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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,099
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 223
Gots: 587 | FT: 41
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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 grittybrews
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle had around nine months of age on it. Poured an inky black with two fingers of gorgeous dark chocolate head; good retention before fading to persistent slick of film. Espresso dominates the aroma with hints of roasty chocolate and a touch of oak.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, deceptively light mouthfeel. Lots of espresso up front with plenty of dark chocolate bitterness, a trace of vanilla, and a nice kick of bitter hops on the lingering finish.

Lots of coffee character--even more than I expected--but I found this Yeti version to be a little one-dimensional and I didn't get as much of the oak character as I would have liked. Still, a really nice stout that I'd certainly revisit...very smooth and drinkable with a well-hidden alcohol kick.

grittybrews, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of oreo
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this at a store in bloomington il. Split a bomber with my friend (drewba) poured into a snifter.

Pours dark and thick with an awesome dark tan head. Stayed for a little bit then went bye bye. little to no lacing.

When I first cracked the bottle I got a huge whiff of hops. Once I poured into the glass, the coffee just completely took over. Huge coffee aroma with a little chocolate and some hops.

Tastes just like it smells. Huge amounts of bitter coffee with a hint of chocolate. No booze at all. Really this beer is like drinking 10% coffee. Pretty awesome if you ask me. The only downfall is that if you were wanting to taste anything else, you can't. My palate is crap and I only get coffee.

This is the kind of beer you would either drink at 6am waiting in line for DLD or if you were falling asleep while drinking to perk you back up. I could have easily drank a bomber of it.

oreo, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of Marty30
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottled on 4-02-10.Served in tulip at 55 degrees.

Appearence is deep black no light shines through.Nice two finger dark mocha head that disapears fairly quickly,good carbonation.Very nice lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell ,huge coffee notes followed by some chocolate and roasted malts.Faint smell of alchohol.

Taste,Very tasty brew just like it smells up front tons of espresso with chocolate, lots of roasted malts. I can taste no alchohal hidden very well.Nice bitter after taste which I like.

Mouthfeel,awesome creamy medium heavy feel with nice carbonation.

Drink, Very impressed first time ive had this! Would definetly recommend this to anybody. I will be getting alot more of this.

Marty30, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of EricCioe
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Jake Melnick's in Chicago. It poured black hole black with a pretty, espresso-crema head that always looks good on a big stout, though the lacing was a bit thin. On the nose there was a huge, overpowering note of cappuccino. In the mouth, the coffee mixed with roasted malts but there was a notable and welcome absence of the sweet chocolate or molasses notes that often accompany them. Because of that, it seemed a lot lighter and cleaner in the mouth than similar styles. This was truly a great beer.

I tried a sample of regular oak aged Yeti at the same time and found that the espresso really added a lot to a beer that was already pretty great.

EricCioe, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of alli4051
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a nonic. Bottled on 12/21/2010.

Pours that dark, used motor oil black that I always look for in an RIS. Pour produces a huge, creamy, brown sugar colored head that leaves some chunky lacing as it goes. Scent is roasty with some obvious chocolate and coffee notes. Taste is bold and interestingly subtle. Big roasted malts and chocolate flavors. The oak and espresso are faint but definitely there and provide an excellent accent to an already good RIS, the oak is a bit more prominent in the finish. Also a faint hop bite towards the finish. Mouthfeel is heavy but creamy smooth, not overly sticky or cloying at all. Surprisingly drinkable for such a big beer. Couldn't help myself, had to drink this one as soon as I picked it up, will definitely be picking up some more to age.

alli4051, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of boralyl
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into my tulip glass it produces one inch of brown, creamy head. The head recedes fairly quickly leaving bits of sticky lacing behind. The beer itself is pitch black, looks like motor oil.

S - The expresso aroma is noticed immediately. It smells great, but isn't overpowering. The expresso gives way a little bit revealing some chocolate, roasted notes, and some earthy hops.

M - Full in body and adequately carbonated. There is some creaminess to the texture.

T - Milk chocolate and vanilla notes hit the tongue first. Some oak character is present next followed by the expresso flavors. The beer finishes with a coffee bitterness.

A nicely done imperial stout. The base beer combined with the oak and coffee work very well together. Looking forward to trying the other varieties.

boralyl, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of trbergman
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a cervoise.

A - Pitch black with two fingers of sticky, pillowy brown head. Tendrils of lace cling to the side of the glass.

S - Rich coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit in the background. Hints of lemon and orange zest are just noticeable.

