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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,099 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,099
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 223
Gots: 588 | FT: 41
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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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Tom-Peters, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of ChrisMon02
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

ChrisMon02, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of tastybeer
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Totally opaque dark brown with a lighter brown frothy layer on top. Head fades to a thin bubbly top while leaving scattered spotty bits on the glass. Head comes back somewhat with a good swirl.

S: Aroma is chocolate, lactose, lightly fruity and bright, with slight coffee musk book ending everything. Perhaps some orange and pine in the sweet chocolate mix.

T: Flavor goes to the next level. Surprisingly refined milky cocoa, bitterness, and fruit. The coffee is clearly there but at the same time it's subtle and you find yourself focussing on the other flavors. You can't tell in the smell but in the flavor alcohol has a presence.

M: Texture is great. Smooth and silky soft. Carbonation is evident in the finish but is otherwise so well mingled it is barely notable. Full body with a light feel.

O: This slow drinking beer is pleasant & delightful. The coffee is worked into this perfectly. Overall, awesome.

tastybeer, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of durlta
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

durlta, May 25, 2014
Photo of cosmonick
4/5  rDev -6.3%

cosmonick, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of cfinch2
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

cfinch2, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Stigs
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, served in a DFH oversized snifter

A - pours with a quarter inch or so of frothy dark khaki colored foam. absolutely deathly black beer.

S - insanely fresh (and strong) french roasted coffee. some dark bakers chocolate, roasted an slightly burnt malt, oak, vanilla, subtle dark fruits. finishes with an earthy warming bitterness. i love coffee (drink it strong and black), and this is money.

T - that wonderful coffee assault...melds pretty nicely with roasted malts resembling slightly burnt toast, hershey's syrup, oak. i'd buy this if it was a non-alcoholic energy drink. lacks some complexities of the other Oaked Yeti's, but I dont care.

M - thick and syrupy body, carbonation is tight and alive but pulled off well. finish leaves a coat of coffee and chocolate flavor all over the mouth.

D - only fault here is that after awhile, it can be a bit much. but, i still love it. not graceful, subtle, or complex by any means just yummy. want this with breakfast every day!

Stigs, May 03, 2010
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass. One finger, tan head consisting of fine bubbles atop a dark brown clear body. Head color was appropriate for the style.

Aroma was of roasted malts, dark chocolate, a little vanilla, and some oak tannins. A little rich coffee at the end.

Taste started with rich roasted malt, mingled with bitter chocolate. Roasted malt and coffee were both present in the aftertaste. Very nice.

Mouthfeel was smooth and silky, good body that supported the flavors. Well balanced, not watery at all.

Good drinkability marks for this one. One bottle went down well. Price was a little high for me to make this a regular offering, but I would readily have another were it available.

connecticutpoet, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of Gatch
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on: Jan 02 2012

A: Super black with a medium brown head that settles into big craters and bubbles. Huge, sticky lace and great retention. Can a Stout look better? Not really.

S: Fairly complex and so inviting. It smells creamy and luscious, if that makes sense. Roasted malt, charred wood, molasses, caramelized brown sugar, some booze, and espresso beans. The coffee isn't as strong as expected but it allows the beer to be balanced from start to finish in the nose.

T: Everything in the nose and sooo smooth and creamy. Incredible finish. You notice the mellowed qualities after some age but some booze is still there that lends a great sweet quality to the beer. The roasted malt and espresso comes out in full force.

M: What can I say? Incredibly smooth, body is full and divine, perfectly toasty and sweet, carbonation is spot on, and the finish is top notch.

O: A little over a year in the bottle has treated this beer well. The flavors have mellowed and melded to create a superb Imperial Stout.

Gatch, Jan 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Jordy777, Jul 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

johnnyboy76, Mar 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

laxer8811, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of RobertColianni
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer has a ring of caramel around the outside edge, but aside from that it is black. No head. A little spotty. Not laced, but will leave lines.

S: It's nice. Sort of makes me want to crack another bottle of Lost Abbey Angel's Share... Smells like chocolate pudding with a little bit of coffee grinds. Maybe even like a dark mousse.

