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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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world-class

3,053 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,053
Reviews: 963
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 214
Gots: 576 | FT: 42
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 05-16-2008)
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Reviews by beerman207:
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beerman207

Kentucky

4.65/5  rDev +8.9%

I had a yeti sighting a few weeks ago with a bottle and enjoyed the bottle but having it on tap was significantly better.

Appearance: Black and thick with little lacing and no real head

Smell: Smelled of coffee, bitter chocolate, and malt

Taste: Strong tones of coffee, some nuttiness in there, bitterness is really mild with a very smooth finish. I was most suprised by the finish of this brew.

Mouthfeel - Very well balanced

Drinkability- This was the most suprising for me since I got half of a growler of the yeti. I was able to have 2 of these with no problem and could have had more. One word of caution is to watch out for the 9% alcohol. It snuck up on me and I was feeling pretty good very fast.

03-15-2009 12:36:31 | More by beerman207
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oberon

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

Great to finally get my hands on this brew I have wanted to try it for a long time.Poured into a imperial nonic a jet black with a tight formed creamy dark mocha colored head.A mix of dark fruit and vanilla tinged rum stand out most in the nose,the espresso beans show up in a passing lingering note.Wow full rich,thick mouthcoating mouthfeel,it glides down easy and is very lush....perfection in my mind.Big complex flavors,a mix of vanilla-like rum and dark fruit with that espresso roast and bitter chocolate rounding out the finish,there is a hint of char and wood after it warms a little as well.Hell yeah this is where its at,just kick ass.

07-06-2009 02:41:39 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%

Appearance - This poured out like the proverbial engine oil. It was thick and black with an oily texture. The head was absolutely gorgeous. You have to work the pour a little bit to round it up, but it is a very dark brown, stubbornly uneven, and left some nice lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell - The espresso is roasted all to hell so this doesn't smell like a normal espresso-based coffee drink like you'd get at Starbucks. The oak too is very strong and full of sweet, alcohol-infused vanilla. The chocolate is dark as it needs to be hanging around with this crowd. Overall this is a very rich, powerful, potent, almost boozy nose and my only criticism is that it's on the verge of starting not to smell like a beer.

Taste - This almost becomes a sweet coffee drink at the taste. The heavy roasting keeps the sugars in check so there's still some big bitterness, but again it is moving away from the idea of being a beer.

Mouthfeel - This is full-bodied, sweet in the cheeks but balanced with a huge burnt bitterness, and almost flat as it should be.

Drinkability - I don't think I've ever had a beer that would go better with a cigar than this one. Having said that, it was a little too artificial to stand as one of my all-time favorite but a great beer nevertheless.

11-10-2010 02:59:31 | More by RoyalT
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DanGeo

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

03-11-2014 02:05:42 | More by DanGeo
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71ADub

Virginia

2.83/5  rDev -33.7%

22 oz. bottle served in a tulip at The Birch, Norfolk, VA, $18. Beautiful dark creamy head, excellent retention. Nose reminded me of 409, which is probably just the oak barrel taking over the brew. A hint of vanilla does come through after you wade through the oak (almost peppery). There are some roasted chocolate notes, and the espresso is defintely in the flavor profile too. Good mouthfeel, typical of imperials.

As another reviewer stated, there is just too much going on in this beer. They should either eliminate the oak aging or the espresso, so you can enjoy the ingredients. A bit pricey, but they have something they can tweak in future batches.

05-16-2011 21:19:32 | More by 71ADub
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

Bottled in 2009. Pours dark as hell and thick as hell. Surprisingly good amount of foam for a three year old imperial stout. The head is beautiful - dark tan leather, huge and foamy. The nose is full of intense bouts of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Upon taking a sip, the bittersweet cocoa hits you right away. A slight punch of bitterness on the back of the tongue with a nice sweetness that takes it over halfway through. Warmth brings out the deep coffee flavor in the brew, which is very dominant on the palate once it's picked up. Throughout the brew, you're battling back and forth between chocolate and coffee, trying to decide which one is more prominent. Sometimes you get a sip that reminds you of a dark roasted Columbian coffee, other times you'd swear you were drinking a liquid Godiva bar. Some sweetness at the end, which almost is reminiscent of figs or anise - very, very faint, however. The body is extremely rich, creamy, and chewy with a low level of carbonation.

This stout is simply delicious. It has two main flavors which battle for your tastebuds throughout the whole experience - coffee and chocolate - and it's quite amazing. Very rich and definitely something you'll want to sip, however one of the best stouts I've had.

10-29-2012 04:08:04 | More by tectactoe
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.1%

The color is black. That is if black were mostly black with a brown twinge . . . Completely opaque with a beautiful brown head. The nose is of very bitter dark chocolate, coupled with a wonderful aroma of medium roasted, coarsely ground coffee beans . . . Wow!

The beer smells so good that I have to dive in immediately! Pummels the palate with liquefied chocolate . . . Fudge, molasses, vanilla, and mocha. Oak tannin present. This beer is ridiculous. By the time you are getting a grip on the malt, which pleasantly assaults your palate, the hops are beginning to replace the sweetness of the malt with intense green bitterness that intensifies as the beer finishes. The beer finishes for minutes . . . All the while, keeping all of the previously mentioned flavors present, and somehow getting more bitter.

