Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
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Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: John_M on 05-16-2008

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Photo of homebrew311
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to see that the variants of Yeti have finally made it to Chicago. Poured into NB Globe glass.

A: just like the other variant, thick black pour, dark brown head, velvety appearance, good head rentention, very little lacing

S: huge coffee and chocolate, melded seamlessly... coffee is extra bold and robust, specialty grains back it up with big notes of roastiness and chocolate, some oak character comes to play in the back with the signature Yeti hop bite at the end. Lots going on here, it all seems to be very well balanced. Smells luscious.

T: rich notes of chocolate come first followed by stiff espresso, these two notes interplay nicely and provide a depth and richness. The oak isn't as prominent on the palate, the finish is big and hoppy. Another wonderful variant of Yeti.

MF: thick, creamy, velvety, low carbonation

D: probably my favorite Yeti... the added element of espresso seems to tie the hops in well with the big specialty grain profile. (966 characters)

Photo of videofrog
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a snifter at the Ginger Man in Fort Worth, TX. Thanks go out to the bartender for serving this perfectly and giving me the 12oz when barrel-aged brews were supposed to only be 1/2 pint.

A: Dark black with a creamy brown head that sits atop the brew nicely the entire time. Slight spiderweb lacing.

S: Here's where they hit a home run. Coffee & chocolate up front, oak & slight alcohol in the background. Some dark fruity notes come into play after it warms a little.

T: Much like the smell, but was able to detect the oak and vanilla a little more here. Slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Thick bodied, light carbonation, something to chew on.

O: Have been a fan of imperial stouts for a while now, but this was my first barrel-aged. REALLY enjoyed it. I took my time with it and savored every sip. Would highly recommend. (855 characters)

Photo of misfit1034
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from slightly below room temp bottle into pint. Left an amazingly fluffy head the color burnt caramel that slowly faded into a nice lacing as the glass emptied. Smells like roasted coffee and malts. Mouthfeel is a little slick and creamy and at first tasted like a shot of espresso with an almost undetectable bitter woody finish... Really like this and would recommend over most other wood/barrel aged stouts I have has... (430 characters)

Photo of Vec2267
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep black body with a medium tan head that produces nice lace

S: coffee and burnt malts

T: deep coffee, burnt malts, chocolate, hint of vanilla, an all out taste assault

M: incredibly rich and smooth

D: as intense and rich as this beer is, the pieces come together to make a very drinkable beer

Incredible beer, I love Yeti, but the espresso aging smoothes away the sharp alcohol notes from normal Yeti and adds a wonderful coffee component. (450 characters)

Photo of DenverLogan
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a growler...second day of being opened.
Pours black with large brown head...poured in Scotch Silly tulip glass.
Aroma of espresso, dark roasted malts, sweet malts, Mexican chocolate.
Moderate carbonation and big tongue piercing mouthfeel.
Flavors of Mexican hot chocolate, chocolate molten cake, dark roasted malts, chocolate malts, carob, bitter chocolate, slight chili pepper, vanilla, candy sugar, bitter hops. Oooh la la...absolutely delicious for an impy stout lover, but, oh yeah, there's a butt!!... like another of my favorite imperial stouts, Alesmith Speedway Stout, I don't know that the addition of Espresso (or oak, or even barrel aging), improves from the original. The one exception with the Yeti for me is the Belgian Yeti, which I usually love (there are slight variations in batches, or at least handling).
Nevertheless, even as a non-coffee (or espresso) drinker, this is super fine. Rich, smooth, bold, fulfilling, challenging, strong and something I could drink way too much of alone with an open growler! (1,032 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a snifter)
This beer pours a classic obsidian black body with a thick deep tan head that last a good bit. The aroma is full of cold pressed espresso beans and a creamy note to the finish. The taste has even more depth with earthy rich dark roast coffee and a slight char in the finish. The soft oak in the finish supports nicely with some licorice character coming though as it opens. The lingering taste of mellow black roasted malt hangs on the tongue with a touch of sweetness. A nice alcohol warmth supports the flavor.

This beer has an excellent stout base with great espresso flavors and a good support of oak in the background. A great winter sipper. (677 characters)

Photo of hopdog
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

Poured a dark black color with brown edges and a large sized off white head. Nice lacing left on the glass. Aromas of espresso, vanilla, chocolate, some woodiness, and roasty. Tastes of wood, some dark fruits, roasty, chocolate, and lighter vanilla. Coffee more apparent in the aroma and the oakiness was more in the flavor. Alcohol content well hidden. (368 characters)

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the West Ashley Good Beer Festival, and just now getting around to reviewing my notes.

