Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

4,598 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 Hootie159
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mora2000
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/6/10.

The beer pours a dark black color with a medium brown colored head. The aroma is very nice with chocolate, oak, vanilla and hops. The flavor is heavy on the chocolate and the oak with some piney hops mixed nicely into the background. Thick, creamy mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


A- Dark black color with a tan head. The lacing on this one was just unreal. A huge spiderweb of lacing covered my entire tulip glass after I finished. Cream and tan peanut butter colored bubbles and finishing on top of the beer after the head dissipated.

S- Smell was really sweet. I'm thinking milk chocolate, vanilla, cream, and dried fruits.

T- Initially, I was surprised at how sweet this beer was. I thought it tasted like a mix of chocolate chips and french vanilla coffee. Then the roasty and robust flavors come in followed by a heavy dosage of hops. This was extremely complex and spectacular. Did I mention the oak? Yup that oak adds another layer of flavor.

M- Rich, thick, and creamy. What the hell else would you want from an imperial stout?

D- This one will creep up on you. Drink it slowly. Enjoy. Take in the complexity. This is a damn good beer.

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4.28/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of goochpunch
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out an opaque pitch black with a thin caramel brown colored head that leaves some spotty lacing. Up front in the nose is dark chocolate and a roasty coffee scent along with a big presence of citrus and resin aromas from the hops. Not really getting any flat out oak aromas, rather some faint vanilla plays well with the chocolate. Some alcohol in the nose. Smooth, rich chocolaty malt with a coffee edge are apparent firstly. Following that I get some citrus and pine from the hops. The hop bitterness intermingled with the astringent bitterness of the black malts linger on the tongue. Once that subsides, I enjoy the aftertaste of tiramisu and chocolate covered espresso beans. Throughout, I can pick up slight vanilla notes, but not an overtly oak character. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, not too viscous, and very tongue-coating. Really emphasizes the flavors. Kind of heavy drinking, but for what it is, it's quite drinkable.

While I don't think much was added to the flavor and aroma of Yeti by the addition of oak, aside from subtle vanilla hints, it did help with mellowing out some abrasive hops and totally killing the harsh acidic character of the regular Yeti. Really surprised how this improved so much with some oak (sans big oak character).

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Photo of peabody
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark black out of the bomber with lots of dark tan suds that look like a milkshake. The suds stay up in the pint glass two fingers high and are dissapating very slowly.
Smell is Creamy Chocolate with a nice yeasty aroma followed by hops. Very fruity smell like plum or fermented grape.
Taste is bitter chocolate/coffee followed by the sweet malt then the hops take over leaving this bitter-sweet aftertaste that is very nice.
With a 9.5% abv this is not a beer for the timid. Savor the flavor here. Great beer.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bomber dated 3 months out.

Pours a pitch black color with a 2 finger caramel-colored head. The head has solid retention, leaving a nice crown of lacing before settling into a thin film that rests gently atop the beer.

The aroma brings a fair amount of roasted coffee and dark malts, which give way to a wave of dark chocolate, vanilla, and molasses. The back end is earthy and slightly boozy.

The flavor is very roasted and charred, with notes of burnt coffee and caramel, as well as dark malts and chocolate. The finish brings some subtle hints of dark fruits and a touch of vanilla.

The feel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Exceptional creaminess and smoothness with a lingering flavor of dark chocolate.

Overall, a very good oak aged imperial stout that lets the vanilla and oak take a back seat to the chocolate and roasted malt flavors. It's well balanced and quite drinkable.

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Photo of metter98
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and has a thin ring of tan bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing in the center.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of roasted malts and licorice with notes of pepper and hints of alcohol. There is a mild amount of bitterness, which particularly stands out in the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
D: The beer is a slow sipper given its strength but the complexities in the flavors keep your taste buds interested.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11/23/2011. Drank on 1/19/2012. Served in a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Pours pitch black with a huge chunky brown head. Absolutely no light getting through whatsoever. Not as viscous-looking as I thought it would be. Nose gives off waves of baker's chocolate, coffee, leather, malted milk, and a faint grassy, minty smell. Not sure if that's oak or hops.

My very first thought upon tasting this beer was of chocolate; lots of chocolate in the front of the mouth. The flavors then develop a bit and you get some nice coffee bitterness in the back of the mouth. The classic RIS char notes are there too, but seem to be slightly muted and smoothed out (I'm guessing this is from the oak-aging). To me, there isn't a trace of booziness. After drinking for a short while, I stopped getting the chocolate notes altogether (perhaps the beer broke my palate!). Instead, I started getting figgy, jammy, raisiny notes. I also detected a slight vegetative bitterness but couldn't tell if it was from the oak or from the hops. Mouthfeel was quite firm, though not as creamy as I expected from such a highly-rated RIS.

