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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutOak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

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3,673 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,673
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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Photo of mwilbur


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

Poured from 22 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Flows thick and black into the glass...opaque...no light comes through with backlighting. Nice 1/2 inch dark espresso foam settles relatively quickly. Looks like a potent molasses. Mmmm...
S: Strong and dark...perfect! Oak, EtOH esters, dark chocolate, hint of vanilla bean, bourbon, hint of whiskey, and probably a lot more that I'm missing. Tremendous.
T: Following the advice of previous reviews, I've let this warm up. Alcohol is a little too dominant. Sweeter notes don't quite balance it out. Baker's chocolate, molasses, hint of dark roast coffee. Strong bourbon note.
M: Nice and smooth. Creamy feel. High alcohol content produces a slightly off-putting bitter finish.
D: A hell of a beer and definitely a sipper. However it is one that rewards the time you put into it. I wish I had another one. This would be a good one to enjoy as a digestif in the winter with the snow falling...nice. Will definitely seek this out again!

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 01:59:33 | More by mwilbur
Photo of jisom123


3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At cold temps, this Imp St. comes across as slightly watery, but once it warms to 50+, the flavor comes out and it tastes much better.

Brown head. Medium-low carbonation. medium aftertaste stays on course with the beers full-mouth flavor.
9.5 abv; tastes like 11%.

Good beer overall. Definitely worth the price. Buy three: two for you, one for a seasoned stout fan. Don't drink them too cold or the taste comes across as rushed and watery. Temp is very important on this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 02:40:16 | More by jisom123
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: This is a beautiful-looking stout. Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an impenetrable black color and a thick consistency. There was big, brown, foamy, long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: Smelled mainly of coffee, roasted malt, hops and light chocolate.

T: Big flavor, though not as powerful as one would've imagined. Malt, coffee, chocolate, bourbon and hops. A tasty mix.

M: A fairly high amount of carbonation and a smooth, dry finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is a good example of a stout, no doubt about that. It's well-constructed and flavorful. Definitely a heavy beer, as stouts tend to be, but still excellent.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 13:06:42 | More by avalon07
Photo of paco1029384756


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

Pours black, thick and heavy with minimal tan head.

Scent of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, oak, and whiskey.

Taste of sweet whiskey and oak starts with roasted malts and chocolate coming in. Coffee flavor comes in and finishes dry with some alcohol and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is extremely clean and smooth.

Overall this is just an awesome beer and I am glad I have access to it as I will be buying it many more times.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 01:01:57 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of oneeye


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.
A. Pours an espresso shade of black. A tan head with a caramel looking oil slick at the top of the foam. A blueish ebony tint that glows throughout the pint glass.
S. The aroma of alcohol and oak hits the nose first. The hint of dark fruits, bakers chocolate, and espresso makes up the rest of the aroma as the Yeti warms a bit. The alcohol dominates the aroma.
T. At first the bitter hops, oak, and the taste of alcohol are present. A complex of flavors mix together well. Bitter bakers chocolate, espresso, roasted malts, a hint of vanilla, and a hint of dry roasted nuts. I detect a bit of earthiness as well. A good bit of earthy bitter hops. The Yeti finishes dry with a rush of alcohol that warms you up both inside and out.
M. The mouthfeel is creamy with a bitter bite. A thick solid body that finishes dry with a warmth of alcohol.
D. The drinkability of the Oak Aged Yeti is good. Your better off letting this bad boy warm a bit to get the full flavor. When chilled the alcohol can dominate. As it warms is when the flavor mixes together to make this a remarkable beer to enjoy. It's a sipper and that is ok for me.
Thanks Mike for splitting the Yeti with me!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 15:48:40 | More by oneeye
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours a jet black from a bomber into 2 pint glasses. A nice dark tan head forms.

S. Hops, Alcohol, hints of roasted coffee.

T. Roasted malt accented by vanilla. The oak character is very present in this beer. Notes of chocolate and a lingering bitter alcohol finish.

