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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,758
Reviews: 1,570
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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Photo of infi
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage - poured into a snifter.

Pours out a complete dark pour that is fully opaque. A thin light-brown head appears after a few seconds after the initial pour and recedes into a cap. Little spots of lacing are left throughout the glass. The smell is full of roasted malt and heavy chocolate. I can get some oak tannins underneath all the chocolate - a quite nice vanilla characteristic.

Taste is initially heavy with a bittersweet chocolate which then eases into the malt breadiness and ultimately ends on a subtle astringency in the mouth. I was a bit disappointed to find that there wasn't much vanilla in flavor as there was in the aroma. Maybe it faded due to age? Not sure, but it was quite subdued in the taste itself. Oh well, it's not too big of a deal. Just something I'd like to have experienced.

Mouthfeel is lush, creamy and smooth - everything I look for in a stout. Medium amount of carbonation to the point of silkiness. Great body to this brew. Drinkability is great. I'd prefer this to the original Yeti due to its complexity and savoriness.

I'm interested in trying a fresher OA Yeti to see how it compares to this older bottle. Overall, still a great beer to share with a few friends.

infi, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of WhiteOak
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Opaque, dark chocolate brown. Dark brown head - lacy, sticky, retentive, this beer has legs.

S- Roasted grain, chocolate, saddle leather, medicinals.

T- Alluring, thick, delicious, extracted, massive, concentrated, dark sweet roasted malt flavor. Stewed dark, sweet fruits. Chocolate covered raisins and cherries. French vanilla coffee beans. Molasses.

M, D- The viscous, super-dense, creamy, velvety structure and flavors carpet-bomb the palate with pleasure. Long, lingering finish of hop bitterness and roast. ABV buried under layers of concentrated flavor. Perfect CO2. Superb balance.

An excellent example of the style! Outstanding craftsmanship.

WhiteOak, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great beer from the RIS BIF sent to be courtesy of FrankenBrew. In true BA nature I brought my friend over and we split this bottle.

This beer is a very good example of what oak aging should be. Nice mixture of oak, chocolate and vanilla. It is actually pretty big on the vanilla.

The taste is very very creamy and smooth. Like the nose its big on oak, chocolate, vanilla. Its like a very nice rich piece of fudge almost.

Very full body. This is one of the most creamy smooth and satiny beers Ive had.

I was very glad to have shared this one with another beer lover who would other wise not have gotten the opportunity to try it. Besides, after splitting a Black Ops with me it was the least I could do.

MbpBugeye, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of billab914
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one aging for about 9 months in the cellar. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Pours pitch black and very thick with a large two finger chocolate colored head. Nice head retention and lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very subdued and subtle compared to regular yeti. It has notes of wood, vanilla, and dark roasted malts and chocolate.

Taste has dark chocolate, coffee and roasted grains with a mild burntness in the aftertaste. The oak aging comes through a little in the flavor with some mild vanilla and wood. The taste is very smooth and blends together very well, I suspect it's the oak aging and the aging it did in my cellar that helps in this.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with low carbonation. A very nice feeling beer on your pallet. Drinkability is very good, as I said before it is very smooth and the flavors meld together very well. The oak aging definitely aided Yeti in the drinkability category. An excellent RIS that I will definitely purchase again.

billab914, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, shinny near black with fluffy choclate milk colored head. Good retention and the lingerng ring of head leaves tons of spotty and clumpy lacing. Smell is of dark chocolate, medium roast coffee, toasted oak, vanilla with hints of black licorice spicing. Taste is a wonderfully blended roasted malt concoction that brings forward bitter dark chocolate and bitter roasted coffee bean flavors... oak, vanilla and a touch of licorice round out the flavor. As it warms it becomes more bitter. The body is not as full as the flavor dictated, but a slight oilyness is present. A lingering bitter aftertaste slouds things up a touch. Very nice brew and perhaps the best of the oak aged Yetis. Its got the chocolate and espresso charachter from the roasted malt and doesnt really need the addition of those actual ingredients.

rfgetz, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque crude oil black with milk chocolate head that fades rather rapidly. Laces ok too. Looks even darker and heavier than regular Yeti. Smell is pretty good, with the regular chocolate, coffee, and alcohol notes characteristic of RIS's, but the oak aging comes out here too with some oak and smoke notes. Taste follows suit--big RIS notes with some heavy oak and smoke coming in too. A bit of piney hops, and some alcohol. I drank this one relatively fresh (Bottled 10-30-09), and I think it could use some age. I've loved the fresh Yeti that I've had, and honestly, I feel that the oak aging here steals away some of the complexity in regular Yeti. Still a fantastic beer, just a bit one-dimensional as the oak again drowns out the other flavors. MF is big creamy and oily like regular Yeti, and is near perfect. In spite of the robust flavors, high ABV, and big body, this is a damn drinkable beer as well. Loved Yeti and Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, and this is up there too. Definitely worth seeking out for the RIS lover.

