Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

4,598 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 TMoney2591
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dirty John's tulip pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for breaking this bottle out during our brew-day!

I'm one step closer to having tried every version of the Snowman (BA, you're next!). It pours a sleek onyx topped by over a finger of rich, dark tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate syrup, molasses, brown sugar, light pine, and light cedar. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, molasses, oak, greens, and dark chocolate. The body teeters along the border between hefty medium and light heavy, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice stout, one that thankfully doesn't try to overdo it with the oak. Good times.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

This beer pours an absolutely gorgeous blackness topped by a cocoa brown head that is nice and dense with a tad bit of cascading. The smell is a bit on the chocolaty side with a couple of booze fumes that come through and make darn sure that you know it's a RIS. The taste is almost solely of dark chocolate flavors. I really am disappointed that I couldn't pick out any of the oak at all. I've been really trying to pick it up, but it really wasn't that bold on the tongue. This is a pretty darn good beer overall. I would have no problem having this again.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice looking RIS. Puffy dense hazelnut colored head which fades, but leaves lacing around my snifter for the remainder of the beer. The aroma is oh so much more hops then I expected. There is also a good amount of chocolate, coffee, and roast in the nose. Where the apperance and aroma of this beer shine, the flavor falters. I feel it has all the right flavors, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, but it is slightly unbalanced and overly bitter for the style. The mouthfeel is appropriate. As for the drinkability I wouldn't want to crush a whole bottle. A good beer, but slightly disappointing.

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

What a Brew! Let me start of by saying that I thought the Regular Great Divide Imperial was one of the best I have tasted, and this one beats it for sure!

Poured from bottle into a Pint glass. Black as night, held it up to sunlight and nothing got through. Leaves a nice head that dies out pretty quickly. Smell is probably the best part about this beer, you get the smell of vanilla, with some of the oak and chocolate and it smells amazing! Now the taste, you can def. taste the booze up front a bit, but once you swallow it the amazing taste comes. Things like for me up front is the vanilla/coffee beans flavor, and the lingering taste is like dark chocolate. As for the drinkability it drinks great and has a nice mouthfeel, but you can prob just drink one of these as it is so rich and has a ton of ABV.

One of the best stouts I have tasted as of late. To be honest it is more well balanced than the '10 Abyss!

Great Brew Great Divide!

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Photo of CooperEllis
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From stevefinny, 22oz into dfh snifter.

Bottled on 1/6/10
Consumed on 1/6/11

Very nice pour, really nice color. There was a good head but it disappeared quickly and left very little lacing.

It's boozy in the nose (and the taste) but once you get past that, this is exceptionally nice. Vanilla extract, malt, roast, oaky. I always look for a little dark fruit and I'm not finding it. I may be there after this has mellowed but not currently.

Boozy. nice bitter chocolate notes; a nice roasted malt. There is a good amount of hoopy bitterness in this as well and it balances the taste nicely.

Spot on the mouthfeel but the I'm having a hard time getting past the heat here.

I enjoyed this greatly, and I would certainly reach for it on a regular basis. As far as a RIS goes, however, this particular bottle was just too boozy to make it a highly drinkable brew. I could see this being a 4.5 across the board type brew with another year on it (or possibly more).


