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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,296
Reviews: 989
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 257
Gots: 675 | FT: 48
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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 ColForbinBC
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber served in a snifter

Let me preface this by saying that the Oak Yeti is one of my favorite RIS's and in my opinion had little room to improve. Needless to say, I had high expectations for this.

Appears almost an ink black with the darkest brown cap I have ever seen, a wet sand color. A little bit of lace, but nothing too impressive with a decent amount of staying power considering the oil from espresso/coffee beans usually hurts in that area.

Smell is of deep roasted espresso, plums, cherries, vanilla, bittersweet dark belgian chocolate malt balls, and a decent amount of booze. The espresso dominates.

The flavor profile mimics the nose very closely, only the espresso beans lend an oily espresso layer that, for me, is too much. It detracts from the goodness of all of the other flavors. The chocolate is more pronounced throughout the middle, but the espresso begins and ends the experience. The fruits and sweet vanilla dance and dart their way through the deep roasted flavor and espresso. It's almost like they poured espresso into the beer. However, the base is so good, I can't give it lower than a 4.

The mouthfeel is thick and velvety. All of the Yeti beers have a near perfect mouthfeel. Rich and decadent.

The espresso hurts the drinkability. Everything else is so good though.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very solid beer. Somewhat austere, not as lush as the chocolate version, but also not as straight up woody as the regular oak version (which I'm not a huge fan of). That one is simply a demonstration of using too much oak. This one pours black with a tan head that fades just a little too quickly. Smells toasty with oak and espresso and a touch of cream. The roasty notes of the coffee and stout blend nicely. The taste is quite dry, with more of a woody austerity than a lush creaminess. Full coffee notes, with a nice flavor, but not exceedingly bitter or over the top. Instead you get a nice lingering roasty bitterness, some bitter chocolate, and a touch of cream, with the oak drying things out and playing a supporting role. A little unbalanced, but enjoyable. A little woody in the mouth, and quite bitter. A sipper, would be a good dessert beer to cleanse the palate.

Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Like midnight, with a firm 3 cm dense mocha head. Halo ringlets of lacing track the Yeti's history.

S: Pungent chalky espresso explodes out of the glass. I'm having flashbacks of brewing coffee as a breakfast busboy. Syrupy-sweet chocolate malts show up soon after the initial coffee bean jolt. There are hints here and there of smoke, vanilla, dark fruits, caramel, booze, and a touch of oak.

T: Coffee beans lead the bill, but not as heavy as expected. Bittersweet malts set the backdrop. Dull dark fruits peek through the coffee surface midway through. Vanilla, smoke, and peat peek through as well. I don't get much of the oak chips at all. Slight apple skin in the finish.

M: Not as viscous as I was expecting, nor is it as dense as its peers. Extremely dry and chalky finish.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had this bottle for at least 6 months in my lagering cooler, so it should be nice and settled out and hopefully ready to go.

Appearance: Pours black as night with a solid 1/4" of tan foam on top that was made up of small creamy bubbles. They are already leaving lace on the glass and the foam has only started to fall. Thick stuff, no doubt.

Aroma: I initially got lots of yummy stout aromas with the obvious addition of the espresso, which is adding not only the expected coffee notes, but also a really nutty aromatic that is definitely foreign for this beer...but very nice. Beyond this, there is chocolate and cocoa and just about anything else nice that you get in an imperial stout. The beer is pretty cold right now, but I don't really get a whole lot of the oak aging like I have in previous versions.

Taste: The flavor is much more mild than I expected from the aroma. It is still nutty and a serious stout, but it is much more drinkable than I expected. I expected it to be a bit syrupy on the palate with the obvious sweetness in the nose, however, the beer is well attenuated with the flavors supporting the overall mouthfeel and alcohol etc. It is so smooth on the palate, I really don't get the espresso until late after the sip mixed with the alcohol in the finish. The beer is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation for the style.

Opinion: This is a really good beer. This particular blend of Yeti is much more subtle than their other versions. They obviously have a winner with this line of beers, and this one is no exception. I would have liked the espresso to be a bit more noticeable in the flavor, but that is a fine line to walk to not over-do you with roast. I think that they played it on the safe side with this one. I would probably drink some of the others over this particular one, but this is still a damn good beer and I am thoroughly enjoying my glass.

Photo of r0nyn
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my DFH snifter. Shared with BAs infi and johnjae. Bottled on 2/12/2010.

