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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,104 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,104
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 224
Gots: 589 | 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 pixieskid
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Disclaimer; I only review beers on BA if I am disgusted or blown away...

full body, creamy mouthfeel almost milky with nice carbonation.

Strong sweet/burnt malt presence up front, with strong notes of coffee and a dark chocolate bitterness.

Strong flavors of coffee, chocolate, mollasses and undertones of bittering hops throughout.

Finishes smoothly with very strong notes of coffee, toffee, a fair oakiness, and a rich dark chocolate bitterness.

Overall amazing flavors, nice body, great balance, and abv is amazingly well hidden.

I have had Yeti, Oak Aged, and Chocolate, by far the best Yeti in my opinion (haven't had BA though).

pixieskid, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of flipper2gv
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at Mondial de la bière 2010 in Montreal without any notes, so this is from pure memory so the review can be somewhat inaccurate.

A: Was very dark with moka like head, creamy good level. Retention was ok and had nice lacing.

S: Lots of coffee notes (d'uh!) with dark chocolate. Also had a nice level of dark fruits and raisins. Oak and vanilla are also there with some maple syrup. Overall much more fruity than what I expected from an oak aged espresso stout.

T: Same as smell, really...

M: Was thick but not overwhelming. Nice medium to low carbonation. Really what you'd expect.

D: Balanced brew and quite complex. Could be good to have quite a lot of it.

flipper2gv, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of zoolzoo
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, almost black. I need to start thinking of new ways to describe the appearance of stouts....nice khaki head anyway.

S: First whiff is like sticking your nose into a burlap sack of fresh coffee beans. Further investigation reveals the usual suspects consisting of chocolate, oak, and a bit of vanilla. A tinge of hop bitterness that is almost but not quite fruity reminds me that this is after all, Yeti.

T: Oak is especially noticeable up front, and espresso bean/hop presence rounds out the entire palate with bitterness, especially in the back of the tongue. Chocolate malt appears mid palate before fading back into a familiar bitterness. I'm getting a charred/smokey overall impression - the flavors are quite rich and balanced.

M/D: Mouthfeel is smooth, carbonation is low. An excellent coffee stout.

zoolzoo, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of Xul
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark brown but not quite black, capped by a two finger, rich brown head. Retention is good for style/ABV and a good deal of lacing is left on the glass. Not sure how an imperial stout could really look any better.

S: Strong espresso right off the bat, along with a heavy dark chocolate character. Vanilla comes through in the background along with oak and some dark fruits. Enjoyable smell, but somewhat lacking in complexity.

T: Espresso up front, strong but not as overwhelming as the nose. Dark chocolate and vanilla follow, along with oak and toffee. Some light roastiness lurks in the background along with some dark cherries. As the sip finishes, the coffee presents a bittering counterpoint to the generally sweet flavors, finishing with a balance of light bitterness and sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with low/moderate carbonation. Would benefit from being thicker and chewier.

D: The ABV is well hidden and it goes down remarkably smooth...as usual, I'm left wishing that Great Divide was available in San Diego.

Xul, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a ChurchKey becher.

I knew I'd find Bigfoot (or, at least, his Asiatic cousin) in DC! I mean, how many other elusive hairy beasts reside here? (Now that's good- er...actually pretty crappy political commentary. Sorry. I'll try harder next time.) Regardless, I was pleasantly surprised to find this cryptozoologically-inspired brew on tap here at CK. It pours pitch darkness into the glass, with a sad excuse for a dirty bubbly head. (Apparently one of Mermaid Man's nemeses procreated and settled atop my beer.) The smell is of darkly roasted coffee (I know, I'm shocked too), chocolate, and a tiny bit o' smoked oak. The full picture is of an espresso machine powered by a camper's stone-ringed fire. (Clearly, I have no idea how an espresso machine works.) When the 'buds get at it, the coffee lightens up a bit, apparently loosened by that tactfully tasteful joke. The chocolate comes back, followed by some cream (half-and-half, I think), dark malts, and some o' that oak from before, only lighter and sans fumee. The body is heavy, but lighter than other hefty brews'. The carbonation is moderate at best, and a slight coating is found along my mouth's walls, allowing a bit o' aftertatse to linger a spell. Now, if only this ape-like creature weren't so damn elusive...

