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:
4,598
Reviews:
1,676
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.67%
 
 
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Photo of vfgccp
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

- Tasted at Split Thy Skull 2011 at Mugs Alehouse -

A - Tar black. Deep chocolate colored head.

S - Molasses. Smooth vanilla. Brown sugar on warm bread.

T - Toast, caramel, and cameo of booze. Oak. Nice barley notes. Some woody bitterness on the backend.

M - Medium body, great smoothness. Nice residual bitterness.

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Photo of atrocity
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%

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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Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly black where no light can pass through. The head starts nicely but diminishes to a single layer of intensely tight bubbles. Spotty lace on the glass after each sip.

Soft dark chocolate aromas. I can sense the intense alcohol. No hop.

This is the complete taste package: full bodied, black patent and chocolate malts, enough hop to give some non-malt bitterness. The body has some oiliness from the high alcohol.

This is a flavorful Imperial Stout but, IMHO, runs on the moderate side of the style.

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

A: Pours a very deep black, a nice 1.5 finger mocha colored head, not much retention, reducing to a ring around the edge. Thick foamy lacing down the sides.

S: Plenty of oak combined with lots of roasted malt. Underneath there is a surprising amount of hoppy aromas and some chocolate.

T: Tons of oak coming forward at the beginning. This transitions to plenty of roasted dark malt and come bitter chocolate. A little bit of coffee at the very end.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth with a slightly bitter finish.

O: Quite good, would be interested in trying this side by side with regular Yeti in the future. The oak is very forward, much more so than in Oak Chocolate.

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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 drewone
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of duceswild
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 paulish
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Pour jet black, no light can penetrate this, looked like syrup going. Thick brown head that lingered for a while and thick lacing. This looks like a meal! Smell had a suprising hopped ting to it, but the caramel and chocolate malts definatly prevailed. Again smells very full. Taste was sweet dark chocolate right up front. Almost like a milk shake. Very nice dry hop finish. Roasted malt throughout and very sweet and delicous. Was not nearly as thick feeling going down as I thought. This was a wonderful treat and I will seek out more whenever I can. By far the best stout I have drank uoto this point, would recommend this to everybody. Oh yeah and the alcohol was soo well hidden, could not taste a drop of it!

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Photo of ZEB89
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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

I picked this bottle up at Well's in Baltimore. This is the second review I have done, but the first was lost in my earlier review book. Decanted cool into a snifter.

A - A light absorbing black w/ a mocha brown creay head w/ an ultra fine bead. The head is pillowy and the stout allows no light to pass through its body. Sporadic smatterings of lace cling to the glass.

S - Berry and woodiness creep out of the snifter w/ a citrusy piney depth. A vinous note w/ spice like cinnamon and pepper accent the malty sweet notes and dried fruit aromas.

M - A big sweet smack is pushed out of the way immediately by a shove of carbonation and just as quickly by a bitter hop acidity. the boozy and dry textures bring up the rear when all join forces.

T - Magnificently forceful w/ its intense sweet and malty flavors, the spicy mix w/ somewhat dark cherry and malty bitter cocoa-like flavor and an intense grapefruit and crisp vanilla wood w/ a burnt toffee sharpness. Twiggy earthy, almost raisin-like w/ a sharp bite and boozy warmth w/ dry apricot and an almost tropical dried papaya, sugary flavor w/ plenty of toasted and small amounts of charred malt flavor. There is subtle spice w/ ginger, pepper tinges and the nuttiness of roasted walnuts w/ hints of fig and beefy dry notes. The grain is slightly husky w/ smooth oily aspect w/ fruit notes and subtle orange citrus flavors, boy this baby is complex! I get a bit lost in the deep roasted and boozy brandy-like tastes here which is pleasant and the hops give a nice contrast.

D - Just wish there were a skosh less carbonation to relax the mouthfeel a bit. This is a nice, big brawny RIS w/ NW hops and huge malt flavor, so much packed in this w/ out overbearing sweetness. Nice citrus notes w/ a bitter acidity and the oak is well placed - not outdoing any of the flavors that make this recipe great. Magnificent w/ its subdued evolving nuances all the while making no pretense at its true aim to be an intense stout. A very drinkable brew in the realm of 9.5% beers, well done Great Divide!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Bottled on 01/06/10.

a - Pours a completely dark black color with light carbonation evident and 2 fingers of tan head that lasts for several minutes, and a little bit of lacing.

s - Smells of cocoa, roasted malts, coffee, dark fruit, and a hint of alcohol. Also some vanilla and oak as it warms up. Very nice.

t - Tastes of bitter bakers chocolate, coffee, sticky dark fruits, oak, vanilla, and a little alcohol, but not much.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation.

d - A very nice RIS. I think I liked this one better than the chocolate and espresso oak aged yeti beers, but not as much as the barrel aged yeti. I thought it smelled and looked great, but would have liked more sweet chocolate in the taste as opposed to the bitter chocolate. Overall a very solid beer I would like to try again.

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

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

650 mL bottle poured into a Kuhnhenn snifter. Bottled 10/7/2011.

Appearance - Pours with a big mocha head. Settles to just a collar, but a nice one. Just a couple of flecks of lace.

Smell - Oak and lots of black patent malt. Slightly grassy nose to it. Very chocolatey.

Taste - Oak immediately present again, but dies down to a more standard Yeti flavor. Still very green, almost grassy. Chocolatey and bitter. A variety of bitternesses. Oak bitterness, hop bitterness, and malt bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Abrasive bitterness, but nice body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - All these Yeti beers have the same grassy bitterness that I don't welcome in a stout. I get that it's an RIS, but it's over the top. The oakiness doesn't smooth it out at all, just adds to it.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Alicia for sending this as an extra awhile back.

A: The pour is such a dark brown that we'll call it black. A finger or two worth of tan head sits on top.

S: Lots of roast on the nose with a fair amount of chocolate and coffee. The oak is there and provides some subtle vanilla notes to the beer.

T: The roast and oak character are to the point of astringency. While there is some bitter chocolate and vanilla, the astringent and bitter qualities are just too much.

M: The body is medium with a rather lively carbonation, perhaps a bit much.

D: This was definitely a let down. The oak does not seem to have enhanced this beer at all and it made it sort of tough to drink.

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

Photo of PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dirty John's tulip pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for breaking this bottle out during our brew-day!

I'm one step closer to having tried every version of the Snowman (BA, you're next!). It pours a sleek onyx topped by over a finger of rich, dark tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate syrup, molasses, brown sugar, light pine, and light cedar. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, molasses, oak, greens, and dark chocolate. The body teeters along the border between hefty medium and light heavy, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice stout, one that thankfully doesn't try to overdo it with the oak. Good times.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,598 ratings.
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