Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

4,585 Ratings
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutOak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial stout aged on new French and American oak chips.

Added by Crosling on 08-09-2004

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

a - very dark. large tan head with great retention.

s - chocolate, oak, hops, coffee and vanilla.

t - pretty big hops profile, but yet chocolate sweetness. coffee bitterness.

m - very thick and silky. lower carbonation.

overall - pretty tasty. a little more bitter than i would prefer.

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Photo of GabrielM
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled-on date: 10/9/2009. Poured into a snifter.

A - midnight black with a dark tan 1-inch head on top.

S - Outstanding! Oaky coffee and chocolate right away, vanilla, a hint of raspberry and cinnamon in there as well.

T - Very pleasant oak and slightly-sweet coffee right away, but soon turns a bit bitter or tart. This is quickly followed by warmth from the alcohol. Finishes warm and a with some hops and tat espresso, which then linger on the palate.

M - Terrific at first, but then the warmth takes over and is a bit dominant.

D - definitely a sipper, mainly because it's still a little too intense for my tastes. A year or two more in the cellar and it should be spot-on.

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Photo of garbercury
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter.

A---Dark black, some lacing, not a lot of head.

S---Best part of beer, you can really smell the oak in this one.

T---Oak flavors really overtake this beer, this one is about a year old, and you can really still taste oak, and more oak. Its a bit much, but still good.

M---Good smooth MF

D---Heavy duty. This is a sipper, share with a friend, or two.

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

Poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a great and oily dark black color with some nice viscous feel. There is a huge 1 inch head that is quite dense with some nice medium sized bubbles scattered around. The color is nice and tan almost light brown in color like cocoa powder. As it recedes ever so slowly it leaves some real nice sticky lacing.

S - Aroma starts with some slight boozy sweetness and then follows with some nice roasty and toasted malt. Slight oats and nice chocolate aroma. The chocolate is nice and bitter withs some slight sweetness. There is also a very nice woody aroma. The chocolate is a bit more bitter in this case than in the "regular" Yeti.

T - The flavor is similar to Yeti but this has a bit more bite on all fronts. Starts off with some nice espresso coffee roasted flavor that coats the mouth quickly and lingers all throughout. There is some slight boozy sweetness mixed in with a slightly more bitter dark chocolate flavor. There is some nice vanilla spice and woody oak character from the aging. There are some nice hoppy and grassy character on the back end of this beer.

M & D - The body is full and rich and very roasty. With the aging I feel like the beer is a little less viscous and oily than Yeti but the body is still full and delicious. Good ABV and an awesome stout.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber with a Bottled On date of Nov 27 2009. Pours a viscous black as night color. Little head but with some lacing. Strong aroma of chocolate with some roasted malts as well. Taste is chocolately with some Oak flavors. Also a bit of vanilla. Seems like some of the flavors have mellowed out a bit since this one has almost a year of age on it. Overall this is a delicious beer to take your time and sip on. This is my first Oak Aged Yeti and its damn good.

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Photo of bobhits
2.83/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

An amazing looking beer. Black, HUGE head that's thick and leaves lacing all over the place.

An amazing nose, dark chocolate, oak that reeks of vanilla, and dark burnt malt.

Sadly the appearance and nose are the end of the praise. This is simply a mess of a beer. Huge dark chocolate and malt are terribly complemented with some sour oak notes and even worse hop presence. This is a style of a beer I truly love so I can't say that I completely dislike this beer, it's just not good. For a style I'm sure I'd lean toward overrating this isn't a success. It is easily the worst big oak aged stout I've had.

The mouth feel here is pretty darn nice, creamy, a bit of carbonation and a bit of a bite that works well.

This is a hard beer to keep drinking. The problems with the taste just linger and linger. I fully understand I am attacking a beer loved by many. All this said I think the idea of a chocolate or coffee bean version of this will be a damn good improvement. This beer just needs something else to make it work.

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Photo of claspada
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours complete darkness/blackness. The head jumps up with a frothing bronzed caramel hue. The retention is long lasting.

Smells of huge roasted chocolate aromas with subtle undecernable hops; brown sugar undertones. It's sweetness meets bitterness. Strong notes of mocha and oak and vanilla, with strong chocolate and caramel aromas.

