Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutOak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,598
Reviews:
1,676
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.67%
 
 
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Photo of BeerHonky
3.03/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Barcade in Brooklyn, NY. Served in a small snifter. Very very dark, black, motor oil with about a fingers worth of foamy brown head. Smells of chocolate and alcohol, perhaps some stringent mascherano cherry aroma as well. Super smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Full bodied to the max, but not in a bad way. Lots and lots of wood flavor in this. Almost too much. I did not think this was very well balanced and was VERY over oaked. There are malt and hop flavors in there, but are over powered by the wood. Nice alcohol warming as an imperial stout should have. Don't expect to be able to drink more than one or two of these.

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Photo of djmichaelk
3.03/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22oz bottle into a CCB snifter. 10/30/2009 bottled date.

A - Midnight black, with the slightest hint of coffee color around the edges. Decent finger of mocha-colored head, which fades to a scattered cap and leaves respectable lacing on the glass. Gentle agitation shows generates impressive legs.

S - Large notes of chocolate and roast, with some coffee in the background. Plenty of cereal, brown sugar, and a bit of alcohol.

T - Leads off with bittersweet chocolate and brown sugar. More coffee than in the nose, but it's fleeting. Roast, some char, and a light nuttiness. The finish is bitter and alcoholic. It leads off nicely but the finish is somewhat unpleasant.

M - Plenty of carbonation with fine bubbles lends a somewhat velvety feel. It's thick but the dry finish keeps it from being overpowering.

D - While I like some of the flavors, the bitterness of the finish got to me after a while. I ended up drinking it over the course of a day, recapping and having a glass every few hours.

O - It's a pretty highly-regarded beer, but it just didn't quite hit the mark for me. Good but not great. The price is okay and it's easily available, but there are plenty of similar-tasting beers that are available for less.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.06/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep black with a huge dark tan head. The aroma is kind of mute at this point but there is just a hint of wood with mostly sweet malts and some hops. Taste is some what sweet with just a hint of oak. The taste is that of chocolate syrup, malt and maybe a light hit of hop bite then finishes with the oak, wood flavor.

This is just lighter than squeezing chocolate syrup out of the bottle but has a light alc kick. The Oak Aged version is slightly better than the standard Yeti but it just doesn't do it for me. I love me a RIS but just not on board with the Yeti.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.06/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Jet black, with a quarter-inch chocolate head

S: Oak, fusel alcohols, charcoal, carob

T: Intense burnt roast. dark chocolate.

F: Medium body, low carbonation.

O: I'm not generally a huge fan of new oak BA stouts, and this is no exception. It's rough around the edges, and lacks the chocolate or vanilla notes I'd prefer.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.09/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours completely opaque. A dark chocolate brown froth sparkles in the light. Forms nice lacing.

S - Dry treated wood, dark chocolate, earthy roasted malt, dry tobacco, hints of vanilla that seems sharpened from the alcohol.

T - Semi-sweet cocoa powder, intense roasted malts. The moderate oak flavor blends with the cocoa to create a strange beach nut type of flavor. Lacquer thinner. The hops and alcohol band together and form an astringent bitterness on the finish.

M - Chewy but smooth, if that makes any sense. A bit hot.

Well I was slightly disappointed by this one. I probably should have let this mellow out. The oak seemed a bit overwhelming and the solvent presence was strong. Everything seemed to be battling to get ahead of one another. I loved the original Yeti.
I might buy another bottle and age it.

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Photo of nhindian
3.13/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Jackie O's snifter. Split with russwbeck.

This kicked off the '- Oak aged Yeti Night'

A - Pours black and thick out of the bottle, pitch black in the glass. About a 1-finger head builds, dark mocha in color. The retention is not bad, but it goes fairly quick, leaving a string of foam in the glass. Lacing isn't bad either.

S - In the nose, a big contrast appears between the oak chips in this beer and the piney hops that are loaded in here. There's some nice chocolate aromas here as well, but its mainly the wood and the hops here.

