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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,973 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,973
Reviews: 1,582
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 278
Gots: 660 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
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 ABCJiugui
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber poured into tulip

A- mocha head, 2 fingers on semi-hard pour, dark black opaque liquid, lacing is fairly consistent around the glass in wavy pattern. Retention is good for 1mm or so, doesn't dissipate easily.

S- Strong chocolate aroma, fudge-y (has the buttery, heavy, american fudge shop smell), some fruit and spice like cinnamon spiced fruit cake, valhrona cocoa powder, vanilla from the oak aging. MUCH better/mellower/enjoyable overall in comparison to the regular yeti- no harsh alcohol smell by comparison.

T- Sweet chocolate up front and middle, like a smooth dark chocolate. Bit of coffee as well. Hop bitterness appears again at the end, but unlike the original yeti, is much more mellowed out and less pronounced due to oak aging. Some vanilla bean flavor as well, no harsh boozy alcohol/solvent aroma/flavor in comparison to the original- well hidden abv.

M- smooth, chewy, full bodied. Carbonation is mildly there, and mellowed hops produce minimal astringency. Finish is fairly smooth.

D- overall, this is a much more enjoyable beer than the regular yeti. One of the few oak aged stouts I truly enjoyed, as other oaked stouts lend more sourness/overly woody notes. This is a well balanced oaked stout, delicious to drink any time.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bold, tar-black colored with 2-finger head of milk chocolate-colored, sturdy head. Amazing-what every imperial stout should look like.

Essence of hardcore malt and sugar with deep caramel, strong natural vanilla backbone. Hops are in the background but make their presence known in the balance.

Wow - this is powerful, luscious stuff. Caramelized sugar from the aroma is here in spades; the oak meshes well with the strong malt and mild hop presence with some added toasty coffee grounds and toffee. Alcohol is very present but this is very well-balanced.

Coats the mouth like the best stout sundae you ever had - cold but velvety.

Defintely something to sip and savor - extremely enjoyable. One of the best in its style.

Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly black where no light can pass through. The head starts nicely but diminishes to a single layer of intensely tight bubbles. Spotty lace on the glass after each sip.

Soft dark chocolate aromas. I can sense the intense alcohol. No hop.

This is the complete taste package: full bodied, black patent and chocolate malts, enough hop to give some non-malt bitterness. The body has some oiliness from the high alcohol.

This is a flavorful Imperial Stout but, IMHO, runs on the moderate side of the style.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

looks similar to the regular yeti, but actually has better lacing, esp the first two thin little rings on top.

aroma is a much richer, roasted chocolate. again some dried fruit. hints of vanilla and oak woodiness. this time, the alcohol is gone, which also helps bump up the score.

the taste follows suit, with more roasted chocolate flavor, some dried dates, less coffee, less acidity, and definitely a more mellowed hop bitterness. again, hint of vanilla and oak, and very well-hidden alcohol

much smoother than the regular yeti, the acidity and astringency is mellowed out.


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

Beer #29 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 1/29. Had Yeti lastnight so I'm excited to see how this differs.

A: Pours a midnight black body into a tulip glass. Massive, dense mocha head, great retention. Webs of lacing stick to the glass.

S: Beautifully balanced aroma, the addition of oak adds another complexity to the already complex base beer. Dark roasted malts yield black coffee, dark chocolate, burnt caramel and prune notes. A definite yet subtle oak note laced with bourbon & vanilla amp it up. Hops are there but low key and give away pine & citrus.

M: Med. body, low carbonation. M.F. is viscous, a little thin but ultra-smooth.

T: The taste is awesome. Very similar to Yeti but the oak adds alot and really helps this RIS. This is more refined and seems more balanced as it has some age on it. Shorter finish than Yeti, not quite as "heady". The Malts aren't as thick though, which seems strange.

D: So, so good. Very balanced and refined, I'll have this over Yeti (which is still great). The alcohol is masked well. A year or two do a lot for this one. Highly recommended.

