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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,202
Reviews: 972
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 248
Gots: 628 | FT: 43
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Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: John_M on 05-16-2008

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Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a completely thick consistency. There was an inch of creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A strong aroma of espresso, along with chocolate and malt. Very aggressive and powerful.

T: Tasted of espresso above everything else, but there were also hints of chocolate, malt, and a woody component. Complex, with a big, bold flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: Like all of Great Divide's Yetis, this one is very tasty and incredibly drinkable.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably my favorite Yeti variation.

An opaque dark and satisfying back color. 2 finger dark beige head. Good retention but the lacing is lacking.

Aroma is licorice, dark chocolate and dark roasted espresso. Sweeter rather than roasty which isn't what I'd expect from a coffee stout. I like it though.

Flavors come wrapped in a pleasant alcoholic warmth. Light espresso bitter, molasses tang: flavors cut through the thick, heavy, sweet malt. Mouthfeel is full and viscous: tar-like.

Photo of WOTO97
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle at the GD tap room. While appearance and feel were both very solid for style, the taste was a bit overloaded with coffee for my liking. I haven't had a coffee stout in a while, however, the coffee was so overpowering, it became difficult to overlook this aspect. Coffee was definitely front and center on the nose, but I still picked up a good deal of crusty bread and roast qualities from the malt. While I think a little time in the cellar will make this one a knockout, as of this tasting the coffee makes this almost too one note in terms of flavor profile.

Photo of Phelps
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks: all-encompassing black. Like creamy liquid dark chocolate. A dense head of pancake batter sits atop, the color of coffee with just a touch of cream. Sticky horizontal layers of lace are left in its wake.

Smells: oaky. The wood-aging is definitely noticeable, mixing with notes of tangy dark chocolate, Worcestershire and muted espresso. I actually pick up more chocolate in the nose than espresso, which is interesting but not disappointing.

Tastes: like a coffee campfire. Acrid charcoal and very bitter espresso breakdance on the palate, along with a heavy wooded oakiness and flavors of sweet marshmallow. A bit of piney northwest hops finish it off.

Feels: drinkable. Light in body, but silky and smooth. The coffee comparisons continue, as this feels like a caffeinated drink with a bit of cream added.

Drinks: the strong espresso and oak flavors create an interesting blend that totally gels with my palate. It's heavily, but not undrinkably so. My favorite iteration of the aged yetis.

Photo of ugaterrapin
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a thick midnight black. A large billowy deep tan head has been lingering for a few minutes now. As the head slowly recedes it is leaving some thick lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: It has a deep dark coffee grounds aroma that almost stings the nostrils. Some hints of chocolate are noted on the aroma as well, but coffee dominates.

T: No surprise with this one. Coffee, coffee, and a little more coffee. It has a raw earthy taste. The chocolate is very subtly. The wood aging is definitely apparent in this beer. It adds a nice layer of complexity. There is a slight hop bitterness on the finish. The alcohol is hidden really well.

Overall this is a great beer. It definitely has some more moving parts compared to the regular Yeti. I actually prefer the regular one a little more.

Photo of elliot23
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Like a deep black night. Nothing gets through this one. Very little head, but it's a dark burnt caramel color.

S. Espresso beans and bittersweet chocolate are very strong. Some milk chocolate as well for the sweetness. Roasted malts and a little hops are also in the back of this nose.

T. Very rich mocha and toasty malts. Slight tinge of the barrel aging on the back end along with the bitterness.

M. Just the right amount of carbonation for a beer of this gravity. Nice thickness. Very long and lingering bitterness... similar to drinking straight espresso.

D. My favorite of the Yeti beers thus far. Great Divide did well here.

Photo of beerhan
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was pretty excited to find a lone bottle of this on the bottom shelf hidden behind a box today and I must say this one tasty beer. I would compare this to chocolate milk made from the powder with a lot of extra powder added. There is a strong espresso aftertaste on top of an initial creamy feel. There are hints of vanilla and but mostly this tastes like milk chocolate and espresso. Overall a real tasty beer but just a little too thick. Ive had some thick stouts but I was very intimidated by this jet black pour.

After retrying this beer I need to say that it is great when paired appropriately. Still it is a little hard to get down because of how rich it is but nonetheless it is tasty.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.41/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass at Bodega on 5/5/10

Looks black in the glass. 1/4 inch of hot chocolate brown head that thins quickly. Impressive lacing despite thin retention.

Smells heavy enough. Espresso, fresh-ground coffee beans & roasted dark malts. Mild notes of chocolate. Oak is faintly present on the peripheries.

The taste is interesting; distinctly two parts. The first half is tasty burnt malts & some hop kick. The second half is all super-potent espresso - not irksome, just a tad overbearing. The espresso doesn't seem well-integrated with the other flavors; definitely bold. Oak is apparent as the beer warms.

Full bodied; quite heavy & dense. Moderate carbonation provides some liveliness; it actually gets kind of fizzy mid-swallow. Very gritty. Espresso & burnt notes linger on the finish.

