Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,994
Reviews: 1,585
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 279
Gots: 673 | 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 weeare138
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a midnight black with a 4 finger tan head floating atop the brew. Plenty of scattered chunks of lacing are left all over the glass.
Smell is of fruity blended chocolate bars, toasted nuts, roasted coffee, vanilla, and solid American Oak tannins.
Taste is of the same aromas with an addictive amount of flavors swirling and bouncing along the tongue and saturating the palate. There is a moderate amount of hops that I can pick up as the last bit of the sip enters my mouth. Really good stuff.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth, complex of oak, fruit, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and perhaps a hint of caramel buried in this warming brew.
This one is a sipper but an outstanding night-cap, or after dinner brew.

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

Bomber bottle, without freshnes/brewing date/ vintage info...oh well, doesn't this type of brew deserve brewing date/vintage info? Anyway this one pours jet black with a dark tan long lasting head, spotty lacing, nose is of chocolate milk, coffee and a wisp of smoke. This is a big, bold and super tasty lage brew. Notes of coffee, dark chocolate, woody smoke yum yum yum. World class and highly recommended for all big beer and or stout lovers, In the words of my friend Mighty Mel this one is "dark and sludgy"

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

Tried side-by-side with the non-oak-aged version. Both purchased at K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA, and brought back to Australia to sample with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.

This one pours exactly the same colour as the original, but with a looser head with larger bubbles. Same colour of lovely light brown with some supple sudsy lacing. Looks very heavy in the glass. Very pleasant with a surprisingly light body. Looks good.

Dark and sweet on the nose, but with undeniable belts of leavened organic characters, perhaps banana skin and crushed leaves. This is particularly noticeable when put side by side with the original. I don't get a lot of oak, but there's obviously something inoculated in the oak which lends the organics to this one. Still very pleasant and robust, however.

Taste here is very subtle and smooth. The oak age really mellows the palate beautifully, still leaving big chocolatey and roasted grain characters, but sweeping them with a round coconut and vanilla character that is more fused than in the original, but less pronounced. It integrates more with the other characters, and makes the palate smoother, but doesn't distinguish itself quite so much.

Feel is smooth and lovely. Still, I'm more enamoured of the original, weirdly.

A very good beer, and a very drinkable Impy Stout. Indeed, the lovely melding truly improves the drinkability on this one. Overall though, I think it skews the beer off a little, and to be honest, I prefer the original Yeti, which was a fantastic brew.

Photo of Georgiabeer
2.93/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I really wanted to like this beer, but I think it is seriously overoaked and what is normally a very nice stout has become a mess. Pours black with a thick tan head. Smell is roasty, sour, and with hints of vanilla. Both the sourness and vanilla come in large part from the wood. The taste is all wrong. There are roasty notes, malt, and chocolate struggling to make themselves known, but they are obliterated by the heavy oak flavors. It tastes like there is a shot of anejo tequila in this beer. Heavy vanilla, wood sourness, and cherry flavors from the wood as well as a woody aftertaste make this less than enjoyable for me. Give me the non oak-aged Yeti any day over this. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, but still there is that tannic wood in the background cutting against it. Not very drinkable at all, like a beautiful cabernet that someone has oaked all to hell. More restraint on the wood would have added subtle touches of wood and vanilla sweetness and would have been welcome. I'll try another batch in the future and see how it goes.

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

Poured from a bomber into an oversized red wine glass.

Pitch black body with a dark tan head and matching lacing. The aroma is rich with clean, fresh oak and sweet chocolate and roasted grains. The flavor is a nice mix of black grains, espresso, unsweetened cocoa with a tinge of citrus rind from the hops. I also really like how the bitterness just slightly overmatches the malt here. Makes for, as usual, a great combination with the dry, heavily roasted malts. A top notch imperial stout, fairly drinkable for it's size and tasty to the end.

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -6.1%

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

Poured a deep, thick black with brownish hints. Had some nice carbonation, deep brown head. Nose was roasted malts and that mmm mmm mmm oak smell. Taste started out like a stout with that deep oak all the way through then the vanilla comes out. Great indeed. This thing is a masterpiece. I dont know how long it was in the oak but it tasted like years and years. It was so deep.

Thanks April :)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Huhzubendah
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
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 DoubleJ
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm in for the long haul with a 22 ounce bottle. At $13.99, I better be. On to the beer:

Pop the top, pour into an Imperial Pint glass..oh damn! I spilled some beer on the floor. Hey, what's that I'm smelling? Wow, that's a lot of oak. That espresso colored head on top isn't dropping anytime soon, and that black as midnight body intiminates. The nose is clogged with oak and it's unintended consequences of licorice and sharp fruity esters. Faint hoppiness exists underneath it all.

I embrace for an oak smackdown in my mouth, and that is what I end up getting. It's just a bit overpowering IMO, and you can't really taste much of the beer itself. All those cocoa and hops play second fiddling to the oak. Strong oak, licorice, and vanilla flavors. The alcohol is spicy and perceived, but not beating on the palate.

