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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,058 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,058
Reviews: 1,597
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
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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 KAF
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark in pour, almost black. With a hint of bourbon/oak in aroma. Chocolate to mocha head color. A bit of dark fruit in flavor with oak, also some chocolate and mocha notes. If you like Great Divide's Yeti Imperial Stout you should really try this beer.

Photo of jobyone
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with large tan head that lasts for ages. The smell is strong with dark chocolate and lots of roasted malts. The mouthfeel is thick and almost needs to be chewed. The taste has lots of chocolate, coffee and just keeps on going and going. My only problem is it is so much that one is enough. but boy what a beer.

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

22 oz. bomber, bought at LoneHill Liquors in Glendora, CA,

A: Pours an opaque black, with a very thick, tan head, which is fluffy and voluminous at first, but slowly retreats to about a centimeter of tan foam throughout the drinking experience. Widespread lacing is thick and abundant.

S: Very complex, vanilla, oak, hardwood, coffee, chocolate, and a hint of smoke and cherry. Hops are very light in the smell as compared to the other scents, but they give a slight floral character.

T: Magnificent, this is probably the best tasting stout I have ever had. Had my first bottle back in December of 2006, and it is just as good as I remembered. A thick chocolate and coffee flavour hits you when you first take a sip of the beer, the oak aging is evident, as a sweet note of vanilla and wood comes along for the ride. Even at 75 IBUs, the hops are not really evident until the beer warms to room temperature, where they give off a nice, pine resin flavour. Overall, a very haunting, but soothing and poetic flavour.

M: Thick and smooth, hearty, robust, a bit resiny as well, definitely a mouth-coating big beer.

D: An amazing feat in the annuls of craft brewing, one of the best beers, period, made in America. The only downside is that I have to drive to Glendora or Walnut to get it and can't get it locally, but I guess that makes each experience that much more special. A truly fantastic brew, every stout lover should pick this up.

Photo of unibrew
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. This IS one of my new favorites. I'm not a stout drinker, but, I think I'm now a high APV stout drinker. Why would I ever have another Guinness? I doubt I'll find something else this good in a stout but, I'm certainly willing to try, but, I need them to be high in APV. It's hearty, not syrupy, rather chocolaty, just delicious overall. The alcohol is well hidden. It's truly exceptional overall. I will mirror jdubjacket's review about it, and I also first had it in Atlanta, mine on tap at the Brick Store Pub (A great place!). Do yourself a favor and get it. You'll have no regrets whatsoever!

Photo of ndekke39
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bomber of this with some good friends. I've had the regular Yeti a year or so ago, so I've been looking forward to trying the Oak Aged version. It's a picturesque stout: pours a completely opaque, oily black with a rich, mocha head. Thick and viscous. Good retention - I've got rings of lace around the glass. Smells of dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, vanilla, alcohol, licorice. Nice touch of a cocoa bitterness. Dark fruit like raisins or cherries. Heavy taste of the chocolate, and the cocoa on the back of the palette. Tastes of the dark fruit as it warms, especially raisins. Bitter finish. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous. Little bit of fizzy carbonation on the back of the tongue, but that's it. To be honest, I can't tell an immense difference between this and the regular Yeti, although it's still a superior example of a Russian Imperial Stout.

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

Quite an exceptional stout. A beast in a bottle nearly.

Pours a coffee black with a milk chocolate head. A lot of lacing on the glass.

Taste & mouthfeel are outstanding. A very creamy stout that covers every base. Taste is like chocolate, traces of coffee and, like another reviewer mentioned, a trace of cherry at the end. The alcohol is masked fairly well but I do pick up traces of it.

Overall, this is an exceptional stout that really packs a punch. Can't have more than 1 or 2 of these due to the ABV. But I have to say that this is one of my favorite stouts.

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

22oz bomber -> imperial
2006 vintage

Pours out oily black with a thick robust tan head off a semi-aggressive pour. The rocky patchy head slowly yields to a lopsided puddle of brown fluff. Lace is sporadic pangean like clumbs.

Nose: Roasty, alcohol, plums,

Slick and creamy going down. Very intense flavors here, no doubt. Lots of cocoa like chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and alcohol. A little boozy no doubt but perfect for what the beer is, big and imperial. The 75 ibu's seemed tame, but the light bitterness roasts the mouth and lingers. The alcohol warms and tingles. This brew is good.

Perfect for the first weekend evening of fall, heading out to the deck to enjoy the rest of the bomber.

