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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,072 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,072
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 217
Gots: 581 | FT: 41
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Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: John_M on 05-16-2008)
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Photo of babaracas
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice black with super dark brown edges, dense two finger medium brown head, thin sheets of lace. Smell: roasty with a big hit of very robust coffee, a little mossy and woodsy, earthy with a hint of spruce, chocolate in the back. Taste: bam the coffee hits upfront, giving way to some more roastiness and chocolate, earthy and citric hops, finishes with even more coffee and a some bitter chocolate. The coffee seems to have thinned the feel out a bit vs. regular Yeti. Very good coffee impy stout.

babaracas, May 08, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Man I wanted to try this ever since I saw a bomber for 15 dollars! Found it during the happy hour at Smoking Joe's (south side) for 4.50 12 oz glass CRAZY GOOD DEAL!

A - Jet black with coco head. Pretty impressive.
S - Very mild (man they serve em cold!) coffee smell, similar to morning coffee and cream but it was 6:30 pm lol
T - Near perfect. The undertones of black coffee and cream hit the tongue with a harsh bitterness at first but then rounds to a perfect malt and hop body. First coffee stout I could actually taste hops.
M - Surprisingly for 9.5 it was light and drinkable but like a vag. I totally baby the glass since I wanted to taste to rather than chug.
D - A very smooth brew that I was very happy to try. Pitty how expensive it is around here but I will rue the day when bombers around my town are all under 10 bucks (sigh day will never come...)

Side note: why are some coffee stouts almost triple the cost of well... Starbucks?

DrDemento456, May 06, 2010
Photo of Osiris9588
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a motor oil black out of 22oz bomber, the head resembles thick, foamy chocolate milk. It smells like morning, coffee and cream. The flavor starts with milk chocolate and cocoa on the tongue, then a shot of espresso hits on the back of the palate. It is full bodied, yet quite complex and delivers an interplay of sweet and bitter elements. As far as java based beers go, it's quite drinkable. I thoroughly enjoyed it, as I have all incarnations of the Yeti.

Osiris9588, May 06, 2010
Photo of mynie
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours o-f'in-paque into a stemmed chalice. The head is billowy milk chocolate brown and it's big and indefatigable.

Smells like a mild RIS and big, bitter coffee. Burnt porter grain, medium dry hops, and hot cocoa.

Tastes very big yet remarkably well balanced and smooth. Starts off with stouty malt, roasted bitter and lightly sour. This hangs around for a surprising while as the sourness turns into an intense coffee bitterness that overwhelms the malt and eventually mellows out into sweet chocolate and ends on a long node of nitrous oxidey pleasantly medicinal gas.

Yeti is like the blank canvas of RIS', and it lends itself much better to this kind of mellow coffee treatment than to bourbon aging.

mynie, May 04, 2010
Photo of Stigs
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, served in a DFH oversized snifter

A - pours with a quarter inch or so of frothy dark khaki colored foam. absolutely deathly black beer.

S - insanely fresh (and strong) french roasted coffee. some dark bakers chocolate, roasted an slightly burnt malt, oak, vanilla, subtle dark fruits. finishes with an earthy warming bitterness. i love coffee (drink it strong and black), and this is money.

T - that wonderful coffee assault...melds pretty nicely with roasted malts resembling slightly burnt toast, hershey's syrup, oak. i'd buy this if it was a non-alcoholic energy drink. lacks some complexities of the other Oaked Yeti's, but I dont care.

M - thick and syrupy body, carbonation is tight and alive but pulled off well. finish leaves a coat of coffee and chocolate flavor all over the mouth.

D - only fault here is that after awhile, it can be a bit much. but, i still love it. not graceful, subtle, or complex by any means just yummy. want this with breakfast every day!

Stigs, May 03, 2010
Photo of AprilMarie
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black with large dark tan head.
S- Coffee and grapefruit smell. citrus smell overpowers the coffee smell.
T- caramel dark chocolate, with espresso flavor
MF- full bodied flavor. very thick malty and bitter flavor
D- would drink again. easy to somewhat medium drinking. would assume to see as a higher class place offering this beer. sort of hard to drink if you are not used to bitter or stouts. but will take time to drink through the glass.

