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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,100 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,100
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 223
Gots: 589 | FT: 41
Brewed by:
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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Photo of DaveONan
4/5  rDev -6.3%

DaveONan, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -6.3%

tom10101, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of tmm313
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%

tmm313, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of hctap00
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle on 12/22/11. A little over a year old.

Near pitch black. Solid reddish-brown head, nearly an inch thick, which is impressive considering I poured into a red wine glass. Decent retention.

Aroma was initially very chocolate heavy, with some roasted coffee aromas and a slight hop presence. As the beer warmed, chocolate faded and the vanilla sweetness emerged. Coffee remained but vanilla was most noticeable.

Taste was similar to the smell in that the vanilla, oak character asserted itself as the beer warmed. The coffee flavor is very strong, and I like a fair amount of coffee in my stouts. Almost too much. Very bitter, but still a hearty, roasted flavor. Did not get too much chocolate, but there was just enough malt presence and sweetness to counter the coffee. After about half the bottle, the vanilla kicked in. Tasty, but a bit too sweet I think. It quickly becomes a very rich beer. Coffee is still there, but it does not blend terribly well with the sweetness.

Maybe a tad thin on the mouthfeel. Not very carbonated, which for me is a plus.

Overall, a very interesting beer and I like what Great Divide did with this one. I would highly recommend splitting this with someone. I am now regretting my decision to kill a bomber by myself. It becomes a bit of a chore by the end with the sweetness. I would like to see more balance of all the flavors. Each on their own is great, but a bit too intense. Worth a purchase for sure.

hctap00, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of jbowers56
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as the night, with a lighter brown head. Great lacing all around the glass, and good head retention for the abv.

On the nose I get coffee, cocoa, some vanilla and also hints of charcoal or burnt wood.

The elements all come through nicely. There is certainly a great whack of coffee and roasty notes in there. I can also get the oak, for sure. This nice chocolate flavour comes in after that, but gets swept away by a firm bitterness and roast flavour. Very much reminiscent of cocoa rather than chocolate.

Goes down a treat, a lovely winter nightcap. I really like this beer. Overall, I prefer a slightly sweeter, more luxurious imperial stout to this. The flavours are balanced well, for sure, but I'd just like them to indulge with the chocolate flavours a little more. Totally personal taste, of course.

jbowers56, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of bradleyp
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again very much to the Bier Stein for having this beer.

Pours a dark black color, similar to black licorice.

The espresso/coffee aroma is very pungent. I could also smell some vanilla, and of course hints of oak.

Tasted like how a coffee stout should. Deep coffee notes throughout the taste of it.

At 9.5%, this beer could easily be drank again and again. Just not too much in one night.

bradleyp, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of RandyV
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled April of 2010, so about a year and a half old. This is a pretty beer on the pour, mahogany in color with a nice dark tan head.
There are potent smells of coffee, dark chocolate, oak vanilla and molasses or toffee.

The taste certainly follows the nose, with coffee and chocolate dominating. Medium bodied, not overly creamy nor carbonated, in my opinion. The oak is there throughout, and lingers in the finish. There is a nice malt/hop balance for the style.

This is a nice offering from GDBC, a good all around stout. Great Divide is definitely a brewery I'm paying more attention to.

RandyV, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Janderson91
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on December 15, 2010, enjoyed on February 20, 2011.

A - Pours an opaque pitch black with a large chocolate milk colored head. Leaves excellent lacing. Good looking beer.

S - Smell is a lot of the dark chocolate found in the normal Yeti. Accompanied by some roasted malts and some coffee.

T - Begins chocolatey with some roasty bitterness and has a coffee-like finish. The coffee taste feels kind of synthetic however and takes away from it's taste score slightly. Also leaves a pretty dry dark chocolate taste on the tongue for a while.

M/D - This is a rich beer but it still has decent drinkability.

I enjoyed this beer but I'd probably reach for a normal Yeti before this one again.

Janderson91, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Mongrel
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sludge-like deep, deep brown with a finger of dense, dark khaki head, like the crema on top of a shot of espresso. Impressive lacing for an imperial stout.

Smells of bitter chocolate, black licorice, roasted, borderline burnt barley and a touch of oak.

Tastes big and bold -- bitter chocolate, black coffee, oaky vanilla, milk chocolate. A little caramel sweetness. Smooth espresso on the finish. Nice lasting roasty bitterness.

Full mouthfeel that coats the entire palate and lingers. Creamy, with slightly prickly carbonation.

Overall, this is a roasty, roasty stout with just enough sweetness to balance it out. There doesn't seem to be a huge oak presence, but I guess it may have served to soften the edges and meld the bold flavors. A great barrel aged impy stout, though not the best.

Mongrel, Mar 16, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. No bottling date present (worn off?).

Very tiny bubbles with a large head off the pour. It seems to fall normally. Head is a gorgeous dark brown like dark hot chocolate. Body is just nearly black couldn't see a thing. Looks great! Love this head color so dark and nice looking.

