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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutOak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

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1,619 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,619
Hads: 4,341
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 325
Gots: 852 | FT: 40
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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Reviews: 1,619 | Hads: 4,341
Photo of Klgkenny
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly balanced chocolate covered malted hops...

Served at 55 degrees and poured from a bomber to a room temp pint glass.

Pour produces a one finger head that lingers for several minutes before grudgingly giving way and leaving a layer of chocolate milk colored lace. The yeti is the deepest of browns yielding zero penetration to light. The color makes me think, "earth."

Upon opening the yeti, before I even poured, the aroma of chocolate hit me. Finally, when I bring my nose to the bouquet, the hops hit me, a very light aroma, followed by a crashing wave of chocolate and caramel topped by frothing vanilla. As the wave peaks and fades, it's replaced with a foaming bitter cacao before finally giving way to a hoppy malty slightly alcoholic finish.

Feels thick in the mouth, but the varbonation cuts it to a perfect balance, leaving a beautiful coating to paint your mouth.

As stupid as it seems, my only gripe with this beer is that it is too good. I would definitely drink two, maybe three of these, but after that they would become cloying. I would stop before that point, or switch brews, because I would not want to ruin something this good!

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Photo of Amish_Ambush
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Original Review on: 03-24-2007

Taste: Oak Vanilla, Dark Chocolate, espresso with a hint of prune juice. Somewhat hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Well made, Thick body. Pours out like thick used motor oil.

Smell: Coffee beans, vanilla and a slight woody character.

Overall impressions: Excellent stout. One of my favorites. A must try for any serious stout lover.

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Photo of fizzyfred
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful deep, dark color. With an impressive dark head that leaves lots of lace. The smell is full of roasted malt. The taste is an intense mix of roast, biscuit, oak and alcohol. It almost tastes like a liqueor. It also leaves a very bitter late aftertaste. The mouthfeel is amazing, very viscous, reminds you of maple syrup. A good beer on occasion, I prefer the regular yeti as the taste is less extreme.

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Photo of muffguy4beer
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Deep Dark black. Wispy Brown head.

Smell: Roasted coffee and some kind of berry I pin point.

Taste: Roasted Coffee, dark chocolate. Again a berry fruitiness that I cannot pin point. Then comes the alcohol and the bitterness from the hops all mellowed out from the oaked aging technique.

Mouthfeel: Creamy stout goodness. Full in body.

Drinkability: This beer was very nice to say the least still not my favorite in the category but one that I will check out every winter. A sipper for the cold winter nights.

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Photo of Mickelswit
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brickstore Pub, served in a pint glass. The lighting was dim in there, but I couldn't see through the beer even holding it up to the light. It was black with a bit of brown foam on top. The smell was sweet, chocolatey and spicy (which I guess was the oak). Taste and mouthfeel were amazing, thick like a chocolate milkshake. Sweet chocolate and coffee flavors gave way to the little bit of bite from the oak. Hops didn't play more than a supporting role. The chewy texture was reminiscent of an oatmeal stout and prevented the beer from being drunk to quickly. The alcoholic wallop makes this a definite dessert beer, not something to be enjoyed on an empty stomach.

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

Pours jet black with very nice, cream head. Great head retention with minimal lacing.

Smells of caramel, tannin and hints of licorice.

Tastes of Tannin, burnt espresso, bitter chocolate & licorice with nice hop & alcohol finish.

Great mouthfeel. Very creamy.

This stout has a number of complex flavors going on that really put it over the top in the stout category. Nicely balanced with excellent drinkability.

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Photo of drnknmnky
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes

Split a 22 with a friend, poured into a tulip

A - nice Dark pour, 2 finger head. good head consistency. lacing was good

S - Nice roasted malts, coffee, caramel, nice smoothed out smell.

T - wonderful smoother taste compared to a the Yeti Imperial Stout. Alcohol hidden. caramel malty lightly hoppy a great stout all around

M - Coats well, good carbonation through out, good finish very smooth, one of the stouts I enjoy regularly.

D - Good drinkablity, smooth delicious

If you see this versus a Normal Yeti I highly recommend the oaked Yeti. Worth the extra money.

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

I try not to over rate beers, so I feel weird handing out 5's but this beer deserves it. It is exactly what you would hope for for this style.

I had it for NYE and split with a friend, poured into a flute.

Appearance is black, gold/copper head- a nice head, more than most RIS.

S- Chocolate and malts are the most prominent. Also coffee and you can smell the alcohol, but not overpowering. Somewhat hidden for 9.5%

T- Amazing. Bitter chocolate and coffee. Roasted malts. The most surprising thing is how much the alcohol is hidden. I like a boozy finish, but this was an art how well they hide 9.5% amidst the strength of the other flavors. If was so smooth.

M- Much higher carbonation that most RIS, but it works. Full body, but crazy smooth. My glass was gone way too quick.

O- Great beer. I paid 8 bucks and it was also a great value IMO.

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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

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Photo of Bouncingsoul1682
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yum Yum Yum!!!!

