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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,973
Reviews: 1,582
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 278
Gots: 660 | FT: 34
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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:
Imperial stout aged on new French and American oak chips.

(Beer added by: Crosling on 08-09-2004)
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Photo of deathonthemounta
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a 22 oz. Weizen glass. That's right.

Good Thor Almighty in Yon Sky Weilding Mighty Mjölner this brew is to be reckoned with! Each sip conjurs more dreams dancing in my waking sight! A tundra yeti I be! Knuckle dragging and yowling along the spine of the world!

A -- Stay back! Black as Coal! Not a wave of the silly speed drunken light waves dare enter! What wonderfull head! The color of supple brown areola! Thick sticky lace mires the sides of the glass.

S -- interesting...not unlike the taste of the brew itself except an additonal floral hop characteristic can be percieved.

T -- Syrupy malt goodness, sweet chocolate, fresh peat, hop briskness, and after an exhale through the nose you finally notice that this is an alcoholic drink! I did sort of notice the oak/vanilla character throughout the entire profile. I'm at a loss to percieve the complex landscape this brew has shown me. I need more time on the trail!

M -- This brew takes your silly punk ass by the hand and leads you, the blushing maiden, with it's unfettered might into a castle thick with 4 glucose chains of dextrins all shoved together in monumental piles of mouth feel. You cannot be rid of their effect until you are done.

D -- Put down your hashpipe! High Grav Russian Imperial Stout of the 9.5% ABV persuasion fails the drinkability test miserably unless it leaves you stumbling to the corner to collapse in sporadic convulvions after two 22 oz pours from your growler. Suggest revival with a High IBU IPA. Snoqualmie's Wildcat IPA will do nicely.

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

Bomber into snifter.

Impossibly dark beer, which absolutely no light can pass through. Deep brown thick head with decent retention. When the head settles it turns into a beautiful pillowy swirls. Eventually turns into a strong rim along the glass, which thins as the level of beer lowers. The lacing forms lines along the glass.

Deep molasses scents along with warm alcoholic notes. Hints of red maraschino cherries that you find on the top of the whipped cream.

Highly roasted coffee is found in this delightfully full beer, with shots of espresso-like flavor mixed in. The lower carbonation gives it a thick oily mouthfeel that sticks to your mouth and allows the bitter flavors to linger forever. Mild sugary fruit flavors can be tasted throughout. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming, giving it a dry but highly sippable finish.

By far one of my favorite beers so far. The $9 price tag was well worth it. There isn't much difference between the regular Yeti and this Oak Aged one, but this one is much mellower and comes with a much higher drinkability. The 9.5 percent ABV is well hidden, which is nice when enjoying a Russian Imperial Stout. The dryish finish is balanced well by the sweet fruit flavors and bitter roastedness. Do yourself a favor and indulge in this one more than once. You will thank yourself in the end.

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

as I stare at the yeti... is it a hoax? I take note of the deep cocoa head that reminds me of a root beer float. Surely light gets lost in the conundrum of dark that this beer permeates with it's hue. lacing is very nice, a complete sheet that leaves a ring where the tide rose from a tilt of the glass. Plenty of carbonation rushes into the head to provide excellent retention.
As that cute, cuddly jedi in black would say "most impressive"

I have had this before and truly this is a better batch than I recall. I definitely get the vanilla tones from the oak in here. The hops are easily detected underneath this chocolate breathing beast as well as a sense of the alcohol about to assualt that one lone brain cell I have left. I am also getting some sweetness in the odor. This is really good but there are more interesting/complex RISs in my book.

taste etc.
ah, a burnt aftertaste.. I love it. The mouthfeel is sublime, the carbonation makes it easy to drink as it floats across the pallette. The alcohol is a touch hot but not totally dominant. It is a touch thinner than I would prefer but the carbonation makes up for this one ding. The hops manifest as a nice bitter tone after the aforementioned burnt flavor. I am really enjoying the burnt aspect here. The oak doesn't seem to make a huge impact on the flavor profile, there is some vanilla in there but it doesn't vary much from regular yeti.

I like it. I will buy it again. It is a top rate RIS but not perfection in a bottle. A nice sipper for a crummy evening when your team is out of the playoffs...

