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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,164 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,164
Reviews: 968
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 240
Gots: 592 | FT: 42
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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 cmannes
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of misfit1034
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from slightly below room temp bottle into pint. Left an amazingly fluffy head the color burnt caramel that slowly faded into a nice lacing as the glass emptied. Smells like roasted coffee and malts. Mouthfeel is a little slick and creamy and at first tasted like a shot of espresso with an almost undetectable bitter woody finish... Really like this and would recommend over most other wood/barrel aged stouts I have has...

Photo of Rizalini
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recieved in a trade from StLThrash. Thanks for the brew bro. Cheers!

A - Pours black with a creamy brown head, that disipates quickly into a minimal 1/2 finger brown head, leaving minimal lacing.

S - Espresso/coffee* hits my nose immeditely!

T - Coffee definately hits the pallete first, followed by dark chocolate note, and maybe some slight licorice hints as well, and finishes with coffee.

M - Has a medium mouthfeel, slightly syrupy. Good carbonation.

D - This beer has great drinkability! I would love to have this one again... too bad Great Divide doesn't distribute to Las Vegas.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a super thick sludge black with a nice 2 inch milk chocolate colored head that fades to a tiny cap. Sticky and frothy ring lacing on the drink down. Exactly like what a great stout should look like. Smells of freshly brewed espresso, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, some vanilla. Taste is very up front with the espresso followed up with cocoa powder, dark roasted malts, and an oak woodiness on the finish. Slight espresso/hop bitterness after each sip. Very creamy and thick in the mouth with a slight coating. Good drinkability on this rich and enjoyable brew.

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Bottled 12/13/10.
A: Completely black. You couldn't shine a flashlight through it. A finger of creamy mocha head from a gentle pour.
S: Fresh ground coffee. Cocoa. Some hops.
T: Chocolate and a tea like hop flavor immediately. Picking up some alcohol but nothing over powering. I enjoy the espresso & hot after taste.
Big fan of this one.

Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark, dark brown, almost black with creamy, tan head with lots of thick lacing.

S - Great aroma with scents of chocolate, roasted coffee beans, sweet vanilla, caramel malt and even a bit of alcohol. Full bodied smell

T - Definitely a strong taste of espresso up front with the bittersweet taste of dark chocolate. This beer reminds me a lot of Community Coffee, with a chicory taste. A very complex, delicious taste.

M - The beer is quite creamy that coats the throat and provides just a twinge of burn from the alcohol. Finish is nice and woody.

D - It's a sipper, for sure, but very good and one that gets better with every taste. Not at all hard to drink this on a cold winter night.

Photo of PSUDREW
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a wonderfull inky, black color. Dark tan head. Lots of lacing.
S: Lots of sweet, boozy coffee odors. More boozy then coffee, but it is there, with hints of chocolate
T: The espresso shines through. Honestly, I was expecting A LOT more oak, but there are only slight hints (bottle is over a year old, oddly enough). Not that it is bad, but I was expecting more out of this beer. The oak is an aftertaste, with the espresso/coco flavor very much pushed to the front. Not complaining, just saying. Solid flavor profile, but nothing that blew my mind
M: Not overly heavy, but there is a nice weight behind it
D: All in all, higher then expected

Photo of Chaney
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I split a bomber with my wife tonight after a full day of work and other events.

A: Completely devoid of light and it doesn't let any shards of light pass through of any kind. The very dark, grainy one finger + head stayed somewhat frothy throughout the session.

S: A generous amount of wood was almost bourbon-like in its consistency. Tons of dark roast, chocolate, and very subdued on coffee flair.

T: Even though it was subdued on the nose, it certainly wasn't on the taste. The espresso beans hit the palate hard, but the intensity softened after a few sips once my palate warmed up to the taste. Again, the wood help lessen some of the coffee bitterness, but not by much. The finish was very bitter and drying.

M: The low carbonation was appropriate for this style, and the mocha lacing was ridiculous. Again: bitter, bitter, BITTER!

