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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,292
Reviews: 989
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 257
Gots: 673 | FT: 47
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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 tom10101
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of mkorpal
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses to be shared with the room mate. Thick, midnight black liquid sat beneath a frothy brown head. Head retained the entire time, and left behind a massive amount of brown lacing, to the point that I wondered if I could ever get the glass clean again. Awesome looking beer, to say the least.

Smell is of extreme coffee, mixing with some chocolate, and a healthy dose of hops. A little bit of oak mixes in as well, but it's definitly been hidden by all of the other dimensions.

Taste is of very bitter and tannic espresso, milk chocolate, more hop flavor, and subtle vanilla. The expresso, again takes it over.

Mouth feel is thick, but very dry. The bitterness and espresso combine to make for a very bitter beer that dry's out your pallet. In fact, I felt this may be one of the most bitter brews I have ever had. This brought down the drinkability for me, since it isn't something I really want out of my stout.

In the end, I felt like there were too many dimensions built into the beer. The oak and stout flavors ended up being muted while the espresso and hops too over. It was still good, but I prefer the normal or oak aged yeti. Either way, I was wired after this brew.

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Thick, dark mocha head that sticks around for about a min. Opaque black in color. Zero light coming through. Wonderful lacing. Ring of retention hangs around the whole time. Just a flat out beautiful looking stout!

S- Rich coffee beans, touch of wood, milk chocolate, toffee, faint vanilla. Pretty intense aroma here. Booze ever so slightly makes its way in the end. Some fruity esters. More malt vs espresso than I figured, but not all bad.

T- Robust flavor profile. Big time espresso/coffee character to start it off. Oak settles in nicely. Waves of complexity. bitterness. Finish is surprisingly more harsh than I expected. Overpowering toast? Strong hop bill? A little perplexed by this.

M- Full body, big beer that as viscous as can be. Thick, rich, creamy. A bit boozy as the alcohol is certainly present. Goes down fairly easy though for how big it is. Dry to the next sip.

O- This was a delicious beer and a puzzling one at the same time. Just when I thought it was going to be top of its class, the finish didn't follow though with the high bar set by the start and feel. An impressive stout nonetheless, but just missed the "tell all your friends about it" mark for me.

Bottled 1/9/13
Consumed 6/20/13

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great Divide Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti, cask at The Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen, NY.

Appearance: Extremely voluptuous head, almost overflowing, with lots of carbonation and bubbles. Over one finger of head, with great retention. Great temperature too! (some casks at Pony are at times too cold). Head and bubbles stay on and on. Color is pitch black, no nuances there.

Smell: Incredibly smooth, subdued. I don't get any coffee, but chocolate instead. A lacking nose.

Taste: The coffee beans are there, at the end, but thankfully (or sadly, if you love coffee beers) they are far from strong. The oak is also mellow, hints of wood come at the end. Chocolate at the end of the sip too (again, as in the nose, more chocolate than coffee). Some bitterness around the mouth, cooked sugars, even a hint of banana bread. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation of course (this is a cask after all), medium-to-low chocolaty body and medium flavor. Oaky finish.

Drinkability: Superb. This is incredibly smooth, chuggable. The 9.5% cannot even be hinted. A little underwhelming (or a lot!), but tasty nonetheless.

My least favorite of all the Yetis I've had so far, though. I expected more.

Photo of depechemode1983
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a thick fluffy brown head with some good lacing going on. Smell is mostly of obust roasted coffee other roasted malts with only hints of dark bitter chocolate. The oak character comes in more through the taste coupled with the dark roasted coffee and a slight taste of alcohol. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth with medium carbonation. Very good. Overall this is a great Coffee RIS.

Photo of Purplepunch36
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of farrago
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Close to a finger of dark brown sludge masquerading as foam, really just looks like the top of a chocolate milkshake, lacing has good stickiness even as the head dissolves. Jet black liquid, consistency of motor oil, nary a hint of color to be found. The nose explodes with coconut, sweeter espresso bean, dark chocolate, toffee and butterscotch, the roast is a little lower than expected leading to a sweeter overall profile, raisin bread to rum raisin ice cream, cinnamon stick, almost obligatory feel to the pine and grass notes, as if I guess we have to use hops here don't we. Full-bodied, thick and dense, the carbonation makes a decent showing of it but nowhere near able to rouse the slumbering beast. Coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla bean, licorice and butterscotch predominate, more roast leads to a drier mouth feel if not the same in terms of flavors. Allowing for this, the bread, wheat, oat flavors have a welcome place. Given its weight smooth enough and doesn't betray any alcoholic burn.

Photo of tmm313
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ratedz
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Boulevard snifter. Bottle was dated 04/02/2010.

A: This beer pours coffee black with a thin chocolate brown colored head. The head dissipated fairly quickly.

S: Smells like dark roast coffee that has been sitting in a pot on a burner for just a little too long. I'm also picking up a little bit of chocolate and a hint of bitter hops.

T: Dark roast coffee is the predominate flavor, but I'm getting a little bit of chocolate up front also. My wife took a sip and, after thinking for a second, said that it tastes like drinking a cup of pure coffee grounds and therefore it was delicious. I've never tried straight coffee grounds and since she's the coffee drinker, I'll take her word for it. A hint of oak is in there too, but it's definitely overpowered by the coffee flavor.

M: Medium to full bodied. Slightly creamy with mild carbonation. Finishes dry and slightly bitter as a result of the coffee.

D: The alcohol is very well hidden, which makes it easier to drink. The bitterness of the coffee does, however, reduce drinkability ever so slightly.

