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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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3,482 Ratings

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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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Photo of tavernjef


4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A dark planet stirs.
Big and black massed Earth creates mountainous jagged dirty brown snow peaks.
The snow melts into a small shallow pond after time aloft.
Tons of snowflakes and ash blow across the oily sky.

Charred hillside forests still greet the air with its scorched greenery bringing a fiery realm of blackened resinous heat.
The Valley below was indeed thick with vegetation.
Where once stood big branching oaks, tall climbing hop vines, supple vanilla bean pods, forever fields of barley grain and oat grain, and bountiful crops of cocoa plants, now sits a blackened scattered skeleton of leaves, twigs, branches, and trunks.
Whisky-like gases steam up from the black char of ash.
The air fills with a windy oakened oat sweet dust now as it wafts about enveloped within a heavy chocolate fog brought on by a period of cooling.

The air brings taste with it.
Charred barley and heavy set cocoa slip onto your tongue.
Breathe more inward and find hop vines still growing among the blackened vanilla pods.
Oily and resinous charred backwash builds on recourse as you exhale.
The gaseous whisky makes its way to the back of the throat.
Yet you do not choke.
It floats and coats much like the gassy ground from which it was purged.
It burns, but not more then the air itself.
Nothing of the mighty oaks has survived it seems.
Twisted, fallen, and smokened trunks at best.
The heavy chocolate fog amidst the atmosphere helps lift a cool transition inbetween breaths.

You can see.
You can feel.
Its no more a path as it is an opening.
Starting wide and almost slippery.
Narrowing as we go deeper into the Valleys' slope.
Quickly now.
The breathing feels somewhat harder now.
The burning takes over.
The char and some gases takes over.
Not unbearable, but smooth as to the gills a of fish underwater.
Again, the chocolate fog breezes across your face cooling the air.
Only left is the charred resin of the Valley below.

Percolating and brimming with new bourne life out of its own ashes.
The surface is torridly smooth from peak to peak.

Life flourishes within its own obliteration
Beautiful; if it were.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2005 02:04:23 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Truh

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Swore I saw it through the blinding snow on K2 with this one on 4/26/205. 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. silver, foil topped bomber poured twice in a shaker glass.

Gigantic, building, raspberry-tinted head that just churns and froths for minutes; poured like a synthetic motor oil in that it was thick and smooth at the same time; ganglia lace. Black hue, to the point of being wicked with no light penetrating at all. Chocolate malted ball yin/yang of sweet and smoke on nose; juniper and roasted barley playing around too. Woody taste, almost to the point of being fungally metallic; thick on the mouth with a snootful of clammy, burnt chocolate and some truly hot black pepper alcohol as it warms.

I really wanted to just adore this given its appearance and smell, but the tinniness took points off for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2005 20:37:46 | More by Truh
Photo of Bighuge


4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2005 03:46:27 | More by Bighuge
Photo of cokes


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

Coal black, with magenta penetrating the lesser depths. The head is brown, squat but proud and enduring.
Nose, foremost, of cocoa and mocha, with lesser glints of wood, plastic, and evergreen.
It begins with an everpresently fudgy chocolateness. Dark roast coffee beans, and a smidgen of both molasses and caramel. Woodiness appears, as do anise, black grape, and plum. But this wholly lacks the depth and intrigue of the non-wooded Yeti. The hops are just as piercing, full of neon wintergreen bitterness.
This is a fatty basic stout, the oak aging adds little, and probably subtracts more in terms of body, and depth.
Drinkable and tasty, but its hard to justify shelling out roughly 150% more for a beer that pales to the original.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2005 07:39:44 | More by cokes
Photo of Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tar Black. Big lacing work complements the filmy brownish head. Strong extremely dry aroma which managed to dissimulate the oak much more than I’d have anticipated, I wouldn’t notice it at all blind I assume. Ashes like, roasty dryness (which I like to describe as pencil shavings) backed by more dark bread overtones and woody counterparts. Bitter black chocolate dominates the palate, but it doesn’t hide the coffee nuances and vegetal and citrusy hops. Very hoppy in fact which contributes to the high level of dryness that lingers on and lingers on. Smooth medium body, a bit chalky or phosphoric towards the finish. I sincerly expected more, but I can’t say I’m disappointed not to have just yet another barrel dominated freak show. It just didn’t feel even as good as what I remember from the regular richer, chocolatey Maverick/yeti imperial I’ve had a year or so ago and I could understand it has a fine markup on it..

