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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,999
Reviews: 1,585
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial stout aged on new French and American oak chips.

(Beer added by: Crosling on 08-09-2004)
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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.

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

A: Black with a pretty nice 2 finger head that's the color of hot chocolate foam.

S: Big floral hops along with wood, a big charred aroma, roasted malts, cocoa powder and a hint of blackberry.

T: Espresso, dark chocolate, a bit of hop bitterness and then a big finish of dark roasted coffee. A bit of charred bitterness on the finish and a hint of smoke. Pretty nice.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber split and poured into my SN 30th tulip(thanks Andy). Old label style so assume this has at least a year or so on it. The beer is pitch black with about a finger of beige head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace ring around the rim.

The aroma is a big blast of bourbon and oak. We joked you could get a buzz just from smelling this beer. After getting past the bourbon I can pick out coffee, chocolate and just a hint of sweet vanilla. There's a light hop presence as well. Smells like a winner.

The flavor is fairly hoppy at first taste. Mild coffee and chocolate mixed with bourbon come on strong with each sip. The wood is very pronounced as well. Lots of dry attic wood can be picked up. Very smooth yet dry.

Full bodied with little carbonation.

Overall another great Yeti. I look forward to putting all of them side by side some day. Maybe then I will have a definitive favorite.

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

On tap at the Birmingham Bridge Tavern. Reviewed from notes.

Served in a standard pint glass...a huge pour (14.5 oz I am guessing) for this beer! A thick, dense head, 1 finger tall, sits on top of the black as night body. Some nice lacing present as the heavy foam slowly receded throughout the drink.

The nose is pretty intense...touches of coffee, vanilla, oak (go figure), chocolate and roasted malts all mix together. Awesome.

As I hoped, the taste is right in line with the nose. All of these flavors come together...the flavor wave starts off roasted, then sweet, then roasted again (with a little alcohol burn added).

This has one of the best mouth feels out there...creamy as hell, thick and rich. Like a desert in a pint glass!

The booziness combined with the woody sweetness knock this down a little...but I would never turn one of these away. Much better than it's non-oak-aged little brother. Now...on to the Espresso cousin...

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

A: Pours a jet black with about 2 finger's worth of milk chocolate colored head, recedes slowly into a tan halo around the glass

S: Chocolate, vanilla, oak, super dark/black coffee roast, smoke, caramel malt

T: Double espresso, smoke, and wood chips hit the palate at first, followed by a powerfully bitter, earthy hoppy aftertaste that lingers.

O: This is one of the finest RIS I've ever had. Yeti was great by itself, but oak aging it makes it an especially delightful treat. It brings out a simultaneously vanilla, oak, woody, smoky flavor to yeti's already robust profile, and it's impossible to resist.

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

Pours a dark mahogany colour but mostly black unless held up to the light. Head is ochre, fairly dense and retaining a thin crown. Lace is pretty nice and sticky, cascading down slowly. Nice.

Smells very sweet and really quite lovely. Lots of musk character, sweet and a touch spicy with mild mint notes and maybe some basil as well. Touch of peppery spice. Underlying it all is a roasty rich aroma. Pretty bloody nice.

Taste is extremely nutty. Dry roasty malts on the front that slowly evolve into complex dark flavours, a sweet nutty mid-palate with peanut and macadamia characters. Nice chocolate notes with a touch of cardamom and pepper on there as well. There is also a warmth from the booze on the back, but very sweet overall and the strength on the back just lifts the other sweet, chocolatey roasted flavours really nicely. This is a cracker, beautifully mellow yet complex brew.

Mouthfeel seems a bit deficient at times, it's all full but thinned out on the mid a bit, and the alcohol shows through a little more distinctly than it needs to.

Sweet, pleasant and not too hot. This beer is drinking wonderfully.

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

Opaque black colour with mahogany highlights. Dark brown head, a bit rocky, with good head retention and lacing. During the first pour, I could smell the malt from across the bar. Plenty of malt and roasted in the aroma, also a bit vinous, ripe fruits and a soft bit of alcohol. But the real player here was the vanilla aromas from the oak. Very prominent. Even before noticing the flavours, the mouthfeel was overwhelming. Chewy and creamy with a heavy body. The carbonation was incorporated very well and contributed to the thick, viscous texture. Vanilla was very strong in the flavour as well, but a little more balanced. Alcohol was apparent as well, lending to a whiskey or liquor-like quality. Still, there's a lot of roasted malt and coffee, ripe fruits and chocolate, especially as it warms. Finishes dry with alcohol warmth, malt and vanilla. The aftermath on the palate is similar to a shot of quality whiskey. This is a big, complex beer. I enjoyed it a lot, but it's definitely a "sharing beer".

