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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutEspresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

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2,684 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 2684
Reviews: 950
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%


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:
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(Beer added by: johnmichaelsen on 05-16-2008)
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cosmicevan

New York

4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottles hit NY not all that long ago, enjoyed from a great divide snifter.

bottled 1/9/2013 (my wedding anniversary).

a - brew poured a silky, shiny black with a big head (dropped the bottle before opening it, so it was definitely lively at my own fault). great shine and look.

s - oaky hops on a stout. coffee is in there as well. the coffee is a nice compliment to the oaky hoppy stout.

t - gourmet espresso beans. vanilla. hops. oak. chocolate. stout. happiness in a glass. really amazing.

m - SUPER smooth. easy drinking. just a homerun.

o - overall, probably my favorite yeti to date. just phenomenal. not a bad beer in the series, but this one is just killer. the espresso and oak and yeti...oh my.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 02:46:36 | More by cosmicevan
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Joerwat

Georgia

3.23/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nose: strong coffee, strong roasty barley. To much roasty-ness going on, a bit overpowering.
Palate: coffee and roast up front, big surprise. after thinking about it for a bit too long a bit of vanilla became reconizable. there was a bitterness from the hops, but I could not get much hop flavor, not that I would want any, but the bitterness was a bit superfluous.
Finish: burnt, roasty, and a little more vanilla. dulled hop hints.
Overall: a highly unbalanced beer. The malt profile did not complement the coffee, it just all got together to make a very roasty/burnt taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 18:35:10 | More by Joerwat
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fitrock2112

Ohio

4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured Espresso Oak Aged Yeti into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours black as midnight with a half of finger of mocha head.

S - Wow, whiskey, coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolates. This thing smells ridiculous.

T - Wow again, and no apologies. This is the shit. Wonderful, coffee up front with bitter chocolates, vanilla. Very nice.

M - Smooth beer, medium carbonation, medium mouthfeel. Wish it was a bit fuller for a Imperial, but nice nonetheless.

O - Nice brew from Great Divide. Highly recommended! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 00:54:17 | More by fitrock2112
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HopasaurusRex

New Hampshire

4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage.

Pours deep, dark, and full of mystery.

Smells like morning - fresh coffee percolating with a hint of vanilla. Not the coffee vanilla bomb I expected - chocolate, roasted chicory, and malted milk balls.

Smooth and lush flavor and texture. The age has calmed the harsh alcohol edges and mixed the espresso and oak vanillins just right.

Overall definitely a beer I will revisit after a couple years in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 17:17:15 | More by HopasaurusRex
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a very thick opaque jet black in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the sides of the glass and some very faint crimson highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy extremely dark mocha head made up of moderately sized bubbles that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of deeply roasted dark and chocolate malts with stronger aromas of espresso beans. There is also a light to moderate aroma of oak.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of deeply roasted dark and chocolate malts which are followed by some strong flavors of espresso (both freshly brewed as well as almost like the chocolate covered beans themselves). Light to moderate amounts of oak flavors towards the finish as well. Slightly heavier than moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers for a moderate amount of time.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and coats the entire inside of your mouth with some light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: For a big beer like this one (high ABV), the alcohol is extremely well hidden and that makes it easier to drink then some of the others in the style (DIS). Nice flavors of coffee/espresso that are very complementary to the flavors and aroma of the beer without overpowering or dominating it. Really an enjoyable world class beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 15:37:58 | More by dbrauneis
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Brenden

Ohio

4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This looks very much the the original oak-aged Yeti: rich, thick, dark as night and thick as motor oil. The brown head, a little bit darker in this version, might reach just a little higher off the pour from the tap; it stands and sticks hard. This stuff leaves lacing clinging to the snifter it's served in very nicely.
The espresso is in there, not as big and bold as I might expect (until it warms) but very nicely integrated. Otherwise, it takes on the same barrel character and oaky quality as the oak-aged, though the dryness and the roast, along with coffee notes, overcome the sweetness a touch in the nose. When you get to the flavor, though, this one's every bit as layered and complex as I'd hoped after trying the original oaked Yeti. Some char, coffee, cocoa, wood, vanilla and dark fruits lead into a finish that includes just enough hops to even it out and give even more depth.
The feel is still big, thick, rich and robust in a full body, though it goes slightly dryer this time. A bit of char going into the finish gives it something only very slightly astringent in the otherwise perfect mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2013 14:05:11 | More by Brenden
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dowen17

Alabama

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours like black ink. Thick and viscous. Tight two finger milk chocolate head. Head fades but stays at a finger's thickness and leaves nice lacing down the glass.