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2005 15:30:13 | More by Rastacouere
Photo of ADR


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

Same essentially opaque pour as regular Yeti, bright shiny brown head that's pretty creamy and soft. Nice variety of shapes in the laces, thickens as the pint drains. Aroma is different in construction than regular Yeti, seems more rounded in nature with hints of wild berries and confectioner's sugar. A little light in body for an Imperial style in my opinion. Flavor seems much the same, where this beer hides its 75 IBUs I still can't figure out. Hops are still there, but the jelly doughnut and coffee-like malts seem like a blanket from start to finish -- it covers the mouth but reveals the hop shape underneath. The effects "from the wood" are pretty minimal, more of a leafiness and a softer end impression.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2005 13:59:37 | More by ADR
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like the regular Yeti, a lot...and I love Oak, much more than Poplar or Maple...so, let's have some magic, eh?
off comes the cap and ridiculous, useless, silver foil...
Solid black appearance, utterly opaque, with a fine cap of fluffy brown foam on top...solid!
whiskey hits the nose first, followed by sweet fruit, whiskey meets wine? ...nice hops, forward malt, but, after proper inspection, the hops are bigger than expected, and that I like! Dark malts give proper balance, though, and linger lightly through the winey aspects and the deeper sweet bourbon tones.
Taste: wow! this is genius!..it's a chocolate bar, with a sweet cherry finish...
it's a brew for slowly, intermittently, sipping and savoring with a good book, or a fine film...the best things in life should accompany this beer.
Still a hoppy kick,a thrillingly complex flavor, many different accents and nuances entrancing the senses at irregular intervals...tasty, tasty, tasty...yum...yep, that's really says it...yummy, yum, yummmm...(Homer-esque gargles ensue...)...this is a great brew, not too big, not at all punishing, very well-balanced, for what it is, and really, really nice!
I picked up 2 bottles, and it's apparently not enough...got to visit ye olde bottle shoppe, before supplies run dry.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2005 11:18:54 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of MrSeth


4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had to take this bottle home from downtown, so the hour or so of time I let it settle may not have been enough. The head is 4" of welcoming brown suds. They lighten in color to a tan as it settles. Concentric rings of suds hang on the glass over time. Don't miss the nose! Beside the slight yeast, touch of hops, and malt, the nose suggests other fine aromas.. light molasses and gingerbread. The remarkable subtleties of this stout continues in the taste. The profile is smooth and makes it easy to drink. The wood, hops and malt are all brought into an awesome balance.. and for a double stout no less! There's a coffeeish pucker to the finish. But it doesn't overstay its welcome. If you see this stout, make sure to get one.

I had the oak aged Yeti as a digestif after lobster and artichoke dinner. But it could potentially go well with alot of different foods.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2005 19:47:39 | More by MrSeth
Photo of carln26


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

Deep black color with a thick light brown head. The head has an unbelievable retention, and when it finally does recede it leaves a thick drape of lace on the inside of the glass. The nose has a mild cherry-chocolate aroma, followed by vanilla, espresso, and a bit of bourbon character. Love that roasted malt. The flavor has more malt impact than the nose. It has a definitive orange/citrus note followed by coffee and vanilla notes from the malt. Good alcohol warming. Thick, rich mouth feel. Very mellow, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2005 19:43:56 | More by carln26
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Below is my review for the regular Yeti. The Oak Aged Yeti is similiar is appearance and mouthfeel. To the below, all the flavors are the same but rounded out a bit smoother. Some vanilla and port-like berry flavors mixed into the smell and taste too. Hints of bourbon. Other than that, no major differences. Would be more interesting to age though, I would bet it develops better than the regular.

Pours like motor oil. Thick, opaque black with a thick creamy brown head. Looks like a frothy milkshake. Quite lacy and tantalizing. Smells like milk chocolate with some coffee bitterness underneath.

Taste is a wave of roasty dark malt. There's a coffee bitterness that steps right up and bites you. Sweet malty chocolate, mily offset by that powerful mocha bitterness. The mouth is surprisingly creamy with that lingering coffee bean aftertaste. Tasty beer and surprisingly drinkable.

