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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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95
world-class

3,753 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,753
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 251
Gots: 579 | FT: 32
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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Photo of dbrauneis
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Nov 23, 2011

A: Pours a jet black in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy very dark mocha head that slowly reduces to quarter finger tall layer covering the entire surface of the beer evenly with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, and oak.

T: Strong flavors of dark roasted malts and oak with lighter amounts of licorice/anise, vanilla, dark bittersweet chocolate, and black pepper. There are very light notes of alcohol and a moderate amount of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer but one that needs to be sipped slowly and the flavors savored - the beer has a moderately high ABV and could easily sneak up on you. There is quite a bit of complexity to the aromas and flavors of this beer which increase as the beer warms up - these are very enticing smells and flavors. This is definitely one to have again.

dbrauneis, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
2.93/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I really wanted to like this beer, but I think it is seriously overoaked and what is normally a very nice stout has become a mess. Pours black with a thick tan head. Smell is roasty, sour, and with hints of vanilla. Both the sourness and vanilla come in large part from the wood. The taste is all wrong. There are roasty notes, malt, and chocolate struggling to make themselves known, but they are obliterated by the heavy oak flavors. It tastes like there is a shot of anejo tequila in this beer. Heavy vanilla, wood sourness, and cherry flavors from the wood as well as a woody aftertaste make this less than enjoyable for me. Give me the non oak-aged Yeti any day over this. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, but still there is that tannic wood in the background cutting against it. Not very drinkable at all, like a beautiful cabernet that someone has oaked all to hell. More restraint on the wood would have added subtle touches of wood and vanilla sweetness and would have been welcome. I'll try another batch in the future and see how it goes.

Georgiabeer, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -6.1%

drewone, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am drinking a 22 oz bottle poured into a La Chouffe tulip. The ale is slightly chilled.

Appearance: The ale is deep, midnight black. Hints of ruby red emerge when the ale is held to light. It pouts with a decent head that leaves a nice lace pattern.

Smell: The buttery oak notes dominate and stout/roast character. The aroma is very pleasing and does not come across as overly sweet.

Taste: The buttery flavor noted in the nose continues into the taste. In this instance (unlike some other oak aged stouts), there is no cloying sweetness. The is a soft sweet note imparted from the barrels, but it mixes nicely with the strong roasted malt flavor of the stout.

Mouthfeel: The ale seems to burn a little in the mouth. The buttery oak and roasted flavors mix very well outside of that.

Drinkability: The strength of the flavors is a bit overpowering. Despite that, this is a good ale, although I look forward to trying it outside of the oak casks.

akorsak, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)

A-This beer pours an inky black body with a nice size dark brown head with a faint reddish hint. The tiny bubble of carbonation roll up the sides of the glass.

S- As soon as I started pouring I could smell the wonderful dark malts. The slight sweetness of caramel, molasses and dark brown sugar are combined with a slight smoky, oak hint and a faint hop note. It has a soft hint of leather way in the background. As it warms some notes of vanilla and prunes start to show up.

T- The dark malt that is deep roasted and some roasted black grain have very soft flavors to them. It finishes with a nice hop spiciness. There is a nice bitterness to the malt that is mixed in with the hop finish, which gives it more depth.

M- This beer has a medium full mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture. There is no alcohol warmth and no astringency.

D- This a very smooth beer that has good complexity. The smells and flavors are dark but not harsh. It was a bit on the sweet side but had hops to blend with the dark malts.

rhoadsrage, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of DoubleJ
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm in for the long haul with a 22 ounce bottle. At $13.99, I better be. On to the beer:

Pop the top, pour into an Imperial Pint glass..oh damn! I spilled some beer on the floor. Hey, what's that I'm smelling? Wow, that's a lot of oak. That espresso colored head on top isn't dropping anytime soon, and that black as midnight body intiminates. The nose is clogged with oak and it's unintended consequences of licorice and sharp fruity esters. Faint hoppiness exists underneath it all.

I embrace for an oak smackdown in my mouth, and that is what I end up getting. It's just a bit overpowering IMO, and you can't really taste much of the beer itself. All those cocoa and hops play second fiddling to the oak. Strong oak, licorice, and vanilla flavors. The alcohol is spicy and perceived, but not beating on the palate.

That was fun to try. At its pricetag in my area, I won't be doing this again for awhile, but it's worth trying out for those who are interested in a full-flavored oak aged beer.

DoubleJ, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of Zorro
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22-Oz bomber with no bottling date on it.

Pours a jet-black beer with a tall and thick BROWN head that dies down only grudgingly. The doesn't let go easy either it densely sticks to the walls of the glass. A word of warning, the head on this can get out of hand; take it easy or it will overflow the glass.

