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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,018
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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snpub540

California

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

Poured a motor oil brown, almost black but not quite. Had a chocolate very clingy head that left awesome lacing the whole way down.

Smell was like opening a grinder full of fresh ground coffee. Pretty intense. A little toasty malt as well but thats about it.

Flavors were very complex and changed as the drink warmed. First sips were mostly bitter coffee flavor. As the beer warmed I detected vanilla, piney hop flavor, roasted malts, and a slight caramel. Very nice indeed.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied but coated the palate nicely. Drinkability was good but the alcohol gets a little apparent when it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 19:48:00 | More by snpub540
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jbphoto88

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on may of 2009, the bottle is a 22 ouncer with gold foil around the cap. The beer pours thick and dark with deep orange and reddish highlights during the pour but becomes a black hole when it hits the glass. A rich solid foam rises above the beer the color of milk chocolate. It lasts forever and laces the glass down to the last drop.

The EOAYeti smells like dark fruits, full dark grains and a little earthy woody note. The espresso is present but not the wallop I was expecting. A nice chocolaty roasted nose, but the coffee portion of this beer smells stale and bitter.

Taste is thick and heavy on the tongue. There are a lot of competing flavors in this beer that I feel kill the character. The chocolaty grains are cut by a coffee and hop bitterness. An old oak plank flavor is mixed with a raisin, current dark fruit note that fights each other. Too much conflict and not one flavor being a dominate player.

Where this beer shines is in the finish. The roasty, toasty goodness is amazing and lasts well past the beer going down your throat. The mouthfeel is viscous and chewy making a smooth slick feeling beer. Light carbonation lets you taste the complexity of the flavors (even if I feel there are too many competing) which adds to my enjoyment. This beer is a fine brew but not one I would put in my top 10. Very enjoyable but too rich with all those fine flavors. I'd rather see this one focus on it's best asset and have the rest back off a little to solidly back it up.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 00:27:52 | More by jbphoto88
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JEdmund

Kansas

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

Appearance
Pours out thick, like black chocolate milk; massive, thick dark tan head forms and hangs around; body looks solid in the glass--impressive looking

Smell
Not an enormous aroma like regular Yeti, but what's there is full and inviting: dark chocolate covered espresso beans; smells like I'm about to have dessert

Taste & Mouthfeel
Amazing. Right away I'm in awe of this beer. The espresso and oak aging work so beautifully together as the espresso roastiness is balanced by the vanilla sweet oak. In addition, there's just a ton of dark chocolate from start to finish, really making this a heavy, delicious dessert beer. This beer completely satisfies my chocolate cravings. And the more I drink, the more I pick up the chocolate quality. Surprisingly, the normal Yeti's assertive hoppiness is completely muted by the chocolate and vanilla sweetness. The mouthfeel is like drinking milk--thick and creamy! I think I could go on and on about how much I like this. Definitely, definitely recommended!

Overall
So good from the first sip! After a few more I'm nearly convinced this is my preferred Yeti version and maybe favorite imperial stout (though I'd have to put it up against Speedway Stout to know for sure); Great Divide really knocked this out of the park, managing to include vanilla and espresso notes into an already full-flavored beer without muddling the overall character. Nice work!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 03:39:12 | More by JEdmund
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

5.0 A: Thick motor oil like black. Incredible dark brown head that refuses to back down and leaves good lacing.

4.5 S: Roasty, toasty and everything nice. Caramel, chocolate, molasses. Everything you'd expect from a dark ass beer like this one, though everything is really pronounced. Coffee is there, but surprisingly not much more than the other Yetis. Good oaky tones as well.

4.5 T: Oak comes through along with the espresso in the taste. Bittersweet chocolate, toasty roasty malts. Bit of an alcoholic tinge at the finish. There's also a healthy bitterness to it brought by the espresso beans. I love bitter beers and this does not disappoint.

5.0 M: Good carbonation and creamy as hell. Creamier than the other Yetis.

4.5 D: I split this bomber with a friend. In the future, I'll keep it all for myself.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 02:57:10 | More by DavoleBomb
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vrazionale

Vermont

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

650 mL bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Bottle reads: "Bottled On: Feb 13, 2009"

A - Incredibly dark and thick black body with only the slightest hint of brown on the edges. Head is a rich brown, looks ike the color of just-stirred frothy chocolate milk.

S - Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, malted milk, and a touch of warming spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.

