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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutOak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

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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 htomsirveaux
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle tried 8 Jul 2009.

Served in the 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter. Pours as black as a moonless night. Huge foamy brown head. Moderate carbonation (as far as I can tell anyway). Chocolate aroma fills the room as it is poured. Aromas of roasted espresso and cocoa. Tastes of deep dark chocolate and cocoa. Cocoa dominates, roasty, ethanol and some coffee. Maybe some tannin in the finish but otherwise the oakiness seems overpowered. Ethanol is warming but not boozy. Aftertaste is a bit sweete, like a ganache.

Liked this a bit better the second time around, did not record bottling info so not sure how old it was.

Original review below (3.0/4.0/4.0/4.0/3.5):

22 oz. bottle tried 19 Dec 2007.

Medium sized dark brown head. Well carbonated. Pitch black color. Smells quite roasty, alcohol, caramel, coffee, custard. Taste is much of the same, also roasted almond, black licorice, custard. Quite smoky, roasty, almost acrid. Alcohol noticeable throughout. Medium-heavy body.

Kept comparing this to the Mephistopheles we tried a couple of days prior which probably wasn't fair to the Yeti.

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Photo of mmcurran
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours a jet black with a huge almost pillow like head, that is laying down some nice lace. Not a perfect 5 (like the espresso version), but dam near close.

S: Lots of oak and vanilla notes in this nose, which I especially like, because in a lot of these oaked aged beers that does not shine through enough. The closer you get to regular Yeti, more you realize how hoppy this beer starts. Hops and a rich roasted malt round off the nose.

T: Lacking the complexity of the other Yeti's is this brew's down fall. Still a world class stout, this brew is filled with oak/vanilla notes and a nice roasty base. God this thing is hoppy, almost as hopped up as Old Rasputin.

Mf: Mouthfeel is smooth, medium, and creamy. The flavor could be smoother however.

D: Drink at 9.5% is awesome. Perfect for a bomber.

Overall, Yeti always impresses the shit out of me. Keep it going Great Divide, and please release more of the chocolate Yeti so I can review that soon! PS: Your bottle caps are awesome!

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Photo of degerbah
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a six month old bottle from party town in Florence, Ky. Black and very thick with almost no head. The aroma is choclatey with a little bit of a burnt smell as well. The taste is amazing. Not significantly different from regular yeti. A good beer, but in my opinion massively over priced for the quality. There are better imperial stouts avaulable for far less money.

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Photo of r0nyn
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from 12/25 notes. Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my DFH snifter. Split with BAs NYManc, emonte and others. 2009 vintage.

I have a thing for how stouts look and the Yetis never fail to tickle that feeling. Big, dark and black is the pour right into the glass, creating about a half-inch dark brown head that lingers for a bit before receding. Some sticky spotty lacing. Swirls around like a syrup, and you can almost see the legs in it. Smell is lots of dark chocolate mingled with that definite oak scent. Slight nuances of vanilla and dark fruit round out the nose.

Initial sip yields a blast of that oaked flavor that stays on the tongue throughout the tasting experience. There's so much of it that it was almost as if the beer was tapped directly from the oak barrel. I half expected to find a wood chip or two floating around in my glass. But there are other flavors too, thankfully. The dark chocolate is still there, providing its own brand of unique bitterness and oh yeah, there are some hops too. I thought maybe sitting on this beer for a year would mellow them out, but they're right there, giving this brew a bittering finish. After all this rather surprising medley of tastes, I was able to detect some of the vanilla that I'd been looking forward to, but it paled in comparison to the rest of the flavor profile. The 9.5% ABV comes a-knocking at the end with some alcoholic heat burning down your throat and settling in your belly. Mouthfeel is big and weighty and velvety smooth, which is pretty much the staple of the Yeti line. No complaints there.

Drinkability is good, but like the other versions of the Yeti, you'll have to take your time with it. It definitely surprised me by being a lot oaky-er and hoppier than I expected, but it's still a very solid brew. I'll just have to see if I can find an older label vintage to compare. Another quality Yeti from Great Divide.

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Photo of blivingston1985
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a giant goblet.

Pour- Color is a deep, deep, deep , deep, brown/black with a rather impressive mocha colored head.

Smell- Rich coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, molasses.

Taste- Strong burnt coffee, roasted malt, and a strong hop bitterness. The bitterness is almost certainly amplified by the coffee in this brew.

Mouthfeel- Quite good Rich and creamy. Very nice.

