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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,202
Reviews: 972
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 248
Gots: 628 | FT: 43
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Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: John_M on 05-16-2008

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Photo of gaugebozo
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
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!

Photo of arturorg
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served into an oversized wine glass.

A: Pours beautifully black (or very dark brown) with a brown head that dissipates rather quickly leaving a watery persistent lace, at pouring it feels very heavy (thick bodied) with a small carbonation.

S: Coffee (d'uh), alcohol, malts, caramel, vanilla, bread and a hint of orange?? (that one I'm not 100 percent)

T: Coffee all the way....and then the caramel and vanilla, leaving a bittery warming feeling what else can you ask from a beer with a shot of expresso.

Overall I would have it again, not my go to beer, but depending in the occasion...I prefer the Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout if I have to pick one to buy.

Photo of flagmantho
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip. Bottled on 12/19/11.

Appearance: impenetrable black hue with a thick, creamy head of dark tan foam. A nice lace is left on the glass, too; quite good indeed.

Smell: rich coffee aroma is very good, but it's a bit one-note and lacking in complexity. Still, very enticing.

Taste: coffee flavor is just as big as the aroma, and there is some underlying chocolate and alcohol complexity. Toward the end there is a vegetal quality from the hops which I don't love. Bitterness is right and the end and is just the right level. Oak contribution seems pretty mild. Quite good, but I would like more contribution from the non-coffee characteristics.

Mouthfeel: extremely silky with a nice underlying creaminess. Big body; while the carbonation seems low, it is well-integrated and plays very well with the thick mouthfeel. Great.

Overall: a tasty and satisfying imperial stout, though I would like a little more oak and yeti and maybe a little less espresso.

Photo of Source
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of ZeroSignal
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle dated Dec 20, 2010, poured into a DFH Snifter

A - Pitch black pour with an impressive, creamy looking, mocha colored head. Retention seems to go on forever and leaves a sticky lace...an impressive looking beer.

S - Nose immediately following the pour is heavenly; very smooth smelling with notes of milk chocolate and coffee beans. After sitting for a moment a decent amount of boozy aroma comes through, and waiting a little longer yields sort of a bitter, coffee grounds sort of scent.

T&M - Smooth and creamy up front, velvety even. Alcohol is discernible in the back but is relatively well hidden for almost 10%. I think some of the coffee/espresso notes may have faded with the age I put on this bottle, but a light bitterness reminiscent of espresso remains. More of a baker's chocolate flavor than the nose gave me, with a hint of coffee bean at the end.

O - A very nice, big beer; smooth enough to warrant reminding oneself not to drink it too fast. This one has been in my cellar for a bit; I'm going to have to grab a fresh one and compare; impressive nonetheless.

Photo of srandycarter
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very opaque, great tan head, 1 inch thick. Lacing clings as it goes down to disk. Webby fun.

S - Musty dusty cocoa and coffee.

T - Mostly coffee, some bittered roasted malt.

M - Viscous, mouth covering, great carb, big beer with a pretty good balance.

D - For the style and bigness in both ABV and flavor, very drinkable.

Photo of Pdiff100
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Marty30
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottled on 4-02-10.Served in tulip at 55 degrees.

Appearence is deep black no light shines through.Nice two finger dark mocha head that disapears fairly quickly,good carbonation.Very nice lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell ,huge coffee notes followed by some chocolate and roasted malts.Faint smell of alchohol.

Taste,Very tasty brew just like it smells up front tons of espresso with chocolate, lots of roasted malts. I can taste no alchohal hidden very well.Nice bitter after taste which I like.

Mouthfeel,awesome creamy medium heavy feel with nice carbonation.

Drink, Very impressed first time ive had this! Would definetly recommend this to anybody. I will be getting alot more of this.

Photo of jwinship83
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle that was made on april 2, 2010. drank from stone IRS snifter.

A- this one pours out a dark brown colored body with a finger and a half of coffee colored head. the head lasts a while and leaves behind thick rings of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- dark roasted malts are the first thing i notice. after that comes a blast of coffee/espresso. some dark and milk chocolate are in here also. slight hints of vanilla and oak.

T- the roasted dark malts start this one off, along with a healthy dose of both milk and dark chocolate. not overly sweet tasting. the espresso comes through loud and clear, adding a nice adn interesting element to this one. the vanilla and oak seem pretty subdued, but that might be just because theres alot going on in this one.

M- full bodied and very smooth. a nice low level of carbonation that really works in this one. the alcohol is well hidden.

D- easy to finish. i wish the full yeti line was available in my area. we just get the regular and the oak aged one. oh well, i guess ill just have to look forward to picking this up when i go to visit my sister.

