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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,070 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,070
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 214
Gots: 581 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -4%

22oz bottle into a large snifter split with a friend. I guess this is about a month or two old.

A- Espresso Yeti is a dark brown color coming out of the bomber. Once in the glass it has a dark thick black look to it. On top sat a nice espresso colored tan head, how appropriate. A nice while before the head died down and some lace remained on the glass.

S- Like expected this smells like Yeti with espresso coffee added, there that was not to hard. In more detail oak from the barrel leading to the obvious vanilla that comes from it. Some roast from the malts and maybe some smoke. Chocolate is there as well but not as prevelant as the espresso.

T- Not the greatest coffee beer that I have had but this is damn fine stuff. This is probably due to it being another variation in the oak aged series and not a new recipe all together. Either way espresso shoots out at you with rich tastes in that variety. Chocolate and vanilla as well blending nicely plus an oak barrel backbone. What's not to love?

M- Full and luxurious. This one is a small step down from full bodied with the carbonation to show. This one is still a bit green so some small aging time should do the trick as this one goes down a bit hot, distracting from the overall goodness this has to offer. Also getting some bitterness towards the end from the fresh hops, no biggie smalls.

D- Im a sucker for coffee beers so this one was a no brainer for me. Either way I feel this could benefit from a little aging as the flavors are not all quite together presently. A bit high in alcohol to but what are you going to do, it's a imperial stout for pete's sake.

BARFLYB, Apr 30, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled 1/10/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a nice 1 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Good soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, light char, vanilla, oak, toast, toffee, and light floral. Fantastic aromas with great balance of coffee and dark malts with moderate oak character. Taste of dark chocolate, espresso, roasted malt, light char, oak, vanilla, toast, toffee, light pine, floral, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, espresso, roasted malt, light char, oak, vanilla, toffee, and light pine on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of dark malt, coffee, and oak flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic imperial coffee stout as expected. Great complexity and balance of coffee and roasted flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Gold Foil
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.

Wasatch, May 29, 2009
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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Thanks to Dave for sharing this tasty brew.

A: Pitch black with a thick, sandy beige head. Great lacing.

S: The Incredible Hulk of all coffee aromas. While I can detect some roasted malt, the coffee is just ridiculously strong and present and detectable from across the room. Alcohol detectable in the nose.

T: This beer is rich and malty, with a bit of an alcohol and bitter finish. There are massive, delicious, fresh, crisp coffee flavors. The coffee rules the roost here.

M: This beer is a little hot. I wonder how negatively the coffee aspect would be affected by cellaring. Perhaps one year might do wonders. I can't imagine the coffee aspect fading too much, as it is more than substantial now.

D: Great beer in small quantities. The intense, sweet coffee limits my consumption of this brew. A must try for all coffee/beer lovers.

Huhzubendah, Apr 05, 2010
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3.98/5  rDev -6.8%

Poured on tap, 12oz pour. Appears black in color, with a dark brown head. This is one bad mutha, and you can tell from how impenetrably dark it is. Aromas of a starbucks cafe at 8:00 in the morning. Espresso, chocolate, roasted coffee and malts. In the flavor, some vanilla, espresso and dark chocolate. Roasted malts. A beauty of a brew and well worth the purchase. Reccommended to coffee lovers, barrel aged fans, and the beer geek. Would love to pair this with some pancakes.

Stinkypuss, Jan 18, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev -8%

22oz bottle purchased at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Gold foiled cap.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/2" orangey dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head falls gradually down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet coffee and light alcohol. Taste starts richly sweet, gives a peek of coffee in the middle, heads out with a coffee bitterness that fades in alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, with pretty good drinkability for the style. Liked the CHocolate version better.

ppoitras, Jul 22, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

wrightst, Jun 24, 2013
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4.97/5  rDev +16.4%

Just had my cellared 2005, and can't recommend enough. I have always enjoyed Yeti and Espresso in particular has never failed, but this was extraordinary. I used a large snifter with a vigourous pour. It was a dark deep black/brown as expected with a notable head and fairly good retention. As hoped the aroma exploded...roasty malts, subjugated hops and coffeehouse fresh roasted beans. All the characteristic flavors had both melded and still retained some distinct isolation. The taste was a blend of rich bold coffee swirling in a sea of intense dark malts, but wonderfully mellow and decadent. The mouthfeel was criminally smooth.
Higly suggest you put down a bottle, and be patient. The wait is worth it.

