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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,165 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,165
Reviews: 968
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 240
Gots: 590 | FT: 42
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of adam42381
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Cigar City snifter. Bottled on December 13, 2010 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a motor oil black with a 1 finger creamy milk chocolate brown head. Head dissipates slowly into chocolate milk-like bubbles. Excellent lacing. Like all the other Yetis, this one looks perfect.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, toasted and roasted malt.

Taste: Chocolate and espresso up front followed by roasted malt, bitter hops and a touch of oak in the middle before ending with a very bitter burnt toast and roasted coffee. Aftertaste is coffee and bitterness. Very long-lasting aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, thick and creamy with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. I'm having no problem with the bomber, but this would be great on a cold evening.

Overall: Very good beer overall. Like all the other Yetis, this one is an excellent Imperial Stout. I would recommend giving it a shot.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Pahn
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled on March 6, 2009 (though the writing is a bit difficult to decipher).

Appearance: Pours a thick, solid black with a 1 inch fizzy and pillowy dark tan head that dissipates to nothing, slowly and steadily. Lacing is webs around the glass that slowly disappear. Wine-like legs.

Smell: Burnt sugar, alcohol, chocolate, mocha coffee and a strong sweet note of yellow cake. Some prune and fig lurking in the background.

Taste: Smooth and mellow. The same yellow cake from the smell, with more chocolate and coffee. Mild coffee/hop bitterness in the finish, along with some alcohol warmth. The dominant taste and feel are similar to a coffee milkshake with chocolate (poured all over a freshly baked cake); coffee ice cream, mocha notes, and a lot of sugary sweetness. As the beer warms, the alcohol mixes really nicely with the sweet profile, adding some depth to it.

Mouthfeel: Divinely creamy. Barely carbonated, though some sips are more tingly than others. As nice as the creaminess and the mild alcohol burn are, I feel like the mouthfeel could stand to be a bit more aggressive. The feel matches nicely with the creamy dessert flavors, but perhaps the oak aging brings it a bit too far into passivity. This is probably just personal preference though; for a smooth, silky oak aged stout, this is perfect.

Drinkability: Definitely a good sipper (I enjoyed the bomber over about 4 hours), but doesn't really call me back. The alcohol presence is definitely felt, and I personally can't see myself turning to such an overtly dessert-oriented beer too often. If liquid cake with alcohol burn and moderate depth are what you're looking for, this beer should score high on drinkability.

For what it seems to be trying to do, this beer is emphatically successful. Myself, I'm not too excited by such dessert/beer line-blurring, and would have had trouble getting through the bottle if I weren't such a lover of yellow cake. The alcohol depth / sweet dessert interplay is mildly interesting, but only goes so far. Certainly a good--probably a great--beer, but not really my style.

I don't mind if an Imperial Stout bakes me a cake, but I want it to at least throw a few punches and tell some convoluted stories before it's done. Some more hops and complex flavor would have really set this beer off for me. Nonetheless, another quality offering from Great Divide.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of dcloeren
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split this bomber with my brother for breakfast.... excellent choice

Poured a deep black with no light shining through (typical of all yeti variations). Two fingers of lasting frothy cinnamon colored head that lasted and lasted and lasted a little longer.

Great espresso aromas (hence the name...), fresh ground coffee beans, excellent oaky notes and some fresh cream mixed in. The oak is very present and I like it!

Taste follows the nose to the T. Excellent espresso flavors with big time oaky qualities. The fresh ground coffee taste is so good that I keep looking in my glass for some floating in there. A touch of cream/vanilla on the backend to perfectly finish this one off.

Full in body and velvety smooth. A semi high amount of carbonation that tingles on the tongue with each sip. Great coffee aftertaste that sticks to my tongue begging for a fresh coat to be added on.

Overall, this is an amazing stout. A perfect choice to enjoy with breakfast on this rainy saturday. I am absolutely a fan of every Yeti variation that I have had so far (BA Yeti is the last one that I have to conquer and it is begging to be opened). Definitely pick one up if you have a chance.

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4.36/5  rDev +2.1%

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4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: Bomber bottle shared with a friend. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown to pretty much pitch black. Nice dark brown mocha head. Two fingers with good retention. Sticks nicely to the glass.

Aroma: Espresso notes really stand out here. There is also a good bit of dark chocolate, vanilla, and oak character to the brew.

Taste: Coffee beans and espresso notes dominate. Nice balance of sweetness and bitternes here. The vanilla and oak both compliment and don't overpower the espresso. Really smooth and nice sweet, chocolatey finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and really smooth. A bit flat and not as full as I would expect from a stout this big.

Drinkability: For its high ABV, this is really smooth and drinkable. After a glass, I didn't even taste any booze. Feels like 5.5-6% ABV. I could definitely have a couple of these in one sitting.

Overall, a really impressive and smooth stout. The flavors are well balanced and everything blends so well together. A really exceptional beer in my opinion.

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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.

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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,165 ratings.