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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,106 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,106
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 224
Gots: 589 | FT: 41
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 05-16-2008)
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Photo of CampusCrew
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: creamy froth deep dark brown, nearly ebony color

smell: deep dark roasted coffee and subtle dark chocolate.

taste: a heavy dose of black coffee, rich and heavy roasted barley

mouthfeel: medium to full bodied

drinkability: another solid beer from Great Divide and another top notch Yeti

CampusCrew, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of darklordlager
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gouden Carolus chalice: Bottled on February 13th 2009.

Midnight black, with a lively chocolate-powder colored head that springs up. Some serious lacing as it gives a bit, forming a velvet layer on top.

The smell is a barrage of different things. Chiefly--chocolate, molasses, vanilla, and espresso. As it warms up, a toasty smell of fresh-roasted coffee beans emerges to greet the nose. The coffee scent then proceeds to drown out most other aromas, besides a lingering vanilla sweetness.

Taste is a bit different than expected- Much more dark fruit than the smell, with a strong espresso flavour. (I wonder how up-front it was right after bottling.) Chocolate is still in there, although it plays more into the background and works its way into the long and pleasant aftertaste. Alcohol is present, although it only adds a nice complexity to the product. Vanilla pokes its way through near the end as well. As it warms--reminiscient of smooth creamy fudge.

Mouthfeel--silky, rich. A bit chewy but not unpleasant.

Drinkability
A fine beer for a special occasion. I wasn't planning on opening this, but it's the holidays, right?

darklordlager, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - like a snifter of super dark roast espresso with a fluffy coffee colored head that is thick like waffle batter! I could float more beer on top of this I think. Great looking pour!

Aroma - dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee beans, vanilla beans, burnt coffee, burnt sugar and something akin to buttermilk or toffee. Plenty of the earthy oaky smells are also apparent.

Taste - lots of the vanilla from the oak comes out right away along with the big malty flavors followed by a very distinct bitter coffee aftertaste that stays on your tongue until you wash it away with another sip. Bold roasty and toasty flavors, this is some very rich stuff with a nice coffee aspect to it.

Overall - bitter, black and slightly mysterious. This Yeti packs a unique coffee punch and also delivers quite a few "deja vu" Yeti flavors.

Would I buy more of it? - Definitely, unless they came out with some other Yeti varieties in which case I'd have to try them first.

indiapaleale, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of rpstevens
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a dogfish head signature glass. The pour yields a deep brown-to-black body that lets no light through. There is a thick three finger frothing mocha head that fizzles and leaves behind a sticky, oily lacing on the walls of the glass.

The fist sniff of the beer is full of chocolate, but upon second smell (and everyone thereafter) there is a ton of smooth, roasted espresso. The chocolate is lurking underneath, as well as hints of wood, toffee and vanilla. As the beer warms there is a definite licorice component as well.

The flavor is full of deeply roasted strong coffee, followed by the subtle hints of wood and a fairly strong blend of dark chocolate with a little bit of coconut. The coffee flavors go right up to the boundary of over-roasted burntness, but stop short and give way to crisp freshly cut grassy hops very briefly. The hops complement the roasted espresso flavors and the oak barrel nicely. The finish is a blast of coffee flavor that lingers long after the beer is swallowed.

The beer is full bodied, roasty and smooth. The alcohol is well hidden by the flavors and accentuates the beer's flavors nicely. Overall this is a very good imperial stout that I will happily revisit.

rpstevens, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of soupyman10
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Couldn't miss out on a variation of the always delicious Yeti. This was no exception, although it was certainly quite a different beer than the more traditional versions. Deep brown with a perfect tan head that sits around. Big coffee and chocolate in the nose, with a touch of roasted malt. Likewise in the flavors, with the roasted malt mixing nicely with some quieter hops underneath all that giant mocha. Feel is thick and full, sort of a mix of creamy and oily. Nice. Overall, this one was excellent, would love to try it in a bottle that had been ageing.

soupyman10, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of adamette
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Live review. Poured from the 1 pint, 6 fl. oz bottle that I bought at Siciliano's in Grand Rapids, MI for $11.49 during a recent trip there. I remember loving standard Yeti and so I was excited to find this one. Label mentions: BOTTLED ON: MAR 06 2009. 9.5% ABV. Poured into my gold rimmed Brewery Ommegang labeled Westvleteren style goblet. The label features a sillouhette of a Yeti (like the others) holding a coffee cup. That is pretty cool. I also like the "Great Minds Drink Alike" cap under the gold foil cover.

