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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,369
Reviews: 1,001
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 257
Gots: 710 | FT: 51
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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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Ratings: 3,369 | Reviews: 1,001
Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a 1/2" brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome! It has a dry, expresso scent along with a rich, black and chocolate malt aroma. It has a bitter black malt, coffee feel. The taste is great as well. It has a dry, expresso flavor up front with some chocolate malt notes. It goes down easy with minimal warming and a nice subtle oak finish. This is a complex beer with lots going on. The expresso character is quite pronounced. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tremendous beer. I'm a huge fan of the coffee flavor.

Photo of SShelly
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with moderate offwhite head lots of retention and lacing.

Large coffee and esspreso aromas with roast and dark malt behind.

Flavor follows the aroma, large coffe flavors, moderate roast, the large esspreso flavors really carry the flavors in this.

Lots of alcohol and a moderate to large mouthfeel make this a tasty beverage, very happy I got to try it.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours totally jet black in color with a generous one fingered toffee colored head. The lacing sticks to the sides of the glass and clings like glue.

S - Dominated by expresso and coffee, bitter chocolate, and with a mild smokey character.

T - The name lives up to the taste. This beer is a big time, in your face type of coffee/expresso stout. Expresso flavor totally dominates...and I do mean DOMINATES! There's a mild bitter chocolate, somewhat smokey flavor with alot of charcoal mixed in. Burnt malt in the back ground leaves a sticky, mouthsmacking impression of just sucking down a mouthful of raw coffee beans. Pour this in place of your morning cup of java and it will definitely kick start your day!

M - A little chewy, thick, full bodied, and rich.

D - I couldn't drink more than one. I'm not a fan of coffee, but I do enjoy Imperial Stouts and this is definitely worth checking out. I'd have to say this is the biggest and strongest coffee flavored beer I've had to date.

Photo of Kelly88
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into Kentucky Ale snifter.
A- a great looking stout! Dark as asphalt with a one finger dark khaki head that settles into a scattered thin cap. Web lacing surrounds the glass.

S- I'm guessing this is what coffee beans would smell like if dipped in chocolate. I wish it was more pungent but what is there smells very enticing.

T- starts off with some milk chocolate then a blast of coffee. Dark fruits appear briefly but the coffee obviously takes center stage. Very well balanced with sweet chocolate and bitter coffee.

M- great mouthfeel that is full and perfectly carbonated. Nothing distracting just a nice full heavy feel. Just how I prefer My stouts.

D- finished off a whole bomber by myself and I the only way I can tell its 9.5% is BC I'm a little buzzed. Alcohol is no where in sight when your enjoying only when You're finished!

Photo of TCgoalie
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 7/18/10

Pours pitch black with a wonderful mocha head which gathers a half finger thick. The head gathers at the side in splotches leaving some lacing.

Dark chocolate, espresso, and pine hops help sting my nostrils. There is a bite in the smell which makes me excited to taste it.

Again, dark chocolate and espresso unite in smooth harmony to produce a lovely flavor. A big bitter aftertaste comes from coffee acidity and hop bitterness.

The taste is creamy up front which gives way to a drying finish. A solid mouthfeel.

I would say this has average drinkability for a 9+% ABV drink with a nod toward its overall appeal.

Photo of Anaz
3.61/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first Yeti, and I wish I'd had the tried the unaged version without the espresso first.

It's a dark beer, black with a faint red brown at the edges of the glass and a thick, persistent head that brings espresso crema to mind.

The coffee aroma comes on strong with chocolate and a faint hoppiness in the background.

This is definitely a coffee beer, and the espresso character dominates, with hints of dark chocolate and maltiness fighting their way through the intense coffee presence. The coffee flavor fades a bit on the aftertaste, and an astringent chocolate flavor comes forward, like really dark chocolate or cocoa powder. There is a sweetness that lasts, tempered by alcohol and a coffee and hop bitterness.

This beer has a surprisingly light body for an imperial stout, and the mild carbonation makes it much easier to drink than I would have expected. It is a big beer, but it doesn't drink like one. The alcohol is perceptable, and there is a lingering bitterness that can be pleasant, but thankfully it's not syrupy at all.

I wanted to like this beer a lot, and my high expectations probably influenced my enjoyment of this beer for the worst. I did like it, but I was far from crazy about it. I'll drink it again in a different situation, but I'm not in any rush to try this again.

