Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutOak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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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1,653
Ratings:
4,504
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
16.04%
 
 
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Photo of Norsebrew
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as night with a 1 finger head that quickly diminished in 1-2 minutes. The carbonation was slightly lower than average

S: Sweet roasted malt aroma with undertones of chocolate, licorice, and vanilla

T: Well balanced sweet dark malts, chocolate, and coffee as well as vanilla, licorice, alcohol, and mild hops. As the beer warmed, it seemed to have hints of raison and carmel.

M: Heavy, but smooth with average carbonation.

D: This is a fantastic beer that really hit the spot after a long day of work. Great flavor and balance. I definitely recommend this to all.

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Photo of rka758
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 brewing (bottled 10/7/10) poured into tulip glass.
Paid $11/bomber

A: Pours a deep black, so much so that my glass is acting like a mirror, with a nice mocha brown colored head. Head started 2 fingers and quickly reduced to a thin lacing along the top.
S: Really nice. Rich coffee and chocoalte nose.
T: I taste wood, hence the oak I guess. A a deep chocolate flavor. A bit of bitterness
M: Beer does a nice job of coating. It's a little dry, but the flavors do a nice job at hitting all the right spots.
D: This is a nice beer that I feel is bottled just right; a bomber is gonna be about my limit, but I might crave a bit more than a 12oz bottle. I'm interested to see how this travels through time.

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Photo of Jeriba
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22 oz bomber Sampled at a casual beer tasting party with a few friends. I've been wanting to get my hands on this brew.

A: This beer is totally opaque black, and poured into my sampling wine glass (that was all we had on had) with one finger of mocha colored head. Sweet Jesus, I love that color.

S: Caramel and roasted malts, and a bit of fruity sweetness.

T: Bittersweet dark chocolate, roasted malt, mild booziness, and a sweet berry finish.

M: Thick, heavy, and velvety smooth. In a beer like this you expect some booziness, but this one is pretty well balanced.

D: Very rich and satisfying. One glass was enough to make me happy. This beer went down surprisingly well with the 2 BMC drinkers in the room, which was a source of pride for me, since this was one of my picks.

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

Oake Aged Yeti is not as good as its regular counterpart, but...

A: Pours black as night. Nice thisck tan head disappates quickly, but leaves great lacing.

S: Smells of chocolate and vanilla. Slightly woody from the oak I presume. No real presence of hops or alcohol.

T: Follows smell. Chocolate, coffe and vanilla. Nice bitterness and warming alcohol comes through in the finish. I prefer the more dry, acrid flavor of regular Yeti.

M&D: Medium body and mouthfeel. not overly drinkable, but what Imp. Stout is?

Overall, a good Imp. Stout, but not as good as reguar Yeti. This was my first oak aged beer. I would probably reserve this for more of an after dinner drink, though I would buy this again.

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

A: Black, completely opaque. Pours fairly viscous with a good inch of thick dark tan head that lingers for a minute.

S: The nose is oaky with lots of vanilla... strong, dark roasted malt with maybe a hint of nuttiness. Definitely some spicy hop aroma as well.

T: Slightly sweet vanilla gives way to bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt. Lingering but not quite overpowering hop bitterness, leaving a hint of citrus hops on the back of the tongue.

M: On the thicker end of a medium bodied RIS, with a fair bit of carbonation, but a nice coating mouthfeel. Not too oily, but not watery at all.

D: Definitely a sipper. Plenty of layers to roll around in your mouth and savor. This is a very solid beer. Finishing this bomber solo is going to be a bit of a task though, and will probably leave me a bit tipsy.

Overall, a very fine beer. I enjoy this one more than I remember enjoying the espresso version, but I'd love to try them side-by-side.

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Photo of Aml42000
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Black, opaque body with a tan head. Lacing up and down the sides of a pint glass.

S- Powerful and appealing mocha and almonds.

T- Bitter/Dark chocolate with some espresso notes.

M- Full bodied, coats the entire palate and leaves you wanting more immediately. Round with balanced carbonation. This is nimble and elegant with some serious muscle behind it.

