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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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Reviews: 1,016
Hads: 3,532
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 17.69%
Wants: 276
Gots: 767 | FT: 55
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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: 1,016 | Hads: 3,532
Photo of Stacy53
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great Divide- Espresso Oak Aged Yeti- Bottled on: 2/12/10
Just over 4 months old

A- Black all the way. Nice brown lacy head, does not stay long.

S- Deep dark chocolate and coffee smells. The smell is great.

T- Woody from the start. Espresso comes in midway and finished with another hit of the oak. I would have liked some more espresso with this one.

M- Full and smooth. A little bitter.

D- No question this one is drinkable, not much alcohol presence.

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Photo of kegger22
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a dark brown head that lasted only a little while. The aroma is coffee, chocolate and a little boozy. The taste is coffee and chocolate too, but the alcohol taste make it too harsh. Feel is creamy and heavy. Drinkability is fair and would be better without the alcohol taste.

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Photo of tchenery
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours an oil black color. It is totally opaque and gives off a russet brown head of one finger. It looks to be lingering.

The smell is fantastic. The first smell is of bitter dark chocolate, then I pick up some raspberry notes, then if floats to a marshmallow scent, followed by a coffee scent. You could go on forever describing different smells in this beer. It's nose is very complex. The most general smell is like one of those pink filled dark chocolates that come in the terrible Valentine's Day assorted chocolates.

This beer doesn't taste like a 9.5% brew. It hides it's alcohol very well. It is however very very thick. It kind of tastes like that chocolate too. Mostly though it tastes like chocolate and marshmallow. It's fairly bitter, which I guess is from the Espresso. Honestly I was expecting more coffee in this one.

Mouthfeel is extremely full. This is a chewy beer.

Drinkable in the sense that it's smooth and not overpowering with it's Imperial-ness. It might take me a while to drink it though. I almost want to drop some ice cream in it.

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Photo of antoines15
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - black, dark with a one finger tan head that holds for a decent amount of time, good lacing all around the glass

S - strong coffee and chocolate smell

T - again, coffee and chocolate

M - very smooth, no harsh aftertaste

D - too strong of a coffee smell for me to drink this too many times but the one bomber was delicious and would definitely recommend it to others

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Photo of uustal
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with a milk chocolate colored head two finger head. Nice lacing and retention. Aroma of oak, vanilla, cherry and a hint of hops and espresso. Very big and busy flavor. Starts with a kick of hop resin before turning to a slight coco and dark chocolate malt. Then the oak aging really kicks in. Good oak, cherry and vanilla flavors before an espresso kick to finish. Really busy, and not all that cohesive.

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Photo of JRed
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cola-black with dissipating cinnamon head. Aroma of Coke float with chocolate ice cream and some brownies and coffee/toffee. Flavors of dark chocolate, cola, coffee, cinnamon, slight bourbon. Medium-thick body with a soda feel. So the Yeti went to Starbucks and confused us all. A nice brew but sometimes the original can't be beat.

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Photo of aaronxsubaru
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Very dark. Can't see lacing. Little to no head light ring of foam.
Smell Coffee and roasted notes.

Taste bold very much esspresso and hops. After taste is almost all coffee. keep in mind this is espresso not coffee, and the boldness and complexity comes through as well.

Mouthfeel. Can't decide reminds me of ipa with a shot of espresso, lots of hops. Hits easy then flavors explode and go to a mild after taste that sticks in your mouth for a long time.

Drinkability? The flavor sticks so heavy I can't say I could take more than one or 2 of these.

Overall not sure, it's a niche thing. Def interesting. I could see this being something I crave on the rare occasion but not something I'd drink often.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at TJ's on 6/25. Reviewed from detailed notes.

Pour is pitch black capped by a creamy half inch of milk chocolate head. Intricate laced patterns emerge on the walls of my glass, a nice mix of lacy lines and delicate spots. Swirls of bubbles sit atop the dark liquid after the head subsides.

