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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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4,142 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,142
Reviews: 1,615
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 293
Gots: 746 | FT: 37
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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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Ratings: 4,142 | Reviews: 1,615
Photo of cvstrickland
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Double-deuce bomber poured into a shaker pink yields an ebony body with a three-finger rocky crown of ice-creamy, oiled teak-speckled mocha foam that deforms into a misshapen cloud-blob and leaves fluffy, wonderfully sticky rings and patches of lacing tinted a glistening hue of toasted brown sugar. "Legs" streak the glass not covered in puffy foam. Yeah, I gave the appearance a five; Great Divide earned it with this beautiful brew.

Smell is sweet malty molasses with roasty café mocha and solid oak notes.

Taste is rich and chocolatey malty, with dark, smutty roasted barley that supplies an acrid bitterness, a mild alkaline cocoa powder twang and plenty of savory, uncured oak essence. I don't know whether I want to drink it, or eat it.

Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, and full, and the drink is substantial and filling. This stout is very big, rich, and sweet-- a definite 'Imperial' and for-sure a sipper--but with just a tad more thickness in the body, Oak Aged Yeti would probably make really nice pie filling.

Photo of FosterJM
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

284th review on BA
bottle to NB Globe

App- Liquid chocolate with some crimson edges. A nice 2 finger head that was a nice dark tan. VERY long lasting, seeing as I spilled the rest of the bottle cleaned it up and the head was still strong.(DAMNIT)

Smell- Hops(suprisingly) booze(not-suprised), oak with some slight malts and vanilla whisps.

Taste- Smooth and mellow with a touch of a smoky aftertaste. Not as BIG as the other versions of yeti but this was well balanced, flavorful and not over powering. A nice stout.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carb level. Had an almost caramel like after taste.

Drink- Great way to relax after a long run. Nice stout with great flavors. Would def. have again especially with a pairing.

Photo of bort11
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to RoBotGod for this one
22 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Color is a pure jet black. First pour brings a massive brown head that slowly recedes. Second pour, not so much head. Leaves a slightly sticky lace on the glass.
Smell is very hoppy for a stout, not what I expected, but not bad. There is some coffee malt notes present, but it is mostly hops. Taste is a hop bomb, with the oak mellowing out the bitterness.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, but the 9.5% leaves my tongue a little numb. That's strange since I have had higher ABV beers that didn't have that effect. It does drink pretty smoothly though.
This seems a little out of character for a RIS, but very good none the less. I would like to stash some and see how it ages.

Photo of david131
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I believe this bottle is a couple of years old, but I am not certain.

A- Absolutely pitch black with a thick, brown head that sits on top of the beer and leaves dimples in the surface of the liquid. As the massive head calms down, it leaves nice lacing.

S- Very roasty with dark chocolate, anise, soy sauce, a slight bit of vegetable hops. There is also some cinnamon notes in there as well as a hint of oak. An aromatic beer, but not all that harsh smelling.

T- Roasty, bitter black chocolate, anise, oak. Pretty well blended at this point and the oak flavors that once tasted like wood chips have mellowed and fallen to the background. Pretty enjoyable.

M- Very creamy and smooth. This beer has blended very nicely.

D- A smooth, enjoyable RIS. Not boozy or strong. This has mellowed nicely. Highly enjoyable.

Photo of tubdog13
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oak aged yeti
A - pours like used oil and has a nice frothy choc milk head, about an inch. Dark as night and can't see any light threw it, nice lacing, stays on top
S - dark malts, chocolate
T - dark malt and a slight caramel, cocoa flavor 
M - dry across the tongue, pickup the dryness from the oak, but no flavor of oak
D - I like this one, two in an evening would prob put me out for the night, def enjoy, would like to see what it would do with age

Photo of wordemupg
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 16/4/12 Nov/14/11 bottle

A like the regular Yeti this one is black right out of the bottle, just a slight dark cola edge, large dark foam hangs around long enough to leave several rings of lace pretty nice looking beer

S chocolate fudge and booze come out right away, a little smoke and vanilla but that's about all I pick up from barrel, smells decent but its pretty boozy

T now I get more evidence from the barrel with some oak and charred wood, there's still some hops in there even after the barrel and 6 months in the bottle, booze is better concealed then the nose, a little licorice and more wood on the finish

M pretty thick and silky and quite bitter, a little heat and a big burnt woody aftertaste lingers for a while

