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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,752 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,752
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 251
Gots: 579 | FT: 29
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:
Imperial stout aged on new French and American oak chips.

(Beer added by: Crosling on 08-09-2004)
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Photo of chilly460
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

A - Dark inky black, almost "powdery" look to it due to small bubbled carbonation. Huge two finger mocha head. The head didn't have much retention.

S - Dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts were there immediately. Good touch of booze, and a sweet oak.

T - First hit the roasted malts, light coffee basically. Moves to a darker chocolate taste, some vanilla picked up as well. Mild cleansing hop profile, much less hop punch then regular Yeti that I've had.

M - Full body for sure, creamy.

O - Very nice Imperial Stout, easy to drink with the milder coffee/chocolate flavors and less hops.

chilly460, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of JLeege
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Bottled 11/5/2010

Appearance- Poured into a snifter, jet black, no light enters, just a black hole. The darkest head I have seen on a beer. Great retention and tons of sticky lace, I have never seen a stout of this stature lace this much. Perfect 5 appearance.

Smell- Bitter coffee and pine sided hops. Some dark chocolate, slight oak, vanilla, and molasses.

Taste- Dark chocolate, dry cocoa and bitter coffee beans up front. Turns to some piney hops, and some subtle dark fruit; raison and a hint of plum. Then the charred oak pops up on the finish (though not smoky), fairly woody with subtle vanilla, caramel, molasses. Lingering coffee/chocolate and slightly charred wood on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Full body with perfect carbonation, very creamy. After 9 months the alcohol presence is nil.

Overall- The espresso oak aged is better, has even more oak and coffee (obviously), but this is still mighty tasty, better than 95% of the imperial stouts out there. It just has some stiff completion amongst its own brand. None the less, still a no doubt, solid “A” beer. This Yeti series is epic. I would do terrible disgusting things for a Barrel Aged version of this!

JLeege, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of jm1229
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%

5th review on BA. Opened on 8/5/11 and poured into my FW nonic at 55 degrees. Bottling date stamp was smeared so no knowing how long it's been bottled up, but let's unleash this beast.

A- Pours a deep, rich black. Really dark. Thick mocha-colored head quickly turns into some impressive lacing on the glass. Looking good so far.

S- Oh man! Smells great. Roasted chocolate. Little bit of vanilla and coffee.

T- Lots of chocolate in this one. Like the nose, there are hints of coffee and vanilla, but the chocolate is the star here. Toasted oak chips, too. Nice and complex. Really digging it.The alcohol is hidden so well for 9.5%. Nice bitter chocolate aftertaste.

M- Perfect carbonation for a stout. Smooth as hell for what this is. Fulfilling with every sip. My mouth is watering for more.

O- Is it the best stout? No. Is it a great stout? Absolutely. Nothing better than a complex stout in my opinion, and this one fits the bill. I've had the original Yeti and I can safely say this one is much better and I'll be reaching for this one over the original every time. Really excellent brew.

jm1229, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%

Oak Aged Yeti bears an aroma that is equal parts thick, creamy malt and strong hops: the former brings notes of ash, chocolate malt, fig, and dark chocolate; and the latter brings a grapefruit and citrus tang.

Rather unique among Imperial Stouts for such an emphasis on hops (in addition to dark malts), the brew further demonstrates its strengths on the tongue, where the first flavors to cross the tastebuds are dark chocolates, tobacco, ash, chocolate malt (with hints of black malt), fig, and young port (which is wilder and far less subtle than its aged counterparts). Prancing about on top of these malts are the hops, which burn the tongue with pokers of 75 IBU grapefruit bitterness, meaning that at such levels, this "stout" is far more potent than most serious IPAs. The aftertaste is equal parts ash, tobacco, and hops, and lingers for upwards of a minute, being especially noticeable on the soft palate. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a superb Imperial Stout, and is well balanced between malts and hops, making for one of the more pleasurable drinking experiences I've had in a while. Beware, however: the strengths of these flavors may prove too much for many drinkers, especially those for whom even a Guinness is far too dark.

jondeelee, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of YouSkeete
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

A: Very rich dark brown, extremely black appearance. One finger dark khaki head, turns into moderate lacing.

S: Bittersweet chocolate, molasses and malt, alcohol, espresso notes. Some hints of oak and wood, vanilla bean and even some sort of cherry-like aroma.

