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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,969 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 3,969
Reviews: 1,581
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 278
Gots: 660 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial stout aged on new French and American oak chips.

(Beer added by: Crosling on 08-09-2004)
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Photo of Sammy
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A different bigger experience than the regular Yeti. A very drinkable imperial stout, creamy. Black with mocha top. Definite vanilla from the cask. Lace. Medium mouthfeel, smooth, hoppy, very balanced. The oak gives it that 4th dimension. Thanks Viggio.

had a month later and downrated as picked up too much coconut, chamomille, while oak still worked. Wasn't as smooth.

Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Knownfactor for sending me this one!

Bottled on 10/7/10.

Pours a pitch black color with a 3 inch dark khaki head that fades to a puffy cap. A real nice latticework of lacing forms around the glass on the drink down. Smells of cocoa powder, roasted dark malt, and some vanilla/oak aromas.. Taste is very woody at first. The oak chips that the beer was aged on are the prominent taste followed by cocoa powder and dark malts. There is a very earthy dirt/wood aftertaste on the palate after each sip. Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy. A very rich beer indeed. Overall, this is probably my least favorite of the Yeti beers I have tried so far (I only need the barrel aged one to complete the entire series) but still a very good stout in its own right.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep black with a tan head and a decent amount of lacing.

S: Dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a little touch of hops.

T: Sweet dark malt mixed with some chocolate, coffee, and oak.

M: Fairly full-bodied with a good amount of creaminess and not too much of an alcohol presence.

D: Pretty drinkable, although there might be a tad too much oak.

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and has a thin ring of tan bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing in the center.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of roasted malts and licorice with notes of pepper and hints of alcohol. There is a mild amount of bitterness, which particularly stands out in the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
D: The beer is a slow sipper given its strength but the complexities in the flavors keep your taste buds interested.

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pitch black body with a tan head that quickly dissipates but leaves good lacing

Smell: Piney hop smell with strong bitter roasted notes underneath; coffee, chocolate and a clear hint of alcohol

Taste: Starts out with a strong taste of French Roast coffee with dark fruit and woody tones; the hops kick in mid-palate and continue to build well after the swallow and complement the alcoholic warming; a hint of vanilla in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: An excellent imperial stout with an interesting twist of vanilla

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

I first tried this beer at the Festival of Barrel Aged Beer (FoBAB), Chicago Illinois in 2004. I remember it knocking my socks off as it was the most flavorful and aggressive beer that I had tasted to that point. Samples of the beer has shown up here and there since, but the beer still packs a punch. Yesterday, I sat down with a 750 of the regular Yeti, so this review is somewhat in comparison.

The pour turns an insanely viscous, malt pitch black with a brown-ish moussy head that tops the beer like whipped cream. Retention, lacing, and legging are all ideal.

Extreme maltiness carries with it eqully intense espresso, bittersweet cocoa, caramel, toasty-roasty notes that never waiver. Surprisingly, more fruity notes are experienced in this version of Yeti than the original; licorice, grapes, dates, plumbs, cherries, and other fruitcake aromas.

Flavors do mostly the same. Very rich flavorings of the cocoa and coffee dominate with the backup of fruity, boozy boldness. The taste is much more round, complex, and full than the hop-laiden original Yeti. The barrel aging doesn't really give much woodiness or zeal, but it does better emphasize the fruity notes of the beer while taking the rougher edges off of the hops and fusal alcohols.

A bit smoother, rounder, and richer than Yeti the beer takes on a marshmallow-like fullness and savory textures. Much easier to drink.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Daalamar: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium foamy head with pretty good retention. Aroma of oak with a nice touch of vanilla is quite exquisite. Taste is very well balance between roasted malt, subtle oak and vanilla. Body is smooth and creamy but could be a bit more full. Alcohol is not discernable and bitterness is well balance. Complex and well balance beer and worthy of its top 50 status in my opinion.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Obliterative black. The massive head is dark caramel in color and is one of the darkest that I've ever seen on a stout. It's as thick and as creamy as anyone could possibly wish for and is beginning to lay down a stunning array of thick, buckshot-riddled lace. Hey, I know where I've seen this look before... on non-Oak Aged Yeti. Both are outstanding in the appearance department and have few peers in this, or any other, style.

