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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,736 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,736
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 251
Gots: 580 | FT: 31
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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:
Imperial stout aged on new French and American oak chips.

(Beer added by: Crosling on 08-09-2004)
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danieelol

Australia

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured into a Duvel glass.

A: Head is a deep dark cola (black) color. Good persistent creamy white head. Lacing good but not spectacular. 4

S: Actually reminds me of rich chocolate ice cream. As expected, fairly highly hopped- citrus, nice DIPA-ish tangerine/malt dichotomy, and chartreuse (think the chartreuse note comes from pine/grassiness mixed with alcohol). Rich and interesting-smelling. Definitely chocolatey, maybe that's from the oak. 4.5

T: Again I think the oak comes across as chocolatey. Good acrid, bitter, earthy dryness with some nice hops breaking through. You get the occasional hint of residual sugar but it's largely undermined by roast bitterness, which I like. Very well balanced to my palate. Again, very chocolate ice creamy, although it ends very dry. 4.5

M: Very thick, viscous, but also somehow slick, furthering the "chocolate ice cream" impression. 4.5

O: This beer is a rich and decadent assault on the senses. Very, very solid (and delicious) beer. Almost too rich. Better than the coffee by a fair margin. 3.5

06-29-2011 15:44:51 | More by danieelol
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

This beer poured out as a wonderful looking black color with a very good brown head. The head laces the glass really well here. The smell of roasted chocolate malts and some fresh wood. The taste of the beer is chocolatey and toasted with a nice overtone of the oak. The aftertaste has a sweet bitterness to it. The mouthfeel is slick and very smooth. Overall this beer rocks. No doubt that this is worth the good reviews on here. Very enjoyable stout!

06-28-2011 22:09:46 | More by Knapp85
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.43/5  rDev +4%

Drank from my Stella Tulip.

A - Pours a oily deep Ebony colour with Mocha tanned head that ever slowly reduces to a film.

S - Slight smokyness with some sweet dark chocolate aromas.

T - Slightly smoky dusty flavour, with an overpowering hit of Coffee and Vanilla and small raisin. The finish is oh so smooth with the alcohol non existant.

M - Full body with minimal carbonation, extremely smooth.

O - We just don't get of the shelf stouts like this in Australia, this is top shelf.

06-18-2011 14:54:55 | More by eric5bellies
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zac16125

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -18.3%

22 oz bomber, bottled on date: Dec 7th 2010; poured into a pint glass

A: Pours an opaque jet black with a 2 fingers width dark mocha colored head. It has a thick, viscous appearance as it pours. The head dissipates at a moderate rate to a thin film that leaves decent lacing.

S: Vanilla, coffee, roasted malts, and chocolate. Subtle hints of alcohol, which are by no means dominating.

T: First sip is of strong burnt and roasted malts. Early on there are some hints of coffee/espresso, vanilla, and dark chocolate with some occasional hop bitterness noted on the after taste. The subtle complexities are nice but the early drink is definitely dominated by burnt and roasted malt characters. Then, about halfway through the first glass of the bomber, it takes a turn for the worse. The alcohol flavors really start to come out, and not in a subtle, pleasant way. Every sip is completely dominated by the presence of alcohol. The complex characters that were initially present are entirely masked by the alcoholic esters. After I finish the first glass and pour the rest of the bomber into the glass I have high expectations that it will make a turn for the better. But again after the first couple sips the alcohol comes right back out and dominates the drink. Very disappointing.

M/D: Sooth and well carbonated with a good initial mouthfeel. But the predominating alcohol characters really decrease its drinkability.

O: The bottle says, “Massive” and “Complex”. I would agree with the former, but not necessarily the latter. I wouldn’t say it is well balanced, or particularly complex. The potential that this beer showed early on was effectively destroyed by the dominating alcohol characters that took over the drink. It was mostly just roasted, burnt malts and alcohol. I was disappointed with this beer, and don’t plan on trying it again.

06-15-2011 02:40:54 | More by zac16125
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

Wooo! 700th review!

Vintage 2009 bottle on October 30th

A - Surprisingly a get a nice ring of lace from this almost two year bottle, sticky tan lacing at that. Color couldn't get any darker than this black liquid

S - I get a very solid murky oak smell along side of aged cocoa and slight roasty coffee's

T - Love how this beer starts bitter and oaky with touches of vanilla then goes to a sweet bakers like chocolate almost mocha flavor and finishes with a solid bit of roasty with a coffee like bitterness that lingers. Slight hops too. I think the oak might be a bit played out since it's almost like licking the barrel but the finish is where it's at.

