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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: 2675
Reviews: 949
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%


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:
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(Beer added by: johnmichaelsen on 05-16-2008)
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great Divide Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti, cask at The Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen, NY.

Appearance: Extremely voluptuous head, almost overflowing, with lots of carbonation and bubbles. Over one finger of head, with great retention. Great temperature too! (some casks at Pony are at times too cold). Head and bubbles stay on and on. Color is pitch black, no nuances there.

Smell: Incredibly smooth, subdued. I don't get any coffee, but chocolate instead. A lacking nose.

Taste: The coffee beans are there, at the end, but thankfully (or sadly, if you love coffee beers) they are far from strong. The oak is also mellow, hints of wood come at the end. Chocolate at the end of the sip too (again, as in the nose, more chocolate than coffee). Some bitterness around the mouth, cooked sugars, even a hint of banana bread. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation of course (this is a cask after all), medium-to-low chocolaty body and medium flavor. Oaky finish.

Drinkability: Superb. This is incredibly smooth, chuggable. The 9.5% cannot even be hinted. A little underwhelming (or a lot!), but tasty nonetheless.

My least favorite of all the Yetis I've had so far, though. I expected more.

Serving type: cask

03-08-2011 07:22:49 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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bpalfrey10

New York

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown to black coloring, with a moderately sized darkish brown head
S: Coffee and roasted malt
T: Sweetness upfront that is eventually nicely balanced by a lingering hop bitterness on the back of your tongue. Oak is also evident. Pleasant alcohol warmth.
M: lightly carbonated as it was a cask ale. thick, almost viscous feel to it.
D: drinkable in so far as such a big beer can be.

Serving type: cask

02-18-2011 19:20:47 | More by bpalfrey10
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well now. EOAYIS on cask. Yes please.
Now, I'm not a coffee guy (or espresso) so I do try to hold objective.
Pours deep black with rich ruby hints on along the rim. More noticeable as it is drank. A thick, rich, chocolate malt looking foaming head on this one. Oh..beauty.
A dry espresso, dark chocolate and slight anise aroma. A bit boozy, but hidden quite well. Some fig and nutmeg hints.
A fruity start, dark soft fruit. Dry. Dark chocolate coated in espresso comes in like gang-busters. Flows smoothly over the tongue, a quick bite and flush of anise and prune. Coffee like aftertaste. Leaves clean. Easy drinking. A bit boozy in the finish with an exhale.
Great beer

Serving type: cask

02-27-2010 06:31:28 | More by Mebuzzard
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

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

Poured into a Great Divide Yeti Brussels glass.

Look: Dirty motor oil, pitch black, melted dark chocolate. A dark almond colored head recedes to a splotchy film, sheets of foamy lacing cover the glass after the second pour.

Aroma: Dark bitter chocolate, espresso coffee, raisins, and oak.

Taste: A really good toasty, oak wood note starts off the taste profile. Spiciness and rich, bitter chocolate comes in with a raisin sweetness. Bitter espresso coffee finishes off this decadent brew.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth, somewhat dry.

Overall: Delicious, this beer has a beautiful balance of oak and coffee, and the 9.5% ABV isn't that noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 10:41:19 | More by JuicesFlowing
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craftbeersweden

Sweden

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As always with Yeti: pitch black with a dark, brown head.

Nose: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, espresso, cream, vanilla and oak.

Taste: Espresso (of course), dark chocolate, oak, roasted malt, vanilla, caramel and some orange.

Mouthfeel: Great, big, complex structure with a swetness that compensate for the bitterness in just the right way! Full body with light carbonation. Creamy... so good!

Overall - Smooth, oaky, vanilla, chocolate, creamy taste with a lot of love! GO get it!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 21:16:37 | More by craftbeersweden
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PPOmaha

Nebraska

4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: roast, slightly burnt coffee. Milk chocolate and creamy notes. No green pepper which I hate in coffee beers.

Appearance: Black opaque, too dark for highlights. Dark brown rocky head that lingers for several minutes.

Taste: Chocolate malt and roast. Definite kilned malt flavor. Sweetness balances well with some assertive bitterness that still stands up to the malt bill.

Mouthfeel: medium heavy body, medium carbonation, coffee is very drying. Sweetness and mouthfeel is not over the top.

