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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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world-class

3,070 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,070
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 214
Gots: 581 | 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 mothman
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

mothman, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of pwoods
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

pwoods, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of hckyfn9999
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

hckyfn9999, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of marvin213
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

marvin213, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of Dotcubed
3.93/5  rDev -8%

As an occasional espresso consumer & coffee nerd I felt this was something I needed to try before cellaring one.
I'm running out of space the allotted me in the apartment.

Bottle dated Feb. 2009
Inky Black. Decent retention. Creamy sticky foam.

Smells of chocolaty coffee.

Decadently bitter. A coffee version IPA?

First sip filled with the promise of a caffeine buzz. A bit Chalky.
Hints of Grapefruit and bold coffee flavor. Warming heat from some alcohol. May become less hot over time.

Begs to be paired with eggs, bacon.
This would really make the perfect english breakfast.

Dotcubed, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of Deuane
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%

A-Deep black with large mocha tan head that reduces to a thin cap and leaves nice lacing.

S-Take oak aged Yeti and add coffee. The addition makes it even better! Chocolate and coffee aromas swirl in a dance of decadence.

T-Sweet chocolate malt and bitter coffee with balancing astringency from the oak. Never becomes too sweet nor too dry and bitter. Great balance.

M-Medium-heavy body with nice lingering flavours and drying finish.

D-This is one of the most impressive coffee infused RIS's I have ever had. Simply awesome. Take oak-aged Yeti and crank it up to eleven!

Deuane, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of blackjack000
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Bomber poured into goblet.

Appearance: Dark, dark, fertile earth black. The head is a beautiful burnt caramel, which lazily clings to the glass.

Smell: Dark roasted coffee beans, crumbled baker's chocolate, and molasses.

Taste: Bitter, roasted coffee beans and baker's chocolate. Almost exactly mirrors the aroma. It's such a perfect and bold mixture of the coffee, bitter chocolate, and molasses flavors, with a touch of hops twang to keep it from dredging too far--balanced with a heavy emphasis on roastiness.

blackjack000, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of bobsy
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

This had been on my wants for a while, so a big thanks to ritzkiss for pulling it out of his endless stash of coffee flavoured stouts.

Pours a pitch black with a thick mocha head. The retention is excellent and it leaves behind sheets of lace. A first class appearance worthy of an emperor. The aroma goes heavy on the espresso, but also marries it perfectly to chocolate, dark fruit and grapefruit. This perfect marriage is also found in the flavour - a shot or two of espresso, bittersweet chocolate and light citrus in the finish. Its rich, thick and heavy in flavour. Surprisingly I don't find much of the vanilla that I do in the regular oaked version. Body and carbonation are medium.

I liked this a lot, though I'd probably stick to the regular oak aged in the future.

bobsy, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of sprucetip
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%

From notes. Pours black, modest mocha head fades to ring, thick lacing. SMELL coffee, roasty, woody, malty, alc heat. Nice, but took some swirling to get much. Probably more if I'd let it warm longer. TASTE is roasty, woody, coffee, modest hop bitterness, chocolate, vanilla, hint of sweetness. Very smooth and complex. Delicious. FEEL thick, rich, creamy, viscous and smooth. Finishes clean. OVERALL wicked delicious, one of the best of the style.

sprucetip, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of aewinte1
4.1/5  rDev -4%

A- Pours black like a typical stout with larger than average, fluffy, 2.5" head
S- Smells strongly of chocolate, followed by coffee. I would expect the coffee aroma to be stronger, but that chocolate scent really comes through. Smells almost like milk chocolate like ST Mokah. Seems like this one will be very sweet.
T- Taste somewhat follows the scent. Chocolate and coffee. Thought it would be super sweet, but the oak chips add an earthy tone that helps balance it out. The oak flavor is definitely very subtle, but does just enough to balance out what would be a super sweet beer.
M- Mouthfeel is good, but nothing really jumps out about it. Not too thick, not terribly thin. Wouldn't mind if it was a little thicker.
D- Alcohol is excellently masked and hardly detectable. If it weren't for the price tag, I could drink this a bunch.

aewinte1, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of diechipmunk
2.88/5  rDev -32.6%

I expected great things, but was disappointed. I like big stouts and coffee/chocolate is usually good.

The aroma was OK, but nothing mouth watering. I didn't get much coffee scent, I could pick it out if I tried. The chocolate was there.

Poured into a pint glass. It was black with 3 fingers of head. Looked great.

The taste was disappointing. Lead off was a heavy dose of sweetness, similar to ST Choklat, sweet, but not as rich or balanced. The middle was kind of bland, the sweet faded rapidly to be followed up by a sharply contrasting bitterness; not at all complimentary IMO.

I took it out of the fridge an hour before serving, I though that would be enough. As it continued to warm up after another hour in the glass, the espresso presented itself a bit more, still not all that much.

