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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,000
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 202
Gots: 563 | FT: 41
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 05-16-2008)
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thebigbambino

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

01-06-2013 21:28:56 | More by thebigbambino
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swetsastonic

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

04-15-2012 15:06:34 | More by swetsastonic
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Ak555667

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

05-11-2013 01:00:42 | More by Ak555667
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ScotNH

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

04-14-2014 21:55:05 | More by ScotNH
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bh123

California

3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

01-04-2013 03:25:54 | More by bh123
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Phil_H

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

02-17-2014 03:45:20 | More by Phil_H
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imfrommichigan

Utah

3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

03-27-2013 05:51:51 | More by imfrommichigan
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CityofBals

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

09-12-2013 02:07:44 | More by CityofBals
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bennett_loves_good_beer

Wyoming

3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

03-20-2014 20:57:43 | More by bennett_loves_good_beer
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

01-20-2013 14:13:59 | More by BeerThursdays
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tastymug

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

03-22-2013 13:28:03 | More by tastymug
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Gorgeous pour! That light to dark flowing transition that appears with only the prettiest stouts. Thick billowy mocha colored head over a black ichor. Thick bands of lacing joined by delicate webs. They don't make them prettier than this...

S - Espresso, iron, sweet chocolate malt - makes for a potent mocha aroma... plus... umm, iron.

T - Initially, it tastes of coffee, chocolate and iron. Aftertaste is a lingering coffee bitterness with a bit of a metallic and chicory flavor. The flavor is rather disappointing.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, refreshing.

D - Caffeine AND alcohol! Normally this combination isn't too bad, but I'm really feeling the caffeine in this one. A bomber to be shared for sure. I love Yeti. I love oak-aged Yeti. I've never had Chocolate yeti - but 10:1 I'd love it. This is not my cup o' beer. The flavor is strong, but not always in good ways. The brew is desiccating and it makes it a little much. In a 6 oz snifter this would be alright, but only coming in bombers makes this not worth buying in bottles.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 21:48:13 | More by mrasskicktastic
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Split with russwbeck.

Tasted side by side with Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti.

A - Pours very dark, essentially black. On top rests a 1-finger, dark mocha head, similar in composition and color to normal Yeti and the regular Oak Aged version. The thing that really distinguished this from the other beers in this series is that the head retention is much better than the other Yetis. The head leaves a thick, bubbly cap in its wake, while leaving some few sparse lacing.

S - Compared to the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, this has much more of its representative additive. The first smell brings a bold rush of espresso, not as much as in Goose Island's Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout, but still a respectable amount. There is a good amount of hops and wood as well.

T - Here, it almost mirrors the Chocolate version as this beer has a much better smell than taste. The espresso is more subtle here than in the nose. However, compared to the Chocolate, it has much more oak, similar to the Oak Aged Yeti. Again. it's almost bordering on too much oak. Definitely not my preferred taste profile at all.

M - Thin bodied with low carbonation. Again, it seems the oak aging has hurt this constancy.

D - Drinkability is moderate. The smell is great and holds promise, but the taste brings too much oak and wood. I think I have to put the chocolate version above this , despite the strong smell.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 04:00:18 | More by nhindian
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pgaveau

New York

3.33/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bottled on 4/2/2010.

Nice half inch mocha colored head. Tar black color which is common for an imperial stout. Brown lacing with good retention.

Smell of roasted espresso coffee beans. Not too much going on. No rich aromas here.

Taste is extreemly disappointing for a beer with espresso in its name. Bitter tastes of 2 day old coffee. It would probably be a better beer if it had more hops, slightly sweeter and stronger oak notes.

Too bitter for this to be drinkable. This may have passed its prime. This lacks the balance of a coffee infused, oak aged RIS.

