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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,065 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,065
Reviews: 1,597
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 286
Gots: 700 | FT: 29
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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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Photo of kenito799
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No dates on bottle.

Popped this cold from the fridge and seeing little head formation, gave it a hard pour--mistake, immediately a gigantic head of light-brown foam arose like a monster and spilled down the sides of the glass. This receded slowly leaving lots of sticky lace. Opaque, coffee-black brew.

Aroma is intoxicating as soon as the bottle is opened. Rich, warm vanilla, chocolate, dark roasted coffee, with floral hoppy notes skittering over this warm autumnal symphony.

I have not tasted the non-oak-aged Yeti Imperial Stout. I can't imagine that the oak aging doesn't improve it. This is an agressively bitter brew, by dark roasted malt and full-on hops. It is lent a beguiling woody and vanilla smoothness that must be from the oak barrel. Sweet and creamy up front, but long lingering bitterness. A touch of alcohol heat might be seen as a flaw, but it also gives it a hot-buttered-rum aspect that is welcome in a winter warmer.

Definitely a masterful brew.

Photo of saintwarrick
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark black with a nice brownish head that doesn’t dissipate. Aroma is deep chocolate. Taste is dark and chocolaty with some coffee-ground like aftertaste to give it a little bitterness, the beer is very sweet and oaky otherwise. Finish is thick and syrupy, like the last swig from some chocolate milk where all the powder has coalesced.

Alcohol is noticeable and this is a solid brew, but just a sipper. Would recommend it over its brother the regular Yeti stout.

Photo of seaoflament
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to upsjeff for this extra, I’ve been waiting to try this one for a while now.

Pours dark with about an inch of mocha color foam. It looks syrupy and tasty. The aroma is big, room filling. I detect roasted and chocolate malts, toffee, vanilla, wood, cocoa, and a sweetness from the alcohol. The taste is great. There is some coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, and alcohol. A nice bitterness in the aftertaste as well. The mouthfeel is very thick and chewy, definitely feels like a meal. A good warming effect from the alcohol, not too much but enough to notice. Would be a good beer to sip on a cold day, too bad a day like that is far away and I’ve heard that this one is best fresh. Overall a very solid RIS.

Photo of ncvbc
3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
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!

Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Came upon a bomber of this at Total Wine in Charleston, SC. Poured into a pint glass.

A. Poured a dark black with a nice 1 finger head that slowly dissipates to a classic lacing.

S. Nice chocolate, vanilla and malt stout smell. Just a hint of the alcohol showing through.

T. Roasted malt and alcohol to begin with. Some black licorice, coffee, and brown sugar flavors with a hint of chocolate.

M. Thick, but with a fairly high carbonation that helps to keep it from being syrupy.

D. Not an everyday beer because of the price (9.99 for a 22 ounce bomber) and the anv. But I have cellared 2 for the winter months. A real treat and a world class beer.

Photo of NEhophead
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pt 6 fl oz brown bottle; served in a goblet.

Syrupy, caramel-toned opaque oil in color. Creamy, coffee-colored head with good retention. Thin and spotted lacing with impressive strength.

Roasted chocolate malts; espresso, fudge-like aromas. Tones of sweetness: vanilla bean, sweet cream. Hazlenut, toffee along with hints of blackberry and dark cherry esters. Waves of alcohol.

Mild smoke-flavored deep, roasted malt character. Dark chocolate; slightly bitter, with heavy tones of moch and ground coffee beans. Sweet vanilla in the middle with a dry, wood component. Slick alcohol presence following a mild, pine-filled bitterness lasting well into the aftertaste.

Full bodied; remarkably balanced considered the range of textures: chewy, dry, smooth, and slick.

A remarkable offering. One of the top five to ten Russian Imperial Stouts I've had to date.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber into an oversized wine glass.

An opaque, jet-black pour produces a skinny, dark tan head that dissipates within a few minutes to a scant wisp of foam. No light is getting into this one. Aroma throws a big malty alcohol note at you first, followed by the familiar "chocoalte chip cookie" scent of the regular Yeti Imperial Stout. Butter, semi-sweet chocolate, and coffee round out the aroma.

