Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,012
Hads: 3,496
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
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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 Flounder57
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a goblet at Bukowski's in Cambridge.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that for the most part is still there. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super frothy mocha lacing down the glass.

Smell: Espresso, chocolate, char, smoke, molasses, and dark fruits.

Taste: Espresso, ash, oak, molasses, Bakers chocolate, toasted malts, earthy, bitterness, and some dark fruits.

Mouthfeel: Silky and creamy smooth, a little boozy, full bodied, low to medium carbonation, and a little bitterness in the room.

Overall: Getting through the whole yeti group. Each one has been awesome. I will be having more of these in the future along with the rest of the group. (739 characters)

Photo of whoahwhat
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful stout, dark brown head that lingered for a while. Straight up black coffee smells and flavors, very bitter for a stout in a very nice way. Couldn't decide if it was too bitter at first, but couldn't stop drinking it! Super thick, almost syrupy, which I loved. (269 characters)

Photo of BSK_ONE
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Beautiful dark brown to black body with a fingers worth of espresso colored head which swirl to leave the most interesting to patterns to stare at.

S: Big coffee and espresso scents upfront, then chocolate enters the picture. Finally the oak finishes it off.

T: Coffee and espresso

M: Warm and all consuming. Great mouthfeel.

O: Wonderful! (347 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on: DEC-23-2013

A: Pours a pitch black color with just over a fingers worth of head that slowly fades down to a thin layer of bubbles that leaves some nice sticky lacing

S: Lots of roasted malts and espresso up front with a touch of oak and vanilla. Quite coffee/espresso forward

T: Starts off with espresso and roast right off the bat. Some dark chocolate, vanilla, and oak notes come through behind and are more prominent mid-way through and towards the finish. Bitterness really gets kicked up near the finish as well, when the hops get mixed in with the bitter espresso. Alcohol absolutely nowhere to be found

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Nearing on smooth and creamy, but still has a bit of a bite from the bitterness and roast

O: Definitely one of the better coffee stouts out there. The coffee is right up front and doesn't get muddled by anything else. Not sure how the espresso would hold up with extended age, but it certainly hasn't gone anywhere in 2 months. Fans of coffee stouts shouldn't pass this beer up (1,046 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I'm hot and tired after snow blowing some of the heaviest snow I have come across and this is my reward. Whole bottle into my over sized Old Style glass.
Definitely coffee and hints of the wood (more than vanilla oak). Other roast and hints of chocolate.
Attractive like all the Yeti's are. Nice full rich dark tan and dense head. Black body.
Nice firm and full mouth feel. Almost chewy. Satisfying. Coffee lingers for a long, long time with a coffee grainy quality. Coffee is not over-balanced in the flavor. Blends nicely with a subdued oak. That great Yeti stout is there and this is just another enjoyable version.
Well done. (630 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 22oz bomber dated 1/2/2014 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours an opaque black with thin brown/rust head that lasts and laces.

S-Smells of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and wood.

T-Taste of chocolate, coffee, pepper, oak, and booze.

M-Full bodied, huge mouthfeel. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, pepper, oak, and booze. Slightly boozy finish.

O-Overall a great coffee stout. Has a nice touch with the oak. They should make a six pack with all the Yeti. (461 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up recently at the new Bottle King on the Livingston Circle, having never had this beer before. I enjoyed the Yet and the Oak Aged Yeti and also noticed that this was rated highly. While not a bad beer, this had a bit too much going on to fully sit back and enjoy and the ashen, woody notes nearly overtook everything else when it came to the flavor of this. I love Stouts as dessert beers but this needed a big glass of water to wash it down once I had finished this off.

The pour to this was great, as this beer had a nice, rich dark brown hue and solid tan head that was present but not overly thick. Lots of brown lacing was present down the side of my glass as I worked my way through this as well. The aroma wasn't that strong but there was enough bitter chocolate and espresso in it to live up to this beer's potential. Both of those were present in the taste but that, as well as the vanilla and roasted malt were inundated by the woody mouthfeel to this. Had this been a bit creamier and lighter on the booze, I would have mistaken this for an Irish Dry Stout. There was a bit of whiskey in the aftertaste and this did feel a bit too strong at times, because the flavors weren't long-lasting enough to compensate for the strength of the alcohol.

