Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutOak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
4,601 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 GarthDanielson
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
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 +5.6%
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 +0.5%
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 -0.5%
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 -1.2%
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 -13.6%
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 +7.5%
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 -1.4%
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 -1.2%
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 -6.1%
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 +2.6%
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 -4.2%
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 +5.6%
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 -4.7%
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 -3.8%
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 -2.6%
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 -61.5%
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%
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 +13.4%
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 +3.8%
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 -0.7%
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 -8.2%
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 -3.5%
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 -3.1%
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 -0.7%
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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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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