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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,896 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,896
Reviews: 1,578
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 267
Gots: 635 | 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 hckyfn9999
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark black into a snifter with a nice tan head with good retention and that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. First thing noticed in the aroma is hops. There is some citrus along with some pine. Also present is vanilla, sweet chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, and alcohol.

As with the aroma, hops are the first noticeable element of the this complex beast, mostly pine. Big malt flavors here. Lots of roasted coffee character along with the sweet chocolate noted in the nose. There is also some vanilla and the oak gives the beer a bourbon like characteristic. Dark cherries and roasted bitterness are predominent during the finish.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel and the beer coats the inside of the mouth. A sipper for sure, but still pretty drinkable. A very good beer and better than the original in my opinion.

hckyfn9999, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of OKCNittany
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle - pint glass

A: Poured a 3/4 inch brown (and somewhat intimidating) head which reduced to a thin coating. Left a light lacing. Body was black as night.

S: Excellent rich aroma w/ roasted coffee and dark chocolate standing out the most.

T: Strong flavor (as expected from the smell) - very complex as well. Mocha, chocolate, then vanilla (which I found a bit off-putting) - and more - seemed to change somewhat with each sip. Plenty of hops gave it a good balance. Improved as it warmed.

M: Thich and chewy. Lightly carbonated. Slightly dry finish. Smooth.

D: The considerable alcohol was hidden very well - but so big you'll need to sip it. The aftertaste was a bit too sweet but otherwise a damn fine beer. Comes up short of its brother (Yeti), but then what doesn't?

OKCNittany, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of dbatch
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double Deuce poured into my new Sam Adams glass. Thanks again fellas!

A: Pours pitch black with a nice, thick tan head. As the foam fades away, it leaves a little bit of lacing.

S: Strong chocolate and sweet caramel aromas are all over this beauty. There is a nice hop aroma follow up. The oak aging doesnt come out too much for me in this one. Some very light fruit notes in this as well.

T: Strong burnt coffee and cocoa flavors here, but they are smoothed out by the oak aging. The hops are very prevalent here as well. There are some vanilla flavors in here as well. Very well balanced.

M: Very creamy stout here for sure. The carbonation fades into the hops, which fades to leave a very creamy finish.

D: This is a strong one, very flavorful, but I think one will do me at a time. Not saying its not good to drink, but its kinda like a meal.

dbatch, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of dickieb
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours Black as night with a nice brown head that leaves some nice lacing. Smells of chocolate, smokiness and a hint of bourbon. The taste is rich with chocolate and hints of vanilla, with some smoky hops finishing it off. This drinks like a stout of lesser strength, with only a pleasant bit of alcohol present. Almost to drinkable.

dickieb, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, served in a pint glass

A - deep, dark, black color with a dark brown head that rose from the bottom of the glass, leaving plenty of nice sticky lace.

S - roasted coffee, malt and some hop aroma.

T - what it lacks in aroma it more than makes up for in taste, delicious roasted coffee, roasted malt, nice smokey flavor with a touch of hops at the finish. abv is well hidden in wonderful flavor and only gives the drinker a gentle warming to let you know it's there.

M - full bodied, lightly carbonated, smooth and creamy.

D - 9.5% abv affects the rating and the drinker.

Final Note: this is going on my 'Top Ten' Stouts list and I'm going back to the store where I got this to get a few more...

JoeyBeerBelly, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of ryantupy
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, no freshness date found on bottle. Served in a chalice.

A - Pitch black pour with a nice brown head that develops very slowly. Eventually thins out to a small lace around the glass. Moderatly sticky on the glass on its way down.

S - Smells of mild oak with undertones of smooth vanilla, cherry chocolate, smokey malts and, mild coffee. The alcohol warms in the finish continually getting stronger.

T - Tastes of dark chocolate and nice dark roasted malts. There is a mild smokiness to this beer more noticable in the finish. Hops are prevelant but very mild and smoothed out. The oak and vanilla character is also prevelant. The alcohol warms continually getting very strong towards the last few sips.

M- Silky and smooth and goes down easy with a nice complex finish. The hops are very smoothed out making this beer very smooth with a little carbonation and alcohol.

