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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,761 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,761
Reviews: 1,570
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 252
Gots: 585 | FT: 32
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial stout aged on new French and American oak chips.

(Beer added by: Crosling on 08-09-2004)
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Photo of bunn4funn
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. 10/19/05

This Beer is by far my favorite double stout out there!!! It pours a used motor oil looking thick black, with a one finger head that dissapates into a ring around the glass and a slight oiling in the middle. Some decent lacing as i enjoyed this brew.

The nose was of vanilla and chocolate roasted malts and a little alcohol. A very plesent experience.

This beer is huge in the flavor department. Starts off with the typical chocolate roasted malts with hints of vanilla just in the middle and a gentle bite from the 75ibu. As this beer warms it really starts to shine. Every sip is so antisipated because of the complexity of flavors swirling around on the tounge. Its like candy to me.

Oak aged yeti is Thick, and very well balanced. Its not "hard" to drink thick but you know its there. Smooth creamy mouthfeel and very easy to drink will get you in trouble with the abv% Agian my favorite double yet !!!!

bunn4funn, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of JackStraw22
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice looking bomber with silver foil. Pours a black body, but not like motor oil as some ISs can be. Nice molasses head and good lacing. Very sweet aroma. Not really roasty, slight mocha aroma. Oaked/vanilla scent is present but subdued. Lots more mocha/dark chocolate in the taste than the aroma. Really rich dark chocolate. Vanilla is blended perfectly. In general I like vanilla flavors in beers, but if they're overboard I find them undrinkable. This is a nice blend here. Great beer, a must try if you enjoy imperial stouts.

JackStraw22, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It pours like crude oil straight from the hull of the Exxon Valdez. Thick, viscous, impenetratable by light. Unlike a goblet full of oil, this beer produces a thick and lasting head the color of espresso crema. Staying power is surprising due to the strength of this beer. Lacing is equally thick and impressive.

Aroma is everything you love about Yeti; dark chocolate, overripe dark fruits, espresso, scorched sugars, and licorice. It's enhanced by sweet vanilla, toasty coconut, and creamy Bourbon notes. Great nose, but it doesn't leap from the goblet the was a Stone RIS does.

Flavor more that makes up for the subtleties of the nose. It emphasises dark semi-sweet chocolate, espresso, burnt brown sugar, raisins, dried cherries, and titamisu. The oak adds a lucious toasty vanilla, coconut, and Bourbon note that is just perfect. The Bourbon is definately there, but not overpowering like a fresh Heresy or Thumbsucker. It melds perfectly with the deep stout flavors. It still has a great, sticky pine sap hop finish. But this is a year old bottle and has rounded out fantastically.

Body is huge, thick, and chewy. Texture is that of liquified silk; creamy, slippery, and smooth as polished glass. Drinkability is great, especially when paired with a slice of Mudslide cheesecake. Oh yeah!

AlexJ, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of OStrungT
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a jet black with a very thick dark brown head. The head fades extremly slowly, leaving a massive amount of laces. This beer has a woody aroma. Slightly smokey. It smells strongly malty. I detect a coffee aroma. Behind that, I smell chocolate. I detect a very slight vanilla aroma. Also, I smell licorice. This beer has a very complex and diverse nose. This beer tastes very malty. I can detect a vanilla flavor. Coffee is also present. It has an excelent balance of hops and malts. I detect a slight chocolate flavor. The 9.5% ABV is well hidden in both the aroma and the taste. This beer is full bodied. It goes down surprisingly smooth, leaving a sweet malty aftertaste. This beer is quite thick. It is not too carbonated, which adds to the drink. This beer would probably not make the best session beer due to the alcohol and the slightly aggressive flavor. I think this is a wonderfull beer. I am happy to have had an opportunity to try this beer. Thanks very much mentor for once again, helping me get a winner.

