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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,064 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,064
Reviews: 1,597
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 286
Gots: 698 | FT: 29
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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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Photo of techdiver
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dense black with a solid two finger head that dissipates slowly leaving a solid cap and moderate lacing.

Nose of roasted malt and mocha.

Taste shows roasted malt, sweet molasses, coffee and a pleasant hop bite.

Very smooth and full in the mouth.

Very drinkable, still find Stone IRS best overall, and Storm King most drinkable.

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

Poured from a bottle into snifter-like tulip glass. It has a one finger head that dissipates into a foam halo that leaves quite a bit of lacing. It is a dark chocolate garnet color. Smells like roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Tons of flavor, very stout, and tastes just like it smells. It is very balanced. It goes down very smooth with a creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable for an RIS. Like most RISs that I drink, I can't have much more than a bomber in one sitting, and I normally save them for the end of a drinking session.

I much prefer this one to the original Yeti - it is a lot smoother.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out of the bottle a beautiful dark chocolate brown with a nice thick and persistent head. Aroma is nice and stouty with coffee overtones and chocolate hint. Thick, rich taste has nice bite to it, with strong coffee component and smoky and nutty tones along with hints of chocolate. It goes down very pleasantly and solidly. An excellent brew.

Photo of Mickelswit
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brickstore Pub, served in a pint glass. The lighting was dim in there, but I couldn't see through the beer even holding it up to the light. It was black with a bit of brown foam on top. The smell was sweet, chocolatey and spicy (which I guess was the oak). Taste and mouthfeel were amazing, thick like a chocolate milkshake. Sweet chocolate and coffee flavors gave way to the little bit of bite from the oak. Hops didn't play more than a supporting role. The chewy texture was reminiscent of an oatmeal stout and prevented the beer from being drunk to quickly. The alcoholic wallop makes this a definite dessert beer, not something to be enjoyed on an empty stomach.

Photo of ArrogantB
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

When I saw the email about cask Oaked Yeti I had to hit up the taproom. The appearance of the beer was spot on. It was poured into a Yeti tulip glass. it was solid black with a fluffy cocoa colored head. The smell was muted and the whole tap room smells a little malty anyway. The taste was roasty, a little vanilla, and much more subdued than the bottled version. The mouth-feel was the best part but what do you expect from cask? I still prefer the bottled version.

Photo of jaxon53
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at cellar temperature in a Westvleteren chalice. Poured a deep oily black that no light could pass through. About two good fingers of thick, tight, dark tan head formed, and somewhat quickly faded into a thick pillow of lace in the glass. Smell: Strong coffee aroma with a touch of vanilla, some oak that really didn't stand out, and some chocolate aromas. Smelled very thick and charcoal like. Taste: Oak really shines through on the tongue more than the nose. Mellow chocolate and coffee flavors up front with a slight vanilla finish with a little heat from the alcohol. A nice hop presence also noted along with some nice roasty/toasty flavors. Mouthfeel was a little thinner than I had expected but was pretty full and thick. Minimal carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink. Overall a great brew.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. It smells like dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak and a little bit of hops. It tastes like coffee, bitter chocolate, oak, bourbon and vanilla. It's sweet and bitter at the same time, and has a small alcohol taste in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium/full, it's a bit creamy and slick but not as creamy as I expected. Drinkability is very good, even though it packs a punch at times I still couldn't wait for my next sip. Overall I think this is a very good beer, I'm impressed with it. I'll definitely pick up a bomber of this again.

Photo of zdk9
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted out of a 22oz directly following the normal Yeti. I'd hate to say that the oaking made it that much better, but it did. All complaints of unbalance because of too much hops are gone.

A- Poured out the same midnight black with dark cocoa head. Some lacing but not too much.

S- Sweet dark flavors- molasses/brown sugar, this time with a distinct whisky and vanilla tinge.

T- Delicious and complex, more complex than the normal Yeti. Blueberries, milk chocolate, cherries, vanilla, brandy booze. Hops are still here with strong citrus/grapefruity tones, but much more balanced.

M- Alcohol is in your face, but not astringent or overpowering, it's more of a "please sip me" presence. Perhaps a touch less creamy than the normal but still a good mouth coater.

