Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,216
Reviews: 1,623
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 308
Gots: 801 | FT: 44
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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 Jason
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bomber with no freshness date to be found. Not to worry, I am sure this one cellars just fine.

A- Midnight black, slightly foamy and viscous brown head hold well.

S- Mild burnt aroma of highly roasted coffee, suggestions of ripe bing cherries. Some fusel alcohol and faint vanilla in the back.

T&M- Lush creamy smoothness in a heavenly full body. Rich overtones of dark chocolate cover espresso beans comes from the layered roasted character. Dark berries and a deceiving warming alcohol in the middle. Bite from the burnt malt, oak and hops help to balance. Finishes roasty sweet.

D- Certainly a sipper, but I could sip this one all night long. By far one of the best Impy Stouts as well as Wood Aged beers.

Photo of russpowell
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours like transmission fluid, but too black for that; huge coffee flavored head. Good lacing & head retention

Smell: Malty toastiness, some alcohol & fruitiness

Taste: Vanilla strained through wood, malt, fruit, vodka &hops. Dry vanilla finish

MF: Silky, rich & yum

Drinkabilty: Super despite the abv. So different than yeti, wow, both great takes on this style

Photo of Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Shared with MsRif, I thought this was actually quite comparable to the Chocolate Oak-Aged Yeti. Poured into a pint glass a deep dark black color, thick, with a nice two fingers of chocolate mousse for a head. This sank down a bit during the session, and left a little lacing behind. Aroma of roasted dark malts, cocoa, and hints of oak. Rich taste of dark malts and cocoa, oaked vanilla provided some woodiness up front, but it mellowed out quite a bit. Slightly bitter finish with a touch of earthiness. Medium mouthfeel, not quite as rich and full as its chocolaty brother, but still very good, and quite drinkable.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter appears dark black chocolate toned opaque when held up to the light just eats up the light forms a nice sized moccha hued head leaves fine lacing down the glass as it dwindles. Aromatics contain loads of charred oak, espresso coffee, dark chocolate, whole vanilla bean character, and somewhat of a coconut appeal warming alcohol is evident in the nose. Taste well the barrel aging does mellow out some characterisitcs but it also creates new dimensions along with charred oak dark espresso roasts come coconut, toffee, and vanilla aspects to the flavor. Still rooted with dark chocolate and high bitterness the hop flavor as been subdued a bit all blended well with aging very extraordinary brew. Mouthfeel full bodied coats the palate nice thick and chewy with mellow slow bubbling carbonation, quite an experience. Drinkability...sessionable yet limited in overall number drinkability due to the pure complexity and high octane. However if tasting with friends leave this one towards the finale there's not much that can match up plus you're going to crave more of this one after the bottle runs dry.

Photo of kojevergas
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle served into an Odell 90 Shilling pilsner glass in me friend's gaff in Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current high ratings. I'm also a big fan of Great Divide.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger rich tan-ruby colour head of beautiful impeccable cream, fantastic thickness, and damned impressive retention for its high ABV as well as for the style; it's looking like it'll retain for a good seven minutes. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque jet black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Chocolate, cocoa, coffee/java, a spot of roast, caramel, and dark malts. Really understated in terms of strength but quite appealing. Oak, but it's surprisingly restrained. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Chocolate/cocoa, dark malts, light coffee/java, and some cream. An oak undertone. It's pretty well balanced, but it doesn't bring the depth and complexity as much as I'd like. No alcohol comes through, but it's not exactly impeccably hidden. No yeast character at all. The caramel is overdone - probably the beer's biggest flaw.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Carbonation is a bit too high. A bit too thick as well. Mouthfeel overall suits the flavour profile but doesn't seem custom-tailored to it.

Dr: It's largely a sipper. I wouldn't want to tackle a bottle of this by meself. The ABV is pretty well hidden, but it does have some heat. I'm actually somewhat disappointed with this all-around; I expected better.

Low B+

Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage bottle - it's got the old blue & white cartoon label. Guessing 2008, but who knows? Served in a tulip.

A - A finger-plus of dark mocha foam settles to a thick collar and partial cap, leaving behind minimal lace. Black body, with a hint of cherry-red transparency at the edges.

S - Vanilla, oak, Nestle chocolate syrup, some caramel, touch of anise, and not much in the way of oxidation - this has aged surprisingly well.

T - Taste is fairly similar, with a nice mix of vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts. Not overly oaky - this flavor seems to have mellowed out over the last few years. There's a faint touch of oxidation creeping in, but it's complementary. No obvious alcohol present.

