Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutOak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,597
Reviews:
1,675
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.67%
 
 
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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one I have had tried year in and year out. The last release was by far the best I have tasted.

The beer pours a pitch black in color with a thick tan head that takes some time to settle. It leaves a nice patern on the glass as well.
Aromas are more intense than previous releases. Toasted oak, vanilla, chocolate, and a hint of herbs dominate. Taste is amazing. Chocolate, coffee, and vanilla, surrounded by an onslaught of dried fruit, espresso, and toasty oak. Hops dry out the finish, making this beer very smooth.
Full bodied and delicoius, this is a fine example of the style. It's a standard and hangs around longer than most other brews of the style. Drink up!

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Photo of TravisMason
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ArrogantB
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

When I saw the email about cask Oaked Yeti I had to hit up the taproom. The appearance of the beer was spot on. It was poured into a Yeti tulip glass. it was solid black with a fluffy cocoa colored head. The smell was muted and the whole tap room smells a little malty anyway. The taste was roasty, a little vanilla, and much more subdued than the bottled version. The mouth-feel was the best part but what do you expect from cask? I still prefer the bottled version.

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Photo of charlesbyrd
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber (bottled 12/9/09) into an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer itself looks like old oil leaving an engine- almost opaque, dark dirty brown, and viscous. As it fills the glass it becomes completely opaque and looks like it's going to flat. A pretty decent head does accumulate, though, and it's one of the darkest I've ever seen on a beer. As for lacing, it doesn't so much just stick to the glass, it actually stains the whole glass with a caramel tint. This is going to be intense.

S: Oh yeah, it's intense. The dark chocolate and coffee that I normally expect from stouts is in there somewhere, but there's so much more going on. A huge vanilla aroma from the oak chips almost overwhelms the nose, coupled with a pretty strong booze smell. The overall smell is a little rough around the edges.

T: The taste is a little easier to sort out than the smell. I'm amazed this beer isn't aged on bourbon barrels--there are so many bourbon qualities present. The huge vanilla note in the nose is also present in the taste, but it goes well against the prominent charred-wood bitterness. The roasted character goes from black coffee to charcoal, and is cut by the vanilla and brown sugar sweetness. In all, it's just subdued enough (compared to the nose) to be highly enjoyable.

M: Syrup. It's extremely thick and heavy, and it quickly gets flatter as it sits.

D: The label has it right when it says "massive and complex." They fit alot into this bottle. This is definitely a beer meant to be shared. But in the right dose it's hard to beat. Great Divide got the right combination of big stout flavors and kicked it up a notch with the oak influence.

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Photo of dblinkhorn
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pitch, midnight black from the bottle and you can't see a bit of light through the glass even holding it up to a bright light. It has a creamy dark tan head that fairly quickly dissipates to at thin film of lace atop the beer. Moderate lacing is left as you drink this beer.

Smell - Very rich roasted malt up front, as to be expected. Also there are some mild molasses aromas and notes of brown sugar. There are some oaky scents and a hint of smokiness all around the overall aroma. There is only a touch of hop aroma, and you can tell from the smell that it's going to be that engine-oil like hop texture. This beer is definitely a malt-fest.

Taste - Earthy roasted malt right away with an almost overbaked bread-like flavor as well. Lots of coffee, dark chocolate, and vanilla flavors as well. There is a lot of sweetness from the burnt molasses that could be smelled earlier. Lots oily hoppiness to this beer, and it definitely coats your mouth with it as you drink. Strong oak flavors swirl around through the whole flavor. There is mild bitterness and slight earthiness in the aftertaste. A warming, and full-present alcohol is there throughout the taste.

Mouthfeel - Extremely viscous and thick. This stuff rolls around in your mouth like you're drinking engine oil. It is also extremely smooth and has little carbonation...just the way I like my imperial stouts.

Drinkability - This is definitely a strong beer even among imperial stouts. Strong flavors abound with this one. But who cares? It's an imperial stout!

Wow, what a beer. The flavor of this stout is superb, and it has a perfect mouthfeel in my opinion. Also, it gives me goosebumps just looking at it. I've never seen a beer so black while pouring it from the bottle. Screw Mobil 1, I should start pouring this stuff into my engine! In all seriousness, though, if you like strong imperial stouts (I know that sounds repetative, but this one is especially) then you'll love this beer. A must have for lovers of the style.

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Photo of inxy
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, sexy brown ring of head where the beer meets the glass.
Not picking much up in the nose.
Tastes like hershey kisses. Warm and roasty malts. Makes me wanna snuggle.
Feels milky, smooth, and derishous.
Halfway through a bomber and I'm feelin fine.

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Photo of matt23j
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Amity Wine & Spirits in New Haven CT, $9.99 for the bomber. Bottled on Nov 17 2009, about 10 months old. Served cold in a chilled tulip.

I've been jonesin' for a massive tasty stout, hopefully this is it.

This thick oily pitch black brew gives a big dark stable orangey-brown head. Tons of thick creamy lace. Strong smell, lots of roasted malt, dark chocolate, warm vanilla. Mouthfeel is insanely thick and heavy. Tastes just like the smell. A ton of bitter chocolate and dark roasted malt, fairly dry and would be astringent but the edge is taken off a bit by some warm vanilla and oak.

