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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: 2691
Reviews: 951
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%


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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: johnmichaelsen on 05-16-2008)
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atowle25

Washington

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

A - pours black as night, with a small brown head that sticks around. Really nice looking brew.

S - smells like coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. A slight hint of oak and booze as well.

T - Pretty much exactly how it smells, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. The booze is a little bit stronger in the taste...finishes very bitter..not sure if I care for the finish all that much.

M - This is a very viscous brew. Feels similar to how I imagine motor oil would feel. Slight carbonation, but not much.

D - Plenty of flavor, but not very drinkable. The harsh finish definitely detracts a bit. This is the type of beer you want to sip slowly.

I tried to share this beer with my girlfriend and it was a bit much for her so I'm left to finish off the bomber..this might take me a while.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 03:02:30 | More by atowle25
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

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

From bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/11/11

*The bottling date printed on the label is 2/12/10 (I've personally cellared it for almost a year)

A: This is one evil looking Yeti - it's a total blackout. A somewhat forceful pour yields a 2.25 finger head and some killer dark chocolatey brown lacing.

S: It's like the alarm sounded and the coffee's brewing. Fresh morning dark roast and alcohol. It's a bit stuffy, and as it warms it opens up and the wood comes through.

T: It certainly needs some time, as it's tight and all wrapped up. As I let it sit, a slight bit of sweetness hits my palate. It doesn't showcase the coffee profile like I thought it would, though it is certainly present. Alcohol begins ripping through the robust char, and dark unsweetened chocolate and cigar tobacco close this one out. Given the year I've sat on this one, I should note that it is quite a bit more tannic, and certainly drier then I was expecting.

M: Pleasantly creamy, though the carbonation is a bit prodding and obnoxious given that this is an Impy Stout. As it warmed, this subsided and becamse much more pleasant.

O: This is a nice brew, and one I'd recommend. I will say that it's not my favorite Yeti one-off, but I certainly find it quite drinkable and tasty.

I should add that I liked it with some age, but found the coffee much more robust and intense when fresh. Is this one worth aging? Sure, just be patient with it and it should open up nicely.

I'm excited to see what the other one in my cellar tastes like in 365.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 22:50:37 | More by Rhettroactive
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techfed87

Michigan

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

Pours a stark black, with a head that 's similarly dark. Smell is of coffee and very darkly-roasted malt.

First sip is a bit less coffee-like that I would have expected. The stout comes out as very bold and expressive without a lot of cushioning in terms of just how sharp the flavors come out as being.

That being said, this is definitely one of the better coffee stouts that're out on the market.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 01:24:52 | More by techfed87
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is dated 2/13/09

A - Strong pour. Tan foamy head. Age did the appearance well. Lots of nice lacing. Brew is black as night.

S - Some small coffee, not too much remains. Definite black stank! Lots of caramelized coffee. Scent is mildly dead.

T - Lots of dark deep roasty chocolate. Great flavor!

M - Perfect Carbonation. Nice deep bitterness.

O - Glad I got to see what this brew did with age... I won't age another coffee stout, but this one was good.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 07:02:20 | More by chugalug06
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

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

Poured from 22oz brown bomber (date is illegible Sept 15 2010 maybe?) to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a jet black color. Black edges. Huge 3 finger brown mocha colored head. Excellent retention and lacing. Really coats the glass.

S - The espresso wasn't as strong on the nose as I expected. It's there just not over powering. There is a slight vanilla tone as well as a lot of roasted malts. Cannot detect any alcohol or yeast.

T/M - Unlike the nose the espresso is very prevelant in the front of the beer. It really dominates the palette. The middle of the beer brings more balance and character with vanilla, oak, chocolate, deep roasted malt, and mild bitterness. The beer finishes fairly clean and a bit dry with a very noticeable espresso flavor that coats the tongue. Hides the alcohol well. Full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Pretty drinkable. Especially if you like coffee.

Overall, this was the second time I've had the Espresso Oak Aged Yeti. The first was at the brewery. It tasted about the same as far as I can recall. I am not really a coffee drinker so the espresso is a little over the top for me. If they toned down the espresso and added more vanilla and malt character it would be awesome, but that's just my opinion.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 14:48:10 | More by hopfacebrew
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mdaschaf

Washington

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

A: Pours an oily black with a very nice tan/brown head on top, very tight and, well, pretty looking. Good retention, eventually settling to a thin cap on top. Thin lacing that sticks around and never leaves.