First whiff is a good coffee roast complete with faint sour espresso. There's a little faint hint of chocolate here too.

First impression on taste in feel is a little wet but the flavor is all there. Great coffee espresso feeling with sour finish. There's a sense of heat on this too making it feel warm and inviting. A nice lingering bitter too. Hot Hot Hot!

Overall pretty solid here another solid yeti for the pack.

smakawhat, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of musicforairports
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the South Philly Tap Room.

Beer is black, big brown head in this 12oz tulip-ish glass. Leaves nice lacing as I drink.

Aromas of smooth, roasted coffee, mostly. Chocolate as well.

Robust stout flavor, heavy on the espresso. Notes of bittersweet chocolate. Lightly sweet. The oak flavors are light, but detectable and a nice addition.

Medium-heavy mouthfeel, which is right for this kind of beer.

I liked this one quite a bit. I've definitely like stouts with coffee in them. The oak is nice in this one, too.

musicforairports, Jan 21, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled February 13, 2009

I poured into a pint glass to a good two inches of brown head. It is black. The first aroma I got when I poured was milk chocolate. Once I bury my nose in the glass I seem to get more dark fruits, raisins. There is a faint coffee smell. I taste chocolate and some sweetness, but the bitterness of the expresso is more defined in the taste. It is a pretty tasty beverage. It is going down a lot faster than I anticipated. It leaves a nice coating on my mouth and lips. Now I need to try the other Yetis.

Cheers!

buschbeer, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of Soilworker
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black with absolutely no light shining through. There is a thick 2+ finger head that has amazing head retention. Its quite thick, almost like whipped cream.

S: Large amounts of dark malts assault the nose with strong notes of espresso and coffee. I don't get much oak notes, perhaps this will come through more in the taste. There is a pretty dominate hop presence here which adds to the complexity in this aroma.

T: Amazingly complex. There are strong notes of espresso, oak, and intense dark roasted malts. There is a bitterness but its hard to say whether or not it comes from the hops, it reminds me most of true espresso and the bitterness that comes along with that. There are some subtle vanilla notes but not much that I can pick up on.

M: Bold and smooth and quite dry in the finish.

D: This is a huge beer and the drinkability is understandably impacted by this fact. I can get through a bottle but anything more than that is testing my limits.

Notes: This is a hugely complex beer and reminds me a lot of its cousin, the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti. I actually prefer the COAY over this one and would buy it instead if I were able to choose between the two. That being said it is still an amazing beer.

Soilworker, Jan 27, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber, bottled Dec. 23, 2013.

Pours pitch black with a very dark brown head, all bubbly and frothy. Concentrated espresso in the aroma. Taste has the harshness of oak aging but coffee flavors do a good job of keeping it in check. Lots of deep & dark bittersweet chocolate thrown in for good measure.

papat444, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of MTBBright
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1st Review
Poured from a bottle into Duvel tulip.
Bottled date - Jan 10 2011

Pours rich black with a nice brown head that lingers.

Smells of roast and coffee. Not overly strong.

Tastes of chocolate up front that leads into the espresso. It is almost like easting chocolate covered espresso beans.

Nice carbonation and good mouthfeel.

Great beer. the coffee flavor stays for a long time. Could use a little more sweetness. Nice beer to start the new year with.

MTBBright, Jan 02, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into three pint glasses. Thanks to Steve and Chris for the assist!

Bottled On: FEB 13 2009

A: Pours pure black with a dark espresso crema colored layer of foam. Head is of the sticky and bubbly variety. Lots of lace and great retention.

S: Heavily roasted malt, with rich espresso, brown sugar/molassas, and dark chocolate fudge brownies.

T: Same as above with just a slight touch of spicy alcohol. I really liked the rich espresso flavor...with booze...and dark fruit.

M: Suprisingly smooth with a sharp and prickly spike at the end.

D: Excellent! Over a year after bottling and it had aged nicely.

GbVDave, May 09, 2010
Photo of IPALOVER
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two of my favorites-- imperial stout and coffee, and here they are mixed together!

The beer poured beautifully into an imperial pint glass. The smell of espresso was strong, and invited me to take that first sip!

The first few sips of this beer were the best-- strong but smooth, huge coffee overtones, sweet finish...yum. The more I drank, though, it seemed to lose the sweetness. It took me about 2 hours to make it through the entire bomber, and about 3/4 of the way through I wanted a snack to go with it (I had a piece of aged white cheddar cheese, and for some reason it was really tasty with this beer!).

I prefer the regular Yeti Imperial Stout over this one as a "regular" in my refrigerator, but will definitely have it again in about a year!

