1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutEspresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,080 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,080
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 222
Gots: 581 | FT: 41
Brewed by:
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 05-16-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,080 | Reviews: 964 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Overlord
2.98/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours black with a brown head. Foamy.

The COFFEE beer smells COFFEE strongly of COFFEE and COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE. Sorry, got sidetracked there for a moment.

This beer's label ain't kidding. This is an espresso/coffee bomb. Whoa. Almost anything but a hint of chocolate and malt is obliterated by the heavy, heavy coffee layer. Serve this hot and I'd probably think it's coffee of some sort. No oak survives in this version. Nice creamy mouthfeel.

Hard to grade this beer. I mean, I don't like it. BUt, I can see that on a certain level it did achieve what it set out to do. After 2-3 oz, I basically didn't want to drink it.

Overlord, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of ryanw111182
3/5  rDev -29.7%

ryanw111182, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Heff19
3/5  rDev -29.7%

Heff19, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of theCoder
3/5  rDev -29.7%

theCoder, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of kustard
3/5  rDev -29.7%

kustard, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of iJyuken
3/5  rDev -29.7%

iJyuken, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of Wayne17
3/5  rDev -29.7%

Wayne17, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -29.7%

chippo33, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of saucier
3/5  rDev -29.7%

saucier, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of bcheng
3/5  rDev -29.7%

bcheng, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of jmathis
3/5  rDev -29.7%

jmathis, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of Holland
3/5  rDev -29.7%

Holland, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of LockeSD
3/5  rDev -29.7%

LockeSD, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of TimH
3/5  rDev -29.7%

TimH, May 19, 2012
Photo of lancecenter
3/5  rDev -29.7%

lancecenter, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of OptionParalysis
3/5  rDev -29.7%

OptionParalysis, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of kevrice88
3/5  rDev -29.7%

kevrice88, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of champ103
3.05/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nearly opaque black color. A two finger bubbly tan head forms with good retention. A little lace is left behind.
S: Right up front is a huge acrid, burnt coffee aroma. Burnt malt and charcoal. This is to much.
T: Still, a ton of acrid and burnt coffee. Though much more balanced than the nose. Some roasted malt and chocolate.
M/D: A full body and low carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Some hot alcohol, and the huge burnt character with the malt and coffee makes this harder to drink than I would like.

Very one dimensional. For the most part, just a burnt flavor that dominates. There are much better coffee stouts out there.

champ103, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.1/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber, bottled in February of 2009, and purchased, if memory serves, at Sahara Mart in Bloomington during one of the many beerstravaganzas when steepH20 kicked it down south.

Pours black with foggy dark tan highlights and corresponding head that skips town quickly.

Smooth dark chocolate, oak, and a milder espresso presence than anticipated. Maybe two years has mellowed the nose.

A vampire's nightmare. Absolute oak stave right through the palate. Wood is extremely drying and systematically removes hydration from the mouth like a vacuum. My biggest issue here is that in the pantheon of Yeti's I can recall drinking, it falls behind both the regular and regular oaked version because the hops, which make Yeti a great stout, are pummeled into oblivion here. The espresso only adds to the dry character of this beer, neither allowing it to shine nor really imparting much in terms of coffee flavor. I have high hopes for the BA version, but am a let down by this.

Have I commented on the excessive dryness? Weathering and desertification of my salivary glands has rendered me a shell of my previous self. Water...please...human cactus in 3, 2...

Hides the booze well, but did I mention the...ah, never mind. If one were to ever encounter the walking dead, no need to fashion a weapon, just hurl this bad boy at their bloodthirsty, stake fearin' deadness.

BarrytheBear, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of nick76
3.1/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma has leather, earth, rubber, molasses, burnt malt, wood, coffee, and chocolate. The appearance is a very nice dark brown almost black color with a large tan head. The Flavor is like the aroma. The palate is not quite average for the style. Overall it is to style but I don't really like it.

nick76, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of SFLpunk
3.15/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz pry-top brown glass. Bottled Feb. 13 2009.

Appearance: Deep black with brown around the edges, light tan head, leaving sparse spotting.

Nose: Lots of bitter espresso notes, vanilla way out when you really breathe in. Smells like a coffee shop that roasts their own, or maybe the coffee isle in a grocery store.

Palate: Medium- to full-bodied. Lots and lots of dark roast coffee grounds up front, in the middle and on the finish. There's some mild tempering from the oak, a little vanilla, dried creamer feel in the middle. Some earthy, dried leaves notes on the finish, and some green coffee bean flavors, too.

Notes: Gotta say, I prefer the Oaked Yeti to all the Yeti's so far. This is a little too coffee ground tasting/feeling, a little too bitter (from the coffee), and a little too simple. Texture and flavors a little overdone.

SFLpunk, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of Gunslinger711
3.18/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet.

Smell: strong coffee/sweet espresso.

Appearance: thick brown syrup, what little head that formed dissipated quickly.

Mouthfeel: a bit harsh honestly, I was expected a little smoother, a little easier feel.

The taste: sweet start of an espresso that gives way quickly to a burnt coffee taste followed by the bite of alcohol. The taste was a bit harsher.

I guess I was expecting a thick, dark beer with a coffee/esperesso taste but a little bit smoother to go down.

Gunslinger711, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of Joerwat
3.23/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nose: strong coffee, strong roasty barley. To much roasty-ness going on, a bit overpowering.
Palate: coffee and roast up front, big surprise. after thinking about it for a bit too long a bit of vanilla became reconizable. there was a bitterness from the hops, but I could not get much hop flavor, not that I would want any, but the bitterness was a bit superfluous.
Finish: burnt, roasty, and a little more vanilla. dulled hop hints.
Overall: a highly unbalanced beer. The malt profile did not complement the coffee, it just all got together to make a very roasty/burnt taste.

Joerwat, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of beertunes
3.23/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Bottled Mar 19, 2010. Poured into 10oz glass. I just reviewed the Oak-Aged Yeti yesterday and most of what I said about that applies here. The obvious difference is the espresso. I don't like coffee so this brew had a built in disadvantage.

All the big flavors that I liked about the OAY are here, they are just overwhelmed by the dominant coffee. The finish was bitter due to the coffee and those burnt flavors lingered.

If you like coffee beers, you'll love this. If not, just stick with the OAY.

beertunes, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of Vierenner
3.23/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours very dark, with a dense, frothy head ... one of the best looking pours I've seen ... strikingly beautiful. Smell is sweet, chocolate, coffee, light hops ... very inviting. However the taste seems unbalanced and harsh. A bitterness arises immediately at mouth entry, strengthens as the taste buds are activated and persists long after the beer has exited the mouth. I wished it tasted like it smelled:(
Great Divide, if you are reading this, please create a beer without such a strong hop bite ... it will be a hit!

Vierenner, Jan 12, 2012
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,080 ratings.