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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,139 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,139
Reviews: 1,614
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 293
Gots: 744 | FT: 37
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
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: 4,139 | Reviews: 1,614
Photo of BMan1113VR
4.6/5  rDev +8%
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
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
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
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
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
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of Risser09
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter - 2007 bottling I'd assume - Cellar temp.

Appearance: Dark black beer makes a small half inch head. The head is brown in color and has a sizeable amount of big bubbles. Another pour reveals a small amount of head contribution. Small amounts of lace remain on the glass after swirling. Good retention on what head there is.

Smell: Chocolate, chocolate malt, molasses and dark brown sugar. A bit of pine sneaks through and makes a hoppy presence. Black licorice, vanilla, oak and wood tannins, chocolate chip cookies. Lots of strong, enticing aromas coming from this beer. Very, very nice.

Taste: At first I get a lot of base malt, like chocolate and black patent. Dark chocolate flavors are met with espresso. Subtle flavors of licorice, vanilla, oak, and caramel. Hops flavors of pine and grapefruit are present, with the majority being pine. They make their way into the finish of the beer and provide a lingering bitterness. This is certainly what you would describe as an American interpretation. Very tasty and complex.

Mouthfeel: Sugar and bitternes are the main components. Bitterness comes from the hops and from the deep, roasted flavors as well. Alcohol is warming but not cloying, and warms the belly pleasantly. Pretty viscous body.

Drinkability: This is an amazing stout, one that can be easily obtained and enjoyed for very little. Seeing as though everything is going up in price and seeing people pay so much for some of the more popular RISs, this one is right up my alley. This really is an awesome beer. I could have two of these bombers and be set for the night. Spectacular.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bomber with a foil sealed cap.
No freshness info.

a: Ink black body, no light is breaking through this RIS. Light tan head swiftly fades.

s: This beer reeks of highly roasted malt, bordering on charred. Notes of chocolate and vanilla too, maybe cherry?

t: Roasted character is much higher than many RISs.
Oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee, and hops are all there in balance, no flavor is overdone.

m: Rich, creamy, smooth full body. Exceptional texture, very velvety.

d: It's a RIS, so its a sipper. But keeping this in mind, it is quite drinkable. Sweetness isn't overdone. I really like this one, one of my favorite of the style.

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

Poured out of a bomber into an Urthel tulip. Produced a jet-black oil slick of a body with a gorgeous, frothy deep chocolate brown head that left lattices of lacing clinging to the glass. Strong smells of bitter chocolate, dark-roasted espresso beans, creamy vanilla and booze, booze and more booze. Taste matched up well to the smell -- chocolate, vanilla, dark-roasted coffee and a distinctive overtone of small-batch bourbon. Smooth to the nth degree. My only trifle would be the strange flavor that evolves in the mouth as the bitter finish lingers. Otherwise, a thick, velvety mouthfeel that's a pleasure to behold. The alcohol content makes this a very slow session beer -- you want to savor this one all night.

Definitely one of the finest beers I've tasted -- a real standout during my recent and ongoing Imperial Stout kick.

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

22oz bomber poured into a tulip pint glass

Cool looking bottle, I like the use of purple, teal, and silver with the mountains and insanely large lettering. Could have done without the silver foil on top though, useless. But, a beer named after the Abominable Snowman, then aged in oak barrels, that's a pretty cool start.

This is a beautiful looking stout. Thick midnight black body with a big milk chocolate brown, two+ finger head. Faded in due time to a nice manageable size and left gobs of sticky lace down the sides. Perfect.

First whiff yielded typical coffee/espresso roasted malt aroma. A deeper whiff gave me hints of bittersweet chocolate, vanilla bean, black licorice, whiskey, and a nice piney hop aroma. I can hardly contain myself to take my first sip....

....smooth, creamy, velvety goodness. Tastes like vanilla espresso, bittersweet chocolate, and black licorice in perfect balance. The piney hop backbone lends itself to a nice mellow aftertaste. Wow, this beer is something else. There is a faint warmth of whiskey that lingers just enough to let you know its there.

This beer is velvety smooth. One of the best mouthfeels I have ever come across (to date) in any beer. It hits the tongue cool and mellow and slides perfectly down.

It's high in alcohol, but you would think it's a little higher than it is with the oak aging involved.

