Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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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.

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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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Photo of shanetemple
1.64/5  rDev -61.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours beautifully dark and rich, tan head, awsome lacing.

Smells slightly sweet, fruity. Nice there.

Taste-- Overpowering roasted black malt. I need more here, more fruitiness, more sweetness, maybe some hops. It just seems too one dimensional to me. Astringant.

Mouthfeel-- A touch thin for an imperial/double stout.

Drinkability-- No thanks, I'll find other double stouts that are more up my alley.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

22oz served in a snifted.
bottled date 01/06/10

pours a viscous, opaque jet black with a luscious finger of creamy, mocha toned head. good retention and gorgeous walls of lacing. just a beautiful presentation, top to bottom.

nose is fairly bold and offers a lot of the usual suspects: chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. i get a touch of oak, maybe vanilla. there's also a hint of a hoppy character loitering in the background.

i get roasted malt out front in the flavor, with a notable presence of hops opening up mid-palate. notes of oak, vanilla, and chocolate. 9.5% ABV virtually nonexistent (i've also been sitting on this one for about a year). a touch of hoppy bitterness in the finish

rich, creamy, medium-full bodied mouthfeel... oustanding. this one's a step away from being a meal, so that hurts its drinkability a bit, but overall a great RIS.

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Photo of mempath
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

nice bomber size...a gift from Sarah (thanks!)

appearance is no less than stellar...stands firm and thick and frothy and vibrant for 5 minutes or more....dark dark head...luscious lacing in large swathes. it just looks serious. incredible. often many a great brew is weak here...not this one

like all great stouts of this nature, i catch the sweet, alcoholic, dark preserved fruit notes along with some dark chocolate Raisanets. the roastiness is more fermented seeming. like miso. deep and concentrated.

even if you didn't like anything like this level of brewing art, you have to raise a toast to the masterpiece here. i happen to love this kind of stout and i find this immediately complex...if i stop to think and dissect and analyze, i lose the experience. it wil take a moment to come back and draw on the memory. but this leaves deep impressions: just right IBU balances the smokey sweetness...tart is a key word...like other great stouts (no matter the style), this simply satisfies life on earth. it's like a meal. or a decadent dessert, but refreshing all the same. savor it, sure, but quaff it, too. it's not stodgy. it's at home in a 3/4 pint glass with a silly cow on it. and the lacing continues on down the glass, more mottled this vache. mouthfeel is as it should be...neither sticky thick and cloying or thin and dry. the flavors linger and mingle with the next swallow.

at 9.5abv, not sure what the drinkablility is for everyone at anytime. but i say a bottle of this is always a special occasion. enjoy it! life is short. a PERFECT ending to a long mountain bike ride. i'll test this after my first endurance race of the season...


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Photo of fastsrt
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

draft pour in a 12 ounce tulip at the Bind Tiger Ale House.

A: black, smooth tight brown head.

S: Oak right off the bat, roasty, hops.

T: chocolate, oak, vanilla, the beer is heavy on the oak if I could get a bottle I bet this would be better after some time it is a bit oak forward and would benefit to be a bit more mellow.

M: creamy, coating, heavy

D: one glass is enough for me right now I drank it pretty quick and would enjoy another, If i see it on shelves i will buy it and cellar it for a year or so.

I had this again one month later from a growler and it was even better

O: I love this beer it is a solid oaked stout. one of the best.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oak-Aged Yeti, full damn nice growler, filled at The Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen, New York.

Appearance: Served in a Sierra snifter, it pours very thick and dark and oily, producing a perfect one-finger very tan-brown head with bubbles on top. Head dies quickly though, and only a rim and some bubbles remain. Lacing is beautiful, color is overwhelmingly dark.

Smell: Coffee, roasty bitterness, wood. Lots of oak! Very dry, makes me think of sticking my nose into a barrel at a winery/brewery.

Taste: Oak right away, very woodsy. Then chocolate, some faint vanilla. Reminds me of the very bitter vegan artisanal chocolate I just bought in Brooklyn. Alcohol is hidden, though. Not boozy at all. Finishes dry and woodsy.

Mouthfeel: Again the woodsy feeling all over, and a dry finish. Some hop bitterness around the mouth. Chocolaty, creamy. Low carbonation, medium body, full flavor.

Drinkability: Good, in small doses, just not the whole growler! :-) It is not boozy, which I really like. Drinks well. Could never guess the 9.5%!

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Photo of geokills
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick, black as night with a hearty brown cap and well defined lacing. Roasty toasty on the nose and balanced with a good hop presence on the tongue; without which this beer might be too heavy to handle! The oak is there, it is sweet but not overly so. Hints of chocolate and vanilla that pair exceptionally well with the brownies we made earlier this week.

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Photo of ryanonline
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

beautiful black and dark with a big brown cap and a lot of lacing.

very hoppy for a stout, still plenty of roast and malt background though a bit of vanilla as well. maybe a faint scent of wood.

tastes the same but that woodiness is more present, i suppose its oaky but its hard to get something so subtle as oak in a bolder imperial stout. still really excellent.

somewhat thick with prickly carbonation, very dry finish(thats where the oak is).

a bit heavy but still drinkable. num nums.

i like yeti.

