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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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4,140 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,140
Reviews: 1,615
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 293
Gots: 744 | FT: 37
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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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Ratings: 4,140 | Reviews: 1,615
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

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

I haven't been in a "stout phase" lately, so this is the first one I've had in awhile. I was not disappointed. A beautiful looking stout, dark with a large head. Chocolate notes abound. This is a relatively dry stout (reminded me of a stronger Shakespeare). Pleasing all the way through. Easy to drink. Not at the Speedway/Expedition level, as the mouthfeel isn't as full, but a terrific stout nonetheless.

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

Wow! I just causually opened this bottle not really expecting such a big awesome stout. I am really surprised by how good this is.

I poured the bottle and immediately I knew it was gonna be good...poured a nice deep black with the perfect dark drown head. This is what an imperial stout needs to look like!

Smell...roasted malts, chocolates, syrup..really nice...

Taste, chocolate with oak notes and a nice, right on, not overpowering at all to much alcohol backdrop...

Mouthfeel was smooth and sweet, really nice...

Overall...like I said, really surprised...I thought the choc Yeti was good...this is better in my opinion...looking to buy more when I see it on the shelf...

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

Near-black color with a decent-sized, dark tan/brown/slightly red colored head. Shows a fair bit of carbonation for a RIS.

Smell is sweet with some roasted, fruity notes. You can definitely pick out the vanilla tones from the oak aging.

Taste is sweet, vanilla, some roasted malt and a slightly hoppy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-thick but smooth and with nice carbonation.

Overall a very nice RIS that is mellowed and smoothed by the oak aging, and almost in a class with the Stone RIS and Dark Lord in my opinion.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

a major beer, this imperial stout gets a sweet/vanilla/slow cooked vibe from the oak it is kept in. alcohol coming through in both the nose and the taste. mocha colored head sticks around while the quality of this process presents itself. unforgettable and undefined, if thats possible... tons of cocoa flavors, very little sweetness, fullest of full bodies, patient carbonation, attitude. i should also add that age does wonders to this, i had a three year old vintage recently as well, and the oak comes even more to the fore while the alcohol takes a major back seat. gets even smoother, if you can imagine. this is absolutely outstanding.

Photo of Atron67
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a jet black motor oil. out of which a small brown head struggled to rise out of. it lasted only a little while and fell to a thin film really quickly

S- big roasted malt flavor, a little light on the intensity however. chocolate flavors, some vanilla and oak scents are also actually present.

T- heavy roasted flavors with a really nice smooth maltiness that slowly fades into an even better vanilla oak charachter that gives a great finish solid hop backing, not quite strong, but gives it a great balance that lets the roasted and oak charachters come through

M- thick as hell, light fine carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue

d- pretty damn awesome, sad i only picked up 2 of these, maybe get more next time im able

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

A tremendously large beer - as you would expect. Do I need to say that it is black? Oozing forth from a 22 oz. bottle, the head was somewhat slow to develop - as though the bubbles couldn't escape the thick liquid - then gradually over-topped the tulip with thick, light-brown foam. You'd better think twice about drinking this one - it packs the wollup of a six-pack or more of typical beer in one bottle. Nearly put my lights out. Surprisingly easy to drink for such a large beer. I could distinquish mocha, vanilla, and a hoppiness that nicely balanced (if a imperial stout can be considered "balanced")what must be a huge amount of malt. An outstanding example of the style - probably the best I've had.

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

22oz bottle into a large goblet

Pours black with tiny, sluggish, but steady carbonation. Head poured large, a couple fingers of beige-ish brown fine fluff, laces very nicely. Smell is chocolatey, lightly smokey, lots of cherry or plum.

Taste is exceedingly rich. Molasses sweetness balanced by smokey/chocolate bitterness, light taste of the fruit.

Mouthfeel is dry, a little gritty, thick but not too heavy, quite pleasant. Excellent beer.

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

22 oz bottle - pint glass

A: Poured a 3/4 inch brown (and somewhat intimidating) head which reduced to a thin coating. Left a light lacing. Body was black as night.

S: Excellent rich aroma w/ roasted coffee and dark chocolate standing out the most.

T: Strong flavor (as expected from the smell) - very complex as well. Mocha, chocolate, then vanilla (which I found a bit off-putting) - and more - seemed to change somewhat with each sip. Plenty of hops gave it a good balance. Improved as it warmed.

M: Thich and chewy. Lightly carbonated. Slightly dry finish. Smooth.

D: The considerable alcohol was hidden very well - but so big you'll need to sip it. The aftertaste was a bit too sweet but otherwise a damn fine beer. Comes up short of its brother (Yeti), but then what doesn't?

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

A: This pours a deep black, with hints of a dark brown chocolate on the edges while it hits the glass. It slowly starts to form a head then explodes upward with a chocolate milk head, and the bubbles form and dance on the top. The head reminds me of when you were a kid, and blew bubbles into your Yoo-Hoo.

S: Caramel, vanilla, I can smell a slight hop presence. Do I also smell cherries, as well as an oak'y tinge.

T: I really like this, not sure why I waited so long to pick this one up. It has a nice bitter chocolate taste, which lingers for a moment. Also has the vanilla and caramel. I think the bitter chocolate, and hoppy profile work well together.

