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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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2,958 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,958
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 201
Gots: 557 | FT: 40
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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: John_M on 05-16-2008)
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musicforairports

New York

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the South Philly Tap Room.

Beer is black, big brown head in this 12oz tulip-ish glass. Leaves nice lacing as I drink.

Aromas of smooth, roasted coffee, mostly. Chocolate as well.

Robust stout flavor, heavy on the espresso. Notes of bittersweet chocolate. Lightly sweet. The oak flavors are light, but detectable and a nice addition.

Medium-heavy mouthfeel, which is right for this kind of beer.

I liked this one quite a bit. I've definitely like stouts with coffee in them. The oak is nice in this one, too.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 04:57:16 | More by musicforairports
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buschbeer

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled February 13, 2009

I poured into a pint glass to a good two inches of brown head. It is black. The first aroma I got when I poured was milk chocolate. Once I bury my nose in the glass I seem to get more dark fruits, raisins. There is a faint coffee smell. I taste chocolate and some sweetness, but the bitterness of the expresso is more defined in the taste. It is a pretty tasty beverage. It is going down a lot faster than I anticipated. It leaves a nice coating on my mouth and lips. Now I need to try the other Yetis.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 21:17:28 | More by buschbeer
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Soilworker

Idaho

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black with absolutely no light shining through. There is a thick 2+ finger head that has amazing head retention. Its quite thick, almost like whipped cream.

S: Large amounts of dark malts assault the nose with strong notes of espresso and coffee. I don't get much oak notes, perhaps this will come through more in the taste. There is a pretty dominate hop presence here which adds to the complexity in this aroma.

T: Amazingly complex. There are strong notes of espresso, oak, and intense dark roasted malts. There is a bitterness but its hard to say whether or not it comes from the hops, it reminds me most of true espresso and the bitterness that comes along with that. There are some subtle vanilla notes but not much that I can pick up on.

M: Bold and smooth and quite dry in the finish.

D: This is a huge beer and the drinkability is understandably impacted by this fact. I can get through a bottle but anything more than that is testing my limits.

Notes: This is a hugely complex beer and reminds me a lot of its cousin, the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti. I actually prefer the COAY over this one and would buy it instead if I were able to choose between the two. That being said it is still an amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 04:44:16 | More by Soilworker
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber, bottled Dec. 23, 2013.

Pours pitch black with a very dark brown head, all bubbly and frothy. Concentrated espresso in the aroma. Taste has the harshness of oak aging but coffee flavors do a good job of keeping it in check. Lots of deep & dark bittersweet chocolate thrown in for good measure.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2014 01:13:43 | More by papat444
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MTBBright

California

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1st Review
Poured from a bottle into Duvel tulip.
Bottled date - Jan 10 2011

Pours rich black with a nice brown head that lingers.

Smells of roast and coffee. Not overly strong.

Tastes of chocolate up front that leads into the espresso. It is almost like easting chocolate covered espresso beans.

Nice carbonation and good mouthfeel.

Great beer. the coffee flavor stays for a long time. Could use a little more sweetness. Nice beer to start the new year with.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 02:25:17 | More by MTBBright
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into three pint glasses. Thanks to Steve and Chris for the assist!

Bottled On: FEB 13 2009

A: Pours pure black with a dark espresso crema colored layer of foam. Head is of the sticky and bubbly variety. Lots of lace and great retention.

S: Heavily roasted malt, with rich espresso, brown sugar/molassas, and dark chocolate fudge brownies.

T: Same as above with just a slight touch of spicy alcohol. I really liked the rich espresso flavor...with booze...and dark fruit.

M: Suprisingly smooth with a sharp and prickly spike at the end.

D: Excellent! Over a year after bottling and it had aged nicely.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 23:26:35 | More by GbVDave
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IPALOVER

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two of my favorites-- imperial stout and coffee, and here they are mixed together!

The beer poured beautifully into an imperial pint glass. The smell of espresso was strong, and invited me to take that first sip!

The first few sips of this beer were the best-- strong but smooth, huge coffee overtones, sweet finish...yum. The more I drank, though, it seemed to lose the sweetness. It took me about 2 hours to make it through the entire bomber, and about 3/4 of the way through I wanted a snack to go with it (I had a piece of aged white cheddar cheese, and for some reason it was really tasty with this beer!).