Photo of allergictomacros
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Whoa. Pours a ridiculous dark dark... well dark. I assume brown. Thick brown head bubbles up, then stops for good. Lacing is amazing, and topping up my glass, the new liquid literally punches a hole through the foam.

S - Sweet and rich smelling. Dark fruit, a solid whiff of alcohol and a chocolatey, molassesy aroma. Some herbal hops and woodiness round out the nose.

T/M - Again very sweet, with lots of dark sugar and fruit. Extremely creamy heavy body. Slightly vinous, with an astringent touch. Lots of dark fruit including cherries and raisins, tons of toasted character including espresso and cocoa, and a floral and herbal tone. Solid bitterness cleans up the palate well.

D - Very drinkable for such a big beer. Overall impression is one of "bigness" all around. Tons of flavour, asskicking body, and a head to die for. I might even say sessionable if it were a touch less sweet. At 9.5%, this is probably a good thing.

All around excellent beer, but... the head is absolutely amazing. Every beer I review after this one is gonna get a much rougher ride in the "appearance" category.

Photo of lifebeer
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a. beautiful dark chocolate with espresso 2-finger head

s. unexpected hop aroma, cascade

t. starts with chocolate milk, lasts for a while until the beer is allowed to breath, eventually a hop finish emerges, and with increasing temperature, the oak takes over

m. round and chewy

d. a sipper, enjoy as the flavor unfolds over time

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

cellared since 9.2006

a - poured a one finger thick coffee-colored head into a goblet. left a think ring throughout with some light sheeting. the body was dark and black.
s - powerful aromas of vanilla and chocolate with a light oakey scent.
t - oak, vanilla, dark fruits like cherries with a light oak finish. nice bite from the alcohol too. this is well-balanced.
m - creamy and smooth.
d - what a wonderful sipper. this is a delicious beer.

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

Very dark but still fluid pour(not super viscous). Sets up deep black with small head that sticks around some. Looks good. Smells of wood, chocolate, and a little smokiness. Taste is strong unsweetened chocolate, vanilla, a whiskey like booze flavor, roasted smokey sweet malt. There was some fruit tones on this beer (cherries/dark berries) that started to peek out the warmer it got. Bitterness really bites when this goes down. Mouthfeel was slick and oily but there are others that fill up the mouth in a fuller way. This is a sipping beer and would be hard to take down more than one with the bitterness and the alcohol content. Very Enjoyable. I'm going to lay one down for a year and see how it comes out.

Photo of BMan1113VR
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really good, although I am not sure if it is better than the regular (it has been a while since I have had the other one). Aroma is chocolate, pine, vanilla, oak, milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, and maple syrup. The color is darkest black and it poors with a smallish dark brown head that has excellent lacing. The taste is great and lasts forever. It goes down creamy smooth with lively carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden.

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

L:While pouring it glubs out like thick oil. Big fat bubble one finger milk chocolate head. Like a black hole all is consumed in to the thick dark black oil.
S:Deep oakey vanilla beans, slightly burnt. Also a pretty evident dark milk chocolate.
T:A slight smokiness up front that turns in to a fat dark roasted choclate. Just a tiny hint of coffee beands. A nice dry chocolate taste from the hops.
M:Thick and rich. Much like a chocolate bar melted in my mouth. Very warming.
D:Really good and chocolate. Very cool beer.

Photo of Fish113d
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at about 55 degrees, it pours a near-opaque color with no light perring thorugh my glass. A 3-finger-thick tannish head forms at the top, making a quiet a billowy show. It dissipates within a few minutes but leaves a very aparent lacing on the glass.

On the nose, chocolate hits my sinuses right away, followed by a nice cascade hops aroma. A bit of fruit comes through like cherries or grapes, but hard to distinguish. Of course, a boozy, dry, oakiness comes through as well, making me want to sip it!

A thick, rich body of chocolate hits my palate with gusto! Also a roasty almond flavor comes through along with some possible caramel. The finish is quite complex with the dryness of the barrel working through and the alcohol coming in last to numb my tongue. Very very nice!