M - Chewy full body, lower carbonation, smooth texture, and a touch of warming on the back of the throat. Drinks like a more substantial beer, even though there isn't any overt alcohol.

D - The richness of flavor and thick texture make this more of a sipper, but it's quite enjoyable and definitely still drinking pretty well. I'd certainly have this again if offered, and I'll have to open a new bottle to refresh my memory about how this tastes fresh. In any case, if you see the old label on the shelves it's a pretty good gamble.

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

I like the regular Yeti, a lot...and I love Oak, much more than Poplar or Maple...so, let's have some magic, eh?
off comes the cap and ridiculous, useless, silver foil...
Solid black appearance, utterly opaque, with a fine cap of fluffy brown foam on top...solid!
whiskey hits the nose first, followed by sweet fruit, whiskey meets wine? ...nice hops, forward malt, but, after proper inspection, the hops are bigger than expected, and that I like! Dark malts give proper balance, though, and linger lightly through the winey aspects and the deeper sweet bourbon tones.
Taste: wow! this is genius!..it's a chocolate bar, with a sweet cherry finish...
it's a brew for slowly, intermittently, sipping and savoring with a good book, or a fine film...the best things in life should accompany this beer.
Still a hoppy kick,a thrillingly complex flavor, many different accents and nuances entrancing the senses at irregular intervals...tasty, tasty, tasty...yum...yep, that's really says it...yummy, yum, yummmm...(Homer-esque gargles ensue...)...this is a great brew, not too big, not at all punishing, very well-balanced, for what it is, and really, really nice!
I picked up 2 bottles, and it's apparently not enough...got to visit ye olde bottle shoppe, before supplies run dry.

Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly black where no light can pass through. The head starts nicely but diminishes to a single layer of intensely tight bubbles. Spotty lace on the glass after each sip.

Soft dark chocolate aromas. I can sense the intense alcohol. No hop.

This is the complete taste package: full bodied, black patent and chocolate malts, enough hop to give some non-malt bitterness. The body has some oiliness from the high alcohol.

This is a flavorful Imperial Stout but, IMHO, runs on the moderate side of the style.

Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Bottled on 01/06/10.

a - Pours a completely dark black color with light carbonation evident and 2 fingers of tan head that lasts for several minutes, and a little bit of lacing.

s - Smells of cocoa, roasted malts, coffee, dark fruit, and a hint of alcohol. Also some vanilla and oak as it warms up. Very nice.

t - Tastes of bitter bakers chocolate, coffee, sticky dark fruits, oak, vanilla, and a little alcohol, but not much.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation.

d - A very nice RIS. I think I liked this one better than the chocolate and espresso oak aged yeti beers, but not as much as the barrel aged yeti. I thought it smelled and looked great, but would have liked more sweet chocolate in the taste as opposed to the bitter chocolate. Overall a very solid beer I would like to try again.

Photo of drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into tulip glass. Beer is thick and dark black. Head is dark brown and made up of small to medium bubbles. It forms thick at first but falls away leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. The remaining head is thin but completely covers the top fo the beer.

The aroma is a mixture of strong roast and alcohol. Smells fine.

Flavor is a little hard for me to describe. There is a bitterness at the back and it wrestles with an ash like roast flavor that dominates. There is a slight sweetness to the whole thing as well. Its a good beer though, not my favorite RIS, but a great example. I need the regular Yeti to compare. Drinkability is high. Mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied and well balanced. The carbonation provides nice connectivity. There is a slight aftertaste but its of the roast and not distracting.

Photo of jwc215
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter.

Pours jet black with a tan head that descends to a lasting patch, leaving some lacing along the glass.

The smell is of sweet dark, slightly roasted, malt - chocolate with some coffee. Sark fruitiness and and a hint of vanilla also present.

The taste is of sweet malt - dark chocolate mixed with lightly roasted coffee beans. Subtle vanilla notes intermingle. Dark, cherry fruitiness almost make it seem like chocolate covered cherries with certain sips. A noticeable, but not assertive, toasty hop bitterness keeps the sweetness in check. The alcohol is well-hidden until the finish, when it gives a sharp, warming kick. Rich flavors hang on in aftertaste.

The feel is creamy, rich and smooth. Just the right amount of carbonation keeps it full, but not overly thick.

A great "sip and savor". Rich, full and fairly complex. Sweet malt with a pleasantly surprising amount of hops to give it a nice balancing character. A truly nice RIS.