While I don't at all mind it, I'd prefer to drink this in an amount smaller than a pint - maybe a 4-5oz pick-me-up, as it were. Yeti could shine here; instead, the espresso trumps it.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Into a Duvel glass, pours dark as night black, completely opaque, with a one inch thick creamy tan head. Slowly dissipating, the head leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a fair amount of complexity to it. A lot of roasted grains ground it, while notes of vanilla bean, oak, and espresso obviously, but nothing stands out besides those on the label.

Taste is much more nuanced. It leads with roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, the vanilla and oak approach through the middle, espresso is tempered but there, the ending has traces of hop oils mixed with oak saturated roasted caramels. The mouth is delightful, velvety smooth while retaining enough carbonation to keep it lively, full body and slick and sticky but not overbearing (even at nearly 10% abv). Its a great sipper, but could indeed go well with a hearty breakfast (as per the bottle), or perhaps a trip to the cabin as an accompaniment to a relaxing evening by the fire. Whatever your motivation, its an excellent beer.

Photo of biglite351
3.64/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I already reviewed the bottle, this is the draft.

A - black as cam be with a solid dark head leaving a medium amount of lacing

S - coffee heavy with a background of chocolate. You cam smell some of the alcohol.

T - very heavy taste. Coffee heavy with chocolate and smoke. That is probably the oak.

M - heavy but no tingle. Mild alcohol burn in the after taste.

D - while I love both coffee and Stouts, this one is very heavy. Probably could only have a couple and would be full.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at Poor Richards, Wexford Ale House

A: Pours a thick rich dark black color with some brownish/redish hues. Provides a nice thick brown tan head with more than sufficient lacing.

S: Lots of big dark coffee/espresso scents. In addition there are some caramel and burnt toast with a slight amount of citrus hops.

T: This beer has big malt flavor. The bready and dark coffee blend together with a slight amount of hops that give this beer a well rounded flavor. The high alcohol is well hidden.

D: This is a great dessert beer, one or two in a sitting a max. A wonderful and delicious stout. If it was not 85 degrees outside I would enjoy this more. This is a beer I would love to have by the fire in the middle of winter.

M: Leaves a creamy rich mouthfeel on the palate.

Photo of Docer
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Feb. 12, 2010

- Dark black viscous stout with a thick frothy dark mocha head... wonderful looking stout.

- Fresh water, grain...light coffee... light chocolate scent.. and some good hops still there.. slightly sweet and fruity.

- Dark roasted grain, chocolate... sweet oats, fruity hops.. light oak and light coffee.... all around balanced.. and love how the hops come through.

- Medium to heavy bodied... slightly chalky and drying..

- Overall a huge stout with great flavor... would age well and is only slightly warming with about 4 months on it.

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

22oz bottle poured into a goblet. Bottled on April 2, 2010.

A: Black body with a big tan head that leaves tons of lacing.

S: Coffee. Lots of coffee. Also a hint of chocolate.

T: Mostly coffee, a bit of chocolate, and a fair amount of alcohol burn.

M: Thick but not syrupy. A bit of carbonation.

D: I'd say that this is the best of the Yeti series by a good margin Fair warning, though. If you don't like coffee, stay far away. Then again, if you don't like coffee, you probably don't care for imperial stouts in the first place.

Photo of 100floods
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date says 2/12/2010. Pitch black hue. Bronze two finger head. Smells of chocolate dipped coffee beans, amazing aroma. Minimal carbonation leads way to a cream full, but not dense, body. Roasted flavors not too overbearing, the coffee is taking the lead. What is nice is that this beer has it's flavors under control. I don't have a hard time telling apart the coffee flavors from the stout. Sticky sensations lingers on my lips while it feels like I just took a sip of coffee. There a little hint of wood in the bite. it blends with the coffee, it takes a few sips to realize the oak is there. It's a good blend, not the best, but pleasant enough. This here seems like one of the few specialty beers that has its additions under control. I definitely imagined this beer being a little more over the top (super roasty, hoppy, just brutal) but I'm glad it wasn't. At 9.5% don't wait for this beer to age, it's good now.

Photo of weeare138
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a pitch black midnight with a dark tan head that slowly fades into a small collar. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of obvious espresso, toasted nuts. cocoa, ripe dark fruit, vanilla, and rum.
Taste is of the aromas with a sugary rum filled brown sugar and coffee explosion.
Mouthfeel full bodes, gummy, chewy, and delicious.

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

Typing up this review from notes. I had this along with several other coffee beers with my girlfriend a few months ago.

A Black with a big dark tan head

S - Coffee with a hit of citrusy hops. The citrus flavor really seems to overpower the coffee smell. Reminds me of a Kenyan coffee.

T - Caramel, chocolate and strong espresso. A hint of citrusy hops lies in there as well.

M - heavy with a fair amount of carbonation

D - Pretty good brew. Nice full flavor. Would go good with breakfast food. Would pick this one up again.

