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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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BA SCORE
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world-class

3,497 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 3497
Reviews: 1554
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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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
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a Kuhnhenn snifter. Bottled 10/7/2011.

Appearance - Pours with a big mocha head. Settles to just a collar, but a nice one. Just a couple of flecks of lace.

Smell - Oak and lots of black patent malt. Slightly grassy nose to it. Very chocolatey.

Taste - Oak immediately present again, but dies down to a more standard Yeti flavor. Still very green, almost grassy. Chocolatey and bitter. A variety of bitternesses. Oak bitterness, hop bitterness, and malt bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Abrasive bitterness, but nice body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - All these Yeti beers have the same grassy bitterness that I don't welcome in a stout. I get that it's an RIS, but it's over the top. The oakiness doesn't smooth it out at all, just adds to it.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 01:33:32 | More by Alieniloquium
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leokbelo

Florida

4.86/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Completely, pure, ultimate blackness poured into a snifter. 2 inch creamy, mocha head lingers...
Rich coffee, bitter chocolate bouquet.
Creamy, ultra smooth mouthfeel, with some vanilla coming from the oak barrels...Rich roasted coffee, sweetness from the malts, hop bitterness too, with everything so well balanced, so well blended, it's an absolute wonder to the senses.
Incredibly complex, amazing beer!
Cannot recommend it enough!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 20:47:49 | More by leokbelo
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ubenumber2

Arkansas

4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle with a bottled on date of Sept 2012 , pours a rich deep chocolate color with a thick brown head that retains its body well and lacing that sticks to the side of the glass , a very nice looking beer in the glass

The aroma is just great , I pick up the malt and the alcohol very well with hints of vanilla and almost a creamy smell to it , kind of sweet but enough bite from the alcohol to not be too much

The body of this beer is almost too week to be such a big beer , I was expecting a hearty thick taste and it was almost a little too weak for this beer , not that it was bad just not what I was thinking

The flavors this beer puts out are very nice malty sweetness , you can taste the bitter overtones of the dark malts used in this brew , the oak flavor comes in and really finishes this beer off nicely

Over all I'm not a huge stout fan , I mean I like them ok , but not a huge fan , I loved this one. I mean I thought I loved FBS until I drank this , now I know I liked FBS and Loved the Oak Aged Yeti

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 17:59:37 | More by ubenumber2
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stcules

Italy

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark appearance, one finger of brown head.
In the smell a strong toasted, vanilla, wood and coffe in the foreground. Full and impressive in the smell already.
Confirmed in the taste, with even cocoa, green hop, almost herbal, some root notes. Then a lot of hazelnut, cocoa nibs, and again vanilla in evidence.
Full and round body, smooth.
Pairing with dark chocolate and cocoa nibs, great.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 19:48:58 | More by stcules
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chanokokoro

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle with a Sep. 11, 2012 bottling date into a Great Divide Brewing Company "Yeti" branded snifter

Pours pitch black and as viscous as motor oil capped by a thick dark brown head. Great retention, significant splotchy lacing. Robust aroma of bakers chocolate, toasted oak, fusel alcohol, and loads of roasted malt. Huge dark chocolate, dried black cherries, toasty oak, hint of molasses. The finish brings bitter espresso bean accents combined with bold hops and pleasant toasted oak with dark chocolate tones. Big, creamy, smooth full body. Gentle, perfect carbonation. Another exceptional variation of the original Yeti.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 03:53:14 | More by chanokokoro
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanx Damian74Shensky:

Into a nonic:

A: pitch black body with a two finger tan foamy head that when it dies leaves some nice clingy foamy lacing in rings

S: chocolate and coffee coming through in a woody sort of way, is that light vanilla as it warms up...???

T: bittersweet through previously mentioned flavors

M: medium to heavy, not that sessionable, carbonation is barely there leads to a nice smooth feel all around

O: so though I got this in a trade, I feel like I had the cart before the horse since I didn't have the original Yeti, no worries, I`d still have this again and this is very good for its style as well and also am hoping I`d be able to find original Yeti someday

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 11:12:45 | More by BeerKangaroo
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- This one of the most exquisite heads I've seen in along time. It moves up in layers, darker at the top until the lighter chocolate milk colored bottom mixes with it. It also appears that it will not be going anywhere for a while. The body is a typical, deep chocolate and opaque brown.

