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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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3,719 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,719
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 249
Gots: 568 | FT: 30
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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:
Imperial stout aged on new French and American oak chips.

(Beer added by: Crosling on 08-09-2004)
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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

From a 22oz brown bottle traded and shipped from North Carolina. The foil covered cap is a nice touch but then again I've always been a sucker for gimmicky packaging and shinny things.

The first thing I notice with this beer is the obsidian blanket that pours from the bottle. This is a black hole of beer that not only lets no light escape but I think has its own gravitational pull, as I am drawn to it irrepressibly. There is a thick pebbly head that eventually thins down to brown island clusters of foam. Its not solid enough to leave rings on the glass as I drink but there is a rorschach test of residue left by each sip. As I stare at the glass perimeter I am reminded of days as a child looking to the clouds to see what shapes I can see. Then I am overcome with thoughts that it is only beer and maybe I drink too much and reality comes rushing back.

The smell is of dark unsweetened chocolates that I imagine come from some country know for their candy prowess (possibly switzerland or close to.) There is also a rum soaked dark fruit scent with a hint of vanilla bean. Presumably due to the oak aging or to the fact I read it on the label and tricked myself into detecting it in the bouquet.

A bittersweet chocolate vanilla taste that can be confused with coffee start the ripples of flavor. Singing backup is a roasted maltiness and a divine hop twinge of bitterness. The aftertaste is smooth, earthy and peaty, reminiscent of a scotch. There is a light dryness to this beer and a hearty warmth in the palate from the ABV.

Clean thin carbonation keep the flavors of this one true while the oak aging adds a dynamic not unlike an aged scotch or whiskey. The flavor and experience of the beer gets better as it acclimates to the room. A nice change and improvement from the original yeti which by itself is a fine beverage.

04-17-2008 02:13:22 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of Donnie2112


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Appearance: Motor oil black, nice carbonation coming up the sides but you really have to look for it with how dark this stuff is, about an inch of brown head on the top.

Smell: Chocolate, Vanilla, Rumcake very rich, hits the nose pretty hard.

Taste: The malt mirrors the nose as it rolls onto the tongue, followed by a slightly harsh hop presence that lingers after swallowed.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, a bit oily quite a bit of carbonation.

Drinkability: The hops linger a little more then I would like in a stout. And being a stout it's kind of heavy.

04-16-2008 02:11:37 | More by Donnie2112
Photo of Gehrig


4.9/5  rDev +15%

This has collected dust at the Neil St. Piccadilly for far too long. I finally broke down and gave it some attention. It's just remarkable, one of the very best beers around and a close second to Old Ruffian at the brilliant Great Divide.

Two lush fingers of dark mocha froth cover an impenetrable black, a thick lacing adorns the DAB mug--phenomenal. Rich, malty nose flush with chocolate, coffee, caramel, very nice. The taste is incredible. The oak adds so much robust flavor to a beer that was already excellent, loading it with hints of whiskey. Berry, chocolate, oak and caramel meld in ideal harmony. Easily one of the best-tasting beers, and the best RIS, I've ever had.

The mouthfeel is spot-on, plush with rich carbonation and smooth oak flavor. The drinkability is toned down only because its strength emerges in the second half. Yet this is a can't miss beer for anyone who apprciates complexity, RIS, Great Divide, and just plain good strong beer. Fantastically good.

04-13-2008 01:33:26 | More by Gehrig
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

A- poured a jet black motor oil. out of which a small brown head struggled to rise out of. it lasted only a little while and fell to a thin film really quickly

S- big roasted malt flavor, a little light on the intensity however. chocolate flavors, some vanilla and oak scents are also actually present.

