Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,012
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rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
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Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: John_M on 05-16-2008

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a rather large light brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dry espresso coffee with some lightly bitter roasted oats. Taste is also dominated by astringent and dry notes with bitter roasted malt. Espresso is a bit too astringent for my taste but very well done nonetheless. Body is full with light creamy notes and great carbonation with no alcohol showing. Another fine brew from a great brewery that I sometime forget about. (502 characters)

Photo of NCSUdo
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, bottled Mar 06 2009

A: Dark black body under a huge brown head. Good lace and OK retention. Good looking beer.

S: Roasted malt, hint of chocolate, lots of coffee and espresso. I felt at the beginning of drinking the lighter coffee notes outweighed the rich espresso I was expecting, but after a few sips they tend to come to an equilibrium.

T: Creamy sweetness up fronts turns to huge espresso, coffee and roasted malt finish. Decent amount of bitterness. Booze is there, and at times is unfortunately medicinal in character. Bit of a grassy hop can be had as well.

M/D: Full bodied, low carbonation, alcohol can be felt. Drinkability is decent. A big beer that needs to be sipped. Overall, I'm slightly underwhelmed with the total package, but it's still a fine beer. (786 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch light chocolate head, black in color

Smell: burnt malt, oak, expresso and chocolate

Taste: a creamy start, chocolate, expresso, then a long oak taste, with a coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium to heavy in body, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a good beer, but probably my least favorite of the three Yeti's that I have tried. It almost tastes like a Baltic porter/RIS mix, which I do not get with the other Yeti's...A good beer which I would like to have again, but for the price one is enough. (540 characters)

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-I had this on tap at City Beverage in Winston-Salem, NC. It was served in a Chimay Chalice. It is pitch black with a nice dark tan head. It leaves some descent lacing and a beautiful cascade effect.

S-There is lots of depth on the nose; chocolate, espresso, brown sugar, molasses, and alcohol.

T-Dark chocolate, espresso, brown sugar, and some dark fruits are flavors that stick out the most to me. At first the complexity is really subdued by the strong espresso and chocolate flavors, but as it warms the brown sugar and dark fruit flavors emerge. Also some oak characteristics come in after it warms as well.

M-Thick with very light carbonation.

D-Pretty drinkable Imperial Stout, though the high alcohol would definitely limit the number consumed.

Overall, this is a good Imperial Stout though not as complex as I had hoped it would be. (847 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Gold foiled cap.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/2" orangey dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head falls gradually down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet coffee and light alcohol. Taste starts richly sweet, gives a peek of coffee in the middle, heads out with a coffee bitterness that fades in alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, with pretty good drinkability for the style. Liked the CHocolate version better. (543 characters)

Photo of kzoobrew
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black, huge fluffy coffee stained head with impressive retention. Spotty lacing left along sides of the snifter after each sip.

The aroma is slightly understated. Not nearly as strong as I had anticipated. No one smell is really standing out over another. Chocolate, oak, hop, and vanilla aromas mesh well together on the forefront. I am struggling to find anything but subtle coffee scents. Slight whiffs of alcohol are noticed.

The espresso come through much more clearly in the taste. Large amounts of coffee flavors up front followed closely by bittersweet chocolate. Lingering bitterness is hard to differentiate between espresso and hops. The vanilla and the oak flavors are present yet seemingly overwhelmed by the coffee's presence. Slight alcohol taste but not enough to be put off by it.

Full bodied while maintaining a smooth and almost creamy texture.

Tremendously drinkable assuming you are a coffee drinker. Drinks relatively easy given the size and complexity. Very enjoyable. (1,008 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on either Mar or May 06 2009. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. Emerges pitch black with no light penetration. Topped by a huge, creamy, foamy light chocolate covered head. Beautiful and perfect in both size and structure. Lacing creats a veil impenetrable by light or sight.

Aroma was a bit of a let down. Not a whole lot of espresso or coffee aromas. Mostly chocolate and raisins and figs and licorice. Sweet and alcoholic with a touch of bakers chocolate.

Certainly a bit of the espresso emerges in the flavor. The coffee makes its way to the palate about midway through; preceded by sweet chocolate and followed by bittersweet chocolate. Their is a bit of astringency and a weird kind of metallic/raw alcohol flavor, kind of like cheap vodka. The espresso bitterness really lends itself toward the end but is a bit earthy and almost like tree bark.

