Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutOak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
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: 4,635
Photo of kscaldef
3.06/5  rDev -28.5%
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 Hop_God
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Deep murky brownish black. Tan to caramel thick foamy head

S: Coffee, chocolate, oak. Licorice

T: lots of oak, some spices, licorice, coffee, the faintest vanilla.

F: smooth and good palate coating. medium carbonation

O: This is a good RIS with great complexities.

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Photo of njcraftguy
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer really surprised me. Not sure why but my expectations were low. I enjoyed this very much. Excellent flavor that starts strong and keeps going.

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Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from memory - had this at a weekend tasting a few months ago. Excellent looking beer, pitch black and with a tall espresso head. Roasted malts smell, along with dark chocolate, smoke and sour barrel. Taste dominated but not overwhelmed by roasted malts, bitter chocolate and some coffee, with feint vanilla notes. An excellent barrel-aged stout.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled Sept. 18, 2012

pours dark chocolate black/brown with ruby highlighted dark tan head, 2 fingers

Smells predominately of cocoa, dark fruit, and charted wood faintly.

Taste carries the dark fruit up front, raisin, and a little of the oak. For "oak aged", the barrel is very subdued. May have let this one age a bit too long. As it warms, the wood comes thru a bit more. No booziness whatsoever.

Feel is higher medium body and mid-low range carb. A little sticky.

Its a pretty good RIS. Was expecting more wood, char, smokiness with this but it's just not as prevalent as I was expecting. There is some chocolate but I pick up mostly dark fruit, almost getting to be pruney. Alcohol not detectable at all. Not sure if the age of this affected it so I'll need to try a fresher one since I really did like GD's regular Yeti.

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Photo of Qbdoo
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Super dark with a thick creamy head. Scent is vague. A bit of dark fruit, hints of coffee and chocolate. Taste has both of those but the oak creates a kind of licorice flavor. Thick and creamy. A great RIS and the oak creates a truly unique flavor.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Wonderfully deeply dark and thick, like frappe motor oil. Thick lacing clings to the glass and mid sized bubbles accumulate in a sheet over the top. The look is reassuring that the brew has substance and character.
S: sweet and dark with coco powder, roasted coffee and vanilla in a barrel of wet wood. Some smoky peat and a slight hop note on the end.
T: Smooth and slightly sweet laced with vanilla notes, followed by dry chocolate and coffee. The end brings drier acridness of peat with a finish of hops that holds on the palette.
M: Oily and thick, very smooth like Oaked wine. Very low carbonation that bites only on the back end.
O: Oak barrels offer and smooth rounded vanilla flavour that like acts like a base note and brings all the flavours together. Hops at the end keep the drinker interested and challenge the vanilla. Terrific stout.

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Photo of bluehende
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer. The oak is not very prominent. I would say that is due to the huge flavor in the beer. Soon after done it leaves a very dry feeling in the mouth. I assume due to the tannins. The taste though is rich and complex. Seek this one out

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Photo of RockAZ
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Most excellent stout. Picked up a 1/6th bbl for $40 ! And, it is April 2015, this was kegged in Nov, 2013 !!! The distributor blew it out as "old stock". I will try to explain my excitement over this stout. When released, I thought it was over boozy, raw cocoa slushed around without working it into the malt profile. Speaking of balance, that 75 IBU's wasn't welcome much either. Well, a year and a half later all that has changed for the better. Smooth pour, firm chocolate foam, thick almost syrupy body, potent wood aroma without a sting of alcohol and surprise - there are good hops there to bring down the sweetness. Really really loved this beer, marvelous balance - one for the record books for me.

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Photo of Jwburns75
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draught at The Savoy in Merick NY. Poured into some kind of Belgian style glass, dark black pour, one finger head that laced well. Serious chocolate notes came through immediately, nice roasty flavor. I didn't get any sense of the barrel aging, not sure if there are supposed to be hints of bourbon or anything but if there is I certainly did not pick up on it. Tasted like a big stout with strong hints of chocolate. Made my wife scrunch up her face in disgust when she tasted, I savored every pull.

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Photo of Boccu
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Amazing stout. Nice aroma. Extremely well made rich full flavor all the way through. Hits all the way through.big fan of great divide. Look forward to more from them.

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Photo of ChestSplitter
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was superb. A step up from the non-aged. Doesn't go over the top with the whiskey flavor, like some barrel-aged beers do. This still tastes like a great stout underneath.

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Photo of jtt133
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This really was an outstanding beer. Deep color, smooth rich flavor, a lot of body. Hints of chocolate, dark roast coffee, oak, and vanilla. I was a big fan of the Founder's Breakfast Stout until having this one. Definitely will be my go to stout from now on.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into nonic. Deep black with foamy brown head that holds its form throughout the drink. Smells of roasted malts, espresso, chocolate, oak, and vanilla. Flavors are coffee-infused unsweetened brownies, dark fruits, oak, vanilla, and late hop bitterness. Medium-full bodied, creamy, active soft carbonation, and a crisp finish.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crap, I'm doing this from notes but I am just not remembering the experience. My notes say it was good.

