Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,988
Reviews: 1,585
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 279
Gots: 670 | FT: 34
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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%

Photo of iadler
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap. Served in a 5 oz taster glass at encintas ale house.

A- Pours the darkest of browns with a one finger off white head which leaves a few lines of lacing behind.

S- Lots of earthy oak, brown sugar, booze soaked raisins and plumbs, coffee beans and some roasted malt.

T- Oak stands out, almost to the point of overpowering, with coffee, roasted malt, dark fruits, brown sugar, char and some smoke. There is some astringent qualities at the end which is unpleasant.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Finishes dry with char and some smoke.

O- Not terribly drinkable as the astringency and over proounced oak characteristics seem to mask the base beer. The abv was hidden well though.

Photo of vrbulldog22
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a rich, chocolate head.
The smell is awesome, dark fruit, chocolate, oak, coffee, malt, hints of hops.
Vanilla, oak, chocolate, espresso dominate the taste, some hops in the finish.
Fairly full bodied, not quite as big as some stouts. Smooth, creamy.
Overall I really enjoyed this. The oak doesn't go overboard. I'm curious about aging this one.

Photo of JayAre46
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed on christmas day while watching the pack dominate the bears.
Poured into a stone tulip pitch black and heavy. finger of tan head falls pretty quickly. big aroma of milk chocolate, toasted malt and sweet toffee, the taste is already smooth and well rounded. big silky chocolate and oak dryness, sweet toffee, maybe some carmel and then a light hop bitterness. the back end has quite the oak flavor and it's nice. the body is toward the full side and almost creamy, carbonation is medium, the finish is decent but will improve over time. overall the best yeti variant fresh ive had so far, waiting in the shadows is BA....

Photo of Zaplt
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Thick pitch black brewski with a deep reddish tan head that doesn't stick around too long and has no lacing.

Aroma - Cherries, rose, strong oak, vanilla, roasty, toasty deliciousness.

Taste - Thick and syrupy with layers of butterscotch, vanilla, oak, chocolate, and espresso. Has quite a strong bite at the end from the prominent oak and hop presence.

Overall - A very delicious and thick, syrupy stout. There's something about the strength of the oak that is not ideal and seems to clash to me but overall it's a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of freewill35
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of NorCalYeti
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

taste- bittersweet chocolate, big coffee flavors, intense hop character battles it's way through the body in the middle of the taste

color- pours super dark brown-inky black, i think it's clear but hard to tell when in the glass

clarity- pours dense and murky

smell- dark fruit, wine barrel, alcohol, dark chocolate

body- expands, long finish, numbs the top front of the mouth, a lot of weight in the mouth, creamy, bittering hops really grab the tongue

appearance- completely dark in the glass with a muddy brown creamy head that is content to cover the top of the beer, great even lace

overall impression- big robust character. really liking this beer and one of the best i've had in a bottle after a year of cellaring. great cold weather beer

notes and comments- bottled on dec 07 2010, would go well with brownies, oak is not predominant for me, not a lot of vanilla as the label suggests

beer spy- beer revolution, oakland ca, 2011, $10.99, 22oz

glassware: tulip

Photo of jlpepper13
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a brandy snifter from 22 oz bottle.

A: Pours out jet black with half to full finger of light brown head that dissipates after a minute or so. Brown ring of tiny carbonation beads line where the beer meets the glass.

S: Smells of coffee and dark chocolate. Lots of roastyness that lets me know this is going to be powerfully bitter at the end of the drink. Strong coffee is the main player in the aroma. Don't get much oak though which I had assumed would be a distinct characteristic.

T: Get's hit with a huge amount of sweet maltyness that blends to strong cocoa almost right away. Comes to bitter coffee, as expected, in the back palate. No hop character with a very boozy aftertaste.

M: medium bodied for a stout. Slight creamyness that makes it somewhat filling. 22 oz is all I would be able to take of this beer as that much made me fill heavy and light headed.

