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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,729 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,729
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 250
Gots: 576 | FT: 31
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 charlesw

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Nice and black. 1" head (yeah! Head!) that last a few minutes. Not much lacing. I'd be happier still if the head lasted longer. Smells dark (ha), sweet and smoky. Tastes... Dark, sweet and smoky. But, you know... That could describe just about any IS. You get some chocolate in there and some bitter. Certainly a bite of the smoke. But, you know, like all of the Great Divide beers I've had this one is really well balanced. Like a good barleywine. Hmm. Well, for that the mouth is maybe a touch thin, but the fine balance of all of these things is there. Glad this one is so readily available!

12-17-2008 22:58:57 | More by charlesw
Photo of thespaceman


4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into 2 tulip glasses. (My boss Jay helping out on the review of this one).

Appearance: Deep dark in color, a nice tan head on the end of the pour. Nice lacing and retention. Absoloutley ZERO clarity.

Smell: An overload of some maltiness, chocolate, cherries, yeast and pinch of roasted nuttiness. Alot of you guys smelled a vanilla aroma in here, I just don't see it, there is too much of a roasted/coffee/chocolate aroma to even think a vanilla tinge exists.

Taste: Huge chocolate and espresso malts pop out big, a HUGE finish as well, esters/toffee and some excellent maltiness are paired with good carmelization. This one is smooth and robust on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly carbonated, doesn't get watered on the tongue at all, this one keeps it composure on the mouth. Beautifully bodied with the thickness.

Drinkability: This one is a sure fire winner for an Imperial Stout. The flavors are paired beautifully, this one taste like a chocolate cherry candy out of a Godiva chocolate box. A slow sipper that should be enjoyed on a nice cold winter night with friends. Definetley worth picking up again in the future!

12-17-2008 01:17:04 | More by thespaceman
Photo of KeefD


4.22/5  rDev -0.9%

Review from tasting notes:

Dark brown/black, creamed coffee head

Aroma: In comparing this regular Yeti, this has less booziness, and more chocolaty fudge, and light wood notes

Taste: Bitter chocolate, nice hoppiness, light oak and vanilla flavors

MF: Much smoother than it's younger brother, slick, creamy, good carbonation

Much more drinkable than regular Yeti, more smooth and creamy, alcohol more hidden.

12-16-2008 23:10:15 | More by KeefD
Photo of caskstrength


4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

Never had the non-aged Yeti, but consensus seems to be this is smoother/better.

pours a typical stout, black, carbonation is there to give you a 1/2 inch head with an average pour.

smell has a little oak, but otherwise the standard RIS flavors. coffee, vanilla, dried dark fruits, licorice.

taste does everything well. smooth, some sweet dark fruits, not syrupy. hops more than I'm used to for a stout.. Balanced, very much so. Just a really good version of the style, with hops enough to give it a unique feel with the fruity oaky notes (sometimes too much oak, actually). Nice complexity. Bitter, but not too much, which is nice considering the syrupy sweetness of many big stouts.

There seems to be a movement to have an "extreme" aspect to your RIS these days. Darkest. Strongest. Huge bourbon presence. Thickest. Sweetest. This beer tries to balance all of that.


12-16-2008 19:08:17 | More by caskstrength
Photo of Bung


4.22/5  rDev -0.9%

Black pour, brown foamy head. Roast malt, mocha, alcohol/barrel aromas. Flavors included some raisin, caramel, little vanilla. Charcoal midway, mellows away into a nicer finish than the regular Yeti. Lessened the bitterness I found in the regular, but the barrel lended a bit of burntness to me. Everyone seems to like this version better, but I find pluses and minuses in both. Excellent though.

12-15-2008 03:17:15 | More by Bung
Photo of Greggy


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

A- Pours a thick black color, tan/burnt orange head. Some speckled lace is present

S- Deep buttery chocolate and coffee in the nose. Nice balance

T- Starts off with chocolate, coffee, caramel, then you get a nice big dry buttery oakiness.

M- Silky smooth texture is great. Excellent dryness on the oaked finish.

D- Pretty drinkable stout. Definitely worlds better than the regular yeti. I will definitely have one of these again.

12-14-2008 21:23:35 | More by Greggy
Photo of alovesupreme


4/5  rDev -6.1%

Poured opaque black, with an excellent brown head with good retention.
Smells of Coffee, chocolate, a hint of hops and maybe a little molasses.
Chocolate, coffee and other roasted flavors are prominent. Some vanilla is in the mix along with some hop bitterness. The after taste is bitter due to both the hops and roasted characteristics.
Mouthfeel is very smooth with an excellent amount of carbonation due to the Oak aging.
Great RIS, not an every night brew, but I would love to have this once a month.