T- heavy roasted flavors with a really nice smooth maltiness that slowly fades into an even better vanilla oak charachter that gives a great finish solid hop backing, not quite strong, but gives it a great balance that lets the roasted and oak charachters come through

M- thick as hell, light fine carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue

d- pretty damn awesome, sad i only picked up 2 of these, maybe get more next time im able

04-12-2008 02:10:12 | More by Atron67
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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

The Oak-Aged Yeti pours black, with a thick finger's worth of dark brown foam. Smell is of roasted malts, some chocolate, a hint of vanilla, and some grassy hops. Flavor follows suit, but is even better. Roasted malts dominate, but are balanced by some grassy hops, some hints of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, a nice hint of oak, and even a hint of whiskey. Very well balanced. Alcohol is subtle and in the background, and not at all unpleasant. It's smooth, silky, and rich in the mouthfeel. This is a damn fine stout. Given it's strength and richness, it's not likely you'd drink more than 1 or 2 of these in a night.

04-06-2008 17:23:52 | More by YonderWanderer
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

22oz. split with jramey2. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours black, black, black, with about a 3-finger (!) head of brown (not tan, like most stouts I've had, brown).

S: Smells like roasted malts and hops. Smell is quite pleasant but not real strong.

T: Taste is of malts, hops, and oak. Hoppier than most RIS's I've tasted, which to me is a good thing. Touch of chocolate and coffee as well.

M: Thick, syrupy mouthfeel, carbonation is good.

D: Could drink this all night if it wasn't 9.5%.

An excellent stout, and one of Great Divide's better offerings.

04-05-2008 22:29:25 | More by milesfan76
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4.08/5  rDev -4.2%

Purchased at Tops Liquors in Tempe last winter, consumed in Scottsdale last week.

Appearance is a dense brown hue, thick tan creamy head sustains, foamy swaths of lacing trickle down the sides

Smell is moderate roast malts, dark fruits, light chocolate and coffee, anise, brown sugar/molasses, vanilla, wood, cherries, and moderate alcohol

Taste is initially dominated by roast malts/ dark fruits/ vanilla/ alcohol, midway enters chocolate and coffee malts, heavy oak wood tones dominate at times, finishes with dry sweetness and light booze

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, creamy smooth texture, lively carbonation

Drinkability is moderate, decent example of the IRS style but the malts are lacking in body and boldness, dark fruits and wood flavors are somewhat overwhelming, good overall taste profile, I would like to see how this compares to the non-oak version of Yeti

04-02-2008 05:22:58 | More by Stoneman78
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Appearance: It's nearly black in color. No light peeking through at all. Head is a nice, mocha-chocolate color. Excellent retention and a thick coat of lace lined the glass.

Smell: It's initially heavy on roasted and chocolate malts. Coffee aroma is present, but is lighter than I expected. A light dark fruit aroma is noticeable and mixes well. Hardly a negative. Hops are assertive and appear to balance this out extremely well. Very light alcohol aroma rounds it out.

Taste: Roasted and chocolate malts are slightly sweet and are an excellent base for this one. Hops emerge rapidly and give it a nice, bitter bite. This is intensely hoppy for the style. Oaked flavor emerges, but is somewhat subtle. Light vanilla, dark fruit, and alcohol wrap it up. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's full bodied and definitely a sipping beer. Damn fine sippning beer at that. It's creamy, smooth and goes down very easy. Extremely high drinkability for a beer of this stature. This is definitely a top notch offering from Great Divide. Highly recommended.

04-02-2008 03:27:14 | More by prototypic
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4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

22 ounce bottle purchased for $13.99 at Lone Hill Liquor in San Dimas, California.

Appearance: The pour is thick and jet black in color with an enormous frothy pale brown head.

Smell: The nose is super roasty with vanilla, dark chocolate, cappuccino, pine, and a healthy dose of booze.

Taste: The flavor profile starts out with vanilla beans, oak, and dark malts. The roasted malts eventually take over from the initial sweet bourbon characteristics and bring espresso and dark chocolate into the mix. If those flavors weren't enough, a blast of bitter hops finishes off the taste. As the beer warms, there is much more lush chocolate in the mid-palate and the hoppy finish is more bitter than ever. I want to give it 4.5, but it's a little too.... oh, how do I put this? It's very complex, yet all of the different phases share the common attribute of being big, slightly-harsh, and aggressive.

Mouthfeel: It's full-bodied and equally creamy and oily, coating my mouth through the long aftertaste.

