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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Photo of Chugs13
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of manny0027
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz Bottled on 11.11.11, what a great date!

A: Pours a viscus dark brown color. A thick khaki colored one finger head.

S: Total cocoa chocolate funk in a good way. Got the oak, light vanilla and a slight alcohol smell. Good hint of that wonderful oak.

T: Wow. Bitter sweet chocolate, roasted coffee notes, a subtle oak character but definitely more predominant in the nose. Deceptively easy to drink at 9.5% abv though there is a slight astringency, share it, sip it, or be careful haha.

M: Full and silky smooth. and real nice carbonation and once again i get a some of that astringency which make for a nice balance.

O: Simply....Its a wonderful IS. It s worthy of all the accolades. I do feel as though theres a little something keeping from being superb, but its a an extremely nice beer. Highly recommend adding it to your cellar, sharing it with friends, or just enjoying it (slowly) on your own watching the big game as i did :)

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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

A: As dark as could be, makes for a wonderfully fearful pour.

S: Chocolate, vanilla, wood, are a plethora of others coming out. As I poured, more care to the senses.

T: Well to call this an additive based beer is crap. This is full of flavor, from wood, cocoa, to the hint of slight fruit and vanilla.

M: Very smooth, but with a slight bite. It was not overpowering, but rather a delightful sensation.

O: One of my favorites, not one to be missed.

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Chaney
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If only I had a dime for every time I've converted a semi-craft beer drinker into a full-fledged nut but using this beer, I'd be a millionaire!

Bottled on November 23, 2011. Thank you Great Divide for that info!

A: This scares me. No light passed through this, the head was only a shade or so lighter than the liquid below it, and it poured out like oil. Should I be worried?

S: I smelled this even before the cap was fully popped. Lots of wood, chocolate, and roasted malt in there. Sure, there was some candy sure in there, but doesn't EVERYONE love dark chocolate candy bars?

T: The wood-malt ration was absolutely astounding! There was nothing fake or "wood additive-like" about this one. This was the real deal! I got lots of dark, raw cacao, oak, charcoal, and maybe a tinge of dark fruit (prunes) in there as well. Remarkable!

M: The oak was what stained the teeth and not the cocoa or charred malt. There was a good bit of lacing left on the glass, and the sweetness was kept in check by the charred oak.

O: This is ABSOLUTELY the best off-the-shelf IS that one can buy in our area. Sure, I've tried some of the other permutations of this one, but this version takes the cake!

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Photo of denver10
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a nice beige head. Smells of mocha, cocoa, vanilla, roasty and a little alcohol. Flavor offers some oak, roastiness, some chocolate, a little vanilla. Definitely sweet and less hoppy than the base version. Medium to thick in body, a nice creaminess to this one.Overall, an enjoyable beer though probably my least favorite variant of the Yeti series (still haven't tried Belgian Yeti or Bretty Yeti).

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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

22 oz bottle from 10/11/2011 into tulip

A - Pours like motor oil. Black with a finger of beautiful brown head. Great retention for this ABV. A ring of brown head remains on the edge the whole time you are drinking. Wonderful lacing. Yeti remains one of my favorite beers to look at.

S - Cocoa, dark fruit, hints of vanilla. The chocolate aroma is wonderful. Roasted malts and even a bit of earthy hop.

T - Chocolate with a little raisin. Roasted barley. Vanilla and oak come later, and follow a bit of alcohol astringency. Finish is oak and chocolate, with vanilla included. Something is a little off or different about the oak. Too woody without enough char to balance.

M - Thick and creamy, with a bit of sharpness from carbonation and alcohol. Coats the mouth and goes down thick and heavy. Great body.

O - I remember it being better in the past. Perhaps my last bottle had more age on it, I do not recall. I'm getting a lot more alcohol astringency and the oak is strong in the wrong ways compared to my memory of this beer. I remember this beer being AMAZING when I first had it, but I've had some better beers since and this beer has come down a bit in relation. This was the beer that turned me on to stouts, though, so it will always be special to me. It still tastes wonderful, but something seems slightly off or different...

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of brewandbbq
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Original review date: 5/17/05
Pours Black with a light brown head, full and thick.
Full, rich aromas of chocolate espresso, roasted barley,alcohol, and hops.
The nose finishes with an afterthought of dry oakiness,hazelnut, and vanilla.
Mouthfeel is thick and chewy.
A bit of oilyness preludes a lingering gription on the pallet, accented by the tannic oak finish.
Bitter dark chocolate, spent coffee grounds, and a good dose of juicy hops. The hops seem subdued as if run over by a highway paver.
Finishes on the pallet warm and creamy with a lingering bitterness, nodding to dry wood and a hint of Grand Marnier.
Very good beer, but seems to fall short of greatness, not as complex as anticipated. Maybe in a different type of barrel would add a nice dimension.

Revisit on 2/2/12
Vintage 2005, stored on it's side.
Wow, this beer is great after 7 years. Lushious, boozy, chocolaty and mellow. The beer has evolved into a complex, layered beauty. The hops have faded to nothingness and zero ozidation. An outstanding example of a RIS.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of One2Remeber
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip

A: Pours a pitch black color. Creamy bubbly mocha head. Fades away into a sticky film on the edges.

S: Not your traditional oak chips. Strong vanilla notes blend beautifully with multiple chocolate variations (milky, dark, coco powder).

T: Tremendously smooth up front, taste like a Hershey bar. Transitions to a rich, earthy dark chocolate taste. Hints of dark fruits, chocolate covered strawberries, from a light hop presence. Leaves with a faint alcohol presence, potent as black liquorice. Oak comes strong at the end and lingers for quite some time.

M: Silky smooth body, slides down the palate with ease. Mild alochol presence but it covered up remarkably well with the rich chocolate notes.

O: The oak is not over bearing yet definitely shinning throughout each sip. Great but does not possess a 'wow' characteristic like its distant cousins (chocolate, Belgian or espresso).

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my experience, this has been bested only by Darkness -I would kill to try an oak-aged Darkness. Anyhow, you know what's up with a Russian Imperial. Imagine the staples: robust, creamy, dark chocolate, dark-roasted coffee, mild booze (okay, barely any here), hearty-oatmealishness, quiet licorice hints, and give it a hoppy nib in the butt. Age it yourself a few months to calm the hoppy nib if you'd like and bring out the chocolate sweetness. It's just so effin' good. Can't recommend highly enough . . . if you can get it.

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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  rDev -29.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of captainbearcat
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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