Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.43/5 rDev +4%
This is one solid beer with a ton of character to spare!
Poured into a Duvel glass this beer is completely opaque-black with a nice 1 inch tight bubbled tan head.
The roastiness of the malt and light oakiness shines through in the scent. There is a decent amount of sweetness that even shines in the aroma.
The flavor is rich, smooth, and creamy with lots of sweet malts. There is nothing too chocolatey, hoppy, or over the top in this beer. I do taste a little more vanilla and a lot less hops than in the regular Yeti. This is a whole 'nother animal (excuse the pun).
Mouthfeel is rich and decatant with lots of unattenuated malt sweetness and plenty of oakiness to round out the alcohol fullness.
Drinkaility is way higher in this beer than in the regular Yeti. This beer is full and rich but is definately easy to drink. I would give it high marks just because I did in fact reach for another - it's just too good to pass up!
05-22-2009 04:40:01 | More by PerzentRizen
4.25/5 rDev -0.2%
Poured this from a 22 oz. bomber that was bottled on 11/17/09 into a Dogfish Head signature glass.
Appearance: Pours deep, motor oil black that lets absolutely no light through. This beer has the absolute largest and darkest head that I've ever seen on an imperial stout. The head just looks so thick and fluffy and enticing, it's incredible.
Smell: You can tell that this one has been through some oak aging, as hints of vanilla come through in the nose. There are also some light coffee hints, unsweetened dark chocolate and some liquor tinges. There are also some very light but noticeable citric hops in the smell.
Taste: This is a very interesting stout, to be sure. There are a lot of strong but smooth malts coming out first with some nice woody, oaky tastes coming up in the background. The oak also lends itself to a more-than-subtle vanilla taste. It finishes with a huge piney hop bitterness that is certainly not typical of RIS's, making this a very unorthodox beer in my opinion. The hops just work to throw off the flavor a bit for me.
Mouthfeel: Yeti is a nice full-bodied stout but is exceptionally smooth and nicely woven together. Despite the abundance of hops, it manages to abstain from leaving that cloying sensation on your palate. World class mouthfeel in an RIS, in my opinion.
Drinkability: This is a very smooth beer but at 9.5% ABV it's taking me forever to finish this bomber. Still, it's very smooth and well put-together so it's good for what it is. There are some hints of the alcohol in the taste, though.
Overall, this is a nice and certainly unique example of the style. It's very smooth and flavorful and is one of the hoppiest stouts you're going to find. I've had the regular Yeti and the oak-aging does a lot for this particular beer. This is a very nice stout and is certainly worth trying. I'd like to stick one of these in the cellar, though, to see how it does without such an enormous hop presence.
03-04-2010 04:08:07 | More by zoso493
4.08/5 rDev -4.2%
A - Pours a pitch black, thick pour with 2 fingers chocolate milk colored head. Head retention is amazing.
S - Chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, oak and some slight alcohol scent.
T - Same flavors as the nose brings up. Coffee and chocolate dominate. Good amount of hops in the middle of the taste.
M - Not as heavy as the pour makes it seem. Creamy mouthfeel, still thick, but not motor oil thick. Slight alcohol bite at the end.
D - Extremely smooth beer, not too thick, not too much alcohol bite. Wishing I had bought more bottles while I was on the west coast.
09-25-2010 03:30:17 | More by GarrettMD
4.53/5 rDev +6.3%
The Great Divide has made a very reputable name for itself as a master of craft beers pushing out a wide range of hugely flavorful and unique brews. For me though, one stand clearly above all the rest; it is the Oak Aged Yeti. The Yeti is their Imperial Stout sitting at 9.5%. It is a great beer packed with hugely robust roast and cocoa flavors and a sharp espresso bite. But the Oak Aged Yeti is where they truly show their abilities.
The Oak Aged Yeti is literally just that, and oak barrel aged version of the Yeti Imperial Stout. Oak seems to have a good way with big beers, and there are few styles better suited for this wooden home than an imperial stout. Over time the oak mellows and refines the beer slowly adding vanilla and sweet woody character to the beer creating a new and sophisticatedly smooth brew. I have had my fair share of oak aged stouts before, and the Yeti without a doubt stands high on the list in my books.
