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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,616
Hads: 4,321
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 324
Gots: 833 | FT: 41
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:
Beer added by: Crosling on 08-09-2004

Imperial stout aged on new French and American oak chips.
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Reviews: 1,616 | Hads: 4,321
Photo of DrinkinBuddy
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured an nice onyx black with a very pleasing 2 finger brown head. Smell is slight chocolate with a very pleasant earthy/woody smell. Taste is very unique. Chocolate with nice earthy tones and a nice vanilla linger throughout. The hops are a very mellow,smooth soothing afterthought on the palate. A very well balanced stout. Drinkability is very good since the smoothness of this stout makes it hard to stop drinking. A must try. Great D has never let me down. Very, Very well done

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Photo of NolateM
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black motor oil beer with a DENSE light brown head.

Immense flavors of rich chocolate, coffee ice cream, and molasses. Creamy, viscous, and mocha-like. This is outrageously good! No real hop bite, and only a HINT of bitterness from the roasted malts, but it is an aged beer after all... which according to many does NOT get better with more age, so don't buy it and forget about it.

One of the best and most drinkable stouts on planet Earth! The oak aging does WONDERS to Yeti, which itself is already a fantastic stout. Buy it the second you see it, and have it AS dessert or WITH dessert... tiramisu, anything with chocolate (milk OR dark would both work I bet), or something with molasses.

Usually about 8 or 9 bucks for a 22 oz. bottle.

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Photo of larryi86
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber dated 11/5/2010 poured into a snifter

A- Black with a four finger brown head.

S- Rich chocolate, some oak, roasted coffee, touch of alcohol.

T- Rich chocolate, caramel malts, oak, hint of vanilla, bitter finish of roasted coffee, complex and balanced.

M- Smooth, full body, creamy.

O- Fantastic and easy to drink. I will be getting at few fresh bottles to see how it changed and to aged. I feel this is drinking very well right now and feel lucky to have found a year old bottle in a store.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ive been sitting on this one for some time. About time I popped open the cork and sampled this one. Poured a black shade of black. A decent head from an ample pour. I would have expected a bigger head but nice to note the foam lasted throughout the whole sampling and ok lacing.

The smell was noticeable with good roasted and chocolate malt notes. Some vanilla quaffs are present but not much of the bourbon aromas. Some lighter esters in the background as well.

The taste is excellent. The stout flavor comes out very nicely and isn’t overshadowed by the oaky taste. A good malt with more chocolate then roasted but not overly sweet. Very similar to Yeti, but there is a vanilla that caps off the beer towards the end. A very nice balance a just a noticeable twist to make it even more interesting. There are some very subtle fruit notes, mostly black cherries and a tad plums that could come out more. Overall this is has a great taste.

The body is big and carbonation is good. The esters are not overpowering which really helps with the beer and allows everything to mix well. Not much of a bourbon taste which is very nice. Compare and contrast between Yeti and OA Yeti and I would say OA wins.

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Photo of AltBock
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber bottle with a bright and highly glossy blue and black label with the words "Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout" in big bold white letters in front of the Rocky Mountains. I guess those are the Rocky Mountains because Great Divide is from Colorado. You could honestly spot this bottle a mile away because of the big bold white letters, the bright silver foil over the yellow cap and the label is very shiny. The regular Great Divide Yeti label has a shadowy creature (most likely the Yeti himself) standing to the right, but this label doesn't have one because the big bold white letters take up the entire front of the label. To the left of the picture is a paragraph giving you the information about the beer and on the other side of the label is just the Government warning and redemption value. I couldn't find any kind of bottling date or best before date anywhere on the label or bottle itself. It would nice to have some kind of vintage date, but you can't have everything. I wanted to try this Yeti because the regular Great Divide Yeti was so good that I had to try an oak aged one. Let's see if it stacks up to the regular Yeti.

Appearance: When served in one of those small Great Lakes Christmas Ale Snifters, the beer is opaque. No light can penetrate the deep dark blackness that Great Divide calls Oak Aged Yeti. Not even the mighty sun that lights this planet can penetrate this beer! That's how black it is. It had a dark mocha head of foam to it that was somewhere near half an inch in height. When the head of foam receded, it left behind a small mocha colored film, mocha rings, and you guessed it, mocha lace around the glass. I just can't get over how black this beer really is. All I can say is that you need to see for yourself how black this beer really is.

