Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,480
Reviews: 1,032
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 259
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 katan
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz into a goblet

A - Pours black, thick, solid, sticky looking. Strong head formation, mocha colored. Well retained with a frothy film and a little bit of lacing.

S - Deep dark flavors, heavy roast from barley and a much more coffee like astringency. A little bit of dark chocolate in the background. Could this be yesterday's coffee?

T - Starts off lightly roasted, a little burnt flavors. Mid-stream gets a hefty coffee /espresso flavor - like a double shot. Finishes with a strong bitterness and a sticky burnt oaky flavor. Strong aftertaste of chocolate and char.

M - Full bodied beer, moderate to light carbonation. Well hidden alcohol - but then nothing could make it past that coffee.

O/D - An interesting winter warmer for me. I am not that big of a coffee lover or perhaps I would connect with this one better. Not very filling, alcohol is potent.

Photo of Buebie
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle courtasy of tprokop7

Poured from a gold tin wrapped brown bomber into a pub glass.
A good 2.5 inch dark brown head forms, receeding very slowly. Leaving behind alot of good sticky thick brown lace and a quarter inch cap of retention.
The color like all yeti is black with no light penetration.

I gave the arom a lower grade due to the lack of coffee in the aroma itself. However, the aroma is quite good, its just lacking what this style is supposed to present.
It smeels like the barrel aged yeti, with really no coffee aroma at all.

Taste up front is a chocolatey liquore with dark roasted coffee, oak, chocolate bittering grains, lactose, and finishing bitter with plenty of peanuts and dark rish coffee. The coffee flavors really snuck up on me, after being absent in aroma.
This shares flavor similarities to Devil Over a Barrel with its creamy peanut buttery nutyness.
Also there is some Barrel Aged yeti like flavors, not the oak aged, I'm talking about the limited released barrel aged. It shares some of the richer chocolate liquore warm boozyness, as well as a truffle like bitter chocolate desert flavor.

Finishing dry and bitter with chocolate grains and plenty of roasty coffee flavors.

For a coffee beer its not exceptional by any means, but its not terrible either. Yeti has always been a terrific go to RIS for me. This is just another fine example of the brew.

Photo of schinebd
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours blackish with a dark brown head. Good lacing. No surprises, good or bad.

S - Vanilla, chocolate and a surprisingly muted coffee smell.

T - The first second of this two of this beer are fantastic. A great blend of vanilla, chocolate, coffee and bourbon punch the tongue. But then, before I can begin to contemplate the intense and complex flavors, they completely fade to strong coffee and very hoppy finish. A little out of balance. I do have to say that as the beer gets warmer the initial taste lingers longer.

M - Probably the weakest feature of this beer...Maybe its because I'm having this after a week of drinking of KBS, but it seems a little watery - only a little, but still...

D - The ABV coupled with the unbalanced bitter finish make one enough.

Photo of BZero007
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this the other night at RFD in D.C. and it was definitely an interesting brew. Everyone loved the bottle and was taking pictures with it threw the night in different spots in RFD. Poured into a pint glass and immediately you see the very dark brew pour out with a lovely brown chocolate head forming. Smell was of Espresso and Chocolate. Taste was over the top Espresso, with chocolate. Towards the end of the brew I was hit with some bitterness and fruit flavors. The brew it's self was very interesting and I was glad that I had it, but for $20 at the place was allot to pay for it. The Espresso flavor is very very dominate threw out the beer, so make you keep that in mind and that you are up for the blast. At the time I was honestly not able to finish it due to the overwhelming strong taste of Espresso, but i am sure more serious stout drinkers would have little problem with it.

Photo of harrymel
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled march 2010.
Dark beer with little translucence. Initial mocha head dues quickly to retained small film. Smells of lots of cocoa, coffee, vanilla and oak (not as pronouced as anticipated). Taste is of coffee and yeti. Nice mouthfeel. Velvety. Finish is long and hard.

Photo of stephens101
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For quite a while I've been looking forward to sitting back and enjoying this beer from one of my favorite breweries.

A viscous, impenetrably black pour is topped with a large and resilient dark brown head that ends up leaving a nice sized, albeit slightly broken lace behind. The the Playbill review is promising.

Smoldering oak and vanilla to the nose with dark chocolate and espresso working in quickly. A bit of caramel and pine is noticeable as the curtain rises. From the orchestra pit big black coffee notes rise and strike the tongue along with some dark chocolate, vanilla and an undercurrent of sweet malts. Some burnt sugar and sour dark fruits enter stage right a few minutes into the play.

A bit syrupy with a medium to heavy mouth-feel, a creamy middle, some rough edges, and a barely discernible alcohol heat. The critics are still undecided on the merit of the play's final act.

