Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,607
Hads: 4,273
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
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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 ppoitras
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with LuckySevens82. Thanks for the opportunity... Silver foiled cap.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1" of dense, dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head ain't moving, and lacing is heavy yet delicate. Aroma is dark grains, dark fruits, and alcohol, all pretty much equally balanced. Taste starts with some coffee bitterness, segues into dark fruitiness for a moment, smooths into some dark malt sweetness, and then closes with another shot of bitter and some nice alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is ok, but a bit harsh for what I would expect from a barrel-aged brew, and drinkability is about the same. A nice double stout, but the barrel seems to have had minimal input here, for my palate. (752 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed side-by-side with GD Yeti Stout

Bottled on date: Jan 7/09.

Poured in to brandy snifter

A - Dark brown/black colour with half a finger of espresso coloured head.

S - Stronger smell then the Yeti. Bitter hops up front with coffee and a oak smell in the background.

T - Very sweet up front: caramel & molasses with some bitter hops. Roasted coffee and some chocolate in the malts with a slight bourbon taste in the background.

M - medium to heavy body. Lightly carbonated.

D - A nice smooth RIS with some character. (532 characters)

Photo of beertunes
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 11/27/09. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured pure black, no translucence at all, with an inch of tall, crowning, medium brown head that had great retention and lacing.

Deep, rich roasted aromas are the first thing to the nose, a slight bit of grain and a hint of wood scent are at the back. On the tongue the roasted flavors are strong without any of the burnt tastes that often accompany attempts at this style. Thankfully, there's just the faintest coffee taste, and it is more than made up for by the nice chocolate finish.

The body is full and rich without being heavy or dense. Drinkability is excellent for the style, most of these big stouts are so overpowering that I generally don't want more than a glass at a time, but I easily drained a 22 of this and was kind of disappointed the bottle was empty.

Overall, an excellent beer, worth seeking out. (867 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: tinted the darkest of browns on the fringe of black, soapy tan head that laces the glass throughout

Smell: excellent mixture of coffee smell with perhaps chocolate, not very much alcohol present

Taste: great flavor, very rich and coffee heavy, not much oakiness at all

Mouthfeel: extremely creamy and smooth, almost soapy

Drinkability: very drinkable for it's alcohol content, very good flavor and excellent mouthfeel, is rich and satisfying

I'd highly recommend trying one (535 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours black with a small, fine brown head and lacing. Aroma of oak, toasted malt and chocolate. Oak woody up front with dark toasted and caramel malts and caramel, a hint of smokiness. Woody, chocolaty, malty finish. Nice heavy bodied, thick and creamy. Excellent! (324 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a very dark mahogany when held up to the light, otherwise appeared almost opaque and black in nature with a medium khaki head.

S: fresh rich, roasted chocolate, dark coffee and a fresh huge citrus hop flavor.

T: a deep dark roasted palate providing heartiness while dark fruit, vanilla bean, cocoa and an sweet charred oaky woodiness providing complexity and outstanding flavors. The flavor was very well rounded, smooth and left a lingering dry hop bitterness on the fade.

M: medium, silky smooth, with a nice viscosity on the tongue and good carbonation.

D: For drinkability its liquid gold going down and one of the best beers ive had in awhile. Highly recommended. (686 characters)

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

- Tasted at Split Thy Skull 2011 at Mugs Alehouse -

A - Tar black. Deep chocolate colored head.

S - Molasses. Smooth vanilla. Brown sugar on warm bread.

T - Toast, caramel, and cameo of booze. Oak. Nice barley notes. Some woody bitterness on the backend.

M - Medium body, great smoothness. Nice residual bitterness. (319 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After tasting this, I'd really like to try some more big beers aged in oak. The 75 IBU's were incredibly smooth, producing a VERY well rounded beer.

A: Black with a tan head. Not a lot of head retention, but the syrupy fluid yeilded some nice lacing.

S: Slightly roasty; chocolate; sherry.

T: Exceptional. The hops and the roasted malt were unbelievably smooth. The oak has really reduced the bitterness, while adding some depth. Exceptional.

M: Full syrupy body, moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. You'd be hard-pressed to find a beer that's this big, but goes down so smooth.

Thanks Kevin! (615 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Bottled on 9 October 2009.

Appearance: impressive. Entirely black with no translucence. Poured thick and syrupy with a colossal brown head the consistency of a milkshake. Just fantastic; I'm really looking forward to this.

Smell: strong roasted malt aroma; easily met and possibly even overshadowed by the extreme oakiness of the beverage. Quite good.

Taste: complex and dynamic. Starts off roasty and bitter; I feel like I can taste the hops but cannot really discern specific hop characteristics. It's kind of like a fresh bitterness, with some sweetness as well. Bitterness eases away in favor of the roasted malts, complemented nicely by the oak. Finally, even the malts evaporate leaving me with just the oak and a pretty dry finish. All in all, an interesting and enjoyable drinking experience.

