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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,973
Reviews: 1,582
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 278
Gots: 660 | 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:
Imperial stout aged on new French and American oak chips.

(Beer added by: Crosling on 08-09-2004)
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Photo of spencerchristie
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout is by far the best of both the Oak Aged beers and of the Stouts that I have ever tasted. It's chocolaty smell mixes perfectly with it's warm, smooth, rich taste to create wonderful drink-ability in a beer this high in ABV. Beautifully black with a nice hue of brown around the head, this beer pours well and releases a nice rich aroma at the start. Remarkably smooth for a stout with a lingering aftertaste of chocolate. Perfect to drink on it own, to pair with a desert or even a roast.

It was such a great beer that I have been on a hunt for all stores in the area that sell it. I can't wait to talk to the Great Divide brewers at the Craft Brewing Festival.

Photo of Phenom
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours like crude oil with very minimal tan head, not much lacing.

S: Vanilla, oak, a little lactic like old milk. Some nice pine.

T: The first thing that came to mind was dairy. Also vanilla, oak, alcohol, maple syrup. Claims a lot of IBUs on the bottle, but not very hoppy tasting. Maybe most of the hops are used for bittering rather than flavor, or maybe the hop flavor mellows out during the oak aging. I would like to compare this side by side with the regular Yeti.

M&D: Good mouthfeel, full body, lots of bitterness. A little alcohol warmth.

I am a big Great Divide fan, and this one is yet another reason why. A very good beer that should be sought out by stout and wood-aged beer fans.

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

Pours a very dark brown/black with a creamy mocha colored head that lasts a while and then leaves a nice bit of lacing on the glass.

Smells predominantly of Vanilla/Oakiness and chocolate with some roasted malts and coffee sneaking through.

The taste didn't quite live up to the smell in regards to complexity but it had a nice lingering hoppy finish that was quite unexpected. As it warms i get a lot more dark chocolate but the flavor from the barrel aging also gets a little overpowering.

A nice mouthfeel but I like my RIS's a little thicker and a little less carbonation.

Overall, a great easily available RIS that I indulge in often.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark black with a beautiful brown head that left a web of lacing down the glass. Chocolate, heavily roasted coffee, ripe dark fruit and also hint of the oak, perhaps. Ooh so smooth on the palate. Waves of dark goodness: cocoa, espresso, rummy dark fruit. A dark roasted, almost burnt, bitterness rises across the mouth augmented by some hops especially at the finish.

A slow but steady sipping beer. Good and well rounded. Perfect for those hunting elusive creatures in chilly climes.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of a tasting with a friend on 05/21/08. Poured into a Ommegang goblet.

Appearance: Opaque as hell. I'd tell you what the carbonation was like if, you know, I could see it. An ever so slightly puffy and deep chocolate head retains itself fairly well.

Aroma: Predominantly "imperial stout" in the nose - french roast espresso beans (deep, deep roast), some milky sweetness that melds well with the toasted malts which manifests itself in a mocha-esque/milk chocolate-like presence. On the other hand, a very solvent-like alcohol scent is prominent, and although the oak suggestions are there - vanilla, some woody sweetness - it's very faint.

Taste: Now that's more like it. The oak really comes through here, with tons of ethereal vanilla and milky, earthy sweetness and and complex sugars melding with the same dark, toasty malt profile (chocolate is prominent) that the nose contained. Good hop balance in the finish, and the alcohol also isn't nearly as prominent as it was in the aroma. Cool.

Mouthfeel: It's incredibly smooth up front, but the carbonation doesn't hold up as well throughout - slight agitation results in a big puffy explosion, which can be sort of a sensory short circuit when taken in with everything else.

Drinkability: Surprisingly good for a RIS. It's definitely a sipper, but the tastes are all great. The mouthfeel's only irksome if you take big sips anyway, and you shouldn't be doing that with a beer like this ... right?

Good introduction to Great Divide, if I do say so (it was my first). Lacking in a few places, and this is not the best RIS or oaked beer I've ever had, but it is damn tasty. A solid offering.

