Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutOak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
4,602 Ratings
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 BillHilly
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2011 Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: pours black with a nice 1 finger head, dissipates to outer edge and retains.

S: coffee, hops, chocolate & roasted malt

T: Drinking fresh it still has a hop presence, chocolate and coffee malt, not overly sweet, pretty balanced.

M: Phenomenal mouthfeel...carbonation is excellent, not overly thick for a beer of this ABV and style...well done.

O: Solid brew overall, wish it had more of an oak/barrel presence, but the beer is fantastic overall.

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

Wow ... another hyped beer that has lived up to its legend!

A: B-L-A-C-K baby ... with a nice tan head that runs after the beer as you suck this puppy down. Leaves a nice lace ... again, depending on whether or not I cleaned my glasses properly.

S: A wonderful coffee aroma with hints of malty sweetness.

T: Kick ass. Coffee, vanilla, oak, smoke ... you name it, it's in there! Though there are a myriad of flavors, they all blend together nicely to present an non-overwhelming RIS. I could drink this all day, though I'd be very afraid of the consequences!

MF: Silky smooth with plenty of carbonation ... though not too much to spoil the style.

Overall: As I said, I could drink this all afternoon ... though the hefty ABV would make that quite a challenge. This is an interesting derivation to the RIS style with the oak aging. Believe the hype! You’ve got to try this one for yourself!

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

as I stare at the yeti... is it a hoax? I take note of the deep cocoa head that reminds me of a root beer float. Surely light gets lost in the conundrum of dark that this beer permeates with it's hue. lacing is very nice, a complete sheet that leaves a ring where the tide rose from a tilt of the glass. Plenty of carbonation rushes into the head to provide excellent retention.
As that cute, cuddly jedi in black would say "most impressive"

I have had this before and truly this is a better batch than I recall. I definitely get the vanilla tones from the oak in here. The hops are easily detected underneath this chocolate breathing beast as well as a sense of the alcohol about to assualt that one lone brain cell I have left. I am also getting some sweetness in the odor. This is really good but there are more interesting/complex RISs in my book.

taste etc.
ah, a burnt aftertaste.. I love it. The mouthfeel is sublime, the carbonation makes it easy to drink as it floats across the pallette. The alcohol is a touch hot but not totally dominant. It is a touch thinner than I would prefer but the carbonation makes up for this one ding. The hops manifest as a nice bitter tone after the aforementioned burnt flavor. I am really enjoying the burnt aspect here. The oak doesn't seem to make a huge impact on the flavor profile, there is some vanilla in there but it doesn't vary much from regular yeti.

I like it. I will buy it again. It is a top rate RIS but not perfection in a bottle. A nice sipper for a crummy evening when your team is out of the playoffs...

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Yokes in Ponderay, ID. Comes in a 22 oz. brown bomber, silver foil around the cap.
Pours out as dense and lightless as a black hole, tall dense chunky beige head that slowly settles. Sticky gashes of lacing.

Thick molasses, liquorice root, wood and warming alcohol on the nose.

Cask wood and peat is apparent and up front in the flavour, nutty, slight vanilla, with a smoked finish. Earthy wood aftertaste. Vanilla bean kicks in well after it warms.

Thick full mouthfeel, a bit sticky on the finish.

A pretty damn fine Imperial Stout, the cask aging really adds to the overall character and enjoyment of it. Tasty!

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Photo of sachie23
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Nat1975
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dope
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated Oct 18th, 2010. Coming up on three years old.

A: Pours pitch pitch black with a large and very dense dark brown head. Head fades at a moderate pace. Top notch head retention and nice lacework at the same time.

S: Mellow sweet chocolate aroma. Some charred oak in there. Dark fruits, hints of cherries and raisin.

T: The aging is definitely prominent here. Flavor is super mellow chocolate with some char and coffee and lots of oak surprisingly. Hints of dark fruits but barely there. Very well integrated flavors, sort of just becomes one smooth flavor if that makes any sense. A little oxidation on the back end mixing with charred, smoky oak, becomes sort of an oaky, cardboardy mix. Not that great but not too detracting. I'm guessing 3 years is probably the limit on this one. Sort of acrid smoke lingers between sips.

M: Medium-heavy body. Silky smooth and creamy. A dream to drink.

O: Might've waited a little too long to drink this one. I've had this fresher before (not reviewed) and my memory seems to remember it being a bit better. Less smoky and charry. But who knows, aging does weird things and palates do weird things over the years too. It's still quite good but I think the regular and chocolate oak aged yetis stand above its fellow variants still. Depends on what you're looking for I guess. Having said that, with three years on this one it goes down like silk and the flavors are very well integrated. Very tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of ADR
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Same essentially opaque pour as regular Yeti, bright shiny brown head that's pretty creamy and soft. Nice variety of shapes in the laces, thickens as the pint drains. Aroma is different in construction than regular Yeti, seems more rounded in nature with hints of wild berries and confectioner's sugar. A little light in body for an Imperial style in my opinion. Flavor seems much the same, where this beer hides its 75 IBUs I still can't figure out. Hops are still there, but the jelly doughnut and coffee-like malts seem like a blanket from start to finish -- it covers the mouth but reveals the hop shape underneath. The effects "from the wood" are pretty minimal, more of a leafiness and a softer end impression.

