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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,883 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,883
Reviews: 1,577
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 263
Gots: 631 | FT: 35
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 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
Photo of bjoyce12
3.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow, powerful stuff. For an oak-aged, the woody aftertaste is not there, and that's a good thing. What is there is an overwhelming alcohol taste. It cannot carry off the 9.5% ABV. It overpowers all the excellent undertones of malt and coffee that are there, driven down by hammer of the 9.5%. No balance. This is regrettable as Great Divide has an excellent brew underneath, but they need to either reduce the ABV or strengthen the taste of the rest of the ingredients in order for them to carry the alcohol.

Pours a deep dark coffee color, nearly black. Excellent strong aroma; rye bread and roasted coffee. Taste and drinkability hampered by ABV.

bjoyce12, May 24, 2007
Photo of elricorico
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orrshow shared this bomber with me, big thanks again.

Very, very deep brown, appearing opaque black in the glass. Mocha coloured one finger thick head, that fades to a thick ring and leaves patchy lacing.

Upon pouring, I could smell the beer from across the table. Whiskey like alcohol aroma is present, matched by coffee been, black licorice, liquor soaked cherries and vanilla. A rather bitter and boozy aroma, but as full an aroma as I've smelled from any beer.

All the flavours are quite bold, coffee seems to be first noted, but is soon replaced by brown sugar on the tip of the tongue. Things become chocolatey for just a moment, then the follow up is a bitter roasted flavour laced with vanilla. The finish is hot, alcohol can be felt all the way down to the stomach.

The body is thick, and the carbonation just barely cuts through it. Quite comfortable to sip on.

I would like the alcohol to be a little less prevelant, but this is a sipper. Would be interesting to compare this to the regular Yeti. I get the feeling it may have scored even higher if we didn't taste in the middle of the afternoon.

elricorico, May 24, 2007
Photo of beersands
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Motor oil pours into my glass with a head so dark, it has purple hues. Smells malty sweet and tart hops with vanilla overtone.

Strong malt start with a subdued piney hop bitterness. Vanilla enters the nose as I drink. The oak has tamed the hops and imparted a nice vanilla side effect.

Be sure to pour out the whole glass or gently agitate the bottle around about 20 minutes prior to serving. This monster settles into layers of different flavors otherwise- We discovered this through sampling small amounts - the top was very bitter and the bottom very sweet, but combined a balance is achieved. Also there was more flavor and aroma as the temp approached the warmer end of acceptability.

beersands, May 24, 2007
Photo of BladeRunner
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

WOW!!! This is like the milkshake of stouts.

Into a snifter it pours a deep black, with a beautiful milk chocolate brown head.

The smell is mostly of chocolate, with just the slightlest hint of coffee. This is the best smelling beer I've bought.

This stout tastes like a bittersweet, dark chocolate milkshake. THICK, THICK, THICK, best stout I've had.

The mouthfeel is pure bliss. You get that extra kick from the 9% abr, but don't worry it's not harsh. Smooth as can be, and carbonation is very pleasing on the tongue.

This is a sipping beer let me tell you. No way would you want to go through this beer fast. This is the best RIS I've tried so far. I still don't understand why Victory's Storm King Imperial Stout rated higher than this? Storm King's RIS tasted like Samuel Smith's RIS, but harsher.

BladeRunner, May 21, 2007
Photo of RedChrome
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pure inky black body had a thick appearance. Half inch head was deep dark brown color, and shrank as slowly as it rose. To dark to notice any carbonation bubbling up. Lacing is sticky spiderweb strands

Extremely large aromas of vanilla and roasted grains. Sweetness is almost overwhelming in the beginning. A very faint hint of dark cherries is hidden behind the other scents. Just a faint presence of the oak aging.

Taste is woody and has a roasted quality. Fruit noticed in the scent is all but missing on the tongue. Vanilla is also withering behind the oak blast. As it warms the fruit begins to make a stronger appearance in the back of the throat.

Very nice thickness with a very faint cling. Carbonation is above average for the style, and tingles on the tip of the tongue.

Superb offering. This is a definite after dinner sipping beer. The flavors are strong and balanced while being surprisingly mellow for the alcohol content. A definite must try.

RedChrome, May 21, 2007
Photo of cbreitro
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had the Oak Aged Yeti for the second time and it was as good as I remembered. Spectacular smell, with a mix of hops and with sort of a light nutty smell.
The head was tall and quite thick with a caramel color.

