Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutOak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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
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1,652
Ratings:
4,498
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
15.8%
 
 
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Photo of jdhilt
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a one-finger brown head that fades very slowly, leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is chocolate and coffee. Starts sweet coffee and chocolate, smooth bakers chocolate finish. Expensive - $11.95 for a 22 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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

Tried side-by-side with the non-oak-aged version. Both purchased at K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA, and brought back to Australia to sample with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.

This one pours exactly the same colour as the original, but with a looser head with larger bubbles. Same colour of lovely light brown with some supple sudsy lacing. Looks very heavy in the glass. Very pleasant with a surprisingly light body. Looks good.

Dark and sweet on the nose, but with undeniable belts of leavened organic characters, perhaps banana skin and crushed leaves. This is particularly noticeable when put side by side with the original. I don't get a lot of oak, but there's obviously something inoculated in the oak which lends the organics to this one. Still very pleasant and robust, however.

Taste here is very subtle and smooth. The oak age really mellows the palate beautifully, still leaving big chocolatey and roasted grain characters, but sweeping them with a round coconut and vanilla character that is more fused than in the original, but less pronounced. It integrates more with the other characters, and makes the palate smoother, but doesn't distinguish itself quite so much.

Feel is smooth and lovely. Still, I'm more enamoured of the original, weirdly.

A very good beer, and a very drinkable Impy Stout. Indeed, the lovely melding truly improves the drinkability on this one. Overall though, I think it skews the beer off a little, and to be honest, I prefer the original Yeti, which was a fantastic brew.

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Photo of corby112
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black with a thicky dark brown head. Aroma of vanilla, roasted maltiness, chocolate and dark fruit. The oak aging gives this beeer an amazing vanilla flavor that balances out the dark chocolate/ coffee taste of the original yeti. Very smooth drinkable beer considering its strength.

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Photo of Derek
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After tasting this, I'd really like to try some more big beers aged in oak. The 75 IBU's were incredibly smooth, producing a VERY well rounded beer.

A: Black with a tan head. Not a lot of head retention, but the syrupy fluid yeilded some nice lacing.

S: Slightly roasty; chocolate; sherry.

T: Exceptional. The hops and the roasted malt were unbelievably smooth. The oak has really reduced the bitterness, while adding some depth. Exceptional.

M: Full syrupy body, moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. You'd be hard-pressed to find a beer that's this big, but goes down so smooth.

Thanks Kevin!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep, thick black with brownish hints. Had some nice carbonation, deep brown head. Nose was roasted malts and that mmm mmm mmm oak smell. Taste started out like a stout with that deep oak all the way through then the vanilla comes out. Great indeed. This thing is a masterpiece. I dont know how long it was in the oak but it tasted like years and years. It was so deep.

Thanks April :)

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

From notes taken on 4/10. I had forgotten all about this page!

A - Darker than midnight. A complete lightblocker this pour was. Thick almost fluffy 2 finger head that just doesnt quit.

S - Coffee, dark chocolate, and some faint vanilla. Just great.

T - Obviously not as pronounced as on the nose. Really digging the chocolate and getting a bunch of coffee. Drinking this with breakfast and it goes great with my omelet.

M - Silky smooth yet thick and creamy. Perfect example of low carbonation doing its job. Just can't put this down.

D - Really digging this. Everything works together in a very great experience. The alcohol is still rather noticeable though, and because of that I can't give this a 5.

Looking back at this 4 months later this was just great. To be fair this was the first stout I really thoroughly enjoyed. It opened the door to so much more.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)

A-This beer pours an inky black body with a nice size dark brown head with a faint reddish hint. The tiny bubble of carbonation roll up the sides of the glass.

S- As soon as I started pouring I could smell the wonderful dark malts. The slight sweetness of caramel, molasses and dark brown sugar are combined with a slight smoky, oak hint and a faint hop note. It has a soft hint of leather way in the background. As it warms some notes of vanilla and prunes start to show up.

T- The dark malt that is deep roasted and some roasted black grain have very soft flavors to them. It finishes with a nice hop spiciness. There is a nice bitterness to the malt that is mixed in with the hop finish, which gives it more depth.

M- This beer has a medium full mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture. There is no alcohol warmth and no astringency.

D- This a very smooth beer that has good complexity. The smells and flavors are dark but not harsh. It was a bit on the sweet side but had hops to blend with the dark malts.

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

A: Poured a very dark mahogany when held up to the light, otherwise appeared almost opaque and black in nature with a medium khaki head.

S: fresh rich, roasted chocolate, dark coffee and a fresh huge citrus hop flavor.

T: a deep dark roasted palate providing heartiness while dark fruit, vanilla bean, cocoa and an sweet charred oaky woodiness providing complexity and outstanding flavors. The flavor was very well rounded, smooth and left a lingering dry hop bitterness on the fade.

