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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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3,368 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,368
Reviews: 1,001
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 257
Gots: 710 | FT: 51
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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: 3,368 | Reviews: 1,001
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3.26/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

Photo of beertunes
3.28/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Photo of pgaveau
3.31/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bottled on 4/2/2010.

Nice half inch mocha colored head. Tar black color which is common for an imperial stout. Brown lacing with good retention.

Smell of roasted espresso coffee beans. Not too much going on. No rich aromas here.

Taste is extreemly disappointing for a beer with espresso in its name. Bitter tastes of 2 day old coffee. It would probably be a better beer if it had more hops, slightly sweeter and stronger oak notes.

Too bitter for this to be drinkable. This may have passed its prime. This lacks the balance of a coffee infused, oak aged RIS.

I would try again if I found a fresh bottle this spring.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.31/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Gorgeous pour! That light to dark flowing transition that appears with only the prettiest stouts. Thick billowy mocha colored head over a black ichor. Thick bands of lacing joined by delicate webs. They don't make them prettier than this...

S - Espresso, iron, sweet chocolate malt - makes for a potent mocha aroma... plus... umm, iron.

T - Initially, it tastes of coffee, chocolate and iron. Aftertaste is a lingering coffee bitterness with a bit of a metallic and chicory flavor. The flavor is rather disappointing.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, refreshing.

D - Caffeine AND alcohol! Normally this combination isn't too bad, but I'm really feeling the caffeine in this one. A bomber to be shared for sure. I love Yeti. I love oak-aged Yeti. I've never had Chocolate yeti - but 10:1 I'd love it. This is not my cup o' beer. The flavor is strong, but not always in good ways. The brew is desiccating and it makes it a little much. In a 6 oz snifter this would be alright, but only coming in bombers makes this not worth buying in bottles.

Photo of nhindian
3.33/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Split with russwbeck.

Tasted side by side with Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti.

A - Pours very dark, essentially black. On top rests a 1-finger, dark mocha head, similar in composition and color to normal Yeti and the regular Oak Aged version. The thing that really distinguished this from the other beers in this series is that the head retention is much better than the other Yetis. The head leaves a thick, bubbly cap in its wake, while leaving some few sparse lacing.

S - Compared to the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, this has much more of its representative additive. The first smell brings a bold rush of espresso, not as much as in Goose Island's Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout, but still a respectable amount. There is a good amount of hops and wood as well.

T - Here, it almost mirrors the Chocolate version as this beer has a much better smell than taste. The espresso is more subtle here than in the nose. However, compared to the Chocolate, it has much more oak, similar to the Oak Aged Yeti. Again. it's almost bordering on too much oak. Definitely not my preferred taste profile at all.

M - Thin bodied with low carbonation. Again, it seems the oak aging has hurt this constancy.

D - Drinkability is moderate. The smell is great and holds promise, but the taste brings too much oak and wood. I think I have to put the chocolate version above this , despite the strong smell.

Photo of Vierenner
3.33/5  rDev -22.2%
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!

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3.38/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours black, thick, some light brown head, good level of carbonation.

smell is burnt coffee

bitter taste. The nose was at least accurate, because burnt coffee is comin' your way. And then overpowers some of the wonderful things you would taste if you were drinking a regular oak aged Yeti. But nonetheless, some of the oak aged hoppy fruity stout flavors I've grown to love come through. Sort of. But they're mixed now with a bitterness that doesn't seem right.

to this beer's credit, after it beat down my palate with the bitter burnt coffee burn, we warmed up to eachother (somewhat). But I'd take a regular Oak variety of this stout most of the time, and if I wanted a coffee stout there are other (better) options.

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3.41/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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3.41/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.41/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass at Bodega on 5/5/10

Looks black in the glass. 1/4 inch of hot chocolate brown head that thins quickly. Impressive lacing despite thin retention.

Smells heavy enough. Espresso, fresh-ground coffee beans & roasted dark malts. Mild notes of chocolate. Oak is faintly present on the peripheries.

The taste is interesting; distinctly two parts. The first half is tasty burnt malts & some hop kick. The second half is all super-potent espresso - not irksome, just a tad overbearing. The espresso doesn't seem well-integrated with the other flavors; definitely bold. Oak is apparent as the beer warms.

Full bodied; quite heavy & dense. Moderate carbonation provides some liveliness; it actually gets kind of fizzy mid-swallow. Very gritty. Espresso & burnt notes linger on the finish.

While I don't at all mind it, I'd prefer to drink this in an amount smaller than a pint - maybe a 4-5oz pick-me-up, as it were. Yeti could shine here; instead, the espresso trumps it.

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3.41/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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