Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
Near black color, no light shining through. Excellent beige head, but it fades quickly and leaves nearly no lace.
Smells like a malted chocolate milk shake. I detect no espresso or even coffee, but I do note some hop in the background.
Rich and thick; slightly oily from the alcohol. Strong dark chocolate flavors. Again, no real coffee/espresso tastes here. The finish and aftertaste features a generous amount of balancing hops to the bittersweet cocoa. This is a deceptively easy to drink Imperial Stout.
05-03-2009 21:55:04 | More by smcolw
3.93/5 rDev -8%
22 oz. bomber picked up at Farmer's Harvest, into my brand new Great Divide pint glass,
A: Pours black with a small brown head, good retention, average lacing.
S: Coffee heavy, it certainly smells like espresso, you get what's advertised and it's big and appealing.
T: Bitter coffee dominates immediately with a lot of dark chocolate and a hint of charcoal thrown in there too. The residual sugar comes in and mixes with the espresso for a sweeter finish. The coffee is robust, overt and in your face, arguably the most pronounced coffee beer I've ever had, definitely one that's commercially brewed.
M: Full-bodied, smooth, strong coffee influence throughout, a hint of booze in the finish which is okay by me, with an off-dry finish.
D: This is a big one for sure. Not as integrated and balanced as Peche Mortel, the coffee isn't trying to be cute; it's a coffee beer and you know it. I don't drink coffee in my day to day life, but I do enjoy it in beer, but this was almost too much for me at times, hence the 3. Definitely an experience, be careful, this one can stain your clothes, I learned that first hand.
10-02-2010 04:52:11 | More by Halcyondays
4.53/5 rDev +6.1%
Appearance: pourts a dark brown, almost black color with a 1/2" head that lingers a while. Spotty lace develops.
Smell: roasted malts and espresso are easily detectable and nice on the nose.
Taste: roasted malt, espresso, prunes, hints of citrus and oak, a mild amount of vanilla and a bit of alcohol. There is a bit of a bready quality to this too. Nice balancing bitterness here.
Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Light crispness to start, smooth and lucious at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste as the flavors linger forever.
Drinkability: slow drinking beer and the bomber is a great single session beer for an evening. Great for a dessert beer.
04-25-2010 13:39:07 | More by Gavage
4.19/5 rDev -1.9%
9.5% ABV confirmed. 650ml brown glass bottle with foiled-over pressure cap and simple stylistic label acquired at a local SoCal bottle shop for $9.99 USD and served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high; I've looked forward to trying this Yeti variant for a long time.
Served straight from the refrigerato and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a gorgeous two finger rich tan colour head with beautiful frothy cream, fantastic thickness, and excellent retention for the high ABV (~5+ minutes); the head just sits there for a good two minutes before receding at all, and when it does it leaves sticky thick lacing on the sides of the glass. Beautiful. Body colour is a predictable solid jet black - typical of the style. Nontransparent and opaque; no yeast particles are visible as a result. No bubble show. A great appearance for the style. Constructively, the head could be richer and darker, and a bubble show would aid presentation (albeit superficially).
Sm: Delightful assertive espresso and a bit of coffee/java roast. Coffee notes come off cold-pressed rather than freshly brewed, but that's fine - the coffee here is well balanced against the chocolate and dark malts of the body. Cream. Underlying sturdy oak foundation. Hints of light vanilla. Espresso - and espresso specifically, not just coffee - is dominant, to its benefit. It has a unique presence that coaxes you into trying it. A moderate strength subtle aroma. It could be more complex, but I'm already enchanted. It could use a roasted barley presence; not just coffee roast but actual roasted barley. I'm nitpicking, but it's worthy noting. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.
It hasn't warmed too much, but I can't wait for the first sip...
T: Chocolate up front playing with the vanilla sweetness; ultimately the vanilla wins - but the battle is enjoyable. The vanilla is less a vanilla bean character and more an oak-derived subtle vanilla. Unobtrusive dark chocolate malts fill out the foundation, but the body is dominated by the namesake espresso - and it works wonderfully here. Very little coffee roast, but lots of deep evocative espresso and condensed milk. Not at all too bitter, but it does have that espresso bite. Oak is present s an undertone and gives the flavour profile guidance and unity, but it doesn't contribute all that much in itself. Some may find this too sweet; I do not. That said, I would like more roast to hone the balance. It really does sorely lack roasted barley, but it's forgivable. Hop presence is minimal (as it should be); hop character is generic floral. Not quite the "bold hop profile" suggested by the label, but I'm glad. The creaminess is a highlight - as is its interplay with the rich espresso notes. Complex, balanced, and very enjoyable.