A newcomer to ATL and a welcome one. A fantastic imperial stout that takes no prisoners.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2005 01:24:02 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of dgallina


4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid syrupy black with a chunky tan head and plenty of lace considering the style. Smells pretty hoppy for a stout, with lots of sweet chocolate malt and a touch of coffee. Flavors are primarily of sweet chocolate at the start, building into a little coffee malt and finishing with quite a bit of bitter hops. Smooth but moderately carbonated in the mouth.

A flavorful american stout with plenty of sweet malt to balance the strong hops. Tasty but rather viscous. Not sure I'd want more than one or two of these in a night.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2005 03:58:45 | More by dgallina
Photo of lackenhauser


3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very deep black color-nice tannish head and some great lacing on the glass. Good aroma-very hoppy but a nice blend of roasted and chocolate malt. Some espresso in there. Big roasted flavor-coffee,licorice and slight sweetness. Very heavily hopped. The oak comes thru quite strong. Nice velvety smooth mouthfeel. Not too harsh as far as the roastiness goes. Overall an enjoyable beer. I find the oakiness to be a bit much-Id rather have the regular Yeti.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2005 00:09:47 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of BrewMaster


3.4/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 22oz bomber shared amond friends. The beer pours a dark dar dark black color with a dark brown head. No light comes through the beer. It's a nice looking stout.

Smell: Big hop smell is the first thing I notice followed by appropriate roasty and coffee aromas. This is one of the hoppiest, if the hoppiest, smelling stout I've ever had.

Taste: Roasty, sweet, tangy with a strong hoppy end. There's an odd combination of flavors in this beer. You have the brown sugar sweetness battling with an independent-minded floral hoppiness. The hop bitterness seems to win but the blend of flavors gives a strong sweet and bitter taste that is...well...unique. I don't really care for it.

Mouthfeel: With so many flavors running around in my mouth it is hard to notice how it feels in there. It's like asking what color the flowers are during a stampede of elephants. It is weird for sure and somewhat unpleasant because no flavor emerges to carry the beer. I'm left with a sticky brown sugar flavor in my mouth that is less than pleasant.

Drinkability: It has a big, rich flavor, but not great. I give them credit for creativity with the hops bit it tastes like a physical mixture of a strongly hopped double IPA and a mediocre American Double Stout. I won't be back for seconds.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2005 17:01:57 | More by BrewMaster
Photo of rajendra82


3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 22 oz. bottle with an elegant silver foil neck and cap covering indicating this to be a special release. The beer poured dark brown/black with an opaque body. The head was brown and thick, and curtain like lacing was persistent.

The aroma was very mellow and subdued despite the room temperature serving conditions. The nose was mostly just chocolate and oak.

The taste was sweet with oak dryness, and a touch of burnt grain hull astringency. The citric hops that were immediately in the regular Yeti were nowhere to be found here. The body had also thinned some more. Unlike the regular Yeti however, the flavor felt more melded and complimentary.

The mouthfeel was silky smooth and soft. Carbonation was limited, and aftertaste was pleasantly sweet. The alcohol only showed up and a mild after burn in the belly.

Oak ageing has definitely domesticated the Yeti, and made him into a suave fellow. All abominable characteristics have now vanished. Unfortunately so have the hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2005 04:23:40 | More by rajendra82
Photo of Gueuzedude


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

Pours with a frothy, quite large, creamy dark brown head, that jumps out of my glass after forming a 4 inch thick head. The beer is a pitch black color that allows no light to come through. The aroma is interesting, there is a note that is a interesting mix of wood and roasted malts. I get notes of rich espresso, chocolate, vanilla, and an actual woody note. The taste is sweet up front with a subtle yet rich vanilla note that moves to a soft creamy note of rich chocolate. This beer is so creamy and smooth in the mouth, it is very reminiscent of a chocolate shake. Wow I am quite impressed here, this beer is quite a bit more interesting and flavorful than the regular version, which was perhaps a tad too bit simplistic. The oak adds a whole other dimension here that really brings this beer to a new level. As the beer warms up the oak starts to kick in a bit more, the finish becomes a bit more astringent with a solid tannic note. I am definitely enjoying this beer, especially since I was not expecting much from another oak aged brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2005 03:46:20 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Beaver13


3.18/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours a viscous and totally opaque black. It has the darkest brown head I've ever seen on a beer. The head is a thick and heavy dimpled cream that retains well and leaves a good amount of lacing.

