Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,216
Reviews: 1,623
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 308
Gots: 802 | FT: 44
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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 TheSixthRing
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours deep and inky black with a finger's worth of head that evokes imagery of tanned leather. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of surface suds. Very little in the way of lacing.

Smell - Aroma hits on equal notes of chocolate, dark roast and oak woodiness. Light hints at vanilla.

Taste - Hits on baker's chocolate and deep roast coffee upfront. Big, woody oak notes, especially mid-taste. Charred wood, earthiness and roasted malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low carbonation. Lightly syrupy. Not quite as smooth as expected, but still goes down easy enough.

Overall - This is a really good beer, great even, but doesn't quite hit on the upper echelon of impys for me. Maybe it's too much woodiness. Maybe it's better when fresh? Whatever it is, just doesn't quite do it for me like the best impys do.

Photo of auee92
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Chocolate coffee alcohol, with a little soy sauce on top.

Appearance: Pours a dense beautiful black, with minimal head, and a quarter inch of tan foam.

Taste: A very light sweetness up front, with a lightly bitter, medium sour, teaser sitting on the tongue.

Palate: This stout has a light body, thin, slick. oily feel to it with very soft carbonation.

Overall: Very good Imperial Stout, very drinkable and hides the 9% very well.

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very dark brown, almoust black beer. Brown, creamy, head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Oak, chocolate, vanilla, cookies, smoke, cacao beans, brown sugar and coffee.

Taste: Raisin, dried fruit, wood, oak, cream, vanilla, roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate.

Full body with a oily texture and little carbonation.

I just LOVE this!

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pitch with a dark khaki head.

S: Booze, oak, raisins, vinegar.

T: Booze soaked raisins and chocolate. Dark dried fruit, cocoa, wood chips, char, wheaty toast, big malt, assorted nuts, a slight hoppy bite on the back.

M: Thick and velvety. The boozy taste can get in the way of flavor but it's not bad. Leaves a sweet chocolate coat.

O: A great, well made beer. Love the flavor profile as well as the sticky mouth feel.

Photo of reebtaerG
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on cask at Lures

A-It poured a black color with a 1 finger tan head. Good lacing.

S-The aroma was of dark roasted malts, some oak and minor chocolate.

T-Wonderful taste that was of dark roasted malts, burnt malts, dark chocolate, oak, grassy hops, slight carob and some minerals.

M-Great mouthfeel that had medium carbonation and a big mouthfeel.

O-overall a great beer by GDBC of the Yeti. Can't wait to try the espresso!

Photo of illeagle05
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into Cigar City snifter.

A: Pours thick, syrupy, completely opaque very dark brown to black in color with a thin latte-colored head from a conservative pour. Good lacing and head retention. 4.25

S: Coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla, molasses, whiskey -- not sure if a stuffy nose is to blame but a bit underwhelming for me. 3.75

T: Coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, malt, earthy, roasted nuttiness, finishes with hops bitterness and warming alcohol. 4

M: Full-bodied, thick and syrupy, light carbonation, stinging alcohol, covers the mouth and lingers with a malty feel... significantly smoother as it warms. 4.5

O: A lot more going on here than with most imperial stouts I'm used to... this is one I would only buy in the future for a cold winter day or when I start drinking my coffee black on a regular basis -- it has some of those same flavors along with the hops bitterness that remind me of that feel. The alcohol bite certainly helps to balance out the finish for me and redeems the overall appeal. 4

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

This bottle is dated September of 2012

Pours like liquid chocolate. Black as midnight. No hues escape the edges of this beer. A creamy head of chocolate colored foam graces the beer. It hangs on for dear life but wanes to a ring and film on top. Leaves spotty lace and alcohol legs. Nose is big roasted malt! Ripe cherries and they are bright. Some vanilla smooths it out and there is bit of oak to deepen it. Dry sweet dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Touch of char or burnt on the nose but nothing too loud. For a minute I also thought I observed a bit of cola.

