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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,054 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,054
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 213
Gots: 580 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 05-16-2008)
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Photo of paulozanello


3.95/5  rDev -7.5%

Had this on tap at The Big Hunt in DC.
Looks great on a goblet. Black and opaque with a creamy light brown/redish foam. Amazing retention and lacing.
Smell is kinda faint but heavily based on chocolate with some coffee and wooden notes. Chocolate is still the main player here.
Taste follows the nose with malty and chocolaty start and some hop flavors. Coffee follows (not very strong) also with some wooden and sort of sour notes. Aftertaste is full of hop bitterness.
Body is full and carbonation is moderate. Mouthfeel is creamy but not even close to the regular Yeti (which I had in a bottle). Moderate to high drinkability.
Overall I didn't really taste that much more coffee and oak on this one. Still a good imperial stout though.

11-11-2010 01:17:27 | More by paulozanello
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 9.5% ABV, food (mostly breakfast!) pairings suggested, Bottled on Mar 06 2009.

Thanks to sweemzander for picking one of these up in MI for me!

A - Pours completely black with no light shining through in the least. A dark tan head springs up with good retention. Tiny patchy lace is left on the glass.

S - Smooth, not ridiculously bitter espresso coffee in the nose with a bittersweet chocolate aroma. A hint of hops comes through with the very roasted malt aroma.

T - Strong roasted dark espresso. Almost Starbucks-like in burnt-ness. The huge roasted malt profile behind the big coffee flavor is reminiscent of burnt toast.

M - Full-bodied and dry with an acrid bitter finish, it's smooth going down and not hot or boozy at all.

D - A little huge on the coffee, it's a roasted bitter that's a little strong. The alcohol kicks you later on but it's mostly hidden.

11-10-2010 22:55:53 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of RoyalT


4.18/5  rDev -2.1%

Appearance - This poured out like the proverbial engine oil. It was thick and black with an oily texture. The head was absolutely gorgeous. You have to work the pour a little bit to round it up, but it is a very dark brown, stubbornly uneven, and left some nice lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell - The espresso is roasted all to hell so this doesn't smell like a normal espresso-based coffee drink like you'd get at Starbucks. The oak too is very strong and full of sweet, alcohol-infused vanilla. The chocolate is dark as it needs to be hanging around with this crowd. Overall this is a very rich, powerful, potent, almost boozy nose and my only criticism is that it's on the verge of starting not to smell like a beer.

Taste - This almost becomes a sweet coffee drink at the taste. The heavy roasting keeps the sugars in check so there's still some big bitterness, but again it is moving away from the idea of being a beer.

Mouthfeel - This is full-bodied, sweet in the cheeks but balanced with a huge burnt bitterness, and almost flat as it should be.

Drinkability - I don't think I've ever had a beer that would go better with a cigar than this one. Having said that, it was a little too artificial to stand as one of my all-time favorite but a great beer nevertheless.

11-10-2010 02:59:31 | More by RoyalT
Photo of Traquairlover


4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

22-oz bottle poured int tulips.

A = Deep dark chestnut brown bordering on black with large frothy dark reddish head, very good retention and leaves heavy lacing.

S = Bitter coffee, vanilla, semisweet cocoa powder, slight herbaceous smells.

T = Good bitterness but less than I expected from the smell, the taste of finely ground coffee beans is definitely present, but so is vanilla, cocoa powder, light traces of cinnamon, treacle.

M = Heavy body, great mouthcoating, good frothy carbonation feel, alcohol is just slightly too hot.

D = Drinks surprisingly well for the monster it is.

11-07-2010 19:42:28 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.63/5  rDev -15%

22 oz bomber without a freshness date. Pour is impenetrable black with a dark brown head, one of the darkest I have seen. Retention good, lacing good.

Not surprisingly, espresso coffee dominates, but the chocolate gives it more of a mocha nose overall. Oak is pretty faint and I probably would not have known had it not been on the label. Low on fruit.

