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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,693 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,693
Reviews: 1,568
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 248
Gots: 563 | FT: 30
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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 TheKingsOfHop


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

22oz. bomber poured into our Portsmouth tulip glasses:

A: Solid midnight black, that poured like motor oil out of the bottle. Creating a mocha colored head that quickly dissipated leaving a rim of coffee cream.

S: Vanilla, fresh brewed coffee, and an oak characteristic that is very pronounced. Undertones of dark fruit followed by a nuttiness that is drawing us in for our first sip.

T: The front of the palate is enveloped in a sweet savory chocolate, colliding with a rich vanilla oak flavor. The back of the palate is a smooth bittersweet dark chocolate with a warm roasted black coffee.

M: Thick and chewy like molasses. A steady carbonation throughout.

D: For our first Great Divide brew, we are very impressed and are excited to try another.

The Kings Of Hop

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 00:22:52 | More by TheKingsOfHop
Photo of StoutSlayer


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

Yummy Time! A random pickup from the store leads to a great discovery. It holds up to many great RIS beers. Solid tan head, jet black, oily thick mouthfeel, and an unexpected ABV kick for its drinkability. No oak taste but this seems like an older bottle. I love the fall and winter just for beers like these.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 00:58:37 | More by StoutSlayer
Photo of pwoods


3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22oz. brown bottle poured into a snifter. Notes.

A: Straight black with thickness. Good head with good retention and great lacing.

S: Oak and vanilla aromas. Lots of deep roasted malts with a large dose of hops to balance.

T/M: More of the great roasty malts with some coffee and dark bitter chocolate notes. Hops are still big with bitterness and a light citrus. a deep sweetness from the burnt sugar. Not much of the oaked flavor comes through. Body is definitely full and rich with a smooth carbonation.

D: Really need to take your time with this but nice and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 01:13:29 | More by pwoods
Photo of caresville

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

at first glance this is perhaps an overrated imperial stout. smells pretty good, coffee, chocolate, very oaky. pours wonderfully, jet black with a brown little head. tastes amazing to say the least... complex does not begin to explain this. the most prominent taste is oak by far but as you swallow it turns into a dark chocolatey, almost raspberry type taste. black coffee at 7am with a shot of aged kentucky bourbon. the finish is roasty and dark, yet really hoppy and bitter. this stuff is truly great in every way.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 05:56:02 | More by caresville
Photo of projectflam86


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

Got this through a trade with natelocc787. Thanks for the brew!

A- Pours an ink black color with a thick coffee colored head that leaves sheets of lacing.

S- Dark roasted malt aroma with hints of wood and vanilla.

T- Big dark malt taste with some burnt wood and oak flavors. A gentle alcohol warming on the palate with some vanilla and bourbon flavors. A bit of roasted coffee beans and chocolate in the finish. Hoppy bitterness is actually quite apparent throughout which helps to balance the strong roasted malt flavor.

M- Full bodied with medium/low carbonation. Alcohol is fairly well hidden.

D- Big rich flavor with enough of an alcohol kick to age for awhile.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 03:25:01 | More by projectflam86
Photo of jsh420


4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle on date is hard to read

??? 06 2008

pours dark dark brown almost black with a 3 fonger tan head that coats the glass with lacing

smell - big chocolate roasted malt and oak - also hints of fruit

taste is out of this world - vanilla oak with silky smooth milk bitter chocolate - the roasted malts show up on the end and aftertaste

mouthfeel is a medium body brew - not heavy - very smooth - a bit slick

drinkabiltiy is great - this is the perfect way to end the night

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 04:44:55 | More by jsh420
Photo of BierFan


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

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on January 7th, 2009.

Appearance: Nice sized chocolatey brown head. Real good retention and lacing. Needless to say, the body is black.

Smell: Intense hops mingled with some tart cherry and dark chocolate. Smells like a big mess of a beer, but I like it.

Taste: The vanilla from the oak aging isn't very apparent. Cherry, loads of hops. Bar of Hershey's chocolate and coffee. It tastes good, but it didn't really wow me like I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 03:38:07 | More by BierFan
Photo of erz316


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

650cl bottle into old speck glass

A - I'm hard pressed to find any faults with this guy. the head is bountiful, the lacing full and plenty, the body is pitch utter black. tons of lacing, nearly smothers one whole side of the glass. the only thing I can think of mentioning is that the head might not be dark enough a colour and that there is the tiniest highlight of brown at the bottom of the glass when held directly up to a light.