Overall this is a quite good coffee stout. I feel very picky about this style of brew because I feel coffee is an all too common beer exploration these days, but I can certainly appreciate a great Imperial Stout that is aged on wood chips like this one.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 vintage
~7 months since bottling date

Appearance- Pours a black color, opaque, oily consistency. Half finger thick, dark khaki colored head, creamy thick. Lots of sticky alcohol legs and spotty head lacing.

Aroma- Roasted malt, burnt char, bitter dark chocolates. Lots of dry oak, dry astringency, earthy hops. Smoky undertones with a subtle vanilla and caramel sweetness.

Taste- Dry oak, charred malts, real dry astringency. Bittersweet dark chocolates and earthy, piney hops. Mild sweetness towards finish, vanilla and caramel.

Feel- Medium feel, creamy, really drying feel from start to finish. Moderate carbonation.

Overall- Real intense bitterness. Roasted malts and hops in the base beer already create a substantial bitterness, but the oak almost takes it to another level. I almost disagree with the commercial description that the oak aging rounds out the roastiness, it seems to amplify, or add a new kind of bitterness through the oak that amplifies. Either way, its a great beer.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Man, did this one fly off the shelves. Out of at least ten liquors stores in the Indianapolis area, there was only one that had this winter release still in stock. But, after multiple phone calls, I finally got a bottle of pretty fresh stuff; persistence, guys. Cheers!

Brewed a little over four months ago (“Bottled on NOV 10 2011”).

A: A black beauty, this body pours incredibly thick; looks like motor oil coming out of the bottle. There’s some absolutely silky caramel-brown cream on top; great strings of lacing as it settles. Retention is a smooth, even layer of richness.

S: Here we go: intensely oaky at the start, with a bourbon spice of barrel-aging. Chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon-sugar hang around in light fashion, mellow and complimentary to the wood scents – soon after, some toasted maple aromas open it up quite nicely (though in a syrupy way). Hops are next, adding a pine-floweriness to the sugar powerhouse; still, the marshmallow-sweets prevail as the dominant players. And then there’s the finish: damn, it’s that chalky yeast aroma that I’ve picked up in every other Yeti I’ve tried. It’s lighter here, making this the best nose I’ve had among the Great Divide stouts so far.

T: Chocolate-covered pine cone! Rich, syrupy dark chocolate and a pine-citrus brightness combine in a manner that I can only describe as one of those chocolates filled with lemon cream. After, it starts to show its true character: palpably woody – smoke and char, coffee and vanilla, barrel and booze – and full of complex flavor. A bittersweet cocoa profile is overarching in this palate, but there’s a salted caramel and oily nut taste that digs deep into the oozing maltiness. Some leafy tobacco (generic cigar) in the aftertaste, with biscuity and chalky yeast for that final chocolate smoothness, as well.

M: Loveably thick, with only a hint of froth and fizz. At the perfect temperature, it feels like drinking skim milk – more refreshing and satisfying than it sounds.

O: This is one devilish beer, so much so that the sky turned dark as soon as I started drinking. Oak Aged Yeti is POWER, and too big to ignore. The best dark beer from Great Divide I’ve ever had; so good. I feel bad that every Yeti I taste is in the vein of “well…it’s good, but there’s X amount of chalky chocolate yeast flavor,” but that’s how it is. Still, I enjoyed it; my favorite Yeti so far.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a very deep black color and could be the darkest beer I've ever seen, with a thin light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin but dense lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains mostly dark chocolate and dark malts as you'd expect.

T: The taste is full of the intense bitter-sweetness of dark chocolate and a complimentary smokiness. There are some background flavors of dark fruit and a very mild hops presence. The malt character is exactly as thick as you would want from a big stout. The after-taste retains bitter-sweet aspect of the dark chocolate.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style. It's funny how you can sometimes get thrown for a loop when things aren't quite what you're expecting. I usually think the term "oak aged" is over-used and over-rated for the most part and I had also derived from hearsay and readings that not only was this beer not a good one to age, but that it was also not as good as the regular non-oak-aged Yeti. Well, contrary to what I was expecting to find, I liked this beer better than regular Yeti, nor do I find that the effects of almost a year of aging detract from this beer at all. I'm not so sure I would want to age it long-term, because it doesn't seem like it would gain too much, but it certainly hasn't lost anything. Overall, it's a pretty good beer among your more common big stouts.

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, no date - no worries. Love the silver foil over the cap, nice.

Poured a thick lightless black/brown with a frothy caramel colored head. Good lace, some sticks around on top. Rich caramel smells and malt are noticeable even from a distance. Other dark smells, chocolate, prune, molasses. Taste is strikingly bitter, then filling out with rich cocoa, dark malts, grains, and coffee. Softer vanilla and oak tannins add to a more complex taste. Nice bitter burnt aftertaste, very full and not too sweet. Drinks somewhat heavily, with a full sticky mouth. Alcohol warms but is not overwhelming. For its heavy consistency and flavor, it is not overly syrupy, making it quite drinkable.

