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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,368
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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Ratings: 3,368 | Reviews: 1,001
Photo of zachary80
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/13/10, consumed 3/1/11

Thick black body. Brown bag colored thin head that doesn't last long, not bad for an imperial stout. Great lacing

Smells of roastedness from the espresso, good chocolate, and just slight oakiness

The taste of the espresso isn't very strong. Crisp taste overall. Nice chocolate flavors. Some acidity from the coffee. Assertive bitterness from the malts, sweetness from candi sugar. Oak comes through more as it warms up

Mouthfeel is thick, but not overly so. Not really oily, but it sticks around a while. Very good.

This beer is super drinkable for an Imperial Stout. Awesome overall, not sure if it beats the regular Yeti or not.

Photo of Sweasty
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Espresso Yeti looks like the center of a black hole. Light neither penetrates nor can it escape the blackness. Two fingers of dark milk chocolate head tops things off. The head settles to a ring. Plenty of lace is left down the glass.

The aroma is no less impressive. Bittersweet chocolate is at the forefront. Plenty of espresso shines as well. A light hint of oak and vanilla burst through the denseness of the black malt.

The espresso in the nose is much more dominant on the palate. Strong coffee notes take hold alongside bitter chocolate notes. This is one roasty bitter brew. The hops make their presence known in so much as lending depth to the bitterness. The finish is bitter with a drying quality. Oak and vanilla show up towards the end of the drawn out finish. It takes hold of your breath in a way.

This is one full bodied stout. Thick and velvety on the tongue.

The Espresso Yeti is a worthy variant on the regular old Yeti This is a nice cold weather sipper. The alcohol is kept in check. It's ever present but never overwhelms. Props to great divide for another tasty brew.

Photo of chilly460
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours inky black as expected. Billowing mocha covered head forms and sticks around nicely, so-so lacing but the beer does coat the glass.

S - Excellent, dark chocolate and light roasted coffee. Not much note of hops or malts, just that great coffee aroma. Some vanilla can be picked up as well.

T - Bigtime coffee as you'd expect, nice creamy dark chocolate as well. Plenty of dark roastiness, just a touch over the edge of what I prefer for bitterness. Spicy hops are intermingled well at the end as well, it's a bit of a bitter blast as the deep roast is still hanging in as well.

M - Very thick and smooth, carbonation is perfect and "chewiness" is there.

D - Easy drinking big stout, the booze is very well masked. No taste is out of line and it's executed nicely overall, finishing a bomber wasn't a problem. I personally could use a tad less bitterness or this would be rated higher, but it is an Espresso Stout afterall so this is just personal preference.

Photo of travis224
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pretty much black with a frothy tan head. Nose is mainly espresso with a hint of vanilla, delicious. The taste is very close with dark espresso and vanilla being the main components. Light carbonation and surprisingly drinkable for the ABV. Another stellar selection by Great Divide. Get it!

Photo of ryantho00
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24oz bottle to a snifter.

Pours a deep dark brown black with a nice 3 finger that stays for a good 10 minutes. Has a nice thick creamy lacing throughout the beer. I smell a deep coffee and mocha scent throughout with chocolate and a minty maltiness almost caramel.

This beer is like PURE SMOOTHNESS in a bottle....it is so creamy and smooth, just fantastic. Espresso and coffee and chocolate, oatmeal, biscuit and dough, with a slight hoppiness blended with a smoked malt taste. Did I mention coffee? Throughout, espresso and coffee and caramel. With great smoothness, there is a hint of oak or whiskey in the aftertaste. Really quite remarkable beer. Just fantastic creamy thick mouthfeel that has a nice longing aftertaste that is pleasant and unique. Definatly has the imperial stout uniqueness through the entire beer.

Despite the high gravity of this beer it is sooo drinkable. Has such a beautiful creaminess with so much smoothness that is dangerous!

Cheers!

Photo of liamt07
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of MasterSki, split with my girlfriend into two tulips. Bottled on February 12, 2010.

Pours a few shades off black, three fingers of light brown head. Mild retention and great lace. Nose of dark fruits, light vanilla and oak. Some espresso and dark chocolate when I dug a bit deeper into this, I suspect it's faded a bit. Light notes of alcohol. Taste is more prominent in terms of oak and vanilla initially, leading into some milk and dark chocolate. Some citrus hops in the late finish, coming long after the dry espresso and lingering bitterness it have long gone. Good heavy medium body, and drinkability and enjoyable overall. Thanks Alex.

