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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,008
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 204
Gots: 563 | FT: 41
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a sample of this last night with dkachur, CrellMoset and IBUnit63. Now having more, so I suppose it made a good first impression!

A: Midnight black with a very rich head of brown... a darker brown, at that, almost chocolatey, almost 3 fingers tall with quite a nice retention. This is one good looking beer.

S: The big coffee scents stand out quite a bit, along with a deep roasted malt and the added scents of both chocolate and vanilla.

T: Quite a bitter brew, like a good shot of espresso in the morning. I imagine this isn't a great choice for the evening (which is how I'm consuming it!) but it's tasty, nonetheless! That dark roast coffee flavour along with bitter dark chocolates. Intense and rich.

M + D: Quite well carbonated, with a good bit of sting on the tip of the tongue. That said, it does kind of become a muddy, thicker feeling as it goes down and with each subsequent sips. Alcohol becomes much more apparent and it starts to get rather hot and boozy. This is certainly more suited to be a slow sipper, but it's quite a nice tasting beer in the end. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 06:06:43 | More by Proteus93
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of MasterSki, split with my girlfriend into two tulips. Bottled on February 12, 2010.

Pours a few shades off black, three fingers of light brown head. Mild retention and great lace. Nose of dark fruits, light vanilla and oak. Some espresso and dark chocolate when I dug a bit deeper into this, I suspect it's faded a bit. Light notes of alcohol. Taste is more prominent in terms of oak and vanilla initially, leading into some milk and dark chocolate. Some citrus hops in the late finish, coming long after the dry espresso and lingering bitterness it have long gone. Good heavy medium body, and drinkability and enjoyable overall. Thanks Alex.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 00:05:40 | More by liamt07
Photo of Landfill21


4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a pint glass and poured into a dark black color with minimal head and lacing that follows the drink all the way down.

Has a nice smell of coffee, chocolate and a hint of vanilla.

Has a very nice taste of coffee, espresso, chocolate and roasted nuts

Has a medium to heavy mouthfeel and you can taste some carbonation but not overbearing

Drinkibility is very low due to high alcohol content and complex taste, is a medium to heavy mouthfeel.

I would recommend this beer to stout lovers.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 01:44:40 | More by Landfill21
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New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a dogfish head signature glass. The pour yields a deep brown-to-black body that lets no light through. There is a thick three finger frothing mocha head that fizzles and leaves behind a sticky, oily lacing on the walls of the glass.

The fist sniff of the beer is full of chocolate, but upon second smell (and everyone thereafter) there is a ton of smooth, roasted espresso. The chocolate is lurking underneath, as well as hints of wood, toffee and vanilla. As the beer warms there is a definite licorice component as well.

The flavor is full of deeply roasted strong coffee, followed by the subtle hints of wood and a fairly strong blend of dark chocolate with a little bit of coconut. The coffee flavors go right up to the boundary of over-roasted burntness, but stop short and give way to crisp freshly cut grassy hops very briefly. The hops complement the roasted espresso flavors and the oak barrel nicely. The finish is a blast of coffee flavor that lingers long after the beer is swallowed.

The beer is full bodied, roasty and smooth. The alcohol is well hidden by the flavors and accentuates the beer's flavors nicely. Overall this is a very good imperial stout that I will happily revisit.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 21:21:26 | More by rpstevens
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint 6 oz poured into a ommegang snifter

Appearance: Dark completely non-transparent a head of a dark nut color head but leaves faintly fast

Smell: the first thing to hit me was the espresso then oak maybe a little carmel malt but more espresso oak then anything after the head goes so does the stronger aromas of carmel but still strong espresso

Taste: like a cup of coffee with an oak tree in the middle

Mouthfeel: syrupy, strong character of espresso and malted oak

Drinkability: good going down like a shot of espresso maybe a shareable drink with a friend after a long, cold, winter day

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 03:44:44 | More by Barleythenred
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on: Jan 10, 2013

Appearance: Pitch black body with a foamy dark brown head.

Aroma: Sweet dark malts, a hint of espresso, and an overall bright aroma.

Taste: Espresso flavor hits the palate immediately and stays through to the aftertaste. Very smooth mix of dark malts and a roasty character that builds in intensity right after the finish and then fades away. No real hop flavor in here but a moderate bitterness that could be both charred malt and hop influenced. 9.5% ABV almost seems light for how much flavor there is to enjoy. Interestingly there really isn't any oak flavor, but perhaps its implementation has gone more towards smoothing all the flavors than adding its own.

Mouthfeel: This is a thick beer by any standards but somehow feels very light and has great drinkability. The carbonation disrupts some of the smoothness of this brew but the feel is still nice overall.

