Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,482
Reviews: 1,034
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 260
Gots: 754 | FT: 55
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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 Brenden
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This looks very much the the original oak-aged Yeti: rich, thick, dark as night and thick as motor oil. The brown head, a little bit darker in this version, might reach just a little higher off the pour from the tap; it stands and sticks hard. This stuff leaves lacing clinging to the snifter it's served in very nicely.
The espresso is in there, not as big and bold as I might expect (until it warms) but very nicely integrated. Otherwise, it takes on the same barrel character and oaky quality as the oak-aged, though the dryness and the roast, along with coffee notes, overcome the sweetness a touch in the nose. When you get to the flavor, though, this one's every bit as layered and complex as I'd hoped after trying the original oaked Yeti. Some char, coffee, cocoa, wood, vanilla and dark fruits lead into a finish that includes just enough hops to even it out and give even more depth.
The feel is still big, thick, rich and robust in a full body, though it goes slightly dryer this time. A bit of char going into the finish gives it something only very slightly astringent in the otherwise perfect mouthfeel.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a jet black viscous looking liquid with a dark mohagany colored head that is tight and creamy. the retention is short but the lace is thick.

S-the nose is big time malt. tons of espresso up front with a fair bit of roasted maltiness coming along for the ride. Hints of dark bakers chocolate underneath. The finish adds a good bit of toffee and a light malty sweetness in the very back. the espresso keeps hitting hard with a touch of burnt coffee note in the back.

T-the taste has a ton of malt and espresso similar to the nose. bitter and slightly burnt espresso and roasted malts dominate. hints of dark chocolate, a good bit of toffee, and light caramel. Light dark fruits but very faint towards the back. Light bitter hop presence and herbal hop notes to close it out.

M-this has a slightly light full body and is extremely smooth. it feels thick but the back is a little thin.

D-this is a very drinkable stout, it doesn't show any alcohol and has good malt backbone. Decent complexity and a nice bit of espresso. the oak aging doesn't really seem to show, but good none the less.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber served in a snifter

Let me preface this by saying that the Oak Yeti is one of my favorite RIS's and in my opinion had little room to improve. Needless to say, I had high expectations for this.

Appears almost an ink black with the darkest brown cap I have ever seen, a wet sand color. A little bit of lace, but nothing too impressive with a decent amount of staying power considering the oil from espresso/coffee beans usually hurts in that area.

Smell is of deep roasted espresso, plums, cherries, vanilla, bittersweet dark belgian chocolate malt balls, and a decent amount of booze. The espresso dominates.

The flavor profile mimics the nose very closely, only the espresso beans lend an oily espresso layer that, for me, is too much. It detracts from the goodness of all of the other flavors. The chocolate is more pronounced throughout the middle, but the espresso begins and ends the experience. The fruits and sweet vanilla dance and dart their way through the deep roasted flavor and espresso. It's almost like they poured espresso into the beer. However, the base is so good, I can't give it lower than a 4.

The mouthfeel is thick and velvety. All of the Yeti beers have a near perfect mouthfeel. Rich and decadent.

The espresso hurts the drinkability. Everything else is so good though.

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

A: Deep dark nearly fully black but some brown highlights notes. Small, quickly disapearing khaki head, decent lacing.

S: Medium roasted espresso, bittersweet chocolate. Oak trails in the rear.

T: Follows the scent with medium roasted espresso, bittersweet chocolate... oak and vanilla in the rear. Some brown sugar/maple syrup like sweetness.

M: Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, silky smooth, non coating, nice mellow oaky aftertaste

D: Definitely better than the chocolate which lacked a full flavor profile. THe esspresso is muted compared to other coffee beers. Complex and smooth enough to enjoy more.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with a brown head. In the aroma, coffee, oak, and bourbon notes. In the taste, dry coffee, quite oaky, and a chocolate like end. A smooth and medium to big bodied mouthfeel, with a dry coffee and small bourbon like aftertaste. Big coffee, nice bourbon/ oaky notes and hides the ABV.

Photo of AgentZero
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A deep, rich black color with a very fine brown head that rose about two fingers. Great looking.

S - Nice oak, some espresso in there, but more milky cocoa than espresso in there. Nice smelling.

T - Very milky tasting. Nice bitter coffee taste and a lot of milk chocolae. Tiny bit of hops, and something sugary and sweet.

M - Milky, creamy, very smooth. I wish it had some more carbonated bite though.

