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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,165 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,165
Reviews: 968
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 240
Gots: 590 | FT: 42
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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 bonkers
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a snifter. Jet black in color with an above average tan head. It smells like you walked into a starbucks. Lots of esspresso flavor, hints of chocolate and vanilla, no oak. It finishes with bitter coffee. Full in body and well carbonated. A good coffee stout.

Photo of Blanco
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - standard stout black with a chocolate milk colored head. strong lacing.

S - roasted malts, chocolate upfront followed by faint coffee, but not getting much on the expresso. smells like regular yeti, which is very good nonetheless.

T - very smooth flavor, the coffee is definitely present and tastes very much like a cafe mocha. slightly bitter, and a tiny alcohol bite. I'm not picking up much "oakiness" but that's more of an observation than a complaint. very nice.

M - very nice mouthfeel, as with the taste, reminiscent of a cafe mocha.

D - very drinkable, incredible smooth. the coffee flavor is a nice twist on regular yeti, if that's what you are in the mood for that day.

Photo of tchenery
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours an oil black color. It is totally opaque and gives off a russet brown head of one finger. It looks to be lingering.

The smell is fantastic. The first smell is of bitter dark chocolate, then I pick up some raspberry notes, then if floats to a marshmallow scent, followed by a coffee scent. You could go on forever describing different smells in this beer. It's nose is very complex. The most general smell is like one of those pink filled dark chocolates that come in the terrible Valentine's Day assorted chocolates.

This beer doesn't taste like a 9.5% brew. It hides it's alcohol very well. It is however very very thick. It kind of tastes like that chocolate too. Mostly though it tastes like chocolate and marshmallow. It's fairly bitter, which I guess is from the Espresso. Honestly I was expecting more coffee in this one.

Mouthfeel is extremely full. This is a chewy beer.

Drinkable in the sense that it's smooth and not overpowering with it's Imperial-ness. It might take me a while to drink it though. I almost want to drop some ice cream in it.

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

A - Pour in a snifter with a very thick head that was about 4 inches. Very frothy with a few bubbles, and as dark as the deepest cave. Defiantly looked appetizing.

S - Espresso, dark chocolate, cigar box

T - dark chocolate, coffee, earthy

M - very fresh and smooth on the front and a little bitter on the back end.

D - A very good well rounded beer with sweetness and some savory bitterness. Something to drink during the fall/winter after a hard days work.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured black as night with a 2 finger brown head that left lots of frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: espresso chocolate aromas dominate the nose with hazelnut and vanilla notes but it did have oaky wood boozy character as well.

T: epsresso oaky wood notes hit the palate first with vanilla, chocolate, and cofffee accents. There was also some underlying booze that was not overpowering; great flavor.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slight astringent, coffee, and creamy finish.

D: it drank pretty damn good and I waiting to rate this beer till I opened up a bomber to the head. Really happy to see great divide in So Cal.

Photo of beveragesampler
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with three fingers dark carmel head. Aroma is very ballanced coffee and chocolate, with little to oakiness. Little to no alcohol nose to this brew at 9.5%. Taste has only slight hop bitterness. Vanilla and oak flavors are subtle and welcoming. Mouthfeel is creamy and dissipates quickly. Overall this is an exceptional brew. My Yeti was bottled on Feb 12 2010, i feel this beer will age very well. i will definately buy more.

Photo of zhanson88
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours jet black and thick, with a couple fingers of dark tan head. Decent retention and reduces down to minimal head.

Smell: Coffee, roasted malts and chocolate. The coffee/expresso is very prevalent.

Taste: Coffee, with bitter dark chocolate and roasted malts. Also a bit of woodiness. Slight hops at the end. This is balanced very nicely and is quite tasty.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Great full body, creamy, luscious mouthfeel. Drinkability is okay, the alcohol is hidden nicelyl. Very nice beer overall, as are all the Yetis.

Photo of chumba526
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears midnight black with a thick brown head that is very stable.

It smells really good. There are notes of bitter strong espresso, milk chocolate, and vanilla.