I prefer the regular Yeti Imperial Stout over this one as a "regular" in my refrigerator, but will definitely have it again in about a year!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 01:22:55 | More by IPALOVER
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DrDogbeer

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip at cellar temp. Pours a jet blac body with a good sized cola colored head. Beautiful beer. Smell is of chocolate at first, then I get the coffee, some vanilla and some alcohol. Taste is very complex. I get a ton of different flavors as I drink it. At first a ton of chocolate. Almost Kate-like. That stops as I continue to drink and I get a bunch of oak, bitter, bitter coffee and some alcohol burn. The bitterness dominates as I continue to drink, but I don't mind this. Mouthfeel is slick as can be with that much bitterness. Fairly full bodied, but not creamy. Good stout, one that I would try again.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 22:46:51 | More by DrDogbeer
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Wasatch

Utah

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Gold Foil
Bottled On: Feb 13, 2009

Poured into a chalice a very nice black color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus dark tan head, with some nice big oil slick/sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee/coffee notes, slight spice. The taste is malty, with lots of dark stuff, not too bad with the espresso, nice oak note. Medium body, the ABV is kinda upfront with this brew, but still nice. Drinkable, a pretty tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 20:42:50 | More by Wasatch
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Purplepunch36

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark, no light passing through this one. First pour left a 1 finger deep, mocha brown head that stayed till the very last drop. Looked very appetizing.

S- dark roast coffee, coco, hazlenut and vanilla with a hint of nutmeg. Alcohol taste was there more towards the end when it warmed up. Overall great taste

T- Strong coffee and bitter chocolate up front finished with a molasses bitter vanilla

M- Thick and creamy

O- Amazing Imperial Stout. Quite session able despite it's first appearance. One of the top BA coffee beers I've tried. At $10 a bomber, I think it's a great deal.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 17:33:01 | More by Purplepunch36
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a jet black viscous looking liquid with a dark mohagany colored head that is tight and creamy. the retention is short but the lace is thick.

S-the nose is big time malt. tons of espresso up front with a fair bit of roasted maltiness coming along for the ride. Hints of dark bakers chocolate underneath. The finish adds a good bit of toffee and a light malty sweetness in the very back. the espresso keeps hitting hard with a touch of burnt coffee note in the back.

T-the taste has a ton of malt and espresso similar to the nose. bitter and slightly burnt espresso and roasted malts dominate. hints of dark chocolate, a good bit of toffee, and light caramel. Light dark fruits but very faint towards the back. Light bitter hop presence and herbal hop notes to close it out.

M-this has a slightly light full body and is extremely smooth. it feels thick but the back is a little thin.

D-this is a very drinkable stout, it doesn't show any alcohol and has good malt backbone. Decent complexity and a nice bit of espresso. the oak aging doesn't really seem to show, but good none the less.

Serving type: growler

05-10-2010 00:42:04 | More by cpetrone84
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aknight

California

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Bruery tulip. On first pour the beer appears thick and viscous with about a one inch head that dissipated shortly after the pour. The head has a nice stouty brown color to it. The beer smells of all malt, sweetness and some faint coffee aroma. This is a very smooth beer for 9.5%. The oak aging definitely helps to round it out a bit. This is a sweet beer but deceptively little alcohol taste comes through. The espresso hits you up front with a lingering malty finish with tastes of vanilla. The beer does not taste as viscous as it looks. This is a full bodied beer but it does not feel as thick and oily as I was expecting, There is a little bit of viscosity on the tongue, but not a lot. This beer is very drinkable for 9.5%. My beer was bottled on 4/2/10 (cheers for date stamps!), I am enjoying this fine beer almost seven months post bottling and if anything I think it was too soon. This is a beer that I think would only improve with some more time as the flavors round out and meld together. I will have to buy another bottle to age.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 22:41:58 | More by aknight
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birderbeerer

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black with a bubbly and dark, two-finger head that seems forced up by the mass of beer below.

Big coffee smell with a lot of chocolate too. Deep, rich, sweet malts. Also a nice zesty scent, almost like lemon or citrus.

