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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,204
Reviews: 973
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: John_M on 05-16-2008

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Photo of jsh420
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottled 3/5/09

pours jet black with a 1 finger dark tan head that leaves very spotted lacing

smell is hoppy along with vanilla coffee and chocolate

taste - powerful vanilla coffee chocolate and hops but the vanilla overpowers the beer and takes away from where i think the roasted malts should come through but the do show up in the aftertaste

mouthfeel - silkly smooth with some alcohol sting

drinkability is so so - it would be much better if the sold this in 12oz - the 22oz is just too much for me( ishould have split this one)

overall - ? in my review of original yeti i said espresso was better but now i think regular yeti is better at least better then this bottle - i have a couple more and will see what a couple years does to this one

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

Espresso Yeti is jet black and impenetrable. There's no light getting through at all. A dark mocha colored head sits on top and is over two fingers deep. It takes its time dissipating and leaves a pretty thick, sticky lacing on the glass. Pretty damn impressive to look at. I'll give it that.

The nose is very good, no question. It's very malty and features a nice mix of roasted and chocolate varieties. It's tough to tell which is stronger, but I believe the chocolate comes out victorious...barely. It's a very sweet, chocolate fudge aroma. The espresso or coffee aspect is easily noted and is a nice addition. I like just about anything coffee, so I've got no problem with that. I wouldn't characterize it extremely coffee intensive though. Oak is noted and adds a nice dimension. How much? Tough call. I think this would be great smelling beer even if it weren't there, but I do like it. I'm just not sure it adds a great deal. Alcohol is mildly noticeable. Hops are noted on the tail. Damn. This is a very impressive, complex smelling Double Stout.

When you start with a base beer as great as Yeti, it's somewhat tough to screw things up. Great Divide surely did not in this case. It starts out very malty and a little sweet. Chocolate and roasted malts are extremely tasty. The chocolate aspect is somewhat sweet and fudge-like. The espresso/coffee flavor is very well done and shouldn't intimidate non-coffee drinkers. It's more of a complementary flavor, and a damn tasty one at that. Hops are very prominent and bitter. They're actually more pronounced and impact the flavor more than the coffee. They're citric and very piney. The impact of the oak aging is more substantial in the flavor. It's very nice and seems to add a light vanilla flavor to the mix. Nonetheless, it doesn't make the flavor materially better than the nose. Alcohol is noted, but is relatively mild for 9.5% beer. It finishes malty, bitter, with a slight dry, coffee flavor. Like I said, it'd be tough to screw Yeti up. This is damn good stuff.

The body seems to grow more substantial with a little warming. It's very creamy and smooth. Carbonation is light and restrained. Drinkability is very, very high. Yeah, for a big, badass Double Stout, it doesn't get much better. The alcohol is deceptively strong. It doesn't present itself as that big at all. This bomber's disappearing way too fast.

Espresso Yeti is definitely a success. Generally, I believe anything 'Yeti' probably would be. The coffee/espresso flavor works very well, but I don't believe it has a material impact on the beer either way. It's not so strong that it'd scare some away. I'm a coffee fan and appreciate the use of it, but this beer is equally as good as Oak Aged Yeti. Both are better than Yeti, if you ask me. I really like what Great Divide's doing right now...blazing the trail. I've had a couple of the handful of new releases they're rolling out and they're impressive. Keep up the great work, guys. With quality stuff like this, we, the beer geek crowd, will continue to salivate over anything you push out the door. Great stuff.

Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours pitch black, with one finger of some of the darkest brown head I've ever seen. The head dissipated surprisingly slowly, and left blankets of lacing. About as good as an imperial stout can look.

Smell: Surprisingly sweet. The coffee is there, but it smells more like a cappuccino or other sweet coffee drink rather than espresso. Hints of alcohol as well.

