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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,140 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,140
Reviews: 1,615
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 293
Gots: 744 | FT: 37
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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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Ratings: 4,140 | Reviews: 1,615
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.

Photo of techfed87
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, thick head. Smell is very hoppy, with a very rich malt scent coming up alongside it.

Color is jet black tinted slightly red

Flavor is sharp, thick, and very bitter. However, there is a certain mellowness to it that was made with the oak aging process, and that in itself adds a bit to the beer's overall feel. And as big and up front as the beer is initially, the aftertaste is surprisingly easy on the pallet. Again, oak aging may have something to do with it.

My overall impression of the beer is that it makes for a great bomber and even perhaps better growler, however perhaps not the best six pack. Either way, a great beer nonetheness!

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

Picked this up on the Whole Foods on the Upper West Side. I've been wanting to try this beer for a long time, so I finally caved and bought the bomber for about $10.

The beer is absolutely beautiful. It pours an inky, oily jet black, with a perfect, one inch milk chocolate head. It leaves a nice cap, and laces nicely. Gorgeous.

The nose is pretty good. There's a definite alcohol kick in the smell, but it doesn't dominate. There's a strong vanilla presence, and, unsurprisingly, a nice oak scent. It's good, if not exactly complicated. The taste definitely kicks it up a notch. Everything from the nose is there. There's a great bitter toasted chocolate that I hadn't smelled. Unmistakable hints of dark fruits. A tiny bit of coffee in there, too. Excellent.

The mouthfeel is amazingly creamy and smooth. One of the best RIS I've had in that regard. It's very thick, and the carbonation is low. The flavors blend wonderfully on the palate. The smooth and creamy feel leads to extremely high drinkability for the style. And excellent beer that I'll certainly try again.

Photo of satowns
3.36/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted blind with 13 other imperial stouts.

Pours black with deep brown head.

Big citrus hops and roasted malt in the nose.

rich roasted barley, minimal hop bite. didnt get any oak/wood character.

rich and warming mouthfeel. needs more body to hold up the flavor.

decent, but for a wood aged beer, i guess im looking for more character.

Photo of rrheisler
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. bottle purchased in January 2009, cracked open into a glass.

A: A jet black liquid comes out of the bottle, wishing to stick to the sides of everything in sight: bottle, glass, etc. Not much head or carbonation to speak of. Looks decadent.

S: A bit unbalanced in the nose. Smelt heavily of alcohol and oak, without any of the notes of chocolate, fruit, malt, or anything stout or beer related. Really reminded me of stealing a whiff off a bottle of whiskey, instead.

T: Well, here's a quick turn-around. Lots of heavy vanilla flavoring up front. However, this melts away into cocoa and bourbon flavors midway through. As you get to the finish, it gets almost like chocolate milk in the mouth that's been spiked with Kaluha. Interesting.

M: Thick, creamy. Really on point.

D: Really, what is holding it back is the ABV, which is well hidden by the flavor. A single bomber is more than enough, but is decadent.

Overall, glad I got to age one of these aged, as the one I had fresh was extremely unbalanced by comparison.

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

2007 vintage - poured into a snifter.

Pours out a complete dark pour that is fully opaque. A thin light-brown head appears after a few seconds after the initial pour and recedes into a cap. Little spots of lacing are left throughout the glass. The smell is full of roasted malt and heavy chocolate. I can get some oak tannins underneath all the chocolate - a quite nice vanilla characteristic.

Taste is initially heavy with a bittersweet chocolate which then eases into the malt breadiness and ultimately ends on a subtle astringency in the mouth. I was a bit disappointed to find that there wasn't much vanilla in flavor as there was in the aroma. Maybe it faded due to age? Not sure, but it was quite subdued in the taste itself. Oh well, it's not too big of a deal. Just something I'd like to have experienced.

