Vanilla Oak Aged Yeti
Great Divide Brewing Company

Vanilla Oak Aged YetiVanilla Oak Aged Yeti
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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #702
Ranked #13,053
3.94 | pDev: 10.66%
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Very Good
Vanilla Oak Aged YetiVanilla Oak Aged Yeti
Notes: Yet another extension of our Yeti clan, Vanilla Oak Aged Yeti is the next flavor evolution for our cherished imperial stout. Sweet vanilla tones meld into the oak characteristics as the two flavors support and enhance one another. A pairing fit for a beast, the vanilla and oak are uplifted by the bold and roasty character we all know and love from Yeti.
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Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: Very dark brown with ruby highlights. Thick mocha head, messy clingy lacing.
smell: Hint of vanilla, some roasty stout. Not getting any oak.
taste: Much like the nose. a little spice in the finish.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black pour. Frothy brown head retains beautifully at an inch in height. Lacing stubbornly clings to any part of the glass it touches. Looks awesome.

S: Heavy blanket of roast. Bitter espresso and bitter dark chocolate. Bitter and earthy hops. Pine and resin. Big pull of oak and vanillins.

T: Follows the nose. Huge blanket of roast and bitterness. Deep, unsweetened espresso flavor. Bitter dark chocolate. Earthy hops are not shy. Vanilla and oak soften things just a bit and lay in more dryness, especially on the finish. Finishes with a kiss of smoke and a long roasty and earthy bitterness.

M: Huge, full body. Creamy and mouth-filling. Soft, velvety, and decadent. Brush of oak tannin. Soft carbonation.

O: A nice variant. Stays true to itself, as it is most certainly Yeti at its core, in all its earthy, bitter, and roasty glory. The oak and vanilla play nicely and add good dimension. Really great, and it feels like a classic.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Divide Vanilla Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout, 9.5% ABV. Pours black and thick with a four-finger head that left lots of foamy lacing. Nose is vanilla and chocolate. Taste is roast malt, vanilla, and oak with moderate bitter close. Dry oak mouthfeel, overall excellent, but I prefer my oak filled with bourbon.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks nearly perfect....dark dark beer that's black...low on carbonation though but most barrel aged beers are. Low head but lacing goes on.

Smells of sweet chocolate syrup and vanilla...some carried wood and caramel

Tastes of strong hops and bitterness from a tons of charred grains...sweet chocolate, caramel, and vanilla fade in and overpower the bitterness for a bit. Dries out and I get a strong campfire aftertaste. Some spiciness lingers.

Feel is pretty light for an imperial stout. More carbonation would be helpful but not mandatory.

Overall this is a great beer. I agree that it seems too hoppy and bitter for an imperial stout but there a lot of rich and complex flavors here. Very enjoyable. Not my favorite YETI version but still a great tasting brew.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Happy International Stout Day (2019) to everyone from The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "Vanilla Oak Aged Yeti needs no frillsor exotic ingredients, but instead applies a more sophisticated approach to differentiation. Sweet vanilla melds perfectly with the influence of French and American oak, enhancing the signature bold, roasty character of our classic imperial stout. This beast may be refined, nut it's anything but tame."

After Crack!ing open the vent on this massive 568-ml CAN, I beCAN a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. I was really heartened when it performed a pseudo-cascade that ended up forming two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with great retention. Once it finally settled, color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose smelled really good with the oak aging playing a real part in it, along with the standard chocolaty-smoky quality of Yeti. I remember my maternal uncle & his fellow home vintner, Jack Fleiner, playing around with oak chips back in the late-1980s & thinking what an impact it had on their "fine wines". Mouthfeel was big, thick & full, like a liquefied brownie in my mouth. The taste had a beautiful coffee-like roastiness along with a slight sweet vanilla flavor to round the edges, but it was the oak that really stole the show. They did not need to put anything in that regard on the label for me. I tasted it almost immediately! It not only lent the beer a woody/wooden quality, but it also added a marshmallow taste along with or in CANjunction with the vanilla. Phew! It seems as though I picked a winner for Stout Day. Finish was dry, perhaps a bit drier than the style might call for, but no problem on my end. YMMV.

