Welcome to BeerAdvocate!

Looking to talk, rate or trade beer? Join today by creating your free account.

Dismiss Notice
Curious about recent updates to the site and app? Check the Announcements forum for updates.
Dismiss Notice
Love Belgian Beer?

Join us Sep 17 in Portland, Maine for Return of the Belgian Beer Fest, featuring hundreds of authentic Belgian beers and Belgian-inspired offerings.

Tickets + more: beeradvocate.com/belgian

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
94
outstanding
1,651 Reviews
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutOak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,651
Ratings:
4,496
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.67%
 
 
Wants:
350
Gots:
942
For Trade:
37
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,651 | Ratings: 4,496
Photo of Ryanm1
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Possibly the closest thing to perfection for a typical imperial stout. I've had the regular yeti which is excellent and can't distinctly recall if the oak aged is that much better because the original is so good. Also, mild compared to the bourbon barreled aged beers so you can have more than one of these and walk straight (although not many more than one). Poured pitch black on tap into a full 16oz pint glass. The top 10% of the pour was brown lacing. Very malty taste on the tongue, mild bitterness very drinkable beer. Not overpowering with the alcohol content although it is around 10%abv. Left rings on the glass after each sip like an exceptional wine.Excellent beer by an excellent brewery. One of the best stouts out there.

 735 characters

Photo of MarkAvery
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WHAMMY! Favorite stout of the moment. Delicious undertones in this beer. smooth all the way through. And the appearance on this is phenomenal as well. I would drink this all day. I'm just starting to focus more on Imperial Stouts and this so far is one of my favorites and stuck out to me and grabbed my attention. Plus theres a goddam yeti on it!

 347 characters

Photo of TastefulNudity
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's a beer review kind of night. 22oz, snifter, you know the drill.

A: I'm pretty sure the room got a little darker when I poured this thing because it sucked the light in to itself. Completely and utterly black with a dark brown half finger head. Some legs and lacing. Motor oil.

S: Roast and hops. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, wood, and a bit of smoke round out the end. More vanilla comes out as it warms.

T: More bitter and less sweet than I expected. Roast that fades in to strong hop bitterness and lots of dark chocolate and oak. Sadly I haven't had the base beer to compare it to but the words "massive" and "complex" on the bottle do describe it well. This is good.

M: Imperial stout. Viscous with a touch of carbonation. Alcohol, bitterness, and wood linger a bit and dry the mouth.

O: I do enjoy my stouts a bit sweeter than this, however the hop bitterness does play well against the oak woodiness. I wouldn't reach for it every day, and it's a little palate exhausting, but it's delicious and complex. Will have to try original Yeti.

 1,051 characters

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

Poured from a bomber into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Label reports bottled on Sept 11, 2012.

A: Completely opaque brown-black. Impressive body - impenetrable to light even during the pour. 1/2 finger caramel head with ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Strongly of chocolate, mocha with a deep, complex character. Oak, bourbon, vanilla notes. Sweet nose, but definite piney hop presence. Some booze.

T: Bittersweet roasted malt and chocolate up front with a emphasis on "bitter". Fairly dry finish with a long, lingering bitterness that combines dark chocolate and pine-centric hops. Oak, booze, faint dark fruit. Some smoke. Surprising lack of sweetness given the scents. Slight alcohol, but mild given the 9.5% ABV. Very good, but not quite the complexity I was anticipating.

M: Moderate carbonation & full body makes for a solid, satisfying quaff. Smooth with a nice creaminess.

O: Big bold beer with great chocolate notes. I could stand for the hopping to be dialed back a bit, given that the savory qualities are really of excellent quality. I thought the barrel-aged elements were fairly subdued in the grand scheme of things. But don't get me wrong - this is a great brew. Interesting, looks like I scored the regular Yeti higher...

Prost!

 1,264 characters

Photo of FLima
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black oil color with a thin caramel head.
Rich and pleasant aroma of roasted coffee beans, raisins, tobacco, high grade cocoa chocolate and vanilla.
What an intense and delicious flavor. Notes of coffee, oak, cocoa, pepper, pine, caramel, charcoal, earthy hops, a shadowed citrusy and cinnamon. Flavor keeps mutating, they don't come at once. Very dry, actually astringent aftertaste with bitter lingering notes of charred oak, resin and Arabic coffee.
Full body with appropriate carbonation for the style. Creamy and a bit sticky sensation. Alcohol of 9.5% is quite tamed here.
World class imperial stout, what a great beer. Complex and bold, I couldn't get tired of sniffing and sipping it. Really hard to suggest any improvement.

