Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,217
Reviews: 1,623
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 308
Gots: 801 | FT: 43
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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 MjBrewhouse
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours pitch black with half inch head. Head dissipates fairly quickly.This beer was bottled on9/23/2013 and i think drinking a year after bottling is perfect. Nose is of roasted toffee, malts coffee, molasses and vanilla which is heavenly.The taste is very similar to the smell also heavenly with rich mouth feel, thick delicious . I had the same beer about six months ago and I'm not sure but it may have been younger than this beer and i remember it had a lot more bitterness to it. This beer is perfectly balanced, it has warmed to almost room temp now and is getting better as I drink it. One of the best RIS I have tried, the oak aging has mellowed and smoothed out any rough edges.World Class Russian Imperial Stout.

Photo of CHickman
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%

Bottled on 9/26/14: Pours motor oil pitch black color with a creamy 2 finger brown head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded slowly, leaving incredible foamy lacing coating the sides and a layer on top.

Huge coffee and chocolate smells up front, followed by oats, charred wood, vanilla, burnt coffee grinds, roasted grains, molasses, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, espresso, piney hops, roasted nuts and booze like a mix of bourbon and merlot which must be from the oak aging. Coffee, roasted notes, cocoa and booze all meld together and seem to fuse the complex aroma into a sweet attack on your nasal passage that is down-right pleasant if you like imperial stouts. There are a whole lot of earthy and grainy oat notes to go along with the booze, oak barrel, coffee and chocolate dominance, but the subtle whiffs of vanilla, dark fruit, licorice and hops really make this quite a treat to inhale.

Taste is so close to the nose that it’s scary; this beast is a combo of coffee, roasted grains, molasses, oats, dark chocolate, charred wood, vanilla, burnt coffee grinds, cocoa powder, espresso, pine cone/piney hops, roasted nuts, dark fruits like cherry or a chocolate dipped raisin, oaky wood and booze like bourbon or a dark rum. The smokiness of the oak and grains makes this a tad sweeter and more boozy, but it seems to unleash the complexities and variety of rich roasted and charred earthy tones that allows the vanilla, brown sugar and seems like syrup to ooze through with the roasted coffee bitterness that mixes well with the leafy hop spices that cruise in the background. It is very complicated with a lot going on, like all of its Yeti siblings, and this oaky version adds a nice different dynamic to the base Yeti while still delivering delicious flavor. The booze does show through so this is another slow sipper.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, with a heavy dense body, mild carbonation, a thin feel on the tongue and mild heat from the booze that trials off bitter, oaky and sweet at the same time with coffee, char, grains and cocoa notes that leave your mouth dry.

Another great Yeti stout that I thoroughly enjoyed and will seek out again. Complex and like a meal in a bottle, the Great Divide Yeti series of stouts has not let me down yet, so I recommend trying this great brew.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev -6.1%

2012 version. Cocoa, dark chocolate bitterness and dark roast coffee. Still very bitter, dry in the finish. Little sweetness.

Photo of BigRedDog
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a midnight black, with a rich, mocha colored head.

Smell is chocolate, licorice, slight coffee, some vanilla as well. Slight woodiness.

Taste is roasted malt forward. Bitter chocolate mingles with smoky wood and some slight vanilla flavor. Finish is slight licorice and a little bitter.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy. Some booze warmth.

Overall a good beer, but I kinda prefer the original Yeti.

Photo of bobv
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on January the 13th, 2010

Photo of RickS95
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely black pour with a brown head...what could be better? I love the dark stuff and dark stuff with a dark head is even better. Everything about this beer is dark. Completely devoid of any lightness in the color and the head is only slightly lighter. The only thing holding the beer back is the head, which while beautiful, doesn't retain well. There is a nice lacing however.

Subtle scents abound, of caramel and toffee, and dark roasted malts. Faint chocolate. But in this, you can really smell the grains.

I love this beer. More roasted grains and a bit of chocolate. Either hops or bittersweet chocolate provide balance.

Sweet, then bitter, but always smooth and creamy. Despite the grainy feel, it's oh so creamy. The alcohol is always present, but in a good, manly way. Very thick and full bodied, could be a great dessert beer.

Such an easy beer to sip, despite the high ABV. The oak gives an ever-present earthiness to it. Bordering on flawless.

Photo of spinrsx
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from Bristol Farms Palm Desert CA for 8$ - Dec 2011 bottle date

Appearance - Black/brown colour with a large size light brown coloured head. It's too dark to see the carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, chocolate/coffee, malts

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste chocolate, coffee, and malts. There is also some some burnt/roasted notes and a light woodiness.

Overall - Can't pick up on the oak as much as I would like, but this is also a bottle from 2011. Holind up very well I might add. Still some great chocolate flavour and a bitter roastiness. A great beer that I will pick up again to try fresh.

Photo of Bone53
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2011 edition on tap at Mad Mex

Appearance: Solid black with a half finger dark brown head. Yetis are amongst my favorite looking beers

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel, oak, dark fruit. So complex!

