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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,308
Reviews: 990
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 258
Gots: 680 | FT: 49
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Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: John_M on 05-16-2008

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Photo of mugglesandhops
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into snifter consumed 4/2/09.

Pours a beautiful opaque black with a dark brown head. Lacing is amazingly layered all the way through the beer. Smells of coffee, esspresso, maybe a faint whiff of chocolate. Taste of esspresso, woddy, sharp, bitter, coffee, some earthy hop flavors. Full bodied. More alcohol burn than I expected.

Photo of paxton1978
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Hulmeville Inn, PA. A nice chocolatey head and an inpenetrable dark colour to this beer. Aromas of chocolate and coffee (obviously) from this beer- smells like a rich, sweet tiramisu. The booze is well hidden in this beer, drinks way below it's ABV and is quite literally the most delicious Impy that I've ever tasted.

Photo of infi
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Smoothly pours a dark and opaque pour which reveals a nice brown and foamy head. Leaves small dots of lacing throughout the glass. Smell is predominantly full of dark chocolate with a little bit of malt and coffee. Was a bit disappointed - in hopes to find more espresso on the nose.

The taste is more than I expected. This is truly dark, black espresso straight up with chocolate shavings incorporated. Not much of a malt presence in the brew, but no complaints. Towards the back end is a subtle hop and dark chocolate bitterness that lingers for a few seconds. Really pleasant throughout. I can see why they recommend this for breakfast. It's a nice day starter for sure, minus the alcohol. Speaking of which, the 9.5% is hardly detectable. Thoroughly indulgent.

The mouthfeel is fairly thick and smooth. Not much of a carbonated feel on the tongue. The drinkability is great - I can really finish a bomber by myself, but I think the caffeine would be a bit much, especially at this time of night. Tasty, pleasant and smooth. All ideal in a stout. By far, my fave Yeti out of the set.

Photo of jwinship83
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle that was made on april 2, 2010. drank from stone IRS snifter.

A- this one pours out a dark brown colored body with a finger and a half of coffee colored head. the head lasts a while and leaves behind thick rings of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- dark roasted malts are the first thing i notice. after that comes a blast of coffee/espresso. some dark and milk chocolate are in here also. slight hints of vanilla and oak.

T- the roasted dark malts start this one off, along with a healthy dose of both milk and dark chocolate. not overly sweet tasting. the espresso comes through loud and clear, adding a nice adn interesting element to this one. the vanilla and oak seem pretty subdued, but that might be just because theres alot going on in this one.

M- full bodied and very smooth. a nice low level of carbonation that really works in this one. the alcohol is well hidden.

D- easy to finish. i wish the full yeti line was available in my area. we just get the regular and the oak aged one. oh well, i guess ill just have to look forward to picking this up when i go to visit my sister.

Photo of y1fsm8s
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this at a store in bloomington il. Split a bomber with my friend (drewba) poured into a snifter.

Pours dark and thick with an awesome dark tan head. Stayed for a little bit then went bye bye. little to no lacing.

When I first cracked the bottle I got a huge whiff of hops. Once I poured into the glass, the coffee just completely took over. Huge coffee aroma with a little chocolate and some hops.

Tastes just like it smells. Huge amounts of bitter coffee with a hint of chocolate. No booze at all. Really this beer is like drinking 10% coffee. Pretty awesome if you ask me. The only downfall is that if you were wanting to taste anything else, you can't. My palate is crap and I only get coffee.

This is the kind of beer you would either drink at 6am waiting in line for DLD or if you were falling asleep while drinking to perk you back up. I could have easily drank a bomber of it.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a jet black viscous looking liquid with a dark mohagany colored head that is tight and creamy. the retention is short but the lace is thick.

S-the nose is big time malt. tons of espresso up front with a fair bit of roasted maltiness coming along for the ride. Hints of dark bakers chocolate underneath. The finish adds a good bit of toffee and a light malty sweetness in the very back. the espresso keeps hitting hard with a touch of burnt coffee note in the back.