T - The flavors here are a bit of a disappoint compared to the original Yeti. It's way too heavy on the oak... it's almost like sucking on a wood stave and washing it down with sawdust. There's almost no coffee here, and the little chocolate that's here has to fight through the literal forest of wood. It's still relatively bitter, but the flavors are a bit lacking.

M - Mouthfeel is thin with moderate carbonation. This is where it really falters compared to regular Yeti. The body is much too thin and is lacking substance.

D - Drinkability is moderately low. Much too unbalanced here with none of the great complexity of normal Yeti. If you love aggressive wood flavors and hop bitterness, pick this up. If you enjoyed regular Yeti and was expecting this would bring an extra level of depth, look elsewhere.

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Photo of t8000shx
3.18/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber, aged no longer than it sat on the shelf at the store, so hard to say. Bottle wasn't dusty, looked in good shape (ie label was crisp and not peeling)

A - Looked good, this might have been the best part. Pitch black, amber head, dissipated fairly quickly leaving a small lace. That black-hole color of serious imperial stouts is a huge turn on.

S - Also no slouch. Smelled slightly dried-fruity, raisins or currants. Plenty of coffee and roasted malt scent, and a bit of hops.

T&M - This was a disappointment. Perhaps I should have let it age to allow the flavors to gel better, but that undercurrent of hops I picked up on in the scent were oddly all over the place in the flavor, especially when the beer was still cold. I strongly recommend against drinking this beer much cooler than room temperature, the hops dominated way more than I expected for an Imp Stout. As it warmed up, the hops backed off of the initial taste and the coffee and fruitiness came through a bit more, but fairly quickly the hoppiness makes itself felt, and not in a particularly balanced way. All in all, the beer was good, at best, once it warmed up. The mouthfeel was fine, pleasant viscosity and thickness, somehow reminded me of an Sam Adams Cream Stout (a personal favorite - a bit generic, I know).

D - I did not finish the bottle. Partially because I just was getting full, but also because the flavor was becoming overwhelming on my palette, and was becoming cloying.

For the record, I'm a huge fan of Imp Stouts in general, no question my favorite style of beer. I was tremendously excited about this one and very disappointed in the result, so perhaps some of my negativity was driven by my expectations not being met. I'm thinking of buying another bottle to cellar for a couple years and try it again later.

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Photo of farnold
3.2/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of vwcraig
3.2/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a thick black with no chance of light passing through it. Brown colored head fades quickly, almost immediately. No visible carbonation or anything for that matter. Smells of malted milk balls and maybe molasses. Slight woody taste for barrels. Sweet upfront taste changes to a burnt malt taste that hangs around. Slick and oily mouthfeel and easily the thickest beer I've had to date. Drinkability-wise I don't know why all the ratings for this have been so high; I've liked others of this style so much more. Still waiting to try the Stone RIS for comparison. May have to review again.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Alicia for sending this as an extra awhile back.

A: The pour is such a dark brown that we'll call it black. A finger or two worth of tan head sits on top.

S: Lots of roast on the nose with a fair amount of chocolate and coffee. The oak is there and provides some subtle vanilla notes to the beer.

T: The roast and oak character are to the point of astringency. While there is some bitter chocolate and vanilla, the astringent and bitter qualities are just too much.

M: The body is medium with a rather lively carbonation, perhaps a bit much.

D: This was definitely a let down. The oak does not seem to have enhanced this beer at all and it made it sort of tough to drink.

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Photo of Dreamer
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of Kyleycoyote
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of MsShira08
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of SirElton
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of chapmat2
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of bent
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of nawpnawp
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

I may be in the minority, but I'm not really feelin' this beer at all. The pour looks fantastic and the smell is inviting, but the taste did not do it for me. I was expecting the usual notes and sweetness of other BA stouts, but this one was rather bland and bitter to me. It tasted like dark roast coffee. As it warmed up, some of the flavors came through, but it was still rather disappointing based on the other reviews.

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Photo of Hoptoudrop
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of ScottStache
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Little bit too hoppy for my liking on Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of PapiMagnum
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of WillRadar
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of mtnbikesage
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of dhbiker0889
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of BeerShoup
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

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