Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,993
Reviews: 1,585
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 279
Gots: 673 | FT: 34
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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 ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black body under a small, though dense, persistent, tan-colored head. Creamy, glass-coating lacing throughout.

Smell: Aroma of fully roasted malts and oak wood with appropriately roasty notes of licorice root, instant coffee, and unsweetened chocolate.

Taste: Dark, roasted malts tasting of slightly sweet dark chocolate, smoky creosote, and a half-shot of espresso. A smooth, drying oak character hits the palate midway through and slowly increases towards the finish. Tiny bit of vanilla and licorice. The citrus and pine hoppiness found in the standard Yeti seems to be diminished considerably by the oak, but there's still plenty of balancing bitterness to be found. Smooth finish with a delicate lingering oakiness. Everything from the roasted malts to the oak character to the hops are full in flavor but, thankfully, are never glaring or excessive.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Though certainly not always the case, I do prefer the oaked version over the standard. A full, flavorful beer that makes for pleasant sipping.

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

I have sampled this monster a few times but never drank a whole bottle so I decided to pick one up this weekend,pours as black as an oil slick no light showing thru when held up to the light with creamy-like rich mocha colored head thad never settles completely leaving thick sheets of lace behind as it gradually comes down.Oh the complexities in the aroma vanilla,obviously the oak with a very noticable herbal hop leaf elemant as well.Outstanding creamy mouthfeel like marshmellow in its creamy but light airy quality,just minajory of flavors dark roast coffee,unsweetened chocolat with hints of vanilla finishing oaky and earthy.A real gem to be had wich most of you already know out there,just beautiful.

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

Appearance - Black with an inch of thick tan froth.

Smell - Musty oak, vanilla, chocolate. The oak really transforms the aroma, giving it a candy-like quality.

Taste - Chocolate and vanilla in almost equal quantities. Roasty and sweet; subdued hoppiness. Pretty mellow stuff - the 9.5% ABV is nicely concealed and it goes down very easily. Ample carbonation provides a nice contrast to the full body and rich flavor.

Photo of biboergosum
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, crinkly black foil capped, a souvenir from the week-long hedonistic (learning) experience that was Denver Beer Week and GABV 2013.

This beer pours a solid, unequivocal black, from top to bottom, side to side, inside and out - not a stitch of discernible highlights, even when pushed to the overhead lights - with two slender fingers of bubbly, melting ice cream mocha lace, which renders some iceberg shelf painted lace around the glass as it gently seeps away.

It smells of gritty roasted caramel malt, saltwater taffy, bitter dark chocolate, day-old coffee, wood splinters, muddled singed orchard fruit, expired milk, and a subtle metallic booziness. The taste is still big on the bittersweet chocolate, followed up by a somewhat thinning toasty caramel malt, medium roast earthy coffee, hot vanilla, acerbic dark pitted fruit, a touch of independent char, and a rather tame wooden astringency.

The carbonation is fairly laid-back, just going about its quotidian support duties, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, mostly smooth, what with those charred bits flitting about, and likewise creamy. It finishes on the sweet side, from the usual suspects, but duly tempered by coffee, dry cocoa, wood, and alcohol, all.

They aren't kidding in the marketing blurb on the label when they mention how the wood treatment dials back the roast and hop character, replacing it, in part, by a robust vanilla essence. This is indeed a little more rounded, and yet I'm additionally thankful for the restrained nature of the wood. The charred essences are still there, but the hops, the hops be AWOL, or something. Anyways, still a large-ish assed behemoth of an RIS, just not the hop and malt one-two face-punch and he's down experience you get with this one's sibling.

Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap and served in a goblet, review from written notes.

Appears inky black with a slim layer of tobacco stained mocha foam. After a few minutes the creamy foam parts and reveals a glassy obsidian surface. A delicate band of lace rings the inside of the glass, about a quarter inch in width.

Dark unsweetened bakers chocolate and lightwoody oak, very chocolatey aroma with a touch of ashy char.

