Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,012
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rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
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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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Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh.

A - pitch black with a big brown head that has great retention

S - huge espressio aroma with some bitter, roasty notes

T - espresso, roasty bitter, creamy, faint chocolate, charcoal, oak, burnt sugar, alcohol, piney, woody, earthy

M - well carbonated, rich, bitter

This is a delicious, earthy, coffee-heavy stout. The flavors are well blended with just enough hop character to leave some balance and drinkability. This is a fantastic stout that is most definitely worth a try. (514 characters)

Photo of prototypic
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Espresso Yeti is jet black and impenetrable. There's no light getting through at all. A dark mocha colored head sits on top and is over two fingers deep. It takes its time dissipating and leaves a pretty thick, sticky lacing on the glass. Pretty damn impressive to look at. I'll give it that.

The nose is very good, no question. It's very malty and features a nice mix of roasted and chocolate varieties. It's tough to tell which is stronger, but I believe the chocolate comes out victorious...barely. It's a very sweet, chocolate fudge aroma. The espresso or coffee aspect is easily noted and is a nice addition. I like just about anything coffee, so I've got no problem with that. I wouldn't characterize it extremely coffee intensive though. Oak is noted and adds a nice dimension. How much? Tough call. I think this would be great smelling beer even if it weren't there, but I do like it. I'm just not sure it adds a great deal. Alcohol is mildly noticeable. Hops are noted on the tail. Damn. This is a very impressive, complex smelling Double Stout.

When you start with a base beer as great as Yeti, it's somewhat tough to screw things up. Great Divide surely did not in this case. It starts out very malty and a little sweet. Chocolate and roasted malts are extremely tasty. The chocolate aspect is somewhat sweet and fudge-like. The espresso/coffee flavor is very well done and shouldn't intimidate non-coffee drinkers. It's more of a complementary flavor, and a damn tasty one at that. Hops are very prominent and bitter. They're actually more pronounced and impact the flavor more than the coffee. They're citric and very piney. The impact of the oak aging is more substantial in the flavor. It's very nice and seems to add a light vanilla flavor to the mix. Nonetheless, it doesn't make the flavor materially better than the nose. Alcohol is noted, but is relatively mild for 9.5% beer. It finishes malty, bitter, with a slight dry, coffee flavor. Like I said, it'd be tough to screw Yeti up. This is damn good stuff.

The body seems to grow more substantial with a little warming. It's very creamy and smooth. Carbonation is light and restrained. Drinkability is very, very high. Yeah, for a big, badass Double Stout, it doesn't get much better. The alcohol is deceptively strong. It doesn't present itself as that big at all. This bomber's disappearing way too fast.

Espresso Yeti is definitely a success. Generally, I believe anything 'Yeti' probably would be. The coffee/espresso flavor works very well, but I don't believe it has a material impact on the beer either way. It's not so strong that it'd scare some away. I'm a coffee fan and appreciate the use of it, but this beer is equally as good as Oak Aged Yeti. Both are better than Yeti, if you ask me. I really like what Great Divide's doing right now...blazing the trail. I've had a couple of the handful of new releases they're rolling out and they're impressive. Keep up the great work, guys. With quality stuff like this, we, the beer geek crowd, will continue to salivate over anything you push out the door. Great stuff. (3,101 characters)

Photo of richj1970
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber...

A: Pitch black with nice three finger dark tan head that hangs around for a bit. Nice lacing.

S: Roasted malts, coffee, bitter chocolate and maybe some burned toast.

T: Big flavors. Coffee tones up front mixed with roasted malts, and sweet caramels. Some bitter chocolate and bread tastes in the back. Lots to enjoy here.

M: Nicely carbonated. Thick in a good way. Very enjoyable.

O: Very nice beer. It's easy to drink this one down quick and wonder where it went... (493 characters)

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black. Thick tight foamy caramel-colored head. Good retention. Thick blanketing lace.

Big espresso aromas, roasty earthy, dark chocolate. Oak, vanilla, and toasted caramel.

Dark chocolate ans espresso dominate. Burnt sugars, roasty-smokey, toasted caramel. oak and vanilla and booze. Nice piney resinous bitterness.

Great feel. Smooth coating full body.

Smooth, complex, and delicious. Big espresso aroma and flavor. A great breakfast beer if you can handle 9.5% ABV in the am. (487 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Dec 13, 2010. Drank tonight, and a fine choice indeed.

Appearance. Pours a deep, dark and thick chestnut brown with half a finger of tan head.

