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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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Ratings: 2679
Reviews: 949
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%


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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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MrDanno96

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours pitch black with about a finger of nice looking tan head. A decent amount of sticky lace clings to the sides of the glass.

S: Strong aromas of both chocolate and coffee. Very roasty and appealing, but I wonder if the espresso has faded a little since this brew was bottle eight months ago.

T: A good dose of roasty bitterness mixed with some earthy overtones tones comprises the main flavors in this one. Strong bitter notes (baker's chocolate, hops and burnt coffee) come through in the finish. Some sweet chocolate comes through initially, but is quickly overpowered by the other elements. I feel like the oak might actually do this brew just a little disservice by covering up some of its sweetness.

M: Full bodied with a moderate carbonation bite in the finish. The alcohol is hidden very well.

D: A decent Imperial Stout, but as with the other Yetis, this just does not impress me that much. I feel like the coffee addition just serves to make this brew a little too bitter, rather than adding substantially to the flavor. Still, like I said, it is decent and I won't complain about having to finish the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 18:33:59 | More by MrDanno96
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Infamous7100

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark as night black from my "bomber" bottle. Thick tan head quickly forms. The lacing sticks around. Looks great.

Smelled the vanilla oak right away. Of course the dark chocolate and roasty malts are prevalent. Perhaps some smoke as well.

Highly carbonated. The roasty, malty sweetness hits me first, but quickly disspates into the dark chocolate and some hoppy bitterness. I'm not picking up much of the vanilla in the taste. I think the espresso and chocolate have completely overshadowed it.

Thick on the tongue. The bitterness hangs around a while and to me makes a lasting impression.

Definitely a sipper. Somewhat of an acquired taste, but something you should try to broaden your horizons a bit.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 19:30:06 | More by Infamous7100
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Black with a nice khaki head. Excellent retention and nice legs.

Smell - Heavily roasted malt. Grassy aromas. Coffee. Dark chocolate.

Taste - Bitter burnt malt flavor up front. Grassy flavors just behind it. Bitter character before a subtler coffee flavor comes in.

Mouthfeel - Overly bitter for me. Bitter and dry. It could use with some creaminess and a bit more body.

Overall - My least favorite of the Yeti series, besides infected bottles of BA Yeti. Leaves a dry bitter coffee flavor without the rich components I'd like to get from it.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 20:00:53 | More by Alieniloquium
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gonzo46and2

Florida

3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark black with a huge head that's almost just as black. Very dark head indeed. The head left lacing all over the glass and stuck around until the beer was gone.

Aroma of hops was overpowering. After warming up a bit more the malt and coffee came out to play. There really could have been a lot more malt and coffee tones for my personal preference.

Taste was very hoppy and bitter but not just from the hops but also the roasted malt and coffee. There wasn't as much balance as I'd hope for but this was still a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel was very slick and viscous. Very dry and bittter. Could be a bit sweeter in my opinion.

Good imperial stout but nothing I'd rush to pay $12.00 to $20 a bomber for again. I really enjoyed the regular oak aged yeti more than this beer and that really suprises me since I've loved every coffee beer I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 19:48:28 | More by gonzo46and2
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Brent

Kentucky

3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bit of a let-down here. Malt and hops were subdued, and the coffee notes were bland. Rather than an Imperial Stout, this might hit the American Stout mark, at best. My bottle was about a year old, but the beer didn't seem to have held up terribly well, and had already mellowed to the non-descript stage - in light of the abv, I would have expected it to remain more bold.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 15:52:52 | More by Brent
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squaremile

Oregon

3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Awesome deep black color with brown foamy head, the nose is all espresso. Taste is a major dose of coffee as is expected, but it does not overwhelm, and as it warms more subtle notes of vanilla and regular yeti come through, although I did not get any oak. Solid on tap, but a bit too expensive overall.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2009 15:41:51 | More by squaremile
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Arbitrator

California

3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared at a Yeti comparison tasting. Received in a trade from drgonzo3705. Thanks Paul!

A: A decadent motor oil black capped by a mocha-colored head. Each sip is accompanied by a wash of foam as I drink, but nothing sticks to the glass.

S: Surprisingly, chocolate is first and strongest on the nose, with espresso following after. I can pick up some roasted grains in there.

