Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Avg: 4.24
pDev: 17.69%
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Colorado, United States

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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 Cavery
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml shared with Klym, bottle dated Jan 10 2011

Poured into Over-Sized Wine glass

A: Brownie fudge bubbles form a crust above the midnight black body of the beer. Incredibly dirty mud lacing with huge liquid waterfalls of stickiness. The amount of dark bubble mayhem reeked on the glass is something to behold. This beer isn't even that old, and it's already doing what many barrel-aged offerings do after years of isolation. The dark fudge bubbles show noticeable longevity.

S: Lots of faintly nutty oak that gives into a bittering note of espresso. The beans give off a very creamy note of rich roasts. The coffee in here really is reminding me of Kopa Luwak, I've had this before and most certainly didn't get this strong of a note. The bean derived creaminess is pretty overwhelming, but marries with with the oak. Incredibly creamy and rich, not unlike Kopa Luwak Coffees.

T: Once again, nutty oak that gives into the Kopa Luwak-like coffee notes. Other notes of cocoa nibs, bitter bakers chocolates, and almonds come to mind. However, all of this takes a backseat to the espresso qualities. It's a bit overwhelming with some awkwardly bitter lingers and woody acidity. Good, but it tastes young and underdeveloped.

M: Creamy and gentle on the tongue, but a bit powdery and drying from the wood. The wood of the oak isn't too acidic, but it does enough to give you a sensation in the back of the throat. All in all it's currently at a medium body, and is a bit dissonant in the mouth. Time will round this one out.

O: I've had this beer before, and it must have had a lot more age on it because I thought it was a lot better. This beer really does show all the indication that it's young, but the taste profile is a seed of complexity. I am really struck by how kopa luwak like the espresso is at the moment. Having had Mikeller's Weasel, I can't help but notice the similarity in the tastes. Currently the espresso is overwhelming deeper notes, but the creamy mouth is already there. Once the acidity of the barrel mellows out, and the nutty character comes out; you have a winner. This beer is much better with time.

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Photo of teetee523
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a complex beer with alot going on, which I love. The color was dark brown with a brownish, mahogany head. Little or no lacing here. The aroma was bready with cocoa and vanilla mixed in. Strong, dark, near burnt coffee flavors at first with big chocolate flavors developing. Alcoholic finish dominates the hoppy malts at the ends. Somewhat of a thin mouthfeel, my only complaint with this beer. Overall, a great beer.

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Photo of SassyBootblack
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black and opaque, with a thick brown head.

Smell: Coffee aroma is prevelant. A little chocolatey.

Taste: Wow, lots going on here! The biggest flavor component is the oak and there's a little vanilla from that. Behind that you can find the coffee and malt if you look for it.

Mouthfeel: Maybe it's just because the beer is so busy, but it seemed full bodied.

This beer will definitely give you something to chew on and think about. While nice, it had a little too much going on with the oak running the show. I might drop some adjectives the next time I reach for a Yeti.

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Photo of 57md
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is a deep dark brown almost black color. There is more than a finger of head that took some time to dissipate. The nose has roasted notes. The body is hearty and the roast profile is robust. There are also slight hints of vanilla and coffee in the flavor profile. Unfortunately, there is the undeniable presence of an off-flavor that is difficult to place.

This offering also has the hoppiness of a black ale. However, the lingering bitterness appears to come more from the roast than the hops.

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Photo of paulozanello
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at The Big Hunt in DC.
Looks great on a goblet. Black and opaque with a creamy light brown/redish foam. Amazing retention and lacing.
Smell is kinda faint but heavily based on chocolate with some coffee and wooden notes. Chocolate is still the main player here.
Taste follows the nose with malty and chocolaty start and some hop flavors. Coffee follows (not very strong) also with some wooden and sort of sour notes. Aftertaste is full of hop bitterness.
Body is full and carbonation is moderate. Mouthfeel is creamy but not even close to the regular Yeti (which I had in a bottle). Moderate to high drinkability.
Overall I didn't really taste that much more coffee and oak on this one. Still a good imperial stout though.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber picked up at Farmer's Harvest, into my brand new Great Divide pint glass,

A: Pours black with a small brown head, good retention, average lacing.

S: Coffee heavy, it certainly smells like espresso, you get what's advertised and it's big and appealing.

T: Bitter coffee dominates immediately with a lot of dark chocolate and a hint of charcoal thrown in there too. The residual sugar comes in and mixes with the espresso for a sweeter finish. The coffee is robust, overt and in your face, arguably the most pronounced coffee beer I've ever had, definitely one that's commercially brewed.

M: Full-bodied, smooth, strong coffee influence throughout, a hint of booze in the finish which is okay by me, with an off-dry finish.

