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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,369
Reviews: 1,001
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 257
Gots: 710 | FT: 51
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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 Luvzsurfrz
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours dark, nearly opaque and appears to be thick with a medium brown head with great retention and a good amount of lacing.

S: Smells strongly of espresso and coffee bean, with a slight hint of chocolate.

T: Tastes strongly of coffee, with a very dry, dark chocolate and oak presence.

M: Medium carbonation with a full-bodied feeling. There is a strong presence of alcohol that warms over you, but it does not detract from the overall taste. Bitterness follows up and remains on the pallet.

O: Overall, this beer is very tasty! Everything I enjoy in a beer, and definitely left me wanting to try more.

Photo of ckollias
4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 pint and 6 oz bottle with a golden wrapper enjoyed out of a large snifter.

A: Dark, pitch-black, with a thick brown head that lingers for a while, and then leaves a persistent wispy lace all the way down the glass.

S: Strong nostril filling aromas of espresso coffee and chocolate. Lots of roasted malt goodness with every sniff. You could smell this beer from across the room. Now that is how a coffee beer should smell.

T: Chocolate and coffee taste with a nice malt background. Lots of alcohol is present here that leaves a sweet aftertaste. I couldn’t put this beer down it was so addicting.

M: Medium-full body and medium carbonation.

O: Wow – I feel like I’m drinking a strong cup of coffee with a high ABV. A nice sipping beer that can be enjoyed anytime. This is a big coffee stout – with tons of aroma and taste.

Photo of scottfrie
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled on Feb 12 2010.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a large, dense, dark brown head that faded slowly into a thin film.
S: Smells of a coffee shop although the scent is not strong. As the beer opens up a little bit the nose became a little stronger and the coffee became more rich and roasted. There is also a note or two of dark chocolate of course.
T: Very well integrated flavors of thick chocolate and rich, roasted coffee beans. The finish has some balancing sweetness to it, and the aftertaste is full of burnt grain husk with a hint of tobacco and bitterness. Flavors lingers forever after the swallow.
M: Exceptionally smooth mouth. The body is thick and fully and the carbonation is soft and creamy. There is a touch of an acidic coffee bite, but it keeps things interesting. Finishes dry.
O: Very well done. They took an already amazing stout and tweaked it into something great. Cheers to the BA who sent this to me last year. Sorry I forgot who you are.

Photo of Treebs
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle on 12/13/10, Poured from 650ml into pint glass

A: Pours a thick black with some dark brown hues along the edges and finishes with a 1.5 finger brown head that slowly dissipates leaving a wonderful lace behind.

S: The espresso hits you in the nose, but you have to search for it a bit and there's also a nice maltyness to the background as well. Slight woody smell mixes in nicely with the coffee.

T: The bitter coffee beans come through right away and linger for the whole time. I enjoyed this very much because I was a little worried after the smell didn't knock me off my feet like I was expecting. Throughout I get some nice roasted malts and leaves a bitter, woody taste.

M: Big body with slight carbonation that goes down very smooth.

O: The coffee is big and I like it. I enjoyed the woodiness that comes through as well. Overall a great aged stout.

Photo of 71gto
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a bomber. The pour is very dark with a decent sized 2-3 finger head that is somewhat thick and brown in color.

Smell is coffee and chocolate with a slight boozy smell.

Taste is very much roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and a slight vanilla after mixing in with the oak finish from the aging.

After each sip there is a slight warming from the alcohol, but this is very drinkable. For being 9.5% I would say it drinks more like a 7-8%.

Overall a very powerful beer with lots of taste. This beer is perfect for its style. Yet another great stout in their line of Yetis.

Photo of sidetracked
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 4/2/2010, purchased in Atlanta during the Christmas holiday.

Pours black with a medium deep brown head. Carbonation lingers around the edge of the glass.

Smell has a moderate coffee presence mixed with bitter roasted malts, dark chocolate and a little oak and dark fruit sweetness.

Upfront taste is bitter roasted malts with a light coffee flavor. Coffee intensifies from middle to end, but still somewhat lacking. Bitter, roasty finish ... little wood presence ... bitter chocolate combines with the coffee. Lingering roasted coffee flavor.

Full bodied, creamy and smooth. Little carbonation.

Good flavor and aroma, but lacks the really pronounced coffee presence I expected. Possibly the coffee faded during the 10 months since bottling? Still good overall with a nice roasty bitterness. I'd be interested in trying this again fresh.


Photo of david18
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a twelve ounce draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West side. Overall it was an excellent beer and I was glad to see that Great Divide is experimenting with it's stouts and aged stouts.

