Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Photo of EnemyWithin
3.74/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Drank on July 22, 2011 into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: 4.5
A black body with a mild chocolate brown head of one and a half inches. Very dense. Nice looking beer.

Smell: 4
Prominent notes of coffee, a slight candy sugar sweetness. Notes of dark and milk chocolate.

Taste: 4
Initially slight sweetness and a soft coffee flavor. Oaki-ness comes through more as beer warms. Notes of vanilla from the oak. Midway through the hops bitterness bursts through on the palate. Finishes with bitter chocolate roasti-ness.

Mouthfeel: 3.5
Mild to moderate carbonation, a little thinness. (thinner that I thought it would be). Slight dryness from hops which is more noticeable near the finish.

Overall: 4
A very enjoyable beer, but not as amazing as I thought it would be. Still definitely worth trying once, but I have many other RIS that I enjoy more. Espresso does work well. (875 characters)

Photo of dafizzif
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spent $12 on one bomber, so this better be good!
Appearance: Pours like motor oil. Pitch black with thick rusty brown head.
Smell: Very powerful! Could smell it right after opening the bottle. Black coffee with some oaky dark chocolate.
Taste: Strong, bitter black coffee with a slight spiciness. Way more bitter than sweet (though it has some sweetness). A very slight booziness.
Mouthfeel: Good amount of carbonation. Pretty thick and chewy with no watery feeling common in many stouts I have encountered.
Overall: This is certainly a good to great beer, but I have had better coffee flavored stouts and this is not worth $12 a bomber. Would try again, but not near that price tag. This issue keeps me from recommending it. (728 characters)

Photo of WOTO97
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle at the GD tap room. While appearance and feel were both very solid for style, the taste was a bit overloaded with coffee for my liking. I haven't had a coffee stout in a while, however, the coffee was so overpowering, it became difficult to overlook this aspect. Coffee was definitely front and center on the nose, but I still picked up a good deal of crusty bread and roast qualities from the malt. While I think a little time in the cellar will make this one a knockout, as of this tasting the coffee makes this almost too one note in terms of flavor profile. (574 characters)

Photo of NCSUdo
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, bottled Mar 06 2009

A: Dark black body under a huge brown head. Good lace and OK retention. Good looking beer.

S: Roasted malt, hint of chocolate, lots of coffee and espresso. I felt at the beginning of drinking the lighter coffee notes outweighed the rich espresso I was expecting, but after a few sips they tend to come to an equilibrium.

T: Creamy sweetness up fronts turns to huge espresso, coffee and roasted malt finish. Decent amount of bitterness. Booze is there, and at times is unfortunately medicinal in character. Bit of a grassy hop can be had as well.

M/D: Full bodied, low carbonation, alcohol can be felt. Drinkability is decent. A big beer that needs to be sipped. Overall, I'm slightly underwhelmed with the total package, but it's still a fine beer. (786 characters)

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one in the middle of a promotional liquor giveaway. I couldn't resist, even with free liquor around.

It looks just like I want an Imperial stout to look. Black, shiny, with a massive brown head. Poured into a small snifter. I could hardly see any highlights, though the lighting in the restaurant wasn't incredible (still daylight when consumed though, so not a problem). Nice looking. The smell was light on the coffee, very light on the wood (maybe it was too old to get the full force). There were some dried fruits, a tiny bit of sweetness, heavy on the roasted malts. The smell, without the oaking (which adds some vanilla and woody, earthy smells) and coffee (which enhances the roastiness) was about average, but the extra stuff pushes it beyond average. I kind of liked the smell, though it could be better. The taste was right on. I mean, everything was there, but the only drawback was just that the base was a little too estery (maybe a little too hot). There was coffee, vanilla, a tiny bit of wood, some decent sweetness (not quite enough, in my opinion), roast barley, everything. Wish there was a bit of bready sweetness. That is all I wanted. But I found that this had everything else I expect, in fact, it exceeds what the average person does by quite a bit. I mean, if I judge it along the others, it more than deserves the score, if I judge it by my own standards, it just about earns it. The wood and coffee help the mouthfeel, of course. This one doesn't cling like regular yeti, it isn't too harsh or rough, it's just nice and pleasant, a bit better than normal, but not incredible. I drank this one down rather quickly, and enjoyed it. I would ask everyone to try it, I mean, I wasn't a huge fan of the regular yeti, and if you weren't a fan, this was much better. Try it if you can (it may be too late now). worth a shot. (1,857 characters)

Photo of Grohnke
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours oily black. Creamy, dense, tightly-packed, milk chocolate colored head. Holds extremely well, before it slowly falls, leaving a scattered film.