Photo of vkv822
3.67/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter.
bottled on: Feb.12, 2010

The beer pours with a motor oil thickness, and is black in color. The head is a beautiful mass of tiny, tan, mocha colored bubbles topped by larger milk chocolate bubbles. I can't recall ever having seen a multi-layered head like this before, very cool looking.
The aroma is strongly of coffee and oak, though the coffee notes seem strongly roasted. There are also some roasted malts and light chocolate notes blended in as well. The coffee is really very over-powering, to the point of distracting from and masking the other flavors.
The taste is predominately of coffee, though it isn't quite as over powering as in the aroma. There are also nice roasted malts and light chocolate and oak notes, though it does finish with more bitter, charred coffee.
The mouthfeel is fairly thick and creamy, with a nice balance of carbonation.
This is a pretty good Imperial Stout, though I felt that the prominence of the coffee did detract from the complexity of this beer. I would like to see what some age would do to this.

Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22 oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A: wow. pours like motor oil into the glass. Visible viscosity. Opaque black, no hint of color. Head is a very dark tan and pours about 3 fingers thick, and quickly dissipates.

S: mix of french-roasted coffee, char, and dark chocolate. A little woody. Also some herbal hop aroma that complements the above nicely.

T: charred wood dominates but mixes in with coffee beans and a little background chocolate. Definitely an alcohol flavor, like a thick stout laced with a fine Scotch. These flavors dominate and there is a very slight hint of dark dried fruit but not really much. Some tanniny wood flavor in the later stages.. The finish puckers a bit with the dry alcohol, a very firm hop bitterness, and a substantial but not overwhelming oak flavor.

M: oily, chewy, and heavy. The alcohol definitely warms the mouth (and the belly). Somewhat puckering.

D: share with a friend if possible, and pair with a creamy dessert (even something as simple as vanilla ice cream) for a nice contrast. After a few sips I definitely can feel it. Would definitely serve this as a closer in a flight, and I will also seek out the other oak-aged Yeti variations.

Photo of ratedz
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Boulevard snifter. Bottle was dated 04/02/2010.

A: This beer pours coffee black with a thin chocolate brown colored head. The head dissipated fairly quickly.

S: Smells like dark roast coffee that has been sitting in a pot on a burner for just a little too long. I'm also picking up a little bit of chocolate and a hint of bitter hops.

T: Dark roast coffee is the predominate flavor, but I'm getting a little bit of chocolate up front also. My wife took a sip and, after thinking for a second, said that it tastes like drinking a cup of pure coffee grounds and therefore it was delicious. I've never tried straight coffee grounds and since she's the coffee drinker, I'll take her word for it. A hint of oak is in there too, but it's definitely overpowered by the coffee flavor.

M: Medium to full bodied. Slightly creamy with mild carbonation. Finishes dry and slightly bitter as a result of the coffee.

D: The alcohol is very well hidden, which makes it easier to drink. The bitterness of the coffee does, however, reduce drinkability ever so slightly.

Overall, I enjoyed the Espresso Oak Aged Yeti. I like coffee as much as the next guy, but it almost got to be a bit much as it overpowered other scents and tastes. I don't regret buying the bottle, but I don't know if I'd rush out and buy another. There are several other imperial stouts that I enjoy more.

Photo of mwilbur
3.71/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into NBB snifter. Bottle stamp says bottled on April 2, 2010.
A: Pours a luscious, syrupy opaque black. Absolutely no light comes through with backlighting. The faintest of dark chocolate heads forms and recedes quickly. Very nice.
S: Dark chocolate with mild coffee and alcohol notes (not quite espresso here although the bottle says that is what is added to the brew). Not very complex.
T: Bitter semisweet chocholate and bitter dark roast coffee. Take away or soften some of the bitter edge and it would be great (perhaps a little time will soften and improve it). Dark/charred roast malt.
M: Medium body (lighter than expected). Initially smooth with a hint of creaminess, but quickly giving way to a bitter tingle. Dry and tannic finish.
D: Given the ABV, it has good drinkability. It will catch up with you though. A nicely crafted brew, but I like some of the other Yetis better. This one seems to want to go big in all things...super malt, super hops, oak, espresso, high ABV, etc. Personally I would tone down the hops on this one (maybe a little oatmeal to soften it too).

9/22/12 update: Cellared another bottle (from the same bottling) and finally got around to it. This one definitely improves with age--softening and smoothing the edges. Smooth, sweet, and luscious now. In hindsight, drinking this one 4 1/2 months after bottling wasn't the smartest thing to do. Current rating would be 4.5/4/4/4.5/4.

Photo of arturorg
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served into an oversized wine glass.

A: Pours beautifully black (or very dark brown) with a brown head that dissipates rather quickly leaving a watery persistent lace, at pouring it feels very heavy (thick bodied) with a small carbonation.

S: Coffee (d'uh), alcohol, malts, caramel, vanilla, bread and a hint of orange?? (that one I'm not 100 percent)

T: Coffee all the way....and then the caramel and vanilla, leaving a bittery warming feeling what else can you ask from a beer with a shot of expresso.

Overall I would have it again, not my go to beer, but depending in the occasion...I prefer the Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout if I have to pick one to buy.

