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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,015
Hads: 3,517
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 17.69%
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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 Bosoxfan20
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
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

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great Divide Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti, cask at The Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen, NY.

Appearance: Extremely voluptuous head, almost overflowing, with lots of carbonation and bubbles. Over one finger of head, with great retention. Great temperature too! (some casks at Pony are at times too cold). Head and bubbles stay on and on. Color is pitch black, no nuances there.

Smell: Incredibly smooth, subdued. I don't get any coffee, but chocolate instead. A lacking nose.

Taste: The coffee beans are there, at the end, but thankfully (or sadly, if you love coffee beers) they are far from strong. The oak is also mellow, hints of wood come at the end. Chocolate at the end of the sip too (again, as in the nose, more chocolate than coffee). Some bitterness around the mouth, cooked sugars, even a hint of banana bread. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation of course (this is a cask after all), medium-to-low chocolaty body and medium flavor. Oaky finish.

Drinkability: Superb. This is incredibly smooth, chuggable. The 9.5% cannot even be hinted. A little underwhelming (or a lot!), but tasty nonetheless.

My least favorite of all the Yetis I've had so far, though. I expected more.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a thick fluffy brown head with some good lacing going on. Smell is mostly of obust roasted coffee other roasted malts with only hints of dark bitter chocolate. The oak character comes in more through the taste coupled with the dark roasted coffee and a slight taste of alcohol. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth with medium carbonation. Very good. Overall this is a great Coffee RIS.

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Photo of Purplepunch36
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark, no light passing through this one. First pour left a 1 finger deep, mocha brown head that stayed till the very last drop. Looked very appetizing.

S- dark roast coffee, coco, hazlenut and vanilla with a hint of nutmeg. Alcohol taste was there more towards the end when it warmed up. Overall great taste

T- Strong coffee and bitter chocolate up front finished with a molasses bitter vanilla

M- Thick and creamy

O- Amazing Imperial Stout. Quite session able despite it's first appearance. One of the top BA coffee beers I've tried. At $10 a bomber, I think it's a great deal.

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Photo of farrago
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Close to a finger of dark brown sludge masquerading as foam, really just looks like the top of a chocolate milkshake, lacing has good stickiness even as the head dissolves. Jet black liquid, consistency of motor oil, nary a hint of color to be found. The nose explodes with coconut, sweeter espresso bean, dark chocolate, toffee and butterscotch, the roast is a little lower than expected leading to a sweeter overall profile, raisin bread to rum raisin ice cream, cinnamon stick, almost obligatory feel to the pine and grass notes, as if I guess we have to use hops here don't we. Full-bodied, thick and dense, the carbonation makes a decent showing of it but nowhere near able to rouse the slumbering beast. Coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla bean, licorice and butterscotch predominate, more roast leads to a drier mouth feel if not the same in terms of flavors. Allowing for this, the bread, wheat, oat flavors have a welcome place. Given its weight smooth enough and doesn't betray any alcoholic burn.

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Photo of ratedz
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Boulevard snifter. Bottle was dated 04/02/2010.

A: This beer pours coffee black with a thin chocolate brown colored head. The head dissipated fairly quickly.

S: Smells like dark roast coffee that has been sitting in a pot on a burner for just a little too long. I'm also picking up a little bit of chocolate and a hint of bitter hops.

T: Dark roast coffee is the predominate flavor, but I'm getting a little bit of chocolate up front also. My wife took a sip and, after thinking for a second, said that it tastes like drinking a cup of pure coffee grounds and therefore it was delicious. I've never tried straight coffee grounds and since she's the coffee drinker, I'll take her word for it. A hint of oak is in there too, but it's definitely overpowered by the coffee flavor.

M: Medium to full bodied. Slightly creamy with mild carbonation. Finishes dry and slightly bitter as a result of the coffee.

D: The alcohol is very well hidden, which makes it easier to drink. The bitterness of the coffee does, however, reduce drinkability ever so slightly.

Overall, I enjoyed the Espresso Oak Aged Yeti. I like coffee as much as the next guy, but it almost got to be a bit much as it overpowered other scents and tastes. I don't regret buying the bottle, but I don't know if I'd rush out and buy another. There are several other imperial stouts that I enjoy more.

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Photo of mkorpal
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses to be shared with the room mate. Thick, midnight black liquid sat beneath a frothy brown head. Head retained the entire time, and left behind a massive amount of brown lacing, to the point that I wondered if I could ever get the glass clean again. Awesome looking beer, to say the least.

Smell is of extreme coffee, mixing with some chocolate, and a healthy dose of hops. A little bit of oak mixes in as well, but it's definitly been hidden by all of the other dimensions.

