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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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world-class

3,007 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,007
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 204
Gots: 562 | FT: 41
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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JimmytheSaintPSU

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.1%

08-19-2012 19:55:08 | More by JimmytheSaintPSU
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cyrushire

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-18-2013 18:39:12 | More by cyrushire
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taospowder

New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

06-21-2014 06:33:19 | More by taospowder
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woodchip

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

05-30-2013 00:37:03 | More by woodchip
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rapidsequence

Virginia

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

22 oz capped and foiled bottle. It was $10.99, and I think I got it at Pints O'Plenty. Bottled Dec 20, 2010, so its about 11 months old.

Appearance: Its increbibly dark and thick, pours like used motor oil. A very large, dark brown, foamy head. The head fades over a few minutes and leaves just a few brown bubbles. Nice spots and globs of lacing.

Smell: One of those beers that you smell and say "Wow!". Rich roasted and chocolate malts with loads of sweetness. Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, caramel, and vanilla.

Taste: Big mouthful of dark chocolate and strong cold coffee. Roasted malts are not overpoweringly roasted, burnt, or bitter-- very smooth roast (if that's a thing). There is a lot of sweetness, but a lot of balancing bitterness from the roast and a hit of oak that comes through on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Quite full, creamy, smooth. A bit of tannic oaky dryness in the finish accentuates the bitterness.

Overall: This is an excellent stout. I expect the espresso has faded somewhat, but I wouldnt want it to have more coffee presence. I'll definitely get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 01:25:31 | More by rapidsequence
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dsauter

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

11-20-2011 22:40:29 | More by dsauter
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richbrew

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.3%

12-26-2011 16:27:12 | More by richbrew
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sukwonee

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-19-2013 09:25:13 | More by sukwonee
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jsurfs82

Ohio

5/5  rDev +17.1%

02-07-2012 20:22:49 | More by jsurfs82
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kaseydad

California

4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had to go all the way to San Diego for a couple of these. Sheesh! Bottled on 1/22/14. No aging on this to keep the espresso...well....espresso.

Pours an almost black brew with a dark, dark brown foamy head. Gobs of lacing all over the glass.

Big chocolate aroma's abound. Baker's, semi-sweet, dark, cocoa...insert any other. Roasted malts. Massive espresso. Smoke. Leather. Tobacco. Really good stuff here.

The taste is nice and espresso forward. Chocolate, roasty and a slight hop kick on the swallow. Maybe a splash of orange. Bitter on the aftertaste ala how an espresso beer should be.

Nice and full bodied ale. Light carbonation.

Overall this was an awesome experience. Does Great Divide do a non-awesome Yeti? They nailed this one and brought forth a beer that lives up to the name and flavor of this brew. Nice warm weather beer....or hell....anytime. Hopefully the distro will somehow find it's way to the always-slighted East Bay.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 23:03:13 | More by kaseydad
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours out loose, not thick, but substantial enough to let you know you are dealing with a decent sized beer here. Smooth, brownish black body with two inches worth of a bloody plum/chocolate kind of deep dark red, purple and brown colored head that fades into a cap, there are some pretty decent alcohol legs on this beer as well.

S: Toasty coffee, dry, dark chocolate, faint caramel. Lots and lots of chocolate, more so than any coffee aspects. Perhaps some time on the shelf sapped some of the coffee aroma but there certainly isn't any lack of chocolate. More of a mocha aroma than any kind of coffee I am familiar with. Slightly creamy but dry mostly, which is weird to me as I didn't think something could smell like both, but somehow it does.

T/MF: Chocolate, dark and dry and bitter. Not really that much coffee, bits here and there but much less than I was expecting going in. Finishes with a slightly drying alcoholic finish that pinches the back of the throat ever so slightly. Medium side of full bodied and quite quaffable if a bit one dimensional.

