Vanilla Oak Aged Yeti
Great Divide Brewing Company

Vanilla Oak Aged YetiVanilla Oak Aged Yeti
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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #705
Ranked #13,008
3.95 | pDev: 11.14%
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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Psilo from California

3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Oct 29, 2018
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DISKORD from South Carolina

2.06/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Jan 22, 2020
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a teku style glass.

Super rich filling head. Creamy and billowing large at three plus fingers height, it has a mocha light brown color and even dare I say looks slightly orange as well. Real neato! Body is super dark walnut brown and nearly black, not a hint of light getting through this at all.

Nice aroma. Rich roast malt notes, hints faint coffee, but an excellent round oak flavor and soft sweetness. Does have that milky vanilla sweetness, but has much more coffee tones and machiato like milk than vanilla. Hints a little spicy also, and a real nice experience.

Palate just gets the job done, but stays away from exotics. Real nice bright hop and char bitterness on first sip. The mouthfeel for oak comes a little weak and doesn't give the impression of long aged or a great depth, but just a solid basic one. Still the mid palate provides lots of classic and great stout flavors. Rich roasted char particularly, almost flirts with charcoal mixing with a light hop bitterness and dark chocolate finish. Aftertaste gets into more roast but also bitterness that gets hints of clove, and particularly some black pepper quality too.

Very nice stout, but seems to have lost it's vanilla edge. However, the Yeti rarely disappoints if ever.

Sunday at 06:31 PM
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JamesBondGA from Georgia

4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 14, 2019
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jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 03, 2019
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
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

Aug 17, 2019
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Mar 24, 2019
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kjkinsey from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 27, 2019
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Dec 15, 2019
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HardTarget from Texas

4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Black glass holds a solid finger of dark tan head that lasts and laces.

Aroma: Dark roasted barley, rain water, mild earthy and pine hops.

Taste: Burnt coffee, grapefruit rind, mild wood, sweet malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body, medium carbonation, mild chew, oily finish.

Overall: It's good, I like it, but it's the dog that didn't bark; vanilla. It's easy to go too far with vanilla which ruins a beer, so they erred on the right side, but I wanted a little. Still, a great beer as all Yeti are, but just a little misleading on the label.

Sep 01, 2018
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bbtkd from South Dakota

3.99/5  rDev +1%
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.

Nov 26, 2019
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mynie from Maryland

4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This used to be revered, right? Now it's once-exorbitant price seems reasonable and, perhaps not coincidentally, its online stature has dipped somewhat. I swear I've had it before but I don't remember it and didn't review it, so here we go:

Pretty, very dark pour with a tight, chocolate brown head.

Smells fairly tame, but still nice. Sharp porter grain, bits of alcohol, then some clear vanilla and char. Nice and very smooth: more like a double stout than a BA stout.

Tastes like it smells: good, very smooth, vanilla and chocolate and char. Very good, but lacking the whisky-ness that we've come to expect from our expensive barrel-aged stouts. I honestly find this a bit refreshing. It might not have the extreme complexity of something like a bourbon county, but there's still plenty to enjoy.

May 21, 2018
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Nov 23, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of vanilla, oak, chocolate and roasted malt. Vanilla sweetness upfront with toffee, caramel. Some oak and wood flavors.

May 13, 2018
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bobhits from Kentucky

1.8/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Oak Aged is the most difficult of statements to evaluate. I'm assuming this was just poured in a boring no nothing barrel which did little for it. That is GD's stance based on the bottle.

Good head and some nice lacing from this.

I get citrus and vanilla. A swirl gives me some malt and porter grains. I kinda get that wine like oak effect.

Sour, oak, sweatner. This is terrible. yeah I don't get any dark flavors. I get zero russian imperial stout notes. I get alcohol which is weird in under 10% beers. Paint thinner.

Sorry this is a horrible beer. I hope I got a bad bottle but there's nothing positive coming out of this.

Jun 09, 2018
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johnnyboy76 from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 23, 2019
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buzzedup from Pennsylvania

4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

May 05, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Nov 26, 2018
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leroybrown10 from Missouri

2.84/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

May 06, 2018
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Dec 18, 2018
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curlybird from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jan 08, 2019
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TheEpeeist from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jul 23, 2018
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft at the original brewery location

jet black, opaque, thick khaki colored head. good head retention. aroma is more restrained than the normal version - with the bit of caramel, roast, oak, and vanilla. taste is mildly sweet. medium to thick mouthfeel.

Jun 23, 2018
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jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Feb 06, 2020
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CHickman from New York

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled April 5, 2018, this 9.5% ABV beast is young but poured black as night with a 1 finger thick mocha colored head that faded slowly and left good lacing.

Aroma has vanilla up front mixing with the roasty notes, coffee grinds, char, smoked grains, toffee and dark chocolate. Not much oak barrel in the nose, but it smells really complex and nice.

Flavor is as much chocolate as it is vanilla to start, with roasted malt, charred grains, burnt coffee grinds, light soy sauce, molasses, brown sugar, peat moss and mild oaky notes. I like the way the smoky aspects blend with the vanilla and chocolate sweetness.

Really well done, a good feel, it hides the ABV well and goes down easy. A bargain at this price I’ll seek this out again and suggest you do the same for those who are fans of barrel aged beers with vanilla.

Jul 02, 2018
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