S: Lots of burnt/bitter chocolate and roasted malt. Not as much coffee/espresso as I was expecting at all. There is a bit of oak and caramel as well. Reminds me of regular oak aged yeti.

T: More dark chocolate and roasted malt. Definitely some woody oak, but just like the aroma I am not really getting much espresso/coffee. For a bottle that is only a few months old, I am quite surprised.

M: Full bodied and rather thick. A nice level of carbonation, abv well hidden.

O: A good beer, but not very different from plain oak yeti. Where as chocolate yeti has a ton of chocolate flavor, this one is a bit of a let down.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 01:27:24 | More by mdaschaf
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked up a bomber from Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem. Bottled on Feb 13 09. Appears pitch black with a tan head and lacing.

I'm torn with this beer. On one hand, there's great, complex flavor profile. However, there's an unpleasant booze sting, like when you take a shot of vodka. The aroma holds big fruity, bready chocolate and coffee smells. The flavor has a huge espresso bean note that's rich but not terribly deep. That boozy tang quickly kicks in and ruins an otherwise awesome beer. What a shame.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 03:55:42 | More by tempest
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber without a freshness date. Pour is impenetrable black with a dark brown head, one of the darkest I have seen. Retention good, lacing good.

Not surprisingly, espresso coffee dominates, but the chocolate gives it more of a mocha nose overall. Oak is pretty faint and I probably would not have known had it not been on the label. Low on fruit.

Taste showcases more oak and slightly more semi-tart fruit. Coffee flavor smooths out some, but is still the main flavor showcased. Classic Yeti chocolate maltiness layers the palate on the back end. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy - bold. Drinks surprisingly smooth, but still has some rough hop and alcohol edges. Understated sweetness jumps out as it warms. A lot going on here, almost too much...I think I prefer the regular Yeti to this one. Fun to try though.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 02:08:32 | More by twiggamortis420
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thankyou to Bailey's bar and grill.

Poured into a snifter. Opague black with a very nice brown heading. Beautiful lacing and retention all the way down to the last sip.

Smell is what you'd expect. Heavy coffee and espresso bean. slightly sweeter vanilla aroma's.

Taste is not much different then what was expected either. Light oaky notes with a decent chocolate blast.Subtle flash of warming alcohol. But quickly moving in and taking over the rest of the ride is the coffee bean taste and it stays around until the finish.

Mouth is full bodied,silky smooth and a nice bubbley carbonation action on tongue.

Solid beer but not my cup of tea. I am not a big coffee fan but this is ok.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 21:48:57 | More by TheFightfan1
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soughtbygod

California

3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= looks like a deep rich chocolate malt shake, totally black (zero light passing through) with dark brown foamy head.

S= dark rich toasty malts, hops florals, chocolate. 4.0 on the Richter scale until it warms into a 4.5.

T= chocolate malt with a hops zip! Wow. Very rich complex roasted dark malts, milk chocolate and dry chocolate, very-present hops florals and some balanced bitters, amazing experience. A toffee taste that one would find in a fantastic soda-fountain chocolate malt.

M= dry yet rich chocolate malt, obviously present but not overdone hops florals, some toffee.

O= expensive at $9.99 for a 25-ounce wine-bottle but definitely worth it for the try, and to stock up on for special occasions once your stocks rise from the dead.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 23:30:37 | More by soughtbygod
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great Divide bomber, capped and corked, $9.99 in Columbus. Bottled on Feb 13, 2009, less than 2 months ago.