T-the taste has a ton of malt and espresso similar to the nose. bitter and slightly burnt espresso and roasted malts dominate. hints of dark chocolate, a good bit of toffee, and light caramel. Light dark fruits but very faint towards the back. Light bitter hop presence and herbal hop notes to close it out.

M-this has a slightly light full body and is extremely smooth. it feels thick but the back is a little thin.

D-this is a very drinkable stout, it doesn't show any alcohol and has good malt backbone. Decent complexity and a nice bit of espresso. the oak aging doesn't really seem to show, but good none the less.

Photo of Axic10
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Feb. 13, 2009, cellared for over a year. Poured into a Maudite snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark black with two fingers worth of fluffy mocha colored foam.

Smell: Coffee, roasted malt, brown sugar, molasses and chocolate cake. One of the best smelling beers I've ever had.

Taste: Burnt espresso, roasted malt, dark chocolate, subtle hints of oak. Very tasty and not boozy at all.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and smooth. Not boozy or overly coffee-flavored.

Drinkability: Such a good beer to enjoy during the evening. Really good with the age on it, will definitely buy 3-4 more bottles to sit on.

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

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | 650 ml. | 9.50% ABV

Style: Imperial Stout
Brewed by: Great Divide Brewing Company. Denver, Colorado.

On the label:
"Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout is a new addition to the Yeti clan. A generous infusion of Denver's own Pablo's espresso adds another layer of complexity to this beer, combining with the vanilla oak character, intense roasty maltiness and bold hop profile to create a whole new breed of mythical creature. It official: You can now have Yeti with breakfast."

Poured into a pint glass: black as the blackest night, it sloshes into the glass leaving a 1" porous, rocky, tobacco brown head. Lacing hangs the side of the side of the glass with a thick, sticky grip. Everything about the appearance screams intensity and powerful flavor. Does it deliver?

Roasted malts, oak chips, a touch of bourbon, bitter raw cacao and intense espresso in the background. Strong aroma; quite inviting; a bit foreboding.

As expected, the flavor comes on strong from the beginning, but progresses in waves of flavor: first burnt malt, bitter hops and other toasty grains; then comes an angry breaker of intense espresso, with bitter cacao gently lapping the tongue as the coffee subsides. The oak chips it's aged on pull through at the end, leaving a spectacular woody finish. I was worried that all the flavor would hit me at once. Instead, wave after wave of bold, high-octane ingredients layer to deliver a ridiculous amount of complexity. My only complaint: the hop aftertaste is a touch too bitter.

Silky smooth. Barely any carbonation until the end. Just about right for a stout.

I feel like I really got the real deal. The flavor layering was superb, and the aroma honestly reflected what was to come. This is a drink that demands to be taken seriously, and rightly so.

Suggested Food Pairings:
Breakfast burrito, eggs Benedict, hash browns, cheesecake, crème brulée.

Bottled on FEB 12, 2010 (3 months ago)
Price = $12.49 at Joe Canal's

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

Had this at a tasting held by the esteemed DVelcich. Dan-- you are a great host, thanks again for the invite.

This is reviewed off of notes--

Poured into my Duvel tulip-- pours a VERY deep dark opaque black with kind of tan hues on the sides of the glass and in the legs. Very tanned head like a light cocoa powder. Decent head rose a little over a finger and had great retention. Pretty decent lacing for an espresso stout.

This smells of coffee and espresso with some great roasty and toasty chocolaty notes, almost like baked brownies.
After having the Regular, oaked, chocolate--- this is easily the best of them. Unlike the regular and oaked, I'm not getting that soy sauce flavor I was seeing, so this is a marked improvement in that regard. The taste presents all that roasty chocolaty goodness with a fresh-ground espresso bean kick. Just the slightest hint of bitter cocoa on the finish that helps the finish to be nice and dry.

The level of carbonation is very nice-- nice and creamy mouthfeel is quite drinkable. It could have just a little more carbonation, but the beer is a nice full-bodied beer, with a velvety feel on the swallow.

