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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,012
Hads: 3,505
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 4.5%
Wants: 268
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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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Reviews: 1,012 | Hads: 3,505
Photo of beerdrifter
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from a great trade with Evan! Pitch black pour with a beautiful two finger caramel-colored head with great retention and crazy lacing. Huge roasty coffee nose with hints of dark chocolate, espresso, cocoa, coffee grounds, vanilla, and subtle oak. The taste is bold and flavorful with the roasty espresso front and center. Hints of dark chocolate, cocoa, leather, coffee, vanilla, booze, bitter hops, and a ton of oak as it warms. The mouthfeel is thick, creamy, and mouth coating with medium carbonation and a dry, bitter finish. Overall, this is a bold and flavorful beer that you don't have to sell your sister to get. (635 characters)

Photo of Rockjocknroll
3.46/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

All of the aged Yetis have been a little disappointing. The original is still the best incarnation. The chocolate aged is decent, but lacks the depth you would expect from the extra care and premium price. The 20th Anniversary is pretty good for a Belgian/Northern French style ale. (282 characters)

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. First glance shows a very nice brownish tinted black color and thick khaki colored head that stays till the end; even though reduced only to a layer of carbonation bubbles by that point. Roast, maybe some ash, and of course the coffee dominate the nose. The espresso coffee is extremely upfront and noticeable on the taste buds mixing with roast and smokey ash as it finishes. Smooth, slick mouthfeel and quite easy to drink is what this brew has to offer. In the end, as a chocolate stout lover, I found the coffee too strong for my liking but I still really enjoyed indulging in this stout. So glad I found and had the chance to try it! (673 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Black-brown opaque, with a mid-tan head that forms up nicely, then fades to a thin line around the edge, lacing up. A nice cascade effect added an echo of the classic stout pour.

S - The oak and alcohol mostly come through in the nose, with a more subtle coffee core. Roasted malts and grains also present. But the alcohol muddies the nose, making elements hard to pick out.

T - Coffee comes out big at the start, with a touch of chocolate nib, oak and roast in the middle, mingling with alcohol as the beer warms, closing out with a return of the coffee and a subtle hop bitterness, paired to a strong roasted malt hit.

M - Moderate body, maybe a touch thin in comparison with the standard, but the alcohol is surprisingly integrated given the nose, and the bitter close trails but does not build too much until the beer warms considerably.

O - A deep, dark coffee stout, with well crafted roast and wood themes, and a surprisingly light mouthfeel that results in a very interesting, rewarding brew. (1,008 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber, bottled Dec. 23, 2013.

Pours pitch black with a very dark brown head, all bubbly and frothy. Concentrated espresso in the aroma. Taste has the harshness of oak aging but coffee flavors do a good job of keeping it in check. Lots of deep & dark bittersweet chocolate thrown in for good measure. (315 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle poured into an unlabeled snifter 6/1/2014.

A- Dark cola-coloured body, one finger mocha head with fine retention. No lacing. The beer has some nice legs, quite oily as it is swirled in the snifter.

S- Dark fruits, damp oak, black coffee grounds, dark chocolates.

F- Dark chocolate, coffee, oak, a little bit of booziness. Some dark fruit. I could be tricked into thinking this had some bourbon. A bit heavy on the oak.

M- Full bodied. Lower in carbonation. The oak is very strong here and may even be a bit overpowering along with the earthiness. Very dry oak lingers with a slight medicinal finish.

O- Good coffee RIS; the oak is a bit too strong in this one for me but there is a nice bit of complexity with the expected RIS flavour profile and coffee. (773 characters)

Photo of EveningCordial
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter from 22 oz. bottle.

A- Exceptionally dark. I've been pouring some other stouts that I thought were dark recently, this one makes them look light. The frothy dark brown head was about a finger thick. Lacing seemed to stick around. I couldn't stare at it too long, as it's an enticing looking pour.

S- Expresso and ground coffee up front. Cocoa, dark chocolate, and a little carmel. Undertones of burnt malts and grains, as well as slight hints of oak and wood. Hops hiding in the back.