Full bodied with a bit of astrigency. Good beer overall. Some weird flavors going on though. Not sure if it is from the espresso or just off flavors all around. Cant quite put my finger on why, but this one needs a little bit of rounding out. (1,115 characters)

Photo of Anthony1
3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a perfect pint and a snifter

pours a coffee black, very thin tan/almost brown head. sticky lacing on each sip.

smells like a chocolate espresso, bit of malt, but pretty straight to the point.

very rich and roasted. bitter coffee dominates the flavor with some chocolate poured in. everything tasted double roasted. full bodied that was thick and creamy. i forgot it was even aged in oak barrels. there was no oak in the taste or smell, but it obviously made this beast even darker and more robust. (512 characters)

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

Dark brown, no tint, but not quite black. Huge fluffy chocolate brown head with exceptional retention.
Strong dry, hop/oak scent. Malt is there somewhere but oak really dominates with this particular bottle.
Rich chocolate flavor, some coffee, vanilla and slight pine flavor...and tea.
Nice smooth, syrupy, mouthfeel. Thick and not too carbonated (but the head is there). Good mouth coating.
Very, very drinkable.

No question this is upper tier. Oak could be toned down slightly, but definitely a beer that I get excited about drinking. (538 characters)

Photo of BMoney575
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 7-10-09
Bottled on 3-6-09

Pours very thick and pitch black, with an awesome tan head that settles to a thick, almost solid layer.

Smell is tons of coffee, big malt, subtle aromas of vanilla and anise, and very good. The oak is nowhere near as prevalent as it is in a regular Oak-Aged Yeti.

Taste is...there's the oak. Huge maltiness gives way to a great combination of coffee and smoke, with a great woody finish and coffee bitterness. The aftertaste is all vanilla, in an almost bourbon way.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, and goes well with the oak and coffee flavors.

Drinkability is quite good, not too sweet, not too bitter, and not too much alcohol.

Overall, a great twist on an already excellent beer. (720 characters)

Photo of BierFan
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a flute. It has a bottled on date but it's a little unclear. I think it's from either March or May of this year, but I'm unsure.

Appearance: Beautiful brown head had a little cascading action after it was first poured. The body is, unsurprisingly, jet black. Lacing is very nice.

Smell: The vanilla aroma from the oak aging is the first thing I notice. Smells very sweet as well.

Taste: Taste is pretty extraordinary. The vanilla and espresso flavors are very complimentary to each other. (517 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared at a Yeti comparison tasting. Received in a trade from drgonzo3705. Thanks Paul!

A: A decadent motor oil black capped by a mocha-colored head. Each sip is accompanied by a wash of foam as I drink, but nothing sticks to the glass.

S: Surprisingly, chocolate is first and strongest on the nose, with espresso following after. I can pick up some roasted grains in there.

T: Again, the chocolate dominates the taste, but it very quickly gives way to an espresso flavor that remains for the duration of the taste. Roasted grains, oak dryness, and vanilla make appearances throughout. Some caramel as well. There is a substantial hop bitterness toward the end that reminds me where the base beer came from.

M: Huge body, well pronounced taste with a nice complexity, and a bitter finish. The ABV is noticeable, but not unbearable, and there's just enough carbonation to cleanse the palate without becoming too foamy.

D: I wasn't impressed with my first glass of this, but I came around to the second. It is a nice variation on the Yeti. I still prefer the base beer, as I'm not a coffee fan, but I could see myself getting some of this if Great Divide ever manages to distribute to CA. (1,196 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Great to finally get my hands on this brew I have wanted to try it for a long time.Poured into a imperial nonic a jet black with a tight formed creamy dark mocha colored head.A mix of dark fruit and vanilla tinged rum stand out most in the nose,the espresso beans show up in a passing lingering note.Wow full rich,thick mouthcoating mouthfeel,it glides down easy and is very lush....perfection in my mind.Big complex flavors,a mix of vanilla-like rum and dark fruit with that espresso roast and bitter chocolate rounding out the finish,there is a hint of char and wood after it warms a little as well.Hell yeah this is where its at,just kick ass. (646 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite possibly the richest, most roasty beer I've ever had. It looks like oil as it pours from the bottle into the glass. A thick head of creamy, orange-tinged brown foam rises up. It holds quite impressively, and leaves a thin curtain of solid lace that has thin rings embedded in it, marking each sip you've taken.

The aroma is like bittersweet chocolate and espresso.

The flavor is a bit daunting. It's extremely rich, roasty, and bitter and dry. Some of the dryness is coming from the oak, and I get a very small suggestion of vanilla that may or may not have anything to do with it. I do get a bit of oak flavor in the burp though, and once that's found I can pick it up a bit more within the dark richness of the malt. It's got notes of dark caramel, roasted malt, spent coffee grounds, char, espresso, bittersweet chocolate, some coconut, a splash of alcohol, a hint of cola, some piney hops, and scorched sugar. Yeti? Yeah, this is a monster of a beer.