T - All of the above, with only a hint of sour notes from the wood and coffee. The oak flavors are a nice addition here, rounding out the profile a bit. Despite the fact that this brew is young, all of the flavors are very well-integrated. I'd be very curious to see how this batch develops with age. The finish is long, both sweet and savory, and delicious.

M - Smooth and creamy, with just the right amount of bite and tang. The chocolate and coffee flavors are so assertive that they seem to press up against the roof of your mouth as you swallow.

D - This is an extremely well-crafted brew. There are many layers of subdued complexity here, not unlike a well-made cup of espresso. A real winner - just perfect for slow sipping on a contemplative evening.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 01:01:15 | More by vrazionale
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Mayhem976

Colorado

4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours very black and syrupy, has a small dark brown head and hardly any fingers on the ol' glass.

S- A very earthy strong dark roast coffee smell with a small amount of hops.

T- Delicious! Obviously an over abundance amount of dark roast coffee finishes somewhat bitter but the bitterness comes from the strong coffee roast and not so much the hops.

M- Super thick and creamy, feels good on the palate.

D- This stout is exceptional! Creaminess, boldness flavor, and a strong alcohol kick, comfort level on this drink is very high. Amazing stout and it's local. Would definitely purchase another bottle ...or 50.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 01:58:53 | More by Mayhem976
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jjayjaye

New York

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

Pours an opaque darkness with a HUGE stiff dark brown head that decomposes like an ice cream sundae, massive 3D lacing present. The smell is awesome; aggressive malted milk chocolate jahva. the mouth feel is medium-full bodied and creamy. Full flavored, the chilled cafe latte has a tangy oak-aged nature. IMO original Oak-Aged Yeti rocks on another level than this combination. A reasonable drinker, the 9.5% ABV is nicely integrated.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 00:45:39 | More by jjayjaye
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aaronxsubaru

Florida

3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Very dark. Can't see lacing. Little to no head light ring of foam.
Smell Coffee and roasted notes.

Taste bold very much esspresso and hops. After taste is almost all coffee. keep in mind this is espresso not coffee, and the boldness and complexity comes through as well.

Mouthfeel. Can't decide reminds me of ipa with a shot of espresso, lots of hops. Hits easy then flavors explode and go to a mild after taste that sticks in your mouth for a long time.

Drinkability? The flavor sticks so heavy I can't say I could take more than one or 2 of these.

Overall not sure, it's a niche thing. Def interesting. I could see this being something I crave on the rare occasion but not something I'd drink often.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2009 03:57:29 | More by aaronxsubaru
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours black with a thick, foamy dark tan head. Aroma of oak, bitter coffee grounds, and sweet roasted malt. Flavor is quite oaky with only mild roasted malt and vanilla. The oak really dominates the flavor and the coffee notes do not really come through. They should rename this beer "Super Oak Aged Yeti."

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 18:20:44 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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blitz134

California

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

I didn't even know Great Divide was doing an espresso version of the Oaked Yeti. Had to pick a bottle up.

Motor oil from the bottle with a slow to form but solid inch of dark tan, whipped head. Reduced slowly leaving a thin layer behind and rings of lace.

Expected roasty and chocolate notes in the aroma, but not overly so. Overlying leafy hoppiness. The oak with vanilla wafts come through with the alcohol mainly.

Rich fudge brownie like chocolate initially and throughout with some slight dark fruit hints...but mostly chocolate and some slight roast. Flicker of leafy hops again. The oaky tannins and restrained coffee notes show through after the swallow. Breath of alcohol after that.

Viscous and thick, though a touch prickly. Slides around the pallate and coats everything in a thick layer of roasted goodness.

This is an awesome beer. A sipper, no doubt. Some roughness around the edges and the alcohol edge will make this bomber last for a while.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 01:52:12 | More by blitz134
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a fudgy brown color with a huge beige head that leaves plenty of lacing and never fades away

Smell: A surprising amount of hops are apparent in the aroma, but the base elements of oak and espresso, as well as roasted and chocolate malts are all very apparent

Taste: Dark chocolate and roasty flavors jump out up front, along with a burgeoning oak/vanilla flavor; shortly thereafter, the hops make their presence felt; after the swallow, the espresso and oaky flavors emerge in a massive fashion and provide a lengthy, chocolatey finish

Mouthfeel: Thick and full-bodied, with moderate carbonation; considerable warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Clearly a beer that will benefit from age, this has some harsh tendencies in its youth; I imagine a couple of years would make this extraordinary

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 00:02:47 | More by brentk56
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JoeMayo

Massachusetts

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

2005 Vintage. Thanks to Pawel for the awesome extra!

So I opened this last night and after a couple sips decided to read the bottle because it was wonderfully complex, but didn't seem as hoppy as I thought it would be (based on Yeti and Barrel-Aged yeti). It turns out that I accidentally opened a four-year old bottle, but I loved every sip of it!