D - This is a very robust beer with a great smokey finish. My only complaint is that the alcohol is overwhelms the flavors towards the end. This beer is screaming to be aged it needs a few years to mellow over that strong alcohol bite.

ryantupy, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque darkness with better than a full finger dark tan head that resists fading. Huge amount of lacing, some 3D.

The smell is malty with a hefty milk chocolate / Tootsie Roll characteristic. You can smell the oaked treatment and alcohol as well.

Full bodied, the creamy texture, carbonation and alcohol rapidly influence the mouth feel. The flavor mirrors the aroma and fills the mouth as aggressively as the texture. A cherry vanilla from the oak treatment adds a unique complexity as it mixes with the roasted malt. The entire experience lingers nicely.

Drinkability - A real warmer; an exceptional drinker.

jjayjaye, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of genog
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz, poured into snifter. Purchased 5/23/07

Black, dark beer with dark brown head that forms small tan head around the top.

Smell is roasted malts with sweet vanilla notes and an oak scent off in the distance. I can smell a slight scent of dark chocolate.

Taste is strong on hops, which is preceded by a strong vanilla and oak flavors. After a few sips the beer really warms in my chest. I have not had very many oak aged beers, but I like what I've got here. Every sip brings out new characteristics. Something I have not really noticed on many beers. Only Rochefort 10 comes to mind. One sip dark chocolate, one sip vanilla, the next just smooth

Mouthfeel is slightly weak carbonation, but not a problem. Absolutely a smooth drink that leaves a warm feeling in the chest.

Highly Recommended!!!

genog, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of NolateM
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black motor oil beer with a DENSE light brown head.

Immense flavors of rich chocolate, coffee ice cream, and molasses. Creamy, viscous, and mocha-like. This is outrageously good! No real hop bite, and only a HINT of bitterness from the roasted malts, but it is an aged beer after all... which according to many does NOT get better with more age, so don't buy it and forget about it.

One of the best and most drinkable stouts on planet Earth! The oak aging does WONDERS to Yeti, which itself is already a fantastic stout. Buy it the second you see it, and have it AS dessert or WITH dessert... tiramisu, anything with chocolate (milk OR dark would both work I bet), or something with molasses.

Usually about 8 or 9 bucks for a 22 oz. bottle.

NolateM, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of tpd975
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black with a medium head that retains nicely and leaves behind some nice lacing. Beautiful!

S: Ahh the smell of an Oaked Stout. Vanilla, Chocolate, Cherries, Brown Sugar and a hint of booze. Wonderful!

T: It tastes as good as it smells. I love the regular Yeti and the oaking pushes this one over the top. There is a big mocha coffee taste with a splash of the vanilla. The oaking leaves a little smokiness behind. Divine!

M: This is a thick beer that coats the mouth and throat which is such a wonderful thing since it lets this baby linger. Super!

D: I put down an entire bottle easily and if I had another I would have been on my way to drunken ecstasy. Bravo!

Overall: If you like the regular version of Yeti do yourself a favor and pick this one up. It is a wonderful stout and the oaking smoothes it out and pushes it to another level. Great Divide has done a great job with this one. It's worth every cent! Cheers!

tpd975, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of chrhowe
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The oaked stout pours a like motor oil, thick and dark. Left about a 1/2 finger head that carried with it good staying power. Picked up deep earth notes, coffee, chocolate in the aroma. Taste was exceptional! My friend has some dark chocolate which paired with this beer was ever so pleasant. This Yeti was "almost" like heaven in my mouth. So smooth and easy, which definitely helps out it's drinkability. A great, great beer for sipping and taking it easy.

chrhowe, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of ccrida
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Served on draught in a small pilsner glass, the Oaked Yeti is pitch black with a burnt tan head and a thick, 1 finger head that leaves beautiful lace rings. Brilliant!

The smell is not the strongest, roasted malt, boozy and a little dusty.

The taste is rich, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, very firm hop bitterness a fairly astringent RIS, although it doesn't overwhelm. This finish is dry and bitter, and the fusels are evident. Not as complex as other oaked beers, it's still quite nice. I've only had this on draught before, I need to pick up a bottle or two to throw in the cellar. I should also note that I enjoyed this more the last time I had it, so not sure how much older or younger this glass was...and I probably bumped it up 1/2 a point in light of that bias.