Nose is strong bitter coffee, woody notes from the oak, chocolate, sweet malts... More chocolate and coffee. Very nice. A bit boozy also.

Taste is bitter coffee up front. Some bittersweet chocolate follows along with some woody notes from the oak chips, but not overpowering at all. Most of the oak aged beers I've had recently have been way overpowering on the oak. This is a nice change.

Mouthfeel is just as a stout should be. Big and chewy. Light carbonation.

Overall this is a great brew from a great company and definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 01:56:13 | More by dowen17
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ISmith87

Arizona

4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a stout/porter glass.

Appearance - 5.00 - Looks great! Beer itself is pitch black with a 3 finger deep brown head of fine bubbles that leaves an excellent lacing of perfect rings on the glass. This beer is probably the best I've seen of it's class.

Smell - 4.75 - Wow, really clean coffee/espresso/roasted smell with hints of chocolate, vanilla, cream. Like a nice coffee from Starbucks in beer form.

Taste - 5.00 - Creamy, roasty malts that taste of chocolate, espresso, coffee, vanilla beans. Nice bitterness balances it out, almost a little citrusy at points. The beer itself is so smooth it's hard to believe, equal to or greater than Ten Fidy.

Mouthfeel - 5.00 - A creamy, huge beer with a nice alcohol warmth that would keep me warm if I was anywhere other than Arizona. This beer is just the right amount of bitter and leaves a bitter aftertaste w roasted flavors.

Overall - 4.75 - I'm not sure if I should just give it a 5, it's basically perfect. So complex and beautiful, and readily available for those who want it. At 10 dollars a bomber this is a good deal too, and I've never said that for a 10 dollar 22 oz bottle before. I guess I would say it's on a level with the great Belgian Quadruples, and I feel pretty comfortable saying that.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 05:53:25 | More by ISmith87
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bens0n

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an opaque black with a slight brown hue. Not very much head, but a very considerable amount of lacing given the lack of head.

Smells wise I can pick up on some coffee notes, no dark fruit or anything though. Its got a toasty malt smell going on, not too strong, tiny bit of boozyness you can pick up once the head settles.

Flavor wise the roasted coffee really shines, it dominates the flavor but its not overpowering. There is still a good amount of malt and the chips they aged it on come out and linger along at the end. Very well balanced, I've had a handful of other oak aged brews and this one has just the right amount of oak flavor.

Mouthfeel was nice, slick and oily, very little carbonation, goes down real smooth.

Great beer, exceeded my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 02:30:13 | More by bens0n
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KFBR392

Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours with a rich mocha brown head. Head retains on edges of the glass. Low carbonation active in the glass.

Smell: A very rich mix of chocolate and oak. Very dark rich barley malt character. Black licorice and molasses sweetness. Subdued overall but excellent.

Taste: The front is sweet malt, caramel, and chocolate. A slightly funky oak body mixes with some brighter then expected hop tones. This is excellent, tones flush together wonderfully.

Mouthfeel: Heavy traditional stout feel on the palate. Malt and oak weigh heavy on the tongue.

Overall: An elite imperial stout. The darkness of this beer mixes well with added flavors. Not too sweet, not too heavy.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 17:14:59 | More by KFBR392
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap at the brewery. Deep rich black with tan head...it looks like black coffee. Smell is deep roasted espresso and chocolate...smells amazing. Taste is roasted espresso and rich chocolate. .its so smooth. Hints of booze keep ploying with you but uts an awesome brew. One I probably wouldn't want to age as the espresso is just so good.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2013 21:51:02 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Thick, dark mocha head that sticks around for about a min. Opaque black in color. Zero light coming through. Wonderful lacing. Ring of retention hangs around the whole time. Just a flat out beautiful looking stout!