Drinkability: It's a great example of a barrel-aged RIS, but it's too big and bitter for its own good drinkabilitywise. It is a tasty daunting task.

03-31-2008 08:53:11 | More by goschool
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North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice style glass.

A: Poured dark and syrupy, almost black in color, with very thin light-brown head that quickly went to thick ring of bubbles around the edge. Nice cocoa brown lacing.

S: Complex chocolate malts with a coffee aroma mixed with alcohol.

T: Chocolate, espresso, and an alcohol bite are the first things to flood the palate. After the initial hit, there are some secondary caramel flavors that help to mellow things a touch. The finish is sharp coffee with a long bitter linger.

M&D: Heavy, chewy mouthfeel with a rich creamy feel. There's significant warming and it's hard to miss the alcohol, sort of a personal dislike of mine but somewhat typical of the style. Due to the ABV, it's tough to drink more than a few in a sitting before the effects set in. Overall, it's quite good.

Thanks to Maria for picking this up for me during her travels.

03-30-2008 23:45:20 | More by SIRIUS2
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New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; pitch midnight black with a huge dense tan head, excellent retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet molasses coffee malt, slight woody vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body with a syrupy feel to it. Very low carbonation and the bitterness just starts to come alive.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate and espresso and woodsy roasted malt. The oak really comes through on the finishing exhale.

Drinkability: Bold yet very smooth; the 22oz could be enjoyed very easily. A wonderful beer.

03-30-2008 02:43:10 | More by joezak5
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3.93/5  rDev -7.7%

Bomber poured into a an imperial pint glass
black as midnight, three fingers of thick tan head.
smells of alcohol, burnt caramel, toasted malt and hops
taste is the same as the nose, but more, huge burnt malt flavor, ass-kicking hops bite, some vanilla and a boozey bite.
Beautiful mouthfeel, thick, smooth, velvety, love it.
This is the first beer i have sipped for more than an hour without hating it, it just seems best to savor it. Love this beer.

03-29-2008 03:50:52 | More by redneckchugger
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4.7/5  rDev +10.3%

Appearance: Pours as a beautiful, extremely dark and viscous brown and melts into a pitch black in the glass. The viscosity is very evident as it passes through the bottle opening and as the lacing clings to the glass and refuses to submit. Finishes with a lovely, tall caramel head.

Smell: There were many scents, and they ranged through time. It was incredibly hard to pin them all down. Initially, there was the scent of tree resin, freshly ground coffee, and faint dark chocolate. The scent of liquorice makes it debut shortly as the beer sits, followed by the coffee scent becoming roasted coffee beans. The smell of freshly split logs rises, along with honeysuckle vines, and fresh sawdust. The scent further develops, with a just-opened bag of brown sugar, and evolves into the smell of brown sugar lightly burning in a warm pan. The sweet smell eventually coalesces into aromatic maple syrup. As the scent develops, I get the feeling of heavy wood; what I imagine a sea chest from a Joseph Conrad novel would taste like if converted to liquid.

Taste: Oak is immediately very apparent in the taste. This is quickly followed by a rich, malty flavor wrapping around the tongue. The oak taste ushers in the evident high alcohol content alongside. A hoppy taste with burnt undertones elbows in for room alongside the already broad range. Accompanying the syrupy scent comes a sweet, rum smell, following the oak. Baker's chocolate finally comes to top after swallowing, and lingers well. The flavor seems to grow in strength with time. A taste of fresh, crushed coffee beans rushes past as I swallow. This beer contains a wonderful lingering aftertaste: oak, aromatic coffee, and baker's chocolate. I must truly sit and wait for the aftertaste to fade before taking another sip, in order to fully experience it. The burnt brown sugar flavor comes out more as time passes. As the brown sugar taste draws out, the taste gives way to warm molasses, and matures beautifully.

Mouthfeel: The oak aging seems to give the stout extra body and almost feels chewy. The beer has a hearty feel on the tongue and as it is swallowed. The multitude of taste sits on the tongue as a York Peppermint Patty sits on the tongue: heavy. The oak characteristic seems to have its own gravity, and feels thick and chewy as it passes by my molars. If only I could chew it to release more flavor! The stout feels more syrupy and thick as time passes.

