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:
4,598
Reviews:
1,676
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.67%
 
 
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365
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972
For Trade:
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of johnnnniee
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After the last disappointment of a beer found its way to feeding the bacteria in my septic system I needed something to get that taste out of my mouth. I've had this beer several times in the past and I was kind of surprised I hadn't reviewed it yet.

Pours a solid black hole of color with a smallish coffee head that slowly dissipates and sticks much lace. Smells of coffee, chocolate, roast, licorice, vanilla, oak, smoke, earthy hops, a hint of ethanol. Now this is more like it. Taste is roasted grains, bitter dark chocolate, creamy espresso, licorice smoke, earthy herbal hop flavor, a bit of vanillin. There's a lot going on here, and its all good. Finishes with a long lingering mocha, alcohol, and hop bite. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a smooth oily/creamy mouthfeel. This is a great stout, one that I really should indulge with more often.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff. A beer I have had many times, I'm finally getting around to reviewing this one.

The beer appears opaque and nearly black with a thick milkshake of a head. Copious lacing that leaves a cascade of sticky lacing plastered on the glass.

The aroma offers roast, oak, and a healthy hop presence.

Nice flavor. Lots of oak character throughout, accompanied by an aggressive hop bill. Well balanced and full of flavor. Smooth, roasty, delicious. Hops are a bit too forward initially, but as my palate adjusts, I find this beer keeps calling me back for more.

Smooth on the palate. Medium in body. Palate coating. Lingering roast/pine/hops.

Overall, a very well executed stout. I definitely recommend it.

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

Photo of dfhhead25
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of stakem
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 9/17

Pours a finger of darkly tanned head. Black in color, your not gonna see through his one. Has a strangely familiar nose of dark fruit littered with alcohol and a bit of smoke. Taste is a rich chocolate and coffee semi-bitterness that is a flirt before the downpour of bitterness kicks in. Almost a solid amount of lace left upon the glass. Chocolate and coffee are in the nose along with a bit of alcohol astringency in the end. Incredibly smooth considering the abv. Coating medium/heavy mouthfeel and low carbonation. The bitter finish lingers with a residule partial oil-like finish of oak taste. As the beer warms it takes on more vanilla character.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.87/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter appears dark black chocolate toned opaque when held up to the light just eats up the light forms a nice sized moccha hued head leaves fine lacing down the glass as it dwindles. Aromatics contain loads of charred oak, espresso coffee, dark chocolate, whole vanilla bean character, and somewhat of a coconut appeal warming alcohol is evident in the nose. Taste well the barrel aging does mellow out some characterisitcs but it also creates new dimensions along with charred oak dark espresso roasts come coconut, toffee, and vanilla aspects to the flavor. Still rooted with dark chocolate and high bitterness the hop flavor as been subdued a bit all blended well with aging very extraordinary brew. Mouthfeel full bodied coats the palate nice thick and chewy with mellow slow bubbling carbonation, quite an experience. Drinkability...sessionable yet limited in overall number drinkability due to the pure complexity and high octane. However if tasting with friends leave this one towards the finale there's not much that can match up plus you're going to crave more of this one after the bottle runs dry.

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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh

A - pitch black with a thin, brown head that has good retention

S - oak, vanilla, wood, roasted malt

T - roasted malt, oak, vanilla, some faint coffee, earthy, woody

M - full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a nice, dark, deep beer. The oak gives a nice woody, earthiness to the flavor that compliments the roasted malt. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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2.75/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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

Poured into a pint glass with a VERY large head of nearly four fingers. Great head retention of a solid mahogany and real stickyness. Body is opaque but a silky pour and dark walnut colored. Head will not go away total chocolate ice cream cone looking.

A real nice nose of cocoa powder and balanced malts. Aerated sweet spices and a hint of vanilla on the bouquet just great.

A little wet with a hop bitterness and tobacco taste. Malt follows afterwords but with a little bit of thin body, afterfinish has bitter lime astringency also.

Drinkability though is pretty good, but with the appearance and nose I was hoping it would be a little better. Still a good solid brew here. Great Divide does not disappoint.

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Billolick
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, without freshnes/brewing date/ vintage info...oh well, doesn't this type of brew deserve brewing date/vintage info? Anyway this one pours jet black with a dark tan long lasting head, spotty lacing, nose is of chocolate milk, coffee and a wisp of smoke. This is a big, bold and super tasty lage brew. Notes of coffee, dark chocolate, woody smoke yum yum yum. World class and highly recommended for all big beer and or stout lovers, In the words of my friend Mighty Mel this one is "dark and sludgy"

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Damnit, man. This is why I am obsessed with the brew. To find stuff like this.

Pours dark as can be with a thick tan head that leaves a lot of lacing on the way down. Nose is heavy on a sweet side with a somewhat alcohol tone that is masterfully masked I think. Also a bit of an aged Taste is smooth and rich. So many levels here. Thick like almost a coffee or chocolate bean oil. Just when you start to think it is too syrupy, the heavy flavor kicks in. And just when you think you are about to get too much alcohol on the mouth, it takes another turn. Just a bottle of sheer complexity, style, and grace. Unbelievably good. Mouthfeel is smooth and thick. I love how it stays on your tongue for so long. I at first gave it a 5...and then thought...nahh...just give it a 4.5. But I cannot say it is anything less than exceptional. Definitely drinkable. Might be too heavy for some, but I can’t sip this one. I want a mouthful and all the flavor that comes with it. If you haven’t tried this one, what the hell are you waiting for?

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of jwc215
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter.

Pours jet black with a tan head that descends to a lasting patch, leaving some lacing along the glass.

The smell is of sweet dark, slightly roasted, malt - chocolate with some coffee. Sark fruitiness and and a hint of vanilla also present.

The taste is of sweet malt - dark chocolate mixed with lightly roasted coffee beans. Subtle vanilla notes intermingle. Dark, cherry fruitiness almost make it seem like chocolate covered cherries with certain sips. A noticeable, but not assertive, toasty hop bitterness keeps the sweetness in check. The alcohol is well-hidden until the finish, when it gives a sharp, warming kick. Rich flavors hang on in aftertaste.

The feel is creamy, rich and smooth. Just the right amount of carbonation keeps it full, but not overly thick.

A great "sip and savor". Rich, full and fairly complex. Sweet malt with a pleasantly surprising amount of hops to give it a nice balancing character. A truly nice RIS.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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