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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,080
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 222
Gots: 581 | 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:
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(Beer added by: John_M on 05-16-2008)
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Photo of angelmonster
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ordered a snifter at the Great Divide Brewery Tap Room.

Pours a big 2 finger dark chocolate colored head. Body is pitch black and opaque. Head retention and lacing are good through out

Smell is very big on espresso and chocolate malt. The only way i could describe it to someone would be like walking into starbucks or the ground coffee aisle in a grocery store. Never have smelled anything like it. Hops are present but pretty low.

Taste is very similar to a frappuccino but with alcohol added. Lots of roasted, burnt malts that give it the thickness of a milkshake. Aftertaste is of some hops and a bit of alcohol

Head is nice and creamy. Body is rich, almost like a desert. Theres not a lot of carbonation but thats probably a good thing

Over all has lots of flavor, nice thick consistency but still highly drinkable. From where i sit i can see the fermenters making this brew, i kind of want to jump right in there and bathe in this delicious beer but the burns would prolly be pretty severe. So glad i live so close to the supply, could drink this everyday

angelmonster, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of YonderWanderer
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with brown overtones. A thin layer of dark tan foam. Medium lacing on the glass.

S: Coffee. Espresso. Hints of oak, chocolate, and vanilla.

T: This is fantastic. Coffee leads the way with a nice hit of espresso without being overpowering. Hints of chocolate and oak line the edges, with a nice roasted flavor coming through. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden.

M: Smooth and almost creamy. A hint of warming from the alcohol.

D: This is a fantastic stout. Great Divide has upped the Yeti even one further from the original oak aged version. Adding coffee has turned this into one incredible stout.

YonderWanderer, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of HopDerek
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 2/13/09, picked up at Capone's, poured into my Great Divide snifter.

Pours a thick lightless dark, dark brownish black color with nice 2 fingers of foamy mocha and burnt tan head. Great lasting retention and some pretty impressive lacing, with a huge creamy ring at the very top. Smells of roasted malt, espresso, baker's chocolate, floral hops, oak, molasses, coffee, and slightly burnt brownies. Tastes of espresso right off the bat with some citrusy hops following close behind along with a touch of dark fruits like raisins and plum. Roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, and light vanilla notes make an appearance as does some nuttiness, anise, and wet oak before a finish of charred coffee grounds and bitter hops. Full to medium full in body with moderate carbonation. Thick, smooth, and creamy but with a chewy finish, hides a majority of its ABV well. Not overly coffee'd out, just a nice extra push from regular Oak Aged Yeti to incorporate more balance into it. A nice Imperial stout, but a little on the bitter side. Easy to drink but not frequently, maybe with age it will mellow out a bit.

HopDerek, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of cjgator3
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle
Bottled Feb 13 2009

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark black color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is very dark and roasty with a lot of fresh roasted coffee in the nose. There is also some hops and a good dose of alcohol but the coffee is definitely the dominant smell in the aroma. Very nice! Can't wait for my first sip!

T- The taste starts out pretty smooth with some roasted malts and a hint of sweetness. It quickly to bitterness with a lot of bitter coffee and hop flavors in the finish. There is definitely a lot of hops in the finish, definitely one of the hoppier Imperial Stouts.

M- The mouthfeel is a little on the thick side with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout is some great stuff. Not exactly the most drinkable beer in the world, it is definitely a sipper. Overall, this is one that I would definitely pick up again. Highly Recommended!

cjgator3, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of schinebd
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours blackish with a dark brown head. Good lacing. No surprises, good or bad.

S - Vanilla, chocolate and a surprisingly muted coffee smell.

T - The first second of this two of this beer are fantastic. A great blend of vanilla, chocolate, coffee and bourbon punch the tongue. But then, before I can begin to contemplate the intense and complex flavors, they completely fade to strong coffee and very hoppy finish. A little out of balance. I do have to say that as the beer gets warmer the initial taste lingers longer.

M - Probably the weakest feature of this beer...Maybe its because I'm having this after a week of drinking of KBS, but it seems a little watery - only a little, but still...

D - The ABV coupled with the unbalanced bitter finish make one enough.

schinebd, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of dukew456
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a viscous black, with an incredible coffee ice cream-colored head that sticks around. As this head recedes it leaves substantial lacing down the glass. Great stuff.

S - Roasted malts and coffee come through initially, with an alcoholic whiff that helps one to know that this is an imp stout. The acidity of the roastiness and coffee combined with the alcohol is very pleasant.

T - The rich, vanilla oakiness of the decaffeinated version of this beer takes a back seat to the acidic bitterness of the coffee and malts, but are still there nonetheless. The chocolate qualities of the roasted malts blend well with the acidic coffee tastes as well. Hops come through just a bit to lend a dirt-like quality to the "coffeeness" which works well.