I remember this being the highlight of the day.

A - Poured deep black into my tasting glass, with a foamy brown head.

S - Very "espresso" dark, sweet, bitter chocolatey coffee notes

T - Superb. There is a lot going on here, and maybe I can't completely grasp the nuances, but I got the espresso buzz mixing with some roasted malts and coffee flavors, with a mellowing out from some bittersweet chocolate.

M - Medium bodied, but silky and creamy. Smooth. Little carbonation feel.

Notes - I don't think I understood how hard this sucker was to come by until after the beer fest. I'm glad I got a chance to try it. Further edited upon trying it by the bottle. (763 characters)

Photo of MrStark
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter glass.

Appearance is black which pours out thick leaving a frothy mocha/brown one finger head. It dissipates with in a minute or so leaving a thin cap.

Smell has espresso in it no doubt giving a nice coffee aroma with some hints of chocolate, vanilla and a good dose of malt. There is a mild hint of hops in the back as well.

Taste is nicely balanced, quite similar to the standard Oak aged Yeti but with a nice little edge with the espresso flavor. It has the same qualities of coffee, dark chocolate malt and the nice hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth. Pretty pleasant on the tongue but not the same thickness as the regular oak aged Yeti from what I recall.

Drinkability is fantastic. Quite a flavorful brew that goes down nice and easy. Just about on par with that standard oak aged Yeti and a great choice for the style I'd say. I would certainly have it again. Now I just need to find the chocolate version and I'll be set. (1,007 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at TJs Everyday.

A-Deep opaque brown to black with a creamy tan head and nice lacing.

S-Espresso dominates the nose with some sweet malt also.

T-More diverse than the nose might suggest. Sweet milk chocolate to start, then the roastiness and coffee/espresso notes take over. Espresso taste more muted than the aroma, and this is welcome. A surprising sweet finish tops it all off.

M-Creamy, rich but still medium bodied.

D-Outstanding drinkability. Creamy, rich, tasty and delicious.

HV (500 characters)

Photo of treyrab
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was very pleased to find this on tap last night. It just made its way to Pittsburgh and I wasted no time ordering first before my palate got fried. Poured into a 12oz snifter glass.

A: Not to be cliche, this this pours black as night with a solid one finger dark khaki head. The head is sticky with the normal Yeti sticky hop profile that laces all the way down the glass.

S: A shot of espresso right into this beer makes it smell glorious. Espresso dipped chocolate, creamy chocolate nougat, sweet vanilla and caramel round off the smell. The dry coffee though is predominant in this.

T: The taste is magical. The dry espresso blends so great with the harsh Yeti profile. Yeti is a rough beer in my opinion. The light espresso and coffee tames this beast into a great, highly drinkable beer. The beer overall is pretty dry with the coffee and dark roast, but some sweet caramel and vanilla creeps up towards teh end.

Oveall, this is my favorite Yeti yet. It is also the most highly drinkable. I will probably get a few bottles, but I have no idea how this will age due to the high amounts of coffee. (1,106 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours nearly as dark as the background on this page. Big, fluffy seriously dark tan head forms. Creamy and dense after a few moments of settling, a 1/2" blanket remains. Great lacing.
Smell is rich and ful of things dark. Toasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits, molasses with notes of wood and hops to balance the dark side.
Taste is very nice. A touch on the ashy side for me, but very well-balanced with baking chocolate, coffee, toasted malt, hops, molasses and the oak.
Rich and very smooth, full-bodied with a touch of coating on the palate. Very light effervesence, apparently the pour took care of that. This is a fine concoction and well worth seeking out. L'Chiam! (684 characters)

Photo of WheelsPSU
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at St. Gambrinus in Boerum Hill Brooklyn.

Poured a thick jet black with a creamy delicious looking khaki colored head. The lacing hung around from the initial diminish to the last sip. Great pour for a beer named a Yeti.

Smell was a bitter black coffee explosion. If you like the aroma of espresso in the morning, this is for you. After the initial blast of coffee, I picked up some hints of dark chocolate and some sweet notes from the oak barreling process in the form of vanilla. Extremely pleasant.

The taste was more of the nose. The coffee is dominant. From the first sip to the last, this was all about the coffee. It's got a bite, and is slightly acidic just like your morning coffee. Eventually it opened up to the vanilla notes (more vanilla in this IMO than the Oak Aged Yeti) and the dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel was thick and coated my entire mouth. A touch too sticky for me. Since the coffee profile is a touch bitter, it lingered for a bit.

