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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,018 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,018
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 05-16-2008)
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter glass.

Pours black as oil with some ruby highlights around the edges when held to the light; shows off a full, thick cloud of brown foam, settling down slowly and sticking heavily to the sides of the glass and leaving a gorgeous stained glass-like array of rings and patches.

A delightful aroma wafts into the nose, filled with an initial whiff of vanilla, coffee and chocolate, with citrus hops dancing into the mix, creating a surprising yet delightful sensation.

Flavors of chocolate and coffee open up the show; a wallop of fruity, citrus hop notes fill in the middle, with oaky vanilla notes rounding out the edges, all riding in the midst of a thick, smooth body that rides down with a slightly dry, roasty, semi-sweet finish.

Delicious and drinkable, perhaps too much so: with an ABV of 9%, it can be sneaky, especially as the alcohol fails to show itself on the palate.

This brew is wonderfully complex and amazingly tasty, but perhaps to bring out its true identity, a bit more aging might be necessary, as the hop character is a bit to vibrant and needs some time to mellow. Or perhaps it just helps to add to the uniqueness of this ale; it's difficult to tell.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 15:47:58 | More by superdedooperboy
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nhudson

Alabama

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

Bought 3 bottles while in Atlanta this weekend and decided to drink one of them Saturday night. I couldn't find a good pint glass so I went with a coffee mug. Great choice for this beer. Appearance, what can I say about it, it just looks awesome in a coffee mug. My friends kept coming over and asking if it was coffee or beer. The head reminded me of what a nice espresso froth is supposed to look like. The beer itself is opaque black with maybe a slight brown hue to it. Smell, to me was of a nice coffee/espresso and chocolate and maybe a slight toffee note. I get little to no hop bitterness with this beer which I would say is do to the espresso being there. Taste, this has to be in my top 10 list of beers that I have drank. Takes like a mocha cappuccino almost, very chocolate and milk texture with a hint of oak and vanilla. The taste is very complex but with each sip you find something new. Mouthfeel, very heavy and full bodied. The beer seems like it would stain your entire mouth and I could have sworn my tongue turned brown because of it. Drinkability, very drinkable and warming. If I could afford it and my liver could take the abuse I would switch this out with my morning coffee and wouldn't be able to notice. Even though its served cool the alcohol warms you up from the inside. I love the oaked yeti, but this has taken its place on my list as what to look for when I go on a beer run. I can't wait to see what this beer is like with some age on it as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 15:29:06 | More by nhudson
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everetends

Alabama

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this brew on tap at the Brickstore Pub in Atlanta, GA. This was an eight to ten ounce pour in a chalice.

A: I don't hand out too many 5's whatsoever but this beer's appearance was exceptional. Just friggin perfect and I what I was looking for. This poured a beautiful dark, pitch black. No light was getting through this puppy whatsoever. Then you get to see that head. The head is this beautiful dark brown head that resembles chocolate mousse. This head has an insanely creamy texture to it. That foam is so thick and creamy it saturates the glass and leaves that heavy foam stuck on that glass. I was amazed when the bartender handed the beer to me and it absolutely has the wow factor. You have my attention.

S: this brew has a really nice nose to it. Rich and deep chocolately malts are very much here. The malt is has a really nice roast to it. The coffee is strong but still has that sweet smell coffee can have. It isn't overpowering or doesn't have too much bitterness to it. The wood is very nice and has a really nice syrup and vanilla aroma to it. Its all sweet, but its very nice and enjoyable for sure.

T: This beer is quite tasty. Once again there is a really nice chocolaty presence here. Really nice and rich milk and dark chocolates mingle very nicely with the oak wood and vanilla flavors. The malt is roasted wonderfully and really compliments the coffee. The coffee is perfect for this beer. Espresso bitterness with a touch of mocha sweetness. It just friggin works. Then you get some really nice bourbon booziness on the back end. Dig it.

M: This is a full bodied beauty. Curves and textures are all in the right places. This beer is chewy and thick. Super oily and slick, this sucker really coats the mouth. The ABV has a really nice warming quality all over the palate, the throat, and the belly. Very nice. Carbonation is nice for this style with a low level that really lets this beer be thick and rich. Aftertaste is some nice booziness and coffee, a combo that I enjoy.

