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: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial stout aged on new French and American oak chips.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 1,688 | Ratings: 4,634
Photo of frozyn
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black on a fairly strong pour. Thick mocha head, sticks around a good while leaving a fair bit of lacing behind.

Lots of roasted malt straight off of coffee, chocolate, though the oak-imparted vanilla as noted on the bottle does provide a counter balance to the sweetness of the malt. I also get some earthy notes from the hops.

The roasted malts are subdued by notes given by the oak barrels, and the aftertaste is a very nice melding of the two. Vanilla is present especially at the start, along with a slight yet noticeable charred flavor. Warmth reveals a nice hoppy bitterness that adds to the earth provided by the oak.

Full body, very creamy, but not excessively thick feel to it. Quite delightful in the balance it strikes by not becoming like molasses, but still giving that creaminess.

The oak and hops work together to provide a really nice earthiness that I think is the star here, but the roasted malt sweetness is present enough that it's not a one note beer. There's a lot of complexity to this one, more than what initially meets the tongue, and its worth taking some time to get to know it.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer is pitch black and the foamy head is a dark brown; it looked like chocolate. I get a nice smell of chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, and coffee. There is a nice earthy/woodsy aroma as well. The taste begins with a nice sweetness of vanilla and chocolate and then a bitterness of the roasted malts, the oak, as well as an overall burnt flavor comes through. The beer has a nice drying affect from the bitterness and alcohol, it coat your mouth and has good carbonation.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a small cap that leaves some good lacing

S: Roasted malts, oak, dark fruits, and anise lead the charge. Some dark chocolate and light alcohol in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Roasted malts and oak start things off, quickly followed by the anise and dark fruits. Bitterness rolls in with the dark chocolate. Finishes with lingering roast, oak, and anise

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: The oak chips add a nice dimension to the already great base stout. The oak rounds out the bitterness slightly and just gives it another edge. A great sipper as always

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Photo of FFreak
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into tulip. Pours used motor-oil black with a milk chocolate head that sticks around. Scents are of vanilla, roast malt and chocolate. Taste is nice with lots of vanilla and chocolate, fairly sweet, but not overly. Mouth is just about right for a big stout. I tend to prefer a less viscous stout, and this fits that bill. Overall, this is a very nice 'oak-aged' imperial stout.

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Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with a thick foamy tan head
S - The aroma is vanilla, dark chocolate and oak.
T - Flavor is vanilla, a bit of sweetness, some woodiness and bitterness on finish.
M - Above average mouth feel and below average carbonation.
O - I found this to be a very good stout but not special.

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Photo of GStone899
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What a delight! Like many stouts, n espresso stouts in particular, this one gets better as is warms. The oak and espresso hits you like a jackhammer up front. Nice vanilla undertones balance things out. Great stout. Buy it. It's awesome.

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Photo of ccg
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It looks as good as the Oatmeal Yeti I opened yesterday. Inch-and-a-half of brown foam slowly settles and lightens in color, leaving behind plenty of lacing, with great head retention. It looks rich and creamy.
It smells a bit less sweet and chocolatey than the Oatmeal Yeti but has a similar roasted grain and hop profile.
There's chocolate and coffee in the flavor with a subtle sweetness that ends with sharp, bitter note. There is some smokey charred oak is in the mix as well.
Feel is good. Dense and creamy.
It's a good stout, but you have to appreciate (or be in the mood for) a strong, bitter note. Personally, I would take the Oatmeal Yeti over this one every time.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black in color and impenetrable to light. There's a half inch of tightly knit creamy brown head resting on top. Heavy lacing. Aroma is a blend of dark bitter roasted barley that has been smoothed out a bit by the woodsy oak notes. I taste a nice balance of bitter dark roasted barley, earthy oak, plum, alcohol, and piney hops. The mouth is chewy, viscous, and lightly oily.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 vintage
~7 months since bottling date

Appearance- Pours a black color, opaque, oily consistency. Half finger thick, dark khaki colored head, creamy thick. Lots of sticky alcohol legs and spotty head lacing.

Aroma- Roasted malt, burnt char, bitter dark chocolates. Lots of dry oak, dry astringency, earthy hops. Smoky undertones with a subtle vanilla and caramel sweetness.

Taste- Dry oak, charred malts, real dry astringency. Bittersweet dark chocolates and earthy, piney hops. Mild sweetness towards finish, vanilla and caramel.

Feel- Medium feel, creamy, really drying feel from start to finish. Moderate carbonation.

Overall- Real intense bitterness. Roasted malts and hops in the base beer already create a substantial bitterness, but the oak almost takes it to another level. I almost disagree with the commercial description that the oak aging rounds out the roastiness, it seems to amplify, or add a new kind of bitterness through the oak that amplifies. Either way, its a great beer.

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Photo of cipherbreak
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is probably as close to perfection as a stout can get. This is pure roasted heaven. I'm not even going to spend time doing the traditional review thing. Just imagine the quintessential stout and you will find all those elements on this beer.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mellowed for three months in the cellar. Deep black body with a pourus brown head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted grains, charred wood, oak, smoke and fudge. Big chocolate taste that isn't too sweet; leads quite nicely to the roasted malt followed by the oak. Outstanding stout that hits the right notes: bitter, light hops, sweet chocolate and earthy oak. Alcohol brings warmth not heat; very complimentary. Not a fan of the BA Yetti but this has me looking forward to picking up the Oak Aged Expresso.