The aroma is full of rich espresso, dark roasted malts, chocolate, and a touch of caramel. I am really looking forward to tasting this. On the palate, chocolate and coffee dominate the forefront. The coffee, though, is a but off-putting, as it tastes synthetic and is not very appealing. The chocolate and fake coffee are followed up by some nice roasty notes, and like the aroma, there is a touch of caramel in the finish.

Smooth, rich, and creamy, despite the appearance, this one isn't too heavy to handle. It's a pretty good dessert beer, though it would not be my first choice. It is incredibly sweet, and really, aside from the syntheticness of the coffee flavors, I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

06/22/10- Had an 04/02/10 bomber of this one.
A: Black with some dark brown hues and a nice creamy chocolate head.
S: Espresso, vanilla, chocolate, oak, banana, slight caramel cream.
T: French oak, chocolate milk converting to roasted bitter espresso raisin with a lingering caramel banana finish, especially charred wood.
M: Syrupy and really creamy and frothy. Almost too sticky.
D: Only OK.

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Photo of bigbelcher
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is a black opaque with a small almost non existent tan head. Good Belgian lacing. Aroma was that of heavy roast espresso coffee. Flavor of burnt heavy coffee, big espresso notes could have been balanced out better with a little bit of vanilla. Black malt with no chocolate of hop flavor evident because of the big burnt coffee taste. Full bodied and very warm to drink. Makes regular Yeti pale in comparison in flavor.

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Photo of illidurit
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy nickd717, glad you could make it! Pours darkest brown with a fluffy beige head. Aroma is coconut from the wood aging with roasted coffee and dark chocolate and a surprising amount of sprucey, piney hops peeking through. Flavor is toasty and chocolatey with a big roasted coffee influence. Woody and bitter. This is clearly the superior version of Yeti.

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Photo of b3shine
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deuce to tulip. The appearance is good; motor oil with not head and low activity. Smell is better than average; chocolate and espresso. Taste is good, but not as complex as I'd hoped for. Chocolate, espresso, and oak notes were present. Mouthfeel was a sipper; warm and lowly carbonated. Overall, a good beer; just not $10/22 oz. bottle good.

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Photo of katan
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz into a goblet

A - Pours black, thick, solid, sticky looking. Strong head formation, mocha colored. Well retained with a frothy film and a little bit of lacing.

S - Deep dark flavors, heavy roast from barley and a much more coffee like astringency. A little bit of dark chocolate in the background. Could this be yesterday's coffee?

T - Starts off lightly roasted, a little burnt flavors. Mid-stream gets a hefty coffee /espresso flavor - like a double shot. Finishes with a strong bitterness and a sticky burnt oaky flavor. Strong aftertaste of chocolate and char.

M - Full bodied beer, moderate to light carbonation. Well hidden alcohol - but then nothing could make it past that coffee.

O/D - An interesting winter warmer for me. I am not that big of a coffee lover or perhaps I would connect with this one better. Not very filling, alcohol is potent.

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Photo of Buebie
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle courtasy of tprokop7

Poured from a gold tin wrapped brown bomber into a pub glass.
A good 2.5 inch dark brown head forms, receeding very slowly. Leaving behind alot of good sticky thick brown lace and a quarter inch cap of retention.
The color like all yeti is black with no light penetration.

I gave the arom a lower grade due to the lack of coffee in the aroma itself. However, the aroma is quite good, its just lacking what this style is supposed to present.
It smeels like the barrel aged yeti, with really no coffee aroma at all.

Taste up front is a chocolatey liquore with dark roasted coffee, oak, chocolate bittering grains, lactose, and finishing bitter with plenty of peanuts and dark rish coffee. The coffee flavors really snuck up on me, after being absent in aroma.
This shares flavor similarities to Devil Over a Barrel with its creamy peanut buttery nutyness.
Also there is some Barrel Aged yeti like flavors, not the oak aged, I'm talking about the limited released barrel aged. It shares some of the richer chocolate liquore warm boozyness, as well as a truffle like bitter chocolate desert flavor.

