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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,975 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,975
Reviews: 1,582
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 277
Gots: 660 | FT: 34
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Review adapted from notes taken 1/22/12

Appearance: Pours black, tan head with sticky lacing, impressive retention

Smell: Wood and burnt wood - oak everywhere - basically smells like a charred plank of wood - some chocolate and some depth with the malts, but mostly smells like someone attacked an oak tree with a flamethrower

Taste: Big and burnt - very woody, with a ton of flavors - burnt, utterly charred malts - so, so burnt - dry chocolate - dark fruits (also burnt), along with some slight tartness - tons of burnt bitterness

Mouthfeel: Heavy, but not sludgy, slightly acidic, smooth, nice carbonation

Overall: This is like an oak aged with stout

I enjoy oak-aging, but I found this a little excessive. Fortunately, the Yeti under all of the wood is an excellent base. It is worth a try.

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3.3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber split into New Belgium Globes.

A: Viscous opaque thick black body...dark brown head with really nice retention.

S: Oak, light alcohol/booze quality, lots of chocolate & caramel notes, sweetness...hints of vanilla. An impressive layer of roasted malts underneath.

T: Lots of oak, chocolate, alcohol, and a rather distracting sea salt flavor...there is almost a grainyness to it. Light toffee and sweetness and roasted malt/coffee bitterness but this mineral astringency is not pleasant.

MF: Rich, creamy, full bodied, viscous and throat-coating, slightly hot from the alcohol heat. The salty/mineral dryness detracts from this too.

O At room temp the salty characteristics of this beer were completely overwhelming. Don't know why thats what my palette decided to hone in on tonight.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of PatrickSwayze
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oak aged yeti-  Bottled Dec 7, 2010, drank Jan 22, 2012

A: pours an extremely dark black with an extremely dark caramel head. 

S: Light hint of dark raisins and roasted malts. Very subtle in smell

T: This has been a very interesting hitting my taste buds with slight hints of raisin and chocolate with a finish of chocolate and oak. The flavors are very subdued and mild with the age on this beer. Easy to drink but not to overly flavorful

M: Sits on the tongue very well. Great body that lets you know that the flavors are there without being overwhelimg or to sweet. Great balance.

O: for the price i could drink this beer over and over again.  I wish the flavors were more distinguished  but overall a great imperial stout for he price.

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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

Bottled on 11/23/2011. Drank on 1/19/2012. Served in a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Pours pitch black with a huge chunky brown head. Absolutely no light getting through whatsoever. Not as viscous-looking as I thought it would be. Nose gives off waves of baker's chocolate, coffee, leather, malted milk, and a faint grassy, minty smell. Not sure if that's oak or hops.

My very first thought upon tasting this beer was of chocolate; lots of chocolate in the front of the mouth. The flavors then develop a bit and you get some nice coffee bitterness in the back of the mouth. The classic RIS char notes are there too, but seem to be slightly muted and smoothed out (I'm guessing this is from the oak-aging). To me, there isn't a trace of booziness. After drinking for a short while, I stopped getting the chocolate notes altogether (perhaps the beer broke my palate!). Instead, I started getting figgy, jammy, raisiny notes. I also detected a slight vegetative bitterness but couldn't tell if it was from the oak or from the hops. Mouthfeel was quite firm, though not as creamy as I expected from such a highly-rated RIS.

Overall, I have to say that this was a phenomenal beer. If I have to nitpick, I would say that despite the complexity of the flavor, the aforementioned slight vegetative bitterness gave the beer a faint astringency that did not complement the style well. For that reason alone, I wouldn't rate this RIS as highly as a few other RISs I have tried (e.g., Founders Imperial Stout), but it is still excellent and fans of the style should seek it out. Stouts simply don't get much better than this one and there's a lot to like about it. I think what I like best is that I have 2 more bottles of it down in my cellar!

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

Is a tamed yeti as good as a regular one? let's find out. Pours dark matter black, like the blackness of being in outer space; with one inch of the darkest colored head I've ever seen. Quite spooky actually.

The nose has an "ooo" like quality. Big and boozey. Fresh vanilla and bourbon. Ripe dark fruits lay underneath the dominant scents as well.

Wow. A totally different monster. All the beautiful yeti like qualities are there but without the in your face tongue slapping destruction (which I do love, but this is nice too) . Sweet chocolate covered vanilla beans in a thick and creamy body. The flavors are so incredibly blended and well strung together. All the elegance of yeti without it's harsh nature. Sweetness balanced by a bitter black chocolate and slightly oaky finish. The perfect amount of oak too, just a touch.

There's no comparing the two beers. They are totally different monsters, but damn are they both delicious.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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

Bottled Nov. 17, 2009, aged in my cellar for over two years.

A: The pour is nearly perfect, an ink/jet black color with a dark mocha head that leaves nice lacing and takes a few mins to recede.

S: Strong scent of alcohol coming from the glass with hints of wood, vanilla and a bit of chocolate.

T: Delicious! Lots of roasted malt flavor with some woody undertones and hints of booze, vanilla and chocolate. Finish is bitter and boozy, an excellent combination.

M: Full bodied with average carbonation. The feel is creamy and smooth.

D: This is a big, robust beast of a stout and I love it. It is everything you would hope from an Imperial Stout, lots of flavor and very smooth. An excellent offering from GDBC.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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