Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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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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Beer added by: John_M on 05-16-2008

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Photo of riored4v
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 3/21/10

Poured into a snifter. Pours thick, pitch black with a 2 finger dark tan head. Fades to a thin layer.

Smell had rich chocolate, coffee and raosted aromas. Some hints of oak in the background.

Taste had gooa droasted flavors with an excellent balance between malts, coffee and hints of oak. Mild biterness in finish to a give a great finish that isnt heavy or sweet. Subtle hints of vanilla as well.

Mouthfeel had a medium body with medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish that makes it easy to want more.

Drinkability was very good. Excellent balance of flavors with no signs of abv.

Overall this is an excellent beer. once my favorite stouts hands down and my favorite out of the Yeti lineup. (716 characters)

Photo of crossovert
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle.

It pours a deep, dark blackish brown with a huge frothy, foamy tan head. It leaves some great lacing. Amazing appearance.

The smell is pretty slick. Chocolate, espesso, oak, vanilla, some fruitiness. There is a mild alcoholic astringency and a big of caramel/sugar. Pretty quintessential for a coffee/ba beer.

The flavor is huuge. Initially there is a big hit of espresso. I am wondering if this is gonna five me a kick of caffeine. There is a sharp bit of caramel/vanilla going through this one which makes it smoother than anticipated. (554 characters)

Photo of dcloeren
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split this bomber with my brother for breakfast.... excellent choice

Poured a deep black with no light shining through (typical of all yeti variations). Two fingers of lasting frothy cinnamon colored head that lasted and lasted and lasted a little longer.

Great espresso aromas (hence the name...), fresh ground coffee beans, excellent oaky notes and some fresh cream mixed in. The oak is very present and I like it!

Taste follows the nose to the T. Excellent espresso flavors with big time oaky qualities. The fresh ground coffee taste is so good that I keep looking in my glass for some floating in there. A touch of cream/vanilla on the backend to perfectly finish this one off.

Full in body and velvety smooth. A semi high amount of carbonation that tingles on the tongue with each sip. Great coffee aftertaste that sticks to my tongue begging for a fresh coat to be added on.

Overall, this is an amazing stout. A perfect choice to enjoy with breakfast on this rainy saturday. I am absolutely a fan of every Yeti variation that I have had so far (BA Yeti is the last one that I have to conquer and it is begging to be opened). Definitely pick one up if you have a chance. (1,180 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's

A: Pitch black with a dark brown head with excellent retention.

S: Coffee, cream, oak, vanilla, roasted notes, nuts and a rather surprising sour note, almost sour-cream like

T: Excellent coffee balanced with a great creaminess, burnt and roasted malts. Bitter finish

ML Full bodied and great finish with good carbonation

D: This goes down too easy (368 characters)

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black, with a thick dark mocha head and great lacing.

Smells of dark sweet roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffe and a forest after it rains, very nice.

Taste is complex, a touch of bitter chocolate sweetness, roasted malts, black coffee beans, a touch of floral hops on the end and another taste of coffee in the aftertaste.

Feels thick, and cots the tongue, yet silky and easy to drink. Hides its abv well.

I am relatively new to the Imp Stouts, but I really loved this beer. Big and bold, a great blend of flavors and texture, a very well made beer. Even my wife(a hop head to the core) liked this one, and that's nothing short of amazing.

DOA (664 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color with a perfect two finger chocolate head. Massive lacing on my snifter glass. A true black hole in this beer. The nose is awesome- chocolate, espresso, malt, hops. Really well done, and just about perfectly balanced. Taste follows the nose profile, with a little vanilla and oak thrown in. Fantastic. None of the 9.5% abv is evident at all. Feel is medium full, with a nice malt/hops battle happening all the way through the aftertaste. Overall, this is an amazing beer- and I highly recommend you pick it up if you haven't tried it. Cheers. (561 characters)

Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This one, like it's chocolate brother, pours a seriously black color - no light gets through this one. A healthy pour produces a thick brown head that eventually makes it way down to a half finger that persists throughout the entire event and produces good amounts of lacing.

