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 nhindian
3.13/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Jackie O's snifter. Split with russwbeck.

This kicked off the '- Oak aged Yeti Night'

A - Pours black and thick out of the bottle, pitch black in the glass. About a 1-finger head builds, dark mocha in color. The retention is not bad, but it goes fairly quick, leaving a string of foam in the glass. Lacing isn't bad either.

S - In the nose, a big contrast appears between the oak chips in this beer and the piney hops that are loaded in here. There's some nice chocolate aromas here as well, but its mainly the wood and the hops here.

T - The flavors here are a bit of a disappoint compared to the original Yeti. It's way too heavy on the oak... it's almost like sucking on a wood stave and washing it down with sawdust. There's almost no coffee here, and the little chocolate that's here has to fight through the literal forest of wood. It's still relatively bitter, but the flavors are a bit lacking.

M - Mouthfeel is thin with moderate carbonation. This is where it really falters compared to regular Yeti. The body is much too thin and is lacking substance.

D - Drinkability is moderately low. Much too unbalanced here with none of the great complexity of normal Yeti. If you love aggressive wood flavors and hop bitterness, pick this up. If you enjoyed regular Yeti and was expecting this would bring an extra level of depth, look elsewhere.

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Photo of feylure
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow I love this beer!

Looks almost pitch black with brown bubbles from the carbonation around the rim.

Smells rich with dark barely sweetened by the oak.

Taste is a wonderful blend of full, rich, chocolate, malt, smoke and oak. It almost has a dark sweetness about it. Then it's followed by a nice, chocolate tale at the end.

Mouthfeel is full all around.

This brew is a delight to experience, and one I plan on experiencing again with friends!


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Photo of gabedivision
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a Sam Adams Imperial Series Snifter.

A- Pours a dark creamy oil like with a big brown 2 finger head.

S- Big Hops right of the bat. Then chocolate, caramel, vanilla, toffee, black licorice.

T- Bitter coffee meets chocolate on the first sip. Lots of well blended flavors just as mentioned in the smell join in the mix.

M- Full bodied, thick, bitter.

O- This is great stuff man!

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 22oz bottle; poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Pours tar black, just motor oil with a brown head that fades quickly.

S: This beer erupts with chocolate, sweet and woody oak, molasses, and smoke.

T: Chocolate flavour is strong and up front. Hops shine through a bit, and smoke from the oak is present in the finish.

D: This is a truly exceptional brew! Great Divide has created another great beer. The flavours blend beautifully and the oak adds complexity without stealing the spotlight. Grab this whenever you see it, you will not be dissapointed.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Hy-Vee Grocery in Sylvis, IL. Bottled on date is Nov. 05 2010. Poured into La Fin du Monde tulip. Tasting notes with Emily.

Appearance: Pitch black. Very nice espresso/copper color two finger head. Great lacing around the glass.

Smell: Oak nose. Almost a boozy nose, almost. I can detect the alcohol ever so slightly, but it's hard to tell the heavy oak and booze apart to me.

Taste: Heavy on the oak. Cloying smoke coats the back of my tongue. Immediate vanilla, only to give way to more smoke and oak.

Mouth: The moutfeel is lively, but I can't get past the oak. It does have a nice creaminess to it.

Drink and Overall: It is drinkable. I'm glad I'm sharing this bomber. I feel like the oak can be a bit overwhelming. It's a nice beer, I am enjoying it, do enjoy it.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - This brew is as black as they come. The head is minimal at less than an eighth of an inch and has a deep brown color.

S - The aroma is that of chocolate but it is by no means overtaking.

T - The perfect combination of coffee and chocolate male for an awesome stout. This is one of the best stouts I've ever tasted. I didn't get much inthe oak realm.

M - This beer is thick and sticky. It goes down like a champ. The feel cannot be improved upon in my opinion.

~ This makes for a great breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, pretty much this beer is a great anytime. I wish it was available in my neck of te woods.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

- Tasted at Split Thy Skull 2011 at Mugs Alehouse -

A - Tar black. Deep chocolate colored head.

S - Molasses. Smooth vanilla. Brown sugar on warm bread.

T - Toast, caramel, and cameo of booze. Oak. Nice barley notes. Some woody bitterness on the backend.

M - Medium body, great smoothness. Nice residual bitterness.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a 2008 at a recent tasting. This beer pours black withe a decent mocha head. The smells roasty and still a good oak presence after nearly three years in the bottle there is also anyone of alcohol in the nose. The taste is pretty similar to the smell with the oak and roasted character stealing the show and absolutely noticeable abv. This beerhas a nice full body and is very drinkable.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle at 48 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip. Bottled: 11/05/2010.

A: It pours thick and black with a three finger dark khaki head that has great retention and wonderful lacing; it is a gorgeous beer.

S: Chocolate, medium roastiness, vanill, mellow dark fruits, and some oats.