I would try again if I found a fresh bottle this spring.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 02:33:04 | More by pgaveau
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caskstrength

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours black, thick, some light brown head, good level of carbonation.

smell is burnt coffee

bitter taste. The nose was at least accurate, because burnt coffee is comin' your way. And then overpowers some of the wonderful things you would taste if you were drinking a regular oak aged Yeti. But nonetheless, some of the oak aged hoppy fruity stout flavors I've grown to love come through. Sort of. But they're mixed now with a bitterness that doesn't seem right.

to this beer's credit, after it beat down my palate with the bitter burnt coffee burn, we warmed up to eachother (somewhat). But I'd take a regular Oak variety of this stout most of the time, and if I wanted a coffee stout there are other (better) options.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 18:52:21 | More by caskstrength
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass at Bodega on 5/5/10

Looks black in the glass. 1/4 inch of hot chocolate brown head that thins quickly. Impressive lacing despite thin retention.

Smells heavy enough. Espresso, fresh-ground coffee beans & roasted dark malts. Mild notes of chocolate. Oak is faintly present on the peripheries.

The taste is interesting; distinctly two parts. The first half is tasty burnt malts & some hop kick. The second half is all super-potent espresso - not irksome, just a tad overbearing. The espresso doesn't seem well-integrated with the other flavors; definitely bold. Oak is apparent as the beer warms.

Full bodied; quite heavy & dense. Moderate carbonation provides some liveliness; it actually gets kind of fizzy mid-swallow. Very gritty. Espresso & burnt notes linger on the finish.

While I don't at all mind it, I'd prefer to drink this in an amount smaller than a pint - maybe a 4-5oz pick-me-up, as it were. Yeti could shine here; instead, the espresso trumps it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2010 01:50:49 | More by Ryan011235
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MrDanno96

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours pitch black with about a finger of nice looking tan head. A decent amount of sticky lace clings to the sides of the glass.

S: Strong aromas of both chocolate and coffee. Very roasty and appealing, but I wonder if the espresso has faded a little since this brew was bottle eight months ago.

T: A good dose of roasty bitterness mixed with some earthy overtones tones comprises the main flavors in this one. Strong bitter notes (baker's chocolate, hops and burnt coffee) come through in the finish. Some sweet chocolate comes through initially, but is quickly overpowered by the other elements. I feel like the oak might actually do this brew just a little disservice by covering up some of its sweetness.

M: Full bodied with a moderate carbonation bite in the finish. The alcohol is hidden very well.

D: A decent Imperial Stout, but as with the other Yetis, this just does not impress me that much. I feel like the coffee addition just serves to make this brew a little too bitter, rather than adding substantially to the flavor. Still, like I said, it is decent and I won't complain about having to finish the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 18:33:59 | More by MrDanno96
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Tilley4

Tennessee

3.38/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was REALLY looking forward to this brew. I'm a huge fan of the regular OAY and was excited to crack this one open...

Pours out dark, thick, black, oily, and viscous... Slowly forming a mocha head, this one looks terrific...

Huge pungent aromas of espresso and hops intertwined... Interesting and delicious smelling...

Hmmm... Wow... Big, big, time booziness present along with an over the top espresso bitterness leaves me puzzled on the first sip...I detect quite a bit of hoppiness here as well.. Another sip... I wasn't wrong.. Another wave of boozy bitterness...in a bad way...

I just don't get it... And I didn't care for it either...

Very disappointing... Very...

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 21:03:41 | More by Tilley4
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Black with a nice khaki head. Excellent retention and nice legs.

Smell - Heavily roasted malt. Grassy aromas. Coffee. Dark chocolate.

Taste - Bitter burnt malt flavor up front. Grassy flavors just behind it. Bitter character before a subtler coffee flavor comes in.

Mouthfeel - Overly bitter for me. Bitter and dry. It could use with some creaminess and a bit more body.

Overall - My least favorite of the Yeti series, besides infected bottles of BA Yeti. Leaves a dry bitter coffee flavor without the rich components I'd like to get from it.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 20:00:53 | More by Alieniloquium
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Infamous7100

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark as night black from my "bomber" bottle. Thick tan head quickly forms. The lacing sticks around. Looks great.