Taste: Huge roasted and chocolate malt bill, coffee, vanilla, molasses with just enough oak/smoky character towards the end of the palate. Often times there's a particular characteristic of a beer that stounds out, but here each one is bold yet they balance eachother out perfectly

Mouthfeel: Between heavy medium and light heavy body; Smooth as silk with slight bitterness throughout. No alcohol detected whatsoever

Overall: I don't know if it's because this was both aged for three years and on tap, but I was amazed. This beer is instantly my favorite stout to date and a contender for the best beer I've had. Looks picture perfect, awesome balance with both flavors and aromas, and smooth as silk. Much better than the chocolate oak aged yeti, and my favorite in the series so far. I've always said that the perfect beer has big, bold American flavors and viscosity with English balance and smoothness, which i think I found here. HIGHLY recommended!!

Photo of vwbus7
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this beauty today from a good friend. Turns out to be a vintage Oct 07 2010 bottle.

Chilled to cellar temp

A- poured beautiful black with a dark tan head

S- amazing. Deep roasted chocolate malt, alcohol, charred oak. It's hard to say in words.

T- Roasted caramel, burnt sugar, vanilla, bitter hops but finishes smooth with alcohol and charred oak.

M- Great body, almost chewy. Good carbonation.

O- One of the best oak aged stouts that I have ever tried

Turns out the place my friend got this has several more. I'm going to purchase the rest tomorrow.

Photo of BierJager89
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours viscous, utterly black with a medium-dark brown head.

S: Nose has notes of dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak and caramel. Oak, vanilla, caramel character are quite subdued, and the nose is somewhat weak in general.

T: Dark chocolate dark roast coffee, some oak, some caramel, maybe a tiny bit of vanilla.

M: Full bodied, and fairly smooth.

O: Really good, more akin to the regular yeti than chocolate oak or espresso oak yetis.

Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It's dark and stormy outside so I wanted a dark, rich, malty brew to go with the evening. Jackpot!

This stuff pours an opaque brown that's almost black with a thick brown head that lightens as it recedes leaving almost no film on the top but lots of nice, sticky lacing on the glass. The head is about a finger high and doesn't last too long. The smell is rich, roasted malts with caramel undertones. I didn't notice any of the vanilla mentioned on the bottle, though. Almost no hops come through at all, neither in the aroma nor in the flavor, which is, like the smell, heavy with the roasted malt with caramel, cocoa and coffee mixed in for excellent complexity. There is sweetness on the front of the tongue along with beautifully balanced bitterness as the liquid washes over that portion of my taste buds. This is one full bodied brew, almost viscous in texture, lightly carbonated, very creamy in the mouth.

Overall, this is an excellent beer, outstanding, but not truly world class. That said, however, it's a remarkably good counterpart to a sweet Russian Imperial Stout like Samuel Smith's, more bitter, less sweet. Somewhat more expensive, so I doubt I'll have another anytime soon, but still worth trying.

Photo of hops202
3.61/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled date - Oct 16, 2013

A - pours like warm tar. Rich black oil.

S - oak, lots of roasted malt, some chocolate, charcoal, black licorice

T - some old coffee, roast and char from the oak, bakers chocolate, and some bitterness at the end

M - heavy medium feel

O - not my favorite yeti, certainly lives up to the Oak Name

Photo of barhoc11
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: great cmouthful with a littlehead, love the mocha colored head

S: Sweet with hints of oak and chocolate

T: Sweet with hints of chocolate and coffee mellowed by the oak. Some molasses taste but not overwhelming

M: Medium mouthfeel with average carbonation

O: Very impressed with this stout and will try to pick up again. I do prefer some other Imperial Stouts over this but this is nice enough to have once in a while.

Photo of mjpolzin
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not as good as I expected and not as good as Espresso Yeti which is really the only other Great Divide Beer I have had. This was the 2012 vintage.

The taste was a little too bitter and harsh for me. I can't quite put my finger on it. The smell was of chocolate, oak and sweetness but the taste was a little lacking. Maybe the flavors haven't melded together quite yet. Not up to par with other barrel aged stouts.

Photo of Kuaff
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2012 on tap at Brouwer's Café in Seattle. Served snifter-style.

Like the common Yeti, this one is quite black. It has a one finger layer of creamy brown mocha froth on top.

As with the base beer, I get an aroma of very dark, rich chocolate, coffee, and earth. However, there is also an awesome oaky, smoky smell in this version.

The flavor differs from the original Yeti in a similar way. Lots of pretty bitter coffee and chocolate, but mingled beautifully with smoke, oak, and leather. Impressive.

Oak aging hasn't made it any less thick or viscous.

A sensational twist on what was already a superb specimen of an imperial stout.