OStrungT, Nov 25, 2005
Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pitch black body with a tan head that quickly dissipates but leaves good lacing

Smell: Piney hop smell with strong bitter roasted notes underneath; coffee, chocolate and a clear hint of alcohol

Taste: Starts out with a strong taste of French Roast coffee with dark fruit and woody tones; the hops kick in mid-palate and continue to build well after the swallow and complement the alcoholic warming; a hint of vanilla in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: An excellent imperial stout with an interesting twist of vanilla

brentk56, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of blackie
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The pour into the snifter creates a great looking 1" light mahogany head. The beer is almost black in color.

smell: The aroma exhibits a wonderful interplay of roast malt, chocolate, vanilla, woody, and hop aromas. There is a nice level of sweetness here, that especially compliments the chocolate. The smell is extremely smooth, and only a little ethanol is evident.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is only slightly less than medium, and the body somewhere between a heavy medium and heavy.

taste: Mmmm, tasty. Initially sticky sweet...chocolatey with plenty of roasted malt flavor. Then the hops kick in and provide a bitterness to offset that sweetness. Again, very little to no ethanol is noticeable. The finish is of a lingering hop bitterness, and dark roasted flavors that last long after the sip. Very, very smooth. Maybe a tad too much bitterness.

drinkability: Very good and flavorful, a bomber is more than plenty. The sweetness begins to accumulate over the course of the bottle.

I believe that oak aging did the regular Yeti well, smoothing out most all of the flavors. More complex than the regular Yeti.

1-27-07: Cellared for over a year, probably from the same batch as this review. Still produces a nice layer of espresso colored foam, though it soon dies most of the way down. Smooth yet lively carbonation over a full, thick body.

On the nose, we've got oaky ethanol tones carrying loads of roasted malts. Dark cocoa powder...creamy, even a little lactic. The subdued hop aroma is overshadowed by all the roast and chocolate. Ever-so-subtle notes of hardwood smoked meats. Seems like the age beat back the hops a little, letting the oak come through nicely. Very, very near a 4.5.

On the tongue I find an explosion of flavor. Dark roasted and chocolate barleys bring great complexity, well rounded out by a strong oak character. Loads of dark frut sugars. Like sucking on a piece of lightly charred wood brushed with molasses. Aged hop flavor. The roasts and oak last long into the finish with a moderate bitterness. Definately a future candidate for cellaring.

5.0 4.5 5.0 4.0 4.0

blackie, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of nickss
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque bitch black with a perfect 1.5" dark khaki head. Huge globs of lace cling to the sides of the glass... absolutely perfect looking beer.

Huge smells of vanilla, chocolate, nuts, and some hops in the back. Wonderful smell... I could inhale this scent all day long, but I am eager to drink it.

Big oaky flavors make themselves apparent. Vanilla is also very evident, along with a toffee flavor.... surprisingly hoppy for an oak aged brew, although I suppose the 75 IBUs should have tipped me off.

Big, thick mouthfeel. Very chewy and subtle on the tongue... exactly how an impy stout should feel.

The only thing that hampers the drinkability is the 9.5% by content, and I suppose its thickness. But as for being able to simply tolerate the taste... I could drink this beauty all night long.

I cannot say enough good things about this brewery... they constantly impress me. Well done.

nickss, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of kmudrick
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: This was poured from a 22 oz bottle into tumbler. Color is mocha-dark with a nice frothy head that reminds me of turbinado-sugar rich latte foam.

Scent: Smell is mild and syrupy, yet it is pleasant and not noxious in the very least.  The second wave follows with a subtly sweet and nutty aroma with hints of caramel candy.

Taste: The first sip brings a very very slight chocolate-cherry sweetmess. There is definitely a nutty aftertaste that kicks in after the sip has finished swirling around the mouth.  A slightly bitter (but pleasant!) tanginess remains after the stout has gone down.  Upon going down, this beer warms the throat nicely.

Mouthfeel: This double has a smooth body which does not allow itself to be overpowered by the the alcohol here. I don't feel it is as heavy as some other double stouts i have had before. It has just enough spice to tingle and supplant the taste, but not enough to make the mouth it burn.

Drinkability: The Yeti is very easy to drink. Each sip is large and fruitful, encouraging one to savor and enjoy. Each sip builds layers onto the taste, building complexity and flavor. This is definitely one of the top double stouts i have had the pleasure of drinking. Even though I tend to shy away from beers that exhibit a lot of hops, I found the hoppiness to help in building character.

kmudrick, Nov 19, 2005
Photo of scooter231
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hmm... not sure how I feel about this brew. I tend to go back and forth on oak aged brews- I love them or I hate them. This one I'm oddly in the middle on.

Smelled and tasted very winey, some brandy in there, cherries and/or other dark fruits. I think the oaking was a bit on the overpowering side. The stout flavors are just not coming through like they should.

Mouthfeel was a bit too thick for my liking, and this guy was a bit hard to drink. By no means a bad beer, but it was just a bit... lost, muddled. Bland, even. Too much oak, not enough of other things. I'll let this guy sit for a while and try again- perhaps with the un-oaked version.

scooter231, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of quasimoto
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a beatiful black with a nice tan head.