D- An awsome beer, great flavor, great balance. If the alcohol was better hidden I wouldn't mind sessioning this (well maybe sessioning wouldn't be the best idea with a 9.5 abv.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Body is absolute darkness. Nary a highlight to be found. Dark tan head is a rocky double scoop of chocolate ice cream.

Aroma is decadent dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, and dark fruits soaking in alocholic punch.

Taste follows nose. Dark, rich chocolate. Deep roasted coffee. Dark fruits soaking in alcohol. Oak, vanilla, bourbon in the finish. Lush, rich, decadent.

Rich mouthfeel, full though not oily or super thick.

It's big, it's bold, but it's damn drinkable.

Simply outstanding.

Photo of cktison
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, nice, thin head that is retained - looks like crema on an espresso.
S: Wonderful, complex, stout. Coffee flavors, chocolate, toasted something, brown sugars and deep malt aroma
T: Dark malts, woodiness from oak, chocolates and coffee. Very interesting, moderately bitter, few hops.
M: Creamy, rich
D: You'll only want 1, but its a good one at that. Delicious in a comfortable bar, winter night. Drink slowly

Photo of drseamus
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours very dark with a frothy one finger dark mocha head. No light penetrates even at the edges.

S: The aroma is very sweet and malty with hints of alcohol in there. I also smell vanilla and some faint hop aroma.

T: The first thing that hits me after I drink it is a punch of chocolate right in the face. The taste is much more bitter than I would have expected. Most of the bitterness seems to come from either the oak or the roasted malt. There is a pronounced vanilla flavor as well and the beer is very sweet. There is an alcohol bite that lingers at the end of the taste. The oak aging gives it an almost bourbony flavor.

M: The beer is actually a bit lighter in body than I would expect, but still good for a RIS.

D: It is a bit bold to drink too much of, and the alcohol is a bit high for a session beer as well. It is a good beer though.

Edit: This was served at cellar temperature, but as it warmed up the bourbon flavor became much more prevalent.

Photo of djamieson
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer once before earlier this winter but for some reason it didn't get my attention as "outstanding". I believe now it was because I was using the wrong glassware. This beer needs to be SAVORED, not quaffed. I suggest drinking it from a rounded wide-mouthed wine glass or equivalent Belgian-style chalice.

Appearance: Deep, dark, like the way I take my morning coffee..BLACK.
The head was reminiscent of chocolate mousse from the
dessert menu at a fancy restaurant...may not have been
as dense as others but solid nonetheless.

Aroma: Much more apparent in the wine glassware than the pint.
Toasted, roasted fragrance...much like good coffee with
hoppiness thrown in.

Mouthfeel: decadent, like you're now eating the chocolate mousse, save
all the sugariness.

Give the Oak Aged goodness a try...best imperial stout of the year!

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

Poured into a snifter, deepest darkest black, dark brown head, no light gets through this one. Chocolate and coffee aromas and flavors,balanced by a hefty dose of hops. This is a big beer in every respect. As the beer warms it becomes more chocolaty. Feels like thick chocolate milk in the mouth, a chocolate beershake. Oak aging imparts a smoothness to this beer, but it doesn't really mellow it out. This one still smacks you in the mouth with its intensity. If you don't like imperial stouts you won't like this beer, but if you do you will love it. 9.5%abv and it hits like it too. Drinkability is affected a bit by that. Hope to find this beer again, and soon.

Photo of Douglas14
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Holy cow!

Right away everything about this beer is awesome. It looks great, smells great and taste great! Every sip you take make you want to take another.

The flavors that come out are heavily of chocolate then coffee and hints of vanilla (from the oak aging process).

This beer is definitely appreciated more once you compare it side to side to its brother, Yeti Imperial Stout. The oak-aging really smoothens out some flavors and brings others out.

Another one of my top 3 favorites of all time.

Photo of Cresant
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 22 oz. undated brown bottle into a Samuel Smith tulip glass. The body was dark brown/black. A vigorous pour created over three fingers of head. What a head it was; creamy, lumpy and the color of a chocolate milkshake made with chocolate ice-cream. The persistent foam left sticky lace sporadically down the glass.

Smell was root-beer-like on the first whiff. Date bread. Darkly roasted grains opened up to freash grain as it warmed. Milky.

Taste was woody. Bitter chocolate. Light hops accent the sticky-lips sweetness. Interesting and more drinkable than I had imagined.