Easily the best of the available Yeti lineup... I exclude Barrel aged Yeti from that statement, because there are only 1100 bottles or so, and therefore it isn't really available.

Photo of drewba
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours opaque black with a nice, big milk chocolate colored head. A small, thin head remains with heavy lacing.

S - Obvious expresso and coffee grounds with fair amount of hop aroma.

T - All of the usual suspects are here - expresso, dark chocolate, roasty malts with a touch of molasses. The finish is quite bitter with lots of dark chocolate and dark coffee.

M - the carbonation is spot on, but this feels a little thin to me for an imperial stout.

D - Very enjoyable beer right here, but if you are not a coffee drinker, this will be overwhelming. Coiffee is still a little hot...

Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into three pint glasses. Thanks to Steve and Chris for the assist!

Bottled On: FEB 13 2009

A: Pours pure black with a dark espresso crema colored layer of foam. Head is of the sticky and bubbly variety. Lots of lace and great retention.

S: Heavily roasted malt, with rich espresso, brown sugar/molassas, and dark chocolate fudge brownies.

T: Same as above with just a slight touch of spicy alcohol. I really liked the rich espresso flavor...with booze...and dark fruit.

M: Suprisingly smooth with a sharp and prickly spike at the end.

D: Excellent! Over a year after bottling and it had aged nicely.

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

Going for a nice head I poured this Yeti rather vigorously into a pint glass and was rewarded with three inches of moon cratered densely creamy chocolate brown head on top of this black as onyx stout. As the head slowly falls the sides of the glass are left with liberal sheets and curtains of sticky lacing.

The nose gives up deep roasted grains with an overlay of char, with chocolate, coffee, muted hops and tantalizing whiffs of alcohol.

The flavor has nicely blended tastes of deeply roasted malt, charred barley, dark bitter chocolate, muted resinous hop tones all tied together with dark espresso coffee and an underlying support from alcohol. There is a little woody flavor and back up from vanilla and just a touch of anise. The dark chocolatey sweet malt is nicely kept in check by a bigger resiny and slightly citrusy hop bite and the bitter of the roasted barley and dark bitter espresso. The finish starts sweetish and finishes long and pleasantly bitter.

The mouthfeel is full, heavy and very creamy and smooth with enough carbonation to keep things lively and hold on the head which persists as a thin surface coat to the end. Very nice!

Like any version of Yeti I've had so far with a bit of age on it, either cellared or Oak Aged by the brewery this beer is very drinkable. I could easily forget sipping and just take deep quaffs of this beer. As good as these OA versions are I must wonder about the BA versions. I do highly recommend this Yeti!

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

Pours a nice black with super dark brown edges, dense two finger medium brown head, thin sheets of lace. Smell: roasty with a big hit of very robust coffee, a little mossy and woodsy, earthy with a hint of spruce, chocolate in the back. Taste: bam the coffee hits upfront, giving way to some more roastiness and chocolate, earthy and citric hops, finishes with even more coffee and a some bitter chocolate. The coffee seems to have thinned the feel out a bit vs. regular Yeti. Very good coffee impy stout.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Man I wanted to try this ever since I saw a bomber for 15 dollars! Found it during the happy hour at Smoking Joe's (south side) for 4.50 12 oz glass CRAZY GOOD DEAL!

A - Jet black with coco head. Pretty impressive.
S - Very mild (man they serve em cold!) coffee smell, similar to morning coffee and cream but it was 6:30 pm lol
T - Near perfect. The undertones of black coffee and cream hit the tongue with a harsh bitterness at first but then rounds to a perfect malt and hop body. First coffee stout I could actually taste hops.
M - Surprisingly for 9.5 it was light and drinkable but like a vag. I totally baby the glass since I wanted to taste to rather than chug.
D - A very smooth brew that I was very happy to try. Pitty how expensive it is around here but I will rue the day when bombers around my town are all under 10 bucks (sigh day will never come...)

Side note: why are some coffee stouts almost triple the cost of well... Starbucks?

