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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: 217
Gots: 581 | FT: 41
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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 kbutler1
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Recieved as a gift from my honey on Valentines Day and just opened. Poured into a tulip glass a really dark brwon color with a big fluffy dark tan head. Oaky, coffee notes dominate the nose. Very nice lace left as the head settles out. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Roast espresso coffee flavors abounf from start to finish with oak flavors popping in towards the end. They they said espresso oak aged, they were spot on! Some dark fruit and molasses flavors too. Like.

kbutler1, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of ChanChan
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti Bottled 1/10/2011

Appearance: IRS black, the head is one inch and mocha colored; in my opinion mocha colored creamy heads on IRS’ are always a good sign!! It looks like a tamer Abyss. The lacing is fantastic!

Aroma: A bit or bourbon or perhaps mostly the oak character, also a good amount of dark bitter chocolate. I don’t really detect coffee in this one.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied to full mouthfeel, not overly thick but thick enough to garner respect.

Taste: The upfront taste is of oak and bourbon, a decent amount of chocolate and again only a minimal amount of coffee.

Overall: This is supposed to be an espresso stout; but, I can not taste a significant amount of espresso in this beer. Nevertheless, the oak, chocolate, and mouth-feel make up for that in a big way. This beer can be thought of as a lighter Abyss, less complex but much more drinkable! I will age a couple of bottles for at least two years!! I think the next time I have this beer it will pour muddier, smoother and way more chocolaty, I cant wait!!

ChanChan, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Preismj
3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: Fluffy and pitch black. This is a beautiful looking brew with a half in head that is sinfully dark brown. Sticky sticky foam.

s: Strong espresso scent and a potency of alcohol steps through.

t: overpowering coffee flavor. I get a lot of bit here from the abv, and surprisingly so. With how potent the espresso is I didn't expect this much heat.

m: almost chewy...very heavy beer and lots of carbonation makes it feel like i'm chewing on coffee grinds as it combines with the taste. coats the palette very well though.

o: A pleasure to try, but that is all I'll ever need. It has a wonderful coffee taste and an incredible look and nose, though I don't think this is anything I'll be looking for in the future.

Preismj, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of PorterLambic
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours nearly as dark as the background on this page. Big, fluffy seriously dark tan head forms. Creamy and dense after a few moments of settling, a 1/2" blanket remains. Great lacing.
Smell is rich and ful of things dark. Toasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits, molasses with notes of wood and hops to balance the dark side.
Taste is very nice. A touch on the ashy side for me, but very well-balanced with baking chocolate, coffee, toasted malt, hops, molasses and the oak.
Rich and very smooth, full-bodied with a touch of coating on the palate. Very light effervesence, apparently the pour took care of that. This is a fine concoction and well worth seeking out. L'Chiam!

PorterLambic, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of shangwang
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on draft at Ron's Original.

From the beginning this beer delighted my senses, and at no point did it let me down.

It poured pitch black with a beautiful mocha brown finger and a half head. Smells of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and fresh cream had my mouth watering. The tastes were right in line with the appearance and smell - iced coffee, espresso, vanilla, and the bitterness of roasted malt were all present but very well balanced. I was surprised how this beer was able to taste so sweet and bitter at the same time. The mouthfeel was medium-heavy, with a full body and a creamy quality without being too viscous. Finished very smoothly with a little lingering bitterness similar to baker's chocolate. Surprisingly easy to drink given its high ABV and heavy qualities.

I very much enjoyed this beer...will definitely order again!

shangwang, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. No bottling date present (worn off?).

Very tiny bubbles with a large head off the pour. It seems to fall normally. Head is a gorgeous dark brown like dark hot chocolate. Body is just nearly black couldn't see a thing. Looks great! Love this head color so dark and nice looking.

First whiff is a good coffee roast complete with faint sour espresso. There's a little faint hint of chocolate here too.

First impression on taste in feel is a little wet but the flavor is all there. Great coffee espresso feeling with sour finish. There's a sense of heat on this too making it feel warm and inviting. A nice lingering bitter too. Hot Hot Hot!

Overall pretty solid here another solid yeti for the pack.

smakawhat, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of StaveHooks
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black liquid with a thick mocha head that takes it's time slowly melting to a stable head. Light does not pierce this turbid brew.

S - Roasted espresso beans enveloped in milk chocolate malt. similar to a crushed whopper. Heavy cocoa powder and slight whiffs of alcohol as it warms.

T - Iced espresso laced with vanilla. Oak is present and provides great rounded vanilla character. Chocolate is darker in the flavor than the nose. Roasted woody grain and a touch of hops on the back end. Finishes with robust coffee and dark chocolate.

M - Full bodied. Smooth and flows silky across the palate. Perfect carbonation.

This is way better than the Oak Aged Yeti and not quite as good as the regular, but it's close. The oak works harmoniously with the espresso to create a synergistic layer of awesomeness to an already outstanding Impy stout.

StaveHooks, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of techfed87
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a stark black, with a head that 's similarly dark. Smell is of coffee and very darkly-roasted malt.

First sip is a bit less coffee-like that I would have expected. The stout comes out as very bold and expressive without a lot of cushioning in terms of just how sharp the flavors come out as being.

That being said, this is definitely one of the better coffee stouts that're out on the market.

techfed87, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of goldbot
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

goldbot, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of birderbeerer
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

birderbeerer, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of Pellinore1
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Pellinore1, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of SkunkWorks
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

SkunkWorks, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of stephens101
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

stephens101, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of axeman9182
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

axeman9182, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of csiewert
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

csiewert, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of nhindian
3.28/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

nhindian, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of russwbeck
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

russwbeck, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of eat
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

eat, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of tsatem
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

tsatem, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of mjsheehan08
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. 

mjsheehan08, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of dizknee24
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

dizknee24, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of depechemode1983
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

depechemode1983, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of AwYeh
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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).

AwYeh, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of Jesse13713
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Jesse13713, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of jar2574
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

jar2574, Mar 18, 2011
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,071 ratings.