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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by John_M on 05-16-2008

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bomber into a small snifter

A: Opaque. Light neither enters nor escapes any vessel which this stuff fills. Poured with a minimal head. Half a finger's width of head residing atop the serving, reminiscent of the crema atop a shot of espresso.

S: Dark chocolate with a roasted, malted background. Very pleasant.

T: coffee, chocolate, and a huge hint of what tastes like cherry.

M: Very full feel on the tongue. Smooth, velvety. Lingers on the palate long after it's departed.

O: Good stuff. A perfect compliment to dessert, or a fine way to otherwise wind down. Definitely something I'll come back to.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32 oz. growler filled a couple days ago poured into a 20 oz. highball shaker.

A - Pours a thick dark chocolate, producing a one-inch head of fluffy, bubbly foam that looks like a chocolate mocha milkshake and which falls at a decent pace, leaving a pronounced band of lace around the sides and patchy bubbles of foam across the surface. Holding the beer to a full-spectrum light is meaningless - this beer is on the edge of being black motor oil and absolutely, solidly opaque; not a spec of light gets thru, even at the edges of the glass.

S - Freshly medium-roasted coffee softened by a touch of cream. Hints of woody hops come up behind, followed by notes of 50% milk chocolate. Dark caramels with slightly burnt toast. Malted chocolate balls, like Whoppers, only somewhat darker.

T - The chocolate is noticeably more pronounced on the tongue. The roast of the malts tilts the chocolate profile towards a darker taste than the nose has, 70-75%. The woodiness combines with the roast to create a burnt-from-wood-charcoal flavor in the profile. Dark caramel sugars and molasses with a touch of vanilla slide across the sides of the tongue. Finish is marked by echos that alternate between dark brown sugars and pretty burnt toast. The first suggestion of the ABV is halfway through the growler when the tummy starts to warm. Letting this warm in the glass really allows the subtle flavors to emerge, making it even better - dark plum and raisins, smoked vanilla beans, Meyers dark rum, exceptional semi-sweet chocolate, pine notes from the hops develop in the back end.

M - Predominantly smooth and creamy, but with just a bit of fizziness on the tongue. Medium body shows some substance, with good silky viscosity that's surprisingly clean by the finish. Components are well-integrated. All the rough edges of a typical stout have been sanded down, leaving a smooth edge throughout.

O - This growler is why I like to taste new beers. Outstanding. Delicious. Nicely roasted without being overdone, the oak aging takes the edge off but leaves this subtle woody campfire taste in the profile that's mostly about rich, dark sugars, from caramels to chocolate, without being at all thick and cloying. This would be the beer to have snowbound with a roaring fire and several friends playing board games. My defining standard of a beer is, am I profoundly disappointed when I reach for another quaff and I discover that it's all gone? In this case, the answer is a definitive yes.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my pint glass, you just can't get a better looking stout than any of the Yeti's. Jet black with a large dark coffee colored head that lays down some of the best lacing I've seen in any stout.

S: Chocolate, coffee, espresso laced heaven. Lots of roasted malt and a hop presence that will make your mouth water.

T: The flavor is espresso excellence. Lots of roasted malt. A bitter noppiness, that complements the malt. Notes of chocolate with the smoothness of vanilla.

MF: The mouthfeel is not as big as I'd like. Needs more carbonation and creaminess.

D: Drinkability is excellent. 9.5%? No problem!

Overall, I really wish I had a case of this amazing brew. Perfect stout for anyone venturing into the bigger beers, and definitely sets a baseline for all espresso infused stouts of its kind. The combination of the espresso/oak chip aging and a semi-aggressive hop bill make this stout a home run.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, big two finger fluffy dark brown head. Very dark, opaque brown color. Coffee, chocolate and dark roasty malt aromas. Great coffee, vanilla, and slight chocolate flavors. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Outstanding brew!

