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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,057
Reviews: 1,597
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 287
Gots: 696 | FT: 29
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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 youradhere
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great Imperial. Very dark, pours thick and tastes great. Vanilla, chocolate and coffee come through on aroma and flavor. Very sweet and misleading with regards to alcohol. After one 22oz of these I got up to use the restroom and nearly fell over. Not bad for a first beer of the night.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 12.25.07.

Creamy malt, rich roast. Bright, subtle hops. Chocolate, light sweet sensation like German Chocolate. Citric hop splashes.

Pitch black with reluctant head - dark brown, so fluffy.

Nice. I'm overloaded with chocolate malt, vanilla oak, and creamy sweetness with a citric hop squirt. Rounds out with a good bit of hop bitterness and subsequent dryness. Nice thick body gives a great vessel for that great full flavor. More vanilla and espresso chocolate comes out near the end.

That initial blast was something. The rest of the flavor sensation was more subdued, but good. What a fun brew to have, too bad it's so expensive. Still, it's worth it for those every-now-and-then-I-need-me-some-oak times.

Photo of triplecoil
3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

Poured extremely dark with a thinish tan head. Nose was musty, a little spicy, and alcohol, not extremely pleasant. Taste was big and malty, a little roasty, alcohol, and plumbs. Mouthfeel has moderately low carbonation, pretty decent.

Definitely not a favorite, but not bad.

Photo of Mudpuppet
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter. Pours a dark brown with no head.

S- Definite oak, coffee, and dark malt. Smells a bit of wet cardboard to me too. I am not sure I like the nose on heavily oaked beer.

T- This is a stout for sure. Oakey notes come through strongly with a strong hop profile. You still get the coffee and dark malts similar other stouts.

M- Lower carbonation but good for this stout.

D- This is a tough one to drink to much of but I did enjoy this glass.

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

Received in a trade with jtrockchalk. Thanks for the opportunity

A. Black with a nice tan head that holds well.

S. Fantastic aromas of oak, chocolate, vanilla, molasses and coffee. Unmatched by anything I've tried so far.

T. great and complex blend of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, noticeable oak notes and alcohol. A wonderful variety of tastes.

M. Rich and creamy.

D. a wonderful brew too thick to session but fantastic to drink one or two of.

This is what you should look for in a RIS. Fantastic the whole way through. Very glad to have tried this one

Photo of abedenbaugh
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A:Pours black with a brown head that has good retention.
S:A very dry roasty aroma. The dryness is coming from the oak that is also present in the aroma.
T:A very bold dark roast flavor with a bit of dryness. There is some oak woody flavor to it. In the middle there is some chocolate and coffe present along with some spiciness. The end is a little sweet. I haven't had the original Yeti yet so I'm not sure how different the two are, but this one is a good beer.
MF:Medium body with low carobonation.
D: It's good but because of the strong flavor and acohol I wouldn't be able to drink too many of these in a row. It's a great beer to drink if you're in the mood to only drink one.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown/black in color with a little bit of head that is gone fast.
Smell is predominantly hops. Not allowing anything else to come through.
Taste is pretty much the same, but you can get some underlying stout characteristics underneath. I'm just simply not a fan of overhoppy stouts the likes of Storm King etc. You can notice that the oak aging has tamed it a bit. Definitely helps.

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

Beer pours black and completely opaque. Two fingers of brown head sit on top and receeds fairly quickly.

The aroma is full of flavors. Dark roated malts, chocolate, vanilla, toffee, and a slightly bitter character.

Taste is big time. Dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, hop bitterness, and a slight alcohol warmth are all present.

Mouthfeel is full and thick. I'd say creamy yet kind of chewy. The carbonation is low, but appropriate.

Drinkability is fair due to the strong flavors and high alcohol.

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

poured into my crystal snifter at cellar temp.

A - A very nice looking stout, dark as night and has a nice reflective quality to it as well. The head sticks around at about half a thump just sits on top so happy to top the rest of the beer. It is a nice thick and dense head as well that does not break down after shaking the beer a bit.

S - initially I was hit with a wooden spiciness that seems to emanate from this brew to the point where I would almost think I was drinking a nice whiskey. There were also notes of sweet vanilla and toffee but much milder than they were in the regular yeti.

