Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,987
Reviews: 1,585
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
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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 grittybrews
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled dated March (?) 2010, opened May 2011. Poured pitch black with a finger of extremely dark mocha head. Roasty aroma with sweet chocolate, caramel, and molasses.

Moderate carbonation and a thick, viscous mouthfeel. Dry oak up front with hints of vanilla followed by caramel, rich cocoa, a touch of molasses, and some lingering coffee and tobacco on the woody, slightly chalky finish.

Rich and decadent with a well-concealed alcohol warmth. I think the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti was my favorite of the three versions, followed by this and then the espresso version.

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

Reviewed from notes: 22oz bomber, cellared for a year

A: Pours pitch black with nearly two fingers of extremely tight mocha brown head. Pretty big espresso like bubbles on the top. Surprisingly good head retention. The head sticks to the sides of the glass as it dissipates.

S: Big chocolate, toffee/light molasses, a little coffee, touch of wood and vanilla, hint of dark fruits.

T: Milk chocolate and bitter dark chocolate with heavily roasted malts and a little char. The hops are still a little present with a floral quality and a little bitterness, but the wood and roast/char definitely overshadows it. Toffee and molasses through the middle leading to a slightly bitter finish (roasted/char and slightly bitter wood). Almost has a nougat quality.

M: Fairly full body (maybe a touch on the thiner side), smooth and creamy. There's just a touch of burn but otherwise the alcohol is very well hidden.

O: One of the best off-the-shelf stouts there is, I think this one ages beautifully. At a year old the hop bite is almost gone and the chocolate seems more intense and it's a little smoother overall. I'd love to see how this is after 2 or 3 years in the bottle. I'd love even more to see how this would be in a barrel with vanilla beans!

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

Bottle poured into a snifter

Pours dark black with a thick chocolate dark brown head that lingers.

Smell is of dark roasted malts. Maybe a hint of vanilla.

Taste is sweet and malty. Wood flavors and the vanilla come out as well. Slight bitterness on the finish.

A very good stout. Slightly prefer the expresso version. Looking forward to trying original Yeti.

Photo of stcules
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark appearance, one finger of brown head.
In the smell a strong toasted, vanilla, wood and coffe in the foreground. Full and impressive in the smell already.
Confirmed in the taste, with even cocoa, green hop, almost herbal, some root notes. Then a lot of hazelnut, cocoa nibs, and again vanilla in evidence.
Full and round body, smooth.
Pairing with dark chocolate and cocoa nibs, great.

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a bottled on date of 9/23/2013, into a snifter.
Appearance - completely black, no light coming through! Creamy, very thick mocha head! Lacing is art work!
Smell - bold nose with some cocoa, dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee beans!
Taste - bittersweet chocolate, some hints of vanilla and espresso!
Feel - complex and robust with some faint, but noticeable hops present! Very easy drinking RIS at 9.5% ABV!
Overall - pricey, but worth it. Excellent, complex and warming!

Photo of jim45804
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a viscous black, with a cinnamon colored head. Its aroma begins with malt, bourbon, and slight anise and settles to sweet malt, almost to cocoa, but not quite. The mouth feel is full but not too thick, the carbonation is gentle. The foretaste is bitter wood and hops for an instant, but it sooths to a robust malt, and an effervescent hop bitterness in the nasal passages and the back of the tongue. A well balanced imperial stout, with a clean, fulfilling finish.

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

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled November 27, 2009.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 2.5 inch dark tan head that dissipates slowly leaving a few swatches of lacing. Pours a thick, engine oil black (eventually brown on the edges). Good legs, decent lacing.

Smell: Right as I pop the cap, this beer begins promising quite a bit. In the glass I'm smelling deep chocolate, roasted malt, wood, some light vanilla, booze, some sharp piny hops. This is a beer whose smell stands out from other imperial stouts... nothing average about it. Lots of depth, and all of it smells good.

Taste: First sip follows the nose exactly, with as much bitterness as you'd expect from the roasted notes and hops, and as beautifully balanced as the full smell would have you expect too. Getting further in, big smoky wood flavors come up, along with a lot of nutty (cashew and peanut) flavors as well. The piny hops approach citrusy, but any fruit influence is drowned out by the huge roast, smoke, caramel, and pine. Vanilla comes out near the end when it gets creamier. Ultimately finishes a bit hot. Very deep flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but soft. Not much carbonation. Not quite silky, but definitely creamy. Bitterness is big but not out of control (same with alcohol heat).