It tastes very strongly of roasted coffee beans a nice oaky vanilla flavor complements the dry coffee taste. The coffee and oak flavor are very strong but the taste is smooth. A nice bitterness that comes from both hops and coffee is also present in the beer. All the flavors of the beer blend so well it is amazing.

The carbonation is medium low. It adds a nice creaminess to the beer.

For the style the drinkability is very good. It is so smooth I want to keep on drinking it.

Overall an amazing beer that goes great with the music I am enjoying: two cow garage, a melancholy drunken country punk band.

Photo of gregshead
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a chocolate ice cream colored head.

S: Roasted grain and vanilla/oaked smell.

T: Deep espresso taste. Taste the roasted grains and vanilla up front but the coffee taste quickly jumps in. Ends with more coffee/espresso, roasted grains and vanilla.

M: Really smooth and creamy. Not much carbonation to the batch I had.

D: Wow, I would not guess this is a 9.5% abv beer. I drink coffee 5 or more times a week and really enjoyed the way they combined it with this beer. So glad this beer is now distributed in California.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber picked up at Farmer's Harvest, into my brand new Great Divide pint glass,

A: Pours black with a small brown head, good retention, average lacing.

S: Coffee heavy, it certainly smells like espresso, you get what's advertised and it's big and appealing.

T: Bitter coffee dominates immediately with a lot of dark chocolate and a hint of charcoal thrown in there too. The residual sugar comes in and mixes with the espresso for a sweeter finish. The coffee is robust, overt and in your face, arguably the most pronounced coffee beer I've ever had, definitely one that's commercially brewed.

M: Full-bodied, smooth, strong coffee influence throughout, a hint of booze in the finish which is okay by me, with an off-dry finish.

D: This is a big one for sure. Not as integrated and balanced as Peche Mortel, the coffee isn't trying to be cute; it's a coffee beer and you know it. I don't drink coffee in my day to day life, but I do enjoy it in beer, but this was almost too much for me at times, hence the 3. Definitely an experience, be careful, this one can stain your clothes, I learned that first hand.

Photo of mkorpal
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses to be shared with the room mate. Thick, midnight black liquid sat beneath a frothy brown head. Head retained the entire time, and left behind a massive amount of brown lacing, to the point that I wondered if I could ever get the glass clean again. Awesome looking beer, to say the least.

Smell is of extreme coffee, mixing with some chocolate, and a healthy dose of hops. A little bit of oak mixes in as well, but it's definitly been hidden by all of the other dimensions.

Taste is of very bitter and tannic espresso, milk chocolate, more hop flavor, and subtle vanilla. The expresso, again takes it over.

Mouth feel is thick, but very dry. The bitterness and espresso combine to make for a very bitter beer that dry's out your pallet. In fact, I felt this may be one of the most bitter brews I have ever had. This brought down the drinkability for me, since it isn't something I really want out of my stout.

In the end, I felt like there were too many dimensions built into the beer. The oak and stout flavors ended up being muted while the espresso and hops too over. It was still good, but I prefer the normal or oak aged yeti. Either way, I was wired after this brew.

Photo of kgrober
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sat down with this one before a football game the other weekend and it was, in a word, magnificent.

Pours thick like warm brownie batter, but darker. Not a single ray of light passes through this black beauty. Head is frothy and lasting like the foam of a root beer float.

The espresso notes hit you immediately with hints of chocolate and a slightest twinge of bourbon. All of these translate directly to the palette for an exceptional flavor start to finish.

Hearty with spikes of alcohol in the finish, but far from overpowering despite its ABV.

Definitely one of the best complex Imperial Stouts I've tasted.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with a brown head. In the aroma, coffee, oak, and bourbon notes. In the taste, dry coffee, quite oaky, and a chocolate like end. A smooth and medium to big bodied mouthfeel, with a dry coffee and small bourbon like aftertaste. Big coffee, nice bourbon/ oaky notes and hides the ABV.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a deep dark black. Much darker than other Yeti's. With a a big 1.5 inch head tat is dark dark tan almost pure brown and is very dense. ALmost looks like chocolate ice cream. The bubbles are almost microscopic. Head retention is almost eternal with nice sticky lacing as the head slowly recedes.

