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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,111
Reviews: 1,607
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 293
Gots: 730 | FT: 34
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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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Photo of Riggsy
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber served in goblet

A: Pours an opaque black, thick with a 2 finger tan head.

S: Woody, boozy aroma at first backed up by dark fruit, primarily prune, faint hop aroma. Surprisingly little dark roast malt.

T: Lots of oak, bourbon-like alcohol, vanilla flavor. Covers up any roast, coffee, or chocolate I would expect. Hop bitterness quite evident.

M: Full bodied, thick mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation.

D: Alcohol a little dominant for my taste. This would be more appropriate as an American Imoerial Stout to signify the amount of hops. Bomber is alot to finish in one sitting.

Photo of nrbw23
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep dark black that allows no light to pass through. A nice three finger light brown head that left rings of lacing down my glass.

S- Dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, wood, vanilia and also some nice spicey hops. Smells very nice.

T- A nice rich flavour that followed the smell well. Up front you get hit with chocolate, coffee that is then balanced out by some hops. A very balanced brew.

M- Smooth, thick and creamy. Also little carbonation.

D- Goes down pretty easy and is enjoyable through out. Could noticed some changes in the brew as it warms.

Photo of blakesell
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the tap into a Belgian styled tulip at Barley's.

Appearance- Beer pours a solid obsidian with a good finger of tan brown head that lingers and sticks around like yeti fur long after the yeti has escaped to the 5th dimension. Lacing is solid glue on the sides of the glass, not letting up for anything.

Smell- Chocolate and black licorice, ample dark malts that stick in the nose hairs, thick like gravy, strong like the sasquach himself. Alcohol is present but not over the top.

Taste- Creamy like silk, Dove milk chocolate, black licorice, smooth like a freshly shaven.. Leg. Dark chocolate shows up next, then cocoa, lactose, black patent malt, likely a touch of smoke malt.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, smooth, mouth coating, lightly sticky, chocolatey, full bodied and medium light in carbonation.

Drinkability- Excellent drinkability. If their liquor licence would allow growlers of this, I would get 2. Wonderful stuff.

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

22-oz bomber poured into snifters. Thanks to hellomcfly for this bottle.

A = Dark impenetrable mahogany, nice dark tan foay head, fair lacing left on glass.

S = Strong pine hops meld with caramel, oak, light scents of Vietnamese coffee,

T = Oak, chocolate malt and coffee, nice bitter profile of pine, spruce, juniper berries. A well balanced beer.

M = Medium-heavy body, frothy carbonation, very good outhcoating. Only mark against this I would say is that I would have liked it to have slightly heavier body.

D = Very good drinkability, we're having a couple unusually cold days here this Spring and it is a perfect beer to just sit back and enjoy when it is a little cold outside.

Photo of iasanlee
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick black chocolate. 1 finger of dark chocolate milkshake head. Some serious dark brown lacing sticks permanently.

Smells of sweet dark chocolate and alcohol. Deep espresso notes, and dark fruits. First taste is a power punch of sweet dark chocolate. Raisins and plums come next with some serious oaky undertones. Long bitter coffee finish seemingly lasts forever.

Very full bodied with a moderate carbonation tingle. Thick as hell, and a tad creamy.

Holy smokes, this is what the doctor ordered. I am not an RIS fanatic, but it is one of my favorite styles, and this is a great representation. Loving it.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a thick black. Decent amount of mocha head. Nice amount of lacing.

S: The oak really dominates this beer. Nice earthy smell. The roast and chocolate take a back seat.

T: Tastes just like it smells. The oak really does dominate this beer. It smooths out the boozines and plays down the chocolate as well as the roast. They are both there just very subtle.

M: Very nice and creamy. Very smooth. Typical RIS low carbonation.

D: I think this is where this beer shines/ The regular Yeti is fairly rough when fresh. This is much more drinkable off the shelf but the regular Yeti is stellar with a little bit of age on it. This is still a damn fine beer and a great bargain at its price.

Photo of Avryle
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Yeah, its black. Humongo dark mocha head. Very pillowy that slowly receeds to a fluffy cap. Looks uber-thick.

S- You can definitely smell the oak... to the point that it kind of overwhelms everything else. You get the tanginess of the oak... and then nothing difinitive.

T- Bittersweet chocolate and oak. Boozey-cocoa finish that evolves into a very, and unexpected, strong bitterness.

M- Thick and incredibly smooth. Low carbonation.

D- Oye. What do you say about this. The oak tangy-bitterness takes the drinkability down a notch, but at the same time, smooths out the body. This is going to take a while to finish a small tulip of brew.

