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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 BeerFink
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting for this one....

I eagerly decant this black liquid into my snifter, greedily inhaling the aroma that filled the room as soon as the cap was popped. Appearance is just fantastic, I think I have to go to 5.0. Opaque black, moonless sky on a cold winter's night. Head is tenacious and frothy, medium brown in hue. A beer that looks like that forces you to appreciate. Aroma is potent, reeking of all things dark - molasses, ripened dark fruit, big malts, semisweet chocolate, and mocha coffee. 9.5% abv is apparent in the nose, the alcohol blending with spicy hops. Also hints of vanilla and caramel. Definitely a darkly sweet smell. Woody aromas become more apparent as it warms.

Flavor is out of this world. It begins big and syrupy, molasses coupled with semisweet black licorice, filled with sweet fruits (raisins, currants, some cherry), and possibly very ripe red grapes, providing a vinous quality. Malts are big and thick, creating a fat and chewy mouthfeel. Huge roasty flavors take over where the sweetness left off, filling my dumbfounded mouth with espresso, mocha, and dark chocolate. Notes of caramel float in and out, keeping the sweetness on the tip of my tongue. Hops are spirited and spicy, as well as agressively bitter. Very nice hopping! Bitter orange peel and grapefruit tingle and bite at the tongue, while a pronounced spiciness dances with the alcohol. Alcohol is potent and warming, definitely a bourbon-esque flavor. You have to look for the oak - the vanilla hints are subtle and come and go throughout. The aging definitely helps to round out this bold brew. Carbonation is appreciably low, and as stated before, the mouthfeel is nice and chewy, almost oily.

Like all fine things, this needs to be enjoyed slowly and appreciated. Very nice offering from Great Divide, I am truly enjoying this one!

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, bought at LoneHill Liquors in Glendora, CA,

A: Pours an opaque black, with a very thick, tan head, which is fluffy and voluminous at first, but slowly retreats to about a centimeter of tan foam throughout the drinking experience. Widespread lacing is thick and abundant.

S: Very complex, vanilla, oak, hardwood, coffee, chocolate, and a hint of smoke and cherry. Hops are very light in the smell as compared to the other scents, but they give a slight floral character.

T: Magnificent, this is probably the best tasting stout I have ever had. Had my first bottle back in December of 2006, and it is just as good as I remembered. A thick chocolate and coffee flavour hits you when you first take a sip of the beer, the oak aging is evident, as a sweet note of vanilla and wood comes along for the ride. Even at 75 IBUs, the hops are not really evident until the beer warms to room temperature, where they give off a nice, pine resin flavour. Overall, a very haunting, but soothing and poetic flavour.

M: Thick and smooth, hearty, robust, a bit resiny as well, definitely a mouth-coating big beer.

D: An amazing feat in the annuls of craft brewing, one of the best beers, period, made in America. The only downside is that I have to drive to Glendora or Walnut to get it and can't get it locally, but I guess that makes each experience that much more special. A truly fantastic brew, every stout lover should pick this up.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brooding; The darkest head I've ever seen on a beer: Beautiful dark caramel. The beer itself is totally black. Nothing getting through there. Head remains foamy for a long time, and the lacing is very good.

S: Dark malts are almost making me cry here. Sweet, roasty, everything I want. A touch of alcohol let me know this is going to last me all night.

T: One taste makes me slink back down in my chair. Its great. A hint of the oak rides the wave of roasty flavor and crashes onto my palate letting the dark malts take center stage. Eventually these flavors are washed away by that trademark roasty bitterness. You have to try hard if you want to taste the alcohol in this 9.5% brew, which is saying something. It all works together nicely, the end result: me smiling.

M: Not much carbonation, but a smooth mouthfeel and good finish. I find that's it's slightly dry on the back of the tongue, but my salivations seems to negate that pretty quickly.

D: Lingering bitterness isn't much of a problem. For me it's a reminder of what i was doing, that is, drinking this great beer. The alcohol will get me eventually, and is amazingly invisible in the taste until it starts to warm.

Overall this will be a reminder to me how a good beer can elevate my mood. Though tomorrow morning it will probably just be a reminder to always split a bomber with a friend.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mentor for leaving this beer in the Iowa Beer Cache. It's been sitting in my cellar fridge for quite some time now, but I figured I should open it while the regular Yeti is still relatively fresh on my mind. Perhaps because there was a few days of nothing but hard work between tastings, but I can't seem to tell much of a difference in the Oaked Yeti vs the regular. The hops are maybe less intense, and the aromas and flavors have maybe come together a bit more, but I am not getting much of an oaked flavor in this beer. Nonetheless, this is still a great beer all the way.

