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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,366 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,366
Reviews: 1,001
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 257
Gots: 707 | FT: 49
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
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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Ratings: 3,366 | Reviews: 1,001
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4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, one of my parting gifts from volunteering at EBF, allowed to warm slightly before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Espresso Yeti pours night black, with a tall, burnt caramel head. The foam cap has the consistency of key lime pie, and has crazy stamina. Lacing is very good, rings of foam are left stuck to the inside of the glass. It's just short of where it needs to be for a 5 though. The nose is entirely too one dimensional though. It smells almost like straight up cold coffee, with just barely a appreciable hint of dark chocolate. The beer comes across with much better balance on my palate. Coffee is still the star of the show, but rich dark chocolate has a much bigger presence. Anise comes in in the background to further balance the beer. Any kind of hint of oak or vanilla would really finish this beer off, but the flavor profile as is is pretty outstanding. The body is everything you'd want in an imperial stout... rich, creamy, and smooth. I'd be willing to bet there were some oats in the grain bill. Unfortunately, the carbonation is a bit over the top, coming across as a distraction at times. Espresso Yeti toes the line for how coffee forward a beer can be for me, but manages not to cross it, and the result is one of the better imperial stouts I've had in a while.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Stigs
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, served in a DFH oversized snifter

A - pours with a quarter inch or so of frothy dark khaki colored foam. absolutely deathly black beer.

S - insanely fresh (and strong) french roasted coffee. some dark bakers chocolate, roasted an slightly burnt malt, oak, vanilla, subtle dark fruits. finishes with an earthy warming bitterness. i love coffee (drink it strong and black), and this is money.

T - that wonderful coffee assault...melds pretty nicely with roasted malts resembling slightly burnt toast, hershey's syrup, oak. i'd buy this if it was a non-alcoholic energy drink. lacks some complexities of the other Oaked Yeti's, but I dont care.

M - thick and syrupy body, carbonation is tight and alive but pulled off well. finish leaves a coat of coffee and chocolate flavor all over the mouth.

D - only fault here is that after awhile, it can be a bit much. but, i still love it. not graceful, subtle, or complex by any means just yummy. want this with breakfast every day!

Photo of StephRai
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of cosmonick
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of IBUnit63
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Needless to say, when poring over the combo ransom note/bottom of the eye chart that is the Sunset Grill's draft beer list I almost $#!+ my pants when I saw the Espresso Yeti on there and practically fell over myself ordering this one. Let's see if the collar matches the cuff...

Nothing wrong with this pour into a tulip - nothing whatsoever. Almost jet black (of course the lighting in Sunset isn't the greatest in the world so everything looks a little dark in there most of the time - if you go to the bar on the right side it's better but not on this visit). There's a head of chocolate ice cream with great thick lacing. It's actually the texture of a mash tun that I'm imagining here.

Literally smells like a cappucino - cinnamon, velvety espresso notes...a little hop grass and huge...HUGE-@$$ roasted chocolate malt.

Be SURE to let this warm a while 'cause at first sip it actually seems a little watery but 3 minutes later it's all in...copious bitter coffee and hop grass. Alcohol is a little hot but by no means obtrusive. Malt is actually on the quiet side but provides a backbone of sheer stability.

As with the taste sensation of this offering it rolls a little light out of the gate but warmth fixes all. Deep, dark and soothing. Warm as hell - not an alcohol burn...just warm. Finishes a little tight from espresso notes and hoppy bitterness.

This one goes way too quickly, but still, sip it anyway and savor as much as you can. Won't be easy - awesome stuff.

Photo of Eighty
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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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%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of adam42381
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Cigar City snifter. Bottled on December 13, 2010 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a motor oil black with a 1 finger creamy milk chocolate brown head. Head dissipates slowly into chocolate milk-like bubbles. Excellent lacing. Like all the other Yetis, this one looks perfect.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, toasted and roasted malt.

Taste: Chocolate and espresso up front followed by roasted malt, bitter hops and a touch of oak in the middle before ending with a very bitter burnt toast and roasted coffee. Aftertaste is coffee and bitterness. Very long-lasting aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, thick and creamy with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. I'm having no problem with the bomber, but this would be great on a cold evening.

Overall: Very good beer overall. Like all the other Yetis, this one is an excellent Imperial Stout. I would recommend giving it a shot.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass. One finger, tan head consisting of fine bubbles atop a dark brown clear body. Head color was appropriate for the style.

Aroma was of roasted malts, dark chocolate, a little vanilla, and some oak tannins. A little rich coffee at the end.

Taste started with rich roasted malt, mingled with bitter chocolate. Roasted malt and coffee were both present in the aftertaste. Very nice.

Mouthfeel was smooth and silky, good body that supported the flavors. Well balanced, not watery at all.

Good drinkability marks for this one. One bottle went down well. Price was a little high for me to make this a regular offering, but I would readily have another were it available.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of leroybrown10
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of laxer8811
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Jeffrey2310
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Nugganooch
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle with my FW snifter glass
*Notes from 05/31/13

A: Jet black body sits totally opaque in the glass. A closer inspection of smaller sample size does reveal a lighter walnut brown edge. Fizzy and active carbonation forms a nice thick two fingers worth of mocha tan head. Decent retention efforts despite the vigorous bubble action. Minimal lace with just a few ribbons of splash down the glass.

S: Roasty aromas full of dark coffee and chocolates with a pronounced vanilla oakiness. I am surprised at the amount of oak presence actually. Getting some subtle grainy character of toasted oats in there as well. The Espresso really blooms as the beer settles towards room temp in the glass.

T: Rich bold roast flavors meet with a firm hoppy bite. Dark chocolate, oak, and vanilla crème integrate with subtle espresso roast coffee developing some nice complex layers throughout the drink. There is an upper level of hoppy bitterness with a bit of pine noted and some earthy grit to it. Alcohol is noticeable adding a dash of spiced heat. Finishes with some very moderate char and a whisper of licorice. Very nice roast flavors without the astringency which I appreciate. There is a big hop presence to the beer and the oak treatment is evident. Espresso is a bit restrained however it is a nice addition to the base beer and works well here.

M: Great consistency. Should be a big full bodied beer but the spritzy carbonation carries it well. Combine that with an upper level of hop bitterness and you get a nice dry crisp action on the finish. Some warming alcohol. Creamy overall with a nice protein coating left on the tongue.

D: Damn solid variant to the base beer. Lots of layering going on with the dark grains, oak, hops, and espresso. Suprisingly well balanced and drinkable for such a beast of a beer. Worthy of the price tag.

Photo of mscudder
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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