Finishing dry and bitter with chocolate grains and plenty of roasty coffee flavors.

For a coffee beer its not exceptional by any means, but its not terrible either. Yeti has always been a terrific go to RIS for me. This is just another fine example of the brew.

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Photo of schinebd
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours blackish with a dark brown head. Good lacing. No surprises, good or bad.

S - Vanilla, chocolate and a surprisingly muted coffee smell.

T - The first second of this two of this beer are fantastic. A great blend of vanilla, chocolate, coffee and bourbon punch the tongue. But then, before I can begin to contemplate the intense and complex flavors, they completely fade to strong coffee and very hoppy finish. A little out of balance. I do have to say that as the beer gets warmer the initial taste lingers longer.

M - Probably the weakest feature of this beer...Maybe its because I'm having this after a week of drinking of KBS, but it seems a little watery - only a little, but still...

D - The ABV coupled with the unbalanced bitter finish make one enough.

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Photo of BZero007
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this the other night at RFD in D.C. and it was definitely an interesting brew. Everyone loved the bottle and was taking pictures with it threw the night in different spots in RFD. Poured into a pint glass and immediately you see the very dark brew pour out with a lovely brown chocolate head forming. Smell was of Espresso and Chocolate. Taste was over the top Espresso, with chocolate. Towards the end of the brew I was hit with some bitterness and fruit flavors. The brew it's self was very interesting and I was glad that I had it, but for $20 at the place was allot to pay for it. The Espresso flavor is very very dominate threw out the beer, so make you keep that in mind and that you are up for the blast. At the time I was honestly not able to finish it due to the overwhelming strong taste of Espresso, but i am sure more serious stout drinkers would have little problem with it.

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Photo of harrymel
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled march 2010.
Dark beer with little translucence. Initial mocha head dues quickly to retained small film. Smells of lots of cocoa, coffee, vanilla and oak (not as pronouced as anticipated). Taste is of coffee and yeti. Nice mouthfeel. Velvety. Finish is long and hard.

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Photo of stephens101
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For quite a while I've been looking forward to sitting back and enjoying this beer from one of my favorite breweries.

A viscous, impenetrably black pour is topped with a large and resilient dark brown head that ends up leaving a nice sized, albeit slightly broken lace behind. The the Playbill review is promising.

Smoldering oak and vanilla to the nose with dark chocolate and espresso working in quickly. A bit of caramel and pine is noticeable as the curtain rises. From the orchestra pit big black coffee notes rise and strike the tongue along with some dark chocolate, vanilla and an undercurrent of sweet malts. Some burnt sugar and sour dark fruits enter stage right a few minutes into the play.

A bit syrupy with a medium to heavy mouth-feel, a creamy middle, some rough edges, and a barely discernible alcohol heat. The critics are still undecided on the merit of the play's final act.

Its hard to beat the original Yeti. And while I dig the added coffee notes and barrel aging, I'm not for sure it actually adds anything to this brew. That being said, this is a good beer, and I can guarantee you won't regret leisurely sipping an evening away with one of these as your source of entertainment.

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Photo of tsatem
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a snifter. Bottle on/best by date is indiscernible, but I think it's pretty fresh. I love the yeti labels, which is why I first bought the base beer years ago.

A: Motor oil, viscous black with a rather dark brown and persistent two finger head. Body is as about as dark as they come.

S: Delicious. Coffee is prominent, of course. Rather bitter espresso with lots of chocolate. Wonderful roasty aromas. Charred oak.

T: Right in line with the nose. Very bitter. Roasted tobacco. Lots of wood as it warms - I could barely discern the oak notes at first, and they became pretty dominant eventually. The eventual overall taste is what I would imagine a tobacco leaf to taste like, from the combination of tobacco with the oak and some spices.

M: Very smooth, creamy carbonation, and extremely (as an understatement) dry.

