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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutOak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

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3,485 Ratings

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Ratings: 3485
Reviews: 1553
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial stout aged on new French and American oak chips.

(Beer added by: Crosling on 08-09-2004)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 3,485 | Reviews: 1,553 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of minterro


4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from notes on tap at Crunchy's.


Wow really has a bold oak aged taste, not faint or in the background at all. Bitter finish. Very, very smooth, the carbonation is low but there is a nice bite. Not much head but the lacing really clings well to the glass. Roasty malts and chocolate complement the oak well. Smokey and chocolate are the main elements of the smell. Oil black colored beer, moderate amounts of carbonation bubbles.

Overall a really well done, relaxing beer. It was much needed after the day I had.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2011 23:51:26 | More by minterro
Photo of JohnfromDublin


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

I had this beer on tap in the Beer Temple, Amsterdam on 23rd October 2011.

Overall: this beer is a stand-out terrific brew from start to finish. Everything about it is pure class; appearence, aroma, complexity, combination of flavours, mouthfeel and balance. It is almost flawless (I certainly cannot find any flaws).

Served at a nice temperature; the first impression is of the tan (darker shade) fluffy head over a black body. Aromas of coffee and roasty malts start to rise. The taste is a beautiful balance of complex flavours, bitterness but not too bitter. The alcohol is well disguised and it makes for a perfect after dinner drink (which it was!).

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2011 13:52:22 | More by JohnfromDublin
Photo of dgilks


4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a nice dark tan head. Fair head retention.

Lots of bitter chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Decent amount of roast. Quite good.

Big roasty coffee flavour, some oak. Not too much sweet malt. Good overall.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation.

A nice beer with great balance on the whole. The flavour gome together.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2011 22:10:53 | More by dgilks
Photo of megahurts4


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

Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

On draft at Sunset Grill in Boston, MA

Appearance: dark brow, medium-small head, and good lacing.

Smell: roasted malts and coffee with a hint of vanilla.

Taste: coffee, roasted malts, and a vanilla/bourbon sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

This is very rich and flavorful. They made a very nicely balanced brew that has a nice roasted flavor without being overbearing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2011 04:09:45 | More by megahurts4
Photo of Knapp85


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

This beer poured out as a wonderful looking black color with a very good brown head. The head laces the glass really well here. The smell of roasted chocolate malts and some fresh wood. The taste of the beer is chocolatey and toasted with a nice overtone of the oak. The aftertaste has a sweet bitterness to it. The mouthfeel is slick and very smooth. Overall this beer rocks. No doubt that this is worth the good reviews on here. Very enjoyable stout!

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 22:09:46 | More by Knapp85
Photo of xnicknj


4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at varga in philly

Pours an inky black, creamy tan head, retains amazingly well throughout almost the entire pour. A thick film and sheets of lacing are splattered along the glass.

Heavily roasted malts with bittersweet dark chocolate, vanilla and coffee beans, slight dark fruit and alcohol.

Roasted malt with dark flavor and hop bitterness up front. Thick dark chocolate, creamy vanilla and nuttiness. Hints of dark fruit with raisin and cherry. Oaked smoothness, finishes with hop bitterness, slight alcohol and sweetness.

Thick, creamy, mild carbonation, chewy and smooth on the tongue. Drinks really well, great feel, and the alcohol is masked about as nicely as any other imp stout I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2011 22:04:39 | More by xnicknj
Photo of Reaper16


3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounces served on-tap at Egan's, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass

Pours a sleek, tar-like black body. It's so dark that I think I see glints of steel blue, like how black hair or fabric would always have a blue gleen to it in 80's comic book color palettes. Slightly less than one finger of saddle/tan colored head sticks around for the entirety of the drink. One of the more impressive feats of head retention I've come across in quite some time. Fantastic.

The draught version of Oak-Aged Yeti isn't very complex on the nose. There's lots of chocolate malt aroma (specifically chocolate malt, not chocolate). Some blunt coffee aromas, and something that's been left in the oven for too long. The hops bring a sharp pine note but not much else. The oak chips come across strongly but don't dominate, thankfully. Still, the oak does nothing more for the nose than give you astringency and vanillin. There's nothing wrong with this aroma profile; in fact, these are all aromas that the beer should be giving off. They're just blunt in nature instead of being complex or subtle. Above-average nose.

I feel much the same way about how this Yeti tastes. The flavors are all things that you want to taste, but it's the difference between tasting a great dish at a restaurant and trying to recreate it at home: you may know every ingredient, but you probably haven't created the flavor as artfully as the chef did. Perhaps I should have just gone with a comparison to homebrew: the blunt, base flavors here make this beer taste like very good homebrew. Anyway, the oak chips here sort of take over things. Lots of astringency, so much that it masks the hops! Stouty flavors and some slight vanilla to sweeten things up. Some alcohol heat on the finish. It's tasty enough, but kind of boring.

