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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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #255
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4.29 | pDev: 9.32%
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutEspresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
Notes: A generous infusion of Denver's own Pablo's espresso adds yet another layer of complexity to this beer, combining with the vanilla oak character, intense roasty maltiness and bold hop profile to create a whole new breed of mythical creature. It's official: You can now have Yeti with breakfast.
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark w/ creamy thick tan head. Nice lacing. Fabulous aroma. Coffee strong. Taste is strong coffee and a hint of sweetness. Smooth and easy to drink. Overall a nice strong beer that will satisfy any Craft beer drinker. On draft at Ron’s Corner Tavern.

Apr 03, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle review.

Pitch black; no light shall pass.

Nice dark tan head; thick lacing.

Smells of a delicious mocha latte; hint of booze. Enticing.

Thick, heavy mouthfeel.

Dark chocolate slaps you in the mouth on the first sip; coffee hits you on the back end.

This feels and tastes like a delicious chocolate malt. One of a kind.

Mar 17, 2019
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AllOfTheCats from Wisconsin

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

Still love this beer. First had in 2016 from the bottle (4.75*), then in 2017 (4.5*), then a 2016 in 2018 (3.75*). Maybe my palette has changed over the years, resulting in the lowered rating or maybe it's me aging the beer, but it's still one of my old favorites that I'll continue to buy.

Dec 11, 2018
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OKbrew89 from Oklahoma

4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Pours a satin black with a multi finger, tan head that lingers and leaves lacing. Nose of espresso and roasted malt. Taste follows nose with roasted malt, strong coffee, and a subtle not of chocolate to balance the roastiness. Full body and low carbonation that is absolutely velvety smooth.
Another great Yeti. Great Divide does these magnificently.

Nov 11, 2018
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DodgerLove from California

3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass, sipped for an hour and a half

Look - Thick motor oil black, with a beautiful milk chocolate brown half finger head. The lacing on this beer is thick, top notch.

Smell - A wonderful whisky up front, with notes of vanilla and espresso and some chocolate

Taste - A nice roasted espresso with hints of chocolate and vanilla. A suprising bitterness likely accentuated by the espresso beans helps cut the maltiness. As it warms, the espresso really comes through and takes center stage, almost too much.

Feel - This is a thick and chewy beer, definitely a nice slow sipper.

Overall - This is a good strong stout. Pretty standard in terms of big bold flavor, however I felt the bitterness was a bit too prevalent as this stout warmed. It would have been a bit more agreeable if was slightly sweeter. Still very enjoyable, no doubt.

Mar 11, 2018
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Nass from Florida

4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is one of the best coffee stouts that I ever had. This is up their with your Mikkellers, Deschutes, Avery, Founders, New Holland, Oskar Blues, & Firestone Walkers of the beer world. Due to the oak aging that coffee is going to last longer than usual which is a good thing if your sitting on a bottle that is somewhere between 6 months to 1 year old. The 6 pack of highland black mocha stout that me & friend drank was blown out of the water by this beast. This blows the others from the oak aged lineup out of the water as far as I'm concerned. This is as good as any coffee stout that I have ever had. It's a little pricey but worth every dime spent, a World Class stout for sure. Cheers! A

Feb 09, 2018
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a snifter appears black in color with a khaki head. Nose is citrus pepper, earth, roast and charred grain. Taste is bitter roast, earth, citrus, coffee and tobacco. This is medium to light in body with modest carbonation. Not bad, not great.

Jan 03, 2018
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My wife brought this home from a business trip to Denver and boy am I glad she did! Very complex and unique aged stout. There is a lot going on here and it all goes together very well.

Nov 05, 2017
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage
22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours jet black in color with a one-finger dark brown creamy head that eventually reduces to a thin film on top, the head is about as dark as it gets

S- bold mocha espresso on the nose, with notes of dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, herbal coffee, big charred malt, milk chocolate, oak & a hint of prune

T- huge charred malt up front gives bold notes of dark chocolate, caramel & toffee. Mid-palate brings out lots of herbal mocha espresso notes, as well as milk chocolate. The finish is oaky, with notes of raisin. Lingers of mocha espresso and charred malt

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a velvety finish, abv hidden well

O- huge roast notes, true to the Yeti style. Espresso and chocolate meld together to create a bold and enjoyable beer. ABV heat is nearly gone at almost three years old, very good

Oct 27, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

L: Inky black pour with 2 fingers of thick brown head. Great lacing.