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Photo of DovaliHops
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled October 2010, so fairly fresh for a RIS. Pours a thick pitch black with tiny brown head that disappears fast. Even when held up to bright light this beer is dark as night. Scent is strong chocolate with a lot of vanilla and oak aromas...especially vanilla. A light amount of hoppiness and espresso in the nose as well. Great smelling beer! Taste is initially a bit hoppy with some bitter chocolate and espresso bean flavors. It's immediately followed by some smooth oak flavors with subtle vanilla (not as much as the nose implied). Finishes with a bit more bitter chocolate for a nice clean finish. Mouthfeel is superb, with a velvety, thick feel. Drinkability is high. Haven't had a Yeti I didn't care for, or even thought was just mediocre for that matter. The only one left to try is Chocolate Oak Aged.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter from a 22 oz bomber, bottled in Nov-10, with ABV on the label.
Thick and syrupy as it pours, the glass feels so much more heavier as compared to other stouts when full.
Pitch black with absolutely no penetration of light whatsoever.
Nice, thick mocha head that dissipates ever so slowly to a persistent thin layer. Good, solid carbonation at the surface.
The aroma up front was full of hops. Slowly with time the other aromas make their presence felt. Woody with hints of chocolate/milk chocolate, some coffee, roasted malts and fruity esters.
Ah, the taste is exceptional. Hops are evident first-up, with a bitter, roasted finish (some hints of smoked flavor). Coats the palate beautifully, nice smooth silky feel. Taste gets complex as it slowly warms up. It's an all out attack on the taste buds.
Beautiful mocha lacing coats the inside of the glass with every sip. As the label rightly says, this is one MASSIVE stout. It's a monster.
Kudos to Great Divide for making one of the most intense stouts I have had till date. This is definitely a sipper, perfect on a cold, winter night. Highly recommended. Can't wait to get my hands on another bottle, if and when I see it next in my beer store.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours super dark black. Doesn't allow any light to penetrate it. Incredibly thick head for the style. It sits atop the beer. The beer pours like sludge.

S-Powerful nose. Super roasty with dark chocolate and coffee. A big whiff of hops hits as well. Definately one of the hoppier stouts I have come across. Alcohol is present as well but adds complexity in my opinion.

T-Very nice. Big dark chocolate note. Super roasty with espresso as well. Oakiness and vanilla also make an appearence. Hoppiness is very delicious as well. The oakiness lingers as does the dark chocolate and the hops.

M-Heavy with a slick creamy feel. Carbonation adds character.

D-So drinkable. I find the alcohol to be masked well.

Oaking this beer was an excellent idea. Really delicious. Definately a very unique taste that I love.

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Photo of bvarn
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me start by saying that I love Imperial Stouts.

A: Black as the blood of a Yeti. This beer is entirely opaque. Light could not even penetrate the thin stream of this bold brew as I poured it into my snifter. It formed and retained a deep caramel head.

S: Bitter chocolate, oak, vanilla, espresso.

T: Wow.

M: Absolutely massive. The alcohol warms you as it goes down but it is masked perfectly.

D: Respect the Yeti. I will be having this again. Worth the price.

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

22oz into Bruges tulip.
A: A thick, black body pours a full bodied head that has a deep chocolate appearance. The head holds very well and lacing is found in thick patterns. Overall a great looking stout.
S: The front of the aroma shows a strong use of oak. The complex and layered aroma shows a nice big malt usage and a hint of chocolate malts.
T/M: Big up front taste of a roasted sweetness, that rolls nicely into a strong malty body. The linger is the best addition to this brew, the brew shows an increase of complexity long after the brew has been drank. The mouthfeel is a silky, thick milk shake that is a wonderful example of the style.
D: This is a very nice overall oak stout. The complex tastes are added by strong characters of the beer as well. The abv is hidden well and is very approachable.

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

Thank you to TCHopCraver for sharing this with me on 12/9/10. I believe it was a year or so old bottle which had the old label.

Pours black with a lovely brown head a good 2 fingers thick. Head exists throughout the drink which is great, though the lacing is medium.

There is all kinds of wood in the scent. It smells like a lot of 2x4's went in to this. There is some musty notes, lemon, chocolate, vanilla, and some sweetness.

Lovely oak tones exist in the taste all the way through from the first flavors to the aftertaste.. Vanilla and chocolate compliment the wood along with a huge hit of lemon, pine hops. Well balanced throughout.

The mouthfeel is very full, creamy, and soft. This makes my mouth very happy.

Amazingly drinkable for all that is going on. Very well done and my favorite Yeti. Yum...Yum...It's so good...I can't get enough.