 732 characters

Photo of KTCamm
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Morris Tap and Grill, 11/22. This one might be better experienced through a bomber bottle.

Pours jet black with a ring of brown foam. Hearty, roasted nose. Oaky. There is a coffee/espresso back. Hearty, thick taste. Smooth, yet bursting bitter. Gritty coffee mouthfeel. Rolls into an alcohol burn. Just a tad too much.

 336 characters

Photo of WKyle
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Dark, dark brown with little light brown lacing. Light carbonation.
Smell: Chocolate, Raisins, Dark Malts, more malts, oak, whiskey.
Taste: A good amount of oak, chocolate and malts. The taste lingers for a long time. A slight whiskey taste at the end that is very smokey. Very warming on a cold winter day.
Mouthfeel: light carbonation, and a thick mouthfeel.
Overall. Nothing about this beer is overdone, it is very well balanced in taste and mouthfeel. Easily one of my favorite beers if not my favorite.

 519 characters

Photo of scotorum
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on Sept. 24 2012 so this has over a year of aging on it.

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English nonick.

a: Opaque black with an inch and a half brown head which receded slowly to heavy surface foam and patterned lacing.

s: Dark fruit and smoke.

t; Very smoky flavor with definite hop bitterness. Leaves a lingering bitter and smoky aftertaste. Some of the former may be from the high ABV, but on the whole the two strong flavors seem to cover the alcohol well.

m; Moderate to heavy, great body. Smooth.

o: A hefty stout, heavy on dark malt, smoky oak and hops, which make a rather over-the-top first impression. Certainly no slouch in the flavor dept. Not so much a refresher as a slow sipper. Would have to have strong flavored food if used as a meal beverage.

 794 characters

Photo of Jree261
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-Deep dark brown to black with a chocolate milk colored foam out of the bottle.

Smell-Coffee, cocoa, and mocha.

Taste-Bitter dark chocolate and strong coffee predominate throughout.

Mouthfeel-Heavy, full bodied beer with a long finish and good balance.

Overall-Really good cold weather dessert beer. Balance and finish are excellent and really make the beer.

 372 characters

Photo of WheelsPSU
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Has the Oak Aged Yeti on tap at St Gambrinus in Boerum Hill.

12 ounce poor served in a tulip glass with practically no head. It was opaque with decent lacing that sat around for a bit.

The smell was dark chocolate, a hint of coffee, and a pine kick from the hops. It was sweet like the regular Yeti but I did not detect any of the vanilla.

Caramel and chocolate were the first flavors I found. I didn't get any of the toffee that was in Yeti but rather I got more of a pronounced hop kick and a bit of vanilla sweetness from the barreling process.

The mouthfeel was definitely that of a big beer. I felt the booziness of the 9.5% but it was still creamy. The bitterness of the pine was not my favorite part.

Overall, I actually liked the plain version of Yeti compared to this oak aged version. While it was more complex than the original version, it was way more bitter and harsh.

 887 characters

Photo of Greywulfken
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: pitch black motor oil, full head of dark foam; lacing left down the glass

S: roasted dark barley malts and cold espresso - some herbal and earthy notes

T: rich chocolate, bittersweet and dark, cold coffee, espresso-style; airs of oak and barrel-wood; mineral character with some dark, earthy and musky accents

M: smooth, slick, full-bodied with oaky airs; drying finish

O: a fantastic take on a fantastic beer - no way to err here. Must have for all BAs, particularly fans of the RIS and oak barrel aging.

 512 characters

Photo of DAllspaw
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark and viscous pour. Looks the part of an RIS with heavy darkness and density, with chocolate foam head. Smell is deep roast, and a hintof vanilla, taste is sensational. The oak provides a subtle softness, not a hint of booze with this one either. really nice, can't believe I waited so long to try it.