D: I like the other permutations of Yeti much better, however, this was still a very worthy entry and variation on a fantastic base beer!

Photo of BretSikkink
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darkest black with a caffe americano head. Quite tight, and sticking all over the glass. This is a blaster for certain.

Strongly aromatic, with chocolate, vanilla, and coffee going head to head. No clear winner, although I think "chocolate flavored coffee" might be apt enough.

Great beer, period. Yeti is an absolute classic, aging in oak has provided a bourbon-like mellow smokiness, and the espresso is an additional, welcome complexity. Coffee, chicory, licorice, vanillin, bourbon-oakiness, and Kahlua notes come to mind.

Maybe slightly less full and pleasing than the base beer, but Espresso Yeti is still an objectively well-attenuated ale. The warmth of the alcohol presence is minimized but not completely hidden. Carbonation does wonders for keeping the palate fresh and ready for another sip.

Hell. Yes.

Photo of OakedCanuck
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Petrol Station, freshly tapped. In pint glass

A - Pours a light capturing black. Dirty mocha 2 finger head with great retention and brown cobweb lacing

S - Coffee (or espresso I guess!). Pretty much just coffee. There is faint whispers of chocolate, smoke, and roasted grains

T - Again, coffee. I am a coffee lover so this was right up my alley. However, near the end it was getting a bit much. I think probably because this was so fresh. I could pick up the chocolate (bittersweet), vanilla, and a pinch of caramel

M - Smooth and creamy as a milkshake, oh ya, and heavy!

D - A true sipper, delicious and evolving as it warms. I think a little bit of age on a fresh batch would bring out some of the nuanced flavours that are masked by the strong coffee. Still amazing though

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great Divide Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti, cask at The Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen, NY.

Appearance: Extremely voluptuous head, almost overflowing, with lots of carbonation and bubbles. Over one finger of head, with great retention. Great temperature too! (some casks at Pony are at times too cold). Head and bubbles stay on and on. Color is pitch black, no nuances there.

Smell: Incredibly smooth, subdued. I don't get any coffee, but chocolate instead. A lacking nose.

Taste: The coffee beans are there, at the end, but thankfully (or sadly, if you love coffee beers) they are far from strong. The oak is also mellow, hints of wood come at the end. Chocolate at the end of the sip too (again, as in the nose, more chocolate than coffee). Some bitterness around the mouth, cooked sugars, even a hint of banana bread. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation of course (this is a cask after all), medium-to-low chocolaty body and medium flavor. Oaky finish.

Drinkability: Superb. This is incredibly smooth, chuggable. The 9.5% cannot even be hinted. A little underwhelming (or a lot!), but tasty nonetheless.

My least favorite of all the Yetis I've had so far, though. I expected more.

Photo of NefariousR
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz. glass bottle into a tulip imperial pint glass.

A - Deep black with a thick, foamy mocha head -- about 3 fingers. Sticks to the glass, leaving a tan webbing all the way down.
S - Lots of espresso aromas as well as chocolate (both milk and dark), and roasted barley.
T - The coffee is very apparent, quickly followed by a thick chocolate flavor. A slight, but noticeable amount of hops are also evident. Sweetness in the background.
M - Medium- to thick-bodied. Definitely thick, but not as much as one might expect from a double stout. Sticky.
D - This is one humdinger of a stout. Approachable, flavorful, delicious -- and the alcohol is almost unnoticeable. Could drink this all night.

Photo of tewaris
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted side by side with regular Yeti and Oak Aged Yeti, so there's some comparison.

22 oz. bottled 02.12.2010 poured into a Chimay chalice. Poured very very dark - even the stream was opaque! The color of the huge head can put the color of some feebler stouts to shame! As the head subsided, some lacing stuck around on the glass and upon sipping or swirling, distinct legs were seen. Very good looking stout!

