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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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Ratings: 3482
Reviews: 1553
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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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mentor for leaving this beer in the Iowa Beer Cache. It's been sitting in my cellar fridge for quite some time now, but I figured I should open it while the regular Yeti is still relatively fresh on my mind. Perhaps because there was a few days of nothing but hard work between tastings, but I can't seem to tell much of a difference in the Oaked Yeti vs the regular. The hops are maybe less intense, and the aromas and flavors have maybe come together a bit more, but I am not getting much of an oaked flavor in this beer. Nonetheless, this is still a great beer all the way.

The head didn't quite cascade as magnificently as the regular Yeti, thus this beer doesn't get as impressive of remarks, but she still looks like a beaut'. Very viscous pour, building to a thick black substance white tiny streams of chocolatey bubbles flowing up the edges of the glass. The head only grew to about half an inch and receded to a thin halo very quickly. Left spotty lacing as opposed to the sheets in the Yeti.

The smell is finally beginning to pick up some of that vanilla smell now that I have typed a few paragraphs. It replaces the intense piney hop character of the regular Yeti quite wonderfully. Blends great with the chocolate malt and the coffee, and the subdued hops. One of the best smelling beers ever, now that it has warmed up from cellar temp of 45F.

The vanilla oaked flavor is still very subtle on the tongue, unfortunately. Nonetheless, this beer has really been brought together after sitting in an oak cask for a while. I've changed my mind from the first paragraph. This IS quite a different entity than the regular, and methinks this one is even better! There is a perfect blend of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, with a bit of hops. The finish is very chocolatey sweet. Not a lot of roastiness, and not nearly as hoppy as the regular Yeti. That oak has really brought the beer together, has it not?

The mouthfeel is thick and coating, moderately dry on the finish. Has a great aftertaste of chocolate and vanilla coffee. Drinkability is good. Could be better, but this is a very savoury beer... too rich and too powerful to be more than a 4.0 in the drinkability, but every bit as damn good as a perfect 5 in the "would you drink it again" category.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2005 06:16:17 | More by neonbrown82
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

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

This brew pours an opaque blck color with a large tan head. The differences in appearance with reegular Yeti (which I just had) are the head color, which is a little lighter in the oak aged version, and the lacing which in this version is a lot better. Still it is a beautiful beer. Bourbon dominated the aroma. Not Whiskey, not scotch, but good bourbon. Beneath the bourbon chocolate and cream can be smelled. There is no doubt that this brew smells different than it did before it was aged. They both smell great, however, aged or not. As for taste, this aged version tastes wonderful. However, I feel that it is a little less complex than the unaged version. Or, rather that its complexity is hidden beneath the more alcohol like flavor the oak imposed on it. Some chocolate flavors can still be tasted, but others are hidden. It doesn't engulf your mouth with chocolate the same way the unaged version does. The mouthfeel is full bodied without being thick, which is not unlike the original. Overall, I prefer the un-oak-aged version, because it has a more complex flavor. Still, this version is awesome.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2005 23:46:32 | More by KarlHungus
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woemad

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big-ass 22oz bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $9.87. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was going home with me.

This was possibly the best looking glass of beer I've ever laid eyes on. Poured a thick black of crude oil viscosity. It's a black hole in a glass, no light can penetrate it. HUGE, rocky brown head that took it's sweet time dissipating. Lots of lace. Truly glorious looking!

Smell was lovely. The usual impy stout smells are there: Ripe, dark fruits, dark chocolate, freshly roasted coffee. There's also a smoky essence, and vanilla notes can be detected as well.

Tastes pretty much like the smell: fantastic. First, there's a wall of dark chocolate paired with a smoky vanilla taste, smashing down on the taste buds like a tsunami. Then a wave of dark fruit flavor strikes home, bringing the taste of figs, prunes, dark cherries, plums. There is also a coffeeish roastiness present. At the finish, there is a big hoppy zap to the palate, ending things like a big exclamation point. Afterwards, there's a big, complex aftertaste, like the beer has taken root in the insides of the drinker's mouth.

There's so much flavor here, one thinks this beer could be cut with a knife, but this is full bodied without being hugely thick. Still, to most it would seem pretty thick. Certainly it's within the standards of the style.

