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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,613
Hads: 4,295
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 318
Gots: 827 | FT: 41
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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:
Beer added by: Crosling on 08-09-2004

Imperial stout aged on new French and American oak chips.
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Photo of ypsifly
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated, silver foiled bomber poured into an imperial pint.

Black with a nice two finger head that is dark tan and quite rocky. Great retention and it leaves interesting rock formations of lace as it goes down. Beautiful.

Smells of baker's chocolate, cocoa powder, mocha, with lots of hop dryness underneath. Hint of wood.

The taste is lots of roasted malts, the same choco/cocoa/mocha notes found in the nose, followed by a growing hop bitterness, that fades out perfectly in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is full, almost chewy, but the drinkability takes a hit due to the abv. Besides, something this big and tasty should be sipped and savored. (658 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with LuckySevens82. Thanks for the opportunity... Silver foiled cap.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1" of dense, dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head ain't moving, and lacing is heavy yet delicate. Aroma is dark grains, dark fruits, and alcohol, all pretty much equally balanced. Taste starts with some coffee bitterness, segues into dark fruitiness for a moment, smooths into some dark malt sweetness, and then closes with another shot of bitter and some nice alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is ok, but a bit harsh for what I would expect from a barrel-aged brew, and drinkability is about the same. A nice double stout, but the barrel seems to have had minimal input here, for my palate. (752 characters)

Photo of jakester
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a thick, jet black with a one finger brown head of foam which drops to a coating and a ring. Nevertheless, great lacing was observed.

Aroma is of big sweet roasted coffee, vanilla, and gin soaked cherries. Alcohol also present in quantity. Can't wait!

The first flavor is a huge malt sweetness, followed by huge sweet coffee, fruity hops, vanilla, and a good dose of bitterness, all hammering away at once. A very long flavor of vanilla and cherries finishes off this great taste.

Mouthfeel is awesomely rich, sweet, and sticky. Pleasant, noticeable tingle from carbonation on the tongue.

This beer is fantastic! I haven't tried the non-oak Yeti, so I can't compare. I would like to try to drink this all day, though I doubt it would take that long. A big, extravagant, well made RIS. (804 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a 22 oz bottle of this on 7-14-05, with my good Canadian friend, Mowog. I reviewed this one a couple of years ago, when it was called "Maverick", and am pleased to say that the oak aging has improved it a bit.
Appearance: Pours like dirty motor oil, producing an inky and opaque body topped by a creamy, two finger, light brown head. Head retention is exceptional, and lacing is exceptional. Sheets of dark beige lace hang all over the pint glass. A beautiful sight to behold.
Aroma: Powerful notes of burnt coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and creamy vanilla ice cream invade the nose. Nice!
Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, low carbonation, and a pleasant hops bite that is grassy in nature.
Taste: Bitter dark roasted malts are dominant. Burnt coffee, medium chocolate sweetness, creamy vanilla, and bittering grassy hops. Some woodsy oak tones contribute to an exceptional flavor profile. This is one hell of a nice impy stout!
Drinkability: Highly drinkable, and the alcohol is cleverly hidden. Excellent example of oak aging, as the vanilla is very prominent. We could have enjoyed another one, but had to settle for a Stone Russian Imperial Stout, which lacked the vanilla complexity of this excellent oak aged, Colorado product. (1,249 characters)

Photo of Skidz
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out viscous black and sits totally pitch with a speck of deep crimson coming through the bottom of the glass. A large creamy brown head forms and holds with great resiliancy, leaving rings of lace around the glass.

Smells of rich chocolate and thick malty goodness. Alcolic twangs in the back of the nose with singing hints of burnt oak. Raisins and figs mingle about.

Tastes very rich up front, gleaming malts punch out chocolate and deep brown sugar. Builds into a warming glow of alcohol and hop bitterness displaying spicy, grassy notes and subtle hints of pine. Wooden sides mellow it all out and lead into the clean, bitter finish.

Seductively smooth, creamy, glides about the mouth with the greatest of ease. Carbonation is low, and well matched against the full body.

I'm finding this much easier to drink in comparison to the standard Yeti, seems to be much more mellow and far easier to handle in the large quantity presented. Haven't had many barrel aged double or imperial stouts that have tasted as fine as this. Well worth a visit. (1,063 characters)

Photo of karengarys
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours very rich almost black, leaving a toffee brown colored head.

Smells of alcohol are most forward, with malts right behind. [the floral/sweet comes out as it warms]

Taste is a bit heavy on the alcohol side. Coffee and chocolate are present, but there is a pine hop I would expect in a pale ale. Though nice and balanced, that pine flavor seems out of place in this malty dark beverage.