Tastes pretty glorious; dark toasted chocolate sweetness with vanilla and oakiness. This is a journey of caramel, coffee, and dark ripened fruits. The alcohol still adds a great balance to all the sweetness and bitterness. Flavors drive right through the mouth; there is a lot happening in this beer and its strength in both alcohol and taste need to be taken in stride.

Full bodied for sure; has both drying and warming sensations. This could leave the mouth in a bit of a daze.

Definitely a sipper for sure, but a good sipper. I recommend by the fire with a loved one and a nice book or if you can't find either just drink it slowly to enjoy.

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Photo of TheStove
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap the Local Option.

Presented in a tulip and instantly one noticed the complete darkness and finger and a half of foam. Nice lace was left until end of beer.

Nice, chocolatey with roasted malt flavors and some notes of molasses which give way to some hops though I'm wasn't sure if some moments of bitterness were due to the chocolate or the hops. These flavors definitely remained on tongue while lingering between sips. Found this particular serving to be rather dry.

Great stout, but not one of my favorites. Great Divide hit this one on the head and this is definitely one to try.

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Photo of nickadams2
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours thick and jet black with ruby red highlights.Thick dark khaki colored head that dissipates leaving a thick ring that lasts.Spotty lacing.

S_Huge oak,woody,vanilla smell.

T_Oak,vanilla strong upfront. Bitter dark chocolate and espresso round it out.The oak is bold and quite noticeable but doesn't overpower.Very Delicious

M_Very thick and very creamy. Very smooth.Great mouthfeel.

D_Quite enjoyable. One to savor.

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

Served in a oversize wine glass and paired with crackers smeared with roquefort cheese.

Appearance: Dark brown, coffee like color, the light can't go through it, pours heavy, with a cream brownish color head, that fizzles leaving a persistent lace.

Aroma: coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, malt, alcohol.

Taste: wood taste, strong dark coffee, dark chocolate, high alcohol flavor but it's not overpowering.

Palate: heavy mouth feel, lingering coffee taste.

Overall: It's an amazing beer that I would have with my eyes close, but just one peer beer session. Strong at 9.5% but then again delicious. Strongly recommended, craft beer at it's best.

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Photo of RealityGrill
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into Imperial Pint

A: Darkest head I've ever seen...perhaps even mahogany

S: Coffee and Vanilla

T: Intense vanilla over a roasted coffee-molasses, with a welcome alcoholic warmth to finish

M: Syrupy and filling

D: The bomber got me very nicely buzzed...I think I would lose my ability to appreciate this beer after 2 pints.

Overall, one of the best stouts I've had.

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

22 oz bomber poured into a snifter.

Thick oily black with a tall, but thin mocha colored head.

Aroma was dominated by some chocolate, coconut and vanilla from the oak. There is some roastiness but the oak really takes over here.

Flavor is similar to the regular yeti with some beautiful sweetness and a bitter roasty finish, that is accentuated by what seems like tannins.

Thick buttery mouthfeel, perhaps a bit too sharp on the carbonation, but still goes down easy.

Overall, this is a classic oaked imperial stout and done well to style. Unfortunately, it's my least favorite yeti.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Bottled on 01/06/10.

a - Pours a completely dark black color with light carbonation evident and 2 fingers of tan head that lasts for several minutes, and a little bit of lacing.

s - Smells of cocoa, roasted malts, coffee, dark fruit, and a hint of alcohol. Also some vanilla and oak as it warms up. Very nice.

t - Tastes of bitter bakers chocolate, coffee, sticky dark fruits, oak, vanilla, and a little alcohol, but not much.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation.

d - A very nice RIS. I think I liked this one better than the chocolate and espresso oak aged yeti beers, but not as much as the barrel aged yeti. I thought it smelled and looked great, but would have liked more sweet chocolate in the taste as opposed to the bitter chocolate. Overall a very solid beer I would like to try again.

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

From notes taken on 4/10. I had forgotten all about this page!

A - Darker than midnight. A complete lightblocker this pour was. Thick almost fluffy 2 finger head that just doesnt quit.

S - Coffee, dark chocolate, and some faint vanilla. Just great.

