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 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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Photo of punkrkr27
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black pour with a dense, foamy, lasting, 1 finger tan head.

Aroma: Rich roasted malt aroma, spicy hops, and burnt oak also popping up.

Flavor: Molasses flavor, with coffee, oak, chocolate and a touch of alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full creamy body.

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Photo of blivingston1985
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a giant goblet.

Pour- Color is a deep, deep, deep , deep, brown/black with a rather impressive mocha colored head.

Smell- Rich coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, molasses.

Taste- Strong burnt coffee, roasted malt, and a strong hop bitterness. The bitterness is almost certainly amplified by the coffee in this brew.

Mouthfeel- Quite good Rich and creamy. Very nice.

Overall this is a quite good coffee stout. I feel very picky about this style of brew because I feel coffee is an all too common beer exploration these days, but I can certainly appreciate a great Imperial Stout that is aged on wood chips like this one.

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

appearance: Black, black, black beauty. Huge mocha head for an Imp.
smell: Malty, bitter dark chocolate, hops.
taste: This verges on brilliant but maybe I need to age it (this ones very young)? Doesn't quite together (or maybe it's me). Anyway, I'm putting one down and let it get some age on it.
mouthfeel: Man, that is creamy and nice.
A very hoppy stout.

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Photo of hardy008
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black with a dark brown which head has fair retention and leaves some lacing. The nose is really nice on this one. Chocolate, vanilla, oak, espresso, and a subtle hop aroma.

I really like the flavor on this a lot. Espresso, dark chocolate, and hops are the strongest flavors. The oak and vanilla are not as strong as expected, but it doesn't matter, because this is very good.

Mid to full bodied, creamy, and chewy. Nice carbonation. A nice sipper beer to be sure. The alcohol is hidden nicely for 9.5%. I have enoyed this and the regular Yeti a lot. I need to try more Great Divide beers if they are all this good.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a tulip at Barley's Smokehouse on 1/16/10

Jet black in appearance; dark brown highlights towards the end. ¼ inch of milk chocolate-brown foam dissipates quickly to a slight wisp. Thin retention & spotty lacing, though there is no retention by the end.

Subtle yet wonderful dark malt aroma. Chocolate & roasted aromas, notes of vanilla, bitter coffee undertones. Smooth, earthy wood tones imparted by the oak.

The taste is very good, indeed. Potent bitter coffee - roasted & near burnt. The chocolate notes are more subdued than in the nose. A few bitter hops linger about. Faint notions of dark fruit hidden behind tons of roasted malts. More bitter than sweet. The oak smoothness does well to pull the flavors together.

Full bodied & viscous. Carbonation is low & creamy. Plenty grit in there. Bitter coffee lingers on the finish as does a bit of boozy heat.

Drinkability is pretty darn good. I wouldn't mind just a little more chocolate or sweetness in general to augment the roasted/burnt & bitter aspects. Other than that, it's pretty much awesome.

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Photo of Spider889
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled on Jan. 6, 2010.

Poured bomber into a pint. My first impression was that the pour itself was thick, almost syrupy. Dark, almost black with a thick frothy espresso colored head. Before taking my first sip I could see the head recede into a heavy, bubbly lacing on the sides of the glass.

It smells of sweet chocolate, mild hops, and burnt oak.

Taste: burnt oak and heavy malt lead into bitter chocolate/coffee. The alcohol begins a slight burn as it sits in my mouth and the finish tastes of heavy whole grain bread and oak. This is a relatively new bottle so perhaps I could taste more sweetness/vanilla with age, I did not detect either four months after the bottling.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Light carbonation. This beer is very tasty but the alcohol is not masked enough to do much more than sip it. It won't be a chore, but I'm guessing it will take the rest of my night to finish of the bomber by myself.

Definitely worth revisiting, and I would be curious to try and older vintage and compare.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A $10 22 oz bomber, not sure where I bought it.

Appearance: Completely opaque with a brown head which has good retention and leaves really nice small spotty lacing.

Smell: Rich bittersweet chocolate. Piney hops. Woody, raw oak. Vanilla.

Taste: Creamy dark chocolate and a little coffee. Piney and slightly citrus hops. Pretty obvious oak flavors. Just delicious.

Mouthfeel: Very close to as good as it gets. Full mouthfeel, creamy, and silky smooth.

