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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,018
Hads: 3,536
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 17.69%
Wants: 277
Gots: 769 | 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 roadhouse
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter.

Appears black as all black with a one inch thick tan head with tight CO2 bubbles. A bit of lacing is left behind.

Aromas is strongly of coffee, the oak is also there, with some slight dark fruit character. Also a touch of hop character coming through - citrusy.

Taste is immediately of espresso and it stays that way with other layers adding onto it. Midway through the oak kicks into full gear with the woody tone and a very strong vanilla component. Hops come in towards the finish and leave a citric bitterness combined with chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat thick and a very creamy consistency.

This one is...interesting. Not exactly what I thought it would be like, but I like it better than the regular Oaked Yeti. Still would prefer many other coffee beers over this, especially with the $10 per bottle tag. I had to try it though.

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Photo of boudreaux
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours as black as you can get; about a 2 finger head that lingers long into the drinking session; a fine looking beer

S - The coffee aroma hit me even before the beer was finished pouring out the tap;Holy Black Beer! The aroma is rich, with plenty of chocolate and coffee there, roasted and sweet.

T - start out with roasted and burnt, creamy coffee; the fine bubbly carbonation is a great complement to that; chocolate, vanilla, and oak are also prominent players in this beer; there is a little sweet and spicy combination, to; and finally a slight touch of alcohol

M - Smooth with a pleasant aftertaste left behind.

D- Just keep serving it on tap, and I'll be there

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Photo of cproioi
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pitch black body that ultimately absorbs light, with a rocky head that is much like weakly made chocolate milk. The aroma is made largely of huge scents of coffee and milk chocolate. Very little alcohol notes. The taste is largely of coffee and dark malts. The mouth feel is of alcohol warmth and finishes bone dry. It's a slow drinking beer that begs to be paired with vanilla bean ice cream

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Photo of Rayek
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Great Divide Tap Room.

A: Midnight black with a voluminous hot cocoa head. Head retention is decent, and patches of lace are left behind.

S: Smells like coffee being brewed in a pine forest, with the pine winning out. Hop aromas dominate with a heavy pine scent, but the coffee aromas do their best to keep up. Bakers chocolate is in the back doing its best to break through the other aromas.

T: The hops dominate, but the coffee gives them a run. After an initial hit of espresso and dark chocolate, bitterness bursts onto the scene with heavy pine and grapefruit flavors. Espresso flavors ride through the experience. Baking chocolate is there if you actively search for it. Finishes dry, with an odd citrus bitterness/coffee acidity combination.

M: Heavy body feels oily and slick. Carbonation is on the high side.

D: This brewery fresh sample really felt rough. Hops and coffee battled for dominance while leaving the other flavors behind. The acidity of the finish bothered me a bit. This beer is probably a worthy candidate for cellaring, simply to get things to smooth out. To be honest, the regular Oak Aged Yeti was a better fit for me.

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Photo of Aenema
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2/13.

Appearance - Pours jet black with a fluffy dark tan head. Rings of sticky lacing. Only slight negative is that the head is not very persistent.
Smell - Espresso and roasted malts.
Taste - Smooth chocolate, espresso, slight vanilla note, bitter finish.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied (was oddly thin at times and full at others), smooth
Drinkability - A sipper, but still relatively easy drinking. This is a rather rich beer though and one I recommend sharing.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thin head, opaque red-brown.

Rich malt, some cocoa and coffee nose.

Rich, pretty bitter from malt and even some leafy hops, even though this apparently expired last February. Bold flavor, and there's some oak and alcohol burn. Some leather and chocolate.

Standard mouthfeel.

This is pretty harsh, even with the age on it. Why would espresso need hopping so heavy?

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Photo of mjsheehan08
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looked thick and dark as it sludges out of the bottle. I have had lots of dark beers in my day, but this might be the darkest. No light comes from anywhere. Really attractive thick bubbly dark mocha head that isn't going anywhere. Some of the head does die down, but it sticks really well to the sides of the glass. 

Smells fresh, a strong wood presence with some vanilla, bourbon, strong coffee and dark chocolate. A wonderful blend of all of these and I spent about five minutes just smelling it. 

I get hit with a wave of strong coffee at first, which turns into a slight sweetness from the oat and vanilla notes. Finishes hop strong. The bitterness from the combination of the coffee and hops is almost cloying. There is not alot of sweetness in this beer, and it makes it's drinkability a little difficult. Overall, a really good beer but I wish I had split the bottle with someone. I will be really interested to see how this beer hold up in my cellar. I think some time will bring out some more vanilla notes that might have been hidden behind the coffee and hops. 