T - Obviously not as pronounced as on the nose. Really digging the chocolate and getting a bunch of coffee. Drinking this with breakfast and it goes great with my omelet.

M - Silky smooth yet thick and creamy. Perfect example of low carbonation doing its job. Just can't put this down.

D - Really digging this. Everything works together in a very great experience. The alcohol is still rather noticeable though, and because of that I can't give this a 5.

Looking back at this 4 months later this was just great. To be fair this was the first stout I really thoroughly enjoyed. It opened the door to so much more.

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Photo of silentjay
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

very viscous pour of a opaque brownish black with a decent sized dark khaki head that quickly recedes to a spotty film yet leaves tons of lacing on the glass.

a strong aroma can be detected before i even bring the glass up to my nose. cocoa, dark roasted coffee, anisette, some char, a little oak, and some vanilla. boozy. not bad.

taste begins with a surprising onslaught of piney hops which are quickly overtaken by the char and cocoa powder. oak is there, but stays in the background. booze is present throughout as well. not as complex as I would have expected and wanted, and does not quite match the aroma which promised a bit more.

mouthfeel is good. thick bodied with perhaps a bit too much carbonation, but is creamy on the swallow then finishes dry with cocoa powder.

goes down ok. rather boozy and yet it doesnt have an extremely high abv for the style. a bit more complexity and some more oak character would be welcome.

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

Enjoyed on tap and in a small tasting snifter at Tops.

Looks: the usual enduring super dark brown-black, with a mocha-colored head that fades to a sticky ring and a blob in the middle. Nice layers of lace pattern the sides as I drink.

Smells: like burnt marshmallows. An intriguing sweet charred character. Lots of oak, peanut oil, some piney hops.

Tastes: like a campfire. If I sucked on a chunk of charred oak for a while, I think it would have the same effect. Massive woody vanilla and pine flavors hit at first, while subtle dark chocolate bitterness rolls in after the swallow. Just a tad heavy on the oak, since the beer underneath seems muted. The malts only reveal themselves long after the swallow. While intriguing, I'd rather have them up front.

Feels: smooth and velvety, with a medium-full body and light mouthfeel. Warming alcohol travels down the throat and a peppery blast of hops and acidic wood explodes at the swallow.

Drinks: like second-best. Having now tried all three oak-aged versions of the yeti, I'd rank this one above the chocolate but below the espresso. Need a little more stout, a little less oak.

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Photo of jgasparine
2.89/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- Poured from the bottle with a thin tan-colored head, which completely evaporated with time. No lacing; just a little collar on each. The body was completely opaque and jet black in appearance.

S- The nose is not as strong as the Espresso Oak Aged variety... impressions of chocolate, vanillins and a bit of oakiness in an overall somewhat mild nose.

T- Right up front, you get that stewed and roasty malt, which is quite nice. But shortly thereafter, you get an intense surge of tannin and oak lactones, which completely overpower the palate and linger on the dry finish. I just feel like the oak was way-overdone here.

M- A medium-plus body with a little oily texture to it. A delicate carbonation and substantial astringency. A touch of heat from the ethanol. Astringency definitely held this back from a better rating in the mouthfeel department.

D- Drinkability is hindered by the overwhelming oak extractives and high astringency. This is definitely a beer worth tasting... but not worth drinking 22oz. of...

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Photo of steve8robin
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, bottled on 01/06/10...

A: Perfect pitch black with absolutely no light shining through. A super thick, super dark 2 inch head that fades at a perfect pace. Very good.

S: Smells of bitter chocolate and roasty oak upfront with some deep cocao in the middle and vanilla on the backend. Good.

T: Bitter roasty coffee bean upfront blended with some hints of creamy chocolate. Vanilla and cocao in the middle and some hints of oak on the backend. Good.

M: Thick body with a medium carbonation. Good.

D: A little harder to get down than expected due to the thick hoppiness. Decent.

All in all, this is a good brew. Awesome to try at least once. You usually cannot go wrong with a Yeti brew.

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

Appearance - dark brown espresso color with a massive sticky frothy hot chocolate looking head. Epic amounts of lace cling to the glass.