O other then a little booze popping up here and there I have little to complain about, big rich stuff that's pretty easy to enjoy

the barrel is subtle but I like it, just needs some age and that's about it, a big thanks to Rutager for getting this one into my hands

Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not the best RIS I have had, but just a notch below. Very awesome looking beer, thick as night with a dark brown head. Smells like, drumroll please, chocolate and coffee. The taste is very chocolatey at first but the deeper into the glass you get, the vanilla and oak and coffee come out in the flavor. I really like how easy this beer goes down, it is very light in mouthfeel and not too hot, you could drink more then one. I found this much more drinkable then some of the sweeter RIS's out there.

Photo of EStreet20
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm re-reviewing this now that Great Divide is in NJ and it's been about a year since I tried it.

22 ounce bottle poured into a large snifter glass.

A - Pours as black as used motor oil with a thick dark tan head on top. A nice head that stays around and sticks to the glass well.

S - The oak aging has imparted a woody/vanilla/buttery smell to this beer. A burnt aroma as well. Very nice.

D - Goes down smooth and warms you up on a cold night with some interesting flavors. Very drinkable for us Impy stout fans.

T - You get the roasty malts along with the big time black coffee bitterness from Yeti, along with a flavor that I can only describe as burnt and a little buttery presumably from the wood. A very nice taste overall.

M - A nice full bodied sipper.

Photo of amvrana
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerNutz324
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber into a pint glass

Ap- dark brown/black with a great frothy cinnamon colored head that has good retention

Ar- oak, chocolate, molasses and dark fruits

T- creamy up front followed by chocolate and fig/raisin flavors. The oak flavor and the alcohol hit at the end.

M- creamy, full body but still light and foamy. Alcohol warms the mouth on the hold.

O- One fine beer. I would get this again in a heartbeat.

Photo of Allpe45
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottled on Jan 10, 2010
Poured into a snifter
Appears black with 2 fingers of creamy, mocha colored head. After several minutes, the head has receded to half of its original size revealing thick sticky lace that plasters the walls of the glass.
Smells predominantly of roasted malt and burnt coffee, some smoke, hints of vanilla and earthy hops.
Sweet and smooth roast malt flavors and vanilla woodiness up front, followed by some burnt/smoky flavor, dark chocolate and bitter earthy coffee rounding out the finish.
Thick and velvety, low carbonation, right on point for the style.
I revisit this particular bottling a couple times a year, but I think I enjoyed it most at 12 months.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a thick black. Decent amount of mocha head. Nice amount of lacing.

S: The oak really dominates this beer. Nice earthy smell. The roast and chocolate take a back seat.

T: Tastes just like it smells. The oak really does dominate this beer. It smooths out the boozines and plays down the chocolate as well as the roast. They are both there just very subtle.

M: Very nice and creamy. Very smooth. Typical RIS low carbonation.

D: I think this is where this beer shines/ The regular Yeti is fairly rough when fresh. This is much more drinkable off the shelf but the regular Yeti is stellar with a little bit of age on it. This is still a damn fine beer and a great bargain at its price.

Photo of DIPAFAN
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tewaris
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted side by side with regular Yeti, so there's some comparison.

22 oz. bottled 10.30.2009 poured into a Duvel tulip on 03/04/2011. Poured very very dark - even the stream was opaque! The color of the huge head can put the color of some feebler stouts to shame! As the head subsided, some lacing stuck around on the glass and upon sipping or swirling, distinct legs were seen. Very good looking stout!

The regular Yeti smelled of sweet malts, strong roast with some vanilla-cream undertones, and hops. The Oak Aged version was even creamier and rounded but the difference were subtle at best.

Fruity and bittersweet tasting, with distinct dark chocolate notes and intense roast. The bitterness of roasted coffee beans stayed on palate and alcohol warmth was felt as it went down. The fruit and acidic character kept getting enhanced with temperature but is still somewhat less fruity, less coating, and more tannic with an even cleaner finish compared to the regular Yeti. Longer wood and coffee aftertaste in comparison, but the differences were again subtle at best.

Smooth but not to the extent of velvety, perhaps because of the strong astringency of roast. The carbonation was spot on, and while the body seemed a little thin at times, it was still quite "meaty". Excellent stout with great drinkability for its alcohol and size.