D - Don't get any alcohol in this, so drinkable, but not a huge fan of it enough to seek it out.

Photo of sweemzander
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on March 05, 2009.

(A)- Pours thick & black as night. Produced an incredibly large & fluffy/billowy dark brown head that isnt going anywhere; its clinging to every inch of the sides of the glass as it barely dissipates.

(S)- Rich vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, raisin, butterscotch, & a spice I cant pinpoint; cinnamon?(Must be from the Oak). Simply gorgeous & wonderful. Just the tiniest hint of roasted coffee grounds.

(T)- Not much espresso in this, but has a great mildly sweet molasses & brown sugar maltiness that melds into a delicate dry oaky vanilla finish. Dynamic and silky smooth with no harshness; just a bit of roastedness in the middle.

(M)- One of the smoothest stouts I may have ever had. Fantastic alcohol integration & balance. Not too sweet, not too malty, not too bitter, just a perfect combination that is layered here and there.

(D)- Simply a remarkable stout! I am slightly disappointed that there isnt much espresso in this, but I quickly forgot that when I smelled and tasted this. Simply amazing! This bottle did not last long at all! Every Yeti I have had has been fantastic, but this one with almost a year of age on it is nearly orgasmic. I am excited to see what further aging will do to it. Now. . . where can I find a case?

Photo of ArrogantB
2.56/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On tap at Great Divide. Looks like any other Yeti. Aroma is a touch of espresso and stout. Flavor is burnt, really not good at all because of the strong burnt flavors in the finish. I would not buy this and I'm glad I only paid for a sample.

Photo of RoyalT
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This poured out like the proverbial engine oil. It was thick and black with an oily texture. The head was absolutely gorgeous. You have to work the pour a little bit to round it up, but it is a very dark brown, stubbornly uneven, and left some nice lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell - The espresso is roasted all to hell so this doesn't smell like a normal espresso-based coffee drink like you'd get at Starbucks. The oak too is very strong and full of sweet, alcohol-infused vanilla. The chocolate is dark as it needs to be hanging around with this crowd. Overall this is a very rich, powerful, potent, almost boozy nose and my only criticism is that it's on the verge of starting not to smell like a beer.

Taste - This almost becomes a sweet coffee drink at the taste. The heavy roasting keeps the sugars in check so there's still some big bitterness, but again it is moving away from the idea of being a beer.

Mouthfeel - This is full-bodied, sweet in the cheeks but balanced with a huge burnt bitterness, and almost flat as it should be.

Drinkability - I don't think I've ever had a beer that would go better with a cigar than this one. Having said that, it was a little too artificial to stand as one of my all-time favorite but a great beer nevertheless.

Photo of maximum12
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I haven't tried much Yeti yet. Too much trading, too little sampling what's available around here. Time to start remedying that sad, sad situation. Although it has a tough act to follow after a couple short pours of Hands of Doom with dinner...

Black. Why must we judge the appearance of a stout? All the damn things are black as a monkey's asshole. Smells promisingly yummy, like a melting Herschey's Kiss.

The Espresso character of the Yeti is surprisingly subdued. Lush, rich chocolate is predominant, assisted by roasted malts, all wound up in a flourishing finish of mild espresso notes. The espresso serves as a tonic rather than the gin, which makes this a far more drinkable, warm, welcoming brew than many coffee infused beers.

The chocolate makes this rich & smooth, not to mention rich & smooth. And full. Did I mention rich? This is the most chocolatey drink I've had without it being sickeningly sweet. The balance here is exquisite. For a big stout I could take this on for a while.

Excellent brew. I need to haul my ass hither to sample some more Yeti. And someone needs to send me the BA version, pronto!

Photo of gford217
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

Pours an oily black with a massive dark tan head that leaves sheets of lacing on the way down to a small cap which lingers for the duration.

The aroma is actually fairly similar to the non-espresso version, dominated by a malted milk ball aroma - tons of dark roasted malts and dark chocolate. I don't really get much in the way of coffee in the aroma, maybe a hint as it warms.

The taste follows the aroma but definitely has more of the espresso. The initial flavors are semi-sweet dark chocolate and the dark malt backbone. The finish brings on a bit of the espresso with a lingering bitterness through the finish and a nice burn down the throat from the booze.

The mouthfeel is spectacular - full bodied but very, very smooth. Completely decadent mouthfeel, like drinking a dessert.