Drinkability: Excellent.

Here's yet another reason why I'd like to spend some time in the Great Divide tap room. There's a lot of good American imperial stouts, most of them sharing a lot of common characteristics. Oak Aged Yeti is its own beast entirely. It delivers exactly what the bottle promises, almost flawlessly. Also, hard to beat for the price.

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

A - Pours jet black with a medium sized tan head that just sits on top of the beer and doesn't recede. There is heavy lacing painting the side of the glass as I sip.

S - Chocolate, caramel, vanilla, wood, and some coffee.

T - Very sweet upfront with tastes on vanilla and dark chocolate. This fades to roasted malt and slight coffee flavors. I was surprised to pick up a little bit of hops in the finish.

M - Rich and creamy.

D - This is one of my new favorite RIS's. I think it is the slightly less than normal abv that makes this really easy to drink. The alcohol is barely noticeable in the finish.

Photo of FLima
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black oil color with a thin caramel head.
Rich and pleasant aroma of roasted coffee beans, raisins, tobacco, high grade cocoa chocolate and vanilla.
What an intense and delicious flavor. Notes of coffee, oak, cocoa, pepper, pine, caramel, charcoal, earthy hops, a shadowed citrusy and cinnamon. Flavor keeps mutating, they don't come at once. Very dry, actually astringent aftertaste with bitter lingering notes of charred oak, resin and Arabic coffee.
Full body with appropriate carbonation for the style. Creamy and a bit sticky sensation. Alcohol of 9.5% is quite tamed here.
World class imperial stout, what a great beer. Complex and bold, I couldn't get tired of sniffing and sipping it. Really hard to suggest any improvement.

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

Pours a deep black and purple hue with a fairly dark brown head kicking off uneven chunks off lace on the glassware.
Aroma is an immediate assault of peaty whiskey but this hides some dark furits, raisins, figs and dates as well as some chocolate and molasses notes. Some herbal hop bittereness is also detected. As it warms more of the whiskey malt tones are drawn out.
Flavors of dark chocolate malt and some suggary molasses are dominant to start then the peat and oak notes shout through followed by some dark fruit notes and sweet alcoholic pop.
Mouthfeel is really full and lush. Very nice sort of a mix of an dark beer with fruit and whiskey all swirled into an effervescent frenzy.
Drinkability is top nothc. Great sipping beer and changes quite dramatically as it warms. almost becomes cloying but if you get it right at about cellar temp it is truly an outstadning taste potpourri.
very enjoyable.

Photo of theghost3
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I decided to crack this one open in celebration after the Saints beat the Cardinals in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs! Nice pick.

Pours a pitch black with some deep mahogany around the edges. Looks like crude oil. 1/2 finger brown head that quickly leaves just a ring. Minimal to moderate lacing. Smell is woody chocolate malt, vanilla and licorice. The taste is toasted oak chocolate malts with hints of vanilla, licorice, and anise. There's quite a bit of alcohol warming, and although this is fairly thick, it has alot of acidic carbonation. Oily at the end.

This is suprisingly drinkable with that 9.5 percent ABV and biting acidic carbonation. I could easily drink a couple of bombers of this before it hit me.

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

22 oz undated bottle poured into a snifter. Dark black, completely opaque, two fibngers of a thick brown head with nice retention and good lacing, this is a great looking beer. The oak comes through in a big way in the aroma melding with the big hop aroma, with a slight vanilla and espresso note as well. Taste is where this one really becomes radically different from the normal Yeti--instead of the hops absolutely dominating the flavor, this one really has a bourbon and oak flavor underlying everything, the hops are still there and still strong and resinous, but with rich chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and coffee notes infused throughout. Full bodied with a thick creamy mouthfeel. This is really a completely different beast from the normal Yeti, the oak really does change the taste incredibly much, but I really loved both and for now I've rated them the same. I will have to revisit, hopefully side by side, to determine which is the better brew.

Photo of Flashsp2
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8 month old Oak Aged Yeti into Stone RIS glass

A moderate pour yeilds a dense black motor oil body with deep ruby
highlights and a creamy mocha head of two fingers. Retention is
moderate, and no lace seems to hang around, well, not much anyway. The
second pour leaves much more in the way of eye candy lacing.