The oak chips have thinned out the beer's body. It isn't as substantive or thick as I would have liked to see. Other than the creaminess level, it's appropriately smooth. The alcohol will get to you pretty quickly, even though the beer is only 9.5% ABV.

Overall, this rendition of Yeti is nothing more than an above-average Imperial Stout to me. It tastes good enough, but I prefer a more complex array of flavors. There's something about the Yeti series that seems to disagree with my palate. I find them, with the exception of the superb Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti, to be much closer to average for the style than they are to being great. Nothing to turn down, but nothing to go out of your way for either.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2011 20:06:09 | More by Reaper16
Photo of FanofHefe


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

Served on-tap in a short pilsner glass. Deep, dark black body with a surprisingly big dark mocha head. Great retention and creamy lacing all along the glass.

The aroma is of dark chocolate and roasted malt. A faint liqour flavor than tends toward bourbon. Not much oak in the nose.

Excellent blend of flavors: chocolate, roasted malt, molasses, oak and, of course, coffee that brings a perfect ending to the overall mix of flavors. Very tasty.

Medium mouthfeel and very little notice of the alcohol, other than what is in the aroma. Excellent RIS.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2011 01:28:27 | More by FanofHefe
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - This brew is as black as they come. The head is minimal at less than an eighth of an inch and has a deep brown color.

S - The aroma is that of chocolate but it is by no means overtaking.

T - The perfect combination of coffee and chocolate male for an awesome stout. This is one of the best stouts I've ever tasted. I didn't get much inthe oak realm.

M - This beer is thick and sticky. It goes down like a champ. The feel cannot be improved upon in my opinion.

~ This makes for a great breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, pretty much this beer is a great anytime. I wish it was available in my neck of te woods.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2011 02:48:45 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of Chizoad


4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Impressive looking beer with a brown creamy head and a pitch black molasses body. Chocolate and coffee dominate the nose and taste, but the sweetness is backed up by mild bitterness. Surprising how much CO2 is in this beer, very creamy mouthfeel but also a little crisp, which is unusual for this style. I like it a lot, and I think it makes the beer a little easier to drink than usual.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2011 18:02:15 | More by Chizoad
Photo of fastsrt

New York

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

draft pour in a 12 ounce tulip at the Bind Tiger Ale House.

A: black, smooth tight brown head.

S: Oak right off the bat, roasty, hops.

T: chocolate, oak, vanilla, the beer is heavy on the oak if I could get a bottle I bet this would be better after some time it is a bit oak forward and would benefit to be a bit more mellow.

M: creamy, coating, heavy

D: one glass is enough for me right now I drank it pretty quick and would enjoy another, If i see it on shelves i will buy it and cellar it for a year or so.

I had this again one month later from a growler and it was even better

O: I love this beer it is a solid oaked stout. one of the best.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2011 13:19:36 | More by fastsrt
Photo of Auracom


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

On-tap at Kelleher's (Peoria, IL) as part of a flight tasting on February 11th, 2001 in a 5.oz mini pint glass.

I enjoyed the espresso oak-aged so I was looking forward to this one.

A - Just as I remember the espresso from the bottle. Thick, opaque, black coloring. Thin, tan head. Nice lacing and coating on the sides. It's a good looking stout.

S - Roasted notes out the ass. Way less coffee in this one as expected, more of a hint than a blast. Slight booze presence.

T - Again, roasted character dominates. Almonds, caramel, reserved coffee and chocolate flavors underneath. Didn't sense a lot of the oak aging.

M - Heavy body. Carbonation is just alright.

D - It was pretty much what I anticipated, which in this case means that it was a decent drink. The booze don't draw too much attention and the flavors are done pretty well. Relax and sip it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2011 00:36:03 | More by Auracom
Photo of Aiptasia


3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first Imperial Stout sampling at Kickbacks in Jacksonville, FL. I wanted to start off the meal at Kickbacks right, with a good strong beer that would go well with my meaty selection of a blue cheese stuffed cheeseburger, and oh man this one slaughtered it. I'm generally a fan of Great Divide's beers, so it was a natural choice to try one i've never had before in such a great gastropub.

A: Coffee, black in color. A nice two finger creamy foam head formed at the top. Great lacing, very slow dissipation.

S: Oaky, rich dark scents of coffe and postum.

T: Decadently rich and hoppy. Plenty of bitterness to pair with heavy foods.

M: Hoppy and bitter lingering on the pallete. Otherwise well balanced.