Not to keen on the drinkability. I never did get used to the stark contrast between big sweet start and huge bitter finish, with the hole in the middle.

diechipmunk, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of maximum12
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

I haven't tried much Yeti yet. Too much trading, too little sampling what's available around here. Time to start remedying that sad, sad situation. Although it has a tough act to follow after a couple short pours of Hands of Doom with dinner...

Black. Why must we judge the appearance of a stout? All the damn things are black as a monkey's asshole. Smells promisingly yummy, like a melting Herschey's Kiss.

The Espresso character of the Yeti is surprisingly subdued. Lush, rich chocolate is predominant, assisted by roasted malts, all wound up in a flourishing finish of mild espresso notes. The espresso serves as a tonic rather than the gin, which makes this a far more drinkable, warm, welcoming brew than many coffee infused beers.

The chocolate makes this rich & smooth, not to mention rich & smooth. And full. Did I mention rich? This is the most chocolatey drink I've had without it being sickeningly sweet. The balance here is exquisite. For a big stout I could take this on for a while.

Excellent brew. I need to haul my ass hither to sample some more Yeti. And someone needs to send me the BA version, pronto!

maximum12, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of Floydster
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%

Huge sample poured for free at the brewery before the Rockies game, these brewers were very generous and I had an awesome time at their facility, reviewed from my notepad, color is pretty much black, one inch foamy brown head, aroma consists of coffee, wood, dark cocoa, and roastiness, starts off with a big dry espresso taste, fades into some sweeter but roasty malts in the finish, warms up with more oak and maltiness coming to the surface, full bodied, soft to medium carbonation, could probably finish a bomber, it is a big beer but alcohol is hidden well, smooth for having coffee in it, I enjoy Yeti by itself and the coffee component made it even better in ways, glad they experimented with aging this beer in different ways, would drink again, worth trying

Floydster, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of jt31914
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured from 22 oz. Bottle:

A: 2 1/2 fingers of head - carbonation is clear and doesn't dissipate quickly. This beer is dark as night, it is clearly an Imperial Stout. The head is even a nice dark brown color.

S: Great smell - espresso at the front with a slight hint of chocolate mixed in; faint alcohol in the mix. This smell is phenomenal - Great Divide mixed the odors perfectly.

T: Strong notes of coffee with hints of oak on finish. Phenomenal finish - smooth and creamy as it goes down; very drinkable for an Imperial. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but doesn't hurt the overall flavor of the beer (it is stronger when it hits the palate and fades through the finish).

M: Malty, smooth, and creamy.

Great beer, the vanilla wasn't as noticeable as I expected; still overall very good.

D: Surprisingly drinkable for how heavy this beer is. One is quite enjoyable and having more doesn't seem unfathomable.

jt31914, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

A: Deep dark nearly fully black but some brown highlights notes. Small, quickly disapearing khaki head, decent lacing.

S: Medium roasted espresso, bittersweet chocolate. Oak trails in the rear.

T: Follows the scent with medium roasted espresso, bittersweet chocolate... oak and vanilla in the rear. Some brown sugar/maple syrup like sweetness.

M: Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, silky smooth, non coating, nice mellow oaky aftertaste

D: Definitely better than the chocolate which lacked a full flavor profile. THe esspresso is muted compared to other coffee beers. Complex and smooth enough to enjoy more.

rfgetz, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of ToddT
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

A- Dark brown almost black liquid topped with a large brown head. Head is long lasted and falls very slowly. Leaves a fair amount of lace on the glass.

S- Coffee and chocolate, but subdued by an earthy aroma. Notes of vanilla, oak, and alcohol are present in the background.

T- Heavy taste of coffee and coco. Both tastes seem to fade away slowly until the finish were they are replaced by a pronounced bittersweet dark chocolate final note.

M- Full bodied and creamy. Very smooth and silky in the mouth. Finish is bone dry.

D- Very, the 9.5% ABV is only present in the back of the aroma. Full bodied but not heavy. Thick but not overly.

What a great beer. Reminds me of a great cup of coffee and I could drink this for breakfast.

ToddT, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of kiddynamite920
3.8/5  rDev -11%

Bomber bottled on Feb 13th 2009...

Pours a very dark, almost black with a tan one finger head. I can see small red highlights if I hold it up to the light. Head is sticking around for the review. The smell is actually more boozy than expected. I thought this beer would mellow with a half a year age on it. I can definitely smell the oak and chocolate, but I'm struggling to find the espresso on the nose. A quick swirl of the glass only brings up the alcohol aroma. Definitely smells sweet and roasty once you get past the hot alcohol presence. As far as taste goes, it's a grand slam. You get a rush of sweet fruits and alcohol, but it is mellowed quickly by a very nice coffee and cocoa presence. It seems like the cocoa sticks to your tongue, making for a very nice mouthfeel, almost like the way a sugary hot cocoa leaves a residue of sticky chocolate on your tongue. Very nice. Wouldn't consider this one too drinkable, might be better with a little aging. I attempted to keep this one as long as I could, but it was calling my name. Not the first I've had, but the first I sat down to review. Very solid stout.

kiddynamite920, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of Indulgence
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%

Mind blowing, the absolute best coffee stout that I've ever had. It is refreshingly bittersweet with cocoa to back it up. Absolutely incredible... Pours pitch black with a nice head and lacing... smell is velvety dark chocolate and espresso coffee with a touch of wood... taste is the same as advertised by the aromas... mouth feel is pure velvet, alcohol is there any? ....nuff said!