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Photo of define333
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThePaleRider
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful stout with a one finger dark chocolate head. No light can be seen penetrating this amazingly dark beer.

S - Chocolate, coffee, oak, booze, very dark fruits.

T - Booze hits the tongue first followed by the taste of black coffee. Then the smokey oak flavor comes in very strong. You can really taste the alcohol in this bad boy, but in a good way.

M - Lighter than I was expecting, but still full bodied.

O - Nice oak aged stout that really packs a punch. Could be a little smoother, but definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Auracom
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Kelleher's (Peoria, IL) as part of a flight tasting on February 11th, 2001 in a 5.oz mini pint glass.

I enjoyed the espresso oak-aged so I was looking forward to this one.

A - Just as I remember the espresso from the bottle. Thick, opaque, black coloring. Thin, tan head. Nice lacing and coating on the sides. It's a good looking stout.

S - Roasted notes out the ass. Way less coffee in this one as expected, more of a hint than a blast. Slight booze presence.

T - Again, roasted character dominates. Almonds, caramel, reserved coffee and chocolate flavors underneath. Didn't sense a lot of the oak aging.

M - Heavy body. Carbonation is just alright.

D - It was pretty much what I anticipated, which in this case means that it was a decent drink. The booze don't draw too much attention and the flavors are done pretty well. Relax and sip it.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Very very dark. I suppose one could call it black. Head is one finger, cocoa-colored. It retains decently. Some lacing.
S- Aroma is pleasant but not as powerful as some in style. Dark chocolate, fairly creamy, very dessert like.
T- Very deep and tasty. Chocolate flavor through and though but there is a slight smokey character. The oak stays quiet until the finish where it adds some complexity to the tasty, but one-dimensional chocolate character.
M- Low carb. Full body. Long, long finish.
O- A very tasty beer. Comes through very dessert like. I could enjoy one of these every so often.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with great lacy dark tan head that stays. Straight vanilla extract nose with a bit of smoke and raisin.
Silky mocha, whiskey and brown sugar notes, some roast and branch to end.
Chocolate-covered raisin finish and whiskey-soaked raisin finish.
The full side of medium, some chew, silky.

Roastier, drier, rounder, smoother, fizzier and easier than the Barrel-Aged. Now I just wish I'd had a regular Yeti at the table, too.

3 years on this bottle and supremely satiny with not a trace of burn.

Cheers to Adam for saving his BA for this bottle to be opened.

Fittingly, my 900th review.

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Photo of seanchai
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of iasanlee
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick black chocolate. 1 finger of dark chocolate milkshake head. Some serious dark brown lacing sticks permanently.

Smells of sweet dark chocolate and alcohol. Deep espresso notes, and dark fruits. First taste is a power punch of sweet dark chocolate. Raisins and plums come next with some serious oaky undertones. Long bitter coffee finish seemingly lasts forever.

Very full bodied with a moderate carbonation tingle. Thick as hell, and a tad creamy.

Holy smokes, this is what the doctor ordered. I am not an RIS fanatic, but it is one of my favorite styles, and this is a great representation. Loving it.

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Photo of StoutSlayer
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Yummy Time! A random pickup from the store leads to a great discovery. It holds up to many great RIS beers. Solid tan head, jet black, oily thick mouthfeel, and an unexpected ABV kick for its drinkability. No oak taste but this seems like an older bottle. I love the fall and winter just for beers like these.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this bottle up at Well's in Baltimore. This is the second review I have done, but the first was lost in my earlier review book. Decanted cool into a snifter.

A - A light absorbing black w/ a mocha brown creay head w/ an ultra fine bead. The head is pillowy and the stout allows no light to pass through its body. Sporadic smatterings of lace cling to the glass.

S - Berry and woodiness creep out of the snifter w/ a citrusy piney depth. A vinous note w/ spice like cinnamon and pepper accent the malty sweet notes and dried fruit aromas.

M - A big sweet smack is pushed out of the way immediately by a shove of carbonation and just as quickly by a bitter hop acidity. the boozy and dry textures bring up the rear when all join forces.