Smelled the vanilla oak right away. Of course the dark chocolate and roasty malts are prevalent. Perhaps some smoke as well.

Highly carbonated. The roasty, malty sweetness hits me first, but quickly disspates into the dark chocolate and some hoppy bitterness. I'm not picking up much of the vanilla in the taste. I think the espresso and chocolate have completely overshadowed it.

Thick on the tongue. The bitterness hangs around a while and to me makes a lasting impression.

Definitely a sipper. Somewhat of an acquired taste, but something you should try to broaden your horizons a bit.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 19:30:06 | More by Infamous7100
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Brent

Kentucky

3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bit of a let-down here. Malt and hops were subdued, and the coffee notes were bland. Rather than an Imperial Stout, this might hit the American Stout mark, at best. My bottle was about a year old, but the beer didn't seem to have held up terribly well, and had already mellowed to the non-descript stage - in light of the abv, I would have expected it to remain more bold.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 15:52:52 | More by Brent
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gonzo46and2

Florida

3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark black with a huge head that's almost just as black. Very dark head indeed. The head left lacing all over the glass and stuck around until the beer was gone.

Aroma of hops was overpowering. After warming up a bit more the malt and coffee came out to play. There really could have been a lot more malt and coffee tones for my personal preference.

Taste was very hoppy and bitter but not just from the hops but also the roasted malt and coffee. There wasn't as much balance as I'd hope for but this was still a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel was very slick and viscous. Very dry and bittter. Could be a bit sweeter in my opinion.

Good imperial stout but nothing I'd rush to pay $12.00 to $20 a bomber for again. I really enjoyed the regular oak aged yeti more than this beer and that really suprises me since I've loved every coffee beer I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 19:48:28 | More by gonzo46and2
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Rockjocknroll

California

3.44/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

All of the aged Yetis have been a little disappointing. The original is still the best incarnation. The chocolate aged is decent, but lacks the depth you would expect from the extra care and premium price. The 20th Anniversary is pretty good for a Belgian/Northern French style ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2014 05:54:10 | More by Rockjocknroll
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bashiba

Iowa

3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep dark brown with a thick latte colored head.
Lots of thick lacing all the way down

The nose is a bit subdued, a lot of smoke and black patent, a hint of dark chocolate.

The flavor is initially dominated by burnt grain and smoke. Some dark chocolate and strong espresso come through after a bit. It finishes with a ton of bitter green hops. The oak shows up at the tail end leaving a strange woody aftertaste.

The mouthfeel has a good body with a long oily hop finish that really starts to dry out as the oak takes hold.

The initial flavor is good and its drinkable, although on the extreme burnt and bitter side, but as I got to bottom of the glass the oak just became more and more apparent, and not in a good way. Found it almost hard to finish with the strong cloying oak finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 23:24:02 | More by bashiba
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Arbitrator

California

3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared at a Yeti comparison tasting. Received in a trade from drgonzo3705. Thanks Paul!

A: A decadent motor oil black capped by a mocha-colored head. Each sip is accompanied by a wash of foam as I drink, but nothing sticks to the glass.

S: Surprisingly, chocolate is first and strongest on the nose, with espresso following after. I can pick up some roasted grains in there.

T: Again, the chocolate dominates the taste, but it very quickly gives way to an espresso flavor that remains for the duration of the taste. Roasted grains, oak dryness, and vanilla make appearances throughout. Some caramel as well. There is a substantial hop bitterness toward the end that reminds me where the base beer came from.

M: Huge body, well pronounced taste with a nice complexity, and a bitter finish. The ABV is noticeable, but not unbearable, and there's just enough carbonation to cleanse the palate without becoming too foamy.

D: I wasn't impressed with my first glass of this, but I came around to the second. It is a nice variation on the Yeti. I still prefer the base beer, as I'm not a coffee fan, but I could see myself getting some of this if Great Divide ever manages to distribute to CA.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 04:21:09 | More by Arbitrator
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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