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

On-tap at Kelleher's (Peoria, IL) as part of a flight tasting on February 11th, 2001 in a 5.oz mini pint glass.

I enjoyed the espresso oak-aged so I was looking forward to this one.

A - Just as I remember the espresso from the bottle. Thick, opaque, black coloring. Thin, tan head. Nice lacing and coating on the sides. It's a good looking stout.

S - Roasted notes out the ass. Way less coffee in this one as expected, more of a hint than a blast. Slight booze presence.

T - Again, roasted character dominates. Almonds, caramel, reserved coffee and chocolate flavors underneath. Didn't sense a lot of the oak aging.

M - Heavy body. Carbonation is just alright.

D - It was pretty much what I anticipated, which in this case means that it was a decent drink. The booze don't draw too much attention and the flavors are done pretty well. Relax and sip it.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

aggressive pour into snifter.

Appearance: Black body and dark brown head. Good lacing that lasts for most of this beer.

Smell: Roasted grains and hops.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, oak, and mild vanilla tones. Bitter hops that blend well with the roasty malt flavors. No alcohol burn in this beer at all. The balance between the hops and malt is spot on!

Mouthfeel: Creamy and delicious. Full boody beer. Mild to moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Sipper on this, and savor it. It is worth your time. The balance is fantasic.

Overall: My favorite Yeti beer from Great divide.

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Photo of jayt206
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black with subtle deep crimson accents. Two finger dark mocha head with lacing that likes to hang around.

S: Chocolate, coffee, and roasty/salty caramel. A hint of vanilla and alcohol.

T: Very sweet. Milk chocolate, dark roast coffee, and an earthy/hoppy finish.

M: Medium, creamy. Light carbonation.

D: Very drinkable and slightly warming. Smooth and well balanced. I will definitely be on the lookout for more of this brew.

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Photo of godfathermg57
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle in a Duvel tulip glass

A: Jet black as stouts should be, but the head was a bit weak

S: Lots of malts and chocolate

T: Not the most complex stout by any means, but a solid taste; lots of chocolate and roasted notes rounded out at the back with a faint hops bitterness.

M: Not as thick in the mouthfeel as I would prefer from the style

D: Very drinkable and smooth. You could probably finish a whole bomber without laboring too much.

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Photo of gopens44
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black color with a dark brown 1" foamy head

S - Vanilla, coffee, and malts

T - Very much like the nose with coffee being the dominant taste. Wrapped along the edges of teh coffee was a bitter chocolate taste. Fairly rich tasting and a touch boozy.

M - Lively carbonation and well bodied. Dry finish with a lingering bitter coffee aftertaste.

Enjoyable drink this one. I think a little commitment to this and only this may have to take place to fully enjoy.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bought a 22 at Total Wine in DE a few weeks back. Had an espresso oak aged Yeti earlier today during BA's Philly pub crawl. Threw this one in the fridge for the Superbowl, but never got around to it. Figured after today's earlier outstanding brew, I had to have this one to keep up with the Yeti. Besides, I made chili tonight and figured it would compliment perfectly.

A: Jet black with 2 finger brownish/tan head. After swirling it around a few times in my oversized snifter, the foam clinged to the glass.

S: Subtle oak w/alcohol notes. Some roast present. Hops seem to be masked in the alcohol and other aromas but they are there.

T: Lots of oak flavor, maybe a little too much. Some vanilla, oak charring, and chocolate.

M: Nice full, lathering mouthfeel.

D: A sipper & hard to come by. A great beer nonetheless.

Love all the Yeti brews from GD!!!

Update: 4/3/13: Poured a bottle I bought from the brewery during 2012 GABF. This one pours with a massive tan head. Again, oak notes very subtle against a rather strong vanilla character. Tastes luscious with strong notes of muted roast, cocoa, vanilla, and all around goodness. Feels a little thick, almost like a milkshake but drinks terribly easy. Alcohol so well in check. This one line of beers is one of my favs. Bumped up my ratings just because I love Yeti so damn much.

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Photo of Aiptasia
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first Imperial Stout sampling at Kickbacks in Jacksonville, FL. I wanted to start off the meal at Kickbacks right, with a good strong beer that would go well with my meaty selection of a blue cheese stuffed cheeseburger, and oh man this one slaughtered it. I'm generally a fan of Great Divide's beers, so it was a natural choice to try one i've never had before in such a great gastropub.

A: Coffee, black in color. A nice two finger creamy foam head formed at the top. Great lacing, very slow dissipation.

S: Oaky, rich dark scents of coffe and postum.

T: Decadently rich and hoppy. Plenty of bitterness to pair with heavy foods.

M: Hoppy and bitter lingering on the pallete. Otherwise well balanced.

D: A sipper, pairs well with meats. Micro carbonation makes it go down rich and smooth. Masks it's alcohol well. If stouts are your thing, you'll enjoy it.

