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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: 224
Gots: 589 | 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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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with one finger than head that left minor lace patches down the glass. The aroma is roasted and coffee malts, the espresso aspect being noticeable, and there seems to be a hint of the oak/woodiness and even vanilla. I get this same aspect in the beer as it is medium bodied, slightly chewy, and smooth with oak notes and a minor vanilla like sweetness. The coffee taste is strong and really noticeable on the backend and finish as this beer finishes real dry. I like the balance and how this beer first hits me with a sweet edge and then finishes dry and just tempts you to have another sip.

clayrock81, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of kawilliams81
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Pours a thick, syrupy black. 1 finger dark cola head with lacing that resides quickly.

S- Coffee, chocolate, maple syrup

T- Whoa coffee! Amazing amount of coffee flavor, bitter chocolate, oak, slight hop bitterness at finish.

M- Full body, creamy, medium carbonation.

O- Awesome coffee imperial stout. This beer may have the most coffee flavor of any beer I have ever had! Glad I have another bottle of this.

kawilliams81, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of mothman
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my celebration beer after getting through a rather tough real analysis exam! Been looking forward to this one for awhile now.

Poured into Smokestack chalice.

This beer is extremely thick, just like yeti. Motor oil black. Nice 1 finger of dark tanish head with a orange hue to it. Good retention and leaves very nice lace walls down the glass.

Aroma: Tons of espresso and coffee, probably the most I have experienced in a beer. Chocolate, roasted malts, the vanilla and oak add a nice touch to this. Some sugary caramel as well. A ton of earthy hops balance it out nice.

Taste: The component that sticks out to me the most here is a huge syrupy taste with a ton of roasted malts. Then comes to coffee, espresso, and earthy hops with some chocolate and caramel on the side. It is good, but it has to much of a syrupy taste to it.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but creamy and a little crisp. Huge bodied beer, very thick. Medium to high level of carbonation. A little booze sneaks through here. Ends with a big sticky espresso flavored aftertaste.

Overall, I like this beer, but it could have been a bit better if it weren't so syrupy flavored. This thing is big and I recommend splitting it with a buddy. I will have a hard time getting through this bomber, but I think I will be able to do it.

mothman, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of rowew
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, label is the new GD style. Bottled on Feb 13 2009. Label talks about the brand of espresso used, and recommends pairing with breakfast or dessert.

Appearance: Pours completely black, with a large head that fades slowly, leaving lots of lacing - great retention.

Smell: Dominate aroma is vanilla and oak, as it warms there is more coffee and a bit of chocolate.

Taste: A bit of alcohol warming, there is a strong oak presence here - the coffee is not overpowering but adds another layer of flavor.

Overall impression: Another nice addition to the yeti family - some interesting flavors, and plenty drinkable despite the high abv.

rowew, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of Chaney
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I split a bomber with my wife tonight after a full day of work and other events.

A: Completely devoid of light and it doesn't let any shards of light pass through of any kind. The very dark, grainy one finger + head stayed somewhat frothy throughout the session.

S: A generous amount of wood was almost bourbon-like in its consistency. Tons of dark roast, chocolate, and very subdued on coffee flair.

T: Even though it was subdued on the nose, it certainly wasn't on the taste. The espresso beans hit the palate hard, but the intensity softened after a few sips once my palate warmed up to the taste. Again, the wood help lessen some of the coffee bitterness, but not by much. The finish was very bitter and drying.

M: The low carbonation was appropriate for this style, and the mocha lacing was ridiculous. Again: bitter, bitter, BITTER!

D: I like the other permutations of Yeti much better, however, this was still a very worthy entry and variation on a fantastic base beer!

Chaney, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of scruffwhor
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as sin color with a great brown head and even some spotty lacing. Looks pretty carbonated for the style by the foaming I can see on top.

Dry espresso with powdered cacao. No cream aromas to mention. Also lots of super roasted to almost burnt malt aromas. Not to mention some warmth from the abv%. Smells like a dry sipper.

Dry palate from the start that subsides a little at the finish. This beer is burnt bread crust, dark coffee, and some black chocolare powder. Dry, maybe even a little acidic as it warms. Plus the abv% heat. But still a good sipper.

I could not taste any oak or wood flavor in this beer. I wonder what this yeti "WOOD" taste like without the chips???? I think mostly the same.

scruffwhor, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of koopa
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/13/05 Consumed 9/9/11

Appearance: Pours the deepest mahogany to black with a 1.5 finger dark brown crown that displays good retention and lace.

