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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutOak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

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3,495 Ratings

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Ratings: 3495
Reviews: 1554
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%

Brewed by:
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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3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22 oz bomber to snifter

The brew pours velvety smooth with a viscous complexion, yielding a small chocolate-colored head. Burnt sugar and dark chocolate make up the ample nose, the dense, jet-black appearance seemingly suppressing other notes.

The flavors are more layered, as bitter-sweet chocolate gives way to earthy tones of tea-like hop-oil and a woody undertone. Notes of carob, vanilla, tobacco and meaty smoke poke through. Hop astringency works to dry the palate, keeping it somewhat refreshed between sips. Not as chewy as some of its barrel-aged brethren, allowing for easy parsing of flavors. Ends with a long, bitter-sweet finish, chocolate notes lingering.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 07:37:35 | More by rand
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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into an Allagash Chalice. Bottled November 14, 2011.

A - Pours as dark as any stout I have seen with about an inch of cocoa colored head. As the head dies, it leaves the glass painted completely with lace.

S - Big chocolate malts, toasted marshmallow, and significant oak notes. The alcohol is apparent in the nose as well.

T - More coffee than chocolate on the tongue. Bitter bite of char, oak, and coffee beans in the center. Aftertaste is predominantly burnt oak and mocha. Great balance of sweet and bitter.

M - Velvety smooth feel with a thick body. No alcohol on the palate.

O - I was very impressed by this Yeti variant, probably the best of the ones I have tried (Regular, Espresso, Chocolate). Fantastic blend of oak, char, and coffee flavors with a great mouthfeel. Doesn't get much better than this as far as readily available RIS go. I would like to taste this side by side with the other Yeti's.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 02:24:02 | More by NoLeafClover44
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3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at the brewery. Pours a deep dark black oily color. Crazy booze aroma. Almost scotch like. Bitter roasted malts, slight woody flavors, but big booze. Some chocolate bitter flavors also. Its a bit thin but good flavors. A nice brew for sure but it lacks a real wow factor for me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2012 21:43:06 | More by DrinkSlurm
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3.45/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a deep jet black with a tannish color of head. About ½ fingers worth of head formation, some lacing but not too much.

S: I immediately pick up on the huge sweet oak notes and bourbon along with moderate amount of figs, molasses and minor chocolate. There is also a slight grassy hop note lying in the background

T: Oak and hop bitterness dominate the palate, but more hoppiness than anything else. There is a slight chocolate and mild vanilla creaminess, but its immediately drawn away from the hoppy finish. Alcohol is present but its complimentary to the beer. Complexity definitely lacking on this one (unlike the bottle stating “Massively Complex”.)

M: Full body, actually quite nice for this beer. Moderate carbonation. It fits for this brew

O: Not all that impressed with this one. Bottle isn’t lying when it states “huge hops”… Bitter hops and strong oak are the main charactesr in this bee. I usually enjoy GDB’s offerings, but this one I can go without.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 04:52:44 | More by tut2528
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 20:23:05 | More by LiquidAmber
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4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint

A - Pours black as night, thick, solid. Mocha colored head formation. 1 to 2mm in height, breaks down slowly.

S - Chocolate, yeast, and a little bit of nutiness. Comes off mostly sweet. Hopping started to show up as it warmed.

T - Starts off lightly bitter, chocolate, heavy malts. Mid-stream brought on more hopping and bitterness, and more of a hint of roast. Finished with a breadiness from the yeast. Aftertaste was a bit more of a harsh oak graininess.

M - Full bodied beer, moderate carbonation. Alcohol warmth is present as it sticks to the tongue.

O/D - A very good RIS with the oak playing a lesser role. Can be a sipper, awfully filling. Alcohol will sneak up on you.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 23:54:05 | More by katan
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured strongly to a two-finger caramel head, great lacing as the head dissipates

S: strong chocolate malt smell

T: chocolate taste and the oak taste stays in the back of the throat for a long time

M: very thick and creamy, little carbonation but seems just right

O: This is a very good beer with a strong flavor. The oakiness is definitely present in the taste but is a delight.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 02:41:07 | More by banglin
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New York

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

Jet black with great lacy dark tan head that stays. Straight vanilla extract nose with a bit of smoke and raisin.
Silky mocha, whiskey and brown sugar notes, some roast and branch to end.
Chocolate-covered raisin finish and whiskey-soaked raisin finish.
The full side of medium, some chew, silky.

