Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,167 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,167
Reviews: 968
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 241
Gots: 593 | FT: 41
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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:
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(Beer added by: John_M on 05-16-2008)
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4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jlindros
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

IN keeping up with the sudden new tradition, for the superb owl, I had a beer from Seattle, one from NY (for the host even though it's technically jersey), and now one from Denver. Another one that's been sitting in the cellar for a while, waiting for the horizontal, but instead I'm doing them piecemeal. This is the last of them other than Barrel Aged. Date bottled on feb 13, 20?? (cut off) but I believe it's 2011 or 2012.

Pours darker than Cruella Deville's heart, thick heavy motor oil pour practically sludges into the glass and forms a decent mocha colored dark slight fizzy creamy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med to a bit quicker pace. just a touch of lacing, but legs that make a whisky get a boner. The beer is just black, no other descriptors to be had, just black.

Nose brings plenty more of the super dark jet black malts, roast and more roast up the... well the roaster, with some black malt, a nice dark chocolate like fudge, pretty heavy fudgey aroma. Also plenty of espresso as expected, not quite a fresh grind, but a definite heavy intense espresso bean, with some heavy malt soaked in espresso (almost tiramisu like), with a mild toasted oak and some vanilla, a fluffy center like nougat, and faint hints of earthy spicy hops. Also, a touch of caramel and Charleston Chew candy bar.

Taste is oh yeah chocolatey but not crazy chocolate, chewy dark malts and more dark malts, some fudgey flavors and chewy malts, oats and creamy flavors mix all that with a nice fluffy nougat. Into caramel and mild candy bar again. The roast is a big player again, dark roast that's not too burnt or acrid, roasted malt with nice espresso bean, coffee flavors again not fresh but a nice intense espresso, and that mild coffee drenched cake like thing going for it. Then oak, a big toasted oak that seems like it would have been overpowering when it was fresh, big oaky flavor with big toasty and a little vanilla, leading again to the Charleston Chew. Mild earthy spicy hops scattered throughout the center, but not a lot, some bitterness coming from the dark roasty malts too. pretty smooth for being so big and heavy. Finish gets a bit more bitterness with a bit more spicy hops and even a hint of a minty coolness, a mild booze warmth kicks in but surprisingly not a lot there, lots more toasted oak big oaky flavors late too, bit more espresso in there and mild roasty dark malts and dark chocolate too.

Mouth is big fuller bod, but still creamy and fluffy, nice fluffy carbonation, smooth booze warmth that's pretty light and mixes nicely.

Overall very nice, not sure how much the age mellowed and smoothed it as the booze is very light, the oak seems like it would have been way too intense but it's not, the espresso and roast also seem like they would have been overbearing but instead are pretty nice. Very drinkable.

So, not quite a fair fight but Denver won the beer battle off, but I didn't have a better Seattle beer on hand for it, or NY beer either (that I wanted to drink right now at least), so not sure what that predicts, but atm on my DVRed version Seattle is winning by 5 (really a Safety to start the game?!)

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Black with a nice khaki head. Excellent retention and nice legs.

Smell - Heavily roasted malt. Grassy aromas. Coffee. Dark chocolate.

Taste - Bitter burnt malt flavor up front. Grassy flavors just behind it. Bitter character before a subtler coffee flavor comes in.

Mouthfeel - Overly bitter for me. Bitter and dry. It could use with some creaminess and a bit more body.

Overall - My least favorite of the Yeti series, besides infected bottles of BA Yeti. Leaves a dry bitter coffee flavor without the rich components I'd like to get from it.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,167 ratings.