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 | website

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 Optimat0r
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance - basically the same as regular Yeti, dark and more dark, thick and heavy.

smell - similar to regular yeti but not quite as chocolaty.

taste - good, but not great. not as outrageously rich as regular Yeti, but still damn powerful. less chocolate flavors, maybe a hint of 'vanilla' as the bottle says, but not much. very deep but the flavors dont seem to mix as well; the aftertaste comes off as sharp alcohol.

mouthfeel - ok at best, very oily, and the strong alcoholic aftertaste lingers.

drinkability - good for a small serving at a time...i honestly dont know how someone could sit down and quaff the whole bomber, let alone more than one. its just too rich and sweet and the alcoholic aftertaste is wearing. like trying to drink a giant, thick milkshake. definitely a quality beer, but not as 'refined' as id hoped and way overpriced ($8 for a bomber?)

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Photo of maltysfalcon
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted along with Dogfish "World Wide Stout", which blew it away, but that doesn't take away from the fact that this is a fine stout in its own right. Dark as midnight, head fades fairly quickly as it is not overly carbonated. Very dark, roasted aromas of Espresso and charcoal. In flavor, there is a fairly hoppy influence. The beer is dry and viscous. The oak influence seems to temper the flavors slightly but is not as prevalent as I would have thought. Very flavorful and powerful, but alcohol is in balance with the intense flavors and aromas. Veru good overall.

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Photo of harrymel
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: ???

A: Pours a black stout with depth difficult to penetrate. 1-2 finger, fine dark mocha head falls slowly (really slowly), and as it does, the color lightens slightly. Thick, Nearly sheeting lacing.

S: Earthy, thick and manly hops are backed up with some malts, licorice, oak. The oak on this isn't particularly pronounced to me, but is nice when I can reach it: vanilla, hollow, sweet.

T: The nose does this beer little justice. The oak holds forth here, and the hops step back and the malt hits me with a sharp left of nicely balanced dark, roasted, charred and cocoa'd malts. Oak shrouds the hops and accentuates the sweetness in the alcohol. Well balanced. I didn't anticipate this. Nice.

M: thick, smooth, silky, heavy body. Medium, fine carbonation. Resonates for long periods of time. Slicks the palate, but in a granular way.

O: Well done. I can see why the beer makes the top 100 of fame list. It's accessible and quite pleasant. I imagine it would be better with two years on it, but I'm not willing to make the commitment honestly.

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Photo of Wheelinb
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a big beer with lots of stuff going on.

It pours almost black with a vigorous foamy brown head. Got lots of malt, chocolate and espresso aromas from this one along with a distinct woody smell. The taste matched the aroma and I could taste the oak coming through. The beer was very smooth and complex but I found the alcohol aftertaste a little over powering.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with a nice milk chocolate colored head. Recedes fairly quickly to a line on the top of the beer. Poor lacing throughout the session.

Bitter chocolate, deep roast on the nose.

Ashy, bitter sweet chocolate on the palate. Hints of coffee. Slight ethanol on the exhale, little bit of vanilla and oak. Bottled date of 10/21/15. Rated on 12/5/15.

This is a fairly medium bodied beer.

This isn't my first rodeo with this beer. I'm pretty sure I had this in the tap room in Denver in 2010. I was pretty hammered then, but I remembered it being amazing. This was a a pretty sobering experience. The hype surrounding this beer is unfounded, as is the case with most 90+ rated beers on this site. The beer is good, but I can't get past the ash flavor up front. As the beer warms, it gets better. This beer was $11 for a bomber at whole foods, its honestly not worth the price.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice glossy black color. Big dark tan head has good retention and nice lacing.

Smell: Roast malt aroma with chocolate. Slightly nutty, with hints of vanilla and bourbon.

Taste: Big flavor with a strong chocolate component. Nutty and woody flavors float throughout. Warming alcohol at the finish, along with some bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and pretty viscous, though not entirely full-bodied.

Drinkability: Strong but not overly so in the alcohol department.

Nice but not my favorite Imperial Stout. There's some good aromas that come out of the beer that I would also like present in the taste.

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Photo of afksports
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle date 10/5/2009 poured into my Founders snifter.

