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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,147
Reviews: 967
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 228
Gots: 586 | 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:
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(Beer added by: John_M on 05-16-2008)
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Photo of Urbancaver
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark brown. Lote of nice brown head. Looks pretty. Smells very coffee heavy. A very nice aroma. Roasted malts, sweet dark malts. Tastes bitter, lots of coffee. Roasted malts. The oak is almost non existent covered by the coffee. Pretty good mouthfeel. Overall enjoyable.

Urbancaver, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of BillRoth
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just had my cellared 2005, and can't recommend enough. I have always enjoyed Yeti and Espresso in particular has never failed, but this was extraordinary. I used a large snifter with a vigourous pour. It was a dark deep black/brown as expected with a notable head and fairly good retention. As hoped the aroma exploded...roasty malts, subjugated hops and coffeehouse fresh roasted beans. All the characteristic flavors had both melded and still retained some distinct isolation. The taste was a blend of rich bold coffee swirling in a sea of intense dark malts, but wonderfully mellow and decadent. The mouthfeel was criminally smooth.
Higly suggest you put down a bottle, and be patient. The wait is worth it.

BillRoth, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of eric5bellies
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a deep deep ebony colour with a large tanned tight thick head that sits there and hardly moves. An oily appearance.

S - Hops and nice coffee roast with a little smoke.

T - The flavour is vanilla and oak maynbe a little dark chocolate with an old coffee / burnt wood flavour on the finish. The bitterness on the finish is nice and the alcohol is well hidden.

M - Full body and low carbonation and very smooth.

O - Really enjoyed this brew and would have another.

eric5bellies, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of chugalug06
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is dated 2/13/09

A - Strong pour. Tan foamy head. Age did the appearance well. Lots of nice lacing. Brew is black as night.

S - Some small coffee, not too much remains. Definite black stank! Lots of caramelized coffee. Scent is mildly dead.

T - Lots of dark deep roasty chocolate. Great flavor!

M - Perfect Carbonation. Nice deep bitterness.

O - Glad I got to see what this brew did with age... I won't age another coffee stout, but this one was good.

chugalug06, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of adam42381
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Cigar City snifter. Bottled on December 13, 2010 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a motor oil black with a 1 finger creamy milk chocolate brown head. Head dissipates slowly into chocolate milk-like bubbles. Excellent lacing. Like all the other Yetis, this one looks perfect.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, toasted and roasted malt.

Taste: Chocolate and espresso up front followed by roasted malt, bitter hops and a touch of oak in the middle before ending with a very bitter burnt toast and roasted coffee. Aftertaste is coffee and bitterness. Very long-lasting aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, thick and creamy with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. I'm having no problem with the bomber, but this would be great on a cold evening.

Overall: Very good beer overall. Like all the other Yetis, this one is an excellent Imperial Stout. I would recommend giving it a shot.

adam42381, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: Black with a 1/2 finger dark brown head. Gorgeous.

S: Lots of roasted malt and dark roasted coffee.

T: Heavy on the dark roasted coffee upfront. Then some powdery dark chocolate, espresso and some charred oak and hops on the finish. Pretty nice.

notchucknorris, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of draheim
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (bottled 12/13/10) poured into a snifter. Jet black color with a 1-finger mocha head.

Aroma is rich strong coffee and dark roasted malt. A lot of bitterness in the nose.

Taste is rich and velvety, with lots of swirling complexity - espresso, dark bitter chocolate, vanilla, oak, and booze. Really robust. Even though this beer is 8 months old, the coffee is right there in harmony with all the other elements.

This is a really good, layered imperial stout and another great version of Great Divide's wonderful Yeti lineup.

draheim, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Dec 10, 2010, purchased at Consumer Beverages in Buffalo. Shared with friends as part of a beer tasting evening.

Poured into a small snifter glass. Inky black with a lovely light brown foamy head. Great retention, chunks of lacing. Fine looking brew indeed.

The nose on this is just delectable - espresso coffee bean, dark chocolate, oatmeal, bourbon, oak, and a nice graininess. Terrific stuff - even after finishing my share, I kept going back to my unwashed glass for another hit.

Ridiculously smooth, a lovely stout. Coffee, caramel, oak, brandy and smokiness somehow combine to make a very smooth, easy drinking brew. A great woodsy feel to this brew, tastes like something a sasquatch would drink. Silky with mild carbonation, a real pleasure to sip.

Just an exemplary stout, rich and flavorful, yet smooth and highly drinkable. Both the beer connoisseurs and the seldom-drinkers of our group fell in love with this brew, with the whole group planning a trip to Colorado just to get more. Buy it if you find it.

JohnnyBarman, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of KevinBrewer
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Jan. 10th, 2011 (7 months prior to tasting).

A- Pitch black with a towering milk chocolate head that retains a thick blanket, lacing nicely.

