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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,071 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,071
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 215
Gots: 581 | 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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Photo of YouSkeete
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black appearance with a very dark mocha colored head with pretty good lacing. Dark chocolate, fine ground espresso beans, vanilla and heavy cream with hints of cherries and oak chips. Sort of an overly sweet Hershey's syrup-like overall aroma. Overly huge espresso bite with overwhelming alcohol sourness and smoked wood on the first sip. Settles into a tamer dark chocolate mouthfeel while the heavy cream and vanilla flavors follow. Ends with smooth, milky cacao with a sour espresso finale. Lower carbonation with a medium sized body. I guess i was expecting something smoother and richer: what i got was spicy and aggressive. Looking at this objectively, it's pretty damn good.

YouSkeete, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of sludgegnome
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

sludgegnome, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of n2185
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with three fingers of dark brown head that fades into a thin layer with good lacing.

S: Roasted malts up front followed by dark chocolate and lots of robust, roasted coffee notes. There are woody oak characters as well with a sweet finish.

T: Roasted malts up front followed by a big blast of oak and coffee flavors. There are some dark chocolate flavors mixed in, but the oak and coffee dominate in a wonderful combination that finishes lightly bitter and roasted with some char notes. Delicious.

M: Thick body with a relatively lively carbonation (for an imperial stout) that accents the oak and coffee flavors very well.

O: A great beer, overall. Its relative ease of access makes this beer overlooked, but it is better than many much more hyped imperial stouts. I'd like a bit more complexity in the aroma, but other than that it's a superb beer.

n2185, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of Lynn
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Lynn, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of ksimons
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-basically black with no visible highlights and two fingers worth of dark tan head that sticks to the glass

S-Roasted coffee and malt, dark chocolate, and some light alcohol

T-Huge espresso taste. Big roasted malt, espresso, and dark chocolate. Some light alcohol but not overpowering.

M-medium to full body, light to medium carbonation, very smooth, leaves a dry coffee aftertaste

Overall the espresso flavors in this beer work very well. Really well blended flavors make this beer easy to drink and enjoy.

ksimons, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of Lantern
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Lantern, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of RandyBoBandy
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

RandyBoBandy, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of CBPAS
3.5/5  rDev -18%

CBPAS, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of bmur112
4/5  rDev -6.3%

bmur112, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of epicbeard85
4/5  rDev -6.3%

epicbeard85, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of ng85
4/5  rDev -6.3%

ng85, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of katan
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz into a goblet

A - Pours black, thick, solid, sticky looking. Strong head formation, mocha colored. Well retained with a frothy film and a little bit of lacing.

S - Deep dark flavors, heavy roast from barley and a much more coffee like astringency. A little bit of dark chocolate in the background. Could this be yesterday's coffee?

T - Starts off lightly roasted, a little burnt flavors. Mid-stream gets a hefty coffee /espresso flavor - like a double shot. Finishes with a strong bitterness and a sticky burnt oaky flavor. Strong aftertaste of chocolate and char.

M - Full bodied beer, moderate to light carbonation. Well hidden alcohol - but then nothing could make it past that coffee.

O/D - An interesting winter warmer for me. I am not that big of a coffee lover or perhaps I would connect with this one better. Not very filling, alcohol is potent.

katan, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of mmmaaattt
4/5  rDev -6.3%

mmmaaattt, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of SLeffler27
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yeti is black velvet, passing no light and reminiscent of molasses. The dark, walnut mousse builds on top, leaving thick rings of lace on a Dogfish Head Snifter.

The aroma is equal parts roasted coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate. There is some pine tar and alcohol, perhaps whisky. Whisky and cocoa powder build with warmth.

The flavor follows the nose, adding some cherry, fig and vanilla. Bitterness comes on strong just before and long into the finish. The flavors continuously develop through layers of warmth.

This stout is bold, almost dense, with a velvety texture, warm alcohol, and lively carbonation. The finish is dry.

This beer is recommended for reading, contemplation, or as a digestive.

SLeffler27, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of BillHem
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

BillHem, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One year old properly cellared bottle. Poured into a Gulden Draak flute. Pours jet black with a fine one finger, medium brown head with good retention and lacing. Nice looking. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, dark malts, slight oak and cherry. Taste is complex; coffee, rasted and smoky malt, chocolate, changing to a drier woody, neutral malt and finishing with a coffee bitterness with and oaky dryness Finish just a little dry allowing the bitterness to overwhelm the malt. Medium creamy body, but very nicely made and interesting. Excellent stout.

LiquidAmber, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of gaugebozo
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark opaque (in a pilsner glass!) with lots of foam/lacing.
S - Coffee and roasted grains.
T - Complex. Chocolate, coffee, roast grains and some hops. The main flavors are roasty/coffee. slightly acrid, but works with the flavors. Oak is there, but blends with the other flavors.
M - Thick with light carb.
O - This one is very good. Deep and roasty, enjoyable if you pace yourself. Yum!

gaugebozo, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with a rich coffee colored head with good retention.

Smells of chocolate and coffee, with some bitter herb notes and a faint oak scent.

Sharp bitter espresso rounded with a strong chocolate coating. Finishes with a bitter herb bite and a faint oak dryness. A very good beer, but the coffee dominates a little too much - seems forced.

Chickenhawk9932, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of DrewZ926
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- jet black with a two finger mocha head. ample sticky lacing. looks pretty viscous.

S- tons of oak, booze, chocolate syrup, baking cocoa, and heaps of espresso. also, a surprisingly strong hop presence, piney and citric even.

T- real oaky, slight lactic/milky component too, caught me off guard. dark fruits and straight espresso grounds. as bitter and dry as any stout i've had. the bitter hops add a nice element as well. earthy, but finishes with a hint of sweetness.

M- very good for the style, creamy not as this as regular yeti.

O- definitely seek this out as the price is right and it's well above the average off-the-shelf stout. love what the coffee did to this one, but that's not to say that oak aged and regular yeti aren't great on their own. will be picking up a few bottles tomorrow, highly similar to BORIS.

DrewZ926, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of OldChub82
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

OldChub82, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of FishPondManager
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber, bottled 12/10/11

A - Poured into stout glass. Black, thick, creamy brown head to about 1.5 inches. Fantastic

S - Coffee aroma, chocolate, some alcohol. Molasses and sugar.

T - Rich coffee, toffee, chocolates. A little nutty. Hops and bitterness on the finish.

M - Nice medium-low carbonation let's the rich favors melt over your mouth.

O - A nice desert addition to the Yeti family. Buy as many of these as you can.

FishPondManager, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Beezee
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Beezee, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of HopHeadAndy
5/5  rDev +17.1%

HopHeadAndy, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of Hojaminbag
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti has a body that is almost black and a thin, dark brown head. The retention is decent, and a few scraps of lacing remain behind on my glass.

Espresso dominates the aroma, with notes of hops and chocolate as well.

This is one that definitely needs to warm up, because when it's cold basically all you can taste is the hops. As it warms, the coffee really asserts itself and the flavor is quite nice. The hops are there, of course, with a hint of citrus and a lot of pine and resin. The bitterness is noticeable. Notes of chocolate and a hint of roast are present as well, pairing with a nice oak flavor in the background. A little bit of warmth comes through in the finish.

The mouthfeell full-bodied, warm and bitter.

I like all of the Yeti various, this one included. A lot of coffee flavor comes through for such a big beer. Let it warm first!

Hojaminbag, Feb 27, 2012
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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