Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,485
Reviews: 1,035
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 260
Gots: 756 | 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 Vec2267
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep black body with a medium tan head that produces nice lace

S: coffee and burnt malts

T: deep coffee, burnt malts, chocolate, hint of vanilla, an all out taste assault

M: incredibly rich and smooth

D: as intense and rich as this beer is, the pieces come together to make a very drinkable beer

Incredible beer, I love Yeti, but the espresso aging smoothes away the sharp alcohol notes from normal Yeti and adds a wonderful coffee component.

Photo of DenverLogan
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a growler...second day of being opened.
Pours black with large brown head...poured in Scotch Silly tulip glass.
Aroma of espresso, dark roasted malts, sweet malts, Mexican chocolate.
Moderate carbonation and big tongue piercing mouthfeel.
Flavors of Mexican hot chocolate, chocolate molten cake, dark roasted malts, chocolate malts, carob, bitter chocolate, slight chili pepper, vanilla, candy sugar, bitter hops. Oooh la la...absolutely delicious for an impy stout lover, but, oh yeah, there's a butt!!... like another of my favorite imperial stouts, Alesmith Speedway Stout, I don't know that the addition of Espresso (or oak, or even barrel aging), improves from the original. The one exception with the Yeti for me is the Belgian Yeti, which I usually love (there are slight variations in batches, or at least handling).
Nevertheless, even as a non-coffee (or espresso) drinker, this is super fine. Rich, smooth, bold, fulfilling, challenging, strong and something I could drink way too much of alone with an open growler!

Photo of Elprico
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours jet black. Has a great reddish brown head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring.

S-Smells just like coffee, but further inspection reveals the oak. Just fantastic smelling.

T- Just like the smell, it immediately tastes like espresso, but leaves a great oak aftertaste. Dangerously drinkable.

M-It has a thick, velvety body that is light on the carbonation.

O-It's hard to go wrong with any variety of Yeti, but this has to be my favorite by far. A great, balanced espresso flavor that doesn't leave an overly intense bitterness in your mouth makes this another stand-out from Great Divide.

Photo of Krakistophales
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours jet black with a thin layer of chocolate colored head that recedes into some funky patterns up top. This beer looks amazing, like a true RIS.

S: Double espresso, dark roasted malts, vanilla, toffee, woody/oakiness, bittersweet chocolate, booziness

T: At first, you have just the slightest hint of vanilla, toffee, and malty sweetness, only to have it ripped away by a black, roasted malt/coffee/double espresso bomb, finished with a dry, bitter, oaky finish that has the slightest hint of earthy hops and espresso. Marvelous.

O: This is my favorite of all the Yetis, except that I haven't tried the chocolate yeti yet. This is an amazing stout under any standards, and if you have a chance to get one, get it. This one is bottled on Dec 20, 2010 so it's got a few months of age on it, but still plenty of flavor and bite.

Photo of homebrew311
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to see that the variants of Yeti have finally made it to Chicago. Poured into NB Globe glass.

A: just like the other variant, thick black pour, dark brown head, velvety appearance, good head rentention, very little lacing

S: huge coffee and chocolate, melded seamlessly... coffee is extra bold and robust, specialty grains back it up with big notes of roastiness and chocolate, some oak character comes to play in the back with the signature Yeti hop bite at the end. Lots going on here, it all seems to be very well balanced. Smells luscious.

T: rich notes of chocolate come first followed by stiff espresso, these two notes interplay nicely and provide a depth and richness. The oak isn't as prominent on the palate, the finish is big and hoppy. Another wonderful variant of Yeti.

MF: thick, creamy, velvety, low carbonation

D: probably my favorite Yeti... the added element of espresso seems to tie the hops in well with the big specialty grain profile.

Photo of videofrog
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a snifter at the Ginger Man in Fort Worth, TX. Thanks go out to the bartender for serving this perfectly and giving me the 12oz when barrel-aged brews were supposed to only be 1/2 pint.

A: Dark black with a creamy brown head that sits atop the brew nicely the entire time. Slight spiderweb lacing.