Scores: 5, 4, 4, 4.5, 4.5

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ccahoon22
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very close to black and dense. Creamy, dark, thick head that lasts longer than most.

S - Malts, coffee, and some wood possibly oak (I don't know my trees that well)

T - Malts, unsweetened chocolate with a great balance.

Very good beer but it's filling. Couldn't have many of these.

Photo of mdnowak
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a oversize wine glass

A -- Incredible dark (almost midnight) body. Pillowy chocolate-colored head that definitely shrinks, but stays with the beer until the last sip. Good lacing.

S -- Chocolate, malt, coffee, treacle, alcohol does not hide. It hits your nose HARD.

T -- Delicious. Coffee and molasses flavors. Chocolate dominates. Alcohol finish kicks in and warms as the beer goes down

M -- A little thin. I usually prefer something a little creamier in my stouts. Still, however, incredibly smooth.

D -- Man, this thing packs a PUNCH. I drank the whole bomber on my own and it took about 2 hours. Definitely a sipping beer. The oak aging definitely lends a nice touch to the overall taste. Drinkability takes a hit because of high ABV. Overall, a wonderfully delicious beer that lends itself to a cold night next to an open fire!

Photo of ne0m00re
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 750 mL bottle (dated 01/06/10) into an oversized red wine glass.
A: Black with some dark brown hues, it poured with a fluffy chocolate head that died to a good film.
S: Sweet chocolate, roasted malts, oaky alcohol, raisins, rum vanilla, and mocha.
T: Fruity oak and mocha with a lingering roasted malts characteristic. The oak comes off as fresh wood. There is a fresh wood, subdued alcohol, and dry coffee grounds.
M: Mildly syrupy, creamy, smooth; very good.
D: Pretty decent considering it's oak-aged and high alcohol.

Photo of Fordknox
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of mcallister
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful dark roasted brown with a great 1 inch tan coffee head. Sticky lacing with good retention. Very carbonated.

Aromas of oak, toasty vanilla, black currant, black cherry, dark choclate, coffee, with a roasted malt aroma, and some, hops and alcohol.

Big on the coffee in the front and mid palate. Could probably call it espresso. A shit load of hops. Damn I'd like to try the unoaked Yeti to see how much coffee that bad boy has. Nice toasty vanilla character on the finish. Cassis in the background, with a choclate covered cherry flavor also. Oak is not that pronounced and I think it could have stood out a little more. Very tannic but smooth tannins at that on the mouthfeel with a 2 minute coffee finish.

Because of large espresso coffee characteristics I couldn't drink many of these but I would drink them quite often.

Photo of BeerMeBro720
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bomber into a snifter.

A: A deep dark black with more than ample brown foam head that sticks around for a long time.

S: Having just purchased at the bottle shop, I let it sit out for awhile to warm. As it warms lots of vanilla, coffee, chocolate and hop aromas are easy to detect.

T: This was a complex but delightful beer. Lots of malt flavors of chocolate and coffee with some hints of vanilla followed by an excellent amount of hops and hop bitterness.

M: Leaves a hoppy bitterness with some alcohol on the palate. A definite dry finish which is really inviting.

D: Certainly this is a beer to enjoy slowly, a great dessert beer to slowly consume. A must try!

Photo of Bighuge
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black body with a creamy dark brown head. Retention is good and lace is excellent with its sheet like qualities. Excellent nose of char, anise, chocolate, resinous hops, highly kilned malt, vanilla and slight oak. Great roasted malt character on the palate along with black licorice, bitter PacNW hops and dark, bitter chocolate. Alcohol is present but fitting. The oak aging adds some smoothness, I gather, but not a lot to the actual taste. But this is pretty damn good nonetheless. The only thing a little lacking is the mouthfeel. Not viscous enough and a little fluffy. The body is probably only about medium or so. There's a long lingering taste of roast and alcohol. Not bad. Not bad at all.

Photo of BierJager89
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours viscous, utterly black with a medium-dark brown head.

S: Nose has notes of dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak and caramel. Oak, vanilla, caramel character are quite subdued, and the nose is somewhat weak in general.

T: Dark chocolate dark roast coffee, some oak, some caramel, maybe a tiny bit of vanilla.

M: Full bodied, and fairly smooth.

O: Really good, more akin to the regular yeti than chocolate oak or espresso oak yetis.

Photo of tinywu25
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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