Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

4,585 Ratings
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutOak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
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.

Added by Crosling on 08-09-2004

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Ratings: 4,585 |  Reviews: 1,673
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of KajII
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Best served in a Snifter]

The pour was a very thick pitch black with an average sized (1-2 finger) chocolate brown creamy head that had really good retention, reducing to a moderate sized foam cap with a large foamy collar thus producing excellent streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a dark roasted malt, a resin hop and a leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses, vanilla, licorice, a bit of oak and a mild alcohol tinge.

The taste was a tiny bit sweet and very malty with hints of licorice, dark chocolate and molasses from the onset and then proceeded to become a nice bitter hoppy with a big note of coffee and hints of vanilla and oak with a strong alcohol finish. The flavor hung around for a very long time with the coffee flavor taking hold as the taste of alcohol faded.

Mouthfeel was full and a bit chewy in body with a texture that was smooth, creamy and a tad oily, while having a nice strong lively carbonation.

Overall a brew that has everything balanced so well that it just slides down the throat leaving you wanting more...

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of BeerCentralWA
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazing. Deep roasted malt balanced by heavy carbonation and oak dryness. Served in snifter. Aroma of espresso, malt, oak, vanilla and deep carmel. The dryness of alcohol and oak balance this malt heavy and sweet aroma driven beer. My personal favorite for this style.

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of SawDog505
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel 20 oz tulip glass has around 5 months on it. Pours pitch black, with a huge 4 inch mocha head that leaves lots of lace everywhere. Settles into a thin layer of bubbles after 5 minutes. Smell dark chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses, and some carmel. Taste is really balanced with dark chocolate and carmel, then gives way to bitter roasted coffee and some oak in the nose and the taste. Body is on the larger side, nice life for the ABV, on the dry side, and surprisingly drinkable, no real alcohol in the profile, bit feels bigger than its ABV says. This is awesome, if I had to have only one brewery's stouts for life, Great Divide always amazes and can be found for a reasonable price. Wonderful...

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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

Pours dark with dark head. Somewhat full and nice lacing. Good retention.

The aroma was like the original yeti but a bit smoother. The oak aging definitely smoothed it out and provided more character but it left it a little lacking in intensity.

The taste is very smooth while providing more oak than in the aroma. It has more character but seems to have lost the edge of the original yeti despite the fact that it's less than 3 months since being bottled. The oak is balanced quite well and doesn't overpower the base beer and vice versa. It's a great combination for balance. Very smooth, but I miss the rough edges that the original yeti has.

The body is medium full and heavy. Slightly sticky and leaves a cocoa coating.

Drinkability is almost too much. I don't want to say that it's a flaw, but I was done drinking the bomber in no time at all. The lower hop presence really makes it go down like water. Probably the smoothest yeti I've had to date. I would love to try this as fresh as possible to see if the base beer could come through a bit more.

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

Appearance 5- Jet black with a dark dark brown/tiny hint of gray head that lasts for a long time despite the 9.5%ABV.

Smell 4.5- Roasty, sweet chocolate, subtle oak, hint of coffee beans.

Taste 4.5- Very bold. Some oak, strong "expected stout flavor", alcohol, sweet at the start yet slightly bitter at the end. Distinctive flavor but not obscene. The aftertaste is lasting and delicious as well.

Mouthfeel 4.5- Slick and smooth. Full. Comforting warmth from the booze at the finish.

Overall 4.5- AMAZING. Definitely worth a try if you haven't yet. One of the best stouts I've ever had. Would have given it a 5 if the oak was just a LITTLE more prominent.

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 02-14-2012
Freshness: Can't read on the label
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance: Jet black in color, opaque. Head is dark tan and 2 or so fingers high, with a good amount of lace and fair retention.

Smell: Rich and malty aromas - heavy roasted notes combined with coffee, chocolate, oak, and earthy hops.

Taste: Pretty intense bitterness as in a dark roasted coffee, plus dark breads, oak, licorice, and hop bitterness. A strong alcohol presence too.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, with carbonation in the low to medium range. Aftertaste consists of chocolate and roasted grains, as in a strong coffee.

Overall: An impressive stout, although maybe a bit high on the hop levels for my tastes.

Thanks to Wyatt for this one!

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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Is this heaven? Thick, pitch black with one finger of cocoa colored head. The brew coated everything with a film that looks like motor oil.

S: Burnt coffee, hints of wood and vanilla with some burnt sugar sweetness. Molasses.

T: Huge roasted malt with a slight burnt character flows into waves of dark chocolate and dark roast coffee. Despite the big flavors the edges are smoothed. Must be the oak. Burnt sugar and molasses offer some sweetness. I pick up definite hop characteristics with slight pine but bigger earthy herbal flavors. The finish is smooth.

M: Full, thick, smooth, creamy, rich, lush. Yes.

O: Amazing beer. The oak smooths out Yeti's rough edges and makes a great beer greater. I will always drink this beer if I see it. So dark and interesting.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours thick, dark, deep brown. Almost black, but almost doesn't count. Head is dark tan, creamy, and relatively thin. Leaves a small ring of head at the edges of the glass. Very still.

Smell: Loads of oak. So much wood. Chocolate, dark, milk, and straight up cocoa. Char, burnt malts and hints of coffee. Aggressive from the start. Leather in small amounts. Burnt and tocacco on the back. Some nice malt sweetness. Smells like a day old firepit that was put out with coffee.

Taste: Burnt wood and cocoa. Loads of chocolate and coffee and wood. Oak is huge. Fresh, woody, earthy. So many burnt malts. Char with a hint of smoke and tobacco leaf. Coffee beans and wood. Drinking a dead fire. Loads of char and it builds over time. Some heat on the back.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Carbonation is minimal, but what it has, it does right. Thick, rich, and creamy. Touch dry from the booze.

Overall: Oak is almost too aggressive at times. Hopefully with some age it will mellow. However, it's still a great beer. Loads of flavor and depth. Definitely a nice addition to an already great beer.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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