Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,012
Hads: 3,496
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
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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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Photo of LI_PO12
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into pint glass bottled jan 9 2013

Appearance- jet black 1 finger tan head

Aroma- a lot of coffee espresso, roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, some pine, smells amazing

Flavor- even bigger espresso coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, fairly bitter but well balanced and some alcohol warmth but not boozy at all

Mouthfeel- medium heavy, some alcohol warmth, moderate carbonation

Overall- I was very impressed with this. Hits every mark and then some, I need to try a regular yeti to see what the original is. But this is awesome and a must try if you like big stouts. (582 characters)

Photo of Patandnik
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome beer. Great brewery. Probably my favorite oak aged stout I've ever had. I could drink this beer everyday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Fantastic flavors of coffee, oak, dark chocolate, and toffee blend perfectly in your mouth and finish off amazingly balanced.

If you haven't had this beer yet, GO GET IT NOW!!! (326 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32 oz. growler filled a couple days ago poured into a 20 oz. highball shaker.

A - Pours a thick dark chocolate, producing a one-inch head of fluffy, bubbly foam that looks like a chocolate mocha milkshake and which falls at a decent pace, leaving a pronounced band of lace around the sides and patchy bubbles of foam across the surface. Holding the beer to a full-spectrum light is meaningless - this beer is on the edge of being black motor oil and absolutely, solidly opaque; not a spec of light gets thru, even at the edges of the glass.

S - Freshly medium-roasted coffee softened by a touch of cream. Hints of woody hops come up behind, followed by notes of 50% milk chocolate. Dark caramels with slightly burnt toast. Malted chocolate balls, like Whoppers, only somewhat darker.

T - The chocolate is noticeably more pronounced on the tongue. The roast of the malts tilts the chocolate profile towards a darker taste than the nose has, 70-75%. The woodiness combines with the roast to create a burnt-from-wood-charcoal flavor in the profile. Dark caramel sugars and molasses with a touch of vanilla slide across the sides of the tongue. Finish is marked by echos that alternate between dark brown sugars and pretty burnt toast. The first suggestion of the ABV is halfway through the growler when the tummy starts to warm. Letting this warm in the glass really allows the subtle flavors to emerge, making it even better - dark plum and raisins, smoked vanilla beans, Meyers dark rum, exceptional semi-sweet chocolate, pine notes from the hops develop in the back end.

M - Predominantly smooth and creamy, but with just a bit of fizziness on the tongue. Medium body shows some substance, with good silky viscosity that's surprisingly clean by the finish. Components are well-integrated. All the rough edges of a typical stout have been sanded down, leaving a smooth edge throughout.

O - This growler is why I like to taste new beers. Outstanding. Delicious. Nicely roasted without being overdone, the oak aging takes the edge off but leaves this subtle woody campfire taste in the profile that's mostly about rich, dark sugars, from caramels to chocolate, without being at all thick and cloying. This would be the beer to have snowbound with a roaring fire and several friends playing board games. My defining standard of a beer is, am I profoundly disappointed when I reach for another quaff and I discover that it's all gone? In this case, the answer is a definitive yes. (2,480 characters)

Photo of Premo88
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into stout glass

(bottled on 1/9/13; drank on 5/19/13)

L: black with tan head; amber at bottom/edges when held up to light

S: burnt wood -- almost like a barbecue pit; hint of alcohol muted by nice dark malt sweetness; raisins but more chocolate than anything

T: the first sip is a 5 -- big chunk of sweet/semisweet chocolate; alcohol shows up immediately, but then fades away to the chocolate; coffee; enough hops to give it some bite, keep the malt in some kind of balance, but this is a malthead's dream

F: perfect; great fullness and weight with plenty of carbonation to make the heaviness drink easy

O: really holds up over the bomber, lasted me almost an hour and a half. i love the burnt wood notes in it, and it's definitely better than the regular Yeti, which is saying something. (816 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (bottled on 12/18/12)

A: Pitch black with a nice bubbly thick mocha head, but not as big as the chocolate yeti.

S: A bit of dark chocolate, with a lot of that acidic espresso scent.

T: Espresso acidity with a nice slightly sweet malt backbone. Black coffee all the way. Just a bit of vanilla oak in there to complement it. It really comes across in the bitter aftertaste that is just like coffee. Only a bit of warming malts here. There is a bit of chocolate taste in there as well.