Photo of Osiris9588
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a motor oil black out of 22oz bomber, the head resembles thick, foamy chocolate milk. It smells like morning, coffee and cream. The flavor starts with milk chocolate and cocoa on the tongue, then a shot of espresso hits on the back of the palate. It is full bodied, yet quite complex and delivers an interplay of sweet and bitter elements. As far as java based beers go, it's quite drinkable. I thoroughly enjoyed it, as I have all incarnations of the Yeti.

Photo of mynie
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours o-f'in-paque into a stemmed chalice. The head is billowy milk chocolate brown and it's big and indefatigable.

Smells like a mild RIS and big, bitter coffee. Burnt porter grain, medium dry hops, and hot cocoa.

Tastes very big yet remarkably well balanced and smooth. Starts off with stouty malt, roasted bitter and lightly sour. This hangs around for a surprising while as the sourness turns into an intense coffee bitterness that overwhelms the malt and eventually mellows out into sweet chocolate and ends on a long node of nitrous oxidey pleasantly medicinal gas.

Yeti is like the blank canvas of RIS', and it lends itself much better to this kind of mellow coffee treatment than to bourbon aging.

Photo of Stigs
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, served in a DFH oversized snifter

A - pours with a quarter inch or so of frothy dark khaki colored foam. absolutely deathly black beer.

S - insanely fresh (and strong) french roasted coffee. some dark bakers chocolate, roasted an slightly burnt malt, oak, vanilla, subtle dark fruits. finishes with an earthy warming bitterness. i love coffee (drink it strong and black), and this is money.

T - that wonderful coffee assault...melds pretty nicely with roasted malts resembling slightly burnt toast, hershey's syrup, oak. i'd buy this if it was a non-alcoholic energy drink. lacks some complexities of the other Oaked Yeti's, but I dont care.

M - thick and syrupy body, carbonation is tight and alive but pulled off well. finish leaves a coat of coffee and chocolate flavor all over the mouth.

D - only fault here is that after awhile, it can be a bit much. but, i still love it. not graceful, subtle, or complex by any means just yummy. want this with breakfast every day!

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

A- Black with large dark tan head.
S- Coffee and grapefruit smell. citrus smell overpowers the coffee smell.
T- caramel dark chocolate, with espresso flavor
MF- full bodied flavor. very thick malty and bitter flavor
D- would drink again. easy to somewhat medium drinking. would assume to see as a higher class place offering this beer. sort of hard to drink if you are not used to bitter or stouts. but will take time to drink through the glass.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Is a deep brown in color with a thick, creamy tan head. Exquisite lacing down the sides of the glass as the head reduces.

This beer has a very complex smell. Chocolate, coffee and hops hit you first, followed by a hint of vanilla and some malt.

I let it warm before drinking, and I'm glad I did. Very creamy and smooth, tasting of deep coffee, dark chocolate, and malt. Right behind that is hops, giving this stout a little bitter bite. The oak aging is definitely having a mellowing effect, but I still taste alcohol.

A great sipper, one which I will definitely have again, perhaps when it gets cooler outside.

Photo of Overlord
2.99/5  rDev -30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours black with a brown head. Foamy.

The COFFEE beer smells COFFEE strongly of COFFEE and COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE. Sorry, got sidetracked there for a moment.

This beer's label ain't kidding. This is an espresso/coffee bomb. Whoa. Almost anything but a hint of chocolate and malt is obliterated by the heavy, heavy coffee layer. Serve this hot and I'd probably think it's coffee of some sort. No oak survives in this version. Nice creamy mouthfeel.

Hard to grade this beer. I mean, I don't like it. BUt, I can see that on a certain level it did achieve what it set out to do. After 2-3 oz, I basically didn't want to drink it.

Photo of PDXHops
2.5/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap in a shaker pint.

In the dimly lit confines of the bar, this appears close to jet black, with a wispy head that quickly disappears. This is replaced by an oily sheen that increases the motor oil illusion. Obviously no lacing.

