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 nhindian
3.13/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Jackie O's snifter. Split with russwbeck.

This kicked off the '- Oak aged Yeti Night'

A - Pours black and thick out of the bottle, pitch black in the glass. About a 1-finger head builds, dark mocha in color. The retention is not bad, but it goes fairly quick, leaving a string of foam in the glass. Lacing isn't bad either.

S - In the nose, a big contrast appears between the oak chips in this beer and the piney hops that are loaded in here. There's some nice chocolate aromas here as well, but its mainly the wood and the hops here.

T - The flavors here are a bit of a disappoint compared to the original Yeti. It's way too heavy on the oak... it's almost like sucking on a wood stave and washing it down with sawdust. There's almost no coffee here, and the little chocolate that's here has to fight through the literal forest of wood. It's still relatively bitter, but the flavors are a bit lacking.

M - Mouthfeel is thin with moderate carbonation. This is where it really falters compared to regular Yeti. The body is much too thin and is lacking substance.

D - Drinkability is moderately low. Much too unbalanced here with none of the great complexity of normal Yeti. If you love aggressive wood flavors and hop bitterness, pick this up. If you enjoyed regular Yeti and was expecting this would bring an extra level of depth, look elsewhere.

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Photo of t8000shx
3.18/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber, aged no longer than it sat on the shelf at the store, so hard to say. Bottle wasn't dusty, looked in good shape (ie label was crisp and not peeling)

A - Looked good, this might have been the best part. Pitch black, amber head, dissipated fairly quickly leaving a small lace. That black-hole color of serious imperial stouts is a huge turn on.

S - Also no slouch. Smelled slightly dried-fruity, raisins or currants. Plenty of coffee and roasted malt scent, and a bit of hops.

T&M - This was a disappointment. Perhaps I should have let it age to allow the flavors to gel better, but that undercurrent of hops I picked up on in the scent were oddly all over the place in the flavor, especially when the beer was still cold. I strongly recommend against drinking this beer much cooler than room temperature, the hops dominated way more than I expected for an Imp Stout. As it warmed up, the hops backed off of the initial taste and the coffee and fruitiness came through a bit more, but fairly quickly the hoppiness makes itself felt, and not in a particularly balanced way. All in all, the beer was good, at best, once it warmed up. The mouthfeel was fine, pleasant viscosity and thickness, somehow reminded me of an Sam Adams Cream Stout (a personal favorite - a bit generic, I know).

D - I did not finish the bottle. Partially because I just was getting full, but also because the flavor was becoming overwhelming on my palette, and was becoming cloying.

For the record, I'm a huge fan of Imp Stouts in general, no question my favorite style of beer. I was tremendously excited about this one and very disappointed in the result, so perhaps some of my negativity was driven by my expectations not being met. I'm thinking of buying another bottle to cellar for a couple years and try it again later.

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Photo of vwcraig
3.2/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a thick black with no chance of light passing through it. Brown colored head fades quickly, almost immediately. No visible carbonation or anything for that matter. Smells of malted milk balls and maybe molasses. Slight woody taste for barrels. Sweet upfront taste changes to a burnt malt taste that hangs around. Slick and oily mouthfeel and easily the thickest beer I've had to date. Drinkability-wise I don't know why all the ratings for this have been so high; I've liked others of this style so much more. Still waiting to try the Stone RIS for comparison. May have to review again.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Alicia for sending this as an extra awhile back.

A: The pour is such a dark brown that we'll call it black. A finger or two worth of tan head sits on top.

S: Lots of roast on the nose with a fair amount of chocolate and coffee. The oak is there and provides some subtle vanilla notes to the beer.

T: The roast and oak character are to the point of astringency. While there is some bitter chocolate and vanilla, the astringent and bitter qualities are just too much.

M: The body is medium with a rather lively carbonation, perhaps a bit much.

D: This was definitely a let down. The oak does not seem to have enhanced this beer at all and it made it sort of tough to drink.

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Photo of nawpnawp
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

I may be in the minority, but I'm not really feelin' this beer at all. The pour looks fantastic and the smell is inviting, but the taste did not do it for me. I was expecting the usual notes and sweetness of other BA stouts, but this one was rather bland and bitter to me. It tasted like dark roast coffee. As it warmed up, some of the flavors came through, but it was still rather disappointing based on the other reviews.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.26/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours a viscous and totally opaque black. It has the darkest brown head I've ever seen on a beer. The head is a thick and heavy dimpled cream that retains well and leaves a good amount of lacing.

Its aroma is chocolate, dark fruits (fig), vanilla, and strong oak (almost corky) notes with some hops and alcohol.

