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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,136 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,136
Reviews: 1,614
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 293
Gots: 744 | FT: 37
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:
Beer added by: Crosling on 08-09-2004

Imperial stout aged on new French and American oak chips.
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Ratings: 4,136 | Reviews: 1,614
Photo of twig86
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely great Imperial stout. Pours a nicely with a beautiful cream head. Smells strongly of malt with a hint of chocolate. One of the most pleasing smelling beers. Great strong taste. The beer is amazingly smooth. Overall its a great beer. I would recommend this to any fan of dark beer.

Photo of lucasbm
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - A nice dark beer with a beautiful dark tan to light brown head with nice lacing.

S - It smells sweet and malty, Chocolaty, a hint of raisins, and with a slight coffee smell.

T - Malty, Chocolate, woody/oak flavor, I get a little bit of a room temp coffee taste.

M - Carbonated, with a full velvety feel.

D - Wonderful IRS. First of its kind for me. Not an everyday drinker but, definately a special occasion beer. Could see me drinking this on cold nights during winter.

Photo of Roeters
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz to a tulip glass.

A: Black in color with a slight reddish tint and a light tan thin head, little to no lacing.

S: dark malts, chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, dark syrup (light molasses)

T: Tastes like chocolate ice cream mixed with a great beer, great complexity of flavors, dark syrup, chocolate, vanilla. Smooth

M: light carbonation within the mouth, well balanced flavors, and a light alcohol burn in the back of the mouth.

D: I can't wait to get another one of these beers, easy drinking, great flavor. I want MORE!!!

Photo of aubuc1
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured in to a goblet.

Midnight black with a dark tan clingy head.

Smell is balanced sweet, citrusy hops and roasted malts. Alcohol rising also.

Taste is extremely smoothe for all of the flavors colliding. Nothing overpowering here.

Mouthfeel is like drinking cream beer, so full and smoothe.

Surprisingly drinkable for such a big beer. Not as much coffee as other imp stouts- good for me.

Photo of PatronWizard
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I took pretty shabby notes, sorry. I did record my ASTMD info so that is correct. Bomber to glass....

Pitch black. Lovely mocha colored head.

I smell raisins and black licorice. I always want to say I can smell wood in 'oaked' beers but who knows.

Taste the same. Alcohol becomes more apparent as it warms near room tip.

Great sipper, very smooth.

Overall: good stout

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

The smell is of a good single malt. Some burnt aroma, but mostly whiskey.

The intial taste is creamy molasses, black coffee, bittersweet chocolate.

This is a big, really big this is perfect for having next to fire on a cold winter night.

There is a lot going on here sip and savor.

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

A: Thick black body... thick brown head... good lacing

S: Bold aromas of oak, chocolate, coffee, bourbonm vanila and caramel

T: A toned down version of the aroma... alcohol comes through a bit but the chocolate coffee and caramel are rather meaty... nice notes of oak, bourbon and vanilla

M: Medium full body, smooth... slight alcohol burn

D: Solid... a tad bolder than the basic Yeti... nice!

Photo of SteepH2O
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've had this twice-once in the taproom in Denver and once from a bottle I got locally. Both times it was fantastic. This is truly one of my favorite Imp Stouts. Great chocolate/vanilla flavor and great body without overwhelming the way some beers in the style seem to. Even though it's sweet, I think the flavors are really well balanced.

The oak aging adds to the vanilla sweetness when compared to the regular version of the Yeti. A great beer!

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


A- Dark black color with a tan head. The lacing on this one was just unreal. A huge spiderweb of lacing covered my entire tulip glass after I finished. Cream and tan peanut butter colored bubbles and finishing on top of the beer after the head dissipated.

S- Smell was really sweet. I'm thinking milk chocolate, vanilla, cream, and dried fruits.

T- Initially, I was surprised at how sweet this beer was. I thought it tasted like a mix of chocolate chips and french vanilla coffee. Then the roasty and robust flavors come in followed by a heavy dosage of hops. This was extremely complex and spectacular. Did I mention the oak? Yup that oak adds another layer of flavor.

M- Rich, thick, and creamy. What the hell else would you want from an imperial stout?

D- This one will creep up on you. Drink it slowly. Enjoy. Take in the complexity. This is a damn good beer.

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

Draught@EBF, Copenhagen

A: Dark brown with a brown creamy lace.

S: Roasted malt, Ripe fruit, Bitter chocolate.

T: Vanilla, Espresso, Milk chocolate, Licorice, Spices. Hell yeah!

M: So damn smooth it's almost scary. Nice initial sweetness from the wood ending with a nice portion of bitter hops.

This is a damn good beer. Up there with the very best imperial stouts!

