Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company
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District of Columbia
3.9/5 rDev -8.7%
Bottled 12 February 2010.
This one pours pitch black with really thick, foamy, dark tan head. Good lacing. Intense chocolate and coffee aromas, very rich and roasty. A smooth coffee flavor mixed with rich dark chocolate. Moderate sweetness with plenty of roast malt. Falls just a bit flat, lacking complexity. Very smooth, creamy mouthfeel with no bitterness from the coffee. Carbonation still lends a slight crispness.
04-03-2011 19:06:18 | More by goldbot
4.03/5 rDev -5.6%
Jet black with a bubbly and dark, two-finger head that seems forced up by the mass of beer below.
Big coffee smell with a lot of chocolate too. Deep, rich, sweet malts. Also a nice zesty scent, almost like lemon or citrus.
Holy smokes that's a rich beer. Huge coffee tastes. Almost overpowering. The coffee powers through a sturdy malt body. I actually think this is waking me up. Unbelievable coffee. Very dry finish. The vanilla oak taste breaks through in the aftertaste.
This is a good beer, but you must like coffee to enjoy it.
03-31-2011 23:47:22 | More by birderbeerer
4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
Thanks to CaptinRedBeard for sending this.
Pours solid black, producing about a finger of brown head. The head, which may be the darkest I have seen on any beer, fades slowly and leaves behind some nice lacing.
I smell big, roasty malts, backed up by a nice whiff of coffee. Some molasses lingers in the background, and the oak aging brings out a bit of vanilla character.
Everything that I detect in the aroma makes itself known in the flavor as well. It opens with dark, slightly sweet malt, coffee, and bitter chocolate. The oak comes in a bit later, followed by some nice roastiness in the finish.
Medium to full-bodied, with just enough carbonation. This beer is smooth on the tongue, and presents just a bit of alcohol warmth.
This was a very nice coffee stout, overall, and I think I prefer it over chocolate or regular oak aged yeti.
03-31-2011 12:45:13 | More by Pellinore1
4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
Had on tap at Strong Place in Brooklyn, New York before heading over to Beer For Beasts. I was leaning towards a lighter beer but finally saw the elusive Yeti on tap and decided it was time to give Great Divide its fair shake. It was served in a small, tapered pilsner glass.
Look: black body with no highlights even when held to the light. The good thing about day drinking is you can actually appreciate the appearance of your beer! The head is a reddish, mocha color and is less than one finger thick but retains extraordinarily well and leaves behind sheets of lace.
Smell: big espresso bean aroma, bits of chocolate and vanilla but I can't really get any hint of the oak. Fairly simple but still quite strong and enjoyable.
Taste: this is one of the better tasting coffee added stouts that I've had. Dark roasted malt, great espresso taste, some chocolate notes, vanilla beans, and a bit of oak in the finish. I can't detect any hop character to it. My mouth is left tasting like I was eating chocolate covered coffee beans.
Feel: medium to full body that could probably use a little more fullness but its good in terms of mouthfeel for a 9.5% alcohol stout. Its very drinkable for a stout of its size as well. The alcohol is quite hidden and the feel is very smooth.
Overall: very impressed by this beer. Its one of the better stouts with coffee beans added that I have had. All too often, coffee stouts just taste like coffee beans and have absolutely nothing else going on. Well, this one doesn't fall into that one dimensional trap as so many other things are going on in the taste. Loved it and recommend it wholeheartedly. Cheers!
03-27-2011 13:43:26 | More by SkunkWorks
3.85/5 rDev -9.8%
For quite a while I've been looking forward to sitting back and enjoying this beer from one of my favorite breweries.
A viscous, impenetrably black pour is topped with a large and resilient dark brown head that ends up leaving a nice sized, albeit slightly broken lace behind. The the Playbill review is promising.
Smoldering oak and vanilla to the nose with dark chocolate and espresso working in quickly. A bit of caramel and pine is noticeable as the curtain rises. From the orchestra pit big black coffee notes rise and strike the tongue along with some dark chocolate, vanilla and an undercurrent of sweet malts. Some burnt sugar and sour dark fruits enter stage right a few minutes into the play.
