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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,012
Hads: 3,505
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 4.5%
Wants: 268
Gots: 765 | FT: 54
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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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Reviews: 1,012 | Hads: 3,505
Photo of whoahwhat
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful stout, dark brown head that lingered for a while. Straight up black coffee smells and flavors, very bitter for a stout in a very nice way. Couldn't decide if it was too bitter at first, but couldn't stop drinking it! Super thick, almost syrupy, which I loved. (269 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 10.25.13
Bottled: Jan 14 2011

A - Pours a dark brown with a dark brown silky head with good retention.

S - Subtle coffee, chocolate, wood.

T - Coffee and a oaky punch to the mouth.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Lots of coffee and oak. A bit of a sharp finish. (297 characters)

Photo of Vdubb86
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

This beer pours a midnight blackness with a dark rich sexy finger of dark brown foam on the surface. The aroma has coffee notes to it and a decent level of fumes that are pungent on the nostrils. The flavor is a good mixture of dark chocolate and espresso. It reminds me of a mocha with an extra shot of espresso in it to give it that jump in bittering roast. It went down pretty smooth especially when you consider the bitterness of the malt bill involved. This is a good beer and I would have no problem with it gracing my lips with it's presence again. (579 characters)

Photo of naterock
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured deep black like a dark abyss medium brown head. No lacing to speak of but decent head retention.

smells of rich malts and chocolate with a slight espresso nose.

Taste is extremely rich Chocolate, like a liquid hershey bar with some of a mocha flavor that is finishing very smooth.

Mouth is velvety and rich with an incredibly viscous afterfeel. drinks slowly but god is this good. (390 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

An expresso coffee experience. Well crafted with few flaws for what it is, but what it is I inrinsically am not super interested in. A little sweet, but overall bittersweet chcolate and roast and coffee. Thick black body and foam. Big expresso and some chocolate aroma. (269 characters)

Photo of CruisaC
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4/2/10. Poured into my New Belgium glass

Very dark and opaque out of the bottle. Forms about an inch of caramel brown head.

Smells of roasted malts, coffee, some bitter chocolate on the nose

The taste is dominated upfront by the bitterness of the coffee, maybe the espresso coming through? Finishes a bit softer, but no one would mistakenly call this beer sweet.

The sourness/bitterness of the coffee really upends the mouthfeel for me. I do find it more enjoyable as it warms, though.

This, as many stouts, suffers in the drinkability department for me. It is certainly a sipper and the strength of the coffee makes me more likely to have enjoyed a 12oz better, if there was such a thing.

Overall a solid offering, I'd be interested to try the chocolate version, maybe it would add a little sweetness. (821 characters)

Photo of peabody
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out really black with two fingers of brown suds and creamy at that. Good lacing.
Smell is coffee and coffee and more coffee.
Some malt and some yeast but mostly black coffee beans freshly roasted.
Taste is malt sugar and bitter coffee. Pretty one sided here. Not much fruit here.
Aftertaste is bitter and this sticks with you.
Mouthfeel is a bit dirty but I like it a lot.
Pretty nice beer from Great Divide. (414 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a rich dark brown with a cap of stiff chocolate brown head.

Smell -- Espresso, licorice (lots), anise, vanilla, oak planks, and roast malt. Lots going on. I like it.

Taste -- Chocolate-covered espresso beans, roast malt, woody oak, cedar, licorice, anise, and mild vanillin.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. I remember liking the feel of the other Oak Aged Yeti versions more.

Drinkability -- Somehow this iteration has a LOT of licorice presence (batch specific?), but the espresso is still a big improvement over the standard Oak Yeti. Either way, it's an incredibly easy-drinking Imperial Stout. (641 characters)

Photo of bifrostguard
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep black with a beautiful tan head that leaves some decent lacing.

S - Coffee grounds, roasted malts a little molasses and some licorice. I can detect a slightly citrusy aroma presumably from the hops as well as some mild pine notes.

T - Delicious. The coffee flavor really builds as the liquid in the glass diminishes. Roasted malts, dark chocolate and mild licorice are present with a good amount of bitterness that really made this one enjoyable for me. There is a fruity/citrus taste present that clashes with the other flavors, but becomes less notable with each sip.

M - Smooth and silky. Medium bodied.