Intensely bitter, herbal hops parallel a deep roasty char that becomes ashy in the dry aftertaste. Lingering traces of dark chocolate and herbal bitterness. Medium bodied, and slowly sippable. The oak doesn't dominate, if anything the hops and roast combine forces to pull a hefty 1-2 punch of bitterness that sticks with you long into the aftertaste. Overall this is a big, rich stout with an intense level of bitterness, almost as if this was an RIS/Black IPA hybrid.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

a major beer, this imperial stout gets a sweet/vanilla/slow cooked vibe from the oak it is kept in. alcohol coming through in both the nose and the taste. mocha colored head sticks around while the quality of this process presents itself. unforgettable and undefined, if thats possible... tons of cocoa flavors, very little sweetness, fullest of full bodies, patient carbonation, attitude. i should also add that age does wonders to this, i had a three year old vintage recently as well, and the oak comes even more to the fore while the alcohol takes a major back seat. gets even smoother, if you can imagine. this is absolutely outstanding.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dirty John's tulip pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for breaking this bottle out during our brew-day!

I'm one step closer to having tried every version of the Snowman (BA, you're next!). It pours a sleek onyx topped by over a finger of rich, dark tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate syrup, molasses, brown sugar, light pine, and light cedar. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, molasses, oak, greens, and dark chocolate. The body teeters along the border between hefty medium and light heavy, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice stout, one that thankfully doesn't try to overdo it with the oak. Good times.

Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of zeff80
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes on 11/30

A - Poured out an opaque, dark brown (almost black) color with a bubbly, light brown, one-finger head that left bing rings of lace.

S - Smelled of chocolate, caramel and subtle hints of vanilla.

T - It tasted of roasted malts. It was bittersweet and somewhat hoppy. It also had some spiciness and subtle vanilla-like flavors.

M -It was smooth, soft and creamy. A medium to heavy-bodied beer. It had a warm alcohol presence, too.

D - This is a great beer. Worthy of its Top 100 ranking.

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

The oak-aging of the Yeti softens it quite a bit and adds a very nice touch of vanilla, some more chocolate, and even some cocoanut. The piney hops are also a little bit more reserved; and the heavy roastiness has had a chance to settle a bit as well. In the place of the heavy-handed, almost-burnt coffee are glistening, oily espresso-beans; and the fruitiness is far more rounded and supple. Or maybe it's just that the acidity of the dark malts has softened a bit.

In many beers, oak-aging is just a gimmick, but in this case it's really helped to round out an otherwise good, but still blocky Imperial Stout. Very nice! In fact, very, very nice!!! As long as this is available, I'll never buy the regular Yeti again!

Photo of Jason
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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 WVbeergeek
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a very deep black color and could be the darkest beer I've ever seen, with a thin light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin but dense lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains mostly dark chocolate and dark malts as you'd expect.

T: The taste is full of the intense bitter-sweetness of dark chocolate and a complimentary smokiness. There are some background flavors of dark fruit and a very mild hops presence. The malt character is exactly as thick as you would want from a big stout. The after-taste retains bitter-sweet aspect of the dark chocolate.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style. It's funny how you can sometimes get thrown for a loop when things aren't quite what you're expecting. I usually think the term "oak aged" is over-used and over-rated for the most part and I had also derived from hearsay and readings that not only was this beer not a good one to age, but that it was also not as good as the regular non-oak-aged Yeti. Well, contrary to what I was expecting to find, I liked this beer better than regular Yeti, nor do I find that the effects of almost a year of aging detract from this beer at all. I'm not so sure I would want to age it long-term, because it doesn't seem like it would gain too much, but it certainly hasn't lost anything. Overall, it's a pretty good beer among your more common big stouts.

Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Damnit, man. This is why I am obsessed with the brew. To find stuff like this.

Pours dark as can be with a thick tan head that leaves a lot of lacing on the way down. Nose is heavy on a sweet side with a somewhat alcohol tone that is masterfully masked I think. Also a bit of an aged Taste is smooth and rich. So many levels here. Thick like almost a coffee or chocolate bean oil. Just when you start to think it is too syrupy, the heavy flavor kicks in. And just when you think you are about to get too much alcohol on the mouth, it takes another turn. Just a bottle of sheer complexity, style, and grace. Unbelievably good. Mouthfeel is smooth and thick. I love how it stays on your tongue for so long. I at first gave it a 5...and then thought...nahh...just give it a 4.5. But I cannot say it is anything less than exceptional. Definitely drinkable. Might be too heavy for some, but I can’t sip this one. I want a mouthful and all the flavor that comes with it. If you haven’t tried this one, what the hell are you waiting for?