Smell is strong chocolate aroma that reminds me a lot of Kahlua. Spicy alcohol scent carries more chocolate scents and a good whiff of hops. Additional scents of butter, rum, burnt sugar, and isley scotch with a touch of smoky peat. Earthy scents of wood and sage round out the scent of this most impressive looking stout.

Taste is creamy and chocolately from the start with a bit of black coffee and oak in the first taste. The flavor is a little sweet but not in a bad way and there is a slight acid edge here from the dark malts. There is a strong zip of hops in the flavor that is mostly herbal in flavor and gives this a slight "carrot" after taste once the chocolate and coffee flavors die down.

Mouthfeel is milkshake thick; equal to the best I have ever tasted.

The only possible defect to drinkability is the alcohol content. In all other respects I want unlimited refills of this, but all I have is the one bottle. I do have a second bottle I was saving for a BIF, would be a shame if that got "accidentally" drank and replaced with a Stone RIS!

Zorro, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a one-finger brown head that fades very slowly, leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is chocolate and coffee. Starts sweet coffee and chocolate, smooth bakers chocolate finish. Expensive - $11.95 for a 22 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, May 22, 2010
Photo of mothman
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Here it is my 100th review. Saved it for a good beer.

Poured into my New Belgium Globe Glass.

Color is an opaque black. Pours a dark brown head that leaves good lacing.

Smell is of dark chocolate, caramel, and the oak from the barrels. There is also some floral hops present.

Taste is quite similar. The floral hops are quite present and I wasn't expecting this from a stout. The dark chocolate is powerful, but very tasty. Oak taste is pretty solid here. This is a beer to warm you up on a cold day.

Mouthfeel is bitter at first, then it gets smooth and creamy, and goes down with bitter notes. Full bodied. Decent carbonation.

Overall, this is an amazing beer. The fact that it is in a bomber and almost 10% means that I wouldn't drink more than one. I am glad I found this one.

mothman, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -6.1%

ejimhof, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of afsdan
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of BARFLYB
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Ressurection ale house, I've avoided this beer for years and always passed it up for a reason that is unknown to me.

Pours out black like most other stouts do with a nice full layered medium tan head. Nice lace on this. Swirls bring back the head with vigor. Smells include the french and american oak chips up front, most great divide beers using chips always come through large this is no different. More smells with chocolate and cocco, light black coffee, alot of roasted malt, some molasses and faint vanilla. A small amount of hops reminding me of a light storm king. Taste is in one word balanced and very well so. Chocolate sweet, not overly bitter, roasted malt, vanilla, oak, semi wood, light coffee,very well done. The body is big and smooth and textured. A small amount of alcohol a big amount of flavor. I get alot of oak and small anise in the aftertaste. Creamy. I cant drink a ton of this stuff, but im glad I tried it, even if it took me 8 years to do so.

BARFLYB, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of superspak
4.43/5  rDev +4%
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.

superspak, May 10, 2014
Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a black in color, some carbonation, nice foamy tan head which disappears quickly, not much lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of hops, malts, chocolate/toffee, and alcohol.

T - The taste is of roasted/smoked hops/malts, slight vanilla, chocolaty, with a nice warm feeling in the palate.

M - Medium body, a complex brew.

D - Very drinkable. A very nice Oaked Aged (my first) from GD.

Wasatch, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

wrightst, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff. A beer I have had many times, I'm finally getting around to reviewing this one.

The beer appears opaque and nearly black with a thick milkshake of a head. Copious lacing that leaves a cascade of sticky lacing plastered on the glass.

The aroma offers roast, oak, and a healthy hop presence.

Nice flavor. Lots of oak character throughout, accompanied by an aggressive hop bill. Well balanced and full of flavor. Smooth, roasty, delicious. Hops are a bit too forward initially, but as my palate adjusts, I find this beer keeps calling me back for more.

Smooth on the palate. Medium in body. Palate coating. Lingering roast/pine/hops.

Overall, a very well executed stout. I definitely recommend it.

Huhzubendah, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours a jet black from a bomber into 2 pint glasses. A nice dark tan head forms.

S. Hops, Alcohol, hints of roasted coffee.

T. Roasted malt accented by vanilla. The oak character is very present in this beer. Notes of chocolate and a lingering bitter alcohol finish.

M. Creamy on the tongue, smooth overall feel. Full bodied.

D. I'd call this a session beer, but you probably wouldn't.

Stinkypuss, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of ppoitras
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with LuckySevens82. Thanks for the opportunity... Silver foiled cap.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1" of dense, dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head ain't moving, and lacing is heavy yet delicate. Aroma is dark grains, dark fruits, and alcohol, all pretty much equally balanced. Taste starts with some coffee bitterness, segues into dark fruitiness for a moment, smooths into some dark malt sweetness, and then closes with another shot of bitter and some nice alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is ok, but a bit harsh for what I would expect from a barrel-aged brew, and drinkability is about the same. A nice double stout, but the barrel seems to have had minimal input here, for my palate.

ppoitras, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another brew I had at the brewery. When asked what kind of oak was used, I was told it is a secret. Can't be a big oak as the vanilla and oak flavors were weak.
I love the Yeti, but this one is not better. A solid beer, had the coffee and cocao of the Yeti, but the vanillaness took away their strengths without adding sufficiently of its own. Nice brew, but cannot top, or parellel the Yeti.

