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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
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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 barleywinefiend
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep, thick black with brownish hints. Had some nice carbonation, deep brown head. Nose was roasted malts and that mmm mmm mmm oak smell. Taste started out like a stout with that deep oak all the way through then the vanilla comes out. Great indeed. This thing is a masterpiece. I dont know how long it was in the oak but it tasted like years and years. It was so deep.

Thanks April :)

Photo of Squelch
3.66/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Opaque pitch black with a chocolately head. Beautiful.

Smell: Malty, chocolately, roasty.

Taste: Much more bitter than I anticipated. Very Astringent. Acrid. Needs more age. Oak does come through but only slightly in the middle as an alcoholic vanilla flavor. Alcohol is very evident and not smooth at all. Very intense flavors that I'm not used to.

EDIT: This beer is much better warmed up. DON'T DRINK IT COLD. After warming, the alcohol goes away as does the astringency to a point. Oak comes through much better as a warm sweet smokey vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Creamy. Hot from alcohol.

Drinkability: Very difficult to finish. Just too harsh for my tastes. I think it is too much roasted malts as it seems like I'm drinking charcoal.

EDIT: After warming, this beer is much more enjoyable.

Photo of denflyr
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall, what a beer! Now I have always been fond of Great Divivdes work...but still its awesome!

Poured into Great Divide Yeti Snifter Glass. It came out almost like motor oil color, but not quite the same consistency.

As the beer has warmed, the aromas start jumping out and the coffee and chocolate aromas are very present, but suprising not tons of oak on the nose.

It tastes wonderful and has a nice coffee and dark chocolate component. The oak is subdued and for a beer that has a fairly high IBU's, the hoppiness mingles nicely and does not attack your palate. Overall a wonderful mouthfeel and a very drinkable beer!

Can't wait for my next sip!

Photo of treyrab
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22ozer into a pint

A: The appearance is that of dark oil, with a creamy brown head. The appearance rivals that of any immaculate stout, very nice

S: The smell is very strong! Tons of dark coffee and cocoa with alcohol definitely present

T: The taste is remarkably smooth! From the smell I thought this was gonna be a burner, but it went down so smooth due to the oak age. This was remarkable with tons of coffee flavor.

M,D: The mouthfeel was rather heavy and due to the hiding of the ABV, this drinkability is decent

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to grandq for sending this want off my list, informed it was aged in his cellar for 6 months.

Pours a dark black color with a large tan head, fades slowly and leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell is very malty with good roasted tones, light vanilla aroma, some dark fruit presence as well.

Taste has quite the kick and is very hot, bit distracting and not masked as well as other RIS's, thick and chewy though, decent roasted malt, coffee and woody taste but the hotness makes it too one-sided.

Photo of paytoplay
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark rich dense and intense. Everything you are looking for in an Imperial Stout. Not to mention Oak aged. Some wood and smoke are present, and the texture if really awesome. Worth seeking out. All the usual suspects, coco nib, chocolate, alc is mild, coffee.

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

Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: Deep dark opaque coloring, half finger of tan head that dissipated leaving lacing. Nice looking brew.

S: Strong coffee tones on the nose, very nice. Whets the appetite for what is to come.

T: I have yet to have the standard Yeti and am curious to compare between the two. Rich chocolate and coffee in taste initially and then hops hit giving the beer a really solid but not overwhelming bitterness in the mouthfeel. No hint of the high ABV at all in the taste. Outstanding. The only reason I do not rate a 5 is that I am very new to RIS tasting.

D: Definitely drinkable, dangerous beer since easily drinkable but high ABV could a problem after a full bottle.

Photo of grs8313
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1pt bottle with no drink by/ bottling date. Pours black with a head that is 2 fingers, but dissolves down revealing fish eyes and lacing on the glass. When poured the beer looked a little syrupy and thick.

Smell: Coffee, apricots and alcohol scents. Very faint hint of vanilla and hops. The alcohol scent is more prominent than any of the other scents. I thought I would get more coffee scents from this beer, but the alcohol dominated.

