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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,012
Hads: 3,505
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 4.5%
Wants: 268
Gots: 765 | FT: 54
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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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Reviews: 1,012 | Hads: 3,505
Photo of hotpauko
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Holy crap this beer was a mouthful. I'm a hophead and don't drink coffee but I did like this one. Burnt coffee/non-sweet chocolate aroma and flavor start to finish. Coffee really sets in strongly after but maybe very noticeable for me because I don't drink coffee. Not much sweetness and any hops is hard to pull out. Very creamy mouthfeel. Wow 5 minutes later coffee flavor still lingers strongly. This was very good and I look forward to comparing with others. (463 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

After having this several times it is time I give this a proper review -enjoyed from the bomber in a goblet at cellar temp.

The color is dark like used oil with thin medium tan head with very fine bubbles and lace that clings. The smell is great with a lot of hop aroma and strong espresso with a moderate amount of citrus from the hops with light cocoa and nutty oak character with a light vanilla quality and mild dried fruit odor. The feel has a light woody texture and smooth quality from the espresso and light roasted middle with a slight sweet character and gentle alcohol in the finish.

The taste is great with lots of espresso up front with light vanilla type quality and slight hop flavor which adds a pine-like taste in the dark cocoa covered espresso bean flavor with mild dark toasted malt flavor supporting with cocoa and coffee quality and slight woody flavor comes through in the finish. Overall one of the better stouts made with espresso available -I would drink this repeatedly if it weren't for the 9.5% ABV level. (1,039 characters)

Photo of OGShotzy
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On nitro at the brewery in Denver. One of the best looking beers I've ever seen. Perfect thick light brown head, approximately 1.5 in. Feels and tastes a little too milky for me, but an excellent stout nonetheless. (214 characters)

Photo of Cuttlephish
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a dense, lingering, oak colored head. Smell is dates, dried dark fruit, lightly toasted coffee and slight hop bitterness. Taste hits with bitter, almost burnt roasted coffee. Mouthfeel is less smooth and oily than other aged stouts but is not unpleasant. Overall very nice especially if you enjoy the pungent, bitter and earth flavors of coffee and oak. (376 characters)

Photo of Tylertut
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I usually don't review beers but I made an exception for this one.
Poured into a Teku Glass and slightly over celler temp.

Look: The color is right on par with other stouts, a dark, almost black, brown. But the head was a beautiful dark brown raj left a bit of lacing for me to stare at as I drank it.

Smell: lots of coffee with a bit of chocolate and roastiness.

Taste: Oh. My. God. Lots of bitter coffee with just the right amount of chocolate to cut the bitter to an appropriate level. Long coffee at the end as well which was wonderful.

Mouthfeel: Seemed it was a bit thin for me but I usually prefer thick body stouts. Still pretty good.

Overall: An amazing coffee stout that blows the regular out of the water. My general comparison for coffee stouts is FBS and never had a stout outdone that one like this one has. Wish I would have picked up another bottle. (876 characters)

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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! (230 characters)

Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been impressed with all the Yeti brews and this one is no exception and would be considered my favorite version.

A - Poured from a bomber into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. Extremely dark, essentially black, and thick with very nice dark brown head. Strong lacing that lasts until the last sip.

S - Dominated by espresso, very roasted with some vanilla and oak.

T- Strong bitter espresso up front. Follows with semi-sweet chocolate and a good amount of vanilla. I get some slight oak towards the end.

F - Thick and creamy, although this is where I think it could improve the most. A bit more viscosity is needed IMO.

O - I really love this beer and enjoy it every time I have it. You definitely need to like coffee to fully enjoy and appreciate how good this one is. It's a little unbalanced towards the bitter espresso, but that's what I love about it. (861 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoy GD's Yeti and I assumed that the amplified coffee flavor would be even better.

A - Pours a thick jet black and has tons of plentiful dark brown colored head with very strong lacing. Darkest foam I have ever seen.

S - Rich roasty aroma with the coffee on top. There is some maltiness along with some chocolate but the char and espresso are dominant.

T - Very similar to the smell; has the roastiness and the coffee accompanied by the rich chocolate. It is distinctly bitter from all of the dark malts so that the espresso flavor is more true than in a sweet stout. It is not balanced and is similar to sucking on a dark roasted coffee bean. I prefer the base beer over this version due to the other flavors being more balanced and harmonious instead of the espresso onslaught.

M - Big mouth-feel. High carbonation. This one just erupted with carbonation as I poured not expecting such vigor from the solution. I like the carbonation because even though it is a pretty viscous beer the carbonation and bitterness do a good job of tricking your mind into thinking that it is lighter. This beer finishes dryer and bitter on the back of the tongue.

