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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,613 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,613
Hads: 4,295
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 318
Gots: 827 | FT: 41
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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Reviews: 1,613 | Hads: 4,295
Photo of mmcave
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic, lovely pitch black opaque inky goodness with full thick milk chocolate head. Lacing is lush and abundant. Smells is complex and enticing, excellent mix of subtlety and character in the aroma. There is an intoxicating rich dark chocolate character mixed wonderfully with hints of oaky earthiness, vanilla, and a supple smokiness that is making me tear up. The hops are there but tamed so beautifully by age. The taste is so fucking good; I am having the damnedest time concentrating on the review. Starts with a wonderful rich, dark chocolate mouse character balanced by sweet and mild bitterness and an amazingly satisfying richness on the swallow. Alcohol is not present in the smell or taste, but is there with comforting warmth. I love the moughtfeel on this its so fun to play with it on my tongue before a big swallow that makes you want to die. Nothing in this, not one molecule is overdone or under attended to, an exquisite balance I am so pleasantly surprised. My dog knocked over the last couple of drops of my first glass, for this she will never be forgiven. This is undeniably my favorite Russian Imperial stout and I will be purchasing at least half a dozen more tomorrow. If you like RIS and you haven’t had this for crap sake get it together, you’ll never be the same. Honestly I can’t say enough good words for this I am so happy to have had this. (1,388 characters)

Photo of raoulduke37
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me start off by saying that I am incredibly surprised by how far down this one is on the best of BA. This is a magnificent beer that I really wish I didn't have to trade for. Wow. Probably my favorite RIS to date, aside from the Abyss. Down to brass tacks:

A - Beautiful jet black, with a dark brown khaki head. Fantastic head retention, even after 15 minutes or so, it's still kicking. Lacing around the glass is extreme.

S - Chocolate-covered strawberries, mild phenols, a hint of that olive smell that I've alluded to before in other reviews of RIS's.

T - Mild hops up front, chocolatey, mild coffee, slightly warming phenols, slight coffee (not an overload like others I've tried), and some raisins/dates.

M - Exceptionally smooth, creamy, slightly warming on the way down. I love this beer. Did I mention that?

D - If any bar around here had these, I'd go broke, develop cirrhosis, or go to jail. Man, this is good. I want another. (946 characters)

Photo of Norsebrew
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as night with a 1 finger head that quickly diminished in 1-2 minutes. The carbonation was slightly lower than average

S: Sweet roasted malt aroma with undertones of chocolate, licorice, and vanilla

T: Well balanced sweet dark malts, chocolate, and coffee as well as vanilla, licorice, alcohol, and mild hops. As the beer warmed, it seemed to have hints of raison and carmel.

M: Heavy, but smooth with average carbonation.

D: This is a fantastic beer that really hit the spot after a long day of work. Great flavor and balance. I definitely recommend this to all. (577 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2011 edition on tap at Mad Mex

Appearance: Solid black with a half finger dark brown head. Yetis are amongst my favorite looking beers

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel, oak, dark fruit. So complex!

Taste: Huge roasted and chocolate malt bill, coffee, vanilla, molasses with just enough oak/smoky character towards the end of the palate. Often times there's a particular characteristic of a beer that stounds out, but here each one is bold yet they balance eachother out perfectly

Mouthfeel: Between heavy medium and light heavy body; Smooth as silk with slight bitterness throughout. No alcohol detected whatsoever

Overall: I don't know if it's because this was both aged for three years and on tap, but I was amazed. This beer is instantly my favorite stout to date and a contender for the best beer I've had. Looks picture perfect, awesome balance with both flavors and aromas, and smooth as silk. Much better than the chocolate oak aged yeti, and my favorite in the series so far. I've always said that the perfect beer has big, bold American flavors and viscosity with English balance and smoothness, which i think I found here. HIGHLY recommended!! (1,170 characters)

Photo of Risser09
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter - 2007 bottling I'd assume - Cellar temp.

Appearance: Dark black beer makes a small half inch head. The head is brown in color and has a sizeable amount of big bubbles. Another pour reveals a small amount of head contribution. Small amounts of lace remain on the glass after swirling. Good retention on what head there is.

Smell: Chocolate, chocolate malt, molasses and dark brown sugar. A bit of pine sneaks through and makes a hoppy presence. Black licorice, vanilla, oak and wood tannins, chocolate chip cookies. Lots of strong, enticing aromas coming from this beer. Very, very nice.

Taste: At first I get a lot of base malt, like chocolate and black patent. Dark chocolate flavors are met with espresso. Subtle flavors of licorice, vanilla, oak, and caramel. Hops flavors of pine and grapefruit are present, with the majority being pine. They make their way into the finish of the beer and provide a lingering bitterness. This is certainly what you would describe as an American interpretation. Very tasty and complex.