Smell: Faded espresso, hints of oak, deep dark roast, a bit of staleness, and the slightest hint of oxidation.

Taste: Chocolate upfront, with a hint of espresso following, oak then makes itself known and transitions into a fairly oxidized finish.

Mouthfeel: Light side of thick bodied and quite syrupy despite a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall: A fairly drinkable and enjoyable 6 year old imperial stout. I'd guess 4 years would have been peak.

koopa, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of inlimbo77
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber bottle poured into wide red wine glass. Bottle dated Feb. 12, 2010. One year old, but could have been better with more age.

A: DEEP black color with 1 finger tan head. Good carbonation. Looked like a nice root beer when first poured. Good lacing on the glass.

S: Amazing nose on this one: bottle and also glass. Would have benefited from some warmth, but still nice. COFFEE, chocolate, and roasted malts. Some muddled hops are there too, but mostly overpowered by other aromas.

T: COFFEE, dark chocolate, toffee, malts, and mild hop bite at end, which was nice. The coffee sticks with you at the end too. LOVED it!

M: Sticky malt coating and hop bite. Good mouthfeel. More watery than expected, but definitely some coating.

D: No problem finishing this one off, but one big one is enough. This is a robust brew to be drank sparingly. ABV hit me at the tail end.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one from Great Divide. My favorite of their's so far. The smells and nose were enough to suck me in. The taste backed it up. Would definitely enjoy again!

inlimbo77, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of travis224
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pretty much black with a frothy tan head. Nose is mainly espresso with a hint of vanilla, delicious. The taste is very close with dark espresso and vanilla being the main components. Light carbonation and surprisingly drinkable for the ABV. Another stellar selection by Great Divide. Get it!

travis224, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of robbrandes
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes. poured from a 22oz into a wine glass (best think i had available)

pours nearly pitch-black, nice puffy, tan head. great lacing in the glass.

nose is a mix of oak, coffee, oak, chocolate, oak, a bit of smoke, did i mention oak? but it's a good thing.

taste - big earthy, chocolate bomb up front, with an even bigger dry-oak finish. in spite of the dryness, the lingering chocolate sweetness begs for further drinking.

overall a good, not quite great, beer. the oak is borderline overkill, but everything else is done so well, it's an extremely pleasing journey.

robbrandes, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of snaotheus
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker than used motor oil. Pours with wall beige head. Lacing surprisingly robust. Smell is mostly coffe with a chocolate background.

Taste is blindingly sweet for the first second or so, followed by a brutally strong coffee flavor mixed nicely with chocolate. Nice hope notes.

Feels light and gritty. Pretty drinkable for an imperial stout.

snaotheus, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of bobsy
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This had been on my wants for a while, so a big thanks to ritzkiss for pulling it out of his endless stash of coffee flavoured stouts.

Pours a pitch black with a thick mocha head. The retention is excellent and it leaves behind sheets of lace. A first class appearance worthy of an emperor. The aroma goes heavy on the espresso, but also marries it perfectly to chocolate, dark fruit and grapefruit. This perfect marriage is also found in the flavour - a shot or two of espresso, bittersweet chocolate and light citrus in the finish. Its rich, thick and heavy in flavour. Surprisingly I don't find much of the vanilla that I do in the regular oaked version. Body and carbonation are medium.

I liked this a lot, though I'd probably stick to the regular oak aged in the future.

bobsy, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of hardy008
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark black with a one finger mocha head, which fades to 1/4 inch and holds, leaving nice lacing. The aroma has dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, and roasted malt.

The taste is more coffee forward than chocolate forward, as the name suggests. There is coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa, alcohol, and oak. The oak is pretty strong, and a bit too strong in my opinion. Still solid though.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. Has a strong coffee aftertaste. Another good effort in the Yeti series from Great Divide.

hardy008, May 11, 2013
Photo of agent2550
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Its beauty is the most pronounced characteristic. Heavy body, bitter taste, smooth texture. Coffee lovers will rejoice.

This beer must be paired with food. Although the bottle suggests a breakfast burrito, cheesecake, eggs Benedict, etc. I would suggest (as odd as this sounds) buffalo wings.

This is probably the oddest review I will ever write, but if you taste this beer you will understand.