D - This is a great beverage, but filling. Not too sweet with a nice coffee flavor, but a couple of these and I'm stuffed. (742 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap, 12oz pour. Appears black in color, with a dark brown head. This is one bad mutha, and you can tell from how impenetrably dark it is. Aromas of a starbucks cafe at 8:00 in the morning. Espresso, chocolate, roasted coffee and malts. In the flavor, some vanilla, espresso and dark chocolate. Roasted malts. A beauty of a brew and well worth the purchase. Reccommended to coffee lovers, barrel aged fans, and the beer geek. Would love to pair this with some pancakes. (478 characters)

Photo of ferrari29
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into stemmed Tulip-shaped glass

A - Black body; no visible carbonation flowing through the beer; brown/beige colored head formed; one finger head held very well; good amount of lacing formed on the sides of the glass

S - Espresso and coffee beans; stout roasted notes; some smokiness; very subtle oak aromas; smooth and very enjoyable scents emanate from this beer

T - Coffee/espresso flavors overwhelm the taste buds; quickly followed up by roasted barley and chocolate flavors; oak age left a little vanilla on the back end as it warmed; heavy coffee aftertaste

M - Crispy and dry; smooth and thin

D - Great beer; I recommend this for dessert; I followed up a couple slices of New Haven style pizza with this and was very happy; sadly, I also came to realize that I had one of the last batches of Great Divide beer shipped to CT....I hope it comes back soon! (889 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark brown. Lote of nice brown head. Looks pretty. Smells very coffee heavy. A very nice aroma. Roasted malts, sweet dark malts. Tastes bitter, lots of coffee. Roasted malts. The oak is almost non existent covered by the coffee. Pretty good mouthfeel. Overall enjoyable. (283 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick and very black. The mocha colored head was slow to form and was limited to a half inch before settling down to a thin cap. Minimal spotty lacing is left on the glass. The aroma conists of roasted malt, vanilla, and hints of chocolate and espresso. I can taste the oak barrel influence on this beer but where is the espresso? Roasted malt with a slight burnt and charcoal element is the main flavor element. Hints of vanilla and chocolate as well. Slight taste of alcohol in the finish and has a warming affect. A burnt bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. The body is thick, rich, almost decadent with soft carbonation. A good stout but it is missing the claimed espresso flavor so the score gets lowered. The concept is a definate winner but just not perfected. (775 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up recently at the new Bottle King on the Livingston Circle, having never had this beer before. I enjoyed the Yet and the Oak Aged Yeti and also noticed that this was rated highly. While not a bad beer, this had a bit too much going on to fully sit back and enjoy and the ashen, woody notes nearly overtook everything else when it came to the flavor of this. I love Stouts as dessert beers but this needed a big glass of water to wash it down once I had finished this off.

The pour to this was great, as this beer had a nice, rich dark brown hue and solid tan head that was present but not overly thick. Lots of brown lacing was present down the side of my glass as I worked my way through this as well. The aroma wasn't that strong but there was enough bitter chocolate and espresso in it to live up to this beer's potential. Both of those were present in the taste but that, as well as the vanilla and roasted malt were inundated by the woody mouthfeel to this. Had this been a bit creamier and lighter on the booze, I would have mistaken this for an Irish Dry Stout. There was a bit of whiskey in the aftertaste and this did feel a bit too strong at times, because the flavors weren't long-lasting enough to compensate for the strength of the alcohol.

This wasn't like a Russian Imperial Stout when it came to the ABV but I would have preferred this to be just a hair weaker. It felt quite roasted and the espresso didn't thin this beer out enough to make it feel completely true to form. While not a bad choice, this wasn't an improvement over the other Yeti's that Great Divide offered and after a while, I got the impression that variations on a theme are only worth it if they augment the original in some way. Coffee and caffeine addicts may get something out of this but for me, this was only worth a go one time around. Just a bit too generic for some that came across as being different from the pack. (1,927 characters)

Photo of blitz134
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I didn't even know Great Divide was doing an espresso version of the Oaked Yeti. Had to pick a bottle up.

Motor oil from the bottle with a slow to form but solid inch of dark tan, whipped head. Reduced slowly leaving a thin layer behind and rings of lace.

Expected roasty and chocolate notes in the aroma, but not overly so. Overlying leafy hoppiness. The oak with vanilla wafts come through with the alcohol mainly.

Rich fudge brownie like chocolate initially and throughout with some slight dark fruit hints...but mostly chocolate and some slight roast. Flicker of leafy hops again. The oaky tannins and restrained coffee notes show through after the swallow. Breath of alcohol after that.

Viscous and thick, though a touch prickly. Slides around the pallate and coats everything in a thick layer of roasted goodness.

