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.

Added by Crosling on 08-09-2004

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Reviews: 1,663 | Ratings: 4,542
Photo of Uniobrew31
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Im a sucker for a good oak aged stout. This one does not disappoint! Expensive as all hell but worth it for a seasonal treat on a cold winter day. Very well done!

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Photo of Rcaros
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured dark brown. About a finger of light brown head. Black in the glass with a good amount of carbonation.

Coffee and sweet chocolate on the nose. Subdued possibility bc it is straight out of the fridge. A fair amount of dark fruit malty sweetness on the back end..

Roast bomb.. nice bitter coffee and dark chocolate. Dark fruit is.present along with mild oak on the finish. . Sweet lingering aftertaste.

Full mouthfeel with a nice coating.

Overall outstanding beer

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Sept 2014. Pours a pitch black color with a finger width brown foamy head. Retention is mild. Lacing is good. Big chocolate notes on aroma with some mild vanilla. Dark roasted malts. Chocolate roasted taste. There is mild java but mainly chocolate. Heavy bodied with mild carbonation. Very good beer.

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Photo of dabeerbuddha
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated Sep 2014.
Poured jet black. Nice thick tan head.
Char and chocolate with oak on the nose.
Big and chewy. Burnt malts and chocolate and coffee notes dominate the taste. Some fruit notes as well (black cherry). Substantial bitterness but not over powering.
Bitter chocolate lingers in the after taste.
Overall a very delicious beer in this style. Possibly a little to smoky/char for my regular liking but pretty darn good.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

DATE: November 25, 2016... OCCASION: home from Black Friday with the parents and Jer... GLASSWARE: Duvel tulip... bought to celebrate the Yeti Recognition Week... black, intimidating body with a three-finger stack of creamy, thick brown head... creates high arches that sit atop columns... thick cocoa wafts through the nostrils, with vanilla and thick dough malts, and espresso bean--the coffee mystique is palpable... as promising as the aroma portends, the bliss is in the sipping--thick, warming and full-bodied dessertif... long, lingering aftertaste that maintains its chocolate essence... cocoa, chocolate, vanilla, sweet and toasted malts, and more chocolate--the cayenne puts the heat in this powerful, empowering bottle.... at 1 pint 6 oz., enough of a return akin to a bourbon... a massive stand-alone that is worth its price point...

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Photo of frozyn
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black on a fairly strong pour. Thick mocha head, sticks around a good while leaving a fair bit of lacing behind.

Lots of roasted malt straight off of coffee, chocolate, though the oak-imparted vanilla as noted on the bottle does provide a counter balance to the sweetness of the malt. I also get some earthy notes from the hops.

The roasted malts are subdued by notes given by the oak barrels, and the aftertaste is a very nice melding of the two. Vanilla is present especially at the start, along with a slight yet noticeable charred flavor. Warmth reveals a nice hoppy bitterness that adds to the earth provided by the oak.

Full body, very creamy, but not excessively thick feel to it. Quite delightful in the balance it strikes by not becoming like molasses, but still giving that creaminess.

The oak and hops work together to provide a really nice earthiness that I think is the star here, but the roasted malt sweetness is present enough that it's not a one note beer. There's a lot of complexity to this one, more than what initially meets the tongue, and its worth taking some time to get to know it.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer is pitch black and the foamy head is a dark brown; it looked like chocolate. I get a nice smell of chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, and coffee. There is a nice earthy/woodsy aroma as well. The taste begins with a nice sweetness of vanilla and chocolate and then a bitterness of the roasted malts, the oak, as well as an overall burnt flavor comes through. The beer has a nice drying affect from the bitterness and alcohol, it coat your mouth and has good carbonation.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a small cap that leaves some good lacing

S: Roasted malts, oak, dark fruits, and anise lead the charge. Some dark chocolate and light alcohol in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Roasted malts and oak start things off, quickly followed by the anise and dark fruits. Bitterness rolls in with the dark chocolate. Finishes with lingering roast, oak, and anise

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: The oak chips add a nice dimension to the already great base stout. The oak rounds out the bitterness slightly and just gives it another edge. A great sipper as always

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Photo of FFreak
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into tulip. Pours used motor-oil black with a milk chocolate head that sticks around. Scents are of vanilla, roast malt and chocolate. Taste is nice with lots of vanilla and chocolate, fairly sweet, but not overly. Mouth is just about right for a big stout. I tend to prefer a less viscous stout, and this fits that bill. Overall, this is a very nice 'oak-aged' imperial stout.

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Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with a thick foamy tan head
S - The aroma is vanilla, dark chocolate and oak.
T - Flavor is vanilla, a bit of sweetness, some woodiness and bitterness on finish.
M - Above average mouth feel and below average carbonation.
O - I found this to be a very good stout but not special.

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Photo of GStone899
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What a delight! Like many stouts, n espresso stouts in particular, this one gets better as is warms. The oak and espresso hits you like a jackhammer up front. Nice vanilla undertones balance things out. Great stout. Buy it. It's awesome.

