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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,145 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,145
Reviews: 967
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 228
Gots: 586 | 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 MetalHopHead6
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout is remarkably smooth, creamy, and rich.

It poured black with a massive creamy dark tan head. Thick lace was left on the glass from the rim on down. The smell and flavor were roasted dark coffee. The feel was creamy yet bitter, with a great smoothness followed by an aggressive after-feel.

The varieties of Oak Aged Yeti are life-changing. This notion is something I must credit an employee where I bought this Espresso Oak Aged version. She was right. It's a sweet, bitter, dark coffee treat. Oak Aged Yeti is the ultimate Imperial Stout. I prefer it without the added coffee; however it's still a darn good experience.

MetalHopHead6, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a thick deep black color...almost like motor oil. Good one finger deep mocha color that stays around for a long time. Great ringing lacing on this beer!

S- Coffee coffee coffee notes. This is mostly all I can smell to be honest. Vanilla comes into play next with some oak off notes. Some hops do come into play here under most of the aroma. Light alcohol in the ending of the nose.

T- This is a very tasty beer. Big coffee notes come rushing through with light chocolate notes following. Some light hops come through right after the coffee and chocolate. Vanilla and oak come through in the middle to last half of the beer itself. Light alcohol in the backend of this with more roasted malts in the backing of this beer.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style. Left a malty slickness throughout the entire palate. Some light drying alcohol features on the tongue. Clean flavors throughout the entire beer.

D- This has always been my favorite of the Yeti's. Big flavors and big alcohol brings this crushing beer to only one glass or two. This should be on a lot of peoples lists for a beer to try. Not for the weak of heart...that's for sure!

alleykatking, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of scottyshades
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Scrooge's Spirits in Anderson, SC for about $9

A: Pours like 10W-40...extremely viscous and thick, creating a dark mocha colored head that retains excellently and leaves thick sheets of foam along the glass.

S: Cocoa powder, lots of espresso and coffee grounds, bittersweet chocolate, lots of strong oak notes (wood), vanilla, burnt malts, burnt sugar, and molasses. Definitely less balanced than the Oak Aged Yeti (which had a solid amount of hops on the nose). The oak is actually quite strong, and adds a unique note; a little must, almost like the inside of a sauna

T: Wow, much much different than the regular Oak Aged Yeti. Oak is extremely potent and very very strong, almost taking away from everything else happening. Espresso is less pronounced than in the nose. Bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder, fudge, lots of lactose for that creamy flavor, and a brooding bitterness from the hops (although I cannot really count them in the profile because they are so subtle). Very very rich- best to share a bomber. I'm not sure if the Espresso Yeti has 75 IBUs like the Oak Yeti, but if so, they seem to be more subdued and give less to the balance.

MF/D: Extremely viscous (possibly the thickest stout I've come across), velvety creamy feel, lingering espresso and oak flavor.

Differences from Oak Aged Yeti:
-Hops are much more prominent in OAY, and much less in the Espresso Yeti
-Oak is very strong, almost overpowering in the flavor of the Espresso Yeti
-Espresso Yeti seems to be a bit thicker and has a better feel

Winner; Oak Aged Yeti for a more balanced and less intense flavor

scottyshades, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of northaustin
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours dark brown/black with a fat finger of thick, even brown head which has long retention and leaves a solid ring of lacing.

smell is awesome coffee, rounded out with the classic yeti malt bill and a whiff of alchohol.

taste: a little more subtle with the coffee, the coffe is still present though along with smooth soul warmin roasted malts.

mouthfeel: noticeably more oily than regular yeti.

drinkability: my god, drink it.

northaustin, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of billab914
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter. Poured pitch black with a one finger mocha head. The head faded away after a bit but it did leave some good lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a big coffee and roasted malt bitterness coming through. It also has a pretty big dark bitter chocolate present in the nose. Very big bold and delicious nose on this one for sure.

The taste not surprisingly has a big coffee espresso taste to it. The chocolate malts really help to smooth out the flavor and cut the coffee bitterness a little. The bitterness of the coffee comes through more in the finish. It has a lot of bold flavors but they really come together well and make for an excellent flavor.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker side with lower carbonation. It has a very nice creamy mouthfeel to it that I really like in my stouts. Drinkability is good, despite the bold espresso flavors it really is a pretty smooth and delicious beer. Excellent imperial stout in my opinion.

billab914, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of GregSVT
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a snifter...bottle dated Mar 5 2010.

A: Pours a deep black with a big dark tan head that slowly fades to a ring a small layering on the top leaving good lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is tons of coffee with a roasty bitterness in the background. There's also a slight piney aroma as well.