A bit syrupy with a medium to heavy mouth-feel, a creamy middle, some rough edges, and a barely discernible alcohol heat. The critics are still undecided on the merit of the play's final act.
Its hard to beat the original Yeti. And while I dig the added coffee notes and barrel aging, I'm not for sure it actually adds anything to this brew. That being said, this is a good beer, and I can guarantee you won't regret leisurely sipping an evening away with one of these as your source of entertainment.
03-26-2011 20:07:30 | More by stephens101
4.15/5 rDev -2.8%
22oz bottle, one of my parting gifts from volunteering at EBF, allowed to warm slightly before being poured into my Duvel tulip.
Espresso Yeti pours night black, with a tall, burnt caramel head. The foam cap has the consistency of key lime pie, and has crazy stamina. Lacing is very good, rings of foam are left stuck to the inside of the glass. It's just short of where it needs to be for a 5 though. The nose is entirely too one dimensional though. It smells almost like straight up cold coffee, with just barely a appreciable hint of dark chocolate. The beer comes across with much better balance on my palate. Coffee is still the star of the show, but rich dark chocolate has a much bigger presence. Anise comes in in the background to further balance the beer. Any kind of hint of oak or vanilla would really finish this beer off, but the flavor profile as is is pretty outstanding. The body is everything you'd want in an imperial stout... rich, creamy, and smooth. I'd be willing to bet there were some oats in the grain bill. Unfortunately, the carbonation is a bit over the top, coming across as a distraction at times. Espresso Yeti toes the line for how coffee forward a beer can be for me, but manages not to cross it, and the result is one of the better imperial stouts I've had in a while.
03-25-2011 06:50:39 | More by axeman9182
4.45/5 rDev +4.2%
This beer pours thick black... Almost syrup like coming out of the bottle. There is brown foamy head that just covers the top of the beer almost constantly and leaves plenty of lacing as you drink. The aroma is not overpowering with coffee as I kind of expected before i opened the bottle. Instead, there is a nice mixture of roasted barley, caramel as well as coffee notes. The taste has hints of cherry, oak, caramel, roasted malt and of course coffee. The mouthfeel is nice and velvety, with a slight note of carbonation on the tip of your tongue. Overall a great beer that I will probably keep in my house at all times.
03-24-2011 23:13:05 | More by csiewert
3.28/5 rDev -23.2%
22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Split with russwbeck.
Tasted side by side with Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti.
A - Pours very dark, essentially black. On top rests a 1-finger, dark mocha head, similar in composition and color to normal Yeti and the regular Oak Aged version. The thing that really distinguished this from the other beers in this series is that the head retention is much better than the other Yetis. The head leaves a thick, bubbly cap in its wake, while leaving some few sparse lacing.
S - Compared to the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, this has much more of its representative additive. The first smell brings a bold rush of espresso, not as much as in Goose Island's Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout, but still a respectable amount. There is a good amount of hops and wood as well.
T - Here, it almost mirrors the Chocolate version as this beer has a much better smell than taste. The espresso is more subtle here than in the nose. However, compared to the Chocolate, it has much more oak, similar to the Oak Aged Yeti. Again. it's almost bordering on too much oak. Definitely not my preferred taste profile at all.
M - Thin bodied with low carbonation. Again, it seems the oak aging has hurt this constancy.
D - Drinkability is moderate. The smell is great and holds promise, but the taste brings too much oak and wood. I think I have to put the chocolate version above this , despite the strong smell.
03-24-2011 04:00:18 | More by nhindian
3.9/5 rDev -8.7%
Enjoyed with nhindian. Tried side by side with the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti
A: As with all the Yetis, nice sized brown head rests atop a black and opaque pour. Espresso has a nicer sized head, but the retention and lacing are very similar.
S: Smells a lot like Yeti, but with a lot more coffee. Chocolate is present, roasted malts throughout. Not a lot of booziness here.
