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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,165 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,165
Reviews: 968
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 240
Gots: 590 | FT: 42
Brewed by:
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 05-16-2008)
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Photo of ralree
4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Beautiful dark brown color with a dark tan head, perfect retention and lacing. One couldn't ask for better.

S: Rich hoppy goodness covered a bit with a little fruit. Smokey rich coffee and a little chocolate. This is one of the best smelling beers I've ever tried.

T: Coffee is really in there! This is the most coffee flavor I've ever tasted in a beer. Hops are right behind it, kicking in almost instantly. They're the same tangy hops found in many northwestern IPAs. Oak flavor really comes out, along with the alcohol in back, but the alcohol is really tolerable when mixed with all the other flavors. There's a little bitter chocolate in there too.

M: Really rich and creamy texture, medium-heavy body. Carbonation is spot-on for the style - light but present. Non-astringent.

D: This drinks like mad for an Imperial. I could have this any day of the week.

Photo of caskstrength
3.35/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours black, thick, some light brown head, good level of carbonation.

smell is burnt coffee

bitter taste. The nose was at least accurate, because burnt coffee is comin' your way. And then overpowers some of the wonderful things you would taste if you were drinking a regular oak aged Yeti. But nonetheless, some of the oak aged hoppy fruity stout flavors I've grown to love come through. Sort of. But they're mixed now with a bitterness that doesn't seem right.

to this beer's credit, after it beat down my palate with the bitter burnt coffee burn, we warmed up to eachother (somewhat). But I'd take a regular Oak variety of this stout most of the time, and if I wanted a coffee stout there are other (better) options.

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

Picked this up in Portland, along with a bottle of Oak Aged Yeti. Drank it out of a normal pint glass.
This was a fantastic beer, but I really wish that I had laid it down and drank it a year from now. The Oak Aged Yeti is getting saved, for sure.

a- like black coffee with a one finger tan head

s- hops, "malt coffee", real coffee.

t- there is a lot going on in this beer. Up front, you gen this whole rummy molasses thing, then there's a blast of hops and roasted malts. There's a slight astringency, but it isn't too bad. Then on the tail, you get the espresso. And it's a very strongly defined espresso taste. Some coffee stouts loose the coffee, in this one, it's definitely there.

m- this one takes over your mouth for a long time. It has a lot of body. Definitely a sipper.

d- this took me a while to finish, I'll admit. But RIS aren't supposed to be fast drinkers. To style, I'd say that this was as drinkable as the best imperial stouts that I've had. Though, I would not plan on drinking more then one of them in a night.

Photo of Brad007
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a oil-slick black color with a very thick brown head that fades down to a one-finger head.

Aroma is creamy with a good dose of coffee in the nose. A bit of chocolate shows underneath the nose as well. I can't smell any oak but otherwise, very nice aroma.

Taste is creamy upfront and gives way to dark fruits and cocoa in the middle. Wow. The coffee character is here but it in no way overwhelms the other flavors. Wow. Again, I'm impressed here.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering bitter coffee, cream and chocolate flavors.

Holy Shit! I'm so glad I picked this up. I love the flavors and the mouthfeel is just where I like it. It's got the right amount of creaminess and the other flavors seem well balanced as well. I'm not sure if you can do better than this. Would improve even more with age. Very, very, very nice. I will be seeking this out the next time I go to Mass.

Don't worry about the rating. This is one hell of a beer that deserves its' marks. I can't wait to open the bottles of 2007 Yeti and Oak Aged Yeti that I have.

Photo of taez555
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a thick dark black body with a thick tan head.

