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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,027
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Avg: 4.24
pDev: 17.69%
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Great Divide Brewing Company
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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 blitz134
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of marvin213
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black, bold and beautiful, this big stout has head that initially looks black. The cap has hoppy-retention staying power, and it looks fittingly like a cold coffee. It's intriguing and mysterious. Though I find little fault with the looks of the liquid, world-class beers shouldn't have cheap aluminum wrappers on top.

The coffee isn't as strong in the nose as it looks to the eye. Roasted malts certainly make a presence, as does the oak. I know there's a chocolate-version Yeti, but I detect some chocolate on the nose of this one. Based on the look, however, the smell is disappointingly tame.

Robust malts precede a ground espresso aftertaste. Again, I sense some chocolate. Oak lingers in the background of every sip. The espresso-hop combination offers a terrific bittering effect. It adds warmness without the pungent sting of excessive alcohol. Still, it tastes medicinal. The robust chocolate malt flavor collides with a hop-bombed coffee like artificial additives to a child's cough syrup. This beer is ethanol with a plethora of added flavor.

Espresso and malts make for a wonderfully warm mouthfeel. They coat the palate with goodness. Though the oak is present and enjoyable, it's tough to find its purpose. Where normally oak provides a medium for liquid, this beer's got too much going on for oak to offer significant influence. As chocolately as this one is, it certainly makes me curious about the chocolate version....

Drinkability is pretty good. It's good medicine with flavor. The coffee imparts some limitations, as do the bittering hops, but this beverage is really a uniquely balanced combination of a bunch of good beer stuff. Though not complex enough to be all that sought after, it's a quality-enough bottle to pick up when available.

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Photo of Zorro
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black colored ale with dark brown colored head; closest to a black colored head I have yet seen.

Strong espresso scent. Very strong coffee aroma that crowds out just about all other smells. Faint vanilla and caramel scent with a slight smell of wine.

Starts out mildly sweet with a heavy roasted malt flavor and a bit of smoke. Strong black coffee with a sharp bitterness to it at first. Bitterness abates as you drink it a bit. There is some vanilla and caramel in this. In summary though this is big damn bossy coffee beer.

Mouthfeel is chocolate milk shake thick.

Good drinkability / overall. But this isn't a mildly flavored beer, this is the Hells Angel of Coffee beers, it can get a little rough.

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Photo of PatrickSwayze
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

January 2, 2012 Bottle

A: This one poured sludge like motor oil think and gnarly as hell

S: The forefront of the smell is coffee and background of roast and hints of dark chocolate

T:  First flavor to roll onto the tongue is coffee and chocolate with a complementary saltiness at the edges. Roast and grassy hop notes are noticed as you breathe out.

M: Medium bodied full flavored and easily drinkable 

O: This beer was pretty damn good. Of all the Yeti's that i have had, this one is prolly the second best falling behind the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys coffee infused stouts 

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Photo of cjgator3
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle
Bottled Feb 13 2009

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark black color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is very dark and roasty with a lot of fresh roasted coffee in the nose. There is also some hops and a good dose of alcohol but the coffee is definitely the dominant smell in the aroma. Very nice! Can't wait for my first sip!

T- The taste starts out pretty smooth with some roasted malts and a hint of sweetness. It quickly to bitterness with a lot of bitter coffee and hop flavors in the finish. There is definitely a lot of hops in the finish, definitely one of the hoppier Imperial Stouts.

M- The mouthfeel is a little on the thick side with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout is some great stuff. Not exactly the most drinkable beer in the world, it is definitely a sipper. Overall, this is one that I would definitely pick up again. Highly Recommended!

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Photo of hopsbreath
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Over the span of two hours I enjoyed this beer, packaged in bomber form, poured by parts into my snifter. I just got off third shift at the hospital and whipped up some chocolate chip pancakes to pair with this for breakfast before getting some much needed shut eye. Boy what a treat. A special thanks to Sam at Beverage World (elgiacomo) for pointing this out one day when I was in a Stout mood. It wasn't on my radar after a disappointing experience with regular Oak Aged Yeti, but he suggested it was worth my time.

The pour on this is as expected for a big stout, there is a big tan head with crimson hues sitting on top of an opaque black liquid. No light penetrates this bad boy. Just as I expect an Impy Stout to look.

The smell is what initially hit me on this one. Big coffee and roasted espresso bombarded me before I even got the pour going! A huge pfft that escaped when I popped the top let me know the carbonation was not under done and rocketed the coffee into my nostrils. Big classic Stout roasted aromas were also there in abundance. This was truly shaping up to be a great brew.

The taste of this for now is what I am going to be comparing all other coffee stouts too. Not only is the coffee there in a big way like expected, but it is a big bold fresh coffee flavor that lacks the less exciting stale flavor that lot of coffee stouts seem to have. Unexpected was the amount of semi-sweet bakers chocolate that showed up on this. There is a LOT of chocolate here. It actually becomes too sweet and choc lately as I drink more. I can appreciate that though so I'm not going to knock it for being more than expected.

The mouthfeel is a little over carbonated for my taste, but is still appropriate for the style. The thick syrupy body is great but with less carbonation it would be a lot smoother and more decadent.

This is a 9.5% big rich beer. Drinkability is what you would expect. I would have liked to share this rather than drinking the whole bomber but was already well into it before that thought occurred. By then, I had to finish.

I will drink this one again. There is a certain fudgy quality to this beer that I have the rare chance to experience. I would love to share this with my wife when we meet back up in a few weeks and would reccomend it for anybody looking for the proper breakfast beer.

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Photo of goldbot
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12 February 2010.

This one pours pitch black with really thick, foamy, dark tan head. Good lacing. Intense chocolate and coffee aromas, very rich and roasty. A smooth coffee flavor mixed with rich dark chocolate. Moderate sweetness with plenty of roast malt. Falls just a bit flat, lacking complexity. Very smooth, creamy mouthfeel with no bitterness from the coffee. Carbonation still lends a slight crispness.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with a rich coffee colored head with good retention.

Smells of chocolate and coffee, with some bitter herb notes and a faint oak scent.

Sharp bitter espresso rounded with a strong chocolate coating. Finishes with a bitter herb bite and a faint oak dryness. A very good beer, but the coffee dominates a little too much - seems forced.

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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...

CHEERS!!

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Photo of Dunkelganger4
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 120z bottle into my Lucifer goblet.
Appearance: Dark jet black with a thin but lingering tan-colored head
Aroma: Chocolate dominates with espresso/coffee backing it up.
Taste: The espresso/coffee notes come through first laying a foundation for the chocolate to work off of throughout the beer. Some oak tannins are present to contrast the sweetness of the beer, and become increasingly more present as the beer warms. A hint of alcohol is present towards the finishes alongside the the increasing roastiness. After warming, the roastiness and booziness take over the taste and renders it barely drinkable.
Mouthfeel: Not as viscous as I would have thought but still quite smooth and medium-high with the alcohol adding a some mouthfeel to the beer. The carbonation is medium
Overall: An overhyped beer that doesn't deliver. The aroma needs more complexity and the taste needs the flavors to meld better instead of each flavor showing up at a different time by itself.

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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,027 ratings.