Mouthfeel: Sugar and bitternes are the main components. Bitterness comes from the hops and from the deep, roasted flavors as well. Alcohol is warming but not cloying, and warms the belly pleasantly. Pretty viscous body.

Drinkability: This is an amazing stout, one that can be easily obtained and enjoyed for very little. Seeing as though everything is going up in price and seeing people pay so much for some of the more popular RISs, this one is right up my alley. This really is an awesome beer. I could have two of these bombers and be set for the night. Spectacular. (1,635 characters)

Photo of mempath
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

nice bomber size...a gift from Sarah (thanks!)

appearance is no less than stellar...stands firm and thick and frothy and vibrant for 5 minutes or more....dark dark head...luscious lacing in large swathes. it just looks serious. incredible. often many a great brew is weak here...not this one

like all great stouts of this nature, i catch the sweet, alcoholic, dark preserved fruit notes along with some dark chocolate Raisanets. the roastiness is more fermented seeming. like miso. deep and concentrated.

even if you didn't like anything like this level of brewing art, you have to raise a toast to the masterpiece here. i happen to love this kind of stout and i find this immediately complex...if i stop to think and dissect and analyze, i lose the experience. it wil take a moment to come back and draw on the memory. but this leaves deep impressions: just right IBU balances the smokey sweetness...tart is a key word...like other great stouts (no matter the style), this simply satisfies life on earth. it's like a meal. or a decadent dessert, but refreshing all the same. savor it, sure, but quaff it, too. it's not stodgy. it's at home in a 3/4 pint glass with a silly cow on it. and the lacing continues on down the glass, more mottled this vache. mouthfeel is as it should be...neither sticky thick and cloying or thin and dry. the flavors linger and mingle with the next swallow.

at 9.5abv, not sure what the drinkablility is for everyone at anytime. but i say a bottle of this is always a special occasion. enjoy it! life is short. a PERFECT ending to a long mountain bike ride. i'll test this after my first endurance race of the season...

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! (1,676 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a wine glass with a pitch black oil color and a beautiful head. The head is about one finger and is the darkest coffee brown head I have ever seen, amazing. The retention is pretty nice and the glass is coated with lacing as I drink it down. Random clouds of coffee brown are left on the top of the beer once the head dies down. The smell is pretty standard for a Russian Imperial Stout. I get a lot of toasty malts, chocolate malt and some coffee notes, probably from some of the malt. The oak becomes more present as it warms up, nice. There are a fair amount of hops in the nose in this one. I dont get any alcohol on the nose, fairly impressive for an RIS. The taste on this one is awesome. Huge notes of roasted malts. Coffee and cocoa are in the background to balance this one out perfectly. The huge hops help add a nice element to the huge malty taste. The taste really gets good when you add the oak into this. This beer is something that every RIS fan should try, also a great way to figure out what oak can be used for. No alcohol in the taste either. The mouthfeel is right on par for a beer of this caliber. The body is thick and oily, the carbonation is medium (I wouldn't mind a bit less). The alcohol warming is pretty nice here, not overpowering. There is a massive coat of oak and cocoa left on the tongue. Drinkability is great. The taste pretty much tells the DB here. The price is not bad for a beer of this quality, the alcohol or any of the tastes are not overpowering. I will buy this one again and age it when it comes back to my area. (1,572 characters)

Photo of BeerCentralWA
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazing. Deep roasted malt balanced by heavy carbonation and oak dryness. Served in snifter. Aroma of espresso, malt, oak, vanilla and deep carmel. The dryness of alcohol and oak balance this malt heavy and sweet aroma driven beer. My personal favorite for this style. (268 characters)

Photo of MEsoJD
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A thick/rich Black body with a mocha head.

S: Smells like chocolate, coffee, toffe, roast/oak notes, and of vanilla.

T: Instantly taste like chocolate and toffee. Sweet and hardly any bitterness. Alcohol is hidden very well.

M: Smooth and creamy. Carbonation seems perfect.

O: Possibly my favorite Imperial Stout. Amazing taste and mouthwatering. If you get the chance, try this beer. If you love stouts, this is a must. (431 characters)

Photo of davesway10
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dense pitch black. Beautiful. Not sure how to describe the head, coppery ? The taste is fantastic, lively. Really wasn't sure what to expect from this beer when i bought it, and now I'm hoping, praying that my local beer guy will continue to provide this fine brew. This beer will always be on my must buy list. I'll be looking for more brews from these guys. (367 characters)

Photo of bgildea
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Awesome dark brown/black color with a very rich brown head that lasts a while. Nice lacing. I can't wait to drink it.

S: Very nice sweet vanilla aroma, not too overwhelming.

T: One of the best beers I've ever had from a bottle. Nice rich flavor with great sweetness from vanilla combining with the rich roasted malts flavor.

