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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutOak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

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3,482 Ratings

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Ratings: 3482
Reviews: 1553
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%

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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Photo of Pegasus


3.45/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep black in color, with a modest tan head, completely opaque, with attractive scattered lacing.

Aroma: Deep, dense aroma of dark bitter chocolate, as well as coffee, and alcohol, very pleasing.

Taste: Opens with strong notes of stale coffee, and wood, there is a pronounced harsh chemical bitterness, with notes of rubber and plastic. A bitter medicinal note lingers on well past the end of the taste. The harsh chemical qualities fade somewhat, but never entirely disappear as the beer warms. The stale coffee notes remain constant. Finishes very dry with excessive tannins.

Mouth feel: Sof, smooth, full in body, little carbonation, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: I really wanted to like this beer, but I was not able to. The ordinary Yeti is far better. The harsh chemical character ruins would could have been a world-class beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2005 03:07:28 | More by Pegasus
Photo of BrewSomerville

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aroma: Cafe mocha. Black licorice. Some hoppy aromas too.

Looks: Onyx black, can't see through it. Big brownish beige head. Good head retention.

Taste: Chocolate, espresso. Alcohol is tasted. It's a bit earthy. Black licorice. Some vanilla, but I had to really look for it.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Fine carbonation, lower than average.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2007 02:55:16 | More by BrewSomerville
Photo of ElijahCSkuggs


3.45/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First things first. I love Yetis. I love Sasquatch. I love Abominable Snowmen. I love Men of the Wood! I love any and all names, styles and sub-families of Bigfeet. Don't believe me? I recently saw a movie called, 'Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie'. Not enough? I've seen Abominable, Night of the Demon, Harry and the Hendersons, Legend of Boggy Creek, Drawing Flies, The Wildman of the Navidad...yeah. So, what's my point? My point IS (you smarmy jerk!) that the only reason I grabbed this beer is because I LOVE BIGFOOT!

I'm not a very big fan of RIS's, so, do what you will with this review. Hell, I don't even drink coffee. Nevertheless, here's my diagnosis of Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout.

Appearance of these beers are always my favorite aspect. Dark as sin with a beige and retaining head. Leaves a nice ringed lace as well.

Smokey coffee. Bold. Strong. Not my strong suit with this beer. I have nasal polyps. It's overwhelming in the roasty coffee area.

Similar to the smell, you get a blast of coffee aroma, but also bits of chocolate, booze and some nice slices of dark fruits. Too bad for me about the coffee.

Smooth, heavy, creamy and kinda boozy. It's nice.

Drinkability revolves entirely around if I want to drink this with one of the next Bigfoot movies I watch.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 01:40:40 | More by ElijahCSkuggs
Photo of MrTopher


3.45/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated October 2009, picked this up at Gomers in KC last year.

A – Dark rich black color, nice brown head that pairs nicely with the body.

S – Lots of earthy notes in the nose, some dark dank fruit also, a very mild vanilla smell and nice roasted malt. Not a lot of oak to this, could the aging have stripped that away?

T – A very rich earthy taste, some woodiness, and a decent amount of roast. But something either is still developing or over developed because it felt like it was missing a little something.

M – Exceptional, nice carbonation and a little on the thick side which I like for a big stout.

O – I might have either opened this too early or too late, I’m curious if an additional year or two would have added more, I guess I’ll have to wait and find out since I have one more bottle in my cellar.
Still love the Yeti line, wish more breweries would make more readily available stout variates similar to GD Yeti.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 19:38:18 | More by MrTopher
Photo of tut2528


3.45/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a deep jet black with a tannish color of head. About ½ fingers worth of head formation, some lacing but not too much.

S: I immediately pick up on the huge sweet oak notes and bourbon along with moderate amount of figs, molasses and minor chocolate. There is also a slight grassy hop note lying in the background

T: Oak and hop bitterness dominate the palate, but more hoppiness than anything else. There is a slight chocolate and mild vanilla creaminess, but its immediately drawn away from the hoppy finish. Alcohol is present but its complimentary to the beer. Complexity definitely lacking on this one (unlike the bottle stating “Massively Complex”.)

M: Full body, actually quite nice for this beer. Moderate carbonation. It fits for this brew

O: Not all that impressed with this one. Bottle isn’t lying when it states “huge hops”… Bitter hops and strong oak are the main charactesr in this bee. I usually enjoy GDB’s offerings, but this one I can go without.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 04:52:44 | More by tut2528
Photo of Torchiest


3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber bottle in a pint glass.

