Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

BA SCORE
94
outstanding
1,669 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:
1,669
Ratings:
4,561
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.67%
 
 
Wants:
351
Gots:
971
For Trade:
37
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,669 | Ratings: 4,561
Photo of TATTORSO
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Highly anticipated 22 oz. bottle...poured into a 16 oz. snifter. I wasn't disappointed.

Vigorous pour yielded a beautiful,malty two finger head. This beer is opaque & black like used motor oil. Head was a creamy caramel color with lasting power, eventually flattening out to a concave 1/4" that continued to hold the glass. Beautiful even lacing all the way down. Let it warm a bit...

This is an impressive, well done & complex presentation... full bodied, the front is a nice smokey balance of smooth, hempy hops & subtle malty, roasted grains with a scotchy, alcohol finish that's not too sharp on the tongue and not too dry.

Traces of mossy tobacco, coffee, cocoa, molasses & cherries (?) or dark berries that coat the mouth & hang in the throat. Not sticky on the lips. The warm pleasant, smokey alcohol after taste is evident in the mouth, throat & stomach but not overpowering & balanced really well. ABV is perfect & well concealed. Easy to drink...one is good & probably enough.

The smell is complex & appealing with hints of vanilla that begin to appear as the glass warms... along with a blend of dark expresso, molasses, caramel, bittersweet chocolate, smoke & warm bread.

I'm gonna grab another one & hold it for a while. Should age nicely.

I REALLY enjoyed this beer. This is a delicious offering & highly recommended if you like fuller bodied beers. It came to me with the highest recommendation. ABSOLUTELY worth a try~

 1,440 characters

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.

 459 characters

Photo of djbow
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black, viscous body. Chocolate brown head that dissipates slowly.

S: Oak, chocolate, caramel, coffee with hints of vanilla. Very nice nose.

T: Just lik the nose implies, lots of oak and chocolate withe coffee, caramel and vanilla playing in the back ground. Malty sweetness and a toffee under tone are followed by a slightly hoppy bitter finish at the swallow. Very different for an Imperial Stout. Both carbonation and alcohol taste are mild especially when considering how big this beer is.

M: Rich, creamy, full bodied and thick.

O: If you like big beers with allot of complex flavors going on you will love this beer. I for one like it because it is a unique Imperial Stout because of the combination of the oak flavor and the slightly bitter finish. Because the alcohol is well hidden behind the big flavors enjoy this one with care. Its 9.5% ABV will sneak up on you. ENJOY!!!

 896 characters

Photo of cktison
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, nice, thin head that is retained - looks like crema on an espresso.
S: Wonderful, complex, stout. Coffee flavors, chocolate, toasted something, brown sugars and deep malt aroma
T: Dark malts, woodiness from oak, chocolates and coffee. Very interesting, moderately bitter, few hops.
M: Creamy, rich
D: You'll only want 1, but its a good one at that. Delicious in a comfortable bar, winter night. Drink slowly

 431 characters

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

Double Deuce poured into my new Sam Adams glass. Thanks again fellas!

A: Pours pitch black with a nice, thick tan head. As the foam fades away, it leaves a little bit of lacing.

S: Strong chocolate and sweet caramel aromas are all over this beauty. There is a nice hop aroma follow up. The oak aging doesnt come out too much for me in this one. Some very light fruit notes in this as well.

T: Strong burnt coffee and cocoa flavors here, but they are smoothed out by the oak aging. The hops are very prevalent here as well. There are some vanilla flavors in here as well. Very well balanced.

M: Very creamy stout here for sure. The carbonation fades into the hops, which fades to leave a very creamy finish.

D: This is a strong one, very flavorful, but I think one will do me at a time. Not saying its not good to drink, but its kinda like a meal.