If you like coffee forward stouts, this is for you. Extremely delicious beer by Great Divide. (1,068 characters)

Photo of hophugger
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on nitro tap, wow, this was amazing. Deep coffee black with big and bold tan head. Aroma hits hard of coffee. Taste is incredible with espresso coffee pounding you from the get go. Hints of chocolate are also present but take a back seat to the coffee. No notice of the oak aging IMO, but this beer does not let you down. Sip by Sip, this beer continued to amaze !!!!!!! (379 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was introduced to this one at EBF and was blown away, so when I saw this in a bottle I had to buy some.

Pours a solid black with a creamy tan head that doesn't persist for very long, but leaves lots of lace on the way down. Smells of citrus hops, coffee, vanilla, oak, roasted grains. Taste is much like the smell. Citrus hops followed by a touch of alcohol, some roasted coffee and slight chocolate, oak and vanilla followed by a lingering roast hop and alcohol finish. Theres a lot going on here and its all tasty. Carbonation is low to medium, mouthfeel is oily/creamy, body is thick like tar. Great Imperial stout! The coffee is there, but its subtle enough to not be in your face like some other coffee brews. I wish it were a little cheaper so I could afford to drink it more, but at 11.99 a bomber I may not enjoy this one regularly. (844 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As always with Yeti: pitch black with a dark, brown head.

Nose: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, espresso, cream, vanilla and oak.

Taste: Espresso (of course), dark chocolate, oak, roasted malt, vanilla, caramel and some orange.

Mouthfeel: Great, big, complex structure with a swetness that compensate for the bitterness in just the right way! Full body with light carbonation. Creamy... so good!

Overall - Smooth, oaky, vanilla, chocolate, creamy taste with a lot of love! GO get it! (489 characters)

Photo of King_KongDCO93
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on Jan 10, 2013 had on 1/30/13

A: Dark motor oil, pitch black, with brown head that lingers.

S: The aroma is just like Founders Breakfast Stout. Great notes of Espresso, vanilla, caramel, and cocoa

T: Complex and extremely drinkable. Has great Oak presences and espresso/cocoa balance.

M: mildly bitter and tangy. large body

O: Incredibly smooth and you can put this in your coffee cup and no one would know the difference. Hard to say but this compares equally if not better than Founders Breakfast Stout. The oak characteristics makes its an exceptional beer. (576 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 5 - Couldn't ask for a more ideal appearance as far as stouts go. Extreme dark, burnt caramel colored head, as dark as they come. Pitch black, oily colored beer. Extremely impressive head potential and retention, especially when considering the high ABV. Really impressive, solid walls of lacing left behind on the glass. Very thick, dense and creamy head.
S - 4.75 - Tons of black, rustic coffee grounds, almost to a smokey level, very roasty. Vanilla bean, tons of malt, light touches of dark chocolate and an extremely distant, red pepper spiciness. The espresso is the center stage focal point here.
T - 4.5 - Medium sweet espresso, chocolate and malt upfront, fades into vanilla bean and a light almond nutiness, marzipan perhaps. Ends on a decently bitter, black coffee bean note. Excellent.
F - 4.5 - Nice medium/full creamy and thick body and mouthfeel.
O - 4.5 - Really awesome imperial stout. Definitely focused on the coffee, but not to a palate tiring extent. Would make a fine breakfast food pairing brew, but also works great as a warming, slow sipper. I tried this beer fresh since it is easily obtainable locally for, to determine if I want to buy another to let age. Yes! Definitely buy a second one to let age, has a decently noticeable hop profile that will surely fade with age and make the malt much more deep and robust. Highly recommend to fans of the style! (1,421 characters)

Photo of Frosty80
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours a very dark brown. sits black with an almost non-existent rim without tilting the glass 45 degrees

Smell: lots of coffee dominates followed by chocolate. slight hint of alcohol and oak

Taste: balance of coffee flavor with chocolate malts and oak with a slight bitterness developing towards the end with some woodiness in the finish

Mouthfeel: full body. low carbonation. silky smooth

Notes: not quite as bitter as the original yeti, but perhaps more complex in flavors. i think i like the original better, thought this is yet another home run from GD (567 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

5.0 A: Thick motor oil like black. Incredible dark brown head that refuses to back down and leaves good lacing.

4.5 S: Roasty, toasty and everything nice. Caramel, chocolate, molasses. Everything you'd expect from a dark ass beer like this one, though everything is really pronounced. Coffee is there, but surprisingly not much more than the other Yetis. Good oaky tones as well.

4.5 T: Oak comes through along with the espresso in the taste. Bittersweet chocolate, toasty roasty malts. Bit of an alcoholic tinge at the finish. There's also a healthy bitterness to it brought by the espresso beans. I love bitter beers and this does not disappoint.