Poured like motor oil, or molasses. Almost no carbonation apparent, a tiny ring of creamy foam appeared around the edge of the glass. Looks pretty scary.

Quite a bit of hop aroma, which is surprising to me. Never had a really hoppy stout before. This is definitely no guinness.

The taste is insane. There is so much going on here, it's hard to know where to begin. A significant hop presence, an odd creamy grapefuit taste, some roastiness, a faint vanilla note, and then a bitter finish. The transitions between flavors are quite confusing.

Pretty low carbonation, as expected, and fairly thick, but the bitterness allows it to finish cleanly without any sticky residue.

Not bad, overall, but at 9.5%, one is all I'd want at a time. Interesting, but I don't know if I'd buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 17:56:48 | More by Torchiest
Photo of jar2574


3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Creamy tan head, and the beer is black as night. Really great lacing. Clings to the sides the whole way down. A great looking stout.

Smells of hops and caramel and oakiness. But the smell is subdued.

A very thick and creamy beer. Strong taste and lots of flavors. Chocolate, caramel, hops, and even some fruitiness -- a touch of cherries. The strength of the alcohol is well hidden.

I have mixed feelings about the taste. It's an interesting stout, but I'm not a big fan of stouts to begin with. I don't want to unfairly punish the beer due to my dislike of the category, but I believe I've had better ones. I liked the Samual Smith Imperial Stout a lot more.

Anyway, this is a unique beer with a complex taste. A 3 1/2 is the best I can do though, as far as taste.

In the end, this isn't a great session beer. It's thick and heavy. A 100 degree day in August probably isn't the best time to review it. Maybe I'll try it again in the winter.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 01:49:11 | More by jar2574
Photo of triplecoil


3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

Poured extremely dark with a thinish tan head. Nose was musty, a little spicy, and alcohol, not extremely pleasant. Taste was big and malty, a little roasty, alcohol, and plumbs. Mouthfeel has moderately low carbonation, pretty decent.

Definitely not a favorite, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 03:36:07 | More by triplecoil
Photo of roblowther


3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber. Black oily look with a dense, creamy reddish-brown head that shows no signs of dissipating any time soon. Smells of milk chocolate, coffee, and a touch of wood. Tastes very roasted, with the burnt malt dominating. There is a wood flavor and some vanilla esters in there somewhere but you have to find them before the burnt aftertaste overwhelms things. Mouthfeel is creamy and oily, very satisfying. The drinkability is good from the standpoint of hiding the abv but wow. The burnt taste is giving me heartburn. A well-crafted example of a style that I'm thinking just isn't me.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 00:51:00 | More by roblowther
Photo of soughtbygod


3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Black body with a thin tan head.

Aromas of cardammom, ginger, and roasty chocolate malt.

The flavors are cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, dark chocolate, and espresso and they work amazingly well together. Who knew chai and stout would be such a great combo, but they play well off one another. Seems like a milk stout may have been the base beer.

Each sip makes me want to try another, so that's good. Medium body is round and smooth on the palate.

Great beer that goes great with my dessert.

Serving type: on-tap

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 23:29:25 | More by soughtbygod
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber, bottled on date: Dec 7th 2010; poured into a pint glass

A: Pours an opaque jet black with a 2 fingers width dark mocha colored head. It has a thick, viscous appearance as it pours. The head dissipates at a moderate rate to a thin film that leaves decent lacing.

S: Vanilla, coffee, roasted malts, and chocolate. Subtle hints of alcohol, which are by no means dominating.

T: First sip is of strong burnt and roasted malts. Early on there are some hints of coffee/espresso, vanilla, and dark chocolate with some occasional hop bitterness noted on the after taste. The subtle complexities are nice but the early drink is definitely dominated by burnt and roasted malt characters. Then, about halfway through the first glass of the bomber, it takes a turn for the worse. The alcohol flavors really start to come out, and not in a subtle, pleasant way. Every sip is completely dominated by the presence of alcohol. The complex characters that were initially present are entirely masked by the alcoholic esters. After I finish the first glass and pour the rest of the bomber into the glass I have high expectations that it will make a turn for the better. But again after the first couple sips the alcohol comes right back out and dominates the drink. Very disappointing.

M/D: Sooth and well carbonated with a good initial mouthfeel. But the predominating alcohol characters really decrease its drinkability.

