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

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.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with a very large brown compact head. Slow dissipation leaves rich lacings.

S: Not as heavy roast on the chocolate malt as I guessed before pouring it. Rich vanilla. Hoppy. Lots of chocolate and coffee. Oak.

T: Roasted sweet malt. Oaky vanilla notes. Lots of chocolate, some coffee, some smoke.

M: Full body and light carbonation. Aftertaste lingers for quite some time and holds dry bitter notes, kind of smoky actually.

D: This is a very nice Russian Imperial Stout. Try it - you'll like it!

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Photo of clayrock81
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a motor oil black/thick body with one finger tan/khaki head that died quick. Coffee roasted, even charred, woody aroma with touch of cocoa and vanilla/boozy sweetness. Smooth, oaky body that one could even say, with a little bit of stretching, is milky/lactic smooth. Balancing act between this smoothness, sweet notes of cocoa and vanilla and this burnt roasted coffee malt presence then finishes hot and boozy. Probably one of the driest/roasted stouts that I've had in a long time but still manages to punch in some sweetness and overall a great beer.

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

From notes taken on 4/10. I had forgotten all about this page!

A - Darker than midnight. A complete lightblocker this pour was. Thick almost fluffy 2 finger head that just doesnt quit.

S - Coffee, dark chocolate, and some faint vanilla. Just great.

T - Obviously not as pronounced as on the nose. Really digging the chocolate and getting a bunch of coffee. Drinking this with breakfast and it goes great with my omelet.

M - Silky smooth yet thick and creamy. Perfect example of low carbonation doing its job. Just can't put this down.

D - Really digging this. Everything works together in a very great experience. The alcohol is still rather noticeable though, and because of that I can't give this a 5.

Looking back at this 4 months later this was just great. To be fair this was the first stout I really thoroughly enjoyed. It opened the door to so much more.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 version. Cocoa, dark chocolate bitterness and dark roast coffee. Still very bitter, dry in the finish. Little sweetness.....................................

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

Pours a one-finger brown head that fades very slowly, leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is chocolate and coffee. Starts sweet coffee and chocolate, smooth bakers chocolate finish. Expensive - $11.95 for a 22 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from Bristol Farms Palm Desert CA for 8$ - Dec 2011 bottle date

Appearance - Black/brown colour with a large size light brown coloured head. It's too dark to see the carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, chocolate/coffee, malts

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste chocolate, coffee, and malts. There is also some some burnt/roasted notes and a light woodiness.

Overall - Can't pick up on the oak as much as I would like, but this is also a bottle from 2011. Holind up very well I might add. Still some great chocolate flavour and a bitter roastiness. A great beer that I will pick up again to try fresh.

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Photo of weeare138
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a midnight black with a 4 finger tan head floating atop the brew. Plenty of scattered chunks of lacing are left all over the glass.
Smell is of fruity blended chocolate bars, toasted nuts, roasted coffee, vanilla, and solid American Oak tannins.
Taste is of the same aromas with an addictive amount of flavors swirling and bouncing along the tongue and saturating the palate. There is a moderate amount of hops that I can pick up as the last bit of the sip enters my mouth. Really good stuff.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth, complex of oak, fruit, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and perhaps a hint of caramel buried in this warming brew.
This one is a sipper but an outstanding night-cap, or after dinner brew.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a DARK black with a HUGE creamy brownish tan head. Roasted dark malts with chocolate, coffee and a bit of licorice dominate the aroma. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel is just perfect. Taste is outstanding. Roasted grains and chocolate are followed by a bitter hop finish. Without a doubt one of the most outstanding beers I have tried.

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

Purchased at Wilbur's Liquors in Ft Collins for US$5.99 for the bomber.

It pours a near pitch black, no, it's more of a very very dark brown with a nice creamy tannish head of foam that sticks around for the duration and it has some lacing.

The smell is very woody and malty and fruity. Nice nose.

The taste has big notes of caramel malt and chocolate up front. After a few more sips, I get the Oak in the flavour along with sour cherrries and some very bitter hop, the latter of which, dominates near and through the finish. The body is medium to heavy and the carbo is lightly done. Oh, and the alcohol starts to become more noticeable, especially after the swallow....quite warming.

Well, I've tried this one and the non oaked version and I like the non oaked more. Still, this is a fine sipping IS and I'd buy it on the odd occasion without feeling any regret.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a very dark mahogany when held up to the light, otherwise appeared almost opaque and black in nature with a medium khaki head.

S: fresh rich, roasted chocolate, dark coffee and a fresh huge citrus hop flavor.

T: a deep dark roasted palate providing heartiness while dark fruit, vanilla bean, cocoa and an sweet charred oaky woodiness providing complexity and outstanding flavors. The flavor was very well rounded, smooth and left a lingering dry hop bitterness on the fade.

M: medium, silky smooth, with a nice viscosity on the tongue and good carbonation.

