Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company
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3.05/5 rDev -28.6%
A: Pours a nearly opaque black color. A two finger bubbly tan head forms with good retention. A little lace is left behind.
S: Right up front is a huge acrid, burnt coffee aroma. Burnt malt and charcoal. This is to much.
T: Still, a ton of acrid and burnt coffee. Though much more balanced than the nose. Some roasted malt and chocolate.
M/D: A full body and low carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Some hot alcohol, and the huge burnt character with the malt and coffee makes this harder to drink than I would like.
Very one dimensional. For the most part, just a burnt flavor that dominates. There are much better coffee stouts out there.
03-23-2010 00:32:56 | More by champ103
3.1/5 rDev -27.4%
22 oz bomber, bottled in February of 2009, and purchased, if memory serves, at Sahara Mart in Bloomington during one of the many beerstravaganzas when steepH20 kicked it down south.
Pours black with foggy dark tan highlights and corresponding head that skips town quickly.
Smooth dark chocolate, oak, and a milder espresso presence than anticipated. Maybe two years has mellowed the nose.
A vampire's nightmare. Absolute oak stave right through the palate. Wood is extremely drying and systematically removes hydration from the mouth like a vacuum. My biggest issue here is that in the pantheon of Yeti's I can recall drinking, it falls behind both the regular and regular oaked version because the hops, which make Yeti a great stout, are pummeled into oblivion here. The espresso only adds to the dry character of this beer, neither allowing it to shine nor really imparting much in terms of coffee flavor. I have high hopes for the BA version, but am a let down by this.
Have I commented on the excessive dryness? Weathering and desertification of my salivary glands has rendered me a shell of my previous self. Water...please...human cactus in 3, 2...
Hides the booze well, but did I mention the...ah, never mind. If one were to ever encounter the walking dead, no need to fashion a weapon, just hurl this bad boy at their bloodthirsty, stake fearin' deadness.
02-09-2011 02:02:37 | More by BarrytheBear
3.1/5 rDev -27.4%
The aroma has leather, earth, rubber, molasses, burnt malt, wood, coffee, and chocolate. The appearance is a very nice dark brown almost black color with a large tan head. The Flavor is like the aroma. The palate is not quite average for the style. Overall it is to style but I don't really like it.
04-10-2009 04:46:09 | More by nick76
3.15/5 rDev -26.2%
22oz pry-top brown glass. Bottled Feb. 13 2009.
Appearance: Deep black with brown around the edges, light tan head, leaving sparse spotting.
Nose: Lots of bitter espresso notes, vanilla way out when you really breathe in. Smells like a coffee shop that roasts their own, or maybe the coffee isle in a grocery store.
Palate: Medium- to full-bodied. Lots and lots of dark roast coffee grounds up front, in the middle and on the finish. There's some mild tempering from the oak, a little vanilla, dried creamer feel in the middle. Some earthy, dried leaves notes on the finish, and some green coffee bean flavors, too.
Notes: Gotta say, I prefer the Oaked Yeti to all the Yeti's so far. This is a little too coffee ground tasting/feeling, a little too bitter (from the coffee), and a little too simple. Texture and flavors a little overdone.
03-14-2009 02:37:45 | More by SFLpunk
3.18/5 rDev -25.5%
Poured into a goblet.
Smell: strong coffee/sweet espresso.
Appearance: thick brown syrup, what little head that formed dissipated quickly.
Mouthfeel: a bit harsh honestly, I was expected a little smoother, a little easier feel.
The taste: sweet start of an espresso that gives way quickly to a burnt coffee taste followed by the bite of alcohol. The taste was a bit harsher.
I guess I was expecting a thick, dark beer with a coffee/esperesso taste but a little bit smoother to go down.
01-25-2011 02:31:40 | More by Gunslinger711
3.23/5 rDev -24.4%
Nose: strong coffee, strong roasty barley. To much roasty-ness going on, a bit overpowering.
Palate: coffee and roast up front, big surprise. after thinking about it for a bit too long a bit of vanilla became reconizable. there was a bitterness from the hops, but I could not get much hop flavor, not that I would want any, but the bitterness was a bit superfluous.
Finish: burnt, roasty, and a little more vanilla. dulled hop hints.
Overall: a highly unbalanced beer. The malt profile did not complement the coffee, it just all got together to make a very roasty/burnt taste.
09-28-2013 18:35:10 | More by Joerwat
3.23/5 rDev -24.4%
Bottled Mar 19, 2010. Poured into 10oz glass. I just reviewed the Oak-Aged Yeti yesterday and most of what I said about that applies here. The obvious difference is the espresso. I don't like coffee so this brew had a built in disadvantage.
All the big flavors that I liked about the OAY are here, they are just overwhelmed by the dominant coffee. The finish was bitter due to the coffee and those burnt flavors lingered.
If you like coffee beers, you'll love this. If not, just stick with the OAY.
06-05-2010 23:12:07 | More by beertunes
3.23/5 rDev -24.4%
Pours very dark, with a dense, frothy head ... one of the best looking pours I've seen ... strikingly beautiful. Smell is sweet, chocolate, coffee, light hops ... very inviting. However the taste seems unbalanced and harsh. A bitterness arises immediately at mouth entry, strengthens as the taste buds are activated and persists long after the beer has exited the mouth. I wished it tasted like it smelled:(
Great Divide, if you are reading this, please create a beer without such a strong hop bite ... it will be a hit!
01-12-2012 03:32:33 | More by Vierenner
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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