M: Great mouthfeel, nice amount of chew to it.

D: Little bit of alcholoy taste to it, but I could drink this all night. I'm glad I have a 1 pint 6 oz bottle.

Overall: Overall this was an amazing beer. If you like a good dark beer, you will love this. I will definitely buy a couple of these next time I'm out. Shame I only have one. (665 characters)

Photo of brownbeer
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Old label, i'm guessing 07

Pours jet black with a dark browon head. Beautiful.

Bourbon wafts up from the glass from a distance.
Upon sniffing vanilla and definate bourbon notes, chocolate chip cookies, alcohol. RICH.

Palate is suprisingly smooth and full bodied with a faded hop presence. Finishes tannic, leaves lace and a thin layer of head.

A bold beer that requires thought and attention. One of the best stouts out there, best of the yeti's. (450 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours like transmission fluid, but too black for that; huge coffee flavored head. Good lacing & head retention

Smell: Malty toastiness, some alcohol & fruitiness

Taste: Vanilla strained through wood, malt, fruit, vodka &hops. Dry vanilla finish

MF: Silky, rich & yum

Drinkabilty: Super despite the abv. So different than yeti, wow, both great takes on this style (374 characters)

Photo of genitempo
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

*Reviewing the bottle, enjoyed the 12 draft and 11 bottle and draft in the past.

A - Pours like crude oil. Body is sealed black. Vibrant array of browns and tans hit the rough head. Lace looms.

S - Rich in malts and chocolate. Subtle coffee, even fainter cries of booze.

T - More complex as it warms. A blended mix of milk, dark, and baker's chocolate. Coffee/Roasted Malt Hints, soothing out the booze's strength.

MF - Heavy bodied with a pleasant amount of carbonation.

O - The Yeti takes several forms. This one veers towards the upper ranks. It's Massive. It's Complex. (The Label says it all!) (603 characters)

Photo of Katahdin
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It pours a deep, midnight black but finishes with a nice creamy head that is reminscent of a Guinness head. Definite hints of chocolate, vanilla, and even coffeee are accentuated by the oak aging which seems to have intensified the flavors. Lingers heavily on the tongue but is surprisingly smooth to drink. Not much hops tatse at all which is quite a nice change. (364 characters)

Photo of jkane101
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can only say...buy it if you see it. Trade for it if you have to. Every beer drinker should try this, no matter what your favorite style is. This is simply put one fantastic beer. Give it some time to get closer to room temperature to really enjoy the flavors. (262 characters)

Photo of BurnsTau
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber.

Wow, I noticed how black this is while I was pouring it. Very deep black with no light showing through, dark head that leaves a good lacing.

Smell is incredible, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, so many great things coming through. The taste is just as good. Sweet malts up front with a bit of vanilla, coffee, chocolate flavors all coming through. For a 9.5% beer the alcohol is very well masked. Medium carbonation and a nice heavy body make this a sipping beer, but it's nothing overpowering. Still very drinkable.

I am floored by this stout, it has such big flavors yet is still so drinkable it's scary. (631 characters)

Photo of WKyle
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Dark, dark brown with little light brown lacing. Light carbonation.
Smell: Chocolate, Raisins, Dark Malts, more malts, oak, whiskey.
Taste: A good amount of oak, chocolate and malts. The taste lingers for a long time. A slight whiskey taste at the end that is very smokey. Very warming on a cold winter day.
Mouthfeel: light carbonation, and a thick mouthfeel.
Overall. Nothing about this beer is overdone, it is very well balanced in taste and mouthfeel. Easily one of my favorite beers if not my favorite. (519 characters)

Photo of hitter114
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with nice mahogany/amber head. Very nice bubbles going on slow forming head to about 2 fingers.
S: Very woody, slight booze on the nose. Smells delicious
T: Awesome taste lots of wood and sweetness but also complexity of an IS.
M: easy drinker but with a nice backbone
O: Really good and complex beer worth a shot, can't wait to try some of the other yetis (367 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very dark brown, almoust black beer. Brown, creamy, head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Oak, chocolate, vanilla, cookies, smoke, cacao beans, brown sugar and coffee.

Taste: Raisin, dried fruit, wood, oak, cream, vanilla, roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate.

Full body with a oily texture and little carbonation.

I just LOVE this! (354 characters)

Photo of horshack7
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straight out of a 22 ounce bomber it pours the darkest of black. With a very creamy dark caramel head about one inch worth of frothy goodness. It looks like an abyss of darkness.

Aromas: It has incredible notes of a very smooth whiskey or conac thats packed with power. Slight coffee notes with along with the incredible sweetness from the dark roasted malts. The hop character of this art work is incredible.

Taste: Wow this sinister character packs a mean punch. Tremendous sweetness from the roasted malts. The whiskey or conac flavors are are so smooth. Very full bodied I mean this beast has some major artilery that will knock anyone over.