The head didn't quite cascade as magnificently as the regular Yeti, thus this beer doesn't get as impressive of remarks, but she still looks like a beaut'. Very viscous pour, building to a thick black substance white tiny streams of chocolatey bubbles flowing up the edges of the glass. The head only grew to about half an inch and receded to a thin halo very quickly. Left spotty lacing as opposed to the sheets in the Yeti.

The smell is finally beginning to pick up some of that vanilla smell now that I have typed a few paragraphs. It replaces the intense piney hop character of the regular Yeti quite wonderfully. Blends great with the chocolate malt and the coffee, and the subdued hops. One of the best smelling beers ever, now that it has warmed up from cellar temp of 45F.

The vanilla oaked flavor is still very subtle on the tongue, unfortunately. Nonetheless, this beer has really been brought together after sitting in an oak cask for a while. I've changed my mind from the first paragraph. This IS quite a different entity than the regular, and methinks this one is even better! There is a perfect blend of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, with a bit of hops. The finish is very chocolatey sweet. Not a lot of roastiness, and not nearly as hoppy as the regular Yeti. That oak has really brought the beer together, has it not?

The mouthfeel is thick and coating, moderately dry on the finish. Has a great aftertaste of chocolate and vanilla coffee. Drinkability is good. Could be better, but this is a very savoury beer... too rich and too powerful to be more than a 4.0 in the drinkability, but every bit as damn good as a perfect 5 in the "would you drink it again" category.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Brown bomber. Bottled Nov 27 2009. Pours jet black, thick like mud with a matching dark tan head that looks like freshly creamed coffee pre-stir. Huge roasted malt aroma like over toasted marshmallow. Lots of oak flavors, vanilla, bourbon, fresh ground coffee beans and dark chocolate. This brew dumps like s truck with a thick full bodied texture and a creamy mouthfeel. Huge caramelized sweetness up front, burnt sugars, and toffee balanced perfectly by some big roasted flavors; roasted malts, coffee two sugars one cream, and dark chocolate. The brew ends with a roasted dryness like hot coffee and burnt marshmallow. Really perfectly balanced and delicious brew. The hop profile had mellowed dine bottling allowing all of the roasted, caramel and chocolate flavors stand out. Awesome RIS!


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Photo of dspolanco
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance-Motor Oil Jet Black, cream mocha head. Beautiful

Smell-This brew smells delicious, big coffee notes, oak, smokiness, and a malty sweetness!

Taste- I have found the Yeti and its everything I imagined. Up front you get the coffee bitterness, than immediately the malt back bone takes over and blends it together. Some notes of vanilla, and smokiness from being oak aged. At 9.5 ABV you don't taste this at all. Delicious!!!!


Overall-This brew is simply fantastic! I encourage my fellow BA's to track and find this Yeti as it will not disappoint! Great Divide you have done it again. Nearly Flawless.


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Photo of mcflypie
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark, brownish bubbles, not much lacing.

S: Glorious. Sweet chocolaty and woody coffee.

T: Amazing. Oak and chocolate notes, with coffee and a little brown sugar.

M: Very well balanced for such a strong brew.

O: One of my favorite Imperial Stouts...ever...always. (See other Yeti brews...especially the elusive Oatmeal Yeti).

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Photo of tigg924
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: one inch light chocolate head, dark brown in color

Smell: toated malt, oak, and chocolate

Taste: dark chocolate, toasted malt, oak, and awhiskey taste with cream

Mouthfeel: heavy, smooth, semi-sweet, chewy

Drinkability: I love the big oak taste. This has one of the biggest and best barrel tastes I have had in a beer. I could drink this all day if not for the high ABV. This still maintains alot of the sweetness I love with the style. I would love to try this on tap and think this competes with Pozharnik for the best I have had in this style.

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Photo of Rzzzzz
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass--thick and black with a dirty brown head. Aroma of chocolate, hops and roasted malt. Amazing burst of flavors--chocolate, vanilla, hops, brandy, an overall oakiness, dark chocolate bittersweetness and a spicy hops finish. This beer is full bodied and gently carbonated making it very easy to quaff despite the alcohol content.