D: A sipper, pairs well with meats. Micro carbonation makes it go down rich and smooth. Masks it's alcohol well. If stouts are your thing, you'll enjoy it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2011 22:13:25 | More by Aiptasia
Photo of brendanbeer

New York

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a. black and brown and all chocolate sex. very nice finger width dark brown head.

s. leaves a lovely coffee chocolate hoppy malty pungent smell,
(i dare you to drink me)

t. so much better than the normal yeti. so much. oak, pine balance with the perfect coffee and chocolate notes. oh man, this is just sublime, im not lying. try it on tap.

m. low carb, but silky and begging to be sipped. not overpowering.

d. perfect. perfect.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2011 06:36:16 | More by brendanbeer
Photo of Kadonny


4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 version (year old) poured from a tap at Union Jacks into a snifter glass.

Scores: 4.5, 4.5, 5,4.5, 4.5

A: A dark black color with zero light filtering through. Nice an syrupy looking with a thing light brown tight laced head. Minimal lacing in the snifter.

S: Huge hits of chocolate, cocoa and vanilla sweetness. Slight hops.

T: Wow, the bottle was great, this is even better. The years age really rounds this beer. Anyway, huge flavors of thick cocoa and dark chocolate, burnt coffee, with the massive vanilla oaky flavor. Sweet and tart at the same time. Hops still linger even after a year and the vanilla sweetness is just so perfect. Wow, how awesome is this beer. Creamy smooth.

M: Full but velvety smooth. It coats and warms but the abv is well hidden. I could just allow this beer to sit in my mouth for minutes.

D: High, thus the problem. The abv will kick you but its oh so highly drinkable.

Overall I bow to Great Divide. How good is this beer? World class. This one year old keg was simply amazing, I am still shaking my head. It's a 2 man race for best impy stout between OA Yeti and KBS. Let the battle begin.

Re-reviewing the 2010 fresh tap version.

Poured from tap into a snifter glass from a home keg. 2010 version that is fresh.

A: A jet black color with a big two finger fluffy medium brown head. Full lasting lacing in the glass.

S: Massive chocolate notes with some cream and huge woody oak smells. Some sweet malt and doses of piney hops.

T: Wow, so much different than the year old. Fresh the flavors of sweet chocolate come pouring out with a hint of vanilla creme, but very, very muted. Burnt coffee mixes in. The sweetness creeps in midway only to be quickly pounded by the heavy wood and oak flavors with some burnt and smoke flavors. Like chewing on burnt wood. Bitter, biting, pine hops pound on the mouth while the oak flavor remains. Finish lasts for hours it seems like. WOW, just WOW. So damn complex. Let it warm and the alcohol comes out with a tad more of the vanilla.

M: Full, biting, coating, bitter, alcohol, wonderful!

D: Again, I can't believe I'm saying this, but these beers pound your taste buds but you keep coming back for more. Very drinkable.

Overall I still say this is a top Impy Stout, no doubt about it. Love it, love it, looove it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2010 15:10:18 | More by Kadonny
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4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft. Poured into a tulip glass a dark brown/black color with a nice fluffy tan head. Nice, strong aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and molasses. Leather, slightly bitter, vanilla, and chocolate round out the flavor profile of this beer. It has a nice, velvety medium/heavy mouthfeel. The oak chips provide a nice woody taste to the flavor as well. Really easy drinking for the abv. Yum

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2010 19:38:24 | More by kbutler1
Photo of OWSLEY069


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

Pours jet black with a tan head. In the aroma, chocolate, roasty malts and oak hints. In the taste, oaky, bourbon hints, chocolate roasted malts. An oaky bite and medium to big bodied mouthfeel, with a dry bourbon like flavor in the aftertaste. Big in taste, but not as big in the nose, a great sipper though.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2010 15:34:09 | More by OWSLEY069
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a 12-ounce snifter @ the Corner in Litchfield, Conn.

A: Black in color with warm, brown amber highlights shone at the edge of light. A thick, creamy one-finger head of brown foam settles slowly to a bubbly coat, leaving behind fine traces of lacing.

S: Sweet, roasted barley, smoked wood, whiskey and an earthy, herbal hop aroma from deep within the alcoholic whiff at the end.

T: Big doses of sweet, roasted caramel and specialty black malts up front with a very apparent, velvety smooth, vanilla, tobacco oak flavor. Gives way to an earthy blend of licorice, anise and herbal hop bitterness before finishing with a sticky smooth, alcoholic bite, leaving traces of oak barrel behind.

M: Full-bodied, sticky, sweet and a slight alcoholic burn, but its a damn fine sipper and very smooth when approached that way.