Smell: When I first got a whiff of this beer, I really didn't care for it. That was until I really stuck my nose into the glass to really get down into what this beer was hiding in its aroma. If you take your time, your nose can really pick out a wide range of flavors. For me, I got a not too strong aroma of dark roasted malts, oak chips, dark fruits (most notably the black cherry), dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and a flutter of bitter hops to finish it off. I couldn't tell what kind of hops they were because the dark flavors were too big for the hops to really come out from behind all the dark flavors that were in the aroma.

Taste: If it smells is that good, then the taste just has to be equally as good as the aroma, Right? Yes, Yes, and Hell Yes! The taste had a same complex flavors as the aroma, except for just a few subtle differences. That means this Yeti unleashed a taste of dark roasted malts, dark fruits (black cherry with a splash of plum), a few oak chips, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, a dab of bitter hops, subtle hint of vanilla, and a mild taste of alcohol to finish this very dark flavor complex brew up. I thought the oak aging tamed the bitter hops and added just the slightest hint of vanilla and oak to it.

Mouthfeel: Just when you thought you were through with the Yeti, it wasn't done with you and comes back with an aftertaste of roasted malts, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, slight taste of alcohol, and with more bitter hops and oak that were in the taste. The aftertaste was almost as complex as the smell and taste. You really need to sip this beer because if you don't, it will take a toll on your body and you walk around thinking that you're a less hairy Yeti in disguise. Are they sure this beer it clocks in at a 9.50% ABV? It feels like it should be higher than this.

Drinkability: Does it match up with Great Divide's non oak aged regular Yeti? Hell yes! I could drink either one because Great Divide did a nice job on both of them. Could I drink this one again in the future? I sure will! Take your time with this one to really enjoy all the flavors that are hiding in this beer and if you don't, the Yeti will probably kick your ass into submission.

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Photo of youradhere
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great Imperial. Very dark, pours thick and tastes great. Vanilla, chocolate and coffee come through on aroma and flavor. Very sweet and misleading with regards to alcohol. After one 22oz of these I got up to use the restroom and nearly fell over. Not bad for a first beer of the night.

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Photo of SargeC
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: As black as it gets, topped off with a hearty medium brown head that does not budge.

Smell: Plenty to take in. Chocolate, coffee, toffee. Vanilla, hops and alcohol.

Taste: Sweet to bitter chocolate and complex tones bouncing off the oak flavors. At one moment this brew can be sweet, the next it is bitter and then it is smoky. It all depends on the sip. Initial touch of sweetness evolves into complex, sharp malt characteristics. An excellent hop finish sends this brew over the top.

Mouthfeel: Thick and hearty. The body of this brew allows the flavors to remain long after each sip.

Drinkability: What a brew. Strong as an ox, but soft as velvet. The oak is evident but not overpowering. A great beer to sip and savor.

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Photo of Ryanm1
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Possibly the closest thing to perfection for a typical imperial stout. I've had the regular yeti which is excellent and can't distinctly recall if the oak aged is that much better because the original is so good. Also, mild compared to the bourbon barreled aged beers so you can have more than one of these and walk straight (although not many more than one). Poured pitch black on tap into a full 16oz pint glass. The top 10% of the pour was brown lacing. Very malty taste on the tongue, mild bitterness very drinkable beer. Not overpowering with the alcohol content although it is around 10%abv. Left rings on the glass after each sip like an exceptional wine.Excellent beer by an excellent brewery. One of the best stouts out there.

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Photo of kajerm
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cool bottle. Pours opaque jet black with a thin tan head and decent lacing.

The aroma is basically yeti with a background of oak, vanilla, and molasses. I've never smelled a beer where the barrel-aging blended so seamlessly with the rest of the aroma. I could smell this beer for hours.

Tastes like it smells, but maybe even better if that's possible. The oak, vanilla, and molasses flavors blend with the dark malts into a sweet, creamy chocolate taste that lingers until the slightly astringent, coffee-ish finish. Alcohol is either totally absent, or if I'm too preoccupied with the other flavors to notice it.


Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, chewy, and awesome. Drinkability is great, even though "drinkability" is pretty meaningless for an imperial stout.

This is a phenomenal stout, subtle and note-perfect. Every other brewery needs to take barrel-aging lessons from Great Divide.