 861 characters

Photo of Optimat0r
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance - basically the same as regular Yeti, dark and more dark, thick and heavy.

smell - similar to regular yeti but not quite as chocolaty.

taste - good, but not great. not as outrageously rich as regular Yeti, but still damn powerful. less chocolate flavors, maybe a hint of 'vanilla' as the bottle says, but not much. very deep but the flavors dont seem to mix as well; the aftertaste comes off as sharp alcohol.

mouthfeel - ok at best, very oily, and the strong alcoholic aftertaste lingers.

drinkability - good for a small serving at a time...i honestly dont know how someone could sit down and quaff the whole bomber, let alone more than one. its just too rich and sweet and the alcoholic aftertaste is wearing. like trying to drink a giant, thick milkshake. definitely a quality beer, but not as 'refined' as id hoped and way overpriced ($8 for a bomber?)

 879 characters

Photo of WAP
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown-black with a thick, tan head -- looks very inviting. Head leaves ringed layers of lacing.

Smell is an interesting mix of coffee-tinged roasted malts and a sweet vanilla, fresh-baked cookie type aroma.

The oak comes through in the taste -- the intense roasted flavors of the yeti are mellowed and given a sweet, valilla, and slight oak tinge. The hop bitterness is still present on the back end and the alcohol burn is very present, though not annoying or off-putting.

I like what the oak has done to this beer -- a very tasty and mellow stout. Very drinkable for the style, but drinking more than one 22 oz bomber might be a bit much.

 666 characters

Photo of turamarth
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into smokestack goblet.

Appearance: Poured a nice black body, with about a finger and a half of milk chocolate colored head, that dissipated quickly leaving some lacing.

Nose:Nice and malty, white chocolate, vanilla, coffee, rasins. There is a good hop balance to the nose here.

Taste: Right of the bat, this has a different taste than I expected. With the nose being a little brighter, this taste on the first sip is right on the dark side. Some boozeyness. Almost an IPA like pineyness, which I'd contribute to the oak and hops. Speaking of the hops, this is pretty hop forward. There are still a lot of the notes that were picked up in the nose, just altered a tiny bit. Not too bad, just really hoppy.

Mouth: Fairly thick, but smooth. Doesn't coat the mouth.

Drink: The hoppiness in this I think inhibits the drink a little bit, along with the prevalent booze flavor. Not bad, just not what I want in an IS.

 924 characters

Photo of TheKingsOfHop
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into our Portsmouth tulip glasses:

A: Solid midnight black, that poured like motor oil out of the bottle. Creating a mocha colored head that quickly dissipated leaving a rim of coffee cream.

S: Vanilla, fresh brewed coffee, and an oak characteristic that is very pronounced. Undertones of dark fruit followed by a nuttiness that is drawing us in for our first sip.

T: The front of the palate is enveloped in a sweet savory chocolate, colliding with a rich vanilla oak flavor. The back of the palate is a smooth bittersweet dark chocolate with a warm roasted black coffee.

M: Thick and chewy like molasses. A steady carbonation throughout.

D: For our first Great Divide brew, we are very impressed and are excited to try another.

Cheers,
The Kings Of Hop

 780 characters

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

Served in a oversize wine glass and paired with crackers smeared with roquefort cheese.

Appearance: Dark brown, coffee like color, the light can't go through it, pours heavy, with a cream brownish color head, that fizzles leaving a persistent lace.

Aroma: coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, malt, alcohol.

Taste: wood taste, strong dark coffee, dark chocolate, high alcohol flavor but it's not overpowering.

Palate: heavy mouth feel, lingering coffee taste.

Overall: It's an amazing beer that I would have with my eyes close, but just one peer beer session. Strong at 9.5% but then again delicious. Strongly recommended, craft beer at it's best.

 648 characters

Photo of Graham21
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into an oversized wine glass. Pours a dark dark brown, almost black. I thought the head was very nice, a few mm high which discipated into a very consistent lacing that hangs on to the glass. The first thing I smelled was dark fruits, like cherries, along with chocolate undertones. Lots of coffee and roasted malts came out as well. I love the taste of this beer. Its starts out like dark chocolate milk, then become more burnt and bitter tasting like coffee and malts, and finishes with a nice hoppiness. The mouthfeel is very pleasant, and the drinkibility gets two thumbs up.