Overall: coffee forward imperial stout that is very complex and very drinkable. The price point for this beer makes it a great value.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 04:23:23 | More by PPOmaha
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kaseydad

California

4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had to go all the way to San Diego for a couple of these. Sheesh! Bottled on 1/22/14. No aging on this to keep the espresso...well....espresso.

Pours an almost black brew with a dark, dark brown foamy head. Gobs of lacing all over the glass.

Big chocolate aroma's abound. Baker's, semi-sweet, dark, cocoa...insert any other. Roasted malts. Massive espresso. Smoke. Leather. Tobacco. Really good stuff here.

The taste is nice and espresso forward. Chocolate, roasty and a slight hop kick on the swallow. Maybe a splash of orange. Bitter on the aftertaste ala how an espresso beer should be.

Nice and full bodied ale. Light carbonation.

Overall this was an awesome experience. Does Great Divide do a non-awesome Yeti? They nailed this one and brought forth a beer that lives up to the name and flavor of this brew. Nice warm weather beer....or hell....anytime. Hopefully the distro will somehow find it's way to the always-slighted East Bay.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 23:03:13 | More by kaseydad
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More_betterness

California

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black pour with a dark espresso brown head.

S: Oh man... Rich roasty coffee, fudge, and raw cocoa nibs. A hint of vanilla as it warms. Can't wait to get into this one.

T: Tons of potent espresso on the front of the palate, followed by raw bitter dark cocoa and some vanilla and tannins from the oak. Finishes with a hint of ash and tobacco that lingers in between sips.

M: Oily and full bodied, with prickly carbonation that carries the flavors nicely.

O: Fantastic beer, no one aspect dominates. Balanced and extremely well crafted imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 02:51:22 | More by More_betterness
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with one finger than head that left minor lace patches down the glass. The aroma is roasted and coffee malts, the espresso aspect being noticeable, and there seems to be a hint of the oak/woodiness and even vanilla. I get this same aspect in the beer as it is medium bodied, slightly chewy, and smooth with oak notes and a minor vanilla like sweetness. The coffee taste is strong and really noticeable on the backend and finish as this beer finishes real dry. I like the balance and how this beer first hits me with a sweet edge and then finishes dry and just tempts you to have another sip.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2014 18:17:21 | More by clayrock81
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pitch black color. The head is a finger high and dark freakin' tan in shade. It retains solidly, fading to a thin film in around 3 or so minutes. A bit of lacing is left behind. I love the aesthetic appeal of a dark-ass stout like this.

S: Ohhhh yeah. The coffee is definitely here, but nice and subtle (letting it open up will reveal more espresso, natch). There's also a ton of roast, umami, dark chocolate, and tobacco. I really enjoy the roasted notes of this in particular - it's gentle and balanced, but also very prevalent. Call me crazy, but I think this is going to taste amazing...

T: It starts off very roasty: not just from the coffee, but from the malts, as well. The roast flavors seem to be a touch on the ashy/smoky side - nothing to upset this beer's balance, though. Right before the swallow, I'm picking up some great dark chocolate notes. Leafy hop bitterness pops up on the finish to meld with some of the irish cream, oak, vanilla, and umami flavors. When it really warms up, it becomes a bit salty, as well. Everything here is in good harmony...actually, this is so good, I kind of don't want to review this. I just want to drink the hell out of this one.

M: I'd call the body "medium-heavy", erring towards heavy when some of the (soft) carbonation fades away. The finish is bitter and dry, but not too bitter or dry. Naturally, it's not really a chugger. Could care less.

O: Last night, I put this bottle in the fridge and said to myself "this will be bitchin'." I was 100% right. This not only tastes amazing, it puts me in a happy place precious few beers can throw me into. Gimme more!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 23:30:09 | More by ThisWangsChung
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vfgccp

New York

3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dec 2011 bottle, opened Mar 2014

A - Great looking stout. Beautiful mud and khaki colored head with great retention and lace. Virtually solid black body with dark cola edges.

S - Dry, assertive, and complex. Bright wood, raw coffee beans, vanilla, dark roasted grains, dry grape seeds, dark chocolate, touch of booze.

