Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,607
Hads: 4,272
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 315
Gots: 814 | FT: 41
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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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Photo of a0lbudman
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-black with a brown head and a heavy lace
S-chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, molasses, some oak and smoke aroma. every smell is different
T-coffee, chocolate, roasted malt taste with a hop bitterness in the aftertaste along with the smoke, oak and molasses taste and very little alcohol taste
M-full body and low carbonation that was very syrupy
O-Bottled on 9-24-2012 wish I had the will power to wait another year, maybe next time (434 characters)

Photo of dsigmon
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: dark almost black pour with tan colored pillowy head. the head stayed on for a little while but as it left a thick stream of lacing found its place

S: fairly boozy at first with some sweet malts and spicy hops. as it warms more aromas become apparent in the form of dark fruit and some cocoa. As the sweet nectar continues its path down the hatch the taste of alcohol and oak comes together.

M: Thick mouthfeel with great carbonation and dry oily finish

D: very good sipping beer on a cold day, have a couple and your on your way! (536 characters)

Photo of zookerman182
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is dark brown with a half finger mocha head.
Aroma is so complex. Chocolate covered cherry, milk chocolate, bakers chocolate, char, vanilla, soy sauce.
Flavor is just as complex. Tons of chocolate. Lots of dark and bittersweet chocolate. Vanilla and charred oak are there but not in a big way.
Mouthfeel is full and chewy. Lingering chocolate and roasty bitterness linger on the palate.
Such a complex beer and exceeded my expectations. (448 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/14/2011. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toast, molasses, char, light smoke, oak, light clove, vanilla, herbal, and oak/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, oak, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toast, char, molasses, light smoke, oak, light clove, vanilla, herbal, and oak/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, caramel, toast, char, molasses, light smoke, oak, vanilla, and oak/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of big dark/roasted malt and moderate oak flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, silky, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is incredible. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible oak aged imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate oak flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,545 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled Nov 17, 2009, which was just before I bought it. Four and half years later I cracked it open.
It pours a half finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is rich and complex. Lots of chocolate, raisins, oak and cocoa powder.
The taste is slightly boozy, some roasted malt, milk, chocolate and oak too. It finishes with a bit of metallic bitterness.
The texture is silky and smooth with low carbonation.
Quite good, though I think this bottling has/had hit its aging apex. (481 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10 oz. pour, Liberty Union, Chester Springs, PA

A- Very very deep brown. Dark brown head lays low, but leaves some rings.

S- Dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee.

T- Notes of cocoa and coffee, boozy, sharp oak.

M- Rich, thick. Booze burn lingers with a roastiness. Long finish.

O- Very rich. The booze taste and feel are a little strong for my taste. Still has some fantastic qualities. (390 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9/11/2012, poured into a teku

A- Pours deep, dark and black with a one-finger creamy dark tan head that retains decently, leaving some nice lace behind

S- big quaff of chocolate milk and dark chocolate bar up front, aromas of malted milk balls and slightly smoky malt, dark fruit and licorice, a hint of hop bitterness and chili heat, oak and more chocolate on the finish, impressive!

T- smoky chocolate malt mixes with some dark fruit notes, cherry juice, peppery chili, and coffee. More chocolate with oak and a hint of vanilla on the finish, with a coffee linger

M- medium viscous body with low carbonation produces a mouthfeel that is pure silk, leading to a velvety finish with a slight hint of alcohol warmth on the linger

O- the year and a half of cellaring has worked wonderfully for this one. Everything seems to mesh so well, with the chocolate notes taking center stage. Loved the malted milk ball aroma as well. (938 characters)

Photo of joeseppy
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BTL date Sept 11, 2012
Rich chocolate torte pour with minimal heading.

Initial nose of malt, black coffee, sweet cream, dark cocoa and hint of clove.

Strong hop presence is dry with smoky oak notes. Sweet cream, vanilla and dark chocolate dominate. Chocolate frosting coming to mind. Coffee ground evident.

Mouthfeel is of dry oak, dark cocoa, and black coffee coating the tongue and lingering. I know I mentioned pleasant earlier but this is very forward and unabated.

Overall a nice stout that you would love for the bittering and drying effects. This is not really for the sweet tooth. Younger bottles tend to be raw and this is one to stow away for awhile. Young version I would give it an overall 3.5. An unrefined brew that can broken but still brash for the liking. (776 characters)

Photo of pfhanlon
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Very dark chocolatey smell.

Appearance: Pours very dark, like tar.

Taste: Sweet and bitter tastes at the same time.

Palate: Thicker than most stouts on the tongue, but overall nice feel.

Overall: Excellent stout, but a little heavier than I'm used to. (263 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours deep and inky black with a finger's worth of head that evokes imagery of tanned leather. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of surface suds. Very little in the way of lacing.

Smell - Aroma hits on equal notes of chocolate, dark roast and oak woodiness. Light hints at vanilla.

Taste - Hits on baker's chocolate and deep roast coffee upfront. Big, woody oak notes, especially mid-taste. Charred wood, earthiness and roasted malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low carbonation. Lightly syrupy. Not quite as smooth as expected, but still goes down easy enough.