This wasn't like a Russian Imperial Stout when it came to the ABV but I would have preferred this to be just a hair weaker. It felt quite roasted and the espresso didn't thin this beer out enough to make it feel completely true to form. While not a bad choice, this wasn't an improvement over the other Yeti's that Great Divide offered and after a while, I got the impression that variations on a theme are only worth it if they augment the original in some way. Coffee and caffeine addicts may get something out of this but for me, this was only worth a go one time around. Just a bit too generic for some that came across as being different from the pack. (1,927 characters)

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter at Bocktown Beer and Grill Monaca, PA

Pours pitch black with a finger of dark mocha head that quickly fizzles to a thin collar with sticky brown lacing. Espresso is present but not as dominant as I expected in the nose. Plenty of dark chocolate, ripe dark fruits and smokey molasses.

The texture makes an unforgettable first impression--soft, full, and creamy. Flavors mimic the aroma--it's like vanilla beans, dried plums and roasted hazelnuts draped in rich semi-sweet chocolate, washed down with a smooth espresso. No flavor steals the spotlight, but they work in perfect unison. Earthy hops support with just a hint of bitterness. Coats the mouth evenly but finishes crisp and clean, with the oak and alcohol leaving a dry toasty warmth.

What a pleasant surprise this Yeti sighting was. Among the best stouts I've had, and I hope we cross paths again soon. If you enjoy the rich fullness of espresso and dark chocolate as much as me, and you spot this beast, I can't recommend it highly enough. (1,038 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at McNellie's OKC. Pours a dark brown with a foamy brown head that doesn't last terribly long. Moderate lacing. Smells of chocolate, coffee and malt with a bit of fruit. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, plums and raisin. Definitely has a woody character compared to the original Yeti. The fruit and alcohol become more apparent as it warms a bit. Definitely a bit of bitter in this one. Medium mouth that oils the tongue. This is nice, but I personally prefer the original a bit more. (487 characters)

Photo of MissSarah
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Carbon copy black with a tawny-brown head

Nose: Roasty vanilla beans, butterscotch candies, and dark chocolate morsels

Taste: Drinking Espresso Oak Aged Yeti is like selecting the molasses chew from a Russel Stover’s box and chasing it with a tasty espresso - delightfully bittersweet

Mouthfeel: Chewy and indulgent

Overall: Made for snow days, decadent brunching, and the occasional cinnamon donut fix (420 characters)

Photo of Purplepunch36
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark, no light passing through this one. First pour left a 1 finger deep, mocha brown head that stayed till the very last drop. Looked very appetizing.

S- dark roast coffee, coco, hazlenut and vanilla with a hint of nutmeg. Alcohol taste was there more towards the end when it warmed up. Overall great taste

T- Strong coffee and bitter chocolate up front finished with a molasses bitter vanilla

M- Thick and creamy

O- Amazing Imperial Stout. Quite session able despite it's first appearance. One of the top BA coffee beers I've tried. At $10 a bomber, I think it's a great deal. (591 characters)

Photo of RacerX5k
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this was a great 32 growler this weekend and much better than the one bottle I had last year. Poured into my 8 oz stout glass produced big mocha head with tons of chocolate up front, vanilla notes in the middle and the coffee notes on the finish. Poured tighter into my 4 oz taster and or 5 oz snifter opened with huge coffee, with the vanilla and chocolate finish. So either way I enjoyed both and this is a chocolate coffee bomb. Terrific mouthfeel, this 32 dissapeared in no time at all. Overall outstanding. (515 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-deep black color with a nice brown head and decent lacing

S-dark malt, coffee, dark chocolate, light burnt sugar

T-dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, earthy, vanilla, mild char and bitterness in the finish

F-medium to full body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-delicious stout, bold flavors and nice feel (341 characters)

Photo of Clints1991
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had from a 22oz bottle. It pours a dark brown, black color, with a very dark brown head. It has a strong espresso nose along with some malts and strong alcohol presence. It has a strong espresso taste, with some vanilla, roasted malts, and strong alcohol taste. It is full bodied and dry finish. Overall a great beer. Great divide does such a good job with their Yet's. I wish they would bring the Oatmeal Yeti back. (416 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- pours an impenetrable black. A hard pour gets a mocha colored head, which doesn't last particularly long but still manages to leave some nice lacing on the glass

S- deep, rich coffee notes and a slight alcohol sweetness in the background

T- there a big malt notes, dark toasted grains, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and some mild earthy hops all bouncing around for great effect.

M- not as thick on the palatte as I would have thought, but still nice. There's a slicker, slightly oily feeling

O- all in all this is a great, big flavored Imperial Stout (558 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
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?!) (3,145 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.41/5  rDev -19.2%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Dec 23rd, 2013. About a month old.

A: Pitch, pitch black pour with one of the darkest brown heads ever (almost pure black itself). Tall, dense head to boot. Heads fades super slowly with great retention. Moderate thin streaks of lacing everywhere.