Mouthfeel was full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was good, but I was a lttle disappointed after how much I enjoyed the Yeti (not oak aged). This poured a similar jet black with a thick, dark tan head that lingered well and left good lacing. Aroma was not as pronounced as the original, but still had hints of the malty sweet chocolate-toffee. The first thing that hit me upon sipping was the thin body, which surprised me. The taste was still there, but not as pronounced as Yeti. As the beer warmed, the alcohol became more noticeable, and left a long, warming finish. Not bad at all, but I never did catch the oak scent or taste,and given a choice, I’ll drink Original Yeti any time.

Photo of cnybrewblog
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz poured into a glass

A- Dark dark dark, this looks like motor oil with 60k miles on it. The head had two colors on it, almost separated perfectly, the lower color was a dark Carmel with the upper color being a lighter copper. The head was small, but held on for about 5-10 before settling out.

S- this was a strong malt aroma that allowed you to pick out the suttle different flavors used. Strong Carmel and coffee hints.

T- This is a strong one. It weighs in at 9.5% on the bottle, and it feels like at least that. Upfront you get a kick of malt variety with Carmel and coffee complements throughout. It's tough to miss the alcohol burn though.

M- good, low carbonation and the flavor hung around in my mouth for a while. Again, you can't miss the alcohol in this one.

D- As long as you are not driving and you are not currently full, it's a great drinking beer. Not what I would call a "session beer" but nonetheless a VERY tasty treat. Think of this as a 1pt and done brew.

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

22 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Opaque black in color. Dense brown head pours two fingers thick. Good retention. Nice sticky lacing crawls on the sides of the glass.

S: Roasted coffee. Dark chocolate. Dark fruit. Vanilla. Oak and alcohol.

T: Deep roasted espresso and dark bitter chocolate dominate the front end of this beer. Astringent roasted caramel malts are followed by a very earthy hop presence. Subtle sweetness of dark fruit are taken over by a soft vanilla touch and the brew finishes with the taste of oak and a warming alcohol burn.

M: Creamy rich and smooth. Minimal carbonation. Warm and dry.

D: A well crafted oak aged stout. Good balance makes this very easy to enjoy without being overwelmed by the high alocohol content. Another winner from Great Divide. Recommened.

Photo of drumrboy22
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from kegerator at home into Great Divide Brussels glass.

Had a nice creamy, lasting head. The head had a caramel/toffee color and it looked good enough to eat. The beer had a dark black appearance. In the words of Spinal Tap "None more blacker".

Aroma was of chocolate, coffee and a hint of molasses.

Taste is very rich with coffee, vanilla, dark roasted malts. I love the oak aged version of this beer. It really lends itself well to the style. Very heavy beer. Definitely take your time with this one and maybe even let it warm up a little. There are a lot of subtle flavors present that will take some time to pick out.

Very full body and the flavor lasts a long time. A phenomenal beer and I'm glad I've got a keg to enjoy at home.

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

22 oz. bomber bottle with a bright and highly glossy blue and black label with the words "Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout" in big bold white letters in front of the Rocky Mountains. I guess those are the Rocky Mountains because Great Divide is from Colorado. You could honestly spot this bottle a mile away because of the big bold white letters, the bright silver foil over the yellow cap and the label is very shiny. The regular Great Divide Yeti label has a shadowy creature (most likely the Yeti himself) standing to the right, but this label doesn't have one because the big bold white letters take up the entire front of the label. To the left of the picture is a paragraph giving you the information about the beer and on the other side of the label is just the Government warning and redemption value. I couldn't find any kind of bottling date or best before date anywhere on the label or bottle itself. It would nice to have some kind of vintage date, but you can't have everything. I wanted to try this Yeti because the regular Great Divide Yeti was so good that I had to try an oak aged one. Let's see if it stacks up to the regular Yeti.

Appearance: When served in one of those small Great Lakes Christmas Ale Snifters, the beer is opaque. No light can penetrate the deep dark blackness that Great Divide calls Oak Aged Yeti. Not even the mighty sun that lights this planet can penetrate this beer! That's how black it is. It had a dark mocha head of foam to it that was somewhere near half an inch in height. When the head of foam receded, it left behind a small mocha colored film, mocha rings, and you guessed it, mocha lace around the glass. I just can't get over how black this beer really is. All I can say is that you need to see for yourself how black this beer really is.

