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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutOak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

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3,720 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,720
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 248
Gots: 569 | FT: 30
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:
Imperial stout aged on new French and American oak chips.

(Beer added by: Crosling on 08-09-2004)
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Photo of Ricelikesbeer


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

This bottle was over a year old when I bought it, I'd like to compare it to newer bottles. This beer has a really dark head, the bubbles are more brown than tan like other imperials I have had. PURE MOTOR OIL is the description that comes to mind here, it is very oily and see-through even in light. The smell is very robust, a little bit of smoke flavor, some vanilla, and you can really smell the oak in there. A faint hop presence on the nose as well. The taste is very rich, and this beer really coats your tongue. Some dark chocolate, little bit of molasses, and maybe even some sweet beef jerky. The mouthfeel is very impressive, Like i said, it coats the mouth and is a pretty thick beer, which really works. Very good and drinkable for such a beast. A very nice imperial, and smooth enough to not mind drinking a bomber. Everyone who likes Imperials should try the different versions of yetis out there.

03-22-2009 03:41:42 | More by Ricelikesbeer
Photo of arizcards


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Picked up a 22oz bomber at AJ's Labor Day weekend for $9.99.

Beer poured black as night with a brown well sustained head. Nose has hints of coffee, vanilla, and chocolate-the notes become louder the more it warms up. Taste is awesome, a tasty medley of chocolate malts, coffee, dark fruits, vanilla, and a kick ass hop finish. Mouthfeel is can't be any smoother, this beer glides nicely across my palate. Drinkability is near perfect but falls just short as there is an ever slight hint of alcohol in the aftertaste. This is an awesome imperial stout that is a must try! It is a bit spendy and will be a once a year treat!

Additional notes 11-7-09: Picked up a bomber at Total Wine at the end of August for $8.99. Beautiful pour into the Duvel Tulip, not much residual head left. Nose has hints of expresso and oak. Oak is more prevelant in the taste this time around. Expresso and chocolate is a secondary presence. Nice hop finish. Mouthfeel is very smooth but not as heavy as hoped. Drinkability is good, the alcohol lingers at the back of each sip - this would benefit from more aging. Great beer - definitely a must try if you are into impy stouts.

12-11-2006 23:19:54 | More by arizcards
Photo of clefoodandbrews


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

The pour is very dark brown, almost black. The head is a mocha/brown colored and the lacing remains throughout the drink even after the initial surge of head is gone.
The smell is very roasted malt and toasted bread. Both brown sugar and a hint of coffee come through on the nose as well. The taste starts out with a hint of a bitter chocolate and some sweetness that followed the brown sugar nose. Mid-drink I got a little more coffee but it doesn't hang around long because the end quickly rushes in. Roasted flavors are abundant as is the oak and the alcohol! The finish leave a nice little bitterness on your palate.
I thought it had above average carbonation with a thicker mouthfeel.
Drinkability is good, but I don't see myself drinking back to back 22oz bottles of this anytime soon...one at a time was plenty! This is a beer you can sit back and sip slowly and enjoy,

12-21-2010 05:01:25 | More by clefoodandbrews
Photo of Haybeerman


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

A: Pitch black color; no light. Poured a 2 finger chocolate-colored head with excellent retention. Sticky webs of lacing.

S: Big toasted malt; bitter chocolate and coffee. Oak in the background asserting itself more as the beer warmed.

T: Oak and wet wood up front. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Smooth and rich. Warming alcohol in the finish.

M: Full body. Low carbonation. Thick, rich and creamy.

D: Flavorful and balanced. Smooth for the style. The abv limits drinkability.

11-19-2010 20:20:48 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of milesfan76


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

22oz. split with jramey2. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours black, black, black, with about a 3-finger (!) head of brown (not tan, like most stouts I've had, brown).

S: Smells like roasted malts and hops. Smell is quite pleasant but not real strong.

T: Taste is of malts, hops, and oak. Hoppier than most RIS's I've tasted, which to me is a good thing. Touch of chocolate and coffee as well.

M: Thick, syrupy mouthfeel, carbonation is good.

D: Could drink this all night if it wasn't 9.5%.

An excellent stout, and one of Great Divide's better offerings.

04-05-2008 22:29:25 | More by milesfan76
Photo of kmcnair


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

2005 vintage, 22oz bomber bottle presented with a cap and silver foil cover. Pours a deep coffee black and makes a short, thick tan head. Laces my glass nicely. The complex aroma is rich roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla and coffee. Flavor opens with spicy bittering and unsweetened chocolate which melds into a mix of burnt caramel and dark roast espresso. There's an unusual hint of soured milk. The oak tannins are strong and provide a familiar vanilla flavoring which does a nice job of masking the alcohol. Very little sweetness makes the palate more on the medium side, has a creamy texture and finishes rather dry. Overall, this is a pretty nice imperial stout. I like what the oak adds, gives this beer a nice complexity that it's non oaked sibling is somewhat lacking. I would drink this again and would like to try it with some age under it's belt.

