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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
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1,637 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,637
Hads: 4,427
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 342
Gots: 901 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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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Reviews: 1,637 | Hads: 4,427
Photo of mcflypie
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark, brownish bubbles, not much lacing.

S: Glorious. Sweet chocolaty and woody coffee.

T: Amazing. Oak and chocolate notes, with coffee and a little brown sugar.

M: Very well balanced for such a strong brew.

O: One of my favorite Imperial Stouts...ever...always. (See other Yeti brews...especially the elusive Oatmeal Yeti).

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Photo of Osiris9588
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle at 48 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip. Bottled: 11/05/2010.

A: It pours thick and black with a three finger dark khaki head that has great retention and wonderful lacing; it is a gorgeous beer.

S: Chocolate, medium roastiness, vanill, mellow dark fruits, and some oats.

T: This is unbelievably mellow; currants, figs, milk chocolate, mild roastiness, and a light, boozy vanilla edge that is trying to uncover itself as the beer warms.

M: It is silky, velvety smooth with very little alcohol presence, a medium-thick body, and a sticky finish.

D: This is epitome of a sipper. It is not too thick and is the most drinkable beer I've tried at this strength.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter. Bottled dated 07/2011

A: Pours a thick, oily, pitch black, just like Yeti. Beautiful, thick, creamy, tan head. About a finger and half worth. Settles nicely. Leaves a nice ring.

S: Lots of chocolate. Roasted malt coffee and caramel as well.

T: Delicious. Very heavy on chocolate. More so than Yeti, in my opinion. Like the nose, lots of roasted malts and coffee. Vanilla comes through here from the oak, which is a real treat. Finishes a bit dry from the oak, I assume. Alcohol peaks through, just a pinch.

M: Solid mouth feel. Light/medium carbonation. Good after taste. Dry finish.

Overall: A delicious beer.

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Photo of karst
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

We are boiling 7.5 gal of wort - from 20 lbs of grain with heavy hopping using Amarillo hops. While mashing we had Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. Now as we watch the boil, I pour the Oak-agged Yeti, my first review from this brewer. Apearance is beautiful and well worthy of the 4.5 rating. With a little less ABV than the 11% of Goose Islands American Double Stout - Yeti is a smoother brew that offers similar aroma vanilla, some more chocolate, and faint coconut. Taste is more fruity and the full body and thick mouthfeel are nearly perfect. Both of these Am Doubles are awesome in their own right. With a little less complexity however the Yeti offers a better session possibility. ( with ABV nearly 10% your looking at a shorten session) Having never tried the regular Yeti I can't compare it with the Oak aged. Excellent drinkability even when sipped slowly and it approaches ambient temperatures.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness date. Great head thats milkchocolate brown staying forever as thick as whipped cream and a black beercolor make presentation perfect Nose is also great giving lots of chocolate and oak, litle leather and some partly burnt malts.Perfect taste thats coffee/cacao but smooth before getting in a first alcoholic late bitter taste... Wowww this is realy something wonderfull and with that thick but smoth as oil. Driven with 5000 miles cause stays in your mout as smoked and burnt roast. Good cognac like oakness in this one also and looks like everything fits rough but nicely together. Yes this is one om my favorites from now on; thanks Jason!

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Photo of Boto
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber: This one pours an inky very dark brown color. There was a small brown head on it that lasts for a short while. It leaves some lacing. It has a nice full nose to it. Chocolate, toffee, coffee, roastiness and some alcohol are most noticeable. There is a lot going on in the taste. There are a ton of hops in here, and they balance out all the malts so there is actually a touch of bitterness with no sweetness. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla are the most noteable flavors. Excellent.

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Photo of BeerFink
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting for this one....

I eagerly decant this black liquid into my snifter, greedily inhaling the aroma that filled the room as soon as the cap was popped. Appearance is just fantastic, I think I have to go to 5.0. Opaque black, moonless sky on a cold winter's night. Head is tenacious and frothy, medium brown in hue. A beer that looks like that forces you to appreciate. Aroma is potent, reeking of all things dark - molasses, ripened dark fruit, big malts, semisweet chocolate, and mocha coffee. 9.5% abv is apparent in the nose, the alcohol blending with spicy hops. Also hints of vanilla and caramel. Definitely a darkly sweet smell. Woody aromas become more apparent as it warms.

