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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutOak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

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3,485 Ratings
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Ratings: 3485
Reviews: 1553
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%


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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JackMcAwesome

Florida

4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 09/18/12

Poured into my Manchester United pint glass.

Look: It pours like what I imagine Unicorn blood looks like. A nightmarish purple that is almost black. The head reflects a bit of that, purple/brownish in color. That alone lets me know I'm in for something special. Light lacing so far.

Smell: I'm getting wood, vanilla, and cocoa. Pretty simple, but the important thing for me is, it doesn't seem to fall off. So far the smell is just as stout as it was when I poured it. Fantastic. No complaints here, and I can't say what it would take to improve. With that being said, my first five ever. (Sidenote: My wife said she smelled Worcestershire sauce, lol)

Taste: Awesome! I can already tell, it'll take me the whole bottle and then some to really detect everything this beer as going on. It follows the nose pretty spot on, but you can really taste the oak here. Also a bit of the hops, which, after a light google search, I can't seem to identify. But they are there to balance out the rest.

Feel: To me, this is very light in carbonation, making it very soft in texture, almost like an extremely thin syrup. The ABV is present enough to give it a bit of heat, but not overbearing at all. Very good.

Overall: My new favorite stout. I'm just getting started in the craft beer arena, and have focused on IPAs and Ales for the last year, but the handful of stouts I've had, all of them great, this one is the new bench mark for me. I can't wait to try the rest that Great Divide has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 21:33:29 | More by JackMcAwesome
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greenmtn1111

Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/24/2012. Poured in to a tulip style glass.

Appearance: This beer pours pitch black with the darkest, most decadent looking head I’ve ever seen, two fingers’ worth and seriously frothy. The way it looks makes my mouth water. As I drink the head disappears but a healthy lacing remains on the glass.

Smell: There are loads of roasted malts on the nose, bittersweet chocolate, slight vanilla and woodsy oak. Great first impression.

Taste: The oak hits my palate first with its dry, sharp flavor and continues all the way to the finish. The chocolately, roasty malts provide backbone while a profound bitterness rounds it off at the end. I’m not convinced that straight oak lends itself well as an aging vessel for stouts, but perhaps I’m just not used to it. It’s good, but I feel like the flavors don’t quite balance out.

Mouthfeel: Quite thick and creamy and the carbonation is subdued a little bit which is nice.

Overall: This is a complex stout with really bold, in-your-face flavors. It’s not the easiest stout to drink, but it is tasty and would be great to have on a cold winter day.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 02:13:35 | More by greenmtn1111
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Brenden

Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This iteration of Yeti sits in the snifter darker than midnight black and thick as oil. The tap pour produces a nice, tight brown head that keeps a full finger for most of the session. The stick and consistency of the lace is fairly impressive.
Great Divide seems, with all the oak-aged versions of Yeti, to be schooling brewers on how to use barrels with one of the best imperial stouts out there. This beer is all Yeti, and all I really want it to be is Yeti with wood, basically, with a bit of that barrel character and nothing else. This one hits it. There's the big roast, bittersweet cocoa, and espresso with a nice dry oaky note complementing the hinting underlying sweetness of vanilla and even a ghost of dark fruits. While fantastically delicious, the high ABV makes this a sipper for sure, not that it ought to be rushed; there are lots of nuances and layers here.
A big, thick, rich, robust, full-bodied brew, the oak imparts a nice dryness to sort of cut through the thickness without detracting from it. It shouldn't be any thicker or heavier, it has just the perfect carbonation and enough crispness to liven it up without adding too much, and a sily, creamy smoothness. I just can't beleive the feel could be any better.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2013 13:52:32 | More by Brenden
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joe1510

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
$5.99 *sale
Binny's Orland

Oak Aged Yeti gurgles from the bottle into a snifter. Black as night with absolutely zero light escaping it's grasp. A finger and a half of head slowly rose on the pour and eventually falls to a respectable crown leaving sheet lace on it's wy down. The head was mocha and creamy. Very good looking stout.

On top of the stndard Yeti aromas the oak chips leave Yeti with a great vanilla presence and a mild oakiness. The roastiness is still there in it's full form and the smell still presents the piney hoppiness on the backend although more subdued than the regular version. The oak makes this a different beast and I'm diggin' it.

The pine hoppiness is still very much there in the flavor. Roasted grains lead through the entirety but upfront there's great vanilla tones from the oak chips. Mid-palate a slight woodiness comes through right before the hoppiness kicks in and rides out the wave. Again, the oak makes this a different beer and adds a great complexity.

