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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,762 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,762
Reviews: 1,570
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 253
Gots: 586 | FT: 33
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 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
Photo of drabmuh
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
Photo of MOB210SA
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
Photo of cudmud
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer has a wonderful deep mahogany color with a thick deep layer of tan foam. In addition, this beer produces huge amounts of lace.

Smell: This beer produces some of the best aromas that I've ever found in a beer. You can expect to smell toasted and chocolate malts combined with many earthy aromas.

Taste: This beer packs a load of flavor. There is plenty of roasted and toasted flavors in the malts. Plus, thers is a powerful bitter aftertaste that lingers after each sip. The aging produces earty, wood-like flavors as well.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This beer glides across the tongue and coats the mouth with the joy of malts and carbonation. This beer is enjoyable to drink and I plan to have more.

cudmud, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of hrking
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

22oz. bottle This is a great stout that is pretty much available year round at some of the better beer shops.All the flavor those of us stout heads require and the oak aging does everything justice. Chocolate smooth coffe slight but not over done smack you in the face everything blends smoothly to make this stout and enjoyable drinking expierence. Worth the effort!

hrking, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of MPLS
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a bottle that I had given to my dad last Christmas and consequently it was consumed this past weekend. I bought this beer in early 08, so this beer has about 2 years on it.

A: Dark milky textured stout with an off brown head. Retention was limited, but fair amount of lace on my snifter glass. Doesn't have the head that I remember in the a regular fresh Yeti. Great coloring that let's you know it's a serious beer.

S: The nose has a blend of sweetness to it, a bittering alcohol chocolate with maybe a raisin cake??? Yeah, why not. It does lack the assertive hop profile that I remember with the Yeti, but still holds its own.

T: After splitting a DL this beer didn't give me the same malt eating grin that I had just experienced. This seemed second-rate, but perhaps just for this tasting with this particular batch. I am certain that I prefer this beer relatively fresh (within 4-6 months of it's bottling). There was a big roasted component to this beer and a dry, maybe oak like finish.

M: This beer is smoothe and creamy, the carbonation seems to have died down a bit. Easy drinking, but still with a big medium weight punch.

D: I am merely reviewing this beer on this particular day. Fresh is best IMO.

MPLS, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of MeisterBurger
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like liquid obsidian with an ample, frothy, reddish brown head. Completely impregnable by light. The head retains nicely and lays down elegant sheets of lacing.

The aroma is pure grapefruit and chocolate with oak and coffee, caramel, with a nice soft vanilla and some alcohol. Restrained but really elegant.

The taste follows, with grapefruit, raisins, milk chocolate, caramel, coffee, licorice and tons of roast all melding together with vanilla rounding things out. Perfectly bitter. The more I drink the more the oak takes over which just melds with the overall flavors wonderfully. It's just a really complex cavalcade of flavors. If I had a single complaint it'd be that I'd want the burnt flavors eliminated.

Mouthfeel is full, creamy, luscious. Light carbonation. Warming alcohol, almost too much so.

Drinkability is high on this one. A solid imperial stout with a buttload of hops.

MeisterBurger, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout poured black with a thick two-finger chocolate colored head. A wall of thick sticky lace was left from the top of the glass to the bottom.

The smell and taste were heavy roasted chocolate and coffee. The feel was aggressive, thick, and bitter, yet smooth and creamy. It was a great sipper, with a warm alcohol presence.

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout is a near-perfect stout with a ton of flavor and a feel that made it clear this is not only a stout, but a Beer with a capital "B." This could easily be the stout to end all stouts.

MetalHopHead6, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of scottyshades
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours completely opaque black with a nice mocha colored head that retains excellently and leaves some nice lacing along the oversized wine glass.

S: VERY hoppy nose. Chocolate, molasses, coffee, toffee, caramel, and brown sugar on top of a mass quantity of hops!

T: The hops are amazing! Not necessarily bitter or overpowering, but just PERFECTLY balanced with the giant malt backbone. Almost tastes like a delicious IPA was mixed in. Chocolate, fudge, coffee, toffee, caramel, a little molasses, piney/resinous/not-so-bitter hops to top it all off.

MF/D: Very viscous and filling, definitely want to split a bomber with someone else. Amongst the best RIS' I've had to date

scottyshades, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of ATGHomebrewer
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice looking beer. almost black. one finger of head.
S: Has a nice roasted malt smell, coupled with chocolate, wood and maybe a bit of coffee. And a hit of hoppiness.
T: Very nice. oak is not overpowering, but adds a nice dimension as compared to the regular Yeti.
M: My wish is that it was a little bit thicker, but my preference is motor-oil thickness in a stout. Still, heavy and fairly creamy.
D: A great beer for about two pints, but the alcohol and sweetness may get intense after that.