T: Big coffee flavor here, bigger than the chocolate flavor is for the chocolate oak aged. The wood in this one, as I drink it, seems to be as prominent, and similar to how it was in the oak aged version. Sort of sticks with you throughout the drink.
MF: This one is far more bitter than the chocolate oak aged version. However, the creaminess is also gone. Same warming booziness is present.
O: While I view this one as better than the chocolate and oak aged version, none of them are as good as fresh Yeti. A little disappointed, but it is still very good. Was looking for a littler more here.
03-24-2011 03:23:45 | More by russwbeck
4.22/5 rDev -1.2%
Thanks a ton to viggo for opening this aged bottle from his cellar (circa 2008-2009).
This stuff pours an evil-looking black; opaque with a head that looks fairly similar to espresso crema. Good retention and easy to create a new head with a little swirl. Some lacing.
Tons of dark roasted malt, molasses, Whoppers, brown sugar, dark chocolate. There's a touch of espresso coming out but it's mostly delicious malt.
The flavour is lighter than I was expecting; for some reason I thought this stuff would be really intense. Smooth dark, oily malt, cocoa powder, earthy hops and some subtler-than-expected espresso (though it's quality). Very smoothed out.
Feels aged; very smooth and velvety. Almost no carbonation. Maybe a little thin-bodied paired with the flavour.
Really nice sipper. I could keep drinking this until I passed out.
03-23-2011 04:24:44 | More by eat
3.8/5 rDev -11%
Bomber into a snifter. Bottle on/best by date is indiscernible, but I think it's pretty fresh. I love the yeti labels, which is why I first bought the base beer years ago.
A: Motor oil, viscous black with a rather dark brown and persistent two finger head. Body is as about as dark as they come.
S: Delicious. Coffee is prominent, of course. Rather bitter espresso with lots of chocolate. Wonderful roasty aromas. Charred oak.
T: Right in line with the nose. Very bitter. Roasted tobacco. Lots of wood as it warms - I could barely discern the oak notes at first, and they became pretty dominant eventually. The eventual overall taste is what I would imagine a tobacco leaf to taste like, from the combination of tobacco with the oak and some spices.
M: Very smooth, creamy carbonation, and extremely (as an understatement) dry.
O: This is a really delicious beer, but the bomber was a little bit too much for me and the flavors became overpowering. I enjoyed the first sip far more than the last.
03-23-2011 02:49:12 | More by tsatem
3.75/5 rDev -12.2%
This beer looked thick and dark as it sludges out of the bottle. I have had lots of dark beers in my day, but this might be the darkest. No light comes from anywhere. Really attractive thick bubbly dark mocha head that isn't going anywhere. Some of the head does die down, but it sticks really well to the sides of the glass.
Smells fresh, a strong wood presence with some vanilla, bourbon, strong coffee and dark chocolate. A wonderful blend of all of these and I spent about five minutes just smelling it.
I get hit with a wave of strong coffee at first, which turns into a slight sweetness from the oat and vanilla notes. Finishes hop strong. The bitterness from the combination of the coffee and hops is almost cloying. There is not alot of sweetness in this beer, and it makes it's drinkability a little difficult. Overall, a really good beer but I wish I had split the bottle with someone. I will be really interested to see how this beer hold up in my cellar. I think some time will bring out some more vanilla notes that might have been hidden behind the coffee and hops.
03-21-2011 02:26:23 | More by mjsheehan08
4.85/5 rDev +13.6%
Been a good while trying to get this one. It looks dark brown almost perfectly black. A good two finger dark brown head. Smell of chocolate and espresso! Tastes amazing with a really strong espresso taste. the chocolate after taste makes me want some coffee with my chocolate. Nice and thick just the way i like it. this is a great beer. if you see it you should buy it.
03-21-2011 00:07:06 | More by dizknee24
4/5 rDev -6.3%
Pours black with a thick fluffy brown head with some good lacing going on. Smell is mostly of obust roasted coffee other roasted malts with only hints of dark bitter chocolate. The oak character comes in more through the taste coupled with the dark roasted coffee and a slight taste of alcohol. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth with medium carbonation. Very good. Overall this is a great Coffee RIS.
