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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,016 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,016
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 206
Gots: 566 | FT: 41
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Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: John_M on 05-16-2008)
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OStrungT

California

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

This beer pours a jet black color, with a thick dark brown head. The head takes forever to fade, leaving a massive curtain of lace in the glass.

Smelling this beer is like walking into a coffee shop. A strong espresso coffee aroma dominates this beer. I detect a mild vanilla aroma. Some sweet caramel malt mixes in. This beer also smells of dark fruit, with a hint of chocolate.

Wow. This beer has a mostly vanilla flavor. Some coffee flavor mixes in. It is very sweet with a huge malty presence. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavor. This beer tastes slightly like home made Kahlua.

This beer is very thick. It is low in carbonation, fitting the style nicely. It goes down surprisingly smooth, leaving a vanilla aftertaste.

This beer wouldnt be the best session beer at 9.5% ABV, but it is pretty damn good and easy to drink.

Overall: A huge thanks go out to monsterfat for hooking me up with this winner. It is just plain amazing.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 21:25:49 | More by OStrungT
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buschbeer

Ohio

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

Bottled February 13, 2009

I poured into a pint glass to a good two inches of brown head. It is black. The first aroma I got when I poured was milk chocolate. Once I bury my nose in the glass I seem to get more dark fruits, raisins. There is a faint coffee smell. I taste chocolate and some sweetness, but the bitterness of the expresso is more defined in the taste. It is a pretty tasty beverage. It is going down a lot faster than I anticipated. It leaves a nice coating on my mouth and lips. Now I need to try the other Yetis.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 21:17:28 | More by buschbeer
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nickd717

California

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

Bottle via trade from ben4321 on ratebeer. Thanks, Ben.

Pours jet black with a nice tan head and some good lacing.

Aroma is intense with lots of coffee, chocolate, and roast.

Flavor is excellent: espresso, roast, oak, and milk chocolate, melding extremely well, with none of the flavors too heavy.

Medium-full on the palate with lots of coffee bitterness and some hop bitterness as well.

Pretty drinkable for an imperial coffee stout. Overall this was a great one, possibly the best of the Yetis I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 18:01:04 | More by nickd717
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bret27

California

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle courtesy of nickd717

S: espresso/coffee, vanilla, oak, choc

A: Black w/min brn head

T: Really roasty, dominating, oak, coffee, finishing with a subdued but noticeable etoh presence.

M: Medium... a little thin for flavors

D: Pretty sweet and strong, but not so much as to hurt drinkability.

Overall: My favorite yeti version of the 4 I've had. I recommend!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 07:53:07 | More by bret27
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illidurit

California

3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy nickd717, glad you could make it! Pours darkest brown with a fluffy beige head. Aroma is coconut from the wood aging with roasted coffee and dark chocolate and a surprising amount of sprucey, piney hops peeking through. Flavor is toasty and chocolatey with a big roasted coffee influence. Woody and bitter. This is clearly the superior version of Yeti.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 23:02:14 | More by illidurit
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Pahn

New York

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled on March 6, 2009 (though the writing is a bit difficult to decipher).

Appearance: Pours a thick, solid black with a 1 inch fizzy and pillowy dark tan head that dissipates to nothing, slowly and steadily. Lacing is webs around the glass that slowly disappear. Wine-like legs.

Smell: Burnt sugar, alcohol, chocolate, mocha coffee and a strong sweet note of yellow cake. Some prune and fig lurking in the background.

Taste: Smooth and mellow. The same yellow cake from the smell, with more chocolate and coffee. Mild coffee/hop bitterness in the finish, along with some alcohol warmth. The dominant taste and feel are similar to a coffee milkshake with chocolate (poured all over a freshly baked cake); coffee ice cream, mocha notes, and a lot of sugary sweetness. As the beer warms, the alcohol mixes really nicely with the sweet profile, adding some depth to it.

Mouthfeel: Divinely creamy. Barely carbonated, though some sips are more tingly than others. As nice as the creaminess and the mild alcohol burn are, I feel like the mouthfeel could stand to be a bit more aggressive. The feel matches nicely with the creamy dessert flavors, but perhaps the oak aging brings it a bit too far into passivity. This is probably just personal preference though; for a smooth, silky oak aged stout, this is perfect.