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Photo of beersensei305
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- black as night with a big tannish head foamy perfect lacing around the glass oil slick like motor oil head lasts a long time

S- chocolatey sweet hopy

T- oaky smooth chocolatey roasted hoppy vanilla

M- a little dry bitter sticky

D- delicious overall

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Photo of r0nyn
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from 12/25 notes. Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my DFH snifter. Split with BAs NYManc, emonte and others. 2009 vintage.

I have a thing for how stouts look and the Yetis never fail to tickle that feeling. Big, dark and black is the pour right into the glass, creating about a half-inch dark brown head that lingers for a bit before receding. Some sticky spotty lacing. Swirls around like a syrup, and you can almost see the legs in it. Smell is lots of dark chocolate mingled with that definite oak scent. Slight nuances of vanilla and dark fruit round out the nose.

Initial sip yields a blast of that oaked flavor that stays on the tongue throughout the tasting experience. There's so much of it that it was almost as if the beer was tapped directly from the oak barrel. I half expected to find a wood chip or two floating around in my glass. But there are other flavors too, thankfully. The dark chocolate is still there, providing its own brand of unique bitterness and oh yeah, there are some hops too. I thought maybe sitting on this beer for a year would mellow them out, but they're right there, giving this brew a bittering finish. After all this rather surprising medley of tastes, I was able to detect some of the vanilla that I'd been looking forward to, but it paled in comparison to the rest of the flavor profile. The 9.5% ABV comes a-knocking at the end with some alcoholic heat burning down your throat and settling in your belly. Mouthfeel is big and weighty and velvety smooth, which is pretty much the staple of the Yeti line. No complaints there.

Drinkability is good, but like the other versions of the Yeti, you'll have to take your time with it. It definitely surprised me by being a lot oaky-er and hoppier than I expected, but it's still a very solid brew. I'll just have to see if I can find an older label vintage to compare. Another quality Yeti from Great Divide.

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Photo of artcurtis
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a New Belgium Globe (Sorry GD, the tulip is dirty)
A- Pours a thick inky black. No light can pierce this wonderful bastard. Topped with a nice, dark, creamy head. Dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving a nice layer and a lot of lacing. Head kind of reminds me of a cherry stout (hmmmm, cherry yeti, awesome idea, if I do say so myself.)
S- Another home run. BIG roasted malt notes here. Vanilla heavily underlies the roast. Maybe a hint of smoke, and I get a bit of cherries as well.
T&M- Thick and inky. The mouth feel on this is huge. Very big bodied. Big roasty malts, backed by strong oak and vanilla. Finishes with just a touch of hops. An incredibly smooth brew, far better than the standard yeti, though I think I still prefer the Espresso.
D- Drinkablility is remarkable for a beer that is 9.5 ABV and an advertised 75 IBU's.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage tasting December 28, 2010

Beer was bottled in 2007 some time and was cellared in December of 2007.

I was impressed with how a substantial tan head still formed upon pouring. It died down after a few minutes though. Smell is still alive and offering a lot; the oak is still present, thankfully, and the boozy chocolate notes are all there; the massive amount of hops has diminished. Taste is really subdued compared to a fresh version, really amping up the drinkability. Flavors have really melded together, making for one long flavor, as opposed to getting different hints from start to finish like normal. Vanilla is still a key component and is in good balance; it has neither intensified nor diminished. Body feels thinner and the carbonation is lower. Not too surprisingly, there is still a dry bitter finish. Overall, I'd say this was a cellar success and a lot of fun to try after waiting patiently for three years.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an intense black with a large mocha head which fades to a rocky patch with stringy lace. Smell is dark chocolate, a little tobacco and wet leather, some vanilla, and charred oak. Taste is all the above with an roasted earthyness and sweet malt finish. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, rich and thick. Exceptional. Had this with a year + or so on it. Very well done.

