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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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2,680 Ratings
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Ratings: 2680
Reviews: 949
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%


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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: johnmichaelsen on 05-16-2008)
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RB07OSU

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My full review and pictures of the appearance and lacing is linked at the bottom, fresh off the tap to enhance the experience. Plus a poll so you can give feedback on your impressions. Blog is linked back to beeradvocate reviews.

Appearance: Deep copper head, with no daylight coming through. Deep black coloration.

Aroma: The espresso is certainly dominant, certainly has a breakfast hint to it. Vanilla and slightly smoked notes are discernible.

Taste: Intense espresso flavor. Very roasty, rich and malty. Hoppy, but subtle. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and very complex along the way.

Lacing: Uneven spiral down the glass, but pretty. The lacing is solid.

Finish: Surprisingly smooth considering the bold body. You get more of the oak-barrel flavor and vanilla notes prevailing in the end, which counteracts the intial hoppy character.

Overall: This is simply a fantastic beer. This certainly cracks my top 10 beers that I have had (I've tried many). The beer is very complex overall and has a high ABV, yet the alcohol is masked and the more interesting characteristics are prevalent in the body and finish. There really aren't many weaknesses in this beer, minus a slightly over the top espresso aroma. Still, this beer is a must have and I would order it every time.

http://taylor1805.wordpress.com/2011/01/29/saturday-stout-review/

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2011 18:50:17 | More by RB07OSU
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CHickman

New York

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

Bottled 1/9/13: Pours motor oil black color, like a black hole, with a thick 1 finger creamy/foamy light brown head that faded very slowly with lava like bubbles popping as it eased down leaving excellent lacing gripping the sides with foamy rings after each sip. A layer remains on top, officially making this a very impressive stout to admire as the aroma seeps out of the glass like an alluring siren (yes, siren was used in the classic mythology context…).

Smells of fresh coffee beans, chocolate syrup or hot fudge, cocoa powder, vanilla, peat moss, burnt wood which I assume is the oak aged influence, and a whole muddled wave of chocolate and coffee malts mixed together for an incredibly rich aroma. Might be detecting hints of brown sugar and molasses, but in the grand scheme of things the differentiation is not required as this is dominated by coffee and chocolate and it smells really damn great.

Tastes as good as it smells, and if you are into coffee stouts then this is sublime perfection: roasted malts, fresh coffee beans, chocolate syrup or hot fudge, cocoa powder, vanilla, peat moss, burnt wood, oak notes, brown sugar, molasses, burnt grains, burnt toast, light floral hops, and what seems like dry chalk ; it’s quite acidic and bitter, but the robust coffee and chocolate notes cradle the hops to balance this just enough not to make this like a cold stale coffee, but in fact like a dynamic espresso infused stout. This Yeti series pretty much nails it every time and this brew is smooth, flavorful and extremely complex for a beer that is actually dependent on two main flavors which somehow seem to alter a bit with each sip as it warms up. The bottle states that this is a stout aged on oak chips with coffee added in the mix, so that must be the secret to the hyper reaction of the intense mixed flavors. I don’t know how else to explain the complexity of the ingredients used, but I can surely state that I have enjoyed every sip of this bomber.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and slick for such a thick, chewy beer with a heavy body, mild carbonation, lots of coffee bitterness like a cup of Starbucks, and a semi-dry finish that trails off with plenty of roasted malts, cocoa and coffee notes. The alcohol is kept in check, and while it peeks through at times it is just another element in the very complex brew that doesn’t let up.

Overall an excellent stout, and with almost 6 months of aging it was delicious, so I’m hoping the next bottle I open at year’s end is even better with some age adding more depth and flavor. This was a great beer and one I highly recommend trying if you are a fan of big, bold coffee stouts. World class indeed.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 04:22:14 | More by CHickman
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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
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jtd1969

North Carolina

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

A - Dark black like oil, frothy brown head with great lacing

S - some oak, chocolate, sweat malt, but mostly coffee.

T - Lot's espresso bean with roasty malts, smooth chocolate. Well blended

M - Full body, good carbonation, smooth, nice hop finish

O - Wow, what a beer! A must try! Really Really good

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2012 22:32:34 | More by jtd1969
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

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

22

Pours jet black, nut brown fluffy head over an inch, slow dissipation.

Nose is rich chocolate, coffee, caramel, oats and oak.