S: Coffee is right up front but I expected that given its name. Of the other typical stout aromas the toffee our weighs the chocolate. The oak is in there but it is well blended and doesn't overwhelm anything. As it approaches the more appropriate temperature there is a sweetness - maybe a slight dark fruitiness.

T: This is awesome and complex. The oak makes a little more of an appearance here but again it is well blended with the other flavors. Heck, everything is well blended in this one. The coffee is a little more noticeable but, again, the name dictates that. Malt and hops, chocolate and toffee... It's all good.

M: Creamy going down with a little warming sensation. It feels a little oily as it leaves a coating on my tongue. Heavy body and a little light on the carbonation - perfect for the style.

D: I found it really easy to down a full 750ml bottle. The folks at Great Divide seem to love to produce oak-aged imperial items and I love to drink them. This is very enjoyable. This is one to experience. (1,303 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/2" creamy brown head over black liquid.

S: Coffee, chocolate and roasted barley.

T: Bitter toasted malt followed by oak, coffee, chocolate, roasted barley with a pine, grassy and earthy hop bite in the finish.

M: Creamy with a medium to thick viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Highly drinkable and nicely balanced. A unique Imperial Stout that I will definitely pick up again. (404 characters)

Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been impressed with all the Yeti brews and this one is no exception and would be considered my favorite version.

A - Poured from a bomber into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. Extremely dark, essentially black, and thick with very nice dark brown head. Strong lacing that lasts until the last sip.

S - Dominated by espresso, very roasted with some vanilla and oak.

T- Strong bitter espresso up front. Follows with semi-sweet chocolate and a good amount of vanilla. I get some slight oak towards the end.

F - Thick and creamy, although this is where I think it could improve the most. A bit more viscosity is needed IMO.

O - I really love this beer and enjoy it every time I have it. You definitely need to like coffee to fully enjoy and appreciate how good this one is. It's a little unbalanced towards the bitter espresso, but that's what I love about it. (861 characters)

Photo of ryanonline
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep dark black and lots of dark brown head that goes nowhere and leaves huge lacing.

sweet malts and espresso right off the top of the nose. deep earthy roast and a light touch of anise and maybe a skosh of vanilla.

oh my god, tons of delicious espresso roast and a touch of sugary vanilla like backbone. the finish is earthy and woody, the sweetness from the scent is not very prevalent here.

the mouthfell is creamy and full bodied with a light somewhat grainy texture. very dry and lasting finish.

surprisingly good drinkability for a beer so complex. truly tasty and well worth the drink.

great divide rarely ever disappoints and this one is truly stellar, love every bit of it. (688 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark thick pour with a thick deep tab head. Almost looks like oil.

S- Roasted malt with strong notes of coffee.

T- Thick roasted goodness with a strong coffee presence. Very filling and very delicious.

M- Thick mouthfeel, but drinkable. Carbonation balances out the body.

O- Very impressive, everything you would want from a coffee infused stout. (353 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Espresso black with a milk chocolate colored cap that is stacked with bubbles that extend well above the rim of the glass. The foam looks even better once it begins to melt, and is absolutely plastering all available surfaces with sticky lace. This beer looks amazing, no matter what the brewers add to it.

The aroma is exactly as expected. Each sniff delivers a nostril-filling blast of chocolate fudge, roasted coffee beans and vanilla. There's too much else going on for oak to be appreciated, but it isn't missed.

This particular 22 ounces of Espresso Oak Aged Yeti has been in the bottle for almost two full years... and has held up incredibly well. The only slight chink in the armor *might be* the mouthfeel, though it should fill out and creamify as the middle of the bomber arrives.

Even though I'm not a coffee/espresso drinker, big stouts and coffee is a marriage made in beer heaven. When the base beer is one of the best Imperial stouts in existence, the result is bound to be something special. This GDBC brew is definitely something special.