Smells of fresh coffee grounds, heavy roasted malt, and muted bakers chocolate. Soft, underlying vanilla, with a slight hint of alcohol.

Taste is similar to nose. Strong coffee and roast, almost competing for the spotlight. Vanilla comes out stronger than it did on the nose. Light bakers chocolate. A strong, bold, woodsy oak finish with moderate to high hop (or is that coffee) bitterness.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Creamy body. Slight residual malty stickiness. Liberally bittered finish. The sweetness is strong on the aftertaste.

This is likely the oakiest beer I have ever had, its almost distracting. The coffee characteristics are bold, without being overbearing (fd: Im a coffee addict). The subtle vanilla note is perfected throughout. A bit harsh on the bitterness, and I would have liked to see more sweetness. (985 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours rich velvety dark brown with a cream tan head that leaves globs of sticky lacing.

Aroma is roasted dark grain and a pleasant chocolate sweetness.

Taste is more of the roasted dark grain along with caramel and toffee maltiness up front. Then sweetly smooth chocolate takes over for a moment before being eclipsed by a smokey charred grain bitterness that lingers on the tongue. The finish holds an unusual herbal-medical hop and massive oaky tannins that build unpleasantly as it warms.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, soft and smooth.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer at first, but when it warmed the oak flavor comes on so strong that it detracts of the rest of the flavor. (680 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into NBB snifter. Bottle stamp says bottled on April 2, 2010.
A: Pours a luscious, syrupy opaque black. Absolutely no light comes through with backlighting. The faintest of dark chocolate heads forms and recedes quickly. Very nice.
S: Dark chocolate with mild coffee and alcohol notes (not quite espresso here although the bottle says that is what is added to the brew). Not very complex.
T: Bitter semisweet chocholate and bitter dark roast coffee. Take away or soften some of the bitter edge and it would be great (perhaps a little time will soften and improve it). Dark/charred roast malt.
M: Medium body (lighter than expected). Initially smooth with a hint of creaminess, but quickly giving way to a bitter tingle. Dry and tannic finish.
D: Given the ABV, it has good drinkability. It will catch up with you though. A nicely crafted brew, but I like some of the other Yetis better. This one seems to want to go big in all things...super malt, super hops, oak, espresso, high ABV, etc. Personally I would tone down the hops on this one (maybe a little oatmeal to soften it too).

9/22/12 update: Cellared another bottle (from the same bottling) and finally got around to it. This one definitely improves with age--softening and smoothing the edges. Smooth, sweet, and luscious now. In hindsight, drinking this one 4 1/2 months after bottling wasn't the smartest thing to do. Current rating would be 4.5/4/4/4.5/4. (1,442 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch light chocolate head, black in color

Smell: burnt malt, oak, expresso and chocolate

Taste: a creamy start, chocolate, expresso, then a long oak taste, with a coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium to heavy in body, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a good beer, but probably my least favorite of the three Yeti's that I have tried. It almost tastes like a Baltic porter/RIS mix, which I do not get with the other Yeti's...A good beer which I would like to have again, but for the price one is enough. (540 characters)

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When poured you cannot see through it even when held up to the sun. It has a very dark color, almost black, yet of the darkest brown. The head was not too much, about 2 fingers high.

I recommend taking in a full inhalation in order to get a proper smell of it. I disliked the smell when doing so at first but then found that if I took in a full whiff then I found out the entire aroma. Smells strongly of coffee...and that's exactly how it tastes.

I was a bit disappointed by the initial flavor, or lack of, but in the middle is the intense coffee taste with lingering smokiness, vanilla, and at then end of strong bitter coffee. It was too bitter for my taste but I'm not much of a coffee fan.

If you love coffee though I would definitely recommend this. I also recommend eating something with it because it is so profound in its espresso flavor. (853 characters)

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours out loose, not thick, but substantial enough to let you know you are dealing with a decent sized beer here. Smooth, brownish black body with two inches worth of a bloody plum/chocolate kind of deep dark red, purple and brown colored head that fades into a cap, there are some pretty decent alcohol legs on this beer as well.

S: Toasty coffee, dry, dark chocolate, faint caramel. Lots and lots of chocolate, more so than any coffee aspects. Perhaps some time on the shelf sapped some of the coffee aroma but there certainly isn't any lack of chocolate. More of a mocha aroma than any kind of coffee I am familiar with. Slightly creamy but dry mostly, which is weird to me as I didn't think something could smell like both, but somehow it does.

T/MF: Chocolate, dark and dry and bitter. Not really that much coffee, bits here and there but much less than I was expecting going in. Finishes with a slightly drying alcoholic finish that pinches the back of the throat ever so slightly. Medium side of full bodied and quite quaffable if a bit one dimensional.