This has a great mouthfeel, very luscious, maybe a tad oily, and light for the style.

The body really aides the drinkabilty, and it is satisfying rich, but the astringency counters that somewhat. Also, it's is not too complex for an oak aged brew.

ccrida, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: amazing look, wish the head was thicker but almost oil black with a tan oak colored head that has some lasting power

S: smells of vanilla molasses some earthy notes as well

T: very powerful and strong, there is some vanilla almost cough syrup finish(not in a bad way if you can believe it) very creamy with some butter like ester taste as well.

M/D: hard to push to high on drinkability, very robust tastes and high abv means one 22 ozer is enough. the mouthfeel is so butter like and and almost like a creamy sauce of some kind

Redwood21, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of mkraus
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was in Denver for a conference and happened by the brewery (on purpose). The tour was unimpressive, but this beer stood out.

I love the Stone Imperial Stout and thought it was decadent. But the added Oak aging of this one gave it a subtelty and butteryness that is hard to match.

I think it would make a fantastic beer float but I wouldn't want to dilute it.

mkraus, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of Reed415
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 color with a light brown head

S - Nice hops and malt, whisky barrel

T - Very oaked chocolate malt, Nice Leafy hops, Very nice blend

M - Full Bodied, Minimal Carbonation, Mild Alcohol Warmth

D - Excellent Oaked Stout, Very complex flavors

Reed415, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours an opaque black with a minimal coffee colored head that left little lacing.

Smell is just a bit of vanilla that is dominated by alcohol.

Tasted quite good. Alcohol present, but not as much as the nose indicated. Chocolate and coffee with just a touch of vanilla. There is a bit of oak, mostly in the finish.

A little bit thinner in the mouth than other RIS's I've had.

Overall, quite tasty. Very easy to drink. I did enjoy the oak at the end, but I wish it was a tad thicker. Recommended.

bluegrassbrew, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of khiasmus
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Pours black into my snifter, with a finger of solid, light brown head that settles to a ring and some bubbles in a minute. When held to the light, there's some faint brown around the edges... but it's almost perfectly black.

S- I could smell this all day. Malty and chocolatey, with dark roasted grain, dark fruit, oak and alcohol. Smells like a sweet, complex, and dark beer. Perfect.

T- Rich chocolatey malt up front, with a lot of dark roasted/burnt grain. You can certainly taste the oak, but it comes off a lot sweeter than a lot of oak-aged beers. Hops come in to balance and then take over in the end. The aftertaste is of hops, bitter coffee and chocolate, and alcohol. The alcohol is a tad overpowering, or the flavor would have been a five.

M- This is perfect. Thick, smooth, chewy... it's like Dark Lord's prince. Medium carbonation that compliments the flavor and density perfectly. It coats your mouth with a velvety-smooth, thoroughly enjoyable feeling, and leaves just a bit of warming and bitter astringency in the end to go with the oily feeling left on your tongue. Mmmm.

D- Good, but not way up there because of the evidence of alcohol in the flavor. I'll certainly get it again, though. This is probably the best readily available russian imp stout I've had. You ought to try this beer. It's a treat. Cheers!

khiasmus, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of barefootbrewer
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was thick and black with a huge brown head – good retention and pretty lacing.. The aroma is heavy of malt and caramel. The taste is malty, and roasted with a hint of spice. The alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering. The finish is bittersweet. The mouthfeel is full and slightly chewy. This is a huge beer with big flavors!

barefootbrewer, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of bosco7
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark dark opaque black color that looks menacing to say the least. Light brown fluffy/sticky head.

Coffee, toffee, vanilla, and chocolate in the nose.

Sweet on the tongue. Chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and vanilla (most I have ever tasted in a beer). Very complex; too much for words.

Smooth and chewy mouthfeel with a light-medium carbonation. Goes down easy.

This is the best Russian Imperial Stout I have tasted to date. So smooth, complex, and drinkable. If you see this on the shelf buy it.

bosco7, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of hunteraw
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle of this with BA roller.

Appearance: Black as the night - maybe darker. Biiig dark-tan head. Good retention despite the high alcohol, and good lacing.

Smell: Somewhat boozy. Dark chocolate, some hint of vanilla.