Mouthfeel: immense body and very little carbonation, despite the awe-inspiring head. Texture is silky smooth -- just what I want from an imperial stout.

Drinkability: extremely tasty but definitely a slow sipper. (1,064 characters)

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

A: Pours pitch black with a very large brown compact head. Slow dissipation leaves rich lacings.

S: Not as heavy roast on the chocolate malt as I guessed before pouring it. Rich vanilla. Hoppy. Lots of chocolate and coffee. Oak.

T: Roasted sweet malt. Oaky vanilla notes. Lots of chocolate, some coffee, some smoke.

M: Full body and light carbonation. Aftertaste lingers for quite some time and holds dry bitter notes, kind of smoky actually.

D: This is a very nice Russian Imperial Stout. Try it - you'll like it! (519 characters)

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

A: poured a dark as night black in color with a thin brown head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: intresting that the hop character is pretty noticeable with roastiness, chocolate malts, slight oat grains, and some underlying booze notes. I really didn't detect any oak at all.

T: on the taste I did get roasty smoke flavor alongside chocolate, slight oat grains, bready malts, and maybe a touch of wood but not barrel aged character more like wood chips in the fermenter.

M: the brew was full in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, smoky, boozy, and slight creamy finish,

D: it drank pretty good but the oak character was not as potent as I thought it would be. The barrel aging process seemed like it didn't make a difference. Like I said it was probably dry hopped with wood chips; still pretty tasty. (855 characters)

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

Opaque black colour with mahogany highlights. Dark brown head, a bit rocky, with good head retention and lacing. During the first pour, I could smell the malt from across the bar. Plenty of malt and roasted in the aroma, also a bit vinous, ripe fruits and a soft bit of alcohol. But the real player here was the vanilla aromas from the oak. Very prominent. Even before noticing the flavours, the mouthfeel was overwhelming. Chewy and creamy with a heavy body. The carbonation was incorporated very well and contributed to the thick, viscous texture. Vanilla was very strong in the flavour as well, but a little more balanced. Alcohol was apparent as well, lending to a whiskey or liquor-like quality. Still, there's a lot of roasted malt and coffee, ripe fruits and chocolate, especially as it warms. Finishes dry with alcohol warmth, malt and vanilla. The aftermath on the palate is similar to a shot of quality whiskey. This is a big, complex beer. I enjoyed it a lot, but it's definitely a "sharing beer". (1,008 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is the best beer I've ever had, I can't wait to get it again. Pours an obsidian black, with a light brown head that rises to the top. First smell is of vanilla, no doubt from the oaking. The theres a nice roasty smell, with some hops behind it. Man this tastes good, oaky with vanilla notes, bitter roast coffee, some hops. The aftertaste was indescribable, exactly like the aftertaste of a very fine oaked chardonnay, just amazing. The mouthfeel was nice and thick, perfect consistency, not overly thick and just right, very smooth and tasty. This isn't an everyday beer and I don't think I'd try to drink a whole bomber by myself but this is definately a beer to get for special occasions. Beer I recommend most. (724 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black body with a creamy dark brown head. Retention is good and lace is excellent with its sheet like qualities. Excellent nose of char, anise, chocolate, resinous hops, highly kilned malt, vanilla and slight oak. Great roasted malt character on the palate along with black licorice, bitter PacNW hops and dark, bitter chocolate. Alcohol is present but fitting. The oak aging adds some smoothness, I gather, but not a lot to the actual taste. But this is pretty damn good nonetheless. The only thing a little lacking is the mouthfeel. Not viscous enough and a little fluffy. The body is probably only about medium or so. There's a long lingering taste of roast and alcohol. Not bad. Not bad at all. (706 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a DARK black with a HUGE creamy brownish tan head. Roasted dark malts with chocolate, coffee and a bit of licorice dominate the aroma. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel is just perfect. Taste is outstanding. Roasted grains and chocolate are followed by a bitter hop finish. Without a doubt one of the most outstanding beers I have tried. (337 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Wilbur's Liquors in Ft Collins for US$5.99 for the bomber.

It pours a near pitch black, no, it's more of a very very dark brown with a nice creamy tannish head of foam that sticks around for the duration and it has some lacing.

The smell is very woody and malty and fruity. Nice nose.

The taste has big notes of caramel malt and chocolate up front. After a few more sips, I get the Oak in the flavour along with sour cherrries and some very bitter hop, the latter of which, dominates near and through the finish. The body is medium to heavy and the carbo is lightly done. Oh, and the alcohol starts to become more noticeable, especially after the swallow....quite warming.

Well, I've tried this one and the non oaked version and I like the non oaked more. Still, this is a fine sipping IS and I'd buy it on the odd occasion without feeling any regret. (868 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 9.30.13

Bottled Oct 18 2010

A - Pours a very dark brown with a large dark brown mixed head.

S - Oak, coffee, and a nice sweet chocolate, like fresh baked chocolate.