 591 characters

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

A tremendously large beer - as you would expect. Do I need to say that it is black? Oozing forth from a 22 oz. bottle, the head was somewhat slow to develop - as though the bubbles couldn't escape the thick liquid - then gradually over-topped the tulip with thick, light-brown foam. You'd better think twice about drinking this one - it packs the wollup of a six-pack or more of typical beer in one bottle. Nearly put my lights out. Surprisingly easy to drink for such a large beer. I could distinquish mocha, vanilla, and a hoppiness that nicely balanced (if a imperial stout can be considered "balanced")what must be a huge amount of malt. An outstanding example of the style - probably the best I've had.

 707 characters

Photo of Norsebrew
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as night with a 1 finger head that quickly diminished in 1-2 minutes. The carbonation was slightly lower than average

S: Sweet roasted malt aroma with undertones of chocolate, licorice, and vanilla

T: Well balanced sweet dark malts, chocolate, and coffee as well as vanilla, licorice, alcohol, and mild hops. As the beer warmed, it seemed to have hints of raison and carmel.

M: Heavy, but smooth with average carbonation.

D: This is a fantastic beer that really hit the spot after a long day of work. Great flavor and balance. I definitely recommend this to all.

 577 characters

Photo of rka758
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 brewing (bottled 10/7/10) poured into tulip glass.
Paid $11/bomber

A: Pours a deep black, so much so that my glass is acting like a mirror, with a nice mocha brown colored head. Head started 2 fingers and quickly reduced to a thin lacing along the top.
S: Really nice. Rich coffee and chocoalte nose.
T: I taste wood, hence the oak I guess. A a deep chocolate flavor. A bit of bitterness
M: Beer does a nice job of coating. It's a little dry, but the flavors do a nice job at hitting all the right spots.
D: This is a nice beer that I feel is bottled just right; a bomber is gonna be about my limit, but I might crave a bit more than a 12oz bottle. I'm interested to see how this travels through time.

 709 characters

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

A 22 oz bomber Sampled at a casual beer tasting party with a few friends. I've been wanting to get my hands on this brew.

A: This beer is totally opaque black, and poured into my sampling wine glass (that was all we had on had) with one finger of mocha colored head. Sweet Jesus, I love that color.

S: Caramel and roasted malts, and a bit of fruity sweetness.

T: Bittersweet dark chocolate, roasted malt, mild booziness, and a sweet berry finish.

M: Thick, heavy, and velvety smooth. In a beer like this you expect some booziness, but this one is pretty well balanced.

D: Very rich and satisfying. One glass was enough to make me happy. This beer went down surprisingly well with the 2 BMC drinkers in the room, which was a source of pride for me, since this was one of my picks.

 784 characters

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

Oake Aged Yeti is not as good as its regular counterpart, but...

A: Pours black as night. Nice thisck tan head disappates quickly, but leaves great lacing.

S: Smells of chocolate and vanilla. Slightly woody from the oak I presume. No real presence of hops or alcohol.

T: Follows smell. Chocolate, coffe and vanilla. Nice bitterness and warming alcohol comes through in the finish. I prefer the more dry, acrid flavor of regular Yeti.

M&D: Medium body and mouthfeel. not overly drinkable, but what Imp. Stout is?

Overall, a good Imp. Stout, but not as good as reguar Yeti. This was my first oak aged beer. I would probably reserve this for more of an after dinner drink, though I would buy this again.

 715 characters

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

A: Black, completely opaque. Pours fairly viscous with a good inch of thick dark tan head that lingers for a minute.

S: The nose is oaky with lots of vanilla... strong, dark roasted malt with maybe a hint of nuttiness. Definitely some spicy hop aroma as well.

T: Slightly sweet vanilla gives way to bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt. Lingering but not quite overpowering hop bitterness, leaving a hint of citrus hops on the back of the tongue.

M: On the thicker end of a medium bodied RIS, with a fair bit of carbonation, but a nice coating mouthfeel. Not too oily, but not watery at all.

D: Definitely a sipper. Plenty of layers to roll around in your mouth and savor. This is a very solid beer. Finishing this bomber solo is going to be a bit of a task though, and will probably leave me a bit tipsy.

