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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,064
Reviews: 1,597
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 286
Gots: 698 | FT: 29
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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 timtheenchanta
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pitch black with thin dark tan head. Webby lacing all the way down the glass. HUGE nose. Very woody with rich coffee smells and hints of vanilla. There's a little hops in the smell but very faint. The taste makes me think about how my hands smell when I have to carry in the Christmas tree. There's a huge woody taste with the expected coffee and roasted flavor that is so wonderful about the regular Yeti. Enjoyable hop balance that fades into nothingness as soon as you swallow. After the sip goes down the dry wood flavor takes over and stays with you. This is a great beer but I can't imagine having more than one in a night. The oak flavor gets to be too much for me. I'll definitely have this one again though.

Photo of minterro
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from notes on tap at Crunchy's.


Wow really has a bold oak aged taste, not faint or in the background at all. Bitter finish. Very, very smooth, the carbonation is low but there is a nice bite. Not much head but the lacing really clings well to the glass. Roasty malts and chocolate complement the oak well. Smokey and chocolate are the main elements of the smell. Oil black colored beer, moderate amounts of carbonation bubbles.

Overall a really well done, relaxing beer. It was much needed after the day I had.

Photo of rlee1390
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had side by side with the Oak Aged Chocolate

A-Black in the glass, two finger brown head that tries to leave some lacing behind.

S-Oak, chocolate, lots of roasted malt, some of which was burnt (the good burnt)

T- Very oaky, lots of roasted malt, some burnt (still good), chocolate, vanilla, tad coffee and licorice.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated and a tad creamy.

O-A solid beer. Cheaper than most BA beers, with better availability. Not as great, but still a yummy beer.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Greene's (Atlanta, GA). 9.29. Bottled 10/5/10. Served in a Southern Tier snifter. 

Pours tar black with an impressive 2.5 fingers mocha head. Head quickly fades but leaves beautiful lacing. 

Sweet smells of chocolate, vanilla, malts and oak. Very nice. 

Well integrated tastes of charred malt, wood and chocolate with hints of coffee. Very rich, quite complex. Long bittersweet malty aftertaste. 

Smooth, creamy, medium thick feel. Subdued, almost non existent carbonation. 

I've enjoyed the oak aged Yeti several times but it is so much better after 16 months. It's a creamy smooth complex stout experience. Highly recommended to any stout lover- particularly if you have the patience to delay satisfaction (or luck into a store with year-old stock) long enough to let age work it's magic. 

Photo of kirkpjr
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a "growler" AKA milk jug from Vulcan Beverages. Reviewed from notes.

A: Thick syrupy darkness. Kind of reminded me of chocolate milk coming out of the carton. Forms a 1/2 inch dark brown head.

S: Smells just like the regular yeti - roasted malts, chocolate, and maybe some sweet fruits. Faint oak scent.

T: Here's where the oak really comes in. Rich chocolate and malts followed by a nice oak bite to dry out the finish.

M: Creamy and warming. The oak adds a crispness to the finish but the flavor still covers the mouth.

D: Very rich. A nice growler to share with friends before it loses freshness. A nice nightcap or desert beer.

Photo of erosier
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep black color with a tall and thick brown colored head that sticks around for a while before settling. It laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: The aroma is of deep roasted malts, some vinous fruits, a tiny bit of oak, and then some alcohol.
T: The taste is phenomenal. It tastes of deep roasted malts, hints of chocolate and caramel, followed by a nice oak flavor and finished off with a touch of alcohol.
M: The mouthfeel is good - very smooth, warming, and heavy.
D: Very drinkable as I could drink the entire bomber. Well worth it to try.

Photo of fropones
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an impenetrable black with a nice espresso 1 finger head on top with good retention and beautiful lacing going down the sides. Smell is of burnt malt, chocolate, and oak. A good amount of dark malts, chocolate, oak, and some hop bitterness as well. Some coffee and sweetness. Creamy nice mouthfeel and very drinkable overall.