A- Pours pitch black with a heavy cascading dark, chocolatey-brown head that reduces to a thin sheet over the beer, leaving sitcky splotches of lacing behind on the snifter.

S- Wow. Roasted barley and tons of malt with a big vanilla presence. Chocolate-covered malt balls with a mild oak presence. Dark-roasted coffee and a subtle warming bourbon smell.

T- Well-balanced. Mild bitterness from dark-roasted espresso and still some hop bitterness. Roasty bitterness and sweet malt. Lots of cocoa. Slightly creamy tasting with hints of vanilla.

M- Big and sticky, but not hot at all...could have always been that way, but it could also be the 4 years of aging

D- I sipped on this one for nearly two hours to get through the bomber, but it was fantastic anyway.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 12:22:29 | More by JoeMayo
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Casey10

Maine

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

Got this beer from Gordon's Liqour store in Waltham, MA. A BMC lover thought this was so good he wanted to but another after I let him try this brew!!!!

A - Dark chocolate, deliousious, great beer.

S - Chocolate Coffee let this warm up trust me.

T - Very yummy chocolate expresso coffee.

M - powerful, yummy, very good.

D - Tough one here very drinkable but dont drink alot as it will be rough the next day.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 04:06:04 | More by Casey10
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deereless

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Insanely thick and dark brown head, not a speck of light passes through this brew, moves like a lightly warmed maple syrup, patches of sticky foam along the edge of the glass - 5.00, S: Elements of the two ingredients mentioned on the label - espresso and oak, has a coffee ground like smell, some molasses, hard to decipher the hops, some charring in the aromas as well - 4.25, T: Like the nose, there is lots of espresso and charring as well as vanilla, the charring balances nicely with the thick syrupy sweetness, some concentrated prunes and dates, hop bite just comes through at the end of this monster - 4.50, M: Creamy and medium bodied - 4.50, D: "But this one goes up to 11", Wonderful desert beer, one that would likely cellar well - 4.50

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 22:16:10 | More by deereless
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jsh420

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottled 3/5/09

pours jet black with a 1 finger dark tan head that leaves very spotted lacing

smell is hoppy along with vanilla coffee and chocolate

taste - powerful vanilla coffee chocolate and hops but the vanilla overpowers the beer and takes away from where i think the roasted malts should come through but the do show up in the aftertaste

mouthfeel - silkly smooth with some alcohol sting

drinkability is so so - it would be much better if the sold this in 12oz - the 22oz is just too much for me( ishould have split this one)

overall - ? in my review of original yeti i said espresso was better but now i think regular yeti is better at least better then this bottle - i have a couple more and will see what a couple years does to this one

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 03:44:05 | More by jsh420
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prototypic

Ohio

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

Espresso Yeti is jet black and impenetrable. There's no light getting through at all. A dark mocha colored head sits on top and is over two fingers deep. It takes its time dissipating and leaves a pretty thick, sticky lacing on the glass. Pretty damn impressive to look at. I'll give it that.

The nose is very good, no question. It's very malty and features a nice mix of roasted and chocolate varieties. It's tough to tell which is stronger, but I believe the chocolate comes out victorious...barely. It's a very sweet, chocolate fudge aroma. The espresso or coffee aspect is easily noted and is a nice addition. I like just about anything coffee, so I've got no problem with that. I wouldn't characterize it extremely coffee intensive though. Oak is noted and adds a nice dimension. How much? Tough call. I think this would be great smelling beer even if it weren't there, but I do like it. I'm just not sure it adds a great deal. Alcohol is mildly noticeable. Hops are noted on the tail. Damn. This is a very impressive, complex smelling Double Stout.

When you start with a base beer as great as Yeti, it's somewhat tough to screw things up. Great Divide surely did not in this case. It starts out very malty and a little sweet. Chocolate and roasted malts are extremely tasty. The chocolate aspect is somewhat sweet and fudge-like. The espresso/coffee flavor is very well done and shouldn't intimidate non-coffee drinkers. It's more of a complementary flavor, and a damn tasty one at that. Hops are very prominent and bitter. They're actually more pronounced and impact the flavor more than the coffee. They're citric and very piney. The impact of the oak aging is more substantial in the flavor. It's very nice and seems to add a light vanilla flavor to the mix. Nonetheless, it doesn't make the flavor materially better than the nose. Alcohol is noted, but is relatively mild for 9.5% beer. It finishes malty, bitter, with a slight dry, coffee flavor. Like I said, it'd be tough to screw Yeti up. This is damn good stuff.

The body seems to grow more substantial with a little warming. It's very creamy and smooth. Carbonation is light and restrained. Drinkability is very, very high. Yeah, for a big, badass Double Stout, it doesn't get much better. The alcohol is deceptively strong. It doesn't present itself as that big at all. This bomber's disappearing way too fast.

Espresso Yeti is definitely a success. Generally, I believe anything 'Yeti' probably would be. The coffee/espresso flavor works very well, but I don't believe it has a material impact on the beer either way. It's not so strong that it'd scare some away. I'm a coffee fan and appreciate the use of it, but this beer is equally as good as Oak Aged Yeti. Both are better than Yeti, if you ask me. I really like what Great Divide's doing right now...blazing the trail. I've had a couple of the handful of new releases they're rolling out and they're impressive. Keep up the great work, guys. With quality stuff like this, we, the beer geek crowd, will continue to salivate over anything you push out the door. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 03:04:13 | More by prototypic
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StarlightSeraph

North Carolina

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours pitch black, with one finger of some of the darkest brown head I've ever seen. The head dissipated surprisingly slowly, and left blankets of lacing. About as good as an imperial stout can look.

Smell: Surprisingly sweet. The coffee is there, but it smells more like a cappuccino or other sweet coffee drink rather than espresso. Hints of alcohol as well.

Taste: Oak and hops are the two dominant flavors - this is a very hoppy stout, and the oak is more evident than in most other beers. Not as much of a coffee flavor as I was expecting - it's there, but seems to blend into the background. I think the oak/hops are a bit overpowering. It's definitely a good beer, but I would have liked to see the espresso flavors come through a little more. Alcohol is noticeable as well.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. Carbonation might be a tad high.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this beer, but I was a bit let down by the lack of espresso/coffee flavors. I wish I had a regular oak aged yeti to compare it to, so I could try to notice the differences. Still, a very enjoyable beer, and one I would have again. It was not a chore at all to drink the whole bomber.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 02:02:28 | More by StarlightSeraph
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webmanspidey

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into large DFH snifter.

Dark brownish black, perfect light brown head. As good looking as a beer gets. The smell is a lot hoppier than you would expect for a beer like this, but not that surprising when I remember the standard Yeti. Slightly sweet, and the strange celery smell that I've picked up in a few beers before. I can definitely pick up the espresso in the taste, and this isn't as hoppy as the standard Yeti or the smell suggested. There is just a light bitter bite to the finish. Creamy mouthfeel, not overly alcoholic, and overall pretty delicious.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 00:52:12 | More by webmanspidey
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

Bottled March 05 2009 -

Poured into snifter -

POurs very dark brown to black with a rich brown head with ruby highlights. Head stays a few seconds before slowly descending to a slowly vanishing cover. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of chocolate, licorice, roasted coffee, and a touch of vanilla/oak.

The taste is sweet and boozy with a strong roast presence. The coffee gives a roast - nearly burnt character to the underlying chocolate, slight licorice, and molasses. A touch of vanilla/oak comes through in the finish.

It is full-bodied, as the style requires.

As with the other two Yetis I've had (the standard and the oak aged), this is a very nice, strong sipper. I don't know that I liked quite as much as the other two, as the roasted coffee dilutes the other complexities a bit. Still, a the base beer is great and the espresso adds a roasty character and the oak is there, but not overwhelming. Another winner in the Yeti family.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 12:43:06 | More by jwc215
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ThreeWiseMen

California

3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Acquired in a trade with tai4ji2x. Thanks bud!

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Matte black (except for the very outermost bottom edge, which was brown). Creamy brown head sits on top and retains well. Excellent ring-like lacing.

Smell: Lots of black coffee/espresso and dark chocolate. Solid roasted malt backbone - smells thick. There's that same sharp, dark fruit smell I got in regular Yeti. Yum. Some piney hops emerge from the shadows. Nice.

Taste: Hmmm... that's a lot of coffee. Should I be surprised? No. But there is something astringent in there that I'm not too keen on. Dark, roasted malts and tons of bitter hops. Lots of roasty, espresso-ness. Isn't that what it's supposed to be? Yes, I suppose... Tons of alcohol in the back. Aftertaste = yuck.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, well carbonated, a little syrupy and quite dry. Drier than it should be. Full-bodied but not overly heavy.

Drinkability: Letdown. Yep, letdown. Not a bad imperial stout, but doesn't even touch Yeti or OA Yeti. Too much espresso and too much alcohol. A lot of good aspects, but a couple of glaring bad ones. Glad I tried it, but I won't be seeking this out again.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 01:34:39 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Gold Foil
Bottled On: Feb 13, 2009

Poured into a chalice a very nice black color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus dark tan head, with some nice big oil slick/sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee/coffee notes, slight spice. The taste is malty, with lots of dark stuff, not too bad with the espresso, nice oak note. Medium body, the ABV is kinda upfront with this brew, but still nice. Drinkable, a pretty tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 20:42:50 | More by Wasatch
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drumrboy22

Colorado

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Yeti chalice. Beer was pitch black with a one-finger, dark tan head. Moderate lacing around the glass.

Aroma was heavy oak and coffee, also chicory, vanilla and malt.

Taste is coffee, dark chocolate and dark fruits.

Creamy mouthfeel and bitter finish. Fantastic beer. I'm glad they finally decided to bottle this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 03:51:48 | More by drumrboy22
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

22oz bottle topped with gold foil. sampled may 16/09.

pours black and pretty much opaque. a big dense brown head forms, dropping slowly and leaving tons of lace behind.

aroma is great. dark and milk chocolate. espresso and coffee. biscuit and whole wheat bread. toasty and slightly roasty. alcohol. bit of dark fruit.

taste is good. lots of dark chocolate. bit of milk chocolate. espresso and coffee. biscuit. toasted whole wheat bread. bit of cracker. medium-high bitterness level, more coffee and chocolate than hoppy. still, there's definitely a bit of citrus and pine american hops hiding in there. vanilla and anise. light alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. nice big body. medium well-integrated carbonation.

drinkability is great. excellent balance. good depth and complexity. i think i like this more than both of the other two yeti versions i've had. good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 15:43:29 | More by grub
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was introduced to this one at EBF and was blown away, so when I saw this in a bottle I had to buy some.

Pours a solid black with a creamy tan head that doesn't persist for very long, but leaves lots of lace on the way down. Smells of citrus hops, coffee, vanilla, oak, roasted grains. Taste is much like the smell. Citrus hops followed by a touch of alcohol, some roasted coffee and slight chocolate, oak and vanilla followed by a lingering roast hop and alcohol finish. Theres a lot going on here and its all tasty. Carbonation is low to medium, mouthfeel is oily/creamy, body is thick like tar. Great Imperial stout! The coffee is there, but its subtle enough to not be in your face like some other coffee brews. I wish it were a little cheaper so I could afford to drink it more, but at 11.99 a bomber I may not enjoy this one regularly.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 22:32:40 | More by johnnnniee
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

Just when you thought they Yeti couldn't get better. Great Divide has taken the Yeti and really turned it into a better base beer and added a strong espresso character that compliments the beer greatly.

The beer's look is as deep and dark as the day is night. This is to be expected. However the strong head formation takes on a deeper brown toffee color that is significanly darker and more sturdy than the other versions.

Coffee dominates the nose but not as aggressive as I expect. There's a lot of 'stout' qualities from the maltiness to cocoa and toast. The coffee notes seem to surpress the sweetness and fruitiness to virtually nothing.

Flavors are also coffee dominant with French Roast taste, oils, and bitterness. Background notes of cocoa powder, charred toast, and a meaty maltiness that remind me of dry Dopplebocks. Light notes of soy sauce, molassas, hops give enough complexity to keep it from screaming, "Espresso".

Full and rich up front but the well attenuated malt character keeps the beer dry and palatable. Bitterness from coffee, hops, and cocoa gives ample amounts of repreive from the moderate sweetness. The sharp, charred textures flirt with astringency and alternate between burnt toast and ashy. Finishes with a deep lingering coffee flavor with much bitterness.

Again, Great Divide knocks it out of the park.

Serving type: bottle

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