T - Massive coffee flavor dominates the palate. It's very tasty, but the espresso really overpowers the malt. Coffee, roast barley, and hops combine for a lingering bitterness. Behind the coffee, there are notes of dark chocolate, licorice, pepper, vanilla, and caramel.

M - At first I felt mouthfeel was a bit of a letdown, but as the beer warms up, it seems to get bigger and creamier. Very good.

D - Excellent. Eventually the abv would trip me up, but otherwise I'd be content to sip this all night.

trbergman, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of OnThenIn
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: darker brown head a finger high that doesn't go away on top of a black opaque body.

S: alcohol, espresso, dark chocolate, and a hint of sweetness.

T: straight espresso and dark chocolate and toffee up front. Creamy, slight sweet with some bitterness towards the end. Probably the best aspect of the beer. Lingering sweetness and bitterness.

M: surprisingly medium body. Thought it would be thicker. Lower carbonation, which would be okay with thicker mouthfeel. Slightly creamy finish.

D: with more carbonation and slightly lower alcohol it would be crazy drinkable.

OnThenIn, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of Spider889
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Live review, bottle purchased at From the Vine.

I have been looking out for this beer ever since I tried the regular Oak Aged Yeti early last year.

A huge four finger head was easy to entice out of this beer as I poured it into my Duvel tulip. The beer itself, a dark, tar-like black with an oozing crude oil-like consistency, produced a dark mocha colored head. Frothy and thick, the head retains extremely well, and leaves behind heavy lace that marks the glass as if a sponge were dipped in thick paint, then pressed to the glass. Beautiful in such a dark, strong stout.

The smell was enticing to say the least, and yet, is missing something.... the coffee! Despite being an espresso stout, the coffee aromas are missing for me. Instead, the heavily malted core stout shines through. The oak chips lend a sweet caramel and milk chocolate type of smell, not quite vanilla, but sweet and savory. Additionally, the core Imperial Stout provides a dark and decadent roastiness, and a bitter dark chocolate aroma. The beer finishes with dry oakiness and a light date-like fruitiness.

The flavor also provides one with much beer for thought. The beer itself is tasty and fulfilling, but when I consider the additives: oak and espresso coffee, I am less enthused. Once again the coffee is not nearly as apparent as I feel it should be. It is much more noticeable than in the smell, but still subdued and overpowered by the Yeti base Imperial Stout. Nevertheless, bitter coffee filters in and out of the flavor profile. And the finish certainly offers more bitter espresso than the liquid itself. Roasted barley and bitter baker's chocolate abound in this beer, and the oak chips begin to show as well - it manifests itself as dark fruits and dry fresh wood. Not as much coffee as I would like here, but a great beer nevertheless. If you like Yeti, and especially if you like yeti and are not overly fond of coffee beers, you will certainly love this beer. For me, I need more coffee flavor to give this beer a higher score.

Overall the beer winds up being very bitter, and I assume it is mostly due to the espresso and not hops, but the bitterness gets to be a bit much. I feel that if there was a slightly higher level of sweetness, the beer not only would be more balanced, but that the coffee flavors would be able to take firmer hold on my palate as well.

Drinkability kept dropping off for me. The alcohol is never really hot, though its effects crept up on me before the first half of the bomber was finished. Also, the bitterness grew a bit tedious when attempting to consume a larger amount of the beer.

This was certainly worth trying, but there are better coffee stouts out there to be sure.

Spider889, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of charlzm
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed December 27th, 2010.

Pours black into Old Reliable (a Triple Petrus tulip). A two finger dark tan head forms then reduces to a patchy skin soon after. Incredibly beautiful sticky sheeting from the head.

Aromas of coffee, anise, oak, smoke, molasses, vanilla, cherries. I don't even have to taste this to know it's going to be a treat.

This beer is very bitter up front. That, however, is no big deal. Really. Black coffee, bitter chocolate, a touch of vanilla, some oak on the finish. Massive flavors. Disappointingly, it doesn't taste as complex as it smells: no cherries or sweetness. And as it warmed, an ashy flavor came to dominate. Still, tastes better than most.

Moderately thick, chewy, with a dryish, clean, nearly-evaporative finish. Neat trick, that.

Excellent, almost breaking through to phenomenal. Gotta ding it a smidge for the charcoal flavors coming up at the end.

charlzm, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber poured into snifter.

Appearance: black with a brown head. 2 plus head and great lacing! Looks great!

Smell: Smells of roasty coffee!