Taste showcases more oak and slightly more semi-tart fruit. Coffee flavor smooths out some, but is still the main flavor showcased. Classic Yeti chocolate maltiness layers the palate on the back end. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy - bold. Drinks surprisingly smooth, but still has some rough hop and alcohol edges. Understated sweetness jumps out as it warms. A lot going on here, almost too much...I think I prefer the regular Yeti to this one. Fun to try though.

11-06-2010 02:08:32 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of Beejay


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

A: Dark black , with dark brown head. There is a pretty solid amount of head, though it dissipates rather quickly to a thin layer, leaving some decent lacing on the edges of the glass.

S: Malty, rich and syrupy. Significantly more malt flavors that hops in this. It seems like they don't down the hops a good deal for this one. Hints of chocolate, vanilla, licorice and coffee.

T: Bitter hops come out first, earthy, though not as intense as original yeti. Some really nice chocolate notes, as well as a nice oaky flavor, and some coffee notes in the finish, which become more present as it warms. There is a touch of booze in this.

M: Medium body, carbonation is a little on the high side for me. A little syrupy and slick.

D: Very nice, though I don't think that this differs that greatly from the original yeti. The espresso and oak are present though very subtle, I feel like this is a bit more balanced that the oak aged yeti, but I think the chocolate wins.

11-05-2010 02:33:03 | More by Beejay
Photo of errantnight


3.73/5  rDev -12.6%

Tasted in a Spiegelau tulip during a RIS tasting (with plain crackers and water for palate cleansing between tastings).

Pours a deep brown, almost black, with an espresso crema-like head with moderate lacing and nice retention.

The aroma delivers on the label's promise, sweet espresso, light raisin notes back up the coffee roast.

On the palate the espresso roast is most forward, it's a touch stale, but still nice. Astringency is prevalent, and it's a little one note, but a quite tasty one.

Medium full with a lingering, bitter finish.

A solid coffee stout, but not one that ranks with the best.

11-02-2010 05:41:13 | More by errantnight
Photo of WestValleyIPA


4.83/5  rDev +13.1%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Ommegang Goblet. Short pour, and still got a nice finger of brown head. Black like the dark ages. Smells - Bourbon off the bat, roast coffee, almost smells milky like a cappucino. Gettin some chocolate and vanilla as well. The taste - if I could give this higher than 5 I would. Sweet milky espresso drink. Tastes like a coffee nip with a shot of bourbon poured on top. The tastes just hangs on. Will probably be on my tongue after I die. Nice bitter burnt coffee flavor. Stupidly drinkable given the alcohol. Lord oh lord.

11-01-2010 00:53:33 | More by WestValleyIPA
Photo of TKEbeerman


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

A: Poured into my pint glass, you just can't get a better looking stout than any of the Yeti's. Jet black with a large dark coffee colored head that lays down some of the best lacing I've seen in any stout.

S: Chocolate, coffee, espresso laced heaven. Lots of roasted malt and a hop presence that will make your mouth water.

T: The flavor is espresso excellence. Lots of roasted malt. A bitter noppiness, that complements the malt. Notes of chocolate with the smoothness of vanilla.

MF: The mouthfeel is not as big as I'd like. Needs more carbonation and creaminess.

D: Drinkability is excellent. 9.5%? No problem!

Overall, I really wish I had a case of this amazing brew. Perfect stout for anyone venturing into the bigger beers, and definitely sets a baseline for all espresso infused stouts of its kind. The combination of the espresso/oak chip aging and a semi-aggressive hop bill make this stout a home run.

10-31-2010 22:13:23 | More by TKEbeerman
Photo of bigfnjoe


4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint.

A- pours a hellacious shade of the darkest black with a 2 finger dark brown head. Lacing is a disappointment, but I love how dark the head is...you sometimes get copped out with stouts. Not in this case

S- insane stouty goodness...tons of espresso, roasted malts, and hints of chocolate. Very powerful and great

T- bitter coffee, but not to the point where it chokes you...the flavors stick around for awhile after the sip. Might be a little too bitter...but who am I to complain about flavor? I don't taste any of the oak aging at all, which pleases me because I'm not a huge oak fan

M- thick, luscious, and totally awesome. Great Divide knows how a stout should feel, and they always deliver.