S- Rich coffee beans, touch of wood, milk chocolate, toffee, faint vanilla. Pretty intense aroma here. Booze ever so slightly makes its way in the end. Some fruity esters. More malt vs espresso than I figured, but not all bad.

T- Robust flavor profile. Big time espresso/coffee character to start it off. Oak settles in nicely. Waves of complexity. bitterness. Finish is surprisingly more harsh than I expected. Overpowering toast? Strong hop bill? A little perplexed by this.

M- Full body, big beer that as viscous as can be. Thick, rich, creamy. A bit boozy as the alcohol is certainly present. Goes down fairly easy though for how big it is. Dry to the next sip.

O- This was a delicious beer and a puzzling one at the same time. Just when I thought it was going to be top of its class, the finish didn't follow though with the high bar set by the start and feel. An impressive stout nonetheless, but just missed the "tell all your friends about it" mark for me.

Bottled 1/9/13
Consumed 6/20/13

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 04:12:26 | More by Bosoxfan20
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LI_PO12

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into pint glass bottled jan 9 2013

Appearance- jet black 1 finger tan head

Aroma- a lot of coffee espresso, roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, some pine, smells amazing

Flavor- even bigger espresso coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, fairly bitter but well balanced and some alcohol warmth but not boozy at all

Mouthfeel- medium heavy, some alcohol warmth, moderate carbonation

Overall- I was very impressed with this. Hits every mark and then some, I need to try a regular yeti to see what the original is. But this is awesome and a must try if you like big stouts.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 03:50:14 | More by LI_PO12
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Patandnik

Florida

4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome beer. Great brewery. Probably my favorite oak aged stout I've ever had. I could drink this beer everyday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Fantastic flavors of coffee, oak, dark chocolate, and toffee blend perfectly in your mouth and finish off amazingly balanced.

If you haven't had this beer yet, GO GET IT NOW!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 14:44:42 | More by Patandnik
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32 oz. growler filled a couple days ago poured into a 20 oz. highball shaker.

A - Pours a thick dark chocolate, producing a one-inch head of fluffy, bubbly foam that looks like a chocolate mocha milkshake and which falls at a decent pace, leaving a pronounced band of lace around the sides and patchy bubbles of foam across the surface. Holding the beer to a full-spectrum light is meaningless - this beer is on the edge of being black motor oil and absolutely, solidly opaque; not a spec of light gets thru, even at the edges of the glass.

S - Freshly medium-roasted coffee softened by a touch of cream. Hints of woody hops come up behind, followed by notes of 50% milk chocolate. Dark caramels with slightly burnt toast. Malted chocolate balls, like Whoppers, only somewhat darker.

T - The chocolate is noticeably more pronounced on the tongue. The roast of the malts tilts the chocolate profile towards a darker taste than the nose has, 70-75%. The woodiness combines with the roast to create a burnt-from-wood-charcoal flavor in the profile. Dark caramel sugars and molasses with a touch of vanilla slide across the sides of the tongue. Finish is marked by echos that alternate between dark brown sugars and pretty burnt toast. The first suggestion of the ABV is halfway through the growler when the tummy starts to warm. Letting this warm in the glass really allows the subtle flavors to emerge, making it even better - dark plum and raisins, smoked vanilla beans, Meyers dark rum, exceptional semi-sweet chocolate, pine notes from the hops develop in the back end.

M - Predominantly smooth and creamy, but with just a bit of fizziness on the tongue. Medium body shows some substance, with good silky viscosity that's surprisingly clean by the finish. Components are well-integrated. All the rough edges of a typical stout have been sanded down, leaving a smooth edge throughout.