Holy smokes that's a rich beer. Huge coffee tastes. Almost overpowering. The coffee powers through a sturdy malt body. I actually think this is waking me up. Unbelievable coffee. Very dry finish. The vanilla oak taste breaks through in the aftertaste.

This is a good beer, but you must like coffee to enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 23:47:22 | More by birderbeerer
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PhilDaBrewer

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with deep amber accent and thin, brown, relatively quickly dissipating head. Nice lacing.

Smell consists of dark cherries, roasted malt, anise, and coffee. For an espresso stout, the coffee is rather subdued.

Tastes of roasted malt, vanilla, and coffee. Again, coffee is definitely present, but not overbearing. Sweet, slightly alcoholic finish.

Mouthfeel suits style. Full bodied.

Overall, this is a really pleasant beer. As for Yeti variants, I put this in a close second place to the Choco Yeti, but still very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 01:48:08 | More by PhilDaBrewer
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mjpolzin

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gift from a client who knows I like coffee and big stouts...

The appearance of this beer as it pours into the glass is awesome looking. It is thick and black with lacing on the side of the glass and a orangish, brown head.

The smell is of roasted malts and coffee. There is a faint scent of oak as well.

The taste is initially a roasted flavor with some oak. The coffee hits you pretty hard on the back end of each sip. It is bitter but with a faint sweetness.

The mouth feel was fairly full and it felt like it had more carbonation than what showed up on the initial pour.

Overall, a very solid coffee stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 03:08:18 | More by mjpolzin
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with one finger than head that left minor lace patches down the glass. The aroma is roasted and coffee malts, the espresso aspect being noticeable, and there seems to be a hint of the oak/woodiness and even vanilla. I get this same aspect in the beer as it is medium bodied, slightly chewy, and smooth with oak notes and a minor vanilla like sweetness. The coffee taste is strong and really noticeable on the backend and finish as this beer finishes real dry. I like the balance and how this beer first hits me with a sweet edge and then finishes dry and just tempts you to have another sip.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2014 18:17:21 | More by clayrock81
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kawilliams81

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Pours a thick, syrupy black. 1 finger dark cola head with lacing that resides quickly.

S- Coffee, chocolate, maple syrup

T- Whoa coffee! Amazing amount of coffee flavor, bitter chocolate, oak, slight hop bitterness at finish.

M- Full body, creamy, medium carbonation.

O- Awesome coffee imperial stout. This beer may have the most coffee flavor of any beer I have ever had! Glad I have another bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 01:32:22 | More by kawilliams81
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my celebration beer after getting through a rather tough real analysis exam! Been looking forward to this one for awhile now.

Poured into Smokestack chalice.

This beer is extremely thick, just like yeti. Motor oil black. Nice 1 finger of dark tanish head with a orange hue to it. Good retention and leaves very nice lace walls down the glass.

Aroma: Tons of espresso and coffee, probably the most I have experienced in a beer. Chocolate, roasted malts, the vanilla and oak add a nice touch to this. Some sugary caramel as well. A ton of earthy hops balance it out nice.

Taste: The component that sticks out to me the most here is a huge syrupy taste with a ton of roasted malts. Then comes to coffee, espresso, and earthy hops with some chocolate and caramel on the side. It is good, but it has to much of a syrupy taste to it.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but creamy and a little crisp. Huge bodied beer, very thick. Medium to high level of carbonation. A little booze sneaks through here. Ends with a big sticky espresso flavored aftertaste.

Overall, I like this beer, but it could have been a bit better if it weren't so syrupy flavored. This thing is big and I recommend splitting it with a buddy. I will have a hard time getting through this bomber, but I think I will be able to do it.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 19:39:13 | More by mothman
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rowew

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, label is the new GD style. Bottled on Feb 13 2009. Label talks about the brand of espresso used, and recommends pairing with breakfast or dessert.

Appearance: Pours completely black, with a large head that fades slowly, leaving lots of lacing - great retention.

Smell: Dominate aroma is vanilla and oak, as it warms there is more coffee and a bit of chocolate.

Taste: A bit of alcohol warming, there is a strong oak presence here - the coffee is not overpowering but adds another layer of flavor.