D: This beer is damned good. It didn't disappoint in the least. This is by and far the best of the Yeti line. I was really disappointed by the Oak Aged Yeti, and I was sceptical going in. It is amazing how this espresso quality makes this beer damn near perfect. The flavors, aromas, and feel are on point. The look is damned perfect. This was a great beer experience from the start and I will drink this beer every opportunity I get. Damned good brew. Fanfriggintastic. Drink this shit.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2009 03:03:03 | More by everetends
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BZero007

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this the other night at RFD in D.C. and it was definitely an interesting brew. Everyone loved the bottle and was taking pictures with it threw the night in different spots in RFD. Poured into a pint glass and immediately you see the very dark brew pour out with a lovely brown chocolate head forming. Smell was of Espresso and Chocolate. Taste was over the top Espresso, with chocolate. Towards the end of the brew I was hit with some bitterness and fruit flavors. The brew it's self was very interesting and I was glad that I had it, but for $20 at the place was allot to pay for it. The Espresso flavor is very very dominate threw out the beer, so make you keep that in mind and that you are up for the blast. At the time I was honestly not able to finish it due to the overwhelming strong taste of Espresso, but i am sure more serious stout drinkers would have little problem with it.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 17:32:30 | More by BZero007
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beerman207

Kentucky

4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had a yeti sighting a few weeks ago with a bottle and enjoyed the bottle but having it on tap was significantly better.

Appearance: Black and thick with little lacing and no real head

Smell: Smelled of coffee, bitter chocolate, and malt

Taste: Strong tones of coffee, some nuttiness in there, bitterness is really mild with a very smooth finish. I was most suprised by the finish of this brew.

Mouthfeel - Very well balanced

Drinkability- This was the most suprising for me since I got half of a growler of the yeti. I was able to have 2 of these with no problem and could have had more. One word of caution is to watch out for the 9% alcohol. It snuck up on me and I was feeling pretty good very fast.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2009 12:36:31 | More by beerman207
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roadhouse

Florida

3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter.

Appears black as all black with a one inch thick tan head with tight CO2 bubbles. A bit of lacing is left behind.

Aromas is strongly of coffee, the oak is also there, with some slight dark fruit character. Also a touch of hop character coming through - citrusy.

Taste is immediately of espresso and it stays that way with other layers adding onto it. Midway through the oak kicks into full gear with the woody tone and a very strong vanilla component. Hops come in towards the finish and leave a citric bitterness combined with chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat thick and a very creamy consistency.

This one is...interesting. Not exactly what I thought it would be like, but I like it better than the regular Oaked Yeti. Still would prefer many other coffee beers over this, especially with the $10 per bottle tag. I had to try it though.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 06:48:24 | More by roadhouse
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

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

Picked up this long awaited bastard at Ds in Swissvale. Full disclosure: this beer on paper looks made for my tastes.

Look is pretty phenominal, black as night and a nice sized tan head gives way to a crown and lacing the whole way down the glass.

Nose is good as well, chocolate, coffee, wood, vanilla. Someone below wrote a coffee shop scent, I can see that.

Taste comes off rather successful as well, the familiar yeti taste which is an already great mix of chocolate, cream, and coffee with some oak and a ton of espresso. I don't think it is overpowering but it is prevalent. There is also a hop presence I never noticed in a yeti, likely because I have never had one this fresh.

Body is pretty thick and chewy with low to med carbonation.

Glad to have another bottle of this waiting in the wings.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 02:43:59 | More by sonicdescent
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.15/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz pry-top brown glass. Bottled Feb. 13 2009.

Appearance: Deep black with brown around the edges, light tan head, leaving sparse spotting.

Nose: Lots of bitter espresso notes, vanilla way out when you really breathe in. Smells like a coffee shop that roasts their own, or maybe the coffee isle in a grocery store.

