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 sublimesipping
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In my quest to selectively review only the sublime encounters of my beer drinking sonjourns, this beer stands out.
An amazing journey of flovor and finisnh. To start the color is a murky espressio rown-black and radiaince but a creaminess at ths same time. Great head lacing and a wonderful sweet nutty, chocolate malty aroma.
the taste blows my mind. godvia chocolate and sweet peat smoke. a great single malt combined with the finest chocoalte. grainy and smooth at the same time. More depth than any beer that i have drunk ever. This is a beer to savor it lingers and wraps its flaovrs around your tongue and head and heart. It is not for the light-hearted. This is a great sipping beer to sip all night that winter's night when you want and need to reminincse with your loved one about those memeories of a youunger and more light-hearted time. a full beer that transports and tanscends. AMAZING!

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Photo of MOB210SA
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
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 cvfish
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured black as a struck match, produced a huge fluffy brown head, which had great retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were extremely complex, a great deal of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, espresso, and some hoppiness at the end

T - The taste of this beer was wonderful as the scent, the roasted malts, the bitter chocolate, vanilla beans, espresso wisps, and a great piney hoppy flavor

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a heavy body with a light amount of carbonation

D - This beer was made to be sipped, almost feels like engine sludge going down, but damn it has to be one of the tastiest beers on the planet, especially for Stout lovers

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Photo of mempath
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

nice bomber size...a gift from Sarah (thanks!)

appearance is no less than stellar...stands firm and thick and frothy and vibrant for 5 minutes or more....dark dark head...luscious lacing in large swathes. it just looks serious. incredible. often many a great brew is weak here...not this one

like all great stouts of this nature, i catch the sweet, alcoholic, dark preserved fruit notes along with some dark chocolate Raisanets. the roastiness is more fermented seeming. like miso. deep and concentrated.

even if you didn't like anything like this level of brewing art, you have to raise a toast to the masterpiece here. i happen to love this kind of stout and i find this immediately complex...if i stop to think and dissect and analyze, i lose the experience. it wil take a moment to come back and draw on the memory. but this leaves deep impressions: just right IBU balances the smokey sweetness...tart is a key word...like other great stouts (no matter the style), this simply satisfies life on earth. it's like a meal. or a decadent dessert, but refreshing all the same. savor it, sure, but quaff it, too. it's not stodgy. it's at home in a 3/4 pint glass with a silly cow on it. and the lacing continues on down the glass, more mottled this vache. mouthfeel is as it should be...neither sticky thick and cloying or thin and dry. the flavors linger and mingle with the next swallow.

at 9.5abv, not sure what the drinkablility is for everyone at anytime. but i say a bottle of this is always a special occasion. enjoy it! life is short. a PERFECT ending to a long mountain bike ride. i'll test this after my first endurance race of the season...


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Photo of cbutova
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
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 BeerCentralWA
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazing. Deep roasted malt balanced by heavy carbonation and oak dryness. Served in snifter. Aroma of espresso, malt, oak, vanilla and deep carmel. The dryness of alcohol and oak balance this malt heavy and sweet aroma driven beer. My personal favorite for this style.

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Photo of MEsoJD
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A thick/rich Black body with a mocha head.

S: Smells like chocolate, coffee, toffe, roast/oak notes, and of vanilla.

T: Instantly taste like chocolate and toffee. Sweet and hardly any bitterness. Alcohol is hidden very well.

M: Smooth and creamy. Carbonation seems perfect.

O: Possibly my favorite Imperial Stout. Amazing taste and mouthwatering. If you get the chance, try this beer. If you love stouts, this is a must.

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Photo of davesway10
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dense pitch black. Beautiful. Not sure how to describe the head, coppery ? The taste is fantastic, lively. Really wasn't sure what to expect from this beer when i bought it, and now I'm hoping, praying that my local beer guy will continue to provide this fine brew. This beer will always be on my must buy list. I'll be looking for more brews from these guys.