M - Compared to the regular Imperial stout this one has only a slight heaviness to the body but no detectable alcohol.

Overall I liked it more than the regular version but the Espresso is still my favorite. Still have to track down the chocolate and get a taste.

06-15-2011 02:37:23 | More by DrDemento456
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BlastBeats

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +9.2%

Appearance: the Oaked Aged Yeti pours a pitch black color that quickly forms a voluminous dark tan head.

Smell: emanating aromas of roasted malt and alcohol. Coffee scents are present as well.

Taste: the oak aging process transforms the Yeti into an even more complex stout than the original. There is a newfound vanilla character that smooths out some of the flavors from the hops and alcohol. Flavors from the oak add a nice touch as well.

Mouthfeel: a necessary amount of carbonation coupled with the oak aging has lends itself to a very smooth finish that doesn't feature much of a bite.

Overall: Great Divide claims this beer to be the Yeti Imperial Stout's sophisticated sibling. I couldn't agree more.

06-13-2011 07:18:26 | More by BlastBeats
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Allpe45

Arizona

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

06-11-2011 21:03:12 | More by Allpe45
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BeTheBall

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +4%

Poured a very dark brown, almost black color with a small head. The smell was rich, chocolate, slight smoke or oak; a nice roasted tone. Taste was chocolate up front for me, very nice dark chocolate tones, warmed and dried out a bit by a very faint oak flavor and just the right amount of hops. Mouthfeel was very good, rich and thick. Overall, not being a huge stout guy, this was very tasty, and will stay on my stout short list.

06-11-2011 10:14:58 | More by BeTheBall
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Gushue3

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

A- black as night flfrom the bottle and in the glass. Large brown mocha head with lots of retention. Lacing is moderate with smaller traces left on the glass.

S- smoky and malty are the most prominent scents.

T- very nice darker chocolate and malt off the bat with a strong bitterness that becomes strong toward the middle. The back end of the flavor gets more complex and has a nice mix of chocolate, hops, malt and coffee roastness.

M- heavy thick mouthfeel. Fits this stout nicely. Carbonation is medium to low.

O- great stout. Up there with the rest of the other great ones.

06-11-2011 01:55:52 | More by Gushue3
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28Rock

California

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured this out of a 650 ML bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: This definitely lives up to its "Imperial Stout" title; the beer is as black as any beer I've ever enjoyed. While pouring, it looks as if I'm pouring motor oil into my glass. The head was about 2-2.5 inches thick, and was a nice, mocha brown color. The head didn't have much retention, but it sure looked wonderful right after initial pour.

Smell: Dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts were front and center. Along with those characteristics, you can also smell the alcohol that's in this beer, though not extremely over-powering.

Taste: The very first characteristic of this beer that I can taste is the roasted malts. After, I can taste some dark chocolate characteristics, followed by a hint of coffee. What stood out to me the most was that even though I was able to smell the alcohol, I wasn't able to taste it (if that makes sense).

Mouthfeel: Creamy. Smooth.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer very much.
Due to the fact that I was able to smell the alcohol much more on this beer, than on many of the other beers I've had, I was a bit nervous that the alcohol was all I was going to get, but that wasn't even an issue. This is a wonderful beer that I'd recommend to anybody wanting to try a good Imperial Stout.

06-08-2011 07:06:10 | More by 28Rock
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

06-07-2011 02:14:02 | More by jmdrpi
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mentaltraveller

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

I poured a 22 oz bottle into a liquor mart pint glass. The beer is very dark, with a thick and persistent head. The oak and alcohol are immediately evident in the smell. This brew tastes surprisingly smooth; the alcohol and oak are present but not overpowering. There are a lot of hops for a stout. Overall it is a very good brew.

06-03-2011 19:06:47 | More by mentaltraveller
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Marty30

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%

650ml bottle.Bottled on 10-7-2010.Served at 55 degrees into A Duvel Tulip.

A. Black as black gets for the body.Very nice two finger dark brown head,that recedes down to a nice cap.Lacing sticks all over the glass,great Carbonation for the style.Awesome looking beer.

S. Smells of milk chocolate come to me first followed by dark fruits with hints of vanilla and damp wood.

T. The oak chips come through alot more in the taste,with alot of chocolate,some coffee.A bit of a slight burnt taste in there not in a bad way though.There is a good bit of bitterness in the finish as well as a little bit of alchohol burn.Leaves a bitter oakey chocolate after taste.

M. Excellent creamy smooth medium mouth on this,impressed. Perfect carbonation.

Overall this was a very impressive beer,I had the espresso variety before which was good but I prefer this one.Smell was a bit weak but not bad in anyway.Just an overall great, easily accessible beer. I reccommend for sure.