Photo of Tele
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 11.29.14

A: 4.75 Looks really viscous on the pour. Pitch black with a very pretty reddish-brown head.

S: 4.25 Tons of dark coffee and roasted malt. There’s a little bit of sweetness as well, bringing some caramel and vanilla. Earthy aromas from the coffee really dominate everything else.

T: 3.75 Strangely enough, the coffee comes in second, right a quick burst of sweetness with caramel and vanilla. Roasted coffee, liquorish, and bitterness follow very quickly and are much more aggressive than the sweeter flavors. The bitterness is pretty nice, however it gets a bit out of hand toward the end, turning into a slightly unpleasant astringency.

M: 4.75 Rich and thick just like an imperial stout should be. Carbonation is spot on as well.

O: 4 I was expecting a bit more from this beer. Regular Yeti is great, but the addition of the espresso is not as balanced as other coffee stouts and there is little to no oak presence.

Photo of spree92
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of facundoCNB
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a jet black thick motor oil like pour with about 3 inches of dark brown head. smells sweet like chocolate milk, coffee beans, caramel.. no scent of alcohol. the taste is dead on with smell, except a bit heavier on the coffee and slightly bitter because of the roastiness.

full body, lightly carbonated, very creamy, nice warm feeling.

this is a ridiculously good stout and well worth every penny. a heavy sipper but delicious throughout the whole time. barely tastes like alcohol.

Photo of Jmoore50
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This thing looks pretty dark, like Ten Fidy dark. It pours black and forms a soft cocoa head. Leaves a medium lacing and coats the sides of the glass with dark oily legs. Really beautiful brew.

The smell is of chocolate and espresso.

The tastes are very good and not exactly what I expected. It has a very strong chocolate taste that I was not expecting, and was closer to the Chocolate Yeti in tastes. There is a bitter espresso bean taste that is accompanied by the chocolate very well, just a bit too much bitterness from the espresso. Maybe a bit of chili being added could make this a standout, I really like the chocolate version of this beer. There is a bit of oak in the tastes that is noticeable, brings out some of the ABV in the aftertastes.

The mouthfeel is bitter, but still very enjoyable. Very creamy and thick on the palate, enjoyable on that front. The espresso bitterness is just a bit distracting. I know espresso is bitter, but this one is so sweet and chocolate-y that I was hoping for it to be COMPLETELY different that the chocolate version, which it was not.

I drank this fast and wish I had more, so I guess the drinkability is good.

J

Photo of Kelly88
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into Kentucky Ale snifter.
A- a great looking stout! Dark as asphalt with a one finger dark khaki head that settles into a scattered thin cap. Web lacing surrounds the glass.

S- I'm guessing this is what coffee beans would smell like if dipped in chocolate. I wish it was more pungent but what is there smells very enticing.

T- starts off with some milk chocolate then a blast of coffee. Dark fruits appear briefly but the coffee obviously takes center stage. Very well balanced with sweet chocolate and bitter coffee.

M- great mouthfeel that is full and perfectly carbonated. Nothing distracting just a nice full heavy feel. Just how I prefer My stouts.

D- finished off a whole bomber by myself and I the only way I can tell its 9.5% is BC I'm a little buzzed. Alcohol is no where in sight when your enjoying only when You're finished!

Photo of aerozeppl
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with zero light getting through. The head was really nice looking. Very deep brown almost reddishi in color. The first glass had 3 finger of head. Nice tight bubbles that left a faint whisper on the top of my glass and a nice amount of lacing.

S: Espresseo coffee chocolate. A touch of booze and a little burnt character as well. The espresso dominated but that is the point of this.

T: Starts off a little rough with the booze leading. Then it goes into a nice blast of chocolate and finishes with the bitterness from the coffee. Really reminds me of an aged bottle of black chocolate stout.

M: Very slick mouthfeel. Reminded me of an oatmeal stout almost.

D: Spliting the bottle as desert. Really a nice beer all around. The price was a little high and I prefer the chocolate version but this is still a damn fine beer.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Firkin in a snifter.

Appearance: Nearly pitch black with a dark fluffy brown head. After a minute it fades to a ring but leave some nice lace behind.

Smell: Oak, espresso, roasted malt, and a bit of chocolate and vanilla. The espresso and oak really go back and forth as to which one dominates.

Taste: A strong start - a blast of heavily roasted malt and espresso. Caramel and smoke followed by more dominating dark chocolate and roasted malt flavors. The oak brings it home. A roasted bitterness is carried throughout.

Mouthfeel: Full, but not syrupy. Medium creamy carbonation. Slightly sticky, but also fairly dry. There is surprisingly no alcohol present in the mouth, but it is slightly warming.