It may be the power of suggestion, but I swear I can smell vanilla bean in amongst the darkly menacing aromas that are emanating from the glass. The nose is heavy on bittersweet chocolate and light on espresso (if it can be said to be light on anything) with a wonderously citric, evergreen hoppiness keeping pace with all the malt. It's difficult to imagine a more assertive, yet still complex, aroma.

Great googly mooglies! This is fantastic beer and is easily as good as the un-oaked Yeti, maybe even better. It's monolithically malty with all sorts of dark, fudge-like flavors bathing the tongue with each mouthful. Chocolate still reigns with bitter coffee grounds having their say as well. The malt tastes like it was roasted in the fires of Hell itself.

I've had this bomber for at least six months, possibly longer, and it's scary how hoppy this beast still is. When fresh, it may have given Three Floyds Alpha Klaus and Bear Republic Big Bear Black a run for their money as the most hoppy stout/porter that I've ever had. There's so much spruciness that I feel like I need to pick the needles out of my teeth after each sip.

The thing that I love most about the big beer from this brewery is the sheer amount of bud busting flavor that it brings to bear. It sometimes has an 'everything but the kitchen sink' vibe, but in most cases, it works beautifully for those of us who crave dizzying amounts of flavor.

I'd have to drink them side by side (now there would be a night to remember!), but I'm fairly certain that this version is even more complex than the standard Yeti because the oak aging actually mananages to impart noticeable oaky and vanilla notes. Even though a bit of an alcohol sting is noted, this is one of the most perfectly masked 9.5% beers that I've ever had. What good would a toothless Yeti be anyway?

I'm not sure that I can do the body/mouthfeel justice. There's nothing about this beer that should result in a bigger, creamier mouthfeel than in the non-oaked version, but for some reason, I didn't give that beer a perfect score and I'm doing so here. I can't imagine a more heavily creamy, nougat chewy, melted chocolate silky mouthfeel than the one that graces my mouth with each upending of the glass. If that isn't perfection, then I don't know what is.

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout is unbelievably good. If the Iowa ABV cap is ever popped, this is one of the beers that I'll horde like a greedy chipmunk. If you love larger than life stouts, oak-aged stouts or mouth parties in general, do whatever is necessary to lay your hands on the single best beer produced by one of America's best breweries.

Photo of jaydoc
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -6.1%

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

Pour jet black, no light can penetrate this, looked like syrup going. Thick brown head that lingered for a while and thick lacing. This looks like a meal! Smell had a suprising hopped ting to it, but the caramel and chocolate malts definatly prevailed. Again smells very full. Taste was sweet dark chocolate right up front. Almost like a milk shake. Very nice dry hop finish. Roasted malt throughout and very sweet and delicous. Was not nearly as thick feeling going down as I thought. This was a wonderful treat and I will seek out more whenever I can. By far the best stout I have drank uoto this point, would recommend this to everybody. Oh yeah and the alcohol was soo well hidden, could not taste a drop of it!

Photo of womencantsail
3.2/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Alicia for sending this as an extra awhile back.

A: The pour is such a dark brown that we'll call it black. A finger or two worth of tan head sits on top.

S: Lots of roast on the nose with a fair amount of chocolate and coffee. The oak is there and provides some subtle vanilla notes to the beer.

T: The roast and oak character are to the point of astringency. While there is some bitter chocolate and vanilla, the astringent and bitter qualities are just too much.

M: The body is medium with a rather lively carbonation, perhaps a bit much.

D: This was definitely a let down. The oak does not seem to have enhanced this beer at all and it made it sort of tough to drink.

Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a wonderful looking black color with a very good brown head. The head laces the glass really well here. The smell of roasted chocolate malts and some fresh wood. The taste of the beer is chocolatey and toasted with a nice overtone of the oak. The aftertaste has a sweet bitterness to it. The mouthfeel is slick and very smooth. Overall this beer rocks. No doubt that this is worth the good reviews on here. Very enjoyable stout!

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,969 ratings.