M. Creamy on the tongue, smooth overall feel. Full bodied.

D. I'd call this a session beer, but you probably wouldn't.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 23:28:53 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of BirdFlu

New Jersey

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

I must say the first things that really caught my attention here were the nice reflective label and just the fact that it is named after the Yeti.. anyway, I pretty much knew what I would be getting into here.. the pour is just black, no light gets thru it at all, it looks like you are pouring black paint into a glass and the head is a very dark brown. Its really quite amazing to look at.
I didn't notice very much in the smell outside of normal RIS affair- malts, maybe a bit of roasted nut and chocolate aroma- but it seemed prett subdued.
Flavor is very roasted malt, chocolatey (though not necessarily just dark chocolate), a bit earthy and woody (it is oak-aged afterall). It is sweet, but it isn't too bold. It's fairly bitter, a bit too hoppy even.
Mouth is not as heavy as you are expecting it might be, though its still pretty thick and full bodied. Its better than average.
The overall drinkability of the beer is hard to really pin down. Its more flavorful and delicious than most stouts and its really nice to sip, however it really starts to weigh you down and becomes hard to finish an entire bomber without sharing some (which.. who would EVER want to do that??). By the end I was forcing myself to keep taking sips because I felt like I had just eaten a chocolate cake. If it were in normal 12oz. bottles that would be better I think. If you love RIS's, though, you wont mind.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 15:35:15 | More by BirdFlu
Photo of Poser


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

Pitch black pour with a slow-rising tan head that never goes away. Aroma is roasted malts -- coffee and dark chocolate. Strong coffee flavors up front that stick with you throughout with the woodsy textures. I don't notice any hops until after the finish -- I'm lost in the woodsy textures and slight alcohol bite.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 00:12:54 | More by Poser
Photo of changeup45


3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3/22/08. Pours a black color topped with a nice thick deep brown head. The head does settle down to small patches on top. Roasted malt aroma with toffee and molasses backed with some hops. Mouthfeel is rich, heavy and very full. Flavor starts with roasted bitter malts with some burned dark chocolate and toffee. It finishes with some bitter hops and a lot of bold black coffee which can be tasted in the aftertaste for a long time. A bit dry and warming. There isn't necessarily an alcoholic rush but the flavors are bold, bitter and complex and it is evident that this beer is high in abv. I loved sampling this beer. It's probably not going to be a regular for me and I doubt I want too many at one seating but this beer was quite a bit of fun. I have a bottle of the Oak Aged version so I look forward to that one.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 00:43:55 | More by changeup45
Photo of swizzlenuts


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

The beer is, to be blunt, thick and black as fuck. Nice tan finger head on top, pretty much exactly how I expected it to be. The nose on the beer smells like a combination of chocolate with hints of oak. The first thing that came to my head after drinking this is, "ooohh man!" The beer is chocolaty, hints of oak, and a nice bite from the hops. The peat comes through initially, chocolates following, and the bitterness at the end. This is incredibly good. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, and the beer isn't so strong that one could probably drink a few.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 22:24:25 | More by swizzlenuts
Photo of czfreeman


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

This beer pours out the darkish brown you could possibly achieve without turing black. Tan espresso color cap on this brew. Pours out out ridicuously deliciously thick and creamy.
Aromas of bitter cocoa, cream in the balance, vanilla, oaks in the aroma, sugared candy malts.
flavor of oaked vanilla mochas, dry finish, spicy chocolates, nice bitter toffees, glazed caramels.
Mouthfeel is a mouthfull of full lactic mocha, finishes with a nice biting citric-alcohol bitter chocolate spiciness. highly drinkable, this Yeti was a year old and still had all teeth intact, so a fresh bottle should completly blow your had off.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 03:12:53 | More by czfreeman
Photo of UA8


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

A- Pours a deep dark chocolate brown/ black. Head is bountiful consisting of caramel colored froth.

S- Scents of Richly roasted malts, cocoa, oak, leather, and a hint of alcohol.

T- Tastes of dark chocolate, roasted malts, resinous hops, bourbon and a touch of caramel. As it warms the alcohol peeks out a bit more.

M- Rich and moderately heavy with a nice light carbonation

D- A very enjoyable yet more of a sipping stout, would be a nice stand in for one of my other favorite beverages a nice glass of bourbon. Very well presented.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 01:00:54 | More by UA8
Photo of barleywinefiend


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

Poured a deep, thick black with brownish hints. Had some nice carbonation, deep brown head. Nose was roasted malts and that mmm mmm mmm oak smell. Taste started out like a stout with that deep oak all the way through then the vanilla comes out. Great indeed. This thing is a masterpiece. I dont know how long it was in the oak but it tasted like years and years. It was so deep.