In a perfect world this would be as ubiquitous as Guinness, and I'd be enjoying it regularly. And the San Jose Sharks would be able to get past the second round of the playoffs once in a while.

But alas...

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Photo of umustdrink
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black as night, letting no light pass through. Medium brown head, very fluffy with large bubbles. Lacing is strong.

S - Sweet chocolate aroma with hints of dark fruitiness and everything is very bready.

T - Lets see here...rich milk chocolates, raisiny fruits, some coffee, bready malts, and finally a faint cinnamon spice. Aftertaste is a powdery milk chocolate.

M - Very filling, smooth and slightly chalky.

D - Little more could be asked from an RIS. One of the finest stouts you can get in my area and for only 5 bucks a bomber (cheapest I've seen it), this shit rocks.

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bomber from my local liquor store for $8, pretty pricey, but I trust the brand. Poured it into a sniffer...

L: Beautiful silky black body with a vague reddish brown color, but even the stream being poured is completely opaque. Full 3-finger head with gorgeous bubble patterns--mocha brown.

S: Chocolate, malt, roasted coffee, vanilla, toffee, brownies, dates, dark fruit... I'm understating the amount of roastiness.

T: Chocolate. Through and through. In the mix is roasted coffee, toffee, vanilla, malt, hops--mostly cascade, brown sugar, and dark, bitter chocolate. It's the epitome of a chocolate beer. Delicious.

F: Thick, milky, a tad syrupy, but very smooth, with the perfect lingering tangy stickiness.

O: An incredible brew. One I'd show anyone who frowns upon the idea of chocolate beer.

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Photo of cipherbreak
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is probably as close to perfection as a stout can get. This is pure roasted heaven. I'm not even going to spend time doing the traditional review thing. Just imagine the quintessential stout and you will find all those elements on this beer.

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Photo of Bouncingsoul1682
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yum Yum Yum!!!!

Appearance: Black as night, nothing gettin' through this sucker

Smell: Delish, malted, roasted goodness

Taste: Malty, coffee goodness hints of cocoa

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied like any good Russian Imperial

Drinkability: Complex and delicious full flavored enjoyment

Although hard to find, grab it when you see it

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-black with a brown head and a heavy lace
S-chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, molasses, some oak and smoke aroma. every smell is different
T-coffee, chocolate, roasted malt taste with a hop bitterness in the aftertaste along with the smoke, oak and molasses taste and very little alcohol taste
M-full body and low carbonation that was very syrupy
O-Bottled on 9-24-2012 wish I had the will power to wait another year, maybe next time

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Photo of BlackBearForge
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled November 17, 2009

Oak Aged Yeti pours a deep motor oil black with a monumental chocolate milkshake colored head that soon becomes craggy and pitted as it slowly fades leaving great creamy swathes of sticky lacing in it's wake.

The aroma is redolent of creamy vanilla, dark chocolate, anise and freshly brewed iced coffee with a hint of alcohol and a faint woody scent.

The flavor is as massive as regular yeti but much smoother and more complex. Vanilla, bitter dark chocolate, and rich creamy milk chocolate fudge rear their heads in equal amounts vying for attention with espresso and dark roasted biiter malts. Hints of licorice. Hops are quite pronounced as well in a long lingering bitter sweet finish. Alcohol is nearly completely masked and felt mostly as a gentle warming. Wow!

Mouthfeel is heavy and chewy, deeply creamy and as smooth as a regular Russian Imperial stout aged well over a year. Easily one of the best mouthfeels I've encountered.

Dangerously drinkable! Oak Aged Yeti invites you to take more than a sip at a time. Something tells me this might not be the wisest course for imbibing this fantastic brew however! It's amazing though that a beer like this could be that drinkable. The mouthfeel and flavour are simply superb.

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Photo of jimsimply
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber into pint glass.

A: Dark as midnight with a solid inch-high golden brown head.

S: Holy cow. Roasted coffee, some fruit smell (cherries? raspberries?).

T: Delicious. That mocha/coffee undertone with complex malty flavors, the sweetness from beginning to end, adds up to a solid imperial stout.

MF: Substantial, bread just out of the oven chewiness.

D: I took it slow, but I could have kept drinking it. Would like to try a good meal pairing. It's substantial enough to stand alone of course, but it seems like the flavors would complement an aged steak very well.

A wonderful beer for wintertime (or anytime).

