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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,015
Hads: 3,514
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 17.69%
Wants: 271
Gots: 765 | FT: 55
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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 RoamingGnome
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Decided to enjoy this on a crisp Fall evening around the fire. Served at cellar temp. Poured into a snifter. This brew is black, and it looks thick out of the bottle. It had a big frothy mocha head. Nice retention too. The aroma is deep roast, light espresso, and a hint of black licorice. The taste follows the nose for the most part, with the exception being a little piney hop presence. The mouthfeel is rich and smooth. The alcohol is well hidden. Overall, it's a pretty outstanding offering. I'd love to try this on draft, particularly nitro. Cheers!

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. The liquid is blacker than black and completely opaque. A few lone bubbles cling to the sides of the glass. The head is moderately thick and super dark brown, almost purple! Leaves tons of lace. Exactly how I would want it to look.

Aroma is intensely roasty - cocoa nibs and charred coffee beans. Almost a firewood kind of aroma. Alcohol is present but not overbearing, giving it an extra intensity. Just a hint of citrus sneaks out from the roasty vortex. Aroma more than lives up to the blackness of the appearance.

Flavor starts out with an woody, milky sourness that gives way to a super roasty, bitter creaminess mixed in with hints of liquor-soaked cherries. The swallow is bitter and very hoppy for a stout. Aftertaste is a nice mix of all of these - super-dark chocolate, french-roasted coffee, and bitter, citrusy hops. Aftertaste feels very thick and sticks around for a while. Very nice! Most beers can't pull of this much roasty flavor without coming off like a charred mess.

Mouthfeel is pretty amazing. Very thick and creamy with just a little bit of carbonation.

Overall, really great! It's been a while since I've tried regular yeti, but I like this better than I remember liking that, so take that for what it's worth.

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Photo of bgold86
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter glass. Pours a nice dark black with a fair amount of brown head. Nose is essentially that of the regular Yeti, but the flavor is more milky with a nice coffee presence.

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Photo of robertcbeal
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is outstanding. Velvety chocolate, very smooth. This one will lead to debauchery. It tastes so good, that you lose track of how much you consume. This is especially true of the version on tap at Great Divide's taproom, which is tapped with nitrogen. You will be staggering around Denver all night long.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of those beers that would be on numerous trading and whale lists if it wasn't easy to find. It pours pitch black with a thick, golden head that rises to the top. The coffee and chocolate temper each other perfectly, especially the coffee which keeps the beer from being to sweet. All things considered, it is a fantastic stout

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Photo of cjgiant
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 12/2014:
Beer looks amazing, black with deep, dark tan head. The head sits atop the beer for a long time, settling into a foamy covering. Some legs on a swirl, and decent lacing after a few sips.

Given age, not expecting much coffee, but did get some initially. After sitting a little, a dark bitter roasted malt comes on more, with a light and growing oak scent, which might also be bringing some vanilla.

Taste is not big on the coffee (again, age?), but is true to the nose. Almost charred wood roastiness. A bit of astringency up front, strong black coffee notes eventually come out from underneath later in the taste. Decently thick in body and feel, and warmth brings about some smoothness.

The oak played more in this older bottle as a distinguishing feature over the coffee. So this pour seems similar to what I recall the regular Yeti to be, perhaps a bit deeper in coffee roasted notes, but not really as I expected. Need to try fresher bottle, for sure.

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Photo of bcsbeer
4.94/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bomber bottled on 2/3/15.

Poured into a DFH signature glass. Dark as night with a monster toffee colored, and fast rising head. Sad to say I lost some over the side. Flavors are mix of sweet dark chocolate and espresso. Very rich and heavy. The slightly bitter dark roast espresso notes saved the day by taming the sweetness. Makes a fantastic desert beer.
My recommendation is to drink it fresh. I can't imagine it getting any better with age.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/2/14. Pours dark as night with significant head, dissipates fairly quickly. Coffee influence is still present albeit perhaps a bit too bitter for me at this stage. The barrel presence is clear at this stage. I'd like it to be a bit more chewy / viscious but I'm so used to the extremely high ABV stouts I have to adjust expectations accordingly for 9.5%. Overall, a pleasing offering and I'm sure I would rate this one higher if I had a fresher bottle!

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Photo of Spiff
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks Bold and Dark - actually quite lovely. Smells strong and on point for espresso. Taste is a tad weak on oak - coffee is much stronger - just a bit of a miss on the barrel aged expectations. Feel is thick -but impressive. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer surprised me. I was at Cable Beverage looking around and I spotted this. I'd never tried it myself but I'd heard good things so I scopped it up. Damn glad I did, Luved it. Excellent pour with deep flavor. Highly recommend.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a few inches of espresso/dark brown head.
Smells of strong espresso and chocolate.
Tastes very creamy and the espresso has a nice kick to it.
Medium amount of carbonation.
A very good stout. Highly recommend it!

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Photo of MaximalC
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours nearly black with a solid inch of variegated mocha foam--it doesn’t get much prettier than this as far as beer is concerned. Aroma smells of dark chocolate, booze, molasses, and peat, with a hint of smoke or burnt sugar. Any coffee in the nose is very subtle. Reams of brown lacing festoon the glass as the beer recedes.

The taste is roasty and bitter up front, courtesy of charred malt and earthy hops. A deft blend of coffee, molasses, and the darkest chocolate come through on the back end as the bitterness subsides, while a healthy, alcoholic underpinning facilitates the transition. The more it warms, the more capably its finer aspects shine through, with enhanced dark chocolate and an aftertaste of freshly roasted coffee beans and peat. A mildly sticky residue lingers on the lips between sips. The medium body is a little light for what is otherwise a bold imperial stout. High carbonation has no trouble adding a touch of texture and dryness to cut through the malt. As with its chocolate oak-aged brother, I’d be hard pressed to distinguish this as a barrel-aged beer, but that’s hardly a detractor considering its merits.

