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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,112 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,112
Reviews: 1,607
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 293
Gots: 730 | FT: 34
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
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 MarkFy
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into a snifter.

Look: Pitch black with a brown head that disappears quickly.

Smell: some bourbon, little chocolate, maybe a dark fruit

Taste: Coffee upfront with a bitter chocolate flavor in the middle, with a slightly sweet finish.

Drinkability: Not as boozy as I anticipated, which means I could probably have the bomber to myself and feel pretty good at the end but not too bad!

Overall, a great stout. One suggestion: don't serve it too chilled, let it warm up a little, brings out more of the flavors and improves drinkability.

Photo of HopHead29
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served in snifter

pours pitch black with very dark tan head. Leaves moderate amount of lacing with a sort of ok head retention.

smell is of coffee beans, some dark fruit, vanilla, and firewood

taste is really chocolaty. bitter coffee and more dark fruit. has a bit of a burnt roasted character to it as well. Flavors really well blended.

takes some time to drink this one but still very good beer.

Photo of davesway10
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dense pitch black. Beautiful. Not sure how to describe the head, coppery ? The taste is fantastic, lively. Really wasn't sure what to expect from this beer when i bought it, and now I'm hoping, praying that my local beer guy will continue to provide this fine brew. This beer will always be on my must buy list. I'll be looking for more brews from these guys.

Photo of backfat
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours an opaque black with traces of dark ruby along it's edges. very lively for an imperial stout. three finger cinnamon colored head was one of the largest of any imperial stout i've ever had, with impressive lace. the smell right off the bat is citrus hops. nice. roasted malt and chocolate as well. very milky feel then a bitter hit. the oak defiantly gives it a very woody flavor that is dominated by bitterness with a roasted malt backround and a tart finish and that's it. not too complex. overwhelmed by wood and bitter. then i let it warm. whole different story. the taste was warming alcohol and cocoa. very nice. i would not recommend drinking this beer cold.

Photo of hopsbreath
2.98/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a viscous jet black with huge fluffy espresso colored head. Definetely taste the oak in the this one. Very smokey in a fairly unpleasant way. I have not had the non-oaked version but am curious about it due to the smoke on theis one overwhelming virtually all other flavors. Thick mouth feel overall but maybe a little thin for an imperial stout. Not my favorite but maybe someone who goes for oaked beers would like this one.

Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great Divide
Oak Aged Yeti
Imperial Stout

L= 4.5 Large, billowing, dark brown, sustaining head that pours a black oily, motor oil body. Excellent lacing!

S= 4.0 Lots of hops, heavy dark roasted malts, faint oak presence, earthy undertones, and fruity esters like dark cherry and fig

T= 4.0 upfront bitterness with big earthy tones. Esters follow through from the nose as well with fruity esters and a long bitter finish. Great beer

F= 4.5 Creamy, chewy feel. The oak adds a bit of dryness to this brew. Great addition to an already great beer.

D= 4.0 This beer is not a session beer! I could savor the flavor of this brew for a good while and would love to do so. Amazing beer from great divide...again!

Photo of jhall00
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Deep mocha brown/black with subtle tan head.

S- Malty chocolate nose. No real vanilla present in smell.

T- Chocolate mocha maltiness with a hint of vanilla

M- Full bodied with light carbonization. Good coating mouthfeel. A good sipping beer.

D- Definitely a sipping beer with noticeable alcohol.

Photo of TommyW
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pitch black with a foamy, tan head.

S- Lots of roasted aromas with big notes of strong coffee and dark chocolate with a faint whiff of alcohol.

T- Nice layers of roasted malt with dark chocolate and espresso coming through. A nice oaky wood flavor is noticeable. The big malt profile is balanced perfectly by the burnt malts, oak wood and noticeable alcohol.

M- Big full body that glibes smoothly over the tongue.

D- A great sipper bear; a great RIS and the wood-aging just makes it even better.

Photo of Pabs311
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours dark brown, almost black. with a rich mocha colored head that lingers for a while and leaves way for some decent lacing. good looking beer.

S- alont of chocolate in the nose, with some coffee and a very faint hint of vanilla. less vanilla than what i was expecting with the advertised oak. not much different than most imperial stouts i've had.

T- pretty mirror image to the smell. alot of chocolate with some coffe and a hint of vanilla. some alcohol, bit not overwhelming, almost welcoming.

M/D- Full bodied, very light carbonation. good mouthfeel, coats the palate well. good sipping beer, and a good one to share with friends. i can see a couple of these in my future.

Photo of BeerGodz
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap @ the POPE

Look: Midnight black, with a fluffy brown head and excellent lacing

Smell: Roasted malt, vanilla, and dark roasted coffee

Taste: Up Front: Dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee. Finish: Vanilla, oak, chocolate, dark fruit

Mouthfeel: Full body, very rich and creamy. Super smooth

Drinkability: Alcohol is noticeable, but it is not overwhelming.

Overall Impression: This is simply an amazing example of a barrel aged R.I.S. Very complex, and well balanced. Needless to say Oak Aged Yeti get's my highest recommendation!