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

Reviewed from notes 2/8/2011

A: dark brown, almost black with a 2 finger brown head, leaves elegant lacing down the whole glass

S: chocolate, espresso, vanilla, and lots of sweetness

T: chocolate and coffee/espresso upfront, with a hint of vanilla in the middle, oaty, definitely an alcohol burn to it, dry on the finish

M: mild carbonation, thick, creamy, lingers on the tongue

D: delicious and drinkable despite the high ABV, pairs well with homemade milk chocolate stout cupcakes


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Photo of jayhawk73
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours extremely black w/ a dark caramel head. I don't think light escapes this beer, it's a black hole. Can't imagine a better looking Imperial Stout, this one is a stunner. I get some hops, chocolate, coffee and vanilla w/ the smell. None overpowering, and the smell is pretty balanced and smooth. Taste- Wow. This is one of those beers that is perfectly balanced and all the smells come through in the taste. A taste bomb for sure. The flavor lingers for a while afterwards, which is nice. VERY smooth, and I don't really taste the alcohol even though it's a whopping 9.5%. The drinkability of this big Imperial Stout is off the charts. Everything about this beer is so good, it would be easy to down several and realize later that the ABV is way up there! Highly Recommended, and a beer that I'll definitely pick up again.

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Photo of irs
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on Oct 07, 2010...This is a young one, but I couldn't throw it back. Need to get some more to cellar.


A: :big thick brownish tan head on a deep inpenetrable, opaque, dark brown body

S: Raisins soaked in booze, then espresso...then some more booze.

T: So much going on here. Upfront, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, caramel, espresso, all dominated by vanilla, and then a sharp, almost shockingly bitter dry finish.

M: I think this is the best feature of this beer, which is saying something because it would be a great beer even with no mouthfeel. But its a thick, viscous, chewy, velvety drink that just goes down smooth...if it wasn't for the hopbomb in the finish.

D: It is dangerous and tempting, but the kick is unsubtle enough to warn you to try to sip rather than gulp. But its requiring an effort to do that.

Thanks Great Divide! Make a lot more!

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Photo of axeman9182
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, allowed to warm a little bit and poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours standard stout black. The burnt caramel head rises to an absolutely massive height, and has staying power like crazy. The lacing doesn't quite live up though, keeping the look from being quite perfect. The nose is had a solid balance of dark chocolate and roasty grains. There's also a strong citrus hop presence. Hoppy stouts aren't really my bag, so we'll see how this goes. The great dark chocolate aroma fades a little on my palate, replaced by that general roastiness. Coffee makes itself known, but just barely. Even more than the nose the citrus hops really come through too much here. I prefer my imperial stouts to be malt driven, so this oneis a litle bit of a miss for me. Further accenting the the relative lack of maltiness, is that the body is incredibly light for a 9.5% imperial stout. I'd really like to see a bit more heft behind it. Desipte the light body, the carbonation is just barely there. I suppose it's passable, but just so. Any less and the beer would end up being a bit too syrupy. I can see how some people would like Oak Aged Yeti, but hoppy stouts aren't a favorite of mine, and the oak aging does little to smooth it out.

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

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an oversized snifter glass. Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a thin tan head that lingers as a small island of bubbles clinging to the side of the glass.

Has a boozy alcohol smell, with vanilla, dark chocolate, and caramel notes.

Taste is thick and sweet, smooth, with some chalky bitter to end each sip. Coffee, baker's chocolate, molasses, and subtle vanilla combine nicely. The oak aging really comes through, leaving this massive brew feeling somewhat subdued and smoothed-out.

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, and smooth, with the slightest bit of bite as you gently sip this one down. Ends with a mild bitter aftertaste.

Highly drinkable, this is one stout you'll want to sip by the fire on a cold night, which is what I plan to do tonight.

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Photo of mjn5036
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked open this bottle that has been in my basement for well over a year now. The label is also one of the older ones. I think this bottle may be two years old at this point. I can't find a bottled on date anywhere.

Poured into a snifter. This one pours jet black and constructs a cocoa powder color head, about two fingers in height. Thick soapy lacing clings to the walls of the glass after a swirl. Impressive looking brew.

On the nose I get chocolate, coffee, oak and roasted malt. Not a whole lot going on but it smells delicious nonetheless.

The smell is a total letdown compared to the taste. Tons and tons of chocolate, some coffee, a charred oak characteristic and what I think is the vague resemblance of fading hops. From what I understand this is generally a really hoppy stout so I am assuming this one has a decent amount of age on it for there to be little to no hop profile.

Yeti is incredibly rich and smooth on the palate. A perfect amount of carbonation makes this once go down all too easily. At nearly 10%, the alcohol is nearly undetectable. Maybe a sipper when fresh, but given some age Yeti goes down silky smooth and far too quickly. I cant believe I have passed this one up for so long. A great example of its style and one I will be going back to very soon.

Paired with a slice of cheesecake. Simply divine.

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Photo of inxy
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, sexy brown ring of head where the beer meets the glass.
Not picking much up in the nose.
Tastes like hershey kisses. Warm and roasty malts. Makes me wanna snuggle.
Feels milky, smooth, and derishous.
Halfway through a bomber and I'm feelin fine.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,589 ratings.
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