Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutOak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
4,601 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 BlackBearForge
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled November 17, 2009

Oak Aged Yeti pours a deep motor oil black with a monumental chocolate milkshake colored head that soon becomes craggy and pitted as it slowly fades leaving great creamy swathes of sticky lacing in it's wake.

The aroma is redolent of creamy vanilla, dark chocolate, anise and freshly brewed iced coffee with a hint of alcohol and a faint woody scent.

The flavor is as massive as regular yeti but much smoother and more complex. Vanilla, bitter dark chocolate, and rich creamy milk chocolate fudge rear their heads in equal amounts vying for attention with espresso and dark roasted biiter malts. Hints of licorice. Hops are quite pronounced as well in a long lingering bitter sweet finish. Alcohol is nearly completely masked and felt mostly as a gentle warming. Wow!

Mouthfeel is heavy and chewy, deeply creamy and as smooth as a regular Russian Imperial stout aged well over a year. Easily one of the best mouthfeels I've encountered.

Dangerously drinkable! Oak Aged Yeti invites you to take more than a sip at a time. Something tells me this might not be the wisest course for imbibing this fantastic brew however! It's amazing though that a beer like this could be that drinkable. The mouthfeel and flavour are simply superb.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one I have had tried year in and year out. The last release was by far the best I have tasted.

The beer pours a pitch black in color with a thick tan head that takes some time to settle. It leaves a nice patern on the glass as well.
Aromas are more intense than previous releases. Toasted oak, vanilla, chocolate, and a hint of herbs dominate. Taste is amazing. Chocolate, coffee, and vanilla, surrounded by an onslaught of dried fruit, espresso, and toasty oak. Hops dry out the finish, making this beer very smooth.
Full bodied and delicoius, this is a fine example of the style. It's a standard and hangs around longer than most other brews of the style. Drink up!

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

Poured from a bomber bottle. Pours dark almost black in color. Rich foamy tan head made this look very creamy in nature. Scents of roasted nuts, malts and woods. Very oak like smell and flavor here. Other flavors include roasted malts and bitter cocoa, along with sweet sugars. Mouthfeel is slick and oily. Drinkable nature would in my mind be limited by the heaviness and alcohol.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this one in Portland. Bottle to pint glass.

A: Distinctly black with a fluffy, pillowy 2 finger khaki head that resides to a one finger head. Very impressive lacing.

S: Chocolate, toffee, roasted smoky malts. Even a little fruity hops in there too.

T: Chocolate, toffee, oak, caramel, espresso up front. Some bourbon, and vague leather in there as well. Bitter dank, piny hops. Incredibly complex. Plenty of oak and chocolate aftertaste.

M: Fairly low carbonation, semi dry. Full bodied. Perfect for the style.

D: I could drink a bunch of this. So good. Wish I had bought more bottles.

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Photo of advill88
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours absolutely black with a very dark tan head with excellent lacing...very beautiful looking beer.

Smells strongly of coffee and roasted malt with hints of bourbon and vanilla.

Taste is immediately dominated by an interplay between the strong coffee and chocolatey flavors and roasted malt, followed by a surprisingly strong hit of balancing hops, which gives way to more roasty maltiness with hints of vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Mouthfeel is quite heavy and creamy, with carbonation taking a back seat.

This beer is very strong, and quite the sipper...incredible RIS, but not for the faint of heart. It's obviously too heavy to drink ALL night, but I sure would have no problem trying.

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

Appearance- A thick dark substances oozes into my glass. I poured it slowly and there was minimal head but what was there was a distinct brown colour.

Aroma- I can smell hops and oak right off the bat... A hint of chocolate and coffee underlying the sharpness.

Taste- Hoppier than expected... the oak is relatively mellow but distinct. The chocolate and coffee meld into a great stout flavour but the oak imparts a quality entirely unique to this beer

Mouthfee-: Briskly carbonated with a nice slick feel. Better warmer for sure.

Drinkability- Perfect! Not so powerful as to mandate sipping but strong enough to satisfy anyone's taste! This really is a top notch beer! Looking forward to trying it with a bit of age on it

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours like cliched motor oil, but has a substantial amount of initial carbonation, and a thick mocha-colored head.

