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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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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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

gregshead, Oct 03, 2010
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.

titosupertramp, Nov 27, 2011
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.

cheftasia28, Aug 08, 2010
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.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 25, 2010
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.

allforbetterbeer, Dec 12, 2010
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

ejl4, Oct 24, 2011
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.

JackieTH, Sep 10, 2010
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.

notchucknorris, Sep 01, 2011
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.

arturorg, Aug 14, 2010
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.

Zach136, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of flagmantho
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip. Bottled on 12/19/11.

Appearance: impenetrable black hue with a thick, creamy head of dark tan foam. A nice lace is left on the glass, too; quite good indeed.

Smell: rich coffee aroma is very good, but it's a bit one-note and lacking in complexity. Still, very enticing.

Taste: coffee flavor is just as big as the aroma, and there is some underlying chocolate and alcohol complexity. Toward the end there is a vegetal quality from the hops which I don't love. Bitterness is right and the end and is just the right level. Oak contribution seems pretty mild. Quite good, but I would like more contribution from the non-coffee characteristics.

Mouthfeel: extremely silky with a nice underlying creaminess. Big body; while the carbonation seems low, it is well-integrated and plays very well with the thick mouthfeel. Great.

Overall: a tasty and satisfying imperial stout, though I would like a little more oak and yeti and maybe a little less espresso.

flagmantho, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of ZeroSignal
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle dated Dec 20, 2010, poured into a DFH Snifter

A - Pitch black pour with an impressive, creamy looking, mocha colored head. Retention seems to go on forever and leaves a sticky lace...an impressive looking beer.

S - Nose immediately following the pour is heavenly; very smooth smelling with notes of milk chocolate and coffee beans. After sitting for a moment a decent amount of boozy aroma comes through, and waiting a little longer yields sort of a bitter, coffee grounds sort of scent.

T&M - Smooth and creamy up front, velvety even. Alcohol is discernible in the back but is relatively well hidden for almost 10%. I think some of the coffee/espresso notes may have faded with the age I put on this bottle, but a light bitterness reminiscent of espresso remains. More of a baker's chocolate flavor than the nose gave me, with a hint of coffee bean at the end.

O - A very nice, big beer; smooth enough to warrant reminding oneself not to drink it too fast. This one has been in my cellar for a bit; I'm going to have to grab a fresh one and compare; impressive nonetheless.

ZeroSignal, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of srandycarter
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very opaque, great tan head, 1 inch thick. Lacing clings as it goes down to disk. Webby fun.

S - Musty dusty cocoa and coffee.

T - Mostly coffee, some bittered roasted malt.

M - Viscous, mouth covering, great carb, big beer with a pretty good balance.

D - For the style and bigness in both ABV and flavor, very drinkable.

srandycarter, May 21, 2009
Photo of Marty30
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottled on 4-02-10.Served in tulip at 55 degrees.

Appearence is deep black no light shines through.Nice two finger dark mocha head that disapears fairly quickly,good carbonation.Very nice lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell ,huge coffee notes followed by some chocolate and roasted malts.Faint smell of alchohol.

Taste,Very tasty brew just like it smells up front tons of espresso with chocolate, lots of roasted malts. I can taste no alchohal hidden very well.Nice bitter after taste which I like.

Mouthfeel,awesome creamy medium heavy feel with nice carbonation.

Drink, Very impressed first time ive had this! Would definetly recommend this to anybody. I will be getting alot more of this.

Marty30, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of jwinship83
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle that was made on april 2, 2010. drank from stone IRS snifter.

A- this one pours out a dark brown colored body with a finger and a half of coffee colored head. the head lasts a while and leaves behind thick rings of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- dark roasted malts are the first thing i notice. after that comes a blast of coffee/espresso. some dark and milk chocolate are in here also. slight hints of vanilla and oak.

T- the roasted dark malts start this one off, along with a healthy dose of both milk and dark chocolate. not overly sweet tasting. the espresso comes through loud and clear, adding a nice adn interesting element to this one. the vanilla and oak seem pretty subdued, but that might be just because theres alot going on in this one.

M- full bodied and very smooth. a nice low level of carbonation that really works in this one. the alcohol is well hidden.

D- easy to finish. i wish the full yeti line was available in my area. we just get the regular and the oak aged one. oh well, i guess ill just have to look forward to picking this up when i go to visit my sister.

jwinship83, May 12, 2010
Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Delightful. Big, though. Very big. Not just the booze/alcohol presence, but the feel. The acidity/alkalinity from the espresso and the natural thickness of the brew really detracts from what is an excellent overall experience.

Sweet, malt roastiness combines so well with the espresso roast. Hops cut through the center, quietly, and bring an essential bitterness for something this sweet, but the roasted coffee flavors help in the bitterness department too. Very chewy, very filling. Also, very oaky, but some of the subtler oak characteristics are overwhelmed by the malt, coffee, and body.

Okay, does it sound like I dissed this beer? I'm not trying to dis it. I love it!

CheezyBlaster, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of facundoCNB
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a jet black thick motor oil like pour with about 3 inches of dark brown head. smells sweet like chocolate milk, coffee beans, caramel.. no scent of alcohol. the taste is dead on with smell, except a bit heavier on the coffee and slightly bitter because of the roastiness.

full body, lightly carbonated, very creamy, nice warm feeling.

this is a ridiculously good stout and well worth every penny. a heavy sipper but delicious throughout the whole time. barely tastes like alcohol.

facundoCNB, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of Jmoore50
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This thing looks pretty dark, like Ten Fidy dark. It pours black and forms a soft cocoa head. Leaves a medium lacing and coats the sides of the glass with dark oily legs. Really beautiful brew.

