Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,480
Reviews: 1,032
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 259
Gots: 755 | FT: 55
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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 match1112
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: very very dark brown body. three finger mocha colored head that lasts forever before settling into a quarter inch foam cap. good amount of sticky lacing left behind.

s: cold coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla and toffee.

t: coffee and chocolate at first, then slowly fades to sweet malts with a warming alochol finish.

m: thick, rich and sticky. full body with a great creamy texture and excellent carbonation.

o: this beer embodies everything i love about stouts. i have nothing bad to say about this.

Photo of Jeffo
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours pitch black and thick, like tar coming from the bottle, producing a two finger, thicker looking, mocha colored head with great retention. Pitch black body with zero carbonation evident. Head eventually fades to a good wisp and ring, which both remain for the entire ride and leave some nice lacing down the glass. A great looking stout for sure.

SMELL: Bold and enticing nose of roasted malts, lots of espresso and roasted coffee beans, as well as some baker's chocolate in there. A hoppy nose that advertises a bitter taste profile too. Big and bold like the regular Yeti, which with more espresso notes in there.

TASTE: Definitely the regular Yeti with some big, bold espresso flavors. Very roasted with lots of espresso, and some bitter, baker's chocolate as well. A good dose of bitter hops accompany the bitter espresso and black coffee profile. Very nice. Strong and long lasting aftertaste is roasted and full of bitter espresso and chocolate notes, and a slight touch of booze in the background. Same as the regular Yeti with a nice base of espresso that meshes well with the base beer.

PALATE: Medium-full body and medium, soft carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a little alcohol bite at the end. Finishes more on the drier side. Solid, just like the base beer.

OVERALL: Another fantastic creation by Great Divide. The Yeti series continues to impress, and the Espresso version is not only a great addition to the series, it's one of the best coffee stouts around. One worth picking up in bunches, as well as comparing to some of the more limited coffee stouts around. One I will be glad to have again. Thanks for exporting your stuff overseas guys.

Photo of trbergman
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a cervoise.

A - Pitch black with two fingers of sticky, pillowy brown head. Tendrils of lace cling to the side of the glass.

S - Rich coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit in the background. Hints of lemon and orange zest are just noticeable.

T - Massive coffee flavor dominates the palate. It's very tasty, but the espresso really overpowers the malt. Coffee, roast barley, and hops combine for a lingering bitterness. Behind the coffee, there are notes of dark chocolate, licorice, pepper, vanilla, and caramel.

M - At first I felt mouthfeel was a bit of a letdown, but as the beer warms up, it seems to get bigger and creamier. Very good.

D - Excellent. Eventually the abv would trip me up, but otherwise I'd be content to sip this all night.

Photo of Spica66
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very dark beer with a caramel-colored head (as mush as you wanted depending on your pour), nice lacing. Excellent looking stout in the glass.

S: It didn't need to say Espresso on the label for you to know that it's in there. Wow, what a wonderful mix of dark malt and coffee.

T: Tastes just like it smells. Very full-bodied espresso flavor. Not too muck oak (I am glad about that).

M: Completely creamy like a good stout should be. No stickiness or motor-oil fell here. Very well done.

D: I downed the bomber so quickly that I could not believe it.

This is one of my all-time favorite beers.

Photo of kaseydad
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had to go all the way to San Diego for a couple of these. Sheesh! Bottled on 1/22/14. No aging on this to keep the espresso...well....espresso.

Pours an almost black brew with a dark, dark brown foamy head. Gobs of lacing all over the glass.

Big chocolate aroma's abound. Baker's, semi-sweet, dark, cocoa...insert any other. Roasted malts. Massive espresso. Smoke. Leather. Tobacco. Really good stuff here.

The taste is nice and espresso forward. Chocolate, roasty and a slight hop kick on the swallow. Maybe a splash of orange. Bitter on the aftertaste ala how an espresso beer should be.

Nice and full bodied ale. Light carbonation.

Overall this was an awesome experience. Does Great Divide do a non-awesome Yeti? They nailed this one and brought forth a beer that lives up to the name and flavor of this brew. Nice warm weather beer....or hell....anytime. Hopefully the distro will somehow find it's way to the always-slighted East Bay.

Photo of MattyG85
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on Jan 10, 2013.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of deep tan head that fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A big dark roasty coffee infused aroma. Dark roasted malts with big hints of coffee beans and some vanilla and oak chips. Hints of dark chocolate, toasted bread, burnt caramel, toffee, biscuit, and a touch of smoke. Some burnt molasses sweetness. Fairly earthy with a subtle hint of hops and grass. The coffee aroma is pretty strong and leaps out the most. Very roasty and dark smell. Pretty good.

Taste: Dark, rich, roasty, and very coffee forward like the smell indicates. Dark roasted malts with a big taste of roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate. Also in the mix are notes of oak chips, vanilla, wood, dark toasted bread, caramel, biscuit, toffee, cream, and a little smoked malt. Some burnt brown sugar and molasses sweetness. Bitter hops are noticeable towards the finish with some notes of earthy hops and a little grass. Very big on the coffee, dark chocolate, and roast. A very good tasting coffee stout.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and fairly thick with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, roasty, and fairly smooth considering it's size. Alcohol is masked well.

Overall: A really great imperial coffee stout. Up there with the best in the style. Very good coffee, chocolate, and oak flavor.

