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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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95
world-class

2,949 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,949
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 200
Gots: 555 | FT: 39
Brewed by:
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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BuckTuckian

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -6.3%

09-12-2013 18:20:22 | More by BuckTuckian
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OStrungT

California

4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a jet black color, with a thick dark brown head. The head takes forever to fade, leaving a massive curtain of lace in the glass.

Smelling this beer is like walking into a coffee shop. A strong espresso coffee aroma dominates this beer. I detect a mild vanilla aroma. Some sweet caramel malt mixes in. This beer also smells of dark fruit, with a hint of chocolate.

Wow. This beer has a mostly vanilla flavor. Some coffee flavor mixes in. It is very sweet with a huge malty presence. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavor. This beer tastes slightly like home made Kahlua.

This beer is very thick. It is low in carbonation, fitting the style nicely. It goes down surprisingly smooth, leaving a vanilla aftertaste.

This beer wouldnt be the best session beer at 9.5% ABV, but it is pretty damn good and easy to drink.

Overall: A huge thanks go out to monsterfat for hooking me up with this winner. It is just plain amazing.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 21:25:49 | More by OStrungT
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Nunya

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

05-19-2013 02:07:49 | More by Nunya
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gillagorilla

Maryland

4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (bottled on 12/18/12)

A: Pitch black with a nice bubbly thick mocha head, but not as big as the chocolate yeti.

S: A bit of dark chocolate, with a lot of that acidic espresso scent.

T: Espresso acidity with a nice slightly sweet malt backbone. Black coffee all the way. Just a bit of vanilla oak in there to complement it. It really comes across in the bitter aftertaste that is just like coffee. Only a bit of warming malts here. There is a bit of chocolate taste in there as well.

M: Almost no carbonation, it is very subtle and masked, just a hint of coarseness so it isn't completely flat and gives it a bit of character.

O: I love that the Yeti offers an affordable way to try variations on a single base stout. I think I said this before in another review but I'm not a huge coffee/espresso guy, but they can really put in that flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 21:23:51 | More by gillagorilla
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rbrefbeerman

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

12-31-2011 03:08:31 | More by rbrefbeerman
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NooseJustice

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-01-2013 03:19:55 | More by NooseJustice
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WesM63

Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.3%

05-02-2012 01:32:25 | More by WesM63
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ironchefmiyagi13

New York

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

03-18-2013 18:10:57 | More by ironchefmiyagi13
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BKBassist

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

05-20-2014 06:18:06 | More by BKBassist
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cnbrown313

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

05-07-2013 14:10:07 | More by cnbrown313
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Motor oil black, freaking dark and seriously opaque. You see the light brown bubbles hovering to the surface of the brew creating a dark tan head just about 2/3".

Smell: An appetizing aroma of coffee, plus a hit of molasses that shakes/ up the nostrils.

Taste: I served this brew cold but indeed let it sit a bit to warm up so I could absorb how rich it is. Strong coffee bean, slightly over shadows the rest of the beer but still outstanding . Little sweet in the end maybe the molasses or the aging (because you definitely feel some vanilla).

Mouth: Medium and sticky, comes a bit dry. The bitter finish is the awesome.

Overall: If you like coffee infused imperial stouts, this one should be at the top of your list. It is a little pricy but it never hurts to treat yourself every now and then. Think of it a a super-sized breakfast stout, breakfast not included. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 04:35:26 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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klewis

Ohio

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

On-tap at GD Tap room 3/19/09

A: Pours deep blackk with a tan head. Good lacing.

S: Big smell of espresso with a boozy Kahlua aroma.

T: huge espresso taste like something from Starbucks. Burnt undertones. Overall, a huge, complex flavor.

M: Full-bodied with light carbonation. Silky smooth and super sticky.

D: Hot damn. Go get some.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2009 03:58:46 | More by klewis
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Dec 16, 2011. Poured from a bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Pour is fairly viscous and nearly black. There is a huge tan head that leaves excellent lacing. Looks fabulous! Nose has nice notes of coffee, baker's chocolate, toasted malt, and a hint of vanilla.