T - Nice complexity, but some of the notes and the balance feel a little off. Bitter coffee, vanilla, touch of caramel, soy sauce, white bread, wet cilantro, mexican chilies, and warm booze.

M - Light body for the style. Super smooth.

O - A little past it's prime. Of all the adjunct flavored stouts, I find that coffee variants are more likely to take a dive with age. Definitely interested in trying this fresh.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 21:46:41 | More by vfgccp
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Mongrel

Maryland

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

Pours a sludge-like deep, deep brown with a finger of dense, dark khaki head, like the crema on top of a shot of espresso. Impressive lacing for an imperial stout.

Smells of bitter chocolate, black licorice, roasted, borderline burnt barley and a touch of oak.

Tastes big and bold -- bitter chocolate, black coffee, oaky vanilla, milk chocolate. A little caramel sweetness. Smooth espresso on the finish. Nice lasting roasty bitterness.

Full mouthfeel that coats the entire palate and lingers. Creamy, with slightly prickly carbonation.

Overall, this is a roasty, roasty stout with just enough sweetness to balance it out. There doesn't seem to be a huge oak presence, but I guess it may have served to soften the edges and meld the bold flavors. A great barrel aged impy stout, though not the best.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 01:21:01 | More by Mongrel
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Beer4B

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 16:43:34 | More by Beer4B
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a goblet at Bukowski's in Cambridge.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that for the most part is still there. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super frothy mocha lacing down the glass.

Smell: Espresso, chocolate, char, smoke, molasses, and dark fruits.

Taste: Espresso, ash, oak, molasses, Bakers chocolate, toasted malts, earthy, bitterness, and some dark fruits.

Mouthfeel: Silky and creamy smooth, a little boozy, full bodied, low to medium carbonation, and a little bitterness in the room.

Overall: Getting through the whole yeti group. Each one has been awesome. I will be having more of these in the future along with the rest of the group.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2014 20:29:39 | More by Flounder57
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whoahwhat

Indiana

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

Beautiful stout, dark brown head that lingered for a while. Straight up black coffee smells and flavors, very bitter for a stout in a very nice way. Couldn't decide if it was too bitter at first, but couldn't stop drinking it! Super thick, almost syrupy, which I loved.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 23:12:07 | More by whoahwhat
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BSK_ONE

New Jersey

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

A: Beautiful dark brown to black body with a fingers worth of espresso colored head which swirl to leave the most interesting to patterns to stare at.

S: Big coffee and espresso scents upfront, then chocolate enters the picture. Finally the oak finishes it off.

T: Coffee and espresso

M: Warm and all consuming. Great mouthfeel.

O: Wonderful!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 03:30:58 | More by BSK_ONE
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BEERMILER12

Maine

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

Bottled on: DEC-23-2013

A: Pours a pitch black color with just over a fingers worth of head that slowly fades down to a thin layer of bubbles that leaves some nice sticky lacing

S: Lots of roasted malts and espresso up front with a touch of oak and vanilla. Quite coffee/espresso forward

T: Starts off with espresso and roast right off the bat. Some dark chocolate, vanilla, and oak notes come through behind and are more prominent mid-way through and towards the finish. Bitterness really gets kicked up near the finish as well, when the hops get mixed in with the bitter espresso. Alcohol absolutely nowhere to be found

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Nearing on smooth and creamy, but still has a bit of a bite from the bitterness and roast

O: Definitely one of the better coffee stouts out there. The coffee is right up front and doesn't get muddled by anything else. Not sure how the espresso would hold up with extended age, but it certainly hasn't gone anywhere in 2 months. Fans of coffee stouts shouldn't pass this beer up

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 07:49:35 | More by BEERMILER12
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I'm hot and tired after snow blowing some of the heaviest snow I have come across and this is my reward. Whole bottle into my over sized Old Style glass.
Definitely coffee and hints of the wood (more than vanilla oak). Other roast and hints of chocolate.
Attractive like all the Yeti's are. Nice full rich dark tan and dense head. Black body.
Nice firm and full mouth feel. Almost chewy. Satisfying. Coffee lingers for a long, long time with a coffee grainy quality. Coffee is not over-balanced in the flavor. Blends nicely with a subdued oak. That great Yeti stout is there and this is just another enjoyable version.
Well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 01:41:39 | More by garymuchow
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reebtaerG

Maryland

4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 22oz bomber dated 1/2/2014 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours an opaque black with thin brown/rust head that lasts and laces.