O- Excellent Imperial Stout. The oak adds tons of complexity and the roasted flavors are simply delicious. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Coffdaddy
2.66/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

This beer is unquestionable overhyped. It's an incredibly dry stout -- to the point where I had to chase this with water. Some what like drinking soy sauce.

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Photo of isaiahcutright
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at a local store a few months ago. It is either from 2008 or 2009; a very nice find.

A: Pour is a rich black opaque color with a tan to mahogany head with very nice lacing.

S: Bitter sweet dark chocolate with hints of coffee and caramel.

T: Chocolate forward with hints of coffee towards the end a very nice sweet/caramel finish leaving the palate dry with roasted malt flavor. The oak aging mellows the intense flavors of the regular yeti; that is further defined with the cellaring process.

M: Very little carbonation, dry finish with nice tannins (Would be lovely with a nice, thick ribeye).

O: A great example of a massive yet drinkable Imperial Stout. I now realize why people in Oklahoma buy this by the case to cellar.

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Photo of Amish_Ambush
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Original Review on: 03-24-2007

Taste: Oak Vanilla, Dark Chocolate, espresso with a hint of prune juice. Somewhat hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Well made, Thick body. Pours out like thick used motor oil.

Smell: Coffee beans, vanilla and a slight woody character.

Overall impressions: Excellent stout. One of my favorites. A must try for any serious stout lover.

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

This guy has been cellared up for a year or two. It's my only bottle and not having had it before, I was hoping my expectations wouldn't be spoiled.

Wow! This guy is excellent a great beer across the board. Pours completely opaque with a nice little head. Doesn't seem to have the oil slick coating on the glass that many RISs have but the lacing is quite long lasting.

The taste is very smooth. Doesn't seem to be very heavy on the black malt so you don't get that harsh bite you get with some in this style.

Such a great beer, have to find a way to get some more of these.

Thanks Dave for this little treat.

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

Bottled Jan 06 2010.

A: Black pour, dense, persistent, tan head. Ruby highlights. Decent lacing.

S: Intense aroma of cocoa, coffee, roasty malt, and a nice, bready yeastiness.

T: Roasty malt, earthy, coffee, baker's chocolate, dark cocoa, oak, vanilla. A nice amount of hop bitterness to the finish with a little alcohol warmth.

M: Full, slightly viscous, mild carbonation.

D: A well-balanced, eminently enjoyable Imperial Stout. Imperial without being too extreme in any particular characteristic.

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Photo of echdk3
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint, 6 oz bottle into a snifter.

A_Nearly black and completely opaque. Creamy brown and well retained head. Little to no lacing.

S_Coffee, smoke, sweet burnt toffee.

T_Very smoky. Smooth malty flavor. Alcohol well hidden. Huge woody aftertaste.

M_Medium-bodied and just creamy enough. Low carbonation appropriate for an Imperial Stout.

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Photo of advill88
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours absolutely black with a very dark tan head with excellent lacing...very beautiful looking beer.

Smells strongly of coffee and roasted malt with hints of bourbon and vanilla.

Taste is immediately dominated by an interplay between the strong coffee and chocolatey flavors and roasted malt, followed by a surprisingly strong hit of balancing hops, which gives way to more roasty maltiness with hints of vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Mouthfeel is quite heavy and creamy, with carbonation taking a back seat.

This beer is very strong, and quite the sipper...incredible RIS, but not for the faint of heart. It's obviously too heavy to drink ALL night, but I sure would have no problem trying.

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Photo of greenmtn1111
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/24/2012. Poured in to a tulip style glass.

Appearance: This beer pours pitch black with the darkest, most decadent looking head I’ve ever seen, two fingers’ worth and seriously frothy. The way it looks makes my mouth water. As I drink the head disappears but a healthy lacing remains on the glass.

Smell: There are loads of roasted malts on the nose, bittersweet chocolate, slight vanilla and woodsy oak. Great first impression.

Taste: The oak hits my palate first with its dry, sharp flavor and continues all the way to the finish. The chocolately, roasty malts provide backbone while a profound bitterness rounds it off at the end. I’m not convinced that straight oak lends itself well as an aging vessel for stouts, but perhaps I’m just not used to it. It’s good, but I feel like the flavors don’t quite balance out.

