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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,099 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,099
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 223
Gots: 588 | FT: 41
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Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: John_M on 05-16-2008)
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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

engagechad, Jun 15, 2011
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!

bret27, Jan 11, 2010
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.

ColForbinBC, Apr 10, 2009
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.

Georgiabeer, Jan 21, 2011
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.

claytong, Apr 20, 2011
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.

Heavenisbeer, Apr 08, 2012
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.

Trifecta1, Jan 25, 2014
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.

KingPuuChuu, Mar 03, 2011
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.

Sweasty, Mar 01, 2011
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

baybassboy, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of kirok1999
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as night, lots of foam and a ring of lacing around the snifter. Legs that won't quit.
Smells of a decent amount of dark coffee and a good bit of chocolate. Mild bitter hop notes as well.
Taste is mostly chocolate. Nicely bitter with a mild amount of sweetness. Lots of bitter chocolate in the finish, in the 80% bittersweet chocolate range. Feels dense and rich and lingers well into the finish.
I really don't get the espresso part of this. It's all about chocolate and really well done. I could sip this all night.

kirok1999, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had this bottle for at least 6 months in my lagering cooler, so it should be nice and settled out and hopefully ready to go.

Appearance: Pours black as night with a solid 1/4" of tan foam on top that was made up of small creamy bubbles. They are already leaving lace on the glass and the foam has only started to fall. Thick stuff, no doubt.

Aroma: I initially got lots of yummy stout aromas with the obvious addition of the espresso, which is adding not only the expected coffee notes, but also a really nutty aromatic that is definitely foreign for this beer...but very nice. Beyond this, there is chocolate and cocoa and just about anything else nice that you get in an imperial stout. The beer is pretty cold right now, but I don't really get a whole lot of the oak aging like I have in previous versions.

Taste: The flavor is much more mild than I expected from the aroma. It is still nutty and a serious stout, but it is much more drinkable than I expected. I expected it to be a bit syrupy on the palate with the obvious sweetness in the nose, however, the beer is well attenuated with the flavors supporting the overall mouthfeel and alcohol etc. It is so smooth on the palate, I really don't get the espresso until late after the sip mixed with the alcohol in the finish. The beer is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation for the style.

Opinion: This is a really good beer. This particular blend of Yeti is much more subtle than their other versions. They obviously have a winner with this line of beers, and this one is no exception. I would have liked the espresso to be a bit more noticeable in the flavor, but that is a fine line to walk to not over-do you with roast. I think that they played it on the safe side with this one. I would probably drink some of the others over this particular one, but this is still a damn good beer and I am thoroughly enjoying my glass.

SkeeterHawk, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of kjyost
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle received from TheSevenDuffs. Thanks! Bottled on March 5, 2010. Poured around 6C into a Duvel snifter.

A: Amazingly deep and opaque beer with ruby red edges and a half finger tan head. The head drops straight away though and leaves no lacing.
S: A real odd nose going on here. Definite coffee and cocoa notes but they seems at odds with oak that is evident. As it opened up though, it got better. Initially had this pegged at 3.5...
T: Roasted grains are foremost here with notes of coffee and vanilla over time that develop. Sweetness remains too. Earthy hops.
M: Thick and viscous without being sticky. Very light carbonation and a bit of hop bitterness in the finish to keep the palate from being gunned up by the beer.
O: The beer really grew on me through the pour. At first I was "Meh", but now I am sold. Well made beer, worth seeking out again.

kjyost, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of jjayjaye
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque darkness with a HUGE stiff dark brown head that decomposes like an ice cream sundae, massive 3D lacing present. The smell is awesome; aggressive malted milk chocolate jahva. the mouth feel is medium-full bodied and creamy. Full flavored, the chilled cafe latte has a tangy oak-aged nature. IMO original Oak-Aged Yeti rocks on another level than this combination. A reasonable drinker, the 9.5% ABV is nicely integrated.

jjayjaye, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of jeremy13586
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black. Poured two finger khaki head. Head lasted for a little bit and left some decent lacing. looks a lot like other impy stouts

Very smokey. Tons of coffee and roasted malts. Booze is masked incredibly well.