Body is full of course, while the carbonation is very little if any. Very dry finish. Great!

Wow...maybe the best beer I've had in 2008, and one of the best I've had in a long time. Thanks Sulldaddy for hooking me up!

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

I picked this bottle up at Well's in Baltimore. This is the second review I have done, but the first was lost in my earlier review book. Decanted cool into a snifter.

A - A light absorbing black w/ a mocha brown creay head w/ an ultra fine bead. The head is pillowy and the stout allows no light to pass through its body. Sporadic smatterings of lace cling to the glass.

S - Berry and woodiness creep out of the snifter w/ a citrusy piney depth. A vinous note w/ spice like cinnamon and pepper accent the malty sweet notes and dried fruit aromas.

M - A big sweet smack is pushed out of the way immediately by a shove of carbonation and just as quickly by a bitter hop acidity. the boozy and dry textures bring up the rear when all join forces.

T - Magnificently forceful w/ its intense sweet and malty flavors, the spicy mix w/ somewhat dark cherry and malty bitter cocoa-like flavor and an intense grapefruit and crisp vanilla wood w/ a burnt toffee sharpness. Twiggy earthy, almost raisin-like w/ a sharp bite and boozy warmth w/ dry apricot and an almost tropical dried papaya, sugary flavor w/ plenty of toasted and small amounts of charred malt flavor. There is subtle spice w/ ginger, pepper tinges and the nuttiness of roasted walnuts w/ hints of fig and beefy dry notes. The grain is slightly husky w/ smooth oily aspect w/ fruit notes and subtle orange citrus flavors, boy this baby is complex! I get a bit lost in the deep roasted and boozy brandy-like tastes here which is pleasant and the hops give a nice contrast.

D - Just wish there were a skosh less carbonation to relax the mouthfeel a bit. This is a nice, big brawny RIS w/ NW hops and huge malt flavor, so much packed in this w/ out overbearing sweetness. Nice citrus notes w/ a bitter acidity and the oak is well placed - not outdoing any of the flavors that make this recipe great. Magnificent w/ its subdued evolving nuances all the while making no pretense at its true aim to be an intense stout. A very drinkable brew in the realm of 9.5% beers, well done Great Divide!

Photo of dsa7783
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first sample from Great Divide Brewing Company, and I am tremendously impressed with the depth and chracter of this beer... Their Oak-Aged Yeti Imperial Stout definitely lives up to the hype surrounding this great brew... high-quality, top-notch stuff, and I would venture to say that this is probably one of the best stouts I have ever sampled, period... Marvelous opaque, jet-black, ebony hue with a dark, tan, slightly reddish head and nice lacing... aroma is thick, strong, and full of depth with deep, dark espresso smells and a strong nose of dark, burnt chocolate... the taste is certainly up there with the aroma, loaded with coffee, espresso, cocoa, and dark latte flavors... Nutty, toffee, roasted malt flavor and an immense taste with the oak-essence certainly noticeable and providing a tinge of vanilla to the classic stout flavor... Hands down, one of the best depictions of the style and one of the best American brews... Excellent stuff... Mouthfeel was thick, rich, and creamy, and the drinkability was effortless, went down like dark-coffee, and very hard to detect the 9.5% ABV... 22 oz bomber copped for about $8.99 from Total Wine and More in Union... Definitely recommended...

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Oak Aged Yeti came in a 22oz bomber and poured black as night with a 2-3 finger foam with a soapy, sudsy lacing with some solid retention.

The aroma was strong oak smell with roasted malts and coffee.

The taste was heavy on the alcohol flavor, vanilla with a sharp bite on finish. At first I could taste the hops, then coffee. In the mouth it was pretty thin for a stout and it has a finish of Kentucky Whiskey from the oak barrels I am sure. Overall a good drink but I prefer the standard Yeti much better.

Photo of Tilley4
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Considering the awesome price of this bomber, there may not be a better stout for the money out there. This was unbelievable....