Cheers.

agent2550, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served from a 22oz bottle, suspected of being a bit colder than optimum. Sampled just after a New Belgium Lips of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout (NBICCS).
Pours black and opaque with a durable tan head.
An extreme beer with loads of flavor, mainly from the roasted malts and expresso.
Notably sweeter, especially in the aftertaste than the NBICCS, which I found too bitter from the finish on. Plenty of oak in the nose but less in the flavor which still has a noticeable oak note.

{Review tweaked with on-tap tasting in March 2013. Excellent and aroma and mouthfeel compared to memory/notes from bottle.]

chinchill, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of dowen17
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours like black ink. Thick and viscous. Tight two finger milk chocolate head. Head fades but stays at a finger's thickness and leaves nice lacing down the glass.

Nose is strong bitter coffee, woody notes from the oak, chocolate, sweet malts... More chocolate and coffee. Very nice. A bit boozy also.

Taste is bitter coffee up front. Some bittersweet chocolate follows along with some woody notes from the oak chips, but not overpowering at all. Most of the oak aged beers I've had recently have been way overpowering on the oak. This is a nice change.

Mouthfeel is just as a stout should be. Big and chewy. Light carbonation.

Overall this is a great brew from a great company and definitely worth a try.

dowen17, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of jmalex
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing like a huge stout on a beautiful warm spring day... huh?!

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Victory becker purely black in color. A 3-finger mocha chocolate head forms on top and slowly drops to a full-on 1-finger high, rocky head. Sheets of lacing show on the glass even before I take my first sip.

SMELL: Definitely smells like Yeti but in the place of the hops, there's the aroma-thinning effect of pure coffee. It doesn't overpower though and lets the chocolate-type aromas come through nicely. The citrusy hops can still be found in the background but aren't in your face as one is used to in regular Yeti. One thing that is tough to pick up on is any effects of the oak aging. I might be able to pick out some woody flavors if you told me they were there, but if I didn't know, I don't think I'd be able to pick up on them.

TASTE: Starts off as a very balanced imperial stout with a formidable hop presence. The coffee comes on slowly but really fleshes itself out to dominate the taste, especially toward the finish. The finish also features a bit of a warming alcohol that really doesn't get in the way too much. The sweeter flavors (chocolate, dark fruits, etc.) are really highlighted too much and are only there as a base.

MOUTHFEEL: Very thick and slightly slick. The carbonation is just above average levels.

DRINKABILITY: Man, if you like coffee beers, this is one for you. I'm likely to be sipping on this bomber for a long time today, but for the style it drinks fairly well.

A nice beer with an expected twist on it. I think I prefer both the regular and oaked versions to this one however.

jmalex, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of eric5bellies
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a deep deep ebony colour with a large tanned tight thick head that sits there and hardly moves. An oily appearance.

S - Hops and nice coffee roast with a little smoke.

T - The flavour is vanilla and oak maynbe a little dark chocolate with an old coffee / burnt wood flavour on the finish. The bitterness on the finish is nice and the alcohol is well hidden.

M - Full body and low carbonation and very smooth.

O - Really enjoyed this brew and would have another.

eric5bellies, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass. One finger, tan head consisting of fine bubbles atop a dark brown clear body. Head color was appropriate for the style.

Aroma was of roasted malts, dark chocolate, a little vanilla, and some oak tannins. A little rich coffee at the end.

Taste started with rich roasted malt, mingled with bitter chocolate. Roasted malt and coffee were both present in the aftertaste. Very nice.

Mouthfeel was smooth and silky, good body that supported the flavors. Well balanced, not watery at all.

Good drinkability marks for this one. One bottle went down well. Price was a little high for me to make this a regular offering, but I would readily have another were it available.

connecticutpoet, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of adam42381
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Cigar City snifter. Bottled on December 13, 2010 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a motor oil black with a 1 finger creamy milk chocolate brown head. Head dissipates slowly into chocolate milk-like bubbles. Excellent lacing. Like all the other Yetis, this one looks perfect.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, toasted and roasted malt.

Taste: Chocolate and espresso up front followed by roasted malt, bitter hops and a touch of oak in the middle before ending with a very bitter burnt toast and roasted coffee. Aftertaste is coffee and bitterness. Very long-lasting aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, thick and creamy with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. I'm having no problem with the bomber, but this would be great on a cold evening.

Overall: Very good beer overall. Like all the other Yetis, this one is an excellent Imperial Stout. I would recommend giving it a shot.

adam42381, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of Wisconsinality
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber split with the one and only beerwolf77, you are too kind. A relatively fresh bottle, bottled in February or March I think.