T: This is unbelievably mellow; currants, figs, milk chocolate, mild roastiness, and a light, boozy vanilla edge that is trying to uncover itself as the beer warms.

M: It is silky, velvety smooth with very little alcohol presence, a medium-thick body, and a sticky finish.

D: This is epitome of a sipper. It is not too thick and is the most drinkable beer I've tried at this strength.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber, this beer pours like friggin motor oil. Great cascade, with a very chocolatey looking head that is thick and dense in texture. Aromas of chocolate, oak, coffee, and heavy malt...smells like it is directed right at my sweet tooth. The beer is a very intricate blend of sweetness, including chocolate and molasses, with bitter coffee and oak essences. The flavors are extremely well balanced, and ride in on a smooth, creamy, and boozey body. This beer leaves a chocolatey lacing all over your glass, and the same consistency of the head that lingers all the while you are drinking. The aftertaste is a bit booze and a bit dark chocolate and all delicious. The finish lingers a bit, but mostly booze flavors after a while. Very tasty, and intoxicating at the same time. This is a great dessert beer, or winter warmer. Or, you know, for whatever reason you want to come up with...worth drinking...over and over and over...

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

Poured from bottle into beer pint goblet -

Poured black as a new tire with one finger head that quickly dissipated into a thin creamy lacing - good carbonation .

Smell - Booze , bitter coffee , raosted malts.

Taste -The booze jumped out of the glass and attacked my tounge like a Yeti after fresh meat -not as if thats a bad thing ,

Oak notes ,The strong bitter coffee was present and it wasn't going anywhere , toasted malts ,

Drinkability - The Yeti is a strong beast not for the weak at heart , strong coffee and stong boozey notes are ever precent slight oak hints with some malt creamyness that seems to mellow this beast out - It's very drinkable to someone who is used to higher abv beers - for those who don't enjoy a higher abv beer dont go messin with Sasquatch

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Photo of metter98
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and has a thin ring of tan bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing in the center.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of roasted malts and licorice with notes of pepper and hints of alcohol. There is a mild amount of bitterness, which particularly stands out in the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
D: The beer is a slow sipper given its strength but the complexities in the flavors keep your taste buds interested.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz into a snifter. Pitch brown/black with a giant, never-ending mocha head. Plenty of lace left behind. One BEAUTIFUL beer. Damn.
The smell is good but doesn't quite hit the same note. Bittersweet chocolate, burnt coffee, booze, metal and earth.
The taste pops it right back up there. Certainly the chocolate and coffee element are there, earth and oak make a solid appearance. The mineral smell seems not to show up (good), the alcohol does, just a bit (understandable). Complex, smooth and easy to sip.
I think I have to go grab the regular Yeti and Coffee Oak Yeti (the other two I can get) because this beer was delicious. I'll grab another to age, for sure.

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Photo of tewaris
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted side by side with regular Yeti, so there's some comparison.

22 oz. bottled 10.30.2009 poured into a Duvel tulip on 03/04/2011. Poured very very dark - even the stream was opaque! The color of the huge head can put the color of some feebler stouts to shame! As the head subsided, some lacing stuck around on the glass and upon sipping or swirling, distinct legs were seen. Very good looking stout!

The regular Yeti smelled of sweet malts, strong roast with some vanilla-cream undertones, and hops. The Oak Aged version was even creamier and rounded but the difference were subtle at best.

Fruity and bittersweet tasting, with distinct dark chocolate notes and intense roast. The bitterness of roasted coffee beans stayed on palate and alcohol warmth was felt as it went down. The fruit and acidic character kept getting enhanced with temperature but is still somewhat less fruity, less coating, and more tannic with an even cleaner finish compared to the regular Yeti. Longer wood and coffee aftertaste in comparison, but the differences were again subtle at best.

Smooth but not to the extent of velvety, perhaps because of the strong astringency of roast. The carbonation was spot on, and while the body seemed a little thin at times, it was still quite "meaty". Excellent stout with great drinkability for its alcohol and size.

Scores: 5, 4, 4, 4.5, 4.5

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Photo of Vierenner
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours beautifully with a dark, rich foam head lasting longer than most. There is a mild sweetness in the smell but hop aroma overpowers it to a great degree. Similarly, subtle flavors are overpowered by the hops ... leaving me wishing I had not even purchased the beer. I think I'm tasting vanilla and caramel but the bitterness sort of confuses my taste buds. Oh, well ... my search for a beer better than New Holland's Dragon's Milk continues.

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Photo of krazyboi
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a 30 oz. glass mug.

A: Black as night. Very nice creamy tan colored head that dissipates ever so slowly, leaving a nice lacing on the glass. Looks perfect!
S: Chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, vanilla, hops and a bit of oakiness.
T: Bitter coffee and dark chocolate, oak, alcohol, a bit of hops,
M: Thick, sticky and creamy. Medium/high carbonation.
D: This is a GREAT oak aged imperial stout in my opinion. None of the flavors overpowers the others and is easy to drink for a 9.5% ABV beer. I will be on the lookout for another bottle of this, for sure.

