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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial stout aged on new French and American oak chips.

Added by Crosling on 08-09-2004

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Reviews: 1,651 | Ratings: 4,485
Photo of AlanLamp
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'll not reiterate all the minutea of this brew. Everything one would expect from a good imperial stout but the taste falls short. A substantial alkalinity on the finish and lingering after; not just the oak. Perhaps a bad bottle/batch. 3/24/15

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Photo of clayrock81
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a motor oil black/thick body with one finger tan/khaki head that died quick. Coffee roasted, even charred, woody aroma with touch of cocoa and vanilla/boozy sweetness. Smooth, oaky body that one could even say, with a little bit of stretching, is milky/lactic smooth. Balancing act between this smoothness, sweet notes of cocoa and vanilla and this burnt roasted coffee malt presence then finishes hot and boozy. Probably one of the driest/roasted stouts that I've had in a long time but still manages to punch in some sweetness and overall a great beer.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with a nice milk chocolate colored head. Recedes fairly quickly to a line on the top of the beer. Poor lacing throughout the session.

Bitter chocolate, deep roast on the nose.

Ashy, bitter sweet chocolate on the palate. Hints of coffee. Slight ethanol on the exhale, little bit of vanilla and oak. Bottled date of 10/21/15. Rated on 12/5/15.

This is a fairly medium bodied beer.

This isn't my first rodeo with this beer. I'm pretty sure I had this in the tap room in Denver in 2010. I was pretty hammered then, but I remembered it being amazing. This was a a pretty sobering experience. The hype surrounding this beer is unfounded, as is the case with most 90+ rated beers on this site. The beer is good, but I can't get past the ash flavor up front. As the beer warms, it gets better. This beer was $11 for a bomber at whole foods, its honestly not worth the price.

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Photo of rypkr
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - poured into a snifter. Very little mocha colored head atop a very murky black oil. Thick uniform lacing.

S - damn. I poured this and set it on the coffee table while I loaded beer advocate and I ca,n smell it potently from three feet away. Up close it smells roasty and charred. Definitive alcohol, lots of chocolate and an earthiness.

T - sweet up front but finishes bitter and chalky. Very, very fresh tasting. EXTREMELY faint bourbon, slight vanilla. Overall on taste a bit of a letdown considering oak aged.

M - average here. No essay worth noting

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Photo of q33jeff
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

** From Old Notes: 4/4/15:
Strong dark chocolate aroma. Dark black pour, small tan head, lively bubbles. Head fades quickly, but mostly due to thickness of beer. Tan lacing remains. Taste is dark bitter chocolate, some hints of dark fruits,,,raspberry, blueberry. Really nice.....update for oak aged......beer is smoother than the original Yeti . Loses some of the raspberry blueberry flavor.... chocolate more pronounced and less bitter. Some woodiness, but mostly just smoother. Darker head, darker lacing. VERY EXCELLENT!!!!!!!

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Photo of retry4z
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Update: 2/26/2016
Changed 4.25 to 4.00
Comparing the 2012 to the 2015 version on tap at their tasting room: the '12 has a more pronounced oak character, brandy-like, nutty, and chocolaty. The '15 is more dry and more acidic, with a high roasty grain character and barely any oak.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick, dark black with abthick, creamy, mocha head. The nose is both roasty and sweet at the same time. Notes of chocolate and coffee with a caramel sweetness. The flavor is heavy and dark. The first flavor I get is tobacco, followed by mile leather. The oak comes at the finish and really rounds it out. It has a very thick, pleasant mouthfeel. It's not as hoppy as the original, but it is quite good.

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Photo of LouZ
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 version on draft at Pints. Pitch black with finger of mocha head, no lacing. Aroma is distinctly oak, and taste follows suit leading into dark chocolate bitterness. Feel is full bodied and dry. Overall, a rare offering that was worth the try. But if you're not a fan of oak, this is not for you.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nearly black color with a dark brown, chocolatey head. One of the darkest-colored heads I've ever seen. Head was medium sized and receded very quickly, leaving very thick and heavy lacing on the sides of the glass. One of the most beautiful beers I've seen.

Strong, lightly roasted chocolate, with oak making itself evident right away in a nice, pleasant, vanilla-accented note. Booze comes on pretty strong, helping make this an extremely aromatic brew.

Taste is sensational. Lots of heavily roasted malts right off the bat. Lots of chocolate, but coffee joins the party now (wasn't very evident in the aroma). Vanilla and molasses are present too. Oak takes a little bit more of a back seat than I would have liked it to. A little bit of a bitter bite on the back end.

Full bodied. Thick and rich. Definitely a sipper.

Great beer, but seems to tail off as it warms. Started out great with appearance and aroma, but fell off a bit after that. Still a great beer, and definitely worth trying.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

in my opinion this is their best beer. i've been waiting awhile to taste this one and it was well worth it. booth was right next to great lakes. how convenient!!

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Photo of Cyanmonkey
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep black, dark brown head. Lots of chocolate upfront. I got a lot of cherry. Woody grain, like fresh wood from Home Depot...I dunno. I enjoyed it, but I prefer the Chocolate.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Tap poured into snifter

Deep dark brown with a taupe two finger foam cap that quickly subsides

Aroma of chocolate, roast malts, coffee

Taste of sweet chocolate, gently roasted coffee

Incredibly smooth. Alcohol is well masked

Delicious stout

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Photo of mabermud
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

My first review of this RIS.