T- Excellent. The expresso taste isn't quite as strong as it smells, but it is still very present and goes excellent with the chocolate present. Extremely smooth tasting and well balanced between the expresso, roasted malts, and hops. A bit of the oak present after the finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

M- This is definitely a tad lighter tasting than it appears, but in a good way. I thought it would be a fatter, more full-bodied feel, but although its still pretty thick, it didn't quite feel as dark as it looked. Smooth on palate and a great finish.

O- Awesome stout. Im a fan of expresso/coffee stouts and this one definitely goes near the top of my list. I also like the fact that its usually not too hard to find near me. I will continue to go after this one for as long as GD puts them out there. Thank you for an excellent drink. (1,349 characters)

Photo of tviz33
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been lazy on my reviews lately, so here we go. Bomber poured in to a Duvel tulip.

A- Motor oil black body, dark brown luxurious head. Couldn't ask for much more.

S- Intoxicating aroma alone. Vanilla, coffee, booze, deliciousness.

T- Lots and lots of oak. Vanilla and coffee for sure. Kind of bitter.

M- Full feel, silky smooth.

O- One of my favorite OA RIS's. I don't even hesitate to buy any of the Yetis. (416 characters)

Photo of Omnium
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber > Tulip

A - Black as in totally void of all light, bug huge fluffy marshmallow dark brown head, thick wall of lacing. This looks amazing.
S - Roasted chocolate malt, wonderful coffee aroma, espresso is prevalent, light smokiness, some earthy tones.
T - Blast of bold fresh espresso, huge oak woody character too, bitter earthy hops, burnt toffee, massive roasted quality.
M - Dry and bitter, could use a little more sweetness to balance it out.
O - Excellent version of Yeti, the espresso is huge in this thing. The appearance of this beer is one of a kind. (568 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into snifters and shared with friends.

This puppy pours pitch black and up to a good finger of creamy, chocolate brown head and falls to a persistent collar leaving behind curtains of lace. The nose is big and robust and loaded with coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa nibs with a massive dark roasted malt backbone. The flavor follows suit and features rich malts (dark and roasted), espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla and finishes with hints of tannins from the oak. The body is big with just the right amount of carbonation lending a full, rich, meaty mouthfeel. Overall, this is an excellent beer and for $10 off the shelf, no waiting in long lines for one 12oz bottle, no crazy trading, this is a steal! (723 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is a deep dark brown almost black color. There is more than a finger of head that took some time to dissipate. The nose has roasted notes. The body is hearty and the roast profile is robust. There are also slight hints of vanilla and coffee in the flavor profile. Unfortunately, there is the undeniable presence of an off-flavor that is difficult to place.

This offering also has the hoppiness of a black ale. However, the lingering bitterness appears to come more from the roast than the hops. (507 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (1,029 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/24/13.

Pours opaque black with a 1/2 inch brown head that fades to a thin film and a ring on top that leaves curtains of lace.

The smell is dominated by spent black coffee grounds with accents of chocolate and burnt wood. I cannot wait to tear into this.

The taste is of bitter black coffee, dark fruit, smoked barley, herbal/ almost menthol hops and a hint of anise.

The texture is on the thicker side of medium bodied with low carbonation.

The look and aroma of this brew are off the chart. However, the flavor falls off a bit in my opinion. The dominant herbal and menthol notes seem somewhat out of place here. (636 characters)

Photo of shacawgo24
4.96/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A-Ink black body. Dark brown head is half finger thin. A sudsy thin top layer remains with time. One of the few beers that is truly pitch black. Not darkest of browns or, black with brown edging. Truly pitch black.

S-Baker's chocolate. Woodsy. Earthy. Roasted steaming coffee. Hints of lactose. Inky. Molasses. Leathery. Chestnuts, acorns, other hard nuts. Great balance of sweet & pungent.

T-Sweet chocolate. Sweet malts. Coffee. Bright twang of dark fruits on the middle sip. Plums, prunes and raisins. Tobacco. The sip finishes a delicious bitter via dank hops. A perfect see-saw exchange of sweet and bitter in the taste.

M-Medium-low body. Low-high carbonation. Chocolate, oaky, coffee start in feel, (bitter-sweet). A dark fruit sour is the middle. The finish has the sour still clasped, onto bitter dank hops. The after-feel gives slightly numbing sensations due to quality hops. A roasted air is always persistent. Gets sticky and stickier as you sip.