D- maybe a little too bitter...maybe a little too thick...maybe a little too flavorful...its a total sipper, but its damn good. Really enjoy this one

10-30-2010 20:25:30 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of Hibernator


4.4/5  rDev +3%

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
22 oz brown bottle
Bottled on Feb 12 2010
Served in a Smuttynose tulip glass

Pours a jet black. Opaque in appearance with a frothy khaki colored head on top. Awesome trails of sticky lace.

Interesting nose with whiffs of chocolate, espresso, sweet dairy and roasted coffee.

An extremely rich and complex Imperial Stout. Wonderful flavors of dark chocolate, burnt roasted coffee beans and malts. Super malty and flavorful with some dextrin or sugar sweetness. A hint of sweet cream of dairy as well. I like the taste of oak too, providing a dry character. The hop finish provides a strong snap to round out the beer.

The type of beer that you can chill with and sip. Each sip lends it's unique flavors and the beer becomes more enjoyable as it warms. The perfect night cap to split with a friend.


10-30-2010 20:15:00 | More by Hibernator
Photo of Jeffo


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Got this one at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours pitch black and thick, like tar coming from the bottle, producing a two finger, thicker looking, mocha colored head with great retention. Pitch black body with zero carbonation evident. Head eventually fades to a good wisp and ring, which both remain for the entire ride and leave some nice lacing down the glass. A great looking stout for sure.

SMELL: Bold and enticing nose of roasted malts, lots of espresso and roasted coffee beans, as well as some baker's chocolate in there. A hoppy nose that advertises a bitter taste profile too. Big and bold like the regular Yeti, which with more espresso notes in there.

TASTE: Definitely the regular Yeti with some big, bold espresso flavors. Very roasted with lots of espresso, and some bitter, baker's chocolate as well. A good dose of bitter hops accompany the bitter espresso and black coffee profile. Very nice. Strong and long lasting aftertaste is roasted and full of bitter espresso and chocolate notes, and a slight touch of booze in the background. Same as the regular Yeti with a nice base of espresso that meshes well with the base beer.

PALATE: Medium-full body and medium, soft carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a little alcohol bite at the end. Finishes more on the drier side. Solid, just like the base beer.

OVERALL: Another fantastic creation by Great Divide. The Yeti series continues to impress, and the Espresso version is not only a great addition to the series, it's one of the best coffee stouts around. One worth picking up in bunches, as well as comparing to some of the more limited coffee stouts around. One I will be glad to have again. Thanks for exporting your stuff overseas guys.

10-27-2010 14:42:27 | More by Jeffo
Photo of bminor7

New York

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%

22 from Savemore

looks dark as hell...head forms, stable and so dark it looks like toxic waste foam...this is a good thing

smells ominous....nothing obvious...not like a beer, more like an old childhood memory...like an espresso-using brewery basement...must be the espresso

taste starts out bitter coffee, transitions to basic stout/dark malts/hops, ends on a hoppy/bitter/chocolatey note...very satisfying, a great beer 4U2 to sit back and just appreciate the flavrr

mf is superb, i would not change anything, abv is well hidden, but will crush u

drinkability always suffers with these but the rest of the good marks will redeem it

wish i had a chocolate cake to eat with this, i would be happier more.

10-27-2010 01:22:43 | More by bminor7
Photo of blackie


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

a: snifter serving, pitch black in color with the head only a sparse smattering of deep mocha

s: intense roast and dark chocolate, oily burnt aromas from the espresso, pretty tough to find any oak in such a setting, heavy and rich, pine hops adding a nice counter

m: smoothly carbonated, tiny bubbles light in presence, full bodied but not quite heavy

t: thick, tongue-coating roasts and dark chocolate, the oak seems lost here, and the espresso is kept low in the mix - not adding much more than an oily char, turns dry about halfway through as the roasts turn from chocolate to char, and a heavy pine bitterness moves in, really tasty

d: a very nice IS, been awhile since having the standard Yeti, but seems like this one isn't much of a departure

draft at ChurchKey

10-24-2010 13:32:24 | More by blackie
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.3%

I poured from a bomber into a snifter. Jet black in color with an above average tan head. It smells like you walked into a starbucks. Lots of esspresso flavor, hints of chocolate and vanilla, no oak. It finishes with bitter coffee. Full in body and well carbonated. A good coffee stout.