As to drinkability, this is clearly a cigar beer. It will stand up, and never back down. Or it works as a relaxing sipper. If I find a chance to slip away for a camping trip this fall I am definitely bringing a bottle of this to enjoy by the fire once the stars come out. But the label states "You can now have Yeti with breakfast", and I think that's true as well, which really says something about it's drinkability. I think it would pair well with a spicy, salsa-infused breakfast burrito. And I think it would also work as a bitter springboard for the desserts they suggest. That said, I'd call it pretty damned drinkable - at least in the world of bigger beers. You could never quaff this as you could a Kolsch or soft Pilsener - and please don't try that at home! - but it's certainly a beer I'd step up to the plate for again. Kudos! (1,805 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with zero light getting through. The head was really nice looking. Very deep brown almost reddishi in color. The first glass had 3 finger of head. Nice tight bubbles that left a faint whisper on the top of my glass and a nice amount of lacing.

S: Espresseo coffee chocolate. A touch of booze and a little burnt character as well. The espresso dominated but that is the point of this.

T: Starts off a little rough with the booze leading. Then it goes into a nice blast of chocolate and finishes with the bitterness from the coffee. Really reminds me of an aged bottle of black chocolate stout.

M: Very slick mouthfeel. Reminded me of an oatmeal stout almost.

D: Spliting the bottle as desert. Really a nice beer all around. The price was a little high and I prefer the chocolate version but this is still a damn fine beer. (840 characters)

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

upon pouring this beer is very opaque, with a deep color and a decent head with a hint of cocoa coloring. the head is rather full and leaves a very nice lacing on the side of the glass, it also brings out the aromas very well.

the smell definitely brings out coffee but also a faint aroma of dark, rich chocolate. it does not take multiple smells to detect the flavor of this beer, the rich cascade of coffee and dark chocolate is apparent at the first smell.

the mouth feel is full, smooth and almost creamy but finishes bitter and exhibits more of coffee after swallowing. you can taste the oak and coffee in the aftertaste more than you can initially, as it lingers with a slight bitterness on the tongue post swallow. the alcohol is apparent, but not overwhelming or unbalanced; you can taste it a little going down and in the bitterness of the after taste, but thats expected given the abv.

i've had this beer multiple times, most recently following the food pairing suggestion on the bottle and trying it with some cheesecake. the combination was fantastic, i would highly recommend giving this beer a shot on its own and then having it with some deserts the second time around. (1,188 characters)

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

This beer pours an beautiful opaque darkest brown that I've ever seen, almost black with a one finger mocha colored head. Head retention is pretty good, receding to a film and leaves thin, spots of lacing on the glass. Nose is of espresso at first but as the beer warms dark chocolate, roasted malts and oak notes come through. Taste of this one changes as it warms. Initially it is espresso through and through - sharp, bitter coffee with the espresso aftertaste. As it warms, dark chocolates and roasted malts make their presence known. Oaked smokiness make it's way through as well. Alcohol is present on the way down and slightly in the aftertaste. Full bodied with enough carbonation to give a nice thick creamy feeling. Initially it had a supremely dry finish, but as it warmed became somewhat sticky and chewy. This is a great beer, one of the best that I've tried lately. The progression of complexity as it warms is more pronounced than any other beer that I've tried. I need to snag another bottle of these before it's too late!

** Edit: As the beer warmed, my glass is now coated with thick lacing. (1,110 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly black with brown edges. Opaque. Thick, creamy brown head with thick, thick lacing. Bitter coffee and espresso aroma with a hearty helping of chocolate. Earthy and woody, but not as much as the regular barrel-aged Yeti. Smooth, slick mouthfeel with a long finish. Bitter espresso and dark chocolate bite up front which stretch out into a warm milk chocolate and coffee-and-cream flavor. Some cereal, but not much Good vanilla and caramel in the back along with the oak. Acidic black coffee and malt finish. Excellent beer. (534 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks snojerk321! Appears dark brown, nearly black, with a light brown head and good retention.

The aroma is initially espresso and cocoa, but beneath that is dark unsweetened chocolate. The oak is pervasive, and there are notes of roasted malt.

The flavor is pretty dominated by coffee and the malt is more roasted than in the aroma. The chocolate is dark and there's a medium level of bitterness. The finish is coffee with some acrid roasted bitterness that lingers.

Full bodied with a high level of carbonation. (518 characters)

Photo of snpub540
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a motor oil brown, almost black but not quite. Had a chocolate very clingy head that left awesome lacing the whole way down.

Smell was like opening a grinder full of fresh ground coffee. Pretty intense. A little toasty malt as well but thats about it.

Flavors were very complex and changed as the drink warmed. First sips were mostly bitter coffee flavor. As the beer warmed I detected vanilla, piney hop flavor, roasted malts, and a slight caramel. Very nice indeed.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied but coated the palate nicely. Drinkability was good but the alcohol gets a little apparent when it warms up. (614 characters)

Photo of jbphoto88
3.76/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on may of 2009, the bottle is a 22 ouncer with gold foil around the cap. The beer pours thick and dark with deep orange and reddish highlights during the pour but becomes a black hole when it hits the glass. A rich solid foam rises above the beer the color of milk chocolate. It lasts forever and laces the glass down to the last drop.