T: Again, the chocolate dominates the taste, but it very quickly gives way to an espresso flavor that remains for the duration of the taste. Roasted grains, oak dryness, and vanilla make appearances throughout. Some caramel as well. There is a substantial hop bitterness toward the end that reminds me where the base beer came from.

M: Huge body, well pronounced taste with a nice complexity, and a bitter finish. The ABV is noticeable, but not unbearable, and there's just enough carbonation to cleanse the palate without becoming too foamy.

D: I wasn't impressed with my first glass of this, but I came around to the second. It is a nice variation on the Yeti. I still prefer the base beer, as I'm not a coffee fan, but I could see myself getting some of this if Great Divide ever manages to distribute to CA.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 04:21:09 | More by Arbitrator
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bashiba

Iowa

3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep dark brown with a thick latte colored head.
Lots of thick lacing all the way down

The nose is a bit subdued, a lot of smoke and black patent, a hint of dark chocolate.

The flavor is initially dominated by burnt grain and smoke. Some dark chocolate and strong espresso come through after a bit. It finishes with a ton of bitter green hops. The oak shows up at the tail end leaving a strange woody aftertaste.

The mouthfeel has a good body with a long oily hop finish that really starts to dry out as the oak takes hold.

The initial flavor is good and its drinkable, although on the extreme burnt and bitter side, but as I got to bottom of the glass the oak just became more and more apparent, and not in a good way. Found it almost hard to finish with the strong cloying oak finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 23:24:02 | More by bashiba
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vfgccp

New York

3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dec 2011 bottle, opened Mar 2014

A - Great looking stout. Beautiful mud and khaki colored head with great retention and lace. Virtually solid black body with dark cola edges.

S - Dry, assertive, and complex. Bright wood, raw coffee beans, vanilla, dark roasted grains, dry grape seeds, dark chocolate, touch of booze.

T - Nice complexity, but some of the notes and the balance feel a little off. Bitter coffee, vanilla, touch of caramel, soy sauce, white bread, wet cilantro, mexican chilies, and warm booze.

M - Light body for the style. Super smooth.

O - A little past it's prime. Of all the adjunct flavored stouts, I find that coffee variants are more likely to take a dive with age. Definitely interested in trying this fresh.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 21:46:41 | More by vfgccp
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle served in my DFH snifter. Bottled on 2/13/2009 indicated on the label. Poured one shade shy of black with a dense, mocha-colored cap embedded with ringlets. Head dissipates within seconds into a cluster of bubbles and a frothy band around the edges of the glass. Some spots of lacing appear as the brew recedes. Nose suggests espresso roast and bittersweet chocolate. More espresso roast in the mouth, but taste is somewhat charred and bitter rather than roasty. Some woody characteristics, but missing the vanilla. Bitterness lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Some carbonation burn on the front of the tongue, but as it dissipates it leaves behind a residual milky slickness. Alcohol is well-hidden on this one, but balance is off - way too bitter. May improve with cellaring.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 01:42:01 | More by Jwale73
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Anthony1

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a perfect pint and a snifter

pours a coffee black, very thin tan/almost brown head. sticky lacing on each sip.

smells like a chocolate espresso, bit of malt, but pretty straight to the point.

very rich and roasted. bitter coffee dominates the flavor with some chocolate poured in. everything tasted double roasted. full bodied that was thick and creamy. i forgot it was even aged in oak barrels. there was no oak in the taste or smell, but it obviously made this beast even darker and more robust.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 16:12:41 | More by Anthony1
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very black color, with a fairly nice sized brown head. Heavy aromas of bitter, burnt coffee, espresso and roasted malt. On the palate, the aforementioned coffee clearly dominates, along with dark chocolate, vanilla and just a hint of oak. Balance seems a little off, with an overbearing coffee flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2010 23:26:38 | More by emmasdad
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled Dec 20, 2010. Tulip glass.

A: Pours oily, viscous black with a few centimeters of dark brown, red tinted foam. The head vanishes within a minute or so, leaving behind a ring. So-so retention and leaves a few streaks of lacing.

S: Huge, rich roastiness and faintly fruity espresso. Wow, this is a big one. Also features some dark cocoa, chocolate, woody/vegetal/earthiness underneath, some sour/acidity, but is dominated by espresso and roast.

T: Loads of espresso, roastiness, finishing with a lightly sour coffee + bitter aftertaste and lingering on the palate. I'm impressed that the coffee is still present after a year of age.