10-23-2010 16:58:23 | More by bonkers
Photo of Blanco


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%

A - standard stout black with a chocolate milk colored head. strong lacing.

S - roasted malts, chocolate upfront followed by faint coffee, but not getting much on the expresso. smells like regular yeti, which is very good nonetheless.

T - very smooth flavor, the coffee is definitely present and tastes very much like a cafe mocha. slightly bitter, and a tiny alcohol bite. I'm not picking up much "oakiness" but that's more of an observation than a complaint. very nice.

M - very nice mouthfeel, as with the taste, reminiscent of a cafe mocha.

D - very drinkable, incredible smooth. the coffee flavor is a nice twist on regular yeti, if that's what you are in the mood for that day.

10-16-2010 01:40:30 | More by Blanco
Photo of tchenery


3.85/5  rDev -9.8%

The beer pours an oil black color. It is totally opaque and gives off a russet brown head of one finger. It looks to be lingering.

The smell is fantastic. The first smell is of bitter dark chocolate, then I pick up some raspberry notes, then if floats to a marshmallow scent, followed by a coffee scent. You could go on forever describing different smells in this beer. It's nose is very complex. The most general smell is like one of those pink filled dark chocolates that come in the terrible Valentine's Day assorted chocolates.

This beer doesn't taste like a 9.5% brew. It hides it's alcohol very well. It is however very very thick. It kind of tastes like that chocolate too. Mostly though it tastes like chocolate and marshmallow. It's fairly bitter, which I guess is from the Espresso. Honestly I was expecting more coffee in this one.

Mouthfeel is extremely full. This is a chewy beer.

Drinkable in the sense that it's smooth and not overpowering with it's Imperial-ness. It might take me a while to drink it though. I almost want to drop some ice cream in it.

10-14-2010 23:21:08 | More by tchenery
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4.1/5  rDev -4%

A - Pour in a snifter with a very thick head that was about 4 inches. Very frothy with a few bubbles, and as dark as the deepest cave. Defiantly looked appetizing.

S - Espresso, dark chocolate, cigar box

T - dark chocolate, coffee, earthy

M - very fresh and smooth on the front and a little bitter on the back end.

D - A very good well rounded beer with sweetness and some savory bitterness. Something to drink during the fall/winter after a hard days work.

10-13-2010 01:40:51 | More by Bobsurfhb
Photo of Gobzilla


4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

A: poured black as night with a 2 finger brown head that left lots of frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: espresso chocolate aromas dominate the nose with hazelnut and vanilla notes but it did have oaky wood boozy character as well.

T: epsresso oaky wood notes hit the palate first with vanilla, chocolate, and cofffee accents. There was also some underlying booze that was not overpowering; great flavor.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slight astringent, coffee, and creamy finish.

D: it drank pretty damn good and I waiting to rate this beer till I opened up a bomber to the head. Really happy to see great divide in So Cal.

10-09-2010 09:20:44 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of beveragesampler


4.78/5  rDev +11.9%

Pours jet black with three fingers dark carmel head. Aroma is very ballanced coffee and chocolate, with little to oakiness. Little to no alcohol nose to this brew at 9.5%. Taste has only slight hop bitterness. Vanilla and oak flavors are subtle and welcoming. Mouthfeel is creamy and dissipates quickly. Overall this is an exceptional brew. My Yeti was bottled on Feb 12 2010, i feel this beer will age very well. i will definately buy more.

10-09-2010 02:37:09 | More by beveragesampler
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

Appearance: Pours jet black and thick, with a couple fingers of dark tan head. Decent retention and reduces down to minimal head.