Photo of Grabbin2nd
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes: 1/12/09
Great Divide Brewing Co.
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
9.5% Alc.
22oz. Bomber

Appearance= Wow. Pours motor oil black with a sick looking head. Very brown head, good retention. Max 1 finger head after a vigorous pour into my Danville Halloween festival snifter. Black...

Smell=Immediately smell the Oak. Coffee.

Taste= Oak, coffee, licorice, maybe a lil' butterscotch on the aftertaste. Wow. really good

Mouthfeel=Thick goodness...leaves a nice coating

Drinkability= @ this Abv. it's not highly drinkable. However, with the appearance, smell and taste how could you not keep quaffing it? I'm shit faced and loving it. What a brew.

Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark opaque black color. Nice one finger dark brown head. I love the color of the head on this beer. Lots of spotty lacing

Sweet roasted malts on the nose. Espresso and dry cocoa with some salt water. Hints of vanilla in the finish as well as alcohol.

The taste is full of bitter sweet cocoa and roasted sweet malts. Deep espresso flavors and a nice bitter hop finish. The oak is evident in the finish and seems to smooth out some of the sweetness that Yeti usually has. You can really notice the vanilla in the oak in the background. The oak flavors help balance out some of the sweetness as well.

Very full bodied. Goes down very smooth, but you'll want to sip this one to really appreciate all of the complexities. Quite drinkable, a real treat in the evening to sip and relax with. The oak notes in the finish really add a layer of sophistication to this already amazing brew.

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured a nice black color with a thick brown head.

Smell- Smells very sweet with a hint of chocolate and coffee.

Taste- This beer tastes of chocolate and coffee with hints of spices.

Mouthfeel- Very heavy with little carbonation.

Drinkability- This is a good beer. Something nice to drink during winter. Very heavy so I couldn't drink too much.

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pitch with a dark khaki head.

S: Booze, oak, raisins, vinegar.

T: Booze soaked raisins and chocolate. Dark dried fruit, cocoa, wood chips, char, wheaty toast, big malt, assorted nuts, a slight hoppy bite on the back.

M: Thick and velvety. The boozy taste can get in the way of flavor but it's not bad. Leaves a sweet chocolate coat.

O: A great, well made beer. Love the flavor profile as well as the sticky mouth feel.

Photo of d5001986
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

aggressive pour into snifter.

Appearance: Black body and dark brown head. Good lacing that lasts for most of this beer.

Smell: Roasted grains and hops.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, oak, and mild vanilla tones. Bitter hops that blend well with the roasty malt flavors. No alcohol burn in this beer at all. The balance between the hops and malt is spot on!

Mouthfeel: Creamy and delicious. Full boody beer. Mild to moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Sipper on this, and savor it. It is worth your time. The balance is fantasic.

Overall: My favorite Yeti beer from Great divide.

Photo of gcamparone
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Sam Adams utopia glass. Purchased in Attleboro, MA.

A- Pours a jet black, oil-like opaque body with a thick deep mocha colored head that reduces slowly and leaves some sticky lacing.

S- Sweet milk chocolate, espresso, dark fruits, vanilla, and butterscotch. The dark fruit aroma is particularly strong in this one.

T- Upfront dark chocolate covered fruit dominates, followed by a faint vanilla note. This develops to a deep roasty, charred, nearly burnt malt flavor that sticks on the tongue for a while.

M- Really thick and rich with low carbonation.

This was quite an impressive imperial stout, it was complex, rich, and balanced. I just wish the oak aging added more dimension to it, I only got faint aromas and tastes of vanilla from the oak. Maybe I'm just used to the robust oak bourbon barrel aged stouts that are popular nowadays.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oak-Aged Yeti, full damn nice growler, filled at The Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen, New York.

Appearance: Served in a Sierra snifter, it pours very thick and dark and oily, producing a perfect one-finger very tan-brown head with bubbles on top. Head dies quickly though, and only a rim and some bubbles remain. Lacing is beautiful, color is overwhelmingly dark.