Mouthfeel: Quite thick and creamy and the carbonation is subdued a little bit which is nice.

Overall: This is a complex stout with really bold, in-your-face flavors. It’s not the easiest stout to drink, but it is tasty and would be great to have on a cold winter day.

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Photo of charlesbyrd
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber (bottled 12/9/09) into an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer itself looks like old oil leaving an engine- almost opaque, dark dirty brown, and viscous. As it fills the glass it becomes completely opaque and looks like it's going to flat. A pretty decent head does accumulate, though, and it's one of the darkest I've ever seen on a beer. As for lacing, it doesn't so much just stick to the glass, it actually stains the whole glass with a caramel tint. This is going to be intense.

S: Oh yeah, it's intense. The dark chocolate and coffee that I normally expect from stouts is in there somewhere, but there's so much more going on. A huge vanilla aroma from the oak chips almost overwhelms the nose, coupled with a pretty strong booze smell. The overall smell is a little rough around the edges.

T: The taste is a little easier to sort out than the smell. I'm amazed this beer isn't aged on bourbon barrels--there are so many bourbon qualities present. The huge vanilla note in the nose is also present in the taste, but it goes well against the prominent charred-wood bitterness. The roasted character goes from black coffee to charcoal, and is cut by the vanilla and brown sugar sweetness. In all, it's just subdued enough (compared to the nose) to be highly enjoyable.

M: Syrup. It's extremely thick and heavy, and it quickly gets flatter as it sits.

D: The label has it right when it says "massive and complex." They fit alot into this bottle. This is definitely a beer meant to be shared. But in the right dose it's hard to beat. Great Divide got the right combination of big stout flavors and kicked it up a notch with the oak influence.

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Photo of krazyboi
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a 30 oz. glass mug.

A: Black as night. Very nice creamy tan colored head that dissipates ever so slowly, leaving a nice lacing on the glass. Looks perfect!
S: Chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, vanilla, hops and a bit of oakiness.
T: Bitter coffee and dark chocolate, oak, alcohol, a bit of hops,
M: Thick, sticky and creamy. Medium/high carbonation.
D: This is a GREAT oak aged imperial stout in my opinion. None of the flavors overpowers the others and is easy to drink for a 9.5% ABV beer. I will be on the lookout for another bottle of this, for sure.

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Photo of timmay41
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber with a bottling date of 11/06/08. Enjoyed immensely on 4/15/09.

A: Pours a thick, inky black hue with a fantastic two-finger head that's tan in color and thick and creamy in appearance. Pretty nice lacing and retention.

S: The dominant scent switches back and forth between dark roasted coffee beans and rich chocolate malts. Also includes vanilla, coconut, and an oaky quality that couches everything else going on with the smell. There are hops back there too. When I had this on draft about a month ago, the coffee/espresso bean scent was more pronounced.

T&M: Rich, earthy, woody robust taste. Dark chocolate, But it's also really clean and crisp considering the full body. Velvety mouthfeel that clings to the mouth. Not at all weighed down by a syrupy, booze quality that I thought might be there based on the pour and nose. The alcohol warmth is there but tough to judge simply because I've had a couple DFH Palo Santos lately and everything else is relative. The hops produce a sticky, resiny layer on the lips.

D: Really enjoyable. I'm going to pair my next bottle with a chocolate-based dessert. Terrific take on the style and aged to perfection.

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Photo of lifebeer
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a. beautiful dark chocolate with espresso 2-finger head

s. unexpected hop aroma, cascade

t. starts with chocolate milk, lasts for a while until the beer is allowed to breath, eventually a hop finish emerges, and with increasing temperature, the oak takes over

m. round and chewy

d. a sipper, enjoy as the flavor unfolds over time

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Photo of HopHead29
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served in snifter

pours pitch black with very dark tan head. Leaves moderate amount of lacing with a sort of ok head retention.

smell is of coffee beans, some dark fruit, vanilla, and firewood

taste is really chocolaty. bitter coffee and more dark fruit. has a bit of a burnt roasted character to it as well. Flavors really well blended.

takes some time to drink this one but still very good beer.