Photo of surprenant1138
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 1cm of tan head with nice lacing. Appearance is a deep brown, almost black, tar like in appearance. Aroma is of Coffee, chocolate, burnt oak, slightly smokey.Mouthfeel is heavy, rich. Taste is fantastic: coffee, charred oak, chocolate, nutty. AWESOME SUPER RICH stout.

Photo of ccarney2
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Jet black body, completely opaque, no light can escape this black hole. Pours a 2 finger milk chocolate/cappuccino head that dissipates quickly. Lacing leaves a very uniformed coating on the inside of the glass for just a short while before sinking back into the body of the beer.

Smell - Sweet roasted malt aroma with plum and bitter chocolate smells coming through as well. Sweet smell with hints of caramel that doesn't quite cover up the 9.5% ABV, but still smells rather inviting.

Taste - The taste starts off rather sweet, you can taste the smokey flavor of the oak barrel right off the bat. There are a lot of the same characteristics of the nose in the flavor also. Sweet plum taste that fades into a more bitter and lingering dark chocolate taste. I could literally taste chocolate for minutes after swallowing a sip of this brew. You cannot taste as much of the alcohol as you get in the nose which is nice.

Mouthfeel - Thick as motor oil with a nice amount of carbonation. This beer coats your tongue and leaves you with a residual blanketing of flavor for your mouth to enjoy for a while after you swallow.

Overall - I really enjoyed this brew, it wasn't really overwhelming in any aspect as I've found some higher gravity stouts to be. It also had a nice balance of bitter and sweet. Definitely not a session beer though, at 9.5% a bomber of this had me sitting with a dumb and pleased smile on my face. Drink this beer... It's a wonderful cold weather beer.

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

Appearance: Black as a black hole ! Thick dark brown head that fades and leaves around two fingers after its calmed down. Lovely Lacing.

Smell: Hops, Alcohol, Burnt/Char, coffee, cocoa.

Taste: Alcohol, Burnt/Char, Coffee, Cocoa, burnt sugars ?

Mouthfeel: Thick and sexy. Coats the mouth and leaves a slight burn followed by charred oakey coffee !

Drinkability: For me, I love a good stout, and could drink one daily... although its probably not the best idea. Great to share with a few buddies over conversation !

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

Kept in a nice cool place for about 8 months before I finally had to drink it.
-22oz bottle bought fresh, in the great city this Imperial Stout was brewed, Denver.

A- Beautiful. Full,dark body with a chocolate milk looking brown head. 2 fingers of foam with decent retention. The sticky lacing didn't seem to want to leave.

S- Cocoa, coffee, vanilla and booze.

T- Similar to taste but the coffee dominates in a well matter. Warmness from the alcohol reminds you why its 9.5% abv.

M- Low carbonation, full bodied monster. Ends with a nice oily finish. A sipper to say the least.

O- I'm glad I finally decided to drink this, now I can go out and buy a few more. It's the perfect example of what an Imperial Stout should be! Enough said.

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

It's a beer review kind of night. 22oz, snifter, you know the drill.

A: I'm pretty sure the room got a little darker when I poured this thing because it sucked the light in to itself. Completely and utterly black with a dark brown half finger head. Some legs and lacing. Motor oil.

S: Roast and hops. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, wood, and a bit of smoke round out the end. More vanilla comes out as it warms.

T: More bitter and less sweet than I expected. Roast that fades in to strong hop bitterness and lots of dark chocolate and oak. Sadly I haven't had the base beer to compare it to but the words "massive" and "complex" on the bottle do describe it well. This is good.

M: Imperial stout. Viscous with a touch of carbonation. Alcohol, bitterness, and wood linger a bit and dry the mouth.

O: I do enjoy my stouts a bit sweeter than this, however the hop bitterness does play well against the oak woodiness. I wouldn't reach for it every day, and it's a little palate exhausting, but it's delicious and complex. Will have to try original Yeti.

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

Let this bottle sit in the fridge undisturbed for almost one year after buying.

Appearance- Awesome black molasses color and texture to this beer. Light brwon, half-finger head. A strong film remains on the top of the beer sip after sip. It will recede, but always comes back to cover up where I sipped. Its like weeds. Thin lacing on the sides of my Goose Island wine/beer glass. Only beer.

Smell- Roasted and medium smoked malts in the nose bringing forth memories of campfires and burning oak from my dad's scrap pieces of woodworked oak.

Taste- The syrupy smoke and roasted grains hit the palate immediately. Gving way to some light, creamy vanilla goodness in the middle of the palate. The aste of burning wood can't be dnied noticed more in the back of the palate.

Mouthfeel- Smooth creamy, velvety, and warming goodness.

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

Appearance: This was poured from a 22 oz bottle into tumbler. Color is mocha-dark with a nice frothy head that reminds me of turbinado-sugar rich latte foam.

Scent: Smell is mild and syrupy, yet it is pleasant and not noxious in the very least.  The second wave follows with a subtly sweet and nutty aroma with hints of caramel candy.

