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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,071 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,071
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 214
Gots: 581 | FT: 42
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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: John_M on 05-16-2008)
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Photo of Bobsurfhb
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pour in a snifter with a very thick head that was about 4 inches. Very frothy with a few bubbles, and as dark as the deepest cave. Defiantly looked appetizing.

S - Espresso, dark chocolate, cigar box

T - dark chocolate, coffee, earthy

M - very fresh and smooth on the front and a little bitter on the back end.

D - A very good well rounded beer with sweetness and some savory bitterness. Something to drink during the fall/winter after a hard days work.

Bobsurfhb, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of jraycee
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with a thick mocha colored head. Leaves heavy lacing.
Smells of chocolate, espresso, vanilla bean, pumpernickel.
Tastes of heavy espresso balanced against some sweet malts. I get the woody vanilla flavors in the aftertaste with sweet chocolate.
Perfectly smooth and not too heavy.
Very drinkable. another please!

jraycee, May 23, 2009
Photo of aewinte1
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours black like a typical stout with larger than average, fluffy, 2.5" head
S- Smells strongly of chocolate, followed by coffee. I would expect the coffee aroma to be stronger, but that chocolate scent really comes through. Smells almost like milk chocolate like ST Mokah. Seems like this one will be very sweet.
T- Taste somewhat follows the scent. Chocolate and coffee. Thought it would be super sweet, but the oak chips add an earthy tone that helps balance it out. The oak flavor is definitely very subtle, but does just enough to balance out what would be a super sweet beer.
M- Mouthfeel is good, but nothing really jumps out about it. Not too thick, not terribly thin. Wouldn't mind if it was a little thicker.
D- Alcohol is excellently masked and hardly detectable. If it weren't for the price tag, I could drink this a bunch.

aewinte1, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of mugglesandhops
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into snifter consumed 4/2/09.

Pours a beautiful opaque black with a dark brown head. Lacing is amazingly layered all the way through the beer. Smells of coffee, esspresso, maybe a faint whiff of chocolate. Taste of esspresso, woddy, sharp, bitter, coffee, some earthy hop flavors. Full bodied. More alcohol burn than I expected.

mugglesandhops, May 15, 2010
Photo of tjkinate
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not the best Yeti, but not worst either!

A: 1+ finger head of cocoa brown color forms atop this deep brown bodied brew and displays good retention and fairly solid lacing.

S: Coffee scents (to be expected) that are very pleasant, like walking into a cafe. Oak scents are mild and are overshadowed by chocolate malts and hints of booze. Hop profile is quite low in the nose and not indicative of the series.

T: Hops reveal themselves in the tasting, but more subtle than other Yeti's. Coffee is quite strong and the oak makes more of a showing than in the nose. Vanilla builds as the beer warms and allows brown sugar hints to surface.

M: Medium/heavy, well carbonated, fairly dry, especially on the backend.

O: Very good beer, still enjoy the oak aged version more.

tjkinate, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of coldmeat23
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
BOTTLED ON: FEB 13 2009

Pours jet black. Easy pour produces a thick head of creamy dark brown foam, easily three-fingers high. Retention is fantastic. Lacing is in thick clumps and very sticky.

Smells of chocolate covered, molasses flavored caramels. Subtle notes of dark cherries. Hints of vanilla and cream. Mild oakiness. Very light hints of espresso, if you search for it. As it warms, it becomes easier to spot.
Smells very rich and decadent.

Man, the coffee is not hiding from your tastebuds, though. Espresso notes come on strong. A large oak presence tags along for the ride. Huge notes of dark chocolate covered cherries with a kiss of caramel. Big molasses presence. Nice big roasted malt presence. A good bitter hops bite gives it a nice, dry finish.
This is actually a very well-balanced brew. I was prepared to be knocked over by the espresso content, but it's actually blended with everything else, quite nicely.

Nice and full-bodied. Impressively, this one is actually thicker feeling than it's two big brothers. Very smooth, but could stand to be a touch creamier. Perhaps just a little bit of 'tweak' to the carbonation level, as I find it to be just a tiny bit on the low side.

While it is certainly smooth and easy to drink, it's also big and bold, and very rich. This combined with it's 9.5%ABV will pretty much relegate it to the 'dessert' category. Which isn't a bad place to be, IMO.

coldmeat23, May 04, 2009
Photo of washburnkid
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: About a finger of light brown head that has a creamy and bubbly consistency. Brew is jet black. Barely-there retention and zero lacing.
S: This is a really nice smelling stout. Coffee, vanilla, wood, and dark berries. Very nice.
T: Big bitter coffee stout. The oak aging is so present in the flavors, with its big vanilla bite. Roasted malts and the alcohol play with each other; I get a lot more bourbon than I do coffee, which makes this label a tad misleading for me! More alcohol with warmth.
M: Viscous and creamy, with low carbonation. Velvety and smooth.
D: I wanted coffee, and the oak/vanilla combo just seemed to stamp it all out here. Maybe it will come out with a bit of age. A nice one to sip on for dessert.

washburnkid, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of mattcrill
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: A nice rich coffee and espresso aroma. A little bit of creamed coffee aroma too as the beer opens up a little. No hop aroma and low fruity esters.