Thanks April :)

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 03:17:55 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Opaque pitch black with a chocolately head. Beautiful.

Smell: Malty, chocolately, roasty.

Taste: Much more bitter than I anticipated. Very Astringent. Acrid. Needs more age. Oak does come through but only slightly in the middle as an alcoholic vanilla flavor. Alcohol is very evident and not smooth at all. Very intense flavors that I'm not used to.

EDIT: This beer is much better warmed up. DON'T DRINK IT COLD. After warming, the alcohol goes away as does the astringency to a point. Oak comes through much better as a warm sweet smokey vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Creamy. Hot from alcohol.

Drinkability: Very difficult to finish. Just too harsh for my tastes. I think it is too much roasted malts as it seems like I'm drinking charcoal.

EDIT: After warming, this beer is much more enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 02:42:22 | More by Squelch
Photo of denflyr


4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall, what a beer! Now I have always been fond of Great Divivdes work...but still its awesome!

Poured into Great Divide Yeti Snifter Glass. It came out almost like motor oil color, but not quite the same consistency.

As the beer has warmed, the aromas start jumping out and the coffee and chocolate aromas are very present, but suprising not tons of oak on the nose.

It tastes wonderful and has a nice coffee and dark chocolate component. The oak is subdued and for a beer that has a fairly high IBU's, the hoppiness mingles nicely and does not attack your palate. Overall a wonderful mouthfeel and a very drinkable beer!

Can't wait for my next sip!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 00:32:51 | More by denflyr
Photo of treyrab


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22ozer into a pint

A: The appearance is that of dark oil, with a creamy brown head. The appearance rivals that of any immaculate stout, very nice

S: The smell is very strong! Tons of dark coffee and cocoa with alcohol definitely present

T: The taste is remarkably smooth! From the smell I thought this was gonna be a burner, but it went down so smooth due to the oak age. This was remarkable with tons of coffee flavor.

M,D: The mouthfeel was rather heavy and due to the hiding of the ABV, this drinkability is decent

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 14:29:14 | More by treyrab
Photo of deltatauhobbit


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

Thanks to grandq for sending this want off my list, informed it was aged in his cellar for 6 months.

Pours a dark black color with a large tan head, fades slowly and leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell is very malty with good roasted tones, light vanilla aroma, some dark fruit presence as well.

Taste has quite the kick and is very hot, bit distracting and not masked as well as other RIS's, thick and chewy though, decent roasted malt, coffee and woody taste but the hotness makes it too one-sided.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 22:52:59 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of paytoplay


4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark rich dense and intense. Everything you are looking for in an Imperial Stout. Not to mention Oak aged. Some wood and smoke are present, and the texture if really awesome. Worth seeking out. All the usual suspects, coco nib, chocolate, alc is mild, coffee.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 21:33:23 | More by paytoplay
Photo of elniko


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

Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: Deep dark opaque coloring, half finger of tan head that dissipated leaving lacing. Nice looking brew.

S: Strong coffee tones on the nose, very nice. Whets the appetite for what is to come.

T: I have yet to have the standard Yeti and am curious to compare between the two. Rich chocolate and coffee in taste initially and then hops hit giving the beer a really solid but not overwhelming bitterness in the mouthfeel. No hint of the high ABV at all in the taste. Outstanding. The only reason I do not rate a 5 is that I am very new to RIS tasting.

D: Definitely drinkable, dangerous beer since easily drinkable but high ABV could a problem after a full bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 21:04:40 | More by elniko
Photo of grs8313


3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1pt bottle with no drink by/ bottling date. Pours black with a head that is 2 fingers, but dissolves down revealing fish eyes and lacing on the glass. When poured the beer looked a little syrupy and thick.

Smell: Coffee, apricots and alcohol scents. Very faint hint of vanilla and hops. The alcohol scent is more prominent than any of the other scents. I thought I would get more coffee scents from this beer, but the alcohol dominated.

Taste: Alcohol flavors straight off. Some cherry flavors on the sides of the tongue. Sweet and malty notes on the tip of the tongue. The aftertaste is bitter coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel: Slightly carbonated, but thin feeling. The beer leaves the mouth feeling a bit dry.

