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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,065 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,065
Reviews: 1,597
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 286
Gots: 701 | FT: 29
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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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Photo of erikm25
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours complete and total darkness. As far as the color goes there are no surprises here. Full on RIS blackness. Put this one in cuffs and under the bright interrogation lights while playing 'good cop, bad cop' but there is still no way to make it crack. The head jumps up with a frothing bronzed caramel hue. Take a few steps back as it looks like a stray dog foaming at the mouth. The retention, like rabies, is long lasting . Leaves stitches and scars of lacing around the glass.

S: Learn to forget. Complexity is the word here. Huge roasted chocolate aromas with subtle pine hop, floral, and brown sugar undertones. It's sweetness meets bitterness in a West Side Story knife fight. Switchblades of mocha and oak meeting switchblades of cherry and cocoa. Black licorice in a plum filled leather jacket is in the background egging on the bloodshed. Massive oaked vanilla helps counter the strong chocolate and caramel aromas. Scotch hints towards the end.

T: Dark toasted chocolate sweetness with vanilla and wood chips. This is a bonfire of caramel, coffee, and dark ripened fruits. The stars (and tastes) all seem to burn and scream into the atmosphere. Throwing back shots of raisins dripped in vanilla and soaked in whiskey. I thought it tasted more in the double digits of ABV. However, the alcohol still adds a great balance to all the sweetness and bitterness. Flavors drive right through the mouth like a '77 Firebird Trans Am. There is a lot happening in this beer and its strength in both alcohol and taste need to be taken in stride.

M: Full bodied and viscous. Has both a drying and warming sensation. This could leave the mouth in a bit of a daze. So dark the garden flowers (they are) dead.

D: Bottled 01/07/09. The more I try from this style the more I love it. The one thing I know is that loud riffs go well with this style. Destruction is the only road you are headed for.

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

Let this bottle sit in the fridge undisturbed for almost one year after buying.

Appearance- Awesome black molasses color and texture to this beer. Light brwon, half-finger head. A strong film remains on the top of the beer sip after sip. It will recede, but always comes back to cover up where I sipped. Its like weeds. Thin lacing on the sides of my Goose Island wine/beer glass. Only beer.

Smell- Roasted and medium smoked malts in the nose bringing forth memories of campfires and burning oak from my dad's scrap pieces of woodworked oak.

Taste- The syrupy smoke and roasted grains hit the palate immediately. Gving way to some light, creamy vanilla goodness in the middle of the palate. The aste of burning wood can't be dnied noticed more in the back of the palate.

Mouthfeel- Smooth creamy, velvety, and warming goodness.

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

Appearance: This was poured from a 22 oz bottle into tumbler. Color is mocha-dark with a nice frothy head that reminds me of turbinado-sugar rich latte foam.

Scent: Smell is mild and syrupy, yet it is pleasant and not noxious in the very least.  The second wave follows with a subtly sweet and nutty aroma with hints of caramel candy.

Taste: The first sip brings a very very slight chocolate-cherry sweetmess. There is definitely a nutty aftertaste that kicks in after the sip has finished swirling around the mouth.  A slightly bitter (but pleasant!) tanginess remains after the stout has gone down.  Upon going down, this beer warms the throat nicely.

Mouthfeel: This double has a smooth body which does not allow itself to be overpowered by the the alcohol here. I don't feel it is as heavy as some other double stouts i have had before. It has just enough spice to tingle and supplant the taste, but not enough to make the mouth it burn.

Drinkability: The Yeti is very easy to drink. Each sip is large and fruitful, encouraging one to savor and enjoy. Each sip builds layers onto the taste, building complexity and flavor. This is definitely one of the top double stouts i have had the pleasure of drinking. Even though I tend to shy away from beers that exhibit a lot of hops, I found the hoppiness to help in building character.

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

The pour is very dark brown, almost black. The head is a mocha/brown colored and the lacing remains throughout the drink even after the initial surge of head is gone.
The smell is very roasted malt and toasted bread. Both brown sugar and a hint of coffee come through on the nose as well. The taste starts out with a hint of a bitter chocolate and some sweetness that followed the brown sugar nose. Mid-drink I got a little more coffee but it doesn't hang around long because the end quickly rushes in. Roasted flavors are abundant as is the oak and the alcohol! The finish leave a nice little bitterness on your palate.
I thought it had above average carbonation with a thicker mouthfeel.
Drinkability is good, but I don't see myself drinking back to back 22oz bottles of this anytime soon...one at a time was plenty! This is a beer you can sit back and sip slowly and enjoy,

Photo of legalpete19340
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Is this heaven? Thick, pitch black with one finger of cocoa colored head. The brew coated everything with a film that looks like motor oil.

S: Burnt coffee, hints of wood and vanilla with some burnt sugar sweetness. Molasses.