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Photo of bgildea
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
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 OutlawJoseyWales
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Black, with a minimal light brown head, in a chimay goblet

Smell: chocolately roasty smells, alcohol, sweet cherry like aroma

Taste: Chocolate covered cherries, a dash of hops in the middle, and a finish of roasted coffee. also hints of vanilla. upon first taste i immediately let out a "Oh man this is really good." which doesn't seem to happent that often. This is my favorite Russian Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel: silky, smooth, rich. this beer is like a fine chocolate.

Drinkability: very drinkable for a RIS. the alcohol is very well hidden (unlike the avery czar).

an expertly crafted brew. these guys at great divide know their beer!

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Photo of biking4beer
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber. Poured into a pint tumbler.

Big 2.5 finger head without trying. Looked like a chocolate milk shake, and held for a long time. Beer was black as coal. No light getting through whatsoever.

Super chocolaty aromas with slight vanilla and alcohol. Kind of smelled like a port. This beer smells really good.

Nice milk chocolate flavor right off the bat. Slight alcohol finish. I can definitely taste the oak aging in this beer. Sort of reminded me of my Balvenie Doublewood.

Syrupy smooth mouthfeel with a nice low carbonation. This beer was too drinkable for a 9.5 ABV. Split this bottle with a friend, and I almost took his half from him.

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Photo of PhillipJFry
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours with a thick consistency, appearing with a chocolate tan head that is its only real distinguishing factor from other stouts.

S - chocolate and caramel scents loft across the entire room. The presence of oak distinguishes it from its younger brother.

T - there is some really sweet chocolate and caramel malts all over this beer. There is much less oak flavor than I was expecting, however it is still noticeable.

M - The flurry of flavors and carbonation easily mask the high ABV on this beer. Expect it to creep up on you.

D - My only gripe with this beer is that it absolutely devastates your palate. Not exactly the kind of beer that you can drink all night. But that is a good problem to have

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Photo of DosBeerigos
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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Photo of mmcave
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic, lovely pitch black opaque inky goodness with full thick milk chocolate head. Lacing is lush and abundant. Smells is complex and enticing, excellent mix of subtlety and character in the aroma. There is an intoxicating rich dark chocolate character mixed wonderfully with hints of oaky earthiness, vanilla, and a supple smokiness that is making me tear up. The hops are there but tamed so beautifully by age. The taste is so fucking good; I am having the damnedest time concentrating on the review. Starts with a wonderful rich, dark chocolate mouse character balanced by sweet and mild bitterness and an amazingly satisfying richness on the swallow. Alcohol is not present in the smell or taste, but is there with comforting warmth. I love the moughtfeel on this its so fun to play with it on my tongue before a big swallow that makes you want to die. Nothing in this, not one molecule is overdone or under attended to, an exquisite balance I am so pleasantly surprised. My dog knocked over the last couple of drops of my first glass, for this she will never be forgiven. This is undeniably my favorite Russian Imperial stout and I will be purchasing at least half a dozen more tomorrow. If you like RIS and you haven’t had this for crap sake get it together, you’ll never be the same. Honestly I can’t say enough good words for this I am so happy to have had this.

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Photo of raoulduke37
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me start off by saying that I am incredibly surprised by how far down this one is on the best of BA. This is a magnificent beer that I really wish I didn't have to trade for. Wow. Probably my favorite RIS to date, aside from the Abyss. Down to brass tacks:

A - Beautiful jet black, with a dark brown khaki head. Fantastic head retention, even after 15 minutes or so, it's still kicking. Lacing around the glass is extreme.

S - Chocolate-covered strawberries, mild phenols, a hint of that olive smell that I've alluded to before in other reviews of RIS's.

T - Mild hops up front, chocolatey, mild coffee, slightly warming phenols, slight coffee (not an overload like others I've tried), and some raisins/dates.

M - Exceptionally smooth, creamy, slightly warming on the way down. I love this beer. Did I mention that?

D - If any bar around here had these, I'd go broke, develop cirrhosis, or go to jail. Man, this is good. I want another.