03-20-2011 20:57:56 | More by depechemode1983
4.25/5 rDev -0.5%
22oz bottle poured into shaker pint; thanks to Jesse13713 for splitting this bottle with me. The bottling date looks like it's from Feb 2010; not entirely sure if I'm reading right.
A: Awesome looking beer; pours an opaque dark brown/black, with three fingers of foamy, tan, oatmeal/porridge head. Tons of lacing left behind and great head retention- hard for a beer to look better than this.
S: A great smelling beer for sure; tons of roasted, chocolaty malts come through here, alongside huge portions of the oak and espresso referenced in the beer's name. Falls just short of a 5, but the beer's appearance is making every sniff I take even more enjoyable.
T: Hugely rich taste, with huge quantities of espresso and oak flavor upfront once again. Chocolate and vanilla both make appearances alongside heaps of roasted malts. Taste does suffer a bit in the middle, with many of the flavors falling out at that point, although they are restored on the finish with a lingering, bittersweet, oaky flavor. If this beer had a punch more of flavor in the middle, it would be really excellent.
M: Medium-bodied (somewhat thin for the style, this is not a chewy beer) with light carbonation; very smooth.
O: Highly drinkable for a big stout; the complexity keeps me coming back to this one, not to mention the high quality of the coffee and oak flavors present. Really enjoyable; glad I got to try this one again, and I'll certainly be returning to it in the future. The best of the Yeti series I've had so far (beating out normal Yeti and standard Oak Aged).
03-18-2011 06:01:26 | More by AwYeh
4.83/5 rDev +13.1%
Had this on-tab at Ray's Place a few months ago and liked it so much I bought a bomber of it.
Appearance - Black with caramelized chocolate brown for a head. Looks very rich, fresh and full of flavor. Lacing is slightly clumpy and soapy looking; but overall quite impressive. Overall very dark brown on the verge of being black.
Smell - Strong hints of coffee and espresso of course. A slight bourbon burn on the nose as well. Definitely some noticeable and strong hints of chocolate also.
Taste - Just like when I had it on tap; huge notes of espresso with coffee flavors bouncing back and forth between different levels of robustness. A slight bourbon burn with huge hints of espresso and coffee.
Mouthfeel / Drinkability - A slight bourbon burn with huge coffee notes. Overall a high quality beer that I enjoyed just as much this time as when I had it on tap. A relief in our night of pretty disappointing beers.
03-18-2011 05:56:33 | More by Jesse13713
3.93/5 rDev -8%
Poured out of a 22 ounce bottle. Humongous 2-inch tan head over a completely black beer. No light gets through even when held directly up to bright light. Excellent lacing throughout the drinking experience.
Nice smell of roasted malts and espresso. As it heats up towards the end of the bottle you smell the alcohol, and some chocolate as well.
Tastes of roasted malts, vanilla, espresso, alcohol, plums. There's a lot of vanilla flavor in here - it's surprisingly sweet, especially as it warms up. Very good though.
Mouthfeel is thick, heavy, creamy. It's a meal in a beer - you don't find many as chunky as this one.
Very good beer but it doesn't mask the alcohol as well as some imperial stouts. I don't think I'd drink two 22 ounce bottles in a row, partly because of the 9.5% ABV but also because it's a sipping beer not a session beer.