I must say that this is one of the best beers that has ever graced my lips. Drinking a 22 of this beast is an experience. So, right now, I am going to pour the rest in my glass and enjoy the show.

Photo of erwin08
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black as tar. no light getting through this bad boy. thick chocolatey looking brown head.

S: roasted malts and chocolate. smells delicious.

T: roasted malt with chocolate and vanilla as well. somewhat overpowering alcohol taste but not to bad.

M: thick and quickly coats the inside of your mouth. little if any carbonation.

D: take your time with this one, it's a sipper. at 9.5 ABV i shared the bottle with my brother and still felt it afterwards.

this stout is the perfect sipper for the -25 degree weather we are having this weekend!

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

Oaked Yeti 2006 pulled from my cellar.

Appearance: Pours pitch black without any red or ruby hues. Huge thick, creamy, foamy tan head tops the beer and doesn't fade.

Smell: Hints of chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit and oak dominate the nose.

Taste: Starts with a good amount of bittersweet chocolate upfront with a dark fruity sweetness lingering under the surface. Hints of vanilla show up near the finish along with a really nice roastiness from the dark malts. The finish is where the oak and hops come into play. The oak lends a woody flavor and helps dry out the beer where the hop bitterness helps balances things out with a long, linger bitterness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, fully coats the mouth.

Drinkability/Notes: Wood aged beers are really not my thing, but I have to say that Oaked Yeti hits the mark pretty well. Nice and chocolatey with dark fruit sweetness and vanilla undertones along with a slightly woody finish. Big C hops add a nice of touch of bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden for 9.5%. I believe the age of this beer really mellowed out the oak. I've had fresh oaked Yeti and thought the wood dominated the flavor profile. A beer to sip for sure. Perfect for this cold winter night in SoMD. Overall, a really nice Impy Stout. Definitely recommended. Seek and Enjoy.

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

A - Poured a black color with a brown head that leaves lacing

S - Roasted malt with chocolate scents

T - Roasted malt with chocolate some vanilla and a touch of alcohol comes through

M - This is a thick brew with only a little bit of carbonation

D - This is a word class stout if it wasn't for the high abv and rarity this would be a beer in my regular rotation worth a try

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.42/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm a bit puzzled by this beer's rating on this site. I'm not someone who gets off on providing a contrarian view (I never say I want to be "devil's advocate"), but I didn't get out of this beer what other reviewers have.

This beer poured a relatively deep black. Aroma was champagne-y, with some chocolate and lots of roastiness. Flavor was a weird sourness with chocolate notes and a rich maltiness that reminded me of drinking malt syrup (which I didn't care for). Mouthfeel was full and pucker-y.

Despite my lack of agreement with other reviewers, I'd still recommend this beer.

Photo of Ryanbob
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this 22 oz. at Spec's in South Austin. Appearance was black with a huge clingy head. It smells sweet and strong. The first thing I noticed was the malty sweetness and alcoholic burn. There is a nice toastiness and hoppiness in the aftertaste. Hints of vanilla, burnt toast, as well as some bitter metallic and piney tastes. This beer feels thick and bubbly in your mouth and remains on your taste buds for quite some time.

This is a more well rounded Imperial Stout than others I have tried. Between Yeti and Old Rasputin I think my needs are met. Not a style I drink often, but this beer is enjoyable, complex, and potent at 9.5 ABV. Definately something to try once, and, if your into Imperial Stouts, enjoy often!

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

Had this one last week. Very good. I'd definitely buy again.

Appearance: Thick, dark, with a beautiful brown head. Nothing looks better on beer that a head of dark brown bubbles. Otherwise the beer is dark and clean.

Smell: Deep and malty. I might even say rusty, but in a good way. The oak isn't really coming through in the smell.

Taste: Again, deep and roasty with a little bit of hop. It took awhile for the oak taste to come out, although it was more noticeable once the beer warmed up.

Mouthfeel is pleasant. You can tell you're really drinking something. The thickness meant that the carbonation was present throughout which gave the beer a subtle foaminess that I liked.

Drinkability: This is without a doubt one of the most drinkable stouts I've ever tried. I went through it much faster than I anticipated. This could be a session beer on a cold night.