It is indeed very massive and tasty, but I'm not floored by it and I can't say I'll go out of my way to find it (or spend $10 on it) again. Would benefit from additional complexity.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 2/23/08. Bottle. Beautiful beer: pours a dark black with a nice thick dark tan, almost red head. Aroma of roast, chocolate, smoke, alcohol, oak. Tastes of chocolate (especially as the beer warmed), roast, coffee, dark fruits. This is a thick, rich, heavy beer! The alcohol is definitely present in the aroma and taste and warms your mouth as you drink this. An excellent beer but definitely a slow sipper.
Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 5/5
Flavor: 8/10
Palate: 5/5
Overall: 16/20
4.2/5

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Photo of muffguy4beer
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Deep Dark black. Wispy Brown head.

Smell: Roasted coffee and some kind of berry I pin point.

Taste: Roasted Coffee, dark chocolate. Again a berry fruitiness that I cannot pin point. Then comes the alcohol and the bitterness from the hops all mellowed out from the oaked aging technique.

Mouthfeel: Creamy stout goodness. Full in body.

Drinkability: This beer was very nice to say the least still not my favorite in the category but one that I will check out every winter. A sipper for the cold winter nights.

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Photo of chossboss
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber>Oversize wine chalice

AP: Poured (oozed is more like it) out of the bottle heavy looking, thick and of the darkest brown color...almost black, totally opaque. Displays a 1" mocha brown head, spreads out in clumps and swirls around the glass leaving intricate lacing behind.

Nose: An overwheling sweet caramalized malt scent, with a cream/vanilla undertone and mild roasted coffee. There is a slight leafy hop scent at the very end.

Taste/MF: The taste is much more bitter and coffee like than the aroma will lead you to believe. The aroma has an overall sweetness to it where as the taste is a oaky, black coffee-bitter and majorly hoppy. The Bitter hop (Cascade?) flavor is very bold and in-your-face, you can really taste those 75 IBU's!!. This is very west coast style, I Know, but I would rather have a more subtle, herbal hop flavor at the end and not dominating my stout. The alcohol is very bold as well, you can really feel it going down...this is basically what I would expect a cafe Mocha with a shot of vanilla and a shot of whisky to taste like. It even feels sticky on the lips with a heavy, creamy feel as well...this Big Full bodied brew is smoothed out very nicely.

DA: Overall very enjoyable, the hop is perhaps too dominating for the style and not exactly how I like it, but regardless, this is still one bad-ass stout. 9.5% ABV keeps this to a Two bomber night!

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Photo of Allkindbuds
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GTJayG
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spinrsx
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from Bristol Farms Palm Desert CA for 8$ - Dec 2011 bottle date

Appearance - Black/brown colour with a large size light brown coloured head. It's too dark to see the carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, chocolate/coffee, malts

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste chocolate, coffee, and malts. There is also some some burnt/roasted notes and a light woodiness.

Overall - Can't pick up on the oak as much as I would like, but this is also a bottle from 2011. Holind up very well I might add. Still some great chocolate flavour and a bitter roastiness. A great beer that I will pick up again to try fresh.

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Photo of OneEye78
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hustlesworth
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- super deep black in a snifter. Puffy cappuccino colored head. Lace blankets the walls of the glass. Head settles to a thick ring.

S- alcohol, vanilla, coffee, cocoa and a district oak aroma. It literally smells like new oak furniture. Crazy. Dark fruits. Blackness.

T- nicely bitter, there's plenty of hops to go around. Roasted bitterness as well with coffee, cocoa, burnt grapefruit, date, more blackness, and oak woodsy flavor. Finish is long and bittersweet.

MF- very full with some tannins that are somewhat disguised by carbonation until the finish where they reappear with aggressive alcohol dryness and sticky lips.

D- this sniffer went down no-prob, but one and done bro. One and done.

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Photo of Jason_cs
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopHead29
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served in snifter

pours pitch black with very dark tan head. Leaves moderate amount of lacing with a sort of ok head retention.

smell is of coffee beans, some dark fruit, vanilla, and firewood

taste is really chocolaty. bitter coffee and more dark fruit. has a bit of a burnt roasted character to it as well. Flavors really well blended.

takes some time to drink this one but still very good beer.

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Photo of berpwillie
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a jet black color with spare off white head, spare lacing and flat carbonation. smells of chocolate and a bit nutty. taste is much the same with hints of oak, vanilla and molasses. heavy body, thick creamy texture. very flavorful, with long flavor duration. excellent brew.

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Photo of sommersb
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 02-14-2012
Freshness: Can't read on the label
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance: Jet black in color, opaque. Head is dark tan and 2 or so fingers high, with a good amount of lace and fair retention.

Smell: Rich and malty aromas - heavy roasted notes combined with coffee, chocolate, oak, and earthy hops.

Taste: Pretty intense bitterness as in a dark roasted coffee, plus dark breads, oak, licorice, and hop bitterness. A strong alcohol presence too.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, with carbonation in the low to medium range. Aftertaste consists of chocolate and roasted grains, as in a strong coffee.

Overall: An impressive stout, although maybe a bit high on the hop levels for my tastes.

Thanks to Wyatt for this one!

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Photo of Stillmakingnoise
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gambyt20
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,597 ratings.
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