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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,139 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,139
Reviews: 1,614
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 293
Gots: 744 | FT: 37
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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: 4,139 | Reviews: 1,614
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.

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

Big thanks to session1979 for this bomber!

Appearance: Pours oily black with a thick, dark, crimson-brown head. No light passes through, not even at the edges. Head heaves up to about a one-finger finger height, before simmering into a thin, sticky halo. Love the color of the head! Second pour into this pint glass produces a larger head with better lacing. This is one good looking brew.

Smell: Mainly dark chocolate with sweet, dark berries. Caramel and a bit of oak apparent when you really swirl it. Smell is pleasant, though extremely faint. You really gotta dig in with this one. EDIT (05-17-09): Wouldn't call it faint at all - lots of dark chocolate, followed by smoke, molasses, oak, and alcohol.

Taste: Begins with semi-sweet chocolate chips and caramel, followed by alcohol-soaked cherries. Maybe some merlot in there too. Burnt malts and sweet oak in the finish, along with a touch of dry alcohol. Also picking up some piney hops.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth with a pretty hefty amount of mouth-numbing. Carbonation seemed a tad too high at first, however second pour is much better. Thick, full-bodied, and creamy with a dry finish. EDIT (05-17-09): No carbonation problems the second time around - very smooth and creamy, though still finishes very dry.

Drinkability: Drink as slowly as possible. Mouth gets numb pretty quick and flavors start disappearing. With a full 22oz to go through, I took a break after finishing the first pour. At the beginning of each glass, the taste was awesome, but it slowly went downhill from there. Never did the taste go bad; it just lost a lot of it's complexity. EDIT (05-17-09): No idea what I was talking about here. Didn't feel that way at all about it the second time around, though I also only sampled a few ounces of it. I bumped the score up 0.5.

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

Appearance: Very dark, almost opaque hue. A little head noticed after the pour.
Smell: Aroma is of coffee, cocoa, very malty.
Taste: Chocolate is the first dominant flavor to arise. Coffee and dark roasted malts soon present thereafter. Mild hop bitterness is also noted though the astringent nature of the hops is mostly muted. The oaked aspect isn't that noticeable IMO. Well-balanced overall.
Mouthfeel: Silky and smooth
Drinkability: I would consider this a great after-dinner brew with the ABV being a bit restricting for drinkability. Nonetheless, this is a well-construced brew!

Photo of Bananaman
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Yeti oh Yeti. This oak aged monster is really interesting, again one of those beers which are a bit hyped here in Sweden. Thanks to Ljunkan for sharing this one!

Looks great! The bottle looks awesome and the beer is almost black with a nice brown foam, really large foam actually.

Smells really interesting, notes of vanilla, fudge, dark chocolate and hardy rosted notes together with a big hoppiness. Amazing smell!

When it comes to the taste things get a bit out of hand. Those hardly rosted malts together with the spicy very bitter American hops get a bit too much for me. I would have liked it a bit milder and rounder.

Photo of Ljunkan
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650 ml bottle shared with Bananaman.

Pours a dark black color with a thick, brown head. Looks really nice in the glass imo, you definitely want to taste it!

Smell is vanilla, oak, hops (citrus), fudge, toffee and dark chocolate. Very nice smell, so for no wrong.

Taste is of hard roasted malt, coffee, almost tar, lots of citrus hops, with a BIG, and I mean, BIG bitterness. Lots of burnt notes aswell. I would say this is a bit too bitter and hoppy for my taste.

Mouthfeel is quite good though, it's very filling with a big body, almost sticky, but I must say it's a bit "harsh" also. Not that drinkable...

Well... I don't think the hard roasted malts is working with the big bitterness in the taste as well as you can hope for. I thought this one would be a bit more "rounded" and mellow due to the oak aging process. Still a good imperial stout, though it doesn't live up to the "hype".

Photo of roadhouse
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appears pitch black with a one inch tan head. Leaves some spotty lacing but nothing too great.

Aroma is surprisingly less than the regular Yeti with notes of chocolate, dark fruit, light oak, and mild coffee.

Taste is initially chocolately with some dark fruit character midway through but this is also when the oak character kicks into full gear and kind of overshadows everything. Pretty bitter ending with some hop flavors coming through as well, but also a decent amount of hot alcohol.

Mouthfeel is the best point of this beer. It's medium-full in body and extremely creamy.

This one really disappointed. I loved the regular Yeti when I tried it. This seems to be an example where oak doesn't improve the flavor. This was one of the new bottles though so I'm sure it would improve with some age.

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

Reviewed 2/23/08. Bottle. Beautiful beer: pours a dark black with a nice thick dark tan, almost red head. Aroma of roast, chocolate, smoke, alcohol, oak. Tastes of chocolate (especially as the beer warmed), roast, coffee, dark fruits. This is a thick, rich, heavy beer! The alcohol is definitely present in the aroma and taste and warms your mouth as you drink this. An excellent beer but definitely a slow sipper.
Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 5/5
Flavor: 8/10
Palate: 5/5
Overall: 16/20

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

A: Black, and opaque, obsidian black, nice brown head about half an inch thick, rocky and dense, excellent clingy lacing, very tiny small bubbles in the head. A little darker than the original yeti. This is pitch black, absolutely no light penetrates it.