T/M: Big oak/wood flavor with bittersweet and dark chocolates, roasted malts and strong coffee. Coffee flavor tastes almost burnt, doesn't hurt the overall flavor though. Very rich and smooth overall body. Very mildly bitter with a fully loaded malt frame. Not extra complex, just a really rich and full flavor overall. 9.5% ABV flows perfectly with the rest of the flavors. Full body with medium carbonation.

D: Amazing. A really well done brew. Big flavor, big body, big beer. Highly recommend this one for oak-aged stout fans.

YouSkeete, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of sendsilk
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%

I have had this beer several times and just decided to review it tonight. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Lost Abbey Tulip. Bottled 11/09/09

A- Freaking great looking. Dark and rich, fantastic head on it. Superb lacing which leads way to the smell...

S- Fantastic as well,chocolate, vanilla and roast notes. excellent.

T- Wonderful as well. Thick dark and rich, with a wonderful viscocity. Delicious chocolate and vanilla flavors, very rich in the dark chocolate flavor. Hard to beat this flavoer

M- Superb, rich and viscous.

O- Everyone should try this beer and it seems to be readily available. If you haen't had one, try it!

sendsilk, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of byteme94
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Drank after a Bells Expedition Stout. Was a very nice affordable upgrade from the bells during the Phils/Giants game. Bottled in Dec 07,2010.

Poured with a finger of burnt golden head, nicely laced against the glass. Very nice oak on the nose as well as during tasting. Your normal choc and coffee notes, nothing extra special...just special.

A little bit of alcohol could be detected which makes me wanna buy a few more to age for a year or even more, if they last that long.

Graded on a hard scale I'd give this a B+ to A-. Def would drink and buy anytime I could.

byteme94, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of peacebone116
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured from a bomber (dated 10/18/2010) into Delirium snifter on 7/24/11.

A: As this pitch black beer is pored, it looks heavy and syrupy. It settles with nice tan head that slowly recedes to lace and cloud-like wisps.

N: Chocolate notes are prominent with a bit of vanilla and coffee in the background.

T/M: Chocolate and coffee and vanilla are primary. A bit of the alcoholic heat comes in. There is a defined taste of tasted oak in the finish.
This actually has a lighter bodied than it appeared to have during the pour, being a on the medium-heavy spectrum.

Overall, I really liked the complexity of this beer. The hops blend well with the beer to add a nice spice, but the barrel aging is definitely the main attractant here. Delicious! Even better than the standard Yeti!

peacebone116, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of KAP1356
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

650 ml bottle, dated October 30, 2009, poured into a snifter...

A - Pours as opaque black as you can get. Pours oily almost and a nice 1 finger darker tan head forms. It slowly recedes leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Very woody, oak notes up front along with burnt malts, chocolate and some bitter coffee. Strong notes of vanilla and dark fruits are present as well.

T - Starts out with a solid oak punch mixed with sweet vanilla. Burnt, almost ashy, malts and bitter coffee follow. Nice, big chocolate flavors come out too giving it a nice sweetness. The bitter coffee flavors really hang around here.

M - Heavy bodied beer with a really smooth feel to it. More carbonation than I would've thought, but it rounds the feel out nicely.

O - My favorite of the Yeti lineup. It really gives you everything you love about Yeti with a nice oaky addition.

KAP1356, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of megahurts4
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

On draft at Sunset Grill in Boston, MA

Appearance: dark brow, medium-small head, and good lacing.

Smell: roasted malts and coffee with a hint of vanilla.

Taste: coffee, roasted malts, and a vanilla/bourbon sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

This is very rich and flavorful. They made a very nicely balanced brew that has a nice roasted flavor without being overbearing.

megahurts4, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of Kubus
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

650 mL bottle in a small plastic cup. Thanks a lot Holiday Inn...

A: Looks a lot like espresso. Deep brown with a decent 2 fingers of light brown head. Goes away and leaves a nice white lace.

S: Hops and Dark chocolate, some phenols.

T: Starts off with a rich, refined mix of chocolate and coffee then devolves into a blunt taste of hops before finishing with an aftertaste which has some light alcohol burn and an oak/wine aftertaste.

M: Filling, chewy, and rich. Has the consistency of chocolate milk.

O: A good beer overall, definitely worth buying again. Could use a bit less hops, but still good.

Kubus, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%

Bottled Dec. 7, 2010 and poured into my HopDevil pint glass.

A-Pours inky black with an inch of dark chocolate colored head. Reduces at a snail's pace, leaving sheets of sticky lacing.

S-Roasted malts, baker's chocolate, crushed coffee beans, charcoal briquettes.