12-27-2005 06:42:55 | More by kmcnair
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured from a big Great Divide bottle into a tumbler. The color was jet black with a frothy tan head.

I don't get the oak-aged thing in general, I never really taste the oak (especially in a beer with a loud taste like this one). I think the biggest difference in this beer after oak aging is less hops presence. But I didn't try them side-by-side.

The main flavors were chocolate and roasty malts, with a sharp alcoholic bite. It's pretty addictive, but a slow sipper.

06-25-2006 15:04:58 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of Jeriba


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

A 22 oz bomber Sampled at a casual beer tasting party with a few friends. I've been wanting to get my hands on this brew.

A: This beer is totally opaque black, and poured into my sampling wine glass (that was all we had on had) with one finger of mocha colored head. Sweet Jesus, I love that color.

S: Caramel and roasted malts, and a bit of fruity sweetness.

T: Bittersweet dark chocolate, roasted malt, mild booziness, and a sweet berry finish.

M: Thick, heavy, and velvety smooth. In a beer like this you expect some booziness, but this one is pretty well balanced.

D: Very rich and satisfying. One glass was enough to make me happy. This beer went down surprisingly well with the 2 BMC drinkers in the room, which was a source of pride for me, since this was one of my picks.

09-26-2010 03:30:13 | More by Jeriba
Photo of seaoflament


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Thanks to upsjeff for this extra, I’ve been waiting to try this one for a while now.

Pours dark with about an inch of mocha color foam. It looks syrupy and tasty. The aroma is big, room filling. I detect roasted and chocolate malts, toffee, vanilla, wood, cocoa, and a sweetness from the alcohol. The taste is great. There is some coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, and alcohol. A nice bitterness in the aftertaste as well. The mouthfeel is very thick and chewy, definitely feels like a meal. A good warming effect from the alcohol, not too much but enough to notice. Would be a good beer to sip on a cold day, too bad a day like that is far away and I’ve heard that this one is best fresh. Overall a very solid RIS.

09-05-2007 03:34:28 | More by seaoflament
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Bottled October 2010, so fairly fresh for a RIS. Pours a thick pitch black with tiny brown head that disappears fast. Even when held up to bright light this beer is dark as night. Scent is strong chocolate with a lot of vanilla and oak aromas...especially vanilla. A light amount of hoppiness and espresso in the nose as well. Great smelling beer! Taste is initially a bit hoppy with some bitter chocolate and espresso bean flavors. It's immediately followed by some smooth oak flavors with subtle vanilla (not as much as the nose implied). Finishes with a bit more bitter chocolate for a nice clean finish. Mouthfeel is superb, with a velvety, thick feel. Drinkability is high. Haven't had a Yeti I didn't care for, or even thought was just mediocre for that matter. The only one left to try is Chocolate Oak Aged.

01-05-2011 06:35:12 | More by DovaliHops
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Its cold out I need a beer to warm up with.
This yeti pours a deep black, no brown hints here. A nice fluffy dark tan head rises about one inch up. Head settles to a thin creamy layer that lasts and lasts. Leaves gobs o' lace.
Smell is of smokey, roasted malts. Also aromas of vanilla, molasses, coffee and chocolate.
This Imperial tastes great. Bitter chocolate, vanilla extract, smokiness.
A heavy and creamy mouthfeel that coats and leaves a nice dry, slightly bitter chocolate aftertaste.
A 22 oz bomber will satisfy your Stout craving. Anymore than that and I would need a nap.
Yum. Yum. Yum.

12-21-2008 07:09:10 | More by Guzzler78
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Bottle. No freshness date

A - Pours an almost pitch black with a beige one-finger head that subsides to a centimeter thick gauzy ring

S - A surprisingly fruity aroma, mostly a ripe banana smell bordering on ester-y, mingling with intended oak. A good bit of booze for a 9%.