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Photo of davesway10
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Unfortunately, for me, this beer didn't do it. I am, for the record, I'm a huge fan of great divide beers. Always will be. maybe i got a bad bottle, maybe not. I have another that I will try later and edit if necessary. The color of this beer is awsome, the head is excellent. the taste is also excellent. However, I had coffee been "chunks" in my bottle. Not happy with this at all. This just shouldn't exist in a good beer . Sorry.

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Photo of AltBock
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber bottle with a recycled paper label and a tight gold foil over the cap. It's a basic label with the name of the beer in coffee grind colored letters and a small silhouette of the Yeti with a coffee mug in his hands. To the left is a description of the beer, another picture of the Yeti, and food pairings. To the right is all the mandatory US information and a stamped bottle on date at the bottom. My bottle was bottled on February 13, 2009 which happened to be one of the year's Friday the 13th.

Appearance: Because this was an Imperial Stout and since it was bottled on Friday the 13th, I had no other choice to pour this beer into my Maudite Snifter. Have you ever been to a coffee house before and ordered either an espresso or black coffee. Good! Take that pitch black color and up it 2 shades of black and you got the color of this beer. It's so black in color that if you hold up to the light, all you're going to see is a reflection of yourself in the glass. Light can and will not penetrate this beer's solid pitch black color. Sitting on top of this beer was a thick and creamy 1 1/2 inch dark mocha head of foam. This thick head of foam had some nice slow retention that left behind a thin mocha film and a hand full of tiny blots of lace around the glass. Solid black in color with a good head head of foam. Not much more you can ask for from a Coffee Imperial Stout appearance.

Smell: Great Divide wasn't joking around when they said this was an Espresso Aged Imperial Stout. Straight out of the barrel was the strong aroma of dark roasted espresso beans. Not only was there espresso beans, but I swear I smelled some coffee beans lurking behind the espresso beans. Following the coffee and espresso beans and equally as strong was the scent of dark roasted malts. After my nose got passed the malts, I was able to pick out some bitter dark chocolate, black cherry, a gentle touch of plum, charred oak, and a subtle whiff of vanilla toward the back. The beer had one of those aromas where you could stick your nose in it again and again and it will never get boring. A pleasure to smell!

Taste: This Imperial Stout was dark, thick, chewy, and roasted like the appearance and aroma. That would have been great if it didn't taste like the dark roasted malts and the bitter dark chocolate weren't jealous of the espresso and coffee beans. They didn't like they got top billeting so the chocolate and malts tied up the espresso and coffee and shoved them into a closet. The beans were able to see a little sunshine, but not as much as they saw in the aroma. Besides those 4 tastes, there was also the taste of charred oak, a touch of black cherry, and like the aroma, the taste finishes up with a hint of vanilla. Toward the bottom of the glass, the roasted coffee beans were able to escape the closet and show themselves to your taste buds. To me, it was a little too late.

Mouthfeel: This was a light bodied beer with a faint roasted aftertaste of malts and chocolate. if you believe that, then you're the one that believes that the Yeti owns a condo in Florida. This was a full bodied Imperial Stout with a low level of carbonation and a bitter and roasted aftertaste. It was bitter and roasted with dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, roasted espresso beans, roasted coffee beans, charred oak, and a speck of vanilla. This aftertaste will linger on for a few minutes and then it will decide to pack up it's espresso and coffee beans and leave.

Drinkability: If you like the regular and Oak Aged Yeti, then you should like this version of the Yeti. If you can't find this beer, grab an Oak Aged and add more chocolate and coffee to the mix and you got this beer. It was a good beer, but it was a little disappointing in the taste. Damn you chocolate and malts! It was fun to try, but I'd still rather have an Oak Aged Yeti.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a wonderfull inky, black color. Dark tan head. Lots of lacing.
S: Lots of sweet, boozy coffee odors. More boozy then coffee, but it is there, with hints of chocolate
T: The espresso shines through. Honestly, I was expecting A LOT more oak, but there are only slight hints (bottle is over a year old, oddly enough). Not that it is bad, but I was expecting more out of this beer. The oak is an aftertaste, with the espresso/coco flavor very much pushed to the front. Not complaining, just saying. Solid flavor profile, but nothing that blew my mind
M: Not overly heavy, but there is a nice weight behind it
D: All in all, higher then expected

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Photo of beerandcycling88
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter from a bomber.