The Yeti comes in a 650ml bottle, but ha no vintage date - which is my beef with so many big beers. I would LOVE to have a case of these to enjoy slowly over the next 5 to 10 years, and thus I would appreciate a vintage date. Beers this rich and complex will mature and grow overtime creating a new masterpiece each time you open one. I do know though that this bottle is a fresh 2010 vintage.
I opened the Oak Aged Yeti (which I will now just refer to as the Yeti) up at cellar temperature around 14C (57F) and poured it into a snifter. Wow, you should see this thing up close. A thick and silky pour lead to the black ink and rich brown, mocha-like foam you see here. The beer was as dark as it gets, not even hinting at browns or ambers. The head lifted a good 2 inches above the beer and formed the tightest foaming of head I have seen in a long time. Seriously it is tough to even find the bubbles towards the bottom of the head because they are so ridiculously small. Really, you can enlarge that picture... Try and find them. Great job so far guys.
The nose is perfuming at me with huge eruptions of big thick stout flavors. Lush aromas of bittersweet bakers chocolate melt over dark fruits and a deep roast character. Espresso and coffee is softly built into the roast, but also lingers beside a smooth oak finish and easily noticeable vanilla. Hops actually do manage to push them way through the depth of this beer and show up with a citrus and fresh pine aroma akin of a west coast IPA. They are sweet and gently spicy adding a subtle balance to an otherwise hectically rich beer.
Sipping on the Yeti was an amazing treat. This beer is delightful in a too-much-to-handle kind of way. Thick and rich fudgey stout flavors blast onto your palate and bring sticky chocolate pudding, cocoa, roast, vanilla ladened coffee, and smooth oak all the way from tongue to throat. Big malt flavors bring deep and dark dried fruit flavors like candied prunes, plums and dates.
This is what makes this beer so good - its richness far surpasses its strength, but it also does so in an elegantly smooth and perfectly balanced manner. This is definitely a big rich beer, so don't expect balance in subtlety - but rather big flavors balance massive ones. Thick cocoa and malt sweetness is balanced off by smooth roast and the bitter freshness of espresso and coffee. Then gentle hops aromas bring spice and citrus to balance the heaviness of everything.
The hops are actually very apparent in this beast showing pine and citrus as they did in the nose. It helps finish the Yeti cleaner than it would otherwise be. The mouthfeel and the beer's overall texture is just sublime. Smooth and creamy with a silky and oil like sensation from end to end. It reminds me of melted chocolate and smooth gooey caramel.
This is without a doubt a stout lovers dream. It hits all the right notes, and knows exactly how to perform when enjoyed. I would really suggest enjoying this bottle on its own. It would pair beautifully with a tonn of different foods and desserts, but it is a treat itself, and deserves your attention. Enjoy.
Pics at: http://definitionale.com/2010/11/11/tasting-the-great-divide-oak-aged-yeti/
11-15-2010 15:28:37 | More by StephenRich
3.93/5 rDev -7.7%
My first of the Yeti clan. Served from a 22oz bomber into my Darkness snifter.
Pours a pitch black from the start. Produced a surprisingly nice, dense, dark tan head at about one finger. Great retention left behind decent lacing. Good start.
Big nose on this one. Equally massive amounts of roasted malt and alcohol. Somehow some wood makes it through, and even a touch of floral hops joins the party.
As expected there is a massive amount of classic dark malt flavors upfront and through the middle. After the initial shock it mellows, giving way to deep earthy notes and vanilla, as well as a nicely bittered finish. There is definitely a boozy undertone here, not overwhelming and it fades with warming.
Heavy. Yeti doesn't mess around. Smooth for the style, but this is a true sipper, and I have had Imperial Stouts that are 1-2% higher in ABV and are just as smooth. Perfect light carbonation.
