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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,761 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,761
Reviews: 1,570
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 252
Gots: 585 | 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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Photo of minterro
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from notes on tap at Crunchy's.

HALF OFF BEER SUNDAYS NIGHTS!!!

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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
Photo of cooler4life
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of dcloeren
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Got this in a Growler from Vulcan Beverage .. drank from pint glass.. the pour was dark as night..leaving a nice two finger head,mocha in color with small bubbling that topped the head.. the smell was amazing..smell of coco..coffee present..a mouthful begins with a rich malty..coffee that leaves a oak bite..with a small hint of alcohol that warms as its swallowed ..over all its a great explosion of flavors that blend well on the pallet ...that taste is best enjoyed with a slow sip...
Enjoy..

xxcarpxx, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of ChanChan
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oak aged Yeti: Bottled on December 7, 2010. Consumed on October 21, 2011.

Appearance: One notch below pitch black. The head is big with a dark mocha head that desapates quickly. The lacing is `very nice in this beer.

Aroma: Oak, chocolate, a hint of coffee and some burnt malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, this beer coats the mouth very well.

Taste: Oak, chocolate, and booze. The finish has lots of coffee and some toffee too!

Overall: This beer is delicious nothing extraordinary but it is much better than the chocolate oak aged yeti and about a dollar cheaper!

ChanChan, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap in the Beer Temple, Amsterdam on 23rd October 2011.

Overall: this beer is a stand-out terrific brew from start to finish. Everything about it is pure class; appearence, aroma, complexity, combination of flavours, mouthfeel and balance. It is almost flawless (I certainly cannot find any flaws).

Served at a nice temperature; the first impression is of the tan (darker shade) fluffy head over a black body. Aromas of coffee and roasty malts start to rise. The taste is a beautiful balance of complex flavours, bitterness but not too bitter. The alcohol is well disguised and it makes for a perfect after dinner drink (which it was!).

JohnfromDublin, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of draheim
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle (bottling date illegible - pretty sure year is 2010) poured into a snifter. Pours pitch black w/ a thick creamy tan head. Looks great.

Aroma is rich vanilla, bitter dark chocolate, roasted dark malt, and booze. Rich & complex.

Taste follows nose: rich, roasty & bitter. Bitterness apparently comes from the copious hops - reminds me of dark chocolate. Oak, booze and vanilla also prevalent. Really nice smooth mouthfeel.

Overall this is a really good imperial stout. I may prefer the espresso and chocolate varieties, but I haven't had a bad Yeti yet.

draheim, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of MrTopher
3.45/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated October 2009, picked this up at Gomers in KC last year.

A – Dark rich black color, nice brown head that pairs nicely with the body.

S – Lots of earthy notes in the nose, some dark dank fruit also, a very mild vanilla smell and nice roasted malt. Not a lot of oak to this, could the aging have stripped that away?

T – A very rich earthy taste, some woodiness, and a decent amount of roast. But something either is still developing or over developed because it felt like it was missing a little something.

M – Exceptional, nice carbonation and a little on the thick side which I like for a big stout.

O – I might have either opened this too early or too late, I’m curious if an additional year or two would have added more, I guess I’ll have to wait and find out since I have one more bottle in my cellar.
Still love the Yeti line, wish more breweries would make more readily available stout variates similar to GD Yeti.

MrTopher, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of Dubber55
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled January 6, 2010

Poured into a Founders snifter, thick, viscous, jet black. No light penetrates the glass. Half a finger of dark mocha head. Looks very nice.

Smells earthy and woody with some chocolate, coffee, and a little booze.

Taste follows the nose exactly: earthy, woody, a lot of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, charcoal, some hop bitterness, and tobacco. A bit oxidized but it does not take away from the flavor. The alcohol is nicely hidden. Definitely on the drier side- not sweet at all. This beer would go really well with a cigar.

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, and silky. Really nice. Carbonation is low- seems perfect for an imperial stout.

This is an excellent imperial stout. I have had this when it is fresh and the hops were really powerful. This is a little over a year and a half old and the hops have calmed down a lot letting some of the other flavors show. This brew is very good fresh but even better with some age. I have two more of the same vintage and I am interested to see how they will taste in 6 months to a year.

Dubber55, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of quaybr
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 poured into a snifter, served at around 50 degrees.

Pours dark black. Chocolatey brown head that dissipated relatively quickly.

Deep, complex aroma. There's some type of sweet smell I can't pinpoint, like a vanilla or milk chocolate. Roasted and chocolate malts steal the show, as a hint of oak quietly brings everything together. Wonderful.

Tastes of alcohol and coffee, yet not as overpowering as I would have guessed.

Silky, thick body.

This is a delicious beer. The first time I had this it was much too cold. This thing blossoms in aroma and flavor as it warms up, more than a typical imperial stout. Very enjoyable.

quaybr, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of dgilks
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a nice dark tan head. Fair head retention.

Lots of bitter chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Decent amount of roast. Quite good.

Big roasty coffee flavour, some oak. Not too much sweet malt. Good overall.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation.

A nice beer with great balance on the whole. The flavour gome together.

dgilks, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of longbongsilver
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried the original, spotted the oaked at a reasonable price. Why not...

