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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,371
Reviews: 1,001
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 255
Gots: 712 | FT: 49
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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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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.

Photo of jwhancher
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the City Tap House. Pours a jet black color with nice 2 finger brown head. Smells simply awesome like creamy chocolate coffee espresso. Found myself taking whiff after whiff to enjoy the aroma alone - all before taking my first sip. Guy next to me overhead me saying "damn" from marveling over the smell. Tastes wonderful. Nice roast, chocolate, and espresso notes. A real pleaser. Mouthfeel a little full but is great for such a sipping beer. Alcohol notes are ever present as the 9.5% ABV makes its presence known. Beware the Yeti!

1/1/13: Hello, old friend. Cracked open a bottle of this on New Year's day to pair with a breakfast burrito. "Bottled on" date read 12/13/2010. Held up great. Lots of espresso & roast character. Drinks dangerously smooth. Velvety smooth mouthfeel with a slow alcohol burn in the back of the throat. Love this beer. Wish I could find this more often so I could have it for breakfast 365 days a year.

Photo of badboyrsl84
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - pitch black dark with a tan colored head lacing the glass as it dissapates down the glass.

Smell - tons of roasted expresso coffee with a nice amount of milk chocolate

Taste - this is way more flavorful than the original. Its thick with sweet roasted coffee/ chocolate goodness that lingers long after your done swallowing. Its very warm going down. A Solid dessert brew.

Its by far my favorite of the great divides selection yet.

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

Pitch black. Thick tight foamy caramel-colored head. Good retention. Thick blanketing lace.

Big espresso aromas, roasty earthy, dark chocolate. Oak, vanilla, and toasted caramel.

Dark chocolate ans espresso dominate. Burnt sugars, roasty-smokey, toasted caramel. oak and vanilla and booze. Nice piney resinous bitterness.

Great feel. Smooth coating full body.

Smooth, complex, and delicious. Big espresso aroma and flavor. A great breakfast beer if you can handle 9.5% ABV in the am.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.13/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber, bottled in February of 2009, and purchased, if memory serves, at Sahara Mart in Bloomington during one of the many beerstravaganzas when steepH20 kicked it down south.

Pours black with foggy dark tan highlights and corresponding head that skips town quickly.

Smooth dark chocolate, oak, and a milder espresso presence than anticipated. Maybe two years has mellowed the nose.

A vampire's nightmare. Absolute oak stave right through the palate. Wood is extremely drying and systematically removes hydration from the mouth like a vacuum. My biggest issue here is that in the pantheon of Yeti's I can recall drinking, it falls behind both the regular and regular oaked version because the hops, which make Yeti a great stout, are pummeled into oblivion here. The espresso only adds to the dry character of this beer, neither allowing it to shine nor really imparting much in terms of coffee flavor. I have high hopes for the BA version, but am a let down by this.

Have I commented on the excessive dryness? Weathering and desertification of my salivary glands has rendered me a shell of my previous self. Water...please...human cactus in 3, 2...

Hides the booze well, but did I mention the...ah, never mind. If one were to ever encounter the walking dead, no need to fashion a weapon, just hurl this bad boy at their bloodthirsty, stake fearin' deadness.

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

A pint on tap at the grey lodge.

A- a small cap of brown head that settles quickly leaving a few spots of lace a some foam at the edges in a few places. What's to say about the color other then is black as hell.

S- lots of dark chocolate and coffee with a deep roasted malt and molasses sweetness. Like a big cold mocha coffee.

T- super roasty and toasty. The coffee is dark and bold with a burnt nut thing going on. Bakers chocolate and molasses with some anise and char. Long roasted coffee finish. The hops I get in the base beer are either long gone or simply burried.

M- on the fuller side of body but not chewy or sticky. Lightly carbed but enough that the brew sits well on the palate. Not much heat on this but a nice warming in the belly for sure.

D- its a big beer with a big time flavor profile that can become almost overwhelming but its easy enough to drink that you find away to come back for more.

