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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,299
Reviews: 989
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 257
Gots: 676 | FT: 49
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: John_M on 05-16-2008

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
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
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
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
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
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
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
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
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
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
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
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!

Photo of ryantho00
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24oz bottle to a snifter.

Pours a deep dark brown black with a nice 3 finger that stays for a good 10 minutes. Has a nice thick creamy lacing throughout the beer. I smell a deep coffee and mocha scent throughout with chocolate and a minty maltiness almost caramel.

This beer is like PURE SMOOTHNESS in a bottle....it is so creamy and smooth, just fantastic. Espresso and coffee and chocolate, oatmeal, biscuit and dough, with a slight hoppiness blended with a smoked malt taste. Did I mention coffee? Throughout, espresso and coffee and caramel. With great smoothness, there is a hint of oak or whiskey in the aftertaste. Really quite remarkable beer. Just fantastic creamy thick mouthfeel that has a nice longing aftertaste that is pleasant and unique. Definatly has the imperial stout uniqueness through the entire beer.

Despite the high gravity of this beer it is sooo drinkable. Has such a beautiful creaminess with so much smoothness that is dangerous!


Photo of liamt07
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of MasterSki, split with my girlfriend into two tulips. Bottled on February 12, 2010.

Pours a few shades off black, three fingers of light brown head. Mild retention and great lace. Nose of dark fruits, light vanilla and oak. Some espresso and dark chocolate when I dug a bit deeper into this, I suspect it's faded a bit. Light notes of alcohol. Taste is more prominent in terms of oak and vanilla initially, leading into some milk and dark chocolate. Some citrus hops in the late finish, coming long after the dry espresso and lingering bitterness it have long gone. Good heavy medium body, and drinkability and enjoyable overall. Thanks Alex.

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When poured you cannot see through it even when held up to the sun. It has a very dark color, almost black, yet of the darkest brown. The head was not too much, about 2 fingers high.

I recommend taking in a full inhalation in order to get a proper smell of it. I disliked the smell when doing so at first but then found that if I took in a full whiff then I found out the entire aroma. Smells strongly of coffee...and that's exactly how it tastes.

I was a bit disappointed by the initial flavor, or lack of, but in the middle is the intense coffee taste with lingering smokiness, vanilla, and at then end of strong bitter coffee. It was too bitter for my taste but I'm not much of a coffee fan.

If you love coffee though I would definitely recommend this. I also recommend eating something with it because it is so profound in its espresso flavor.

Photo of hickmancase
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle from Total Wine poured into a pint glass.

A: Beautiful. Dark as night. Dark brown head.

S: Fantastic. Strong espresso smell.

T: So much going on. Spicy hoppiness that the carbonation singes into your tongue. Bitter bite. Great coffee flavors. Lingering espresso aftertaste.

M: Thick. Smooth but bubbly. Silky smooth at first, but stinging carbonation right after that.

D: Great coffee stout. Not the go to coffee stout, but a good variation to keep things interesting.


Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark black into my Jester King snifter, with about one finger of dark tan head, moderate retention and some splotchy lacing.

S - Deep roasted malts, bitter chocolate, ground espresso, sweet caramel, raisins, vanilla, milk, and mild hops.

T - Roasted malts, strong espresso/bitter chocolate combination, molasses, caramelized sugar, vanilla sweetness, more oak present in the taste than on the nose, nice hop balance, and just a touch of booze on the finish.

M - Relatively creamy and full bodied, slightly over carbonated for the style in my opinion.

D - This is an awesome beer, but a little aggressive on the taste buds, don't see myself having more than one in a sitting.

Photo of bump8628
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours up with an almost oily viscosity and midnight black with a luxurious, chocolate milk shake froth.

Sweet coffee obviously stands out but the contribution from coffee or roasted grain is hard to tease apart. Lots of raw cocoa, burnt sugars, and caramel drizzle too. Sweetness is easily counteracted by a firm herbal bitterness. Smooth without a noticeable alcohol component. Oakiness is super smooth and well integrated.

Great beer here, and a perfect after-dinner pint.

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

Notes from last summer. A 2010 bottle,so rather fresh.

A firm pour yields only 1.5 fingers of brown head with excellent retention. Pour is pitch black. My mouth is watering looking at this.

Smells is high on espresso and malt and a moderate amount of oak.

Taste - holy espresso! Coffee and beer are two of my favorite things, and this brings them together nicely. Taste also consists of some slightly burnt tasting malt. Oak flavor is a little strong but not overwhelming.

Creamy with bitter espresso finish. Mouthfeel is pretty Moderate for such a big stout.

Drinkability is very high for such an intense beer. Alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark black/brown Thick creamy 1 inch head.

Smell - Lots of coffee, smoke, malts, alcohol, chocolate and hops.

Taste - Extreme coffee kick starts off. Chocolate is balaanced well. Has a nice smoked taste mixed with some oak flavor. Hops were also present and worked well with the malts.

Mouthfeel - Strong and sweet. Numbs mouth some and leaves a sweet coffee and chocolate flavor in mouth. Aftertaste is much like a stout with its bold coffee and smoked malt flavors

Drinkabilty - Wow this was good. Pretty sweet but not overboard. Alcohol was high enough to keep drinkabilty from being higher. Very well balanced and a pleasure to drink. The best yeti ive had i think!

