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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutEspresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 2710
Reviews: 953
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%


Brewed by:
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: johnmichaelsen on 05-16-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Purplepunch36

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark, no light passing through this one. First pour left a 1 finger deep, mocha brown head that stayed till the very last drop. Looked very appetizing.

S- dark roast coffee, coco, hazlenut and vanilla with a hint of nutmeg. Alcohol taste was there more towards the end when it warmed up. Overall great taste

T- Strong coffee and bitter chocolate up front finished with a molasses bitter vanilla

M- Thick and creamy

O- Amazing Imperial Stout. Quite session able despite it's first appearance. One of the top BA coffee beers I've tried. At $10 a bomber, I think it's a great deal.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 17:33:01 | More by Purplepunch36
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RacerX5k

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this was a great 32 growler this weekend and much better than the one bottle I had last year. Poured into my 8 oz stout glass produced big mocha head with tons of chocolate up front, vanilla notes in the middle and the coffee notes on the finish. Poured tighter into my 4 oz taster and or 5 oz snifter opened with huge coffee, with the vanilla and chocolate finish. So either way I enjoyed both and this is a chocolate coffee bomb. Terrific mouthfeel, this 32 dissapeared in no time at all. Overall outstanding.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2014 13:53:17 | More by RacerX5k
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-deep black color with a nice brown head and decent lacing

S-dark malt, coffee, dark chocolate, light burnt sugar

T-dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, earthy, vanilla, mild char and bitterness in the finish

F-medium to full body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-delicious stout, bold flavors and nice feel

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2014 02:04:31 | More by MDDMD
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Clints1991

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had from a 22oz bottle. It pours a dark brown, black color, with a very dark brown head. It has a strong espresso nose along with some malts and strong alcohol presence. It has a strong espresso taste, with some vanilla, roasted malts, and strong alcohol taste. It is full bodied and dry finish. Overall a great beer. Great divide does such a good job with their Yet's. I wish they would bring the Oatmeal Yeti back.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 01:11:08 | More by Clints1991
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delta490

Virginia

4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- pours an impenetrable black. A hard pour gets a mocha colored head, which doesn't last particularly long but still manages to leave some nice lacing on the glass

S- deep, rich coffee notes and a slight alcohol sweetness in the background

T- there a big malt notes, dark toasted grains, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and some mild earthy hops all bouncing around for great effect.

M- not as thick on the palatte as I would have thought, but still nice. There's a slicker, slightly oily feeling

O- all in all this is a great, big flavored Imperial Stout

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 22:07:03 | More by delta490
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Zach136

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 03:31:46 | More by Zach136
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

IN keeping up with the sudden new tradition, for the superb owl, I had a beer from Seattle, one from NY (for the host even though it's technically jersey), and now one from Denver. Another one that's been sitting in the cellar for a while, waiting for the horizontal, but instead I'm doing them piecemeal. This is the last of them other than Barrel Aged. Date bottled on feb 13, 20?? (cut off) but I believe it's 2011 or 2012.

Pours darker than Cruella Deville's heart, thick heavy motor oil pour practically sludges into the glass and forms a decent mocha colored dark slight fizzy creamy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med to a bit quicker pace. just a touch of lacing, but legs that make a whisky get a boner. The beer is just black, no other descriptors to be had, just black.

Nose brings plenty more of the super dark jet black malts, roast and more roast up the... well the roaster, with some black malt, a nice dark chocolate like fudge, pretty heavy fudgey aroma. Also plenty of espresso as expected, not quite a fresh grind, but a definite heavy intense espresso bean, with some heavy malt soaked in espresso (almost tiramisu like), with a mild toasted oak and some vanilla, a fluffy center like nougat, and faint hints of earthy spicy hops. Also, a touch of caramel and Charleston Chew candy bar.

Taste is oh yeah chocolatey but not crazy chocolate, chewy dark malts and more dark malts, some fudgey flavors and chewy malts, oats and creamy flavors mix all that with a nice fluffy nougat. Into caramel and mild candy bar again. The roast is a big player again, dark roast that's not too burnt or acrid, roasted malt with nice espresso bean, coffee flavors again not fresh but a nice intense espresso, and that mild coffee drenched cake like thing going for it. Then oak, a big toasted oak that seems like it would have been overpowering when it was fresh, big oaky flavor with big toasty and a little vanilla, leading again to the Charleston Chew. Mild earthy spicy hops scattered throughout the center, but not a lot, some bitterness coming from the dark roasty malts too. pretty smooth for being so big and heavy. Finish gets a bit more bitterness with a bit more spicy hops and even a hint of a minty coolness, a mild booze warmth kicks in but surprisingly not a lot there, lots more toasted oak big oaky flavors late too, bit more espresso in there and mild roasty dark malts and dark chocolate too.

Mouth is big fuller bod, but still creamy and fluffy, nice fluffy carbonation, smooth booze warmth that's pretty light and mixes nicely.

Overall very nice, not sure how much the age mellowed and smoothed it as the booze is very light, the oak seems like it would have been way too intense but it's not, the espresso and roast also seem like they would have been overbearing but instead are pretty nice. Very drinkable.