S - Strong with the oak. Also has strong molasses and some chocolate in there..

T - Mid malt presence and blanced with the hops. Chocolate covered cherreis and kinda sweet.

M - Easy on the pallette.

D - For it's style a litttle bland. But for being a double stout it's right on the money.

quasimoto, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of bultrey
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter. Pretty damn opaque. Creamy forithy tan head. Smells like dark and red fruits, jammy, like blueberries, etc., with a touch of vanilla and woodiness. The oak-aging is quite apparent in the nose. Alcohol apparent too. Very aggressively hoppy up front, some intense dark chocolate and pluminess, a quite woodsy/vanilla sweetness, and a fairly bitter, drying finish. The mouthfeel is thick, but something about the carbonation is lacking. Not my favorite double stout or oak-aged beer, but not bad.

bultrey, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Oak-aging a big beer is always a compelling tactic.
It worked pretty well here though maybe could have used some more time to mellow out. The oak covers up a lot of the more subtle stout flavor, and meshes a bit strangely with what are otherwise more dominant stout flavors. Reminded me quite a bit of Avery's Samael's oak aged ale in the oakyness but Samael's struck me as being a bit more unique?
I'd try this again if only to taste side by side against the un-oak-aged version.

ommegangpbr, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first tried this beer at the Festival of Barrel Aged Beer (FoBAB), Chicago Illinois in 2004. I remember it knocking my socks off as it was the most flavorful and aggressive beer that I had tasted to that point. Samples of the beer has shown up here and there since, but the beer still packs a punch. Yesterday, I sat down with a 750 of the regular Yeti, so this review is somewhat in comparison.

The pour turns an insanely viscous, malt pitch black with a brown-ish moussy head that tops the beer like whipped cream. Retention, lacing, and legging are all ideal.

Extreme maltiness carries with it eqully intense espresso, bittersweet cocoa, caramel, toasty-roasty notes that never waiver. Surprisingly, more fruity notes are experienced in this version of Yeti than the original; licorice, grapes, dates, plumbs, cherries, and other fruitcake aromas.

Flavors do mostly the same. Very rich flavorings of the cocoa and coffee dominate with the backup of fruity, boozy boldness. The taste is much more round, complex, and full than the hop-laiden original Yeti. The barrel aging doesn't really give much woodiness or zeal, but it does better emphasize the fruity notes of the beer while taking the rougher edges off of the hops and fusal alcohols.

A bit smoother, rounder, and richer than Yeti the beer takes on a marshmallow-like fullness and savory textures. Much easier to drink.

BEERchitect, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of nlmartin
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bomber into a pub glass.

Appearance: Pours a perfect blackness no hints of opaqueness noted. The head towered briefly then retreated to an ever present carmel mocha film on the beer. A little toffee colored lacing clung onto the glass relentlessly.

Smell: Fantastic loads of vanilla and coconut jump forth combining with the original Yetis herbal chocolate and coffee dunked pine cone. Smells very spicy alot is going on here and it does not clash with the other smells.

Taste: This has loads of woody herbal coffee and chocolate flavors combined with coconut and other fruity goodness. This monster is loaded with hop goodness that prevents excessive sweetness. This beer is pleasingly spicy.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This is a good beer. This beer should be sipped and savored. It has a fairly high alcohol content but is well balanced and very smooth. I think I will have to repeat the regular Yeti soon for a closer comparison.

nlmartin, Nov 12, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)

A-This beer pours an inky black body with a nice size dark brown head with a faint reddish hint. The tiny bubble of carbonation roll up the sides of the glass.

S- As soon as I started pouring I could smell the wonderful dark malts. The slight sweetness of caramel, molasses and dark brown sugar are combined with a slight smoky, oak hint and a faint hop note. It has a soft hint of leather way in the background. As it warms some notes of vanilla and prunes start to show up.

T- The dark malt that is deep roasted and some roasted black grain have very soft flavors to them. It finishes with a nice hop spiciness. There is a nice bitterness to the malt that is mixed in with the hop finish, which gives it more depth.

M- This beer has a medium full mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture. There is no alcohol warmth and no astringency.