Aroma was massively roasty even from a foot away during the pour. The
nose is heavily roasted coffee, caramel, floral/citrus hops, tobacco,
faint cocoa, oak. Big tasty aroma.

Taste is giant and in-your-face. Roasted malt, black coffee, tobacco,
raw leaf hops, high cocoa chocolate, grapefruity/oily hop bitter
finish. Some oaky dryness, and a bit of astringency on the finish. I
don't pick up any of vanilla that one would expect from the oak. Ok,
its there, but you really have to look for it. Its just super bitter
for an imperial stout. Apparently there is a lot of alcohol in this,
but is covered up quite well, only warming the palette a bit. As the
beer warms it is much more approachable, the malt gets a little milk
chocolate sweetness to take the edge off of the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is super heavy, but not syrupy sweet, just very viscous.

This one takes a bit of work to put down in a hurry, but that's not
really the intention. This is an all around great and balanced mega
brew. Its definitely world class. I bet at 2-3 years this would be
absurdly good.

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

Poured a very dark brown, almost black color with a small head. The smell was rich, chocolate, slight smoke or oak; a nice roasted tone. Taste was chocolate up front for me, very nice dark chocolate tones, warmed and dried out a bit by a very faint oak flavor and just the right amount of hops. Mouthfeel was very good, rich and thick. Overall, not being a huge stout guy, this was very tasty, and will stay on my stout short list.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Stella Tulip.

A - Pours a oily deep Ebony colour with Mocha tanned head that ever slowly reduces to a film.

S - Slight smokyness with some sweet dark chocolate aromas.

T - Slightly smoky dusty flavour, with an overpowering hit of Coffee and Vanilla and small raisin. The finish is oh so smooth with the alcohol non existant.

M - Full body with minimal carbonation, extremely smooth.

O - We just don't get of the shelf stouts like this in Australia, this is top shelf.

Photo of zoso1967
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Oct 18 2010

Oak Aged Yeti pours a wonderfully thick looking black brown with a mocha head that is quite whipped looking but fades too quickly. It leaves some splashy lace, but nothing too special. Even when held up to a bright light, not much gets through this beast.

The aroma on this beer really shows the oak character quite well. It is earthy and woody with plenty of vanilla. There is also a slight chalkiness that accents the nice bitter cocoa aromas and a touch of roastyness. Some dark matly sweetness finishes off this beer's bouquet.

The flavor of this beer is, in my opinion, the perfect counterpoint to the aroma. It is far richer and roastier with a very charred coffee core. It also has plenty of bitter cocoa, dark malty sweetness and a kick of piney hop bitterness. The oak is a bit more in the background, but a nice earthy quality and some vanilla do peek through. The flavor is definitely more in your face.

The body is on the fuller side of medium with a subdued carbonation that seems to be right on the money. This beer is quite bitter and astringent, so it is definitely not what I would call smooth. Roasty malts and hops linger on my palate after swallowing.

This Yeti definitely lives up to its billing as a top tier stout. This is a great example of an oak aged IRS and a beer that would be great to recommend to people who want to get into beers aged on wood. This beer is also fairly affordable, so if you want to get a big stout that is aged on wood without breaking the bank, this might be your best option.

Photo of Rudgers73
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter-like glass. This stuff pours out so thick. Jet black with just a touch of dark tan head. This is thicker than the heartiest merlot I've had. Aroma is that of rich dark chocolate, well balanced char, and a fruity alcohol note. The flavor is so mellow that it's incredibly easy to drink. The oak aging must chill this 9.5'er out immensely. It starts with a chewy burst of rich malty flavor that is followed by a charcoal taste that introduces the hop profile. From there it begins to dry out and leaves a residual sweetness and a smooth-as-silk finish that indicates nothing of the amount of alcohol in this drink. As it warms the malt up front begins to open into a maple syrup taste with a ton of balanced sugary-sweet flavor. A lot of really bold and strong RIS's give me instant heartburn, but this one is like sipping 10 year old scotch: it's smoother than you would ever expect. A definite must try. Well done great divide.

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

Review from a fresh bottle from 2008

Deep dark black as death. Nice tan head that quickly dissolves to a ring.

Sweet sweet aroma, sugar up the nose. Smells a bit hot (this is a fresh bottle).