Color was a deep brown, almost black, with a very active and thick head.

Aroma was a combination of chocolate and espresso with some hints of dark fruit and alcohol.

The flavor combined all the characteristics listed above except the alcohol was a little more present.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer a lot and found myself wishing it had been around more during the cold winter months.

Photo of jgagne
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-A dark as night beer, a perfect color for an Imperial. Very impressive dark brown head.

S-The smell was somewhat disappointing. It wasn't terrible but i expected a great chocolate aroma but instead it was more of a hint of chocolate.

T- The chocolate is definetly prominet in this beer, but definitely not over done. Was expecting more espresso flavor, which in turn probably made this Imperial somewhat sweet

M-The beer sat wonderfully. It was heavy but not overpowering. Very impressive.

O- Very good beer. I would prefer more presence of espresso but i still found it very enjoyable and will look forward to my next one.

Photo of Duff27
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black beer with very dark mocha head. Clumpy lacing and solid head retention for and impy stout.

S- Smells like dark chocolate. Wasn't as promounced as I wish it would have been.

T- Smooth chocolate at first then the bitter coffee. A dessert/bnreakfast beer for sure.

M- Smooth smooth smooth full mouthfeel. Creamy goodness.

D/O- A real treat from Great Divide. First time I've been able to have a full pint of this. Sat on a bottle for 9 months and couldn't take it anymore. Pre-DLD night was a success.

Photo of weazal
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

SMELL: Strong contrast of espresso acidity against the heaviness of bitter chocolate. There's a bright, weed-like note that dominates.

TASTE: A bulldozer of flavor! It feels like minutes after I tried one sip and I'm still rolling the flavors around in my mouth. Uh oh...this is going to take me a LONG time to drink/savor! Rich, heavy feel almost like drinking chocolate syrup that's not sweet. It's balanced, however by a bright acid note towards the top that carries equally through. Finishes PERFECTLY. There's vanilla, toasted malts, and some tongue grabbing hoppy bitterness - all a bit reigned in, but balanced.

Photo of PicoPapa
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with a Bottled On date of Jan 14 2011. Pours a heavy dark brown/black color with a good sized frothy brown head. Lots of lacing. Big aroma of coffee along with dark chocolate, vanilla and roasted malts. Taste is a big amount of coffee upfront. Also some more of that dark chocolate flavor. Pretty sweet. Hints of the oak as well. Coffee aftertaste. This one is tasty but thick and sweet. Probably couldn't drink more than 1 and that one sitting will take awhile. Not as sweet as the Southern Tier beers (Choklat, Mokah, etc) but reminds me of them. Overall, its damn good and worth having again.

Photo of audiodav
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This selection was a bomber poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Poured jet black. Maybe a quarter finger caramel-colored head with nice lacing.

S - Espresso, espresso, and little espresso. Actually when you get into it you get chocolate, molasses, and hints oaky vanilla undertones...but it's definitely all about the espresso.

T - Espresso is the definite up-front taste. Bitter cocoa throughout finishing with that oaky-vanilla flavor.

M - Quite smooth - a little more of a hit of carbonation than I was expecting.

O - My passion for coffee lead me to this one and I did enjoy it, but my preference would still be the regular Yeti. Overall, a good Imperial. But for me, a tad bit too strong on the espresso side. I love espresso, but apparently not as much in my beer.

Photo of ferrari29
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into stemmed Tulip-shaped glass

A - Black body; no visible carbonation flowing through the beer; brown/beige colored head formed; one finger head held very well; good amount of lacing formed on the sides of the glass

S - Espresso and coffee beans; stout roasted notes; some smokiness; very subtle oak aromas; smooth and very enjoyable scents emanate from this beer

T - Coffee/espresso flavors overwhelm the taste buds; quickly followed up by roasted barley and chocolate flavors; oak age left a little vanilla on the back end as it warmed; heavy coffee aftertaste

M - Crispy and dry; smooth and thin

D - Great beer; I recommend this for dessert; I followed up a couple slices of New Haven style pizza with this and was very happy; sadly, I also came to realize that I had one of the last batches of Great Divide beer shipped to CT....I hope it comes back soon!

Photo of Patrick999
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bit muddled, but I believe the lettering on the bottle reads Apr 2010. Modest brownish foam, looks like a good espresso crema. A very, very dark beer, as it should be.

Coffee highly present in the aroma, it smells like chocolate and coffee, big time. Not a whole lot else getting in the way of the chocolate and coffee here, which I actually prefer in these big coffee stouts. Give me that big chocolate and coffee aroma and I'll rate it highly. I don't want a lot of char or hops getting in the way, and they don't here.

