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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,164 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,164
Reviews: 968
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 240
Gots: 590 | FT: 42
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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: John_M on 05-16-2008)
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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black pour into a tulip glass, cascading muddy mocha foam forms a sturdy cap that takes awhile to dissipate. Concentric rings of drippy lace form inside the glass, and there's an ever present covering on it's surface.

Deep coffee aroma, rich and roasty with some dark chocolate traces underneath.

Intense coffee flavors, oak is present, lending some dryness and distinct woody notes. Creamy feel, roasty and dry, light bitterness lingers into the aftertaste. Medium to full bodied with light carbonation. Overall an intense imperial coffee stout, one to sip and savor over the course of an hour or two.

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

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

maybe my least favorite of the yeti's, which is to say that i still really liked it, but just that the espresso doesnt add much for me. pours dark and thick like they all do, with a lasting red/brown head and a lot of lacing. smells a it more like coffee than the regular yeti does, but it is not overpowering. the oak flavors are more prominent in this one, maybe becuase of the acidity of the coffee, which feels quite high to me. some bitter coffee notes in the finish as well. the feel is low carbonation and smooth, except for the acidity from the java. overall its not a beer id really want to drink a whole one of i dont think. the normal yeti and its oaked brethren have plenty of this espresso flavor already, and the addition of more throws off the ph to a funny level in my opinion.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It had okay retention and left a sudsy film on the glass.

S - Great Espresso aroma with notes of chocolate, caramel and a touch of vanilla.

T - A coffee beer that delivers nicely with a coffee taste. Rich espresso flavors with sweet chocolate, toffee and caramel. There is a touch of hop bitterness to provide some needed balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a subtle warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a delicious imperial coffee stout. Another well-done version of Yeti.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite possibly the richest, most roasty beer I've ever had. It looks like oil as it pours from the bottle into the glass. A thick head of creamy, orange-tinged brown foam rises up. It holds quite impressively, and leaves a thin curtain of solid lace that has thin rings embedded in it, marking each sip you've taken.

The aroma is like bittersweet chocolate and espresso.

The flavor is a bit daunting. It's extremely rich, roasty, and bitter and dry. Some of the dryness is coming from the oak, and I get a very small suggestion of vanilla that may or may not have anything to do with it. I do get a bit of oak flavor in the burp though, and once that's found I can pick it up a bit more within the dark richness of the malt. It's got notes of dark caramel, roasted malt, spent coffee grounds, char, espresso, bittersweet chocolate, some coconut, a splash of alcohol, a hint of cola, some piney hops, and scorched sugar. Yeti? Yeah, this is a monster of a beer.

As to drinkability, this is clearly a cigar beer. It will stand up, and never back down. Or it works as a relaxing sipper. If I find a chance to slip away for a camping trip this fall I am definitely bringing a bottle of this to enjoy by the fire once the stars come out. But the label states "You can now have Yeti with breakfast", and I think that's true as well, which really says something about it's drinkability. I think it would pair well with a spicy, salsa-infused breakfast burrito. And I think it would also work as a bitter springboard for the desserts they suggest. That said, I'd call it pretty damned drinkable - at least in the world of bigger beers. You could never quaff this as you could a Kolsch or soft Pilsener - and please don't try that at home! - but it's certainly a beer I'd step up to the plate for again. Kudos!

Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been drinking this on tap across the Burgh, it's been money every time, creamy moccha tan head forms thick above a beligerent black body, straight up ebony. Fine speckled lacing wraps around my chalice here. Aromatics deep chocolate/coffee (iced brewed espresso beans take off) with mild alcoholic hints some anise and dark chocolate melted on the experience the best of the Barrel Aged Yeti quite possibly the best overall version. Full on flavor creamy/vanilla/oak/coffee beans explicitly barrage the palate yet it's uniform and welcoming compared to some extreme beers out there. Mouthfeel is fuller bodied carbonation is mellow smooth this beer is big but it pulls of a smooth velvet texture from all of the different components going on. Drinkability overall is incredible, my wife loved her portion from a chalice and I only had a four ounce version because I was tasting more beers than her and I was driving home.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle (bottled on date of 2/13/09) into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong back coffee, roasted malts, some chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong flavor of black coffee that is followed by creamy flavors of milk chocolate and a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is very mild as you would expect in this kind of beer. There's no trace of the 9.50% ABV and a there's a good balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this beer is exactly what the name tells you it is, a coffee-enhanced version of one of the better big stouts out there IMO. Overall it's well-worth drinking for a long time if you're in the mood for a big coffee-flavored stout.

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

A - Two fingers of dark brown head rest on top of a completely opaque, black body. The dense head settles to a half finger of thick bubbles on top of the beer and leaves very thick lace on the glass.

T - A rich, dark aroma of chocolate, coffee, and nutty caramel. Distinct woody note with hints of vanilla. Dark yeast aromas of raisin and plums.

T - Strong, bitter malt up front. Lots of coffee and dark chocolate. Spicy flavors in the middle, pepper and rosemary. The finish is strongly bitter with complex flavors of everything bitter and acrid; coffee beans, char, tobacco, and unsweetened chocolate with a slight, surprising, aftertaste of green, citrus hops.

