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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,616
Hads: 4,321
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 324
Gots: 832 | FT: 41
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:
Beer added by: Crosling on 08-09-2004

Imperial stout aged on new French and American oak chips.
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Photo of Bone53
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2011 edition on tap at Mad Mex

Appearance: Solid black with a half finger dark brown head. Yetis are amongst my favorite looking beers

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel, oak, dark fruit. So complex!

Taste: Huge roasted and chocolate malt bill, coffee, vanilla, molasses with just enough oak/smoky character towards the end of the palate. Often times there's a particular characteristic of a beer that stounds out, but here each one is bold yet they balance eachother out perfectly

Mouthfeel: Between heavy medium and light heavy body; Smooth as silk with slight bitterness throughout. No alcohol detected whatsoever

Overall: I don't know if it's because this was both aged for three years and on tap, but I was amazed. This beer is instantly my favorite stout to date and a contender for the best beer I've had. Looks picture perfect, awesome balance with both flavors and aromas, and smooth as silk. Much better than the chocolate oak aged yeti, and my favorite in the series so far. I've always said that the perfect beer has big, bold American flavors and viscosity with English balance and smoothness, which i think I found here. HIGHLY recommended!!

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Photo of vwbus7
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this beauty today from a good friend. Turns out to be a vintage Oct 07 2010 bottle.

Chilled to cellar temp

A- poured beautiful black with a dark tan head

S- amazing. Deep roasted chocolate malt, alcohol, charred oak. It's hard to say in words.

T- Roasted caramel, burnt sugar, vanilla, bitter hops but finishes smooth with alcohol and charred oak.

M- Great body, almost chewy. Good carbonation.

O- One of the best oak aged stouts that I have ever tried

Turns out the place my friend got this has several more. I'm going to purchase the rest tomorrow.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours viscous, utterly black with a medium-dark brown head.

S: Nose has notes of dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak and caramel. Oak, vanilla, caramel character are quite subdued, and the nose is somewhat weak in general.

T: Dark chocolate dark roast coffee, some oak, some caramel, maybe a tiny bit of vanilla.

M: Full bodied, and fairly smooth.

O: Really good, more akin to the regular yeti than chocolate oak or espresso oak yetis.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It's dark and stormy outside so I wanted a dark, rich, malty brew to go with the evening. Jackpot!

This stuff pours an opaque brown that's almost black with a thick brown head that lightens as it recedes leaving almost no film on the top but lots of nice, sticky lacing on the glass. The head is about a finger high and doesn't last too long. The smell is rich, roasted malts with caramel undertones. I didn't notice any of the vanilla mentioned on the bottle, though. Almost no hops come through at all, neither in the aroma nor in the flavor, which is, like the smell, heavy with the roasted malt with caramel, cocoa and coffee mixed in for excellent complexity. There is sweetness on the front of the tongue along with beautifully balanced bitterness as the liquid washes over that portion of my taste buds. This is one full bodied brew, almost viscous in texture, lightly carbonated, very creamy in the mouth.

Overall, this is an excellent beer, outstanding, but not truly world class. That said, however, it's a remarkably good counterpart to a sweet Russian Imperial Stout like Samuel Smith's, more bitter, less sweet. Somewhat more expensive, so I doubt I'll have another anytime soon, but still worth trying.

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Photo of hops202
3.61/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled date - Oct 16, 2013

A - pours like warm tar. Rich black oil.

S - oak, lots of roasted malt, some chocolate, charcoal, black licorice

T - some old coffee, roast and char from the oak, bakers chocolate, and some bitterness at the end

M - heavy medium feel

O - not my favorite yeti, certainly lives up to the Oak Name

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Photo of barhoc11
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: great cmouthful with a littlehead, love the mocha colored head

S: Sweet with hints of oak and chocolate

T: Sweet with hints of chocolate and coffee mellowed by the oak. Some molasses taste but not overwhelming

M: Medium mouthfeel with average carbonation

O: Very impressed with this stout and will try to pick up again. I do prefer some other Imperial Stouts over this but this is nice enough to have once in a while.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not as good as I expected and not as good as Espresso Yeti which is really the only other Great Divide Beer I have had. This was the 2012 vintage.

The taste was a little too bitter and harsh for me. I can't quite put my finger on it. The smell was of chocolate, oak and sweetness but the taste was a little lacking. Maybe the flavors haven't melded together quite yet. Not up to par with other barrel aged stouts.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2012 on tap at Brouwer's Café in Seattle. Served snifter-style.

Like the common Yeti, this one is quite black. It has a one finger layer of creamy brown mocha froth on top.

As with the base beer, I get an aroma of very dark, rich chocolate, coffee, and earth. However, there is also an awesome oaky, smoky smell in this version.

The flavor differs from the original Yeti in a similar way. Lots of pretty bitter coffee and chocolate, but mingled beautifully with smoke, oak, and leather. Impressive.