M: Almost no carbonation, it is very subtle and masked, just a hint of coarseness so it isn't completely flat and gives it a bit of character.

O: I love that the Yeti offers an affordable way to try variations on a single base stout. I think I said this before in another review but I'm not a huge coffee/espresso guy, but they can really put in that flavor. (892 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a: pretty much pitch black, hint of ruby red at the bottom of the glass. nice healthy looking beige head, 2 fingers.

s: dark roasted chocolate malts, espresso, dark chocolate, candy sugar, slight dark fruity raisin/fig. nice smooth oaky vanilla aromas in here as well. smells like it could be good for your soul

t: big bold espresso upfront. bittersweet chocolate, oak. big sweet roasted malt on backend. something almost grassy in here as well. there is no alcohol in the taste, but you do feel the burn a bit. this finishes much sweeter than i expected, but its balanced out by the espresso as you first sip.

m: full and silky. very very faint carbonation

o: definitely a coffee stout. if your not a fan of the roasted coffee/espresso flavors in your beer, this may not be for you. also if you don't like sweet beers, you may want to steer clear. me? i love both of those things, and am enjoying this. its a sipper for sure, and will linger in your mouth for a while. (973 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (920 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, about as dark a beer as I've ever seen, with a gorgeously thick, frothy head of slowly receding tan cream on top. The coffee presence is brighter than expected, not so dark and oily as most espresso roasts. Sweet and woody with milk chocolate, a variety of vinous fruity esters, and some toast. Heavier roasted malt in the mouth...dark coffee bean, cocoa, and oak. Faint vanilla and char towards the end. Rich, but nothing close to cloying. Thick and beautifully creamy going down easy with a touch of heat after the swallow. Very, very nice. Some alcohol creeps into the flavor, but plays nicely with the wood. Excellent integration of coffee into an already terrific base beer. (692 characters)

Photo of PhilDaBrewer
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with deep amber accent and thin, brown, relatively quickly dissipating head. Nice lacing.

Smell consists of dark cherries, roasted malt, anise, and coffee. For an espresso stout, the coffee is rather subdued.

Tastes of roasted malt, vanilla, and coffee. Again, coffee is definitely present, but not overbearing. Sweet, slightly alcoholic finish.

Mouthfeel suits style. Full bodied.

Overall, this is a really pleasant beer. As for Yeti variants, I put this in a close second place to the Choco Yeti, but still very good. (537 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a thick, dark, motor oil style black. Puffy one inch coffee colored head forms, with spots of foam down the glass as I drink.

Smells like bright, just brewed esresso, chocolate, and darkly roasted malt.

Tastes like bitter espresso, sweet milk chocolate, vanilla (likely from the oak-aging), a bit of oak, and some slight hop bitterness.

Full, sludgy mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated.

The best Yeti variant I've had yet. One of the purest coffee expressions in beer I've had. So thick, and so good. (568 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice dark tan head that dies down slowly and leaves lovely lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of coffee, espresso, chocolate, dark roasted malts, vanilla and oak.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet chocolate, coffee, espresso, rich dark roasted malts, some woody oak, vanilla and maybe even molasses.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. (559 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle with my FW snifter glass
*Notes from 05/31/13

A: Jet black body sits totally opaque in the glass. A closer inspection of smaller sample size does reveal a lighter walnut brown edge. Fizzy and active carbonation forms a nice thick two fingers worth of mocha tan head. Decent retention efforts despite the vigorous bubble action. Minimal lace with just a few ribbons of splash down the glass.

S: Roasty aromas full of dark coffee and chocolates with a pronounced vanilla oakiness. I am surprised at the amount of oak presence actually. Getting some subtle grainy character of toasted oats in there as well. The Espresso really blooms as the beer settles towards room temp in the glass.

T: Rich bold roast flavors meet with a firm hoppy bite. Dark chocolate, oak, and vanilla crème integrate with subtle espresso roast coffee developing some nice complex layers throughout the drink. There is an upper level of hoppy bitterness with a bit of pine noted and some earthy grit to it. Alcohol is noticeable adding a dash of spiced heat. Finishes with some very moderate char and a whisper of licorice. Very nice roast flavors without the astringency which I appreciate. There is a big hop presence to the beer and the oak treatment is evident. Espresso is a bit restrained however it is a nice addition to the base beer and works well here.