D- This a very smooth beer that has good complexity. The smells and flavors are dark but not harsh. It was a bit on the sweet side but had hops to blend with the dark malts.

rhoadsrage, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of ski271
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Another beer I picked up at D?s in Pittsburgh, can?t get it anywhere in around here. From a 22oz bomber, pours a very dark brown (almost black) with a small but tenacious, thick brown, foamy head. Excellent thick rings of lacing. Visually, I think this is about as good as it gets, especially from a bottle. The smell is nice and complex, like the style should be. Chocolate, coffee, nuts, esters, lightly woodsy, vanilla, cherry, and a hint of nutmeg and earth. The taste is strong and chocolaty, with alcohol, light dough, and a slightly medicinal taste. The finish is long, warming and lightly bitter with oak and chocolate refusing to leave. The mouthfeel is marvelous, again especially for a bottle. Full body, silky texture, very low carbonation. Overall, it?s very good but I?ve had better. But the mouthfeel alone makes this beer quite memorable.

ski271, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of stevemcqueenjr
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

this pours very dark, chocolatey brown. the head even looks like chocolate milk. some lacing.

There is a definate caramelized sugar/toffee smell with a malt aroma.

Some sweetness with a little bit of vanilla (extract more than actual vanilla). However i can somwhat taste the alcohol, especially at the bottom of the glass.

this is a very full bodied, smooth beer, its great. I am a fan of a lot of the stuff that great divide has put out including the titan ipa. however, the drinkability i didnt rate as high because i could probablhy only drink a glass or two of this because it is so full-bodied and filling.

stevemcqueenjr, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of asabreed
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber shared with a friend. Poured into wine glasses.

Appearance: Jet black and opaque body. Tan / mocha / slightly amber colored head peeking through. Not much lacing or head, though the lacing stuck a decent amount as the brew was consumed.

Smell: Dark, burned, chocolate malt. Where's the oak? I'm a huge oak fan, and there were no hints of it, so how am I buying an oak aged brew? However, there's some coffee-ground remnants in the nose, some mocha, hints of vanilla. It's very good, so I admit that, but I was hoping for a fantastic oak complexity, and I didn't get one.

Taste: Dark chocolate and roast coffee, maybe a little too roasted and not as much sweetness as I'd have liked. And when I say roasted, I mean pretty much burned to shit, though in a good way if that's what you're wanting. This is not for the weak palate. Slight hop bitterness at the end, some notes of vanilla, and still, no oak. Should I have let this age more? But surely a brew for winter, a brew by the fire, a brew to be sipping.

Mouthfeel: A little too much carbonation, which takes away the silkiness. Where is all this carbonation coming from? For a thick-bodied brew, the over-bubbled pressure doesn't seem to meld well.

Drinkability: I was hoping for much more, but this is still a solid brew. With so many other fantastic stouts out there, I don't know if this would be my first choice, but I'd like to try this again, because I have confidence maybe if I let one sit the oak would improve everything, maybe even help the carbonation out a little bit. But if you're a double stout fan it's definitely worth a try for sure.

asabreed, Nov 01, 2005
Photo of GolgiIPAratus
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled: 10.26.05

Appearance is black. Deep part of night black. And on the edges of the void are burgundy highlights. There?s foam upon pour and it will rise when the glass is swirled, but it fades fairly quick and leaves little to no lacing.

The aroma is complex. It?s rich and sweet up front, but the roasted woodiness of it follows up behind. There are caramel and graham crackers floating around in there as well. But deeper nasal investigation reveals creamy vanilla. Wonderful nose on this brew.

Complexity trailed from the nose straight into the flavor. Sweet and malty is your initiation, followed by apparent burnt chocolate. Barley flavors reside underneath the original flavor burst along with woody vanilla tones. The brew finishes with a very balanced bitterness. Sits light in the mouth for such a heavy hitter, and is mid to low carbed. The finish is quite dry. Very impressed.

It?s a brew made to savor, but it?s quite drinkable. The complex nature didn?t slow me as much as I?d thought, but I did take my time as I?m not sure when I?d get another bottle. I will definitely be getting another bottle, though.

GolgiIPAratus, Nov 01, 2005
Photo of silenius
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had to try this one given all the other wood and barrel-aged beers I've had lately.

Pours a very dark brown with a moderate head that did not last very long. Light smells of chocolate and coffee. Taste reminds me of how I remember those little del Monte pudding tins used to taste. The memory was so strong I actually tasted the metal from the cup. I only got a quick taste of that, so I'm chalking it up to my head and not my tongue.

Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side for me.

Drinkable with dessert, I'm not a huge fan, though.

silenius, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber. $6.99 at Once Upon A Vine.