Oak Aged Yeti is a lot like Yeti (surprised?). It's strong like my anger at the Chicago Bears after scoring on the Philadelphia Eagles right now while I drink it. But not so strong that the Bears will win (banking on that, don't trust this review if the Bears win).

It's black with a tan head that's almost soapy on the initial pour. Fantastic lacing and great legs. This is how an RIS should look. The smell doesn't have as much roasty malts as the regular style, and I imagine that the oak cuts that while adding an oaky subtlety. What comes out a little bit more are the hops. That happens with the taste too. It's just as big in the mouth, and just as drinkable. The weird finish - a soapiness maybe - that hits me on every Great Divide beer sticks with this one as well, and because there's fewer roasted malts to overwhelm the back of the palate, that feel is more prominent.

Ultimately, I can't really see this being a top RIS for me. Just like I can't see the Bears winning. But it's 14-3 right now, so maybe I'm wrong.

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Photo of silentjay
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

very viscous pour of a opaque brownish black with a decent sized dark khaki head that quickly recedes to a spotty film yet leaves tons of lacing on the glass.

a strong aroma can be detected before i even bring the glass up to my nose. cocoa, dark roasted coffee, anisette, some char, a little oak, and some vanilla. boozy. not bad.

taste begins with a surprising onslaught of piney hops which are quickly overtaken by the char and cocoa powder. oak is there, but stays in the background. booze is present throughout as well. not as complex as I would have expected and wanted, and does not quite match the aroma which promised a bit more.

mouthfeel is good. thick bodied with perhaps a bit too much carbonation, but is creamy on the swallow then finishes dry with cocoa powder.

goes down ok. rather boozy and yet it doesnt have an extremely high abv for the style. a bit more complexity and some more oak character would be welcome.

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Photo of nogoodreason
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours oil thick blackness with an orangish, deep tan head. Retention is good.

Nose is of huge citrusey hops, bakers chocolate, ripe pear flesh, a slight "green" vegetable-like aspect with faint hints of vanilla and wood.

It's harshly carbonated and slightly too astrignent in the mouth, but it still retains Yeti's lucious thickness and stickiness. It's full of roasty, charcoal like content, with great chocolate and orangey citrus from the considerable hops. Nice fruity flavors are present, a bit of that pear flesh from earlier as well as deep dark fruit aspects. Finish is dry and roasted with a constantly building bitterness towards the back.

All in all a nice beer, though the Oak Character is really subdued and the beer is honestly too harsh. Perhaps some time in the cellar would tame this beer and make it into the gem that regular old Yeti is. Alas, I had only one bottle, so I may never find out.

If you've got a bottle of this, SIT ON IT for a while. It's too agressive right now.

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Photo of cookin420
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle pured into a tulip.

Black as night, this one. Big creamy head with a color like chocolate milk. Lacing is fairly thin relative to what I expected.

Smell is a bit of smoke and bitter unsweetened chocolate. Unripe, tart, dark fruits and big fat oak.

I can really feel the bittering units that have been utilized quite well in this beer. The sweet attributes that the hops lend this beer(I'm guessing Chinook at some point?)
seem to be engaged in a tug of war with the burnt astringency of the oak. The more I drink the more I believe there could be Cascades in this, giving it that citric flavor. Moderately intense malt character really delivers balance. No surprises though, what you smell is what you taste. Alcohol taste is relatively mild.

Dry finish, thinner than many of this style. medium carb.

I see myself drinking this for hours. Drinkable? yes. Not a quaffer by any means.

A good effort. I'd have gone with a more mellow hop schedule, not as far as bittering units go but as far as flavor components I think the flavor hop addition was not the best choice. That said, I'm impressed with this beer. The subtlty of the oak was a welcome surprise.

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Photo of BB1313
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz growler filled at Heinen's in University Hts., Ohio

Growler poured into a tulip. Pours black basically with a nice mocha head that fades leaving nice retention and nice lacing. The aromas are full of cocoa malts. Hints of chocolate and vanilla. The aromas seem ultimately subtle and not overwhelming. The flavors are very bold and rich. Nice bitterness, just like most Yeti variants. Lots of dark chocolate. Lots of anise/black licorice notes as well. Roasted malts are there. Very subtle citrus notes, believe it or not. The oak chips are present in the flavor department giving it a nice "harshness". Alcohol basically goes completely unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied with active carbonation. It's not thick, but not thin. Smooth and creamy. It's easy to drink, but makes for a nice sipper. Dangerously drinkable.