S: Here's where they hit a home run. Coffee & chocolate up front, oak & slight alcohol in the background. Some dark fruity notes come into play after it warms a little.

T: Much like the smell, but was able to detect the oak and vanilla a little more here. Slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Thick bodied, light carbonation, something to chew on.

O: Have been a fan of imperial stouts for a while now, but this was my first barrel-aged. REALLY enjoyed it. I took my time with it and savored every sip. Would highly recommend.

Photo of misfit1034
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from slightly below room temp bottle into pint. Left an amazingly fluffy head the color burnt caramel that slowly faded into a nice lacing as the glass emptied. Smells like roasted coffee and malts. Mouthfeel is a little slick and creamy and at first tasted like a shot of espresso with an almost undetectable bitter woody finish... Really like this and would recommend over most other wood/barrel aged stouts I have has...

Photo of RickS95
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It doesn't get any better. It pours a thick, viscous black inky looking liquid. The head is roughly a finger in size, and brown. It's the way beer should look.

Roasted coffee and smoke fill the nose. Enough said.

The taste buds pick up the same things as the nose. Roasted coffee is dominant, but not overbearing. In addition, there's some bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and some woodiness to it.

This is a creamy beer, with some complexity. Early on, it's smooth and easy going. As it works its way to the back of your mouth, the bitterness starts to shine through. Despite the high alcohol, it's a very gentle and easy beer to drink.

For someone who likes dark, chewy beers, this approaches perfection. As the beer warms, the vanilla starts to come to the front and provides a balance of sweetness that really puts this beer over the top.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

G: Poured into a brandy snifter.

A: Dark as night with a nice, smooth, tan-colored espresso head.

S: Loads of espresso with some dark malt behind.

T: Overpowering espresso that is somehow balanced against the mild sweetness of the malt.

M: Heavenly. Sublimely creamy and the alcohol is hardly detectable.

D: Very, very drinkable. It's a hot, hot 86 degrees here in Chicago, and I still want more of this thick stout. Now that's an endorsement.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with a brown head. In the aroma, coffee, oak, and bourbon notes. In the taste, dry coffee, quite oaky, and a chocolate like end. A smooth and medium to big bodied mouthfeel, with a dry coffee and small bourbon like aftertaste. Big coffee, nice bourbon/ oaky notes and hides the ABV.

Photo of riemster
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hoppin Frog snifter. Bottled January 2012.

A- oil, thick, shiny, beautiful small brown head with a whipped cream consistency

S- chocolate and coffee explosion, earthy wood too, feels like your nose is turning into a cappuccino machine

T- milk and dark chocolate overwhelms, but with a Willy Wonka's chocolate factory sense of awe, coffee is also present obviously, but is not as strong as bottles less than 6 months of age, the mellowed out coffee and chocolate flavor is superb, hop presence as well, really balances the sweet chocolate flavors, toast and a little vanilla too

M- thick and sticky, i was licking my lips so much my friends were becoming annoyed

O- If you like chocolate or coffee, then this is a must-have. Great imperial stout. The added hop characteristics really balance out this beer. I didn't think I would enjoy this beer as much as I did with a bottle date over a year ago, but I thought it was still great. Having it aged a bit was just as good as having it fresh, but for different reasons.

Photo of beerman207
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had a yeti sighting a few weeks ago with a bottle and enjoyed the bottle but having it on tap was significantly better.

Appearance: Black and thick with little lacing and no real head

Smell: Smelled of coffee, bitter chocolate, and malt

Taste: Strong tones of coffee, some nuttiness in there, bitterness is really mild with a very smooth finish. I was most suprised by the finish of this brew.

Mouthfeel - Very well balanced

Drinkability- This was the most suprising for me since I got half of a growler of the yeti. I was able to have 2 of these with no problem and could have had more. One word of caution is to watch out for the 9% alcohol. It snuck up on me and I was feeling pretty good very fast.

Photo of Deuane
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Deep black with large mocha tan head that reduces to a thin cap and leaves nice lacing.