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Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very effervescent mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Great head retention & very good lacing

S: Vanilla, coffee, roastyness

T: Roasted grain, woody hops, dryness & caramel up front, a touch of booze up front. Roastyness as this warms, plenty of tannins, sweetness takes a backseat, just a whisper of vanilla & cocoa. plus oakyness. Finishes with a little creamy vanilla coffee, a little woody hop& dryness

MF: Medium body, creamy carbonation

Nice iteration, not as good as the real deal or some of the off-shots, but worth a try

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Photo of jzlyo
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is dark malts, earthy and slight sweetness. The flavor is dark/roasted malts, fruit/dark fruit, chocolate and a slightly sweet vanilla/acidic/warming alcoholic finish.

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Photo of Clemsongoat
2.9/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was better than the original Yeti for me. Quite oakey throughout. Smells good. Looks great. Great mouthfeel.

I simply don't like the taste. Figured I'd give this a go considering all the love for Yeti, but I can't get over the hops. Had a hard time finding the vanilla in my can. All oak hops with some sweet malt.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour us jet black with a thick, fluffy cinnamon head. Great retention and lacing
Nose is Rich dark, chocolate, fresh ground coffee, vanilla,
Taste is dark chocolate, vanilla ice cream over a rich brownie, coffee, dark roasted malt,
Light char, okay vanilla
Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Lingering vanilla, fudge, brownie. Ice cream

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Photo of arizcards
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a stove pipe can from the Craft Beer Quick Stop 6-7-19 for $9.99. No canning date; consumed on 8-10-19.

Beer poured black with a very nice tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is roasted malts, dark chocolate, and light vanilla.

Taste is sweeter than the normal Yeti, vanilla and chocolate combine to infuse with the large roasted malt base finishing with a touch of woodiness.

Mouthfeel is very full and satisfying. Great quality for an impy stout.

Overall a good beer that is a tad too sweet for me as the sweetness detracts from the base beer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

19.2 ounce can, $9, no dating.

It looks like a Yeti. Pitch black, an abundance of tan foam, lots of sticky lacing.

Smells semi sweet. Yeah, I get some hoppy bitterness, dark chocolate adds to the bitterness, some coffee, woody/oaky, but there's something sweet going on. Perhaps some milk chocolate and vanilla?

First off in the taste, I can taste the base beer, which I appreciate.
Dark chocolate or bakers chocolate is what I notice almost immediately. Light notes of coffee, nice level of hop bitterness, hints of lactose, vanilla? Not too sure aboot that. Oak adds some woody notes. It seems to be more complex than my initial first sips which is fine by me.

Near full bodied, if not, carbonation isn't burp inducing.

Excellent but I reckon that I prefer the regular Yeti.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

By looks this pour nails what a big stout should look like to me. Virtually black with a robust light brown foamy head, thick with lacing.
Nose is coffee, chocolate and hops/ pine. I can’t pick up the vanilla.
There’s a woodsy oak flavor here that I love. I’m missing the vanilla I thought might be prevalent, but I don’t care. The finished product is creamy and smooth, full... with tea-like malts backing the roasted coffee and bitter/ powdered cocoa, while earthy hops sit properly in this mix, bitter and of the pine-laden woods. If I have to compare it to anything I’ve had before, the first thing that does come to mind is Uinta’s Rise & Pine...not something you’d expect when trying something that bills itself as oak aged and vanilla, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of avalon07
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was an inch of creamy, tan-colored, somewhat long-lasting head. Fantastic lacing.

