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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,024
Hads: 3,559
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 17.69%
Wants: 284
Gots: 770 | FT: 55
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Great Divide Brewing Company
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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 tpd975
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple bombers today at Kingdom in Brandon. Thanks Ben for the heads up!

A: Pours as black as night. No light can penetrate this one. The dark mocha head rises to two fingers in height in my Darkness snifter. Looks as though a lace bomb exploded in the glass.

S: Very similar to the regular oaked yeti. Lots and lots of oak right from the start. Hints of vanilla and chocolate. Nice roast to the malt and a touch of coffee, though to be honest I expected a bit more coffee in the nose.

T: YizUM! I loved Yeti, I love Oaked Yeti, and I am now head over heals for this one. Wonderful roast character up front. Fudgey chocolate comes next with light vanilla notes. Bold bitter espresso comes through but does not over power due to the high levels of oak. Hints of green hops hide beneath it all. This is a wonderful beer with layers of flavor.

M: Full in body, rich....decadent. Great carbonation to boot.

D: Fairly drinkable to be honest. This style is not intended to be the most drinkable, but I sipped on the bomber until the entire thing was gone.

I declare that Espresso Stouts and Bourbon Barrels are the best marriage since Peanut Butter and Chocolate.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with one finger mocha head. Smell is strong chocolate, lots of earthy coffee, and a bit of black currant. Flavor is huge chocolate with that Yeti bitterness to go along. Coffee adds and extra kick and shines in the aftertaste and finishes this nice and clean. Thick and viscous mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. This is up there with the best coffee stouts around and it's on the shelf all the time. Stock up on this one!

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Photo of mynie
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours o-f'in-paque into a stemmed chalice. The head is billowy milk chocolate brown and it's big and indefatigable.

Smells like a mild RIS and big, bitter coffee. Burnt porter grain, medium dry hops, and hot cocoa.

Tastes very big yet remarkably well balanced and smooth. Starts off with stouty malt, roasted bitter and lightly sour. This hangs around for a surprising while as the sourness turns into an intense coffee bitterness that overwhelms the malt and eventually mellows out into sweet chocolate and ends on a long node of nitrous oxidey pleasantly medicinal gas.

Yeti is like the blank canvas of RIS', and it lends itself much better to this kind of mellow coffee treatment than to bourbon aging.

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Photo of Stigs
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, served in a DFH oversized snifter

A - pours with a quarter inch or so of frothy dark khaki colored foam. absolutely deathly black beer.

S - insanely fresh (and strong) french roasted coffee. some dark bakers chocolate, roasted an slightly burnt malt, oak, vanilla, subtle dark fruits. finishes with an earthy warming bitterness. i love coffee (drink it strong and black), and this is money.

T - that wonderful coffee assault...melds pretty nicely with roasted malts resembling slightly burnt toast, hershey's syrup, oak. i'd buy this if it was a non-alcoholic energy drink. lacks some complexities of the other Oaked Yeti's, but I dont care.

M - thick and syrupy body, carbonation is tight and alive but pulled off well. finish leaves a coat of coffee and chocolate flavor all over the mouth.

D - only fault here is that after awhile, it can be a bit much. but, i still love it. not graceful, subtle, or complex by any means just yummy. want this with breakfast every day!

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Photo of Probie
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a goblet a jet black with an inch of dark brown head which receded quickly. No light gets through the oily darkness.

Aroma: Sweet with some fruitiness to it. For an Espresso Stout there was more chocolate than coffee aroma though there was not much of it either.

Taste: Chocolate and coffee come through much more in the taste than the aroma. There are some roasted flavors and very little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy going down. Highly carbonated.

Drinkability: My friend found out about this from the beer manager of one of the local liquor stores. Beyond the glowing recommendation, we had no expectations. After one sip we both resolved to go out the next day and buy another bottle. This is one of the best coffee stouts I have had.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/13/10. Poured into the KBS snifter, while listening to The Pogues' If I should Fall From the Grace of God, after finally figuring why the new turntable wouldn't work (Damnit Ion, if I'm not supposed to put the input jacks into the phono spot, maybe you should tell me somewhere!)

A - Almost black with dark, dark brown tints. Reddish-brown head with good retention and lacing.

S - Glad to be greeted by the stubble vanilla sweetness under the hammer of roasted malt and chocolate that for me is the calling card of the Oak-Aged Yeties. They also did a great job of making the slight acidity and mild fresh-roast coffee flavors come though, without making the beer over-spiced.

T - Man the espresso is expressive in this beer! Lots of coffee dryness and acidity, but not so much that it takes away from the big roasted malt, smoke, light fruity esters, and alcohol bite that makes Yeti such a great imperial stout to begin with (wow, can you say run-on sentence.) I do not notice a ton of oakiness in the flavor, maybe a little sweet toastiness.

M - Where I do detect the oak is in the mouthfeel. The body is incredibly soft for a beer of this size, and seems to help soften the assertive alcohol presence a bit.

D - I don't often feel this way about American Imperial Stouts anymore, but I am going to say that this is craft brewing at it's best, extreme, classic, and a work of art. Plenty of expressive flavors, with great balance and fantastic use of the different ingredients. It's not just a great barrel aged beer, not just a great coffee stout, and not just a great big imperial stout, but all combined to make a well planned and executed beer.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from a great trade with Evan! Pitch black pour with a beautiful two finger caramel-colored head with great retention and crazy lacing. Huge roasty coffee nose with hints of dark chocolate, espresso, cocoa, coffee grounds, vanilla, and subtle oak. The taste is bold and flavorful with the roasty espresso front and center. Hints of dark chocolate, cocoa, leather, coffee, vanilla, booze, bitter hops, and a ton of oak as it warms. The mouthfeel is thick, creamy, and mouth coating with medium carbonation and a dry, bitter finish. Overall, this is a bold and flavorful beer that you don't have to sell your sister to get.

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Photo of Gavage
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pourts a dark brown, almost black color with a 1/2" head that lingers a while. Spotty lace develops.

Smell: roasted malts and espresso are easily detectable and nice on the nose.

Taste: roasted malt, espresso, prunes, hints of citrus and oak, a mild amount of vanilla and a bit of alcohol. There is a bit of a bready quality to this too. Nice balancing bitterness here.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Light crispness to start, smooth and lucious at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste as the flavors linger forever.

Drinkability: slow drinking beer and the bomber is a great single session beer for an evening. Great for a dessert beer.

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Photo of Armand
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Roast, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit notes. Woody and earthy.

A: Opaque black with a creamy copper head.

F: Vanilla. Some woodiness which may be masquarading as hops. Sweetness and roasty.

M: Medium carbonation which keeps the full body texture off the tongue and fills the mouth. Very creamy.

Overall: A very pleasing marriage of dark roast and coffee flavors and aromas with oak. Very complex, with the coffee aroma that keeps this unique beer drinkable...if you love coffee and chocolate try this one.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Is a deep brown in color with a thick, creamy tan head. Exquisite lacing down the sides of the glass as the head reduces.

This beer has a very complex smell. Chocolate, coffee and hops hit you first, followed by a hint of vanilla and some malt.

I let it warm before drinking, and I'm glad I did. Very creamy and smooth, tasting of deep coffee, dark chocolate, and malt. Right behind that is hops, giving this stout a little bitter bite. The oak aging is definitely having a mellowing effect, but I still taste alcohol.

A great sipper, one which I will definitely have again, perhaps when it gets cooler outside.

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Photo of riored4v
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of crossovert
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
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

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
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

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of ryanonline
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
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?

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Photo of glass_house
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of y1fsm8s
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Axic10
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,024 ratings.