This is a nice stout right here. It might not be my personal favorite Yeti variant, but it's still very enjoyable and well crafted stuff. Not bad at all, I like it and it's fun to drink. This is better than my "numeric score" might indicate, I just wasn't crazy about the aromas, but everything else is on point.

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Photo of danielharper
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Consumed on 7/10/2008. Tasting notes copied verbatim.)

Appearance: Dark black completely opaque body, originally-thick head dissipates quickly to soapscum. Leaves significant lacing.

Smell: Very sweet, strong notes of coffee, some chocolate. Slightly astringent. Very malty.

Taste: Very hot with alcohol, very oaky. Drink somewhat chilled or the oak takes over. Careful sipping reveals malty chestnuts, coffee. Slightly dry on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick, moderate carbonation, somewhat hoppy on the tongue.

Drinkability: Stick to the regular Yeti unless you love oak. It's really overwhelming in this one.

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a black opaque color with a small tan, caramel head.

S - Dark Chocolate malts with some coffee and earthy tones. A very dry scent but very appealing and well distributed.

T - Coffee and malts are the majority here. Some subtle hints of dark chocolate are in there as well.

M - Medium carbonation with some bitterness. Almost too much bitterness for me.

O - Not bad.

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Photo of morimech
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
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 angrybabboon
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Review adapted from notes taken 1/22/12

Appearance: Pours black, tan head with sticky lacing, impressive retention

Smell: Wood and burnt wood - oak everywhere - basically smells like a charred plank of wood - some chocolate and some depth with the malts, but mostly smells like someone attacked an oak tree with a flamethrower

Taste: Big and burnt - very woody, with a ton of flavors - burnt, utterly charred malts - so, so burnt - dry chocolate - dark fruits (also burnt), along with some slight tartness - tons of burnt bitterness

Mouthfeel: Heavy, but not sludgy, slightly acidic, smooth, nice carbonation

Overall: This is like an oak aged with stout

I enjoy oak-aging, but I found this a little excessive. Fortunately, the Yeti under all of the wood is an excellent base. It is worth a try.

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Photo of bultrey
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter. Pretty damn opaque. Creamy forithy tan head. Smells like dark and red fruits, jammy, like blueberries, etc., with a touch of vanilla and woodiness. The oak-aging is quite apparent in the nose. Alcohol apparent too. Very aggressively hoppy up front, some intense dark chocolate and pluminess, a quite woodsy/vanilla sweetness, and a fairly bitter, drying finish. The mouthfeel is thick, but something about the carbonation is lacking. Not my favorite double stout or oak-aged beer, but not bad.

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Photo of garbercury
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
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 strohme2
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Ratings all over the board for me. Great looking pour with a huge fluffy, tan head that laced down the glass. Roast and wood, char and earthiness on the nose. Smooth mouthfeel, lots of earthiness, roast and bitterness. I think its a true RIS with a hoppy finish.

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Photo of Riggsy
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber served in goblet

A: Pours an opaque black, thick with a 2 finger tan head.

S: Woody, boozy aroma at first backed up by dark fruit, primarily prune, faint hop aroma. Surprisingly little dark roast malt.

T: Lots of oak, bourbon-like alcohol, vanilla flavor. Covers up any roast, coffee, or chocolate I would expect. Hop bitterness quite evident.

M: Full bodied, thick mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation.

D: Alcohol a little dominant for my taste. This would be more appropriate as an American Imoerial Stout to signify the amount of hops. Bomber is alot to finish in one sitting.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/18/10. Tulip glass.

Pours a thick impenetrable black with a dense finger of dark brown foam sitting atop. Decent retention, and pretty good lacing which takes on a strange pattern of dots on the glass wall. Smell is in-your-face roasted malt and dry oak, medium roast coffee, and a little dark chocolate. Unfortunately, the beer seems to pick up the flavor of oak without any of the vanillin or spice notes. Taste is again pretty oaky and a lot of roasted malt, some cream, and some dark fruit as it warms (plum, blackcurrant). I didn't notice alcohol per se. The body is quite thick and chewy, and carbonation is light. Overall, this is a really big stout, pretty good flavors. The beer is very dry, so I think it would pair quite well with a rich dessert.