T - A bit overly sweet for my taste, but consistent with the style. At first an unbalanced roastiness dominates, but the finish ebbs into a nice malt hop balance. Main flavors: smoky, coffee, cotton candy, burned toast, mushroomy baconness

M - The best part: the viscosity is right on, thick but not motor oil. The fermented tingle fades to a beautiful alcoholic tinge

O - Very good, the total effect is surprisingly drinkable for an IS, but compared to some other stouts that i've had recently (like the total delight of FFF Alpha Klaus' crazy taste profile) it falls just a little short. Not enough to pour into anything but my gullet

01-13-2013 05:48:22 | More by hopoilcrazy
Photo of Birdiebeagle


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Bottle Pours a thick black with a creamy lasting brown red head. The head laces very well and lasts for a while. Has a good aroma of carmel, hops and strong alcohol. Has a medium to full body with a creamy thick texture. Produces a great mouthfeel. Has a lively carbination. The oak aging produces a nice sherry taste. Has a bold flavor and a robust finish. This one is very good, I like it a lot.

05-26-2006 13:09:27 | More by Birdiebeagle
Photo of mjn5036

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Cracked open this bottle that has been in my basement for well over a year now. The label is also one of the older ones. I think this bottle may be two years old at this point. I can't find a bottled on date anywhere.

Poured into a snifter. This one pours jet black and constructs a cocoa powder color head, about two fingers in height. Thick soapy lacing clings to the walls of the glass after a swirl. Impressive looking brew.

On the nose I get chocolate, coffee, oak and roasted malt. Not a whole lot going on but it smells delicious nonetheless.

The smell is a total letdown compared to the taste. Tons and tons of chocolate, some coffee, a charred oak characteristic and what I think is the vague resemblance of fading hops. From what I understand this is generally a really hoppy stout so I am assuming this one has a decent amount of age on it for there to be little to no hop profile.

Yeti is incredibly rich and smooth on the palate. A perfect amount of carbonation makes this once go down all too easily. At nearly 10%, the alcohol is nearly undetectable. Maybe a sipper when fresh, but given some age Yeti goes down silky smooth and far too quickly. I cant believe I have passed this one up for so long. A great example of its style and one I will be going back to very soon.

Paired with a slice of cheesecake. Simply divine.

01-30-2011 03:01:34 | More by mjn5036
Photo of ddarity


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Really nice Imperial Stout. Nice aroma but a little subdued. Subtle tones of alcohol in the nose which I believe is appropriate for the style. Smooth lingering mouthfeel and overall very drinkable. Nice warming sensation. I really enjoyed this beer. I am realitively new to the style but this sample really makes me want to know more.

03-21-2006 02:47:55 | More by ddarity
Photo of mynie


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

22 oz bomber into a stubby little half of a chalice.

Fantastic pour, deep dark black with a large wonderfully brown head. Only loses a small mark for a little bit of ruby showing through at the bottom.

Smells like very bitter malt and an unexpected dose of dry hop against a very light bourbon background. Not as intense as Goose Island's BC--much more stouty and much less bourbony.

Big rush of RIS ultra bitter malts, backed up with a rush of that unexpected bittersour hop and ending on a pronounced but gentle woodbarrell whiskey taste. Long, strong, and layered.

Woo-eee. A great RIS and a great wood-aged beer. Not quite as deadly intense as the bigboys, but certainly a good stepping stone for the uninitiated.

12-05-2006 03:54:31 | More by mynie
Photo of badbeer


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Deep dark black in color with a tan brown head, leaving a spotty lacing. The smell is very nice, with hints of roasted coffee and dark chocolate, oak, and vanilla. Taste is nearly perfect, dark fruits seem to be hidden inside, but not always noticed with vanilla, coffee, and chocolate kicking in, not to mention the hop bitterness hidden in there as well. Heavy, very viscous, medium to full bodied with only a little carbonation, but quite enjoyable. I would definately have another, but I would like to try the original Yeti first to compare the two.

02-09-2006 10:51:42 | More by badbeer
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

this pours very dark, chocolatey brown. the head even looks like chocolate milk. some lacing.

There is a definate caramelized sugar/toffee smell with a malt aroma.

Some sweetness with a little bit of vanilla (extract more than actual vanilla). However i can somwhat taste the alcohol, especially at the bottom of the glass.

this is a very full bodied, smooth beer, its great. I am a fan of a lot of the stuff that great divide has put out including the titan ipa. however, the drinkability i didnt rate as high because i could probablhy only drink a glass or two of this because it is so full-bodied and filling.

11-04-2005 02:00:29 | More by stevemcqueenjr
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

04-22-2014 23:31:20 | More by Treyliff
Photo of CortexBomb


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours out standard imperial jet black with a tan head. The head leaves quickly, but that is somewhat expected for a beer of this type. The lacing is extensive though, so the appearance is still quite good. Nose is a roasted malts wallop...alcohol is also present, as well as coffee notes. This is textbook impy, and I can't wait to try out the flavour.