O: The bottle says, “Massive” and “Complex”. I would agree with the former, but not necessarily the latter. I wouldn’t say it is well balanced, or particularly complex. The potential that this beer showed early on was effectively destroyed by the dominating alcohol characters that took over the drink. It was mostly just roasted, burnt malts and alcohol. I was disappointed with this beer, and don’t plan on trying it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 02:40:54 | More by zac16125
Photo of wavz


3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black as night, pours with a medium heavy brown head with plenty of lacing.

S- This is unlike most of the regular coffee note stouts. Plenty of hops that come right out at you. The hops kinda drown out many of the other smells, but there is a bit of vanilla and some maltyness.

T- Great sweetness with hops that balance out the malt. Great vanilla aromas, coffee, and some berries.

M- Great chewy stout, light carbonation (Fits this beer well). I guess chewy is the bast way to describe this one.

D- Great stout, it just made my top 5 in stouts just for its originality. Will get this one again!


Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 01:07:30 | More by wavz
Photo of gameface23


3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours jet black with a dark tan head. You can't see anything through this beer.

S: Dark chocolate, black coffee, dark fruits and alcohol.

T: More dark chocolate and a certain vanilla flavor from the oak. The alcohol is not afraid to show itself. Dark fruits also appear.

M: Smooth and syrupy thick.

D: Average for a RIS.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 17:18:01 | More by gameface23
Photo of Anthony1


3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a big beer with lots of stuff going on.

It pours almost black with a vigorous foamy brown head. Got lots of malt, chocolate and espresso aromas from this one along with a distinct woody smell. The taste matched the aroma and I could taste the oak coming through. The beer was very smooth and complex but I found the alcohol aftertaste a little over powering.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 14:31:08 | More by Anthony1
Photo of ThirstyBird


3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jwale73 for sharing!!
A - Pours super black/brown with a light brown head that falls to a light covering.
S - Smells of coffee, roasted malt and bourbon.
T - The taste is very bitter and oaky. Chocolate, alcohol and coffee.
M/F - Medium body. Fairly smooth and heavily carbonated.
D - A decent brew but not to my liking style wise.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 18:07:23 | More by ThirstyBird
Photo of iadler


3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap. Served in a 5 oz taster glass at encintas ale house.

A- Pours the darkest of browns with a one finger off white head which leaves a few lines of lacing behind.

S- Lots of earthy oak, brown sugar, booze soaked raisins and plumbs, coffee beans and some roasted malt.

T- Oak stands out, almost to the point of overpowering, with coffee, roasted malt, dark fruits, brown sugar, char and some smoke. There is some astringent qualities at the end which is unpleasant.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Finishes dry with char and some smoke.

O- Not terribly drinkable as the astringency and over proounced oak characteristics seem to mask the base beer. The abv was hidden well though.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2011 05:18:08 | More by iadler
Photo of PatrickSwayze


3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oak aged yeti-  Bottled Dec 7, 2010, drank Jan 22, 2012

A: pours an extremely dark black with an extremely dark caramel head. 

S: Light hint of dark raisins and roasted malts. Very subtle in smell

T: This has been a very interesting hitting my taste buds with slight hints of raisin and chocolate with a finish of chocolate and oak. The flavors are very subdued and mild with the age on this beer. Easy to drink but not to overly flavorful

M: Sits on the tongue very well. Great body that lets you know that the flavors are there without being overwhelimg or to sweet. Great balance.

O: for the price i could drink this beer over and over again.  I wish the flavors were more distinguished  but overall a great imperial stout for he price.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 02:52:15 | More by PatrickSwayze
Photo of scooter231

New York

3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hmm... not sure how I feel about this brew. I tend to go back and forth on oak aged brews- I love them or I hate them. This one I'm oddly in the middle on.

Smelled and tasted very winey, some brandy in there, cherries and/or other dark fruits. I think the oaking was a bit on the overpowering side. The stout flavors are just not coming through like they should.

Mouthfeel was a bit too thick for my liking, and this guy was a bit hard to drink. By no means a bad beer, but it was just a bit... lost, muddled. Bland, even. Too much oak, not enough of other things. I'll let this guy sit for a while and try again- perhaps with the un-oaked version.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2005 06:21:06 | More by scooter231
Photo of sacfly


3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very impressive black with a cascade of dark brown bubbles. Awesome head. I found myself watching the head settle. Again, awesome. Smell is burnt, coffee, a hint of chocolate and wild turkey.

Taste is dominated by bourbon and burnt grain. Not bad… Hides the alcohol a bit better than the regular Yeti.