Photo of dbmernin83
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a 12 oz snifter.
A- motor oil with a dark khaki head, great lacing down the snifter.
S- espresso dominates with alcohol pushing through.
T- delicious. espresso upfront with a soft malted toffee sweetness and an alcohol warmth. the bitter espresso and the toffee sweetness dance back and forth on the tastebuds long after the sip
M- this is one thick creamy stout.
D- a nightcap sipper that i could have 3 of. this is by far one of my favorite stouts of any variety

Photo of Vdubb86
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

This beer pours a midnight blackness with a dark rich sexy finger of dark brown foam on the surface. The aroma has coffee notes to it and a decent level of fumes that are pungent on the nostrils. The flavor is a good mixture of dark chocolate and espresso. It reminds me of a mocha with an extra shot of espresso in it to give it that jump in bittering roast. It went down pretty smooth especially when you consider the bitterness of the malt bill involved. This is a good beer and I would have no problem with it gracing my lips with it's presence again.

Photo of LazyL
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black body with a brown head. This is one dark beer. The creamy foam is very much the same as the topping on my morning espresso.
Alot of coffe notes on the nose as you may expect, but there is also dark chocolate, oak and maybe bourbon notes.
This is a very good beer! The 9.5% is hidden until about your second glass when you begin to have trouble focusing on your glass.
This almost feel like those little chocolate brownies that you can't stop eating. Yum.
Layers of chocolate, espresso, alcohal, wood repeat.
If snowed in at a small cabin, I could exist off of this beer alone for at least a week. I am fighting off the urge to post a few 5's here.

Photo of spree92
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on Dec.13/10 with 9.5% abv.

Poured from a bomber. Dark, thick brown with no other highlights. Creamy espresso head with nice lacing. I find that there is nothing that stands out on the nose. A little espresso and chocolate. This is a great tasting brew. Dark chocolate, molasses and espresso really stand up. I was skeptical because of the espresso oak aged, but the smoothness is amazing. At 9.5%, this a as mellow as they come. Balanced, smooth and easy going. Last thing, almost zero carbonation.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thankyou to Bailey's bar and grill.

Poured into a snifter. Opague black with a very nice brown heading. Beautiful lacing and retention all the way down to the last sip.

Smell is what you'd expect. Heavy coffee and espresso bean. slightly sweeter vanilla aroma's.

Taste is not much different then what was expected either. Light oaky notes with a decent chocolate blast.Subtle flash of warming alcohol. But quickly moving in and taking over the rest of the ride is the coffee bean taste and it stays around until the finish.

Mouth is full bodied,silky smooth and a nice bubbley carbonation action on tongue.

Solid beer but not my cup of tea. I am not a big coffee fan but this is ok.

Photo of krisandajt
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bottle a while ago, figured I'd get to drinking it...

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into my DFH Chalice, this brew is a thick, smooth black with a good inch of cocoa colored head. The creamy head fades slowly, settling down to a thin ring of foam around the edge of the brew.

Smell: Getting the chocolate and the oak-aging, plus a nice roasted malt sort of quality. Unfortunately I think I sat on this one too long as there's not much of a coffee quality to it. Good thing I've got a fresher bottle in the cellar, guess I should crack that one open soon.

Taste: Well the coffee is a bit more apparent here, which is good. The roasted quality has taken a bit of a backseat and I'm getting a lot of smooth, creamy milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Great texture, smooth creamy medium body, perfect carbonation.

Drinkability: A great drinking stout. Not sure why I waited so long to crack this one open, but I'm glad I did. I'll be picking up some more of this the next time I see it.

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

Bottled on 4/2/10. Poured into my New Belgium glass

Very dark and opaque out of the bottle. Forms about an inch of caramel brown head.

Smells of roasted malts, coffee, some bitter chocolate on the nose

The taste is dominated upfront by the bitterness of the coffee, maybe the espresso coming through? Finishes a bit softer, but no one would mistakenly call this beer sweet.

The sourness/bitterness of the coffee really upends the mouthfeel for me. I do find it more enjoyable as it warms, though.

This, as many stouts, suffers in the drinkability department for me. It is certainly a sipper and the strength of the coffee makes me more likely to have enjoyed a 12oz better, if there was such a thing.

Overall a solid offering, I'd be interested to try the chocolate version, maybe it would add a little sweetness.

Photo of harrymel
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled march 2010.
Dark beer with little translucence. Initial mocha head dues quickly to retained small film. Smells of lots of cocoa, coffee, vanilla and oak (not as pronouced as anticipated). Taste is of coffee and yeti. Nice mouthfeel. Velvety. Finish is long and hard.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a taster glass.

