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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,018
Hads: 3,537
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 17.69%
Wants: 278
Gots: 768 | FT: 55
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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 100floods
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: Bomber bottle shared with a friend. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown to pretty much pitch black. Nice dark brown mocha head. Two fingers with good retention. Sticks nicely to the glass.

Aroma: Espresso notes really stand out here. There is also a good bit of dark chocolate, vanilla, and oak character to the brew.

Taste: Coffee beans and espresso notes dominate. Nice balance of sweetness and bitternes here. The vanilla and oak both compliment and don't overpower the espresso. Really smooth and nice sweet, chocolatey finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and really smooth. A bit flat and not as full as I would expect from a stout this big.

Drinkability: For its high ABV, this is really smooth and drinkable. After a glass, I didn't even taste any booze. Feels like 5.5-6% ABV. I could definitely have a couple of these in one sitting.

Overall, a really impressive and smooth stout. The flavors are well balanced and everything blends so well together. A really exceptional beer in my opinion.

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Photo of bhalter8
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A snowy Sunday in GA made for perfect day to try the Espresso Yeti. A fresh bottle, bottled only a couple weeks ago, purchased at Green's, so that espresso flavor should be front and center. Pours a dark, ink black, with a robust dark tan head. That head recedes very slowly. Smell is an incredible mix of sweet chocolate, and strong espresso/coffee aroma. Taste is also incredible, an upfront hit espresso combined with a bitter chocolate and malt backbone. It really is as close to a perfect balance as you could find in a coffee imperial stout. Compared to some other imperial stouts, this one is a thicker composition, and I like it. Incredibly easy to drink for the style, I found myself easily sipping the entire bomber while watching the snow fall.

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Photo of beergoot
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Label info: BOTTLED ON JAN 08, 2015

Ink black body; thick, sticky, light brown colored head; lacing and clumps of foam on the glass. Deep, rich aroma of charred grains and wet coffee grounds; cocoa nibs; hint of vanilla. Thick, rich, velvety mouthfeel; gently sweet sugary feel with an offsetting bit of wood and bitter dryness.

Oh, yeah! Take a big bite of this one and enjoy the thick, chewy richness that oozes dark grain and coffee-like flavors throughout the taste and feel experience. The oak aging adds a really nice roundness and softness to the coffee and dark grain sharpness and bitterness. Big, bad, and extremely delightful...

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Photo of Titans77
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A - Oil black. You can't see in, and it can't see out. A finger of brown head that dissipates into a brown film where the slick stout caresses the glass. Great looking stuff

S - smells like a typical stout. Strong roasted malts with some chocolate qualities to it. Dark fruits are prevalent as well. No real coffee/espresso smell, which seems odd for a espresso RIS...

T - Oh! Ok, thats where the espresso is! This is better than how I wanted it to taste. Coffee, roasted malts, dark fruits with some chocolate undertones. Favorite tasting stout at this point! Great stuff

M - Reminds me of the mouthfeel of Ten Fidy. Coats the mouth, slight carbonation and full bodied. A pleasure to drink.

O - I was hesitant to spend the $11 for the bomber, but I am glad that I did! Top notch RIS for being a great espresso RIS

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Photo of drumrboy22
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Yeti chalice. Beer was pitch black with a one-finger, dark tan head. Moderate lacing around the glass.

Aroma was heavy oak and coffee, also chicory, vanilla and malt.

Taste is coffee, dark chocolate and dark fruits.

Creamy mouthfeel and bitter finish. Fantastic beer. I'm glad they finally decided to bottle this one.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Bullock's in Marietta, Georgia. I have misplaced my receipt, but I recall it wasn't exactly cheap. Bottled On: Feb 12 2009. So fresh!! Let's get to it!

Appearance: Pours an inky black body with a large, frothy, dark tan head. True, there may have been better some lace formation, but I found myself tossing back the glass so often that none could even gain a foothold on my Duvel tulip glass.

Smell: Roasty, fresh-brewed espresso nose welcomes in full notes of chocolate fondue, dark malts, fresh oak lumber. Some breweries get coffee additions wrong -- Great Divide got it right.

Taste: After the first sip it's hard not to shout out an "AWW YEAH BABY!" like you're rooting hard for your favorite sports team. Dark, heavily roasted malts harmonize perfectly with the deep, sultry flavor of quality espresso. Add in a heavy-handed pour of dark chocolate sauce and heavy cream flavored with vanilla extract. Fairly sweet, but it's kept in check by the roasty, earthy bitterness, tannic wood qualities, and the cumulative, spicy, sprucy hop component. Hint of fruit. Very minor touch of alcohol warmth, like imbibing a complimentary shot of Godiva Mocha Liqueur. Finishes drying with a vast roastiness and lingering tastes of chocolate and oak.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Spoiler Alert: It's absolutely delish, what can I say?! Rich flavors that know no bounds. Sometimes I'm hesitant to drink an entire bomber of something by my lonely, miserable self, but I cleared through this bottle in record time. One to sip and savor slowly, but it's hard not to chug it greedily like an insatiable fiend.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 2014 bottle poured into a glass. Dark brown to blck with 1/2 finger of Mocha colored head. Smell is roasty fresh poured coffee and dark bready malt. Flavor is full on dark roast coffee well blended with toasty dark malts. Excellent!

