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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,672 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 3,672
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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philbe311

Pennsylvania

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

A - Dark rich caramel color head comprised of different sized bubbles, some large, some small... The head fades fairly quickly and leaves a splotchy lacing... Thick pitch black color... No noticeable carbonation... Nice stickiness with great rings left on the glass during the session...

S - The Oak aging is evident from the get go... Roasted Malt... Chocolate... Coffee... Warm milk... Hints of cherry... Even fainter hints of vanilla and coconut... Wonderfully complex and intoxicating...

T - Roasted Malt... Strong Coffee... Chocolate... The combination of oak aging and hops prove slightly aggressive and provide this brew with quite the punch...

M - Full bodied... Viscous... Quite chewy... Chalky... Slightly dry finish with a bitter aftertaste and follow through... A mild tickling of carbonation on the tongue...

D - A sipper of a stout if ever there was one... The thickness, heaviness, and a high ABV, while quite enjoyable and sophisticated do hinder the drinkability of this otherwise excellent brew... I'm becoming a bigger fan of Great Divide with each passing day...

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 02:37:06 | More by philbe311
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rwrk42

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pour: As black and dark as they come with a brown head that holds well
Smell: Roasted coffee & malts with a slight hint of chocolate
Taste: Immediate taste of strong coffee, malt and slight chocolate. Just the right amount of hops in this one to help it finish strong. A great smoooth stout.
One of the best Stouts I have ever had Highly recommend

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 02:01:11 | More by rwrk42
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spokeydonkey

New York

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

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an 8 oz snifter.

A - Pitch black with a little brown lacing on top. A few bubbles forming on top from the low carbonation.

S - Smoky and malty up front. Not much hop smell.

T - Initial taste is very malty and slightly sweet. This is quickly followed up with bitterness from the malt and hops. It finishes dry with a smoky taste that lingers for quite a while. Some port, raisin and vanilla notes in there as well. The flavors are well-blended and a lot of the harsh edges I've come to expect in imperial stouts have been smoothed out--which is something I've come to expect from oak aging.

M - Heavy body to this beer, with a very creamy mouthfeel. The low carbonation helps keep it smooth.

D - Very smooth and well-blended. The beer has a lot of complexities going on, but none of them overpower the others. In addition, the 9.5% alcohol is very well-blended and doesn't come across as harsh. This is a great sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 13:42:16 | More by spokeydonkey
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raoulduke37

California

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me start off by saying that I am incredibly surprised by how far down this one is on the best of BA. This is a magnificent beer that I really wish I didn't have to trade for. Wow. Probably my favorite RIS to date, aside from the Abyss. Down to brass tacks:

A - Beautiful jet black, with a dark brown khaki head. Fantastic head retention, even after 15 minutes or so, it's still kicking. Lacing around the glass is extreme.

S - Chocolate-covered strawberries, mild phenols, a hint of that olive smell that I've alluded to before in other reviews of RIS's.

T - Mild hops up front, chocolatey, mild coffee, slightly warming phenols, slight coffee (not an overload like others I've tried), and some raisins/dates.

M - Exceptionally smooth, creamy, slightly warming on the way down. I love this beer. Did I mention that?

D - If any bar around here had these, I'd go broke, develop cirrhosis, or go to jail. Man, this is good. I want another.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 01:27:03 | More by raoulduke37
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Vengeance526

Louisiana

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

Pours a dark as night black color with a thick tan head that retains nicely and leaves a lot of lacing.

Aroma is mildly sweet with notes of chocolate, coffee and some dark fruit all enveloped by a slight smokiness.

Taste builds on the aroma with notes of vanilla, coffee, burnt chocolate, wood and a slight alcoholic burn.

Full bodied with a very thick and creamy mouthfeel. For this kind of abv, it is suprisingly drinkable. A great RIS that I would love to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 03:16:05 | More by Vengeance526
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kels

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was the 3rd beer we tried in a set of 4 during a blind tasting. Thanks to bamadog for bringing this one along.

Appearance: Dark, chocolate brown with a bubbly, milk-chocolate colored skim of a head. Light sticky lacing remains.

Smell: Big time, complex smell - charred wood, smoke, chocolate, spent coffee grounds, and a slight metallic essence.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very dark, bitter chocolate, carbon, crunchy malt - surprising, as I was expecting more caramelly notes. Not really sweet, with lingering notes of raspberry or dark cherry. Full feel with a very drying aftertaste.

Drinkability: Quite low considering the dryness of the palate.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 02:51:29 | More by kels
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MADhombrewer

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this into a pint glass.

A- Black as tar and pours like it. Big, thick, brown head. Lots of lacing left behind.

