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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,111 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,111
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 sliverX
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poored what looked like black coffee with ruby hints around the edges in light, small mocha head that faded to nothing
Smelled like a sweet dark chocolate
taste was dark malts semi sweet like a very bitter dark chocolate
Medium bodied doesn't leave a film in the mouth
was good to sip but the whole 22oz. was a bit rough to finish but I did it
Exactly what a RIS should be

Photo of hwwty4
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 22oz bomber into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours blacker then a whole in space. Wow, it's really a viscous pitch black. As imposing as the color is the head is a bit more imposing. 3 inches of massive dark beige head that leaves really heavy lacing for a big stout. The aroma is reminiscent of a really strong mocha. Big espresso notes, bitter chocolate, cream, and what has to be the 2nd hoppiest nose I can remember in a RIS. The one thing that I have to note on the aroma is that the oak really doesn't come through all that much. The flavor is like eating a bite off of a block of bakers chocolate. Slight hints of coffee, vanilla, and caramel that has to come from the oak. The mouthfeel is full, but just a bit thinner then I would have expected. This is a good RIS. Not the best but I would definitely put it in my top 10.

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

Here it is my 100th review. Saved it for a good beer.

Poured into my New Belgium Globe Glass.

Color is an opaque black. Pours a dark brown head that leaves good lacing.

Smell is of dark chocolate, caramel, and the oak from the barrels. There is also some floral hops present.

Taste is quite similar. The floral hops are quite present and I wasn't expecting this from a stout. The dark chocolate is powerful, but very tasty. Oak taste is pretty solid here. This is a beer to warm you up on a cold day.

Mouthfeel is bitter at first, then it gets smooth and creamy, and goes down with bitter notes. Full bodied. Decent carbonation.

Overall, this is an amazing beer. The fact that it is in a bomber and almost 10% means that I wouldn't drink more than one. I am glad I found this one.

Photo of hoplover82
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the most chocolatey stout I've ever tasted.

It pours a very dark black color that gives off a wonderful dark brown sugar head...

Mmmm....The head gives an aroma of lots of chocolate and hints of earthy hops... a little flowery hop aroma too.

The flavor is great. Very intense with chocolate and definitely has notes of vanilla from the oak aging. Mmmmm. Earthy notes of hops, plus a little hint of caramel malts. As it warms a little, the notes of hops gets stronger... mmm.

A great Stout indeed! Man this is good. The hops are great in this beer. The alcohol is warm and smooth, not harsh at all.

It is almost cloying but not.

Thanks Great Divide. The Lord bless the hop harvest.

Photo of Klgkenny
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly balanced chocolate covered malted hops...

Served at 55 degrees and poured from a bomber to a room temp pint glass.

Pour produces a one finger head that lingers for several minutes before grudgingly giving way and leaving a layer of chocolate milk colored lace. The yeti is the deepest of browns yielding zero penetration to light. The color makes me think, "earth."

Upon opening the yeti, before I even poured, the aroma of chocolate hit me. Finally, when I bring my nose to the bouquet, the hops hit me, a very light aroma, followed by a crashing wave of chocolate and caramel topped by frothing vanilla. As the wave peaks and fades, it's replaced with a foaming bitter cacao before finally giving way to a hoppy malty slightly alcoholic finish.

Feels thick in the mouth, but the varbonation cuts it to a perfect balance, leaving a beautiful coating to paint your mouth.

As stupid as it seems, my only gripe with this beer is that it is too good. I would definitely drink two, maybe three of these, but after that they would become cloying. I would stop before that point, or switch brews, because I would not want to ruin something this good!