Photo of RomanW70
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Track 84 in Warwick, RI. 3/8/08. Pours pitch black with a thick tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, and dark malts. Taste of chocolate, roast, molasses, wood, and alcohol. Has a big bitter finish taht lasts. Can detect the oak. A big, impressive beer.

Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours used motor oil black with a big, dense two finger mocha head that lingers for ages leaving great lacing. This is one helluva good looking brew.

S: Smell is big and complex with semi-sweet dark chocolate, roasted malts and some of the oak as well. There is also a strong licorice and vanilla scent on top of that.

T: Big roasted malt flavor up front which gives way to the sweetness of the dark chocolate and vanilla. The finish has a strong oak presence with a hint of citrus hops that lends to a bit of bitterness along with the smooth malts.

M: Mouthfeel is extremely creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation and coats your mouth with the sweet malty chocolate taste.

D: I wouldn't call this the most drinkable beer I've ever tasted. It's definitely a sipper and like a great dessert, one for savoring slowly. Highly recommended.

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

vigorous pour, beautiful reverse cascading
head.incredible lacing. I wished I didn't have
to sip the almost over flowing head. but I did, and tasted it prematurly. incredible compexity, I've had the yeti imperial before, but not the oak aged. this is most definatly a notch up the ladder. definate vanilla and some alcohol up front with smooth rich malty finish. love this one. got to get more.

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

Overall a good beer.

A-Black with a caramel colored head, about a finger high. Light lacing to no lacing.

S-Malty, coffee and alcohol.

T-Smooth, sweet. Can definitely tell it was aged. Like a good imperial stout.

M-Sticky and resiny. Clean.

D-Would have loved to had this one on tap.

Photo of JonathanL7890
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1 finger head into my DFH snifter glass.
Head color was light brown. Appearance was motor oil quality dark and thick.
Aroma is caramel, molasses, slight floral hops, alcohol.
Taste: vanilla, caramel, not much hop bite, very smooth.
Mouthfeel: very silky smooth.
Drinkability: I couldn't drink more than one bomber. Although, I'd like to try.
Overall, a very nice RIS. I would say it is in my top ten.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black to extremely dark brown in color of the body. Huge rocky head that is coffee color. Great retention, I think it plans to sit there all night. Leaves some thick sticky lacing.

Sweet and roasted malty smell, chocolate. Vanilla is noticeable, with a little bit of booze.

The vanilla oak flavor is right up front, and a little less subtle than I would expect. Huge roasted malts in the middle, chocolate. Just a slight hop spiciness and boozy flavor in the finish. Creamy with good carbonation.

A little boozy for me to get a graet drinkability, but a solid brew.

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

Pours a nice black with instant notes of vanilla. I was expecting something great from this brew. This beer IMO, is way hot and extremely unbalanced. Thats weird considering its been aged!

The taste was all vanilla and all alcohol. I wasnt a big fan of it. I would probably never grab it again unless it was on sale.

Overall, this beer needs more time!!

Photo of Riggsy
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber served in goblet

A: Pours an opaque black, thick with a 2 finger tan head.

S: Woody, boozy aroma at first backed up by dark fruit, primarily prune, faint hop aroma. Surprisingly little dark roast malt.

T: Lots of oak, bourbon-like alcohol, vanilla flavor. Covers up any roast, coffee, or chocolate I would expect. Hop bitterness quite evident.

M: Full bodied, thick mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation.

D: Alcohol a little dominant for my taste. This would be more appropriate as an American Imoerial Stout to signify the amount of hops. Bomber is alot to finish in one sitting.

Photo of nrbw23
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep dark black that allows no light to pass through. A nice three finger light brown head that left rings of lacing down my glass.

S- Dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, wood, vanilia and also some nice spicey hops. Smells very nice.

T- A nice rich flavour that followed the smell well. Up front you get hit with chocolate, coffee that is then balanced out by some hops. A very balanced brew.

M- Smooth, thick and creamy. Also little carbonation.

D- Goes down pretty easy and is enjoyable through out. Could noticed some changes in the brew as it warms.

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

Poured from the tap into a Belgian styled tulip at Barley's.