Photo of xav33
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
22oz bomber
Bottled Fall 05 (?), tamed 10/06
Medium pour in an English pint

Poured black, with barely noticeable dark brown highlights, with a huge bumby frothy mostly lasting light brown head with excellent lacing.

Smelt strongly of coconut, dark chocolate, vanilla, mocha, with moderate dried fruit.

Taste was upfront strong mocha coffee roast bitterness with a light earthy feel and light semi-sweet dark chocolate and vanilla followed by a more pungent earthy punch and harsh dark coffee taste and some light grassy hops on a long bitter finish. Mouthfeel was full bodied, viscous, softly carbonated, with a comfortable light alcoholic warmth and some harsh astringency.

Overall, some great stuff happening here. The aroma and appearance are perfect, the flavor is great. This is something you buy by the case and hold on to, so as to kill the astringent feel and let the flavor develop into what the aroma indicates. A palate killer when still young. Could easily age into a perfect score.

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

I don't taste a lot of difference between the oak aged yeti and the regular yeti. Don't get me wrong,they are both excellent beers.
But they both have similar taste and aroma profiles.

The smells are of roasty malts, caramel and finishing with toffe and even a slight coffee smell. You get a subtle sense of oak and vanilla aromas but they are not overwhelming.

The taste is of thick rich maltiness, chocolate, caramel and toffee.

It is very full bodied and the mouthfeel is slightly warmer than the regular yeti.

Definitely a nice purchase for $8.99 for a 22. oz bomber bottle.
I will definitely be buying more.

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

Pours dark black out of the bomber with lots of dark tan suds that look like a milkshake. The suds stay up in the pint glass two fingers high and are dissapating very slowly.
Smell is Creamy Chocolate with a nice yeasty aroma followed by hops. Very fruity smell like plum or fermented grape.
Taste is bitter chocolate/coffee followed by the sweet malt then the hops take over leaving this bitter-sweet aftertaste that is very nice.
With a 9.5% abv this is not a beer for the timid. Savor the flavor here. Great beer.

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

22oz brown bottle, no date information.

Solid cauldron black. Thick, cascading head of small, creamy, deeply tanned caramel bubbles. Settles at a slow pace to a thick skim coat, leaving thick glass-coating sheets of lace. Vanilla, brown sugar, toasted oak and juicy pine-centric hop aromas are full and inviting as well as a bit boozy and sweet. An initial dose of barrel-derived oak and vanilla as well as spikey alcohol greets the palate. Rich roasted flavors come to the front as well as some brown sugar sweetness. The vanilla, oak, and bourbon-esque heat begins to overtake the flavors into the finish and a lingering warmth of alcohol remains. There is an undercurrent of piney and a touch of citrus rind hops that also compliment the finish. With additional warmth, the boozy sweetness becomes more pronounced. Full body with a rich silk smooth mouthfeel that also has a rough cut bite. For a big beer, this is surprisingly drinkable. The oak-vanilla-booze flavors are not out of hand and compliment the underlying Yeti.

Photo of jmz62565
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a jet black with a huge chocolate tan foamy head that lasts forever. The smell is very pungent with dark fruit, chocolate, and some coffee. The taste is like the smell with a creamy milky chocolate flavor with dark fruit, alcohol, and abit of a smoked wood flavor. This is absolutely great. The m/f is heavy with all the flavors mixing perfectly. An awesome beer that should not be missed. Cheers.

Photo of Osiris9588
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 22oz bomber it pours a crow-black, topped with a thick and creamy chocolate milkshake head, with amazing retention and light brown lacing coating the entire inside of the pint glass.

The aroma is of rich chocolate and deep roasted malt. The flavor consists of creamy milk chocolate, with an elegant whisper of hops, and coffee and coco. The oak aging adds a sublte, mellow warmth, lacking from most stouts.

The mouth is creamy and full-bodied on the front, then dries out with the assertion of coco, slight hops, and the sorcehed grain on the finish--it pleases the palate from beginning to end.

This is probably the best stout that I've encountered. I have not tried the un-aged Yeti yet, but will run to do so.