S: A good, but not great, aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, oak, vanilla, an earthy quality, and hops.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of oak (mostly in the finish), light hops notes (not a huge factor), a bit of vanilla, some bitter dark notes (a large component), a chalky quality, and a lot of roasted malt (present throughout). This is one of those flavors that's quite out of balance. The chalky / earthy quality sometimes overpowers the chocolate. Still, not bad.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: An uneven beer, but it has some good points. Worth a look.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my snifter it was a near black color with a small tan head. There was a little bit of lace.
Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate, with a hint of vanilla.
Bittersweet chocolate taste, some char, again just a hint of vanilla.
Medium-bodied. Alcohol not a factor.
Pretty good beer.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pouring from a 22 oz. bottle into a snulip glass, this beer pours out black with minimal brown highlights. It forms a one finger, dense and creamy, caramel colored crown. Leaves some lacing. Looks great.

The nose brings the huge hop presence that I recognize from the original yeti. Burnt, roasty malts mixing with bitterness. Not picking up much vanilla or oak at this point. Maybe a little, but not noteworthy.

The taste comes in with those burnt, roasty malts playing off of the resin/bitter hop presence. Vanilla is in there, but very slightly so. I honestly don’t think it would be picked up if not noted. Bitter bakers chocolate element in there.

Mouthfeel has a sharpness with the bitter hops. Eventually turns to a creamier/silkier feel. Alcohol is present, but not boldly so. Some dryness from the oak, but no real oak character other than that.

Overall, I expected more vanilla and oak out of this. It’s not bad, but not much different than the original. So if you don’t care to much for the original, don’t expect to care too much for this thinking it will be a vanilla bomb.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black coloration with a large, foamy, creamy, beige head. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and a distinct earthy, woody oak note. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by roasted malt, chocolate and mild vanilla, as well as a certain hoppy herbal note and a distinct earthy, woody character and just a hint of licorice and leather. Finishes with a medium/strong bitterness and some earthy/herbal notes and vanilla lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a medium/rich body and light/medium carbonation.

I think that the distinct oak notes of this go very well with the base beer's roasty, hoppy character, creating a very nice balance of earthy and herbal notes. While the vanilla gives this a rather sweet touch, it's by no means overbearing and balanced nicely by a pronounced bitterness in the aftertaste, although it does feel just slightly artificial at first, turning a lot more mellow as the beer warms.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$ 9.00 (Including tax)/bomber ($ 0.409/oz) capped bottle from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. Reviewed 12/31/18.
“Bottled on Jul 05 2018” stamped on front label. Part of a three-pack on shelf at distributor. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 57 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.5.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque, some effervescence.
Head – Large (Maximum 6.5 cm, controlled center pour), tan, medium density, excellent retention, slooowly diminishing to a three to five mm ring fed by effervescence and a heaped partial layer. Head retraction leaves behind torn curtain lacing.
Lacing – As the level drops, thick, tight bands of extremely tiny bubbles form.
First pour – Dark brown, nearly opaque.
Aroma – 4 – An equal mixture of roasted malt and grassy hops. Eventually, some vanilla wafts in.
Flavor – 4 – Predominantly roasted malt with a bit of vanilla at the end. Some bitter chocolate and grassy hops. No oak. No alcohol (9.5%), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.5 – Full, not quite creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4 - Another entry into the Yeti gene pool. This variant has more hoppiness than some of the others, and enough vanilla for me to detect it. Eventually, a slight gastric warming occurs. The appearance on this guy is excellent as is the aroma. At $9/bomber, it’s not overpriced.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz, bottled on JUL 05 18. 9.5% ABV. Picked up in a Yeti gift pack of 3 bombers: regular, vanilla oak aged, and chocolate oak aged, along with a stainless steel camping mug. Tall and foamy khaki head slowly fades leaving rings of lacing atop a dark brown colored stout. Aroma is cocoa, vanilla, woody oak, and roast but not as bold as expected. Nice balance of flavor and complexity hitting notes of dark cocoa, fresh roasted barley, ashy grain, burned coffee, bitter earthy & leafy hops, molasses, oak, and some vanilla that comes through more in the aftertaste. Full body, ample carbonation, creamy & smooth but a bit chalky; alcohol is well hidden; ash, roast, cocoa powder and vanilla ride out the finish. This was rough around the edges for me unfortunately. Every other Yeti variation I've had has been spot on, but not this one.