Mellow esspresso but very heavy on the oak and smoke. Nice bitter roasted malts. Just like in the nose, the booze is masked very well. Nice finish of cocoa.

Pretty heavy, but very smooth. Chewy with mellow carbonation and a clean finish.

I felt that the espresso flavor could have been a bit more, but it was covered by a bit too much of the oakyness. Other than that, it was still a very enjoyable brew and I highly recommend it.

jeremy13586, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of naterock
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured deep black like a dark abyss medium brown head. No lacing to speak of but decent head retention.

smells of rich malts and chocolate with a slight espresso nose.

Taste is extremely rich Chocolate, like a liquid hershey bar with some of a mocha flavor that is finishing very smooth.

Mouth is velvety and rich with an incredibly viscous afterfeel. drinks slowly but god is this good.

naterock, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of gillagorilla
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (bottled on 12/18/12)

A: Pitch black with a nice bubbly thick mocha head, but not as big as the chocolate yeti.

S: A bit of dark chocolate, with a lot of that acidic espresso scent.

T: Espresso acidity with a nice slightly sweet malt backbone. Black coffee all the way. Just a bit of vanilla oak in there to complement it. It really comes across in the bitter aftertaste that is just like coffee. Only a bit of warming malts here. There is a bit of chocolate taste in there as well.

M: Almost no carbonation, it is very subtle and masked, just a hint of coarseness so it isn't completely flat and gives it a bit of character.

O: I love that the Yeti offers an affordable way to try variations on a single base stout. I think I said this before in another review but I'm not a huge coffee/espresso guy, but they can really put in that flavor.

gillagorilla, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of davey101
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on: February 12, 2010. 22 oz bottle with gold foil into a DFH signature glass.

A - Pours a jet black body with three fingers of dark mocha foam. Thick edging with solid lacing and retention.

S - Rich milk chocolate, cocoa butter, roasted malts, vanilla and some light bitterness. Oak is there but obviously not as complex as a a barrel. The coffee is definitely faded and about as noticeable as any non coffee stout which develops some of those bean notes via the malts. A bit harsh and boozy on the finish.

T - Rich and decadent chocolate, cocoa powder, woody oak, light roast, a touch of vanilla and then faded coffee beans. The oak is very noticeable and quite tasty against the chocolate backbone but the coffee is just an afterthought now. Luckily there is no awkward bitterness from the coffee left over, which is something I've found in KBS with a year or two on it. Mouth feel is thick and creamy.

O - Probably a former shell of itself as the large selling point, the espresso, is all but gone. Fortunately the oak shines through and the standard yeti is a delicious chocolate bomb which makes for an outstanding stout with nearly 2.5 years on the clock.

davey101, May 10, 2013
Photo of Furlinator
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/24/13.

Pours opaque black with a 1/2 inch brown head that fades to a thin film and a ring on top that leaves curtains of lace.

The smell is dominated by spent black coffee grounds with accents of chocolate and burnt wood. I cannot wait to tear into this.

The taste is of bitter black coffee, dark fruit, smoked barley, herbal/ almost menthol hops and a hint of anise.

The texture is on the thicker side of medium bodied with low carbonation.

The look and aroma of this brew are off the chart. However, the flavor falls off a bit in my opinion. The dominant herbal and menthol notes seem somewhat out of place here.

Furlinator, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of bsp77
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into Snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black with initial massive brown head and loads of lacing tendrils.

Smell: Wonderful mix of espresso and chocolate with a strong roasted character. Some molasses, oak and char.

Taste: Coffee, charred oak and sharp roasted malt are the highlight, with rich layers of molasses, chocolate and hops. Overall, quite bitter and dry despite the wealth of malt character.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, with a massive smooth & creamy body. Finish is extremely dry and a little harsh.

Drinkability: This is the harshest and roughest of the Yetis, but even though it is not the easiest to drink Imperial Stout, it has loads of flavor and is a very nice sipper.

bsp77, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of r0nyn
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my DFH snifter. Shared with BAs infi and johnjae. Bottled on 2/12/2010.

Pours the deep, dark inkiness of good imperial stouts. Completely opaque. Big inch-thick tan head that slowly recedes, leaving some slick, bubbly lacing. Smell is subdued coffee notes with chocolate and toffee. Big malty presence too. The little bit of age on this stout has probably mellowed out the coffee a bit, but it's still pretty detectable. Slight bit of alcohol on the back end as you swirl it around and take deep whiffs.

