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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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world-class

3,071 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,071
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 215
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 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
Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at The Catalyst in Fort Collins but this is a review of the bottled version.

It pours a pitch black with a 2 finger head of tan foam.

The smell is a big dose of coffee and an almost as big nose of oak giving me a bitter sweet aroma overall. Nice.

The taste is huge. Lots of coffee permeates my every tastebud. There's plenty of oak flavour as well with side notes of cocoa and vanilla. Hop bitterness is also present. Wow. This a flavour monster! And quite warming though I can't really taste the alcohol. For my personal tastes, the only knock is that the coffee goes a bit overboard. Maybe further tastings will change my mind?

The mouthfeel borders on thick, the carbonation is fairly light, and it finishes on the bitter side with notes of coffee and hops.

Drinkability? It's very tasty but the coffee grinds on my tastebuds after a while so it isn't something I'd want to try to drink back to back. The 1 bottle will do me fine..

Oh and head retention is average but there's lots of sheeting after every sip. It's certainly interesting what GD did with their Oak Aged Yeti.

Edit Dec 15, 2010:

Well, I pulled my last bottle, mistakenly dated as bottled on Feb 13, 2005(I'm guessing it should be Feb 2009) and was amazed at how well the beer has evolved from the fresh product. The coffee flavour has mellowed out but is still dominant but within my range of comfort and the roasted malt just kicks it up a few notches. That, combined with a super tasty roasted malt flavour and a delicious flavour of dark chocolate takes this beer to a new level for me. Outstanding!

No choice but to edit my rating...

Bitterbill, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of cproioi
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pitch black body that ultimately absorbs light, with a rocky head that is much like weakly made chocolate milk. The aroma is made largely of huge scents of coffee and milk chocolate. Very little alcohol notes. The taste is largely of coffee and dark malts. The mouth feel is of alcohol warmth and finishes bone dry. It's a slow drinking beer that begs to be paired with vanilla bean ice cream

cproioi, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of schroederm
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a tulip:

Has a creamy and thick light brown head over jet black body. Decent webby lacing is left on the glass which is notably sticky. Smells include chocolate, vanilla, coffee, alcohol, and a bit of oak. Taste presents with tons of coffee bitter from start to finish. Wonderful vanilla sweetness at the beginning, quite a bit of dark chocolate in the finish. Aftertaste is predominantly coffee bitter. Perfect carbonation and excellent velvety body. Drinkability is reduced by heavy coffee bitter.

Overall: Espresso Oak Aged Yeti is absolutely wonderful - but it may be more coffee than it is beer. Whatever it is, I like it. Aging one for later to see how the flavors mellow.

schroederm, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of Bung
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. Near black pour with coffee accents. Large rocky layered head light tan to dark tan. It actually looked identical to the picture here.
Coffee nose, some barrel and booze. Taste is VERY roasty coffee and burnt malt. Some bakers chocolate, anise and black licorice. This has a thick, nice and creamy mouthfeel. Sticks to the glass and your lips, real nice. A little bitter finishing, some warming. A little bitter and boozy yet, which hurts the drinkability just a bit. I think I like the regular and regular oak better, but maybe some age can bring this up. I enjoy the coffee stouts, so I'm hopefull this will improve slightly with age.

Bung, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of drseamus
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I haven't ever seen a beer from a bottle cascade before. Now I have. I thought that it was under-carbonated because at first it poured like used motor oil. I was wrong. It formed a massive 4 inch cascading head and eventually fell to about 1.5 inches.

S: Deep roasted coffee and sweet malt.

T: Tons of super rich roasted espresso with some sweet malt behind. I don't get any hop flavor but perhaps some of the bitterness comes from malt. Kind of rare for Great Divide but I'm glad they went this way.

M: Actually pretty smooth for how roasty and bitter it is. Thick bodied.

D: Perhaps a touch too much roast but still good. Coffee is good.

drseamus, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of klewis
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at GD Tap room 3/19/09

A: Pours deep blackk with a tan head. Good lacing.

S: Big smell of espresso with a boozy Kahlua aroma.

T: huge espresso taste like something from Starbucks. Burnt undertones. Overall, a huge, complex flavor.

M: Full-bodied with light carbonation. Silky smooth and super sticky.

D: Hot damn. Go get some.

klewis, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of rhinos00
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A- Wow! Fudge and dark chocolate with a an absolutely beautiful cream colored head that reminds me of a cloud sitting on top of my beer. Leaves beautiful lacing with nice head retention.

S- Getting a lot of different aromas in this. Aside from the espresso scent, there is plenty of malt and oak abound. Also getting a slight hops aroma, which is more than welcomed.

T- Damn this is one tasty treat. The espresso flavor blends perfectly with the coffee, chocolate malt base. I can't even begin to express as to how surprised I was with this one. The beer finishes with a hint of hops.

M- Almost perfect. Medium to heavy bodied with decent carbonation. If this was a little thicker it would have been heavenly.

D- Drinkability? I'm questioning why I only bought one bottle of this.

Overall, kudos to Great Divide for making this fantastic beers. Easily my favorite beer by them and one of the best beer I have recently had. Definitely recommended!

rhinos00, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of drgonzo3705
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a coal black with a small mocha head with nice lacing left in the glass.

S: Like walking into Starbucks! I'm not a coffee drinker but every time I go to a Starbucks this is what I smell. Someone took an Espresso shot and dumped it in my Oak Aged Yeti!

T: The Espresso is very upfront right now. You can still catch some of the oak and a bit of chocolate in the back too. The best is tasting the hops after its all said and done. It wouldn't be a fresh Yeti without those hops!

M: Thick and creamy with a mild hoppiness.

D: Definitely one of my preferred coffee stouts! I could probably put a bit of this away in a night but its something I would sit with for a while.

drgonzo3705, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of peabody
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out really black with two fingers of brown suds and creamy at that. Good lacing.
Smell is coffee and coffee and more coffee.
Some malt and some yeast but mostly black coffee beans freshly roasted.
Taste is malt sugar and bitter coffee. Pretty one sided here. Not much fruit here.
Aftertaste is bitter and this sticks with you.
Mouthfeel is a bit dirty but I like it a lot.
Pretty nice beer from Great Divide.

peabody, Mar 20, 2009
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,071 ratings.