Mouthfeel is lush, creamy and smooth - everything I look for in a stout. Medium amount of carbonation to the point of silkiness. Great body to this brew. Drinkability is great. I'd prefer this to the original Yeti due to its complexity and savoriness.

I'm interested in trying a fresher OA Yeti to see how it compares to this older bottle. Overall, still a great beer to share with a few friends.

Photo of WhiteOak
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Opaque, dark chocolate brown. Dark brown head - lacy, sticky, retentive, this beer has legs.

S- Roasted grain, chocolate, saddle leather, medicinals.

T- Alluring, thick, delicious, extracted, massive, concentrated, dark sweet roasted malt flavor. Stewed dark, sweet fruits. Chocolate covered raisins and cherries. French vanilla coffee beans. Molasses.

M, D- The viscous, super-dense, creamy, velvety structure and flavors carpet-bomb the palate with pleasure. Long, lingering finish of hop bitterness and roast. ABV buried under layers of concentrated flavor. Perfect CO2. Superb balance.

An excellent example of the style! Outstanding craftsmanship.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great beer from the RIS BIF sent to be courtesy of FrankenBrew. In true BA nature I brought my friend over and we split this bottle.

This beer is a very good example of what oak aging should be. Nice mixture of oak, chocolate and vanilla. It is actually pretty big on the vanilla.

The taste is very very creamy and smooth. Like the nose its big on oak, chocolate, vanilla. Its like a very nice rich piece of fudge almost.

Very full body. This is one of the most creamy smooth and satiny beers Ive had.

I was very glad to have shared this one with another beer lover who would other wise not have gotten the opportunity to try it. Besides, after splitting a Black Ops with me it was the least I could do.

Photo of billab914
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one aging for about 9 months in the cellar. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Pours pitch black and very thick with a large two finger chocolate colored head. Nice head retention and lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very subdued and subtle compared to regular yeti. It has notes of wood, vanilla, and dark roasted malts and chocolate.

Taste has dark chocolate, coffee and roasted grains with a mild burntness in the aftertaste. The oak aging comes through a little in the flavor with some mild vanilla and wood. The taste is very smooth and blends together very well, I suspect it's the oak aging and the aging it did in my cellar that helps in this.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with low carbonation. A very nice feeling beer on your pallet. Drinkability is very good, as I said before it is very smooth and the flavors meld together very well. The oak aging definitely aided Yeti in the drinkability category. An excellent RIS that I will definitely purchase again.

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

Pours a nice, shinny near black with fluffy choclate milk colored head. Good retention and the lingerng ring of head leaves tons of spotty and clumpy lacing. Smell is of dark chocolate, medium roast coffee, toasted oak, vanilla with hints of black licorice spicing. Taste is a wonderfully blended roasted malt concoction that brings forward bitter dark chocolate and bitter roasted coffee bean flavors... oak, vanilla and a touch of licorice round out the flavor. As it warms it becomes more bitter. The body is not as full as the flavor dictated, but a slight oilyness is present. A lingering bitter aftertaste slouds things up a touch. Very nice brew and perhaps the best of the oak aged Yetis. Its got the chocolate and espresso charachter from the roasted malt and doesnt really need the addition of those actual ingredients.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque crude oil black with milk chocolate head that fades rather rapidly. Laces ok too. Looks even darker and heavier than regular Yeti. Smell is pretty good, with the regular chocolate, coffee, and alcohol notes characteristic of RIS's, but the oak aging comes out here too with some oak and smoke notes. Taste follows suit--big RIS notes with some heavy oak and smoke coming in too. A bit of piney hops, and some alcohol. I drank this one relatively fresh (Bottled 10-30-09), and I think it could use some age. I've loved the fresh Yeti that I've had, and honestly, I feel that the oak aging here steals away some of the complexity in regular Yeti. Still a fantastic beer, just a bit one-dimensional as the oak again drowns out the other flavors. MF is big creamy and oily like regular Yeti, and is near perfect. In spite of the robust flavors, high ABV, and big body, this is a damn drinkable beer as well. Loved Yeti and Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, and this is up there too. Definitely worth seeking out for the RIS lover.