There's alot to be said about the flavor, here. Big, acrid notes of roasted malts and mocha coffee dominate the palate, as well as a stinging, oaked bourbon whiskey flavor. The oak is no doubt in effect, but it seems to diminish the velvety, smooth character that I loved so much from the original YIS. Also, a big alcohol bite takes the mouthfeel down a notch, as it's nearly indetectable in the original. The body is thick (as expected) and acrid on the tongue, with a decent bitter finish. Overall, this is a beer I'd definately have again, but it falls short of the plain ole' Yeti Imperial Stout. Hopefully a little time in the cellar will mellow out that oaken / alcohol bite.

[EDIT: A year of cellaring improved this beer, but not drastically. The oak characteristics actually became more pronounced in the aftertaste, although the diminished alcoholic heat allowed for a higher drinkability.]

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had a few tasters and 4 oz samples of this at bocktown over the past few weeks.

A- Superb example of an RIS. Deep opaque black with thick medium brown foamy head. Good head retention and leaves plenty of lacing behind in the glass.

S- Chocolate malt comes thourgh first as the dominant smell. Some bittering homes along with toasted malt come throgh second and give this beer a dark coffee smell. A touch oof oak and vanilla are also noted giving this beer a good complexity.

T- Deep rich, and strong chocolate malt comes through first as the main character here. Bittering hops and toffee are noted in the backround but don't come through strong. Finish is a nice balance of vanilla, oak, and toasty chocolate malt. Tastes like a great, well blended coffee. The taste is big and strong.

M- Low carbonation and heavy, thick mouthfeel. One of the thickest I have come across.

D- Good job by great divide. The taste is big, complex and wonderful-but too strong at one time. The mouthfeel is good also-but a bit too thick for my liking. I couldn't drink a whole draft or bottle of this one at once. Its a great brew that I love to keep tasting but its too much all at once for me.

Photo of roller
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a 22oz bottle a thick, inky black that is opaque even when held up to bright light. After a vigorous pour, the light brown head swelled and held at around an inch and a half and left rings of lacing as I drank. The head was darker than many beers are themselves and at least some of the dense, rich cap stayed for the whole session. Smell is of dark chocolate and vanilla and not very strong. The taste is a nice balance of roasted dark malt bitterness and woody, vanilla notes. Slight hop profile in the finish. Subtly smoky oak flavor masks the alcohol nicely. The body is full and chewy with a pleasant creaminess. This is delicious beer from Great Divide and I was very happy when my local Whole Foods started carrying it. I've picked it up several times and will continue to do so.

Photo of andrewm190
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a big pint bottle. its black, very black, just like a good stout ought to be.

The smell is nice, very much coffee and roasted malts. very much a sense of vanilla on the back-end.

The smell matches the taste. If you like dark beers and coffee this is a great beer for you. I'm not a huge coffee drinker, but one has to appreciate the quality of this beer. The aftertaste is no different, the coffee is dominant, very dry.

The mouthfeel is good: not too much carbonation. The taste and quality of the beer is the main focus.

Sip this beer.

Photo of elgiacomo
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An exceptional imperial stout, one of the best, if not the best I've had so far. Big, bold and potent.

Pours a very very dark brown if not black. Thick. Didn't get much head out of this, but a little bit did retain throughout.

Initial aroma was quite powerful and certainly got my attention, lot of dark chocolate and coffee/espresso. Some molasses and caramel or toffee.

Taste was even bigger than aroma. More of the same flavors with some vanilla and a little spice. A little dark fruit too...

I love the mouthfeel of this beer. Very creamy but not overly syrupy or sweet. So smooth. The carbonation is just right, on the low side.

As far as drinkability, its a sipper and not a session beer. Alcohol is hidden better when cold, begins to bite more as it warms. Didn't get overbearing considering the style.

I'll say it again, this is one of my favorites. I don't have access to most of the top tier stouts on this site, so this may be the best I can get here in rural north Georgia which is perfectly fine with me! The regular Yeti is excellent as well, can't go wrong with either one.