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

When poured you cannot see through it even when held up to the sun. It has a very dark color, almost black, yet of the darkest brown. The head was not too much, about 2 fingers high.

I recommend taking in a full inhalation in order to get a proper smell of it. I disliked the smell when doing so at first but then found that if I took in a full whiff then I found out the entire aroma. Smells strongly of coffee...and that's exactly how it tastes.

I was a bit disappointed by the initial flavor, or lack of, but in the middle is the intense coffee taste with lingering smokiness, vanilla, and at then end of strong bitter coffee. It was too bitter for my taste but I'm not much of a coffee fan.

If you love coffee though I would definitely recommend this. I also recommend eating something with it because it is so profound in its espresso flavor.

Photo of hickmancase
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle from Total Wine poured into a pint glass.

A: Beautiful. Dark as night. Dark brown head.

S: Fantastic. Strong espresso smell.

T: So much going on. Spicy hoppiness that the carbonation singes into your tongue. Bitter bite. Great coffee flavors. Lingering espresso aftertaste.

M: Thick. Smooth but bubbly. Silky smooth at first, but stinging carbonation right after that.

D: Great coffee stout. Not the go to coffee stout, but a good variation to keep things interesting.

10/10

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark black into my Jester King snifter, with about one finger of dark tan head, moderate retention and some splotchy lacing.

S - Deep roasted malts, bitter chocolate, ground espresso, sweet caramel, raisins, vanilla, milk, and mild hops.

T - Roasted malts, strong espresso/bitter chocolate combination, molasses, caramelized sugar, vanilla sweetness, more oak present in the taste than on the nose, nice hop balance, and just a touch of booze on the finish.

M - Relatively creamy and full bodied, slightly over carbonated for the style in my opinion.

D - This is an awesome beer, but a little aggressive on the taste buds, don't see myself having more than one in a sitting.

Photo of bump8628
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours up with an almost oily viscosity and midnight black with a luxurious, chocolate milk shake froth.

Sweet coffee obviously stands out but the contribution from coffee or roasted grain is hard to tease apart. Lots of raw cocoa, burnt sugars, and caramel drizzle too. Sweetness is easily counteracted by a firm herbal bitterness. Smooth without a noticeable alcohol component. Oakiness is super smooth and well integrated.

Great beer here, and a perfect after-dinner pint.

Photo of warnerry
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from last summer. A 2010 bottle,so rather fresh.

A firm pour yields only 1.5 fingers of brown head with excellent retention. Pour is pitch black. My mouth is watering looking at this.

Smells is high on espresso and malt and a moderate amount of oak.

Taste - holy espresso! Coffee and beer are two of my favorite things, and this brings them together nicely. Taste also consists of some slightly burnt tasting malt. Oak flavor is a little strong but not overwhelming.

Creamy with bitter espresso finish. Mouthfeel is pretty Moderate for such a big stout.

Drinkability is very high for such an intense beer. Alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark black/brown Thick creamy 1 inch head.

Smell - Lots of coffee, smoke, malts, alcohol, chocolate and hops.

Taste - Extreme coffee kick starts off. Chocolate is balaanced well. Has a nice smoked taste mixed with some oak flavor. Hops were also present and worked well with the malts.

Mouthfeel - Strong and sweet. Numbs mouth some and leaves a sweet coffee and chocolate flavor in mouth. Aftertaste is much like a stout with its bold coffee and smoked malt flavors

Drinkabilty - Wow this was good. Pretty sweet but not overboard. Alcohol was high enough to keep drinkabilty from being higher. Very well balanced and a pleasure to drink. The best yeti ive had i think!

Photo of letsgopens
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours oily black with a mocha-foam colored head. Holds its shape very well and leaves some sticky rings behind. Very formidable appearance.

Heavily roasted malts mingle with the bitter, oily char of espresso. Some bitter, dark chocolate and dry graininess. Burnt raisin and sugary, overcooked brittle. Vanilla extract peeks through as well. Some sweetness (milk chocolate?) tries to find its way out but is muscled by bitter char. Robust and appetizing.