Tastes of light chocolate, caramel, and potent flavorful espresso coffee. The coffee is prominent but not acidic and comes across smoothly.

Full, thick body with creamy tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Fantastic, one of the best stouts I can think of. Hides its strength well, goes down smooth, a sipper that you have to fight gulping, which is rare in a stout. Would have this again and again and I hope to try the other variations soon.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 03:48:45 | More by Cylinsier
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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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RicoBrew

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2009 00:48:49 | More by RicoBrew
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Meandmymonkey

Colorado

4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a moderately thick, dark tan head that left good lacing. First smell comes off very sweet with lots of vanilla and caramel or toffee. The oak is definitely there too but I did expect a bigger espresso presence but was instead very subtle. First taste was all oak aged bourbon and deep roasted coffee. Thick and syrupy that coats your mouth in delicious flavor. They really did one-up the original yeti which was already one of my favorite beers. As always, I would love to age this to see where it goes but it's much harder to put such awesome brews away in storage than it is to just pop the top off and drink them. This is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 22:48:19 | More by Meandmymonkey
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on March 05, 2009.

(A)- Pours thick & black as night. Produced an incredibly large & fluffy/billowy dark brown head that isnt going anywhere; its clinging to every inch of the sides of the glass as it barely dissipates.

(S)- Rich vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, raisin, butterscotch, & a spice I cant pinpoint; cinnamon?(Must be from the Oak). Simply gorgeous & wonderful. Just the tiniest hint of roasted coffee grounds.

(T)- Not much espresso in this, but has a great mildly sweet molasses & brown sugar maltiness that melds into a delicate dry oaky vanilla finish. Dynamic and silky smooth with no harshness; just a bit of roastedness in the middle.

(M)- One of the smoothest stouts I may have ever had. Fantastic alcohol integration & balance. Not too sweet, not too malty, not too bitter, just a perfect combination that is layered here and there.

(D)- Simply a remarkable stout! I am slightly disappointed that there isnt much espresso in this, but I quickly forgot that when I smelled and tasted this. Simply amazing! This bottle did not last long at all! Every Yeti I have had has been fantastic, but this one with almost a year of age on it is nearly orgasmic. I am excited to see what further aging will do to it. Now. . . where can I find a case?

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 23:10:32 | More by sweemzander
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a 3/4 pint.

A: Black body with almost an inch of dense, creamy brown foam. Great retention and lots of lace. Beautiful stout.

S: Really brings the espresso - coffee, sweet maltiness, more coffee, some oaky vanilla, and more coffee. Wonderful.

T: Follows the nose precisely, and deliciously. Lots of dry oak on the finish, and no noticeable booze. Fantastic.

M: Rich, full, sticky, and alive with explosively creamy carbonation. Lovely.

D: For the strength and intensity of flavor, this one goes down in a hurry.

Notes: Just as Oak Aged Yeti is a dramatic improvement over the regular version, the Espresso OA is an improvement over the simple OA. Big, rich, creamy, and full of coffee goodness, this is truly a world-class stout. I need to have a coffee stout tasting with this, Speedway, FBS, and Péché Mortel. I just love them so much more than either regular stouts or regular coffee.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2010 03:12:34 | More by woosterbill
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dbmernin83

California

4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a 12 oz snifter.
A- motor oil with a dark khaki head, great lacing down the snifter.
S- espresso dominates with alcohol pushing through.
T- delicious. espresso upfront with a soft malted toffee sweetness and an alcohol warmth. the bitter espresso and the toffee sweetness dance back and forth on the tastebuds long after the sip
M- this is one thick creamy stout.
D- a nightcap sipper that i could have 3 of. this is by far one of my favorite stouts of any variety

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2011 06:56:47 | More by dbmernin83
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HopNelius

New York

4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Served on draft at Blue Monk in small snifter glass. Dark Black with a small creme head, frothy like expresso.

Smell-Notes of burnt expresso and dark chocolate coming through.

Taste-surprisingly not boozy at all for 9.5ABV. The Expresso taste is there but not overwhelming, also the Oak taste is well balanced with the expresso coming through and they compliment each other perfectly. This was my first beer of the night and three days later I am still thinking about it.

Mouthfeel-nice finish, not overpowering and each time I felt a little more coming through.

Fantastic Beer for those that love Oak aged and or Expresso/Coffee beers. I found it to have an amazing drinkability for such a unique beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2011 15:51:54 | More by HopNelius
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ilikebeer03

Texas

4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bomber dated 1/10/12. poured into snifter.