Smell: When I first got a whiff of this beer, I really didn't care for it. That was until I really stuck my nose into the glass to really get down into what this beer was hiding in its aroma. If you take your time, your nose can really pick out a wide range of flavors. For me, I got a not too strong aroma of dark roasted malts, oak chips, dark fruits (most notably the black cherry), dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and a flutter of bitter hops to finish it off. I couldn't tell what kind of hops they were because the dark flavors were too big for the hops to really come out from behind all the dark flavors that were in the aroma.

Taste: If it smells is that good, then the taste just has to be equally as good as the aroma, Right? Yes, Yes, and Hell Yes! The taste had a same complex flavors as the aroma, except for just a few subtle differences. That means this Yeti unleashed a taste of dark roasted malts, dark fruits (black cherry with a splash of plum), a few oak chips, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, a dab of bitter hops, subtle hint of vanilla, and a mild taste of alcohol to finish this very dark flavor complex brew up. I thought the oak aging tamed the bitter hops and added just the slightest hint of vanilla and oak to it.

Mouthfeel: Just when you thought you were through with the Yeti, it wasn't done with you and comes back with an aftertaste of roasted malts, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, slight taste of alcohol, and with more bitter hops and oak that were in the taste. The aftertaste was almost as complex as the smell and taste. You really need to sip this beer because if you don't, it will take a toll on your body and you walk around thinking that you're a less hairy Yeti in disguise. Are they sure this beer it clocks in at a 9.50% ABV? It feels like it should be higher than this.

Drinkability: Does it match up with Great Divide's non oak aged regular Yeti? Hell yes! I could drink either one because Great Divide did a nice job on both of them. Could I drink this one again in the future? I sure will! Take your time with this one to really enjoy all the flavors that are hiding in this beer and if you don't, the Yeti will probably kick your ass into submission.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. I got a couple inches of thick tan head. It left some lacing on the glass but not a great deal. Meanwhile, the beer is black as black can be.

Aroma is of dark roasted malt, coffee and bitter chocolate. Taste is rich with coffee chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt, with a little alcohol, and a bitter hop finish.

This Imperial Stout is a bit thin in the mouth, without the creamy smooth and rich feel that I get from others. It's a good sipper nonetheless, and I'm glad I picked it up.

Photo of jsimon816
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - black, tar like with small brown tinted head.

S - slight sweet smell

T - rich and creamy with moderate smokey flavors

M - light carbonation, very smooth

D - high alcohol & creamy flavors makes for slow mellow enjoyment.

I was lucky enough to grab the last single serve 24oz bottle from the store. An excellent product from a local brewer here in Denver. This was the first product I've tried from GD and will not be the last. Picked this up on recommendation from the BA site.

Photo of muffguy4beer
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Deep Dark black. Wispy Brown head.

Smell: Roasted coffee and some kind of berry I pin point.

Taste: Roasted Coffee, dark chocolate. Again a berry fruitiness that I cannot pin point. Then comes the alcohol and the bitterness from the hops all mellowed out from the oaked aging technique.

Mouthfeel: Creamy stout goodness. Full in body.

Drinkability: This beer was very nice to say the least still not my favorite in the category but one that I will check out every winter. A sipper for the cold winter nights.

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

22oz. bottle poured very dark brown with large brown head that leaves rings of lace around the glass. Smell is some sweet malt and chocolate. Taste is rich and creamy with roasted malts and maybe some burnt and slightly bitter unsweetened chocolate and seems a bit mellow probably from the oak aging. This is a smooth, mellow Imperial Stout that is very easy to drink. This one peaks my interest into the unoaked version I have yeti to try.

Photo of kdoc8
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this bottle at the Franklin Market of Choice, Eugene, OR. Pouring into a pint glass, it has a thin bubbly tan-brown head. It is very very black in color with no other hints of any other colors, even under a bright light. It has a good bit of lacing. The smell is a mix of mainly hops, but also roast and very little smell of alcohol. The alcohol comes through on the taste, but only in the very end. There's a different taste up front - maybe it is vanilla? - and then it's dominated by the roast before the alcohol/hops bitterness kicks in. Lotsa hops for an RI stout.

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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