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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,143 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,143
Reviews: 1,615
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 294
Gots: 747 | FT: 37
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:
Beer added by: Crosling on 08-09-2004

Imperial stout aged on new French and American oak chips.
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Ratings: 4,143 | Reviews: 1,615
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with an amber-brown head. Smell of rich sweet maltiness, a little roastiness and a nice bourbony alcohol smell. Any vanilla aroma from the oak is quite minimal which is nice, better than overpowering for me. Taste starts with sweet malt and vanilla and is quickly followed by some roastiness and alcohol combined with a pretty good size pine hop bite in the finish. I've got one of these in the cellar about 1 1/2 years old now and I'd like to try that one, let the malt flavors have more of a chance, my taste buds were pretty well slammed from the hops in this fresh version. Good ris, one I definitely look forward to an aged sample of.

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

This beer pours out the darkish brown you could possibly achieve without turing black. Tan espresso color cap on this brew. Pours out out ridicuously deliciously thick and creamy.
Aromas of bitter cocoa, cream in the balance, vanilla, oaks in the aroma, sugared candy malts.
flavor of oaked vanilla mochas, dry finish, spicy chocolates, nice bitter toffees, glazed caramels.
Mouthfeel is a mouthfull of full lactic mocha, finishes with a nice biting citric-alcohol bitter chocolate spiciness. highly drinkable, this Yeti was a year old and still had all teeth intact, so a fresh bottle should completly blow your had off.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I found Yeti Imperial Stout to be quite enjoyable, so when I saw this at Downtown Wine & Spirits I had to pick it up. I let this warm to around 50º F before serving it in one of my New Belgium glasses.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with ruby tints. It's topped by a thick, creamy, dark brown head that fades to a thin persistent layer leaving thick lace around the inside of the glass.

Smell: Predominant notes of fruit and chocolate. Notes of wood and vanilla move the more roasted and hoppy aromas of Yeti to the back.

Taste: Chocolate and coffee dominate upfront. Sweet notes of dark fruit appear in the center along with lingering, warming alcohol. The finish is heavy roasted coffee and hop bitterness that melds with the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, creamy, and full-bodied.

Drinkability: Nicely balanced, but still a sipper.

Overall: Similar to Yeti. The aroma is the only category where I think it is improved, though there are definite differences in the flavors. The hops are mellowed as compared to the non-oaked version, for example.

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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!

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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

Pours out viscous black and sits totally pitch with a speck of deep crimson coming through the bottom of the glass. A large creamy brown head forms and holds with great resiliancy, leaving rings of lace around the glass.

Smells of rich chocolate and thick malty goodness. Alcolic twangs in the back of the nose with singing hints of burnt oak. Raisins and figs mingle about.

Tastes very rich up front, gleaming malts punch out chocolate and deep brown sugar. Builds into a warming glow of alcohol and hop bitterness displaying spicy, grassy notes and subtle hints of pine. Wooden sides mellow it all out and lead into the clean, bitter finish.

Seductively smooth, creamy, glides about the mouth with the greatest of ease. Carbonation is low, and well matched against the full body.

I'm finding this much easier to drink in comparison to the standard Yeti, seems to be much more mellow and far easier to handle in the large quantity presented. Haven't had many barrel aged double or imperial stouts that have tasted as fine as this. Well worth a visit.

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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz bomber with the silver foil. No born on or freshness dating, but I'd imagine this one could sit for a bit. Purchased as a single from Piccadilly in Champaign.

Appearance: Opaque black hole-like liquid with a dark tan head. It quickly dissapated to a ultra sticky. No light streaming through and limited carbonation after the initial pour.

Nose: Alcohol, vanilla and brown sugar sitting in a thick Italian espresso

Taste: Vanilla mixed with tasty roasted malts. Once it warms a bit, you have the oak flavors mingled with the bitter middle and finish. Lingers on the tongue for quite a bit.

Mouthfeel: Middle to heavy, but creamy, mouthfeel. Hops linger in the mouth

Drinkability: Yes

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Pours a deep black under a decent sized, nice looking, creamy tan head. Good lacing and really nice retention.

S: Chocolate, roasted, a sweet malt character and hints of grassy hops as well. The smell is really "lighter", if that is the correct word" than one would expect from such a big beer. Really nice.

T: Whiskey/bourbon character, vanilla, some hints of chocolate, a definite alcohol characteristic that makes you think of a spirit but doesn't burn you like one. Every so slightly bitter in the finish and ultimately dry. Really and excellent tasting barrel aged beer.

M/D: Smooth and some creaminess on the tongue, full bodied but a little thin, carbonation is nowhere to be found on the tongue, not a bad thing here. Drinkability is a little bit of a puzzler. This beer is excellent and everytime it hits the palate, you want more. But as a very full bodied, 9.50% beer, it may not feel so well once your palate (and the rest of your body) hits the floor. So good drinkability (great sipper) but this one is not a session brew.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.22/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful stout with a one finger dark chocolate head. No light can be seen penetrating this amazingly dark beer.

S - Chocolate, coffee, oak, booze, very dark fruits.

T - Booze hits the tongue first followed by the taste of black coffee. Then the smokey oak flavor comes in very strong. You can really taste the alcohol in this bad boy, but in a good way.

M - Lighter than I was expecting, but still full bodied.

O - Nice oak aged stout that really packs a punch. Could be a little smoother, but definitely worth trying.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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