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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutEspresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by John_M on 05-16-2008

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1,058
Ratings:
3,726
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,058 | Ratings: 3,726
Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer draws a corollary to espresso right off the bat with its inky, opaque black body. Yeti Imperial Stout is by nature a dark creature, but adding coffee has surely sealed the deal: finding even a flicker of colour is about as easy and probable as picking winning lottery numbers. Its head is dark too, but the oils in the coffee have killed-off retention.

When these kinds of hops are used in this kind of quantity, there are few things that can compete on the same olfactory level - espresso, apparently, is one of them. The oily, roasty, strong scent of bitter, smoky beans is about on par with that of bitter, piny hops. The two seem to have a mutual respect for one another, neither intrudes much with the other.

I mention this every time I review a coffee-beer: I am not a coffee drinker, but I do love the flavour of it. What turns me off about coffee is its distinct astringency that leaves that dry, ashy, stale taste in the mouth afterwords - we've all smelt it on a co-worker's breath! Usually malts supersede that with a silky, caramelly sweetness, but not in this example...

The brewery makes a point to call it 'espresso' (not just 'coffee') Oak Aged Yeti on the label, and they're even more emphatic about it in the flavour. This smoky, strong, ostentatiously bean-y taste get's the point across with the confidence of an alpha lion, edging out any delicate subtleties that might have accompanied the malts, hops or oak chips.

Not to suggest, however, that there aren't also some redeeming and, frankly, rather decadent qualities too. It is an eloquently flavoured beer, and the caffeine is likely to hit you more than the alcohol. A strong cigar-like oakiness lingers in taste and texture, lending the beer an arid dryness that soaks things up before they risk becoming syrupy.

As a non-coffee drinker, I'm not surprised to find that Espresso Yeti is my least favourite among the group. (We all have our biases.) I insist, however, it has less to do with the presence of coffee and more to do with the lack of typical Yeti characteristics: spruce-y, spicy hops and rich dark chocolate malts, both of which are relatively less pronounced. I also feel the $15 I shelled out was a little much given the comparative quality of standard Yeti.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a black color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt that gives off lots of coffee scents

T - As the name implies its follows the nose with lots of coffee flavor and some chocolate comes out as well

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This was a petty good beer a little too strong in the abv for a breakfast beer but if thats how you roll it would be good with breakfast on the weekend worth trying sometime

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Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a snifter. Jet black in color with an above average tan head. It smells like you walked into a starbucks. Lots of esspresso flavor, hints of chocolate and vanilla, no oak. It finishes with bitter coffee. Full in body and well carbonated. A good coffee stout.

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Photo of YouSkeete
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black appearance with a very dark mocha colored head with pretty good lacing. Dark chocolate, fine ground espresso beans, vanilla and heavy cream with hints of cherries and oak chips. Sort of an overly sweet Hershey's syrup-like overall aroma. Overly huge espresso bite with overwhelming alcohol sourness and smoked wood on the first sip. Settles into a tamer dark chocolate mouthfeel while the heavy cream and vanilla flavors follow. Ends with smooth, milky cacao with a sour espresso finale. Lower carbonation with a medium sized body. I guess i was expecting something smoother and richer: what i got was spicy and aggressive. Looking at this objectively, it's pretty damn good.

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Photo of cmannes
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Surly Stein

Appearance: Black as night, with a big foamy chocolatey head. Very slow to fade into a nice dark lacing.

Aroma: Chocolate, hint of coffee. Tiny bit of... wood? From the oak. Also, a bit of burnt toffee. Overall, a very smokey, chocolatey smell.

Taste: Sweet, chocolate, with a strong coffee finish.

Mouthfeel: A little thinner than I expected, but by no means bad.

Overall: While, I accept that it's an espresso version of Yeti, I think the coffee finish is a little overwhelming. Without a little patience between drinks, it really just tastes of espresso. With some patience, and a little time, the other flavors come out.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

maybe my least favorite of the yeti's, which is to say that i still really liked it, but just that the espresso doesnt add much for me. pours dark and thick like they all do, with a lasting red/brown head and a lot of lacing. smells a it more like coffee than the regular yeti does, but it is not overpowering. the oak flavors are more prominent in this one, maybe becuase of the acidity of the coffee, which feels quite high to me. some bitter coffee notes in the finish as well. the feel is low carbonation and smooth, except for the acidity from the java. overall its not a beer id really want to drink a whole one of i dont think. the normal yeti and its oaked brethren have plenty of this espresso flavor already, and the addition of more throws off the ph to a funny level in my opinion.

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Photo of mfavoino
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle marked 12/19/2011 poured into a pint glass on 1/31/12.

Appearance: A rich dark brown that is totally opaque. One finger of an espresso colored head sits on top, but quickly recedes.

Smell: Roasted caramel malts and big coffee notes. Some chocolate in there as well, making me feel like I'm about to have dessert.

