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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutOak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

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1,619 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,619
Hads: 4,341
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 325
Gots: 851 | FT: 40
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: 1,619 | Hads: 4,341
Photo of scotorum
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on Sept. 24 2012 so this has over a year of aging on it.

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English nonick.

a: Opaque black with an inch and a half brown head which receded slowly to heavy surface foam and patterned lacing.

s: Dark fruit and smoke.

t; Very smoky flavor with definite hop bitterness. Leaves a lingering bitter and smoky aftertaste. Some of the former may be from the high ABV, but on the whole the two strong flavors seem to cover the alcohol well.

m; Moderate to heavy, great body. Smooth.

o: A hefty stout, heavy on dark malt, smoky oak and hops, which make a rather over-the-top first impression. Certainly no slouch in the flavor dept. Not so much a refresher as a slow sipper. Would have to have strong flavored food if used as a meal beverage.

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Photo of Jree261
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-Deep dark brown to black with a chocolate milk colored foam out of the bottle.

Smell-Coffee, cocoa, and mocha.

Taste-Bitter dark chocolate and strong coffee predominate throughout.

Mouthfeel-Heavy, full bodied beer with a long finish and good balance.

Overall-Really good cold weather dessert beer. Balance and finish are excellent and really make the beer.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Has the Oak Aged Yeti on tap at St Gambrinus in Boerum Hill.

12 ounce poor served in a tulip glass with practically no head. It was opaque with decent lacing that sat around for a bit.

The smell was dark chocolate, a hint of coffee, and a pine kick from the hops. It was sweet like the regular Yeti but I did not detect any of the vanilla.

Caramel and chocolate were the first flavors I found. I didn't get any of the toffee that was in Yeti but rather I got more of a pronounced hop kick and a bit of vanilla sweetness from the barreling process.

The mouthfeel was definitely that of a big beer. I felt the booziness of the 9.5% but it was still creamy. The bitterness of the pine was not my favorite part.

Overall, I actually liked the plain version of Yeti compared to this oak aged version. While it was more complex than the original version, it was way more bitter and harsh.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: pitch black motor oil, full head of dark foam; lacing left down the glass

S: roasted dark barley malts and cold espresso - some herbal and earthy notes

T: rich chocolate, bittersweet and dark, cold coffee, espresso-style; airs of oak and barrel-wood; mineral character with some dark, earthy and musky accents

M: smooth, slick, full-bodied with oaky airs; drying finish

O: a fantastic take on a fantastic beer - no way to err here. Must have for all BAs, particularly fans of the RIS and oak barrel aging.

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark and viscous pour. Looks the part of an RIS with heavy darkness and density, with chocolate foam head. Smell is deep roast, and a hintof vanilla, taste is sensational. The oak provides a subtle softness, not a hint of booze with this one either. really nice, can't believe I waited so long to try it.

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Photo of Triklino
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I decided to try a new stout tonight, and I have to say I made the absolute right decision. I know better than to judge a beer based on its bottle, but even from the outside this has the appearance of a quality stout.

Appearance - Pours out like motor oil. This is what a stout should look like, a rich deep black that allows no light through. A brown-cream head that retains and laces appropriately.

Smell - A rich and fairly complex smell, a front end of chocolate and espresso with hints of vanilla. There's also some hops in there, mostly as an accent to the chocolate/espresso.

Taste - The best part of this stout, by far. It starts out with a deep chocolate followed immediately by roasted espresso and malts. It's rounded out in the middle with some mild vanilla which compliments the chocolate as expected, while finishing with some aged oak bitterness. Everything has a roasted taste to it, which is what makes it such a balanced yet complex flavor.

Mouthfeel - Heavy in the mouth, a very full body as expected with an imperial stout. Very little carbonation, and it doesn't stick around too long on the palette. Despite its thickness it cleans up nicely, definitely enjoyable to drink.

Overall - A very high quality imperial stout. If you love stouts, or are in the mood for a beer that is heavy on roasted aromas and flavors, you should definitely give this a shot. While it's not the perfect stout, it comes admirably close and is worth drinking more than once.

Would I drink this again? I certainly plan on it. This is one of those beers I can see myself craving in a couple weeks.

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Photo of pkalix
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

super creamy, chocolate milk-foam on top. super dark brown, or black, with chocolate around the sides.... smells like a nice stout.... some chocolate and vanilla in there. smooth smell of a barrel age.... taste is smooth, a slight bitterness as it finishes and exits down the throat, but lots of toasted malt flavor.... a good bourbon barrel aging might help this one a bit.... otherwise, a standard, very good stout... admittedly, I was expecting more....