M: medium, silky smooth, with a nice viscosity on the tongue and good carbonation.

D: For drinkability its liquid gold going down and one of the best beers ive had in awhile. Highly recommended.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.06/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Jet black, with a quarter-inch chocolate head

S: Oak, fusel alcohols, charcoal, carob

T: Intense burnt roast. dark chocolate.

F: Medium body, low carbonation.

O: I'm not generally a huge fan of new oak BA stouts, and this is no exception. It's rough around the edges, and lacks the chocolate or vanilla notes I'd prefer.

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Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am drinking a 22 oz bottle poured into a La Chouffe tulip. The ale is slightly chilled.

Appearance: The ale is deep, midnight black. Hints of ruby red emerge when the ale is held to light. It pouts with a decent head that leaves a nice lace pattern.

Smell: The buttery oak notes dominate and stout/roast character. The aroma is very pleasing and does not come across as overly sweet.

Taste: The buttery flavor noted in the nose continues into the taste. In this instance (unlike some other oak aged stouts), there is no cloying sweetness. The is a soft sweet note imparted from the barrels, but it mixes nicely with the strong roasted malt flavor of the stout.

Mouthfeel: The ale seems to burn a little in the mouth. The buttery oak and roasted flavors mix very well outside of that.

Drinkability: The strength of the flavors is a bit overpowering. Despite that, this is a good ale, although I look forward to trying it outside of the oak casks.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a motor oil black/thick body with one finger tan/khaki head that died quick. Coffee roasted, even charred, woody aroma with touch of cocoa and vanilla/boozy sweetness. Smooth, oaky body that one could even say, with a little bit of stretching, is milky/lactic smooth. Balancing act between this smoothness, sweet notes of cocoa and vanilla and this burnt roasted coffee malt presence then finishes hot and boozy. Probably one of the driest/roasted stouts that I've had in a long time but still manages to punch in some sweetness and overall a great beer.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a DARK black with a HUGE creamy brownish tan head. Roasted dark malts with chocolate, coffee and a bit of licorice dominate the aroma. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel is just perfect. Taste is outstanding. Roasted grains and chocolate are followed by a bitter hop finish. Without a doubt one of the most outstanding beers I have tried.

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Photo of beertunes
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 11/27/09. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured pure black, no translucence at all, with an inch of tall, crowning, medium brown head that had great retention and lacing.

Deep, rich roasted aromas are the first thing to the nose, a slight bit of grain and a hint of wood scent are at the back. On the tongue the roasted flavors are strong without any of the burnt tastes that often accompany attempts at this style. Thankfully, there's just the faintest coffee taste, and it is more than made up for by the nice chocolate finish.

The body is full and rich without being heavy or dense. Drinkability is excellent for the style, most of these big stouts are so overpowering that I generally don't want more than a glass at a time, but I easily drained a 22 of this and was kind of disappointed the bottle was empty.

Overall, an excellent beer, worth seeking out.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

draft at beer study in chapel hill. FW tulip. pours a very dark black with a slight beige head. smell is very big on rich chocolate..nice!taste starts out with roasted malts and a lot of chocolate. slight bit of oak follows and you get creamy chocolate on the finish. so smooth and creamy.

overall superb. very recommended!

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Photo of dar482
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It comes in a dark black color with a small deep brown head.

It does not have the same barrel aged oakiness as other barrel aged beers like KBS or BCBS. There is big heavy malt, coffee, and bitter chocolate.

There is a good easy finish, with a bit of a cloying taste and bitterness. However, it really is a good Russian Imperial. The alcohol is not there and really drinkable for a beer with 9.5% ABV.

I easily prefer Espresso Aged Yeti more, which is one of my favorite. This is still quite good.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Wilbur's Liquors in Ft Collins for US$5.99 for the bomber.

It pours a near pitch black, no, it's more of a very very dark brown with a nice creamy tannish head of foam that sticks around for the duration and it has some lacing.

The smell is very woody and malty and fruity. Nice nose.

The taste has big notes of caramel malt and chocolate up front. After a few more sips, I get the Oak in the flavour along with sour cherrries and some very bitter hop, the latter of which, dominates near and through the finish. The body is medium to heavy and the carbo is lightly done. Oh, and the alcohol starts to become more noticeable, especially after the swallow....quite warming.

Well, I've tried this one and the non oaked version and I like the non oaked more. Still, this is a fine sipping IS and I'd buy it on the odd occasion without feeling any regret.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black color; no light. Poured a 2 finger chocolate-colored head with excellent retention. Sticky webs of lacing.

S: Big toasted malt; bitter chocolate and coffee. Oak in the background asserting itself more as the beer warmed.

T: Oak and wet wood up front. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Smooth and rich. Warming alcohol in the finish.

M: Full body. Low carbonation. Thick, rich and creamy.

