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 e11a627
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with hu5om and newk340.

A: Beautiful dark brown, almost black. Gorgeous tan foam - almost rust-colored.

S: Chocolate, cocoa, whipped cream/icecream with a hint of grape and aged fruit.

T: Bitter chocolate, cocoa, with a smoky flavor. Also kind of tasted like steak on the grill - could be the smokiness/charcoalness.

M: Hits you hard in the beginning but it was enjoyable. Also, noticable spice/bite with swallow.

D: Delish! Flavor came mostly post-swallow with me, especially with the exhale, and the aftertaste was delightful.

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Photo of doubleipa
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites. Big dark head, excellent lacing, and dark, dark, dark. Aroma is of chocolate, oak, and vanilla. There is some hops bitterness, but not too much to overpower the oakiness. This one feels real warm going down. I've had the non-oak Yeti and it's very much different than the oak aged. Drinkability is good if you want to linger over a nice bottle for a looong while. I don't think I could drink more than one of these in a seating.

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Photo of iSip
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout, 22 oz. bomber: I have had a few outstanding stouts lately, which sets the bar pretty high, but the Oak Aged Yeti cleared the bar easily to join the outstanding club. The Yeti pours like a moonless night, with a dark tan head on top, and offers a big aroma for those inclined to get a nose into the glass. A huge flavor coat the palate and sticks. Chocolate, mocha, espresso all swirl about. The flavor lasts and keeps changing long after the sip. The Yeti has one of the most enduring and nuanced aftertastes I have experienced. Very much in the running for top Imperial Stout. And when I think of the competition: Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, Stone Russian Imperial Stout, Northwest Brewing Old Rasputin, my mouth is watering at the memory of them! High praise for the Yeti to join these ranks.

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Photo of jhall00
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Deep mocha brown/black with subtle tan head.

S- Malty chocolate nose. No real vanilla present in smell.

T- Chocolate mocha maltiness with a hint of vanilla

M- Full bodied with light carbonization. Good coating mouthfeel. A good sipping beer.

D- Definitely a sipping beer with noticeable alcohol.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Darkest brown head I have seen on a beer. Deep, black body with dark brown edges.

S- Everything is in perfect harmony. Mix of vanilla, honey, chocolate, mocha coffee, and a hint of molasses

T- Sweet honey/vanilla at first, followed by a roasted, semi-sweet/bitter flavor and ends with a faint hint of alcohol

M- Thick body and low carbonation. A bit too syrupy for me

D- Enjoyable to drink but I could not finish a 22oz. bomber for dessert. I had to recap the bottle.

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Photo of ZAP
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GREAT looking brew....balck with ruby highlights....tanish creamy head with crimson notes....

AWESOME nose....vanilla...brown sugar...a legit woody/oak aroma...great stuff..

.Body is firm....fulll...big brew here...a sipper...creamy, smooth mouthfeel

Nice taste to this....begins creamy and sweet with vanilla and oak...roasted malts too....finishes with a hit of piney bitterness but it is very soft and fits perfectly..only minor complaint is it does not contain an in your face flavor rush...it is more subtle and delicate for an Imperial stout....great taste though...

I am impressed...i did not expect to like this as much as I did...this ia a legit heavy hitter and one I will gladly seek out again...Big time brew here....Big Beer lovers should find this one..

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Photo of Chaney
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If only I had a dime for every time I've converted a semi-craft beer drinker into a full-fledged nut but using this beer, I'd be a millionaire!

Bottled on November 23, 2011. Thank you Great Divide for that info!

A: This scares me. No light passed through this, the head was only a shade or so lighter than the liquid below it, and it poured out like oil. Should I be worried?

S: I smelled this even before the cap was fully popped. Lots of wood, chocolate, and roasted malt in there. Sure, there was some candy sure in there, but doesn't EVERYONE love dark chocolate candy bars?

T: The wood-malt ration was absolutely astounding! There was nothing fake or "wood additive-like" about this one. This was the real deal! I got lots of dark, raw cacao, oak, charcoal, and maybe a tinge of dark fruit (prunes) in there as well. Remarkable!

M: The oak was what stained the teeth and not the cocoa or charred malt. There was a good bit of lacing left on the glass, and the sweetness was kept in check by the charred oak.

O: This is ABSOLUTELY the best off-the-shelf IS that one can buy in our area. Sure, I've tried some of the other permutations of this one, but this version takes the cake!