Overall impression: Another nice addition to the yeti family - some interesting flavors, and plenty drinkable despite the high abv.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 19:18:01 | More by rowew
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I split a bomber with my wife tonight after a full day of work and other events.

A: Completely devoid of light and it doesn't let any shards of light pass through of any kind. The very dark, grainy one finger + head stayed somewhat frothy throughout the session.

S: A generous amount of wood was almost bourbon-like in its consistency. Tons of dark roast, chocolate, and very subdued on coffee flair.

T: Even though it was subdued on the nose, it certainly wasn't on the taste. The espresso beans hit the palate hard, but the intensity softened after a few sips once my palate warmed up to the taste. Again, the wood help lessen some of the coffee bitterness, but not by much. The finish was very bitter and drying.

M: The low carbonation was appropriate for this style, and the mocha lacing was ridiculous. Again: bitter, bitter, BITTER!

D: I like the other permutations of Yeti much better, however, this was still a very worthy entry and variation on a fantastic base beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 01:27:18 | More by Chaney
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as sin color with a great brown head and even some spotty lacing. Looks pretty carbonated for the style by the foaming I can see on top.

Dry espresso with powdered cacao. No cream aromas to mention. Also lots of super roasted to almost burnt malt aromas. Not to mention some warmth from the abv%. Smells like a dry sipper.

Dry palate from the start that subsides a little at the finish. This beer is burnt bread crust, dark coffee, and some black chocolare powder. Dry, maybe even a little acidic as it warms. Plus the abv% heat. But still a good sipper.

I could not taste any oak or wood flavor in this beer. I wonder what this yeti "WOOD" taste like without the chips???? I think mostly the same.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 04:41:58 | More by scruffwhor
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koopa

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/13/05 Consumed 9/9/11

Appearance: Pours the deepest mahogany to black with a 1.5 finger dark brown crown that displays good retention and lace.

Smell: Faded espresso, hints of oak, deep dark roast, a bit of staleness, and the slightest hint of oxidation.

Taste: Chocolate upfront, with a hint of espresso following, oak then makes itself known and transitions into a fairly oxidized finish.

Mouthfeel: Light side of thick bodied and quite syrupy despite a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall: A fairly drinkable and enjoyable 6 year old imperial stout. I'd guess 4 years would have been peak.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 01:19:54 | More by koopa
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber bottle poured into wide red wine glass. Bottle dated Feb. 12, 2010. One year old, but could have been better with more age.

A: DEEP black color with 1 finger tan head. Good carbonation. Looked like a nice root beer when first poured. Good lacing on the glass.

S: Amazing nose on this one: bottle and also glass. Would have benefited from some warmth, but still nice. COFFEE, chocolate, and roasted malts. Some muddled hops are there too, but mostly overpowered by other aromas.

T: COFFEE, dark chocolate, toffee, malts, and mild hop bite at end, which was nice. The coffee sticks with you at the end too. LOVED it!

M: Sticky malt coating and hop bite. Good mouthfeel. More watery than expected, but definitely some coating.

D: No problem finishing this one off, but one big one is enough. This is a robust brew to be drank sparingly. ABV hit me at the tail end.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one from Great Divide. My favorite of their's so far. The smells and nose were enough to suck me in. The taste backed it up. Would definitely enjoy again!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 18:18:59 | More by inlimbo77
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travis224

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pretty much black with a frothy tan head. Nose is mainly espresso with a hint of vanilla, delicious. The taste is very close with dark espresso and vanilla being the main components. Light carbonation and surprisingly drinkable for the ABV. Another stellar selection by Great Divide. Get it!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 05:35:55 | More by travis224
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robbrandes

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes. poured from a 22oz into a wine glass (best think i had available)

pours nearly pitch-black, nice puffy, tan head. great lacing in the glass.

nose is a mix of oak, coffee, oak, chocolate, oak, a bit of smoke, did i mention oak? but it's a good thing.

taste - big earthy, chocolate bomb up front, with an even bigger dry-oak finish. in spite of the dryness, the lingering chocolate sweetness begs for further drinking.

overall a good, not quite great, beer. the oak is borderline overkill, but everything else is done so well, it's an extremely pleasing journey.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 05:40:10 | More by robbrandes
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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