M/D: I think the carbonation is spot on, and the mouthfeel is semi thick/creamy. However, it works well with this beer. Overall, worth a try, especially if you like any other great divide beers.

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

On-tap at Saraveza in Portland, OR. Poured into a tall stemmed glass.

appearance - thick and black, excellent head, prominent lacing

smell - thick chocolate and roasted malt, oak, coffee

taste - big chocolate and coffee flavors up front that receive some oak treatments as the taste evolves, bitter hops, nutty, vanilla

mouthfeel - big body, creamy, finishes slightly dry

drinkability - while this was a bit hot, it was complex and had nice subtleties, a great beer to enjoy over a period of time

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

650 ml bottle with a bottled on date of 1/7/2009 poured into the tulip from ommegang brewery.

The big yeti pours a midnight black color with a beautiful tan head that sits atop. Definitely a very pretty pour. Smells of chocolate, nuts and hints of vanilla. A very pleasant sweet sniffer. Taste is very rich but at the same time goes down smooth. Taste consists of oak and vanilla with the traditional RIS taste and bitter finish. Mouthfeel is thick and full bodied. Drinkability is good. Taste is really good. I have one other yeti to taste (chocolate) but so far this is my favorite.

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

A: An opaque, motor-oil black with a large mocha colored head that retains well and leaves some foamy patches of lace in my snifter. Looks great.

S: Intense leafy/herbal hop aromas are melt with bittersweet chocolate, some light vanilla, a light rustic smokiness, and some alcoholic zing. Intense, deep, and complex.

T&M: Smooth vanilla is bigger in the flavor, along with some intense hop flavor, intense dark chocolate, light espresso flavors, and a deep roasted flavor akin to burning wood chips that ties it all together. I never thought I'd say this, but the hops are a bit much for me here.The feel is silky with a long finish and a full body.

D: OA Yeti is a damn good beer, but the hops were perhaps a bit too intense for me. I love DIPAs, but I'm not so sure if I love such a large amount of hops in my chocolaty RIS. Still, it's a well-crafted beer that has unparalleled complexity and depth.

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

Pours an opaque black with dense medium brown head, nice lacing. Smell: roasty, unsweet chocolate, dark brown sugar, leafy hops, a little woodsy. A little more mellow than standard Yeti. Taste: big syrupy dark chocolate, dark brown sugar, quite hoppy: leafy with a touch of citrus rind, earthy, vanilla finally shows up alongside baker's chocolate in the drying and slightly sticky finish. A little less carbonated than the standard Yeti. Bottled 11/17/09.

Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into my snifter. Bottle is eight months old. This is one of those shelf turds I never buy because there's always something seasonal to be had. It's a dry spell in the Southern Tier right now, but I'm happy there's stuff like this lying around!

A - pours tar-oil black with the brown head characteristic of the style on the forced pour. Recedes quickly, no lacing. Standard, but good looking.

S - hmm, a little boozy right at first, but it recedes quickly. Not a lot here, honestly, which is the negative thing I can really say about the "lightness" one discovers in the flavor and MF.

T - enjoyable certainly. Big roasted, toasty malts, almost nutty. OAY is lighter in flavor than most RISs I've had, but it's not necessarily a bad thing. The alcohol content clocks in a bit lower than others too. No indication of the aging.

M - the consistency is close to perfect, very smooth. A great mixture of syrupy goodness and alcohol, not too chewy, not too thin. This is where a lot of RISs fall short, in my opinion, so it's nice to see something complex that doesn't sacrifice too much.

O - OAY is very drinkable and very tasty, if a little pricey per oz (I paid $10.30 with tax for this bottle). I would certainly drink this again if I could find a cheaper bottle.

Photo of lifebeer
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a. beautiful dark chocolate with espresso 2-finger head

s. unexpected hop aroma, cascade

t. starts with chocolate milk, lasts for a while until the beer is allowed to breath, eventually a hop finish emerges, and with increasing temperature, the oak takes over

m. round and chewy

d. a sipper, enjoy as the flavor unfolds over time

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz into a snifter. Pitch brown/black with a giant, never-ending mocha head. Plenty of lace left behind. One BEAUTIFUL beer. Damn.
The smell is good but doesn't quite hit the same note. Bittersweet chocolate, burnt coffee, booze, metal and earth.
The taste pops it right back up there. Certainly the chocolate and coffee element are there, earth and oak make a solid appearance. The mineral smell seems not to show up (good), the alcohol does, just a bit (understandable). Complex, smooth and easy to sip.
I think I have to go grab the regular Yeti and Coffee Oak Yeti (the other two I can get) because this beer was delicious. I'll grab another to age, for sure.

Photo of tmclain
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Axnjxn
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

draft at beer study in chapel hill. FW tulip. pours a very dark black with a slight beige head. smell is very big on rich chocolate..nice!taste starts out with roasted malts and a lot of chocolate. slight bit of oak follows and you get creamy chocolate on the finish. so smooth and creamy.

overall superb. very recommended!

Photo of GregoriousMaximus34
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not a big stout fan but this one was probably my favorite.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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