S - the nose is lacking a bit, bit it quite good for what one gets. whiskey and roasted oaked malts are the most prevalent of the notes. underneath it is this interesting coconut, or maybe vanilla flavour. I tend to think it is vanilla because of the againg in the oak, but it really smells like coconut. despite the lack of much oomph, which is probably because it is right out of the fridge, I would like to think this one of the best noses for a stout yet.

T - hot damn, that perfectly awesome; I think I was right about the coconut. the initial flavour is roasted, bitter chocolate, a bit of vanilla. there is a potent sweet aspect to the brew that tries to make itself known, but it gets mixed in with the distinctively oaky and whisky flavours. not much alcohol to notice here, the only burn or sting is from the viciously bitter hops. the finish is a huge malt bomb with those bitter hops, touches of chocolate. the aftertaste is where the coconut comes out, it and the slight sweetness that it brings quickly fades and soon a regular malty bitter taste comes back. the coconut and slight sweetness of the brew is what really made it for me.

MF&D - all is good in this area, the only thing is that the body is too light and not viscous enough for a russian imperial.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 00:29:27 | More by erz316
Photo of kbeals

North Carolina

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

A- 22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter reveals an opaque brew. Three fingers of dark brown, foamy head appears and leaves excellent lacing.

S- Plenty of roasted flavors here, coffee and chocolate. A hint of vanilla also. The oak is very subtle but it's there.

T- Very roasted and bitter up front. Mellows out a bit and leaves a chocolatey sweetness. Not too boozy, but the alcohol does make a presence, a bit of warmth in the chest.

M- Thick and viscous, velvety smooth. Typical RIS mouthfeel.

D- Easily drinkable despite the high ABV and intense roasted flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 16:54:54 | More by kbeals
Photo of Brad007


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

2007 Edition

Pours a motor-oil black color with a two-finger brown head into my fluted glass.

Aroma is full of oak, bitter coffee, chocolate and cream. Very enticing and seems balanced.

Taste is full of oak upfront that actually feels a bit diluted. It gives way to cream, cocoa and bitter coffee flavors. Alcohol seems dialed down but this is after all, a 2 year old vintage. Everything but the oak seems to show through and that's desirable since you don't want the oak to be overpowering.

Mouthfeel is a bit chewy/smoky from the oak with only faint hints of cocoa, cream and coffee. This is where the oak influence should shine because it affects the texture of the beer, making it more desirable.

Very, very nice! I'm glad I held onto this bottle for a while. It would have been too strong when fresh. Quite possibly the best oak aged beer I've had so far. My only gripe would be that the oak dominates the mouthfeel a bit too much. Regardless, a very enjoyable beer at this stage.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 02:44:02 | More by Brad007
Photo of fropones


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an impenetrable black with a nice espresso 1 finger head on top with good retention and beautiful lacing going down the sides. Smell is of burnt malt, chocolate, and oak. A good amount of dark malts, chocolate, oak, and some hop bitterness as well. Some coffee and sweetness. Creamy nice mouthfeel and very drinkable overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 23:01:47 | More by fropones
Photo of Anthony1


3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a big beer with lots of stuff going on.

It pours almost black with a vigorous foamy brown head. Got lots of malt, chocolate and espresso aromas from this one along with a distinct woody smell. The taste matched the aroma and I could taste the oak coming through. The beer was very smooth and complex but I found the alcohol aftertaste a little over powering.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 14:31:08 | More by Anthony1
Photo of stakem


4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 9/17

Pours a finger of darkly tanned head. Black in color, your not gonna see through his one. Has a strangely familiar nose of dark fruit littered with alcohol and a bit of smoke. Taste is a rich chocolate and coffee semi-bitterness that is a flirt before the downpour of bitterness kicks in. Almost a solid amount of lace left upon the glass. Chocolate and coffee are in the nose along with a bit of alcohol astringency in the end. Incredibly smooth considering the abv. Coating medium/heavy mouthfeel and low carbonation. The bitter finish lingers with a residule partial oil-like finish of oak taste. As the beer warms it takes on more vanilla character.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 18:31:39 | More by stakem
Photo of Thorpe429


3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep black with a tan head and a decent amount of lacing.