Photo of Guzzler78
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its cold out I need a beer to warm up with.
This yeti pours a deep black, no brown hints here. A nice fluffy dark tan head rises about one inch up. Head settles to a thin creamy layer that lasts and lasts. Leaves gobs o' lace.
Smell is of smokey, roasted malts. Also aromas of vanilla, molasses, coffee and chocolate.
This Imperial tastes great. Bitter chocolate, vanilla extract, smokiness.
A heavy and creamy mouthfeel that coats and leaves a nice dry, slightly bitter chocolate aftertaste.
A 22 oz bomber will satisfy your Stout craving. Anymore than that and I would need a nap.
Yum. Yum. Yum.

Photo of daythree16
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted side by side with its non oak aged brother. See Yeti review for more details:


The Oak Aged Yeti pours a jet black with a 2.5 finger head that is much more substantial than the Yeti.

The aromas are very similar, but the oak aged version has a more pronounced roasted malt smell. I like both versions, but the Oak Aged Yeti definitely has the upper hand. The taste has a touch of smokiness and vanilla. There is also a more pronounced roasted malt flavor. The finish is dryer and has a nice tannic quality.

Mouthfeel is the same as the Yeti, and drinkability is about the same, but I would rather drink the Oak-Aged, so it gets a little higher score. Both were good, but I absolutely loved the oak aged version. I think some people may focus too much on the really hyped-up RIS's and tend to forget just how fantastic this beer is.

Photo of charlesw
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice and black. 1" head (yeah! Head!) that last a few minutes. Not much lacing. I'd be happier still if the head lasted longer. Smells dark (ha), sweet and smoky. Tastes... Dark, sweet and smoky. But, you know... That could describe just about any IS. You get some chocolate in there and some bitter. Certainly a bite of the smoke. But, you know, like all of the Great Divide beers I've had this one is really well balanced. Like a good barleywine. Hmm. Well, for that the mouth is maybe a touch thin, but the fine balance of all of these things is there. Glad this one is so readily available!

Photo of thespaceman
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into 2 tulip glasses. (My boss Jay helping out on the review of this one).

Appearance: Deep dark in color, a nice tan head on the end of the pour. Nice lacing and retention. Absoloutley ZERO clarity.

Smell: An overload of some maltiness, chocolate, cherries, yeast and pinch of roasted nuttiness. Alot of you guys smelled a vanilla aroma in here, I just don't see it, there is too much of a roasted/coffee/chocolate aroma to even think a vanilla tinge exists.

Taste: Huge chocolate and espresso malts pop out big, a HUGE finish as well, esters/toffee and some excellent maltiness are paired with good carmelization. This one is smooth and robust on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly carbonated, doesn't get watered on the tongue at all, this one keeps it composure on the mouth. Beautifully bodied with the thickness.

Drinkability: This one is a sure fire winner for an Imperial Stout. The flavors are paired beautifully, this one taste like a chocolate cherry candy out of a Godiva chocolate box. A slow sipper that should be enjoyed on a nice cold winter night with friends. Definetley worth picking up again in the future!

Photo of KeefD
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from tasting notes:

Dark brown/black, creamed coffee head

Aroma: In comparing this regular Yeti, this has less booziness, and more chocolaty fudge, and light wood notes

Taste: Bitter chocolate, nice hoppiness, light oak and vanilla flavors

MF: Much smoother than it's younger brother, slick, creamy, good carbonation

Much more drinkable than regular Yeti, more smooth and creamy, alcohol more hidden.

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

Never had the non-aged Yeti, but consensus seems to be this is smoother/better.

pours a typical stout, black, carbonation is there to give you a 1/2 inch head with an average pour.

smell has a little oak, but otherwise the standard RIS flavors. coffee, vanilla, dried dark fruits, licorice.

taste does everything well. smooth, some sweet dark fruits, not syrupy. hops more than I'm used to for a stout.. Balanced, very much so. Just a really good version of the style, with hops enough to give it a unique feel with the fruity oaky notes (sometimes too much oak, actually). Nice complexity. Bitter, but not too much, which is nice considering the syrupy sweetness of many big stouts.

There seems to be a movement to have an "extreme" aspect to your RIS these days. Darkest. Strongest. Huge bourbon presence. Thickest. Sweetest. This beer tries to balance all of that.


Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black pour, brown foamy head. Roast malt, mocha, alcohol/barrel aromas. Flavors included some raisin, caramel, little vanilla. Charcoal midway, mellows away into a nicer finish than the regular Yeti. Lessened the bitterness I found in the regular, but the barrel lended a bit of burntness to me. Everyone seems to like this version better, but I find pluses and minuses in both. Excellent though.

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

A- Pours a thick black color, tan/burnt orange head. Some speckled lace is present

S- Deep buttery chocolate and coffee in the nose. Nice balance

T- Starts off with chocolate, coffee, caramel, then you get a nice big dry buttery oakiness.

M- Silky smooth texture is great. Excellent dryness on the oaked finish.

D- Pretty drinkable stout. Definitely worlds better than the regular yeti. I will definitely have one of these again.

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

Poured opaque black, with an excellent brown head with good retention.
Smells of Coffee, chocolate, a hint of hops and maybe a little molasses.
Chocolate, coffee and other roasted flavors are prominent. Some vanilla is in the mix along with some hop bitterness. The after taste is bitter due to both the hops and roasted characteristics.
Mouthfeel is very smooth with an excellent amount of carbonation due to the Oak aging.
Great RIS, not an every night brew, but I would love to have this once a month.

Photo of Jayli
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a gorgeous opaque black. About a 1 finger chocolate brown head - slightly modest, but has good retention. Thick lacing covers the pint glass the entire way down. Nose is of coffee, possibly some vanilla, carmelized malts, hops, and slight air of the alcohol contained. Taste is oddly hoppy - I was surprised given this is a Stout. There are definite tastes of coffee and some malts, there is a bitter after taste. The mouthfeel is as a stout should be. Overall, not a bad beer - I was slightly put off by the high hoppiness of this stout, but would try it again having an idea of the hops going in now.

Photo of colts9016
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour: Deep dark brown with a thick and creamy dark tan head.
Nose. Toasted, caramelized, chocolate malt, floral, pine, coffee, vanilla, and oak.
Taste: A deep immense chocolate and coffee flavor followed up by a complex malt characters. There are subtle hop undertones with hints of vanilla, oak and spice.
Body: Thick, chewy, and creamy.
Finish: Slightly bitter and acidic with a lasting impression on the palate.
Overall: A great beer that should achieve some recognition. My hat goes off to Great Divide.

Photo of sholland119
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at TJs Everyday.

A-Deep jet black with not a hint of light. Thin light brown head and some nice lacing.

S-Vanilla sweetness, caramel, dark chocolate. Very nice.

T-Roastier than expected based on the nose which is a real plus. Also plenty of sweet malt and vanilla flavors, chocolate and caramel. Excellent.

M-Rich and creamy and smooth. Dessert in a glass.

D-Lots of flavor and body for the relatively low ABV (for the style). Quite enjoyable.


Photo of mdcrouser
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12-10-08 Dark as night in a remote forest and with a monster head that may carry through into my nightmares, this is a seriously imposing beer. Oak and vanilla are quite apparent on the nose, capturing the senses, creeping into the lungs. It holds lightly on the tongue, not revealing its full potency until cycled past your cheeks, under your pallette, and down the back of your throat. It's big and burly - there might even be something abominable in there - but it also may be the smoothest beer I've ever had. And it actually gets a bit sweeter as it comes to temperature - kind of like getting cozy with a familiar Himalayan character. And it ends to be highly satisfying, leaving nothing to the imagination. No myth, this is a monster beer.

02-07-14 Enjoying it again five-plus years later... less imposing now than it was, maybe because I've enjoyed so many from the dark side since then.

I poured this one into my Boulevard tulip while watching the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics - Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands...

Heavier oak than vanilla in the nose. Bigger than I remember and I thought it was huge then. Silky, warming, a bit boozy, definitely a sipper for a cold night. A really good one.