Flavor is out of this world. It begins big and syrupy, molasses coupled with semisweet black licorice, filled with sweet fruits (raisins, currants, some cherry), and possibly very ripe red grapes, providing a vinous quality. Malts are big and thick, creating a fat and chewy mouthfeel. Huge roasty flavors take over where the sweetness left off, filling my dumbfounded mouth with espresso, mocha, and dark chocolate. Notes of caramel float in and out, keeping the sweetness on the tip of my tongue. Hops are spirited and spicy, as well as agressively bitter. Very nice hopping! Bitter orange peel and grapefruit tingle and bite at the tongue, while a pronounced spiciness dances with the alcohol. Alcohol is potent and warming, definitely a bourbon-esque flavor. You have to look for the oak - the vanilla hints are subtle and come and go throughout. The aging definitely helps to round out this bold brew. Carbonation is appreciably low, and as stated before, the mouthfeel is nice and chewy, almost oily.

Like all fine things, this needs to be enjoyed slowly and appreciated. Very nice offering from Great Divide, I am truly enjoying this one!

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, bought at LoneHill Liquors in Glendora, CA,

A: Pours an opaque black, with a very thick, tan head, which is fluffy and voluminous at first, but slowly retreats to about a centimeter of tan foam throughout the drinking experience. Widespread lacing is thick and abundant.

S: Very complex, vanilla, oak, hardwood, coffee, chocolate, and a hint of smoke and cherry. Hops are very light in the smell as compared to the other scents, but they give a slight floral character.

T: Magnificent, this is probably the best tasting stout I have ever had. Had my first bottle back in December of 2006, and it is just as good as I remembered. A thick chocolate and coffee flavour hits you when you first take a sip of the beer, the oak aging is evident, as a sweet note of vanilla and wood comes along for the ride. Even at 75 IBUs, the hops are not really evident until the beer warms to room temperature, where they give off a nice, pine resin flavour. Overall, a very haunting, but soothing and poetic flavour.

M: Thick and smooth, hearty, robust, a bit resiny as well, definitely a mouth-coating big beer.

D: An amazing feat in the annuls of craft brewing, one of the best beers, period, made in America. The only downside is that I have to drive to Glendora or Walnut to get it and can't get it locally, but I guess that makes each experience that much more special. A truly fantastic brew, every stout lover should pick this up.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brooding; The darkest head I've ever seen on a beer: Beautiful dark caramel. The beer itself is totally black. Nothing getting through there. Head remains foamy for a long time, and the lacing is very good.

S: Dark malts are almost making me cry here. Sweet, roasty, everything I want. A touch of alcohol let me know this is going to last me all night.

T: One taste makes me slink back down in my chair. Its great. A hint of the oak rides the wave of roasty flavor and crashes onto my palate letting the dark malts take center stage. Eventually these flavors are washed away by that trademark roasty bitterness. You have to try hard if you want to taste the alcohol in this 9.5% brew, which is saying something. It all works together nicely, the end result: me smiling.

M: Not much carbonation, but a smooth mouthfeel and good finish. I find that's it's slightly dry on the back of the tongue, but my salivations seems to negate that pretty quickly.

D: Lingering bitterness isn't much of a problem. For me it's a reminder of what i was doing, that is, drinking this great beer. The alcohol will get me eventually, and is amazingly invisible in the taste until it starts to warm.

Overall this will be a reminder to me how a good beer can elevate my mood. Though tomorrow morning it will probably just be a reminder to always split a bomber with a friend.

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Photo of glid02
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Taco Mac in Decatur. This was my introduction to good beer a while back and it's been entirely too long since I've revisited this beer.

Pours black with a half-finger light brown head. The head dissipates fairly quickly into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a thin ring around the glass. There's not much lacing.

Smells largely of chocolate, with hints of roasted malts coming through.

Tastes great. Tons of chocolate up front backed up by roasted malts and ending with a very mild bitterness. The amount of chocolate really is awesome, and there's no hint of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is great. Very thick with subdued carbonation, like an alcohol milkshake.

Drinkability is great. I downed one of these very fast and could have a few too many more with no problem.

Overall this is a great beer. I've yet to try the regular Yeti, so I'm looking forward to seeing how the oak changes the beer. Try this is you haven't already.

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Photo of amicar
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as hell on a moonless night with a small brown head that sticks to the glass nicely. I actually am having trouble describing the smell- it's really amazing... raisins, roasty things, pine, dried apricots, and something flowery with a slight soy undertone- this smell so works. Taste is also quite complex; the coffee, chocolate, and burnt marshmallow are all there, with nice hopping as well; and then there is that tang through all this that I assume is the oak... kind of like vanilla and bourbon... very nice. Nice for its decent mouthfeel, but lack of syrupy-ness. Well put together, really. One bottle of this is more than enough for the night (too much alcohol bite and hops are a little coarse for more than one), but the cravings start very quickly....

