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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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world-class

3,209 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,209
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 248
Gots: 629 | FT: 43
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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

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Beer added by: John_M on 05-16-2008

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Photo of rrski198
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Done from brief notes at a beer festival

A: Nice big red head. Jet black and pretty.

S: Here we go. Outstanding espresso smell. Breakfast stout anyone? Spent coffee, burnt sugar, burnt malt, dark chocolate.

T: Bitter coffee up front and spicy hops at the back of the tongue. Malt tastes burnt and delicious.

M: Low carbonation. Incredebaly bitter. Mouth puckers and the booze has warmed my gums. My mouth is coated in spent coffee grounds.

D: A quality offering. Could have used a little more sweetness to balance the bitterness but overall, very, very good.

Photo of BigGingDrinker
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.31/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Gorgeous pour! That light to dark flowing transition that appears with only the prettiest stouts. Thick billowy mocha colored head over a black ichor. Thick bands of lacing joined by delicate webs. They don't make them prettier than this...

S - Espresso, iron, sweet chocolate malt - makes for a potent mocha aroma... plus... umm, iron.

T - Initially, it tastes of coffee, chocolate and iron. Aftertaste is a lingering coffee bitterness with a bit of a metallic and chicory flavor. The flavor is rather disappointing.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, refreshing.

D - Caffeine AND alcohol! Normally this combination isn't too bad, but I'm really feeling the caffeine in this one. A bomber to be shared for sure. I love Yeti. I love oak-aged Yeti. I've never had Chocolate yeti - but 10:1 I'd love it. This is not my cup o' beer. The flavor is strong, but not always in good ways. The brew is desiccating and it makes it a little much. In a 6 oz snifter this would be alright, but only coming in bombers makes this not worth buying in bottles.

Photo of birdsellam
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of PG2G
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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

Photo of BMoney575
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 7-10-09
Bottled on 3-6-09

Pours very thick and pitch black, with an awesome tan head that settles to a thick, almost solid layer.

Smell is tons of coffee, big malt, subtle aromas of vanilla and anise, and very good. The oak is nowhere near as prevalent as it is in a regular Oak-Aged Yeti.

Taste is...there's the oak. Huge maltiness gives way to a great combination of coffee and smoke, with a great woody finish and coffee bitterness. The aftertaste is all vanilla, in an almost bourbon way.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, and goes well with the oak and coffee flavors.

Drinkability is quite good, not too sweet, not too bitter, and not too much alcohol.

Overall, a great twist on an already excellent beer.

Photo of Westyn
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of t8dd
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of GuttaMane138
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of BierFan
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a flute. It has a bottled on date but it's a little unclear. I think it's from either March or May of this year, but I'm unsure.

Appearance: Beautiful brown head had a little cascading action after it was first poured. The body is, unsurprisingly, jet black. Lacing is very nice.

Smell: The vanilla aroma from the oak aging is the first thing I notice. Smells very sweet as well.

Taste: Taste is pretty extraordinary. The vanilla and espresso flavors are very complimentary to each other.

Photo of eulerthegrape
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of CaptainNomihodai
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Houser
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of elgiacomo
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottled Feb 12, 2010.

Pours thick black with a large three finger dark brown head that is very foamy and rocky, leaves ring after ring of sticky clumpy lace and holds a solid cap. Beautiful.

Rich, strong aroma of premium coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and a touch of vanilla. The coffee steals the show here and it's some quality stuff. Very inviting.

Flavor...wow...rich dark chocolate, intense coffee, roasted malts, nice vanilla notes from the oak, alcohol is very well hidden for the ABV although makes a light presence on the finish. Overall this has a certain coffee-infused chocolate milkshake thing goin' on. Absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel is full, velvety, creamy, low to medium carbonation.

Damn this is good. Really good. Probably my favorite of the Yetis, and that's saying a lot cuz I love 'em all. Will definitely grab this fresh next year for a more intense coffee experience.

Photo of axeman9182
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, one of my parting gifts from volunteering at EBF, allowed to warm slightly before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Espresso Yeti pours night black, with a tall, burnt caramel head. The foam cap has the consistency of key lime pie, and has crazy stamina. Lacing is very good, rings of foam are left stuck to the inside of the glass. It's just short of where it needs to be for a 5 though. The nose is entirely too one dimensional though. It smells almost like straight up cold coffee, with just barely a appreciable hint of dark chocolate. The beer comes across with much better balance on my palate. Coffee is still the star of the show, but rich dark chocolate has a much bigger presence. Anise comes in in the background to further balance the beer. Any kind of hint of oak or vanilla would really finish this beer off, but the flavor profile as is is pretty outstanding. The body is everything you'd want in an imperial stout... rich, creamy, and smooth. I'd be willing to bet there were some oats in the grain bill. Unfortunately, the carbonation is a bit over the top, coming across as a distraction at times. Espresso Yeti toes the line for how coffee forward a beer can be for me, but manages not to cross it, and the result is one of the better imperial stouts I've had in a while.

Photo of Beer21
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of meathookjones
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of lunarbrew
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of cosmonick
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of StephRai
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of IBUnit63
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Needless to say, when poring over the combo ransom note/bottom of the eye chart that is the Sunset Grill's draft beer list I almost $#!+ my pants when I saw the Espresso Yeti on there and practically fell over myself ordering this one. Let's see if the collar matches the cuff...

Nothing wrong with this pour into a tulip - nothing whatsoever. Almost jet black (of course the lighting in Sunset isn't the greatest in the world so everything looks a little dark in there most of the time - if you go to the bar on the right side it's better but not on this visit). There's a head of chocolate ice cream with great thick lacing. It's actually the texture of a mash tun that I'm imagining here.

Literally smells like a cappucino - cinnamon, velvety espresso notes...a little hop grass and huge...HUGE-@$$ roasted chocolate malt.

Be SURE to let this warm a while 'cause at first sip it actually seems a little watery but 3 minutes later it's all in...copious bitter coffee and hop grass. Alcohol is a little hot but by no means obtrusive. Malt is actually on the quiet side but provides a backbone of sheer stability.

As with the taste sensation of this offering it rolls a little light out of the gate but warmth fixes all. Deep, dark and soothing. Warm as hell - not an alcohol burn...just warm. Finishes a little tight from espresso notes and hoppy bitterness.

This one goes way too quickly, but still, sip it anyway and savor as much as you can. Won't be easy - awesome stuff.

Photo of Eighty
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of halo3one
4.1/5  rDev -4%

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.

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,209 ratings.