Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
4,585
Reviews:
1,673
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.67%
 
 
Wants:
354
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974
For Trade:
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Ratings: 4,585 |  Reviews: 1,673
Photo of zeff80
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes on 11/30

A - Poured out an opaque, dark brown (almost black) color with a bubbly, light brown, one-finger head that left bing rings of lace.

S - Smelled of chocolate, caramel and subtle hints of vanilla.

T - It tasted of roasted malts. It was bittersweet and somewhat hoppy. It also had some spiciness and subtle vanilla-like flavors.

M -It was smooth, soft and creamy. A medium to heavy-bodied beer. It had a warm alcohol presence, too.

D - This is a great beer. Worthy of its Top 100 ranking.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of LXIXME
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dmorgan310
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/14/2011. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toast, molasses, char, light smoke, oak, light clove, vanilla, herbal, and oak/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, oak, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toast, char, molasses, light smoke, oak, light clove, vanilla, herbal, and oak/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, caramel, toast, char, molasses, light smoke, oak, vanilla, and oak/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of big dark/roasted malt and moderate oak flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, silky, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is incredible. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible oak aged imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate oak flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep black with a tan head and a decent amount of lacing.

S: Dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a little touch of hops.

T: Sweet dark malt mixed with some chocolate, coffee, and oak.

M: Fairly full-bodied with a good amount of creaminess and not too much of an alcohol presence.

D: Pretty drinkable, although there might be a tad too much oak.

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

Here it is my 100th review. Saved it for a good beer.

Poured into my New Belgium Globe Glass.

Color is an opaque black. Pours a dark brown head that leaves good lacing.

Smell is of dark chocolate, caramel, and the oak from the barrels. There is also some floral hops present.

Taste is quite similar. The floral hops are quite present and I wasn't expecting this from a stout. The dark chocolate is powerful, but very tasty. Oak taste is pretty solid here. This is a beer to warm you up on a cold day.

Mouthfeel is bitter at first, then it gets smooth and creamy, and goes down with bitter notes. Full bodied. Decent carbonation.

Overall, this is an amazing beer. The fact that it is in a bomber and almost 10% means that I wouldn't drink more than one. I am glad I found this one.

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Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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

I have sampled this monster a few times but never drank a whole bottle so I decided to pick one up this weekend,pours as black as an oil slick no light showing thru when held up to the light with creamy-like rich mocha colored head thad never settles completely leaving thick sheets of lace behind as it gradually comes down.Oh the complexities in the aroma vanilla,obviously the oak with a very noticable herbal hop leaf elemant as well.Outstanding creamy mouthfeel like marshmellow in its creamy but light airy quality,just minajory of flavors dark roast coffee,unsweetened chocolat with hints of vanilla finishing oaky and earthy.A real gem to be had wich most of you already know out there,just beautiful.

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Photo of jlindros
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Probably the oldest remaining Yeti in my collection, Bottled on Nov 06, 2008. hopefully held up well, if not I'll have to review a fresh one.

Still pours a nice head, very dark chocolate colored thick and frothy 1 fingered head that fades at a med pace, nice for the abv, decent lacing too and with some decent legs, pitch black beer with no light coming through.

Nose brings some rich cocoa, lots of fluffy nougat, caramel, mocha, a very mild roast and espresso bean and with that a bit of a burnt acrid note but not much, a juicy black malt somehow like aroma with a little cocoa or even chocolate milk, and a nice vanilla character from some mild oak notes.

Taste comes on creamy and rich, fairly thick with a big cocoa note and lots of dark malts, a hint of roast but not acrid or burnt at all nicely. A little biscuity note and lots of powdered dry cocoa with aged dark chocolate, a little bitter dark choc note, into fluffy nougat and some caramel again. Then oak, a nice oak rounding character with oak cube flavor like nibbling on oak shards, and some vanilla character with it. Surprised how much that came through with the age on it. Booze barely makes a squeak as a little warming note comes through but mostly hidden well. Finish is dry as the whole beer is, with a little slight earthy and spicy hop bitterness cutting through, more bitter dark chocolate, a bit of a bitter tannic coffee note as well, and little sticky feel with hint of warming booze and alcohol flavor.

