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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,369
Reviews: 1,001
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 257
Gots: 710 | FT: 51
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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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Ratings: 3,369 | Reviews: 1,001
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Into a Duvel glass, pours dark as night black, completely opaque, with a one inch thick creamy tan head. Slowly dissipating, the head leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a fair amount of complexity to it. A lot of roasted grains ground it, while notes of vanilla bean, oak, and espresso obviously, but nothing stands out besides those on the label.

Taste is much more nuanced. It leads with roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, the vanilla and oak approach through the middle, espresso is tempered but there, the ending has traces of hop oils mixed with oak saturated roasted caramels. The mouth is delightful, velvety smooth while retaining enough carbonation to keep it lively, full body and slick and sticky but not overbearing (even at nearly 10% abv). Its a great sipper, but could indeed go well with a hearty breakfast (as per the bottle), or perhaps a trip to the cabin as an accompaniment to a relaxing evening by the fire. Whatever your motivation, its an excellent beer.

Photo of biglite351
3.64/5  rDev -15%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I already reviewed the bottle, this is the draft.

A - black as cam be with a solid dark head leaving a medium amount of lacing

S - coffee heavy with a background of chocolate. You cam smell some of the alcohol.

T - very heavy taste. Coffee heavy with chocolate and smoke. That is probably the oak.

M - heavy but no tingle. Mild alcohol burn in the after taste.

D - while I love both coffee and Stouts, this one is very heavy. Probably could only have a couple and would be full.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at Poor Richards, Wexford Ale House

A: Pours a thick rich dark black color with some brownish/redish hues. Provides a nice thick brown tan head with more than sufficient lacing.

S: Lots of big dark coffee/espresso scents. In addition there are some caramel and burnt toast with a slight amount of citrus hops.

T: This beer has big malt flavor. The bready and dark coffee blend together with a slight amount of hops that give this beer a well rounded flavor. The high alcohol is well hidden.

D: This is a great dessert beer, one or two in a sitting a max. A wonderful and delicious stout. If it was not 85 degrees outside I would enjoy this more. This is a beer I would love to have by the fire in the middle of winter.

M: Leaves a creamy rich mouthfeel on the palate.

Photo of Docer
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Feb. 12, 2010

- Dark black viscous stout with a thick frothy dark mocha head... wonderful looking stout.

- Fresh water, grain...light coffee... light chocolate scent.. and some good hops still there.. slightly sweet and fruity.

- Dark roasted grain, chocolate... sweet oats, fruity hops.. light oak and light coffee.... all around balanced.. and love how the hops come through.

- Medium to heavy bodied... slightly chalky and drying..

- Overall a huge stout with great flavor... would age well and is only slightly warming with about 4 months on it.

Photo of BarrelO
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a goblet. Bottled on April 2, 2010.

A: Black body with a big tan head that leaves tons of lacing.

S: Coffee. Lots of coffee. Also a hint of chocolate.

T: Mostly coffee, a bit of chocolate, and a fair amount of alcohol burn.

M: Thick but not syrupy. A bit of carbonation.

D: I'd say that this is the best of the Yeti series by a good margin Fair warning, though. If you don't like coffee, stay far away. Then again, if you don't like coffee, you probably don't care for imperial stouts in the first place.

Photo of 100floods
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date says 2/12/2010. Pitch black hue. Bronze two finger head. Smells of chocolate dipped coffee beans, amazing aroma. Minimal carbonation leads way to a cream full, but not dense, body. Roasted flavors not too overbearing, the coffee is taking the lead. What is nice is that this beer has it's flavors under control. I don't have a hard time telling apart the coffee flavors from the stout. Sticky sensations lingers on my lips while it feels like I just took a sip of coffee. There a little hint of wood in the bite. it blends with the coffee, it takes a few sips to realize the oak is there. It's a good blend, not the best, but pleasant enough. This here seems like one of the few specialty beers that has its additions under control. I definitely imagined this beer being a little more over the top (super roasty, hoppy, just brutal) but I'm glad it wasn't. At 9.5% don't wait for this beer to age, it's good now.

Photo of weeare138
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a pitch black midnight with a dark tan head that slowly fades into a small collar. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of obvious espresso, toasted nuts. cocoa, ripe dark fruit, vanilla, and rum.
Taste is of the aromas with a sugary rum filled brown sugar and coffee explosion.
Mouthfeel full bodes, gummy, chewy, and delicious.

Photo of jpmclaug
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Typing up this review from notes. I had this along with several other coffee beers with my girlfriend a few months ago.

A Black with a big dark tan head

S - Coffee with a hit of citrusy hops. The citrus flavor really seems to overpower the coffee smell. Reminds me of a Kenyan coffee.

T - Caramel, chocolate and strong espresso. A hint of citrusy hops lies in there as well.

M - heavy with a fair amount of carbonation

D - Pretty good brew. Nice full flavor. Would go good with breakfast food. Would pick this one up again.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at TJ's on 6/25. Reviewed from detailed notes.