The beer is dark brown, not quite black, with a thick tan froth that looks perfect on the pour (tons of bubbles cascading up through the beer, just the way I like a RIS). The smell is a bit of a disappointment I'm afraid, not nearly as rich as I'd expect from a beer marketed as "Espresso oak aged". I didn't smell any coffee, maybe no oak either, this just smelled like yeti. The taste was better, I got the oak and chocolate (still no coffee), and lots of roasted malt. Astringently bitter which might be pleasing for others but I like RISs to be sweeter. Good body and mouthfeel, substantial. Overall a bit of a disappointment for $10, I had hoped for more coffee and more massiveness.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 20:00:15 | More by TurdFurgison
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fl oz/650 ml bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA
Bottled on Feb 13 2009
Served in a snifter

The beer poured slightly thinner than anticipated, near pitch black with a three-finger, creamy, bubbly, crimson-tinged, saddle brown head. Over time, the head faded to a frothy mass of bubbles.

The aroma was rich and enticing. Semi-sweet chocolate dominated the nose. As the beer warmed, the chocolate notes became sweeter, taking on an almost hot fudge-like character. Roasty and a touch smoky. Brown sugar and vanilla notes were also apparent.

The taste was vastly different from the aroma. Super roasty, ashy and dry. Slightly acrid. Burnt coffee came to mind. Piney, pithy, citrusy hops hit hard right off the bat. The ashiness once again appeared in the bitter and dry finish. Espresso and oak flavors were unfortunately non-factors in the flavor.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied for the style. Creamy and smooth with a crisp effervescence. From a textural standpoint, the beer was definitely not as "big" as I anticipated.

This beer was somewhat of a disappointment. With a name like "Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout," one would epect espresso and oak to be front and center in both the aroma and the flavor. Unfortunately, I found them to be practically non-existant. Furthermore, it seemed that the citrusy, American-style hops were definitely overdone. All in all, this beer seemed a bit "rough around the edges." I would however love to revisit it again after a few years of ageing.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 04:11:33 | More by Damian
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GregSVT

Texas

3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a snifter...bottle dated Mar 5 2010.

A: Pours a deep black with a big dark tan head that slowly fades to a ring a small layering on the top leaving good lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is tons of coffee with a roasty bitterness in the background. There's also a slight piney aroma as well.

T: Taste is huge with coffee, piney hops, and a sweet/roasted malt flavor on the finish. The coffee is really upfront in this one making you realize they really mean "Espresso" like the label says. It really drowns out any oak flavors that I can tell though.

M: The feel is creamy but slightly thin on the finish for an Imperial Stout.

D: This one would wear on me with the coffee, hops, and ABV.

Worth a try if you are fan of the Yeti stouts.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 02:32:52 | More by GregSVT
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I already reviewed the bottle, this is the draft.

A - black as cam be with a solid dark head leaving a medium amount of lacing

S - coffee heavy with a background of chocolate. You cam smell some of the alcohol.

T - very heavy taste. Coffee heavy with chocolate and smoke. That is probably the oak.

M - heavy but no tingle. Mild alcohol burn in the after taste.

D - while I love both coffee and Stouts, this one is very heavy. Probably could only have a couple and would be full.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2010 00:20:20 | More by biglite351
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jgasparine

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- Poured from the bottle with a thin tan-colored head, which completely evaporated with time. No lacing; just a little collar on each. The body was completely opaque and jet black in appearance.

S- A very roasty sweet nose, with a heavy influence of coffee. Nothing that jumps out as oak, but there are little nuances of semi-sweet chocolate present. But a very rich nose overall the aromas can be picked up several inches from the glass.

T- Wow- this is a punch in the face! You get sweet stewed and roasted malts up front, which are quickly overwhelmed by a tannic and roasty bitterness. This bitterness begins to DOMINATE the palate, and muddle everything else going-on in the palate. Overall, it starts-out sweet and finishes very dry with some moderate-alpha-acid bitterness.

M- A big chewy body with some creaminess imparted by a soft carbonation. Moderate astringency and some moderate heat from the ethanol. The astringency is what holds-back this beer form a better rating on mouthfeel.

D- Drinkability is hindered by the overwhelming bitterness and astringency. This is definitely a beer worth tasting... but not worth drinking 22oz. of...