M&D- Creamy and viscous, about what an oak-aged imperial stout should be. The ABV on this is well hidden, so I could see putting a few of these back in a night before calling it quits.

dukew456, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of gonzo46and2
3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark black with a huge head that's almost just as black. Very dark head indeed. The head left lacing all over the glass and stuck around until the beer was gone.

Aroma of hops was overpowering. After warming up a bit more the malt and coffee came out to play. There really could have been a lot more malt and coffee tones for my personal preference.

Taste was very hoppy and bitter but not just from the hops but also the roasted malt and coffee. There wasn't as much balance as I'd hope for but this was still a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel was very slick and viscous. Very dry and bittter. Could be a bit sweeter in my opinion.

Good imperial stout but nothing I'd rush to pay $12.00 to $20 a bomber for again. I really enjoyed the regular oak aged yeti more than this beer and that really suprises me since I've loved every coffee beer I've had.

gonzo46and2, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of cvstrickland
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"It's official: You can now have Yeti with breakfast."-- Espresso Oak Aged Yeti label

"Hell Yeah!"-- cvstrickland

Presented lightly chilled and served in a large tulip glass, Great Divide's latest edition to the Yeti herd is inky blackness incarnate and is capped with a magnificent lid of fine-bubbled, creamy, fudgy-brown foam. The chocolate ice cream-colored head hangs around, going nowhere fast, and deposits quite a few fat, drippy, interconnected rings of lacing onto the interior wall of my glass.

The aroma is rich and roasty, with loads of acrid dark-roasted coffee, Devil's Food cake, tangy molasses, bakers' chocolate, and a cooling note of vanilla. Warm caramel, homemade brownies, and woody char round out an olfactory profile that is big, black, and bold.

The taste is rich and creamy with silky caramel and chocolatey toffee right up front. Midway the swig, a dark-roasted, near-burnt blast of charred grain and mild black coffee slams the door on the mellow sweetness, balancing the finish between a bit of ashy and bitter against notes of savory-sweet. As the drink progresses, I am seized with thoughts that favorably compare the brew to Storck's Chocolate Riesen candies, as this Yeti is replete with dark chocolate-covered vanilla caramels and plenty of creamy sweetness that emerges in spite of the bolder bitter elements that star the show. As the drink warms further, coffee flavor and bitterness creep back to center stage, which is just fine with me-- the beer DOES have "Espresso" right there in the titular nomenclature, doesn't it? If you don't dig strong black coffee, don't buy this beer and then feel compelled whine, bitch, and cry about the pungency of the java; please leave this grownups-only drink on the shelf for someone who truly appreciates such concoctions-- like ME!

The sturdy 9% ABV is quite well-hidden in the flavor profile, but EOA Yeti makes itself a warming presence as it languishes in my belly. The drink is full-bodied, creamy, and perfectly carbonated, making it quite quaffable in spite of its potency. An outstanding addition to the Yeti family tree!!

cvstrickland, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice dark black beer with a very dark brown foamy head.

S- The smell is coffee and chocolate, with a good hit of oak wood.

T- This is sweet, and not overly coffee flavored. The coffee is very much there, but subtle and not over powering. The oak flavor is there and tasty. A nice complexity that is smooth and easy going.

M- Easy on the mouth, nice semi thick, not too thick and yet great carbination.

D- Easy to drink for sure.

Wetpaperbag, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of Beaver13
2.88/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle, bottle 2/13/09. Pours a dark black with a thick creamy dark brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet chocolate, cream, and coffee. Some roasted and charred malts and black licorice come out as it sits and then take over.

The flavor is sweet lactic chocolate at first with a big charred roasted bitter finish that dominates. It's very acidic and just sits on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, it started off so promising, but the charred tarry finish is just too unpleasant. And where are the coffee flavors? This reminds me a lot of the oak aged Yeti (with all of its faults). The regular Yeti is far superior to both in my opinion.

Beaver13, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle served in my DFH snifter. Bottled on 2/13/2009 indicated on the label. Poured one shade shy of black with a dense, mocha-colored cap embedded with ringlets. Head dissipates within seconds into a cluster of bubbles and a frothy band around the edges of the glass. Some spots of lacing appear as the brew recedes. Nose suggests espresso roast and bittersweet chocolate. More espresso roast in the mouth, but taste is somewhat charred and bitter rather than roasty. Some woody characteristics, but missing the vanilla. Bitterness lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Some carbonation burn on the front of the tongue, but as it dissipates it leaves behind a residual milky slickness. Alcohol is well-hidden on this one, but balance is off - way too bitter. May improve with cellaring.

