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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,729
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 250
Gots: 576 | FT: 31
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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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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
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t420o

California

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

A- Black. As dark as it gets. Pours a pitch black producing a 1.5 finger head with a slightly aggressive pour. Head is very dark brown. An excellent looking imperial stout.

S- Not much at first. Smells open up as it warms. Hints of coffee, oak, toffee, and slight smokiness

T- Roasted coffee, dark and milk chocolate, light vanilla from the oak, nutmeg, and even maybe a little coconut. Hops are in the background ever so lightly balancing out the brew. The alcohol is slightly present but but expected and it compliments the beer. There is something about this beer that reminds me of Christmas

M- Very good. Carbonation is just low-medium. Maybe a tad thin but creamy

Overall- I thought at first this was a good beer but as I drank it the subtle nuances of this beer make it a great beer. Excellent work Great Divide!

05-09-2011 04:28:59 | More by t420o
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grittybrews

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%

Bottled dated March (?) 2010, opened May 2011. Poured pitch black with a finger of extremely dark mocha head. Roasty aroma with sweet chocolate, caramel, and molasses.

Moderate carbonation and a thick, viscous mouthfeel. Dry oak up front with hints of vanilla followed by caramel, rich cocoa, a touch of molasses, and some lingering coffee and tobacco on the woody, slightly chalky finish.

Rich and decadent with a well-concealed alcohol warmth. I think the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti was my favorite of the three versions, followed by this and then the espresso version.

05-08-2011 05:24:17 | More by grittybrews
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ngeunit1

California

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

A - Pours a dark black color with a big finger of brown head on top with outstanding retention. The head finally starts to fade leaving behind some think lacing.

S - Aroma is full of deep roasted chocolate and caramel malts. There is also a bunch of oak and vanilla also mixed in. There is also a touch of hops and coffee detectable.

T - Starts off with a lot of roasted caramel and chocolate flavors. There is some nice vanilla and oak flavors as well. Through the middle, some coffee and some dark fruit flavors that come through. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate and some oak and vanilla that linger nicely.

M - Full bodied with moderate-low carbonation. Really smooth and just the right amount of creamy. Finish has a bit of booze warming and is really nice.

D - Very drinkable. The oak flavors take the original Yeti up another notch to an even more outstanding beer. All the flavors are rich and very well balanced at fit together so well. Mouthfeel is really excellent.

05-07-2011 20:51:07 | More by ngeunit1
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%

on tap at varga in philly

Pours an inky black, creamy tan head, retains amazingly well throughout almost the entire pour. A thick film and sheets of lacing are splattered along the glass.

Heavily roasted malts with bittersweet dark chocolate, vanilla and coffee beans, slight dark fruit and alcohol.

Roasted malt with dark flavor and hop bitterness up front. Thick dark chocolate, creamy vanilla and nuttiness. Hints of dark fruit with raisin and cherry. Oaked smoothness, finishes with hop bitterness, slight alcohol and sweetness.

Thick, creamy, mild carbonation, chewy and smooth on the tongue. Drinks really well, great feel, and the alcohol is masked about as nicely as any other imp stout I've had.

05-04-2011 22:04:39 | More by xnicknj
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beagle75

Iowa

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.
Bottle dated 01/15/10.

A: Opaque black color with two fingers of diminishing light brown foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Roasted malt is slightly smoky with a restrained presence of drying wood. Greener herbaceous elements are also present, imparting an impression of freshness despite its age. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins dry, with phenolic roasted malt and faint fruit that are positively dark in flavor. Wood advances toward the middle, adding a well-cured smoothness that lasts until the finish. Dark bitter chocolate accompanies vinous fruit in the middle with faint cardboard. Additional depth is part molasses and part the umami component of shoyu. Bitterness becomes very substantial in the off-dry finish, where it is initially astringent but then takes on a more neutral charcoal quality as it lingers. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, labile on the palate but with some acidity, and with low carbonation.

D/O: Great Divide's Yeti is a big-but-versatile beast, as demonstrated by the many variants that reach production scale. This Yeti, aged on oak chips, is less of a narcissist than some of the others, but it does all that is expected of it with some finesse. The wood has a smoothing effect and it lends its own distinct sensory qualities, but it tends to blur the focused roasted malt character of the original.

05-03-2011 15:53:20 | More by beagle75
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

Appearance is simply fantastic! I have never seen a RIS that's this nice looking! Dead black and impenetrable, producing a spectacular dark brown head that never seemed to want to go away, leaving amazingly thick chunks of great lacing.

Nice dark, roasty malt aromas waft up from my glass, along with a good woody smokiness, great dark chocolate and cocoa, and french roast espresso.

The taste is on track for a gold standard in the Russian Imperial Stout category. It's so bold, yet incredibly smooth. There's an in-your-face way about it, but its still incredibly drinkable. Classic imperial stout flavors are all there, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, along with near perfect amounts of oak flavors.

Mouthfeel is simply amazing, and is just another fantastic facet of this terrific beer. So thick and creamy, with a silky carbonation and lightly warming alcohol effect that leaves a tiny sheen like tingling on your tongue. The alcohol is only slightly noticeable in the end, along with a great smooth bitter chocolate flavor that lingers along with the smoky wood finish.

Overall this beer is simply fantastic and I highly recommend it. One of my favorite RIS beers I've had. I will definitely use this beer as trading stock for the future.

For an oak aged beer like this one, the value is excellent at under $10.

Edit 6/14/11: after having now tried all the oak aged yeti offerings, this one is clearly the best. The chocolate and espresso oak aged yetis were both good, but each was a bit overblown compared with the regular oak aged yeti. There's something to be said here for not going over the top. Perfection was already reached with the oak aged yeti; there was no need to go over and beyond.

05-01-2011 18:57:38 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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AnPiobaire

New York

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

I poured this Oak Aged Yeti into a goblet at about 54 degrees. It poured a nice opaque dark brown with a cocoa colored head that receded slowly with some moderate lacing.

It has a nice sweet pungency to the nose with notes of malts, dark fruits, and oak.

Very nicely balanced flavor that doesn't fall off the edge. Cocoa and coffee notes with a subtle oak undertone followed by a nice mildly bitter finish.

The mouthfeel of this brew is nice. What I look for in an imperial stout, thick, creamy, with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is the third Imperial Stout I have tried from GReat Divide and I am a dedicated fan to what they are serving up. Already stocking the basement for next years wintery cold nights. Enjoy!!!

04-28-2011 23:52:31 | More by AnPiobaire
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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