N- Smells like a rich, velvety milk chocolate bar with malt balls. Nice balanced woodiness with some vanilla notes. Also some spicy coffee poking out from underneath. Mouth watering.

T- Lots of spiciness right off the bat. Chocolate malt with a mix of malty and coffee roast. Then comes some drying oak with a hint of vanilla. Bitterness is firm but smooth and is a mix of oak and roasty coffee. Long roasty, oaky finish with darker shades of vanilla coming to light as the boldness of the beer dies down. Subtle grassiness in the finish as well. Spiciness remains into the aftertaste, with a tingle on the back of the throat. There has to be another ingredient they're not telling us about. Maybe some cayenne like the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti?

M- Medium body, velvety mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, with a bittersweet finish.

D- Overall, a delicious after-dinner treat. Assertively spicy, which blends well with the coffee, but definitely originates from something else. Incredible beer though, lots of bitter/dry complexity that would pair well with chocolate desserts. Maybe even pancakes.

KevinBrewer, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of Jules11788
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a jet-black color; tiny light brown head; very slight lacing.

S: Coffee, malt, sweet oak, and chocolate.

T: Starts out with a smokey oak/wood character that travels down the tongue and finishes with a delicious roasted coffee/chocolate flavor. This is nothing super complex, but the flavors are superb and nicely balanced.

M: Medium viscosity; lightly carbonated; finishes slightly dry. Not as buttery as I would have liked, but that's just preference.

O: This is a delicious espresso stout, probably the best I've had of the style (which I have not had too many espresso stouts, but a TON of regular imperial stouts). I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good stout, it's utterly delicious.

Jules11788, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A very dark brown pour that is just almost black. A relatively thin brown and dark cinnamon red head that doesn't last for long. Leaves some bubbles and sheets of lace down the glass.

Intense espresso coffee and roasted malt aroma along with some chocolate (which I always find in any Yeti no matter the version). The espresso is robust, powerful, and authentic.

Intense coffee flavor in a very authentic way. The flavor is full of coffee, roast, chocolate, and a mild bitterness. The coffee is so strong and dominates the beer so fully that it actually becomes somewhat one-note, though that note is so exceptional I don't mind it dominating anything. A coffee lover's dream come true.

Medium to thick mouthfeel--full and rich. Lovely.

Another wonderful variation (and my favorite!) of the always-delicious Yeti.

Thanks for the bottle Tony and happy birthday Nathan!

ehammond1, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter, shared with 3 friends.

Bottle Date: Jan 10, 2011

A- Pours a two finger head, really dark head that dissipates to a nice layer of frothy brown goodness on top, beautiful lacing, and retention.
S- The aroma is really nice, big coffee aroma, coffee beans, slight cocoa, and vanilla, definitely some oak notes.
T- The taste is very impressive, big roasted coffee flavor, roasted malt, cocoa, bitter, some espresso, slight vanilla, slight hop profile as well.
M- Big mouth feel, well carbonated, velvety/silky smooth, crisp finish.
O- This was my second favorite of the five Yet’s we had tonight, big coffee profile, nice roastiness and oak presence that really ties this beer together.

Chriscrundwell12, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of Tucquan
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-08-14 in Lynchburg, VA

A - Dark chocolate/black with a short tan head with moderate lacing.

S - Rich. Roasted chocolate, oak, dark fruit. I don't smell the coffee.

T - Roasted chocolate, plum, mild expresso, oak and then a very nice hop bitterness comes spilling in mid-taste. It and the astringent bitterness from the chocolate and expresso marry nicely with the sweetness. The oak really does a nice job of tying it all together.

M - Medium body with light-medium carbonation. Not overly thick. Almost quaffable.

O - I'd put this between the regular Yeti and the chocolate oak aged Yeti. I definitely like the impact of the oak aging. The coffee flavors were not overdone or prominent, which I thought worked well in this brew.

Tucquan, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of EnemyWithin
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Drank on July 22, 2011 into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: 4.5
A black body with a mild chocolate brown head of one and a half inches. Very dense. Nice looking beer.

Smell: 4
Prominent notes of coffee, a slight candy sugar sweetness. Notes of dark and milk chocolate.

Taste: 4
Initially slight sweetness and a soft coffee flavor. Oaki-ness comes through more as beer warms. Notes of vanilla from the oak. Midway through the hops bitterness bursts through on the palate. Finishes with bitter chocolate roasti-ness.

Mouthfeel: 3.5
Mild to moderate carbonation, a little thinness. (thinner that I thought it would be). Slight dryness from hops which is more noticeable near the finish.

Overall: 4
A very enjoyable beer, but not as amazing as I thought it would be. Still definitely worth trying once, but I have many other RIS that I enjoy more. Espresso does work well.