Jwale73, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of Onslow
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

"lots of semi dark chocolate, empty espresso cup, chocolate and coco powder Aromas .. .
quite a bit of unique flavours, the espresso is most upfront, light dark chocolate and used coffee grounds follow .. .
on the extreme side of smoothness for such a big brew!
the aftertaste is outta this world, clean yet assertive!

I think this really is the finest Imperial Stout to touch my lips!!

world class!! ..god! why did i only buy one bottle!?!?!?"

Onslow, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap into ~8oz snifter @ Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown.

Presented in a snifter, with a pitch black hue and a thick two finger brown head that never really settled. Very heavy espresso aromas, along with a bit of mocha. It's like this is brewed in a Starbucks in Seattle rather than a brewery in Colorado. Roasted malts are in the front, along with more syrupy espresso and more bitter chocolate. The alcohol is well hidden, but can be detected as the beer warms a little. Full bodied, extremely thick.

Definitely a coffee stout, through and through. Somewhat drinkable for its richness, especially with the amount of alcohol. Highly recommended.

BeerSox, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on tap in DC. Small snifter glass serving.

Nice thin cap of creamy tan head sits atop the brew. Deep dark black color.

Aroma was unreal. I love dark French dark roast coffee and espresso... This smells just like those. Wonderful.

Total coffee flavor with a Smokey background to it. The oak aging adds and amazing depth. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouth feel is thick, rich and creamy.

Great drinkability. Nice coffee stout.

Reagan1984, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of thekanna
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown, DC. The following review is compiled from the notes taken there:

A: Served in a small snifter: pitch black with about 1 finger of tan head.

S: Extremely dark chocolate, fresh-made espresso, some slight spicy notes, and a general smokiness.

T: Strong taste of dark, dark chocolate, espresso, mahogany, tanned leather, and good cigar tobacco. As my friend described to me: "this is a manly drink." It's like the liquid equivalent of Haggis.

M: Nice, dark, thick, creamy, and smooth.

D: Extremely delicious when sipped and treated like a wine.

thekanna, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of stonequarrywest
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Pour with a nice mocha colored 1 finger head that really looks gooood. Smell espresso and chocolate..some oak a bit of vanilla.

Taste Espresso, chocolate, burnt malt...as the beer warms I get more chocolate and less Coffee.

Has a creamy full bodied mouthfeel..with low carbonation....

Nice beer..I think I like The straight Oak aged Yeti a little more

stonequarrywest, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of bluejacket74
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, 9.5% ABV bottled on February 13, 2009. Served in a snifter, the beer pours black with about an inch frothy brown head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The aroma is very nice, it smells like espresso, roasted malt, milk and dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, and some dark fruit. It tastes like espresso, oak, dark chocolate, roasted malt, piney hops, and vanilla. There's also a lingering bitter hoppy and coffee finish. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's thick, chewy and a bit slick with low/moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, considering how big the beer is. The alcohol does catch up to you after a while! Overall I think this is a good brew that I'd definitely have again in the future.

bluejacket74, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of mcallister
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a fantastic looking IS after the pour. Black in color with one of the best looking heads I've seen. Thick chunky deep mocha coloed leaving sticky large molten lace down the glass. Retention just lingers and lingers.

Nose if vivid with dark fruits and coffee. An underlying of dark chocolate and fudge. A hint of roastiness and wood but mainly dominated with the coffee and dark fruits.

What a find beer. Espresso dominates from beginning to the finish leaving a big coffee tannin on the tongue upon the finish. The middle shows dark bitter chocolates, black fruits and again only a slight hint of oak. This stout is just thick and viscous with a good amount of hop bitterness. Good job GD

mcallister, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of NEhophead
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 fl oz brown bomber, wrapped in gold foil. Served in a snifter.

Bottled on 02/13/09.

Pours a silky, near opaque chocolate-maple in color. Dense, coffe-colored foam that sits up a full two inches receding outside-in with tremendous strength. Walls of ringed lacing with remarkable strength.

Bright, earthen floral hops with phenolic aromas. Rich, bitter espresso with a moderately peat-smoked addition. Light toffe, milk and dark chocolate with licorice and saffron spices.

Rich milk chocolate and caramel with only a moderate amount of sweetness. Peanut brittle and almond add a cutting dryness that compliment and ease the rich malt character. Faint hints of dried fruit: grape, cherry, fig, and raisin. An underlying warmth alcohol presence that is very subtle for the listed 9% abv. The finish is velvety smooth, aided by a mild layer of vanilla and cut by a modest espresso that really shines in the aftertaste.

Full in body; the richness, dryness, sweetness, and earthen characters are all remarkably balanced. Exactly what you would expect and want in an Imperial coffe stout.

I can't really identify many (if any) flaws in this brew. Obviously, it's heavy given the different flavor components, but I would be happy with this offering anytime that I'm in the mood for an Imperial Stout. Once again, the Yeti does not disappoint.

