Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutOak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

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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 RuudJH
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally bought a bottle of this, best before sept. 2010. Bought at Burg Bieren in Ermelo Netherlands.

Very dark, with an amazingly brown head. Huge, great to look at this.

First smell from the bottle is hops. After pouring there is more roasty malts, chocolate, a bit of coffee, and again hops.
Together with tasting a smell of caramel and vanilla comes to life. Oak as well.
Still, mainly it's the quite agressive hops that dominate this brew. It makes for a bitter ale with body, full and coating the mouth. Alcohol is well masked with all these extreme flavours.

Great stuff. This Imperial Stout I'm very glad I tried a pint of this, even if it was on a warm summer day, instead of a cold and wet day it was probably intended for.

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Photo of beertunes
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 11/27/09. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured pure black, no translucence at all, with an inch of tall, crowning, medium brown head that had great retention and lacing.

Deep, rich roasted aromas are the first thing to the nose, a slight bit of grain and a hint of wood scent are at the back. On the tongue the roasted flavors are strong without any of the burnt tastes that often accompany attempts at this style. Thankfully, there's just the faintest coffee taste, and it is more than made up for by the nice chocolate finish.

The body is full and rich without being heavy or dense. Drinkability is excellent for the style, most of these big stouts are so overpowering that I generally don't want more than a glass at a time, but I easily drained a 22 of this and was kind of disappointed the bottle was empty.

Overall, an excellent beer, worth seeking out.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber split and poured into my SN 30th tulip(thanks Andy). Old label style so assume this has at least a year or so on it. The beer is pitch black with about a finger of beige head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace ring around the rim.

The aroma is a big blast of bourbon and oak. We joked you could get a buzz just from smelling this beer. After getting past the bourbon I can pick out coffee, chocolate and just a hint of sweet vanilla. There's a light hop presence as well. Smells like a winner.

The flavor is fairly hoppy at first taste. Mild coffee and chocolate mixed with bourbon come on strong with each sip. The wood is very pronounced as well. Lots of dry attic wood can be picked up. Very smooth yet dry.

Full bodied with little carbonation.

Overall another great Yeti. I look forward to putting all of them side by side some day. Maybe then I will have a definitive favorite.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Saraveza in Portland, OR. Poured into a tall stemmed glass.

appearance - thick and black, excellent head, prominent lacing

smell - thick chocolate and roasted malt, oak, coffee

taste - big chocolate and coffee flavors up front that receive some oak treatments as the taste evolves, bitter hops, nutty, vanilla

mouthfeel - big body, creamy, finishes slightly dry

drinkability - while this was a bit hot, it was complex and had nice subtleties, a great beer to enjoy over a period of time

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Photo of Aenema
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours pitch black, deep soapy tan head. Nice lacing.
Smell - Roasted malts, cocoa, sweet vanilla/oak.
Taste - Similar to the nose; a very well integrated mix of roasted malts, cocoa, oak and sweet vanilla.
Mouthfeel - Smooth, creamy, and full-bodied.
Drinkability - Rich, though fairly easy drinking for such a robust beer.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a big beer but it also is an austere beer that isn't all chocolatey and large in the mouthfeel. I really got the expresso notes in both the nose and the finish. By half a glass I could taste the barrel aging but the coffee was the number one flavour. I liked this focus on certain flavours as opposed to the usual big all over the place flavours most imperials have

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Photo of berpwillie
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a jet black color with spare off white head, spare lacing and flat carbonation. smells of chocolate and a bit nutty. taste is much the same with hints of oak, vanilla and molasses. heavy body, thick creamy texture. very flavorful, with long flavor duration. excellent brew.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed side-by-side with GD Yeti Stout

Bottled on date: Jan 7/09.

Poured in to brandy snifter

A - Dark brown/black colour with half a finger of espresso coloured head.

S - Stronger smell then the Yeti. Bitter hops up front with coffee and a oak smell in the background.

T - Very sweet up front: caramel & molasses with some bitter hops. Roasted coffee and some chocolate in the malts with a slight bourbon taste in the background.