Roastier, drier, rounder, smoother, fizzier and easier than the Barrel-Aged. Now I just wish I'd had a regular Yeti at the table, too.

3 years on this bottle and supremely satiny with not a trace of burn.

Cheers to Adam for saving his BA for this bottle to be opened.

Fittingly, my 900th review.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 22:51:11 | More by StJamesGate
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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz served in a snifted.
bottled date 01/06/10

pours a viscous, opaque jet black with a luscious finger of creamy, mocha toned head. good retention and gorgeous walls of lacing. just a beautiful presentation, top to bottom.

nose is fairly bold and offers a lot of the usual suspects: chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. i get a touch of oak, maybe vanilla. there's also a hint of a hoppy character loitering in the background. roasted malt jumps out front in the flavor with a notable presence of hops opening up mid-palate. notes of oak, vanilla, and chocolate intermingle throughout. 9.5% ABV virtually nonexistent (i've also been sitting on this one for about a year). a touch of hoppy bitterness present in the finish.

rich, creamy, medium-full bodied mouthfeel... oustanding. this one's a step away from being a meal... overall a killer RIS.

originally reviewed: 02-22-2011

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 01:21:01 | More by BostonHops
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3.38/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A bomber, split into two CBS snifters.

A: Super dark, with a fine mocha head.

S: Bitter chocolate and oak dominate the nose.

T: Super roasty, light chocolate, ligh bitterness from the hops. The finish is straight oak. Not vanilla, not really alcohol, just like sucking on an oak chip. The finish is not pleasant.

M: Medium body, well carbonated. Good.

O: Very unimpressive. I don't find the oak to be well-integrated with the stout. The finish almost ruins the beer, but the base Yeti is good enough to keep things okay. I have another that will be aged, but my expectations are not high.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 02:25:33 | More by Hophead717
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4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter at cvm4's Yeti sampling

A: blackish-brown with a tan one finger head that leaves its big foot impression for a while. Decent lacing.

S: chocolate, malts, expresso, licorice. Slightly astringent.

T: smooth; expresso, chocolate, burnt, sweet. Goes down easy. The oak aging really makes a difference. I really enjoyed the regular Yeti, but this one is several steps up.

M: medium to heavy, creamy. Strong carbonation.

O: A perfect IRS. Our tasting group agreed this was the best of the bunch in Yeti IRS's. The smooth finish excels. We're not worthy.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 15:45:16 | More by brewskifan55
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4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout, 22 oz. bomber: I have had a few outstanding stouts lately, which sets the bar pretty high, but the Oak Aged Yeti cleared the bar easily to join the outstanding club. The Yeti pours like a moonless night, with a dark tan head on top, and offers a big aroma for those inclined to get a nose into the glass. A huge flavor coat the palate and sticks. Chocolate, mocha, espresso all swirl about. The flavor lasts and keeps changing long after the sip. The Yeti has one of the most enduring and nuanced aftertastes I have experienced. Very much in the running for top Imperial Stout. And when I think of the competition: Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, Stone Russian Imperial Stout, Northwest Brewing Old Rasputin, my mouth is watering at the memory of them! High praise for the Yeti to join these ranks.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 16:11:49 | More by iSip
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved from CassanovaCummins, from a trade in persom. Bottled in November, 2011. Poured from a bomber into my Stone Tulip.

A - Pours almost black with a 1 finger creamy, brown head. It falls rather quickly leaving some spotty lacing.

S - Smells very chocolatey! Slight hints of woodsey aromas, but chocolate is definately dominating here.

