1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutEspresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,209 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,209
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 249
Gots: 628 | FT: 43
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John_M on 05-16-2008

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,209 | Reviews: 974 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Darien
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coats your mouth and makes your upper lip a little sticky

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is one of my all-time favorite beers.

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

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

full body, creamy mouthfeel almost milky with nice carbonation.

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of flipper2gv
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at Mondial de la bière 2010 in Montreal without any notes, so this is from pure memory so the review can be somewhat inaccurate.

A: Was very dark with moka like head, creamy good level. Retention was ok and had nice lacing.

S: Lots of coffee notes (d'uh!) with dark chocolate. Also had a nice level of dark fruits and raisins. Oak and vanilla are also there with some maple syrup. Overall much more fruity than what I expected from an oak aged espresso stout.

T: Same as smell, really...

M: Was thick but not overwhelming. Nice medium to low carbonation. Really what you'd expect.

D: Balanced brew and quite complex. Could be good to have quite a lot of it.

Photo of zoolzoo
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, almost black. I need to start thinking of new ways to describe the appearance of stouts....nice khaki head anyway.

S: First whiff is like sticking your nose into a burlap sack of fresh coffee beans. Further investigation reveals the usual suspects consisting of chocolate, oak, and a bit of vanilla. A tinge of hop bitterness that is almost but not quite fruity reminds me that this is after all, Yeti.

T: Oak is especially noticeable up front, and espresso bean/hop presence rounds out the entire palate with bitterness, especially in the back of the tongue. Chocolate malt appears mid palate before fading back into a familiar bitterness. I'm getting a charred/smokey overall impression - the flavors are quite rich and balanced.

M/D: Mouthfeel is smooth, carbonation is low. An excellent coffee stout.

Photo of Xul
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark brown but not quite black, capped by a two finger, rich brown head. Retention is good for style/ABV and a good deal of lacing is left on the glass. Not sure how an imperial stout could really look any better.

S: Strong espresso right off the bat, along with a heavy dark chocolate character. Vanilla comes through in the background along with oak and some dark fruits. Enjoyable smell, but somewhat lacking in complexity.

T: Espresso up front, strong but not as overwhelming as the nose. Dark chocolate and vanilla follow, along with oak and toffee. Some light roastiness lurks in the background along with some dark cherries. As the sip finishes, the coffee presents a bittering counterpoint to the generally sweet flavors, finishing with a balance of light bitterness and sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with low/moderate carbonation. Would benefit from being thicker and chewier.

D: The ABV is well hidden and it goes down remarkably smooth...as usual, I'm left wishing that Great Divide was available in San Diego.

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a ChurchKey becher.

I knew I'd find Bigfoot (or, at least, his Asiatic cousin) in DC! I mean, how many other elusive hairy beasts reside here? (Now that's good- er...actually pretty crappy political commentary. Sorry. I'll try harder next time.) Regardless, I was pleasantly surprised to find this cryptozoologically-inspired brew on tap here at CK. It pours pitch darkness into the glass, with a sad excuse for a dirty bubbly head. (Apparently one of Mermaid Man's nemeses procreated and settled atop my beer.) The smell is of darkly roasted coffee (I know, I'm shocked too), chocolate, and a tiny bit o' smoked oak. The full picture is of an espresso machine powered by a camper's stone-ringed fire. (Clearly, I have no idea how an espresso machine works.) When the 'buds get at it, the coffee lightens up a bit, apparently loosened by that tactfully tasteful joke. The chocolate comes back, followed by some cream (half-and-half, I think), dark malts, and some o' that oak from before, only lighter and sans fumee. The body is heavy, but lighter than other hefty brews'. The carbonation is moderate at best, and a slight coating is found along my mouth's walls, allowing a bit o' aftertatse to linger a spell. Now, if only this ape-like creature weren't so damn elusive...

Photo of beertunes
3.28/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Bottled Mar 19, 2010. Poured into 10oz glass. I just reviewed the Oak-Aged Yeti yesterday and most of what I said about that applies here. The obvious difference is the espresso. I don't like coffee so this brew had a built in disadvantage.