Taste: Oak and hops are the two dominant flavors - this is a very hoppy stout, and the oak is more evident than in most other beers. Not as much of a coffee flavor as I was expecting - it's there, but seems to blend into the background. I think the oak/hops are a bit overpowering. It's definitely a good beer, but I would have liked to see the espresso flavors come through a little more. Alcohol is noticeable as well.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. Carbonation might be a tad high.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this beer, but I was a bit let down by the lack of espresso/coffee flavors. I wish I had a regular oak aged yeti to compare it to, so I could try to notice the differences. Still, a very enjoyable beer, and one I would have again. It was not a chore at all to drink the whole bomber.

Photo of webmanspidey
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into large DFH snifter.

Dark brownish black, perfect light brown head. As good looking as a beer gets. The smell is a lot hoppier than you would expect for a beer like this, but not that surprising when I remember the standard Yeti. Slightly sweet, and the strange celery smell that I've picked up in a few beers before. I can definitely pick up the espresso in the taste, and this isn't as hoppy as the standard Yeti or the smell suggested. There is just a light bitter bite to the finish. Creamy mouthfeel, not overly alcoholic, and overall pretty delicious.

Photo of jwc215
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled March 05 2009 -

Poured into snifter -

POurs very dark brown to black with a rich brown head with ruby highlights. Head stays a few seconds before slowly descending to a slowly vanishing cover. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of chocolate, licorice, roasted coffee, and a touch of vanilla/oak.

The taste is sweet and boozy with a strong roast presence. The coffee gives a roast - nearly burnt character to the underlying chocolate, slight licorice, and molasses. A touch of vanilla/oak comes through in the finish.

It is full-bodied, as the style requires.

As with the other two Yetis I've had (the standard and the oak aged), this is a very nice, strong sipper. I don't know that I liked quite as much as the other two, as the roasted coffee dilutes the other complexities a bit. Still, a the base beer is great and the espresso adds a roasty character and the oak is there, but not overwhelming. Another winner in the Yeti family.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Acquired in a trade with tai4ji2x. Thanks bud!

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Matte black (except for the very outermost bottom edge, which was brown). Creamy brown head sits on top and retains well. Excellent ring-like lacing.

Smell: Lots of black coffee/espresso and dark chocolate. Solid roasted malt backbone - smells thick. There's that same sharp, dark fruit smell I got in regular Yeti. Yum. Some piney hops emerge from the shadows. Nice.

Taste: Hmmm... that's a lot of coffee. Should I be surprised? No. But there is something astringent in there that I'm not too keen on. Dark, roasted malts and tons of bitter hops. Lots of roasty, espresso-ness. Isn't that what it's supposed to be? Yes, I suppose... Tons of alcohol in the back. Aftertaste = yuck.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, well carbonated, a little syrupy and quite dry. Drier than it should be. Full-bodied but not overly heavy.

Drinkability: Letdown. Yep, letdown. Not a bad imperial stout, but doesn't even touch Yeti or OA Yeti. Too much espresso and too much alcohol. A lot of good aspects, but a couple of glaring bad ones. Glad I tried it, but I won't be seeking this out again.

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

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Gold Foil
Bottled On: Feb 13, 2009

Poured into a chalice a very nice black color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus dark tan head, with some nice big oil slick/sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee/coffee notes, slight spice. The taste is malty, with lots of dark stuff, not too bad with the espresso, nice oak note. Medium body, the ABV is kinda upfront with this brew, but still nice. Drinkable, a pretty tasty brew.

Photo of drumrboy22
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Yeti chalice. Beer was pitch black with a one-finger, dark tan head. Moderate lacing around the glass.

Aroma was heavy oak and coffee, also chicory, vanilla and malt.

Taste is coffee, dark chocolate and dark fruits.

Creamy mouthfeel and bitter finish. Fantastic beer. I'm glad they finally decided to bottle this one.