I drank this as an end-of-the-work-week beer. I kinda wish I had consumed this after a satisfying meal - it would have been the perfect dessert. But it was pretty nice the way I had it, too! A great beer, it's a little too big and boozy for a session beer (and way too expensive). But as a one-per-night treat, it works wonders. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2005 07:49:03 | More by woemad
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

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

Very cool 750 mL bottle. Black as night body, no light getting through at all. Head pours a gingerbread brown color, good retention, and leaves a nice tan lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell is rich and chocolatey, with hints of vanilla, floral hops, also slightly woody. Taste is full and rich, chocolate and strong vanilla, alcohol soaked cherries, and a big hop finish. A huge beer, needs to be sipped and savored, and served at cellar temp, if not warmer. Excellent, I will greatly enjoy the rest of this bomber.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 16:05:45 | More by TastyTaste
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tjthresh

Indiana

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yes. This is a fabulous beer. Think, chocolate malted, fluffy, compact, long standing head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, and oh yeah oak. Quite a bit of hop aroma also. Very mouth filling. Viscous. Roasted malts and big hop bitterness. I’d kill for a case.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 13:36:35 | More by tjthresh
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hustlemuscle

Ohio

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

Shared with Budsboy, part of a side-by-side with a regular Yeti after an appropriate sample of the oak aged.

Absolutely solid black. I mean Black. Opaque. Black hole. Mocha head, that gets darker around the edges with a gentle swirl. Intriguing.

A long sniff starts out roasty, and hoppy, and then, as your breath gives out, woody and slightly musty.

Delicious roasty malts, with a hop balance, sort of an opposite IPA. Just a hint of woodyness, and only the tiniest hint of the mention (on the label) vanilla.

Very smooth and almost soft, the hop oil helps give it a pleasant smoothness, the roast giving it a slight tang. Full bodied, but not chewy. A side by side to the 'regular' Yeti shows just how smooth the beer is-remarkable. An edge comes off, and makes the original Yeti, an exceptional beer itself, seem unfinished.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2005 23:18:52 | More by hustlemuscle
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hero27

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber.

Pours very dark..with a dark khaki head. The roasted vanilla malts are evident as soon as the cap comes off...effervescent aroma of vanilla and toffee seep out as your pour into the glass from the bomber. The taste is mostly chocolate & molasses mixed with a nice, flowery hop bite.

I liked the "regular" Yeti Imperial Stout a bit better, but this stuff is still fantastic. I have another bottle that I plan on aging a while to see how they compare. A must try if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2005 22:38:40 | More by hero27
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battlekow

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing this and the regular Yeti at the same time. I'm drooling at the chance.

Appearance: A thick, inky, truly impenetrable black. A small, dark brown head crowns the beer. The Oak Aged Yeti appears to have better lacing than the regular.

Smell: The bottle claims that the oak aging adds a vanilla flavor to the Yeti, and they're right. Smells less sweet and more floral than the its cousin, kind of like molasses.

Taste: The oak aging tempers the sweetness of the regular Yeti nicely, making it taste more like regular chocolate than hyper-sweet dark chocolate. I think the hop character is more noticeable in this version. Has a very nice aftertaste, sweet and bitter at the same time.

Mouthfeel: Feels just a little fuller than the Yeti, less dead.

Drinkability: The Oak Aged Yeti is exceedingly drinkable, and a slight improvement on the regular Yeti. It's mellower, less abrasively sweet, than the regular Yeti, and easier to drink. Despite its 9.5% ABV and 75 IBUs, I won't have trouble finishing this bomber.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2005 06:36:59 | More by battlekow
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Xadoor

Texas

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

Pours the typical dark, opaque colour of a stout with a creamy light brown head. A sweet, chocolate aroma which excites the senses. The full bodied mouthfeel has a smooth finish and is enhanced by the high alcohol content which provides a nice warming effect. Best served as an after dinner beer or left to the end of the evening. It gave me the feeling that I was sitting in front of a roaring file at a ski lodge.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2005 03:38:50 | More by Xadoor
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FirstMan

Massachusetts

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

When Knuckles was taunting me that he had this on tap in one of our old haunts in Seattle, I was gnashing my teeth and wishing I could find it out here in Massachusetts.

