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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by Crosling on 08-09-2004

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Reviews: 1,651 | Ratings: 4,484
Photo of RockAZ
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Most excellent stout. Picked up a 1/6th bbl for $40 ! And, it is April 2015, this was kegged in Nov, 2013 !!! The distributor blew it out as "old stock". I will try to explain my excitement over this stout. When released, I thought it was over boozy, raw cocoa slushed around without working it into the malt profile. Speaking of balance, that 75 IBU's wasn't welcome much either. Well, a year and a half later all that has changed for the better. Smooth pour, firm chocolate foam, thick almost syrupy body, potent wood aroma without a sting of alcohol and surprise - there are good hops there to bring down the sweetness. Really really loved this beer, marvelous balance - one for the record books for me.

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Photo of Jwburns75
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draught at The Savoy in Merick NY. Poured into some kind of Belgian style glass, dark black pour, one finger head that laced well. Serious chocolate notes came through immediately, nice roasty flavor. I didn't get any sense of the barrel aging, not sure if there are supposed to be hints of bourbon or anything but if there is I certainly did not pick up on it. Tasted like a big stout with strong hints of chocolate. Made my wife scrunch up her face in disgust when she tasted, I savored every pull.

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Photo of ChestSplitter
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was superb. A step up from the non-aged. Doesn't go over the top with the whiskey flavor, like some barrel-aged beers do. This still tastes like a great stout underneath.

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Photo of jtt133
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This really was an outstanding beer. Deep color, smooth rich flavor, a lot of body. Hints of chocolate, dark roast coffee, oak, and vanilla. I was a big fan of the Founder's Breakfast Stout until having this one. Definitely will be my go to stout from now on.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into nonic. Deep black with foamy brown head that holds its form throughout the drink. Smells of roasted malts, espresso, chocolate, oak, and vanilla. Flavors are coffee-infused unsweetened brownies, dark fruits, oak, vanilla, and late hop bitterness. Medium-full bodied, creamy, active soft carbonation, and a crisp finish.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crap, I'm doing this from notes but I am just not remembering the experience. My notes say it was good.

It had a big brown, lumpy, foamy head. The aroma was big and good and had a coffee overtone.

The taste had a nice roasty side. It was not very bitter nor was it boozy. The finish was clean.

I wish I could remember the experience better! I will need to buy another bottle since my notes tell me I should. Like a yeti, I can't even find a photo in my usual beer portraits.

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Photo of ZorroZ
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

O! M! G!

Appearance: You wanna talk dark... don't think I've ever seen a beer as dark as this. Even the head is dark- a rather dark brown.
Smell: Usually, when I read about the wood in which a beer is aged, I almost have to take their word for it. But, with this beer, I actually *smelled* the oak. Very impressive.
Taste: And the hits just keep on coming. Incredibly rich, malty backbone, with just the littlest bit of hops hanging around. I even taste a bit of chocolate.
Mouthfeel: It's almost creamy.

Do you get the impression that I loved this beer?

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Great Divide balloon glass.

Look: Opaque blackness, the color of the darkest dark chocolate. A mocha colored head recedes somewhat quickly leaving a thin collar, while very light random lines and odd shapes of lacing remain on the glass.

Aroma: Chocolate and cocoa come through very well with a nice woody oak note. A hint of spiciness.

Taste: Perfectly balanced between roasted coffee, chocolate notes, and oak barrels. Not one flavor dominates the other, although the finish has a lot more oak in it, and perhaps a touch of alcohol on the tongue, but not much.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth.

Overall: This was a true delight. I was fearing there wood be too much wood and not enough of the other flavors. I was wrong, it's very well balanced.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautiful dark brown-black and very thick and viscous. Really clings to the edge of the glass, with a dark brown finger of foam.

Dark chocolate, heavy roasted/burnt/smoky notes, and a boat load of wood and earthy aroma.

Roasted/burnt flavors, slight coffee-like notes, and again tons of oak/wood and earthy flavors. Too much so for my taste.

Heavy-bodied, light-medium carbonation, earthy, bitter, and oh so dry.

Overall, I should have expected the heavy oak/wood aroma and flavor, but this was just a bit too extreme for my taste, still very good regardless.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black pour with brown head (draft in 12oz tulip); strong coffee bean nose; medium mouthfeel; exhale is roasted coffee bean fighting with oak; alcohol well hidden (10%);finish is dry wood and coffee grounds-too much coffee?

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Photo of Coffdaddy
2.66/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

This beer is unquestionable overhyped. It's an incredibly dry stout -- to the point where I had to chase this with water. Some what like drinking soy sauce.

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Photo of GFM
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours like motor oil--thick and black. Thin caramel-colored head. Lacing coats the glass. Gives off a scent of the roasted malt but can sense the alcohol. The roasted malt is the dominant flavor but there's an occasional sweet moment before the hops leave a bitter aftertaste. I wish the sweetness had a little more staying power. Overall very good but overly bitter. (8.0)

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Photo of Totalpackage411
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was amazing! very heavy looking beer with a pretty high alcohol content, but this beer went down surprisingly very smooth! one of the better stouts I've had. I highly recommend this one for any one who likes dark beer and stouts.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 10/12/13

Poured into a snifter from a 22 oz bomber.