D: For drinkability its liquid gold going down and one of the best beers ive had in awhile. Highly recommended.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried side-by-side with the non-oak-aged version. Both purchased at K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA, and brought back to Australia to sample with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.

This one pours exactly the same colour as the original, but with a looser head with larger bubbles. Same colour of lovely light brown with some supple sudsy lacing. Looks very heavy in the glass. Very pleasant with a surprisingly light body. Looks good.

Dark and sweet on the nose, but with undeniable belts of leavened organic characters, perhaps banana skin and crushed leaves. This is particularly noticeable when put side by side with the original. I don't get a lot of oak, but there's obviously something inoculated in the oak which lends the organics to this one. Still very pleasant and robust, however.

Taste here is very subtle and smooth. The oak age really mellows the palate beautifully, still leaving big chocolatey and roasted grain characters, but sweeping them with a round coconut and vanilla character that is more fused than in the original, but less pronounced. It integrates more with the other characters, and makes the palate smoother, but doesn't distinguish itself quite so much.

Feel is smooth and lovely. Still, I'm more enamoured of the original, weirdly.

A very good beer, and a very drinkable Impy Stout. Indeed, the lovely melding truly improves the drinkability on this one. Overall though, I think it skews the beer off a little, and to be honest, I prefer the original Yeti, which was a fantastic brew.

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Photo of corby112
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black with a thicky dark brown head. Aroma of vanilla, roasted maltiness, chocolate and dark fruit. The oak aging gives this beeer an amazing vanilla flavor that balances out the dark chocolate/ coffee taste of the original yeti. Very smooth drinkable beer considering its strength.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on Jan. 07, 2009.

(A)- Pours thick & black as night. Produced a huge foamy & frothy light brown head that is taking forever to dissipate. Huge clumps of lacing are all over the place.

(S)- Lots of rich molasses with a big toast-like roastedness. Bits of brown sugar & vanilla-like wood. Hints of toffee & cocoa.

(T)- A dense richness of a woody, almost nutty roastedness that has a wealth of molasses, cocoa, raisin, & burnt coffee behind it. Finishes almost dry. One of the more complex oak aged beers in memory.

(M)- A great carbonation level & balance. Sweet, but has smoothed out well with its woody dryness & small bitter bite from the heavily roasted malts. Obvious warmth as it goes down from the alcohol, but in no way botersome, in fact, it is welcomed for the style.

(D)- Yet another spectacular beer from the Yeti series. Each one provides something special and this one is no different. Has a great bold richness an RIS should be like with wonderful nuances the oak aging added to the mix. Could easily age for much longer given how potent this still is. Great stuff, but still a sipper purely for its complexity; not strength.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black color; no light. Poured a 2 finger chocolate-colored head with excellent retention. Sticky webs of lacing.

S: Big toasted malt; bitter chocolate and coffee. Oak in the background asserting itself more as the beer warmed.

T: Oak and wet wood up front. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Smooth and rich. Warming alcohol in the finish.

M: Full body. Low carbonation. Thick, rich and creamy.

D: Flavorful and balanced. Smooth for the style. The abv limits drinkability.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep, thick black with brownish hints. Had some nice carbonation, deep brown head. Nose was roasted malts and that mmm mmm mmm oak smell. Taste started out like a stout with that deep oak all the way through then the vanilla comes out. Great indeed. This thing is a masterpiece. I dont know how long it was in the oak but it tasted like years and years. It was so deep.

Thanks April :)

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Photo of beertunes
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 11/27/09. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured pure black, no translucence at all, with an inch of tall, crowning, medium brown head that had great retention and lacing.

Deep, rich roasted aromas are the first thing to the nose, a slight bit of grain and a hint of wood scent are at the back. On the tongue the roasted flavors are strong without any of the burnt tastes that often accompany attempts at this style. Thankfully, there's just the faintest coffee taste, and it is more than made up for by the nice chocolate finish.

The body is full and rich without being heavy or dense. Drinkability is excellent for the style, most of these big stouts are so overpowering that I generally don't want more than a glass at a time, but I easily drained a 22 of this and was kind of disappointed the bottle was empty.

Overall, an excellent beer, worth seeking out.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)

A-This beer pours an inky black body with a nice size dark brown head with a faint reddish hint. The tiny bubble of carbonation roll up the sides of the glass.

S- As soon as I started pouring I could smell the wonderful dark malts. The slight sweetness of caramel, molasses and dark brown sugar are combined with a slight smoky, oak hint and a faint hop note. It has a soft hint of leather way in the background. As it warms some notes of vanilla and prunes start to show up.

T- The dark malt that is deep roasted and some roasted black grain have very soft flavors to them. It finishes with a nice hop spiciness. There is a nice bitterness to the malt that is mixed in with the hop finish, which gives it more depth.

M- This beer has a medium full mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture. There is no alcohol warmth and no astringency.

