Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,483
Reviews: 1,034
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 260
Gots: 755 | FT: 55
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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 almychristopher
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a dark black color with a nice tan head befitting the espresso name. the smell combines the dark malt and coffee aroma very nicely, hiding the hops a little bit. the vanilla flavor from the oak works well smoothing out the coffee and dark malt. the full body and good carbonation make this a very drinkable imperial stout.

Photo of Mattbryan1981
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

From the look and aroma I thought I was about to chew espresso beans. My thought was wrong. In my opinion the taste was perfectly balanced with chocolate, coffee and stouty goodness. No need to age this one.

Photo of BigBarley
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Extremely thick, extremely black. poured hard into a goblet, the head rolls up to about a finger, before receding by half. Head is a khaki brown color, very deep

S - Oaky vanilla, sweet cocoa, bitter coffee, mild hop notes, roasted notes, more coffee, mild alcohol presence... This beer is packed with aroma. I could smell this all day without having to drink it.

T - I'm glad I decided to stop smelling and start drinking. Sweet all over, with an aggressive coffee profile. Accenting this is that same oaky, wooden presence, and some definite traces of vanilla beneath it all. Plenty of hops to work in conjunction with the dark coffee, and a decent note of alcohol that works well with the chocolate coffee madness. All around delicious and even more flavorful than the nose promised.

M - Very thick, very creamy. Intensely satisfying, but somehow still refreshing. Active carbonation and thick body come together to make one hell of a milkshake. Amazing beer, one of the best RIS for mouthfeel.

O - Amazing beer. Everything great about Oak Aged Yeti, with the compliments added by an aggressive coffee profile. Big beer stuffed with character.

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 BurgeoningBrewhead
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into snifter. Jet black with a thick brown head that sticks around. Smells of rich chocolate and espresso, caramel, as well as oak. The oak seems to bring out some hop smells as well. A bit of alcohol comes through in the smell too. Taste is dark roasted malts, sweet chocolate and bitter espresso, and some oak smoothness at the end. Mouthfeel is big and creamy. This is a great stout, would be great with dessert.

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle, this Yeti has got to be the thickest beer I've ever poured. It looks like melted chocolate flowing into my glass. Jet black in color with a finger of brown foamy head. Excellent head retention, and lots of lacing are left after each sip.

The aroma is loaded with coffee/espresso, dark roasty malt, wet oak, and hints of alcohol. A good swirl releases moderate amounts of alcohol sweetness ranging from chocolate, dark fruit, and licorice.

The flavor is of smooth velvety chocolate and coffee with undertones of vanilla, oak, and sweet fruit. The finish has a lingering dark chocolate bitterness and perhaps a bitter hop character. It's baffling how smooth and rich this beer is. Definitely way too drinkable for it's own good; but I guess having the consistency of spent engine oil is only helping the cause. It's so sludgy that I bet it would cure a sore throat.

Granted, I haven't had KBS, CBS, or BCBS, regardless of that, this is definitely the best stout I've ever had. The regular Yeti is phenomenal on it's own, but the espresso and oak aging give it some serious oomph. Good lord is it delicious, and man is it squatchy.

Photo of beveragesampler
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with three fingers dark carmel head. Aroma is very ballanced coffee and chocolate, with little to oakiness. Little to no alcohol nose to this brew at 9.5%. Taste has only slight hop bitterness. Vanilla and oak flavors are subtle and welcoming. Mouthfeel is creamy and dissipates quickly. Overall this is an exceptional brew. My Yeti was bottled on Feb 12 2010, i feel this beer will age very well. i will definately buy more.

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

Bottled 1/9/13: Pours motor oil black color, like a black hole, with a thick 1 finger creamy/foamy light brown head that faded very slowly with lava like bubbles popping as it eased down leaving excellent lacing gripping the sides with foamy rings after each sip. A layer remains on top, officially making this a very impressive stout to admire as the aroma seeps out of the glass like an alluring siren (yes, siren was used in the classic mythology context…).

Smells of fresh coffee beans, chocolate syrup or hot fudge, cocoa powder, vanilla, peat moss, burnt wood which I assume is the oak aged influence, and a whole muddled wave of chocolate and coffee malts mixed together for an incredibly rich aroma. Might be detecting hints of brown sugar and molasses, but in the grand scheme of things the differentiation is not required as this is dominated by coffee and chocolate and it smells really damn great.