The flavor is chocolate, vanilla, cream, oak and figs followed by a surprisingly big bitter (and slightly alcoholic) hop finish. It has a lingering sharp bitter and alcoholic (almost fuel-like) sticky aftertaste that I found to be too much - it really detracted from my enjoyment of the beer. The mouthfeel is full and creamy.

Overall, this would be a very fine Imp Stout, if not for the unappealing aftertaste (and finish to some extent). I thought Left Hand's Oak Aged version was much better balanced and better overall.

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Photo of wowbagger
3.26/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark, dark dark! Thick head that is also dark brown and sticks around for a while. Smells a little sweet for a stout, but nice.

The mouthfeel is a little harsh, with only the hops staying on the tongue for very long. I hesitate to use the word "stouty" with respect to a stout but that's what it is, a dark rough mix of hop, char and wood. It's like drinking an alcoholic stump. If you're not a stout fan, this won't win you over but it's good at what it is.

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Photo of papat444
3.26/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this a while back, just getting to putting up a review now.

Poured from a bomber.

Great looks, very dark but the aroma and flavor is overly harsh. The oak aging on this has overshadowed the base beer make it a chore to finish, especially it being a bomber. Not impressed and there are better options out there IMO.

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Photo of trep
3.29/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz Bomber thanks to prAna

Super thick as it pours from the bottle. Ginormous tan head adorns the thick abyss of opaque yum yum. No light penetration, not even at the rim. Wow, this is a ferocious beast.

Surprisingly the smell of juicy citrus hops are present in the aroma. Some alcohol and oakiness but this smells like an IIPA with the faintest of roasted malt coming through. Not sure how to score this.

Tastes of burnt wood and dark chocolate. Not alot of complexity, this one finishes pretty quickly after it hits your palate. Finishes very roasted malty, but with some bittersweetness of dark chocolate. Still a bit cold though, i'm gonna let it warm up before I continue. Even after warming, this one doesn't get much better for me.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.31/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Apperance: Pours a four finger thick head. I have a 32. oz glass and it went to the top (22 oz. bottle). The head is thick and frothy with dark bubbles and the beer is blacker than black. The retention is also nice.

Smell: Chocolate and caramel malts with a hint of mint and slight vanilla. Black licorice comes out strongly with a roasted malitness. I'm eager to see what oak chips have done to the already nice yeti Imp stout.

Taste: sweet caramel malts come out in the beginning followed by some roasted and burnt malts. There is also a coffee/espresso flavor on the finish. This is followed by a robust dry hopped bitterness. There are undertones of vanilla and the oak aging is apparent. Somehow the flavors are not cohesive enough for me. This beer tastes like the hopping was all dry hopping. I am a fan of dry hopping, but on a RIS it takes away from the choesiveness of the beer. Another thing that detracts from the beer is a dry graininess from the burnt malts. I think that the burnt malts go slightly overboard on this beer and create some off flavors.

That part of the review was when the beer had warmed a bit. AS teh beer warms further, the flavors start to mesh a little bit better. However, i do think that this beer suffers from overabundance of burnt malts and some off tannins from unmalted barley. Also as the beer warms a licorice undertone comes ou t

Mouthfeel; moderate carbonation that clings decently well, yet no creaminess. Again, I think the overabundance of burnt malts was not balanced with enough caramel malt base and it lends it selft little creaminess. Stille, the carbonation is decent and it clings to the palate decently.

One of the few beers that actually got worse with oak aging in my book. I got this in colorado, so I am pretty sure it is a good sample.

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Photo of mjc410
3.31/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

When I saw this bomber taunting me from the local store's shelf, I had to buy it, despite the $9 price tag.

The pour into my La Moneuse tulip raises a head over two fingers at its zenith, a light brown cap of bubbles. It falls reluctantly, and leaves sticky lacing in its wake. Beneath, the body is perfectly opaque brown bordering on black. If only the head lasted a bit longer...

The nose definitely has an oak touch to it, with caramel running amok. Of course, there's a definite piney hoppiness to it as well. It seems mellow compared to what I remember about the normal Yeti.

The taste seems to have a lot of hoppy acidity to it, which I'm usually not a fan of, this being no exception. But, it makes up for it with massive amounts of oak, and highly roasted stout flavor. Caramel is big too. Pretty tasty, but the hops seem to compete with the other elements, instead of working with them.

The mouth is thick, but with a fairly high carbonation that helps to keep it from being syrupy.

Well, I think this is just too hoppy for me, but it's still been a pleasure to drink. I just won't be buying it again if I can get my hands on Stone IRS or Storm King.

