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

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Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.67%
 
 
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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I let this one age for a year.

Pours a deep black. Nice tan head. Disapated to a film. Little bit of lacing.

Aroma has alot of oak. A little bourbon and vanilla. Dark fruits and roast. This smells good.

Tastes just as it smells. This one is a little more oaky than other RIS's I have had. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is nice. Not to thick like other RIS's. Nice carb.

Overall another beer I like sharing with friends. Very tasty and get this if you can.

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Photo of magnj
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours out like chocolate sauce. Legit coffee colored head.

S - dominated by chocolate and oak. Very complex and well rounded.

T - again chocolate and oak are the major players. At times its very oaky and vanilla. Coffee is also present as well as typical roasty toasty stout characteristics.

M/D - super thick, super sticky, but totally acceptable.

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Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a snifter @ Sergio's World Beers, Louisville, KY.

Dark woody brown with a dark toast head. Fair lacing, not much in the way of retention.

Very, very toasty. It's clear the oak aging has brought out the malliard reaction flavors. Plenty of butter, caramel and toast.

Dense to drink, but still surprisingly "light" from the toast. Plenty of layers of flavor - toasts and caramel. Lots of hints of coffee and cocoa. Unfortunately, there's a little bit of "flat" like you get in a Guinness from the nitrogen. It works in the Guinness but not quite in this. But, otherwise, really exceptional.

The carbonation really keeps this beer from becoming "too much" - which could easily happen. It's still very viscous and dense. It sticks a bit to the teeth, which is nice.

Wonderful beer, well worth having.

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Photo of Jaredmcarrier
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark with caramel with some lacing.

S - Oaky vanilla and chocolate.

T - chocolate, vanilla, malty with hoppy ending.

M - Somewhat carbonated and thin unlike other imperial stouts.

D - Not very filling so quite drinkable

Serving type: Bottle

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter glass.

Appearance is thick and black. like others I've had wear it pours out like motor oil with a lovely mocha brown one finger head that leaves a nice sticky lacing.

Smell is a nice inviting blend of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and sweet roasted malts which is followed by an almost citrus like hop scent on the back end.

Taste is quite nicely balanced. Much like the smell first there is sweetness from a blend of coffee, chocolate and malt followed by a nice hop bitterness to finish it off. Probably one of the more hoppy versions of this style I've had but still balanced and tasty. Also the oak, while not incredibly potent but it is there giving a nice touch.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth, almost chewy with a mild amount of carbonation. Very nice feel on the tongue.

Drinkability is exceptional! Its goes down very easy for me and is quite tasty. The alcohol also seems to be quite well hidden. Certainly one of my top choices in this style! I look forward to having quite a few more of these!

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, dark brown color, impenetrable to light with a one-finger tan head. Looks great!

Smells rich and chocolaty, like an imperial stout should. Slightly bitter but with a hint of sweetness as well. So far so good!

The smell is more of the same, I'm not really picking up much of the 'oak' in there, but the flavors do balance really well. There's an initial hit of chocolate sweetness that fades more towards the bitter side of the flavors. It's awesome.

Great mouthfeel, but I think the richness and alcohol content make this one a tough to drink multiples of. A top-notch RIS though, for sure.

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Photo of mroberts1204
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black with dark caramel head that seems to linger throughout the entire glass. Sticky lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malt. Chocolate and vanilla come through with some oakiness. Definite hop presence. No alcohol smell whatsoever.

T - Sweetness balanced well with hop bitterness. Taste follows the smell with sweet malt flavors of caramel, chocolate, vanilla with a woody character. The hops are present throughout. Finishes with a pleasant hoppiness. Not overly bitter. Very woody--maybe too much.

M - Lighter in body and moderately carbonated. I prefer my imperial stouts to be thick and chewy. The body on this one is a little too thin.

D - Not much alcohol present making this very drinkable. Not as filling as others.

I'm just not that impressed with this one. I don't think it ranks among the best in the Russian Imperial Stout category. The flavor is interesting but I feel that the oak is over done. Good, not great.

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Photo of betterbgood
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First of all i'm glad I followed my intuition to pick this one up, balanced out of this world, with everything going on. Better than stone russian, even with the higher abv it's better than Samuel Smith Imperial stout. I digress, let me calm down.

the 22oz bomber had a label date bottled on 1/6/2010 that great, mainly since they use more hops than other imperial stouts, that might be the trick there.

the appearance had a chocolate head, dark body, nice and thick.

the smell was of chocolate,

the taste was so balanced i felt the alcohol more than i tasted it.

the mouthfeel was creamy and delicious it was so fresh.

the drinkability is good as long as you drink responsibly

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Photo of zoso493
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured this from a 22 oz. bomber that was bottled on 11/17/09 into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

Appearance: Pours deep, motor oil black that lets absolutely no light through. This beer has the absolute largest and darkest head that I've ever seen on an imperial stout. The head just looks so thick and fluffy and enticing, it's incredible.