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 13:18:19 | More by jgasparine
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ebin6

California

3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Quite possibly the slowest moving head I've encountered. Extremely dark; there is no light permeating this darkness

S - Coffee dominates, as expected, with chocolate coming in a close second. Also a decent amount of smokiness to the nose

T - Similar to the nose; lots of coffee with chocolate bringing up the rear with one glaring difference: there is a taste that reminds me of tobacco. Eating a piece of chocolate while drinking accentuates the coffee taste

M - Powerful all-in-one type mouthfeel that hits quickly and exits just as quickly. Perhaps I served it too cold

D - Considering the variables (complex taste, alcohol content), not bad. However, at 9.5% it drinks more like a 12 or 14% stout in my opinion

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 08:35:27 | More by ebin6
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AdamToomey

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled April 2nd 2010

A: Poured from a 650ml bottle into a snifter. The beer looks absolutely gorgeous. Dark black with a 1 and a half inch tan head that quickly dissipates into a nice a ring. A lot of lacing.

S: I didn't get a whole lot of espresso on the nose which was mildly disappointing. The dominant characteristic is definitely oak, followed by a hint of vanilla and coffee. You really have to try hard to get anything beyond the oak in this one.

T: Again, I was mildly disappointed. Perhaps the age on the beer diminishes its coffee qualities but all I get on the palate is oak followed by hints of roasted malts, vanilla, and coffee. The dominant characteristic is definitely the woodiness. While this is excellent and delightful at first, even when shared among two people the woodiness really starts to become overwhelming. A bit challenging to get through.

M: On par with other imperial stouts. Thick and chewy with some residual woodiness lingering.

O: Overall, this has not been my favorite imperial stout but it is definitely worth trying if you are looking to explore the world of wood aged beers. However, shy away from an aged version of this style if you are looking to get a dominant espresso quality. My only advice is that I would suggest sharing this beer with one or two other people, as the woodiness can become a bit sore on the palate as you make your way through. I do plan to return to this beer, perhaps as a tasting with the other Yeti's to showcase the versatility and uniqueness of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 14:55:09 | More by AdamToomey
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stonequarrywest

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Pour with a nice mocha colored 1 finger head that really looks gooood. Smell espresso and chocolate..some oak a bit of vanilla.

Taste Espresso, chocolate, burnt malt...as the beer warms I get more chocolate and less Coffee.

Has a creamy full bodied mouthfeel..with low carbonation....

Nice beer..I think I like The straight Oak aged Yeti a little more

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 01:23:19 | More by stonequarrywest
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oldhippie247

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark and syrupy thick. Creamy tan head is initially quite thick, but dissipates more quickly than expected. Great lacing left on the glass.

Great nose features sweet chocolate notes as well as coffee roastiness. A bit hoppier here than expected.

Big time roasted bitterness as well as hop bitterness on the palate. All chocolate that comes through here is of the bittersweet variety, which with all the other sources of bitterness makes this beer a bit unbalanced. Long, bitter finish.

Overall a v. good beer, but not as good as I was hoping. A bourbon barrel would have done a great service to this beer. I'll stash one or two and see how it drinks in the future--hopefully bitterness will mellow a bit and become a little sweeter overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 17:37:59 | More by oldhippie247
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch light chocolate head, black in color

Smell: burnt malt, oak, expresso and chocolate

Taste: a creamy start, chocolate, expresso, then a long oak taste, with a coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium to heavy in body, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a good beer, but probably my least favorite of the three Yeti's that I have tried. It almost tastes like a Baltic porter/RIS mix, which I do not get with the other Yeti's...A good beer which I would like to have again, but for the price one is enough.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 14:29:34 | More by tigg924
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours out loose, not thick, but substantial enough to let you know you are dealing with a decent sized beer here. Smooth, brownish black body with two inches worth of a bloody plum/chocolate kind of deep dark red, purple and brown colored head that fades into a cap, there are some pretty decent alcohol legs on this beer as well.

S: Toasty coffee, dry, dark chocolate, faint caramel. Lots and lots of chocolate, more so than any coffee aspects. Perhaps some time on the shelf sapped some of the coffee aroma but there certainly isn't any lack of chocolate. More of a mocha aroma than any kind of coffee I am familiar with. Slightly creamy but dry mostly, which is weird to me as I didn't think something could smell like both, but somehow it does.

