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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4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into a snifter at 50F. Side by side with the basic Yeti.

A - Nearly identical to the regular Yeti, just a bit more lace retention. Motor oil black with a cocoa colored lace ring, ring retention is good all the way down the draught.

S - Heaps of vanilla and caramel, burying the toffee that was present in the base Yeti. Some fruit ester I cant pick up on also, maybe its fig? I like it.

T - Like a dark roast vanilla coffee, a little bit of the toffee shining through as well. Good Oak aftertaste. Reminds me of Old Guardian barleywine...

M - Much more even than the base Yeti, meaning the oiliness has diminished ( a plus) as well as the creaminess ( a neg ). The bitter finish has come down some as well, now I'd describe it as simply dry.

O - I'd deem this one very likable and prefer it over the base Yeti. Still would be reaching for other stouts over this one. However, I do get the feeling I've shorted myself in not laying both of these down to age for at least a year. GDBC is brewing some good stuff and in time I think this could be rocking me too...

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4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle (bottled November 22, 2011) into a snifter.

A-The brew poured jet black and opaque. No light getting through this one. The head was roughly one finger of milk-chocolate-colored foam. The head faded slowly and left nice lacing on the glass.

S-The smell was toffee-scented oak and roasted malts up front with a little bit of milk chocolate. On the back end was a little alcohol heat and some dark, boozy fruit (think macerated cherries).

T-The brew had a great mixture of roasted, toffee malt flavors and cocoa to start with. As the beer finished, the flavors progressed to lightly bitter, dark chocolate and coffee. This had just the right amount of alcohol warmth for a cold January evening. No cherry/coffee/chocolate gimmickry here, just long lasting and complex flavors.

M-The feel was among the heavier beers I have had in a while. It was slightly syrupy and low in carbonation. I expect a fresh bottle might pack a little more carbonation.

O-This ranks up among my favorite stouts. It has a complex mix of earthy, chocolatey flavors, booze and fruit, and they all play nicely with each other. This beer proves that you can get big, complex flavors while retaining the balance that many big stouts seem to lose. Since this bottle was over a year old, I am curious to compare it with a fresh bottle and will endeavor to do so in the future.

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3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle served into an Odell 90 Shilling pilsner glass in me friend's gaff in Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current high ratings. I'm also a big fan of Great Divide.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger rich tan-ruby colour head of beautiful impeccable cream, fantastic thickness, and damned impressive retention for its high ABV as well as for the style; it's looking like it'll retain for a good seven minutes. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque jet black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Chocolate, cocoa, coffee/java, a spot of roast, caramel, and dark malts. Really understated in terms of strength but quite appealing. Oak, but it's surprisingly restrained. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Chocolate/cocoa, dark malts, light coffee/java, and some cream. An oak undertone. It's pretty well balanced, but it doesn't bring the depth and complexity as much as I'd like. No alcohol comes through, but it's not exactly impeccably hidden. No yeast character at all. The caramel is overdone - probably the beer's biggest flaw.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Carbonation is a bit too high. A bit too thick as well. Mouthfeel overall suits the flavour profile but doesn't seem custom-tailored to it.

Dr: It's largely a sipper. I wouldn't want to tackle a bottle of this by meself. The ABV is pretty well hidden, but it does have some heat. I'm actually somewhat disappointed with this all-around; I expected better.

Low B+

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,598 ratings.
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