Thank you Austin Liquor of Worcester. Once again, you came through.

This beer is black as night in the glass. Only on the pour do you see some of that deep mohogany brown. The fluffy chocolate colored head takes a long time to settle unevenly into a nice complete layer over the top. Even then, there are circles and patches of resistant foam. Beautiful lacing along the sides that doesn't disappear.

What a smell. Complex and warm. Chocolate, molasses, smoke, maybe just a hint of soy sauce and plums. Fantastic.

The first thing that hits me is actually the mouthfeel. Rich and creamy. Just fills up the mouth with goodness.

A long, multiple flavor taste. Even 30 seconds after the first sip, I'm still getting different notes. Alcohol esters and hop bitterness are predominant, but not at all overwhelming - balanced by layers of smoky chocolate, soy sauce, brown sugar, and some slight woodiness.

What a beer. This thing is great. Knuckles, where exactly do you find this in the bottle in Seattle? What - nowhere?

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2005 21:50:19 | More by FirstMan
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Higravity

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

IMO this was a nice idea but a waste of perfectly good Yeti. I really loved the regular Yeti and this has the similar beautiful dark body and chocolate milk head the oak changes the rest of the beer. Right away the tannin laden acid comes out in the nose with the alcohol more prevailent and the roasted body of malt almost distorted even though coffee and char it is still present. The taste is lead away from the lovely flavors of dark heady chocolate as the the oak character is too powerful, I think it is the acid that makes this beer a sipper. Just as I finish the swallow I can feel the heart burn coming. Still this beer is enjoyable once I stopped "reviewing" it. If I was to have it again though I would just get the regular and much better Yeti.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2005 14:19:07 | More by Higravity
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – (see above). Hahahaha! But seriously, it looks exactly like the regular Yeti that I had the other day. It’s just gorgeous. The head is big and full, darkly tanned, and shows great retention. It left a beautiful film along the inside of my glass.

Smell – Wow! This smells like Yeti aged in oak. OK, but it really does. The oak and alcohol give off an almost cedar kind of odor. It’s very powerful. Once you get by that you’ve got the big roasty malts and, to a much lesser degree, some dark sweets.

Taste – Kapow! This is woody, all right. It’s like drinking a regular Yeti while someone knocks you on the back of the head with a a solid oak two-by-four. The roasted malts are amazing and the wood and booze combo from the nose just blows you away. The beer is so sweet. It’s super-dark chocolate ice cream at its finest.

Mouthfeel – This is damn near full in the body and creamy smooth with a saliva slappin’ sweetness that will send drool down your cheeks. The big wood and alcohol burst will make you want to jump up and slap your mama.

Drinkability – This is a good sipping beer that I couldn’t stop gulping.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2005 00:36:18 | More by RoyalT
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Super dark with a small head of small tan bubbles that fell pretty quickly. I imagine that this is due to the higher than normal alcohol.

Aroma: Lots of roast with some rich fruit notes. I get plums, and chocolate, and all kinds of other wholesome scents. The aroma is really well rounded for such a rich beer.

Taste: Lots of toasty malts, mixed with a whole bunch of roasty malt flavors. The whole flavor is really bold. There is a lot of malt there to distract you from the fact that it is packing over 9% ABV. I have had the regular Yeti, and it wasn't nearly this smooth. The acidity gained from the roast still makes this a hard beer to drink quickly.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2005 01:09:57 | More by SkeeterHawk
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass pitch black with just a slight ruby highlight and with little head at first and then the head erupted and forced me to have a swallow before I got a sniff. The head was tall, brown, large, and in charge coating the glass like milk from top to bottom.

The aroma was very nice with an oak tannin aroma and a strong hop presence behind. Coupled with those aromatics was a nice hop backbone and a chocolate and coffee aroma. Also presentwas a citrusy fruity punch to accentuate the entire aromatic complexity.

The flavor was nicely accomplished with a good tannic oak flavor which melded well with the chocolate and coffee flavors from the roasted malt. The oak led the charge followed by the roasted and finally the malty presence of the other malts involved and a slight nuttiness. The complexity was built by alcohol which helped boost the overall flavor of the beer.

