Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,607
Hads: 4,273
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 315
Gots: 815 | 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 Mikus
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought a snifter at the Magic Tree Pub in OH. Midnight black with a dark cocoa-tinged head (reduced to lacing quickly), looked like a stout-lover's wet dream. Notes of chocolate and vanilla, mild oak, bitterness (go Yeti), and a hint of smoke/tobacco on the nose. Flavors really came through will all of the above mentioned players (aromas) at the party on my tongue. Especially dominant were the chocolate and bitterness, and overall nice balance prevailed. Will have to try this again, I feel like I scarfed it a bit quickly because it was so good! Imagine that more flavors might have emerged... man was this tasty. Medium to hearty mouthfeel as expected. This was a 'NAILED IT' type of beer. Not to mention half-price on Mondays so it put me back about $3. Cheers. Find this. (780 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Coal black and nice lacing mocha head

S: mostly a malty roasty wood smell

T: hoppy bitterness with a malty roast finish not very sweet and once if warms you can taste the wood

M: full bodied and creamy

O: I remember liking this beer better a year ago I think it is the hoppiness I don't care for but overall it's a good beer if you like a more hop forward stout which I don't feel is my cup of tea anymore. (415 characters)

Photo of jchain
4.94/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The regular Yeti is an excellent, bitter Imperial Stout, but the oak aging sends it "over the top," imparting a lovely sweetness and complexity that makes it one of the most memorable beers of the year. Had it at Far Bar in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. (250 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brew topped with a thick, dark brown head. Very good retention, and thick lacing.

Dry, earthy aroma; roasted barley, oak, and dark chocolate.

Dark flavor, rich in chocolate and roast, with strong bitter components from the hops and oak chips.

Thick and creamy full mouthfeel. Not chewy. Not particularly hot. Fairly lively.

This is a very good stout, although Great Divide's level of hops make this a rather particular brand of stout. The oak chips add yet another twist to the flavor that some may not like. (517 characters)

Photo of d5001986
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into Darkness goblet.

A: Pours a rich inky black with massive, fluffy, mocha brown head that expands over the top of the glass.

S: Nice and simple. Roasted coffee, chocolate, and oak.

T: I definitely pick up the oak up front. Lots of dark roasted coffee - rich, bitter, and burnt. There's also a little vanilla and a pretty substantial hop presence.

M: Lacking some viscosity here. While still smooth and creamy and nice, I have to dock for lack of body.

O: A delicious, coffee forward stout. The oak and heavy hops really round off the heavy malts. Quite drinkable and doesn't seem boozy in the least. A very good purchase overall. (659 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

On tap in a flight at Rattle n Hum, NYC. I've had The Yeti before but not in this guise. There is a smoky nose that foretells of the blast of char on the first taste.Not the usual hotness that I find in many big ABV veshicles, but don't be fooled, this is a massive stout. Yeti, indeed! (286 characters)

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

Pours a black like oil, with the same type of viscosity, khaki colored head, light and foamy. Oak, chocolate, vanilla, and plenty of roasted malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with roast and oak. (212 characters)

Photo of freakspank
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%

I love this beer. I had bought a couple bottles of GDBC's coffee imperial stout due to my love of coffee imperials and my brother wanting to try this one out. Great beer but this one is even better. Without the coffee this beers' caramel and oak flavors come out much better. Very thick and tasty. The smell alone makes you not want to share with others. (354 characters)

Photo of daveg36
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Big ASS beer. Awesome. Flavors are very sophisticated chocolate (Godiva, not Hershey's), and a BIG BITE at the end when the Oak Aging hits you. Very boozy. Massive beer. This bad boy is a 10 to me. I've got to take this one over the Founder's Breakfast Stout. Will wait for KBS to see if that overtakes this one, but for now, this reigns supreme for me in the world of Stout. (376 characters)

Photo of shleepy
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Super dark. Even the head (whcih is low but thick) is one of the darkest I've ever seen in a beer. Smell is roasty, to the point of seeming bitter. Lots of coffee, oak.

Taste is a bit lighter than the smell would imply, and is actually quite drinkable. A balanced imp stout that decently hides its ABV. (303 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Taste is rather sweet but I like that. Lots of chocolate and roasted malt. Not much coffee as others. Finish is a little bitter but not overly.

Mouthfeel is quite viscous with a little carbonation.

Overall, one of the best and most satifying stouts I have had in a while if ever. Well done; actually a great beer. (322 characters)

Photo of MjBrewhouse
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours pitch black with half inch head. Head dissipates fairly quickly.This beer was bottled on9/23/2013 and i think drinking a year after bottling is perfect. Nose is of roasted toffee, malts coffee, molasses and vanilla which is heavenly.The taste is very similar to the smell also heavenly with rich mouth feel, thick delicious . I had the same beer about six months ago and I'm not sure but it may have been younger than this beer and i remember it had a lot more bitterness to it. This beer is perfectly balanced, it has warmed to almost room temp now and is getting better as I drink it. One of the best RIS I have tried, the oak aging has mellowed and smoothed out any rough edges.World Class Russian Imperial Stout. (722 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%

Bottled on 9/26/14: Pours motor oil pitch black color with a creamy 2 finger brown head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded slowly, leaving incredible foamy lacing coating the sides and a layer on top.

