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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,073
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 217
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 05-16-2008)
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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Bullock's in Marietta, Georgia. I have misplaced my receipt, but I recall it wasn't exactly cheap. Bottled On: Feb 12 2009. So fresh!! Let's get to it!

Appearance: Pours an inky black body with a large, frothy, dark tan head. True, there may have been better some lace formation, but I found myself tossing back the glass so often that none could even gain a foothold on my Duvel tulip glass.

Smell: Roasty, fresh-brewed espresso nose welcomes in full notes of chocolate fondue, dark malts, fresh oak lumber. Some breweries get coffee additions wrong -- Great Divide got it right.

Taste: After the first sip it's hard not to shout out an "AWW YEAH BABY!" like you're rooting hard for your favorite sports team. Dark, heavily roasted malts harmonize perfectly with the deep, sultry flavor of quality espresso. Add in a heavy-handed pour of dark chocolate sauce and heavy cream flavored with vanilla extract. Fairly sweet, but it's kept in check by the roasty, earthy bitterness, tannic wood qualities, and the cumulative, spicy, sprucy hop component. Hint of fruit. Very minor touch of alcohol warmth, like imbibing a complimentary shot of Godiva Mocha Liqueur. Finishes drying with a vast roastiness and lingering tastes of chocolate and oak.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Spoiler Alert: It's absolutely delish, what can I say?! Rich flavors that know no bounds. Sometimes I'm hesitant to drink an entire bomber of something by my lonely, miserable self, but I cleared through this bottle in record time. One to sip and savor slowly, but it's hard not to chug it greedily like an insatiable fiend.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Take a world class RIS, oak age it with vanilla, then infuse it with a ton of deep roasted espresso beans, and you've got something special. Pours pitch black, completely opaque with a frothy 2 finger dark caramel colored head. First sip is super strong coffee with lots of dark chocolate bitterness. Brown sugar, tobacco, and vanilla notes support the massive bitterness. Drinkin' this beer is like chewing coffee grinds and chasing it with dark chocolate. We are not done. No sir. There is a strong hop profile that amazingly steals the finish. Creamy milkshake-like mouthfeel is much loved and appreciated. Replace your morning Starbucks with Espresso Yeti and it will be lunchtime before you know it.

ATLbeerDog, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of HeyItsChili
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the West Ashley Good Beer Festival, and just now getting around to reviewing my notes.

I remember this being the highlight of the day.

A - Poured deep black into my tasting glass, with a foamy brown head.

S - Very "espresso" dark, sweet, bitter chocolatey coffee notes

T - Superb. There is a lot going on here, and maybe I can't completely grasp the nuances, but I got the espresso buzz mixing with some roasted malts and coffee flavors, with a mellowing out from some bittersweet chocolate.

M - Medium bodied, but silky and creamy. Smooth. Little carbonation feel.

Notes - I don't think I understood how hard this sucker was to come by until after the beer fest. I'm glad I got a chance to try it. Further edited upon trying it by the bottle.

HeyItsChili, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of wagenvolks
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to jadamski1 for the trade! 22oz gold-foil bottle into a Delirium goblet. Listed at 9.5% ABV, bottled on Feb. 13, 2009.

A sluggish pour releases an inky black, viscous body into the glass. No light getting through this opaque beauty, and the sizable tower of dirt-brown head echoes the body's sentiments. Great retention and lacing for such a high alcohol level, but then again, they do like their hops at Great Divide.

The aroma is what made me fall in love with the regular Yeti: loads of chocolaty cookie dough and roasted coffee goodness, backed by a pungent earthy hop note and booze. The espresso notes dart in and out of the aroma, providing delicate layers of mocha coffee and cream. The oak-aging is a mere afterthought.

Flavor starts off with a blast of bitter dark chocolates and spicy, earthen hops. Espresso sweetness is evident, but somehow only the tastebuds on the roof of my mouth seem to detect it--the tongue is bound by the powerful Oak-Aged Yeti flavors of chocolate and vinous wood. Mouthfeel is creamy, viscous, and oh so smooth until the sharp acidity of the oak hits the back of the palate. Finishes with a sticky malt booziness and lingering hop note. Sad to say it, there may be TOO much going on in this beer.

