Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company
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2.83/5 rDev -33.6%
A- Poured from the bottle with a thin tan-colored head, which completely evaporated with time. No lacing; just a little collar on each. The body was completely opaque and jet black in appearance.
S- The nose is not as strong as the Espresso Oak Aged variety... impressions of chocolate, vanillins and a bit of oakiness in an overall somewhat mild nose.
T- Right up front, you get that stewed and roasty malt, which is quite nice. But shortly thereafter, you get an intense surge of tannin and oak lactones, which completely overpower the palate and linger on the dry finish. I just feel like the oak was way-overdone here.
M- A medium-plus body with a little oily texture to it. A delicate carbonation and substantial astringency. A touch of heat from the ethanol. Astringency definitely held this back from a better rating in the mouthfeel department.
D- Drinkability is hindered by the overwhelming oak extractives and high astringency. This is definitely a beer worth tasting... but not worth drinking 22oz. of...
08-07-2010 13:19:28 | More by jgasparine
2.83/5 rDev -33.6%
I finally cracked this open tonight after sitting on my shelf a few weeks. A beige foam and a black-brown opaque appearance, exactly what I'd expect for an imperial stout.
Smelled of milk chocolate. I picked out the alcohol quicker than I'd like.
First sip was harsh, almost knocked me over. The chocolate was much darker than my smeller picked up. Coffee back and something of a carmel middle. This sounded delectable, but it was all over-ridden with alcohol. Absolutely piercing. I had to power through every sip. There were redeeming qualities tucked in beneath. Yeti stomped me.
The mouth feel was fine, just the right carbonation for an imperial stout. Smooth, for sure, not syrupy.
03-07-2009 07:55:52 | More by pants678
2.85/5 rDev -33.1%
My wonderful fiancee got a bottle of this for me for my Birthday. Thanks hon!
Pours beautifully dark and rich, tan head, awsome lacing.
Smells slightly sweet, fruity. Nice there.
Taste-- Overpowering roasted black malt. I need more here, more fruitiness, more sweetness, maybe some hops. It just seems too one dimensional to me. Astringant.
Mouthfeel-- A touch thin for an imperial/double stout.
Drinkability-- No thanks, I'll find other double stouts that are more up my alley.
05-17-2005 01:43:28 | More by deejaydan
2.93/5 rDev -31.2%
Pours a viscous jet black with huge fluffy espresso colored head. Definetely taste the oak in the this one. Very smokey in a fairly unpleasant way. I have not had the non-oaked version but am curious about it due to the smoke on theis one overwhelming virtually all other flavors. Thick mouth feel overall but maybe a little thin for an imperial stout. Not my favorite but maybe someone who goes for oaked beers would like this one.
03-01-2010 18:33:42 | More by hopsbreath
2.93/5 rDev -31.2%
On tap at Barcade in Brooklyn, NY. Served in a small snifter. Very very dark, black, motor oil with about a fingers worth of foamy brown head. Smells of chocolate and alcohol, perhaps some stringent mascherano cherry aroma as well. Super smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Full bodied to the max, but not in a bad way. Lots and lots of wood flavor in this. Almost too much. I did not think this was very well balanced and was VERY over oaked. There are malt and hop flavors in there, but are over powered by the wood. Nice alcohol warming as an imperial stout should have. Don't expect to be able to drink more than one or two of these.
01-16-2007 05:10:03 | More by BeerHonky
2.93/5 rDev -31.2%
I really wanted to like this beer, but I think it is seriously overoaked and what is normally a very nice stout has become a mess. Pours black with a thick tan head. Smell is roasty, sour, and with hints of vanilla. Both the sourness and vanilla come in large part from the wood. The taste is all wrong. There are roasty notes, malt, and chocolate struggling to make themselves known, but they are obliterated by the heavy oak flavors. It tastes like there is a shot of anejo tequila in this beer. Heavy vanilla, wood sourness, and cherry flavors from the wood as well as a woody aftertaste make this less than enjoyable for me. Give me the non oak-aged Yeti any day over this. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, but still there is that tannic wood in the background cutting against it. Not very drinkable at all, like a beautiful cabernet that someone has oaked all to hell. More restraint on the wood would have added subtle touches of wood and vanilla sweetness and would have been welcome. I'll try another batch in the future and see how it goes.
01-05-2007 18:27:52 | More by Georgiabeer
2.95/5 rDev -30.8%
22oz bottle into a CCB snifter. 10/30/2009 bottled date.
A - Midnight black, with the slightest hint of coffee color around the edges. Decent finger of mocha-colored head, which fades to a scattered cap and leaves respectable lacing on the glass. Gentle agitation shows generates impressive legs.
S - Large notes of chocolate and roast, with some coffee in the background. Plenty of cereal, brown sugar, and a bit of alcohol.
T - Leads off with bittersweet chocolate and brown sugar. More coffee than in the nose, but it's fleeting. Roast, some char, and a light nuttiness. The finish is bitter and alcoholic. It leads off nicely but the finish is somewhat unpleasant.
M - Plenty of carbonation with fine bubbles lends a somewhat velvety feel. It's thick but the dry finish keeps it from being overpowering.
D - While I like some of the flavors, the bitterness of the finish got to me after a while. I ended up drinking it over the course of a day, recapping and having a glass every few hours.
O - It's a pretty highly-regarded beer, but it just didn't quite hit the mark for me. Good but not great. The price is okay and it's easily available, but there are plenty of similar-tasting beers that are available for less.
12-13-2010 18:15:01 | More by djmichaelk
2.98/5 rDev -30%
Split with my GF and poured into Duvel Tulip. Poured a nice khaki colored 3 finger head. Looks viscous and oily just like it should. Smells of Burnt malts and roasted coffee. Taste is where I lose it. Wayyy too boozy and hot. Chocolate and coffee is there just too far in the backround for me. Mouthfeel is thick and not my favorite RIS by any means. Drinkability is very low and one of these was enough.
06-02-2009 15:31:43 | More by dublife1
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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