A The look of the entire "Yeti" line has been great. This version's look returns to the greatness that I recall from the standard Yeti in that there is actually a dark brown, super creamy head over an oil black body. The lacing that is left on the inside of the glass is significant as well. It cannot be improved in my opinion. 5.0

S I do smell espresso but also I perceive chocolate. It actually smells like a mocha java with some dark roast malt. I do not smell alcohol (like I did in other versions of Yeti) and that is welcome. This beer actually has a smell that is very close to some of my favorite chocolate based Stouts such as Southern Tier Choklat. Overall the smell is sweet, inviting and deep and interesting. 4.5

T Really great deep dark roast coffee and malt taste with the taste of chunks of chocolate. I don't taste any alcohol but the warmth that bubbles up from underneath tells me that it is indeed there. Dark roast malt is what lingers into the aftertaste but the alcohol taste is again not there. Just great! 5.0

M Big, huge creamy head contributes to a soft, creamy feel but there is a kick of hops and possibly the dark roast malt (kind of like dark chocolate has an edge to it) that keeps this from having the feel of a chocolate milk shake. I really like the feel of this beer since it is really fitting to what was promised by the label...A big, fat coffee, oak, Imperial Stout. 4.5

D Only fair. This is a huge beer that should be savored and sipped and could easily have been shared with another person. 3.0

Notes: The Espresso, unlike the slightly thin and disappointing Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, delivers on all of its promises and presents as a huge, satisfying beer.

adamette, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of AltBock
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber bottle with a recycled paper label and a tight gold foil over the cap. It's a basic label with the name of the beer in coffee grind colored letters and a small silhouette of the Yeti with a coffee mug in his hands. To the left is a description of the beer, another picture of the Yeti, and food pairings. To the right is all the mandatory US information and a stamped bottle on date at the bottom. My bottle was bottled on February 13, 2009 which happened to be one of the year's Friday the 13th.

Appearance: Because this was an Imperial Stout and since it was bottled on Friday the 13th, I had no other choice to pour this beer into my Maudite Snifter. Have you ever been to a coffee house before and ordered either an espresso or black coffee. Good! Take that pitch black color and up it 2 shades of black and you got the color of this beer. It's so black in color that if you hold up to the light, all you're going to see is a reflection of yourself in the glass. Light can and will not penetrate this beer's solid pitch black color. Sitting on top of this beer was a thick and creamy 1 1/2 inch dark mocha head of foam. This thick head of foam had some nice slow retention that left behind a thin mocha film and a hand full of tiny blots of lace around the glass. Solid black in color with a good head head of foam. Not much more you can ask for from a Coffee Imperial Stout appearance.

Smell: Great Divide wasn't joking around when they said this was an Espresso Aged Imperial Stout. Straight out of the barrel was the strong aroma of dark roasted espresso beans. Not only was there espresso beans, but I swear I smelled some coffee beans lurking behind the espresso beans. Following the coffee and espresso beans and equally as strong was the scent of dark roasted malts. After my nose got passed the malts, I was able to pick out some bitter dark chocolate, black cherry, a gentle touch of plum, charred oak, and a subtle whiff of vanilla toward the back. The beer had one of those aromas where you could stick your nose in it again and again and it will never get boring. A pleasure to smell!