D: I am sort of on the fence about what to think about this beer. On one hand it sort of delivers what it promises, a coffee infused imperial stout, and on the other hand it delivers what it promises, a coffee flavored imperial stout that lacks any kind of depth or complexity behind the initial blast of coffee and chocolate flavors. It does taste pretty darn good and goes down quite easy but it sort of reminds me of a McDonald's chocolate shake, not that this beer tastes like a chocolate shake, but more so what it feels like after you've finished a chocolate shake from McDonalds. You knew you wanted chocolate going in and it was good while you were drinking it but when you finished the shake you already have forgotten what it tasted like. Yes, it tasted like chocolate but beyond that there was really nothing more there, you asked for chocolate and that's what you got, nothing more. The same thing sort of happens with this beer. You get what you were expecting, maybe even a little less, it tastes good but beyond that there was nothing else there, the depth and complexity that you find in other stouts was not there, the dark fruits, the earthiness, the roasty/toasty flavors that dry the tongue after an initially dark and fruity kick are not here. You get what you ask for out of this beer and not much more. A good beer, but not really worth another ten dollar investment.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 15:49:34 | More by bluemoonswoon
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JSchock7

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

06-01-2012 04:11:34 | More by JSchock7
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illini4x4


4/5  rDev -6.3%

05-18-2012 03:24:36 | More by illini4x4
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510a

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-15-2014 17:29:20 | More by 510a
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HoppySeb

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

03-28-2014 19:24:13 | More by HoppySeb
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Beer21

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-20-2012 01:28:06 | More by Beer21
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scottyshades

Florida

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Scrooge's Spirits in Anderson, SC for about $9

A: Pours like 10W-40...extremely viscous and thick, creating a dark mocha colored head that retains excellently and leaves thick sheets of foam along the glass.

S: Cocoa powder, lots of espresso and coffee grounds, bittersweet chocolate, lots of strong oak notes (wood), vanilla, burnt malts, burnt sugar, and molasses. Definitely less balanced than the Oak Aged Yeti (which had a solid amount of hops on the nose). The oak is actually quite strong, and adds a unique note; a little must, almost like the inside of a sauna

T: Wow, much much different than the regular Oak Aged Yeti. Oak is extremely potent and very very strong, almost taking away from everything else happening. Espresso is less pronounced than in the nose. Bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder, fudge, lots of lactose for that creamy flavor, and a brooding bitterness from the hops (although I cannot really count them in the profile because they are so subtle). Very very rich- best to share a bomber. I'm not sure if the Espresso Yeti has 75 IBUs like the Oak Yeti, but if so, they seem to be more subdued and give less to the balance.

MF/D: Extremely viscous (possibly the thickest stout I've come across), velvety creamy feel, lingering espresso and oak flavor.

Differences from Oak Aged Yeti:
-Hops are much more prominent in OAY, and much less in the Espresso Yeti
-Oak is very strong, almost overpowering in the flavor of the Espresso Yeti
-Espresso Yeti seems to be a bit thicker and has a better feel

Winner; Oak Aged Yeti for a more balanced and less intense flavor

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 21:36:46 | More by scottyshades
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 20 oz Duvel tulip glass, bottled 1/02/12. Poured aggressively and got a 4 inch mocha head, that slowly dissipates leaving layers of lace. Smell is roasted expresso, vanilla, maybe tobacco, and some leather. Taste is 95% Expresso and 5% the other flavors from the nose. Body is large like all the Yetis, a nice amount of life for the style, maybe a little on the dry side, and for stout lovers very drinkable. This is like all Yetis, wonderful. Great Divide is the master of stouts.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 02:41:16 | More by SawDog505
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ilikebeer03

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 21:57:16 | More by ilikebeer03
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Lanstrum

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

03-31-2013 17:13:23 | More by Lanstrum
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TastyIsBeer

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

03-10-2013 23:02:00 | More by TastyIsBeer
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jakea

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

09-22-2012 03:15:06 | More by jakea
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Quackus

New York

4/5  rDev -6.3%

06-21-2013 00:29:44 | More by Quackus
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ajs4bd

Missouri

4/5  rDev -6.3%

07-13-2012 17:29:28 | More by ajs4bd
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RMoeNay

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

07-15-2012 14:46:37 | More by RMoeNay
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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