For starters, EOAYIS a taste bud bombarder of the highest order. Just like Spinal Tap's amps, this sucker goes all the way to '11'. Each upending of the glass results in a furious fusillade of dark chocolate liquor, espresso, anise, vanilla beans and an underlay of oak. A pleasant warming of mouth, tongue, esophagus and belly is the only evidence of the 9.5% ABV.

The mouthfeel has gotten onboard with greatness over the past 10 minutes or so. This offering is more full, more silky smooth and more lingeringly lush than 95% of all fresh stouts of this style. Dead... solid... perfect carbonation.

After the extremely odd design decision to add cayenne pepper to Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, Espresso Oak Aged Yeti gets the outstanding Yeti train solidly back on the tracks to outstanding flavor and drinkability. Once again, the base Yeti proves to be bulletproof. Hey Great Divide, how about Bacon Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout to test that theory? (2,011 characters)

Photo of glass_house
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter at Bocktown Beer and Grill Monaca, PA

Pours pitch black with a finger of dark mocha head that quickly fizzles to a thin collar with sticky brown lacing. Espresso is present but not as dominant as I expected in the nose. Plenty of dark chocolate, ripe dark fruits and smokey molasses.

The texture makes an unforgettable first impression--soft, full, and creamy. Flavors mimic the aroma--it's like vanilla beans, dried plums and roasted hazelnuts draped in rich semi-sweet chocolate, washed down with a smooth espresso. No flavor steals the spotlight, but they work in perfect unison. Earthy hops support with just a hint of bitterness. Coats the mouth evenly but finishes crisp and clean, with the oak and alcohol leaving a dry toasty warmth.

What a pleasant surprise this Yeti sighting was. Among the best stouts I've had, and I hope we cross paths again soon. If you enjoy the rich fullness of espresso and dark chocolate as much as me, and you spot this beast, I can't recommend it highly enough. (1,038 characters)

Photo of y1fsm8s
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this at a store in bloomington il. Split a bomber with my friend (drewba) poured into a snifter.

Pours dark and thick with an awesome dark tan head. Stayed for a little bit then went bye bye. little to no lacing.

When I first cracked the bottle I got a huge whiff of hops. Once I poured into the glass, the coffee just completely took over. Huge coffee aroma with a little chocolate and some hops.

Tastes just like it smells. Huge amounts of bitter coffee with a hint of chocolate. No booze at all. Really this beer is like drinking 10% coffee. Pretty awesome if you ask me. The only downfall is that if you were wanting to taste anything else, you can't. My palate is crap and I only get coffee.

This is the kind of beer you would either drink at 6am waiting in line for DLD or if you were falling asleep while drinking to perk you back up. I could have easily drank a bomber of it. (893 characters)

Photo of Axic10
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Feb. 13, 2009, cellared for over a year. Poured into a Maudite snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark black with two fingers worth of fluffy mocha colored foam.

Smell: Coffee, roasted malt, brown sugar, molasses and chocolate cake. One of the best smelling beers I've ever had.

Taste: Burnt espresso, roasted malt, dark chocolate, subtle hints of oak. Very tasty and not boozy at all.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and smooth. Not boozy or overly coffee-flavored.

Drinkability: Such a good beer to enjoy during the evening. Really good with the age on it, will definitely buy 3-4 more bottles to sit on. (610 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottles hit NY not all that long ago, enjoyed from a great divide snifter.

bottled 1/9/2013 (my wedding anniversary).

a - brew poured a silky, shiny black with a big head (dropped the bottle before opening it, so it was definitely lively at my own fault). great shine and look.

s - oaky hops on a stout. coffee is in there as well. the coffee is a nice compliment to the oaky hoppy stout.

t - gourmet espresso beans. vanilla. hops. oak. chocolate. stout. happiness in a glass. really amazing.

m - SUPER smooth. easy drinking. just a homerun.

o - overall, probably my favorite yeti to date. just phenomenal. not a bad beer in the series, but this one is just killer. the espresso and oak and yeti...oh my. (710 characters)

Photo of EveningCordial
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter from 22 oz. bottle.