Final Thoughts: I've never had an espresso stout before but if Espresso Oak Aged Yeti is any indication, then it is a good flavor to have. Would I drink it again? Yes, I've got last years vintage to try.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 23:41:22 | More by JamesMN
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a thick midnight black. A large billowy deep tan head has been lingering for a few minutes now. As the head slowly recedes it is leaving some thick lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: It has a deep dark coffee grounds aroma that almost stings the nostrils. Some hints of chocolate are noted on the aroma as well, but coffee dominates.

T: No surprise with this one. Coffee, coffee, and a little more coffee. It has a raw earthy taste. The chocolate is very subtly. The wood aging is definitely apparent in this beer. It adds a nice layer of complexity. There is a slight hop bitterness on the finish. The alcohol is hidden really well.

Overall this is a great beer. It definitely has some more moving parts compared to the regular Yeti. I actually prefer the regular one a little more.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 00:45:45 | More by ugaterrapin
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Jan 9, 2012

Beer is black with a large tan head. Good retention, some lacing.

Big, bitter coffee scent in the nose, along with oak, roasted malt. A nice smell, probably nicer the more into coffee you are.

Taste is like the nose. A lot of coffee but it is balanced somewhat by the oak, resulting in vanilla and wood flavours. The roasted malt is present as well. Mildly bitter. A bit of a caramel flavour in the finish. More coffee than I would like but nice.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Very smooth, quite silky.

Overall, really nice. I am not a coffee drinker and generally do not like a strong coffee flavour in my stouts. However, the oak balances the coffee flavour in a way that makes it very nice. Better than I expected it to be.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 23:51:54 | More by jrenihan
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter, sat at room temperature from the fridge for thirty minutes. Bottled on date reads 12/20/11.

A- Pours motor oil black with a gorgeous caramel colored head that quickly fades. Lots of lacing is apparent along the glass.

S- Tons of coffee and roasty malt. I'm getting some vanilla aromas also.

T- Coffee/ espresso overpowers all. The roasty malts are apparent. Aftertaste is packed with the coffee taste and almost slight hopped finish.

M- Heavy, chewy, all coffee.

A good beer, GD definitely accomplishes what they were going for. The coffee is a bit much for me in this one. I would have probably enjoyed it after some time to age it to let the strong coffee characters subside a bit.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 04:01:23 | More by vic21234
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New York

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark opaque (in a pilsner glass!) with lots of foam/lacing.
S - Coffee and roasted grains.
T - Complex. Chocolate, coffee, roast grains and some hops. The main flavors are roasty/coffee. slightly acrid, but works with the flavors. Oak is there, but blends with the other flavors.
M - Thick with light carb.
O - This one is very good. Deep and roasty, enjoyable if you pace yourself. Yum!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 02:47:58 | More by gaugebozo
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured from the bottle the beer pours a very dark chocolate brown with a nice light brown head. The scent is all rich roast coffee with a hint of chocolate malt. The taste is coffee though not as intense as the nose would indicate. The mouthfeel is full and rich but again not quite up to expectations. Overall this is a very tasty beer and I am glad I tried it. While the alcohol level stated on the bottle is high it is extremely well integrated and not at all noticeable when drinking this brew. The carbonation is also well integrated.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 00:17:59 | More by Nuke77
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired a few of these in trades/extras recently, so thanks to all!

Pours a clear dark reddish brown, verging on black, very thick light brown/tan head forms, quickly settles to a medium layer and ring around the glass, drops some nice lace sheets on the glass. Smell is real nice, like oak aged Yeti, but with espresso, caramel, lots of roast, chocolate, vanilla, subtle oak, some floral and piney hops, fruit, raisins, molasses and brown sugar. Taste is very roast, lots of heavy espresso and dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, dark fruit, like a chocolate covered coffee bean, some floral hops, dry and biscuity in the finish, pretty heavy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, some warmth from the alcohol, but quite nice. Thanks to everyone!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 03:10:00 | More by Viggo
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Great Lakes Tulip from a 22 Bomber bottled on 12/11/2011.

A: Pours Jet Black, with about one finger of light brown head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Chocolate, Expresso, Vanilla, Oak, Roasted Malts.

T: Chocolate and roasted malts hit up from, the backbone consists of an oak taste and coffee notes. Finished with a little bit of a bite.

M: Full body with proper carbonation.

O: This was my first Great Divide beer - I really love the smell here, the taste didn't yield as much coffee as I had expected.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 03:29:29 | More by BeRanger
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours totally jet black in color with a generous one fingered toffee colored head. The lacing sticks to the sides of the glass and clings like glue.

