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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,113 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,113
Reviews: 1,607
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 293
Gots: 731 | FT: 34
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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 atrus138
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a bomber of this over Christmas dinner. I have had only a sip of the regular Yeti a long time ago, so I can't really compare the two.

Was an opaque black color with a dark brown head that became mild froth that was kind of clumpy. Smell was pretty faint, though complex. I noticed mostly alcohol, with notes of chocolate, coffee, fruit, and caramel. Taste was very interesting. Much hoppier than I expected. Took a little getting used to, but I eventually got used to it. Hints of vanilla, unsweetened chocolate, coffee beans all made their appearences. Also charcoal was present. Great taste, though I was distracted by the overabundance of hops and alcohol. The aftertaste stuck around for quite a while and was actually more pleasent than the initial taste. Mouthfeel was a little thin as far as stouts go, though it still worked pretty well. This one is definitely one to take your time with, given the ABV. Drink it slowly and enjoy it. I got another one to age. Perhaps this will be more enjoyable once the hops are tamed a bit more. Still, this is a great one to have during the winter season. Not my favorite imperial stout (Rogue probably will forever have that), but well worth having.

Photo of buzzworthy
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oak Yeti is midnight black in color with a bronze/brown head; lacing is significant. Dark chocolate and roasted coffee in the smell, becoming more pronounced as the stout warms. The roasted and chocolate influences carry over to the taste, with a hint of vanilla. (I haven't tried regular Yeti so can't compare.) Citrus-tasting hops kick in and continue to the end, lingering in the after-taste. I sipped Oak Yeti while watching a movie at home.

Did I enjoy it? - of course, it's bold and powerful. For me, the hops are slightly too prominent compared to the roasted malt components. For a hoppy stout, I prefer something like Bear Republic Big Black Bear where the hops are evident but more in balance. I'll certainly drink Oak Yeti again though and also try the non-oak version.

Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into an oversized red wine glass.

Pitch black body with a dark tan head and matching lacing. The aroma is rich with clean, fresh oak and sweet chocolate and roasted grains. The flavor is a nice mix of black grains, espresso, unsweetened cocoa with a tinge of citrus rind from the hops. I also really like how the bitterness just slightly overmatches the malt here. Makes for, as usual, a great combination with the dry, heavily roasted malts. A top notch imperial stout, fairly drinkable for it's size and tasty to the end.

Photo of MmmIPA
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Upon opening the bottle.The aroma of vanilla and oak hits ya in the face.

Nice dark brown head,about half a fingers worth of it.Total darkness.no lacing is left on my glass.

Notes of vanilla,fruit,bourbon.

Vanilla,chocolate,bourbon,roasted barley.Dank,strong,dark after taste.You can really taste the vanilla in this one.I also taste dark fruits.Vanilla turns into dank,dark taste.

Mouthful is silky,carbonation is a little on the harsh side.Nothing a little aging wont fix.ABV is hot.

Burps taste nice. :} This is a good beer and taste like it would be great to age.Great job G.D.

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

The oak aged yeti is quite tasty. Similar to nogne's but a bit gooier. Pours jet black with almost no head, and what little there is is dark brown. The nose is goopy and kind of dissapointing. there is a little bit of a tarrish nose. This however is not reflected in the taste. The maltiness strikes early, but smoother and less hoppy than its non oaked brother. the 75 ibus show up in the finish but the abv is well hidden. A good imperial, but i would recommend the nogne before this. nice and smooth.

Photo of Beerzebub
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black. Huge dark tan head, forming folds and ripples. Plenty of finely textured lace.

Smells like sweet dark malt - roasted grain, dark chocolate cake, brown sugar - and hops - grapefruit, orange blossom, pine. Subtle oaky vanilla. The orange blossoms aroma, with the oak, gives a distinct impression of Thai iced tea, alongside the chocolate malt.

Big rich taste of sweet dark chocolate and brown sugar with vanilla, with the chocolate intensifying as hops roll in - citrus, flowers, and pine. Great balance between the sweetness and bitterness. Bittersweet chocolate and orange blossom linger for a long rich delicious finish, accented with vanilla and a touch of clean minty alcohol.

