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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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4,139 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,139
Reviews: 1,614
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 293
Gots: 744 | FT: 37
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:
Beer added by: Crosling on 08-09-2004

Imperial stout aged on new French and American oak chips.
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Ratings: 4,139 | Reviews: 1,614
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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of psdriscoll
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of caresville
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

at first glance this is perhaps an overrated imperial stout. smells pretty good, coffee, chocolate, very oaky. pours wonderfully, jet black with a brown little head. tastes amazing to say the least... complex does not begin to explain this. the most prominent taste is oak by far but as you swallow it turns into a dark chocolatey, almost raspberry type taste. black coffee at 7am with a shot of aged kentucky bourbon. the finish is roasty and dark, yet really hoppy and bitter. this stuff is truly great in every way.

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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of canucklehead
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a big beer but it also is an austere beer that isn't all chocolatey and large in the mouthfeel. I really got the expresso notes in both the nose and the finish. By half a glass I could taste the barrel aging but the coffee was the number one flavour. I liked this focus on certain flavours as opposed to the usual big all over the place flavours most imperials have

Photo of Josh012012
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of jm1229
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5th review on BA. Opened on 8/5/11 and poured into my FW nonic at 55 degrees. Bottling date stamp was smeared so no knowing how long it's been bottled up, but let's unleash this beast.

A- Pours a deep, rich black. Really dark. Thick mocha-colored head quickly turns into some impressive lacing on the glass. Looking good so far.

S- Oh man! Smells great. Roasted chocolate. Little bit of vanilla and coffee.

T- Lots of chocolate in this one. Like the nose, there are hints of coffee and vanilla, but the chocolate is the star here. Toasted oak chips, too. Nice and complex. Really digging it.The alcohol is hidden so well for 9.5%. Nice bitter chocolate aftertaste.

M- Perfect carbonation for a stout. Smooth as hell for what this is. Fulfilling with every sip. My mouth is watering for more.

O- Is it the best stout? No. Is it a great stout? Absolutely. Nothing better than a complex stout in my opinion, and this one fits the bill. I've had the original Yeti and I can safely say this one is much better and I'll be reaching for this one over the original every time. Really excellent brew.

Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to steve8robin for this one, poured from a bomber into a snifter. The pour is obsidian black, thin tan head. Surprisingly hoppy aroma, with some wood, coffee. Nice hoppy flavor, coffee, and the oak adds nice flavors. It has warming alchohol on the finish. Full bodied, nice sipper. A very good RIS, my favorite Yeti.

Photo of goschool
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle purchased for $13.99 at Lone Hill Liquor in San Dimas, California.

Appearance: The pour is thick and jet black in color with an enormous frothy pale brown head.

Smell: The nose is super roasty with vanilla, dark chocolate, cappuccino, pine, and a healthy dose of booze.

Taste: The flavor profile starts out with vanilla beans, oak, and dark malts. The roasted malts eventually take over from the initial sweet bourbon characteristics and bring espresso and dark chocolate into the mix. If those flavors weren't enough, a blast of bitter hops finishes off the taste. As the beer warms, there is much more lush chocolate in the mid-palate and the hoppy finish is more bitter than ever. I want to give it 4.5, but it's a little too.... oh, how do I put this? It's very complex, yet all of the different phases share the common attribute of being big, slightly-harsh, and aggressive.

Mouthfeel: It's full-bodied and equally creamy and oily, coating my mouth through the long aftertaste.

Drinkability: It's a great example of a barrel-aged RIS, but it's too big and bitter for its own good drinkabilitywise. It is a tasty daunting task.

Photo of nrbw23
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep dark black that allows no light to pass through. A nice three finger light brown head that left rings of lacing down my glass.

S- Dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, wood, vanilia and also some nice spicey hops. Smells very nice.

T- A nice rich flavour that followed the smell well. Up front you get hit with chocolate, coffee that is then balanced out by some hops. A very balanced brew.

M- Smooth, thick and creamy. Also little carbonation.

D- Goes down pretty easy and is enjoyable through out. Could noticed some changes in the brew as it warms.

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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber

A: Poured into a globe. Black as tar; light will not penetrate this beer. A rather pleasant, though thin, dark tan head forms and never seems to leave. Looks very thick.

S: Sweet malts upfront, with prominent hoppy notes. Very pleasant. Almost port-like, as the alcohol is quite noticable.