Thick, rich, and luscious body. Unique in the form of being thick viscous enough to coat the tongue but hoppy enough to give your tongue a quick sucker punch on it's way through.

Yeti is incredibly easy to drink considering the abv. I've been sipping on this glassful but it's sip after sip after sip. The silky quality really helps the drinkability.

I love the standard Yeti and now I love the oaked version. Although I've rated the oaked version higher both of them are fantastic and no doubt each have a place in the fridge for certain times. You want a nice hoppy exceptionally made stout drink Yeti. You want a sipper with a little more complexity drink the Oaked Yeti.

Reviewed: 11/24/07

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 01:14:44 | More by joe1510
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JohannBock

Maryland

4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Dated April 2013 poured into a tall pint glass

A: Dark. Zero visibility through any of it. 1.5 fingers of dark brown head.

S: Chocolate, booze, roasted grains. Really nice bouquet of aroma.

Taste: Just really really great. Starts off so smooth and chocolately with just a little bit of roasted grain bite. Follows up nice and smooth again with more roasted grain and the oakiness of the barrel. Ends with oak a whiskey flavors to balance out the sweetness of the chocolate.

M: Smooth smooth smooth. Thats really all there is to it. Nice and thick and smooth. Like velvet on your tongue.

O: Just as good as advertised. An amazing beer shared with amazing friends. The complexity of all the flavors is incredible. Very fun beer to drink. Tastes amazing right down the the last sip. I'll be looking for this whenever it's available.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 00:51:46 | More by JohannBock
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srhoadsy

Florida

3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled into a snifter. 2011 bottle.

Pours an extremely dark sable brown/black with a quarter inch of chocolate brown head that quickly recedes leaving light surface layer and moderate lacing.

Strong aromas bitter chocolate coffee and chocolate with dried fruit.

Taste follows through the aromas. If you hold it on your tongue you will get strong flavor of the char from the barrel. Hints of alcohol but not strong.

Heavy bodied with a surprisingly dry finish and bitter aftertaste. Lightly carbonated.

Overall a good representation of the style. Not overly complex but does nothing wrong either.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 22:20:04 | More by srhoadsy
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle served in a snifter glass.

A: Pours a deep oiled black color forming a one finger thing bubbled and creamy beige almost brown head. Low retention and lots of pointy lacings left in the glass. An "island" of medium bubbles remains on the top even after the head is already gone

S: Strong roasted malts, chocolate and wood on the nose. Some notes of coffee and vanilla. Licorice and chocolate biscuits. A bit of alcohol can be felt in the very end

T: Sweet and roasted upfront. Becomes deliciously bitter quickly. Mainly roast bitterness. Notes of vanilla, licorice and oak. End is bitter and biscuity

M: Very creamy and heavy body. Molasses too. Low carbonation and a very smooth mouth sensation. Roasted and bitter aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. Great RIS

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 23:02:21 | More by eduardolinhalis
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1000lbgrizzly

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Jet black with a moderate brown head that lingers around the edge of the glass, spotty in the middle.

S: Strong malt, chocolate, hop bitterness, can't wait to drink it.

T: Mirrors the nose; robust chocolate, malt, bitter hop, and the hint of that vanilla that was promised on the bottle's description. Alcohol is hidden well.

M: Smooth, heavy, mouth-filling. A noticeable touch of carbonation which is unusual for this variety, but welcome.

O: A great Imperial Stout, proud add the Yeti to my collection of bomber bottles. My interest is piqued to try their other variations (chocolate, espresso).

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 02:25:26 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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bennett_loves_good_beer

Wyoming

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black. No light getting through this beer. Head is as brown as chocolate ice cream. Smells of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and oak. Espresso coffe, chocolate, vanilla, and is then rounded out with a finish full of oak and sweetness. Creamy, thick mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 23:48:01 | More by bennett_loves_good_beer
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated Oct 18th, 2010. Coming up on three years old.

A: Pours pitch pitch black with a large and very dense dark brown head. Head fades at a moderate pace. Top notch head retention and nice lacework at the same time.

S: Mellow sweet chocolate aroma. Some charred oak in there. Dark fruits, hints of cherries and raisin.

T: The aging is definitely prominent here. Flavor is super mellow chocolate with some char and coffee and lots of oak surprisingly. Hints of dark fruits but barely there. Very well integrated flavors, sort of just becomes one smooth flavor if that makes any sense. A little oxidation on the back end mixing with charred, smoky oak, becomes sort of an oaky, cardboardy mix. Not that great but not too detracting. I'm guessing 3 years is probably the limit on this one. Sort of acrid smoke lingers between sips.