Taste: This Imperial Stout was dark, thick, chewy, and roasted like the appearance and aroma. That would have been great if it didn't taste like the dark roasted malts and the bitter dark chocolate weren't jealous of the espresso and coffee beans. They didn't like they got top billeting so the chocolate and malts tied up the espresso and coffee and shoved them into a closet. The beans were able to see a little sunshine, but not as much as they saw in the aroma. Besides those 4 tastes, there was also the taste of charred oak, a touch of black cherry, and like the aroma, the taste finishes up with a hint of vanilla. Toward the bottom of the glass, the roasted coffee beans were able to escape the closet and show themselves to your taste buds. To me, it was a little too late.

Mouthfeel: This was a light bodied beer with a faint roasted aftertaste of malts and chocolate. if you believe that, then you're the one that believes that the Yeti owns a condo in Florida. This was a full bodied Imperial Stout with a low level of carbonation and a bitter and roasted aftertaste. It was bitter and roasted with dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, roasted espresso beans, roasted coffee beans, charred oak, and a speck of vanilla. This aftertaste will linger on for a few minutes and then it will decide to pack up it's espresso and coffee beans and leave.

Drinkability: If you like the regular and Oak Aged Yeti, then you should like this version of the Yeti. If you can't find this beer, grab an Oak Aged and add more chocolate and coffee to the mix and you got this beer. It was a good beer, but it was a little disappointing in the taste. Damn you chocolate and malts! It was fun to try, but I'd still rather have an Oak Aged Yeti.

AltBock, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of Damian
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fl oz/650 ml bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA
Bottled on Feb 13 2009
Served in a snifter

The beer poured slightly thinner than anticipated, near pitch black with a three-finger, creamy, bubbly, crimson-tinged, saddle brown head. Over time, the head faded to a frothy mass of bubbles.

The aroma was rich and enticing. Semi-sweet chocolate dominated the nose. As the beer warmed, the chocolate notes became sweeter, taking on an almost hot fudge-like character. Roasty and a touch smoky. Brown sugar and vanilla notes were also apparent.

The taste was vastly different from the aroma. Super roasty, ashy and dry. Slightly acrid. Burnt coffee came to mind. Piney, pithy, citrusy hops hit hard right off the bat. The ashiness once again appeared in the bitter and dry finish. Espresso and oak flavors were unfortunately non-factors in the flavor.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied for the style. Creamy and smooth with a crisp effervescence. From a textural standpoint, the beer was definitely not as "big" as I anticipated.

This beer was somewhat of a disappointment. With a name like "Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout," one would epect espresso and oak to be front and center in both the aroma and the flavor. Unfortunately, I found them to be practically non-existant. Furthermore, it seemed that the citrusy, American-style hops were definitely overdone. All in all, this beer seemed a bit "rough around the edges." I would however love to revisit it again after a few years of ageing.

Damian, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of generalnotsew
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick, thick cocoa head. Took 4 pours to fill oversized wine glass. Lacing is very heavy and sparkling like it has diamonds in it. Could be because I don't usually drink beer 10 am.

S: Burnt coffee and strong chocolate notes.

T: Beautiful sweet chocolate taste that does overpower the coffee just enough to edge it out into the sweet and malty side. Bit of a hop bite in the aftertaste but more coffee aftertaste than anything.

M: Nice carbonation. Better than most RIS as this one just seems thicker to me than most.

D: I could drink on this stuff all day. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Maybe even midnight snack.

My first oak aged brew and it didn't disappoint at all. This edges out Old Raspy and Founders IMO. If you are a fan of the style then I highly recommend this.

generalnotsew, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of Mauerhan
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed during one of my dark passenger sundays. Dark beer and dexter...awesome. Reviewed from notes.

A rich thick viscus pour black. No light penetration . Moderately aggressive pour produces a big one and a half finger mocha colored head. Leaves a few decent sheets of thin bubbles down the sides of my brewery tulip. Looks good.

Smell is full of cocoa and coffee beans. Not as much coffee as I was expecting but I am still very happy with the smell coming off of this. Some subtle oak whiffs here and there.

