Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,012
Hads: 3,496
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 4.5%
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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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Photo of kennylopez
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2010 22oz bottle into a mini snifter.

Appearance: a dark black color with a tan brown head that fades and leaves little lacing.

Smells: a light roasted malt and a sweet chocolate malt and oak notes.

Tastes: this a layered and flavorful brew with the milky coffee and bitter chocolate backbone. the oak flavors are delicious and give off a vanilla hint as it warms up.

Mouthfeel: there is a fair amount of carbonation in this beer and the 9 and a half percent is smooth and very drinkable.

Overall: this is a great deal for $8 for 22ozs I bought as many as I found. I am not a coffee drinker but this was great for breakfast. (643 characters)

Photo of caskstrength
3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours black, thick, some light brown head, good level of carbonation.

smell is burnt coffee

bitter taste. The nose was at least accurate, because burnt coffee is comin' your way. And then overpowers some of the wonderful things you would taste if you were drinking a regular oak aged Yeti. But nonetheless, some of the oak aged hoppy fruity stout flavors I've grown to love come through. Sort of. But they're mixed now with a bitterness that doesn't seem right.

to this beer's credit, after it beat down my palate with the bitter burnt coffee burn, we warmed up to eachother (somewhat). But I'd take a regular Oak variety of this stout most of the time, and if I wanted a coffee stout there are other (better) options. (723 characters)

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter glass.

Appearance is black which pours out thick leaving a frothy mocha/brown one finger head. It dissipates with in a minute or so leaving a thin cap.

Smell has espresso in it no doubt giving a nice coffee aroma with some hints of chocolate, vanilla and a good dose of malt. There is a mild hint of hops in the back as well.

Taste is nicely balanced, quite similar to the standard Oak aged Yeti but with a nice little edge with the espresso flavor. It has the same qualities of coffee, dark chocolate malt and the nice hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth. Pretty pleasant on the tongue but not the same thickness as the regular oak aged Yeti from what I recall.

Drinkability is fantastic. Quite a flavorful brew that goes down nice and easy. Just about on par with that standard oak aged Yeti and a great choice for the style I'd say. I would certainly have it again. Now I just need to find the chocolate version and I'll be set. (1,007 characters)

Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This would have to be my favorite version of yeti that i've tried. The intense coffee aroma and flavor works really well with the roastiness of the original yeti recipe. The bitterness really accentuates the overall experience of the beer and allows for incredible balance.

A: perfectly carbonated with a sticky tan lacing and jet black ink ina a glass.

S: Coffee! Pure espresso up front, like both brewed espresso and like opening a fresh bag of uncracked beans. There is a whiff of booze and malt, but the coffee dominated the nose. I love it.

T: More coffee up front, and your tongue is blasted with bitterness from the roast barley and the coffee. there is the typical hit of hops and some slight warming alcohol in the finish, and some sugary sweetness as well. The balance is incredible. You get tons of bitterness up front and a sweetish finish. The hops keep everything in check as well.

M: Thick and chewy, but not cloying. Coats the tongue with oily goodness.

O: I love coffee, and coffee beers, and I think this is easily one of the best out there. I'd buy this before many of the more overpriced, overhyped stouts out there. There's really nothing else you could ask for in this beer, except for maybe year round distro. This will always be a go to for me when I want a big intense stout. It's perfect for dessert as well. (1,342 characters)

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

Delightful. Big, though. Very big. Not just the booze/alcohol presence, but the feel. The acidity/alkalinity from the espresso and the natural thickness of the brew really detracts from what is an excellent overall experience.

Sweet, malt roastiness combines so well with the espresso roast. Hops cut through the center, quietly, and bring an essential bitterness for something this sweet, but the roasted coffee flavors help in the bitterness department too. Very chewy, very filling. Also, very oaky, but some of the subtler oak characteristics are overwhelmed by the malt, coffee, and body.

Okay, does it sound like I dissed this beer? I'm not trying to dis it. I love it! (679 characters)

Photo of Sweasty
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Espresso Yeti looks like the center of a black hole. Light neither penetrates nor can it escape the blackness. Two fingers of dark milk chocolate head tops things off. The head settles to a ring. Plenty of lace is left down the glass.

The aroma is no less impressive. Bittersweet chocolate is at the forefront. Plenty of espresso shines as well. A light hint of oak and vanilla burst through the denseness of the black malt.

