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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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world-class

3,366 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,366
Reviews: 1,001
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 258
Gots: 707 | FT: 49
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
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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Ratings: 3,366 | Reviews: 1,001
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4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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

Gotta love Great Divide and the massive improvement they made with their label change. The new ones are infinitely more classic.

Pours a totally impenetrable black with a large and fluffy tan ice cream head that leaves good lacing.

Nose is intoxicating. A beautiful blend of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and hidden amongst them lie some hop bitterness. Coffee flavor is solidly there, but judging by many coffee releases lately, suprisingly mild in the nose. I like it.

Flavor is fairly suprising actually. I was expecting an espresso hand grenade in my mouth, as is the growing trend these days, but its actually very nicely blended. Taste is begins with a gentle ride of roasted malt and profuse hops. The hop profile in this beer is absolutely beautiful, up there with the likes of Old Rasputin. Defenitely in the "hoppy" imperial stouts category. The espresso addition is fairly mild, and works perfectly with this beer. Big props for keeping a leash on it, instead of dumping assloads of espresso in and calling it good. A thin chocolate profile is in here too, but man, what a hoppy impy stout. Awesome. I would like just a touch more roastiness to make this one legendary. A crisp hoppy finish with lingering bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is right where it should be in a beer of this kind. I would like it to be a touch more viscous and have a little bit more roast, but until that roast is present, i like the viscosity where it is. It fits well.

Drinkability is pretty solid. Right in the middle of today's Impy stout abv range, and drinks as it should. The savageness of the beer would make more than one a chore, but most good imperial stouts are that way for me.

Overall a very enjoyable beer, and defenitely my favorite of the "yetis". I love the bold hoppiness, and the subtelty of the espresso. Really nice to see a coffee infused beer that doesn't taste like a bag of beans. A great beer, and a must try from GD. Good work fellas!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz pry-top brown glass. Bottled Feb. 13 2009.

Appearance: Deep black with brown around the edges, light tan head, leaving sparse spotting.

Nose: Lots of bitter espresso notes, vanilla way out when you really breathe in. Smells like a coffee shop that roasts their own, or maybe the coffee isle in a grocery store.

Palate: Medium- to full-bodied. Lots and lots of dark roast coffee grounds up front, in the middle and on the finish. There's some mild tempering from the oak, a little vanilla, dried creamer feel in the middle. Some earthy, dried leaves notes on the finish, and some green coffee bean flavors, too.

Notes: Gotta say, I prefer the Oaked Yeti to all the Yeti's so far. This is a little too coffee ground tasting/feeling, a little too bitter (from the coffee), and a little too simple. Texture and flavors a little overdone.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a 2-finger, milk chocolate colored head with good retention and no real lacing (the pours upon warming gave some slight lacing). Dark, opaque, brown body.
The smell is coffee, a bit of booze and some dark chocolate.
The taste is bitter coffee that lingers and alcohol at the end. The oak aging makes it's taste present and the chocolate in the smell seems to be missing foor the most part.
Mouthfeel is medium when warmer and has a dry finish.
Drinkability is OK. I found the bitter taste (not any hops bitterness) and the booziness a little off-putting for me. I can see how some might like this but this one's not for me. Yeti is great and there are coffee stouts that I do enjoy but not this one.

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3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Super dark pour, as black as they come. Two finger fluffy dark mocha head with amazing retention and lacing.

S: Roasted espresso is the dominate aroma. Light notes of chocolate and light oak aroma. A touch of alcohol. Nothing complex and lighter that I expected but pretty good.

T: Chocolate upfront. Roasted espresso with a nice subtle oak flavor. Finishes with a roasted mocha flavor and a touch boozy.

M: Full bodied, pretty thick. Medium carbonation. Medium creaminess.

O: Very good version of Yeti. Probably my second favorite next to BA Yeti.

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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,366 ratings.