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:
4,595
Reviews:
1,675
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.67%
 
 
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4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3/5  rDev -29.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color, almost black. There is a little more than a finger of dark tan head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves a nice sheet of lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose starts off with a dark roasted maltiness. There are some nice aromas of coffee and dark chocolate. I am also getting some mild hops, vanilla, some dark fruits, just a hint of booze, and a little bit of oak scent.

T - The taste follows the nose really well. It starts off with some dark roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. There are also some flavors of vanilla, a little bit of hop bitterness, some dark fruit, oak, and a little bit of booziness. The finish leaves some lingering roasted malt, a little bit of dark fruit, and a little bit of booziness.

M - This has a body that is on the heavier side of medium and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a smooth slick feel to it. There is some initial sweetness and a bold roasted malt bitterness. Some boozy warmth is present on the back end.

O - This has good drinkability. The flavor is really nice and it goes down real easy. The alcohol is hardly noticeable, but it can sneak up on you. Overall, I think this is a really nice beer, and a good RIS. I recommend trying this one out, as I really enjoyed it. I would buy more bottles of this.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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

Served slightly chilled

This beer poured a very opaque black that can be expected from imperial stouts. Nice finger-wide head that was a dark tan, almost brown color. Not too much carbonation and some lacing on the glass.
The smokiness of this beer, along with vanillla notes definitely prominent in the initial aroma. A nice roasted smell from the oak, some chocolate, and coffee notes stick out as well. Awesome smelling beer.
The flavor is pretty solid in this one. The chocolate and vanilla pull through at the beginning, and the smoky oak flavor comes through on the back end. The magnitude of these flavors covers up the 9.5% ABV quite well. The body is quite full, going down so smooth and leaving all those great coffee, chocolate, vanilla flavors on your palate.

Haven't tried very many imperial stouts, but this one is one of the better ones I've had. I'm sure there are many other ones that can beat this one out, but overall this beer will keep you wanting more.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There is a lot of promise offered from Great Divide’s Yeti after the pleasant aroma and robust-looking pour as it goes into the glass smoothly and coffee-like, but upon first taste this one is obviously missing something to keep it from greatness.

Still a very decent Imperial Stout, the Yeti just never agreed with my taste buds, especially with the after taste. It leaves something to be desired, something to live up to the initial promise. But I am making it sound worse than it really is.

I enjoyed the Yeti alright, but compared to some of the incredible stouts I have experienced lately, this one is left in the dust.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,595 ratings.
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