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.

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Photo of charlzm
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled, consumed on 12/13/07, re-reviewed on 11/05/10.

Dark brown pour with ruby highlights. Black in the glass, though. Nice thick creamy head of tan bubbles forms and doesn't linger for too long, but leaves massive sheeting.

Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, wood and alcohol.

Massive chocolate malt flavor with alcohol warmth, buttery overtones, oak bitterness, a touch of ashes/charcoal and a spicy burn. Resiny hop aftertaste.

Smooth, a touch chewy but a little thin for a beer this big.

This is a gigantic beer and, while very well done, doesn't let you forget it. Very consistent between first and second reviews!

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Photo of kk73
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my glass. Bottled 10-30-09. Thanks to dmunroe for this one.

A - This beer pours out dark, black, and thick. With a 1 finger dark brown head that quickly fades into a layer of foam, with some lacing.

S - Oak dominates this one. Some vanilla and chocolate, and roasted malt. Also a little bit of hops.

T - Flavors of oak and wood feels like Im drinking it out of the barrel. Some chocolate and roasted malts. Slight bit of bitter herbal hops.

M - Full, creamy, and smooth with moderate carbonation. Good for the style.

D - A sipper that is appropriate for the style. Just a lot of oak for me, wish it was a little more subtle. One bomber is enough. Still a good beer though.

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

Bottled on Nov 17, 2009.

A viscous pour into a pair of tulips. Pitch black body with ruby brown on the edges. Two fingers of mahogany head (bubbly) that recedes into a fine film. Decent amount of lacing.

DARK chocolate notes, rich, complex and foreboding. The oak has developed a very strong presence, bringing a powerful rush of oaky sweetness. Blended together (with a bite of bitterness in the background) and the whole profile is very close to dark chocolate black cherries, and then topped with a pound of sugar. A little too sweet on the nose, but should mellow well.

Bite of bitterness, followed by sweet roasted malt. Roasted cocoa beans, little bit of fruity sweetness, followed by a roasted finish. Oak only comes through in the finish. It seems to act as the backbone, on which the other flavors align themselves. Though in the background, the oak aging definitely plays well against the robust character of the beer.

Carbonation is pretty mild, nothing to bubbly. Thick, rich, heavy cream mouth feel. Alcohol definitely warms you up, but is not present in the taste.

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

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours a jet black with a huge almost pillow like head, that is laying down some nice lace. Not a perfect 5 (like the espresso version), but dam near close.

S: Lots of oak and vanilla notes in this nose, which I especially like, because in a lot of these oaked aged beers that does not shine through enough. The closer you get to regular Yeti, more you realize how hoppy this beer starts. Hops and a rich roasted malt round off the nose.

T: Lacking the complexity of the other Yeti's is this brew's down fall. Still a world class stout, this brew is filled with oak/vanilla notes and a nice roasty base. God this thing is hoppy, almost as hopped up as Old Rasputin.

Mf: Mouthfeel is smooth, medium, and creamy. The flavor could be smoother however.

D: Drink at 9.5% is awesome. Perfect for a bomber.

Overall, Yeti always impresses the shit out of me. Keep it going Great Divide, and please release more of the chocolate Yeti so I can review that soon! PS: Your bottle caps are awesome!

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Photo of Beejay
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Jan 2009

A: Black in the glass, with a very dark brown head. The head is quite small and dissipates to a thin layer fairly quickly.

S: Good amount of oak in the scent. Woody and earthy. Malty with a lot of chocolate, notes of licorice and vanilla.

T: Chocolate with a dominating roasty flavor. The hops are still present, and are rather earthy. There is a hint of oak flavor, and almost a bit of a waxy flavor that I usually associate with some American Bourbons.

M: Medium body, with fairly high carbonation. The carbonation seems to be a tad on the high side for me.

D: A tad on the bitter side for me, and the oak gets a little lost in the mix. Still a good beer, but I don't find that the oak aging makes that big of an improvement over an already great brew.

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

Huge thick 3 finger head on pour. Tooth picks would stand up in this rich cocoa head with incredible lacing. Bittersweet chocolate and light oak dominates the nose. Faint whiff of hops but the oak and the chocolate are most dominant. Slightly bitter fruity hops upfront that is coated with bitter dark chocolate and even more bitter espresso. The oak does try to play down the bitterness. Very rich and creamy body coats the tongue. It is even one of the more refreshing RIS I had in awhile. Stellar beer!