This is an awesome beer. A sipper, no doubt. Some roughness around the edges and the alcohol edge will make this bomber last for a while. (962 characters)

Photo of marvin213
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black, bold and beautiful, this big stout has head that initially looks black. The cap has hoppy-retention staying power, and it looks fittingly like a cold coffee. It's intriguing and mysterious. Though I find little fault with the looks of the liquid, world-class beers shouldn't have cheap aluminum wrappers on top.

The coffee isn't as strong in the nose as it looks to the eye. Roasted malts certainly make a presence, as does the oak. I know there's a chocolate-version Yeti, but I detect some chocolate on the nose of this one. Based on the look, however, the smell is disappointingly tame.

Robust malts precede a ground espresso aftertaste. Again, I sense some chocolate. Oak lingers in the background of every sip. The espresso-hop combination offers a terrific bittering effect. It adds warmness without the pungent sting of excessive alcohol. Still, it tastes medicinal. The robust chocolate malt flavor collides with a hop-bombed coffee like artificial additives to a child's cough syrup. This beer is ethanol with a plethora of added flavor.

Espresso and malts make for a wonderfully warm mouthfeel. They coat the palate with goodness. Though the oak is present and enjoyable, it's tough to find its purpose. Where normally oak provides a medium for liquid, this beer's got too much going on for oak to offer significant influence. As chocolately as this one is, it certainly makes me curious about the chocolate version....

Drinkability is pretty good. It's good medicine with flavor. The coffee imparts some limitations, as do the bittering hops, but this beverage is really a uniquely balanced combination of a bunch of good beer stuff. Though not complex enough to be all that sought after, it's a quality-enough bottle to pick up when available. (1,767 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black colored ale with dark brown colored head; closest to a black colored head I have yet seen.

Strong espresso scent. Very strong coffee aroma that crowds out just about all other smells. Faint vanilla and caramel scent with a slight smell of wine.

Starts out mildly sweet with a heavy roasted malt flavor and a bit of smoke. Strong black coffee with a sharp bitterness to it at first. Bitterness abates as you drink it a bit. There is some vanilla and caramel in this. In summary though this is big damn bossy coffee beer.

Mouthfeel is chocolate milk shake thick.

Good drinkability / overall. But this isn't a mildly flavored beer, this is the Hells Angel of Coffee beers, it can get a little rough. (706 characters)

Photo of PatrickSwayze
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

January 2, 2012 Bottle

A: This one poured sludge like motor oil think and gnarly as hell

S: The forefront of the smell is coffee and background of roast and hints of dark chocolate

T:  First flavor to roll onto the tongue is coffee and chocolate with a complementary saltiness at the edges. Roast and grassy hop notes are noticed as you breathe out.

M: Medium bodied full flavored and easily drinkable 

O: This beer was pretty damn good. Of all the Yeti's that i have had, this one is prolly the second best falling behind the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys coffee infused stouts  (619 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle
Bottled Feb 13 2009

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark black color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is very dark and roasty with a lot of fresh roasted coffee in the nose. There is also some hops and a good dose of alcohol but the coffee is definitely the dominant smell in the aroma. Very nice! Can't wait for my first sip!

T- The taste starts out pretty smooth with some roasted malts and a hint of sweetness. It quickly to bitterness with a lot of bitter coffee and hop flavors in the finish. There is definitely a lot of hops in the finish, definitely one of the hoppier Imperial Stouts.

M- The mouthfeel is a little on the thick side with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout is some great stuff. Not exactly the most drinkable beer in the world, it is definitely a sipper. Overall, this is one that I would definitely pick up again. Highly Recommended! (917 characters)

Photo of hopsbreath
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Over the span of two hours I enjoyed this beer, packaged in bomber form, poured by parts into my snifter. I just got off third shift at the hospital and whipped up some chocolate chip pancakes to pair with this for breakfast before getting some much needed shut eye. Boy what a treat. A special thanks to Sam at Beverage World (elgiacomo) for pointing this out one day when I was in a Stout mood. It wasn't on my radar after a disappointing experience with regular Oak Aged Yeti, but he suggested it was worth my time.

The pour on this is as expected for a big stout, there is a big tan head with crimson hues sitting on top of an opaque black liquid. No light penetrates this bad boy. Just as I expect an Impy Stout to look.

The smell is what initially hit me on this one. Big coffee and roasted espresso bombarded me before I even got the pour going! A huge pfft that escaped when I popped the top let me know the carbonation was not under done and rocketed the coffee into my nostrils. Big classic Stout roasted aromas were also there in abundance. This was truly shaping up to be a great brew.