IPALOVER, Mar 08, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip at cellar temp. Pours a jet blac body with a good sized cola colored head. Beautiful beer. Smell is of chocolate at first, then I get the coffee, some vanilla and some alcohol. Taste is very complex. I get a ton of different flavors as I drink it. At first a ton of chocolate. Almost Kate-like. That stops as I continue to drink and I get a bunch of oak, bitter, bitter coffee and some alcohol burn. The bitterness dominates as I continue to drink, but I don't mind this. Mouthfeel is slick as can be with that much bitterness. Fairly full bodied, but not creamy. Good stout, one that I would try again.

DrDogbeer, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Gold Foil
Bottled On: Feb 13, 2009

Poured into a chalice a very nice black color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus dark tan head, with some nice big oil slick/sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee/coffee notes, slight spice. The taste is malty, with lots of dark stuff, not too bad with the espresso, nice oak note. Medium body, the ABV is kinda upfront with this brew, but still nice. Drinkable, a pretty tasty brew.

Wasatch, May 29, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark, no light passing through this one. First pour left a 1 finger deep, mocha brown head that stayed till the very last drop. Looked very appetizing.

S- dark roast coffee, coco, hazlenut and vanilla with a hint of nutmeg. Alcohol taste was there more towards the end when it warmed up. Overall great taste

T- Strong coffee and bitter chocolate up front finished with a molasses bitter vanilla

M- Thick and creamy

O- Amazing Imperial Stout. Quite session able despite it's first appearance. One of the top BA coffee beers I've tried. At $10 a bomber, I think it's a great deal.

Purplepunch36, Feb 10, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a jet black viscous looking liquid with a dark mohagany colored head that is tight and creamy. the retention is short but the lace is thick.

S-the nose is big time malt. tons of espresso up front with a fair bit of roasted maltiness coming along for the ride. Hints of dark bakers chocolate underneath. The finish adds a good bit of toffee and a light malty sweetness in the very back. the espresso keeps hitting hard with a touch of burnt coffee note in the back.

T-the taste has a ton of malt and espresso similar to the nose. bitter and slightly burnt espresso and roasted malts dominate. hints of dark chocolate, a good bit of toffee, and light caramel. Light dark fruits but very faint towards the back. Light bitter hop presence and herbal hop notes to close it out.

M-this has a slightly light full body and is extremely smooth. it feels thick but the back is a little thin.

D-this is a very drinkable stout, it doesn't show any alcohol and has good malt backbone. Decent complexity and a nice bit of espresso. the oak aging doesn't really seem to show, but good none the less.

cpetrone84, May 10, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Bruery tulip. On first pour the beer appears thick and viscous with about a one inch head that dissipated shortly after the pour. The head has a nice stouty brown color to it. The beer smells of all malt, sweetness and some faint coffee aroma. This is a very smooth beer for 9.5%. The oak aging definitely helps to round it out a bit. This is a sweet beer but deceptively little alcohol taste comes through. The espresso hits you up front with a lingering malty finish with tastes of vanilla. The beer does not taste as viscous as it looks. This is a full bodied beer but it does not feel as thick and oily as I was expecting, There is a little bit of viscosity on the tongue, but not a lot. This beer is very drinkable for 9.5%. My beer was bottled on 4/2/10 (cheers for date stamps!), I am enjoying this fine beer almost seven months post bottling and if anything I think it was too soon. This is a beer that I think would only improve with some more time as the flavors round out and meld together. I will have to buy another bottle to age.

aknight, Nov 28, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black with a bubbly and dark, two-finger head that seems forced up by the mass of beer below.

Big coffee smell with a lot of chocolate too. Deep, rich, sweet malts. Also a nice zesty scent, almost like lemon or citrus.

Holy smokes that's a rich beer. Huge coffee tastes. Almost overpowering. The coffee powers through a sturdy malt body. I actually think this is waking me up. Unbelievable coffee. Very dry finish. The vanilla oak taste breaks through in the aftertaste.

This is a good beer, but you must like coffee to enjoy it.

birderbeerer, Apr 01, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with deep amber accent and thin, brown, relatively quickly dissipating head. Nice lacing.

Smell consists of dark cherries, roasted malt, anise, and coffee. For an espresso stout, the coffee is rather subdued.

Tastes of roasted malt, vanilla, and coffee. Again, coffee is definitely present, but not overbearing. Sweet, slightly alcoholic finish.

Mouthfeel suits style. Full bodied.

Overall, this is a really pleasant beer. As for Yeti variants, I put this in a close second place to the Choco Yeti, but still very good.

PhilDaBrewer, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of mjpolzin
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gift from a client who knows I like coffee and big stouts...

The appearance of this beer as it pours into the glass is awesome looking. It is thick and black with lacing on the side of the glass and a orangish, brown head.

The smell is of roasted malts and coffee. There is a faint scent of oak as well.

The taste is initially a roasted flavor with some oak. The coffee hits you pretty hard on the back end of each sip. It is bitter but with a faint sweetness.

The mouth feel was fairly full and it felt like it had more carbonation than what showed up on the initial pour.

Overall, a very solid coffee stout.

mjpolzin, Apr 28, 2013
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,100 ratings.