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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,118 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,118
Reviews: 1,610
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 294
Gots: 735 | FT: 34
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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 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.

Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a large snifter. Bottled 9/24/12.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer and left nice lacing on the glass. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Roasted coffee, chocolate, oak, warm alcohol, raisins, vanilla, molasses, smoke, and a little tobacco.

Taste: Roasted coffee, milk chocolate, smoke, char, molasses, oak, warm alcohol, vanilla, tobacco, a little booze, ashy bitterness, and raisins. A nice balance between sweetness and burnt flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, smoky, some lingering bitterness, warm alcohol, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Not used to all the ash, smoke, and char in this RIS, but it blends well with the normal characteristics. Still tasty and enjoyable.

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

A-dark brown color with a smallish tan head and decent lacing

S-dark malt, coffee, chocolate, molasses

T-dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, coffee, earthy, molasses, oak, slight char, mild bitter finish

F-medium to full body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-delicious stout, great body and blend of flavors

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

Picked up a quite limited stock 22oz bottle at Half Time today, coming reccomended by the friendly staff as usual.

Appearance: Pours like oil, thick, jet black and sumptuous. A thin darkish tan head melts away into a frothy layer, and the bubbles peel off the glass as the beer moves around.

Smell: Smell is impressive to say the least. Huge oaky brandy smells, with rasberry, chocolate and an imposing roasted malt presence.

Taste: Everything good about the smell is in the taste, although unfortunately it still has a bit of a raw bite to it. The alcohol cuts through a bit too much, and the bitter is not quite mellow enough. This would really benefit from a couple years in the cellar.

Mouthfeel: Dry yet wet, thick and juicy, nice tingle from the carbonation.

Drinkability: Alcohol is still a bit too present and raw to be entirely properly savored, but I would say given a stint in the cellar, this beer would benefit greatly and would thereafter probably be one of the top Imperial stouts on my list.

Photo of aszatk01
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Hoppin_mad
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jono0101
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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