The regular Yeti smelled of sweet malts, strong roast with some vanilla-cream undertones, and hops. Espresso version had all that Yeti brought to table and then some heightened coffee & cream notes.

Fruity and bittersweet tasting, with distinct dark chocolate notes and intense roast. Clean and warming finish. The Espresso version stood out in terms of a present coffee soul to its acidity and was easily the favorite. As far as I know, the coffee flavors fade over time so I am going to buy this one again as soon as I get paid, because this is the season!

Yeti and Oak Aged Yeti were both smooth but not to the extent of velvety and the Espresso version felt silkier than others. The carbonation was spot on, and while the body seemed a little thin at times, it was still quite "meaty". Excellent stout with great drinkability for its alcohol and size.

Scores: 5, 4, 4.5, 4.5, 4.5

Photo of ocelot2500
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque, deep brown color with a small, tight mocha head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of big chocolate and coffee notes.

Tastes of the big roasted notes. Coffee, chocolate, and brown sugar dominate. Notes of vanilla, oak, and anise also add to the mix, but are a bit more subtle. Alcohol is noticeable and adds a bit of warmth in the throat.

Mouthfeel is full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber (3/19/10) poured into a Snifter

A: Pitch black, no light gets through this (just barely a little dark red hues around the edges when held up to the light and not too deep). A hard pour leads to about a 1 inch mocha head that dissipates somewhat slowly, but leaves a nice mocha swirl on top. Some decent lacing and nice mocha brown alcohol feet dancing around when swirly around the sides.

S: Unsweetened chocolate, like an adult chocolate milk. Espresso, very slight molasses, floral hop, almost solvent like (but in a good way). After reading a lot of reviews, this was definitely as inviting as I could ask for.

T: Just like the nose with immense amounts of chocolate and espresso, but with fairly strong floral hop presence in the background. The espresso bitterness and hop bitterness combine to make a rather palatable bitterness in the background and finish, normally I don't like leafy hop presence in stouts, but it worked well here. Vanilla is there mixed in with the chocolate flavors and the oak is there on the back of the palate and helps smooth out the body. The finish is chocolate and hops with just a touch of sweetness and alcohol.

M: Medium carbonation and a full viscous body. Fairly creamy and smooth. Solid body for an double stout.

D: This is very rich and somewhat bitter (even after a year of aging), though not very sweet. The alcohol isn't all that hot, but the flavors are quite strong and impressive. I can't imagine drinking more than one bomber of this, I'm glad I split it with a few friends. This would make a prefect desert beer and I imagine the suggested pairings are right on (wish I had some Tiramisu). I had mixed feelings going into this and while I wasn't blown away, it was a great beer. I'll definitely be looking to pick up some of the other varieties of Yeti.

Photo of Landfill21
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a pint glass and poured into a dark black color with minimal head and lacing that follows the drink all the way down.

Has a nice smell of coffee, chocolate and a hint of vanilla.

Has a very nice taste of coffee, espresso, chocolate and roasted nuts

Has a medium to heavy mouthfeel and you can taste some carbonation but not overbearing

Drinkibility is very low due to high alcohol content and complex taste, is a medium to heavy mouthfeel.

I would recommend this beer to stout lovers.

Photo of Brewbro000
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Apex in Portland - 10oz

A: pitch black with nearly no head but massive lacing of dark tan foam
S: dark roasted malt, sweet caramel, chocolate and very coffee forward
T: Sweet with an initial coffee presence, carbonation is mild but good and the alcohol only shows through slightly.
M/D: velvet with minimal carb bite. Easily alcoholic, I couldn't drink much more than this 10oz glass. Awesome beer.

Photo of joshrosborne
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Couldn't possibly be darker. Light brown head which is large when poured aggressively.

S - A lot of chocolate and, of course, espresso. Oak is in the background.

T - Coffee and chocolate again; lots of roasted malts. Just a tiny bit bitter for what I like in stouts, though.

M - Creamy and chewy, the perfect texture.