M: Medium-heavy body. Silky smooth and creamy. A dream to drink.

O: Might've waited a little too long to drink this one. I've had this fresher before (not reviewed) and my memory seems to remember it being a bit better. Less smoky and charry. But who knows, aging does weird things and palates do weird things over the years too. It's still quite good but I think the regular and chocolate oak aged yetis stand above its fellow variants still. Depends on what you're looking for I guess. Having said that, with three years on this one it goes down like silk and the flavors are very well integrated. Very tasty and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 04:51:54 | More by Dope
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shand

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage. After a bit of aging, the oak is just as prominent in the nose, but less prominent on the taste buds where it melds beautifully with the big Yeti base. Just a bit of woodiness on the aftertaste remains. It's a tasty variant for sure, but I'm just not sure that it beats the base beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 02:38:40 | More by shand
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Sam Adams utopia glass. Purchased in Attleboro, MA.

A- Pours a jet black, oil-like opaque body with a thick deep mocha colored head that reduces slowly and leaves some sticky lacing.

S- Sweet milk chocolate, espresso, dark fruits, vanilla, and butterscotch. The dark fruit aroma is particularly strong in this one.

T- Upfront dark chocolate covered fruit dominates, followed by a faint vanilla note. This develops to a deep roasty, charred, nearly burnt malt flavor that sticks on the tongue for a while.

M- Really thick and rich with low carbonation.

This was quite an impressive imperial stout, it was complex, rich, and balanced. I just wish the oak aging added more dimension to it, I only got faint aromas and tastes of vanilla from the oak. Maybe I'm just used to the robust oak bourbon barrel aged stouts that are popular nowadays.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 02:50:25 | More by gcamparone
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nataku00

California

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (bottled in July 2010) poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours pitch black with two fingers of creamy and thick light brown head. Head sticks around for a bit before slowly receding, leaving a thick lacing on the glass.

Big roasty and smoked malt aromas, along with a touch of coffee, soy sauce and toasted wood. As it warms a bit more, more sweet dark fruit comes through.

Taking a sip, roasted malt and coffee, and dark chocolate that isn't present in the aroma. Smoky flavors as it warms on the tongue, and toasted wood. Lingering coffee and oak on the tongue.

Medium heavy body with silky feeling on the tongue. Minimal carbonation, but pretty easy to sip on this without any trace of alcohol. Pretty tasty with a bit of age.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 03:15:23 | More by nataku00
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Ry_Swell_Guy

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Just a great looking, great smelling stout! One can pick up notes of the oak at first wiff, and that first taste! Woa! It's great! 9.5% but you would never know it! My favorite part was the texture, it just is so smooth and nice. Recommend to anyone who likes a nice stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 19:13:32 | More by Ry_Swell_Guy
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Jacurdy60

Alabama

4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bomber into a Great Divide Brussels Glass. Bottled on September 24, 2012.

A-Pours a motor oil thick black, opaque and syrupy liquid with a light copper almost beige colored half finger head and minimal retention. Nice lacing is left behind as the foam coats the glass when I sip

S-Dry baker's chocolate, subtle dark fruits, vanilla extract precede the charred oak and semi sweet boozy notes that are ost profound on the nose.

T-Bakers chocolate, licorice, vanilla extract, sweet dark fruits, and a fusel booziness precede the charred oak backbone and fusel alcohol, hoppy bite. Very well balanced.

MF-Thick and rich, oily. Finishes like whole milk with a bit of dry hoppiness and carbonation.

O-Exceptional. Probably my favorite version of the Yeti.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 02:08:25 | More by Jacurdy60
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kevin for pulling this one out - an '07 vintage nonetheless, complete with the old-school label and everything. It pours out like a black hole and is just about opaque as it gets. A decent-sized tan head forms but vanished pretty quickly... I really wasn't expecting much, given the beer's age, so any sign of carbonated life is nice.

I immediately notice some oxidation on the nose; once again, something I somewhat expected for a 6-7 year old brew, however it was mild enough to not hinder, and injected a bit of a boozy-sherry note with just a very light hint of wet cardboard. I feel like another year would push it over the edge, but at this point, it's just fine.

The nose is otherwise crowded with lots of chocolate and a pile of sweet, dark fruits; prunes, raisins, and a light undercurrent of anise and black licorice that soars from front to back. Like I mentioned, I believe the oxidation has injected a bit of sherry to the nose, so this Yeti variant smells the booziest of them all so far. Surprisingly little oak on the nose; honestly, the oak aroma is almost undetectable at this point.