Appearance- Beer pours a solid obsidian with a good finger of tan brown head that lingers and sticks around like yeti fur long after the yeti has escaped to the 5th dimension. Lacing is solid glue on the sides of the glass, not letting up for anything.

Smell- Chocolate and black licorice, ample dark malts that stick in the nose hairs, thick like gravy, strong like the sasquach himself. Alcohol is present but not over the top.

Taste- Creamy like silk, Dove milk chocolate, black licorice, smooth like a freshly shaven.. Leg. Dark chocolate shows up next, then cocoa, lactose, black patent malt, likely a touch of smoke malt.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, smooth, mouth coating, lightly sticky, chocolatey, full bodied and medium light in carbonation.

Drinkability- Excellent drinkability. If their liquor licence would allow growlers of this, I would get 2. Wonderful stuff.

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

22-oz bomber poured into snifters. Thanks to hellomcfly for this bottle.

A = Dark impenetrable mahogany, nice dark tan foay head, fair lacing left on glass.

S = Strong pine hops meld with caramel, oak, light scents of Vietnamese coffee,

T = Oak, chocolate malt and coffee, nice bitter profile of pine, spruce, juniper berries. A well balanced beer.

M = Medium-heavy body, frothy carbonation, very good outhcoating. Only mark against this I would say is that I would have liked it to have slightly heavier body.

D = Very good drinkability, we're having a couple unusually cold days here this Spring and it is a perfect beer to just sit back and enjoy when it is a little cold outside.

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

Pours a thick black chocolate. 1 finger of dark chocolate milkshake head. Some serious dark brown lacing sticks permanently.

Smells of sweet dark chocolate and alcohol. Deep espresso notes, and dark fruits. First taste is a power punch of sweet dark chocolate. Raisins and plums come next with some serious oaky undertones. Long bitter coffee finish seemingly lasts forever.

Very full bodied with a moderate carbonation tingle. Thick as hell, and a tad creamy.

Holy smokes, this is what the doctor ordered. I am not an RIS fanatic, but it is one of my favorite styles, and this is a great representation. Loving it.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a thick black. Decent amount of mocha head. Nice amount of lacing.

S: The oak really dominates this beer. Nice earthy smell. The roast and chocolate take a back seat.

T: Tastes just like it smells. The oak really does dominate this beer. It smooths out the boozines and plays down the chocolate as well as the roast. They are both there just very subtle.

M: Very nice and creamy. Very smooth. Typical RIS low carbonation.

D: I think this is where this beer shines/ The regular Yeti is fairly rough when fresh. This is much more drinkable off the shelf but the regular Yeti is stellar with a little bit of age on it. This is still a damn fine beer and a great bargain at its price.

Photo of Avryle
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Yeah, its black. Humongo dark mocha head. Very pillowy that slowly receeds to a fluffy cap. Looks uber-thick.

S- You can definitely smell the oak... to the point that it kind of overwhelms everything else. You get the tanginess of the oak... and then nothing difinitive.

T- Bittersweet chocolate and oak. Boozey-cocoa finish that evolves into a very, and unexpected, strong bitterness.

M- Thick and incredibly smooth. Low carbonation.

D- Oye. What do you say about this. The oak tangy-bitterness takes the drinkability down a notch, but at the same time, smooths out the body. This is going to take a while to finish a small tulip of brew.

Photo of Big78CJ
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this beer reminded me of the syrup chugging contest at the beginning of the movie Super Troopers. It isn't that it is syrupy-thick, it is just very dark black with a tan two finger head. This looks a lot like a mackeson's xxx stout.

It smells nothing like that sweet cream stout though. Citrusy hops are surprisingly effervescent in this beer, nearly masking the vanilla soaked roasted malt.

The 75 IBUs make their presence very known in this wopper of an imperial stout. Oak aging certainly could not tame these hops. Vanilla mixes with a sweet malt flavor, mixing interestingly with the hops. I might need to run a blind tasting with regular Yeti to really compare but it definitely seems like aging mellowed the alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel is sticky and a bit bitter. It is chewier than the hops would suggest but not nearly as chewy as the color would let on.