AprilMarie, May 03, 2010
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Is a deep brown in color with a thick, creamy tan head. Exquisite lacing down the sides of the glass as the head reduces.

This beer has a very complex smell. Chocolate, coffee and hops hit you first, followed by a hint of vanilla and some malt.

I let it warm before drinking, and I'm glad I did. Very creamy and smooth, tasting of deep coffee, dark chocolate, and malt. Right behind that is hops, giving this stout a little bitter bite. The oak aging is definitely having a mellowing effect, but I still taste alcohol.

A great sipper, one which I will definitely have again, perhaps when it gets cooler outside.

TheHoppiest, May 02, 2010
Photo of Overlord
2.98/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours black with a brown head. Foamy.

The COFFEE beer smells COFFEE strongly of COFFEE and COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE. Sorry, got sidetracked there for a moment.

This beer's label ain't kidding. This is an espresso/coffee bomb. Whoa. Almost anything but a hint of chocolate and malt is obliterated by the heavy, heavy coffee layer. Serve this hot and I'd probably think it's coffee of some sort. No oak survives in this version. Nice creamy mouthfeel.

Hard to grade this beer. I mean, I don't like it. BUt, I can see that on a certain level it did achieve what it set out to do. After 2-3 oz, I basically didn't want to drink it.

Overlord, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of PDXHops
2.53/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap in a shaker pint.

In the dimly lit confines of the bar, this appears close to jet black, with a wispy head that quickly disappears. This is replaced by an oily sheen that increases the motor oil illusion. Obviously no lacing.

Unfortunately things don't improve dramatically from there. I prefer the java in coffee beers to play a supporting role, but it dominates to a distracting level here. Even with no head and a shitty shaker pint glass, strong coffee greets my nose from a foot away, and I can detect little else upon closer consideration. As for the flavors, a solid base beer seems to lurk underneath, viscous and oily with plenty of dark malts and chocolate sweetness and some warming booziness, but the intense java presence clubs it all into submission.

I've only had one other Yeti variation (oak-aged), and it was quite enjoyable. I will certainly seek out the others, but can't recommend the espresso version. I may grab a botttle or 2 to throw in the cellar to see if it improves with time.

PDXHops, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of nova009
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Bomber into a snifter

A- Pours a motor oil black. Creamy white two finger head with decent lacing.

S- Chocolate and woodiness hit at the start. Coffee not as present as I expected.

T- Strong almost overbearing coffee flavor. Chocolate with a small hint of vanilla. Hops more apparent than expected.

M- Creamy and smooth. Light carbonation allows for a solid feel.

D- Alright, I quite honestly prefer the traditional Yeti to this one.

As much as I like stouts, this one was simply average to me.

nova009, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- A rough pour into a snifter will coax a 2 finger very fluffy coffee colored head. It leaves plenty of lacing. The beer is obviously black.

S- Dank, wet coffee filters, hops, tobacco, black pepper.

T- Pungent coffee, vanilla, oak, grassy and spicy hops

M-Low carbonation makes for a creamy smooth body.

D- I dont really like really hoppy stouts. This one was simply average to me.

MbpBugeye, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of hopsbreath
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Over the span of two hours I enjoyed this beer, packaged in bomber form, poured by parts into my snifter. I just got off third shift at the hospital and whipped up some chocolate chip pancakes to pair with this for breakfast before getting some much needed shut eye. Boy what a treat. A special thanks to Sam at Beverage World (elgiacomo) for pointing this out one day when I was in a Stout mood. It wasn't on my radar after a disappointing experience with regular Oak Aged Yeti, but he suggested it was worth my time.

The pour on this is as expected for a big stout, there is a big tan head with crimson hues sitting on top of an opaque black liquid. No light penetrates this bad boy. Just as I expect an Impy Stout to look.