S: Coffee, chocolate, nice boozey burn right in the middle of the mix, burnt malts, brown sugar, a faint detection of hops. The oak flavor is there as well.

T: Slightly tame, nice chocolate presence, faint bitterness, but mostly a roasted bitterness, the brown sugar is really present, as far as the oak flavor, it is there but not as oaked as other wood aged beers. The hop flavor really pops out and leaves a citrus rind taste in the mouth. There is an alcohol presence, but more something that you would find in a whiskey, not a beer booze flavor. It is very refined and tamed down from the original yeti.

M: Thick, almost no carbonation in this one, coats the mouth nicely, and suprisingly, there is little alcohol burn. Really creamy and thick.

D: This one goes down easy enough for what it is. The alcohol is nicely balanced and the other flavors really compliment each other nicely. It is thick and heavy, but this goes down nice and easy. I wonder what it would be like on nitro.

Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter - black, with a really dark brown head that doesn't really last, but has great lacing. Smell is really exceptional - sweet with some espresso. Some fruits are obvious, too. The taste is fantastic. Different than any other stout I've had - its got a very deep sweetness to it - especially up front. Not as much chocolate or coffee as I usually like in my stouts, but this has its own flavor which is really great. Its woody, probably since it was oak aged (perhaps). I'll be picking up some more of this for sure.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a very deep black color and could be the darkest beer I've ever seen, with a thin light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin but dense lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains mostly dark chocolate and dark malts as you'd expect.

T: The taste is full of the intense bitter-sweetness of dark chocolate and a complimentary smokiness. There are some background flavors of dark fruit and a very mild hops presence. The malt character is exactly as thick as you would want from a big stout. The after-taste retains bitter-sweet aspect of the dark chocolate.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style. It's funny how you can sometimes get thrown for a loop when things aren't quite what you're expecting. I usually think the term "oak aged" is over-used and over-rated for the most part and I had also derived from hearsay and readings that not only was this beer not a good one to age, but that it was also not as good as the regular non-oak-aged Yeti. Well, contrary to what I was expecting to find, I liked this beer better than regular Yeti, nor do I find that the effects of almost a year of aging detract from this beer at all. I'm not so sure I would want to age it long-term, because it doesn't seem like it would gain too much, but it certainly hasn't lost anything. Overall, it's a pretty good beer among your more common big stouts.

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

First I want to say that I was shocked to find this beer, siting at the bottom of the cooler in the far corner along the back wall... one of two things are going on, they don't know how many people would want to pick this beer up, or they are hiding it away for themselves, the second is my thought.

On to the review. This beer pours out a pure blackness, no light gets through this even at the edges. Poured into my Duvel goblet and it produced about an inch of dark tan head, that refuses to move. Smells like dark fruits and sweet sweet malt. The taste follows the smell and its great for it, as it warms up the oak really asserts its self, which is amazing in this brew. The label claims 75 IBUs which barely registers. Smooth as glass, and warm in my belly, this is one damn fine ale. Im going to have to go back and buy several more to see how they age.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into oversized snifter.

A - Jet black, opaque. A half inch of dark brown head rises, one of the darkest heads I've ever seen. Retention is decent for the ABV with some nice brown lacing.

S - Big coffee and roasted aromas upfront with a a lot of wood and char backing. Touches of chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, and butter are evident as well.

T - Coffee and chocolate take a backseat to big burnt and roasted flavors with a wallop of wood. Some caramel-like sweetness hangs around early to mid palate, but begins to dry out as the wood flavor grows. The alcohol comes on slowly as well but by the finish it is very strong and astringent, accompanied by an earthy and burnt bitterness. Bitterness lingers for a few minutes.

M - Medium to full bodied with moderate to low carbonation, ultimately toning down the sweetness and amping up the bitterness. Not quite thick and still enough for my tastes.

D - Though I'm not the hugest fan of RIS's, I do try to be fair but drinkability always suffers. A surefire sipper, but the bitterness and burnt flavors are a little over the top for me to fully enjoy.

Photo of jdg204
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my shot at my second Great Divide brew when I found this bad boy on the shelf. After reading great reviews and seeing this was the special Oaked version, I knew I had to give it a shot!

A: Deep, impenetrable black with a fluffy, rocky tan head that settled into a thin foamy, bubbly lacing.

S: Oaky vanilla and chocolate/coffee malt nose with whiffs of sweet fruitiness in the background.

T: Charcoal and roasted chocolate taste with an oakish silky vanilla finish. Excellent hoppy undertone complimented the brew very nicely.

M: Crisp, slick, creamy smooth full bodied mouth feel. Excellent aftertaste.

D: This drank extremely smoothly for an RIS, I was extremely impressed and it went down very quickly. This ranks up pretty high on my RIS scale, it's one of the best of the best and the Oak aging worked really well. Once again, extremely impressed with Great Divide and I'll definitly not wait another year before grabbing another one (Hercules, you're next on the list!)