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Photo of waldowin
3.32/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a roasty black, with a thin brown head that is very slow to form, and fades after a few minutes. Zero lacing.

Smells of grapefruits, vanilla, bourbon, and cherries. Very sweet.
Taste is heavy on the vanilla and the grapefruit hops, with a strong backbone of roasty coffee and alcohol. Definitely not a subtle beer, or a terribly smooth one. If you suffer from any heartburn at all, this beer will rip you a new one.

Mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and heavy. Almost like drinking motor oil.

With the alcohol, heavy sweetness, and abrasive bitter, this beer is definitely not a session. Split a bottle with a friend (or two).

Overall, I was not very impressed with this beer. The Yeti is big and bold, but manages to be balanced, while this is just lots of sweet, bitter, and roast all mixed together, essentially to see what comes out the other side. Maybe with some age it'd smooth out, but in the mean-time, I'm sticking with the non-oak aged stuff.

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Photo of Lothore
3.32/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours pitch black with a nice, 1 finger coffee head.

S- Very hoppy, deep roasted malts, thick caramel, oak.

T- Taste is very oakey up front with lots of dark roasted malt notes throughout the middle, followed by a deep coffee and hop aftertaste finished with strong alocohol notes.

M- Thick with ample carbonation.

D- This one just didn't seem to balance well to me. Not because it was an imperial stout but because the strong flavors just seemed to take away from each other more than they supported each other.

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Photo of yeastsipper
3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been saving this one for a while and finally got around to giving it a try.

Pours a dark brown almost black. Nice looking beer. The nose is strong vanilla with a little chocolate, coffee and roastiness. Not as complex as I might hope for. The taste for me is somewhat disappointing. Again, a lot of vanilla. The oak flavor is prevalent, but doesn't add a lot. Some flavors of dark stone fruits. For me, the vanilla makes it tough to drink.

I had high hopes for this one given the positive reviews on BA. A pretty good beer, but no way is it in my top 100 and not in the same ballpark as the other top-rated RISs.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.34/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I really had higher hopes for this one. I've said it before and I'll say it again. Citrus, piney hops make heavy, black, chocolatey stouts SUCK!! Citrus, piney hops are good. Heavy, malty, coffee like stouts are good. But not together! BBQ'd shrimp are good. Vanilla ice cream is good... you see where I'm taking this? This is why I like to buy beer like this and put in the basement and forget about it for about 15 months. But anyway...

This poured absolutely beautifully!! Thick, dark, totally black. Thick, rocky caramel coloured head. Heavy, sticky lacing. This looked wonderful!!! The smell? Coffee, dark chocolate, pine sap, and grapefruit peel. Not a winning combination, IMO. The taste? Sip a cup of coffee and chase each sip with a sip of Hercules DIPA. I can also taste a bit of a woody, earthy taste, as well. Mouthfeel is quite lovely. Very solid, but smooth around the edges. This type of RIS is quite popular with American hop-heads, not so much with me. As far as true RIS's go, I'll take a Sam Smith's, thanks. I'll probably buy a couple of these and put them downstairs and forget about them for about 15 months or so.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.34/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very fresh bottle.
Pour shows a black opaque body with a solid finger of dark brown head. Looks nice.
The very first thing you find upon dipping your nose in is the amount of hops added to this beer. A large amount of piney hops must have been used to make it through the oak which is also pretty noticable. There is milk chocolate on the aroma also, which i am hoping is a powerhouse on the palate because super hoppy stouts are not my cup of tea.
And on the palate the Chocolate does indeed increase in strength, but just matches the power of the massive hop brightness. A few months or a year to tone the hops would be a good thing for my personal tastes. Some roasty notes are there to help round things out.
The texture is medium-thick in viscosity, and somewhat creamy.

If looking to buy this, know it is hoppy, and use that information to base your aging off of. A good beer when you know what you are dealing with.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.36/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 9/11/2007 (bottle):

Pours a dark black colored body, with a dark tan head, smallish but good lacing and lasting. Has a very hoppy aroma, and some malts, dark roasted smelling. Has a a malty acidic taste. Very hoppy and malty. Alcoholy. Heavy. A little better as it warms.

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Photo of derekgw123
3.36/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This isn't bad, but it may be my least favorite imperial stout I've tried. This is not even an imperial stout, it's a dark IPA. Extremely hoppy. Also, I get zero oak tastes out of this. Not even a little. I guess if this wasnt an imperial stout I wouldn't have rated it so harshly.

Edit: Oak comes out just slightly after warming up. Still not enough for me.

