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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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world-class

3,016 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,016
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 206
Gots: 566 | FT: 41
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Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: John_M on 05-16-2008)
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KeefD

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks go out to IBUnit63 for this bottle. Very dark brown as it pours, jet black in the Darkness tulip, two finger mocha colored head, sticky rings of lacing. Dark chocolate aromas are prominent, light coffee and some oakiness. Taste is dark roasted coffee, nice, rich chocolate flavor, waves of burnt caramel, a good amount of oak woodiness and nice hop bite at the end, but not really sure if the bitterness is fromthe hops or the coffee. Rich espresso notes comes out greatly as it warms up. Alcohol is well hidden but becomes slightly warming as it reaches room temp. Creamy, thick, chewy, unbelievably smooth, light carbonation. Everything is great about this stout other than I get more dark chocolate notes out of the aroma than I do coffee. Tastes great, however, and the mouthfeel is extraordinary.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 17:47:02 | More by KeefD
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scifan

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very very thick, its a very dark chesnut brown with a huge brown head that leaves lots of lacing along the glass.
Smells almost purely of expresso, but also getting plently of dark chocolate, and some vanilla in there as well.
Taste as good as it smells, lots and lots of coffee flavors, with plenty of chocolatey malt goodness to back it up. Again getting some nice vanilla flavors, and nice woody oak at the end. This is a very complex beer.
Feels nice and creamy in the mouth, and I get a nice warming sensation in the back of the throat when swallowed from the nice abv. Great variation on an already great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 03:34:01 | More by scifan
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jraycee

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with a thick mocha colored head. Leaves heavy lacing.
Smells of chocolate, espresso, vanilla bean, pumpernickel.
Tastes of heavy espresso balanced against some sweet malts. I get the woody vanilla flavors in the aftertaste with sweet chocolate.
Perfectly smooth and not too heavy.
Very drinkable. another please!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 02:18:07 | More by jraycee
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srandycarter

California

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

A - Very opaque, great tan head, 1 inch thick. Lacing clings as it goes down to disk. Webby fun.

S - Musty dusty cocoa and coffee.

T - Mostly coffee, some bittered roasted malt.

M - Viscous, mouth covering, great carb, big beer with a pretty good balance.

D - For the style and bigness in both ABV and flavor, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 05:44:58 | More by srandycarter
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

G: Poured into a brandy snifter.

A: Dark as night with a nice, smooth, tan-colored espresso head.

S: Loads of espresso with some dark malt behind.

T: Overpowering espresso that is somehow balanced against the mild sweetness of the malt.

M: Heavenly. Sublimely creamy and the alcohol is hardly detectable.

D: Very, very drinkable. It's a hot, hot 86 degrees here in Chicago, and I still want more of this thick stout. Now that's an endorsement.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 01:40:14 | More by Thorpe429
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taylorhamrick

South Carolina

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

I had this one in the middle of a promotional liquor giveaway. I couldn't resist, even with free liquor around.

It looks just like I want an Imperial stout to look. Black, shiny, with a massive brown head. Poured into a small snifter. I could hardly see any highlights, though the lighting in the restaurant wasn't incredible (still daylight when consumed though, so not a problem). Nice looking. The smell was light on the coffee, very light on the wood (maybe it was too old to get the full force). There were some dried fruits, a tiny bit of sweetness, heavy on the roasted malts. The smell, without the oaking (which adds some vanilla and woody, earthy smells) and coffee (which enhances the roastiness) was about average, but the extra stuff pushes it beyond average. I kind of liked the smell, though it could be better. The taste was right on. I mean, everything was there, but the only drawback was just that the base was a little too estery (maybe a little too hot). There was coffee, vanilla, a tiny bit of wood, some decent sweetness (not quite enough, in my opinion), roast barley, everything. Wish there was a bit of bready sweetness. That is all I wanted. But I found that this had everything else I expect, in fact, it exceeds what the average person does by quite a bit. I mean, if I judge it along the others, it more than deserves the score, if I judge it by my own standards, it just about earns it. The wood and coffee help the mouthfeel, of course. This one doesn't cling like regular yeti, it isn't too harsh or rough, it's just nice and pleasant, a bit better than normal, but not incredible. I drank this one down rather quickly, and enjoyed it. I would ask everyone to try it, I mean, I wasn't a huge fan of the regular yeti, and if you weren't a fan, this was much better. Try it if you can (it may be too late now). worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2009 00:32:08 | More by taylorhamrick
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

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

Appearance - pours rich and black into the MJ tasting glass, perhaps my first sample in this vessel. Three fingers of chocolate mocha spring up and form quite a cake over the beer. It implodes in the center as it drops down, but leaves chunks and strings all over the glass like the inside of a pumpkin.