TMoney2591, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3.23/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Bottled Mar 19, 2010. Poured into 10oz glass. I just reviewed the Oak-Aged Yeti yesterday and most of what I said about that applies here. The obvious difference is the espresso. I don't like coffee so this brew had a built in disadvantage.

All the big flavors that I liked about the OAY are here, they are just overwhelmed by the dominant coffee. The finish was bitter due to the coffee and those burnt flavors lingered.

If you like coffee beers, you'll love this. If not, just stick with the OAY.

beertunes, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of dtivp
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown almost black, nice tan head the receded into a ring with some lacing.
Aroma dominated by the espresso with a hint of chocolate.
Taste is coffee / espresso with a very slight hint of oak.
Full body and smooth with some bitterness.
Very drinkable this is a very nice imperial stout from Great Divide.

dtivp, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of ZebedeeDuBois
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this beer on tap, after a meal with some friends. We all agreed this was an exceptionally good tasting drink.

Dark opaque pour, with an inch of brown foam.
The espresso comes through immediately in the smell and taste.
The feel is a rich creamy texture.
It is very smooth and drinkable.

The espresso flavor is authentic and rich.

Excellent following a meal. A real dessert. I am tempted to try it with ice cream.

ZebedeeDuBois, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of kwjd
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with thick tan head. Tons of lacing down the glass. Smells strongly of coffee and hints of the oak. Coffee is very up front in the taste, which nicely compliments the deep roasted malt. Extremely creamy and wonderful to drink. Perfect morning beer.

kwjd, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled at a recent gathering of some fellow beer lovers.

Dark black head, khaki foam.

Espresso and heat smells waif up from the glass.

Roasted coffee tastes, dry finish. Wood, chocolate thrown in.

Excellent beer, enjoyed on a hot day in the sun and it didnt seem out of place.

Murchmac, May 30, 2010
Photo of Stacy53
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great Divide- Espresso Oak Aged Yeti- Bottled on: 2/12/10
Just over 4 months old

A- Black all the way. Nice brown lacy head, does not stay long.

S- Deep dark chocolate and coffee smells. The smell is great.

T- Woody from the start. Espresso comes in midway and finished with another hit of the oak. I would have liked some more espresso with this one.

M- Full and smooth. A little bitter.

D- No question this one is drinkable, not much alcohol presence.

Stacy53, May 28, 2010
Photo of MrStark
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter glass.

Appearance is black which pours out thick leaving a frothy mocha/brown one finger head. It dissipates with in a minute or so leaving a thin cap.

Smell has espresso in it no doubt giving a nice coffee aroma with some hints of chocolate, vanilla and a good dose of malt. There is a mild hint of hops in the back as well.

Taste is nicely balanced, quite similar to the standard Oak aged Yeti but with a nice little edge with the espresso flavor. It has the same qualities of coffee, dark chocolate malt and the nice hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth. Pretty pleasant on the tongue but not the same thickness as the regular oak aged Yeti from what I recall.

Drinkability is fantastic. Quite a flavorful brew that goes down nice and easy. Just about on par with that standard oak aged Yeti and a great choice for the style I'd say. I would certainly have it again. Now I just need to find the chocolate version and I'll be set.

MrStark, May 24, 2010
Photo of Gosox8787
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: Bomber bottle shared with a friend. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown to pretty much pitch black. Nice dark brown mocha head. Two fingers with good retention. Sticks nicely to the glass.

Aroma: Espresso notes really stand out here. There is also a good bit of dark chocolate, vanilla, and oak character to the brew.

Taste: Coffee beans and espresso notes dominate. Nice balance of sweetness and bitternes here. The vanilla and oak both compliment and don't overpower the espresso. Really smooth and nice sweet, chocolatey finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and really smooth. A bit flat and not as full as I would expect from a stout this big.