D: I am sort of on the fence about what to think about this beer. On one hand it sort of delivers what it promises, a coffee infused imperial stout, and on the other hand it delivers what it promises, a coffee flavored imperial stout that lacks any kind of depth or complexity behind the initial blast of coffee and chocolate flavors. It does taste pretty darn good and goes down quite easy but it sort of reminds me of a McDonald's chocolate shake, not that this beer tastes like a chocolate shake, but more so what it feels like after you've finished a chocolate shake from McDonalds. You knew you wanted chocolate going in and it was good while you were drinking it but when you finished the shake you already have forgotten what it tasted like. Yes, it tasted like chocolate but beyond that there was really nothing more there, you asked for chocolate and that's what you got, nothing more. The same thing sort of happens with this beer. You get what you were expecting, maybe even a little less, it tastes good but beyond that there was nothing else there, the depth and complexity that you find in other stouts was not there, the dark fruits, the earthiness, the roasty/toasty flavors that dry the tongue after an initially dark and fruity kick are not here. You get what you ask for out of this beer and not much more. A good beer, but not really worth another ten dollar investment. (2,497 characters)

Photo of ebin6
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Quite possibly the slowest moving head I've encountered. Extremely dark; there is no light permeating this darkness

S - Coffee dominates, as expected, with chocolate coming in a close second. Also a decent amount of smokiness to the nose

T - Similar to the nose; lots of coffee with chocolate bringing up the rear with one glaring difference: there is a taste that reminds me of tobacco. Eating a piece of chocolate while drinking accentuates the coffee taste

M - Powerful all-in-one type mouthfeel that hits quickly and exits just as quickly. Perhaps I served it too cold

D - Considering the variables (complex taste, alcohol content), not bad. However, at 9.5% it drinks more like a 12 or 14% stout in my opinion (722 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a almost black in color with a minimal tan head forming.

S: Smells like cocoa powder, spicy oak notes, roasted malts, and coffee. Definitely a lot of coffee, which you would anticipate given it being Espresso Yeti. Perhaps a bit of caramel sweetness as well.

T: The oak is really pronounced on the flavor, maybe a bit too much so. Lots and lots of coffee without much of the chocolate that is present on the nose. This is fairly bitter, as well.

M: The body is medium with a fairly smooth carbonation that I would classify as medium.

D: Definitely better than the regular oaked version, but not one of my favorite imperial stouts. Decent enough beer, though. (677 characters)

Photo of Damian
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fl oz/650 ml bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA
Bottled on Feb 13 2009
Served in a snifter

The beer poured slightly thinner than anticipated, near pitch black with a three-finger, creamy, bubbly, crimson-tinged, saddle brown head. Over time, the head faded to a frothy mass of bubbles.

The aroma was rich and enticing. Semi-sweet chocolate dominated the nose. As the beer warmed, the chocolate notes became sweeter, taking on an almost hot fudge-like character. Roasty and a touch smoky. Brown sugar and vanilla notes were also apparent.

The taste was vastly different from the aroma. Super roasty, ashy and dry. Slightly acrid. Burnt coffee came to mind. Piney, pithy, citrusy hops hit hard right off the bat. The ashiness once again appeared in the bitter and dry finish. Espresso and oak flavors were unfortunately non-factors in the flavor.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied for the style. Creamy and smooth with a crisp effervescence. From a textural standpoint, the beer was definitely not as "big" as I anticipated.

This beer was somewhat of a disappointment. With a name like "Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout," one would epect espresso and oak to be front and center in both the aroma and the flavor. Unfortunately, I found them to be practically non-existant. Furthermore, it seemed that the citrusy, American-style hops were definitely overdone. All in all, this beer seemed a bit "rough around the edges." I would however love to revisit it again after a few years of ageing. (1,543 characters)

Photo of oldhippie247
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark and syrupy thick. Creamy tan head is initially quite thick, but dissipates more quickly than expected. Great lacing left on the glass.

Great nose features sweet chocolate notes as well as coffee roastiness. A bit hoppier here than expected.

Big time roasted bitterness as well as hop bitterness on the palate. All chocolate that comes through here is of the bittersweet variety, which with all the other sources of bitterness makes this beer a bit unbalanced. Long, bitter finish.

Overall a v. good beer, but not as good as I was hoping. A bourbon barrel would have done a great service to this beer. I'll stash one or two and see how it drinks in the future--hopefully bitterness will mellow a bit and become a little sweeter overall. (756 characters)

Photo of sidetracked
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 4/2/2010, purchased in Atlanta during the Christmas holiday.