M: A mouthcoating full body and light carbonation. Alcohol is hidden.

O: A little abrasive and fatiguing to drink alone. On the other hand, it's big enough to stand up to a rich dessert and has the right flavors to complement.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 06:27:21 | More by pmarlowe
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tut2528

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

shoutout to matttYCE for this one! thanks man!

A: pour is completely black, no hints of red or ruby whatsoever. Pour is highly viscous and pours about 1 solid worth of tan mocha head with enormous lacing. The head retention is phenomenal and remains about ½ fingers worth even after 1 minute of sitting. Carbonation is also pretty high and with a couple swirls, the head forms again.

S: big ass espresso is the main player here, but oak, dark fruits, toasted malt help balance this one out quite nicely. As it warms up, vanilla notes make themselves more present adding to the complexity and hops notes come out as well.

T: very big espresso right up front. Almost to the point of being too dominating. I also get huge chocolate notes, some molasses, smokiness and a slight hop finish. This is an extremely bold brew, and I am failing to pick up on any kind of sweet notes

M: definitely full bodied, high viscosity to the point of chewiness (not a bad thing at all for this brew). It leaves a bitter dark chocolate and espresso taste on the tongue.

O: The taste of this brew is extremely bold in flavor and wish there were a bit more sweetening characters to help balance this one out. If you like big robust espresso and dark chocolate then this is a perfect brew for you.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 00:29:24 | More by tut2528
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours black with a thick, foamy dark tan head. Aroma of oak, bitter coffee grounds, and sweet roasted malt. Flavor is quite oaky with only mild roasted malt and vanilla. The oak really dominates the flavor and the coffee notes do not really come through. They should rename this beer "Super Oak Aged Yeti."

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 18:20:44 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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alenonbeeradv

California

3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - black and brown. they both go nicely. creamy frothy head.

s - ice cream. vanilla ice cream. coffee. sweet chocolate.

t - espresso up the wazoo. damn thats a lot of coffee. like biting into 4 or 5 coffee beans at once. chocolate in the finish. cocoa.

m - seriously bitter. definitely outdoes most the flavors. ive had this beer in the past and i dont really remember the coffee being quite so strong.

o - theyre not joking. espresso. as my friend put it, its young. definitely a beer to be aged a while.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 03:55:29 | More by alenonbeeradv
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Preismj

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: Fluffy and pitch black. This is a beautiful looking brew with a half in head that is sinfully dark brown. Sticky sticky foam.

s: Strong espresso scent and a potency of alcohol steps through.

t: overpowering coffee flavor. I get a lot of bit here from the abv, and surprisingly so. With how potent the espresso is I didn't expect this much heat.

m: almost chewy...very heavy beer and lots of carbonation makes it feel like i'm chewing on coffee grinds as it combines with the taste. coats the palette very well though.

o: A pleasure to try, but that is all I'll ever need. It has a wonderful coffee taste and an incredible look and nose, though I don't think this is anything I'll be looking for in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2011 20:20:20 | More by Preismj
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Domingo

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Normally I'm a huge Great Divide fan and the other two Yeti beers are among my absolute favorite beers, period.
However, the espresso coffee notes kill off most of the subtle other notes in the beer. It still looks really good and maintains the right texture...but the flavors have all shifted over to roasted coffee and bitter chocolate. Even the hop notes seem to be lost. It went from having a ton of depth to being a boozy coffee beer.
It's still okay if you want a coffee strong stout, but I don't think it's as good as the other ones I've had, like the Founders examples.
The other two Yeti beers have a flavor list a mile long. This one falls into that increasingly large group of imperial stouts that have roasty flavors and little else. It's still "good" but I'd say it's a big fall-off compared to the others.

Again, this is still a good beer...but it's a miss when compared to it's predecessors.

