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:
4,598
Reviews:
1,675
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.67%
 
 
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364
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971
For Trade:
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4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's a beer review kind of night. 22oz, snifter, you know the drill.

A: I'm pretty sure the room got a little darker when I poured this thing because it sucked the light in to itself. Completely and utterly black with a dark brown half finger head. Some legs and lacing. Motor oil.

S: Roast and hops. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, wood, and a bit of smoke round out the end. More vanilla comes out as it warms.

T: More bitter and less sweet than I expected. Roast that fades in to strong hop bitterness and lots of dark chocolate and oak. Sadly I haven't had the base beer to compare it to but the words "massive" and "complex" on the bottle do describe it well. This is good.

M: Imperial stout. Viscous with a touch of carbonation. Alcohol, bitterness, and wood linger a bit and dry the mouth.

O: I do enjoy my stouts a bit sweeter than this, however the hop bitterness does play well against the oak woodiness. I wouldn't reach for it every day, and it's a little palate exhausting, but it's delicious and complex. Will have to try original Yeti.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Label reports bottled on Sept 11, 2012.

A: Completely opaque brown-black. Impressive body - impenetrable to light even during the pour. 1/2 finger caramel head with ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Strongly of chocolate, mocha with a deep, complex character. Oak, bourbon, vanilla notes. Sweet nose, but definite piney hop presence. Some booze.

T: Bittersweet roasted malt and chocolate up front with a emphasis on "bitter". Fairly dry finish with a long, lingering bitterness that combines dark chocolate and pine-centric hops. Oak, booze, faint dark fruit. Some smoke. Surprising lack of sweetness given the scents. Slight alcohol, but mild given the 9.5% ABV. Very good, but not quite the complexity I was anticipating.

M: Moderate carbonation & full body makes for a solid, satisfying quaff. Smooth with a nice creaminess.

O: Big bold beer with great chocolate notes. I could stand for the hopping to be dialed back a bit, given that the savory qualities are really of excellent quality. I thought the barrel-aged elements were fairly subdued in the grand scheme of things. But don't get me wrong - this is a great brew. Interesting, looks like I scored the regular Yeti higher...

Prost!

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black oil color with a thin caramel head.
Rich and pleasant aroma of roasted coffee beans, raisins, tobacco, high grade cocoa chocolate and vanilla.
What an intense and delicious flavor. Notes of coffee, oak, cocoa, pepper, pine, caramel, charcoal, earthy hops, a shadowed citrusy and cinnamon. Flavor keeps mutating, they don't come at once. Very dry, actually astringent aftertaste with bitter lingering notes of charred oak, resin and Arabic coffee.
Full body with appropriate carbonation for the style. Creamy and a bit sticky sensation. Alcohol of 9.5% is quite tamed here.
World class imperial stout, what a great beer. Complex and bold, I couldn't get tired of sniffing and sipping it. Really hard to suggest any improvement.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Morris Tap and Grill, 11/22. This one might be better experienced through a bomber bottle.

Pours jet black with a ring of brown foam. Hearty, roasted nose. Oaky. There is a coffee/espresso back. Hearty, thick taste. Smooth, yet bursting bitter. Gritty coffee mouthfeel. Rolls into an alcohol burn. Just a tad too much.

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,598 ratings.
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