Mouth is full bodied, fluffy and semi thick, a little creamy and chewy but dry, nice fluffy carb, and a bit of warming booze.

Overall pretty nice, good malt characters, nice cocoa, caramel, nougat, biscuit, and even a nice roast like character without burnt acrid notes, but that could be the age knocking that off as it seems to do with the booze. Surprised how well some of the oak and vanilla lasted, but it's probably a lot more prevalent on fresh bottles. I'll have to try fresh and compare.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The oak-aging of the Yeti softens it quite a bit and adds a very nice touch of vanilla, some more chocolate, and even some cocoanut. The piney hops are also a little bit more reserved; and the heavy roastiness has had a chance to settle a bit as well. In the place of the heavy-handed, almost-burnt coffee are glistening, oily espresso-beans; and the fruitiness is far more rounded and supple. Or maybe it's just that the acidity of the dark malts has softened a bit.

In many beers, oak-aging is just a gimmick, but in this case it's really helped to round out an otherwise good, but still blocky Imperial Stout. Very nice! In fact, very, very nice!!! As long as this is available, I'll never buy the regular Yeti again!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a very deep black color and could be the darkest beer I've ever seen, with a thin light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin but dense lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains mostly dark chocolate and dark malts as you'd expect.

T: The taste is full of the intense bitter-sweetness of dark chocolate and a complimentary smokiness. There are some background flavors of dark fruit and a very mild hops presence. The malt character is exactly as thick as you would want from a big stout. The after-taste retains bitter-sweet aspect of the dark chocolate.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style. It's funny how you can sometimes get thrown for a loop when things aren't quite what you're expecting. I usually think the term "oak aged" is over-used and over-rated for the most part and I had also derived from hearsay and readings that not only was this beer not a good one to age, but that it was also not as good as the regular non-oak-aged Yeti. Well, contrary to what I was expecting to find, I liked this beer better than regular Yeti, nor do I find that the effects of almost a year of aging detract from this beer at all. I'm not so sure I would want to age it long-term, because it doesn't seem like it would gain too much, but it certainly hasn't lost anything. Overall, it's a pretty good beer among your more common big stouts.

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

Pours an intense black with a large mocha head which fades to a rocky patch with stringy lace. Smell is dark chocolate, a little tobacco and wet leather, some vanilla, and charred oak. Taste is all the above with an roasted earthyness and sweet malt finish. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, rich and thick. Exceptional. Had this with a year + or so on it. Very well done.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Nov 23, 2011

A: Pours a jet black in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy very dark mocha head that slowly reduces to quarter finger tall layer covering the entire surface of the beer evenly with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, and oak.

T: Strong flavors of dark roasted malts and oak with lighter amounts of licorice/anise, vanilla, dark bittersweet chocolate, and black pepper. There are very light notes of alcohol and a moderate amount of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer but one that needs to be sipped slowly and the flavors savored - the beer has a moderately high ABV and could easily sneak up on you. There is quite a bit of complexity to the aromas and flavors of this beer which increase as the beer warms up - these are very enticing smells and flavors. This is definitely one to have again.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Shared with MsRif, I thought this was actually quite comparable to the Chocolate Oak-Aged Yeti. Poured into a pint glass a deep dark black color, thick, with a nice two fingers of chocolate mousse for a head. This sank down a bit during the session, and left a little lacing behind. Aroma of roasted dark malts, cocoa, and hints of oak. Rich taste of dark malts and cocoa, oaked vanilla provided some woodiness up front, but it mellowed out quite a bit. Slightly bitter finish with a touch of earthiness. Medium mouthfeel, not quite as rich and full as its chocolaty brother, but still very good, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of dcmchew
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black body under a small, though dense, persistent, tan-colored head. Creamy, glass-coating lacing throughout.

Smell: Aroma of fully roasted malts and oak wood with appropriately roasty notes of licorice root, instant coffee, and unsweetened chocolate.