T/M - The oak is way more evident on the front part of the taste. The taste starts woodsey, followed by a creamy chocolate, and finishes dry, with an earthy (almost umami) woodsy finish. Has a pretty viscous mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O - Another great brew from Great Divide. The Yeti line is very solid, and does not dissappoint. A big beer, but not getting a lot of alcohol heat from the residual 9.5%. A very easy drinking RIS that gets smoother as it warms some. Thanks for this bottle Chris, cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 02:31:02 | More by Rizalini
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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, bottled on OCT 05 2009 into CCB snifter.

A - Pours black, mocha-colored head, frothy, thick cap, sticky lace, thin cap.

S - Straight forward dark chocolate and oak, not surprising. Roast, light burnt sugars, and toasted malts. Although there's no real surprise here, it's really is spot-on and simply lives it to the bill.

T - More oak then the nose suggests, dark chocolate, toffee, light caramel. I was expecting a bit more sweetness but really the oak is just huge in this beer now. Not sure if the age has anything to do with it or not. Alcohol is pretty smooth after some cellar time. Finish is straight forward bitter chocolate and wood.

M - Full, rich and smooth, good carbonation, creamy rich finish.

O - Perhaps a little too much oak on the palate for me, but overall, a very nice beer that really lives up to the higher ratings. Easily accessible off the shelf and the quality of this beer makes it way more attractive then most beers currently on the shelf. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 03:49:59 | More by Sean9689
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4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz bottle into a Real Ale snifter. Bottled on date: 10/07/11.

A: Dark, inky black with a beige head that sits on top for a while. Laces down the glass perfectly with each sip.

S: Burnt & roasted malts, grassy hops, chocolate, hint of vanilla. Oak comes out as it warms up.

T: Follows the nose perfectly. Oak is more pronounced, especially in the finish. Alcohol bite is normal.

M: Thick and viscous. Perfect.

O: Another incarnation of Yeti that fails to disappoint. Wish I would have let this sit a little longer to mellow.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 02:33:48 | More by videofrog
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sample: 1 bottle 2010 (aged 2 years)

A: Jet black, minimal internal carbonation, pours with almost no head, but decent medium brown lacing

S: Espresso beans, hints of chocolate and vanilla, a touch of alcohol, quite fragrant, oak/cedar is certainly present as well

T: Strong coffee, heavy wood elements, cocoa powder, pretty complex flavor, light alcohol to finish (the aging seems to have mellowed it out)

M: Quite smooth, very nice consistency, easy to drink, a bit lingering, however, and certainly drying on the palate

O: A complex, flavorful, fragrant, and simply delicious imperial stout, only complaint would be its drying nature, but it is to be expected

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 03:15:26 | More by MatthewWilde
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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kept in a nice cool place for about 8 months before I finally had to drink it.
-22oz bottle bought fresh, in the great city this Imperial Stout was brewed, Denver.

A- Beautiful. Full,dark body with a chocolate milk looking brown head. 2 fingers of foam with decent retention. The sticky lacing didn't seem to want to leave.

S- Cocoa, coffee, vanilla and booze.

T- Similar to taste but the coffee dominates in a well matter. Warmness from the alcohol reminds you why its 9.5% abv.

M- Low carbonation, full bodied monster. Ends with a nice oily finish. A sipper to say the least.

O- I'm glad I finally decided to drink this, now I can go out and buy a few more. It's the perfect example of what an Imperial Stout should be! Enough said.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 04:51:54 | More by intensify
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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black and oily with one fingered tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is heavy with chocolate, vanilla, a little coffee and a hint of citrusy hops.

Taste is very dark bitter chocolate. Lots of dark toasted malt. Slight bit of citrus and lots of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, oily and smooth. Average carbonation.

Overall this was great.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 01:18:08 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 06:06:12 | More by wordemupg
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British Columbia (Canada)

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

A: 1/2" brown head with a creamy consistency over black liquid.

S: Caramel, chocolate, vanilla, toasted malt, roasted barley, grassy hops, and oak.

T: Grassy and earthy hops up front with toasted malt, roasted barley, chocolate, yeast, wood, vanilla and caramel. Quite bitter.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation. Some drying from the alcohol and a hint of alcohol burn.

O: Definitely more hoppy than I'm used to for a Russian Imperial Stout, this beer could use a bit of aging.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 01:04:41 | More by DaftCaskBC
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New York

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

22oz bottle poured into an oversized snifter. Bottled November 11, 2011.

