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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,674 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,674
Reviews: 1,568
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 243
Gots: 558 | FT: 30
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 TheDeuce

New York

3.03/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout...

Appearance-pitch black, thick body, brown muddled head that's actually somewhat small and puny.

Smell-lots of alcoholic, burnt crisp coffee, a little residual sweetness.

Taste/Mouthfeel-dry milky sweetness, burnt sour vanilla, alcohol heat in the middle to the end, thin taste. Smooth but scuzzy.

Drinkability-Slow sipper, decent taste, muddled with a lot going on.

Overall-not bad, but doesn't live up to the hype. I've had much better, am willing to try it again. I'm sad the Oak didn't add more.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 01:18:05 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of mrkrispy


4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review from a fresh bottle from 2008

Deep dark black as death. Nice tan head that quickly dissolves to a ring.

Sweet sweet aroma, sugar up the nose. Smells a bit hot (this is a fresh bottle).

A nice thick stout, creamy, milk & dark chocolate, caramel. Oak everywhere, a bit ripe. Very very faint coffee. Not balanced, the oak is pungent, the beer a bit hot, a bit sweet. Well carbed. I love it. I don't always want a RIS to be balanced, I want it to have character. The Oaked Yeti definitely has character. Look forward to drinking it again, and on tap.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 22:37:45 | More by mrkrispy
Photo of Lothore


3.25/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours pitch black with a nice, 1 finger coffee head.

S- Very hoppy, deep roasted malts, thick caramel, oak.

T- Taste is very oakey up front with lots of dark roasted malt notes throughout the middle, followed by a deep coffee and hop aftertaste finished with strong alocohol notes.

M- Thick with ample carbonation.

D- This one just didn't seem to balance well to me. Not because it was an imperial stout but because the strong flavors just seemed to take away from each other more than they supported each other.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 05:04:17 | More by Lothore
Photo of jhammel01

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in Nov 08.
Pours a pitch black color. I mean, no light penitration dark..its amazing.
Keeps a nice sticky, fluffy head thats coffee color. Looks awesome.

Smells very hoppy. Definitely the typical roasted malt, chocolate and slight coffee notes as well.

Wow...Very complex taste! 1st, I noticed the nice creamy mouthfeel this beer has. Next, the hop bitterness with slight vanilla notes with roasted malt and coffee. Huge chocolate sweetness in the finish along with a little bit of woody smokiness. Still creamy through out.

Wow...an awesome beer. Definitely picking up as many as I can while they last.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 01:37:33 | More by jhammel01
Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

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

My first Great Divide. I prob. should have started with the standard Yeti... oh well.

A- My eyes bugged out a bit when I saw the pour. Black as a black hole with a brown-eggshell head. Pours wonderfully.

S- Chocolate, espresso, and wood qualities. No alcohol detected.

T- Great. I spent a long time trying to figure out what this reminded me of. It's brownie batter licked off an old wooden mixing spoon. Cocoa dominates, but it has a buttery, velvet quality to it. The darkness of the brew comes out in a mild bitterness, aggressively hopped but blended so well that the bite that should be there isn't.. and it's a good thing. Rich coffee bean flavors and a toasty malt are finished by an undeniable oak quality that puts this beer apart from most RISs.

M- Velvet, like drinking a pancake dipped in chocolate. The wood notes leave a very unique oaky aged buttery smoothness... hard to describe but oh-so tasty.

D- Done and done... This beer is great, and a pleasure to drink. I'm fairly confident that this is one of the best RISs on the market. I will have to try the other Yetis (espresso, chocolate, and regular) before I make a final call, but I think this is an expertly crafted brew that deserves all the praise it gets.

Do not hesitate to seek this one out, you will be happy you did.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 23:21:09 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of brownbeer


4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Old label, i'm guessing 07

Pours jet black with a dark browon head. Beautiful.

Bourbon wafts up from the glass from a distance.
Upon sniffing vanilla and definate bourbon notes, chocolate chip cookies, alcohol. RICH.

Palate is suprisingly smooth and full bodied with a faded hop presence. Finishes tannic, leaves lace and a thin layer of head.

A bold beer that requires thought and attention. One of the best stouts out there, best of the yeti's.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 16:26:02 | More by brownbeer
Photo of 1santore

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pour thick and black a wonderful looking beer. The head aws a pleasing tan color that left a good amount of lacing. As a fan of the RIS I looked foward to drinking this beer. The mouthfeel was as smooth as the color. Drinking it left me with a warm feeling. A beer better for a cold day and a good cigar.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 06:14:42 | More by 1santore
Photo of Buschyfor3


4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 22oz bomber with BA Joshrocks86 at Rich O's Public House in New Albany.