Taste: An explosion of robust and bitter coffee. Some oak & vanilla tones. Then, even more coffee flavor roasty and bitter.

Feel: Silky & smooth; great mouthfeel. Medium to heavy body.

Drinkability: very drinkable for the style! Alcohol well hidden.

Solid beer, love it. Wish i bought a 2nd bomber to put in the beer cellar.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Espresso black with a milk chocolate colored cap that is stacked with bubbles that extend well above the rim of the glass. The foam looks even better once it begins to melt, and is absolutely plastering all available surfaces with sticky lace. This beer looks amazing, no matter what the brewers add to it.

The aroma is exactly as expected. Each sniff delivers a nostril-filling blast of chocolate fudge, roasted coffee beans and vanilla. There's too much else going on for oak to be appreciated, but it isn't missed.

This particular 22 ounces of Espresso Oak Aged Yeti has been in the bottle for almost two full years... and has held up incredibly well. The only slight chink in the armor *might be* the mouthfeel, though it should fill out and creamify as the middle of the bomber arrives.

Even though I'm not a coffee/espresso drinker, big stouts and coffee is a marriage made in beer heaven. When the base beer is one of the best Imperial stouts in existence, the result is bound to be something special. This GDBC brew is definitely something special.

For starters, EOAYIS a taste bud bombarder of the highest order. Just like Spinal Tap's amps, this sucker goes all the way to '11'. Each upending of the glass results in a furious fusillade of dark chocolate liquor, espresso, anise, vanilla beans and an underlay of oak. A pleasant warming of mouth, tongue, esophagus and belly is the only evidence of the 9.5% ABV.

The mouthfeel has gotten onboard with greatness over the past 10 minutes or so. This offering is more full, more silky smooth and more lingeringly lush than 95% of all fresh stouts of this style. Dead... solid... perfect carbonation.

After the extremely odd design decision to add cayenne pepper to Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, Espresso Oak Aged Yeti gets the outstanding Yeti train solidly back on the tracks to outstanding flavor and drinkability. Once again, the base Yeti proves to be bulletproof. Hey Great Divide, how about Bacon Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout to test that theory?

BuckeyeNation, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of diomz88
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smells great, right away the coffee and chocolate, toasty, nutty, vanilla, with hints of caramel. Alot of things going on in this beer. Black, dark black if there is such a thing. Head is brownish tan, frothy, with lacing at the end. This is definitely a very good imperial stout with a deeper taste on the coffee, lots of it. What you smell is what you will taste. Bitterness is high but is great with this kind of beer. Full bodied, creamy, malty, intense beer. This is a great imperial stout, next time will try with breakfast!

diomz88, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into a pint glass

This beer poured a nice black and let no light through, there was also a nice thick light brown head that dissipates slowly leaving lacing on the glass.

the smell is coffee all coffee

the taste is mostly coffee with a bit of roasty malt bitterness which goes well with the coffee notes

this stout has a nice creamy mouthfeel that is surprisingly not too heavy and is pretty drinkable

rowingbrewer, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of ImpairedPirate
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout (Great Divide Brewing Co.) 9.5%ABV Bottled on March 19, 2010 poured into a glass 01/01/2011

A - Similar composition to standard issue Yeti, but the bottle has a regal gold foil top.  Pours thick into a glass. Black body, very dark brown head (darker than usual) for an imperial stout.

S - Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts.

T - Incredible (as in quality, not quantity) smokey note.  While smokey oak is not the most dominant flavor, it is the reason to try this brew.  Creamy vanilla, tiny bit of bitter, with a coffee undercurrent.  The coffee tone is subtle enough to not detract from the overall experience, yet enough to add an interesting layer.

M - Silky smooth, finishes just as nicely as it begins. Wish the body was a little more substantial.

D - Dangerously drinkable.  No alcohol burn, and balanced.  A great offering from Great Divide-- try this.

ImpairedPirate, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of tzieser
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap in the middle of a blizzard at the pour farm tavern in new bedford.

pours an opaque black with a dark tan head, which slowly settles into a very thin lacing that disappears. i wish it was a tad more carbonated.

big malty nose with notes of roasted coffee, dark roasted malts and subtle chocolate aroma. very roasted all around. has a nice earthy/vanilla-y background to it. i like it.

good flavor. coffee is definitely there, but it isn't overpowering like some others i've had (for the record, i love founder's breakfast stout, but sometimes i feel as though there's a bit too much coffee in it). aforementioned vanilla earthiness is there, thanks to the oak. well rounded with huge flavors of roasted malts and subtle mocha like flavor. aforementioned vanilla earthiness is there, thanks to the oak. very well hidden ABV.

smooth mouthfeel; good drinkability.

excellent imperial stout. great choice for the nor'easter!!

tzieser, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber with a 3/5/2009 bottling date. Poured into a Darkness snifter.

