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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,056
Reviews: 1,597
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Crosling on 08-09-2004

Imperial stout aged on new French and American oak chips.
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Photo of laituegonflable
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany colour but mostly black unless held up to the light. Head is ochre, fairly dense and retaining a thin crown. Lace is pretty nice and sticky, cascading down slowly. Nice.

Smells very sweet and really quite lovely. Lots of musk character, sweet and a touch spicy with mild mint notes and maybe some basil as well. Touch of peppery spice. Underlying it all is a roasty rich aroma. Pretty bloody nice.

Taste is extremely nutty. Dry roasty malts on the front that slowly evolve into complex dark flavours, a sweet nutty mid-palate with peanut and macadamia characters. Nice chocolate notes with a touch of cardamom and pepper on there as well. There is also a warmth from the booze on the back, but very sweet overall and the strength on the back just lifts the other sweet, chocolatey roasted flavours really nicely. This is a cracker, beautifully mellow yet complex brew.

Mouthfeel seems a bit deficient at times, it's all full but thinned out on the mid a bit, and the alcohol shows through a little more distinctly than it needs to.

Sweet, pleasant and not too hot. This beer is drinking wonderfully.

Photo of ADZA
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew pours an impressive very dark non see through cola hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a creamy chocolate laced two finger head and heaps of nice clingy lacing,the smell isnt as impressive as the appearance with oak being very predominant followed by hints of jaffa coffee,vanilla and some herbal hops,the mouthfeel is medium bodied perfectly carbonated and silky smooth with tastes of coccoa pops,vanilla laced bitter coffee,jaffa which finishes with a spicy herbal hoppy bitterness that is nicely tainted by that nice hit of sweetness first up and overall i really did enjoy this brew and will finish this bottle with ease but i reckon its not an every nighter by any means but could see this as a perfect drop to mix with a nice rich dessert.

Photo of Khazadum
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled November 2009.

A- Thick creamy cap with some large bubble formation. Starts to churn and generate from the middle outward this pattern. Solid amount of lacing, eventually a thin raft is leftover in the center of the inky darkness. I miss the milk chocolate, dark brown edged froth.

S- Burnt grain dominates the first wave. Following this is a very faint vanilla that seems to have an artificial edging to it. Something manufactured... industrious... forced. Minor chocolate background that is infused with sharp ethanolic characteristics, and nothing else.

T- First impression is the overwhelming burnt grain and roasted malt domination. There is no holding these flavors back. Acrid and disruptive. Some sharp metallic notes come forth with a bit of alcohol heat.

However, immediately following these hiccups is a nice wooden sweetness, that earthy tone that can only be vanilla. This lingers and exhales away to the finish which is strongly dark chocolate. The finish on this beer is amazing. It is so thick with bitter sweetness that it makes up for the opening and more.

M- Medium bodied, bit thinner than I expected. Carbonation is on the opening and quarter of the way through helping hide the flaws of the flavors. The lackluster thickness doesn't stop the chocolate curtains creeping closely inside my oral crevice.

D- The sharp and acrid opening really detract from the drinkability. Alcohol never fully materializes as a near 10% so I'm thankful for that. It has some complexity in flavors, but it falls short of being amazing. Its a Yeti.. I didn't expect amazing. I'm glad I ticked it, and look forward to finishing out the Yeti series strong.

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

Body is jet black. The tan foamy head dissipates to a thin cap of foam and ring, leaving some lacing on the glass.

Aromas of roasted malt, burnt toast, chocolate, brown sugar, and a little dark fruit.

Tastes of roasted malt, burnt toast, chocolate milk, raisins, hops. Compared to the base Yeti, the flavors of the oak aged are much more mellow and integrated. It still has a little tart from the roasted malt and a bit of a bitter hop taste in the finish, but not so aggressive as the un-oaked base. The tartness and bitterness is counterbalanced nicely by sweet chocolate and dark fruit. This is a more accessible brew than the un-oaked which is an intense taste experience. The alcohol is somewhat palpable at 9.5%.

Body is thick, and carbonation is sufficient to give this a creamy mouthfeel.

This is a very good imperial stout, more mellow and accessible than its un-oaked sibling.

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

Tried side-by-side with the non-oak-aged version. Both purchased at K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA, and brought back to Australia to sample with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.

This one pours exactly the same colour as the original, but with a looser head with larger bubbles. Same colour of lovely light brown with some supple sudsy lacing. Looks very heavy in the glass. Very pleasant with a surprisingly light body. Looks good.

Dark and sweet on the nose, but with undeniable belts of leavened organic characters, perhaps banana skin and crushed leaves. This is particularly noticeable when put side by side with the original. I don't get a lot of oak, but there's obviously something inoculated in the oak which lends the organics to this one. Still very pleasant and robust, however.