Rich viscous texture; quite drinkable for what it is.

Great beer, well made. The oak is subtle enough and well integrated.

Photo of Boppar
2.72/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Poured a bomber into my pint glass

A: I was blown away by the completely black body and the killer three-finger dark tan head. Impressive head retention and excellent lacing.

S: I stuck my nose way down into that glass and gave 'er a whiff. It smelled decent. I could detect subtle vanilla tones in addition to the dominant aromas: alcohol and oak. Some citrusy hops are definitely present. Actually, at first there was an almost overwheling aroma of a Pine-Sol-like citrus cleaning solvent in there. It took a little more olfactory exploration for me to figure out that they were aromatic hops.

T: Trying to shake off my initial gut reaction to the Pine-Sol smell, I took my first sip. I nearly gagged. The comparison to a cleaning product was even more readily apparent in the flavor department. I gave it the benefit of the doubt, and kept drinking it. After about five sips, I was able to get beyond that less than pleasurable citrus taste and explore the rest of the beer. There is a very strong, dry, oak taste. It is also a hop-bomb, and not just because of the citrusy hops; there is a great deal of bittering hop action in here. I'm tempted to say that I may have experienced some chocolate flavors as well, but honestly, the bittering hops, Pine-Sol, alcohol burn, and oak dominated the palate (and in fact probably beat my taste buds into submission simply by making them go numb).

M: The mouthfeel felt about right for the style. Nice heavy weight to it, and a thick consistency.

D: This is not drinkable at all. It is too intense and it tries to do too much, and in the end, the whole thing is just a mess.

Photo of geexploitation
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, really a black I suppose, with a thick, dark brown head that fades to a collar. Very rich aroma here, with tons of barrel influence that imparts vanilla, coconut, banana and thick, sweet peanut brittle and caramel. The aromatic elements of the beer, outside of its barrel elements, are somewhat lost. On the palate, things even out somewhat, as the barrel character coexists more easily with the barley-and-hops elements. The palate starts out with bitter coffee and cream before shifting into a sweet, fruity middle and a finish that increases slightly in bitterness. There's lots of length to this beer -- it sticks to the palate with notes of tobacco and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is, as expected, thick and viscous, almost chewy. It's a very heavy beer and drinking a full bomber is a tad challenging.

Overall, this is a very good brew. I'm not a huge fan of the regular Yeti, but it's proven to be a good frame on which to hang those barrel flavors. This beer has both balance and depth, and if you're looking for a rich, thick stout it's got a lot to recommend it.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Pours a deep black under a decent sized, nice looking, creamy tan head. Good lacing and really nice retention.

S: Chocolate, roasted, a sweet malt character and hints of grassy hops as well. The smell is really "lighter", if that is the correct word" than one would expect from such a big beer. Really nice.

T: Whiskey/bourbon character, vanilla, some hints of chocolate, a definite alcohol characteristic that makes you think of a spirit but doesn't burn you like one. Every so slightly bitter in the finish and ultimately dry. Really and excellent tasting barrel aged beer.

M/D: Smooth and some creaminess on the tongue, full bodied but a little thin, carbonation is nowhere to be found on the tongue, not a bad thing here. Drinkability is a little bit of a puzzler. This beer is excellent and everytime it hits the palate, you want more. But as a very full bodied, 9.50% beer, it may not feel so well once your palate (and the rest of your body) hits the floor. So good drinkability (great sipper) but this one is not a session brew.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz silver foil capped bomber. Pours into my glass a thick, oily dense black with a quarter inch of dark tan head on top that falls to a ring. No light shall pass! Aromas begin with rich chocolate, roasted dark malts, molasses and vanilla. Wow, really rich with a wonderful woody oak accent. Hops are there as well bringing some citric accents. A touch of dark fruit too.