Taste: The first sip brings a very very slight chocolate-cherry sweetmess. There is definitely a nutty aftertaste that kicks in after the sip has finished swirling around the mouth.  A slightly bitter (but pleasant!) tanginess remains after the stout has gone down.  Upon going down, this beer warms the throat nicely.

Mouthfeel: This double has a smooth body which does not allow itself to be overpowered by the the alcohol here. I don't feel it is as heavy as some other double stouts i have had before. It has just enough spice to tingle and supplant the taste, but not enough to make the mouth it burn.

Drinkability: The Yeti is very easy to drink. Each sip is large and fruitful, encouraging one to savor and enjoy. Each sip builds layers onto the taste, building complexity and flavor. This is definitely one of the top double stouts i have had the pleasure of drinking. Even though I tend to shy away from beers that exhibit a lot of hops, I found the hoppiness to help in building character.

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

Another great beer from the RIS BIF sent to be courtesy of FrankenBrew. In true BA nature I brought my friend over and we split this bottle.

This beer is a very good example of what oak aging should be. Nice mixture of oak, chocolate and vanilla. It is actually pretty big on the vanilla.

The taste is very very creamy and smooth. Like the nose its big on oak, chocolate, vanilla. Its like a very nice rich piece of fudge almost.

Very full body. This is one of the most creamy smooth and satiny beers Ive had.

I was very glad to have shared this one with another beer lover who would other wise not have gotten the opportunity to try it. Besides, after splitting a Black Ops with me it was the least I could do.

Photo of kirok1999
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed Yeti last night, now it's big brother's turn.

A- Black as night with a slight brown head and minimal lacing.

S- Sweet dark fruit, cherries, maybe raisins. Toffee and slight chocolate and coffee.

T- Super smooth, The oak really stands out, along with vanilla, dark fruit, toffee and chocolate/coffee. Nice strong hops make the balance work. The hops are slight citrus and fruit. It seems the oak aging has mellowed the alcohol of the plain Yeti.

M- Creamy and slick.

D- Damn, I like this one. Either Yeti or Oak Yeti are exceptional stouts. Very complex and tasty.

Photo of legalpete19340
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Is this heaven? Thick, pitch black with one finger of cocoa colored head. The brew coated everything with a film that looks like motor oil.

S: Burnt coffee, hints of wood and vanilla with some burnt sugar sweetness. Molasses.

T: Huge roasted malt with a slight burnt character flows into waves of dark chocolate and dark roast coffee. Despite the big flavors the edges are smoothed. Must be the oak. Burnt sugar and molasses offer some sweetness. I pick up definite hop characteristics with slight pine but bigger earthy herbal flavors. The finish is smooth.

M: Full, thick, smooth, creamy, rich, lush. Yes.

O: Amazing beer. The oak smooths out Yeti's rough edges and makes a great beer greater. I will always drink this beer if I see it. So dark and interesting.

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Pours pitch black with a minimal tan head and excellent lacing. Aroma has coffee notes with subtle chocolate and vanilla. Taste follows suit with big roasted malt. Robust and in your face. Long finish with a rich full mouthfeel. Amazing!

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

A - Pour nearly black in color. Can't really see any light around the edges either. The medium brown head tops out at a little over half inch. Head looks very dense. Retention is good and plentiful amounts of lace are left behind.

A - The nose is potent and complex. Getting hints of rich chocolate, coffe beans, and alcohol. Dark fruit is mild and close to a cherry smell. Finishes off a little smokey.

T - Dark chololate and espresso hit the palate first. Alcohol has more of a presence than expected. It still stays well within acceptable heat levels. Taste some vanilla midway. That is a nice touch. Tons of roasted smokey notes come and go all throughout the flavor. Cherry comes in tword the end and stays out of the way. Very well done.

M - Fuller bodied with a carbonation level that just works. This is what I imagine every stout should strive to be. Finish is dry but not too much.

D - Drinkibility is good. This is a high test brew that works very well as a sipper. Seriously, it can take a long time to get through a bomber. It has alot of good things going for it. Great flavors mixed with an impeccable mouthfeel make for a very enjoyable experience. I'd be interested to see what this beer would do with some age on it. Highly recommended brew from Great Divide.

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

draft pour in a 12 ounce tulip at the Bind Tiger Ale House.

A: black, smooth tight brown head.

S: Oak right off the bat, roasty, hops.

T: chocolate, oak, vanilla, the beer is heavy on the oak if I could get a bottle I bet this would be better after some time it is a bit oak forward and would benefit to be a bit more mellow.

M: creamy, coating, heavy

D: one glass is enough for me right now I drank it pretty quick and would enjoy another, If i see it on shelves i will buy it and cellar it for a year or so.

I had this again one month later from a growler and it was even better

O: I love this beer it is a solid oaked stout. one of the best.

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,999 ratings.