S - Dominated by expresso and coffee, bitter chocolate, and with a mild smokey character.

T - The name lives up to the taste. This beer is a big time, in your face type of coffee/expresso stout. Expresso flavor totally dominates...and I do mean DOMINATES! There's a mild bitter chocolate, somewhat smokey flavor with alot of charcoal mixed in. Burnt malt in the back ground leaves a sticky, mouthsmacking impression of just sucking down a mouthful of raw coffee beans. Pour this in place of your morning cup of java and it will definitely kick start your day!

M - A little chewy, thick, full bodied, and rich.

D - I couldn't drink more than one. I'm not a fan of coffee, but I do enjoy Imperial Stouts and this is definitely worth checking out. I'd have to say this is the biggest and strongest coffee flavored beer I've had to date.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2010 02:35:43 | More by jzeilinger
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served ontap in a 12oz snifter.

A: Stout black with 1mm head that quicjly dissipated to a ducks foot cram streak and ring. Nice lacing.
S: Subtle espresso and cocoa.
T: Well the name is well earned here. Strong espresso and malty flavors with a chocolate underbelly. Quit delicious, would be better bottles with age.
M: impressive - the mouth of a fine RIS, challenging the tongue with every sip.
D: Very enticing. Could easily be a habit if it weren't an imperial stout.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2009 21:46:27 | More by Source
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a goblet. Bottled on April 2, 2010.

A: Black body with a big tan head that leaves tons of lacing.

S: Coffee. Lots of coffee. Also a hint of chocolate.

T: Mostly coffee, a bit of chocolate, and a fair amount of alcohol burn.

M: Thick but not syrupy. A bit of carbonation.

D: I'd say that this is the best of the Yeti series by a good margin Fair warning, though. If you don't like coffee, stay far away. Then again, if you don't like coffee, you probably don't care for imperial stouts in the first place.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 08:51:20 | More by BarrelO
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wineglass and shared with Cavery.

A: Pours a black with some very dark hints of brown. A chocolate milk, thick, creamy head. Looks awesome and true to the label.

S: Honestly, a strong scent of kopi luwak coffee though I strongly doubt that's used. Creamy, even a little lactose/milk chocolate with oak; the espresso comes through much sweeter than expected. Exceptionally delicious nose.

T: Slightly creamy milk chocolate melted in espresso with tons of woody/oak character. The oak in this is much stronger than in the nose, and maybe even a little overbearing. It's pretty sweet overall, more chocolate character than I honestly even remember the chocolate oak aged yeti having. The sweetness is definitely tempered down by bitterness from the esspresso and the woodiness of the oak, though.

M: Medium-thick bodied with a fine, thoroughly infused carbonation that can almost be mistaken for grains. A little bit creamy, just right for the tastes.

O: This beer is really very delicious. I wonder if the woody character would come down with age, and if so just how delicious it can get. Whether you've had much experience with esspresso stouts or not I think you can pick this up, enjoy it, and admire it for its wonderful execution. I repeat my previous concern though, as it stands, there's too much wood/oak in this that tamppers down the more savory and sweet flavors in a way that's a little overbearing. If the woodiness disappears with age or with a different recipe, I'd have no problem giving this a 4.5+.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 05:10:27 | More by Klym
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North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Apex Beer Dispensary. Bottled on Dec 23 2013.

A - Deep, deep black with a small tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - Starts coffee then goes dark chocolate before settling into a mix of the two along with notes of oak and smoke. The coffee never dominates but rather dances among the other aspects. Some hops come through as it warms.

T - Big time dry roast coffee, maybe too much. It finishes with a dry, roasty bitterness. Good depth and complexity but the espresso just runs a little too wild for my taste.

M - Creamy and smooth. The carbonation is there but also unnoticeable.

O - Very good but I'd like it more with a bit less coffee.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 11:29:15 | More by GJ40
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a brown bomber bottle into a straight-sided Imperial pint glass.

A= At cellar temp this ale poured jet black with mahogany highlights and a 1.5" dark tan head. The head settled to a skim, but left huge sheets of sticky lace down my glass. Good color and amazing lace.

S= Lots of dark roastiness going on in the nose, with wood, coffee, chocolate, and woody/earthy hops all making an appearance.

T= Started off with a short but balanced battle of sweet malts, chocolate, and roasty darker grains before the espresso kicked in to tip things into the land of roasty bitterness. The oak added a woody dryness that was pleasant and well placed to emphasize the other flavors. The hops came in about halfway and were quite bitter but not out of hand when placed against the other ingredients. Bitterness was firm and hop flavor was earthy and woody (I'd be surprised if there were no English hops in this beer). Finished very dry and roasty with a lingering sense of the wood barrel on my tongue.