A Pours a dark brown that borders on black. It is topped with a very thick mocha head that has excellent retention.

S Lots of chocolate, some coffee, with a bit of a hoppy background. Smells amazing kind of sweet with some plant like presence.

T A very strong coffee and hop presence with a lot of bitterness that almost borders on too much.

M thick creamy mouthfeel.

Overall I think that this is the weakest of the Yetis so far. It looks nice, smells amazing, and feels nice but the overwhelming bitterness in the taste kills it. Still a very good beer though.

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3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22 oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A: wow. pours like motor oil into the glass. Visible viscosity. Opaque black, no hint of color. Head is a very dark tan and pours about 3 fingers thick, and quickly dissipates.

S: mix of french-roasted coffee, char, and dark chocolate. A little woody. Also some herbal hop aroma that complements the above nicely.

T: charred wood dominates but mixes in with coffee beans and a little background chocolate. Definitely an alcohol flavor, like a thick stout laced with a fine Scotch. These flavors dominate and there is a very slight hint of dark dried fruit but not really much. Some tanniny wood flavor in the later stages.. The finish puckers a bit with the dry alcohol, a very firm hop bitterness, and a substantial but not overwhelming oak flavor.

M: oily, chewy, and heavy. The alcohol definitely warms the mouth (and the belly). Somewhat puckering.

D: share with a friend if possible, and pair with a creamy dessert (even something as simple as vanilla ice cream) for a nice contrast. After a few sips I definitely can feel it. Would definitely serve this as a closer in a flight, and I will also seek out the other oak-aged Yeti variations.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A deep, rich black color with a very fine brown head that rose about two fingers. Great looking.

S - Nice oak, some espresso in there, but more milky cocoa than espresso in there. Nice smelling.

T - Very milky tasting. Nice bitter coffee taste and a lot of milk chocolae. Tiny bit of hops, and something sugary and sweet.

M - Milky, creamy, very smooth. I wish it had some more carbonated bite though.

D - Don't get any alcohol in this, so drinkable, but not a huge fan of it enough to seek it out.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A dark brown pour. Aroma is lots of coffee, or espresso, or whatever, but it wasn't like my favorite kind.

That coffee does dominate pretty much everything in the beer. Its a solid beer and stuff. Kind of a one trick pony. Would prefer if this was available in a 12oz format, the price structure is a lil much in the 22oz bomber.

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Photo of OnThenIn
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: darker brown head a finger high that doesn't go away on top of a black opaque body.

S: alcohol, espresso, dark chocolate, and a hint of sweetness.

T: straight espresso and dark chocolate and toffee up front. Creamy, slight sweet with some bitterness towards the end. Probably the best aspect of the beer. Lingering sweetness and bitterness.

M: surprisingly medium body. Thought it would be thicker. Lower carbonation, which would be okay with thicker mouthfeel. Slightly creamy finish.

D: with more carbonation and slightly lower alcohol it would be crazy drinkable.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

March 2009 Bottle Date; Sampled May 2009
A solid, but not aggressive pour, sneaks up on me and fills my 25cl tulip glass with three fingers of foam as well as overflowing a bit. The head is a full brown hue that is as dark as I can remember seeing in a long time. The beer is pitch black in color, though it does pass a hint of light around the edges if I really hunt for it (the hue is amber leaning, though it is still pretty opaque). The aroma has a sharp, acrid espresso character to it that is quite noticeable from the get go. The beer is a bit cold so in the microwave it goes for 15 seconds to make it cool. The warming smoothes out the acrid notes a bit, but they still play the dominant role here. Some aromas that do become noticeable though are a charred, blueberry-like, fruitiness, some notes of charcoal, a touch of sweet dark malt, charred tobacco, a toasted brown malt / biscuit maltiness and a touch of chocolate at times. The aroma is a bit simplistic in its overwhelming charred (both espresso and malt) character, though it is not bad.

