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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,757 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,757
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 251
Gots: 580 | FT: 32
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:
Imperial stout aged on new French and American oak chips.

(Beer added by: Crosling on 08-09-2004)
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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured this from a 22 oz. bomber that was bottled on 11/17/09 into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

Appearance: Pours deep, motor oil black that lets absolutely no light through. This beer has the absolute largest and darkest head that I've ever seen on an imperial stout. The head just looks so thick and fluffy and enticing, it's incredible.

Smell: You can tell that this one has been through some oak aging, as hints of vanilla come through in the nose. There are also some light coffee hints, unsweetened dark chocolate and some liquor tinges. There are also some very light but noticeable citric hops in the smell.

Taste: This is a very interesting stout, to be sure. There are a lot of strong but smooth malts coming out first with some nice woody, oaky tastes coming up in the background. The oak also lends itself to a more-than-subtle vanilla taste. It finishes with a huge piney hop bitterness that is certainly not typical of RIS's, making this a very unorthodox beer in my opinion. The hops just work to throw off the flavor a bit for me.

Mouthfeel: Yeti is a nice full-bodied stout but is exceptionally smooth and nicely woven together. Despite the abundance of hops, it manages to abstain from leaving that cloying sensation on your palate. World class mouthfeel in an RIS, in my opinion.

Drinkability: This is a very smooth beer but at 9.5% ABV it's taking me forever to finish this bomber. Still, it's very smooth and well put-together so it's good for what it is. There are some hints of the alcohol in the taste, though.

Overall, this is a nice and certainly unique example of the style. It's very smooth and flavorful and is one of the hoppiest stouts you're going to find. I've had the regular Yeti and the oak-aging does a lot for this particular beer. This is a very nice stout and is certainly worth trying. I'd like to stick one of these in the cellar, though, to see how it does without such an enormous hop presence.

zoso493, Mar 04, 2010
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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.

Beerbuddha, Oct 20, 2007
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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.

JamesShoemaker, May 04, 2013
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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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