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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutEspresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

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2,708 Ratings
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Ratings: 2708
Reviews: 953
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%


Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
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: johnmichaelsen on 05-16-2008)
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blackjack000

Kansas

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into goblet.

Appearance: Dark, dark, fertile earth black. The head is a beautiful burnt caramel, which lazily clings to the glass.

Smell: Dark roasted coffee beans, crumbled baker's chocolate, and molasses.

Taste: Bitter, roasted coffee beans and baker's chocolate. Almost exactly mirrors the aroma. It's such a perfect and bold mixture of the coffee, bitter chocolate, and molasses flavors, with a touch of hops twang to keep it from dredging too far--balanced with a heavy emphasis on roastiness.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 21:57:18 | More by blackjack000
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generalnotsew

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick, thick cocoa head. Took 4 pours to fill oversized wine glass. Lacing is very heavy and sparkling like it has diamonds in it. Could be because I don't usually drink beer 10 am.

S: Burnt coffee and strong chocolate notes.

T: Beautiful sweet chocolate taste that does overpower the coffee just enough to edge it out into the sweet and malty side. Bit of a hop bite in the aftertaste but more coffee aftertaste than anything.

M: Nice carbonation. Better than most RIS as this one just seems thicker to me than most.

D: I could drink on this stuff all day. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Maybe even midnight snack.

My first oak aged brew and it didn't disappoint at all. This edges out Old Raspy and Founders IMO. If you are a fan of the style then I highly recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 17:02:45 | More by generalnotsew
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horshack7

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a snifter with a nice two fingers of mocha colored head. That leaves behind very nice lacing. On to the color this beast of a beer is sinister black. Nothing but pure darkness.

Aroma: As the sweet molasses looms over all the aromas it lets other roam freely. The espresso,burnt sugars, cocao, and all those dark roasted malts that give off such a sweet aroma.

Taste: Well a nuke of flavor. Tons of dark roasted malty goodness. With burnt sugar and even darker roasted hops that have a slight bit of smokiness. Chocolate malts wtih the molasses go so very well with each other. A nice bit of hop bitterness on the tail end to round it out. With a creamy and full bodied mouthfeel.

Notes: There very well may be a yeti inside this brew it got turned into a tidal wave of nectar. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 03:22:08 | More by horshack7
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RB07OSU

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My full review and pictures of the appearance and lacing is linked at the bottom, fresh off the tap to enhance the experience. Plus a poll so you can give feedback on your impressions. Blog is linked back to beeradvocate reviews.

Appearance: Deep copper head, with no daylight coming through. Deep black coloration.

Aroma: The espresso is certainly dominant, certainly has a breakfast hint to it. Vanilla and slightly smoked notes are discernible.

Taste: Intense espresso flavor. Very roasty, rich and malty. Hoppy, but subtle. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and very complex along the way.

Lacing: Uneven spiral down the glass, but pretty. The lacing is solid.

Finish: Surprisingly smooth considering the bold body. You get more of the oak-barrel flavor and vanilla notes prevailing in the end, which counteracts the intial hoppy character.

Overall: This is simply a fantastic beer. This certainly cracks my top 10 beers that I have had (I've tried many). The beer is very complex overall and has a high ABV, yet the alcohol is masked and the more interesting characteristics are prevalent in the body and finish. There really aren't many weaknesses in this beer, minus a slightly over the top espresso aroma. Still, this beer is a must have and I would order it every time.

http://taylor1805.wordpress.com/2011/01/29/saturday-stout-review/

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2011 18:50:17 | More by RB07OSU
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CHickman

New York

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 1/9/13: Pours motor oil black color, like a black hole, with a thick 1 finger creamy/foamy light brown head that faded very slowly with lava like bubbles popping as it eased down leaving excellent lacing gripping the sides with foamy rings after each sip. A layer remains on top, officially making this a very impressive stout to admire as the aroma seeps out of the glass like an alluring siren (yes, siren was used in the classic mythology context…).

Smells of fresh coffee beans, chocolate syrup or hot fudge, cocoa powder, vanilla, peat moss, burnt wood which I assume is the oak aged influence, and a whole muddled wave of chocolate and coffee malts mixed together for an incredibly rich aroma. Might be detecting hints of brown sugar and molasses, but in the grand scheme of things the differentiation is not required as this is dominated by coffee and chocolate and it smells really damn great.