Notes: This is a force to be reckoned with. If you are not careful it will crush you and throw you a hundred miles sip it very slow. It's sinister laugh will make a sonic boom sound like a whisper. This is a Russian imperial stout lovers dream. (905 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

You can tame a Yeti. I've been doing so in my cellar. I recommend you do the same.

Rigid and adamantly black, the beer is relentless even when held directly into the afternoon sunlight. It is obstinately opaque, allowing no room for radiance or highlighting. A mocha tan line distinguishes its trim where ebony coloured bubbles are worn as a necklace. The splatter of lacing is clingy and hugging. It drapes the beer tenaciously and coats the glass with a dark wax-like paste. It's an exceptional looking stout by all standards.

I might define 'perfection' as the aroma of Oak Aged Yeti. It is a heavy nose-full of oak bark and cedar dust, bitter dark chocolate cocoa solids, flat heavy-roast espresso, vanilla bean late, scorched caramel, and above all else, juicy green sappy bulbous hop cones. It's not overly complex but it is tremendously profound. This combination of oak bark and cedar dust, cocoa, espresso, and hops is beyond luscious. This is stout in all its capable glory.

Oak Aged Yeti is not actually aged in oak - it is aged with oak in it. I won't say that one method is better than the other, however, they do yield entirely different results. Because OAY is aged on French and toasted oak chips it doesn't take on all the complexities and nuances that a true barrel-aged beer would. That said, it does just fine without them. The flavour is brimming with pine-dipped, citrus scented hops as well as rich, dark chocolate, dry balsam wood, and heavy-roast espresso - it's about as decadent as they come.

Although 75 IBU's is about perfect for a beer like this, I found the bitterness to be too abrupt when consumed young. The fresh, plentiful nature of the hops would cut the oaky-chocolaty-bitter espresso linger and create a very brut finish. Young, it has little resonance or grace. Aged - it persists. It crawls every inch of the tongue and saunters all parts of the palate. It is savory and can endure even the darkest of chocolate pairings.

I wasn't overly impressed with OAY my first time around. I remember remarking on how plentiful and dominant the hops were; the fresh pine character was too overpowering. Although I'm not opposed to tasting hops in my stouts, I generally like them to be more roasted and chocolaty. But with time the hops do mellow (although never fade) and flavours amalgamate to a succulent orchestration of espresso, vanilla bean, chocolate, and pine.

Contrary to what others have said, I find Oak Aged Yeti to mature exceptionally well. In fact, I vastly prefer it that way and it is one beer I always ensure to have stocked in my cellar. Over four years ago I splurged for a case of it and that has proven to be the best beer investment I've made. I love many stouts but given the dreaded thought of having to chose a choice few, Oak Aged Yeti would undoubtedly be at the top of that list. (2,851 characters)

Photo of sublimesipping
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In my quest to selectively review only the sublime encounters of my beer drinking sonjourns, this beer stands out.
An amazing journey of flovor and finisnh. To start the color is a murky espressio rown-black and radiaince but a creaminess at ths same time. Great head lacing and a wonderful sweet nutty, chocolate malty aroma.
the taste blows my mind. godvia chocolate and sweet peat smoke. a great single malt combined with the finest chocoalte. grainy and smooth at the same time. More depth than any beer that i have drunk ever. This is a beer to savor it lingers and wraps its flaovrs around your tongue and head and heart. It is not for the light-hearted. This is a great sipping beer to sip all night that winter's night when you want and need to reminincse with your loved one about those memeories of a youunger and more light-hearted time. a full beer that transports and tanscends. AMAZING! (902 characters)

Photo of MOB210SA
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured extremely dark brown practically black. Dark. Dark tan/mocha head that dies to thin ring.

Chocolate, Coffee dark roasted malts with slight vanilla and a oak. Reminds me of desert.

Strong chocolate with a dominant coffee. Can taste a oaky vanilla, Amazing- well balanced.
Went perfect with a piece of fudge.

Smooth slick mouth coating with low carbonation but perfect smoothness.

Drinkability I couldnt drink this as an all day 24/7. But besides that I would love a couple.

Im not sure why but I just love Yeti and this is a step better. (550 characters)

Photo of cvfish
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured black as a struck match, produced a huge fluffy brown head, which had great retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were extremely complex, a great deal of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, espresso, and some hoppiness at the end

T - The taste of this beer was wonderful as the scent, the roasted malts, the bitter chocolate, vanilla beans, espresso wisps, and a great piney hoppy flavor

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a heavy body with a light amount of carbonation

D - This beer was made to be sipped, almost feels like engine sludge going down, but damn it has to be one of the tastiest beers on the planet, especially for Stout lovers (713 characters)

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,613 ratings.