A: Huge, dark mahogany pour; deep khaki-colored head settles to a thin layer of foamy lace on the surface of this huge stout. Looks opaque and imposing.

S: Nose seems kind of tame compared to its Espresso Oak Aged brethren. There is definitely a dominant oak presence here that adds earthy, woody notes on top of a superb RIS. There are also smooth vanilla touches to the nose as well as the expected roast coffee and dark chocolate notes. Also getting a hint of citrus hops in the background - what you would expect from Great Divide. Aromas are wonderful.

T: Like the nose, there is a woody, earthy, charred oak flavor that dominates up front along with smooth, cool, creamy vanilla bean flavors. Then comes a blast of mild coffee and a hint of milk chocolate that adds a sugary touch. The sweetness is balanced by a measure of hop bitterness - not overpowering but with enough citrus tinge to add a sharpness to counter the lingering vanilla, chocolate and lactose notes. Finish brings back some black coffee, chocolate and a sweet malt backbone that blends molasses, dark fruits and a toasty bread flavor that lingers and fades until you take the next sip.

M: Very smooth; low carbonation creates quite the rich, creamy sensation on the palate.

D: Like the Espresso variety, this Yeti is definitely a sipper but such a treat to experience. 9.5% ABV but the alcohol lurks under the surface and never really gets overly hot. Smooth, delicious and likely dangerous because of how easy-drinking this big stout really is.

Two down, two to go on the current Yeti offerings. Must say that I probably enjoyed this one a bit more than the Espresso OAY, but it definitely lives up to the Yeti name.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 04:58:01 | More by Buschyfor3
Photo of thekanna


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black, so dark and opaque that it doesn't even give way when held up to light. Thin, tan head dissipates quicky and leaves lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Strong burnt malt smell with burnt sugars, molasses, caramels, and a deep herbal medicine aroma that's not really off-putting at all.

T: Roasted malts give way to a darkly bitter espresso taste which lingers in the mouth forever, as if all sweetness escaped from the world. Baker's chocolate and faint molasses round it out, along with a slightly phenolic aftertaste.

M: Thick and chewy, with just a small tingle from the carbonation.

D: Great for sipping and admiring its complexity.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 02:27:33 | More by thekanna
Photo of david18

New York

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better imperial stouts around. I'm not sure how much the oak age adds to it (they're both outstanding) but this is a great beer. I've served this to many friends who are not big fans and it always goes over well. In my opinion it's best served after dinner in lieu of a scotch or cognac or something. Get it whenever it's available.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 18:48:45 | More by david18
Photo of BZero007


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

Start of by saying that this was a wonderful surprise, as the beer was what I consider a top quality stout.

Pours a motor oil black with only the edges showing any hint of brown as it is being poured. The head forms with out any help and is very strong, so pour it right! The aroma is strong due to the head im sure. It carries with it strong smells of roasted coffe and mollasses. The aroma was pretty much the only way I knew this was oaked aged as it was lingering in the background, which to me fit perfectly.
The taste was great as the roasted malt coffe flavor was dominant and suported by a chocolate and mollasses flavor. The oak was very hard to define in the flavor and was finally noticed further down the drink to me. The mouthfeel was great and the carbonation wreacked a little havoc but was very welcome. The 9% alcohol is harldy noticed and will help you to keep enjoying this particular brew.
Will pick up again if I run in to it.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 22:28:16 | More by BZero007
Photo of cvfish


4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured black as a struck match, produced a huge fluffy brown head, which had great retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were extremely complex, a great deal of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, espresso, and some hoppiness at the end

T - The taste of this beer was wonderful as the scent, the roasted malts, the bitter chocolate, vanilla beans, espresso wisps, and a great piney hoppy flavor

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a heavy body with a light amount of carbonation

D - This beer was made to be sipped, almost feels like engine sludge going down, but damn it has to be one of the tastiest beers on the planet, especially for Stout lovers

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 01:36:49 | More by cvfish
Photo of Docer


4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Finally cracked my Jan. 07 2009 Bottle... sat in 9 deg. C for about 6 months.

- Rich chocolaty brown color... no can see thru.. mocha colored head that slowly bubbled down to a thick chocolate froth... swarms of lacing all around...

- Smelled a good dose of hops when opened... up close - a rich chocolate spicy liquor odor.. bit of bread, vanilla, woody... earthy.. but overall sweet and rich.

- Sweet smooth and creamy.. like drinking that last bit of melted chocolate iced cream... great chocolate malt character with a zesty vanilla oak and robust bittering hop.. truly a delightful stout. Bit of raisin at belch. Slightly chalky..