Unfortunately things don't improve dramatically from there. I prefer the java in coffee beers to play a supporting role, but it dominates to a distracting level here. Even with no head and a shitty shaker pint glass, strong coffee greets my nose from a foot away, and I can detect little else upon closer consideration. As for the flavors, a solid base beer seems to lurk underneath, viscous and oily with plenty of dark malts and chocolate sweetness and some warming booziness, but the intense java presence clubs it all into submission.

I've only had one other Yeti variation (oak-aged), and it was quite enjoyable. I will certainly seek out the others, but can't recommend the espresso version. I may grab a botttle or 2 to throw in the cellar to see if it improves with time.

Photo of nova009
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Bomber into a snifter

A- Pours a motor oil black. Creamy white two finger head with decent lacing.

S- Chocolate and woodiness hit at the start. Coffee not as present as I expected.

T- Strong almost overbearing coffee flavor. Chocolate with a small hint of vanilla. Hops more apparent than expected.

M- Creamy and smooth. Light carbonation allows for a solid feel.

D- Alright, I quite honestly prefer the traditional Yeti to this one.

As much as I like stouts, this one was simply average to me.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- A rough pour into a snifter will coax a 2 finger very fluffy coffee colored head. It leaves plenty of lacing. The beer is obviously black.

S- Dank, wet coffee filters, hops, tobacco, black pepper.

T- Pungent coffee, vanilla, oak, grassy and spicy hops

M-Low carbonation makes for a creamy smooth body.

D- I dont really like really hoppy stouts. This one was simply average to me.

Photo of hopsbreath
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Over the span of two hours I enjoyed this beer, packaged in bomber form, poured by parts into my snifter. I just got off third shift at the hospital and whipped up some chocolate chip pancakes to pair with this for breakfast before getting some much needed shut eye. Boy what a treat. A special thanks to Sam at Beverage World (elgiacomo) for pointing this out one day when I was in a Stout mood. It wasn't on my radar after a disappointing experience with regular Oak Aged Yeti, but he suggested it was worth my time.

The pour on this is as expected for a big stout, there is a big tan head with crimson hues sitting on top of an opaque black liquid. No light penetrates this bad boy. Just as I expect an Impy Stout to look.

The smell is what initially hit me on this one. Big coffee and roasted espresso bombarded me before I even got the pour going! A huge pfft that escaped when I popped the top let me know the carbonation was not under done and rocketed the coffee into my nostrils. Big classic Stout roasted aromas were also there in abundance. This was truly shaping up to be a great brew.

The taste of this for now is what I am going to be comparing all other coffee stouts too. Not only is the coffee there in a big way like expected, but it is a big bold fresh coffee flavor that lacks the less exciting stale flavor that lot of coffee stouts seem to have. Unexpected was the amount of semi-sweet bakers chocolate that showed up on this. There is a LOT of chocolate here. It actually becomes too sweet and choc lately as I drink more. I can appreciate that though so I'm not going to knock it for being more than expected.

The mouthfeel is a little over carbonated for my taste, but is still appropriate for the style. The thick syrupy body is great but with less carbonation it would be a lot smoother and more decadent.

This is a 9.5% big rich beer. Drinkability is what you would expect. I would have liked to share this rather than drinking the whole bomber but was already well into it before that thought occurred. By then, I had to finish.

I will drink this one again. There is a certain fudgy quality to this beer that I have the rare chance to experience. I would love to share this with my wife when we meet back up in a few weeks and would reccomend it for anybody looking for the proper breakfast beer.

Photo of Gavage
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pourts a dark brown, almost black color with a 1/2" head that lingers a while. Spotty lace develops.

Smell: roasted malts and espresso are easily detectable and nice on the nose.

Taste: roasted malt, espresso, prunes, hints of citrus and oak, a mild amount of vanilla and a bit of alcohol. There is a bit of a bready quality to this too. Nice balancing bitterness here.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Light crispness to start, smooth and lucious at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste as the flavors linger forever.

Drinkability: slow drinking beer and the bomber is a great single session beer for an evening. Great for a dessert beer.

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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