The smell is what initially hit me on this one. Big coffee and roasted espresso bombarded me before I even got the pour going! A huge pfft that escaped when I popped the top let me know the carbonation was not under done and rocketed the coffee into my nostrils. Big classic Stout roasted aromas were also there in abundance. This was truly shaping up to be a great brew.

The taste of this for now is what I am going to be comparing all other coffee stouts too. Not only is the coffee there in a big way like expected, but it is a big bold fresh coffee flavor that lacks the less exciting stale flavor that lot of coffee stouts seem to have. Unexpected was the amount of semi-sweet bakers chocolate that showed up on this. There is a LOT of chocolate here. It actually becomes too sweet and choc lately as I drink more. I can appreciate that though so I'm not going to knock it for being more than expected.

The mouthfeel is a little over carbonated for my taste, but is still appropriate for the style. The thick syrupy body is great but with less carbonation it would be a lot smoother and more decadent.

This is a 9.5% big rich beer. Drinkability is what you would expect. I would have liked to share this rather than drinking the whole bomber but was already well into it before that thought occurred. By then, I had to finish.

I will drink this one again. There is a certain fudgy quality to this beer that I have the rare chance to experience. I would love to share this with my wife when we meet back up in a few weeks and would reccomend it for anybody looking for the proper breakfast beer.

hopsbreath, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of Gavage
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pourts a dark brown, almost black color with a 1/2" head that lingers a while. Spotty lace develops.

Smell: roasted malts and espresso are easily detectable and nice on the nose.

Taste: roasted malt, espresso, prunes, hints of citrus and oak, a mild amount of vanilla and a bit of alcohol. There is a bit of a bready quality to this too. Nice balancing bitterness here.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Light crispness to start, smooth and lucious at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste as the flavors linger forever.

Drinkability: slow drinking beer and the bomber is a great single session beer for an evening. Great for a dessert beer.

Gavage, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of Yesac
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Feb 12 2010. I like that this has a date.

A- Pours jet black into my pint glass. Large chocolate brown foamy head settles down to about a one finger sized head.

S- Actually smells like espresso instead of the typical coffee smells. Roasted malt. Hint of leafy/grassy notes.

T- Big powerful quality roasted malts up front and overall. Some dark chocolate hints, and delicious espresso taste and bitterness. The 9.5% ABV is hidden well and just enough is present. Nice oaked/charred flavors at the end to finish it off.

M- Full bodied. Hella smooth.. wow. Lots of frothyness like a shake.

D- Deliciously smooth brew. Complex flavors and a great job on the espresso taste and the smooth mouthfeel. Hard to keep my glass on the coaster.

Yesac, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A gold foil-wrapped bomber.

A: The stout is, well, black. Dark and murky, completely opaque. A creme-colored head, a little bit tan and little bit white. Small islands of lace linger after the pour.

S: The nose has a healthy dose of espresso, rich and bitter, that contrasts with the oak and stout sweetness. Chocolate aromas waft around, adding to the depth, along with charred wood. Burnt grains and coffee drive the forceful finish.

T: Oak stands out in the forefront of each sip, a vanilla sweetness that sets up both the coffee and imperial stout flavors. Espresso is bitter and full, dark roasted with just enough of a ristretto creaminess. The stout matches nicely with the espresso, adding more burnt flavors and a chocolate sweetness. Nutty malts follow the chocolate, drying the body out a bit. A small dose of hops near the end of each sip is a stark departure from the malt-centric aspects of the stout.

M: The mouthfeel is creamy, aided by the espresso. Oak adds a sweet touch upfront that gets things rolling early. The espresso is a worthy addition, bringing out the best of the stout.

