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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,045 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,045
Reviews: 963
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 210
Gots: 575 | FT: 42
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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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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

07-06-2012 00:41:12 | More by facundoCNB
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Jmoore50

Nevada

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%

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

01-05-2010 05:31:45 | More by Jmoore50
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Kelly88

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%

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!

08-29-2010 01:23:13 | More by Kelly88
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aerozeppl

New York

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

07-01-2009 23:41:52 | More by aerozeppl
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

01-12-2011 18:05:26 | More by KickInTheChalice
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TheSixthRing

California

4.09/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

04-22-2014 01:16:30 | More by TheSixthRing
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bum732

Lesotho

4.1/5  rDev -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.

08-28-2009 02:52:50 | More by bum732
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BigBoochDaddy

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -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.

04-15-2009 21:21:17 | More by BigBoochDaddy
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -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.

07-26-2009 03:24:23 | More by Phyl21ca
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tzieser

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev -4%

had on tap in the middle of a blizzard at the pour farm tavern in new bedford.

pours an opaque black with a dark tan head, which slowly settles into a very thin lacing that disappears. i wish it was a tad more carbonated.

big malty nose with notes of roasted coffee, dark roasted malts and subtle chocolate aroma. very roasted all around. has a nice earthy/vanilla-y background to it. i like it.

good flavor. coffee is definitely there, but it isn't overpowering like some others i've had (for the record, i love founder's breakfast stout, but sometimes i feel as though there's a bit too much coffee in it). aforementioned vanilla earthiness is there, thanks to the oak. well rounded with huge flavors of roasted malts and subtle mocha like flavor. aforementioned vanilla earthiness is there, thanks to the oak. very well hidden ABV.

smooth mouthfeel; good drinkability.

excellent imperial stout. great choice for the nor'easter!!

12-27-2010 23:43:43 | More by tzieser
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev -4%

22oz bottle with a Bottled On date of Jan 14 2011. Pours a heavy dark brown/black color with a good sized frothy brown head. Lots of lacing. Big aroma of coffee along with dark chocolate, vanilla and roasted malts. Taste is a big amount of coffee upfront. Also some more of that dark chocolate flavor. Pretty sweet. Hints of the oak as well. Coffee aftertaste. This one is tasty but thick and sweet. Probably couldn't drink more than 1 and that one sitting will take awhile. Not as sweet as the Southern Tier beers (Choklat, Mokah, etc) but reminds me of them. Overall, its damn good and worth having again.

04-28-2011 04:29:23 | More by PicoPapa
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mulder1010

Australia

4.1/5  rDev -4%

Bomber poured into a globe glass.
Bottled on April 2 2010 Opened on 25 April 2011

A-- Poured black. Pretty straightforward there. Quarter finger of dark mocha colored head to this. A couple of bubbles in the head but not much. On swirling the head stays at half a finger and a few more bubbles but overall pretty compact. A couple of spots of lacing and not much else.

S-- Oak, espresso, molasses, and roasted malt. Undertones of chocolate and vanilla. Oak at first then followed by the molasses and espresso smell. Once it gets more air it really is about the espresso, chocolate and molasses as the oak backs off a bit and is in the undertones of vanilla. Big rich smell of chocolate espresso.

T-- Espresso and Oak well paired and work with each other quite well up front. Also some bitter coco as well.

M-- Gets a bit thin in the middle of the palate but still quite good. Get some coffee acidity, smooth milk chocolate and hints of vanilla. Finishes with bitter acidic coffee, a big dose of Oak and aftertaste of chocolate and vanilla mixed again with coffee. long lasting flavor with this and coffee dominated with a bit of chocolate.

O-- I still prefer regular Yeti to this but on its own it is fantastic. Well paired flavors and in this format it is a better beer to age as the Oak version does get more Oak taste in it with age. Here with a year of age the Oak does drop off a bit more and the coffee is much more obvious. Well hidden ABV and a treat to drink. Some of the best variations of a base beer out there to get.

04-24-2011 15:03:49 | More by mulder1010
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev -4%

My favorite yeti!!
4oz Pour->Leinenkugel Flight Glass
A ~ The usual viscous black characteristic of Yeti with a reddish/cocoa powder colored head. Lacing stains the glass.

S ~ Cough Syrup, Stale Coffee, Salty Caramel, Burnt Barley, Powdered Baking Chocolate.. All melded in a very Lovely way.

T ~ Stiff Coffee with Milk, Heavily Roasted Malt, Overcookeed Caramel, Crème brûlée layered over more notes of Powdered Baking Chocolate. Chickory, Wood, Mousse, & Lawn Clippings peppered throughout.

