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:
4,588
Reviews:
1,673
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.67%
 
 
Wants:
362
Gots:
973
For Trade:
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Ratings: 4,588 |  Reviews: 1,673
Photo of Sammy
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A different bigger experience than the regular Yeti. A very drinkable imperial stout, creamy. Black with mocha top. Definite vanilla from the cask. Lace. Medium mouthfeel, smooth, hoppy, very balanced. The oak gives it that 4th dimension. Thanks Viggio.

had a month later and downrated as picked up too much coconut, chamomille, while oak still worked. Wasn't as smooth.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of jaydoc
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Knownfactor for sending me this one!

Bottled on 10/7/10.

Pours a pitch black color with a 3 inch dark khaki head that fades to a puffy cap. A real nice latticework of lacing forms around the glass on the drink down. Smells of cocoa powder, roasted dark malt, and some vanilla/oak aromas.. Taste is very woody at first. The oak chips that the beer was aged on are the prominent taste followed by cocoa powder and dark malts. There is a very earthy dirt/wood aftertaste on the palate after each sip. Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy. A very rich beer indeed. Overall, this is probably my least favorite of the Yeti beers I have tried so far (I only need the barrel aged one to complete the entire series) but still a very good stout in its own right.

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Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

a major beer, this imperial stout gets a sweet/vanilla/slow cooked vibe from the oak it is kept in. alcohol coming through in both the nose and the taste. mocha colored head sticks around while the quality of this process presents itself. unforgettable and undefined, if thats possible... tons of cocoa flavors, very little sweetness, fullest of full bodies, patient carbonation, attitude. i should also add that age does wonders to this, i had a three year old vintage recently as well, and the oak comes even more to the fore while the alcohol takes a major back seat. gets even smoother, if you can imagine. this is absolutely outstanding.

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a wonderful looking black color with a very good brown head. The head laces the glass really well here. The smell of roasted chocolate malts and some fresh wood. The taste of the beer is chocolatey and toasted with a nice overtone of the oak. The aftertaste has a sweet bitterness to it. The mouthfeel is slick and very smooth. Overall this beer rocks. No doubt that this is worth the good reviews on here. Very enjoyable stout!

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Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

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 oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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

I first tried this beer at the Festival of Barrel Aged Beer (FoBAB), Chicago Illinois in 2004. I remember it knocking my socks off as it was the most flavorful and aggressive beer that I had tasted to that point. Samples of the beer has shown up here and there since, but the beer still packs a punch. Yesterday, I sat down with a 750 of the regular Yeti, so this review is somewhat in comparison.

The pour turns an insanely viscous, malt pitch black with a brown-ish moussy head that tops the beer like whipped cream. Retention, lacing, and legging are all ideal.

Extreme maltiness carries with it eqully intense espresso, bittersweet cocoa, caramel, toasty-roasty notes that never waiver. Surprisingly, more fruity notes are experienced in this version of Yeti than the original; licorice, grapes, dates, plumbs, cherries, and other fruitcake aromas.

Flavors do mostly the same. Very rich flavorings of the cocoa and coffee dominate with the backup of fruity, boozy boldness. The taste is much more round, complex, and full than the hop-laiden original Yeti. The barrel aging doesn't really give much woodiness or zeal, but it does better emphasize the fruity notes of the beer while taking the rougher edges off of the hops and fusal alcohols.

A bit smoother, rounder, and richer than Yeti the beer takes on a marshmallow-like fullness and savory textures. Much easier to drink.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, crinkly black foil capped, a souvenir from the week-long hedonistic (learning) experience that was Denver Beer Week and GABV 2013.

This beer pours a solid, unequivocal black, from top to bottom, side to side, inside and out - not a stitch of discernible highlights, even when pushed to the overhead lights - with two slender fingers of bubbly, melting ice cream mocha lace, which renders some iceberg shelf painted lace around the glass as it gently seeps away.

It smells of gritty roasted caramel malt, saltwater taffy, bitter dark chocolate, day-old coffee, wood splinters, muddled singed orchard fruit, expired milk, and a subtle metallic booziness. The taste is still big on the bittersweet chocolate, followed up by a somewhat thinning toasty caramel malt, medium roast earthy coffee, hot vanilla, acerbic dark pitted fruit, a touch of independent char, and a rather tame wooden astringency.

The carbonation is fairly laid-back, just going about its quotidian support duties, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, mostly smooth, what with those charred bits flitting about, and likewise creamy. It finishes on the sweet side, from the usual suspects, but duly tempered by coffee, dry cocoa, wood, and alcohol, all.

They aren't kidding in the marketing blurb on the label when they mention how the wood treatment dials back the roast and hop character, replacing it, in part, by a robust vanilla essence. This is indeed a little more rounded, and yet I'm additionally thankful for the restrained nature of the wood. The charred essences are still there, but the hops, the hops be AWOL, or something. Anyways, still a large-ish assed behemoth of an RIS, just not the hop and malt one-two face-punch and he's down experience you get with this one's sibling.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle served into an Odell 90 Shilling pilsner glass in me friend's gaff in Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current high ratings. I'm also a big fan of Great Divide.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger rich tan-ruby colour head of beautiful impeccable cream, fantastic thickness, and damned impressive retention for its high ABV as well as for the style; it's looking like it'll retain for a good seven minutes. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque jet black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Chocolate, cocoa, coffee/java, a spot of roast, caramel, and dark malts. Really understated in terms of strength but quite appealing. Oak, but it's surprisingly restrained. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Chocolate/cocoa, dark malts, light coffee/java, and some cream. An oak undertone. It's pretty well balanced, but it doesn't bring the depth and complexity as much as I'd like. No alcohol comes through, but it's not exactly impeccably hidden. No yeast character at all. The caramel is overdone - probably the beer's biggest flaw.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Carbonation is a bit too high. A bit too thick as well. Mouthfeel overall suits the flavour profile but doesn't seem custom-tailored to it.

Dr: It's largely a sipper. I wouldn't want to tackle a bottle of this by meself. The ABV is pretty well hidden, but it does have some heat. I'm actually somewhat disappointed with this all-around; I expected better.

Low B+

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Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pitch black body with a tan head that quickly dissipates but leaves good lacing

Smell: Piney hop smell with strong bitter roasted notes underneath; coffee, chocolate and a clear hint of alcohol

Taste: Starts out with a strong taste of French Roast coffee with dark fruit and woody tones; the hops kick in mid-palate and continue to build well after the swallow and complement the alcoholic warming; a hint of vanilla in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: An excellent imperial stout with an interesting twist of vanilla

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Daalamar: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium foamy head with pretty good retention. Aroma of oak with a nice touch of vanilla is quite exquisite. Taste is very well balance between roasted malt, subtle oak and vanilla. Body is smooth and creamy but could be a bit more full. Alcohol is not discernable and bitterness is well balance. Complex and well balance beer and worthy of its top 50 status in my opinion.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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