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Photo of BigB415
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For an oak aged beer I was expecting a lot of alcohol burn but with this one you don't get that. It's smooth with little to no burn at all. Dark brown head with chocolate and vanilla notes on the tongue. When I lick my lips I get a burst of chocolate. Definitely one of my favorite "Yeti's" and one of my favorite oak aged beers to date.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A dark planet stirs.
Big and black massed Earth creates mountainous jagged dirty brown snow peaks.
The snow melts into a small shallow pond after time aloft.
Tons of snowflakes and ash blow across the oily sky.

Charred hillside forests still greet the air with its scorched greenery bringing a fiery realm of blackened resinous heat.
The Valley below was indeed thick with vegetation.
Where once stood big branching oaks, tall climbing hop vines, supple vanilla bean pods, forever fields of barley grain and oat grain, and bountiful crops of cocoa plants, now sits a blackened scattered skeleton of leaves, twigs, branches, and trunks.
Whisky-like gases steam up from the black char of ash.
The air fills with a windy oakened oat sweet dust now as it wafts about enveloped within a heavy chocolate fog brought on by a period of cooling.

The air brings taste with it.
Charred barley and heavy set cocoa slip onto your tongue.
Breathe more inward and find hop vines still growing among the blackened vanilla pods.
Oily and resinous charred backwash builds on recourse as you exhale.
The gaseous whisky makes its way to the back of the throat.
Yet you do not choke.
It floats and coats much like the gassy ground from which it was purged.
It burns, but not more then the air itself.
Nothing of the mighty oaks has survived it seems.
Twisted, fallen, and smokened trunks at best.
The heavy chocolate fog amidst the atmosphere helps lift a cool transition inbetween breaths.

You can see.
You can feel.
Its no more a path as it is an opening.
Starting wide and almost slippery.
Narrowing as we go deeper into the Valleys' slope.
Quickly now.
The breathing feels somewhat harder now.
The burning takes over.
The char and some gases takes over.
Not unbearable, but smooth as to the gills a of fish underwater.
Again, the chocolate fog breezes across your face cooling the air.
Only left is the charred resin of the Valley below.

Percolating and brimming with new bourne life out of its own ashes.
The surface is torridly smooth from peak to peak.

Life flourishes within its own obliteration
Beautiful; if it were.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A= pour is jet black with a dark tan head about one finger with respectable lacing.
S= chocolate plum fig and vanilla come through strong. Delicious milkyness as well.
T= oh wow. Hop bitterness all aroundon tops of the great flavors from the nose. Slight alcohol taste to finish but not much. The taste blends very well.
M= creamy and smooth/ coats the pallette with low carbonation.
D= very high I guess. This is one of the best RISs I've ever had. This is soo smooth and delicious. The taste is right on.

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Photo of daledeee
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Taste is rather sweet but I like that. Lots of chocolate and roasted malt. Not much coffee as others. Finish is a little bitter but not overly.

Mouthfeel is quite viscous with a little carbonation.

Overall, one of the best and most satifying stouts I have had in a while if ever. Well done; actually a great beer.

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Photo of JohannBock
4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Dated April 2013 poured into a tall pint glass

A: Dark. Zero visibility through any of it. 1.5 fingers of dark brown head.

S: Chocolate, booze, roasted grains. Really nice bouquet of aroma.

Taste: Just really really great. Starts off so smooth and chocolately with just a little bit of roasted grain bite. Follows up nice and smooth again with more roasted grain and the oakiness of the barrel. Ends with oak a whiskey flavors to balance out the sweetness of the chocolate.

M: Smooth smooth smooth. Thats really all there is to it. Nice and thick and smooth. Like velvet on your tongue.

O: Just as good as advertised. An amazing beer shared with amazing friends. The complexity of all the flavors is incredible. Very fun beer to drink. Tastes amazing right down the the last sip. I'll be looking for this whenever it's available.

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Photo of Minotaur
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dense black with a substantial yeti-hair colored head.

The aroma is alcoholic, woodsy, chocolate, coffee and roast malt. There is some vauge hint of sweet-sour fruit that I read as yeast.

The flavor is deep, mellow, layerd with everything in the nose. The bitterness and sweetness seem nearly perfectly balanced. There is an oatsy coffee flavor that adds dryness so the cocoa is not overpowering.

The mouthfeel is substantial but seems as if it should be a bit thicker; the carbonation adds a layer of density It is very drinkable even with the high alcohol.

This is by far one of the best Imperial Stouts I've had to date; I feel fortunate to have gotten it on tap.

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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
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