That was fun to try. At its pricetag in my area, I won't be doing this again for awhile, but it's worth trying out for those who are interested in a full-flavored oak aged beer.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
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 akorsak
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am drinking a 22 oz bottle poured into a La Chouffe tulip. The ale is slightly chilled.

Appearance: The ale is deep, midnight black. Hints of ruby red emerge when the ale is held to light. It pouts with a decent head that leaves a nice lace pattern.

Smell: The buttery oak notes dominate and stout/roast character. The aroma is very pleasing and does not come across as overly sweet.

Taste: The buttery flavor noted in the nose continues into the taste. In this instance (unlike some other oak aged stouts), there is no cloying sweetness. The is a soft sweet note imparted from the barrels, but it mixes nicely with the strong roasted malt flavor of the stout.

Mouthfeel: The ale seems to burn a little in the mouth. The buttery oak and roasted flavors mix very well outside of that.

Drinkability: The strength of the flavors is a bit overpowering. Despite that, this is a good ale, although I look forward to trying it outside of the oak casks.

Photo of Zorro
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22-Oz bomber with no bottling date on it.

Pours a jet-black beer with a tall and thick BROWN head that dies down only grudgingly. The doesn't let go easy either it densely sticks to the walls of the glass. A word of warning, the head on this can get out of hand; take it easy or it will overflow the glass.

Smell is strong chocolate aroma that reminds me a lot of Kahlua. Spicy alcohol scent carries more chocolate scents and a good whiff of hops. Additional scents of butter, rum, burnt sugar, and isley scotch with a touch of smoky peat. Earthy scents of wood and sage round out the scent of this most impressive looking stout.

Taste is creamy and chocolately from the start with a bit of black coffee and oak in the first taste. The flavor is a little sweet but not in a bad way and there is a slight acid edge here from the dark malts. There is a strong zip of hops in the flavor that is mostly herbal in flavor and gives this a slight "carrot" after taste once the chocolate and coffee flavors die down.

Mouthfeel is milkshake thick; equal to the best I have ever tasted.

The only possible defect to drinkability is the alcohol content. In all other respects I want unlimited refills of this, but all I have is the one bottle. I do have a second bottle I was saving for a BIF, would be a shame if that got "accidentally" drank and replaced with a Stone RIS!

Photo of afsdan
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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

(Served in a snifter)

A-This beer pours an inky black body with a nice size dark brown head with a faint reddish hint. The tiny bubble of carbonation roll up the sides of the glass.

S- As soon as I started pouring I could smell the wonderful dark malts. The slight sweetness of caramel, molasses and dark brown sugar are combined with a slight smoky, oak hint and a faint hop note. It has a soft hint of leather way in the background. As it warms some notes of vanilla and prunes start to show up.

T- The dark malt that is deep roasted and some roasted black grain have very soft flavors to them. It finishes with a nice hop spiciness. There is a nice bitterness to the malt that is mixed in with the hop finish, which gives it more depth.

M- This beer has a medium full mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture. There is no alcohol warmth and no astringency.

D- This a very smooth beer that has good complexity. The smells and flavors are dark but not harsh. It was a bit on the sweet side but had hops to blend with the dark malts.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours a jet black from a bomber into 2 pint glasses. A nice dark tan head forms.

S. Hops, Alcohol, hints of roasted coffee.

T. Roasted malt accented by vanilla. The oak character is very present in this beer. Notes of chocolate and a lingering bitter alcohol finish.

M. Creamy on the tongue, smooth overall feel. Full bodied.

D. I'd call this a session beer, but you probably wouldn't.

Photo of jdhilt
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a one-finger brown head that fades very slowly, leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is chocolate and coffee. Starts sweet coffee and chocolate, smooth bakers chocolate finish. Expensive - $11.95 for a 22 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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

Poured into a pint glass with a VERY large head of nearly four fingers. Great head retention of a solid mahogany and real stickyness. Body is opaque but a silky pour and dark walnut colored. Head will not go away total chocolate ice cream cone looking.

A real nice nose of cocoa powder and balanced malts. Aerated sweet spices and a hint of vanilla on the bouquet just great.

A little wet with a hop bitterness and tobacco taste. Malt follows afterwords but with a little bit of thin body, afterfinish has bitter lime astringency also.

Drinkability though is pretty good, but with the appearance and nose I was hoping it would be a little better. Still a good solid brew here. Great Divide does not disappoint.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another brew I had at the brewery. When asked what kind of oak was used, I was told it is a secret. Can't be a big oak as the vanilla and oak flavors were weak.
I love the Yeti, but this one is not better. A solid beer, had the coffee and cocao of the Yeti, but the vanillaness took away their strengths without adding sufficiently of its own. Nice brew, but cannot top, or parellel the Yeti.

Photo of brandoman63
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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

A - Pours a black in color, some carbonation, nice foamy tan head which disappears quickly, not much lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of hops, malts, chocolate/toffee, and alcohol.

T - The taste is of roasted/smoked hops/malts, slight vanilla, chocolaty, with a nice warm feeling in the palate.

M - Medium body, a complex brew.

D - Very drinkable. A very nice Oaked Aged (my first) from GD.

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.

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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