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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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95
world-class

3,373 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,373
Reviews: 1,001
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 255
Gots: 712 | FT: 49
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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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Ratings: 3,373 | Reviews: 1,001
Photo of Overlord
2.99/5  rDev -30%
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.

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of Khazadum
3.03/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on March sixth 2009, almost two years old here. Huge thanks to Ally on this one! Been waiting too long to drink it. Really glad to share it with my drinking partner tonight. Poured into my favorite snifter and reviewed live.

A- As expected from the regular yeti, this beer forms a solid cap of the chocolate persuasion. Tons of miniature bubbles make up its structure and rest gently above the inky black body. Thumbs up for retention and creamy qualities of the head. Lacing is not perfect, but definitely good.

S- Hmmm. Well. This is interesting. It is not the eruption of roasted grains like its base beer. However, there is gentle, very gentle, chocolate notes. Not bitter, but milk chocolate that generates a sweetness only found in memories of double boiling chocolate around this time of year. Some memories of the oak perks up here now with that delicious vanilla like aroma. Other than that the only rendition of coffee here is the bitterness of black drip coffee. Can't really call this espresso.

T- Instant metallic slaps battle out the sweetness of the oak. It isn't an anomaly, but rather the constant to have this iron cloud confusing everything. Blocks the sweet character of the oak chips. Blocks the bitter nature of the coffee addition. It even blocks the roasted grains. It lasts until the finish, which thankfully finally throws off the elements oppression.

Chocolate shines forth to use the last of its energy to extinguish the ferric flavor. Of course, with so much energy used up, all that is left is a mild roasted grain finish after the chocolate quickly sputters to its demise.

M- Creamy. Pretty smooth. The nigh on two years resting somewhere lovely has probably helped this in more ways than I can imagine. Carbonated enough to avoid a syrup mess. It has a full body, but i wish it was a bit thicker.

D- That iron man... it truly ruined what probably would have been a solid beer overall. It barely scrapes its act together in other areas. I'm happy to be reducing part of this beer for a glaze... prevents some consumption at least.

Photo of champ103
3.04/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.13/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

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3.14/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

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3.16/5  rDev -26%

Photo of SFLpunk
3.2/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of Gunslinger711
3.25/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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