BillRoth, Sep 05, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

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

Mebuzzard, Feb 27, 2010
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3.6/5  rDev -15.7%

A: Pours an oily black with a very nice tan/brown head on top, very tight and, well, pretty looking. Good retention, eventually settling to a thin cap on top. Thin lacing that sticks around and never leaves.

S: Lots of burnt/bitter chocolate and roasted malt. Not as much coffee/espresso as I was expecting at all. There is a bit of oak and caramel as well. Reminds me of regular oak aged yeti.

T: More dark chocolate and roasted malt. Definitely some woody oak, but just like the aroma I am not really getting much espresso/coffee. For a bottle that is only a few months old, I am quite surprised.

M: Full bodied and rather thick. A nice level of carbonation, abv well hidden.

O: A good beer, but not very different from plain oak yeti. Where as chocolate yeti has a ton of chocolate flavor, this one is a bit of a let down.

mdaschaf, Mar 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

brandoman63, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

The beer draws a corollary to espresso right off the bat with its inky, opaque black body. Yeti Imperial Stout is by nature a dark creature, but adding coffee has surely sealed the deal: finding even a flicker of colour is about as easy and probable as picking winning lottery numbers. Its head is dark too, but the oils in the coffee have killed-off retention.

When these kinds of hops are used in this kind of quantity, there are few things that can compete on the same olfactory level - espresso, apparently, is one of them. The oily, roasty, strong scent of bitter, smoky beans is about on par with that of bitter, piny hops. The two seem to have a mutual respect for one another, neither intrudes much with the other.

I mention this every time I review a coffee-beer: I am not a coffee drinker, but I do love the flavour of it. What turns me off about coffee is its distinct astringency that leaves that dry, ashy, stale taste in the mouth afterwords - we've all smelt it on a co-worker's breath! Usually malts supersede that with a silky, caramelly sweetness, but not in this example...

The brewery makes a point to call it 'espresso' (not just 'coffee') Oak Aged Yeti on the label, and they're even more emphatic about it in the flavour. This smoky, strong, ostentatiously bean-y taste get's the point across with the confidence of an alpha lion, edging out any delicate subtleties that might have accompanied the malts, hops or oak chips.

Not to suggest, however, that there aren't also some redeeming and, frankly, rather decadent qualities too. It is an eloquently flavoured beer, and the caffeine is likely to hit you more than the alcohol. A strong cigar-like oakiness lingers in taste and texture, lending the beer an arid dryness that soaks things up before they risk becoming syrupy.

As a non-coffee drinker, I'm not surprised to find that Espresso Yeti is my least favourite among the group. (We all have our biases.) I insist, however, it has less to do with the presence of coffee and more to do with the lack of typical Yeti characteristics: spruce-y, spicy hops and rich dark chocolate malts, both of which are relatively less pronounced. I also feel the $15 I shelled out was a little much given the comparative quality of standard Yeti.

biegaman, Jun 18, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%

The beer pours a brown black color with outstanding head retention and lacing. On the nose this beer is unbelievable. There is a HUGE aroma of espresso, coupled with licorise and chocolate. One gets a hint of underlying bitterness too, but the espresso aroma completely dominates it. On the palate this beer is a stunner. Again, one gets a huge aroma of coffee, coupled with chocolate and very noticeable bitterness. This beer is excellent now, but I'll bet a year or so of aging would result in something divine. The beer has a nice polished mouthfeel, with a bit of grittiness from what has to be some substantial hops. The beer finishes well and the alcohol is well disguised.

An extremely impressive beer from Great Divide. This is great stuff!

John_M, May 16, 2008
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4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. No bottling date present (worn off?).