Here's how I rank them:
1. Yeti
2. Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti
3. Oak-Aged Yeti

Hard to beat the original, although this beer is a worthy addition to the "Yeti" name.

wagenvolks, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of hopdog
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

Poured a dark black color with brown edges and a large sized off white head. Nice lacing left on the glass. Aromas of espresso, vanilla, chocolate, some woodiness, and roasty. Tastes of wood, some dark fruits, roasty, chocolate, and lighter vanilla. Coffee more apparent in the aroma and the oakiness was more in the flavor. Alcohol content well hidden.

hopdog, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of jdubjacket
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Brickstore Pub. Came out as a chocolate black with traces of a milk chocolate head. Looks good enough to eat. Smells is slightly hoppy, chocolate, toffee, and, of course, coffee. Taste is exceptional. The coffee is prevalent with traces of chocolate. Very well balanced. The coffee and hops create a bitter ending that balance the malt very well. Silky, creamy smooth mouthfeel going down. Tough to drink more than one, but this is definitely one of the better beers that I've had recently.

jdubjacket, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/13/09. Possibly the freshest beer I've ever had at home.

Served slightly chilled from cellar temperature. Foil capped bomber opens with a loud hiss and pours into a globe-shaped glass. It's nearly black in color with thick dark tan head on top. The head settles very slowly leaving perfect lacing all around the glass.

The aroma is excellent - a perfect blend of imperial stout and coffee. There is an earthy spicy smell over huge roasty malts and espresso. The stout, coffee, and oak are all at play here and they get along just fine.

Wow. This is a coffee lovers dream beer right here. Oak Aged Yeti is a great beer to begin with and I had my doubts when I saw they had played with the recipe. I should've known they would do it right. The bitterness from the dark malts and espresso, not to mention the unusually liberal use of hops in Yeti, are surprisingly not overwhelming. Maybe it's just because they come from different sources but it comes together wonderfully. Bitter dark chocolate flavors in there too. Nice balance to all of the flavors and it's amazing that my favorite part about OAY, the oak, doesn't get lost or overshadowed. It's still there and provides a really nice soft canvas for this masterpiece.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and exceptionally smooth. There's a little burn on the finish but nothing surprising for a beer of 9.5%

Drinkability is excellent for the style. There's just so much going on that I can't help coming back for sip after sip.

I loved the Oak Aged Yeti so much that it shouldn't be surprising but I enjoy this version even more.

GilGarp, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Party Town shared by shigadeyo.

Poured black color with a minimal creamy light brown head that mostly diminished with virtually no lacing. Moderate to heavy chocolate, woody and roasted coffee malt with a small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy balanced roasted coffee flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

This is a standout beer.

tmoneyba, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Comes out of the bottle a rich opaque chocolaty sable with a thick brown head. Aroma is like a rich coffee and has a strong undertone of hops with a firm hint of chocolate, like a good IPA mixed with a fine mocha. Flavor has a strong coffee component, a hoppy overtone, and more than a hint of unsweet chocolate, with smoky and nutty hints. Texture is pleasingly smooth and thick, and finish is coffee-ish and a little hoppy. I thought there was no way to combine "stouty" and hoppy flavor - I am glad that I have been proven wrong!

Cyberkedi, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of sevopie
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Rather dark - black with hints of brown at the edge. Brown head with good lacing.

Smell - Bitter coffee with chocolate and vanilla, as well as caramel malt smells.

Taste - Espresso and cocoa dominate the flavors, but the oak is very present as well. Very malty, with an interesting mix of bitter and sweet.

Mouthfeel - Oily and mildly carbonated.

Drinkability - This is where most Great Divide brews shine. For being 9% and an Imperial Stout, this one is fantastically easy drinking.

sevopie, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of RicoBrew
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Great Divide Brewery. The espresso roast coffee beans are provided by Pablo's, which is a local coffee shop.

A - Pitch...Black. No seriously, I'm pretty sure it absorbs all wavelengths of visible light. The head is a nice dark caramel/tan color with minimal lacing.

S - Pretty much what you'd think. Imagine if you got a shot of espresso and added an ounce of chinook hop pellets to it. Now imagine if you added a little bit of caramel syrup to that. It's so warm and inviting you have to take a sip.