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Photo of RomanW70
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Track 84 in Warwick, RI. 3/8/08. Pours pitch black with a thick tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, and dark malts. Taste of chocolate, roast, molasses, wood, and alcohol. Has a big bitter finish taht lasts. Can detect the oak. A big, impressive beer.

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Photo of kdoc8
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this bottle at the Franklin Market of Choice, Eugene, OR. Pouring into a pint glass, it has a thin bubbly tan-brown head. It is very very black in color with no other hints of any other colors, even under a bright light. It has a good bit of lacing. The smell is a mix of mainly hops, but also roast and very little smell of alcohol. The alcohol comes through on the taste, but only in the very end. There's a different taste up front - maybe it is vanilla? - and then it's dominated by the roast before the alcohol/hops bitterness kicks in. Lotsa hops for an RI stout.

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Photo of Orrshow
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This beer is as black as night. Some dark tan bubbly head is there but quickly dissipates to a cap over time. Head holds at the cap and leaves nice lacing on my glass.

Smell – Strong up front of alcohol with roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, brown sugar, and slightly woody aromas. There is a distinct bitterness to the smell too. Powerful…could be smelled from feet away once poured into a glass.

Taste – Very strong on the roasted malt and alcohol to begin with. Some black licorice, coffee, and brown sugar flavors are present as I swirls the beer. I detect a little chocolate as well once I swallow and the aftertaste is bitter with a slight woody feeling. This beer is pleasant.

Mouthfeel – Medium to low carbonation and a nice think creamy body. Nice.

Drinkability – This is a beer intended for sipping. It is very potent but I found it went down with ease.

A fine beer. Thanks to demcorhip for sending this over.

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Photo of output01x
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. capped and foil-lined bottle (Bottled On: NOV 14 2011) into a snifter glass.

Not surprisingly, this beer looks just like the non-barrel-aged version. A 1 1/2-finger mocha-colored head is the result of a strong pour. The body is a nearly black brown that allows no light to pass through. The head fades after a few minutes to a thin dusting and thick foam collar. Thick lacing can be seen clinging to the glass between sips but only some of it sticks around.

The nose is also similar to the original version. Strong aromas of milk and dark chocolate mingle with aromas of roasted coffee beans and dark coffee. This version's aromas are a bit smoother and rounded, melding together nicely. Additionaly, the chocolate aromas seem a bit more pronounxed with less emphasis on the sharp coffee aromas.

The taste is where the two beers differ greatly. Each sip offers initial flavors of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, vanilla, and polished oak. Swallowing releases more dark and milk chocolate flavors with an overshadowing oak presence. Slowly, a slight alcohol warmth and wet wood flavor begin to take threshold in the back of the throat as the other flavors fade.

Just like the non-BA version, the body of this beer is thick, coating, and slightly sticky. However, the carbonation is significantly stronger, giving this beer a bit more drinkability but also reducing its creaminess and smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of heebes
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint.
Bottled On: Dec 04 2009
With this beer I offically become a BA Initiate.

Pours a thick dark black that no light could ever penetrate. Thick foamy dark tan head and plenty of lacing. Nose is phenol, oak, dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee beans and sweet vanilla. Taste follows the nose, lost of variety; toasted dark malt body rounded out by bitter chocolate and coffee notes. Complex blend of flavours, the oak barrels lend some wood, chewy notes and it remians very sweet with vanilla throughout. Heavily bodied, thick mouthfeel. Pretty effective ABV here at 9.5%. A wonderful winter storm warmer that should last awhile.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with a bottled on date of January 6, 2010

Pours the darkest brown that brown can be without actually being black. In the glass, its a solid black body capped by a large and sticky coffee-with-cream colored head. The head slowly pops its bubbles one-by-one as it fades to leave a nice tan lace around the glass.

Aroma is fully of roasted coffee beans with chocolate and an ever so slight vanilla scent, however its not the oaky-vanillaness that I expected.

First sip hits the palate with an onslaught of flavors but nothing that suggest beervana. Lots of roasted flavors and dark chocolate going on but these are definitely off-set by a lighter and sweeter vanilla flavor. Hops are also more noticeable than other stouts, but don't seem to add a lot of flavor at this point. As you swallow, the alcohol seems to kick in with a little "hello" to let you know its there without being obnoxious.

A heavy body that is well polished, but not as chewy as I expected.

Overall, Oak Aged Yeti is a top-notch stout at a pretty competitive price point. However, in a crowded market full of imperial stouts, its hard to see where this one stands above the rest.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap and served in a goblet, review from written notes.

Appears inky black with a slim layer of tobacco stained mocha foam. After a few minutes the creamy foam parts and reveals a glassy obsidian surface. A delicate band of lace rings the inside of the glass, about a quarter inch in width.