Its aroma is chocolate, dark fruits (fig), vanilla, and strong oak (almost corky) notes with some hops and alcohol.

The flavor is chocolate, vanilla, cream, oak and figs followed by a surprisingly big bitter (and slightly alcoholic) hop finish. It has a lingering sharp bitter and alcoholic (almost fuel-like) sticky aftertaste that I found to be too much - it really detracted from my enjoyment of the beer. The mouthfeel is full and creamy.

Overall, this would be a very fine Imp Stout, if not for the unappealing aftertaste (and finish to some extent). I thought Left Hand's Oak Aged version was much better balanced and better overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2005 05:19:19 | More by Beaver13
Photo of LuckySevens82


3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz Bomber.
Pours a deep black with a tight, well-formed, creamed-coffee colored head. Lacing and retention are quite good.
Smell is chocolate, bitter coffee, slight hops, earthy vanilla and just a bit of bourbon and oak.
Taste is bakers chocolate, dark roast coffees, smooth vanilla. At 75 IBU, this is a pretty well-hopped IS. I personally don't like my imperial stouts to be this bitter, but the flavors meld well and the hops don't overpower anything else in the mix. There is a long, slow, hint of bourbon that coats the tongue and warms the throat. I've had the regular Yeti and I really can't remember the alcohol being so pronounced.
Mouthfeel is good, I think that the hops and bourbon make this one a bit harder to drink than it ought to be. Perhaps if it were to be laid down for about 6 months or so, everything would gel a bit more. Still, a very enjoyable Imperial Stout. Certainly worth seeking out.

Note: I LOVE what brewers now-a-days are doing with oak aging. I think more beers should be aged in oak.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2005 03:02:19 | More by LuckySevens82
Photo of poundboy


3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this one at the Hyde Park Express and had to pick it up.

Appearance: Black. Black, very black. pours with a thick brown head that fades somewhat but laces the glass nicely as well.

Smell: American hops, Molasses, Roasted aromas and some alcohols. This would be a good incense. At least I think so.

Taste: Somehow not quite as good as regular old Yeti. I think the must of dry hopped it more, or maybe added more hops to the batches that were going to be aged, cuz I don't remember the hop presence being quite this aggressive. Also though the effects of oak aging are minimal, there is a second distinct bitterness I dectect. Also, all the sweetness, roasted flavors, molassess and alcohols of the Orginal Yeti are there in full force. A very complex beer.

Mouthfeel: Thick man. Really like say the consistency of maple syrup mixed 50/50 with water. yummy with good tingles going down.

Drinkability: Too strong too drink too much of, and sadly its drinkablity is lessened in knowing that the standard Yeti is just a notch or two better.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2005 00:09:14 | More by poundboy
Photo of blitheringidiot


3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Blue body label double-deucer with a cool silver mountain in the background and a blurb about 75 IBUs.

Dark zero light escaping pour like someone just filled my glass with midnight. This is buh-lack like used motor oil from a 1971 Oldsmobile with a dense gargantuan tight light brown tan craggy surface-of-the-moon head cap which won’t go away if ya asked it to. This is a monstrous cap of statuesque proportions leaving thick glass painting brown lace.

Huge massive grassy syrup pine forces muster and attack me nostrils. Not too much more scents followed through with the oak barrel, but the roasted malts and piney hops commingle.

First swigs: Bakers chocolate, coffee, and pumpernickel. Vanilla extract. Quite complex. Flavors meander with cocoa, brown sugar and roasted malts. Lemon oil and pine tar blend with black coffee in the lingering aftertaste.

Beers don’t get any thicker than this. A mega-heavy imperial stout. Goes down like cake batter rather than beer. The drinkability was stifled as a result of the oak aged aspect getting in the way and the hops being so overwhelming to the point that the stout characteristics were subdued. Plain Yeti would be recommended.

