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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,069 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,069
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 214
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 05-16-2008)
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Photo of ebin6
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%

A - Quite possibly the slowest moving head I've encountered. Extremely dark; there is no light permeating this darkness

S - Coffee dominates, as expected, with chocolate coming in a close second. Also a decent amount of smokiness to the nose

T - Similar to the nose; lots of coffee with chocolate bringing up the rear with one glaring difference: there is a taste that reminds me of tobacco. Eating a piece of chocolate while drinking accentuates the coffee taste

M - Powerful all-in-one type mouthfeel that hits quickly and exits just as quickly. Perhaps I served it too cold

D - Considering the variables (complex taste, alcohol content), not bad. However, at 9.5% it drinks more like a 12 or 14% stout in my opinion

ebin6, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of bbeane
3.93/5  rDev -8%

A- Poured into PALM snifter... starts with brown finger thick head that disappears slowly leaving a spotted web of lacing. Beer is black with no light showing through when held up

S- Smells very chocolatey, more so then coffee or espresso... mixed with sweet malts

T- Starts out malty sweet, chocolatey, and finishes with a hint of oakey earthy bitterness. As it warms, more of the espresso starts to come out in the flavor

M- Lightly carbonated with a full body

D- A good barrel aged stout, enjoyable to drink, but not my favorite...

CHEERS!!

bbeane, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of DovaliHops
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a thick midnight black with a nice brown head that diminishes rather quickly. Scent is very woody with a mellow espresso aroma. Lots of chocolate and sweetness in the nose as well. Taste is initially sweet vanilla and chocolate flavors followed by awesome woody espresso flavors. It end with more sweetness and a surprising hop profile. Very delicious tasting beer! Mouthfeel is pretty thick, but not as thick as I was expecting. Very drinkable though. This was my second Yeti beer (only had original Yeti before this), and I have to say that I am very impressed by these brews.

DovaliHops, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of aknight
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

Poured from a bottle into a Bruery tulip. On first pour the beer appears thick and viscous with about a one inch head that dissipated shortly after the pour. The head has a nice stouty brown color to it. The beer smells of all malt, sweetness and some faint coffee aroma. This is a very smooth beer for 9.5%. The oak aging definitely helps to round it out a bit. This is a sweet beer but deceptively little alcohol taste comes through. The espresso hits you up front with a lingering malty finish with tastes of vanilla. The beer does not taste as viscous as it looks. This is a full bodied beer but it does not feel as thick and oily as I was expecting, There is a little bit of viscosity on the tongue, but not a lot. This beer is very drinkable for 9.5%. My beer was bottled on 4/2/10 (cheers for date stamps!), I am enjoying this fine beer almost seven months post bottling and if anything I think it was too soon. This is a beer that I think would only improve with some more time as the flavors round out and meld together. I will have to buy another bottle to age.

aknight, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of davesway10
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%

Unfortunately, for me, this beer didn't do it. I am, for the record, I'm a huge fan of great divide beers. Always will be. maybe i got a bad bottle, maybe not. I have another that I will try later and edit if necessary. The color of this beer is awsome, the head is excellent. the taste is also excellent. However, I had coffee been "chunks" in my bottle. Not happy with this at all. This just shouldn't exist in a good beer . Sorry.

davesway10, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of jminsc76
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

Into a tulip, pours an incredibly large, dark brown, creamy espresso head atop a black body. Colder, the head reforms quickly and largely upon agitation; as it warms, not so much. Looks more oil-like.

Aromas of oak, woody wood chips, and hints of coffee and vanilla. Highly intense and mmmm, so good.

The flavors are smooth, with a whole lot of richness; very reflective of the aromas. Dry up front, progressing along the palate from coffee at the midpoint to more chocolate and biscuit on the finish. The flavor-rainbow effect is alive and well on this one, with a wonderful complexity of compare and contrast between the oak and coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and slightly viscous.

Overall, an incredible Double Stout, that, as one of the friends I am sharing it with exclaims, "tastes like Starbucks in a glass that happens to be beer." Good assessment BK. :-[

And I didn't drink it with any of the main Thanksgiving dishes, but my God, grabs hold of the pumpkin and pecan pies I am pairing it with and takes me off to gastronomical heaven. Now, about trying it with that breakfast burrito recommended on the label. Hmmmm...

jminsc76, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of r0nyn
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured from a bomber into my DFH snifter. Shared with BAs infi and johnjae. Bottled on 2/12/2010.

Pours the deep, dark inkiness of good imperial stouts. Completely opaque. Big inch-thick tan head that slowly recedes, leaving some slick, bubbly lacing. Smell is subdued coffee notes with chocolate and toffee. Big malty presence too. The little bit of age on this stout has probably mellowed out the coffee a bit, but it's still pretty detectable. Slight bit of alcohol on the back end as you swirl it around and take deep whiffs.

Roasted malts right off the bat, along with subtle dark chocolate and toffee. Some light creamy vanilla also creeps in. The coffee/espresso part is, as expected, a bit subdued thanks to the age. It provides a mild, pleasant bitterness that combines well with this Yeti's sweeter side. There's also a subtle bit of oak at the end. Alcohol becomes more present as it warms, but isn't obtrusive. Mouthfeel is good and thick, providing a smooth drinking experience. Bit of a drying finish, with some chewiness.