The finish was dry with a nice lasting oak flavor, chocolate, coffe, citrus and malt into the afteraste. The body was full and nice, but not quite to the point of being vicous. The alcohol was present throughout the beer, but really only was evident in the slight warming after consumption, everywhere else it added to the complexity. I wish I had more...a grand blend of oak, hops, roasted and malt...

22 ounce bottle. Purchased at Green's in Atlanta, GA.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2005 23:16:10 | More by GCBrewingCo
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

$9 for 22oz!!! at spirit haus, mass

pitch black with messy hot chocolate foam. no head xcept for weird rings of dead carbonation and some bubble clusters. some wet lacing. smells incredible. poured a bit cold, im glad ill have some extra time to sit and sniff. oak imparts a smoky caramel vanilla which is dominant in the aroma but not overpowering. creamy lactosian mocha stands beside the wood. aroma reminds me of an italian dessert complete with espresso based beverage. alcohol comes through slightly as well.

taste... where did these huge hops come from? coffee-ground like bitterness jolts you. impressed also by a medium gravity that allows this beer to feel just right settling on my taste buds. now i'm smelling those hops, can't believe i missed them. aftertaste is dark roasted bitter malts and chocolate syrup. nice sipper and a beer i will surely buy next time i see it.. save one for a treat (its a bit pricey)

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2005 06:20:35 | More by goodbyeohio
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ypsifly

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated, silver foiled bomber poured into an imperial pint.

Black with a nice two finger head that is dark tan and quite rocky. Great retention and it leaves interesting rock formations of lace as it goes down. Beautiful.

Smells of baker's chocolate, cocoa powder, mocha, with lots of hop dryness underneath. Hint of wood.

The taste is lots of roasted malts, the same choco/cocoa/mocha notes found in the nose, followed by a growing hop bitterness, that fades out perfectly in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is full, almost chewy, but the drinkability takes a hit due to the abv. Besides, something this big and tasty should be sipped and savored.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2005 02:24:19 | More by ypsifly
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2005 23:52:39 | More by ppoitras
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jakester

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a thick, jet black with a one finger brown head of foam which drops to a coating and a ring. Nevertheless, great lacing was observed.

Aroma is of big sweet roasted coffee, vanilla, and gin soaked cherries. Alcohol also present in quantity. Can't wait!

The first flavor is a huge malt sweetness, followed by huge sweet coffee, fruity hops, vanilla, and a good dose of bitterness, all hammering away at once. A very long flavor of vanilla and cherries finishes off this great taste.

Mouthfeel is awesomely rich, sweet, and sticky. Pleasant, noticeable tingle from carbonation on the tongue.

This beer is fantastic! I haven't tried the non-oak Yeti, so I can't compare. I would like to try to drink this all day, though I doubt it would take that long. A big, extravagant, well made RIS.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 15:37:30 | More by jakester
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a 22 oz bottle of this on 7-14-05, with my good Canadian friend, Mowog. I reviewed this one a couple of years ago, when it was called "Maverick", and am pleased to say that the oak aging has improved it a bit.
Appearance: Pours like dirty motor oil, producing an inky and opaque body topped by a creamy, two finger, light brown head. Head retention is exceptional, and lacing is exceptional. Sheets of dark beige lace hang all over the pint glass. A beautiful sight to behold.
Aroma: Powerful notes of burnt coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and creamy vanilla ice cream invade the nose. Nice!
Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, low carbonation, and a pleasant hops bite that is grassy in nature.
Taste: Bitter dark roasted malts are dominant. Burnt coffee, medium chocolate sweetness, creamy vanilla, and bittering grassy hops. Some woodsy oak tones contribute to an exceptional flavor profile. This is one hell of a nice impy stout!
Drinkability: Highly drinkable, and the alcohol is cleverly hidden. Excellent example of oak aging, as the vanilla is very prominent. We could have enjoyed another one, but had to settle for a Stone Russian Imperial Stout, which lacked the vanilla complexity of this excellent oak aged, Colorado product.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2005 22:34:39 | More by merlin48
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Skidz

Wisconsin

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

Pours out viscous black and sits totally pitch with a speck of deep crimson coming through the bottom of the glass. A large creamy brown head forms and holds with great resiliancy, leaving rings of lace around the glass.