The taste is amazing, a strong stout with a great mix of hops and oak. Kind of give it a slight smokey taste.

I had the beer with a spicy sausage sandwich and it stood up well. Not sure if it was the best pairing, but I could still taste the Yeti even through the spices.

cbreitro, May 20, 2007
Photo of mjc410
3.28/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

When I saw this bomber taunting me from the local store's shelf, I had to buy it, despite the $9 price tag.

The pour into my La Moneuse tulip raises a head over two fingers at its zenith, a light brown cap of bubbles. It falls reluctantly, and leaves sticky lacing in its wake. Beneath, the body is perfectly opaque brown bordering on black. If only the head lasted a bit longer...

The nose definitely has an oak touch to it, with caramel running amok. Of course, there's a definite piney hoppiness to it as well. It seems mellow compared to what I remember about the normal Yeti.

The taste seems to have a lot of hoppy acidity to it, which I'm usually not a fan of, this being no exception. But, it makes up for it with massive amounts of oak, and highly roasted stout flavor. Caramel is big too. Pretty tasty, but the hops seem to compete with the other elements, instead of working with them.

The mouth is thick, but with a fairly high carbonation that helps to keep it from being syrupy.

Well, I think this is just too hoppy for me, but it's still been a pleasure to drink. I just won't be buying it again if I can get my hands on Stone IRS or Storm King.

mjc410, May 19, 2007
Photo of techdiver
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dense black with a solid two finger head that dissipates slowly leaving a solid cap and moderate lacing.

Nose of roasted malt and mocha.

Taste shows roasted malt, sweet molasses, coffee and a pleasant hop bite.

Very smooth and full in the mouth.

Very drinkable, still find Stone IRS best overall, and Storm King most drinkable.

techdiver, May 18, 2007
Photo of MiguelMandingo
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into snifter-like tulip glass. It has a one finger head that dissipates into a foam halo that leaves quite a bit of lacing. It is a dark chocolate garnet color. Smells like roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Tons of flavor, very stout, and tastes just like it smells. It is very balanced. It goes down very smooth with a creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable for an RIS. Like most RISs that I drink, I can't have much more than a bomber in one sitting, and I normally save them for the end of a drinking session.

I much prefer this one to the original Yeti - it is a lot smoother.

MiguelMandingo, May 14, 2007
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out of the bottle a beautiful dark chocolate brown with a nice thick and persistent head. Aroma is nice and stouty with coffee overtones and chocolate hint. Thick, rich taste has nice bite to it, with strong coffee component and smoky and nutty tones along with hints of chocolate. It goes down very pleasantly and solidly. An excellent brew.

Cyberkedi, May 14, 2007
Photo of Mickelswit
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brickstore Pub, served in a pint glass. The lighting was dim in there, but I couldn't see through the beer even holding it up to the light. It was black with a bit of brown foam on top. The smell was sweet, chocolatey and spicy (which I guess was the oak). Taste and mouthfeel were amazing, thick like a chocolate milkshake. Sweet chocolate and coffee flavors gave way to the little bit of bite from the oak. Hops didn't play more than a supporting role. The chewy texture was reminiscent of an oatmeal stout and prevented the beer from being drunk to quickly. The alcoholic wallop makes this a definite dessert beer, not something to be enjoyed on an empty stomach.

Mickelswit, May 02, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

When I saw the email about cask Oaked Yeti I had to hit up the taproom. The appearance of the beer was spot on. It was poured into a Yeti tulip glass. it was solid black with a fluffy cocoa colored head. The smell was muted and the whole tap room smells a little malty anyway. The taste was roasty, a little vanilla, and much more subdued than the bottled version. The mouth-feel was the best part but what do you expect from cask? I still prefer the bottled version.

ArrogantB, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of jaxon53
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at cellar temperature in a Westvleteren chalice. Poured a deep oily black that no light could pass through. About two good fingers of thick, tight, dark tan head formed, and somewhat quickly faded into a thick pillow of lace in the glass. Smell: Strong coffee aroma with a touch of vanilla, some oak that really didn't stand out, and some chocolate aromas. Smelled very thick and charcoal like. Taste: Oak really shines through on the tongue more than the nose. Mellow chocolate and coffee flavors up front with a slight vanilla finish with a little heat from the alcohol. A nice hop presence also noted along with some nice roasty/toasty flavors. Mouthfeel was a little thinner than I had expected but was pretty full and thick. Minimal carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink. Overall a great brew.

jaxon53, Apr 29, 2007
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,883 ratings.