EDIT: Future tastings actually have me even questioning if this IS a good beer. I just don't like it. It's all coffee and very little else. I'd say the 2010 version is even more so. I'll pass on this one, and I'm a giant Great Divide fan.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 14:10:52 | More by Domingo
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jsh420

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottled 3/5/09

pours jet black with a 1 finger dark tan head that leaves very spotted lacing

smell is hoppy along with vanilla coffee and chocolate

taste - powerful vanilla coffee chocolate and hops but the vanilla overpowers the beer and takes away from where i think the roasted malts should come through but the do show up in the aftertaste

mouthfeel - silkly smooth with some alcohol sting

drinkability is so so - it would be much better if the sold this in 12oz - the 22oz is just too much for me( ishould have split this one)

overall - ? in my review of original yeti i said espresso was better but now i think regular yeti is better at least better then this bottle - i have a couple more and will see what a couple years does to this one

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 03:44:05 | More by jsh420
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mdfb79

New York

3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. Bottled on 2/12/10, drank on 3/21/10.

a - Pours a dark brown with 3 fingers of brown head. No carbonation evident and very good retention and lacing. Almost identical to the Chocolate Oak Ahed Yeti, but a little more head.

s - Coffee obviously dominates the smell. Also getting some oak, chocolate, and roasted malts.

t - Again coffee dominates here. Also a little chocolate, oak, malt, and maybe a hint of vanilla.

m - Full body and almost no carbonation to it. Very smooth and creamy.

d - A pretty good stout. I personally felt as though the coffee dominated the smell and taste, hiding some of the other flavors/smells. I personally liked the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti better, but if you like yeti and coffee you'd probably love this. I'd try it again but given the opportunity, would buy Chocolate or regular Oak Aged Yeti over this.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 23:10:25 | More by mdfb79
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kfsv034

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black with a thick tan head that bubbled down and left some lacing.

S - strong burn coffee smell, slight chocolate, maybe some hops but mostly coffee

T - Follows the nose with a vanilla finish

M - Medium to full bodied

D - dont pick up on the alcohol much.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 01:33:00 | More by kfsv034
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours ver dark, inky, black hole black, with two full fingers of chocolate milk froth type head

S - be sure not to drink this too cold, as it kills the aroma, as i let it warm, coffee aromas expound, a previous reviewer mentioned its like walking into a starbucks or some other gourment coffee shop and i agree with that sentiment, i also detect an alcohol bite, rich roasted coffee associated malts, hops are barely discernible, i cant pick out the vanilla/oak characteristics mentioned on the bottle

T - as one would expect, the coffee/espresso flavors do demand your attention in the entire taste experience, so does a background laced with alcohol sting, almost a whiskeyish alcohol note, there is a noticeable oaky/resiny/woody element to the finish, but to me it lacks the vanilla-esque sweetness associated with some oak aging, overall just too much of a alcohol element, it overwhelms

M&D - other than the alcohol overwhelming, some interesting notes, an intense flavors, just wish i could taste them

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 20:58:03 | More by sinstaineddemon
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a 2-finger, milk chocolate colored head with good retention and no real lacing (the pours upon warming gave some slight lacing). Dark, opaque, brown body.
The smell is coffee, a bit of booze and some dark chocolate.
The taste is bitter coffee that lingers and alcohol at the end. The oak aging makes it's taste present and the chocolate in the smell seems to be missing foor the most part.
Mouthfeel is medium when warmer and has a dry finish.
Drinkability is OK. I found the bitter taste (not any hops bitterness) and the booziness a little off-putting for me. I can see how some might like this but this one's not for me. Yeti is great and there are coffee stouts that I do enjoy but not this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 22:18:17 | More by meatyard
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Floydster

California

3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge sample poured for free at the brewery before the Rockies game, these brewers were very generous and I had an awesome time at their facility, reviewed from my notepad, color is pretty much black, one inch foamy brown head, aroma consists of coffee, wood, dark cocoa, and roastiness, starts off with a big dry espresso taste, fades into some sweeter but roasty malts in the finish, warms up with more oak and maltiness coming to the surface, full bodied, soft to medium carbonation, could probably finish a bomber, it is a big beer but alcohol is hidden well, smooth for having coffee in it, I enjoy Yeti by itself and the coffee component made it even better in ways, glad they experimented with aging this beer in different ways, would drink again, worth trying

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 04:51:34 | More by Floydster
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- A rough pour into a snifter will coax a 2 finger very fluffy coffee colored head. It leaves plenty of lacing. The beer is obviously black.

S- Dank, wet coffee filters, hops, tobacco, black pepper.

T- Pungent coffee, vanilla, oak, grassy and spicy hops

M-Low carbonation makes for a creamy smooth body.

D- I dont really like really hoppy stouts. This one was simply average to me.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 17:57:15 | More by MbpBugeye
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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