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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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 bashiba
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank side by side with the regular Yeti to compare the 2.

Poured a dark black with ruby highlights and tons and tons of thick creamy dark tan head that left tons of lacing and had excellent retention.

Smell is full of vanilla, bourban, and chocolate.

Taste is full of oak flavors, with vanilla, bourban, charred wood, minor chocolate and burnt malts making a more subtle appearance. The hop bitterness is there, but is very subdued by the oakyness and semi sweet malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full with a nice warming to it.

Overall very drinkable, smooth and tasty. Is strikingly different than its regular brother. Lacking in the bitterness but making up for it with the additions that the oak flavors bring.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black. Head is tan creamy goodness.

Smell is bitter dark grain, with the swetness of vanilla, chocolate, and nutmeg.

Taste is dominated by the woody oak flavor. Definite vanilla notes. Mild chocolate bitterness. Surprising sweetness. Spices add complexity. Alcohol is present throughout the experience but doesn't give away the high ABV.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and surprisingly soft and creamy.

This is a very interesting brew. Plenty of oak flavoring, maybe too much for my taste. I'm not sure yet. Still a great brew. It is amazing how different it is from the original Yeti stout.

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Photo of Gavage
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep black in color with a thick 2"+ head that looked like a dollop of chocolate mousse, very frothy and creamy looking.

Smell: some mild roasted malts and chocolate were noticeable, but somewhat light from what I expected.

Taste: this is a meal in a glass. Thick roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, hint of vanilla, alcohol, strong bitterness, and a very soft hint of bourbon. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth at the start, almost syrupy at the finish. Aftertaste is long on the roasted malts, chocolate, and alcohol.

Drinkability: Definitely good, but can' t give it a higher score with the noticeable alcohol levels. A must try if you enjoy the regular Yeti.

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Photo of ddarity
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice Imperial Stout. Nice aroma but a little subdued. Subtle tones of alcohol in the nose which I believe is appropriate for the style. Smooth lingering mouthfeel and overall very drinkable. Nice warming sensation. I really enjoyed this beer. I am realitively new to the style but this sample really makes me want to know more.

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Photo of Optimat0r
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance - basically the same as regular Yeti, dark and more dark, thick and heavy.

smell - similar to regular yeti but not quite as chocolaty.

taste - good, but not great. not as outrageously rich as regular Yeti, but still damn powerful. less chocolate flavors, maybe a hint of 'vanilla' as the bottle says, but not much. very deep but the flavors dont seem to mix as well; the aftertaste comes off as sharp alcohol.

mouthfeel - ok at best, very oily, and the strong alcoholic aftertaste lingers.

drinkability - good for a small serving at a time...i honestly dont know how someone could sit down and quaff the whole bomber, let alone more than one. its just too rich and sweet and the alcoholic aftertaste is wearing. like trying to drink a giant, thick milkshake. definitely a quality beer, but not as 'refined' as id hoped and way overpriced ($8 for a bomber?)

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick and ominously black, just like the non-oaked version, with a thick brown well retaining head. Chocolate covered plums soaked in vanilla and whiskey sums up the nose. Silky smooth and lightly carbonated; oaky, pine notes up front, bitter dark chocolate with a lingering hop bitterness and smoky vanilla extract and roasted coffee beans in the finish. Alcohol gives a nice warmth in the aftertaste. Highly complex, yet I can't shake the feeling that I like the non-oaked version a little better, as I'm thinking the vanilla flavoring seems to take away something from the whole. Having said that, this is still an excellent an interesting, complex brew...I just happen to prefer the original version, but that's just me. This is still a damn tasty and warming brew.

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Photo of russpowell
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours like transmission fluid, but too black for that; huge coffee flavored head. Good lacing & head retention

Smell: Malty toastiness, some alcohol & fruitiness

Taste: Vanilla strained through wood, malt, fruit, vodka &hops. Dry vanilla finish

MF: Silky, rich & yum

Drinkabilty: Super despite the abv. So different than yeti, wow, both great takes on this style

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Photo of Matthew
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thick black liquid fills my pint glass, huge dirty brownish/tannish head. Tons of thick stickly lacing all around the glass.
Bittersweet coffee and chocolate witha touch of alchohol. Some hints of dark ripe berries. Dark brown suger is there also.
Big rich creamy chocolate kick with a dark roasted coffee around the edges give way to a nice hoppy bite and alcohol warming.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied, not nearly as heavy and chewey as expected.
Decent drinkability for an imperial stout.

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Photo of Raymond69
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass. Very dark with ruby red faintly coming out the side when held up to light.Very little head which quickly retreats. Empty reveals it's not bottle conditioned.

Not much of an aroma, very slight floral quality.

For a lack of aroma, it makes up for in taste. A sharp dark maltiness/coffee flavor that intertwines with the hops very well.

It's moutfeel is long , with hints of the hops creeping out of the corners of my mouth minutes later. <Chewy/Chebacca is a relative of the Yeti I hear>

Overall this beer will grace my fridge again, I'd like a side by side with the non-oaked.