Photo of jlindros
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Probably the oldest remaining Yeti in my collection, Bottled on Nov 06, 2008. hopefully held up well, if not I'll have to review a fresh one.

Still pours a nice head, very dark chocolate colored thick and frothy 1 fingered head that fades at a med pace, nice for the abv, decent lacing too and with some decent legs, pitch black beer with no light coming through.

Nose brings some rich cocoa, lots of fluffy nougat, caramel, mocha, a very mild roast and espresso bean and with that a bit of a burnt acrid note but not much, a juicy black malt somehow like aroma with a little cocoa or even chocolate milk, and a nice vanilla character from some mild oak notes.

Taste comes on creamy and rich, fairly thick with a big cocoa note and lots of dark malts, a hint of roast but not acrid or burnt at all nicely. A little biscuity note and lots of powdered dry cocoa with aged dark chocolate, a little bitter dark choc note, into fluffy nougat and some caramel again. Then oak, a nice oak rounding character with oak cube flavor like nibbling on oak shards, and some vanilla character with it. Surprised how much that came through with the age on it. Booze barely makes a squeak as a little warming note comes through but mostly hidden well. Finish is dry as the whole beer is, with a little slight earthy and spicy hop bitterness cutting through, more bitter dark chocolate, a bit of a bitter tannic coffee note as well, and little sticky feel with hint of warming booze and alcohol flavor.

Mouth is full bodied, fluffy and semi thick, a little creamy and chewy but dry, nice fluffy carb, and a bit of warming booze.

Overall pretty nice, good malt characters, nice cocoa, caramel, nougat, biscuit, and even a nice roast like character without burnt acrid notes, but that could be the age knocking that off as it seems to do with the booze. Surprised how well some of the oak and vanilla lasted, but it's probably a lot more prevalent on fresh bottles. I'll have to try fresh and compare.

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

I picked this bottle up at Well's in Baltimore. This is the second review I have done, but the first was lost in my earlier review book. Decanted cool into a snifter.

A - A light absorbing black w/ a mocha brown creay head w/ an ultra fine bead. The head is pillowy and the stout allows no light to pass through its body. Sporadic smatterings of lace cling to the glass.

S - Berry and woodiness creep out of the snifter w/ a citrusy piney depth. A vinous note w/ spice like cinnamon and pepper accent the malty sweet notes and dried fruit aromas.

M - A big sweet smack is pushed out of the way immediately by a shove of carbonation and just as quickly by a bitter hop acidity. the boozy and dry textures bring up the rear when all join forces.

T - Magnificently forceful w/ its intense sweet and malty flavors, the spicy mix w/ somewhat dark cherry and malty bitter cocoa-like flavor and an intense grapefruit and crisp vanilla wood w/ a burnt toffee sharpness. Twiggy earthy, almost raisin-like w/ a sharp bite and boozy warmth w/ dry apricot and an almost tropical dried papaya, sugary flavor w/ plenty of toasted and small amounts of charred malt flavor. There is subtle spice w/ ginger, pepper tinges and the nuttiness of roasted walnuts w/ hints of fig and beefy dry notes. The grain is slightly husky w/ smooth oily aspect w/ fruit notes and subtle orange citrus flavors, boy this baby is complex! I get a bit lost in the deep roasted and boozy brandy-like tastes here which is pleasant and the hops give a nice contrast.

D - Just wish there were a skosh less carbonation to relax the mouthfeel a bit. This is a nice, big brawny RIS w/ NW hops and huge malt flavor, so much packed in this w/ out overbearing sweetness. Nice citrus notes w/ a bitter acidity and the oak is well placed - not outdoing any of the flavors that make this recipe great. Magnificent w/ its subdued evolving nuances all the while making no pretense at its true aim to be an intense stout. A very drinkable brew in the realm of 9.5% beers, well done Great Divide!

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of russpowell
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
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 oline73
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
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 mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
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 feloniousmonk
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
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 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.

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,993 ratings.