A: pours jet black. nice tan head. fades after about minute to a nice tan ring. pretty good lacing.

S: chocolate, coffee, oak, vanilla, leather maybe? coffee is not as strong on the nose as i would have anticipated.

T: I was afraid the coffee would have faded considering the bottle is 13 months old. I was wrong. Very forward coffee. Lots of chocolate. slight vanilla (less than in oaked yeti in my opinion)

M: Very nice. Smooth, creamy, very well carbonated.

O: very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 21:57:16 | More by ilikebeer03
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wescj

Tennessee

4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours black, with a thick, light brown head. Nice lace.

Espresso hits the nose first, followed by a very extravegant scent of roasted malts, and everything that would be expected for an oak aged imperial stout.

First taste is incredible--it's like biting into a dark chocolate espresso truffle. The oak smooths things out so nicely. Very rich, and everything I've ever wanted in a coffee stout.

Medium bodied and very smooth mouthfeel.

I love coffee stouts, and this has to be one of the best I've had.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 04:19:51 | More by wescj
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bamadog

Kentucky

4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
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).

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 23:01:52 | More by bamadog
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chumba526

Oregon

4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears midnight black with a thick brown head that is very stable.

It smells really good. There are notes of bitter strong espresso, milk chocolate, and vanilla.

It tastes very strongly of roasted coffee beans a nice oaky vanilla flavor complements the dry coffee taste. The coffee and oak flavor are very strong but the taste is smooth. A nice bitterness that comes from both hops and coffee is also present in the beer. All the flavors of the beer blend so well it is amazing.

The carbonation is medium low. It adds a nice creaminess to the beer.

For the style the drinkability is very good. It is so smooth I want to keep on drinking it.

Overall an amazing beer that goes great with the music I am enjoying: two cow garage, a melancholy drunken country punk band.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 01:29:51 | More by chumba526
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ryantho00

Michigan

4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24oz bottle to a snifter.

Pours a deep dark brown black with a nice 3 finger that stays for a good 10 minutes. Has a nice thick creamy lacing throughout the beer. I smell a deep coffee and mocha scent throughout with chocolate and a minty maltiness almost caramel.

This beer is like PURE SMOOTHNESS in a bottle....it is so creamy and smooth, just fantastic. Espresso and coffee and chocolate, oatmeal, biscuit and dough, with a slight hoppiness blended with a smoked malt taste. Did I mention coffee? Throughout, espresso and coffee and caramel. With great smoothness, there is a hint of oak or whiskey in the aftertaste. Really quite remarkable beer. Just fantastic creamy thick mouthfeel that has a nice longing aftertaste that is pleasant and unique. Definatly has the imperial stout uniqueness through the entire beer.

Despite the high gravity of this beer it is sooo drinkable. Has such a beautiful creaminess with so much smoothness that is dangerous!

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 01:36:44 | More by ryantho00
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bobhits

Kentucky

4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black color, builds a milk chocolate head, thick and creamy as ice cream. Simply lovely looking stuff.

Deep roasted chocolate, hops asserting their presence, and perhaps some roasted coffee though chocolate is dominating this.

Much like the nose an amazing roasted chocolate flavor is simply over powering. Espresso? More like dark chocolate yeti! I am assuming the espresso beans are the bitter dark flavor here, hops blend with this and the roasted malt in the base beer are why this tastes like a dark chocolate lovers dream beer, but I’m still just not thinking coffee at all here. A huge improvement over oaked yeti and yeti!

Exceptional carbonation, perfect body, just sinfully great!

It has been a few years since I last had Yeti and frankly thought the hops and oak used in Oaked Yeti just made for a mess of a beer. No need to worry about this one however. Just a wonderful chocolate cream treat. I’m a bit worried about the chocolate Yeti since this beer is a perfect chocolate beer. Just amazing!

Edit

As someone who now knows what coffee tastes like....yes I know how crazy it sounds. This beer got me into coffee. Yes it is bitter chocolate but the espresso is not subtle...it is overt and simply AMAZING.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 17:44:55 | More by bobhits
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wcudwight

North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thick and dark as night. There's not the faintest hint of light getting through. Nice thick milky dark chocolate colored head. Judging the beer by the cover, this one will be a gem. Smells of bitter bakers chocolate and vanilla. Faint hint of coffee aroma but I was expecting much more. Smells good, just not what I was expecting. On first sip I let out an audible, "WOW!" This is one tasty beer. Sweet chocolate and vanilla flavors balanced by the roasted and coffee flavors. By balanced, I mean perfectly balanced. I honestly don't see how Great Divide could improve on this beer. I love coffee beers and this is one of the best I've had. It's right up there with Pisgah Valdez. Mouthfeel is so thick you can chew on it. Wonderful beer and I wished I'd purchased more than one bomber.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 23:23:01 | More by wcudwight
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pants678

California

4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a retaining beige head.