Last swigs: Grassy leafy hops meets thick roasted malt bakers chocolate. Looks great, smells great, full bodied, but in the long run, just another R.I.S. Wouldn’t go for another if it were free. Still hot with a lack of oak character overall. A lack of oak flavors which may need time to mellow and develop. Maybe a year in the cellar will be stellar? After a few swigs, this becomes such a flavoe monger that your tongue becomes entwined. Reminiscent of Vic’ry Storm King such that if you have had Storm King, ya aint missing much worthy to write home about. This ran the gamut of flavors since it started fridge fresh and wound up room temp tepid.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2005 04:59:56 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of Wildman


3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured pitch black and formed a nice medium tan foamy head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. The aroma that immediately hits you on this imperial is hops, hops and more hops, which is unusual for the style. Other aromas present hint at vanilla, malt and some pine trying to sneak through the wall of hops. The flavor was of hops, pine and a touch of citrus with some smokiness. The body was medium light and the finish was slightly burnt. I think the hops were overdone on this one and really impact the overall appeal of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2005 02:29:31 | More by Wildman
Photo of nogoodreason


3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours oil thick blackness with an orangish, deep tan head. Retention is good.

Nose is of huge citrusey hops, bakers chocolate, ripe pear flesh, a slight "green" vegetable-like aspect with faint hints of vanilla and wood.

It's harshly carbonated and slightly too astrignent in the mouth, but it still retains Yeti's lucious thickness and stickiness. It's full of roasty, charcoal like content, with great chocolate and orangey citrus from the considerable hops. Nice fruity flavors are present, a bit of that pear flesh from earlier as well as deep dark fruit aspects. Finish is dry and roasted with a constantly building bitterness towards the back.

All in all a nice beer, though the Oak Character is really subdued and the beer is honestly too harsh. Perhaps some time in the cellar would tame this beer and make it into the gem that regular old Yeti is. Alas, I had only one bottle, so I may never find out.

If you've got a bottle of this, SIT ON IT for a while. It's too agressive right now.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2005 19:33:09 | More by nogoodreason
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New Jersey

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

Bottle shared with a friend. Deep dark brown in color with a nice tan thick head. Aroma of dark chocolate and very roasty like coffee. Very roasty. Big malty aroma. Big palate. Palate is smooth. Rich flavors. Full bodied beer. Excellent enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2005 13:18:02 | More by mkobes
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4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is not just a beer, it looks like beer demi-glace. The color of a black hole - it's sucking my brains out. The beer meringue climbs, climaxes with tan peaks and brown roots. Smells of vanilla, mint and, and s-beer-oy sauce. So thick, and concentrated.
The espresso of beer. Thank you Brian, you're making incredible beers. Jees....it's so damn good. Sweet and dark without being burnt. Flourless chocolate torte with thick cocoa garnish. Carmelized kirsch-soaked cherries. Yummy candied wood. Are there hops in here? Like every bite is covered with pine sprinkles. Alright, I just did it, I touched myself. Yes, right there, on the g-spot.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2005 18:05:30 | More by gbontrag
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2.68/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured straight up black.
Half-inch of brown head - slightly creamy.

My nose... suddenly I smell Hops! Pine Forest! My God, am I drinking an IPA? Chinook I think... very piney and spicy. I poured it 5 minutes ago and I'm just staring and sniffing at the goblet. Should I drink it? I'm a bit nervous given the "oaked" craze lately. I had a bad experience with the Oaked Arrogant Bastard. Ok... I'm going to sip it now...

I just sipped my first IPA stout. Overwhelming spicy and piney hops, slight citrus, and tight bitterness that leaves little room for the roasted, almost burnt malts.

While I admit I'm a hophead, I wasn't breaking this open to taste hops... I wanted roasty chocolate, earthy malts and a slight vanilla from the "oaking". Instead I was hit with insane hop aroma and flavor.

It gets high rating for the looks and mouthfeel - nice long taste with a dry biting finish.

Final word: The official BJCP guidelines say it's ok for an Imperial Stout to have "Medium-low to high hop flavor (any variety)", but when a stout isn't balanced with the needed malt it's just not right.... I just can't recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2005 04:44:00 | More by cncbofh
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3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kmpitz2 for bringing this one to the tasting. I've had the Yeti and I was impressed. Pours a very dark color with a small head that doesn't stick around long, but leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma was just way too hoppy. Nothing came through in the nose other than hops. I wanted some bourbon or oak character here. Nothing other than hops. The flavor was the same way. All of the malts and the great oak character were hidden by the overpowering hops. The body is there, but the drinkability isn't. This could have been so much better without all the hops.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2005 19:01:58 | More by clvand0
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,482 ratings.