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.

Photo of udubdawg
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle

pours a viscous-looking black, with a dark brown head that laces the glass nicely.

I've had few stouts that smell better, and none come to mind as I type this. Big chocolate and vanilla are right up front, with ample coffee and some oak. The hops and char are muted after the time with the oak, and what is left is roasty and complex...damn near perfect.

I'm torn on giving this taste a "5". To me it is better than the original Yeti will ever be, even after sitting in the cellar for a year. But that beer is so delicious too....
anyway, the coffee and vanilla are again big here, but a lot of the original big bitter stout remains - this beer hasn't lost its Yeti character. Roasty and a bit charred in the middle, with oak and hops showing brilliantly in the finish.

9.5%? Where?

This is a big beer, but the body isn't overly huge...and I'm thankful for that. It is creamy and smooth and the lack of an over-the-top body makes the beer amazingly drinkable, which is where it defeats the original Yeti. Give the original beer a couple years and it approaches this, but who can wait? - that stuff is delicious too!

I shake the glass but the small pool of sticky liquid in the bottom is too thick and spreads over the inside and only a single drop makes it to my tongue. I ponder whether anyone will laugh if I run my finger over the inside to capture a couple more drops...

Photo of franksnbeans
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drooled as soon as I saw this on the tap menu. Pours a perfect opaque black and looks delicious. A 1.5 fingers of chocolate milk head that refuses to budge. Smell of strong chocolate, some coffee, dried dark fruit, malt, incredible nose. Tastes amazing. Strong chocolate notes, espresso, fig, caramel, malts, some hops, little alcohol. Extremely full with nice carbonation. Best RIS I've had to date. Incredible.

Photo of crayphish
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This RIS stout poured an opaque black with a big bubbly khaki head. Nice head retention and lacing throughout the drinking. The smell has all sorts of thong going on. Raisins, roasted coffee, some bitter chocolate; all of which over a nice hop backbone. The taste is more of the same, though with a vanilla edge as well. The hops seem more alcohol in nature in the mouth and warm me. As the beer warms some of the alcohol bite leaves, none the less at 9.5% ABV its better suited for slow consumption. A great stout.

Photo of soupyman10
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this one for $9.95 for a bomber, so it better have been good, although I've always had faith in Great Divide brews. Fortunately it delivered - one of the best RIS's I've ever had. Pours a perfect black, with very light red highlights. One finger of tan head. Nose is strong on coffee, roasted malt, raisins, and some slight breadiness. Taste is incredible - interesting and complex. In no particular order, coffee, chocolate, dried fruit, breadiness, and prunes. Hoppiness shows up in the aftertaste, along with a touch of alcohol that actually suits the beer fairly well. This one would be incredible with some cellaring though. Body is full with solid carbonation. This one's really delicious - one I'd be drinking daily if it weren't for the price tag.

Photo of BrewSomerville
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.

Photo of Overlord
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to leftmindedrighty for the beer trade.

Delicious. The aftertaste is a nearly overpowering coffee/espresso kick, but this coal black stout has enough chocolate, vanilla, and some sort of tropical subtlety (coconut? cherry?) that it remains fairly drinkable.

Unfortunately, I probably won't be able to get my hands on it again anytime soon.

Photo of maltysfalcon
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted along with Dogfish "World Wide Stout", which blew it away, but that doesn't take away from the fact that this is a fine stout in its own right. Dark as midnight, head fades fairly quickly as it is not overly carbonated. Very dark, roasted aromas of Espresso and charcoal. In flavor, there is a fairly hoppy influence. The beer is dry and viscous. The oak influence seems to temper the flavors slightly but is not as prevalent as I would have thought. Very flavorful and powerful, but alcohol is in balance with the intense flavors and aromas. Veru good overall.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark black into a snifter with a nice tan head with good retention and that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. First thing noticed in the aroma is hops. There is some citrus along with some pine. Also present is vanilla, sweet chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, and alcohol.

