Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutOak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
4,602 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 ccahoon22
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
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 -14.3%
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 -5.4%
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 +0.9%
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%
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 -1.9%
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 +0.9%
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 -6.6%
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 -2.6%
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 -24.2%
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 +6.1%
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 -2.3%
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 -5.2%
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 -2.3%
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 +3.3%
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 +8.5%
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 -4.2%
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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Photo of levifunk
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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 -2.1%
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 -13.1%
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 +6.8%
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 -4.9%
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 -33.6%
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 -8%
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 -8.9%
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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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 4,602 ratings
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