Smells of rich chocolate and thick malty goodness. Alcolic twangs in the back of the nose with singing hints of burnt oak. Raisins and figs mingle about.

Tastes very rich up front, gleaming malts punch out chocolate and deep brown sugar. Builds into a warming glow of alcohol and hop bitterness displaying spicy, grassy notes and subtle hints of pine. Wooden sides mellow it all out and lead into the clean, bitter finish.

Seductively smooth, creamy, glides about the mouth with the greatest of ease. Carbonation is low, and well matched against the full body.

I'm finding this much easier to drink in comparison to the standard Yeti, seems to be much more mellow and far easier to handle in the large quantity presented. Haven't had many barrel aged double or imperial stouts that have tasted as fine as this. Well worth a visit.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2005 02:50:40 | More by Skidz
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karengarys

Indiana

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

This pours very rich almost black, leaving a toffee brown colored head.

Smells of alcohol are most forward, with malts right behind. [the floral/sweet comes out as it warms]

Taste is a bit heavy on the alcohol side. Coffee and chocolate are present, but there is a pine hop I would expect in a pale ale. Though nice and balanced, that pine flavor seems out of place in this malty dark beverage.

WAIT! It has warmed up slightly, and the taste is getting much richer. I bumped it up from a 3.5 when cold to a 4 now that it is around 55 degrees. Yep, this is good warmer as you would expect. The pine starts to hide, and the alcohol stab turns into an undertone under the chocolate.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy. [even as it warms]

Body is nice and thick as you would expect. [and stays that way as it warms]

This is a quite good brew, I recommend it. Make sure, though, that you enjoy it not so cold - as it warms it really improves.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2005 00:13:02 | More by karengarys
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meathookjones

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick oily pitch black with a slow erupting tall head of brown foam. Even the head looks quite dense. Thick rings of chunky lace coat the glass as does the oily liquid after each sip before oozing back down to the body. Simply a picture perfect Imperial Stout. Surprisingly strong hoppy nose with floral and piney notes. A bit too hoppy in my opinion as it didn’t let much else shine through until nearly the end of the 22oz. Lighter chocolate and roasty notes peak through at times. Big hoppy flavor as expected with a good strength chocolate malt trying to battle back the hops. It seemed the hops died out after awhile and let some oak come through but not much. Mouthfeel is damn thick and pretty slick going down. Very nice. Pretty good drinkability but the hoppiness drowning out the other flavors drops this a bit for me. Overall a solid beer though I would take the non oak version over this.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2005 15:36:16 | More by meathookjones
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2005 23:30:54 | More by NeroFiddled
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pitch black with slight brownish hinted body with a dark tan, mochachinno head that dies quickly but lingers around the rim.

Nose is a mix of chocolate, oak, some wood, alcohol, touches of moss and milk chocolate. Overall very woody.

Taste is full-bodied and very rich. Very smooth from start to finish. Chocolate, espresso beans, vanilla, oak and wood. Leafy hop taste with touches of citrus. There’s a slightly numbing bitterness but it’s amazingly well balanced for 75 IBU’s.

Not my favorite beer from the brewery, but simply a perfect oak aged Imp Stout. Well balanced combo of big IMP stout and just enough oak. Oh so yummy. I’d drink this again anyday.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2005 08:11:20 | More by taez555
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber with silver foil over cap.

Nearly opaque brown-black with a substantial, creamy brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark hops, and is that a touch of vanilla?

The taste is big, with large, roasted bitterness all around. There are subtleties here, too, in the faint vanilla-oak from the aging process and just the faintest hint of chocolate/caramel sweetness. This beer is absolutely in the mouth, and the complexity--the way the bourbon and hops almost spar with one another across the tongue--is simply beautiful. Just when you think there's too much here for the alcohol to show through, it warms your mouth and very much adds to the experience.

An excellent adventure of flavors much more appropriate for a cold winter's evening than this July 4th, but very nice to drink nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2005 00:42:57 | More by RockyTopHeel
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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