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter from a 22 oz bomber, bottled in Nov-10, with ABV on the label.
Thick and syrupy as it pours, the glass feels so much more heavier as compared to other stouts when full.
Pitch black with absolutely no penetration of light whatsoever.
Nice, thick mocha head that dissipates ever so slowly to a persistent thin layer. Good, solid carbonation at the surface.
The aroma up front was full of hops. Slowly with time the other aromas make their presence felt. Woody with hints of chocolate/milk chocolate, some coffee, roasted malts and fruity esters.
Ah, the taste is exceptional. Hops are evident first-up, with a bitter, roasted finish (some hints of smoked flavor). Coats the palate beautifully, nice smooth silky feel. Taste gets complex as it slowly warms up. It's an all out attack on the taste buds.
Beautiful mocha lacing coats the inside of the glass with every sip. As the label rightly says, this is one MASSIVE stout. It's a monster.
Kudos to Great Divide for making one of the most intense stouts I have had till date. This is definitely a sipper, perfect on a cold, winter night. Highly recommended. Can't wait to get my hands on another bottle, if and when I see it next in my beer store.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a pleasant reward after a difficult week!

This brew pours dark as midnight with only the slightest hint of blood red at the very fringes of the beer. Anything thicker than a droplet and no light passes through. The head is a thin cocoa color, breaking down pretty quickly to leave a good ring around the top of the brew. Minimal lacing.

Wow what a nose! Strong notes of coffee, bourbon, prunes and molasses. Strong echoes of warm, nutty fudge cooling on the countertop. One whiff and you know you're in for quite an experience.

One taste and you're deep into that experience... Up front are bitter notes of roasted grain bordering on espresso. Following closely are fruit notes of raisins, apple and plum. Next is a very convincing note of bourbon whiskey or well aged cognac. Last is a pleasant bitter hop finish full of PNW goodness.

Now - take all of those wonderful flavors and add a layer above and below. Above is a light alcohol sweetness mixed with a sweet vanilla taste. Below is a caramel and treacle backbone that carries throughout the drink and ends in a wonderful duet with the hops. Overall it's an incredible harmony of well choreographed flavors.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich like drinking a carbonated hot cocoa. Amazingly there's enough hopping here to overcome all the sticky sweetness and leave a nice dry finish.

Very very tasty, incredibly drinkable. Not something I'd be drinking every day (or even month) but I'd love to have a bottle around to bring out when company is over. While the complex sweet flavors is absolutely incredible, what's more amazing is the hopping required to finish this off so dry. This is like one of my favorite Irish Dry stouts but more, more, more!

[big thanks to LuckySevens82 for shipping a bottle of this out west]

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Photo of beereality
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

vigorous pour, beautiful reverse cascading
head.incredible lacing. I wished I didn't have
to sip the almost over flowing head. but I did, and tasted it prematurly. incredible compexity, I've had the yeti imperial before, but not the oak aged. this is most definatly a notch up the ladder. definate vanilla and some alcohol up front with smooth rich malty finish. love this one. got to get more.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The last bottle in the store... 22 oz. with silver foil around the cap. It pours a viscous inky black with an orangey/brown head that leaves a collar and thin island of bubbles. It tries to lace but I keep swirling it away. Beautiful. It smells roasty/chocolatey, with green/flowery hops, hop oils, vanilla, coffee, and buttery/nutty flavors. It is soft on the nose but quite aromatic, and it smells good enough to be a milkshake flavor. The body is very thick and smooth but could coat the mouth better. It tastes of roasted/black malts, a lot of IBUs (75), coffee, green/piney hops, and hop oils. Overall malty up front and hoppy behind. A quality brew - top-notch. Now to try the original Yeti.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2012 on tap at Brouwer's Café in Seattle. Served snifter-style.

Like the common Yeti, this one is quite black. It has a one finger layer of creamy brown mocha froth on top.

As with the base beer, I get an aroma of very dark, rich chocolate, coffee, and earth. However, there is also an awesome oaky, smoky smell in this version.

The flavor differs from the original Yeti in a similar way. Lots of pretty bitter coffee and chocolate, but mingled beautifully with smoke, oak, and leather. Impressive.

Oak aging hasn't made it any less thick or viscous.

A sensational twist on what was already a superb specimen of an imperial stout.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It pours like crude oil straight from the hull of the Exxon Valdez. Thick, viscous, impenetratable by light. Unlike a goblet full of oil, this beer produces a thick and lasting head the color of espresso crema. Staying power is surprising due to the strength of this beer. Lacing is equally thick and impressive.

Aroma is everything you love about Yeti; dark chocolate, overripe dark fruits, espresso, scorched sugars, and licorice. It's enhanced by sweet vanilla, toasty coconut, and creamy Bourbon notes. Great nose, but it doesn't leap from the goblet the was a Stone RIS does.