The espresso in the nose is much more dominant on the palate. Strong coffee notes take hold alongside bitter chocolate notes. This is one roasty bitter brew. The hops make their presence known in so much as lending depth to the bitterness. The finish is bitter with a drying quality. Oak and vanilla show up towards the end of the drawn out finish. It takes hold of your breath in a way.

This is one full bodied stout. Thick and velvety on the tongue.

The Espresso Yeti is a worthy variant on the regular old Yeti This is a nice cold weather sipper. The alcohol is kept in check. It's ever present but never overwhelms. Props to great divide for another tasty brew. (1,094 characters)

Photo of alli4051
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a nonic. Bottled on 12/21/2010.

Pours that dark, used motor oil black that I always look for in an RIS. Pour produces a huge, creamy, brown sugar colored head that leaves some chunky lacing as it goes. Scent is roasty with some obvious chocolate and coffee notes. Taste is bold and interestingly subtle. Big roasted malts and chocolate flavors. The oak and espresso are faint but definitely there and provide an excellent accent to an already good RIS, the oak is a bit more prominent in the finish. Also a faint hop bite towards the finish. Mouthfeel is heavy but creamy smooth, not overly sticky or cloying at all. Surprisingly drinkable for such a big beer. Couldn't help myself, had to drink this one as soon as I picked it up, will definitely be picking up some more to age. (812 characters)

Photo of drgonzo3705
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a coal black with a small mocha head with nice lacing left in the glass.

S: Like walking into Starbucks! I'm not a coffee drinker but every time I go to a Starbucks this is what I smell. Someone took an Espresso shot and dumped it in my Oak Aged Yeti!

T: The Espresso is very upfront right now. You can still catch some of the oak and a bit of chocolate in the back too. The best is tasting the hops after its all said and done. It wouldn't be a fresh Yeti without those hops!

M: Thick and creamy with a mild hoppiness.

D: Definitely one of my preferred coffee stouts! I could probably put a bit of this away in a night but its something I would sit with for a while. (680 characters)

Photo of shanblur
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into a snifter. Bottled on 12/13/10. A - Pours dark and stays dark in the glass with a rich mocha head which leaves intricate lacing. S - Dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts mingle nicely. T - A perfect balance of roasted malt and coffee. Oak not very pronounced. M - Velvety and smooth. A better mouthfeel you will not find. A great addition to the Yeti lineup. Worth a try and then another and another. (429 characters)

Photo of evilkalla
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bomber into a large snifter glass.

A: Darker than used engine oil. Completely opaque. I put a flashlight up to it and still barely saw any light through it. Awesome. Poured with a very slight head on it, but not a lot of carbonation visible.

S: Smells sort of like a coffee-flavored dark chocolate bar.

T: Wow. There is a lot going on in this one. Oak character is very strong in this one, followed by the dark malt and hints of coffee. Finishes dry with more hints of coffee and oak. The finish is almost sort of peaty, like what you would get from an islay single malt. Alcohol is just noticeable on the finish. Absolutely outstanding beer.

M: Somewhat thick, coats the inside of the mouth really well, like I would expect from a beer this strong.

O: Another "I haven't had this one before" purchase. Very, very glad I tried it. Definitely a sipper though at 9.5%. (882 characters)

Photo of bminor7
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

22 from Savemore

looks dark as hell...head forms, stable and so dark it looks like toxic waste foam...this is a good thing

smells ominous....nothing obvious...not like a beer, more like an old childhood memory...like an espresso-using brewery basement...must be the espresso

taste starts out bitter coffee, transitions to basic stout/dark malts/hops, ends on a hoppy/bitter/chocolatey note...very satisfying, a great beer 4U2 to sit back and just appreciate the flavrr

mf is superb, i would not change anything, abv is well hidden, but will crush u

drinkability always suffers with these but the rest of the good marks will redeem it

wish i had a chocolate cake to eat with this, i would be happier more. (710 characters)

Photo of b3shine
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deuce to tulip. The appearance is good; motor oil with not head and low activity. Smell is better than average; chocolate and espresso. Taste is good, but not as complex as I'd hoped for. Chocolate, espresso, and oak notes were present. Mouthfeel was a sipper; warm and lowly carbonated. Overall, a good beer; just not $10/22 oz. bottle good. (342 characters)

Photo of FishPondManager
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber, bottled 12/10/11

A - Poured into stout glass. Black, thick, creamy brown head to about 1.5 inches. Fantastic

S - Coffee aroma, chocolate, some alcohol. Molasses and sugar.

T - Rich coffee, toffee, chocolates. A little nutty. Hops and bitterness on the finish.