Drinkability: Definitely a good sipper (I enjoyed the bomber over about 4 hours), but doesn't really call me back. The alcohol presence is definitely felt, and I personally can't see myself turning to such an overtly dessert-oriented beer too often. If liquid cake with alcohol burn and moderate depth are what you're looking for, this beer should score high on drinkability.

For what it seems to be trying to do, this beer is emphatically successful. Myself, I'm not too excited by such dessert/beer line-blurring, and would have had trouble getting through the bottle if I weren't such a lover of yellow cake. The alcohol depth / sweet dessert interplay is mildly interesting, but only goes so far. Certainly a good--probably a great--beer, but not really my style.

I don't mind if an Imperial Stout bakes me a cake, but I want it to at least throw a few punches and tell some convoluted stories before it's done. Some more hops and complex flavor would have really set this beer off for me. Nonetheless, another quality offering from Great Divide.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 07:37:05 | More by Pahn
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Jmoore50

Nevada

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

This thing looks pretty dark, like Ten Fidy dark. It pours black and forms a soft cocoa head. Leaves a medium lacing and coats the sides of the glass with dark oily legs. Really beautiful brew.

The smell is of chocolate and espresso.

The tastes are very good and not exactly what I expected. It has a very strong chocolate taste that I was not expecting, and was closer to the Chocolate Yeti in tastes. There is a bitter espresso bean taste that is accompanied by the chocolate very well, just a bit too much bitterness from the espresso. Maybe a bit of chili being added could make this a standout, I really like the chocolate version of this beer. There is a bit of oak in the tastes that is noticeable, brings out some of the ABV in the aftertastes.

The mouthfeel is bitter, but still very enjoyable. Very creamy and thick on the palate, enjoyable on that front. The espresso bitterness is just a bit distracting. I know espresso is bitter, but this one is so sweet and chocolate-y that I was hoping for it to be COMPLETELY different that the chocolate version, which it was not.

I drank this fast and wish I had more, so I guess the drinkability is good.

J

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 05:31:45 | More by Jmoore50
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midnite2sixman

Michigan

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up at Siciliano's in Grand Rapids.

Ink black with a crown brown sugar. Head is mammoth but recedes leaving globs along the side of the glass.

Toasted coconut and fermented prunes on the nose. Big heavy notes here. Dark fruits and some bitter cocoa fudgey notes as well.

Sweet fudge brownies are apparent in the taste. Cocoa and coffee, mocha if you will. Bittersweet chocolate but a nice fudgey round taste all over.

Slightly overwhelming at first but once you get a grasp it is smooth and round versions of all the mentioned flavors. Big big coffee taste on aftertaste, but not overly bitter.

Quite a fantastic beer, well worth a buy.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 02:56:44 | More by midnite2sixman
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horshack7

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a snifter with a nice two fingers of mocha colored head. That leaves behind very nice lacing. On to the color this beast of a beer is sinister black. Nothing but pure darkness.

Aroma: As the sweet molasses looms over all the aromas it lets other roam freely. The espresso,burnt sugars, cocao, and all those dark roasted malts that give off such a sweet aroma.

Taste: Well a nuke of flavor. Tons of dark roasted malty goodness. With burnt sugar and even darker roasted hops that have a slight bit of smokiness. Chocolate malts wtih the molasses go so very well with each other. A nice bit of hop bitterness on the tail end to round it out. With a creamy and full bodied mouthfeel.

Notes: There very well may be a yeti inside this brew it got turned into a tidal wave of nectar. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 03:22:08 | More by horshack7
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Kallessin

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black like motor oil. Has a brown cocoa color head that's somewhat subdued with a ring of large bubbles around the glass. There's a thin film of foam over the top.

The first thing that came to mind when smelling it was molasses. There's also tons of chocolate, roasted coffee beans, some prunes and raisins and maybe even a hint of smoky peat. I also get some burned dark brown sugar and the alcohol comes through a little. A really amazing aroma.

All the flavors I mentioned in the aroma are present in the taste as well. The dark fruits and coffee being the most prominent. There some sweet chocolate and vanilla in there as well. The hop bitterness is comes through a lot which surprised me a little and found very enjoyable. I also detect a little charred flavor liked burned wood, which I assume would be from the oak. I noticed as the beer warms up the dark fruit goes away and the roasted chocolate, bitterness and the alcohol is more apparent.