Overall, this is a very good coffee stout but it isn't a good representative of the base beer. My preference is for sweeter Imperial stouts and this one is more one sided and not as complex but it is still a very solid beer if you really enjoy the dark roasted coffee flavor. If you want to just mix your java fix and beer then give this one a try.

Glass- Imperial Nonic (1,536 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Black in color. Pours a huge three to four finger head with a dark brown color to it.

Aroma- Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and a little bit of oak.

Taste- Starts out sweet with milk chocolate and maybe a little vanilla. Towards the finish the coffee really amps up and brings out big bitterness which is enhanced by the dryness of the oak flavors as well. The bitter/dryness is almost to a fault though, and could use some more of the sweetness from the beginning to balance things out.

Feel- Full bodied, medium carbonation, and very dry in the finish.

Overall- This is a great beer with great coffee and chocolate flavors, however, the finish is too dry and bitter. If more sweetness was present in the finish this would be an elite stout, but unfortunately the dry/bitterness is a glaring flaw. Overall though its a great beer despite said flaw, and its one of the better yeti variants that's worth picking up once a year. (943 characters)

Photo of JFear
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nearly pitch-perfect imperial stout. It pours a beautiful, pitch-black, ruby-tinged hue with a creamy brown head that makes the beer resemble a cappuccino. The aroma is redolent with espresso and vanilla. The taste is a bit bracing -- bitter espresso, heavily roasted malt, and a surprising level of hop flavor. Still, the vanilla from the oak lends a bit of smoothness. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected; Imperials tend to be more viscous, but the oak aging probably took a bit away from that. Regardless, really nice, aggressive Imperial Stout. Almost as wonderful as Stone's Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from 2013. (631 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 22oz bomber into nonic pint glass. Opaque with thin head. Boozy sweet nose with coffee, vanilla, and oak notes. Strong coffee flavors with mellow red fruits on the palate with nice lingering bitter finish. (210 characters)

Photo of shleepy
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, or perhaps almost black, with a very dark, brown head. Smell has lots of chocolate and coffee. Smooth taste, with some (not altogether surprising) bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Solid and well-balanced for the style. (233 characters)

Photo of hophugger
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on nitro tap, wow, this was amazing. Deep coffee black with big and bold tan head. Aroma hits hard of coffee. Taste is incredible with espresso coffee pounding you from the get go. Hints of chocolate are also present but take a back seat to the coffee. No notice of the oak aging IMO, but this beer does not let you down. Sip by Sip, this beer continued to amaze !!!!!!! (379 characters)

Photo of marieli
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Looks great. Very dark rich brown. Espresso/coffee are more present than chocolate, but thus the name! I could have done with a little less bitterness, but a very nice stout! (186 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 5 - Couldn't ask for a more ideal appearance as far as stouts go. Extreme dark, burnt caramel colored head, as dark as they come. Pitch black, oily colored beer. Extremely impressive head potential and retention, especially when considering the high ABV. Really impressive, solid walls of lacing left behind on the glass. Very thick, dense and creamy head.
S - 4.75 - Tons of black, rustic coffee grounds, almost to a smokey level, very roasty. Vanilla bean, tons of malt, light touches of dark chocolate and an extremely distant, red pepper spiciness. The espresso is the center stage focal point here.
T - 4.5 - Medium sweet espresso, chocolate and malt upfront, fades into vanilla bean and a light almond nutiness, marzipan perhaps. Ends on a decently bitter, black coffee bean note. Excellent.
F - 4.5 - Nice medium/full creamy and thick body and mouthfeel.
O - 4.5 - Really awesome imperial stout. Definitely focused on the coffee, but not to a palate tiring extent. Would make a fine breakfast food pairing brew, but also works great as a warming, slow sipper. I tried this beer fresh since it is easily obtainable locally for, to determine if I want to buy another to let age. Yes! Definitely buy a second one to let age, has a decently noticeable hop profile that will surely fade with age and make the malt much more deep and robust. Highly recommend to fans of the style! (1,421 characters)

Photo of Mattbryan1981
4.76/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

From the look and aroma I thought I was about to chew espresso beans. My thought was wrong. In my opinion the taste was perfectly balanced with chocolate, coffee and stouty goodness. No need to age this one. (207 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.89/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti pours a black color with a huge long lasting lacing tan head. There is a a chocolate espresso aroma with hints of oak. The taste is so creamy, nice chocolate notes, big oatmeal base, creamy espresso mixes in perfectly with the hints of oak. Big flavor, good body, very creamy. Overall a top beer. Big complex flavors, very creamy, its excellent. (373 characters)

Photo of gibgink
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cannot find anything wrong with this beer. I will be consuming much more in the future. On par with Sump from Perennial(only a little booze taste is the difference) in my opinion. With greater availability this guy is a winner. (230 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a snifter)
This beer pours a classic obsidian black body with a thick deep tan head that last a good bit. The aroma is full of cold pressed espresso beans and a creamy note to the finish. The taste has even more depth with earthy rich dark roast coffee and a slight char in the finish. The soft oak in the finish supports nicely with some licorice character coming though as it opens. The lingering taste of mellow black roasted malt hangs on the tongue with a touch of sweetness. A nice alcohol warmth supports the flavor.