All the big flavors that I liked about the OAY are here, they are just overwhelmed by the dominant coffee. The finish was bitter due to the coffee and those burnt flavors lingered.

If you like coffee beers, you'll love this. If not, just stick with the OAY.

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

Poured dark brown almost black, nice tan head the receded into a ring with some lacing.
Aroma dominated by the espresso with a hint of chocolate.
Taste is coffee / espresso with a very slight hint of oak.
Full body and smooth with some bitterness.
Very drinkable this is a very nice imperial stout from Great Divide.

Photo of ZebedeeDuBois
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this beer on tap, after a meal with some friends. We all agreed this was an exceptionally good tasting drink.

Dark opaque pour, with an inch of brown foam.
The espresso comes through immediately in the smell and taste.
The feel is a rich creamy texture.
It is very smooth and drinkable.

The espresso flavor is authentic and rich.

Excellent following a meal. A real dessert. I am tempted to try it with ice cream.

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

Deep brown with thick tan head. Tons of lacing down the glass. Smells strongly of coffee and hints of the oak. Coffee is very up front in the taste, which nicely compliments the deep roasted malt. Extremely creamy and wonderful to drink. Perfect morning beer.

Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled at a recent gathering of some fellow beer lovers.

Dark black head, khaki foam.

Espresso and heat smells waif up from the glass.

Roasted coffee tastes, dry finish. Wood, chocolate thrown in.

Excellent beer, enjoyed on a hot day in the sun and it didnt seem out of place.

Photo of Stacy53
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great Divide- Espresso Oak Aged Yeti- Bottled on: 2/12/10
Just over 4 months old

A- Black all the way. Nice brown lacy head, does not stay long.

S- Deep dark chocolate and coffee smells. The smell is great.

T- Woody from the start. Espresso comes in midway and finished with another hit of the oak. I would have liked some more espresso with this one.

M- Full and smooth. A little bitter.

D- No question this one is drinkable, not much alcohol presence.

Photo of MrStark
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter glass.

Appearance is black which pours out thick leaving a frothy mocha/brown one finger head. It dissipates with in a minute or so leaving a thin cap.

Smell has espresso in it no doubt giving a nice coffee aroma with some hints of chocolate, vanilla and a good dose of malt. There is a mild hint of hops in the back as well.

Taste is nicely balanced, quite similar to the standard Oak aged Yeti but with a nice little edge with the espresso flavor. It has the same qualities of coffee, dark chocolate malt and the nice hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth. Pretty pleasant on the tongue but not the same thickness as the regular oak aged Yeti from what I recall.

Drinkability is fantastic. Quite a flavorful brew that goes down nice and easy. Just about on par with that standard oak aged Yeti and a great choice for the style I'd say. I would certainly have it again. Now I just need to find the chocolate version and I'll be set.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: Bomber bottle shared with a friend. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown to pretty much pitch black. Nice dark brown mocha head. Two fingers with good retention. Sticks nicely to the glass.

Aroma: Espresso notes really stand out here. There is also a good bit of dark chocolate, vanilla, and oak character to the brew.

Taste: Coffee beans and espresso notes dominate. Nice balance of sweetness and bitternes here. The vanilla and oak both compliment and don't overpower the espresso. Really smooth and nice sweet, chocolatey finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and really smooth. A bit flat and not as full as I would expect from a stout this big.

Drinkability: For its high ABV, this is really smooth and drinkable. After a glass, I didn't even taste any booze. Feels like 5.5-6% ABV. I could definitely have a couple of these in one sitting.

Overall, a really impressive and smooth stout. The flavors are well balanced and everything blends so well together. A really exceptional beer in my opinion.

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

Bomber split with the one and only beerwolf77, you are too kind. A relatively fresh bottle, bottled in February or March I think.

A- Pours a pitch black with a two finger mocha colored head that leaves great lacing on the side of the glass. The head leaves a small cap for the duration of the beer.