Taste here is very subtle and smooth. The oak age really mellows the palate beautifully, still leaving big chocolatey and roasted grain characters, but sweeping them with a round coconut and vanilla character that is more fused than in the original, but less pronounced. It integrates more with the other characters, and makes the palate smoother, but doesn't distinguish itself quite so much.

Feel is smooth and lovely. Still, I'm more enamoured of the original, weirdly.

A very good beer, and a very drinkable Impy Stout. Indeed, the lovely melding truly improves the drinkability on this one. Overall though, I think it skews the beer off a little, and to be honest, I prefer the original Yeti, which was a fantastic brew.

Photo of brendanbeer
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a. black and brown and all chocolate sex. very nice finger width dark brown head.

s. leaves a lovely coffee chocolate hoppy malty pungent smell,
(i dare you to drink me)

t. so much better than the normal yeti. so much. oak, pine balance with the perfect coffee and chocolate notes. oh man, this is just sublime, im not lying. try it on tap.

m. low carb, but silky and begging to be sipped. not overpowering.

d. perfect. perfect.

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

Appearance - Pours an utter dark viscosity, with over two fingers of mocha colored head achieved with a gentle pour. The head subsides slowly, leaving sticky lacing.

Smell - Heavy oak and wood, vanilla, malty sweetness, brown sugar, bittersweet chocolate, slight hops.

Taste - I can immediately taste the oak characteristic. It seriously tastes like I'm chewing on burnt wood (I like it!). Bitter chocolate, vanilla, more oak, hops, pine, and smoke. This does taste pretty damn good.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied, lower carbonation, coating of the mouth.

Drinkability - Honestly, I taste no alcohol, nor get alcohol warmth. For a beer of this magnitude, pretty damn drinkable. Better than the normal version for sure.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dirty John's tulip pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for breaking this bottle out during our brew-day!

I'm one step closer to having tried every version of the Snowman (BA, you're next!). It pours a sleek onyx topped by over a finger of rich, dark tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate syrup, molasses, brown sugar, light pine, and light cedar. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, molasses, oak, greens, and dark chocolate. The body teeters along the border between hefty medium and light heavy, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice stout, one that thankfully doesn't try to overdo it with the oak. Good times.

Photo of Vdubb86
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

This beer pours an absolutely gorgeous blackness topped by a cocoa brown head that is nice and dense with a tad bit of cascading. The smell is a bit on the chocolaty side with a couple of booze fumes that come through and make darn sure that you know it's a RIS. The taste is almost solely of dark chocolate flavors. I really am disappointed that I couldn't pick out any of the oak at all. I've been really trying to pick it up, but it really wasn't that bold on the tongue. This is a pretty darn good beer overall. I would have no problem having this again.

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice looking RIS. Puffy dense hazelnut colored head which fades, but leaves lacing around my snifter for the remainder of the beer. The aroma is oh so much more hops then I expected. There is also a good amount of chocolate, coffee, and roast in the nose. Where the apperance and aroma of this beer shine, the flavor falters. I feel it has all the right flavors, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, but it is slightly unbalanced and overly bitter for the style. The mouthfeel is appropriate. As for the drinkability I wouldn't want to crush a whole bottle. A good beer, but slightly disappointing.

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

What a Brew! Let me start of by saying that I thought the Regular Great Divide Imperial was one of the best I have tasted, and this one beats it for sure!

Poured from bottle into a Pint glass. Black as night, held it up to sunlight and nothing got through. Leaves a nice head that dies out pretty quickly. Smell is probably the best part about this beer, you get the smell of vanilla, with some of the oak and chocolate and it smells amazing! Now the taste, you can def. taste the booze up front a bit, but once you swallow it the amazing taste comes. Things like for me up front is the vanilla/coffee beans flavor, and the lingering taste is like dark chocolate. As for the drinkability it drinks great and has a nice mouthfeel, but you can prob just drink one of these as it is so rich and has a ton of ABV.

One of the best stouts I have tasted as of late. To be honest it is more well balanced than the '10 Abyss!

Great Brew Great Divide!

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

From stevefinny, 22oz into dfh snifter.

Bottled on 1/6/10
Consumed on 1/6/11

Very nice pour, really nice color. There was a good head but it disappeared quickly and left very little lacing.

It's boozy in the nose (and the taste) but once you get past that, this is exceptionally nice. Vanilla extract, malt, roast, oaky. I always look for a little dark fruit and I'm not finding it. I may be there after this has mellowed but not currently.

Boozy. nice bitter chocolate notes; a nice roasted malt. There is a good amount of hoopy bitterness in this as well and it balances the taste nicely.

Spot on the mouthfeel but the I'm having a hard time getting past the heat here.

I enjoyed this greatly, and I would certainly reach for it on a regular basis. As far as a RIS goes, however, this particular bottle was just too boozy to make it a highly drinkable brew. I could see this being a 4.5 across the board type brew with another year on it (or possibly more).