S - Chocolate, espresso, and anise. Extremely good smell.

T - Tastes like delicious café mocha with discernible notes of anise / black licorice attached to the alcohol. The taste is also strangely reminiscent of 'Pecan Turtle' Biscotti. The oak adds a nice mellow quality to the various flavors as well as imparting a subtle sweet vanilla finish. As compared to the standard Yeti, I think the oak aging is a significant improvement.

M - A tad thin for the style, but it works well when it airs out, warms up and loses its carbonation.

D - Drink the hell out of it! It's amazing that a beer of this caliber is readily available.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Rich black color with a dark tan head, thick and creamy. A lot of sweet scents, nothing bitter. Taste is rich and creamy, a lot of chocolate flavors, nothing bitter and no smoked coffee flavor. Just a nice clean stout, some subtle oak flavors but nothing jumping out, I think it helps smooth out the beer. I felt really good after this one, no alcohol flavors but it got to me afterwards, still a really easy drink.

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Photo of wd40
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Opaque black color with a tan head. The head wasn't too thick, and it didn't last particularly long, but it left some lace on the glass and it looked fantastic. The aroma was sweet and malty but also had some hoppy bitterness in it that balanced it out. The aroma was present but not aggressive or particularly pungent. Had it been a little more present I would have given it a full 5 because what is there is definitely complex. The taste has a sweetness that I normally wouldn't care for, but it balances out the flavor extremely well. A very subtle beer that is well-balanced between bitter and sweet which creates a sophistication and complexity within the flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy. Very drinkable beer.

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

Pours an opaque black with dense medium brown head, nice lacing. Smell: roasty, unsweet chocolate, dark brown sugar, leafy hops, a little woodsy. A little more mellow than standard Yeti. Taste: big syrupy dark chocolate, dark brown sugar, quite hoppy: leafy with a touch of citrus rind, earthy, vanilla finally shows up alongside baker's chocolate in the drying and slightly sticky finish. A little less carbonated than the standard Yeti. Bottled 11/17/09.

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

Served to myself from a bomber to a stein. Man, I need a better girlfriend... Bottled 10/30/09

A: Enormous medium-brown head that was both frothy & rocky and lasted extraordinarily long. The body was completely black and as opaque as it gets.

S & T: Huge malt character. Somewhere safely between roasted and burnt. Baking chocolate and caramel. The hops were shamelessly heavy, predominantly pine with grassy and citrusy notes. I love the dimension the yeast component adds, bringing a leathery/doughy character to the mix. There are additional oaky wood flavor tones. This is a big and promising brew.

M: Full body. Thick, sticky and chewy. As creamy as it gets with a very bitter finish. This is intense.

D: Being as intense as it is, the drinkability suffers, that's my reality. The extreme hoppiness did not mellow out the Yeti as the temperature increased. Bottom line: This is one stubborn, bad ass brew.

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

Served from a 22oz. bottle, purchased at The Wine Source in Baltimore, MD, into my Yeti snifter (01/03/10) at cellar temperature.

A: Pours a deep oily black with an incredibly thick and creamy 2.5 finger mocha head with exceptional retention and some thick spotty lacing. This is exactly how and Imperial Stout should look.

S: Nice bouquet of oak and roasted malt along with coffee and hint of chocolate.

T: Oak hits the palate first followed by some roasted malt and coffee. The oak is certainly the centerpiece and it is quite nice and not too overpowering. Subtle layers of chocolate, molasses and booze round out the flavor with perhaps just a hint of citrus hops in the finish.

M: Full-bodied with creamy carbonation and some warming booze.

D: For the style drinkability is quite good, but after a bomber the oak can become a bit aggressive.

Overall this was another wonderful version of the Yeti and another solid offering from Great Divide. In my opinion this is not quite as good as the Chocolate Oak Aged version, but is quite nice in its own respect. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of jnn4v
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black. Not translucent, even in the corners. Greyish brown head filled about 1/4 of the glass. Foamier than I'd expected.

S: Oak is the dominant scent. Followed by some alcohol, pine, chocolate, and coffee.