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Photo of nhudson
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought 3 bottles while in Atlanta this weekend and decided to drink one of them Saturday night. I couldn't find a good pint glass so I went with a coffee mug. Great choice for this beer. Appearance, what can I say about it, it just looks awesome in a coffee mug. My friends kept coming over and asking if it was coffee or beer. The head reminded me of what a nice espresso froth is supposed to look like. The beer itself is opaque black with maybe a slight brown hue to it. Smell, to me was of a nice coffee/espresso and chocolate and maybe a slight toffee note. I get little to no hop bitterness with this beer which I would say is do to the espresso being there. Taste, this has to be in my top 10 list of beers that I have drank. Takes like a mocha cappuccino almost, very chocolate and milk texture with a hint of oak and vanilla. The taste is very complex but with each sip you find something new. Mouthfeel, very heavy and full bodied. The beer seems like it would stain your entire mouth and I could have sworn my tongue turned brown because of it. Drinkability, very drinkable and warming. If I could afford it and my liver could take the abuse I would switch this out with my morning coffee and wouldn't be able to notice. Even though its served cool the alcohol warms you up from the inside. I love the oaked yeti, but this has taken its place on my list as what to look for when I go on a beer run. I can't wait to see what this beer is like with some age on it as well.

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Photo of tviz33
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been lazy on my reviews lately, so here we go. Bomber poured in to a Duvel tulip.

A- Motor oil black body, dark brown luxurious head. Couldn't ask for much more.

S- Intoxicating aroma alone. Vanilla, coffee, booze, deliciousness.

T- Lots and lots of oak. Vanilla and coffee for sure. Kind of bitter.

M- Full feel, silky smooth.

O- One of my favorite OA RIS's. I don't even hesitate to buy any of the Yetis.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a few inches of espresso/dark brown head.
Smells of strong espresso and chocolate.
Tastes very creamy and the espresso has a nice kick to it.
Medium amount of carbonation.
A very good stout. Highly recommend it!

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours jet black with a thick dark cream colored head. nice looking stout.

smell is fantastic, very creamy aroma. lots of coffee and chocolate in this, very nice so far.

taste hits hard with coffee and oak. finishes bitter and dry, with an oaky flavor. can taste the wood in this, in a good way. slight alcohol burn as well but still a damn good flavor. i'm not a barrel aged fan but this is subtly different and i like it.

pretty damn good beer, a full flavored oaky flavor coffee stout.

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Photo of MikeM40
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber a Duvel tulip glass. An aggressive pour yields a deep black body with a large dark tan head that really lasts and leaves a lot of lacing. The aroma is mainly of expresso,with hints of chocolate and roast malt. The first sip reveals a nice coffee/expresso flavor,followed by bitter chocolate and burnt roasted malt. There is also a hint of vanilla and a faint woodiness. The mouth feel is medium thick and the carbonation gives it a slightly creamy character. This is a very fine coffee stout.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz single from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, Mar 06 2009 bottling date. Just this one and barrel aged Yeti to complete the tasting of all the varieties.

A: Extremely dark brown with cinnamon colored head, about half an inch thick after settling, pretty impressive retention on such a big beer. Big gobs of lacing on this one too. Completely opaque. Excellent looking big stout.

S: Coffee, chocolate milk, dark fruits, mostly plum, a few hints of vanilla, coffee is strong, definitely more of an espresso, which is appropriate given the name. Slightly boozey as well, hits all the notes just about right. As with all of these coffee beers, I'd like just a bit more coffee in the nose. Still excellent smelling though.

T: Initially the chocolate hits hardest, a few hints of brown sugar, and burnt toast/bread, big time roasted malt/coffee profile, almost acidic from the coffee profile, what was lacking in the nose is definitely compensated for in the mouth. Oak aging subdues the normally high IBU's that Yeti has. Slightly bitter, but it really comes more from coffee, there are a few citrus hints in the beer, but this one focuses on coffee and chocolate. Really tasty. I'm quite impressed. Nice oak/vanilla flavors as well. Great.

M: Fairly thick, extremely dry from the wood/coffee, sucks the moisture right out of my mouth. Booze is subdued and not nearly as hot as I had figured for a beer that is a little over 2 months old. Spot on.

D: Easy drinker, can you say hangover beer? This is the perfect morning after beer, I'm really impressed with this one. I wish I would have grabbed another bottle to age. Excellent beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of match1112
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: very very dark brown body. three finger mocha colored head that lasts forever before settling into a quarter inch foam cap. good amount of sticky lacing left behind.

s: cold coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla and toffee.

t: coffee and chocolate at first, then slowly fades to sweet malts with a warming alochol finish.

m: thick, rich and sticky. full body with a great creamy texture and excellent carbonation.

o: this beer embodies everything i love about stouts. i have nothing bad to say about this.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours pitch black and thick, like tar coming from the bottle, producing a two finger, thicker looking, mocha colored head with great retention. Pitch black body with zero carbonation evident. Head eventually fades to a good wisp and ring, which both remain for the entire ride and leave some nice lacing down the glass. A great looking stout for sure.