M - Nice medium-low carbonation let's the rich favors melt over your mouth.

O - A nice desert addition to the Yeti family. Buy as many of these as you can. (434 characters)

Photo of roan22
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love the Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide, and was pleasantly surprised to see an Espresso version of this beer on draft in a Northeast Philadelphia bar. This was during Philly Beer Week back in March however, which may explain how we got a keg here. I recently found some notes I took on the back of someone's business card lol.

Overall this imperiel coffee stout, oak aged, brewed with espresso beans, is unfortunately a bit over the top when compared to the Oak Aged Yeti. I think this is because the Oak Aged Yeti gets its espresso/coffee/dark chocolate flavor notes more naturally, or organically, from the roasted burnt malts, so they come off more subtle. The bitterness derived from hops is really nice in both versions and helps to balance things.

The Espresso version is 9%...really its too strong for me to enjoy. It tastes too hot. I sipped a small 10 oz. glass of this beer, and I was drunk afterwards. The appearance is black, nice color, but there was zero head. (981 characters)

Photo of bhalter8
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A snowy Sunday in GA made for perfect day to try the Espresso Yeti. A fresh bottle, bottled only a couple weeks ago, purchased at Green's, so that espresso flavor should be front and center. Pours a dark, ink black, with a robust dark tan head. That head recedes very slowly. Smell is an incredible mix of sweet chocolate, and strong espresso/coffee aroma. Taste is also incredible, an upfront hit espresso combined with a bitter chocolate and malt backbone. It really is as close to a perfect balance as you could find in a coffee imperial stout. Compared to some other imperial stouts, this one is a thicker composition, and I like it. Incredibly easy to drink for the style, I found myself easily sipping the entire bomber while watching the snow fall. (755 characters)

Photo of Lazerlobe
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip with a finger of head that slowly begins to recede. The aerial view shows a blanket of creamy toffee foam.

S: A roasted and fresh brewed cup of joe is upfront, with a little cream mixed in. Some chocolate and burnt espresso lurks below.

T: The tastes come through in the exact order as the smells, coffee up front, chocolate then burnt espresso. Some bitter hops mingle with the espresso leaving a bitter and heavy roast flavor on the palate. Sweetness is suggested here, like drinking a thick Ovaltine shake but in reality it's pretty dry. Some toasted oak flavors are apparent throughout.

M: This is a thick brew with a minimal carbonation element. Suits me just fine. I can't get the feeling that there is some half and half in here out of my head. (777 characters)

Photo of Preismj
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: Fluffy and pitch black. This is a beautiful looking brew with a half in head that is sinfully dark brown. Sticky sticky foam.

s: Strong espresso scent and a potency of alcohol steps through.

t: overpowering coffee flavor. I get a lot of bit here from the abv, and surprisingly so. With how potent the espresso is I didn't expect this much heat.

m: almost chewy...very heavy beer and lots of carbonation makes it feel like i'm chewing on coffee grinds as it combines with the taste. coats the palette very well though.

o: A pleasure to try, but that is all I'll ever need. It has a wonderful coffee taste and an incredible look and nose, though I don't think this is anything I'll be looking for in the future. (716 characters)

Photo of nova009
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Bomber into a snifter

A- Pours a motor oil black. Creamy white two finger head with decent lacing.

S- Chocolate and woodiness hit at the start. Coffee not as present as I expected.

T- Strong almost overbearing coffee flavor. Chocolate with a small hint of vanilla. Hops more apparent than expected.

M- Creamy and smooth. Light carbonation allows for a solid feel.

D- Alright, I quite honestly prefer the traditional Yeti to this one.

As much as I like stouts, this one was simply average to me. (514 characters)

Photo of LI_PO12
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into pint glass bottled jan 9 2013

Appearance- jet black 1 finger tan head

Aroma- a lot of coffee espresso, roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, some pine, smells amazing

Flavor- even bigger espresso coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, fairly bitter but well balanced and some alcohol warmth but not boozy at all

Mouthfeel- medium heavy, some alcohol warmth, moderate carbonation

Overall- I was very impressed with this. Hits every mark and then some, I need to try a regular yeti to see what the original is. But this is awesome and a must try if you like big stouts. (582 characters)

Photo of IPA4LIFE
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black as night with a thick, awesome fluffy brown head with decent retention. Really clingy lacing. Awesome appearance.

S- Chocolate is the big aroma on this. Rich sweet chocolate notes mix in with sharp oak and hints of coffee.