Drinkability: Loads of alcohol flavor and after only a few sips I could feel the alcohol in my system. The coffee aftertaste would skew any other beer you taste, but I will not need any other drinks for the night.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 01:46:33 | More by grs8313
Photo of Strix


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

Pours thick, completely opaque black with a brown head.

Smells very nice. Dark chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and piney hops.

Roasted and burnt flavors, dark chocolate, wood, and piney hops present in the taste. I do like this better than the regular yeti, but again the hops are a little bit forward for me. This is a big beer.

Mouthfeel very smooth.

Worth finding; a big, interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 00:17:36 | More by Strix
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

A: Poured a very dark mahogany when held up to the light, otherwise appeared almost opaque and black in nature with a medium khaki head.

S: fresh rich, roasted chocolate, dark coffee and a fresh huge citrus hop flavor.

T: a deep dark roasted palate providing heartiness while dark fruit, vanilla bean, cocoa and an sweet charred oaky woodiness providing complexity and outstanding flavors. The flavor was very well rounded, smooth and left a lingering dry hop bitterness on the fade.

M: medium, silky smooth, with a nice viscosity on the tongue and good carbonation.

D: For drinkability its liquid gold going down and one of the best beers ive had in awhile. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 23:06:29 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of NoLiberty


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

Pours from the tap at Nørrebro Bryghus in Copenhagen a deep rich black with a solid 3 finger toffee colored head. Head settles into a thick bubbling cap with high lacing.

Very nice aroma, but not incredibly strong. A nice balance of fruit, vanilla, wood, coffee chocolate and bitter malt. Aroma begins with subtle dried fruits of raisin and dates followed by a slight vanilla aroma, which leads to chocolate an d finishes dry and burnt bitter. Complex and comforting with warm alcohol notes wrapping it all up nicely.

Flavor is slightly more abrupt than the smoothness of the aroma. More bitter, hopping, burnt and coffee notes prevail in the rich and strong flavors. Starts out slightly sweet and moves to a deep malty burnt middle followed by bitterness and coffee notes and cleans out with alcohol warmth. Finishes quite clean.

Medium to big bodied with decent carbonation and warming alcohol feel. Drinkable for the strength.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2008 12:56:32 | More by NoLiberty
Photo of Damian


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

Drank on-tap at the Dirty Truth, Northampton, MA
Served in a fluted glass

Poured an absolute pitch black with a bubbly, one-finger, mocha colored head that left spotty blocks of lacing all down the glass.

The aroma was rich, sweet and enticing. Powdered cocoa dominated. Vanilla and oak were noticeable as well. A touch boozy with some hops trailing in the background.

The taste was similar to the aroma. Rich, sweet and malty with dark chocolate notes coming through strongest. Creamy and smooth. Black coffee was noticeable as well. Dark and roasty yet not in the least bit acrid or harsh. Vanilla, oak and dark stone fruits appeared in the center along with a touch of licorice. Sprucey, piney, slightly citrusy hops came through on the finish. The hops were intense yet not at all overwhelming, and they provided a perfect balanced to this sweeter than average imperial stout. The hops carried into the long-lasting aftertaste, which eventually turned chocolatey and semi-sweet. Surprisingly, the oak presence in this beer was rather mild. Perhaps its purpose was merely to help smooth and round out the flavors. Whatever the case, this was a damn tasty brew.

The mouthfeel was full-bodied and ultra smooth. Mouth coating. The beer enveloped my tongue and never let go. Super creamy and rich with a very fine, moderate carbonation.

This was an incredibly smooth and relatively drinkable beer. It lacked the extreme bitterness and the harsh acridness found in many of the other examples of the style. The 9.5% ABV was also very well masked.

All in all, this was definitely one of the finest examples of a Russian imperial stout I have tried. Pair this one with a chocolate dessert or, even better, let it be the dessert.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2008 06:11:27 | More by Damian
Photo of BigJTrucker


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

Pours a pitch black color, with a thick dark brown head. Absolutely beautiful foam lacing. Aroma is huge on this beer. Lots of oak, cocoa, coffee, and hops. I get a big taste of piney hops, with some faint cocoa notes that fades as the oak flavor picks up. Very nice indeed. Mouthfeel is very thick and smooth. A very strong, flavorfull, well balanced brew. Amazing.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 07:01:35 | More by BigJTrucker
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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