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Photo of nomomentwasted
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this in the past, but in the past week I've now had this twice. It's just one that keeps me coming back, what can I say? So glad we have this regularly distributed in California now, it's looong overdue.

Appearance: Black, swirly goodness with a nice brownish-tan head. Laces well as well. This category is always so subjective, but for a stout, it is exactly what I'd expect. Nothing out of this world, but certainly inviting.

Smell: Feels like an altogether different beast than its original Yeti counterpart. Less roasty, more vanilla and creme. Hops are still there in force, but the oaky vanilla carries its weight in there. Chocolate is there in the nose as well in good helpings, as well as a bit of almost cookie-like sweetness. Very appealing.

Taste: Yeti is good, but Oak Aged is just better. I love what oak does to stouts, and this beer represents that in spades. The roast, burnt character is mellowed by a creamy, smooth vanilla-chocolate combo, with a nice bitterness to keep the body up. The malt bill feels a little different here in some ways, but it could just be the oak. Very, very well done, and just lots of flavor on every sip. Yummy.

Mouthfeel: Hoppy, chewy, and full of flavor, this is the mouthfeel I wish every stout could have. On the swallow, the flavors don't fade, but linger just enough. While it's not as perfect as the Darkness' hoppy-creamy may be, it's about as good as it gets on the open market. Just great all the way around.

Drinkability: A bomber to myself stout in every way. This is one of those stouts that makes me so happy beer exists. It's so full of flavor and has such a great mouthfeel that I fall in love a little more every time. Bravo.

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

Pours a black color with a caramel colored head. Has an aroma of chocolate, caramel, and malts with hints of dark fruit and toffee. Has a sweet bourbon taste with a malty smooth chocolate middle and gentle bitters on the finish. Very tasty. Like some others more, namely KBS, Old Raspy, and Goose Island BCS and Night Stalker. But very good.

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Photo of ccahoon22
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very close to black and dense. Creamy, dark, thick head that lasts longer than most.

S - Malts, coffee, and some wood possibly oak (I don't know my trees that well)

T - Malts, unsweetened chocolate with a great balance.

Very good beer but it's filling. Couldn't have many of these.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Special thanks to my brother for bringing this one out...

Poured from a bomber into a Miami Dolphins pint glass...

A - Pours black with a one finger tan head. Decent head retention and lacing...

S - Oak, chocolate, and a dry smokey scent come through...

T - Dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a hint of vanilla and oak. Finishes on a smokey dry note. No traces of an alcohol warmth comes through...

M - A thick full bodied beer with a moderate amount of carbonation...

D - Definitely something I am looking foward to revisiting in the near future. Of the three Yeti's I have tried, this would probably be my least favorite; however, this is still a very solid brew...


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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very much black, heavy density when pouring. Brown head that lasts and no visible sediment in this one.

S - Sweetness from the malts and not much oak aroma but there are some coffee esters from the grains and a nice chocolate aroma in the background I'm assuming is from the malts used. Very pleasant.

T - More of the oak flavoring comes out when drinking it and the smokiness and dryness of the wood is definitely present. Nice tannin to malt ratio leaves the palate balanced.

M/D - Thick body on this one and has a dry, woody finish. ABV makes it way in the mouthfeel but in a good way as it compliments the wood quite well. Very good flavor and use of wood makes it nice and drinkable.

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Photo of ectomorph
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I guess this is one time that seeing a bottled on date of Dec of 2009 is OK... Poured in sections into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A - Completely black leaving nothing visible in the body, rock solid dark tan head stays put. Looks serious.

S - Wow, a pungent blend of chocolate, dark roast coffee bean, vanilla, the oak is there as well with a wisp of smoke in the finish. Literally mouth watering.

T - Huge roast up front with a great blast of sweet chocolate, vanilla, oak, earthiness. Assertive hops bitterness keeps this one drinkable. Alcohol warmth is noticed, but not harsh. Very clean and yet rich at the same time.

M - Super creamy and smooth, clean finish. Amazing huge rich bodied brew. A pleasure to sip.

D - While the ABV does limit the drinkability, it's a RIS. It is a very sophisticated RIS that demands attention and desreves all it gets.

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Photo of bsp77
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into Snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black with initial massive brown head and decent lacing for an Imperial Stout.

Smell: Chocolate, vanilla, molasses, booze and light oak. Less pungent than the standard Yeti.

Taste: Strong wood flavor, almost charred. Some nice layers of chocolate, vanilla, roasted barley and molasses underneath. Ends somewhat bitter, but the oak aging seems to have tempered it somewhat.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, with a massive smooth & creamy body. Finish is on the dry side.

