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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,120 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,120
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 224
Gots: 588 | FT: 40
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%

Ncpogs, Apr 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

jakea, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of TKEbeerman
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.

TKEbeerman, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a rich dark brown with a cap of stiff chocolate brown head.

Smell -- Espresso, licorice (lots), anise, vanilla, oak planks, and roast malt. Lots going on. I like it.

Taste -- Chocolate-covered espresso beans, roast malt, woody oak, cedar, licorice, anise, and mild vanillin.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. I remember liking the feel of the other Oak Aged Yeti versions more.

Drinkability -- Somehow this iteration has a LOT of licorice presence (batch specific?), but the espresso is still a big improvement over the standard Oak Yeti. Either way, it's an incredibly easy-drinking Imperial Stout.

yeahnatenelson, Feb 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

DrMindbender, Jul 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

IMSPEAKNOENGLISH, Feb 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

BeastLU, Feb 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

cyrushire, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of Buebie
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle courtasy of tprokop7

Poured from a gold tin wrapped brown bomber into a pub glass.
A good 2.5 inch dark brown head forms, receeding very slowly. Leaving behind alot of good sticky thick brown lace and a quarter inch cap of retention.
The color like all yeti is black with no light penetration.

I gave the arom a lower grade due to the lack of coffee in the aroma itself. However, the aroma is quite good, its just lacking what this style is supposed to present.
It smeels like the barrel aged yeti, with really no coffee aroma at all.

Taste up front is a chocolatey liquore with dark roasted coffee, oak, chocolate bittering grains, lactose, and finishing bitter with plenty of peanuts and dark rish coffee. The coffee flavors really snuck up on me, after being absent in aroma.
This shares flavor similarities to Devil Over a Barrel with its creamy peanut buttery nutyness.
Also there is some Barrel Aged yeti like flavors, not the oak aged, I'm talking about the limited released barrel aged. It shares some of the richer chocolate liquore warm boozyness, as well as a truffle like bitter chocolate desert flavor.

Finishing dry and bitter with chocolate grains and plenty of roasty coffee flavors.

For a coffee beer its not exceptional by any means, but its not terrible either. Yeti has always been a terrific go to RIS for me. This is just another fine example of the brew.

Buebie, Apr 05, 2009
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4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love the Oak Aged Yeti and I love coffee stouts so my hopes are high for this one....

A--Pours a pitch black, I couldn't find any highlights even when holding up to the light. Very thick pour, the head was about 1 1/2 fingers tall and a very creamy, light brown froth. I actually expected an even darker head. Thin but clingy lace down the glass

S--Mostly oak and chocolate with the espresso surprisingly taking a backseat....wait a minute, a few more smells yield even more espresso, having a tough time picking out the wood that was present upon first pour but the chocolate is still there. This one is playing games with me.

T--Whoa, coffee bomb right away. I actually didn't expect it since the smell of it was more balanced. Second sip, whoa...the oak comes rushing at my taste buds. Where is the overwhelming coffee taste from just 30 seconds ago? Third sip...ok, now I'm getting more of a balance. This beer doesn't make sense to me so far (in a good way). Not getting as much roasted malt flavor as I do with the original Yeti, although it is definitely present. The hops are huge in this one though. Warming up a bit I'm getting traces of bourbon, but not too much. 9% is hidden but does make its presence known. I'm actually thought the coffee would persist throughout the whole thing, but as this beer warms it begins to taste nearly identical to the Oak Aged Yeti. I would have to try them side by side to spot the difference, I've only had that beer once so my memory isn't perfect.

M--As creamy as whole milk, coats the mouth with every sip.

D--With a beer this thick and high in ABV you are never going to want more than one, but I'm having trouble letting this beer sit in front of me without taking another sip. Very drinkable for its style.