Drinkability: For its high ABV, this is really smooth and drinkable. After a glass, I didn't even taste any booze. Feels like 5.5-6% ABV. I could definitely have a couple of these in one sitting.

Overall, a really impressive and smooth stout. The flavors are well balanced and everything blends so well together. A really exceptional beer in my opinion.

Gosox8787, May 23, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber split with the one and only beerwolf77, you are too kind. A relatively fresh bottle, bottled in February or March I think.

A- Pours a pitch black with a two finger mocha colored head that leaves great lacing on the side of the glass. The head leaves a small cap for the duration of the beer.

S- Big nose of espresso, heavy malt and some dark chocolate. No alcohol present what so ever. A small amount of toffee and molasses.

T- A pretty even amount of espresso and oak. Toasted malts and dark chocolate that is a little bitter. Pretty balanced in flavor with none really dominating the others.

M- Full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. A small amount of bitterness due to the espresso.

D- I was hoping for a little better of a coffee taste. The oak added nicely to this beer. I really want to try all the Yeti varieties.

Wisconsinality, May 21, 2010
Photo of Lolli1315
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass

A- An opaque black with less than a finger of a dark brown head that holds very well with nice lacing.

S-Roasted malts most prominent at the beginning as it changes to the coffee/espresso smell of the middle of the beer that is coupled with some dark chocolate. Mild amount of hops can be noticed as the back end of the beer changes more to a burnt coffee smell.

T- Subtle roasted malts begin the beer moving into the the dark chocolate and a slight taste of roasted coffee. Towards the end of the beer it moves into a harsh hop bitterness with some dark chocolate and burnt coffee beans. The bitterness lingers with little amount of alcohol noticeable. A little disappointed in the lack of coffee/espresso taste in this beer along with the harsh finish.

M- Thick, chewy body with moderate amounts of carbonation.

D- Harsh finish on this beer makes the drinkability suffer a little. Surely not hard to drink though.

Notes: Not my favorite Yeti offering and a little disappointed since I was looking forward to this one so much. Certainly worth a try though.

Lolli1315, May 20, 2010
Photo of bashiba
3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep dark brown with a thick latte colored head.
Lots of thick lacing all the way down

The nose is a bit subdued, a lot of smoke and black patent, a hint of dark chocolate.

The flavor is initially dominated by burnt grain and smoke. Some dark chocolate and strong espresso come through after a bit. It finishes with a ton of bitter green hops. The oak shows up at the tail end leaving a strange woody aftertaste.

The mouthfeel has a good body with a long oily hop finish that really starts to dry out as the oak takes hold.

The initial flavor is good and its drinkable, although on the extreme burnt and bitter side, but as I got to bottom of the glass the oak just became more and more apparent, and not in a good way. Found it almost hard to finish with the strong cloying oak finish.

bashiba, May 20, 2010
Photo of Blakaeris
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours rich velvety dark brown with a cream tan head that leaves globs of sticky lacing.

Aroma is roasted dark grain and a pleasant chocolate sweetness.

Taste is more of the roasted dark grain along with caramel and toffee maltiness up front. Then sweetly smooth chocolate takes over for a moment before being eclipsed by a smokey charred grain bitterness that lingers on the tongue. The finish holds an unusual herbal-medical hop and massive oaky tannins that build unpleasantly as it warms.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, soft and smooth.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer at first, but when it warmed the oak flavor comes on so strong that it detracts of the rest of the flavor.

Blakaeris, May 20, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've recieved several of these from multiple trade partners so thanks to all you guys for hooking me up with this beer.

split and poured into my pint glass the beer is pitch black with about a finger of dark chocolate head. Thick webs of lace are left behind in the receding heads wake.

The aroma is full rich mochachino. A perfect blance of coffee and chocolate. The hops are fairly potent giving off a pungent pine aroma. Smoked roast malt is present as well with just atouch of camp fire.