No yeast character or alcohol comes through.
Mf: Delightfully creamy and smooth, with a lighter more fleeting presence than expected. Smoothness aids drinkability and evokes espresso texture - and aptly so. Slight overcarbonation. Perfect thickness. Good presence on the palate. Complements the flavour profile wonderfully.
Dr: Obscenely drinkable for the high ABV and for the style. My favourite Yeti variant yet (and only Barrel Aged remains). A fantastic brew from Great Divide, Espresso Oak Aged Yeti provides what the other variants lack. I'd definitely pick this one up again, but as far as aging goes, I'd be worried the espresso would fade. Still, I wouldn't mind finding out. I'd easily recommend this to friends. A fantastic beer in the style that sets itself apart with unique characteristics; you have to bring a lot to the table to compete in today's imperial stout market, and this one provides. Fairly priced at $9.99; I'd pay more. Give this one a go and you won't be disappointed.
Probably drinks best from a snifter; my goblet did alright though. Also a teku would suit it nicely I imagine.
01-17-2013 06:10:32 | More by kojevergas
4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
Appears a pitch black midnight with a dark tan head that slowly fades into a small collar. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of obvious espresso, toasted nuts. cocoa, ripe dark fruit, vanilla, and rum.
Taste is of the aromas with a sugary rum filled brown sugar and coffee explosion.
Mouthfeel full bodes, gummy, chewy, and delicious.
06-29-2010 17:05:21 | More by weeare138
3.63/5 rDev -15%
Picked up a bomber from Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem. Bottled on Feb 13 09. Appears pitch black with a tan head and lacing.
I'm torn with this beer. On one hand, there's great, complex flavor profile. However, there's an unpleasant booze sting, like when you take a shot of vodka. The aroma holds big fruity, bready chocolate and coffee smells. The flavor has a huge espresso bean note that's rich but not terribly deep. That boozy tang quickly kicks in and ruins an otherwise awesome beer. What a shame.
04-19-2009 03:55:42 | More by tempest
4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
Poured a dark black color with good carbonationa nd nice big brown head. Looked great. Nose of espresso,chocolate,woodiness, and roasty. Taste is wood roasty, espresso, chocolate, and lighter vanilla. Mouthfeel has a oak, wood flavor on the end with a charred note coupled with espresso, light booze. Very good.
04-07-2010 04:42:42 | More by barleywinefiend
4.05/5 rDev -5.2%
A very solid beer. Somewhat austere, not as lush as the chocolate version, but also not as straight up woody as the regular oak version (which I'm not a huge fan of). That one is simply a demonstration of using too much oak. This one pours black with a tan head that fades just a little too quickly. Smells toasty with oak and espresso and a touch of cream. The roasty notes of the coffee and stout blend nicely. The taste is quite dry, with more of a woody austerity than a lush creaminess. Full coffee notes, with a nice flavor, but not exceedingly bitter or over the top. Instead you get a nice lingering roasty bitterness, some bitter chocolate, and a touch of cream, with the oak drying things out and playing a supporting role. A little unbalanced, but enjoyable. A little woody in the mouth, and quite bitter. A sipper, would be a good dessert beer to cleanse the palate.
01-21-2011 00:55:33 | More by Georgiabeer
4.15/5 rDev -2.8%
A gold foil-wrapped bomber.
A: The stout is, well, black. Dark and murky, completely opaque. A creme-colored head, a little bit tan and little bit white. Small islands of lace linger after the pour.
S: The nose has a healthy dose of espresso, rich and bitter, that contrasts with the oak and stout sweetness. Chocolate aromas waft around, adding to the depth, along with charred wood. Burnt grains and coffee drive the forceful finish.
T: Oak stands out in the forefront of each sip, a vanilla sweetness that sets up both the coffee and imperial stout flavors. Espresso is bitter and full, dark roasted with just enough of a ristretto creaminess. The stout matches nicely with the espresso, adding more burnt flavors and a chocolate sweetness. Nutty malts follow the chocolate, drying the body out a bit. A small dose of hops near the end of each sip is a stark departure from the malt-centric aspects of the stout.