Photo of CBlack85
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Duckworths in Charlotte. Served in a pint glass.

Beer is black with very little in the way of highlights and has a large-ish dark tan head that slowly recedes leaving behind decent lacing.

The nose is exactly what I expected from a coffee stout. Lots of coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of oak. I also get just a hint of earthy hops, and a slight bit of alcohol.

The taste seems to be dominated by coffee. There is a slight hint of vanilla, and a hint of earthy hops as well. As the beer warms the chocolate seems to really develop quite nicely. Full bodied with a silky mouthfeel. A little more carbonated than I would expect for the style. The alcohol is very well masked, just the slightest hint of alcohol burn.

I had the opportunity to try both this beer and the chocolate oak aged yeti on tap to try side by side, and I have to say this version is quite a bit smoother and more drinkable. The aroma is much bigger and more appealing. I have not tried any other versions of this terrific beer, but I will definately be on the lookout. Just a terrific beer...

Photo of ne0m00re
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

06/22/10- Had an 04/02/10 bomber of this one.
A: Black with some dark brown hues and a nice creamy chocolate head.
S: Espresso, vanilla, chocolate, oak, banana, slight caramel cream.
T: French oak, chocolate milk converting to roasted bitter espresso raisin with a lingering caramel banana finish, especially charred wood.
M: Syrupy and really creamy and frothy. Almost too sticky.
D: Only OK.

Photo of cheftasia28
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a half-gallon growler into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: It pours like a dark coffee opaque elixir. Needless to say, this is the most intimidating stouts I have ever seen. It looks like a trans dimensional portal to a stout bliss. A dark brown back is a touch lighter than the original Yetti.

S: Is this coffee or beer? Just from the smell I can tell I will not be needing my mourning coffee tomorrow because I have the Yetti! With all the original notes of the Yetti Imperial Stout, an intoxicating and strong espresso aroma erupts. This coffee note is laced with hints of vanilla.

T: I'll ask again, "Is this coffee or beer?" The hops bitterness is perfectly married with the bitterness found from the espresso barrels. With the original hints of berry found in the original Yetti, this is a truly delicious beer with a lingering hops after taste.

M: Very viscus, and It is not carbonated much at all except for the slight bight one feels when swallowing. It almost has the consistency of a good syrup.

D: As much as I really LOVE this beer, it is still an Imperial Stout! One glass is enough for me, two tops (ask agent munky about man gulping this beer, not fun but delicious). I highly recommend this beer especially to coffee lovers. Another stout worthy of the title Yetti.

Photo of jgasparine
3.66/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- Poured from the bottle with a thin tan-colored head, which completely evaporated with time. No lacing; just a little collar on each. The body was completely opaque and jet black in appearance.

S- A very roasty sweet nose, with a heavy influence of coffee. Nothing that jumps out as oak, but there are little nuances of semi-sweet chocolate present. But a very rich nose overall the aromas can be picked up several inches from the glass.

T- Wow- this is a punch in the face! You get sweet stewed and roasted malts up front, which are quickly overwhelmed by a tannic and roasty bitterness. This bitterness begins to DOMINATE the palate, and muddle everything else going-on in the palate. Overall, it starts-out sweet and finishes very dry with some moderate-alpha-acid bitterness.

M- A big chewy body with some creaminess imparted by a soft carbonation. Moderate astringency and some moderate heat from the ethanol. The astringency is what holds-back this beer form a better rating on mouthfeel.

D- Drinkability is hindered by the overwhelming bitterness and astringency. This is definitely a beer worth tasting... but not worth drinking 22oz. of...

Photo of AgentZero
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A deep, rich black color with a very fine brown head that rose about two fingers. Great looking.

S - Nice oak, some espresso in there, but more milky cocoa than espresso in there. Nice smelling.

T - Very milky tasting. Nice bitter coffee taste and a lot of milk chocolae. Tiny bit of hops, and something sugary and sweet.

M - Milky, creamy, very smooth. I wish it had some more carbonated bite though.

D - Don't get any alcohol in this, so drinkable, but not a huge fan of it enough to seek it out.

Photo of Brewmiser
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very Dark Black color
Smell: Dark roasted coffee & chocolate
Taste: what a great combo, it's like throwing a shot of expresso in your stout.(make that 2 shots)
Mouthfeel: a thicker feel like you would get from a stout.
Drinkability: very tempted to try this for breakfast.

Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a completely thick consistency. There was an inch of creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A strong aroma of espresso, along with chocolate and malt. Very aggressive and powerful.

T: Tasted of espresso above everything else, but there were also hints of chocolate, malt, and a woody component. Complex, with a big, bold flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: Like all of Great Divide's Yetis, this one is very tasty and incredibly drinkable.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably my favorite Yeti variation.

