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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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world-class

3,207 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,207
Reviews: 973
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 249
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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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of adam42381
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
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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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,207 ratings.