The smell is of chocolate and espresso.

The tastes are very good and not exactly what I expected. It has a very strong chocolate taste that I was not expecting, and was closer to the Chocolate Yeti in tastes. There is a bitter espresso bean taste that is accompanied by the chocolate very well, just a bit too much bitterness from the espresso. Maybe a bit of chili being added could make this a standout, I really like the chocolate version of this beer. There is a bit of oak in the tastes that is noticeable, brings out some of the ABV in the aftertastes.

The mouthfeel is bitter, but still very enjoyable. Very creamy and thick on the palate, enjoyable on that front. The espresso bitterness is just a bit distracting. I know espresso is bitter, but this one is so sweet and chocolate-y that I was hoping for it to be COMPLETELY different that the chocolate version, which it was not.

I drank this fast and wish I had more, so I guess the drinkability is good.

J

Jmoore50, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of Kelly88
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into Kentucky Ale snifter.
A- a great looking stout! Dark as asphalt with a one finger dark khaki head that settles into a scattered thin cap. Web lacing surrounds the glass.

S- I'm guessing this is what coffee beans would smell like if dipped in chocolate. I wish it was more pungent but what is there smells very enticing.

T- starts off with some milk chocolate then a blast of coffee. Dark fruits appear briefly but the coffee obviously takes center stage. Very well balanced with sweet chocolate and bitter coffee.

M- great mouthfeel that is full and perfectly carbonated. Nothing distracting just a nice full heavy feel. Just how I prefer My stouts.

D- finished off a whole bomber by myself and I the only way I can tell its 9.5% is BC I'm a little buzzed. Alcohol is no where in sight when your enjoying only when You're finished!

Kelly88, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of aerozeppl
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with zero light getting through. The head was really nice looking. Very deep brown almost reddishi in color. The first glass had 3 finger of head. Nice tight bubbles that left a faint whisper on the top of my glass and a nice amount of lacing.

S: Espresseo coffee chocolate. A touch of booze and a little burnt character as well. The espresso dominated but that is the point of this.

T: Starts off a little rough with the booze leading. Then it goes into a nice blast of chocolate and finishes with the bitterness from the coffee. Really reminds me of an aged bottle of black chocolate stout.

M: Very slick mouthfeel. Reminded me of an oatmeal stout almost.

D: Spliting the bottle as desert. Really a nice beer all around. The price was a little high and I prefer the chocolate version but this is still a damn fine beer.

aerozeppl, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Firkin in a snifter.

Appearance: Nearly pitch black with a dark fluffy brown head. After a minute it fades to a ring but leave some nice lace behind.

Smell: Oak, espresso, roasted malt, and a bit of chocolate and vanilla. The espresso and oak really go back and forth as to which one dominates.

Taste: A strong start - a blast of heavily roasted malt and espresso. Caramel and smoke followed by more dominating dark chocolate and roasted malt flavors. The oak brings it home. A roasted bitterness is carried throughout.

Mouthfeel: Full, but not syrupy. Medium creamy carbonation. Slightly sticky, but also fairly dry. There is surprisingly no alcohol present in the mouth, but it is slightly warming.

Drinkability: The flavors blend well together. Definitely a tasty treat. Lots of espresso, and I do like my coffee.

KickInTheChalice, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of TheSixthRing
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on date of 12/23/13

Appearance - Pours thick, viscous and black with a dark tan, finger width head. Fair retention.

Smell - Mocha dominates the aroma, as chocolate, vanilla and coffee notes blend in unison to deliver a marvelous bouquet. Hints of earth and oak.

Taste - Follows the nose. Nice roasty flavor off-set by some light vanilla and chocolate sweetness. Woody notes, and a leafy bitterness in the undertone. Earth. Milk chocolate and light coffee roast linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - This brew loses a lot here. Closer to medium than full in body; very thin for the style, leaving the beer feeling a bit hollow. Low carbonation. Really detracts from what is an otherwise amazing beer. Smooth, in the least.

Overall - Great flavor, but a disappointing mouthfeel. Not sure if the addition of espresso caused the weak body or what, because I don't recall the regular Oak Aged Yeti being this thin and lifeless. I don't know that I'd buy it again; just too many great impys out there for a better price.

TheSixthRing, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of bum732
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark as all night black, nice tan head leaving unbelievable lacing. Smells of strong chocolate and coffee, some oak, molasses, little dark fruit, some smokiness. Tastes of semi-sweet chocolate malt, oak starts coming through as the bitterness arrives. Finishes with a nice charred dryness with more chocolate and coffee coming through. Little dark fruit intermingling with the coffee, maybe some smokiness and bourbon. Fairly dry finish with a decent creamy mouthfeel. Low carbonation with the alcohol pretty well hidden.

A very good Imperial stout. I really like the subtleness of the oak without being too overpowering. I wish the espresso came through more, it was more chocolate on the palate. Nice complexity with the smokiness and dark fruit, almost like a RIS.

bum732, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of BigBoochDaddy
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, color is a deep black/brown. Decent brown head that fades, but leaves nice lacing on the glass. Smells of chocolate, fresh coffee beans and vanilla. I taste the coffee and oak. Mouthfeel is great on this one, very smooth. I could definitely see myself drinking 2 or 3 of these in a night. This is my first from Great Divide, and it's pretty damn good.

BigBoochDaddy, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.1/5  rDev -4%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 26, 2009
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,099 ratings.