Pour is pitch black capped by a creamy half inch of milk chocolate head. Intricate laced patterns emerge on the walls of my glass, a nice mix of lacy lines and delicate spots. Swirls of bubbles sit atop the dark liquid after the head subsides.

The aroma is full of rich espresso, dark roasted malts, chocolate, and a touch of caramel. I am really looking forward to tasting this. On the palate, chocolate and coffee dominate the forefront. The coffee, though, is a but off-putting, as it tastes synthetic and is not very appealing. The chocolate and fake coffee are followed up by some nice roasty notes, and like the aroma, there is a touch of caramel in the finish.

Smooth, rich, and creamy, despite the appearance, this one isn't too heavy to handle. It's a pretty good dessert beer, though it would not be my first choice. It is incredibly sweet, and really, aside from the syntheticness of the coffee flavors, I really enjoyed this beer.

Photo of metter98
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured jet black with a think layer of mocha-colored bubbles that quickly died down forming lacy patterns.
S: There is an intense aroma of dark roasted malts and espresso beans in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has lots of flavors of roasted malts and espresso along with some bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to heavy-bodied and smooth on the palate. There is a lot of viscosity that really makes it coat the mouth.
D: The beer is particularly easy to drink and the alcohol isn't really perceptible in the smell or taste.

Photo of Darien
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass and built up a 2 finger mocha colored head that disappeared quickly with no traces of lacing, jet black. Smells just like the name implies, heavy expresso presence followed by roasted malts, oak flavor lingers in the background and is pretty subtle. Extreme expresso flavor, a little too much for me but not bad, followed by a well pronounced roasted malt flavor backed by a little bit of oakiness. Medium bodied, medium carbonated beer that goes down pretty smoothly. Very easy to drink but the expresso taste is a little strong for me.

Photo of biggietattoos
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The more Great Divide beers I try the more of a fanboy I think I am becoming for their products. Such is the case for their Espresso Oak aged Yeti stout.

Appearance is this deep motor oil tone with a deep mocha colored head and a nice thick lacing.

smells like I should have purchaced it in a "Venti" sized cup at Starbucks. Very nice coffee malt notes hit your nose, along with the woodsy hops afterward. Just awesome

The taste is like a black coffee syrup. Little sweetness from the malts and a tiny and quickly dissipating burn on the back end.

Coats your mouth and makes your upper lip a little sticky

Considering the abv on this its still very drinkable and makes ya feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside

Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

An expresso coffee experience. Well crafted with few flaws for what it is, but what it is I inrinsically am not super interested in. A little sweet, but overall bittersweet chcolate and roast and coffee. Thick black body and foam. Big expresso and some chocolate aroma.

Photo of thagr81us
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage: 2010 Served from tap into an imperial pint. Pours black with a tan one finger head that lingers. Maintains nice lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt and coffee beans. The flavor was of malt and massive coffee. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall it was a pretty nice for a coffee flavored Russian Imperial Stout. The coffee was overwhelming in flavor though and most likely covered up a lot of the subtle flavors that might have been present. However it was still quite enjoyable and this is coming from a non-coffee drinker.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to brandy snifter
Bottled on: March 5, 2010

A - Thick dark black colour with a finger of espresso coloured head.

S - A very robust nose heavy on the roasted malts and dark roasted coffee with some licorice in the background.

T - Dark roasted malts with a nice dark roasted coffee (espresso) taste and a nice subtle oak flavour in the finish. Very slight alcohol bite that is barely noticeable.

M - Slightly watery for an imperial stout; lightly carbonated.

D - Another excellent beer in the long line of GD Yeti Stouts. I would buy this one over and over again.

Photo of Spica66
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very dark beer with a caramel-colored head (as mush as you wanted depending on your pour), nice lacing. Excellent looking stout in the glass.

S: It didn't need to say Espresso on the label for you to know that it's in there. Wow, what a wonderful mix of dark malt and coffee.

T: Tastes just like it smells. Very full-bodied espresso flavor. Not too muck oak (I am glad about that).

M: Completely creamy like a good stout should be. No stickiness or motor-oil fell here. Very well done.

D: I downed the bomber so quickly that I could not believe it.

This is one of my all-time favorite beers.

Photo of pixieskid
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Disclaimer; I only review beers on BA if I am disgusted or blown away...

full body, creamy mouthfeel almost milky with nice carbonation.

Strong sweet/burnt malt presence up front, with strong notes of coffee and a dark chocolate bitterness.

Strong flavors of coffee, chocolate, mollasses and undertones of bittering hops throughout.

Finishes smoothly with very strong notes of coffee, toffee, a fair oakiness, and a rich dark chocolate bitterness.

Overall amazing flavors, nice body, great balance, and abv is amazingly well hidden.

I have had Yeti, Oak Aged, and Chocolate, by far the best Yeti in my opinion (haven't had BA though).

