Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutOak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by Crosling on 08-09-2004

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage poured into Delerium tulip.

A- Pours a deep brown with a huge mocha brown head, about two and a half fingers worth. The head eventually dies down to a small cap and leaves great lacing all the way down the glass. Great looking beer.

S- Deep roasted malts and plenty of dark chocolate. There is some nice coffee notes lingering in the background along with a mellowing oak. The alcohol only becomes apparent as it warms.

T- The malts are heavily roasted on the tongue. There are some bitter dark chocolate notes and some cold coffee. A slight amount of oak rounds this one out nicely.

M- Full bodied with a little more carbonation that I expected but good nonetheless. The beer coats the mouth. There is a little heat on the back of the throat and somewhat dry on the finish.

D- A great looking beer that has some good things going for it. A good balance of flavors and a nice mouthfeel. I wouldn't mind trying this with a few years on it to see how it mellow.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appears pitch black with a one inch tan head. Leaves some spotty lacing but nothing too great.

Aroma is surprisingly less than the regular Yeti with notes of chocolate, dark fruit, light oak, and mild coffee.

Taste is initially chocolately with some dark fruit character midway through but this is also when the oak character kicks into full gear and kind of overshadows everything. Pretty bitter ending with some hop flavors coming through as well, but also a decent amount of hot alcohol.

Mouthfeel is the best point of this beer. It's medium-full in body and extremely creamy.

This one really disappointed. I loved the regular Yeti when I tried it. This seems to be an example where oak doesn't improve the flavor. This was one of the new bottles though so I'm sure it would improve with some age.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had the regular, now going for the oak. I hope it brings something extra to the party.

App- Once again, a great looking beer. Black. Over an inch of dark brown, rich, thick head. It caps nicely and laces. Lovely.

Smell- Tons of bitter chocolate. Maybe some roast coffee. Not getting a ton of oak.

Taste- Well, it is a little smoother than the original. The oak and a hint, a tiny hint, of vanilla comes through. Then it's all bitter chocolate, and roast. Very bitter finish. Astringent, palate wrecking on the end. Anise. Herbal hops. Less coffee, but possibly even more bittersweet chocolate than the original.

Mouthfeel- Very nice. Not too thick, but rich.

Drink- That tough, bitter finish is still in the house. Almost tough to finish.

Honestly feels like it needs to mellow out some. Just too harsh still, I would love some vanilla to balance things out. Bitter, chocolate roast.

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Photo of pourmeup
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a deep opaque black, and a thick tan head that stays on the beer for a long time
S- sort of weak on the nose, a little oak and a little toasted malts
T- lots of toasted oats and malts, a small bit of dark chocolate and coffee, with a little touch of alcohol, the oak comes through on the aftertaste, i just want more of the flavors
M- could be a lot thicker for an oak aged stout, but its not bad, slightly creamy, lingers on the pallet for some time
D- pretty drinkable, but the alcohol shows itself just a little too much, it could use 6 months to a year in the cellar

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tar Black. Big lacing work complements the filmy brownish head. Strong extremely dry aroma which managed to dissimulate the oak much more than I’d have anticipated, I wouldn’t notice it at all blind I assume. Ashes like, roasty dryness (which I like to describe as pencil shavings) backed by more dark bread overtones and woody counterparts. Bitter black chocolate dominates the palate, but it doesn’t hide the coffee nuances and vegetal and citrusy hops. Very hoppy in fact which contributes to the high level of dryness that lingers on and lingers on. Smooth medium body, a bit chalky or phosphoric towards the finish. I sincerly expected more, but I can’t say I’m disappointed not to have just yet another barrel dominated freak show. It just didn’t feel even as good as what I remember from the regular richer, chocolatey Maverick/yeti imperial I’ve had a year or so ago and I could understand it has a fine markup on it..

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not dated, and resembles the Barrel Aged Yeti, so my guess is that this is a 2008 bottle.

Pours black as night, with a nice mocha colored collar. Leaves a nice creamy lace down the side.

Aroma is rather woody, with a light vanilla note with some roast and chocolate.

Nice bitter chocolate notes, slight vanilla and oak, roasted malts and a burnt quality.

Full and thick, creamy on the palate.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to grandq for sending this want off my list, informed it was aged in his cellar for 6 months.