S- Chocolate dominates the smell, but I also detect some smoke, and a little alcohol. It actually smells thick (if that is possible).

T- Heavy, bitter" baking chocolate" taste with a little alcohol burn to it. It smooths out as it warms.

M- Very good. Very thick. If I didn't know it was a beer I would be looking for a fork and knife. It seamed to coat your whole mouth.

D- At 9.5 ABV there is not much drinkability. But I would push the envelope with this tasty, chewy stout.

This was one big, thick, nasty stout! I loved it!!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 05:07:08 | More by MADhombrewer
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Boto

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber: This one pours an inky very dark brown color. There was a small brown head on it that lasts for a short while. It leaves some lacing. It has a nice full nose to it. Chocolate, toffee, coffee, roastiness and some alcohol are most noticeable. There is a lot going on in the taste. There are a ton of hops in here, and they balance out all the malts so there is actually a touch of bitterness with no sweetness. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla are the most noteable flavors. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 21:31:40 | More by Boto
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bamadog

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is the 3rd beer that several of us local BAs attempted in a blind taste test, and likely served a little too cold at the time. With that being said, after letting it sit out for a while longer and trying it again at the end of the night, I was very impressed with this beer, but feel like I need to drink more of it (like that's a problem?) to get a better, firmer grasp on this beer - very complex, at least to me.

Appearance: Black and viscous. Dark tan head poured out but it was very thin and faded to nothing in just a few seconds.

Smell: Smells like semi-sweet chocolate, a little bitter, a little smokey somewhere in the back and there is something in there like a chocolate covered berry or something - wish I could be more descript here but I just could not, despite mine and my friends' efforts, put a definitive flavor to it.

Taste: Very bitter and malty, but not really sweet at all, so the smell through me off a bit. The berry-whatever is still hidden in there and it just made me want to continue trying to figure it out. A little smokey and woody as well from the barrel aging - a very nice touch to the beer.

Mouthfeel: Not much of a coating to this one, but it really did dry the palate quickly, making it very interesting. I've had Imp. Stouts with higher ABVs but I don't think I've ever had this sensation with them quite to this degree, so I was impressed by this.

Drinkability: I had to give this a slightly lower number because of the high ABV. I would love to come back to this beer though and try to pick out that berry-esque flavor in there, but I hope to do this with friends again so they can help me out - a very complex beer and well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 06:09:50 | More by bamadog
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leif86

California

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

Brown 22 oz bottle. No date of any kind to be seen.

A: Just like the regular ol' yeti - black as night with a dark tan head that leave a respectable amount of lacing. Small bubbles make it look purty.

S: Sweetened vanilla coffee with a hint of cherries and booze.

T: Burnt coffee and bourbon - sweet with more vanilla. Finishes with dark chocolate and a generic fruit flavor that lingers.

M: Deliciously creamy. Silk. Could not ask for anything better.

D: The oak doesn't make it harsh, it only makes it better. Yes please, I would like another.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 01:24:21 | More by leif86
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yeastsipper

California

3.3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been saving this one for a while and finally got around to giving it a try.

Pours a dark brown almost black. Nice looking beer. The nose is strong vanilla with a little chocolate, coffee and roastiness. Not as complex as I might hope for. The taste for me is somewhat disappointing. Again, a lot of vanilla. The oak flavor is prevalent, but doesn't add a lot. Some flavors of dark stone fruits. For me, the vanilla makes it tough to drink.

I had high hopes for this one given the positive reviews on BA. A pretty good beer, but no way is it in my top 100 and not in the same ballpark as the other top-rated RISs.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 02:17:03 | More by yeastsipper
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful black with a foamy mocha head. Great lacing.

Scent is strongly of wood. I really had to try to detect anything else, but there is hints of vanilla, chocolate, and booze.

Taste is similar to the nose, though I must say the oak slightly detracts from the mellow goodness of the regular yeti.

Mouth is relatively thin with low/medium carbonation.

The regular yeti was a pleasant surprise and one of my favorite stouts. This is a slight but still significant step down. I would take a regular over this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 05:03:35 | More by sonicdescent
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squaremile

Oregon

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

Memorable Qualities: This used to have one of the most ferocious and intimidating labels, which made me think I was hiking in the Andes and came across a vicious beast while enjoying a beer to warm up during the blizzard. The oak aging adds a dimension beyond the standard Yeti that creates a memorable depth of malts and wood.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 23:25:28 | More by squaremile
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schroederm

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a snifter:

Dark as night. Tan head is moderately thick. Great lacing. Smells hot. Mocha, vanilla, dark fruit plum and slight medicinal notes. Tastes really good with tons of flavor. Balanced with slight honey sweet bias. Coffee bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is well above average: exceptionally thick and creamy. It's heat is hidden well, sweetness makes it very desirable but thickness
might reduce drinkability somewhat.

