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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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95
world-class

3,165 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,165
Reviews: 968
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 240
Gots: 590 | FT: 42
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 05-16-2008)
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Reaper16
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap @ Great Divide Brewery, Denver, CO into a tulip.

Pours a deep black color. I mean, it is dark-ass brown but not much brown is showing through the cloak of darkness, not even when held to the light of this sunny Denver day. The remarkably tan head was two fingers; pretty big I'd say, and much bigger than I'd likely get pouring from a bottle. Lacing never developed; the foam slid easily down the glass leaving no trace of having been there. You can't ask for impy stouts to look much better than this.

You first smell, of course, the coffee. It lies on the Maxwell House side of coffee aromas as opposed to a premium roast. It isn't dominant. The coffee begins after a few minutes to take on a sour, acrid tone. This is due to the amount of hops present in the beer; it seems that Great Divide didn't skimp on the hops here. Lots of grassy hop aromas cut through the roasted malts.

The taste of Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti pretty much follows the nose. The coffee is a bit acerbic because of how it melds with the hops and the woody, drying oak barrel flavor. It is heavily malty; you don't have to worry about the hops "taking over" this beer if you're not a hophead. Everything is in respectable balance. Good beer.

I loved the mouthfeel of this beer on-tap! It wasn't on nitro or anything, just straight CO2. It was thick and rich and everything you want in a big stout beer. Drinkability was great too. Now, understand that this is a sipper. It took me close to an hour to polish off my full pour. But knowing that the beer isn't too heavy and it doesn't get boring or watery.

This is a splendid imperial stout and probably the best Great Divide beer I've ever had.

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

Bottled on Dec 16, 2011. Poured from a bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Pour is fairly viscous and nearly black. There is a huge tan head that leaves excellent lacing. Looks fabulous! Nose has nice notes of coffee, baker's chocolate, toasted malt, and a hint of vanilla.

This beer has a full body, creamy mouthfeel, and the flavor was something of a surprise. I've had the regular Oak-Aged Yeti and, while I enjoyed it quite a bit, I thought it was a little bitter. With the addition of coffee, I figured this beer would be even more bitter, but I was wrong. The beer is certainly bitter, but it is still sweeter than I expected. In the front of the palate I get creamy chocolate and vanilla notes, then at mid-palate the slightly astringent oak, hop, and coffee notes kick in. The finish is fairly sustained, leaving nice coffee notes lingering behind.

Overall, this is an outstanding coffee stout. I have to rank it below Alesmith Speedway Stout, but it's pretty close to Founders Breakfast Stout. Definitely recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Blanco
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - standard stout black with a chocolate milk colored head. strong lacing.

S - roasted malts, chocolate upfront followed by faint coffee, but not getting much on the expresso. smells like regular yeti, which is very good nonetheless.

T - very smooth flavor, the coffee is definitely present and tastes very much like a cafe mocha. slightly bitter, and a tiny alcohol bite. I'm not picking up much "oakiness" but that's more of an observation than a complaint. very nice.

M - very nice mouthfeel, as with the taste, reminiscent of a cafe mocha.

D - very drinkable, incredible smooth. the coffee flavor is a nice twist on regular yeti, if that's what you are in the mood for that day.

Photo of VncentLIFE
2.73/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pour is like every other stout known to man. Pitch black, caramel head.

OK the smell has hops everywhere. Theres an unexpected hop presence in the smell. Sweet chocolate as well.

Hm. Theres a ton going on. Its so bitter. Woody bitterness, earthy hop presence. Lesson learned, hops and chocolate do not go well together. All the flavors are there that would make this thing great: chocolate, stout, bitterness, and oak, but they dont mesh together.

Exhales produce a hop bitterness that I dont really want.

Honestly, it just has this odd kind of overly bitter feeling that reminds of a liquor that I cant get rid of. It seems unbalanced and a mess. I really wanna like this thing, but I just cant. Its like a cheap red wine, thats the only thing I can think of. Bad Pinot Noir or Cabernet.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of CloudStrife
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 44 days ago.

A: Pours a thick pitch black with a tannish brown 2 finger head. starts out with dense head and dissipates to a film with fisheyes and 1/8" around the rim. Way too dark to see any carbonation.

S: Tons of coffee grounds up front. Strong chocolate aroma too. Hints of vanilla and you can smell a slight oaky alcohol tinge at the end. I can't wait to take a sip of this beer.

T: Very deep and complex flavor. Great coffee start leading into a few notes of oak and ending with a chocolaty after taste that has hints of vanilla. More oak comes out as this warms up (pulls 22 out of the fridge). Certainly some hops in the aftertaste. More comparable to Troegs Java Head than Founders Breakfast Stout. Can only imagine how tasty this is after a year or so of aging.

M: Good carbonation resulting in a lighter than anticipated beer. Still dark and heavy though dont get me wrong. Slightly sticky from the hops. More oily than milky. I'm sure the mouthfeel will improve with aging.

Overall I'm glad I got to try this beer and wish I had the conditions to age it properly. I've been impressed with the Yeti series and looking forward to their next addition.

Photo of SawDog505
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 20 oz Duvel tulip glass, bottled 1/02/12. Poured aggressively and got a 4 inch mocha head, that slowly dissipates leaving layers of lace. Smell is roasted expresso, vanilla, maybe tobacco, and some leather. Taste is 95% Expresso and 5% the other flavors from the nose. Body is large like all the Yetis, a nice amount of life for the style, maybe a little on the dry side, and for stout lovers very drinkable. This is like all Yetis, wonderful. Great Divide is the master of stouts.

Photo of JackieTH
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured rich into a 22-oz glass an opaque oil black with a massive dark brown head leaving thick lacing. Very inviting.

Smell: Coffeehouse aroma with chocolate, fresh hewn oak, caramel and roasted malt.

Taste: Massive espresso, sweet chocolate and oak. It's sweet, but between the coffee beans, dark cacao and hop, it's very well balanced. This must be what it was like before glassware was invented and people used oak cups. I don't get any alcohol anywhere. Finishes slightly bitter with lingering chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel: It's rich and smooth but with moderate carbonation. I would have liked to see it a bit thicker.

Drinkability: Very good considering the heaps of flavor and high ABV. Oak. Oak. AND Oak. Yeti brews several very good stouts in this line. I will buy this one again, definitely.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,165 ratings.