Drinkability is pretty good. It's a weighty stout, both in ABV and feel, so you won't be pounding this down by any means. I think I'll have to have one fresh to really fully appreciate the espresso flavoring, but this wasn't a bad brew at all. Yetis have never let me down yet.

r0nyn, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured from a 750ml bottle (bottled on date of 2/13/09) into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong back coffee, roasted malts, some chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong flavor of black coffee that is followed by creamy flavors of milk chocolate and a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is very mild as you would expect in this kind of beer. There's no trace of the 9.50% ABV and a there's a good balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this beer is exactly what the name tells you it is, a coffee-enhanced version of one of the better big stouts out there IMO. Overall it's well-worth drinking for a long time if you're in the mood for a big coffee-flavored stout.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of TheDTrain
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

22oz bottle dated March 2009 poured into a tulip glass. Thanks to BeerFM's own Andy for sharing this one!

Great Divide certainly know how to brew some great stouts. The Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout was excellent. From the rich black pour bursting of bittersweet chocolate, hops, malts, maple, and coffee, to the full bodied taste of dark roasted espresso, chocolate, mocha, and malts makes this one exceptional. If you can find it, PICK IT UP AND GET TO THE CHOPPER...NOW! BLAU!

TheDTrain, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of misinformed
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

22 oz. bottled on 4/2/2010, reviewed 11/20/10. Pint glass.

A- Small dark brown 1/4" head on the 1st pour. I poured the 2nd glass more aggressively and it practically overflowed my glass. The taller head left behind a good bit of webby lacing. Both times the head faded to a small ring. Beer is completely opaque black.

S- Strong oak, espresso, dark roasted malts. Some alcohol.

T- Oak upfront followed by dark, bitter espresso. Burnt sugar, faint toffee. Alcohol at times. Mainly dominated by the bitter espresso for me. Faint vanilla at times, mingled with the oak. No chocolate.

M- Full bodied, lightly creamy. No real carbonation. Dry oaky finish. Some mild alcohol heat.

D- A little bit hot at times, but the alcohol is mostly well hidden. Glad to see both namesake ingredients (oak and espresso) make an appearance on my palette. OK balance here but the bitter, dark espresso sort of becomes the dominant flavor after awhile. I enjoyed this, but it didn't really wow me.

misinformed, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

22 oz bottle into a balloon tulip glass.

Pours black as night into the glass, topped with a finger sized head of burnt and reddish looking dark mocha head. This stays rich and robust when swirled, leaving back a strong smattering of spotty foam and brown oils behind. The aroma is sharp with the espresso, which has a smoky acrid edge to it that then gives away to some deep roasted character. Chocolate, vanilla, and caramel add a sweet smoothness to the nose that mixes with the souring acrid notes of the coffee and toasted oak chips to really give this a roasty smelling twang in the nose.

The taste is very dark roasted feeling up front but is well balanced by that thick sweet base of chocolate, toffee, and a flush of vanilla tanginess in the middle of the profile. Espresso kicks things into high gear in the backend, with a burnt bitterness (that is VERY reminiscent of a black cup of Joe) that hangs hard in the finish along with a lingering hops and a deep oaky dryness that give this a charred and roasted feel which lingers a bit intensely at times. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a sharp creaminess that is undercut by some beefy feeling slickness underneath and which keeps this surprisingly smooth for the size. That big ABV is mostly well hid here as well, with some warmth on the tail end that really brings that aggressive finish out.

Definitely an "as advertised" version of the Yet Imperial Stout here, with that lush and robust espresso character being both strengthened and tempered by the addition of those oak chips. Very easy drinking for the size as well, I could actually see one pairing this up with breakfast if the mood was right.

Kegatron, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of dayswonder
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%

A - When poured out of the bottle it looked like a thick black syrup. The beer itself looked as thick as syrup. The head is a mocha color that stays nicely on the glass.

S - The nose is predominantly a strong cocoa scent. This bottle is from March 2010, so it has sat for a little while.

T - Bitter at first, but then mellows out to a creamy mocha aftertaste.

M - Thick and creamy like a beer milkshake.

D - I'm sharing this bottle with my girlfriend. We don't often drink a lot of stouts so we definitely see it is a sipper.

dayswonder, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of bradleyp
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

Thanks again very much to the Bier Stein for having this beer.

Pours a dark black color, similar to black licorice.

The espresso/coffee aroma is very pungent. I could also smell some vanilla, and of course hints of oak.

Tasted like how a coffee stout should. Deep coffee notes throughout the taste of it.

At 9.5%, this beer could easily be drank again and again. Just not too much in one night.

bradleyp, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It had okay retention and left a sudsy film on the glass.

S - Great Espresso aroma with notes of chocolate, caramel and a touch of vanilla.

T - A coffee beer that delivers nicely with a coffee taste. Rich espresso flavors with sweet chocolate, toffee and caramel. There is a touch of hop bitterness to provide some needed balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a subtle warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a delicious imperial coffee stout. Another well-done version of Yeti.

zeff80, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of pburland23
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

Foil wrapped bomber poured into a Great Divide Brussels glass.

Pours a deep, dark, opaque black with a thick coffee colored head. It was one of the darkest and most inviting heads I've ever encountered.

The smell is all coffee and roasted malts. It's warm and welcoming. The taste is also pure coffee with a healthy dose of toasted malt. There's a little hops bitterness that comes through towards the end before finishing like a mug of Saturday morning coffee.

The mouthfeel is thick and rewarding. It's like dessert and breakfast in a glass. At 9.5%, it's not a beer you'll drink more than one of, but one is probably more than enough to make you happy.

pburland23, Nov 13, 2010
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.

paulozanello, Nov 11, 2010
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.

BeerFMAndy, Nov 10, 2010
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.

RoyalT, Nov 10, 2010
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.

Traquairlover, Nov 07, 2010
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.

twiggamortis420, Nov 06, 2010
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.

Beejay, Nov 05, 2010
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.

errantnight, Nov 02, 2010
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.

WestValleyIPA, Nov 01, 2010
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.

TKEbeerman, Oct 31, 2010
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

bigfnjoe, Oct 30, 2010
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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