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

Served slightly chilled

This beer poured a very opaque black that can be expected from imperial stouts. Nice finger-wide head that was a dark tan, almost brown color. Not too much carbonation and some lacing on the glass.
The smokiness of this beer, along with vanillla notes definitely prominent in the initial aroma. A nice roasted smell from the oak, some chocolate, and coffee notes stick out as well. Awesome smelling beer.
The flavor is pretty solid in this one. The chocolate and vanilla pull through at the beginning, and the smoky oak flavor comes through on the back end. The magnitude of these flavors covers up the 9.5% ABV quite well. The body is quite full, going down so smooth and leaving all those great coffee, chocolate, vanilla flavors on your palate.

Haven't tried very many imperial stouts, but this one is one of the better ones I've had. I'm sure there are many other ones that can beat this one out, but overall this beer will keep you wanting more.

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Photo of Likeburning
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is hands-down one of my favorite beers of all time, and with the added hurdle of our ass backwards beer laws in Tennessee it's also a rare find. This dark nearly black stout has distinct chocolate/woody aromas that fill the nose with a contentment rarely felt outside of a full thanksgiving banquet. I had this side-by-side with Sweetwater's Happy Ending. I kind of wish I didn't do this because the Yeti blew the Atlanta beer out of the water. The yeti is deeper, richer, and yes you can definitely taste the oak. Even my Hefe drinking girlfriend could fully appreciate and enjoy the grateness that is this beer, and that says a lot.

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

A: About as black as black can be. One and a half finger thick mocha head. I mean really thick. As the glass is consumed thick, even lacing is left down the entire glass.

S: Mocha and coffee. Definitely smell the wood in there with the vanilla smell but the wood is not too prevalent in the smell. It smells very smooth and is not overpowering at all.

T: The immediate taste is chocolate and hints of coffee. The wood can be tasted more towards to back of the mouth. Alcohol is masked especially well. A very nice offering.

M: This isn't quite as full-bodied as most other Russian Imperial Stouts, but the mouthfeel matches the more intricate flavors of the beer. This isn't an in-your-face stout and the mouthfeel matches that. It's nice.

D: This is a beer that you must drink slowly. It gets better and better as it warms. There is no need to rush this beer at all. But once it is gone, it is a sad turn of events.

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

A: Pours black like motor oil. Appears very thick. A small amount of head stays on top of the beer after poured, but not to much. A caramel colored edge around the beer.

S: Smells of toasted malt and vanilla are up front. I'm a bit suprised the vanilla is as noticeable as it is. A slight smell of booz. Smells of caramel a little as well.

T: The most in your face flavour is definately the toasted malts, they are borderline almost a burnt, but not quite there. The vanilla is there and its subtle, but still very tasty. The oak aging dose add a different bit of character than a regular stout, and blends in well with the rest.

M: Medium to heavy body with medium carbonation. Has a lingering aftertaste of the malts on it.

O: Very comple and tasty beer. Something nice to share, or sip by yourself. The malts are a tad too much at times, but overall its very nice.

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Photo of Cheshire_Crew_Al
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber, dark, dark brown, very dark tan head

Pours like thick syrup, good lacing

S: toffee, coffee smell, only slight hint of smoke in the odor for me

T/M: nice full creamy mouthfeel, initial taste is that hint of slightly sweet coffee and chocolate and the smokiness comes a bit later and is more prominent in the finish, a little bit more of a prominent alcohol burn than I anticipated

O: As other reviews note, certainly a sipper, not my favorite imperial stout, felt like the smokiness was battling some of the other flavors and accentuated the alcohol burn a but, I like it a lot, but would not be my first choice

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Photo of SudNut
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow I need to start pouring this stuff on my ice cream, instead of chocolate syrup! The Mrs. wouldn't know the difference except for the head and perhaps the smell. Ah yes the smell of an oak roasted vanilla malt that’s what it smells like I just put my finger on it.

This is a massive beer with very complicated tastes first the roasted malt going to a hoppy vanilla flavor. I want to keep tasting it to figure it out. Mouth feel is syrupy sloshing it around brings out the complexities with an alcohol taste. I don't think I can drink more than one of these at a time that’s why the drink ability is low. I will pick up another to ponder the complex taste again.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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