The taste of this for now is what I am going to be comparing all other coffee stouts too. Not only is the coffee there in a big way like expected, but it is a big bold fresh coffee flavor that lacks the less exciting stale flavor that lot of coffee stouts seem to have. Unexpected was the amount of semi-sweet bakers chocolate that showed up on this. There is a LOT of chocolate here. It actually becomes too sweet and choc lately as I drink more. I can appreciate that though so I'm not going to knock it for being more than expected.

The mouthfeel is a little over carbonated for my taste, but is still appropriate for the style. The thick syrupy body is great but with less carbonation it would be a lot smoother and more decadent.

This is a 9.5% big rich beer. Drinkability is what you would expect. I would have liked to share this rather than drinking the whole bomber but was already well into it before that thought occurred. By then, I had to finish.

I will drink this one again. There is a certain fudgy quality to this beer that I have the rare chance to experience. I would love to share this with my wife when we meet back up in a few weeks and would reccomend it for anybody looking for the proper breakfast beer. (2,331 characters)

Photo of goldbot
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12 February 2010.

This one pours pitch black with really thick, foamy, dark tan head. Good lacing. Intense chocolate and coffee aromas, very rich and roasty. A smooth coffee flavor mixed with rich dark chocolate. Moderate sweetness with plenty of roast malt. Falls just a bit flat, lacking complexity. Very smooth, creamy mouthfeel with no bitterness from the coffee. Carbonation still lends a slight crispness. (420 characters)

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with a rich coffee colored head with good retention.

Smells of chocolate and coffee, with some bitter herb notes and a faint oak scent.

Sharp bitter espresso rounded with a strong chocolate coating. Finishes with a bitter herb bite and a faint oak dryness. A very good beer, but the coffee dominates a little too much - seems forced. (358 characters)

Photo of Cavery
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml shared with Klym, bottle dated Jan 10 2011

Poured into Over-Sized Wine glass

A: Brownie fudge bubbles form a crust above the midnight black body of the beer. Incredibly dirty mud lacing with huge liquid waterfalls of stickiness. The amount of dark bubble mayhem reeked on the glass is something to behold. This beer isn't even that old, and it's already doing what many barrel-aged offerings do after years of isolation. The dark fudge bubbles show noticeable longevity.

S: Lots of faintly nutty oak that gives into a bittering note of espresso. The beans give off a very creamy note of rich roasts. The coffee in here really is reminding me of Kopa Luwak, I've had this before and most certainly didn't get this strong of a note. The bean derived creaminess is pretty overwhelming, but marries with with the oak. Incredibly creamy and rich, not unlike Kopa Luwak Coffees.

T: Once again, nutty oak that gives into the Kopa Luwak-like coffee notes. Other notes of cocoa nibs, bitter bakers chocolates, and almonds come to mind. However, all of this takes a backseat to the espresso qualities. It's a bit overwhelming with some awkwardly bitter lingers and woody acidity. Good, but it tastes young and underdeveloped.

M: Creamy and gentle on the tongue, but a bit powdery and drying from the wood. The wood of the oak isn't too acidic, but it does enough to give you a sensation in the back of the throat. All in all it's currently at a medium body, and is a bit dissonant in the mouth. Time will round this one out.

O: I've had this beer before, and it must have had a lot more age on it because I thought it was a lot better. This beer really does show all the indication that it's young, but the taste profile is a seed of complexity. I am really struck by how kopa luwak like the espresso is at the moment. Having had Mikeller's Weasel, I can't help but notice the similarity in the tastes. Currently the espresso is overwhelming deeper notes, but the creamy mouth is already there. Once the acidity of the barrel mellows out, and the nutty character comes out; you have a winner. This beer is much better with time. (2,134 characters)

Photo of teetee523
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a complex beer with alot going on, which I love. The color was dark brown with a brownish, mahogany head. Little or no lacing here. The aroma was bready with cocoa and vanilla mixed in. Strong, dark, near burnt coffee flavors at first with big chocolate flavors developing. Alcoholic finish dominates the hoppy malts at the ends. Somewhat of a thin mouthfeel, my only complaint with this beer. Overall, a great beer. (424 characters)

Photo of SassyBootblack
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black and opaque, with a thick brown head.

Smell: Coffee aroma is prevelant. A little chocolatey.

Taste: Wow, lots going on here! The biggest flavor component is the oak and there's a little vanilla from that. Behind that you can find the coffee and malt if you look for it.

Mouthfeel: Maybe it's just because the beer is so busy, but it seemed full bodied.

This beer will definitely give you something to chew on and think about. While nice, it had a little too much going on with the oak running the show. I might drop some adjectives the next time I reach for a Yeti. (586 characters)

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,012 ratings.