Flavor more that makes up for the subtleties of the nose. It emphasises dark semi-sweet chocolate, espresso, burnt brown sugar, raisins, dried cherries, and titamisu. The oak adds a lucious toasty vanilla, coconut, and Bourbon note that is just perfect. The Bourbon is definately there, but not overpowering like a fresh Heresy or Thumbsucker. It melds perfectly with the deep stout flavors. It still has a great, sticky pine sap hop finish. But this is a year old bottle and has rounded out fantastically.

Body is huge, thick, and chewy. Texture is that of liquified silk; creamy, slippery, and smooth as polished glass. Drinkability is great, especially when paired with a slice of Mudslide cheesecake. Oh yeah!

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Photo of bobsy
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Obsidian black, a moonless night in the middle of nowhere. Light disappears into its body. A huge smooth mocha head crowns it and refuses to die, valiantly laying down sheets of lace as it clings to life. Aromas of oak, chocolate and coffee tease the senses. The initial taste is full of wow. Lots of vanilla, milk chocolate and oak chips. Its almost overwhelmingly flavourful. As the drink warms and the palate aclimatises the sweetness subsides, and a delightful bitterness asserts itself alongside a barrage of coffee. Heavy and smooth mouthfeel.

Huge thanks to Bryan (BigBry) for picking this up at the brewery! I get the feeling that the Hercules will be a winner too!

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Photo of hayalex6
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage 22oz bottle purchased at Whip In.

Appearance: Jet black with just a tiny amount of foam.

Smell: Sweet with a hint of oak. Smells a bit like dried cherries with a little booziness.

Taste: The oak is very powerful and sits in the middle of my tongue after swallowing. There is a nice caramel malt flavor as well. No hint at the alcohol, and it's not overwhelming in any aspect, very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Feels thick and chewy, with tiny bubbles. The oak makes the tongue feel a bit dry after drinking.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. The only hint of the alcohol comes from a bit of the smell, but none in the taste.

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Photo of beerenjoyer1
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice Massive Imperial Stout!

A - Nioe and dark for this time of year, right down my alley. The pour was thick and with a nice light & semi dark foam, top to bottom, some foam had leftovers hanging(legs) on the glass as the beer was enjoyed. Awesome!

S - Slight scent of malt and more of coffee, and some alcohol, and bit of hop.

T - Nice and rich with a thick with the malts, touch of hop, and coffee plus a blast of alcohol finish.

M - Awesome! Full through the taste. Nice finish on the taste all the way through.

O - I need to get more of this beer! Yeti Oak Aged Massive Imperial Stout!

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Photo of Suds
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Every so often, you’ll have a beer that has a certain “Wow!” factor. For me, this was one of those beers. I expected it to be good, but it truly bowled me over. The brew pours a very thick, solidly black color. The head is a richly deep brown color, with a lot of intricacy, producing attractive lace. The smell is amazing…smoky and very roasty. There’s a very intense alcohol aroma, mingled with dark-roast coffee, burnt grain, and licorice. There’s also a notable oak quality in the aroma, along with some chocolate and vanilla. What I most enjoyed about the aroma, aside from the complexity, is the powerful intensity of the smell. It really jumps out of the glass and seeks out your nose. The taste is equally as pushy…intensely bitter…both a roasted/burnt bitterness and a solid-dosing of hops bitterness. It’s also layered with a tremendous alcohol flavor and warming, roast barley, choloclate, and espresso. Wow. Very nice. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, and quite creamy. This is simply an amazingly satisfying beer.

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Photo of nasty15108
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a mini snifter glass.

A - Pitch black with a thick & creamy head of tan foam. Stick lacing throughout.

S - Dark roasted coffee, chocolate, dark ripe fruit, smokey charred wood.

T - More of the same, with hints of alcohol and vanilla in the finish.

MF&D - Thick, creamy and full bodied. A wonderful Imperial Stout. A Must have beer.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pt 6 fl oz brown bottle; served in a goblet.

Syrupy, caramel-toned opaque oil in color. Creamy, coffee-colored head with good retention. Thin and spotted lacing with impressive strength.

Roasted chocolate malts; espresso, fudge-like aromas. Tones of sweetness: vanilla bean, sweet cream. Hazlenut, toffee along with hints of blackberry and dark cherry esters. Waves of alcohol.

Mild smoke-flavored deep, roasted malt character. Dark chocolate; slightly bitter, with heavy tones of moch and ground coffee beans. Sweet vanilla in the middle with a dry, wood component. Slick alcohol presence following a mild, pine-filled bitterness lasting well into the aftertaste.

Full bodied; remarkably balanced considered the range of textures: chewy, dry, smooth, and slick.

A remarkable offering. One of the top five to ten Russian Imperial Stouts I've had to date.

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Photo of isubsmith
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark black body. Dark brown head. Tons of delicate little bubbles that linger for a long time

Nose: Wow.... Wonderful.Lots of bourbon and vanilla. Roasted barley. Milky chocolate.

