Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutOak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
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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 Humulus85
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first of the Yeti clan. Served from a 22oz bomber into my Darkness snifter.

Pours a pitch black from the start. Produced a surprisingly nice, dense, dark tan head at about one finger. Great retention left behind decent lacing. Good start.

Big nose on this one. Equally massive amounts of roasted malt and alcohol. Somehow some wood makes it through, and even a touch of floral hops joins the party.

As expected there is a massive amount of classic dark malt flavors upfront and through the middle. After the initial shock it mellows, giving way to deep earthy notes and vanilla, as well as a nicely bittered finish. There is definitely a boozy undertone here, not overwhelming and it fades with warming.

Heavy. Yeti doesn't mess around. Smooth for the style, but this is a true sipper, and I have had Imperial Stouts that are 1-2% higher in ABV and are just as smooth. Perfect light carbonation.

Overall this is a solid Imperial Stout. I like the woody/oak/vanilla flavors without having the bourbon flavors like barrel aged stouts. This may be a bit green as it was only bottled on 10/31/11. I think I'm gonna try and grab another and throw her in the cellar for a few more months. I'm also gonna have to try the rest of the Yeti clan. Cheers!

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Photo of Mahlik
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Deschutes snifter

A - Pour a pitch black with a three-finger, creamy dark mocha head. Head retention is solid. Nice lacing is left behind. This is an attractive beer.

S - The oak-aging definitely leaves its mark on the aroma. Oak and vanilla combine with dark chocolate, roasted malts and subtle coffee notes. A slight sting from the alcohol can be felt.

T - Lots of bitter dark chocolate hits my palate first. Then vanilla, oak and roasted barley burst in to help supplement the taste. Some coffee notes and earthy hops play in towards the end, giving this beer a short but noticeable bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body with just enough carbonation. For 9.5% ABV, the alcohol really doesn't hit that hard. In fact, the mouthfeel is so smooth and creamy. The creaminess coats the palate, leaving you wanting another sip.

O - I really enjoyed this beer. I've had a few other variations of the Yeti but this is my favorite so far. This might be one of my favorite RIS period. The OA Yeti is really a nice looking beer. It has an incredible moutfeel and a balanced yet complex aroma and flavor. I definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of Jstark5150
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of rjacobs6
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of effixx
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of jjfancybeers
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of KarlSpackler
5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of johnnnniee
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After the last disappointment of a beer found its way to feeding the bacteria in my septic system I needed something to get that taste out of my mouth. I've had this beer several times in the past and I was kind of surprised I hadn't reviewed it yet.

Pours a solid black hole of color with a smallish coffee head that slowly dissipates and sticks much lace. Smells of coffee, chocolate, roast, licorice, vanilla, oak, smoke, earthy hops, a hint of ethanol. Now this is more like it. Taste is roasted grains, bitter dark chocolate, creamy espresso, licorice smoke, earthy herbal hop flavor, a bit of vanillin. There's a lot going on here, and its all good. Finishes with a long lingering mocha, alcohol, and hop bite. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a smooth oily/creamy mouthfeel. This is a great stout, one that I really should indulge with more often.

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Photo of GennyCreamAle
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.72/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a black opaque color with a small tan, caramel head.

S - Dark Chocolate malts with some coffee and earthy tones. A very dry scent but very appealing and well distributed.

T - Coffee and malts are the majority here. Some subtle hints of dark chocolate are in there as well.

M - Medium carbonation with some bitterness. Almost too much bitterness for me.

O - Not bad.

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Photo of isaiahcutright
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at a local store a few months ago. It is either from 2008 or 2009; a very nice find.

A: Pour is a rich black opaque color with a tan to mahogany head with very nice lacing.

S: Bitter sweet dark chocolate with hints of coffee and caramel.

T: Chocolate forward with hints of coffee towards the end a very nice sweet/caramel finish leaving the palate dry with roasted malt flavor. The oak aging mellows the intense flavors of the regular yeti; that is further defined with the cellaring process.

M: Very little carbonation, dry finish with nice tannins (Would be lovely with a nice, thick ribeye).

O: A great example of a massive yet drinkable Imperial Stout. I now realize why people in Oklahoma buy this by the case to cellar.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a thick, viscous brown that leaves an almost-as-dark brown head. Completely and totally opaque. Great head retention with good lacing along the sides.

S - Lots of roast in here. Roasted malt, baker's chocolate, dark fruits, raisins, with a touch of oaky vanilla on the back end. It's subtle, but nice.

T - The oak really, really comes out in the taste. It's thick and smoky, before changing into a hard hit of coffee, bitter, unsweetened chocolate, and fades into a touch of sweetness and herbal hops. Great complex taste.

M - As thick as it looks, full bodied, alcohol hidden very well, nice and mellow.

Overall - I thought it was a great beer. The oak was on the verge of overwhelming, but then it faded nicely into the other parts of the beer. I've been wholly impressed by the Yeti series, and this is no different. Great beer.

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Photo of wowbagger
3.26/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark, dark dark! Thick head that is also dark brown and sticks around for a while. Smells a little sweet for a stout, but nice.

The mouthfeel is a little harsh, with only the hops staying on the tongue for very long. I hesitate to use the word "stouty" with respect to a stout but that's what it is, a dark rough mix of hop, char and wood. It's like drinking an alcoholic stump. If you're not a stout fan, this won't win you over but it's good at what it is.

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Photo of kennylopez
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: a thick dark black color with a finger thick head that lasts and leaves beautiful spots of lacing.

Smells: a heavy roasted malt and a significant hop note. there is a mild oak scent, but I pick up more of a chocolate over the oak.

Tastes: I love the sweet chocolate taste in the front. there is a really big hop taste for a stout from what I am used to, but I like it. the roasted flavor is great and blends well with the oak taste leaving a subtle vanilla flavor.

Mouthfeel: for being a 9.5% brew this is a super smooth brew. It is very well carbonated with a dry sweet aftertaste that makes me eager to take the next sip.

Overall: this is a great stout. the oak flavors are subtle yet add a great feature to the Yeti and I enjoy the $10 dollar price tag as well. well worth every cent and I will surly pick up some more while its around and I look forward to laying a couple down for some time.

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Photo of Kavon
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Beer21
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
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 +1.6%
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 -4.9%
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 -6.1%

Photo of usofar
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of southhousebrew
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 4,611 ratings
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