First sip brings a big rich chocolate roasted malt upfront. It brings in notes of brewed coffee, mixed dark fruits, molasses, toffee and a great vanilla flavor as well. Woody, oak flavors meld in on the way down and add a great element to the brew. It finishes with a dose of hoppiness as well. The oak is not at all overpowering and adds an elegant balance and flavor to the brew that sets it apart from the pack.

Mouthfeel is big, thick and creamy. Flows down smoothly with mellow carbonation. This is a good candidate for a bomber to split with a friend....or just keep it all for yourself :-). Either way, Oak Aged Yeti is a damn tasty brew and has impressed me as I'm used to from Great Divide. I'll be looking for this one again and so should you!

Photo of t8000shx
3.18/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber, aged no longer than it sat on the shelf at the store, so hard to say. Bottle wasn't dusty, looked in good shape (ie label was crisp and not peeling)

A - Looked good, this might have been the best part. Pitch black, amber head, dissipated fairly quickly leaving a small lace. That black-hole color of serious imperial stouts is a huge turn on.

S - Also no slouch. Smelled slightly dried-fruity, raisins or currants. Plenty of coffee and roasted malt scent, and a bit of hops.

T&M - This was a disappointment. Perhaps I should have let it age to allow the flavors to gel better, but that undercurrent of hops I picked up on in the scent were oddly all over the place in the flavor, especially when the beer was still cold. I strongly recommend against drinking this beer much cooler than room temperature, the hops dominated way more than I expected for an Imp Stout. As it warmed up, the hops backed off of the initial taste and the coffee and fruitiness came through a bit more, but fairly quickly the hoppiness makes itself felt, and not in a particularly balanced way. All in all, the beer was good, at best, once it warmed up. The mouthfeel was fine, pleasant viscosity and thickness, somehow reminded me of an Sam Adams Cream Stout (a personal favorite - a bit generic, I know).

D - I did not finish the bottle. Partially because I just was getting full, but also because the flavor was becoming overwhelming on my palette, and was becoming cloying.

For the record, I'm a huge fan of Imp Stouts in general, no question my favorite style of beer. I was tremendously excited about this one and very disappointed in the result, so perhaps some of my negativity was driven by my expectations not being met. I'm thinking of buying another bottle to cellar for a couple years and try it again later.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was aged two years in biegaman's cellar, thanks so much, Jan. Poured jet black with burgundy / cherry edges when held in the light. A tan head rises and falls and leaves a ring with some lacing. Extremely small bubble carbonation. There is vanilla on the nose, hop smell with coffee, burnt toast. There is a wonderfully smooth textured mouthfeel despite lively hop presence, taste of roast coffee, dark chocolate, some coffee-liquer heat and pronounced bitterness. This is a rich tasting, nicely balanced blend of flavour with a gentle finish, never overpowering. As it warmed, a hint of astringency in the lingering finish, a reminder of high alcohol that was othewise well hidden. This was savoured with white and dark chocolate and miniature brownies, a nice way to end an evening, highly recommended.

Photo of joekfsu
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle. Pours nearly black with a dark brown, slowly diminishing 1.5 cm head. Aroma is dominated by malts and vanilla. Hints of chocolate, coffee, and fruit aroma as well. Malt, chocolate, and coffee flavors initially, coffee and hops late. Can't taste the oak, until it warms, then you get a hint. Light carbonation, medium body, dry aftertaste. Very drinkable and I hop to enjoy it again soon.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours super black, no light passing through this one with a brown and super bubbly head, lots and lots of lacing all the way over the glass.

S: Just super sweet, if I could only use two words. Huge hits of toasted sugar, I felt like I was breathing in chocolate, there seems to be a deep candied fruit smell as well, this thing just smell BAD for you, but so good at the same time.

T/MF: Well I feel like I could certainly taste the oak in this one. Super smooth almost like heavy cream rolling across the tongue. Full bodied to say the least. This is a very indulgent beer, chocolate and touches of vinilla seem perfectly balanced. The finish is long and almost spicy on the tip of the tongue. There is almost this brady like heat that comes in this beer with a hit of fresh brewed coffee in there as well with an agressive hop finish. There is just a ton going on in this beer!