Taste: Bold roasted coffee flavors with significant malty sweetness. Finishes with a very mild hop bitterness and the alcohol hits too.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and average carbonation.

Overall: If you enjoy a cup of joe, you're probably going to like this version of Yeti. The coffee flavors definitely highlight the experience.

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Photo of shleepy
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, or perhaps almost black, with a very dark, brown head. Smell has lots of chocolate and coffee. Smooth taste, with some (not altogether surprising) bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Solid and well-balanced for the style.

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Photo of stonermouse
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the full bomber into an oversized mug.

Pours a motor-oil black, in color and consistency. A weak, light-brown head tops off the pour.

The aroma is a bit chocolatey, with a bit of a coffee bite. There's a touch of a generic hop smell as well.

Big flavor here. It's chocolate forward like the nose (and like the other Yetis I've tried). The coffee adds some dry bitterness, and quite a bit of classic coffee flavor. The dryness here is not surprising, as the dominant flavors are dark chocolate and java. This gets much, much better and flavorful as it warms, so do yourself a favor, and let it sit out of the fridge for a half-hour before pouring.

Mouthfeel is solid, but just a bit syrupy. In addition to being syrupy, it's somehow just a touch too thin. These are minor issues, though.

This is a nice, versatile, potent brew. Lots of flavor, but would seriously be suitable for breakfast as well as dessert. Typical of a Yeti brew, it's almost too dry and bitter to get through the whole thing, but I did it anyway.

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Photo of AprilMarie
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black with large dark tan head.
S- Coffee and grapefruit smell. citrus smell overpowers the coffee smell.
T- caramel dark chocolate, with espresso flavor
MF- full bodied flavor. very thick malty and bitter flavor
D- would drink again. easy to somewhat medium drinking. would assume to see as a higher class place offering this beer. sort of hard to drink if you are not used to bitter or stouts. but will take time to drink through the glass.

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Photo of whoahwhat
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful stout, dark brown head that lingered for a while. Straight up black coffee smells and flavors, very bitter for a stout in a very nice way. Couldn't decide if it was too bitter at first, but couldn't stop drinking it! Super thick, almost syrupy, which I loved.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 10.25.13
Bottled: Jan 14 2011

A - Pours a dark brown with a dark brown silky head with good retention.

S - Subtle coffee, chocolate, wood.

T - Coffee and a oaky punch to the mouth.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Lots of coffee and oak. A bit of a sharp finish.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

This beer pours a midnight blackness with a dark rich sexy finger of dark brown foam on the surface. The aroma has coffee notes to it and a decent level of fumes that are pungent on the nostrils. The flavor is a good mixture of dark chocolate and espresso. It reminds me of a mocha with an extra shot of espresso in it to give it that jump in bittering roast. It went down pretty smooth especially when you consider the bitterness of the malt bill involved. This is a good beer and I would have no problem with it gracing my lips with it's presence again.

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Photo of naterock
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured deep black like a dark abyss medium brown head. No lacing to speak of but decent head retention.

smells of rich malts and chocolate with a slight espresso nose.

Taste is extremely rich Chocolate, like a liquid hershey bar with some of a mocha flavor that is finishing very smooth.

Mouth is velvety and rich with an incredibly viscous afterfeel. drinks slowly but god is this good.

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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

An expresso coffee experience. Well crafted with few flaws for what it is, but what it is I inrinsically am not super interested in. A little sweet, but overall bittersweet chcolate and roast and coffee. Thick black body and foam. Big expresso and some chocolate aroma.

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Photo of CruisaC
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4/2/10. Poured into my New Belgium glass

Very dark and opaque out of the bottle. Forms about an inch of caramel brown head.

Smells of roasted malts, coffee, some bitter chocolate on the nose

The taste is dominated upfront by the bitterness of the coffee, maybe the espresso coming through? Finishes a bit softer, but no one would mistakenly call this beer sweet.

The sourness/bitterness of the coffee really upends the mouthfeel for me. I do find it more enjoyable as it warms, though.

This, as many stouts, suffers in the drinkability department for me. It is certainly a sipper and the strength of the coffee makes me more likely to have enjoyed a 12oz better, if there was such a thing.

Overall a solid offering, I'd be interested to try the chocolate version, maybe it would add a little sweetness.

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Photo of peabody
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out really black with two fingers of brown suds and creamy at that. Good lacing.
Smell is coffee and coffee and more coffee.
Some malt and some yeast but mostly black coffee beans freshly roasted.
Taste is malt sugar and bitter coffee. Pretty one sided here. Not much fruit here.
Aftertaste is bitter and this sticks with you.
Mouthfeel is a bit dirty but I like it a lot.
Pretty nice beer from Great Divide.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a rich dark brown with a cap of stiff chocolate brown head.

Smell -- Espresso, licorice (lots), anise, vanilla, oak planks, and roast malt. Lots going on. I like it.