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Photo of ccg
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It looks as good as the Oatmeal Yeti I opened yesterday. Inch-and-a-half of brown foam slowly settles and lightens in color, leaving behind plenty of lacing, with great head retention. It looks rich and creamy.
It smells a bit less sweet and chocolatey than the Oatmeal Yeti but has a similar roasted grain and hop profile.
There's chocolate and coffee in the flavor with a subtle sweetness that ends with sharp, bitter note. There is some smokey charred oak is in the mix as well.
Feel is good. Dense and creamy.
It's a good stout, but you have to appreciate (or be in the mood for) a strong, bitter note. Personally, I would take the Oatmeal Yeti over this one every time.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black in color and impenetrable to light. There's a half inch of tightly knit creamy brown head resting on top. Heavy lacing. Aroma is a blend of dark bitter roasted barley that has been smoothed out a bit by the woodsy oak notes. I taste a nice balance of bitter dark roasted barley, earthy oak, plum, alcohol, and piney hops. The mouth is chewy, viscous, and lightly oily.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
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 cipherbreak
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is probably as close to perfection as a stout can get. This is pure roasted heaven. I'm not even going to spend time doing the traditional review thing. Just imagine the quintessential stout and you will find all those elements on this beer.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mellowed for three months in the cellar. Deep black body with a pourus brown head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted grains, charred wood, oak, smoke and fudge. Big chocolate taste that isn't too sweet; leads quite nicely to the roasted malt followed by the oak. Outstanding stout that hits the right notes: bitter, light hops, sweet chocolate and earthy oak. Alcohol brings warmth not heat; very complimentary. Not a fan of the BA Yetti but this has me looking forward to picking up the Oak Aged Expresso.

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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 GOBLIN
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The quintessential imperial stout ! Pours dark and feels thick . . . Very thick and creamy. Aromas and flavors of oak and chocolate. Slightly smoothed out compared to the original Yeti. The best of all Yeti's and variations. Simply a really terrific beer.

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours thick and very dark. You can smell the malt and oak. Taste is strong, with a somewhat bitter aftertaste. The body is very full, and the beer very satisfying. For a readily available stout, this is one of the best.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body : I don't think this could start off any better. A jet black motor oil black with no transparency.
Head : Again, I don't think it could improve. A dark brown head that rivals the BODY of some brown ales. Tall, magnificent, structured. Solid 5.

Initial : I'm reminded of a bag of licorice snaps, and dark bourbon whiskey in a styrofoam cup.
With Agitation : Lifting a bit of the coffee and chocolate here, as well as a very strong whiff of metallic plum.

Out Front : I get TONS of roast malt. Like a Schwarzbier. It turns metalic and almost citrus-like; but..
In back : This is where it gets interesting. Buzzing chocolate, tons of prune, and a bit of blueberry/oak.

Pretty creamy actually. A stout carbonation underneath props it up some to help it buzz down the throat.

Overall : The Oak Aged Yeti was a touch disappointing in the taste department, as it lead up to something so potentially divine. Unfortunately the metallic flavors overwhelm the palate, especially as it warms, and I don't taste enough chocolate, fruits/sweetness, or burn of the bourbon. Still a decent beer, just not the knockout I was thinking.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great Divide Brewing Company - Oak Aged Yeti. 9.5% ABV. 22oz bomber split between two snifters. Bottled 10/21/15.

Look: Completely opaque black, with a one finger sized mocha colored bubbly head.

Smell: Charred oak barrel, caramel, toffee, and chocolate all behind very roasty coffee. A little booze is noticeable.

Feel: Full, thick, chewy body; not overly creamy, more on the watery side with mild carbonation.

Taste: Very roasty bitter coffee and chocolate up front, followed by toasted malt, caramel, and toffee. Finishes with some charred oak and vanilla notes.

Overall: This is a big, roasty RIS. Lots of coffee and chocolate notes, and has a great complex balance. Now I need to try the regular Yeti RIS.

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Photo of do_ob
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a snifter. Dark brown pour; settles black in the glass with about 3/4 finger of khaki-colored foam. Nose is light oak, molasses, vanilla, expresso, dark chocolate, sweet candied sugar, and carmel. Overall, a sweet, choclatey aroma with a strong, roasty, coffee-esque backbone. The taste is SUPER roasty malt, dark chocolate, and rich expresso - with backing notes of vanilla, caramel, and toffee. There is a definitive roastiness/bitterness, but if you put your bigboy pants on, it's all good. Good mouthfeel - slightly dry and spicy on the finish.

Overall, lots of roasted malt and bitter chocolate. An awesome beer.

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Photo of CoreyC
3.66/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark with a great tan head
S - Dark roast malts
T - Dark roast malts with a fair amount of hop bitterness (too much for me) no meaningful taste from the oak aging
M - nice thickness
O - An ok stout, but too bitter for me

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bomber from my local liquor store for $8, pretty pricey, but I trust the brand. Poured it into a sniffer...

L: Beautiful silky black body with a vague reddish brown color, but even the stream being poured is completely opaque. Full 3-finger head with gorgeous bubble patterns--mocha brown.

S: Chocolate, malt, roasted coffee, vanilla, toffee, brownies, dates, dark fruit... I'm understating the amount of roastiness.

T: Chocolate. Through and through. In the mix is roasted coffee, toffee, vanilla, malt, hops--mostly cascade, brown sugar, and dark, bitter chocolate. It's the epitome of a chocolate beer. Delicious.

F: Thick, milky, a tad syrupy, but very smooth, with the perfect lingering tangy stickiness.

O: An incredible brew. One I'd show anyone who frowns upon the idea of chocolate beer.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber poured into a lagunitas glass.Smell is chocolate with hint of coffee.Taste is chocolate with coffee and maybe some vanilla.Overall I though this rocked.I would buy this again.Give it a try.

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