Appearance: Jet black, completely opaque, viscous, with a one finger mocha head. Lacing coats the glass with thick syrupy goodness.
Smell: Deep roasted coffee with cocoa and vanilla. Notes of dark fruit and oak.
Taste: Flavor is bitter coffee and mocha with a bit of sweet malt. Finish is bitter and lingering - like an IPA. Just a hint of booze.
Mouthfeel: Full-body with good carbonation. Very smooth and velvety. Should be sipping beer, but I find myself sipping nearly constantly!
Overall: Really good stout with a lot of hop bitterness. One of my favorite stouts.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

color is an opaque,deep brown, pours a half finger of dark brown head. Aroma is nice, coffee, chocolate, and interestingly some hoppy pine as well. Taste is bitter espresso and cocoa upfront,followed by a grainy, malty taste, then an earthy, piney bite. Texture of the beer is quite thin, with pretty high carbonation. overall i was quite underwhelmed, for an oak aged stout i found that this beer lacked balance, the hoppy flavor was not welcome in an imperial stout and did not compliment the rich, malt flavors in my opinion. some sweetness would have gone a long way.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L (4.5) – This beer looks and acts much like it’s non-oak brother. Real nice deep color. Nice bit of head on top.

S (4.25) – You get a bit of the oak smell right off the bat, and then the normal stout smells. Very malty, and a little coffee smell.

T (4.5) – This tastes like old aged Yeti (which it is). Keep in mind that oak aged =/= bourbon barrel aged. So you get the nice oak/wood tastes, but still get to taste the beer itself. I don’t get as much of the boozy taste as regular Yeti, but some.

F (4.25) – Very good mouthfeel. Carbed appropriately and smooth to drink. Lovely.

O (4.25) – I was (and am) a big fan of Yeti. So I thought that the Oak-Aged would be a good option. And it is. I might take a regular Yeti over this one many times, but I’m not sure why. They’re both solid. They should both be in your cellar at all times.

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Photo of MichaelNeelsen
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours absolutely tar black. Thick, red-brown head that tastes creamy and resembles the foam atop a French press of coffee.

S: Hops! How weird for a stout to smell so much like an IPA. The intense hop presence appears to be from the original, pre-aged Yeti.

T: A hoppy taste as well! Oak is present, for sure as is the fruity bite of an IPA. This sounds bad, but it tastes like a yeti - dark, rich, robust, and bitter.

F: Chews like fluffy clouds with mass. Rounded edges.

O: It's a stout with attitude for sure. Your mouth feels like it does after drinking an IPA. A little tacky, but delicious. It's a very, very unique stout that takes the ale aspect to 11.

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Photo of mrmaps
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: dark with a distinct reddish tint

S: residual sugar, hops are far back in the distance.

T: coffee dark chocolate with smoky vanilla mid palate. Vanilla lingers until it is covered up by bittering hops at the end. More hops than I would have expected, but it works.

F: silky

O: Big beer with a variety of flavors flowing in, out around, coffee, followed by chocoalte giving way to vanilla until the hops sweep everything aside. After the hop tide has passed, the chocolate and something else, I can't figure out comes back. The hops are more pronounced than expected, but the oaking does do something for the beer.

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Photo of Mikus
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Coal black and nice lacing mocha head

S: mostly a malty roasty wood smell

T: hoppy bitterness with a malty roast finish not very sweet and once if warms you can taste the wood

M: full bodied and creamy

O: I remember liking this beer better a year ago I think it is the hoppiness I don't care for but overall it's a good beer if you like a more hop forward stout which I don't feel is my cup of tea anymore.

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Photo of jchain
4.94/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The regular Yeti is an excellent, bitter Imperial Stout, but the oak aging sends it "over the top," imparting a lovely sweetness and complexity that makes it one of the most memorable beers of the year. Had it at Far Bar in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.

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Photo of Roguer
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brew topped with a thick, dark brown head. Very good retention, and thick lacing.

Dry, earthy aroma; roasted barley, oak, and dark chocolate.

Dark flavor, rich in chocolate and roast, with strong bitter components from the hops and oak chips.

Thick and creamy full mouthfeel. Not chewy. Not particularly hot. Fairly lively.

This is a very good stout, although Great Divide's level of hops make this a rather particular brand of stout. The oak chips add yet another twist to the flavor that some may not like.

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Photo of d5001986
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into Darkness goblet.

A: Pours a rich inky black with massive, fluffy, mocha brown head that expands over the top of the glass.

S: Nice and simple. Roasted coffee, chocolate, and oak.

T: I definitely pick up the oak up front. Lots of dark roasted coffee - rich, bitter, and burnt. There's also a little vanilla and a pretty substantial hop presence.

M: Lacking some viscosity here. While still smooth and creamy and nice, I have to dock for lack of body.

O: A delicious, coffee forward stout. The oak and heavy hops really round off the heavy malts. Quite drinkable and doesn't seem boozy in the least. A very good purchase overall.

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Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

On tap in a flight at Rattle n Hum, NYC. I've had The Yeti before but not in this guise. There is a smoky nose that foretells of the blast of char on the first taste.Not the usual hotness that I find in many big ABV veshicles, but don't be fooled, this is a massive stout. Yeti, indeed!

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black like oil, with the same type of viscosity, khaki colored head, light and foamy. Oak, chocolate, vanilla, and plenty of roasted malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with roast and oak.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,651 ratings.