Taste is scrumptious. The chocolate is sweet the coffee is bitter like espresso. The oak is lovely with a bit of vanilla and the ripe fruit is like a cherries and berries. The body of this beer is lush, smooth and creamy. Full malt presence in this one. The The burnt qualities are stronger on the palate and they accent the lovely sweetness of the chocolate. The coffee is strong and bitter while fruit is light and sweet. Hops balance this one nicely. Finishes a touch slick and with a delicious aftertaste. Finishes roasty and sweet, warming and with only a mild bit of ashy char.

Heavenly and one of the best!

Photo of papat444
3.26/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this a while back, just getting to putting up a review now.

Poured from a bomber.

Great looks, very dark but the aroma and flavor is overly harsh. The oak aging on this has overshadowed the base beer make it a chore to finish, especially it being a bomber. Not impressed and there are better options out there IMO.

Photo of tmm313
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Poured out of the bottle in slow motion. You could tell its thickness immediately. Pitch black in the glass with an incredible 2 finger, creamy, rich brown head. Outstanding lacing. Noticeable alcohol legs.

S- Both dark and milk chocolate, vanilla, rich dark fruits: cherry, plum, fig. Caramel, toffee, slight booze as an accent, tropical fruit and pine.

T- Massive rich chocolate accented by dark fruits up front. Vanilla, oak, citrus, and pine join the party soon after. Licorice pops in and out. Finish is a mix of dark chocolate, pine, and dark roast coffee. Nice slightly lingering bitterness.

M- Medium thick body. Not as thick as the pour suggested it would be. Creamy on the tongue and drying.

O- To me, every aspect of this beer was either perfect or dangerously close to it. The entire time I had it in the glass, I was almost dumbfounded by it... I don't know if it will score the highest on my list after I click "review", but my god, did it try.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick and menacing black tar color. I got a nice head to form on vigorous ending to the pour. The head faded quickly due to low retention.rnrnThe aroma is quit strong with roasted malts that border on burnt. Subtle smells of licorise and/or molasses are present too.rnrnTaste is dominated by a big roasted malt bill, but I like the way it has a slight burnt taste too.rnI can also taste hints of coffee and bittersweet chocolate and molasses and burnt caramel.rnrnthe mouthfeel is heavy medium. It is dry and slightly bitter from oak aging.rnrnI think this is my least favorite of the line, but it is very good.

Photo of jlindros
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Probably the oldest remaining Yeti in my collection, Bottled on Nov 06, 2008. hopefully held up well, if not I'll have to review a fresh one.

Still pours a nice head, very dark chocolate colored thick and frothy 1 fingered head that fades at a med pace, nice for the abv, decent lacing too and with some decent legs, pitch black beer with no light coming through.

Nose brings some rich cocoa, lots of fluffy nougat, caramel, mocha, a very mild roast and espresso bean and with that a bit of a burnt acrid note but not much, a juicy black malt somehow like aroma with a little cocoa or even chocolate milk, and a nice vanilla character from some mild oak notes.

Taste comes on creamy and rich, fairly thick with a big cocoa note and lots of dark malts, a hint of roast but not acrid or burnt at all nicely. A little biscuity note and lots of powdered dry cocoa with aged dark chocolate, a little bitter dark choc note, into fluffy nougat and some caramel again. Then oak, a nice oak rounding character with oak cube flavor like nibbling on oak shards, and some vanilla character with it. Surprised how much that came through with the age on it. Booze barely makes a squeak as a little warming note comes through but mostly hidden well. Finish is dry as the whole beer is, with a little slight earthy and spicy hop bitterness cutting through, more bitter dark chocolate, a bit of a bitter tannic coffee note as well, and little sticky feel with hint of warming booze and alcohol flavor.

Mouth is full bodied, fluffy and semi thick, a little creamy and chewy but dry, nice fluffy carb, and a bit of warming booze.

Overall pretty nice, good malt characters, nice cocoa, caramel, nougat, biscuit, and even a nice roast like character without burnt acrid notes, but that could be the age knocking that off as it seems to do with the booze. Surprised how well some of the oak and vanilla lasted, but it's probably a lot more prevalent on fresh bottles. I'll have to try fresh and compare.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Despite the abv (9.5%), this beers drinks as easy as one could get. Very smooth. As it warms, you can feel the alcohol more, but it never overwhelms you. I almost wish it would feel more boozy, but a bottle of this goes down so easy. Tasty. Not real smoky, bitter, or roasted. Just a very solid stout that rises to the occasion. I'm still wondering if I like the regular Yeti as much as this. But, I think it's that the OA quality is subtle and not overstated. Very good.