Taste is great. More chocolate up front, syrupy and sweet thick and full finishing off with a nice rich espresso ending. This beer has exceeded my expectations by miles.

easy to drink. by far my favorite yeti that i have had to date.

Mauerhan, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of mothman
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my celebration beer after getting through a rather tough real analysis exam! Been looking forward to this one for awhile now.

Poured into Smokestack chalice.

This beer is extremely thick, just like yeti. Motor oil black. Nice 1 finger of dark tanish head with a orange hue to it. Good retention and leaves very nice lace walls down the glass.

Aroma: Tons of espresso and coffee, probably the most I have experienced in a beer. Chocolate, roasted malts, the vanilla and oak add a nice touch to this. Some sugary caramel as well. A ton of earthy hops balance it out nice.

Taste: The component that sticks out to me the most here is a huge syrupy taste with a ton of roasted malts. Then comes to coffee, espresso, and earthy hops with some chocolate and caramel on the side. It is good, but it has to much of a syrupy taste to it.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but creamy and a little crisp. Huge bodied beer, very thick. Medium to high level of carbonation. A little booze sneaks through here. Ends with a big sticky espresso flavored aftertaste.

Overall, I like this beer, but it could have been a bit better if it weren't so syrupy flavored. This thing is big and I recommend splitting it with a buddy. I will have a hard time getting through this bomber, but I think I will be able to do it.

mothman, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of pwoods
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kels for sharing this.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a snifter. Notes.

A: Pitch black, solid viscosity. 2+ finger head, dark mocha with great retention. Some lacing.

S: Plenty of dark coffee/espresso. Powdery cocoa and plenty of alcohol. Roasty.

T/M: Very roasty and loads of bitter espresso. Loads of lasting bitterness from the sharp espresso. More powdery cocoa. body is medium full with decent carbonation. Dry and bitter.

D: bomber was split between 3 people and mine share was enough. Nice after dinner drink, though.

pwoods, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of hckyfn9999
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a thick chocolate colored head. There is great retention of the head, and as it slowly disappears it leaves sheets of thick lace. Aroma is of roasted malt, dark chocolate, fresh roasted espresso, oak, vanilla, and a bit of dark fruit.

This beer presents a lot of roasted malt up front, with some sweet chocolate, giving way to plenty of coffee flavor along with a touch of oak on the finish, with an espresso-like bitterness on the finish. There is a nice balance from the bitterness of the roasted malt and coffee and the sweetness in this beer. This is a delicious beer. I would prefer a little thicker mouthfeel but its by no means bad. This is right up there with Peche Mortel and Founders Breakfast Stout for me, maybe just a notch below. Its a terrific coffee stout.

hckyfn9999, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of marvin213
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black, bold and beautiful, this big stout has head that initially looks black. The cap has hoppy-retention staying power, and it looks fittingly like a cold coffee. It's intriguing and mysterious. Though I find little fault with the looks of the liquid, world-class beers shouldn't have cheap aluminum wrappers on top.

The coffee isn't as strong in the nose as it looks to the eye. Roasted malts certainly make a presence, as does the oak. I know there's a chocolate-version Yeti, but I detect some chocolate on the nose of this one. Based on the look, however, the smell is disappointingly tame.

Robust malts precede a ground espresso aftertaste. Again, I sense some chocolate. Oak lingers in the background of every sip. The espresso-hop combination offers a terrific bittering effect. It adds warmness without the pungent sting of excessive alcohol. Still, it tastes medicinal. The robust chocolate malt flavor collides with a hop-bombed coffee like artificial additives to a child's cough syrup. This beer is ethanol with a plethora of added flavor.

Espresso and malts make for a wonderfully warm mouthfeel. They coat the palate with goodness. Though the oak is present and enjoyable, it's tough to find its purpose. Where normally oak provides a medium for liquid, this beer's got too much going on for oak to offer significant influence. As chocolately as this one is, it certainly makes me curious about the chocolate version....

