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RATINGS: 2317   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Crack open Yeti Imperial Stout’s sophisticated sibling -- Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout. Although these beers come from the same clan, they have entirely different personalities. Aging on a blend of French and toasted oak chips infuses a subtle oak and vanilla character into Yeti’s already intense chocolate, roasted coffee malt flavor and hugely assertive hop profile. Who says you can’t tame a Yeti? 75 International Bittering Units (IBUs).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
This beer is their Yeti Imperial Stout which they "age" or condition, on a blend of French and toasted oak chips to simulate oak aging. This extra step gives an already fantastic beer another dimension. Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout pours to a pitch black color with a thick and creamy tan head, and a moderate to soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is mellower than the regular Yeti, and aromas of vanilla and oak marry with aromas of sweet malt, dark chocolate and piney hops. The palate is fat and round on the tongue with a multitude of complex flavors. Sweet and dark malt, dark chocolate, espresso coffee, vanilla bean, and woody oak can all be found on the palate of this beer. The body is rich and full, but soft and drinkable. Oak Aged Yeti finishes with more complex malt, vanilla, and oak flavors, then ends with some hop bitterness and more vanilla and oak flavors that linger. I really enjoyed the Oak Aged Yeti. The aromas and flavors of vanilla and oak, give this beer more character, and make it more of an Imperial Stout in my opinion. What I found lacking in the regular Yeti Imperial Stout, has been gained in the Oak Aged version, and I enjoy this version better. At 9.5% abv it is a beer to be sipped and savored. That enjoyment comes with a price however, as Oak Aged Yeti in my market is a bit more expensive coming in at $7 a 22oz bottle.(about a $1 more than regular Yeti) I say it is worth it, and Oak Aged Yeti is a great beer to enjoy as an after work beer, or a beer to enjoy with a rich desert.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
larsga (7297) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2006
Medium dark brown creamy head with larger bubbles. Utterly opaque black body. Deep, sweet aroma of burnt licorice, coffee, and wild berries, with notes of bread and oil. Very harmonic; I could just sit and smell this for ever. Deep, sweet, burnt taste of chocolate, hops, and roastiness. Burnt marzipan flavours linger. Huge amounts of hops can be detected, but they blend in nicely with the rest. Caramel, nicely, vaguely burnt. Velvety, oily, seductive mouthfeel. Mellow. Lovely! Fantastic! One of the best beers I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2006
@highlandlad’s - thanks to jokes for the excellent trade! great aroma on this - rich porty barley wine fatness with an edge of roast. the flavour is a bit more contentious in my book. big, full body with heaps of roast, vegemite, stonefruit, and high alpha pineyness but then the flavour is absolutely MURDERED by an extremely crude and laughably obvious layering of oak and vanilla, which dries and flattens the beer, like sucking on a plank. what a joke!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2006
bottle. Opaque black pour with generous brown head. Fluffy, yet dense... Fruity, roasted malt aroma. Woodsy, vanilla, iron also are aromas I pick up. Silky, oily mouthfeel. Dark chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt are the dominant flavors. Complex with the presence of hops in the middle/finish. I catch a lingering sweet presence among the roasted bitterness in the finish. Lots of hops in the finish, maybe a touch too much for my liking...A very good beer in any event.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2006 Pours black with brown head, mostly diminishing. The aroma is big and roasted, lots of chocolate, fruity esters, and vanilla, some citrus hops, a bit of alcohol. The flavor is very dark chocolate, roasted coffee, dark fruit, vanilla, a touch of citrus comes at the end. The texture is thick, creamy and luxurious. The finish is long and warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crit (3820) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 22, 2006
Black,generous lasting brown head.Aroma of chocolate and dry malt.Flavor of chocolate,coffee,vanilla, medium hop finish,medium alcohol heat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Pours with a deep reddish-brown head on a black body. Malty aroma with some floral hops. Sweet-bitter malty taste with some fruits. Thick body with a strong alcohol warming effect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2006
Dark black with a brown head. Sweet lightly astringent aroma and a sweet dark roasted malt flavor with some astringent notes

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HungChad (13) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Great Beer - typical stout nose. Molasses, carob, coffee, vanilla. Nice head and lacing. Very well balanced with no off flavors. Creamy mouth feel. Very good. Great Divide Brewing Co. makes consistently great beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Aroma of chocolate, roast coffee, bourbon, some hints of vanilla. Appears a deep dark opaque brown, with a borwn oil-slick head that dissipates quickly. Flavor is big oak at the start, followed by bittersweet chocolate, and then roast coffe, and finishing with an unexpected hoppy bite; aftertaste is roast coffe and some vanilla. Palate is thick and velvety; very luxurious. Overall, this beer definitely met the expectations and the hype, and it was defijnitely equal to the sum of its parts.

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