LordAdmNelson, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of theghost3
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I decided to crack this one open in celebration after the Saints beat the Cardinals in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs! Nice pick.

Pours a pitch black with some deep mahogany around the edges. Looks like crude oil. 1/2 finger brown head that quickly leaves just a ring. Minimal to moderate lacing. Smell is woody chocolate malt, vanilla and licorice. The taste is toasted oak chocolate malts with hints of vanilla, licorice, and anise. There's quite a bit of alcohol warming, and although this is fairly thick, it has alot of acidic carbonation. Oily at the end.

This is suprisingly drinkable with that 9.5 percent ABV and biting acidic carbonation. I could easily drink a couple of bombers of this before it hit me.

theghost3, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of BlackBearForge
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled November 17, 2009

Oak Aged Yeti pours a deep motor oil black with a monumental chocolate milkshake colored head that soon becomes craggy and pitted as it slowly fades leaving great creamy swathes of sticky lacing in it's wake.

The aroma is redolent of creamy vanilla, dark chocolate, anise and freshly brewed iced coffee with a hint of alcohol and a faint woody scent.

The flavor is as massive as regular yeti but much smoother and more complex. Vanilla, bitter dark chocolate, and rich creamy milk chocolate fudge rear their heads in equal amounts vying for attention with espresso and dark roasted biiter malts. Hints of licorice. Hops are quite pronounced as well in a long lingering bitter sweet finish. Alcohol is nearly completely masked and felt mostly as a gentle warming. Wow!

Mouthfeel is heavy and chewy, deeply creamy and as smooth as a regular Russian Imperial stout aged well over a year. Easily one of the best mouthfeels I've encountered.

Dangerously drinkable! Oak Aged Yeti invites you to take more than a sip at a time. Something tells me this might not be the wisest course for imbibing this fantastic brew however! It's amazing though that a beer like this could be that drinkable. The mouthfeel and flavour are simply superb.

BlackBearForge, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one I have had tried year in and year out. The last release was by far the best I have tasted.

The beer pours a pitch black in color with a thick tan head that takes some time to settle. It leaves a nice patern on the glass as well.
Aromas are more intense than previous releases. Toasted oak, vanilla, chocolate, and a hint of herbs dominate. Taste is amazing. Chocolate, coffee, and vanilla, surrounded by an onslaught of dried fruit, espresso, and toasty oak. Hops dry out the finish, making this beer very smooth.
Full bodied and delicoius, this is a fine example of the style. It's a standard and hangs around longer than most other brews of the style. Drink up!

WYVYRN527, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of mtnbikerpa
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle. Pours dark almost black in color. Rich foamy tan head made this look very creamy in nature. Scents of roasted nuts, malts and woods. Very oak like smell and flavor here. Other flavors include roasted malts and bitter cocoa, along with sweet sugars. Mouthfeel is slick and oily. Drinkable nature would in my mind be limited by the heaviness and alcohol.

mtnbikerpa, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this one in Portland. Bottle to pint glass.

A: Distinctly black with a fluffy, pillowy 2 finger khaki head that resides to a one finger head. Very impressive lacing.

S: Chocolate, toffee, roasted smoky malts. Even a little fruity hops in there too.

T: Chocolate, toffee, oak, caramel, espresso up front. Some bourbon, and vague leather in there as well. Bitter dank, piny hops. Incredibly complex. Plenty of oak and chocolate aftertaste.

M: Fairly low carbonation, semi dry. Full bodied. Perfect for the style.

D: I could drink a bunch of this. So good. Wish I had bought more bottles.

billshmeinke, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of advill88
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours absolutely black with a very dark tan head with excellent lacing...very beautiful looking beer.

Smells strongly of coffee and roasted malt with hints of bourbon and vanilla.

Taste is immediately dominated by an interplay between the strong coffee and chocolatey flavors and roasted malt, followed by a surprisingly strong hit of balancing hops, which gives way to more roasty maltiness with hints of vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Mouthfeel is quite heavy and creamy, with carbonation taking a back seat.

This beer is very strong, and quite the sipper...incredible RIS, but not for the faint of heart. It's obviously too heavy to drink ALL night, but I sure would have no problem trying.

advill88, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of Urbancaver
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- A thick dark substances oozes into my glass. I poured it slowly and there was minimal head but what was there was a distinct brown colour.

Aroma- I can smell hops and oak right off the bat... A hint of chocolate and coffee underlying the sharpness.

Taste- Hoppier than expected... the oak is relatively mellow but distinct. The chocolate and coffee meld into a great stout flavour but the oak imparts a quality entirely unique to this beer

Mouthfee-: Briskly carbonated with a nice slick feel. Better warmer for sure.

Drinkability- Perfect! Not so powerful as to mandate sipping but strong enough to satisfy anyone's taste! This really is a top notch beer! Looking forward to trying it with a bit of age on it

Urbancaver, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours like cliched motor oil, but has a substantial amount of initial carbonation, and a thick mocha-colored head.

S - Chocolate, espresso, and anise. Extremely good smell.

T - Tastes like delicious café mocha with discernible notes of anise / black licorice attached to the alcohol. The taste is also strangely reminiscent of 'Pecan Turtle' Biscotti. The oak adds a nice mellow quality to the various flavors as well as imparting a subtle sweet vanilla finish. As compared to the standard Yeti, I think the oak aging is a significant improvement.

M - A tad thin for the style, but it works well when it airs out, warms up and loses its carbonation.

D - Drink the hell out of it! It's amazing that a beer of this caliber is readily available.

ktrillionaire, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of nrpellegrini
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Rich black color with a dark tan head, thick and creamy. A lot of sweet scents, nothing bitter. Taste is rich and creamy, a lot of chocolate flavors, nothing bitter and no smoked coffee flavor. Just a nice clean stout, some subtle oak flavors but nothing jumping out, I think it helps smooth out the beer. I felt really good after this one, no alcohol flavors but it got to me afterwards, still a really easy drink.

nrpellegrini, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of wd40
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Opaque black color with a tan head. The head wasn't too thick, and it didn't last particularly long, but it left some lace on the glass and it looked fantastic. The aroma was sweet and malty but also had some hoppy bitterness in it that balanced it out. The aroma was present but not aggressive or particularly pungent. Had it been a little more present I would have given it a full 5 because what is there is definitely complex. The taste has a sweetness that I normally wouldn't care for, but it balances out the flavor extremely well. A very subtle beer that is well-balanced between bitter and sweet which creates a sophistication and complexity within the flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy. Very drinkable beer.

wd40, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of babaracas
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with dense medium brown head, nice lacing. Smell: roasty, unsweet chocolate, dark brown sugar, leafy hops, a little woodsy. A little more mellow than standard Yeti. Taste: big syrupy dark chocolate, dark brown sugar, quite hoppy: leafy with a touch of citrus rind, earthy, vanilla finally shows up alongside baker's chocolate in the drying and slightly sticky finish. A little less carbonated than the standard Yeti. Bottled 11/17/09.

babaracas, Jan 07, 2010
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Served to myself from a bomber to a stein. Man, I need a better girlfriend... Bottled 10/30/09

A: Enormous medium-brown head that was both frothy & rocky and lasted extraordinarily long. The body was completely black and as opaque as it gets.

S & T: Huge malt character. Somewhere safely between roasted and burnt. Baking chocolate and caramel. The hops were shamelessly heavy, predominantly pine with grassy and citrusy notes. I love the dimension the yeast component adds, bringing a leathery/doughy character to the mix. There are additional oaky wood flavor tones. This is a big and promising brew.

M: Full body. Thick, sticky and chewy. As creamy as it gets with a very bitter finish. This is intense.

D: Being as intense as it is, the drinkability suffers, that's my reality. The extreme hoppiness did not mellow out the Yeti as the temperature increased. Bottom line: This is one stubborn, bad ass brew.

FeDUBBELFIST, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of Lunch
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz. bottle, purchased at The Wine Source in Baltimore, MD, into my Yeti snifter (01/03/10) at cellar temperature.

A: Pours a deep oily black with an incredibly thick and creamy 2.5 finger mocha head with exceptional retention and some thick spotty lacing. This is exactly how and Imperial Stout should look.

S: Nice bouquet of oak and roasted malt along with coffee and hint of chocolate.

T: Oak hits the palate first followed by some roasted malt and coffee. The oak is certainly the centerpiece and it is quite nice and not too overpowering. Subtle layers of chocolate, molasses and booze round out the flavor with perhaps just a hint of citrus hops in the finish.

M: Full-bodied with creamy carbonation and some warming booze.

