Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutEspresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

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95
world-class

3,461 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,461
Reviews: 1,029
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 259
Gots: 748 | FT: 54
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John_M on 05-16-2008

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Ratings: 3,461 | Reviews: 1,029
Photo of MaximalC
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours nearly black with a solid inch of variegated mocha foam--it doesn’t get much prettier than this as far as beer is concerned. Aroma smells of dark chocolate, booze, molasses, and peat, with a hint of smoke or burnt sugar. Any coffee in the nose is very subtle. Reams of brown lacing festoon the glass as the beer recedes.

The taste is roasty and bitter up front, courtesy of charred malt and earthy hops. A deft blend of coffee, molasses, and the darkest chocolate come through on the back end as the bitterness subsides, while a healthy, alcoholic underpinning facilitates the transition. The more it warms, the more capably its finer aspects shine through, with enhanced dark chocolate and an aftertaste of freshly roasted coffee beans and peat. A mildly sticky residue lingers on the lips between sips. The medium body is a little light for what is otherwise a bold imperial stout. High carbonation has no trouble adding a touch of texture and dryness to cut through the malt. As with its chocolate oak-aged brother, I’d be hard pressed to distinguish this as a barrel-aged beer, but that’s hardly a detractor considering its merits.

Overall, this is a complex, flavorful, and drinkable imperial stout. The standard Yeti was passable; the chocolate oak version was good; the espresso variety is great, and the difference isn’t trivial. Add a bit more body and tone down the bitterness a bit, and this would be a top ten beer for me. As is, it is still fantastic, and the best thing I’ve had from Great Divide.

Photo of Jacobob10
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle purchased by a friend of mine who was generous enough to split it with me. Opaque, jet black pour with a small brown head. Coffee and roasted malts in the aroma. Bitter, but smooth, coffee flavor and some dark chocolate. Medium to full bodied but not heavy. If coffee is your thing, this is for you. A very well made imperial stout with big, roasty flavors.

Photo of BrewUSA
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Espresso Yeti

Look 8/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 88/100

Photo of spacecake9
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What is not to like? Dark, coffee flavored, chewy, really great.

Photo of beergoot
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Label info: BOTTLED ON JAN 08, 2015

Ink black body; thick, sticky, light brown colored head; lacing and clumps of foam on the glass. Deep, rich aroma of charred grains and wet coffee grounds; cocoa nibs; hint of vanilla. Thick, rich, velvety mouthfeel; gently sweet sugary feel with an offsetting bit of wood and bitter dryness.

Oh, yeah! Take a big bite of this one and enjoy the thick, chewy richness that oozes dark grain and coffee-like flavors throughout the taste and feel experience. The oak aging adds a really nice roundness and softness to the coffee and dark grain sharpness and bitterness. Big, bad, and extremely delightful...

Photo of ArrogantB
2.56/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On tap at Great Divide. Looks like any other Yeti. Aroma is a touch of espresso and stout. Flavor is burnt, really not good at all because of the strong burnt flavors in the finish. I would not buy this and I'm glad I only paid for a sample.

Photo of Kraj30
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

super solid stuff here.. on draft. oak is present.. strong coffee very good

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

This one is pretty special... Very balanced and drinkable despite the higher ABV

Photo of Boccu
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great flavor throughout. Pour dark with light head. Well balanced. Very impressive stout.

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/4/15, served at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of coffee
Head large (5 cm, aggressive pour), dark brown, frothy, diminishing to 5 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing excellent – complete coverage with tiny bubbles and a few small ones
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor is very much coffee, not too bitter, with just a hint of vanillin from the oak. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl. A mild alcohol burn begins a few minutes after swallowing.
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.5

Photo of yetijosie
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

smelled just like espresso, nice and creamy. The only thing that bothered me was that it was high in alcohol (it took away from the taste)

Photo of Tanktizzo
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Good...just not great. I enjoyed the coffee forward taste but as the bottle went it got worse in taste.

Photo of dqsg22
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ridiculously good. It's a 9.3% but tastes like a 4%. It'll get you fucked up.

