Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,167
Reviews: 968
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 240
Gots: 593 | FT: 41
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: John_M on 05-16-2008)
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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.

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.

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.

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.]

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of engagechad
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a 22 from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, Va - tulip

Pours an extremely dark black with a very dark brown head, beautiful beer. Smells of licorice and molasses. Tastes of coffee and is quite thick but good. Very boozy for me, Choklat is a benchmark and it's 11% seems nicer than this 9.5

Overall it is a great IMP stout but there are better IMO

Photo of bret27
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle courtesy of nickd717

S: espresso/coffee, vanilla, oak, choc

A: Black w/min brn head

T: Really roasty, dominating, oak, coffee, finishing with a subdued but noticeable etoh presence.

M: Medium... a little thin for flavors

D: Pretty sweet and strong, but not so much as to hurt drinkability.

Overall: My favorite yeti version of the 4 I've had. I recommend!

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber served in a snifter

Let me preface this by saying that the Oak Yeti is one of my favorite RIS's and in my opinion had little room to improve. Needless to say, I had high expectations for this.

Appears almost an ink black with the darkest brown cap I have ever seen, a wet sand color. A little bit of lace, but nothing too impressive with a decent amount of staying power considering the oil from espresso/coffee beans usually hurts in that area.

Smell is of deep roasted espresso, plums, cherries, vanilla, bittersweet dark belgian chocolate malt balls, and a decent amount of booze. The espresso dominates.

The flavor profile mimics the nose very closely, only the espresso beans lend an oily espresso layer that, for me, is too much. It detracts from the goodness of all of the other flavors. The chocolate is more pronounced throughout the middle, but the espresso begins and ends the experience. The fruits and sweet vanilla dance and dart their way through the deep roasted flavor and espresso. It's almost like they poured espresso into the beer. However, the base is so good, I can't give it lower than a 4.

The mouthfeel is thick and velvety. All of the Yeti beers have a near perfect mouthfeel. Rich and decadent.

The espresso hurts the drinkability. Everything else is so good though.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very solid beer. Somewhat austere, not as lush as the chocolate version, but also not as straight up woody as the regular oak version (which I'm not a huge fan of). That one is simply a demonstration of using too much oak. This one pours black with a tan head that fades just a little too quickly. Smells toasty with oak and espresso and a touch of cream. The roasty notes of the coffee and stout blend nicely. The taste is quite dry, with more of a woody austerity than a lush creaminess. Full coffee notes, with a nice flavor, but not exceedingly bitter or over the top. Instead you get a nice lingering roasty bitterness, some bitter chocolate, and a touch of cream, with the oak drying things out and playing a supporting role. A little unbalanced, but enjoyable. A little woody in the mouth, and quite bitter. A sipper, would be a good dessert beer to cleanse the palate.

Photo of claytong
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It was a little too hyped up perhaps but I wasn't wowed by this one. It's very drinkable for a 11 percent stout but it doesn't have to much going on. It's very well balanced which accounts for the drinkability. I'd assume getting the java imperial from santa fe and save 8 bucks.

Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Like midnight, with a firm 3 cm dense mocha head. Halo ringlets of lacing track the Yeti's history.

S: Pungent chalky espresso explodes out of the glass. I'm having flashbacks of brewing coffee as a breakfast busboy. Syrupy-sweet chocolate malts show up soon after the initial coffee bean jolt. There are hints here and there of smoke, vanilla, dark fruits, caramel, booze, and a touch of oak.

T: Coffee beans lead the bill, but not as heavy as expected. Bittersweet malts set the backdrop. Dull dark fruits peek through the coffee surface midway through. Vanilla, smoke, and peat peek through as well. I don't get much of the oak chips at all. Slight apple skin in the finish.

M: Not as viscous as I was expecting, nor is it as dense as its peers. Extremely dry and chalky finish.

Photo of Trifecta1
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 year, 2 months aged.

A - Pours like motor oil, chocolate milk colored head.

S - A bit of booze, iced coffee, roasted malt.

T - Espresso loud and clear, sweeter than expected, dry chocolate. Alcohol is non-existent.

M - Silky and smooth.

O - Excellent, but more oak flavors would put bump this badboy up a few points.

Photo of Tele
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 11.29.14

A: 4.75 Looks really viscous on the pour. Pitch black with a very pretty reddish-brown head.

S: 4.25 Tons of dark coffee and roasted malt. There’s a little bit of sweetness as well, bringing some caramel and vanilla. Earthy aromas from the coffee really dominate everything else.

T: 3.75 Strangely enough, the coffee comes in second, right a quick burst of sweetness with caramel and vanilla. Roasted coffee, liquorish, and bitterness follow very quickly and are much more aggressive than the sweeter flavors. The bitterness is pretty nice, however it gets a bit out of hand toward the end, turning into a slightly unpleasant astringency.

M: 4.75 Rich and thick just like an imperial stout should be. Carbonation is spot on as well.

O: 4 I was expecting a bit more from this beer. Regular Yeti is great, but the addition of the espresso is not as balanced as other coffee stouts and there is little to no oak presence.

Photo of KingPuuChuu
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Better Beer glass.

Poured a rich 3 finger head, blacker than the blackest black times infinity.

My first glass had a chemical scent to it, but the second glass has intense espresso, including some woodyness.

Flavor is bold. Hits you with hops and espresso, some real dark chocolate in the back, but the star flavors are definitely the coffee and roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel could be better, honestly, but I have had this from tap, and it was much smoother there. It's quite bubbly, and theres a little of an alcohol bite.

For drink-ability, if it was on tap, give me another. But for bottle, I'd hold off, make it a once in a while treat.

Photo of Sweasty
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Espresso Yeti looks like the center of a black hole. Light neither penetrates nor can it escape the blackness. Two fingers of dark milk chocolate head tops things off. The head settles to a ring. Plenty of lace is left down the glass.

The aroma is no less impressive. Bittersweet chocolate is at the forefront. Plenty of espresso shines as well. A light hint of oak and vanilla burst through the denseness of the black malt.

The espresso in the nose is much more dominant on the palate. Strong coffee notes take hold alongside bitter chocolate notes. This is one roasty bitter brew. The hops make their presence known in so much as lending depth to the bitterness. The finish is bitter with a drying quality. Oak and vanilla show up towards the end of the drawn out finish. It takes hold of your breath in a way.

This is one full bodied stout. Thick and velvety on the tongue.

The Espresso Yeti is a worthy variant on the regular old Yeti This is a nice cold weather sipper. The alcohol is kept in check. It's ever present but never overwhelms. Props to great divide for another tasty brew.

Photo of baybassboy
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, slightly chilled, and poured into a Sam Adams glass (don't sue me). Bottled 12/20/10, Poured 3/7/11

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A: Same color as the full bomber. A deep, dark, opaque brown with almost a deep red at the edges and below the head. Thick mocha head you could eat with a spoon 1"+, subsides over time with medium to slight lacing.

S: Espresso is at the forefront, but also a very bittersweet chocolate. Lingering roasty smell. Warm. Becomes a sweeter overall smell with hand warmth.

T: Sweet upfront, subsiding to that bittersweet chocolateness. Espresso flavor to finish and lingers. Good carbonation and alcohol warmth.

M: Very silky, but not quite chewy. Found it hugging my gums minutes after a sip.

O: The 1 bomber I hogged was more than enough for myself. I wish i had taken the bottle's advice and had it with a breakfast burrito. I really enjoyed this beer, especially as it warmed, and can't wait to have another with some age on it... And a breakfast burrito

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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