T - The oak tannins hit you first like if you hit a wall. That oak wall quickly fades to the espresso/coffee flavor, and that quickly fades to the deep, dark roasted barley and/or carafa taste. If you like to dive into a deep dark cup of coffee, then this is the right beer for you. They do a masterful job of balancing the coffee and the roasted barley flavors. The oak mellows it out really well.

M - Thick, but not obstructive. Enough oily texture to coat your tongue with the flavor, but then it quickly melts away.

D - This is a great dessert beer. Either as a liquid dessert or as part of a regular dessert. I'd just love to pour this over a couple of scoops of vanilla gelato.

RicoBrew, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of Haybeerman
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep black color. Poured a 2 finger chocolate head with good retention. Big clingy rings of lace.

S: Big semi-sweet dark chocolate and toasted malts. Espresso is clearly donimant to the subdued oak.

T: Big toasted malt flavor up front gently yields to the dark sweet chocolate and espresso. The oak is a bit more evident than in the smell.

M: Full body. Low carbonation. Thick, rich and creamy. Silky smoothness coats the mouth and tongue.

D: This is a big beer - malt and abv. Definitely an dessert beer to savor (slowly).

Haybeerman, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of BigBry
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, did I get lucky the last time I was in Denver. Stopped by the Great Divide tap house for a quick pint, and was offered a taster. One sniff and I ordered a full glass, served in a logoed snifter, straight from the source. Doesn't get any better.
Viscous, black color, short but thick cap of foam. Swirling leaves good legs and thin lace. Very nice coffee aroma, lightly roasted. Slight chocolate, woody, and vanilla. The taste is great. The espresso coffee flavor melds nicely with the stout. More roasted malt and chocolate, and the oak and vanilla comes through as well. Rich, full body, but still easy to drink. Creamy and smooth, the alcohol is not a problem. Very enjoyable!

BigBry, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of IBUnit63
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Needless to say, when poring over the combo ransom note/bottom of the eye chart that is the Sunset Grill's draft beer list I almost $#!+ my pants when I saw the Espresso Yeti on there and practically fell over myself ordering this one. Let's see if the collar matches the cuff...

Nothing wrong with this pour into a tulip - nothing whatsoever. Almost jet black (of course the lighting in Sunset isn't the greatest in the world so everything looks a little dark in there most of the time - if you go to the bar on the right side it's better but not on this visit). There's a head of chocolate ice cream with great thick lacing. It's actually the texture of a mash tun that I'm imagining here.

Literally smells like a cappucino - cinnamon, velvety espresso notes...a little hop grass and huge...HUGE-@$$ roasted chocolate malt.

Be SURE to let this warm a while 'cause at first sip it actually seems a little watery but 3 minutes later it's all in...copious bitter coffee and hop grass. Alcohol is a little hot but by no means obtrusive. Malt is actually on the quiet side but provides a backbone of sheer stability.

As with the taste sensation of this offering it rolls a little light out of the gate but warmth fixes all. Deep, dark and soothing. Warm as hell - not an alcohol burn...just warm. Finishes a little tight from espresso notes and hoppy bitterness.

This one goes way too quickly, but still, sip it anyway and savor as much as you can. Won't be easy - awesome stuff.

IBUnit63, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of bifrostguard
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep black with a beautiful tan head that leaves some decent lacing.

S - Coffee grounds, roasted malts a little molasses and some licorice. I can detect a slightly citrusy aroma presumably from the hops as well as some mild pine notes.

T - Delicious. The coffee flavor really builds as the liquid in the glass diminishes. Roasted malts, dark chocolate and mild licorice are present with a good amount of bitterness that really made this one enjoyable for me. There is a fruity/citrus taste present that clashes with the other flavors, but becomes less notable with each sip.

M - Smooth and silky. Medium bodied.

D - This is a great beverage, but filling. Not too sweet with a nice coffee flavor, but a couple of these and I'm stuffed.

bifrostguard, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ess-press-yo-self. Sampled a black midnight color, with a viscous appearance. A limited head with bigger bubbles. Did swirl (after a taste or two) and brought out some thicker foam. Good lacing.

The nose has a noticeable coffee aroma but somewhat hides the beer behind it. There is a light roast aroma with a subtle lactic kick to it. A minor chocolate notes that blends well with the coffee. Some woody notes with more of a vanilla thing. Some lighter yeast and alcohol notes as well but subtle.