Overall this is a solid Imperial Stout. I like the woody/oak/vanilla flavors without having the bourbon flavors like barrel aged stouts. This may be a bit green as it was only bottled on 10/31/11. I think I'm gonna try and grab another and throw her in the cellar for a few more months. I'm also gonna have to try the rest of the Yeti clan. Cheers!
01-09-2012 19:34:55 | More by Humulus85
4.47/5 rDev +4.9%
Poured from a 650ml bottle bottled on Oct 7, 2010, into a tulip glass.
A: Black with a 1 finger rocky deep caramel colored rocky head that is sticking to the side as it dissipates.
S: Intense roasted malts and chocolate hit the nose with hints of vanilla. Very strong smell here.
T: Very intense flavor here, oak flavors into an intense roasty dark chocolate flavor with vanilla hints throughout. Tastes very much so like an espresso at some points, I feel as if I'm eating chocolate covered espresso beans.
M: Thick with little to no carbonation on the tongue.
O: This is very intense and definitely a sipper. The flavors are very strong even though it was bottled over a year ago and this definitely would make for an excellent desert beer.
11-16-2011 04:50:54 | More by keanex
4.15/5 rDev -2.6%
About my 4th RIS, not my favorite style but I love that breweries make these beers. Black as Black can be with a great retaining tan head. I love these beers more for the aroma than the flavor, great sweet candy smell with the roasted malts staning out. I get a little lost in the flavor, but oh what a flavor. I had a hard time picking out certain aspects but the hops came through pretty well and it was balanced out nicely by the malts and sweetness. The mouthfeel is also a great experience as it is thick, oily and it coats going down. I find these type of beers to be good (if not great) but It is definately a sipper as are any RIS I've ever tried.
09-27-2007 14:34:07 | More by mnstorm99
4.05/5 rDev -4.9%
Bottled on: (should be on the bottom right hand side of the bottle but its just dots)
Purchased through Lakeview Liquors, Chicago, Illinois
Price - $9.99/bomber
Appearance: Pours pitch black with a creamy mocha colored head. Wow, this SOB is Thick like engine oil. Polka dotted lacing decorates the glass. With each swirl of the snifter another layer of froth reveals itself. Looks tastey.
Smell: Coffee and chocolate roasted malt dominate the nose followed by a layer of sweetness and hops.
Taste: The initial flavor of sweetness is quickly replaced with coffee, vanilla, bitter chocolate and alcohol. A healthy dose of hops is a nice addition and keeps it from being too cloying.
Mouthfeel: Starts out thick and chewy. In the middle a fair amount of bitterness strikes the tongue followed by a warming sensation. Finishes dry with a bitter aftertaste.
Drinkability: I liked it from start to finish. I was actually surprised at the complexity of the taste profile and really enjoyed the abundance of hops. Overall a pretty decent beer.
02-25-2011 00:09:09 | More by 05Harley
4.13/5 rDev -3.1%
Oaked Yeti 2006 pulled from my cellar.
Appearance: Pours pitch black without any red or ruby hues. Huge thick, creamy, foamy tan head tops the beer and doesn't fade.
Smell: Hints of chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit and oak dominate the nose.
Taste: Starts with a good amount of bittersweet chocolate upfront with a dark fruity sweetness lingering under the surface. Hints of vanilla show up near the finish along with a really nice roastiness from the dark malts. The finish is where the oak and hops come into play. The oak lends a woody flavor and helps dry out the beer where the hop bitterness helps balances things out with a long, linger bitterness on the tongue.
Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, fully coats the mouth.
Drinkability/Notes: Wood aged beers are really not my thing, but I have to say that Oaked Yeti hits the mark pretty well. Nice and chocolatey with dark fruit sweetness and vanilla undertones along with a slightly woody finish. Big C hops add a nice of touch of bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden for 9.5%. I believe the age of this beer really mellowed out the oak. I've had fresh oaked Yeti and thought the wood dominated the flavor profile. A beer to sip for sure. Perfect for this cold winter night in SoMD. Overall, a really nice Impy Stout. Definitely recommended. Seek and Enjoy.
01-19-2008 23:21:10 | More by SwillBilly
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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