This is a very smooth, velvety and creamy beer. It's definitely full bodied with a slight prickly warming sensation (that is more apparent as it warms up). It's moderately dry on the finish.

It's certainly a sipper but is fantastic. Has a fairly complex mix of flavors and the warming feels makes it a perfect winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 00:19:20 | More by Kallessin
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this one at Julios randomly...

A: Awesome look. Dark as night with a nice thick mocha head that slowly disipates.

S: Smells slightly hoppy with nice oak eminating through the nose. Not much else going on in the scent.

T: Eh, not too crazy about this one. A little too hoppy with not enough coffee taste to be called "Espresso". Tastes kind of like a regular Oak Aged Yeti. Kind of disappointing.

M: Aweome amount of carbonation. Helps to make this brew much better.

D: Goes down mediocre. A little hard because of the hoppiness. It would been great with more coffee flavor.

All in all, this is a little bit disappointing. I thought it would be better than it was. I expected more coffee flavor for an espresso oak aged. It just tasted like a standard oak aged.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 03:49:20 | More by steve8robin
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CampusCrew

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: creamy froth deep dark brown, nearly ebony color

smell: deep dark roasted coffee and subtle dark chocolate.

taste: a heavy dose of black coffee, rich and heavy roasted barley

mouthfeel: medium to full bodied

drinkability: another solid beer from Great Divide and another top notch Yeti

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 20:27:37 | More by CampusCrew
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darklordlager

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gouden Carolus chalice: Bottled on February 13th 2009.

Midnight black, with a lively chocolate-powder colored head that springs up. Some serious lacing as it gives a bit, forming a velvet layer on top.

The smell is a barrage of different things. Chiefly--chocolate, molasses, vanilla, and espresso. As it warms up, a toasty smell of fresh-roasted coffee beans emerges to greet the nose. The coffee scent then proceeds to drown out most other aromas, besides a lingering vanilla sweetness.

Taste is a bit different than expected- Much more dark fruit than the smell, with a strong espresso flavour. (I wonder how up-front it was right after bottling.) Chocolate is still in there, although it plays more into the background and works its way into the long and pleasant aftertaste. Alcohol is present, although it only adds a nice complexity to the product. Vanilla pokes its way through near the end as well. As it warms--reminiscient of smooth creamy fudge.

Mouthfeel--silky, rich. A bit chewy but not unpleasant.

Drinkability
A fine beer for a special occasion. I wasn't planning on opening this, but it's the holidays, right?

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 05:13:41 | More by darklordlager
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

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

Pour - like a snifter of super dark roast espresso with a fluffy coffee colored head that is thick like waffle batter! I could float more beer on top of this I think. Great looking pour!

Aroma - dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee beans, vanilla beans, burnt coffee, burnt sugar and something akin to buttermilk or toffee. Plenty of the earthy oaky smells are also apparent.

Taste - lots of the vanilla from the oak comes out right away along with the big malty flavors followed by a very distinct bitter coffee aftertaste that stays on your tongue until you wash it away with another sip. Bold roasty and toasty flavors, this is some very rich stuff with a nice coffee aspect to it.

Overall - bitter, black and slightly mysterious. This Yeti packs a unique coffee punch and also delivers quite a few "deja vu" Yeti flavors.

Would I buy more of it? - Definitely, unless they came out with some other Yeti varieties in which case I'd have to try them first.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 16:21:13 | More by indiapaleale
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rpstevens

New Hampshire

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

Poured from a bottle into a dogfish head signature glass. The pour yields a deep brown-to-black body that lets no light through. There is a thick three finger frothing mocha head that fizzles and leaves behind a sticky, oily lacing on the walls of the glass.

The fist sniff of the beer is full of chocolate, but upon second smell (and everyone thereafter) there is a ton of smooth, roasted espresso. The chocolate is lurking underneath, as well as hints of wood, toffee and vanilla. As the beer warms there is a definite licorice component as well.

The flavor is full of deeply roasted strong coffee, followed by the subtle hints of wood and a fairly strong blend of dark chocolate with a little bit of coconut. The coffee flavors go right up to the boundary of over-roasted burntness, but stop short and give way to crisp freshly cut grassy hops very briefly. The hops complement the roasted espresso flavors and the oak barrel nicely. The finish is a blast of coffee flavor that lingers long after the beer is swallowed.