Aroma - roasty, toasty grains, a certain yet subtle backdrop of coffee, hints of chocolate syrup as well.

Taste - lots of charred grain at first, very dark character to the toastiness. That is slightly offset by some sweetness. That in turn segues into some hoppy florals mid-palate. Now the beer intensifies. Quite a Yeti-sized footprint of espresso on the swallow. It plays off of the hops, now turning bitter, and if you don't concentrate, you might forget to look for the barrel flavors, which are there but definitely not in force. Late post-swallow, alcohol warming kicks the coffee flavors back into gear along with some dark chocolate. The hops are a bit too lively at this stage for my tastes, but I'm anxious to see what some cellaring will do for this.

Mouthfeel - feels thick, and despite that heavy body, the carbonation is lively. Plenty smooth as well.

Drinkability - plenty to enjoy here; a complex beer with lots of 'flavor stations' to work through. Very nice. Big props to Gyle41386 and bhalter8 for hooking me with some of this. Thanks guys!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 02:59:21 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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woemad

Washington

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

22oz bomber purchased about a month ago at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $9.99. "Bottled on Feb 13 2009" according to the label.

Very good looking beer! Poured black, with a big, mocha-colored head that took some time dropping and left lots of lace.

Bitter, dark fruits jump out at the nose first. There are notes of dark chocolate, coffee (though not nearly as strong as I'd thought it would be from a beer whose name starts with "Espresso...")and booze. There's also a spiciness and an earthy scent.

The taste starts off with a velvety chocolate sweetness that is immediately paired up with a spicy hoppiness, dark fruit flavors and a roasty coffee bitterness. The espresso makes things a little acidic compared to many stouts, but not to an uncomfortable degree. In the background are oaky and vanilla flavors. Things end on a dry note.

Thick, coating, viscous mouthfeel to this one, which has a full body. Pretty much what one would expect for the style.

A very tasty dessert or nightcap beer. Not something I'd want to session but after dinner while watching a movie it's great!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 04:23:14 | More by woemad
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz single from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, Mar 06 2009 bottling date. Just this one and barrel aged Yeti to complete the tasting of all the varieties.

A: Extremely dark brown with cinnamon colored head, about half an inch thick after settling, pretty impressive retention on such a big beer. Big gobs of lacing on this one too. Completely opaque. Excellent looking big stout.

S: Coffee, chocolate milk, dark fruits, mostly plum, a few hints of vanilla, coffee is strong, definitely more of an espresso, which is appropriate given the name. Slightly boozey as well, hits all the notes just about right. As with all of these coffee beers, I'd like just a bit more coffee in the nose. Still excellent smelling though.

T: Initially the chocolate hits hardest, a few hints of brown sugar, and burnt toast/bread, big time roasted malt/coffee profile, almost acidic from the coffee profile, what was lacking in the nose is definitely compensated for in the mouth. Oak aging subdues the normally high IBU's that Yeti has. Slightly bitter, but it really comes more from coffee, there are a few citrus hints in the beer, but this one focuses on coffee and chocolate. Really tasty. I'm quite impressed. Nice oak/vanilla flavors as well. Great.

M: Fairly thick, extremely dry from the wood/coffee, sucks the moisture right out of my mouth. Booze is subdued and not nearly as hot as I had figured for a beer that is a little over 2 months old. Spot on.