Smell. Licorice and molasses, cocao powder, some sour coffee and a little wood.

Taste. Molasses and fantastic roasty, smokey malts. Coffee and dark chocolate explode in the middle with plenty of lingering roasty coffee and oak. Not sweet, but just sweet enough. Chocolate coats the mouth forever.

Mouthfeel. Full body with smooth, medium-low carbonation.Just a little warmth.

Overall. Wow, I was completely blown away by this one. This is how I always want a big stout to taste, but it rarely does. I really love this one. Hope I cross it's path again soon!! (714 characters)

Photo of TheDTrain
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle dated March 2009 poured into a tulip glass. Thanks to BeerFM's own Andy for sharing this one!

Great Divide certainly know how to brew some great stouts. The Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout was excellent. From the rich black pour bursting of bittersweet chocolate, hops, malts, maple, and coffee, to the full bodied taste of dark roasted espresso, chocolate, mocha, and malts makes this one exceptional. If you can find it, PICK IT UP AND GET TO THE CHOPPER...NOW! BLAU! (488 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti is a delicious Imperial Stout that tastes of malt and bitter coffee. Yum.

A: Black colour and a 1 cm brown head that lasts very well. 4.5

S: Malt and coffee along with a hint of alcohol. 4.5

T: Malty with some roasty, earthy coffee flavours. There is some bitterness and sweetness present that taste almost like dark chocolate. So good. 4.5

M: Foamy. 4.5

O: 4.5 (389 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: center-pour into a large snifter: void black body; finger of dark foam slipped away but left a little frothy dark collar behind, some sticky lace motes clung just above the surface

S: dark roasted cocoa and espresso - as if they'd been ground together and brewed into beer

T: nicely dry and smoothly bitter dark roasted malt with lighter tones of wood hovering overhead; espresso flavors are rich and dominant, chocolate-iness is sublte and bitter more than sweet; the wood aging adds a nice sophistication to this very stout stout

M: creamy smooth and full-bodied; any stickiness is ameliorated by the dryness of cocoa, espresso, and oak

O: excellent craftsmanship is apparent - this is decadent, but avoids the cloying sweetness that some stouts fall prey to; very classy and elegant. (793 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a thick black with a dense mocha colored head with excellent retention
S: Smells of coffee, chocolate, bitter roast malt and a little bit of wood
T: espresso, chocolate, slight oakiness, roast malt, and slight hop bitterness. swallow brings mocha and more roast.
M: thick and viscous with soft carbonation. nice and velvety
O: Yeti is always a pleasure and the espresso version is no exception. Fantastic beer. (419 characters)

Photo of JLeege
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/13/10 ~ Poured into a goblet

Appearance- The pour is almost jet black with a creamy one finger dark tan head. No light enters the glass. Good sticky lacing is left behind throughout the drink.

Smell- Dark roasted malts, bitter coffee and earthy hop notes. Chocolate and oak.

Taste- This is incredibly smooth, now lets pick it apart. Roasted malts and chocolate start things off leading into the coffee notes. The coffee addition is slightly bitter and there is a faint piney presance. The oakyness and a hint of vanilla from the oak chips shows up on the finish. Lingering coffee taste, very nice.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied with ample carbonation, not allowing this to become too thick. Very creamy. Abv's hid nicely.

Overall- Great beer, another solid variation of the Yeti. Great Divide can do no wrong with this series! DO NOT age this one, the coffee, which makes this one unique, will fade. (908 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Man I wanted to try this ever since I saw a bomber for 15 dollars! Found it during the happy hour at Smoking Joe's (south side) for 4.50 12 oz glass CRAZY GOOD DEAL!

A - Jet black with coco head. Pretty impressive.
S - Very mild (man they serve em cold!) coffee smell, similar to morning coffee and cream but it was 6:30 pm lol
T - Near perfect. The undertones of black coffee and cream hit the tongue with a harsh bitterness at first but then rounds to a perfect malt and hop body. First coffee stout I could actually taste hops.
M - Surprisingly for 9.5 it was light and drinkable but like a vag. I totally baby the glass since I wanted to taste to rather than chug.
D - A very smooth brew that I was very happy to try. Pitty how expensive it is around here but I will rue the day when bombers around my town are all under 10 bucks (sigh day will never come...)

Side note: why are some coffee stouts almost triple the cost of well... Starbucks? (949 characters)

Photo of Casey10
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer from Gordon's Liqour store in Waltham, MA. A BMC lover thought this was so good he wanted to but another after I let him try this brew!!!!