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Photo of itsscience
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter

Pours motor oil black with a finger of creamy brown head that retains nicely and leaves nice lacing. A gorgeous beer. The smell features a surprising floral hop presence along with toasted malts, caramel, chocolate, coffee, wood, and vanilla. It lets you know you are about to taste an unbelievable, massive stout. Tasting it, at the beginning I get a chocolate and toasted malt flavor which is soon met with a charred wood characteristic and an herbal hop bite that leaves a moderately bitter aftertaste. The alcohol is definitely noticeable but the beer is quite drinkable, with a medium body and a creamy mouthfeel. After one glass, I'm ready to list it among my favorites.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, crinkly black foil capped, a souvenir from the week-long hedonistic (learning) experience that was Denver Beer Week and GABV 2013.

This beer pours a solid, unequivocal black, from top to bottom, side to side, inside and out - not a stitch of discernible highlights, even when pushed to the overhead lights - with two slender fingers of bubbly, melting ice cream mocha lace, which renders some iceberg shelf painted lace around the glass as it gently seeps away.

It smells of gritty roasted caramel malt, saltwater taffy, bitter dark chocolate, day-old coffee, wood splinters, muddled singed orchard fruit, expired milk, and a subtle metallic booziness. The taste is still big on the bittersweet chocolate, followed up by a somewhat thinning toasty caramel malt, medium roast earthy coffee, hot vanilla, acerbic dark pitted fruit, a touch of independent char, and a rather tame wooden astringency.

The carbonation is fairly laid-back, just going about its quotidian support duties, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, mostly smooth, what with those charred bits flitting about, and likewise creamy. It finishes on the sweet side, from the usual suspects, but duly tempered by coffee, dry cocoa, wood, and alcohol, all.

They aren't kidding in the marketing blurb on the label when they mention how the wood treatment dials back the roast and hop character, replacing it, in part, by a robust vanilla essence. This is indeed a little more rounded, and yet I'm additionally thankful for the restrained nature of the wood. The charred essences are still there, but the hops, the hops be AWOL, or something. Anyways, still a large-ish assed behemoth of an RIS, just not the hop and malt one-two face-punch and he's down experience you get with this one's sibling.

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Photo of mcflypie
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark, brownish bubbles, not much lacing.

S: Glorious. Sweet chocolaty and woody coffee.

T: Amazing. Oak and chocolate notes, with coffee and a little brown sugar.

M: Very well balanced for such a strong brew.

O: One of my favorite Imperial Stouts...ever...always. (See other Yeti brews...especially the elusive Oatmeal Yeti).

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Photo of Ri0
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured 22oz bottle into chalice. Bottled 9/2012

A - Obsidian black with a thin tan cap. A thin ring remains and there are small spots of lacing.

S - Roasted malt, oak, and bitter chocolate initially. Notes of molasses and caramel filled dark chocolate layer in the complexity.

T - Bitter roasted malts and bitter chocolate. There is some oak that builds in and mixes with the caramel and dark chocolate. Molasses makes an appearance right before the bitter finish.

M - Full bodied with good viscosity. Carbonation is low, but good for the style.

O - Ho hum, just another world class stout from the Great Divide. One year of aging made this very, very good. This is a great one to sit on for a year and I don't typically like to age beer.

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Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits in Attleboro, MA. Bottled on Sep 23 2013. Started at 50 degrees.

A - Deep, dark black. No light at all. A small tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves just a dusting. Good lacing though. Clings to the glass nicely.

S - Cocoa, coffee, wood and brown sugar. Hints of lactose and molasses as well.

T - The wood really stands up to the chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. It got better as it warmed. A hint of sweetness but mostly dry.

M - Think and chewy yet light and airy. A restrained carbonation of fine bubbles.

O - Very good but I'm not so sure it lived up to quite the ratings it gets.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 9.30.13

Bottled Oct 18 2010

A - Pours a very dark brown with a large dark brown mixed head.

S - Oak, coffee, and a nice sweet chocolate, like fresh baked chocolate.

T - Lots of coffee still, oak finish, strong oak.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body, a bit thin.

O - Held up pretty decently, lost some of the heat and is more mild.