Photo of Trueant1
4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A monster of a stout!
Pours Dark brown/black with a 1/2 inch billowing dark brown head. The head disipates fast but the lacing on the side of the glass coats.
Smells of dark chocolate..the fine kind. Dark chewy fruits such as dates and figs. Smells toasty and smokey too! Some alcohol and sweet malts on the second and third smells. I continued to smell this one at least 30 times! Kept coming up with more and more....
The first taste started with a whipped chololate tirimisu type desert quickly leading into a smoky and burnt flavor. Then the hops kick in....really. Nice bitter aftertaste. After several SIPS, I noticed more of the alcohol, but only alongside the hop bitterness in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel for me is pure beer heaven! Creamy chocolate tirimisu start followed by a full hop and alcohol finish...smooth creamy leading into bitterness.. Exceptional!

This is a great oak aged beer. It reminds me of Brander wine you find in the Santa Barbara mountains. This beer is as complex as great 100 dollar pluss bottles of the best oak aged wines. I am now a true beliver in craft beers being better than any wines out there.
I want this one again on an extremely special occasion...like after a 2 week backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevadas...I will have this one waiting in my vehicle for when I come down the trailhead..the only thing I worry about is I hope this great smell does not go THROUGH the bottle and attract the bears as I am away!

Photo of mnstorm99
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

About my 4th RIS, not my favorite style but I love that breweries make these beers. Black as Black can be with a great retaining tan head. I love these beers more for the aroma than the flavor, great sweet candy smell with the roasted malts staning out. I get a little lost in the flavor, but oh what a flavor. I had a hard time picking out certain aspects but the hops came through pretty well and it was balanced out nicely by the malts and sweetness. The mouthfeel is also a great experience as it is thick, oily and it coats going down. I find these type of beers to be good (if not great) but It is definately a sipper as are any RIS I've ever tried.

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

Had this on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a very dark black color with good heard retention and lacing. There is lots of sweet malt and coffee on the nose, but that's about it. Smells big, sweet and powerful. On the palate the beer is soft and creamy, but with noticeable hoppy bitterness on the finish. Flavors consist of coffee, chocolate milkshake, vanilla and a hint of cherry cough drop. Abv. is very well disguised for such a big beer, and the beer has a long, soft, creamy finish. Excellent RIS, though it's hard to imagine sitting down to more then one 12 oz. glass of this stuff.

Photo of BucBasil
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass from the bomber. Perfectly black, even when held right in front of a light. This thing is a black hole void that prevents any light from escaping. Sitting atop this black monster is the darkest head I've ever seen - a dark tan, almost brown two and a half finger masterpiece.

Smell: Fabulous. I spent a good five minutes enjoying this one's complex aroma that starts out with an obvious dark chocolate but fades into hints of coffee, caramel, and roasted malt. There is an earth tone hidden deep in there, as well as a nice surprising vanilla note. There is also a floral hop character in the background.

Taste: A slow sipper for sure. Starts out with a big roasted coffee flavor that leads to a nice subtle vanilla flavor. Finishes with a big hoppy bitterness that caught me completely off gaurd, but nicely rounded things out at the end.

Mouthfeel: Smoothness is almost unparalleled, going right down with a rich creaminess that allows for a full evolution and experience of flavors all the way through.

The intense richness of this brew, though making for a great experience, lowers the drinkability significantly. This is one that I'll be picking up again to pop open on a special occasion.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the nice things about traveling (besides seeing your grandkids) is the opportunity to sample beers that just don't make it up to Maine. This is a wonderful RIS, comparing well with my favorite, Kate the Great. Dark brown, almost black, with a thick mocha head. Sweet chocolate and coffee aroma, very intense. More of a roasted coffee taste, but the chocolate is there, with a little vanilla. A very rich stout, great to sip.

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

My first RIS. If there are a lot this good, I can see why this style dominates the top 100 beers listing. Pours a deep black color with a big dark tan head on a hard pour. The head dies down to a light covering of the glass. good lacing as well. The smell is malts and dark fruits, almost like a Belgian. The taste is very different from a Belgian - no candy sugar, just a rich malty taste with dark fruits, bitter chocolate and some alcohol taste (seemed like a rich port wine). I know some of these flavors don't seem to go together, but this beer is beautifully blended and complex. Mouthfeel is the best part, very rich and smooth, some hops oiliness, but I wouldn't call this a hoppy beer by any stretch. Drinkability is very good for a high alcohol beer, The taste remains inviting throughout...I am enjoying all 22 oz tonight. I will try to get more of these for the winter. A great sipper!!!