Photo of superspak
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/14/2011. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toast, molasses, char, light smoke, oak, light clove, vanilla, herbal, and oak/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, oak, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toast, char, molasses, light smoke, oak, light clove, vanilla, herbal, and oak/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, caramel, toast, char, molasses, light smoke, oak, vanilla, and oak/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of big dark/roasted malt and moderate oak flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, silky, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is incredible. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible oak aged imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate oak flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of WesWes
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a beautiful deep, dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a rich black and chocolate malt scent with a vanilla oak barrel aroma; very nice. The taste is great. It has an intense, malty flavor that boasts of black, chocolate, and roasted malts along with loads of hops in the finish. The oak aging adds a mellow vanilla quality. It goes down easy and finishes dry and earthy. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is one of the best imperial stouts I've tried. It is so flavorful; a pleasure to drink.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Nov 23, 2011

A: Pours a jet black in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy very dark mocha head that slowly reduces to quarter finger tall layer covering the entire surface of the beer evenly with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, and oak.

T: Strong flavors of dark roasted malts and oak with lighter amounts of licorice/anise, vanilla, dark bittersweet chocolate, and black pepper. There are very light notes of alcohol and a moderate amount of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer but one that needs to be sipped slowly and the flavors savored - the beer has a moderately high ABV and could easily sneak up on you. There is quite a bit of complexity to the aromas and flavors of this beer which increase as the beer warms up - these are very enticing smells and flavors. This is definitely one to have again.

Photo of Mora2000
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/6/10.

The beer pours a dark black color with a medium brown colored head. The aroma is very nice with chocolate, oak, vanilla and hops. The flavor is heavy on the chocolate and the oak with some piney hops mixed nicely into the background. Thick, creamy mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation.

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

A: Pours a very deep black, a nice 1.5 finger mocha colored head, not much retention, reducing to a ring around the edge. Thick foamy lacing down the sides.

S: Plenty of oak combined with lots of roasted malt. Underneath there is a surprising amount of hoppy aromas and some chocolate.

T: Tons of oak coming forward at the beginning. This transitions to plenty of roasted dark malt and come bitter chocolate. A little bit of coffee at the very end.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth with a slightly bitter finish.

O: Quite good, would be interested in trying this side by side with regular Yeti in the future. The oak is very forward, much more so than in Oak Chocolate.

Photo of mothman
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Here it is my 100th review. Saved it for a good beer.

Poured into my New Belgium Globe Glass.

Color is an opaque black. Pours a dark brown head that leaves good lacing.

Smell is of dark chocolate, caramel, and the oak from the barrels. There is also some floral hops present.

Taste is quite similar. The floral hops are quite present and I wasn't expecting this from a stout. The dark chocolate is powerful, but very tasty. Oak taste is pretty solid here. This is a beer to warm you up on a cold day.

Mouthfeel is bitter at first, then it gets smooth and creamy, and goes down with bitter notes. Full bodied. Decent carbonation.

Overall, this is an amazing beer. The fact that it is in a bomber and almost 10% means that I wouldn't drink more than one. I am glad I found this one.

Photo of stakem
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 9/17

Pours a finger of darkly tanned head. Black in color, your not gonna see through his one. Has a strangely familiar nose of dark fruit littered with alcohol and a bit of smoke. Taste is a rich chocolate and coffee semi-bitterness that is a flirt before the downpour of bitterness kicks in. Almost a solid amount of lace left upon the glass. Chocolate and coffee are in the nose along with a bit of alcohol astringency in the end. Incredibly smooth considering the abv. Coating medium/heavy mouthfeel and low carbonation. The bitter finish lingers with a residule partial oil-like finish of oak taste. As the beer warms it takes on more vanilla character.

Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

01/06/06- Received via trade with

Presentation- 22oz bottle without freshness information. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance- Semi thick black pour, dirty brown full inch head. Looks like coaco color. Patchy and streaky lace in different places.

Smell- Lots of nice dark chocolate scents as well as some dark fruits..plums especially. Oh yeah, you can't forget the overwhelming coffee espresso like scent.

Taste- Equal parts coffee and dark chocolate. Nice deep malt flavor that mixes well with these flavors. Nice mild hop bitterness kick as well. Oak flavors add to the taste of this beer, as do the nice dark fruits.

Mouthfeel- Mid range carbonation for a imperial. Moderate thickness as well.