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours black with a small, fine brown head and lacing. Aroma of oak, toasted malt and chocolate. Oak woody up front with dark toasted and caramel malts and caramel, a hint of smokiness. Woody, chocolaty, malty finish. Nice heavy bodied, thick and creamy. Excellent!

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Photo of cktison
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
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

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Photo of blackjack000
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours as a beautiful, extremely dark and viscous brown and melts into a pitch black in the glass. The viscosity is very evident as it passes through the bottle opening and as the lacing clings to the glass and refuses to submit. Finishes with a lovely, tall caramel head.

Smell: There were many scents, and they ranged through time. It was incredibly hard to pin them all down. Initially, there was the scent of tree resin, freshly ground coffee, and faint dark chocolate. The scent of liquorice makes it debut shortly as the beer sits, followed by the coffee scent becoming roasted coffee beans. The smell of freshly split logs rises, along with honeysuckle vines, and fresh sawdust. The scent further develops, with a just-opened bag of brown sugar, and evolves into the smell of brown sugar lightly burning in a warm pan. The sweet smell eventually coalesces into aromatic maple syrup. As the scent develops, I get the feeling of heavy wood; what I imagine a sea chest from a Joseph Conrad novel would taste like if converted to liquid.

Taste: Oak is immediately very apparent in the taste. This is quickly followed by a rich, malty flavor wrapping around the tongue. The oak taste ushers in the evident high alcohol content alongside. A hoppy taste with burnt undertones elbows in for room alongside the already broad range. Accompanying the syrupy scent comes a sweet, rum smell, following the oak. Baker's chocolate finally comes to top after swallowing, and lingers well. The flavor seems to grow in strength with time. A taste of fresh, crushed coffee beans rushes past as I swallow. This beer contains a wonderful lingering aftertaste: oak, aromatic coffee, and baker's chocolate. I must truly sit and wait for the aftertaste to fade before taking another sip, in order to fully experience it. The burnt brown sugar flavor comes out more as time passes. As the brown sugar taste draws out, the taste gives way to warm molasses, and matures beautifully.

Mouthfeel: The oak aging seems to give the stout extra body and almost feels chewy. The beer has a hearty feel on the tongue and as it is swallowed. The multitude of taste sits on the tongue as a York Peppermint Patty sits on the tongue: heavy. The oak characteristic seems to have its own gravity, and feels thick and chewy as it passes by my molars. If only I could chew it to release more flavor! The stout feels more syrupy and thick as time passes.

Drinkability: Initially, I was only greatly impressed by the presentation and first sip of this beer. Halfway through, I felt a bit bored with the flavor, and thought I enjoyed the non-oak aged version better. However, this beer seems to mature quickly in the glass. Perhaps the warming develops the array of scents and flavors that start to spring to mind. I almost felt like the beer started to shed its shyness as time passed, and truly blossomed in the second half. I could hardly write fast enough to describe all the smells and tastes I was experiencing.

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Photo of Klgkenny
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly balanced chocolate covered malted hops...

Served at 55 degrees and poured from a bomber to a room temp pint glass.

Pour produces a one finger head that lingers for several minutes before grudgingly giving way and leaving a layer of chocolate milk colored lace. The yeti is the deepest of browns yielding zero penetration to light. The color makes me think, "earth."

Upon opening the yeti, before I even poured, the aroma of chocolate hit me. Finally, when I bring my nose to the bouquet, the hops hit me, a very light aroma, followed by a crashing wave of chocolate and caramel topped by frothing vanilla. As the wave peaks and fades, it's replaced with a foaming bitter cacao before finally giving way to a hoppy malty slightly alcoholic finish.

Feels thick in the mouth, but the varbonation cuts it to a perfect balance, leaving a beautiful coating to paint your mouth.

As stupid as it seems, my only gripe with this beer is that it is too good. I would definitely drink two, maybe three of these, but after that they would become cloying. I would stop before that point, or switch brews, because I would not want to ruin something this good!

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Photo of cbreitro
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had the Oak Aged Yeti for the second time and it was as good as I remembered. Spectacular smell, with a mix of hops and with sort of a light nutty smell.
The head was tall and quite thick with a caramel color.

The taste is amazing, a strong stout with a great mix of hops and oak. Kind of give it a slight smokey taste.

I had the beer with a spicy sausage sandwich and it stood up well. Not sure if it was the best pairing, but I could still taste the Yeti even through the spices.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oak Aged Yeti bears an aroma that is equal parts thick, creamy malt and strong hops: the former brings notes of ash, chocolate malt, fig, and dark chocolate; and the latter brings a grapefruit and citrus tang.