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

Obliterative black. The massive head is dark caramel in color and is one of the darkest that I've ever seen on a stout. It's as thick and as creamy as anyone could possibly wish for and is beginning to lay down a stunning array of thick, buckshot-riddled lace. Hey, I know where I've seen this look before... on non-Oak Aged Yeti. Both are outstanding in the appearance department and have few peers in this, or any other, style.

It may be the power of suggestion, but I swear I can smell vanilla bean in amongst the darkly menacing aromas that are emanating from the glass. The nose is heavy on bittersweet chocolate and light on espresso (if it can be said to be light on anything) with a wonderously citric, evergreen hoppiness keeping pace with all the malt. It's difficult to imagine a more assertive, yet still complex, aroma.

Great googly mooglies! This is fantastic beer and is easily as good as the un-oaked Yeti, maybe even better. It's monolithically malty with all sorts of dark, fudge-like flavors bathing the tongue with each mouthful. Chocolate still reigns with bitter coffee grounds having their say as well. The malt tastes like it was roasted in the fires of Hell itself.

I've had this bomber for at least six months, possibly longer, and it's scary how hoppy this beast still is. When fresh, it may have given Three Floyds Alpha Klaus and Bear Republic Big Bear Black a run for their money as the most hoppy stout/porter that I've ever had. There's so much spruciness that I feel like I need to pick the needles out of my teeth after each sip.

The thing that I love most about the big beer from this brewery is the sheer amount of bud busting flavor that it brings to bear. It sometimes has an 'everything but the kitchen sink' vibe, but in most cases, it works beautifully for those of us who crave dizzying amounts of flavor.

I'd have to drink them side by side (now there would be a night to remember!), but I'm fairly certain that this version is even more complex than the standard Yeti because the oak aging actually mananages to impart noticeable oaky and vanilla notes. Even though a bit of an alcohol sting is noted, this is one of the most perfectly masked 9.5% beers that I've ever had. What good would a toothless Yeti be anyway?

I'm not sure that I can do the body/mouthfeel justice. There's nothing about this beer that should result in a bigger, creamier mouthfeel than in the non-oaked version, but for some reason, I didn't give that beer a perfect score and I'm doing so here. I can't imagine a more heavily creamy, nougat chewy, melted chocolate silky mouthfeel than the one that graces my mouth with each upending of the glass. If that isn't perfection, then I don't know what is.

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout is unbelievably good. If the Iowa ABV cap is ever popped, this is one of the beers that I'll horde like a greedy chipmunk. If you love larger than life stouts, oak-aged stouts or mouth parties in general, do whatever is necessary to lay your hands on the single best beer produced by one of America's best breweries.

Photo of GooberMcNutly
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Strong, and I mean strong, oak aroma. Smelled like a Merlot or even a Rioja wine. Poured dark, dark, dark. Head was low and carbonation low unless poured directly into bottom of glass, which I did for second glass. Thick mouthfeel with hints of earth, burning leaves and toasted pine nuts. And oak. Lots of oak. I didn’t get the hop profile that 75 IBUs should have delivered, but they have a lot of malt to work with and the oak chips mellow a lot of that out.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter appears dark black chocolate toned opaque when held up to the light just eats up the light forms a nice sized moccha hued head leaves fine lacing down the glass as it dwindles. Aromatics contain loads of charred oak, espresso coffee, dark chocolate, whole vanilla bean character, and somewhat of a coconut appeal warming alcohol is evident in the nose. Taste well the barrel aging does mellow out some characterisitcs but it also creates new dimensions along with charred oak dark espresso roasts come coconut, toffee, and vanilla aspects to the flavor. Still rooted with dark chocolate and high bitterness the hop flavor as been subdued a bit all blended well with aging very extraordinary brew. Mouthfeel full bodied coats the palate nice thick and chewy with mellow slow bubbling carbonation, quite an experience. Drinkability...sessionable yet limited in overall number drinkability due to the pure complexity and high octane. However if tasting with friends leave this one towards the finale there's not much that can match up plus you're going to crave more of this one after the bottle runs dry.

