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 advill88
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours absolutely black with a very dark tan head with excellent lacing...very beautiful looking beer.

Smells strongly of coffee and roasted malt with hints of bourbon and vanilla.

Taste is immediately dominated by an interplay between the strong coffee and chocolatey flavors and roasted malt, followed by a surprisingly strong hit of balancing hops, which gives way to more roasty maltiness with hints of vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Mouthfeel is quite heavy and creamy, with carbonation taking a back seat.

This beer is very strong, and quite the sipper...incredible RIS, but not for the faint of heart. It's obviously too heavy to drink ALL night, but I sure would have no problem trying.

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Photo of greenmtn1111
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/24/2012. Poured in to a tulip style glass.

Appearance: This beer pours pitch black with the darkest, most decadent looking head I’ve ever seen, two fingers’ worth and seriously frothy. The way it looks makes my mouth water. As I drink the head disappears but a healthy lacing remains on the glass.

Smell: There are loads of roasted malts on the nose, bittersweet chocolate, slight vanilla and woodsy oak. Great first impression.

Taste: The oak hits my palate first with its dry, sharp flavor and continues all the way to the finish. The chocolately, roasty malts provide backbone while a profound bitterness rounds it off at the end. I’m not convinced that straight oak lends itself well as an aging vessel for stouts, but perhaps I’m just not used to it. It’s good, but I feel like the flavors don’t quite balance out.

Mouthfeel: Quite thick and creamy and the carbonation is subdued a little bit which is nice.

Overall: This is a complex stout with really bold, in-your-face flavors. It’s not the easiest stout to drink, but it is tasty and would be great to have on a cold winter day.

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Photo of charlesbyrd
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber (bottled 12/9/09) into an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer itself looks like old oil leaving an engine- almost opaque, dark dirty brown, and viscous. As it fills the glass it becomes completely opaque and looks like it's going to flat. A pretty decent head does accumulate, though, and it's one of the darkest I've ever seen on a beer. As for lacing, it doesn't so much just stick to the glass, it actually stains the whole glass with a caramel tint. This is going to be intense.

S: Oh yeah, it's intense. The dark chocolate and coffee that I normally expect from stouts is in there somewhere, but there's so much more going on. A huge vanilla aroma from the oak chips almost overwhelms the nose, coupled with a pretty strong booze smell. The overall smell is a little rough around the edges.

T: The taste is a little easier to sort out than the smell. I'm amazed this beer isn't aged on bourbon barrels--there are so many bourbon qualities present. The huge vanilla note in the nose is also present in the taste, but it goes well against the prominent charred-wood bitterness. The roasted character goes from black coffee to charcoal, and is cut by the vanilla and brown sugar sweetness. In all, it's just subdued enough (compared to the nose) to be highly enjoyable.

M: Syrup. It's extremely thick and heavy, and it quickly gets flatter as it sits.

D: The label has it right when it says "massive and complex." They fit alot into this bottle. This is definitely a beer meant to be shared. But in the right dose it's hard to beat. Great Divide got the right combination of big stout flavors and kicked it up a notch with the oak influence.

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Photo of krazyboi
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a 30 oz. glass mug.

A: Black as night. Very nice creamy tan colored head that dissipates ever so slowly, leaving a nice lacing on the glass. Looks perfect!
S: Chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, vanilla, hops and a bit of oakiness.
T: Bitter coffee and dark chocolate, oak, alcohol, a bit of hops,
M: Thick, sticky and creamy. Medium/high carbonation.
D: This is a GREAT oak aged imperial stout in my opinion. None of the flavors overpowers the others and is easy to drink for a 9.5% ABV beer. I will be on the lookout for another bottle of this, for sure.

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Photo of timmay41
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber with a bottling date of 11/06/08. Enjoyed immensely on 4/15/09.

A: Pours a thick, inky black hue with a fantastic two-finger head that's tan in color and thick and creamy in appearance. Pretty nice lacing and retention.

S: The dominant scent switches back and forth between dark roasted coffee beans and rich chocolate malts. Also includes vanilla, coconut, and an oaky quality that couches everything else going on with the smell. There are hops back there too. When I had this on draft about a month ago, the coffee/espresso bean scent was more pronounced.

