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.

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Reviews: 1,669 | Ratings: 4,561
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - 2" dense camel colored head. Excellent retention. Thick, sticky lace. As black as black can be.

S - Thick with roasted malt. Cream. Booze. Hint of hops.

T - Dark fruit (fig, raisin). Caramel. Vanilla. Coffee. Big roasted malt. Hops are in perfect balance. Boozy finish. So mellow and smooth for such a huge beer.

M - Between a medium and full bodied mouthfeel. Mid-level carbonation. Long, long finish.

D - Incredible drinkability. Best double/imperial stout that I have had yet. So smooth. What a treat!!!

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Photo of Graham21
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into an oversized wine glass. Pours a dark dark brown, almost black. I thought the head was very nice, a few mm high which discipated into a very consistent lacing that hangs on to the glass. The first thing I smelled was dark fruits, like cherries, along with chocolate undertones. Lots of coffee and roasted malts came out as well. I love the taste of this beer. Its starts out like dark chocolate milk, then become more burnt and bitter tasting like coffee and malts, and finishes with a nice hoppiness. The mouthfeel is very pleasant, and the drinkibility gets two thumbs up.

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Photo of newk340
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

sampled with hu5om and e11a627.

A: thick black pour, gorgeous rusty tan head with cascading lacing.

S: warm aromas of chocolate and oak, mild hints of coffee, very smooth and faint throughout.

T: a fizz of bitter dark chocolate, fading hints of coffee and vanilla. all the flavors taste slightly smoky.

MF/D: a quick burst of carbonation that settles on your tongue to nothing almost instantaneously. a very robust, open imperial stout that gets better with each sip. delicious.

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Photo of jsh420
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle on date is hard to read

??? 06 2008

pours dark dark brown almost black with a 3 fonger tan head that coats the glass with lacing

smell - big chocolate roasted malt and oak - also hints of fruit

taste is out of this world - vanilla oak with silky smooth milk bitter chocolate - the roasted malts show up on the end and aftertaste

mouthfeel is a medium body brew - not heavy - very smooth - a bit slick

drinkabiltiy is great - this is the perfect way to end the night

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Photo of generalnotsew
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thick 3 finger head on pour. Tooth picks would stand up in this rich cocoa head with incredible lacing. Bittersweet chocolate and light oak dominates the nose. Faint whiff of hops but the oak and the chocolate are most dominant. Slightly bitter fruity hops upfront that is coated with bitter dark chocolate and even more bitter espresso. The oak does try to play down the bitterness. Very rich and creamy body coats the tongue. It is even one of the more refreshing RIS I had in awhile. Stellar beer!

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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

presentation: 22oz. bomber with a blue, silver, black and white label and a silver foil over the crown. huge silver mountain in the background with "oak aged yeti imperial stout" in an enormous font across the label. "great minds drink alike" and great divide logo on opposite corners of the label. great divide's interpretation of their stout is on the left side of the label. 75 ibu's. no abv or freshness date displayed.

appearance: pours an almost jet black with dark red-brown highlights in a snifter glass. nice tight 1 inch light brown head. pancake batter-like. lacing is excellent. good retention with the head finally dropping to a capper with a thicker ring around the glass after a while.

smell: sweet chocolate, raisins and currants. light coffee and maybe a touch of roastiness. lots of wood. aroma of pencil shavings.

taste: very tasty! chocolate and some coffee with a roasty woodiness. excellent hop bitters. i always wish an impy stout would have just a touch more bitterness. dark fruit undertones. raisins, plums and currants. finish is sweet with chocolate and dark fruits and a light bitterness. some alcohol and warming as the brew warms.

mouthfeel: creamy medium-thick body. good carbonation and bite. rolls around smoothly and swallows just as smooth. everything you can ask for.

drinkability: so tasty it's overly drinkable. very aromatic and smooth. alcohol is there, but not a huge hinderance. almost perfect.

overall: this is an excellent american double stout. thanks a ton to lostbearbrew for sending this to me in a trade. excellent aromas and mouthfeel. flavorful and very drinkable for a 9.5%. i have a bottle of yeti on hold for another year. i can't imagine it any better. excellent bitters to compliment over the top malts rates this higher than other favorites. two enthusiastic thumbs.

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Photo of chrhowe
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The oaked stout pours a like motor oil, thick and dark. Left about a 1/2 finger head that carried with it good staying power. Picked up deep earth notes, coffee, chocolate in the aroma. Taste was exceptional! My friend has some dark chocolate which paired with this beer was ever so pleasant. This Yeti was "almost" like heaven in my mouth. So smooth and easy, which definitely helps out it's drinkability. A great, great beer for sipping and taking it easy.

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Photo of Gusler
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Upon its release from the 22-ounce brown bottle, the beer takes up a very short residence in by goblet an atramentous color, the head a modest but thick and creamy chocolate brown, as it slowly fades into the distance, the lace forms a glutinous sheet to conceal the glass. Nose has a nice hint of oak, with a sweet malt backing, a perfect blend of toasted grains, chocolate and a whisper of hops, start is a bit sweet, the grain profile perfection and the top thick and rich. Finish is determined in its acidity, the hops spicy and perfect, also a bit of alcohol bitterness, aftertaste is as dry as my backyard desert, “WOW” what a treat, also notice a nice tummy warming, another winning and I must say monster beer from Great Divide.

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Photo of AJDean
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- What you would expect from a imperial stout. Motor oil black. Great head retention that stays until the last half ounce. I have honestly never seen a beer cling longer to the side of a glass. The lacing cannot be beat.
Smell- Coffee, tobacco, smoke. This is what the beer promises, and the flavor lives up to the nose of the beer.
Taste- Beautifully bitter from the cocoa nibs. Oaky smoke from the get go. This is what you bought the beer for right? At first the burn in the back of your throat might confuse your palate. This is the heat from the cayenne, not the alcohol... which is masked perfectly. The front flavor definitely favors the oak presence. The back finish clearly exhibits the cocoa nibs and the cayenne.
Overall- This is an exceptional beer, that is worth the $10.50. This is a HUGE beer, definitely a sipper, a 22 ouncer best shared by two.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am sampling a 22 oz bomber from prAna at room temp in a pint glass.

The beer pours pitch black with a large creamy head foaming up 4 cm easily. There is some cascade action as well. The head develops large craters as it recedes ever so slowly.

Aroma is roasted malt and dark chocolate with some wooden oak scents as well. As I sniff more I also get some brown sugar and molasses, also a faint grassy hop presence shows up.

First sip reveals a very creamy textured and smooth body with small gentle carbonation that rolls softly across my tongue.
Flavor is much more roasty malt and espresso than advertised on the nose. Very deep chocolate and espresso bitter through and through. A hint of sweet vanilla pokes up every once and a while and the finish is slightly dry and oaky, but the primary flavor is espresso bitterness. No hint of the alcohol anywhere which is suprising and well crafted for a 9.5% brew.
This beer would be rad with a bowl of vanilla ice cream!

A very nice beer that I would definately quest for again. Glad I have another bottle!

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Photo of Derek
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After tasting this, I'd really like to try some more big beers aged in oak. The 75 IBU's were incredibly smooth, producing a VERY well rounded beer.

A: Black with a tan head. Not a lot of head retention, but the syrupy fluid yeilded some nice lacing.

S: Slightly roasty; chocolate; sherry.

T: Exceptional. The hops and the roasted malt were unbelievably smooth. The oak has really reduced the bitterness, while adding some depth. Exceptional.

M: Full syrupy body, moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. You'd be hard-pressed to find a beer that's this big, but goes down so smooth.

Thanks Kevin!

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Photo of MrStark
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter glass.

Appearance is thick and black. like others I've had wear it pours out like motor oil with a lovely mocha brown one finger head that leaves a nice sticky lacing.

Smell is a nice inviting blend of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and sweet roasted malts which is followed by an almost citrus like hop scent on the back end.

Taste is quite nicely balanced. Much like the smell first there is sweetness from a blend of coffee, chocolate and malt followed by a nice hop bitterness to finish it off. Probably one of the more hoppy versions of this style I've had but still balanced and tasty. Also the oak, while not incredibly potent but it is there giving a nice touch.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth, almost chewy with a mild amount of carbonation. Very nice feel on the tongue.

Drinkability is exceptional! Its goes down very easy for me and is quite tasty. The alcohol also seems to be quite well hidden. Certainly one of my top choices in this style! I look forward to having quite a few more of these!

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap in the Beer Temple, Amsterdam on 23rd October 2011.

Overall: this beer is a stand-out terrific brew from start to finish. Everything about it is pure class; appearence, aroma, complexity, combination of flavours, mouthfeel and balance. It is almost flawless (I certainly cannot find any flaws).