Drinkability is pretty good. It's good medicine with flavor. The coffee imparts some limitations, as do the bittering hops, but this beverage is really a uniquely balanced combination of a bunch of good beer stuff. Though not complex enough to be all that sought after, it's a quality-enough bottle to pick up when available.

marvin213, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of Dotcubed
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As an occasional espresso consumer & coffee nerd I felt this was something I needed to try before cellaring one.
I'm running out of space the allotted me in the apartment.

Bottle dated Feb. 2009
Inky Black. Decent retention. Creamy sticky foam.

Smells of chocolaty coffee.

Decadently bitter. A coffee version IPA?

First sip filled with the promise of a caffeine buzz. A bit Chalky.
Hints of Grapefruit and bold coffee flavor. Warming heat from some alcohol. May become less hot over time.

Begs to be paired with eggs, bacon.
This would really make the perfect english breakfast.

Dotcubed, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of Deuane
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Deep black with large mocha tan head that reduces to a thin cap and leaves nice lacing.

S-Take oak aged Yeti and add coffee. The addition makes it even better! Chocolate and coffee aromas swirl in a dance of decadence.

T-Sweet chocolate malt and bitter coffee with balancing astringency from the oak. Never becomes too sweet nor too dry and bitter. Great balance.

M-Medium-heavy body with nice lingering flavours and drying finish.

D-This is one of the most impressive coffee infused RIS's I have ever had. Simply awesome. Take oak-aged Yeti and crank it up to eleven!

Deuane, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of blackjack000
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into goblet.

Appearance: Dark, dark, fertile earth black. The head is a beautiful burnt caramel, which lazily clings to the glass.

Smell: Dark roasted coffee beans, crumbled baker's chocolate, and molasses.

Taste: Bitter, roasted coffee beans and baker's chocolate. Almost exactly mirrors the aroma. It's such a perfect and bold mixture of the coffee, bitter chocolate, and molasses flavors, with a touch of hops twang to keep it from dredging too far--balanced with a heavy emphasis on roastiness.

blackjack000, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of bobsy
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This had been on my wants for a while, so a big thanks to ritzkiss for pulling it out of his endless stash of coffee flavoured stouts.

Pours a pitch black with a thick mocha head. The retention is excellent and it leaves behind sheets of lace. A first class appearance worthy of an emperor. The aroma goes heavy on the espresso, but also marries it perfectly to chocolate, dark fruit and grapefruit. This perfect marriage is also found in the flavour - a shot or two of espresso, bittersweet chocolate and light citrus in the finish. Its rich, thick and heavy in flavour. Surprisingly I don't find much of the vanilla that I do in the regular oaked version. Body and carbonation are medium.

I liked this a lot, though I'd probably stick to the regular oak aged in the future.

bobsy, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of sprucetip
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Pours black, modest mocha head fades to ring, thick lacing. SMELL coffee, roasty, woody, malty, alc heat. Nice, but took some swirling to get much. Probably more if I'd let it warm longer. TASTE is roasty, woody, coffee, modest hop bitterness, chocolate, vanilla, hint of sweetness. Very smooth and complex. Delicious. FEEL thick, rich, creamy, viscous and smooth. Finishes clean. OVERALL wicked delicious, one of the best of the style.

sprucetip, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of aewinte1
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours black like a typical stout with larger than average, fluffy, 2.5" head
S- Smells strongly of chocolate, followed by coffee. I would expect the coffee aroma to be stronger, but that chocolate scent really comes through. Smells almost like milk chocolate like ST Mokah. Seems like this one will be very sweet.
T- Taste somewhat follows the scent. Chocolate and coffee. Thought it would be super sweet, but the oak chips add an earthy tone that helps balance it out. The oak flavor is definitely very subtle, but does just enough to balance out what would be a super sweet beer.
M- Mouthfeel is good, but nothing really jumps out about it. Not too thick, not terribly thin. Wouldn't mind if it was a little thicker.
D- Alcohol is excellently masked and hardly detectable. If it weren't for the price tag, I could drink this a bunch.

aewinte1, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of diechipmunk
2.88/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I expected great things, but was disappointed. I like big stouts and coffee/chocolate is usually good.