M - medium to heavy body. Lightly carbonated.

D - A nice smooth RIS with some character.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a one-finger brown head that fades very slowly, leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is chocolate and coffee. Starts sweet coffee and chocolate, smooth bakers chocolate finish. Expensive - $11.95 for a 22 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of DosBeerigos
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

C. Clairty...whats that
H. Black, duahh
N. Alcohol, Light Smoke, Hints of Oak, Vanilla

Needless to say I had high expectations for this beer. It pours just like all the other Yeti's but the taste is so much cleaner then the rest. Strong hints of Dark Chocolate and actual Oak-y Flavoring! This is a real "Oak Aged" beer, or at least one that allows the oak to shine! I very much so enjoyed this beer. As a experiment El Guapo and I gave a sip to a young female (over 21) that does not drink beer...her response "Wow thats a lot of flavors, no thank you!"

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: black with a dense brown head and nice lacing.
S: big aromas of oaky bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark coffee.
T: flavors follow suit as above. medium dark roasty malt sweetness, chocolate and coffee along with a definite big, dominant oaky bourbon presence. long complex finish with just a bit of residual malt sweetness winning out over the roasty notes and hop bitterness.
M: full-bodied and viscous. nicely carbonated, allowing this not to be cloying or overly coating and thick.
D: definitely a sipper.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 750 mL bottle (dated 01/06/10) into an oversized red wine glass.
A: Black with some dark brown hues, it poured with a fluffy chocolate head that died to a good film.
S: Sweet chocolate, roasted malts, oaky alcohol, raisins, rum vanilla, and mocha.
T: Fruity oak and mocha with a lingering roasted malts characteristic. The oak comes off as fresh wood. There is a fresh wood, subdued alcohol, and dry coffee grounds.
M: Mildly syrupy, creamy, smooth; very good.
D: Pretty decent considering it's oak-aged and high alcohol.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bomber into tulip glass

A- now this is dark. Completely opaque with some moderate bubbles that slowly rise to the top. The head is a "mocha like" look that covers the top of the brew. As is was pouring, it almost looked syrupy. The head retreats making an almost incline of foam

S- coffee.. definitely an expresso type scent. Dark cherries and some fruit are also evident. The vanilla engulfs the last stretch which is evident from oak aging

T- coffee and some sweet vanilla are the main ingredients of the brew. This is big time tasty. There is some dark chocolate that is evident too. A russian imperial stout's flavors is the real deal here

M- full bodied and very creamy. A big mouthfull

D- the coffee, chocolate, vanilla themes... combined with the fruit make this delicious. This is a sipper due to the alcohol

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Photo of RileyRowan
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber with a bottled on date of 10/30/09 poured into a snifter and enjoyed on 4/27/10.

A: Opaque black w/ brown 1-2 finger head that shows decent retention. Pours thick into my glass.

S: Smells like chocolate and vanilla at the same time. Definitely pick up the oak easily. Slightly toasty & boozy almost sherry-like, but chocolate definitely stays up front.

T: Up front the flavors all work together nicely, w/ none really jumping out. Chocolate, vanilla, slightly nutty/toasty flavor. As you swallow the oak really makes itself known. The finish does have a bit of warm alcohol and more cocoa and chocolate flavors. There is definitely some bitterness as well, yet seems rather subtle for 75 IBU's. Excellent balance.

M: Extremely smoothe in flavor and mouthfeel. Quite a bit of carbonation. Not too chewy despite it being a bit on the thick side.

D: Very drinkable. Feeling a bit warm after 2 snifters, although this beer is still extremely drinkable at 9.5%, the oak helps dramatically. Could easily put down a third snifter.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a tasting held by the esteemed DVelcich. Between him and StoutFest, we had some crazy good beers. This is reviewed from notes.

We had all 5 yetis at the tasting-- and we went in order of: Regular, Oak, Chocolate, Espresso, and Barrel Aged.

I would say that the oaked was the 2nd best of all of the 5. Top honor goes to the Barrel aged. Worst to the chocolate.