O: This is a really delicious beer, but the bomber was a little bit too much for me and the flavors became overpowering. I enjoyed the first sip far more than the last.

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Photo of pwoods
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kels for sharing this.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a snifter. Notes.

A: Pitch black, solid viscosity. 2+ finger head, dark mocha with great retention. Some lacing.

S: Plenty of dark coffee/espresso. Powdery cocoa and plenty of alcohol. Roasty.

T/M: Very roasty and loads of bitter espresso. Loads of lasting bitterness from the sharp espresso. More powdery cocoa. body is medium full with decent carbonation. Dry and bitter.

D: bomber was split between 3 people and mine share was enough. Nice after dinner drink, though.

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Photo of DrewZ926
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- jet black with a two finger mocha head. ample sticky lacing. looks pretty viscous.

S- tons of oak, booze, chocolate syrup, baking cocoa, and heaps of espresso. also, a surprisingly strong hop presence, piney and citric even.

T- real oaky, slight lactic/milky component too, caught me off guard. dark fruits and straight espresso grounds. as bitter and dry as any stout i've had. the bitter hops add a nice element as well. earthy, but finishes with a hint of sweetness.

M- very good for the style, creamy not as this as regular yeti.

O- definitely seek this out as the price is right and it's well above the average off-the-shelf stout. love what the coffee did to this one, but that's not to say that oak aged and regular yeti aren't great on their own. will be picking up a few bottles tomorrow, highly similar to BORIS.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Doin' it at Haven with my #1 bartender in Orange, CA.

...20 minutes later after having let this bad sucker properly warm up... Ok, and... aite, just aite. It's not "Starbucks bad," but it sure as hell ain't coffee from a civet bean. This sucker is more like your local hippie coffee shop; it definitely makes the cut, but is Raul trippin? Not at all.

The main man would love a thicker texture and more presence in the espresso department.

Holla, my children.

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Photo of mechamifune
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with about a .5in mocha head that slowly recedes. Nice retention and lacing. Good looking beer.

Smell is somewhat subtle given the style. Notes of chocolate, wood and sweet malt in the nose. Pleasant enough if not overly assertive.

Taste is notes of vanilla, oak, and chocolate. Only the slightest hints of coffee. A slight tart kick in the finish, which, as the glass warms, seems to start transfering to the front of each sip.

Mouthfeel is solid for the style. Maybe a bit thin given the flavors involved, but I can't fault it too much.

Overall, this kind of fails as a coffee beer, but is generally sucessful as an imperial stout. If espresso wasn't in the name, I would never identify this as a coffee beer. I suppose that the coffee may have faded since the bottling 6 months ago, but i've not had similar problems with other coffee beers. A pleasant enough beer, but not worth seeking out at the price tag.

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Photo of nova009
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Bomber into a snifter

A- Pours a motor oil black. Creamy white two finger head with decent lacing.

S- Chocolate and woodiness hit at the start. Coffee not as present as I expected.

T- Strong almost overbearing coffee flavor. Chocolate with a small hint of vanilla. Hops more apparent than expected.

M- Creamy and smooth. Light carbonation allows for a solid feel.

D- Alright, I quite honestly prefer the traditional Yeti to this one.

As much as I like stouts, this one was simply average to me.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter.

Appears black as all black with a one inch thick tan head with tight CO2 bubbles. A bit of lacing is left behind.

Aromas is strongly of coffee, the oak is also there, with some slight dark fruit character. Also a touch of hop character coming through - citrusy.

Taste is immediately of espresso and it stays that way with other layers adding onto it. Midway through the oak kicks into full gear with the woody tone and a very strong vanilla component. Hops come in towards the finish and leave a citric bitterness combined with chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat thick and a very creamy consistency.

This one is...interesting. Not exactly what I thought it would be like, but I like it better than the regular Oaked Yeti. Still would prefer many other coffee beers over this, especially with the $10 per bottle tag. I had to try it though.

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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,016 ratings.