Smell: Coffee, roasted malts and chocolate. The coffee/expresso is very prevalent.

Taste: Coffee, with bitter dark chocolate and roasted malts. Also a bit of woodiness. Slight hops at the end. This is balanced very nicely and is quite tasty.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Great full body, creamy, luscious mouthfeel. Drinkability is okay, the alcohol is hidden nicelyl. Very nice beer overall, as are all the Yetis.

10-07-2010 02:10:24 | More by zhanson88
Photo of chumba526


4.7/5  rDev +10.1%

Appears midnight black with a thick brown head that is very stable.

It smells really good. There are notes of bitter strong espresso, milk chocolate, and vanilla.

It tastes very strongly of roasted coffee beans a nice oaky vanilla flavor complements the dry coffee taste. The coffee and oak flavor are very strong but the taste is smooth. A nice bitterness that comes from both hops and coffee is also present in the beer. All the flavors of the beer blend so well it is amazing.

The carbonation is medium low. It adds a nice creaminess to the beer.

For the style the drinkability is very good. It is so smooth I want to keep on drinking it.

Overall an amazing beer that goes great with the music I am enjoying: two cow garage, a melancholy drunken country punk band.

10-04-2010 01:29:51 | More by chumba526
Photo of gregshead


4.08/5  rDev -4.4%

A: Black with a chocolate ice cream colored head.

S: Roasted grain and vanilla/oaked smell.

T: Deep espresso taste. Taste the roasted grains and vanilla up front but the coffee taste quickly jumps in. Ends with more coffee/espresso, roasted grains and vanilla.

M: Really smooth and creamy. Not much carbonation to the batch I had.

D: Wow, I would not guess this is a 9.5% abv beer. I drink coffee 5 or more times a week and really enjoyed the way they combined it with this beer. So glad this beer is now distributed in California.

10-03-2010 05:29:21 | More by gregshead
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3.93/5  rDev -8%

22 oz. bomber picked up at Farmer's Harvest, into my brand new Great Divide pint glass,

A: Pours black with a small brown head, good retention, average lacing.

S: Coffee heavy, it certainly smells like espresso, you get what's advertised and it's big and appealing.

T: Bitter coffee dominates immediately with a lot of dark chocolate and a hint of charcoal thrown in there too. The residual sugar comes in and mixes with the espresso for a sweeter finish. The coffee is robust, overt and in your face, arguably the most pronounced coffee beer I've ever had, definitely one that's commercially brewed.

M: Full-bodied, smooth, strong coffee influence throughout, a hint of booze in the finish which is okay by me, with an off-dry finish.

D: This is a big one for sure. Not as integrated and balanced as Peche Mortel, the coffee isn't trying to be cute; it's a coffee beer and you know it. I don't drink coffee in my day to day life, but I do enjoy it in beer, but this was almost too much for me at times, hence the 3. Definitely an experience, be careful, this one can stain your clothes, I learned that first hand.

10-02-2010 04:52:11 | More by Halcyondays
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses to be shared with the room mate. Thick, midnight black liquid sat beneath a frothy brown head. Head retained the entire time, and left behind a massive amount of brown lacing, to the point that I wondered if I could ever get the glass clean again. Awesome looking beer, to say the least.

Smell is of extreme coffee, mixing with some chocolate, and a healthy dose of hops. A little bit of oak mixes in as well, but it's definitly been hidden by all of the other dimensions.

Taste is of very bitter and tannic espresso, milk chocolate, more hop flavor, and subtle vanilla. The expresso, again takes it over.

Mouth feel is thick, but very dry. The bitterness and espresso combine to make for a very bitter beer that dry's out your pallet. In fact, I felt this may be one of the most bitter brews I have ever had. This brought down the drinkability for me, since it isn't something I really want out of my stout.

In the end, I felt like there were too many dimensions built into the beer. The oak and stout flavors ended up being muted while the espresso and hops too over. It was still good, but I prefer the normal or oak aged yeti. Either way, I was wired after this brew.

09-29-2010 20:37:57 | More by mkorpal
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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