Overall, I have to say that this was a phenomenal beer. If I have to nitpick, I would say that despite the complexity of the flavor, the aforementioned slight vegetative bitterness gave the beer a faint astringency that did not complement the style well. For that reason alone, I wouldn't rate this RIS as highly as a few other RISs I have tried (e.g., Founders Imperial Stout), but it is still excellent and fans of the style should seek it out. Stouts simply don't get much better than this one and there's a lot to like about it. I think what I like best is that I have 2 more bottles of it down in my cellar!

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Photo of drtth
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The totally black beer pours out into a Duvel glass with thin tan head and a small ring of tan bubbles around the glass. The foam soon recedes to and an irregular thin island of foam in the center of the liquid. Sipping creates almost no spots and speckles of lacing.

The aromas are dominated by the dark roasted malt but with background notes of coffee and dark chocolate.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the dark roasted malts up front and backed up by some coffee and dark chocolate. There's very little sweetness but a definite touch of hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium bodied and quite smooth with a very light amount of carbonation.

Overall a well made beer I'll be quite happy to have again, a good example of an RIS and one worth seeking out if you can find it.

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Photo of BigSmooth12
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zoso493
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured this from a 22 oz. bomber that was bottled on 11/17/09 into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

Appearance: Pours deep, motor oil black that lets absolutely no light through. This beer has the absolute largest and darkest head that I've ever seen on an imperial stout. The head just looks so thick and fluffy and enticing, it's incredible.

Smell: You can tell that this one has been through some oak aging, as hints of vanilla come through in the nose. There are also some light coffee hints, unsweetened dark chocolate and some liquor tinges. There are also some very light but noticeable citric hops in the smell.

Taste: This is a very interesting stout, to be sure. There are a lot of strong but smooth malts coming out first with some nice woody, oaky tastes coming up in the background. The oak also lends itself to a more-than-subtle vanilla taste. It finishes with a huge piney hop bitterness that is certainly not typical of RIS's, making this a very unorthodox beer in my opinion. The hops just work to throw off the flavor a bit for me.

Mouthfeel: Yeti is a nice full-bodied stout but is exceptionally smooth and nicely woven together. Despite the abundance of hops, it manages to abstain from leaving that cloying sensation on your palate. World class mouthfeel in an RIS, in my opinion.

Drinkability: This is a very smooth beer but at 9.5% ABV it's taking me forever to finish this bomber. Still, it's very smooth and well put-together so it's good for what it is. There are some hints of the alcohol in the taste, though.

Overall, this is a nice and certainly unique example of the style. It's very smooth and flavorful and is one of the hoppiest stouts you're going to find. I've had the regular Yeti and the oak-aging does a lot for this particular beer. This is a very nice stout and is certainly worth trying. I'd like to stick one of these in the cellar, though, to see how it does without such an enormous hop presence.

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Photo of Twerknasty
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours think-pitch black with an incredibly sexy dark copper head that shines. Smells of think dark chocolate, frosted covered dark chocolate donuts, and all wrapped in some licorice. The sheer look and nose alone makes this beer pleasing. The taste does justice to the nose, and actually has a little bit of a background of acid to make the beer feel lively. Very creamy, silky bakers yeast of darkbreaded cinnamon cupcakes. I'm sure theres quite a bit of hops in this beer to really make a good effort to balance the dark roasted style of this lively oaked beer. The only thing is the notes of oak are very elusive, only the slighest hint of vanilla prevails on the background of the yeast. A great beer, very drinkable with a balance of hops to the malt. What can i say, this beer is sexy.

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Photo of bosco7
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark dark opaque black color that looks menacing to say the least. Light brown fluffy/sticky head.

Coffee, toffee, vanilla, and chocolate in the nose.

Sweet on the tongue. Chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and vanilla (most I have ever tasted in a beer). Very complex; too much for words.

Smooth and chewy mouthfeel with a light-medium carbonation. Goes down easy.