Pours black with a medium deep brown head. Carbonation lingers around the edge of the glass.

Smell has a moderate coffee presence mixed with bitter roasted malts, dark chocolate and a little oak and dark fruit sweetness.

Upfront taste is bitter roasted malts with a light coffee flavor. Coffee intensifies from middle to end, but still somewhat lacking. Bitter, roasty finish ... little wood presence ... bitter chocolate combines with the coffee. Lingering roasted coffee flavor.

Full bodied, creamy and smooth. Little carbonation.

Good flavor and aroma, but lacks the really pronounced coffee presence I expected. Possibly the coffee faded during the 10 months since bottling? Still good overall with a nice roasty bitterness. I'd be interested in trying this again fresh.

1/28/2011 (864 characters)

Photo of Darien
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass and built up a 2 finger mocha colored head that disappeared quickly with no traces of lacing, jet black. Smells just like the name implies, heavy expresso presence followed by roasted malts, oak flavor lingers in the background and is pretty subtle. Extreme expresso flavor, a little too much for me but not bad, followed by a well pronounced roasted malt flavor backed by a little bit of oakiness. Medium bodied, medium carbonated beer that goes down pretty smoothly. Very easy to drink but the expresso taste is a little strong for me. (562 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Live review, bottle purchased at From the Vine.

I have been looking out for this beer ever since I tried the regular Oak Aged Yeti early last year.

A huge four finger head was easy to entice out of this beer as I poured it into my Duvel tulip. The beer itself, a dark, tar-like black with an oozing crude oil-like consistency, produced a dark mocha colored head. Frothy and thick, the head retains extremely well, and leaves behind heavy lace that marks the glass as if a sponge were dipped in thick paint, then pressed to the glass. Beautiful in such a dark, strong stout.

The smell was enticing to say the least, and yet, is missing something.... the coffee! Despite being an espresso stout, the coffee aromas are missing for me. Instead, the heavily malted core stout shines through. The oak chips lend a sweet caramel and milk chocolate type of smell, not quite vanilla, but sweet and savory. Additionally, the core Imperial Stout provides a dark and decadent roastiness, and a bitter dark chocolate aroma. The beer finishes with dry oakiness and a light date-like fruitiness.

The flavor also provides one with much beer for thought. The beer itself is tasty and fulfilling, but when I consider the additives: oak and espresso coffee, I am less enthused. Once again the coffee is not nearly as apparent as I feel it should be. It is much more noticeable than in the smell, but still subdued and overpowered by the Yeti base Imperial Stout. Nevertheless, bitter coffee filters in and out of the flavor profile. And the finish certainly offers more bitter espresso than the liquid itself. Roasted barley and bitter baker's chocolate abound in this beer, and the oak chips begin to show as well - it manifests itself as dark fruits and dry fresh wood. Not as much coffee as I would like here, but a great beer nevertheless. If you like Yeti, and especially if you like yeti and are not overly fond of coffee beers, you will certainly love this beer. For me, I need more coffee flavor to give this beer a higher score.

Overall the beer winds up being very bitter, and I assume it is mostly due to the espresso and not hops, but the bitterness gets to be a bit much. I feel that if there was a slightly higher level of sweetness, the beer not only would be more balanced, but that the coffee flavors would be able to take firmer hold on my palate as well.

Drinkability kept dropping off for me. The alcohol is never really hot, though its effects crept up on me before the first half of the bomber was finished. Also, the bitterness grew a bit tedious when attempting to consume a larger amount of the beer.

This was certainly worth trying, but there are better coffee stouts out there to be sure. (2,703 characters)

Photo of AdamToomey
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled April 2nd 2010

A: Poured from a 650ml bottle into a snifter. The beer looks absolutely gorgeous. Dark black with a 1 and a half inch tan head that quickly dissipates into a nice a ring. A lot of lacing.

S: I didn't get a whole lot of espresso on the nose which was mildly disappointing. The dominant characteristic is definitely oak, followed by a hint of vanilla and coffee. You really have to try hard to get anything beyond the oak in this one.

T: Again, I was mildly disappointed. Perhaps the age on the beer diminishes its coffee qualities but all I get on the palate is oak followed by hints of roasted malts, vanilla, and coffee. The dominant characteristic is definitely the woodiness. While this is excellent and delightful at first, even when shared among two people the woodiness really starts to become overwhelming. A bit challenging to get through.

M: On par with other imperial stouts. Thick and chewy with some residual woodiness lingering.