Appearance: Black as night, nothing gettin' through this sucker

Smell: Delish, malted, roasted goodness

Taste: Malty, coffee goodness hints of cocoa

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied like any good Russian Imperial

Drinkability: Complex and delicious full flavored enjoyment

Although hard to find, grab it when you see it

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Photo of brendanbeer
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a. black and brown and all chocolate sex. very nice finger width dark brown head.

s. leaves a lovely coffee chocolate hoppy malty pungent smell,
(i dare you to drink me)

t. so much better than the normal yeti. so much. oak, pine balance with the perfect coffee and chocolate notes. oh man, this is just sublime, im not lying. try it on tap.

m. low carb, but silky and begging to be sipped. not overpowering.

d. perfect. perfect.

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Photo of Alequine
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an underrated stout. The price point for this is definitely a consumer's best buy. The attention to detail given to the making of this stout is outstanding and even more so is that the brewing company has made it accessible. Beautiful deep, dark and thick in color. Attractive and attention grabbing and deliciously looking liquid. Tan thick lacing clings to the glass giving the impression of great mouth feel and character. Sweet, dark roasted coffee with coco powder, and vanilla in a barrel of wet wood at the nose. Smooth tasting with vanilla dry chocolate and coffee singing notes up in my mouth. The end brings a slight dryness with a finish of hops that lingers but not loiters in my palate.

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Photo of Bleedingshrimp
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a tulip. Black as coffee with a nice inch of chocolate milk head which fades shortly but leaves some nice lacing...overall the best appearance I've seen for the style. The smell is vinous. Pears, chocolate and coffee blend nicely and you can clearly make out the scent of fresh hops. Taste is pretty amazing, coffee and chocolate followed by some slightly sweet raison, fig and vanilla flavors. There is a nice and suprising belgian-like spiciness in the middle followed by some bourbon and vanilla tastes that really shine through as the brew warms. Lots of nice oily hops coat the tongue and linger bitterly in the aftertaste...didn't see that coming from a stout. Alcohol is hidden quite deceptively in the taste. Just a big, complex beast. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and perfect in my opinion. Drinkability is hindered slightly because of the abv and richness but I could easily polish off two bombers of this in a night. Overall one of my favorite beers from the stout family and one I could enjoy over and over again and maybe get just a bit more out of it everytime. Wonderful.

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Photo of wavz
3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black as night, pours with a medium heavy brown head with plenty of lacing.

S- This is unlike most of the regular coffee note stouts. Plenty of hops that come right out at you. The hops kinda drown out many of the other smells, but there is a bit of vanilla and some maltyness.

T- Great sweetness with hops that balance out the malt. Great vanilla aromas, coffee, and some berries.

M- Great chewy stout, light carbonation (Fits this beer well). I guess chewy is the bast way to describe this one.

D- Great stout, it just made my top 5 in stouts just for its originality. Will get this one again!


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Photo of ABCJiugui
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber poured into tulip

A- mocha head, 2 fingers on semi-hard pour, dark black opaque liquid, lacing is fairly consistent around the glass in wavy pattern. Retention is good for 1mm or so, doesn't dissipate easily.

S- Strong chocolate aroma, fudge-y (has the buttery, heavy, american fudge shop smell), some fruit and spice like cinnamon spiced fruit cake, valhrona cocoa powder, vanilla from the oak aging. MUCH better/mellower/enjoyable overall in comparison to the regular yeti- no harsh alcohol smell by comparison.

T- Sweet chocolate up front and middle, like a smooth dark chocolate. Bit of coffee as well. Hop bitterness appears again at the end, but unlike the original yeti, is much more mellowed out and less pronounced due to oak aging. Some vanilla bean flavor as well, no harsh boozy alcohol/solvent aroma/flavor in comparison to the original- well hidden abv.

M- smooth, chewy, full bodied. Carbonation is mildly there, and mellowed hops produce minimal astringency. Finish is fairly smooth.

D- overall, this is a much more enjoyable beer than the regular yeti. One of the few oak aged stouts I truly enjoyed, as other oaked stouts lend more sourness/overly woody notes. This is a well balanced oaked stout, delicious to drink any time.

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Photo of Guzzler78
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its cold out I need a beer to warm up with.
This yeti pours a deep black, no brown hints here. A nice fluffy dark tan head rises about one inch up. Head settles to a thin creamy layer that lasts and lasts. Leaves gobs o' lace.
Smell is of smokey, roasted malts. Also aromas of vanilla, molasses, coffee and chocolate.
This Imperial tastes great. Bitter chocolate, vanilla extract, smokiness.
A heavy and creamy mouthfeel that coats and leaves a nice dry, slightly bitter chocolate aftertaste.
A 22 oz bomber will satisfy your Stout craving. Anymore than that and I would need a nap.
Yum. Yum. Yum.

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Photo of godfathermg57
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle in a Duvel tulip glass

A: Jet black as stouts should be, but the head was a bit weak

S: Lots of malts and chocolate

T: Not the most complex stout by any means, but a solid taste; lots of chocolate and roasted notes rounded out at the back with a faint hops bitterness.