So, not quite a fair fight but Denver won the beer battle off, but I didn't have a better Seattle beer on hand for it, or NY beer either (that I wanted to drink right now at least), so not sure what that predicts, but atm on my DVRed version Seattle is winning by 5 (really a Safety to start the game?!)

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 02:25:50 | More by jlindros
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Black with a nice khaki head. Excellent retention and nice legs.

Smell - Heavily roasted malt. Grassy aromas. Coffee. Dark chocolate.

Taste - Bitter burnt malt flavor up front. Grassy flavors just behind it. Bitter character before a subtler coffee flavor comes in.

Mouthfeel - Overly bitter for me. Bitter and dry. It could use with some creaminess and a bit more body.

Overall - My least favorite of the Yeti series, besides infected bottles of BA Yeti. Leaves a dry bitter coffee flavor without the rich components I'd like to get from it.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 20:00:53 | More by Alieniloquium
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle with a bottled on date of 1/3/14; into a pint glass.
Appearance - pours a thick, motor oil black that builds a creamy mocha head. The head settles and leaves caked layers of lace!
Smell - cream, vanilla, some hazelnut and hints of espresso!
Taste - bold, robust coffee flavors; bitter dark chocolate and some vanilla bean!
Feel - body is not too heavy, and the 9.5% ABV is very well hidden! The bitterness and robust flavors are very enjoyable!
Overall - fantastic beer, though the price point will likely lead me to other options.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 00:24:25 | More by DenverHopHead
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Dec 23rd, 2013. About a month old.

A: Pitch, pitch black pour with one of the darkest brown heads ever (almost pure black itself). Tall, dense head to boot. Heads fades super slowly with great retention. Moderate thin streaks of lacing everywhere.

S: Ohhhh yeah. Beautiful coffee notes. Chocolatey and sweet coffee notes, more like a mocha or even a sweet iced coffee. That is to say, not an acrid, bitter coffee aroma. Touch oaky when swirled. Even a little char/smoke here and there.

T: Again, loads of coffee. A bit more bitter here but backed with lots of sweet chocolate still. Delicious mocha flavor, very creamy and thick with great chocolate notes. Flavors turn a bit less sweet and becomes more of a lightly bitter coffee bean and bittersweet chocolate. Never gets truly acrid though. A bit of oak in the finish mixes with the bittersweet chocolate/coffee combination.

M: Heavy, creamy, smooth. Decadent.

O: Delicious. I really enjoyed this one. Bold flavors and well balanced. A bit one-note with all the coffee and chocolate but I don't mind much because it's so tasty. Drinkability is fantastic with the smooth, creamy mouthfeel as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 06:42:00 | More by Dope
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Elprico

Texas

4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours jet black. Has a great reddish brown head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring.

S-Smells just like coffee, but further inspection reveals the oak. Just fantastic smelling.

T- Just like the smell, it immediately tastes like espresso, but leaves a great oak aftertaste. Dangerously drinkable.

M-It has a thick, velvety body that is light on the carbonation.

O-It's hard to go wrong with any variety of Yeti, but this has to be my favorite by far. A great, balanced espresso flavor that doesn't leave an overly intense bitterness in your mouth makes this another stand-out from Great Divide.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 17:33:01 | More by Elprico
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Trifecta1

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 23:24:43 | More by Trifecta1
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WheelsPSU

New York

4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at St. Gambrinus in Boerum Hill Brooklyn.

Poured a thick jet black with a creamy delicious looking khaki colored head. The lacing hung around from the initial diminish to the last sip. Great pour for a beer named a Yeti.

Smell was a bitter black coffee explosion. If you like the aroma of espresso in the morning, this is for you. After the initial blast of coffee, I picked up some hints of dark chocolate and some sweet notes from the oak barreling process in the form of vanilla. Extremely pleasant.

The taste was more of the nose. The coffee is dominant. From the first sip to the last, this was all about the coffee. It's got a bite, and is slightly acidic just like your morning coffee. Eventually it opened up to the vanilla notes (more vanilla in this IMO than the Oak Aged Yeti) and the dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel was thick and coated my entire mouth. A touch too sticky for me. Since the coffee profile is a touch bitter, it lingered for a bit.

If you like coffee forward stouts, this is for you. Extremely delicious beer by Great Divide.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2014 13:39:56 | More by WheelsPSU
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled dated Jan 10, 2013.

A - Pours a motor oil black with a one-finger dark brown head. Head dissapates quickly leaving a nice amount of lacing.

S - Subtle notes of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate.

T - Lots of dark roasted espresso right upfront. Some roasted malts are also present. Finish is lingering bitter espresso.

M - Heavy bodied with low carbonation. Dry sticky mouthfeel. Lightt alcohol burn in the finish.