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Photo of prg1976
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, dark, dark with a tan head. Looks great.

Smell is definitely oaky, with some chocolate and a touch of alcohol.

Tastes like it smells, oaky. Some vanilla, lots of chocolate, and a good bit of alcohol.

Not overly carbonated, feels good going down, just a little hot to drink too much or too fast.

Could probably use 6 mo or a year in the cellar.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours like used motor oil, resulting in a two almost three finger head of dense brown foam. Lace is thick and very clinging. Color is a 40 on the SRM beer color chart, even strong daylight will not shine through and show any color. One great smelling beer, I could just smell this all day. Foremost is dark chocolate, and coffee, vanilla, toffee, molasses, and malt. Flavor is very intense...coffee, dark chocolate, black strap molasses, toffee, maple, burnt oak, and hops. I really like this beer, I got to go and get some more.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 version (year old) poured from a tap at Union Jacks into a snifter glass.

Scores: 4.5, 4.5, 5,4.5, 4.5

A: A dark black color with zero light filtering through. Nice an syrupy looking with a thing light brown tight laced head. Minimal lacing in the snifter.

S: Huge hits of chocolate, cocoa and vanilla sweetness. Slight hops.

T: Wow, the bottle was great, this is even better. The years age really rounds this beer. Anyway, huge flavors of thick cocoa and dark chocolate, burnt coffee, with the massive vanilla oaky flavor. Sweet and tart at the same time. Hops still linger even after a year and the vanilla sweetness is just so perfect. Wow, how awesome is this beer. Creamy smooth.

M: Full but velvety smooth. It coats and warms but the abv is well hidden. I could just allow this beer to sit in my mouth for minutes.

D: High, thus the problem. The abv will kick you but its oh so highly drinkable.

Overall I bow to Great Divide. How good is this beer? World class. This one year old keg was simply amazing, I am still shaking my head. It's a 2 man race for best impy stout between OA Yeti and KBS. Let the battle begin.

Re-reviewing the 2010 fresh tap version.

Poured from tap into a snifter glass from a home keg. 2010 version that is fresh.

A: A jet black color with a big two finger fluffy medium brown head. Full lasting lacing in the glass.

S: Massive chocolate notes with some cream and huge woody oak smells. Some sweet malt and doses of piney hops.

T: Wow, so much different than the year old. Fresh the flavors of sweet chocolate come pouring out with a hint of vanilla creme, but very, very muted. Burnt coffee mixes in. The sweetness creeps in midway only to be quickly pounded by the heavy wood and oak flavors with some burnt and smoke flavors. Like chewing on burnt wood. Bitter, biting, pine hops pound on the mouth while the oak flavor remains. Finish lasts for hours it seems like. WOW, just WOW. So damn complex. Let it warm and the alcohol comes out with a tad more of the vanilla.

M: Full, biting, coating, bitter, alcohol, wonderful!

D: Again, I can't believe I'm saying this, but these beers pound your taste buds but you keep coming back for more. Very drinkable.

Overall I still say this is a top Impy Stout, no doubt about it. Love it, love it, looove it.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker than Darth Vader's soul (from the Empire Strikes Back, of course. I know he got all good and stuff, just play along, a'ight). A glorious head forms, and it too is as dark as the Emperor himself. Dissipates into a short cap of luminous and spotty foam. Lots o' lacing. Big aromas of chocolate malt, some hoppity hops, and espresso (with the crema on top). Not much else, though. Flavor is wicked...The finish is so smokey it's like a fire. Very cool. But I jump ahead of myself here. Super creamy mouthfeel, very nice and chewy. Thick and rich flavors abound. Lots of espresso character. Bitter, and almost overpoweringly so. Just this side of too much. The oak is killer in this. Seems to add character AND smooth it out some. Lots of tangy malt right upfront and carrying through the drink. Very good beer. Painfully expensive at $9.99/bomber, though. Rasputin is comparable from an Imperial Stout standpoint, but isn;t this smooth and luscious.