Overall, a very fine beer. I enjoy this one more than I remember enjoying the espresso version, but I'd love to try them side-by-side.

 950 characters

Photo of Aml42000
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Black, opaque body with a tan head. Lacing up and down the sides of a pint glass.

S- Powerful and appealing mocha and almonds.

T- Bitter/Dark chocolate with some espresso notes.

M- Full bodied, coats the entire palate and leaves you wanting more immediately. Round with balanced carbonation. This is nimble and elegant with some serious muscle behind it.

O- Excellent Imperial Stout. The oak adds tons of complexity and the roasted flavors are simply delicious. Highly recommended.

 492 characters

Photo of Coffdaddy
2.66/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

This beer is unquestionable overhyped. It's an incredibly dry stout -- to the point where I had to chase this with water. Some what like drinking soy sauce.

 156 characters

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

Found this at a local store a few months ago. It is either from 2008 or 2009; a very nice find.

A: Pour is a rich black opaque color with a tan to mahogany head with very nice lacing.

S: Bitter sweet dark chocolate with hints of coffee and caramel.

T: Chocolate forward with hints of coffee towards the end a very nice sweet/caramel finish leaving the palate dry with roasted malt flavor. The oak aging mellows the intense flavors of the regular yeti; that is further defined with the cellaring process.

M: Very little carbonation, dry finish with nice tannins (Would be lovely with a nice, thick ribeye).

O: A great example of a massive yet drinkable Imperial Stout. I now realize why people in Oklahoma buy this by the case to cellar.

 742 characters

Photo of Amish_Ambush
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Original Review on: 03-24-2007

Taste: Oak Vanilla, Dark Chocolate, espresso with a hint of prune juice. Somewhat hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Well made, Thick body. Pours out like thick used motor oil.

Smell: Coffee beans, vanilla and a slight woody character.

Overall impressions: Excellent stout. One of my favorites. A must try for any serious stout lover.

 352 characters

Photo of Matthew
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thick black liquid fills my pint glass, huge dirty brownish/tannish head. Tons of thick stickly lacing all around the glass.
Bittersweet coffee and chocolate witha touch of alchohol. Some hints of dark ripe berries. Dark brown suger is there also.
Big rich creamy chocolate kick with a dark roasted coffee around the edges give way to a nice hoppy bite and alcohol warming.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied, not nearly as heavy and chewey as expected.
Decent drinkability for an imperial stout.

 502 characters

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

This guy has been cellared up for a year or two. It's my only bottle and not having had it before, I was hoping my expectations wouldn't be spoiled.

Wow! This guy is excellent a great beer across the board. Pours completely opaque with a nice little head. Doesn't seem to have the oil slick coating on the glass that many RISs have but the lacing is quite long lasting.

The taste is very smooth. Doesn't seem to be very heavy on the black malt so you don't get that harsh bite you get with some in this style.

Such a great beer, have to find a way to get some more of these.

Thanks Dave for this little treat.

 613 characters

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

Bottled Jan 06 2010.

A: Black pour, dense, persistent, tan head. Ruby highlights. Decent lacing.

S: Intense aroma of cocoa, coffee, roasty malt, and a nice, bready yeastiness.

T: Roasty malt, earthy, coffee, baker's chocolate, dark cocoa, oak, vanilla. A nice amount of hop bitterness to the finish with a little alcohol warmth.

M: Full, slightly viscous, mild carbonation.

D: A well-balanced, eminently enjoyable Imperial Stout. Imperial without being too extreme in any particular characteristic.

 503 characters

Photo of echdk3
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint, 6 oz bottle into a snifter.

A_Nearly black and completely opaque. Creamy brown and well retained head. Little to no lacing.

S_Coffee, smoke, sweet burnt toffee.

T_Very smoky. Smooth malty flavor. Alcohol well hidden. Huge woody aftertaste.

M_Medium-bodied and just creamy enough. Low carbonation appropriate for an Imperial Stout.

 356 characters

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,561 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe