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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,143 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,143
Reviews: 1,615
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 294
Gots: 746 | 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: 4,143 | Reviews: 1,615
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.

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

Pours deep black color. Big mocha head with great retention. Lacing sticks wonderfully.

Smells of vanilla and roasted coffee.

Wow, this flavor is great. Oak and vanilla flavors complement the roasted coffee chocolate malt flavors perfectly. The bitterness is also amazing matched to the other strong flavor attributes.

Full bodied yet smooth creamy finish.

Easy drinking RIS, maybe an oxymoron but fitting. Defintely not something you would have to choke down. This brew is a pleasure to drink.

Photo of tmitch75
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as night, ample chocolatey brown head. Tons of brown lacing.

Vanilla smell is powerful, and it's got some marshmellow and roasty chocolate smell in there too. A bit too boozy in the nose, the other aromas have a hard time fighting through the alcohol.

Roasty oak flavor, lots of booze, with notes of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla.

Medium/full body, solid but not overpowering, nearly perfect mouthfeel to accompany the flavor.

Definitely a beer to nurse for a while, tasty but not really my speed. I am glad I tried it, but 22oz is a bit much, especially considering the high ABV.

Tasted on 6/16/08.

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

Double-deuce bomber poured into a shaker pink yields an ebony body with a three-finger rocky crown of ice-creamy, oiled teak-speckled mocha foam that deforms into a misshapen cloud-blob and leaves fluffy, wonderfully sticky rings and patches of lacing tinted a glistening hue of toasted brown sugar. "Legs" streak the glass not covered in puffy foam. Yeah, I gave the appearance a five; Great Divide earned it with this beautiful brew.

Smell is sweet malty molasses with roasty café mocha and solid oak notes.

Taste is rich and chocolatey malty, with dark, smutty roasted barley that supplies an acrid bitterness, a mild alkaline cocoa powder twang and plenty of savory, uncured oak essence. I don't know whether I want to drink it, or eat it.

Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, and full, and the drink is substantial and filling. This stout is very big, rich, and sweet-- a definite 'Imperial' and for-sure a sipper--but with just a tad more thickness in the body, Oak Aged Yeti would probably make really nice pie filling.

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

Highly anticipated 22 oz. bottle...poured into a 16 oz. snifter. I wasn't disappointed.

Vigorous pour yielded a beautiful,malty two finger head. This beer is opaque & black like used motor oil. Head was a creamy caramel color with lasting power, eventually flattening out to a concave 1/4" that continued to hold the glass. Beautiful even lacing all the way down. Let it warm a bit...

This is an impressive, well done & complex presentation... full bodied, the front is a nice smokey balance of smooth, hempy hops & subtle malty, roasted grains with a scotchy, alcohol finish that's not too sharp on the tongue and not too dry.

Traces of mossy tobacco, coffee, cocoa, molasses & cherries (?) or dark berries that coat the mouth & hang in the throat. Not sticky on the lips. The warm pleasant, smokey alcohol after taste is evident in the mouth, throat & stomach but not overpowering & balanced really well. ABV is perfect & well concealed. Easy to drink...one is good & probably enough.

The smell is complex & appealing with hints of vanilla that begin to appear as the glass warms... along with a blend of dark expresso, molasses, caramel, bittersweet chocolate, smoke & warm bread.

I'm gonna grab another one & hold it for a while. Should age nicely.

I REALLY enjoyed this beer. This is a delicious offering & highly recommended if you like fuller bodied beers. It came to me with the highest recommendation. ABSOLUTELY worth a try~

Photo of julian
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Similar to the regular Yeti, this pours jet black and slightly viscous. There is a nice 1 finger head that bubbles out with smaller tightly packed bubbles huddled around larger protruding bubbles. Head dissipates quickly, but has a mocha brown color. very nice! HEAVY, layered lacing. This is most intense lacing I've encountered yet!

S: initial smell is vinous but not overbearing. slightly bitter, but then comes the flurry of chocolaty, roasted coffee and nutty, malted goodness. Also a mild vanilla aroma. there's an alcoholic presence at play here but it's hard to tell. This smells perfect except being that it's infused with oak chips, and I cannot smell any "oakyness" I'm giving this is a 4.5! this is a great smelling RIS!

T: Whew! There's a definite upfront kick in the face from the IBUs, which quickly smooths out, releasing a blizzard of roasted coffee flavors on your palate, followed by a chocolaty aftertaste with an almost vanilla-esque undertone. The 9.5% ABV is definitely noticeable as there is a strong warming sensation in my gut right now :) This is definitely a sit by the fire (or campfire) on a winter night beer :)

M: smooth, thick and viscous. medium carbonation lends well to the style and this beer in particular. goes down relatively easy, leaving a nice chocolaty aftertaste and warms the belly.