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled Feb. 12, 2010.

I've had Yeti, I've had Oak Aged Yeti, I've had Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti. This one is definitely my favorite. Pours the typical Yeti black with chocolate head that leaves great lacing. Big coffee notes on the nose, though a few hints of the oak aging as well. Taste is incredible, reminds me a little bit of Peche Mortel, actually. Big coffee and roasted malt, with a hint of chocolate, and nice oak notes. Some sweet alcohol and maybe leafy hops are in there too. Unlike the regular Oak Aged Yeti, I feel like the oak in this one is not overdone. Delicious. MF is a bit creamier than typical Yeti, but similar in carbonation. Somewhat dry finish. Tremendous drinkability, my favorite so far out of the Yetis I've had. Glad I picked up more than one, a must find.

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Photo of evilkalla
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bomber into a large snifter glass.

A: Darker than used engine oil. Completely opaque. I put a flashlight up to it and still barely saw any light through it. Awesome. Poured with a very slight head on it, but not a lot of carbonation visible.

S: Smells sort of like a coffee-flavored dark chocolate bar.

T: Wow. There is a lot going on in this one. Oak character is very strong in this one, followed by the dark malt and hints of coffee. Finishes dry with more hints of coffee and oak. The finish is almost sort of peaty, like what you would get from an islay single malt. Alcohol is just noticeable on the finish. Absolutely outstanding beer.

M: Somewhat thick, coats the inside of the mouth really well, like I would expect from a beer this strong.

O: Another "I haven't had this one before" purchase. Very, very glad I tried it. Definitely a sipper though at 9.5%.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a taster glass.

Pours a very dark black with a smalldark brown head. Nose is amazing, coffee oak and chocolate.

Taste is just as good, dry and bitter and creamy with lots of espresso highlights. Super creamy and rich, very drinkable.

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Photo of JoeBloe
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is one great brew -my first one - picked this one up yesterday at diciccio's in ardsley - bottled in march 2005 - poured into a snifter, where a vigorous pour yields a finger and a half of light brown head, which dissipates quickly - spots instead of lacing on the glass - the liquid itself is the darkest opaque brown - a light 'crema' , like an espresso's, remains on the surface - earthy woody aromas, along with good coffee scent - taste is unbelievable ! - espresso coffee mocha sweet as candy - extremely complex and extremely well balanced, as the hops and malts come through and pair with the complexity of flavor this incredible beer has to offer - mouthfeel is lingering, syrupy, and nice - alcohol is present, yet very well hidden within the incredible flavor profile - this 22oz. bottle was tasty and smooth - i wonder how it , with it's 4yr old bottling date, would compare to a current year's bottle - i'll have to find out - this is some really good stuff - perfect for this friday night at home.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark black inkiness with a dark tan head, as expected. The smell starts setting it apart. Alcohol burn, cold espresso, chocolate, vanilla, burnt malts. A fine permutation on an excellent stout to begin with. Let it warm, see what happens. Dark chocolate flavors abound, coffee becomes more apparent. The oak aging starts to come out, the finish is of dark roast.

Serve this at room temperature, I urge you.

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Photo of bongobeer
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Small tan head, good lacing, dark brown to black color

Great coffee shop smell with sweet chocolate and little hops

Smooth coffee up front with bitter sweet finish

Creamy smooth medium to heavy mouth feel

Great beer...love Yetis...smooth creamy, not too much bitter coffee bite

this was bottled on 1/3/14, enjoyed 1/16/15

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Photo of Frosty80
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours a very dark brown. sits black with an almost non-existent rim without tilting the glass 45 degrees

Smell: lots of coffee dominates followed by chocolate. slight hint of alcohol and oak

Taste: balance of coffee flavor with chocolate malts and oak with a slight bitterness developing towards the end with some woodiness in the finish

Mouthfeel: full body. low carbonation. silky smooth

Notes: not quite as bitter as the original yeti, but perhaps more complex in flavors. i think i like the original better, thought this is yet another home run from GD

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

5.0 A: Thick motor oil like black. Incredible dark brown head that refuses to back down and leaves good lacing.

4.5 S: Roasty, toasty and everything nice. Caramel, chocolate, molasses. Everything you'd expect from a dark ass beer like this one, though everything is really pronounced. Coffee is there, but surprisingly not much more than the other Yetis. Good oaky tones as well.