Photo of letsgopens
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours oily black with a mocha-foam colored head. Holds its shape very well and leaves some sticky rings behind. Very formidable appearance.

Heavily roasted malts mingle with the bitter, oily char of espresso. Some bitter, dark chocolate and dry graininess. Burnt raisin and sugary, overcooked brittle. Vanilla extract peeks through as well. Some sweetness (milk chocolate?) tries to find its way out but is muscled by bitter char. Robust and appetizing.

First impression is mellow with semi-sweet chocolate...that changes abruptly. Almost immediately fading in to oily, bitter, robust espresso mixed with Dutch baking cocoa. Super deep roast. Less dark fruit than the nose implies but still detectable, just a hint of burnt raisin and black currant. The oak leaves some woody sweetness but mostly subdued by the roast. Bruleed sugar and vanilla mixed with a faint note of leafy hops in the finish along with dominant char and mild booze.

Creamy and lush, almost fluffy fading to some acidic twang and finishing with long, lingering bitterness. Very low carbonation, expected for the style and barrel aging however not syrupy. A big sipper of a beer but oddly drinkable. The booze and texture are mostly conducive to drinkability but the oily, roast could be a little burdening. Overall an awesome beer.

Photo of Janderson91
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on December 15, 2010, enjoyed on February 20, 2011.

A - Pours an opaque pitch black with a large chocolate milk colored head. Leaves excellent lacing. Good looking beer.

S - Smell is a lot of the dark chocolate found in the normal Yeti. Accompanied by some roasted malts and some coffee.

T - Begins chocolatey with some roasty bitterness and has a coffee-like finish. The coffee taste feels kind of synthetic however and takes away from it's taste score slightly. Also leaves a pretty dry dark chocolate taste on the tongue for a while.

M/D - This is a rich beer but it still has decent drinkability.

I enjoyed this beer but I'd probably reach for a normal Yeti before this one again.

Photo of atowle25
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - pours black as night, with a small brown head that sticks around. Really nice looking brew.

S - smells like coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. A slight hint of oak and booze as well.

T - Pretty much exactly how it smells, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. The booze is a little bit stronger in the taste...finishes very bitter..not sure if I care for the finish all that much.

M - This is a very viscous brew. Feels similar to how I imagine motor oil would feel. Slight carbonation, but not much.

D - Plenty of flavor, but not very drinkable. The harsh finish definitely detracts a bit. This is the type of beer you want to sip slowly.

I tried to share this beer with my girlfriend and it was a bit much for her so I'm left to finish off the bomber..this might take me a while.

Photo of bpalfrey10
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown to black coloring, with a moderately sized darkish brown head
S: Coffee and roasted malt
T: Sweetness upfront that is eventually nicely balanced by a lingering hop bitterness on the back of your tongue. Oak is also evident. Pleasant alcohol warmth.
M: lightly carbonated as it was a cask ale. thick, almost viscous feel to it.
D: drinkable in so far as such a big beer can be.

Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into Snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black with initial massive brown head and loads of lacing tendrils.

Smell: Wonderful mix of espresso and chocolate with a strong roasted character. Some molasses, oak and char.

Taste: Coffee, charred oak and sharp roasted malt are the highlight, with rich layers of molasses, chocolate and hops. Overall, quite bitter and dry despite the wealth of malt character.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, with a massive smooth & creamy body. Finish is extremely dry and a little harsh.

Drinkability: This is the harshest and roughest of the Yetis, but even though it is not the easiest to drink Imperial Stout, it has loads of flavor and is a very nice sipper.

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

Poured from a bomber into a snifter

Dark and delicious. Great head retention, ok lacing but gotta love that deep mocha colored head. A nice coffee tang comes through before the oak does in the nose but seems not quite as complex as it really is upon the first sip. Drinking it almost perfectly at proper serving temp but feel like letting it warm to see just how interesting this brew is gonna get. A very tasty brew. All the usual suspects are there to comfort me; vanilla, oak, coffee, plenty of roasted malt & even some hops. Great body. The astringency that comes with the bitter coffee notes is really well balanced. Overall excellent mouthfeel for the style I'd have to say. A must try for lovers of oaked stouts, coffee stouts, vanilla porters and the like. Oh almost forgot, alcohol no where to be found in the nose, taste or mouthfeel. If it was 10.5 or 11% that might be a complement, but a 9.5% ahhhh, honestly I think there's room in this delicious brew for another couple hundred pounds of malt. Then again I'm always a fan of going bigger so take it for what it's worth.

Photo of herman77
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours very dark brown/black with a big velvety dark beige head. Amazing head retention and great lacing.

S: Lots going on in the aroma. Coffee is obviously most apparent, as well as roasted malt. Chocolate, sweet vanilla and a hint of oak. There is surprisingly some hop presence too.

T: Again, the roasted astringent coffee taste is the most noticeable and takes over all the other flavors. Its not incredibly strong flavored, but a little too much for my liking. Underneath that is roasted malt, bittersweet dark chocolate, a bit of vanilla and a nice mild oak/wood flavors. Hops try to poke through near the finish, but are overtaken by the coffee. Long coffee and roasted malt finish.

M: Fuller body, smooth and soft carbonation. A little thick.

D: ABV is hidden well, its the coffee part that gets to me after awhile. Would love to try the normal oak aged Yeti now.

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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