A- Exceptionally dark. I've been pouring some other stouts that I thought were dark recently, this one makes them look light. The frothy dark brown head was about a finger thick. Lacing seemed to stick around. I couldn't stare at it too long, as it's an enticing looking pour.

S- Expresso and ground coffee up front. Cocoa, dark chocolate, and a little carmel. Undertones of burnt malts and grains, as well as slight hints of oak and wood. Hops hiding in the back.

T- Excellent. The expresso taste isn't quite as strong as it smells, but it is still very present and goes excellent with the chocolate present. Extremely smooth tasting and well balanced between the expresso, roasted malts, and hops. A bit of the oak present after the finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

M- This is definitely a tad lighter tasting than it appears, but in a good way. I thought it would be a fatter, more full-bodied feel, but although its still pretty thick, it didn't quite feel as dark as it looked. Smooth on palate and a great finish.

O- Awesome stout. Im a fan of expresso/coffee stouts and this one definitely goes near the top of my list. I also like the fact that its usually not too hard to find near me. I will continue to go after this one for as long as GD puts them out there. Thank you for an excellent drink. (1,349 characters)

Photo of Premo88
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into stout glass

(bottled on 1/9/13; drank on 5/19/13)

L: black with tan head; amber at bottom/edges when held up to light

S: burnt wood -- almost like a barbecue pit; hint of alcohol muted by nice dark malt sweetness; raisins but more chocolate than anything

T: the first sip is a 5 -- big chunk of sweet/semisweet chocolate; alcohol shows up immediately, but then fades away to the chocolate; coffee; enough hops to give it some bite, keep the malt in some kind of balance, but this is a malthead's dream

F: perfect; great fullness and weight with plenty of carbonation to make the heaviness drink easy

O: really holds up over the bomber, lasted me almost an hour and a half. i love the burnt wood notes in it, and it's definitely better than the regular Yeti, which is saying something. (816 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 3/30

On tap at Great Divide. Also, this is the nitro version. Excellent beer. Sweet cocoa flavor with lost of espresso taste. Bought a bottle to take home. My guess is I’ll like the non-nitro version even more. (228 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on: Jan 02 2012

A: Super black with a medium brown head that settles into big craters and bubbles. Huge, sticky lace and great retention. Can a Stout look better? Not really.

S: Fairly complex and so inviting. It smells creamy and luscious, if that makes sense. Roasted malt, charred wood, molasses, caramelized brown sugar, some booze, and espresso beans. The coffee isn't as strong as expected but it allows the beer to be balanced from start to finish in the nose.

T: Everything in the nose and sooo smooth and creamy. Incredible finish. You notice the mellowed qualities after some age but some booze is still there that lends a great sweet quality to the beer. The roasted malt and espresso comes out in full force.

M: What can I say? Incredibly smooth, body is full and divine, perfectly toasty and sweet, carbonation is spot on, and the finish is top notch.

O: A little over a year in the bottle has treated this beer well. The flavors have mellowed and melded to create a superb Imperial Stout. (1,015 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A free 3/4 filled growler @ Market District because they ran out mid pour. Lucky me!

Appearance: Black motor oil pour with a half finger brown head. Absolutely wonderful looking in the glass

Smell: Deep espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla, slight oak. Amazing

Taste: Big espresso characters upfront, chocolate and slight vanilla notes in the middle, with an oaky espresso finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very light for an imperial stout. Not as chewy as most, but the drinkability is great. I dont feel much if any of the alcohol

Overall: Iv loved every yeti iv had to date, so im not suprised i enjoyed this one so much. This may be the best in the series. I rated the regular oak aged Yeti higher, but thats because it was aged a few years and was less bitter. Enormous espresso aromas and flavors. The oak character adds a very nice complexity to it. This is underrated if you ask me, and would be up there with Breakfast stout if the aftertaste lingered longer. (967 characters)

Photo of 100floods
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date says 2/12/2010. Pitch black hue. Bronze two finger head. Smells of chocolate dipped coffee beans, amazing aroma. Minimal carbonation leads way to a cream full, but not dense, body. Roasted flavors not too overbearing, the coffee is taking the lead. What is nice is that this beer has it's flavors under control. I don't have a hard time telling apart the coffee flavors from the stout. Sticky sensations lingers on my lips while it feels like I just took a sip of coffee. There a little hint of wood in the bite. it blends with the coffee, it takes a few sips to realize the oak is there. It's a good blend, not the best, but pleasant enough. This here seems like one of the few specialty beers that has its additions under control. I definitely imagined this beer being a little more over the top (super roasty, hoppy, just brutal) but I'm glad it wasn't. At 9.5% don't wait for this beer to age, it's good now. (924 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been drinking this on tap across the Burgh, it's been money every time, creamy moccha tan head forms thick above a beligerent black body, straight up ebony. Fine speckled lacing wraps around my chalice here. Aromatics deep chocolate/coffee (iced brewed espresso beans take off) with mild alcoholic hints some anise and dark chocolate melted on the experience the best of the Barrel Aged Yeti quite possibly the best overall version. Full on flavor creamy/vanilla/oak/coffee beans explicitly barrage the palate yet it's uniform and welcoming compared to some extreme beers out there. Mouthfeel is fuller bodied carbonation is mellow smooth this beer is big but it pulls of a smooth velvet texture from all of the different components going on. Drinkability overall is incredible, my wife loved her portion from a chalice and I only had a four ounce version because I was tasting more beers than her and I was driving home. (926 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love the Oak Aged Yeti and I love coffee stouts so my hopes are high for this one....

A--Pours a pitch black, I couldn't find any highlights even when holding up to the light. Very thick pour, the head was about 1 1/2 fingers tall and a very creamy, light brown froth. I actually expected an even darker head. Thin but clingy lace down the glass

S--Mostly oak and chocolate with the espresso surprisingly taking a backseat....wait a minute, a few more smells yield even more espresso, having a tough time picking out the wood that was present upon first pour but the chocolate is still there. This one is playing games with me.

T--Whoa, coffee bomb right away. I actually didn't expect it since the smell of it was more balanced. Second sip, whoa...the oak comes rushing at my taste buds. Where is the overwhelming coffee taste from just 30 seconds ago? Third sip...ok, now I'm getting more of a balance. This beer doesn't make sense to me so far (in a good way). Not getting as much roasted malt flavor as I do with the original Yeti, although it is definitely present. The hops are huge in this one though. Warming up a bit I'm getting traces of bourbon, but not too much. 9% is hidden but does make its presence known. I'm actually thought the coffee would persist throughout the whole thing, but as this beer warms it begins to taste nearly identical to the Oak Aged Yeti. I would have to try them side by side to spot the difference, I've only had that beer once so my memory isn't perfect.

M--As creamy as whole milk, coats the mouth with every sip.

D--With a beer this thick and high in ABV you are never going to want more than one, but I'm having trouble letting this beer sit in front of me without taking another sip. Very drinkable for its style.

Overall I am definitely NOT let down by this beer. Yeti is good, Oak Aged Yeti is great, and now Espresso Oak Aged Yeti is amazing. I will be seeking it out again for next years release. (1,953 characters)

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Into a Duvel glass, pours dark as night black, completely opaque, with a one inch thick creamy tan head. Slowly dissipating, the head leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a fair amount of complexity to it. A lot of roasted grains ground it, while notes of vanilla bean, oak, and espresso obviously, but nothing stands out besides those on the label.

Taste is much more nuanced. It leads with roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, the vanilla and oak approach through the middle, espresso is tempered but there, the ending has traces of hop oils mixed with oak saturated roasted caramels. The mouth is delightful, velvety smooth while retaining enough carbonation to keep it lively, full body and slick and sticky but not overbearing (even at nearly 10% abv). Its a great sipper, but could indeed go well with a hearty breakfast (as per the bottle), or perhaps a trip to the cabin as an accompaniment to a relaxing evening by the fire. Whatever your motivation, its an excellent beer. (1,008 characters)

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