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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,891 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,891
Reviews: 1,578
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 267
Gots: 632 | FT: 34
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)
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

jl28r1, Jan 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

mweso2000, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of tlazaroff
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Oak Aged Yeti is completely opaque black, and I mean pitch black. No light gets through this beer, its like a black hole (with a tan head). Beautiful lacing that just sticks to the side of the glass. Aroma is full of cocoa, vanilla, slight cherries, and slight coffee. Flavor is right on the nose with the smell. Chocolate, vanilla, and coffee dominate while the back palate carries a little bit of an earthy hop bite. Mouthfeel is heavy, but not as heavy as you would think judging by the color and how this beer pours. Just the right amount of carbonation helps carry this beer. Drinkability is low due to just how purely awesome this beer is. I would only want to have one of these, even if I felt that I could have more. Sipping beer, defiantly.

tlazaroff, Feb 27, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Jameswoody, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of RuudJH
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally bought a bottle of this, best before sept. 2010. Bought at Burg Bieren in Ermelo Netherlands.

Very dark, with an amazingly brown head. Huge, great to look at this.

First smell from the bottle is hops. After pouring there is more roasty malts, chocolate, a bit of coffee, and again hops.
Together with tasting a smell of caramel and vanilla comes to life. Oak as well.
Still, mainly it's the quite agressive hops that dominate this brew. It makes for a bitter ale with body, full and coating the mouth. Alcohol is well masked with all these extreme flavours.

Great stuff. This Imperial Stout I'm very glad I tried a pint of this, even if it was on a warm summer day, instead of a cold and wet day it was probably intended for.

RuudJH, Jun 05, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Absolutely pitch black, with a fine layer of small, latte-like bubbles.

Aroma is huge...roasted malts, hazelnut, hardwood smoke, ozone, coffee.

Taste is rich and complex, with a thick, chewy mouthfeel. A decent amount of hops lead the way, citric mostly. Sugary sweet body, with hot fudge, mocha, dark chocolate, and mild notes of cherry cordial. Almost gets a little estery towards the end, fleeting alcohol warmth. A truckload of bitter and roasty malt keeps the mouthfeel active but heavy, yet it keeps getting overruled by sweetness.

This is a *large* yeti, and a brute of a beer. Proceed with caution.

shirfan, Jan 14, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Viperman1316, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Fish113d
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at about 55 degrees, it pours a near-opaque color with no light perring thorugh my glass. A 3-finger-thick tannish head forms at the top, making a quiet a billowy show. It dissipates within a few minutes but leaves a very aparent lacing on the glass.

On the nose, chocolate hits my sinuses right away, followed by a nice cascade hops aroma. A bit of fruit comes through like cherries or grapes, but hard to distinguish. Of course, a boozy, dry, oakiness comes through as well, making me want to sip it!

A thick, rich body of chocolate hits my palate with gusto! Also a roasty almond flavor comes through along with some possible caramel. The finish is quite complex with the dryness of the barrel working through and the alcohol coming in last to numb my tongue. Very very nice!

Body is full of course, while the carbonation is very little if any. Very dry finish. Great!

Wow...maybe the best beer I've had in 2008, and one of the best I've had in a long time. Thanks Sulldaddy for hooking me up!

Fish113d, Feb 03, 2008
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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Tulip.

A. 3fingers of dark cola colored head. Thick lacing left all along the glass. Excellent retention. Color is black.

S. Coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla, alcohol, roasted malts. A litte hop bitterness and quite a bit of sweetness. Not as sweet as Chocolate Yeti, but pretty sweet.

T. Taste at first is bitter coffee and chocolate with some hop bitterness. Lying underneath is some of the sweetness. A little more bitter than Chocolate and regular Yeti. Sweetness comes out more as it warms. Start picking up some of the vanilla and oak notes.

M. Nice thick full bodied. Medium carbonation. Pretty dry finish.

D. Drinkable for sure. All of the Yeti variations are exceptional beers. Not sure this is my favorite one of them though. Beer improves on the bitterness level as it warms. More of the achohol comes out as well.

siradmiralnelson, Oct 16, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

oldedog, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of Higravity
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

IMO this was a nice idea but a waste of perfectly good Yeti. I really loved the regular Yeti and this has the similar beautiful dark body and chocolate milk head the oak changes the rest of the beer. Right away the tannin laden acid comes out in the nose with the alcohol more prevailent and the roasted body of malt almost distorted even though coffee and char it is still present. The taste is lead away from the lovely flavors of dark heady chocolate as the the oak character is too powerful, I think it is the acid that makes this beer a sipper. Just as I finish the swallow I can feel the heart burn coming. Still this beer is enjoyable once I stopped "reviewing" it. If I was to have it again though I would just get the regular and much better Yeti.

Higravity, Jul 25, 2005
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

IronTom, Aug 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

kayrex, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of bbeane
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into my PALM snifter... Pitch black in color with no light coming through when held up to the ceiling. Has a small brown head that with good retention, that leaves some spotted lacing after finally disappearing

S- Very nice aroma... Starts out with some light toasted notes with sweet malt, dark fruits, and strong smell of oak coming through in the backbone

T- Awesome. First thing you taste is the oak... very present from start to finish. Then some sweetness mixed with light notes of chocolate... and a warming booziness that warms your throat. Finishes with a bit of bitterness. Alot going on as the beer warms

M- Nice thick, heavy body with light carbonation

D- Pretty intense... that being said, I don't think I could drink alot of it in one sitting, but it is definitely worth the money and I'm looking forward to trying some of the other Yeti's...


bbeane, Nov 18, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

DruRho, Mar 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

dhbiker0889, Jun 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

RummyRedbeard, Jan 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

WuBByG999, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of Truh
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Swore I saw it through the blinding snow on K2 with this one on 4/26/205. 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. silver, foil topped bomber poured twice in a shaker glass.

Gigantic, building, raspberry-tinted head that just churns and froths for minutes; poured like a synthetic motor oil in that it was thick and smooth at the same time; ganglia lace. Black hue, to the point of being wicked with no light penetrating at all. Chocolate malted ball yin/yang of sweet and smoke on nose; juniper and roasted barley playing around too. Woody taste, almost to the point of being fungally metallic; thick on the mouth with a snootful of clammy, burnt chocolate and some truly hot black pepper alcohol as it warms.

I really wanted to just adore this given its appearance and smell, but the tinniness took points off for me.

Truh, Apr 29, 2005
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3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a snifter.

A-Poured a huge, black beer, opaque and dull. Large, frothy brown head, looks like a chocolate milkshake, as it slowly receded.

S-Roasted malt, slight earthiness with a big vanilla, slightly woody. Some hoppy aromas. The big vanilla continued to grow as the beer warmed, almost overwhelmingly so.

T-Noticeable right away is the vanilla and oaky/earthy character that stimulated my tongue immediately. Big roasty character, cocoa, though largely dwarfed by the oak. Bitterness is assertive, with a sligh hop character. Alcohol comes through slightly, but smoothly. Finshes bitter and a bit hoppy, slighly warm, with a lingering vanilla.

M-Full, chewey body. Big and hearty. Ciscous on the side of the glass, if that's indication to how it feels. Carbonation is appropriately low.

D-Good. Different, in an enjoyable way, from normal Yeti. However, it seemed at times that the oaky character started to overwhelm the other flavors, which somewhat detracted from the drinkability.

CHSLBrew, Mar 10, 2009
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

prdstmnky, Apr 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

beerhast, Aug 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

nickhiller, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Tumble, Jan 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

freemanj, Mar 03, 2013
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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