Photo of Sam21
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into Duvel tulip. Ink black with thick creamy clingy light brown head. The smell is vanilla, woody, and a sweetness in the back. Tastes just as it smells with the vanilla sweetness being balanced by the dry woody flavors. The alcohol adds a pleasing warmth to these flavors. Almost chocolaty sweetness in the back. The beer is thick and full bodied and coats the mouth. Very easy to palate but definitely a sipper.

Photo of kirkpjr
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a "growler" AKA milk jug from Vulcan Beverages. Reviewed from notes.

A: Thick syrupy darkness. Kind of reminded me of chocolate milk coming out of the carton. Forms a 1/2 inch dark brown head.

S: Smells just like the regular yeti - roasted malts, chocolate, and maybe some sweet fruits. Faint oak scent.

T: Here's where the oak really comes in. Rich chocolate and malts followed by a nice oak bite to dry out the finish.

M: Creamy and warming. The oak adds a crispness to the finish but the flavor still covers the mouth.

D: Very rich. A nice growler to share with friends before it loses freshness. A nice nightcap or desert beer.

Photo of Andreji
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

no. 2 of the american beers tried during the Taste of Paste beer event @ the stag's head.

And thank god this was not my first, because opposingly this one is a blunt exhibit of extreme americana.

thick dark pour going from black to black-er, opaque with a much smaller head than i expected for the apperance.

Smell is strong and perceivable right off the bat, strong alcohol and woody feel (seems redundant, it is oak-aged), but it doesn't seem like beer at once- not a smell i've felt on a stout ever so i credit the surprise it gave me.

The taste is very strong and complex, hard to love it at first but in the end very nice, a cross between a scotch and a very dark stout, whisky dark chocolate truffle-like if it helps the description. alcohol is not hidden on its very thick cake-like body so it can be overwhelming on every sip and definetly not one you can session.

but, all in all, the greatness of american diversity.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-thicker head, looks quite nice, milk chocolate color, very good retention and a thin lacing completely covering the glass

S-not huge in the nose; but a fair amount of aroma coming forth, a burnt roasted malts, dark choclate, and a touch of vanilla start it off. Licorice, oak, some molasses and alcohol finish it off. Some sweet ripe dark fruits come in as the beer warms keeping the alcohol involved

T-the taste follows the nose and is quite nice. Lots of dark chocolate, some burnt coffee malt, some warming from the alcohol in the middle. The oak comes in next with a touch of vanilla and even more dark chocolate. Sweet ripe dark fruits with notes of citrus hops bring up the rear and there is also a touch of hop bitterness as well

M-thick, creamy, smooth, perfect body with the right amount of carbonation. You could practically eat this beer, full body!

D-4.5 easy going down for me, I will drink this one quite often it is ever so present. Well balanced, not to sweet, not too malty, touch of hops.

Photo of Chico1985
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great looking beer - black with nice fluffy tan head, sticks around pretty well. Smell is great too, chocolate and baked goods. Smells like fresh fudge brownies. Taste is excellent, smooth, chocolate and roastiness mixes very well with vanilla and oak. Still getting a huge fudge/baked goods vibe, so good. Pretty strong piny hops. Dessert-like without being over the top whatsoever. Goes down pretty easy for 9.5%. This is probably my favorite of the Yeti's, the oak adds a new layer and smoothness to the beer.

Photo of Trizzle
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with claret highlights. Nice 1" head retains well, only slowly fading leaving an icing of off white crema. Some lace.

Smell: Whoa!. Hops, oak, coffee beans, toffee, fresh warm dark bread, caramel, rum, dried fruits, dark chocolate,background smoke.. Wow. Huge, complex and delicious. I get something different each time I pick it up. 5

Taste: Bready, toasted and only slightly sweet toffee malt that enters slowly and subtely with some tongue tingling carbonation - quickly followed by a sharp floral hop assault. Loads of hops. The oak is quite present as well adding to the flora with some pine and mint. The finish is more floral hops and coffee bitterness.

Take 2: This thing is a different beast when warmed. Sweetnes typical of so many dark beers far more present with rum, raisin and dark chocolate kicking in from the get go. Hops are still king here mind you, just a much more balanced experience when warmer. Apart from a gentle warming sensation and an all too familiar feeling of well being kicking in by the end of the bottle, the alcohol isn't really there....

Both the malt, and then hops flavours are top notch but the balance is a little off for mine...

The mouthfeel is medium full, smooth and silky with appropriate mid levels of carbonation.

Drinkability: Sip and contemplate. And sip. Share one. Share 6.

NB: I realise I'm preaching to the choir here but if you must choose: drink this too warm rather than too cold... My first half a wine glass i thought was average.. Softens and develops amazingly with just a few extra degrees.

Photo of Arenbeer
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Tulip Glass

A- Poured a jet black with a thin darker brown head leaving a right amount of lacing.

S- The oak is definitely the first smell that hits you, but when you get beyond it you come across some delicious smelling roasted malts and a hint of sweet chocolate.

T- Oak and vanilla at first but as that fades the sweet chocolate and malts come out to blend this brew perfectly, expecially as it warms up a bit.