S - Aroma starts off as what else but espresso coffee with some nice mil hints to it. More like a latte. Nice Roasted malts are very present and pure roasted coffee grounds mix in well with the slight milk and vanilla spice aromas. There is some slight grassy hop to it but its mostly coffee, coffee and more coffee. Very nice.

T & M - Flavor is very much espresso coffee very unique and delicious brew. Roasted coffee beans and grounds start off with a nice bitter and acidic quality to it. In all honesty you can forget sometimes that you are drinking a beer. Nice roasted and toasty malts leave that nice burnt aftertaste and there is a slight dark chocolate bitterness as well. On the back end you can slightly perceive some of the hops grassy qualities but that gets mixed in there with some oaky and woody flavors as well. I have to say that after the Chocolate Oak Aged this happens to be my flavor. Starts off with intense roasted and coffee like flavors but then mellows into a smooth and creamy stout. Great for colder days and as a desert. This Yeti series has impressed me. Out of the series this offering seems to finish a bit smoother and cleaner than the others. It is quite viscous and smooth with some nice creamy mouthfeel. Very full and complex beer.

D - Delicious and very much a great great American Double Stout.

Photo of JackieTH
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured rich into a 22-oz glass an opaque oil black with a massive dark brown head leaving thick lacing. Very inviting.

Smell: Coffeehouse aroma with chocolate, fresh hewn oak, caramel and roasted malt.

Taste: Massive espresso, sweet chocolate and oak. It's sweet, but between the coffee beans, dark cacao and hop, it's very well balanced. This must be what it was like before glassware was invented and people used oak cups. I don't get any alcohol anywhere. Finishes slightly bitter with lingering chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel: It's rich and smooth but with moderate carbonation. I would have liked to see it a bit thicker.

Drinkability: Very good considering the heaps of flavor and high ABV. Oak. Oak. AND Oak. Yeti brews several very good stouts in this line. I will buy this one again, definitely.

Photo of cbutova
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Yeti series is a pretty safe bet for Imperial Stouts and nice Oak aging, had this one a few times but not for a while, reviewed from notes.

A- Black as oil with a big dark tan head that has good retention. Huge amount of thick lace and a nice dark tan cloud and ring.

S- A dessert. Strong mix of caramel, cocoa and roast malt. Huge oak lends wood notes and a nice vanilla. The coffee also comes into play and adds a great layer.

T- "Massive wood in my face" (lol). The oak is just crazy strong in this one, like chewing on a tree. Finishes with more roast malt, caramel and some espresso (seems to be on and off with the oak). Slight hops at the very end of a bitter cocoa finish.

MF- Nice warming, thick oily body. Moderate sting from carbonation on the palate but smooth.

DB- A very flavorful beer. The oak cannot be missed in this ale. Great meld of caramel, oak and roast malt with some coffee. I would prefer a bit more espresso and a bit less oak but I still love the flavor of this one.

Photo of Chico1985
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber split 3 ways. Time to wake up!

Pours as black as a yeti's heart. Creamy brown head, looks like espresso for sure. Turns to a ring leaving a bit of lacing.

Huge caramel in the scent, oak, coffee very apparent when it warms. Slight hint of fruit.

Starts off with big roasted malt and caramel, coffee appears later on in the taste and especially in the finish. Noticeable wood from the oak chips and light hops. Coffee is a great addition to an already great stout.

Carbonation is on the high side, but mouthfeel is nice thick and malty. No alcohol present.

Yeti Rules.

Photo of TK5150
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours black with a reddish brown head. Nice lacing. Head consists of small tightly knit bubbles. Very nice.

S- Espresso, chocolate, liquor, dark fruit (plumbs, raisins), licorice.

T- Chocolate, liquor, espresso, sweet and sugary. Roast balances out most of the sweetness. Dark fruit becomes more and more prominent as I drink (and as it warms). It also becomes quite tart which I am not liking.

M- Lighter side of full bodied. Silky. Low carbonation. Feels lighter as it warms.

D- Very drinkable beer that goes down very easily, even for an imperial stout.