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

Thanks to steve8robin for this one, poured from a bomber into a snifter. The pour is obsidian black, thin tan head. Surprisingly hoppy aroma, with some wood, coffee. Nice hoppy flavor, coffee, and the oak adds nice flavors. It has warming alchohol on the finish. Full bodied, nice sipper. A very good RIS, my favorite Yeti.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

284th review on BA
bottle to NB Globe

App- Liquid chocolate with some crimson edges. A nice 2 finger head that was a nice dark tan. VERY long lasting, seeing as I spilled the rest of the bottle cleaned it up and the head was still strong.(DAMNIT)

Smell- Hops(suprisingly) booze(not-suprised), oak with some slight malts and vanilla whisps.

Taste- Smooth and mellow with a touch of a smoky aftertaste. Not as BIG as the other versions of yeti but this was well balanced, flavorful and not over powering. A nice stout.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carb level. Had an almost caramel like after taste.

Drink- Great way to relax after a long run. Nice stout with great flavors. Would def. have again especially with a pairing.

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

Poured from bomber into tulip glass. Pours a dark chocolate with a caramel colored head. Frothy, and full of carbonation. Aroma was a strong chocolate malt and vanilla swirl. The taste was very complex with chocolate, vanilla, and oak tones all coming together to make this a very enjoyable drink. Oak and alcohol were very well subdued by everything else going on, very balanced for such a big Imperial Stout.

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Darkness tulip from a 22oz 2/11/11.

Pours a beautiful black with a nice sized brown head and lots of brown lacing.

Smells like a hershey chocolate bar. This beer is going in my cellar next time I get it.

The taste is same as above. Tons of coco and as it gets warmer the coco and other spices come out more. I do like the ABV and taste.

Drinkability is high and I can see drinking more of these. This is a great stout and Im glad I have some around for aging.

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Photo of Chizoad
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Impressive looking beer with a brown creamy head and a pitch black molasses body. Chocolate and coffee dominate the nose and taste, but the sweetness is backed up by mild bitterness. Surprising how much CO2 is in this beer, very creamy mouthfeel but also a little crisp, which is unusual for this style. I like it a lot, and I think it makes the beer a little easier to drink than usual.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Oak Aged Yeti is completely opaque black, and I mean pitch black. No light gets through this beer, its like a black hole (with a tan head). Beautiful lacing that just sticks to the side of the glass. Aroma is full of cocoa, vanilla, slight cherries, and slight coffee. Flavor is right on the nose with the smell. Chocolate, vanilla, and coffee dominate while the back palate carries a little bit of an earthy hop bite. Mouthfeel is heavy, but not as heavy as you would think judging by the color and how this beer pours. Just the right amount of carbonation helps carry this beer. Drinkability is low due to just how purely awesome this beer is. I would only want to have one of these, even if I felt that I could have more. Sipping beer, defiantly.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on: (should be on the bottom right hand side of the bottle but its just dots)

Purchased through Lakeview Liquors, Chicago, Illinois

Price - $9.99/bomber

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a creamy mocha colored head. Wow, this SOB is Thick like engine oil. Polka dotted lacing decorates the glass. With each swirl of the snifter another layer of froth reveals itself. Looks tastey.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate roasted malt dominate the nose followed by a layer of sweetness and hops.

Taste: The initial flavor of sweetness is quickly replaced with coffee, vanilla, bitter chocolate and alcohol. A healthy dose of hops is a nice addition and keeps it from being too cloying.

Mouthfeel: Starts out thick and chewy. In the middle a fair amount of bitterness strikes the tongue followed by a warming sensation. Finishes dry with a bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: I liked it from start to finish. I was actually surprised at the complexity of the taste profile and really enjoyed the abundance of hops. Overall a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of twelvepack
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark black color with a rusty brown head. Lacing seems to hang for quite a while.

S- Smells of dark fruit, roasted malt, a bit of chocolate and oak.

T- At first a hint of sweetness is followed with a strong roasted malt flavor, moves into some dark chocolate, sweet fruit and leaves a roasted oaky aftertaste.

M- Really enjoyed the way this came to life at this stage. A nice smoothness develops into a wonderful creaminess.

D- Definitely a drinkable beer. Slow and steady on this one fellas.

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

1 Pint.
Bottled On: Dec 04 2009
With this beer I offically become a BA Initiate.

Pours a thick dark black that no light could ever penetrate. Thick foamy dark tan head and plenty of lacing. Nose is phenol, oak, dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee beans and sweet vanilla. Taste follows the nose, lost of variety; toasted dark malt body rounded out by bitter chocolate and coffee notes. Complex blend of flavours, the oak barrels lend some wood, chewy notes and it remians very sweet with vanilla throughout. Heavily bodied, thick mouthfeel. Pretty effective ABV here at 9.5%. A wonderful winter storm warmer that should last awhile.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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