Smell: You can tell that this one has been through some oak aging, as hints of vanilla come through in the nose. There are also some light coffee hints, unsweetened dark chocolate and some liquor tinges. There are also some very light but noticeable citric hops in the smell.

Taste: This is a very interesting stout, to be sure. There are a lot of strong but smooth malts coming out first with some nice woody, oaky tastes coming up in the background. The oak also lends itself to a more-than-subtle vanilla taste. It finishes with a huge piney hop bitterness that is certainly not typical of RIS's, making this a very unorthodox beer in my opinion. The hops just work to throw off the flavor a bit for me.

Mouthfeel: Yeti is a nice full-bodied stout but is exceptionally smooth and nicely woven together. Despite the abundance of hops, it manages to abstain from leaving that cloying sensation on your palate. World class mouthfeel in an RIS, in my opinion.

Drinkability: This is a very smooth beer but at 9.5% ABV it's taking me forever to finish this bomber. Still, it's very smooth and well put-together so it's good for what it is. There are some hints of the alcohol in the taste, though.

Overall, this is a nice and certainly unique example of the style. It's very smooth and flavorful and is one of the hoppiest stouts you're going to find. I've had the regular Yeti and the oak-aging does a lot for this particular beer. This is a very nice stout and is certainly worth trying. I'd like to stick one of these in the cellar, though, to see how it does without such an enormous hop presence.

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Photo of ekardz
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into an 8 oz glass.

Appearance: Pours very dark, almost black with a brown 1 finger head that receedes moderately fast, leaving lacing all throughout. Looks very alive and inviting.

Smell: Roasty, smell some vanilla, hoppy/oaky. Definitely smells like a bourbon of some sort.

Taste: Chocolate, very sweet. Definitely notice the hops.

Mouthfeel: Very thin, and smooth

Drinkability: Whoa! This is easy to drink. Do not taste any of the 9.5% alcohol in this one. Tastes like a chocolate milk, just not as filling. Could easily put down a bomber or two in a night. Will have again!

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Photo of MarkFy
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into a snifter.

Look: Pitch black with a brown head that disappears quickly.

Smell: some bourbon, little chocolate, maybe a dark fruit

Taste: Coffee upfront with a bitter chocolate flavor in the middle, with a slightly sweet finish.

Drinkability: Not as boozy as I anticipated, which means I could probably have the bomber to myself and feel pretty good at the end but not too bad!

Overall, a great stout. One suggestion: don't serve it too chilled, let it warm up a little, brings out more of the flavors and improves drinkability.

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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 davesway10
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dense pitch black. Beautiful. Not sure how to describe the head, coppery ? The taste is fantastic, lively. Really wasn't sure what to expect from this beer when i bought it, and now I'm hoping, praying that my local beer guy will continue to provide this fine brew. This beer will always be on my must buy list. I'll be looking for more brews from these guys.

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Photo of backfat
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours an opaque black with traces of dark ruby along it's edges. very lively for an imperial stout. three finger cinnamon colored head was one of the largest of any imperial stout i've ever had, with impressive lace. the smell right off the bat is citrus hops. nice. roasted malt and chocolate as well. very milky feel then a bitter hit. the oak defiantly gives it a very woody flavor that is dominated by bitterness with a roasted malt backround and a tart finish and that's it. not too complex. overwhelmed by wood and bitter. then i let it warm. whole different story. the taste was warming alcohol and cocoa. very nice. i would not recommend drinking this beer cold.

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Photo of hopsbreath
2.98/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a viscous jet black with huge fluffy espresso colored head. Definetely taste the oak in the this one. Very smokey in a fairly unpleasant way. I have not had the non-oaked version but am curious about it due to the smoke on theis one overwhelming virtually all other flavors. Thick mouth feel overall but maybe a little thin for an imperial stout. Not my favorite but maybe someone who goes for oaked beers would like this one.

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great Divide
Oak Aged Yeti
Imperial Stout

L= 4.5 Large, billowing, dark brown, sustaining head that pours a black oily, motor oil body. Excellent lacing!

S= 4.0 Lots of hops, heavy dark roasted malts, faint oak presence, earthy undertones, and fruity esters like dark cherry and fig

T= 4.0 upfront bitterness with big earthy tones. Esters follow through from the nose as well with fruity esters and a long bitter finish. Great beer

F= 4.5 Creamy, chewy feel. The oak adds a bit of dryness to this brew. Great addition to an already great beer.

D= 4.0 This beer is not a session beer! I could savor the flavor of this brew for a good while and would love to do so. Amazing beer from great divide...again!

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

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

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

T- Chocolate mocha maltiness with a hint of vanilla

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

D- Definitely a sipping beer with noticeable alcohol.

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Photo of TommyW
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pitch black with a foamy, tan head.

S- Lots of roasted aromas with big notes of strong coffee and dark chocolate with a faint whiff of alcohol.

