Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

4,585 Ratings
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 BrewSTL
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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

This brew is poetry, so is my review.

Deepest dark moreno like the eyes of a wizened brujo,
Impossibly thick, rich, steamily alive, a frangrance of dank alchemy,
Magically effervescent, bizarrely clinging and charged,
The sip grabs my tongue with clinging hugs of ridiculous amplitude,
Surging lightning bolts of flavor,
Hard, soft, bitter, sweet, surging coffee, caruscading caramel, devil's fire herbosity.
OAY thrusts explosions of penetrating joy through my consciousness.
Eyes closed, I encounter the essence of delicious.
It is a symphony written on my tongue, and in my mind.
Each sip leaves the ghost of nirvana, and promises aromatic godhead yet to come.
Each sip warms with blankets of comfortable perfection.
Each sip morphs through tastes of progressive joy
Toward the constant and fulfilled promise of ecstasy,
Like a witch's cauldron adding power exponentially to the spell .
It is the essential chant of divine and mundane coming together in something that transcends both.
This brew is a dark, mysterious surge of magnificence, a masterpiece to bring crowning ruination to naïve expectation.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 32oz twist-off growler to my trusty Cigar City snifter; filled on the same day at the Syracuse Real Food Co-op.

Appearance (4.0): Half a finger of hot cocoa-colored head comes off the pour, but it doesn’t last, despite having a fine-grained texture and leaving immediate (small amounts of) lacing. The body is black and undeniably dark, but interestingly not opaque—dark, dark red-amber tones come through at the edges if you hold it up next to a light. There’s some modest lacing composed of thin layers of scattered suds and fat legs here and there.

Smell (4.25): Strong, rich aromas of dark-roast coffee and a smooth, lightly vanilla-ish scent mixed with mellow wood tones (not as spicy as the scent of fresh-cut wood, but similar) make an interesting dynamic here. There’s some very nice, thick, understated molasses and dark cocoa powder undertones that add some depth here, mixed with a little booze but not bad. I really like the way the oak comes across clearly but not too strongly, in a supporting role.

Taste (4.25): Some biting, almost acidic coffee bitterness comes through first on the palate, but moderate in strength, balanced out by the rich layers of dark chocolate, toffee, boozy fruitcake, and the again clear-but-subordinate woody, mellow oak character—until the finish. The finish is dominated by that cutting coffee bitterness again, not acidic but strong enough and somewhat astringent—like cold-brewed black coffee. There’s also a tang on the back end like dry cocoa powder. Thankfully, whatever booze character is in here is covered up by or blended into this coffee and cocoa finish nicely. As it warms, it shows some lighter and brighter but still creamy sweetness in the mid-palate, like caramel ice cream—but subtly.

Mouthfeel (4.0): The body is full and modestly viscous, having a consistency that’s somewhat heavy and sticks together but doesn’t make it to the “syrupy” level. The carbonation is understated and smooth, while offering a nice, evenly-distributed tingle towards the end. It finishes relatively smooth, all in all.

Overall (4.0): This is a really nice, really smooth Imperial Stout that shows strong character in a smooth blend of different elements: the coffee, chocolate, molasses, and fruitcake-y tones of the malt body, mixed with the thankfully understated oak aging, and the faded remnants of some serious hopping. This makes a great sipper with plenty of character that won’t bludgeon you to death, but stands up to the style easily.

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

Beer pours black and completely opaque. Two fingers of brown head sit on top and receeds fairly quickly.

The aroma is full of flavors. Dark roated malts, chocolate, vanilla, toffee, and a slightly bitter character.

Taste is big time. Dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, hop bitterness, and a slight alcohol warmth are all present.

Mouthfeel is full and thick. I'd say creamy yet kind of chewy. The carbonation is low, but appropriate.

Drinkability is fair due to the strong flavors and high alcohol.

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Photo of dbc5
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of ryanflc
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mithrascruor
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice glossy black color. Big dark tan head has good retention and nice lacing.

Smell: Roast malt aroma with chocolate. Slightly nutty, with hints of vanilla and bourbon.

Taste: Big flavor with a strong chocolate component. Nutty and woody flavors float throughout. Warming alcohol at the finish, along with some bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and pretty viscous, though not entirely full-bodied.

Drinkability: Strong but not overly so in the alcohol department.

Nice but not my favorite Imperial Stout. There's some good aromas that come out of the beer that I would also like present in the taste.

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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

A- super deep black in a snifter. Puffy cappuccino colored head. Lace blankets the walls of the glass. Head settles to a thick ring.

S- alcohol, vanilla, coffee, cocoa and a district oak aroma. It literally smells like new oak furniture. Crazy. Dark fruits. Blackness.

T- nicely bitter, there's plenty of hops to go around. Roasted bitterness as well with coffee, cocoa, burnt grapefruit, date, more blackness, and oak woodsy flavor. Finish is long and bittersweet.

MF- very full with some tannins that are somewhat disguised by carbonation until the finish where they reappear with aggressive alcohol dryness and sticky lips.

D- this sniffer went down no-prob, but one and done bro. One and done.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of sachie23
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SilentSabre
3.34/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I really had higher hopes for this one. I've said it before and I'll say it again. Citrus, piney hops make heavy, black, chocolatey stouts SUCK!! Citrus, piney hops are good. Heavy, malty, coffee like stouts are good. But not together! BBQ'd shrimp are good. Vanilla ice cream is good... you see where I'm taking this? This is why I like to buy beer like this and put in the basement and forget about it for about 15 months. But anyway...

This poured absolutely beautifully!! Thick, dark, totally black. Thick, rocky caramel coloured head. Heavy, sticky lacing. This looked wonderful!!! The smell? Coffee, dark chocolate, pine sap, and grapefruit peel. Not a winning combination, IMO. The taste? Sip a cup of coffee and chase each sip with a sip of Hercules DIPA. I can also taste a bit of a woody, earthy taste, as well. Mouthfeel is quite lovely. Very solid, but smooth around the edges. This type of RIS is quite popular with American hop-heads, not so much with me. As far as true RIS's go, I'll take a Sam Smith's, thanks. I'll probably buy a couple of these and put them downstairs and forget about them for about 15 months or so.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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

Photo of bluckbeyes
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of ThinkAgain
5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of GuitarIPA
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

l - black with a dark, tan head and nice lacing
A - dark roast malt/coffee
T - lots of flavor, dark roasted coffee and malt
F - full bodied, sweet but slightly bitter finish, booze and molasses
*feel like this beer has other flavors going on that I am incapable of describing properly

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4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BlueSpader
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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