This beer starts off very dark and finishes with a lot of hop greenness. At this exact moment, this is one of the most complete, complex, beers that I have ever enjoyed . . . Luxurious! The beautiful coffee aroma and flavor serves as a reminder that this beer is caffeinated. Oh yes, as I discovered, this beer will perk you right up!

05-28-2011 20:44:21 | More by ExtraStout
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DavyJones

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

05-25-2012 02:03:13 | More by DavyJones
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OhioBobcat

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

08-05-2013 00:54:34 | More by OhioBobcat
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AdamToomey

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev -14.5%

Bottled April 2nd 2010

A: Poured from a 650ml bottle into a snifter. The beer looks absolutely gorgeous. Dark black with a 1 and a half inch tan head that quickly dissipates into a nice a ring. A lot of lacing.

S: I didn't get a whole lot of espresso on the nose which was mildly disappointing. The dominant characteristic is definitely oak, followed by a hint of vanilla and coffee. You really have to try hard to get anything beyond the oak in this one.

T: Again, I was mildly disappointed. Perhaps the age on the beer diminishes its coffee qualities but all I get on the palate is oak followed by hints of roasted malts, vanilla, and coffee. The dominant characteristic is definitely the woodiness. While this is excellent and delightful at first, even when shared among two people the woodiness really starts to become overwhelming. A bit challenging to get through.

M: On par with other imperial stouts. Thick and chewy with some residual woodiness lingering.

O: Overall, this has not been my favorite imperial stout but it is definitely worth trying if you are looking to explore the world of wood aged beers. However, shy away from an aged version of this style if you are looking to get a dominant espresso quality. My only advice is that I would suggest sharing this beer with one or two other people, as the woodiness can become a bit sore on the palate as you make your way through. I do plan to return to this beer, perhaps as a tasting with the other Yeti's to showcase the versatility and uniqueness of the style.

09-10-2011 14:55:09 | More by AdamToomey
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jono0101

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-04-2014 17:01:46 | More by jono0101
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Bottled, what looks like, March 09.

Looks like a Yeti, which is always fantastic. Midnight black and thick with a dark brown head. What else can you ask for?

Bitter chocolate aroma with roasty coffee, vanilla and wood, with a strong hoppy presence. Huge, as expected.

A bottle of this is like a meal, or at least a rich dessert that makes you feel like going to sleep. Your tongue is greeted with an assault of dark chocolate chips and coffee, the body is full, the alcohol warm, and the finish long and bitter. I think I liked it more fresh, maybe just an off moment.

03-03-2010 01:29:50 | More by brownbeer
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npala86

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

02-17-2014 16:33:56 | More by npala86
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xVERITAS

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

Bottled 12/19/11. Enjoyed on National Stout Day.

Pours a dark brown or black color, with nice mocha colored head. Very thick consistency. Smells llike coffee and syrupy malt. It tastes the way it smells: strong coffee presence and malty sweetness. Delicious beer that goes down easy.

11-09-2013 20:05:51 | More by xVERITAS
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SanFranJake

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

04-20-2013 01:57:28 | More by SanFranJake
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Krafty34

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-07-2014 11:17:21 | More by Krafty34
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SkiBum22

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

01-19-2013 16:33:14 | More by SkiBum22
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RebeccaMB

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

04-24-2014 04:12:14 | More by RebeccaMB
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

04-28-2014 05:05:41 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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dimitrov

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

06-23-2014 03:27:28 | More by dimitrov
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blitz134

California

3.98/5  rDev -6.8%

I didn't even know Great Divide was doing an espresso version of the Oaked Yeti. Had to pick a bottle up.

Motor oil from the bottle with a slow to form but solid inch of dark tan, whipped head. Reduced slowly leaving a thin layer behind and rings of lace.

Expected roasty and chocolate notes in the aroma, but not overly so. Overlying leafy hoppiness. The oak with vanilla wafts come through with the alcohol mainly.

Rich fudge brownie like chocolate initially and throughout with some slight dark fruit hints...but mostly chocolate and some slight roast. Flicker of leafy hops again. The oaky tannins and restrained coffee notes show through after the swallow. Breath of alcohol after that.

Viscous and thick, though a touch prickly. Slides around the pallate and coats everything in a thick layer of roasted goodness.

This is an awesome beer. A sipper, no doubt. Some roughness around the edges and the alcohol edge will make this bomber last for a while.

06-06-2009 01:52:12 | More by blitz134
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sabitu

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -6.3%

10-23-2012 00:02:01 | More by sabitu
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supa0525

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

04-22-2014 01:02:14 | More by supa0525
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

04-20-2013 15:31:29 | More by bulldogg915
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nickadams2

New York

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

A_ Pours black with a dark brown billowy head.Thick lacing sticks to the glass and the head stays the whole way down.

S_Roasted malt,dark chocolate,vanilla , and rich coffee. The coffee is by no means overpowering.

T_Dark chocolate and espresso are rounded out by the earthy,woody, oak. This very rich and balanced. Very roasty.

M_Thick and creamy. Very smooth.

D_A bomber is certainly no problem to drink. I cant help but savour this one though.

02-14-2010 04:42:59 | More by nickadams2
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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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