D: Easy drinker, can you say hangover beer? This is the perfect morning after beer, I'm really impressed with this one. I wish I would have grabbed another bottle to age. Excellent beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 03:17:09 | More by pokesbeerdude
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, bottled feb 13, 2009. tasted in early april, 2009. poured into tulip.

opaque black, with brownish red tones on the edges when viewed under the light. very large head with hot cocoa color, fades to thin but constant layer. lacing is thin but consistent, all the way down.

oaky vanilla aroma and coffee with roasted malts. dried raspberry hint and trace of chocolate. earthy tones and whiffs of dried leaves, plus yet more coffee, with attendant whiffs of acidity.

bold burst of flavor on the palate, as a combination of all of the above, with touch of sweetness underlying the roasted malts. coffee goes into acidity and, with roast and hop, gives a moderate to bold bitterness. this clashes slightly however, with the vanilla and oak. also a touch of boozy alcohol.

medium body, not quite viscous. coffee astringency into the finish. moderate, creamy carbonation is lightly prickly upfront.

a bit too much going on, especially compared to the original oaked yeti, but still quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 07:01:58 | More by tai4ji2x
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bamadog

Kentucky

4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split with Pwoods and Kels on 5/10/09 -- gotta love the generosity :) Poured into snifter glasses from the bottle.

Appearance: Pours near black; no light coming through this at all; firm 1 1/2 finger head that is mocha colored; looks thick and viscous; a thin and spotty lacing holds slightly to the glass.

Smell: Strong scent of espresso (as there very well should be) and strong rich dark chocolate and well-roasted malts; I would dare say this is a deep dark fruit (perhaps cherry - like the original yeti?) buried in there; just a little smokey as well. The smell is making very excited to drink this.

Taste: Wow - pretty much dominated by the espresso factor (like ground up beans were stirred directly into my glass) - amazing. Bittersweet chocolate is also very present; the wood is definitely present as well and comes across a bit smokey; firm presence of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Rich and thick like a milkshake - very warm in the mouth, chest and breath; gums are left tingly; sits very thick in the mouth and leaves it a bit coated. Very nice overall.

Drinkability: The only factor that would lower the drinkability of this beer is the ABV as it clocks at 9.5% - but it so worth it. This was an amazing desert to a very well-cooked meal and I very much would have enjoyed a second helping (mostly because I wasn't driving).

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 23:01:52 | More by bamadog
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kels

Virginia

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

Split a bomber of this with bamadog and pwoods last night. Poured into snifters.

Appearance: Pours a lovely coffee-bean brown with a well-retained 3/4 finger chocolate brown, thick, soft head and bubbly lacing around the glass. Very dark and viscous.

Smell: Big alcohol in the nose, sweet cream, espresso beans, chocolate, toasted malt and slight smokiness of charred wood.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is full of bitter, bottom-of-the pot espresso, bitter chocolate, hot alcohol vapors, chewy and sticky malts, and a subtle hop presence. Smokiness from the barrel is met by a nice creamy sweetness. Feel is moderate and mouthfilling, spreading the flavors well throughout the palate.

Drinkability: Moderate to high for the style. Despite the huge alcohol presence it actually drinks pretty smoothly. I love espresso regularly, though, so the bitterness and the hotness might be too much for some.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 17:37:37 | More by kels
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

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

A 22 ounce bomber bottle shared a recent tasting. Poured into a shaker glass and appears a nearly black color with about an inch of creamy dense dark tan foam. Smells and tastes of rich, fresh dark roasted coffee beans, bitter mocha, both milk and dark chocolates, then come the wood/oak, and bourbon notes. You really do get the espresso flavors and aromas with this one. Smooth and just about full bodied with ample carbonation. Very nice and satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 04:18:05 | More by ClockworkOrange
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cbros

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber with a March 2008 bottled on date poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a deep rich black with a single finger dark tan head that has a little retention.

S- As the name of the beer indicates there is a strong coffe/espresso smell to it. Also hints of malt, and roasted chocolate.

T- Nice balance of the hops and malt that starts the taste. The roasted oak finish follows after that. There is a nice masking of the strong alcohol from the combination of the espresso and oak flavors. Overall a great tasting beer that could be dangerous(in a good way) because of the taste masking its overall strength.