The taste is fantastic. The coffee is blended very well with the beer itself. To start the coffee comes out first with a more espresso flavor, with more of a milky taste than lactic. The malt really blends nicely with a small bit of astringency, but nice roast and chocolate notes comes out. The vanilla characteristics back off with not much of the wood flavors. The alcohol and esters back off as well, leaving a cleaner flavor overall. Very good.

The body is big but still easy to drink. The coffee really does a nice job balancing the astringency and alcohol notes and makes this a very enjoyable beer. A silky texture with a great blend of flavors.

Oxymoron, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of beerfairy
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark, deep black. Pours almost like molasses or syrup. Very nice head.

S - Very interesting smells of Prune, bourbon, chocolate and coconut.

T - Chocolate roasted malty flavors with hints of vanilla and a lingering bitterness.

M - solid bodied and amazingly smooth going down. A real joy in the mouth

D - this beer is really good and has nice complex flavors.

beerfairy, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of roan22
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love the Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide, and was pleasantly surprised to see an Espresso version of this beer on draft in a Northeast Philadelphia bar. This was during Philly Beer Week back in March however, which may explain how we got a keg here. I recently found some notes I took on the back of someone's business card lol.

Overall this imperiel coffee stout, oak aged, brewed with espresso beans, is unfortunately a bit over the top when compared to the Oak Aged Yeti. I think this is because the Oak Aged Yeti gets its espresso/coffee/dark chocolate flavor notes more naturally, or organically, from the roasted burnt malts, so they come off more subtle. The bitterness derived from hops is really nice in both versions and helps to balance things.

The Espresso version is 9%...really its too strong for me to enjoy. It tastes too hot. I sipped a small 10 oz. glass of this beer, and I was drunk afterwards. The appearance is black, nice color, but there was zero head.

roan22, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of ruckzuck
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Brick Store a bit back. Good thing I kept notes!

A - dark, deep black. Did I mention the word black? BLACK. Dark brown head with awesome lacing. How do they improve upon normal Yeti? Jeez

S - oh my how this beer smells. Massive hits of coffee/espresso, caramel, roasted dark chocolate, vanilla and bit of oak. My nose said "DIVE IN, NOW!"

T - massive amounts of coffee/espresso again with a healthy amount of delicious roasted malty dark chocolateyness. The oak rocks the casbah more here than in the nose, and I'm not complaining. Just delicious

M - solid bodied and amazingly smooth going down. A real joy in the mouth

D - this beer is so f'ing delicious. Of course, the drinkability is limited by the massive body and ABV, but damn if I didn't love this. Would gladly, no, make that instantly, sample another if given the chance. Highly recommended if you can get it.

ruckzuck, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on a CO2/Nitro mixture at cellar temp.

A beautifull stout. Near black color with a silky, lacy dark tan head. The nose has lots if roasted malts and piney hops. These are complemented perfectly by chocolate, molasses, oak, licorice, anise, and dark fruits. The taste is even better than the smell. A delicious balance between sweet and bitter flavors. Nice full body goes down well. This is possibly the best beer Great Divide has ever made. Right up there with the best in the world.

rye726, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's

A: Pitch black with a dark brown head with excellent retention.

S: Coffee, cream, oak, vanilla, roasted notes, nuts and a rather surprising sour note, almost sour-cream like

T: Excellent coffee balanced with a great creaminess, burnt and roasted malts. Bitter finish

ML Full bodied and great finish with good carbonation

D: This goes down too easy

DefenCorps, May 23, 2008
Photo of John_M
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brown black color with outstanding head retention and lacing. On the nose this beer is unbelievable. There is a HUGE aroma of espresso, coupled with licorise and chocolate. One gets a hint of underlying bitterness too, but the espresso aroma completely dominates it. On the palate this beer is a stunner. Again, one gets a huge aroma of coffee, coupled with chocolate and very noticeable bitterness. This beer is excellent now, but I'll bet a year or so of aging would result in something divine. The beer has a nice polished mouthfeel, with a bit of grittiness from what has to be some substantial hops. The beer finishes well and the alcohol is well disguised.

An extremely impressive beer from Great Divide. This is great stuff!

John_M, May 17, 2008
Photo of Rich1818
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%

this doesn't come close to KBS, Big Bad Baptist, Parabola....

Rich1818, Aug 30, 2014
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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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