D: This is a big one for sure. Not as integrated and balanced as Peche Mortel, the coffee isn't trying to be cute; it's a coffee beer and you know it. I don't drink coffee in my day to day life, but I do enjoy it in beer, but this was almost too much for me at times, hence the 3. Definitely an experience, be careful, this one can stain your clothes, I learned that first hand.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage: 2010 Served from tap into an imperial pint. Pours black with a tan one finger head that lingers. Maintains nice lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt and coffee beans. The flavor was of malt and massive coffee. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall it was a pretty nice for a coffee flavored Russian Imperial Stout. The coffee was overwhelming in flavor though and most likely covered up a lot of the subtle flavors that might have been present. However it was still quite enjoyable and this is coming from a non-coffee drinker.

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Photo of jwc215
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled March 05 2009 -

Poured into snifter -

POurs very dark brown to black with a rich brown head with ruby highlights. Head stays a few seconds before slowly descending to a slowly vanishing cover. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of chocolate, licorice, roasted coffee, and a touch of vanilla/oak.

The taste is sweet and boozy with a strong roast presence. The coffee gives a roast - nearly burnt character to the underlying chocolate, slight licorice, and molasses. A touch of vanilla/oak comes through in the finish.

It is full-bodied, as the style requires.

As with the other two Yetis I've had (the standard and the oak aged), this is a very nice, strong sipper. I don't know that I liked quite as much as the other two, as the roasted coffee dilutes the other complexities a bit. Still, a the base beer is great and the espresso adds a roasty character and the oak is there, but not overwhelming. Another winner in the Yeti family.

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Photo of MissSarah
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Carbon copy black with a tawny-brown head

Nose: Roasty vanilla beans, butterscotch candies, and dark chocolate morsels

Taste: Drinking Espresso Oak Aged Yeti is like selecting the molasses chew from a Russel Stover’s box and chasing it with a tasty espresso - delightfully bittersweet

Mouthfeel: Chewy and indulgent

Overall: Made for snow days, decadent brunching, and the occasional cinnamon donut fix

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Photo of jar2574
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 22 ounce bottle. Humongous 2-inch tan head over a completely black beer. No light gets through even when held directly up to bright light. Excellent lacing throughout the drinking experience.

Nice smell of roasted malts and espresso. As it heats up towards the end of the bottle you smell the alcohol, and some chocolate as well.

Tastes of roasted malts, vanilla, espresso, alcohol, plums. There's a lot of vanilla flavor in here - it's surprisingly sweet, especially as it warms up. Very good though.

Mouthfeel is thick, heavy, creamy. It's a meal in a beer - you don't find many as chunky as this one.

Very good beer but it doesn't mask the alcohol as well as some imperial stouts. I don't think I'd drink two 22 ounce bottles in a row, partly because of the 9.5% ABV but also because it's a sipping beer not a session beer.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well the pour may have been a little rough, but wow! Black as night, I can't see anything coming through, even when held up to the light. The coffee-brown head was huge, about four fingers worth, and it had pretty darn good staying power. Lacing was patchy but good. Most imperial stouts don't look this good.

Smell is strongly coffee, with notable woody aromas, burnt and roasted malts, and some dark semi-sweet chocolate. and a smidge of alcohol.

Taste follows the smell almost exactly, except that you taste more of the roasted and burnt malts, and the espresso flavors are even stronger. Woody oak flavors are plentiful. Unsweetened baker's chocolate comes to mind as you're noticing how dry this beer is.

Body is full, with creamy carbonation and a very dry, bitter coffee/oak finish. The alcohol isn't really noticeable except for the kick. Might do fine with some age on it: I drank it fresh tho.

Overall it's tasty but I wouldn't want to drink it very often. It's a bit overly dry, but if you're into coffee and oak aged stouts, this one's for you.

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Photo of Dotcubed
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As an occasional espresso consumer & coffee nerd I felt this was something I needed to try before cellaring one.
I'm running out of space the allotted me in the apartment.

Bottle dated Feb. 2009
Inky Black. Decent retention. Creamy sticky foam.

Smells of chocolaty coffee.

Decadently bitter. A coffee version IPA?

First sip filled with the promise of a caffeine buzz. A bit Chalky.
Hints of Grapefruit and bold coffee flavor. Warming heat from some alcohol. May become less hot over time.

Begs to be paired with eggs, bacon.
This would really make the perfect english breakfast.

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Photo of herman77
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours very dark brown/black with a big velvety dark beige head. Amazing head retention and great lacing.

S: Lots going on in the aroma. Coffee is obviously most apparent, as well as roasted malt. Chocolate, sweet vanilla and a hint of oak. There is surprisingly some hop presence too.