This pours, looks, and smells pretty much just like the regular Yeti... Except the head seems slightly more brown/tan. The oak hasn't really added too much of the vanilla/smokey charred flavor I love to find, but it did raise the thickness of the body a little bit. This is full bodied with ample carbonation. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel is easy to drink. Except...

There is a definite hint of soy sauce in this one again... It isn't huge, and it isn't totally destroying my enjoyment... but it is enough to distract me and lower the score of taste a little. Other than that though, the beer is everything you'd hope for-- roasty chocolate and coffee with a dry tasty finish.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22.oz Bomber poured into a Duvel Tulip Glass. Black, one of the darkest Russian Imperial Stouts I've tried, almost as dark as a Founders Breakfast Stout but not quite. Has the slightest of slight dark brown edges when the liquid gets a little thin. It pours with a dark creamy head almost a reddish dark brown color, maybe caramel. The smell is great, much like chocolate, dark roasted coffee and hops, wonderfully balanced. Is there such a thing as chocolate hops? That's something I think of in both the taste and the smell. The taste starts of sweet from the chocolate, it's probably semisweet, not really bitter sweet. There is certainly a bitter finish, I'd say from the hops and the coffee flavor together. A pretty hoppy Russian Imperial Stout, not as much as Old Rasputin, but it's still very hoppy for this style. Not too hoppy, again well balanced. The mouthfeel is good, full bodied and incredibly smooth. Drinkable in general, especially for a Russian Imperial Stout. All in all I'm a big fan of this beer. One of the best in my opinion, I could drink this all day.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a large goblet

Pours black with tiny, sluggish, but steady carbonation. Head poured large, a couple fingers of beige-ish brown fine fluff, laces very nicely. Smell is chocolatey, lightly smokey, lots of cherry or plum.

Taste is exceedingly rich. Molasses sweetness balanced by smokey/chocolate bitterness, light taste of the fruit.

Mouthfeel is dry, a little gritty, thick but not too heavy, quite pleasant. Excellent beer.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Initial pour at 59°F, subsequent pours in the 40° - 45° range.

A: Pours midnight black into my goblet with a fine-bubbled, roasted-auburn, three-finger cap. As the head falls, it sticks to the sides of the glass in big splotches. This beer might possibly have the darkest cap I've ever witnessed. Colder pours only produce around a finger of head.

S: Terrific! A collision of big flavors: sticky pine hops merging into dark, oaky malts. The pine aromas are very tangy and sour and have strong pineapple notes. The hops are caramel-ly with a nice toffee scent, but also carry the oak and vanilla flavors from the barrel.

T: The flavor is a more dark, roasted, coffee-like taste than the nose presented, with more bittering hops than I expected. It is a cross of tangy, bitter orange flavors from the west-coast hops, and an acrid bite from the black patent malt. Some oak towards the finish, and a lasting sticky tang. There is very little oak flavor for a beer with "Oak Aged" in it's title. Of course, given the hopiness of this beer, which must be well over 50 IBUs, it hard to detect much of anything.

*Edit: The label advertises 75 IBU.

M: At colder temperatures, mostly chewy. As it warms, it foams much more heavily, giving a mouthfeel that is big and creamy, from the carapils malt foam.

D: Medium-high. The Yeti certainly is a beast, so you wouldn't want to mess with more than one bomber of him on any given evening, but he certainly provides a roasty warmth.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti is an opaque black ale with a huge, fluffy, brown head that exhibits outstanding retention and lacing. It has a roasty aroma, like mocha, oak and smoke. It's full bodied, very soft and very smooth with a pretty clean finish. It tastes like oak, oak, and oak. Besides the oak, there's some coffee and salmiakki and smoke. This would be fun to cook with, like in a mushroom gravy, because it's so food-like. The flavor lasts a long time. This is one those all-night beers, because you can take a sip and enjoy it for a quarter hour then take another sip. The other flavors get to compete with the oak once it warms up. It's so rich that it gives me a goofy grin when I contemplate the flavor.

