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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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3,754 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,754
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 251
Gots: 579 | FT: 32
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 sloejams
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been eyeing this in my refrigerator for awhile. Finally, I just brokedown and busted it out. Someone told me that I'd be able to get Great Divide beers in Southern California soon, but that hasn't happened yet. Shame too, I dig.

Back to this beer - it's a monster. It pours like a milkshake, dark as night with a TON of lacing from it's finger froth. The aroma is complex: lots of roasted malt, big hop profile and some sweetness - a lil vanilla and yes, as it says on the tin, some oak. I was a bit surprised how hoppy it was. But fuck it cause I love me some hops and this smelled great. The taste was delicious, much akin to the aroma - very well rounded. I caught some almond in there too.

I really liked the creaminess of the body. It provided a nice alcohol warmth. I finished the bomber, but it's not something I'd do often.

A fine big beer.

sloejams, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of PorterLambic
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out of the big bottle completely black with a big chocolate brown head that looks like cocoa powder was added to chocolate cool-whip. Thick, rich, creamy and drops slowly. And quiet. I could not hear the beer going into the glass. Apparently the head is an effective sound insulating material as well. Scattered lacing.
Smell is malt, hops, smoke and alcohol with hints of chocolate & windex - a vinegary/resiny/chemical note that was very off-putting but became less noticeable as time went on. Whether it was due to off-gassing or just my getting used to it, I don't know. A second bottle did not have this. It had notes of oak & vanilla in addition to the heavily roasted malt & almost burnt coffee with a brandy-like alcohol.
Taste is a decent balance of hops, malt, chocolate, some oak, and alcohol. Also notes of peat, vanilla & hops resin light in the aftertaste.
Thick & chewy with a good astringency, smooth and creamy. Very good stuff.

PorterLambic, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a black in color, some carbonation, nice foamy tan head which disappears quickly, not much lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of hops, malts, chocolate/toffee, and alcohol.

T - The taste is of roasted/smoked hops/malts, slight vanilla, chocolaty, with a nice warm feeling in the palate.

M - Medium body, a complex brew.

D - Very drinkable. A very nice Oaked Aged (my first) from GD.

Wasatch, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of dogfooddog
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

certainly the most interesting american-made RIS I have had. I understand that oak chips/blocks are placed in steel tanks to impart the oak character. The tannins and other tastes certainly have an impact on this compared to the normal yeti stout - background hints of vanilla, some other spicy notes, and the everpresent taste of wood. Drinkers of simgle malt scotches in young from from some types of bourbon barrels will recognize some of the elements.

the beer pours with a decent head, and the smell is certainly more oak-impacted than the taste is. After drinking this, I have no interest in buying their normal stout if this is available!

dogfooddog, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out an opaque pitch black with a thin caramel brown colored head that leaves some spotty lacing. Up front in the nose is dark chocolate and a roasty coffee scent along with a big presence of citrus and resin aromas from the hops. Not really getting any flat out oak aromas, rather some faint vanilla plays well with the chocolate. Some alcohol in the nose. Smooth, rich chocolaty malt with a coffee edge are apparent firstly. Following that I get some citrus and pine from the hops. The hop bitterness intermingled with the astringent bitterness of the black malts linger on the tongue. Once that subsides, I enjoy the aftertaste of tiramisu and chocolate covered espresso beans. Throughout, I can pick up slight vanilla notes, but not an overtly oak character. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, not too viscous, and very tongue-coating. Really emphasizes the flavors. Kind of heavy drinking, but for what it is, it's quite drinkable.

While I don't think much was added to the flavor and aroma of Yeti by the addition of oak, aside from subtle vanilla hints, it did help with mellowing out some abrasive hops and totally killing the harsh acidic character of the regular Yeti. Really surprised how this improved so much with some oak (sans big oak character).

goochpunch, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of neenerzig
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This fine beer pours a very dark brown, or even black color that lets in no light whatsoever. It has a very frothy looking tan/brown head, one of the brownest/darkest heads I have ever seen on any beer. Leaves some very nice lacing too. Aromas of roasted coffee, a hint of dark chocolate, some hops, and other grains are all present here. Coffee, dark chocolate, hops, some darker fruits such as apples or plums, alcohol and a touch of vanilla make up the taste of this fine brew. Has a dry and bitter aftertaste and a warming sensation taht you really start feeling after a few sips. Has a very frothy, creamy, and full bodied mouthfeel light to moderate carbonation. The alcoholl is well hidden for a beer of this magnitude, making it more drinkable than one would expect, but due to the high ABV I couldn't see myself drinking more than one of these at a time. A fine brew indeed.