T- at first, hit with vanilla and toffee that seems to seems to come forth to slowly seduce you into the flavors of this beer. After a while, the beer milds out and leaves you with a nice oaky taste that leaves your mouth with a nice mild spiciness that reminds me a bit of the spices out of a bourbon or whiskey such as cinnamon. After that, the taste profile moves a bit towards the darker chocolates as there is a light bitter cocoa taste and also a bit of coffee roastiness. Near the end is also where the 9.5% sneaks up and lets you know it is there. The aftertaste is actually a bit like a hoppy bitterness that almost makes my lips pucker a bit and it is mixed in well with the alcohol taste that gets ya and the spiciness that just settles in from the barrels that is something new that I just didn't get from the regular yeti. Overall, despite its seeming simplicity, this is one rather complex beer that keeps coming at you from a bunch of different angles as it is sweet, roasty, bitter and spicy all at the same time and each sip bring a new challenge.

MF - kinda light in the body for the stout but there is a nice, mild carbonation that seems to hit my tongue at the same moment as the sweet flavors fade away and the beer becomes spicy and wooden. I like how the carbonation does it job by adding a new characteristic to the beer that it would otherwise lack. Additionally, have to say the mouthfeel is rather creamy and does a nice job of coming in and just coating you tongue with goodness. In

D - overall a nice and easy drinking oak aged stout. The lighter body makes it a bit more drinkable than some of the other barrel aged stouts. Definitely a good beer to drink on a cold night as the alcohol comes in big and instantly starts to warm you up. That alcohol mixed in with the barrel aging spiciness with keep you warm on any night that you are feeling cold and alone. Definitely think that the oak aging does something for this one compared to the regular Yeti as it seems to really temper down the overpowering sweetness of the Yeti and makes him a bit more of a friend that you can spend a night with just slowly enjoying.

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

bomber poured into tulip

A- mocha head, 2 fingers on semi-hard pour, dark black opaque liquid, lacing is fairly consistent around the glass in wavy pattern. Retention is good for 1mm or so, doesn't dissipate easily.

S- Strong chocolate aroma, fudge-y (has the buttery, heavy, american fudge shop smell), some fruit and spice like cinnamon spiced fruit cake, valhrona cocoa powder, vanilla from the oak aging. MUCH better/mellower/enjoyable overall in comparison to the regular yeti- no harsh alcohol smell by comparison.

T- Sweet chocolate up front and middle, like a smooth dark chocolate. Bit of coffee as well. Hop bitterness appears again at the end, but unlike the original yeti, is much more mellowed out and less pronounced due to oak aging. Some vanilla bean flavor as well, no harsh boozy alcohol/solvent aroma/flavor in comparison to the original- well hidden abv.

M- smooth, chewy, full bodied. Carbonation is mildly there, and mellowed hops produce minimal astringency. Finish is fairly smooth.

D- overall, this is a much more enjoyable beer than the regular yeti. One of the few oak aged stouts I truly enjoyed, as other oaked stouts lend more sourness/overly woody notes. This is a well balanced oaked stout, delicious to drink any time.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bold, tar-black colored with 2-finger head of milk chocolate-colored, sturdy head. Amazing-what every imperial stout should look like.

Essence of hardcore malt and sugar with deep caramel, strong natural vanilla backbone. Hops are in the background but make their presence known in the balance.

Wow - this is powerful, luscious stuff. Caramelized sugar from the aroma is here in spades; the oak meshes well with the strong malt and mild hop presence with some added toasty coffee grounds and toffee. Alcohol is very present but this is very well-balanced.

Coats the mouth like the best stout sundae you ever had - cold but velvety.

Defintely something to sip and savor - extremely enjoyable. One of the best in its style.

Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly black where no light can pass through. The head starts nicely but diminishes to a single layer of intensely tight bubbles. Spotty lace on the glass after each sip.

Soft dark chocolate aromas. I can sense the intense alcohol. No hop.

This is the complete taste package: full bodied, black patent and chocolate malts, enough hop to give some non-malt bitterness. The body has some oiliness from the high alcohol.

This is a flavorful Imperial Stout but, IMHO, runs on the moderate side of the style.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

looks similar to the regular yeti, but actually has better lacing, esp the first two thin little rings on top.

aroma is a much richer, roasted chocolate. again some dried fruit. hints of vanilla and oak woodiness. this time, the alcohol is gone, which also helps bump up the score.

the taste follows suit, with more roasted chocolate flavor, some dried dates, less coffee, less acidity, and definitely a more mellowed hop bitterness. again, hint of vanilla and oak, and very well-hidden alcohol

much smoother than the regular yeti, the acidity and astringency is mellowed out.


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

Beer #29 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 1/29. Had Yeti lastnight so I'm excited to see how this differs.

A: Pours a midnight black body into a tulip glass. Massive, dense mocha head, great retention. Webs of lacing stick to the glass.