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Photo of Norsebrew
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as night with a 1 finger head that quickly diminished in 1-2 minutes. The carbonation was slightly lower than average

S: Sweet roasted malt aroma with undertones of chocolate, licorice, and vanilla

T: Well balanced sweet dark malts, chocolate, and coffee as well as vanilla, licorice, alcohol, and mild hops. As the beer warmed, it seemed to have hints of raison and carmel.

M: Heavy, but smooth with average carbonation.

D: This is a fantastic beer that really hit the spot after a long day of work. Great flavor and balance. I definitely recommend this to all.

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Photo of Bone53
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2011 edition on tap at Mad Mex

Appearance: Solid black with a half finger dark brown head. Yetis are amongst my favorite looking beers

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel, oak, dark fruit. So complex!

Taste: Huge roasted and chocolate malt bill, coffee, vanilla, molasses with just enough oak/smoky character towards the end of the palate. Often times there's a particular characteristic of a beer that stounds out, but here each one is bold yet they balance eachother out perfectly

Mouthfeel: Between heavy medium and light heavy body; Smooth as silk with slight bitterness throughout. No alcohol detected whatsoever

Overall: I don't know if it's because this was both aged for three years and on tap, but I was amazed. This beer is instantly my favorite stout to date and a contender for the best beer I've had. Looks picture perfect, awesome balance with both flavors and aromas, and smooth as silk. Much better than the chocolate oak aged yeti, and my favorite in the series so far. I've always said that the perfect beer has big, bold American flavors and viscosity with English balance and smoothness, which i think I found here. HIGHLY recommended!!

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Photo of Risser09
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter - 2007 bottling I'd assume - Cellar temp.

Appearance: Dark black beer makes a small half inch head. The head is brown in color and has a sizeable amount of big bubbles. Another pour reveals a small amount of head contribution. Small amounts of lace remain on the glass after swirling. Good retention on what head there is.

Smell: Chocolate, chocolate malt, molasses and dark brown sugar. A bit of pine sneaks through and makes a hoppy presence. Black licorice, vanilla, oak and wood tannins, chocolate chip cookies. Lots of strong, enticing aromas coming from this beer. Very, very nice.

Taste: At first I get a lot of base malt, like chocolate and black patent. Dark chocolate flavors are met with espresso. Subtle flavors of licorice, vanilla, oak, and caramel. Hops flavors of pine and grapefruit are present, with the majority being pine. They make their way into the finish of the beer and provide a lingering bitterness. This is certainly what you would describe as an American interpretation. Very tasty and complex.

Mouthfeel: Sugar and bitternes are the main components. Bitterness comes from the hops and from the deep, roasted flavors as well. Alcohol is warming but not cloying, and warms the belly pleasantly. Pretty viscous body.

Drinkability: This is an amazing stout, one that can be easily obtained and enjoyed for very little. Seeing as though everything is going up in price and seeing people pay so much for some of the more popular RISs, this one is right up my alley. This really is an awesome beer. I could have two of these bombers and be set for the night. Spectacular.

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Photo of apbarwood
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Midnight black with a thick, caramel-colored head. A beautiful sight. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, oak, and roasted malt. The taste is absolutely phenomenal. The first thing that hits me is the chocolate, caramel aspects. Then I get a bit of the woody, vanilla followed on the finish by a drying roasted malt and hop. There's a bit of a restrained fruitiness throughout of dark cherries and raisins though I think the oak influence and dark chocolaty malt takes center stage. The balance of flavors is unbelievable. Very smooth and creamy with a mild and pleasant bite on the finish from the oak. One of the best imperial stouts I've tasted in a long while. I was very sad to see the bottom of the glass on this one. Highly recommended.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this one for $9.95 for a bomber, so it better have been good, although I've always had faith in Great Divide brews. Fortunately it delivered - one of the best RIS's I've ever had. Pours a perfect black, with very light red highlights. One finger of tan head. Nose is strong on coffee, roasted malt, raisins, and some slight breadiness. Taste is incredible - interesting and complex. In no particular order, coffee, chocolate, dried fruit, breadiness, and prunes. Hoppiness shows up in the aftertaste, along with a touch of alcohol that actually suits the beer fairly well. This one would be incredible with some cellaring though. Body is full with solid carbonation. This one's really delicious - one I'd be drinking daily if it weren't for the price tag.

