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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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Ratings: 4,605 |  Reviews: 1,676
Photo of Sanchezrox23
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of ChugginOil
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oak aged Yeti

Pours a deep solid black with a fluffy finger of brown head. Lots of tan lace.

The nose is straight chocolate fudge, sweet cream, some bakers chocolate and some tannin.

The taste is Willy Wonka's chocolate river. Tons of bitter chocolate that transforms it a sweet paradise. Nice and roasty as well. Extremely dessert-like and enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, rich and thick. Lower carbonation suits it perfectly.

Overall, my favorite Yeti yet (havent had barrel aged). Just a fantastic display of chocolate desserts.

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Photo of Flabbyjandro
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of jcoleMA66
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of marine1975
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Tertullian007
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

A= looks like a deep rich chocolate malt shake, totally black (zero light passing through) with dark brown foamy head.

S= dark rich toasty malts, hops florals, chocolate. 4.0 on the Richter scale until it warms into a 4.5.

T= chocolate malt with a hops zip! Wow. Very rich complex roasted dark malts, milk chocolate and dry chocolate, very-present hops florals and some balanced bitters, amazing experience. A toffee taste that one would find in a fantastic soda-fountain chocolate malt.

M= dry yet rich chocolate malt, obviously present but not overdone hops florals, some toffee.

O= expensive at $9.99 for a 25-ounce wine-bottle but definitely worth it for the try, and to stock up on for special occasions once your stocks rise from the dead.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 10/7/11

Poured a midnight black with no light penetrating whatsoever. Produced three fingers of creamy dark brown head. Excellent retention, nice thick lacing.

The aroma I'm getting is very earthy and a little boozy. Very oak forward with a fair amount of hops, roasted malt, roasted coffee and chocolate.

The taste, like the nose, is earthy as well. Great chocolate and coffee notes up front with some solid hops and some roasted malt. The back end is made up of great oaky notes and a touch of vanilla. Slightly boozy finish. Very well done.

The mouthfeel is absolutely amazing. Full body, silky smooth, chewy and it coats the the tongue heavily with each sip. Moderate amount of carbonation and an amazing boozy finish.

This is my favorite Yeti to date. It was absolutely amazing. The oak was such a great touch to this beer. The subtle vanilla it produced really came to life once it got closer to room temp. Great mouthfeel and the boozy notes were perfectly constructed. Glad I picked up a few bottles of this one but will definitely keep my eye out for more.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours a jet black with a huge almost pillow like head, that is laying down some nice lace. Not a perfect 5 (like the espresso version), but dam near close.

S: Lots of oak and vanilla notes in this nose, which I especially like, because in a lot of these oaked aged beers that does not shine through enough. The closer you get to regular Yeti, more you realize how hoppy this beer starts. Hops and a rich roasted malt round off the nose.

T: Lacking the complexity of the other Yeti's is this brew's down fall. Still a world class stout, this brew is filled with oak/vanilla notes and a nice roasty base. God this thing is hoppy, almost as hopped up as Old Rasputin.

Mf: Mouthfeel is smooth, medium, and creamy. The flavor could be smoother however.

D: Drink at 9.5% is awesome. Perfect for a bomber.

Overall, Yeti always impresses the shit out of me. Keep it going Great Divide, and please release more of the chocolate Yeti so I can review that soon! PS: Your bottle caps are awesome!

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a snifter.

Thick oily black with a tall, but thin mocha colored head.

Aroma was dominated by some chocolate, coconut and vanilla from the oak. There is some roastiness but the oak really takes over here.

Flavor is similar to the regular yeti with some beautiful sweetness and a bitter roasty finish, that is accentuated by what seems like tannins.

Thick buttery mouthfeel, perhaps a bit too sharp on the carbonation, but still goes down easy.

Overall, this is a classic oaked imperial stout and done well to style. Unfortunately, it's my least favorite yeti.

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Photo of Briken
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled Nov 2009
Thick black syrup and moderate umber frothy head with great retention and lacing. Chocolate and oak with light coffee aroma. Chocolate sweetness balances with espresso and oak with hints of vanilla. Lightly sour and dry. Very smooth, thick and creamy mouthfeel.

Unbelievably easy drinking with no trace of alcohol. All the flavors are balanced and there are a lot of subtle nuances that are beyond my descriptive powers at this time. It's been a long time since I've seen anything look this thick when poured which just creates a great feel. It's definitely a nice and easy monster unlike "Machete" which I was watching with it. Yeti was the perfect antithesis to "Machete", sophisticated and smooth compared to goofy and rough but while you're enjoying either one, you can't help but smile.

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Photo of ArchEnemyBrew
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of fmccormi
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
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 1000lbgrizzly
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Jet black with a moderate brown head that lingers around the edge of the glass, spotty in the middle.

S: Strong malt, chocolate, hop bitterness, can't wait to drink it.

T: Mirrors the nose; robust chocolate, malt, bitter hop, and the hint of that vanilla that was promised on the bottle's description. Alcohol is hidden well.

M: Smooth, heavy, mouth-filling. A noticeable touch of carbonation which is unusual for this variety, but welcome.

O: A great Imperial Stout, proud add the Yeti to my collection of bomber bottles. My interest is piqued to try their other variations (chocolate, espresso).

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz into a snifter. Pitch brown/black with a giant, never-ending mocha head. Plenty of lace left behind. One BEAUTIFUL beer. Damn.
The smell is good but doesn't quite hit the same note. Bittersweet chocolate, burnt coffee, booze, metal and earth.
The taste pops it right back up there. Certainly the chocolate and coffee element are there, earth and oak make a solid appearance. The mineral smell seems not to show up (good), the alcohol does, just a bit (understandable). Complex, smooth and easy to sip.
I think I have to go grab the regular Yeti and Coffee Oak Yeti (the other two I can get) because this beer was delicious. I'll grab another to age, for sure.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Lochnessmonster
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of scottyshades
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours completely opaque black with a nice mocha colored head that retains excellently and leaves some nice lacing along the oversized wine glass.

S: VERY hoppy nose. Chocolate, molasses, coffee, toffee, caramel, and brown sugar on top of a mass quantity of hops!

T: The hops are amazing! Not necessarily bitter or overpowering, but just PERFECTLY balanced with the giant malt backbone. Almost tastes like a delicious IPA was mixed in. Chocolate, fudge, coffee, toffee, caramel, a little molasses, piney/resinous/not-so-bitter hops to top it all off.

MF/D: Very viscous and filling, definitely want to split a bomber with someone else. Amongst the best RIS' I've had to date

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not as good as I expected and not as good as Espresso Yeti which is really the only other Great Divide Beer I have had. This was the 2012 vintage.

The taste was a little too bitter and harsh for me. I can't quite put my finger on it. The smell was of chocolate, oak and sweetness but the taste was a little lacking. Maybe the flavors haven't melded together quite yet. Not up to par with other barrel aged stouts.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of dbc5
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Goliath
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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 mbw314
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of mithrascruor
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
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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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 4,605 ratings
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