S: Dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a little touch of hops.

T: Sweet dark malt mixed with some chocolate, coffee, and oak.

M: Fairly full-bodied with a good amount of creaminess and not too much of an alcohol presence.

D: Pretty drinkable, although there might be a tad too much oak.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 19:07:47 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of abrand


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle with a bottled on date of 1/7/2009 poured into the tulip from ommegang brewery.

The big yeti pours a midnight black color with a beautiful tan head that sits atop. Definitely a very pretty pour. Smells of chocolate, nuts and hints of vanilla. A very pleasant sweet sniffer. Taste is very rich but at the same time goes down smooth. Taste consists of oak and vanilla with the traditional RIS taste and bitter finish. Mouthfeel is thick and full bodied. Drinkability is good. Taste is really good. I have one other yeti to taste (chocolate) but so far this is my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 19:11:06 | More by abrand
Photo of meatyard


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

Bottled: Jan 07, 2009

It's dark, very dark, opaque even. Has a large, 2", milk chocolate colored head with good retention and leaves a fair amount od splotchy lace.
The smell is chocolate, oak, coffee and some alcohol.
The taste is cocoa, some of the oak barrel, and a bit of alcohol at the back end that goes away as it warms.
Mouthfeel is thick leaning towards medium as it warms & finishes dry.
Pleasantly drinkable but slowly so and not something I can drink more than a couple of glasses with the ABV.

This is good, I like it more than the other 2 Yetis I've had.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 21:32:45 | More by meatyard
Photo of dismal


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

Bomber bottled on November 2008 so this one as a little bit less than a year on it. Into a pint glass it pours black with a nice big dark tan head. The head slowly reduces but sticks around for almost the entire thing, leaving a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Smell for me was chocolate right of the bat, it was pretty strong and at first it was all i was getting. After a bit I was able to get some coffee aromas as well, pretty much reminded me of the regular Yeti. Taste was chocolate and coffee. Mainly the chocolate was there with a hint of coffee in the aftertaste. Though, once this one warmed up a bit some vanilla became quite apparent in the taste from the oak. I'd say let this one warm up just a little before drinking it if not quite a bit as it really shines once it warms up. Drinkability is great as this one is very tasty and the alcohol is pretty well hidden. I think I had one sip where I could get a faint taste of alcohol but it wasn't bad at all. Overall this one is great. I love the regular Yeti and have been dying to try the others and finally opened one up tonight. I'd love to try it fresh but even with about 10 months on it it was fantastic. I think I might take it over the regular Yeti, nothing against it it's just this one had that extra kick to it.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 07:06:58 | More by dismal
Photo of nickd717


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into pint glass.

A - Awesome appearance - black and viscous with a lasting creamy tan head and nice lacing.

S - Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and slight oak.

T - Very similar to standard Yeti, but a little more complex and well-rounded. Flavor is coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and lots of hop bitterness for a RIS.

M - Full and smooth on the palate. Not overly syrupy.

D - Good for the style.

Overall this is a great beer, well worthy of being in the Best of BA. Better than the regular Yeti for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 22:26:39 | More by nickd717
Photo of woosterbill


4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bomber split among three. Reviewed serving in a pint glass.

A: Black as night, small brown head that dissipates quickly. Some, but not much, lace.

S: Roasted malts at the fore, chocolate more dominant than coffee. The burn of alcohol ever-present.

T: First reaction: s'mores, plain and simple. The roasted malts bring out the toasted marshmallows, melded harmoniously with the chocolate background flavors; warming alcohol is never out of the picture, though. As the beer progresses, the toasty malts become less pronounced, and are replaced by the complexity of the the oak barrel aging. The finish compares not unfavorably to a good Napa cabernet: round, dry, and oaky. Very tasty beer.

M: Thick and viscous, just like I like an RIS - just slightly lacking in carbonation.

D: Not bad for the style, at all, but the ever-present alcohol notes take away from any pretension to true drinkability.


Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 05:16:18 | More by woosterbill
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
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