D: For the style drinkability is quite good, but after a bomber the oak can become a bit aggressive.

Overall this was another wonderful version of the Yeti and another solid offering from Great Divide. In my opinion this is not quite as good as the Chocolate Oak Aged version, but is quite nice in its own respect. Highly Recommended.

Lunch, Jan 05, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black. Not translucent, even in the corners. Greyish brown head filled about 1/4 of the glass. Foamier than I'd expected.

S: Oak is the dominant scent. Followed by some alcohol, pine, chocolate, and coffee.

T: Big time oak combines with chocolate, molasses, lightly roasted coffee, and trails off with an oaky, creamy mocha-like aftertaste.

M: Good texture. Medium-to-full bodied. Appropriate for the style.

D: Definitely drinkable. Quite tasty, reasonably balanced, etc.

jnn4v, Jan 03, 2010
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3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on Nov 17, 2009.

Pours dark black with a one inch of mocha colored head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Can definately pick up the oak aging in the aroma and taste and I would describe it as anything but subtle. In the aroma I also pick up the chocolate malt along with hints of hay and herbs. The flavor brought another surprise besides the big vanilla notes, and that is the hop bitterness. The claimed 75 IBUs is very much evident. It seems the malt plays 3rd in this mix of flavors. Alcohol also comes into play in the finish with some solvent like flavor. Not the largest body for a RIS but it is sufficient and has nice carbonation.

This turned out not to be my personal favorite stout with its vanilla and hoppy flavors.

morimech, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of ThirstyBird
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jwale73 for sharing!!
A - Pours super black/brown with a light brown head that falls to a light covering.
S - Smells of coffee, roasted malt and bourbon.
T - The taste is very bitter and oaky. Chocolate, alcohol and coffee.
M/F - Medium body. Fairly smooth and heavily carbonated.
D - A decent brew but not to my liking style wise.

ThirstyBird, Jan 02, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into tulip glass. Beer is thick and dark black. Head is dark brown and made up of small to medium bubbles. It forms thick at first but falls away leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. The remaining head is thin but completely covers the top fo the beer.

The aroma is a mixture of strong roast and alcohol. Smells fine.

Flavor is a little hard for me to describe. There is a bitterness at the back and it wrestles with an ash like roast flavor that dominates. There is a slight sweetness to the whole thing as well. Its a good beer though, not my favorite RIS, but a great example. I need the regular Yeti to compare. Drinkability is high. Mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied and well balanced. The carbonation provides nice connectivity. There is a slight aftertaste but its of the roast and not distracting.

drabmuh, Jan 02, 2010
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4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured extremely dark brown practically black. Dark. Dark tan/mocha head that dies to thin ring.

Chocolate, Coffee dark roasted malts with slight vanilla and a oak. Reminds me of desert.

Strong chocolate with a dominant coffee. Can taste a oaky vanilla, Amazing- well balanced.
Went perfect with a piece of fudge.

Smooth slick mouth coating with low carbonation but perfect smoothness.

Drinkability I couldnt drink this as an all day 24/7. But besides that I would love a couple.

Im not sure why but I just love Yeti and this is a step better.

MOB210SA, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of cbutova
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a wine glass with a pitch black oil color and a beautiful head. The head is about one finger and is the darkest coffee brown head I have ever seen, amazing. The retention is pretty nice and the glass is coated with lacing as I drink it down. Random clouds of coffee brown are left on the top of the beer once the head dies down. The smell is pretty standard for a Russian Imperial Stout. I get a lot of toasty malts, chocolate malt and some coffee notes, probably from some of the malt. The oak becomes more present as it warms up, nice. There are a fair amount of hops in the nose in this one. I dont get any alcohol on the nose, fairly impressive for an RIS. The taste on this one is awesome. Huge notes of roasted malts. Coffee and cocoa are in the background to balance this one out perfectly. The huge hops help add a nice element to the huge malty taste. The taste really gets good when you add the oak into this. This beer is something that every RIS fan should try, also a great way to figure out what oak can be used for. No alcohol in the taste either. The mouthfeel is right on par for a beer of this caliber. The body is thick and oily, the carbonation is medium (I wouldn't mind a bit less). The alcohol warming is pretty nice here, not overpowering. There is a massive coat of oak and cocoa left on the tongue. Drinkability is great. The taste pretty much tells the DB here. The price is not bad for a beer of this quality, the alcohol or any of the tastes are not overpowering. I will buy this one again and age it when it comes back to my area.

cbutova, Jan 01, 2010
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,758 ratings.