Tastes as good as it smells, and if you are into coffee stouts then this is sublime perfection: roasted malts, fresh coffee beans, chocolate syrup or hot fudge, cocoa powder, vanilla, peat moss, burnt wood, oak notes, brown sugar, molasses, burnt grains, burnt toast, light floral hops, and what seems like dry chalk ; it’s quite acidic and bitter, but the robust coffee and chocolate notes cradle the hops to balance this just enough not to make this like a cold stale coffee, but in fact like a dynamic espresso infused stout. This Yeti series pretty much nails it every time and this brew is smooth, flavorful and extremely complex for a beer that is actually dependent on two main flavors which somehow seem to alter a bit with each sip as it warms up. The bottle states that this is a stout aged on oak chips with coffee added in the mix, so that must be the secret to the hyper reaction of the intense mixed flavors. I don’t know how else to explain the complexity of the ingredients used, but I can surely state that I have enjoyed every sip of this bomber.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and slick for such a thick, chewy beer with a heavy body, mild carbonation, lots of coffee bitterness like a cup of Starbucks, and a semi-dry finish that trails off with plenty of roasted malts, cocoa and coffee notes. The alcohol is kept in check, and while it peeks through at times it is just another element in the very complex brew that doesn’t let up.

Overall an excellent stout, and with almost 6 months of aging it was delicious, so I’m hoping the next bottle I open at year’s end is even better with some age adding more depth and flavor. This was a great beer and one I highly recommend trying if you are a fan of big, bold coffee stouts. World class indeed.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 04:22:14 | More by CHickman
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into snifter. Jet black with a thick brown head that sticks around. Smells of rich chocolate and espresso, caramel, as well as oak. The oak seems to bring out some hop smells as well. A bit of alcohol comes through in the smell too. Taste is dark roasted malts, sweet chocolate and bitter espresso, and some oak smoothness at the end. Mouthfeel is big and creamy. This is a great stout, would be great with dessert.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 01:40:11 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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BigBarley

Texas

4.76/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Extremely thick, extremely black. poured hard into a goblet, the head rolls up to about a finger, before receding by half. Head is a khaki brown color, very deep

S - Oaky vanilla, sweet cocoa, bitter coffee, mild hop notes, roasted notes, more coffee, mild alcohol presence... This beer is packed with aroma. I could smell this all day without having to drink it.

T - I'm glad I decided to stop smelling and start drinking. Sweet all over, with an aggressive coffee profile. Accenting this is that same oaky, wooden presence, and some definite traces of vanilla beneath it all. Plenty of hops to work in conjunction with the dark coffee, and a decent note of alcohol that works well with the chocolate coffee madness. All around delicious and even more flavorful than the nose promised.

M - Very thick, very creamy. Intensely satisfying, but somehow still refreshing. Active carbonation and thick body come together to make one hell of a milkshake. Amazing beer, one of the best RIS for mouthfeel.

O - Amazing beer. Everything great about Oak Aged Yeti, with the compliments added by an aggressive coffee profile. Big beer stuffed with character.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 11:08:07 | More by BigBarley
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StrangeBrewer76

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pored opaque into a chalice with a two layer head. One sticky tan skin with widely varying bubble sizes that lasts and lasts and a 1/2 finger head under that with all medium bubbles that faded rather quickly.

My nose is a little stuffy but there's no denying the roasted coffee and oak smell in this one. I may also be getting a little butter too, very appealing.

WOW! The taste is truly exceptional. Coffee, big bittersweet chocolate and a slight, well placed alcohol burn in the end. Really phenomenal.

Mouthfeel too, could not be better. As smooth as can be at the start then the carbonation flourishes to make it creamy and soft. There is an insignificant bite from the bitter chocolate that a few months in the cellar will surely polish over. This one was bottled less than three weeks ago, very fresh.

Drinkability for this beer may be closing the gap between session beers and imperial or bigger beers. I could have another one of these if I had another one of these but that would really just be indulgent. If there were a cask or a tap of this that I was not paying for I could have quite a few. I think my taste buds would give up before I wanted them to drinking this.