S: Beautifully balanced aroma, the addition of oak adds another complexity to the already complex base beer. Dark roasted malts yield black coffee, dark chocolate, burnt caramel and prune notes. A definite yet subtle oak note laced with bourbon & vanilla amp it up. Hops are there but low key and give away pine & citrus.

M: Med. body, low carbonation. M.F. is viscous, a little thin but ultra-smooth.

T: The taste is awesome. Very similar to Yeti but the oak adds alot and really helps this RIS. This is more refined and seems more balanced as it has some age on it. Shorter finish than Yeti, not quite as "heady". The Malts aren't as thick though, which seems strange.

D: So, so good. Very balanced and refined, I'll have this over Yeti (which is still great). The alcohol is masked well. A year or two do a lot for this one. Highly recommended.

Photo of allergictomacros
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Whoa. Pours a ridiculous dark dark... well dark. I assume brown. Thick brown head bubbles up, then stops for good. Lacing is amazing, and topping up my glass, the new liquid literally punches a hole through the foam.

S - Sweet and rich smelling. Dark fruit, a solid whiff of alcohol and a chocolatey, molassesy aroma. Some herbal hops and woodiness round out the nose.

T/M - Again very sweet, with lots of dark sugar and fruit. Extremely creamy heavy body. Slightly vinous, with an astringent touch. Lots of dark fruit including cherries and raisins, tons of toasted character including espresso and cocoa, and a floral and herbal tone. Solid bitterness cleans up the palate well.

D - Very drinkable for such a big beer. Overall impression is one of "bigness" all around. Tons of flavour, asskicking body, and a head to die for. I might even say sessionable if it were a touch less sweet. At 9.5%, this is probably a good thing.

All around excellent beer, but... the head is absolutely amazing. Every beer I review after this one is gonna get a much rougher ride in the "appearance" category.

Photo of lifebeer
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a. beautiful dark chocolate with espresso 2-finger head

s. unexpected hop aroma, cascade

t. starts with chocolate milk, lasts for a while until the beer is allowed to breath, eventually a hop finish emerges, and with increasing temperature, the oak takes over

m. round and chewy

d. a sipper, enjoy as the flavor unfolds over time

Photo of GPHarris
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cellared since 9.2006

a - poured a one finger thick coffee-colored head into a goblet. left a think ring throughout with some light sheeting. the body was dark and black.
s - powerful aromas of vanilla and chocolate with a light oakey scent.
t - oak, vanilla, dark fruits like cherries with a light oak finish. nice bite from the alcohol too. this is well-balanced.
m - creamy and smooth.
d - what a wonderful sipper. this is a delicious beer.

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

Very dark but still fluid pour(not super viscous). Sets up deep black with small head that sticks around some. Looks good. Smells of wood, chocolate, and a little smokiness. Taste is strong unsweetened chocolate, vanilla, a whiskey like booze flavor, roasted smokey sweet malt. There was some fruit tones on this beer (cherries/dark berries) that started to peek out the warmer it got. Bitterness really bites when this goes down. Mouthfeel was slick and oily but there are others that fill up the mouth in a fuller way. This is a sipping beer and would be hard to take down more than one with the bitterness and the alcohol content. Very Enjoyable. I'm going to lay one down for a year and see how it comes out.

Photo of BMan1113VR
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really good, although I am not sure if it is better than the regular (it has been a while since I have had the other one). Aroma is chocolate, pine, vanilla, oak, milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, and maple syrup. The color is darkest black and it poors with a smallish dark brown head that has excellent lacing. The taste is great and lasts forever. It goes down creamy smooth with lively carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of Scoobydank
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L:While pouring it glubs out like thick oil. Big fat bubble one finger milk chocolate head. Like a black hole all is consumed in to the thick dark black oil.
S:Deep oakey vanilla beans, slightly burnt. Also a pretty evident dark milk chocolate.
T:A slight smokiness up front that turns in to a fat dark roasted choclate. Just a tiny hint of coffee beands. A nice dry chocolate taste from the hops.
M:Thick and rich. Much like a chocolate bar melted in my mouth. Very warming.
D:Really good and chocolate. Very cool beer.

Photo of Fish113d
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at about 55 degrees, it pours a near-opaque color with no light perring thorugh my glass. A 3-finger-thick tannish head forms at the top, making a quiet a billowy show. It dissipates within a few minutes but leaves a very aparent lacing on the glass.

On the nose, chocolate hits my sinuses right away, followed by a nice cascade hops aroma. A bit of fruit comes through like cherries or grapes, but hard to distinguish. Of course, a boozy, dry, oakiness comes through as well, making me want to sip it!