T - Lots of coffee still, oak finish, strong oak.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body, a bit thin.

O - Held up pretty decently, lost some of the heat and is more mild. (359 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 16/4/12 Nov/14/11 bottle

A like the regular Yeti this one is black right out of the bottle, just a slight dark cola edge, large dark foam hangs around long enough to leave several rings of lace pretty nice looking beer

S chocolate fudge and booze come out right away, a little smoke and vanilla but that's about all I pick up from barrel, smells decent but its pretty boozy

T now I get more evidence from the barrel with some oak and charred wood, there's still some hops in there even after the barrel and 6 months in the bottle, booze is better concealed then the nose, a little licorice and more wood on the finish

M pretty thick and silky and quite bitter, a little heat and a big burnt woody aftertaste lingers for a while

O other then a little booze popping up here and there I have little to complain about, big rich stuff that's pretty easy to enjoy

the barrel is subtle but I like it, just needs some age and that's about it, a big thanks to Rutager for getting this one into my hands (1,035 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a nice dark tan head. Fair head retention.

Lots of bitter chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Decent amount of roast. Quite good.

Big roasty coffee flavour, some oak. Not too much sweet malt. Good overall.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation.

A nice beer with great balance on the whole. The flavour gome together. (344 characters)

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

The appearance is perfect. Color is pitch black with a large, thick brown head. Retention is very good. Aroma is of rich chocolate malt with a strong, pungent hop. An edge of vanilla is also noted. The taste has lots of flavor, but is also somewhat chaotic. Chocolate malt starts off a sip and soon mixes with a strong vanilla flavor. A strong pungent hop comes in midway through a sip and collides with the vanilla. Alcohol flavor is noted in the finish. Overall, Oaked Yeti has plenty of flavor going for it, but at times the flavors don't work too well together. Also the oaky vanilla was a little too strong for my tastes. Still, this is a big beer that I urge all BAs to sample. (683 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 Edition

Pours a motor-oil black color with a two-finger brown head into my fluted glass.

Aroma is full of oak, bitter coffee, chocolate and cream. Very enticing and seems balanced.

Taste is full of oak upfront that actually feels a bit diluted. It gives way to cream, cocoa and bitter coffee flavors. Alcohol seems dialed down but this is after all, a 2 year old vintage. Everything but the oak seems to show through and that's desirable since you don't want the oak to be overpowering.

Mouthfeel is a bit chewy/smoky from the oak with only faint hints of cocoa, cream and coffee. This is where the oak influence should shine because it affects the texture of the beer, making it more desirable.

Very, very nice! I'm glad I held onto this bottle for a while. It would have been too strong when fresh. Quite possibly the best oak aged beer I've had so far. My only gripe would be that the oak dominates the mouthfeel a bit too much. Regardless, a very enjoyable beer at this stage. (990 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Let this bottle sit in the fridge undisturbed for almost one year after buying.

Appearance- Awesome black molasses color and texture to this beer. Light brwon, half-finger head. A strong film remains on the top of the beer sip after sip. It will recede, but always comes back to cover up where I sipped. Its like weeds. Thin lacing on the sides of my Goose Island wine/beer glass. Only beer.

Smell- Roasted and medium smoked malts in the nose bringing forth memories of campfires and burning oak from my dad's scrap pieces of woodworked oak.

Taste- The syrupy smoke and roasted grains hit the palate immediately. Gving way to some light, creamy vanilla goodness in the middle of the palate. The aste of burning wood can't be dnied noticed more in the back of the palate.

Mouthfeel- Smooth creamy, velvety, and warming goodness. (843 characters)

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

A: Pitch black color; no light. Poured a 2 finger chocolate-colored head with excellent retention. Sticky webs of lacing.

S: Big toasted malt; bitter chocolate and coffee. Oak in the background asserting itself more as the beer warmed.

T: Oak and wet wood up front. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Smooth and rich. Warming alcohol in the finish.

M: Full body. Low carbonation. Thick, rich and creamy.

D: Flavorful and balanced. Smooth for the style. The abv limits drinkability. (484 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. It smells like dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak and a little bit of hops. It tastes like coffee, bitter chocolate, oak, bourbon and vanilla. It's sweet and bitter at the same time, and has a small alcohol taste in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium/full, it's a bit creamy and slick but not as creamy as I expected. Drinkability is very good, even though it packs a punch at times I still couldn't wait for my next sip. Overall I think this is a very good beer, I'm impressed with it. I'll definitely pick up a bomber of this again. (686 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a big Great Divide bottle into a tumbler. The color was jet black with a frothy tan head.

I don't get the oak-aged thing in general, I never really taste the oak (especially in a beer with a loud taste like this one). I think the biggest difference in this beer after oak aging is less hops presence. But I didn't try them side-by-side.

The main flavors were chocolate and roasty malts, with a sharp alcoholic bite. It's pretty addictive, but a slow sipper. (475 characters)

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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