Taste: Lots of dark, bitter chocolate. Roast and coffee follow up in the background. Vanilla shows up at the finish. Not nearly as bitter as I recall the original Yeti, I suppose the result of the aging.

Mouthfeel: So thick and creamy. Could be a meal. Carbonation is fine (actually, a little high, had to wait for the head to go down to take my first sip, but that gave plenty of opportunity to enjoy the aroma)

Drinkability: Smoother and more drinkable than the regular Yeti, but perhaps not as intense an experience.

hunteraw, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - whoa, on the cap pop, the aroma escaped before i could recover the bottle cap, exhilirating. it pours inky black, with a thin, but sustained mud/mocha colored head, too dark to note carbonation

S - big sweetness, big barrel-aged-ness, just a big beer, the oaky/vanilla characteristics are enormous, followed by big RIS notes, especially chocolates, a bourbon aroma as well, wonder if they were bourbon barrels?

T - mellow at first, then BAM, sweet vanilla over RIS chocolate/coffe flavors, with a full finish with a bit of an alcoholic bite to the finish, what an impressive beer

M&D - again, props to the western brews, smooth for such a big beer, still not sessionable, but still more than damn good, takes a while to drink a full glass, but that juts makes it better, the taste remains or even gets better as it airs out

sinstaineddemon, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of mdm46410
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a very thick deep black with a big foamy head that lasts. Some heavy lacing is left behind. The aroma is very complex. Notes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, and even some piny hops. The flavor is amazing! Very balanced for having this much going on. The flavor consists of dark chocolate, rich coffee, and also subtle notes of vanilla and toffee. There is also some hop bitterness, but it is mixed in very well. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky. I loved the regular Yeti, but this one is even better. A must try from Great Divide!

mdm46410, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of kajerm
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cool bottle. Pours opaque jet black with a thin tan head and decent lacing.

The aroma is basically yeti with a background of oak, vanilla, and molasses. I've never smelled a beer where the barrel-aging blended so seamlessly with the rest of the aroma. I could smell this beer for hours.

Tastes like it smells, but maybe even better if that's possible. The oak, vanilla, and molasses flavors blend with the dark malts into a sweet, creamy chocolate taste that lingers until the slightly astringent, coffee-ish finish. Alcohol is either totally absent, or if I'm too preoccupied with the other flavors to notice it.


Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, chewy, and awesome. Drinkability is great, even though "drinkability" is pretty meaningless for an imperial stout.

This is a phenomenal stout, subtle and note-perfect. Every other brewery needs to take barrel-aging lessons from Great Divide.

kajerm, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of jim102864
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very impressive, eye-catching label. Big, bold lettering and a metallic blue and copper label with a silver foil wrapper. The beer pours like liquid molasses. Typical cocoa brown and a thin head when poured into my nonic imperial pint glass. Suprisingly, the head hangs on til the bitter end. Nose offers hints of the promised vanilla along with some chocolate and burnt coffee. Taste is enormous with coffee, molasses and chocolate overtones. Probably colder than it should be since I let it chill overnight, but still, a very big beer. Mouthfeel is like a road resurfacing project on your tongue. Very chewy. Very thick. I wouldn't classify this as anything more than a nightcap brew since it's high etoh and too big to consume beyond a single pint. A nice imperial stout.

jim102864, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of Orrshow
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This beer is as black as night. Some dark tan bubbly head is there but quickly dissipates to a cap over time. Head holds at the cap and leaves nice lacing on my glass.

Smell – Strong up front of alcohol with roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, brown sugar, and slightly woody aromas. There is a distinct bitterness to the smell too. Powerful…could be smelled from feet away once poured into a glass.

Taste – Very strong on the roasted malt and alcohol to begin with. Some black licorice, coffee, and brown sugar flavors are present as I swirls the beer. I detect a little chocolate as well once I swallow and the aftertaste is bitter with a slight woody feeling. This beer is pleasant.

Mouthfeel – Medium to low carbonation and a nice think creamy body. Nice.

Drinkability – This is a beer intended for sipping. It is very potent but I found it went down with ease.

A fine beer. Thanks to demcorhip for sending this over.

Orrshow, May 29, 2007
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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