Palate: Medium- to full-bodied. Lots and lots of dark roast coffee grounds up front, in the middle and on the finish. There's some mild tempering from the oak, a little vanilla, dried creamer feel in the middle. Some earthy, dried leaves notes on the finish, and some green coffee bean flavors, too.

Notes: Gotta say, I prefer the Oaked Yeti to all the Yeti's so far. This is a little too coffee ground tasting/feeling, a little too bitter (from the coffee), and a little too simple. Texture and flavors a little overdone.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 02:37:45 | More by SFLpunk
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Domingo

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Normally I'm a huge Great Divide fan and the other two Yeti beers are among my absolute favorite beers, period.
However, the espresso coffee notes kill off most of the subtle other notes in the beer. It still looks really good and maintains the right texture...but the flavors have all shifted over to roasted coffee and bitter chocolate. Even the hop notes seem to be lost. It went from having a ton of depth to being a boozy coffee beer.
It's still okay if you want a coffee strong stout, but I don't think it's as good as the other ones I've had, like the Founders examples.
The other two Yeti beers have a flavor list a mile long. This one falls into that increasingly large group of imperial stouts that have roasty flavors and little else. It's still "good" but I'd say it's a big fall-off compared to the others.

Again, this is still a good beer...but it's a miss when compared to it's predecessors.

EDIT: Future tastings actually have me even questioning if this IS a good beer. I just don't like it. It's all coffee and very little else. I'd say the 2010 version is even more so. I'll pass on this one, and I'm a giant Great Divide fan.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 14:10:52 | More by Domingo
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hsway

Massachusetts

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

I poured this somewhat aggressively from a 22 ounce bottle into two large red wine glasses. Shared with my loved one, which is always nice.

a: Deep dark almost blackish color with a medium brown head - much like the color of the foam that appears on the top of french press coffee, coincidentally.

s: Coffee, coffee, coffee. Interesting sensation because it smelled very much like a cup of coffee, but it wasn't generating the smell by steam/evaporation.

t: Great. Again, the coffee is very strong, so much so that the oakiness is not too intense, which is fine with me.

m: This was not quite as syrupy as I expected - in fact, it was less so than the regular Yeti, which I wasn't expecting. Still very round and full-bodied.

d: I wouldn't want to drink too much of this, but that's always my preference with imperial stouts. A little dab'll do ya.

One note, I think this beer may contain caffeine - I had a bit of trouble sleeping after this one, but it was worth it.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 17:46:38 | More by hsway
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jkendrick

Colorado

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

A: Black with a brown creamy head that recedes slowly leaving lotsa lace.

S: The espresso smell is nice and the slight malt aroma is the only hint that I'm smelling a beer and not a shot of espresso.

MF: Full-bodied in an understatement! It totally coats the mouth and is ridiculously chewy! Perfect!

T: Man, that's a lot of coffee! Unlike the regular Oaked-Aged Yeti, I don't detect much oak. I'm generally a fan of oakiness, but I didn't like the way it effected the Yeti, so the lack of oakiness here is a good thing in my book. There is some dark bitter chocolate and some sweet vanilla going on in the middle. In the finish there is coffee -like bitterness. Hops? Maybe, but the bitterness reminds me of the taste in my mouth after that last sip of very strong, very black coffee in the morning. It is a bit hot, but only only the gums. It doesn't really generate much warmth in the belly or as it goes down.

Overall: Love it! The best of the Yetis!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 00:50:12 | More by jkendrick
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nickfl

Florida

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

A - Two fingers of dark brown head rest on top of a completely opaque, black body. The dense head settles to a half finger of thick bubbles on top of the beer and leaves very thick lace on the glass.

T - A rich, dark aroma of chocolate, coffee, and nutty caramel. Distinct woody note with hints of vanilla. Dark yeast aromas of raisin and plums.

T - Strong, bitter malt up front. Lots of coffee and dark chocolate. Spicy flavors in the middle, pepper and rosemary. The finish is strongly bitter with complex flavors of everything bitter and acrid; coffee beans, char, tobacco, and unsweetened chocolate with a slight, surprising, aftertaste of green, citrus hops.