This beer has an excellent stout base with great espresso flavors and a good support of oak in the background. A great winter sipper. (677 characters)

Photo of bongobeer
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Small tan head, good lacing, dark brown to black color

Great coffee shop smell with sweet chocolate and little hops

Smooth coffee up front with bitter sweet finish

Creamy smooth medium to heavy mouth feel

Great beer...love Yetis...smooth creamy, not too much bitter coffee bite

this was bottled on 1/3/14, enjoyed 1/16/15 (326 characters)

Photo of Tele
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 11.29.14

A: 4.75 Looks really viscous on the pour. Pitch black with a very pretty reddish-brown head.

S: 4.25 Tons of dark coffee and roasted malt. There’s a little bit of sweetness as well, bringing some caramel and vanilla. Earthy aromas from the coffee really dominate everything else.

T: 3.75 Strangely enough, the coffee comes in second, right a quick burst of sweetness with caramel and vanilla. Roasted coffee, liquorish, and bitterness follow very quickly and are much more aggressive than the sweeter flavors. The bitterness is pretty nice, however it gets a bit out of hand toward the end, turning into a slightly unpleasant astringency.

M: 4.75 Rich and thick just like an imperial stout should be. Carbonation is spot on as well.

O: 4 I was expecting a bit more from this beer. Regular Yeti is great, but the addition of the espresso is not as balanced as other coffee stouts and there is little to no oak presence. (966 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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. (558 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a huge, extremely dark brown and firm head, topping a deep, coffee-bean-brown brew.

The aroma is everything this beer promises on the label: tons of espresso mixes with chocolate, with caramel, toffee, vanilla, and oak in the background.

Flavor is less rich and more balanced, but still features all of the above.
Chocolate up front, but it's less sweet and more bitter and dark.
Earthy hops provide some bite on the mid-palate, where the oak starts to come in.
Strong but smooth bitter, dark coffee bean finish, which also features a bit more of the oak, and a return of the chocolate flavor.
Roasted barley is represented throughout primarily by a chocolate flavor, but there are also plenty of roasted and toasted grains, providing a nice thick base brew.

Surprisingly thin feel, although it's still quite thick and silky. Absolutely no hint of alcohol. Bitter throughout, but not unbalanced; it's just a hop-forward and very roasty brew. Sticky, oily coating for a long finish. Not a particularly lively brew - no sting, no foaming - but that is not at all a criticism.

This is one of the better Yetis I've tried. The espresso definitely provides a rich depth of flavor and character, and the oak - while comparatively subtle - brings along nice notes. My personal take is that the Yeti series is too hop-forward, but with everything else going on in this beer, that provides a wonderful balance and bite to what otherwise might be too rich. (1,455 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the 2 0z bottle in a wide mouth Chimay glass, this fantastic imperial stout pours as black as sin and as thick as used motor oil. With a vigorous pour a HUGE brown head emerges with some light soapy lacing. Nose of bakers chocolate, espresso coffee, DEEPLY roasted grains, and thick rum like barrel aromas. Flavors are up front dark bittersweet chocolate, deep rich black espresso coffee, and dark rich fruits of the sides and back of black plum, raisin, and some oaked aftertaste that seemed hidden in the nose from all the roasted grains and malts. MOST EXCELLENT. Tons of alcohol warmth, tons of rich imperial flavors, just a TON OF A STOUT!

CHEERS! (671 characters)

Photo of StoutBrotha602
5/5  rDev +18.5%

When i tried this beer i had it with Pork ribs on a hot summer evening a few years back.. i would say this beer is the Go to Stout for All ice cream and Milkshake /fusions if you wanna call it that.

The Pour: is Velvety and the head is smooth.. i love how it comes out in the Glass.. im always diggin through the stout pile at Total Wine to fine some chocolate Yeti or this if i had say between the two. i copped this as a sale one lucky friday and it was only 4 duckets as opposed to 5.75.. which still isnt bad.


The taste: is Rich, heavy, and silky leaves nothing to be desired the heavy roast and oaked espresso hits you as you relax while sipping. you swallow and the smokey after effects soothes away at your finish.

The look in the glass: the head is awesome if you pour it perfectly! if you get a 22 ounce yeti get a big stout glass from somewhere and Drink this like a beast..! PLEASE!! (898 characters)

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,012 ratings.