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

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

22oz bottle topped with gold foil. sampled may 16/09.

pours black and pretty much opaque. a big dense brown head forms, dropping slowly and leaving tons of lace behind.

aroma is great. dark and milk chocolate. espresso and coffee. biscuit and whole wheat bread. toasty and slightly roasty. alcohol. bit of dark fruit.

taste is good. lots of dark chocolate. bit of milk chocolate. espresso and coffee. biscuit. toasted whole wheat bread. bit of cracker. medium-high bitterness level, more coffee and chocolate than hoppy. still, there's definitely a bit of citrus and pine american hops hiding in there. vanilla and anise. light alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. nice big body. medium well-integrated carbonation.

drinkability is great. excellent balance. good depth and complexity. i think i like this more than both of the other two yeti versions i've had. good stuff!

Photo of johnnnniee
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was introduced to this one at EBF and was blown away, so when I saw this in a bottle I had to buy some.

Pours a solid black with a creamy tan head that doesn't persist for very long, but leaves lots of lace on the way down. Smells of citrus hops, coffee, vanilla, oak, roasted grains. Taste is much like the smell. Citrus hops followed by a touch of alcohol, some roasted coffee and slight chocolate, oak and vanilla followed by a lingering roast hop and alcohol finish. Theres a lot going on here and its all tasty. Carbonation is low to medium, mouthfeel is oily/creamy, body is thick like tar. Great Imperial stout! The coffee is there, but its subtle enough to not be in your face like some other coffee brews. I wish it were a little cheaper so I could afford to drink it more, but at 11.99 a bomber I may not enjoy this one regularly.

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

Just when you thought they Yeti couldn't get better. Great Divide has taken the Yeti and really turned it into a better base beer and added a strong espresso character that compliments the beer greatly.

The beer's look is as deep and dark as the day is night. This is to be expected. However the strong head formation takes on a deeper brown toffee color that is significanly darker and more sturdy than the other versions.

Coffee dominates the nose but not as aggressive as I expect. There's a lot of 'stout' qualities from the maltiness to cocoa and toast. The coffee notes seem to surpress the sweetness and fruitiness to virtually nothing.

Flavors are also coffee dominant with French Roast taste, oils, and bitterness. Background notes of cocoa powder, charred toast, and a meaty maltiness that remind me of dry Dopplebocks. Light notes of soy sauce, molassas, hops give enough complexity to keep it from screaming, "Espresso".

Full and rich up front but the well attenuated malt character keeps the beer dry and palatable. Bitterness from coffee, hops, and cocoa gives ample amounts of repreive from the moderate sweetness. The sharp, charred textures flirt with astringency and alternate between burnt toast and ashy. Finishes with a deep lingering coffee flavor with much bitterness.

Again, Great Divide knocks it out of the park.

Photo of Tilley4
3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was REALLY looking forward to this brew. I'm a huge fan of the regular OAY and was excited to crack this one open...

Pours out dark, thick, black, oily, and viscous... Slowly forming a mocha head, this one looks terrific...

Huge pungent aromas of espresso and hops intertwined... Interesting and delicious smelling...

Hmmm... Wow... Big, big, time booziness present along with an over the top espresso bitterness leaves me puzzled on the first sip...I detect quite a bit of hoppiness here as well.. Another sip... I wasn't wrong.. Another wave of boozy bitterness...in a bad way...

I just don't get it... And I didn't care for it either...

Very disappointing... Very...

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

March 2009 Bottle Date; Sampled May 2009
A solid, but not aggressive pour, sneaks up on me and fills my 25cl tulip glass with three fingers of foam as well as overflowing a bit. The head is a full brown hue that is as dark as I can remember seeing in a long time. The beer is pitch black in color, though it does pass a hint of light around the edges if I really hunt for it (the hue is amber leaning, though it is still pretty opaque). The aroma has a sharp, acrid espresso character to it that is quite noticeable from the get go. The beer is a bit cold so in the microwave it goes for 15 seconds to make it cool. The warming smoothes out the acrid notes a bit, but they still play the dominant role here. Some aromas that do become noticeable though are a charred, blueberry-like, fruitiness, some notes of charcoal, a touch of sweet dark malt, charred tobacco, a toasted brown malt / biscuit maltiness and a touch of chocolate at times. The aroma is a bit simplistic in its overwhelming charred (both espresso and malt) character, though it is not bad.