ATGHomebrewer, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of SamN
2.17/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bomber served in tumbler

A- Ultra black beer, very little light escapes it's darkness. Impressive thick, dark brown, almost red head. Intimidating looking, with an enormous presence in the glass. Fantastic appearance.

S- Thick brambles of hops, burnt coffee, sour cherries, bitterness abounds. Astringent scent, strong alcohol is unappealing. Some mild oakiness to validate the name, not nearly enough though.

T- Damn bitter beer. Lots of hops with spicy alcohol; very big beer, but lacking any malty counter. Too unbalanced and very tough to drink. Definitely not my type of RIS...

M- Hot alcohol burns the tongue, but not over carbonated.

D- Dude, this was a tough one. I really did not enjoy this beer very much at all. Hops dominant with a whiskey-like burn is not my idea of an enjoyable imperial, although it did improve slightly after nursing it for 40 minutes.

Bummer bout this one.

SamN, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of kylejohnson03
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinkng a fresh one, bottled on Nov 17th. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep deep black, with a finger of caramel colored head. Minimal lacing on the sides, but a thin collar is left on the top.

Nose gives me vanilla, oak, and just a hint of cherry? Seems out of place, but gives just a touch of sweetness.

Chocolate, oaky, and you can definately taste the alcohol. Lingerng around is just a bit of coffee and roasted malts.

Drinks thick, almost a little chewy. Just enough carbonation.

You can definately tell this is an oak aged beer, I'm excited to wait a year or so and drink one that has had some time to mellow.

kylejohnson03, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of argock
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. Bottled on Dec 4 2009 on front label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $9.29.

A: Jet black with frothy, 1-2 finger chocolate frosting colored head with good retention and thin layers of lace.

S: Woody oak aromas mix with strong scents of roasted malt, licorice, espresso, and cocoa. Not much vanilla or whiskey aromas (thankfully).
Leafy hops round out the profile.

T: Roasted malt is very hefty with licorice, mocha, bitter dark chocolate, and molasses. Leafy, herbal, tobacco hops are readily evident and mix well with the woody, oak flavors. I don't get much vanilla in this guy though. More bready malt flavors come through with more warming.

M: Creamy and rich with low carbonation and woody, leafy hops aftertaste. Layers on the palette like few other brews.

D: I think I liked the Yeti Regular fresh a little better, but this is a major contender in the RIS style. Oaky, woody, leafy, and malty with lots of other accents -- this is a great beer, but I think the touch of sweetness in Yeti Regular is preferable.

argock, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of sprucetip
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Luscious thick, dark mocha head stays and leaves lacing. Thick black.

SMELL Mellow, almost faint at first, but grows stronger during the sample, likely from warming. Woody, chocolate, coffee, roasty, and malty sweet. Rich and complex, yet subtle.

TASTE sweet malty, faintly boozy, woody, coffee, chocolate, roasty, hop bitterness rising gently in the finish. Delicately balanced and smooth. Delicious.

FEEL Thick, rich, luxurious texture with some warming before drying and mildly bitter finish.

OVERALL Dangerously delicious and drinkable. One of the standards of the style. Methinks it would age well.

sprucetip, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of Stigs
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber served in an oversized snifter

A - two fingers of rich toffee colored head, slowly falling. no signs of any life in this black hole of a beer. laces nicely throughout the drink.

S - crazy balance of roasted malt, dark fruit, bitter chocolate, coffee, molasses. oak stands strong through the end.

T - strong on the oak, gets a burning roasted malt and slight alcoholic burn towards the end. notes of the dark fruit and coffee here and there, joined by a slight hop bittering.

M - a tiny bit high on the carbonation for the style, but nice thick body and oily feel add to the enjoyment.

D - great sipper, unfortunately the flavors dont really meld well to create any kind of story. a good beer, but not quite as good as its chocolate or espresso-aged brothers.

Stigs, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Bottled on 9 October 2009.

Appearance: impressive. Entirely black with no translucence. Poured thick and syrupy with a colossal brown head the consistency of a milkshake. Just fantastic; I'm really looking forward to this.

Smell: strong roasted malt aroma; easily met and possibly even overshadowed by the extreme oakiness of the beverage. Quite good.

Taste: complex and dynamic. Starts off roasty and bitter; I feel like I can taste the hops but cannot really discern specific hop characteristics. It's kind of like a fresh bitterness, with some sweetness as well. Bitterness eases away in favor of the roasted malts, complemented nicely by the oak. Finally, even the malts evaporate leaving me with just the oak and a pretty dry finish. All in all, an interesting and enjoyable drinking experience.

Mouthfeel: immense body and very little carbonation, despite the awe-inspiring head. Texture is silky smooth -- just what I want from an imperial stout.