The flavor is simialr to the nose although the hops come through a bit more pronounced. Like chocolate pine cones. Roasted malt and hints of camp fire start to really come on as it warms. Bitter dark chocolate finish.

Full viscous body. Mouth filling for sure. Light if any carbonation.

Overall a very good RIS. The Yeti series has yet to dissapoint me. I think the original Yeti is still my favorite but this one is a close second.

beerwolf77, May 18, 2010
Photo of SeanRedd
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grandeur! A style that has exploded into the heights of perfection; namely Goose Island and Founders. A wonderful interpretation; chocolatey crisp body, sweet frappacino cream center, mocha...no booze in sight, except for on my palate, which may skew. Vanilla Banilla touch? Excellent. Estupendo. I'd pop one with squemish macro folks....they'd dig it. Congratulatso.

SeanRedd, May 16, 2010
Photo of JRed
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cola-black with dissipating cinnamon head. Aroma of Coke float with chocolate ice cream and some brownies and coffee/toffee. Flavors of dark chocolate, cola, coffee, cinnamon, slight bourbon. Medium-thick body with a soda feel. So the Yeti went to Starbucks and confused us all. A nice brew but sometimes the original can't be beat.

JRed, May 16, 2010
Photo of mugglesandhops
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into snifter consumed 4/2/09.

Pours a beautiful opaque black with a dark brown head. Lacing is amazingly layered all the way through the beer. Smells of coffee, esspresso, maybe a faint whiff of chocolate. Taste of esspresso, woddy, sharp, bitter, coffee, some earthy hop flavors. Full bodied. More alcohol burn than I expected.

mugglesandhops, May 15, 2010
Photo of paxton1978
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Hulmeville Inn, PA. A nice chocolatey head and an inpenetrable dark colour to this beer. Aromas of chocolate and coffee (obviously) from this beer- smells like a rich, sweet tiramisu. The booze is well hidden in this beer, drinks way below it's ABV and is quite literally the most delicious Impy that I've ever tasted.

paxton1978, May 15, 2010
Photo of infi
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Smoothly pours a dark and opaque pour which reveals a nice brown and foamy head. Leaves small dots of lacing throughout the glass. Smell is predominantly full of dark chocolate with a little bit of malt and coffee. Was a bit disappointed - in hopes to find more espresso on the nose.

The taste is more than I expected. This is truly dark, black espresso straight up with chocolate shavings incorporated. Not much of a malt presence in the brew, but no complaints. Towards the back end is a subtle hop and dark chocolate bitterness that lingers for a few seconds. Really pleasant throughout. I can see why they recommend this for breakfast. It's a nice day starter for sure, minus the alcohol. Speaking of which, the 9.5% is hardly detectable. Thoroughly indulgent.

The mouthfeel is fairly thick and smooth. Not much of a carbonated feel on the tongue. The drinkability is great - I can really finish a bomber by myself, but I think the caffeine would be a bit much, especially at this time of night. Tasty, pleasant and smooth. All ideal in a stout. By far, my fave Yeti out of the set.

infi, May 13, 2010
Photo of jwinship83
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle that was made on april 2, 2010. drank from stone IRS snifter.

A- this one pours out a dark brown colored body with a finger and a half of coffee colored head. the head lasts a while and leaves behind thick rings of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- dark roasted malts are the first thing i notice. after that comes a blast of coffee/espresso. some dark and milk chocolate are in here also. slight hints of vanilla and oak.

T- the roasted dark malts start this one off, along with a healthy dose of both milk and dark chocolate. not overly sweet tasting. the espresso comes through loud and clear, adding a nice adn interesting element to this one. the vanilla and oak seem pretty subdued, but that might be just because theres alot going on in this one.

M- full bodied and very smooth. a nice low level of carbonation that really works in this one. the alcohol is well hidden.

D- easy to finish. i wish the full yeti line was available in my area. we just get the regular and the oak aged one. oh well, i guess ill just have to look forward to picking this up when i go to visit my sister.

jwinship83, May 12, 2010
Photo of y1fsm8s
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

y1fsm8s, May 10, 2010
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,104 ratings.