T: Huge roasted malt with a slight burnt character flows into waves of dark chocolate and dark roast coffee. Despite the big flavors the edges are smoothed. Must be the oak. Burnt sugar and molasses offer some sweetness. I pick up definite hop characteristics with slight pine but bigger earthy herbal flavors. The finish is smooth.

M: Full, thick, smooth, creamy, rich, lush. Yes.

O: Amazing beer. The oak smooths out Yeti's rough edges and makes a great beer greater. I will always drink this beer if I see it. So dark and interesting.

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

A - Pour nearly black in color. Can't really see any light around the edges either. The medium brown head tops out at a little over half inch. Head looks very dense. Retention is good and plentiful amounts of lace are left behind.

A - The nose is potent and complex. Getting hints of rich chocolate, coffe beans, and alcohol. Dark fruit is mild and close to a cherry smell. Finishes off a little smokey.

T - Dark chololate and espresso hit the palate first. Alcohol has more of a presence than expected. It still stays well within acceptable heat levels. Taste some vanilla midway. That is a nice touch. Tons of roasted smokey notes come and go all throughout the flavor. Cherry comes in tword the end and stays out of the way. Very well done.

M - Fuller bodied with a carbonation level that just works. This is what I imagine every stout should strive to be. Finish is dry but not too much.

D - Drinkibility is good. This is a high test brew that works very well as a sipper. Seriously, it can take a long time to get through a bomber. It has alot of good things going for it. Great flavors mixed with an impeccable mouthfeel make for a very enjoyable experience. I'd be interested to see what this beer would do with some age on it. Highly recommended brew from Great Divide.

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

Poured from a big Great Divide bottle into a tumbler. The color was jet black with a frothy tan head.

I don't get the oak-aged thing in general, I never really taste the oak (especially in a beer with a loud taste like this one). I think the biggest difference in this beer after oak aging is less hops presence. But I didn't try them side-by-side.

The main flavors were chocolate and roasty malts, with a sharp alcoholic bite. It's pretty addictive, but a slow sipper.

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of leif86
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brown 22 oz bottle. No date of any kind to be seen.

A: Just like the regular ol' yeti - black as night with a dark tan head that leave a respectable amount of lacing. Small bubbles make it look purty.

S: Sweetened vanilla coffee with a hint of cherries and booze.

T: Burnt coffee and bourbon - sweet with more vanilla. Finishes with dark chocolate and a generic fruit flavor that lingers.

M: Deliciously creamy. Silk. Could not ask for anything better.

D: The oak doesn't make it harsh, it only makes it better. Yes please, I would like another.

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

A 22 oz bomber Sampled at a casual beer tasting party with a few friends. I've been wanting to get my hands on this brew.

A: This beer is totally opaque black, and poured into my sampling wine glass (that was all we had on had) with one finger of mocha colored head. Sweet Jesus, I love that color.

S: Caramel and roasted malts, and a bit of fruity sweetness.

T: Bittersweet dark chocolate, roasted malt, mild booziness, and a sweet berry finish.

M: Thick, heavy, and velvety smooth. In a beer like this you expect some booziness, but this one is pretty well balanced.

D: Very rich and satisfying. One glass was enough to make me happy. This beer went down surprisingly well with the 2 BMC drinkers in the room, which was a source of pride for me, since this was one of my picks.

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

Thanks to upsjeff for this extra, I’ve been waiting to try this one for a while now.

Pours dark with about an inch of mocha color foam. It looks syrupy and tasty. The aroma is big, room filling. I detect roasted and chocolate malts, toffee, vanilla, wood, cocoa, and a sweetness from the alcohol. The taste is great. There is some coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, and alcohol. A nice bitterness in the aftertaste as well. The mouthfeel is very thick and chewy, definitely feels like a meal. A good warming effect from the alcohol, not too much but enough to notice. Would be a good beer to sip on a cold day, too bad a day like that is far away and I’ve heard that this one is best fresh. Overall a very solid RIS.

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

Bottled October 2010, so fairly fresh for a RIS. Pours a thick pitch black with tiny brown head that disappears fast. Even when held up to bright light this beer is dark as night. Scent is strong chocolate with a lot of vanilla and oak aromas...especially vanilla. A light amount of hoppiness and espresso in the nose as well. Great smelling beer! Taste is initially a bit hoppy with some bitter chocolate and espresso bean flavors. It's immediately followed by some smooth oak flavors with subtle vanilla (not as much as the nose implied). Finishes with a bit more bitter chocolate for a nice clean finish. Mouthfeel is superb, with a velvety, thick feel. Drinkability is high. Haven't had a Yeti I didn't care for, or even thought was just mediocre for that matter. The only one left to try is Chocolate Oak Aged.