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Photo of beertastegood
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

All right, here we go again. And much too long has it been...

Pours inky black with a minimal dark brown head. Very thick and viscous.

Aroma: intensely chocolatey, molasses, plums, rum-saoked rasins, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, piney American hops make an appearance...the oakiness is pretty subdued but just barely noticeable.

Taste: sweet caramel and toffeee up front followed by complex fruitiness, an alcoholic bite and an intense burst of hop flavor, rounded out by a wonderfully bitter roastiness that reminds me of super fresh black espresso. The vanillins and bourbon-like woodiness make their appearance at the end, and it is a short appearance that fades into delicious roastiness and hops bitterness. I really like how this RIS manages to get a great American C-hop flavor that doesn't fight for dominance with the rest of the flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, silky and full-bodied, with medium carbonation. Finish is not too sweet, which is a big plus.

Drinkability: Very good for RIS.

Not surprisingly, this beer still reminds me why I started brewing imperial stouts - to get a flavor that comes close to this little drop of heaven in my chalice.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oak Aged Yeti bears an aroma that is equal parts thick, creamy malt and strong hops: the former brings notes of ash, chocolate malt, fig, and dark chocolate; and the latter brings a grapefruit and citrus tang.

Rather unique among Imperial Stouts for such an emphasis on hops (in addition to dark malts), the brew further demonstrates its strengths on the tongue, where the first flavors to cross the tastebuds are dark chocolates, tobacco, ash, chocolate malt (with hints of black malt), fig, and young port (which is wilder and far less subtle than its aged counterparts). Prancing about on top of these malts are the hops, which burn the tongue with pokers of 75 IBU grapefruit bitterness, meaning that at such levels, this "stout" is far more potent than most serious IPAs. The aftertaste is equal parts ash, tobacco, and hops, and lingers for upwards of a minute, being especially noticeable on the soft palate. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a superb Imperial Stout, and is well balanced between malts and hops, making for one of the more pleasurable drinking experiences I've had in a while. Beware, however: the strengths of these flavors may prove too much for many drinkers, especially those for whom even a Guinness is far too dark.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, 9.5 % ABV. Pours absoultely pitch black, no light escaping, and no highlights. Black, period. Thick dark tan head. Roasty, vanilla, oaky, slightly vinous are some of the wonderful aromas. Great head retention for a beer of this size. Flavors include roasty, burnt caramel, vanilly, oaky and again somewhat vinous. Nice use of oak here, as it is present, but not overwhelming. The wood accentuates this beer very well. Light citrusy hop flavors come in at the end, as the beer finishes just slightly sweet. Full body, with low carbonation. This is a gem, and a good example of an oaked beer done right. Great Divide makes some impressive beers, and this is another great example.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The regular Yeti was the first RIS I tried, if I am not mistaking. It opened up a whole new world of beers for me, lets see how this beefed up version holds up. No light is gonna get through this black hole. Dark tanned head, great retention and lacing.

Smells of molasses, coffee, faint vanilla/wood/oakiness, fruits and hops. It all comes together in a fashion that is nothing short of intense.

Speaking of intensity, the taste is jampacked with it! Lots of chocolate, roasted malts, oak, hops and alcohol. Well my bomber is almost done and I am already looking for my next fix of this nectar.

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Photo of daythree16
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted side by side with its non oak aged brother. See Yeti review for more details:


The Oak Aged Yeti pours a jet black with a 2.5 finger head that is much more substantial than the Yeti.

The aromas are very similar, but the oak aged version has a more pronounced roasted malt smell. I like both versions, but the Oak Aged Yeti definitely has the upper hand. The taste has a touch of smokiness and vanilla. There is also a more pronounced roasted malt flavor. The finish is dryer and has a nice tannic quality.

Mouthfeel is the same as the Yeti, and drinkability is about the same, but I would rather drink the Oak-Aged, so it gets a little higher score. Both were good, but I absolutely loved the oak aged version. I think some people may focus too much on the really hyped-up RIS's and tend to forget just how fantastic this beer is.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours like cliched motor oil, but has a substantial amount of initial carbonation, and a thick mocha-colored head.

S - Chocolate, espresso, and anise. Extremely good smell.

