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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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4,138 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,138
Reviews: 1,614
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: 4,138 | Reviews: 1,614
Photo of leif86
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brown 22 oz bottle. No date of any kind to be seen.

A: Just like the regular ol' yeti - black as night with a dark tan head that leave a respectable amount of lacing. Small bubbles make it look purty.

S: Sweetened vanilla coffee with a hint of cherries and booze.

T: Burnt coffee and bourbon - sweet with more vanilla. Finishes with dark chocolate and a generic fruit flavor that lingers.

M: Deliciously creamy. Silk. Could not ask for anything better.

D: The oak doesn't make it harsh, it only makes it better. Yes please, I would like another.

Photo of yeastsipper
3.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been saving this one for a while and finally got around to giving it a try.

Pours a dark brown almost black. Nice looking beer. The nose is strong vanilla with a little chocolate, coffee and roastiness. Not as complex as I might hope for. The taste for me is somewhat disappointing. Again, a lot of vanilla. The oak flavor is prevalent, but doesn't add a lot. Some flavors of dark stone fruits. For me, the vanilla makes it tough to drink.

I had high hopes for this one given the positive reviews on BA. A pretty good beer, but no way is it in my top 100 and not in the same ballpark as the other top-rated RISs.

Photo of sonicdescent
3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful black with a foamy mocha head. Great lacing.

Scent is strongly of wood. I really had to try to detect anything else, but there is hints of vanilla, chocolate, and booze.

Taste is similar to the nose, though I must say the oak slightly detracts from the mellow goodness of the regular yeti.

Mouth is relatively thin with low/medium carbonation.

The regular yeti was a pleasant surprise and one of my favorite stouts. This is a slight but still significant step down. I would take a regular over this one.

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

Memorable Qualities: This used to have one of the most ferocious and intimidating labels, which made me think I was hiking in the Andes and came across a vicious beast while enjoying a beer to warm up during the blizzard. The oak aging adds a dimension beyond the standard Yeti that creates a memorable depth of malts and wood.

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

In a snifter:

Dark as night. Tan head is moderately thick. Great lacing. Smells hot. Mocha, vanilla, dark fruit plum and slight medicinal notes. Tastes really good with tons of flavor. Balanced with slight honey sweet bias. Coffee bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is well above average: exceptionally thick and creamy. It's heat is hidden well, sweetness makes it very desirable but thickness
might reduce drinkability somewhat.

Overall: Excellent beer. Oh man, can't wait to get my hands on the Espresso version.

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

A- Darkest brown head I have seen on a beer. Deep, black body with dark brown edges.

S- Everything is in perfect harmony. Mix of vanilla, honey, chocolate, mocha coffee, and a hint of molasses

T- Sweet honey/vanilla at first, followed by a roasted, semi-sweet/bitter flavor and ends with a faint hint of alcohol

M- Thick body and low carbonation. A bit too syrupy for me

D- Enjoyable to drink but I could not finish a 22oz. bomber for dessert. I had to recap the bottle.

Photo of bobsy
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Obsidian black, a moonless night in the middle of nowhere. Light disappears into its body. A huge smooth mocha head crowns it and refuses to die, valiantly laying down sheets of lace as it clings to life. Aromas of oak, chocolate and coffee tease the senses. The initial taste is full of wow. Lots of vanilla, milk chocolate and oak chips. Its almost overwhelmingly flavourful. As the drink warms and the palate aclimatises the sweetness subsides, and a delightful bitterness asserts itself alongside a barrage of coffee. Heavy and smooth mouthfeel.

Huge thanks to Bryan (BigBry) for picking this up at the brewery! I get the feeling that the Hercules will be a winner too!

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with a foamy brown head that slowly settles into a lumpy film.

S - Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak.

T - Earthy blend of coffee and chocolate with a mellow, woody vanilla essence creeping in before flattening off into a warm, strong alcohol finish.

M - Viscous, mild carbonation, full bodied, silky.

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

A- Typical RIS appearance, opaque black with a chocolate milk colored head that hung out for most of the glass

S- Complex set of smells: bitter chocolate, cedar, malty goodness and a slight nostril burn of alcohol

T- I should have let it sit for a few more minutes because the first taste was alcohol punch (my fault not the beer). I've had higher ABV brews with less of an alcohol taste. But after it warmed it was better, espresso beans, burnt oak and smoke flavors with a black coffee after taste

M- A highly carbonated mouthfeel and kind of thin

D- I couldn't drink several of these, it might be too smokey for my taste.