T: Taste is huge with coffee, piney hops, and a sweet/roasted malt flavor on the finish. The coffee is really upfront in this one making you realize they really mean "Espresso" like the label says. It really drowns out any oak flavors that I can tell though.

M: The feel is creamy but slightly thin on the finish for an Imperial Stout.

D: This one would wear on me with the coffee, hops, and ABV.

Worth a try if you are fan of the Yeti stouts.

GregSVT, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This batch of beer was bottled March 5, 2010. This is the fourth version of Yeti that I have sampled - only missing the barrel aged version - and like all of the others, it was very good.

The beer pours black with a medium brown head. The aroma is strong coffee with some chocolate and some light hop character. The flavor is strong coffee with some strong pine hop character. There is also a little chocolate but not as much as was in the aroma. Thick, creamy mouthfeel and low carbonation. I have a 15-month old bottle of this as well that was sent to me by HopHead101 and I look forward to seeing how the beer, specifically the hops, age.

Mora2000, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of antoines15
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - black, dark with a one finger tan head that holds for a decent amount of time, good lacing all around the glass

S - strong coffee and chocolate smell

T - again, coffee and chocolate

M - very smooth, no harsh aftertaste

D - too strong of a coffee smell for me to drink this too many times but the one bomber was delicious and would definitely recommend it to others

antoines15, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of argock
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz brown bottle into a St. Feuillien stemmed glass (snifter broken unfortunately). Bottled on Feb 12 2010 on label. Purchased at WIne Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $10.99.

A: Opaque and dark as hell with substantial chocolate milk-colored 1-finger head with good retention for the ABV and style and spotty lacing mixed with more craggy formations.

S: Black coffee and vanilla drown out most other aromas but hops are prominent in the second tier. Roasted malt is mainly represented by the coffee element, but the oak is easy to smell with the vanilla and tempers the hard coffee and hops edges nicely. A light anise note is present too and alcohol lightly tingles the nostrils.

T: The flavor is big and bold with coffee and chocolate taking first prize, but leafy, tobacco hops a close second creating the effect of a coffee/cigar house flavor which has a bittersweet character. The oak is more smoothing in the flavor with a little alcoholic touch to the vanilla and licorice notes. Alcohol is barely detectable and could easily be mistaken for the vanilla notes. Superb and grabs you more than the understated OA Yeti which is good but subtle. I prefer this brew to OA Yeti but it's a close call compared to the big and brash Yeti regular.

M: Smooth, lush, and full-bodied with minimal carbonation. The finish and aftertaste are tinged with alcohol, which keeps the feel from reaching top marks.

D: Unbelievably smooth for the ABV and for all the flavors. A GD brew to be savored no doubt, but alcohol component is minimal and there is huge coffee and chocolate flavors to enjoy in a lush package. Great brew. Price is steep but for once in a while, this is a great brew. I tried this right after sharing a bomber of Lagunitas Cappucino Stout, and, as much as I like that beer, the differences were sorely obvious. I wouldn't want to age this and let the coffee flavor fade personally, but some time would probably smooth things out further.

argock, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled Feb. 12, 2010.

I've had Yeti, I've had Oak Aged Yeti, I've had Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti. This one is definitely my favorite. Pours the typical Yeti black with chocolate head that leaves great lacing. Big coffee notes on the nose, though a few hints of the oak aging as well. Taste is incredible, reminds me a little bit of Peche Mortel, actually. Big coffee and roasted malt, with a hint of chocolate, and nice oak notes. Some sweet alcohol and maybe leafy hops are in there too. Unlike the regular Oak Aged Yeti, I feel like the oak in this one is not overdone. Delicious. MF is a bit creamier than typical Yeti, but similar in carbonation. Somewhat dry finish. Tremendous drinkability, my favorite so far out of the Yetis I've had. Glad I picked up more than one, a must find.

LordAdmNelson, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of WeedKing4
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle pours a dark black with caramal brown foam lacing the duvel glass. The taste is so damn smooth on this one. Dark roasted coffee that just melts your mouth. Mmm, yummy. I want this for breakfast everyday. No hint of the 9.5% what so ever. I easily could have drank a second bomber of this, but I managed to save it for a later date. Fantastic coffee beer.

WeedKing4, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of kfsv034
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black with a thick tan head that bubbled down and left some lacing.

S - strong burn coffee smell, slight chocolate, maybe some hops but mostly coffee

T - Follows the nose with a vanilla finish

M - Medium to full bodied

D - dont pick up on the alcohol much.

kfsv034, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of champ103
3.05/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nearly opaque black color. A two finger bubbly tan head forms with good retention. A little lace is left behind.
S: Right up front is a huge acrid, burnt coffee aroma. Burnt malt and charcoal. This is to much.
T: Still, a ton of acrid and burnt coffee. Though much more balanced than the nose. Some roasted malt and chocolate.
M/D: A full body and low carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Some hot alcohol, and the huge burnt character with the malt and coffee makes this harder to drink than I would like.