Nose is in your face chocolate, espresso, dark malt, dark chocolate, lots of alcohol right off the bat,

Taste is full bodied with an immediate hit of bitter coffee, espresso and dark chocolate. Very bitter. Coffee, triple shot dark citric espresso, unsweetened bakers chocolate, raw oak and some strong touches of alcoholic vanilla. Bitterness is all around, but it's hard to tell if it's the dark bitter malts, the dark bitter coffee or a strong bitter hop. What a conundrum. There's definatly a hop presence that gives it just a touch of citrus across the bitterness. Actually, if you're an espresso fan who drinks with a twist of lemon, the citrus actually fits very well with the bitterness. Ends with a longgg lingering coffee bitterness.

As a huge fan of the original oak aged yet(maybe top 5 greatest beers ever), I'm not sure if I like this one as much. The beer already had a nice coffee presence, now with espresso it just seems to be fighting for attention. Do I taste the oak, or the coffee, or the espresso, or stout, or dark malts, or dark malt coffee flavor, or is that just the espresso. The espresso is a cool idea, it just seem like they already reached perfection, the extra touch of espresso just doesn't fit right.

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

Dangerous beer! Be warned!

Pours luxurious black with deep brown head that has a sexy contrast. Aromas of espresso (of course), baker's chocolate, and marshmallow are present. Sipping through the generous head is a lot like sipping espresso through the creamy crema - quite a sensory experience. Viscous body, dark roasted coffee beans, wet coffee paper filter, and slight chalky component are noticed on the palate. Finish is very long and roasty. Very drinkable for the style.

Photo of Pencible
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured pitch black with dark tan head. It smelled like lots of coffee, with strong alcohol and little else. It tasted like black coffee with some roasted and burnt grinds, and a hint of oak and bitter chocolate. It was slightly thick with no carbonation, and had a bitter coffee aftertaste. Overall this beer isn't kidding when it says Espresso. Fantastic flavor if you like coffee. Bold taste hides alcohol much better than expected based on the smell. It could use a bit more body, as this seemed thinner than the Oaked Yeti. Great beer, though.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber to snifter

A: Pours a totally black body with a reddish brown 2 finger head with good retention and about half a glass of lacing.

S: Smelled the hops no more than a second after i popped the cap off. Aside from the hops I get strong roasty malts with strong hints of chocolate and espresso.

T: Hops sneak in right away but only for a second as the beer hits your lips. Malts quickly take over with a strong roastiness still met with a decent amount of hop. A third party enters as Mr. Oak creeps in with subtle whispers as he invites Bittersweet Chocolate (a young sassy woman) to join the party. As this quartet of flavors dances across your tongue big fat Espresso shoves his way onto the stage and demands attention. He is a bold one. The strong espresso gives off a nice amount of bitterness...the kind that Mr. hops can jump on board with, which he does. The finish is bold and has a decent bitter bite to it. My favorite part about this flavor party is that Dr. Alcohol attended but kept very quiet.

Overall: Mouthfeel was very pleasant, very well carbonated and not as thick as I expected. Drinkablility is very good, however such a big flavor and alcohol bring it down a bit, one bomber will do for me. Fantastic beer.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple bottles recently, decided to open one a couple weeks ago. A 22 oz., poured to a pint glass, reviewed from notes. Bottled: Feb 13 09

A: Awesome blackness, impenetrable. Rich, mocha-tan head builds to about 2-fingers, drops as a rocky mass of frothiness, leaving a bubbly mass of cream. Terrific lace, beautifully criss-crossing the entire glass.

S: Cocoa and darker chocolate fill the nose, along with dark bread, mild citrus and (oh, yeah) espresso coffee. Has a sugary oatmeal character, too and and enticing barrel/wood aroma. It all comingles, but for some reason doesn't come together.

T: Ah, yes...the punch of dark-roasted coffee beans, the sweetness of a molasses reduction, a syrupy bitter chocolate, a dash of vanilla and a sneaking fruitiness. That's the flavor profile I expected...delicious!

M: Luscious feel, coating and heavy . Certainly has alot of coffee flavor, bittering sitting numbly at the back of the tongue. Leaves a malty coating on the lips, some alcohol warmth builds on the cheeks...in fact, too much heat after a while.

