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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,103 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,103
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 224
Gots: 589 | 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 dav
3.5/5  rDev -18%

dav, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Jaycase
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours dark, dark brown. divine mocha colored head. great look to this one

s: coffee and roasted malts primarily. Booze comes through as well

t: very strong coffee taste with a touch of chocolate mixed in. not overly sweet. A good amount of bitterness.

m: thick and creamy. carbonation seems just right. Finishes a tad dry

o: if you enjoy a stout infused with coffee, this one's for you. Incredibly drinkable. Did not get much of the vanilla oak flavor but a solid stout nonetheless.

Jaycase, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a jet black coloring that looks viscous and smooth, with a thick, foamy, dense, dark chocolate colored head. Pours beautifully, and looks delicious. Aromas are heavy in mocha coffee, with a dark, bitter characteristic to it, as well as a highlight of sweet, creamy chocolate. Flavors are super bitter, with a hint of the alcohol into the roof of the mouth and the sinuses. The palate is completely coffee based, with a strong, roasted, dark presence throughout that is heavy in espresso, with an earthy and woody balancing undertone. Minimal cling that slips down the glass slowly while you drink, catching up to the surface of the remaining beer if left for more than a minute. The aftertaste has the roast coffee and bitterness of spent coffee grounds, with a somewhat drying effect. The finish is rich, robust, and eerily similar to a pressed espresso lingering behing on the palate, with a boozy kick.

GarthDanielson, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of PorterBoy14
3.5/5  rDev -18%

PorterBoy14, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of sneth019
3.5/5  rDev -18%

sneth019, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of schoun
5/5  rDev +17.1%

schoun, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of JazzIPA55
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

JazzIPA55, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of ChumleyX
5/5  rDev +17.1%

ChumleyX, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of tjkinate
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not the best Yeti, but not worst either!

A: 1+ finger head of cocoa brown color forms atop this deep brown bodied brew and displays good retention and fairly solid lacing.

S: Coffee scents (to be expected) that are very pleasant, like walking into a cafe. Oak scents are mild and are overshadowed by chocolate malts and hints of booze. Hop profile is quite low in the nose and not indicative of the series.

T: Hops reveal themselves in the tasting, but more subtle than other Yeti's. Coffee is quite strong and the oak makes more of a showing than in the nose. Vanilla builds as the beer warms and allows brown sugar hints to surface.

M: Medium/heavy, well carbonated, fairly dry, especially on the backend.

O: Very good beer, still enjoy the oak aged version more.

tjkinate, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of jsurfs82
5/5  rDev +17.1%

jsurfs82, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of obrike
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A buddy split his bottle with me on Super Bowl Sunday.

Really loved the look on this one...like melted dark chocolate in a beer bottle...almost looked thick when poured. So black, blacker than black...just beautiful. Tall tan head with clingy lace for the duration.

Getting vanilla, bitter coffee, and booze in the scent...smells hot...dangerous.

Wow, this one's got a lot going on. A great combo of bitter expresso and sweet vanilla, and a very big shot of booze. A pretty hot stout, but one that hits the spot on a cold night.

Uber smooth, goes down like butta, but again, the heat on this one was a bit noticable to me. That's the only tiny flaw I saw in this bad-ass Imp. Great job by Great Divide!

obrike, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of beef13
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

beef13, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of vic21234
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter, sat at room temperature from the fridge for thirty minutes. Bottled on date reads 12/20/11.

A- Pours motor oil black with a gorgeous caramel colored head that quickly fades. Lots of lacing is apparent along the glass.

S- Tons of coffee and roasty malt. I'm getting some vanilla aromas also.

T- Coffee/ espresso overpowers all. The roasty malts are apparent. Aftertaste is packed with the coffee taste and almost slight hopped finish.

M- Heavy, chewy, all coffee.

A good beer, GD definitely accomplishes what they were going for. The coffee is a bit much for me in this one. I would have probably enjoyed it after some time to age it to let the strong coffee characters subside a bit.

vic21234, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of phiberoptik
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a white wine goblet. Cola black-brown with almost no head at all. Dark mocha oil-sheen residue of head. Viscus on the side of the glass when swirled.

Smells roasty, burnt, definite spent espresso grounds. Oaky vanilla and warm tingle from the alcohol.