Smell - rich coffee, chocolate, cream, roasted malt, burnt sugar, molasses. Simply beautiful

Taste - decadently rich creamy malt coats your mouth reminding me of a coffee milkshake, vanilla tones from the oak, then come the bitter hops followed the burnt sugar and molasses adding to the bitterness fo the hops and giving it more depth. This beer is almost overwhelmingly sweet I don't know if I should drink it or make an ice cream float.

Mouthfeel - so creamy and full bodied this is about and thick as it gets. Very low carbonation very desert like.

Drinkability - this drinks unquestionably like a milkshake. That said it well worth a try and definitely a stand out for its style. One of these is plenty and based of its sweetness this is best served after a big mean not during or before. Man did I enjoy this, can't wait to crack the one I've been cellaring in a few months.

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Photo of Brez07
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Catching up on notes. Drank this a few months ago. 22oz bottled poured into a snifter

A: Pours dark brown with some amber highlights. Leaves a 1 finger coffee head. This remains as a thin layer while drinking. No lacing

S: A swirl of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, caramel, roasted malts and some dark fruit. Just lovely. Alcohol singes the nostrils a bit though, and this increases as the beer warms

T: Everything from the nose is present, but less so. Chocolate is what stands out the most here. Unfortunately, the alcohol still pretty apparent

M: Medium bodied, but seems a little thin. Smooth and creamy. Has a slightly dry finish

D: Love the flavors, but this one is still a little too hot. I'll be grabbing another bottle to age at least a year to give it time to settle down

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Photo of Lazerlobe
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Old label, year unknown.

Look: Solid 2 fingers of head with a nice mocha cap on it. Great lacing and very inviting. Deep black, light absorbing.

Smell: Dark fruits, fading hops, chocolate milk and molasses.

Taste: Lots of fig and molasses with a chocolate finish. Carbonation is a little higher than I'd prefer and the body is showing for the 9.5%. A little booziness is present and ending notes are dry roasted coffee. Hops haven't faded much since last bottling but are beginning to.

I'm loving this with some age on it. I wish I was sitting on a few more.

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Photo of vkv822
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter.

The body is extremely dark brown, almost black with a thick beautiful mocha colored head that leaves fair lacing and maintains a pleasant veil through out the life of the beer.

It has a very rich oak aroma followed up by some sweet and roasted malts, with pleasant boozy notes towards the finish, though the boozy notes are a bit heavy as it warms.
The oak is also quite upfront in the flavor as in the aroma. There are also rich roasted notes in the finish.

The mouthfeel is a creamy and smooth full body. This is a quite enjoyable Imperial Stout, and leaves very excited to try the Espresso and Chocolate versions.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Finnegan's in Plainfield IL, 8oz snifter

Appearance -- Deep black with a creamy tan head that stuck around quite a while.

Smell -- Rich dark roast, cocoa powder, some oak and ground coffee. Not especially aromatic.

Taste -- Oak is quite apparent. Roast malts, cocoa, coffee-like notes, molasses, faint raisin.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to full in body, a bit slick, with plenty of creamy carbonation. The oakiness adds a bit of drying in the finish. A delightful after dinner beer.

Drinkability -- Very satifying. The oak was quite pronounced, so it is really up to personal taste. Definitely one of the better regularly available RIS's out there.

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

about 60 degree F into a pint glass
A- deep opaque black. Big, tight, mocha-colored head.

S- rich in chocolate, caramel, and molasses aromas. Underlying spice.

T- storng bitterness. Intense dark caramel tone with a medium burnt character

M- full body and then some. Creamy smooth

D- If it were not fo the over the top bitterness, this would be perfect.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter...

A: Pours an opaque black with a big mochachino head that actually is a shade darker in the lower half, giving the head a two tone appearance. fades very slowly becoming really rocky and leaving sticky globs of lacing

S: vanilla bean, cocoa, raw coffee bean, piney hops, with a woodsy aroma and a touch of alcohol

T: vanilla and cocoa, with a bitter blast of piney hops, coffee bean, and a really strong woodsy, vanilla, and alcoholic finish. also very bitter

M: full body with a resiny, oily mouthfeel that finishes very dry with alot of alcohol warmth.

Overall, a huge RIS with that unique oak aging character. Big and bold with a soft side, though I prefer the original Yeti.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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