Taste: Alcohol flavors straight off. Some cherry flavors on the sides of the tongue. Sweet and malty notes on the tip of the tongue. The aftertaste is bitter coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel: Slightly carbonated, but thin feeling. The beer leaves the mouth feeling a bit dry.

Drinkability: Loads of alcohol flavor and after only a few sips I could feel the alcohol in my system. The coffee aftertaste would skew any other beer you taste, but I will not need any other drinks for the night.

Photo of Strix
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick, completely opaque black with a brown head.

Smells very nice. Dark chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and piney hops.

Roasted and burnt flavors, dark chocolate, wood, and piney hops present in the taste. I do like this better than the regular yeti, but again the hops are a little bit forward for me. This is a big beer.

Mouthfeel very smooth.

Worth finding; a big, interesting beer.

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

A: Poured a very dark mahogany when held up to the light, otherwise appeared almost opaque and black in nature with a medium khaki head.

S: fresh rich, roasted chocolate, dark coffee and a fresh huge citrus hop flavor.

T: a deep dark roasted palate providing heartiness while dark fruit, vanilla bean, cocoa and an sweet charred oaky woodiness providing complexity and outstanding flavors. The flavor was very well rounded, smooth and left a lingering dry hop bitterness on the fade.

M: medium, silky smooth, with a nice viscosity on the tongue and good carbonation.

D: For drinkability its liquid gold going down and one of the best beers ive had in awhile. Highly recommended.

Photo of NoLiberty
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the tap at Nørrebro Bryghus in Copenhagen a deep rich black with a solid 3 finger toffee colored head. Head settles into a thick bubbling cap with high lacing.

Very nice aroma, but not incredibly strong. A nice balance of fruit, vanilla, wood, coffee chocolate and bitter malt. Aroma begins with subtle dried fruits of raisin and dates followed by a slight vanilla aroma, which leads to chocolate an d finishes dry and burnt bitter. Complex and comforting with warm alcohol notes wrapping it all up nicely.

Flavor is slightly more abrupt than the smoothness of the aroma. More bitter, hopping, burnt and coffee notes prevail in the rich and strong flavors. Starts out slightly sweet and moves to a deep malty burnt middle followed by bitterness and coffee notes and cleans out with alcohol warmth. Finishes quite clean.

Medium to big bodied with decent carbonation and warming alcohol feel. Drinkable for the strength.

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

Drank on-tap at the Dirty Truth, Northampton, MA
Served in a fluted glass

Poured an absolute pitch black with a bubbly, one-finger, mocha colored head that left spotty blocks of lacing all down the glass.

The aroma was rich, sweet and enticing. Powdered cocoa dominated. Vanilla and oak were noticeable as well. A touch boozy with some hops trailing in the background.

The taste was similar to the aroma. Rich, sweet and malty with dark chocolate notes coming through strongest. Creamy and smooth. Black coffee was noticeable as well. Dark and roasty yet not in the least bit acrid or harsh. Vanilla, oak and dark stone fruits appeared in the center along with a touch of licorice. Sprucey, piney, slightly citrusy hops came through on the finish. The hops were intense yet not at all overwhelming, and they provided a perfect balanced to this sweeter than average imperial stout. The hops carried into the long-lasting aftertaste, which eventually turned chocolatey and semi-sweet. Surprisingly, the oak presence in this beer was rather mild. Perhaps its purpose was merely to help smooth and round out the flavors. Whatever the case, this was a damn tasty brew.

The mouthfeel was full-bodied and ultra smooth. Mouth coating. The beer enveloped my tongue and never let go. Super creamy and rich with a very fine, moderate carbonation.

This was an incredibly smooth and relatively drinkable beer. It lacked the extreme bitterness and the harsh acridness found in many of the other examples of the style. The 9.5% ABV was also very well masked.

All in all, this was definitely one of the finest examples of a Russian imperial stout I have tried. Pair this one with a chocolate dessert or, even better, let it be the dessert.

Photo of BigJTrucker
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color, with a thick dark brown head. Absolutely beautiful foam lacing. Aroma is huge on this beer. Lots of oak, cocoa, coffee, and hops. I get a big taste of piney hops, with some faint cocoa notes that fades as the oak flavor picks up. Very nice indeed. Mouthfeel is very thick and smooth. A very strong, flavorfull, well balanced brew. Amazing.