A - Dark chocolate, deliousious, great beer.

S - Chocolate Coffee let this warm up trust me.

T - Very yummy chocolate expresso coffee.

M - powerful, yummy, very good.

D - Tough one here very drinkable but dont drink alot as it will be rough the next day. (412 characters)

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter glass.

Pours black as oil with some ruby highlights around the edges when held to the light; shows off a full, thick cloud of brown foam, settling down slowly and sticking heavily to the sides of the glass and leaving a gorgeous stained glass-like array of rings and patches.

A delightful aroma wafts into the nose, filled with an initial whiff of vanilla, coffee and chocolate, with citrus hops dancing into the mix, creating a surprising yet delightful sensation.

Flavors of chocolate and coffee open up the show; a wallop of fruity, citrus hop notes fill in the middle, with oaky vanilla notes rounding out the edges, all riding in the midst of a thick, smooth body that rides down with a slightly dry, roasty, semi-sweet finish.

Delicious and drinkable, perhaps too much so: with an ABV of 9%, it can be sneaky, especially as the alcohol fails to show itself on the palate.

This brew is wonderfully complex and amazingly tasty, but perhaps to bring out its true identity, a bit more aging might be necessary, as the hop character is a bit to vibrant and needs some time to mellow. Or perhaps it just helps to add to the uniqueness of this ale; it's difficult to tell. (1,221 characters)

Photo of BigBry
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, did I get lucky the last time I was in Denver. Stopped by the Great Divide tap house for a quick pint, and was offered a taster. One sniff and I ordered a full glass, served in a logoed snifter, straight from the source. Doesn't get any better.
Viscous, black color, short but thick cap of foam. Swirling leaves good legs and thin lace. Very nice coffee aroma, lightly roasted. Slight chocolate, woody, and vanilla. The taste is great. The espresso coffee flavor melds nicely with the stout. More roasted malt and chocolate, and the oak and vanilla comes through as well. Rich, full body, but still easy to drink. Creamy and smooth, the alcohol is not a problem. Very enjoyable! (683 characters)

Photo of rarbring
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is black with hints of brown, probably clear, a deep tan head leaving some lacing and good curtains.

The smell is complex, pea soup and soy sauce, coffee, - dark cold, dates and sweet brown sugar.

The taste is soft sweet brown sugar, dark sweet bread, dark syrup, dried figs, coffee beans.

Little carbonation, soft oily texture, an enormous body and a long dry feeling.

A really impressive coffee stout, can only be enjoyed in small amounts. (454 characters)

Photo of gnemesis
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle dated 12/10/2010 poured into snifter on 05/05/2011.
Pours black with a dark brown head. Creamy, great retention, and leaves good lacing. Instant smells of coffee, chocolate, and some dark fruit. Taste follows- sweet but in a good way. Some oak, roast, and a touch of hops are also present. Full bodied, low/medium carbonation, and a creamy mouthfeel. Fantastic beer- I must buy more ASAP. (395 characters)

Photo of ClevoPiwo
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

upon pouring this beer is very opaque, with a deep color and a decent head with a hint of cocoa coloring. the head is rather full and leaves a very nice lacing on the side of the glass, it also brings out the aromas very well.

the smell definitely brings out coffee but also a faint aroma of dark, rich chocolate. it does not take multiple smells to detect the flavor of this beer, the rich cascade of coffee and dark chocolate is apparent at the first smell.

the mouth feel is full, smooth and almost creamy but finishes bitter and exhibits more of coffee after swallowing. you can taste the oak and coffee in the aftertaste more than you can initially, as it lingers with a slight bitterness on the tongue post swallow. the alcohol is apparent, but not overwhelming or unbalanced; you can taste it a little going down and in the bitterness of the after taste, but thats expected given the abv.

i've had this beer multiple times, most recently following the food pairing suggestion on the bottle and trying it with some cheesecake. the combination was fantastic, i would highly recommend giving this beer a shot on its own and then having it with some deserts the second time around. (1,188 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a completely thick consistency. There was an inch of creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A strong aroma of espresso, along with chocolate and malt. Very aggressive and powerful.