D: You will never mistake with for a bud light to be sure, this beer screams in your ear, "I AM A BIG BEER" and it is telling the true. Very drinkable for a beer this big but next time I think I'll invite a friend along to help.


Tried the 08 version today (11/25/08 almost a year to date from the first review) and things have changed slightly. Still quite tasty but the smell is all hops, not enough oak aging, hops seem to cut through the aroma and taste that should be there. Age would do this beer well I think, just too much hops to be fully enjoyable.

Photo of SargeC
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: As black as it gets, topped off with a hearty medium brown head that does not budge.

Smell: Plenty to take in. Chocolate, coffee, toffee. Vanilla, hops and alcohol.

Taste: Sweet to bitter chocolate and complex tones bouncing off the oak flavors. At one moment this brew can be sweet, the next it is bitter and then it is smoky. It all depends on the sip. Initial touch of sweetness evolves into complex, sharp malt characteristics. An excellent hop finish sends this brew over the top.

Mouthfeel: Thick and hearty. The body of this brew allows the flavors to remain long after each sip.

Drinkability: What a brew. Strong as an ox, but soft as velvet. The oak is evident but not overpowering. A great beer to sip and savor.

Photo of surfmanjim
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass, with a color so dark that light does not penetrate it. It pours with a 1 inch mocha head and has a definite aroma of chocolate, coffee and burnt malts. The taste is an explosion of coffee, bitter chocolate and vanilla and it has a heavy,viscous mouth feel. This is not a session beer. Despite it's intense flavors ( or maybe because of them)this a beer that is better enjoyed by the single glass after a good meal.

Photo of Squaretooth
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first Oak Aged Imperial Stout so I have no point of reference from which to judge it against others. I had just finished a Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout when I decided to pop this. Probably a mistake, but I did cleanse my palate.

The first thing I noticed immediately upon pouring was the very dark, chocolatey rather full head. The smell is slightly woody with a hint of chocolate and carmel, My first sip told me this was a fine stout with no bitter aftertaste. For me, it is difficult to sort out the variety of flavours this held. There is a semi sweet taste that immediately hits. Perhaps a dark cherry. Very little alcohol taste, although it was a bit oily and dig linger, pleasingly so.

I wouldn't go so far as to compare this to the Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout, but this isn't a bad beer and one I will definitely try again, on it's own.

Photo of Rudgers73
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter-like glass. This stuff pours out so thick. Jet black with just a touch of dark tan head. This is thicker than the heartiest merlot I've had. Aroma is that of rich dark chocolate, well balanced char, and a fruity alcohol note. The flavor is so mellow that it's incredibly easy to drink. The oak aging must chill this 9.5'er out immensely. It starts with a chewy burst of rich malty flavor that is followed by a charcoal taste that introduces the hop profile. From there it begins to dry out and leaves a residual sweetness and a smooth-as-silk finish that indicates nothing of the amount of alcohol in this drink. As it warms the malt up front begins to open into a maple syrup taste with a ton of balanced sugary-sweet flavor. A lot of really bold and strong RIS's give me instant heartburn, but this one is like sipping 10 year old scotch: it's smoother than you would ever expect. A definite must try. Well done great divide.

Photo of brdc
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Larged capped bottle, poured into a snifter.

Beautiful, impenetrable pitch black, with a dense brown head that goes down a bit too quick, but the lacing is just gorgeous.
Aroma is very close to the non-oak aged version, with caramel, coffee, chocolate, whisky and some vanilla notes. However, the body feels better, although still a bit "light" for the ABV (medium to full), and the taste is a lot more balanced. Better balanced, I can barely believe the IBU 75 on the bottle.
Yes, it is bitter, but like bittersweet chocolate, well diguised alcoholic warmth, and none of those "burnt" notes from the original.
A marked improvement over the original version, the first time I see ageing in oak adding so much to a beer.

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

P: Pint poured at Papago Brewery

A: Black oil slick pour with one finger foam head that slowly dissipates to a thin cover.

S: Roasted espresso, woody and a thin alcohol burn.