Taste is of very bitter and tannic espresso, milk chocolate, more hop flavor, and subtle vanilla. The expresso, again takes it over.

Mouth feel is thick, but very dry. The bitterness and espresso combine to make for a very bitter beer that dry's out your pallet. In fact, I felt this may be one of the most bitter brews I have ever had. This brought down the drinkability for me, since it isn't something I really want out of my stout.

In the end, I felt like there were too many dimensions built into the beer. The oak and stout flavors ended up being muted while the espresso and hops too over. It was still good, but I prefer the normal or oak aged yeti. Either way, I was wired after this brew.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber with a 3/5/2009 bottling date. Poured into a Darkness snifter.

A: Vigorous pour yields a 1 finger, semi-coarse dark, almost reddish mocha head with poor retention. Dissipates into a cluster of big bubbles atop the brew. Beer is an opaque black. Lacing is stringy and spotty with decent legs and cling.

S: Nose is rather aromatic. Resiny hops provides a unique background to roasted malt, chocolate, liquorice, and surprisingly subtle toasted espresso beans.

T: Opens fresh dark fruit. Prunes and raisins. Chocolate, roasted malt, and fresh hop bitterness. Creamy. Hint of coffee in the middle and as this one warms. Sweeter than expected. Sweet soy sauce right at the end with a bit of brownie and more fresh hop bitterness. Slight liquorice in the finish with a clean, coffee bean sour aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. Oily and silky in the mouth. A slight edge going down with small hints of bubbles. Finish is messy and sticky with a clean, slightly lingering aftertaste.

D: For a self-proclaimed espresso stout, this one's really faded with age. Don't get much coffee here which I really don't mind. A rather hoppy offering overall. A solid member of the yeti family. Worth trying.

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Photo of Soilworker
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black with absolutely no light shining through. There is a thick 2+ finger head that has amazing head retention. Its quite thick, almost like whipped cream.

S: Large amounts of dark malts assault the nose with strong notes of espresso and coffee. I don't get much oak notes, perhaps this will come through more in the taste. There is a pretty dominate hop presence here which adds to the complexity in this aroma.

T: Amazingly complex. There are strong notes of espresso, oak, and intense dark roasted malts. There is a bitterness but its hard to say whether or not it comes from the hops, it reminds me most of true espresso and the bitterness that comes along with that. There are some subtle vanilla notes but not much that I can pick up on.

M: Bold and smooth and quite dry in the finish.

D: This is a huge beer and the drinkability is understandably impacted by this fact. I can get through a bottle but anything more than that is testing my limits.

Notes: This is a hugely complex beer and reminds me a lot of its cousin, the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti. I actually prefer the COAY over this one and would buy it instead if I were able to choose between the two. That being said it is still an amazing beer.

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Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled at a recent gathering of some fellow beer lovers.

Dark black head, khaki foam.

Espresso and heat smells waif up from the glass.

Roasted coffee tastes, dry finish. Wood, chocolate thrown in.

Excellent beer, enjoyed on a hot day in the sun and it didnt seem out of place.

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Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three-finger brown head that fades slowly, leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is coffee and flavor is almost burnt coffee and hints of oak, some caramel sweetness. Higher ABV is hidden. Pricey at $11.99 for a 22oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a ChurchKey becher.

I knew I'd find Bigfoot (or, at least, his Asiatic cousin) in DC! I mean, how many other elusive hairy beasts reside here? (Now that's good- er...actually pretty crappy political commentary. Sorry. I'll try harder next time.) Regardless, I was pleasantly surprised to find this cryptozoologically-inspired brew on tap here at CK. It pours pitch darkness into the glass, with a sad excuse for a dirty bubbly head. (Apparently one of Mermaid Man's nemeses procreated and settled atop my beer.) The smell is of darkly roasted coffee (I know, I'm shocked too), chocolate, and a tiny bit o' smoked oak. The full picture is of an espresso machine powered by a camper's stone-ringed fire. (Clearly, I have no idea how an espresso machine works.) When the 'buds get at it, the coffee lightens up a bit, apparently loosened by that tactfully tasteful joke. The chocolate comes back, followed by some cream (half-and-half, I think), dark malts, and some o' that oak from before, only lighter and sans fumee. The body is heavy, but lighter than other hefty brews'. The carbonation is moderate at best, and a slight coating is found along my mouth's walls, allowing a bit o' aftertatse to linger a spell. Now, if only this ape-like creature weren't so damn elusive...

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Photo of bort11
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, bottled in May 09. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack goblet. Dark chocolate colored head that is quick to disappear. Color is a black/brown with slivers of dark mahogany highlights.