Smell: Coffee, roasty bitterness, wood. Lots of oak! Very dry, makes me think of sticking my nose into a barrel at a winery/brewery.

Taste: Oak right away, very woodsy. Then chocolate, some faint vanilla. Reminds me of the very bitter vegan artisanal chocolate I just bought in Brooklyn. Alcohol is hidden, though. Not boozy at all. Finishes dry and woodsy.

Mouthfeel: Again the woodsy feeling all over, and a dry finish. Some hop bitterness around the mouth. Chocolaty, creamy. Low carbonation, medium body, full flavor.

Drinkability: Good, in small doses, just not the whole growler! :-) It is not boozy, which I really like. Drinks well. Could never guess the 9.5%!

Photo of jrenihan
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Nov 11, 2011

Beer is jet back with a large, cocoa-coloured head. Lots of lacing. Good retention.

Lots of chocolate in the nose, which is what jumps out first for me. Very rich. Only after I tasted it did I start to get big oak scents. Roasted malt as well.

The oak is immediately noticeable in the nose, leading off a set of flavours that include chocolate, coffee, booze and a bitter finish. Bitterness is quite high for the style. The oak and chocolate flavours work very well together. A big beer, no doubt about that. Alcohol is noticeable.

Pretty high carbonation level, particularly for the style. Full bodied. Carbonation a bit much for me. Has a bit of an oily and chewy feel.

Overall, very good, but I think it might do better with a bit more time. Taste in between a 4 and 4.5 for me, which is what the overall score indicates.

Photo of scottfrie
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Bottled 9/17/2009.

A: Pours black as night with a huge, dense, chocolate ice-cream colored head that slowly faded thick film that left a great network of lace down the glass.
S: Very rich smelling with dominant notes of sweet chocolate followed by dark fruits, roasted malt and a hint of vanilla.
T: I thought that drinking the regular Yeti was like drinking a thick chocolate milk shake. This tastes like drinking a thick chocolate milkshake with a splash of vanilla in it. It still has all the same nascences as the normal Yeti: roasted malt, bitter coffee aftertaste, slight acidity, touch of smoke, fudge brownies and some grassy hops. I may get a hint of ‘woody’ flavor in the aftertaste as well, but this could just be a trick by my brain since this is the oak-aged version.
M: Thick body with a chewy mouthfeel, a touch of warm alcohol, and bubbly, even carbonation. Drinks pretty easy but it’s a little harsh around the edges.
O: Very similar to the normal Yeti although I do not have the two beers side by side. This one definitely has more of a spicy vanilla characteristic to it though. A very good stout all around.

Photo of Aenema
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours pitch black, deep soapy tan head. Nice lacing.
Smell - Roasted malts, cocoa, sweet vanilla/oak.
Taste - Similar to the nose; a very well integrated mix of roasted malts, cocoa, oak and sweet vanilla.
Mouthfeel - Smooth, creamy, and full-bodied.
Drinkability - Rich, though fairly easy drinking for such a robust beer.

Photo of CharlieMopps
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light brown head balloons belatedly after the pour, and after quite a few minutes still retains its shape, leaving a latticework of lace along the sides of the imperial nonic pint glass. The beer is an ominous black; no light getting through? No problem.

S: A bold, sweet malt aroma that belies the presence of roasted coffee and cocoa. A strong undercurrent of alcohol is detectable as well.

T: Roasted malt character is heavy throughout, something I greatly enjoy. Up front is the sweet chocolatey essence mentioned in the nose, followed by enough bitter hops to make an attempt at balance. The alcohol kicks in toward the finish with a spicy nature, spurred on by the oak character that almost parches the palate. Still, the oak aging does not overtake the flavor profile, but rather complements it.

M: Plenty of carbonation, and even for all the complexity going on, there is still a smoothness that is almost velvety on the tongue.