Appearance: Opaque, jet black pour with a rich, thick tan head.

Flavor: More coffee flavors, chocolate, a bit of smokey background notes, and some low hop bitterness. A slight burnt note that compliments the coffee and oak flavors. Finish is dry and clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. No alcohol heat detected. Just a mild astringency from the oak and espresso.

Overall impression: A big, roasty, full flavored ale. I still think I prefer the regular Yeti but this was enjoyable. Definitely one to sip and savor. Glad I tried it once.

mattcrill, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of Trueant1
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on April 2, 2010. Classic huge stout looks! Very thin brown head. BLACK and thick looking as it sits in the glass.
Smells of espresso, coffee, and black licorice up front. LOTS of sublties in the smell department. Other smells of dark chocolates, milk chocolate, hot chocolate, alcohol, booze, vanilla beans, and raisons, not to mention many more.
Bitter taste up front, definatly wins over the sweet malts. Bitter aftertaste. Most of the smells are ditto in the taste.
Good mouthfeel, thick , chewy and bitter. Nice brew. A sipper.

Trueant1, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of halo3one
4.1/5  rDev -4%

halo3one, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a balloon tulip glass.

Pours black as night into the glass, topped with a finger sized head of burnt and reddish looking dark mocha head. This stays rich and robust when swirled, leaving back a strong smattering of spotty foam and brown oils behind. The aroma is sharp with the espresso, which has a smoky acrid edge to it that then gives away to some deep roasted character. Chocolate, vanilla, and caramel add a sweet smoothness to the nose that mixes with the souring acrid notes of the coffee and toasted oak chips to really give this a roasty smelling twang in the nose.

The taste is very dark roasted feeling up front but is well balanced by that thick sweet base of chocolate, toffee, and a flush of vanilla tanginess in the middle of the profile. Espresso kicks things into high gear in the backend, with a burnt bitterness (that is VERY reminiscent of a black cup of Joe) that hangs hard in the finish along with a lingering hops and a deep oaky dryness that give this a charred and roasted feel which lingers a bit intensely at times. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a sharp creaminess that is undercut by some beefy feeling slickness underneath and which keeps this surprisingly smooth for the size. That big ABV is mostly well hid here as well, with some warmth on the tail end that really brings that aggressive finish out.

Definitely an "as advertised" version of the Yet Imperial Stout here, with that lush and robust espresso character being both strengthened and tempered by the addition of those oak chips. Very easy drinking for the size as well, I could actually see one pairing this up with breakfast if the mood was right.

Kegatron, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of beerhan
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was pretty excited to find a lone bottle of this on the bottom shelf hidden behind a box today and I must say this one tasty beer. I would compare this to chocolate milk made from the powder with a lot of extra powder added. There is a strong espresso aftertaste on top of an initial creamy feel. There are hints of vanilla and but mostly this tastes like milk chocolate and espresso. Overall a real tasty beer but just a little too thick. Ive had some thick stouts but I was very intimidated by this jet black pour.

After retrying this beer I need to say that it is great when paired appropriately. Still it is a little hard to get down because of how rich it is but nonetheless it is tasty.

beerhan, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of Vonerichs
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark fudge brownie color with a dense cinnamon colored head.

Huge smells of coffee and fudge. It smells like dessert in a glass.

True to the name, espresso is the center piece. Dark roast and chocolate join the party. It's pretty much two dimensional but they're both done well.

Smooth with medium carbonation. Heavy body as it should and the alcohol is masked well.

This is a really good stout and I think my favorite of the Yeti variations.

Vonerichs, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black pour into a tulip glass, cascading muddy mocha foam forms a sturdy cap that takes awhile to dissipate. Concentric rings of drippy lace form inside the glass, and there's an ever present covering on it's surface.

Deep coffee aroma, rich and roasty with some dark chocolate traces underneath.

Intense coffee flavors, oak is present, lending some dryness and distinct woody notes. Creamy feel, roasty and dry, light bitterness lingers into the aftertaste. Medium to full bodied with light carbonation. Overall an intense imperial coffee stout, one to sip and savor over the course of an hour or two.

emerge077, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of Proteus93
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.

Proteus93, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of liamt07
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.

liamt07, Feb 28, 2011
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.

Landfill21, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of rpstevens
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.

rpstevens, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of Barleythenred
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

Barleythenred, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of JamesMN
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.

JamesMN, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of ugaterrapin
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.

ugaterrapin, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of jrenihan
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.

jrenihan, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of vic21234
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.

vic21234, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of gaugebozo
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!

gaugebozo, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Nuke77
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.

Nuke77, Dec 04, 2011
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,071 ratings.