T - Tastes like delicious café mocha with discernible notes of anise / black licorice attached to the alcohol. The taste is also strangely reminiscent of 'Pecan Turtle' Biscotti. The oak adds a nice mellow quality to the various flavors as well as imparting a subtle sweet vanilla finish. As compared to the standard Yeti, I think the oak aging is a significant improvement.

M - A tad thin for the style, but it works well when it airs out, warms up and loses its carbonation.

D - Drink the hell out of it! It's amazing that a beer of this caliber is readily available.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, no date.

appears opaque black, thin dark tan head, nice lacing. big hop aroma for a stout, mixed with nice strong vanilla flavor.

taste is composed of nice well blended flavors - vanilla, coffee, oak. body is extremely smooth, low carbonation, creamy.

overall, you can definitely taste the difference that the oak aging has had on the regular Yeti. superb all around.

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Photo of paytoplay
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark rich dense and intense. Everything you are looking for in an Imperial Stout. Not to mention Oak aged. Some wood and smoke are present, and the texture if really awesome. Worth seeking out. All the usual suspects, coco nib, chocolate, alc is mild, coffee.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color, with a thick dark brown head. Absolutely beautiful foam lacing. Aroma is huge on this beer. Lots of oak, cocoa, coffee, and hops. I get a big taste of piney hops, with some faint cocoa notes that fades as the oak flavor picks up. Very nice indeed. Mouthfeel is very thick and smooth. A very strong, flavorfull, well balanced brew. Amazing.

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Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my experience, this has been bested only by Darkness -I would kill to try an oak-aged Darkness. Anyhow, you know what's up with a Russian Imperial. Imagine the staples: robust, creamy, dark chocolate, dark-roasted coffee, mild booze (okay, barely any here), hearty-oatmealishness, quiet licorice hints, and give it a hoppy nib in the butt. Age it yourself a few months to calm the hoppy nib if you'd like and bring out the chocolate sweetness. It's just so effin' good. Can't recommend highly enough . . . if you can get it.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 version (year old) poured from a tap at Union Jacks into a snifter glass.

Scores: 4.5, 4.5, 5,4.5, 4.5

A: A dark black color with zero light filtering through. Nice an syrupy looking with a thing light brown tight laced head. Minimal lacing in the snifter.

S: Huge hits of chocolate, cocoa and vanilla sweetness. Slight hops.

T: Wow, the bottle was great, this is even better. The years age really rounds this beer. Anyway, huge flavors of thick cocoa and dark chocolate, burnt coffee, with the massive vanilla oaky flavor. Sweet and tart at the same time. Hops still linger even after a year and the vanilla sweetness is just so perfect. Wow, how awesome is this beer. Creamy smooth.

M: Full but velvety smooth. It coats and warms but the abv is well hidden. I could just allow this beer to sit in my mouth for minutes.

D: High, thus the problem. The abv will kick you but its oh so highly drinkable.

Overall I bow to Great Divide. How good is this beer? World class. This one year old keg was simply amazing, I am still shaking my head. It's a 2 man race for best impy stout between OA Yeti and KBS. Let the battle begin.

Re-reviewing the 2010 fresh tap version.

Poured from tap into a snifter glass from a home keg. 2010 version that is fresh.

A: A jet black color with a big two finger fluffy medium brown head. Full lasting lacing in the glass.

S: Massive chocolate notes with some cream and huge woody oak smells. Some sweet malt and doses of piney hops.

T: Wow, so much different than the year old. Fresh the flavors of sweet chocolate come pouring out with a hint of vanilla creme, but very, very muted. Burnt coffee mixes in. The sweetness creeps in midway only to be quickly pounded by the heavy wood and oak flavors with some burnt and smoke flavors. Like chewing on burnt wood. Bitter, biting, pine hops pound on the mouth while the oak flavor remains. Finish lasts for hours it seems like. WOW, just WOW. So damn complex. Let it warm and the alcohol comes out with a tad more of the vanilla.

M: Full, biting, coating, bitter, alcohol, wonderful!

D: Again, I can't believe I'm saying this, but these beers pound your taste buds but you keep coming back for more. Very drinkable.