S: Overpowering with charred malts, cocoa, and espresso.

T/F: Rich and decadent... charred grains mixing nicely with the bitterness of the espresso. Some sweetness as well with cocoa and chicory. Vanilla and wood character from the oak. Thick, hearty, and moderately carbonated. Finish is bitter Italian roast.

O: A top notch espresso oak aged Imperial Stout. A powerhouse of a sipper. Fantastic beer.

Sep 05, 2017
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degueulasse from California

4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours a dark brown—almost black—with a chocolate brown head that lingers from some time. It smells like very rich coffee. It tastes like coffee and chocolate over a smooth vanilla and caramel base, but it never feels as if it were too sweet. It's a thick, milky beer with strong flavors that packs a full punch.

Aug 22, 2017
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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated Feb. 10, 2016. The beer pours black with a huge, thick, foamy tan head that coated the glass in lacing.

The smell is dominated by coffee, but I'm also getting some bourbon, which may just be the wood chips and dark malts. There is also chocolate on the nose.

The taste is also dominated by coffee, but there is a nice dark, bittersweet chocolate and dark malt flavor that balances very well. There is a lingering, bitter coffee afteraste.

The mouthfeel is smooth like velvet and reasonably thick.

Overall a great beer. The afteraste is a bit like burnt espresso after a while and becomes a little much, but the overall look and taste are great.

Jul 27, 2017
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mac31 from California

4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Coffee, chocolate, coffee, and ash notes in the entry. Spot on with the espresso notes. I'm a huge espresso fan so this hits home for me. GD nails it in the espresso department. Dark chocolate, almost bittersweet cocoa, falls in just after the espresso. This is a palate banger, for sure. The chocolate adds an under note of nuanced sweetness and backbone. It just keeps all the bold coffee and chocolate in from running rampant. As the beer warms, the beer softens up, as does the coffee/espresso notes. I pulled and poured this beer (tulip) at about 48F and let warm. The hops are present also. Notes of herbs, modest hoppy spiciness, along with a hint of minty "greeness"/freshness. Body is slightly creamy and carbonation is sudsy and welcoming. Big ash/acrid notes and black licorice-like spices linger on the palate. Overall, this is a very good beer. If you're not the breakfast stout type, walk away. If you are a fan this will be on the extreme edge of the sub-style. For me personally, it's a bit much on the coffee and roasted flavors. If it had just a little more pronounced sweetness, I would love it. That said, I like it. It's well crafted. I have friends who love beers like this. If you can find bottles I would suggest trying at least once. I will sit on my second bottle for a year or so and see how it mellows.

May 22, 2017
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Growler into pint glass. Pours an opaque black with a big, durable dark-tan head. Initial impression is bitter dark chocolate, strong coffee and oak, plus a pretty evident alcohol burn. Pretty smooth, though. Mouthfeel is medium - I'd prefer if it were a little thicker. Carbonation is medium - could be a little lighter, for the style. Finish is lighter than I'd expect, dry, and expresso-bitter.
This is definitely not a sweet liqueur-type stout. It makes you sit up and take notice.

Apr 22, 2017
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoying a 12oz snifter pour at the Nashua Garden during Happy Hour.

It's dark and thick like sludge, with a creamy layer of mocha colored foam covering the surface. Lacing is exquisite, with nice stick all over. Has a great mix of mocha, espresso, vanilla and dark choco in the nose. Body is more than medium though surprisingly not real full or chewy. Still very smooth though.

Taste is superb, with more roasty coffee, bitter dark choco, espresso and hints of dark fruit. Has some earthy, tobacco notes and a decent amount of florality in the finish. Quite tasty; would love to try this side-by-side with the standard Yeti. Prosit!!

4.27/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Apr 04, 2017
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silverblaze540 from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Motor oil black, no head.

S - Prunes and malts.

T - Sweet with prominent notes of bourbon and espresso.

