Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Ratings: 3,053 | Reviews: 963 | Display Reviews Only:
3.98/5 rDev -6.8%
An expresso coffee experience. Well crafted with few flaws for what it is, but what it is I inrinsically am not super interested in. A little sweet, but overall bittersweet chcolate and roast and coffee. Thick black body and foam. Big expresso and some chocolate aroma.
06-20-2010 03:01:05 | More by Sammy
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
4.68/5 rDev +9.6%
G: Poured into a brandy snifter.
A: Dark as night with a nice, smooth, tan-colored espresso head.
S: Loads of espresso with some dark malt behind.
T: Overpowering espresso that is somehow balanced against the mild sweetness of the malt.
M: Heavenly. Sublimely creamy and the alcohol is hardly detectable.
D: Very, very drinkable. It's a hot, hot 86 degrees here in Chicago, and I still want more of this thick stout. Now that's an endorsement.
05-21-2009 01:40:14 | More by Thorpe429
4.38/5 rDev +2.6%
A: The beer poured jet black with a think layer of mocha-colored bubbles that quickly died down forming lacy patterns.
S: There is an intense aroma of dark roasted malts and espresso beans in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has lots of flavors of roasted malts and espresso along with some bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to heavy-bodied and smooth on the palate. There is a lot of viscosity that really makes it coat the mouth.
D: The beer is particularly easy to drink and the alcohol isn't really perceptible in the smell or taste.
06-27-2010 12:38:00 | More by metter98
4.53/5 rDev +6.1%
Espresso black with a milk chocolate colored cap that is stacked with bubbles that extend well above the rim of the glass. The foam looks even better once it begins to melt, and is absolutely plastering all available surfaces with sticky lace. This beer looks amazing, no matter what the brewers add to it.
The aroma is exactly as expected. Each sniff delivers a nostril-filling blast of chocolate fudge, roasted coffee beans and vanilla. There's too much else going on for oak to be appreciated, but it isn't missed.
This particular 22 ounces of Espresso Oak Aged Yeti has been in the bottle for almost two full years... and has held up incredibly well. The only slight chink in the armor *might be* the mouthfeel, though it should fill out and creamify as the middle of the bomber arrives.
Even though I'm not a coffee/espresso drinker, big stouts and coffee is a marriage made in beer heaven. When the base beer is one of the best Imperial stouts in existence, the result is bound to be something special. This GDBC brew is definitely something special.
For starters, EOAYIS a taste bud bombarder of the highest order. Just like Spinal Tap's amps, this sucker goes all the way to '11'. Each upending of the glass results in a furious fusillade of dark chocolate liquor, espresso, anise, vanilla beans and an underlay of oak. A pleasant warming of mouth, tongue, esophagus and belly is the only evidence of the 9.5% ABV.
The mouthfeel has gotten onboard with greatness over the past 10 minutes or so. This offering is more full, more silky smooth and more lingeringly lush than 95% of all fresh stouts of this style. Dead... solid... perfect carbonation.
After the extremely odd design decision to add cayenne pepper to Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, Espresso Oak Aged Yeti gets the outstanding Yeti train solidly back on the tracks to outstanding flavor and drinkability. Once again, the base Yeti proves to be bulletproof. Hey Great Divide, how about Bacon Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout to test that theory?
01-02-2011 22:31:22 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.3/5 rDev +0.7%
Appearance: Pours a fudgy brown color with a huge beige head that leaves plenty of lacing and never fades away
Smell: A surprising amount of hops are apparent in the aroma, but the base elements of oak and espresso, as well as roasted and chocolate malts are all very apparent
Taste: Dark chocolate and roasty flavors jump out up front, along with a burgeoning oak/vanilla flavor; shortly thereafter, the hops make their presence felt; after the swallow, the espresso and oaky flavors emerge in a massive fashion and provide a lengthy, chocolatey finish
Mouthfeel: Thick and full-bodied, with moderate carbonation; considerable warmth in the gullet
Drinkability: Clearly a beer that will benefit from age, this has some harsh tendencies in its youth; I imagine a couple of years would make this extraordinary
06-06-2009 00:02:47 | More by brentk56
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
4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
Just when you thought they Yeti couldn't get better. Great Divide has taken the Yeti and really turned it into a better base beer and added a strong espresso character that compliments the beer greatly.
The beer's look is as deep and dark as the day is night. This is to be expected. However the strong head formation takes on a deeper brown toffee color that is significanly darker and more sturdy than the other versions.
Coffee dominates the nose but not as aggressive as I expect. There's a lot of 'stout' qualities from the maltiness to cocoa and toast. The coffee notes seem to surpress the sweetness and fruitiness to virtually nothing.
Flavors are also coffee dominant with French Roast taste, oils, and bitterness. Background notes of cocoa powder, charred toast, and a meaty maltiness that remind me of dry Dopplebocks. Light notes of soy sauce, molassas, hops give enough complexity to keep it from screaming, "Espresso".
Full and rich up front but the well attenuated malt character keeps the beer dry and palatable. Bitterness from coffee, hops, and cocoa gives ample amounts of repreive from the moderate sweetness. The sharp, charred textures flirt with astringency and alternate between burnt toast and ashy. Finishes with a deep lingering coffee flavor with much bitterness.
Again, Great Divide knocks it out of the park.
05-26-2009 03:10:04 | More by BEERchitect
4.85/5 rDev +13.6%
This is an exceptional beer. I was thrilled to death to see it on tap at Barleys last night and the first thing I ordered when I got there without heistation. Served in a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/03/2009.