The beer feels smooth and creamy as it first hits my tongue; it is not overly thick and seems a bit light compared to some heavy Imperial Stouts. Dark chocolate flavors are noticed along with an up front sweetness. Chewy, toasted and burnt whole-grain flavors are here along with a bread / cracker like middle. The finish has a burnt, lingering, roasted bitterness to it; there is also a huge hop bitterness here though, but I don't notice the ample hop flavor presence that is in the regular Yeti. The flavor is somewhat acrid, with a touch of roast derived acidity, but it is quite a bit smoother than the aroma would have suggested. As the beer warms and my palate gets used to it, the beer picks up a lot more roasted fruitiness; notes of burnt prunes, figs and perhaps a touch of raisin are noticeable. It also picks up a touch of dark / roast grain burnt vegetal character at times in the finish, though this is pretty light. The fruit notes are accentuated by the hoppiness and the vegetal note is enhanced by the herbal hop notes. This has a nice, complex sweetness from the dark malt. Some spicy oak accentuates the acrid notes a bit as well as adding a touch of hotness to the finish. The oak is fairly muted overall though.

I definitely like the regular Yeti better as the espresso just makes this a bit too harsh. It is not a bad beer though and I find myself even enjoying it.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottled on Feb 13th 2009...

Pours a very dark, almost black with a tan one finger head. I can see small red highlights if I hold it up to the light. Head is sticking around for the review. The smell is actually more boozy than expected. I thought this beer would mellow with a half a year age on it. I can definitely smell the oak and chocolate, but I'm struggling to find the espresso on the nose. A quick swirl of the glass only brings up the alcohol aroma. Definitely smells sweet and roasty once you get past the hot alcohol presence. As far as taste goes, it's a grand slam. You get a rush of sweet fruits and alcohol, but it is mellowed quickly by a very nice coffee and cocoa presence. It seems like the cocoa sticks to your tongue, making for a very nice mouthfeel, almost like the way a sugary hot cocoa leaves a residue of sticky chocolate on your tongue. Very nice. Wouldn't consider this one too drinkable, might be better with a little aging. I attempted to keep this one as long as I could, but it was calling my name. Not the first I've had, but the first I sat down to review. Very solid stout.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber into tulip glass on 4/15/09. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing!

A - Poured a black body with a burnt tan head that reduced to a thin veil and deposited some spotted lace around the glass.

S - Surprisingly muted nose for an espress oak-aged Imperial Stout! Subtle bourbon and woody notes with some vanilla sweetness and a hint of coffee. I was expecting a much more prominent aroma here.

T - Flavor is quite hoppy throughout with bitter coffee and a hefty roasted character, which then segues into a prevalent vanilla aspect that cools everything down just a notch or two and alleviates some of the bourbon's warmth. Some earthy hop notes and coffee bitterness/astringency appear in the finish. This is one hoppy mo-fo of a stout!

M - Full bodied with an oily texture and a touch of carbonation. Lingering metallic bitterness in the finish.

D - I can't believe what I'm about to say, but I actually found this to be a bit too hoppy and a bit off-kilter. I felt the espresso character wasn't pronounced enough. I was overall pleased with the roasty and bourbon qualities but this just didn't blow me away like I was expecting. With that said, this version of Yeti is still a fine brew.

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Photo of beagle75
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a half-pint glass.
Bottled on 12/20/10

A: Opaque black color with less than one finger of diminishing beige foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Hearty coffee, freshly ground, is joined by faint bitter chocolate. Almost all suggestion of dark fruit is suppressed by the aggressive coffee. There is a charcoal crispness present also covering up or filling in where one might expect a little too much fruit to show up. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins almost sweet, with roasted malt and acidic dark fruit. Coffee emerges in the middle, contributing intense bitterness that transitions rather seamlessly into similarly intense hop bitterness in the finish. Chocolate is largely absent, as is wood, although mineral astringency shows itself periodically--most notably lingering late. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, slick on the palate but also harshly acidic, with low carbonation.

D/O: This imperial stout is distinguished well from its Yeti siblings by the addition of coffee. It has big coffee qualities, but they are effective in the way they are integrated into the base beer. Unfortunately it is tethered to that dark beer-acidity that can turn a good stout into a challenging stout that becomes wearisome quickly. Here acidity is more prevalent than in other Yeti varietals, probably an unintended contribution of the coffee. The drinker must take the good qualities with the less-palatable when it comes to coffee in beer.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on may of 2009, the bottle is a 22 ouncer with gold foil around the cap. The beer pours thick and dark with deep orange and reddish highlights during the pour but becomes a black hole when it hits the glass. A rich solid foam rises above the beer the color of milk chocolate. It lasts forever and laces the glass down to the last drop.