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Photo of Cheshire_Crew_Al
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber, dark, dark brown, very dark tan head

Pours like thick syrup, good lacing

S: toffee, coffee smell, only slight hint of smoke in the odor for me

T/M: nice full creamy mouthfeel, initial taste is that hint of slightly sweet coffee and chocolate and the smokiness comes a bit later and is more prominent in the finish, a little bit more of a prominent alcohol burn than I anticipated

O: As other reviews note, certainly a sipper, not my favorite imperial stout, felt like the smokiness was battling some of the other flavors and accentuated the alcohol burn a but, I like it a lot, but would not be my first choice

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle with a bottled on date of 9/23/2013, into a snifter.
Appearance - completely black, no light coming through! Creamy, very thick mocha head! Lacing is art work!
Smell - bold nose with some cocoa, dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee beans!
Taste - bittersweet chocolate, some hints of vanilla and espresso!
Feel - complex and robust with some faint, but noticeable hops present! Very easy drinking RIS at 9.5% ABV!
Overall - pricey, but worth it. Excellent, complex and warming!

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Photo of drrone
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours completely black. For some reason I was surprised how dark it poured. It liberated a dark brown head that slowly faded to leave a nice crown of lacing.

S -Roasted malt, Coffee, bitter sweet chocolate, faint oak, vanilla, toffee and dark fruits. A little boozy, but daddy likey.

T - Great! Similar to the nose, but the oak comes through more and there is a little hop presences that asserts itself.

M - Full bodied, but easy to drink. It has that slight oily and chewy feel to it, but no overly so. Carbonation is very sparse and the booze sneak through nicely.

O - Really a great beer. I hung onto this one for a year and it is really quite wonderful. It has great complexity which really comes out as it warms.

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Photo of Gatch
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 9/24/12 so I'm just three days from this being a year old!

A: Pitch black. As black as a beer can be. Tall, creamy, frothy, dark brown head that leaves some good lacing and great retention.

S: Heavily roasted malt with some vanilla, caramelized sugar, and toffee. Char, wood, and booze show themselves, too.

T: Similar to the nose but muuuch more roasted malt character. Super charred and earthy. Like ash. But in a good way. The vanilla is there in the finish to smooth it out.

M: Smooth, creamy, full of flavor, minimal carbonation, and...seriously roasted malt!

O: A malt bomb with hints of booze and a faint hop presence to make this a well rounded, delicious beer. A nice variation of the Yeti!

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Photo of JackMcAwesome
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 09/18/12

Poured into my Manchester United pint glass.

Look: It pours like what I imagine Unicorn blood looks like. A nightmarish purple that is almost black. The head reflects a bit of that, purple/brownish in color. That alone lets me know I'm in for something special. Light lacing so far.

Smell: I'm getting wood, vanilla, and cocoa. Pretty simple, but the important thing for me is, it doesn't seem to fall off. So far the smell is just as stout as it was when I poured it. Fantastic. No complaints here, and I can't say what it would take to improve. With that being said, my first five ever. (Sidenote: My wife said she smelled Worcestershire sauce, lol)

Taste: Awesome! I can already tell, it'll take me the whole bottle and then some to really detect everything this beer as going on. It follows the nose pretty spot on, but you can really taste the oak here. Also a bit of the hops, which, after a light google search, I can't seem to identify. But they are there to balance out the rest.

Feel: To me, this is very light in carbonation, making it very soft in texture, almost like an extremely thin syrup. The ABV is present enough to give it a bit of heat, but not overbearing at all. Very good.

Overall: My new favorite stout. I'm just getting started in the craft beer arena, and have focused on IPAs and Ales for the last year, but the handful of stouts I've had, all of them great, this one is the new bench mark for me. I can't wait to try the rest that Great Divide has to offer.

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Photo of greenmtn1111
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/24/2012. Poured in to a tulip style glass.

Appearance: This beer pours pitch black with the darkest, most decadent looking head I’ve ever seen, two fingers’ worth and seriously frothy. The way it looks makes my mouth water. As I drink the head disappears but a healthy lacing remains on the glass.

Smell: There are loads of roasted malts on the nose, bittersweet chocolate, slight vanilla and woodsy oak. Great first impression.

Taste: The oak hits my palate first with its dry, sharp flavor and continues all the way to the finish. The chocolately, roasty malts provide backbone while a profound bitterness rounds it off at the end. I’m not convinced that straight oak lends itself well as an aging vessel for stouts, but perhaps I’m just not used to it. It’s good, but I feel like the flavors don’t quite balance out.

Mouthfeel: Quite thick and creamy and the carbonation is subdued a little bit which is nice.

Overall: This is a complex stout with really bold, in-your-face flavors. It’s not the easiest stout to drink, but it is tasty and would be great to have on a cold winter day.

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Photo of Brenden
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This iteration of Yeti sits in the snifter darker than midnight black and thick as oil. The tap pour produces a nice, tight brown head that keeps a full finger for most of the session. The stick and consistency of the lace is fairly impressive.
Great Divide seems, with all the oak-aged versions of Yeti, to be schooling brewers on how to use barrels with one of the best imperial stouts out there. This beer is all Yeti, and all I really want it to be is Yeti with wood, basically, with a bit of that barrel character and nothing else. This one hits it. There's the big roast, bittersweet cocoa, and espresso with a nice dry oaky note complementing the hinting underlying sweetness of vanilla and even a ghost of dark fruits. While fantastically delicious, the high ABV makes this a sipper for sure, not that it ought to be rushed; there are lots of nuances and layers here.
A big, thick, rich, robust, full-bodied brew, the oak imparts a nice dryness to sort of cut through the thickness without detracting from it. It shouldn't be any thicker or heavier, it has just the perfect carbonation and enough crispness to liven it up without adding too much, and a sily, creamy smoothness. I just can't beleive the feel could be any better.

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Photo of joe1510
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
$5.99 *sale
Binny's Orland

Oak Aged Yeti gurgles from the bottle into a snifter. Black as night with absolutely zero light escaping it's grasp. A finger and a half of head slowly rose on the pour and eventually falls to a respectable crown leaving sheet lace on it's wy down. The head was mocha and creamy. Very good looking stout.

On top of the stndard Yeti aromas the oak chips leave Yeti with a great vanilla presence and a mild oakiness. The roastiness is still there in it's full form and the smell still presents the piney hoppiness on the backend although more subdued than the regular version. The oak makes this a different beast and I'm diggin' it.

The pine hoppiness is still very much there in the flavor. Roasted grains lead through the entirety but upfront there's great vanilla tones from the oak chips. Mid-palate a slight woodiness comes through right before the hoppiness kicks in and rides out the wave. Again, the oak makes this a different beer and adds a great complexity.

Thick, rich, and luscious body. Unique in the form of being thick viscous enough to coat the tongue but hoppy enough to give your tongue a quick sucker punch on it's way through.

Yeti is incredibly easy to drink considering the abv. I've been sipping on this glassful but it's sip after sip after sip. The silky quality really helps the drinkability.

I love the standard Yeti and now I love the oaked version. Although I've rated the oaked version higher both of them are fantastic and no doubt each have a place in the fridge for certain times. You want a nice hoppy exceptionally made stout drink Yeti. You want a sipper with a little more complexity drink the Oaked Yeti.

Reviewed: 11/24/07

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Photo of JohannBock
4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Dated April 2013 poured into a tall pint glass

A: Dark. Zero visibility through any of it. 1.5 fingers of dark brown head.

S: Chocolate, booze, roasted grains. Really nice bouquet of aroma.

Taste: Just really really great. Starts off so smooth and chocolately with just a little bit of roasted grain bite. Follows up nice and smooth again with more roasted grain and the oakiness of the barrel. Ends with oak a whiskey flavors to balance out the sweetness of the chocolate.

M: Smooth smooth smooth. Thats really all there is to it. Nice and thick and smooth. Like velvet on your tongue.

O: Just as good as advertised. An amazing beer shared with amazing friends. The complexity of all the flavors is incredible. Very fun beer to drink. Tastes amazing right down the the last sip. I'll be looking for this whenever it's available.

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Photo of srhoadsy
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled into a snifter. 2011 bottle.

Pours an extremely dark sable brown/black with a quarter inch of chocolate brown head that quickly recedes leaving light surface layer and moderate lacing.

Strong aromas bitter chocolate coffee and chocolate with dried fruit.

Taste follows through the aromas. If you hold it on your tongue you will get strong flavor of the char from the barrel. Hints of alcohol but not strong.

Heavy bodied with a surprisingly dry finish and bitter aftertaste. Lightly carbonated.

Overall a good representation of the style. Not overly complex but does nothing wrong either.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle served in a snifter glass.

A: Pours a deep oiled black color forming a one finger thing bubbled and creamy beige almost brown head. Low retention and lots of pointy lacings left in the glass. An "island" of medium bubbles remains on the top even after the head is already gone

S: Strong roasted malts, chocolate and wood on the nose. Some notes of coffee and vanilla. Licorice and chocolate biscuits. A bit of alcohol can be felt in the very end

T: Sweet and roasted upfront. Becomes deliciously bitter quickly. Mainly roast bitterness. Notes of vanilla, licorice and oak. End is bitter and biscuity

M: Very creamy and heavy body. Molasses too. Low carbonation and a very smooth mouth sensation. Roasted and bitter aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. Great RIS

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,619 ratings.