This is another great version of the yeti and one that I enjoyed. I honestly could have used more coffee in this one, but it's still a great beer.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottles hit NY not all that long ago, enjoyed from a great divide snifter.

bottled 1/9/2013 (my wedding anniversary).

a - brew poured a silky, shiny black with a big head (dropped the bottle before opening it, so it was definitely lively at my own fault). great shine and look.

s - oaky hops on a stout. coffee is in there as well. the coffee is a nice compliment to the oaky hoppy stout.

t - gourmet espresso beans. vanilla. hops. oak. chocolate. stout. happiness in a glass. really amazing.

m - SUPER smooth. easy drinking. just a homerun.

o - overall, probably my favorite yeti to date. just phenomenal. not a bad beer in the series, but this one is just killer. the espresso and oak and yeti...oh my.

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

Bottle courtesy nickd717, glad you could make it! Pours darkest brown with a fluffy beige head. Aroma is coconut from the wood aging with roasted coffee and dark chocolate and a surprising amount of sprucey, piney hops peeking through. Flavor is toasty and chocolatey with a big roasted coffee influence. Woody and bitter. This is clearly the superior version of Yeti.

Photo of tigg924
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch light chocolate head, black in color

Smell: burnt malt, oak, expresso and chocolate

Taste: a creamy start, chocolate, expresso, then a long oak taste, with a coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium to heavy in body, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a good beer, but probably my least favorite of the three Yeti's that I have tried. It almost tastes like a Baltic porter/RIS mix, which I do not get with the other Yeti's...A good beer which I would like to have again, but for the price one is enough.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a thick, dark, motor oil style black. Puffy one inch coffee colored head forms, with spots of foam down the glass as I drink.

Smells like bright, just brewed esresso, chocolate, and darkly roasted malt.

Tastes like bitter espresso, sweet milk chocolate, vanilla (likely from the oak-aging), a bit of oak, and some slight hop bitterness.

Full, sludgy mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated.

The best Yeti variant I've had yet. One of the purest coffee expressions in beer I've had. So thick, and so good.

Photo of mynie
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours o-f'in-paque into a stemmed chalice. The head is billowy milk chocolate brown and it's big and indefatigable.

Smells like a mild RIS and big, bitter coffee. Burnt porter grain, medium dry hops, and hot cocoa.

Tastes very big yet remarkably well balanced and smooth. Starts off with stouty malt, roasted bitter and lightly sour. This hangs around for a surprising while as the sourness turns into an intense coffee bitterness that overwhelms the malt and eventually mellows out into sweet chocolate and ends on a long node of nitrous oxidey pleasantly medicinal gas.

Yeti is like the blank canvas of RIS', and it lends itself much better to this kind of mellow coffee treatment than to bourbon aging.

Photo of Pencible
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured pitch black with dark tan head. It smelled like lots of coffee, with strong alcohol and little else. It tasted like black coffee with some roasted and burnt grinds, and a hint of oak and bitter chocolate. It was slightly thick with no carbonation, and had a bitter coffee aftertaste. Overall this beer isn't kidding when it says Espresso. Fantastic flavor if you like coffee. Bold taste hides alcohol much better than expected based on the smell. It could use a bit more body, as this seemed thinner than the Oaked Yeti. Great beer, though.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Bottled on 20 January 2012.

A: Black as sin and just as tempting. A coffee-dark head fades quickly. Completely opaque. Light-sucking.

S: Whole espresso beans. Roasted barley and cream. Oak-vanilla.

T/M: Mmmm. An excellent imperial stout. Deep, roasted bitterness. Dry malt, milk chocolate, light coffee with cream. The oak mellows out the main body, giving it a smoothness that contributes to an excellent mouthfeel. The milk chocolate grows more prevalent as time wears on, but the espresso bitterness counteracts any stray sweetness.

O: I love Yetis and this is not exception. Highly recommended, but perhaps not as superlative as the chocolate styling. Highly recommended.

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Bottled 12/13/10.
A: Completely black. You couldn't shine a flashlight through it. A finger of creamy mocha head from a gentle pour.
S: Fresh ground coffee. Cocoa. Some hops.
T: Chocolate and a tea like hop flavor immediately. Picking up some alcohol but nothing over powering. I enjoy the espresso & hot after taste.
Big fan of this one.

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

The Yeti series is a pretty safe bet for Imperial Stouts and nice Oak aging, had this one a few times but not for a while, reviewed from notes.

