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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,752 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,752
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 251
Gots: 579 | FT: 31
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%

EmmetD, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

IpeeA, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

nanobrew, Nov 14, 2011
5/5  rDev +17.4%

TEAMHOLT, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Rollzroyce21, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

justintcoons, Nov 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

garuda, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

bbadger, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

bombadil, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ChiHophead13
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%

On draft at Lillie's Q.

A - rich, chocolaty brown. I'd say light black if that were on the color wheel. Creamy mocha head with light lacing, mediocre retention.

S - You pick up the oak immediately, followed by biscuity malt and cocoa. Grassy hops are more prominent than I want them to be for this style.

T - chocolate and hoppy. At 75 IBU you pick up the piney hop bitterness more than the toffee and caramel sugars that follow.

M - thick but not too viscous and moderately carbonated.

O - this is a good but not great beer. At this price point, I can find better imperial stouts with more developed flavors which aren't being washed out by too much hop bitterness.

ChiHophead13, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of MrKennedy
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Bomber from Purvis Wine Cellars, poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

Jet black as have been the other variants, with a nice two finger head of jaffa-tan coloured foam. Spotty lacing and good retention.

Getting a lot of the smell from the base beer, the hops, the caramel and the toffee. Not much oak to speak of. A little more muted than regular Yeti.

It takes a little while for the oak to hit, but some oak and some vanilla comes in to work well with the hop flavour. Decent amount of caramel and toffee too.

Mouthfeel has a good mix of hop bitterness upfront and smoothness imparted from the oak ageing later on. Very consistent througout.

Overall another very drinkable, well brewed variation on the Yeti theme from Great Divide. Give this time to open up, swirl and agitate and let the vanilla come into the equation over the standard oak flavour and it is certainly worth it.

MrKennedy, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of JustinAniello
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%

A - Pours pitch black with a three finger brown head. Slowly dissipates to a beautiful lacing and cap.

S - Medley of smells, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, oak, and hops all take different turns playing the main role.

T - Starts with a sweet milk chocolate turning into coffee with bitter hops. Mild vanilla in the background. Pretty light flavors overall though.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Good for the style.

O - Not a bad beer overall, though heavier flavors beyond the hops would benefit it tremendously. Excellent aromas with nice body.

JustinAniello, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of CyclingLush666
3.38/5  rDev -20.7%

Nothing special on a appearance, I didn't get a great head even though my brother got a head pouring it incorrectly.

The smell is alright, a kind of a sweet stout. I can smell the wood flavor for sure. Its much different than what I am normally used to for a stout.

The taste is alright, not quite what I was expecting out of this stout. It was a sweet stout which was something different than I am used to but i don't know if it is something that I would drink more than once.

Feels alright, feels like a stout...I guess.

I would never drink this again, if I'm going to drink a stout its not going to be one in a pretty bottle with a Yetti on it.

CyclingLush666, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of minterro
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

from notes on tap at Crunchy's.


Wow really has a bold oak aged taste, not faint or in the background at all. Bitter finish. Very, very smooth, the carbonation is low but there is a nice bite. Not much head but the lacing really clings well to the glass. Roasty malts and chocolate complement the oak well. Smokey and chocolate are the main elements of the smell. Oil black colored beer, moderate amounts of carbonation bubbles.

Overall a really well done, relaxing beer. It was much needed after the day I had.

minterro, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

bomber shared w/ my buddy. poured into tulip glass. bottled on 11-5-10, drank a year after bottling.

A: awesome looking head. super dense and has many layers of brown. pitch black. good retention and very pretty lacing.

S: dark chocolate and french roast coffee. a little woody, but mostly about the grain. a little bit of heat. vanilla and more chocolate.

T: plums is about the only fruit i can find in this sea of dark roast. coffee but mostly burnt/roasted grains. woody flavors comes out towards the finish. especially at the finish. oak and earth. maybe a little mossy. a little minty too.

M: soooo silky. creamy and luxurious. full bodied. what a stout should be.

D: a big brew. good to split with a friend. glad it sat for a while cause there is not much heat here. good flavor. great contrast between the oak and the malt, however wouldnt hate a bit more oak.

Jimmys, Nov 06, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

A: Smooth black, bubbly and thick, two-finger fluffy brown head settles quickly. Glass is coated with a fine bubbly film when swirled around.

S: Roasted hops at first, followed by vibrant dark cocoa, woody, vanilla. I don't detect the alcohol at all.

T: Inception for the taste buds. Complex. Dark fruits in the first level, slight vanilla. Next level is a simple cane-sugar, espresso, chocolate taste. Third level is a hoppy slam followed by a dry finish.

M: Engine oil for my stomach. Thick, full bodied, velvety smooth. Light carbonation. Very sticky. As the beer warms, the alcoholic warmness becomes more pronounced.