MF= Full bodied with a moderate carbonation level that was there but sort of overwhelmed by the heft of this beer. Smooth mouthfeel.

D= Very easy to drink despite the ABV. It took me awhile to grab one of these (maybe I was annoyed by the hype?) but I am glad I finally tried this. I will be buying more for sure, and I think this would be a great candidate for aging.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 05:42:53 | More by spointon
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours black with a reddish brown head. Nice lacing. Head consists of small tightly knit bubbles. Very nice.

S- Espresso, chocolate, liquor, dark fruit (plumbs, raisins), licorice.

T- Chocolate, liquor, espresso, sweet and sugary. Roast balances out most of the sweetness. Dark fruit becomes more and more prominent as I drink (and as it warms). It also becomes quite tart which I am not liking.

M- Lighter side of full bodied. Silky. Low carbonation. Feels lighter as it warms.

D- Very drinkable beer that goes down very easily, even for an imperial stout.

Overall, significantly better than the chocolate yeti. Good beer that I would have again. Would like to have fresher next time, so the espresso would take an even bigger role.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 04:02:17 | More by TK5150
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is black and forms a nice brown head of small and medium bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is sweet with some roast. Its about I expected.

Beer is really smooth, coffee flavors comes up late, there is no carbonation in the palate but connectivity is fine with the sweetness up front and the roasted bitterness in the back. Drinkability is high.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2010 22:03:35 | More by drabmuh
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter

Dark and delicious. Great head retention, ok lacing but gotta love that deep mocha colored head. A nice coffee tang comes through before the oak does in the nose but seems not quite as complex as it really is upon the first sip. Drinking it almost perfectly at proper serving temp but feel like letting it warm to see just how interesting this brew is gonna get. A very tasty brew. All the usual suspects are there to comfort me; vanilla, oak, coffee, plenty of roasted malt & even some hops. Great body. The astringency that comes with the bitter coffee notes is really well balanced. Overall excellent mouthfeel for the style I'd have to say. A must try for lovers of oaked stouts, coffee stouts, vanilla porters and the like. Oh almost forgot, alcohol no where to be found in the nose, taste or mouthfeel. If it was 10.5 or 11% that might be a complement, but a 9.5% ahhhh, honestly I think there's room in this delicious brew for another couple hundred pounds of malt. Then again I'm always a fan of going bigger so take it for what it's worth.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 19:44:13 | More by JamesMcPolin
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New Brunswick (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on Dec.13/10 with 9.5% abv.

Poured from a bomber. Dark, thick brown with no other highlights. Creamy espresso head with nice lacing. I find that there is nothing that stands out on the nose. A little espresso and chocolate. This is a great tasting brew. Dark chocolate, molasses and espresso really stand up. I was skeptical because of the espresso oak aged, but the smoothness is amazing. At 9.5%, this a as mellow as they come. Balanced, smooth and easy going. Last thing, almost zero carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 22:08:43 | More by spree92
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent! I had heard of the Yeti and happened to find this at store in Boston on a little weekend trip.

A: Crazy dark, no light even at the end. Had a huge head that laced down the entire glass

S: Not as much espresso as I had assumed based on the name but it's still there alongside some roasted maltiness and a bit of sweet almost chocolate aroma

T: Delicious, got the coffee flavor at the end. Really liked the oak flavor in there also. Super complex brew with lots going on and very well balanced

M: Good and hearty feel but smooth and rich

D: More drinkable than you would think. I could go through a couple of these without too much trouble

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 05:05:37 | More by shanem
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - like a snifter of super dark roast espresso with a fluffy coffee colored head that is thick like waffle batter! I could float more beer on top of this I think. Great looking pour!

Aroma - dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee beans, vanilla beans, burnt coffee, burnt sugar and something akin to buttermilk or toffee. Plenty of the earthy oaky smells are also apparent.

Taste - lots of the vanilla from the oak comes out right away along with the big malty flavors followed by a very distinct bitter coffee aftertaste that stays on your tongue until you wash it away with another sip. Bold roasty and toasty flavors, this is some very rich stuff with a nice coffee aspect to it.

Overall - bitter, black and slightly mysterious. This Yeti packs a unique coffee punch and also delivers quite a few "deja vu" Yeti flavors.

Would I buy more of it? - Definitely, unless they came out with some other Yeti varieties in which case I'd have to try them first.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 16:21:13 | More by indiapaleale
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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