D: same as the regular Yeti...pretty high ABV so this will limit how much you can drink in a session. I will definitely drink it again, but 1/session is probably all I can do. so above average points for this.

Definitely better than the regular Yeti, although I think I've trained my palate a bit more since I reviewed the Yeti. My review was pretty unbiased however I will still be going back to re-review considering I enjoyed this a considerable amount more.

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

L: Pours a deep black color with a tall and thick brown colored head that sticks around for a while before settling. It laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: The aroma is of deep roasted malts, some vinous fruits, a tiny bit of oak, and then some alcohol.
T: The taste is phenomenal. It tastes of deep roasted malts, hints of chocolate and caramel, followed by a nice oak flavor and finished off with a touch of alcohol.
M: The mouthfeel is good - very smooth, warming, and heavy.
D: Very drinkable as I could drink the entire bomber. Well worth it to try.

Photo of gonzo46and2
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark black with a huge head.

Great big aroma of coffee, chocolate, smoke, vanilla, and hops... lots of hops. Complex. Bitter but showing a nice balance.

Mouthfeel is slick and viscous with a nice bitterness.

Overall a great beer. One of the best imperial stouts I've tasted yet.

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

22oz bottle purchased for $7.99 on 6-21-8 at Orenco New Seasons.

This beer pours black with a thick, towering mocha colored head that displays excellent retention while leaving behind a wash of clingy lacing.

The aroma reveals subdued piny hops, bitter chocolate, oak, black coffee, and chalk.

The taste shows that those hops aren't as subdued as I first thought. Big pine and even a bit of citrus in there. But these characteristics have a tough time competing with all that coffee, chocolate, and wow there is a distinct vanilla presence here as well. The oak comes through clearly without being too much. Gives the beer a decadent feel to it. Just kinda ties everything together. Alcohol seems nonexistent. This is one hell of a beer.

Photo of Proteus93
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The standard stout black colour pour into a Stone IRS snifter. Nice, billowing and creamy head on this one - a little on the lighter side of the browns (not fudgy like some - Ten FIDY, for example)

S: A malt roast, vanilla bean, the oak aromas are quite modest, considering - more appreciable, as far as my nose goes. A little sniff of alcohol in there.

T: Taste is quite similar to the aroma, really - exception being that the oak aging really stands out proudly. Over-roasted/burnt malt, bitter espresso bean, some vanilla. Again, the alcohol pepperiness right on the very finish, and it lingers in the mouth.

M: Thick - almost manages to be creamy and chewy at the same time. A bit of a stick to the lips, but it doesn't get tacky all over the mouth, which is wonderful.

D: A monster, but a pleasant monster to sniff at for a while (and to continue at while drinking!). Each sip continues to lurk around the tastebuds. A nice addition of character to the standard Yeti.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Super black with a reddish brown head that is superfine and the becoming pockmarked and cratered.

Aroma is smooth vanilla, cream, coconut, and some soggy woodiness, all ontop of piles of rich dark malt. Bourbon-like alcohol presence.

Very smooth in the mouth, fully and a bit voerly sweet. I would have liked this one a bit dryer/bitter, but it is what it is, and I still enjoy it immensely. Alcohol doesnt punch through in the begining or finish, but is present in the exhale/aftertaste.

So, aside from the overly creamy smooth buttery mouthfeel, this ones rates pretty darn high in my book!

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

Poured into a pint glass...Black, very black with a medium brown head that's very thick and bubbly, I cant see any carbonation but I'm sure its there somewhere. Lots of lacing- the head does thin out a bit, but remains fluffy and quick impressive and does not reveal the dark stout beneath it; there is a good chocolaty aroma, its very sweet; there are some light brown sugars smells some coffee, prunes, cinnamon, caramel, roasted malts... and much more. It has a clean strong roasted malt flavor its sweet overall, has a slight bitterness on the side of your mouth and in its aftertaste as well, it leaves a semi-dry alcohol taste I your mouth that's very pleasant. It has a thick body that really envelopes your tongue.

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

22 oz bottle in a tumbler

i held it up to a halogen to make sure, its black ... the head was really just a small lip of marshy brown lacing, it's quite striking actually

smells like coffee, but good coffee, like something served in a parlor or in the captain's room, not the stuff from the teacher's lounge, vanilla maybe

wowowowowowow, burnt taste is amazing! i burn my marshmellows then blow them out ... also taste coffee, sweet malt syrup, and vanilla up front, then its a wash of hop bitterness that balances the palette

thick body, im feeling a bit full... creamy and smooth, little carbonation works well but maybe just a tad more? some oily residue in mouth... warming effect like blackberry brandy, i wish i had this in the winter of '82, our snowmobile blew a piston and we were stuck on top mount alagawash for 4 days with nothing but a bent 12 gauge and 3 wet matches... god damned dog ran oft too... ralph billups winged an eaglet with a rock but between that and a canteen 1/2 full of gin we would've killed each other for a tin cup full of this stuff.. he sells 5-ply cookware now in des moines, never married

this is extremely good, don't gulp...