T- Wonderful chocolate notes with some oak and coffee as well. Just a hint of smoke and some alcohol along with the coffee and chocolate notes. Overall, this is a pretty damn tasty stout.

M- Smooth and silky without being overly carbonated, this is prefect.

O- Chocolate for days. This is awesome. If you did chocolate / coffee stouts, you need to go try one of these. (608 characters)

Photo of LazyL
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black body with a brown head. This is one dark beer. The creamy foam is very much the same as the topping on my morning espresso.
Alot of coffe notes on the nose as you may expect, but there is also dark chocolate, oak and maybe bourbon notes.
This is a very good beer! The 9.5% is hidden until about your second glass when you begin to have trouble focusing on your glass.
This almost feel like those little chocolate brownies that you can't stop eating. Yum.
Layers of chocolate, espresso, alcohal, wood repeat.
If snowed in at a small cabin, I could exist off of this beer alone for at least a week. I am fighting off the urge to post a few 5's here. (653 characters)

Photo of Kallessin
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black like motor oil. Has a brown cocoa color head that's somewhat subdued with a ring of large bubbles around the glass. There's a thin film of foam over the top.

The first thing that came to mind when smelling it was molasses. There's also tons of chocolate, roasted coffee beans, some prunes and raisins and maybe even a hint of smoky peat. I also get some burned dark brown sugar and the alcohol comes through a little. A really amazing aroma.

All the flavors I mentioned in the aroma are present in the taste as well. The dark fruits and coffee being the most prominent. There some sweet chocolate and vanilla in there as well. The hop bitterness is comes through a lot which surprised me a little and found very enjoyable. I also detect a little charred flavor liked burned wood, which I assume would be from the oak. I noticed as the beer warms up the dark fruit goes away and the roasted chocolate, bitterness and the alcohol is more apparent.

This is a very smooth, velvety and creamy beer. It's definitely full bodied with a slight prickly warming sensation (that is more apparent as it warms up). It's moderately dry on the finish.

It's certainly a sipper but is fantastic. Has a fairly complex mix of flavors and the warming feels makes it a perfect winter beer. (1,284 characters)

Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22 oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A: wow. pours like motor oil into the glass. Visible viscosity. Opaque black, no hint of color. Head is a very dark tan and pours about 3 fingers thick, and quickly dissipates.

S: mix of french-roasted coffee, char, and dark chocolate. A little woody. Also some herbal hop aroma that complements the above nicely.

T: charred wood dominates but mixes in with coffee beans and a little background chocolate. Definitely an alcohol flavor, like a thick stout laced with a fine Scotch. These flavors dominate and there is a very slight hint of dark dried fruit but not really much. Some tanniny wood flavor in the later stages.. The finish puckers a bit with the dry alcohol, a very firm hop bitterness, and a substantial but not overwhelming oak flavor.

M: oily, chewy, and heavy. The alcohol definitely warms the mouth (and the belly). Somewhat puckering.

D: share with a friend if possible, and pair with a creamy dessert (even something as simple as vanilla ice cream) for a nice contrast. After a few sips I definitely can feel it. Would definitely serve this as a closer in a flight, and I will also seek out the other oak-aged Yeti variations. (1,201 characters)

Photo of bifrostguard
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep black with a beautiful tan head that leaves some decent lacing.

S - Coffee grounds, roasted malts a little molasses and some licorice. I can detect a slightly citrusy aroma presumably from the hops as well as some mild pine notes.

T - Delicious. The coffee flavor really builds as the liquid in the glass diminishes. Roasted malts, dark chocolate and mild licorice are present with a good amount of bitterness that really made this one enjoyable for me. There is a fruity/citrus taste present that clashes with the other flavors, but becomes less notable with each sip.

M - Smooth and silky. Medium bodied.

D - This is a great beverage, but filling. Not too sweet with a nice coffee flavor, but a couple of these and I'm stuffed. (742 characters)

Photo of midnite2sixman
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up at Siciliano's in Grand Rapids.

Ink black with a crown brown sugar. Head is mammoth but recedes leaving globs along the side of the glass.

Toasted coconut and fermented prunes on the nose. Big heavy notes here. Dark fruits and some bitter cocoa fudgey notes as well.

Sweet fudge brownies are apparent in the taste. Cocoa and coffee, mocha if you will. Bittersweet chocolate but a nice fudgey round taste all over.

Slightly overwhelming at first but once you get a grasp it is smooth and round versions of all the mentioned flavors. Big big coffee taste on aftertaste, but not overly bitter.

Quite a fantastic beer, well worth a buy. (654 characters)

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