O - This growler is why I like to taste new beers. Outstanding. Delicious. Nicely roasted without being overdone, the oak aging takes the edge off but leaves this subtle woody campfire taste in the profile that's mostly about rich, dark sugars, from caramels to chocolate, without being at all thick and cloying. This would be the beer to have snowbound with a roaring fire and several friends playing board games. My defining standard of a beer is, am I profoundly disappointed when I reach for another quaff and I discover that it's all gone? In this case, the answer is a definitive yes.

Serving type: growler

07-02-2013 04:32:30 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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Premo88

Texas

4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into stout glass

(bottled on 1/9/13; drank on 5/19/13)

L: black with tan head; amber at bottom/edges when held up to light

S: burnt wood -- almost like a barbecue pit; hint of alcohol muted by nice dark malt sweetness; raisins but more chocolate than anything

T: the first sip is a 5 -- big chunk of sweet/semisweet chocolate; alcohol shows up immediately, but then fades away to the chocolate; coffee; enough hops to give it some bite, keep the malt in some kind of balance, but this is a malthead's dream

F: perfect; great fullness and weight with plenty of carbonation to make the heaviness drink easy

O: really holds up over the bomber, lasted me almost an hour and a half. i love the burnt wood notes in it, and it's definitely better than the regular Yeti, which is saying something.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 04:39:12 | More by Premo88
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gillagorilla

Maryland

4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (bottled on 12/18/12)

A: Pitch black with a nice bubbly thick mocha head, but not as big as the chocolate yeti.

S: A bit of dark chocolate, with a lot of that acidic espresso scent.

T: Espresso acidity with a nice slightly sweet malt backbone. Black coffee all the way. Just a bit of vanilla oak in there to complement it. It really comes across in the bitter aftertaste that is just like coffee. Only a bit of warming malts here. There is a bit of chocolate taste in there as well.

M: Almost no carbonation, it is very subtle and masked, just a hint of coarseness so it isn't completely flat and gives it a bit of character.

O: I love that the Yeti offers an affordable way to try variations on a single base stout. I think I said this before in another review but I'm not a huge coffee/espresso guy, but they can really put in that flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 21:23:51 | More by gillagorilla
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hopsputin

California

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a: pretty much pitch black, hint of ruby red at the bottom of the glass. nice healthy looking beige head, 2 fingers.

s: dark roasted chocolate malts, espresso, dark chocolate, candy sugar, slight dark fruity raisin/fig. nice smooth oaky vanilla aromas in here as well. smells like it could be good for your soul

t: big bold espresso upfront. bittersweet chocolate, oak. big sweet roasted malt on backend. something almost grassy in here as well. there is no alcohol in the taste, but you do feel the burn a bit. this finishes much sweeter than i expected, but its balanced out by the espresso as you first sip.

m: full and silky. very very faint carbonation

o: definitely a coffee stout. if your not a fan of the roasted coffee/espresso flavors in your beer, this may not be for you. also if you don't like sweet beers, you may want to steer clear. me? i love both of those things, and am enjoying this. its a sipper for sure, and will linger in your mouth for a while.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 02:37:39 | More by hopsputin
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Totally opaque dark brown with a lighter brown frothy layer on top. Head fades to a thin bubbly top while leaving scattered spotty bits on the glass. Head comes back somewhat with a good swirl.

S: Aroma is chocolate, lactose, lightly fruity and bright, with slight coffee musk book ending everything. Perhaps some orange and pine in the sweet chocolate mix.

T: Flavor goes to the next level. Surprisingly refined milky cocoa, bitterness, and fruit. The coffee is clearly there but at the same time it's subtle and you find yourself focussing on the other flavors. You can't tell in the smell but in the flavor alcohol has a presence.

M: Texture is great. Smooth and silky soft. Carbonation is evident in the finish but is otherwise so well mingled it is barely notable. Full body with a light feel.