Mounds of creamy chocolate and bittersweet cocoa nibs eradicate whatever taste was currently on my palate and fill it with a mild sweetness and an even more mild bitter roastiness. The oxidation lends a hand to a mild sherry booziness (this'll be the third time I've mentioned it already) that warms the throat nicely. The roast is heavier than I remember from other Yeti variants, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Dark fruits are heavier than I remember as well, but again, not a bad thing at all. Prunes and dates, sweet and dark and even lightly tart for just a split second, before leaving into a dry oak finish. Finally, I taste some oak! For being "oak aged" the beer is shockingly devoid of much oak at all, except for the very back end, where a hint of wood and vanilla finally make an appearance. The body is medium-heavy with a slick, oily, and almost creamy mouth feel; soft and light carbonation.

The finish contained just a mild touch of that "cardboard" like oxidation, but as long as you kept the beer in your mouth, it wasn't much of an issue. A year earlier and it probably would have been a non-factor. A year later and it might be too much. Glad to have finally had this one; I'll have to try another one fresh to see how things have changed. My least favorite of the Yeti series so far, but still a good beer when all is said and done.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 11:50:09 | More by tectactoe
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Tommo446

Rhode Island

4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer awhile back at Track 84 in Warwick, RI and I fell in love. I haven't been able to find it since then. Anyone know where I can pick some up? That being said it was an excellent stout with a full thick body. The taste was smooth with lingering finish overall delicious but wouldn't recommend drinking more than one at a time.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 18:09:34 | More by Tommo446
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rickyleepotts

Arizona

4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is our last beer from Great Divide… but I don't remember drinking any of the other ones! I do like their beers, but just haven't had one in a while. I am stoked about this one, though. It's hot outside, but I am on a Russian imperial stout kick right now. That, and light Euro pale lagers. This is a beer style that will get better as it heats up, so maybe I should take this out of the fridge and let it sit for a while.

Speaking of beer, we had dinner tonight at the Praying Monk in Old Town Scottsdale. They actually have a new general manager (he started tonight) and we chatted about the beer blog. He was nice, and we had fun. I ordered a Belgian beer and a Cuban sandwich… I was feeling international tonight! I do think their prices are a little high for Old Town, but they have a pretty good selection. They also have a single tap that is always rotating, so you never know what is going to be on tap.

This one wasn't on tap tonight, but I am ready to start reviewing beers again. It's been too long! So… here we go. Cheers!

In the Glass: Oh man, I could smell this as I was pouring it. I love a big, thick, chewy stout. I bet this one is even good cold! Anyway, it poured quite thick, and left a nice thick dark brown head. It looks like something I could float a quarter on. Words like, "massive" and, "complex" litter the label. Can't wait!!! Oh, and this is dark as night. Let's see what this one smells like.

Nose: This smells like a nice example of a Russian Imperial Stout. Should I capitalize Imperial Stout? Anyway, I will just call it an RIS from here on out. This does smell like a good example of the style, but is a bit "hot". According to BeerAdvocate, this beer can be cellared for a like time. I wonder, at only 9.5% ABV, how long I could cellar this and how good it will get in time. Now that this massive head is starting to leave, I am seeing a nice sticky lace. Can't wait to drink this! So… here we go!

Flavor: Cold, that is GREAT! It is, as I expected, a bit "hot"… but still drinkable. I wouldn't be able to drink more than one or two glasses of this… at 9.5% ABV I might not be able to. But still, that is a lovely flavor. It is nice, thick (not chewable), and has a nice creamy mouthfeel. I will talk about that in a second. The burp is pretty nice, too.

This does have a nice carbonation to it, too. Some of these can get a bit flat… but this one is nicely carbonated. I wish a brewery would start making candy that tastes like beer… imagine a jawbreaker that tastes like a glass of beer. I can see it now… is that a million dollar idea? I have seen beer scented candles and beer scented soap… but never candy. Now I want a sucker!

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is initially creamy offering thin layers of bubbles on the corners of the tongue… but nothing to write home about. The experience here isn't in the mouthfeel, but the finish and the flavor. I bet this beer has a ton of calories, but that's OK. It's worth it! I need to workout tomorrow, anyway. I ate too much tonight for dinner. I missed breakfast AND lunch, but hey… I have a girlish figure to watch!

Aftertaste: The finish is somewhat drying and offers a nice lingering finish. Is that chocolate I am getting? I bet this would make a delicious beer float. Speaking of beer floats, I just read something earlier today about cocoa syrup stout floats. Basically it was a beer float using Kaluha. Sounds good to me!