Pours the deep, dark inkiness of good imperial stouts. Completely opaque. Big inch-thick tan head that slowly recedes, leaving some slick, bubbly lacing. Smell is subdued coffee notes with chocolate and toffee. Big malty presence too. The little bit of age on this stout has probably mellowed out the coffee a bit, but it's still pretty detectable. Slight bit of alcohol on the back end as you swirl it around and take deep whiffs.

Roasted malts right off the bat, along with subtle dark chocolate and toffee. Some light creamy vanilla also creeps in. The coffee/espresso part is, as expected, a bit subdued thanks to the age. It provides a mild, pleasant bitterness that combines well with this Yeti's sweeter side. There's also a subtle bit of oak at the end. Alcohol becomes more present as it warms, but isn't obtrusive. Mouthfeel is good and thick, providing a smooth drinking experience. Bit of a drying finish, with some chewiness.

Drinkability is pretty good. It's a weighty stout, both in ABV and feel, so you won't be pounding this down by any means. I think I'll have to have one fresh to really fully appreciate the espresso flavoring, but this wasn't a bad brew at all. Yetis have never let me down yet.

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

Poured this sucker into a Tulip, with a nice dark tan finger and a half head forming at the top. Really dark brown spirits escaped from the 650ml bottle into the glass. Once collected in the glass no light was going to penetrate the brew.

The aroma was very much in line with most stouts I've had with a hint more bitter coffee bean wafting in to the proceedings.

As for the taste? Some beers simply demand you slow down when drinking them. If ever there was a sipper, this has to be up there with the best of them. Took me a good hour+ to savor this bottle. I might go so far as to say it should probably be split, if not for the alcohol content, then for the strong flavor that comes out of the bottle that practically dulls the palette after a bit.

My favorite thing about this beer is the creamy mouthfeel. Man, this close to a 5. Great stuff. On the first sip, I'll admit to thinking the coffee flavor was trouncing everything else, but it pulls back a bit and lets everything else come out to play soon after. That oak flavor is faintly in there in the background. I'd wish a bit more for it, but I'm not complaining. A stellar bear. Bravo Great Divide.

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

22 oz. Near black pour with coffee accents. Large rocky layered head light tan to dark tan. It actually looked identical to the picture here.
Coffee nose, some barrel and booze. Taste is VERY roasty coffee and burnt malt. Some bakers chocolate, anise and black licorice. This has a thick, nice and creamy mouthfeel. Sticks to the glass and your lips, real nice. A little bitter finishing, some warming. A little bitter and boozy yet, which hurts the drinkability just a bit. I think I like the regular and regular oak better, but maybe some age can bring this up. I enjoy the coffee stouts, so I'm hopefull this will improve slightly with age.

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

Poured from a 22oz. bomber dated 3/6/2009 into a NY CBW mini weiss glass.

A: Deep mahogany with a nice, creamy, foamy dark beige head that lasts and laces the side of the glass. Very nice.

S: Chocolately up front with dark roasted coffee in the background and a little dark fruit/boozy smell too. I'm glad it's as bitter as it is because I do not care for sweet n' syrupy stouts.

T: Bittersweet chocolate upfront, quickly followed by a nice coffee flavor and roasted malts. Very satisfied that I get more of the "espresso" in this beer and not the "oakiness".

M: The best feature of this beer. Creamy! Not necessarily chewy, but silky smooth and full-bodied. Carbonated not just properly, but perfectly for this style.

D: For 9.5% ABV it does go down rather easily. In my opinion it is easier to drink a beer of this nature when it's really cold and this drinks just as easy as it warms up.

Overall, this held up extremely well after a year especially for it being <10% ABV. Props to Great Divide on another great variation of Yeti.

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

A: Black with a chocolate ice cream colored head.

S: Roasted grain and vanilla/oaked smell.

T: Deep espresso taste. Taste the roasted grains and vanilla up front but the coffee taste quickly jumps in. Ends with more coffee/espresso, roasted grains and vanilla.

M: Really smooth and creamy. Not much carbonation to the batch I had.

D: Wow, I would not guess this is a 9.5% abv beer. I drink coffee 5 or more times a week and really enjoyed the way they combined it with this beer. So glad this beer is now distributed in California.

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

A: Pitch black, opaque with hardly any brown visible. Big, frothy mocha colored head. Caked on lacing with foamy film.

S: Smells a good deal like the base Yeti, but with slightly bitter espresso and oak added. Chocolate and roasted malts.

T: Rich espresso coffee in the forefront with chocolate, oak, roasted malts, molasses and dark fruits.