T: Again, the roasted astringent coffee taste is the most noticeable and takes over all the other flavors. Its not incredibly strong flavored, but a little too much for my liking. Underneath that is roasted malt, bittersweet dark chocolate, a bit of vanilla and a nice mild oak/wood flavors. Hops try to poke through near the finish, but are overtaken by the coffee. Long coffee and roasted malt finish.

M: Fuller body, smooth and soft carbonation. A little thick.

D: ABV is hidden well, its the coffee part that gets to me after awhile. Would love to try the normal oak aged Yeti now.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- espresso oak pours a mocha opaque body with good creamy head of foam that lingers on the edges

S- creamy vanilla, oak, cocoa nibs, and some coffee with massive cream and sugar

T- so creamy with the dark cocoa and chocolate flavor. Good vanilla and oak flavors slides through

M- smooth and creamy as it gets

O- nice brew from great divide. Put some more coffee in this and I'll buy a case

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Photo of russwbeck
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with nhindian. Tried side by side with the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti

A: As with all the Yetis, nice sized brown head rests atop a black and opaque pour. Espresso has a nicer sized head, but the retention and lacing are very similar.

S: Smells a lot like Yeti, but with a lot more coffee. Chocolate is present, roasted malts throughout. Not a lot of booziness here.

T: Big coffee flavor here, bigger than the chocolate flavor is for the chocolate oak aged. The wood in this one, as I drink it, seems to be as prominent, and similar to how it was in the oak aged version. Sort of sticks with you throughout the drink.

MF: This one is far more bitter than the chocolate oak aged version. However, the creaminess is also gone. Same warming booziness is present.

O: While I view this one as better than the chocolate and oak aged version, none of them are as good as fresh Yeti. A little disappointed, but it is still very good. Was looking for a littler more here.

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Photo of bbeane
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into PALM snifter... starts with brown finger thick head that disappears slowly leaving a spotted web of lacing. Beer is black with no light showing through when held up

S- Smells very chocolatey, more so then coffee or espresso... mixed with sweet malts

T- Starts out malty sweet, chocolatey, and finishes with a hint of oakey earthy bitterness. As it warms, more of the espresso starts to come out in the flavor

M- Lightly carbonated with a full body

D- A good barrel aged stout, enjoyable to drink, but not my favorite...


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3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours absolutely gorgeous just like a big stout should, hosting a nearly four finger thick malted milk chocolate brown head. Great retention as it slowly fades leaving a wall of fat lace and rocky bubbles. Body is thick tar blackness. Nose has tones of smoked malts, espresso beans, dark fruits and even faint minerally hop character. Wow, they were going for an espresso feel(of course) with this one and they hit it o the nose. The first thing you taste is full rich espresso feel that is silky as it glides across the tongue. The second thing I notice is the distinct oaky feel which I may have overlooked as hops on the nose. Definitely more oaky than the other aged Yeti. As you drink that oak feel really wears on the tongue and becomes to dominate for me. Mouthfeel is of oak and dry dark fruits. Drinkability would be much better if the oak wasn't so overpowering.

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours pitch black, with one finger of some of the darkest brown head I've ever seen. The head dissipated surprisingly slowly, and left blankets of lacing. About as good as an imperial stout can look.

Smell: Surprisingly sweet. The coffee is there, but it smells more like a cappuccino or other sweet coffee drink rather than espresso. Hints of alcohol as well.

Taste: Oak and hops are the two dominant flavors - this is a very hoppy stout, and the oak is more evident than in most other beers. Not as much of a coffee flavor as I was expecting - it's there, but seems to blend into the background. I think the oak/hops are a bit overpowering. It's definitely a good beer, but I would have liked to see the espresso flavors come through a little more. Alcohol is noticeable as well.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. Carbonation might be a tad high.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this beer, but I was a bit let down by the lack of espresso/coffee flavors. I wish I had a regular oak aged yeti to compare it to, so I could try to notice the differences. Still, a very enjoyable beer, and one I would have again. It was not a chore at all to drink the whole bomber.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I’ve been anticipating this Yeti ever since I tasted the oaked version; adding a little coffee to that stout sounds like a prescription for awesome.

Brewed over five months before the date of this tasting (December 17, 2012).

A: The body pours thick, colored a chocolate brown with reddish hues. It’s covered by a dark tan head that bubbles slowly out of existence, leaving a few strings of lacing behind.

S: An unrelentingly coffee-forward nose, erupting with intense aromas of rich roasts, mocha, hazelnut, and charred oak barrel – an aromatic coffee tone on a bed of chocolaty, round tones. Cocoa, cinnamon-sugar, and the warm hint of bourbon are blended beneath.