Its hard to beat the original Yeti. And while I dig the added coffee notes and barrel aging, I'm not for sure it actually adds anything to this brew. That being said, this is a good beer, and I can guarantee you won't regret leisurely sipping an evening away with one of these as your source of entertainment.

Photo of tsatem
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a snifter. Bottle on/best by date is indiscernible, but I think it's pretty fresh. I love the yeti labels, which is why I first bought the base beer years ago.

A: Motor oil, viscous black with a rather dark brown and persistent two finger head. Body is as about as dark as they come.

S: Delicious. Coffee is prominent, of course. Rather bitter espresso with lots of chocolate. Wonderful roasty aromas. Charred oak.

T: Right in line with the nose. Very bitter. Roasted tobacco. Lots of wood as it warms - I could barely discern the oak notes at first, and they became pretty dominant eventually. The eventual overall taste is what I would imagine a tobacco leaf to taste like, from the combination of tobacco with the oak and some spices.

M: Very smooth, creamy carbonation, and extremely (as an understatement) dry.

O: This is a really delicious beer, but the bomber was a little bit too much for me and the flavors became overpowering. I enjoyed the first sip far more than the last.

Photo of pwoods
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kels for sharing this.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a snifter. Notes.

A: Pitch black, solid viscosity. 2+ finger head, dark mocha with great retention. Some lacing.

S: Plenty of dark coffee/espresso. Powdery cocoa and plenty of alcohol. Roasty.

T/M: Very roasty and loads of bitter espresso. Loads of lasting bitterness from the sharp espresso. More powdery cocoa. body is medium full with decent carbonation. Dry and bitter.

D: bomber was split between 3 people and mine share was enough. Nice after dinner drink, though.

Photo of LAND_MINE
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little more coffee than I prefer. But a very good beer.

Photo of DrewZ926
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- jet black with a two finger mocha head. ample sticky lacing. looks pretty viscous.

S- tons of oak, booze, chocolate syrup, baking cocoa, and heaps of espresso. also, a surprisingly strong hop presence, piney and citric even.

T- real oaky, slight lactic/milky component too, caught me off guard. dark fruits and straight espresso grounds. as bitter and dry as any stout i've had. the bitter hops add a nice element as well. earthy, but finishes with a hint of sweetness.

M- very good for the style, creamy not as this as regular yeti.

O- definitely seek this out as the price is right and it's well above the average off-the-shelf stout. love what the coffee did to this one, but that's not to say that oak aged and regular yeti aren't great on their own. will be picking up a few bottles tomorrow, highly similar to BORIS.

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Doin' it at Haven with my #1 bartender in Orange, CA.

...20 minutes later after having let this bad sucker properly warm up... Ok, and... aite, just aite. It's not "Starbucks bad," but it sure as hell ain't coffee from a civet bean. This sucker is more like your local hippie coffee shop; it definitely makes the cut, but is Raul trippin? Not at all.

The main man would love a thicker texture and more presence in the espresso department.

Holla, my children.

Photo of mechamifune
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with about a .5in mocha head that slowly recedes. Nice retention and lacing. Good looking beer.

Smell is somewhat subtle given the style. Notes of chocolate, wood and sweet malt in the nose. Pleasant enough if not overly assertive.

Taste is notes of vanilla, oak, and chocolate. Only the slightest hints of coffee. A slight tart kick in the finish, which, as the glass warms, seems to start transfering to the front of each sip.

Mouthfeel is solid for the style. Maybe a bit thin given the flavors involved, but I can't fault it too much.

Overall, this kind of fails as a coffee beer, but is generally sucessful as an imperial stout. If espresso wasn't in the name, I would never identify this as a coffee beer. I suppose that the coffee may have faded since the bottling 6 months ago, but i've not had similar problems with other coffee beers. A pleasant enough beer, but not worth seeking out at the price tag.

Photo of nova009
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Bomber into a snifter

A- Pours a motor oil black. Creamy white two finger head with decent lacing.

S- Chocolate and woodiness hit at the start. Coffee not as present as I expected.

T- Strong almost overbearing coffee flavor. Chocolate with a small hint of vanilla. Hops more apparent than expected.

M- Creamy and smooth. Light carbonation allows for a solid feel.

D- Alright, I quite honestly prefer the traditional Yeti to this one.

As much as I like stouts, this one was simply average to me.

Photo of roadhouse
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of boudreaux
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
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

Photo of cproioi
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
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

Photo of Rayek
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of Aenema
3.81/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
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?

Photo of mjsheehan08
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
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. 

Photo of davesway10
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of AltBock
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of PSUDREW
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
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

Photo of beerandcycling88
3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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