If you can afford it buy a case +1. Drink one and treat yourself in the months to come with a beer that will likely age very, very well.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 02:16:45 | More by StrangeBrewer76
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almychristopher

New York

4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a dark black color with a nice tan head befitting the espresso name. the smell combines the dark malt and coffee aroma very nicely, hiding the hops a little bit. the vanilla flavor from the oak works well smoothing out the coffee and dark malt. the full body and good carbonation make this a very drinkable imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 00:13:43 | More by almychristopher
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beveragesampler

Indiana

4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with three fingers dark carmel head. Aroma is very ballanced coffee and chocolate, with little to oakiness. Little to no alcohol nose to this brew at 9.5%. Taste has only slight hop bitterness. Vanilla and oak flavors are subtle and welcoming. Mouthfeel is creamy and dissipates quickly. Overall this is an exceptional brew. My Yeti was bottled on Feb 12 2010, i feel this beer will age very well. i will definately buy more.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 02:37:09 | More by beveragesampler
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the City Tap House. Pours a jet black color with nice 2 finger brown head. Smells simply awesome like creamy chocolate coffee espresso. Found myself taking whiff after whiff to enjoy the aroma alone - all before taking my first sip. Guy next to me overhead me saying "damn" from marveling over the smell. Tastes wonderful. Nice roast, chocolate, and espresso notes. A real pleaser. Mouthfeel a little full but is great for such a sipping beer. Alcohol notes are ever present as the 9.5% ABV makes its presence known. Beware the Yeti!

1/1/13: Hello, old friend. Cracked open a bottle of this on New Year's day to pair with a breakfast burrito. "Bottled on" date read 12/13/2010. Held up great. Lots of espresso & roast character. Drinks dangerously smooth. Velvety smooth mouthfeel with a slow alcohol burn in the back of the throat. Love this beer. Wish I could find this more often so I could have it for breakfast 365 days a year.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2011 20:35:28 | More by jwhancher
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DogfishJoe

Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

S. this beer smells like straight coffee with chocolate sprinkled on top.

A. Great lacing, black as a rabid panther.

T. Just great mouthfeel. Starts with some dark chocolate roasted malt, then finishes with dark roared coffee.

O. I could drink this regularly. Just a great stout. If I had to pick I would say oak is not very appearant.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 05:43:15 | More by DogfishJoe
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ReelBigwigFish

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle, this Yeti has got to be the thickest beer I've ever poured. It looks like melted chocolate flowing into my glass. Jet black in color with a finger of brown foamy head. Excellent head retention, and lots of lacing are left after each sip.

The aroma is loaded with coffee/espresso, dark roasty malt, wet oak, and hints of alcohol. A good swirl releases moderate amounts of alcohol sweetness ranging from chocolate, dark fruit, and licorice.

The flavor is of smooth velvety chocolate and coffee with undertones of vanilla, oak, and sweet fruit. The finish has a lingering dark chocolate bitterness and perhaps a bitter hop character. It's baffling how smooth and rich this beer is. Definitely way too drinkable for it's own good; but I guess having the consistency of spent engine oil is only helping the cause. It's so sludgy that I bet it would cure a sore throat.

Granted, I haven't had KBS, CBS, or BCBS, regardless of that, this is definitely the best stout I've ever had. The regular Yeti is phenomenal on it's own, but the espresso and oak aging give it some serious oomph. Good lord is it delicious, and man is it squatchy.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 04:10:05 | More by ReelBigwigFish
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artoolemomo

Oregon

4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head and reminds me a lot of Stone's Espresso Imperial in appearance- no surprise. A very dark mocha/chocolate milk head that contains hints of purple perhaps a shade lighter than Stone. This appears as if it will take some time though big bubbles are forming. As for lacing, this is sheeting the glass. The body is also an opaque chocolate black. Very beautiful. The sheeting seems to be restricted to the top of the glass. No lacing is left after a little over a half and inch except for some connecting streaks. Leaves sheeting after each sip.

Nose- Fantastic! Smoke came out as I poured it. I can smell rich roasted coffee and chocolate and malts from a foot away. This is extremely rich with coffee and chocolate aromas. Hints of oak, vanilla, and caramel. If the flavor profile matches the aroma, this is going to be at least a 4.5 and maybe a 4.75. There's a good amount of nuttiness that arrives from the elegant roast of chocolate and coffee. Some light notes of cherry and coconut as well.

Taste- Pretty much the nose is represented on the palate. There's a lot going on here. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, cherry, coconut, and a warm tingle from the alcohol. This reminds me a lot of many of my favorite imperials. There is a tinge of vanilla and oak but this is much more subtle than Oak Aged Yeti. The oak is subtle in the beginning and has a small linger in the finish. The espresso is not as strong as in Stone because the espresso notes are spread throughout the entire flavor profile. Pretty much all the notes of this very complex beer are diffused throughout the entire tasting. Very dark chocolates and cacao are prominent. Hints of nut- peanut perhaps. The caramel becomes stronger as it opens up. Some honey shows through as well.