M: Not as thick in the mouthfeel as I would prefer from the style

D: Very drinkable and smooth. You could probably finish a whole bomber without laboring too much.

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Photo of greenbeaner
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence is extremely dark, possibly the darkest I've had. Beautiful two-finger espresso colored head that lasts throughout. Around the edge of the head is a darker, orange colored ring. Leaves behind a very nice lacing all throughout the glass.

Smells amazing...vanilla right off the bat, dark chocolate, raisin, just a slight hint of other fruits..pear or plum possibly? Oak and lots of hops.

Taste is very complex, begins with some bitterness from the hops but it quickly dissipates and brings about the vanilla and oak, then coffee, and finishes with some hoppy tones.

Mouthfeel is thick and warm, full of flavor and very pleasant.

I would drink this beer very often if it were easier to find in Columbus, the abv seemed even higher than 9.5 although it wasn't apparent in the flavor. This beer is one damn fine example of why I usually prefer Imperial Stouts over Porters...Excellent.

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Photo of sixthglass
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black as a black hole ! Thick dark brown head that fades and leaves around two fingers after its calmed down. Lovely Lacing.

Smell: Hops, Alcohol, Burnt/Char, coffee, cocoa.

Taste: Alcohol, Burnt/Char, Coffee, Cocoa, burnt sugars ?

Mouthfeel: Thick and sexy. Coats the mouth and leaves a slight burn followed by charred oakey coffee !

Drinkability: For me, I love a good stout, and could drink one daily... although its probably not the best idea. Great to share with a few buddies over conversation !

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Photo of guinnessman
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with the same great head as the original Yeti and still looks enticing. Has an odd smell I can't recognize, very musty. The brew gained some smoothness and a bit of consistancy on the mouthfeel, but a bit milder on the bitterness. Also, I can tast a little bit of vanilla.
Still a very good beer; however, the oak takes away the other aromas that were in the original yeti, that I liked very much, like coffee, chocolate, and that roastiness. This is my only dislike with this brew. Though, it possesses it's own charicteristics that make it an oak aged IS.

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Photo of Twerknasty
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours think-pitch black with an incredibly sexy dark copper head that shines. Smells of think dark chocolate, frosted covered dark chocolate donuts, and all wrapped in some licorice. The sheer look and nose alone makes this beer pleasing. The taste does justice to the nose, and actually has a little bit of a background of acid to make the beer feel lively. Very creamy, silky bakers yeast of darkbreaded cinnamon cupcakes. I'm sure theres quite a bit of hops in this beer to really make a good effort to balance the dark roasted style of this lively oaked beer. The only thing is the notes of oak are very elusive, only the slighest hint of vanilla prevails on the background of the yeast. A great beer, very drinkable with a balance of hops to the malt. What can i say, this beer is sexy.

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Photo of BeerCentralWA
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazing. Deep roasted malt balanced by heavy carbonation and oak dryness. Served in snifter. Aroma of espresso, malt, oak, vanilla and deep carmel. The dryness of alcohol and oak balance this malt heavy and sweet aroma driven beer. My personal favorite for this style.

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Photo of Squaretooth
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first Oak Aged Imperial Stout so I have no point of reference from which to judge it against others. I had just finished a Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout when I decided to pop this. Probably a mistake, but I did cleanse my palate.

The first thing I noticed immediately upon pouring was the very dark, chocolatey rather full head. The smell is slightly woody with a hint of chocolate and carmel, My first sip told me this was a fine stout with no bitter aftertaste. For me, it is difficult to sort out the variety of flavours this held. There is a semi sweet taste that immediately hits. Perhaps a dark cherry. Very little alcohol taste, although it was a bit oily and dig linger, pleasingly so.

I wouldn't go so far as to compare this to the Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout, but this isn't a bad beer and one I will definitely try again, on it's own.

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Photo of HotHabanero
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Aroma of sweet roasted malts, caramel and hops. Black body with a creamy, brown lasting head. Nice lacing. Full bodied. Hops, roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, liquorice and oranges in the flavour. Oily texture. Sweet/ bitter finish. A great beer and very enjoyable.

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

A - Pours and looks like used motor oil. Thick, black with a dark caramel colored head. Head disperses quickly and just leaves a caramel colored ring around the glass.
S - Smell is sweet with some hints of coffee, chocolate and estery alcohols.
T - Taste is bitter sweet. Roasted malt is very apparent, but there's enough coffee and dark chocolate bitterness to cut through. I didn't get much vanilla from the oak, but I'd have to line this up side-by-side with the regular Yeti to know the difference.
M - Mouthfeel is heavy. What you'd expect from a big stout.
D - Great to drink, but heavy and highly alcoholic which would limit most people to only one or two in a sitting. But nothing about the taste that would make you want to stop.

Really enjoyed this beer, but I'd have to say the regular Yeti on tap was better than this in a bottle. If I can find it on tap I'd love to give it another try. I'd also like to try it side by side with the regular Yeti so I can better appreciate the oak aging.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,619 ratings.