D - I can't even believe this is 9.5%. You can't even taste the alcohol at all. Regardless of whether you can taste it or not, 9.5% is dangerous. Tread carefully.

Photo of KingPuuChuu
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Better Beer glass.

Poured a rich 3 finger head, blacker than the blackest black times infinity.

My first glass had a chemical scent to it, but the second glass has intense espresso, including some woodyness.

Flavor is bold. Hits you with hops and espresso, some real dark chocolate in the back, but the star flavors are definitely the coffee and roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel could be better, honestly, but I have had this from tap, and it was much smoother there. It's quite bubbly, and theres a little of an alcohol bite.

For drink-ability, if it was on tap, give me another. But for bottle, I'd hold off, make it a once in a while treat.

Photo of LosAngelesJoinMe
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Double Imperial Stout. Found it at Mellow Mushroom in Winston-Salem, NC. Denver always comes through and Great Divide as well. Perfect balance of chocolate deposits and bitterness and the ABV is not over powering at 9.5%. It's one you want to sip on and wish you could bite as it's rich in chocolate flavor. A must do for Stout lovers. Top five for me so far...

Photo of zachary80
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/13/10, consumed 3/1/11

Thick black body. Brown bag colored thin head that doesn't last long, not bad for an imperial stout. Great lacing

Smells of roastedness from the espresso, good chocolate, and just slight oakiness

The taste of the espresso isn't very strong. Crisp taste overall. Nice chocolate flavors. Some acidity from the coffee. Assertive bitterness from the malts, sweetness from candi sugar. Oak comes through more as it warms up

Mouthfeel is thick, but not overly so. Not really oily, but it sticks around a while. Very good.

This beer is super drinkable for an Imperial Stout. Awesome overall, not sure if it beats the regular Yeti or not.

Photo of Sweasty
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Espresso Yeti looks like the center of a black hole. Light neither penetrates nor can it escape the blackness. Two fingers of dark milk chocolate head tops things off. The head settles to a ring. Plenty of lace is left down the glass.

The aroma is no less impressive. Bittersweet chocolate is at the forefront. Plenty of espresso shines as well. A light hint of oak and vanilla burst through the denseness of the black malt.

The espresso in the nose is much more dominant on the palate. Strong coffee notes take hold alongside bitter chocolate notes. This is one roasty bitter brew. The hops make their presence known in so much as lending depth to the bitterness. The finish is bitter with a drying quality. Oak and vanilla show up towards the end of the drawn out finish. It takes hold of your breath in a way.

This is one full bodied stout. Thick and velvety on the tongue.

The Espresso Yeti is a worthy variant on the regular old Yeti This is a nice cold weather sipper. The alcohol is kept in check. It's ever present but never overwhelms. Props to great divide for another tasty brew.

Photo of chilly460
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours inky black as expected. Billowing mocha covered head forms and sticks around nicely, so-so lacing but the beer does coat the glass.

S - Excellent, dark chocolate and light roasted coffee. Not much note of hops or malts, just that great coffee aroma. Some vanilla can be picked up as well.

T - Bigtime coffee as you'd expect, nice creamy dark chocolate as well. Plenty of dark roastiness, just a touch over the edge of what I prefer for bitterness. Spicy hops are intermingled well at the end as well, it's a bit of a bitter blast as the deep roast is still hanging in as well.

M - Very thick and smooth, carbonation is perfect and "chewiness" is there.

D - Easy drinking big stout, the booze is very well masked. No taste is out of line and it's executed nicely overall, finishing a bomber wasn't a problem. I personally could use a tad less bitterness or this would be rated higher, but it is an Espresso Stout afterall so this is just personal preference.

Photo of travis224
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pretty much black with a frothy tan head. Nose is mainly espresso with a hint of vanilla, delicious. The taste is very close with dark espresso and vanilla being the main components. Light carbonation and surprisingly drinkable for the ABV. Another stellar selection by Great Divide. Get it!

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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