Pours a dark black color with a large tan head, fades slowly and leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell is very malty with good roasted tones, light vanilla aroma, some dark fruit presence as well.

Taste has quite the kick and is very hot, bit distracting and not masked as well as other RIS's, thick and chewy though, decent roasted malt, coffee and woody taste but the hotness makes it too one-sided.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber, poured into an oversized snifter.

Looks great. Almost pitch black body with a massive tan head that is both dense and puffy. Head retention is excellent and lacing is substantial.

Robust aromas of dark roasted malts and some sweet oak and chocolate. A bit boozy. Inviting.

Big roasted malt and sweet oak hits the palate right away. Background flavors of mocha, vanilla and chocolate. A fairly significant hop bite and moderate carbonation help keep some of the sweetness in check. Some more dark/burnt malt would have helped balance it out even more. Everything blends together pretty nicely for the most part. Very full-bodied brew with creamy feel. Plenty of lingering sweetness.

Overall impression: A little too much sweetness to be top-tier, but still quite tasty, and easily recommended.

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Photo of Budlum
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring this thick stout produces one inch of creamy, brown head. The body is pitch black with absolutely no light passing through. Head retention is very good with a nice layer held through each glass.

The nose of this beer presents a smooth, vanilla and lactose sugar aroma. Roasted barley is noticeable but not quite as strong as the style normally presents. More of the typical stout characteristics appear as it warms. A milk chocolate and faint coffee sense blend with a sherry sweetness for the finish.

A brief chocolate and malt sweetness start this stout. A deep and salty barley flavor blends together with coffee for a strong flavor profile. The oak presence is huge in the finish along with a massive hop flavor. Alcohol is notably strong in the finish as well. This beer seems a little harsh but aging would probably mellow this nicely.

The mouthfeel is creamy but also very dry from the alochol content. The qualities of this beer tend to kill the palate more so than other examples.

Drinkability is good for a beer of this strength but this is definitely a sipping brew. Savor slowly and age one for what should be a wonderful experience.

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Photo of sonicdescent
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful black with a foamy mocha head. Great lacing.

Scent is strongly of wood. I really had to try to detect anything else, but there is hints of vanilla, chocolate, and booze.

Taste is similar to the nose, though I must say the oak slightly detracts from the mellow goodness of the regular yeti.

Mouth is relatively thin with low/medium carbonation.

The regular yeti was a pleasant surprise and one of my favorite stouts. This is a slight but still significant step down. I would take a regular over this one.

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Photo of thetomG
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of sidetracked
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 10/30/09. Pours totally opaque, pitch black with a small medium brown head that lingers around the rim.

Aroma is woodsy and dank with bitter roasted malts, chocolate, and alcohol.

Taste is bitter roasted malts, baking chocolate, wood. Finish has some chocolate, but sweeter than upfront, and wood. Lingering bitter roastiness that becomes sweeter as it warms. Reminiscent of dark chocolate pudding with some oakiness.

Full bodied with low carbonation, smooth, silky. Slightly powdery finish. Almost chewy.

Similar to the other Yetis where chocolate dominates. Oak is more apparent here though. Probably my favorite treatment of the ones I've had. Gets kind of boring as it warms. Not too crazy about the Yeti ...


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Photo of Truh
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of Bananaman
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Yeti oh Yeti. This oak aged monster is really interesting, again one of those beers which are a bit hyped here in Sweden. Thanks to Ljunkan for sharing this one!

Looks great! The bottle looks awesome and the beer is almost black with a nice brown foam, really large foam actually.

Smells really interesting, notes of vanilla, fudge, dark chocolate and hardy rosted notes together with a big hoppiness. Amazing smell!

When it comes to the taste things get a bit out of hand. Those hardly rosted malts together with the spicy very bitter American hops get a bit too much for me. I would have liked it a bit milder and rounder.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a tasting held by the esteemed DVelcich. Between him and StoutFest, we had some crazy good beers. This is reviewed from notes.

We had all 5 yetis at the tasting-- and we went in order of: Regular, Oak, Chocolate, Espresso, and Barrel Aged.

I would say that the oaked was the 2nd best of all of the 5. Top honor goes to the Barrel aged. Worst to the chocolate.