D: The stout is robust but it deosn't feel like a 10% brew. The coffee and stout flavors work nicely together.

akorsak, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very black color, with a fairly nice sized brown head. Heavy aromas of bitter, burnt coffee, espresso and roasted malt. On the palate, the aforementioned coffee clearly dominates, along with dark chocolate, vanilla and just a hint of oak. Balance seems a little off, with an overbearing coffee flavor.

emmasdad, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of dismal
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bomber into a pint glass. This bottle in particular was fresh only being bottled one month ago. Pours pitch black with a really nice big dark brown head, just the way a good stout should look. The head has great retention, there till almost the last drop. Leaves great lacing all the way down the glass. The smell right away for me was surprisingly chocolate followed by coffee/espresso. There was also a big roasted malt flavor as well as hints of vanilla. The taste was chocolate and coffee. A huge coffee/espresso after taste. Roasted malt was also big in the taste. Not as much coffee flavor as I was expecting as some reviews say it's too much but I found it to be almost perfect. Not overpowering by any means. The mouthfeel was perfect for a stout, thick and mildly chewy. High ABV which was nicely hidden. A very drinkable stout. Another beer from the Yeti family that is fantastic. I've got another one in the cellar thats got over a year on it so I'm anxious to see how it's aged compared to this fresh one. Though I'm going to pick up some more fresh ones as well.

dismal, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of Lunch
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from on-tap at Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, Maryland into a snifter at the appropriate temperature (04/10/10). I enjoyed this one during a nice Saturday brunch.

A: Pours a thick an creamy motor oil black capped off with Great Divide's signature creamy tan head of about 2 fingers that graces each of the Yeti releases. Great retention and sticky, patchy lacing is left behind.

S: Powerful aroma of espresso, chocolate and roasted malt. A slight burnt quality is there as well and this smells exactly as it should.

T: Full-flavored Imperial Stout that hits the palate with espresso, chocolate, roasted malt, slightly burn coffee and a of molasses. Very nice flavor, but I wish that the espresso was a bit more pronounced.

M: Very full-bodied and heavy with some oiliness. Good lingering bitterness in the finish. This one and creamy and has rather low carbonation.

D: For a 9% Imperial Stout that is very full-flavored, this one drinks nicely. The richness of the flavor and its overall thickness drags it down a shade.

Overall this is another wonderful Yeti variation from Great Divide. Recommended.

Lunch, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of farrago
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Close to a finger of dark brown sludge masquerading as foam, really just looks like the top of a chocolate milkshake, lacing has good stickiness even as the head dissolves. Jet black liquid, consistency of motor oil, nary a hint of color to be found. The nose explodes with coconut, sweeter espresso bean, dark chocolate, toffee and butterscotch, the roast is a little lower than expected leading to a sweeter overall profile, raisin bread to rum raisin ice cream, cinnamon stick, almost obligatory feel to the pine and grass notes, as if I guess we have to use hops here don't we. Full-bodied, thick and dense, the carbonation makes a decent showing of it but nowhere near able to rouse the slumbering beast. Coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla bean, licorice and butterscotch predominate, more roast leads to a drier mouth feel if not the same in terms of flavors. Allowing for this, the bread, wheat, oat flavors have a welcome place. Given its weight smooth enough and doesn't betray any alcoholic burn.

farrago, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of Lazerlobe
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip with a finger of head that slowly begins to recede. The aerial view shows a blanket of creamy toffee foam.

S: A roasted and fresh brewed cup of joe is upfront, with a little cream mixed in. Some chocolate and burnt espresso lurks below.

T: The tastes come through in the exact order as the smells, coffee up front, chocolate then burnt espresso. Some bitter hops mingle with the espresso leaving a bitter and heavy roast flavor on the palate. Sweetness is suggested here, like drinking a thick Ovaltine shake but in reality it's pretty dry. Some toasted oak flavors are apparent throughout.

M: This is a thick brew with a minimal carbonation element. Suits me just fine. I can't get the feeling that there is some half and half in here out of my head.

Lazerlobe, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - It appears like the prototypical 2x Stout, black and tan head, great lacing.

S - I can tell this stuff will give me the coffee-jitters from the smell alone; a coffee-lover's dream. Huge espresso aroma dominates. In this regard it is a one-trick pony, as many of Yeti's intricacies are overwrought by the massive dose of java.