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

Bottled October 2010, so fairly fresh for a RIS. Pours a thick pitch black with tiny brown head that disappears fast. Even when held up to bright light this beer is dark as night. Scent is strong chocolate with a lot of vanilla and oak aromas...especially vanilla. A light amount of hoppiness and espresso in the nose as well. Great smelling beer! Taste is initially a bit hoppy with some bitter chocolate and espresso bean flavors. It's immediately followed by some smooth oak flavors with subtle vanilla (not as much as the nose implied). Finishes with a bit more bitter chocolate for a nice clean finish. Mouthfeel is superb, with a velvety, thick feel. Drinkability is high. Haven't had a Yeti I didn't care for, or even thought was just mediocre for that matter. The only one left to try is Chocolate Oak Aged.

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

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter from a 22 oz bomber, bottled in Nov-10, with ABV on the label.
Thick and syrupy as it pours, the glass feels so much more heavier as compared to other stouts when full.
Pitch black with absolutely no penetration of light whatsoever.
Nice, thick mocha head that dissipates ever so slowly to a persistent thin layer. Good, solid carbonation at the surface.
The aroma up front was full of hops. Slowly with time the other aromas make their presence felt. Woody with hints of chocolate/milk chocolate, some coffee, roasted malts and fruity esters.
Ah, the taste is exceptional. Hops are evident first-up, with a bitter, roasted finish (some hints of smoked flavor). Coats the palate beautifully, nice smooth silky feel. Taste gets complex as it slowly warms up. It's an all out attack on the taste buds.
Beautiful mocha lacing coats the inside of the glass with every sip. As the label rightly says, this is one MASSIVE stout. It's a monster.
Kudos to Great Divide for making one of the most intense stouts I have had till date. This is definitely a sipper, perfect on a cold, winter night. Highly recommended. Can't wait to get my hands on another bottle, if and when I see it next in my beer store.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours super dark black. Doesn't allow any light to penetrate it. Incredibly thick head for the style. It sits atop the beer. The beer pours like sludge.

S-Powerful nose. Super roasty with dark chocolate and coffee. A big whiff of hops hits as well. Definately one of the hoppier stouts I have come across. Alcohol is present as well but adds complexity in my opinion.

T-Very nice. Big dark chocolate note. Super roasty with espresso as well. Oakiness and vanilla also make an appearence. Hoppiness is very delicious as well. The oakiness lingers as does the dark chocolate and the hops.

M-Heavy with a slick creamy feel. Carbonation adds character.

D-So drinkable. I find the alcohol to be masked well.

Oaking this beer was an excellent idea. Really delicious. Definately a very unique taste that I love.

Photo of bvarn
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me start by saying that I love Imperial Stouts.

A: Black as the blood of a Yeti. This beer is entirely opaque. Light could not even penetrate the thin stream of this bold brew as I poured it into my snifter. It formed and retained a deep caramel head.

S: Bitter chocolate, oak, vanilla, espresso.

T: Wow.

M: Absolutely massive. The alcohol warms you as it goes down but it is masked perfectly.

D: Respect the Yeti. I will be having this again. Worth the price.

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

22oz into Bruges tulip.
A: A thick, black body pours a full bodied head that has a deep chocolate appearance. The head holds very well and lacing is found in thick patterns. Overall a great looking stout.
S: The front of the aroma shows a strong use of oak. The complex and layered aroma shows a nice big malt usage and a hint of chocolate malts.
T/M: Big up front taste of a roasted sweetness, that rolls nicely into a strong malty body. The linger is the best addition to this brew, the brew shows an increase of complexity long after the brew has been drank. The mouthfeel is a silky, thick milk shake that is a wonderful example of the style.
D: This is a very nice overall oak stout. The complex tastes are added by strong characters of the beer as well. The abv is hidden well and is very approachable.

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

Thank you to TCHopCraver for sharing this with me on 12/9/10. I believe it was a year or so old bottle which had the old label.

Pours black with a lovely brown head a good 2 fingers thick. Head exists throughout the drink which is great, though the lacing is medium.

There is all kinds of wood in the scent. It smells like a lot of 2x4's went in to this. There is some musty notes, lemon, chocolate, vanilla, and some sweetness.

Lovely oak tones exist in the taste all the way through from the first flavors to the aftertaste.. Vanilla and chocolate compliment the wood along with a huge hit of lemon, pine hops. Well balanced throughout.

The mouthfeel is very full, creamy, and soft. This makes my mouth very happy.

Amazingly drinkable for all that is going on. Very well done and my favorite Yeti. Yum...Yum...It's so good...I can't get enough.