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Photo of mcowgill
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was wondering when I might meet a perfect beer. Well, alas, I found one. This beer is truly exceptional to me. It pours a wonderful thick black creating a large creamy tan head. Lacing remains all over the glass. I get numerous aromas from this beer: vanilla, oak, whiskey, malts. Beautiful! The taste is incredible and very complex actually. There is chocolate, roasted malts, and even a fair amount of hops which is great. I feel like I'm drinking an amazing desert. It's criminal that I only paid $6.99 for this bomber, haha! The mouthfeel is thick and almost syrupy. For such a complex beer, this is so drinkable. Thank you Great Divide for this amazing brew!

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the coldest day this winter, I decided, what the hell, I'll pay $9.00 for a bomber of this stuff. Worth it? Sort of. Buy it agian? No. I was a little hesitant because I did not like the regular Yeti, too burnt. However, this one has taken that characterstic, mellowed it, and added some bark.

Very nice oaking, as I mentioned slighty less burnt than it's brother, coming across with nice roasted malts, followed by a twist of vanilla and clove. Aftertaste is mellowed by dark choclate and hazlenut. Normally I don't like reviewing beers with so many similes , but this ones deserves it.

Another fantastic offering from Great Divide. Too expensive for my tastes though. Worth a try.

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured from a 22 oz. brown “bomber” bottle with no freshness or date of any kind listed where I could find it on the bottle. I poured mine into a snifter glass. The beer came out a pitch black color, dark with no light coming through. Try as I might, I could not achieve a head of any sort. The nose was heavy on the roasted malts along with some dark fruits and an underlying presence of vanilla. The beer proved to be full bodied and mellowed wonderfully as it warmed. And a great drinking, and subtly complex imperial or American Double Stout. I would return to this one for sure, especially for the subtleness of its character.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had the chance to sample this one several times, both in it's bottled form (as reviewed here) and also straight from a cask at the bewery in Denver. This one never dissapoints. I am a fan of the regular yeti as well, but the oak aging really helps this one out. This is an inky/oily pitch black with a nice espresso-tinged head of foam that lasts long enough to leave some nice lacing patterns in the glass. The aromas hit hard with the bourbon up front with some lovely vanilla and spice hints as well as the aromas of figs, several other dark fruits, a slight hint of walnut, and a bit of boozey heat. The taste is roasty as hell with a big bourbon character that I just love. Vanilla and other dark sugar sources shine their heads and mingle with the slightly herbal hops and big bad malts to make a complex yet easy drinking monster, that is filling in the mouth. This is akin to a bowl of hot irish oatmeal, a triple thick chocolate milk shake, and a shot of makers mark all rolled into one.

An imperial stout in the upper eschelon of the spectrum. Fo schizzle.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. More mellow the the regular version but the alcohol seems to come out more. Poured a near black in color with a thick, tawny head. Layers of caked lace all inside the glass. It was really fin watching the carbonation separate after the pour--kind of like being a little kid at a magic show. Nose is sweet with loads of cocao and some hints of piney hops towards the back.

Flavor is a complex mellow. The wood adds a great dimension that smooths this beer out nicely and brings out a strong vanilla and whiskey flavor. I can also picki out blatant roasted malts, cocao, and some coffee beans. Actually, more of a chocolate covered cappacinno bean. Little bit of licorice too. Hop bitters come out towards the finish but really make their presence known in the aftertaste. Heavy and full mouthfeel. Really coats the tongue and cheeks. Very drinkable but the bitterness and the alcohol might be a bit too much after a while.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is perfect. Color is pitch black with a large, thick brown head. Retention is very good. Aroma is of rich chocolate malt with a strong, pungent hop. An edge of vanilla is also noted. The taste has lots of flavor, but is also somewhat chaotic. Chocolate malt starts off a sip and soon mixes with a strong vanilla flavor. A strong pungent hop comes in midway through a sip and collides with the vanilla. Alcohol flavor is noted in the finish. Overall, Oaked Yeti has plenty of flavor going for it, but at times the flavors don't work too well together. Also the oaky vanilla was a little too strong for my tastes. Still, this is a big beer that I urge all BAs to sample.

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Photo of Drew966
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep dark brown, almost black with a small tan head from a brown 22oz bomber. To me, the aroma is of chocolate/malt. Taste contains chocolate and coffee notes. I think I can taste the oak as well. This one is downright yummy. Highly recommended, worth searching out and hoarding. On the pricey side though. I'd also have to mention that the 9.5% alcohol is pretty well hidden, and it might be easy to over do it with this one.

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Photo of HoboAGoGo
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black into a stemmed glass. Dark, dark black, tauny and thin head sitting atop the abyss. Smells of coffee, chocolate and malt. Taste is a burnt coffee that coats your mouth with a slight hop tinge, but what stuck out the most to me with a faint, figgy taste that I enjoyed ever so much. I enjoyed this beer heartily, and will drink it again.

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

22oz. bottle

Pours a dark black with a cocoa head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Big aroma, very woody with the dark roasted grain and coffee aromas. Maybe a hint of vanilla.