T: Whoa Nellie, glad I’m sitting down! Deep dark roasted coffee, sweet toffee and caramel sweetness and a smooth aged woody taste on the palate to savor between sips.

M: Well balanced and complex silken mouthfeel that keeps you alert from first to last sip.

D: I could have only one of these a day….every day. Will be getting more to share with friends as it is going to get colder in the next few months..I hope!

Thank you Great Divide! I recommend as a definite buy!

Photo of stumac
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this bad boy up in a tall pint glass. It had a nice dark chocolate head. I started pissin in my pants. Then I tasted it. I started shittin in my pants.

Appearance: Nice dark chocolate head

Smell: Very malty, chocolatey

Taste: Chocolate fo sho, hints of vanilla, lil bit of wood. Hops are very apparent.

Body: Full, kind of a mild chalky mouthfeel

I would say this is a very good stout. I have had better and I've had worse. Try this definately

Photo of phil7568
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this 22oz. bottle resting away for a while. With cold weather here what a great time to try it out.

Looks great in my pint glass. Huge frothy head on top of a jet black body. I see no light through this one.

Smells delicious, sweet with some coffee and bourbon notes.

Goes down very smooth. I'm tasting a little sweet chocolate and again, bourbon. Alcohol is obvious but not overpowering.

Very Good brew. at 9.5% one bottle is enough. Luckily that's all i had.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter. Beer pours a thick black color with a thick foamy 1 finger tan head. Very little carbonation is detected. Immediate aromas of vanilla and whiskey hit the nose followed by some roasted coffee, caramel, and a little bit of chocolate. The beer smells awesome.

The taste is great. Up front you get the vanilla and whiskey flavor from the oak aging and sweeter caramel malt flavors followed by the bitter coffee flavor at the back of the mouth with a slight hint of dark chocolate. As the beer warms a bit more, there's a hint of alcohol in the flavor. If that wasn't present, I might've considered a 5 for the taste. It's a drinkable beer, but the alcohol content and flavor give it a slight hit on drinkability. It's a thick beer that feels wonderful in the mouth and goes down pretty easy.

This is one of the best stouts I've had. Very flavorful and great on a cold night. Highly recommended.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.31/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Apperance: Pours a four finger thick head. I have a 32. oz glass and it went to the top (22 oz. bottle). The head is thick and frothy with dark bubbles and the beer is blacker than black. The retention is also nice.

Smell: Chocolate and caramel malts with a hint of mint and slight vanilla. Black licorice comes out strongly with a roasted malitness. I'm eager to see what oak chips have done to the already nice yeti Imp stout.

Taste: sweet caramel malts come out in the beginning followed by some roasted and burnt malts. There is also a coffee/espresso flavor on the finish. This is followed by a robust dry hopped bitterness. There are undertones of vanilla and the oak aging is apparent. Somehow the flavors are not cohesive enough for me. This beer tastes like the hopping was all dry hopping. I am a fan of dry hopping, but on a RIS it takes away from the choesiveness of the beer. Another thing that detracts from the beer is a dry graininess from the burnt malts. I think that the burnt malts go slightly overboard on this beer and create some off flavors.

That part of the review was when the beer had warmed a bit. AS teh beer warms further, the flavors start to mesh a little bit better. However, i do think that this beer suffers from overabundance of burnt malts and some off tannins from unmalted barley. Also as the beer warms a licorice undertone comes ou t

Mouthfeel; moderate carbonation that clings decently well, yet no creaminess. Again, I think the overabundance of burnt malts was not balanced with enough caramel malt base and it lends it selft little creaminess. Stille, the carbonation is decent and it clings to the palate decently.

One of the few beers that actually got worse with oak aging in my book. I got this in colorado, so I am pretty sure it is a good sample.

Photo of dedrinker
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blackety black y'all. Tan/ nougat head. Coconut nose with flavors of bourbon, vanilla, coconut, and serious roasted malts. The flavor is so long and robust, yet easy to sip after sip until it's all gone. Some scoops of French Vanilla ice cream in here would make most root beer producers throw in the towel.

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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