A: Jet black body with a gorgeous one-finger chocolate brown head. Spotted lacing throughout. Very appealing.

S: Huge chocolate, nice oak, some vanilla, and roasted (maybe slightly burnt) malt. Very faint hops.

T: Taste follows the nose pretty closely. Semi-sweet chocolate, an appealing amount of oak and bitter roastiness. No noticeable hop characteristics. Very balanced ...nothing harsh. 9.5% hidden extremely well.

M: Full bodied, smooth and creamy with some soft carb. This is a mouthfull.

O: This is pretty drinkable for an almost 10% oak aged imperial stout. Didn’t have any trouble picking out the chocolate characteristics...they were front and center. I’m really enjoying it.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 02:55:08 | More by mjtiernan
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4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled OCT 07 2011. Give it up for low turnover at the store I picked this up at. Don't see this around town nowadays.

Poured into a nonic pint producing not quite a two finger mocha colored head on top of a black body.

Pulled this out of the fridge at 50 degrees and the nose still wasn’t too impressive. Coffee, chocolate, oak and vanilla. The roasty component seems more subdued than the regular Yeti.

Lots of coffee, chocolate, and bitterness upfront. Did I mention bitterness? The oak and sweetness seem to show themselves more in the finish.

It is pretty smooth and creamy, but with quite a bit of carbonation for an aged RIS. Full bodied.

I feel this is still on par with the regular Yeti and am actually rating them the same.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 20:05:33 | More by MattSweatshirt
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle from 2010 batch
A: Pours a viscous and deep black with two fingers of dark tan head. it looks amazing
S: Smells of roast malt and huge whiffs of vanilla and some sweetness as well as a hint of booziness. It's a beer you want to smell all night
T: huge roasty flavor with some bunt sugar flavor, some vanilla and caramel flavors, a touch of oxidation, some hop bitterness presides as well. aftertaste is more roastiness with some small hints of oxidation and vanilla.
M: smooth and creamy along with being thick and viscous
O: a fantastic beer that I wish would have been stored better. It's still good but it lost a step from being stored a bit on the warm side.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 04:30:58 | More by SHODriver
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Pours jet black with no highlights. Pure black. A beautiful one finger mocha colored head subsides fairly quickly leaving a small amount of lace that may or may not stick around.

Smells of chocolate and vanilla, with a little roasted coffee. Not much oak in the nose.

Taste about as expected. It tastes like Yeti, aged on wood. Nice bitterness at the back end. A little char, and the usual suspects, chocolate and coffee. There is a slight alcohol burn, but the 9.5 ABV is well masked.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Syrupy, and full to the end. Nice carbonation.

Overall a nice variation on the exquisite original.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 07:16:31 | More by azdback
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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. capped and foil-lined bottle (Bottled On: NOV 14 2011) into a snifter glass.

Not surprisingly, this beer looks just like the non-barrel-aged version. A 1 1/2-finger mocha-colored head is the result of a strong pour. The body is a nearly black brown that allows no light to pass through. The head fades after a few minutes to a thin dusting and thick foam collar. Thick lacing can be seen clinging to the glass between sips but only some of it sticks around.

The nose is also similar to the original version. Strong aromas of milk and dark chocolate mingle with aromas of roasted coffee beans and dark coffee. This version's aromas are a bit smoother and rounded, melding together nicely. Additionaly, the chocolate aromas seem a bit more pronounxed with less emphasis on the sharp coffee aromas.

The taste is where the two beers differ greatly. Each sip offers initial flavors of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, vanilla, and polished oak. Swallowing releases more dark and milk chocolate flavors with an overshadowing oak presence. Slowly, a slight alcohol warmth and wet wood flavor begin to take threshold in the back of the throat as the other flavors fade.

Just like the non-BA version, the body of this beer is thick, coating, and slightly sticky. However, the carbonation is significantly stronger, giving this beer a bit more drinkability but also reducing its creaminess and smooth mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 04:17:19 | More by output01x
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,495 ratings.