Photo of bsyoung
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- pitch black body with creamy brown heady and minimal lacing
S - oak and chocolate, aroma not as strong as I was expecting
T - huge oak flavor initially with bitter sweet chocolate and coffee. Strong coffee flavor lingers
M - moderate
O - great stout with huge flavors

Photo of upton7418
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle poured into snifter

bottle aged over 2 years before trying.

A-dark brown color with a smallish tan head that disappears

S-coffee, chocolate, whiskey which is ultimately the OAK

T-dark chocolate, coffee, earthy, molasses, oak, alcohol tasting

F-medium to full body with moderate carbonation, dry finish

O-good stout, really strong oak/alcohol taste but good

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Axnjxn
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

draft at beer study in chapel hill. FW tulip. pours a very dark black with a slight beige head. smell is very big on rich chocolate..nice!taste starts out with roasted malts and a lot of chocolate. slight bit of oak follows and you get creamy chocolate on the finish. so smooth and creamy.

overall superb. very recommended!

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Part of a beer share with two pals that included BCBS 2012, Ivan the Terrible, and Yeti among other less notable beers.

A beautiful appearance to start off: dark cappuccino-colored head, two fingers thick. Eventually settles into a lacy layer above the dark goodness. The liquid is opaque and dark brown/black.

I wasn't getting a lot off of the nose, having to really exert myself at first. Eventually I began to pick up oak, chocolate, and roasted and sweet malts.

The taste, on the other hand, was all types of goodness. The oaked notes were much more pronounced, the chocolate alternating between dark and baker's with the latter lingering deliciously on my tongue. The sweet malts do there trick too, making for a dessert-like, without the cloying properties, imperial stout.

The taste was aided by a great mouthfeel that was big on creaminess and bitterness of the chocolatey kind. The chocolate notes were dominant and stayed on my tongue long after I finished this beer.

I love this beer and love how affordable it is while being able to hold up against more expensive and harder-to-find brews. If I lived in Colorado this would be all I drank.

Photo of MDDMD
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown color with a smallish tan head and decent lacing

S-dark malt, coffee, chocolate, molasses

T-dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, coffee, earthy, molasses, oak, slight char, mild bitter finish

F-medium to full body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-delicious stout, great body and blend of flavors

Photo of MattyG85
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Bottled on October 16, 2013.

Appearance: Pours an oily pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of deep tan head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing on the glass.

Smell: A deep, roasty, and fairly sweet dark aroma with big hints of chocolate malt, coffee, and oak. Dark roasted barley malts with big hints of bitter dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roast coffee, toast, biscuit, burnt caramel, toffee, cream, nuts, and yeast. Barrel presence with hints of oak chips, sweet vanilla, and wood. Sweet hints of burnt molasses. Solid hop backing with earthy hints of grass. Smells sweet but nicely balanced. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very roasty and nicely sweet and bitter dark malt driven taste with some notes of oak aging. Dark roasted barley malts with a big taste of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, cocoa, toasted bread, biscuit, cream, nuts, burnt caramel, toffee, and yeast. Good barrel presence with notes of oak, sweet vanilla, and wood. Sweet notes of molasses. Slight taste of anise. Backing notes of earthy hops adding some nice balancing bitterness. A very good big stout taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and pretty drying on the finish. Alcohol heat is pretty tame.

Overall: A great twist on an already great Imperial Stout. Big and bold with the dark malt and the hops bring some nice drying balance. The oak presence is very solid.

Photo of MagicJeff
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pretty viscous pour lead to a fluffy mocha colored head. Nice lacing afterwards too.

S: Boozy coffee. Some oats and malt and old oak.

T: Awesome sweet and dark chocolate interplay. Not as much coffee, which I actually enjoy. Oak not prevalent until the after taste, and it kind of bitters out the chocolate to tie it all together. I would love to pair this with a stinky cheese.