neenerzig, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of Suds
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Every so often, you’ll have a beer that has a certain “Wow!” factor. For me, this was one of those beers. I expected it to be good, but it truly bowled me over. The brew pours a very thick, solidly black color. The head is a richly deep brown color, with a lot of intricacy, producing attractive lace. The smell is amazing…smoky and very roasty. There’s a very intense alcohol aroma, mingled with dark-roast coffee, burnt grain, and licorice. There’s also a notable oak quality in the aroma, along with some chocolate and vanilla. What I most enjoyed about the aroma, aside from the complexity, is the powerful intensity of the smell. It really jumps out of the glass and seeks out your nose. The taste is equally as pushy…intensely bitter…both a roasted/burnt bitterness and a solid-dosing of hops bitterness. It’s also layered with a tremendous alcohol flavor and warming, roast barley, choloclate, and espresso. Wow. Very nice. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, and quite creamy. This is simply an amazingly satisfying beer.

Suds, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of WeisGuy
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - pours black with a half-inch tan head, little retention, nice lacing

s - roasted malt dominates, but hops and alcohol are also evident

t - roasted malt up front with a great mixture of hoppy bitterness and the vanilla that the label mentions taking over on the finish, very nice, complex taste that is distinct from other Impy's I've had, definitely smoother than most, not much by way of alcohol

m - full-bodied, little carbonation, coats the mouth well, moderately dry finish

d - dangerous beer as its very tasty and the alcohol is masked very well, probably about as drinkable as an RIS can be

I tried this before the original Yeti, so I can't compare the two yet. I am very impressed by this brew - not surprising as GD has not disappointed me yet. This is a very smooth, RIS with a unique, interesting taste.

WeisGuy, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of Naerhu
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - black opaque body, with brown head. Very resillient lacing.
S - charred wood aroma
T - slightly sweet, a hint of licorice? Big malt and big alcohol are nicely balanced. Less bitter than the other yeti.
M - Very smooth, with mini-carbonation.
D - This is a huge beer, in a big bottle, it would be rough to get through one of these by myself.

Naerhu, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of Toddv29424
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a black, black color, through which no light can pass. Very impressive. The smell is strong, but alcohol takes the center stage. Also there is a hint the oak that is mentioned on the bottle which is quite a pleasant surprise. The taste is very complex. The initial taste is an enormous stout taste, with the toasted malts, Next the hops come in and have a hint of bitterness. The last taste is of both alcohol and burn malts, which make for a nice combination. The mouthfeel is strange... I dont love it, but it has a waxy consistency much like imperial IPA's, and I attribute it much to the hops. Overall quite a beer.

Toddv29424, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of JBStith
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oake Aged Yeti is not as good as its regular counterpart, but...

A: Pours black as night. Nice thisck tan head disappates quickly, but leaves great lacing.

S: Smells of chocolate and vanilla. Slightly woody from the oak I presume. No real presence of hops or alcohol.

T: Follows smell. Chocolate, coffe and vanilla. Nice bitterness and warming alcohol comes through in the finish. I prefer the more dry, acrid flavor of regular Yeti.

M&D: Medium body and mouthfeel. not overly drinkable, but what Imp. Stout is?

Overall, a good Imp. Stout, but not as good as reguar Yeti. This was my first oak aged beer. I would probably reserve this for more of an after dinner drink, though I would buy this again.

JBStith, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of RedHaze
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this beer to celebrate moving into our new house.

Pours a viscous deep black with a dense two finger mocha head that slowly falls to a thick layer of foam, leaving behind a solid webbing of lace.

Smell; vanilla and oak barrel aroms are dominant up front, and then some nice roasted malts and coffee come out. There's also some dark fruits topped with dark chocolate.

Taste; oak barrels with a little bit of vanilla assault my tongue right away. Dark cherries, mixed with chocolate and roasted coffee beans settle into the middle and finishes with a bit of a hoppy bitterness. The alcohol doesn't really come through in the flavor, but boy, is it felt. Mouthfeel is full bodied and very creamy, with a pretty decent drinkability.

While this is an excellent beer, I still prefer the regular Yeti.

RedHaze, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of CH3CH2OH
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours midnight black with a resilient, brown head. The oak comes through in the aroma, as does strong malt. The taste is amazing, definitely on the sweet side but not at all cloying. After swallowing, I'm left with a taste like I just chugged a glass of chocolate milk. The mouthfeel is thinner than other ISs I've tried, and it is very refreshing. At 9.5, this is a dangerous brew.

CH3CH2OH, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of hanco005
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this right after Yeti so that I could compare, 22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass…twice

A—pours solid black with a massive 2 inch foamy head that is light tan on top and darker tan on the bottom, the head is going nowhere fast and thick lacing is produced. It is exactly the same as the Yeti

S—similar to the Yeti, but the alcohol is hidden better

T—similar to the Yeti, flavors are not as pronounced, the alcohol is still very present

M—smoother than the Yeti, full bodied, great carbonation

D—a sipper, just like the Yeti, but I prefer this one overall…it’s much smoother.

hanco005, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of EPICAC
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I found Yeti Imperial Stout to be quite enjoyable, so when I saw this at Downtown Wine & Spirits I had to pick it up. I let this warm to around 50º F before serving it in one of my New Belgium glasses.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with ruby tints. It's topped by a thick, creamy, dark brown head that fades to a thin persistent layer leaving thick lace around the inside of the glass.