06-02-2011 01:08:58 | More by Marty30
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schlimenhaumer

New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured from the bottle into a regular dinner glass in its natural high-altitude habitat (6,000+ feet).

A: Pours an opaque black as dark as oil with a one-finger dark tan head. Not too much retention or lacing here.

S: A lot going on: oak, chocolate, coffee and a distinct booziness in the background.

T: A nice mix of chocolate and coffee up front gives way to an oak flavor that hangs on for quite a while and finishes with a bit of bitterness. The booze from the nose doesn't really come through in the taste.

M: A good deal of carbonation up front with a mouth-coating creaminess on the finish -- very nice.

D: Not something I'd drink every day, but considerably less boozy than a lot of other imperial stouts I've had before.

05-31-2011 03:03:16 | More by schlimenhaumer
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AJDean

Washington

4.7/5  rDev +10.3%

Appearance- What you would expect from a imperial stout. Motor oil black. Great head retention that stays until the last half ounce. I have honestly never seen a beer cling longer to the side of a glass. The lacing cannot be beat.
Smell- Coffee, tobacco, smoke. This is what the beer promises, and the flavor lives up to the nose of the beer.
Taste- Beautifully bitter from the cocoa nibs. Oaky smoke from the get go. This is what you bought the beer for right? At first the burn in the back of your throat might confuse your palate. This is the heat from the cayenne, not the alcohol... which is masked perfectly. The front flavor definitely favors the oak presence. The back finish clearly exhibits the cocoa nibs and the cayenne.
Overall- This is an exceptional beer, that is worth the $10.50. This is a HUGE beer, definitely a sipper, a 22 ouncer best shared by two.

05-30-2011 03:05:56 | More by AJDean
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jifigz

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: This stuff looks pitch black and the head appeared, at least in the dimly lit room I was in, a purplish red/brown that glowed with some kind of radioactive presence. Great lacing all over the glass from the head and the beer as it was slowly drained into my belly.

S: The smell is big on this one. Coffee, chocolate, burnt grains and lets not forget the hops.

T: This beer tasted wonderful. The coffee and espresso flavors seemed dominant, but the hops and other flavors were there too just in a more subdued manor. The lingering flavor was total coffee beans with a bit of ethanol flavor, sting, and warming action.

M: This beer was pretty thick and viscous. It wasn't thickest stout I have had, but it did have that nice thick motor oil/molasses feel to it. I love that feel. This beer was also super creamy on the palate.

O: One very delicious stout and my first offering I have ever had from this Colorado brewery. I will most certainly be checking out more when I can.

05-27-2011 14:25:17 | More by jifigz
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%

Thanks to EBF 2010 for this one. Most recent vintage. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Darkness snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a dense .5 finger dark mocha head with great retention. Beer is an opaque black. Lacing is stringy and spotty with great stick. Overall a really good looking beer.

S: Nose is cocoa, dense brownie, milk chocolate, roasted malt, with a thick hop presence in the background. Alcohol is present but it just tickles the nose. A hoppy stout to be sure though.

T: Opens caramel, roasted malt, brownie, and anise. Some prunes and milk and dark chocolate towards the middle with a hop bitterness lingering upfront. Coffee and espresso bean bitterness towards the end along with molasses on the finish and more coffee in the aftertaste. A simple stout overall but one that's made very well.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth and viscous and smooth going down. Finish is messy with a sticky aftertaste. Spot on.

D: This is, without a doubt, one of the better RISs out there. Not incredibly complex in any way, but very well balanced with the right flavors complementing each other. A great model of the style.

05-26-2011 18:16:18 | More by SpeedwayJim
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%

Thanks to Knownfactor for sending me this one!

Bottled on 10/7/10.

Pours a pitch black color with a 3 inch dark khaki head that fades to a puffy cap. A real nice latticework of lacing forms around the glass on the drink down. Smells of cocoa powder, roasted dark malt, and some vanilla/oak aromas.. Taste is very woody at first. The oak chips that the beer was aged on are the prominent taste followed by cocoa powder and dark malts. There is a very earthy dirt/wood aftertaste on the palate after each sip. Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy. A very rich beer indeed. Overall, this is probably my least favorite of the Yeti beers I have tried so far (I only need the barrel aged one to complete the entire series) but still a very good stout in its own right.

05-24-2011 00:54:54 | More by UCLABrewN84
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herman77

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

A: Jet black with a large dark brown head. Nice lacing

S: Dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, a hint of coffee, oak and alcohol. Some pine hops lurking behind all the rich smells.