Tastes as good as it smells, and if you are into coffee stouts then this is sublime perfection: roasted malts, fresh coffee beans, chocolate syrup or hot fudge, cocoa powder, vanilla, peat moss, burnt wood, oak notes, brown sugar, molasses, burnt grains, burnt toast, light floral hops, and what seems like dry chalk ; it’s quite acidic and bitter, but the robust coffee and chocolate notes cradle the hops to balance this just enough not to make this like a cold stale coffee, but in fact like a dynamic espresso infused stout. This Yeti series pretty much nails it every time and this brew is smooth, flavorful and extremely complex for a beer that is actually dependent on two main flavors which somehow seem to alter a bit with each sip as it warms up. The bottle states that this is a stout aged on oak chips with coffee added in the mix, so that must be the secret to the hyper reaction of the intense mixed flavors. I don’t know how else to explain the complexity of the ingredients used, but I can surely state that I have enjoyed every sip of this bomber.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and slick for such a thick, chewy beer with a heavy body, mild carbonation, lots of coffee bitterness like a cup of Starbucks, and a semi-dry finish that trails off with plenty of roasted malts, cocoa and coffee notes. The alcohol is kept in check, and while it peeks through at times it is just another element in the very complex brew that doesn’t let up.

Overall an excellent stout, and with almost 6 months of aging it was delicious, so I’m hoping the next bottle I open at year’s end is even better with some age adding more depth and flavor. This was a great beer and one I highly recommend trying if you are a fan of big, bold coffee stouts. World class indeed.

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 StrangeBrewer76
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pored opaque into a chalice with a two layer head. One sticky tan skin with widely varying bubble sizes that lasts and lasts and a 1/2 finger head under that with all medium bubbles that faded rather quickly.

My nose is a little stuffy but there's no denying the roasted coffee and oak smell in this one. I may also be getting a little butter too, very appealing.

WOW! The taste is truly exceptional. Coffee, big bittersweet chocolate and a slight, well placed alcohol burn in the end. Really phenomenal.

Mouthfeel too, could not be better. As smooth as can be at the start then the carbonation flourishes to make it creamy and soft. There is an insignificant bite from the bitter chocolate that a few months in the cellar will surely polish over. This one was bottled less than three weeks ago, very fresh.

Drinkability for this beer may be closing the gap between session beers and imperial or bigger beers. I could have another one of these if I had another one of these but that would really just be indulgent. If there were a cask or a tap of this that I was not paying for I could have quite a few. I think my taste buds would give up before I wanted them to drinking this.

If you can afford it buy a case +1. Drink one and treat yourself in the months to come with a beer that will likely age very, very well.

Photo of TylerKitchens
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 bottle...less coffee, more oak

Photo of generalnotsew
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick, thick cocoa head. Took 4 pours to fill oversized wine glass. Lacing is very heavy and sparkling like it has diamonds in it. Could be because I don't usually drink beer 10 am.

S: Burnt coffee and strong chocolate notes.

T: Beautiful sweet chocolate taste that does overpower the coffee just enough to edge it out into the sweet and malty side. Bit of a hop bite in the aftertaste but more coffee aftertaste than anything.

M: Nice carbonation. Better than most RIS as this one just seems thicker to me than most.

D: I could drink on this stuff all day. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Maybe even midnight snack.

My first oak aged brew and it didn't disappoint at all. This edges out Old Raspy and Founders IMO. If you are a fan of the style then I highly recommend this.

Photo of Mmar0228
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber bottled on 1/08/15 into a footed stout glass. Fridge temp and allowed it to slowly come up to cellar temp.

Pitch black with no translucency. Two inch mocha head that dissipates within a few minutes. Sticky lacing that slowly creeps and reappears with each sip.

Smells upfront dark chocolate, toffee, dark fruit, vanilla, earthy and strong espresso.

Tastes of chocolate, malty, vanilla, roasted espresso and ends slightly bitter and a hint of oak. ABV masked well.

Creamy mouth feel, moderately oily and medium bodied.

One of my favorite coffee stouts and and would put it right next tho FBS. I cant find to much wrong with this one.

Photo of blackjack000
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into goblet.

Appearance: Dark, dark, fertile earth black. The head is a beautiful burnt caramel, which lazily clings to the glass.

Smell: Dark roasted coffee beans, crumbled baker's chocolate, and molasses.

Taste: Bitter, roasted coffee beans and baker's chocolate. Almost exactly mirrors the aroma. It's such a perfect and bold mixture of the coffee, bitter chocolate, and molasses flavors, with a touch of hops twang to keep it from dredging too far--balanced with a heavy emphasis on roastiness.

Photo of horshack7
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a snifter with a nice two fingers of mocha colored head. That leaves behind very nice lacing. On to the color this beast of a beer is sinister black. Nothing but pure darkness.