Drinkability: The flavors blend well together. Definitely a tasty treat. Lots of espresso, and I do like my coffee.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of doopydoogle
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz growler poured into a snifter:

A - Black with a rich, creamy brown head that almost looks like the cream of a nice espresso.

S - Oak, dark chocolate, cherry, alcohol, dark roast coffee, mulch, slight anise-like spiciness, milk chocolate.

T - Explosive rich and slightly bitter coffee that gives way to a smoky woodiness which collapses into hay, grass, an bitter chocolate and coffee grinds. The finish leaves a bit of burned caramel and herbal tones with a bit of vanilla and warm chocolate fudge. Cassis and an almost cabernet-like quality are implied by the oak but complemented by a pleasant warming alcohol quality. There is a nice roasted malt sweetness to the brew, but the bitterness is very present and limits the overall impact of the sweet.

M - Radical carbonation for such a high ABV. Coating mouthfeel that leaves you with a good stickiness.

O - An excellent beer. Has an oddly red wine like quality from the omnipresent oak character. The coffee aspect gives the beer a good bitterness that complements the massive malts well.

Photo of chinchill
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served from a 22oz bottle, suspected of being a bit colder than optimum. Sampled just after a New Belgium Lips of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout (NBICCS).
Pours black and opaque with a durable tan head.
An extreme beer with loads of flavor, mainly from the roasted malts and expresso.
Notably sweeter, especially in the aftertaste than the NBICCS, which I found too bitter from the finish on. Plenty of oak in the nose but less in the flavor which still has a noticeable oak note.

{Review tweaked with on-tap tasting in March 2013. Excellent and aroma and mouthfeel compared to memory/notes from bottle.]

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on date of 12/23/13

Appearance - Pours thick, viscous and black with a dark tan, finger width head. Fair retention.

Smell - Mocha dominates the aroma, as chocolate, vanilla and coffee notes blend in unison to deliver a marvelous bouquet. Hints of earth and oak.

Taste - Follows the nose. Nice roasty flavor off-set by some light vanilla and chocolate sweetness. Woody notes, and a leafy bitterness in the undertone. Earth. Milk chocolate and light coffee roast linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - This brew loses a lot here. Closer to medium than full in body; very thin for the style, leaving the beer feeling a bit hollow. Low carbonation. Really detracts from what is an otherwise amazing beer. Smooth, in the least.

Overall - Great flavor, but a disappointing mouthfeel. Not sure if the addition of espresso caused the weak body or what, because I don't recall the regular Oak Aged Yeti being this thin and lifeless. I don't know that I'd buy it again; just too many great impys out there for a better price.

Photo of Zach136
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black pour with one finger caramel colored head. Great lacing.

S - Nose is cigar wrapper, coffee and hot chocolate powder.

T - Heavy espresso, cocoa powder and burnt coffee. Oak is definitely present as well. Some molasses sweetness.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy with an astringent lingering coffee after taste that fades to straight oak cube.

O - Great beer, but I don't seem to be as much of a fan of espresso and oak tannins as some here.

Photo of Brewsed
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ristaccia
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of axeman9182
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, one of my parting gifts from volunteering at EBF, allowed to warm slightly before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Espresso Yeti pours night black, with a tall, burnt caramel head. The foam cap has the consistency of key lime pie, and has crazy stamina. Lacing is very good, rings of foam are left stuck to the inside of the glass. It's just short of where it needs to be for a 5 though. The nose is entirely too one dimensional though. It smells almost like straight up cold coffee, with just barely a appreciable hint of dark chocolate. The beer comes across with much better balance on my palate. Coffee is still the star of the show, but rich dark chocolate has a much bigger presence. Anise comes in in the background to further balance the beer. Any kind of hint of oak or vanilla would really finish this beer off, but the flavor profile as is is pretty outstanding. The body is everything you'd want in an imperial stout... rich, creamy, and smooth. I'd be willing to bet there were some oats in the grain bill. Unfortunately, the carbonation is a bit over the top, coming across as a distraction at times. Espresso Yeti toes the line for how coffee forward a beer can be for me, but manages not to cross it, and the result is one of the better imperial stouts I've had in a while.

Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into Snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black with initial massive brown head and loads of lacing tendrils.

Smell: Wonderful mix of espresso and chocolate with a strong roasted character. Some molasses, oak and char.

Taste: Coffee, charred oak and sharp roasted malt are the highlight, with rich layers of molasses, chocolate and hops. Overall, quite bitter and dry despite the wealth of malt character.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, with a massive smooth & creamy body. Finish is extremely dry and a little harsh.

Drinkability: This is the harshest and roughest of the Yetis, but even though it is not the easiest to drink Imperial Stout, it has loads of flavor and is a very nice sipper.

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,202 ratings.