Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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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 changeup45
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3/22/08. Pours a black color topped with a nice thick deep brown head. The head does settle down to small patches on top. Roasted malt aroma with toffee and molasses backed with some hops. Mouthfeel is rich, heavy and very full. Flavor starts with roasted bitter malts with some burned dark chocolate and toffee. It finishes with some bitter hops and a lot of bold black coffee which can be tasted in the aftertaste for a long time. A bit dry and warming. There isn't necessarily an alcoholic rush but the flavors are bold, bitter and complex and it is evident that this beer is high in abv. I loved sampling this beer. It's probably not going to be a regular for me and I doubt I want too many at one seating but this beer was quite a bit of fun. I have a bottle of the Oak Aged version so I look forward to that one.

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Photo of gbarron
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber. Bottle states that the beer contains 75 IBUs.

A - dark, pitch black. Like looking into a cave in the mountains with no light coming through at all. Head is a tight netting of bubbles that hang around to the end, relenting to a small circle by the time I'm finished. Not much lacing. Head color is distinctive of roasted barley, a frothy cappucino/tan color.

S - sweet, vinous smell. Hint of vanilla, fruit, rum? Definitely coffee. Lots of roasted coffee smells. A tad bit of hops in the nose but nothing I can place. Just picking a faint bit of alcohol.

T - wow. Big beer. Sweet flavor of malt dominates, background of alcohol. Delicious like a coffee spiked with bourbon or rum or something. I can taste some hops, but I'm shocked this is a 75 IBU beer. Bitterness comes predominantly from the barley here, not a lot of hop bitterness or flavor. Sweet roasted malt abounds, with background of vanilla sweetness.

M - thick, viscous beer. Sticks to your tongue, but a very smooth beer. Alcohol does not burn and is well hidden.

D - lord this is a great beer to drink, but there's no way I could have more than one in a sitting. Thickness fills you up quickly. I was bloated by the time I finished this.

Overall - if you see this beer on the shelf, get it and try it, you won't be disappointed. However, it's not something I'm going to tell the grandkids about. I have two bottles and will thoroughly enjoy them, but not a beer I'll buy again.

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Photo of Aiptasia
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first Imperial Stout sampling at Kickbacks in Jacksonville, FL. I wanted to start off the meal at Kickbacks right, with a good strong beer that would go well with my meaty selection of a blue cheese stuffed cheeseburger, and oh man this one slaughtered it. I'm generally a fan of Great Divide's beers, so it was a natural choice to try one i've never had before in such a great gastropub.

A: Coffee, black in color. A nice two finger creamy foam head formed at the top. Great lacing, very slow dissipation.

S: Oaky, rich dark scents of coffe and postum.

T: Decadently rich and hoppy. Plenty of bitterness to pair with heavy foods.

M: Hoppy and bitter lingering on the pallete. Otherwise well balanced.

D: A sipper, pairs well with meats. Micro carbonation makes it go down rich and smooth. Masks it's alcohol well. If stouts are your thing, you'll enjoy it.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a beatiful black with a nice tan head.

S - Strong with the oak. Also has strong molasses and some chocolate in there..

T - Mid malt presence and blanced with the hops. Chocolate covered cherreis and kinda sweet.

M - Easy on the pallette.

D - For it's style a litttle bland. But for being a double stout it's right on the money.

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Photo of srhoadsy
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled into a snifter. 2011 bottle.

Pours an extremely dark sable brown/black with a quarter inch of chocolate brown head that quickly recedes leaving light surface layer and moderate lacing.

Strong aromas bitter chocolate coffee and chocolate with dried fruit.

Taste follows through the aromas. If you hold it on your tongue you will get strong flavor of the char from the barrel. Hints of alcohol but not strong.

Heavy bodied with a surprisingly dry finish and bitter aftertaste. Lightly carbonated.

Overall a good representation of the style. Not overly complex but does nothing wrong either.