 309 characters

Photo of Triklino
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I decided to try a new stout tonight, and I have to say I made the absolute right decision. I know better than to judge a beer based on its bottle, but even from the outside this has the appearance of a quality stout.

Appearance - Pours out like motor oil. This is what a stout should look like, a rich deep black that allows no light through. A brown-cream head that retains and laces appropriately.

Smell - A rich and fairly complex smell, a front end of chocolate and espresso with hints of vanilla. There's also some hops in there, mostly as an accent to the chocolate/espresso.

Taste - The best part of this stout, by far. It starts out with a deep chocolate followed immediately by roasted espresso and malts. It's rounded out in the middle with some mild vanilla which compliments the chocolate as expected, while finishing with some aged oak bitterness. Everything has a roasted taste to it, which is what makes it such a balanced yet complex flavor.

Mouthfeel - Heavy in the mouth, a very full body as expected with an imperial stout. Very little carbonation, and it doesn't stick around too long on the palette. Despite its thickness it cleans up nicely, definitely enjoyable to drink.

Overall - A very high quality imperial stout. If you love stouts, or are in the mood for a beer that is heavy on roasted aromas and flavors, you should definitely give this a shot. While it's not the perfect stout, it comes admirably close and is worth drinking more than once.

Would I drink this again? I certainly plan on it. This is one of those beers I can see myself craving in a couple weeks.

 1,604 characters

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

super creamy, chocolate milk-foam on top. super dark brown, or black, with chocolate around the sides.... smells like a nice stout.... some chocolate and vanilla in there. smooth smell of a barrel age.... taste is smooth, a slight bitterness as it finishes and exits down the throat, but lots of toasted malt flavor.... a good bourbon barrel aging might help this one a bit.... otherwise, a standard, very good stout... admittedly, I was expecting more....

 456 characters

Photo of itsscience
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter

Pours motor oil black with a finger of creamy brown head that retains nicely and leaves nice lacing. A gorgeous beer. The smell features a surprising floral hop presence along with toasted malts, caramel, chocolate, coffee, wood, and vanilla. It lets you know you are about to taste an unbelievable, massive stout. Tasting it, at the beginning I get a chocolate and toasted malt flavor which is soon met with a charred wood characteristic and an herbal hop bite that leaves a moderately bitter aftertaste. The alcohol is definitely noticeable but the beer is quite drinkable, with a medium body and a creamy mouthfeel. After one glass, I'm ready to list it among my favorites.

 713 characters

Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a large snifter. Bottled 9/24/12.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer and left nice lacing on the glass. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Roasted coffee, chocolate, oak, warm alcohol, raisins, vanilla, molasses, smoke, and a little tobacco.

Taste: Roasted coffee, milk chocolate, smoke, char, molasses, oak, warm alcohol, vanilla, tobacco, a little booze, ashy bitterness, and raisins. A nice balance between sweetness and burnt flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, smoky, some lingering bitterness, warm alcohol, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Not used to all the ash, smoke, and char in this RIS, but it blends well with the normal characteristics. Still tasty and enjoyable.

 877 characters

Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, crinkly black foil capped, a souvenir from the week-long hedonistic (learning) experience that was Denver Beer Week and GABV 2013.

This beer pours a solid, unequivocal black, from top to bottom, side to side, inside and out - not a stitch of discernible highlights, even when pushed to the overhead lights - with two slender fingers of bubbly, melting ice cream mocha lace, which renders some iceberg shelf painted lace around the glass as it gently seeps away.

It smells of gritty roasted caramel malt, saltwater taffy, bitter dark chocolate, day-old coffee, wood splinters, muddled singed orchard fruit, expired milk, and a subtle metallic booziness. The taste is still big on the bittersweet chocolate, followed up by a somewhat thinning toasty caramel malt, medium roast earthy coffee, hot vanilla, acerbic dark pitted fruit, a touch of independent char, and a rather tame wooden astringency.

The carbonation is fairly laid-back, just going about its quotidian support duties, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, mostly smooth, what with those charred bits flitting about, and likewise creamy. It finishes on the sweet side, from the usual suspects, but duly tempered by coffee, dry cocoa, wood, and alcohol, all.