Drinkability: Try to sip and savor, but gulps are even better. A great, complex RIS with the added oak notes makes for a great beer. This is the Nov 09 release.

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Photo of stimulus
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a jet black with a small cream colored head.

S: Powerful chocolate and oak/vanilla dominate the scents.

T: Wow. Chocolate, vanilla, a hint of coffee, and I can even taste the oak barrels (I'm pretty sure but I've never eaten a tree before), before a minor but soothing alcohol burn on the aftertaste.

M: Thick and viscous with mild carbonation. Almost syrupy.

D: Too strong and flavorful to keep drinking this one, but delicious while it lasted.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on Jan. 07, 2009.

(A)- Pours thick & black as night. Produced a huge foamy & frothy light brown head that is taking forever to dissipate. Huge clumps of lacing are all over the place.

(S)- Lots of rich molasses with a big toast-like roastedness. Bits of brown sugar & vanilla-like wood. Hints of toffee & cocoa.

(T)- A dense richness of a woody, almost nutty roastedness that has a wealth of molasses, cocoa, raisin, & burnt coffee behind it. Finishes almost dry. One of the more complex oak aged beers in memory.

(M)- A great carbonation level & balance. Sweet, but has smoothed out well with its woody dryness & small bitter bite from the heavily roasted malts. Obvious warmth as it goes down from the alcohol, but in no way botersome, in fact, it is welcomed for the style.

(D)- Yet another spectacular beer from the Yeti series. Each one provides something special and this one is no different. Has a great bold richness an RIS should be like with wonderful nuances the oak aging added to the mix. Could easily age for much longer given how potent this still is. Great stuff, but still a sipper purely for its complexity; not strength.

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 Vintage

A: Pours pitch black with 2 fingers of nice tan head. Sticky lace clings to the sides of the glass. Impressive pour.

S: Hints of chocolate and vanilla combined with a good dose of oaky wood. Buttery alcohol.

T: Similar to the nose: dark chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and some alcohol. All of these combine with a strong oak flavor. Perhaps a little too much oak.

M: Thick and full bodied. The finish is somewhat harsh with biting alcohol and a lot of oakiness.

D: A solid RIS, but not one of the best IMO. There's a little too much oak in the flavor that leads to a somewhat harsh, burnt finish. Nonetheless, it's a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/6/10.

The beer pours a dark black color with a medium brown colored head. The aroma is very nice with chocolate, oak, vanilla and hops. The flavor is heavy on the chocolate and the oak with some piney hops mixed nicely into the background. Thick, creamy mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation.

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

Poured syrupy and thick into my pint glass with one of the darkest heads on a beer I have ever seen! The pour looks very much like a Guinesss pour. The head is super frothy and holds shape well when you finger it. hehe. Body is super dark, no light let in(not even a red highlight when held up to the light).

Aroma is hoppy and slightly alcoholic with a nice hint of chocolate and coffee.

This is a decently hopped stout. The vanilla flavor(which i couldn't smell in the aroma) from the oak barrels is very noticeable and very tasty. It blends very well with the hoppiness.
Feel is nice and syrupy thick. Its super smooth but has some tingly to it from the carbonation.

Fairly drinkable. This is pretty rich due to the vanilla and its kinda bitter in the back of the mouth. One bomber of this is plenty.

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Photo of photomike
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

15-month-old bottle

Pours perfectly: an explosive creamy tan head with ridiculous retention and beautiful sticky lacing all the way down the glass. Literally could not look better.

Aroma is huge. Smoky, ashy, and with a suggestion of soy sauce. Chocolate, leaves, and the lightest bit of alcohol.

The flavor, even after almost a year and a half, is punishing and aggressive. In the best kind of way. Rich, sweet and chocolatey, with an astringent, roasty finish that dries everything out. Really earthy and oaky with a nice vanilla flavor that complements the fleeting sweetness. The bitterness lingers, perhaps just a bit too long.

Aside from the intense astringency, this beer has a magnificent mouthfeel. So full-bodied, rich and velvety. With creamy, understated carbonation. This is exactly what I look for in an imperial stout.

So delicious, and without much evidence of the alcohol, this beer is wildly drinkable.

I love this beer. Distribute to CA, Great Divide!

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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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