O-Near perfection beer. My only qualms are the appearance and feel. A slightly bigger head could be present even if it is a stout. All the glorious pictures of Espresso Yeti are a freeze-frame in time. The head will flatten quickly in time ticking reality, almost as quick as your done pouring. I dunno. Maybe other pours will prove different. And the feel, the carbonation is subdued. A below average range. Thank goodness the body is creamy and flavorful to where it sips like a stout-spiked mocha-coffee. So one isn't all bent out of shape about carbonation. And there is a persistent slight sizzle that keeps the beer from being flat. Kudos. Mind you, the look and feel are still better than most beers. Espresso Yeti is Heaven On Earth if not Actual Heaven. (1,726 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Great Divide Yeti Brussels glass.

Look: Dirty motor oil, pitch black, melted dark chocolate. A dark almond colored head recedes to a splotchy film, sheets of foamy lacing cover the glass after the second pour.

Aroma: Dark bitter chocolate, espresso coffee, raisins, and oak.

Taste: A really good toasty, oak wood note starts off the taste profile. Spiciness and rich, bitter chocolate comes in with a raisin sweetness. Bitter espresso coffee finishes off this decadent brew.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth, somewhat dry.

Overall: Delicious, this beer has a beautiful balance of oak and coffee, and the 9.5% ABV isn't that noticeable. (650 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As always with Yeti: pitch black with a dark, brown head.

Nose: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, espresso, cream, vanilla and oak.

Taste: Espresso (of course), dark chocolate, oak, roasted malt, vanilla, caramel and some orange.

Mouthfeel: Great, big, complex structure with a swetness that compensate for the bitterness in just the right way! Full body with light carbonation. Creamy... so good!

Overall - Smooth, oaky, vanilla, chocolate, creamy taste with a lot of love! GO get it! (489 characters)

Photo of PPOmaha
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: roast, slightly burnt coffee. Milk chocolate and creamy notes. No green pepper which I hate in coffee beers.

Appearance: Black opaque, too dark for highlights. Dark brown rocky head that lingers for several minutes.

Taste: Chocolate malt and roast. Definite kilned malt flavor. Sweetness balances well with some assertive bitterness that still stands up to the malt bill.

Mouthfeel: medium heavy body, medium carbonation, coffee is very drying. Sweetness and mouthfeel is not over the top.

Overall: coffee forward imperial stout that is very complex and very drinkable. The price point for this beer makes it a great value. (638 characters)

Photo of kaseydad
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had to go all the way to San Diego for a couple of these. Sheesh! Bottled on 1/22/14. No aging on this to keep the espresso...well....espresso.

Pours an almost black brew with a dark, dark brown foamy head. Gobs of lacing all over the glass.

Big chocolate aroma's abound. Baker's, semi-sweet, dark, cocoa...insert any other. Roasted malts. Massive espresso. Smoke. Leather. Tobacco. Really good stuff here.

The taste is nice and espresso forward. Chocolate, roasty and a slight hop kick on the swallow. Maybe a splash of orange. Bitter on the aftertaste ala how an espresso beer should be.

Nice and full bodied ale. Light carbonation.

Overall this was an awesome experience. Does Great Divide do a non-awesome Yeti? They nailed this one and brought forth a beer that lives up to the name and flavor of this brew. Nice warm weather beer....or hell....anytime. Hopefully the distro will somehow find it's way to the always-slighted East Bay. (945 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, big two finger fluffy dark brown head. Very dark, opaque brown color. Coffee, chocolate and dark roasty malt aromas. Great coffee, vanilla, and slight chocolate flavors. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Outstanding brew! (235 characters)

Photo of More_betterness
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black pour with a dark espresso brown head.

S: Oh man... Rich roasty coffee, fudge, and raw cocoa nibs. A hint of vanilla as it warms. Can't wait to get into this one.

T: Tons of potent espresso on the front of the palate, followed by raw bitter dark cocoa and some vanilla and tannins from the oak. Finishes with a hint of ash and tobacco that lingers in between sips.

M: Oily and full bodied, with prickly carbonation that carries the flavors nicely.