T - The strong dark roast coffee flavor pervades, with small suggestions of lemon zest. This bottle is about 2 years old; it probably could've chilled out at least another year. I would say that the hop flavor has dwindled substantially but the bitterness hasn't, and when fused with the coffee it verges on acrid. But espresso is supposed to be like that anyway, so it isn't a problem, but it would be nicer if more of the sweetness would come out. My verdict, as far as aging this: I would either drink it pretty fresh, or chill it out for at least three years.

M - On the thin side, but very slick, so it all evens out. Fairly well-carbonated.

D - This beer is a bit much, strong flavor for a one-trick pony. Second-tier stout at best.

ktrillionaire, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this on tap, into a tulip at the Map Room.

The beer is black, with a remarkable three finger of thick foamy head. There is great retention and excellent lacing, lasting several minutes and fully coating the side of the glass as it falls.

The aroma is really strong but mostly on the same note. There is tons of coffee here, but its a nice coffee that isn't just bitter, sweetness and complexity. At the end only a hint of the oak.

The taste is also just one note of really smooth coffee. This is perfect for a big coffee drinker, but if your not a little boring. The finishes kind of detracks from the beer as it is an intense bitter coffee which almost killed what I was enjoying.

Overall, this was a very good, but not great coffee stout. I wish it had a little more sweet in the start and oak on the end to balance out the coffee.

jrallen34, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of riored4v
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 3/21/10

Poured into a snifter. Pours thick, pitch black with a 2 finger dark tan head. Fades to a thin layer.

Smell had rich chocolate, coffee and raosted aromas. Some hints of oak in the background.

Taste had gooa droasted flavors with an excellent balance between malts, coffee and hints of oak. Mild biterness in finish to a give a great finish that isnt heavy or sweet. Subtle hints of vanilla as well.

Mouthfeel had a medium body with medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish that makes it easy to want more.

Drinkability was very good. Excellent balance of flavors with no signs of abv.

Overall this is an excellent beer. once my favorite stouts hands down and my favorite out of the Yeti lineup.

riored4v, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of Reaper16
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap @ Great Divide Brewery, Denver, CO into a tulip.

Pours a deep black color. I mean, it is dark-ass brown but not much brown is showing through the cloak of darkness, not even when held to the light of this sunny Denver day. The remarkably tan head was two fingers; pretty big I'd say, and much bigger than I'd likely get pouring from a bottle. Lacing never developed; the foam slid easily down the glass leaving no trace of having been there. You can't ask for impy stouts to look much better than this.

You first smell, of course, the coffee. It lies on the Maxwell House side of coffee aromas as opposed to a premium roast. It isn't dominant. The coffee begins after a few minutes to take on a sour, acrid tone. This is due to the amount of hops present in the beer; it seems that Great Divide didn't skimp on the hops here. Lots of grassy hop aromas cut through the roasted malts.

The taste of Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti pretty much follows the nose. The coffee is a bit acerbic because of how it melds with the hops and the woody, drying oak barrel flavor. It is heavily malty; you don't have to worry about the hops "taking over" this beer if you're not a hophead. Everything is in respectable balance. Good beer.

I loved the mouthfeel of this beer on-tap! It wasn't on nitro or anything, just straight CO2. It was thick and rich and everything you want in a big stout beer. Drinkability was great too. Now, understand that this is a sipper. It took me close to an hour to polish off my full pour. But knowing that the beer isn't too heavy and it doesn't get boring or watery.

This is a splendid imperial stout and probably the best Great Divide beer I've ever had.

Reaper16, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark black color with good carbonationa nd nice big brown head. Looked great. Nose of espresso,chocolate,woodiness, and roasty. Taste is wood roasty, espresso, chocolate, and lighter vanilla. Mouthfeel has a oak, wood flavor on the end with a charred note coupled with espresso, light booze. Very good.

barleywinefiend, Apr 07, 2010
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,072 ratings.