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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Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

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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1,668
Ratings:
4,555
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.67%
 
 
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Photo of spursfaninla
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now THIS is an imperial stout; challenging Rasputin for my favorite, and for me, WAY better than the Yeti oatmeal stout.

Smell and taste of espresso is strong, and great. You feel, but you can't taste the high ABV. Loved it. Poured from a glass, bottle labeled over 6 months ago. Closest to perfect taste that I have found.

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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
-UF

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

Very cool 750 mL bottle. Black as night body, no light getting through at all. Head pours a gingerbread brown color, good retention, and leaves a nice tan lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell is rich and chocolatey, with hints of vanilla, floral hops, also slightly woody. Taste is full and rich, chocolate and strong vanilla, alcohol soaked cherries, and a big hop finish. A huge beer, needs to be sipped and savored, and served at cellar temp, if not warmer. Excellent, I will greatly enjoy the rest of this bomber.

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

WOW!!! This is like the milkshake of stouts.

Into a snifter it pours a deep black, with a beautiful milk chocolate brown head.

The smell is mostly of chocolate, with just the slightlest hint of coffee. This is the best smelling beer I've bought.

This stout tastes like a bittersweet, dark chocolate milkshake. THICK, THICK, THICK, best stout I've had.

The mouthfeel is pure bliss. You get that extra kick from the 9% abr, but don't worry it's not harsh. Smooth as can be, and carbonation is very pleasing on the tongue.

This is a sipping beer let me tell you. No way would you want to go through this beer fast. This is the best RIS I've tried so far. I still don't understand why Victory's Storm King Imperial Stout rated higher than this? Storm King's RIS tasted like Samuel Smith's RIS, but harsher.

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

22.oz Bomber poured into a Duvel Tulip Glass. Black, one of the darkest Russian Imperial Stouts I've tried, almost as dark as a Founders Breakfast Stout but not quite. Has the slightest of slight dark brown edges when the liquid gets a little thin. It pours with a dark creamy head almost a reddish dark brown color, maybe caramel. The smell is great, much like chocolate, dark roasted coffee and hops, wonderfully balanced. Is there such a thing as chocolate hops? That's something I think of in both the taste and the smell. The taste starts of sweet from the chocolate, it's probably semisweet, not really bitter sweet. There is certainly a bitter finish, I'd say from the hops and the coffee flavor together. A pretty hoppy Russian Imperial Stout, not as much as Old Rasputin, but it's still very hoppy for this style. Not too hoppy, again well balanced. The mouthfeel is good, full bodied and incredibly smooth. Drinkable in general, especially for a Russian Imperial Stout. All in all I'm a big fan of this beer. One of the best in my opinion, I could drink this all day.

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

One of my favorite beers in the world that I never seem to bother reviewing.
I've had this many times (including from the brewery itself) and it's always a favorite.
Comes a very dark brown/black color. Not the absolute darkest beer I've ever seen, but it's one of them. Head's a pretty dark brownish color...always a good sign.
Smell starts off very malty and boozy, but you'll then start picking up smokiness, chocolate, dried fruit, and then actually quite a bit of hops.
Flavor is layer upon layer of malt. Hops are actually 2nd in line behind the malt, which is pretty unusual but wonderful. In the finish you'll get some berries, smoky scotch, and a second wave of chocolate sweetness.
Mouthfeel's ideal for a beer like this. Thick and "chewy" but not so much that you're drinking some kind of oil slick. Drinks like a hearty porter, which is admirable.
The only knock on this beer is the drinkability. It's in the neighborhood of 10% and while it hides it a little, you KNOW you're drinking something potent. While I like the flavor of this beer as much if not more than any other RIS, I find myself struggling to drink more than a single mug of it. It's just got a huge kick to it.
Beyond that, it's amazing. Easily comparable to, and in some ways better than, the almighty Stone RIS.

EDIT: In recent months/years my love for this brew has decreased a tiny bit. I still love it, but I now prefer the Czar as my favorite. I think when served fresh it's a bit too hot.

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

Poured an nice onyx black with a very pleasing 2 finger brown head. Smell is slight chocolate with a very pleasant earthy/woody smell. Taste is very unique. Chocolate with nice earthy tones and a nice vanilla linger throughout. The hops are a very mellow,smooth soothing afterthought on the palate. A very well balanced stout. Drinkability is very good since the smoothness of this stout makes it hard to stop drinking. A must try. Great D has never let me down. Very, Very well done

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

Black motor oil beer with a DENSE light brown head.

Immense flavors of rich chocolate, coffee ice cream, and molasses. Creamy, viscous, and mocha-like. This is outrageously good! No real hop bite, and only a HINT of bitterness from the roasted malts, but it is an aged beer after all... which according to many does NOT get better with more age, so don't buy it and forget about it.

One of the best and most drinkable stouts on planet Earth! The oak aging does WONDERS to Yeti, which itself is already a fantastic stout. Buy it the second you see it, and have it AS dessert or WITH dessert... tiramisu, anything with chocolate (milk OR dark would both work I bet), or something with molasses.