This beer has a full body, creamy mouthfeel, and the flavor was something of a surprise. I've had the regular Oak-Aged Yeti and, while I enjoyed it quite a bit, I thought it was a little bitter. With the addition of coffee, I figured this beer would be even more bitter, but I was wrong. The beer is certainly bitter, but it is still sweeter than I expected. In the front of the palate I get creamy chocolate and vanilla notes, then at mid-palate the slightly astringent oak, hop, and coffee notes kick in. The finish is fairly sustained, leaving nice coffee notes lingering behind.

Overall, this is an outstanding coffee stout. I have to rank it below Alesmith Speedway Stout, but it's pretty close to Founders Breakfast Stout. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 22:27:24 | More by deadonhisfeet
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours absolutely gorgeous just like a big stout should, hosting a nearly four finger thick malted milk chocolate brown head. Great retention as it slowly fades leaving a wall of fat lace and rocky bubbles. Body is thick tar blackness. Nose has tones of smoked malts, espresso beans, dark fruits and even faint minerally hop character. Wow, they were going for an espresso feel(of course) with this one and they hit it o the nose. The first thing you taste is full rich espresso feel that is silky as it glides across the tongue. The second thing I notice is the distinct oaky feel which I may have overlooked as hops on the nose. Definitely more oaky than the other aged Yeti. As you drink that oak feel really wears on the tongue and becomes to dominate for me. Mouthfeel is of oak and dry dark fruits. Drinkability would be much better if the oak wasn't so overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 20:44:32 | More by SPLITGRIN
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

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

Bottled on 2/13/09, picked up at Capone's, poured into my Great Divide snifter.

Pours a thick lightless dark, dark brownish black color with nice 2 fingers of foamy mocha and burnt tan head. Great lasting retention and some pretty impressive lacing, with a huge creamy ring at the very top. Smells of roasted malt, espresso, baker's chocolate, floral hops, oak, molasses, coffee, and slightly burnt brownies. Tastes of espresso right off the bat with some citrusy hops following close behind along with a touch of dark fruits like raisins and plum. Roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, and light vanilla notes make an appearance as does some nuttiness, anise, and wet oak before a finish of charred coffee grounds and bitter hops. Full to medium full in body with moderate carbonation. Thick, smooth, and creamy but with a chewy finish, hides a majority of its ABV well. Not overly coffee'd out, just a nice extra push from regular Oak Aged Yeti to incorporate more balance into it. A nice Imperial stout, but a little on the bitter side. Easy to drink but not frequently, maybe with age it will mellow out a bit.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 20:47:32 | More by HopDerek
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chefduff2

New York

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

07-10-2014 00:24:11 | More by chefduff2
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mulder1010

Australia

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a globe glass.
Bottled on April 2 2010 Opened on 25 April 2011

A-- Poured black. Pretty straightforward there. Quarter finger of dark mocha colored head to this. A couple of bubbles in the head but not much. On swirling the head stays at half a finger and a few more bubbles but overall pretty compact. A couple of spots of lacing and not much else.

S-- Oak, espresso, molasses, and roasted malt. Undertones of chocolate and vanilla. Oak at first then followed by the molasses and espresso smell. Once it gets more air it really is about the espresso, chocolate and molasses as the oak backs off a bit and is in the undertones of vanilla. Big rich smell of chocolate espresso.

T-- Espresso and Oak well paired and work with each other quite well up front. Also some bitter coco as well.

M-- Gets a bit thin in the middle of the palate but still quite good. Get some coffee acidity, smooth milk chocolate and hints of vanilla. Finishes with bitter acidic coffee, a big dose of Oak and aftertaste of chocolate and vanilla mixed again with coffee. long lasting flavor with this and coffee dominated with a bit of chocolate.

O-- I still prefer regular Yeti to this but on its own it is fantastic. Well paired flavors and in this format it is a better beer to age as the Oak version does get more Oak taste in it with age. Here with a year of age the Oak does drop off a bit more and the coffee is much more obvious. Well hidden ABV and a treat to drink. Some of the best variations of a base beer out there to get.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 15:03:49 | More by mulder1010
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Beerbuddy21

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-25-2014 08:24:32 | More by Beerbuddy21
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TKEbeerman

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my pint glass, you just can't get a better looking stout than any of the Yeti's. Jet black with a large dark coffee colored head that lays down some of the best lacing I've seen in any stout.

S: Chocolate, coffee, espresso laced heaven. Lots of roasted malt and a hop presence that will make your mouth water.