Served at a nice temperature; the first impression is of the tan (darker shade) fluffy head over a black body. Aromas of coffee and roasty malts start to rise. The taste is a beautiful balance of complex flavours, bitterness but not too bitter. The alcohol is well disguised and it makes for a perfect after dinner drink (which it was!).

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Little bit too aggressive of a pour deliver a huge dark brown head. This damn head will not go way, makes it hard to pour more or drink any. Aggressive pour not needed. Great lacing!

S- Grassy, citrusy hops make a big presence in this black beer. Chocolate, molasses, honey... This has some huge and awesome aromas to it.

T- Sweet chocolaty goodness bursts on the tongue as this beer enters your mouth. Then comes some sweet caramel and honey flavors that become overwhelmed by citrus hops and bitter roasted barley. Cinnamon, brown sugar, and cloves, vanilla and of course oak also make a presence in this beer.

M- Thick and chewy, this beer sticks to every taste bud and gives you the full experience. Very smooth and has a nice juiciness towards the end then a hop kick that lingers.

This beer is like DIPA meets RIS. Great hop character balanced perfectly buy huge maltiness! It is like a crazy experiment that actually went right!

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Photo of oelergud
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black body with a huge rocky brown head. Amazing retention and lace. Medium bubbled.
The smell is strong roasted cocoa and coffee. THe alcoholic scents are very apparent. Vanilla faint nut and wood.
Grain and wood in the taste with vanilla and roasted coffee beans and mild toffee. The oak aging comes through very clearly. Smooth and intense hoppy aftertaste.
Full body though not as dense as the regular Yeti. Good coating.
Complex and pure and a highly drinkable imperial. Warm, filling and satisfying.


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Photo of e11a627
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with hu5om and newk340.

A: Beautiful dark brown, almost black. Gorgeous tan foam - almost rust-colored.

S: Chocolate, cocoa, whipped cream/icecream with a hint of grape and aged fruit.

T: Bitter chocolate, cocoa, with a smoky flavor. Also kind of tasted like steak on the grill - could be the smokiness/charcoalness.

M: Hits you hard in the beginning but it was enjoyable. Also, noticable spice/bite with swallow.

D: Delish! Flavor came mostly post-swallow with me, especially with the exhale, and the aftertaste was delightful.

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Photo of doubleipa
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites. Big dark head, excellent lacing, and dark, dark, dark. Aroma is of chocolate, oak, and vanilla. There is some hops bitterness, but not too much to overpower the oakiness. This one feels real warm going down. I've had the non-oak Yeti and it's very much different than the oak aged. Drinkability is good if you want to linger over a nice bottle for a looong while. I don't think I could drink more than one of these in a seating.

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Photo of iSip
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout, 22 oz. bomber: I have had a few outstanding stouts lately, which sets the bar pretty high, but the Oak Aged Yeti cleared the bar easily to join the outstanding club. The Yeti pours like a moonless night, with a dark tan head on top, and offers a big aroma for those inclined to get a nose into the glass. A huge flavor coat the palate and sticks. Chocolate, mocha, espresso all swirl about. The flavor lasts and keeps changing long after the sip. The Yeti has one of the most enduring and nuanced aftertastes I have experienced. Very much in the running for top Imperial Stout. And when I think of the competition: Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, Stone Russian Imperial Stout, Northwest Brewing Old Rasputin, my mouth is watering at the memory of them! High praise for the Yeti to join these ranks.

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Photo of jhall00
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Deep mocha brown/black with subtle tan head.

S- Malty chocolate nose. No real vanilla present in smell.

T- Chocolate mocha maltiness with a hint of vanilla

M- Full bodied with light carbonization. Good coating mouthfeel. A good sipping beer.

D- Definitely a sipping beer with noticeable alcohol.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Darkest brown head I have seen on a beer. Deep, black body with dark brown edges.

S- Everything is in perfect harmony. Mix of vanilla, honey, chocolate, mocha coffee, and a hint of molasses

T- Sweet honey/vanilla at first, followed by a roasted, semi-sweet/bitter flavor and ends with a faint hint of alcohol

M- Thick body and low carbonation. A bit too syrupy for me

D- Enjoyable to drink but I could not finish a 22oz. bomber for dessert. I had to recap the bottle.

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Photo of ZAP
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GREAT looking brew....balck with ruby highlights....tanish creamy head with crimson notes....

AWESOME nose....vanilla...brown sugar...a legit woody/oak aroma...great stuff..