Aroma: As the sweet molasses looms over all the aromas it lets other roam freely. The espresso,burnt sugars, cocao, and all those dark roasted malts that give off such a sweet aroma.

Taste: Well a nuke of flavor. Tons of dark roasted malty goodness. With burnt sugar and even darker roasted hops that have a slight bit of smokiness. Chocolate malts wtih the molasses go so very well with each other. A nice bit of hop bitterness on the tail end to round it out. With a creamy and full bodied mouthfeel.

Notes: There very well may be a yeti inside this brew it got turned into a tidal wave of nectar. Cheers.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a thick, dark, motor oil style black. Puffy one inch coffee colored head forms, with spots of foam down the glass as I drink.

Smells like bright, just brewed esresso, chocolate, and darkly roasted malt.

Tastes like bitter espresso, sweet milk chocolate, vanilla (likely from the oak-aging), a bit of oak, and some slight hop bitterness.

Full, sludgy mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated.

The best Yeti variant I've had yet. One of the purest coffee expressions in beer I've had. So thick, and so good.

Photo of Meandmymonkey
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a moderately thick, dark tan head that left good lacing. First smell comes off very sweet with lots of vanilla and caramel or toffee. The oak is definitely there too but I did expect a bigger espresso presence but was instead very subtle. First taste was all oak aged bourbon and deep roasted coffee. Thick and syrupy that coats your mouth in delicious flavor. They really did one-up the original yeti which was already one of my favorite beers. As always, I would love to age this to see where it goes but it's much harder to put such awesome brews away in storage than it is to just pop the top off and drink them. This is an excellent beer.

Photo of RicoBrew
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Great Divide Brewery. The espresso roast coffee beans are provided by Pablo's, which is a local coffee shop.

A - Pitch...Black. No seriously, I'm pretty sure it absorbs all wavelengths of visible light. The head is a nice dark caramel/tan color with minimal lacing.

S - Pretty much what you'd think. Imagine if you got a shot of espresso and added an ounce of chinook hop pellets to it. Now imagine if you added a little bit of caramel syrup to that. It's so warm and inviting you have to take a sip.

T - The oak tannins hit you first like if you hit a wall. That oak wall quickly fades to the espresso/coffee flavor, and that quickly fades to the deep, dark roasted barley and/or carafa taste. If you like to dive into a deep dark cup of coffee, then this is the right beer for you. They do a masterful job of balancing the coffee and the roasted barley flavors. The oak mellows it out really well.

M - Thick, but not obstructive. Enough oily texture to coat your tongue with the flavor, but then it quickly melts away.

D - This is a great dessert beer. Either as a liquid dessert or as part of a regular dessert. I'd just love to pour this over a couple of scoops of vanilla gelato.

Photo of ilikebeer03
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bomber dated 1/10/12. poured into snifter.

A: pours jet black. nice tan head. fades after about minute to a nice tan ring. pretty good lacing.

S: chocolate, coffee, oak, vanilla, leather maybe? coffee is not as strong on the nose as i would have anticipated.

T: I was afraid the coffee would have faded considering the bottle is 13 months old. I was wrong. Very forward coffee. Lots of chocolate. slight vanilla (less than in oaked yeti in my opinion)

M: Very nice. Smooth, creamy, very well carbonated.

O: very good beer.

Photo of RB07OSU
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My full review and pictures of the appearance and lacing is linked at the bottom, fresh off the tap to enhance the experience. Plus a poll so you can give feedback on your impressions. Blog is linked back to beeradvocate reviews.

Appearance: Deep copper head, with no daylight coming through. Deep black coloration.

Aroma: The espresso is certainly dominant, certainly has a breakfast hint to it. Vanilla and slightly smoked notes are discernible.

Taste: Intense espresso flavor. Very roasty, rich and malty. Hoppy, but subtle. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and very complex along the way.

Lacing: Uneven spiral down the glass, but pretty. The lacing is solid.

Finish: Surprisingly smooth considering the bold body. You get more of the oak-barrel flavor and vanilla notes prevailing in the end, which counteracts the intial hoppy character.

Overall: This is simply a fantastic beer. This certainly cracks my top 10 beers that I have had (I've tried many). The beer is very complex overall and has a high ABV, yet the alcohol is masked and the more interesting characteristics are prevalent in the body and finish. There really aren't many weaknesses in this beer, minus a slightly over the top espresso aroma. Still, this beer is a must have and I would order it every time.

http://taylor1805.wordpress.com/2011/01/29/saturday-stout-review/

Photo of rhinos00
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A- Wow! Fudge and dark chocolate with a an absolutely beautiful cream colored head that reminds me of a cloud sitting on top of my beer. Leaves beautiful lacing with nice head retention.