Photo of erikm25
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours complete and total darkness. As far as the color goes there are no surprises here. Full on RIS blackness. Put this one in cuffs and under the bright interrogation lights while playing 'good cop, bad cop' but there is still no way to make it crack. The head jumps up with a frothing bronzed caramel hue. Take a few steps back as it looks like a stray dog foaming at the mouth. The retention, like rabies, is long lasting . Leaves stitches and scars of lacing around the glass.

S: Learn to forget. Complexity is the word here. Huge roasted chocolate aromas with subtle pine hop, floral, and brown sugar undertones. It's sweetness meets bitterness in a West Side Story knife fight. Switchblades of mocha and oak meeting switchblades of cherry and cocoa. Black licorice in a plum filled leather jacket is in the background egging on the bloodshed. Massive oaked vanilla helps counter the strong chocolate and caramel aromas. Scotch hints towards the end.

T: Dark toasted chocolate sweetness with vanilla and wood chips. This is a bonfire of caramel, coffee, and dark ripened fruits. The stars (and tastes) all seem to burn and scream into the atmosphere. Throwing back shots of raisins dripped in vanilla and soaked in whiskey. I thought it tasted more in the double digits of ABV. However, the alcohol still adds a great balance to all the sweetness and bitterness. Flavors drive right through the mouth like a '77 Firebird Trans Am. There is a lot happening in this beer and its strength in both alcohol and taste need to be taken in stride.

M: Full bodied and viscous. Has both a drying and warming sensation. This could leave the mouth in a bit of a daze. So dark the garden flowers (they are) dead.

D: Bottled 01/07/09. The more I try from this style the more I love it. The one thing I know is that loud riffs go well with this style. Destruction is the only road you are headed for.

Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Current vintage with the new label served in my Gouden Carolus chalice. Poured one shade shy of black with a quarter inch khaki-colored head that dissipated into a soapy slick. Ruby red highlights revealed around the edges of the glass. Nose was cocoa, vanilla and some hints of wood. Taste was cocoa, bitter wood and some hops bittering at the finish. Mouthfeel was just shy of medium with some oiliness and a bit of alcohol burn. Decent brew, but there are better examples of the style out there.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.36/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 9/11/2007 (bottle):

Pours a dark black colored body, with a dark tan head, smallish but good lacing and lasting. Has a very hoppy aroma, and some malts, dark roasted smelling. Has a a malty acidic taste. Very hoppy and malty. Alcoholy. Heavy. A little better as it warms.

Photo of PDXHops
3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber, poured into an oversized snifter.

Looks great. Almost pitch black body with a massive tan head that is both dense and puffy. Head retention is excellent and lacing is substantial.

Robust aromas of dark roasted malts and some sweet oak and chocolate. A bit boozy. Inviting.

Big roasted malt and sweet oak hits the palate right away. Background flavors of mocha, vanilla and chocolate. A fairly significant hop bite and moderate carbonation help keep some of the sweetness in check. Some more dark/burnt malt would have helped balance it out even more. Everything blends together pretty nicely for the most part. Very full-bodied brew with creamy feel. Plenty of lingering sweetness.

Overall impression: A little too much sweetness to be top-tier, but still quite tasty, and easily recommended.

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

A tremendously large beer - as you would expect. Do I need to say that it is black? Oozing forth from a 22 oz. bottle, the head was somewhat slow to develop - as though the bubbles couldn't escape the thick liquid - then gradually over-topped the tulip with thick, light-brown foam. You'd better think twice about drinking this one - it packs the wollup of a six-pack or more of typical beer in one bottle. Nearly put my lights out. Surprisingly easy to drink for such a large beer. I could distinquish mocha, vanilla, and a hoppiness that nicely balanced (if a imperial stout can be considered "balanced")what must be a huge amount of malt. An outstanding example of the style - probably the best I've had.

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a solid black, no highlights, with a couple fingers worth of foamy deep tan head that eventually diminishes and leaves a nice tan film across the surface. Great lacing.

Nose is just wow. Oak. Roasty. Vanilla. Chocolate. Coffee. Floral hops. Alcohol. Smells like candy. There's a note in there that reminds me a bit of soy sauce, but in a good way. Take a sip, and it's wow again. Sweet, then bitter. Oak again, then flavors of a good craft dark chocolate. Alcohol warmth comes through toward the end, with a good dose of earthy hoppy bitterness at the very finish. Well balanced. Dessert in a glass. Pretty thick and heavy bodied. Mouth coating with a luscious oiliness as the beer rolls off the sides of my mouth.