Taste: Wonderful. More Vanilla. Some Oak. More chocolate. Bourbon tastes as well. Smooth and creamy. Very thick.

Wow, what a wonderful beer. I really hope I can get a few more bottles of this.... One of the better oaked stouts I think...

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Photo of udubdawg
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle

pours a viscous-looking black, with a dark brown head that laces the glass nicely.

I've had few stouts that smell better, and none come to mind as I type this. Big chocolate and vanilla are right up front, with ample coffee and some oak. The hops and char are muted after the time with the oak, and what is left is roasty and complex...damn near perfect.

I'm torn on giving this taste a "5". To me it is better than the original Yeti will ever be, even after sitting in the cellar for a year. But that beer is so delicious too....
anyway, the coffee and vanilla are again big here, but a lot of the original big bitter stout remains - this beer hasn't lost its Yeti character. Roasty and a bit charred in the middle, with oak and hops showing brilliantly in the finish.

9.5%? Where?

This is a big beer, but the body isn't overly huge...and I'm thankful for that. It is creamy and smooth and the lack of an over-the-top body makes the beer amazingly drinkable, which is where it defeats the original Yeti. Give the original beer a couple years and it approaches this, but who can wait? - that stuff is delicious too!

I shake the glass but the small pool of sticky liquid in the bottom is too thick and spreads over the inside and only a single drop makes it to my tongue. I ponder whether anyone will laugh if I run my finger over the inside to capture a couple more drops...

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pure black...black as old motor oil topped with a good 2 finger dark tan head that slowly melts to substantial lacing.
Smells like dark chocolate and dark sweet fruits.
Extremely creamy mouthfeel.
Tastes of bittersweet chocolate, espresso, dark candied fruits, bourbon, and a bitter hops ending.
Aftertaste of bittersweet chocolate with nothing cloying or sticky about it.
Oak barrel mellows this out wonderfully and adds a slight vanilla dimension.

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've worked together some pictures from Darl Lord Day 06, and I'm about to use them in a blog entry....but first....BEER! I figure a bomber O this stuff ought to loosen me up a bit.... here we go...

Beautiful. The stream out of the bottle (with the light behind) is a nice cola colour. In the glass, even held directly to the light, this colour only emerges jufrom the black just at the edges. The head is nice, even darkish tan- one finger, and very smooth.

The smell is beautiful- alcohol and dark molasses hit right up front, with spice, wood, and cherries. There's a great sour spicy sweet thing going on here.

Right up front, I get coffee, cherries, and oak. As it elvolves, the wood stays put and some spiciness (peppery) and hoppy flavours are added at the end. Rather nice- one might even say (if they looked at the score) exceptional. I'd once tasted this side-by-side with regular Yeti, and it was like chewing on an oak chip. On its own, I really don't get that at all. Very pleasing to the palate.

Carbonation hits low up front, and swells towards the middle- never becoming too much for the hearty liquid. Just slightly oily, but not unpleasantly so.

This one could keep me nice an oiled up for a long time. If you like higher ABVs in sessioners, stop here.

Be well

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Photo of Zorro
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22-Oz bomber with no bottling date on it.

Pours a jet-black beer with a tall and thick BROWN head that dies down only grudgingly. The doesn't let go easy either it densely sticks to the walls of the glass. A word of warning, the head on this can get out of hand; take it easy or it will overflow the glass.

Smell is strong chocolate aroma that reminds me a lot of Kahlua. Spicy alcohol scent carries more chocolate scents and a good whiff of hops. Additional scents of butter, rum, burnt sugar, and isley scotch with a touch of smoky peat. Earthy scents of wood and sage round out the scent of this most impressive looking stout.

Taste is creamy and chocolately from the start with a bit of black coffee and oak in the first taste. The flavor is a little sweet but not in a bad way and there is a slight acid edge here from the dark malts. There is a strong zip of hops in the flavor that is mostly herbal in flavor and gives this a slight "carrot" after taste once the chocolate and coffee flavors die down.

Mouthfeel is milkshake thick; equal to the best I have ever tasted.

The only possible defect to drinkability is the alcohol content. In all other respects I want unlimited refills of this, but all I have is the one bottle. I do have a second bottle I was saving for a BIF, would be a shame if that got "accidentally" drank and replaced with a Stone RIS!

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Photo of Auburnbean33
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So this was enjoyed @ Taco Mac in Atlanta and i have 1 bottle left. The pour was black with a tan 2 finger head. The smell was roasted malts and very aromatic. There was a good balance of roasted malts and some smoke flavor. I was very surprised with the hoppiness of this stout. The back end taste was the best. If you get a shot drink it.

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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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