M - Thick and oily body, medium-low carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Drinkability is honestly a bit low on this one. They have taken a big beer, and made it way bigger with wood and coffee. Hugely complex and intensely bitter, it kind of reminds me of turkish coffee. The bitterness is a bit over the top for my taste. The espresso may have added to the aroma but, for the most part, I think it just hurt the drinkability by making the beer so bitter that it is kind of hard to finish a whole glass.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 05:50:07 | More by nickfl
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shanem

Vermont

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

Excellent! I had heard of the Yeti and happened to find this at store in Boston on a little weekend trip.

A: Crazy dark, no light even at the end. Had a huge head that laced down the entire glass

S: Not as much espresso as I had assumed based on the name but it's still there alongside some roasted maltiness and a bit of sweet almost chocolate aroma

T: Delicious, got the coffee flavor at the end. Really liked the oak flavor in there also. Super complex brew with lots going on and very well balanced

M: Good and hearty feel but smooth and rich

D: More drinkable than you would think. I could go through a couple of these without too much trouble

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 05:05:37 | More by shanem
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treyrab

California

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

I was very pleased to find this on tap last night. It just made its way to Pittsburgh and I wasted no time ordering first before my palate got fried. Poured into a 12oz snifter glass.

A: Not to be cliche, this this pours black as night with a solid one finger dark khaki head. The head is sticky with the normal Yeti sticky hop profile that laces all the way down the glass.

S: A shot of espresso right into this beer makes it smell glorious. Espresso dipped chocolate, creamy chocolate nougat, sweet vanilla and caramel round off the smell. The dry coffee though is predominant in this.

T: The taste is magical. The dry espresso blends so great with the harsh Yeti profile. Yeti is a rough beer in my opinion. The light espresso and coffee tames this beast into a great, highly drinkable beer. The beer overall is pretty dry with the coffee and dark roast, but some sweet caramel and vanilla creeps up towards teh end.

Oveall, this is my favorite Yeti yet. It is also the most highly drinkable. I will probably get a few bottles, but I have no idea how this will age due to the high amounts of coffee.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2009 00:44:53 | More by treyrab
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IPALOVER

Colorado

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

Two of my favorites-- imperial stout and coffee, and here they are mixed together!

The beer poured beautifully into an imperial pint glass. The smell of espresso was strong, and invited me to take that first sip!

The first few sips of this beer were the best-- strong but smooth, huge coffee overtones, sweet finish...yum. The more I drank, though, it seemed to lose the sweetness. It took me about 2 hours to make it through the entire bomber, and about 3/4 of the way through I wanted a snack to go with it (I had a piece of aged white cheddar cheese, and for some reason it was really tasty with this beer!).

I prefer the regular Yeti Imperial Stout over this one as a "regular" in my refrigerator, but will definitely have it again in about a year!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 01:22:55 | More by IPALOVER
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glid02

Georgia

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

On-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours completely black with a one-finger brown head that slowly dissipates into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted coffee with roasted malts. There's also a hint of unsweetened chocolate as the beer warms. Not quite the bouquet I was hoping for, but still solid.

Tastes more complex than it smells. Roasted coffee up front is joined by roasted malt flavors. Near the end of the sip a bit of earthiness comes in from the oak along with unsweetened chocolate. The ending is full of bitter coffee flavors that linger for a bit. I wasn't terribly impressed with the first third of the beer, but it definitely comes into its own as it warms.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a very good thickness, but the carbonation was a bit on the heavy side. I'll definitely try this at a later date and see if it's the same from a bottle.

Drinkability is good. Despite the high carbonation, I still finished this very quickly and could go for a few more.

