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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,317
Reviews: 990
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 259
Gots: 686 | FT: 49
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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 Grinky
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 mothman
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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

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.

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.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
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!

Photo of travis224
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
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!

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.

Photo of agent2550
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
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 dowen17
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
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 Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a rather large light brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dry espresso coffee with some lightly bitter roasted oats. Taste is also dominated by astringent and dry notes with bitter roasted malt. Espresso is a bit too astringent for my taste but very well done nonetheless. Body is full with light creamy notes and great carbonation with no alcohol showing. Another fine brew from a great brewery that I sometime forget about.

Photo of jmalex
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
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 adam42381
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
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 Luvzsurfrz
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
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
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
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 engagechad
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
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 OldRickSputin
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Trifecta1
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
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 KingPuuChuu
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
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
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
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 mugglesandhops
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into snifter consumed 4/2/09.

Pours a beautiful opaque black with a dark brown head. Lacing is amazingly layered all the way through the beer. Smells of coffee, esspresso, maybe a faint whiff of chocolate. Taste of esspresso, woddy, sharp, bitter, coffee, some earthy hop flavors. Full bodied. More alcohol burn than I expected.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of gillagorilla
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of JMN322
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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