The pour is JET black, super generous frothy deep brown head of a couple inches. Bit of fizz clings to sides of the mug. Smell of vanilla and deep roasty coffee type tones, yet despite the additional mellowing (or maybe because of?) a whiff of citrus comes up. Don't usually get that anywhere near a stout, don't know whether to be intrigued or worried. Only one way to find out...

The citrus that came up on the smell? Well, it skipped town. Nobody here but us dark malts, sir. Bit of bitter chocolate, something reminding me of dark rye bread, and just enough of the alcohol warmth to connect everything. Just barely enough fizz actually goes down to let me know this ever had any, it damn near coats my tongue.

Is it, overall, a great beer? Yes. Better than the non-oaked? I wouldn't go that far.

longbongsilver, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of capeannbass36
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber bottled on October 18, 2010.

A- Pours a very dark, black brown topped with a very rich, dark cocoa brown powder colored 1/2 finger head that faded away within a couple of minutes. Light to medium lacing left behind throughout.

S- Burnt coffee, chocolate, hint of wood.

T- More or less similar to the nose....with a bit more pronounced burnt coffee flavor. Not overly sweet. Slightly bitter coffee aftertaste.

M- Slightly slick. Light carbonation. A slightly bitter coating to mouth at end.

O-Sat on this for over 6 months. Not bad at all. Wish it were a little heavier and just a bit sweeter. Richest colored head on a beer that I have ever seen. Will try this year's version as soon as it is available.

capeannbass36, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage. Old label.

A: Very black pour, up with the blacker beers I've seen. Black as night in the glass also. One finger chocolate mocha head with great retention and beautiful lacing.

S: Huge oak. Lots of coffee and milk chocolate. A slight hint of vanilla. Oak is definitely the dominating thing here.

T: Sweet milk chocolate upfront. Then dominating oak. Almost to much. Coffee comes through in the finish. Huge oaked coffee aftertaste.

M: Full bodied. Very creamy. What a Imperial Stout should be.

O: A good Imp. Stout. One drawback is that the Oak dominates. Other than that this is up with the other Yeti's I've tried.

doughanson78, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of ptykozoon
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oak aged Yeti pours deep brown with a milk chocolate head which eventually settles into a nice layer.

Chocolate, oak, non-bitter coffee, a tinge of vanilla.

Light chocolate with predominantly coffee rounding this out. Bits of malt and plain ol' oak barrel.

Medium to full bodied. Bitter coffee bean finish.

This is a nice, simple stout. Coffee and chocolate, a bit of oak and for the life of me I couldn't find much else. Bitter coffee, a high ABV and oak need to be contrasted with some sweetness in my opinion. I would prefer a bit more complexity and a heavier mouthfeel on this too.

ptykozoon, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

a major beer, this imperial stout gets a sweet/vanilla/slow cooked vibe from the oak it is kept in. alcohol coming through in both the nose and the taste. mocha colored head sticks around while the quality of this process presents itself. unforgettable and undefined, if thats possible... tons of cocoa flavors, very little sweetness, fullest of full bodies, patient carbonation, attitude. i should also add that age does wonders to this, i had a three year old vintage recently as well, and the oak comes even more to the fore while the alcohol takes a major back seat. gets even smoother, if you can imagine. this is absolutely outstanding.

StonedTrippin, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of gueuzer
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap

App- Jet black with a brown tinged head that really sticks around.

Sm- Acrid burnt malt with a bit of heat. Some slight stone fruits mingling with the vanilla of the oak.

Ta- Dark burnt malt that comes forward like bittersweet chocolate and espresso. The booze is off set well by a strong oaky vanilla presence. Finishes with a hops that are much muted from the fresh normal-yeti, which provides a needed balance.

Ov- One of the quintessential oaked american RIS. Underrated due to its availability.

gueuzer, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of d4114
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Big dark brown head, mostly small bubbles some big. Jet black body.

S- Chocolate, roasted, oak and vanilla notes. Some alcohol on the back with a slight sweetness. Really nice.

T- Upfront i'm hit with is a big chard wood flavor, then the roasted chocolate and vanilla notes come in underneath. After you get used to the chard and burnt flavors its very balanced. Really smooth with good dry finish.

M- On the low end of full bodied. Slightly creamy but has a thin oily feel that coats the mouth, mostly your tongue.

O- Really good imperial stout, one of the best I've had. Really complex and easy drinking, really good stuff.

d4114, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of brotherloco
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Can't find a bottling date. Served in a tulip at cellar temperature.

Pours pitch black with 2 fingers of dark mocha head. Good amount of lacing left in the glass.

A lot of things going on in the aroma. Sweet chocolate malt, dry roasted wood and vanilla notes, lots of bright hops and spicy alcohol.

Flavor is a mix of semi-sweet malt, super-dry roasted malt, and citrusy hops. Bitter roasted char dominates the middle. Finish and aftertaste are an odd clash of flavors - spicy, bitter, and a little sour. The oddness doesn't last very long, but the roast, hops, and alcohol linger for quite awhile.

Fairly full bodied with medium-low carbonation. Gets a little thick.

brotherloco, Sep 15, 2011
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,761 ratings.