Drinkability: Initially, I was only greatly impressed by the presentation and first sip of this beer. Halfway through, I felt a bit bored with the flavor, and thought I enjoyed the non-oak aged version better. However, this beer seems to mature quickly in the glass. Perhaps the warming develops the array of scents and flavors that start to spring to mind. I almost felt like the beer started to shed its shyness as time passed, and truly blossomed in the second half. I could hardly write fast enough to describe all the smells and tastes I was experiencing.

03-29-2008 02:08:15 | More by blackjack000
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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

22oz bomber into a nonic.

A: Black syrup on the coldest of days; this stuff is thick. Thick tan head that sticks to the glass.

S: Lots of milk chocolate, cappuccino, roasted malts, vanilla, and a dose of alcohol.

T: A bit of alcohol up front, then roasted cocoa beans. This has the whole bean, chocolate and espresso, with a bit of hops to help balance it out. Roasted malts come through again in the finish and the alcohol warms and cleanses.

M: Heavy, thick, coating, smooth, mild carbonation; it's a meal, and a great one at that.

D: Break one out for with friends on a cold night. This, in itself, is worth celebrating.

03-29-2008 02:07:36 | More by FleeVT
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours jet black with very nice, cream head. Great head retention with minimal lacing.

Smells of caramel, tannin and hints of licorice.

Tastes of Tannin, burnt espresso, bitter chocolate & licorice with nice hop & alcohol finish.

Great mouthfeel. Very creamy.

This stout has a number of complex flavors going on that really put it over the top in the stout category. Nicely balanced with excellent drinkability.

03-28-2008 03:19:57 | More by DHGranstrand
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

A - Pours up an inky black with a dark tan head that dissipates slowly.

S - Hops dominated the aroma. Some roasted malts in the background.

T - Starts off with the citrusy hops, which fade to the chocolaty roasted malts, leaving coffee flavor in the finish. Very nice.

M - Full bodied beer

D - an exceptional beer

03-24-2008 23:37:19 | More by hiikeeba
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New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +14.6%

I can only say...buy it if you see it. Trade for it if you have to. Every beer drinker should try this, no matter what your favorite style is. This is simply put one fantastic beer. Give it some time to get closer to room temperature to really enjoy the flavors.

03-24-2008 22:20:19 | More by jkane101
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Bought it in a 22 oz bomber.
Poured into a Tulip glass.
Midnight black with a 1/2 inch had that leaves a solid lacing on the glass.
Smells like strong roasted malt character. A lot of chocolate and caramel with some serious bourbon feel on the back end.
Tastes like it smells. Up front very heavy maltiness. Deep roast thats vey sweet with a lot of caramel and chocolate. Swishing it around, you taste a mildly bitter bourbon with a little alcohol sting. The mildly sweet, but bitter aftertaste is great.
I feel like I am chewing a smooth piece of candy. Fills the whole mouth. You know you are drinking something with character.
I little too much alcohol to drink on a regular basis, which brings the drinkability down a little. That said, no beer of this style is ever going to be a session beer.
This one of my favorites that I have had of this style. One sniff of this and you know you are in for a treat. One of my favorites of this style. Definitely a must try.

03-23-2008 08:15:23 | More by jbm5
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4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

A: Jet black in color. No light gets through at all. A large foamy brown head forms and leaves behind tons of lace. This beer looks intimidating.
S: Mouth watering smoky roasted malt. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruits. Also that distinct Great Divide hop aroma is present.
T: Smoky and woody malt. Very robust with some bitter dark chocolate with lots of vanilla and dark fruits again. Plenty of hops as well. This beer is balanced perfectly.
M/D: Thick, chewy, creamy, and rich. This feels great in the mouth. The alcohol shows a bit and takes away from the drinkability. Though, I could sip on this all night.

Such a wonderfully complex beer. The oak works well here, and I think it is heads a shoulders above the regular Yeti Stout (and that is saying something).