Oak aging hasn't made it any less thick or viscous.

A sensational twist on what was already a superb specimen of an imperial stout.

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Photo of brodericksloth
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Dark brown/black with a brown head and a heavy lace

S-chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, butterscotch; molasses, some oak and smoke aroma. every time you smell the beer is different very complex

T-coffee, chocolate, roasted malt taste with enough hops to carry it in the aftertaste along with the smoke, oak and roasted almonds, molasses; very little alcohol. Some herbal; spicyness background, but can’t nail it down

M-full body and low carbonation that was not syrupy

oaked version of Yeti smoothes everything out creating a creamy, slick, silky, not at all syrupy mouthfeel.

well hidden alcohol, no burn; smooth…very good stout could become a spring/fall beer in addition to its perfect winter warming character

mild carbonation but still produces two finger rich brown head with good lacing and smooth creamy frothiness

well balanced maltiness; not a hop lovers beer

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-black with a brown head and a heavy lace
S-chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, molasses, some oak and smoke aroma. every smell is different
T-coffee, chocolate, roasted malt taste with a hop bitterness in the aftertaste along with the smoke, oak and molasses taste and very little alcohol taste
M-full body and low carbonation that was very syrupy
O-Bottled on 9-24-2012 wish I had the will power to wait another year, maybe next time

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Photo of dsigmon
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: dark almost black pour with tan colored pillowy head. the head stayed on for a little while but as it left a thick stream of lacing found its place

S: fairly boozy at first with some sweet malts and spicy hops. as it warms more aromas become apparent in the form of dark fruit and some cocoa. As the sweet nectar continues its path down the hatch the taste of alcohol and oak comes together.

M: Thick mouthfeel with great carbonation and dry oily finish

D: very good sipping beer on a cold day, have a couple and your on your way!

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Photo of zookerman182
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is dark brown with a half finger mocha head.
Aroma is so complex. Chocolate covered cherry, milk chocolate, bakers chocolate, char, vanilla, soy sauce.
Flavor is just as complex. Tons of chocolate. Lots of dark and bittersweet chocolate. Vanilla and charred oak are there but not in a big way.
Mouthfeel is full and chewy. Lingering chocolate and roasty bitterness linger on the palate.
Such a complex beer and exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of superspak
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/14/2011. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toast, molasses, char, light smoke, oak, light clove, vanilla, herbal, and oak/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, oak, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toast, char, molasses, light smoke, oak, light clove, vanilla, herbal, and oak/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, caramel, toast, char, molasses, light smoke, oak, vanilla, and oak/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of big dark/roasted malt and moderate oak flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, silky, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is incredible. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible oak aged imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate oak flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled Nov 17, 2009, which was just before I bought it. Four and half years later I cracked it open.
It pours a half finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is rich and complex. Lots of chocolate, raisins, oak and cocoa powder.
The taste is slightly boozy, some roasted malt, milk, chocolate and oak too. It finishes with a bit of metallic bitterness.
The texture is silky and smooth with low carbonation.
Quite good, though I think this bottling has/had hit its aging apex.

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Photo of BWED
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10 oz. pour, Liberty Union, Chester Springs, PA

A- Very very deep brown. Dark brown head lays low, but leaves some rings.

S- Dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee.

T- Notes of cocoa and coffee, boozy, sharp oak.

M- Rich, thick. Booze burn lingers with a roastiness. Long finish.

O- Very rich. The booze taste and feel are a little strong for my taste. Still has some fantastic qualities.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9/11/2012, poured into a teku

A- Pours deep, dark and black with a one-finger creamy dark tan head that retains decently, leaving some nice lace behind

S- big quaff of chocolate milk and dark chocolate bar up front, aromas of malted milk balls and slightly smoky malt, dark fruit and licorice, a hint of hop bitterness and chili heat, oak and more chocolate on the finish, impressive!

T- smoky chocolate malt mixes with some dark fruit notes, cherry juice, peppery chili, and coffee. More chocolate with oak and a hint of vanilla on the finish, with a coffee linger

M- medium viscous body with low carbonation produces a mouthfeel that is pure silk, leading to a velvety finish with a slight hint of alcohol warmth on the linger

O- the year and a half of cellaring has worked wonderfully for this one. Everything seems to mesh so well, with the chocolate notes taking center stage. Loved the malted milk ball aroma as well.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BTL date Sept 11, 2012
Rich chocolate torte pour with minimal heading.

Initial nose of malt, black coffee, sweet cream, dark cocoa and hint of clove.

Strong hop presence is dry with smoky oak notes. Sweet cream, vanilla and dark chocolate dominate. Chocolate frosting coming to mind. Coffee ground evident.

Mouthfeel is of dry oak, dark cocoa, and black coffee coating the tongue and lingering. I know I mentioned pleasant earlier but this is very forward and unabated.