Taste is very dark and roasty with a strong oak presence. There some espresso flavors and a nice bitter hop bite at the end. The hops and the oak linger.

Medium body and carbonation.

Pretty drinkable and very complex. I like this much better than the regular Yeti, but it could also have something to do with me cellaring this one for a while....

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Photo of phishgator
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured opaque black with a nice tan head. More carbonation then I expected for such a high alcohol content. The aroma was a little lacking. There was some roasted coffee beans, but no choclate. The taste held up nicely; the flavor of coffee being apparent. The brew is thick and creamy. Not my favorite DS. I felt like there just wasn't any oak tones in the brew and the aroma seemed toned down from their regular version.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pitch black with thin dark tan head. Webby lacing all the way down the glass. HUGE nose. Very woody with rich coffee smells and hints of vanilla. There's a little hops in the smell but very faint. The taste makes me think about how my hands smell when I have to carry in the Christmas tree. There's a huge woody taste with the expected coffee and roasted flavor that is so wonderful about the regular Yeti. Enjoyable hop balance that fades into nothingness as soon as you swallow. After the sip goes down the dry wood flavor takes over and stays with you. This is a great beer but I can't imagine having more than one in a night. The oak flavor gets to be too much for me. I'll definitely have this one again though.

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Photo of oberon
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I have sampled this monster a few times but never drank a whole bottle so I decided to pick one up this weekend,pours as black as an oil slick no light showing thru when held up to the light with creamy-like rich mocha colored head thad never settles completely leaving thick sheets of lace behind as it gradually comes down.Oh the complexities in the aroma vanilla,obviously the oak with a very noticable herbal hop leaf elemant as well.Outstanding creamy mouthfeel like marshmellow in its creamy but light airy quality,just minajory of flavors dark roast coffee,unsweetened chocolat with hints of vanilla finishing oaky and earthy.A real gem to be had wich most of you already know out there,just beautiful.

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Photo of dawg
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Oh my! Poured from a 22 into my "good for what ales you frequent flyer" stout glass. Poured about half of the glass from about 6 inches. Poured black and thick, the head settled out after some rapid fizzles resulting in a caramel tanned foamy puffed head.

The aroma released from the rapid foaming head was very deep. Smelled almost like a wooden barrel filled with carmelized sugar. Awesome. I had to get a sip. First sip tasted very rich and very well toasted, suprisingly hopped. Very good stuff.

Alcohol is peaking out from the depths of the black stuff. The feel is prickly and smoothed over. Medium to heavy bodied. Full strength stout. Need to let it warm up.

Warmer now. Not up to room temp yet. Much sweeter, less alcohol taste even deeper and richer. I am suprised.

Getting some expresso with robust cocoa influence. Bottle claims vanilla flovor. I get none. As the stouts warms further the aroma is even stronger preparing the senses for the taste.

I judge that the heavy malt profile is well balanced by the hops. The hoppiness was unexpected but plays well with the sweets and alcohol.

Entire mouthful sloshed around yields to big foamy feels that are a bit thick and syrupy. Probably about right for a double stout but I'm not sure since I don't have a thorough baseline of double stouts for comparison.

I really like this one for its complexity and grand depths. I'll probably get throught the bomber and possibly get another when I stop by for singles. Next time I'll share.

I gave this a "5" for appearance. This stuff looked so damn good when I poured it. The laces are smothered to my favorite pint glass. Unbelieveable.

Overall, this is a bad ass beer. The YETI would be proud.

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

22oz bomber, probably purchased a year ago, in south bend, had the regular yeti the other night

appearance: pours a rich/full black colour, motor oil esque but not as thick...a light bubbly chocolatey head...lacing left behind is a little uninspiring for a double stout

smell: sweet and rich chocolate, lots of roasted malt, chocolate covered cherry, vanilla, woody, heavy licorice aroma, fair amount of alcohol in the nose, mild coffee...very rich

taste: very bittersweet chocolate, syrupy, strong licorice, milky coffee, plum, cherry...dark chocolate, the results of oak aging are minimal in my opinion...mildy woody, delicate vanilla...fair grassy hop profile still shows signs. This is very good but the regular yeti is better imo

mouthfeel: smooth, alcohol hidden fairly well, creamy

drinkability: rich and heavy, but tasty

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Photo of Redrover
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz brown bomber. No freshness dating.

The beer is a midnight black with a large initial tan head. Simply awesome lacing patterns.

The beer smells of plums, raisins, port wine, alcohol & molasses. I don’t pick-up much roasted or coffee type aromas.

The taste really tracks the smell. Lots of dark fruit, a bit of sweetness that almost reminds me of an old fashioned molasses cookie. Some roasted malts emerge with a bit of vanilla, but I get more roasted malt flavor from almost any other stout. I don’t really pick-up the hops. How can that be if this beer is 75 IBUs? Don’t get me wrong, this is a massive and enjoyable beer.

The mouth is creamy and smooth. While not an everyday beer for me, this is very enjoyable and one I will revisit.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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