NEhophead, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of Meandmymonkey
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a moderately thick, dark tan head that left good lacing. First smell comes off very sweet with lots of vanilla and caramel or toffee. The oak is definitely there too but I did expect a bigger espresso presence but was instead very subtle. First taste was all oak aged bourbon and deep roasted coffee. Thick and syrupy that coats your mouth in delicious flavor. They really did one-up the original yeti which was already one of my favorite beers. As always, I would love to age this to see where it goes but it's much harder to put such awesome brews away in storage than it is to just pop the top off and drink them. This is an excellent beer.

Meandmymonkey, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love the Oak Aged Yeti and I love coffee stouts so my hopes are high for this one....

A--Pours a pitch black, I couldn't find any highlights even when holding up to the light. Very thick pour, the head was about 1 1/2 fingers tall and a very creamy, light brown froth. I actually expected an even darker head. Thin but clingy lace down the glass

S--Mostly oak and chocolate with the espresso surprisingly taking a backseat....wait a minute, a few more smells yield even more espresso, having a tough time picking out the wood that was present upon first pour but the chocolate is still there. This one is playing games with me.

T--Whoa, coffee bomb right away. I actually didn't expect it since the smell of it was more balanced. Second sip, whoa...the oak comes rushing at my taste buds. Where is the overwhelming coffee taste from just 30 seconds ago? Third sip...ok, now I'm getting more of a balance. This beer doesn't make sense to me so far (in a good way). Not getting as much roasted malt flavor as I do with the original Yeti, although it is definitely present. The hops are huge in this one though. Warming up a bit I'm getting traces of bourbon, but not too much. 9% is hidden but does make its presence known. I'm actually thought the coffee would persist throughout the whole thing, but as this beer warms it begins to taste nearly identical to the Oak Aged Yeti. I would have to try them side by side to spot the difference, I've only had that beer once so my memory isn't perfect.

M--As creamy as whole milk, coats the mouth with every sip.

D--With a beer this thick and high in ABV you are never going to want more than one, but I'm having trouble letting this beer sit in front of me without taking another sip. Very drinkable for its style.

Overall I am definitely NOT let down by this beer. Yeti is good, Oak Aged Yeti is great, and now Espresso Oak Aged Yeti is amazing. I will be seeking it out again for next years release.

alcstradamus, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.63/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

When will I learn.

Tried a bottle of this being intrigued by the espresso and oak aspect of it. Pours almost black in color. There's a very nice dark brown colored head that sits atop the beer. So far so good.
Smell is over the top piney hops. Not even espresso and oak aged can tame this beast. What's the point in even attempting it or putting it on the label. This is just your typical overly hopped stout. So overhopped in fact that you have to hunt during the entire duration of drinking this beast just to find a hint of coffee or espresso buried under this avalanche of piney hops. There are some hints of the oak aging. The mouthfeel is somewhat more creamy than the nose and flavor would lead on. Unfortunately I will never know what this beer would taste like being espresso/oak aged.

Oh well, you live and you learn.

FtownThrowDown, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of kirok1999
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as night, lots of foam and a ring of lacing around the snifter. Legs that won't quit.
Smells of a decent amount of dark coffee and a good bit of chocolate. Mild bitter hop notes as well.
Taste is mostly chocolate. Nicely bitter with a mild amount of sweetness. Lots of bitter chocolate in the finish, in the 80% bittersweet chocolate range. Feels dense and rich and lingers well into the finish.
I really don't get the espresso part of this. It's all about chocolate and really well done. I could sip this all night.

kirok1999, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of nrbw23
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a black color with a nice full brown head. Head has good retention and leaves some really nice lacing.

S- Tons of coffee here. Also chocolate, nutty and caramel. Distinct woody note with hints of vanilla, yeast, raisin and plums.

T- Up fron strong, bitter malts. Lots of coffee, dark chocolate. The finish is strongly bitter with complex flavors from coffee and choclate both of which dominate this brew.

M- Full body and low carbonation. Overall feels pretty creamy.

D- Pretty easy to drink, highly recommended but I just don't think I could drink this one often.

nrbw23, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of morebeergood
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered on tap at Roadhouse in Brookline. Served in an 8 oz stemmed glass. Dark brown color. Thin white head. Good amount of lacing. Smelled like a nice cup of espresso. Close your eyes and you'll think it's a cup of coffee. Taste was equally awesome. The chocolate/roasted barley from the stout, the espresso flavor, and the slight bit of oak aging all paired together wonderfully. For such a thick, strong tasting, and somewhat high in abv beer, this was a pleasure to drink. Small serving sizes are the way to go, as a pint might be a bit much. A spectacular after dinner drink. Would love to pair with dessert on a future evening.

morebeergood, Mar 22, 2009
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,080 ratings.