M ~ Coffee plays well over the base of the Oak-Aged Yeti.
Creamyness reminiscent of Teramisu. Good bittering against the sweetness.

D ~ Love this beer. If you enjoy Imperial Stouts check this one out, even if you don't like OG Yeti.

09-10-2011 04:02:25 | More by chocosushi
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HopHead84

California

4.1/5  rDev -4%

Thanks snojerk321! Appears dark brown, nearly black, with a light brown head and good retention.

The aroma is initially espresso and cocoa, but beneath that is dark unsweetened chocolate. The oak is pervasive, and there are notes of roasted malt.

The flavor is pretty dominated by coffee and the malt is more roasted than in the aroma. The chocolate is dark and there's a medium level of bitterness. The finish is coffee with some acrid roasted bitterness that lingers.

Full bodied with a high level of carbonation.

06-26-2009 08:19:15 | More by HopHead84
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -4%

22oz bottle into a large snifter split with a friend. I guess this is about a month or two old.

A- Espresso Yeti is a dark brown color coming out of the bomber. Once in the glass it has a dark thick black look to it. On top sat a nice espresso colored tan head, how appropriate. A nice while before the head died down and some lace remained on the glass.

S- Like expected this smells like Yeti with espresso coffee added, there that was not to hard. In more detail oak from the barrel leading to the obvious vanilla that comes from it. Some roast from the malts and maybe some smoke. Chocolate is there as well but not as prevelant as the espresso.

T- Not the greatest coffee beer that I have had but this is damn fine stuff. This is probably due to it being another variation in the oak aged series and not a new recipe all together. Either way espresso shoots out at you with rich tastes in that variety. Chocolate and vanilla as well blending nicely plus an oak barrel backbone. What's not to love?

M- Full and luxurious. This one is a small step down from full bodied with the carbonation to show. This one is still a bit green so some small aging time should do the trick as this one goes down a bit hot, distracting from the overall goodness this has to offer. Also getting some bitterness towards the end from the fresh hops, no biggie smalls.

D- Im a sucker for coffee beers so this one was a no brainer for me. Either way I feel this could benefit from a little aging as the flavors are not all quite together presently. A bit high in alcohol to but what are you going to do, it's a imperial stout for pete's sake.

04-30-2009 01:40:38 | More by BARFLYB
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.1/5  rDev -4%

Pours a super thick sludge black with a nice 2 inch milk chocolate colored head that fades to a tiny cap. Sticky and frothy ring lacing on the drink down. Exactly like what a great stout should look like. Smells of freshly brewed espresso, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, some vanilla. Taste is very up front with the espresso followed up with cocoa powder, dark roasted malts, and an oak woodiness on the finish. Slight espresso/hop bitterness after each sip. Very creamy and thick in the mouth with a slight coating. Good drinkability on this rich and enjoyable brew.

03-12-2011 05:04:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Beer4B

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -4%

Was lucky to grab a bomber of this fresh from the distributor.

A: beautiful dark brew with bright caramel head the whole way through.

S: strong notes of espresso and oak with a slight note of booz.

T: also strong espresso and oak most of the way through with a finish of more boozy than I prefer or hoped for. However, with the ABV that it has I guess you could make a case for it being smooth.

M: surprisingly clean (whatever the heck that means). I was expecting a much larger and fuller mouthful - very malty and almost milkshake-like. It was much more drinkable and smooth, until the boozy finish. Definitely worth a bomber though.

03-03-2014 16:43:34 | More by Beer4B
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zoolzoo

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev -4%

A: Dark brown, almost black. I need to start thinking of new ways to describe the appearance of stouts....nice khaki head anyway.

S: First whiff is like sticking your nose into a burlap sack of fresh coffee beans. Further investigation reveals the usual suspects consisting of chocolate, oak, and a bit of vanilla. A tinge of hop bitterness that is almost but not quite fruity reminds me that this is after all, Yeti.

T: Oak is especially noticeable up front, and espresso bean/hop presence rounds out the entire palate with bitterness, especially in the back of the tongue. Chocolate malt appears mid palate before fading back into a familiar bitterness. I'm getting a charred/smokey overall impression - the flavors are quite rich and balanced.

M/D: Mouthfeel is smooth, carbonation is low. An excellent coffee stout.

06-08-2010 21:59:49 | More by zoolzoo
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Bobsurfhb

California

4.1/5  rDev -4%

A - Pour in a snifter with a very thick head that was about 4 inches. Very frothy with a few bubbles, and as dark as the deepest cave. Defiantly looked appetizing.

S - Espresso, dark chocolate, cigar box

T - dark chocolate, coffee, earthy

M - very fresh and smooth on the front and a little bitter on the back end.