S-Smells of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and wood.

T-Taste of chocolate, coffee, pepper, oak, and booze.

M-Full bodied, huge mouthfeel. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, pepper, oak, and booze. Slightly boozy finish.

O-Overall a great coffee stout. Has a nice touch with the oak. They should make a six pack with all the Yeti.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 15:50:23 | More by reebtaerG
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up recently at the new Bottle King on the Livingston Circle, having never had this beer before. I enjoyed the Yet and the Oak Aged Yeti and also noticed that this was rated highly. While not a bad beer, this had a bit too much going on to fully sit back and enjoy and the ashen, woody notes nearly overtook everything else when it came to the flavor of this. I love Stouts as dessert beers but this needed a big glass of water to wash it down once I had finished this off.

The pour to this was great, as this beer had a nice, rich dark brown hue and solid tan head that was present but not overly thick. Lots of brown lacing was present down the side of my glass as I worked my way through this as well. The aroma wasn't that strong but there was enough bitter chocolate and espresso in it to live up to this beer's potential. Both of those were present in the taste but that, as well as the vanilla and roasted malt were inundated by the woody mouthfeel to this. Had this been a bit creamier and lighter on the booze, I would have mistaken this for an Irish Dry Stout. There was a bit of whiskey in the aftertaste and this did feel a bit too strong at times, because the flavors weren't long-lasting enough to compensate for the strength of the alcohol.

This wasn't like a Russian Imperial Stout when it came to the ABV but I would have preferred this to be just a hair weaker. It felt quite roasted and the espresso didn't thin this beer out enough to make it feel completely true to form. While not a bad choice, this wasn't an improvement over the other Yeti's that Great Divide offered and after a while, I got the impression that variations on a theme are only worth it if they augment the original in some way. Coffee and caffeine addicts may get something out of this but for me, this was only worth a go one time around. Just a bit too generic for some that came across as being different from the pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 09:20:33 | More by JerzDevl2000
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glass_house

Ohio

4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter at Bocktown Beer and Grill Monaca, PA

Pours pitch black with a finger of dark mocha head that quickly fizzles to a thin collar with sticky brown lacing. Espresso is present but not as dominant as I expected in the nose. Plenty of dark chocolate, ripe dark fruits and smokey molasses.

The texture makes an unforgettable first impression--soft, full, and creamy. Flavors mimic the aroma--it's like vanilla beans, dried plums and roasted hazelnuts draped in rich semi-sweet chocolate, washed down with a smooth espresso. No flavor steals the spotlight, but they work in perfect unison. Earthy hops support with just a hint of bitterness. Coats the mouth evenly but finishes crisp and clean, with the oak and alcohol leaving a dry toasty warmth.

What a pleasant surprise this Yeti sighting was. Among the best stouts I've had, and I hope we cross paths again soon. If you enjoy the rich fullness of espresso and dark chocolate as much as me, and you're lucky enough to spot this beast, I can't recommend it highly enough.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 03:43:38 | More by glass_house
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MartzMimic

Oklahoma

4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at McNellie's OKC. Pours a dark brown with a foamy brown head that doesn't last terribly long. Moderate lacing. Smells of chocolate, coffee and malt with a bit of fruit. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, plums and raisin. Definitely has a woody character compared to the original Yeti. The fruit and alcohol become more apparent as it warms a bit. Definitely a bit of bitter in this one. Medium mouth that oils the tongue. This is nice, but I personally prefer the original a bit more.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2014 00:23:36 | More by MartzMimic
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MissSarah

Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Carbon copy black with a tawny-brown head

Nose: Roasty vanilla beans, butterscotch candies, and dark chocolate morsels

Taste: Drinking Espresso Oak Aged Yeti is like selecting the molasses chew from a Russel Stover’s box and chasing it with a tasty espresso - delightfully bittersweet

Mouthfeel: Chewy and indulgent

Overall: Made for snow days, decadent brunching, and the occasional cinnamon donut fix

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 19:18:19 | More by MissSarah
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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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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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