This is a nice Imperial Stout. Bought this on a family trip to Durham at Sams Blue Light. In my opnion a bit overpriced at $11 bucks a bottle but I am glad I tried it. I would certainly have it again but if I bought it at a store it would have to be a little cheaper to justify the price. Another good offering from Great Divide, I hope to have more of their selections as more titles make there way to North Carolina.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 01:07:30 | More by cbros
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into red wine glass. Drank at cellar to room temperature.

Pours viscous, opaque black with a two finger dense brown head that, eventually, settles into a thin cap.

Nose is really huge - tons and tons of dark espresso, I can smell it from a foot away at least. Getting a lot of citric hops as well - like, tons.

Whoa. Hits your tongue and it's an all out espresso assault. Bitter espresso and dark chocolate dominate; some vanilla is there underneath, smooth, along with a LOT of citric hop bitterness. Espresso carries a lot of acidity with it, or maybe that's just the hops coming out. Either way, if you like your espresso with tons of c-hops, this one's for you. Well balanced, with a lingering bitterness that mingles with dark chocolate. It's somewhere between a 4 and a 4.5 for me, I'd say 4.2 or 4.3.

Mouthfeel is really nice - just enough carbonation to give the thick, viscous body some life.

Drinkability certainly isn't bad, as this is a good beer and the alcohol is well hidden. But because of how much hop bitterness there is, and the way it interacts to make the espresso seem more bitter/dry/acidic, this one isn't quite as nice as it could be. A little age would be great.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 19:26:47 | More by JohnQVegas
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark black coffee with a 3 finger frothy nestle chocolate colored head that displayed an excellent retention rate leaving a splotchy and spongey covering for a lacing.

S: fresh espresso beans with light sweet milky creamer notes. Roasted malt and semi-sweet chocolate are also evident.

T: bitterly roasted with espresso beans and dry chocolate notes. A light milky sweetness intertwines with wet roasted barley. The finish finds a sharp earthy bitterness mixed with a boozy scorched barrel woodiness and bitter chocolate. Robust and very smooth in flavor and transition.

M: a very soft carbonation creating a very smooth and silky feel with a medium strong roasty fade.

D: Very good drinkability, especially upon warming. Drinks like a champ with a beautiful roasty feel that just keeps getting better with every sip.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 22:39:42 | More by beerthulhu
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
BOTTLED ON: FEB 13 2009

Pours jet black. Easy pour produces a thick head of creamy dark brown foam, easily three-fingers high. Retention is fantastic. Lacing is in thick clumps and very sticky.

Smells of chocolate covered, molasses flavored caramels. Subtle notes of dark cherries. Hints of vanilla and cream. Mild oakiness. Very light hints of espresso, if you search for it. As it warms, it becomes easier to spot.
Smells very rich and decadent.

Man, the coffee is not hiding from your tastebuds, though. Espresso notes come on strong. A large oak presence tags along for the ride. Huge notes of dark chocolate covered cherries with a kiss of caramel. Big molasses presence. Nice big roasted malt presence. A good bitter hops bite gives it a nice, dry finish.
This is actually a very well-balanced brew. I was prepared to be knocked over by the espresso content, but it's actually blended with everything else, quite nicely.

Nice and full-bodied. Impressively, this one is actually thicker feeling than it's two big brothers. Very smooth, but could stand to be a touch creamier. Perhaps just a little bit of 'tweak' to the carbonation level, as I find it to be just a tiny bit on the low side.

While it is certainly smooth and easy to drink, it's also big and bold, and very rich. This combined with it's 9.5%ABV will pretty much relegate it to the 'dessert' category. Which isn't a bad place to be, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 15:57:57 | More by coldmeat23
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Near black color, no light shining through. Excellent beige head, but it fades quickly and leaves nearly no lace.

Smells like a malted chocolate milk shake. I detect no espresso or even coffee, but I do note some hop in the background.

Rich and thick; slightly oily from the alcohol. Strong dark chocolate flavors. Again, no real coffee/espresso tastes here. The finish and aftertaste features a generous amount of balancing hops to the bittersweet cocoa. This is a deceptively easy to drink Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 21:55:04 | More by smcolw
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been excited to try this...

