Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,998
Reviews: 1,585
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 280
Gots: 674 | FT: 34
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

picked this up the other day while visiting NC. poured into my cbs snifter. bottled nov 23rd 2011...one month ago to the day.

a - brew poured a gorgeous sludgy black witha massive dark brown frothy head. lookin like a milkshake...YUM. the head hung out for a while and the brew coated the glass when i swirled it. this is serious business. looks just like yeti.

s - the first sniff is all wood. smells great. the oak adds a great caramel and vanilla element to the beer. it dominates over the stout, but just smells like candy. the roasted malts and chocolate is there, but behind the delicious fresh wood smell. it's almost like fresh cut wood chips...and gives a tanginess.

t - WOW. the wood is just as present in the taste as it is in the nose and it is a bit shocking. the beer finishes bitter. the hoppiness with the wood is intense and took me a bit to get used to. it was off putting at first...but this beer is FRESH. once i got used to the hoppiness, i really got into this beer. the hopping flavor really reminds me of deschutes hopping (perhaps the CO water?)...it is an almost butterscotch flavoring...and i dig it.

m - woody. hoppy. tingly. intense.

o - overall, my experiences with yeti involved drinking one with 7+ months on it so i wasn't really ready for the hoppiness of this beer. the oak really takes the hop and amplifies it with a caramel vanilla butterscotch shine. in a barrel or out of a barrel...i believe.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled on 11-11-11
A - dark and opaque with a two finger finely bubbled head that leaves a sheet of lacing behind.
S - chocolate malts with a slight burnt aroma.
T - a rich malty sweet start that transitions into a slightly astringent molasses middle followed by a heavy oak lasting bitterness.
M - heavy bodied with low to moderate carbonation and a silky smooth feel.
D - a big beer made for relaxing sipping.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I go to the Great Divide tasting room every so often and this is the beer (or any of its Yet cousins) that I lean on. In fact, the Yeti family holds me back from trying other G.D. offerings more because the Yetis are so realiable.

A: Pours black with a finger-plus of creamy dark-mocha head. One of the darker heads I know of. Decent retention and good lacing.

S: Mostly espresso with some cocoa beans too.

T: Bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Quite a bit of warming alcohol in the end which typically turns me off, but here it works because the coffee/chocolate remain. Not much in the way of oak/vanilla. Maybe if you age it more you'll get more of that, which would be nice.

MF: Full bodied, and rather viscous. Minimal carbonation. Dry and semi-bitter finish.

O: Solid. Consistent. I order it frequently and know that it will deliver. One 10-oz. pour into snifter is just the right amount for me.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Immortale25
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Label says Bottled on 10/11/2011.

A- Pours black with a deep, dark brown two finger head and plenty of lacing as it descends to 1/2 an inch.

S- Chocolate and coffee dominate the aroma profile along with burnt sugar. Sweet-smelling but also has a strong alcoholic astringency.

T- Hot damn. An initial shot of roasty malt and alcohol followed by an abundance of oak notes. Wow, you can really taste the wood grain in this which is uncommon in a lot of "oak-aged" offerings. Strong alcohol presence that brings the whole medicinal aspect to the table as it warms. Even more of a sipper than the original Yeti but more complex so it's worth it even if the ABV is the same. Some whiskey notes as well as brown sugar, caramel and, of course, molasses.

M- Dry and viscous. A lot of stinging bitterness from the aging but is expected. Medium-high carbonation.

O- This is one crazy beer. I've had all the other versions of Yeti except for the Chocolate Oak Aged and this one is my favorite so far.

Photo of rodiejack
1/5  rDev -76.5%

Photo of wvsabbath
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark as night, black oil, creamy thick 2 inch head, tons of lacing, o yes!

Smell - Roasted malts, oak, wood, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, whiskey, cocoa, a little vanilla and alcohol also.

Taste - Strong malty chocolate and oaked/whiskey start this beer out. Lots of coffee flavors add the typical bitterness of ris's. The oaked flavor is a mix of bourbon, vanilla and dark fruits like plum and rasin. Alcohol warm in each drink, as is cocoa and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel - Big beer, mouth wrecker. Tounge gets coated with malts, chocolate and alcohol. Palette gets more malts, whiskey and some hop flavored dark fruits. Aftertaste is a little bitter and alcohol warmth is still there.

Overall - Just like every other yeti, this is fantastic. Oaked flavor shines with the classic yeti chocolate/coffee flavor we all love. Treat this session beer as it is, once a year crack it open and enjoy the special barrel aged goodness. Must try for yeti, ris and oaked beer fans.

Photo of righthereisay
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a, well, a...tervis tumbler.

Pitch black, nice brown foam, almost looks like a chocolate beer.

Smell...of alcohol, whiskey, coffee....

Thick, not much body, a lot going on. Coffee, chocolate, whiskey, maybe some oak.

It was a nice imperial. Not my favorite, but pretty good.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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2/5  rDev -53.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of thecheapies
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle w/ bottled on date of 11/14/11 poured into a brandy snifter.

Impenetrably dark, thick, viscous looking. Espresso crema-colored head of three fingers height. Gnarly lacing scaling down the inner walls of the glass.

Aromas of dark roasted coffee, bleachy oak, alcohol sweetness, burnt sugars, chocolate custard. Almost nose-clearing with a deep whiff.

Upfront bitterness from the dark malt; decent hop bite upon a swish. Wonderful sweetness on the swallow. Intense flavors of coffee, milk caramel, grilled meat char, hard tack candy, and almost a hint of black cherry.

Mouthfeel is a bit milky; great body, full and nearly oily. Chewy, sticky, and most intact.

A gorgeous R.I.S. Complex notes and instantly warming. Remarkable version of the renowned Yeti. Can't wait to try the Chocolate version. Have one more of the Oak Aged that will sit for quite awhile.

Be most determined to get ahold of this one.

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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