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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutEspresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

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2,691 Ratings

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Ratings: 2691
Reviews: 951
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
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: johnmichaelsen on 05-16-2008)
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Photo of diomz88


4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smells great, right away the coffee and chocolate, toasty, nutty, vanilla, with hints of caramel. Alot of things going on in this beer. Black, dark black if there is such a thing. Head is brownish tan, frothy, with lacing at the end. This is definitely a very good imperial stout with a deeper taste on the coffee, lots of it. What you smell is what you will taste. Bitterness is high but is great with this kind of beer. Full bodied, creamy, malty, intense beer. This is a great imperial stout, next time will try with breakfast!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 08:05:35 | More by diomz88
Photo of Chirpie


4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this sucker into a Tulip, with a nice dark tan finger and a half head forming at the top. Really dark brown spirits escaped from the 650ml bottle into the glass. Once collected in the glass no light was going to penetrate the brew.

The aroma was very much in line with most stouts I've had with a hint more bitter coffee bean wafting in to the proceedings.

As for the taste? Some beers simply demand you slow down when drinking them. If ever there was a sipper, this has to be up there with the best of them. Took me a good hour+ to savor this bottle. I might go so far as to say it should probably be split, if not for the alcohol content, then for the strong flavor that comes out of the bottle that practically dulls the palette after a bit.

My favorite thing about this beer is the creamy mouthfeel. Man, this close to a 5. Great stuff. On the first sip, I'll admit to thinking the coffee flavor was trouncing everything else, but it pulls back a bit and lets everything else come out to play soon after. That oak flavor is faintly in there in the background. I'd wish a bit more for it, but I'm not complaining. A stellar bear. Bravo Great Divide.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 03:09:54 | More by Chirpie
Photo of craftbeersweden


4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 21:16:37 | More by craftbeersweden
Photo of AC-Mivsek


4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours opaque black with a creamy 2-finger mocha brown head, sticky lacing.

S- Espresso and coffee is very evident along with some roasted malt and chocolate.

T- Very robust, charred malt and dark chocolate stand out first, followed by espresso/cream, roasted coffee, and vanilla. The oak comes in the aftertaste and it is lighter than I expected, but it is very palpable and adds a bit of smokiness.

M- Full body with moderate carbonation. Thick and creamy just like it should be.

O- This is a very rich and tasty stout. The oak is a nice touch and I enjoyed the subtly of it. Usually I find the oak to dominate in barrel-aged beers, but this has a lot of balance. Great Divide never seems to disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 01:59:23 | More by AC-Mivsek
Photo of beveragesampler


4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with three fingers dark carmel head. Aroma is very ballanced coffee and chocolate, with little to oakiness. Little to no alcohol nose to this brew at 9.5%. Taste has only slight hop bitterness. Vanilla and oak flavors are subtle and welcoming. Mouthfeel is creamy and dissipates quickly. Overall this is an exceptional brew. My Yeti was bottled on Feb 12 2010, i feel this beer will age very well. i will definately buy more.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 02:37:09 | More by beveragesampler
Photo of gaugebozo

New York

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark opaque (in a pilsner glass!) with lots of foam/lacing.
S - Coffee and roasted grains.
T - Complex. Chocolate, coffee, roast grains and some hops. The main flavors are roasty/coffee. slightly acrid, but works with the flavors. Oak is there, but blends with the other flavors.
M - Thick with light carb.
O - This one is very good. Deep and roasty, enjoyable if you pace yourself. Yum!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 02:47:58 | More by gaugebozo
Photo of biggietattoos


4.38/5  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

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 03:08:22 | More by biggietattoos
Photo of misfit1034


4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from slightly below room temp bottle into pint. Left an amazingly fluffy head the color burnt caramel that slowly faded into a nice lacing as the glass emptied. Smells like roasted coffee and malts. Mouthfeel is a little slick and creamy and at first tasted like a shot of espresso with an almost undetectable bitter woody finish... Really like this and would recommend over most other wood/barrel aged stouts I have has...

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 07:13:09 | More by misfit1034
Photo of Barleythenred


4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint 6 oz poured into a ommegang snifter

Appearance: Dark completely non-transparent a head of a dark nut color head but leaves faintly fast

Smell: the first thing to hit me was the espresso then oak maybe a little carmel malt but more espresso oak then anything after the head goes so does the stronger aromas of carmel but still strong espresso

Taste: like a cup of coffee with an oak tree in the middle

Mouthfeel: syrupy, strong character of espresso and malted oak

Drinkability: good going down like a shot of espresso maybe a shareable drink with a friend after a long, cold, winter day

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 03:44:44 | More by Barleythenred
Photo of eslemarc


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So there I was, pouring motor oil into a glass, captivated by the beautifully cascading dark chocolate head. I may have poured the beer a touch aggressively because the head is standing tall around 3 inches in this pint glass. As the head starts to fall it clings to the glass in full force and full coverage. It has tons of strength and falls very slowly and maintains a pillowy appearance.

