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 cjgator3
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a DARK black with a HUGE creamy brownish tan head. Roasted dark malts with chocolate, coffee and a bit of licorice dominate the aroma. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel is just perfect. Taste is outstanding. Roasted grains and chocolate are followed by a bitter hop finish. Without a doubt one of the most outstanding beers I have tried.

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Photo of mdnowak
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a oversize wine glass

A -- Incredible dark (almost midnight) body. Pillowy chocolate-colored head that definitely shrinks, but stays with the beer until the last sip. Good lacing.

S -- Chocolate, malt, coffee, treacle, alcohol does not hide. It hits your nose HARD.

T -- Delicious. Coffee and molasses flavors. Chocolate dominates. Alcohol finish kicks in and warms as the beer goes down

M -- A little thin. I usually prefer something a little creamier in my stouts. Still, however, incredibly smooth.

D -- Man, this thing packs a PUNCH. I drank the whole bomber on my own and it took about 2 hours. Definitely a sipping beer. The oak aging definitely lends a nice touch to the overall taste. Drinkability takes a hit because of high ABV. Overall, a wonderfully delicious beer that lends itself to a cold night next to an open fire!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a big Great Divide bottle into a tumbler. The color was jet black with a frothy tan head.

I don't get the oak-aged thing in general, I never really taste the oak (especially in a beer with a loud taste like this one). I think the biggest difference in this beer after oak aging is less hops presence. But I didn't try them side-by-side.

The main flavors were chocolate and roasty malts, with a sharp alcoholic bite. It's pretty addictive, but a slow sipper.

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Photo of crwills
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this is a big beer. One of those ones that you really have to try more than once to figure it out. Unfortunately, I only had the one bottle. Oh well. Please note that I've never had the 'standard' Yeti, so I don't have that to compare this one to.

Pours a shiny black, as it should, with a small eggshell head. Lots of lacing. Looks very thick and solid.

Aroma is woody and smokey, with a prominent element of good liqueurs. Bitter chocolate notes. Loses a few points because of an unpleasant hint of vegetable -- not sure why that's in there, could possibly be because of poor handling before I bought it.

Taste is... oaky, for lack of a better term. Woody, with lots of bittering hops. Alchohol is quite well hidden in the flavour, although it definitely warms the ears. As it warms it takes on mild espresso flavours and a bit more earthiness.

Body is a little bit lighter than I would have expected. Aftertaste is warm, earthy, and a little grassy-bitter. Not bad, though.

Like I said, this deserves another try (or two or three). Yet another great beer that I'll have to travel for. Ah well, journey over destination and all that.

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Photo of cbl2
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

No best by date.


Pours a thick viscous black ink topped by a half inch of dark brown tightly laced head that settles slowly.


Coffee sweetened with sugar and cream with some subtle nuances of oak.


Silky smooth chocolate with hints of cherry cordial, subtle oaked notes and sweetened coffee. Superbly balanced with faint alcohol presence and a wonderfully robust (chewy) mouthfeel.


Purchased at Bauer Liquors in Boston on Newbury Street before the American Beer Festival. Thanks to Nick for his recommendation and all his assistance. A truly exceptional beer!

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

from the bottle. poured black. with a big bubbely brown head that left a lot of lacing. aromafirst hit was of sour cherries, vanilla woody, bitter chocolate, some alcoholsa it warmed got some sweet chocolate, malts. flavor the vanilla and alcoholcome out strong than tha chocolate, and wood, roasted malts, and dark fruits that are just past their prime just a bit of sourness.

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Photo of jettjon
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Highs: Gorgeous appearance
Lows: Bitterness detracts from enjoyability

Pours “pitch brown” beneath a beautiful thick and creamy solid brown-tan-caramel head. Head stands defiantly for a while, and then slowly fades leaving plenty of lacing. Smell is of caramelized malt and a bit of sorghum, a delicious hint of what’s to come. Flavor is solid and moderately complex, starting with sweet malt up front, some bitter coffee to chocolate, then a bit of alcohol burn, and finally a hopsy bitter finish. In my opinion, the finish is a little too bitter, which detracts from the overall drinkability. Still, it’s an enjoyable brew, with a substantial, semi-creamy mouth, perhaps not as thick as I expected, but good nonetheless. Drinkability is above average but not by much; the bitterness detracts for me but no doubt will be loved by many. ABV is high and so is the price (lowest I found was 6.99 for a 22 ouncer), so it’s unlikely that you’ll drink too many, anyway.