D: Probably a little young right now. Booziness needs a chance to mellow; coffee roast mostly conceals it now, but eventually the warming catches up and reduces drinkability. A good sipper, but a difficult bottle to finish. Still, absolutely worth seeking out - recommended!

Photo of thisnamestoolong
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Used motor oil black with a creamy brown head

S- Wonderful, the dominant smells seem to be more along the lines of dark chocolate and vanilla. The espresso takes a bit of a back seat, but this is not a bad thing, this beer smells like heaven.

T- Where to begin? Big, bold cocoa up front, with the espresso and vanilla right behind it. The oak REALLY comes through in the flavor, as does a very peculiar (and positively wonderful) smokiness. The finish is warm booze, ever increasing oak, and even a bit of hop bite. All I can say is... wow.

M- Chewy and lightly carbonated, very well balanced.

D- This beer is definitely a sipper, but I had no problem finishing a 22 oz. bomber and was saddened upon taking the last sip... it is that good.

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

This review is based on the second bottle of Espresso Oaked Yeti I have drank. The beer was served at room temperature. The first bottle I had only really came into its own at room temperature. The beer was served in an Imperial Pint Glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is straight black with no opaqueness to light. The head is thick and the color of lightly creamed espresso. Thick lacing remains on my glass to mark the beers consumption. This beer is the very definition of the darkness.

Smell: The beers aroma is of lightly roasted espresso. I would have liked a little more coffee but this isnt bad. The supporting aromas of vanilla and cocoa are very nice. A grain alcohol boozey aroma underlies the aroma. The hops provide what seems to be a bit of citrus to the aroma.

Taste: The beers flavor leads in with very nicely roasted coffee. The vanilla and cocao flavors smooth the flavor. The hops bring a bit of citrus to the party. Some put a dab of OJ in my coffee and I think I like it. A vaguely smokey earthyness finishes the beers flavor. Its dam near everything I was hoping for. In all honesty the espresso completes the oaked yeti for me. Very sexy!...

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer has a full body. The carbonation is low and works well with the chewy and creamy textures of this beer. This beer is an alcohol bomb for sure at 9.5%/ The boozeyness of the beer matches the beers general character. In short I will probably never again partake of the Yeti unless it is of the espresso oaked variety.

Photo of beachbum1975
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 3/11/2009. Shared by newtonty.

Pours super dark, rich brown with a dark tan head. Decent lacing.

Big nose of espresso and dark, baker's chocolate.

Nose reflects the mouth, dry dry.

Medium with low carbonation, slightly creamy and a touch bitter.

Photo of jmalex
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing like a huge stout on a beautiful warm spring day... huh?!

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Victory becker purely black in color. A 3-finger mocha chocolate head forms on top and slowly drops to a full-on 1-finger high, rocky head. Sheets of lacing show on the glass even before I take my first sip.

SMELL: Definitely smells like Yeti but in the place of the hops, there's the aroma-thinning effect of pure coffee. It doesn't overpower though and lets the chocolate-type aromas come through nicely. The citrusy hops can still be found in the background but aren't in your face as one is used to in regular Yeti. One thing that is tough to pick up on is any effects of the oak aging. I might be able to pick out some woody flavors if you told me they were there, but if I didn't know, I don't think I'd be able to pick up on them.

TASTE: Starts off as a very balanced imperial stout with a formidable hop presence. The coffee comes on slowly but really fleshes itself out to dominate the taste, especially toward the finish. The finish also features a bit of a warming alcohol that really doesn't get in the way too much. The sweeter flavors (chocolate, dark fruits, etc.) are really highlighted too much and are only there as a base.

MOUTHFEEL: Very thick and slightly slick. The carbonation is just above average levels.

DRINKABILITY: Man, if you like coffee beers, this is one for you. I'm likely to be sipping on this bomber for a long time today, but for the style it drinks fairly well.

A nice beer with an expected twist on it. I think I prefer both the regular and oaked versions to this one however.

Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked up a bomber from Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem. Bottled on Feb 13 09. Appears pitch black with a tan head and lacing.

I'm torn with this beer. On one hand, there's great, complex flavor profile. However, there's an unpleasant booze sting, like when you take a shot of vodka. The aroma holds big fruity, bready chocolate and coffee smells. The flavor has a huge espresso bean note that's rich but not terribly deep. That boozy tang quickly kicks in and ruins an otherwise awesome beer. What a shame.

Photo of homebrewhawk
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber served in a snifter. Poured a deep brown/black with about a finger of fine bubbled tan head. Lots of coffee in the aroma also some piney hops. Rich and full bodied. Lots of chocolate and vanilla right off as well as coffee of course. The coffee is not overpowering as in some coffee beers. There is a fair amount of hop bitterness, that shows up in a dry finish. The chocolate and coffee really linger in the finish. To me one of the better coffee stouts. The coffee is not overly bitter. Great flavor from the oak.

Photo of Infamous7100
3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark as night black from my "bomber" bottle. Thick tan head quickly forms. The lacing sticks around. Looks great.

Smelled the vanilla oak right away. Of course the dark chocolate and roasty malts are prevalent. Perhaps some smoke as well.

Highly carbonated. The roasty, malty sweetness hits me first, but quickly disspates into the dark chocolate and some hoppy bitterness. I'm not picking up much of the vanilla in the taste. I think the espresso and chocolate have completely overshadowed it.

Thick on the tongue. The bitterness hangs around a while and to me makes a lasting impression.

Definitely a sipper. Somewhat of an acquired taste, but something you should try to broaden your horizons a bit.

Photo of sjccmd
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick syrupy jet black, you practically hear it "galunk" into the glass, with a small tan head that fades quickly to a lacing

Smells of coffee, dark chocolate, alcohol, and some dark fruits in the background

the taste reminds me of perhaps chocolate milk made from dark unsweetened chocolate, with coffee and a nice woody character, a little hop bitterness on the finish

thick and luxurious initially with a little bite from the carbonation, lingering finish that stains the mouth

drinkability is good for the style, but it is really a sipper, probably my favorite of the Yeti's, the coffee has evened everything out very nicely

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

Pours deep brown with a small brown cap on it. The nose has a bit of coffee to it, but not as much as I was expecting. Chocolate is definitely present as is a nice roasted malt.

Ooh, lots going on in this one. Everything seems a little more balanced than in your standard Yeti. The chocolate is here but is somewhat smoothed out by the espresso. Lots of different flavors mingling in (some nice smokiness and wood in there with the sweeter flavors).

Definitely my favorite of the Yetis so far. Everything works together to give a great overall experience. Highly recommended.

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

Bottled 2/13.

Appearance - Pours jet black with a fluffy dark tan head. Rings of sticky lacing. Only slight negative is that the head is not very persistent.
Smell - Espresso and roasted malts.
Taste - Smooth chocolate, espresso, slight vanilla note, bitter finish.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied (was oddly thin at times and full at others), smooth
Drinkability - A sipper, but still relatively easy drinking. This is a rather rich beer though and one I recommend sharing.

Photo of david131
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A deep, dark black with an absolutely massive orange/brown head that has excellent retention. Astounding.

S- Espresso, cinnamon, a big roasty aroma, some oatmeal, and and loads of oak.

T- Espresso, cinnamon, and a shit load of woodchips. A bit hoppy and hot. The more I got into this, the more enjoyable it became. The woody aspect was still a bit overdone.

M- Smooth with just a bit of oak, alcohol, and hop harshness on the end. Overall it is very smooth though. On the tail end, this is a beast and I can feel it on my breath.

D- I am a bit torn with this. I know that with some time, the oak flavors will die off a bit, but so will the amazing espresso parts. Definitely worth a shot, and probably worth aging- just for fun.

