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:
4,585
Reviews:
1,673
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.67%
 
 
Wants:
354
Gots:
974
For Trade:
35
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled OCT 07 2011. Give it up for low turnover at the store I picked this up at. Don't see this around town nowadays.

Poured into a nonic pint producing not quite a two finger mocha colored head on top of a black body.

Pulled this out of the fridge at 50 degrees and the nose still wasn’t too impressive. Coffee, chocolate, oak and vanilla. The roasty component seems more subdued than the regular Yeti.

Lots of coffee, chocolate, and bitterness upfront. Did I mention bitterness? The oak and sweetness seem to show themselves more in the finish.

It is pretty smooth and creamy, but with quite a bit of carbonation for an aged RIS. Full bodied.

I feel this is still on par with the regular Yeti and am actually rating them the same.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle from 2010 batch
A: Pours a viscous and deep black with two fingers of dark tan head. it looks amazing
S: Smells of roast malt and huge whiffs of vanilla and some sweetness as well as a hint of booziness. It's a beer you want to smell all night
T: huge roasty flavor with some bunt sugar flavor, some vanilla and caramel flavors, a touch of oxidation, some hop bitterness presides as well. aftertaste is more roastiness with some small hints of oxidation and vanilla.
M: smooth and creamy along with being thick and viscous
O: a fantastic beer that I wish would have been stored better. It's still good but it lost a step from being stored a bit on the warm side.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Pours jet black with no highlights. Pure black. A beautiful one finger mocha colored head subsides fairly quickly leaving a small amount of lace that may or may not stick around.

Smells of chocolate and vanilla, with a little roasted coffee. Not much oak in the nose.

Taste about as expected. It tastes like Yeti, aged on wood. Nice bitterness at the back end. A little char, and the usual suspects, chocolate and coffee. There is a slight alcohol burn, but the 9.5 ABV is well masked.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Syrupy, and full to the end. Nice carbonation.

Overall a nice variation on the exquisite original.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. capped and foil-lined bottle (Bottled On: NOV 14 2011) into a snifter glass.

Not surprisingly, this beer looks just like the non-barrel-aged version. A 1 1/2-finger mocha-colored head is the result of a strong pour. The body is a nearly black brown that allows no light to pass through. The head fades after a few minutes to a thin dusting and thick foam collar. Thick lacing can be seen clinging to the glass between sips but only some of it sticks around.

The nose is also similar to the original version. Strong aromas of milk and dark chocolate mingle with aromas of roasted coffee beans and dark coffee. This version's aromas are a bit smoother and rounded, melding together nicely. Additionaly, the chocolate aromas seem a bit more pronounxed with less emphasis on the sharp coffee aromas.

The taste is where the two beers differ greatly. Each sip offers initial flavors of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, vanilla, and polished oak. Swallowing releases more dark and milk chocolate flavors with an overshadowing oak presence. Slowly, a slight alcohol warmth and wet wood flavor begin to take threshold in the back of the throat as the other flavors fade.

Just like the non-BA version, the body of this beer is thick, coating, and slightly sticky. However, the carbonation is significantly stronger, giving this beer a bit more drinkability but also reducing its creaminess and smooth mouthfeel.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Nov 11, 2011

Beer is jet back with a large, cocoa-coloured head. Lots of lacing. Good retention.

Lots of chocolate in the nose, which is what jumps out first for me. Very rich. Only after I tasted it did I start to get big oak scents. Roasted malt as well.

The oak is immediately noticeable in the nose, leading off a set of flavours that include chocolate, coffee, booze and a bitter finish. Bitterness is quite high for the style. The oak and chocolate flavours work very well together. A big beer, no doubt about that. Alcohol is noticeable.

Pretty high carbonation level, particularly for the style. Full bodied. Carbonation a bit much for me. Has a bit of an oily and chewy feel.

Overall, very good, but I think it might do better with a bit more time. Taste in between a 4 and 4.5 for me, which is what the overall score indicates.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Man, did this one fly off the shelves. Out of at least ten liquors stores in the Indianapolis area, there was only one that had this winter release still in stock. But, after multiple phone calls, I finally got a bottle of pretty fresh stuff; persistence, guys. Cheers!

Brewed a little over four months ago (“Bottled on NOV 10 2011”).

A: A black beauty, this body pours incredibly thick; looks like motor oil coming out of the bottle. There’s some absolutely silky caramel-brown cream on top; great strings of lacing as it settles. Retention is a smooth, even layer of richness.

S: Here we go: intensely oaky at the start, with a bourbon spice of barrel-aging. Chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon-sugar hang around in light fashion, mellow and complimentary to the wood scents – soon after, some toasted maple aromas open it up quite nicely (though in a syrupy way). Hops are next, adding a pine-floweriness to the sugar powerhouse; still, the marshmallow-sweets prevail as the dominant players. And then there’s the finish: damn, it’s that chalky yeast aroma that I’ve picked up in every other Yeti I’ve tried. It’s lighter here, making this the best nose I’ve had among the Great Divide stouts so far.

T: Chocolate-covered pine cone! Rich, syrupy dark chocolate and a pine-citrus brightness combine in a manner that I can only describe as one of those chocolates filled with lemon cream. After, it starts to show its true character: palpably woody – smoke and char, coffee and vanilla, barrel and booze – and full of complex flavor. A bittersweet cocoa profile is overarching in this palate, but there’s a salted caramel and oily nut taste that digs deep into the oozing maltiness. Some leafy tobacco (generic cigar) in the aftertaste, with biscuity and chalky yeast for that final chocolate smoothness, as well.

M: Loveably thick, with only a hint of froth and fizz. At the perfect temperature, it feels like drinking skim milk – more refreshing and satisfying than it sounds.

O: This is one devilish beer, so much so that the sky turned dark as soon as I started drinking. Oak Aged Yeti is POWER, and too big to ignore. The best dark beer from Great Divide I’ve ever had; so good. I feel bad that every Yeti I taste is in the vein of “well…it’s good, but there’s X amount of chalky chocolate yeast flavor,” but that’s how it is. Still, I enjoyed it; my favorite Yeti so far.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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