As with the aroma, hops are the first noticeable element of the this complex beast, mostly pine. Big malt flavors here. Lots of roasted coffee character along with the sweet chocolate noted in the nose. There is also some vanilla and the oak gives the beer a bourbon like characteristic. Dark cherries and roasted bitterness are predominent during the finish.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel and the beer coats the inside of the mouth. A sipper for sure, but still pretty drinkable. A very good beer and better than the original in my opinion.

Photo of OKCNittany
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle - pint glass

A: Poured a 3/4 inch brown (and somewhat intimidating) head which reduced to a thin coating. Left a light lacing. Body was black as night.

S: Excellent rich aroma w/ roasted coffee and dark chocolate standing out the most.

T: Strong flavor (as expected from the smell) - very complex as well. Mocha, chocolate, then vanilla (which I found a bit off-putting) - and more - seemed to change somewhat with each sip. Plenty of hops gave it a good balance. Improved as it warmed.

M: Thich and chewy. Lightly carbonated. Slightly dry finish. Smooth.

D: The considerable alcohol was hidden very well - but so big you'll need to sip it. The aftertaste was a bit too sweet but otherwise a damn fine beer. Comes up short of its brother (Yeti), but then what doesn't?

Photo of dbatch
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double Deuce poured into my new Sam Adams glass. Thanks again fellas!

A: Pours pitch black with a nice, thick tan head. As the foam fades away, it leaves a little bit of lacing.

S: Strong chocolate and sweet caramel aromas are all over this beauty. There is a nice hop aroma follow up. The oak aging doesnt come out too much for me in this one. Some very light fruit notes in this as well.

T: Strong burnt coffee and cocoa flavors here, but they are smoothed out by the oak aging. The hops are very prevalent here as well. There are some vanilla flavors in here as well. Very well balanced.

M: Very creamy stout here for sure. The carbonation fades into the hops, which fades to leave a very creamy finish.

D: This is a strong one, very flavorful, but I think one will do me at a time. Not saying its not good to drink, but its kinda like a meal.

Photo of dickieb
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours Black as night with a nice brown head that leaves some nice lacing. Smells of chocolate, smokiness and a hint of bourbon. The taste is rich with chocolate and hints of vanilla, with some smoky hops finishing it off. This drinks like a stout of lesser strength, with only a pleasant bit of alcohol present. Almost to drinkable.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, served in a pint glass

A - deep, dark, black color with a dark brown head that rose from the bottom of the glass, leaving plenty of nice sticky lace.

S - roasted coffee, malt and some hop aroma.

T - what it lacks in aroma it more than makes up for in taste, delicious roasted coffee, roasted malt, nice smokey flavor with a touch of hops at the finish. abv is well hidden in wonderful flavor and only gives the drinker a gentle warming to let you know it's there.

M - full bodied, lightly carbonated, smooth and creamy.

D - 9.5% abv affects the rating and the drinker.

Final Note: this is going on my 'Top Ten' Stouts list and I'm going back to the store where I got this to get a few more...

Photo of ryantupy
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, no freshness date found on bottle. Served in a chalice.

A - Pitch black pour with a nice brown head that develops very slowly. Eventually thins out to a small lace around the glass. Moderatly sticky on the glass on its way down.

S - Smells of mild oak with undertones of smooth vanilla, cherry chocolate, smokey malts and, mild coffee. The alcohol warms in the finish continually getting stronger.

T - Tastes of dark chocolate and nice dark roasted malts. There is a mild smokiness to this beer more noticable in the finish. Hops are prevelant but very mild and smoothed out. The oak and vanilla character is also prevelant. The alcohol warms continually getting very strong towards the last few sips.

M- Silky and smooth and goes down easy with a nice complex finish. The hops are very smoothed out making this beer very smooth with a little carbonation and alcohol.

D - This is a very robust beer with a great smokey finish. My only complaint is that the alcohol is overwhelms the flavors towards the end. This beer is screaming to be aged it needs a few years to mellow over that strong alcohol bite.

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,065 ratings.