Overall, this is a complex, flavorful, and drinkable imperial stout. The standard Yeti was passable; the chocolate oak version was good; the espresso variety is great, and the difference isn’t trivial. Add a bit more body and tone down the bitterness a bit, and this would be a top ten beer for me. As is, it is still fantastic, and the best thing I’ve had from Great Divide.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle purchased by a friend of mine who was generous enough to split it with me. Opaque, jet black pour with a small brown head. Coffee and roasted malts in the aroma. Bitter, but smooth, coffee flavor and some dark chocolate. Medium to full bodied but not heavy. If coffee is your thing, this is for you. A very well made imperial stout with big, roasty flavors.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Espresso Yeti

Look 8/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 88/100

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Photo of beergoot
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Label info: BOTTLED ON JAN 08, 2015

Ink black body; thick, sticky, light brown colored head; lacing and clumps of foam on the glass. Deep, rich aroma of charred grains and wet coffee grounds; cocoa nibs; hint of vanilla. Thick, rich, velvety mouthfeel; gently sweet sugary feel with an offsetting bit of wood and bitter dryness.

Oh, yeah! Take a big bite of this one and enjoy the thick, chewy richness that oozes dark grain and coffee-like flavors throughout the taste and feel experience. The oak aging adds a really nice roundness and softness to the coffee and dark grain sharpness and bitterness. Big, bad, and extremely delightful...

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.56/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On tap at Great Divide. Looks like any other Yeti. Aroma is a touch of espresso and stout. Flavor is burnt, really not good at all because of the strong burnt flavors in the finish. I would not buy this and I'm glad I only paid for a sample.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/4/15, served at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of coffee
Head large (5 cm, aggressive pour), dark brown, frothy, diminishing to 5 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing excellent – complete coverage with tiny bubbles and a few small ones
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor is very much coffee, not too bitter, with just a hint of vanillin from the oak. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl. A mild alcohol burn begins a few minutes after swallowing.
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.5

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Bright espresso black with a pillowy tan to brown 1” persistent foam cap that grips the side of the glass.
S: Espresso with traces of coffee and faint vanilla.
T: Rich malt with sweet cocoa and vanilla balance with the roast flavors form the malt and the added espresso.
F: Creamy silky smooth with a big body and ine soft carbonation.
O: A delightful beer that improves with age for at least three years.

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Photo of JoeBond
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful coffee flavor, great aroma and great stout look and feel. Pours black as night with a thick head. I'm not a coffee drinker, but this has a great balance of favors to it and the coffee accentuates the flavor without being too overpowering. I agree world class beer here.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours solid jet black and rather slick and oily in appearance, but with a solid finger of thick and frothy dark brown foam.

Huge notes of espresso and roast with some more subtle chocolate, oak, and vanilla undertones.

The oak and woody note comes out much more strongly in flavor than it did in aroma, but the espresso and roast still comes on strong. The vanilla is nowhere to be found.

Heavy-bodied, medium carbonation, slick, oily, chewy, sticky. A bit too much like tar.

Overall, this is a must try for any espresso or coffee fan, but the heavy oak flavor took away from my overall opinion and scoring of this.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip tumbler. Bottled on Jan 7, 2015. Pours like a chocolate syrup, espresso and oak aged not overpowering but still this smooth, unique flavor. Outstanding beer.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass:

Appearance: Dark, obsidian-black color, with a thick, frothy chocolate mousse head. Lots of speckled lacing throughout drinking, with minimal bubbles.

Aroma: Lots of roastiness and chocolate, with much less coffee than I expected. Delicious and desserty, with just a little bit of booziness in the nose.

Taste: Not overly coffee-forward as I expected, and as advertised as being a breakfasty beer. Delicious nonetheless though, with a really solid roasted malt backbone, and vanilla, dark chocolate and coffee coming forward as the beer warmed a little. Really a delectable, rich flavor.

Feel: The only area I was a little disappointed in. The body was a little thinner than I would've preferred, and with the decadence in the other areas, I feel like a bit thicker, more astringent body would elevate this one just a bit more.

Overall: A really great stout; the type to drink as a treat. Not available where I typically drink and buy beer, but if I saw it in any liquor store, I'd buy it again. Definitely on par with Founders Breakfast Stout if comparing to a pillar of coffee stout style.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 3/30

On tap at Great Divide. Also, this is the nitro version. Excellent beer. Sweet cocoa flavor with lost of espresso taste. Bought a bottle to take home. My guess is I’ll like the non-nitro version even more.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Some medium chocolate & vanilla espresso on the nose, but it has more of a roasted coffee flavor. Not quite as rich or creamy as you might think given the namesake. You can certainly get fragments of the espresso as well chocolate mocha, but most of it is the roasted coffee, not that it is a bad thing. It has a smooth feel & finishes pretty easy.

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Photo of nodder
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber

A- Pours oily black and thick. A dark brown head fades leaving bands of sticky lacing.

S- Dark coffee, dark chocolate mainly. Can smell the oak just slightly.

T- So much coffee flavor in this beer. There is dark chocolate, vanilla, slight oakiness present also. Strong black coffee is predominant.

M- Medium body and actually a bit lighter than I expected from the pour. Still very creamy, though. Very carbonated.

O- I like coffee. So, I love this beer. One of the most coffee forward stouts I've tried. Nice "in your face" stout. Recommended if you like coffee.

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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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