O: This slow drinking beer is pleasant & delightful. The coffee is worked into this perfectly. Overall, awesome.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 01:29:11 | More by tastybeer
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wedge

North Carolina

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

Pours black, about as dark a beer as I've ever seen, with a gorgeously thick, frothy head of slowly receding tan cream on top. The coffee presence is brighter than expected, not so dark and oily as most espresso roasts. Sweet and woody with milk chocolate, a variety of vinous fruity esters, and some toast. Heavier roasted malt in the mouth...dark coffee bean, cocoa, and oak. Faint vanilla and char towards the end. Rich, but nothing close to cloying. Thick and beautifully creamy going down easy with a touch of heat after the swallow. Very, very nice. Some alcohol creeps into the flavor, but plays nicely with the wood. Excellent integration of coffee into an already terrific base beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 01:15:34 | More by wedge
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PhilDaBrewer

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with deep amber accent and thin, brown, relatively quickly dissipating head. Nice lacing.

Smell consists of dark cherries, roasted malt, anise, and coffee. For an espresso stout, the coffee is rather subdued.

Tastes of roasted malt, vanilla, and coffee. Again, coffee is definitely present, but not overbearing. Sweet, slightly alcoholic finish.

Mouthfeel suits style. Full bodied.

Overall, this is a really pleasant beer. As for Yeti variants, I put this in a close second place to the Choco Yeti, but still very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 01:48:08 | More by PhilDaBrewer
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a thick, dark, motor oil style black. Puffy one inch coffee colored head forms, with spots of foam down the glass as I drink.

Smells like bright, just brewed esresso, chocolate, and darkly roasted malt.

Tastes like bitter espresso, sweet milk chocolate, vanilla (likely from the oak-aging), a bit of oak, and some slight hop bitterness.

Full, sludgy mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated.

The best Yeti variant I've had yet. One of the purest coffee expressions in beer I've had. So thick, and so good.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 01:37:17 | More by GreesyFizeek
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice dark tan head that dies down slowly and leaves lovely lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of coffee, espresso, chocolate, dark roasted malts, vanilla and oak.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet chocolate, coffee, espresso, rich dark roasted malts, some woody oak, vanilla and maybe even molasses.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 19:02:46 | More by SebD
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Nugganooch

California

4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle with my FW snifter glass
*Notes from 05/31/13

A: Jet black body sits totally opaque in the glass. A closer inspection of smaller sample size does reveal a lighter walnut brown edge. Fizzy and active carbonation forms a nice thick two fingers worth of mocha tan head. Decent retention efforts despite the vigorous bubble action. Minimal lace with just a few ribbons of splash down the glass.

S: Roasty aromas full of dark coffee and chocolates with a pronounced vanilla oakiness. I am surprised at the amount of oak presence actually. Getting some subtle grainy character of toasted oats in there as well. The Espresso really blooms as the beer settles towards room temp in the glass.

T: Rich bold roast flavors meet with a firm hoppy bite. Dark chocolate, oak, and vanilla crème integrate with subtle espresso roast coffee developing some nice complex layers throughout the drink. There is an upper level of hoppy bitterness with a bit of pine noted and some earthy grit to it. Alcohol is noticeable adding a dash of spiced heat. Finishes with some very moderate char and a whisper of licorice. Very nice roast flavors without the astringency which I appreciate. There is a big hop presence to the beer and the oak treatment is evident. Espresso is a bit restrained however it is a nice addition to the base beer and works well here.

M: Great consistency. Should be a big full bodied beer but the spritzy carbonation carries it well. Combine that with an upper level of hop bitterness and you get a nice dry crisp action on the finish. Some warming alcohol. Creamy overall with a nice protein coating left on the tongue.

D: Damn solid variant to the base beer. Lots of layering going on with the dark grains, oak, hops, and espresso. Suprisingly well balanced and drinkable for such a beast of a beer. Worthy of the price tag.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 17:12:43 | More by Nugganooch
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into snifter. Jet black with a thick brown head that sticks around. Smells of rich chocolate and espresso, caramel, as well as oak. The oak seems to bring out some hop smells as well. A bit of alcohol comes through in the smell too. Taste is dark roasted malts, sweet chocolate and bitter espresso, and some oak smoothness at the end. Mouthfeel is big and creamy. This is a great stout, would be great with dessert.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 01:40:11 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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