03-20-2008 07:06:31 | More by champ103
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a deep black with a thin, creamy brown head into a chalice. The smell was of chocolate, with a hint of bourbon. The initial flavor was of bourbon, with alcoholic esters, hop bitterness, and roasted malt in the background. Incredibly thick lacing down the glass with low carbonation combined to give this beer a nice "thick" mouthfeel. It is definitely different than the regular Yeti - you can really tell that it was aged in some old oak bourbon barrels (or at least using Oak chips from old bourbon barrels). An excellent high gravity stout.

03-19-2008 22:23:31 | More by pershan
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3.53/5  rDev -17.1%

A- black as night, with a sweet brown head that stays a while. No lasting lacing.

S- Great vanilla aroma, alcohol, oak, sweet bruntness.

T- Roasted coffee comes first witha a blast of the vanilla, which is kind of strong. A slight bit of hop earthyness. Alcohol, chocolate?, oak.

M- sticky with a carbonation bite. A little too sticky for me. A big alcohol burn.

D- The exteme flavours and the burn make this hard to label as drinkable. Maybe the style isn't my thing. There were tons of great things about it but I will not be going back to this one for a while.

03-19-2008 21:04:48 | More by pittvkyle7
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3.93/5  rDev -7.7%

I still cannot decide if I like oak chips or not, but this beer is really good. Nice black colour, opaque. Oaky scents follow with toasty malts. A decent hoppy kickback, too. Very full bodied brew, with chocolate malts and roasted nuts. A definite winner, a great beer.

03-18-2008 03:53:22 | More by bigdeuce
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3.73/5  rDev -12.4%

Bottle pured into a tulip.

Black as night, this one. Big creamy head with a color like chocolate milk. Lacing is fairly thin relative to what I expected.

Smell is a bit of smoke and bitter unsweetened chocolate. Unripe, tart, dark fruits and big fat oak.

I can really feel the bittering units that have been utilized quite well in this beer. The sweet attributes that the hops lend this beer(I'm guessing Chinook at some point?)
seem to be engaged in a tug of war with the burnt astringency of the oak. The more I drink the more I believe there could be Cascades in this, giving it that citric flavor. Moderately intense malt character really delivers balance. No surprises though, what you smell is what you taste. Alcohol taste is relatively mild.

Dry finish, thinner than many of this style. medium carb.

I see myself drinking this for hours. Drinkable? yes. Not a quaffer by any means.

A good effort. I'd have gone with a more mellow hop schedule, not as far as bittering units go but as far as flavor components I think the flavor hop addition was not the best choice. That said, I'm impressed with this beer. The subtlty of the oak was a welcome surprise.

03-18-2008 02:26:48 | More by cookin420
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4.85/5  rDev +13.8%

Appearance: Straight out of a 22 ounce bomber it pours the darkest of black. With a very creamy dark caramel head about one inch worth of frothy goodness. It looks like an abyss of darkness.

Aromas: It has incredible notes of a very smooth whiskey or conac thats packed with power. Slight coffee notes with along with the incredible sweetness from the dark roasted malts. The hop character of this art work is incredible.

Taste: Wow this sinister character packs a mean punch. Tremendous sweetness from the roasted malts. The whiskey or conac flavors are are so smooth. Very full bodied I mean this beast has some major artilery that will knock anyone over.

Notes: This is a force to be reckoned with. If you are not careful it will crush you and throw you a hundred miles sip it very slow. It's sinister laugh will make a sonic boom sound like a whisper. This is a Russian imperial stout lovers dream.

03-17-2008 02:58:47 | More by horshack7
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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours almost black, not much light is getting through, with a decent tan head.

S- Smells of roasted barley and coffee, the wood isn't too strong on the nose.

T- Taste of wood comes through, still lots of coffee and roasted barley.

M- Pretty smooth, the carbonation is low, the body is ful.

D- I actually prefer the regular Yeti over this beer, the flavor is maltier and more robust.

03-15-2008 23:49:49 | More by cichief
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