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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,613
Hads: 4,295
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 319
Gots: 827 | FT: 41
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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 pkalix
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

super creamy, chocolate milk-foam on top. super dark brown, or black, with chocolate around the sides.... smells like a nice stout.... some chocolate and vanilla in there. smooth smell of a barrel age.... taste is smooth, a slight bitterness as it finishes and exits down the throat, but lots of toasted malt flavor.... a good bourbon barrel aging might help this one a bit.... otherwise, a standard, very good stout... admittedly, I was expecting more.... (456 characters)

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

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter

Pours motor oil black with a finger of creamy brown head that retains nicely and leaves nice lacing. A gorgeous beer. The smell features a surprising floral hop presence along with toasted malts, caramel, chocolate, coffee, wood, and vanilla. It lets you know you are about to taste an unbelievable, massive stout. Tasting it, at the beginning I get a chocolate and toasted malt flavor which is soon met with a charred wood characteristic and an herbal hop bite that leaves a moderately bitter aftertaste. The alcohol is definitely noticeable but the beer is quite drinkable, with a medium body and a creamy mouthfeel. After one glass, I'm ready to list it among my favorites. (713 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a large snifter. Bottled 9/24/12.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer and left nice lacing on the glass. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Roasted coffee, chocolate, oak, warm alcohol, raisins, vanilla, molasses, smoke, and a little tobacco.

Taste: Roasted coffee, milk chocolate, smoke, char, molasses, oak, warm alcohol, vanilla, tobacco, a little booze, ashy bitterness, and raisins. A nice balance between sweetness and burnt flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, smoky, some lingering bitterness, warm alcohol, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Not used to all the ash, smoke, and char in this RIS, but it blends well with the normal characteristics. Still tasty and enjoyable. (877 characters)

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

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

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

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

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

They aren't kidding in the marketing blurb on the label when they mention how the wood treatment dials back the roast and hop character, replacing it, in part, by a robust vanilla essence. This is indeed a little more rounded, and yet I'm additionally thankful for the restrained nature of the wood. The charred essences are still there, but the hops, the hops be AWOL, or something. Anyways, still a large-ish assed behemoth of an RIS, just not the hop and malt one-two face-punch and he's down experience you get with this one's sibling. (1,777 characters)

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

A: Dark, brownish bubbles, not much lacing.

S: Glorious. Sweet chocolaty and woody coffee.

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

M: Very well balanced for such a strong brew.

O: One of my favorite Imperial Stouts...ever...always. (See other Yeti brews...especially the elusive Oatmeal Yeti). (336 characters)

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

poured 22oz bottle into chalice. Bottled 9/2012

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

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

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

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

O - Ho hum, just another world class stout from the Great Divide. One year of aging made this very, very good. This is a great one to sit on for a year and I don't typically like to age beer. (745 characters)

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

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

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

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

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

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

O - Very good but I'm not so sure it lived up to quite the ratings it gets. (655 characters)

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

Bottle opened on 9.30.13

Bottled Oct 18 2010

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

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

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

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

O - Held up pretty decently, lost some of the heat and is more mild. (359 characters)

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

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

Pours like thick syrup, good lacing

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

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

O: As other reviews note, certainly a sipper, not my favorite imperial stout, felt like the smokiness was battling some of the other flavors and accentuated the alcohol burn a but, I like it a lot, but would not be my first choice (642 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle with a bottled on date of 9/23/2013, into a snifter.
Appearance - completely black, no light coming through! Creamy, very thick mocha head! Lacing is art work!
Smell - bold nose with some cocoa, dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee beans!
Taste - bittersweet chocolate, some hints of vanilla and espresso!
Feel - complex and robust with some faint, but noticeable hops present! Very easy drinking RIS at 9.5% ABV!
Overall - pricey, but worth it. Excellent, complex and warming! (501 characters)

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

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

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

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

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

O - Really a great beer. I hung onto this one for a year and it is really quite wonderful. It has great complexity which really comes out as it warms. (729 characters)

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

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

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

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

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

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

O: A malt bomb with hints of booze and a faint hop presence to make this a well rounded, delicious beer. A nice variation of the Yeti! (715 characters)

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

Bottled 09/18/12

Poured into my Manchester United pint glass.

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

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

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

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

Overall: My new favorite stout. I'm just getting started in the craft beer arena, and have focused on IPAs and Ales for the last year, but the handful of stouts I've had, all of them great, this one is the new bench mark for me. I can't wait to try the rest that Great Divide has to offer. (1,510 characters)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall: This is a complex stout with really bold, in-your-face flavors. It’s not the easiest stout to drink, but it is tasty and would be great to have on a cold winter day. (1,118 characters)

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

This iteration of Yeti sits in the snifter darker than midnight black and thick as oil. The tap pour produces a nice, tight brown head that keeps a full finger for most of the session. The stick and consistency of the lace is fairly impressive.
Great Divide seems, with all the oak-aged versions of Yeti, to be schooling brewers on how to use barrels with one of the best imperial stouts out there. This beer is all Yeti, and all I really want it to be is Yeti with wood, basically, with a bit of that barrel character and nothing else. This one hits it. There's the big roast, bittersweet cocoa, and espresso with a nice dry oaky note complementing the hinting underlying sweetness of vanilla and even a ghost of dark fruits. While fantastically delicious, the high ABV makes this a sipper for sure, not that it ought to be rushed; there are lots of nuances and layers here.
A big, thick, rich, robust, full-bodied brew, the oak imparts a nice dryness to sort of cut through the thickness without detracting from it. It shouldn't be any thicker or heavier, it has just the perfect carbonation and enough crispness to liven it up without adding too much, and a sily, creamy smoothness. I just can't beleive the feel could be any better. (1,236 characters)