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Photo of atsprings
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tall 20oz. mug. Almost completely opaque black color with a thick dark brown head; beautiful beer. Aroma was everything I remember from the last time I had this beer. I have long considered this one of my absolute favorite beers. The price is the only thing keeping me from enjoying it more often. The taste was just as good if not better than I remember it. Deep undertones of both very dark chocolate and strong espresso, neither of which are too overpowering, just almost perfectly delicious. The alcohol in the mouthfeel is almost nonnoticable. This is without question one of my favorite beers, especially in the winter. Perfect for any special occasion.

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Photo of ubenumber2
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle with a bottled on date of Sept 2012 , pours a rich deep chocolate color with a thick brown head that retains its body well and lacing that sticks to the side of the glass , a very nice looking beer in the glass

The aroma is just great , I pick up the malt and the alcohol very well with hints of vanilla and almost a creamy smell to it , kind of sweet but enough bite from the alcohol to not be too much

The body of this beer is almost too week to be such a big beer , I was expecting a hearty thick taste and it was almost a little too weak for this beer , not that it was bad just not what I was thinking

The flavors this beer puts out are very nice malty sweetness , you can taste the bitter overtones of the dark malts used in this brew , the oak flavor comes in and really finishes this beer off nicely

Over all I'm not a huge stout fan , I mean I like them ok , but not a huge fan , I loved this one. I mean I thought I loved FBS until I drank this , now I know I liked FBS and Loved the Oak Aged Yeti

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opague black with a soapy and creamy light brown heading.Left great lacing for a stout and left ringlets all the way down.

I am getting whiffs of coffee before I even put my to to the glass. Espresso beans,Coffee beans.A ridiculous amount of chocolate and nice vanilla oak touches down as well.

Taste and mouth. I can not add anything to what everyone has said. A very heavy roasted tasting with a nice chewy creaminessfrom the start. Interrupted by a prickley bitter hop taste that attacks the tastebuds but is then puhed aside with that vanilla oak warmness of alcohol. All flavors mesh extremely well and makes the body have a nice warm feeling. Perfect for a cold night like tonight.


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Photo of wnh
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a solid black, no highlights, with a couple fingers worth of foamy deep tan head that eventually diminishes and leaves a nice tan film across the surface. Great lacing.

Nose is just wow. Oak. Roasty. Vanilla. Chocolate. Coffee. Floral hops. Alcohol. Smells like candy. There's a note in there that reminds me a bit of soy sauce, but in a good way. Take a sip, and it's wow again. Sweet, then bitter. Oak again, then flavors of a good craft dark chocolate. Alcohol warmth comes through toward the end, with a good dose of earthy hoppy bitterness at the very finish. Well balanced. Dessert in a glass. Pretty thick and heavy bodied. Mouth coating with a luscious oiliness as the beer rolls off the sides of my mouth.

Very drinkable, even given the alcohol content. I don't feel at all heavy-laden with the burden of drinking the entire bottle, as I have with some imperial stouts. Stick me in the Himalayas with a few cases of this beer, and I'm sure to thrive just as well as Yeti himself.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have this beer many a time, and tonight I'm having a bottle I've carefully stored since early 2008. I've really been looking forward to this one.

A: Oily black, it's black gold! Looks viscous, and a healthy amount of very dark tan head sits on top and hangs around for a while. Great lacing.

S: Vanilla, chocolate, and dark roast coffee. A very woodsy/piney hop aroma to it as well.

T: I let this thing sit until room it was nearly room temperature, and that's where it belongs. Tons of flavors. Dark chocolate, bitter coffee, hops, some alcohol bite, oak of course, dark caramel. Whew, there's a lot going on here. For a beer that was brewed about 2 years ago there's still quite a bit of hop flavor to this.

M: Silky smooth, full bodied, just great.

D: Well, at 9.5% it's not really sessionable, but that's the only thing that would stop me from trying on this one. Great beer, maybe my favorite of all time.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,568 ratings.
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