T: Big time oak combines with chocolate, molasses, lightly roasted coffee, and trails off with an oaky, creamy mocha-like aftertaste.

M: Good texture. Medium-to-full bodied. Appropriate for the style.

D: Definitely drinkable. Quite tasty, reasonably balanced, etc.

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Photo of morimech
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on Nov 17, 2009.

Pours dark black with a one inch of mocha colored head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Can definately pick up the oak aging in the aroma and taste and I would describe it as anything but subtle. In the aroma I also pick up the chocolate malt along with hints of hay and herbs. The flavor brought another surprise besides the big vanilla notes, and that is the hop bitterness. The claimed 75 IBUs is very much evident. It seems the malt plays 3rd in this mix of flavors. Alcohol also comes into play in the finish with some solvent like flavor. Not the largest body for a RIS but it is sufficient and has nice carbonation.

This turned out not to be my personal favorite stout with its vanilla and hoppy flavors.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.52/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jwale73 for sharing!!
A - Pours super black/brown with a light brown head that falls to a light covering.
S - Smells of coffee, roasted malt and bourbon.
T - The taste is very bitter and oaky. Chocolate, alcohol and coffee.
M/F - Medium body. Fairly smooth and heavily carbonated.
D - A decent brew but not to my liking style wise.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into tulip glass. Beer is thick and dark black. Head is dark brown and made up of small to medium bubbles. It forms thick at first but falls away leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. The remaining head is thin but completely covers the top fo the beer.

The aroma is a mixture of strong roast and alcohol. Smells fine.

Flavor is a little hard for me to describe. There is a bitterness at the back and it wrestles with an ash like roast flavor that dominates. There is a slight sweetness to the whole thing as well. Its a good beer though, not my favorite RIS, but a great example. I need the regular Yeti to compare. Drinkability is high. Mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied and well balanced. The carbonation provides nice connectivity. There is a slight aftertaste but its of the roast and not distracting.

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Photo of MOB210SA
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured extremely dark brown practically black. Dark. Dark tan/mocha head that dies to thin ring.

Chocolate, Coffee dark roasted malts with slight vanilla and a oak. Reminds me of desert.

Strong chocolate with a dominant coffee. Can taste a oaky vanilla, Amazing- well balanced.
Went perfect with a piece of fudge.

Smooth slick mouth coating with low carbonation but perfect smoothness.

Drinkability I couldnt drink this as an all day 24/7. But besides that I would love a couple.

Im not sure why but I just love Yeti and this is a step better.

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

Poured into a wine glass with a pitch black oil color and a beautiful head. The head is about one finger and is the darkest coffee brown head I have ever seen, amazing. The retention is pretty nice and the glass is coated with lacing as I drink it down. Random clouds of coffee brown are left on the top of the beer once the head dies down. The smell is pretty standard for a Russian Imperial Stout. I get a lot of toasty malts, chocolate malt and some coffee notes, probably from some of the malt. The oak becomes more present as it warms up, nice. There are a fair amount of hops in the nose in this one. I dont get any alcohol on the nose, fairly impressive for an RIS. The taste on this one is awesome. Huge notes of roasted malts. Coffee and cocoa are in the background to balance this one out perfectly. The huge hops help add a nice element to the huge malty taste. The taste really gets good when you add the oak into this. This beer is something that every RIS fan should try, also a great way to figure out what oak can be used for. No alcohol in the taste either. The mouthfeel is right on par for a beer of this caliber. The body is thick and oily, the carbonation is medium (I wouldn't mind a bit less). The alcohol warming is pretty nice here, not overpowering. There is a massive coat of oak and cocoa left on the tongue. Drinkability is great. The taste pretty much tells the DB here. The price is not bad for a beer of this quality, the alcohol or any of the tastes are not overpowering. I will buy this one again and age it when it comes back to my area.

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Photo of cudmud
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer has a wonderful deep mahogany color with a thick deep layer of tan foam. In addition, this beer produces huge amounts of lace.

Smell: This beer produces some of the best aromas that I've ever found in a beer. You can expect to smell toasted and chocolate malts combined with many earthy aromas.