Rather unique among Imperial Stouts for such an emphasis on hops (in addition to dark malts), the brew further demonstrates its strengths on the tongue, where the first flavors to cross the tastebuds are dark chocolates, tobacco, ash, chocolate malt (with hints of black malt), fig, and young port (which is wilder and far less subtle than its aged counterparts). Prancing about on top of these malts are the hops, which burn the tongue with pokers of 75 IBU grapefruit bitterness, meaning that at such levels, this "stout" is far more potent than most serious IPAs. The aftertaste is equal parts ash, tobacco, and hops, and lingers for upwards of a minute, being especially noticeable on the soft palate. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a superb Imperial Stout, and is well balanced between malts and hops, making for one of the more pleasurable drinking experiences I've had in a while. Beware, however: the strengths of these flavors may prove too much for many drinkers, especially those for whom even a Guinness is far too dark.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, 9.5 % ABV. Pours absoultely pitch black, no light escaping, and no highlights. Black, period. Thick dark tan head. Roasty, vanilla, oaky, slightly vinous are some of the wonderful aromas. Great head retention for a beer of this size. Flavors include roasty, burnt caramel, vanilly, oaky and again somewhat vinous. Nice use of oak here, as it is present, but not overwhelming. The wood accentuates this beer very well. Light citrusy hop flavors come in at the end, as the beer finishes just slightly sweet. Full body, with low carbonation. This is a gem, and a good example of an oaked beer done right. Great Divide makes some impressive beers, and this is another great example.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The regular Yeti was the first RIS I tried, if I am not mistaking. It opened up a whole new world of beers for me, lets see how this beefed up version holds up. No light is gonna get through this black hole. Dark tanned head, great retention and lacing.

Smells of molasses, coffee, faint vanilla/wood/oakiness, fruits and hops. It all comes together in a fashion that is nothing short of intense.

Speaking of intensity, the taste is jampacked with it! Lots of chocolate, roasted malts, oak, hops and alcohol. Well my bomber is almost done and I am already looking for my next fix of this nectar.

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Photo of daythree16
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted side by side with its non oak aged brother. See Yeti review for more details:

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/158/12013/?ba=daythree16

The Oak Aged Yeti pours a jet black with a 2.5 finger head that is much more substantial than the Yeti.

The aromas are very similar, but the oak aged version has a more pronounced roasted malt smell. I like both versions, but the Oak Aged Yeti definitely has the upper hand. The taste has a touch of smokiness and vanilla. There is also a more pronounced roasted malt flavor. The finish is dryer and has a nice tannic quality.

Mouthfeel is the same as the Yeti, and drinkability is about the same, but I would rather drink the Oak-Aged, so it gets a little higher score. Both were good, but I absolutely loved the oak aged version. I think some people may focus too much on the really hyped-up RIS's and tend to forget just how fantastic this beer is.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours like cliched motor oil, but has a substantial amount of initial carbonation, and a thick mocha-colored head.

S - Chocolate, espresso, and anise. Extremely good smell.

T - Tastes like delicious café mocha with discernible notes of anise / black licorice attached to the alcohol. The taste is also strangely reminiscent of 'Pecan Turtle' Biscotti. The oak adds a nice mellow quality to the various flavors as well as imparting a subtle sweet vanilla finish. As compared to the standard Yeti, I think the oak aging is a significant improvement.

M - A tad thin for the style, but it works well when it airs out, warms up and loses its carbonation.

D - Drink the hell out of it! It's amazing that a beer of this caliber is readily available.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, no date.

appears opaque black, thin dark tan head, nice lacing. big hop aroma for a stout, mixed with nice strong vanilla flavor.

taste is composed of nice well blended flavors - vanilla, coffee, oak. body is extremely smooth, low carbonation, creamy.

overall, you can definitely taste the difference that the oak aging has had on the regular Yeti. superb all around.

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Photo of paytoplay
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark rich dense and intense. Everything you are looking for in an Imperial Stout. Not to mention Oak aged. Some wood and smoke are present, and the texture if really awesome. Worth seeking out. All the usual suspects, coco nib, chocolate, alc is mild, coffee.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color, with a thick dark brown head. Absolutely beautiful foam lacing. Aroma is huge on this beer. Lots of oak, cocoa, coffee, and hops. I get a big taste of piney hops, with some faint cocoa notes that fades as the oak flavor picks up. Very nice indeed. Mouthfeel is very thick and smooth. A very strong, flavorfull, well balanced brew. Amazing.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,637 ratings.