Photo of DrinkinBuddy
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured an nice onyx black with a very pleasing 2 finger brown head. Smell is slight chocolate with a very pleasant earthy/woody smell. Taste is very unique. Chocolate with nice earthy tones and a nice vanilla linger throughout. The hops are a very mellow,smooth soothing afterthought on the palate. A very well balanced stout. Drinkability is very good since the smoothness of this stout makes it hard to stop drinking. A must try. Great D has never let me down. Very, Very well done

Photo of zeff80
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes on 11/30

A - Poured out an opaque, dark brown (almost black) color with a bubbly, light brown, one-finger head that left bing rings of lace.

S - Smelled of chocolate, caramel and subtle hints of vanilla.

T - It tasted of roasted malts. It was bittersweet and somewhat hoppy. It also had some spiciness and subtle vanilla-like flavors.

M -It was smooth, soft and creamy. A medium to heavy-bodied beer. It had a warm alcohol presence, too.

D - This is a great beer. Worthy of its Top 100 ranking.

Photo of Onibubba
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

5 year bottle. Black pour with slight 1/2 inch dark mocha head. This is how an Impy should look. Lots going on here, but the smells are predominately malty/chocolaty. Taste is like a smack in the face - very strong. Lots of chocolate, but almost moreso, vanilla. The hops seem to have died, but there is an overall bitterness left on the tongue and in the aftertaste. Up front though, it's all about the malt. Mouthfeel is nice and full. Drinkability suffers not from the alchohol, but from the sweetness. Really quite intense, definately a sipper.

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

Pint 9oz bottle.

Poured a lustrious black color with a dark brown head on it. Strong aroma, with a great nose of hops and chocolate. Really strong flavors, especially the hops, but they were balanced so well that it tasted very smooth to me. Even though its 9.5% ABV, I didn't find that part to be overpowering and provided a fantastic kick to the flavors present. The effects of the aging process using the oak chips described by the brewery really adds another level of taste to an already very good Imperial Russian Stout. Highly recommend it if you've never had it.

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

22oz bomber, no date - no worries. Love the silver foil over the cap, nice.

Poured a thick lightless black/brown with a frothy caramel colored head. Good lace, some sticks around on top. Rich caramel smells and malt are noticeable even from a distance. Other dark smells, chocolate, prune, molasses. Taste is strikingly bitter, then filling out with rich cocoa, dark malts, grains, and coffee. Softer vanilla and oak tannins add to a more complex taste. Nice bitter burnt aftertaste, very full and not too sweet. Drinks somewhat heavily, with a full sticky mouth. Alcohol warms but is not overwhelming. For its heavy consistency and flavor, it is not overly syrupy, making it quite drinkable.

Photo of slagle9480
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Great Divide.

These guys are my Southern Tier Brewing equivolent of the West/Mid-West.

Oak Aged Yeti is truly a beast. This stout has enormous flavor and packs a punch. The 9.5%abv is remarkable.

If you like stouts this has to be on your list of gotta-try-it.

I wish they sold this by the keg where I live.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Damnit, man. This is why I am obsessed with the brew. To find stuff like this.

Pours dark as can be with a thick tan head that leaves a lot of lacing on the way down. Nose is heavy on a sweet side with a somewhat alcohol tone that is masterfully masked I think. Also a bit of an aged Taste is smooth and rich. So many levels here. Thick like almost a coffee or chocolate bean oil. Just when you start to think it is too syrupy, the heavy flavor kicks in. And just when you think you are about to get too much alcohol on the mouth, it takes another turn. Just a bottle of sheer complexity, style, and grace. Unbelievably good. Mouthfeel is smooth and thick. I love how it stays on your tongue for so long. I at first gave it a 5...and then thought...nahh...just give it a 4.5. But I cannot say it is anything less than exceptional. Definitely drinkable. Might be too heavy for some, but I can’t sip this one. I want a mouthful and all the flavor that comes with it. If you haven’t tried this one, what the hell are you waiting for?

Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a near black color with an average brown colored head; left some spotty lacing as it dissipated. The smell is of vanilla and oak; a very nice malty nose. The taste is quite complex as all the flavors kind of hit right away. The brew starts off with a rich, chocolate like malt which is quickly paired with vanilla & woody characteristics. This is quickly followed by a good resiny hop blast. I must say this is probably the first stout that I can recall where the hops are quite noticable. After all of this flavor explosion, you get a slight fusel alcohol burn. The feel is well bodied with soft carbonation, finishes as expected...malty bitterness. Great complex brew, great flavor profile but definitely a sipper.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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