Huge coffee and chocolate smells up front, followed by oats, charred wood, vanilla, burnt coffee grinds, roasted grains, molasses, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, espresso, piney hops, roasted nuts and booze like a mix of bourbon and merlot which must be from the oak aging. Coffee, roasted notes, cocoa and booze all meld together and seem to fuse the complex aroma into a sweet attack on your nasal passage that is down-right pleasant if you like imperial stouts. There are a whole lot of earthy and grainy oat notes to go along with the booze, oak barrel, coffee and chocolate dominance, but the subtle whiffs of vanilla, dark fruit, licorice and hops really make this quite a treat to inhale.

Taste is so close to the nose that it’s scary; this beast is a combo of coffee, roasted grains, molasses, oats, dark chocolate, charred wood, vanilla, burnt coffee grinds, cocoa powder, espresso, pine cone/piney hops, roasted nuts, dark fruits like cherry or a chocolate dipped raisin, oaky wood and booze like bourbon or a dark rum. The smokiness of the oak and grains makes this a tad sweeter and more boozy, but it seems to unleash the complexities and variety of rich roasted and charred earthy tones that allows the vanilla, brown sugar and seems like syrup to ooze through with the roasted coffee bitterness that mixes well with the leafy hop spices that cruise in the background. It is very complicated with a lot going on, like all of its Yeti siblings, and this oaky version adds a nice different dynamic to the base Yeti while still delivering delicious flavor. The booze does show through so this is another slow sipper.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, with a heavy dense body, mild carbonation, a thin feel on the tongue and mild heat from the booze that trials off bitter, oaky and sweet at the same time with coffee, char, grains and cocoa notes that leave your mouth dry.

Another great Yeti stout that I thoroughly enjoyed and will seek out again. Complex and like a meal in a bottle, the Great Divide Yeti series of stouts has not let me down yet, so I recommend trying this great brew. (2,311 characters)

Photo of BigRedDog
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a midnight black, with a rich, mocha colored head.

Smell is chocolate, licorice, slight coffee, some vanilla as well. Slight woodiness.

Taste is roasted malt forward. Bitter chocolate mingles with smoky wood and some slight vanilla flavor. Finish is slight licorice and a little bitter.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy. Some booze warmth.

Overall a good beer, but I kinda prefer the original Yeti. (404 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely black pour with a brown head...what could be better? I love the dark stuff and dark stuff with a dark head is even better. Everything about this beer is dark. Completely devoid of any lightness in the color and the head is only slightly lighter. The only thing holding the beer back is the head, which while beautiful, doesn't retain well. There is a nice lacing however.

Subtle scents abound, of caramel and toffee, and dark roasted malts. Faint chocolate. But in this, you can really smell the grains.

I love this beer. More roasted grains and a bit of chocolate. Either hops or bittersweet chocolate provide balance.

Sweet, then bitter, but always smooth and creamy. Despite the grainy feel, it's oh so creamy. The alcohol is always present, but in a good, manly way. Very thick and full bodied, could be a great dessert beer.

Such an easy beer to sip, despite the high ABV. The oak gives an ever-present earthiness to it. Bordering on flawless. (963 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from Bristol Farms Palm Desert CA for 8$ - Dec 2011 bottle date

Appearance - Black/brown colour with a large size light brown coloured head. It's too dark to see the carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, chocolate/coffee, malts

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste chocolate, coffee, and malts. There is also some some burnt/roasted notes and a light woodiness.

Overall - Can't pick up on the oak as much as I would like, but this is also a bottle from 2011. Holind up very well I might add. Still some great chocolate flavour and a bitter roastiness. A great beer that I will pick up again to try fresh. (741 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2011 edition on tap at Mad Mex

Appearance: Solid black with a half finger dark brown head. Yetis are amongst my favorite looking beers

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel, oak, dark fruit. So complex!

Taste: Huge roasted and chocolate malt bill, coffee, vanilla, molasses with just enough oak/smoky character towards the end of the palate. Often times there's a particular characteristic of a beer that stounds out, but here each one is bold yet they balance eachother out perfectly

Mouthfeel: Between heavy medium and light heavy body; Smooth as silk with slight bitterness throughout. No alcohol detected whatsoever

Overall: I don't know if it's because this was both aged for three years and on tap, but I was amazed. This beer is instantly my favorite stout to date and a contender for the best beer I've had. Looks picture perfect, awesome balance with both flavors and aromas, and smooth as silk. Much better than the chocolate oak aged yeti, and my favorite in the series so far. I've always said that the perfect beer has big, bold American flavors and viscosity with English balance and smoothness, which i think I found here. HIGHLY recommended!! (1,170 characters)

Photo of vwbus7
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this beauty today from a good friend. Turns out to be a vintage Oct 07 2010 bottle.