D: Complex and big, that's how I perceive this offering from Great Divide. It seems they have a knack for the larger stuff, and execute their craft quite well. The oak aging enhances the flavors present, and provides a welcome addition to the malt/hop ratio. High abv cuts down on drinkability, but the flavor is enough to bring me back and finish the bomber myself.

Photo of flagmantho
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Bottled on 9 October 2009.

Appearance: impressive. Entirely black with no translucence. Poured thick and syrupy with a colossal brown head the consistency of a milkshake. Just fantastic; I'm really looking forward to this.

Smell: strong roasted malt aroma; easily met and possibly even overshadowed by the extreme oakiness of the beverage. Quite good.

Taste: complex and dynamic. Starts off roasty and bitter; I feel like I can taste the hops but cannot really discern specific hop characteristics. It's kind of like a fresh bitterness, with some sweetness as well. Bitterness eases away in favor of the roasted malts, complemented nicely by the oak. Finally, even the malts evaporate leaving me with just the oak and a pretty dry finish. All in all, an interesting and enjoyable drinking experience.

Mouthfeel: immense body and very little carbonation, despite the awe-inspiring head. Texture is silky smooth -- just what I want from an imperial stout.

Drinkability: extremely tasty but definitely a slow sipper.

Photo of Liverpool08
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/17/09

Wow, this is one of those beers that live up to the hype. Pours a jet black with a nice chocolate milk colored head. No light getting thru this brew. Aroma is hoppy with a bit of the boozy oak seeping thru, a very nice and unique smell for a stout. Taste follows up with a bitter chocolate and vanilla. Also hints of coffee and toasted malts. A very complex circus of flavors. But its all blended beautifully! Its got a great smooth mouthfeel that drys out a little at the end that urges you back for more. Very drinkible for a 9.5%, easy to have a couple of these in a night if you sip them. One of the best examples of this style I have ever had. Will be stocking up on these.

Photo of ejquin
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of Gushue3
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- black as night flfrom the bottle and in the glass. Large brown mocha head with lots of retention. Lacing is moderate with smaller traces left on the glass.

S- smoky and malty are the most prominent scents.

T- very nice darker chocolate and malt off the bat with a strong bitterness that becomes strong toward the middle. The back end of the flavor gets more complex and has a nice mix of chocolate, hops, malt and coffee roastness.

M- heavy thick mouthfeel. Fits this stout nicely. Carbonation is medium to low.

O- great stout. Up there with the rest of the other great ones.

Photo of hunteraw
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle of this with BA roller.

Appearance: Black as the night - maybe darker. Biiig dark-tan head. Good retention despite the high alcohol, and good lacing.

Smell: Somewhat boozy. Dark chocolate, some hint of vanilla.

Taste: Lots of dark, bitter chocolate. Roast and coffee follow up in the background. Vanilla shows up at the finish. Not nearly as bitter as I recall the original Yeti, I suppose the result of the aging.

Mouthfeel: So thick and creamy. Could be a meal. Carbonation is fine (actually, a little high, had to wait for the head to go down to take my first sip, but that gave plenty of opportunity to enjoy the aroma)

Drinkability: Smoother and more drinkable than the regular Yeti, but perhaps not as intense an experience.

Photo of lovindahops
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bomber into tulip glass

A- now this is dark. Completely opaque with some moderate bubbles that slowly rise to the top. The head is a "mocha like" look that covers the top of the brew. As is was pouring, it almost looked syrupy. The head retreats making an almost incline of foam

S- coffee.. definitely an expresso type scent. Dark cherries and some fruit are also evident. The vanilla engulfs the last stretch which is evident from oak aging

T- coffee and some sweet vanilla are the main ingredients of the brew. This is big time tasty. There is some dark chocolate that is evident too. A russian imperial stout's flavors is the real deal here

M- full bodied and very creamy. A big mouthfull

D- the coffee, chocolate, vanilla themes... combined with the fruit make this delicious. This is a sipper due to the alcohol

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,064 ratings.