4.5 T: Oak comes through along with the espresso in the taste. Bittersweet chocolate, toasty roasty malts. Bit of an alcoholic tinge at the finish. There's also a healthy bitterness to it brought by the espresso beans. I love bitter beers and this does not disappoint.

5.0 M: Good carbonation and creamy as hell. Creamier than the other Yetis.

4.5 D: I split this bomber with a friend. In the future, I'll keep it all for myself.

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Photo of MCain04
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle for $13 from 12/12, poured into a FFF Teku glass.

A: Dark brown to black, dark khaki head of 2+ fingers with great retention and lacing.

S: Espresso and roasty malts are quite aromatic. Some oak and vanilla as well. Nice nose.

T: Follows the nose well, strong on the roast malts and the espresso does not disappoint. Some oak and vanilla. No heat whatsoever, remarkable for the abv.

M: Thick but not as thick as it could be. Sticky, a tad dry, very smooth.

O: A great coffee, oak-aged RIS. I imagine it may be perfect with a bit more mouthfeel, possibly an added barrel and bourbon character. Still thoroughly enjoyed though, this is definitely wonderful, I would think it makes the world-class cut.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Pours black, modest mocha head fades to ring, thick lacing. SMELL coffee, roasty, woody, malty, alc heat. Nice, but took some swirling to get much. Probably more if I'd let it warm longer. TASTE is roasty, woody, coffee, modest hop bitterness, chocolate, vanilla, hint of sweetness. Very smooth and complex. Delicious. FEEL thick, rich, creamy, viscous and smooth. Finishes clean. OVERALL wicked delicious, one of the best of the style.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Febuary '09 Bomber into my snifter

A- Pours bitch black from the bottle and looks the same in my Stone IRS snifter. Larger 2 finger head that has some serious retention. Heavy lacing left around the glass. This looks as good as i can imagine.

S- Big alcohol note hits you upfront along with dark chocolate and espresso beans. Sweet malts follow nicely in this very big and beautiful scent

T- Chocolate malt id prominent with some bitterness toward the end. slight bit of coffee/espresso beans come into play in the end along with some subtle vanilla. Nice and roasty big stout.

M- Its like biting into a piece of fudge. Big and thick mouthfeel followed by very little carbonation makes this one feel amazing.

O- Awesome beer. Would have had a 5 for taste is coffee was a little more prominent, but i cant complain at all.

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Photo of delta490
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- pours an impenetrable black. A hard pour gets a mocha colored head, which doesn't last particularly long but still manages to leave some nice lacing on the glass

S- deep, rich coffee notes and a slight alcohol sweetness in the background

T- there a big malt notes, dark toasted grains, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and some mild earthy hops all bouncing around for great effect.

M- not as thick on the palatte as I would have thought, but still nice. There's a slicker, slightly oily feeling

O- all in all this is a great, big flavored Imperial Stout

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Photo of argock
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz brown bottle into a St. Feuillien stemmed glass (snifter broken unfortunately). Bottled on Feb 12 2010 on label. Purchased at WIne Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $10.99.

A: Opaque and dark as hell with substantial chocolate milk-colored 1-finger head with good retention for the ABV and style and spotty lacing mixed with more craggy formations.

S: Black coffee and vanilla drown out most other aromas but hops are prominent in the second tier. Roasted malt is mainly represented by the coffee element, but the oak is easy to smell with the vanilla and tempers the hard coffee and hops edges nicely. A light anise note is present too and alcohol lightly tingles the nostrils.

T: The flavor is big and bold with coffee and chocolate taking first prize, but leafy, tobacco hops a close second creating the effect of a coffee/cigar house flavor which has a bittersweet character. The oak is more smoothing in the flavor with a little alcoholic touch to the vanilla and licorice notes. Alcohol is barely detectable and could easily be mistaken for the vanilla notes. Superb and grabs you more than the understated OA Yeti which is good but subtle. I prefer this brew to OA Yeti but it's a close call compared to the big and brash Yeti regular.

M: Smooth, lush, and full-bodied with minimal carbonation. The finish and aftertaste are tinged with alcohol, which keeps the feel from reaching top marks.

D: Unbelievably smooth for the ABV and for all the flavors. A GD brew to be savored no doubt, but alcohol component is minimal and there is huge coffee and chocolate flavors to enjoy in a lush package. Great brew. Price is steep but for once in a while, this is a great brew. I tried this right after sharing a bomber of Lagunitas Cappucino Stout, and, as much as I like that beer, the differences were sorely obvious. I wouldn't want to age this and let the coffee flavor fade personally, but some time would probably smooth things out further.

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Photo of hophugger
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on nitro tap, wow, this was amazing. Deep coffee black with big and bold tan head. Aroma hits hard of coffee. Taste is incredible with espresso coffee pounding you from the get go. Hints of chocolate are also present but take a back seat to the coffee. No notice of the oak aging IMO, but this beer does not let you down. Sip by Sip, this beer continued to amaze !!!!!!!

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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,018 ratings.