Photo of maddmatt48
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Darker than a Coke almost as dark as espresso with a brown foam.

S-Smells like chocolate, cherries, prunes, and a little vanilla.

T-Up front, prunes and dried fruit with chocolate and finish like strong coffee.

A good imperial stout, not my favorite, but good.

Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Almost black , 1/4 inch mocha head disappears to ring pretty fast. Some clingy sudsy lacing.

S - Coffee and chocolate, booze interlaced. Some wood/ caramel tones underneath.

T - LOTS of wood, burnt coffee, bitter chocolate. Thinner in the end than I would have expected. See mouthfeel.

M - The carbonation seems to penetrate the center of the taste, making the creamy sensation a little too effervescent to the center of the tongue. I don't know how else to explain this. Loses mouthfeel sensation somewhat.

D - For the style, definitely good drinkability.

Photo of IgotsHops
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a gift from my in-laws. Boy what a gift!
Dark as I've ever seen with a dark chocolate, thick head that was creamy and cool.
Smelled of some resiny hops, thick cocoa and some coffee. Almost a vanilla chocolate ice cream smell. Nice vanilla from the oak, but warns of it's impending 75 IBUS.
Took a sip and it was much smoother than expected. Rich chocolate and coffee on the palate, the almost barleywine alcohol in the front and a lingering hop bitterness and roasted astringency in the back. The bitterness stuck around a little longer than I thought necessary, but not too unpleasant.
Mouthfeel was great, very creamy and smooth, and thick. Coated the palate a bit like oil.
I did end up drinking the entire bomber by myself over a period of a couple hours, but it wasn't terribly drinkable. Of course, this style shouldn't be a session beer, but I think it could have had a little more in the drinkability department.

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

Poured from 22 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Flows thick and black into the glass...opaque...no light comes through with backlighting. Nice 1/2 inch dark espresso foam settles relatively quickly. Looks like a potent molasses. Mmmm...
S: Strong and dark...perfect! Oak, EtOH esters, dark chocolate, hint of vanilla bean, bourbon, hint of whiskey, and probably a lot more that I'm missing. Tremendous.
T: Following the advice of previous reviews, I've let this warm up. Alcohol is a little too dominant. Sweeter notes don't quite balance it out. Baker's chocolate, molasses, hint of dark roast coffee. Strong bourbon note.
M: Nice and smooth. Creamy feel. High alcohol content produces a slightly off-putting bitter finish.
D: A hell of a beer and definitely a sipper. However it is one that rewards the time you put into it. I wish I had another one. This would be a good one to enjoy as a digestif in the winter with the snow falling...nice. Will definitely seek this out again!

Photo of jisom123
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At cold temps, this Imp St. comes across as slightly watery, but once it warms to 50+, the flavor comes out and it tastes much better.

Brown head. Medium-low carbonation. medium aftertaste stays on course with the beers full-mouth flavor.
9.5 abv; tastes like 11%.

Good beer overall. Definitely worth the price. Buy three: two for you, one for a seasoned stout fan. Don't drink them too cold or the taste comes across as rushed and watery. Temp is very important on this one.

Photo of avalon07
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This is a beautiful-looking stout. Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an impenetrable black color and a thick consistency. There was big, brown, foamy, long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: Smelled mainly of coffee, roasted malt, hops and light chocolate.

T: Big flavor, though not as powerful as one would've imagined. Malt, coffee, chocolate, bourbon and hops. A tasty mix.

M: A fairly high amount of carbonation and a smooth, dry finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is a good example of a stout, no doubt about that. It's well-constructed and flavorful. Definitely a heavy beer, as stouts tend to be, but still excellent.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black, thick and heavy with minimal tan head.

Scent of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, oak, and whiskey.

Taste of sweet whiskey and oak starts with roasted malts and chocolate coming in. Coffee flavor comes in and finishes dry with some alcohol and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is extremely clean and smooth.

Overall this is just an awesome beer and I am glad I have access to it as I will be buying it many more times.

Photo of oneeye
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.
A. Pours an espresso shade of black. A tan head with a caramel looking oil slick at the top of the foam. A blueish ebony tint that glows throughout the pint glass.
S. The aroma of alcohol and oak hits the nose first. The hint of dark fruits, bakers chocolate, and espresso makes up the rest of the aroma as the Yeti warms a bit. The alcohol dominates the aroma.
T. At first the bitter hops, oak, and the taste of alcohol are present. A complex of flavors mix together well. Bitter bakers chocolate, espresso, roasted malts, a hint of vanilla, and a hint of dry roasted nuts. I detect a bit of earthiness as well. A good bit of earthy bitter hops. The Yeti finishes dry with a rush of alcohol that warms you up both inside and out.
M. The mouthfeel is creamy with a bitter bite. A thick solid body that finishes dry with a warmth of alcohol.
D. The drinkability of the Oak Aged Yeti is good. Your better off letting this bad boy warm a bit to get the full flavor. When chilled the alcohol can dominate. As it warms is when the flavor mixes together to make this a remarkable beer to enjoy. It's a sipper and that is ok for me.
Thanks Mike for splitting the Yeti with me!