M - Tasted very flat with a medium body. Maybe possible that the bottle leaked before opening.

O - Was pretty disappointed by the flatness. Otherwise the taste was good. I may have to try to find this one again and see if the bottle leaked before opening.

Mar 28, 2017
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My favorite of the Yeti's, this one pours the same pitch black with a dark tan head that sticks well. Love the aroma of this one, with the deep roasted malt and espresso blending perfectly. Flavor is right on pace with the nose, with a subtle contribution from the oak. Nice and bitter, not too sweet like some Imperial Stouts, good medium feel that isn't overly rich or thick, and hugs the line bordering a RIS. Overall, this is a wonderful Imperial stout and as I've stated above, my favorite of the Yeti's. I Believe. Cheers!

Dec 31, 2016
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Suds from Missouri

3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 22 ounce bomber, this is a serious beer. Fully black, the beer has a chocolate-milk colored head. Lots of lace. The aroma is intense....heavy roast, alcohol, earthy-spicy hops. The taste is warm...almost hot...with coffee and lots of bitterness. Wood is notable as well, and lots of warmth. Full in body, and with a lingering bitterness. Good, but not extraordinary.

Dec 17, 2016
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flaskman from New York

3.28/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into my favorite tulip glass. Dark brown with a rich generous head and excellent lacing. I am a huge stout fan and like my coffee black. I enjoy Yeti stouts. Mouth feel is what is expected and you experience a brief taste of vanilla before the bitterness of the expresso totally takes over. Way to bitter for me. I almost dumped it out. The finish tastes like tannin from the oak mixed with hard core espresso blended with the tang of bile. A total miss in my opinion.

Nov 08, 2016
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Getalegup from Texas

4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost black with thin chocolate brown foam, smells of chocolate, oak and booze, tastes of smooth dark chocolate w/ithsome coffee, low carbonation

Oct 19, 2016
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice. All Yeti i’ve had are awesome. Aroma is dark roast coffee. Very peaty. Appearance is dark black. Foamy brown head. Like carmelizing sugar. Taste is bitter chocolate. Feel is suprisinglt light and airy. Good carbonation for a thick beer. Velvety smooth. Only knock is maybe a touch too bitter in the aftertaste from the espresso, but other than that, perfect."
22 oz Bottle to snifter. Bottle dated 01/08/15.

At almost 2 years this is still awesome.
Go Yeti.


Oct 01, 2016
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

slowly making my way through the 22oz bombers of Yeti variants. My ratings have been consistently lower than the BA community, and this follows suit, so take that into context. Loved the look and aroma of this beer. Black body with a thick brown head that lasts. Looks fantastic. Big aroma of coffee, fudge, bakers chocolate, cocoa and oak. Taste is very bitter - all coffee and coca nibs - and leaves behind a thick coating in the mouth followed by a heavy oaken taste. The flavors stand out individually but they don't work for me in concert. Alcohol is noticeable but not pronounced. Big bitter coffee stout without enough sweetness to balance it out.

Aug 21, 2016
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EMH73 from New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown with a half inch, well retained dark tan head that left very nice lacing. Smells of coffee, malt, chocolate and just a hint of oak. Tastes of mildly bitter espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malts, a touch of oak and some sweet caramel notes. Full bodied, lightly carbonated with a smooth mouthfeel. Very good Imperial Stout.

Aug 14, 2016
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark brown with a caramel brown head. good retention and beautiful lace.

roasted malt and espresso notes are prominent, well complimented by oak, leather, dark chocolate, light booze, earthy hops providing some bitterness. mouthfeel is decent.

Aug 07, 2016
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Jishguy from Indiana

4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured a solid black body with what could possibly be the darkest mocha colored head I've seen. The aroma was dominated with dark espresso notes, followed by dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a hint of oak. Taste was almost identical to the smell. Initial coffee flavor, not overly bitter but not overly sweet. The coffee is quickly followed by the slightly sweeter chocolate and roasted malts. The oak wasn't nearly as present in the taste as the aroma. This was an extremely creamy and thick brew. The mouth feel was nearly perfect. I'll definitely be drinking more in the future.

Jul 22, 2016
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