T&M: Rich, earthy, woody robust taste. Dark chocolate, But it's also really clean and crisp considering the full body. Velvety mouthfeel that clings to the mouth. Not at all weighed down by a syrupy, booze quality that I thought might be there based on the pour and nose. The alcohol warmth is there but tough to judge simply because I've had a couple DFH Palo Santos lately and everything else is relative. The hops produce a sticky, resiny layer on the lips.

D: Really enjoyable. I'm going to pair my next bottle with a chocolate-based dessert. Terrific take on the style and aged to perfection.

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Photo of lifebeer
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a. beautiful dark chocolate with espresso 2-finger head

s. unexpected hop aroma, cascade

t. starts with chocolate milk, lasts for a while until the beer is allowed to breath, eventually a hop finish emerges, and with increasing temperature, the oak takes over

m. round and chewy

d. a sipper, enjoy as the flavor unfolds over time

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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 quintonmaximoff
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled

This beer poured a very opaque black that can be expected from imperial stouts. Nice finger-wide head that was a dark tan, almost brown color. Not too much carbonation and some lacing on the glass.
The smokiness of this beer, along with vanillla notes definitely prominent in the initial aroma. A nice roasted smell from the oak, some chocolate, and coffee notes stick out as well. Awesome smelling beer.
The flavor is pretty solid in this one. The chocolate and vanilla pull through at the beginning, and the smoky oak flavor comes through on the back end. The magnitude of these flavors covers up the 9.5% ABV quite well. The body is quite full, going down so smooth and leaving all those great coffee, chocolate, vanilla flavors on your palate.

Haven't tried very many imperial stouts, but this one is one of the better ones I've had. I'm sure there are many other ones that can beat this one out, but overall this beer will keep you wanting more.

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

This is hands-down one of my favorite beers of all time, and with the added hurdle of our ass backwards beer laws in Tennessee it's also a rare find. This dark nearly black stout has distinct chocolate/woody aromas that fill the nose with a contentment rarely felt outside of a full thanksgiving banquet. I had this side-by-side with Sweetwater's Happy Ending. I kind of wish I didn't do this because the Yeti blew the Atlanta beer out of the water. The yeti is deeper, richer, and yes you can definitely taste the oak. Even my Hefe drinking girlfriend could fully appreciate and enjoy the grateness that is this beer, and that says a lot.

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

A: About as black as black can be. One and a half finger thick mocha head. I mean really thick. As the glass is consumed thick, even lacing is left down the entire glass.

S: Mocha and coffee. Definitely smell the wood in there with the vanilla smell but the wood is not too prevalent in the smell. It smells very smooth and is not overpowering at all.

T: The immediate taste is chocolate and hints of coffee. The wood can be tasted more towards to back of the mouth. Alcohol is masked especially well. A very nice offering.

M: This isn't quite as full-bodied as most other Russian Imperial Stouts, but the mouthfeel matches the more intricate flavors of the beer. This isn't an in-your-face stout and the mouthfeel matches that. It's nice.

D: This is a beer that you must drink slowly. It gets better and better as it warms. There is no need to rush this beer at all. But once it is gone, it is a sad turn of events.

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

A: Pours black like motor oil. Appears very thick. A small amount of head stays on top of the beer after poured, but not to much. A caramel colored edge around the beer.

S: Smells of toasted malt and vanilla are up front. I'm a bit suprised the vanilla is as noticeable as it is. A slight smell of booz. Smells of caramel a little as well.

T: The most in your face flavour is definately the toasted malts, they are borderline almost a burnt, but not quite there. The vanilla is there and its subtle, but still very tasty. The oak aging dose add a different bit of character than a regular stout, and blends in well with the rest.

M: Medium to heavy body with medium carbonation. Has a lingering aftertaste of the malts on it.

O: Very comple and tasty beer. Something nice to share, or sip by yourself. The malts are a tad too much at times, but overall its very nice.

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Photo of Cheshire_Crew_Al
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber, dark, dark brown, very dark tan head

Pours like thick syrup, good lacing

S: toffee, coffee smell, only slight hint of smoke in the odor for me

T/M: nice full creamy mouthfeel, initial taste is that hint of slightly sweet coffee and chocolate and the smokiness comes a bit later and is more prominent in the finish, a little bit more of a prominent alcohol burn than I anticipated

O: As other reviews note, certainly a sipper, not my favorite imperial stout, felt like the smokiness was battling some of the other flavors and accentuated the alcohol burn a but, I like it a lot, but would not be my first choice

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Photo of SudNut
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow I need to start pouring this stuff on my ice cream, instead of chocolate syrup! The Mrs. wouldn't know the difference except for the head and perhaps the smell. Ah yes the smell of an oak roasted vanilla malt that’s what it smells like I just put my finger on it.