Overall: Excellent beer. Oh man, can't wait to get my hands on the Espresso version.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 21:58:55 | More by schroederm
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Darkest brown head I have seen on a beer. Deep, black body with dark brown edges.

S- Everything is in perfect harmony. Mix of vanilla, honey, chocolate, mocha coffee, and a hint of molasses

T- Sweet honey/vanilla at first, followed by a roasted, semi-sweet/bitter flavor and ends with a faint hint of alcohol

M- Thick body and low carbonation. A bit too syrupy for me

D- Enjoyable to drink but I could not finish a 22oz. bomber for dessert. I had to recap the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 04:21:55 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Obsidian black, a moonless night in the middle of nowhere. Light disappears into its body. A huge smooth mocha head crowns it and refuses to die, valiantly laying down sheets of lace as it clings to life. Aromas of oak, chocolate and coffee tease the senses. The initial taste is full of wow. Lots of vanilla, milk chocolate and oak chips. Its almost overwhelmingly flavourful. As the drink warms and the palate aclimatises the sweetness subsides, and a delightful bitterness asserts itself alongside a barrage of coffee. Heavy and smooth mouthfeel.

Huge thanks to Bryan (BigBry) for picking this up at the brewery! I get the feeling that the Hercules will be a winner too!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 22:35:58 | More by bobsy
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HeyItsChili

China

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

A - Pours black with a foamy brown head that slowly settles into a lumpy film.

S - Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak.

T - Earthy blend of coffee and chocolate with a mellow, woody vanilla essence creeping in before flattening off into a warm, strong alcohol finish.

M - Viscous, mild carbonation, full bodied, silky.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 01:41:42 | More by HeyItsChili
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brokenleadedcask

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Typical RIS appearance, opaque black with a chocolate milk colored head that hung out for most of the glass

S- Complex set of smells: bitter chocolate, cedar, malty goodness and a slight nostril burn of alcohol

T- I should have let it sit for a few more minutes because the first taste was alcohol punch (my fault not the beer). I've had higher ABV brews with less of an alcohol taste. But after it warmed it was better, espresso beans, burnt oak and smoke flavors with a black coffee after taste

M- A highly carbonated mouthfeel and kind of thin

D- I couldn't drink several of these, it might be too smokey for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 02:36:43 | More by brokenleadedcask
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erikm25

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours complete and total darkness. As far as the color goes there are no surprises here. Full on RIS blackness. Put this one in cuffs and under the bright interrogation lights while playing 'good cop, bad cop' but there is still no way to make it crack. The head jumps up with a frothing bronzed caramel hue. Take a few steps back as it looks like a stray dog foaming at the mouth. The retention, like rabies, is long lasting . Leaves stitches and scars of lacing around the glass.

S: Learn to forget. Complexity is the word here. Huge roasted chocolate aromas with subtle pine hop, floral, and brown sugar undertones. It's sweetness meets bitterness in a West Side Story knife fight. Switchblades of mocha and oak meeting switchblades of cherry and cocoa. Black licorice in a plum filled leather jacket is in the background egging on the bloodshed. Massive oaked vanilla helps counter the strong chocolate and caramel aromas. Scotch hints towards the end.

T: Dark toasted chocolate sweetness with vanilla and wood chips. This is a bonfire of caramel, coffee, and dark ripened fruits. The stars (and tastes) all seem to burn and scream into the atmosphere. Throwing back shots of raisins dripped in vanilla and soaked in whiskey. I thought it tasted more in the double digits of ABV. However, the alcohol still adds a great balance to all the sweetness and bitterness. Flavors drive right through the mouth like a '77 Firebird Trans Am. There is a lot happening in this beer and its strength in both alcohol and taste need to be taken in stride.

M: Full bodied and viscous. Has both a drying and warming sensation. This could leave the mouth in a bit of a daze. So dark the garden flowers (they are) dead.

D: Bottled 01/07/09. The more I try from this style the more I love it. The one thing I know is that loud riffs go well with this style. Destruction is the only road you are headed for.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 05:28:44 | More by erikm25
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Current vintage with the new label served in my Gouden Carolus chalice. Poured one shade shy of black with a quarter inch khaki-colored head that dissipated into a soapy slick. Ruby red highlights revealed around the edges of the glass. Nose was cocoa, vanilla and some hints of wood. Taste was cocoa, bitter wood and some hops bittering at the finish. Mouthfeel was just shy of medium with some oiliness and a bit of alcohol burn. Decent brew, but there are better examples of the style out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 01:25:21 | More by Jwale73
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 9/11/2007 (bottle):

Pours a dark black colored body, with a dark tan head, smallish but good lacing and lasting. Has a very hoppy aroma, and some malts, dark roasted smelling. Has a a malty acidic taste. Very hoppy and malty. Alcoholy. Heavy. A little better as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 01:05:14 | More by jujubeast6000
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PDXHops

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber, poured into an oversized snifter.

