Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
Great Divide Brewing Company

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutOak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #237
Ranked #895
4.28 | pDev: 9.58%
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutOak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
Notes: Imperial stout aged on new French and American oak chips.
Reviews: 1,687 | Ratings: 4,645 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Parmesan
3.48/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a thick oily black brown with a medium small brown head and just a few specks of lacing.

S:. Fig, charred malt and barrel, some cherry and dark stone fruit, not as much chocolate or coffee as I expect from a yeti.

T:. Fog, charred malt, barrel, some cherry and dark stone fruit, a medium to strong bitterness. Still missing the luscious chocolate and coffee I expect from yeti.

F:. Body is thinner than I expect for Yeti, slick carbonation.

O:. This is not quite as good as the other variants, maybe I held onto it for too long.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Date: 2016
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Color is super dark brown that doesn't let any light through, even at the edges. Head is relatively dark, like a chocolate mousse, and the carbonation is fine.

Smell has a lot of prunes, and it's fairly floral. Slightly metallic. I hope I didn't let it sit too long.

Maybe I did. Prunes are still there, and there's lots of charred barrel. Some vague red wine grape, too. Any chocolate is not from the usually eaten part of the plant, more like tree nut husks. I might have a better impression if I was having it with barbecue. Yeah, there's oak, but it doesn't stand well as a flavor in this brew.

Alcohol is pretty well hidden, and the weight is medium for type. Aftertaste is metal and charred wood. Carbonation is fine, but prickly with a swish around the mouth.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber into pint glass. Aggressive pour yields a substantial, persistent dark tan head. Dark brown looks black in the glass. Initial impression is dark chocolate, oak, coffee, and roasted malts. Not sweet at all. Mouthfeel is medium thick, but I was expecting thicker and creamier. Alcohol is remarkably well hidden. Finish is somewhat bitter and a little astringent. Not my favorite Imperial Stout by a long shot, but not bad.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Just when I thought I had reviewed every Yeti out there, here comes one I haven't. Man these have been around, 10 years ago, these were pretty highly sought. Don't hear much these days, but that shouldn't take away from the beer's goodness. Pours a rich black with 2/3" brown head. Aroma hits the standard roasted and chocolate malt combo along with a sturdy presence of oak on it. Did not know it was both french and American, would say the American is the stronger of the two in this beer, whereas usually french is more noticeable for me. Definitely fits the "oaky" descriptor either way.

Taste has a nice touch of chocolate to it despite having no chocolate in it. The roasted malt is so pervasive that you get a coffee like component despite having no coffee. Good brewing technique and ingredients there. The oak remains pronounced, the bitterness is real, the alcohol is relatively innocuous taste wise despite almost being 10%. Solid chewy mouth feel throughout.

Its a good beer, should be interesting to see if it survives as bombers have fallen from grace, I believe they moved the base version into a 4 pack, so who knows what the future holds for this beer that probably deserves to be in the Hall of Fame at this point.

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Photo of Tony210
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a thick espresso colored head. Huge coffee aroma with loads of chocolate intermingled. Flavor is overwhelming bitter espresso, fudge, loads of dark roasted malt, touch of vanilla, tannins from the oak chips round off the bitter finish. Thick and viscous, full bodied with creamy carbonation. Overall a very Espresso flavored beer, aged nicely.

Bomber dared 10/21/15
4.5 rating

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Photo of AllOfTheCats
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not quite as good as the Espresso variant, but still very good and unique. Looking to see how this ages past 2yrs where I'll have to revisit my review.