M- A great medium body brew with a slight bitter and very low carbonated finish. Insanely smooth going down and the alcohol comes out alittle more as it warms.

Definitely a great stout from GD, I'm impressed. Gonna get this again no doubt.


Photo of CampusCrew
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, loaded head and creamy dark froth.

smell: definitly smell the oak. some coffee, and chocolate aromas

taste: solid oaky flavor. perfect not overpwering. rich and slight chocolate roasted flavors but had a smooth rich taste

mouthfeel: thick, creamy, good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: amazing world class RIS.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A nightcap paired with The Iron Chef, Morimoto vs. Love.

Bottle dated 11/19/09. Opaque black with a large, dark cocoa colored head. Thick, 1 finger thick retention at all times left multiple tiers of lace stuck to my glass like flies in honey. Looks like what I picture an archetypal imperial stout to be.

Sugary aroma. Creamy vanilla flavored coffee creamer and roast chocolate held together with an oaky smoothness.

Thick and malty chocolate vanilla espresso with an oaken tart zing. Flavors get a hoppy push forward. Sneaky alcoholic warmth that is surprisingly tame considering how young this beer is. The warmer it gets, the roastier it gets.

Too sugary to start a night with, strictly a dessert beer for me.

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

Appearance: This is one of the best looking beers I've ever had. Pours like oil. Deep dark, midnight black body. Amazing mocha head that stands 2 fingers over the liquid goodness. Lacing down the entire side of the glass.

Smell: Mmm.. Chocolate, mocha, coffee, roasted malts. I get some of the oak in the nose. Not really any alcohol detected here.

Taste: The taste is incredible. Rich & creamy. Chocolate, and roasted malts. I love this beer.

Drinkability: If this wasn't nearly 10abv I would love to session this. So smooth and sweet.

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

Midnight black with a thick, caramel-colored head. A beautiful sight. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, oak, and roasted malt. The taste is absolutely phenomenal. The first thing that hits me is the chocolate, caramel aspects. Then I get a bit of the woody, vanilla followed on the finish by a drying roasted malt and hop. There's a bit of a restrained fruitiness throughout of dark cherries and raisins though I think the oak influence and dark chocolaty malt takes center stage. The balance of flavors is unbelievable. Very smooth and creamy with a mild and pleasant bite on the finish from the oak. One of the best imperial stouts I've tasted in a long while. I was very sad to see the bottom of the glass on this one. Highly recommended.

Photo of stephens101
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A prolific dark almond head peaks just above the rim of the SA specialty glass, hesitates shortly, then begins to fade very slowly until it practically stops with about two fingers still left and with a full sheet of lace above that to the rim. Color is gunmetal black. After a bit more waiting the head begins to recede again slightly, just as slowly as before. I've never seen a froth recede in such distinct stages like this. Pretty cool.

Ok, let's get down to business. Smells hoppy, oaky and chocolaty at first. There's some metallic notes in there somewhere. Second impressions reveal some mocha, some slight sweet malts and some sublime candied sweetness. Definitely unique aroma no matter how you cut it.

Tastes of pure dark chocolate sans any sweet notes. A quick hit of alcohol heat coats the throat and fades. More hop and oak goodness filters through and stays a while. Not much else to say, except that the notes present are definitely bold and satisfying.

Well-carbonated, especially considering the style. Floats on the palate, but goes down a bit creamy with some drier edges. A noted sharpness of taste begins to exist after a while and this may be due to the hoppiness of the brew as compared with other stouts. Exceptional brew, but the true kings of the style work out the rough edges, an opinion I will freely admit is purely dictated by personal preference.

Photo of Minotaur
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dense black with a substantial yeti-hair colored head.

The aroma is alcoholic, woodsy, chocolate, coffee and roast malt. There is some vauge hint of sweet-sour fruit that I read as yeast.

The flavor is deep, mellow, layerd with everything in the nose. The bitterness and sweetness seem nearly perfectly balanced. There is an oatsy coffee flavor that adds dryness so the cocoa is not overpowering.

The mouthfeel is substantial but seems as if it should be a bit thicker; the carbonation adds a layer of density It is very drinkable even with the high alcohol.

This is by far one of the best Imperial Stouts I've had to date; I feel fortunate to have gotten it on tap.

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

This poured black and oil like. Mocha/toffee cream head, thick and frothy. The aroma was of chocolate soaked in brandy. Very sweet, a good malt backbone, nice roasted hints bringing out coffee tones spiked with milk. The oak really brought out many vanilla and caramel tones along with strong espresso, dark cocoa, ripe red plums and bruised pears. The mouthfeel was creamy, smooth. Very warming, a nice carbonation, yet seemed a little heavy. Creamy and chewy. This is one beautiful beer.

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

22oz bottle in a pint glass.

Appearance: black with a thick brown head

Nose: milk chocolate, hops, oak wood

Taste: rich, creamy, dark chocolate, heavy hops bite in the beginning, creamy sweet finish, complex wood taste

This beer is like drinking the richest chocolate milk available. The complexity of the nose and taste is quite different than normal Imperial Stouts. This is a refreshing change from the normally, high hop bitterness of the style.

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,112 ratings.