The beer feels smooth and creamy as it first hits my tongue; it is not overly thick and seems a bit light compared to some heavy Imperial Stouts. Dark chocolate flavors are noticed along with an up front sweetness. Chewy, toasted and burnt whole-grain flavors are here along with a bread / cracker like middle. The finish has a burnt, lingering, roasted bitterness to it; there is also a huge hop bitterness here though, but I don't notice the ample hop flavor presence that is in the regular Yeti. The flavor is somewhat acrid, with a touch of roast derived acidity, but it is quite a bit smoother than the aroma would have suggested. As the beer warms and my palate gets used to it, the beer picks up a lot more roasted fruitiness; notes of burnt prunes, figs and perhaps a touch of raisin are noticeable. It also picks up a touch of dark / roast grain burnt vegetal character at times in the finish, though this is pretty light. The fruit notes are accentuated by the hoppiness and the vegetal note is enhanced by the herbal hop notes. This has a nice, complex sweetness from the dark malt. Some spicy oak accentuates the acrid notes a bit as well as adding a touch of hotness to the finish. The oak is fairly muted overall though.

I definitely like the regular Yeti better as the espresso just makes this a bit too harsh. It is not a bad beer though and I find myself even enjoying it.

Photo of KeefD
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks go out to IBUnit63 for this bottle. Very dark brown as it pours, jet black in the Darkness tulip, two finger mocha colored head, sticky rings of lacing. Dark chocolate aromas are prominent, light coffee and some oakiness. Taste is dark roasted coffee, nice, rich chocolate flavor, waves of burnt caramel, a good amount of oak woodiness and nice hop bite at the end, but not really sure if the bitterness is fromthe hops or the coffee. Rich espresso notes comes out greatly as it warms up. Alcohol is well hidden but becomes slightly warming as it reaches room temp. Creamy, thick, chewy, unbelievably smooth, light carbonation. Everything is great about this stout other than I get more dark chocolate notes out of the aroma than I do coffee. Tastes great, however, and the mouthfeel is extraordinary.

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

Pours very very thick, its a very dark chesnut brown with a huge brown head that leaves lots of lacing along the glass.
Smells almost purely of expresso, but also getting plently of dark chocolate, and some vanilla in there as well.
Taste as good as it smells, lots and lots of coffee flavors, with plenty of chocolatey malt goodness to back it up. Again getting some nice vanilla flavors, and nice woody oak at the end. This is a very complex beer.
Feels nice and creamy in the mouth, and I get a nice warming sensation in the back of the throat when swallowed from the nice abv. Great variation on an already great beer.

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

Pours very dark brown with a thick mocha colored head. Leaves heavy lacing.
Smells of chocolate, espresso, vanilla bean, pumpernickel.
Tastes of heavy espresso balanced against some sweet malts. I get the woody vanilla flavors in the aftertaste with sweet chocolate.
Perfectly smooth and not too heavy.
Very drinkable. another please!

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

A - Very opaque, great tan head, 1 inch thick. Lacing clings as it goes down to disk. Webby fun.

S - Musty dusty cocoa and coffee.

T - Mostly coffee, some bittered roasted malt.

M - Viscous, mouth covering, great carb, big beer with a pretty good balance.

D - For the style and bigness in both ABV and flavor, very drinkable.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

G: Poured into a brandy snifter.

A: Dark as night with a nice, smooth, tan-colored espresso head.

S: Loads of espresso with some dark malt behind.

T: Overpowering espresso that is somehow balanced against the mild sweetness of the malt.

M: Heavenly. Sublimely creamy and the alcohol is hardly detectable.

D: Very, very drinkable. It's a hot, hot 86 degrees here in Chicago, and I still want more of this thick stout. Now that's an endorsement.

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

I had this one in the middle of a promotional liquor giveaway. I couldn't resist, even with free liquor around.