T/MF: Chocolate, dark and dry and bitter. Not really that much coffee, bits here and there but much less than I was expecting going in. Finishes with a slightly drying alcoholic finish that pinches the back of the throat ever so slightly. Medium side of full bodied and quite quaffable if a bit one dimensional.

D: I am sort of on the fence about what to think about this beer. On one hand it sort of delivers what it promises, a coffee infused imperial stout, and on the other hand it delivers what it promises, a coffee flavored imperial stout that lacks any kind of depth or complexity behind the initial blast of coffee and chocolate flavors. It does taste pretty darn good and goes down quite easy but it sort of reminds me of a McDonald's chocolate shake, not that this beer tastes like a chocolate shake, but more so what it feels like after you've finished a chocolate shake from McDonalds. You knew you wanted chocolate going in and it was good while you were drinking it but when you finished the shake you already have forgotten what it tasted like. Yes, it tasted like chocolate but beyond that there was really nothing more there, you asked for chocolate and that's what you got, nothing more. The same thing sort of happens with this beer. You get what you were expecting, maybe even a little less, it tastes good but beyond that there was nothing else there, the depth and complexity that you find in other stouts was not there, the dark fruits, the earthiness, the roasty/toasty flavors that dry the tongue after an initially dark and fruity kick are not here. You get what you ask for out of this beer and not much more. A good beer, but not really worth another ten dollar investment.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 15:49:34 | More by bluemoonswoon
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Darien

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass and built up a 2 finger mocha colored head that disappeared quickly with no traces of lacing, jet black. Smells just like the name implies, heavy expresso presence followed by roasted malts, oak flavor lingers in the background and is pretty subtle. Extreme expresso flavor, a little too much for me but not bad, followed by a well pronounced roasted malt flavor backed by a little bit of oakiness. Medium bodied, medium carbonated beer that goes down pretty smoothly. Very easy to drink but the expresso taste is a little strong for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 13:00:49 | More by Darien
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vkv822

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter.
bottled on: Feb.12, 2010

The beer pours with a motor oil thickness, and is black in color. The head is a beautiful mass of tiny, tan, mocha colored bubbles topped by larger milk chocolate bubbles. I can't recall ever having seen a multi-layered head like this before, very cool looking.
The aroma is strongly of coffee and oak, though the coffee notes seem strongly roasted. There are also some roasted malts and light chocolate notes blended in as well. The coffee is really very over-powering, to the point of distracting from and masking the other flavors.
The taste is predominately of coffee, though it isn't quite as over powering as in the aroma. There are also nice roasted malts and light chocolate and oak notes, though it does finish with more bitter, charred coffee.
The mouthfeel is fairly thick and creamy, with a nice balance of carbonation.
This is a pretty good Imperial Stout, though I felt that the prominence of the coffee did detract from the complexity of this beer. I would like to see what some age would do to this.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 04:58:13 | More by vkv822
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a almost black in color with a minimal tan head forming.

S: Smells like cocoa powder, spicy oak notes, roasted malts, and coffee. Definitely a lot of coffee, which you would anticipate given it being Espresso Yeti. Perhaps a bit of caramel sweetness as well.

T: The oak is really pronounced on the flavor, maybe a bit too much so. Lots and lots of coffee without much of the chocolate that is present on the nose. This is fairly bitter, as well.

M: The body is medium with a fairly smooth carbonation that I would classify as medium.

D: Definitely better than the regular oaked version, but not one of my favorite imperial stouts. Decent enough beer, though.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 09:46:34 | More by womencantsail
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BeardedRiker

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When poured you cannot see through it even when held up to the sun. It has a very dark color, almost black, yet of the darkest brown. The head was not too much, about 2 fingers high.

I recommend taking in a full inhalation in order to get a proper smell of it. I disliked the smell when doing so at first but then found that if I took in a full whiff then I found out the entire aroma. Smells strongly of coffee...and that's exactly how it tastes.

I was a bit disappointed by the initial flavor, or lack of, but in the middle is the intense coffee taste with lingering smokiness, vanilla, and at then end of strong bitter coffee. It was too bitter for my taste but I'm not much of a coffee fan.

If you love coffee though I would definitely recommend this. I also recommend eating something with it because it is so profound in its espresso flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 22:00:23 | More by BeardedRiker
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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