M: The mouthfeel is creamy, aided by the espresso. Oak adds a sweet touch upfront that gets things rolling early. The espresso is a worthy addition, bringing out the best of the stout.
D: The stout is robust but it deosn't feel like a 10% brew. The coffee and stout flavors work nicely together.
04-18-2010 19:01:26 | More by akorsak
4.3/5 rDev +0.7%
A: Pours a very thick opaque jet black in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the sides of the glass and some very faint crimson highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy extremely dark mocha head made up of moderately sized bubbles that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of deeply roasted dark and chocolate malts with stronger aromas of espresso beans. There is also a light to moderate aroma of oak.
T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of deeply roasted dark and chocolate malts which are followed by some strong flavors of espresso (both freshly brewed as well as almost like the chocolate covered beans themselves). Light to moderate amounts of oak flavors towards the finish as well. Slightly heavier than moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers for a moderate amount of time.
M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and coats the entire inside of your mouth with some light amounts of dryness in the finish.
O: For a big beer like this one (high ABV), the alcohol is extremely well hidden and that makes it easier to drink then some of the others in the style (DIS). Nice flavors of coffee/espresso that are very complementary to the flavors and aroma of the beer without overpowering or dominating it. Really an enjoyable world class beer.
09-04-2013 15:37:58 | More by dbrauneis
4/5 rDev -6.3%
Pours a three-finger brown head that fades slowly, leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is coffee and flavor is almost burnt coffee and hints of oak, some caramel sweetness. Higher ABV is hidden. Pricey at $11.99 for a 22oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.
05-17-2012 22:27:37 | More by jdhilt
3.98/5 rDev -6.8%
Black colored ale with dark brown colored head; closest to a black colored head I have yet seen.
Strong espresso scent. Very strong coffee aroma that crowds out just about all other smells. Faint vanilla and caramel scent with a slight smell of wine.
Starts out mildly sweet with a heavy roasted malt flavor and a bit of smoke. Strong black coffee with a sharp bitterness to it at first. Bitterness abates as you drink it a bit. There is some vanilla and caramel in this. In summary though this is big damn bossy coffee beer.
Mouthfeel is chocolate milk shake thick.
Good drinkability / overall. But this isn't a mildly flavored beer, this is the Hells Angel of Coffee beers, it can get a little rough.
07-10-2011 23:23:45 | More by Zorro
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.03/5 rDev -5.6%
This is my celebration beer after getting through a rather tough real analysis exam! Been looking forward to this one for awhile now.
Poured into Smokestack chalice.
This beer is extremely thick, just like yeti. Motor oil black. Nice 1 finger of dark tanish head with a orange hue to it. Good retention and leaves very nice lace walls down the glass.
Aroma: Tons of espresso and coffee, probably the most I have experienced in a beer. Chocolate, roasted malts, the vanilla and oak add a nice touch to this. Some sugary caramel as well. A ton of earthy hops balance it out nice.
Taste: The component that sticks out to me the most here is a huge syrupy taste with a ton of roasted malts. Then comes to coffee, espresso, and earthy hops with some chocolate and caramel on the side. It is good, but it has to much of a syrupy taste to it.
Mouthfeel: Bitter, but creamy and a little crisp. Huge bodied beer, very thick. Medium to high level of carbonation. A little booze sneaks through here. Ends with a big sticky espresso flavored aftertaste.
Overall, I like this beer, but it could have been a bit better if it weren't so syrupy flavored. This thing is big and I recommend splitting it with a buddy. I will have a hard time getting through this bomber, but I think I will be able to do it.
10-23-2009 19:39:13 | More by mothman
4.03/5 rDev -5.6%
Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.
Bottled On: Feb 13, 2009
Poured into a chalice a very nice black color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus dark tan head, with some nice big oil slick/sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee/coffee notes, slight spice. The taste is malty, with lots of dark stuff, not too bad with the espresso, nice oak note. Medium body, the ABV is kinda upfront with this brew, but still nice. Drinkable, a pretty tasty brew.
05-29-2009 20:42:50 | More by Wasatch
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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