Photo of Big78CJ
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this beer reminded me of the syrup chugging contest at the beginning of the movie Super Troopers. It isn't that it is syrupy-thick, it is just very dark black with a tan two finger head. This looks a lot like a mackeson's xxx stout.

It smells nothing like that sweet cream stout though. Citrusy hops are surprisingly effervescent in this beer, nearly masking the vanilla soaked roasted malt.

The 75 IBUs make their presence very known in this wopper of an imperial stout. Oak aging certainly could not tame these hops. Vanilla mixes with a sweet malt flavor, mixing interestingly with the hops. I might need to run a blind tasting with regular Yeti to really compare but it definitely seems like aging mellowed the alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel is sticky and a bit bitter. It is chewier than the hops would suggest but not nearly as chewy as the color would let on.

This is a yummy Imperial Stout and from what I know of the history of the style, the hop presence is very appropriate. Having had this beer on tap as well as in bottle, the bottle is far and away my favorite. The vanilla notes are much more present as is the roasted malt flavor. Top notch RIS!

Photo of illidurit
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. The black liquid glugs out like a quart of motor oil, creating a solid finger of some of the darkest brown foam I've ever seen on a beer.

Aroma is dominated by citrus that blends with a coconut note to create the weirdest-smelling stout I've ever laid nose to. A woody sprucey note is also faintly there, while classic stout aromas of chocolate and coffee make up the background.

Flavor is initially sweet with some caramel and coconut, but then a harsh, ashy, charred, roasted coffee bitterness wipes everything out. Hop bitterness lends a hand towards the back of the palate, and the finish is toasty.

There's quite a lot of carbonation here, which hurts the mouthfeel here, as it over-aerates the thick body. Interesting beer and quite unique, but it tastes more like a hoppy barleywine than a stout to me.

Photo of Rzzzzz
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass--thick and black with a dirty brown head. Aroma of chocolate, hops and roasted malt. Amazing burst of flavors--chocolate, vanilla, hops, brandy, an overall oakiness, dark chocolate bittersweetness and a spicy hops finish. This beer is full bodied and gently carbonated making it very easy to quaff despite the alcohol content.

In a perfect world this would be as ubiquitous as Guinness, and I'd be enjoying it regularly. And the San Jose Sharks would be able to get past the second round of the playoffs once in a while.

But alas...

Photo of bkilpatr
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 04/29/08. Had the regular Yeti last night, looking forward to trying the oak aged version.

Pours almost pitch black, with hints of brown around the edges. An almost three finger puffy chocolaty brown head, which faded leaving beautiful lacing around the glass. The aroma is roasted malt and sweet milk chocolate. The hop aroma is much more subdued in this version.

Oh wow, this tastes SO much better than the regular version. Up front there's flavors of sweet milk chocolate, roasted coffee, a nice woody oak flavor, hints of vanilla and whiskey. The finish is bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a faint hop presence. The high hop character was the one thing that bugged me about the regular Yeti, and it's really been mellowed out by the oak aging. The oak aging really brings another level of complexity to this already fine brew.

It's thick and smooth, yet kinda slick at the same time. It's not quite as thick and chewy as the regular version. Carbonation level is just slightly high for my liking, but still good. Drinkability is the only weak point of this beer. It's big and very tasty, but the fullness and bitterness make it a bit tough to get through a whole bottle. Might want to split with a friend or two.

Way better than the regular version of the Yeti. The hop character has been mellowed out, and the oak aging adds a bunch of flavor. If you thought Yeti was too hoppy, try this one. If you liked the Yeti at all, try this one. It might be a bit pricey (~$6), but it's worth it.

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

I finally made time to visit Great Divide on my latest trip to Denver. The tatsing Room is just that, a small bar with 8 or 10 stools and a view of the brewery. Half a dozen beers on tap, I have to try the Yeti.
Poured into a logoed tulip, it is a beautiful dark liquid covered by a thick dark brown head. Great retention and thick chunky lacing. Rich, malt aromas with lots of chocolate and coffee. The taste is full of flavor, with the oak adding even another layer. Chocolate, cocoa, whiskey-like oak and a warming hint of alcohol. All together and balanced out. Thick and creamy mouthfeel, ideal amount of carbonation. Strong kick of flavor and alcohol, but still very drinkable, more layers come out as it breathes and warms. One of the best, and always better when fresh from the brewery tap.

Photo of btuthill
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber packaged nicely with silver foil.

pours dark - though not completely black - with a big, dark brown head. smell is classic imperial stout with dark chocolate in the spotlight. flavors of chocolate and coffee dance in the malty foreground, and it finishes with a slap of alcohol and bite of hops. the oak aging doesn't go unnoticed, and is really wonderful once this stuff warms up. the mouthfeel is wonderful - smooth and silky, bordering on syrupy. i could sip on this all night.

the appearance and smell are deceivingly underwhelming. this is a wonderful imperial stout that i intend to add to the rotation, and i'm sure a year in the cellar would make it even better.