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Photo of rrheisler
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. bottle purchased in January 2009, cracked open into a glass.

A: A jet black liquid comes out of the bottle, wishing to stick to the sides of everything in sight: bottle, glass, etc. Not much head or carbonation to speak of. Looks decadent.

S: A bit unbalanced in the nose. Smelt heavily of alcohol and oak, without any of the notes of chocolate, fruit, malt, or anything stout or beer related. Really reminded me of stealing a whiff off a bottle of whiskey, instead.

T: Well, here's a quick turn-around. Lots of heavy vanilla flavoring up front. However, this melts away into cocoa and bourbon flavors midway through. As you get to the finish, it gets almost like chocolate milk in the mouth that's been spiked with Kaluha. Interesting.

M: Thick, creamy. Really on point.

D: Really, what is holding it back is the ABV, which is well hidden by the flavor. A single bomber is more than enough, but is decadent.

Overall, glad I got to age one of these aged, as the one I had fresh was extremely unbalanced by comparison.

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Photo of techfed87
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, thick head. Smell is very hoppy, with a very rich malt scent coming up alongside it.

Color is jet black tinted slightly red

Flavor is sharp, thick, and very bitter. However, there is a certain mellowness to it that was made with the oak aging process, and that in itself adds a bit to the beer's overall feel. And as big and up front as the beer is initially, the aftertaste is surprisingly easy on the pallet. Again, oak aging may have something to do with it.

My overall impression of the beer is that it makes for a great bomber and even perhaps better growler, however perhaps not the best six pack. Either way, a great beer nonetheness!

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Photo of Jayli
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a gorgeous opaque black. About a 1 finger chocolate brown head - slightly modest, but has good retention. Thick lacing covers the pint glass the entire way down. Nose is of coffee, possibly some vanilla, carmelized malts, hops, and slight air of the alcohol contained. Taste is oddly hoppy - I was surprised given this is a Stout. There are definite tastes of coffee and some malts, there is a bitter after taste. The mouthfeel is as a stout should be. Overall, not a bad beer - I was slightly put off by the high hoppiness of this stout, but would try it again having an idea of the hops going in now.

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Photo of JustinAniello
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a three finger brown head. Slowly dissipates to a beautiful lacing and cap.

S - Medley of smells, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, oak, and hops all take different turns playing the main role.

T - Starts with a sweet milk chocolate turning into coffee with bitter hops. Mild vanilla in the background. Pretty light flavors overall though.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Good for the style.

O - Not a bad beer overall, though heavier flavors beyond the hops would benefit it tremendously. Excellent aromas with nice body.

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Photo of beerinator
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Split this one with the wife immediately after drinking the regular Yeti Imperial Stout.

Appearance: Dark black beer. Frothy mountainous tan head with excellent retention.

Aroma: Oak seems subtle. The chocolate and bitter coffee aren't present here like they are in the normal yeti.

Taste: Woody, sharp flavor, reminscent of the oaky sharpness in a chardonay. Tannic. There is a bit of bitterness and roasty character coming through to balance the oak. The mouthfeel is very good and solid.

Notes: Beer is very solid and interesting. The oak aging seems to have diminished some of the Yeti's good qualities. The oak flavor does provide a bit of depth, but it doesn't bring to the table what it covers up, in my opinion.

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Photo of ccrida
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Served on draught in a small pilsner glass, the Oaked Yeti is pitch black with a burnt tan head and a thick, 1 finger head that leaves beautiful lace rings. Brilliant!

The smell is not the strongest, roasted malt, boozy and a little dusty.

The taste is rich, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, very firm hop bitterness a fairly astringent RIS, although it doesn't overwhelm. This finish is dry and bitter, and the fusels are evident. Not as complex as other oaked beers, it's still quite nice. I've only had this on draught before, I need to pick up a bottle or two to throw in the cellar. I should also note that I enjoyed this more the last time I had it, so not sure how much older or younger this glass was...and I probably bumped it up 1/2 a point in light of that bias.