Photo of flipper2gv
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at Mondial de la bière 2010 in Montreal without any notes, so this is from pure memory so the review can be somewhat inaccurate.

A: Was very dark with moka like head, creamy good level. Retention was ok and had nice lacing.

S: Lots of coffee notes (d'uh!) with dark chocolate. Also had a nice level of dark fruits and raisins. Oak and vanilla are also there with some maple syrup. Overall much more fruity than what I expected from an oak aged espresso stout.

T: Same as smell, really...

M: Was thick but not overwhelming. Nice medium to low carbonation. Really what you'd expect.

D: Balanced brew and quite complex. Could be good to have quite a lot of it.

Photo of zoolzoo
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, almost black. I need to start thinking of new ways to describe the appearance of stouts....nice khaki head anyway.

S: First whiff is like sticking your nose into a burlap sack of fresh coffee beans. Further investigation reveals the usual suspects consisting of chocolate, oak, and a bit of vanilla. A tinge of hop bitterness that is almost but not quite fruity reminds me that this is after all, Yeti.

T: Oak is especially noticeable up front, and espresso bean/hop presence rounds out the entire palate with bitterness, especially in the back of the tongue. Chocolate malt appears mid palate before fading back into a familiar bitterness. I'm getting a charred/smokey overall impression - the flavors are quite rich and balanced.

M/D: Mouthfeel is smooth, carbonation is low. An excellent coffee stout.

Photo of Xul
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark brown but not quite black, capped by a two finger, rich brown head. Retention is good for style/ABV and a good deal of lacing is left on the glass. Not sure how an imperial stout could really look any better.

S: Strong espresso right off the bat, along with a heavy dark chocolate character. Vanilla comes through in the background along with oak and some dark fruits. Enjoyable smell, but somewhat lacking in complexity.

T: Espresso up front, strong but not as overwhelming as the nose. Dark chocolate and vanilla follow, along with oak and toffee. Some light roastiness lurks in the background along with some dark cherries. As the sip finishes, the coffee presents a bittering counterpoint to the generally sweet flavors, finishing with a balance of light bitterness and sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with low/moderate carbonation. Would benefit from being thicker and chewier.

D: The ABV is well hidden and it goes down remarkably smooth...as usual, I'm left wishing that Great Divide was available in San Diego.

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a ChurchKey becher.

I knew I'd find Bigfoot (or, at least, his Asiatic cousin) in DC! I mean, how many other elusive hairy beasts reside here? (Now that's good- er...actually pretty crappy political commentary. Sorry. I'll try harder next time.) Regardless, I was pleasantly surprised to find this cryptozoologically-inspired brew on tap here at CK. It pours pitch darkness into the glass, with a sad excuse for a dirty bubbly head. (Apparently one of Mermaid Man's nemeses procreated and settled atop my beer.) The smell is of darkly roasted coffee (I know, I'm shocked too), chocolate, and a tiny bit o' smoked oak. The full picture is of an espresso machine powered by a camper's stone-ringed fire. (Clearly, I have no idea how an espresso machine works.) When the 'buds get at it, the coffee lightens up a bit, apparently loosened by that tactfully tasteful joke. The chocolate comes back, followed by some cream (half-and-half, I think), dark malts, and some o' that oak from before, only lighter and sans fumee. The body is heavy, but lighter than other hefty brews'. The carbonation is moderate at best, and a slight coating is found along my mouth's walls, allowing a bit o' aftertatse to linger a spell. Now, if only this ape-like creature weren't so damn elusive...

Photo of beertunes
3.28/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Bottled Mar 19, 2010. Poured into 10oz glass. I just reviewed the Oak-Aged Yeti yesterday and most of what I said about that applies here. The obvious difference is the espresso. I don't like coffee so this brew had a built in disadvantage.

All the big flavors that I liked about the OAY are here, they are just overwhelmed by the dominant coffee. The finish was bitter due to the coffee and those burnt flavors lingered.

If you like coffee beers, you'll love this. If not, just stick with the OAY.

Photo of dtivp
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown almost black, nice tan head the receded into a ring with some lacing.
Aroma dominated by the espresso with a hint of chocolate.
Taste is coffee / espresso with a very slight hint of oak.
Full body and smooth with some bitterness.
Very drinkable this is a very nice imperial stout from Great Divide.

Photo of ZebedeeDuBois
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this beer on tap, after a meal with some friends. We all agreed this was an exceptionally good tasting drink.

Dark opaque pour, with an inch of brown foam.
The espresso comes through immediately in the smell and taste.
The feel is a rich creamy texture.
It is very smooth and drinkable.

The espresso flavor is authentic and rich.

Excellent following a meal. A real dessert. I am tempted to try it with ice cream.

Photo of kwjd
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with thick tan head. Tons of lacing down the glass. Smells strongly of coffee and hints of the oak. Coffee is very up front in the taste, which nicely compliments the deep roasted malt. Extremely creamy and wonderful to drink. Perfect morning beer.

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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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