Overall: An outstanding stout, great looking and great tasting, slightly marred by over-bitterness which may be a plus for some

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Photo of weeare138
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a midnight black with a 4 finger tan head floating atop the brew. Plenty of scattered chunks of lacing are left all over the glass.
Smell is of fruity blended chocolate bars, toasted nuts, roasted coffee, vanilla, and solid American Oak tannins.
Taste is of the same aromas with an addictive amount of flavors swirling and bouncing along the tongue and saturating the palate. There is a moderate amount of hops that I can pick up as the last bit of the sip enters my mouth. Really good stuff.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth, complex of oak, fruit, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and perhaps a hint of caramel buried in this warming brew.
This one is a sipper but an outstanding night-cap, or after dinner brew.

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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 Shaw
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks great. It's super black with a frothy brown head that doesn't reduce much at all.

It smells of roasted malt, alcohol, chocolate and many other good things. The fusel alcohol aroma is quite strong.

It tastes like an Imperial Stout: strong, roasted and complex. I can't say I can tell this has been aged in oak.

It has a good body that's nice and slick as glass. And its very drinkable, even with its high alcohol content.

Overall, this is a good imperial stout. Having finished the review, I went and checked my review of the regular Yeti and I see I gave it the exact same score. I'd recommend either of these beers. In fact, why not buy both and do a side-by-side tasting with some friends and/or loved ones?

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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love Imperial Stouts for "dessert." This one did not disappoint!

I ordered a 12 oz mug on tap from my local Old Chicago. The beer is certainly dark, and had a rich, smooth, creamy head. The aroma I got right from the start was chocolate and almost an anise liquor type aroma. Could also taste this-- was not liking it at first, but the more I drank, the better it was.

Also tasted a rich espresso-like quality in this stout. Definitely a dessert beer. A 12 oz serving was plenty for me!

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Photo of Nipitato
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Brookline Liqour Mart in Brighton.

Appearance: Thin head that hung around till finished. Beautiful rich mahogany color - opaque.

Smell: Roasted coffee dominates with more than a hint of chocolate and a touch of caramel.

Taste: Complex taste with strong chocolate and coffee presence. Big alcohol middle (more noticeable as beer warms) with a nice roasty bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Viscous - in a good way.

Drinkability: A big robust imperial Stout. Good for December/January maybe not my first choice in June.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Left an espresso foam colored one finger head with good retention and spotty lacing here and there. Body was the deepest possible brown, almost inky black.

Smell - rich roasted maltiness - chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel, rich dark bread. Subdued citrus and pine hops. Some smokey tones, and strong hints of vanilla and bourbon.

Taste - pretty much like the smell. Malt - richly roasted -chocalate, coffee, toffee, dark bread, caramel. Slight citrus hops. Finishes with alcohol warmth and astringency. Bourbon on the aftertaste, also sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, low carbonation, slight hop oil slickness, a good bitter drying from the alcohol.

Drinkability - this is very good and goes down well. This is also very rich, and the high abv limits this to one bomber per session.

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Photo of philmath
4.87/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a monster it is ! Smells of cacao, roasted coffee, hot chocolate and hops. Black body with a medium brown head. It's just wonderful from the outside. Taste of vanilla, cinammon, roasted chocolate, strong coffee and hops. Impressive bitterness. Perfect warmer for a long winter night. I have to find that one on bottle before the end of year !

On tap at DDC (may-june 2006)

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Photo of Jason
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bomber with no freshness date to be found. Not to worry, I am sure this one cellars just fine.

A- Midnight black, slightly foamy and viscous brown head hold well.

S- Mild burnt aroma of highly roasted coffee, suggestions of ripe bing cherries. Some fusel alcohol and faint vanilla in the back.

T&M- Lush creamy smoothness in a heavenly full body. Rich overtones of dark chocolate cover espresso beans comes from the layered roasted character. Dark berries and a deceiving warming alcohol in the middle. Bite from the burnt malt, oak and hops help to balance. Finishes roasty sweet.

D- Certainly a sipper, but I could sip this one all night long. By far one of the best Impy Stouts as well as Wood Aged beers.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was tasted in a snifter from a 650mL bomber.

This beer pours juet black with a huge tan head that holds and laces well. The smell is pretty much all oak woody aromas with some roasted smells sneaking in there. The taste hits you with the oak woody aromas but some chocolate and roasted flavors do sneak in there. A nice thickenss to this beer along with just enough carbonation. Overall, not quite as drinkable as the Yeti in my opinion. The oak flavor would keep me from drinking all night. It is enjoyable but maybe a little overpowering

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black and purple hue with a fairly dark brown head kicking off uneven chunks off lace on the glassware.
Aroma is an immediate assault of peaty whiskey but this hides some dark furits, raisins, figs and dates as well as some chocolate and molasses notes. Some herbal hop bittereness is also detected. As it warms more of the whiskey malt tones are drawn out.
Flavors of dark chocolate malt and some suggary molasses are dominant to start then the peat and oak notes shout through followed by some dark fruit notes and sweet alcoholic pop.
Mouthfeel is really full and lush. Very nice sort of a mix of an dark beer with fruit and whiskey all swirled into an effervescent frenzy.
Drinkability is top nothc. Great sipping beer and changes quite dramatically as it warms. almost becomes cloying but if you get it right at about cellar temp it is truly an outstadning taste potpourri.
very enjoyable.