Tastes of burnt coffee, earthy, tobacco, bitter, dry, heavy toasted oak, traces of vanilla, warm finish.

Full bodied, surprising carbonation after no sign of it in the pour.

This stuff is top notch. Yeti is great and this is one of the better variations of it. A must try.

phiberoptik, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Zaphog, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Kenai4
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Kenai4, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of pschul4
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into Snifter

A- Damn! Blacker than a black hole. Blacker than a singularity. Blacker than Lebron's Cleveland leaving heart. 1 inch mocha head that leaves decent lacing.

S- Tasty mocha coffee flavor. Really digging this scent

T- Bold black coffee flavor. Too rich for my liking, but a black coffee lover would also love this. Just too much acidic coffee ground taste.

M- Very smooth, low carbonation that I love in imperial stouts

O- I love everything about this beer except for the taste...I wish I was kidding

pschul4, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer review # 300. This has been a fun ride on BA, reviewing and sharing my humble opinion about beer.

Poured a motor-oil consistency pitch black color from a 22 oz bomber, with ABV and the date of bottling clearly marked on the label. Absolutely no light penetration whatsoever. Two finger mocha colored head that dissipated very slowly leaving behind some really nice lace.

Aroma was more on the hoppy side as I cracked the bottle open. However, as it warms the hop aroma gives way to oak notes and roasted espresso coffee and cocoa/dark chocolate notes. Complex blend of aromas of which the aforementioned three major notes stand out.

Taste is bitter upfront, the bitterness coming from the hops. Back of the mouth the coffee and roasted malt bitterness comes through. The wood notes are evident from the middle towards the finish. The coffee/malt bitterness lingers for a while after the finish.

Full-bodied with a luscious, silky mouthfeel. For a beer this big, the alcohol is almost unnoticeable. Age is definitely going to make this beer even better.

Definitely one of the 'must-try once in your lifetime' beers. Highly recommended.

CaptDavyJones, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of SeriousALEment
5/5  rDev +17.1%

SeriousALEment, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of stampfler07
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

stampfler07, Feb 04, 2012
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.

dcloeren, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of stckhndlr
4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore MD on 1-28-12.
Review from notes.

A- Black, no light getting through on this one. A good solid tan one finger head. Gorgeous lacing along the glass.

S- Beer sat on the bar for about 10 minutes to allow it a chance to warm up from the tap. Suddenly I start to smell fresh dark roast coffee. It's like someone just ground up the bean under my nose. Upon further examination I found notes of coffee, cream and plenty of chocolate.

T- HUGE espresso up front with roasted malt and a hint of chocolate. Has a touch of bitter and smoke on the finish.

M- Has a numbing tingly feel like you touched ambisol to you lips. Big bold creamy.

O- Waves of emotion came over me with this beer. Absolutely soothing flavors and aromas. Just perfect.

stckhndlr, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of beerdweeb
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

beerdweeb, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of DavidST
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, bottled on Jan 10, 2012. This pours a motor oil thick pitch black with a brown head which leaves a lacing, perfect. The smells are of dark roasted malts, espresso, alcohol. The feel is thick and creamy. The taste is big and excellent dark roasted malts, espresso, give hop flavor, amazing.

DavidST, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of xpdrinker
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - 650mL bottle (bottled 1/9/12, purchased 2/3/12) poured into Great Divide stemmed pils glass. Opaque black with super thick, creamy brown head that has its own occupy movement in the glass and refuses to go anywhere.

S - Coffee aromas shot at me right from the hiss of removing the cap. Big espresso presence, milk chocolate, some alcohol. Maybe a little brown sugar.

T - Rich coffee, toffee, dark and semi-sweet chocolates. Almost a Nutella cocoa-hazelnut presence. Hops and peppery coffee bitterness on the finish.

M - Nice medium-low carbonation does its part and doesn't stand in the way of the complex array of flavors. Rich and creamy while not really coating the mouth or having that chewy aspect to it like regular Oak Yeti. Almost thin finish.

O - Oak Aged Yeti is one of my favorite beers ever and this Espresso treatment is an excellent addition to the Yeti family. This an upper echelon coffee stout and I highly recommend picking some up.

xpdrinker, Feb 04, 2012
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,103 ratings.