Pours a very dark black with a smalldark brown head. Nose is amazing, coffee oak and chocolate.

Taste is just as good, dry and bitter and creamy with lots of espresso highlights. Super creamy and rich, very drinkable.

Photo of thedoubler55
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Poured into a tulip

A: Pitch black in color, that leaves a coffee color head, that leaves nice lacing around the glass

S: Smell is complete espresso, with some hints of booze, but the notes are like being in a starbucks, great smell if your a coffee lover!

T: Almost same as the nose, strong hints of dark chocolate malts and taste of espresso on the tail end, not to much booze taste on this one.

M: Full body, and very sticky.

D: Definitely a great stout, would love to have this one again!

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

I poured this one from a brown bomber bottle into a straight-sided Imperial pint glass.

A= At cellar temp this ale poured jet black with mahogany highlights and a 1.5" dark tan head. The head settled to a skim, but left huge sheets of sticky lace down my glass. Good color and amazing lace.

S= Lots of dark roastiness going on in the nose, with wood, coffee, chocolate, and woody/earthy hops all making an appearance.

T= Started off with a short but balanced battle of sweet malts, chocolate, and roasty darker grains before the espresso kicked in to tip things into the land of roasty bitterness. The oak added a woody dryness that was pleasant and well placed to emphasize the other flavors. The hops came in about halfway and were quite bitter but not out of hand when placed against the other ingredients. Bitterness was firm and hop flavor was earthy and woody (I'd be surprised if there were no English hops in this beer). Finished very dry and roasty with a lingering sense of the wood barrel on my tongue.

MF= Full bodied with a moderate carbonation level that was there but sort of overwhelmed by the heft of this beer. Smooth mouthfeel.

D= Very easy to drink despite the ABV. It took me awhile to grab one of these (maybe I was annoyed by the hype?) but I am glad I finally tried this. I will be buying more for sure, and I think this would be a great candidate for aging.

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

Bottled 12/13/10 ~ Poured into a goblet

Appearance- The pour is almost jet black with a creamy one finger dark tan head. No light enters the glass. Good sticky lacing is left behind throughout the drink.

Smell- Dark roasted malts, bitter coffee and earthy hop notes. Chocolate and oak.

Taste- This is incredibly smooth, now lets pick it apart. Roasted malts and chocolate start things off leading into the coffee notes. The coffee addition is slightly bitter and there is a faint piney presance. The oakyness and a hint of vanilla from the oak chips shows up on the finish. Lingering coffee taste, very nice.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied with ample carbonation, not allowing this to become too thick. Very creamy. Abv's hid nicely.

Overall- Great beer, another solid variation of the Yeti. Great Divide can do no wrong with this series! DO NOT age this one, the coffee, which makes this one unique, will fade.

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

This is one interesting beer. I tried this one out of the bottle. This was my first great divide experience and I will definitely try some of there other offerings. The Yeti poured out very dark brown with nice lasting head, hewed somewhat reddish brown. The beer presents a very strong aroma of coffee, toasted malt, and alcohol. Upon first taste I was initially overwhelmed by the coffee, but found the flavor to be much more complex after additional sips. The bitterness of the coffee and roasted malt pervades but is accentuated by the slight oak flavor. The beer has a nice heavy mouth feel predominant in beers of this type. I enjoyed this beer, and even though not a coffee lover, can appreciate the great execution by great divide.

Photo of RossCain
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter from a year old bottle dated January 22nd, 2010:

A: Pours a thick, motor oil black with a matching thick viscosity as it drains from the bottle. Settles with a deep chocolate colored head which quickly retreats into a nice cap with a dense, grasping ring around the sides of the glass. Beautifully circular webs cling to the surface of the glass upon each sip. In all, a very delectable presentation for a stout.

S: Milk chocolate upfront with an undertone of roast espresso bean. There exists a deep, roasty profile with a remarkable, faint nuance of sweetness. As the beer warms, the earthy aroma of fresh roast coffee beans comes to the forefront with just a touch of vanilla been.