Photo of brodericksloth
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Dark brown/black with a brown head and a heavy lace

S-chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, butterscotch; molasses, some oak and smoke aroma. every time you smell the beer is different very complex

T-coffee, chocolate, roasted malt taste with enough hops to carry it in the aftertaste along with the smoke, oak and roasted almonds, molasses; very little alcohol. Some herbal; spicyness background, but can’t nail it down

M-full body and low carbonation that was not syrupy

oaked version of Yeti smoothes everything out creating a creamy, slick, silky, not at all syrupy mouthfeel.

well hidden alcohol, no burn; smooth…very good stout could become a spring/fall beer in addition to its perfect winter warming character

mild carbonation but still produces two finger rich brown head with good lacing and smooth creamy frothiness

well balanced maltiness; not a hop lovers beer

Photo of a0lbudman
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-black with a brown head and a heavy lace
S-chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, molasses, some oak and smoke aroma. every smell is different
T-coffee, chocolate, roasted malt taste with a hop bitterness in the aftertaste along with the smoke, oak and molasses taste and very little alcohol taste
M-full body and low carbonation that was very syrupy
O-Bottled on 9-24-2012 wish I had the will power to wait another year, maybe next time

Photo of dsigmon
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: dark almost black pour with tan colored pillowy head. the head stayed on for a little while but as it left a thick stream of lacing found its place

S: fairly boozy at first with some sweet malts and spicy hops. as it warms more aromas become apparent in the form of dark fruit and some cocoa. As the sweet nectar continues its path down the hatch the taste of alcohol and oak comes together.

M: Thick mouthfeel with great carbonation and dry oily finish

D: very good sipping beer on a cold day, have a couple and your on your way!

Photo of zookerman182
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is dark brown with a half finger mocha head.
Aroma is so complex. Chocolate covered cherry, milk chocolate, bakers chocolate, char, vanilla, soy sauce.
Flavor is just as complex. Tons of chocolate. Lots of dark and bittersweet chocolate. Vanilla and charred oak are there but not in a big way.
Mouthfeel is full and chewy. Lingering chocolate and roasty bitterness linger on the palate.
Such a complex beer and exceeded my expectations.

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

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/14/2011. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toast, molasses, char, light smoke, oak, light clove, vanilla, herbal, and oak/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, oak, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toast, char, molasses, light smoke, oak, light clove, vanilla, herbal, and oak/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, caramel, toast, char, molasses, light smoke, oak, vanilla, and oak/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of big dark/roasted malt and moderate oak flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, silky, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is incredible. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible oak aged imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate oak flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled Nov 17, 2009, which was just before I bought it. Four and half years later I cracked it open.
It pours a half finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is rich and complex. Lots of chocolate, raisins, oak and cocoa powder.
The taste is slightly boozy, some roasted malt, milk, chocolate and oak too. It finishes with a bit of metallic bitterness.
The texture is silky and smooth with low carbonation.
Quite good, though I think this bottling has/had hit its aging apex.

Photo of BWED
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10 oz. pour, Liberty Union, Chester Springs, PA

A- Very very deep brown. Dark brown head lays low, but leaves some rings.

S- Dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee.

T- Notes of cocoa and coffee, boozy, sharp oak.

M- Rich, thick. Booze burn lingers with a roastiness. Long finish.

O- Very rich. The booze taste and feel are a little strong for my taste. Still has some fantastic qualities.

Photo of Treyliff
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9/11/2012, poured into a teku

A- Pours deep, dark and black with a one-finger creamy dark tan head that retains decently, leaving some nice lace behind

S- big quaff of chocolate milk and dark chocolate bar up front, aromas of malted milk balls and slightly smoky malt, dark fruit and licorice, a hint of hop bitterness and chili heat, oak and more chocolate on the finish, impressive!

T- smoky chocolate malt mixes with some dark fruit notes, cherry juice, peppery chili, and coffee. More chocolate with oak and a hint of vanilla on the finish, with a coffee linger

M- medium viscous body with low carbonation produces a mouthfeel that is pure silk, leading to a velvety finish with a slight hint of alcohol warmth on the linger

O- the year and a half of cellaring has worked wonderfully for this one. Everything seems to mesh so well, with the chocolate notes taking center stage. Loved the malted milk ball aroma as well.

Photo of joeseppy
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BTL date Sept 11, 2012
Rich chocolate torte pour with minimal heading.

Initial nose of malt, black coffee, sweet cream, dark cocoa and hint of clove.

Strong hop presence is dry with smoky oak notes. Sweet cream, vanilla and dark chocolate dominate. Chocolate frosting coming to mind. Coffee ground evident.

Mouthfeel is of dry oak, dark cocoa, and black coffee coating the tongue and lingering. I know I mentioned pleasant earlier but this is very forward and unabated.

Overall a nice stout that you would love for the bittering and drying effects. This is not really for the sweet tooth. Younger bottles tend to be raw and this is one to stow away for awhile. Young version I would give it an overall 3.5. An unrefined brew that can broken but still brash for the liking.

Photo of pfhanlon
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Very dark chocolatey smell.

Appearance: Pours very dark, like tar.

Taste: Sweet and bitter tastes at the same time.

Palate: Thicker than most stouts on the tongue, but overall nice feel.

Overall: Excellent stout, but a little heavier than I'm used to.

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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