Overall I still say this is a top Impy Stout, no doubt about it. Love it, love it, looove it.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I found Yeti Imperial Stout to be quite enjoyable, so when I saw this at Downtown Wine & Spirits I had to pick it up. I let this warm to around 50º F before serving it in one of my New Belgium glasses.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with ruby tints. It's topped by a thick, creamy, dark brown head that fades to a thin persistent layer leaving thick lace around the inside of the glass.

Smell: Predominant notes of fruit and chocolate. Notes of wood and vanilla move the more roasted and hoppy aromas of Yeti to the back.

Taste: Chocolate and coffee dominate upfront. Sweet notes of dark fruit appear in the center along with lingering, warming alcohol. The finish is heavy roasted coffee and hop bitterness that melds with the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, creamy, and full-bodied.

Drinkability: Nicely balanced, but still a sipper.

Overall: Similar to Yeti. The aroma is the only category where I think it is improved, though there are definite differences in the flavors. The hops are mellowed as compared to the non-oaked version, for example.

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Photo of Pencible
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage. This poured absolutely pitch black with dark tan head. It smelled like lots of oak and roasted coffee and milky chocolate, with a bit of alcohol. It tasted like dry roasted cocoa beans and fresh coffee and smooth oak, with a bit of vanilla and alcohol. It was fairly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was absolutely delicious, with strong but well balanced and clean flavors. It had great body too. It was a bit hot fresh, but was still very easy to drink, and could improve even more with age. More subtleties to the flavor come out as it warms. So good.

2008 vintage. Drunk with 1 year of age, this looks the same as it does fresh. It smells mostly the same, but with additional hints of molasses, wild honey, and more noticeable alcohol. It tasted less like oak than fresh, but gained more flavor of molasses and wild honey. It was slightly thicker than fresh, too. Overall this was a magnificent beer. It's already changed character over the past year, with less oak and more sweetness and maltiness. But I don't think it's peaked with only 1 year on it. So there's still room for improvement, which blows my mind. Sooo good.

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Photo of unklesyd
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Portland International Beerfest.

Pours the standard black black, slightly viscous. However, the texture of this beer is amazingly smooth, so as to allow for drinking until one passes out (I stopped at 12 oz., but could have drank just this all night).

Nose is fairly muted, slight chocolate.

By far the best tasting stout I've ever had. Chocolate, slight roastiness, no hop flavor. Bitterness must be high to have achieved this level of balance, but is in no way intrusive, or neccessarily noticable. Very smooth blend: complex but not complicated; nothing sticks out until you want to put your finger on it.

Feels lighter in the mouth than would have expected. Balanced between a slight oiliness and bitterness again makes a great blend.

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Photo of denflyr
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall, what a beer! Now I have always been fond of Great Divivdes work...but still its awesome!

Poured into Great Divide Yeti Snifter Glass. It came out almost like motor oil color, but not quite the same consistency.

As the beer has warmed, the aromas start jumping out and the coffee and chocolate aromas are very present, but suprising not tons of oak on the nose.

It tastes wonderful and has a nice coffee and dark chocolate component. The oak is subdued and for a beer that has a fairly high IBU's, the hoppiness mingles nicely and does not attack your palate. Overall a wonderful mouthfeel and a very drinkable beer!

Can't wait for my next sip!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like the regular Yeti, a lot...and I love Oak, much more than Poplar or Maple...so, let's have some magic, eh?
off comes the cap and ridiculous, useless, silver foil...
Solid black appearance, utterly opaque, with a fine cap of fluffy brown foam on top...solid!
whiskey hits the nose first, followed by sweet fruit, whiskey meets wine? ...nice hops, forward malt, but, after proper inspection, the hops are bigger than expected, and that I like! Dark malts give proper balance, though, and linger lightly through the winey aspects and the deeper sweet bourbon tones.
Taste: wow! this is genius!..it's a chocolate bar, with a sweet cherry finish...
it's a brew for slowly, intermittently, sipping and savoring with a good book, or a fine film...the best things in life should accompany this beer.
Still a hoppy kick,a thrillingly complex flavor, many different accents and nuances entrancing the senses at irregular intervals...tasty, tasty, tasty...yum...yep, that's really says it...yummy, yum, yummmm...(Homer-esque gargles ensue...)...this is a great brew, not too big, not at all punishing, very well-balanced, for what it is, and really, really nice!
I picked up 2 bottles, and it's apparently not enough...got to visit ye olde bottle shoppe, before supplies run dry.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,616 ratings.