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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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95
world-class

3,757 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 3,757
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 251
Gots: 580 | FT: 32
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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5/5  rDev +17.4%

tbizzle0, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

JohnPhillippi, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of TenHornsProud
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with some dark ruby notes around the edge and a dark brown head that stays and laces for days...like a milkshake. A thing of beauty.

Smells of oak up front with chocolate, dark fruit and some grapefruit type hop character, mixed with a smaller roasted character. Hints of vanilla also come in.

Taste is oak/wood up front that gives way to sweet, caramel, chocolatey malt and moves into a smooth, creamy middle, with an almost spicy and fruity hop finish that balances out the sweetness quite nicely. The oak really cuts through on this when fresh, so make sure to age it for a year or so if possible...it is worth it. Not much roasted character to speak of. The finish is sweet coffee/bitter slightly astringent like and lasts for a long time.

Thick, lower carbonation, big body. Really nice body with this one; substantial.

This is an amazing oak aged stout that doesn't get all the love of the super hyped imp stouts, but it should. Two things: this isn't very roasty **though it is roasty to be sure, it is more caramel/chocolate sweet, and it is too heavy on oak when fresh. This beer needs to be aged (when it is, it is divine). I'll do another review at 6 months or a year.

TenHornsProud, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of mhenson42
5/5  rDev +17.4%

mhenson42, Dec 03, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

ENIGma, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Nitrogenx
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Nitrogenx, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of CMB2012
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Oct. 31 2011, 22oz.

A- Thick, oily black. Dense mocha head that rises to two fingers easily and dissipates slowly. Leaves a good lacing.

S- A very nice balanced blend of dry oak, vanilla, and chocolate. A bit of smokey, spicy booze at the end is pleasant rather then off putting, really reminds me a bit of bourbon.

T- Again, very well balanced. The oak is prevalent throughout as a sort of backdrop against which rests dark chocolate, vanilla, and various spices. I do get a pretty decent amount of roasted grain character, but it gets mixed in with the spice and oak characteristics and develops into something different than the usual coffee bitterness. Light alcohol on the finish, well hidden.

M- The mouth is quite fun to play with and possibly the most complex aspect of this beer. Due to the nature of such a thick stout there is a decent amount of viscosity and it is quite chewy, but the influence of oak makes for a very dry and light-feeling finish. The carbonation is tight and unobtrusiveness allowing for a chocolate milk-like creaminess. Messes with the senses - it gives you what you want in a impy stout with some added confusion. I like it.

O- This is a great beer! I can't say it is my favorite imperial stout nor that it is the best variation of Yetis because I have not had them all. It is however very delicious and I can find no faults. I very much enjoy oaked beers, especially stouts and IPAs so I may be biased, but then again this is opinion based.

I say try it!

P.S. as an aside, I would just like to say as many others have already how displeased I am with Great Divide for continuing the use of foil coverings which are the cause of so much rust on the caps of their beers. Every large size bottle from Great Divide I have purchased that has this foil has had a rusty cap. The bottle in review here is barley over a month since bottling and already the cap has rust both on the outside and inside, to the extent that I felt uncomfortable pouring the beer without first having to wipe as much rust as I could from the bottle's lip. PLEASE stop using this foil on your beers, I do not care what it looks like as long as the beer is high quality, which it is, so STOP! Okay, sorry for the diatribe.

CMB2012, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of twelveinches
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

twelveinches, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of tbeq00
5/5  rDev +17.4%

tbeq00, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of uturn
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

uturn, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of LostHighway
4/5  rDev -6.1%

LostHighway, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +17.4%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Kaydogg
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Kaydogg, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

DiffuseTheBob, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Retail1LO
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this bottle as an extra from a gentleman when I got my bottle of CBS. I actually like this better, truth be told. At any rate, poured from a bomber into a 5 oz. snifter. Pours an ominous black with a thin, quickly dissipating espresso like foam. Light lacing clings to the glass as the beer recedes down the sides as it's drunk. The nose is loaded with chocolate, vanilla, and a touch of coffee and toffee. Perhaps some spiced fruit in there too. The taste is outright sublime. This is the good stuff right here. Top notch. A perfect blend of the aforementioned smells, along with a hint of booziness, and the presence of the oak. You can definitely detect the woodiness imparted by the barrel in this, and it's subtle and refined. The mouthfeel is very good too. There's a bit of an alcoholic overtone to it, but the finish is smooth nonetheless. This isn't the thickest nor the thinnest stout I've had. Right about in the middle. Overall, this is extremely enjoyable, and I'd definitely have this again.

Retail1LO, Nov 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

imperialking, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Elfastball7, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of ccarney2
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Jet black body, completely opaque, no light can escape this black hole. Pours a 2 finger milk chocolate/cappuccino head that dissipates quickly. Lacing leaves a very uniformed coating on the inside of the glass for just a short while before sinking back into the body of the beer.

Smell - Sweet roasted malt aroma with plum and bitter chocolate smells coming through as well. Sweet smell with hints of caramel that doesn't quite cover up the 9.5% ABV, but still smells rather inviting.

Taste - The taste starts off rather sweet, you can taste the smokey flavor of the oak barrel right off the bat. There are a lot of the same characteristics of the nose in the flavor also. Sweet plum taste that fades into a more bitter and lingering dark chocolate taste. I could literally taste chocolate for minutes after swallowing a sip of this brew. You cannot taste as much of the alcohol as you get in the nose which is nice.

Mouthfeel - Thick as motor oil with a nice amount of carbonation. This beer coats your tongue and leaves you with a residual blanketing of flavor for your mouth to enjoy for a while after you swallow.

Overall - I really enjoyed this brew, it wasn't really overwhelming in any aspect as I've found some higher gravity stouts to be. It also had a nice balance of bitter and sweet. Definitely not a session beer though, at 9.5% a bomber of this had me sitting with a dumb and pleased smile on my face. Drink this beer... It's a wonderful cold weather beer.

ccarney2, Nov 29, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

drh1382, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

rudy611, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of thadbme
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black like motor oil. Appears very thick. A small amount of head stays on top of the beer after poured, but not to much. A caramel colored edge around the beer.

S: Smells of toasted malt and vanilla are up front. I'm a bit suprised the vanilla is as noticeable as it is. A slight smell of booz. Smells of caramel a little as well.

T: The most in your face flavour is definately the toasted malts, they are borderline almost a burnt, but not quite there. The vanilla is there and its subtle, but still very tasty. The oak aging dose add a different bit of character than a regular stout, and blends in well with the rest.

M: Medium to heavy body with medium carbonation. Has a lingering aftertaste of the malts on it.

O: Very comple and tasty beer. Something nice to share, or sip by yourself. The malts are a tad too much at times, but overall its very nice.

thadbme, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of codsmith
3.4/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/31/11

A: Pours jet black with a nice finger high layer of dark mocha head that laces the glass nicely.

S: Roasted grains, fruity esters, vanilla, and a barley-wine like alcohol maltiness are apparent off the top. There is a very clean hop aroma.

T: There is an adequate amount of roasted and chocolate flavors, but the vanilla really overpowers and kills the taste. It leaves you with a very odd aftertaste.

M: Full bodied, but carbonation is a little over done. Probably would be perfect if you let age for a while.

O: Was really expecting more from this, but I think it was the vanilla that really masked all the really good flavors and flattened out any great aroma that would have come from the grain bill. This might be a great beer if aged for a least 1 year before drinking.

codsmith, Nov 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

trapper2408, Nov 27, 2011
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,757 ratings.