An opaque dark and satisfying back color. 2 finger dark beige head. Good retention but the lacing is lacking.

Aroma is licorice, dark chocolate and dark roasted espresso. Sweeter rather than roasty which isn't what I'd expect from a coffee stout. I like it though.

Flavors come wrapped in a pleasant alcoholic warmth. Light espresso bitter, molasses tang: flavors cut through the thick, heavy, sweet malt. Mouthfeel is full and viscous: tar-like.

Photo of WOTO97
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle at the GD tap room. While appearance and feel were both very solid for style, the taste was a bit overloaded with coffee for my liking. I haven't had a coffee stout in a while, however, the coffee was so overpowering, it became difficult to overlook this aspect. Coffee was definitely front and center on the nose, but I still picked up a good deal of crusty bread and roast qualities from the malt. While I think a little time in the cellar will make this one a knockout, as of this tasting the coffee makes this almost too one note in terms of flavor profile.

Photo of Phelps
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks: all-encompassing black. Like creamy liquid dark chocolate. A dense head of pancake batter sits atop, the color of coffee with just a touch of cream. Sticky horizontal layers of lace are left in its wake.

Smells: oaky. The wood-aging is definitely noticeable, mixing with notes of tangy dark chocolate, Worcestershire and muted espresso. I actually pick up more chocolate in the nose than espresso, which is interesting but not disappointing.

Tastes: like a coffee campfire. Acrid charcoal and very bitter espresso breakdance on the palate, along with a heavy wooded oakiness and flavors of sweet marshmallow. A bit of piney northwest hops finish it off.

Feels: drinkable. Light in body, but silky and smooth. The coffee comparisons continue, as this feels like a caffeinated drink with a bit of cream added.

Drinks: the strong espresso and oak flavors create an interesting blend that totally gels with my palate. It's heavily, but not undrinkably so. My favorite iteration of the aged yetis.

Photo of ugaterrapin
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a thick midnight black. A large billowy deep tan head has been lingering for a few minutes now. As the head slowly recedes it is leaving some thick lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: It has a deep dark coffee grounds aroma that almost stings the nostrils. Some hints of chocolate are noted on the aroma as well, but coffee dominates.

T: No surprise with this one. Coffee, coffee, and a little more coffee. It has a raw earthy taste. The chocolate is very subtly. The wood aging is definitely apparent in this beer. It adds a nice layer of complexity. There is a slight hop bitterness on the finish. The alcohol is hidden really well.

Overall this is a great beer. It definitely has some more moving parts compared to the regular Yeti. I actually prefer the regular one a little more.

Photo of elliot23
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Like a deep black night. Nothing gets through this one. Very little head, but it's a dark burnt caramel color.

S. Espresso beans and bittersweet chocolate are very strong. Some milk chocolate as well for the sweetness. Roasted malts and a little hops are also in the back of this nose.

T. Very rich mocha and toasty malts. Slight tinge of the barrel aging on the back end along with the bitterness.

M. Just the right amount of carbonation for a beer of this gravity. Nice thickness. Very long and lingering bitterness... similar to drinking straight espresso.

D. My favorite of the Yeti beers thus far. Great Divide did well here.

Photo of beerhan
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was pretty excited to find a lone bottle of this on the bottom shelf hidden behind a box today and I must say this one tasty beer. I would compare this to chocolate milk made from the powder with a lot of extra powder added. There is a strong espresso aftertaste on top of an initial creamy feel. There are hints of vanilla and but mostly this tastes like milk chocolate and espresso. Overall a real tasty beer but just a little too thick. Ive had some thick stouts but I was very intimidated by this jet black pour.

After retrying this beer I need to say that it is great when paired appropriately. Still it is a little hard to get down because of how rich it is but nonetheless it is tasty.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.41/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass at Bodega on 5/5/10

Looks black in the glass. 1/4 inch of hot chocolate brown head that thins quickly. Impressive lacing despite thin retention.

Smells heavy enough. Espresso, fresh-ground coffee beans & roasted dark malts. Mild notes of chocolate. Oak is faintly present on the peripheries.

The taste is interesting; distinctly two parts. The first half is tasty burnt malts & some hop kick. The second half is all super-potent espresso - not irksome, just a tad overbearing. The espresso doesn't seem well-integrated with the other flavors; definitely bold. Oak is apparent as the beer warms.

Full bodied; quite heavy & dense. Moderate carbonation provides some liveliness; it actually gets kind of fizzy mid-swallow. Very gritty. Espresso & burnt notes linger on the finish.

While I don't at all mind it, I'd prefer to drink this in an amount smaller than a pint - maybe a 4-5oz pick-me-up, as it were. Yeti could shine here; instead, the espresso trumps it.

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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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