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Photo of Ljunkan
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650 ml bottle shared with Bananaman.

Pours a dark black color with a thick, brown head. Looks really nice in the glass imo, you definitely want to taste it!

Smell is vanilla, oak, hops (citrus), fudge, toffee and dark chocolate. Very nice smell, so for no wrong.

Taste is of hard roasted malt, coffee, almost tar, lots of citrus hops, with a BIG, and I mean, BIG bitterness. Lots of burnt notes aswell. I would say this is a bit too bitter and hoppy for my taste.

Mouthfeel is quite good though, it's very filling with a big body, almost sticky, but I must say it's a bit "harsh" also. Not that drinkable...

Well... I don't think the hard roasted malts is working with the big bitterness in the taste as well as you can hope for. I thought this one would be a bit more "rounded" and mellow due to the oak aging process. Still a good imperial stout, though it doesn't live up to the "hype".

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Photo of xav33
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
22oz bomber
Bottled Fall 05 (?), tamed 10/06
Medium pour in an English pint

Poured black, with barely noticeable dark brown highlights, with a huge bumby frothy mostly lasting light brown head with excellent lacing.

Smelt strongly of coconut, dark chocolate, vanilla, mocha, with moderate dried fruit.

Taste was upfront strong mocha coffee roast bitterness with a light earthy feel and light semi-sweet dark chocolate and vanilla followed by a more pungent earthy punch and harsh dark coffee taste and some light grassy hops on a long bitter finish. Mouthfeel was full bodied, viscous, softly carbonated, with a comfortable light alcoholic warmth and some harsh astringency.

Overall, some great stuff happening here. The aroma and appearance are perfect, the flavor is great. This is something you buy by the case and hold on to, so as to kill the astringent feel and let the flavor develop into what the aroma indicates. A palate killer when still young. Could easily age into a perfect score.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.69/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick oily pitch black with a slow erupting tall head of brown foam. Even the head looks quite dense. Thick rings of chunky lace coat the glass as does the oily liquid after each sip before oozing back down to the body. Simply a picture perfect Imperial Stout. Surprisingly strong hoppy nose with floral and piney notes. A bit too hoppy in my opinion as it didn’t let much else shine through until nearly the end of the 22oz. Lighter chocolate and roasty notes peak through at times. Big hoppy flavor as expected with a good strength chocolate malt trying to battle back the hops. It seemed the hops died out after awhile and let some oak come through but not much. Mouthfeel is damn thick and pretty slick going down. Very nice. Pretty good drinkability but the hoppiness drowning out the other flavors drops this a bit for me. Overall a solid beer though I would take the non oak version over this.

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Photo of AwYeh
3.69/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours extremely dark brown/black with more than a finger of foamy brown head. Perfect stout appearance.

S: Smell is fainter than I expected, mostly chocolate with a touch of oak.

T: Taste is almost overwhelmingly oak; I enjoy oak flavor in moderation but here it seems a bit too strong to fully appreciate the beer's other flavors (for instance, there is no detectable vanilla in this glass). Despite the imbalance, there is a bit of hop bitterness, as well as malty sweetness/chocolate. It may be better to taste this one after it has spent some time in the bottle to establish more balance.

M: Medium-thick body with oily texture and light to moderate carbonation.

D: I enjoyed the glass I had, and probably could have had another; not too much more than that though.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As my Bears try their hardest to blow another importaint game, I open a beer that has intruged me for awhile. In to the snifter...

A - Good amount of head for a thick, 10% abv beer. Dark body, good lacing, attractive beer.

S - Sweet chocolate and cherry seem to be at the front here. Alcohol does tend to doninate the aroma. Wood does seem to lend some tannins to the aroma, which is nice.

T - Very bitter chocolate at entry. Vanilla and tannins hit on the sides of the mouth, and a large about of fruityness (prunes/cherries) stays active throughout. At midpalate, the bracing alcohol hits, and tends to stick long after the finish. The finish is quite nice and dry, which helps balence out the sweetness and bite of the alcohol. Pretty much what one expects from an Imperial Stout, although I did feel like the oak aging was tastefully done, not to overpowering, nice and suttle.

M - Silky, which is good, but I just expect Imperial Stouts to have more body than this...

D - This is a fine Imperial Stout, flavor wise. Not life changing, but good.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,652 ratings.
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