D: Just what the doctor ordered to chase the biting cold of early winter away. A big, robust, rich stout with some of the smoothest 9.5% ABV drinkability I can recall. One snifter of this is all you need and splitting a bottle at the holidays with a cigar sounds like heaven to me.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2010 22:15:50 | More by Gambrinus1184
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New York

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the Skep..

tis a black and starry night, with mocha rings around the sky.
Cold, it is boozy and a little roasty with a sweet, long roasted and wooded astringent finish.
After 30 minutes sitting on the bar, lonely and ignored while I engaged in strange conversation, we introduced ourselves. By then, the wood had really come out to play, with the booze stepping back a little in the aroma. The big booze becomes warming on the palate, with hot wood, roasted notes, and some vanilla and chocolate.
I hate being served stouts so cold. It is soo, soo long to wait for them to be tasty.
On tap, this one was pretty good. Just had a 2008 from the bottle and it was outstanding. One of the creatures from the Wood Aged Weekend, though I was certainly in no shape to remember it properly beyond enjoying it thoroughly.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2010 06:40:03 | More by dragonWhale
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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: About as black as black can be. One and a half finger thick mocha head. I mean really thick. As the glass is consumed thick, even lacing is left down the entire glass.

S: Mocha and coffee. Definitely smell the wood in there with the vanilla smell but the wood is not too prevalent in the smell. It smells very smooth and is not overpowering at all.

T: The immediate taste is chocolate and hints of coffee. The wood can be tasted more towards to back of the mouth. Alcohol is masked especially well. A very nice offering.

M: This isn't quite as full-bodied as most other Russian Imperial Stouts, but the mouthfeel matches the more intricate flavors of the beer. This isn't an in-your-face stout and the mouthfeel matches that. It's nice.

D: This is a beer that you must drink slowly. It gets better and better as it warms. There is no need to rush this beer at all. But once it is gone, it is a sad turn of events.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 10:33:48 | More by thatsfine
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4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very close to black and dense. Creamy, dark, thick head that lasts longer than most.

S - Malts, coffee, and some wood possibly oak (I don't know my trees that well)

T - Malts, unsweetened chocolate with a great balance.

Very good beer but it's filling. Couldn't have many of these.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2010 01:00:50 | More by ccahoon22
Photo of TheStove


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

Had on tap the Local Option.

Presented in a tulip and instantly one noticed the complete darkness and finger and a half of foam. Nice lace was left until end of beer.

Nice, chocolatey with roasted malt flavors and some notes of molasses which give way to some hops though I'm wasn't sure if some moments of bitterness were due to the chocolate or the hops. These flavors definitely remained on tongue while lingering between sips. Found this particular serving to be rather dry.

Great stout, but not one of my favorites. Great Divide hit this one on the head and this is definitely one to try.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2010 06:00:55 | More by TheStove
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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap and in a small tasting snifter at Tops.

Looks: the usual enduring super dark brown-black, with a mocha-colored head that fades to a sticky ring and a blob in the middle. Nice layers of lace pattern the sides as I drink.

Smells: like burnt marshmallows. An intriguing sweet charred character. Lots of oak, peanut oil, some piney hops.

Tastes: like a campfire. If I sucked on a chunk of charred oak for a while, I think it would have the same effect. Massive woody vanilla and pine flavors hit at first, while subtle dark chocolate bitterness rolls in after the swallow. Just a tad heavy on the oak, since the beer underneath seems muted. The malts only reveal themselves long after the swallow. While intriguing, I'd rather have them up front.

Feels: smooth and velvety, with a medium-full body and light mouthfeel. Warming alcohol travels down the throat and a peppery blast of hops and acidic wood explodes at the swallow.

Drinks: like second-best. Having now tried all three oak-aged versions of the yeti, I'd rank this one above the chocolate but below the espresso. Need a little more stout, a little less oak.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2010 03:31:09 | More by Phelps
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3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Finnegan's in Plainfield IL, 8oz snifter

Appearance -- Deep black with a creamy tan head that stuck around quite a while.

Smell -- Rich dark roast, cocoa powder, some oak and ground coffee. Not especially aromatic.

Taste -- Oak is quite apparent. Roast malts, cocoa, coffee-like notes, molasses, faint raisin.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to full in body, a bit slick, with plenty of creamy carbonation. The oakiness adds a bit of drying in the finish. A delightful after dinner beer.

Drinkability -- Very satifying. The oak was quite pronounced, so it is really up to personal taste. Definitely one of the better regularly available RIS's out there.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2010 00:10:56 | More by yeahnatenelson
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3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on draft at local option.... VERY impressive pour... dark brown with a huge tan foamy head that leaves a bunch of lacing around the glass. Aroma has strong malty notes with just hint vanilla sweetness.

Flavor mirrors the smell but with bits of chocolate and some strong bitterness in the finish. Nice balance between being smooth and syrupy. I would drink this again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2010 13:34:33 | More by thetomG
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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