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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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4,112 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,112
Reviews: 1,607
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 293
Gots: 730 | FT: 34
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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4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Just a great looking, great smelling stout! One can pick up notes of the oak at first wiff, and that first taste! Woa! It's great! 9.5% but you would never know it! My favorite part was the texture, it just is so smooth and nice. Recommend to anyone who likes a nice stout.

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Jacurdy60
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bomber into a Great Divide Brussels Glass. Bottled on September 24, 2012.

A-Pours a motor oil thick black, opaque and syrupy liquid with a light copper almost beige colored half finger head and minimal retention. Nice lacing is left behind as the foam coats the glass when I sip

S-Dry baker's chocolate, subtle dark fruits, vanilla extract precede the charred oak and semi sweet boozy notes that are ost profound on the nose.

T-Bakers chocolate, licorice, vanilla extract, sweet dark fruits, and a fusel booziness precede the charred oak backbone and fusel alcohol, hoppy bite. Very well balanced.

MF-Thick and rich, oily. Finishes like whole milk with a bit of dry hoppiness and carbonation.

O-Exceptional. Probably my favorite version of the Yeti.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of tectactoe
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kevin for pulling this one out - an '07 vintage nonetheless, complete with the old-school label and everything. It pours out like a black hole and is just about opaque as it gets. A decent-sized tan head forms but vanished pretty quickly... I really wasn't expecting much, given the beer's age, so any sign of carbonated life is nice.

I immediately notice some oxidation on the nose; once again, something I somewhat expected for a 6-7 year old brew, however it was mild enough to not hinder, and injected a bit of a boozy-sherry note with just a very light hint of wet cardboard. I feel like another year would push it over the edge, but at this point, it's just fine.

The nose is otherwise crowded with lots of chocolate and a pile of sweet, dark fruits; prunes, raisins, and a light undercurrent of anise and black licorice that soars from front to back. Like I mentioned, I believe the oxidation has injected a bit of sherry to the nose, so this Yeti variant smells the booziest of them all so far. Surprisingly little oak on the nose; honestly, the oak aroma is almost undetectable at this point.

Mounds of creamy chocolate and bittersweet cocoa nibs eradicate whatever taste was currently on my palate and fill it with a mild sweetness and an even more mild bitter roastiness. The oxidation lends a hand to a mild sherry booziness (this'll be the third time I've mentioned it already) that warms the throat nicely. The roast is heavier than I remember from other Yeti variants, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Dark fruits are heavier than I remember as well, but again, not a bad thing at all. Prunes and dates, sweet and dark and even lightly tart for just a split second, before leaving into a dry oak finish. Finally, I taste some oak! For being "oak aged" the beer is shockingly devoid of much oak at all, except for the very back end, where a hint of wood and vanilla finally make an appearance. The body is medium-heavy with a slick, oily, and almost creamy mouth feel; soft and light carbonation.

The finish contained just a mild touch of that "cardboard" like oxidation, but as long as you kept the beer in your mouth, it wasn't much of an issue. A year earlier and it probably would have been a non-factor. A year later and it might be too much. Glad to have finally had this one; I'll have to try another one fresh to see how things have changed. My least favorite of the Yeti series so far, but still a good beer when all is said and done.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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