It had a big brown, lumpy, foamy head. The aroma was big and good and had a coffee overtone.

The taste had a nice roasty side. It was not very bitter nor was it boozy. The finish was clean.

I wish I could remember the experience better! I will need to buy another bottle since my notes tell me I should. Like a yeti, I can't even find a photo in my usual beer portraits.

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Photo of ZorroZ
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

O! M! G!

Appearance: You wanna talk dark... don't think I've ever seen a beer as dark as this. Even the head is dark- a rather dark brown.
Smell: Usually, when I read about the wood in which a beer is aged, I almost have to take their word for it. But, with this beer, I actually *smelled* the oak. Very impressive.
Taste: And the hits just keep on coming. Incredibly rich, malty backbone, with just the littlest bit of hops hanging around. I even taste a bit of chocolate.
Mouthfeel: It's almost creamy.

Do you get the impression that I loved this beer?

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Great Divide balloon glass.

Look: Opaque blackness, the color of the darkest dark chocolate. A mocha colored head recedes somewhat quickly leaving a thin collar, while very light random lines and odd shapes of lacing remain on the glass.

Aroma: Chocolate and cocoa come through very well with a nice woody oak note. A hint of spiciness.

Taste: Perfectly balanced between roasted coffee, chocolate notes, and oak barrels. Not one flavor dominates the other, although the finish has a lot more oak in it, and perhaps a touch of alcohol on the tongue, but not much.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth.

Overall: This was a true delight. I was fearing there wood be too much wood and not enough of the other flavors. I was wrong, it's very well balanced.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautiful dark brown-black and very thick and viscous. Really clings to the edge of the glass, with a dark brown finger of foam.

Dark chocolate, heavy roasted/burnt/smoky notes, and a boat load of wood and earthy aroma.

Roasted/burnt flavors, slight coffee-like notes, and again tons of oak/wood and earthy flavors. Too much so for my taste.

Heavy-bodied, light-medium carbonation, earthy, bitter, and oh so dry.

Overall, I should have expected the heavy oak/wood aroma and flavor, but this was just a bit too extreme for my taste, still very good regardless.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black pour with brown head (draft in 12oz tulip); strong coffee bean nose; medium mouthfeel; exhale is roasted coffee bean fighting with oak; alcohol well hidden (10%);finish is dry wood and coffee grounds-too much coffee?

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Photo of Coffdaddy
2.66/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

This beer is unquestionable overhyped. It's an incredibly dry stout -- to the point where I had to chase this with water. Some what like drinking soy sauce.

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Photo of GFM
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours like motor oil--thick and black. Thin caramel-colored head. Lacing coats the glass. Gives off a scent of the roasted malt but can sense the alcohol. The roasted malt is the dominant flavor but there's an occasional sweet moment before the hops leave a bitter aftertaste. I wish the sweetness had a little more staying power. Overall very good but overly bitter. (8.0)

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Photo of Totalpackage411
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was amazing! very heavy looking beer with a pretty high alcohol content, but this beer went down surprisingly very smooth! one of the better stouts I've had. I highly recommend this one for any one who likes dark beer and stouts.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 10/12/13

Poured into a snifter from a 22 oz bomber.

Appearance: Jet black, completely opaque, viscous, with a one finger mocha head. Lacing coats the glass with thick syrupy goodness.
Smell: Deep roasted coffee with cocoa and vanilla. Notes of dark fruit and oak.
Taste: Flavor is bitter coffee and mocha with a bit of sweet malt. Finish is bitter and lingering - like an IPA. Just a hint of booze.
Mouthfeel: Full-body with good carbonation. Very smooth and velvety. Should be sipping beer, but I find myself sipping nearly constantly!
Overall: Really good stout with a lot of hop bitterness. One of my favorite stouts.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

color is an opaque,deep brown, pours a half finger of dark brown head. Aroma is nice, coffee, chocolate, and interestingly some hoppy pine as well. Taste is bitter espresso and cocoa upfront,followed by a grainy, malty taste, then an earthy, piney bite. Texture of the beer is quite thin, with pretty high carbonation. overall i was quite underwhelmed, for an oak aged stout i found that this beer lacked balance, the hoppy flavor was not welcome in an imperial stout and did not compliment the rich, malt flavors in my opinion. some sweetness would have gone a long way.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L (4.5) – This beer looks and acts much like it’s non-oak brother. Real nice deep color. Nice bit of head on top.

S (4.25) – You get a bit of the oak smell right off the bat, and then the normal stout smells. Very malty, and a little coffee smell.

T (4.5) – This tastes like old aged Yeti (which it is). Keep in mind that oak aged =/= bourbon barrel aged. So you get the nice oak/wood tastes, but still get to taste the beer itself. I don’t get as much of the boozy taste as regular Yeti, but some.

F (4.25) – Very good mouthfeel. Carbed appropriately and smooth to drink. Lovely.

O (4.25) – I was (and am) a big fan of Yeti. So I thought that the Oak-Aged would be a good option. And it is. I might take a regular Yeti over this one many times, but I’m not sure why. They’re both solid. They should both be in your cellar at all times.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 4,635 ratings