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Photo of Poormon79
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip glass. Poured from a bomber

A: A very dark black. Not seeing through this guy

S: very nice. Im getting that roasted malt, sorta coffee smells

T: Very nice. Roasted malt, a little coffee. Very nice taste

M/D: i feel i could a few of these and would be ready for something else.

When choosing between regular yeti and oak aged, i think id just go with regular. We'll see if i feel the same after the chocolte yeti haha

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Photo of Liverpool08
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/17/09

Wow, this is one of those beers that live up to the hype. Pours a jet black with a nice chocolate milk colored head. No light getting thru this brew. Aroma is hoppy with a bit of the boozy oak seeping thru, a very nice and unique smell for a stout. Taste follows up with a bitter chocolate and vanilla. Also hints of coffee and toasted malts. A very complex circus of flavors. But its all blended beautifully! Its got a great smooth mouthfeel that drys out a little at the end that urges you back for more. Very drinkible for a 9.5%, easy to have a couple of these in a night if you sip them. One of the best examples of this style I have ever had. Will be stocking up on these.

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Photo of kylehayworth
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This pours a deep black, with hints of a dark brown chocolate on the edges while it hits the glass. It slowly starts to form a head then explodes upward with a chocolate milk head, and the bubbles form and dance on the top. The head reminds me of when you were a kid, and blew bubbles into your Yoo-Hoo.

S: Caramel, vanilla, I can smell a slight hop presence. Do I also smell cherries, as well as an oak'y tinge.

T: I really like this, not sure why I waited so long to pick this one up. It has a nice bitter chocolate taste, which lingers for a moment. Also has the vanilla and caramel. I think the bitter chocolate, and hoppy profile work well together.

M/D: I think the carbonation is spot on, and the mouthfeel is semi thick/creamy. However, it works well with this beer. Overall, worth a try, especially if you like any other great divide beers.

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Photo of bgildea
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Awesome dark brown/black color with a very rich brown head that lasts a while. Nice lacing. I can't wait to drink it.

S: Very nice sweet vanilla aroma, not too overwhelming.

T: One of the best beers I've ever had from a bottle. Nice rich flavor with great sweetness from vanilla combining with the rich roasted malts flavor.

M: Great mouthfeel, nice amount of chew to it.

D: Little bit of alcholoy taste to it, but I could drink this all night. I'm glad I have a 1 pint 6 oz bottle.

Overall: Overall this was an amazing beer. If you like a good dark beer, you will love this. I will definitely buy a couple of these next time I'm out. Shame I only have one.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black, ¾ inch of mocha foam, quickly settles into a light collar with random bubbles on the surface. Nice aromas of hops, coconut and oak. On the palate, I get lots of bourbon, roasted malt, vanilla, and a touch of late hoppiness. Finishes with a coffee like bitterness and some nicely warming alcohol. An excellent beer.

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Photo of beerman207
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's the day after my birthday so I decided to pickup a 1/2 growler of this at Party Town in Florence, KY as well as 1/2 of the Two Hearted Ale. Based on them both being in the top 100, I think I'm going to have a hell of a night.

A: This thing pours black as night into the glass and leaves a nice tan foam head that lingers almost the entire time I drink it. The lacing left on the glass as it goes down is just perfect. I could look at this beer all day.

S: Chocolate! My lord is chocolate present in the nose of this beer. The sweet malt comes through as well with some coffee presence and a faint fruit smell that I can't quite place. Maybe of the melon variety? Wow. Definately a little different but done well.

T: Doesn't disappoint after having a love affair with the smell of the beer. The roasted coffee and malt come through in a big way with chocolate coming through over everything. There is a faint vanilla taste in there which I'd attribute to the oak. The melon smell isn't really in the taste but i swear that's what I pick up in the nose.

M: Creamy, low carbonation, a bit chewy, nice thick stout

D: I am glad I can at least have another glass of this from the 1/2 growler I got. Gonna have to share some with my neighbor as I'm afraid I'll never get to the Bell's review later if I try to go for 3 glasses of this at 9.5%.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 4,615 ratings