Very drinkable, even given the alcohol content. I don't feel at all heavy-laden with the burden of drinking the entire bottle, as I have with some imperial stouts. Stick me in the Himalayas with a few cases of this beer, and I'm sure to thrive just as well as Yeti himself.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into The Bruery tulip, bottles 1/2010. Re-reviewed on 2/17/2011.

Black, viscous and thick, two-finger fluffy brown head settles fairly quickly into a thinnish cap with minimal lacing.

Nose carries the hops prominently, even after a year, though the bite is much more prominently than the aroma, if that makes sense. Underneath that, a dry, powdery dark cocoa presence meshes with a clear espresso that gets a bit dry and woody at times, and some light grapefruit from the hops. No alcohol at all, which is stunning. Really, a very good nose.

Hops hit first here, combining with the roastiness as a green, even woody presence that really, really brings out the piny quality of the hops. At the point in the aging process, I think, where the hops are contributing an almost sour, green quality to the process, which isn't very pleasant (I've experienced a very similar phenomenon with Bells Expedition). Still, underneath that, you can make out a stunning base of flavor - smooth cocoa, espresso notes, almost velvety roastiness, and a rich vanilla from the oak that really lets this one shine. As it warms, the green hop oddness recedes a bit. Finish is very long, deep green hop bitterness, intensely roasted grain, the only inkling of alcohol you'll get. I think this is clearly a 4.5 or even 5.0 beer caught at an awkward point in the aging process - the hops aren't fresh enough to really shine in that regard, and they haven't receded enough to simply let the base beer be what it is. Hop puberty - it's rough. Still better than most big stouts, despite its flaws.

Mouthfeel is viscous, full bodied, velvety. A bit slick, with a very soft, mild carbonation. Almost perfect, but just a bit oily and slick from the hops.

Certainly a nice beer. Unbelievably tame alcohol note vies with the hops as to the drinkability score - but still a great, great beer. I've had this one fresh before, and the other bottle I have of this one will wait for another year before it's opened.

Photo of joshuadlight
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured this from the bomber into a snifter.
Deep, deep black with a small mocha head that reduces into nothingness rather quickly. My wife turned up her nose and told me that it looked like I was pouring soy sauce.
Smells of tons of roasty goodness. There is a lot going on here. Malts, hops, alcohol, oak.
The taste is must more abrasive than the nose. You still get all the roasted flavors but the alcohol shows up more than I would like it to. By the time it warms up, the alcohol is really prevalent. It got to the point I stopped drinking it. I would drink this before it got too warm.
Slick, oily mouthfeel, but its not a bad thing. It is just a little too alcoholic to be extremely drinkable.

Photo of turamarth
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into smokestack goblet.

Appearance: Poured a nice black body, with about a finger and a half of milk chocolate colored head, that dissipated quickly leaving some lacing.

Nose:Nice and malty, white chocolate, vanilla, coffee, rasins. There is a good hop balance to the nose here.

Taste: Right of the bat, this has a different taste than I expected. With the nose being a little brighter, this taste on the first sip is right on the dark side. Some boozeyness. Almost an IPA like pineyness, which I'd contribute to the oak and hops. Speaking of the hops, this is pretty hop forward. There are still a lot of the notes that were picked up in the nose, just altered a tiny bit. Not too bad, just really hoppy.

Mouth: Fairly thick, but smooth. Doesn't coat the mouth.

Drink: The hoppiness in this I think inhibits the drink a little bit, along with the prevalent booze flavor. Not bad, just not what I want in an IS.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with medium light brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Complex aroma of coffee and chocolate. Full body with creamy texture. Big flavor of coffee, roasted malt and sweet tones and a small alcohol bite at the finish.

Very great stout.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter.

A - Pours nearly pitch-black with a creamy brown head that lingers for a loooong time. Moderate lacing.

S - Spicy wood notes come through the strongest, with some coffee and piney hops lingering in the background.

T - Sweet Zeus almighty!!! Sweet up front with lots of dark chocolate and vanilla flavors. Hop bitterness and woody spice come through in the finish, getting stronger as it warms.

M - Full-bodied, and quite rich. Some spicy wood notes linger on the palate as if to dare you to take another sip.

D - Wickedly smooth and thoroughly enjoyable. I could drink this all night if not for the 9.5% abv. Definitely one of the best RIS's I've ever had.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Yes, it's black. Just like it should be. Three finger head of thick, coffee colored foam. Retention is great and lacing is clumpy and sticky.