Photo of Johntomk
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

Photo of BDooley
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cubedbee
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz undated bottle poured into a snifter. Dark black, completely opaque, two fibngers of a thick brown head with nice retention and good lacing, this is a great looking beer. The oak comes through in a big way in the aroma melding with the big hop aroma, with a slight vanilla and espresso note as well. Taste is where this one really becomes radically different from the normal Yeti--instead of the hops absolutely dominating the flavor, this one really has a bourbon and oak flavor underlying everything, the hops are still there and still strong and resinous, but with rich chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and coffee notes infused throughout. Full bodied with a thick creamy mouthfeel. This is really a completely different beast from the normal Yeti, the oak really does change the taste incredibly much, but I really loved both and for now I've rated them the same. I will have to revisit, hopefully side by side, to determine which is the better brew.

Photo of BostonHops
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz served in a snifted.
bottled date 01/06/10

pours a viscous, opaque jet black with a luscious finger of creamy, mocha toned head. good retention and gorgeous walls of lacing. just a beautiful presentation, top to bottom.

nose is fairly bold and offers a lot of the usual suspects: chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. i get a touch of oak, maybe vanilla. there's also a hint of a hoppy character loitering in the background. roasted malt jumps out front in the flavor with a notable presence of hops opening up mid-palate. notes of oak, vanilla, and chocolate intermingle throughout. 9.5% ABV virtually nonexistent (i've also been sitting on this one for about a year). a touch of hoppy bitterness present in the finish.

rich, creamy, medium-full bodied mouthfeel... oustanding. this one's a step away from being a meal... overall a killer RIS.

originally reviewed: 02-22-2011

Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout poured black with a thick two-finger chocolate colored head. A wall of thick sticky lace was left from the top of the glass to the bottom.

The smell and taste were heavy roasted chocolate and coffee. The feel was aggressive, thick, and bitter, yet smooth and creamy. It was a great sipper, with a warm alcohol presence.

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout is a near-perfect stout with a ton of flavor and a feel that made it clear this is not only a stout, but a Beer with a capital "B." This could easily be the stout to end all stouts.

Photo of brodericksloth
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Dark brown/black with a brown head and a heavy lace

S-chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, butterscotch; molasses, some oak and smoke aroma. every time you smell the beer is different very complex

T-coffee, chocolate, roasted malt taste with enough hops to carry it in the aftertaste along with the smoke, oak and roasted almonds, molasses; very little alcohol. Some herbal; spicyness background, but can’t nail it down

M-full body and low carbonation that was not syrupy

oaked version of Yeti smoothes everything out creating a creamy, slick, silky, not at all syrupy mouthfeel.

well hidden alcohol, no burn; smooth…very good stout could become a spring/fall beer in addition to its perfect winter warming character

mild carbonation but still produces two finger rich brown head with good lacing and smooth creamy frothiness

well balanced maltiness; not a hop lovers beer

Photo of intensify
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kept in a nice cool place for about 8 months before I finally had to drink it.
-22oz bottle bought fresh, in the great city this Imperial Stout was brewed, Denver.

A- Beautiful. Full,dark body with a chocolate milk looking brown head. 2 fingers of foam with decent retention. The sticky lacing didn't seem to want to leave.

S- Cocoa, coffee, vanilla and booze.

T- Similar to taste but the coffee dominates in a well matter. Warmness from the alcohol reminds you why its 9.5% abv.

M- Low carbonation, full bodied monster. Ends with a nice oily finish. A sipper to say the least.

O- I'm glad I finally decided to drink this, now I can go out and buy a few more. It's the perfect example of what an Imperial Stout should be! Enough said.

Photo of kirok1999
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed Yeti last night, now it's big brother's turn.

A- Black as night with a slight brown head and minimal lacing.

S- Sweet dark fruit, cherries, maybe raisins. Toffee and slight chocolate and coffee.

T- Super smooth, The oak really stands out, along with vanilla, dark fruit, toffee and chocolate/coffee. Nice strong hops make the balance work. The hops are slight citrus and fruit. It seems the oak aging has mellowed the alcohol of the plain Yeti.

M- Creamy and slick.

D- Damn, I like this one. Either Yeti or Oak Yeti are exceptional stouts. Very complex and tasty.

Photo of alexgash
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Inky dark brown with a black heart. Creamy, whipped, glass-climbing, cocoa brown head. Roasted, blackened fruits, ripe and sherry-esque. Big bourbon/Scotch aromas, oaky barrels, fudge, and medicinal alcohol. Numbing roasted, bitter hops, and alcohol quickly give way to chocolate, vinous fruits, and oaky bourbon. Finish is spicy bitter and warming, with lingering roasted flavors and dark chocolate. Full-bodied overall, creamy tiny bubble feel. A great digestif and goes well with T-day desert (caramel apple cake with caramel ice cream).

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out of the bottle a beautiful dark chocolate brown with a nice thick and persistent head. Aroma is nice and stouty with coffee overtones and chocolate hint. Thick, rich taste has nice bite to it, with strong coffee component and smoky and nutty tones along with hints of chocolate. It goes down very pleasantly and solidly. An excellent brew.

Photo of kwkdmk
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JasW
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,065 ratings.