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours a jet black from a bomber into 2 pint glasses. A nice dark tan head forms.

S. Hops, Alcohol, hints of roasted coffee.

T. Roasted malt accented by vanilla. The oak character is very present in this beer. Notes of chocolate and a lingering bitter alcohol finish.

M. Creamy on the tongue, smooth overall feel. Full bodied.

D. I'd call this a session beer, but you probably wouldn't.

Photo of BirdFlu
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I must say the first things that really caught my attention here were the nice reflective label and just the fact that it is named after the Yeti.. anyway, I pretty much knew what I would be getting into here.. the pour is just black, no light gets thru it at all, it looks like you are pouring black paint into a glass and the head is a very dark brown. Its really quite amazing to look at.
I didn't notice very much in the smell outside of normal RIS affair- malts, maybe a bit of roasted nut and chocolate aroma- but it seemed prett subdued.
Flavor is very roasted malt, chocolatey (though not necessarily just dark chocolate), a bit earthy and woody (it is oak-aged afterall). It is sweet, but it isn't too bold. It's fairly bitter, a bit too hoppy even.
Mouth is not as heavy as you are expecting it might be, though its still pretty thick and full bodied. Its better than average.
The overall drinkability of the beer is hard to really pin down. Its more flavorful and delicious than most stouts and its really nice to sip, however it really starts to weigh you down and becomes hard to finish an entire bomber without sharing some (which.. who would EVER want to do that??). By the end I was forcing myself to keep taking sips because I felt like I had just eaten a chocolate cake. If it were in normal 12oz. bottles that would be better I think. If you love RIS's, though, you wont mind.

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

Pitch black pour with a slow-rising tan head that never goes away. Aroma is roasted malts -- coffee and dark chocolate. Strong coffee flavors up front that stick with you throughout with the woodsy textures. I don't notice any hops until after the finish -- I'm lost in the woodsy textures and slight alcohol bite.

Photo of changeup45
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3/22/08. Pours a black color topped with a nice thick deep brown head. The head does settle down to small patches on top. Roasted malt aroma with toffee and molasses backed with some hops. Mouthfeel is rich, heavy and very full. Flavor starts with roasted bitter malts with some burned dark chocolate and toffee. It finishes with some bitter hops and a lot of bold black coffee which can be tasted in the aftertaste for a long time. A bit dry and warming. There isn't necessarily an alcoholic rush but the flavors are bold, bitter and complex and it is evident that this beer is high in abv. I loved sampling this beer. It's probably not going to be a regular for me and I doubt I want too many at one seating but this beer was quite a bit of fun. I have a bottle of the Oak Aged version so I look forward to that one.

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

The beer is, to be blunt, thick and black as fuck. Nice tan finger head on top, pretty much exactly how I expected it to be. The nose on the beer smells like a combination of chocolate with hints of oak. The first thing that came to my head after drinking this is, "ooohh man!" The beer is chocolaty, hints of oak, and a nice bite from the hops. The peat comes through initially, chocolates following, and the bitterness at the end. This is incredibly good. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, and the beer isn't so strong that one could probably drink a few.

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

This beer pours out the darkish brown you could possibly achieve without turing black. Tan espresso color cap on this brew. Pours out out ridicuously deliciously thick and creamy.
Aromas of bitter cocoa, cream in the balance, vanilla, oaks in the aroma, sugared candy malts.
flavor of oaked vanilla mochas, dry finish, spicy chocolates, nice bitter toffees, glazed caramels.
Mouthfeel is a mouthfull of full lactic mocha, finishes with a nice biting citric-alcohol bitter chocolate spiciness. highly drinkable, this Yeti was a year old and still had all teeth intact, so a fresh bottle should completly blow your had off.

Photo of UA8
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep dark chocolate brown/ black. Head is bountiful consisting of caramel colored froth.

S- Scents of Richly roasted malts, cocoa, oak, leather, and a hint of alcohol.

T- Tastes of dark chocolate, roasted malts, resinous hops, bourbon and a touch of caramel. As it warms the alcohol peeks out a bit more.

M- Rich and moderately heavy with a nice light carbonation

D- A very enjoyable yet more of a sipping stout, would be a nice stand in for one of my other favorite beverages a nice glass of bourbon. Very well presented.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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