O: Pretty much what I expected after sampling the nose of the beer. Lots of coffee and chocolate bitterness. Good but would definitely be a sipping beer for me as the coffee and alcohol was a bit overpowering in large gulps. I drink most all of my beer at just under room temperature to get the full spectrum of flavor from my beer. some oak character picked up in the second fill to finish off the bomber which was nice.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter, bottled on Oct 07, 2011. Pours a thick pitch black color with a nice mocha head. The smells have a little vanilla mostly of roasted malts with a little alcohol. The feel is pretty thick, nice and creamy. The taste is full of dark malts with a little woody oak flavor, but a little alcohol taste, this might be better with a little age.

Photo of xpdrinker
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottled in November 2011. Purchased at Total Wine & More 12-23-11.

A- Pours opaque black like motor oil with two finger thick brown head that lasts and lasts, eventually settling down and leaving a heavy coat of lace around the inner walls.

S- Not really picking up any oak. coffee roast, vanilla, caramel, a little alcohol, faint hint of black licorice

T- Rich, robust coffee and malt up front, hop burst on the finish. Some oak but it's absolutely buried under all the hefty layers of stout awesomeness.

M- Full bodied and creamy upfront, thins out on the back. Perfect viscosity. Some have referred to it as a sipper, but this is the kind of stout I could gulp.

O- I barely picked up any oak in this stout, but I didn't mind. This is probably one of the best beers of the year for me and I'd probably think this was Marshal Zhukov in a blind taste test if not for the roundhouse kick of hops on the back end. I must return to Total Wine & More for, well, more.

Photo of rwilde
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of ng85
4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of MsRif
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

picked this up the other day while visiting NC. poured into my cbs snifter. bottled nov 23rd 2011...one month ago to the day.

a - brew poured a gorgeous sludgy black witha massive dark brown frothy head. lookin like a milkshake...YUM. the head hung out for a while and the brew coated the glass when i swirled it. this is serious business. looks just like yeti.

s - the first sniff is all wood. smells great. the oak adds a great caramel and vanilla element to the beer. it dominates over the stout, but just smells like candy. the roasted malts and chocolate is there, but behind the delicious fresh wood smell. it's almost like fresh cut wood chips...and gives a tanginess.

t - WOW. the wood is just as present in the taste as it is in the nose and it is a bit shocking. the beer finishes bitter. the hoppiness with the wood is intense and took me a bit to get used to. it was off putting at first...but this beer is FRESH. once i got used to the hoppiness, i really got into this beer. the hopping flavor really reminds me of deschutes hopping (perhaps the CO water?)...it is an almost butterscotch flavoring...and i dig it.

m - woody. hoppy. tingly. intense.

o - overall, my experiences with yeti involved drinking one with 7+ months on it so i wasn't really ready for the hoppiness of this beer. the oak really takes the hop and amplifies it with a caramel vanilla butterscotch shine. in a barrel or out of a barrel...i believe.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled on 11-11-11
A - dark and opaque with a two finger finely bubbled head that leaves a sheet of lacing behind.
S - chocolate malts with a slight burnt aroma.
T - a rich malty sweet start that transitions into a slightly astringent molasses middle followed by a heavy oak lasting bitterness.
M - heavy bodied with low to moderate carbonation and a silky smooth feel.
D - a big beer made for relaxing sipping.

Photo of StonePhil
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of MyKroberts237
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of TXhomebrewer
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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

I go to the Great Divide tasting room every so often and this is the beer (or any of its Yet cousins) that I lean on. In fact, the Yeti family holds me back from trying other G.D. offerings more because the Yetis are so realiable.

A: Pours black with a finger-plus of creamy dark-mocha head. One of the darker heads I know of. Decent retention and good lacing.

S: Mostly espresso with some cocoa beans too.

T: Bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Quite a bit of warming alcohol in the end which typically turns me off, but here it works because the coffee/chocolate remain. Not much in the way of oak/vanilla. Maybe if you age it more you'll get more of that, which would be nice.

MF: Full bodied, and rather viscous. Minimal carbonation. Dry and semi-bitter finish.

O: Solid. Consistent. I order it frequently and know that it will deliver. One 10-oz. pour into snifter is just the right amount for me.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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