The aroma was OK, but nothing mouth watering. I didn't get much coffee scent, I could pick it out if I tried. The chocolate was there.

Poured into a pint glass. It was black with 3 fingers of head. Looked great.

The taste was disappointing. Lead off was a heavy dose of sweetness, similar to ST Choklat, sweet, but not as rich or balanced. The middle was kind of bland, the sweet faded rapidly to be followed up by a sharply contrasting bitterness; not at all complimentary IMO.

I took it out of the fridge an hour before serving, I though that would be enough. As it continued to warm up after another hour in the glass, the espresso presented itself a bit more, still not all that much.

Not to keen on the drinkability. I never did get used to the stark contrast between big sweet start and huge bitter finish, with the hole in the middle.

diechipmunk, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of maximum12
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I haven't tried much Yeti yet. Too much trading, too little sampling what's available around here. Time to start remedying that sad, sad situation. Although it has a tough act to follow after a couple short pours of Hands of Doom with dinner...

Black. Why must we judge the appearance of a stout? All the damn things are black as a monkey's asshole. Smells promisingly yummy, like a melting Herschey's Kiss.

The Espresso character of the Yeti is surprisingly subdued. Lush, rich chocolate is predominant, assisted by roasted malts, all wound up in a flourishing finish of mild espresso notes. The espresso serves as a tonic rather than the gin, which makes this a far more drinkable, warm, welcoming brew than many coffee infused beers.

The chocolate makes this rich & smooth, not to mention rich & smooth. And full. Did I mention rich? This is the most chocolatey drink I've had without it being sickeningly sweet. The balance here is exquisite. For a big stout I could take this on for a while.

Excellent brew. I need to haul my ass hither to sample some more Yeti. And someone needs to send me the BA version, pronto!

maximum12, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of Floydster
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge sample poured for free at the brewery before the Rockies game, these brewers were very generous and I had an awesome time at their facility, reviewed from my notepad, color is pretty much black, one inch foamy brown head, aroma consists of coffee, wood, dark cocoa, and roastiness, starts off with a big dry espresso taste, fades into some sweeter but roasty malts in the finish, warms up with more oak and maltiness coming to the surface, full bodied, soft to medium carbonation, could probably finish a bomber, it is a big beer but alcohol is hidden well, smooth for having coffee in it, I enjoy Yeti by itself and the coffee component made it even better in ways, glad they experimented with aging this beer in different ways, would drink again, worth trying

Floydster, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of jt31914
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. Bottle:

A: 2 1/2 fingers of head - carbonation is clear and doesn't dissipate quickly. This beer is dark as night, it is clearly an Imperial Stout. The head is even a nice dark brown color.

S: Great smell - espresso at the front with a slight hint of chocolate mixed in; faint alcohol in the mix. This smell is phenomenal - Great Divide mixed the odors perfectly.

T: Strong notes of coffee with hints of oak on finish. Phenomenal finish - smooth and creamy as it goes down; very drinkable for an Imperial. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but doesn't hurt the overall flavor of the beer (it is stronger when it hits the palate and fades through the finish).

M: Malty, smooth, and creamy.

Great beer, the vanilla wasn't as noticeable as I expected; still overall very good.

D: Surprisingly drinkable for how heavy this beer is. One is quite enjoyable and having more doesn't seem unfathomable.

jt31914, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep dark nearly fully black but some brown highlights notes. Small, quickly disapearing khaki head, decent lacing.

S: Medium roasted espresso, bittersweet chocolate. Oak trails in the rear.

T: Follows the scent with medium roasted espresso, bittersweet chocolate... oak and vanilla in the rear. Some brown sugar/maple syrup like sweetness.

M: Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, silky smooth, non coating, nice mellow oaky aftertaste

D: Definitely better than the chocolate which lacked a full flavor profile. THe esspresso is muted compared to other coffee beers. Complex and smooth enough to enjoy more.

rfgetz, Sep 21, 2009
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,106 ratings.