Drinkability: Great oak-aged Imperial Stout, but I prefer the standard Yeti. Oak aging seems to improve average beers, but something as outstanding as Yeti seems to lose some of its complexity. But this is nitpicking, since this is still such a fantastic beer.

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Photo of Richardberg
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass. Big brown foam, color of black coffee, but almost as viscous as chocolate syrup. Chocolate, oak, charcoal. Taste stands up to the smell with equal complexity and richness. Thick body, coats very well. Surprisingly drinkable for its strength, thickness, and age.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Tulip.

A. 3fingers of dark cola colored head. Thick lacing left all along the glass. Excellent retention. Color is black.

S. Coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla, alcohol, roasted malts. A litte hop bitterness and quite a bit of sweetness. Not as sweet as Chocolate Yeti, but pretty sweet.

T. Taste at first is bitter coffee and chocolate with some hop bitterness. Lying underneath is some of the sweetness. A little more bitter than Chocolate and regular Yeti. Sweetness comes out more as it warms. Start picking up some of the vanilla and oak notes.

M. Nice thick full bodied. Medium carbonation. Pretty dry finish.

D. Drinkable for sure. All of the Yeti variations are exceptional beers. Not sure this is my favorite one of them though. Beer improves on the bitterness level as it warms. More of the achohol comes out as well.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Bottled on 1/6/10.

A- pours black as night with a huge 3 finger brown head. The head quickly fades, and lacing is minimal. That was disappointing...but I love the way the initial pour looks

S- booze, oak, chocolate, coffee. The oak and booze are what come through most, as expected...getting some dark fruits too. Not exactly what I like in a big stout though

T- that slightly sweet, burned oak taste comes through...roasted malts...some bitter chocolate...pretty nice.

M- sooo thick. But not syrupy. The perfect way to enjoy a stout.

D- the oak is really overwhelming in this one, and its a little offputting to me. But its still damn good...I prefer the regular Yeti though

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Photo of Kinsman
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with a bottled on date of January 6, 2010

Pours the darkest brown that brown can be without actually being black. In the glass, its a solid black body capped by a large and sticky coffee-with-cream colored head. The head slowly pops its bubbles one-by-one as it fades to leave a nice tan lace around the glass.

Aroma is fully of roasted coffee beans with chocolate and an ever so slight vanilla scent, however its not the oaky-vanillaness that I expected.

First sip hits the palate with an onslaught of flavors but nothing that suggest beervana. Lots of roasted flavors and dark chocolate going on but these are definitely off-set by a lighter and sweeter vanilla flavor. Hops are also more noticeable than other stouts, but don't seem to add a lot of flavor at this point. As you swallow, the alcohol seems to kick in with a little "hello" to let you know its there without being obnoxious.

A heavy body that is well polished, but not as chewy as I expected.

Overall, Oak Aged Yeti is a top-notch stout at a pretty competitive price point. However, in a crowded market full of imperial stouts, its hard to see where this one stands above the rest.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Alicia for sending this as an extra awhile back.

A: The pour is such a dark brown that we'll call it black. A finger or two worth of tan head sits on top.

S: Lots of roast on the nose with a fair amount of chocolate and coffee. The oak is there and provides some subtle vanilla notes to the beer.

T: The roast and oak character are to the point of astringency. While there is some bitter chocolate and vanilla, the astringent and bitter qualities are just too much.

M: The body is medium with a rather lively carbonation, perhaps a bit much.

D: This was definitely a let down. The oak does not seem to have enhanced this beer at all and it made it sort of tough to drink.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

Pours a very pitch black color with a nice deep amber/light brown head that's very tick and creamy. Nose has thy very distinctive Yeti yeast nose, it's got a bit of iron and some roastiness as well, I really like it.

Taste is very chocolaty and roasted coffee, it's super tasty and drinkable - the mouthfeel is a bit syrupy and very creamy. It's got a light but smooth carbonation that I love.

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Photo of charlesbyrd
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber (bottled 12/9/09) into an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer itself looks like old oil leaving an engine- almost opaque, dark dirty brown, and viscous. As it fills the glass it becomes completely opaque and looks like it's going to flat. A pretty decent head does accumulate, though, and it's one of the darkest I've ever seen on a beer. As for lacing, it doesn't so much just stick to the glass, it actually stains the whole glass with a caramel tint. This is going to be intense.