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

Purchased at the Cellars in Roseville.

Poured from a brown bomber into a 20oz tulip.
Black and inky syrpy texture. 3 finger brown head, medium to mild laceing. Head retention in thick.

Smells of chocolate, mild coffee, black licorice, molassess, sweet malted syrup, vanilla, cinnamon.
Taste is so thick and sweet, charred smokey oak, really sweet for an oak aged, but well balanced all around. Dark chocolate, cream, dry hoppy finish. No alcahol warming present.
Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy. Thicker then Ten FIDY. Lightly carbonated and oooh so creamy....did I mention it was silky and creamy?

This is a delicious RIS, will purchase again and again. $6 for a brown bomber, not bad at 9.5 ABV.

Photo of spencerchristie
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout is by far the best of both the Oak Aged beers and of the Stouts that I have ever tasted. It's chocolaty smell mixes perfectly with it's warm, smooth, rich taste to create wonderful drink-ability in a beer this high in ABV. Beautifully black with a nice hue of brown around the head, this beer pours well and releases a nice rich aroma at the start. Remarkably smooth for a stout with a lingering aftertaste of chocolate. Perfect to drink on it own, to pair with a desert or even a roast.

It was such a great beer that I have been on a hunt for all stores in the area that sell it. I can't wait to talk to the Great Divide brewers at the Craft Brewing Festival.

Photo of Phenom
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours like crude oil with very minimal tan head, not much lacing.

S: Vanilla, oak, a little lactic like old milk. Some nice pine.

T: The first thing that came to mind was dairy. Also vanilla, oak, alcohol, maple syrup. Claims a lot of IBUs on the bottle, but not very hoppy tasting. Maybe most of the hops are used for bittering rather than flavor, or maybe the hop flavor mellows out during the oak aging. I would like to compare this side by side with the regular Yeti.

M&D: Good mouthfeel, full body, lots of bitterness. A little alcohol warmth.

I am a big Great Divide fan, and this one is yet another reason why. A very good beer that should be sought out by stout and wood-aged beer fans.

Photo of thickerfreakness
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown/black with a creamy mocha colored head that lasts a while and then leaves a nice bit of lacing on the glass.

Smells predominantly of Vanilla/Oakiness and chocolate with some roasted malts and coffee sneaking through.

The taste didn't quite live up to the smell in regards to complexity but it had a nice lingering hoppy finish that was quite unexpected. As it warms i get a lot more dark chocolate but the flavor from the barrel aging also gets a little overpowering.

A nice mouthfeel but I like my RIS's a little thicker and a little less carbonation.

Overall, a great easily available RIS that I indulge in often.

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

The beer pours a dark black with a beautiful brown head that left a web of lacing down the glass. Chocolate, heavily roasted coffee, ripe dark fruit and also hint of the oak, perhaps. Ooh so smooth on the palate. Waves of dark goodness: cocoa, espresso, rummy dark fruit. A dark roasted, almost burnt, bitterness rises across the mouth augmented by some hops especially at the finish.

A slow but steady sipping beer. Good and well rounded. Perfect for those hunting elusive creatures in chilly climes.

Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of a tasting with a friend on 05/21/08. Poured into a Ommegang goblet.

Appearance: Opaque as hell. I'd tell you what the carbonation was like if, you know, I could see it. An ever so slightly puffy and deep chocolate head retains itself fairly well.

Aroma: Predominantly "imperial stout" in the nose - french roast espresso beans (deep, deep roast), some milky sweetness that melds well with the toasted malts which manifests itself in a mocha-esque/milk chocolate-like presence. On the other hand, a very solvent-like alcohol scent is prominent, and although the oak suggestions are there - vanilla, some woody sweetness - it's very faint.

Taste: Now that's more like it. The oak really comes through here, with tons of ethereal vanilla and milky, earthy sweetness and and complex sugars melding with the same dark, toasty malt profile (chocolate is prominent) that the nose contained. Good hop balance in the finish, and the alcohol also isn't nearly as prominent as it was in the aroma. Cool.

Mouthfeel: It's incredibly smooth up front, but the carbonation doesn't hold up as well throughout - slight agitation results in a big puffy explosion, which can be sort of a sensory short circuit when taken in with everything else.

Drinkability: Surprisingly good for a RIS. It's definitely a sipper, but the tastes are all great. The mouthfeel's only irksome if you take big sips anyway, and you shouldn't be doing that with a beer like this ... right?

Good introduction to Great Divide, if I do say so (it was my first). Lacking in a few places, and this is not the best RIS or oaked beer I've ever had, but it is damn tasty. A solid offering.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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