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Photo of SABERG
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 vintage stored lovingly, poured from bottle into the test glass.
A - Chalkboard backdrop, conceals, determined carbonation. Proof is the relentless mocha cap, and fine French lacing that clings to the inside of the glass.
S - Bakers chocolate, bourbon barrel, toffee, roast malts, hints of cinnamon, alcohol, rises off the glass, then followed by dried dark fruits, touch of coffee, red raspberry, and tobacco broad leaf.
T - After that aromatic introduction the flavors follow quite well, add some tannin's from the barrel, black pepper, a touch of anise
M - Large feel, rich and bold, starts semi sweet, transitions to a softer feel, bitterness is a theme, the finish is luxurious,
lingering on the cocoa meets bourbon date.
O - Glad to have experienced this with a few years of rest, the feel connotes dessert, the slightly boozy tends to the adult side of our desires. Well worth seeking out, I will try a fresh version against the last 2015 bottle I have resting comfortably. This will be a nice taste test

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Photo of Nass
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The oak barrel aging definitely smoothed out the rough alcohol bite that the regular yeti has. In addition to, the oak barrel has also lessened the chocolate brownie notes that I got with the regular yet, Those notes have mellowed a little bit. It's easier to drink because I don't want to drink a beer that taste like a boozy piece of fudge brownie, but it's nowhere close to being better than the Espresso Oak Aged Yeti. Cheers! A-

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Photo of nofreepass99
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

my favorite of all the variations although I haven't had one that I didn't like. RIS very prevalent and balanced well with the oak flavor. Heavy great for a cold day

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Photo of GimmeASchlitz
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Pint Glass.

Pours a beautiful black coffee color with a dark brown 2 finger head. Head is fluffy and leaves a very thin layer once it goes down that produces lacing.

There is a lot of coffee and chocolate in the nose. There are hints of vanilla, cloves, roasted malts as well.

The first sip gives way to a strong coffee and taste from the barrels. Some vanilla and what tastes like a fine whiskey. Letting it warm up a bit to perfect temp gives a deeper flavor profile. You get sweetness and roasted flavors from the malts and some of the hoppiness that lingers. Lot of dark chocolate in this as well. The alcohol becomes more prominent as it warms up.

Very smooth and not heavy for a stout. More of a creamy feel and finishes clean.

Perfect drinking for winter afternoons and evenings. Balanced well as it isn't too sweet and not super bitter. If you're tired of breakfast stouts or those trying to taste like adult chocolate shakes give this a try!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The appearance was a nice dark brown close to black color with a super nice looking off white/tan foamy half fingered head that dissipates to a slight film coating the top of the glass. The tan lacing sticks finely to the sides of the glass in great strength. The smell was a wonderful combination of woody oak, light chocolate, light vanilla and just a tad of booziness (wow, and this was a 2011 bottle). The taste was sweet and hot (from the booziness) with a nice allocation of woody chocolate. I didn’t get any aftertaste in today’s beer and can’t seem to find my notes from 2012 to compare, but anyways. There is a super nice long boozy chocolate finish (now that’s what I call inviting). On the palate, she sits about a medium in body with a super nice sipping aspect to it. The carbonation seems to have died a bit due to its age. Overall, an absolutely wonderful variant of Yeti.

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Photo of citizencane
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark almost black with decent head and lacing. Smells of roasted malts, faint coffee/ chocolate, and oddly, a touch bitter, acidic, and winey, Reminiscent of an aged Port I had recently. I assume this is the oak? Taste is similar, mouthfeel is thick and dry but not boozy. Overall, good quality but not something I'd return to, especially given the ABV making it a bit of a commitment. Well done but not my preference.

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

Very dark appearance with slight tan head and some carbination. Aroma is a caramel and almost bourbon aged light. The taste is a little course caramel and nutty. Frankly after barrel aging, I expected a smoother taste.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed the 2006 vintage of this beer at a friends cellar cleaning share. May have been a little past its prime but was still dark, chocolaty and delicious.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Motor oil black. 1 inch creamy brown head that held for around a minute. Very thick and viscous with tiny carbonation bubbles.

S - Lots of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, with some booze. Smell started to fade a bit after a couple of minutes.

T - Woody and chocolaty. Sweet with a strong booziness. Bitter aftertaste.

M - Very thick and leaves a silky residue.

O - Strong smell, strong flavors. Thick and heavy. Really into this one.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark black opaque body, brown highlights, ghost of tan head, mild lacing.

S - Booze and oak, chocolate, coffee, a bit of dark fruit.

T - Follows the nose with chocolate and oak, a bit of coffee, mild bitter acidic close.

M - Bright, prickly, slick and a bit of drying in the close.