O: Fantastic beer, no one aspect dominates. Balanced and extremely well crafted imperial stout. (562 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with one finger than head that left minor lace patches down the glass. The aroma is roasted and coffee malts, the espresso aspect being noticeable, and there seems to be a hint of the oak/woodiness and even vanilla. I get this same aspect in the beer as it is medium bodied, slightly chewy, and smooth with oak notes and a minor vanilla like sweetness. The coffee taste is strong and really noticeable on the backend and finish as this beer finishes real dry. I like the balance and how this beer first hits me with a sweet edge and then finishes dry and just tempts you to have another sip. (611 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pitch black color. The head is a finger high and dark freakin' tan in shade. It retains solidly, fading to a thin film in around 3 or so minutes. A bit of lacing is left behind. I love the aesthetic appeal of a dark-ass stout like this.

S: Ohhhh yeah. The coffee is definitely here, but nice and subtle (letting it open up will reveal more espresso, natch). There's also a ton of roast, umami, dark chocolate, and tobacco. I really enjoy the roasted notes of this in particular - it's gentle and balanced, but also very prevalent. Call me crazy, but I think this is going to taste amazing...

T: It starts off very roasty: not just from the coffee, but from the malts, as well. The roast flavors seem to be a touch on the ashy/smoky side - nothing to upset this beer's balance, though. Right before the swallow, I'm picking up some great dark chocolate notes. Leafy hop bitterness pops up on the finish to meld with some of the irish cream, oak, vanilla, and umami flavors. When it really warms up, it becomes a bit salty, as well. Everything here is in good harmony...actually, this is so good, I kind of don't want to review this. I just want to drink the hell out of this one.

M: I'd call the body "medium-heavy", erring towards heavy when some of the (soft) carbonation fades away. The finish is bitter and dry, but not too bitter or dry. Naturally, it's not really a chugger. Could care less.

O: Last night, I put this bottle in the fridge and said to myself "this will be bitchin'." I was 100% right. This not only tastes amazing, it puts me in a happy place precious few beers can throw me into. Gimme more! (1,661 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 2011 bottle, opened Mar 2014

A - Great looking stout. Beautiful mud and khaki colored head with great retention and lace. Virtually solid black body with dark cola edges.

S - Dry, assertive, and complex. Bright wood, raw coffee beans, vanilla, dark roasted grains, dry grape seeds, dark chocolate, touch of booze.

T - Nice complexity. Bitter coffee, vanilla, oatmeal, touch of caramel, darkly toasted white bread, touch of cream, and warm subtle booze.

M - Full and creamy. Super smooth.

O - A little past it's prime. Of all the adjunct flavored stouts, I find that coffee variants are more likely to take a dive with age. Definitely interested in trying this fresh. (676 characters)

Photo of Mongrel
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sludge-like deep, deep brown with a finger of dense, dark khaki head, like the crema on top of a shot of espresso. Impressive lacing for an imperial stout.

Smells of bitter chocolate, black licorice, roasted, borderline burnt barley and a touch of oak.

Tastes big and bold -- bitter chocolate, black coffee, oaky vanilla, milk chocolate. A little caramel sweetness. Smooth espresso on the finish. Nice lasting roasty bitterness.

Full mouthfeel that coats the entire palate and lingers. Creamy, with slightly prickly carbonation.

Overall, this is a roasty, roasty stout with just enough sweetness to balance it out. There doesn't seem to be a huge oak presence, but I guess it may have served to soften the edges and meld the bold flavors. A great barrel aged impy stout, though not the best. (804 characters)

Photo of Beer4B
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was lucky to grab a bomber of this fresh from the distributor.

A: beautiful dark brew with bright caramel head the whole way through.

S: strong notes of espresso and oak with a slight note of booz.

T: also strong espresso and oak most of the way through with a finish of more boozy than I prefer or hoped for. However, with the ABV that it has I guess you could make a case for it being smooth.

M: surprisingly clean (whatever the heck that means). I was expecting a much larger and fuller mouthful - very malty and almost milkshake-like. It was much more drinkable and smooth, until the boozy finish. Definitely worth a bomber though. (639 characters)

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,012 ratings.