First impression is mellow with semi-sweet chocolate...that changes abruptly. Almost immediately fading in to oily, bitter, robust espresso mixed with Dutch baking cocoa. Super deep roast. Less dark fruit than the nose implies but still detectable, just a hint of burnt raisin and black currant. The oak leaves some woody sweetness but mostly subdued by the roast. Bruleed sugar and vanilla mixed with a faint note of leafy hops in the finish along with dominant char and mild booze.

Creamy and lush, almost fluffy fading to some acidic twang and finishing with long, lingering bitterness. Very low carbonation, expected for the style and barrel aging however not syrupy. A big sipper of a beer but oddly drinkable. The booze and texture are mostly conducive to drinkability but the oily, roast could be a little burdening. Overall an awesome beer.

Photo of Janderson91
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on December 15, 2010, enjoyed on February 20, 2011.

A - Pours an opaque pitch black with a large chocolate milk colored head. Leaves excellent lacing. Good looking beer.

S - Smell is a lot of the dark chocolate found in the normal Yeti. Accompanied by some roasted malts and some coffee.

T - Begins chocolatey with some roasty bitterness and has a coffee-like finish. The coffee taste feels kind of synthetic however and takes away from it's taste score slightly. Also leaves a pretty dry dark chocolate taste on the tongue for a while.

M/D - This is a rich beer but it still has decent drinkability.

I enjoyed this beer but I'd probably reach for a normal Yeti before this one again.

Photo of atowle25
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - pours black as night, with a small brown head that sticks around. Really nice looking brew.

S - smells like coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. A slight hint of oak and booze as well.

T - Pretty much exactly how it smells, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. The booze is a little bit stronger in the taste...finishes very bitter..not sure if I care for the finish all that much.

M - This is a very viscous brew. Feels similar to how I imagine motor oil would feel. Slight carbonation, but not much.

D - Plenty of flavor, but not very drinkable. The harsh finish definitely detracts a bit. This is the type of beer you want to sip slowly.

I tried to share this beer with my girlfriend and it was a bit much for her so I'm left to finish off the bomber..this might take me a while.

Photo of bpalfrey10
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown to black coloring, with a moderately sized darkish brown head
S: Coffee and roasted malt
T: Sweetness upfront that is eventually nicely balanced by a lingering hop bitterness on the back of your tongue. Oak is also evident. Pleasant alcohol warmth.
M: lightly carbonated as it was a cask ale. thick, almost viscous feel to it.
D: drinkable in so far as such a big beer can be.

Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into Snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black with initial massive brown head and loads of lacing tendrils.

Smell: Wonderful mix of espresso and chocolate with a strong roasted character. Some molasses, oak and char.

Taste: Coffee, charred oak and sharp roasted malt are the highlight, with rich layers of molasses, chocolate and hops. Overall, quite bitter and dry despite the wealth of malt character.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, with a massive smooth & creamy body. Finish is extremely dry and a little harsh.

Drinkability: This is the harshest and roughest of the Yetis, but even though it is not the easiest to drink Imperial Stout, it has loads of flavor and is a very nice sipper.

Photo of JamesMcPolin
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter

Dark and delicious. Great head retention, ok lacing but gotta love that deep mocha colored head. A nice coffee tang comes through before the oak does in the nose but seems not quite as complex as it really is upon the first sip. Drinking it almost perfectly at proper serving temp but feel like letting it warm to see just how interesting this brew is gonna get. A very tasty brew. All the usual suspects are there to comfort me; vanilla, oak, coffee, plenty of roasted malt & even some hops. Great body. The astringency that comes with the bitter coffee notes is really well balanced. Overall excellent mouthfeel for the style I'd have to say. A must try for lovers of oaked stouts, coffee stouts, vanilla porters and the like. Oh almost forgot, alcohol no where to be found in the nose, taste or mouthfeel. If it was 10.5 or 11% that might be a complement, but a 9.5% ahhhh, honestly I think there's room in this delicious brew for another couple hundred pounds of malt. Then again I'm always a fan of going bigger so take it for what it's worth.

Photo of herman77
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours very dark brown/black with a big velvety dark beige head. Amazing head retention and great lacing.

S: Lots going on in the aroma. Coffee is obviously most apparent, as well as roasted malt. Chocolate, sweet vanilla and a hint of oak. There is surprisingly some hop presence too.

T: Again, the roasted astringent coffee taste is the most noticeable and takes over all the other flavors. Its not incredibly strong flavored, but a little too much for my liking. Underneath that is roasted malt, bittersweet dark chocolate, a bit of vanilla and a nice mild oak/wood flavors. Hops try to poke through near the finish, but are overtaken by the coffee. Long coffee and roasted malt finish.