Mebuzzard, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

BillRoth, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very deep black, a nice 1.5 finger mocha colored head, not much retention, reducing to a ring around the edge. Thick foamy lacing down the sides.

S: Plenty of oak combined with lots of roasted malt. Underneath there is a surprising amount of hoppy aromas and some chocolate.

T: Tons of oak coming forward at the beginning. This transitions to plenty of roasted dark malt and come bitter chocolate. A little bit of coffee at the very end.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth with a slightly bitter finish.

O: Quite good, would be interested in trying this side by side with regular Yeti in the future. The oak is very forward, much more so than in Oak Chocolate.

mdaschaf, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of brandoman63
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

brandoman63, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of biegaman
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

You can tame a Yeti. I've been doing so in my cellar. I recommend you do the same.

Rigid and adamantly black, the beer is relentless even when held directly into the afternoon sunlight. It is obstinately opaque, allowing no room for radiance or highlighting. A mocha tan line distinguishes its trim where ebony coloured bubbles are worn as a necklace. The splatter of lacing is clingy and hugging. It drapes the beer tenaciously and coats the glass with a dark wax-like paste. It's an exceptional looking stout by all standards.

I might define 'perfection' as the aroma of Oak Aged Yeti. It is a heavy nose-full of oak bark and cedar dust, bitter dark chocolate cocoa solids, flat heavy-roast espresso, vanilla bean late, scorched caramel, and above all else, juicy green sappy bulbous hop cones. It's not overly complex but it is tremendously profound. This combination of oak bark and cedar dust, cocoa, espresso, and hops is beyond luscious. This is stout in all its capable glory.

Oak Aged Yeti is not actually aged in oak - it is aged with oak in it. I won't say that one method is better than the other, however, they do yield entirely different results. Because OAY is aged on French and toasted oak chips it doesn't take on all the complexities and nuances that a true barrel-aged beer would. That said, it does just fine without them. The flavour is brimming with pine-dipped, citrus scented hops as well as rich, dark chocolate, dry balsam wood, and heavy-roast espresso - it's about as decadent as they come.

Although 75 IBU's is about perfect for a beer like this, I found the bitterness to be too abrupt when consumed young. The fresh, plentiful nature of the hops would cut the oaky-chocolaty-bitter espresso linger and create a very brut finish. Young, it has little resonance or grace. Aged - it persists. It crawls every inch of the tongue and saunters all parts of the palate. It is savory and can endure even the darkest of chocolate pairings.

I wasn't overly impressed with OAY my first time around. I remember remarking on how plentiful and dominant the hops were; the fresh pine character was too overpowering. Although I'm not opposed to tasting hops in my stouts, I generally like them to be more roasted and chocolaty. But with time the hops do mellow (although never fade) and flavours amalgamate to a succulent orchestration of espresso, vanilla bean, chocolate, and pine.

Contrary to what others have said, I find Oak Aged Yeti to mature exceptionally well. In fact, I vastly prefer it that way and it is one beer I always ensure to have stocked in my cellar. Over four years ago I splurged for a case of it and that has proven to be the best beer investment I've made. I love many stouts but given the dreaded thought of having to chose a choice few, Oak Aged Yeti would undoubtedly be at the top of that list.

biegaman, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a very dark black color with good heard retention and lacing. There is lots of sweet malt and coffee on the nose, but that's about it. Smells big, sweet and powerful. On the palate the beer is soft and creamy, but with noticeable hoppy bitterness on the finish. Flavors consist of coffee, chocolate milkshake, vanilla and a hint of cherry cough drop. Abv. is very well disguised for such a big beer, and the beer has a long, soft, creamy finish. Excellent RIS, though it's hard to imagine sitting down to more then one 12 oz. glass of this stuff.

John_M, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass with a VERY large head of nearly four fingers. Great head retention of a solid mahogany and real stickyness. Body is opaque but a silky pour and dark walnut colored. Head will not go away total chocolate ice cream cone looking.

A real nice nose of cocoa powder and balanced malts. Aerated sweet spices and a hint of vanilla on the bouquet just great.

A little wet with a hop bitterness and tobacco taste. Malt follows afterwords but with a little bit of thin body, afterfinish has bitter lime astringency also.

Drinkability though is pretty good, but with the appearance and nose I was hoping it would be a little better. Still a good solid brew here. Great Divide does not disappoint.

smakawhat, Jan 21, 2011
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,753 ratings.