Taste -- Chocolate-covered espresso beans, roast malt, woody oak, cedar, licorice, anise, and mild vanillin.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. I remember liking the feel of the other Oak Aged Yeti versions more.

Drinkability -- Somehow this iteration has a LOT of licorice presence (batch specific?), but the espresso is still a big improvement over the standard Oak Yeti. Either way, it's an incredibly easy-drinking Imperial Stout.

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Photo of bifrostguard
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep black with a beautiful tan head that leaves some decent lacing.

S - Coffee grounds, roasted malts a little molasses and some licorice. I can detect a slightly citrusy aroma presumably from the hops as well as some mild pine notes.

T - Delicious. The coffee flavor really builds as the liquid in the glass diminishes. Roasted malts, dark chocolate and mild licorice are present with a good amount of bitterness that really made this one enjoyable for me. There is a fruity/citrus taste present that clashes with the other flavors, but becomes less notable with each sip.

M - Smooth and silky. Medium bodied.

D - This is a great beverage, but filling. Not too sweet with a nice coffee flavor, but a couple of these and I'm stuffed.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap, 12oz pour. Appears black in color, with a dark brown head. This is one bad mutha, and you can tell from how impenetrably dark it is. Aromas of a starbucks cafe at 8:00 in the morning. Espresso, chocolate, roasted coffee and malts. In the flavor, some vanilla, espresso and dark chocolate. Roasted malts. A beauty of a brew and well worth the purchase. Reccommended to coffee lovers, barrel aged fans, and the beer geek. Would love to pair this with some pancakes.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into stemmed Tulip-shaped glass

A - Black body; no visible carbonation flowing through the beer; brown/beige colored head formed; one finger head held very well; good amount of lacing formed on the sides of the glass

S - Espresso and coffee beans; stout roasted notes; some smokiness; very subtle oak aromas; smooth and very enjoyable scents emanate from this beer

T - Coffee/espresso flavors overwhelm the taste buds; quickly followed up by roasted barley and chocolate flavors; oak age left a little vanilla on the back end as it warmed; heavy coffee aftertaste

M - Crispy and dry; smooth and thin

D - Great beer; I recommend this for dessert; I followed up a couple slices of New Haven style pizza with this and was very happy; sadly, I also came to realize that I had one of the last batches of Great Divide beer shipped to CT....I hope it comes back soon!

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark brown. Lote of nice brown head. Looks pretty. Smells very coffee heavy. A very nice aroma. Roasted malts, sweet dark malts. Tastes bitter, lots of coffee. Roasted malts. The oak is almost non existent covered by the coffee. Pretty good mouthfeel. Overall enjoyable.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of morimech
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick and very black. The mocha colored head was slow to form and was limited to a half inch before settling down to a thin cap. Minimal spotty lacing is left on the glass. The aroma conists of roasted malt, vanilla, and hints of chocolate and espresso. I can taste the oak barrel influence on this beer but where is the espresso? Roasted malt with a slight burnt and charcoal element is the main flavor element. Hints of vanilla and chocolate as well. Slight taste of alcohol in the finish and has a warming affect. A burnt bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. The body is thick, rich, almost decadent with soft carbonation. A good stout but it is missing the claimed espresso flavor so the score gets lowered. The concept is a definate winner but just not perfected.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up recently at the new Bottle King on the Livingston Circle, having never had this beer before. I enjoyed the Yet and the Oak Aged Yeti and also noticed that this was rated highly. While not a bad beer, this had a bit too much going on to fully sit back and enjoy and the ashen, woody notes nearly overtook everything else when it came to the flavor of this. I love Stouts as dessert beers but this needed a big glass of water to wash it down once I had finished this off.

The pour to this was great, as this beer had a nice, rich dark brown hue and solid tan head that was present but not overly thick. Lots of brown lacing was present down the side of my glass as I worked my way through this as well. The aroma wasn't that strong but there was enough bitter chocolate and espresso in it to live up to this beer's potential. Both of those were present in the taste but that, as well as the vanilla and roasted malt were inundated by the woody mouthfeel to this. Had this been a bit creamier and lighter on the booze, I would have mistaken this for an Irish Dry Stout. There was a bit of whiskey in the aftertaste and this did feel a bit too strong at times, because the flavors weren't long-lasting enough to compensate for the strength of the alcohol.

This wasn't like a Russian Imperial Stout when it came to the ABV but I would have preferred this to be just a hair weaker. It felt quite roasted and the espresso didn't thin this beer out enough to make it feel completely true to form. While not a bad choice, this wasn't an improvement over the other Yeti's that Great Divide offered and after a while, I got the impression that variations on a theme are only worth it if they augment the original in some way. Coffee and caffeine addicts may get something out of this but for me, this was only worth a go one time around. Just a bit too generic for some that came across as being different from the pack.

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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 3,726 ratings.
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