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Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a large creamy thick foamy dark colored 1 finger head that fades slowly, great retention, nice soapy lacing, pitch black color

Nose rich raw vanilla, vanilla ice cream and big creamy oatmeal, a bit of dark chocolate and cocoa, hint of roast and coffee, a touch fudgey and nougat marshmallow candy, hint of oak

Taste rich creamy oatmeal and dark chocolate out front, thick cocoa and fudgey, then big raw vanilla, and vanilla ice cream, a bit of bitter spicy hops and bitterness from the dark malts, more of the fluffy nougat marshmallow notes, just a touch of woody oak, and a little roasted coffee mixed in, finishes with a touch of alcohol warmth and big bitter spicy hops that get astringent despite the heavy base beer

Mouth is heavier bod, but creamy smooth, decent carb, flash of alcohol late, bitter astringency

Overall really nice base beer but the bitter astringent hops really detract from the beer, maybe with some age it would be nice, but vanilla isn't too strong now and will fade a lot, and there is really little oak too

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color and impenetrable to light. There’s a half inch head of creamy brown on top. The aroma is of bitter, dark roasted barley and a hint of vanilla. I’m tasting a well balanced amount of bitter, dark roasted barley and sweet vanilla. The mouth is a touch thick and chewy, but the oak aging helps it seem smoother.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Speiglau Stout glass.

Look is pitch black with a frothy tan head.

Aroma is roast malt.

Taste matches aroma. So good.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vanilla Oak Aged Yeti pours a black color, with a big, long lasting frothy head. Sweet aroma, with dry vanilla. Flavor is drier, sweet, lots of natural vanilla, just a little too much takes away from the main part of the beer; finish bitter. Pretty good body and feel. Overall, a very nice stout, big bitter flavors, noticeable, if not too much vanilla.

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Photo of Psilo
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours opaque black with two fingers of thick brown foam which takes a while to recede and leaves chunks of lacing behind in its wake.

Smells of roasty chocolatey goodness with a hint of sweetness. 

Taste is also quite chocolatey. Rich and layered with vanilla and light oak tannins. Surprisingly bitter, as I've found all Yetis I've tried so far to be. Creamy, but drying. Far too easy to drink for its abv; the alcohol goes all but unnoticed. 

I wouldn't mind a little more complexity, but its drinkability is a plus in my mind.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty intense stout. Not the smooth silky Guinness style. Heavily roasted, so much so that the vanilla notes never came through. A bit too harsh to be called a well-crafted Imperial stout.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Going into this I fear it's as bad as the regular oak aged yeti very dry and woody like licking a wooden bench. Hoping that vanilla will change this.
A - Color is that of a typical yeti very dark very black with a 1/2 inch of deep mocha head.
S - Smell isn't bursting with vanilla but it does smell mildly sweet. Some oak of course but no as acidic and roasted coffee malts play with some cocoa nibs in the background.
T - Not as bad as regular yeti but still not very sweet or tame. Getting no vanilla but mild smoke and some roasted malts. Dry cocoa nibs hops and oak all over the finish. Not sure what barrels they use for oak aged but they are mean and bitter!
M - Rather smooth medium to heavy in body. A sipper.

Overall now I have to drink the other 18 ounces of this pretty crappy beer!
Stay away from the oak aged variants they are like licking a wooden bench!

Edit: raised the score a bit it does get a bit more balanced as it warms so please let this one rest a bit do not drink cold!

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Vanilla Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 102 ratings