Mouthfeel- Between medium bodied and full. Very smooth, very creamy. This has a lovely texture to it. It is imbued with silkiness and tiny bit of grit and carbonation. Pretty much perfect.

Drinkability- This is even more dangerous than the Stone Espresso. I cannot get enough of this beer. At least, it's a little less alcoholic than the Stone. The 9.5% makes itself known at first but quickly fades into the background. This is definitely worth the 10+ (?) I paid. The one thing in Stone's favor- it's seven bucks. I think this one might have been 11,12.

Overall- This is a great beer. It's between A and A+, a definite 4.75. This makes it one notch above the Stone. An exquisite beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 03:34:32 | More by artoolemomo
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Patandnik

Florida

4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome beer. Great brewery. Probably my favorite oak aged stout I've ever had. I could drink this beer everyday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Fantastic flavors of coffee, oak, dark chocolate, and toffee blend perfectly in your mouth and finish off amazingly balanced.

If you haven't had this beer yet, GO GET IT NOW!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 14:44:42 | More by Patandnik
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/13/09. Possibly the freshest beer I've ever had at home.

Served slightly chilled from cellar temperature. Foil capped bomber opens with a loud hiss and pours into a globe-shaped glass. It's nearly black in color with thick dark tan head on top. The head settles very slowly leaving perfect lacing all around the glass.

The aroma is excellent - a perfect blend of imperial stout and coffee. There is an earthy spicy smell over huge roasty malts and espresso. The stout, coffee, and oak are all at play here and they get along just fine.

Wow. This is a coffee lovers dream beer right here. Oak Aged Yeti is a great beer to begin with and I had my doubts when I saw they had played with the recipe. I should've known they would do it right. The bitterness from the dark malts and espresso, not to mention the unusually liberal use of hops in Yeti, are surprisingly not overwhelming. Maybe it's just because they come from different sources but it comes together wonderfully. Bitter dark chocolate flavors in there too. Nice balance to all of the flavors and it's amazing that my favorite part about OAY, the oak, doesn't get lost or overshadowed. It's still there and provides a really nice soft canvas for this masterpiece.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and exceptionally smooth. There's a little burn on the finish but nothing surprising for a beer of 9.5%

Drinkability is excellent for the style. There's just so much going on that I can't help coming back for sip after sip.

I loved the Oak Aged Yeti so much that it shouldn't be surprising but I enjoy this version even more.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 01:54:54 | More by GilGarp
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paxton1978

United Kingdom (England)

4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Hulmeville Inn, PA. A nice chocolatey head and an inpenetrable dark colour to this beer. Aromas of chocolate and coffee (obviously) from this beer- smells like a rich, sweet tiramisu. The booze is well hidden in this beer, drinks way below it's ABV and is quite literally the most delicious Impy that I've ever tasted.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2010 08:39:17 | More by paxton1978
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pixieskid

Germany

4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Disclaimer; I only review beers on BA if I am disgusted or blown away...

full body, creamy mouthfeel almost milky with nice carbonation.

Strong sweet/burnt malt presence up front, with strong notes of coffee and a dark chocolate bitterness.

Strong flavors of coffee, chocolate, mollasses and undertones of bittering hops throughout.

Finishes smoothly with very strong notes of coffee, toffee, a fair oakiness, and a rich dark chocolate bitterness.

Overall amazing flavors, nice body, great balance, and abv is amazingly well hidden.

I have had Yeti, Oak Aged, and Chocolate, by far the best Yeti in my opinion (haven't had BA though).

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 05:11:22 | More by pixieskid
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 20 oz Duvel tulip glass, bottled 1/02/12. Poured aggressively and got a 4 inch mocha head, that slowly dissipates leaving layers of lace. Smell is roasted expresso, vanilla, maybe tobacco, and some leather. Taste is 95% Expresso and 5% the other flavors from the nose. Body is large like all the Yetis, a nice amount of life for the style, maybe a little on the dry side, and for stout lovers very drinkable. This is like all Yetis, wonderful. Great Divide is the master of stouts.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 02:41:16 | More by SawDog505
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frothyhead

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Great Divide Yeti snifter, deep chocolate brown with a nice three finger mocha head. Melts to a ring with nice lacing as I (quickly) empty the glass. Nose is chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate with a bit of a roasted coffee/espresso bitterness. Smells absolutely delicious.

Mouth is full bodied with medium carbonation and silky smooth feel with a little bit of a dry edge as it fades away.