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

This poured black in color with a rather thin light brown head that. There were aromas of molasses, chocolate, coffee, plum and a distinct mineral edge. This is rich and smooth in the front of the mouth with a bitter chocolate & expresso finish. Nice palate weight but it doesn't come off heavy as the hops seem to keep it light. The only thing lacking, in comparison to other Imperial Stouts, is the midpalate punch.

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

Pours think-pitch black with an incredibly sexy dark copper head that shines. Smells of think dark chocolate, frosted covered dark chocolate donuts, and all wrapped in some licorice. The sheer look and nose alone makes this beer pleasing. The taste does justice to the nose, and actually has a little bit of a background of acid to make the beer feel lively. Very creamy, silky bakers yeast of darkbreaded cinnamon cupcakes. I'm sure theres quite a bit of hops in this beer to really make a good effort to balance the dark roasted style of this lively oaked beer. The only thing is the notes of oak are very elusive, only the slighest hint of vanilla prevails on the background of the yeast. A great beer, very drinkable with a balance of hops to the malt. What can i say, this beer is sexy.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black. Thick brown head that fades into a thin layer of brown foam. Looks like a good Imp Stout should.

S - Burnt chocolate and alcohol. The alcohol smell is stronger than I was expecting. Also picked up on a hint of vanilla.

T - Tastes alot like it smell. Chocolate malts. Alcohol not very strong in the taste. Didnt really notice the oak.

M/D - Very creamy smooth. A very sippable Impy Stout.

Photo of dfillius
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass on two occasions
A: Aggressive and moderate pours yield one finger of dark tan head with great retention. Has a black hole-ish quality - light cannot escape it!
S: Alcohol, chocolate, something else I can't place...Hops! That's it. Citrus, mango, dark fruit, pine, floral, perfume, nutmeg.
T: Chocolate satin - Devil's food cake, some vanilla, cocoa powder, maybe charcoal. Strong bitter chocolate flavor. 75 IBUs? Not apparent at all. I guess they must be balancing the sweetness. Fabulous.
M: Some prickliness from bitterness (there it is). Very nice though, finishes more bitter with some heat.
D: Wow, this beer just makes me wanna savor it and the dessert I'm having it with (coconut milk flan in a pecan flour tart shell, with strawberries and a chocolate truffle). I had it with dinner the second time, and it was not as good as when I had it with dessert. This beer is so tasty, but big in alcohol (minus points for that).

Photo of jbphoto88
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22oz brown bottle traded and shipped from North Carolina. The foil covered cap is a nice touch but then again I've always been a sucker for gimmicky packaging and shinny things.

The first thing I notice with this beer is the obsidian blanket that pours from the bottle. This is a black hole of beer that not only lets no light escape but I think has its own gravitational pull, as I am drawn to it irrepressibly. There is a thick pebbly head that eventually thins down to brown island clusters of foam. Its not solid enough to leave rings on the glass as I drink but there is a rorschach test of residue left by each sip. As I stare at the glass perimeter I am reminded of days as a child looking to the clouds to see what shapes I can see. Then I am overcome with thoughts that it is only beer and maybe I drink too much and reality comes rushing back.

The smell is of dark unsweetened chocolates that I imagine come from some country know for their candy prowess (possibly switzerland or close to.) There is also a rum soaked dark fruit scent with a hint of vanilla bean. Presumably due to the oak aging or to the fact I read it on the label and tricked myself into detecting it in the bouquet.

A bittersweet chocolate vanilla taste that can be confused with coffee start the ripples of flavor. Singing backup is a roasted maltiness and a divine hop twinge of bitterness. The aftertaste is smooth, earthy and peaty, reminiscent of a scotch. There is a light dryness to this beer and a hearty warmth in the palate from the ABV.

Clean thin carbonation keep the flavors of this one true while the oak aging adds a dynamic not unlike an aged scotch or whiskey. The flavor and experience of the beer gets better as it acclimates to the room. A nice change and improvement from the original yeti which by itself is a fine beverage.

Photo of Donnie2112
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Motor oil black, nice carbonation coming up the sides but you really have to look for it with how dark this stuff is, about an inch of brown head on the top.

Smell: Chocolate, Vanilla, Rumcake very rich, hits the nose pretty hard.

Taste: The malt mirrors the nose as it rolls onto the tongue, followed by a slightly harsh hop presence that lingers after swallowed.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, a bit oily quite a bit of carbonation.