T: Mmm...oaky. More grain in the flavour than in the nose. Candy-like. Delicious. Sweet, and a little bitter. Actually, it reminds me a little of a barleywine in its malt-hop balance. The alcohol isn't so prominent as it was in the aroma.

M: Very thick, though not syrupy. It coats my mouth in a way similar to whole milk. Definitely not thin, and not low in alcohol.

D: I could drink two or three bombers of this if it weren't so high in alcohol. It's a delicious brew.

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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

about 60 degree F into a pint glass
A- deep opaque black. Big, tight, mocha-colored head.

S- rich in chocolate, caramel, and molasses aromas. Underlying spice.

T- storng bitterness. Intense dark caramel tone with a medium burnt character

M- full body and then some. Creamy smooth

D- If it were not fo the over the top bitterness, this would be perfect.

Photo of JayAre46
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed on christmas day while watching the pack dominate the bears.
Poured into a stone tulip pitch black and heavy. finger of tan head falls pretty quickly. big aroma of milk chocolate, toasted malt and sweet toffee, the taste is already smooth and well rounded. big silky chocolate and oak dryness, sweet toffee, maybe some carmel and then a light hop bitterness. the back end has quite the oak flavor and it's nice. the body is toward the full side and almost creamy, carbonation is medium, the finish is decent but will improve over time. overall the best yeti variant fresh ive had so far, waiting in the shadows is BA....

Photo of Blakaeris
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black. Head is tan creamy goodness.

Smell is bitter dark grain, with the swetness of vanilla, chocolate, and nutmeg.

Taste is dominated by the woody oak flavor. Definite vanilla notes. Mild chocolate bitterness. Surprising sweetness. Spices add complexity. Alcohol is present throughout the experience but doesn't give away the high ABV.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and surprisingly soft and creamy.

This is a very interesting brew. Plenty of oak flavoring, maybe too much for my taste. I'm not sure yet. Still a great brew. It is amazing how different it is from the original Yeti stout.

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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a caramel colored head. Has an aroma of chocolate, caramel, and malts with hints of dark fruit and toffee. Has a sweet bourbon taste with a malty smooth chocolate middle and gentle bitters on the finish. Very tasty. Like some others more, namely KBS, Old Raspy, and Goose Island BCS and Night Stalker. But very good.

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle was cellared for at least 7 months though the bottled on date is undecipherable as it's just a bunch of indiscernible dots :/ Didn't realize that until I popped it.

A - Poured the beer from the bomber to a pint glass. The beer pours a deep black with a dark mocha head. A good 1 finger head with decent retention and lacing.

S - The aroma is dominated by coffee and chocolate and deep roasted malt character. A bit of sweetness.

T - The beer initially has a distinct sweetness but that is quickly overwhelmed with a nice balanced malt bill: coffee, chocolate, roasted barley, vanilla, a hit of oak, and alcohol warmth. A light bitterness evens this out fairly well.

M - Very thick and full bodied, nice carbonation.

D - Pretty easy to put this down for such high content.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-28-2011 14:34:40

Photo of BobZ
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my Duvel Tulip, not sure of the vintage but pretty sure it's 2010.

Appearance: Dark brown almost black in color, builds a ½” tan head which recedes to about a 1/16”.

Smell: Roasted malt, coffee and some chocolate, very pleasant and spot on for the style. The hops also are noticeable, much more so than other stouts of the style.

Taste: Follows the aroma, almost verbatim, roasted malt, mocha. Very smooth and delicious. The hop flavor also adds a nice dimension to this beer, not overly “hoppy”, just an added flavor component adding to the beers overall character.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and smooth.

Overall: Very nice stout, I really enjoyed the hop profile and the beer in general. I enjoyed this beer even more than Founders Breakfast Stout. I would buy again.

Photo of joeseppy
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BTL date Sept 11, 2012
Rich chocolate torte pour with minimal heading.

Initial nose of malt, black coffee, sweet cream, dark cocoa and hint of clove.

Strong hop presence is dry with smoky oak notes. Sweet cream, vanilla and dark chocolate dominate. Chocolate frosting coming to mind. Coffee ground evident.

Mouthfeel is of dry oak, dark cocoa, and black coffee coating the tongue and lingering. I know I mentioned pleasant earlier but this is very forward and unabated.