This is a yummy Imperial Stout and from what I know of the history of the style, the hop presence is very appropriate. Having had this beer on tap as well as in bottle, the bottle is far and away my favorite. The vanilla notes are much more present as is the roasted malt flavor. Top notch RIS!

Photo of illidurit
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. The black liquid glugs out like a quart of motor oil, creating a solid finger of some of the darkest brown foam I've ever seen on a beer.

Aroma is dominated by citrus that blends with a coconut note to create the weirdest-smelling stout I've ever laid nose to. A woody sprucey note is also faintly there, while classic stout aromas of chocolate and coffee make up the background.

Flavor is initially sweet with some caramel and coconut, but then a harsh, ashy, charred, roasted coffee bitterness wipes everything out. Hop bitterness lends a hand towards the back of the palate, and the finish is toasty.

There's quite a lot of carbonation here, which hurts the mouthfeel here, as it over-aerates the thick body. Interesting beer and quite unique, but it tastes more like a hoppy barleywine than a stout to me.

Photo of Rzzzzz
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass--thick and black with a dirty brown head. Aroma of chocolate, hops and roasted malt. Amazing burst of flavors--chocolate, vanilla, hops, brandy, an overall oakiness, dark chocolate bittersweetness and a spicy hops finish. This beer is full bodied and gently carbonated making it very easy to quaff despite the alcohol content.

In a perfect world this would be as ubiquitous as Guinness, and I'd be enjoying it regularly. And the San Jose Sharks would be able to get past the second round of the playoffs once in a while.

But alas...

Photo of bkilpatr
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 04/29/08. Had the regular Yeti last night, looking forward to trying the oak aged version.

Pours almost pitch black, with hints of brown around the edges. An almost three finger puffy chocolaty brown head, which faded leaving beautiful lacing around the glass. The aroma is roasted malt and sweet milk chocolate. The hop aroma is much more subdued in this version.

Oh wow, this tastes SO much better than the regular version. Up front there's flavors of sweet milk chocolate, roasted coffee, a nice woody oak flavor, hints of vanilla and whiskey. The finish is bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a faint hop presence. The high hop character was the one thing that bugged me about the regular Yeti, and it's really been mellowed out by the oak aging. The oak aging really brings another level of complexity to this already fine brew.

It's thick and smooth, yet kinda slick at the same time. It's not quite as thick and chewy as the regular version. Carbonation level is just slightly high for my liking, but still good. Drinkability is the only weak point of this beer. It's big and very tasty, but the fullness and bitterness make it a bit tough to get through a whole bottle. Might want to split with a friend or two.

Way better than the regular version of the Yeti. The hop character has been mellowed out, and the oak aging adds a bunch of flavor. If you thought Yeti was too hoppy, try this one. If you liked the Yeti at all, try this one. It might be a bit pricey (~$6), but it's worth it.

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

I finally made time to visit Great Divide on my latest trip to Denver. The tatsing Room is just that, a small bar with 8 or 10 stools and a view of the brewery. Half a dozen beers on tap, I have to try the Yeti.
Poured into a logoed tulip, it is a beautiful dark liquid covered by a thick dark brown head. Great retention and thick chunky lacing. Rich, malt aromas with lots of chocolate and coffee. The taste is full of flavor, with the oak adding even another layer. Chocolate, cocoa, whiskey-like oak and a warming hint of alcohol. All together and balanced out. Thick and creamy mouthfeel, ideal amount of carbonation. Strong kick of flavor and alcohol, but still very drinkable, more layers come out as it breathes and warms. One of the best, and always better when fresh from the brewery tap.

Photo of btuthill
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber packaged nicely with silver foil.

pours dark - though not completely black - with a big, dark brown head. smell is classic imperial stout with dark chocolate in the spotlight. flavors of chocolate and coffee dance in the malty foreground, and it finishes with a slap of alcohol and bite of hops. the oak aging doesn't go unnoticed, and is really wonderful once this stuff warms up. the mouthfeel is wonderful - smooth and silky, bordering on syrupy. i could sip on this all night.

the appearance and smell are deceivingly underwhelming. this is a wonderful imperial stout that i intend to add to the rotation, and i'm sure a year in the cellar would make it even better.

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,973 ratings.