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Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Pours a thick black with a creamy lasting brown red head. The head laces very well and lasts for a while. Has a good aroma of carmel, hops and strong alcohol. Has a medium to full body with a creamy thick texture. Produces a great mouthfeel. Has a lively carbination. The oak aging produces a nice sherry taste. Has a bold flavor and a robust finish. This one is very good, I like it a lot.

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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 fisherman34
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas of dark fruit, roasted grains, and chocolate. Flavor wise, the milder fruits give way to more chocolate, along with some wood grain notes, vanilla, and a bit of coffee. There’s a late caramel kick as well. Heavy bodied with a long finish. Very remarkable in that seemingly every flavor note comes into its own without getting muddled. There is some superb balanence in this kick ass beer!

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, 9.5 % ABV. Pours absoultely pitch black, no light escaping, and no highlights. Black, period. Thick dark tan head. Roasty, vanilla, oaky, slightly vinous are some of the wonderful aromas. Great head retention for a beer of this size. Flavors include roasty, burnt caramel, vanilly, oaky and again somewhat vinous. Nice use of oak here, as it is present, but not overwhelming. The wood accentuates this beer very well. Light citrusy hop flavors come in at the end, as the beer finishes just slightly sweet. Full body, with low carbonation. This is a gem, and a good example of an oaked beer done right. Great Divide makes some impressive beers, and this is another great example.

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Photo of BeerFink
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting for this one....

I eagerly decant this black liquid into my snifter, greedily inhaling the aroma that filled the room as soon as the cap was popped. Appearance is just fantastic, I think I have to go to 5.0. Opaque black, moonless sky on a cold winter's night. Head is tenacious and frothy, medium brown in hue. A beer that looks like that forces you to appreciate. Aroma is potent, reeking of all things dark - molasses, ripened dark fruit, big malts, semisweet chocolate, and mocha coffee. 9.5% abv is apparent in the nose, the alcohol blending with spicy hops. Also hints of vanilla and caramel. Definitely a darkly sweet smell. Woody aromas become more apparent as it warms.

Flavor is out of this world. It begins big and syrupy, molasses coupled with semisweet black licorice, filled with sweet fruits (raisins, currants, some cherry), and possibly very ripe red grapes, providing a vinous quality. Malts are big and thick, creating a fat and chewy mouthfeel. Huge roasty flavors take over where the sweetness left off, filling my dumbfounded mouth with espresso, mocha, and dark chocolate. Notes of caramel float in and out, keeping the sweetness on the tip of my tongue. Hops are spirited and spicy, as well as agressively bitter. Very nice hopping! Bitter orange peel and grapefruit tingle and bite at the tongue, while a pronounced spiciness dances with the alcohol. Alcohol is potent and warming, definitely a bourbon-esque flavor. You have to look for the oak - the vanilla hints are subtle and come and go throughout. The aging definitely helps to round out this bold brew. Carbonation is appreciably low, and as stated before, the mouthfeel is nice and chewy, almost oily.

Like all fine things, this needs to be enjoyed slowly and appreciated. Very nice offering from Great Divide, I am truly enjoying this one!

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

A deep black color with hints of brown, a small beige head forms and disappates quickly. The sweet smell of malt and chocolate, with the added aroma of charred wood, that also adds a vanilla scent. The hops are in there in the aroma, but seem to be over powered by the wood and alchol aromas. The flavor brings in the aromas on the palate with the hops being more prevalent in the taste. The oak wood flavor becomes stronger after every sip. In the mouth it feels a little thinner than the non aged Yeti, alot like skim milk, with some evidence of carbonation, but not alot. This is a drinkable beer, but drink slowly. The strong alchol, flavors and texture, make this a sipping beer by a nice warm fire.

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Photo of bruachan
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i wish these things would have bottling dates. it's aged, but how long?

absolute oil darkness with a brown head atop; great lacing. the vanilla effect from the barrel comes through and mixes with heavily roasted sweetness. the aroma is heavy, like a humid night in ole virginny and reveals the dark roast. i find a nutty character, but not like the one you'll find in a rochefort. big bitterness, though it doesn't linger too long. it's a very smooth brew but not as large as i expected (or the appearance suggested) and i feel a smokey sensation. some coffee

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, with a light brown head that diminishes to a ring. Leaves sheets of lacing when sipped down.

The aroma is roasty, chocolatey, alcoholic, with a toasted malts and charred wood.

The flavor is roasty, malty, chocolate hints, with a slight bit of char. Not much oakiness, would like to have this side by side with a regular yeti to see the difference.

It is full in body and warming. A nice brew.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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