Drinkability: extremely tasty but definitely a slow sipper.

flagmantho, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of bump8628
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like crude with a ridiculously dark and creamy head that fades into the black obsidian. Booze soaked vanilla beans and burnt espresso on the nose. Toasted wood hits the palate first followed by sharp cocoa and coffee beans roasted over a campfire. It's thick and a little sticky in the mouth. This one is big on the wood, big on the booze, but also big on the flavor. Big, aggressive, American Imperial Stout - Superb.

Note: This is still young as it was bottled only a month ago. I'd love to see what a year or two does to it.

bump8628, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of pourmeup
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a deep opaque black, and a thick tan head that stays on the beer for a long time
S- sort of weak on the nose, a little oak and a little toasted malts
T- lots of toasted oats and malts, a small bit of dark chocolate and coffee, with a little touch of alcohol, the oak comes through on the aftertaste, i just want more of the flavors
M- could be a lot thicker for an oak aged stout, but its not bad, slightly creamy, lingers on the pallet for some time
D- pretty drinkable, but the alcohol shows itself just a little too much, it could use 6 months to a year in the cellar

pourmeup, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of RedBrewer83
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber with bottle date of Nov. 17. Poured into snifter...

A: Beautiful pour, pitch black and heavy with a nice three finger frothy head that is very creamy, falls slowly, and leaves behind great lacing. This is gorgeous.

S: Bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, oak, a few hops coming through as well providing a nice crisp nose. A little molasses and toasted bread as well. Nice, not crazy but very nice.

T: Bittersweet chocolate upfront and backed very nicely with the oak...lots of oak in this one. Follows the nose to a "T" with little deviation, only a little added smokiness picked up especially in the finish, it really lingers along with the hops that kick in as well. Pretty solid offering.

M: Heavy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation, would prefer just a touch less but overall its pretty solid. Faint booziness picked up as well that makes it just slightly harsh, not as smooth as I would like...age will help that.

D: For a 9.5% RIS this is quite drinkable....if it were smoother with just a touch less booze this would go down in a second...as is it makes a fantastic sipper on this chilly night! Overall this is exactly what I hoped for and expected, delicious offering from GDB again.

RedBrewer83, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of kfsv034
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had a 22oz bottle that was bottled Nov of 2009

A - Poured a deep black, when held up to the light there is no lighter shading on the edges. This beer is black. There is a foamy rich tan to taupe head that lingers and settles to a nice frothy top

S - I like the smell of this beer. Has a mild chocolate, vanilla and coffee smell.

T - Immediately there is a chocolatey coffee flavor that is followed by a vanilla/carmel flavor in the middle and finally at the end you can definitely taste the oaky flavors with a little bit of alcohol as well.

M - is slightly viscous but not to thick

D - It a beer that i would sip on and enjoy but i could see where you could kill a few and wake up the next morning feeling it.

Overall this is a good beer. I will be cellaring a few with hopes that it only improves with age.

kfsv034, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of oceanman
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown.

Pours near black with a faint glimmer of ruby. Minimal tan head. Soft, inviting nose of cocoa, cherry and vanilla. Palate is much more aggressive: roasty espresso flavors of stout, toastiness from oak, alcoholic heat, and a fair share of hop bitterness add up to a very strong, flavorful taste. Surprisingly smooth mouthfeel, however. Not a beer you would need/want to drink in large quantities.

oceanman, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of beergod1
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black pour, tan head. Big vanilla oak aroma right off, then lots of citrus hops and caramel, The Oak aging definitely smooths it out with a Vanilla cream. Clean hoppy flavor, soft milk chocolate and caramel, port-like vanilla sweetness. Lingering citrus hop finish.
Couldn't drink all night, but nice bomber would be perfect.

beergod1, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of dougofthefuture
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours motor oil black with a nice dark tan head in my tulip glass. The lacing is very slow to fade.

S - Oaky, and a little bit of chocolate. I don't smell any hops.

T & M - Whoa! So creamy! I taste almost no alcohol here, just delicious creamy dark malts, with a nice oak finish. I haven't had the regular version of this one, but the oak sure works well with these flavors.

D - It's rich, but it goes down easy... It's probably a good thing I only have one bottle because I think I could drink this all night.

dougofthefuture, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of Katahdin
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It pours a deep, midnight black but finishes with a nice creamy head that is reminscent of a Guinness head. Definite hints of chocolate, vanilla, and even coffeee are accentuated by the oak aging which seems to have intensified the flavors. Lingers heavily on the tongue but is surprisingly smooth to drink. Not much hops tatse at all which is quite a nice change.

Katahdin, Dec 09, 2009
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,762 ratings.