It looks just like I want an Imperial stout to look. Black, shiny, with a massive brown head. Poured into a small snifter. I could hardly see any highlights, though the lighting in the restaurant wasn't incredible (still daylight when consumed though, so not a problem). Nice looking. The smell was light on the coffee, very light on the wood (maybe it was too old to get the full force). There were some dried fruits, a tiny bit of sweetness, heavy on the roasted malts. The smell, without the oaking (which adds some vanilla and woody, earthy smells) and coffee (which enhances the roastiness) was about average, but the extra stuff pushes it beyond average. I kind of liked the smell, though it could be better. The taste was right on. I mean, everything was there, but the only drawback was just that the base was a little too estery (maybe a little too hot). There was coffee, vanilla, a tiny bit of wood, some decent sweetness (not quite enough, in my opinion), roast barley, everything. Wish there was a bit of bready sweetness. That is all I wanted. But I found that this had everything else I expect, in fact, it exceeds what the average person does by quite a bit. I mean, if I judge it along the others, it more than deserves the score, if I judge it by my own standards, it just about earns it. The wood and coffee help the mouthfeel, of course. This one doesn't cling like regular yeti, it isn't too harsh or rough, it's just nice and pleasant, a bit better than normal, but not incredible. I drank this one down rather quickly, and enjoyed it. I would ask everyone to try it, I mean, I wasn't a huge fan of the regular yeti, and if you weren't a fan, this was much better. Try it if you can (it may be too late now). worth a shot.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours rich and black into the MJ tasting glass, perhaps my first sample in this vessel. Three fingers of chocolate mocha spring up and form quite a cake over the beer. It implodes in the center as it drops down, but leaves chunks and strings all over the glass like the inside of a pumpkin.

Aroma - roasty, toasty grains, a certain yet subtle backdrop of coffee, hints of chocolate syrup as well.

Taste - lots of charred grain at first, very dark character to the toastiness. That is slightly offset by some sweetness. That in turn segues into some hoppy florals mid-palate. Now the beer intensifies. Quite a Yeti-sized footprint of espresso on the swallow. It plays off of the hops, now turning bitter, and if you don't concentrate, you might forget to look for the barrel flavors, which are there but definitely not in force. Late post-swallow, alcohol warming kicks the coffee flavors back into gear along with some dark chocolate. The hops are a bit too lively at this stage for my tastes, but I'm anxious to see what some cellaring will do for this.

Mouthfeel - feels thick, and despite that heavy body, the carbonation is lively. Plenty smooth as well.

Drinkability - plenty to enjoy here; a complex beer with lots of 'flavor stations' to work through. Very nice. Big props to Gyle41386 and bhalter8 for hooking me with some of this. Thanks guys!

Photo of woemad
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased about a month ago at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $9.99. "Bottled on Feb 13 2009" according to the label.

Very good looking beer! Poured black, with a big, mocha-colored head that took some time dropping and left lots of lace.

Bitter, dark fruits jump out at the nose first. There are notes of dark chocolate, coffee (though not nearly as strong as I'd thought it would be from a beer whose name starts with "Espresso...")and booze. There's also a spiciness and an earthy scent.

The taste starts off with a velvety chocolate sweetness that is immediately paired up with a spicy hoppiness, dark fruit flavors and a roasty coffee bitterness. The espresso makes things a little acidic compared to many stouts, but not to an uncomfortable degree. In the background are oaky and vanilla flavors. Things end on a dry note.

Thick, coating, viscous mouthfeel to this one, which has a full body. Pretty much what one would expect for the style.

A very tasty dessert or nightcap beer. Not something I'd want to session but after dinner while watching a movie it's great!

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz single from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, Mar 06 2009 bottling date. Just this one and barrel aged Yeti to complete the tasting of all the varieties.

A: Extremely dark brown with cinnamon colored head, about half an inch thick after settling, pretty impressive retention on such a big beer. Big gobs of lacing on this one too. Completely opaque. Excellent looking big stout.