S-Take oak aged Yeti and add coffee. The addition makes it even better! Chocolate and coffee aromas swirl in a dance of decadence.

T-Sweet chocolate malt and bitter coffee with balancing astringency from the oak. Never becomes too sweet nor too dry and bitter. Great balance.

M-Medium-heavy body with nice lingering flavours and drying finish.

D-This is one of the most impressive coffee infused RIS's I have ever had. Simply awesome. Take oak-aged Yeti and crank it up to eleven!

Photo of buckslayer50
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Good God this was good, the espresso comes through really strong and it looks and tastes beautiful

Photo of ImpairedPirate
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout (Great Divide Brewing Co.) 9.5%ABV Bottled on March 19, 2010 poured into a glass 01/01/2011

A - Similar composition to standard issue Yeti, but the bottle has a regal gold foil top.  Pours thick into a glass. Black body, very dark brown head (darker than usual) for an imperial stout.

S - Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts.

T - Incredible (as in quality, not quantity) smokey note.  While smokey oak is not the most dominant flavor, it is the reason to try this brew.  Creamy vanilla, tiny bit of bitter, with a coffee undercurrent.  The coffee tone is subtle enough to not detract from the overall experience, yet enough to add an interesting layer.

M - Silky smooth, finishes just as nicely as it begins. Wish the body was a little more substantial.

D - Dangerously drinkable.  No alcohol burn, and balanced.  A great offering from Great Divide-- try this.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, 9.5% ABV. Bottled on 2/13/09. Pours pitch black. Thick, creamy mocha head. Great head retention. Huge patches of lace as it disappears. Very lovely.

Strong espresso, coffee, and bitter dark chocolate aroma. Roasty, with some oaky undertones, but the espresso seems to take over.

Roasty with a good amount of oak, which melds very well with the espresso. Nice amount of dark chocolate. Not a whole lot of sweetness.

Medium body, a bit creamy. Lower carbonation. Some warming from the alcohol, dry at the finish. Could be fuller, but overall outstanding.

Photo of JayS2629
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark as night black with a creamy copper head that sticks around and leaves huge walls of creamy lace.

The aroma is of roaste malts, strong robust esspresso, dark chocolate, toffee and a hint of booze. Subtle dark fruit notes blend in well with a nice woody, oak and hints of vanilla.

The taste is of rich dark chocolate, toffee, brown sugar and molasis with hints of dark fruit. This gives way to a nice oak character with some earthy hops in the background. The esspresso is in the front and in the afterbreath, it lingers a nice bitter note with a touch of vanilla. Complex and balanced.

Creamy, silky, and smooth. Overall, a very delicious and enjoyable beer.

Photo of jdubjacket
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Brickstore Pub. Came out as a chocolate black with traces of a milk chocolate head. Looks good enough to eat. Smells is slightly hoppy, chocolate, toffee, and, of course, coffee. Taste is exceptional. The coffee is prevalent with traces of chocolate. Very well balanced. The coffee and hops create a bitter ending that balance the malt very well. Silky, creamy smooth mouthfeel going down. Tough to drink more than one, but this is definitely one of the better beers that I've had recently.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber to snifter

A: Pours a totally black body with a reddish brown 2 finger head with good retention and about half a glass of lacing.

S: Smelled the hops no more than a second after i popped the cap off. Aside from the hops I get strong roasty malts with strong hints of chocolate and espresso.

T: Hops sneak in right away but only for a second as the beer hits your lips. Malts quickly take over with a strong roastiness still met with a decent amount of hop. A third party enters as Mr. Oak creeps in with subtle whispers as he invites Bittersweet Chocolate (a young sassy woman) to join the party. As this quartet of flavors dances across your tongue big fat Espresso shoves his way onto the stage and demands attention. He is a bold one. The strong espresso gives off a nice amount of bitterness...the kind that Mr. hops can jump on board with, which he does. The finish is bold and has a decent bitter bite to it. My favorite part about this flavor party is that Dr. Alcohol attended but kept very quiet.