Very tiny bubbles with a large head off the pour. It seems to fall normally. Head is a gorgeous dark brown like dark hot chocolate. Body is just nearly black couldn't see a thing. Looks great! Love this head color so dark and nice looking.

First whiff is a good coffee roast complete with faint sour espresso. There's a little faint hint of chocolate here too.

First impression on taste in feel is a little wet but the flavor is all there. Great coffee espresso feeling with sour finish. There's a sense of heat on this too making it feel warm and inviting. A nice lingering bitter too. Hot Hot Hot!

Overall pretty solid here another solid yeti for the pack.

smakawhat, Apr 09, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

A: Poured a dark black coffee with a 3 finger frothy nestle chocolate colored head that displayed an excellent retention rate leaving a splotchy and spongey covering for a lacing.

S: fresh espresso beans with light sweet milky creamer notes. Roasted malt and semi-sweet chocolate are also evident.

T: bitterly roasted with espresso beans and dry chocolate notes. A light milky sweetness intertwines with wet roasted barley. The finish finds a sharp earthy bitterness mixed with a boozy scorched barrel woodiness and bitter chocolate. Robust and very smooth in flavor and transition.

M: a very soft carbonation creating a very smooth and silky feel with a medium strong roasty fade.

D: Very good drinkability, especially upon warming. Drinks like a champ with a beautiful roasty feel that just keeps getting better with every sip.

beerthulhu, May 04, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh.

A - pitch black with a big brown head that has great retention

S - huge espressio aroma with some bitter, roasty notes

T - espresso, roasty bitter, creamy, faint chocolate, charcoal, oak, burnt sugar, alcohol, piney, woody, earthy

M - well carbonated, rich, bitter

This is a delicious, earthy, coffee-heavy stout. The flavors are well blended with just enough hop character to leave some balance and drinkability. This is a fantastic stout that is most definitely worth a try.

tdm168, Sep 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Kelp, Jan 17, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

Acquired a few of these in trades/extras recently, so thanks to all!

Pours a clear dark reddish brown, verging on black, very thick light brown/tan head forms, quickly settles to a medium layer and ring around the glass, drops some nice lace sheets on the glass. Smell is real nice, like oak aged Yeti, but with espresso, caramel, lots of roast, chocolate, vanilla, subtle oak, some floral and piney hops, fruit, raisins, molasses and brown sugar. Taste is very roast, lots of heavy espresso and dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, dark fruit, like a chocolate covered coffee bean, some floral hops, dry and biscuity in the finish, pretty heavy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, some warmth from the alcohol, but quite nice. Thanks to everyone!

Viggo, May 02, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

sendbeer, Nov 01, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter. Poured pitch black with a one finger mocha head. The head faded away after a bit but it did leave some good lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a big coffee and roasted malt bitterness coming through. It also has a pretty big dark bitter chocolate present in the nose. Very big bold and delicious nose on this one for sure.

The taste not surprisingly has a big coffee espresso taste to it. The chocolate malts really help to smooth out the flavor and cut the coffee bitterness a little. The bitterness of the coffee comes through more in the finish. It has a lot of bold flavors but they really come together well and make for an excellent flavor.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker side with lower carbonation. It has a very nice creamy mouthfeel to it that I really like in my stouts. Drinkability is good, despite the bold espresso flavors it really is a pretty smooth and delicious beer. Excellent imperial stout in my opinion.

billab914, Apr 03, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev -5.2%

served from a 22oz bottle, suspected of being a bit colder than optimum. Sampled just after a New Belgium Lips of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout (NBICCS).
Pours black and opaque with a durable tan head.
An extreme beer with loads of flavor, mainly from the roasted malts and expresso.
Notably sweeter, especially in the aftertaste than the NBICCS, which I found too bitter from the finish on. Plenty of oak in the nose but less in the flavor which still has a noticeable oak note.

{Review tweaked with on-tap tasting in March 2013. Excellent and aroma and mouthfeel compared to memory/notes from bottle.]

chinchill, Feb 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

dmorgan310, Nov 02, 2013
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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