Oh yeah, that's tasty. Slam dunk easy rating. Again, not terribly complicated, just a ton of real quality espresso taste with great bitter chocolate undertones and a little of the vanilla you'd expect from oak chips. Very dry and long finish, with some pretty bitter hop on the aftertaste that just goes and goes. Feel is silky and smooth; it has the feel of something you'd drink at dessert or *for* dessert.

It's big, but at one year there's not much assertive alcohol to taste, which always aids drinkability. Still, at this strength, you will feel it when you drink a bomber yourself, certainly.

Photo of mulder1010
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a globe glass.
Bottled on April 2 2010 Opened on 25 April 2011

A-- Poured black. Pretty straightforward there. Quarter finger of dark mocha colored head to this. A couple of bubbles in the head but not much. On swirling the head stays at half a finger and a few more bubbles but overall pretty compact. A couple of spots of lacing and not much else.

S-- Oak, espresso, molasses, and roasted malt. Undertones of chocolate and vanilla. Oak at first then followed by the molasses and espresso smell. Once it gets more air it really is about the espresso, chocolate and molasses as the oak backs off a bit and is in the undertones of vanilla. Big rich smell of chocolate espresso.

T-- Espresso and Oak well paired and work with each other quite well up front. Also some bitter coco as well.

M-- Gets a bit thin in the middle of the palate but still quite good. Get some coffee acidity, smooth milk chocolate and hints of vanilla. Finishes with bitter acidic coffee, a big dose of Oak and aftertaste of chocolate and vanilla mixed again with coffee. long lasting flavor with this and coffee dominated with a bit of chocolate.

O-- I still prefer regular Yeti to this but on its own it is fantastic. Well paired flavors and in this format it is a better beer to age as the Oak version does get more Oak taste in it with age. Here with a year of age the Oak does drop off a bit more and the coffee is much more obvious. Well hidden ABV and a treat to drink. Some of the best variations of a base beer out there to get.

Photo of JizackFH
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours black in color, and it has a nice frothy 2-finger mocha colored head on it. The head has great retention, and leaves some great spiderweb lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of dark roasted malts and chocolate up front. There are also notes of coffee, molasses, some dark fruit, and oak. This thing smells delicious.

T - It tastes of dark roasted malts, coffee, and milk chocolate. There are nice notes of oak, dark fruits, vanilla, and molasses. The finish has some lingering roasted bitterness, as well as some lingering espresso and chocolate flavors. There is also a small alcohol presence.

M - This has a medium to full body and goes down very smooth. It has a rich and creamy feel to it. The finish has some lingering bitterness and a slight alcohol warmth.

O - This has good drinkability. The flavor is great and it goes down very easy. Overall, I think this is a great imperial stout. It looks smells and tastes great. I definitely recommend trying this one.

Photo of joshkennedy
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a motor-oil black - milky and smooth. Has a nice bubbly, caramel-colored head (about 3/4 finger) which recedes with haste. This beer is straight-up dark.

Aroma- Malty caramel, candied fruits, prunes, raisins, vanilla, and molasses. Definitely a lot of chocolate and coffee going on. This would make one amazing candle. It has a burnt quality to it - smells mature and serious.

Taste- Initial sip is surprisingly biting - carbonation is more present than you might expect. Lots of flavors - chocolate, burnt wood, vanilla, coffee, and alcohol. First 2/3 of the drink go down easily, with a kicker following the swallow. Flavors stick around for eons.

Mouthfeel- Smooth yet bubbly, though not like a soda - it's almost like a camera-flash of carbonation followed by an astringency of hops and alcohol. Quite chewy all-the-while holding down its milky roots.

Overall- This is quite the complex beer - not something to be paired with anything else. It's a lone ranger to say the least. Powerful strides with aromas and flavors, this Yeti is a delicious fire-side sipper. A must try for coffee lovers, stout drinkers and anyone who likes a twist from the norm.

Photo of claytong
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It was a little too hyped up perhaps but I wasn't wowed by this one. It's very drinkable for a 11 percent stout but it doesn't have to much going on. It's very well balanced which accounts for the drinkability. I'd assume getting the java imperial from santa fe and save 8 bucks.

Photo of BeerArtEtc
2.9/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours black with bubbly, tan foam. The aroma is earthy and woody, like an oak aged chardonnay, with notes of chocolate and espresso. The espresso flavor is obvious. There are hints of vanilla and dark fruit. It's very hoppy for a stout, with quite a bitter finish. I wish it was creamier. Apparently, I don't care for oak aging in beer any more than in wine.