O - Exactly what you would hope, rich, full, warm. Another rock solid version of Yeti.

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Photo of spursfaninla
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now THIS is an imperial stout; challenging Rasputin for my favorite, and for me, WAY better than the Yeti oatmeal stout.

Smell and taste of espresso is strong, and great. You feel, but you can't taste the high ABV. Loved it. Poured from a glass, bottle labeled over 6 months ago. Closest to perfect taste that I have found.

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Photo of Beerscientist
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Obsidian, Black, tight lacing, above average carbonation, high head retention
Smell - Very rich, oaky, chocolate, molasses slight sweetness. Smells blend well
Taste - Oaky, chocolate notes, sweet, slightly malt (chocolate malt)
Mouth feel - Smooth, very complex, sweetness is very apparent
Overall - well balanced stout, oak flavour is very predominant. delicate chocolate notes and molasses flavours dominate the nose as it fades into a sweetness. Very nice stout.

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Photo of JBDE16
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as the void.
Head is dark brown, thin
The nose is sweet, I got deep roasted malts, vanilla, hops and amazingly the oak is actually there in the nose too
Mouthfeel is so thick and chewy, sweet dried dark fruit, like dark chocolate covered dried figs or dried cherries or plums.

There are absolutely no hints that this is a beer with 9.5% ABV.
So be careful enjoying this bomber in one sitting!
Delicious , dark, thickness, enjoyed as dessert after a meal.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This looked great coming out of the bottle, looked like oil. Big brown head, great lacing and a nice film.
Aroma, burnt, stale coffee, heavily roasted malt and some vanilla.
Flavor matches the aroma, hints of some dark fruit are there.
Thick and chewy is all I can come with. Quite smooth considering the massive head. This drinks easily considering the ABV.
One of the really great brews. Try it.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Obsidian black with a massive, dense, mesmerizingly dark mocha head.

Simply put, off the bat this smells and tastes like a chocolate milkshake, with a finish of chocolate malted milk balls. That is only at a glancing, impatient first pass.

To delve into this more, smell develops a cedar-like oak, with fresh, aromatic and perfumey pine. My god, here I am again with another version of Yeti stating how it has such a cozy, comforting woodiness to it. Chocolate and hint of vanilla follow, then super reduced maple, to the extreme, combined with the oak to bring in a sort of peppered bacon smell.

I taste that freshly dry, nearing cedar, oak flavor, which is just so divine to be absolutely absent of bourbon. I then get rich roasted chocolate malt and a surprising abundance of piney hops. Surprising because I enjoy it, and it doesn't turn me off at all.

The feel starts with a sharp tang, and a moderate to surprisingly thin body at times. Nice and crisp with a swish, a little fizz, finishing semi-dry.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Im a sucker for a good oak aged stout. This one does not disappoint! Expensive as all hell but worth it for a seasonal treat on a cold winter day. Very well done!

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Photo of Rcaros
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured dark brown. About a finger of light brown head. Black in the glass with a good amount of carbonation.

Coffee and sweet chocolate on the nose. Subdued possibility bc it is straight out of the fridge. A fair amount of dark fruit malty sweetness on the back end..

Roast bomb.. nice bitter coffee and dark chocolate. Dark fruit is.present along with mild oak on the finish. . Sweet lingering aftertaste.

Full mouthfeel with a nice coating.

Overall outstanding beer

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Sept 2014. Pours a pitch black color with a finger width brown foamy head. Retention is mild. Lacing is good. Big chocolate notes on aroma with some mild vanilla. Dark roasted malts. Chocolate roasted taste. There is mild java but mainly chocolate. Heavy bodied with mild carbonation. Very good beer.

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Photo of dabeerbuddha
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated Sep 2014.
Poured jet black. Nice thick tan head.
Char and chocolate with oak on the nose.
Big and chewy. Burnt malts and chocolate and coffee notes dominate the taste. Some fruit notes as well (black cherry). Substantial bitterness but not over powering.
Bitter chocolate lingers in the after taste.
Overall a very delicious beer in this style. Possibly a little to smoky/char for my regular liking but pretty darn good.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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