WAIT! It has warmed up slightly, and the taste is getting much richer. I bumped it up from a 3.5 when cold to a 4 now that it is around 55 degrees. Yep, this is good warmer as you would expect. The pine starts to hide, and the alcohol stab turns into an undertone under the chocolate.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy. [even as it warms]

Body is nice and thick as you would expect. [and stays that way as it warms]

This is a quite good brew, I recommend it. Make sure, though, that you enjoy it not so cold - as it warms it really improves. (946 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
3.69/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick oily pitch black with a slow erupting tall head of brown foam. Even the head looks quite dense. Thick rings of chunky lace coat the glass as does the oily liquid after each sip before oozing back down to the body. Simply a picture perfect Imperial Stout. Surprisingly strong hoppy nose with floral and piney notes. A bit too hoppy in my opinion as it didn’t let much else shine through until nearly the end of the 22oz. Lighter chocolate and roasty notes peak through at times. Big hoppy flavor as expected with a good strength chocolate malt trying to battle back the hops. It seemed the hops died out after awhile and let some oak come through but not much. Mouthfeel is damn thick and pretty slick going down. Very nice. Pretty good drinkability but the hoppiness drowning out the other flavors drops this a bit for me. Overall a solid beer though I would take the non oak version over this. (909 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The oak-aging of the Yeti softens it quite a bit and adds a very nice touch of vanilla, some more chocolate, and even some cocoanut. The piney hops are also a little bit more reserved; and the heavy roastiness has had a chance to settle a bit as well. In the place of the heavy-handed, almost-burnt coffee are glistening, oily espresso-beans; and the fruitiness is far more rounded and supple. Or maybe it's just that the acidity of the dark malts has softened a bit.

In many beers, oak-aging is just a gimmick, but in this case it's really helped to round out an otherwise good, but still blocky Imperial Stout. Very nice! In fact, very, very nice!!! As long as this is available, I'll never buy the regular Yeti again! (723 characters)

Photo of taez555
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pitch black with slight brownish hinted body with a dark tan, mochachinno head that dies quickly but lingers around the rim.

Nose is a mix of chocolate, oak, some wood, alcohol, touches of moss and milk chocolate. Overall very woody.

Taste is full-bodied and very rich. Very smooth from start to finish. Chocolate, espresso beans, vanilla, oak and wood. Leafy hop taste with touches of citrus. There’s a slightly numbing bitterness but it’s amazingly well balanced for 75 IBU’s.

Not my favorite beer from the brewery, but simply a perfect oak aged Imp Stout. Well balanced combo of big IMP stout and just enough oak. Oh so yummy. I’d drink this again anyday. (681 characters)

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber with silver foil over cap.

Nearly opaque brown-black with a substantial, creamy brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark hops, and is that a touch of vanilla?

The taste is big, with large, roasted bitterness all around. There are subtleties here, too, in the faint vanilla-oak from the aging process and just the faintest hint of chocolate/caramel sweetness. This beer is absolutely in the mouth, and the complexity--the way the bourbon and hops almost spar with one another across the tongue--is simply beautiful. Just when you think there's too much here for the alcohol to show through, it warms your mouth and very much adds to the experience.

An excellent adventure of flavors much more appropriate for a cold winter's evening than this July 4th, but very nice to drink nonetheless. (810 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

1cm dense but fizzy head: toffee-brown. A very dark brown beer. Lacing is sticky and thin. Aroma is tangy toffee/chocolate, smoky, nice. Front is very rich, tangy toffee chocolate. Some fruit, too. Body is very thick. Middle is full of toffee and malty syrup. Finish is fairly bitter, a little smoky with some alcohol. Alcohol in the aftertaste. Wow. Very rich, thick stout. Frigging good, if a smidge sweet for my taste. (421 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go to HardTarget for the chance to sample this one...split this with fellow BA's cmaruschak and mmmmbeeeer.

Appearance: An oily black pour with a tan head that retains beautifully. The head fades to wispy lines of carbonation.

Smell: Prominent oak, rum soaked raisins, alcohol, and maybe a touch of bourbon.

Taste: Oak is harsh and up front, vanilla bean, dry cocoa, burnt marshmallows, and a ghost-like smokiness. After a while, my palate felt like I had been licking charcoal.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly slick and creamy with a long, lingering finish.

Drinkability: Glad I shared this one. A definite sipper.