Get this one just to see the pour. Spectacular. Unfortunately, the beer is just ok.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 03:41:18 | More by sacfly
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, I figured I might as well try this one since the Yeti didn't live up to my expectations. Sadly, this one didn't either, though it doesn't mean this isn't a good beer by any means.

Pour was a solid black, as a RIS should be. No light was really visible either. Fairly low carbonation and a great looking cocoa tan head.

Smell was good but not as profound as other greats that come to mind for the style. The usual roasted malts and hints of vanilla and even charcoal. Some oak comes up followed by a fresh and earthy hop aroma.

Taste was roasted chocolate malts up front. Oak and vanilla again present and paired with the slightest alcohol burn. There was also a bitterness towards the end with the hops playing a role here. A lot going on but not necessarily in all the right places.

Mouthfeel was rich and creamy, close to full though not what I expect. Warming at times but an unwelcome hop bitterness confronts the tongue.

Overall drinkability isn't all that bad. One bomber was enough for me and I'd consume one rarely. This just isn't as bold and flavorful as some top contenders I've tasted.

Compared to the Czar brewed in the same state I consider both Yeti and Oak Aged inferior but this is only one opinion. Try this one, you just might like it!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 23:02:41 | More by ncvbc
Photo of pittvkyle7


3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- black as night, with a sweet brown head that stays a while. No lasting lacing.

S- Great vanilla aroma, alcohol, oak, sweet bruntness.

T- Roasted coffee comes first witha a blast of the vanilla, which is kind of strong. A slight bit of hop earthyness. Alcohol, chocolate?, oak.

M- sticky with a carbonation bite. A little too sticky for me. A big alcohol burn.

D- The exteme flavours and the burn make this hard to label as drinkable. Maybe the style isn't my thing. There were tons of great things about it but I will not be going back to this one for a while.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 21:04:48 | More by pittvkyle7
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black to extremely dark brown in color of the body. Huge rocky head that is coffee color. Great retention, I think it plans to sit there all night. Leaves some thick sticky lacing.

Sweet and roasted malty smell, chocolate. Vanilla is noticeable, with a little bit of booze.

The vanilla oak flavor is right up front, and a little less subtle than I would expect. Huge roasted malts in the middle, chocolate. Just a slight hop spiciness and boozy flavor in the finish. Creamy with good carbonation.

A little boozy for me to get a graet drinkability, but a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 00:07:59 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of jkendrick


3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black, no light. Moderate off-white head with some nice lacing.

Aroma: Definitely smells roasted. Reminded me of the burnt flavor of Starbucks coffee. There is also bitter chocolate and obvious alcohol.

Mouthfeel: A bit underwhelming. It's not as full-bodied as I would expect and has a prickly carbonation.

Taste: The taste is of the burnt coffee as I referenced in the aroma, bitter chocolate and a somewhat acidic taste. the alcohol was not well hidden in my opinion and, while the oak in noticeable, it doesn't compliment the character well.

Overall impression: I'll need to sample the regular Yeti again, but based on my recollection, I prefer the regular to the oak. That's unusual for me as I tend to favor the wood aged varieties. It's a decent Imperial stout, but far from the best.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 23:05:48 | More by jkendrick
Photo of beveritt


3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into tasting glasses. Thanks to DoctorDog for bringing this one over.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of medium to light tan head. Settles slowly to a thin yet complete coating of foam. Decent lacing The beer itself is dark brown and completely opaque. No sediment in the the bottle.

Smell: Mild smell, hard to pick much up. Hints of vanilla.

Taste: Very boozy in the finish; dominated by oak and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation level. Body is okay.

Drinkability: Just okay. I think the addition of the oak is detrimental to this beer, rather than complimentary. I had this one next to an aged version, about 3 years old, and while I liked the aged one better, neither really blew my socks of. I like regular Yeti much better.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 02:09:04 | More by beveritt
Photo of rka758


3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 brewing (bottled 10/7/10) poured into tulip glass.
Paid $11/bomber

A: Pours a deep black, so much so that my glass is acting like a mirror, with a nice mocha brown colored head. Head started 2 fingers and quickly reduced to a thin lacing along the top.
S: Really nice. Rich coffee and chocoalte nose.
T: I taste wood, hence the oak I guess. A a deep chocolate flavor. A bit of bitterness
M: Beer does a nice job of coating. It's a little dry, but the flavors do a nice job at hitting all the right spots.
D: This is a nice beer that I feel is bottled just right; a bomber is gonna be about my limit, but I might crave a bit more than a 12oz bottle. I'm interested to see how this travels through time.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 02:38:59 | More by rka758
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,482 ratings.