A- Black as oil with a big dark tan head that has good retention. Huge amount of thick lace and a nice dark tan cloud and ring.

S- A dessert. Strong mix of caramel, cocoa and roast malt. Huge oak lends wood notes and a nice vanilla. The coffee also comes into play and adds a great layer.

T- "Massive wood in my face" (lol). The oak is just crazy strong in this one, like chewing on a tree. Finishes with more roast malt, caramel and some espresso (seems to be on and off with the oak). Slight hops at the very end of a bitter cocoa finish.

MF- Nice warming, thick oily body. Moderate sting from carbonation on the palate but smooth.

DB- A very flavorful beer. The oak cannot be missed in this ale. Great meld of caramel, oak and roast malt with some coffee. I would prefer a bit more espresso and a bit less oak but I still love the flavor of this one.

Photo of warnerry
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from last summer. A 2010 bottle,so rather fresh.

A firm pour yields only 1.5 fingers of brown head with excellent retention. Pour is pitch black. My mouth is watering looking at this.

Smells is high on espresso and malt and a moderate amount of oak.

Taste - holy espresso! Coffee and beer are two of my favorite things, and this brings them together nicely. Taste also consists of some slightly burnt tasting malt. Oak flavor is a little strong but not overwhelming.

Creamy with bitter espresso finish. Mouthfeel is pretty Moderate for such a big stout.

Drinkability is very high for such an intense beer. Alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming.

Photo of Immortale25
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Label says Bottled on Dec 20 2010. Over a year old...yes!

A- Pours the blackest of blacks with a full finger's worth of dark tan head that retains and eventually disperses to a 1/4 inch ring around the edge of the glass along with full trails of lacing.

S- Smells of burnt wood and dark chocolate. Not getting much coffee aroma though. It's there, just not very apparent.

T- The espresso comes through in the flavor well though. Burnt coffee mixed with dark chocolate, some smoky char notes and a metallic aftertaste which fades after a few sips. The alcohol has certainly mellowed out after a year of being in the bottle. It's well-hidden now, making for a very smooth drink. The oak also is more calm than in other younger Oak-Aged Yeti incarnations I've recently had.

M- Substantially thick with medium carbonation that provides a more lively feel.

O- A great take on the Yeti that only gets better with age.

Photo of dar482
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It comes in a deep black color with a wonderful coffee head. It's a beautiful brown head. One of the more beautiful stouts.

The aroma and flavor are just huge. It smells of big espresso beans and bitter chocolate. There's also big oak character.

Such a smooth stout, it has wonderful roasted espresso flavor and sweetness and then woody oak chip flavor. It has a lovely body. It's almost like a rich, dark chocolate coffee milkshake. It hits the flavors with its complex flavors, the creaminess, and mouthfeel spot on.

My issue with this beer however is the aftertaste. It's hard to pin down, but it makes you rub your tongue on the top of your mouth. I prefer this beer colder because as it warms up, the aftertaste gets more prominent. It's almost a chalkiness or Nestle malt that sticks and lingers around. A slight offensive flavor.

Photo of jmdrpi
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. there's a spot for the date, but it's blank.

black, with dark brown head. beauty, eh. head fades to thin covering.

smells exactly as expected - espresso and roasted malt. a touch of vanilla. the coffee flavors are more subdued than the aroma. taste and aroma improve as the beer comes up closer to room temperature. no alcohol detected. super smooth and creamy, on the thicker side.

great beer, but I think I still like the regular Oak Aged and Chocolate Oak Aged better.

Photo of woosterbill
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a 3/4 pint.

A: Black body with almost an inch of dense, creamy brown foam. Great retention and lots of lace. Beautiful stout.

S: Really brings the espresso - coffee, sweet maltiness, more coffee, some oaky vanilla, and more coffee. Wonderful.

T: Follows the nose precisely, and deliciously. Lots of dry oak on the finish, and no noticeable booze. Fantastic.

M: Rich, full, sticky, and alive with explosively creamy carbonation. Lovely.

D: For the strength and intensity of flavor, this one goes down in a hurry.

Notes: Just as Oak Aged Yeti is a dramatic improvement over the regular version, the Espresso OA is an improvement over the simple OA. Big, rich, creamy, and full of coffee goodness, this is truly a world-class stout. I need to have a coffee stout tasting with this, Speedway, FBS, and Péché Mortel. I just love them so much more than either regular stouts or regular coffee.

Cheers!

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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