T: It's really nice. Light. Not overwhelming. It's a cooled down version of Yeti with a sweet, black coffee/espresso hint.

M: There may be a little too much carbonation to this one for my liking, but it's interesting, because the carbonation thins out the stout allowing that dry oily black coffee feel to come out.

OVERALL: I'm breaking down a bomber of 2010 in 8oz. pours. This beer isn't going to get old any time soon. It's a great beer to nurse. Very well done. Ultimate compliment: My mother doesn't come across many beers that she likes, but Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter, Nut Brown, and Oatmeal Stout were some of her favorites. She loves this Yeti.

NOTE: Live review.

RobertColianni, Nov 10, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

birdsellam, Feb 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

JakerLou, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of deereless
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Insanely thick and dark brown head, not a speck of light passes through this brew, moves like a lightly warmed maple syrup, patches of sticky foam along the edge of the glass - 5.00, S: Elements of the two ingredients mentioned on the label - espresso and oak, has a coffee ground like smell, some molasses, hard to decipher the hops, some charring in the aromas as well - 4.25, T: Like the nose, there is lots of espresso and charring as well as vanilla, the charring balances nicely with the thick syrupy sweetness, some concentrated prunes and dates, hop bite just comes through at the end of this monster - 4.50, M: Creamy and medium bodied - 4.50, D: "But this one goes up to 11", Wonderful desert beer, one that would likely cellar well - 4.50

deereless, Jun 02, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

browniewithnuts, Apr 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

JamesStreet, May 31, 2014
Photo of ChugginOil
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours pitch black and quite thick with an inch of dark toffee colored head that's loaded with microbubbles. The nose is spent coffee grounds upfront with sweet toasty malts laying beneath along side a bit of hoppiness. The taste of this exceptional brew is heavy on the coffee. Big time. Bitter and sweet chocolate can be tasted ending with a bitter finish. The mouthfeel is thick and full, coating the palate and leaving a long tasty aftertaste. The drinkability is moderate based on the thickness and viscosity, however, the ABV is well hidden beneath the massive coffee explosion, thus boozy undertones are not seen here.

ChugginOil, Feb 11, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

HollyHops, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of SPLITGRIN
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.

SPLITGRIN, Aug 08, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

ChrisPro, Jan 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

ArchEnemyBrew, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of Nugganooch
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle with my FW snifter glass
*Notes from 05/31/13

A: Jet black body sits totally opaque in the glass. A closer inspection of smaller sample size does reveal a lighter walnut brown edge. Fizzy and active carbonation forms a nice thick two fingers worth of mocha tan head. Decent retention efforts despite the vigorous bubble action. Minimal lace with just a few ribbons of splash down the glass.

S: Roasty aromas full of dark coffee and chocolates with a pronounced vanilla oakiness. I am surprised at the amount of oak presence actually. Getting some subtle grainy character of toasted oats in there as well. The Espresso really blooms as the beer settles towards room temp in the glass.

T: Rich bold roast flavors meet with a firm hoppy bite. Dark chocolate, oak, and vanilla crème integrate with subtle espresso roast coffee developing some nice complex layers throughout the drink. There is an upper level of hoppy bitterness with a bit of pine noted and some earthy grit to it. Alcohol is noticeable adding a dash of spiced heat. Finishes with some very moderate char and a whisper of licorice. Very nice roast flavors without the astringency which I appreciate. There is a big hop presence to the beer and the oak treatment is evident. Espresso is a bit restrained however it is a nice addition to the base beer and works well here.

M: Great consistency. Should be a big full bodied beer but the spritzy carbonation carries it well. Combine that with an upper level of hop bitterness and you get a nice dry crisp action on the finish. Some warming alcohol. Creamy overall with a nice protein coating left on the tongue.

D: Damn solid variant to the base beer. Lots of layering going on with the dark grains, oak, hops, and espresso. Suprisingly well balanced and drinkable for such a beast of a beer. Worthy of the price tag.

Nugganooch, Jun 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

blindpiggie, Dec 05, 2013
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,099 ratings.