A: Despite the satisfying "pfft" as I opened the bottle, there was precisely zip/zero/zilch head whatsoever, even with an aggressive pour. Couldn't get anything. No sheeting lace action after the sip. No wispy thin layer of lace. Color is very dark, but as the glass empties, it takes on an appearance similar to that of tincture of mecurcrhome. Bits of crimson at the edges.

S: Vanilla beans soaked in wood casks. Lots of boozy notes here. Very sugary as well. A hint of dark and bitter baking chocolate.

T: Smoky chocolate up front. Vanilla extract shows up and mixes with a charred wooden booze barrel. Coffee beans break in. Lingering bourbony aftertaste with a dash of bitterness. Definitely more subdued than regular Yeti.

M/D: Flat, with zero carbonation. Not as thick and chewy as expected. Not as boozy as other aged beers I've had.

Notes: Tasty and mellow, but I much prefer "regular" Yeti. Amazing what aging in casks can do to the overall impression of the beer.

OldFrothingSlosh, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of sinistrsam
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured the Yeti and immediately noticed its heavy thickness. It had a very dark body and head, but smelled of brown sugar and coffee. As it warmed, the aroma of yeast could be distinguished.
I was excited to taste the Oak contribution but I have to admit it was less pronounced than I would have liked. Also the carbonation was too intense and as many Imperials, the last few sips were taxing on the taste buds. Overall it was very complex with roasty coffee and chocolate hints, along with yeasts and a mild oak flavor. I definitely recommend trying it for any Imperial fans out there, but might be too powerful for any curious fans of milder beers.

sinistrsam, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick and black body. Large reverse cascading head of a tan color. Froth holds well and leaves a nice pattern.

Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and a touch of pine in the nose.

The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a grainy, chewy mouth coating. Hops are assertive at the top with a piney vibe. Malts come in at first molasses, then espresso and unsweetened cocoa.

A very pleasurable beer.

Shultzerdugen, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of numenor1
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I found no food in the house this morning (10:30 am), so I figured this would do just as well.

Pours like liquid tar and forms an enormous dense tan head that laces wonderfully. The smell seems to be a little subdued from the original, or perhaps its my nose, but i'm picking up scents of vanilla, roastiness, candy cherries and a bit of alcohol--far fewer hops. Again it starts with roastiness, but this time it's taken on an oaky, bourbon quality. Then the cherry sweetness emerges, but is a bit muted compared to the original and more wooden, vanilla like. Then it dries out into the finish with a lasting roasted oaky hop infused presence. It lingers eternal The hops are subdued in this version and supplanted by the oak character. Less aggressive hop bitterness for the oak, yet less cloying too. Perhaps better? I'd give this a 4.75 for taste if it were possible. Mouthfeel is very full, and drinkability is quite good. Great beer, but in the future I'll stick to the original Yeti due to price.

numenor1, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a pleasant reward after a difficult week!

This brew pours dark as midnight with only the slightest hint of blood red at the very fringes of the beer. Anything thicker than a droplet and no light passes through. The head is a thin cocoa color, breaking down pretty quickly to leave a good ring around the top of the brew. Minimal lacing.

Wow what a nose! Strong notes of coffee, bourbon, prunes and molasses. Strong echoes of warm, nutty fudge cooling on the countertop. One whiff and you know you're in for quite an experience.

One taste and you're deep into that experience... Up front are bitter notes of roasted grain bordering on espresso. Following closely are fruit notes of raisins, apple and plum. Next is a very convincing note of bourbon whiskey or well aged cognac. Last is a pleasant bitter hop finish full of PNW goodness.

Now - take all of those wonderful flavors and add a layer above and below. Above is a light alcohol sweetness mixed with a sweet vanilla taste. Below is a caramel and treacle backbone that carries throughout the drink and ends in a wonderful duet with the hops. Overall it's an incredible harmony of well choreographed flavors.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich like drinking a carbonated hot cocoa. Amazingly there's enough hopping here to overcome all the sticky sweetness and leave a nice dry finish.

Very very tasty, incredibly drinkable. Not something I'd be drinking every day (or even month) but I'd love to have a bottle around to bring out when company is over. While the complex sweet flavors is absolutely incredible, what's more amazing is the hopping required to finish this off so dry. This is like one of my favorite Irish Dry stouts but more, more, more!

[big thanks to LuckySevens82 for shipping a bottle of this out west]

RedwoodGeorge, Oct 08, 2005
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,761 ratings.