Roasted malts right off the bat, along with subtle dark chocolate and toffee. Some light creamy vanilla also creeps in. The coffee/espresso part is, as expected, a bit subdued thanks to the age. It provides a mild, pleasant bitterness that combines well with this Yeti's sweeter side. There's also a subtle bit of oak at the end. Alcohol becomes more present as it warms, but isn't obtrusive. Mouthfeel is good and thick, providing a smooth drinking experience. Bit of a drying finish, with some chewiness.

Drinkability is pretty good. It's a weighty stout, both in ABV and feel, so you won't be pounding this down by any means. I think I'll have to have one fresh to really fully appreciate the espresso flavoring, but this wasn't a bad brew at all. Yetis have never let me down yet.

r0nyn, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of alovesupreme
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Portsmouth snifter yielded the beer was pitch black with a tall dark head that never entirely left the beer.
Lots of expresso with some chocolate. A undecipherable dark fruit was also a little deeper into the noise.
Expresso. Not coffee, but expresso. Dark chocolate probably 85%, vanilla and a small hint of alcohol. Aftertaste is IMO to bitter due to the excessive expresso.
Very rich and pleasant mouthfeel. Slightly more carbonation than expected in a big IS.
A great big beer as is expected from a sibling of a great family. The bitterness is a little over the top. This beer could benefit from some age to balance the bitterness.

alovesupreme, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of Chirpie
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this sucker into a Tulip, with a nice dark tan finger and a half head forming at the top. Really dark brown spirits escaped from the 650ml bottle into the glass. Once collected in the glass no light was going to penetrate the brew.

The aroma was very much in line with most stouts I've had with a hint more bitter coffee bean wafting in to the proceedings.

As for the taste? Some beers simply demand you slow down when drinking them. If ever there was a sipper, this has to be up there with the best of them. Took me a good hour+ to savor this bottle. I might go so far as to say it should probably be split, if not for the alcohol content, then for the strong flavor that comes out of the bottle that practically dulls the palette after a bit.

My favorite thing about this beer is the creamy mouthfeel. Man, this close to a 5. Great stuff. On the first sip, I'll admit to thinking the coffee flavor was trouncing everything else, but it pulls back a bit and lets everything else come out to play soon after. That oak flavor is faintly in there in the background. I'd wish a bit more for it, but I'm not complaining. A stellar bear. Bravo Great Divide.

Chirpie, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of Bung
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. Near black pour with coffee accents. Large rocky layered head light tan to dark tan. It actually looked identical to the picture here.
Coffee nose, some barrel and booze. Taste is VERY roasty coffee and burnt malt. Some bakers chocolate, anise and black licorice. This has a thick, nice and creamy mouthfeel. Sticks to the glass and your lips, real nice. A little bitter finishing, some warming. A little bitter and boozy yet, which hurts the drinkability just a bit. I think I like the regular and regular oak better, but maybe some age can bring this up. I enjoy the coffee stouts, so I'm hopefull this will improve slightly with age.

Bung, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of hoppymcgee
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber dated 3/6/2009 into a NY CBW mini weiss glass.

A: Deep mahogany with a nice, creamy, foamy dark beige head that lasts and laces the side of the glass. Very nice.

S: Chocolately up front with dark roasted coffee in the background and a little dark fruit/boozy smell too. I'm glad it's as bitter as it is because I do not care for sweet n' syrupy stouts.

T: Bittersweet chocolate upfront, quickly followed by a nice coffee flavor and roasted malts. Very satisfied that I get more of the "espresso" in this beer and not the "oakiness".

M: The best feature of this beer. Creamy! Not necessarily chewy, but silky smooth and full-bodied. Carbonated not just properly, but perfectly for this style.

D: For 9.5% ABV it does go down rather easily. In my opinion it is easier to drink a beer of this nature when it's really cold and this drinks just as easy as it warms up.

Overall, this held up extremely well after a year especially for it being <10% ABV. Props to Great Divide on another great variation of Yeti.

hoppymcgee, Feb 15, 2010
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,099 ratings.