Photo of theghost3
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I decided to crack this one open in celebration after the Saints beat the Cardinals in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs! Nice pick.

Pours a pitch black with some deep mahogany around the edges. Looks like crude oil. 1/2 finger brown head that quickly leaves just a ring. Minimal to moderate lacing. Smell is woody chocolate malt, vanilla and licorice. The taste is toasted oak chocolate malts with hints of vanilla, licorice, and anise. There's quite a bit of alcohol warming, and although this is fairly thick, it has alot of acidic carbonation. Oily at the end.

This is suprisingly drinkable with that 9.5 percent ABV and biting acidic carbonation. I could easily drink a couple of bombers of this before it hit me.

Photo of BlackBearForge
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled November 17, 2009

Oak Aged Yeti pours a deep motor oil black with a monumental chocolate milkshake colored head that soon becomes craggy and pitted as it slowly fades leaving great creamy swathes of sticky lacing in it's wake.

The aroma is redolent of creamy vanilla, dark chocolate, anise and freshly brewed iced coffee with a hint of alcohol and a faint woody scent.

The flavor is as massive as regular yeti but much smoother and more complex. Vanilla, bitter dark chocolate, and rich creamy milk chocolate fudge rear their heads in equal amounts vying for attention with espresso and dark roasted biiter malts. Hints of licorice. Hops are quite pronounced as well in a long lingering bitter sweet finish. Alcohol is nearly completely masked and felt mostly as a gentle warming. Wow!

Mouthfeel is heavy and chewy, deeply creamy and as smooth as a regular Russian Imperial stout aged well over a year. Easily one of the best mouthfeels I've encountered.

Dangerously drinkable! Oak Aged Yeti invites you to take more than a sip at a time. Something tells me this might not be the wisest course for imbibing this fantastic brew however! It's amazing though that a beer like this could be that drinkable. The mouthfeel and flavour are simply superb.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one I have had tried year in and year out. The last release was by far the best I have tasted.

The beer pours a pitch black in color with a thick tan head that takes some time to settle. It leaves a nice patern on the glass as well.
Aromas are more intense than previous releases. Toasted oak, vanilla, chocolate, and a hint of herbs dominate. Taste is amazing. Chocolate, coffee, and vanilla, surrounded by an onslaught of dried fruit, espresso, and toasty oak. Hops dry out the finish, making this beer very smooth.
Full bodied and delicoius, this is a fine example of the style. It's a standard and hangs around longer than most other brews of the style. Drink up!

Photo of mtnbikerpa
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle. Pours dark almost black in color. Rich foamy tan head made this look very creamy in nature. Scents of roasted nuts, malts and woods. Very oak like smell and flavor here. Other flavors include roasted malts and bitter cocoa, along with sweet sugars. Mouthfeel is slick and oily. Drinkable nature would in my mind be limited by the heaviness and alcohol.

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

Bought this one in Portland. Bottle to pint glass.

A: Distinctly black with a fluffy, pillowy 2 finger khaki head that resides to a one finger head. Very impressive lacing.

S: Chocolate, toffee, roasted smoky malts. Even a little fruity hops in there too.

T: Chocolate, toffee, oak, caramel, espresso up front. Some bourbon, and vague leather in there as well. Bitter dank, piny hops. Incredibly complex. Plenty of oak and chocolate aftertaste.

M: Fairly low carbonation, semi dry. Full bodied. Perfect for the style.

D: I could drink a bunch of this. So good. Wish I had bought more bottles.

Photo of advill88
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours absolutely black with a very dark tan head with excellent lacing...very beautiful looking beer.

Smells strongly of coffee and roasted malt with hints of bourbon and vanilla.

Taste is immediately dominated by an interplay between the strong coffee and chocolatey flavors and roasted malt, followed by a surprisingly strong hit of balancing hops, which gives way to more roasty maltiness with hints of vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Mouthfeel is quite heavy and creamy, with carbonation taking a back seat.

