rich flavor with enough of an alcohol kick to age for awhile.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 03:25:01 | More by projectflam86
Photo of cichief


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours almost black, not much light is getting through, with a decent tan head.

S- Smells of roasted barley and coffee, the wood isn't too strong on the nose.

T- Taste of wood comes through, still lots of coffee and roasted barley.

M- Pretty smooth, the carbonation is low, the body is ful.

D- I actually prefer the regular Yeti over this beer, the flavor is maltier and more robust.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2008 23:49:49 | More by cichief
Photo of schlimenhaumer

New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a regular dinner glass in its natural high-altitude habitat (6,000+ feet).

A: Pours an opaque black as dark as oil with a one-finger dark tan head. Not too much retention or lacing here.

S: A lot going on: oak, chocolate, coffee and a distinct booziness in the background.

T: A nice mix of chocolate and coffee up front gives way to an oak flavor that hangs on for quite a while and finishes with a bit of bitterness. The booze from the nose doesn't really come through in the taste.

M: A good deal of carbonation up front with a mouth-coating creaminess on the finish -- very nice.

D: Not something I'd drink every day, but considerably less boozy than a lot of other imperial stouts I've had before.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 03:03:16 | More by schlimenhaumer
Photo of BirdFlu

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I must say the first things that really caught my attention here were the nice reflective label and just the fact that it is named after the Yeti.. anyway, I pretty much knew what I would be getting into here.. the pour is just black, no light gets thru it at all, it looks like you are pouring black paint into a glass and the head is a very dark brown. Its really quite amazing to look at.
I didn't notice very much in the smell outside of normal RIS affair- malts, maybe a bit of roasted nut and chocolate aroma- but it seemed prett subdued.
Flavor is very roasted malt, chocolatey (though not necessarily just dark chocolate), a bit earthy and woody (it is oak-aged afterall). It is sweet, but it isn't too bold. It's fairly bitter, a bit too hoppy even.
Mouth is not as heavy as you are expecting it might be, though its still pretty thick and full bodied. Its better than average.
The overall drinkability of the beer is hard to really pin down. Its more flavorful and delicious than most stouts and its really nice to sip, however it really starts to weigh you down and becomes hard to finish an entire bomber without sharing some (which.. who would EVER want to do that??). By the end I was forcing myself to keep taking sips because I felt like I had just eaten a chocolate cake. If it were in normal 12oz. bottles that would be better I think. If you love RIS's, though, you wont mind.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 15:35:15 | More by BirdFlu
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pitch black body with a tan head that quickly dissipates but leaves good lacing

Smell: Piney hop smell with strong bitter roasted notes underneath; coffee, chocolate and a clear hint of alcohol

Taste: Starts out with a strong taste of French Roast coffee with dark fruit and woody tones; the hops kick in mid-palate and continue to build well after the swallow and complement the alcoholic warming; a hint of vanilla in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: An excellent imperial stout with an interesting twist of vanilla

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2005 22:48:05 | More by brentk56
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