D: Flavorful and balanced. Smooth for the style. The abv limits drinkability.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 16/4/12 Nov/14/11 bottle

A like the regular Yeti this one is black right out of the bottle, just a slight dark cola edge, large dark foam hangs around long enough to leave several rings of lace pretty nice looking beer

S chocolate fudge and booze come out right away, a little smoke and vanilla but that's about all I pick up from barrel, smells decent but its pretty boozy

T now I get more evidence from the barrel with some oak and charred wood, there's still some hops in there even after the barrel and 6 months in the bottle, booze is better concealed then the nose, a little licorice and more wood on the finish

M pretty thick and silky and quite bitter, a little heat and a big burnt woody aftertaste lingers for a while

O other then a little booze popping up here and there I have little to complain about, big rich stuff that's pretty easy to enjoy

the barrel is subtle but I like it, just needs some age and that's about it, a big thanks to Rutager for getting this one into my hands

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Photo of spinrsx
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from Bristol Farms Palm Desert CA for 8$ - Dec 2011 bottle date

Appearance - Black/brown colour with a large size light brown coloured head. It's too dark to see the carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, chocolate/coffee, malts

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste chocolate, coffee, and malts. There is also some some burnt/roasted notes and a light woodiness.

Overall - Can't pick up on the oak as much as I would like, but this is also a bottle from 2011. Holind up very well I might add. Still some great chocolate flavour and a bitter roastiness. A great beer that I will pick up again to try fresh.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with LuckySevens82. Thanks for the opportunity... Silver foiled cap.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1" of dense, dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head ain't moving, and lacing is heavy yet delicate. Aroma is dark grains, dark fruits, and alcohol, all pretty much equally balanced. Taste starts with some coffee bitterness, segues into dark fruitiness for a moment, smooths into some dark malt sweetness, and then closes with another shot of bitter and some nice alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is ok, but a bit harsh for what I would expect from a barrel-aged brew, and drinkability is about the same. A nice double stout, but the barrel seems to have had minimal input here, for my palate.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours super dark black. Doesn't allow any light to penetrate it. Incredibly thick head for the style. It sits atop the beer. The beer pours like sludge.

S-Powerful nose. Super roasty with dark chocolate and coffee. A big whiff of hops hits as well. Definately one of the hoppier stouts I have come across. Alcohol is present as well but adds complexity in my opinion.

T-Very nice. Big dark chocolate note. Super roasty with espresso as well. Oakiness and vanilla also make an appearence. Hoppiness is very delicious as well. The oakiness lingers as does the dark chocolate and the hops.

M-Heavy with a slick creamy feel. Carbonation adds character.

D-So drinkable. I find the alcohol to be masked well.

Oaking this beer was an excellent idea. Really delicious. Definately a very unique taste that I love.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 version. Cocoa, dark chocolate bitterness and dark roast coffee. Still very bitter, dry in the finish. Little sweetness.....................................

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. It smells like dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak and a little bit of hops. It tastes like coffee, bitter chocolate, oak, bourbon and vanilla. It's sweet and bitter at the same time, and has a small alcohol taste in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium/full, it's a bit creamy and slick but not as creamy as I expected. Drinkability is very good, even though it packs a punch at times I still couldn't wait for my next sip. Overall I think this is a very good beer, I'm impressed with it. I'll definitely pick up a bomber of this again.

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

Let this bottle sit in the fridge undisturbed for almost one year after buying.

Appearance- Awesome black molasses color and texture to this beer. Light brwon, half-finger head. A strong film remains on the top of the beer sip after sip. It will recede, but always comes back to cover up where I sipped. Its like weeds. Thin lacing on the sides of my Goose Island wine/beer glass. Only beer.

Smell- Roasted and medium smoked malts in the nose bringing forth memories of campfires and burning oak from my dad's scrap pieces of woodworked oak.

Taste- The syrupy smoke and roasted grains hit the palate immediately. Gving way to some light, creamy vanilla goodness in the middle of the palate. The aste of burning wood can't be dnied noticed more in the back of the palate.

Mouthfeel- Smooth creamy, velvety, and warming goodness.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wooo! 700th review!

Vintage 2009 bottle on October 30th

A - Surprisingly a get a nice ring of lace from this almost two year bottle, sticky tan lacing at that. Color couldn't get any darker than this black liquid

S - I get a very solid murky oak smell along side of aged cocoa and slight roasty coffee's

T - Love how this beer starts bitter and oaky with touches of vanilla then goes to a sweet bakers like chocolate almost mocha flavor and finishes with a solid bit of roasty with a coffee like bitterness that lingers. Slight hops too. I think the oak might be a bit played out since it's almost like licking the barrel but the finish is where it's at.

M - Compared to the regular Imperial stout this one has only a slight heaviness to the body but no detectable alcohol.

Overall I liked it more than the regular version but the Espresso is still my favorite. Still have to track down the chocolate and get a taste.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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