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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#661
Reviews:
1,066
Ratings:
3,761
pDev:
9.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1/5  rDev -76.6%

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1/5  rDev -76.6%

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1/5  rDev -76.6%

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1/5  rDev -76.6%

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1.5/5  rDev -64.9%

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2/5  rDev -53.2%

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2/5  rDev -53.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -47.3%

Photo of Kerih711
2.41/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not a huge fan of stouts but was hoping the coffee flavor would be a little stronger in this

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2.5/5  rDev -41.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.5%

Photo of PDXHops
2.5/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap in a shaker pint.

In the dimly lit confines of the bar, this appears close to jet black, with a wispy head that quickly disappears. This is replaced by an oily sheen that increases the motor oil illusion. Obviously no lacing.

Unfortunately things don't improve dramatically from there. I prefer the java in coffee beers to play a supporting role, but it dominates to a distracting level here. Even with no head and a shitty shaker pint glass, strong coffee greets my nose from a foot away, and I can detect little else upon closer consideration. As for the flavors, a solid base beer seems to lurk underneath, viscous and oily with plenty of dark malts and chocolate sweetness and some warming booziness, but the intense java presence clubs it all into submission.

I've only had one other Yeti variation (oak-aged), and it was quite enjoyable. I will certainly seek out the others, but can't recommend the espresso version. I may grab a botttle or 2 to throw in the cellar to see if it improves with time.

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2.5/5  rDev -41.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.5%

Photo of ArrogantB
2.56/5  rDev -40%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On tap at Great Divide. Looks like any other Yeti. Aroma is a touch of espresso and stout. Flavor is burnt, really not good at all because of the strong burnt flavors in the finish. I would not buy this and I'm glad I only paid for a sample.

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2.64/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

When will I learn.

Tried a bottle of this being intrigued by the espresso and oak aspect of it. Pours almost black in color. There's a very nice dark brown colored head that sits atop the beer. So far so good.
Smell is over the top piney hops. Not even espresso and oak aged can tame this beast. What's the point in even attempting it or putting it on the label. This is just your typical overly hopped stout. So overhopped in fact that you have to hunt during the entire duration of drinking this beast just to find a hint of coffee or espresso buried under this avalanche of piney hops. There are some hints of the oak aging. The mouthfeel is somewhat more creamy than the nose and flavor would lead on. Unfortunately I will never know what this beer would taste like being espresso/oak aged.

Oh well, you live and you learn.

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2.71/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I like oaked beer and love coffee. Until yesterday, I'd never had a GDBC beer I didn't like, and never had a Yeti I didn't love. Imagine my surprise when this became my first of both.

The pour as always is beautiful - gloppy with a polluted looking head. Nice. The smell is a bit subtle, roast, oak, but not a lot of coffee. Not bad, but a bit...hmmm.

Taste is a problem, the coffee is completely absent. Oak and roast are there, but they merge with a totally unexpected shot of hop to create a bitterness that is borderline intolerable. Just not fun to drink. Wonderfully creamy consistency, as is the case with all Yetis. But taste matters most, so this beer is thumbs-down. I will still go after other Yeti mutations, but I am done with this one. Still a bit shocked.

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2.74/5  rDev -35.8%
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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2.75/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A fan of Great Divide beers, I was surprised to discover one I do not like, and this is it. Way over the top, it seems it can not decide whether it wants to be coffee or stout. Cloying sweet combined with full alcohol strength. This is meat for somebody else. An expensive waste of time.

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2.75/5  rDev -35.6%

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2.84/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle served in a tulip at The Birch, Norfolk, VA, $18. Beautiful dark creamy head, excellent retention. Nose reminded me of 409, which is probably just the oak barrel taking over the brew. A hint of vanilla does come through after you wade through the oak (almost peppery). There are some roasted chocolate notes, and the espresso is defintely in the flavor profile too. Good mouthfeel, typical of imperials.

As another reviewer stated, there is just too much going on in this beer. They should either eliminate the oak aging or the espresso, so you can enjoy the ingredients. A bit pricey, but they have something they can tweak in future batches.

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2.84/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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2.9/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours black with bubbly, tan foam. The aroma is earthy and woody, like an oak aged chardonnay, with notes of chocolate and espresso. The espresso flavor is obvious. There are hints of vanilla and dark fruit. It's very hoppy for a stout, with quite a bitter finish. I wish it was creamier. Apparently, I don't care for oak aging in beer any more than in wine.

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