Photo of Fenris244
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

first experience with the yeti! Here's to hoping its a good one!

Poured into the top of the cupboard snifter, pours black with a thin tan head, little retention or lacing. Leaves a pretty cool pattern on the surface of the beer though.

Smells really sweet up front with almost a candy, sugary like aroma, coffee aromas are abound as well as a charred oak aroma. Some caramel and toffee are hidden by the huge coffee and sweetness but nonetheless present

The oak and coffee come through very well, full of roasted coffee and oak notes, the sweetness is muted and blends well with the caramel and toffee that are definitely in the back seat to the coffee.

Certainly a heavier in body beer, almost heads into syrupy territory, very much a sipping beer. Crazy high flavors and pretty low carbonation.

Overall, awesome beer, delivered what it said on the label 10 fold and tasted damn good.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nearly black dark, dark brown with a huge creamy, frothy chocolate colored head. Completely opaque held to light. Leaves great lacing. Absolutely gorgeous.

S- Smells great, lots of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and some vanilla sweetness and alcohol. You can also pick up on just a bit of hops as well.

T- Wow, this is a seriously flavorful beer. A giant wave of coffee and very bitter dark chocolate is the first thing to hit you. Vanilla is still there but definitely takes a back seat to the chocolate/espresso combo. The alcohol creates a slight warming effect but not too much. Finishes with a nice charred coffee bean flavor. Overall it's dominantly bitter instead of sweet.

M- On the full bodied side, very thick and chewy, the carbonation does a nice job of mellowing it out a bit.

O- A really excellent Imperial stout, it's nice to see one that's on the bitter side every once in a while. Must try.

Photo of zoso1967
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Dec 10th 2010

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti pours a brown so dark that it is almost black. The ample cap of foam is the color of hot cocoa and has both great retention and lacing properties. This is one of those beers that looks so good it will make your mouth water.

The aroma is decadent with plenty of roasty coffee goodness, vanilla laden oak, cocoa and molasses. It is pretty nuts how dessert like this beer smells. My mouth is definitely watering now.

The flavor is possibly even more decadent and dessert like with the chocolate flavors hitting my palate first before being washed over with plenty of espresso flavor. Letting the coffee, chocolate and vanilla flavors meld in my mouth with the rich malty sweetness gives the impression of a cellar temperature carbonated coffee treat. The woody character of the oak seems pretty lost, but who cares? This stuff is delicious.

The mouthfeel is medium and not quite as large as I had imagined. It does carry a very nice smoothness though and has just the right amount of bubbles. The finish is rich and roasty with a nice dose of coffee lingering on the palate.

Yeti is an amazing beer with many iterations and this one does not disappoint. It is possibly one of the best dessert type beers I have ever tried and I love how intense and rich the flavors are. Probably not the best beer to pair with food, but this is a great beer to split with a friend after dinner.

Photo of alenonbeeradv
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - black and brown. they both go nicely. creamy frothy head.

s - ice cream. vanilla ice cream. coffee. sweet chocolate.

t - espresso up the wazoo. damn thats a lot of coffee. like biting into 4 or 5 coffee beans at once. chocolate in the finish. cocoa.

m - seriously bitter. definitely outdoes most the flavors. ive had this beer in the past and i dont really remember the coffee being quite so strong.

o - theyre not joking. espresso. as my friend put it, its young. definitely a beer to be aged a while.

Photo of dafizzif
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spent $12 on one bomber, so this better be good!
Appearance: Pours like motor oil. Pitch black with thick rusty brown head.
Smell: Very powerful! Could smell it right after opening the bottle. Black coffee with some oaky dark chocolate.
Taste: Strong, bitter black coffee with a slight spiciness. Way more bitter than sweet (though it has some sweetness). A very slight booziness.
Mouthfeel: Good amount of carbonation. Pretty thick and chewy with no watery feeling common in many stouts I have encountered.
Overall: This is certainly a good to great beer, but I have had better coffee flavored stouts and this is not worth $12 a bomber. Would try again, but not near that price tag. This issue keeps me from recommending it.

Photo of kbutler1
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Recieved as a gift from my honey on Valentines Day and just opened. Poured into a tulip glass a really dark brwon color with a big fluffy dark tan head. Oaky, coffee notes dominate the nose. Very nice lace left as the head settles out. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Roast espresso coffee flavors abounf from start to finish with oak flavors popping in towards the end. They they said espresso oak aged, they were spot on! Some dark fruit and molasses flavors too. Like.

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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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