A - Dense but fluffy dark rich caramel colored head sticks around for a little while, but ultimately recedes to a mysterious lacing... Midnight black coloring, although a thin band of light is noticeable at the top casting a slight brownish hue... Nice stickiness with a thick residue left on the glass... Reinvigorates itself with just a slight swirl of the glass...

S - Vanilla... Dark chocolate... Maple Syrup... Dark fruit... Cream... Stately and sophisticated...

T - Lots of roasted malt... Faint, but very strong bold coffee... Chocolate... Vanilla... Earthy wood notes... Just a hint of licorice... A very minor hop presence... Assertive, but not overpowering...

M - Silky smooth... Just the slightest amount of pringly carbonation on the tongue... Mildly burnt chalky texture... Medium bodied... Creamy... Rich... Slightly dry aftertaste... Very thin layer of hop bitterness...

D - Terrific... Enjoyable in every facet... A sipper, but a quick sipper... I just want to take sip after sip all night long... The oak aging is very subdued, but adds a much appreciated sophistication... I'm quite glad I have a couple more bottles in my possession...

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 01:57:23 | More by philbe311
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired a few of these in trades/extras recently, so thanks to all!

Pours a clear dark reddish brown, verging on black, very thick light brown/tan head forms, quickly settles to a medium layer and ring around the glass, drops some nice lace sheets on the glass. Smell is real nice, like oak aged Yeti, but with espresso, caramel, lots of roast, chocolate, vanilla, subtle oak, some floral and piney hops, fruit, raisins, molasses and brown sugar. Taste is very roast, lots of heavy espresso and dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, dark fruit, like a chocolate covered coffee bean, some floral hops, dry and biscuity in the finish, pretty heavy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, some warmth from the alcohol, but quite nice. Thanks to everyone!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 03:10:00 | More by Viggo
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jdflyer06

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

650 ML bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Deep black with a one finger brown head that dissipates within minutes

S - Coffee, which gets more prevelant as it warms, some bitter chocolate, plenty of roasted malt and a strange sweetness which is almost like sweet green raisins or caramelized sugar. Not getting much vanilla.

M - Smooth, creamy with a nice bit of carbonation. This beer really finishes dry thanks to the espresso and/or alcohol. A nice bit of heat as it warms.

T - A monstrous flavor of espresso hits you off the bat with some dark chocolate and a little sweetness. There is definetely some alcohol in this one but its not too aggressive. As it warms, the roastiness of the coffee and malt really shine through. A very nice sipper.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. With so many big flavors, this one is really well balanced. This is definitely one of my favorites ever but I'll split it with someone else next time. Should really smooth out with a little cellar time.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 02:06:50 | More by jdflyer06
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Buschyfor3

Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ML bottle into my Sam Adams 16oz bulb pint glass.

A: Pours a very deep, murky brown almost black; sloshes into the glass - thick, almost sludge like. Small, khaki head forms on top but is quickly pulled back down into the body of this stout. Completely opaque - looks ominous in the glass. Very fine, khaki colored lacing clings to the glass.

S: Really picking up a heavy espresso note (Denver's Pablo's espresso), followed by bitter dark chocolate. Huge roasted notes. I can also pick up a faint sweetness that reminds me of vanilla beans and maybe just the slightest hint of burnt/caramelized sugar. Very aromatic.

T: Huge espresso flavor, roasted coffee beans and bitter dark chocolate - think Ghirardelli baking chocolate - hit the palate in an overpowering wave of flavor. Mid sip, I really start to pick up a distinct, earthy oak note, followed by a mellowing vanilla flavor. Then just as you think the flavor profile is receding, the espresso notes come back for a second go around, along with a milder, milk chocolate/hot chocolate hint. The finish leaves a lingering roasted coffee flavor with some residual chocolaty sweetness. Very pleasant even as the espresso note dominates the palate and keeps all the other wonderful flavors playing second fiddle.

M: Low carbonation. Thick, chewy mouthfeel - very smooth. This beer coats the class and it also coats the mouth and throat on the way down. Very pleasing and exactly what I expect from a big stout.