Photo of BB1313
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on Dec 20, 2013. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with barely any light getting though; small mocha head that leaves nice retention and lacing. The aromas deliver on the expresso and oak. Tons of fresh black coffee. Lots of vanilla. Lots of chocolate. Hints of cocoa malts. The flavors truly match the aromas. The coffee and vanilla really give this an expresso feel. The coffee and dark chocolates give this one a nice bitterness. Very rich and roasty. The vanilla gives this a subtle sweetness. The chocolate really adds another dimension to everything. The oak is there accentuating everything else and never becomes harsh or overwhelming. This is a pretty complex stout. Mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's not too thick, not too light. Alcohol goes unnoticed. This makes a great sipper and a nice beer to relax with and appreciate.

Great stout from Great Divide. They really deliver. Coffee fans and stout fans should rejoice. Recommended.

Photo of oreo
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this at a store in bloomington il. Split a bomber with my friend (drewba) poured into a snifter.

Pours dark and thick with an awesome dark tan head. Stayed for a little bit then went bye bye. little to no lacing.

When I first cracked the bottle I got a huge whiff of hops. Once I poured into the glass, the coffee just completely took over. Huge coffee aroma with a little chocolate and some hops.

Tastes just like it smells. Huge amounts of bitter coffee with a hint of chocolate. No booze at all. Really this beer is like drinking 10% coffee. Pretty awesome if you ask me. The only downfall is that if you were wanting to taste anything else, you can't. My palate is crap and I only get coffee.

This is the kind of beer you would either drink at 6am waiting in line for DLD or if you were falling asleep while drinking to perk you back up. I could have easily drank a bomber of it.

Photo of Smokee
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a bottle into a spiegelgau snifter.

It pours brown with maybe a little orange/red. Decent retained head with mostly small bubbles. Smells chocolate, malt, bread, a tiny bit of pepper and fruit.

Great mouth feel, smooth and bubbly at the same time. Chocolate first then some coffee, not very boozy untill the last minute. Just great all the way through. Very enjoyable.

Photo of angelmonster
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ordered a snifter at the Great Divide Brewery Tap Room.

Pours a big 2 finger dark chocolate colored head. Body is pitch black and opaque. Head retention and lacing are good through out

Smell is very big on espresso and chocolate malt. The only way i could describe it to someone would be like walking into starbucks or the ground coffee aisle in a grocery store. Never have smelled anything like it. Hops are present but pretty low.

Taste is very similar to a frappuccino but with alcohol added. Lots of roasted, burnt malts that give it the thickness of a milkshake. Aftertaste is of some hops and a bit of alcohol

Head is nice and creamy. Body is rich, almost like a desert. Theres not a lot of carbonation but thats probably a good thing

Over all has lots of flavor, nice thick consistency but still highly drinkable. From where i sit i can see the fermenters making this brew, i kind of want to jump right in there and bathe in this delicious beer but the burns would prolly be pretty severe. So glad i live so close to the supply, could drink this everyday

Photo of Reagan1984
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on tap in DC. Small snifter glass serving.

Nice thin cap of creamy tan head sits atop the brew. Deep dark black color.

Aroma was unreal. I love dark French dark roast coffee and espresso... This smells just like those. Wonderful.

Total coffee flavor with a Smokey background to it. The oak aging adds and amazing depth. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouth feel is thick, rich and creamy.

Great drinkability. Nice coffee stout.

Photo of tjk135
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A rich and chocolaty stout with an outstanding coffee flavor. This beer is perfect for dessert all by itself.

Photo of warnerry
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from last summer. A 2010 bottle,so rather fresh.

A firm pour yields only 1.5 fingers of brown head with excellent retention. Pour is pitch black. My mouth is watering looking at this.

Smells is high on espresso and malt and a moderate amount of oak.

Taste - holy espresso! Coffee and beer are two of my favorite things, and this brings them together nicely. Taste also consists of some slightly burnt tasting malt. Oak flavor is a little strong but not overwhelming.

Creamy with bitter espresso finish. Mouthfeel is pretty Moderate for such a big stout.

Drinkability is very high for such an intense beer. Alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Dec 10, 2010, purchased at Consumer Beverages in Buffalo. Shared with friends as part of a beer tasting evening.

Poured into a small snifter glass. Inky black with a lovely light brown foamy head. Great retention, chunks of lacing. Fine looking brew indeed.

The nose on this is just delectable - espresso coffee bean, dark chocolate, oatmeal, bourbon, oak, and a nice graininess. Terrific stuff - even after finishing my share, I kept going back to my unwashed glass for another hit.

Ridiculously smooth, a lovely stout. Coffee, caramel, oak, brandy and smokiness somehow combine to make a very smooth, easy drinking brew. A great woodsy feel to this brew, tastes like something a sasquatch would drink. Silky with mild carbonation, a real pleasure to sip.

Just an exemplary stout, rich and flavorful, yet smooth and highly drinkable. Both the beer connoisseurs and the seldom-drinkers of our group fell in love with this brew, with the whole group planning a trip to Colorado just to get more. Buy it if you find it.

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of prototypic
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of richj1970
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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...

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of Rutager
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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!!

Photo of TheDTrain
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

Photo of vandemonian
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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

Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of JLeege
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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?

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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