Smell is strong with dark roasted malts, a little peat smoke and bitter chocolate. I don't really smell the espresso here. The espresso comes through more in the taste. Dark bitter beans that has a crunch. The oak is in the back and finish, and is drying.

Mouthfeel has a medium body with a thin carbonation. A lot like a cold espresso shot. I little creamy, but not enough to be thicker.

Blipped "The Yeti" by Clutch

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Photo of pschul4
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into Snifter

A- Damn! Blacker than a black hole. Blacker than a singularity. Blacker than Lebron's Cleveland leaving heart. 1 inch mocha head that leaves decent lacing.

S- Tasty mocha coffee flavor. Really digging this scent

T- Bold black coffee flavor. Too rich for my liking, but a black coffee lover would also love this. Just too much acidic coffee ground taste.

M- Very smooth, low carbonation that I love in imperial stouts

O- I love everything about this beer except for the taste...I wish I was kidding

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at Room Temp. Poured into Great Divide Tulip.

Overall-Pours brown, turns to black. Light brown head. Head sticks around and slowly goes away leaving a lacing on the top, almost a dark red.

Smell-Lots of coffe/espresso. Vanilla and Oak. Not getting as much as chocolate as the Yeti.

Taste-Still no chocolate, but not dissapointed. Lots of coffee, I could drink this at room temp first thing in the morning.(especially aged)

Mouthfeel-Full bodied. Standard RIS mouthfeel.

Drinkability-Coffee definitely the star, so it doesn't dissapoint. Highly drinkable for 9.50. I will continue to purchase all Yeti's.

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Photo of taez555
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a thick dark black body with a thick tan head.

Nose is in your face chocolate, espresso, dark malt, dark chocolate, lots of alcohol right off the bat,

Taste is full bodied with an immediate hit of bitter coffee, espresso and dark chocolate. Very bitter. Coffee, triple shot dark citric espresso, unsweetened bakers chocolate, raw oak and some strong touches of alcoholic vanilla. Bitterness is all around, but it's hard to tell if it's the dark bitter malts, the dark bitter coffee or a strong bitter hop. What a conundrum. There's definatly a hop presence that gives it just a touch of citrus across the bitterness. Actually, if you're an espresso fan who drinks with a twist of lemon, the citrus actually fits very well with the bitterness. Ends with a longgg lingering coffee bitterness.

As a huge fan of the original oak aged yet(maybe top 5 greatest beers ever), I'm not sure if I like this one as much. The beer already had a nice coffee presence, now with espresso it just seems to be fighting for attention. Do I taste the oak, or the coffee, or the espresso, or stout, or dark malts, or dark malt coffee flavor, or is that just the espresso. The espresso is a cool idea, it just seem like they already reached perfection, the extra touch of espresso just doesn't fit right.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti has a body that is almost black and a thin, dark brown head. The retention is decent, and a few scraps of lacing remain behind on my glass.

Espresso dominates the aroma, with notes of hops and chocolate as well.

This is one that definitely needs to warm up, because when it's cold basically all you can taste is the hops. As it warms, the coffee really asserts itself and the flavor is quite nice. The hops are there, of course, with a hint of citrus and a lot of pine and resin. The bitterness is noticeable. Notes of chocolate and a hint of roast are present as well, pairing with a nice oak flavor in the background. A little bit of warmth comes through in the finish.

The mouthfeell full-bodied, warm and bitter.

I like all of the Yeti various, this one included. A lot of coffee flavor comes through for such a big beer. Let it warm first!

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Photo of jt31914
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. Bottle:

A: 2 1/2 fingers of head - carbonation is clear and doesn't dissipate quickly. This beer is dark as night, it is clearly an Imperial Stout. The head is even a nice dark brown color.

S: Great smell - espresso at the front with a slight hint of chocolate mixed in; faint alcohol in the mix. This smell is phenomenal - Great Divide mixed the odors perfectly.

T: Strong notes of coffee with hints of oak on finish. Phenomenal finish - smooth and creamy as it goes down; very drinkable for an Imperial. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but doesn't hurt the overall flavor of the beer (it is stronger when it hits the palate and fades through the finish).

M: Malty, smooth, and creamy.

Great beer, the vanilla wasn't as noticeable as I expected; still overall very good.

D: Surprisingly drinkable for how heavy this beer is. One is quite enjoyable and having more doesn't seem unfathomable.

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Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer draws a corollary to espresso right off the bat with its inky, opaque black body. Yeti Imperial Stout is by nature a dark creature, but adding coffee has surely sealed the deal: finding even a flicker of colour is about as easy and probable as picking winning lottery numbers. Its head is dark too, but the oils in the coffee have killed-off retention.