Very one dimensional. For the most part, just a burnt flavor that dominates. There are much better coffee stouts out there.

champ103, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is black and forms a nice brown head of small and medium bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is sweet with some roast. Its about I expected.

Beer is really smooth, coffee flavors comes up late, there is no carbonation in the palate but connectivity is fine with the sweetness up front and the roasted bitterness in the back. Drinkability is high.

drabmuh, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a 3/4 pint.

A: Black body with almost an inch of dense, creamy brown foam. Great retention and lots of lace. Beautiful stout.

S: Really brings the espresso - coffee, sweet maltiness, more coffee, some oaky vanilla, and more coffee. Wonderful.

T: Follows the nose precisely, and deliciously. Lots of dry oak on the finish, and no noticeable booze. Fantastic.

M: Rich, full, sticky, and alive with explosively creamy carbonation. Lovely.

D: For the strength and intensity of flavor, this one goes down in a hurry.

Notes: Just as Oak Aged Yeti is a dramatic improvement over the regular version, the Espresso OA is an improvement over the simple OA. Big, rich, creamy, and full of coffee goodness, this is truly a world-class stout. I need to have a coffee stout tasting with this, Speedway, FBS, and Péché Mortel. I just love them so much more than either regular stouts or regular coffee.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. Bottled on 2/12/10, drank on 3/21/10.

a - Pours a dark brown with 3 fingers of brown head. No carbonation evident and very good retention and lacing. Almost identical to the Chocolate Oak Ahed Yeti, but a little more head.

s - Coffee obviously dominates the smell. Also getting some oak, chocolate, and roasted malts.

t - Again coffee dominates here. Also a little chocolate, oak, malt, and maybe a hint of vanilla.

m - Full body and almost no carbonation to it. Very smooth and creamy.

d - A pretty good stout. I personally felt as though the coffee dominated the smell and taste, hiding some of the other flavors/smells. I personally liked the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti better, but if you like yeti and coffee you'd probably love this. I'd try it again but given the opportunity, would buy Chocolate or regular Oak Aged Yeti over this.

mdfb79, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of jjanega08
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A= pours a jet black. Total black out. Been a while since I drank a beer this black. The head is awesome cascading along the sides and it just keeps rising to a total of three fingers and holds steady for a while there. The head is a nice dark brown color that sits on top of the beer menacing solid. Looks like a jelly on top I don't see much movement in it. Great lacing on the glass as well.

S= Just as I expected. Tons of coffee dominate. The yeti under is cloaked by the coffee. Yeti is one of my fav imperial stouts and I feel a little sad that he's so covered by espresso but that's what the beer is tryin to be. The yeti under reveils himself a little more as the beer warms up with some nice oak notes and a little hop bite to it. Great roasty chocolaty notes as well that compliment the expresso.

T= Loads of coffee again. As the beer warms up the coffee sort of mellows out and lets the yeti come out of hibernation. The coffee is very delicious nice roasty coffee a little coffee resiny sort of taste. The yeti below is the same yeti that I love. Nice oaky wood flavors are somewhat mellow in this one but the hop bite is here as well as the excellent roasty chocolatey barley flavor. Delicious.

M= Thick chewy and oily. Great coffee feel to it.

D= I love yeti like I mentioned and this is my first dabble away from the oak aged or the regualr yeti and again it proves great. Really nice coffee to this beer which is one of my other prefered beverages. While I don't think yeti can improve much and while this isn't an "improvement" I do find the variations fun and delicious so far. Great beer.

jjanega08, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of Tomdee74
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a great treat I must say. Got it on tap at prime 16 in New Haven, CT.

A - Pours a black oil color with about a half inch head and very nice lacing.

S - Wow those coffee notes really hit the nose! A very powerful coffee smell indeed! I love this because I love coffee; however, I can see someone who doesn't like coffee not liking this. You must be a coffee lover to appreciate this.

T - A huge coffee blast! Of course you taste the chocolate, but this this thing is dominated by coffee and that taste seems to supercede all else!

M - Pretty thick and I enjoyed this. Definitely a sipper and something to enjoy with dessert. I really liked this and now that I had it on tap I may seek out a bomber of this. I was impressed by this although great divide does make some pretty good stuff. I compared this to a Founders Breakfast Stout as that also has a strong coffee presence; but I think this has a stronger one. I wouldnt say this is better than an FBS; but I think it's pretty similar and if you like that one then you will definitely like this.

D - High ABV's and a thick dessert/coffee taste make this one a sipper. I would only want one of these after drinking a nice hoppy brew as that is my taste. This one I would look to finish the nite off with. Very enjoyable, hope to get my hands on this soon!