D- This a very smooth beer that has good complexity. The smells and flavors are dark but not harsh. It was a bit on the sweet side but had hops to blend with the dark malts.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.06/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Jet black, with a quarter-inch chocolate head

S: Oak, fusel alcohols, charcoal, carob

T: Intense burnt roast. dark chocolate.

F: Medium body, low carbonation.

O: I'm not generally a huge fan of new oak BA stouts, and this is no exception. It's rough around the edges, and lacks the chocolate or vanilla notes I'd prefer.

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Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am drinking a 22 oz bottle poured into a La Chouffe tulip. The ale is slightly chilled.

Appearance: The ale is deep, midnight black. Hints of ruby red emerge when the ale is held to light. It pouts with a decent head that leaves a nice lace pattern.

Smell: The buttery oak notes dominate and stout/roast character. The aroma is very pleasing and does not come across as overly sweet.

Taste: The buttery flavor noted in the nose continues into the taste. In this instance (unlike some other oak aged stouts), there is no cloying sweetness. The is a soft sweet note imparted from the barrels, but it mixes nicely with the strong roasted malt flavor of the stout.

Mouthfeel: The ale seems to burn a little in the mouth. The buttery oak and roasted flavors mix very well outside of that.

Drinkability: The strength of the flavors is a bit overpowering. Despite that, this is a good ale, although I look forward to trying it outside of the oak casks.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 16/4/12 Nov/14/11 bottle

A like the regular Yeti this one is black right out of the bottle, just a slight dark cola edge, large dark foam hangs around long enough to leave several rings of lace pretty nice looking beer

S chocolate fudge and booze come out right away, a little smoke and vanilla but that's about all I pick up from barrel, smells decent but its pretty boozy

T now I get more evidence from the barrel with some oak and charred wood, there's still some hops in there even after the barrel and 6 months in the bottle, booze is better concealed then the nose, a little licorice and more wood on the finish

M pretty thick and silky and quite bitter, a little heat and a big burnt woody aftertaste lingers for a while

O other then a little booze popping up here and there I have little to complain about, big rich stuff that's pretty easy to enjoy

the barrel is subtle but I like it, just needs some age and that's about it, a big thanks to Rutager for getting this one into my hands

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Photo of Immortale25
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Label says Bottled on 10/11/2011.

A- Pours black with a deep, dark brown two finger head and plenty of lacing as it descends to 1/2 an inch.

S- Chocolate and coffee dominate the aroma profile along with burnt sugar. Sweet-smelling but also has a strong alcoholic astringency.

T- Hot damn. An initial shot of roasty malt and alcohol followed by an abundance of oak notes. Wow, you can really taste the wood grain in this which is uncommon in a lot of "oak-aged" offerings. Strong alcohol presence that brings the whole medicinal aspect to the table as it warms. Even more of a sipper than the original Yeti but more complex so it's worth it even if the ABV is the same. Some whiskey notes as well as brown sugar, caramel and, of course, molasses.

M- Dry and viscous. A lot of stinging bitterness from the aging but is expected. Medium-high carbonation.

O- This is one crazy beer. I've had all the other versions of Yeti except for the Chocolate Oak Aged and this one is my favorite so far.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours super dark black. Doesn't allow any light to penetrate it. Incredibly thick head for the style. It sits atop the beer. The beer pours like sludge.

S-Powerful nose. Super roasty with dark chocolate and coffee. A big whiff of hops hits as well. Definately one of the hoppier stouts I have come across. Alcohol is present as well but adds complexity in my opinion.

T-Very nice. Big dark chocolate note. Super roasty with espresso as well. Oakiness and vanilla also make an appearence. Hoppiness is very delicious as well. The oakiness lingers as does the dark chocolate and the hops.

M-Heavy with a slick creamy feel. Carbonation adds character.

D-So drinkable. I find the alcohol to be masked well.

Oaking this beer was an excellent idea. Really delicious. Definately a very unique taste that I love.

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

Pours a black like oil, with the same type of viscosity, khaki colored head, light and foamy. Oak, chocolate, vanilla, and plenty of roasted malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with roast and oak.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

draft at beer study in chapel hill. FW tulip. pours a very dark black with a slight beige head. smell is very big on rich chocolate..nice!taste starts out with roasted malts and a lot of chocolate. slight bit of oak follows and you get creamy chocolate on the finish. so smooth and creamy.

overall superb. very recommended!

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Photo of avalon07
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This is a beautiful-looking stout. Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an impenetrable black color and a thick consistency. There was big, brown, foamy, long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: Smelled mainly of coffee, roasted malt, hops and light chocolate.

T: Big flavor, though not as powerful as one would've imagined. Malt, coffee, chocolate, bourbon and hops. A tasty mix.

M: A fairly high amount of carbonation and a smooth, dry finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is a good example of a stout, no doubt about that. It's well-constructed and flavorful. Definitely a heavy beer, as stouts tend to be, but still excellent.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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