EnemyWithin, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of Gushue3
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Febuary '09 Bomber into my snifter

A- Pours bitch black from the bottle and looks the same in my Stone IRS snifter. Larger 2 finger head that has some serious retention. Heavy lacing left around the glass. This looks as good as i can imagine.

S- Big alcohol note hits you upfront along with dark chocolate and espresso beans. Sweet malts follow nicely in this very big and beautiful scent

T- Chocolate malt id prominent with some bitterness toward the end. slight bit of coffee/espresso beans come into play in the end along with some subtle vanilla. Nice and roasty big stout.

M- Its like biting into a piece of fudge. Big and thick mouthfeel followed by very little carbonation makes this one feel amazing.

O- Awesome beer. Would have had a 5 for taste is coffee was a little more prominent, but i cant complain at all.

Gushue3, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottles April 2010

This is a fantastic looking Imperial Stout. Black as night, and thick as crude. Very dark mocha/brown 2 finger head forms, leaves nice lace and has nice retention. Plenty of coffee in the aroma, and for the most part, equal parts chocolate. The oak chips come through nicely and you definitely can't miss the woody notes it invokes. No real alcohol on the nose. The espresso really shows through more in the taste: very bitter and sultry. Chocolate makes it's self known, with touches of vanilla and a more balanced oak character. Again, too much going on to note and heat in here. Body is full and it has a very pleasant creaminess. I'll have to get a fresh bottle and see how much more pronounced the espresso is. Great stout.

EgadBananas, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti's aroma alone lets you know this is a serious beer: the standard Yeti notes (huge chocolate malts, ash, tobacco, and chocolate) are joined by a healthy dose of espresso, bringing a distinctive double mocha tone to the brew.

On the tongue, a combination of black malts, black espresso, tobacco, and ash provides a huge initial blast, tempered only slightly by a thick layer of caramelized sugars and the woody earthiness of oak. Dark fruit esters such as fig and black cherry lurk in the background, trying hard to keep up with the bitter notes. Hops are present in good quantities, though they mainly show through towards the end of the mouthful, after some of the sugars have worn off. The aftertaste is mainly espresso beans and ash, and lingers on the tone for the better part of a minute. For all of the flavor, the mouthfeel only ranks a medium (though it does have an oatmeal smoothness), and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is great beer, though no doubt far too strong for many--especially those who don't like the taste of coffee or tobacco. But for those who do, this is a definite must-try.

jondeelee, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of Cavery
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml shared with Klym, bottle dated Jan 10 2011

Poured into Over-Sized Wine glass

A: Brownie fudge bubbles form a crust above the midnight black body of the beer. Incredibly dirty mud lacing with huge liquid waterfalls of stickiness. The amount of dark bubble mayhem reeked on the glass is something to behold. This beer isn't even that old, and it's already doing what many barrel-aged offerings do after years of isolation. The dark fudge bubbles show noticeable longevity.

S: Lots of faintly nutty oak that gives into a bittering note of espresso. The beans give off a very creamy note of rich roasts. The coffee in here really is reminding me of Kopa Luwak, I've had this before and most certainly didn't get this strong of a note. The bean derived creaminess is pretty overwhelming, but marries with with the oak. Incredibly creamy and rich, not unlike Kopa Luwak Coffees.

T: Once again, nutty oak that gives into the Kopa Luwak-like coffee notes. Other notes of cocoa nibs, bitter bakers chocolates, and almonds come to mind. However, all of this takes a backseat to the espresso qualities. It's a bit overwhelming with some awkwardly bitter lingers and woody acidity. Good, but it tastes young and underdeveloped.

M: Creamy and gentle on the tongue, but a bit powdery and drying from the wood. The wood of the oak isn't too acidic, but it does enough to give you a sensation in the back of the throat. All in all it's currently at a medium body, and is a bit dissonant in the mouth. Time will round this one out.

O: I've had this beer before, and it must have had a lot more age on it because I thought it was a lot better. This beer really does show all the indication that it's young, but the taste profile is a seed of complexity. I am really struck by how kopa luwak like the espresso is at the moment. Having had Mikeller's Weasel, I can't help but notice the similarity in the tastes. Currently the espresso is overwhelming deeper notes, but the creamy mouth is already there. Once the acidity of the barrel mellows out, and the nutty character comes out; you have a winner. This beer is much better with time.

Cavery, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of Klym
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wineglass and shared with Cavery.

A: Pours a black with some very dark hints of brown. A chocolate milk, thick, creamy head. Looks awesome and true to the label.

S: Honestly, a strong scent of kopi luwak coffee though I strongly doubt that's used. Creamy, even a little lactose/milk chocolate with oak; the espresso comes through much sweeter than expected. Exceptionally delicious nose.

