Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,987
Reviews: 1,585
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 279
Gots: 669 | FT: 34
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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 horshack7
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straight out of a 22 ounce bomber it pours the darkest of black. With a very creamy dark caramel head about one inch worth of frothy goodness. It looks like an abyss of darkness.

Aromas: It has incredible notes of a very smooth whiskey or conac thats packed with power. Slight coffee notes with along with the incredible sweetness from the dark roasted malts. The hop character of this art work is incredible.

Taste: Wow this sinister character packs a mean punch. Tremendous sweetness from the roasted malts. The whiskey or conac flavors are are so smooth. Very full bodied I mean this beast has some major artilery that will knock anyone over.

Notes: This is a force to be reckoned with. If you are not careful it will crush you and throw you a hundred miles sip it very slow. It's sinister laugh will make a sonic boom sound like a whisper. This is a Russian imperial stout lovers dream.

Photo of razorsdescent
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of dbc5
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle at 48 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip. Bottled: 11/05/2010.

A: It pours thick and black with a three finger dark khaki head that has great retention and wonderful lacing; it is a gorgeous beer.

S: Chocolate, medium roastiness, vanill, mellow dark fruits, and some oats.

T: This is unbelievably mellow; currants, figs, milk chocolate, mild roastiness, and a light, boozy vanilla edge that is trying to uncover itself as the beer warms.

M: It is silky, velvety smooth with very little alcohol presence, a medium-thick body, and a sticky finish.

D: This is epitome of a sipper. It is not too thick and is the most drinkable beer I've tried at this strength.

Photo of StlHopHead77
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.Bottled on 10-9-2009.

A-Pours out an impenetrable,pitch black body that rested beneath 3 fingers worth of dense,dark mocha foam.Serious head retention and thick honeycomb of lacing left on the glass.

S-Initially the wood is very prevelant.Toasty oak and baked vanilla bean followed by semisweet chocolate,medium charred malts and an earthy hop presence that I've come to expect from a Yeti.

T-More big,toasty oak flavors of creamy vanilla and malted milk balls finishing with mild coffee,bittersweet chocolate and more oak.

M-Medium bodied with a creamy feel and moderate bite.This beer has aged well.Super smooth and well developed flavors.

O-My second favorite Yeti variation behind Espresso Oak Aged but still really solid.

Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a 650ml bomber down the center of a Duvel Snifter glass.
Beer bottled on Oct. 07, 2010. Bought the beer when it was fresh and kept in my cellar for almost a year.

Appearance: Poured thick, color is dark as night, carbonation is just right, poured a fingers worth of dark brown head, and the head dissipated pretty quickly.

Smell: Oak chips, alcohol, chocolate, vanilla tones, dark fruits, coffee, piney hops, dark roasted malts, raisins and licorice.

Taste: I tasted everything that I smelled from this beer. Complex, but a very well balanced Imperial Stout overall! Everything comes together so well like a well assembled symphony orchestra. The alcohol is well masked and the beer is very drinkable. The wood/oak/vanilla tones are just perfect and they don't dominate. Everything that I taste is everything that I anticipated from this huge huge beer.

Mouthfeel: Thick, full bodied, coats your entire mouth and throat, and gives your body a comfortable warm feeling by the time your finished with your first glass.

Overall: Bravo, Great Divide Brewing Co.!!! This was the best oak aged imperial stout that I have ever had and I will be definitely buying more of this stuff in the future. What I liked the most about this beer was the overall balance of this beastly brew. This beer was just simply amazing! Now all I have to try is the Espresso Oak Aged Yeti RIS and I can't wait!!!

Photo of steamboatbrewer
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of theboozecruise
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, dark brown color, impenetrable to light with a one-finger tan head. Looks great!

Smells rich and chocolaty, like an imperial stout should. Slightly bitter but with a hint of sweetness as well. So far so good!

The smell is more of the same, I'm not really picking up much of the 'oak' in there, but the flavors do balance really well. There's an initial hit of chocolate sweetness that fades more towards the bitter side of the flavors. It's awesome.

Great mouthfeel, but I think the richness and alcohol content make this one a tough to drink multiples of. A top-notch RIS though, for sure.

Photo of perrymarcus
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

22oz served in a snifted.
bottled date 01/06/10

pours a viscous, opaque jet black with a luscious finger of creamy, mocha toned head. good retention and gorgeous walls of lacing. just a beautiful presentation, top to bottom.

nose is fairly bold and offers a lot of the usual suspects: chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. i get a touch of oak, maybe vanilla. there's also a hint of a hoppy character loitering in the background.

i get roasted malt out front in the flavor, with a notable presence of hops opening up mid-palate. notes of oak, vanilla, and chocolate. 9.5% ABV virtually nonexistent (i've also been sitting on this one for about a year). a touch of hoppy bitterness in the finish

rich, creamy, medium-full bodied mouthfeel... oustanding. this one's a step away from being a meal, so that hurts its drinkability a bit, but overall a great RIS.

