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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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #229
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
95
Ranked #863
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 9.32%
Reviews:
1,074
Ratings:
3,793
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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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edisacoolcat from Virginia

3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: sweet and slightly boozy. Green grapes plum molasses and caramel. Slight oak

A: Dark black, brown head. Falls quickly

T: Wave of chocolate with dark roast malts and some charred flavor. Strong oak and some bitter flavors. Coffee comes throught a little. Less complex than expected.

A: full body with nice carbonation. Flavors float around in the mouth. Deep roasted coffee comes through in the aftertaste.

O: Nice deep and rich stout. Oak comes though prominently with burnt malts. Coffee doesn't hit until the aftertaste. Less complex than expected and a little but too bitter.

Feb 08, 2016
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njtmayhem from New Jersey

4.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is absolutely amazing. Every variant of yeti I have had has been perfect. This would have gotten a solid 5 if the smell was a bit stronger.

Feb 17, 2015
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Beer-Revelry from Texas

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

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 5 - Couldn't ask for a more ideal appearance as far as stouts go. Extreme dark, burnt caramel colored head, as dark as they come. Pitch black, oily colored beer. Extremely impressive head potential and retention, especially when considering the high ABV. Really impressive, solid walls of lacing left behind on the glass. Very thick, dense and creamy head.
S - 4.75 - Tons of black, rustic coffee grounds, almost to a smokey level, very roasty. Vanilla bean, tons of malt, light touches of dark chocolate and an extremely distant, red pepper spiciness. The espresso is the center stage focal point here.
T - 4.5 - Medium sweet espresso, chocolate and malt upfront, fades into vanilla bean and a light almond nutiness, marzipan perhaps. Ends on a decently bitter, black coffee bean note. Excellent.
F - 4.5 - Nice medium/full creamy and thick body and mouthfeel.
O - 4.5 - Really awesome imperial stout. Definitely focused on the coffee, but not to a palate tiring extent. Would make a fine breakfast food pairing brew, but also works great as a warming, slow sipper. I tried this beer fresh since it is easily obtainable locally for, to determine if I want to buy another to let age. Yes! Definitely buy a second one to let age, has a decently noticeable hop profile that will surely fade with age and make the malt much more deep and robust. Highly recommend to fans of the style!

Feb 07, 2015
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robertcbeal from Texas

5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is outstanding. Velvety chocolate, very smooth. This one will lead to debauchery. It tastes so good, that you lose track of how much you consume. This is especially true of the version on tap at Great Divide's taproom, which is tapped with nitrogen. You will be staggering around Denver all night long.

Jul 29, 2015
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Douglas14 from California

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I put this up there with Peche Mortel in terms of strong coffee-liek stouts. It's pure black with a huge, dark brown head that is thick and made up of the densest, tiniest bubbles. The smell of freshly ground coffee beans the most and then bits of chocolate. The taste is also of fresh coffee beans but has a bit of astringency from the bitterness of the burnt beans...it works well though in this beer. The mouthfeel is creamy and awesome. Not hints of alcohol solvency. Well done. Fucking awesome.

Apr 03, 2009
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ugaterrapin from Georgia

4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a thick midnight black. A large billowy deep tan head has been lingering for a few minutes now. As the head slowly recedes it is leaving some thick lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: It has a deep dark coffee grounds aroma that almost stings the nostrils. Some hints of chocolate are noted on the aroma as well, but coffee dominates.

T: No surprise with this one. Coffee, coffee, and a little more coffee. It has a raw earthy taste. The chocolate is very subtly. The wood aging is definitely apparent in this beer. It adds a nice layer of complexity. There is a slight hop bitterness on the finish. The alcohol is hidden really well.

Overall this is a great beer. It definitely has some more moving parts compared to the regular Yeti. I actually prefer the regular one a little more.

Jul 19, 2010
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curlybird from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Jul 22, 2014
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

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

Bottled in January 2012. Totally black in color. Poured with a thick, milk chocolate colored foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap that left random sticky lacings on the glass. Sweet, mellow vanilla, dark roasted malt, rich, dark chocolate and freshly ground coffee aromas. Rich, thick, smooth feel. Dark, roasted malt and sweet chocolate flavors up front with hop bitterness on the edges. Flavors mellow through the middle as chocolate and vanilla flavors take over. Finishes with dark roasted coffee and malt flavors with vanilla beneath and hop bitterness on the edges. Incredibly smooth and mellow flavor and feel.