The nose is action packed with coffee and chocolate. There is a touch of sweetness behind the coffee, but it smells like an iced drink that you'd get from Starbucks. There is a slight hop character to it that offsets the sweetness, I'm excited to see how that comes on the palate.

The mouthfeel is very full, very creamy, and only slightly coating than I thought it would be. There is slight carbonation though that gives it a little more jump. There's a bitterness that rears it's head right behind the coffee character. This beer is pretty big, lots of flavor and some complexity that will deepen over time. I'm excited to see how this beer gets after a year or more. 3 bottles in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 23:11:35 | More by eslemarc
Photo of Meandmymonkey


4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a moderately thick, dark tan head that left good lacing. First smell comes off very sweet with lots of vanilla and caramel or toffee. The oak is definitely there too but I did expect a bigger espresso presence but was instead very subtle. First taste was all oak aged bourbon and deep roasted coffee. Thick and syrupy that coats your mouth in delicious flavor. They really did one-up the original yeti which was already one of my favorite beers. As always, I would love to age this to see where it goes but it's much harder to put such awesome brews away in storage than it is to just pop the top off and drink them. This is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 22:48:19 | More by Meandmymonkey
Photo of kgrober

North Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sat down with this one before a football game the other weekend and it was, in a word, magnificent.

Pours thick like warm brownie batter, but darker. Not a single ray of light passes through this black beauty. Head is frothy and lasting like the foam of a root beer float.

The espresso notes hit you immediately with hints of chocolate and a slightest twinge of bourbon. All of these translate directly to the palette for an exceptional flavor start to finish.

Hearty with spikes of alcohol in the finish, but far from overpowering despite its ABV.

Definitely one of the best complex Imperial Stouts I've tasted.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 21:48:51 | More by kgrober
Photo of dayswonder


4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - When poured out of the bottle it looked like a thick black syrup. The beer itself looked as thick as syrup. The head is a mocha color that stays nicely on the glass.

S - The nose is predominantly a strong cocoa scent. This bottle is from March 2010, so it has sat for a little while.

T - Bitter at first, but then mellows out to a creamy mocha aftertaste.

M - Thick and creamy like a beer milkshake.

D - I'm sharing this bottle with my girlfriend. We don't often drink a lot of stouts so we definitely see it is a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 01:32:41 | More by dayswonder
Photo of ac22rush


4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours oily black with a nice medium khaki head approximately one and a half fingers that lasts a nice long time. Some nice long lacing too!

Smells of coffee, some oak, big roasted malts and butterscotch.

tastes very sophisticated,light for an oak aged stout but not in a bad way well planned out and wonderfully executed I daresay this beer could challenge BCBCS don't pass this up if you see it on tap or at a store. This beer is is a wonderful treat. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 02:23:30 | More by ac22rush
Photo of More_betterness


4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 02:51:22 | More by More_betterness
Photo of Brewmiser


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

Appearance: Very Dark Black color
Smell: Dark roasted coffee & chocolate
Taste: what a great combo, it's like throwing a shot of expresso in your stout.(make that 2 shots)
Mouthfeel: a thicker feel like you would get from a stout.
Drinkability: very tempted to try this for breakfast.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2010 15:30:07 | More by Brewmiser
Photo of paxton1978

United Kingdom (England)

4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Hulmeville Inn, PA. A nice chocolatey head and an inpenetrable dark colour to this beer. Aromas of chocolate and coffee (obviously) from this beer- smells like a rich, sweet tiramisu. The booze is well hidden in this beer, drinks way below it's ABV and is quite literally the most delicious Impy that I've ever tasted.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2010 08:39:17 | More by paxton1978
Photo of tbart428


4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark bodied beer with khaki colored head that leaves a decent lacing.
S: Sweet chocolate smell with strong coffee smell at the end.
T: Bakers chocolate to coffee that finishes with a roasted oak flavor. Note the oak is an undertone.
M: Full bodied with expected amount of carbonation .
D: Delicious tasting and well done but like most I cant a lot of RIS in the summer. Great beer and will pick another up again in the future

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 03:44:36 | More by tbart428
Photo of Luvzsurfrz


4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours dark, nearly opaque and appears to be thick with a medium brown head with great retention and a good amount of lacing.

S: Smells strongly of espresso and coffee bean, with a slight hint of chocolate.

T: Tastes strongly of coffee, with a very dry, dark chocolate and oak presence.