O: Overall, this has not been my favorite imperial stout but it is definitely worth trying if you are looking to explore the world of wood aged beers. However, shy away from an aged version of this style if you are looking to get a dominant espresso quality. My only advice is that I would suggest sharing this beer with one or two other people, as the woodiness can become a bit sore on the palate as you make your way through. I do plan to return to this beer, perhaps as a tasting with the other Yeti's to showcase the versatility and uniqueness of the style. (1,535 characters)

Photo of stonequarrywest
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Pour with a nice mocha colored 1 finger head that really looks gooood. Smell espresso and chocolate..some oak a bit of vanilla.

Taste Espresso, chocolate, burnt malt...as the beer warms I get more chocolate and less Coffee.

Has a creamy full bodied mouthfeel..with low carbonation....

Nice beer..I think I like The straight Oak aged Yeti a little more (360 characters)

Photo of GregSVT
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a snifter...bottle dated Mar 5 2010.

A: Pours a deep black with a big dark tan head that slowly fades to a ring a small layering on the top leaving good lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is tons of coffee with a roasty bitterness in the background. There's also a slight piney aroma as well.

T: Taste is huge with coffee, piney hops, and a sweet/roasted malt flavor on the finish. The coffee is really upfront in this one making you realize they really mean "Espresso" like the label says. It really drowns out any oak flavors that I can tell though.

M: The feel is creamy but slightly thin on the finish for an Imperial Stout.

D: This one would wear on me with the coffee, hops, and ABV.

Worth a try if you are fan of the Yeti stouts. (758 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter.
bottled on: Feb.12, 2010

The beer pours with a motor oil thickness, and is black in color. The head is a beautiful mass of tiny, tan, mocha colored bubbles topped by larger milk chocolate bubbles. I can't recall ever having seen a multi-layered head like this before, very cool looking.
The aroma is strongly of coffee and oak, though the coffee notes seem strongly roasted. There are also some roasted malts and light chocolate notes blended in as well. The coffee is really very over-powering, to the point of distracting from and masking the other flavors.
The taste is predominately of coffee, though it isn't quite as over powering as in the aroma. There are also nice roasted malts and light chocolate and oak notes, though it does finish with more bitter, charred coffee.
The mouthfeel is fairly thick and creamy, with a nice balance of carbonation.
This is a pretty good Imperial Stout, though I felt that the prominence of the coffee did detract from the complexity of this beer. I would like to see what some age would do to this. (1,067 characters)

Photo of jgasparine
3.66/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- Poured from the bottle with a thin tan-colored head, which completely evaporated with time. No lacing; just a little collar on each. The body was completely opaque and jet black in appearance.

S- A very roasty sweet nose, with a heavy influence of coffee. Nothing that jumps out as oak, but there are little nuances of semi-sweet chocolate present. But a very rich nose overall the aromas can be picked up several inches from the glass.

T- Wow- this is a punch in the face! You get sweet stewed and roasted malts up front, which are quickly overwhelmed by a tannic and roasty bitterness. This bitterness begins to DOMINATE the palate, and muddle everything else going-on in the palate. Overall, it starts-out sweet and finishes very dry with some moderate-alpha-acid bitterness.

M- A big chewy body with some creaminess imparted by a soft carbonation. Moderate astringency and some moderate heat from the ethanol. The astringency is what holds-back this beer form a better rating on mouthfeel.

D- Drinkability is hindered by the overwhelming bitterness and astringency. This is definitely a beer worth tasting... but not worth drinking 22oz. of... (1,156 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber without a freshness date. Pour is impenetrable black with a dark brown head, one of the darkest I have seen. Retention good, lacing good.

Not surprisingly, espresso coffee dominates, but the chocolate gives it more of a mocha nose overall. Oak is pretty faint and I probably would not have known had it not been on the label. Low on fruit.

Taste showcases more oak and slightly more semi-tart fruit. Coffee flavor smooths out some, but is still the main flavor showcased. Classic Yeti chocolate maltiness layers the palate on the back end. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy - bold. Drinks surprisingly smooth, but still has some rough hop and alcohol edges. Understated sweetness jumps out as it warms. A lot going on here, almost too much...I think I prefer the regular Yeti to this one. Fun to try though. (817 characters)

Photo of biglite351
3.64/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I already reviewed the bottle, this is the draft.

A - black as cam be with a solid dark head leaving a medium amount of lacing

S - coffee heavy with a background of chocolate. You cam smell some of the alcohol.

T - very heavy taste. Coffee heavy with chocolate and smoke. That is probably the oak.

M - heavy but no tingle. Mild alcohol burn in the after taste.

D - while I love both coffee and Stouts, this one is very heavy. Probably could only have a couple and would be full. (483 characters)

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,012 ratings.