Drinkability- One of the better ones for sure. Odd that I tried the oak aged one before the regular Yeti. Very tasty and refreshing. Not quite up there with Stone, but not far.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a frothy, quite large, creamy dark brown head, that jumps out of my glass after forming a 4 inch thick head. The beer is a pitch black color that allows no light to come through. The aroma is interesting, there is a note that is a interesting mix of wood and roasted malts. I get notes of rich espresso, chocolate, vanilla, and an actual woody note. The taste is sweet up front with a subtle yet rich vanilla note that moves to a soft creamy note of rich chocolate. This beer is so creamy and smooth in the mouth, it is very reminiscent of a chocolate shake. Wow I am quite impressed here, this beer is quite a bit more interesting and flavorful than the regular version, which was perhaps a tad too bit simplistic. The oak adds a whole other dimension here that really brings this beer to a new level. As the beer warms up the oak starts to kick in a bit more, the finish becomes a bit more astringent with a solid tannic note. I am definitely enjoying this beer, especially since I was not expecting much from another oak aged brew.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff. A beer I have had many times, I'm finally getting around to reviewing this one.

The beer appears opaque and nearly black with a thick milkshake of a head. Copious lacing that leaves a cascade of sticky lacing plastered on the glass.

The aroma offers roast, oak, and a healthy hop presence.

Nice flavor. Lots of oak character throughout, accompanied by an aggressive hop bill. Well balanced and full of flavor. Smooth, roasty, delicious. Hops are a bit too forward initially, but as my palate adjusts, I find this beer keeps calling me back for more.

Smooth on the palate. Medium in body. Palate coating. Lingering roast/pine/hops.

Overall, a very well executed stout. I definitely recommend it.

Photo of Gavage
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep black in color with a thick 2"+ head that looked like a dollop of chocolate mousse, very frothy and creamy looking.

Smell: some mild roasted malts and chocolate were noticeable, but somewhat light from what I expected.

Taste: this is a meal in a glass. Thick roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, hint of vanilla, alcohol, strong bitterness, and a very soft hint of bourbon. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth at the start, almost syrupy at the finish. Aftertaste is long on the roasted malts, chocolate, and alcohol.

Drinkability: Definitely good, but can' t give it a higher score with the noticeable alcohol levels. A must try if you enjoy the regular Yeti.

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh

A - pitch black with a thin, brown head that has good retention

S - oak, vanilla, wood, roasted malt

T - roasted malt, oak, vanilla, some faint coffee, earthy, woody

M - full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a nice, dark, deep beer. The oak gives a nice woody, earthiness to the flavor that compliments the roasted malt. I highly recommend it.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Ressurection ale house, I've avoided this beer for years and always passed it up for a reason that is unknown to me.

Pours out black like most other stouts do with a nice full layered medium tan head. Nice lace on this. Swirls bring back the head with vigor. Smells include the french and american oak chips up front, most great divide beers using chips always come through large this is no different. More smells with chocolate and cocco, light black coffee, alot of roasted malt, some molasses and faint vanilla. A small amount of hops reminding me of a light storm king. Taste is in one word balanced and very well so. Chocolate sweet, not overly bitter, roasted malt, vanilla, oak, semi wood, light coffee,very well done. The body is big and smooth and textured. A small amount of alcohol a big amount of flavor. I get alot of oak and small anise in the aftertaste. Creamy. I cant drink a ton of this stuff, but im glad I tried it, even if it took me 8 years to do so.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, bought at LoneHill Liquors in Glendora, CA,

A: Pours an opaque black, with a very thick, tan head, which is fluffy and voluminous at first, but slowly retreats to about a centimeter of tan foam throughout the drinking experience. Widespread lacing is thick and abundant.

S: Very complex, vanilla, oak, hardwood, coffee, chocolate, and a hint of smoke and cherry. Hops are very light in the smell as compared to the other scents, but they give a slight floral character.

T: Magnificent, this is probably the best tasting stout I have ever had. Had my first bottle back in December of 2006, and it is just as good as I remembered. A thick chocolate and coffee flavour hits you when you first take a sip of the beer, the oak aging is evident, as a sweet note of vanilla and wood comes along for the ride. Even at 75 IBUs, the hops are not really evident until the beer warms to room temperature, where they give off a nice, pine resin flavour. Overall, a very haunting, but soothing and poetic flavour.

M: Thick and smooth, hearty, robust, a bit resiny as well, definitely a mouth-coating big beer.

D: An amazing feat in the annuls of craft brewing, one of the best beers, period, made in America. The only downside is that I have to drive to Glendora or Walnut to get it and can't get it locally, but I guess that makes each experience that much more special. A truly fantastic brew, every stout lover should pick this up.

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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