Overall this is very good, though I like the regular Oak Aged a bit better. Still, for coffee fans this is a beer that definitely warrants trying, and for that matter it warrants trying for anyone.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2009 00:34:37 | More by glid02
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tjthresh

Indiana

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

Draft at the tap room. Pour is black with a dense brown head. Some lace left behind. Strong coffee nose with a bit of chocolate. Strong coffee flavor as well that levels out to a bitter chocolate finish. Thick and rich with pricly carbonation. Dry lasting finish. Really damn good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2009 20:24:20 | More by tjthresh
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alovesupreme

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Portsmouth snifter yielded the beer was pitch black with a tall dark head that never entirely left the beer.
Lots of expresso with some chocolate. A undecipherable dark fruit was also a little deeper into the noise.
Expresso. Not coffee, but expresso. Dark chocolate probably 85%, vanilla and a small hint of alcohol. Aftertaste is IMO to bitter due to the excessive expresso.
Very rich and pleasant mouthfeel. Slightly more carbonation than expected in a big IS.
A great big beer as is expected from a sibling of a great family. The bitterness is a little over the top. This beer could benefit from some age to balance the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 05:34:42 | More by alovesupreme
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tpd975

Florida

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

Picked up a couple bombers today at Kingdom in Brandon. Thanks Ben for the heads up!

A: Pours as black as night. No light can penetrate this one. The dark mocha head rises to two fingers in height in my Darkness snifter. Looks as though a lace bomb exploded in the glass.

S: Very similar to the regular oaked yeti. Lots and lots of oak right from the start. Hints of vanilla and chocolate. Nice roast to the malt and a touch of coffee, though to be honest I expected a bit more coffee in the nose.

T: YizUM! I loved Yeti, I love Oaked Yeti, and I am now head over heals for this one. Wonderful roast character up front. Fudgey chocolate comes next with light vanilla notes. Bold bitter espresso comes through but does not over power due to the high levels of oak. Hints of green hops hide beneath it all. This is a wonderful beer with layers of flavor.

M: Full in body, rich....decadent. Great carbonation to boot.

D: Fairly drinkable to be honest. This style is not intended to be the most drinkable, but I sipped on the bomber until the entire thing was gone.

I declare that Espresso Stouts and Bourbon Barrels are the best marriage since Peanut Butter and Chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 23:44:18 | More by tpd975
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StrangeBrewer76

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pored opaque into a chalice with a two layer head. One sticky tan skin with widely varying bubble sizes that lasts and lasts and a 1/2 finger head under that with all medium bubbles that faded rather quickly.

My nose is a little stuffy but there's no denying the roasted coffee and oak smell in this one. I may also be getting a little butter too, very appealing.

WOW! The taste is truly exceptional. Coffee, big bittersweet chocolate and a slight, well placed alcohol burn in the end. Really phenomenal.

Mouthfeel too, could not be better. As smooth as can be at the start then the carbonation flourishes to make it creamy and soft. There is an insignificant bite from the bitter chocolate that a few months in the cellar will surely polish over. This one was bottled less than three weeks ago, very fresh.

Drinkability for this beer may be closing the gap between session beers and imperial or bigger beers. I could have another one of these if I had another one of these but that would really just be indulgent. If there were a cask or a tap of this that I was not paying for I could have quite a few. I think my taste buds would give up before I wanted them to drinking this.

If you can afford it buy a case +1. Drink one and treat yourself in the months to come with a beer that will likely age very, very well.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 02:16:45 | More by StrangeBrewer76
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bhalter8

Georgia

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A snowy Sunday in GA made for perfect day to try the Espresso Yeti. A fresh bottle, bottled only a couple weeks ago, purchased at Green's, so that espresso flavor should be front and center. Pours a dark, ink black, with a robust dark tan head. That head recedes very slowly. Smell is an incredible mix of sweet chocolate, and strong espresso/coffee aroma. Taste is also incredible, an upfront hit espresso combined with a bitter chocolate and malt backbone. It really is as close to a perfect balance as you could find in a coffee imperial stout. Compared to some other imperial stouts, this one is a thicker composition, and I like it. Incredibly easy to drink for the style, I found myself easily sipping the entire bomber while watching the snow fall.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 14:37:20 | More by bhalter8
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Bullock's in Marietta, Georgia. I have misplaced my receipt, but I recall it wasn't exactly cheap. Bottled On: Feb 12 2009. So fresh!! Let's get to it!

Appearance: Pours an inky black body with a large, frothy, dark tan head. True, there may have been better some lace formation, but I found myself tossing back the glass so often that none could even gain a foothold on my Duvel tulip glass.