Glugs out a used motor oil black with a 2 inch brown head. Really good looking beer here....

Aroma is chocolate, coffee, chocolate, oak, chocolate, alcohol....Man, I love the way this is smelling.

Tastes even better than it smells. Loads of dark chocolate, with hints of vanilla, something earthy (the oak?), and strong coffee.

One of my new favorite Imperials here. This is simply incredible... Loved everything about it.

Photo of Risser09
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter - 2007 bottling I'd assume - Cellar temp.

Appearance: Dark black beer makes a small half inch head. The head is brown in color and has a sizeable amount of big bubbles. Another pour reveals a small amount of head contribution. Small amounts of lace remain on the glass after swirling. Good retention on what head there is.

Smell: Chocolate, chocolate malt, molasses and dark brown sugar. A bit of pine sneaks through and makes a hoppy presence. Black licorice, vanilla, oak and wood tannins, chocolate chip cookies. Lots of strong, enticing aromas coming from this beer. Very, very nice.

Taste: At first I get a lot of base malt, like chocolate and black patent. Dark chocolate flavors are met with espresso. Subtle flavors of licorice, vanilla, oak, and caramel. Hops flavors of pine and grapefruit are present, with the majority being pine. They make their way into the finish of the beer and provide a lingering bitterness. This is certainly what you would describe as an American interpretation. Very tasty and complex.

Mouthfeel: Sugar and bitternes are the main components. Bitterness comes from the hops and from the deep, roasted flavors as well. Alcohol is warming but not cloying, and warms the belly pleasantly. Pretty viscous body.

Drinkability: This is an amazing stout, one that can be easily obtained and enjoyed for very little. Seeing as though everything is going up in price and seeing people pay so much for some of the more popular RISs, this one is right up my alley. This really is an awesome beer. I could have two of these bombers and be set for the night. Spectacular.

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

22oz brown bomber with a foil sealed cap.
No freshness info.

a: Ink black body, no light is breaking through this RIS. Light tan head swiftly fades.

s: This beer reeks of highly roasted malt, bordering on charred. Notes of chocolate and vanilla too, maybe cherry?

t: Roasted character is much higher than many RISs.
Oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee, and hops are all there in balance, no flavor is overdone.

m: Rich, creamy, smooth full body. Exceptional texture, very velvety.

d: It's a RIS, so its a sipper. But keeping this in mind, it is quite drinkable. Sweetness isn't overdone. I really like this one, one of my favorite of the style.

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

Poured out of a bomber into an Urthel tulip. Produced a jet-black oil slick of a body with a gorgeous, frothy deep chocolate brown head that left lattices of lacing clinging to the glass. Strong smells of bitter chocolate, dark-roasted espresso beans, creamy vanilla and booze, booze and more booze. Taste matched up well to the smell -- chocolate, vanilla, dark-roasted coffee and a distinctive overtone of small-batch bourbon. Smooth to the nth degree. My only trifle would be the strange flavor that evolves in the mouth as the bitter finish lingers. Otherwise, a thick, velvety mouthfeel that's a pleasure to behold. The alcohol content makes this a very slow session beer -- you want to savor this one all night.

Definitely one of the finest beers I've tasted -- a real standout during my recent and ongoing Imperial Stout kick.

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

22oz bomber poured into a tulip pint glass

Cool looking bottle, I like the use of purple, teal, and silver with the mountains and insanely large lettering. Could have done without the silver foil on top though, useless. But, a beer named after the Abominable Snowman, then aged in oak barrels, that's a pretty cool start.

This is a beautiful looking stout. Thick midnight black body with a big milk chocolate brown, two+ finger head. Faded in due time to a nice manageable size and left gobs of sticky lace down the sides. Perfect.

First whiff yielded typical coffee/espresso roasted malt aroma. A deeper whiff gave me hints of bittersweet chocolate, vanilla bean, black licorice, whiskey, and a nice piney hop aroma. I can hardly contain myself to take my first sip....