Indulgence, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of ritzkiss
4.4/5  rDev +3%

22oz bottle from my jaunt through the States. Pours a dark dark black with just the faintest hints of brown along the edges in the light. Dark chocolate head that dies down, reappears when swirled but doesn't leave any lacing.

Nose is a rich milk chocolate, some rich espresso and hints of bitter chocolate.

This is a big brew. Dark espresso notes, milk chocolate almost along the lines of Souther Tier Chokolat (though not as foreword), bold sweetness mingled with a dark bitter roast and a bitter hop finish, hints of wood, quite a dry finish, some alcohol in the finish as well. Rich yet not overly sweet, nice blending of the espresso, though the oak doesn't come through much.

This is a nice brew that I enjoyed sipping most of the evening. Holds up well, body is full. Perhaps a little too bold in the roasty bitterness but it adds a nice balance. A touch rough but that's alright. A great big beer.

ritzkiss, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of ahalloin
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

We cracked this amongst other fantastic beers at a birthday party for djmiller92.

Poured a very black fluid with absolutely no light penetration. A substantial tan head of two finger width formed atop the beer from a mildly assertive pour.

The smell was intoxicating with a slight chocolate and caramel sweetness buoyed by the incredible roasty coffee and espresso dominance.

The taste had varying levels of awesomeness. To start you get a roasty bitterness that permeates every taste bud in the mouth. Then a creamy sweetish malty middle relieves the bitterness only to relinquish control back to a bitter coffee finish that continues into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Fully bodied coupled with a healthy amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is tough because there is such an overwhelming coffee/roasty bitterness. For big flavor beer lovers, this will be a welcome addition, but others may find it staggeringly bitter.

ahalloin, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of meatyard
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%

Pours a 2-finger, milk chocolate colored head with good retention and no real lacing (the pours upon warming gave some slight lacing). Dark, opaque, brown body.
The smell is coffee, a bit of booze and some dark chocolate.
The taste is bitter coffee that lingers and alcohol at the end. The oak aging makes it's taste present and the chocolate in the smell seems to be missing foor the most part.
Mouthfeel is medium when warmer and has a dry finish.
Drinkability is OK. I found the bitter taste (not any hops bitterness) and the booziness a little off-putting for me. I can see how some might like this but this one's not for me. Yeti is great and there are coffee stouts that I do enjoy but not this one.

meatyard, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured into my pint glass. One finger, tan head consisting of fine bubbles atop a dark brown clear body. Head color was appropriate for the style.

Aroma was of roasted malts, dark chocolate, a little vanilla, and some oak tannins. A little rich coffee at the end.

Taste started with rich roasted malt, mingled with bitter chocolate. Roasted malt and coffee were both present in the aftertaste. Very nice.

Mouthfeel was smooth and silky, good body that supported the flavors. Well balanced, not watery at all.

Good drinkability marks for this one. One bottle went down well. Price was a little high for me to make this a regular offering, but I would readily have another were it available.

connecticutpoet, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of abrand
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

650 ml bottle poured in to the Ommegang wine glass. Bottled on date of May 2009. Pretty simple but wordy with lots of info on the brewery as well as this brew.

Pours a midnight black color with a very tan frothy head that lingers a while. Smells of chocolate and coffee, pretty typical for this style of beer. Taste is spot on with lots of sweet chocolate, hints of coffee, and the bitter after taste that keeps me coming back for more. Also lots of roasted malts hit the palate. Mouth is full bodied with minimal carbonation. Drinkability is high. Quite an outstanding flavor. Definitely will add this to my regular brew in the DBF. Good job GD brewing.

abrand, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of kegger22
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%

Pours black with a dark brown head that lasted only a little while. The aroma is coffee, chocolate and a little boozy. The taste is coffee and chocolate too, but the alcohol taste make it too harsh. Feel is creamy and heavy. Drinkability is fair and would be better without the alcohol taste.

kegger22, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of washburnkid
4.1/5  rDev -4%

A: About a finger of light brown head that has a creamy and bubbly consistency. Brew is jet black. Barely-there retention and zero lacing.
S: This is a really nice smelling stout. Coffee, vanilla, wood, and dark berries. Very nice.
T: Big bitter coffee stout. The oak aging is so present in the flavors, with its big vanilla bite. Roasted malts and the alcohol play with each other; I get a lot more bourbon than I do coffee, which makes this label a tad misleading for me! More alcohol with warmth.
M: Viscous and creamy, with low carbonation. Velvety and smooth.
D: I wanted coffee, and the oak/vanilla combo just seemed to stamp it all out here. Maybe it will come out with a bit of age. A nice one to sip on for dessert.

washburnkid, Aug 29, 2009
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,070 ratings.