Oct 06, 2013
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jlindsey from Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.8%

Feb 23, 2013
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draheim from Washington

4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (bottled 12/13/10) poured into a snifter. Jet black color with a 1-finger mocha head.

Aroma is rich strong coffee and dark roasted malt. A lot of bitterness in the nose.

Taste is rich and velvety, with lots of swirling complexity - espresso, dark bitter chocolate, vanilla, oak, and booze. Really robust. Even though this beer is 8 months old, the coffee is right there in harmony with all the other elements.

This is a really good, layered imperial stout and another great version of Great Divide's wonderful Yeti lineup.

Aug 30, 2011
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Dunkelhund from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Feb 26, 2012
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UNCCTDawg from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Mar 31, 2013
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IMSPEAKNOENGLISH from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Feb 09, 2013
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Matt73 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

May 08, 2014
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BeardedBeerist from New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

May 05, 2014
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rct from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Aug 20, 2013
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BSK_ONE from New Jersey

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

A: Beautiful dark brown to black body with a fingers worth of espresso colored head which swirl to leave the most interesting to patterns to stare at.

S: Big coffee and espresso scents upfront, then chocolate enters the picture. Finally the oak finishes it off.

T: Coffee and espresso

M: Warm and all consuming. Great mouthfeel.

O: Wonderful!

Feb 25, 2014
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ThaJokerWild from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Feb 07, 2015
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Berty_k from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apr 03, 2015
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roan22 from New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love the Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide, and was pleasantly surprised to see an Espresso version of this beer on draft in a Northeast Philadelphia bar. This was during Philly Beer Week back in March however, which may explain how we got a keg here. I recently found some notes I took on the back of someone's business card lol.

Overall this imperiel coffee stout, oak aged, brewed with espresso beans, is unfortunately a bit over the top when compared to the Oak Aged Yeti. I think this is because the Oak Aged Yeti gets its espresso/coffee/dark chocolate flavor notes more naturally, or organically, from the roasted burnt malts, so they come off more subtle. The bitterness derived from hops is really nice in both versions and helps to balance things.

The Espresso version is 9%...really its too strong for me to enjoy. It tastes too hot. I sipped a small 10 oz. glass of this beer, and I was drunk afterwards. The appearance is black, nice color, but there was zero head.

Aug 17, 2008
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rye726 from Colorado

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

Enjoyed on a CO2/Nitro mixture at cellar temp.

A beautifull stout. Near black color with a silky, lacy dark tan head. The nose has lots if roasted malts and piney hops. These are complemented perfectly by chocolate, molasses, oak, licorice, anise, and dark fruits. The taste is even better than the smell. A delicious balance between sweet and bitter flavors. Nice full body goes down well. This is possibly the best beer Great Divide has ever made. Right up there with the best in the world.

Jul 28, 2008
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lfd807 from Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Mar 18, 2014
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kwjd from Canada

4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with thick tan head. Tons of lacing down the glass. Smells strongly of coffee and hints of the oak. Coffee is very up front in the taste, which nicely compliments the deep roasted malt. Extremely creamy and wonderful to drink. Perfect morning beer.

Jun 01, 2010
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davesway10 from Iowa

3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Unfortunately, for me, this beer didn't do it. I am, for the record, I'm a huge fan of great divide beers. Always will be. maybe i got a bad bottle, maybe not. I have another that I will try later and edit if necessary. The color of this beer is awsome, the head is excellent. the taste is also excellent. However, I had coffee been "chunks" in my bottle. Not happy with this at all. This just shouldn't exist in a good beer . Sorry.

Nov 28, 2010
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Bslied from Maryland

4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one interesting beer. I tried this one out of the bottle. This was my first great divide experience and I will definitely try some of there other offerings. The Yeti poured out very dark brown with nice lasting head, hewed somewhat reddish brown. The beer presents a very strong aroma of coffee, toasted malt, and alcohol. Upon first taste I was initially overwhelmed by the coffee, but found the flavor to be much more complex after additional sips. The bitterness of the coffee and roasted malt pervades but is accentuated by the slight oak flavor. The beer has a nice heavy mouth feel predominant in beers of this type. I enjoyed this beer, and even though not a coffee lover, can appreciate the great execution by great divide.

Feb 01, 2011
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 3793 ratings