Overall - This is a really good beer, great even, but doesn't quite hit on the upper echelon of impys for me. Maybe it's too much woodiness. Maybe it's better when fresh? Whatever it is, just doesn't quite do it for me like the best impys do. (846 characters)

Photo of auee92
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Chocolate coffee alcohol, with a little soy sauce on top.

Appearance: Pours a dense beautiful black, with minimal head, and a quarter inch of tan foam.

Taste: A very light sweetness up front, with a lightly bitter, medium sour, teaser sitting on the tongue.

Palate: This stout has a light body, thin, slick. oily feel to it with very soft carbonation.

Overall: Very good Imperial Stout, very drinkable and hides the 9% very well. (441 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very dark brown, almoust black beer. Brown, creamy, head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Oak, chocolate, vanilla, cookies, smoke, cacao beans, brown sugar and coffee.

Taste: Raisin, dried fruit, wood, oak, cream, vanilla, roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate.

Full body with a oily texture and little carbonation.

I just LOVE this! (354 characters)

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pitch with a dark khaki head.

S: Booze, oak, raisins, vinegar.

T: Booze soaked raisins and chocolate. Dark dried fruit, cocoa, wood chips, char, wheaty toast, big malt, assorted nuts, a slight hoppy bite on the back.

M: Thick and velvety. The boozy taste can get in the way of flavor but it's not bad. Leaves a sweet chocolate coat.

O: A great, well made beer. Love the flavor profile as well as the sticky mouth feel. (429 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on cask at Lures

A-It poured a black color with a 1 finger tan head. Good lacing.

S-The aroma was of dark roasted malts, some oak and minor chocolate.

T-Wonderful taste that was of dark roasted malts, burnt malts, dark chocolate, oak, grassy hops, slight carob and some minerals.

M-Great mouthfeel that had medium carbonation and a big mouthfeel.

O-overall a great beer by GDBC of the Yeti. Can't wait to try the espresso! (433 characters)

Photo of illeagle05
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into Cigar City snifter.

A: Pours thick, syrupy, completely opaque very dark brown to black in color with a thin latte-colored head from a conservative pour. Good lacing and head retention. 4.25

S: Coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla, molasses, whiskey -- not sure if a stuffy nose is to blame but a bit underwhelming for me. 3.75

T: Coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, malt, earthy, roasted nuttiness, finishes with hops bitterness and warming alcohol. 4

M: Full-bodied, thick and syrupy, light carbonation, stinging alcohol, covers the mouth and lingers with a malty feel... significantly smoother as it warms. 4.5

O: A lot more going on here than with most imperial stouts I'm used to... this is one I would only buy in the future for a cold winter day or when I start drinking my coffee black on a regular basis -- it has some of those same flavors along with the hops bitterness that remind me of that feel. The alcohol bite certainly helps to balance out the finish for me and redeems the overall appeal. 4 (1,034 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This bottle is dated September of 2012

Pours like liquid chocolate. Black as midnight. No hues escape the edges of this beer. A creamy head of chocolate colored foam graces the beer. It hangs on for dear life but wanes to a ring and film on top. Leaves spotty lace and alcohol legs. Nose is big roasted malt! Ripe cherries and they are bright. Some vanilla smooths it out and there is bit of oak to deepen it. Dry sweet dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Touch of char or burnt on the nose but nothing too loud. For a minute I also thought I observed a bit of cola.

Taste is scrumptious. The chocolate is sweet the coffee is bitter like espresso. The oak is lovely with a bit of vanilla and the ripe fruit is like a cherries and berries. The body of this beer is lush, smooth and creamy. Full malt presence in this one. The The burnt qualities are stronger on the palate and they accent the lovely sweetness of the chocolate. The coffee is strong and bitter while fruit is light and sweet. Hops balance this one nicely. Finishes a touch slick and with a delicious aftertaste. Finishes roasty and sweet, warming and with only a mild bit of ashy char.

Heavenly and one of the best! (1,190 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.26/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this a while back, just getting to putting up a review now.

Poured from a bomber.

Great looks, very dark but the aroma and flavor is overly harsh. The oak aging on this has overshadowed the base beer make it a chore to finish, especially it being a bomber. Not impressed and there are better options out there IMO. (320 characters)

Photo of tmm313
4.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Poured out of the bottle in slow motion. You could tell its thickness immediately. Pitch black in the glass with an incredible 2 finger, creamy, rich brown head. Outstanding lacing. Noticeable alcohol legs.

S- Both dark and milk chocolate, vanilla, rich dark fruits: cherry, plum, fig. Caramel, toffee, slight booze as an accent, tropical fruit and pine.

T- Massive rich chocolate accented by dark fruits up front. Vanilla, oak, citrus, and pine join the party soon after. Licorice pops in and out. Finish is a mix of dark chocolate, pine, and dark roast coffee. Nice slightly lingering bitterness.

M- Medium thick body. Not as thick as the pour suggested it would be. Creamy on the tongue and drying.