T: Roasted malt and bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee up front. Long lingering coffee in the aftertaste. Can't really taste any of the oak aged qualities. Hops are a lot more subdued compared to normal yeti, though this one was bottled on Nov. 17 2009. A little more coffee flavored than I expected.

M: Thick, fuller body, not the thickest, but still pretty viscous. Smooth and soft carbonation.

O: A pretty solid impy stout. A nice sipper. No complaints here really.

05-23-2011 00:59:52 | More by herman77
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snpub540

California

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured a dark brown hue, almost black, into my Chimay chalice. Creamy brown head was almost 1/8th of an inch high but it didn't leave any lacing.

Aroma is roasted malts and some coffee with a hint of vanilla.

Oaked vanilla flavors are upfront followed by a nice amount of roasted malts and then a nice dry bitter finish. The flavors are very smooth and blend nicely.

The mouthfeel is super creamy and smooth. This beer coats the entire mouth in an almost velvety way. Drinkability is good and the alcohol is almost non existent with the great flavors going on.

05-20-2011 07:30:45 | More by snpub540
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

A-black with a thin brown head that slowly thins.

S-mmm smells like dark chocolate syrup. its a very thick smell with medium strength. bittersweet cocoa beans are very evident.

T-comes in strong with bittersweet cocoa beans...they're quite bitter. the cocoa tastes stays very thick and lasts in to a long lasting after-taste. in the after-taste, i can detect the oaked aspect. its full bodied and long lasting experience. Each sip isn't exactly the same. sometimes the bitterness lasts throughout the entire taste, and sometimes i pick up a burnt aspect to it towards the after-taste. there's nothing here that's wrong.

M-medium carbonation, very very thick bodied...between chalky and syrupy. dry finish

O-this is definitely a good stout. i don't find that it necessarily stands out above the other big stouts i've had though. it seems to fall in the mix. its definitely not bad though if you're craving a monstrous stout. it is nice that the ABV is lower than other big stouts though. I can finish the bomber and then continue drinking!

05-17-2011 03:11:14 | More by AdamBear
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notchucknorris

California

4.43/5  rDev +4%

A: Black with a pretty nice 2 finger head that's the color of hot chocolate foam.

S: Big floral hops along with wood, a big charred aroma, roasted malts, cocoa powder and a hint of blackberry.

T: Espresso, dark chocolate, a bit of hop bitterness and then a big finish of dark roasted coffee. A bit of charred bitterness on the finish and a hint of smoke. Pretty nice.

05-16-2011 17:04:38 | More by notchucknorris
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soughtbygod

California

3.48/5  rDev -18.3%

Black body with a thin tan head.

Aromas of cardammom, ginger, and roasty chocolate malt.

The flavors are cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, dark chocolate, and espresso and they work amazingly well together. Who knew chai and stout would be such a great combo, but they play well off one another. Seems like a milk stout may have been the base beer.

Each sip makes me want to try another, so that's good. Medium body is round and smooth on the palate.

Great beer that goes great with my dessert.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2011 23:29:25 | More by soughtbygod
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BobZ

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%

Bomber poured into my Duvel Tulip, not sure of the vintage but pretty sure it's 2010.

Appearance: Dark brown almost black in color, builds a ½” tan head which recedes to about a 1/16”.

Smell: Roasted malt, coffee and some chocolate, very pleasant and spot on for the style. The hops also are noticeable, much more so than other stouts of the style.

Taste: Follows the aroma, almost verbatim, roasted malt, mocha. Very smooth and delicious. The hop flavor also adds a nice dimension to this beer, not overly “hoppy”, just an added flavor component adding to the beers overall character.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and smooth.

Overall: Very nice stout, I really enjoyed the hop profile and the beer in general. I enjoyed this beer even more than Founders Breakfast Stout. I would buy again.

05-10-2011 20:52:02 | More by BobZ
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therica

Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%

A= looks like a deep rich chocolate malt shake, totally black (zero light passing through) with dark brown foamy head.

S= dark rich toasty malts, hops florals, chocolate. 4.0 on the Richter scale until it warms into a 4.5.

T= chocolate malt with a hops zip! Wow. Very rich complex roasted dark malts, milk chocolate and dry chocolate, very-present hops florals and some balanced bitters, amazing experience. A toffee taste that one would find in a fantastic soda-fountain chocolate malt.

M= dry yet rich chocolate malt, obviously present but not overdone hops florals, some toffee.

O= expensive at $9.99 for a 25-ounce wine-bottle but definitely worth it for the try, and to stock up on for special occasions once your stocks rise from the dead.

05-10-2011 04:27:41 | More by therica
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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