.Body is firm....fulll...big brew here...a sipper...creamy, smooth mouthfeel

Nice taste to this....begins creamy and sweet with vanilla and oak...roasted malts too....finishes with a hit of piney bitterness but it is very soft and fits perfectly..only minor complaint is it does not contain an in your face flavor rush...it is more subtle and delicate for an Imperial stout....great taste though...

I am impressed...i did not expect to like this as much as I did...this ia a legit heavy hitter and one I will gladly seek out again...Big time brew here....Big Beer lovers should find this one..

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Photo of Chaney
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If only I had a dime for every time I've converted a semi-craft beer drinker into a full-fledged nut but using this beer, I'd be a millionaire!

Bottled on November 23, 2011. Thank you Great Divide for that info!

A: This scares me. No light passed through this, the head was only a shade or so lighter than the liquid below it, and it poured out like oil. Should I be worried?

S: I smelled this even before the cap was fully popped. Lots of wood, chocolate, and roasted malt in there. Sure, there was some candy sure in there, but doesn't EVERYONE love dark chocolate candy bars?

T: The wood-malt ration was absolutely astounding! There was nothing fake or "wood additive-like" about this one. This was the real deal! I got lots of dark, raw cacao, oak, charcoal, and maybe a tinge of dark fruit (prunes) in there as well. Remarkable!

M: The oak was what stained the teeth and not the cocoa or charred malt. There was a good bit of lacing left on the glass, and the sweetness was kept in check by the charred oak.

O: This is ABSOLUTELY the best off-the-shelf IS that one can buy in our area. Sure, I've tried some of the other permutations of this one, but this version takes the cake!

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter from a 22 oz bomber, bottled in Nov-10, with ABV on the label.
Thick and syrupy as it pours, the glass feels so much more heavier as compared to other stouts when full.
Pitch black with absolutely no penetration of light whatsoever.
Nice, thick mocha head that dissipates ever so slowly to a persistent thin layer. Good, solid carbonation at the surface.
The aroma up front was full of hops. Slowly with time the other aromas make their presence felt. Woody with hints of chocolate/milk chocolate, some coffee, roasted malts and fruity esters.
Ah, the taste is exceptional. Hops are evident first-up, with a bitter, roasted finish (some hints of smoked flavor). Coats the palate beautifully, nice smooth silky feel. Taste gets complex as it slowly warms up. It's an all out attack on the taste buds.
Beautiful mocha lacing coats the inside of the glass with every sip. As the label rightly says, this is one MASSIVE stout. It's a monster.
Kudos to Great Divide for making one of the most intense stouts I have had till date. This is definitely a sipper, perfect on a cold, winter night. Highly recommended. Can't wait to get my hands on another bottle, if and when I see it next in my beer store.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a pleasant reward after a difficult week!

This brew pours dark as midnight with only the slightest hint of blood red at the very fringes of the beer. Anything thicker than a droplet and no light passes through. The head is a thin cocoa color, breaking down pretty quickly to leave a good ring around the top of the brew. Minimal lacing.

Wow what a nose! Strong notes of coffee, bourbon, prunes and molasses. Strong echoes of warm, nutty fudge cooling on the countertop. One whiff and you know you're in for quite an experience.

One taste and you're deep into that experience... Up front are bitter notes of roasted grain bordering on espresso. Following closely are fruit notes of raisins, apple and plum. Next is a very convincing note of bourbon whiskey or well aged cognac. Last is a pleasant bitter hop finish full of PNW goodness.

Now - take all of those wonderful flavors and add a layer above and below. Above is a light alcohol sweetness mixed with a sweet vanilla taste. Below is a caramel and treacle backbone that carries throughout the drink and ends in a wonderful duet with the hops. Overall it's an incredible harmony of well choreographed flavors.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich like drinking a carbonated hot cocoa. Amazingly there's enough hopping here to overcome all the sticky sweetness and leave a nice dry finish.

Very very tasty, incredibly drinkable. Not something I'd be drinking every day (or even month) but I'd love to have a bottle around to bring out when company is over. While the complex sweet flavors is absolutely incredible, what's more amazing is the hopping required to finish this off so dry. This is like one of my favorite Irish Dry stouts but more, more, more!

[big thanks to LuckySevens82 for shipping a bottle of this out west]

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Photo of beereality
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

vigorous pour, beautiful reverse cascading
head.incredible lacing. I wished I didn't have
to sip the almost over flowing head. but I did, and tasted it prematurly. incredible compexity, I've had the yeti imperial before, but not the oak aged. this is most definatly a notch up the ladder. definate vanilla and some alcohol up front with smooth rich malty finish. love this one. got to get more.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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