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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,896 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 3,896
Reviews: 1,578
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 267
Gots: 636 | FT: 35
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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4/5  rDev -6.1%

LostHighway, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Kaydogg, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

DiffuseTheBob, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Retail1LO
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this bottle as an extra from a gentleman when I got my bottle of CBS. I actually like this better, truth be told. At any rate, poured from a bomber into a 5 oz. snifter. Pours an ominous black with a thin, quickly dissipating espresso like foam. Light lacing clings to the glass as the beer recedes down the sides as it's drunk. The nose is loaded with chocolate, vanilla, and a touch of coffee and toffee. Perhaps some spiced fruit in there too. The taste is outright sublime. This is the good stuff right here. Top notch. A perfect blend of the aforementioned smells, along with a hint of booziness, and the presence of the oak. You can definitely detect the woodiness imparted by the barrel in this, and it's subtle and refined. The mouthfeel is very good too. There's a bit of an alcoholic overtone to it, but the finish is smooth nonetheless. This isn't the thickest nor the thinnest stout I've had. Right about in the middle. Overall, this is extremely enjoyable, and I'd definitely have this again.

Retail1LO, Nov 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

imperialking, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Elfastball7, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of ccarney2
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Jet black body, completely opaque, no light can escape this black hole. Pours a 2 finger milk chocolate/cappuccino head that dissipates quickly. Lacing leaves a very uniformed coating on the inside of the glass for just a short while before sinking back into the body of the beer.

Smell - Sweet roasted malt aroma with plum and bitter chocolate smells coming through as well. Sweet smell with hints of caramel that doesn't quite cover up the 9.5% ABV, but still smells rather inviting.

Taste - The taste starts off rather sweet, you can taste the smokey flavor of the oak barrel right off the bat. There are a lot of the same characteristics of the nose in the flavor also. Sweet plum taste that fades into a more bitter and lingering dark chocolate taste. I could literally taste chocolate for minutes after swallowing a sip of this brew. You cannot taste as much of the alcohol as you get in the nose which is nice.

Mouthfeel - Thick as motor oil with a nice amount of carbonation. This beer coats your tongue and leaves you with a residual blanketing of flavor for your mouth to enjoy for a while after you swallow.

Overall - I really enjoyed this brew, it wasn't really overwhelming in any aspect as I've found some higher gravity stouts to be. It also had a nice balance of bitter and sweet. Definitely not a session beer though, at 9.5% a bomber of this had me sitting with a dumb and pleased smile on my face. Drink this beer... It's a wonderful cold weather beer.

ccarney2, Nov 29, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

drh1382, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

rudy611, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of thadbme
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black like motor oil. Appears very thick. A small amount of head stays on top of the beer after poured, but not to much. A caramel colored edge around the beer.

S: Smells of toasted malt and vanilla are up front. I'm a bit suprised the vanilla is as noticeable as it is. A slight smell of booz. Smells of caramel a little as well.

T: The most in your face flavour is definately the toasted malts, they are borderline almost a burnt, but not quite there. The vanilla is there and its subtle, but still very tasty. The oak aging dose add a different bit of character than a regular stout, and blends in well with the rest.

M: Medium to heavy body with medium carbonation. Has a lingering aftertaste of the malts on it.

O: Very comple and tasty beer. Something nice to share, or sip by yourself. The malts are a tad too much at times, but overall its very nice.

thadbme, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of codsmith
3.4/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/31/11

A: Pours jet black with a nice finger high layer of dark mocha head that laces the glass nicely.

S: Roasted grains, fruity esters, vanilla, and a barley-wine like alcohol maltiness are apparent off the top. There is a very clean hop aroma.

T: There is an adequate amount of roasted and chocolate flavors, but the vanilla really overpowers and kills the taste. It leaves you with a very odd aftertaste.

M: Full bodied, but carbonation is a little over done. Probably would be perfect if you let age for a while.

O: Was really expecting more from this, but I think it was the vanilla that really masked all the really good flavors and flattened out any great aroma that would have come from the grain bill. This might be a great beer if aged for a least 1 year before drinking.

codsmith, Nov 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

trapper2408, Nov 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

barnzy78, Nov 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

smogfood, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Dizbro21, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

AApparel, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

jIsh, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

deapokid, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

joelBfrasier, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

thedoer, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of DCX
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Oct 30, 2009.

A - Black as night, thick as motor oil, surprisingly good carbonation and head development for a beer that's been aged for two years.

S - One of the most interesting, complex aromas of any imperial stout I've had. Strong chocolate, roasted malts, oak, toffee, caramel, a hint of vanilla, and most interestingly, a difficult to describe dark fruit mixed with warming alcohol type smell... almost like rum soaked raisins.

T - Most of what comes out of the nose is present in the taste. What's surprising is how tame the alcohol burn is, considering the 9.5%ABV; this is no doubt due to the aging, though I've never had a fresh one to compare. Interesting, complex... and not at all cloyingly sweet - the smell is deceiving (in a good way).

M - Creamy, thick, and chewy. This one is heavy and coats the palette with a lingering aftertaste that brings out layers of flavors that take time to fully develop. Again, very complex.

O - All in all, a truly delicious imperial stout that is very complex and interesting, hitting all the familiar notes while offering a truly unique layer of aroma and flavor that makes you yearn for a second tasting.

DCX, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

gregshead, Nov 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

PEIhop, Nov 24, 2011
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,896 ratings.