This pours, looks, and smells pretty much just like the regular Yeti... Except the head seems slightly more brown/tan. The oak hasn't really added too much of the vanilla/smokey charred flavor I love to find, but it did raise the thickness of the body a little bit. This is full bodied with ample carbonation. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel is easy to drink. Except...

There is a definite hint of soy sauce in this one again... It isn't huge, and it isn't totally destroying my enjoyment... but it is enough to distract me and lower the score of taste a little. Other than that though, the beer is everything you'd hope for-- roasty chocolate and coffee with a dry tasty finish.

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Photo of HoppyMcStout
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew was completely black with a thin but tall foamy head. Definitely more mellow than the standard Yeti. Oil like in appearance it was so thick, coffee and chocolate notes were clearly present. I could also taste the vanilla associated with oak aged imperials. The taste was solid, but a little too hoppy for me. I would have preferred more maltiness from the beer; the bitterness took something away from it.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours syrupy and black with a 3-finger, creamy mahogany colored head- reduces slowly and strangely (at least new to my eyes) fades in color to a a dingy grey-tan. Leaves a solid ring and moderately dense lace.

Nose is incredibly oaky with caramel, clove, nutmeg and whiskey tones dominating the oily black malt, mocha and toffee aromas. The booze is pretty heavy on this one.

Palate, like the nose, is so saturated with oak it's unreal. The oak takes hold and doesn't let go, lending a very bourbon-esque character to the beer- flavors of dark cocoa, maple, walnut liqueur, caramel and ridiculously dense, bold coffee. The malt is very chewy while the oak helps dry out the brew. The bitterness arrives bold and quickly, bringing in an even bigger booziness- a touch acrid on the finish with flavors of dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla-bourbon extract and spice box. Finish is long and leaves a lingering dry, malty chewiness.

If I'm judging aging potential then maybe this is a world class beer, but this thing fresh is so ridiculously boozy and over-oaked that it was hard to finish.

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Photo of SudNut
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow I need to start pouring this stuff on my ice cream, instead of chocolate syrup! The Mrs. wouldn't know the difference except for the head and perhaps the smell. Ah yes the smell of an oak roasted vanilla malt that’s what it smells like I just put my finger on it.

This is a massive beer with very complicated tastes first the roasted malt going to a hoppy vanilla flavor. I want to keep tasting it to figure it out. Mouth feel is syrupy sloshing it around brings out the complexities with an alcohol taste. I don't think I can drink more than one of these at a time that’s why the drink ability is low. I will pick up another to ponder the complex taste again.

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Photo of instrumentality
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chalice of choice: Stone Russian Imperial Stout tulip glass.

The Yeti poured out like syrup, a thick, nearly pitch black fluid glump-glump-glumping its way into the glass. A thin but very dense light brown head retained its form on the surface, leaving a trail of lace around the edge.

I'm in the process of training my sense of smell so I can better describe odors, but one thing that was immediately obvious without me even having to get too near the glass: coffee. A rich, dark, coffee aroma wafted its way out of the glass and made the journey to my nose several feet away.

A more deliberate sniff revealed powerful strains of chocolate, cocoa, and malt (as found in chocolate malts, not malt liquor - feel free to beermail me with advice on how better to differentiate what I mean by "malt"). It doesn't get much better than this in the smell department - at least not at this stage in my olfactory development.

The taste, like the smell, was dominated early on by an extremely well balanced mix of coffee, chocolate, and malt, as well as alcohol (although not so potent that I would guess the 9.5% ABV). However, despite my lack of familiarity with oak aging and what it does to a beer, to me, it almost tasted as if someone soaked tree bark in the beer for awhile. This flavor wasn't immediately obvious, but made itself known in the aftertaste. The more I drank, the more obvious it became, such that it's almost as if there's a battle going on in my mouth between the standard RIS flavors and the oaky follow-up. Crude as it may be, this woody quality becomes most obvious after a good belch.

The oak aging definitely creates something different from my past RIS experiences, but I'd venture to guess that the regular Yeti (yet to be tried) is more enjoyable due to purity.

The rest of the flavors are mouth watering enough to make this a tasty beer overall, but the more I drink and the more it warms, the less I enjoy the effects of oak aging. I'm guessing this practice would work better with a lighter beer, such as an IPA or something that doesn't have the flavor complexity of an RIS.

