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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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world-class

4,140 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,140
Reviews: 1,615
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 293
Gots: 744 | FT: 37
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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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Ratings: 4,140 | Reviews: 1,615
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look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black. No light getting through this beer. Head is as brown as chocolate ice cream. Smells of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and oak. Espresso coffe, chocolate, vanilla, and is then rounded out with a finish full of oak and sweetness. Creamy, thick mouthfeel.

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Bottle dated Oct 18th, 2010. Coming up on three years old.

A: Pours pitch pitch black with a large and very dense dark brown head. Head fades at a moderate pace. Top notch head retention and nice lacework at the same time.

S: Mellow sweet chocolate aroma. Some charred oak in there. Dark fruits, hints of cherries and raisin.

T: The aging is definitely prominent here. Flavor is super mellow chocolate with some char and coffee and lots of oak surprisingly. Hints of dark fruits but barely there. Very well integrated flavors, sort of just becomes one smooth flavor if that makes any sense. A little oxidation on the back end mixing with charred, smoky oak, becomes sort of an oaky, cardboardy mix. Not that great but not too detracting. I'm guessing 3 years is probably the limit on this one. Sort of acrid smoke lingers between sips.

M: Medium-heavy body. Silky smooth and creamy. A dream to drink.

O: Might've waited a little too long to drink this one. I've had this fresher before (not reviewed) and my memory seems to remember it being a bit better. Less smoky and charry. But who knows, aging does weird things and palates do weird things over the years too. It's still quite good but I think the regular and chocolate oak aged yetis stand above its fellow variants still. Depends on what you're looking for I guess. Having said that, with three years on this one it goes down like silk and the flavors are very well integrated. Very tasty and drinkable.

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2011 vintage. After a bit of aging, the oak is just as prominent in the nose, but less prominent on the taste buds where it melds beautifully with the big Yeti base. Just a bit of woodiness on the aftertaste remains. It's a tasty variant for sure, but I'm just not sure that it beats the base beer.

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A- Pours a jet black, oil-like opaque body with a thick deep mocha colored head that reduces slowly and leaves some sticky lacing.

S- Sweet milk chocolate, espresso, dark fruits, vanilla, and butterscotch. The dark fruit aroma is particularly strong in this one.

T- Upfront dark chocolate covered fruit dominates, followed by a faint vanilla note. This develops to a deep roasty, charred, nearly burnt malt flavor that sticks on the tongue for a while.

M- Really thick and rich with low carbonation.

This was quite an impressive imperial stout, it was complex, rich, and balanced. I just wish the oak aging added more dimension to it, I only got faint aromas and tastes of vanilla from the oak. Maybe I'm just used to the robust oak bourbon barrel aged stouts that are popular nowadays.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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