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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
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1,660 Reviews
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
Reviews:
1,660
Ratings:
4,531
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
16.04%
 
 
Wants:
349
Gots:
953
For Trade:
38
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Reviews: 1,660 | Ratings: 4,531
Photo of BB1313
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz growler filled at Heinen's in University Hts., Ohio

Growler poured into a tulip. Pours black basically with a nice mocha head that fades leaving nice retention and nice lacing. The aromas are full of cocoa malts. Hints of chocolate and vanilla. The aromas seem ultimately subtle and not overwhelming. The flavors are very bold and rich. Nice bitterness, just like most Yeti variants. Lots of dark chocolate. Lots of anise/black licorice notes as well. Roasted malts are there. Very subtle citrus notes, believe it or not. The oak chips are present in the flavor department giving it a nice "harshness". Alcohol basically goes completely unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied with active carbonation. It's not thick, but not thin. Smooth and creamy. It's easy to drink, but makes for a nice sipper. Dangerously drinkable.

This is a nice stout right here. It might not be my personal favorite Yeti variant, but it's still very enjoyable and well crafted stuff. Not bad at all, I like it and it's fun to drink. This is better than my "numeric score" might indicate, I just wasn't crazy about the aromas, but everything else is on point.

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Photo of leantom
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, really glad I didn't buy a large bottle of this. Don't get me wrong; it's a really good beer. However, I had a very difficult time detecting the barrel-aging. Here goes:

A: Beautiful. Massive, chocolatey head that lingers and leaves great lacing. Pitch black. Simply astounding brew.

S: Starts to lag here. Lots of dark fruit, like prunes and raisins, and coffee. Little surprised, however, that I don't detect more vanilla and oak (i.e., bourbon). While good, it's a little underwhelming in the barrel-aged department.

T: Same story as the scent. Not much barrel aging, but the flavor is still good. Raisins, prunes, tobacco, and coffee. Bitter dark chocolate as well.

F: Great. Nice and thick. Creamy.

O: Good beer, but where's the bourbon?

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours midnight pitch black & shows no clarity when light is shined into it. The pour produces 3 fingers of super frothy & variously bubbled, long lasting, dark mocha head that recedes to a frothy collar ring & island cap that covers half the surface leaving nice webs of clumpy, sticky lacing. Head so aggressive it makes the pour difficult. Aroma is Hershey's chocolate syrup, toffee, oak-wood vanilla, dark roasted/burned malts & some coffee. Taste is Hershey's chocolate syrup, dark chocolate, wood, caramel/toffee/molasses with hints of fig, prune & coffee; semi sweet chocolate dominates the latter half of the sip; a burned quality, a hint of smoke, some hop bitterness & alcohol in the finish with a burned & bitter aftertaste. Roasty/toasty & very, very nice. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with medium carbonation, chewy, tongue coating creamy & a little slick with a light prickle.

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Photo of stratusjeans
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/21/15, poured into snifter.

A: almost jet black, 3 fingers of dark leather colored foam.

S: oak hits you first. There's also smoke, chocolate, hops and malt.

T: amazed that some reviews can't taste the oak. Massively oaky. I also feel like I should point out this is not bourbon barrel aged, it's aged on oak chips so there won't be bourbon flavor, but there is lots of oak and smoke and char. Some caramel and marshmallow chocolate and hops lingering at the end. A little too much oak for me.

M: pretty thick like you want a sipping beer to be but fades away quickly.

O: really great beer and my first experience with Great Divide. For those that like oak it's right there for you and I'm curious what a year or two does to this brew and what other flavors would come forth.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

l - black with a dark, tan head and nice lacing
A - dark roast malt/coffee
T - lots of flavor, dark roasted coffee and malt
F - full bodied, sweet but slightly bitter finish, booze and molasses
*feel like this beer has other flavors going on that I am incapable of describing properly

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a creamy black with a thin tan head. Smells of chocolate and malt. Tastes of a wonderful blend of chocolate, hops and malt in which all evenly compliment each other. The cocoa nibs really set it off for me. The hops really set off the whole taste. They stick around, but not overbearing. The oak aging really smooths out this gem. Mouthfeel is perfect.