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

A- Nice finger high head, very dark black beer. Looks good in the glass.

S- Whew I can smell the oak! The roasted smells follow in tow after that.

T- Well as far as oak aged styled beers go, this one tastes like you are sucking on an oak Popsicles. The oak taste is a bit overpowering. Perhaps this is the case from a tap version, because I've had this in the bottle and the oak taste mellows out quite a bit.

M- Feels good on the mouth, not too thick and not too thin.

D- Easy to drink, and after a few gulps of the stuff the oak flavors don't kick your tongues ass too much.

Photo of mentor
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night and quite thick. Nice 6ish finger dark brown head that cascades over a pitch liquid. Gorgeous. Smells rich dark fruity with clean alcohol, oak, baker's chocolate, and earthy hops. Lemony citrus, light on vanilla, mild coffee.

Tastes chocolate and mild roast to start with some piny hop flavor, but then the alcohol and oak kicks in. Alcohol is clean and the sting is appropriate for the style and intensity of the other flavors. The oak is rough and raw the way it mixes with drying chocolate and aggressive hopping. Some grassiness from the hops. Dang, for the hops to penetrate through this intensity of malt, they must have use a metric ass-load. Super-thick in the mouth and on the tongue, but light in the throat and upper palate due to a rising alcohol that cleans things off. OMG, why have I been passing over this one in the local stores for years. This one will do great with some time in the cellar. Quite enjoyable, but likely moreso with some time to cool the alcohol heat.

Photo of HoppyMcStout
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew was completely black with a thin but tall foamy head. Definitely more mellow than the standard Yeti. Oil like in appearance it was so thick, coffee and chocolate notes were clearly present. I could also taste the vanilla associated with oak aged imperials. The taste was solid, but a little too hoppy for me. I would have preferred more maltiness from the beer; the bitterness took something away from it.

Photo of jwinship83
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Big dark black body with a small quickly fading brown head.

S- Strong scent of roasted malt, lightly coffee like, vanilla maybe?

T- Robust roasted malt, more coffee than i smelled, and a wonderfully woody taste

D- Very drinkable. the alcohol is very well hidden. this isnt my first time trying this, and it wont be my last. its my go to stout when i dont feel like trying to find something new and dont feel like searching all over town. every store with a decent beer selection around here carries this.

Photo of garymuchow
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed up north on a beautiful evening. Not sure why this took so long, but now's the time and I'm looking forward to it. (it's currently # 55)
Ar- Rich deep dark malt with strong chocolate notes. The oak is very light in the aroma. Slight hop character. Overall a rather simple presentation. Nice, but simple. (4)
Ap - This is a very good looking beer and fits style extremely well . Black as night with no hints of color anywhere. Dark head that is only moderately dense but takes it's time to settle out. It leaves a prominent ring and lacing. (5).
Fl - Full rich flavor. Heavy on malt, deep roast. The hops are apparent too, both in strong bitterness and grassy, green flavor. These flavors also remain throughout a long, tasty finish. Yum. The oak is a subtle wood flavor that rounds out the rest of the extremely enjoyable beer. In time a nice sweetness of the malt appears - this just keeps getting better and better.(5)
MF - Moderately heavy overall. Carbonation is perfect: present but not over-bearing. Soft and subtle bubbles. (4)
D - Overall this is as good or even better than advertised. Even with richness, strong bitterness, and oak this all balances out to an extremely pleasing and pleasant beer experience. Well done Great Divide and thank you. (4.5)

Photo of joepais
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured in to a sniffer produced a good fingers worth of tan head that turned into a nice ring of lace around the glass. On top of the typical black body true to style

The nose on this one was roasted malts (chocolate, espresso) followed by hops and some oak earthiness

The hops really stand out in the flavor but it is much better compared to the regular Yeti because the oak kind of tames this out. (Along with me aging this for about a year) You get nice flavors of chocolate and coffee. A great brew but I do think the age helped it
Mouthfeel was thick and smooth almost no carbonation

Drinkability is good on this one I split this with my brother in law and I will say a glass was a great ending to the night

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

I'm in for the long haul with a 22 ounce bottle. At $13.99, I better be. On to the beer:

Pop the top, pour into an Imperial Pint glass..oh damn! I spilled some beer on the floor. Hey, what's that I'm smelling? Wow, that's a lot of oak. That espresso colored head on top isn't dropping anytime soon, and that black as midnight body intiminates. The nose is clogged with oak and it's unintended consequences of licorice and sharp fruity esters. Faint hoppiness exists underneath it all.