They aren't kidding in the marketing blurb on the label when they mention how the wood treatment dials back the roast and hop character, replacing it, in part, by a robust vanilla essence. This is indeed a little more rounded, and yet I'm additionally thankful for the restrained nature of the wood. The charred essences are still there, but the hops, the hops be AWOL, or something. Anyways, still a large-ish assed behemoth of an RIS, just not the hop and malt one-two face-punch and he's down experience you get with this one's sibling.

 1,777 characters

Photo of mcflypie
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark, brownish bubbles, not much lacing.

S: Glorious. Sweet chocolaty and woody coffee.

T: Amazing. Oak and chocolate notes, with coffee and a little brown sugar.

M: Very well balanced for such a strong brew.

O: One of my favorite Imperial Stouts...ever...always. (See other Yeti brews...especially the elusive Oatmeal Yeti).

 336 characters

Photo of Ri0
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured 22oz bottle into chalice. Bottled 9/2012

A - Obsidian black with a thin tan cap. A thin ring remains and there are small spots of lacing.

S - Roasted malt, oak, and bitter chocolate initially. Notes of molasses and caramel filled dark chocolate layer in the complexity.

T - Bitter roasted malts and bitter chocolate. There is some oak that builds in and mixes with the caramel and dark chocolate. Molasses makes an appearance right before the bitter finish.

M - Full bodied with good viscosity. Carbonation is low, but good for the style.

O - Ho hum, just another world class stout from the Great Divide. One year of aging made this very, very good. This is a great one to sit on for a year and I don't typically like to age beer.

 745 characters

Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits in Attleboro, MA. Bottled on Sep 23 2013. Started at 50 degrees.

A - Deep, dark black. No light at all. A small tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves just a dusting. Good lacing though. Clings to the glass nicely.

S - Cocoa, coffee, wood and brown sugar. Hints of lactose and molasses as well.

T - The wood really stands up to the chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. It got better as it warmed. A hint of sweetness but mostly dry.

M - Think and chewy yet light and airy. A restrained carbonation of fine bubbles.

O - Very good but I'm not so sure it lived up to quite the ratings it gets.

 655 characters

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 9.30.13

Bottled Oct 18 2010

A - Pours a very dark brown with a large dark brown mixed head.

S - Oak, coffee, and a nice sweet chocolate, like fresh baked chocolate.

T - Lots of coffee still, oak finish, strong oak.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body, a bit thin.

O - Held up pretty decently, lost some of the heat and is more mild.

 359 characters

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

 642 characters

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle with a bottled on date of 9/23/2013, into a snifter.
Appearance - completely black, no light coming through! Creamy, very thick mocha head! Lacing is art work!
Smell - bold nose with some cocoa, dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee beans!
Taste - bittersweet chocolate, some hints of vanilla and espresso!
Feel - complex and robust with some faint, but noticeable hops present! Very easy drinking RIS at 9.5% ABV!
Overall - pricey, but worth it. Excellent, complex and warming!

 501 characters

Photo of drrone
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours completely black. For some reason I was surprised how dark it poured. It liberated a dark brown head that slowly faded to leave a nice crown of lacing.

S -Roasted malt, Coffee, bitter sweet chocolate, faint oak, vanilla, toffee and dark fruits. A little boozy, but daddy likey.

T - Great! Similar to the nose, but the oak comes through more and there is a little hop presences that asserts itself.

M - Full bodied, but easy to drink. It has that slight oily and chewy feel to it, but no overly so. Carbonation is very sparse and the booze sneak through nicely.

O - Really a great beer. I hung onto this one for a year and it is really quite wonderful. It has great complexity which really comes out as it warms.

 729 characters

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

Bottled on 9/24/12 so I'm just three days from this being a year old!

A: Pitch black. As black as a beer can be. Tall, creamy, frothy, dark brown head that leaves some good lacing and great retention.

S: Heavily roasted malt with some vanilla, caramelized sugar, and toffee. Char, wood, and booze show themselves, too.

T: Similar to the nose but muuuch more roasted malt character. Super charred and earthy. Like ash. But in a good way. The vanilla is there in the finish to smooth it out.

M: Smooth, creamy, full of flavor, minimal carbonation, and...seriously roasted malt!

O: A malt bomb with hints of booze and a faint hop presence to make this a well rounded, delicious beer. A nice variation of the Yeti!

 715 characters

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,651 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe