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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,316 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,316
Reviews: 990
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 259
Gots: 685 | FT: 49
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
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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Photo of FosterJM
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

208th review on BA
bottle to snifter

App- I take back saying other stouts were dark. This stout was completely black. It was lush and thick on the pour as well. The 1st head was a bit thin but the remainder of the bottle gave a nice agressive one finger dark brown head.

Smell- Huge roast coffee, nice creamy chocolte, vanilla and booze.

Taste- The roasted malt with the subtle hops with all the other layers of flavors as they reveal themselves is an experience in taste. Such a unique character for breakfast especially.

Mouth- Medium to almost full bodied. Very low carb feel. Sticks to the tounge and leaves that bitter coffee taste.

Drink- This took breakfast to another level. A nice stout to start a lazy Sunday with the family. It was very smooth, silky and very good.

Photo of obywan59
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black into my over-sized wine glass, with a 1 finger thick looking brownish or dark tan head and sticky, clinging lace. A harder 2nd pour into a pint glass gave up a 3 finger light brown head with huge bubbles.

Wow! This beer had the biggest coffee aroma ever! Every now and then a more creamy aroma of chocolate, but mostly just rich, roasted coffee.
My senses were dulled by the time I poured my 2nd glass. It gave more of an acidic/metallic aroma.

Huge coffee taste with a little bitter chocolate and hints of oak. Taste is more woody than the aroma. Lots of smokey roasted malt with the acidity of coffee. One of the more bitter beers I've sampled.

Thick creamy mouthfeel. So thick, it dulls the burn of the alcohol leaving more of an acidic feel.

Definitely a sipper. Not difficult to drink, just very demanding of your time.

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

22 oz bomber, poured into a Weizen glass.

A - Beautiful deep black color with a three-fingered creamy brown head. Head lasts forever and leaves heavy lacing.

S - Great smell, Roasted sweet espresso, chocolate milk, and a bit of alcohol.

T - Delicious taste that mimics the smell of roasted sweet espresso, chocolate and a hint of licorice. Taste lingers, mostly licorice and coffee, but is not cloying.

M - Full-bodied and a little syrupy, but also amazing refreshing and clean.

D - Wonderful Imperial stout in the Callie tradition, which is to say, non-traditional, very drinkable and full of flavor. Highly recommended.

Photo of aepb1
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Black body with a creamy brown head that sticks around forever

S- Sweet and roasted chocolate and coffee malts. Pretty strong coffee nose

T- Roasted coffee! Chocolate and oaky middle, some nice spices finish mixed with some booze

M- Full-bodied, smooth and good carbonation and some boozy warming

D- Great to sip on and would like to have some more!

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very solid beer. Somewhat austere, not as lush as the chocolate version, but also not as straight up woody as the regular oak version (which I'm not a huge fan of). That one is simply a demonstration of using too much oak. This one pours black with a tan head that fades just a little too quickly. Smells toasty with oak and espresso and a touch of cream. The roasty notes of the coffee and stout blend nicely. The taste is quite dry, with more of a woody austerity than a lush creaminess. Full coffee notes, with a nice flavor, but not exceedingly bitter or over the top. Instead you get a nice lingering roasty bitterness, some bitter chocolate, and a touch of cream, with the oak drying things out and playing a supporting role. A little unbalanced, but enjoyable. A little woody in the mouth, and quite bitter. A sipper, would be a good dessert beer to cleanse the palate.

Photo of boudreaux
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours as black as you can get; about a 2 finger head that lingers long into the drinking session; a fine looking beer

S - The coffee aroma hit me even before the beer was finished pouring out the tap;Holy Black Beer! The aroma is rich, with plenty of chocolate and coffee there, roasted and sweet.

T - start out with roasted and burnt, creamy coffee; the fine bubbly carbonation is a great complement to that; chocolate, vanilla, and oak are also prominent players in this beer; there is a little sweet and spicy combination, to; and finally a slight touch of alcohol

M - Smooth with a pleasant aftertaste left behind.

D- Just keep serving it on tap, and I'll be there

Photo of Barleythenred
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint 6 oz poured into a ommegang snifter

Appearance: Dark completely non-transparent a head of a dark nut color head but leaves faintly fast

Smell: the first thing to hit me was the espresso then oak maybe a little carmel malt but more espresso oak then anything after the head goes so does the stronger aromas of carmel but still strong espresso

Taste: like a cup of coffee with an oak tree in the middle

Mouthfeel: syrupy, strong character of espresso and malted oak

Drinkability: good going down like a shot of espresso maybe a shareable drink with a friend after a long, cold, winter day

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/13/10. Poured into the KBS snifter, while listening to The Pogues' If I should Fall From the Grace of God, after finally figuring why the new turntable wouldn't work (Damnit Ion, if I'm not supposed to put the input jacks into the phono spot, maybe you should tell me somewhere!)

A - Almost black with dark, dark brown tints. Reddish-brown head with good retention and lacing.

S - Glad to be greeted by the stubble vanilla sweetness under the hammer of roasted malt and chocolate that for me is the calling card of the Oak-Aged Yeties. They also did a great job of making the slight acidity and mild fresh-roast coffee flavors come though, without making the beer over-spiced.

T - Man the espresso is expressive in this beer! Lots of coffee dryness and acidity, but not so much that it takes away from the big roasted malt, smoke, light fruity esters, and alcohol bite that makes Yeti such a great imperial stout to begin with (wow, can you say run-on sentence.) I do not notice a ton of oakiness in the flavor, maybe a little sweet toastiness.

M - Where I do detect the oak is in the mouthfeel. The body is incredibly soft for a beer of this size, and seems to help soften the assertive alcohol presence a bit.

D - I don't often feel this way about American Imperial Stouts anymore, but I am going to say that this is craft brewing at it's best, extreme, classic, and a work of art. Plenty of expressive flavors, with great balance and fantastic use of the different ingredients. It's not just a great barrel aged beer, not just a great coffee stout, and not just a great big imperial stout, but all combined to make a well planned and executed beer.

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

Poured on tap, 12oz pour. Appears black in color, with a dark brown head. This is one bad mutha, and you can tell from how impenetrably dark it is. Aromas of a starbucks cafe at 8:00 in the morning. Espresso, chocolate, roasted coffee and malts. In the flavor, some vanilla, espresso and dark chocolate. Roasted malts. A beauty of a brew and well worth the purchase. Reccommended to coffee lovers, barrel aged fans, and the beer geek. Would love to pair this with some pancakes.

Photo of Avagadro
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pitch black with a pillow-like head, this yeti expression looks promising in its tulip glass.

S: bouquet is straight forward, with roast and resiny hops fighting for control.

T: semi-sweet, with heavy chocolate, brown sugar, and a touch of espresso.

M: full body and slightly sticky, with a touch of tannin from the oak.

D: a great expression of a top notch stout. Definitely worth a grab.

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

22oz. foiled top bomber at cellar temp. split 3 ways with friends, poured into a standard pint glass. bottled DEC 10 2010.

pours super opaque motor oil black with a wonderfully creamy caramel brown head (one of the darkest heads ive seen) with great retention and tons of sticky lace. shows some nice legs on the glass as well.

the aroma is almost straight expresso coffee beans at first. behind that theres lots of heavily roasted, burnt malts, chocolate cookie dough, bits of marshmallow and vanilla, and just a hint of some dark dried fruits. amazing.

the taste is spot on expresso coffee beans. as well as heavily roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, bits of burnt marshmallow. so tasty, i almost wanted to go with a 5. coffee like bitter finish.

amazingly creamy, smooth mouthfeel with a heavy body, but hardly any alcohol detectable. carb is slightly minimal, spot on for the style.

an easy bottle to the head, but at the sametime im glad my friends got to expierience this great beer. this is easily one of my favorite stouts and so far my favorite yeti. a must have, and i think freshness is key with this one if you want all that good coffee.

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

Rich and hefty RIS with lush coffee sense intriguingly balanced by the oak vanilla touch.

Presentation: 22 oz brown and capped bottle with top covered in foil. Retro, elaborate and somewhat fifties label design around the current Great Divide design with the silhouette of the yeti walking across the lettering carrying a mug of coffee. Short descriptive narrative noting the main ingredients, and intent of the ale. Displays date of bottling (Apr 02 2010), recommended food pairings, and Alc. by Vol (9.5%) Poured into a snifter.

A - Black pour with dark brown edges, nice 1/2" tan head, medium retention, good surface memory with some touches of lace.

S - Malty nose, chocolate and... coffee, and more coffee with a bitter sweet tingle to it.

T - Long malty body, same dash of chocolate with a long, intense, and well woven coffee sense. And what is more, they got their coffee right! It does not happen that often, nice bitter-sweet sense without a sense of burnt, nicely done. The brew does more, with the enticing vanilla sweetness provided by the oak it adds another intriguing gear to the brew, coating the hops rather nicely, and sealing its profile.

M - Full body, rather smooth with medium and adequate carbonation, creamy until the peppery finish, which coats the faintest insinuation of boozy, the hot finish lingers for a while...

D - Nice sipper, and on a single serving it works beautifully. Not so sure giving it a further try... there is some astringency that builds up and a small rawness that lingers on the second pour. Maybe it would benefit from a bit of aging. Other than that this is a rock solid espresso stout and the oak side does a very nice work with it.

Notes: Probably my favorite Yeti to date. Set that faint rawness aside and this is a brew to keep in mind. It is going to make me consider revisiting the regular and oak aged yeti that I have had set aside from my landscape for a couple for years now.

Photo of MrDriscoll
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from local store. Poured into a 18 ounce snifter.

Appearance - Pours like a thinner motor oil with a chocalate black color. Formed a slightly brown foam head that was gone fairly quick but left traces of its existence as an off white lacing.

Aromoa - right off the bat you get insane coffe and chocolate notes that compliment the roasted malts. Even my wife who thinks all stout smells like suasage could smell the coffee from the other side of the couch. pretty intense deep aromoa here.

Taste - Develops for a while in your mouth as you get hit with a coffee up front with a nice hint of oak on the back side of it. On second taste chocolate sweetness and an almost peanut flavor rolls across my mouth to accompany the coffee and oak.

Mouthfeel / Finish - Decent carbination with a creamy finish without a heavy coating feel. I saw the "Like drinking a nice hot chocolate" review below and couldn't agree more.

D -Highly recommended beer from this user. Easy to sit back and drink a few of these...

Photo of Tifore
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Melt Bar & Grilled. Poured into a 12 ounce snifter.

A - Comes to me a motor oil, black color. Looks super syrupy and yummy on this cold snowy night. A real nice deep brown head has formed, about 1 1/2 fingers tall and slowly but surely deflates into a beautiful cap, remaining that deep brown. As it deflates it leaves a real thick coating of offwhite lacing on the glass which just makes me want to stare at it and drink it.

S - Instantly I get espresso and bittersweet chocolate tones as well as a healthy handful of burnt and deeply roasted malts. Behind that I get some sweet tones from the roasted malts I'm guessing and perhaps some slight earthy woody tones as well. Pretty complex in the nose, I'm liking this one so far.

T - Creamy iced coffee is what I'm hit with at first taste. I also get some of the malts coming in quickly after which round out the flavor nicely. Bitter and spent coffee rinds and chocolate rule this one with some sweet notes and perhaps some vanilla. A nice smooth tasting brew. Very enjoyable.

M - Mouthfeel is nice, its got some good carbonation, and has a nice creamy finish on the mouth. Really a nice beer on this cold snowing night. Like drinking a nice hot chocolate.

D - A highly drinkable beer. I'd love to snag one of these in a bottle if I can find it at a local shop. I'd definitely recommend this to people as well.

Photo of Vec2267
4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep black body with a medium tan head that produces nice lace

S: coffee and burnt malts

T: deep coffee, burnt malts, chocolate, hint of vanilla, an all out taste assault

M: incredibly rich and smooth

D: as intense and rich as this beer is, the pieces come together to make a very drinkable beer

Incredible beer, I love Yeti, but the espresso aging smoothes away the sharp alcohol notes from normal Yeti and adds a wonderful coffee component.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

Pours an obsidian black with a dark mocha head. About a finger of head drops slowly to a wisp with nice lacing on the glass.

Aromas of dark roasted coffee (espresso, duh), dark bittersweet chocolate, oak tannins. Alcohol burns the nostrils.

First sip is of bitter espresso coffee, milk chocolate, roasted malt. Oak tannins hide out in the back. Good level of carbonation. Long bitter coffee finish.

Mouthfeel is big, chewy, silky and mouthcoating. No cloying sweetness. Emphasis here is dark roasted coffee. No carbonic bite here.

Very drinkable and dangerous. Don't really taste the alcohol. But it starts to hit you after the first glassful. Very nice beer.

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

Served on tap at the Firkin in a snifter.

Appearance: Nearly pitch black with a dark fluffy brown head. After a minute it fades to a ring but leave some nice lace behind.

Smell: Oak, espresso, roasted malt, and a bit of chocolate and vanilla. The espresso and oak really go back and forth as to which one dominates.

Taste: A strong start - a blast of heavily roasted malt and espresso. Caramel and smoke followed by more dominating dark chocolate and roasted malt flavors. The oak brings it home. A roasted bitterness is carried throughout.

Mouthfeel: Full, but not syrupy. Medium creamy carbonation. Slightly sticky, but also fairly dry. There is surprisingly no alcohol present in the mouth, but it is slightly warming.

Drinkability: The flavors blend well together. Definitely a tasty treat. Lots of espresso, and I do like my coffee.

Photo of pgaveau
3.31/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bottled on 4/2/2010.

Nice half inch mocha colored head. Tar black color which is common for an imperial stout. Brown lacing with good retention.

Smell of roasted espresso coffee beans. Not too much going on. No rich aromas here.

Taste is extreemly disappointing for a beer with espresso in its name. Bitter tastes of 2 day old coffee. It would probably be a better beer if it had more hops, slightly sweeter and stronger oak notes.

Too bitter for this to be drinkable. This may have passed its prime. This lacks the balance of a coffee infused, oak aged RIS.

I would try again if I found a fresh bottle this spring.

