Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutOak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
4.26/5
Outstanding
4,605 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#709
Reviews:
1,676
Ratings:
4,605
pDev:
9.62%
Bros Score:
4.27
 
 
Wants:
364
Gots:
974
Trade:
35
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,605 |  Reviews: 1,676
Photo of Kenai4
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of bmur112
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Chaney
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

 1,190 characters

Photo of denver10
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
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).

 416 characters

Photo of djtomain
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of CaptainTripps
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of greenmonstah
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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...

 1,341 characters

Photo of Daktyls
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of brewandbbq
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

 1,035 characters

Photo of bcostner1
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of DelicateDelirium
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of CoryR
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of One2Remeber
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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).

 911 characters

Photo of aleslover
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

 527 characters

Photo of Madjr
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of lavatorylinksman
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Klif
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of TexAggie011
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of captainbearcat
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of slimntubbs
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of djbow
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black, viscous body. Chocolate brown head that dissipates slowly.

S: Oak, chocolate, caramel, coffee with hints of vanilla. Very nice nose.

T: Just lik the nose implies, lots of oak and chocolate withe coffee, caramel and vanilla playing in the back ground. Malty sweetness and a toffee under tone are followed by a slightly hoppy bitter finish at the swallow. Very different for an Imperial Stout. Both carbonation and alcohol taste are mild especially when considering how big this beer is.

M: Rich, creamy, full bodied and thick.

O: If you like big beers with allot of complex flavors going on you will love this beer. I for one like it because it is a unique Imperial Stout because of the combination of the oak flavor and the slightly bitter finish. Because the alcohol is well hidden behind the big flavors enjoy this one with care. Its 9.5% ABV will sneak up on you. ENJOY!!!

 896 characters

Photo of McNealc31
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The color is black, as expected, with some deep browns around the edges. The fluffy head might be the darkest I've ever seen. The aroma is mostly charcoal, chocolate, and toffee.

This is quite the big beer. More hops that usual with an Imperial Stout, keeping with the un-aged version. Lots of very bitter chocolate, toffee, and a bit of coffee. The oak aging shows up the most in the finish and the aftertaste. There are hints of vanilla along with a dry, woody aftertaste. Remarkably creamy for how much flavor and how aggressive this is, especailly when you consider it clocks in at 9.5% ABV.

It's very, very good. But I'm not sure the oak aging will add enough for people who love that. I'd have to have the "normal" and the oak aged at the same time to compare. But you can't go wrong with this one.

 806 characters

Photo of BeerHownd
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of stickynotes
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 4,605 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.