- Not too oily or chewy.. just a tad dry and chalky.. like a spoon full of Nestle chocolate milk mix was blended in..

- Huge marks on drinkability... smooth like a 'can't put down' desert drink... seriously hides a lot of the alcohol until the warmth is felt from within... overall a very impressive stout.. maybe the 6 months aging hurt any woodiness.. but I would personally like a bit more of the aged wood character.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 23:53:16 | More by Docer
Photo of webmanspidey


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a snifter.

Dark black.. heavily viscous with a good inch or so of tan head. Smell is pretty grassy, some bitterness and light soy sauce. Burning alcohol at the back. Taste is a complex mix of chocolate, woody oak, and bitter hops. The alcohol is definitely present but not really overwhelming. The hops come out at the forefront of this one, reminiscent of the standard Yeti. Very bitter, but a nice mix of other flavors as well.

A solid Imperial Stout, very similar to the standard Yeti from what I remember. I think I like the Espresso aged better, but this is still excellent.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 03:32:08 | More by webmanspidey
Photo of tigg924


4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: one inch light chocolate head, dark brown in color

Smell: toated malt, oak, and chocolate

Taste: dark chocolate, toasted malt, oak, and awhiskey taste with cream

Mouthfeel: heavy, smooth, semi-sweet, chewy

Drinkability: I love the big oak taste. This has one of the biggest and best barrel tastes I have had in a beer. I could drink this all day if not for the high ABV. This still maintains alot of the sweetness I love with the style. I would love to try this on tap and think this competes with Pozharnik for the best I have had in this style.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 14:28:46 | More by tigg924
Photo of sethmeister

New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Silver foil wrapped cap, blue label.

Pours an impenetrable black in the glass with thick 2 finger creamy brown head. Well laced.

Scent is chocolate, coffee, roasted and burnt notes. Perhaps citrus hops?

Taste is sweet chocolate, molasses, bread, burnt bread crust. Roasted and charred notes. Pillow soft smooth woody note in the background. Wisps of smoke. Hint of vanilla. A slight alcohol warming. Long smoky charred finish.

Mouth is soft, smooth and creamy.

Drinkability is excellent.

Yeti was delicious and I like this even better.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 01:05:06 | More by sethmeister
Photo of drgonzo3705


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

A: Pours a beautiful black with a very nice mocha colored head. Nice sticky lacing as I swirl it in my snifter. Retains head pretty nicely too.

S: Nice woody smell with underlying cocoa and chocolate notes. Very nice nose.

T: Big oak with a hint of vanilla. Lots of chocolate with some coffee bitterness.

M: Big full body. Not much hop presence left but still good amount of carbonation.

D: I'll be able to suck this bottle down no problem. Hell I could probably split another bottle with someone. This stuff drinks very nice and has a lot going on.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 04:09:52 | More by drgonzo3705
Photo of Tiklmelmo


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

A: Black, completely opaque. Pours fairly viscous with a good inch of thick dark tan head that lingers for a minute.

S: The nose is oaky with lots of vanilla... strong, dark roasted malt with maybe a hint of nuttiness. Definitely some spicy hop aroma as well.

T: Slightly sweet vanilla gives way to bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt. Lingering but not quite overpowering hop bitterness, leaving a hint of citrus hops on the back of the tongue.

M: On the thicker end of a medium bodied RIS, with a fair bit of carbonation, but a nice coating mouthfeel. Not too oily, but not watery at all.

D: Definitely a sipper. Plenty of layers to roll around in your mouth and savor. This is a very solid beer. Finishing this bomber solo is going to be a bit of a task though, and will probably leave me a bit tipsy.

Overall, a very fine beer. I enjoy this one more than I remember enjoying the espresso version, but I'd love to try them side-by-side.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 03:52:29 | More by Tiklmelmo
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, tulip glass

Pours in pitch black with a thick, creamy, tan, glistening head which had decent retention and good lacing.

Aroma of bitter-sweet chocolate, a sweet fruity smell up front with hints of malt.

Flavor was strong but well balanced between sweet and bitter. Initially, the sweet chocolate dominates quickly followed by molasses, toasted malts and some cream. There was a fruit sweetness present as well. Ended with a neat hop bitterness.

Good carbonation, medium thick consistency.

Very drinkable, but the ABV would slow you after a short while.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 03:20:17 | More by PSUBeerman
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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this courtesy of brewdlyhooked13, much thanks. It pours like motor oil and is opaque when held to the light. A dark brown head forms to about 1/4 inch and then reduces to a lacing around the edges with a cirrus cloud over the top.