This has a great mouthfeel, very luscious, maybe a tad oily, and light for the style.

The body really aides the drinkabilty, and it is satisfying rich, but the astringency counters that somewhat. Also, it's is not too complex for an oak aged brew.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice looking RIS. Puffy dense hazelnut colored head which fades, but leaves lacing around my snifter for the remainder of the beer. The aroma is oh so much more hops then I expected. There is also a good amount of chocolate, coffee, and roast in the nose. Where the apperance and aroma of this beer shine, the flavor falters. I feel it has all the right flavors, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, but it is slightly unbalanced and overly bitter for the style. The mouthfeel is appropriate. As for the drinkability I wouldn't want to crush a whole bottle. A good beer, but slightly disappointing.

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Photo of AlanLamp
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'll not reiterate all the minutea of this brew. Everything one would expect from a good imperial stout but the taste falls short. A substantial alkalinity on the finish and lingering after; not just the oak. Perhaps a bad bottle/batch. 3/24/15

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Photo of fizzyfred
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful deep, dark color. With an impressive dark head that leaves lots of lace. The smell is full of roasted malt. The taste is an intense mix of roast, biscuit, oak and alcohol. It almost tastes like a liqueor. It also leaves a very bitter late aftertaste. The mouthfeel is amazing, very viscous, reminds you of maple syrup. A good beer on occasion, I prefer the regular yeti as the taste is less extreme.

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Photo of Pehlman
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoying this beer out in Arizona with buddies OlieIPA and PutsTheBinABV

A - Solid black with a dark-tan frothy head that stays around and really sticks to your glass. The lacing is amazing!

S - Alcohol definitely noticable in the aroma. Behind that there is the obvious roated malt smell along with a sweet/spicy wood aroma.

T - Very woody! Like a charred piece of oak. Again, like the smell, there is this bite to it from the woodiness. The alcohol is pretty well balanced with the taste but you can still tell its there.

M - Medium bodied with a bit of a bite from the carbonation. The carbonation to me is ALMOST too much. But not quite. Leaves a nice coating in your mouth that keeps the flavor around for a long time after each taste.

D - I could drink this beer probably about every other week and be happy. Although I would say about 8oz of this beer, to me, is the perfect serving size. IMO, anything more, I could see getting old after a while.

Overall this is a great beer and if you ever get your hands on one... Enjoy!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep black with a tan head and a decent amount of lacing.

S: Dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a little touch of hops.

T: Sweet dark malt mixed with some chocolate, coffee, and oak.

M: Fairly full-bodied with a good amount of creaminess and not too much of an alcohol presence.

D: Pretty drinkable, although there might be a tad too much oak.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle served into an Odell 90 Shilling pilsner glass in me friend's gaff in Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current high ratings. I'm also a big fan of Great Divide.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger rich tan-ruby colour head of beautiful impeccable cream, fantastic thickness, and damned impressive retention for its high ABV as well as for the style; it's looking like it'll retain for a good seven minutes. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque jet black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Chocolate, cocoa, coffee/java, a spot of roast, caramel, and dark malts. Really understated in terms of strength but quite appealing. Oak, but it's surprisingly restrained. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Chocolate/cocoa, dark malts, light coffee/java, and some cream. An oak undertone. It's pretty well balanced, but it doesn't bring the depth and complexity as much as I'd like. No alcohol comes through, but it's not exactly impeccably hidden. No yeast character at all. The caramel is overdone - probably the beer's biggest flaw.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Carbonation is a bit too high. A bit too thick as well. Mouthfeel overall suits the flavour profile but doesn't seem custom-tailored to it.

Dr: It's largely a sipper. I wouldn't want to tackle a bottle of this by meself. The ABV is pretty well hidden, but it does have some heat. I'm actually somewhat disappointed with this all-around; I expected better.