T - Magnificently forceful w/ its intense sweet and malty flavors, the spicy mix w/ somewhat dark cherry and malty bitter cocoa-like flavor and an intense grapefruit and crisp vanilla wood w/ a burnt toffee sharpness. Twiggy earthy, almost raisin-like w/ a sharp bite and boozy warmth w/ dry apricot and an almost tropical dried papaya, sugary flavor w/ plenty of toasted and small amounts of charred malt flavor. There is subtle spice w/ ginger, pepper tinges and the nuttiness of roasted walnuts w/ hints of fig and beefy dry notes. The grain is slightly husky w/ smooth oily aspect w/ fruit notes and subtle orange citrus flavors, boy this baby is complex! I get a bit lost in the deep roasted and boozy brandy-like tastes here which is pleasant and the hops give a nice contrast.

D - Just wish there were a skosh less carbonation to relax the mouthfeel a bit. This is a nice, big brawny RIS w/ NW hops and huge malt flavor, so much packed in this w/ out overbearing sweetness. Nice citrus notes w/ a bitter acidity and the oak is well placed - not outdoing any of the flavors that make this recipe great. Magnificent w/ its subdued evolving nuances all the while making no pretense at its true aim to be an intense stout. A very drinkable brew in the realm of 9.5% beers, well done Great Divide!

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Photo of gford217
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours used motor oil black with a big, dense two finger mocha head that lingers for ages leaving great lacing. This is one helluva good looking brew.

S: Smell is big and complex with semi-sweet dark chocolate, roasted malts and some of the oak as well. There is also a strong licorice and vanilla scent on top of that.

T: Big roasted malt flavor up front which gives way to the sweetness of the dark chocolate and vanilla. The finish has a strong oak presence with a hint of citrus hops that lends to a bit of bitterness along with the smooth malts.

M: Mouthfeel is extremely creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation and coats your mouth with the sweet malty chocolate taste.

D: I wouldn't call this the most drinkable beer I've ever tasted. It's definitely a sipper and like a great dessert, one for savoring slowly. Highly recommended.

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Photo of paulozanello
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oak Aged Yeti pours a very thick and motor-oily liquid forming huge amounts of creamy head (brown-reddish in color) that goes down after about 5 minutes leaving a lot of lacing in the glass. Another perfect pour just like its Yeti siblings.

Aroma starts with roasted/dark malts and lots of chocolate. On a lesser degree I get espresso, vanilla, oak and some alcohol. Not much hop character going on this one. Update: As the beer warmed up the Vanilla notes got way stronger.

Taste starts with bitter chocolate and roasted malts. It soon changes to an overpowering wooden taste (which i perceive as sort of a smoky note). Finish is slightly bitter coming both from roasted malts and hops. The aftertaste is again heavily weighted on that wooden/oak/smoky character which i must say is not my favorite. Later in the aftertaste some bitter chocolate notes rise up again.

Body is heavy and carbonation is very high and IMO it should be way lower on this style of beer. Comparing it to the regular Yeti there is not that wonderful smooth mouthfeel. I found that the oak character to this beer is too overpowering and it brings the drinkability down.

Overall another solid Imperial Stout from the Yeti family. I still think the regular one is the better beer of them all.

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Motor oil black, nice carbonation coming up the sides but you really have to look for it with how dark this stuff is, about an inch of brown head on the top.

Smell: Chocolate, Vanilla, Rumcake very rich, hits the nose pretty hard.

Taste: The malt mirrors the nose as it rolls onto the tongue, followed by a slightly harsh hop presence that lingers after swallowed.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, a bit oily quite a bit of carbonation.

Drinkability: The hops linger a little more then I would like in a stout. And being a stout it's kind of heavy.

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Photo of Overlord
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to leftmindedrighty for the beer trade.

Delicious. The aftertaste is a nearly overpowering coffee/espresso kick, but this coal black stout has enough chocolate, vanilla, and some sort of tropical subtlety (coconut? cherry?) that it remains fairly drinkable.

Unfortunately, I probably won't be able to get my hands on it again anytime soon.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into an Allagash Chalice. Bottled November 14, 2011.

A - Pours as dark as any stout I have seen with about an inch of cocoa colored head. As the head dies, it leaves the glass painted completely with lace.

S - Big chocolate malts, toasted marshmallow, and significant oak notes. The alcohol is apparent in the nose as well.

T - More coffee than chocolate on the tongue. Bitter bite of char, oak, and coffee beans in the center. Aftertaste is predominantly burnt oak and mocha. Great balance of sweet and bitter.

M - Velvety smooth feel with a thick body. No alcohol on the palate.

O - I was very impressed by this Yeti variant, probably the best of the ones I have tried (Regular, Espresso, Chocolate). Fantastic blend of oak, char, and coffee flavors with a great mouthfeel. Doesn't get much better than this as far as readily available RIS go. I would like to taste this side by side with the other Yeti's.

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Photo of khmel
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 4,606 ratings
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