I have high expectations for the standard Yeti. Methinks I'll wait until it cools off a bit around here, though, because this brew is truly kicking my ass in this heat.

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Photo of Optimat0r
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance - basically the same as regular Yeti, dark and more dark, thick and heavy.

smell - similar to regular yeti but not quite as chocolaty.

taste - good, but not great. not as outrageously rich as regular Yeti, but still damn powerful. less chocolate flavors, maybe a hint of 'vanilla' as the bottle says, but not much. very deep but the flavors dont seem to mix as well; the aftertaste comes off as sharp alcohol.

mouthfeel - ok at best, very oily, and the strong alcoholic aftertaste lingers.

drinkability - good for a small serving at a time...i honestly dont know how someone could sit down and quaff the whole bomber, let alone more than one. its just too rich and sweet and the alcoholic aftertaste is wearing. like trying to drink a giant, thick milkshake. definitely a quality beer, but not as 'refined' as id hoped and way overpriced ($8 for a bomber?)

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Photo of maltysfalcon
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted along with Dogfish "World Wide Stout", which blew it away, but that doesn't take away from the fact that this is a fine stout in its own right. Dark as midnight, head fades fairly quickly as it is not overly carbonated. Very dark, roasted aromas of Espresso and charcoal. In flavor, there is a fairly hoppy influence. The beer is dry and viscous. The oak influence seems to temper the flavors slightly but is not as prevalent as I would have thought. Very flavorful and powerful, but alcohol is in balance with the intense flavors and aromas. Veru good overall.

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Photo of harrymel
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: ???

A: Pours a black stout with depth difficult to penetrate. 1-2 finger, fine dark mocha head falls slowly (really slowly), and as it does, the color lightens slightly. Thick, Nearly sheeting lacing.

S: Earthy, thick and manly hops are backed up with some malts, licorice, oak. The oak on this isn't particularly pronounced to me, but is nice when I can reach it: vanilla, hollow, sweet.

T: The nose does this beer little justice. The oak holds forth here, and the hops step back and the malt hits me with a sharp left of nicely balanced dark, roasted, charred and cocoa'd malts. Oak shrouds the hops and accentuates the sweetness in the alcohol. Well balanced. I didn't anticipate this. Nice.

M: thick, smooth, silky, heavy body. Medium, fine carbonation. Resonates for long periods of time. Slicks the palate, but in a granular way.

O: Well done. I can see why the beer makes the top 100 of fame list. It's accessible and quite pleasant. I imagine it would be better with two years on it, but I'm not willing to make the commitment honestly.

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Photo of Wheelinb
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a big beer with lots of stuff going on.

It pours almost black with a vigorous foamy brown head. Got lots of malt, chocolate and espresso aromas from this one along with a distinct woody smell. The taste matched the aroma and I could taste the oak coming through. The beer was very smooth and complex but I found the alcohol aftertaste a little over powering.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with a nice milk chocolate colored head. Recedes fairly quickly to a line on the top of the beer. Poor lacing throughout the session.

Bitter chocolate, deep roast on the nose.

Ashy, bitter sweet chocolate on the palate. Hints of coffee. Slight ethanol on the exhale, little bit of vanilla and oak. Bottled date of 10/21/15. Rated on 12/5/15.

This is a fairly medium bodied beer.

This isn't my first rodeo with this beer. I'm pretty sure I had this in the tap room in Denver in 2010. I was pretty hammered then, but I remembered it being amazing. This was a a pretty sobering experience. The hype surrounding this beer is unfounded, as is the case with most 90+ rated beers on this site. The beer is good, but I can't get past the ash flavor up front. As the beer warms, it gets better. This beer was $11 for a bomber at whole foods, its honestly not worth the price.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice glossy black color. Big dark tan head has good retention and nice lacing.

Smell: Roast malt aroma with chocolate. Slightly nutty, with hints of vanilla and bourbon.

Taste: Big flavor with a strong chocolate component. Nutty and woody flavors float throughout. Warming alcohol at the finish, along with some bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and pretty viscous, though not entirely full-bodied.

Drinkability: Strong but not overly so in the alcohol department.

Nice but not my favorite Imperial Stout. There's some good aromas that come out of the beer that I would also like present in the taste.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,568 ratings.
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