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

Look - Black, viscous, oily
Smell - Chocolate hits the nose first followed by coffee, roasted/charred notes
Taste - Follows the nose. Chocolate, coffee, some oakiness from the chips, anise, burnt sugar, earthiness
Feel - Enjoyable mouthfeel, mouth coating

Overall - Tasty stuff from Great Divide.

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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 AlexRClausen
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The barrel aging was very prominent(at least for me), first sip kind of kicked my ass but was a great beer after the first initial shock of flavor. Very good beer and the non-barrel aged version is amazing too. Great Stout!

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Photo of AlanLamp
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'll not reiterate all the minutea of this brew. Everything one would expect from a good imperial stout but the taste falls short. A substantial alkalinity on the finish and lingering after; not just the oak. Perhaps a bad bottle/batch. 3/24/15

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Photo of clayrock81
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a motor oil black/thick body with one finger tan/khaki head that died quick. Coffee roasted, even charred, woody aroma with touch of cocoa and vanilla/boozy sweetness. Smooth, oaky body that one could even say, with a little bit of stretching, is milky/lactic smooth. Balancing act between this smoothness, sweet notes of cocoa and vanilla and this burnt roasted coffee malt presence then finishes hot and boozy. Probably one of the driest/roasted stouts that I've had in a long time but still manages to punch in some sweetness and overall a great beer.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with a nice milk chocolate colored head. Recedes fairly quickly to a line on the top of the beer. Poor lacing throughout the session.

Bitter chocolate, deep roast on the nose.

Ashy, bitter sweet chocolate on the palate. Hints of coffee. Slight ethanol on the exhale, little bit of vanilla and oak. Bottled date of 10/21/15. Rated on 12/5/15.

This is a fairly medium bodied beer.

This isn't my first rodeo with this beer. I'm pretty sure I had this in the tap room in Denver in 2010. I was pretty hammered then, but I remembered it being amazing. This was a a pretty sobering experience. The hype surrounding this beer is unfounded, as is the case with most 90+ rated beers on this site. The beer is good, but I can't get past the ash flavor up front. As the beer warms, it gets better. This beer was $11 for a bomber at whole foods, its honestly not worth the price.

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Photo of rypkr
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - poured into a snifter. Very little mocha colored head atop a very murky black oil. Thick uniform lacing.

S - damn. I poured this and set it on the coffee table while I loaded beer advocate and I ca,n smell it potently from three feet away. Up close it smells roasty and charred. Definitive alcohol, lots of chocolate and an earthiness.

T - sweet up front but finishes bitter and chalky. Very, very fresh tasting. EXTREMELY faint bourbon, slight vanilla. Overall on taste a bit of a letdown considering oak aged.

M - average here. No essay worth noting

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Photo of q33jeff
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

** From Old Notes: 4/4/15:
Strong dark chocolate aroma. Dark black pour, small tan head, lively bubbles. Head fades quickly, but mostly due to thickness of beer. Tan lacing remains. Taste is dark bitter chocolate, some hints of dark fruits,,,raspberry, blueberry. Really nice.....update for oak aged......beer is smoother than the original Yeti . Loses some of the raspberry blueberry flavor.... chocolate more pronounced and less bitter. Some woodiness, but mostly just smoother. Darker head, darker lacing. VERY EXCELLENT!!!!!!!
**

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Photo of retry4z
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Update: 2/26/2016
Changed 4.25 to 4.00
Comparing the 2012 to the 2015 version on tap at their tasting room: the '12 has a more pronounced oak character, brandy-like, nutty, and chocolaty. The '15 is more dry and more acidic, with a high roasty grain character and barely any oak.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick, dark black with abthick, creamy, mocha head. The nose is both roasty and sweet at the same time. Notes of chocolate and coffee with a caramel sweetness. The flavor is heavy and dark. The first flavor I get is tobacco, followed by mile leather. The oak comes at the finish and really rounds it out. It has a very thick, pleasant mouthfeel. It's not as hoppy as the original, but it is quite good.