This beer is very strong, and quite the sipper...incredible RIS, but not for the faint of heart. It's obviously too heavy to drink ALL night, but I sure would have no problem trying.

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

Appearance- A thick dark substances oozes into my glass. I poured it slowly and there was minimal head but what was there was a distinct brown colour.

Aroma- I can smell hops and oak right off the bat... A hint of chocolate and coffee underlying the sharpness.

Taste- Hoppier than expected... the oak is relatively mellow but distinct. The chocolate and coffee meld into a great stout flavour but the oak imparts a quality entirely unique to this beer

Mouthfee-: Briskly carbonated with a nice slick feel. Better warmer for sure.

Drinkability- Perfect! Not so powerful as to mandate sipping but strong enough to satisfy anyone's taste! This really is a top notch beer! Looking forward to trying it with a bit of age on it

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours like cliched motor oil, but has a substantial amount of initial carbonation, and a thick mocha-colored head.

S - Chocolate, espresso, and anise. Extremely good smell.

T - Tastes like delicious café mocha with discernible notes of anise / black licorice attached to the alcohol. The taste is also strangely reminiscent of 'Pecan Turtle' Biscotti. The oak adds a nice mellow quality to the various flavors as well as imparting a subtle sweet vanilla finish. As compared to the standard Yeti, I think the oak aging is a significant improvement.

M - A tad thin for the style, but it works well when it airs out, warms up and loses its carbonation.

D - Drink the hell out of it! It's amazing that a beer of this caliber is readily available.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Rich black color with a dark tan head, thick and creamy. A lot of sweet scents, nothing bitter. Taste is rich and creamy, a lot of chocolate flavors, nothing bitter and no smoked coffee flavor. Just a nice clean stout, some subtle oak flavors but nothing jumping out, I think it helps smooth out the beer. I felt really good after this one, no alcohol flavors but it got to me afterwards, still a really easy drink.

Photo of wd40
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Opaque black color with a tan head. The head wasn't too thick, and it didn't last particularly long, but it left some lace on the glass and it looked fantastic. The aroma was sweet and malty but also had some hoppy bitterness in it that balanced it out. The aroma was present but not aggressive or particularly pungent. Had it been a little more present I would have given it a full 5 because what is there is definitely complex. The taste has a sweetness that I normally wouldn't care for, but it balances out the flavor extremely well. A very subtle beer that is well-balanced between bitter and sweet which creates a sophistication and complexity within the flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy. Very drinkable beer.

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

Pours an opaque black with dense medium brown head, nice lacing. Smell: roasty, unsweet chocolate, dark brown sugar, leafy hops, a little woodsy. A little more mellow than standard Yeti. Taste: big syrupy dark chocolate, dark brown sugar, quite hoppy: leafy with a touch of citrus rind, earthy, vanilla finally shows up alongside baker's chocolate in the drying and slightly sticky finish. A little less carbonated than the standard Yeti. Bottled 11/17/09.

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Served to myself from a bomber to a stein. Man, I need a better girlfriend... Bottled 10/30/09

A: Enormous medium-brown head that was both frothy & rocky and lasted extraordinarily long. The body was completely black and as opaque as it gets.

S & T: Huge malt character. Somewhere safely between roasted and burnt. Baking chocolate and caramel. The hops were shamelessly heavy, predominantly pine with grassy and citrusy notes. I love the dimension the yeast component adds, bringing a leathery/doughy character to the mix. There are additional oaky wood flavor tones. This is a big and promising brew.

M: Full body. Thick, sticky and chewy. As creamy as it gets with a very bitter finish. This is intense.

D: Being as intense as it is, the drinkability suffers, that's my reality. The extreme hoppiness did not mellow out the Yeti as the temperature increased. Bottom line: This is one stubborn, bad ass brew.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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