The EOAYeti smells like dark fruits, full dark grains and a little earthy woody note. The espresso is present but not the wallop I was expecting. A nice chocolaty roasted nose, but the coffee portion of this beer smells stale and bitter.

Taste is thick and heavy on the tongue. There are a lot of competing flavors in this beer that I feel kill the character. The chocolaty grains are cut by a coffee and hop bitterness. An old oak plank flavor is mixed with a raisin, current dark fruit note that fights each other. Too much conflict and not one flavor being a dominate player.

Where this beer shines is in the finish. The roasty, toasty goodness is amazing and lasts well past the beer going down your throat. The mouthfeel is viscous and chewy making a smooth slick feeling beer. Light carbonation lets you taste the complexity of the flavors (even if I feel there are too many competing) which adds to my enjoyment. This beer is a fine brew but not one I would put in my top 10. Very enjoyable but too rich with all those fine flavors. I'd rather see this one focus on it's best asset and have the rest back off a little to solidly back it up.

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Photo of david131
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A deep, dark black with an absolutely massive orange/brown head that has excellent retention. Astounding.

S- Espresso, cinnamon, a big roasty aroma, some oatmeal, and and loads of oak.

T- Espresso, cinnamon, and a shit load of woodchips. A bit hoppy and hot. The more I got into this, the more enjoyable it became. The woody aspect was still a bit overdone.

M- Smooth with just a bit of oak, alcohol, and hop harshness on the end. Overall it is very smooth though. On the tail end, this is a beast and I can feel it on my breath.

D- I am a bit torn with this. I know that with some time, the oak flavors will die off a bit, but so will the amazing espresso parts. Definitely worth a shot, and probably worth aging- just for fun.

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Photo of boomer31
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a beautiful black with a deep brown thick head. Deep brown on the edges. Tiny bubbles form a thick head and some stick on the glass. Probably one of the nicest looking beers I've seen.

S - Espresso, chocolate and oak are heavy up front with the espresso taking the lead. Smells like freshly brewed coffee.

T - Coffee bitterness gives way to a dry oaky finish. Milk chocolate in the middle is brief. Long and dry finish due to the oak. This is a very strong brew up front and in the back...overwhelms the middle flavors.

M - Rich and full bodied. Great carb, very dry. The driness sticks on the toungue for a very long aftertaste.

O - Overall a nice beer. Almost unbalanced due to the strength of the coffee up front and oak in the back.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with about a finger of brown head. Retention is great.

S: I get strong spicy oak with espresso, dark chocolate, and floral hops. Oak is really overpowering, but the aroma is still quite nice.

T: Again, overpowering oak with lots of dark chocolate and bitter hoppiness. Espresso builds stronger as the beer warms, as does milk chocolate. Once the beer gets up to room temperature, it's quite smooth and nice. The oakiness and hoppiness seems to fade a bit.

M: A tad thin with strong prickly carbonation.

O: The oak on this is really strong, but this beer is quite nice when it warms up. Still a bit oaky and hoppy for me, but a nice beer.

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Photo of errantnight
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau tulip during a RIS tasting (with plain crackers and water for palate cleansing between tastings).

Pours a deep brown, almost black, with an espresso crema-like head with moderate lacing and nice retention.

The aroma delivers on the label's promise, sweet espresso, light raisin notes back up the coffee roast.

On the palate the espresso roast is most forward, it's a touch stale, but still nice. Astringency is prevalent, and it's a little one note, but a quite tasty one.

Medium full with a lingering, bitter finish.

A solid coffee stout, but not one that ranks with the best.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - It appears like the prototypical 2x Stout, black and tan head, great lacing.

S - I can tell this stuff will give me the coffee-jitters from the smell alone; a coffee-lover's dream. Huge espresso aroma dominates. In this regard it is a one-trick pony, as many of Yeti's intricacies are overwrought by the massive dose of java.

T - The strong dark roast coffee flavor pervades, with small suggestions of lemon zest. This bottle is about 2 years old; it probably could've chilled out at least another year. I would say that the hop flavor has dwindled substantially but the bitterness hasn't, and when fused with the coffee it verges on acrid. But espresso is supposed to be like that anyway, so it isn't a problem, but it would be nicer if more of the sweetness would come out. My verdict, as far as aging this: I would either drink it pretty fresh, or chill it out for at least three years.

M - On the thin side, but very slick, so it all evens out. Fairly well-carbonated.

D - This beer is a bit much, strong flavor for a one-trick pony. Second-tier stout at best.

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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,018 ratings.