Smell: Roasty, fresh-brewed espresso nose welcomes in full notes of chocolate fondue, dark malts, fresh oak lumber. Some breweries get coffee additions wrong -- Great Divide got it right.

Taste: After the first sip it's hard not to shout out an "AWW YEAH BABY!" like you're rooting hard for your favorite sports team. Dark, heavily roasted malts harmonize perfectly with the deep, sultry flavor of quality espresso. Add in a heavy-handed pour of dark chocolate sauce and heavy cream flavored with vanilla extract. Fairly sweet, but it's kept in check by the roasty, earthy bitterness, tannic wood qualities, and the cumulative, spicy, sprucy hop component. Hint of fruit. Very minor touch of alcohol warmth, like imbibing a complimentary shot of Godiva Mocha Liqueur. Finishes drying with a vast roastiness and lingering tastes of chocolate and oak.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Spoiler Alert: It's absolutely delish, what can I say?! Rich flavors that know no bounds. Sometimes I'm hesitant to drink an entire bomber of something by my lonely, miserable self, but I cleared through this bottle in record time. One to sip and savor slowly, but it's hard not to chug it greedily like an insatiable fiend.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 02:37:50 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Take a world class RIS, oak age it with vanilla, then infuse it with a ton of deep roasted espresso beans, and you've got something special. Pours pitch black, completely opaque with a frothy 2 finger dark caramel colored head. First sip is super strong coffee with lots of dark chocolate bitterness. Brown sugar, tobacco, and vanilla notes support the massive bitterness. Drinkin' this beer is like chewing coffee grinds and chasing it with dark chocolate. We are not done. No sir. There is a strong hop profile that amazingly steals the finish. Creamy milkshake-like mouthfeel is much loved and appreciated. Replace your morning Starbucks with Espresso Yeti and it will be lunchtime before you know it.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 23:06:22 | More by ATLbeerDog
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HeyItsChili

China

4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the West Ashley Good Beer Festival, and just now getting around to reviewing my notes.

I remember this being the highlight of the day.

A - Poured deep black into my tasting glass, with a foamy brown head.

S - Very "espresso" dark, sweet, bitter chocolatey coffee notes

T - Superb. There is a lot going on here, and maybe I can't completely grasp the nuances, but I got the espresso buzz mixing with some roasted malts and coffee flavors, with a mellowing out from some bittersweet chocolate.

M - Medium bodied, but silky and creamy. Smooth. Little carbonation feel.

Notes - I don't think I understood how hard this sucker was to come by until after the beer fest. I'm glad I got a chance to try it. Further edited upon trying it by the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2009 21:24:14 | More by HeyItsChili
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wagenvolks

Texas

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

Many thanks to jadamski1 for the trade! 22oz gold-foil bottle into a Delirium goblet. Listed at 9.5% ABV, bottled on Feb. 13, 2009.

A sluggish pour releases an inky black, viscous body into the glass. No light getting through this opaque beauty, and the sizable tower of dirt-brown head echoes the body's sentiments. Great retention and lacing for such a high alcohol level, but then again, they do like their hops at Great Divide.

The aroma is what made me fall in love with the regular Yeti: loads of chocolaty cookie dough and roasted coffee goodness, backed by a pungent earthy hop note and booze. The espresso notes dart in and out of the aroma, providing delicate layers of mocha coffee and cream. The oak-aging is a mere afterthought.

Flavor starts off with a blast of bitter dark chocolates and spicy, earthen hops. Espresso sweetness is evident, but somehow only the tastebuds on the roof of my mouth seem to detect it--the tongue is bound by the powerful Oak-Aged Yeti flavors of chocolate and vinous wood. Mouthfeel is creamy, viscous, and oh so smooth until the sharp acidity of the oak hits the back of the palate. Finishes with a sticky malt booziness and lingering hop note. Sad to say it, there may be TOO much going on in this beer.

Here's how I rank them:
1. Yeti
2. Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti
3. Oak-Aged Yeti

Hard to beat the original, although this beer is a worthy addition to the "Yeti" name.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 01:51:36 | More by wagenvolks
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