WHat I like most: the wonderfully smooth and powerfully comnplex flavor profile.

What I like least: The price and average aroma profile.

Verdict: ALMOST worth the painful price. Won't "WOW!" you if you're a Rasputin fan, but definitely worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of clefoodandbrews
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pour is very dark brown, almost black. The head is a mocha/brown colored and the lacing remains throughout the drink even after the initial surge of head is gone.
The smell is very roasted malt and toasted bread. Both brown sugar and a hint of coffee come through on the nose as well. The taste starts out with a hint of a bitter chocolate and some sweetness that followed the brown sugar nose. Mid-drink I got a little more coffee but it doesn't hang around long because the end quickly rushes in. Roasted flavors are abundant as is the oak and the alcohol! The finish leave a nice little bitterness on your palate.
I thought it had above average carbonation with a thicker mouthfeel.
Drinkability is good, but I don't see myself drinking back to back 22oz bottles of this anytime soon...one at a time was plenty! This is a beer you can sit back and sip slowly and enjoy,

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Photo of TCHopCraver
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes scratched out on 12/9/10. I split the bottle with TCGoalie two days prior to his merry wedding.

OA Yeti pours rather black with a one-finger mocha-brown head into my large snifter. The carbonation bubbles right at the top of the body look dense and fairly fast-moving. Lacing left on the glass is great with fine squiggly strands and little blobs that appear and attach themselves to the drinking vessel.

The aroma reveals lots of freshly cut wood and sawdust that melds with dark chocolate, roasted malts, anise, and a bit of mustiness. A dark cherry fruit aroma and notes of vanilla also emerge from the glass. The oak is the most prominent aroma, but all of the scents synthesize rather nicely.

Right at the start of the sip, I get a fresh blast of chocolate and dark malts with notes of vanilla and brown sugar complementing. The oak is present throughout as a tannic bite on the sides of my mouth. However, it never overwhelms the overall flavor. The sweetness of the malts returns near the end of the sip, and is then washed away by a bitter coffee finish. This flavor is complex and titillates my brain.

A velvety creaminess envelops my mouth in a warm embrace at the same time that bitter acidity from the oak nibbles at the sides of my palate. The finish is a puckering, dry end to a lovely and extraordinary mouthfeel.

This bottle had a year and two months of age on it and I think that helped contribute to this being such a delicious and highly drinkable beverage. It was mellow and diverse-tasting, and was overall a great beer. I highly recommend Oak Aged Yeti and look forward to my next engagement with it.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft. Poured into a tulip glass a dark brown/black color with a nice fluffy tan head. Nice, strong aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and molasses. Leather, slightly bitter, vanilla, and chocolate round out the flavor profile of this beer. It has a nice, velvety medium/heavy mouthfeel. The oak chips provide a nice woody taste to the flavor as well. Really easy drinking for the abv. Yum

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Photo of Blanco
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

black with a huge and frothy light brown head. looks like sea foam in texture. smell is of chocolate and the roasted malt. chocolate with a slight bitterness and a hint of the oak. nice mouthfeel although there is a slight burn from the alcohol. this is very good as all the yetis are, though I like this one less than it's counterparts. not as smooth as the others.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful deep dark jet black that lets no light escape. Deep cocoa colored creamy, thick head that dissipates slowly, leaves a nice brown creamy film floating on top and nice thick walls of lace.

S- Faint nose of bitter cocoa and roasted malts. Hints of smoke and oak.

T- Bitter cocoa and hints of coffee. Strong intense roasted malts. Char and smoke. Oak in background that gives very subtle vanilla hints. Touch of spice and a bitter finish.

M- Creamy velvet with a bitter finish.

D- Definitely a sipper. Pretty complex. Very nice form of an imperial stout. Complex. Drink slowly. Pairs nicely with venison.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,598 ratings.
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