D - A very good well rounded beer with sweetness and some savory bitterness. Something to drink during the fall/winter after a hard days work.

10-13-2010 01:40:51 | More by Bobsurfhb
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jraycee

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -4%

Pours very dark brown with a thick mocha colored head. Leaves heavy lacing.
Smells of chocolate, espresso, vanilla bean, pumpernickel.
Tastes of heavy espresso balanced against some sweet malts. I get the woody vanilla flavors in the aftertaste with sweet chocolate.
Perfectly smooth and not too heavy.
Very drinkable. another please!

05-23-2009 02:18:07 | More by jraycee
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aewinte1

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev -4%

A- Pours black like a typical stout with larger than average, fluffy, 2.5" head
S- Smells strongly of chocolate, followed by coffee. I would expect the coffee aroma to be stronger, but that chocolate scent really comes through. Smells almost like milk chocolate like ST Mokah. Seems like this one will be very sweet.
T- Taste somewhat follows the scent. Chocolate and coffee. Thought it would be super sweet, but the oak chips add an earthy tone that helps balance it out. The oak flavor is definitely very subtle, but does just enough to balance out what would be a super sweet beer.
M- Mouthfeel is good, but nothing really jumps out about it. Not too thick, not terribly thin. Wouldn't mind if it was a little thicker.
D- Alcohol is excellently masked and hardly detectable. If it weren't for the price tag, I could drink this a bunch.

09-25-2009 01:24:43 | More by aewinte1
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mugglesandhops

Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev -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.

05-15-2010 19:48:46 | More by mugglesandhops
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tjkinate

Nebraska

4.1/5  rDev -4%

Not the best Yeti, but not worst either!

A: 1+ finger head of cocoa brown color forms atop this deep brown bodied brew and displays good retention and fairly solid lacing.

S: Coffee scents (to be expected) that are very pleasant, like walking into a cafe. Oak scents are mild and are overshadowed by chocolate malts and hints of booze. Hop profile is quite low in the nose and not indicative of the series.

T: Hops reveal themselves in the tasting, but more subtle than other Yeti's. Coffee is quite strong and the oak makes more of a showing than in the nose. Vanilla builds as the beer warms and allows brown sugar hints to surface.

M: Medium/heavy, well carbonated, fairly dry, especially on the backend.

O: Very good beer, still enjoy the oak aged version more.

02-07-2012 23:18:47 | More by tjkinate
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev -4%

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
BOTTLED ON: FEB 13 2009

Pours jet black. Easy pour produces a thick head of creamy dark brown foam, easily three-fingers high. Retention is fantastic. Lacing is in thick clumps and very sticky.

Smells of chocolate covered, molasses flavored caramels. Subtle notes of dark cherries. Hints of vanilla and cream. Mild oakiness. Very light hints of espresso, if you search for it. As it warms, it becomes easier to spot.
Smells very rich and decadent.

Man, the coffee is not hiding from your tastebuds, though. Espresso notes come on strong. A large oak presence tags along for the ride. Huge notes of dark chocolate covered cherries with a kiss of caramel. Big molasses presence. Nice big roasted malt presence. A good bitter hops bite gives it a nice, dry finish.
This is actually a very well-balanced brew. I was prepared to be knocked over by the espresso content, but it's actually blended with everything else, quite nicely.

Nice and full-bodied. Impressively, this one is actually thicker feeling than it's two big brothers. Very smooth, but could stand to be a touch creamier. Perhaps just a little bit of 'tweak' to the carbonation level, as I find it to be just a tiny bit on the low side.

While it is certainly smooth and easy to drink, it's also big and bold, and very rich. This combined with it's 9.5%ABV will pretty much relegate it to the 'dessert' category. Which isn't a bad place to be, IMO.

05-04-2009 15:57:57 | More by coldmeat23
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washburnkid

New York

4.1/5  rDev -4%

A: About a finger of light brown head that has a creamy and bubbly consistency. Brew is jet black. Barely-there retention and zero lacing.
S: This is a really nice smelling stout. Coffee, vanilla, wood, and dark berries. Very nice.
T: Big bitter coffee stout. The oak aging is so present in the flavors, with its big vanilla bite. Roasted malts and the alcohol play with each other; I get a lot more bourbon than I do coffee, which makes this label a tad misleading for me! More alcohol with warmth.
M: Viscous and creamy, with low carbonation. Velvety and smooth.
D: I wanted coffee, and the oak/vanilla combo just seemed to stamp it all out here. Maybe it will come out with a bit of age. A nice one to sip on for dessert.

08-29-2009 23:02:54 | More by washburnkid
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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