T: Slightly creamy milk chocolate melted in espresso with tons of woody/oak character. The oak in this is much stronger than in the nose, and maybe even a little overbearing. It's pretty sweet overall, more chocolate character than I honestly even remember the chocolate oak aged yeti having. The sweetness is definitely tempered down by bitterness from the esspresso and the woodiness of the oak, though.

M: Medium-thick bodied with a fine, thoroughly infused carbonation that can almost be mistaken for grains. A little bit creamy, just right for the tastes.

O: This beer is really very delicious. I wonder if the woody character would come down with age, and if so just how delicious it can get. Whether you've had much experience with esspresso stouts or not I think you can pick this up, enjoy it, and admire it for its wonderful execution. I repeat my previous concern though, as it stands, there's too much wood/oak in this that tamppers down the more savory and sweet flavors in a way that's a little overbearing. If the woodiness disappears with age or with a different recipe, I'd have no problem giving this a 4.5+.

Klym, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of arizcards
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from the Arcadia AJ's at the end of April for $10.99.

Beer poured black as night with a very high and tight brown head.

Nose is mocha with hints of oak and expresso.

Taste is oaken vanilla, chocolate, with expresso lingering in the back. Hops balance out the huge malt backbone without taking the forefront.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall a very good beer. Oak seems more forward in this version of yeti. Expected more expresso but still a solid beer.

arizcards, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of Retail1LO
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bomber into a small snifter

A: Opaque. Light neither enters nor escapes any vessel which this stuff fills. Poured with a minimal head. Half a finger's width of head residing atop the serving, reminiscent of the crema atop a shot of espresso.

S: Dark chocolate with a roasted, malted background. Very pleasant.

T: coffee, chocolate, and a huge hint of what tastes like cherry.

M: Very full feel on the tongue. Smooth, velvety. Lingers on the palate long after it's departed.

O: Good stuff. A perfect compliment to dessert, or a fine way to otherwise wind down. Definitely something I'll come back to.

Retail1LO, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of evilkalla
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bomber into a large snifter glass.

A: Darker than used engine oil. Completely opaque. I put a flashlight up to it and still barely saw any light through it. Awesome. Poured with a very slight head on it, but not a lot of carbonation visible.

S: Smells sort of like a coffee-flavored dark chocolate bar.

T: Wow. There is a lot going on in this one. Oak character is very strong in this one, followed by the dark malt and hints of coffee. Finishes dry with more hints of coffee and oak. The finish is almost sort of peaty, like what you would get from an islay single malt. Alcohol is just noticeable on the finish. Absolutely outstanding beer.

M: Somewhat thick, coats the inside of the mouth really well, like I would expect from a beer this strong.

O: Another "I haven't had this one before" purchase. Very, very glad I tried it. Definitely a sipper though at 9.5%.

evilkalla, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of rarbring
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is black with hints of brown, probably clear, a deep tan head leaving some lacing and good curtains.

The smell is complex, pea soup and soy sauce, coffee, - dark cold, dates and sweet brown sugar.

The taste is soft sweet brown sugar, dark sweet bread, dark syrup, dried figs, coffee beans.

Little carbonation, soft oily texture, an enormous body and a long dry feeling.

A really impressive coffee stout, can only be enjoyed in small amounts.

rarbring, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of bcostner1
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/20/10. Drank and reviewed on 7/10/11

A: Black. Opaque blackness that is devoid of light. With a thick tan head. Beautiful.

S: Oak, chocolate, only a hint of coffee. Enticing aroma.

T: Lots of wood, chocolate and vanilla. I thought I would get more coffee and maybe I would if I had drank it closer to bottling time. Still, you do get a nice espresso aftertaste that lingers on the back end. It's not as up front with the coffee as, say, FBS or Wake N Bake but it's still really, really great and decadent.

M: Overall it's good. Just about what I like out of a stout. A little thick but I like it. Only leaves behind the tastes I want (wood and coffee).

O: Overall, this is a fantastic beer. Coffee stouts are among my favorite styles so I really enjoyed it and would definitely seek it out again. As I said, it's not as "coffee forward" to me as some others I've had, but I still really like it and would definitely recommend trying it.

bcostner1, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark as night black with a creamy copper head that sticks around and leaves huge walls of creamy lace.

The aroma is of roaste malts, strong robust esspresso, dark chocolate, toffee and a hint of booze. Subtle dark fruit notes blend in well with a nice woody, oak and hints of vanilla.

The taste is of rich dark chocolate, toffee, brown sugar and molasis with hints of dark fruit. This gives way to a nice oak character with some earthy hops in the background. The esspresso is in the front and in the afterbreath, it lingers a nice bitter note with a touch of vanilla. Complex and balanced.

Creamy, silky, and smooth. Overall, a very delicious and enjoyable beer.

JayS2629, Jul 11, 2011
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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