The beer is full bodied, roasty and smooth. The alcohol is well hidden by the flavors and accentuates the beer's flavors nicely. Overall this is a very good imperial stout that I will happily revisit.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 21:21:26 | More by rpstevens
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

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

Couldn't miss out on a variation of the always delicious Yeti. This was no exception, although it was certainly quite a different beer than the more traditional versions. Deep brown with a perfect tan head that sits around. Big coffee and chocolate in the nose, with a touch of roasted malt. Likewise in the flavors, with the roasted malt mixing nicely with some quieter hops underneath all that giant mocha. Feel is thick and full, sort of a mix of creamy and oily. Nice. Overall, this one was excellent, would love to try it in a bottle that had been ageing.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2009 15:00:28 | More by soupyman10
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adamette

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Live review. Poured from the 1 pint, 6 fl. oz bottle that I bought at Siciliano's in Grand Rapids, MI for $11.49 during a recent trip there. I remember loving standard Yeti and so I was excited to find this one. Label mentions: BOTTLED ON: MAR 06 2009. 9.5% ABV. Poured into my gold rimmed Brewery Ommegang labeled Westvleteren style goblet. The label features a sillouhette of a Yeti (like the others) holding a coffee cup. That is pretty cool. I also like the "Great Minds Drink Alike" cap under the gold foil cover.

A The look of the entire "Yeti" line has been great. This version's look returns to the greatness that I recall from the standard Yeti in that there is actually a dark brown, super creamy head over an oil black body. The lacing that is left on the inside of the glass is significant as well. It cannot be improved in my opinion. 5.0

S I do smell espresso but also I perceive chocolate. It actually smells like a mocha java with some dark roast malt. I do not smell alcohol (like I did in other versions of Yeti) and that is welcome. This beer actually has a smell that is very close to some of my favorite chocolate based Stouts such as Southern Tier Choklat. Overall the smell is sweet, inviting and deep and interesting. 4.5

T Really great deep dark roast coffee and malt taste with the taste of chunks of chocolate. I don't taste any alcohol but the warmth that bubbles up from underneath tells me that it is indeed there. Dark roast malt is what lingers into the aftertaste but the alcohol taste is again not there. Just great! 5.0

M Big, huge creamy head contributes to a soft, creamy feel but there is a kick of hops and possibly the dark roast malt (kind of like dark chocolate has an edge to it) that keeps this from having the feel of a chocolate milk shake. I really like the feel of this beer since it is really fitting to what was promised by the label...A big, fat coffee, oak, Imperial Stout. 4.5

D Only fair. This is a huge beer that should be savored and sipped and could easily have been shared with another person. 3.0

Notes: The Espresso, unlike the slightly thin and disappointing Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, delivers on all of its promises and presents as a huge, satisfying beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 23:49:16 | More by adamette
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AltBock

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber bottle with a recycled paper label and a tight gold foil over the cap. It's a basic label with the name of the beer in coffee grind colored letters and a small silhouette of the Yeti with a coffee mug in his hands. To the left is a description of the beer, another picture of the Yeti, and food pairings. To the right is all the mandatory US information and a stamped bottle on date at the bottom. My bottle was bottled on February 13, 2009 which happened to be one of the year's Friday the 13th.

Appearance: Because this was an Imperial Stout and since it was bottled on Friday the 13th, I had no other choice to pour this beer into my Maudite Snifter. Have you ever been to a coffee house before and ordered either an espresso or black coffee. Good! Take that pitch black color and up it 2 shades of black and you got the color of this beer. It's so black in color that if you hold up to the light, all you're going to see is a reflection of yourself in the glass. Light can and will not penetrate this beer's solid pitch black color. Sitting on top of this beer was a thick and creamy 1 1/2 inch dark mocha head of foam. This thick head of foam had some nice slow retention that left behind a thin mocha film and a hand full of tiny blots of lace around the glass. Solid black in color with a good head head of foam. Not much more you can ask for from a Coffee Imperial Stout appearance.

Smell: Great Divide wasn't joking around when they said this was an Espresso Aged Imperial Stout. Straight out of the barrel was the strong aroma of dark roasted espresso beans. Not only was there espresso beans, but I swear I smelled some coffee beans lurking behind the espresso beans. Following the coffee and espresso beans and equally as strong was the scent of dark roasted malts. After my nose got passed the malts, I was able to pick out some bitter dark chocolate, black cherry, a gentle touch of plum, charred oak, and a subtle whiff of vanilla toward the back. The beer had one of those aromas where you could stick your nose in it again and again and it will never get boring. A pleasure to smell!