5.0 M: Good carbonation and creamy as hell. Creamier than the other Yetis.

4.5 D: I split this bomber with a friend. In the future, I'll keep it all for myself. (852 characters)

Photo of MCain04
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle for $13 from 12/12, poured into a FFF Teku glass.

A: Dark brown to black, dark khaki head of 2+ fingers with great retention and lacing.

S: Espresso and roasty malts are quite aromatic. Some oak and vanilla as well. Nice nose.

T: Follows the nose well, strong on the roast malts and the espresso does not disappoint. Some oak and vanilla. No heat whatsoever, remarkable for the abv.

M: Thick but not as thick as it could be. Sticky, a tad dry, very smooth.

O: A great coffee, oak-aged RIS. I imagine it may be perfect with a bit more mouthfeel, possibly an added barrel and bourbon character. Still thoroughly enjoyed though, this is definitely wonderful, I would think it makes the world-class cut. (717 characters)

Photo of sprucetip
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Pours black, modest mocha head fades to ring, thick lacing. SMELL coffee, roasty, woody, malty, alc heat. Nice, but took some swirling to get much. Probably more if I'd let it warm longer. TASTE is roasty, woody, coffee, modest hop bitterness, chocolate, vanilla, hint of sweetness. Very smooth and complex. Delicious. FEEL thick, rich, creamy, viscous and smooth. Finishes clean. OVERALL wicked delicious, one of the best of the style. (448 characters)

Photo of Gushue3
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Febuary '09 Bomber into my snifter

A- Pours bitch black from the bottle and looks the same in my Stone IRS snifter. Larger 2 finger head that has some serious retention. Heavy lacing left around the glass. This looks as good as i can imagine.

S- Big alcohol note hits you upfront along with dark chocolate and espresso beans. Sweet malts follow nicely in this very big and beautiful scent

T- Chocolate malt id prominent with some bitterness toward the end. slight bit of coffee/espresso beans come into play in the end along with some subtle vanilla. Nice and roasty big stout.

M- Its like biting into a piece of fudge. Big and thick mouthfeel followed by very little carbonation makes this one feel amazing.

O- Awesome beer. Would have had a 5 for taste is coffee was a little more prominent, but i cant complain at all. (826 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- pours an impenetrable black. A hard pour gets a mocha colored head, which doesn't last particularly long but still manages to leave some nice lacing on the glass

S- deep, rich coffee notes and a slight alcohol sweetness in the background

T- there a big malt notes, dark toasted grains, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and some mild earthy hops all bouncing around for great effect.

M- not as thick on the palatte as I would have thought, but still nice. There's a slicker, slightly oily feeling

O- all in all this is a great, big flavored Imperial Stout (558 characters)

Photo of argock
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz brown bottle into a St. Feuillien stemmed glass (snifter broken unfortunately). Bottled on Feb 12 2010 on label. Purchased at WIne Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $10.99.

A: Opaque and dark as hell with substantial chocolate milk-colored 1-finger head with good retention for the ABV and style and spotty lacing mixed with more craggy formations.

S: Black coffee and vanilla drown out most other aromas but hops are prominent in the second tier. Roasted malt is mainly represented by the coffee element, but the oak is easy to smell with the vanilla and tempers the hard coffee and hops edges nicely. A light anise note is present too and alcohol lightly tingles the nostrils.

T: The flavor is big and bold with coffee and chocolate taking first prize, but leafy, tobacco hops a close second creating the effect of a coffee/cigar house flavor which has a bittersweet character. The oak is more smoothing in the flavor with a little alcoholic touch to the vanilla and licorice notes. Alcohol is barely detectable and could easily be mistaken for the vanilla notes. Superb and grabs you more than the understated OA Yeti which is good but subtle. I prefer this brew to OA Yeti but it's a close call compared to the big and brash Yeti regular.

M: Smooth, lush, and full-bodied with minimal carbonation. The finish and aftertaste are tinged with alcohol, which keeps the feel from reaching top marks.

D: Unbelievably smooth for the ABV and for all the flavors. A GD brew to be savored no doubt, but alcohol component is minimal and there is huge coffee and chocolate flavors to enjoy in a lush package. Great brew. Price is steep but for once in a while, this is a great brew. I tried this right after sharing a bomber of Lagunitas Cappucino Stout, and, as much as I like that beer, the differences were sorely obvious. I wouldn't want to age this and let the coffee flavor fade personally, but some time would probably smooth things out further. (1,970 characters)

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,012 ratings.