Photo of tjk135
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A rich and chocolaty stout with an outstanding coffee flavor. This beer is perfect for dessert all by itself.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Bright espresso black with a pillowy tan to brown 1” persistent foam cap that grips the side of the glass.
S: Espresso with traces of coffee and faint vanilla.
T: Rich malt with sweet cocoa and vanilla balance with the roast flavors form the malt and the added espresso.
F: Creamy silky smooth with a big body and ine soft carbonation.
O: A delightful beer that improves with age for at least three years.

Photo of JoeBond
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful coffee flavor, great aroma and great stout look and feel. Pours black as night with a thick head. I'm not a coffee drinker, but this has a great balance of favors to it and the coffee accentuates the flavor without being too overpowering. I agree world class beer here.

Photo of bluehende
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome coffee stout. If you like coffee this one if for you. Heavy coffee flavor that does not interfere with the base stout. Outstanding

Photo of DoctorZombies
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black pour with lite tan head. Oaky nose. Oak chocolate and hazelnut flavors. Medium mouthfeel and woody finish. Good but not great.

Photo of CincyBrewTull
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured like motor oil. Tasted of burnt grains, espresso and faint woodiness.

Photo of larryarms847
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours solid jet black and rather slick and oily in appearance, but with a solid finger of thick and frothy dark brown foam.

Huge notes of espresso and roast with some more subtle chocolate, oak, and vanilla undertones.

The oak and woody note comes out much more strongly in flavor than it did in aroma, but the espresso and roast still comes on strong. The vanilla is nowhere to be found.

Heavy-bodied, medium carbonation, slick, oily, chewy, sticky. A bit too much like tar.

Overall, this is a must try for any espresso or coffee fan, but the heavy oak flavor took away from my overall opinion and scoring of this.

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

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip tumbler. Bottled on Jan 7, 2015. Pours like a chocolate syrup, espresso and oak aged not overpowering but still this smooth, unique flavor. Outstanding beer.

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass:

Appearance: Dark, obsidian-black color, with a thick, frothy chocolate mousse head. Lots of speckled lacing throughout drinking, with minimal bubbles.

Aroma: Lots of roastiness and chocolate, with much less coffee than I expected. Delicious and desserty, with just a little bit of booziness in the nose.

Taste: Not overly coffee-forward as I expected, and as advertised as being a breakfasty beer. Delicious nonetheless though, with a really solid roasted malt backbone, and vanilla, dark chocolate and coffee coming forward as the beer warmed a little. Really a delectable, rich flavor.

Feel: The only area I was a little disappointed in. The body was a little thinner than I would've preferred, and with the decadence in the other areas, I feel like a bit thicker, more astringent body would elevate this one just a bit more.

Overall: A really great stout; the type to drink as a treat. Not available where I typically drink and buy beer, but if I saw it in any liquor store, I'd buy it again. Definitely on par with Founders Breakfast Stout if comparing to a pillar of coffee stout style.

Photo of kkleu357
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 3/30

On tap at Great Divide. Also, this is the nitro version. Excellent beer. Sweet cocoa flavor with lost of espresso taste. Bought a bottle to take home. My guess is I’ll like the non-nitro version even more.

Photo of ajm5108
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Some medium chocolate & vanilla espresso on the nose, but it has more of a roasted coffee flavor. Not quite as rich or creamy as you might think given the namesake. You can certainly get fragments of the espresso as well chocolate mocha, but most of it is the roasted coffee, not that it is a bad thing. It has a smooth feel & finishes pretty easy.

Photo of nodder
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber

A- Pours oily black and thick. A dark brown head fades leaving bands of sticky lacing.

S- Dark coffee, dark chocolate mainly. Can smell the oak just slightly.

T- So much coffee flavor in this beer. There is dark chocolate, vanilla, slight oakiness present also. Strong black coffee is predominant.

M- Medium body and actually a bit lighter than I expected from the pour. Still very creamy, though. Very carbonated.

O- I like coffee. So, I love this beer. One of the most coffee forward stouts I've tried. Nice "in your face" stout. Recommended if you like coffee.

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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,461 ratings.