A: Vigorous pour yields a 1 finger, semi-coarse dark, almost reddish mocha head with poor retention. Dissipates into a cluster of big bubbles atop the brew. Beer is an opaque black. Lacing is stringy and spotty with decent legs and cling.

S: Nose is rather aromatic. Resiny hops provides a unique background to roasted malt, chocolate, liquorice, and surprisingly subtle toasted espresso beans.

T: Opens fresh dark fruit. Prunes and raisins. Chocolate, roasted malt, and fresh hop bitterness. Creamy. Hint of coffee in the middle and as this one warms. Sweeter than expected. Sweet soy sauce right at the end with a bit of brownie and more fresh hop bitterness. Slight liquorice in the finish with a clean, coffee bean sour aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. Oily and silky in the mouth. A slight edge going down with small hints of bubbles. Finish is messy and sticky with a clean, slightly lingering aftertaste.

D: For a self-proclaimed espresso stout, this one's really faded with age. Don't get much coffee here which I really don't mind. A rather hoppy offering overall. A solid member of the yeti family. Worth trying.

SpeedwayJim, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of MrDanno96
3.38/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours pitch black with about a finger of nice looking tan head. A decent amount of sticky lace clings to the sides of the glass.

S: Strong aromas of both chocolate and coffee. Very roasty and appealing, but I wonder if the espresso has faded a little since this brew was bottle eight months ago.

T: A good dose of roasty bitterness mixed with some earthy overtones tones comprises the main flavors in this one. Strong bitter notes (baker's chocolate, hops and burnt coffee) come through in the finish. Some sweet chocolate comes through initially, but is quickly overpowered by the other elements. I feel like the oak might actually do this brew just a little disservice by covering up some of its sweetness.

M: Full bodied with a moderate carbonation bite in the finish. The alcohol is hidden very well.

D: A decent Imperial Stout, but as with the other Yetis, this just does not impress me that much. I feel like the coffee addition just serves to make this brew a little too bitter, rather than adding substantially to the flavor. Still, like I said, it is decent and I won't complain about having to finish the bomber.

MrDanno96, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of StlHopHead77
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours out an evil,coal black with a creamy,firm,chocolatey,two and a half finger head that left thick,foamy lacing.

S-Smells of sweetened espresso,bittersweet chocolate,toasted vanilla and Turbinado sugar with some lightly charred malts coming through at the end.

T-Strong,fresh espresso,oaky vanilla,nicely charred malts and some residual boozey sweetness.

M-Great mouthfeel.Thick and viscous.Creamy but slick with great balance and a very natural silkiness in the mouth.

D-This beer was excellent and it seemed like it's execution was effortless.Maybe a touch sweet to warrant a drinkability score above 4.

StlHopHead77, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of cavedave
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a deepest brown/black, some nice dark beige foam turns to a lasting skim pretty quickly.

Smell is bold, heavy with herrbal bitter, roasty coffee, alcohol spice, burnt caramel, with hints of piney bitter and citrus pith.

Extremely full flavored, heavy on burnt notes, tannins, and darkest coffee. Herbal bitter kicks in with alcohol and all the flavors join together for a classic finish of drying pine and bitter that is epic, delicious, and clean

Lighter side of 10W40, perf. low carb., super resinous, with the charry notes highlighting a fantastic finish that stays clean even at room temp.

This is a slow sipper that begs to be consumed more quickly, but doesn't allow.

Impression: My favorite of the Yeti's so far. Can't wait to taste this with a bit of age.

cavedave, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of dmfrench
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A typical chocolate/coffee flavored but somehow 'deep' and 'dry' Imperial Stout

(review from notes)

A: Absolute black body, no highlights whatsoever, with a very persistent one finger beige head. Had I been able to coax a bit more head out of this crew, appearance would have been perfect.

S: Fairly typical for the style... a very well balanced blend of dark fruit, cocoa, and coffee. Not much hops... not freaking me out, but very pleasant.

T: Again, typical flavors of coffee and cocoa, but the dark fruit takes a back seat to a surprise appearance from full piney hops. What's special about this beer however is the 'depth' and dryness of the flavor. If I return to this beer, it will be for those two hard to define qualities.