....smooth, creamy, velvety goodness. Tastes like vanilla espresso, bittersweet chocolate, and black licorice in perfect balance. The piney hop backbone lends itself to a nice mellow aftertaste. Wow, this beer is something else. There is a faint warmth of whiskey that lingers just enough to let you know its there.

This beer is velvety smooth. One of the best mouthfeels I have ever come across (to date) in any beer. It hits the tongue cool and mellow and slides perfectly down.

It's high in alcohol, but you would think it's a little higher than it is with the oak aging involved.

I must say that this is one of the best beers that has ever graced my lips. Drinking a 22 of this beast is an experience. So, right now, I am going to pour the rest in my glass and enjoy the show.

Photo of erwin08
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black as tar. no light getting through this bad boy. thick chocolatey looking brown head.

S: roasted malts and chocolate. smells delicious.

T: roasted malt with chocolate and vanilla as well. somewhat overpowering alcohol taste but not to bad.

M: thick and quickly coats the inside of your mouth. little if any carbonation.

D: take your time with this one, it's a sipper. at 9.5 ABV i shared the bottle with my brother and still felt it afterwards.

this stout is the perfect sipper for the -25 degree weather we are having this weekend!

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

Oaked Yeti 2006 pulled from my cellar.

Appearance: Pours pitch black without any red or ruby hues. Huge thick, creamy, foamy tan head tops the beer and doesn't fade.

Smell: Hints of chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit and oak dominate the nose.

Taste: Starts with a good amount of bittersweet chocolate upfront with a dark fruity sweetness lingering under the surface. Hints of vanilla show up near the finish along with a really nice roastiness from the dark malts. The finish is where the oak and hops come into play. The oak lends a woody flavor and helps dry out the beer where the hop bitterness helps balances things out with a long, linger bitterness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, fully coats the mouth.

Drinkability/Notes: Wood aged beers are really not my thing, but I have to say that Oaked Yeti hits the mark pretty well. Nice and chocolatey with dark fruit sweetness and vanilla undertones along with a slightly woody finish. Big C hops add a nice of touch of bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden for 9.5%. I believe the age of this beer really mellowed out the oak. I've had fresh oaked Yeti and thought the wood dominated the flavor profile. A beer to sip for sure. Perfect for this cold winter night in SoMD. Overall, a really nice Impy Stout. Definitely recommended. Seek and Enjoy.

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

A - Poured a black color with a brown head that leaves lacing

S - Roasted malt with chocolate scents

T - Roasted malt with chocolate some vanilla and a touch of alcohol comes through

M - This is a thick brew with only a little bit of carbonation

D - This is a word class stout if it wasn't for the high abv and rarity this would be a beer in my regular rotation worth a try

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm a bit puzzled by this beer's rating on this site. I'm not someone who gets off on providing a contrarian view (I never say I want to be "devil's advocate"), but I didn't get out of this beer what other reviewers have.

This beer poured a relatively deep black. Aroma was champagne-y, with some chocolate and lots of roastiness. Flavor was a weird sourness with chocolate notes and a rich maltiness that reminded me of drinking malt syrup (which I didn't care for). Mouthfeel was full and pucker-y.

Despite my lack of agreement with other reviewers, I'd still recommend this beer.

Photo of Ryanbob
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this 22 oz. at Spec's in South Austin. Appearance was black with a huge clingy head. It smells sweet and strong. The first thing I noticed was the malty sweetness and alcoholic burn. There is a nice toastiness and hoppiness in the aftertaste. Hints of vanilla, burnt toast, as well as some bitter metallic and piney tastes. This beer feels thick and bubbly in your mouth and remains on your taste buds for quite some time.

This is a more well rounded Imperial Stout than others I have tried. Between Yeti and Old Rasputin I think my needs are met. Not a style I drink often, but this beer is enjoyable, complex, and potent at 9.5 ABV. Definately something to try once, and, if your into Imperial Stouts, enjoy often!

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