A nice thick stout, creamy, milk & dark chocolate, caramel. Oak everywhere, a bit ripe. Very very faint coffee. Not balanced, the oak is pungent, the beer a bit hot, a bit sweet. Well carbed. I love it. I don't always want a RIS to be balanced, I want it to have character. The Oaked Yeti definitely has character. Look forward to drinking it again, and on tap.

Photo of jwc215
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter.

Pours jet black with a tan head that descends to a lasting patch, leaving some lacing along the glass.

The smell is of sweet dark, slightly roasted, malt - chocolate with some coffee. Sark fruitiness and and a hint of vanilla also present.

The taste is of sweet malt - dark chocolate mixed with lightly roasted coffee beans. Subtle vanilla notes intermingle. Dark, cherry fruitiness almost make it seem like chocolate covered cherries with certain sips. A noticeable, but not assertive, toasty hop bitterness keeps the sweetness in check. The alcohol is well-hidden until the finish, when it gives a sharp, warming kick. Rich flavors hang on in aftertaste.

The feel is creamy, rich and smooth. Just the right amount of carbonation keeps it full, but not overly thick.

A great "sip and savor". Rich, full and fairly complex. Sweet malt with a pleasantly surprising amount of hops to give it a nice balancing character. A truly nice RIS.

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

22oz served in a snifted.
bottled date 01/06/10

pours a viscous, opaque jet black with a luscious finger of creamy, mocha toned head. good retention and gorgeous walls of lacing. just a beautiful presentation, top to bottom.

nose is fairly bold and offers a lot of the usual suspects: chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. i get a touch of oak, maybe vanilla. there's also a hint of a hoppy character loitering in the background. roasted malt jumps out front in the flavor with a notable presence of hops opening up mid-palate. notes of oak, vanilla, and chocolate intermingle throughout. 9.5% ABV virtually nonexistent (i've also been sitting on this one for about a year). a touch of hoppy bitterness present in the finish.

rich, creamy, medium-full bodied mouthfeel... oustanding. this one's a step away from being a meal... overall a killer RIS.

originally reviewed: 02-22-2011

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 MetalHopHead6
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout poured black with a thick two-finger chocolate colored head. A wall of thick sticky lace was left from the top of the glass to the bottom.

The smell and taste were heavy roasted chocolate and coffee. The feel was aggressive, thick, and bitter, yet smooth and creamy. It was a great sipper, with a warm alcohol presence.

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout is a near-perfect stout with a ton of flavor and a feel that made it clear this is not only a stout, but a Beer with a capital "B." This could easily be the stout to end all stouts.

Photo of Mikus
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought a snifter at the Magic Tree Pub in OH. Midnight black with a dark cocoa-tinged head (reduced to lacing quickly), looked like a stout-lover's wet dream. Notes of chocolate and vanilla, mild oak, bitterness (go Yeti), and a hint of smoke/tobacco on the nose. Flavors really came through will all of the above mentioned players (aromas) at the party on my tongue. Especially dominant were the chocolate and bitterness, and overall nice balance prevailed. Will have to try this again, I feel like I scarfed it a bit quickly because it was so good! Imagine that more flavors might have emerged... man was this tasty. Medium to hearty mouthfeel as expected. This was a 'NAILED IT' type of beer. Not to mention half-price on Mondays so it put me back about $3. Cheers. Find this.

Photo of Atlas1
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just like the two reviews before me, poured from a 22 ounce bomber. And yep, it's black as midnight. I don't know if I've seen a beer this black outside of Guinness. The Oak Aged Yeti presents an interesting aroma. Caramel fighting with coffee, with hints of chocolate and molasses. Maybe some vanilla? Obviously woody. Very complex, to say the least, and quite nice. Nice woody sweet taste. It hits up front with the sweetness - some cocoa and coffee notes here too - and finishes with the oak. What a solid beer. I love Great Divide for a lot of reasons. They have a great staff and they really take beer seriously. I was able to visit the brewery this year when I was in town for the GABF and they were extremely hospitable; good people. Even better that they brew excellent beers. If you're not familiar with imperial stouts, you might want to ease into this one, but if you're a fan of the genre you have to try it. It's good stuff.

Photo of superspak
4.43/5  rDev +4%
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.

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,987 ratings.