M: I do not have notes on this dimension, but I can say that I definitely had no complaints.

D: Again, no notes as to this aspect, but I clearly remember a remarkably easy experience.

dmfrench, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of DoctorDog
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1 pint 6 oz bottle into a snifter. A bottle I've stowed away for awhile- "BOTTLED ON: FEB 13 2009" printed on the bottom of the label.

A- Deep, dark mahogany/black, and opaque. Pours with ~2 fingers of brown head, which settles slowly into a thin cap. Very picturesque....

S- Sweet, malty chocolate, dark fruits....roasty coffee/espresso....finishes with some oaken/vanilla notes. Really nice.

T- Oak-tinged notes assault the tongue upon the first sip. Chocolate, roasted/burnt coffee, and a fair amount of malty sweetness help to offset the bold, wood/roasted flavors. A lightly boozy kick on the finish that does not detract.

M- Moderately low carbonation, and fairly full feel.

D- Good. More or less a slow sipper, as this is a big, bold/full flavored beer...but nevertheless, no chore to get through a 22oz'er solo.

Future outlook: I have had the Oak Aged Yeti (both fresh and aged) and "regular" Yeti, and though all of them were decent, this one easily triumphed over those other variants. Definitely worth a repeat.

DoctorDog, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of flannelman808
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Midnight black, very opaque. This one is topped with a great thick tan colored head which frothy pancake bubbles. Great retention and lacing too boot.

S: ooooh bigtime espresso notes and deep rich chocolate as well.

T: Lots of depth, lots of complexity. Espresso, chocolate, oak, vanilla and chocolate to name a few. The oak really finishes nicely. This strikes a fine balance between sweet and dry. nicely done.

M: velvety

D: yum

flannelman808, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Swiss wine snifter. Bottled in April, 2010.

Pours blacker than engine oil. Body is nearly as dark as possible, and only the slightest deep crimson highlights show around the edges of the glass. Head is dark brown and looks chocolaty. Some of the best lacing I have ever seen- an intricate web of bubble crust sticks all over my glass. Fantastic.

Interestingly, a fair dose of hops hits me first as I take a whiff of this ominous liquid. Underneath them is a distinct coffee grounds smell. A little swirl brings more coffee to the nose... still no roasted malts! Finally after more swirling and smelling I can detect the roasted malt buried under all that coffee and hops, and along with it I can smell a bit of bakers chocolate.

This Yeti is bold but not fierce. With my first sip I find this beer to posses more refinement than indicated in the aroma. An inseparable melding of three flavors greets my palate- coffee grounds, deeply roasted (nearly charred) malts and hops all balancing each other with poise. These carry through the entire taste experience, which sweetens in the middle as the hops momentarily take on some citrus notes and the whole medley dries out to leave a roasty espresso malt flavor in the mouth. The flavors here are unusually well blended, and although they are distinct, they appear together rather than in succession as is often the case. I think age would mellow this monster, but it isn't an Imperial Stout that requires age to be highly enjoyable, as the flavors are well balanced. The alcohol is well hidden, which is a commendable feat.

The mouthfeel is full and chewy. This is a full bodied beer in the best possible sense. Carbonation is smooth and compact, lifting the flavors off the tongue and keeping things from getting bogged down from the thick body.

Drinkability is quite good, but in some undefined way I feel that it could be better. Possibly if this beer were either sweeter or drier it would go down even better than it does... but hey, how can I complain? If I brewed a beer that went down like this one I would be happy for the rest of my life.

Conclusion: This beer holds its own. A very interesting example of this varied style. I would love to see what a few years of age would do to this, although loosing the coffee flavor over that amount of time is a risk. My ideal stout would have more oak (what was here was overpowered by the hops and coffee) and less hops. Minor details aside, this is one of the best stouts (or any beers for that matter) to fill my glass.

allforbetterbeer, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a almost black in color with a minimal tan head forming.

S: Smells like cocoa powder, spicy oak notes, roasted malts, and coffee. Definitely a lot of coffee, which you would anticipate given it being Espresso Yeti. Perhaps a bit of caramel sweetness as well.

T: The oak is really pronounced on the flavor, maybe a bit too much so. Lots and lots of coffee without much of the chocolate that is present on the nose. This is fairly bitter, as well.

M: The body is medium with a fairly smooth carbonation that I would classify as medium.

D: Definitely better than the regular oaked version, but not one of my favorite imperial stouts. Decent enough beer, though.

womencantsail, Dec 10, 2010
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,099 ratings.