Big roasted malt presence. Notes of leather and smoke. Nice coffee hints. Brown sugar, molasses and a touch of licorice.

Taste totally follows the nose, on this one. All that I can add is that the alcohol is extremely well-hidden and that this is one rich, decadent freakin' beer.

Very nice full bodied brew, here. Thick and creamy, with a touch of oiliness. The mild carbonation level helps this one remain smooth and enjoyable.

This was made for sipping on, maybe a bottle or three, over the course of a night. Totally drinkable. Tasty as hell.

Photo of Jmoore50
2.07/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This is one of the most disappointing brews I have so far in my life. I LOVE Russian Imperial Stouts, but this is something that is not good, in my opinion. The reviews were high, the trade came in, and beer poured beautiful, the taste sucked.

The appearance is amazing. It pours a beautiful dark brown that comes into a great black that no light comes through. The head is beautiful, comes up to a dark brown frothy head that leaves a disgustingly fat sticky lace on the side. Really a beautiful looking brew.

The smell is where it started turning for the worst. The smell is that of metal, or aluminum. Better yet, stick your hands into a jar of coins and mix it around a little. Then smell your hand, that is what this brew smells like. The hops pop out with this smell with a liquor smell. The liquor smell is something that I was looking forward to in the taste, you can smell an earthy smell also that took me by surprise. The liquor taste is whiskey, something that I can take, but if it is done right.

The taste is by far the worst part of this beer. I had to drink like five drinks to confirm that it was not good. I thought that maybe I sipped it wrong the first two times. I honestly could not believe my taste buds, I still don't. It was gnarly, like a aluminum-whiskey-sour-hop taste that was not good. I actually am saving the other half of the bottle for a buddy who's opinion I somewhat respect on beer. I need to see if he likes it or not because I feel like I might be going crazy. It would be a drainpour if I didn't give the rest away. It has a whiskey hop taste that makes me do a sour baby face. This has some undertones of chocolate and coffee and some vanilla. It just does not taste good at all.

The mouthfeel is a really carbonated and hoppy RIS. I have to stop reviewing this just for the fact I am so saddened how bad it was. The look was beautiful! The taste suffers. I would never buy this ever again. What an interesting experience. Overall not good, I feel like I have to say sorry.


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

A: Midnight black with a voluminous hot cocoa head. Head retention is very good and patches of lace are left behind.

S: Smells like a chocolate pine forest, with the pine winning out. Hop aromas dominate with a heavy pine scent, bakers chocolate is in the back doing its best to break free.

T: Again, the hops dominate. After an initial hit of dark chocolate, espresso and vanilla, bitterness bursts onto the scene with heavy pine and grapefruit flavors. The chocolate rides through the experience if you actively search for it. Finishes dry, with a lingering citrus bitterness.

M: Heavy body feels oily and slick. Carbonation is on the high side.

D: My sample was bottled in Dec of '08, and its youth showed. It was a rather rough around the edges RIS. But even in its youth, this beer was quite tasty. I'm hoping that cellaring a bottle for a year or so will lead to a beer that's a touch smoother.

Note: I recapped the bottle after drinking half. The carbonation loss over night actually resulted in a smoother experience. Perhaps next time, I need to let the bottle breath for a bit before I pour.

Photo of TEXTONE
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head is a deep caramel chocolate color that with good retention. The body is Black as Night no light gets through this beast. Smell is of Oak goodness, sweet chocolate, dark deep roasted barley, and coffee aromas. The taste is Oaky sweet with chocolate and caramel, creamy coffee overtones. Mouth feel is full and rich. Wow this is a complex beer with a lot flavors just bouncing around. Hops balance this beer is nicely, with over 9.5% ABV the alcohol is less notable than you would think it just slides through in the middle of the pull. You do get that hop finish at the back of your tongue. My overall impression of this beast is it's an incredibly big beer that tastes great if you are a fan of oak aged beers like me you will enjoy this beer.

Photo of mcarroll10177
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This a big beer purchased at table and vine in west springfield ma.

A- a dark brown pour the settles to a pitch black. Huge brown head.

S- big roasted malts with some oak and wiskey sweetness

T- Big malt with burned roasted flavor. slight alchol burn in the finish. Roasted flavor is slightly overdone even for the style.

M- balanced right for the style with just enough carbination.

D- the roasted malt flavor stated above hurts the drinkablity of this beer. Do not get me wrong it is a very good beer but a bit overdone.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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