M: Fuller body, smooth and soft carbonation. A little thick.

D: ABV is hidden well, its the coffee part that gets to me after awhile. Would love to try the normal oak aged Yeti now.

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

Appearance -- Pours a rich dark brown with a cap of stiff chocolate brown head.

Smell -- Espresso, licorice (lots), anise, vanilla, oak planks, and roast malt. Lots going on. I like it.

Taste -- Chocolate-covered espresso beans, roast malt, woody oak, cedar, licorice, anise, and mild vanillin.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. I remember liking the feel of the other Oak Aged Yeti versions more.

Drinkability -- Somehow this iteration has a LOT of licorice presence (batch specific?), but the espresso is still a big improvement over the standard Oak Yeti. Either way, it's an incredibly easy-drinking Imperial Stout.

Photo of jault52
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

Thick, dark ,motor oil with a nice fluffy head that slowly recedes. Awesome lacing, clings to the glass.

The coffee dominates, might as well be drinking a fresh brewed cup.

Holy crap this is good. I'm a huge fan of coffee stouts and the coffee really shines through in this one.

So smooth. At 9.5% it's not even noticeable. I could drink this all day, but of course I won't.

I love Great Divide. I have yet to be disappointed by a brew by them.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber bottle poured into wide red wine glass. Bottle dated Feb. 12, 2010. One year old, but could have been better with more age.

A: DEEP black color with 1 finger tan head. Good carbonation. Looked like a nice root beer when first poured. Good lacing on the glass.

S: Amazing nose on this one: bottle and also glass. Would have benefited from some warmth, but still nice. COFFEE, chocolate, and roasted malts. Some muddled hops are there too, but mostly overpowered by other aromas.

T: COFFEE, dark chocolate, toffee, malts, and mild hop bite at end, which was nice. The coffee sticks with you at the end too. LOVED it!

M: Sticky malt coating and hop bite. Good mouthfeel. More watery than expected, but definitely some coating.

D: No problem finishing this one off, but one big one is enough. This is a robust brew to be drank sparingly. ABV hit me at the tail end.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one from Great Divide. My favorite of their's so far. The smells and nose were enough to suck me in. The taste backed it up. Would definitely enjoy again!

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been drinking this on tap across the Burgh, it's been money every time, creamy moccha tan head forms thick above a beligerent black body, straight up ebony. Fine speckled lacing wraps around my chalice here. Aromatics deep chocolate/coffee (iced brewed espresso beans take off) with mild alcoholic hints some anise and dark chocolate melted on the experience the best of the Barrel Aged Yeti quite possibly the best overall version. Full on flavor creamy/vanilla/oak/coffee beans explicitly barrage the palate yet it's uniform and welcoming compared to some extreme beers out there. Mouthfeel is fuller bodied carbonation is mellow smooth this beer is big but it pulls of a smooth velvet texture from all of the different components going on. Drinkability overall is incredible, my wife loved her portion from a chalice and I only had a four ounce version because I was tasting more beers than her and I was driving home.

Photo of ChugginOil
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours pitch black and quite thick with an inch of dark toffee colored head that's loaded with microbubbles. The nose is spent coffee grounds upfront with sweet toasty malts laying beneath along side a bit of hoppiness. The taste of this exceptional brew is heavy on the coffee. Big time. Bitter and sweet chocolate can be tasted ending with a bitter finish. The mouthfeel is thick and full, coating the palate and leaving a long tasty aftertaste. The drinkability is moderate based on the thickness and viscosity, however, the ABV is well hidden beneath the massive coffee explosion, thus boozy undertones are not seen here.

Photo of ryanonline
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep dark black and lots of dark brown head that goes nowhere and leaves huge lacing.

sweet malts and espresso right off the top of the nose. deep earthy roast and a light touch of anise and maybe a skosh of vanilla.

oh my god, tons of delicious espresso roast and a touch of sugary vanilla like backbone. the finish is earthy and woody, the sweetness from the scent is not very prevalent here.

the mouthfell is creamy and full bodied with a light somewhat grainy texture. very dry and lasting finish.

surprisingly good drinkability for a beer so complex. truly tasty and well worth the drink.

great divide rarely ever disappoints and this one is truly stellar, love every bit of it.

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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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