12-14-2008 07:34:35 | More by alovesupreme
Photo of Jayli


3.8/5  rDev -10.8%

This beer poured a gorgeous opaque black. About a 1 finger chocolate brown head - slightly modest, but has good retention. Thick lacing covers the pint glass the entire way down. Nose is of coffee, possibly some vanilla, carmelized malts, hops, and slight air of the alcohol contained. Taste is oddly hoppy - I was surprised given this is a Stout. There are definite tastes of coffee and some malts, there is a bitter after taste. The mouthfeel is as a stout should be. Overall, not a bad beer - I was slightly put off by the high hoppiness of this stout, but would try it again having an idea of the hops going in now.

12-14-2008 04:28:21 | More by Jayli
Photo of colts9016


4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Pour: Deep dark brown with a thick and creamy dark tan head.
Nose. Toasted, caramelized, chocolate malt, floral, pine, coffee, vanilla, and oak.
Taste: A deep immense chocolate and coffee flavor followed up by a complex malt characters. There are subtle hop undertones with hints of vanilla, oak and spice.
Body: Thick, chewy, and creamy.
Finish: Slightly bitter and acidic with a lasting impression on the palate.
Overall: A great beer that should achieve some recognition. My hat goes off to Great Divide.

12-11-2008 19:40:43 | More by colts9016
Photo of sholland119


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

On tap at TJs Everyday.

A-Deep jet black with not a hint of light. Thin light brown head and some nice lacing.

S-Vanilla sweetness, caramel, dark chocolate. Very nice.

T-Roastier than expected based on the nose which is a real plus. Also plenty of sweet malt and vanilla flavors, chocolate and caramel. Excellent.

M-Rich and creamy and smooth. Dessert in a glass.

D-Lots of flavor and body for the relatively low ABV (for the style). Quite enjoyable.


12-10-2008 15:13:50 | More by sholland119
Photo of mdcrouser


4.6/5  rDev +8%

12-10-08 Dark as night in a remote forest and with a monster head that may carry through into my nightmares, this is a seriously imposing beer. Oak and vanilla are quite apparent on the nose, capturing the senses, creeping into the lungs. It holds lightly on the tongue, not revealing its full potency until cycled past your cheeks, under your pallette, and down the back of your throat. It's big and burly - there might even be something abominable in there - but it also may be the smoothest beer I've ever had. And it actually gets a bit sweeter as it comes to temperature - kind of like getting cozy with a familiar Himalayan character. And it ends to be highly satisfying, leaving nothing to the imagination. No myth, this is a monster beer.

02-07-14 Enjoying it again five-plus years later... less imposing now than it was, maybe because I've enjoyed so many from the dark side since then.

I poured this one into my Boulevard tulip while watching the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics - Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands...

Heavier oak than vanilla in the nose. Bigger than I remember and I thought it was huge then. Silky, warming, a bit boozy, definitely a sipper for a cold night. A really good one.

12-10-2008 04:34:00 | More by mdcrouser
Photo of jkendrick


3.53/5  rDev -17.1%

Appearance: Black, no light. Moderate off-white head with some nice lacing.

Aroma: Definitely smells roasted. Reminded me of the burnt flavor of Starbucks coffee. There is also bitter chocolate and obvious alcohol.

Mouthfeel: A bit underwhelming. It's not as full-bodied as I would expect and has a prickly carbonation.

Taste: The taste is of the burnt coffee as I referenced in the aroma, bitter chocolate and a somewhat acidic taste. the alcohol was not well hidden in my opinion and, while the oak in noticeable, it doesn't compliment the character well.

Overall impression: I'll need to sample the regular Yeti again, but based on my recollection, I prefer the regular to the oak. That's unusual for me as I tend to favor the wood aged varieties. It's a decent Imperial stout, but far from the best.

12-09-2008 23:05:48 | More by jkendrick
Photo of Zadok


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Had on tap at The Yardhouse in KC.

Poured a pitch black with a delectable two finger head that had a melted chocolate ice cream appearance while it lasted.

Rich coffee beans and dark chocolate mixed with baker's chocolate.

Amazing flavor, dark coffee beans and chocolate to boot. Slight bitterness that you would get from bakers chocolate.

Very smooth and creamy with low carbonation. Probably the creamiest beer I have had to date.

This sets a new standard for stouts in terms of flavor and appearance in my opinion. Everything about this beer is world class.

12-09-2008 19:44:37 | More by Zadok
Photo of magictrokini


4.63/5  rDev +8.7%

Black pour with a thick brown head. Malt, chocolate, coffee, anc currants take over your nose. Viscous mouthfeel with a very smooth taste. Perfectly balanced malt and hop profiles with baker's chocolate, coffee, darker fruits, and oak blending in nicely. Bittersweet finish and long aftertaste. Simply an excellent beer.