Photo of IronDjinn
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Yokes in Ponderay, ID. Comes in a 22 oz. brown bomber, silver foil around the cap.
Pours out as dense and lightless as a black hole, tall dense chunky beige head that slowly settles. Sticky gashes of lacing.

Thick molasses, liquorice root, wood and warming alcohol on the nose.

Cask wood and peat is apparent and up front in the flavour, nutty, slight vanilla, with a smoked finish. Earthy wood aftertaste. Vanilla bean kicks in well after it warms.

Thick full mouthfeel, a bit sticky on the finish.

A pretty damn fine Imperial Stout, the cask aging really adds to the overall character and enjoyment of it. Tasty!

Photo of yossarian14
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Just looking at it you would not realize what a treat you're in for. Black with a tan head that lasts

S - Roasted coffee, smoked wood and a little chocolate

T/M - Simply delicious. Smoked roasted coffee, noticeably warming alcohol and finishes with a hint of vanilla

D - Its a sipper, but I want the entire 22oz bomber to myself next time

Photo of nasty15108
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a mini snifter glass.

A - Pitch black with a thick & creamy head of tan foam. Stick lacing throughout.

S - Dark roasted coffee, chocolate, dark ripe fruit, smokey charred wood.

T - More of the same, with hints of alcohol and vanilla in the finish.

MF&D - Thick, creamy and full bodied. A wonderful Imperial Stout. A Must have beer.

Photo of craytonic
3.38/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber

Pours jet black, this stuff is dark, a little dark carmel head, more than founder's breakfast stout. Some nice lacing.

Burnt aroma of coffee and alcohol.

When it is cold all you taste and smell is the alcohol, you have to let it warm up a tad. Creamy smooth with a full body, tastes of bitter chocolate with hints of vanilla bean. Tastes also of expresso, and finishes with some nice hops which was a surprise and my favorite part; I have never said this but more hops!

Drink slowly and not too cold. I prefer this to Founder's breakfast stout, more balance and smoother.

Photo of Likeburning
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is hands-down one of my favorite beers of all time, and with the added hurdle of our ass backwards beer laws in Tennessee it's also a rare find. This dark nearly black stout has distinct chocolate/woody aromas that fill the nose with a contentment rarely felt outside of a full thanksgiving banquet. I had this side-by-side with Sweetwater's Happy Ending. I kind of wish I didn't do this because the Yeti blew the Atlanta beer out of the water. The yeti is deeper, richer, and yes you can definitely taste the oak. Even my Hefe drinking girlfriend could fully appreciate and enjoy the grateness that is this beer, and that says a lot.

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

Pours a viscous black with a milk chocolate head that bubbles forever, leaving a ring and good lacing. Smells of an vanilla, oak, and raw cocoa. It fills the mouth with a delightful creaminess hiding the alcohol bite well. First oak aged stout I've had, and I love it coming from belgian strong ales and barley wines. I'll be picking up more bottles of this.

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

A: Frothy and huge two-finger head; poured black and thick. Lacing was excellent as well...remaining in my glass well after I had finished this beer.

S: Oak, chocolate, vanilla qualities.

T: Huge oaky character with some hints of dark chocolate. I also get a lot of hop bitternes, which I don't usually expect from a RIS. Alcohol is hidden extremely well.

M: Full-body and well carbonated. Didn't get any creamy or thick coating...but not bad.

D: Extremely easy to drink...espcecially for a barrel aged stout. I find that the aging process can sometimes overwhelm a beer's original qualities, but this one does a good job of not stirring away from the qualities that made the original so great.

Overall: A must try it!!! An improvement on the original.

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

From notes

Split a 22 with a friend, poured into a tulip

A - nice Dark pour, 2 finger head. good head consistency. lacing was good

S - Nice roasted malts, coffee, caramel, nice smoothed out smell.

T - wonderful smoother taste compared to a the Yeti Imperial Stout. Alcohol hidden. caramel malty lightly hoppy a great stout all around

M - Coats well, good carbonation through out, good finish very smooth, one of the stouts I enjoy regularly.

D - Good drinkablity, smooth delicious

If you see this versus a Normal Yeti I highly recommend the oaked Yeti. Worth the extra money.

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

Appearance: Crude Oil. Dark mocha head. Some retention. Splattered lace.

Smell: Cabernet, big hops, coffee

Taste: Roasted malt, full red wine, cherries, oak

Mouthfeel: Perfect full bodied balance, alcoholic finish, but yet very smooth

Drinkability: Just finished the bomber. Want more. Know I shouldn't.

A big, hoppy, complex, exceptional RIS. I wouldn't expect anything less from Great Divide.

Photo of jojox
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Tasted this with the non-oak aged Yeti. Only noted the differences that the oak version showed.

a - More Head.

s - More subtile aromas

t - oh my God. Super, SUPER oak. Chocolate covered cherries. Vanilla is very large.

Delicious beer, a bit over oaked for me, but I could easily make the Yeti my house RIS and the oak version was a great twist on it. Super drinkable.

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