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

Poured out from a 22oz. bottle into a Sam Adams tasting glass.

The beer is a very dark, opaque brown with a thin tan head. Not much lacing was left on the glass as the beer warmed up.

The smell was full of roastiness, mostly made up of coffee and chocolate. I also seem to be detecting some vanilla. The taste is filled with nice smooth roasted flavors. I can taste coffee and dark chocolate, a little vanilla and some alcohol.

The mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation. The drinkability is good. There is enough complexity here so that it is not just coffee. It's pretty tasty.

Photo of BeerTruth
3.43/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to limesmut for this one.

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic.

Pours a complete black with a big two finger brown colored head that definitely takes its time to die down. Stickiness is insanely good, holds on all over the sides of the glass. Smell is big caramel malt, roasted barley, and a hint of vanilla. A hint of booze is also detected in the nose, but doesn't seem to distract. Taste starts off with a sweet chocolate malt that is quickly taken over by a vodka-like flavor. Some coffee on the tongue, but the alcohol flavor seems to linger and distract. Aftertaste is a vanilla vodka like tingle, way too much alcohol flavor for a 9.5% beer. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a mild amount of carbonation. Drinkability suffers because of the big alcohol flavor throughout. Wasn't really impressed by this one.

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

Pours dark black with a dark tan head that receeds after a bit. Smells of cocoa and faint bourbon (though I believe there is none in this). Taste is robust, dark chocolate, roasted malt, tannins, vanilla. Rich and smooth.

A good imperial stout, the wood presence is very subtle, but you can certainly detect some of the characters. Deceptively smooth for the alcohol level, but there is some warming and an occasion hint of a slight astringency.

Photo of marksto
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a thin, off-brown head. Aroma displays nice complexity - carmel, vanilla, coffee, fruity, nice. Flavor is dominated by a coffee-like roastiness combined with oak and a warming sensation from the alcohol. I'd like to try this side-by-side with the non-oaked version to see exactly where the oak picks up. I detect a slight harshness that may be from the wood. Mouthfeel is nicely creamy and smooth. Leaves a tangy, hoppy, lingering flavor after it goes down.

Overall, a nice imperial stout. Not sure if the oak does it for me - will need to follow up with the other version to see.

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

Purchased at Wilbur's Liquors in Ft Collins for US$5.99 for the bomber.

It pours a near pitch black, no, it's more of a very very dark brown with a nice creamy tannish head of foam that sticks around for the duration and it has some lacing.

The smell is very woody and malty and fruity. Nice nose.

The taste has big notes of caramel malt and chocolate up front. After a few more sips, I get the Oak in the flavour along with sour cherrries and some very bitter hop, the latter of which, dominates near and through the finish. The body is medium to heavy and the carbo is lightly done. Oh, and the alcohol starts to become more noticeable, especially after the swallow....quite warming.

Well, I've tried this one and the non oaked version and I like the non oaked more. Still, this is a fine sipping IS and I'd buy it on the odd occasion without feeling any regret.

Photo of kenito799
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No dates on bottle.

Popped this cold from the fridge and seeing little head formation, gave it a hard pour--mistake, immediately a gigantic head of light-brown foam arose like a monster and spilled down the sides of the glass. This receded slowly leaving lots of sticky lace. Opaque, coffee-black brew.

Aroma is intoxicating as soon as the bottle is opened. Rich, warm vanilla, chocolate, dark roasted coffee, with floral hoppy notes skittering over this warm autumnal symphony.

I have not tasted the non-oak-aged Yeti Imperial Stout. I can't imagine that the oak aging doesn't improve it. This is an agressively bitter brew, by dark roasted malt and full-on hops. It is lent a beguiling woody and vanilla smoothness that must be from the oak barrel. Sweet and creamy up front, but long lingering bitterness. A touch of alcohol heat might be seen as a flaw, but it also gives it a hot-buttered-rum aspect that is welcome in a winter warmer.

Definitely a masterful brew.

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

Pours a deep, dark black with a nice brownish head that doesn’t dissipate. Aroma is deep chocolate. Taste is dark and chocolaty with some coffee-ground like aftertaste to give it a little bitterness, the beer is very sweet and oaky otherwise. Finish is thick and syrupy, like the last swig from some chocolate milk where all the powder has coalesced.

Alcohol is noticeable and this is a solid brew, but just a sipper. Would recommend it over its brother the regular Yeti stout.