Overall a nice stout that you would love for the bittering and drying effects. This is not really for the sweet tooth. Younger bottles tend to be raw and this is one to stow away for awhile. Young version I would give it an overall 3.5. An unrefined brew that can broken but still brash for the liking.

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Photo of pfhanlon
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Very dark chocolatey smell.

Appearance: Pours very dark, like tar.

Taste: Sweet and bitter tastes at the same time.

Palate: Thicker than most stouts on the tongue, but overall nice feel.

Overall: Excellent stout, but a little heavier than I'm used to.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours deep and inky black with a finger's worth of head that evokes imagery of tanned leather. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of surface suds. Very little in the way of lacing.

Smell - Aroma hits on equal notes of chocolate, dark roast and oak woodiness. Light hints at vanilla.

Taste - Hits on baker's chocolate and deep roast coffee upfront. Big, woody oak notes, especially mid-taste. Charred wood, earthiness and roasted malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low carbonation. Lightly syrupy. Not quite as smooth as expected, but still goes down easy enough.

Overall - This is a really good beer, great even, but doesn't quite hit on the upper echelon of impys for me. Maybe it's too much woodiness. Maybe it's better when fresh? Whatever it is, just doesn't quite do it for me like the best impys do.

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Photo of auee92
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Chocolate coffee alcohol, with a little soy sauce on top.

Appearance: Pours a dense beautiful black, with minimal head, and a quarter inch of tan foam.

Taste: A very light sweetness up front, with a lightly bitter, medium sour, teaser sitting on the tongue.

Palate: This stout has a light body, thin, slick. oily feel to it with very soft carbonation.

Overall: Very good Imperial Stout, very drinkable and hides the 9% very well.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very dark brown, almoust black beer. Brown, creamy, head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Oak, chocolate, vanilla, cookies, smoke, cacao beans, brown sugar and coffee.

Taste: Raisin, dried fruit, wood, oak, cream, vanilla, roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate.

Full body with a oily texture and little carbonation.

I just LOVE this!

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pitch with a dark khaki head.

S: Booze, oak, raisins, vinegar.

T: Booze soaked raisins and chocolate. Dark dried fruit, cocoa, wood chips, char, wheaty toast, big malt, assorted nuts, a slight hoppy bite on the back.

M: Thick and velvety. The boozy taste can get in the way of flavor but it's not bad. Leaves a sweet chocolate coat.

O: A great, well made beer. Love the flavor profile as well as the sticky mouth feel.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on cask at Lures

A-It poured a black color with a 1 finger tan head. Good lacing.

S-The aroma was of dark roasted malts, some oak and minor chocolate.

T-Wonderful taste that was of dark roasted malts, burnt malts, dark chocolate, oak, grassy hops, slight carob and some minerals.

M-Great mouthfeel that had medium carbonation and a big mouthfeel.

O-overall a great beer by GDBC of the Yeti. Can't wait to try the espresso!

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Photo of illeagle05
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into Cigar City snifter.

A: Pours thick, syrupy, completely opaque very dark brown to black in color with a thin latte-colored head from a conservative pour. Good lacing and head retention. 4.25

S: Coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla, molasses, whiskey -- not sure if a stuffy nose is to blame but a bit underwhelming for me. 3.75

T: Coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, malt, earthy, roasted nuttiness, finishes with hops bitterness and warming alcohol. 4

M: Full-bodied, thick and syrupy, light carbonation, stinging alcohol, covers the mouth and lingers with a malty feel... significantly smoother as it warms. 4.5

O: A lot more going on here than with most imperial stouts I'm used to... this is one I would only buy in the future for a cold winter day or when I start drinking my coffee black on a regular basis -- it has some of those same flavors along with the hops bitterness that remind me of that feel. The alcohol bite certainly helps to balance out the finish for me and redeems the overall appeal. 4

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Photo of utopiajane
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This bottle is dated September of 2012

Pours like liquid chocolate. Black as midnight. No hues escape the edges of this beer. A creamy head of chocolate colored foam graces the beer. It hangs on for dear life but wanes to a ring and film on top. Leaves spotty lace and alcohol legs. Nose is big roasted malt! Ripe cherries and they are bright. Some vanilla smooths it out and there is bit of oak to deepen it. Dry sweet dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Touch of char or burnt on the nose but nothing too loud. For a minute I also thought I observed a bit of cola.

Taste is scrumptious. The chocolate is sweet the coffee is bitter like espresso. The oak is lovely with a bit of vanilla and the ripe fruit is like a cherries and berries. The body of this beer is lush, smooth and creamy. Full malt presence in this one. The The burnt qualities are stronger on the palate and they accent the lovely sweetness of the chocolate. The coffee is strong and bitter while fruit is light and sweet. Hops balance this one nicely. Finishes a touch slick and with a delicious aftertaste. Finishes roasty and sweet, warming and with only a mild bit of ashy char.

Heavenly and one of the best!

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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