Overall a nice stout that you would love for the bittering and drying effects. This is not really for the sweet tooth. Younger bottles tend to be raw and this is one to stow away for awhile. Young version I would give it an overall 3.5. An unrefined brew that can broken but still brash for the liking.

Photo of Docer
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Finally cracked my Jan. 07 2009 Bottle... sat in 9 deg. C for about 6 months.

- Rich chocolaty brown color... no can see thru.. mocha colored head that slowly bubbled down to a thick chocolate froth... swarms of lacing all around...

- Smelled a good dose of hops when opened... up close - a rich chocolate spicy liquor odor.. bit of bread, vanilla, woody... earthy.. but overall sweet and rich.

- Sweet smooth and creamy.. like drinking that last bit of melted chocolate iced cream... great chocolate malt character with a zesty vanilla oak and robust bittering hop.. truly a delightful stout. Bit of raisin at belch. Slightly chalky..

- Not too oily or chewy.. just a tad dry and chalky.. like a spoon full of Nestle chocolate milk mix was blended in..

- Huge marks on drinkability... smooth like a 'can't put down' desert drink... seriously hides a lot of the alcohol until the warmth is felt from within... overall a very impressive stout.. maybe the 6 months aging hurt any woodiness.. but I would personally like a bit more of the aged wood character.

Photo of nataku00
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (bottled in July 2010) poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours pitch black with two fingers of creamy and thick light brown head. Head sticks around for a bit before slowly receding, leaving a thick lacing on the glass.

Big roasty and smoked malt aromas, along with a touch of coffee, soy sauce and toasted wood. As it warms a bit more, more sweet dark fruit comes through.

Taking a sip, roasted malt and coffee, and dark chocolate that isn't present in the aroma. Smoky flavors as it warms on the tongue, and toasted wood. Lingering coffee and oak on the tongue.

Medium heavy body with silky feeling on the tongue. Minimal carbonation, but pretty easy to sip on this without any trace of alcohol. Pretty tasty with a bit of age.

Photo of Boldenglishale
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nra818
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cvstrickland
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Double-deuce bomber poured into a shaker pink yields an ebony body with a three-finger rocky crown of ice-creamy, oiled teak-speckled mocha foam that deforms into a misshapen cloud-blob and leaves fluffy, wonderfully sticky rings and patches of lacing tinted a glistening hue of toasted brown sugar. "Legs" streak the glass not covered in puffy foam. Yeah, I gave the appearance a five; Great Divide earned it with this beautiful brew.

Smell is sweet malty molasses with roasty café mocha and solid oak notes.

Taste is rich and chocolatey malty, with dark, smutty roasted barley that supplies an acrid bitterness, a mild alkaline cocoa powder twang and plenty of savory, uncured oak essence. I don't know whether I want to drink it, or eat it.

Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, and full, and the drink is substantial and filling. This stout is very big, rich, and sweet-- a definite 'Imperial' and for-sure a sipper--but with just a tad more thickness in the body, Oak Aged Yeti would probably make really nice pie filling.

Photo of FosterJM
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

284th review on BA
bottle to NB Globe

App- Liquid chocolate with some crimson edges. A nice 2 finger head that was a nice dark tan. VERY long lasting, seeing as I spilled the rest of the bottle cleaned it up and the head was still strong.(DAMNIT)

Smell- Hops(suprisingly) booze(not-suprised), oak with some slight malts and vanilla whisps.

Taste- Smooth and mellow with a touch of a smoky aftertaste. Not as BIG as the other versions of yeti but this was well balanced, flavorful and not over powering. A nice stout.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carb level. Had an almost caramel like after taste.

Drink- Great way to relax after a long run. Nice stout with great flavors. Would def. have again especially with a pairing.

Photo of bort11
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to RoBotGod for this one
22 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Color is a pure jet black. First pour brings a massive brown head that slowly recedes. Second pour, not so much head. Leaves a slightly sticky lace on the glass.
Smell is very hoppy for a stout, not what I expected, but not bad. There is some coffee malt notes present, but it is mostly hops. Taste is a hop bomb, with the oak mellowing out the bitterness.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, but the 9.5% leaves my tongue a little numb. That's strange since I have had higher ABV beers that didn't have that effect. It does drink pretty smoothly though.
This seems a little out of character for a RIS, but very good none the less. I would like to stash some and see how it ages.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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