M: Great consistency. Should be a big full bodied beer but the spritzy carbonation carries it well. Combine that with an upper level of hop bitterness and you get a nice dry crisp action on the finish. Some warming alcohol. Creamy overall with a nice protein coating left on the tongue.

D: Damn solid variant to the base beer. Lots of layering going on with the dark grains, oak, hops, and espresso. Suprisingly well balanced and drinkable for such a beast of a beer. Worthy of the price tag. (1,847 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into snifter. Jet black with a thick brown head that sticks around. Smells of rich chocolate and espresso, caramel, as well as oak. The oak seems to bring out some hop smells as well. A bit of alcohol comes through in the smell too. Taste is dark roasted malts, sweet chocolate and bitter espresso, and some oak smoothness at the end. Mouthfeel is big and creamy. This is a great stout, would be great with dessert. (422 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 1/9/13: Pours motor oil black color, like a black hole, with a thick 1 finger creamy/foamy light brown head that faded very slowly with lava like bubbles popping as it eased down leaving excellent lacing gripping the sides with foamy rings after each sip. A layer remains on top, officially making this a very impressive stout to admire as the aroma seeps out of the glass like an alluring siren (yes, siren was used in the classic mythology context…).

Smells of fresh coffee beans, chocolate syrup or hot fudge, cocoa powder, vanilla, peat moss, burnt wood which I assume is the oak aged influence, and a whole muddled wave of chocolate and coffee malts mixed together for an incredibly rich aroma. Might be detecting hints of brown sugar and molasses, but in the grand scheme of things the differentiation is not required as this is dominated by coffee and chocolate and it smells really damn great.

Tastes as good as it smells, and if you are into coffee stouts then this is sublime perfection: roasted malts, fresh coffee beans, chocolate syrup or hot fudge, cocoa powder, vanilla, peat moss, burnt wood, oak notes, brown sugar, molasses, burnt grains, burnt toast, light floral hops, and what seems like dry chalk ; it’s quite acidic and bitter, but the robust coffee and chocolate notes cradle the hops to balance this just enough not to make this like a cold stale coffee, but in fact like a dynamic espresso infused stout. This Yeti series pretty much nails it every time and this brew is smooth, flavorful and extremely complex for a beer that is actually dependent on two main flavors which somehow seem to alter a bit with each sip as it warms up. The bottle states that this is a stout aged on oak chips with coffee added in the mix, so that must be the secret to the hyper reaction of the intense mixed flavors. I don’t know how else to explain the complexity of the ingredients used, but I can surely state that I have enjoyed every sip of this bomber.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and slick for such a thick, chewy beer with a heavy body, mild carbonation, lots of coffee bitterness like a cup of Starbucks, and a semi-dry finish that trails off with plenty of roasted malts, cocoa and coffee notes. The alcohol is kept in check, and while it peeks through at times it is just another element in the very complex brew that doesn’t let up.

Overall an excellent stout, and with almost 6 months of aging it was delicious, so I’m hoping the next bottle I open at year’s end is even better with some age adding more depth and flavor. This was a great beer and one I highly recommend trying if you are a fan of big, bold coffee stouts. World class indeed. (2,687 characters)

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Very cool label in the Great Divide style. Label gives bottled on Date(1-10-13), web info, ABV info, Brewery info, a small description of the beer, food pairing info, Cap is wrapped in an attractive gold foil.

Appearance: Pours out a deep black that lets no light penetrate, with a deep brown 1½ finger of a medium density. Head retention was 2min 44sec before fading to a very thick frothy coating and ring. Excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is intoxicating with strong hints of deep espresso beans along with a sweet dark cocoa. Oak and a slight vanilla also come through along with a slight alcohol scent. A very slight hoppiness is detected. Impressive.

Flavor/Taste: Taste starts out with a smoked oak along with sweet dark chocolate flavor, followed by an ever so slight vanilla that quickly turns bitter with a nice hop bite. Finishes very roasty with a slight warming alcohol bite.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Thick, creamy, and full bodied with a medium carbonation. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Overall/Comments: Wow. This beer was impressive. The nose was intoxicating and complex leaving me wanting to just enjoy the aroma all day. The flavor profile was just as impressive and complex. I was left wanting more. Highly recommended. Consumed 3/24/13. Classified as an American Double/Imperial Stout at 9.5% ABV. (1,346 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I’ve been anticipating this Yeti ever since I tasted the oaked version; adding a little coffee to that stout sounds like a prescription for awesome.