M - Thick and oily body, medium-low carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Drinkability is honestly a bit low on this one. They have taken a big beer, and made it way bigger with wood and coffee. Hugely complex and intensely bitter, it kind of reminds me of turkish coffee. The bitterness is a bit over the top for my taste. The espresso may have added to the aroma but, for the most part, I think it just hurt the drinkability by making the beer so bitter that it is kind of hard to finish a whole glass.

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

22 oz bottle into a balloon tulip glass.

Pours black as night into the glass, topped with a finger sized head of burnt and reddish looking dark mocha head. This stays rich and robust when swirled, leaving back a strong smattering of spotty foam and brown oils behind. The aroma is sharp with the espresso, which has a smoky acrid edge to it that then gives away to some deep roasted character. Chocolate, vanilla, and caramel add a sweet smoothness to the nose that mixes with the souring acrid notes of the coffee and toasted oak chips to really give this a roasty smelling twang in the nose.

The taste is very dark roasted feeling up front but is well balanced by that thick sweet base of chocolate, toffee, and a flush of vanilla tanginess in the middle of the profile. Espresso kicks things into high gear in the backend, with a burnt bitterness (that is VERY reminiscent of a black cup of Joe) that hangs hard in the finish along with a lingering hops and a deep oaky dryness that give this a charred and roasted feel which lingers a bit intensely at times. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a sharp creaminess that is undercut by some beefy feeling slickness underneath and which keeps this surprisingly smooth for the size. That big ABV is mostly well hid here as well, with some warmth on the tail end that really brings that aggressive finish out.

Definitely an "as advertised" version of the Yet Imperial Stout here, with that lush and robust espresso character being both strengthened and tempered by the addition of those oak chips. Very easy drinking for the size as well, I could actually see one pairing this up with breakfast if the mood was right.

Photo of jlindros
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?!)

Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ebony with a finger of mocha colored head. Nice motor oily viscosity to this, a bit of lacing & zero head retention

S: Mocha, charred grains & coffee. Coffee takes over once warm.

T: Mocha, dryness, roasty grains & charred grains up front. Roasty coffee, a hint of dark fruit, more dryness, a bit of Irish coffee once warm. Finishes with Folgers coffee, a bit of booze, charred grain & baker's chocolate. Almost pulled a 5.0

MF: Smooth, creamy nice medium body, turning chewy as it warms. However carbonation picks up & body thins a bit as this warms

Drinks a bit slow due to the ABV & dryness. Having said this, this & surly are probably now my faves when it comes to coffee beers, this skews a bit more capuchino IMO

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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

Beer is black and forms a nice brown head of small and medium bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is sweet with some roast. Its about I expected.

Beer is really smooth, coffee flavors comes up late, there is no carbonation in the palate but connectivity is fine with the sweetness up front and the roasted bitterness in the back. Drinkability is high.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great Divide Espresso Oak-aged Yeti Russian Imperial Stout, Great Divide Brewing, Denver, Colorado.

Fully black, utterly deep, with dark brown head. Looks fantastic, very promising.

Aroma: Espresso is detected first, with chocolate not far behind, rich, decadent cocoa. Very nice.

Taste: On the tongue, it's thick, rich and hoppy. Not getting the oak just yet, but the flavor is dominated by cocoa and coffee. Great and surprising balance in this big, big beer. The espresso flavor is here, but doesn't dominate like in some coffee stouts. Full-bodied, with a long, sweet and hoppy finish. There's a certain cherry-like sweet character that stands on top and melds well with the bitter notes. Cocoa and coffee lurk in the back of the throat, hang in there, never letting go.

This is not the behemoth I worried it would be, it's a complex, and wonderful ale. Many flavors unfold during it's duration. Massive malt, incredibly full-bodied, flush with flavor.
Knockout stout, this. Maybe my favorite Yeti? No, it has to stand just behind regular oak-aged Yeti, though I haven't had it in a while. Maybe I should…

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. Bottled on 2/12/10, drank on 3/21/10.

a - Pours a dark brown with 3 fingers of brown head. No carbonation evident and very good retention and lacing. Almost identical to the Chocolate Oak Ahed Yeti, but a little more head.

s - Coffee obviously dominates the smell. Also getting some oak, chocolate, and roasted malts.

t - Again coffee dominates here. Also a little chocolate, oak, malt, and maybe a hint of vanilla.

m - Full body and almost no carbonation to it. Very smooth and creamy.

d - A pretty good stout. I personally felt as though the coffee dominated the smell and taste, hiding some of the other flavors/smells. I personally liked the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti better, but if you like yeti and coffee you'd probably love this. I'd try it again but given the opportunity, would buy Chocolate or regular Oak Aged Yeti over this.

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

The beer pours a pitch black color with a 1/2" brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome! It has a dry, expresso scent along with a rich, black and chocolate malt aroma. It has a bitter black malt, coffee feel. The taste is great as well. It has a dry, expresso flavor up front with some chocolate malt notes. It goes down easy with minimal warming and a nice subtle oak finish. This is a complex beer with lots going on. The expresso character is quite pronounced. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tremendous beer. I'm a huge fan of the coffee flavor.

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,164 ratings.