03-18-2011 01:56:06 | More by jar2574
4.33/5 rDev +1.4%
**This is a year old review of this beer
A- a nice thick pour with pitch black color; minimal lacing with a dark tan head that disappears fairly fast
S- surprisingly still has quite a bit of espresso and oak in the aroma but definitely faded; hints of dark chocolate of course
T- really good...the oak is still present after sitting for a year and it starts out to be a bit "oaky" but as it warms up it really fades into a great balance of the oak, with it's vanilla flavor, a tiny bit of chocolate covered cherry with some non-bitter espresso flavor and dark chocolate; the hops are still there to make sure it's not overly sweet; the oak really gives it a nice toasted flavor that you don't find in a regular imperial stout
M- decent mouthfeel, I wish it was a bit thicker, but it's still really nice; the aftertaste is good with no harsh oak flavor that lingers
D- overall it's a great, fairly complex stout, with very little detection of it's 9.5%; I haven't had this beer fresh so I'm not sure how strong the oak flavor is, but with a year on it it's really good
03-18-2011 01:30:10 | More by scottyb88
4.05/5 rDev -5.2%
22oz bomber, slightly chilled, and poured into a Sam Adams glass (don't sue me). Bottled 12/20/10, Poured 3/7/11
A: Same color as the full bomber. A deep, dark, opaque brown with almost a deep red at the edges and below the head. Thick mocha head you could eat with a spoon 1"+, subsides over time with medium to slight lacing.
S: Espresso is at the forefront, but also a very bittersweet chocolate. Lingering roasty smell. Warm. Becomes a sweeter overall smell with hand warmth.
T: Sweet upfront, subsiding to that bittersweet chocolateness. Espresso flavor to finish and lingers. Good carbonation and alcohol warmth.
M: Very silky, but not quite chewy. Found it hugging my gums minutes after a sip.
O: The 1 bomber I hogged was more than enough for myself. I wish i had taken the bottle's advice and had it with a breakfast burrito. I really enjoyed this beer, especially as it warmed, and can't wait to have another with some age on it... And a breakfast burrito
03-18-2011 01:00:47 | More by baybassboy
4.83/5 rDev +13.1%
A- Pours dark dark black. About as dark as stouts get. Has a nice frothy mocha brown head. Laces well. It looks like engine oil.
S- Oak is quite apparent from the aroma and a bit of smokiness. The aroma while potent in some ways, is balanced so well between the hops and the sweetness that it's almost muted a bit. After it warms up the coffee and chocolate become far more noticeable.
T- Hop bitterness at first . At the end there's an unmissable bitterness from both the hops and the roastiness of the espresso. There's just so much richness to this. First an immense amount of oak greets you and then some of the richest coffee comes your way, only to leave off on the espresso. Oak Chocolate Coffee Oak Chocolate Coffee Oak Chocolate Coffee. You get the idea.
I love imp stouts and I love coffee. The combination is something that just makes my world.
M- Probably a medium amount of body to it for an imp stout. It's fairly creamy and a bit silky.The finish is considerably dry and sticky. Carbonation is almost invisible, but is there and does it's job.
D- I have to give this perfection on drinkability. It almost couldn't be any easier to drink. This could be my fastest bomber yet if I let it be. The only heat I'm noticing from this is long after I've tasted it.
I want to penalize this beer for costing me $13 and leaving me wanting more, but I just can't do that. I had the original Yeti and after a quarter of it I knew that it wouldn't last long enough. The exact same thoughts are going through my head now. This is a beer that will never last as long as I want it to and also one I'll keep coming back to. I have a feeling that I'd die if I had any of the Yetis on tap.
03-18-2011 00:06:01 | More by BBP
4/5 rDev -6.3%
Served at Room Temp. Poured into Great Divide Tulip.
Overall-Pours brown, turns to black. Light brown head. Head sticks around and slowly goes away leaving a lacing on the top, almost a dark red.
Smell-Lots of coffe/espresso. Vanilla and Oak. Not getting as much as chocolate as the Yeti.
Taste-Still no chocolate, but not dissapointed. Lots of coffee, I could drink this at room temp first thing in the morning.(especially aged)
Mouthfeel-Full bodied. Standard RIS mouthfeel.
Drinkability-Coffee definitely the star, so it doesn't dissapoint. Highly drinkable for 9.50. I will continue to purchase all Yeti's.
03-16-2011 03:28:38 | More by SWMeyer4141
4/5 rDev -6.3%
Poured the full bomber into an oversized mug.