S: Ohhhh yeah. Beautiful coffee notes. Chocolatey and sweet coffee notes, more like a mocha or even a sweet iced coffee. That is to say, not an acrid, bitter coffee aroma. Touch oaky when swirled. Even a little char/smoke here and there.

T: Again, loads of coffee. A bit more bitter here but backed with lots of sweet chocolate still. Delicious mocha flavor, very creamy and thick with great chocolate notes. Flavors turn a bit less sweet and becomes more of a lightly bitter coffee bean and bittersweet chocolate. Never gets truly acrid though. A bit of oak in the finish mixes with the bittersweet chocolate/coffee combination.

M: Heavy, creamy, smooth. Decadent.

O: Delicious. I really enjoyed this one. Bold flavors and well balanced. A bit one-note with all the coffee and chocolate but I don't mind much because it's so tasty. Drinkability is fantastic with the smooth, creamy mouthfeel as well. (1,163 characters)

Photo of Elprico
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours jet black. Has a great reddish brown head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring.

S-Smells just like coffee, but further inspection reveals the oak. Just fantastic smelling.

T- Just like the smell, it immediately tastes like espresso, but leaves a great oak aftertaste. Dangerously drinkable.

M-It has a thick, velvety body that is light on the carbonation.

O-It's hard to go wrong with any variety of Yeti, but this has to be my favorite by far. A great, balanced espresso flavor that doesn't leave an overly intense bitterness in your mouth makes this another stand-out from Great Divide. (604 characters)

Photo of Trifecta1
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 year, 2 months aged.

A - Pours like motor oil, chocolate milk colored head.

S - A bit of booze, iced coffee, roasted malt.

T - Espresso loud and clear, sweeter than expected, dry chocolate. Alcohol is non-existent.

M - Silky and smooth.

O - Excellent, but more oak flavors would put bump this badboy up a few points. (323 characters)

Photo of WheelsPSU
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at St. Gambrinus in Boerum Hill Brooklyn.

Poured a thick jet black with a creamy delicious looking khaki colored head. The lacing hung around from the initial diminish to the last sip. Great pour for a beer named a Yeti.

Smell was a bitter black coffee explosion. If you like the aroma of espresso in the morning, this is for you. After the initial blast of coffee, I picked up some hints of dark chocolate and some sweet notes from the oak barreling process in the form of vanilla. Extremely pleasant.

The taste was more of the nose. The coffee is dominant. From the first sip to the last, this was all about the coffee. It's got a bite, and is slightly acidic just like your morning coffee. Eventually it opened up to the vanilla notes (more vanilla in this IMO than the Oak Aged Yeti) and the dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel was thick and coated my entire mouth. A touch too sticky for me. Since the coffee profile is a touch bitter, it lingered for a bit.

If you like coffee forward stouts, this is for you. Extremely delicious beer by Great Divide. (1,068 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled dated Jan 10, 2013.

A - Pours a motor oil black with a one-finger dark brown head. Head dissapates quickly leaving a nice amount of lacing.

S - Subtle notes of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate.

T - Lots of dark roasted espresso right upfront. Some roasted malts are also present. Finish is lingering bitter espresso.

M - Heavy bodied with low carbonation. Dry sticky mouthfeel. Lightt alcohol burn in the finish.

O - Excellent stout. A must try for anyone for enjoy coffee forward stouts. (507 characters)

Photo of BB1313
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on Dec 20, 2013. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with barely any light getting though; small mocha head that leaves nice retention and lacing. The aromas deliver on the expresso and oak. Tons of fresh black coffee. Lots of vanilla. Lots of chocolate. Hints of cocoa malts. The flavors truly match the aromas. The coffee and vanilla really give this an expresso feel. The coffee and dark chocolates give this one a nice bitterness. Very rich and roasty. The vanilla gives this a subtle sweetness. The chocolate really adds another dimension to everything. The oak is there accentuating everything else and never becomes harsh or overwhelming. This is a pretty complex stout. Mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's not too thick, not too light. Alcohol goes unnoticed. This makes a great sipper and a nice beer to relax with and appreciate.

Great stout from Great Divide. They really deliver. Coffee fans and stout fans should rejoice. Recommended. (999 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a deep brown head.

S: Coffee, vanilla, oak, and roasted malt in the nose.

T: Chocolate, bitter espresso/coffee, roasted malt.

M: Full bodied, smooth.

O: Really good, but nowhere near as good as Chocolate oak aged Yeti. Worth a try, but I probably won't buy it if Chocolate Yeti is available as well. (326 characters)

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