Brewed over five months before the date of this tasting (December 17, 2012).

A: The body pours thick, colored a chocolate brown with reddish hues. It’s covered by a dark tan head that bubbles slowly out of existence, leaving a few strings of lacing behind.

S: An unrelentingly coffee-forward nose, erupting with intense aromas of rich roasts, mocha, hazelnut, and charred oak barrel – an aromatic coffee tone on a bed of chocolaty, round tones. Cocoa, cinnamon-sugar, and the warm hint of bourbon are blended beneath.

T: Like the other Yetis, this is dense and chocolaty: chalky, bittersweet cocoa, fig, anise, and vanilla taffy form the base character. Bitter hop flavors of earthy pine and grass intensify the palate, coupled with a woody, astringent alcohol taste. Though one-dimensional, there is an oaky, smoked finish that brings this beer to a dry, toasted aftertaste. Simple, sweet, satisfying.

M: Moderate body with a pronounced crack of fizzy carbonation. While this is a high-alcohol stout, there’s nothing here that’s too thick to keep it from being undrinkable.

O: Though it’s a potent coffee stout, this beer, like most of the Yetis, has a blended flavor – it’s tough to pick out individual tastes, that is, when everything runs together with a single roasted character. Nonetheless (again, like most of the Yetis), I thoroughly enjoyed it. (1,525 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 1/9/13. Poured into a chalice.

A great beer! Overwhelmingly coffee flavored as one might expect from the beer's name, but a beer more complex than that. This beer exhibits the whole range of the dark roast flavor palate. A cold winter's day beer. I would rate this beer higher if not for the alcohol finish.

A - Pours a dark opaque brown with a light reddish brown rocky head, which dissapates quickly (-).

S - Coffee, dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, black licorice.

T - Dark roast coffe, even some dark fruit, some sweetness, medium bitterness, slight unassuming alcohol taste. oak/whiskeyy flavor begins to dominate as the beer warms and the session lasts.

MF - A medium body beer, slight mineral edge, not the viscousness or even the creaminess one might expect. Definitely alcohol in the finish. (820 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: pours dark black, thick like molasses, no light gets through this beer. Half finger dark tan head that dissipates quickly.

S: deep wood nose, slight notes of chocolate. Espresso is subtle and blends well with the other notes this beer hits

T: wow, instant wood!

M: thick, light carbonation. Alcohol is hidden beautifully. Coats the mouth lettinge savor ever moment.

O: great beer, very well balanced. Oak, subtle chocolate and espresso with a nice malty char wood finish. I'm defiantly getting more to put away. Can't wait. (532 characters)

Photo of Jacurdy60
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a pitch black, motor oil color with a thick, creamy light brown colored head with lovely retention. Foam coats the entire glass and sticks to the side in one of the thickest latticeworks I've ever witnessed.

S-Dark chocolate, meat grilled over oak chips, a bit nutty, bitter and dark chocolate with the faintest twinge of alcohol. Booziness is well hidden for a 9.5% abv brew.

T-Sweet dark chocolate comes through at the front with a touch of nuttiness that precedes the charred oak in the middle of the palate. Finishes with a bitter taste of coffee (as expected) with a faint twinge of booziness again. Lingering aftertase of vanilla. Malty sweetness is balanced well with the bitter coffee and oak chips. Outstanding.

MF-Sticky as hell. Probably the stickiest beer I've had as it clings to the glass and does not want to let go. Body is full and thick, finishes like whole milk with a touch of carbonation. Well played, Gread Divide.

O-The best version of the Yeti series. And probably my favorite Imperial Stout so far. Balance is perfect. Complex as hell and the alcohol is hidden well. Absolutely no complaints. (1,130 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Motor oil black, freaking dark and seriously opaque. You see the light brown bubbles hovering to the surface of the brew creating a dark tan head just about 2/3".

Smell: An appetizing aroma of coffee, plus a hit of molasses that shakes/ up the nostrils.

Taste: I served this brew cold but indeed let it sit a bit to warm up so I could absorb how rich it is. Strong coffee bean, slightly over shadows the rest of the beer but still outstanding . Little sweet in the end maybe the molasses or the aging (because you definitely feel some vanilla).