Taste: This Imperial Stout was dark, thick, chewy, and roasted like the appearance and aroma. That would have been great if it didn't taste like the dark roasted malts and the bitter dark chocolate weren't jealous of the espresso and coffee beans. They didn't like they got top billeting so the chocolate and malts tied up the espresso and coffee and shoved them into a closet. The beans were able to see a little sunshine, but not as much as they saw in the aroma. Besides those 4 tastes, there was also the taste of charred oak, a touch of black cherry, and like the aroma, the taste finishes up with a hint of vanilla. Toward the bottom of the glass, the roasted coffee beans were able to escape the closet and show themselves to your taste buds. To me, it was a little too late.

Mouthfeel: This was a light bodied beer with a faint roasted aftertaste of malts and chocolate. if you believe that, then you're the one that believes that the Yeti owns a condo in Florida. This was a full bodied Imperial Stout with a low level of carbonation and a bitter and roasted aftertaste. It was bitter and roasted with dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, roasted espresso beans, roasted coffee beans, charred oak, and a speck of vanilla. This aftertaste will linger on for a few minutes and then it will decide to pack up it's espresso and coffee beans and leave.

Drinkability: If you like the regular and Oak Aged Yeti, then you should like this version of the Yeti. If you can't find this beer, grab an Oak Aged and add more chocolate and coffee to the mix and you got this beer. It was a good beer, but it was a little disappointing in the taste. Damn you chocolate and malts! It was fun to try, but I'd still rather have an Oak Aged Yeti.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 22:11:59 | More by AltBock
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fl oz/650 ml bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA
Bottled on Feb 13 2009
Served in a snifter

The beer poured slightly thinner than anticipated, near pitch black with a three-finger, creamy, bubbly, crimson-tinged, saddle brown head. Over time, the head faded to a frothy mass of bubbles.

The aroma was rich and enticing. Semi-sweet chocolate dominated the nose. As the beer warmed, the chocolate notes became sweeter, taking on an almost hot fudge-like character. Roasty and a touch smoky. Brown sugar and vanilla notes were also apparent.

The taste was vastly different from the aroma. Super roasty, ashy and dry. Slightly acrid. Burnt coffee came to mind. Piney, pithy, citrusy hops hit hard right off the bat. The ashiness once again appeared in the bitter and dry finish. Espresso and oak flavors were unfortunately non-factors in the flavor.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied for the style. Creamy and smooth with a crisp effervescence. From a textural standpoint, the beer was definitely not as "big" as I anticipated.

This beer was somewhat of a disappointment. With a name like "Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout," one would epect espresso and oak to be front and center in both the aroma and the flavor. Unfortunately, I found them to be practically non-existant. Furthermore, it seemed that the citrusy, American-style hops were definitely overdone. All in all, this beer seemed a bit "rough around the edges." I would however love to revisit it again after a few years of ageing.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 04:11:33 | More by Damian
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generalnotsew

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick, thick cocoa head. Took 4 pours to fill oversized wine glass. Lacing is very heavy and sparkling like it has diamonds in it. Could be because I don't usually drink beer 10 am.

S: Burnt coffee and strong chocolate notes.

T: Beautiful sweet chocolate taste that does overpower the coffee just enough to edge it out into the sweet and malty side. Bit of a hop bite in the aftertaste but more coffee aftertaste than anything.

M: Nice carbonation. Better than most RIS as this one just seems thicker to me than most.

D: I could drink on this stuff all day. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Maybe even midnight snack.

My first oak aged brew and it didn't disappoint at all. This edges out Old Raspy and Founders IMO. If you are a fan of the style then I highly recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 17:02:45 | More by generalnotsew
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Mauerhan

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed during one of my dark passenger sundays. Dark beer and dexter...awesome. Reviewed from notes.

A rich thick viscus pour black. No light penetration . Moderately aggressive pour produces a big one and a half finger mocha colored head. Leaves a few decent sheets of thin bubbles down the sides of my brewery tulip. Looks good.

Smell is full of cocoa and coffee beans. Not as much coffee as I was expecting but I am still very happy with the smell coming off of this. Some subtle oak whiffs here and there.

