Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

4,595 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 Beer21
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap and served in a goblet, review from written notes.

Appears inky black with a slim layer of tobacco stained mocha foam. After a few minutes the creamy foam parts and reveals a glassy obsidian surface. A delicate band of lace rings the inside of the glass, about a quarter inch in width.

Dark unsweetened bakers chocolate and lightwoody oak, very chocolatey aroma with a touch of ashy char.

Intensely bitter, herbal hops parallel a deep roasty char that becomes ashy in the dry aftertaste. Lingering traces of dark chocolate and herbal bitterness. Medium bodied, and slowly sippable. The oak doesn't dominate, if anything the hops and roast combine forces to pull a hefty 1-2 punch of bitterness that sticks with you long into the aftertaste. Overall this is a big, rich stout with an intense level of bitterness, almost as if this was an RIS/Black IPA hybrid.

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

The best Yeti I have had so far (only the BA version Yeti to go)

A: Very large, creamy light brown head that exhibited solid retention and loads of lacing atop this black bodied beauty.

S: Sweet chocolate malts blend great with the oak hints. Slight alcohol scent was detected, but overall the scents are subtle.

T: Flavor exceeds the smell in every way. Sweet cocoa malts are bold and mix with the syrupy undertones beautifully, the front is followed by a strong hop profile balancing the brew out beautifully. ABV is detectable, but in a good way.

M: Medium for the variety, creamy with a slight burn.

O: Great, well worth the price!

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Photo of hopmonkey
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Overall very good, but I don't like it as much as many of my friends do. Lots of roasty toasty flavor, but a bit bitter on the finish. There's also some heat from the high(ish) ABV. The Yeti doesn't hide the 9.5%. A pretty aggressive stout, I just wish it had a bit more of a malty undertone for balance.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of usofar
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of southhousebrew
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of TheBeerologist
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of hannaho
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Joshgonzales79
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of surlytheduff
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of McLaughlin5350
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of larryi86
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber dated 11/5/2010 poured into a snifter

A- Black with a four finger brown head.

S- Rich chocolate, some oak, roasted coffee, touch of alcohol.

T- Rich chocolate, caramel malts, oak, hint of vanilla, bitter finish of roasted coffee, complex and balanced.

M- Smooth, full body, creamy.

O- Fantastic and easy to drink. I will be getting at few fresh bottles to see how it changed and to aged. I feel this is drinking very well right now and feel lucky to have found a year old bottle in a store.

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Photo of StoryOfTheGhost
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I try not to over rate beers, so I feel weird handing out 5's but this beer deserves it. It is exactly what you would hope for for this style.

I had it for NYE and split with a friend, poured into a flute.

Appearance is black, gold/copper head- a nice head, more than most RIS.

S- Chocolate and malts are the most prominent. Also coffee and you can smell the alcohol, but not overpowering. Somewhat hidden for 9.5%

T- Amazing. Bitter chocolate and coffee. Roasted malts. The most surprising thing is how much the alcohol is hidden. I like a boozy finish, but this was an art how well they hide 9.5% amidst the strength of the other flavors. If was so smooth.

M- Much higher carbonation that most RIS, but it works. Full body, but crazy smooth. My glass was gone way too quick.

O- Great beer. I paid 8 bucks and it was also a great value IMO.

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Photo of ksimons
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a silky looking dark brown, almost black, with a thin layer of tan lacing

S-the smell really picks up after some warming, rich malts, coffee bitterness, and loads of chocolate.

T-a huge body on this one, loads of chocolate, roasted malt, dark coffee bitterness, and a rich oaky taste. Alcohol leaves a light warming.

M-full body, medium carbonation, silky smooth

Overall this in an excellent beer, I can't believe I haven't tried it before. A really nice rich body, roasted malt and chocolate, and silky mouthfeel. Yum.

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Photo of 11millsown113
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of JoRado
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of TheHopfather
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New Year's Eve plans fell through, so I figured I would take the occasion to post my first review.

2011 bomber poured into DFH signature glass

A- dark dark brown with a two finger creamy chocolate-espresso head that isn't going anywhere.

S- smells boozy, with heavy coffee notes. Lots of oak aroma as well with a touch of chocolate

T- hot booziness is what I notice first. Lots of woody oak with espresso in the background. Somewhat astringent. Roasty, burnt flavor with some vanilla that must have been imparted from the oak. The oak seems to overpower the underlying flavors rather than compliment them.

M- Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel that coats the tongue. the type of mouthfeel I look for in my Imperial stouts.

D- This one is a sipper for sure. Bottle took me over an hour to get through. This is a good thing, as I expect such a beer in this style to be an event, rather than a bridge or "filler" beer.

O- At only 9.5%, I am shocked by how hot this one is. perhaps it is the oak aging that adds the astringent flavors. A year or two in the cellar could do magical things for this one. With that said, this is still an above average beer when fresh, that I would definitely try again if presented the chance. I will leave another in the cellar to see if it mellows out.

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Photo of BillHilly
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2011 Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: pours black with a nice 1 finger head, dissipates to outer edge and retains.

S: coffee, hops, chocolate & roasted malt

T: Drinking fresh it still has a hop presence, chocolate and coffee malt, not overly sweet, pretty balanced.

M: Phenomenal mouthfeel...carbonation is excellent, not overly thick for a beer of this ABV and style...well done.

O: Solid brew overall, wish it had more of an oak/barrel presence, but the beer is fantastic overall.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours syrupy and black with a 3-finger, creamy mahogany colored head- reduces slowly and strangely (at least new to my eyes) fades in color to a a dingy grey-tan. Leaves a solid ring and moderately dense lace.

Nose is incredibly oaky with caramel, clove, nutmeg and whiskey tones dominating the oily black malt, mocha and toffee aromas. The booze is pretty heavy on this one.

Palate, like the nose, is so saturated with oak it's unreal. The oak takes hold and doesn't let go, lending a very bourbon-esque character to the beer- flavors of dark cocoa, maple, walnut liqueur, caramel and ridiculously dense, bold coffee. The malt is very chewy while the oak helps dry out the brew. The bitterness arrives bold and quickly, bringing in an even bigger booziness- a touch acrid on the finish with flavors of dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla-bourbon extract and spice box. Finish is long and leaves a lingering dry, malty chewiness.

If I'm judging aging potential then maybe this is a world class beer, but this thing fresh is so ridiculously boozy and over-oaked that it was hard to finish.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pitch black with a thick mocha head that leaves a nice ring of foam

S-Oak, vanilla, chocolate, espresso, coconut, molasses, leather, and a hint of brown sugar

T-Espresso dominates, leather, earthy, some alcohol. It has a very intense flavor dominated by the espresso that was just not that great to me.

M-Thick and chewy.

D-For me the drinkability was impacted by the espresso which was almost overbearing.

Overall, I was disappointed in this beer. I aged it for about 2 years and it was still extremely intense. I had hoped it would mellow, but it was still a good beer.

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Photo of noyellowfizzbeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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