S: Oh yeah, it's intense. The dark chocolate and coffee that I normally expect from stouts is in there somewhere, but there's so much more going on. A huge vanilla aroma from the oak chips almost overwhelms the nose, coupled with a pretty strong booze smell. The overall smell is a little rough around the edges.

T: The taste is a little easier to sort out than the smell. I'm amazed this beer isn't aged on bourbon barrels--there are so many bourbon qualities present. The huge vanilla note in the nose is also present in the taste, but it goes well against the prominent charred-wood bitterness. The roasted character goes from black coffee to charcoal, and is cut by the vanilla and brown sugar sweetness. In all, it's just subdued enough (compared to the nose) to be highly enjoyable.

M: Syrup. It's extremely thick and heavy, and it quickly gets flatter as it sits.

D: The label has it right when it says "massive and complex." They fit alot into this bottle. This is definitely a beer meant to be shared. But in the right dose it's hard to beat. Great Divide got the right combination of big stout flavors and kicked it up a notch with the oak influence.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks like motor oil coming out of the bottle; jet black and thick. Head is a dark nutty tan, just fabulous. Retention is very good, and after it reduces the lacing is very nice, clinging all over the glass.

Smell: Dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee are very prevalent. But the smell that is at the forefront in my opinion is an oak woodiness. Kind of drowns out the other smells, making this Yeti version just okay in this department.

Taste: Roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate bitterness are all overlayed by that woody taste. I like the taste better than the smell, but still not a huge fan of the woodiness in this beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Mouthfeel is full, thick and creamy. Totally awesome in my opinion. This beer hides it's alcohol very well, but in the end is a sipping beer for sure. Still, good drinkability.

Conclusion: I definitely prefer the original Yeti over this version. This is still a solid RIS, but as with other things the sequel doesn't measure up to the original.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Amity Wine & Spirits in New Haven CT, $9.99 for the bomber. Bottled on Nov 17 2009, about 10 months old. Served cold in a chilled tulip.

I've been jonesin' for a massive tasty stout, hopefully this is it.

This thick oily pitch black brew gives a big dark stable orangey-brown head. Tons of thick creamy lace. Strong smell, lots of roasted malt, dark chocolate, warm vanilla. Mouthfeel is insanely thick and heavy. Tastes just like the smell. A ton of bitter chocolate and dark roasted malt, fairly dry and would be astringent but the edge is taken off a bit by some warm vanilla and oak.

It is indeed very massive and tasty, but I'm not floored by it and I can't say I'll go out of my way to find it (or spend $10 on it) again. Would benefit from additional complexity.

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

A 22 oz bomber Sampled at a casual beer tasting party with a few friends. I've been wanting to get my hands on this brew.

A: This beer is totally opaque black, and poured into my sampling wine glass (that was all we had on had) with one finger of mocha colored head. Sweet Jesus, I love that color.

S: Caramel and roasted malts, and a bit of fruity sweetness.

T: Bittersweet dark chocolate, roasted malt, mild booziness, and a sweet berry finish.

M: Thick, heavy, and velvety smooth. In a beer like this you expect some booziness, but this one is pretty well balanced.

D: Very rich and satisfying. One glass was enough to make me happy. This beer went down surprisingly well with the 2 BMC drinkers in the room, which was a source of pride for me, since this was one of my picks.

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Photo of deereless
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Thick and black, head is dense and the color of espresso foam, a few spots of lacing down the length of the glass - 4.00, S: The initial nose is extremely thick and sweet with noticeable oak, some dark pitted fruits are present, the sweetness that was originally present on the nose quickly dissipates though the oak remains and even strengthens, though a quick swirl of the glass brings up a date like sweetness - 4.25, D: What an intense palate, loaded with dark chocolates and espresso, oak is evident and provides the distinctive vanilla flavors, hops are also present and give the beer a nice bite, alcohol is present but very nicely masked for a 9.5%, faint burnt wood in the background - 4.50, M: Very plush mouth feel and quite creamy, oozes over the tongue - 5.00, D: An amazingly drinkable beer, extremely complex and worthy of a taste - 5.00

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

A - Pours a pitch black, thick pour with 2 fingers chocolate milk colored head. Head retention is amazing.

S - Chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, oak and some slight alcohol scent.

T - Same flavors as the nose brings up. Coffee and chocolate dominate. Good amount of hops in the middle of the taste.

M - Not as heavy as the pour makes it seem. Creamy mouthfeel, still thick, but not motor oil thick. Slight alcohol bite at the end.

D - Extremely smooth beer, not too thick, not too much alcohol bite. Wishing I had bought more bottles while I was on the west coast.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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