Overall, significantly better than the chocolate yeti. Good beer that I would have again. Would like to have fresher next time, so the espresso would take an even bigger role.

Photo of tbart428
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark bodied beer with khaki colored head that leaves a decent lacing.
S: Sweet chocolate smell with strong coffee smell at the end.
T: Bakers chocolate to coffee that finishes with a roasted oak flavor. Note the oak is an undertone.
M: Full bodied with expected amount of carbonation .
D: Delicious tasting and well done but like most I cant a lot of RIS in the summer. Great beer and will pick another up again in the future

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

22oz bottled Feb 12, 2010.

Pours thick black with a large three finger dark brown head that is very foamy and rocky, leaves ring after ring of sticky clumpy lace and holds a solid cap. Beautiful.

Rich, strong aroma of premium coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and a touch of vanilla. The coffee steals the show here and it's some quality stuff. Very inviting.

Flavor...wow...rich dark chocolate, intense coffee, roasted malts, nice vanilla notes from the oak, alcohol is very well hidden for the ABV although makes a light presence on the finish. Overall this has a certain coffee-infused chocolate milkshake thing goin' on. Absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel is full, velvety, creamy, low to medium carbonation.

Damn this is good. Really good. Probably my favorite of the Yetis, and that's saying a lot cuz I love 'em all. Will definitely grab this fresh next year for a more intense coffee experience.

Photo of almychristopher
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a dark black color with a nice tan head befitting the espresso name. the smell combines the dark malt and coffee aroma very nicely, hiding the hops a little bit. the vanilla flavor from the oak works well smoothing out the coffee and dark malt. the full body and good carbonation make this a very drinkable imperial stout.

Photo of WesWes
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a 1/2" brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome! It has a dry, expresso scent along with a rich, black and chocolate malt aroma. It has a bitter black malt, coffee feel. The taste is great as well. It has a dry, expresso flavor up front with some chocolate malt notes. It goes down easy with minimal warming and a nice subtle oak finish. This is a complex beer with lots going on. The expresso character is quite pronounced. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tremendous beer. I'm a huge fan of the coffee flavor.

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

Pours jet black with moderate offwhite head lots of retention and lacing.

Large coffee and esspreso aromas with roast and dark malt behind.

Flavor follows the aroma, large coffe flavors, moderate roast, the large esspreso flavors really carry the flavors in this.

Lots of alcohol and a moderate to large mouthfeel make this a tasty beverage, very happy I got to try it.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours totally jet black in color with a generous one fingered toffee colored head. The lacing sticks to the sides of the glass and clings like glue.

S - Dominated by expresso and coffee, bitter chocolate, and with a mild smokey character.

T - The name lives up to the taste. This beer is a big time, in your face type of coffee/expresso stout. Expresso flavor totally dominates...and I do mean DOMINATES! There's a mild bitter chocolate, somewhat smokey flavor with alot of charcoal mixed in. Burnt malt in the back ground leaves a sticky, mouthsmacking impression of just sucking down a mouthful of raw coffee beans. Pour this in place of your morning cup of java and it will definitely kick start your day!

M - A little chewy, thick, full bodied, and rich.

D - I couldn't drink more than one. I'm not a fan of coffee, but I do enjoy Imperial Stouts and this is definitely worth checking out. I'd have to say this is the biggest and strongest coffee flavored beer I've had to date.

Photo of Kelly88
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into Kentucky Ale snifter.
A- a great looking stout! Dark as asphalt with a one finger dark khaki head that settles into a scattered thin cap. Web lacing surrounds the glass.

S- I'm guessing this is what coffee beans would smell like if dipped in chocolate. I wish it was more pungent but what is there smells very enticing.

T- starts off with some milk chocolate then a blast of coffee. Dark fruits appear briefly but the coffee obviously takes center stage. Very well balanced with sweet chocolate and bitter coffee.

M- great mouthfeel that is full and perfectly carbonated. Nothing distracting just a nice full heavy feel. Just how I prefer My stouts.

D- finished off a whole bomber by myself and I the only way I can tell its 9.5% is BC I'm a little buzzed. Alcohol is no where in sight when your enjoying only when You're finished!

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,165 ratings.