T: This beer was certainly a treat. A robust and full roast espresso bean flavor washes over the palate weaved with moderate complexities of vanilla bean and dark chocolate making cameos in the flavor profile. An extremely well balanced and full flavor graces the palate finishing with deliciously semi-sweet notes of chocolate malts and a coffee like earthiness from the oak and espresso chips. The experience for the palate is uniquely enjoyable for such a heavy feeling beer; upfront, you may think you are in for a bite in the finish for such robust flavors being present but instead you are surprised by a pleasant, slow fade of mild sweetness that just melts off of the palate.

M: Viscous, creamy, smooth, and full bodied brew that simply fills the mouth upon sip. Lingers like a strong coffee on the palate without the pronounced bitters. Completely innocuous alcohol bite.

D: I was thoroughly impressed with the Espresso Oak Aged Yeti. For such a flavorful and thick beer, it just danced upon my taste buds and left me wanting more without wearing my palate down; I had no trouble finishing the bottle. To note as well, the western style omelet I was eating with it paired perfectly. All in all, this is a very well crafted Imperial Stout that I will be revisiting.

Photo of RB07OSU
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My full review and pictures of the appearance and lacing is linked at the bottom, fresh off the tap to enhance the experience. Plus a poll so you can give feedback on your impressions. Blog is linked back to beeradvocate reviews.

Appearance: Deep copper head, with no daylight coming through. Deep black coloration.

Aroma: The espresso is certainly dominant, certainly has a breakfast hint to it. Vanilla and slightly smoked notes are discernible.

Taste: Intense espresso flavor. Very roasty, rich and malty. Hoppy, but subtle. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and very complex along the way.

Lacing: Uneven spiral down the glass, but pretty. The lacing is solid.

Finish: Surprisingly smooth considering the bold body. You get more of the oak-barrel flavor and vanilla notes prevailing in the end, which counteracts the intial hoppy character.

Overall: This is simply a fantastic beer. This certainly cracks my top 10 beers that I have had (I've tried many). The beer is very complex overall and has a high ABV, yet the alcohol is masked and the more interesting characteristics are prevalent in the body and finish. There really aren't many weaknesses in this beer, minus a slightly over the top espresso aroma. Still, this beer is a must have and I would order it every time.

http://taylor1805.wordpress.com/2011/01/29/saturday-stout-review/

Photo of rrski198
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Done from brief notes at a beer festival

A: Nice big red head. Jet black and pretty.

S: Here we go. Outstanding espresso smell. Breakfast stout anyone? Spent coffee, burnt sugar, burnt malt, dark chocolate.

T: Bitter coffee up front and spicy hops at the back of the tongue. Malt tastes burnt and delicious.

M: Low carbonation. Incredebaly bitter. Mouth puckers and the booze has warmed my gums. My mouth is coated in spent coffee grounds.

D: A quality offering. Could have used a little more sweetness to balance the bitterness but overall, very, very good.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had this bottle for at least 6 months in my lagering cooler, so it should be nice and settled out and hopefully ready to go.

Appearance: Pours black as night with a solid 1/4" of tan foam on top that was made up of small creamy bubbles. They are already leaving lace on the glass and the foam has only started to fall. Thick stuff, no doubt.

Aroma: I initially got lots of yummy stout aromas with the obvious addition of the espresso, which is adding not only the expected coffee notes, but also a really nutty aromatic that is definitely foreign for this beer...but very nice. Beyond this, there is chocolate and cocoa and just about anything else nice that you get in an imperial stout. The beer is pretty cold right now, but I don't really get a whole lot of the oak aging like I have in previous versions.

Taste: The flavor is much more mild than I expected from the aroma. It is still nutty and a serious stout, but it is much more drinkable than I expected. I expected it to be a bit syrupy on the palate with the obvious sweetness in the nose, however, the beer is well attenuated with the flavors supporting the overall mouthfeel and alcohol etc. It is so smooth on the palate, I really don't get the espresso until late after the sip mixed with the alcohol in the finish. The beer is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation for the style.

Opinion: This is a really good beer. This particular blend of Yeti is much more subtle than their other versions. They obviously have a winner with this line of beers, and this one is no exception. I would have liked the espresso to be a bit more noticeable in the flavor, but that is a fine line to walk to not over-do you with roast. I think that they played it on the safe side with this one. I would probably drink some of the others over this particular one, but this is still a damn good beer and I am thoroughly enjoying my glass.

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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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