D: At 9.5% ABV I know the booze is in there, but at the start of this glass, its really not hitting me very hard. As the glass warms, I begin to get a warming sensation deep within, but I never really get a spicy, peppery alcohol flavor - its hidden quite easily by the huge espresso flavor. Still, this beer is a sipper, just because it is deceivingly strong.

Overall, I am very impressed. I've heard nothing but rave reviews about the original Yeti, but since I am a fan of coffee-flavored stouts (FBS, KBS, etc.), the Espresso OAY seemed like a no brainer for me. I'm very glad I picked up this beer. This is an outstanding imperial stout, even if it is a sipper and will take me a good hour to get through the bottle. Savory, decadent and totally worth the price of admission. I would really like to grab another bottle of this to age for the future, as well as trying the original Yeti and it's Oak-aged variant for comparison.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 03:44:06 | More by Buschyfor3
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a large snifter split with a friend. I guess this is about a month or two old.

A- Espresso Yeti is a dark brown color coming out of the bomber. Once in the glass it has a dark thick black look to it. On top sat a nice espresso colored tan head, how appropriate. A nice while before the head died down and some lace remained on the glass.

S- Like expected this smells like Yeti with espresso coffee added, there that was not to hard. In more detail oak from the barrel leading to the obvious vanilla that comes from it. Some roast from the malts and maybe some smoke. Chocolate is there as well but not as prevelant as the espresso.

T- Not the greatest coffee beer that I have had but this is damn fine stuff. This is probably due to it being another variation in the oak aged series and not a new recipe all together. Either way espresso shoots out at you with rich tastes in that variety. Chocolate and vanilla as well blending nicely plus an oak barrel backbone. What's not to love?

M- Full and luxurious. This one is a small step down from full bodied with the carbonation to show. This one is still a bit green so some small aging time should do the trick as this one goes down a bit hot, distracting from the overall goodness this has to offer. Also getting some bitterness towards the end from the fresh hops, no biggie smalls.

D- Im a sucker for coffee beers so this one was a no brainer for me. Either way I feel this could benefit from a little aging as the flavors are not all quite together presently. A bit high in alcohol to but what are you going to do, it's a imperial stout for pete's sake.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 01:40:38 | More by BARFLYB
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

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

Gotta love Great Divide and the massive improvement they made with their label change. The new ones are infinitely more classic.

Pours a totally impenetrable black with a large and fluffy tan ice cream head that leaves good lacing.

Nose is intoxicating. A beautiful blend of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and hidden amongst them lie some hop bitterness. Coffee flavor is solidly there, but judging by many coffee releases lately, suprisingly mild in the nose. I like it.

Flavor is fairly suprising actually. I was expecting an espresso hand grenade in my mouth, as is the growing trend these days, but its actually very nicely blended. Taste is begins with a gentle ride of roasted malt and profuse hops. The hop profile in this beer is absolutely beautiful, up there with the likes of Old Rasputin. Defenitely in the "hoppy" imperial stouts category. The espresso addition is fairly mild, and works perfectly with this beer. Big props for keeping a leash on it, instead of dumping assloads of espresso in and calling it good. A thin chocolate profile is in here too, but man, what a hoppy impy stout. Awesome. I would like just a touch more roastiness to make this one legendary. A crisp hoppy finish with lingering bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is right where it should be in a beer of this kind. I would like it to be a touch more viscous and have a little bit more roast, but until that roast is present, i like the viscosity where it is. It fits well.

Drinkability is pretty solid. Right in the middle of today's Impy stout abv range, and drinks as it should. The savageness of the beer would make more than one a chore, but most good imperial stouts are that way for me.

Overall a very enjoyable beer, and defenitely my favorite of the "yetis". I love the bold hoppiness, and the subtelty of the espresso. Really nice to see a coffee infused beer that doesn't taste like a bag of beans. A great beer, and a must try from GD. Good work fellas!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 01:12:32 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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armock

New York

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

A - Poured a black color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt that gives off lots of coffee scents

T - As the name implies its follows the nose with lots of coffee flavor and some chocolate comes out as well

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This was a petty good beer a little too strong in the abv for a breakfast beer but if thats how you roll it would be good with breakfast on the weekend worth trying sometime

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 16:10:03 | More by armock
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,016 ratings.