Usually about 8 or 9 bucks for a 22 oz. bottle.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

**
04/04/15

Strong dark chocolate aroma. Dark black pour, small tan head, lively bubbles. Head fades quickly, but mostly due to thickness of beer. Tan lacing remains. Taste is dark bitter chocolate, some hints of dark fruits,,,raspberry, blueberry. Really nice.....update for oak aged......beer is smoother than the original Yeti . Loses some of the raspberry blueberry flavor.... chocolate more pronounced and less bitter. Some woodiness, but mostly just smoother. Darker head, darker lacing. VERY EXCELLENT!!!!!!!
**
01/01/2017
On tap at blend, to tulip glass.

Still a great stout. I feel like the espresso yeti i had last night was better, but that was aged almost 2 years. Splitting hairs, all Yeti are awesome.

**

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Photo of larryi86
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber dated 11/5/2010 poured into a snifter

A- Black with a four finger brown head.

S- Rich chocolate, some oak, roasted coffee, touch of alcohol.

T- Rich chocolate, caramel malts, oak, hint of vanilla, bitter finish of roasted coffee, complex and balanced.

M- Smooth, full body, creamy.

O- Fantastic and easy to drink. I will be getting at few fresh bottles to see how it changed and to aged. I feel this is drinking very well right now and feel lucky to have found a year old bottle in a store.

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

Ive been sitting on this one for some time. About time I popped open the cork and sampled this one. Poured a black shade of black. A decent head from an ample pour. I would have expected a bigger head but nice to note the foam lasted throughout the whole sampling and ok lacing.

The smell was noticeable with good roasted and chocolate malt notes. Some vanilla quaffs are present but not much of the bourbon aromas. Some lighter esters in the background as well.

The taste is excellent. The stout flavor comes out very nicely and isn’t overshadowed by the oaky taste. A good malt with more chocolate then roasted but not overly sweet. Very similar to Yeti, but there is a vanilla that caps off the beer towards the end. A very nice balance a just a noticeable twist to make it even more interesting. There are some very subtle fruit notes, mostly black cherries and a tad plums that could come out more. Overall this is has a great taste.

The body is big and carbonation is good. The esters are not overpowering which really helps with the beer and allows everything to mix well. Not much of a bourbon taste which is very nice. Compare and contrast between Yeti and OA Yeti and I would say OA wins.

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

22 oz. bomber bottle with a bright and highly glossy blue and black label with the words "Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout" in big bold white letters in front of the Rocky Mountains. I guess those are the Rocky Mountains because Great Divide is from Colorado. You could honestly spot this bottle a mile away because of the big bold white letters, the bright silver foil over the yellow cap and the label is very shiny. The regular Great Divide Yeti label has a shadowy creature (most likely the Yeti himself) standing to the right, but this label doesn't have one because the big bold white letters take up the entire front of the label. To the left of the picture is a paragraph giving you the information about the beer and on the other side of the label is just the Government warning and redemption value. I couldn't find any kind of bottling date or best before date anywhere on the label or bottle itself. It would nice to have some kind of vintage date, but you can't have everything. I wanted to try this Yeti because the regular Great Divide Yeti was so good that I had to try an oak aged one. Let's see if it stacks up to the regular Yeti.

Appearance: When served in one of those small Great Lakes Christmas Ale Snifters, the beer is opaque. No light can penetrate the deep dark blackness that Great Divide calls Oak Aged Yeti. Not even the mighty sun that lights this planet can penetrate this beer! That's how black it is. It had a dark mocha head of foam to it that was somewhere near half an inch in height. When the head of foam receded, it left behind a small mocha colored film, mocha rings, and you guessed it, mocha lace around the glass. I just can't get over how black this beer really is. All I can say is that you need to see for yourself how black this beer really is.

Smell: When I first got a whiff of this beer, I really didn't care for it. That was until I really stuck my nose into the glass to really get down into what this beer was hiding in its aroma. If you take your time, your nose can really pick out a wide range of flavors. For me, I got a not too strong aroma of dark roasted malts, oak chips, dark fruits (most notably the black cherry), dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and a flutter of bitter hops to finish it off. I couldn't tell what kind of hops they were because the dark flavors were too big for the hops to really come out from behind all the dark flavors that were in the aroma.

Taste: If it smells is that good, then the taste just has to be equally as good as the aroma, Right? Yes, Yes, and Hell Yes! The taste had a same complex flavors as the aroma, except for just a few subtle differences. That means this Yeti unleashed a taste of dark roasted malts, dark fruits (black cherry with a splash of plum), a few oak chips, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, a dab of bitter hops, subtle hint of vanilla, and a mild taste of alcohol to finish this very dark flavor complex brew up. I thought the oak aging tamed the bitter hops and added just the slightest hint of vanilla and oak to it.

Mouthfeel: Just when you thought you were through with the Yeti, it wasn't done with you and comes back with an aftertaste of roasted malts, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, slight taste of alcohol, and with more bitter hops and oak that were in the taste. The aftertaste was almost as complex as the smell and taste. You really need to sip this beer because if you don't, it will take a toll on your body and you walk around thinking that you're a less hairy Yeti in disguise. Are they sure this beer it clocks in at a 9.50% ABV? It feels like it should be higher than this.

Drinkability: Does it match up with Great Divide's non oak aged regular Yeti? Hell yes! I could drink either one because Great Divide did a nice job on both of them. Could I drink this one again in the future? I sure will! Take your time with this one to really enjoy all the flavors that are hiding in this beer and if you don't, the Yeti will probably kick your ass into submission.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,555 ratings.
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