O- To me, every aspect of this beer was either perfect or dangerously close to it. The entire time I had it in the glass, I was almost dumbfounded by it... I don't know if it will score the highest on my list after I click "review", but my god, did it try. (969 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick and menacing black tar color. I got a nice head to form on vigorous ending to the pour. The head faded quickly due to low retention.rnrnThe aroma is quit strong with roasted malts that border on burnt. Subtle smells of licorise and/or molasses are present too.rnrnTaste is dominated by a big roasted malt bill, but I like the way it has a slight burnt taste too.rnI can also taste hints of coffee and bittersweet chocolate and molasses and burnt caramel.rnrnthe mouthfeel is heavy medium. It is dry and slightly bitter from oak aging.rnrnI think this is my least favorite of the line, but it is very good. (619 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Probably the oldest remaining Yeti in my collection, Bottled on Nov 06, 2008. hopefully held up well, if not I'll have to review a fresh one.

Still pours a nice head, very dark chocolate colored thick and frothy 1 fingered head that fades at a med pace, nice for the abv, decent lacing too and with some decent legs, pitch black beer with no light coming through.

Nose brings some rich cocoa, lots of fluffy nougat, caramel, mocha, a very mild roast and espresso bean and with that a bit of a burnt acrid note but not much, a juicy black malt somehow like aroma with a little cocoa or even chocolate milk, and a nice vanilla character from some mild oak notes.

Taste comes on creamy and rich, fairly thick with a big cocoa note and lots of dark malts, a hint of roast but not acrid or burnt at all nicely. A little biscuity note and lots of powdered dry cocoa with aged dark chocolate, a little bitter dark choc note, into fluffy nougat and some caramel again. Then oak, a nice oak rounding character with oak cube flavor like nibbling on oak shards, and some vanilla character with it. Surprised how much that came through with the age on it. Booze barely makes a squeak as a little warming note comes through but mostly hidden well. Finish is dry as the whole beer is, with a little slight earthy and spicy hop bitterness cutting through, more bitter dark chocolate, a bit of a bitter tannic coffee note as well, and little sticky feel with hint of warming booze and alcohol flavor.

Mouth is full bodied, fluffy and semi thick, a little creamy and chewy but dry, nice fluffy carb, and a bit of warming booze.

Overall pretty nice, good malt characters, nice cocoa, caramel, nougat, biscuit, and even a nice roast like character without burnt acrid notes, but that could be the age knocking that off as it seems to do with the booze. Surprised how well some of the oak and vanilla lasted, but it's probably a lot more prevalent on fresh bottles. I'll have to try fresh and compare. (1,987 characters)

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Despite the abv (9.5%), this beers drinks as easy as one could get. Very smooth. As it warms, you can feel the alcohol more, but it never overwhelms you. I almost wish it would feel more boozy, but a bottle of this goes down so easy. Tasty. Not real smoky, bitter, or roasted. Just a very solid stout that rises to the occasion. I'm still wondering if I like the regular Yeti as much as this. But, I think it's that the OA quality is subtle and not overstated. Very good. (471 characters)

Photo of bsyoung
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- pitch black body with creamy brown heady and minimal lacing
S - oak and chocolate, aroma not as strong as I was expecting
T - huge oak flavor initially with bitter sweet chocolate and coffee. Strong coffee flavor lingers
M - moderate
O - great stout with huge flavors (271 characters)

Photo of upton7418
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle poured into snifter

bottle aged over 2 years before trying.

A-dark brown color with a smallish tan head that disappears

S-coffee, chocolate, whiskey which is ultimately the OAK

T-dark chocolate, coffee, earthy, molasses, oak, alcohol tasting

F-medium to full body with moderate carbonation, dry finish

O-good stout, really strong oak/alcohol taste but good

Serving type: bottle (391 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

draft at beer study in chapel hill. FW tulip. pours a very dark black with a slight beige head. smell is very big on rich chocolate..nice!taste starts out with roasted malts and a lot of chocolate. slight bit of oak follows and you get creamy chocolate on the finish. so smooth and creamy.

overall superb. very recommended! (325 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Part of a beer share with two pals that included BCBS 2012, Ivan the Terrible, and Yeti among other less notable beers.

A beautiful appearance to start off: dark cappuccino-colored head, two fingers thick. Eventually settles into a lacy layer above the dark goodness. The liquid is opaque and dark brown/black.

I wasn't getting a lot off of the nose, having to really exert myself at first. Eventually I began to pick up oak, chocolate, and roasted and sweet malts.

The taste, on the other hand, was all types of goodness. The oaked notes were much more pronounced, the chocolate alternating between dark and baker's with the latter lingering deliciously on my tongue. The sweet malts do there trick too, making for a dessert-like, without the cloying properties, imperial stout.

The taste was aided by a great mouthfeel that was big on creaminess and bitterness of the chocolatey kind. The chocolate notes were dominant and stayed on my tongue long after I finished this beer.

I love this beer and love how affordable it is while being able to hold up against more expensive and harder-to-find brews. If I lived in Colorado this would be all I drank. (1,200 characters)

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,607 ratings.