Mouth: Medium and sticky, comes a bit dry. The bitter finish is the awesome.

Overall: If you like coffee infused imperial stouts, this one should be at the top of your list. It is a little pricy but it never hurts to treat yourself every now and then. Think of it a a super-sized breakfast stout, breakfast not included. Salud! (920 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great Divide Espresso Oak-aged Yeti Russian Imperial Stout, Great Divide Brewing, Denver, Colorado.

Fully black, utterly deep, with dark brown head. Looks fantastic, very promising.

Aroma: Espresso is detected first, with chocolate not far behind, rich, decadent cocoa. Very nice.

Taste: On the tongue, it's thick, rich and hoppy. Not getting the oak just yet, but the flavor is dominated by cocoa and coffee. Great and surprising balance in this big, big beer. The espresso flavor is here, but doesn't dominate like in some coffee stouts. Full-bodied, with a long, sweet and hoppy finish. There's a certain cherry-like sweet character that stands on top and melds well with the bitter notes. Cocoa and coffee lurk in the back of the throat, hang in there, never letting go.

This is not the behemoth I worried it would be, it's a complex, and wonderful ale. Many flavors unfold during it's duration. Massive malt, incredibly full-bodied, flush with flavor.
Knockout stout, this. Maybe my favorite Yeti? No, it has to stand just behind regular oak-aged Yeti, though I haven't had it in a while. Maybe I should… (1,115 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark black with a one finger mocha head, which fades to 1/4 inch and holds, leaving nice lacing. The aroma has dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, and roasted malt.

The taste is more coffee forward than chocolate forward, as the name suggests. There is coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa, alcohol, and oak. The oak is pretty strong, and a bit too strong in my opinion. Still solid though.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. Has a strong coffee aftertaste. Another good effort in the Yeti series from Great Divide. (537 characters)

Photo of davey101
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on: February 12, 2010. 22 oz bottle with gold foil into a DFH signature glass.

A - Pours a jet black body with three fingers of dark mocha foam. Thick edging with solid lacing and retention.

S - Rich milk chocolate, cocoa butter, roasted malts, vanilla and some light bitterness. Oak is there but obviously not as complex as a a barrel. The coffee is definitely faded and about as noticeable as any non coffee stout which develops some of those bean notes via the malts. A bit harsh and boozy on the finish.

T - Rich and decadent chocolate, cocoa powder, woody oak, light roast, a touch of vanilla and then faded coffee beans. The oak is very noticeable and quite tasty against the chocolate backbone but the coffee is just an afterthought now. Luckily there is no awkward bitterness from the coffee left over, which is something I've found in KBS with a year or two on it. Mouth feel is thick and creamy.

O - Probably a former shell of itself as the large selling point, the espresso, is all but gone. Fortunately the oak shines through and the standard yeti is a delicious chocolate bomb which makes for an outstanding stout with nearly 2.5 years on the clock. (1,176 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
The beer itself comes closer to a really dark brown that borders on black. The foam is a coffee colored tan.

Smell:
Coffee and sweet dark chocolate dominates the nose.

Taste:
The main notes are coffee and dark chocolate with a bit of hops that tastes pretty nice. I get tiny bit of vanilla that along with the dark chocolate balances well against the strong coffee tastes.

Mouthfeel:
Barely any carbonation. Very full-bodied.

Overall:
A fairly decent Imperial Stout and one that I would probably pick up again. (526 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz from Belmont Station.

A: Pours with a big foamy dark mocha head. So black it obscures the printing on my Bailey's tulip. Some good stains.

N: Lots of smoke, espresso, and oak. Strong enough to smell from a few feet away. Chocolate, tobacco and leather. Overtures of vanilla. Coffee brings an overt acidity. Dry earth. Worth savoring.

T: Starts with the hoppy bitterness. Lots of smoke and coffee which adds another element to the bitter side. Oak dries this out. There's not a ton of sweetness, but it is there. Like drinking a heavily roasted espresso.

M: Oily and heavy, though it doesn't coat the palate like some other RISes. Still it's not slouch. Alcohol is well-hidden.

O: A hoppy coffee forward stout that has a lot of layers and which I very much enjoy. I wish it had a bit more sweetness to prop up the coffee, but it's a minor complaint. Well done. Need to buy more next year. (902 characters)

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,012 ratings.