Photo of Auburnbean33
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So this was enjoyed @ Taco Mac in Atlanta and i have 1 bottle left. The pour was black with a tan 2 finger head. The smell was roasted malts and very aromatic. There was a good balance of roasted malts and some smoke flavor. I was very surprised with the hoppiness of this stout. The back end taste was the best. If you get a shot drink it.

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

From notes. Consumed in Ft. Worth, TX side-by-side compairison with "regular" Yeti.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass (made two pours) black (how black can black be?), with a nice 1/2 inch brown head. This head has some staying power. Leaves some good lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts, a little smoked, and some charred wood). Hop aromas not as strong with Oak Yeti, but there are some piney scents.

Taste: Roasted malt, with a little bitter bite. More mellow and "softer" than the regular Yeti.

Mouthfeel: Full body, thick, there is a little alcohol burn with this one as it warms my chest a stomach on the way down. Still, thick and viscous. When I think "motor oil beer" I will think Yeti stout.

Drinkability: Same as the regular Yeti. It may have been a little smoother, but still just ridiculously over the top, but that is what I should expect from a "big beer". I get about half way through my second glass (about 18-19 oz into the beer) and I'm satisfied.

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

pours onyx with a thin tan head the disapeares quickly.
the aroma is rich with toffee, vanilla, roasted malt, and alcohol.
the flavor is roasty, dark chocolate, carmelized malt, hint of oak, vanilla, strong lingering hopsack.
yeti is great, very american imperial stout.

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

Poured into a snifter.A thick dark mocka colored head,collard lacing on the glass,a constant layer of foam.An opaque appearance,black color.A smell of chard oak,and licorice.A very complex taste.notes of vanallina,burnt chocolate,coffee,sweet malt.A strong taste of chocolate in the finish.A thick and chewy mouthfeel.very syrupy,and a smokey aftertaste.A very good sipping beer dessert like,very tastey and enjoyable.

Photo of SudNut
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow I need to start pouring this stuff on my ice cream, instead of chocolate syrup! The Mrs. wouldn't know the difference except for the head and perhaps the smell. Ah yes the smell of an oak roasted vanilla malt that’s what it smells like I just put my finger on it.

This is a massive beer with very complicated tastes first the roasted malt going to a hoppy vanilla flavor. I want to keep tasting it to figure it out. Mouth feel is syrupy sloshing it around brings out the complexities with an alcohol taste. I don't think I can drink more than one of these at a time that’s why the drink ability is low. I will pick up another to ponder the complex taste again.

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

Pours an opaque brown-black with a thick, tan head -- looks very inviting. Head leaves ringed layers of lacing.

Smell is an interesting mix of coffee-tinged roasted malts and a sweet vanilla, fresh-baked cookie type aroma.

The oak comes through in the taste -- the intense roasted flavors of the yeti are mellowed and given a sweet, valilla, and slight oak tinge. The hop bitterness is still present on the back end and the alcohol burn is very present, though not annoying or off-putting.

I like what the oak has done to this beer -- a very tasty and mellow stout. Very drinkable for the style, but drinking more than one 22 oz bomber might be a bit much.

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

Let this bottle sit in the fridge undisturbed for almost one year after buying.

Appearance- Awesome black molasses color and texture to this beer. Light brwon, half-finger head. A strong film remains on the top of the beer sip after sip. It will recede, but always comes back to cover up where I sipped. Its like weeds. Thin lacing on the sides of my Goose Island wine/beer glass. Only beer.

Smell- Roasted and medium smoked malts in the nose bringing forth memories of campfires and burning oak from my dad's scrap pieces of woodworked oak.

Taste- The syrupy smoke and roasted grains hit the palate immediately. Gving way to some light, creamy vanilla goodness in the middle of the palate. The aste of burning wood can't be dnied noticed more in the back of the palate.

Mouthfeel- Smooth creamy, velvety, and warming goodness.

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

I've been eyeing this in my refrigerator for awhile. Finally, I just brokedown and busted it out. Someone told me that I'd be able to get Great Divide beers in Southern California soon, but that hasn't happened yet. Shame too, I dig.