When these kinds of hops are used in this kind of quantity, there are few things that can compete on the same olfactory level - espresso, apparently, is one of them. The oily, roasty, strong scent of bitter, smoky beans is about on par with that of bitter, piny hops. The two seem to have a mutual respect for one another, neither intrudes much with the other.

I mention this every time I review a coffee-beer: I am not a coffee drinker, but I do love the flavour of it. What turns me off about coffee is its distinct astringency that leaves that dry, ashy, stale taste in the mouth afterwords - we've all smelt it on a co-worker's breath! Usually malts supersede that with a silky, caramelly sweetness, but not in this example...

The brewery makes a point to call it 'espresso' (not just 'coffee') Oak Aged Yeti on the label, and they're even more emphatic about it in the flavour. This smoky, strong, ostentatiously bean-y taste get's the point across with the confidence of an alpha lion, edging out any delicate subtleties that might have accompanied the malts, hops or oak chips.

Not to suggest, however, that there aren't also some redeeming and, frankly, rather decadent qualities too. It is an eloquently flavoured beer, and the caffeine is likely to hit you more than the alcohol. A strong cigar-like oakiness lingers in taste and texture, lending the beer an arid dryness that soaks things up before they risk becoming syrupy.

As a non-coffee drinker, I'm not surprised to find that Espresso Yeti is my least favourite among the group. (We all have our biases.) I insist, however, it has less to do with the presence of coffee and more to do with the lack of typical Yeti characteristics: spruce-y, spicy hops and rich dark chocolate malts, both of which are relatively less pronounced. I also feel the $15 I shelled out was a little much given the comparative quality of standard Yeti.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a black color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt that gives off lots of coffee scents

T - As the name implies its follows the nose with lots of coffee flavor and some chocolate comes out as well

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This was a petty good beer a little too strong in the abv for a breakfast beer but if thats how you roll it would be good with breakfast on the weekend worth trying sometime

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Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a snifter. Jet black in color with an above average tan head. It smells like you walked into a starbucks. Lots of esspresso flavor, hints of chocolate and vanilla, no oak. It finishes with bitter coffee. Full in body and well carbonated. A good coffee stout.

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Photo of YouSkeete
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black appearance with a very dark mocha colored head with pretty good lacing. Dark chocolate, fine ground espresso beans, vanilla and heavy cream with hints of cherries and oak chips. Sort of an overly sweet Hershey's syrup-like overall aroma. Overly huge espresso bite with overwhelming alcohol sourness and smoked wood on the first sip. Settles into a tamer dark chocolate mouthfeel while the heavy cream and vanilla flavors follow. Ends with smooth, milky cacao with a sour espresso finale. Lower carbonation with a medium sized body. I guess i was expecting something smoother and richer: what i got was spicy and aggressive. Looking at this objectively, it's pretty damn good.

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Photo of cmannes
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Surly Stein

Appearance: Black as night, with a big foamy chocolatey head. Very slow to fade into a nice dark lacing.

Aroma: Chocolate, hint of coffee. Tiny bit of... wood? From the oak. Also, a bit of burnt toffee. Overall, a very smokey, chocolatey smell.

Taste: Sweet, chocolate, with a strong coffee finish.

Mouthfeel: A little thinner than I expected, but by no means bad.

Overall: While, I accept that it's an espresso version of Yeti, I think the coffee finish is a little overwhelming. Without a little patience between drinks, it really just tastes of espresso. With some patience, and a little time, the other flavors come out.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

maybe my least favorite of the yeti's, which is to say that i still really liked it, but just that the espresso doesnt add much for me. pours dark and thick like they all do, with a lasting red/brown head and a lot of lacing. smells a it more like coffee than the regular yeti does, but it is not overpowering. the oak flavors are more prominent in this one, maybe becuase of the acidity of the coffee, which feels quite high to me. some bitter coffee notes in the finish as well. the feel is low carbonation and smooth, except for the acidity from the java. overall its not a beer id really want to drink a whole one of i dont think. the normal yeti and its oaked brethren have plenty of this espresso flavor already, and the addition of more throws off the ph to a funny level in my opinion.

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Photo of mfavoino
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle marked 12/19/2011 poured into a pint glass on 1/31/12.

Appearance: A rich dark brown that is totally opaque. One finger of an espresso colored head sits on top, but quickly recedes.

Smell: Roasted caramel malts and big coffee notes. Some chocolate in there as well, making me feel like I'm about to have dessert.

Taste: Bold roasted coffee flavors with significant malty sweetness. Finishes with a very mild hop bitterness and the alcohol hits too.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and average carbonation.

Overall: If you enjoy a cup of joe, you're probably going to like this version of Yeti. The coffee flavors definitely highlight the experience.

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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,015 ratings.