O - Excellent stout. A must try for anyone for enjoy coffee forward stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 02:47:18 | More by TreyIsWilson
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BB1313

Ohio

4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Dec 20, 2013. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with barely any light getting though; small mocha head that leaves nice retention and lacing. The aromas deliver on the expresso and oak. Tons of fresh black coffee. Lots of vanilla. Lots of chocolate. Hints of cocoa malts. The flavors truly match the aromas. The coffee and vanilla really give this an expresso feel. The coffee and dark chocolates give this one a nice bitterness. Very rich and roasty. The vanilla gives this a subtle sweetness. The chocolate really adds another dimension to everything. The oak is there accentuating everything else and never becomes harsh or overwhelming. This is a pretty complex stout. Mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's not too thick, not too light. Alcohol goes unnoticed. This makes a great sipper and a nice beer to relax with and appreciate.

Great stout from Great Divide. They really deliver. Coffee fans and stout fans should rejoice. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 19:52:11 | More by BB1313
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BierJager89

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a deep brown head.

S: Coffee, vanilla, oak, and roasted malt in the nose.

T: Chocolate, bitter espresso/coffee, roasted malt.

M: Full bodied, smooth.

O: Really good, but nowhere near as good as Chocolate oak aged Yeti. Worth a try, but I probably won't buy it if Chocolate Yeti is available as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 18:04:53 | More by BierJager89
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ac22rush

Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours oily black with a nice medium khaki head approximately one and a half fingers that lasts a nice long time. Some nice long lacing too!

Smells of coffee, some oak, big roasted malts and butterscotch.

tastes very sophisticated,light for an oak aged stout but not in a bad way well planned out and wonderfully executed I daresay this beer could challenge BCBCS don't pass this up if you see it on tap or at a store. This beer is is a wonderful treat. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 02:23:30 | More by ac22rush
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Apex Beer Dispensary. Bottled on Dec 23 2013.

A - Deep, deep black with a small tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - Starts coffee then goes dark chocolate before settling into a mix of the two along with notes of oak and smoke. The coffee never dominates but rather dances among the other aspects. Some hops come through as it warms.

T - Big time dry roast coffee, maybe too much. It finishes with a dry, roasty bitterness. Good depth and complexity but the espresso just runs a little too wild for my taste.

M - Creamy and smooth. The carbonation is there but also unnoticeable.

O - Very good but I'd like it more with a bit less coffee.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 11:29:15 | More by GJ40
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti pours black into the glass with a moderately thick brown head on top. The foam fades away slowly leaving behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma has lots of coffee with some chocolate, roast malt and dark fruit. I'm not picking up much oak.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is smooth and creamy, a little oily with mild carbonation. The flavor is much like the aroma, dark roast coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, and roast malt. Some oak notes come through at the end. Finishes dry with lingering coffee and oak.

Lots of flavor in this beer. Coffee and chocolate dominate, but other flavors come through as it warms. Great mouth feel too.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 21:10:38 | More by WanderingFool
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pants678

California

4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a retaining beige head.

Espresso and cream.

Coffee stouts can fry your taste buds but this Yeti does not. The oak's subtle, the espresso's pronounced but that nor the alcohol gives much of a bite. That said, it's a year old bottle. A simple stout that's top of the type.

Carbonation is just right.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 04:13:16 | More by pants678
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 10.25.13
Bottled: Jan 14 2011

A - Pours a dark brown with a dark brown silky head with good retention.

S - Subtle coffee, chocolate, wood.

T - Coffee and a oaky punch to the mouth.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Lots of coffee and oak. A bit of a sharp finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 06:12:21 | More by HuskyinPDX
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a0lbudman

Alabama

4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-black with a large brown head that laces the glass
S-coffee and a sweet chocolate smell
T-strong coffee taste with a strong hop bitter aftertaste that stays with you. You also get a warming in the aftertaste. Then you get a smooth taste with a malt finish that balances out the strong bitter taste
M-medium body with a low carbonation
O-This beer was outstanding. It gives you a little chocolate malt sweetness and a large bitter aftertaste that finished with a smooth taste at the finish

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 02:16:12 | More by a0lbudman
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xVERITAS

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/19/11. Enjoyed on National Stout Day.

Pours a dark brown or black color, with nice mocha colored head. Very thick consistency. Smells llike coffee and syrupy malt. It tastes the way it smells: strong coffee presence and malty sweetness. Delicious beer that goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 20:05:51 | More by xVERITAS
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber split at a 2013 yeti tasting. bottled on: JAN 09 2013

pours a very dark brown with a very dark brown head. first impression is espresso filled. continues to the drink and hangs long into the finish. a minor alcohol heat. very warming. sweet chocolate too. really good shit. the coffee is drying and makes this big beer even more drinkable.

probably my favorite yeti of the group. the oak didn't have as much of a presence compared to the massive espresso flavor, but that is not a bad thing. get some.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 01:41:13 | More by Jimmys
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RaulMondesi

California

3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Doin' it at Haven with my #1 bartender in Orange, CA.

...20 minutes later after having let this bad sucker properly warm up... Ok, and... aite, just aite. It's not "Starbucks bad," but it sure as hell ain't coffee from a civet bean. This sucker is more like your local hippie coffee shop; it definitely makes the cut, but is Raul trippin? Not at all.

The main man would love a thicker texture and more presence in the espresso department.

Holla, my children.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2013 01:19:39 | More by RaulMondesi
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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