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Photo of LouZ
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 version on draft at Pints. Pitch black with finger of mocha head, no lacing. Aroma is distinctly oak, and taste follows suit leading into dark chocolate bitterness. Feel is full bodied and dry. Overall, a rare offering that was worth the try. But if you're not a fan of oak, this is not for you.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nearly black color with a dark brown, chocolatey head. One of the darkest-colored heads I've ever seen. Head was medium sized and receded very quickly, leaving very thick and heavy lacing on the sides of the glass. One of the most beautiful beers I've seen.

Strong, lightly roasted chocolate, with oak making itself evident right away in a nice, pleasant, vanilla-accented note. Booze comes on pretty strong, helping make this an extremely aromatic brew.

Taste is sensational. Lots of heavily roasted malts right off the bat. Lots of chocolate, but coffee joins the party now (wasn't very evident in the aroma). Vanilla and molasses are present too. Oak takes a little bit more of a back seat than I would have liked it to. A little bit of a bitter bite on the back end.

Full bodied. Thick and rich. Definitely a sipper.

Great beer, but seems to tail off as it warms. Started out great with appearance and aroma, but fell off a bit after that. Still a great beer, and definitely worth trying.

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

in my opinion this is their best beer. i've been waiting awhile to taste this one and it was well worth it. booth was right next to great lakes. how convenient!!

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Photo of Cyanmonkey
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep black, dark brown head. Lots of chocolate upfront. I got a lot of cherry. Woody grain, like fresh wood from Home Depot...I dunno. I enjoyed it, but I prefer the Chocolate.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Tap poured into snifter

Deep dark brown with a taupe two finger foam cap that quickly subsides

Aroma of chocolate, roast malts, coffee

Taste of sweet chocolate, gently roasted coffee

Incredibly smooth. Alcohol is well masked

Delicious stout

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Photo of mabermud
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

My first review of this RIS.

Look: Inky black, deep, and dark body, with a dark mocha head. The body appears thick and viscous. The head looks dense, fine, and creamy. Legs and lacing are both sticky and slick. Kind of like, you know...
Smell: Malty sweetness, bakers chocolate, vanilla, and medium roast abounds. The oak/wood create fireworks in my sinuses.
Taste: Everything above, plus a few touches of staleness. This thing goes into my mouth, down my throat, and into my stomach with great smoothness. Everything seems to melt and dissolve into my body. What an outstanding balance of flavors. The finish leaves a touch of tackiness on my tongue.
Feel: Exceedingly smooth.

Overall - Nice. Drink-ability is on and off the charts, mostly off. What can you say about the price-point of this RIS? World-class? Maybe...

The taste actually degrades as the beer warms...

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Photo of Alequine
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an underrated stout. The price point for this is definitely a consumer's best buy. The attention to detail given to the making of this stout is outstanding and even more so is that the brewing company has made it accessible. Beautiful deep, dark and thick in color. Attractive and attention grabbing and deliciously looking liquid. Tan thick lacing clings to the glass giving the impression of great mouth feel and character. Sweet, dark roasted coffee with coco powder, and vanilla in a barrel of wet wood at the nose. Smooth tasting with vanilla dry chocolate and coffee singing notes up in my mouth. The end brings a slight dryness with a finish of hops that lingers but not loiters in my palate.

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Photo of richj1970
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber dated 10/31/2014 into snifter.

A: Pours pitch black with dense 2 finger mocha head that lasts a good while and leaves tons of lacing.

S: Roasted malts, light espresso, cocoa powder, and some light peat.

T: Rich chocolate fudge, light coffee, and burnt roasted malts.

M: Full bodied and almost chewy texture.

O: An excellent stout. Might be my favorite of the Yeti's.

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Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heavy amounts of chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. The oak adds a very nice finish and blends in well with all of the flavors going on. This beer is nice and thick. Truely a great imperial stout.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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