Oh lordy, this is one decadent and amazing beer. I love the original Yeti, and Oak Aged Yeti, but I've only had a small tasting of the Espresso Yeti at the 2008 GABF. I remember liking it. But now I love it. Huge chocolate and malt ball taste. Roasted with that Espresso bitterness and a mild hop presense. Sweet and bitter and milky smooth.

This is extremely drinkable for a big stout. Could get you into a lot of trouble. I'm drawn to sip after sip and watching the glass empty too fast.

This is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 03:04:33 | More by frothyhead
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thisnamestoolong

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Used motor oil black with a creamy brown head

S- Wonderful, the dominant smells seem to be more along the lines of dark chocolate and vanilla. The espresso takes a bit of a back seat, but this is not a bad thing, this beer smells like heaven.

T- Where to begin? Big, bold cocoa up front, with the espresso and vanilla right behind it. The oak REALLY comes through in the flavor, as does a very peculiar (and positively wonderful) smokiness. The finish is warm booze, ever increasing oak, and even a bit of hop bite. All I can say is... wow.

M- Chewy and lightly carbonated, very well balanced.

D- This beer is definitely a sipper, but I had no problem finishing a 22 oz. bomber and was saddened upon taking the last sip... it is that good.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 15:40:21 | More by thisnamestoolong
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Kallessin

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black like motor oil. Has a brown cocoa color head that's somewhat subdued with a ring of large bubbles around the glass. There's a thin film of foam over the top.

The first thing that came to mind when smelling it was molasses. There's also tons of chocolate, roasted coffee beans, some prunes and raisins and maybe even a hint of smoky peat. I also get some burned dark brown sugar and the alcohol comes through a little. A really amazing aroma.

All the flavors I mentioned in the aroma are present in the taste as well. The dark fruits and coffee being the most prominent. There some sweet chocolate and vanilla in there as well. The hop bitterness is comes through a lot which surprised me a little and found very enjoyable. I also detect a little charred flavor liked burned wood, which I assume would be from the oak. I noticed as the beer warms up the dark fruit goes away and the roasted chocolate, bitterness and the alcohol is more apparent.

This is a very smooth, velvety and creamy beer. It's definitely full bodied with a slight prickly warming sensation (that is more apparent as it warms up). It's moderately dry on the finish.

It's certainly a sipper but is fantastic. Has a fairly complex mix of flavors and the warming feels makes it a perfect winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 00:19:20 | More by Kallessin
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midnite2sixman

Michigan

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up at Siciliano's in Grand Rapids.

Ink black with a crown brown sugar. Head is mammoth but recedes leaving globs along the side of the glass.

Toasted coconut and fermented prunes on the nose. Big heavy notes here. Dark fruits and some bitter cocoa fudgey notes as well.

Sweet fudge brownies are apparent in the taste. Cocoa and coffee, mocha if you will. Bittersweet chocolate but a nice fudgey round taste all over.

Slightly overwhelming at first but once you get a grasp it is smooth and round versions of all the mentioned flavors. Big big coffee taste on aftertaste, but not overly bitter.

Quite a fantastic beer, well worth a buy.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 02:56:44 | More by midnite2sixman
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WestValleyIPA

California

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Ommegang Goblet. Short pour, and still got a nice finger of brown head. Black like the dark ages. Smells - Bourbon off the bat, roast coffee, almost smells milky like a cappucino. Gettin some chocolate and vanilla as well. The taste - if I could give this higher than 5 I would. Sweet milky espresso drink. Tastes like a coffee nip with a shot of bourbon poured on top. The tastes just hangs on. Will probably be on my tongue after I die. Nice bitter burnt coffee flavor. Stupidly drinkable given the alcohol. Lord oh lord.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 00:53:33 | More by WestValleyIPA
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boralyl

Oregon

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into my tulip glass it produces one inch of brown, creamy head. The head recedes fairly quickly leaving bits of sticky lacing behind. The beer itself is pitch black, looks like motor oil.

S - The expresso aroma is noticed immediately. It smells great, but isn't overpowering. The expresso gives way a little bit revealing some chocolate, roasted notes, and some earthy hops.

M - Full in body and adequately carbonated. There is some creaminess to the texture.

T - Milk chocolate and vanilla notes hit the tongue first. Some oak character is present next followed by the expresso flavors. The beer finishes with a coffee bitterness.

A nicely done imperial stout. The base beer combined with the oak and coffee work very well together. Looking forward to trying the other varieties.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 02:24:48 | More by boralyl
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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