This is a GREAT example of an RIS. If someone said, "What does an RIS taste like?" Start here. If you are new to big beers like this, you might be turned off from the booze flavor… but just stick with it. It's worth it and will open a door to some delicious big beers. A lot of rare beers, like Dark Lord, are nasty Russian imperial stouts. Pour a glass, light a cigar, and enjoy. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 05:40:33 | More by rickyleepotts
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Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Darn near black body with the darkest most luscious head I've seen on a brew - sticky lacing coats the glass as the ice cream float like head slowly subsides - yeah I liked the look of it - molasses and chocolate with herbal hops in the nose - taste follows with a smooth oak backbone - nicely bitter but not overly so - full body, smooth, easy drinking for a big brew, booze only became apparent as it warmed - an excellent RIS

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 00:30:52 | More by Stocean1
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had side by side with the Oak Aged Chocolate

A-Black in the glass, two finger brown head that tries to leave some lacing behind.

S-Oak, chocolate, lots of roasted malt, some of which was burnt (the good burnt)

T- Very oaky, lots of roasted malt, some burnt (still good), chocolate, vanilla, tad coffee and licorice.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated and a tad creamy.

O-A solid beer. Cheaper than most BA beers, with better availability. Not as great, but still a yummy beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 19:05:51 | More by rlee1390
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ToddHolder

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Pours pitch black with a minimal tan head and excellent lacing. Aroma has coffee notes with subtle chocolate and vanilla. Taste follows suit with big roasted malt. Robust and in your face. Long finish with a rich full mouthfeel. Amazing!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 01:21:13 | More by ToddHolder
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JamesShoemaker

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into my snifter. Bottle is eight months old. This is one of those shelf turds I never buy because there's always something seasonal to be had. It's a dry spell in the Southern Tier right now, but I'm happy there's stuff like this lying around!

A - pours tar-oil black with the brown head characteristic of the style on the forced pour. Recedes quickly, no lacing. Standard, but good looking.

S - hmm, a little boozy right at first, but it recedes quickly. Not a lot here, honestly, which is the negative thing I can really say about the "lightness" one discovers in the flavor and MF.

T - enjoyable certainly. Big roasted, toasty malts, almost nutty. OAY is lighter in flavor than most RISs I've had, but it's not necessarily a bad thing. The alcohol content clocks in a bit lower than others too. No indication of the aging.

M - the consistency is close to perfect, very smooth. A great mixture of syrupy goodness and alcohol, not too chewy, not too thin. This is where a lot of RISs fall short, in my opinion, so it's nice to see something complex that doesn't sacrifice too much.

O - OAY is very drinkable and very tasty, if a little pricey per oz (I paid $10.30 with tax for this bottle). I would certainly drink this again if I could find a cheaper bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 01:25:23 | More by JamesShoemaker
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.56/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 9/24/12. Poured from a bomber into a chalice.

A beautiful beer that unfortunately looks better than it tastes. Definitely a complex beer, but the "regular" Yeti is much better. Unfortunately the hops and the vanilla are over shadowed by the booziness of the brew. Difficult to finish an entire bomber, which is typically not an issue for me. Maybe some bottle aging would provide some improvement.

A - Viscous, full bodied, black. Half-finger rocky brown head, which disipates rather quickly. Slight lacing.

S - Boozy, bourbon, chocolate, sweet, roasted malts.

T - Roasted malt, oaky, nice hoppines, some bourbon, lingering alcohol in the finish, subtle vanilla.

MF - Chewy, slick, alcohol hot.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 02:14:41 | More by Sludgeman
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 5/2010. 3 years old at this point

A - Extreme black, creamy, big tan head, and some lacing. Black as night in the desert!

S - Sweet, roasted coffee beans. Burnt sugar. Very hoppy as well.

T - A hoppy Imperial Stout, slight vanilla notes, sweet, slightly boozy. Coffee beans, toffee.

M - Full bodied, rich. Smooth.

O - Delicious, but is kind of boozy. Only downfall. Definitely a sipper. But delicious if you are in the mood!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 01:51:46 | More by BeerDawgs
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dar482

New York

4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It comes in a dark black color with a small deep brown head.

It does not have the same barrel aged oakiness as other barrel aged beers like KBS or BCBS. There is big heavy malt, coffee, and bitter chocolate.

There is a good easy finish, with a bit of a cloying taste and bitterness. However, it really is a good Russian Imperial. The alcohol is not there and really drinkable for a beer with 9.5% ABV.

I easily prefer Espresso Aged Yeti more, which is one of my favorite. This is still quite good.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2013 02:24:28 | More by dar482
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,485 ratings.