T: Like the other Yetis, this is dense and chocolaty: chalky, bittersweet cocoa, fig, anise, and vanilla taffy form the base character. Bitter hop flavors of earthy pine and grass intensify the palate, coupled with a woody, astringent alcohol taste. Though one-dimensional, there is an oaky, smoked finish that brings this beer to a dry, toasted aftertaste. Simple, sweet, satisfying.

M: Moderate body with a pronounced crack of fizzy carbonation. While this is a high-alcohol stout, there’s nothing here that’s too thick to keep it from being undrinkable.

O: Though it’s a potent coffee stout, this beer, like most of the Yetis, has a blended flavor – it’s tough to pick out individual tastes, that is, when everything runs together with a single roasted character. Nonetheless (again, like most of the Yetis), I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Gold foiled cap.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/2" orangey dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head falls gradually down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet coffee and light alcohol. Taste starts richly sweet, gives a peek of coffee in the middle, heads out with a coffee bitterness that fades in alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, with pretty good drinkability for the style. Liked the CHocolate version better.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this one at Julios randomly...

A: Awesome look. Dark as night with a nice thick mocha head that slowly disipates.

S: Smells slightly hoppy with nice oak eminating through the nose. Not much else going on in the scent.

T: Eh, not too crazy about this one. A little too hoppy with not enough coffee taste to be called "Espresso". Tastes kind of like a regular Oak Aged Yeti. Kind of disappointing.

M: Aweome amount of carbonation. Helps to make this brew much better.

D: Goes down mediocre. A little hard because of the hoppiness. It would been great with more coffee flavor.

All in all, this is a little bit disappointing. I thought it would be better than it was. I expected more coffee flavor for an espresso oak aged. It just tasted like a standard oak aged.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on either Mar or May 06 2009. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. Emerges pitch black with no light penetration. Topped by a huge, creamy, foamy light chocolate covered head. Beautiful and perfect in both size and structure. Lacing creats a veil impenetrable by light or sight.

Aroma was a bit of a let down. Not a whole lot of espresso or coffee aromas. Mostly chocolate and raisins and figs and licorice. Sweet and alcoholic with a touch of bakers chocolate.

Certainly a bit of the espresso emerges in the flavor. The coffee makes its way to the palate about midway through; preceded by sweet chocolate and followed by bittersweet chocolate. Their is a bit of astringency and a weird kind of metallic/raw alcohol flavor, kind of like cheap vodka. The espresso bitterness really lends itself toward the end but is a bit earthy and almost like tree bark.

Full bodied with a bit of astrigency. Good beer overall. Some weird flavors going on though. Not sure if it is from the espresso or just off flavors all around. Cant quite put my finger on why, but this one needs a little bit of rounding out.

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Photo of snpub540
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a motor oil brown, almost black but not quite. Had a chocolate very clingy head that left awesome lacing the whole way down.

Smell was like opening a grinder full of fresh ground coffee. Pretty intense. A little toasty malt as well but thats about it.

Flavors were very complex and changed as the drink warmed. First sips were mostly bitter coffee flavor. As the beer warmed I detected vanilla, piney hop flavor, roasted malts, and a slight caramel. Very nice indeed.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied but coated the palate nicely. Drinkability was good but the alcohol gets a little apparent when it warms up.

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black, huge fluffy coffee stained head with impressive retention. Spotty lacing left along sides of the snifter after each sip.

The aroma is slightly understated. Not nearly as strong as I had anticipated. No one smell is really standing out over another. Chocolate, oak, hop, and vanilla aromas mesh well together on the forefront. I am struggling to find anything but subtle coffee scents. Slight whiffs of alcohol are noticed.

The espresso come through much more clearly in the taste. Large amounts of coffee flavors up front followed closely by bittersweet chocolate. Lingering bitterness is hard to differentiate between espresso and hops. The vanilla and the oak flavors are present yet seemingly overwhelmed by the coffee's presence. Slight alcohol taste but not enough to be put off by it.

Full bodied while maintaining a smooth and almost creamy texture.

Tremendously drinkable assuming you are a coffee drinker. Drinks relatively easy given the size and complexity. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Stacy53
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great Divide- Espresso Oak Aged Yeti- Bottled on: 2/12/10
Just over 4 months old

A- Black all the way. Nice brown lacy head, does not stay long.

S- Deep dark chocolate and coffee smells. The smell is great.

T- Woody from the start. Espresso comes in midway and finished with another hit of the oak. I would have liked some more espresso with this one.

M- Full and smooth. A little bitter.

D- No question this one is drinkable, not much alcohol presence.

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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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