Notes: The oak is too prominent. I know this is the new fad/trend/gimmick is to put everything in some kind of barrel to age it. That being said, I wish the fad would fade. I'll take my regular Yeti from now on. (857 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep black in color, with a modest tan head, completely opaque, with attractive scattered lacing.

Aroma: Deep, dense aroma of dark bitter chocolate, as well as coffee, and alcohol, very pleasing.

Taste: Opens with strong notes of stale coffee, and wood, there is a pronounced harsh chemical bitterness, with notes of rubber and plastic. A bitter medicinal note lingers on well past the end of the taste. The harsh chemical qualities fade somewhat, but never entirely disappear as the beer warms. The stale coffee notes remain constant. Finishes very dry with excessive tannins.

Mouth feel: Sof, smooth, full in body, little carbonation, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: I really wanted to like this beer, but I was not able to. The ordinary Yeti is far better. The harsh chemical character ruins would could have been a world-class beer. (864 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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". (1,008 characters)

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

App: Black with brown head. Laces glass.

Smell: Roasted coffee with a hint of vanilla. Hop spiciness there as well, but this beer didn't seem all that aromatic to me.

Taste: Lots of roasted coffee and chocolate. Hints of vanilla. Lots of hop bitterness there also and lingers in the aftertaste. Dry and bitter aftertaste almost IPA like.

Mouth: Just a tad on the light side but smooth with good amount of carbonation.

Drink: Fine for a double stout.

Overall: This is an above average double stout and interesting. The oak seems to add to the complexity, and balances the hoppiness well. I love stouts and this is very solid and very very good. (658 characters)

Photo of klewis
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Jet black with big frothy tan head. This beer left a thick encompassing lace on the glass, perhaps the most lacing that I've seen, with a thick, lasting head.

Smell: Sweet chocolate, coffee, roasted malt - basically what you would expect from this style. Very pleasing.

Taste: Lots of hop bitterness up front followed by chocolate and a hint of alcohol, and finally, some intensely good coffee flavors on the finish.

Mouthfeel: A little lighter than I expected, as it looked very thick in the pour, but still excellent. Carbonation is just right.

Drinkability: All of the above characteristics work together perfectly in harmony to make this an outstanding beer. I could drink this beer everyday. (720 characters)

Photo of Dithyramb
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz bomber with the silver foil. No born on or freshness dating, but I'd imagine this one could sit for a bit. Purchased as a single from Piccadilly in Champaign.

Appearance: Opaque black hole-like liquid with a dark tan head. It quickly dissapated to a ultra sticky. No light streaming through and limited carbonation after the initial pour.

Nose: Alcohol, vanilla and brown sugar sitting in a thick Italian espresso

Taste: Vanilla mixed with tasty roasted malts. Once it warms a bit, you have the oak flavors mingled with the bitter middle and finish. Lingers on the tongue for quite a bit.

Mouthfeel: Middle to heavy, but creamy, mouthfeel. Hops linger in the mouth

Drinkability: Yes (716 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 ounce Bomber, my bottle looks exactly like the one in the BA Database. A silver foil covers the logo’d crown cap. No strength or freshness listed, but it proudly states that this one is the sophisticated sibling - Oak Aged yeti Imperial Stout is 75 IBU’s.

Appearance: Jet black body has a thick darkly roasted body on the pour. Lazy carbonation slowly forms a nice vanilla brown head blanket as the ‘chilled’ Yeti warms to room temperature and the dissolved carbon dioxide takes advantage of its first time exposure to the atmospheric pressure and gently escapes. Head looses its appearance after a few minutes when it stabilizes to a fluffy halo ring and a broken bubbled surface,

Nose: Thick vanilla beans sting the nose with a balancing crushed brown sugar middle. Roasted malts are laced with an alcohol soaked wood character which lingers around for some time.

Taste: Roasted malts mingle and loose the battle with soft sweet vanilla beans in the beginning. Middle races with a smooth creamy vanilla tarnished oily hop puddle. Some wood but doesn’t start until the middle and is delicate in nature in the back end. Finishes with a nice roasted hoppy bitterness, even in the lingering end long after the swallow, the hops are still pretty dominating and often mask the oak at times.

Mouthfeel: Creamy feel on the palate, woody nature but the hop oils fill the mouth and coat with a slick vanilla flavored hop oil. Slick finish and a long lasting reminder of your meeting with the Yeti.

Drinkability: Highly Enjoyable, whilst it could be argued that the high hop oils are a little too much at times I actually like that aspect, and the subtle vanilla oak flashes that punctuate this Imperial Stout.