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

Poured into a snifter at TJ's on 6/25. Reviewed from detailed notes.

Pour is pitch black capped by a creamy half inch of milk chocolate head. Intricate laced patterns emerge on the walls of my glass, a nice mix of lacy lines and delicate spots. Swirls of bubbles sit atop the dark liquid after the head subsides.

The aroma is full of rich espresso, dark roasted malts, chocolate, and a touch of caramel. I am really looking forward to tasting this. On the palate, chocolate and coffee dominate the forefront. The coffee, though, is a but off-putting, as it tastes synthetic and is not very appealing. The chocolate and fake coffee are followed up by some nice roasty notes, and like the aroma, there is a touch of caramel in the finish.

Smooth, rich, and creamy, despite the appearance, this one isn't too heavy to handle. It's a pretty good dessert beer, though it would not be my first choice. It is incredibly sweet, and really, aside from the syntheticness of the coffee flavors, I really enjoyed this beer.

Photo of metter98
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured jet black with a think layer of mocha-colored bubbles that quickly died down forming lacy patterns.
S: There is an intense aroma of dark roasted malts and espresso beans in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has lots of flavors of roasted malts and espresso along with some bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to heavy-bodied and smooth on the palate. There is a lot of viscosity that really makes it coat the mouth.
D: The beer is particularly easy to drink and the alcohol isn't really perceptible in the smell or taste.

Photo of Darien
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass and built up a 2 finger mocha colored head that disappeared quickly with no traces of lacing, jet black. Smells just like the name implies, heavy expresso presence followed by roasted malts, oak flavor lingers in the background and is pretty subtle. Extreme expresso flavor, a little too much for me but not bad, followed by a well pronounced roasted malt flavor backed by a little bit of oakiness. Medium bodied, medium carbonated beer that goes down pretty smoothly. Very easy to drink but the expresso taste is a little strong for me.

Photo of biggietattoos
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The more Great Divide beers I try the more of a fanboy I think I am becoming for their products. Such is the case for their Espresso Oak aged Yeti stout.

Appearance is this deep motor oil tone with a deep mocha colored head and a nice thick lacing.

smells like I should have purchaced it in a "Venti" sized cup at Starbucks. Very nice coffee malt notes hit your nose, along with the woodsy hops afterward. Just awesome

The taste is like a black coffee syrup. Little sweetness from the malts and a tiny and quickly dissipating burn on the back end.

Coats your mouth and makes your upper lip a little sticky

Considering the abv on this its still very drinkable and makes ya feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside

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

An expresso coffee experience. Well crafted with few flaws for what it is, but what it is I inrinsically am not super interested in. A little sweet, but overall bittersweet chcolate and roast and coffee. Thick black body and foam. Big expresso and some chocolate aroma.

Photo of thagr81us
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage: 2010 Served from tap into an imperial pint. Pours black with a tan one finger head that lingers. Maintains nice lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt and coffee beans. The flavor was of malt and massive coffee. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall it was a pretty nice for a coffee flavored Russian Imperial Stout. The coffee was overwhelming in flavor though and most likely covered up a lot of the subtle flavors that might have been present. However it was still quite enjoyable and this is coming from a non-coffee drinker.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to brandy snifter
Bottled on: March 5, 2010

A - Thick dark black colour with a finger of espresso coloured head.

S - A very robust nose heavy on the roasted malts and dark roasted coffee with some licorice in the background.

T - Dark roasted malts with a nice dark roasted coffee (espresso) taste and a nice subtle oak flavour in the finish. Very slight alcohol bite that is barely noticeable.

M - Slightly watery for an imperial stout; lightly carbonated.

D - Another excellent beer in the long line of GD Yeti Stouts. I would buy this one over and over again.

Photo of Spica66
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very dark beer with a caramel-colored head (as mush as you wanted depending on your pour), nice lacing. Excellent looking stout in the glass.

S: It didn't need to say Espresso on the label for you to know that it's in there. Wow, what a wonderful mix of dark malt and coffee.

T: Tastes just like it smells. Very full-bodied espresso flavor. Not too muck oak (I am glad about that).

M: Completely creamy like a good stout should be. No stickiness or motor-oil fell here. Very well done.

D: I downed the bomber so quickly that I could not believe it.

This is one of my all-time favorite beers.

Photo of pixieskid
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Disclaimer; I only review beers on BA if I am disgusted or blown away...

full body, creamy mouthfeel almost milky with nice carbonation.

Strong sweet/burnt malt presence up front, with strong notes of coffee and a dark chocolate bitterness.

Strong flavors of coffee, chocolate, mollasses and undertones of bittering hops throughout.

Finishes smoothly with very strong notes of coffee, toffee, a fair oakiness, and a rich dark chocolate bitterness.

Overall amazing flavors, nice body, great balance, and abv is amazingly well hidden.

I have had Yeti, Oak Aged, and Chocolate, by far the best Yeti in my opinion (haven't had BA though).

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,202 ratings.