Photo of grittybrews
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle had around nine months of age on it. Poured an inky black with two fingers of gorgeous dark chocolate head; good retention before fading to persistent slick of film. Espresso dominates the aroma with hints of roasty chocolate and a touch of oak.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, deceptively light mouthfeel. Lots of espresso up front with plenty of dark chocolate bitterness, a trace of vanilla, and a nice kick of bitter hops on the lingering finish.

Lots of coffee character--even more than I expected--but I found this Yeti version to be a little one-dimensional and I didn't get as much of the oak character as I would have liked. Still, a really nice stout that I'd certainly revisit...very smooth and drinkable with a well-hidden alcohol kick.

Photo of oreo
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this at a store in bloomington il. Split a bomber with my friend (drewba) poured into a snifter.

Pours dark and thick with an awesome dark tan head. Stayed for a little bit then went bye bye. little to no lacing.

When I first cracked the bottle I got a huge whiff of hops. Once I poured into the glass, the coffee just completely took over. Huge coffee aroma with a little chocolate and some hops.

Tastes just like it smells. Huge amounts of bitter coffee with a hint of chocolate. No booze at all. Really this beer is like drinking 10% coffee. Pretty awesome if you ask me. The only downfall is that if you were wanting to taste anything else, you can't. My palate is crap and I only get coffee.

This is the kind of beer you would either drink at 6am waiting in line for DLD or if you were falling asleep while drinking to perk you back up. I could have easily drank a bomber of it.

Photo of Marty30
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottled on 4-02-10.Served in tulip at 55 degrees.

Appearence is deep black no light shines through.Nice two finger dark mocha head that disapears fairly quickly,good carbonation.Very nice lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell ,huge coffee notes followed by some chocolate and roasted malts.Faint smell of alchohol.

Taste,Very tasty brew just like it smells up front tons of espresso with chocolate, lots of roasted malts. I can taste no alchohal hidden very well.Nice bitter after taste which I like.

Mouthfeel,awesome creamy medium heavy feel with nice carbonation.

Drink, Very impressed first time ive had this! Would definetly recommend this to anybody. I will be getting alot more of this.

Photo of EricCioe
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Jake Melnick's in Chicago. It poured black hole black with a pretty, espresso-crema head that always looks good on a big stout, though the lacing was a bit thin. On the nose there was a huge, overpowering note of cappuccino. In the mouth, the coffee mixed with roasted malts but there was a notable and welcome absence of the sweet chocolate or molasses notes that often accompany them. Because of that, it seemed a lot lighter and cleaner in the mouth than similar styles. This was truly a great beer.

I tried a sample of regular oak aged Yeti at the same time and found that the espresso really added a lot to a beer that was already pretty great.

Photo of alli4051
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a nonic. Bottled on 12/21/2010.

Pours that dark, used motor oil black that I always look for in an RIS. Pour produces a huge, creamy, brown sugar colored head that leaves some chunky lacing as it goes. Scent is roasty with some obvious chocolate and coffee notes. Taste is bold and interestingly subtle. Big roasted malts and chocolate flavors. The oak and espresso are faint but definitely there and provide an excellent accent to an already good RIS, the oak is a bit more prominent in the finish. Also a faint hop bite towards the finish. Mouthfeel is heavy but creamy smooth, not overly sticky or cloying at all. Surprisingly drinkable for such a big beer. Couldn't help myself, had to drink this one as soon as I picked it up, will definitely be picking up some more to age.

Photo of boralyl
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into my tulip glass it produces one inch of brown, creamy head. The head recedes fairly quickly leaving bits of sticky lacing behind. The beer itself is pitch black, looks like motor oil.

S - The expresso aroma is noticed immediately. It smells great, but isn't overpowering. The expresso gives way a little bit revealing some chocolate, roasted notes, and some earthy hops.

M - Full in body and adequately carbonated. There is some creaminess to the texture.

T - Milk chocolate and vanilla notes hit the tongue first. Some oak character is present next followed by the expresso flavors. The beer finishes with a coffee bitterness.

A nicely done imperial stout. The base beer combined with the oak and coffee work very well together. Looking forward to trying the other varieties.

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

22oz bottle poured into a cervoise.

A - Pitch black with two fingers of sticky, pillowy brown head. Tendrils of lace cling to the side of the glass.

S - Rich coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit in the background. Hints of lemon and orange zest are just noticeable.

T - Massive coffee flavor dominates the palate. It's very tasty, but the espresso really overpowers the malt. Coffee, roast barley, and hops combine for a lingering bitterness. Behind the coffee, there are notes of dark chocolate, licorice, pepper, vanilla, and caramel.

M - At first I felt mouthfeel was a bit of a letdown, but as the beer warms up, it seems to get bigger and creamier. Very good.

D - Excellent. Eventually the abv would trip me up, but otherwise I'd be content to sip this all night.

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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