SMELL: Bold and enticing nose of roasted malts, lots of espresso and roasted coffee beans, as well as some baker's chocolate in there. A hoppy nose that advertises a bitter taste profile too. Big and bold like the regular Yeti, which with more espresso notes in there.

TASTE: Definitely the regular Yeti with some big, bold espresso flavors. Very roasted with lots of espresso, and some bitter, baker's chocolate as well. A good dose of bitter hops accompany the bitter espresso and black coffee profile. Very nice. Strong and long lasting aftertaste is roasted and full of bitter espresso and chocolate notes, and a slight touch of booze in the background. Same as the regular Yeti with a nice base of espresso that meshes well with the base beer.

PALATE: Medium-full body and medium, soft carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a little alcohol bite at the end. Finishes more on the drier side. Solid, just like the base beer.

OVERALL: Another fantastic creation by Great Divide. The Yeti series continues to impress, and the Espresso version is not only a great addition to the series, it's one of the best coffee stouts around. One worth picking up in bunches, as well as comparing to some of the more limited coffee stouts around. One I will be glad to have again. Thanks for exporting your stuff overseas guys.

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Photo of trbergman
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a cervoise.

A - Pitch black with two fingers of sticky, pillowy brown head. Tendrils of lace cling to the side of the glass.

S - Rich coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit in the background. Hints of lemon and orange zest are just noticeable.

T - Massive coffee flavor dominates the palate. It's very tasty, but the espresso really overpowers the malt. Coffee, roast barley, and hops combine for a lingering bitterness. Behind the coffee, there are notes of dark chocolate, licorice, pepper, vanilla, and caramel.

M - At first I felt mouthfeel was a bit of a letdown, but as the beer warms up, it seems to get bigger and creamier. Very good.

D - Excellent. Eventually the abv would trip me up, but otherwise I'd be content to sip this all night.

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Photo of Spica66
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very dark beer with a caramel-colored head (as mush as you wanted depending on your pour), nice lacing. Excellent looking stout in the glass.

S: It didn't need to say Espresso on the label for you to know that it's in there. Wow, what a wonderful mix of dark malt and coffee.

T: Tastes just like it smells. Very full-bodied espresso flavor. Not too muck oak (I am glad about that).

M: Completely creamy like a good stout should be. No stickiness or motor-oil fell here. Very well done.

D: I downed the bomber so quickly that I could not believe it.

This is one of my all-time favorite beers.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had to go all the way to San Diego for a couple of these. Sheesh! Bottled on 1/22/14. No aging on this to keep the espresso...well....espresso.

Pours an almost black brew with a dark, dark brown foamy head. Gobs of lacing all over the glass.

Big chocolate aroma's abound. Baker's, semi-sweet, dark, cocoa...insert any other. Roasted malts. Massive espresso. Smoke. Leather. Tobacco. Really good stuff here.

The taste is nice and espresso forward. Chocolate, roasty and a slight hop kick on the swallow. Maybe a splash of orange. Bitter on the aftertaste ala how an espresso beer should be.

Nice and full bodied ale. Light carbonation.

Overall this was an awesome experience. Does Great Divide do a non-awesome Yeti? They nailed this one and brought forth a beer that lives up to the name and flavor of this brew. Nice warm weather beer....or hell....anytime. Hopefully the distro will somehow find it's way to the always-slighted East Bay.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle with a bottled on date of 1/3/14; into a pint glass.
Appearance - pours a thick, motor oil black that builds a creamy mocha head. The head settles and leaves caked layers of lace!
Smell - cream, vanilla, some hazelnut and hints of espresso!
Taste - bold, robust coffee flavors; bitter dark chocolate and some vanilla bean!
Feel - body is not too heavy, and the 9.5% ABV is very well hidden! The bitterness and robust flavors are very enjoyable!
Overall - fantastic beer, though the price point will likely lead me to other options.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on Jan 10, 2013.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of deep tan head that fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A big dark roasty coffee infused aroma. Dark roasted malts with big hints of coffee beans and some vanilla and oak chips. Hints of dark chocolate, toasted bread, burnt caramel, toffee, biscuit, and a touch of smoke. Some burnt molasses sweetness. Fairly earthy with a subtle hint of hops and grass. The coffee aroma is pretty strong and leaps out the most. Very roasty and dark smell. Pretty good.