Low B+

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not as good as I expected and not as good as Espresso Yeti which is really the only other Great Divide Beer I have had. This was the 2012 vintage.

The taste was a little too bitter and harsh for me. I can't quite put my finger on it. The smell was of chocolate, oak and sweetness but the taste was a little lacking. Maybe the flavors haven't melded together quite yet. Not up to par with other barrel aged stouts.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black with ruby highlights and a creamy brown head with strings of lace.

S - Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, sweet vanilla, fudge, hops and oak as it warms.

T - Musty, earthy wood, rich dark chocolate, burnt malts, bitter hops and some smokiness.

M - Medium body, creamy with a lingering dry finish.

D - The oak really builds in this one as it warms becoming smokey and almost like sucking on smoked wood chips.

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Photo of godfathermg57
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle in a Duvel tulip glass

A: Jet black as stouts should be, but the head was a bit weak

S: Lots of malts and chocolate

T: Not the most complex stout by any means, but a solid taste; lots of chocolate and roasted notes rounded out at the back with a faint hops bitterness.

M: Not as thick in the mouthfeel as I would prefer from the style

D: Very drinkable and smooth. You could probably finish a whole bomber without laboring too much.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a black color with a tan two finger head that stays for a long time. Sticky lacing sticks to the side of my glass throughout the beer.

Smells of dark swiss chocolate, leather, roasted coffee, vanilla, smoked wood chips.

Taste of roasted burnt malts, plums, toffe.

Medium body with slight carbonation. Thick and creamy.

One of these will do me good due to its thick body.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours out into my Stone Imperial Russian Stout tulip a glopping, robust black, upon which I am required to force-pour a very thin head. Like a couple of other serious Imperial Stouts, this one just doesn't want to hold a head, though the brown-brown-brown ring that remains leaves behind spots of lacing.

This has a dark, roasty malt smell that carries scents that I am positive have been imparted by the oak aging - a kind of astringent vanilla. It's robust, for sure.

The taste definitely carries characteristics of oak aging, and I wish now that I had bought the original Yeti to compare the two. The taste begins very, very smooth, with a vanilla-bean maltiness, then transitions to a hard-hitting astringent, alcoholic malt and hop profile that kicks with a brief, Cascade-like bitterness.

Smooth, thick mouthfeel that packs an alcoholic warming punch - I recommend letting it warm as you sip. Carbonation is minimal, but the alcohol bites a little harder than I'd like, and makes the mouthfeel a little too harsh for something thick.

This beer packs a serious punch, heavy, complex, and aggressive, despite - or perhaps due to - the aok cask aging. I fully intend to try the original Yeti.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage: 2009 Served from tap into an imperial pint. Pours black with a minimal tan head. Maintains good lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt and coffee. The flavor was of coffee and malt with a tart followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall the flavors are definitely in your face on this brew. It was quite good for an imperial stout, but not great. It definitely needed more flavors to counteract the tart followthrough that I was experiencing.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into oversized snifter.

A - Jet black, opaque. A half inch of dark brown head rises, one of the darkest heads I've ever seen. Retention is decent for the ABV with some nice brown lacing.

S - Big coffee and roasted aromas upfront with a a lot of wood and char backing. Touches of chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, and butter are evident as well.

T - Coffee and chocolate take a backseat to big burnt and roasted flavors with a wallop of wood. Some caramel-like sweetness hangs around early to mid palate, but begins to dry out as the wood flavor grows. The alcohol comes on slowly as well but by the finish it is very strong and astringent, accompanied by an earthy and burnt bitterness. Bitterness lingers for a few minutes.

M - Medium to full bodied with moderate to low carbonation, ultimately toning down the sweetness and amping up the bitterness. Not quite thick and still enough for my tastes.

D - Though I'm not the hugest fan of RIS's, I do try to be fair but drinkability always suffers. A surefire sipper, but the bitterness and burnt flavors are a little over the top for me to fully enjoy.

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Photo of MPLS
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
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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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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