Overall I am definitely NOT let down by this beer. Yeti is good, Oak Aged Yeti is great, and now Espresso Oak Aged Yeti is amazing. I will be seeking it out again for next years release.

alcstradamus, Mar 25, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

theminutemen, Mar 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

cnbrown313, May 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

megamass, May 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Hophead717, Aug 23, 2013
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4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bomber dated 1/10/12. poured into snifter.

A: pours jet black. nice tan head. fades after about minute to a nice tan ring. pretty good lacing.

S: chocolate, coffee, oak, vanilla, leather maybe? coffee is not as strong on the nose as i would have anticipated.

T: I was afraid the coffee would have faded considering the bottle is 13 months old. I was wrong. Very forward coffee. Lots of chocolate. slight vanilla (less than in oaked yeti in my opinion)

M: Very nice. Smooth, creamy, very well carbonated.

O: very good beer.

ilikebeer03, Feb 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Lanstrum, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Into a Duvel glass, pours dark as night black, completely opaque, with a one inch thick creamy tan head. Slowly dissipating, the head leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a fair amount of complexity to it. A lot of roasted grains ground it, while notes of vanilla bean, oak, and espresso obviously, but nothing stands out besides those on the label.

Taste is much more nuanced. It leads with roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, the vanilla and oak approach through the middle, espresso is tempered but there, the ending has traces of hop oils mixed with oak saturated roasted caramels. The mouth is delightful, velvety smooth while retaining enough carbonation to keep it lively, full body and slick and sticky but not overbearing (even at nearly 10% abv). Its a great sipper, but could indeed go well with a hearty breakfast (as per the bottle), or perhaps a trip to the cabin as an accompaniment to a relaxing evening by the fire. Whatever your motivation, its an excellent beer.

objectivemonkey, Jul 08, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of drseamus
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I haven't ever seen a beer from a bottle cascade before. Now I have. I thought that it was under-carbonated because at first it poured like used motor oil. I was wrong. It formed a massive 4 inch cascading head and eventually fell to about 1.5 inches.

S: Deep roasted coffee and sweet malt.

T: Tons of super rich roasted espresso with some sweet malt behind. I don't get any hop flavor but perhaps some of the bitterness comes from malt. Kind of rare for Great Divide but I'm glad they went this way.

M: Actually pretty smooth for how roasty and bitter it is. Thick bodied.

D: Perhaps a touch too much roast but still good. Coffee is good.

drseamus, Mar 21, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

curlybird, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Reaper16
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap @ Great Divide Brewery, Denver, CO into a tulip.

Pours a deep black color. I mean, it is dark-ass brown but not much brown is showing through the cloak of darkness, not even when held to the light of this sunny Denver day. The remarkably tan head was two fingers; pretty big I'd say, and much bigger than I'd likely get pouring from a bottle. Lacing never developed; the foam slid easily down the glass leaving no trace of having been there. You can't ask for impy stouts to look much better than this.

You first smell, of course, the coffee. It lies on the Maxwell House side of coffee aromas as opposed to a premium roast. It isn't dominant. The coffee begins after a few minutes to take on a sour, acrid tone. This is due to the amount of hops present in the beer; it seems that Great Divide didn't skimp on the hops here. Lots of grassy hop aromas cut through the roasted malts.

The taste of Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti pretty much follows the nose. The coffee is a bit acerbic because of how it melds with the hops and the woody, drying oak barrel flavor. It is heavily malty; you don't have to worry about the hops "taking over" this beer if you're not a hophead. Everything is in respectable balance. Good beer.

I loved the mouthfeel of this beer on-tap! It wasn't on nitro or anything, just straight CO2. It was thick and rich and everything you want in a big stout beer. Drinkability was great too. Now, understand that this is a sipper. It took me close to an hour to polish off my full pour. But knowing that the beer isn't too heavy and it doesn't get boring or watery.

This is a splendid imperial stout and probably the best Great Divide beer I've ever had.

Reaper16, Apr 09, 2010
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,120 ratings.