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

22oz Bomber
$5.99 *sale
Binny's Orland

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reviewed: 11/24/07 (1,707 characters)

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

Dated April 2013 poured into a tall pint glass

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

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

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

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

O: Just as good as advertised. An amazing beer shared with amazing friends. The complexity of all the flavors is incredible. Very fun beer to drink. Tastes amazing right down the the last sip. I'll be looking for this whenever it's available. (834 characters)

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

Served slightly chilled into a snifter. 2011 bottle.

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

Strong aromas bitter chocolate coffee and chocolate with dried fruit.

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

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

Overall a good representation of the style. Not overly complex but does nothing wrong either. (617 characters)

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

650ml bottle served in a snifter glass.

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

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

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

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

O: Excellent drinkability. Great RIS (780 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Jet black with a moderate brown head that lingers around the edge of the glass, spotty in the middle.

S: Strong malt, chocolate, hop bitterness, can't wait to drink it.

T: Mirrors the nose; robust chocolate, malt, bitter hop, and the hint of that vanilla that was promised on the bottle's description. Alcohol is hidden well.

M: Smooth, heavy, mouth-filling. A noticeable touch of carbonation which is unusual for this variety, but welcome.

O: A great Imperial Stout, proud add the Yeti to my collection of bomber bottles. My interest is piqued to try their other variations (chocolate, espresso). (604 characters)

Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black. No light getting through this beer. Head is as brown as chocolate ice cream. Smells of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and oak. Espresso coffe, chocolate, vanilla, and is then rounded out with a finish full of oak and sweetness. Creamy, thick mouthfeel. (266 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated Oct 18th, 2010. Coming up on three years old.

A: Pours pitch pitch black with a large and very dense dark brown head. Head fades at a moderate pace. Top notch head retention and nice lacework at the same time.

S: Mellow sweet chocolate aroma. Some charred oak in there. Dark fruits, hints of cherries and raisin.

T: The aging is definitely prominent here. Flavor is super mellow chocolate with some char and coffee and lots of oak surprisingly. Hints of dark fruits but barely there. Very well integrated flavors, sort of just becomes one smooth flavor if that makes any sense. A little oxidation on the back end mixing with charred, smoky oak, becomes sort of an oaky, cardboardy mix. Not that great but not too detracting. I'm guessing 3 years is probably the limit on this one. Sort of acrid smoke lingers between sips.

M: Medium-heavy body. Silky smooth and creamy. A dream to drink.

O: Might've waited a little too long to drink this one. I've had this fresher before (not reviewed) and my memory seems to remember it being a bit better. Less smoky and charry. But who knows, aging does weird things and palates do weird things over the years too. It's still quite good but I think the regular and chocolate oak aged yetis stand above its fellow variants still. Depends on what you're looking for I guess. Having said that, with three years on this one it goes down like silk and the flavors are very well integrated. Very tasty and drinkable. (1,469 characters)

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

2011 vintage. After a bit of aging, the oak is just as prominent in the nose, but less prominent on the taste buds where it melds beautifully with the big Yeti base. Just a bit of woodiness on the aftertaste remains. It's a tasty variant for sure, but I'm just not sure that it beats the base beer. (298 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Sam Adams utopia glass. Purchased in Attleboro, MA.

A- Pours a jet black, oil-like opaque body with a thick deep mocha colored head that reduces slowly and leaves some sticky lacing.

S- Sweet milk chocolate, espresso, dark fruits, vanilla, and butterscotch. The dark fruit aroma is particularly strong in this one.

T- Upfront dark chocolate covered fruit dominates, followed by a faint vanilla note. This develops to a deep roasty, charred, nearly burnt malt flavor that sticks on the tongue for a while.

M- Really thick and rich with low carbonation.

This was quite an impressive imperial stout, it was complex, rich, and balanced. I just wish the oak aging added more dimension to it, I only got faint aromas and tastes of vanilla from the oak. Maybe I'm just used to the robust oak bourbon barrel aged stouts that are popular nowadays. (881 characters)

Photo of nataku00
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (bottled in July 2010) poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours pitch black with two fingers of creamy and thick light brown head. Head sticks around for a bit before slowly receding, leaving a thick lacing on the glass.

Big roasty and smoked malt aromas, along with a touch of coffee, soy sauce and toasted wood. As it warms a bit more, more sweet dark fruit comes through.

Taking a sip, roasted malt and coffee, and dark chocolate that isn't present in the aroma. Smoky flavors as it warms on the tongue, and toasted wood. Lingering coffee and oak on the tongue.

Medium heavy body with silky feeling on the tongue. Minimal carbonation, but pretty easy to sip on this without any trace of alcohol. Pretty tasty with a bit of age. (739 characters)

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,613 ratings.