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Photo of satowns
3.36/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted blind with 13 other imperial stouts.

Pours black with deep brown head.

Big citrus hops and roasted malt in the nose.

rich roasted barley, minimal hop bite. didnt get any oak/wood character.

rich and warming mouthfeel. needs more body to hold up the flavor.

decent, but for a wood aged beer, i guess im looking for more character.

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Photo of CyclingLush666
3.37/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nothing special on a appearance, I didn't get a great head even though my brother got a head pouring it incorrectly.

The smell is alright, a kind of a sweet stout. I can smell the wood flavor for sure. Its much different than what I am normally used to for a stout.

The taste is alright, not quite what I was expecting out of this stout. It was a sweet stout which was something different than I am used to but i don't know if it is something that I would drink more than once.

Feels alright, feels like a stout...I guess.

I would never drink this again, if I'm going to drink a stout its not going to be one in a pretty bottle with a Yetti on it.

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Photo of bjoyce12
3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow, powerful stuff. For an oak-aged, the woody aftertaste is not there, and that's a good thing. What is there is an overwhelming alcohol taste. It cannot carry off the 9.5% ABV. It overpowers all the excellent undertones of malt and coffee that are there, driven down by hammer of the 9.5%. No balance. This is regrettable as Great Divide has an excellent brew underneath, but they need to either reduce the ABV or strengthen the taste of the rest of the ingredients in order for them to carry the alcohol.

Pours a deep dark coffee color, nearly black. Excellent strong aroma; rye bread and roasted coffee. Taste and drinkability hampered by ABV.

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Photo of craytonic
3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber

Pours jet black, this stuff is dark, a little dark carmel head, more than founder's breakfast stout. Some nice lacing.

Burnt aroma of coffee and alcohol.

When it is cold all you taste and smell is the alcohol, you have to let it warm up a tad. Creamy smooth with a full body, tastes of bitter chocolate with hints of vanilla bean. Tastes also of expresso, and finishes with some nice hops which was a surprise and my favorite part; I have never said this but more hops!

Drink slowly and not too cold. I prefer this to Founder's breakfast stout, more balance and smoother.

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Photo of neckbracesub
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There is a lot of promise offered from Great Divide’s Yeti after the pleasant aroma and robust-looking pour as it goes into the glass smoothly and coffee-like, but upon first taste this one is obviously missing something to keep it from greatness.

Still a very decent Imperial Stout, the Yeti just never agreed with my taste buds, especially with the after taste. It leaves something to be desired, something to live up to the initial promise. But I am making it sound worse than it really is.

I enjoyed the Yeti alright, but compared to some of the incredible stouts I have experienced lately, this one is left in the dust.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber split into New Belgium Globes.

A: Viscous opaque thick black body...dark brown head with really nice retention.

S: Oak, light alcohol/booze quality, lots of chocolate & caramel notes, sweetness...hints of vanilla. An impressive layer of roasted malts underneath.

T: Lots of oak, chocolate, alcohol, and a rather distracting sea salt flavor...there is almost a grainyness to it. Light toffee and sweetness and roasted malt/coffee bitterness but this mineral astringency is not pleasant.

MF: Rich, creamy, full bodied, viscous and throat-coating, slightly hot from the alcohol heat. The salty/mineral dryness detracts from this too.

O At room temp the salty characteristics of this beer were completely overwhelming. Don't know why thats what my palette decided to hone in on tonight.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.41/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 22oz bomber shared amond friends. The beer pours a dark dar dark black color with a dark brown head. No light comes through the beer. It's a nice looking stout.

Smell: Big hop smell is the first thing I notice followed by appropriate roasty and coffee aromas. This is one of the hoppiest, if the hoppiest, smelling stout I've ever had.

Taste: Roasty, sweet, tangy with a strong hoppy end. There's an odd combination of flavors in this beer. You have the brown sugar sweetness battling with an independent-minded floral hoppiness. The hop bitterness seems to win but the blend of flavors gives a strong sweet and bitter taste that is...well...unique. I don't really care for it.

Mouthfeel: With so many flavors running around in my mouth it is hard to notice how it feels in there. It's like asking what color the flowers are during a stampede of elephants. It is weird for sure and somewhat unpleasant because no flavor emerges to carry the beer. I'm left with a sticky brown sugar flavor in my mouth that is less than pleasant.

Drinkability: It has a big, rich flavor, but not great. I give them credit for creativity with the hops bit it tastes like a physical mixture of a strongly hopped double IPA and a mediocre American Double Stout. I won't be back for seconds.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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