M: Rich and velvety.

O: This is a very good beer, but to be honest, I like the regular Yeti better. Just like the regular though, the alcohol is incredibly well hidden making this extremely drinkable.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle (bottled on date of 2/13/09) into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong back coffee, roasted malts, some chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong flavor of black coffee that is followed by creamy flavors of milk chocolate and a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is very mild as you would expect in this kind of beer. There's no trace of the 9.50% ABV and a there's a good balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this beer is exactly what the name tells you it is, a coffee-enhanced version of one of the better big stouts out there IMO. Overall it's well-worth drinking for a long time if you're in the mood for a big coffee-flavored stout.

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

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

22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter.

Pours from the bottle in a nice, black viscous stream, not unlike used motor oil, with a huge, foamy dark tan head that leaves a film across the surface for the duration of the glass. Little lacing.

Smells fantastic, with roasted coffee beans up front, and a nice roasted malt backbone brought into balance by sweet vanilla. Toward the end of the glass the alcohol comes up front and dominates the nose.

Taste is sweet, almost cloyingly, with a big alcohol warmth. There's a slight roasted coffee bean character underneath, but not as much as might be expected given the nose. Bitterness from the coffee and hops comes in to balance the beer out, with oak at the end. As I continue drinking, it seems the alcohol is a little too prominent, really. It's not overly boozy, but more boozy than I'd prefer, and more than is necessary in my opinion.

The mouthfeel is interestingly drying--almost chalky--which makes me want another sip. Thick and viscous, like the pour. Drinkability is pretty high, but is hurt slightly by the strong alcohol presence. I still thoroughly enjoyed this beer, but I can't help but feel it should have been better.

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

Poured into a Swiss wine snifter. Bottled in April, 2010.

Pours blacker than engine oil. Body is nearly as dark as possible, and only the slightest deep crimson highlights show around the edges of the glass. Head is dark brown and looks chocolaty. Some of the best lacing I have ever seen- an intricate web of bubble crust sticks all over my glass. Fantastic.

Interestingly, a fair dose of hops hits me first as I take a whiff of this ominous liquid. Underneath them is a distinct coffee grounds smell. A little swirl brings more coffee to the nose... still no roasted malts! Finally after more swirling and smelling I can detect the roasted malt buried under all that coffee and hops, and along with it I can smell a bit of bakers chocolate.

This Yeti is bold but not fierce. With my first sip I find this beer to posses more refinement than indicated in the aroma. An inseparable melding of three flavors greets my palate- coffee grounds, deeply roasted (nearly charred) malts and hops all balancing each other with poise. These carry through the entire taste experience, which sweetens in the middle as the hops momentarily take on some citrus notes and the whole medley dries out to leave a roasty espresso malt flavor in the mouth. The flavors here are unusually well blended, and although they are distinct, they appear together rather than in succession as is often the case. I think age would mellow this monster, but it isn't an Imperial Stout that requires age to be highly enjoyable, as the flavors are well balanced. The alcohol is well hidden, which is a commendable feat.

The mouthfeel is full and chewy. This is a full bodied beer in the best possible sense. Carbonation is smooth and compact, lifting the flavors off the tongue and keeping things from getting bogged down from the thick body.

Drinkability is quite good, but in some undefined way I feel that it could be better. Possibly if this beer were either sweeter or drier it would go down even better than it does... but hey, how can I complain? If I brewed a beer that went down like this one I would be happy for the rest of my life.

Conclusion: This beer holds its own. A very interesting example of this varied style. I would love to see what a few years of age would do to this, although loosing the coffee flavor over that amount of time is a risk. My ideal stout would have more oak (what was here was overpowered by the hops and coffee) and less hops. Minor details aside, this is one of the best stouts (or any beers for that matter) to fill my glass.

Photo of ejl4
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated Dec 2010

A - Pours black with brown edges and a 2 finger brown head.

S - oak, faint coffee, chocolate, and roast come together nicely. Oak is more dominant than expected

T - Sweet taste, strong chocolate and roast. Not much coffee as expected with age, some hop bitterness. Sharp oaky flavor

M - low carbonation, smooth, full bodied

O - a really great stout, with a lot of sweetness, would like to try one fresh

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

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: Black with a 1/2 finger dark brown head. Gorgeous.

S: Lots of roasted malt and dark roasted coffee.

T: Heavy on the dark roasted coffee upfront. Then some powdery dark chocolate, espresso and some charred oak and hops on the finish. Pretty nice.

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.

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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