Back to this beer - it's a monster. It pours like a milkshake, dark as night with a TON of lacing from it's finger froth. The aroma is complex: lots of roasted malt, big hop profile and some sweetness - a lil vanilla and yes, as it says on the tin, some oak. I was a bit surprised how hoppy it was. But fuck it cause I love me some hops and this smelled great. The taste was delicious, much akin to the aroma - very well rounded. I caught some almond in there too.

I really liked the creaminess of the body. It provided a nice alcohol warmth. I finished the bomber, but it's not something I'd do often.

A fine big beer.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out of the big bottle completely black with a big chocolate brown head that looks like cocoa powder was added to chocolate cool-whip. Thick, rich, creamy and drops slowly. And quiet. I could not hear the beer going into the glass. Apparently the head is an effective sound insulating material as well. Scattered lacing.
Smell is malt, hops, smoke and alcohol with hints of chocolate & windex - a vinegary/resiny/chemical note that was very off-putting but became less noticeable as time went on. Whether it was due to off-gassing or just my getting used to it, I don't know. A second bottle did not have this. It had notes of oak & vanilla in addition to the heavily roasted malt & almost burnt coffee with a brandy-like alcohol.
Taste is a decent balance of hops, malt, chocolate, some oak, and alcohol. Also notes of peat, vanilla & hops resin light in the aftertaste.
Thick & chewy with a good astringency, smooth and creamy. Very good stuff.

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

A - Pours a black in color, some carbonation, nice foamy tan head which disappears quickly, not much lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of hops, malts, chocolate/toffee, and alcohol.

T - The taste is of roasted/smoked hops/malts, slight vanilla, chocolaty, with a nice warm feeling in the palate.

M - Medium body, a complex brew.

D - Very drinkable. A very nice Oaked Aged (my first) from GD.

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

certainly the most interesting american-made RIS I have had. I understand that oak chips/blocks are placed in steel tanks to impart the oak character. The tannins and other tastes certainly have an impact on this compared to the normal yeti stout - background hints of vanilla, some other spicy notes, and the everpresent taste of wood. Drinkers of simgle malt scotches in young from from some types of bourbon barrels will recognize some of the elements.

the beer pours with a decent head, and the smell is certainly more oak-impacted than the taste is. After drinking this, I have no interest in buying their normal stout if this is available!

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

Pours out an opaque pitch black with a thin caramel brown colored head that leaves some spotty lacing. Up front in the nose is dark chocolate and a roasty coffee scent along with a big presence of citrus and resin aromas from the hops. Not really getting any flat out oak aromas, rather some faint vanilla plays well with the chocolate. Some alcohol in the nose. Smooth, rich chocolaty malt with a coffee edge are apparent firstly. Following that I get some citrus and pine from the hops. The hop bitterness intermingled with the astringent bitterness of the black malts linger on the tongue. Once that subsides, I enjoy the aftertaste of tiramisu and chocolate covered espresso beans. Throughout, I can pick up slight vanilla notes, but not an overtly oak character. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, not too viscous, and very tongue-coating. Really emphasizes the flavors. Kind of heavy drinking, but for what it is, it's quite drinkable.

While I don't think much was added to the flavor and aroma of Yeti by the addition of oak, aside from subtle vanilla hints, it did help with mellowing out some abrasive hops and totally killing the harsh acidic character of the regular Yeti. Really surprised how this improved so much with some oak (sans big oak character).

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

This fine beer pours a very dark brown, or even black color that lets in no light whatsoever. It has a very frothy looking tan/brown head, one of the brownest/darkest heads I have ever seen on any beer. Leaves some very nice lacing too. Aromas of roasted coffee, a hint of dark chocolate, some hops, and other grains are all present here. Coffee, dark chocolate, hops, some darker fruits such as apples or plums, alcohol and a touch of vanilla make up the taste of this fine brew. Has a dry and bitter aftertaste and a warming sensation taht you really start feeling after a few sips. Has a very frothy, creamy, and full bodied mouthfeel light to moderate carbonation. The alcoholl is well hidden for a beer of this magnitude, making it more drinkable than one would expect, but due to the high ABV I couldn't see myself drinking more than one of these at a time. A fine brew indeed.


Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,973 ratings.