Chilled to cellar temp

A- poured beautiful black with a dark tan head

S- amazing. Deep roasted chocolate malt, alcohol, charred oak. It's hard to say in words.

T- Roasted caramel, burnt sugar, vanilla, bitter hops but finishes smooth with alcohol and charred oak.

M- Great body, almost chewy. Good carbonation.

O- One of the best oak aged stouts that I have ever tried

Turns out the place my friend got this has several more. I'm going to purchase the rest tomorrow. (562 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours viscous, utterly black with a medium-dark brown head.

S: Nose has notes of dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak and caramel. Oak, vanilla, caramel character are quite subdued, and the nose is somewhat weak in general.

T: Dark chocolate dark roast coffee, some oak, some caramel, maybe a tiny bit of vanilla.

M: Full bodied, and fairly smooth.

O: Really good, more akin to the regular yeti than chocolate oak or espresso oak yetis. (443 characters)

Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It's dark and stormy outside so I wanted a dark, rich, malty brew to go with the evening. Jackpot!

This stuff pours an opaque brown that's almost black with a thick brown head that lightens as it recedes leaving almost no film on the top but lots of nice, sticky lacing on the glass. The head is about a finger high and doesn't last too long. The smell is rich, roasted malts with caramel undertones. I didn't notice any of the vanilla mentioned on the bottle, though. Almost no hops come through at all, neither in the aroma nor in the flavor, which is, like the smell, heavy with the roasted malt with caramel, cocoa and coffee mixed in for excellent complexity. There is sweetness on the front of the tongue along with beautifully balanced bitterness as the liquid washes over that portion of my taste buds. This is one full bodied brew, almost viscous in texture, lightly carbonated, very creamy in the mouth.

Overall, this is an excellent beer, outstanding, but not truly world class. That said, however, it's a remarkably good counterpart to a sweet Russian Imperial Stout like Samuel Smith's, more bitter, less sweet. Somewhat more expensive, so I doubt I'll have another anytime soon, but still worth trying. (1,218 characters)

Photo of hops202
3.61/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled date - Oct 16, 2013

A - pours like warm tar. Rich black oil.

S - oak, lots of roasted malt, some chocolate, charcoal, black licorice

T - some old coffee, roast and char from the oak, bakers chocolate, and some bitterness at the end

M - heavy medium feel

O - not my favorite yeti, certainly lives up to the Oak Name (328 characters)

Photo of barhoc11
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: great cmouthful with a littlehead, love the mocha colored head

S: Sweet with hints of oak and chocolate

T: Sweet with hints of chocolate and coffee mellowed by the oak. Some molasses taste but not overwhelming

M: Medium mouthfeel with average carbonation

O: Very impressed with this stout and will try to pick up again. I do prefer some other Imperial Stouts over this but this is nice enough to have once in a while. (424 characters)

Photo of mjpolzin
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not as good as I expected and not as good as Espresso Yeti which is really the only other Great Divide Beer I have had. This was the 2012 vintage.

The taste was a little too bitter and harsh for me. I can't quite put my finger on it. The smell was of chocolate, oak and sweetness but the taste was a little lacking. Maybe the flavors haven't melded together quite yet. Not up to par with other barrel aged stouts. (414 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2012 on tap at Brouwer's Café in Seattle. Served snifter-style.

Like the common Yeti, this one is quite black. It has a one finger layer of creamy brown mocha froth on top.

As with the base beer, I get an aroma of very dark, rich chocolate, coffee, and earth. However, there is also an awesome oaky, smoky smell in this version.

The flavor differs from the original Yeti in a similar way. Lots of pretty bitter coffee and chocolate, but mingled beautifully with smoke, oak, and leather. Impressive.

Oak aging hasn't made it any less thick or viscous.

A sensational twist on what was already a superb specimen of an imperial stout. (645 characters)

Photo of brodericksloth
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Dark brown/black with a brown head and a heavy lace

S-chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, butterscotch; molasses, some oak and smoke aroma. every time you smell the beer is different very complex

T-coffee, chocolate, roasted malt taste with enough hops to carry it in the aftertaste along with the smoke, oak and roasted almonds, molasses; very little alcohol. Some herbal; spicyness background, but can’t nail it down

M-full body and low carbonation that was not syrupy

oaked version of Yeti smoothes everything out creating a creamy, slick, silky, not at all syrupy mouthfeel.

well hidden alcohol, no burn; smooth…very good stout could become a spring/fall beer in addition to its perfect winter warming character

mild carbonation but still produces two finger rich brown head with good lacing and smooth creamy frothiness

well balanced maltiness; not a hop lovers beer (882 characters)

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