T: Tasted of espresso above everything else, but there were also hints of chocolate, malt, and a woody component. Complex, with a big, bold flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: Like all of Great Divide's Yetis, this one is very tasty and incredibly drinkable. (573 characters)

Photo of Clints1991
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had from a 22oz bottle. It pours a dark brown, black color, with a very dark brown head. It has a strong espresso nose along with some malts and strong alcohol presence. It has a strong espresso taste, with some vanilla, roasted malts, and strong alcohol taste. It is full bodied and dry finish. Overall a great beer. Great divide does such a good job with their Yet's. I wish they would bring the Oatmeal Yeti back. (416 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an beautiful opaque darkest brown that I've ever seen, almost black with a one finger mocha colored head. Head retention is pretty good, receding to a film and leaves thin, spots of lacing on the glass. Nose is of espresso at first but as the beer warms dark chocolate, roasted malts and oak notes come through. Taste of this one changes as it warms. Initially it is espresso through and through - sharp, bitter coffee with the espresso aftertaste. As it warms, dark chocolates and roasted malts make their presence known. Oaked smokiness make it's way through as well. Alcohol is present on the way down and slightly in the aftertaste. Full bodied with enough carbonation to give a nice thick creamy feeling. Initially it had a supremely dry finish, but as it warmed became somewhat sticky and chewy. This is a great beer, one of the best that I've tried lately. The progression of complexity as it warms is more pronounced than any other beer that I've tried. I need to snag another bottle of these before it's too late!

** Edit: As the beer warmed, my glass is now coated with thick lacing. (1,110 characters)

Photo of LosAngelesJoinMe
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Double Imperial Stout. Found it at Mellow Mushroom in Winston-Salem, NC. Denver always comes through and Great Divide as well. Perfect balance of chocolate deposits and bitterness and the ABV is not over powering at 9.5%. It's one you want to sip on and wish you could bite as it's rich in chocolate flavor. A must do for Stout lovers. Top five for me so far... (371 characters)

Photo of Lerxst
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle dated December 20, 2010 poured into a snifter

A-Pours black with a nice two finger chestnut colored head that has very good retention and leaves copious amount of sticky lace.

S-As you'd expect huge coffee/espresso aromas abound, some roasted malt, a bit of smoke and oak, chocolate, a bit of booze. Smells very good.

T-Dark roast coffee/espresso leads, hints of chocolate, oak, smoke, black licorice and a bitter hop bite at the back.

M-Full bodied, lush, creamy. Coats the palate well.

D-Dangerously drinkable. I polished this one off quickly. Its was very enjoyable.

This was the last of the Yeti clan for me to try and I think it is now my favorite. Overall, a superb beer from Great Divide.

Glad I have another stored away. I'll have to revisit this one at the end of the year. I'm sure it'll be even better. (833 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottled Feb 12, 2010.

Pours thick black with a large three finger dark brown head that is very foamy and rocky, leaves ring after ring of sticky clumpy lace and holds a solid cap. Beautiful.

Rich, strong aroma of premium coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and a touch of vanilla. The coffee steals the show here and it's some quality stuff. Very inviting.

Flavor...wow...rich dark chocolate, intense coffee, roasted malts, nice vanilla notes from the oak, alcohol is very well hidden for the ABV although makes a light presence on the finish. Overall this has a certain coffee-infused chocolate milkshake thing goin' on. Absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel is full, velvety, creamy, low to medium carbonation.

Damn this is good. Really good. Probably my favorite of the Yetis, and that's saying a lot cuz I love 'em all. Will definitely grab this fresh next year for a more intense coffee experience. (909 characters)

Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on a CO2/Nitro mixture at cellar temp.

A beautifull stout. Near black color with a silky, lacy dark tan head. The nose has lots if roasted malts and piney hops. These are complemented perfectly by chocolate, molasses, oak, licorice, anise, and dark fruits. The taste is even better than the smell. A delicious balance between sweet and bitter flavors. Nice full body goes down well. This is possibly the best beer Great Divide has ever made. Right up there with the best in the world. (493 characters)

Photo of shangwang
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on draft at Ron's Original.

From the beginning this beer delighted my senses, and at no point did it let me down.

It poured pitch black with a beautiful mocha brown finger and a half head. Smells of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and fresh cream had my mouth watering. The tastes were right in line with the appearance and smell - iced coffee, espresso, vanilla, and the bitterness of roasted malt were all present but very well balanced. I was surprised how this beer was able to taste so sweet and bitter at the same time. The mouthfeel was medium-heavy, with a full body and a creamy quality without being too viscous. Finished very smoothly with a little lingering bitterness similar to baker's chocolate. Surprisingly easy to drink given its high ABV and heavy qualities.

I very much enjoyed this beer...will definitely order again! (841 characters)

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,012 ratings.