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 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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of gregshead
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a chocolate ice cream colored head.

S: Roasted grain and vanilla/oaked smell.

T: Deep espresso taste. Taste the roasted grains and vanilla up front but the coffee taste quickly jumps in. Ends with more coffee/espresso, roasted grains and vanilla.

M: Really smooth and creamy. Not much carbonation to the batch I had.

D: Wow, I would not guess this is a 9.5% abv beer. I drink coffee 5 or more times a week and really enjoyed the way they combined it with this beer. So glad this beer is now distributed in California.

Photo of titosupertramp
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black, opaque with hardly any brown visible. Big, frothy mocha colored head. Caked on lacing with foamy film.

S: Smells a good deal like the base Yeti, but with slightly bitter espresso and oak added. Chocolate and roasted malts.

T: Rich espresso coffee in the forefront with chocolate, oak, roasted malts, molasses and dark fruits.

M: Rich and velvety.

O: This is a very good beer, but to be honest, I like the regular Yeti better. Just like the regular though, the alcohol is incredibly well hidden making this extremely drinkable.

Photo of cheftasia28
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a half-gallon growler into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: It pours like a dark coffee opaque elixir. Needless to say, this is the most intimidating stouts I have ever seen. It looks like a trans dimensional portal to a stout bliss. A dark brown back is a touch lighter than the original Yetti.

S: Is this coffee or beer? Just from the smell I can tell I will not be needing my mourning coffee tomorrow because I have the Yetti! With all the original notes of the Yetti Imperial Stout, an intoxicating and strong espresso aroma erupts. This coffee note is laced with hints of vanilla.

T: I'll ask again, "Is this coffee or beer?" The hops bitterness is perfectly married with the bitterness found from the espresso barrels. With the original hints of berry found in the original Yetti, this is a truly delicious beer with a lingering hops after taste.

M: Very viscus, and It is not carbonated much at all except for the slight bight one feels when swallowing. It almost has the consistency of a good syrup.

D: As much as I really LOVE this beer, it is still an Imperial Stout! One glass is enough for me, two tops (ask agent munky about man gulping this beer, not fun but delicious). I highly recommend this beer especially to coffee lovers. Another stout worthy of the title Yetti.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle (bottled on date of 2/13/09) into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong back coffee, roasted malts, some chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong flavor of black coffee that is followed by creamy flavors of milk chocolate and a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is very mild as you would expect in this kind of beer. There's no trace of the 9.50% ABV and a there's a good balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this beer is exactly what the name tells you it is, a coffee-enhanced version of one of the better big stouts out there IMO. Overall it's well-worth drinking for a long time if you're in the mood for a big coffee-flavored stout.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Swiss wine snifter. Bottled in April, 2010.

Pours blacker than engine oil. Body is nearly as dark as possible, and only the slightest deep crimson highlights show around the edges of the glass. Head is dark brown and looks chocolaty. Some of the best lacing I have ever seen- an intricate web of bubble crust sticks all over my glass. Fantastic.

Interestingly, a fair dose of hops hits me first as I take a whiff of this ominous liquid. Underneath them is a distinct coffee grounds smell. A little swirl brings more coffee to the nose... still no roasted malts! Finally after more swirling and smelling I can detect the roasted malt buried under all that coffee and hops, and along with it I can smell a bit of bakers chocolate.

This Yeti is bold but not fierce. With my first sip I find this beer to posses more refinement than indicated in the aroma. An inseparable melding of three flavors greets my palate- coffee grounds, deeply roasted (nearly charred) malts and hops all balancing each other with poise. These carry through the entire taste experience, which sweetens in the middle as the hops momentarily take on some citrus notes and the whole medley dries out to leave a roasty espresso malt flavor in the mouth. The flavors here are unusually well blended, and although they are distinct, they appear together rather than in succession as is often the case. I think age would mellow this monster, but it isn't an Imperial Stout that requires age to be highly enjoyable, as the flavors are well balanced. The alcohol is well hidden, which is a commendable feat.

The mouthfeel is full and chewy. This is a full bodied beer in the best possible sense. Carbonation is smooth and compact, lifting the flavors off the tongue and keeping things from getting bogged down from the thick body.

Drinkability is quite good, but in some undefined way I feel that it could be better. Possibly if this beer were either sweeter or drier it would go down even better than it does... but hey, how can I complain? If I brewed a beer that went down like this one I would be happy for the rest of my life.

Conclusion: This beer holds its own. A very interesting example of this varied style. I would love to see what a few years of age would do to this, although loosing the coffee flavor over that amount of time is a risk. My ideal stout would have more oak (what was here was overpowered by the hops and coffee) and less hops. Minor details aside, this is one of the best stouts (or any beers for that matter) to fill my glass.

Photo of ejl4
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated Dec 2010

A - Pours black with brown edges and a 2 finger brown head.

S - oak, faint coffee, chocolate, and roast come together nicely. Oak is more dominant than expected

T - Sweet taste, strong chocolate and roast. Not much coffee as expected with age, some hop bitterness. Sharp oaky flavor

M - low carbonation, smooth, full bodied

O - a really great stout, with a lot of sweetness, would like to try one fresh

Photo of JackieTH
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured rich into a 22-oz glass an opaque oil black with a massive dark brown head leaving thick lacing. Very inviting.

Smell: Coffeehouse aroma with chocolate, fresh hewn oak, caramel and roasted malt.

Taste: Massive espresso, sweet chocolate and oak. It's sweet, but between the coffee beans, dark cacao and hop, it's very well balanced. This must be what it was like before glassware was invented and people used oak cups. I don't get any alcohol anywhere. Finishes slightly bitter with lingering chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel: It's rich and smooth but with moderate carbonation. I would have liked to see it a bit thicker.

Drinkability: Very good considering the heaps of flavor and high ABV. Oak. Oak. AND Oak. Yeti brews several very good stouts in this line. I will buy this one again, definitely.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: Black with a 1/2 finger dark brown head. Gorgeous.

S: Lots of roasted malt and dark roasted coffee.

T: Heavy on the dark roasted coffee upfront. Then some powdery dark chocolate, espresso and some charred oak and hops on the finish. Pretty nice.

Photo of arturorg
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served into an oversized wine glass.

A: Pours beautifully black (or very dark brown) with a brown head that dissipates rather quickly leaving a watery persistent lace, at pouring it feels very heavy (thick bodied) with a small carbonation.

S: Coffee (d'uh), alcohol, malts, caramel, vanilla, bread and a hint of orange?? (that one I'm not 100 percent)

T: Coffee all the way....and then the caramel and vanilla, leaving a bittery warming feeling what else can you ask from a beer with a shot of expresso.

Overall I would have it again, not my go to beer, but depending in the occasion...I prefer the Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout if I have to pick one to buy.

Photo of Zach136
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black pour with one finger caramel colored head. Great lacing.

S - Nose is cigar wrapper, coffee and hot chocolate powder.

T - Heavy espresso, cocoa powder and burnt coffee. Oak is definitely present as well. Some molasses sweetness.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy with an astringent lingering coffee after taste that fades to straight oak cube.

O - Great beer, but I don't seem to be as much of a fan of espresso and oak tannins as some here.

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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