Photo of JoeBloe
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is one great brew -my first one - picked this one up yesterday at diciccio's in ardsley - bottled in march 2005 - poured into a snifter, where a vigorous pour yields a finger and a half of light brown head, which dissipates quickly - spots instead of lacing on the glass - the liquid itself is the darkest opaque brown - a light 'crema' , like an espresso's, remains on the surface - earthy woody aromas, along with good coffee scent - taste is unbelievable ! - espresso coffee mocha sweet as candy - extremely complex and extremely well balanced, as the hops and malts come through and pair with the complexity of flavor this incredible beer has to offer - mouthfeel is lingering, syrupy, and nice - alcohol is present, yet very well hidden within the incredible flavor profile - this 22oz. bottle was tasty and smooth - i wonder how it , with it's 4yr old bottling date, would compare to a current year's bottle - i'll have to find out - this is some really good stuff - perfect for this friday night at home.

Photo of alexw
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my favorite Yeti yet -- the darkness & spicyness the coffee adds to it makes this even more spectacular a beer than the other Yeti's I've tried.

Pours dark & thick, kinda like maple syrup... Had a creamy white head of small bubbles initially, but that dissipated quickly leaving just the black tar behind.

The smell is very complex, like coffee one minute but also with strong hints of vanilla coming through. Whatever is in there, it smells big, roasted, and dark!

Very (surprisingly) sweet taste to it. I figured the malt would come through heavy, but this was almost like drinking a tootsie roll. The sweetness is matched only by the bitterness -- they managed to bring the hop bitterness forward along with the sweetness of the malt too!

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

22oz. bomber into tulip glass on 4/15/09. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing!

A - Poured a black body with a burnt tan head that reduced to a thin veil and deposited some spotted lace around the glass.

S - Surprisingly muted nose for an espress oak-aged Imperial Stout! Subtle bourbon and woody notes with some vanilla sweetness and a hint of coffee. I was expecting a much more prominent aroma here.

T - Flavor is quite hoppy throughout with bitter coffee and a hefty roasted character, which then segues into a prevalent vanilla aspect that cools everything down just a notch or two and alleviates some of the bourbon's warmth. Some earthy hop notes and coffee bitterness/astringency appear in the finish. This is one hoppy mo-fo of a stout!

M - Full bodied with an oily texture and a touch of carbonation. Lingering metallic bitterness in the finish.

D - I can't believe what I'm about to say, but I actually found this to be a bit too hoppy and a bit off-kilter. I felt the espresso character wasn't pronounced enough. I was overall pleased with the roasty and bourbon qualities but this just didn't blow me away like I was expecting. With that said, this version of Yeti is still a fine brew.

Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ebony with a finger of mocha colored head. Nice motor oily viscosity to this, a bit of lacing & zero head retention

S: Mocha, charred grains & coffee. Coffee takes over once warm.

T: Mocha, dryness, roasty grains & charred grains up front. Roasty coffee, a hint of dark fruit, more dryness, a bit of Irish coffee once warm. Finishes with Folgers coffee, a bit of booze, charred grain & baker's chocolate. Almost pulled a 5.0

MF: Smooth, creamy nice medium body, turning chewy as it warms. However carbonation picks up & body thins a bit as this warms

Drinks a bit slow due to the ABV & dryness. Having said this, this & surly are probably now my faves when it comes to coffee beers, this skews a bit more capuchino IMO

Photo of SpecialK088
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For my 200th Review I saved this one!

A-Deep bark brown like strong coffee head lingers at the sides after pouring a good 2 finger.

S-Chocolate dominates the smell with notes of hops and carmel as well as vinilla

T-Roasted malt and chocolate, like very strong mocha coffee. Nice strong bitter finish with a slight alcohol burn

M-Little lighter than I expected medium body. Extremly complex with all the flavors comming together very well and not being over powering.

D-I hope this hands around for a little while longer I would like to have it for when the mood strikes and would also like to age one a bit

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,165 ratings.