Espresso and cream.

Coffee stouts can fry your taste buds but this Yeti does not. The oak's subtle, the espresso's pronounced but that nor the alcohol gives much of a bite. That said, it's a year old bottle. A simple stout that's top of the type.

Carbonation is just right.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 04:13:16 | More by pants678
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jdubjacket

Georgia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2009 02:29:34 | More by jdubjacket
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, 9.5% ABV. Bottled on 2/13/09. Pours pitch black. Thick, creamy mocha head. Great head retention. Huge patches of lace as it disappears. Very lovely.

Strong espresso, coffee, and bitter dark chocolate aroma. Roasty, with some oaky undertones, but the espresso seems to take over.

Roasty with a good amount of oak, which melds very well with the espresso. Nice amount of dark chocolate. Not a whole lot of sweetness.

Medium body, a bit creamy. Lower carbonation. Some warming from the alcohol, dry at the finish. Could be fuller, but overall outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 11:31:52 | More by Bierguy5
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AdmiralDiaz

Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber to snifter

A: Pours a totally black body with a reddish brown 2 finger head with good retention and about half a glass of lacing.

S: Smelled the hops no more than a second after i popped the cap off. Aside from the hops I get strong roasty malts with strong hints of chocolate and espresso.

T: Hops sneak in right away but only for a second as the beer hits your lips. Malts quickly take over with a strong roastiness still met with a decent amount of hop. A third party enters as Mr. Oak creeps in with subtle whispers as he invites Bittersweet Chocolate (a young sassy woman) to join the party. As this quartet of flavors dances across your tongue big fat Espresso shoves his way onto the stage and demands attention. He is a bold one. The strong espresso gives off a nice amount of bitterness...the kind that Mr. hops can jump on board with, which he does. The finish is bold and has a decent bitter bite to it. My favorite part about this flavor party is that Dr. Alcohol attended but kept very quiet.

Overall: Mouthfeel was very pleasant, very well carbonated and not as thick as I expected. Drinkablility is very good, however such a big flavor and alcohol bring it down a bit, one bomber will do for me. Fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 02:46:10 | More by AdmiralDiaz
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blazin5050

Ontario (Canada)

4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I originally bought this beer for my cousin as he is a lover of imperial stouts and my beer store told me this one was a keeper and I trust so 1 is in the cellar now. So my review is as so...

A: black and rich, this beer could drown out the lights of heaven. Originally about .25" head but after a severe pour, no tilting, I finally find my head!(1.5" of beautiful chocolate color)

S: Definite coffee and roasted malts, they just have no way to even try to hide, espresso stout was the name and coffee wasn't an option. Upon being a bomber and a half in I find more fruitiness along the lines of dark tree fruit; ie... black cherry, plum, etc...

T: Like I said in aroma the espresso is no joke and the oak is almost impossible to trace. Also like I mentioned prior being about 30 ozs in now the oak is there, but subtly. After all being professionals as most BA's strive for, the fruitiness is there slightly, but I wouldn't say killed by the strong flavors of coffee and Imperial stout, to be completely honest they accentuate them.

M: A lingering flavor which I'm not sure should be typed here or in taste, alas it is my review so f*** off(JP!)! I'd say maybe slightly under whole milk for the weight, and a tangy acidity that grabs the inside of the cheeks. With my rating though it's obviously in a good way!

D: A good dessert beer, in many European countries they drink coffee or espresso at the end of a meal, probably would do very well with a very nicely charred smokey brisket(Texas style). I'd like to find this next to my cheesecake. Actually a pairing with something as rich as a classic cherry cheesecake would be perfect, but there are many other options out there, just choose something more dominant as the flavor does tend to linger. All in all an amazing beer and I cheers to the Great Divide with a Houblon Chouffe glass of their finest!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 06:29:30 | More by blazin5050
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 01:40:14 | More by Thorpe429
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,680 ratings.