Looks great. Almost pitch black body with a massive tan head that is both dense and puffy. Head retention is excellent and lacing is substantial.

Robust aromas of dark roasted malts and some sweet oak and chocolate. A bit boozy. Inviting.

Big roasted malt and sweet oak hits the palate right away. Background flavors of mocha, vanilla and chocolate. A fairly significant hop bite and moderate carbonation help keep some of the sweetness in check. Some more dark/burnt malt would have helped balance it out even more. Everything blends together pretty nicely for the most part. Very full-bodied brew with creamy feel. Plenty of lingering sweetness.

Overall impression: A little too much sweetness to be top-tier, but still quite tasty, and easily recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 17:38:36 | More by PDXHops
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DukeofAle

Iowa

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

A tremendously large beer - as you would expect. Do I need to say that it is black? Oozing forth from a 22 oz. bottle, the head was somewhat slow to develop - as though the bubbles couldn't escape the thick liquid - then gradually over-topped the tulip with thick, light-brown foam. You'd better think twice about drinking this one - it packs the wollup of a six-pack or more of typical beer in one bottle. Nearly put my lights out. Surprisingly easy to drink for such a large beer. I could distinquish mocha, vanilla, and a hoppiness that nicely balanced (if a imperial stout can be considered "balanced")what must be a huge amount of malt. An outstanding example of the style - probably the best I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 03:47:06 | More by DukeofAle
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wnh

Missouri

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a solid black, no highlights, with a couple fingers worth of foamy deep tan head that eventually diminishes and leaves a nice tan film across the surface. Great lacing.

Nose is just wow. Oak. Roasty. Vanilla. Chocolate. Coffee. Floral hops. Alcohol. Smells like candy. There's a note in there that reminds me a bit of soy sauce, but in a good way. Take a sip, and it's wow again. Sweet, then bitter. Oak again, then flavors of a good craft dark chocolate. Alcohol warmth comes through toward the end, with a good dose of earthy hoppy bitterness at the very finish. Well balanced. Dessert in a glass. Pretty thick and heavy bodied. Mouth coating with a luscious oiliness as the beer rolls off the sides of my mouth.

Very drinkable, even given the alcohol content. I don't feel at all heavy-laden with the burden of drinking the entire bottle, as I have with some imperial stouts. Stick me in the Himalayas with a few cases of this beer, and I'm sure to thrive just as well as Yeti himself.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 03:04:54 | More by wnh
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

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

Bottle into The Bruery tulip, bottles 1/2010. Re-reviewed on 2/17/2011.

Black, viscous and thick, two-finger fluffy brown head settles fairly quickly into a thinnish cap with minimal lacing.

Nose carries the hops prominently, even after a year, though the bite is much more prominently than the aroma, if that makes sense. Underneath that, a dry, powdery dark cocoa presence meshes with a clear espresso that gets a bit dry and woody at times, and some light grapefruit from the hops. No alcohol at all, which is stunning. Really, a very good nose.

Hops hit first here, combining with the roastiness as a green, even woody presence that really, really brings out the piny quality of the hops. At the point in the aging process, I think, where the hops are contributing an almost sour, green quality to the process, which isn't very pleasant (I've experienced a very similar phenomenon with Bells Expedition). Still, underneath that, you can make out a stunning base of flavor - smooth cocoa, espresso notes, almost velvety roastiness, and a rich vanilla from the oak that really lets this one shine. As it warms, the green hop oddness recedes a bit. Finish is very long, deep green hop bitterness, intensely roasted grain, the only inkling of alcohol you'll get. I think this is clearly a 4.5 or even 5.0 beer caught at an awkward point in the aging process - the hops aren't fresh enough to really shine in that regard, and they haven't receded enough to simply let the base beer be what it is. Hop puberty - it's rough. Still better than most big stouts, despite its flaws.

Mouthfeel is viscous, full bodied, velvety. A bit slick, with a very soft, mild carbonation. Almost perfect, but just a bit oily and slick from the hops.

Certainly a nice beer. Unbelievably tame alcohol note vies with the hops as to the drinkability score - but still a great, great beer. I've had this one fresh before, and the other bottle I have of this one will wait for another year before it's opened.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2009 14:31:32 | More by JohnQVegas
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,672 ratings.