12-08-2008 23:58:10 | More by magictrokini
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance: Pitch black body under a small, though dense, persistent, tan-colored head. Creamy, glass-coating lacing throughout.

Smell: Aroma of fully roasted malts and oak wood with appropriately roasty notes of licorice root, instant coffee, and unsweetened chocolate.

Taste: Dark, roasted malts tasting of slightly sweet dark chocolate, smoky creosote, and a half-shot of espresso. A smooth, drying oak character hits the palate midway through and slowly increases towards the finish. Tiny bit of vanilla and licorice. The citrus and pine hoppiness found in the standard Yeti seems to be diminished considerably by the oak, but there's still plenty of balancing bitterness to be found. Smooth finish with a delicate lingering oakiness. Everything from the roasted malts to the oak character to the hops are full in flavor but, thankfully, are never glaring or excessive.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Though certainly not always the case, I do prefer the oaked version over the standard. A full, flavorful beer that makes for pleasant sipping.

12-08-2008 14:10:48 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of corby112


4.9/5  rDev +15%

Pours a dark black with a thicky dark brown head. Aroma of vanilla, roasted maltiness, chocolate and dark fruit. The oak aging gives this beeer an amazing vanilla flavor that balances out the dark chocolate/ coffee taste of the original yeti. Very smooth drinkable beer considering its strength.

12-02-2008 05:48:48 | More by corby112
Photo of rudylaw


3.9/5  rDev -8.5%

Of course it's dark... it's an RIS. I smell tons of coffee and chocolate. I taste a ton of each... roasted malts to boot. There's also some hoppy bitterness in here, though I'm not getting a lot of oak. It's very silky.

I rocked this before all the food on Thanksgiving. It would have been better as an after dinner beverage, but all in all, it's a solid stout. Not worth $10, but solid.

12-02-2008 02:39:00 | More by rudylaw
Photo of glid02


4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Had this on-tap at Taco Mac in Decatur. This was my introduction to good beer a while back and it's been entirely too long since I've revisited this beer.

Pours black with a half-finger light brown head. The head dissipates fairly quickly into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a thin ring around the glass. There's not much lacing.

Smells largely of chocolate, with hints of roasted malts coming through.

Tastes great. Tons of chocolate up front backed up by roasted malts and ending with a very mild bitterness. The amount of chocolate really is awesome, and there's no hint of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is great. Very thick with subdued carbonation, like an alcohol milkshake.

Drinkability is great. I downed one of these very fast and could have a few too many more with no problem.

Overall this is a great beer. I've yet to try the regular Yeti, so I'm looking forward to seeing how the oak changes the beer. Try this is you haven't already.

12-02-2008 01:42:55 | More by glid02
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


4.05/5  rDev -4.9%

Big thanks to session1979 for this bomber!

Appearance: Pours oily black with a thick, dark, crimson-brown head. No light passes through, not even at the edges. Head heaves up to about a one-finger finger height, before simmering into a thin, sticky halo. Love the color of the head! Second pour into this pint glass produces a larger head with better lacing. This is one good looking brew.

Smell: Mainly dark chocolate with sweet, dark berries. Caramel and a bit of oak apparent when you really swirl it. Smell is pleasant, though extremely faint. You really gotta dig in with this one. EDIT (05-17-09): Wouldn't call it faint at all - lots of dark chocolate, followed by smoke, molasses, oak, and alcohol.

Taste: Begins with semi-sweet chocolate chips and caramel, followed by alcohol-soaked cherries. Maybe some merlot in there too. Burnt malts and sweet oak in the finish, along with a touch of dry alcohol. Also picking up some piney hops.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth with a pretty hefty amount of mouth-numbing. Carbonation seemed a tad too high at first, however second pour is much better. Thick, full-bodied, and creamy with a dry finish. EDIT (05-17-09): No carbonation problems the second time around - very smooth and creamy, though still finishes very dry.

Drinkability: Drink as slowly as possible. Mouth gets numb pretty quick and flavors start disappearing. With a full 22oz to go through, I took a break after finishing the first pour. At the beginning of each glass, the taste was awesome, but it slowly went downhill from there. Never did the taste go bad; it just lost a lot of it's complexity. EDIT (05-17-09): No idea what I was talking about here. Didn't feel that way at all about it the second time around, though I also only sampled a few ounces of it. I bumped the score up 0.5.