T: The flavor is espresso excellence. Lots of roasted malt. A bitter noppiness, that complements the malt. Notes of chocolate with the smoothness of vanilla.

MF: The mouthfeel is not as big as I'd like. Needs more carbonation and creaminess.

D: Drinkability is excellent. 9.5%? No problem!

Overall, I really wish I had a case of this amazing brew. Perfect stout for anyone venturing into the bigger beers, and definitely sets a baseline for all espresso infused stouts of its kind. The combination of the espresso/oak chip aging and a semi-aggressive hop bill make this stout a home run.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 22:13:23 | More by TKEbeerman
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hopley

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-23-2013 03:15:17 | More by hopley
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ThickNStout

Georgia

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

On tap at Taco Mac (Woodstock, GA). Served in 12oz goblet. 

Deep black with a quarter finger mocha head that recedes quickly. Laces beautifully all the way down. 

Smells of bittersweet coffee, chocolate and maybe faint raisins. 

Huge delicious burnt coffee taste hits first. Smokey wood and bitter dark chocolate follows with lighter hints of mild vanilla and cherry. Long bitter expresso finish. The alcohol is consistently there in the background. 

Medium heavy body with very little carbonation. It drinks powerful and heavy. 

My favorite Yeti. Dark, thick and tasty. We all know that the base stout is a classic- the expresso and oak aging really brings out it's best. I'm glad I found it on tap to remind me that I should go pick up a couple more bottles. 

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2012 13:11:06 | More by ThickNStout
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Kramerbarthomer

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-19-2014 19:09:25 | More by Kramerbarthomer
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Patrick999

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bit muddled, but I believe the lettering on the bottle reads Apr 2010. Modest brownish foam, looks like a good espresso crema. A very, very dark beer, as it should be.

Coffee highly present in the aroma, it smells like chocolate and coffee, big time. Not a whole lot else getting in the way of the chocolate and coffee here, which I actually prefer in these big coffee stouts. Give me that big chocolate and coffee aroma and I'll rate it highly. I don't want a lot of char or hops getting in the way, and they don't here.

Oh yeah, that's tasty. Slam dunk easy rating. Again, not terribly complicated, just a ton of real quality espresso taste with great bitter chocolate undertones and a little of the vanilla you'd expect from oak chips. Very dry and long finish, with some pretty bitter hop on the aftertaste that just goes and goes. Feel is silky and smooth; it has the feel of something you'd drink at dessert or *for* dessert.

It's big, but at one year there's not much assertive alcohol to taste, which always aids drinkability. Still, at this strength, you will feel it when you drink a bomber yourself, certainly.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 21:48:40 | More by Patrick999
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JizackFH

New York

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours black in color, and it has a nice frothy 2-finger mocha colored head on it. The head has great retention, and leaves some great spiderweb lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of dark roasted malts and chocolate up front. There are also notes of coffee, molasses, some dark fruit, and oak. This thing smells delicious.

T - It tastes of dark roasted malts, coffee, and milk chocolate. There are nice notes of oak, dark fruits, vanilla, and molasses. The finish has some lingering roasted bitterness, as well as some lingering espresso and chocolate flavors. There is also a small alcohol presence.

M - This has a medium to full body and goes down very smooth. It has a rich and creamy feel to it. The finish has some lingering bitterness and a slight alcohol warmth.

O - This has good drinkability. The flavor is great and it goes down very easy. Overall, I think this is a great imperial stout. It looks smells and tastes great. I definitely recommend trying this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 10:47:56 | More by JizackFH
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danieelol

Australia

3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: nice, very silky appearance. Looks like a volcano bubbling over, head very sludgey. The beer wants to do its own thing. Lacing like a complex topographic map. 4.5

S: Smells a bit more earthy and dry than Peche Mortel with less synthetic smell and brown sugar sweetness and more dry hops. Evokes rye complexities and chocolate. 4.5

T: More complex rye and earthy chocolate. Good bitterness. Had a sweet beer before which may have primed the tastebuds but even then it tastes a little bit sweet to me. 3.5

M: Seems thick enough. 4

O: Good beer. Bit sweet and lacking complexity once it gets to the tastebuds. Drinkable though. 3

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 10:57:45 | More by danieelol
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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