The pour was fantastic. Rich dark black in color with a completely opaque and dark look to it. Rich tan colored head rose up to at least an inch and a half before settling down into a whispy cloud on top and tons of side glass lacing, perfect. The aroma was sublime, rich cocoa and coffee notes that swirled together effortlessly wth light hints of oak and rich sweet smells just swirling about it. As I took the first sip I nearly fell over. This is what I have been looking for in a big coffee stout. INSANE. Rich coffee flavors that were perfectly balanced against the rich oak and chocolate notes that I love in my oaked yeti. Smooth, seductive big bodied fel that made this a sublime sipper that offered no hint of the alcohol in it at all.
Overall I was floored by this beer. Simply put one of the best beers I have had in a very long time. This is an instant classic that has been done wonderfully. I would go after this one at every chance that I get.
04-05-2009 00:17:25 | More by mikesgroove
3.68/5 rDev -13.8%
A: The pour is a almost black in color with a minimal tan head forming.
S: Smells like cocoa powder, spicy oak notes, roasted malts, and coffee. Definitely a lot of coffee, which you would anticipate given it being Espresso Yeti. Perhaps a bit of caramel sweetness as well.
T: The oak is really pronounced on the flavor, maybe a bit too much so. Lots and lots of coffee without much of the chocolate that is present on the nose. This is fairly bitter, as well.
M: The body is medium with a fairly smooth carbonation that I would classify as medium.
D: Definitely better than the regular oaked version, but not one of my favorite imperial stouts. Decent enough beer, though.
12-10-2010 09:46:34 | More by womencantsail
4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
A: dark brown quarter finger head on a jet black body with no light getting though. still has nice lacing.
S: oak, bourbon, roasted malts, dark chocolate and vanilla. Not getting much espresso from the aroma.
T: roasted malt base with the espresso not overpowering and mostly in the finish. vanilla, oak, nuts and some milk chocolate although it is light.
M: thick body and moderate carbonation. smooth.
Overall: I really like how the espresso is applied with this one. The supporting notes arent overdone. The yeti base stout is just so good to start that these "special editions" all taste good.
09-16-2012 01:41:16 | More by kylehay2004
4.55/5 rDev +6.6%
Purchased at Bullock's in Marietta, Georgia. I have misplaced my receipt, but I recall it wasn't exactly cheap. Bottled On: Feb 12 2009. So fresh!! Let's get to it!
Appearance: Pours an inky black body with a large, frothy, dark tan head. True, there may have been better some lace formation, but I found myself tossing back the glass so often that none could even gain a foothold on my Duvel tulip glass.
Smell: Roasty, fresh-brewed espresso nose welcomes in full notes of chocolate fondue, dark malts, fresh oak lumber. Some breweries get coffee additions wrong -- Great Divide got it right.
Taste: After the first sip it's hard not to shout out an "AWW YEAH BABY!" like you're rooting hard for your favorite sports team. Dark, heavily roasted malts harmonize perfectly with the deep, sultry flavor of quality espresso. Add in a heavy-handed pour of dark chocolate sauce and heavy cream flavored with vanilla extract. Fairly sweet, but it's kept in check by the roasty, earthy bitterness, tannic wood qualities, and the cumulative, spicy, sprucy hop component. Hint of fruit. Very minor touch of alcohol warmth, like imbibing a complimentary shot of Godiva Mocha Liqueur. Finishes drying with a vast roastiness and lingering tastes of chocolate and oak.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Spoiler Alert: It's absolutely delish, what can I say?! Rich flavors that know no bounds. Sometimes I'm hesitant to drink an entire bomber of something by my lonely, miserable self, but I cleared through this bottle in record time. One to sip and savor slowly, but it's hard not to chug it greedily like an insatiable fiend.
03-02-2009 02:37:50 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
Great to finally get my hands on this brew I have wanted to try it for a long time.Poured into a imperial nonic a jet black with a tight formed creamy dark mocha colored head.A mix of dark fruit and vanilla tinged rum stand out most in the nose,the espresso beans show up in a passing lingering note.Wow full rich,thick mouthcoating mouthfeel,it glides down easy and is very lush....perfection in my mind.Big complex flavors,a mix of vanilla-like rum and dark fruit with that espresso roast and bitter chocolate rounding out the finish,there is a hint of char and wood after it warms a little as well.Hell yeah this is where its at,just kick ass.
07-06-2009 02:41:39 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev -6.3%
Served in a ChurchKey becher.
I knew I'd find Bigfoot (or, at least, his Asiatic cousin) in DC! I mean, how many other elusive hairy beasts reside here? (Now that's good- er...actually pretty crappy political commentary. Sorry. I'll try harder next time.) Regardless, I was pleasantly surprised to find this cryptozoologically-inspired brew on tap here at CK. It pours pitch darkness into the glass, with a sad excuse for a dirty bubbly head. (Apparently one of Mermaid Man's nemeses procreated and settled atop my beer.) The smell is of darkly roasted coffee (I know, I'm shocked too), chocolate, and a tiny bit o' smoked oak. The full picture is of an espresso machine powered by a camper's stone-ringed fire. (Clearly, I have no idea how an espresso machine works.) When the 'buds get at it, the coffee lightens up a bit, apparently loosened by that tactfully tasteful joke. The chocolate comes back, followed by some cream (half-and-half, I think), dark malts, and some o' that oak from before, only lighter and sans fumee. The body is heavy, but lighter than other hefty brews'. The carbonation is moderate at best, and a slight coating is found along my mouth's walls, allowing a bit o' aftertatse to linger a spell. Now, if only this ape-like creature weren't so damn elusive...
06-07-2010 09:21:21 | More by TMoney2591
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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