M: Boozy but drinkable. Not as thick drinking as the pour indicates, if that makes sense. I view this one as more of a one and done (maybe dessert or winter warmer). I don't see why you'd want to session a +9.5% abv stout anyway.

Overall: Really like how the oak plays into this beer. Not overpowering at all, but you can definitely pick up on it. Decent value and worth seeking out, if you are in the mood for a stout.

Photo of cjgiant
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The initial pour was seemingly viscous, black with brown quickly dissipating head. The nose is mocha and coffee, but the oak notes are also present. The nose also has a little bitterness.

The taste is coating from the start. Strong bite of alcohol, accompanied by chocolate notes. There is also a bitterness that resembles cherry that leads into the end if the taste. The end taste brings in the oak aging, drying the palette along with a bitterness with a pine base.

This had more bitterness and less malt notes than I would have expected. It does hit big on the flavors it brings to the table, which is why I gave it the rating I did, even though I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd hoped.

Photo of KYGunner
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep black coloring supports the thickest of complexion. The head was stout and creamy with good retention and layered lacing.

The aromas definitely showcase the smoky char with dry chocolatey malt, Graham cracker and even hints of marshmallow. Light vanilla sits covered by the char and smoke.

The flavors follow the nose with a char that sits between a camp fire ember and burnt coffee. Creamy chocolate emerges around mid palate with a difficult to find vanilla. Perhaps it's the vanilla reminds me of bourbon but I catch a light bourbonesque quality near the swallow. This does end in a hop bitterness.

The feel is so thick, creamy and full. The carbonation seems non existent as this drinks so cleanly. It is full in feel but also on the stomach as it is not a beer you want to drink more than one.

Photo of Apellonious
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

1 pt 8 fl oz bomber from FMcD's. Bottled on 9-23-2013

A - Pours jet black. Thin chocolate tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - Chocolate, vanilla, faint smoke, nuts

T - Imagine drinking a campfire covered in a vanilla and chocolate sauce. The heat from the alcohol is faintly present in the finish. The oak and nuttiness gets stronger as it warms.

M - Above average. Has a syrup oil like consistency, with a hint of front end carbonation for balance.

O - A perfect winter warmer to help pass the time.

Photo of Ryanm1
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Possibly the closest thing to perfection for a typical imperial stout. I've had the regular yeti which is excellent and can't distinctly recall if the oak aged is that much better because the original is so good. Also, mild compared to the bourbon barreled aged beers so you can have more than one of these and walk straight (although not many more than one). Poured pitch black on tap into a full 16oz pint glass. The top 10% of the pour was brown lacing. Very malty taste on the tongue, mild bitterness very drinkable beer. Not overpowering with the alcohol content although it is around 10%abv. Left rings on the glass after each sip like an exceptional wine.Excellent beer by an excellent brewery. One of the best stouts out there.

Photo of MarkAvery
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WHAMMY! Favorite stout of the moment. Delicious undertones in this beer. smooth all the way through. And the appearance on this is phenomenal as well. I would drink this all day. I'm just starting to focus more on Imperial Stouts and this so far is one of my favorites and stuck out to me and grabbed my attention. Plus theres a goddam yeti on it!

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

It's a beer review kind of night. 22oz, snifter, you know the drill.

A: I'm pretty sure the room got a little darker when I poured this thing because it sucked the light in to itself. Completely and utterly black with a dark brown half finger head. Some legs and lacing. Motor oil.

S: Roast and hops. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, wood, and a bit of smoke round out the end. More vanilla comes out as it warms.

T: More bitter and less sweet than I expected. Roast that fades in to strong hop bitterness and lots of dark chocolate and oak. Sadly I haven't had the base beer to compare it to but the words "massive" and "complex" on the bottle do describe it well. This is good.

M: Imperial stout. Viscous with a touch of carbonation. Alcohol, bitterness, and wood linger a bit and dry the mouth.

O: I do enjoy my stouts a bit sweeter than this, however the hop bitterness does play well against the oak woodiness. I wouldn't reach for it every day, and it's a little palate exhausting, but it's delicious and complex. Will have to try original Yeti.

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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