M: Medium carbonation with a full-bodied feeling. There is a strong presence of alcohol that warms over you, but it does not detract from the overall taste. Bitterness follows up and remains on the pallet.

O: Overall, this beer is very tasty! Everything I enjoy in a beer, and definitely left me wanting to try more.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 04:15:55 | More by Luvzsurfrz
Photo of hctap00


4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle on 12/22/11. A little over a year old.

Near pitch black. Solid reddish-brown head, nearly an inch thick, which is impressive considering I poured into a red wine glass. Decent retention.

Aroma was initially very chocolate heavy, with some roasted coffee aromas and a slight hop presence. As the beer warmed, chocolate faded and the vanilla sweetness emerged. Coffee remained but vanilla was most noticeable.

Taste was similar to the smell in that the vanilla, oak character asserted itself as the beer warmed. The coffee flavor is very strong, and I like a fair amount of coffee in my stouts. Almost too much. Very bitter, but still a hearty, roasted flavor. Did not get too much chocolate, but there was just enough malt presence and sweetness to counter the coffee. After about half the bottle, the vanilla kicked in. Tasty, but a bit too sweet I think. It quickly becomes a very rich beer. Coffee is still there, but it does not blend terribly well with the sweetness.

Maybe a tad thin on the mouthfeel. Not very carbonated, which for me is a plus.

Overall, a very interesting beer and I like what Great Divide did with this one. I would highly recommend splitting this with someone. I am now regretting my decision to kill a bomber by myself. It becomes a bit of a chore by the end with the sweetness. I would like to see more balance of all the flavors. Each on their own is great, but a bit too intense. Worth a purchase for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 05:14:11 | More by hctap00
Photo of MikeM40


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber a Duvel tulip glass. An aggressive pour yields a deep black body with a large dark tan head that really lasts and leaves a lot of lacing. The aroma is mainly of expresso,with hints of chocolate and roast malt. The first sip reveals a nice coffee/expresso flavor,followed by bitter chocolate and burnt roasted malt. There is also a hint of vanilla and a faint woodiness. The mouth feel is medium thick and the carbonation gives it a slightly creamy character. This is a very fine coffee stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 20:36:54 | More by MikeM40
Photo of Beer4B


4.1/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 16:43:34 | More by Beer4B
Photo of pgaveau

New York

3.33/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bottled on 4/2/2010.

Nice half inch mocha colored head. Tar black color which is common for an imperial stout. Brown lacing with good retention.

Smell of roasted espresso coffee beans. Not too much going on. No rich aromas here.

Taste is extreemly disappointing for a beer with espresso in its name. Bitter tastes of 2 day old coffee. It would probably be a better beer if it had more hops, slightly sweeter and stronger oak notes.

Too bitter for this to be drinkable. This may have passed its prime. This lacks the balance of a coffee infused, oak aged RIS.

I would try again if I found a fresh bottle this spring.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 02:33:04 | More by pgaveau
Photo of RicoBrew


4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Great Divide Brewery. The espresso roast coffee beans are provided by Pablo's, which is a local coffee shop.

A - Pitch...Black. No seriously, I'm pretty sure it absorbs all wavelengths of visible light. The head is a nice dark caramel/tan color with minimal lacing.

S - Pretty much what you'd think. Imagine if you got a shot of espresso and added an ounce of chinook hop pellets to it. Now imagine if you added a little bit of caramel syrup to that. It's so warm and inviting you have to take a sip.

T - The oak tannins hit you first like if you hit a wall. That oak wall quickly fades to the espresso/coffee flavor, and that quickly fades to the deep, dark roasted barley and/or carafa taste. If you like to dive into a deep dark cup of coffee, then this is the right beer for you. They do a masterful job of balancing the coffee and the roasted barley flavors. The oak mellows it out really well.

M - Thick, but not obstructive. Enough oily texture to coat your tongue with the flavor, but then it quickly melts away.

D - This is a great dessert beer. Either as a liquid dessert or as part of a regular dessert. I'd just love to pour this over a couple of scoops of vanilla gelato.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2009 00:48:49 | More by RicoBrew
Photo of Probie

Rhode Island

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a goblet a jet black with an inch of dark brown head which receded quickly. No light gets through the oily darkness.

Aroma: Sweet with some fruitiness to it. For an Espresso Stout there was more chocolate than coffee aroma though there was not much of it either.

Taste: Chocolate and coffee come through much more in the taste than the aroma. There are some roasted flavors and very little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy going down. Highly carbonated.

Drinkability: My friend found out about this from the beer manager of one of the local liquor stores. Beyond the glowing recommendation, we had no expectations. After one sip we both resolved to go out the next day and buy another bottle. This is one of the best coffee stouts I have had.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 04:25:48 | More by Probie
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