Overall: A big hitting Oak Aged Imperial Stout that retains enticing hop bitterness with a smooth creamy vanilla trait.

Many Thanks to BigHugeYeti for this one. Much Appreciated. (1,924 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I remember the bitterness of the regular version of Yeti being the only thing that kept me from liking it a whole lot more than I did. Luckily with this iteration the almost overdone hops are reined in by the aging. The beer is thoroughly black with a thick dark brown head. Sticky rings of lacing. Big chocolate and hops in the nose. Rich and velvety with lots of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. The vanilla advertised on the bottle is there in trace amounts. The finish is where the hops kick in again but they aren’t overwhelming as in the non-aged version. As it stands I liked this one a lot. (602 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is the best beer I've ever had, I can't wait to get it again. Pours an obsidian black, with a light brown head that rises to the top. First smell is of vanilla, no doubt from the oaking. The theres a nice roasty smell, with some hops behind it. Man this tastes good, oaky with vanilla notes, bitter roast coffee, some hops. The aftertaste was indescribable, exactly like the aftertaste of a very fine oaked chardonnay, just amazing. The mouthfeel was nice and thick, perfect consistency, not overly thick and just right, very smooth and tasty. This isn't an everyday beer and I don't think I'd try to drink a whole bomber by myself but this is definately a beer to get for special occasions. Beer I recommend most. (724 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A different bigger experience than the regular Yeti. A very drinkable imperial stout, creamy. Black with mocha top. Definite vanilla from the cask. Lace. Medium mouthfeel, smooth, hoppy, very balanced. The oak gives it that 4th dimension. Thanks Viggio.

had a month later and downrated as picked up too much coconut, chamomille, while oak still worked. Wasn't as smooth. (373 characters)

Photo of rousee
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black cola color--small head of dark tan foam is formed and it is leaving some mild lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell is that of dark woods, cherries, and walnuts with some rather vinous character to each of these.

Taste seems to be lacking in complexity compared to others of this style. Only problem is I love this style so its hard for me to give a bad score here because it is still extremely tasty. There is also some spiciness from the alcohol and that is a slight negative although at 9.5% abv, its gonna be tough to disguise.

One other thing that needs to be mentioned here is the price. This baby is expensive. $8 for a 22oz bomber. I know its oak aged and all but you really cant get a strong oaky flavor off it--I think oak aging is probably better for beers that might be slightly lighter in color like Arrogant Bastard. For an American brewery, I would expect it to be slightly less expensive also. I believe these people ( Great Divide) also do the Hercules IIPA and I think that is probably a tad better for the respective style than this one. (1,070 characters)

Photo of sinistermadman
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pour from the 22 oz bomber is dirty motor oil in color, head is a nice chocolate colored mass that retains well.

Smell: chocolate, caramel, roasted coffee and toffee malts

Taste is quite good. Hops are at the forefront. This slowly gives way to the toasted malts which blend into a subtle baker's chocolated finish. Hops are present throughout the drink, but they allow the other ingredients passage in the later part of the taste. This brew finished with a nice dry smoky character and some residual coffee tinge, quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is big and chewy. Alcohol content makes it's presence known, but is well integrated into the taste. Not too intrusive, although the taste lingers for quite a while. A very tasty Imperial Stout. I don't know if it is any better than the original Yeti as I have not tried it. Not a cheap brew, but it is worth trying. (866 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a beautiful deep, dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a rich black and chocolate malt scent with a vanilla oak barrel aroma; very nice. The taste is great. It has an intense, malty flavor that boasts of black, chocolate, and roasted malts along with loads of hops in the finish. The oak aging adds a mellow vanilla quality. It goes down easy and finishes dry and earthy. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is one of the best imperial stouts I've tried. It is so flavorful; a pleasure to drink. (623 characters)

Photo of beerinator
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Split this one with the wife immediately after drinking the regular Yeti Imperial Stout.

Appearance: Dark black beer. Frothy mountainous tan head with excellent retention.

Aroma: Oak seems subtle. The chocolate and bitter coffee aren't present here like they are in the normal yeti.

Taste: Woody, sharp flavor, reminscent of the oaky sharpness in a chardonay. Tannic. There is a bit of bitterness and roasty character coming through to balance the oak. The mouthfeel is very good and solid.

Notes: Beer is very solid and interesting. The oak aging seems to have diminished some of the Yeti's good qualities. The oak flavor does provide a bit of depth, but it doesn't bring to the table what it covers up, in my opinion. (732 characters)

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,613 ratings.