Overall: Mouthfeel was very pleasant, very well carbonated and not as thick as I expected. Drinkablility is very good, however such a big flavor and alcohol bring it down a bit, one bomber will do for me. Fantastic beer.

Photo of wcudwight
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thick and dark as night. There's not the faintest hint of light getting through. Nice thick milky dark chocolate colored head. Judging the beer by the cover, this one will be a gem. Smells of bitter bakers chocolate and vanilla. Faint hint of coffee aroma but I was expecting much more. Smells good, just not what I was expecting. On first sip I let out an audible, "WOW!" This is one tasty beer. Sweet chocolate and vanilla flavors balanced by the roasted and coffee flavors. By balanced, I mean perfectly balanced. I honestly don't see how Great Divide could improve on this beer. I love coffee beers and this is one of the best I've had. It's right up there with Pisgah Valdez. Mouthfeel is so thick you can chew on it. Wonderful beer and I wished I'd purchased more than one bomber.

Photo of pants678
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a retaining beige head.

Espresso and cream.

Coffee stouts can fry your taste buds but this Yeti does not. The oak's subtle, the espresso's pronounced but that nor the alcohol gives much of a bite. That said, it's a year old bottle. A simple stout that's top of the type.

Carbonation is just right.

Photo of bobhits
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black color, builds a milk chocolate head, thick and creamy as ice cream. Simply lovely looking stuff.

Deep roasted chocolate, hops asserting their presence, and perhaps some roasted coffee though chocolate is dominating this.

Much like the nose an amazing roasted chocolate flavor is simply over powering. Espresso? More like dark chocolate yeti! I am assuming the espresso beans are the bitter dark flavor here, hops blend with this and the roasted malt in the base beer are why this tastes like a dark chocolate lovers dream beer, but I’m still just not thinking coffee at all here. A huge improvement over oaked yeti and yeti!

Exceptional carbonation, perfect body, just sinfully great!

It has been a few years since I last had Yeti and frankly thought the hops and oak used in Oaked Yeti just made for a mess of a beer. No need to worry about this one however. Just a wonderful chocolate cream treat. I’m a bit worried about the chocolate Yeti since this beer is a perfect chocolate beer. Just amazing!

Edit

As someone who now knows what coffee tastes like....yes I know how crazy it sounds. This beer got me into coffee. Yes it is bitter chocolate but the espresso is not subtle...it is overt and simply AMAZING.

Photo of wescj
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours black, with a thick, light brown head. Nice lace.

Espresso hits the nose first, followed by a very extravegant scent of roasted malts, and everything that would be expected for an oak aged imperial stout.

First taste is incredible--it's like biting into a dark chocolate espresso truffle. The oak smooths things out so nicely. Very rich, and everything I've ever wanted in a coffee stout.

Medium bodied and very smooth mouthfeel.

I love coffee stouts, and this has to be one of the best I've had.

Photo of Tylertut
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I usually don't review beers but I made an exception for this one.
Poured into a Teku Glass and slightly over celler temp.

Look: The color is right on par with other stouts, a dark, almost black, brown. But the head was a beautiful dark brown raj left a bit of lacing for me to stare at as I drank it.

Smell: lots of coffee with a bit of chocolate and roastiness.

Taste: Oh. My. God. Lots of bitter coffee with just the right amount of chocolate to cut the bitter to an appropriate level. Long coffee at the end as well which was wonderful.

Mouthfeel: Seemed it was a bit thin for me but I usually prefer thick body stouts. Still pretty good.

Overall: An amazing coffee stout that blows the regular out of the water. My general comparison for coffee stouts is FBS and never had a stout outdone that one like this one has. Wish I would have picked up another bottle.

Photo of a0lbudman
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-black with a large brown head that laces the glass
S-coffee and a sweet chocolate smell
T-strong coffee taste with a strong hop bitter aftertaste that stays with you. You also get a warming in the aftertaste. Then you get a smooth taste with a malt finish that balances out the strong bitter taste
M-medium body with a low carbonation
O-This beer was outstanding. It gives you a little chocolate malt sweetness and a large bitter aftertaste that finished with a smooth taste at the finish

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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