This is a massive beer with very complicated tastes first the roasted malt going to a hoppy vanilla flavor. I want to keep tasting it to figure it out. Mouth feel is syrupy sloshing it around brings out the complexities with an alcohol taste. I don't think I can drink more than one of these at a time that’s why the drink ability is low. I will pick up another to ponder the complex taste again.

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Photo of Pehlman
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoying this beer out in Arizona with buddies OlieIPA and PutsTheBinABV

A - Solid black with a dark-tan frothy head that stays around and really sticks to your glass. The lacing is amazing!

S - Alcohol definitely noticable in the aroma. Behind that there is the obvious roated malt smell along with a sweet/spicy wood aroma.

T - Very woody! Like a charred piece of oak. Again, like the smell, there is this bite to it from the woodiness. The alcohol is pretty well balanced with the taste but you can still tell its there.

M - Medium bodied with a bit of a bite from the carbonation. The carbonation to me is ALMOST too much. But not quite. Leaves a nice coating in your mouth that keeps the flavor around for a long time after each taste.

D - I could drink this beer probably about every other week and be happy. Although I would say about 8oz of this beer, to me, is the perfect serving size. IMO, anything more, I could see getting old after a while.

Overall this is a great beer and if you ever get your hands on one... Enjoy!

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

A: Pours like crude oil with very minimal tan head, not much lacing.

S: Vanilla, oak, a little lactic like old milk. Some nice pine.

T: The first thing that came to mind was dairy. Also vanilla, oak, alcohol, maple syrup. Claims a lot of IBUs on the bottle, but not very hoppy tasting. Maybe most of the hops are used for bittering rather than flavor, or maybe the hop flavor mellows out during the oak aging. I would like to compare this side by side with the regular Yeti.

M&D: Good mouthfeel, full body, lots of bitterness. A little alcohol warmth.

I am a big Great Divide fan, and this one is yet another reason why. A very good beer that should be sought out by stout and wood-aged beer fans.

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Photo of hitter114
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with nice mahogany/amber head. Very nice bubbles going on slow forming head to about 2 fingers.
S: Very woody, slight booze on the nose. Smells delicious
T: Awesome taste lots of wood and sweetness but also complexity of an IS.
M: easy drinker but with a nice backbone
O: Really good and complex beer worth a shot, can't wait to try some of the other yetis

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Photo of brodericksloth
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Dark brown/black with a brown head and a heavy lace

S-chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, butterscotch; molasses, some oak and smoke aroma. every time you smell the beer is different very complex

T-coffee, chocolate, roasted malt taste with enough hops to carry it in the aftertaste along with the smoke, oak and roasted almonds, molasses; very little alcohol. Some herbal; spicyness background, but can’t nail it down

M-full body and low carbonation that was not syrupy

oaked version of Yeti smoothes everything out creating a creamy, slick, silky, not at all syrupy mouthfeel.

well hidden alcohol, no burn; smooth…very good stout could become a spring/fall beer in addition to its perfect winter warming character

mild carbonation but still produces two finger rich brown head with good lacing and smooth creamy frothiness

well balanced maltiness; not a hop lovers beer

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Photo of dwvarner77
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, oily black with a short cappucino-colored head that seems to have something of a ruby tinge to it. It retains a thin frosting of the head throughout the session.
Aroma is deep and malty, heavy chocolate and prevalent alcohol.
Taste is rich and complex. Lots of dark malt, with some chocolate and a bitter coffee character, as well as a bourbon or whiskey flavor and a touch of vanilla. Some piney, bitter hop balance. I get a subtle hint of the oak character in the aftertaste after the initial maltiness subsides. Alcohol also present in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is pretty thick and somewhat syrupy. Definitely a big brew, drinkability is good, but the intense flavors and alcohol slow it down a bit. A pretty good brew overall.