Drinkability: The hops linger a little more then I would like in a stout. And being a stout it's kind of heavy.

Photo of Gehrig
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has collected dust at the Neil St. Piccadilly for far too long. I finally broke down and gave it some attention. It's just remarkable, one of the very best beers around and a close second to Old Ruffian at the brilliant Great Divide.

Two lush fingers of dark mocha froth cover an impenetrable black, a thick lacing adorns the DAB mug--phenomenal. Rich, malty nose flush with chocolate, coffee, caramel, very nice. The taste is incredible. The oak adds so much robust flavor to a beer that was already excellent, loading it with hints of whiskey. Berry, chocolate, oak and caramel meld in ideal harmony. Easily one of the best-tasting beers, and the best RIS, I've ever had.

The mouthfeel is spot-on, plush with rich carbonation and smooth oak flavor. The drinkability is toned down only because its strength emerges in the second half. Yet this is a can't miss beer for anyone who apprciates complexity, RIS, Great Divide, and just plain good strong beer. Fantastically good.

Photo of Atron67
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a jet black motor oil. out of which a small brown head struggled to rise out of. it lasted only a little while and fell to a thin film really quickly

S- big roasted malt flavor, a little light on the intensity however. chocolate flavors, some vanilla and oak scents are also actually present.

T- heavy roasted flavors with a really nice smooth maltiness that slowly fades into an even better vanilla oak charachter that gives a great finish solid hop backing, not quite strong, but gives it a great balance that lets the roasted and oak charachters come through

M- thick as hell, light fine carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue

d- pretty damn awesome, sad i only picked up 2 of these, maybe get more next time im able

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

The Oak-Aged Yeti pours black, with a thick finger's worth of dark brown foam. Smell is of roasted malts, some chocolate, a hint of vanilla, and some grassy hops. Flavor follows suit, but is even better. Roasted malts dominate, but are balanced by some grassy hops, some hints of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, a nice hint of oak, and even a hint of whiskey. Very well balanced. Alcohol is subtle and in the background, and not at all unpleasant. It's smooth, silky, and rich in the mouthfeel. This is a damn fine stout. Given it's strength and richness, it's not likely you'd drink more than 1 or 2 of these in a night.

Photo of milesfan76
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. split with jramey2. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours black, black, black, with about a 3-finger (!) head of brown (not tan, like most stouts I've had, brown).

S: Smells like roasted malts and hops. Smell is quite pleasant but not real strong.

T: Taste is of malts, hops, and oak. Hoppier than most RIS's I've tasted, which to me is a good thing. Touch of chocolate and coffee as well.

M: Thick, syrupy mouthfeel, carbonation is good.

D: Could drink this all night if it wasn't 9.5%.

An excellent stout, and one of Great Divide's better offerings.

Photo of Stoneman78
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Tops Liquors in Tempe last winter, consumed in Scottsdale last week.

Appearance is a dense brown hue, thick tan creamy head sustains, foamy swaths of lacing trickle down the sides

Smell is moderate roast malts, dark fruits, light chocolate and coffee, anise, brown sugar/molasses, vanilla, wood, cherries, and moderate alcohol

Taste is initially dominated by roast malts/ dark fruits/ vanilla/ alcohol, midway enters chocolate and coffee malts, heavy oak wood tones dominate at times, finishes with dry sweetness and light booze

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, creamy smooth texture, lively carbonation

Drinkability is moderate, decent example of the IRS style but the malts are lacking in body and boldness, dark fruits and wood flavors are somewhat overwhelming, good overall taste profile, I would like to see how this compares to the non-oak version of Yeti

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

Appearance: It's nearly black in color. No light peeking through at all. Head is a nice, mocha-chocolate color. Excellent retention and a thick coat of lace lined the glass.

Smell: It's initially heavy on roasted and chocolate malts. Coffee aroma is present, but is lighter than I expected. A light dark fruit aroma is noticeable and mixes well. Hardly a negative. Hops are assertive and appear to balance this out extremely well. Very light alcohol aroma rounds it out.

Taste: Roasted and chocolate malts are slightly sweet and are an excellent base for this one. Hops emerge rapidly and give it a nice, bitter bite. This is intensely hoppy for the style. Oaked flavor emerges, but is somewhat subtle. Light vanilla, dark fruit, and alcohol wrap it up. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's full bodied and definitely a sipping beer. Damn fine sippning beer at that. It's creamy, smooth and goes down very easy. Extremely high drinkability for a beer of this stature. This is definitely a top notch offering from Great Divide. Highly recommended.

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,111 ratings.