The EOAYeti smells like dark fruits, full dark grains and a little earthy woody note. The espresso is present but not the wallop I was expecting. A nice chocolaty roasted nose, but the coffee portion of this beer smells stale and bitter.

Taste is thick and heavy on the tongue. There are a lot of competing flavors in this beer that I feel kill the character. The chocolaty grains are cut by a coffee and hop bitterness. An old oak plank flavor is mixed with a raisin, current dark fruit note that fights each other. Too much conflict and not one flavor being a dominate player.

Where this beer shines is in the finish. The roasty, toasty goodness is amazing and lasts well past the beer going down your throat. The mouthfeel is viscous and chewy making a smooth slick feeling beer. Light carbonation lets you taste the complexity of the flavors (even if I feel there are too many competing) which adds to my enjoyment. This beer is a fine brew but not one I would put in my top 10. Very enjoyable but too rich with all those fine flavors. I'd rather see this one focus on it's best asset and have the rest back off a little to solidly back it up. (1,495 characters)

Photo of JEdmund
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance
Pours out thick, like black chocolate milk; massive, thick dark tan head forms and hangs around; body looks solid in the glass--impressive looking

Smell
Not an enormous aroma like regular Yeti, but what's there is full and inviting: dark chocolate covered espresso beans; smells like I'm about to have dessert

Taste & Mouthfeel
Amazing. Right away I'm in awe of this beer. The espresso and oak aging work so beautifully together as the espresso roastiness is balanced by the vanilla sweet oak. In addition, there's just a ton of dark chocolate from start to finish, really making this a heavy, delicious dessert beer. This beer completely satisfies my chocolate cravings. And the more I drink, the more I pick up the chocolate quality. Surprisingly, the normal Yeti's assertive hoppiness is completely muted by the chocolate and vanilla sweetness. The mouthfeel is like drinking milk--thick and creamy! I think I could go on and on about how much I like this. Definitely, definitely recommended!

Overall
So good from the first sip! After a few more I'm nearly convinced this is my preferred Yeti version and maybe favorite imperial stout (though I'd have to put it up against Speedway Stout to know for sure); Great Divide really knocked this out of the park, managing to include vanilla and espresso notes into an already full-flavored beer without muddling the overall character. Nice work! (1,407 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

5.0 A: Thick motor oil like black. Incredible dark brown head that refuses to back down and leaves good lacing.

4.5 S: Roasty, toasty and everything nice. Caramel, chocolate, molasses. Everything you'd expect from a dark ass beer like this one, though everything is really pronounced. Coffee is there, but surprisingly not much more than the other Yetis. Good oaky tones as well.

4.5 T: Oak comes through along with the espresso in the taste. Bittersweet chocolate, toasty roasty malts. Bit of an alcoholic tinge at the finish. There's also a healthy bitterness to it brought by the espresso beans. I love bitter beers and this does not disappoint.

5.0 M: Good carbonation and creamy as hell. Creamier than the other Yetis.

4.5 D: I split this bomber with a friend. In the future, I'll keep it all for myself. (852 characters)

Photo of vrazionale
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Bottle reads: "Bottled On: Feb 13, 2009"

A - Incredibly dark and thick black body with only the slightest hint of brown on the edges. Head is a rich brown, looks ike the color of just-stirred frothy chocolate milk.

S - Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, malted milk, and a touch of warming spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.

T - All of the above, with only a hint of sour notes from the wood and coffee. The oak flavors are a nice addition here, rounding out the profile a bit. Despite the fact that this brew is young, all of the flavors are very well-integrated. I'd be very curious to see how this batch develops with age. The finish is long, both sweet and savory, and delicious.

M - Smooth and creamy, with just the right amount of bite and tang. The chocolate and coffee flavors are so assertive that they seem to press up against the roof of your mouth as you swallow.

D - This is an extremely well-crafted brew. There are many layers of subdued complexity here, not unlike a well-made cup of espresso. A real winner - just perfect for slow sipping on a contemplative evening. (1,144 characters)

Photo of Mayhem976
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours very black and syrupy, has a small dark brown head and hardly any fingers on the ol' glass.

S- A very earthy strong dark roast coffee smell with a small amount of hops.

T- Delicious! Obviously an over abundance amount of dark roast coffee finishes somewhat bitter but the bitterness comes from the strong coffee roast and not so much the hops.

M- Super thick and creamy, feels good on the palate.

D- This stout is exceptional! Creaminess, boldness flavor, and a strong alcohol kick, comfort level on this drink is very high. Amazing stout and it's local. Would definitely purchase another bottle ...or 50. (621 characters)

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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