Nose- The first sniff reveals a lot of wood, oak, raisins, maybe cedar. You can smell the alcohol on it. Next whiff was all warm chocolate, then the faint scent of raisins. Vanilla and caramel. I like regular Yeti; pretty sure I'm going to like Oaked Yeti.

Taste- Lots of bitterness to begin with followed by warm sweetness (chocolate, raisins) buffeted by oakiness. Coffee bitterness rounds out the end of my first sip. It was a small one but I can already tell that this is a very intense beer. I don't know about the subtle vanilla but I can definitely taste dominant chocolate, coffee, and oak. I think too much oak.

Mouthfeel- This is pretty heavy with a fair amount of creaminess. It fits the style and ensures that the drinker will not drink this too quickly. It's a little gritty also.

Drinkability- This is not a session beer at all. It has a lot going for it but I don't think you're going to do more than sip this one.

Overall- Initially, I was impressed with this but the more I drink it, the more it grows on me- the wrong way. I now taste the vanilla that was to be imparted but I feel that it is at the cost of too much oak. It really should show some more fruit complexities i.e. raisins and cherry. It is a little too blunt. However, it is a really good beer with one bad element. As it starts to thin out and warm up, the flavor subsides and the alcohol livens.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 02:43:29 | More by artoolemomo
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CurtFromHershey

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful stout. Pours a rich chocolatey black with bright head which quickly fades into a thin layer. Very sticky lacing for this ABV.

Smell is nearly unpleasant. Slightly sour. Bitter, alcohol, oak which shines through in a disappointing way.

Wow, taste is much improved over the nose. Rich, French vanilla, Michael, well-infused oak unlike the smell. Very hot on the finish, but otherwise a wonderful flavor.

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, and enticing. Alcohol warmth throughout.

Over really a great brew. To me, it smells underwhelming. Otherwise fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 21:45:07 | More by CurtFromHershey
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TheCondor

Missouri

4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Well better keep the train going on the Imperial Stouts. First it was Founders, now Great Divide in getting into the action tonight. That being said, this brew was side poured with standard vigor from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Just like a good RIS should be, it pours as black as the swamps at night, no light penetration whatsoever. A small half finger tan head dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing but plenty of anticipation for the joy to come.

Smell - This beer has Founders beat in this department. The smell is explosively that of roasted malts, chocolate, sweetness, wood, dark fruits, and a hint of vanilla. Very complex and satisfying, I could smell it as I poured it.

Taste - Much like the nose, so incredible. So many tastes wash over the palate in successive waves, it is difficult to keep track of. A wonderful smoky sweetness comes first, followed by a little chocolate and then coffee bitterness. Dark fruits and maltiness underpin the taste. So complex and well-balanced.

Mouthfeel - Much like Founders RIS, very smooth, creamy, and viscuous. One of thebest parts of any well-crafted RIS. Like tasty motor oil in your mouth, just the thickness of the brew.

Overall - As with Founders, there is a reason this beer is on the Beers of Fame list. It is incredible, in my opinion better than Founders. So complex. Highly recommended and approved. And you gotta love a beer with Yeti in the title. The only thing better would be if they called in Chewbaca.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 03:50:29 | More by TheCondor
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle (bottled on 9/11/12) into a pint glass, pours as close to black as you can get with a huge dark tan head that lingers leaving great lacing, clear

S: coffee, roasted malt, molasses, vanilla, dark chocolate

T: bitterness from oak, espresso, vanilla, bitter chocolate, a big malt profile, piney bitter hops

M: viscous and oily with higher than expected carbonation, alcohol presence noted

O: bitter and complex, some sweetness would help to balance the taste, great look upon pour, oak aging quite noticeable

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 00:12:10 | More by M_C_Hampton
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kevanb

Illinois

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

22oz bottle poured into a Great Divide Yeti Snifter. Bottled on 11/11/2011.

Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti

It pours a nice thick, oily texture, jet black in color, very opaque with a nice thick mocha colored head, just over a finger high that has very nice retention and leaves behind a large network of soapy lacing. The aroma is nice, lots of chewy oak, smooth bitter chocolate covered coffee, licorice and dark stone fruit with a moderately harsh alcohol presence that lingers behind. The oak is right out front on the tongue, lightly sweet, moderately chewy that balances nicely with the bitter roasted coffee and soft chocolate brownie flavors. Raisin and a bit of cherry come out with some licorice flavors, very nicely layered and developed. Alcohol definitely lingers in the finish, but isn't hot or detracting from the beer and leaves a nice warming sensation behind as it goes down. The body is very nice and rich, thick, viscous, coats the mouth well and goes down with a nice smooth silky finish.

Verdict: An impressive Russian Imperial Stout from Great Divide. It has all the hallmarks of a great stout and has developed very nicely and the oak adds a nice layer of complexity and age has integrated it well. Definitely a worthy beer for any stout lover and one that has improved with a bit of time in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 04:06:06 | More by kevanb
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dspolanco

Pennsylvania

4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance-Motor Oil Jet Black, cream mocha head. Beautiful

Smell-This brew smells delicious, big coffee notes, oak, smokiness, and a malty sweetness!

Taste- I have found the Yeti and its everything I imagined. Up front you get the coffee bitterness, than immediately the malt back bone takes over and blends it together. Some notes of vanilla, and smokiness from being oak aged. At 9.5 ABV you don't taste this at all. Delicious!!!!

Mouthfeel-Perfect

Overall-This brew is simply fantastic! I encourage my fellow BA's to track and find this Yeti as it will not disappoint! Great Divide you have done it again. Nearly Flawless.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 15:56:51 | More by dspolanco
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trxxpaxxs

New York

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

Thanks to sliverx for sharing this one... 2008 vintage...

A: Pours pitch black with about a half finger of mocha colored head. The foam takes a bit to settle, and there is great lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is huge wood, some stone fruits, raisins, and malt.

T: It starts off with a blast of sweetness and maltiness, and then it gets really woody. Like licking a block of oak. It's a mix of sweet and bitter in the middle, and finishes more on the bitter side. It almost has as charcoal finish.

M: Full bodied beer. Sweet, sticky, coating, a bit syrup, but smooth.

O: Very good beer. It's held up well since 2008. It might be a bit past it's prime, but not by much.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 15:38:06 | More by trxxpaxxs
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smcnulty1981

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: pours a dark black color with a hint of dark brown has a 1/2 finger of chocolate brown head that dedicates fairly quick good ammount of lacing on the glass

S: coffee chocolate oak bit of maple syrup and smoke on the nose

T: dark chocolate and coffee Tate but there is a hint of alchol on the taste

M: very full mouth feel coats the mouth with a viscous syrup quality

O: gret tasting imperial stout and the oak aging adds another level not very profound oak qualities but just the right ammount to know that it's there

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 03:09:07 | More by smcnulty1981
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Jonada

New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bomber. Bottled on 9/11/2012. Served in a snifter

Appearance: Midnight black with 1 finger of a dark tan head. Completely opaque.

Smell: Coffee, dark chocolate, alcohol, very slight hints of vanilla.

Taste: Roasted malt, dark chocolate with hints of dark fruit and wood. Alcohol is hidden reasonably well but still noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, slick oily mouthfeel. Medium carbonation

Overall: Not really much of an improvement over the regular Yeti, but still a really good imperial stout. Worth a try, but nothing mind blowing.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 05:16:19 | More by Jonada
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ilikebeer03

Texas

4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter. Bottled dated 07/2011

A: Pours a thick, oily, pitch black, just like Yeti. Beautiful, thick, creamy, tan head. About a finger and half worth. Settles nicely. Leaves a nice ring.

S: Lots of chocolate. Roasted malt coffee and caramel as well.

T: Delicious. Very heavy on chocolate. More so than Yeti, in my opinion. Like the nose, lots of roasted malts and coffee. Vanilla comes through here from the oak, which is a real treat. Finishes a bit dry from the oak, I assume. Alcohol peaks through, just a pinch.

M: Solid mouth feel. Light/medium carbonation. Good after taste. Dry finish.

Overall: A delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 23:12:01 | More by ilikebeer03
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screamking

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance-black with nice light brown head. 4.25

Aroma-roasted coffee, some oak but not as much as expected, smokey, rasians. 4

Taste-oak finally shows up, coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate in late. 4.25

Feel-thick and dry, alcohol comes in stronger than 9.5 abv should. 4

Overall-tastes a standard RIS, I really don't taste the "oak aged" in this. Although I haven't had the standard Yeti. It says year round but this is the first time I am seeing it in my store, I don't think I would get this one again but I do want to try the espresso aged version. At this price point for a RIS there is much much better. 4

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 22:38:17 | More by screamking
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emyers

Illinois

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter. Bottled on date 11/5/10.