Taste is great. More chocolate up front, syrupy and sweet thick and full finishing off with a nice rich espresso ending. This beer has exceeded my expectations by miles.

easy to drink. by far my favorite yeti that i have had to date.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 06:27:35 | More by Mauerhan
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my celebration beer after getting through a rather tough real analysis exam! Been looking forward to this one for awhile now.

Poured into Smokestack chalice.

This beer is extremely thick, just like yeti. Motor oil black. Nice 1 finger of dark tanish head with a orange hue to it. Good retention and leaves very nice lace walls down the glass.

Aroma: Tons of espresso and coffee, probably the most I have experienced in a beer. Chocolate, roasted malts, the vanilla and oak add a nice touch to this. Some sugary caramel as well. A ton of earthy hops balance it out nice.

Taste: The component that sticks out to me the most here is a huge syrupy taste with a ton of roasted malts. Then comes to coffee, espresso, and earthy hops with some chocolate and caramel on the side. It is good, but it has to much of a syrupy taste to it.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but creamy and a little crisp. Huge bodied beer, very thick. Medium to high level of carbonation. A little booze sneaks through here. Ends with a big sticky espresso flavored aftertaste.

Overall, I like this beer, but it could have been a bit better if it weren't so syrupy flavored. This thing is big and I recommend splitting it with a buddy. I will have a hard time getting through this bomber, but I think I will be able to do it.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 19:39:13 | More by mothman
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pwoods

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kels for sharing this.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a snifter. Notes.

A: Pitch black, solid viscosity. 2+ finger head, dark mocha with great retention. Some lacing.

S: Plenty of dark coffee/espresso. Powdery cocoa and plenty of alcohol. Roasty.

T/M: Very roasty and loads of bitter espresso. Loads of lasting bitterness from the sharp espresso. More powdery cocoa. body is medium full with decent carbonation. Dry and bitter.

D: bomber was split between 3 people and mine share was enough. Nice after dinner drink, though.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 01:47:19 | More by pwoods
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hckyfn9999

Missouri

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

Pours dark black with a thick chocolate colored head. There is great retention of the head, and as it slowly disappears it leaves sheets of thick lace. Aroma is of roasted malt, dark chocolate, fresh roasted espresso, oak, vanilla, and a bit of dark fruit.

This beer presents a lot of roasted malt up front, with some sweet chocolate, giving way to plenty of coffee flavor along with a touch of oak on the finish, with an espresso-like bitterness on the finish. There is a nice balance from the bitterness of the roasted malt and coffee and the sweetness in this beer. This is a delicious beer. I would prefer a little thicker mouthfeel but its by no means bad. This is right up there with Peche Mortel and Founders Breakfast Stout for me, maybe just a notch below. Its a terrific coffee stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 03:24:00 | More by hckyfn9999
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marvin213

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black, bold and beautiful, this big stout has head that initially looks black. The cap has hoppy-retention staying power, and it looks fittingly like a cold coffee. It's intriguing and mysterious. Though I find little fault with the looks of the liquid, world-class beers shouldn't have cheap aluminum wrappers on top.

The coffee isn't as strong in the nose as it looks to the eye. Roasted malts certainly make a presence, as does the oak. I know there's a chocolate-version Yeti, but I detect some chocolate on the nose of this one. Based on the look, however, the smell is disappointingly tame.

Robust malts precede a ground espresso aftertaste. Again, I sense some chocolate. Oak lingers in the background of every sip. The espresso-hop combination offers a terrific bittering effect. It adds warmness without the pungent sting of excessive alcohol. Still, it tastes medicinal. The robust chocolate malt flavor collides with a hop-bombed coffee like artificial additives to a child's cough syrup. This beer is ethanol with a plethora of added flavor.

Espresso and malts make for a wonderfully warm mouthfeel. They coat the palate with goodness. Though the oak is present and enjoyable, it's tough to find its purpose. Where normally oak provides a medium for liquid, this beer's got too much going on for oak to offer significant influence. As chocolately as this one is, it certainly makes me curious about the chocolate version....

Drinkability is pretty good. It's good medicine with flavor. The coffee imparts some limitations, as do the bittering hops, but this beverage is really a uniquely balanced combination of a bunch of good beer stuff. Though not complex enough to be all that sought after, it's a quality-enough bottle to pick up when available.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 00:21:26 | More by marvin213
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,016 ratings.