The aroma is just a hair mild but very good. It includes notes of oak and alcohol, mixed nicely with dark chocolate and a bit of coffee. I nice hoppy background is also noted.

The taste is quite good. A nice combination of oak with dark chocolate and coffee. The alcohol actually improves the flavor mildly. A bitter, citrussy hops seems to make an appearance as well, although it shows up late in the taste.

The mouthfeel could have been a bit thicker and stiffer, although this is a full bodied beer. The carbonation is a bit mild but reasonable. It is smooth and creamy and leaves a mild dryness on the palate at the finish.

The drinkability is quite high, particularly if you're used to imperials. It is modestly stiff with a good flavor which does not totally overwhelm the palate. This is a very good beer and I will certainly work to get my hands on it again, as well as having one in storage.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 00:15:59 | More by SykDoc
Photo of Lerxst


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a Stone Imperial Pint glass

A- Not quite pitch black with a nice two finger mocha head that has decent lacing.

S-Smells great. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel, hops & alcohol. Mmmmm.

T-Wow, I wanna chew this beer! Chocolate hits me right off the bat, a bit of coffee and hops & some oakiness with the alcohol hardly noticeable at all.

M-Smooth and creamy, this coats the palate very well. A slight bite of carbonation and a smooth oily finish round out a party in my mouth.

D-For such a big beer, this is surprisingly drinkable. I could easily have more than one of these.

This will now become a regular in my rotation and I'm already looking forward to my next one. Great job by Great Divide!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 23:53:21 | More by Lerxst
Photo of wampahoofus


4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at the brewery. I was a very impressive solid dark brown, almost black.

Not a tremendous amount of aroma, mostly a suggestion of malt. Some of the oak coming through as well.

The taste is a very rich silky stout with flavorings of hops and oak. Very nice. The oak characteristics continued to increase as the beer warmed.

All in all, it was a very flavorful stout. My biggest critique of stouts is that the flavors can be a bit too subtle. The hops and oak flavors spiced this up to make for a delightful brew.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2009 00:32:29 | More by wampahoofus
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I am reviewing the brown label yeti

Served in a pint glass from a bomber.

A-black. Aggressive pour builds a nice thick 1 inch head that lasts quite long and leaves a good lacing throughout the entire glass as I am drinking it. Looks delicious.

S-Roasty coffee. Not picking up as much oak or vanilla as I expected

T-The oak doesn't come through much at first but is more noticeable as the beer warms. Chocolate and roasty coffee. I am not getting much vanilla. The beer gets better as it warms and the flavors are more noticeable.

M-A bit oily and slick. Nice feel.

D-This is a bit heavy as is the nature of the style. The bomber is enough for me. Perhaps two if it were winter.

Since it is rainy and a little cool for this time of year, this was a good day for an imperial stout. good solid representation of the style and one I would return to.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 21:53:51 | More by beerbully
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2.98/5  rDev -30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Split with my GF and poured into Duvel Tulip. Poured a nice khaki colored 3 finger head. Looks viscous and oily just like it should. Smells of Burnt malts and roasted coffee. Taste is where I lose it. Wayyy too boozy and hot. Chocolate and coffee is there just too far in the backround for me. Mouthfeel is thick and not my favorite RIS by any means. Drinkability is very low and one of these was enough.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 15:31:43 | More by dublife1
Photo of Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Note: Bottle being reviewed is the one pictured, with the shiny blue label. Will probably be picking one up with the newer brownish label soon.

The pour is black. Deepest, darkest black. Super thick, super rich pour. Allow me to be completely unoriginal and compare it to motor oil. One finger of rich mocha foam retains well and leaves behind tons of lacing. Damn near perfect.

Big aroma. Lots of chocolate, caramel, vanilla. Some background roast. A boozy note contributes nicely to the sweetness. Citrus hops.

Multitude of flavors. I'm impressed. Initial sweet chocolate notes, then a hop bite and roast. Ends with a wooden flavor and vanilla sweetness. Slight bourbony alcohol burn. This still has a pretty good bit of hop bitterness. Pretty intense flavor profile.

The feel is perfect. Big body. Thick, rich milkshake texture. Remarkably smooth. Sticky and chewy, the flavor refuses to go away.

This is just an awesome beer. It just begs you to take sip after sip after sip. Time to stockpile Oak Aged Yeti's! I've got an Espresso Oak Aged Yeti and a regular Yeti waiting in the wings, and apparently there's a Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti coming out. Count me in.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 04:58:47 | More by Gyle41386
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,674 ratings.