Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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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Ratings: 4,599 |  Reviews: 1,676
Photo of BillHilly
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
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 -12%
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 -6.1%
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 +5.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of PthPndr
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Mordax
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

4/5  rDev -6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of iadler
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap. Served in a 5 oz taster glass at encintas ale house.

A- Pours the darkest of browns with a one finger off white head which leaves a few lines of lacing behind.

S- Lots of earthy oak, brown sugar, booze soaked raisins and plumbs, coffee beans and some roasted malt.

T- Oak stands out, almost to the point of overpowering, with coffee, roasted malt, dark fruits, brown sugar, char and some smoke. There is some astringent qualities at the end which is unpleasant.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Finishes dry with char and some smoke.

O- Not terribly drinkable as the astringency and over proounced oak characteristics seem to mask the base beer. The abv was hidden well though.

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Photo of vrbulldog22
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a rich, chocolate head.
The smell is awesome, dark fruit, chocolate, oak, coffee, malt, hints of hops.
Vanilla, oak, chocolate, espresso dominate the taste, some hops in the finish.
Fairly full bodied, not quite as big as some stouts. Smooth, creamy.
Overall I really enjoyed this. The oak doesn't go overboard. I'm curious about aging this one.

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Photo of JayAre46
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed on christmas day while watching the pack dominate the bears.
Poured into a stone tulip pitch black and heavy. finger of tan head falls pretty quickly. big aroma of milk chocolate, toasted malt and sweet toffee, the taste is already smooth and well rounded. big silky chocolate and oak dryness, sweet toffee, maybe some carmel and then a light hop bitterness. the back end has quite the oak flavor and it's nice. the body is toward the full side and almost creamy, carbonation is medium, the finish is decent but will improve over time. overall the best yeti variant fresh ive had so far, waiting in the shadows is BA....

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Photo of Zaplt
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Thick pitch black brewski with a deep reddish tan head that doesn't stick around too long and has no lacing.

Aroma - Cherries, rose, strong oak, vanilla, roasty, toasty deliciousness.

Taste - Thick and syrupy with layers of butterscotch, vanilla, oak, chocolate, and espresso. Has quite a strong bite at the end from the prominent oak and hop presence.

Overall - A very delicious and thick, syrupy stout. There's something about the strength of the oak that is not ideal and seems to clash to me but overall it's a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of freewill35
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of NorCalYeti
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

taste- bittersweet chocolate, big coffee flavors, intense hop character battles it's way through the body in the middle of the taste

color- pours super dark brown-inky black, i think it's clear but hard to tell when in the glass

clarity- pours dense and murky

smell- dark fruit, wine barrel, alcohol, dark chocolate

body- expands, long finish, numbs the top front of the mouth, a lot of weight in the mouth, creamy, bittering hops really grab the tongue

appearance- completely dark in the glass with a muddy brown creamy head that is content to cover the top of the beer, great even lace

overall impression- big robust character. really liking this beer and one of the best i've had in a bottle after a year of cellaring. great cold weather beer

notes and comments- bottled on dec 07 2010, would go well with brownies, oak is not predominant for me, not a lot of vanilla as the label suggests

beer spy- beer revolution, oakland ca, 2011, $10.99, 22oz

glassware: tulip

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Photo of jlpepper13
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a brandy snifter from 22 oz bottle.

A: Pours out jet black with half to full finger of light brown head that dissipates after a minute or so. Brown ring of tiny carbonation beads line where the beer meets the glass.

S: Smells of coffee and dark chocolate. Lots of roastyness that lets me know this is going to be powerfully bitter at the end of the drink. Strong coffee is the main player in the aroma. Don't get much oak though which I had assumed would be a distinct characteristic.

T: Get's hit with a huge amount of sweet maltyness that blends to strong cocoa almost right away. Comes to bitter coffee, as expected, in the back palate. No hop character with a very boozy aftertaste.

M: medium bodied for a stout. Slight creamyness that makes it somewhat filling. 22 oz is all I would be able to take of this beer as that much made me fill heavy and light headed.

O: Pretty much what I expected after sampling the nose of the beer. Lots of coffee and chocolate bitterness. Good but would definitely be a sipping beer for me as the coffee and alcohol was a bit overpowering in large gulps. I drink most all of my beer at just under room temperature to get the full spectrum of flavor from my beer. some oak character picked up in the second fill to finish off the bomber which was nice.

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Photo of DavidST
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, bottled on Oct 07, 2011. Pours a thick pitch black color with a nice mocha head. The smells have a little vanilla mostly of roasted malts with a little alcohol. The feel is pretty thick, nice and creamy. The taste is full of dark malts with a little woody oak flavor, but a little alcohol taste, this might be better with a little age.

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Photo of xpdrinker
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottled in November 2011. Purchased at Total Wine & More 12-23-11.

A- Pours opaque black like motor oil with two finger thick brown head that lasts and lasts, eventually settling down and leaving a heavy coat of lace around the inner walls.

S- Not really picking up any oak. coffee roast, vanilla, caramel, a little alcohol, faint hint of black licorice

T- Rich, robust coffee and malt up front, hop burst on the finish. Some oak but it's absolutely buried under all the hefty layers of stout awesomeness.

M- Full bodied and creamy upfront, thins out on the back. Perfect viscosity. Some have referred to it as a sipper, but this is the kind of stout I could gulp.

O- I barely picked up any oak in this stout, but I didn't mind. This is probably one of the best beers of the year for me and I'd probably think this was Marshal Zhukov in a blind taste test if not for the roundhouse kick of hops on the back end. I must return to Total Wine & More for, well, more.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93.2% out of 100 with 4,599 ratings
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