Photo of beersensei305
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- black as night with a big tannish head foamy perfect lacing around the glass oil slick like motor oil head lasts a long time

S- chocolatey sweet hopy

T- oaky smooth chocolatey roasted hoppy vanilla

M- a little dry bitter sticky

D- delicious overall

Photo of r0nyn
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from 12/25 notes. Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my DFH snifter. Split with BAs NYManc, emonte and others. 2009 vintage.

I have a thing for how stouts look and the Yetis never fail to tickle that feeling. Big, dark and black is the pour right into the glass, creating about a half-inch dark brown head that lingers for a bit before receding. Some sticky spotty lacing. Swirls around like a syrup, and you can almost see the legs in it. Smell is lots of dark chocolate mingled with that definite oak scent. Slight nuances of vanilla and dark fruit round out the nose.

Initial sip yields a blast of that oaked flavor that stays on the tongue throughout the tasting experience. There's so much of it that it was almost as if the beer was tapped directly from the oak barrel. I half expected to find a wood chip or two floating around in my glass. But there are other flavors too, thankfully. The dark chocolate is still there, providing its own brand of unique bitterness and oh yeah, there are some hops too. I thought maybe sitting on this beer for a year would mellow them out, but they're right there, giving this brew a bittering finish. After all this rather surprising medley of tastes, I was able to detect some of the vanilla that I'd been looking forward to, but it paled in comparison to the rest of the flavor profile. The 9.5% ABV comes a-knocking at the end with some alcoholic heat burning down your throat and settling in your belly. Mouthfeel is big and weighty and velvety smooth, which is pretty much the staple of the Yeti line. No complaints there.

Drinkability is good, but like the other versions of the Yeti, you'll have to take your time with it. It definitely surprised me by being a lot oaky-er and hoppier than I expected, but it's still a very solid brew. I'll just have to see if I can find an older label vintage to compare. Another quality Yeti from Great Divide.

Photo of artcurtis
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a New Belgium Globe (Sorry GD, the tulip is dirty)
A- Pours a thick inky black. No light can pierce this wonderful bastard. Topped with a nice, dark, creamy head. Dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving a nice layer and a lot of lacing. Head kind of reminds me of a cherry stout (hmmmm, cherry yeti, awesome idea, if I do say so myself.)
S- Another home run. BIG roasted malt notes here. Vanilla heavily underlies the roast. Maybe a hint of smoke, and I get a bit of cherries as well.
T&M- Thick and inky. The mouth feel on this is huge. Very big bodied. Big roasty malts, backed by strong oak and vanilla. Finishes with just a touch of hops. An incredibly smooth brew, far better than the standard yeti, though I think I still prefer the Espresso.
D- Drinkablility is remarkable for a beer that is 9.5 ABV and an advertised 75 IBU's.

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

Vintage tasting December 28, 2010

Beer was bottled in 2007 some time and was cellared in December of 2007.

I was impressed with how a substantial tan head still formed upon pouring. It died down after a few minutes though. Smell is still alive and offering a lot; the oak is still present, thankfully, and the boozy chocolate notes are all there; the massive amount of hops has diminished. Taste is really subdued compared to a fresh version, really amping up the drinkability. Flavors have really melded together, making for one long flavor, as opposed to getting different hints from start to finish like normal. Vanilla is still a key component and is in good balance; it has neither intensified nor diminished. Body feels thinner and the carbonation is lower. Not too surprisingly, there is still a dry bitter finish. Overall, I'd say this was a cellar success and a lot of fun to try after waiting patiently for three years.

Photo of AwYeh
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours extremely dark brown/black with more than a finger of foamy brown head. Perfect stout appearance.

S: Smell is fainter than I expected, mostly chocolate with a touch of oak.

T: Taste is almost overwhelmingly oak; I enjoy oak flavor in moderation but here it seems a bit too strong to fully appreciate the beer's other flavors (for instance, there is no detectable vanilla in this glass). Despite the imbalance, there is a bit of hop bitterness, as well as malty sweetness/chocolate. It may be better to taste this one after it has spent some time in the bottle to establish more balance.

M: Medium-thick body with oily texture and light to moderate carbonation.

D: I enjoyed the glass I had, and probably could have had another; not too much more than that though.

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

Pours an intense black with a large mocha head which fades to a rocky patch with stringy lace. Smell is dark chocolate, a little tobacco and wet leather, some vanilla, and charred oak. Taste is all the above with an roasted earthyness and sweet malt finish. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, rich and thick. Exceptional. Had this with a year + or so on it. Very well done.

Photo of prg1976
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, dark, dark with a tan head. Looks great.

Smell is definitely oaky, with some chocolate and a touch of alcohol.

Tastes like it smells, oaky. Some vanilla, lots of chocolate, and a good bit of alcohol.

Not overly carbonated, feels good going down, just a little hot to drink too much or too fast.

Could probably use 6 mo or a year in the cellar.

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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