T- Nice layers of roasted malt with dark chocolate and espresso coming through. A nice oaky wood flavor is noticeable. The big malt profile is balanced perfectly by the burnt malts, oak wood and noticeable alcohol.

M- Big full body that glibes smoothly over the tongue.

D- A great sipper bear; a great RIS and the wood-aging just makes it even better.

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Photo of Pabs311
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours dark brown, almost black. with a rich mocha colored head that lingers for a while and leaves way for some decent lacing. good looking beer.

S- alont of chocolate in the nose, with some coffee and a very faint hint of vanilla. less vanilla than what i was expecting with the advertised oak. not much different than most imperial stouts i've had.

T- pretty mirror image to the smell. alot of chocolate with some coffe and a hint of vanilla. some alcohol, bit not overwhelming, almost welcoming.

M/D- Full bodied, very light carbonation. good mouthfeel, coats the palate well. good sipping beer, and a good one to share with friends. i can see a couple of these in my future.

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Photo of BeerGodz
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap @ the POPE

Look: Midnight black, with a fluffy brown head and excellent lacing

Smell: Roasted malt, vanilla, and dark roasted coffee

Taste: Up Front: Dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee. Finish: Vanilla, oak, chocolate, dark fruit

Mouthfeel: Full body, very rich and creamy. Super smooth

Drinkability: Alcohol is noticeable, but it is not overwhelming.

Overall Impression: This is simply an amazing example of a barrel aged R.I.S. Very complex, and well balanced. Needless to say Oak Aged Yeti get's my highest recommendation!

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Photo of Sam21
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into Duvel tulip. Ink black with thick creamy clingy light brown head. The smell is vanilla, woody, and a sweetness in the back. Tastes just as it smells with the vanilla sweetness being balanced by the dry woody flavors. The alcohol adds a pleasing warmth to these flavors. Almost chocolaty sweetness in the back. The beer is thick and full bodied and coats the mouth. Very easy to palate but definitely a sipper.

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Photo of kirkpjr
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a "growler" AKA milk jug from Vulcan Beverages. Reviewed from notes.

A: Thick syrupy darkness. Kind of reminded me of chocolate milk coming out of the carton. Forms a 1/2 inch dark brown head.

S: Smells just like the regular yeti - roasted malts, chocolate, and maybe some sweet fruits. Faint oak scent.

T: Here's where the oak really comes in. Rich chocolate and malts followed by a nice oak bite to dry out the finish.

M: Creamy and warming. The oak adds a crispness to the finish but the flavor still covers the mouth.

D: Very rich. A nice growler to share with friends before it loses freshness. A nice nightcap or desert beer.

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Photo of Andreji
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

no. 2 of the american beers tried during the Taste of Paste beer event @ the stag's head.

And thank god this was not my first, because opposingly this one is a blunt exhibit of extreme americana.

thick dark pour going from black to black-er, opaque with a much smaller head than i expected for the apperance.

Smell is strong and perceivable right off the bat, strong alcohol and woody feel (seems redundant, it is oak-aged), but it doesn't seem like beer at once- not a smell i've felt on a stout ever so i credit the surprise it gave me.

The taste is very strong and complex, hard to love it at first but in the end very nice, a cross between a scotch and a very dark stout, whisky dark chocolate truffle-like if it helps the description. alcohol is not hidden on its very thick cake-like body so it can be overwhelming on every sip and definetly not one you can session.

but, all in all, the greatness of american diversity.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-thicker head, looks quite nice, milk chocolate color, very good retention and a thin lacing completely covering the glass

S-not huge in the nose; but a fair amount of aroma coming forth, a burnt roasted malts, dark choclate, and a touch of vanilla start it off. Licorice, oak, some molasses and alcohol finish it off. Some sweet ripe dark fruits come in as the beer warms keeping the alcohol involved

T-the taste follows the nose and is quite nice. Lots of dark chocolate, some burnt coffee malt, some warming from the alcohol in the middle. The oak comes in next with a touch of vanilla and even more dark chocolate. Sweet ripe dark fruits with notes of citrus hops bring up the rear and there is also a touch of hop bitterness as well

M-thick, creamy, smooth, perfect body with the right amount of carbonation. You could practically eat this beer, full body!

D-4.5 easy going down for me, I will drink this one quite often it is ever so present. Well balanced, not to sweet, not too malty, touch of hops.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great looking beer - black with nice fluffy tan head, sticks around pretty well. Smell is great too, chocolate and baked goods. Smells like fresh fudge brownies. Taste is excellent, smooth, chocolate and roastiness mixes very well with vanilla and oak. Still getting a huge fudge/baked goods vibe, so good. Pretty strong piny hops. Dessert-like without being over the top whatsoever. Goes down pretty easy for 9.5%. This is probably my favorite of the Yeti's, the oak adds a new layer and smoothness to the beer.

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