Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutOak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial stout aged on new French and American oak chips.

Added by Crosling on 08-09-2004

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Photo of cipherbreak
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is probably as close to perfection as a stout can get. This is pure roasted heaven. I'm not even going to spend time doing the traditional review thing. Just imagine the quintessential stout and you will find all those elements on this beer.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mellowed for three months in the cellar. Deep black body with a pourus brown head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted grains, charred wood, oak, smoke and fudge. Big chocolate taste that isn't too sweet; leads quite nicely to the roasted malt followed by the oak. Outstanding stout that hits the right notes: bitter, light hops, sweet chocolate and earthy oak. Alcohol brings warmth not heat; very complimentary. Not a fan of the BA Yetti but this has me looking forward to picking up the Oak Aged Expresso.

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Photo of nawpnawp
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

I may be in the minority, but I'm not really feelin' this beer at all. The pour looks fantastic and the smell is inviting, but the taste did not do it for me. I was expecting the usual notes and sweetness of other BA stouts, but this one was rather bland and bitter to me. It tasted like dark roast coffee. As it warmed up, some of the flavors came through, but it was still rather disappointing based on the other reviews.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The quintessential imperial stout ! Pours dark and feels thick . . . Very thick and creamy. Aromas and flavors of oak and chocolate. Slightly smoothed out compared to the original Yeti. The best of all Yeti's and variations. Simply a really terrific beer.

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours thick and very dark. You can smell the malt and oak. Taste is strong, with a somewhat bitter aftertaste. The body is very full, and the beer very satisfying. For a readily available stout, this is one of the best.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance.
Body : I don't think this could start off any better. A jet black motor oil black with no transparency.
Head : Again, I don't think it could improve. A dark brown head that rivals the BODY of some brown ales. Tall, magnificent, structured. Solid 5.

Smell.
Initial : I'm reminded of a bag of licorice snaps, and dark bourbon whiskey in a styrofoam cup.
With Agitation : Lifting a bit of the coffee and chocolate here, as well as a very strong whiff of metallic plum.

Taste.
Out Front : I get TONS of roast malt. Like a Schwarzbier. It turns metalic and almost citrus-like; but..
In back : This is where it gets interesting. Buzzing chocolate, tons of prune, and a bit of blueberry/oak.

Feel.
Pretty creamy actually. A stout carbonation underneath props it up some to help it buzz down the throat.

Overall : The Oak Aged Yeti was a touch disappointing in the taste department, as it lead up to something so potentially divine. Unfortunately the metallic flavors overwhelm the palate, especially as it warms, and I don't taste enough chocolate, fruits/sweetness, or burn of the bourbon. Still a decent beer, just not the knockout I was thinking.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great Divide Brewing Company - Oak Aged Yeti. 9.5% ABV. 22oz bomber split between two snifters. Bottled 10/21/15.

Look: Completely opaque black, with a one finger sized mocha colored bubbly head.

Smell: Charred oak barrel, caramel, toffee, and chocolate all behind very roasty coffee. A little booze is noticeable.

Feel: Full, thick, chewy body; not overly creamy, more on the watery side with mild carbonation.

Taste: Very roasty bitter coffee and chocolate up front, followed by toasted malt, caramel, and toffee. Finishes with some charred oak and vanilla notes.

Overall: This is a big, roasty RIS. Lots of coffee and chocolate notes, and has a great complex balance. Now I need to try the regular Yeti RIS.

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Photo of do_ob
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a snifter. Dark brown pour; settles black in the glass with about 3/4 finger of khaki-colored foam. Nose is light oak, molasses, vanilla, expresso, dark chocolate, sweet candied sugar, and carmel. Overall, a sweet, choclatey aroma with a strong, roasty, coffee-esque backbone. The taste is SUPER roasty malt, dark chocolate, and rich expresso - with backing notes of vanilla, caramel, and toffee. There is a definitive roastiness/bitterness, but if you put your bigboy pants on, it's all good. Good mouthfeel - slightly dry and spicy on the finish.

Overall, lots of roasted malt and bitter chocolate. An awesome beer.

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Photo of CoreyC
3.66/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark with a great tan head
S - Dark roast malts
T - Dark roast malts with a fair amount of hop bitterness (too much for me) no meaningful taste from the oak aging
M - nice thickness
O - An ok stout, but too bitter for me

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bomber from my local liquor store for $8, pretty pricey, but I trust the brand. Poured it into a sniffer...

L: Beautiful silky black body with a vague reddish brown color, but even the stream being poured is completely opaque. Full 3-finger head with gorgeous bubble patterns--mocha brown.

S: Chocolate, malt, roasted coffee, vanilla, toffee, brownies, dates, dark fruit... I'm understating the amount of roastiness.

T: Chocolate. Through and through. In the mix is roasted coffee, toffee, vanilla, malt, hops--mostly cascade, brown sugar, and dark, bitter chocolate. It's the epitome of a chocolate beer. Delicious.

F: Thick, milky, a tad syrupy, but very smooth, with the perfect lingering tangy stickiness.

O: An incredible brew. One I'd show anyone who frowns upon the idea of chocolate beer.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber poured into a lagunitas glass.Smell is chocolate with hint of coffee.Taste is chocolate with coffee and maybe some vanilla.Overall I though this rocked.I would buy this again.Give it a try.

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Photo of strohme2
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Ratings all over the board for me. Great looking pour with a huge fluffy, tan head that laced down the glass. Roast and wood, char and earthiness on the nose. Smooth mouthfeel, lots of earthiness, roast and bitterness. I think its a true RIS with a hoppy finish.

