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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutEspresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,070 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,070
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 214
Gots: 581 | FT: 42
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 05-16-2008)
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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.1/5  rDev -27.4%

22 oz bomber, bottled in February of 2009, and purchased, if memory serves, at Sahara Mart in Bloomington during one of the many beerstravaganzas when steepH20 kicked it down south.

Pours black with foggy dark tan highlights and corresponding head that skips town quickly.

Smooth dark chocolate, oak, and a milder espresso presence than anticipated. Maybe two years has mellowed the nose.

A vampire's nightmare. Absolute oak stave right through the palate. Wood is extremely drying and systematically removes hydration from the mouth like a vacuum. My biggest issue here is that in the pantheon of Yeti's I can recall drinking, it falls behind both the regular and regular oaked version because the hops, which make Yeti a great stout, are pummeled into oblivion here. The espresso only adds to the dry character of this beer, neither allowing it to shine nor really imparting much in terms of coffee flavor. I have high hopes for the BA version, but am a let down by this.

Have I commented on the excessive dryness? Weathering and desertification of my salivary glands has rendered me a shell of my previous self. Water...please...human cactus in 3, 2...

Hides the booze well, but did I mention the...ah, never mind. If one were to ever encounter the walking dead, no need to fashion a weapon, just hurl this bad boy at their bloodthirsty, stake fearin' deadness.

BarrytheBear, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of nick76
3.1/5  rDev -27.4%

The aroma has leather, earth, rubber, molasses, burnt malt, wood, coffee, and chocolate. The appearance is a very nice dark brown almost black color with a large tan head. The Flavor is like the aroma. The palate is not quite average for the style. Overall it is to style but I don't really like it.

nick76, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of champ103
3.05/5  rDev -28.6%

A: Pours a nearly opaque black color. A two finger bubbly tan head forms with good retention. A little lace is left behind.
S: Right up front is a huge acrid, burnt coffee aroma. Burnt malt and charcoal. This is to much.
T: Still, a ton of acrid and burnt coffee. Though much more balanced than the nose. Some roasted malt and chocolate.
M/D: A full body and low carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Some hot alcohol, and the huge burnt character with the malt and coffee makes this harder to drink than I would like.

Very one dimensional. For the most part, just a burnt flavor that dominates. There are much better coffee stouts out there.

champ103, Mar 23, 2010
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

ryanw111182, Mar 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

Heff19, Mar 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

theCoder, Apr 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

kustard, Apr 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

iJyuken, Mar 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

Wayne17, Apr 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

chippo33, Feb 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

saucier, Aug 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

bcheng, Feb 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

jmathis, Jun 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

Holland, Sep 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

LockeSD, Nov 22, 2011
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

TimH, May 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

lancecenter, Apr 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

OptionParalysis, Aug 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

kevrice88, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of Khazadum
2.98/5  rDev -30.2%

Bottled on March sixth 2009, almost two years old here. Huge thanks to Ally on this one! Been waiting too long to drink it. Really glad to share it with my drinking partner tonight. Poured into my favorite snifter and reviewed live.

A- As expected from the regular yeti, this beer forms a solid cap of the chocolate persuasion. Tons of miniature bubbles make up its structure and rest gently above the inky black body. Thumbs up for retention and creamy qualities of the head. Lacing is not perfect, but definitely good.

S- Hmmm. Well. This is interesting. It is not the eruption of roasted grains like its base beer. However, there is gentle, very gentle, chocolate notes. Not bitter, but milk chocolate that generates a sweetness only found in memories of double boiling chocolate around this time of year. Some memories of the oak perks up here now with that delicious vanilla like aroma. Other than that the only rendition of coffee here is the bitterness of black drip coffee. Can't really call this espresso.

T- Instant metallic slaps battle out the sweetness of the oak. It isn't an anomaly, but rather the constant to have this iron cloud confusing everything. Blocks the sweet character of the oak chips. Blocks the bitter nature of the coffee addition. It even blocks the roasted grains. It lasts until the finish, which thankfully finally throws off the elements oppression.