S- Getting a lot of different aromas in this. Aside from the espresso scent, there is plenty of malt and oak abound. Also getting a slight hops aroma, which is more than welcomed.

T- Damn this is one tasty treat. The espresso flavor blends perfectly with the coffee, chocolate malt base. I can't even begin to express as to how surprised I was with this one. The beer finishes with a hint of hops.

M- Almost perfect. Medium to heavy bodied with decent carbonation. If this was a little thicker it would have been heavenly.

D- Drinkability? I'm questioning why I only bought one bottle of this.

Overall, kudos to Great Divide for making this fantastic beers. Easily my favorite beer by them and one of the best beer I have recently had. Definitely recommended!

Photo of sweemzander
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on March 05, 2009.

(A)- Pours thick & black as night. Produced an incredibly large & fluffy/billowy dark brown head that isnt going anywhere; its clinging to every inch of the sides of the glass as it barely dissipates.

(S)- Rich vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, raisin, butterscotch, & a spice I cant pinpoint; cinnamon?(Must be from the Oak). Simply gorgeous & wonderful. Just the tiniest hint of roasted coffee grounds.

(T)- Not much espresso in this, but has a great mildly sweet molasses & brown sugar maltiness that melds into a delicate dry oaky vanilla finish. Dynamic and silky smooth with no harshness; just a bit of roastedness in the middle.

(M)- One of the smoothest stouts I may have ever had. Fantastic alcohol integration & balance. Not too sweet, not too malty, not too bitter, just a perfect combination that is layered here and there.

(D)- Simply a remarkable stout! I am slightly disappointed that there isnt much espresso in this, but I quickly forgot that when I smelled and tasted this. Simply amazing! This bottle did not last long at all! Every Yeti I have had has been fantastic, but this one with almost a year of age on it is nearly orgasmic. I am excited to see what further aging will do to it. Now. . . where can I find a case?

Photo of blazin5050
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I originally bought this beer for my cousin as he is a lover of imperial stouts and my beer store told me this one was a keeper and I trust so 1 is in the cellar now. So my review is as so...

A: black and rich, this beer could drown out the lights of heaven. Originally about .25" head but after a severe pour, no tilting, I finally find my head!(1.5" of beautiful chocolate color)

S: Definite coffee and roasted malts, they just have no way to even try to hide, espresso stout was the name and coffee wasn't an option. Upon being a bomber and a half in I find more fruitiness along the lines of dark tree fruit; ie... black cherry, plum, etc...

T: Like I said in aroma the espresso is no joke and the oak is almost impossible to trace. Also like I mentioned prior being about 30 ozs in now the oak is there, but subtly. After all being professionals as most BA's strive for, the fruitiness is there slightly, but I wouldn't say killed by the strong flavors of coffee and Imperial stout, to be completely honest they accentuate them.

M: A lingering flavor which I'm not sure should be typed here or in taste, alas it is my review so f*** off(JP!)! I'd say maybe slightly under whole milk for the weight, and a tangy acidity that grabs the inside of the cheeks. With my rating though it's obviously in a good way!

D: A good dessert beer, in many European countries they drink coffee or espresso at the end of a meal, probably would do very well with a very nicely charred smokey brisket(Texas style). I'd like to find this next to my cheesecake. Actually a pairing with something as rich as a classic cherry cheesecake would be perfect, but there are many other options out there, just choose something more dominant as the flavor does tend to linger. All in all an amazing beer and I cheers to the Great Divide with a Houblon Chouffe glass of their finest!

Photo of Cylinsier
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Pours jet black, nut brown fluffy head over an inch, slow dissipation.

Nose is rich chocolate, coffee, caramel, oats and oak.

Tastes of light chocolate, caramel, and potent flavorful espresso coffee. The coffee is prominent but not acidic and comes across smoothly.

Full, thick body with creamy tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Fantastic, one of the best stouts I can think of. Hides its strength well, goes down smooth, a sipper that you have to fight gulping, which is rare in a stout. Would have this again and again and I hope to try the other variations soon.

Photo of jtd1969
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark black like oil, frothy brown head with great lacing

S - some oak, chocolate, sweat malt, but mostly coffee.

T - Lot's espresso bean with roasty malts, smooth chocolate. Well blended

M - Full body, good carbonation, smooth, nice hop finish

O - Wow, what a beer! A must try! Really Really good

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,483 ratings.