T/M-Oh yeah. This is awesome stuff. Super roasty, with intense flavors of bitter chocolate and hops. Slightly acidic on the back palate. The oak is subtle. It appears briefly up front, and is quickly buried in roasty bitterness. This stout isn't messing around. Intensely, aggressively roasty almost to a fault. A slightly softer body would do wonders. Full bodied with low carbonation.

O-I'm a huge fan of the normal Yeti. I think I might like it more than the Oak Aged version, which seems to have more intense bitterness.

DaveHS, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip, side by side with regular Yeti.

Appearance: Out of the bottle this is molasses, nearly black, with a creamy brown head that still retains fairly well.

Smell: A touch of booze here, and the nose is smokier than the base beer, Some concentrated chocolate covered coffee beans, roasted malt, and vanilla come in as well.

Taste: This is fairly smokey, with lots of fully roasted malt, which I expected. Coffee, bitter chocolate, and some wood at the end. The spruce and pine hop bitterness has faded, but I do not really get much additional depth of flavor out of the oak. It is just kind of... there.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, with medium carbonation. It feels a little bit fuller bodied than the original, although that could be an illusion from there being less hoppiness.

Overall: One of the few times I have liked a beer that has spent time in barrels less than the original.

KickInTheChalice, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of Buttermaker
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%

Imperial stout isn't usually the first beer I reach for at the liquor store. Even in the dead of winter I find them a little too heavy to really enjoy. And I don't necessarily think they're always more "complex". In my opinion yeast provides the most nuance and complexity in good beer and good luck identifying the yeast in a 75 IBU imperial stout. (A quick review of the Beeradvocate Top 100 proves I'm firmly in the minority on this opinion.) Still, I can appreciate a good imperial stout and Oak Aged Yeti is a worthy contender. This beer pours like motor oil with a rich espresso-like head that doesn't dissipate. It tastes (and feels) like you're drinking a dark chocolate brownie. It actually has pretty good balance despite the pugilistic flavor profile. It's definitely big and you do get some good oak. I wasn't that hungry tonight so this Yeti is my meal and I have to say I'm enjoying my meal.

Recommended music pairing - Black Keys - Brother

Buttermaker, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

22oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Bottled 9/17/2009.

A: Pours black as night with a huge, dense, chocolate ice-cream colored head that slowly faded thick film that left a great network of lace down the glass.
S: Very rich smelling with dominant notes of sweet chocolate followed by dark fruits, roasted malt and a hint of vanilla.
T: I thought that drinking the regular Yeti was like drinking a thick chocolate milk shake. This tastes like drinking a thick chocolate milkshake with a splash of vanilla in it. It still has all the same nascences as the normal Yeti: roasted malt, bitter coffee aftertaste, slight acidity, touch of smoke, fudge brownies and some grassy hops. I may get a hint of ‘woody’ flavor in the aftertaste as well, but this could just be a trick by my brain since this is the oak-aged version.
M: Thick body with a chewy mouthfeel, a touch of warm alcohol, and bubbly, even carbonation. Drinks pretty easy but it’s a little harsh around the edges.
O: Very similar to the normal Yeti although I do not have the two beers side by side. This one definitely has more of a spicy vanilla characteristic to it though. A very good stout all around.

scottfrie, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of plumcrazyfx
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

I have yet to have a beer in the Yeti series that I haven't enjoyed but this is my fav, so far (haven't had the chocolate, BA, yet). Pours thick and dark with a 1/2" nice mocha head. The smell is all oak with some bitter chocolate and roast backing it up. The taste is oak and bakers chocolate. This thing will do a number on the back edges of your tongue. It's a bitter ride but smooth and with layers of flavor poking through. The mouthfeel is smooth and thick like a Double Stout should be. I generally like my doubles to have a bit more sweetness (just personal prefernce) but this one doesn't have much of that but the ballance of the brew doesn't make me miss it much. Like I said at the beginning, I like this better than regular Yeti (which I think is a great value year-round double stout) or the Espresso Oak Yeti (coffee was a bit too oxidized tasting for me). This is a wonderful, not light, but a kick in the kisser stout. If you like GI Nightstalker this a definate must-try.

plumcrazyfx, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of danieelol
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

danieelol, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
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!

Knapp85, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of eric5bellies
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.

eric5bellies, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of zac16125
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.

zac16125, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
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.

DrDemento456, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of BlastBeats
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.

BlastBeats, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of Allpe45
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.

Allpe45, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of BeTheBall
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.

BeTheBall, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of Gushue3
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.

Gushue3, Jun 11, 2011
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,752 ratings.