Look: Inky black, deep, and dark body, with a dark mocha head. The body appears thick and viscous. The head looks dense, fine, and creamy. Legs and lacing are both sticky and slick. Kind of like, you know...
Smell: Malty sweetness, bakers chocolate, vanilla, and medium roast abounds. The oak/wood create fireworks in my sinuses.
Taste: Everything above, plus a few touches of staleness. This thing goes into my mouth, down my throat, and into my stomach with great smoothness. Everything seems to melt and dissolve into my body. What an outstanding balance of flavors. The finish leaves a touch of tackiness on my tongue.
Feel: Exceedingly smooth.

Overall - Nice. Drink-ability is on and off the charts, mostly off. What can you say about the price-point of this RIS? World-class? Maybe...

The taste actually degrades as the beer warms...

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Photo of Alequine
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an underrated stout. The price point for this is definitely a consumer's best buy. The attention to detail given to the making of this stout is outstanding and even more so is that the brewing company has made it accessible. Beautiful deep, dark and thick in color. Attractive and attention grabbing and deliciously looking liquid. Tan thick lacing clings to the glass giving the impression of great mouth feel and character. Sweet, dark roasted coffee with coco powder, and vanilla in a barrel of wet wood at the nose. Smooth tasting with vanilla dry chocolate and coffee singing notes up in my mouth. The end brings a slight dryness with a finish of hops that lingers but not loiters in my palate.

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Photo of richj1970
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber dated 10/31/2014 into snifter.

A: Pours pitch black with dense 2 finger mocha head that lasts a good while and leaves tons of lacing.

S: Roasted malts, light espresso, cocoa powder, and some light peat.

T: Rich chocolate fudge, light coffee, and burnt roasted malts.

M: Full bodied and almost chewy texture.

O: An excellent stout. Might be my favorite of the Yeti's.

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Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heavy amounts of chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. The oak adds a very nice finish and blends in well with all of the flavors going on. This beer is nice and thick. Truely a great imperial stout.

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Photo of hotpauko
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Others review much better than me. This is a solid strong beer but the alcohol is well hidden. Very much lingers on the tongue with a slight sweet smoky vanilla flavor. Very good.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.06/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Jet black, with a quarter-inch chocolate head

S: Oak, fusel alcohols, charcoal, carob

T: Intense burnt roast. dark chocolate.

F: Medium body, low carbonation.

O: I'm not generally a huge fan of new oak BA stouts, and this is no exception. It's rough around the edges, and lacks the chocolate or vanilla notes I'd prefer.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Deep murky brownish black. Tan to caramel thick foamy head

S: Coffee, chocolate, oak. Licorice

T: lots of oak, some spices, licorice, coffee, the faintest vanilla.

F: smooth and good palate coating. medium carbonation

O: This is a good RIS with great complexities.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer really surprised me. Not sure why but my expectations were low. I enjoyed this very much. Excellent flavor that starts strong and keeps going.

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Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from memory - had this at a weekend tasting a few months ago. Excellent looking beer, pitch black and with a tall espresso head. Roasted malts smell, along with dark chocolate, smoke and sour barrel. Taste dominated but not overwhelmed by roasted malts, bitter chocolate and some coffee, with feint vanilla notes. An excellent barrel-aged stout.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled Sept. 18, 2012

pours dark chocolate black/brown with ruby highlighted dark tan head, 2 fingers

Smells predominately of cocoa, dark fruit, and charted wood faintly.

Taste carries the dark fruit up front, raisin, and a little of the oak. For "oak aged", the barrel is very subdued. May have let this one age a bit too long. As it warms, the wood comes thru a bit more. No booziness whatsoever.

Feel is higher medium body and mid-low range carb. A little sticky.

Its a pretty good RIS. Was expecting more wood, char, smokiness with this but it's just not as prevalent as I was expecting. There is some chocolate but I pick up mostly dark fruit, almost getting to be pruney. Alcohol not detectable at all. Not sure if the age of this affected it so I'll need to try a fresher one since I really did like GD's regular Yeti.

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Photo of Qbdoo
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Super dark with a thick creamy head. Scent is vague. A bit of dark fruit, hints of coffee and chocolate. Taste has both of those but the oak creates a kind of licorice flavor. Thick and creamy. A great RIS and the oak creates a truly unique flavor.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Wonderfully deeply dark and thick, like frappe motor oil. Thick lacing clings to the glass and mid sized bubbles accumulate in a sheet over the top. The look is reassuring that the brew has substance and character.
S: sweet and dark with coco powder, roasted coffee and vanilla in a barrel of wet wood. Some smoky peat and a slight hop note on the end.
T: Smooth and slightly sweet laced with vanilla notes, followed by dry chocolate and coffee. The end brings drier acridness of peat with a finish of hops that holds on the palette.
M: Oily and thick, very smooth like Oaked wine. Very low carbonation that bites only on the back end.
O: Oak barrels offer and smooth rounded vanilla flavour that like acts like a base note and brings all the flavours together. Hops at the end keep the drinker interested and challenge the vanilla. Terrific stout.

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Photo of bluehende
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer. The oak is not very prominent. I would say that is due to the huge flavor in the beer. Soon after done it leaves a very dry feeling in the mouth. I assume due to the tannins. The taste though is rich and complex. Seek this one out

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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