Taste: Dark, roasted malts tasting of slightly sweet dark chocolate, smoky creosote, and a half-shot of espresso. A smooth, drying oak character hits the palate midway through and slowly increases towards the finish. Tiny bit of vanilla and licorice. The citrus and pine hoppiness found in the standard Yeti seems to be diminished considerably by the oak, but there's still plenty of balancing bitterness to be found. Smooth finish with a delicate lingering oakiness. Everything from the roasted malts to the oak character to the hops are full in flavor but, thankfully, are never glaring or excessive.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Though certainly not always the case, I do prefer the oaked version over the standard. A full, flavorful beer that makes for pleasant sipping.

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Photo of billab914
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one aging for about 9 months in the cellar. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Pours pitch black and very thick with a large two finger chocolate colored head. Nice head retention and lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very subdued and subtle compared to regular yeti. It has notes of wood, vanilla, and dark roasted malts and chocolate.

Taste has dark chocolate, coffee and roasted grains with a mild burntness in the aftertaste. The oak aging comes through a little in the flavor with some mild vanilla and wood. The taste is very smooth and blends together very well, I suspect it's the oak aging and the aging it did in my cellar that helps in this.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with low carbonation. A very nice feeling beer on your pallet. Drinkability is very good, as I said before it is very smooth and the flavors meld together very well. The oak aging definitely aided Yeti in the drinkability category. An excellent RIS that I will definitely purchase again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Obliterative black. The massive head is dark caramel in color and is one of the darkest that I've ever seen on a stout. It's as thick and as creamy as anyone could possibly wish for and is beginning to lay down a stunning array of thick, buckshot-riddled lace. Hey, I know where I've seen this look before... on non-Oak Aged Yeti. Both are outstanding in the appearance department and have few peers in this, or any other, style.

It may be the power of suggestion, but I swear I can smell vanilla bean in amongst the darkly menacing aromas that are emanating from the glass. The nose is heavy on bittersweet chocolate and light on espresso (if it can be said to be light on anything) with a wonderously citric, evergreen hoppiness keeping pace with all the malt. It's difficult to imagine a more assertive, yet still complex, aroma.

Great googly mooglies! This is fantastic beer and is easily as good as the un-oaked Yeti, maybe even better. It's monolithically malty with all sorts of dark, fudge-like flavors bathing the tongue with each mouthful. Chocolate still reigns with bitter coffee grounds having their say as well. The malt tastes like it was roasted in the fires of Hell itself.

I've had this bomber for at least six months, possibly longer, and it's scary how hoppy this beast still is. When fresh, it may have given Three Floyds Alpha Klaus and Bear Republic Big Bear Black a run for their money as the most hoppy stout/porter that I've ever had. There's so much spruciness that I feel like I need to pick the needles out of my teeth after each sip.

The thing that I love most about the big beer from this brewery is the sheer amount of bud busting flavor that it brings to bear. It sometimes has an 'everything but the kitchen sink' vibe, but in most cases, it works beautifully for those of us who crave dizzying amounts of flavor.

I'd have to drink them side by side (now there would be a night to remember!), but I'm fairly certain that this version is even more complex than the standard Yeti because the oak aging actually mananages to impart noticeable oaky and vanilla notes. Even though a bit of an alcohol sting is noted, this is one of the most perfectly masked 9.5% beers that I've ever had. What good would a toothless Yeti be anyway?

I'm not sure that I can do the body/mouthfeel justice. There's nothing about this beer that should result in a bigger, creamier mouthfeel than in the non-oaked version, but for some reason, I didn't give that beer a perfect score and I'm doing so here. I can't imagine a more heavily creamy, nougat chewy, melted chocolate silky mouthfeel than the one that graces my mouth with each upending of the glass. If that isn't perfection, then I don't know what is.

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout is unbelievably good. If the Iowa ABV cap is ever popped, this is one of the beers that I'll horde like a greedy chipmunk. If you love larger than life stouts, oak-aged stouts or mouth parties in general, do whatever is necessary to lay your hands on the single best beer produced by one of America's best breweries.

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

Pours like transmission fluid, but too black for that; huge coffee flavored head. Good lacing & head retention

Smell: Malty toastiness, some alcohol & fruitiness

Taste: Vanilla strained through wood, malt, fruit, vodka &hops. Dry vanilla finish

MF: Silky, rich & yum

Drinkabilty: Super despite the abv. So different than yeti, wow, both great takes on this style

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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