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

Appearance: Black, no light. Moderate off-white head with some nice lacing.

Aroma: Definitely smells roasted. Reminded me of the burnt flavor of Starbucks coffee. There is also bitter chocolate and obvious alcohol.

Mouthfeel: A bit underwhelming. It's not as full-bodied as I would expect and has a prickly carbonation.

Taste: The taste is of the burnt coffee as I referenced in the aroma, bitter chocolate and a somewhat acidic taste. the alcohol was not well hidden in my opinion and, while the oak in noticeable, it doesn't compliment the character well.

Overall impression: I'll need to sample the regular Yeti again, but based on my recollection, I prefer the regular to the oak. That's unusual for me as I tend to favor the wood aged varieties. It's a decent Imperial stout, but far from the best.

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

Had on tap at The Yardhouse in KC.

Poured a pitch black with a delectable two finger head that had a melted chocolate ice cream appearance while it lasted.

Rich coffee beans and dark chocolate mixed with baker's chocolate.

Amazing flavor, dark coffee beans and chocolate to boot. Slight bitterness that you would get from bakers chocolate.

Very smooth and creamy with low carbonation. Probably the creamiest beer I have had to date.

This sets a new standard for stouts in terms of flavor and appearance in my opinion. Everything about this beer is world class.

Photo of magictrokini
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with a thick brown head. Malt, chocolate, coffee, anc currants take over your nose. Viscous mouthfeel with a very smooth taste. Perfectly balanced malt and hop profiles with baker's chocolate, coffee, darker fruits, and oak blending in nicely. Bittersweet finish and long aftertaste. Simply an excellent beer.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black body under a small, though dense, persistent, tan-colored head. Creamy, glass-coating lacing throughout.

Smell: Aroma of fully roasted malts and oak wood with appropriately roasty notes of licorice root, instant coffee, and unsweetened chocolate.

Taste: Dark, roasted malts tasting of slightly sweet dark chocolate, smoky creosote, and a half-shot of espresso. A smooth, drying oak character hits the palate midway through and slowly increases towards the finish. Tiny bit of vanilla and licorice. The citrus and pine hoppiness found in the standard Yeti seems to be diminished considerably by the oak, but there's still plenty of balancing bitterness to be found. Smooth finish with a delicate lingering oakiness. Everything from the roasted malts to the oak character to the hops are full in flavor but, thankfully, are never glaring or excessive.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Though certainly not always the case, I do prefer the oaked version over the standard. A full, flavorful beer that makes for pleasant sipping.

Photo of corby112
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black with a thicky dark brown head. Aroma of vanilla, roasted maltiness, chocolate and dark fruit. The oak aging gives this beeer an amazing vanilla flavor that balances out the dark chocolate/ coffee taste of the original yeti. Very smooth drinkable beer considering its strength.

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

Of course it's dark... it's an RIS. I smell tons of coffee and chocolate. I taste a ton of each... roasted malts to boot. There's also some hoppy bitterness in here, though I'm not getting a lot of oak. It's very silky.

I rocked this before all the food on Thanksgiving. It would have been better as an after dinner beverage, but all in all, it's a solid stout. Not worth $10, but solid.

Photo of glid02
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Taco Mac in Decatur. This was my introduction to good beer a while back and it's been entirely too long since I've revisited this beer.

Pours black with a half-finger light brown head. The head dissipates fairly quickly into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a thin ring around the glass. There's not much lacing.

Smells largely of chocolate, with hints of roasted malts coming through.

Tastes great. Tons of chocolate up front backed up by roasted malts and ending with a very mild bitterness. The amount of chocolate really is awesome, and there's no hint of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is great. Very thick with subdued carbonation, like an alcohol milkshake.

Drinkability is great. I downed one of these very fast and could have a few too many more with no problem.

Overall this is a great beer. I've yet to try the regular Yeti, so I'm looking forward to seeing how the oak changes the beer. Try this is you haven't already.

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,111 ratings.