Chocolate shines forth to use the last of its energy to extinguish the ferric flavor. Of course, with so much energy used up, all that is left is a mild roasted grain finish after the chocolate quickly sputters to its demise.

M- Creamy. Pretty smooth. The nigh on two years resting somewhere lovely has probably helped this in more ways than I can imagine. Carbonated enough to avoid a syrup mess. It has a full body, but i wish it was a bit thicker.

D- That iron man... it truly ruined what probably would have been a solid beer overall. It barely scrapes its act together in other areas. I'm happy to be reducing part of this beer for a glaze... prevents some consumption at least.

Khazadum, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of Overlord
2.98/5  rDev -30.2%

Pours black with a brown head. Foamy.

The COFFEE beer smells COFFEE strongly of COFFEE and COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE. Sorry, got sidetracked there for a moment.

This beer's label ain't kidding. This is an espresso/coffee bomb. Whoa. Almost anything but a hint of chocolate and malt is obliterated by the heavy, heavy coffee layer. Serve this hot and I'd probably think it's coffee of some sort. No oak survives in this version. Nice creamy mouthfeel.

Hard to grade this beer. I mean, I don't like it. BUt, I can see that on a certain level it did achieve what it set out to do. After 2-3 oz, I basically didn't want to drink it.

Overlord, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of Beaver13
2.88/5  rDev -32.6%

22 oz bottle, bottle 2/13/09. Pours a dark black with a thick creamy dark brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet chocolate, cream, and coffee. Some roasted and charred malts and black licorice come out as it sits and then take over.

The flavor is sweet lactic chocolate at first with a big charred roasted bitter finish that dominates. It's very acidic and just sits on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, it started off so promising, but the charred tarry finish is just too unpleasant. And where are the coffee flavors? This reminds me a lot of the oak aged Yeti (with all of its faults). The regular Yeti is far superior to both in my opinion.

Beaver13, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of diechipmunk
2.88/5  rDev -32.6%

I expected great things, but was disappointed. I like big stouts and coffee/chocolate is usually good.

The aroma was OK, but nothing mouth watering. I didn't get much coffee scent, I could pick it out if I tried. The chocolate was there.

Poured into a pint glass. It was black with 3 fingers of head. Looked great.

The taste was disappointing. Lead off was a heavy dose of sweetness, similar to ST Choklat, sweet, but not as rich or balanced. The middle was kind of bland, the sweet faded rapidly to be followed up by a sharply contrasting bitterness; not at all complimentary IMO.

I took it out of the fridge an hour before serving, I though that would be enough. As it continued to warm up after another hour in the glass, the espresso presented itself a bit more, still not all that much.

Not to keen on the drinkability. I never did get used to the stark contrast between big sweet start and huge bitter finish, with the hole in the middle.

diechipmunk, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of 71ADub
2.83/5  rDev -33.7%

22 oz. bottle served in a tulip at The Birch, Norfolk, VA, $18. Beautiful dark creamy head, excellent retention. Nose reminded me of 409, which is probably just the oak barrel taking over the brew. A hint of vanilla does come through after you wade through the oak (almost peppery). There are some roasted chocolate notes, and the espresso is defintely in the flavor profile too. Good mouthfeel, typical of imperials.

As another reviewer stated, there is just too much going on in this beer. They should either eliminate the oak aging or the espresso, so you can enjoy the ingredients. A bit pricey, but they have something they can tweak in future batches.

71ADub, May 16, 2011
Photo of BeerArtEtc
2.8/5  rDev -34.4%

It pours black with bubbly, tan foam. The aroma is earthy and woody, like an oak aged chardonnay, with notes of chocolate and espresso. The espresso flavor is obvious. There are hints of vanilla and dark fruit. It's very hoppy for a stout, with quite a bitter finish. I wish it was creamier. Apparently, I don't care for oak aging in beer any more than in wine.

BeerArtEtc, Apr 18, 2011
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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