Pours a motor-oil black, in color and consistency. A weak, light-brown head tops off the pour.
The aroma is a bit chocolatey, with a bit of a coffee bite. There's a touch of a generic hop smell as well.
Big flavor here. It's chocolate forward like the nose (and like the other Yetis I've tried). The coffee adds some dry bitterness, and quite a bit of classic coffee flavor. The dryness here is not surprising, as the dominant flavors are dark chocolate and java. This gets much, much better and flavorful as it warms, so do yourself a favor, and let it sit out of the fridge for a half-hour before pouring.
Mouthfeel is solid, but just a bit syrupy. In addition to being syrupy, it's somehow just a touch too thin. These are minor issues, though.
This is a nice, versatile, potent brew. Lots of flavor, but would seriously be suitable for breakfast as well as dessert. Typical of a Yeti brew, it's almost too dry and bitter to get through the whole thing, but I did it anyway.
03-14-2011 02:07:09 | More by stonermouse
4.33/5 rDev +1.4%
Bomber bottled 4/2/2010
poured into a snifter
Appears pitch black with a reddish dark chocolate head, 1.5 fingers, semi aggressive pour. The head dissipates in an adequate amount of time leaving an interesting layout of lacing, like primitive cave paintings.
Espresso up front, roasty, with some malt presence. The espresso smell is very powerful. I've this in the past but don't remember the espresso smell being so strong. It smells like my local coffee shop at 7am.
Espresso takes the lead in taste as well, with malt and vanilla on the backfoot. No alcohol presence, surprisingly. It's a bit out of balance with the coffee being so strong
Thick, creamy, full-bodied. Very low carbonation, extremely smooth. This mouthfeel is exactly what I look in a big stout.
Gonna have to pace myself with this one. It's better than I remember, and the 9.5% ABV is perfectly masked
03-14-2011 01:37:45 | More by Allpe45
4/5 rDev -6.3%
Bomber poured into a Surly Stein
Appearance: Black as night, with a big foamy chocolatey head. Very slow to fade into a nice dark lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate, hint of coffee. Tiny bit of... wood? From the oak. Also, a bit of burnt toffee. Overall, a very smokey, chocolatey smell.
Taste: Sweet, chocolate, with a strong coffee finish.
Mouthfeel: A little thinner than I expected, but by no means bad.
Overall: While, I accept that it's an espresso version of Yeti, I think the coffee finish is a little overwhelming. Without a little patience between drinks, it really just tastes of espresso. With some patience, and a little time, the other flavors come out.
03-13-2011 00:41:26 | More by cmannes
District of Columbia
3.6/5 rDev -15.7%
From bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/11/11
*The bottling date printed on the label is 2/12/10 (I've personally cellared it for almost a year)
A: This is one evil looking Yeti - it's a total blackout. A somewhat forceful pour yields a 2.25 finger head and some killer dark chocolatey brown lacing.
S: It's like the alarm sounded and the coffee's brewing. Fresh morning dark roast and alcohol. It's a bit stuffy, and as it warms it opens up and the wood comes through.
T: It certainly needs some time, as it's tight and all wrapped up. As I let it sit, a slight bit of sweetness hits my palate. It doesn't showcase the coffee profile like I thought it would, though it is certainly present. Alcohol begins ripping through the robust char, and dark unsweetened chocolate and cigar tobacco close this one out. Given the year I've sat on this one, I should note that it is quite a bit more tannic, and certainly drier then I was expecting.
M: Pleasantly creamy, though the carbonation is a bit prodding and obnoxious given that this is an Impy Stout. As it warmed, this subsided and becamse much more pleasant.
O: This is a nice brew, and one I'd recommend. I will say that it's not my favorite Yeti one-off, but I certainly find it quite drinkable and tasty.
I should add that I liked it with some age, but found the coffee much more robust and intense when fresh. Is this one worth aging? Sure, just be patient with it and it should open up nicely.
I'm excited to see what the other one in my cellar tastes like in 365.
03-12-2011 22:50:37 | More by Rhettroactive
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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