Overall, I enjoyed the Espresso Oak Aged Yeti. I like coffee as much as the next guy, but it almost got to be a bit much as it overpowered other scents and tastes. I don't regret buying the bottle, but I don't know if I'd rush out and buy another. There are several other imperial stouts that I enjoy more.

Photo of hctap00
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle on 12/22/11. A little over a year old.

Near pitch black. Solid reddish-brown head, nearly an inch thick, which is impressive considering I poured into a red wine glass. Decent retention.

Aroma was initially very chocolate heavy, with some roasted coffee aromas and a slight hop presence. As the beer warmed, chocolate faded and the vanilla sweetness emerged. Coffee remained but vanilla was most noticeable.

Taste was similar to the smell in that the vanilla, oak character asserted itself as the beer warmed. The coffee flavor is very strong, and I like a fair amount of coffee in my stouts. Almost too much. Very bitter, but still a hearty, roasted flavor. Did not get too much chocolate, but there was just enough malt presence and sweetness to counter the coffee. After about half the bottle, the vanilla kicked in. Tasty, but a bit too sweet I think. It quickly becomes a very rich beer. Coffee is still there, but it does not blend terribly well with the sweetness.

Maybe a tad thin on the mouthfeel. Not very carbonated, which for me is a plus.

Overall, a very interesting beer and I like what Great Divide did with this one. I would highly recommend splitting this with someone. I am now regretting my decision to kill a bomber by myself. It becomes a bit of a chore by the end with the sweetness. I would like to see more balance of all the flavors. Each on their own is great, but a bit too intense. Worth a purchase for sure.

Photo of jbowers56
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as the night, with a lighter brown head. Great lacing all around the glass, and good head retention for the abv.

On the nose I get coffee, cocoa, some vanilla and also hints of charcoal or burnt wood.

The elements all come through nicely. There is certainly a great whack of coffee and roasty notes in there. I can also get the oak, for sure. This nice chocolate flavour comes in after that, but gets swept away by a firm bitterness and roast flavour. Very much reminiscent of cocoa rather than chocolate.

Goes down a treat, a lovely winter nightcap. I really like this beer. Overall, I prefer a slightly sweeter, more luxurious imperial stout to this. The flavours are balanced well, for sure, but I'd just like them to indulge with the chocolate flavours a little more. Totally personal taste, of course.

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

Thanks again very much to the Bier Stein for having this beer.

Pours a dark black color, similar to black licorice.

The espresso/coffee aroma is very pungent. I could also smell some vanilla, and of course hints of oak.

Tasted like how a coffee stout should. Deep coffee notes throughout the taste of it.

At 9.5%, this beer could easily be drank again and again. Just not too much in one night.

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

Bottled April of 2010, so about a year and a half old. This is a pretty beer on the pour, mahogany in color with a nice dark tan head.
There are potent smells of coffee, dark chocolate, oak vanilla and molasses or toffee.

The taste certainly follows the nose, with coffee and chocolate dominating. Medium bodied, not overly creamy nor carbonated, in my opinion. The oak is there throughout, and lingers in the finish. There is a nice malt/hop balance for the style.

This is a nice offering from GDBC, a good all around stout. Great Divide is definitely a brewery I'm paying more attention to.

Photo of Janderson91
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on December 15, 2010, enjoyed on February 20, 2011.

A - Pours an opaque pitch black with a large chocolate milk colored head. Leaves excellent lacing. Good looking beer.

S - Smell is a lot of the dark chocolate found in the normal Yeti. Accompanied by some roasted malts and some coffee.

T - Begins chocolatey with some roasty bitterness and has a coffee-like finish. The coffee taste feels kind of synthetic however and takes away from it's taste score slightly. Also leaves a pretty dry dark chocolate taste on the tongue for a while.

M/D - This is a rich beer but it still has decent drinkability.

I enjoyed this beer but I'd probably reach for a normal Yeti before this one again.

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

Pours a sludge-like deep, deep brown with a finger of dense, dark khaki head, like the crema on top of a shot of espresso. Impressive lacing for an imperial stout.

Smells of bitter chocolate, black licorice, roasted, borderline burnt barley and a touch of oak.

Tastes big and bold -- bitter chocolate, black coffee, oaky vanilla, milk chocolate. A little caramel sweetness. Smooth espresso on the finish. Nice lasting roasty bitterness.

Full mouthfeel that coats the entire palate and lingers. Creamy, with slightly prickly carbonation.

Overall, this is a roasty, roasty stout with just enough sweetness to balance it out. There doesn't seem to be a huge oak presence, but I guess it may have served to soften the edges and meld the bold flavors. A great barrel aged impy stout, though not the best.

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

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. No bottling date present (worn off?).

Very tiny bubbles with a large head off the pour. It seems to fall normally. Head is a gorgeous dark brown like dark hot chocolate. Body is just nearly black couldn't see a thing. Looks great! Love this head color so dark and nice looking.

First whiff is a good coffee roast complete with faint sour espresso. There's a little faint hint of chocolate here too.

First impression on taste in feel is a little wet but the flavor is all there. Great coffee espresso feeling with sour finish. There's a sense of heat on this too making it feel warm and inviting. A nice lingering bitter too. Hot Hot Hot!

Overall pretty solid here another solid yeti for the pack.

Photo of musicforairports
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.

Photo of buschbeer
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!

Photo of papat444
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.

Photo of MTBBright
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.

Photo of GbVDave
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.

Photo of DrDogbeer
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.

Photo of Wasatch
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
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.

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,292 ratings.