Tomdee74, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Portsmouth tulip glass. Pours a great solid thick black color with a huge medium brown head. While the beer sits in the glass, it's dark as night. The brown head is frothy and settles slowly into a collar with excelent thick sticky lacing.

Aroma is very interesting. Can definitely pick up the espresso, and coffee bitterness. Smells malty with sweet and bitter notes conflicting back and forth. Not much of a booze aroma.

Wow! Great complexity! Lot's of espresso flavors. I was wondering how strong the espresso was going to be, and Great Divide nailed it. Carbonation is mild, so when it's not noticable, it's perfect! Has strong malty thickness on the palate. Again, booze is undetectable. This stout comes in sweet from the vanilla and finishes bitter-sweet, with a long lasting espresso flavor on the tongue. Great beer!

ShadesOfGray, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of lightindarkness
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with full tan head and nice intricate lace all over. Very attractive.

Smells of dark full grains and round coffee, rich and deep, with a hint at some bitter woodiness and a little green hop and green oak. Interesting.

Taste is huge, Yeti being an already fantastic big stout, the aging on oak and addition of coffee make it even more so. Big and full to start, with deep malt notes of chocolate and burnt toast, swelling with straight on authentic coffee taste, nicely strong and becoming quite bitter in the finish, presenting some notes of green oak and throwing some strong juicy hop presence in at the finish. Tastes fresh all around.

Feel is full bodied and smooth, nicely notable carbonation that hangs back in the balance.

Well balanced, with a nicely done coffee infusion to an already fantastic beer.

lightindarkness, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled, what looks like, March 09.

Looks like a Yeti, which is always fantastic. Midnight black and thick with a dark brown head. What else can you ask for?

Bitter chocolate aroma with roasty coffee, vanilla and wood, with a strong hoppy presence. Huge, as expected.

A bottle of this is like a meal, or at least a rich dessert that makes you feel like going to sleep. Your tongue is greeted with an assault of dark chocolate chips and coffee, the body is full, the alcohol warm, and the finish long and bitter. I think I liked it more fresh, maybe just an off moment.

brownbeer, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of Brent
3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bit of a let-down here. Malt and hops were subdued, and the coffee notes were bland. Rather than an Imperial Stout, this might hit the American Stout mark, at best. My bottle was about a year old, but the beer didn't seem to have held up terribly well, and had already mellowed to the non-descript stage - in light of the abv, I would have expected it to remain more bold.

Brent, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well now. EOAYIS on cask. Yes please.
Now, I'm not a coffee guy (or espresso) so I do try to hold objective.
Pours deep black with rich ruby hints on along the rim. More noticeable as it is drank. A thick, rich, chocolate malt looking foaming head on this one. Oh..beauty.
A dry espresso, dark chocolate and slight anise aroma. A bit boozy, but hidden quite well. Some fig and nutmeg hints.
A fruity start, dark soft fruit. Dry. Dark chocolate coated in espresso comes in like gang-busters. Flows smoothly over the tongue, a quick bite and flush of anise and prune. Coffee like aftertaste. Leaves clean. Easy drinking. A bit boozy in the finish with an exhale.
Great beer

Mebuzzard, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of hoppymcgee
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber dated 3/6/2009 into a NY CBW mini weiss glass.

A: Deep mahogany with a nice, creamy, foamy dark beige head that lasts and laces the side of the glass. Very nice.

S: Chocolately up front with dark roasted coffee in the background and a little dark fruit/boozy smell too. I'm glad it's as bitter as it is because I do not care for sweet n' syrupy stouts.

T: Bittersweet chocolate upfront, quickly followed by a nice coffee flavor and roasted malts. Very satisfied that I get more of the "espresso" in this beer and not the "oakiness".

M: The best feature of this beer. Creamy! Not necessarily chewy, but silky smooth and full-bodied. Carbonated not just properly, but perfectly for this style.

D: For 9.5% ABV it does go down rather easily. In my opinion it is easier to drink a beer of this nature when it's really cold and this drinks just as easy as it warms up.

Overall, this held up extremely well after a year especially for it being <10% ABV. Props to Great Divide on another great variation of Yeti.

hoppymcgee, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of nickadams2
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A_ Pours black with a dark brown billowy head.Thick lacing sticks to the glass and the head stays the whole way down.

S_Roasted malt,dark chocolate,vanilla , and rich coffee. The coffee is by no means overpowering.

T_Dark chocolate and espresso are rounded out by the earthy,woody, oak. This very rich and balanced. Very roasty.

M_Thick and creamy. Very smooth.

D_A bomber is certainly no problem to drink. I cant help but savour this one though.

nickadams2, Feb 14, 2010
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,145 ratings.