Dark unsweetened bakers chocolate and lightwoody oak, very chocolatey aroma with a touch of ashy char.

Intensely bitter, herbal hops parallel a deep roasty char that becomes ashy in the dry aftertaste. Lingering traces of dark chocolate and herbal bitterness. Medium bodied, and slowly sippable. The oak doesn't dominate, if anything the hops and roast combine forces to pull a hefty 1-2 punch of bitterness that sticks with you long into the aftertaste. Overall this is a big, rich stout with an intense level of bitterness, almost as if this was an RIS/Black IPA hybrid.

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Photo of BrownBottle
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vanpilon
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of imbibehour
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Opaque black in color. Dense brown head pours two fingers thick. Good retention. Nice sticky lacing crawls on the sides of the glass.

S: Roasted coffee. Dark chocolate. Dark fruit. Vanilla. Oak and alcohol.

T: Deep roasted espresso and dark bitter chocolate dominate the front end of this beer. Astringent roasted caramel malts are followed by a very earthy hop presence. Subtle sweetness of dark fruit are taken over by a soft vanilla touch and the brew finishes with the taste of oak and a warming alcohol burn.

M: Creamy rich and smooth. Minimal carbonation. Warm and dry.

D: A well crafted oak aged stout. Good balance makes this very easy to enjoy without being overwelmed by the high alocohol content. Another winner from Great Divide. Recommened.

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Photo of ThirdLap
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed half a bomber courtesy of fellow BA and good friend Macktbone. Thanks John!

Pours a deep black with a thick creamy tan head that dissipates to a slight film after a few minutes. Lots of lacing as I sip this one down.

Nose is filled with sweet dark chocolate, hops, and roasted malt goodness.

Taste is largely the same with a solid oak presence. Hoppy bitterness as the smoothness mellows on the tongue, along with a very slight alcohol warming. Finish is bitter chocolate and anise.

Body is medium-heavy, with a medium amount of carbonation. Very smooth overall.

I would likelly seek this out more often if it were more available out West.

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Photo of thickerfreakness
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown/black with a creamy mocha colored head that lasts a while and then leaves a nice bit of lacing on the glass.

Smells predominantly of Vanilla/Oakiness and chocolate with some roasted malts and coffee sneaking through.

The taste didn't quite live up to the smell in regards to complexity but it had a nice lingering hoppy finish that was quite unexpected. As it warms i get a lot more dark chocolate but the flavor from the barrel aging also gets a little overpowering.

A nice mouthfeel but I like my RIS's a little thicker and a little less carbonation.

Overall, a great easily available RIS that I indulge in often.

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Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice midnight black color, a half inch caramel head that dissipated fast and clinging lacing.

S: Robust coffee, molasses, semi-sweet chocolate, and brown sugar.

T: Sweetness! You get the kick of the coffee flavor mixed in with pure vanilla, not that extract garbage either. Some hop and carbonation round it off in an awesome wave.

M: Medium to full bodied, little chewy.

D: No question about it. Why did it take me this long to pick this one up is the question to myself. A stellar night cap!

Recommended, 5 stars.

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Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I go to the Great Divide tasting room every so often and this is the beer (or any of its Yet cousins) that I lean on. In fact, the Yeti family holds me back from trying other G.D. offerings more because the Yetis are so realiable.

A: Pours black with a finger-plus of creamy dark-mocha head. One of the darker heads I know of. Decent retention and good lacing.

S: Mostly espresso with some cocoa beans too.

T: Bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Quite a bit of warming alcohol in the end which typically turns me off, but here it works because the coffee/chocolate remain. Not much in the way of oak/vanilla. Maybe if you age it more you'll get more of that, which would be nice.

MF: Full bodied, and rather viscous. Minimal carbonation. Dry and semi-bitter finish.

O: Solid. Consistent. I order it frequently and know that it will deliver. One 10-oz. pour into snifter is just the right amount for me.

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Photo of maddogruss
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bottle of this into a shaker glass.

A: Pours a dark brown, oil-like body with a silky, brown head with good retention and lacing.

S: A roasted barley smell with some bittersweet notes as well. I also noted a slight presence of some roasted chocolate notes as well.

T: A slightly bitter, chocolate, roasted barley taste with spiciness to it that was quite nice. A nice, robust roasted aftertaste did well to compliment the taste of the beer.

M: A mouthfeel that was smooth as silk and very full-bodied; a solid mouthfeel for an Imperial Stout.

D: An excellent combination of mouthfeel and taste makes this beer an very good drinking beer, especially for the style. A nice, smooth, warming beer and definitely recommended to anyone if given the opportunity to have it.

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Photo of Greggy
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a thick black color, tan/burnt orange head. Some speckled lace is present

S- Deep buttery chocolate and coffee in the nose. Nice balance

T- Starts off with chocolate, coffee, caramel, then you get a nice big dry buttery oakiness.

M- Silky smooth texture is great. Excellent dryness on the oaked finish.

D- Pretty drinkable stout. Definitely worlds better than the regular yeti. I will definitely have one of these again.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 4,602 ratings
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