Photo of seaoflament
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to upsjeff for this extra, I’ve been waiting to try this one for a while now.

Pours dark with about an inch of mocha color foam. It looks syrupy and tasty. The aroma is big, room filling. I detect roasted and chocolate malts, toffee, vanilla, wood, cocoa, and a sweetness from the alcohol. The taste is great. There is some coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, and alcohol. A nice bitterness in the aftertaste as well. The mouthfeel is very thick and chewy, definitely feels like a meal. A good warming effect from the alcohol, not too much but enough to notice. Would be a good beer to sip on a cold day, too bad a day like that is far away and I’ve heard that this one is best fresh. Overall a very solid RIS.

Photo of ncvbc
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, I figured I might as well try this one since the Yeti didn't live up to my expectations. Sadly, this one didn't either, though it doesn't mean this isn't a good beer by any means.

Pour was a solid black, as a RIS should be. No light was really visible either. Fairly low carbonation and a great looking cocoa tan head.

Smell was good but not as profound as other greats that come to mind for the style. The usual roasted malts and hints of vanilla and even charcoal. Some oak comes up followed by a fresh and earthy hop aroma.

Taste was roasted chocolate malts up front. Oak and vanilla again present and paired with the slightest alcohol burn. There was also a bitterness towards the end with the hops playing a role here. A lot going on but not necessarily in all the right places.

Mouthfeel was rich and creamy, close to full though not what I expect. Warming at times but an unwelcome hop bitterness confronts the tongue.

Overall drinkability isn't all that bad. One bomber was enough for me and I'd consume one rarely. This just isn't as bold and flavorful as some top contenders I've tasted.

Compared to the Czar brewed in the same state I consider both Yeti and Oak Aged inferior but this is only one opinion. Try this one, you just might like it!

Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Came upon a bomber of this at Total Wine in Charleston, SC. Poured into a pint glass.

A. Poured a dark black with a nice 1 finger head that slowly dissipates to a classic lacing.

S. Nice chocolate, vanilla and malt stout smell. Just a hint of the alcohol showing through.

T. Roasted malt and alcohol to begin with. Some black licorice, coffee, and brown sugar flavors with a hint of chocolate.

M. Thick, but with a fairly high carbonation that helps to keep it from being syrupy.

D. Not an everyday beer because of the price (9.99 for a 22 ounce bomber) and the anv. But I have cellared 2 for the winter months. A real treat and a world class beer.

Photo of NEhophead
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pt 6 fl oz brown bottle; served in a goblet.

Syrupy, caramel-toned opaque oil in color. Creamy, coffee-colored head with good retention. Thin and spotted lacing with impressive strength.

Roasted chocolate malts; espresso, fudge-like aromas. Tones of sweetness: vanilla bean, sweet cream. Hazlenut, toffee along with hints of blackberry and dark cherry esters. Waves of alcohol.

Mild smoke-flavored deep, roasted malt character. Dark chocolate; slightly bitter, with heavy tones of moch and ground coffee beans. Sweet vanilla in the middle with a dry, wood component. Slick alcohol presence following a mild, pine-filled bitterness lasting well into the aftertaste.

Full bodied; remarkably balanced considered the range of textures: chewy, dry, smooth, and slick.

A remarkable offering. One of the top five to ten Russian Imperial Stouts I've had to date.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber into an oversized wine glass.

An opaque, jet-black pour produces a skinny, dark tan head that dissipates within a few minutes to a scant wisp of foam. No light is getting into this one. Aroma throws a big malty alcohol note at you first, followed by the familiar "chocoalte chip cookie" scent of the regular Yeti Imperial Stout. Butter, semi-sweet chocolate, and coffee round out the aroma.

There's alot to be said about the flavor, here. Big, acrid notes of roasted malts and mocha coffee dominate the palate, as well as a stinging, oaked bourbon whiskey flavor. The oak is no doubt in effect, but it seems to diminish the velvety, smooth character that I loved so much from the original YIS. Also, a big alcohol bite takes the mouthfeel down a notch, as it's nearly indetectable in the original. The body is thick (as expected) and acrid on the tongue, with a decent bitter finish. Overall, this is a beer I'd definately have again, but it falls short of the plain ole' Yeti Imperial Stout. Hopefully a little time in the cellar will mellow out that oaken / alcohol bite.

[EDIT: A year of cellaring improved this beer, but not drastically. The oak characteristics actually became more pronounced in the aftertaste, although the diminished alcoholic heat allowed for a higher drinkability.]

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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