The taste gives a nice back of the tongue bitter to start before delving into the roasted malts in a strong way. A wonderful bitter effect keeps lingering on the back of the tongue as the flavour transitions, giving slight vanilla and oakey aspects. The flavour also maintains a strongly chocolate tinged aspect throughout and finishes with a strong roasted malts shot. I really can't ask for much more from an imperial

The mouth on this is thick, just as I like my stouts. The bitter hits are also there and add to the character. Drinkability is quite solid, as expected.

Overall: this oak aged Yeti is quite exceptional. I love imperials, and I've had a tonne of them, and this is right up there with the best of them. Definitely recommended.

12-07-2005 00:32:59 | More by CortexBomb
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

22oz. bomber poured into our Portsmouth tulip glasses:

A: Solid midnight black, that poured like motor oil out of the bottle. Creating a mocha colored head that quickly dissipated leaving a rim of coffee cream.

S: Vanilla, fresh brewed coffee, and an oak characteristic that is very pronounced. Undertones of dark fruit followed by a nuttiness that is drawing us in for our first sip.

T: The front of the palate is enveloped in a sweet savory chocolate, colliding with a rich vanilla oak flavor. The back of the palate is a smooth bittersweet dark chocolate with a warm roasted black coffee.

M: Thick and chewy like molasses. A steady carbonation throughout.

D: For our first Great Divide brew, we are very impressed and are excited to try another.

The Kings Of Hop

11-05-2009 00:22:52 | More by TheKingsOfHop
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Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Reviewed side-by-side with GD Yeti Stout

Bottled on date: Jan 7/09.

Poured in to brandy snifter

A - Dark brown/black colour with half a finger of espresso coloured head.

S - Stronger smell then the Yeti. Bitter hops up front with coffee and a oak smell in the background.

T - Very sweet up front: caramel & molasses with some bitter hops. Roasted coffee and some chocolate in the malts with a slight bourbon taste in the background.

M - medium to heavy body. Lightly carbonated.

D - A nice smooth RIS with some character.

05-23-2010 21:26:02 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of Proteus93


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

A: The standard stout black colour pour into a Stone IRS snifter. Nice, billowing and creamy head on this one - a little on the lighter side of the browns (not fudgy like some - Ten FIDY, for example)

S: A malt roast, vanilla bean, the oak aromas are quite modest, considering - more appreciable, as far as my nose goes. A little sniff of alcohol in there.

T: Taste is quite similar to the aroma, really - exception being that the oak aging really stands out proudly. Over-roasted/burnt malt, bitter espresso bean, some vanilla. Again, the alcohol pepperiness right on the very finish, and it lingers in the mouth.

M: Thick - almost manages to be creamy and chewy at the same time. A bit of a stick to the lips, but it doesn't get tacky all over the mouth, which is wonderful.

D: A monster, but a pleasant monster to sniff at for a while (and to continue at while drinking!). Each sip continues to lurk around the tastebuds. A nice addition of character to the standard Yeti.

06-22-2008 02:33:23 | More by Proteus93
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Bottled 11/5/2010

Appearance- Poured into a snifter, jet black, no light enters, just a black hole. The darkest head I have seen on a beer. Great retention and tons of sticky lace, I have never seen a stout of this stature lace this much. Perfect 5 appearance.

Smell- Bitter coffee and pine sided hops. Some dark chocolate, slight oak, vanilla, and molasses.

Taste- Dark chocolate, dry cocoa and bitter coffee beans up front. Turns to some piney hops, and some subtle dark fruit; raison and a hint of plum. Then the charred oak pops up on the finish (though not smoky), fairly woody with subtle vanilla, caramel, molasses. Lingering coffee/chocolate and slightly charred wood on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Full body with perfect carbonation, very creamy. After 9 months the alcohol presence is nil.

Overall- The espresso oak aged is better, has even more oak and coffee (obviously), but this is still mighty tasty, better than 95% of the imperial stouts out there. It just has some stiff completion amongst its own brand. None the less, still a no doubt, solid “A” beer. This Yeti series is epic. I would do terrible disgusting things for a Barrel Aged version of this!

08-07-2011 07:24:55 | More by JLeege
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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Appearance: This is one of the best looking beers I've ever had. Pours like oil. Deep dark, midnight black body. Amazing mocha head that stands 2 fingers over the liquid goodness. Lacing down the entire side of the glass.

Smell: Mmm.. Chocolate, mocha, coffee, roasted malts. I get some of the oak in the nose. Not really any alcohol detected here.

Taste: The taste is incredible. Rich & creamy. Chocolate, and roasted malts. I love this beer.

Drinkability: If this wasn't nearly 10abv I would love to session this. So smooth and sweet.

02-05-2010 03:09:54 | More by travduke
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,720 ratings.