I embrace for an oak smackdown in my mouth, and that is what I end up getting. It's just a bit overpowering IMO, and you can't really taste much of the beer itself. All those cocoa and hops play second fiddling to the oak. Strong oak, licorice, and vanilla flavors. The alcohol is spicy and perceived, but not beating on the palate.

That was fun to try. At its pricetag in my area, I won't be doing this again for awhile, but it's worth trying out for those who are interested in a full-flavored oak aged beer.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: An opaque, motor-oil black with a large mocha colored head that retains well and leaves some foamy patches of lace in my snifter. Looks great.

S: Intense leafy/herbal hop aromas are melt with bittersweet chocolate, some light vanilla, a light rustic smokiness, and some alcoholic zing. Intense, deep, and complex.

T&M: Smooth vanilla is bigger in the flavor, along with some intense hop flavor, intense dark chocolate, light espresso flavors, and a deep roasted flavor akin to burning wood chips that ties it all together. I never thought I'd say this, but the hops are a bit much for me here.The feel is silky with a long finish and a full body.

D: OA Yeti is a damn good beer, but the hops were perhaps a bit too intense for me. I love DIPAs, but I'm not so sure if I love such a large amount of hops in my chocolaty RIS. Still, it's a well-crafted beer that has unparalleled complexity and depth.

Photo of danielharper
3.72/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Consumed on 7/10/2008. Tasting notes copied verbatim.)

Appearance: Dark black completely opaque body, originally-thick head dissipates quickly to soapscum. Leaves significant lacing.

Smell: Very sweet, strong notes of coffee, some chocolate. Slightly astringent. Very malty.

Taste: Very hot with alcohol, very oaky. Drink somewhat chilled or the oak takes over. Careful sipping reveals malty chestnuts, coffee. Slightly dry on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick, moderate carbonation, somewhat hoppy on the tongue.

Drinkability: Stick to the regular Yeti unless you love oak. It's really overwhelming in this one.

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

Poured into a snifter

A - Jet black with a great chocolate brown head that leaves decent lacing

S - Earth and citrus hops initially, then faded into a vanilla with a hint of alcohol. Pretty neat transition

T&M - The core of the taste to me is a smooth vanilla flavor. A pretty neat earthy hop finish. Can't taste the alcohol, but I can definitely feel the warming effect. Hops mellowed out as it warmed. O man, such a nice smooth mouthfeel to accompany the vanilla. Very nice

D - Very drinkable RIS, thanks to the smooth mouth.

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

22 ounces bottle poured gradually into a Delirium glass on 7/5/08. This was my first oak aged beer of any kind. Can't wait to try more. The pour produced a big, fluffy mocha head and the body of the beer was the color of a rich, dark coffee. I smelled coffee, chocolate, and oak. I loved the taste of this RIS. The oak aging really softens the 75 IBUs. Tasted like a nice chocolate liquer without too much of the alcohol taste. Although the alcohol was more noticeable as this beer warmed. I liked the mouth feel, not too thick for a RIS and I enjoyed the light oaky aftertaste. As far as drinkability, a single 22 oz. bomber is plenty for me in one night. I will seek this beer out and will look for other oak aged beer.

Photo of TheMistler
3.51/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured (from tap, into 3-oz glass sampler) an opaque, thick black, with a pleasing brown haze throughout as the head developed. Head is a dark tan it is not long lasting, but is a bit clingy.

Dark chocolate and alcohol on the nose. I was disappointed in the smell, though there was some nice spicyness.

Sweetness and a slight carbonation kick up front - milk chocolate and vanilla flavors. Some bitterness, leaving dark chocolate on the palate.

A good, certainly above-average imperial stout, but... it just didn't entirely do it for me.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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