Taste: Dark, rich, roasty, and very coffee forward like the smell indicates. Dark roasted malts with a big taste of roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate. Also in the mix are notes of oak chips, vanilla, wood, dark toasted bread, caramel, biscuit, toffee, cream, and a little smoked malt. Some burnt brown sugar and molasses sweetness. Bitter hops are noticeable towards the finish with some notes of earthy hops and a little grass. Very big on the coffee, dark chocolate, and roast. A very good tasting coffee stout.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and fairly thick with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, roasty, and fairly smooth considering it's size. Alcohol is masked well.

Overall: A really great imperial coffee stout. Up there with the best in the style. Very good coffee, chocolate, and oak flavor.

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Photo of BB1313
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on Dec 20, 2013. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with barely any light getting though; small mocha head that leaves nice retention and lacing. The aromas deliver on the expresso and oak. Tons of fresh black coffee. Lots of vanilla. Lots of chocolate. Hints of cocoa malts. The flavors truly match the aromas. The coffee and vanilla really give this an expresso feel. The coffee and dark chocolates give this one a nice bitterness. Very rich and roasty. The vanilla gives this a subtle sweetness. The chocolate really adds another dimension to everything. The oak is there accentuating everything else and never becomes harsh or overwhelming. This is a pretty complex stout. Mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's not too thick, not too light. Alcohol goes unnoticed. This makes a great sipper and a nice beer to relax with and appreciate.

Great stout from Great Divide. They really deliver. Coffee fans and stout fans should rejoice. Recommended.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Exactly what a stout is suppose to look like. Toasty malt slight coffee, not much scent. Strong boozy espresso taste. Medium body light carbonation, smooth and yummy. Incredible beer!

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Photo of satoberg
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic coffee overtones, great mouth feel. High Abv wasn't apparent. But it must've had tons of caffeine. Nothing like being buzzed eyes wide open at 2am!

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Photo of oreo
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this at a store in bloomington il. Split a bomber with my friend (drewba) poured into a snifter.

Pours dark and thick with an awesome dark tan head. Stayed for a little bit then went bye bye. little to no lacing.

When I first cracked the bottle I got a huge whiff of hops. Once I poured into the glass, the coffee just completely took over. Huge coffee aroma with a little chocolate and some hops.

Tastes just like it smells. Huge amounts of bitter coffee with a hint of chocolate. No booze at all. Really this beer is like drinking 10% coffee. Pretty awesome if you ask me. The only downfall is that if you were wanting to taste anything else, you can't. My palate is crap and I only get coffee.

This is the kind of beer you would either drink at 6am waiting in line for DLD or if you were falling asleep while drinking to perk you back up. I could have easily drank a bomber of it.

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Photo of Smokee
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a bottle into a spiegelgau snifter.

It pours brown with maybe a little orange/red. Decent retained head with mostly small bubbles. Smells chocolate, malt, bread, a tiny bit of pepper and fruit.

Great mouth feel, smooth and bubbly at the same time. Chocolate first then some coffee, not very boozy untill the last minute. Just great all the way through. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of angelmonster
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ordered a snifter at the Great Divide Brewery Tap Room.

Pours a big 2 finger dark chocolate colored head. Body is pitch black and opaque. Head retention and lacing are good through out

Smell is very big on espresso and chocolate malt. The only way i could describe it to someone would be like walking into starbucks or the ground coffee aisle in a grocery store. Never have smelled anything like it. Hops are present but pretty low.

Taste is very similar to a frappuccino but with alcohol added. Lots of roasted, burnt malts that give it the thickness of a milkshake. Aftertaste is of some hops and a bit of alcohol

Head is nice and creamy. Body is rich, almost like a desert. Theres not a lot of carbonation but thats probably a good thing

Over all has lots of flavor, nice thick consistency but still highly drinkable. From where i sit i can see the fermenters making this brew, i kind of want to jump right in there and bathe in this delicious beer but the burns would prolly be pretty severe. So glad i live so close to the supply, could drink this everyday

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on tap in DC. Small snifter glass serving.

Nice thin cap of creamy tan head sits atop the brew. Deep dark black color.

Aroma was unreal. I love dark French dark roast coffee and espresso... This smells just like those. Wonderful.

Total coffee flavor with a Smokey background to it. The oak aging adds and amazing depth. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouth feel is thick, rich and creamy.

Great drinkability. Nice coffee stout.

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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,050 ratings.
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