Smell: Predominant notes of fruit and chocolate. Notes of wood and vanilla move the more roasted and hoppy aromas of Yeti to the back.

Taste: Chocolate and coffee dominate upfront. Sweet notes of dark fruit appear in the center along with lingering, warming alcohol. The finish is heavy roasted coffee and hop bitterness that melds with the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, creamy, and full-bodied.

Drinkability: Nicely balanced, but still a sipper.

Overall: Similar to Yeti. The aroma is the only category where I think it is improved, though there are definite differences in the flavors. The hops are mellowed as compared to the non-oaked version, for example.

EPICAC, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of Estarrio
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark pour. I often use the oil analogy for dark beers, but this is the epitome of pitch. Very small, chocolate head that quickly fades into intricate lacings.

Aroma is very earthy with a big dough presence. Coffee, caramel, molasses and sweet malt are also present.

The flavor is very unique. I distinctly taste a marshmallow that has been slightly overcooked over a campfire. This makes me yearn for camping! Other flavors present include; light smoke, caramel, sweet and roasted malts, a warming alcohol presence and a bitter, hop finish.

This is a full bodied brew with appropriate carbonation. Very drinkable for a RIS.

Estarrio, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Daalamar: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium foamy head with pretty good retention. Aroma of oak with a nice touch of vanilla is quite exquisite. Taste is very well balance between roasted malt, subtle oak and vanilla. Body is smooth and creamy but could be a bit more full. Alcohol is not discernable and bitterness is well balance. Complex and well balance beer and worthy of its top 50 status in my opinion.

Phyl21ca, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of Vancer
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another great brew from G.D. - they pack quite a line-up.

A very nice start - coal black that pour like sweet molasses. Big foamy tan head, sheet lacing all the way down the glass. Tons of anise, raisons and cherries in the aroma.

And the taste? Loaded, just loaded with goodies: coffee, vanilla beans and the infamous oaky bourbon undertone. The start is cherry sweet, but the 75 IBUs kick in on the finish and balance it out nicely.

Hard to comprehend just how full bodied, thick and creamy this brews is as you sip on it. The 9.5% is in there, but hiding in the wings. By the end of the bomber, it will have ahold of you.

Vancer, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of AmorousAngel
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured opaque black with small brown head.

Smelled like coffee and roasted malts. Could also make out a some caramel and something that reminded me of whiskey. I assume this was from the oak aging.

Strong roasted malts flavors dominated. With a bit of vanilla and coffee. Excellent layering of flavors. Very complex and luxurious.

Felt very smooth, with very little carbonation.

This beer has excellent flavor and smoothness, but it is also very filling. It is one I will definitely get again, but I would not be able to drink large amounts at a time. This beer was a graduation present from my a friend, who I then shared it with, of course. Everyone should be so lucky as to have a friend like that. Thanks Bobby!

AmorousAngel, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of kirok1999
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed Yeti last night, now it's big brother's turn.

A- Black as night with a slight brown head and minimal lacing.

S- Sweet dark fruit, cherries, maybe raisins. Toffee and slight chocolate and coffee.

T- Super smooth, The oak really stands out, along with vanilla, dark fruit, toffee and chocolate/coffee. Nice strong hops make the balance work. The hops are slight citrus and fruit. It seems the oak aging has mellowed the alcohol of the plain Yeti.

M- Creamy and slick.

D- Damn, I like this one. Either Yeti or Oak Yeti are exceptional stouts. Very complex and tasty.

kirok1999, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of SilentSabre
3.3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I really had higher hopes for this one. I've said it before and I'll say it again. Citrus, piney hops make heavy, black, chocolatey stouts SUCK!! Citrus, piney hops are good. Heavy, malty, coffee like stouts are good. But not together! BBQ'd shrimp are good. Vanilla ice cream is good... you see where I'm taking this? This is why I like to buy beer like this and put in the basement and forget about it for about 15 months. But anyway...

This poured absolutely beautifully!! Thick, dark, totally black. Thick, rocky caramel coloured head. Heavy, sticky lacing. This looked wonderful!!! The smell? Coffee, dark chocolate, pine sap, and grapefruit peel. Not a winning combination, IMO. The taste? Sip a cup of coffee and chase each sip with a sip of Hercules DIPA. I can also taste a bit of a woody, earthy taste, as well. Mouthfeel is quite lovely. Very solid, but smooth around the edges. This type of RIS is quite popular with American hop-heads, not so much with me. As far as true RIS's go, I'll take a Sam Smith's, thanks. I'll probably buy a couple of these and put them downstairs and forget about them for about 15 months or so.