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Photo of Sandalwood
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 version (review in 2016), pours a dark brown to black color with a light brown head. There is some soapy lacing, and about a fingers worth of head. The odor for me is chocolate, vanilla, dark berry, fig, woods, oak, sweet, milky at first. The taste for me is velvety, rich, creamy, dark bitter chocolate, vanilla, coffee bean, chalky dry, oak, woods on the back end. Bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of Jonny41
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jet black, large tan, Carmel head that dissipates quickly.
Smell is large! Bitter chocolate,sweet malt,
Taste from start to finish. First sweet carbonation to chocolate than dry sweet bitter finish. Awesome stout!!

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Photo of BB1313
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz growler filled at Heinen's in University Hts., Ohio

Growler poured into a tulip. Pours black basically with a nice mocha head that fades leaving nice retention and nice lacing. The aromas are full of cocoa malts. Hints of chocolate and vanilla. The aromas seem ultimately subtle and not overwhelming. The flavors are very bold and rich. Nice bitterness, just like most Yeti variants. Lots of dark chocolate. Lots of anise/black licorice notes as well. Roasted malts are there. Very subtle citrus notes, believe it or not. The oak chips are present in the flavor department giving it a nice "harshness". Alcohol basically goes completely unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied with active carbonation. It's not thick, but not thin. Smooth and creamy. It's easy to drink, but makes for a nice sipper. Dangerously drinkable.

This is a nice stout right here. It might not be my personal favorite Yeti variant, but it's still very enjoyable and well crafted stuff. Not bad at all, I like it and it's fun to drink. This is better than my "numeric score" might indicate, I just wasn't crazy about the aromas, but everything else is on point.

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Photo of leantom
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, really glad I didn't buy a large bottle of this. Don't get me wrong; it's a really good beer. However, I had a very difficult time detecting the barrel-aging. Here goes:

A: Beautiful. Massive, chocolatey head that lingers and leaves great lacing. Pitch black. Simply astounding brew.

S: Starts to lag here. Lots of dark fruit, like prunes and raisins, and coffee. Little surprised, however, that I don't detect more vanilla and oak (i.e., bourbon). While good, it's a little underwhelming in the barrel-aged department.

T: Same story as the scent. Not much barrel aging, but the flavor is still good. Raisins, prunes, tobacco, and coffee. Bitter dark chocolate as well.

F: Great. Nice and thick. Creamy.

O: Good beer, but where's the bourbon?

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours midnight pitch black & shows no clarity when light is shined into it. The pour produces 3 fingers of super frothy & variously bubbled, long lasting, dark mocha head that recedes to a frothy collar ring & island cap that covers half the surface leaving nice webs of clumpy, sticky lacing. Head so aggressive it makes the pour difficult. Aroma is Hershey's chocolate syrup, toffee, oak-wood vanilla, dark roasted/burned malts & some coffee. Taste is Hershey's chocolate syrup, dark chocolate, wood, caramel/toffee/molasses with hints of fig, prune & coffee; semi sweet chocolate dominates the latter half of the sip; a burned quality, a hint of smoke, some hop bitterness & alcohol in the finish with a burned & bitter aftertaste. Roasty/toasty & very, very nice. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with medium carbonation, chewy, tongue coating creamy & a little slick with a light prickle.

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Photo of stratusjeans
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/21/15, poured into snifter.

A: almost jet black, 3 fingers of dark leather colored foam.

S: oak hits you first. There's also smoke, chocolate, hops and malt.

T: amazed that some reviews can't taste the oak. Massively oaky. I also feel like I should point out this is not bourbon barrel aged, it's aged on oak chips so there won't be bourbon flavor, but there is lots of oak and smoke and char. Some caramel and marshmallow chocolate and hops lingering at the end. A little too much oak for me.

M: pretty thick like you want a sipping beer to be but fades away quickly.

O: really great beer and my first experience with Great Divide. For those that like oak it's right there for you and I'm curious what a year or two does to this brew and what other flavors would come forth.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

l - black with a dark, tan head and nice lacing
A - dark roast malt/coffee
T - lots of flavor, dark roasted coffee and malt
F - full bodied, sweet but slightly bitter finish, booze and molasses
*feel like this beer has other flavors going on that I am incapable of describing properly

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a creamy black with a thin tan head. Smells of chocolate and malt. Tastes of a wonderful blend of chocolate, hops and malt in which all evenly compliment each other. The cocoa nibs really set it off for me. The hops really set off the whole taste. They stick around, but not overbearing. The oak aging really smooths out this gem. Mouthfeel is perfect.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - Black, viscous, oily
Smell - Chocolate hits the nose first followed by coffee, roasted/charred notes
Taste - Follows the nose. Chocolate, coffee, some oakiness from the chips, anise, burnt sugar, earthiness
Feel - Enjoyable mouthfeel, mouth coating

Overall - Tasty stuff from Great Divide.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Poured into a Propolis tulip. Two finger brown head, but minimized after awhile. Pitch black body.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, notes of vanilla and wood.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, black licorice, earth.

Feel: Medium-thick body, medium carbonation. Creamy upfront, but left a pretty bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of derekgw123
3.36/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This isn't bad, but it may be my least favorite imperial stout I've tried. This is not even an imperial stout, it's a dark IPA. Extremely hoppy. Also, I get zero oak tastes out of this. Not even a little. I guess if this wasnt an imperial stout I wouldn't have rated it so harshly.

Edit: Oak comes out just slightly after warming up. Still not enough for me.

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

The barrel aging was very prominent(at least for me), first sip kind of kicked my ass but was a great beer after the first initial shock of flavor. Very good beer and the non-barrel aged version is amazing too. Great Stout!

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Photo of AlanLamp
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'll not reiterate all the minutea of this brew. Everything one would expect from a good imperial stout but the taste falls short. A substantial alkalinity on the finish and lingering after; not just the oak. Perhaps a bad bottle/batch. 3/24/15

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