A thick, rich body of chocolate hits my palate with gusto! Also a roasty almond flavor comes through along with some possible caramel. The finish is quite complex with the dryness of the barrel working through and the alcohol coming in last to numb my tongue. Very very nice!

Body is full of course, while the carbonation is very little if any. Very dry finish. Great!

Wow...maybe the best beer I've had in 2008, and one of the best I've had in a long time. Thanks Sulldaddy for hooking me up!

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

I picked this bottle up at Well's in Baltimore. This is the second review I have done, but the first was lost in my earlier review book. Decanted cool into a snifter.

A - A light absorbing black w/ a mocha brown creay head w/ an ultra fine bead. The head is pillowy and the stout allows no light to pass through its body. Sporadic smatterings of lace cling to the glass.

S - Berry and woodiness creep out of the snifter w/ a citrusy piney depth. A vinous note w/ spice like cinnamon and pepper accent the malty sweet notes and dried fruit aromas.

M - A big sweet smack is pushed out of the way immediately by a shove of carbonation and just as quickly by a bitter hop acidity. the boozy and dry textures bring up the rear when all join forces.

T - Magnificently forceful w/ its intense sweet and malty flavors, the spicy mix w/ somewhat dark cherry and malty bitter cocoa-like flavor and an intense grapefruit and crisp vanilla wood w/ a burnt toffee sharpness. Twiggy earthy, almost raisin-like w/ a sharp bite and boozy warmth w/ dry apricot and an almost tropical dried papaya, sugary flavor w/ plenty of toasted and small amounts of charred malt flavor. There is subtle spice w/ ginger, pepper tinges and the nuttiness of roasted walnuts w/ hints of fig and beefy dry notes. The grain is slightly husky w/ smooth oily aspect w/ fruit notes and subtle orange citrus flavors, boy this baby is complex! I get a bit lost in the deep roasted and boozy brandy-like tastes here which is pleasant and the hops give a nice contrast.

D - Just wish there were a skosh less carbonation to relax the mouthfeel a bit. This is a nice, big brawny RIS w/ NW hops and huge malt flavor, so much packed in this w/ out overbearing sweetness. Nice citrus notes w/ a bitter acidity and the oak is well placed - not outdoing any of the flavors that make this recipe great. Magnificent w/ its subdued evolving nuances all the while making no pretense at its true aim to be an intense stout. A very drinkable brew in the realm of 9.5% beers, well done Great Divide!

Photo of dsa7783
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first sample from Great Divide Brewing Company, and I am tremendously impressed with the depth and chracter of this beer... Their Oak-Aged Yeti Imperial Stout definitely lives up to the hype surrounding this great brew... high-quality, top-notch stuff, and I would venture to say that this is probably one of the best stouts I have ever sampled, period... Marvelous opaque, jet-black, ebony hue with a dark, tan, slightly reddish head and nice lacing... aroma is thick, strong, and full of depth with deep, dark espresso smells and a strong nose of dark, burnt chocolate... the taste is certainly up there with the aroma, loaded with coffee, espresso, cocoa, and dark latte flavors... Nutty, toffee, roasted malt flavor and an immense taste with the oak-essence certainly noticeable and providing a tinge of vanilla to the classic stout flavor... Hands down, one of the best depictions of the style and one of the best American brews... Excellent stuff... Mouthfeel was thick, rich, and creamy, and the drinkability was effortless, went down like dark-coffee, and very hard to detect the 9.5% ABV... 22 oz bomber copped for about $8.99 from Total Wine and More in Union... Definitely recommended...

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Oak Aged Yeti came in a 22oz bomber and poured black as night with a 2-3 finger foam with a soapy, sudsy lacing with some solid retention.

The aroma was strong oak smell with roasted malts and coffee.

The taste was heavy on the alcohol flavor, vanilla with a sharp bite on finish. At first I could taste the hops, then coffee. In the mouth it was pretty thin for a stout and it has a finish of Kentucky Whiskey from the oak barrels I am sure. Overall a good drink but I prefer the standard Yeti much better.

Photo of Tilley4
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Considering the awesome price of this bomber, there may not be a better stout for the money out there. This was unbelievable....

Glugs out a used motor oil black with a 2 inch brown head. Really good looking beer here....

Aroma is chocolate, coffee, chocolate, oak, chocolate, alcohol....Man, I love the way this is smelling.

Tastes even better than it smells. Loads of dark chocolate, with hints of vanilla, something earthy (the oak?), and strong coffee.

One of my new favorite Imperials here. This is simply incredible... Loved everything about it.

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,057 ratings.