S: Coffee, chocolate milk, dark fruits, mostly plum, a few hints of vanilla, coffee is strong, definitely more of an espresso, which is appropriate given the name. Slightly boozey as well, hits all the notes just about right. As with all of these coffee beers, I'd like just a bit more coffee in the nose. Still excellent smelling though.

T: Initially the chocolate hits hardest, a few hints of brown sugar, and burnt toast/bread, big time roasted malt/coffee profile, almost acidic from the coffee profile, what was lacking in the nose is definitely compensated for in the mouth. Oak aging subdues the normally high IBU's that Yeti has. Slightly bitter, but it really comes more from coffee, there are a few citrus hints in the beer, but this one focuses on coffee and chocolate. Really tasty. I'm quite impressed. Nice oak/vanilla flavors as well. Great.

M: Fairly thick, extremely dry from the wood/coffee, sucks the moisture right out of my mouth. Booze is subdued and not nearly as hot as I had figured for a beer that is a little over 2 months old. Spot on.

D: Easy drinker, can you say hangover beer? This is the perfect morning after beer, I'm really impressed with this one. I wish I would have grabbed another bottle to age. Excellent beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, bottled feb 13, 2009. tasted in early april, 2009. poured into tulip.

opaque black, with brownish red tones on the edges when viewed under the light. very large head with hot cocoa color, fades to thin but constant layer. lacing is thin but consistent, all the way down.

oaky vanilla aroma and coffee with roasted malts. dried raspberry hint and trace of chocolate. earthy tones and whiffs of dried leaves, plus yet more coffee, with attendant whiffs of acidity.

bold burst of flavor on the palate, as a combination of all of the above, with touch of sweetness underlying the roasted malts. coffee goes into acidity and, with roast and hop, gives a moderate to bold bitterness. this clashes slightly however, with the vanilla and oak. also a touch of boozy alcohol.

medium body, not quite viscous. coffee astringency into the finish. moderate, creamy carbonation is lightly prickly upfront.

a bit too much going on, especially compared to the original oaked yeti, but still quite nice.

Photo of bamadog
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split with Pwoods and Kels on 5/10/09 -- gotta love the generosity :) Poured into snifter glasses from the bottle.

Appearance: Pours near black; no light coming through this at all; firm 1 1/2 finger head that is mocha colored; looks thick and viscous; a thin and spotty lacing holds slightly to the glass.

Smell: Strong scent of espresso (as there very well should be) and strong rich dark chocolate and well-roasted malts; I would dare say this is a deep dark fruit (perhaps cherry - like the original yeti?) buried in there; just a little smokey as well. The smell is making very excited to drink this.

Taste: Wow - pretty much dominated by the espresso factor (like ground up beans were stirred directly into my glass) - amazing. Bittersweet chocolate is also very present; the wood is definitely present as well and comes across a bit smokey; firm presence of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Rich and thick like a milkshake - very warm in the mouth, chest and breath; gums are left tingly; sits very thick in the mouth and leaves it a bit coated. Very nice overall.

Drinkability: The only factor that would lower the drinkability of this beer is the ABV as it clocks at 9.5% - but it so worth it. This was an amazing desert to a very well-cooked meal and I very much would have enjoyed a second helping (mostly because I wasn't driving).

Photo of kels
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bomber of this with bamadog and pwoods last night. Poured into snifters.

Appearance: Pours a lovely coffee-bean brown with a well-retained 3/4 finger chocolate brown, thick, soft head and bubbly lacing around the glass. Very dark and viscous.

Smell: Big alcohol in the nose, sweet cream, espresso beans, chocolate, toasted malt and slight smokiness of charred wood.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is full of bitter, bottom-of-the pot espresso, bitter chocolate, hot alcohol vapors, chewy and sticky malts, and a subtle hop presence. Smokiness from the barrel is met by a nice creamy sweetness. Feel is moderate and mouthfilling, spreading the flavors well throughout the palate.

Drinkability: Moderate to high for the style. Despite the huge alcohol presence it actually drinks pretty smoothly. I love espresso regularly, though, so the bitterness and the hotness might be too much for some.

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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