Photo of khiasmus
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Pours black into my snifter, with a finger of solid, light brown head that settles to a ring and some bubbles in a minute. When held to the light, there's some faint brown around the edges... but it's almost perfectly black.

S- I could smell this all day. Malty and chocolatey, with dark roasted grain, dark fruit, oak and alcohol. Smells like a sweet, complex, and dark beer. Perfect.

T- Rich chocolatey malt up front, with a lot of dark roasted/burnt grain. You can certainly taste the oak, but it comes off a lot sweeter than a lot of oak-aged beers. Hops come in to balance and then take over in the end. The aftertaste is of hops, bitter coffee and chocolate, and alcohol. The alcohol is a tad overpowering, or the flavor would have been a five.

M- This is perfect. Thick, smooth, chewy... it's like Dark Lord's prince. Medium carbonation that compliments the flavor and density perfectly. It coats your mouth with a velvety-smooth, thoroughly enjoyable feeling, and leaves just a bit of warming and bitter astringency in the end to go with the oily feeling left on your tongue. Mmmm.

D- Good, but not way up there because of the evidence of alcohol in the flavor. I'll certainly get it again, though. This is probably the best readily available russian imp stout I've had. You ought to try this beer. It's a treat. Cheers!

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of waughbrew
2.55/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

I figured that if somebody could be trusted to do oak-aging responsibly, it might be great divide. Nope. They fall in the same way most others do - by taking a great beer and just adding a smeared sharp liquor flavor to it that to me tastes like it could be from an extract - Liquid Oak. Liquid Suck?

Gorgeous black, dark perfect head, lacing, the whole deal. Smell is where the pain starts and it continues well into the finish of the flavor. There is this brash vanilla whisky thing going on with a finish of sickening black licorice. Although well melded, it does not complement the deep malt flavors that were already in the beer. As I have said before, if it tastes like someone mixed a shot of whisky into my beer, I am going to be pissed. Give me barrels, give me wood, give me subtle oak and vanilla, but keep this higher-alcohol nasty-ass twang out of my beer.

No thanks.

Photo of tuckerlikesbeer
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of ToddThompson
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Elfastball7
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Lothore
3.25/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours pitch black with a nice, 1 finger coffee head.

S- Very hoppy, deep roasted malts, thick caramel, oak.

T- Taste is very oakey up front with lots of dark roasted malt notes throughout the middle, followed by a deep coffee and hop aftertaste finished with strong alocohol notes.

M- Thick with ample carbonation.

D- This one just didn't seem to balance well to me. Not because it was an imperial stout but because the strong flavors just seemed to take away from each other more than they supported each other.

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

22oz into Bruges tulip.
A: A thick, black body pours a full bodied head that has a deep chocolate appearance. The head holds very well and lacing is found in thick patterns. Overall a great looking stout.
S: The front of the aroma shows a strong use of oak. The complex and layered aroma shows a nice big malt usage and a hint of chocolate malts.
T/M: Big up front taste of a roasted sweetness, that rolls nicely into a strong malty body. The linger is the best addition to this brew, the brew shows an increase of complexity long after the brew has been drank. The mouthfeel is a silky, thick milk shake that is a wonderful example of the style.
D: This is a very nice overall oak stout. The complex tastes are added by strong characters of the beer as well. The abv is hidden well and is very approachable.

Photo of jaemeno3
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of C2H5
4/5  rDev -6.1%

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

Poured from a 22ozer into a pint

A: The appearance is that of dark oil, with a creamy brown head. The appearance rivals that of any immaculate stout, very nice

S: The smell is very strong! Tons of dark coffee and cocoa with alcohol definitely present

T: The taste is remarkably smooth! From the smell I thought this was gonna be a burner, but it went down so smooth due to the oak age. This was remarkable with tons of coffee flavor.

M,D: The mouthfeel was rather heavy and due to the hiding of the ABV, this drinkability is decent

Photo of RuudJH
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally bought a bottle of this, best before sept. 2010. Bought at Burg Bieren in Ermelo Netherlands.

Very dark, with an amazingly brown head. Huge, great to look at this.

First smell from the bottle is hops. After pouring there is more roasty malts, chocolate, a bit of coffee, and again hops.
Together with tasting a smell of caramel and vanilla comes to life. Oak as well.
Still, mainly it's the quite agressive hops that dominate this brew. It makes for a bitter ale with body, full and coating the mouth. Alcohol is well masked with all these extreme flavours.

Great stuff. This Imperial Stout I'm very glad I tried a pint of this, even if it was on a warm summer day, instead of a cold and wet day it was probably intended for.

Photo of MarcWP
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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