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Photo of nawpnawp
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

I may be in the minority, but I'm not really feelin' this beer at all. The pour looks fantastic and the smell is inviting, but the taste did not do it for me. I was expecting the usual notes and sweetness of other BA stouts, but this one was rather bland and bitter to me. It tasted like dark roast coffee. As it warmed up, some of the flavors came through, but it was still rather disappointing based on the other reviews.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The quintessential imperial stout ! Pours dark and feels thick . . . Very thick and creamy. Aromas and flavors of oak and chocolate. Slightly smoothed out compared to the original Yeti. The best of all Yeti's and variations. Simply a really terrific beer.

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours thick and very dark. You can smell the malt and oak. Taste is strong, with a somewhat bitter aftertaste. The body is very full, and the beer very satisfying. For a readily available stout, this is one of the best.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body : I don't think this could start off any better. A jet black motor oil black with no transparency.
Head : Again, I don't think it could improve. A dark brown head that rivals the BODY of some brown ales. Tall, magnificent, structured. Solid 5.

Initial : I'm reminded of a bag of licorice snaps, and dark bourbon whiskey in a styrofoam cup.
With Agitation : Lifting a bit of the coffee and chocolate here, as well as a very strong whiff of metallic plum.

Out Front : I get TONS of roast malt. Like a Schwarzbier. It turns metalic and almost citrus-like; but..
In back : This is where it gets interesting. Buzzing chocolate, tons of prune, and a bit of blueberry/oak.

Pretty creamy actually. A stout carbonation underneath props it up some to help it buzz down the throat.

Overall : The Oak Aged Yeti was a touch disappointing in the taste department, as it lead up to something so potentially divine. Unfortunately the metallic flavors overwhelm the palate, especially as it warms, and I don't taste enough chocolate, fruits/sweetness, or burn of the bourbon. Still a decent beer, just not the knockout I was thinking.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great Divide Brewing Company - Oak Aged Yeti. 9.5% ABV. 22oz bomber split between two snifters. Bottled 10/21/15.

Look: Completely opaque black, with a one finger sized mocha colored bubbly head.

Smell: Charred oak barrel, caramel, toffee, and chocolate all behind very roasty coffee. A little booze is noticeable.

Feel: Full, thick, chewy body; not overly creamy, more on the watery side with mild carbonation.

Taste: Very roasty bitter coffee and chocolate up front, followed by toasted malt, caramel, and toffee. Finishes with some charred oak and vanilla notes.

Overall: This is a big, roasty RIS. Lots of coffee and chocolate notes, and has a great complex balance. Now I need to try the regular Yeti RIS.

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Photo of do_ob
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a snifter. Dark brown pour; settles black in the glass with about 3/4 finger of khaki-colored foam. Nose is light oak, molasses, vanilla, expresso, dark chocolate, sweet candied sugar, and carmel. Overall, a sweet, choclatey aroma with a strong, roasty, coffee-esque backbone. The taste is SUPER roasty malt, dark chocolate, and rich expresso - with backing notes of vanilla, caramel, and toffee. There is a definitive roastiness/bitterness, but if you put your bigboy pants on, it's all good. Good mouthfeel - slightly dry and spicy on the finish.

Overall, lots of roasted malt and bitter chocolate. An awesome beer.

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Photo of CoreyC
3.66/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark with a great tan head
S - Dark roast malts
T - Dark roast malts with a fair amount of hop bitterness (too much for me) no meaningful taste from the oak aging
M - nice thickness
O - An ok stout, but too bitter for me

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Got a bomber from my local liquor store for $8, pretty pricey, but I trust the brand. Poured it into a sniffer...

L: Beautiful silky black body with a vague reddish brown color, but even the stream being poured is completely opaque. Full 3-finger head with gorgeous bubble patterns--mocha brown.

S: Chocolate, malt, roasted coffee, vanilla, toffee, brownies, dates, dark fruit... I'm understating the amount of roastiness.

T: Chocolate. Through and through. In the mix is roasted coffee, toffee, vanilla, malt, hops--mostly cascade--brown sugar, and dark, bitter chocolate. It's the epitome of a chocolate beer. Delicious.

F: Thick, milky, a tad syrupy, but very smooth, with the perfect lingering tangy stickiness.

O: An incredible brew. One I'd show anyone who frowns upon the idea of chocolate beer.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber poured into a lagunitas glass.Smell is chocolate with hint of coffee.Taste is chocolate with coffee and maybe some vanilla.Overall I though this rocked.I would buy this again.Give it a try.

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Photo of strohme2
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Ratings all over the board for me. Great looking pour with a huge fluffy, tan head that laced down the glass. Roast and wood, char and earthiness on the nose. Smooth mouthfeel, lots of earthiness, roast and bitterness. I think its a true RIS with a hoppy finish.

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Photo of Sandalwood
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 version (review in 2016), pours a dark brown to black color with a light brown head. There is some soapy lacing, and about a fingers worth of head. The odor for me is chocolate, vanilla, dark berry, fig, woods, oak, sweet, milky at first. The taste for me is velvety, rich, creamy, dark bitter chocolate, vanilla, coffee bean, chalky dry, oak, woods on the back end. Bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of Jonny41
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jet black, large tan, Carmel head that dissipates quickly.
Smell is large! Bitter chocolate,sweet malt,
Taste from start to finish. First sweet carbonation to chocolate than dry sweet bitter finish. Awesome stout!!

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Photo of BB1313
3.72/5  rDev -12.5%
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 -4.7%
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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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 4,634 ratings