A- Pours a pitch black with a two finger mocha colored head that leaves great lacing on the side of the glass. The head leaves a small cap for the duration of the beer.

S- Big nose of espresso, heavy malt and some dark chocolate. No alcohol present what so ever. A small amount of toffee and molasses.

T- A pretty even amount of espresso and oak. Toasted malts and dark chocolate that is a little bitter. Pretty balanced in flavor with none really dominating the others.

M- Full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. A small amount of bitterness due to the espresso.

D- I was hoping for a little better of a coffee taste. The oak added nicely to this beer. I really want to try all the Yeti varieties.

Wisconsinality, May 21, 2010
Photo of wnh
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter.

Pours from the bottle in a nice, black viscous stream, not unlike used motor oil, with a huge, foamy dark tan head that leaves a film across the surface for the duration of the glass. Little lacing.

Smells fantastic, with roasted coffee beans up front, and a nice roasted malt backbone brought into balance by sweet vanilla. Toward the end of the glass the alcohol comes up front and dominates the nose.

Taste is sweet, almost cloyingly, with a big alcohol warmth. There's a slight roasted coffee bean character underneath, but not as much as might be expected given the nose. Bitterness from the coffee and hops comes in to balance the beer out, with oak at the end. As I continue drinking, it seems the alcohol is a little too prominent, really. It's not overly boozy, but more boozy than I'd prefer, and more than is necessary in my opinion.

The mouthfeel is interestingly drying--almost chalky--which makes me want another sip. Thick and viscous, like the pour. Drinkability is pretty high, but is hurt slightly by the strong alcohol presence. I still thoroughly enjoyed this beer, but I can't help but feel it should have been better.

wnh, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of Luvzsurfrz
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours dark, nearly opaque and appears to be thick with a medium brown head with great retention and a good amount of lacing.

S: Smells strongly of espresso and coffee bean, with a slight hint of chocolate.

T: Tastes strongly of coffee, with a very dry, dark chocolate and oak presence.

M: Medium carbonation with a full-bodied feeling. There is a strong presence of alcohol that warms over you, but it does not detract from the overall taste. Bitterness follows up and remains on the pallet.

O: Overall, this beer is very tasty! Everything I enjoy in a beer, and definitely left me wanting to try more.

Luvzsurfrz, May 13, 2011
Photo of kels
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bomber of this with bamadog and pwoods last night. Poured into snifters.

Appearance: Pours a lovely coffee-bean brown with a well-retained 3/4 finger chocolate brown, thick, soft head and bubbly lacing around the glass. Very dark and viscous.

Smell: Big alcohol in the nose, sweet cream, espresso beans, chocolate, toasted malt and slight smokiness of charred wood.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is full of bitter, bottom-of-the pot espresso, bitter chocolate, hot alcohol vapors, chewy and sticky malts, and a subtle hop presence. Smokiness from the barrel is met by a nice creamy sweetness. Feel is moderate and mouthfilling, spreading the flavors well throughout the palate.

Drinkability: Moderate to high for the style. Despite the huge alcohol presence it actually drinks pretty smoothly. I love espresso regularly, though, so the bitterness and the hotness might be too much for some.

kels, May 11, 2009
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great Divide Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti, cask at The Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen, NY.

Appearance: Extremely voluptuous head, almost overflowing, with lots of carbonation and bubbles. Over one finger of head, with great retention. Great temperature too! (some casks at Pony are at times too cold). Head and bubbles stay on and on. Color is pitch black, no nuances there.

Smell: Incredibly smooth, subdued. I don't get any coffee, but chocolate instead. A lacking nose.

Taste: The coffee beans are there, at the end, but thankfully (or sadly, if you love coffee beers) they are far from strong. The oak is also mellow, hints of wood come at the end. Chocolate at the end of the sip too (again, as in the nose, more chocolate than coffee). Some bitterness around the mouth, cooked sugars, even a hint of banana bread. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation of course (this is a cask after all), medium-to-low chocolaty body and medium flavor. Oaky finish.

Drinkability: Superb. This is incredibly smooth, chuggable. The 9.5% cannot even be hinted. A little underwhelming (or a lot!), but tasty nonetheless.

My least favorite of all the Yetis I've had so far, though. I expected more.

DoubleSimcoe, Mar 08, 2011
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,100 ratings.