Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,168 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,168
Reviews: 969
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 240
Gots: 593 | FT: 41
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
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 t0rin0
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a super thick sludge black with a nice 2 inch milk chocolate colored head that fades to a tiny cap. Sticky and frothy ring lacing on the drink down. Exactly like what a great stout should look like. Smells of freshly brewed espresso, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, some vanilla. Taste is very up front with the espresso followed up with cocoa powder, dark roasted malts, and an oak woodiness on the finish. Slight espresso/hop bitterness after each sip. Very creamy and thick in the mouth with a slight coating. Good drinkability on this rich and enjoyable brew.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

G: Poured into a brandy snifter.

A: Dark as night with a nice, smooth, tan-colored espresso head.

S: Loads of espresso with some dark malt behind.

T: Overpowering espresso that is somehow balanced against the mild sweetness of the malt.

M: Heavenly. Sublimely creamy and the alcohol is hardly detectable.

D: Very, very drinkable. It's a hot, hot 86 degrees here in Chicago, and I still want more of this thick stout. Now that's an endorsement.

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of metter98
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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 olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fudgy brown color with a huge beige head that leaves plenty of lacing and never fades away

Smell: A surprising amount of hops are apparent in the aroma, but the base elements of oak and espresso, as well as roasted and chocolate malts are all very apparent

Taste: Dark chocolate and roasty flavors jump out up front, along with a burgeoning oak/vanilla flavor; shortly thereafter, the hops make their presence felt; after the swallow, the espresso and oaky flavors emerge in a massive fashion and provide a lengthy, chocolatey finish

Mouthfeel: Thick and full-bodied, with moderate carbonation; considerable warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Clearly a beer that will benefit from age, this has some harsh tendencies in its youth; I imagine a couple of years would make this extraordinary

Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just when you thought they Yeti couldn't get better. Great Divide has taken the Yeti and really turned it into a better base beer and added a strong espresso character that compliments the beer greatly.

The beer's look is as deep and dark as the day is night. This is to be expected. However the strong head formation takes on a deeper brown toffee color that is significanly darker and more sturdy than the other versions.

Coffee dominates the nose but not as aggressive as I expect. There's a lot of 'stout' qualities from the maltiness to cocoa and toast. The coffee notes seem to surpress the sweetness and fruitiness to virtually nothing.

Flavors are also coffee dominant with French Roast taste, oils, and bitterness. Background notes of cocoa powder, charred toast, and a meaty maltiness that remind me of dry Dopplebocks. Light notes of soy sauce, molassas, hops give enough complexity to keep it from screaming, "Espresso".

Full and rich up front but the well attenuated malt character keeps the beer dry and palatable. Bitterness from coffee, hops, and cocoa gives ample amounts of repreive from the moderate sweetness. The sharp, charred textures flirt with astringency and alternate between burnt toast and ashy. Finishes with a deep lingering coffee flavor with much bitterness.

Again, Great Divide knocks it out of the park.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a rather large light brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dry espresso coffee with some lightly bitter roasted oats. Taste is also dominated by astringent and dry notes with bitter roasted malt. Espresso is a bit too astringent for my taste but very well done nonetheless. Body is full with light creamy notes and great carbonation with no alcohol showing. Another fine brew from a great brewery that I sometime forget about.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark brown quarter finger head on a jet black body with no light getting though. still has nice lacing.

S: oak, bourbon, roasted malts, dark chocolate and vanilla. Not getting much espresso from the aroma.

T: roasted malt base with the espresso not overpowering and mostly in the finish. vanilla, oak, nuts and some milk chocolate although it is light.

M: thick body and moderate carbonation. smooth.

Overall: I really like how the espresso is applied with this one. The supporting notes arent overdone. The yeti base stout is just so good to start that these "special editions" all taste good.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Espresso black with a milk chocolate colored cap that is stacked with bubbles that extend well above the rim of the glass. The foam looks even better once it begins to melt, and is absolutely plastering all available surfaces with sticky lace. This beer looks amazing, no matter what the brewers add to it.

The aroma is exactly as expected. Each sniff delivers a nostril-filling blast of chocolate fudge, roasted coffee beans and vanilla. There's too much else going on for oak to be appreciated, but it isn't missed.

This particular 22 ounces of Espresso Oak Aged Yeti has been in the bottle for almost two full years... and has held up incredibly well. The only slight chink in the armor *might be* the mouthfeel, though it should fill out and creamify as the middle of the bomber arrives.

Even though I'm not a coffee/espresso drinker, big stouts and coffee is a marriage made in beer heaven. When the base beer is one of the best Imperial stouts in existence, the result is bound to be something special. This GDBC brew is definitely something special.

For starters, EOAYIS a taste bud bombarder of the highest order. Just like Spinal Tap's amps, this sucker goes all the way to '11'. Each upending of the glass results in a furious fusillade of dark chocolate liquor, espresso, anise, vanilla beans and an underlay of oak. A pleasant warming of mouth, tongue, esophagus and belly is the only evidence of the 9.5% ABV.

The mouthfeel has gotten onboard with greatness over the past 10 minutes or so. This offering is more full, more silky smooth and more lingeringly lush than 95% of all fresh stouts of this style. Dead... solid... perfect carbonation.

After the extremely odd design decision to add cayenne pepper to Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, Espresso Oak Aged Yeti gets the outstanding Yeti train solidly back on the tracks to outstanding flavor and drinkability. Once again, the base Yeti proves to be bulletproof. Hey Great Divide, how about Bacon Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout to test that theory?

Photo of jaydoc
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an exceptional beer. I was thrilled to death to see it on tap at Barleys last night and the first thing I ordered when I got there without heistation. Served in a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/03/2009.

The pour was fantastic. Rich dark black in color with a completely opaque and dark look to it. Rich tan colored head rose up to at least an inch and a half before settling down into a whispy cloud on top and tons of side glass lacing, perfect. The aroma was sublime, rich cocoa and coffee notes that swirled together effortlessly wth light hints of oak and rich sweet smells just swirling about it. As I took the first sip I nearly fell over. This is what I have been looking for in a big coffee stout. INSANE. Rich coffee flavors that were perfectly balanced against the rich oak and chocolate notes that I love in my oaked yeti. Smooth, seductive big bodied fel that made this a sublime sipper that offered no hint of the alcohol in it at all.

Overall I was floored by this beer. Simply put one of the best beers I have had in a very long time. This is an instant classic that has been done wonderfully. I would go after this one at every chance that I get.

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a almost black in color with a minimal tan head forming.

S: Smells like cocoa powder, spicy oak notes, roasted malts, and coffee. Definitely a lot of coffee, which you would anticipate given it being Espresso Yeti. Perhaps a bit of caramel sweetness as well.

T: The oak is really pronounced on the flavor, maybe a bit too much so. Lots and lots of coffee without much of the chocolate that is present on the nose. This is fairly bitter, as well.

M: The body is medium with a fairly smooth carbonation that I would classify as medium.

D: Definitely better than the regular oaked version, but not one of my favorite imperial stouts. Decent enough beer, though.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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