Taste: This beer packs a load of flavor. There is plenty of roasted and toasted flavors in the malts. Plus, thers is a powerful bitter aftertaste that lingers after each sip. The aging produces earty, wood-like flavors as well.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This beer glides across the tongue and coats the mouth with the joy of malts and carbonation. This beer is enjoyable to drink and I plan to have more.

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Photo of hrking
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

22oz. bottle This is a great stout that is pretty much available year round at some of the better beer shops.All the flavor those of us stout heads require and the oak aging does everything justice. Chocolate smooth coffe slight but not over done smack you in the face everything blends smoothly to make this stout and enjoyable drinking expierence. Worth the effort!

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Photo of MPLS
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a bottle that I had given to my dad last Christmas and consequently it was consumed this past weekend. I bought this beer in early 08, so this beer has about 2 years on it.

A: Dark milky textured stout with an off brown head. Retention was limited, but fair amount of lace on my snifter glass. Doesn't have the head that I remember in the a regular fresh Yeti. Great coloring that let's you know it's a serious beer.

S: The nose has a blend of sweetness to it, a bittering alcohol chocolate with maybe a raisin cake??? Yeah, why not. It does lack the assertive hop profile that I remember with the Yeti, but still holds its own.

T: After splitting a DL this beer didn't give me the same malt eating grin that I had just experienced. This seemed second-rate, but perhaps just for this tasting with this particular batch. I am certain that I prefer this beer relatively fresh (within 4-6 months of it's bottling). There was a big roasted component to this beer and a dry, maybe oak like finish.

M: This beer is smoothe and creamy, the carbonation seems to have died down a bit. Easy drinking, but still with a big medium weight punch.

D: I am merely reviewing this beer on this particular day. Fresh is best IMO.

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

Pours like liquid obsidian with an ample, frothy, reddish brown head. Completely impregnable by light. The head retains nicely and lays down elegant sheets of lacing.

The aroma is pure grapefruit and chocolate with oak and coffee, caramel, with a nice soft vanilla and some alcohol. Restrained but really elegant.

The taste follows, with grapefruit, raisins, milk chocolate, caramel, coffee, licorice and tons of roast all melding together with vanilla rounding things out. Perfectly bitter. The more I drink the more the oak takes over which just melds with the overall flavors wonderfully. It's just a really complex cavalcade of flavors. If I had a single complaint it'd be that I'd want the burnt flavors eliminated.

Mouthfeel is full, creamy, luscious. Light carbonation. Warming alcohol, almost too much so.

Drinkability is high on this one. A solid imperial stout with a buttload of hops.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout poured black with a thick two-finger chocolate colored head. A wall of thick sticky lace was left from the top of the glass to the bottom.

The smell and taste were heavy roasted chocolate and coffee. The feel was aggressive, thick, and bitter, yet smooth and creamy. It was a great sipper, with a warm alcohol presence.

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout is a near-perfect stout with a ton of flavor and a feel that made it clear this is not only a stout, but a Beer with a capital "B." This could easily be the stout to end all stouts.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours completely opaque black with a nice mocha colored head that retains excellently and leaves some nice lacing along the oversized wine glass.

S: VERY hoppy nose. Chocolate, molasses, coffee, toffee, caramel, and brown sugar on top of a mass quantity of hops!

T: The hops are amazing! Not necessarily bitter or overpowering, but just PERFECTLY balanced with the giant malt backbone. Almost tastes like a delicious IPA was mixed in. Chocolate, fudge, coffee, toffee, caramel, a little molasses, piney/resinous/not-so-bitter hops to top it all off.

MF/D: Very viscous and filling, definitely want to split a bomber with someone else. Amongst the best RIS' I've had to date

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Photo of ATGHomebrewer
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice looking beer. almost black. one finger of head.
S: Has a nice roasted malt smell, coupled with chocolate, wood and maybe a bit of coffee. And a hit of hoppiness.
T: Very nice. oak is not overpowering, but adds a nice dimension as compared to the regular Yeti.
M: My wish is that it was a little bit thicker, but my preference is motor-oil thickness in a stout. Still, heavy and fairly creamy.
D: A great beer for about two pints, but the alcohol and sweetness may get intense after that.

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