O: One of my first imperial stouts and I'm glad I started with this one. The intense flavor and hop presence masks the ABV completely. Reminds me of grand pappy’s shed out back + Starbucks espresso + bonfire on a cold day. Win!

cooler4life, Nov 05, 2011
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4.53/5  rDev +6.3%

Bottled on 10/7/11

Poured a midnight black with no light penetrating whatsoever. Produced three fingers of creamy dark brown head. Excellent retention, nice thick lacing.

The aroma I'm getting is very earthy and a little boozy. Very oak forward with a fair amount of hops, roasted malt, roasted coffee and chocolate.

The taste, like the nose, is earthy as well. Great chocolate and coffee notes up front with some solid hops and some roasted malt. The back end is made up of great oaky notes and a touch of vanilla. Slightly boozy finish. Very well done.

The mouthfeel is absolutely amazing. Full body, silky smooth, chewy and it coats the the tongue heavily with each sip. Moderate amount of carbonation and an amazing boozy finish.

This is my favorite Yeti to date. It was absolutely amazing. The oak was such a great touch to this beer. The subtle vanilla it produced really came to life once it got closer to room temp. Great mouthfeel and the boozy notes were perfectly constructed. Glad I picked up a few bottles of this one but will definitely keep my eye out for more.

dcloeren, Nov 05, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

Bottled on 11/12/09, poured on 11/02/11.

Pours black with a nice fluffy chocolate head.

The aroma is of chocolate, oak, and a bit of a hoppy kick.

There are still some hops and oak, but nowhere near the assault of a fresh bottle. They meld together quite nicely with the underlying chocolate and coffee. This is a great combination.

The feel is still rich and velvety.

We were quite surprised by how well everything worked together here. The underlying Yeti really came out and made a beautiful appearance with the oak. One of the guys was surprised that this wasn't the Chocolate Oak variant. Great beer.

RomaniIteDomum, Nov 04, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -13.6%

Bottled 10/18/10. Tulip glass.

Pours a thick impenetrable black with a dense finger of dark brown foam sitting atop. Decent retention, and pretty good lacing which takes on a strange pattern of dots on the glass wall. Smell is in-your-face roasted malt and dry oak, medium roast coffee, and a little dark chocolate. Unfortunately, the beer seems to pick up the flavor of oak without any of the vanillin or spice notes. Taste is again pretty oaky and a lot of roasted malt, some cream, and some dark fruit as it warms (plum, blackcurrant). I didn't notice alcohol per se. The body is quite thick and chewy, and carbonation is light. Overall, this is a really big stout, pretty good flavors. The beer is very dry, so I think it would pair quite well with a rich dessert.

pmarlowe, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Shared with MsRif, I thought this was actually quite comparable to the Chocolate Oak-Aged Yeti. Poured into a pint glass a deep dark black color, thick, with a nice two fingers of chocolate mousse for a head. This sank down a bit during the session, and left a little lacing behind. Aroma of roasted dark malts, cocoa, and hints of oak. Rich taste of dark malts and cocoa, oaked vanilla provided some woodiness up front, but it mellowed out quite a bit. Slightly bitter finish with a touch of earthiness. Medium mouthfeel, not quite as rich and full as its chocolaty brother, but still very good, and quite drinkable.

Rifugium, Nov 02, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

A - Pours very dark black into my stemware with a almost three fingers of mocha head, excellent retention and lots of sticky lace.

S - Lots of oak, roasted malts, milk chocolate, coffee, vanilla and some booze.

T - Chocolatey sweet malts hit the palate first, then there is an onslaught of oak and hops, hints of vanilla and a big coffee and oak finish that lingers on the palate. Once the hops hit they hang on to the bitter end as well.

M - Full bodied and creamy, carbonation is just a touch crisp.

O - Love the Yeti, the oak is really big on this one, glad to have tried it.

StoneBrewFanatic, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Vintage bottle - it's got the old blue & white cartoon label. Guessing 2008, but who knows? Served in a tulip.

A - A finger-plus of dark mocha foam settles to a thick collar and partial cap, leaving behind minimal lace. Black body, with a hint of cherry-red transparency at the edges.

S - Vanilla, oak, Nestle chocolate syrup, some caramel, touch of anise, and not much in the way of oxidation - this has aged surprisingly well.

T - Taste is fairly similar, with a nice mix of vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts. Not overly oaky - this flavor seems to have mellowed out over the last few years. There's a faint touch of oxidation creeping in, but it's complementary. No obvious alcohol present.

M - Chewy full body, lower carbonation, smooth texture, and a touch of warming on the back of the throat. Drinks like a more substantial beer, even though there isn't any overt alcohol.

D - The richness of flavor and thick texture make this more of a sipper, but it's quite enjoyable and definitely still drinking pretty well. I'd certainly have this again if offered, and I'll have to open a new bottle to refresh my memory about how this tastes fresh. In any case, if you see the old label on the shelves it's a pretty good gamble.

MasterSki, Nov 01, 2011
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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