SilentSabre, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of oelergud
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black body with a huge rocky brown head. Amazing retention and lace. Medium bubbled.
The smell is strong roasted cocoa and coffee. THe alcoholic scents are very apparent. Vanilla faint nut and wood.
Grain and wood in the taste with vanilla and roasted coffee beans and mild toffee. The oak aging comes through very clearly. Smooth and intense hoppy aftertaste.
Full body though not as dense as the regular Yeti. Good coating.
Complex and pure and a highly drinkable imperial. Warm, filling and satisfying.


oelergud, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of instrumentality
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chalice of choice: Stone Russian Imperial Stout tulip glass.

The Yeti poured out like syrup, a thick, nearly pitch black fluid glump-glump-glumping its way into the glass. A thin but very dense light brown head retained its form on the surface, leaving a trail of lace around the edge.

I'm in the process of training my sense of smell so I can better describe odors, but one thing that was immediately obvious without me even having to get too near the glass: coffee. A rich, dark, coffee aroma wafted its way out of the glass and made the journey to my nose several feet away.

A more deliberate sniff revealed powerful strains of chocolate, cocoa, and malt (as found in chocolate malts, not malt liquor - feel free to beermail me with advice on how better to differentiate what I mean by "malt"). It doesn't get much better than this in the smell department - at least not at this stage in my olfactory development.

The taste, like the smell, was dominated early on by an extremely well balanced mix of coffee, chocolate, and malt, as well as alcohol (although not so potent that I would guess the 9.5% ABV). However, despite my lack of familiarity with oak aging and what it does to a beer, to me, it almost tasted as if someone soaked tree bark in the beer for awhile. This flavor wasn't immediately obvious, but made itself known in the aftertaste. The more I drank, the more obvious it became, such that it's almost as if there's a battle going on in my mouth between the standard RIS flavors and the oaky follow-up. Crude as it may be, this woody quality becomes most obvious after a good belch.

The oak aging definitely creates something different from my past RIS experiences, but I'd venture to guess that the regular Yeti (yet to be tried) is more enjoyable due to purity.

The rest of the flavors are mouth watering enough to make this a tasty beer overall, but the more I drink and the more it warms, the less I enjoy the effects of oak aging. I'm guessing this practice would work better with a lighter beer, such as an IPA or something that doesn't have the flavor complexity of an RIS.

I have high expectations for the standard Yeti. Methinks I'll wait until it cools off a bit around here, though, because this brew is truly kicking my ass in this heat.

instrumentality, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of Domingo
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite beers in the world that I never seem to bother reviewing.
I've had this many times (including from the brewery itself) and it's always a favorite.
Comes a very dark brown/black color. Not the absolute darkest beer I've ever seen, but it's one of them. Head's a pretty dark brownish color...always a good sign.
Smell starts off very malty and boozy, but you'll then start picking up smokiness, chocolate, dried fruit, and then actually quite a bit of hops.
Flavor is layer upon layer of malt. Hops are actually 2nd in line behind the malt, which is pretty unusual but wonderful. In the finish you'll get some berries, smoky scotch, and a second wave of chocolate sweetness.
Mouthfeel's ideal for a beer like this. Thick and "chewy" but not so much that you're drinking some kind of oil slick. Drinks like a hearty porter, which is admirable.
The only knock on this beer is the drinkability. It's in the neighborhood of 10% and while it hides it a little, you KNOW you're drinking something potent. While I like the flavor of this beer as much if not more than any other RIS, I find myself struggling to drink more than a single mug of it. It's just got a huge kick to it.
Beyond that, it's amazing. Easily comparable to, and in some ways better than, the almighty Stone RIS.

EDIT: In recent months/years my love for this brew has decreased a tiny bit. I still love it, but I now prefer the Czar as my favorite. I think when served fresh it's a bit too hot.

Domingo, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of dfried
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Right when I opened it, I poured a little sample for one of my friends, but I should have poured a little more because when I put it back upright, it over flowed onto my hand. I could have easily passed it off as motor oil to someone. Jet black in the glass, maybe the ever so slightest crimson around the edges. Giant dark brown/caramel frothy head.

Dark chocolate aroma, with dark cherries and the oak aroma made it smell like whiskey or bourbon.

Sweet and chocolaty taste, cherries and raisins. Some bitter coffee roasted malts, almost a little smoky even. This oak aging always reminds me of drinking a whiskey or bourbon.

The mouthfeel was thick and sticky, but fine like a wine. It went down really smoothly.

Great beer here, but there is no way I could finish more than a bomber, it's a little rich. Perfect for a winter sipping beer.

dfried, Aug 02, 2006
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,754 ratings.