This is the best Russian Imperial Stout I have tasted to date. So smooth, complex, and drinkable. If you see this on the shelf buy it.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Oak-Aged Yeti pours black, with a thick finger's worth of dark brown foam. Smell is of roasted malts, some chocolate, a hint of vanilla, and some grassy hops. Flavor follows suit, but is even better. Roasted malts dominate, but are balanced by some grassy hops, some hints of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, a nice hint of oak, and even a hint of whiskey. Very well balanced. Alcohol is subtle and in the background, and not at all unpleasant. It's smooth, silky, and rich in the mouthfeel. This is a damn fine stout. Given it's strength and richness, it's not likely you'd drink more than 1 or 2 of these in a night.

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Photo of John_M
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a very dark black color with good heard retention and lacing. There is lots of sweet malt and coffee on the nose, but that's about it. Smells big, sweet and powerful. On the palate the beer is soft and creamy, but with noticeable hoppy bitterness on the finish. Flavors consist of coffee, chocolate milkshake, vanilla and a hint of cherry cough drop. Abv. is very well disguised for such a big beer, and the beer has a long, soft, creamy finish. Excellent RIS, though it's hard to imagine sitting down to more then one 12 oz. glass of this stuff.

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Photo of Chris912
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of avalon07
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This is a beautiful-looking stout. Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an impenetrable black color and a thick consistency. There was big, brown, foamy, long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: Smelled mainly of coffee, roasted malt, hops and light chocolate.

T: Big flavor, though not as powerful as one would've imagined. Malt, coffee, chocolate, bourbon and hops. A tasty mix.

M: A fairly high amount of carbonation and a smooth, dry finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is a good example of a stout, no doubt about that. It's well-constructed and flavorful. Definitely a heavy beer, as stouts tend to be, but still excellent.

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Photo of AmishT
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A - Jet black with a great chocolate brown head that leaves decent lacing

S - Earth and citrus hops initially, then faded into a vanilla with a hint of alcohol. Pretty neat transition

T&M - The core of the taste to me is a smooth vanilla flavor. A pretty neat earthy hop finish. Can't taste the alcohol, but I can definitely feel the warming effect. Hops mellowed out as it warmed. O man, such a nice smooth mouthfeel to accompany the vanilla. Very nice

D - Very drinkable RIS, thanks to the smooth mouth.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this into a pint glass.

A- Black as tar and pours like it. Big, thick, brown head. Lots of lacing left behind.

S- Chocolate dominates the smell, but I also detect some smoke, and a little alcohol. It actually smells thick (if that is possible).

T- Heavy, bitter" baking chocolate" taste with a little alcohol burn to it. It smooths out as it warms.

M- Very good. Very thick. If I didn't know it was a beer I would be looking for a fork and knife. It seamed to coat your whole mouth.

D- At 9.5 ABV there is not much drinkability. But I would push the envelope with this tasty, chewy stout.

This was one big, thick, nasty stout! I loved it!!

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black. Huge dark tan head, forming folds and ripples. Plenty of finely textured lace.

Smells like sweet dark malt - roasted grain, dark chocolate cake, brown sugar - and hops - grapefruit, orange blossom, pine. Subtle oaky vanilla. The orange blossoms aroma, with the oak, gives a distinct impression of Thai iced tea, alongside the chocolate malt.

Big rich taste of sweet dark chocolate and brown sugar with vanilla, with the chocolate intensifying as hops roll in - citrus, flowers, and pine. Great balance between the sweetness and bitterness. Bittersweet chocolate and orange blossom linger for a long rich delicious finish, accented with vanilla and a touch of clean minty alcohol.

Rich viscous texture; quite drinkable for what it is.

Great beer, well made. The oak is subtle enough and well integrated.

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Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergod1
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black pour, tan head. Big vanilla oak aroma right off, then lots of citrus hops and caramel, The Oak aging definitely smooths it out with a Vanilla cream. Clean hoppy flavor, soft milk chocolate and caramel, port-like vanilla sweetness. Lingering citrus hop finish.
Couldn't drink all night, but nice bomber would be perfect.

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Photo of eaglefreak
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounces bottle poured gradually into a Delirium glass on 7/5/08. This was my first oak aged beer of any kind. Can't wait to try more. The pour produced a big, fluffy mocha head and the body of the beer was the color of a rich, dark coffee. I smelled coffee, chocolate, and oak. I loved the taste of this RIS. The oak aging really softens the 75 IBUs. Tasted like a nice chocolate liquer without too much of the alcohol taste. Although the alcohol was more noticeable as this beer warmed. I liked the mouth feel, not too thick for a RIS and I enjoyed the light oaky aftertaste. As far as drinkability, a single 22 oz. bomber is plenty for me in one night. I will seek this beer out and will look for other oak aged beer.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,598 ratings.
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