11-25-2008 03:36:42 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of coalcracker


4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

Appearance: Very dark, almost opaque hue. A little head noticed after the pour.
Smell: Aroma is of coffee, cocoa, very malty.
Taste: Chocolate is the first dominant flavor to arise. Coffee and dark roasted malts soon present thereafter. Mild hop bitterness is also noted though the astringent nature of the hops is mostly muted. The oaked aspect isn't that noticeable IMO. Well-balanced overall.
Mouthfeel: Silky and smooth
Drinkability: I would consider this a great after-dinner brew with the ABV being a bit restricting for drinkability. Nonetheless, this is a well-construced brew!

11-22-2008 20:21:59 | More by coalcracker
Photo of Bananaman


3.7/5  rDev -13.1%

Yeti oh Yeti. This oak aged monster is really interesting, again one of those beers which are a bit hyped here in Sweden. Thanks to Ljunkan for sharing this one!

Looks great! The bottle looks awesome and the beer is almost black with a nice brown foam, really large foam actually.

Smells really interesting, notes of vanilla, fudge, dark chocolate and hardy rosted notes together with a big hoppiness. Amazing smell!

When it comes to the taste things get a bit out of hand. Those hardly rosted malts together with the spicy very bitter American hops get a bit too much for me. I would have liked it a bit milder and rounder.

11-22-2008 16:13:34 | More by Bananaman
Photo of Ljunkan


3.65/5  rDev -14.3%

650 ml bottle shared with Bananaman.

Pours a dark black color with a thick, brown head. Looks really nice in the glass imo, you definitely want to taste it!

Smell is vanilla, oak, hops (citrus), fudge, toffee and dark chocolate. Very nice smell, so for no wrong.

Taste is of hard roasted malt, coffee, almost tar, lots of citrus hops, with a BIG, and I mean, BIG bitterness. Lots of burnt notes aswell. I would say this is a bit too bitter and hoppy for my taste.

Mouthfeel is quite good though, it's very filling with a big body, almost sticky, but I must say it's a bit "harsh" also. Not that drinkable...

Well... I don't think the hard roasted malts is working with the big bitterness in the taste as well as you can hope for. I thought this one would be a bit more "rounded" and mellow due to the oak aging process. Still a good imperial stout, though it doesn't live up to the "hype".

11-22-2008 08:55:35 | More by Ljunkan
Photo of roadhouse


3.8/5  rDev -10.8%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appears pitch black with a one inch tan head. Leaves some spotty lacing but nothing too great.

Aroma is surprisingly less than the regular Yeti with notes of chocolate, dark fruit, light oak, and mild coffee.

Taste is initially chocolately with some dark fruit character midway through but this is also when the oak character kicks into full gear and kind of overshadows everything. Pretty bitter ending with some hop flavors coming through as well, but also a decent amount of hot alcohol.

Mouthfeel is the best point of this beer. It's medium-full in body and extremely creamy.

This one really disappointed. I loved the regular Yeti when I tried it. This seems to be an example where oak doesn't improve the flavor. This was one of the new bottles though so I'm sure it would improve with some age.

11-21-2008 04:23:33 | More by roadhouse
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Reviewed 2/23/08. Bottle. Beautiful beer: pours a dark black with a nice thick dark tan, almost red head. Aroma of roast, chocolate, smoke, alcohol, oak. Tastes of chocolate (especially as the beer warmed), roast, coffee, dark fruits. This is a thick, rich, heavy beer! The alcohol is definitely present in the aroma and taste and warms your mouth as you drink this. An excellent beer but definitely a slow sipper.
Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 5/5
Flavor: 8/10
Palate: 5/5
Overall: 16/20

11-19-2008 13:37:32 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of pokesbeerdude


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

A: Black, and opaque, obsidian black, nice brown head about half an inch thick, rocky and dense, excellent clingy lacing, very tiny small bubbles in the head. A little darker than the original yeti. This is pitch black, absolutely no light penetrates it.

S: Coffee, chocolate, nice boozey burn right in the middle of the mix, burnt malts, brown sugar, a faint detection of hops. The oak flavor is there as well.

T: Slightly tame, nice chocolate presence, faint bitterness, but mostly a roasted bitterness, the brown sugar is really present, as far as the oak flavor, it is there but not as oaked as other wood aged beers. The hop flavor really pops out and leaves a citrus rind taste in the mouth. There is an alcohol presence, but more something that you would find in a whiskey, not a beer booze flavor. It is very refined and tamed down from the original yeti.

M: Thick, almost no carbonation in this one, coats the mouth nicely, and suprisingly, there is little alcohol burn. Really creamy and thick.

D: This one goes down easy enough for what it is. The alcohol is nicely balanced and the other flavors really compliment each other nicely. It is thick and heavy, but this goes down nice and easy. I wonder what it would be like on nitro.

11-17-2008 00:51:19 | More by pokesbeerdude
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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