S- Big nose of espresso, heavy malt and some dark chocolate. No alcohol present what so ever. A small amount of toffee and molasses.

T- A pretty even amount of espresso and oak. Toasted malts and dark chocolate that is a little bitter. Pretty balanced in flavor with none really dominating the others.

M- Full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. A small amount of bitterness due to the espresso.

D- I was hoping for a little better of a coffee taste. The oak added nicely to this beer. I really want to try all the Yeti varieties.

Photo of Lolli1315
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass

A- An opaque black with less than a finger of a dark brown head that holds very well with nice lacing.

S-Roasted malts most prominent at the beginning as it changes to the coffee/espresso smell of the middle of the beer that is coupled with some dark chocolate. Mild amount of hops can be noticed as the back end of the beer changes more to a burnt coffee smell.

T- Subtle roasted malts begin the beer moving into the the dark chocolate and a slight taste of roasted coffee. Towards the end of the beer it moves into a harsh hop bitterness with some dark chocolate and burnt coffee beans. The bitterness lingers with little amount of alcohol noticeable. A little disappointed in the lack of coffee/espresso taste in this beer along with the harsh finish.

M- Thick, chewy body with moderate amounts of carbonation.

D- Harsh finish on this beer makes the drinkability suffer a little. Surely not hard to drink though.

Notes: Not my favorite Yeti offering and a little disappointed since I was looking forward to this one so much. Certainly worth a try though.

Photo of bashiba
3.46/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep dark brown with a thick latte colored head.
Lots of thick lacing all the way down

The nose is a bit subdued, a lot of smoke and black patent, a hint of dark chocolate.

The flavor is initially dominated by burnt grain and smoke. Some dark chocolate and strong espresso come through after a bit. It finishes with a ton of bitter green hops. The oak shows up at the tail end leaving a strange woody aftertaste.

The mouthfeel has a good body with a long oily hop finish that really starts to dry out as the oak takes hold.

The initial flavor is good and its drinkable, although on the extreme burnt and bitter side, but as I got to bottom of the glass the oak just became more and more apparent, and not in a good way. Found it almost hard to finish with the strong cloying oak finish.

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

Pours rich velvety dark brown with a cream tan head that leaves globs of sticky lacing.

Aroma is roasted dark grain and a pleasant chocolate sweetness.

Taste is more of the roasted dark grain along with caramel and toffee maltiness up front. Then sweetly smooth chocolate takes over for a moment before being eclipsed by a smokey charred grain bitterness that lingers on the tongue. The finish holds an unusual herbal-medical hop and massive oaky tannins that build unpleasantly as it warms.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, soft and smooth.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer at first, but when it warmed the oak flavor comes on so strong that it detracts of the rest of the flavor.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've recieved several of these from multiple trade partners so thanks to all you guys for hooking me up with this beer.

split and poured into my pint glass the beer is pitch black with about a finger of dark chocolate head. Thick webs of lace are left behind in the receding heads wake.

The aroma is full rich mochachino. A perfect blance of coffee and chocolate. The hops are fairly potent giving off a pungent pine aroma. Smoked roast malt is present as well with just atouch of camp fire.

The flavor is simialr to the nose although the hops come through a bit more pronounced. Like chocolate pine cones. Roasted malt and hints of camp fire start to really come on as it warms. Bitter dark chocolate finish.

Full viscous body. Mouth filling for sure. Light if any carbonation.

Overall a very good RIS. The Yeti series has yet to dissapoint me. I think the original Yeti is still my favorite but this one is a close second.

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

Grandeur! A style that has exploded into the heights of perfection; namely Goose Island and Founders. A wonderful interpretation; chocolatey crisp body, sweet frappacino cream center, mocha...no booze in sight, except for on my palate, which may skew. Vanilla Banilla touch? Excellent. Estupendo. I'd pop one with squemish macro folks....they'd dig it. Congratulatso.

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,209 ratings.