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Photo of loosey
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle in a tumbler

i held it up to a halogen to make sure, its black ... the head was really just a small lip of marshy brown lacing, it's quite striking actually

smells like coffee, but good coffee, like something served in a parlor or in the captain's room, not the stuff from the teacher's lounge, vanilla maybe

wowowowowowow, burnt taste is amazing! i burn my marshmellows then blow them out ... also taste coffee, sweet malt syrup, and vanilla up front, then its a wash of hop bitterness that balances the palette

thick body, im feeling a bit full... creamy and smooth, little carbonation works well but maybe just a tad more? some oily residue in mouth... warming effect like blackberry brandy, i wish i had this in the winter of '82, our snowmobile blew a piston and we were stuck on top mount alagawash for 4 days with nothing but a bent 12 gauge and 3 wet matches... god damned dog ran oft too... ralph billups winged an eaglet with a rock but between that and a canteen 1/2 full of gin we would've killed each other for a tin cup full of this stuff.. he sells 5-ply cookware now in des moines, never married

this is extremely good, don't gulp...

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

Thick, black as night with a hearty brown cap and well defined lacing. Roasty toasty on the nose and balanced with a good hop presence on the tongue; without which this beer might be too heavy to handle! The oak is there, it is sweet but not overly so. Hints of chocolate and vanilla that pair exceptionally well with the brownies we made earlier this week.

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

Saw this one at the Hyde Park Express and had to pick it up.

Appearance: Black. Black, very black. pours with a thick brown head that fades somewhat but laces the glass nicely as well.

Smell: American hops, Molasses, Roasted aromas and some alcohols. This would be a good incense. At least I think so.

Taste: Somehow not quite as good as regular old Yeti. I think the must of dry hopped it more, or maybe added more hops to the batches that were going to be aged, cuz I don't remember the hop presence being quite this aggressive. Also though the effects of oak aging are minimal, there is a second distinct bitterness I dectect. Also, all the sweetness, roasted flavors, molassess and alcohols of the Orginal Yeti are there in full force. A very complex beer.

Mouthfeel: Thick man. Really like say the consistency of maple syrup mixed 50/50 with water. yummy with good tingles going down.

Drinkability: Too strong too drink too much of, and sadly its drinkablity is lessened in knowing that the standard Yeti is just a notch or two better.

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

Perfectly balanced chocolate covered malted hops...

Served at 55 degrees and poured from a bomber to a room temp pint glass.

Pour produces a one finger head that lingers for several minutes before grudgingly giving way and leaving a layer of chocolate milk colored lace. The yeti is the deepest of browns yielding zero penetration to light. The color makes me think, "earth."

Upon opening the yeti, before I even poured, the aroma of chocolate hit me. Finally, when I bring my nose to the bouquet, the hops hit me, a very light aroma, followed by a crashing wave of chocolate and caramel topped by frothing vanilla. As the wave peaks and fades, it's replaced with a foaming bitter cacao before finally giving way to a hoppy malty slightly alcoholic finish.

Feels thick in the mouth, but the varbonation cuts it to a perfect balance, leaving a beautiful coating to paint your mouth.

As stupid as it seems, my only gripe with this beer is that it is too good. I would definitely drink two, maybe three of these, but after that they would become cloying. I would stop before that point, or switch brews, because I would not want to ruin something this good!

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Photo of fizzyfred
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful deep, dark color. With an impressive dark head that leaves lots of lace. The smell is full of roasted malt. The taste is an intense mix of roast, biscuit, oak and alcohol. It almost tastes like a liqueor. It also leaves a very bitter late aftertaste. The mouthfeel is amazing, very viscous, reminds you of maple syrup. A good beer on occasion, I prefer the regular yeti as the taste is less extreme.

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Photo of muffguy4beer
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Deep Dark black. Wispy Brown head.

Smell: Roasted coffee and some kind of berry I pin point.

Taste: Roasted Coffee, dark chocolate. Again a berry fruitiness that I cannot pin point. Then comes the alcohol and the bitterness from the hops all mellowed out from the oaked aging technique.

Mouthfeel: Creamy stout goodness. Full in body.

Drinkability: This beer was very nice to say the least still not my favorite in the category but one that I will check out every winter. A sipper for the cold winter nights.

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

On tap at the Brickstore Pub, served in a pint glass. The lighting was dim in there, but I couldn't see through the beer even holding it up to the light. It was black with a bit of brown foam on top. The smell was sweet, chocolatey and spicy (which I guess was the oak). Taste and mouthfeel were amazing, thick like a chocolate milkshake. Sweet chocolate and coffee flavors gave way to the little bit of bite from the oak. Hops didn't play more than a supporting role. The chewy texture was reminiscent of an oatmeal stout and prevented the beer from being drunk to quickly. The alcoholic wallop makes this a definite dessert beer, not something to be enjoyed on an empty stomach.

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