Appearance: Black with a half-inch dark brown head. Head dissipates after about a minute into a dark brown lacing.

Smell: Rich cocoa hits first, followed up by a strong, sweet toffee smell. Hints of dark fruit and coffee. Very strong, excellent aroma.

Taste: A bit of a change of direction from the smell. Very strong roasted barley character up front, with the cocoa coming on strong again. The oak is present but fairly subtle, providing a nice balance and added complexity. The strong caramel sweetness from the aroma is essentially absent here. Finish is fairly bitter, aided by a nice dose of bittering hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation for the style. This is probably the weakest aspect of the beer - I'd like a little bit of a fuller body. The oak is a bit drying going down, which is aided by the bittering hops.

Overall: Excellent imperial stout. Captures the strongly roasty, bittersweet flavor profile that I prefer in my stouts. I love the oak - really adds an extra layer of complexity without stealing the show from the roast

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 02:14:03 | More by emyers
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fmccormi

New York

4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 32oz twist-off growler to my trusty Cigar City snifter; filled on the same day at the Syracuse Real Food Co-op.

Appearance (4.0): Half a finger of hot cocoa-colored head comes off the pour, but it doesn’t last, despite having a fine-grained texture and leaving immediate (small amounts of) lacing. The body is black and undeniably dark, but interestingly not opaque—dark, dark red-amber tones come through at the edges if you hold it up next to a light. There’s some modest lacing composed of thin layers of scattered suds and fat legs here and there.

Smell (4.25): Strong, rich aromas of dark-roast coffee and a smooth, lightly vanilla-ish scent mixed with mellow wood tones (not as spicy as the scent of fresh-cut wood, but similar) make an interesting dynamic here. There’s some very nice, thick, understated molasses and dark cocoa powder undertones that add some depth here, mixed with a little booze but not bad. I really like the way the oak comes across clearly but not too strongly, in a supporting role.

Taste (4.25): Some biting, almost acidic coffee bitterness comes through first on the palate, but moderate in strength, balanced out by the rich layers of dark chocolate, toffee, boozy fruitcake, and the again clear-but-subordinate woody, mellow oak character—until the finish. The finish is dominated by that cutting coffee bitterness again, not acidic but strong enough and somewhat astringent—like cold-brewed black coffee. There’s also a tang on the back end like dry cocoa powder. Thankfully, whatever booze character is in here is covered up by or blended into this coffee and cocoa finish nicely. As it warms, it shows some lighter and brighter but still creamy sweetness in the mid-palate, like caramel ice cream—but subtly.

Mouthfeel (4.0): The body is full and modestly viscous, having a consistency that’s somewhat heavy and sticks together but doesn’t make it to the “syrupy” level. The carbonation is understated and smooth, while offering a nice, evenly-distributed tingle towards the end. It finishes relatively smooth, all in all.

Overall (4.0): This is a really nice, really smooth Imperial Stout that shows strong character in a smooth blend of different elements: the coffee, chocolate, molasses, and fruitcake-y tones of the malt body, mixed with the thankfully understated oak aging, and the faded remnants of some serious hopping. This makes a great sipper with plenty of character that won’t bludgeon you to death, but stands up to the style easily.

Serving type: growler

01-29-2013 04:56:39 | More by fmccormi
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into a tulip style glass to maximize the aroma. It really paid off. I could pull in a lot of coffee and chocolate in each sniff. The balance is really good. I don't smell the oak, but I could really pick it up in the flavor.

The taste is also amazing. You get more of the coffee and chocolate. The oakiness kicks in on the back end. The flavor is also really well balanced.

This super dark black beer is a great example of an Imperial Stout. It is one of the best out there. Even better than that, this is readily available to pick up.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 02:47:17 | More by ummswimmin
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hopoilcrazy

Tennessee

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. No freshness date

A - Pours an almost pitch black with a beige one-finger head that subsides to a centimeter thick gauzy ring

S - A surprisingly fruity aroma, mostly a ripe banana smell bordering on ester-y, mingling with intended oak. A good bit of booze for a 9%.

T - A bit overly sweet for my taste, but consistent with the style. At first an unbalanced roastiness dominates, but the finish ebbs into a nice malt hop balance. Main flavors: smoky, coffee, cotton candy, burned toast, mushroomy baconness

M - The best part: the viscosity is right on, thick but not motor oil. The fermented tingle fades to a beautiful alcoholic tinge

O - Very good, the total effect is surprisingly drinkable for an IS, but compared to some other stouts that i've had recently (like the total delight of FFF Alpha Klaus' crazy taste profile) it falls just a little short. Not enough to pour into anything but my gullet

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 05:48:22 | More by hopoilcrazy
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BigBarley

Texas

4.94/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a thick, syrupy jet black, with a dark tan finger of imposing foam that crests this gloriously dark beer. Looks like something special!

S - Wood, vanilla bean, dark chocolate, sweet molasses, roasted coffee, more vanilla, cream. Smells unbelievable.

T - Good lord! So flavorful, so deep. It's like a beer milkshake of some kind. Sweet, rich notes of smokey roasted wood, coffee beans, marmalade, milk chocolate fighting dark chocolate, vanilla dancing with cocoa, a glass of iced coffee, a barbecue next to an ice cream machine... I was overwhelmed by flavor after flavor. Each taste was subtly different but still hating the same pool of vivid flavors. Easily one of the best flavors I've witnessed in an RIS, and I'm instantly in love.

M - Thick, creamy, enjoyable. Foams just right, goes down like a glass of milk, and leaves the tummy warm and satisfied. I love this beer!

O - I wish I could find about 20 bottles of this. I believe I'd drink 2 a year for the next ten years. It's so good you don't WANT a lot of it, because of how satisfying and special the first serving is. This is no everyday beer, but it's the kind of beer that you'll remember every tasting of as being unique and enjoyable. Easily one of my top ten, probably top 3 beer experiences ever.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 13:35:07 | More by BigBarley
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bambam2517

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into a snifter at 50F. Side by side with the basic Yeti.

A - Nearly identical to the regular Yeti, just a bit more lace retention. Motor oil black with a cocoa colored lace ring, ring retention is good all the way down the draught.

S - Heaps of vanilla and caramel, burying the toffee that was present in the base Yeti. Some fruit ester I cant pick up on also, maybe its fig? I like it.

T - Like a dark roast vanilla coffee, a little bit of the toffee shining through as well. Good Oak aftertaste. Reminds me of Old Guardian barleywine...

M - Much more even than the base Yeti, meaning the oiliness has diminished ( a plus) as well as the creaminess ( a neg ). The bitter finish has come down some as well, now I'd describe it as simply dry.

O - I'd deem this one very likable and prefer it over the base Yeti. Still would be reaching for other stouts over this one. However, I do get the feeling I've shorted myself in not laying both of these down to age for at least a year. GDBC is brewing some good stuff and in time I think this could be rocking me too...

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 22:28:26 | More by bambam2517
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spoony

Colorado

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle (bottled November 22, 2011) into a snifter.

A-The brew poured jet black and opaque. No light getting through this one. The head was roughly one finger of milk-chocolate-colored foam. The head faded slowly and left nice lacing on the glass.

S-The smell was toffee-scented oak and roasted malts up front with a little bit of milk chocolate. On the back end was a little alcohol heat and some dark, boozy fruit (think macerated cherries).

T-The brew had a great mixture of roasted, toffee malt flavors and cocoa to start with. As the beer finished, the flavors progressed to lightly bitter, dark chocolate and coffee. This had just the right amount of alcohol warmth for a cold January evening. No cherry/coffee/chocolate gimmickry here, just long lasting and complex flavors.

M-The feel was among the heavier beers I have had in a while. It was slightly syrupy and low in carbonation. I expect a fresh bottle might pack a little more carbonation.

O-This ranks up among my favorite stouts. It has a complex mix of earthy, chocolatey flavors, booze and fruit, and they all play nicely with each other. This beer proves that you can get big, complex flavors while retaining the balance that many big stouts seem to lose. Since this bottle was over a year old, I am curious to compare it with a fresh bottle and will endeavor to do so in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 17:04:57 | More by spoony
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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