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
Reviews:
1,055
Ratings:
3,720
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,055 | Ratings: 3,720
Photo of MaximalC
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours nearly black with a solid inch of variegated mocha foam--it doesn’t get much prettier than this as far as beer is concerned. Aroma smells of dark chocolate, booze, molasses, and peat, with a hint of smoke or burnt sugar. Any coffee in the nose is very subtle. Reams of brown lacing festoon the glass as the beer recedes.

The taste is roasty and bitter up front, courtesy of charred malt and earthy hops. A deft blend of coffee, molasses, and the darkest chocolate come through on the back end as the bitterness subsides, while a healthy, alcoholic underpinning facilitates the transition. The more it warms, the more capably its finer aspects shine through, with enhanced dark chocolate and an aftertaste of freshly roasted coffee beans and peat. A mildly sticky residue lingers on the lips between sips. The medium body is a little light for what is otherwise a bold imperial stout. High carbonation has no trouble adding a touch of texture and dryness to cut through the malt. As with its chocolate oak-aged brother, I’d be hard pressed to distinguish this as a barrel-aged beer, but that’s hardly a detractor considering its merits.

Overall, this is a complex, flavorful, and drinkable imperial stout. The standard Yeti was passable; the chocolate oak version was good; the espresso variety is great, and the difference isn’t trivial. Add a bit more body and tone down the bitterness a bit, and this would be a top ten beer for me. As is, it is still fantastic, and the best thing I’ve had from Great Divide.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle purchased by a friend of mine who was generous enough to split it with me. Opaque, jet black pour with a small brown head. Coffee and roasted malts in the aroma. Bitter, but smooth, coffee flavor and some dark chocolate. Medium to full bodied but not heavy. If coffee is your thing, this is for you. A very well made imperial stout with big, roasty flavors.

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Photo of ClePaul
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Espresso Yeti

Look 8/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 88/100

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Photo of beergoot
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Label info: BOTTLED ON JAN 08, 2015

Ink black body; thick, sticky, light brown colored head; lacing and clumps of foam on the glass. Deep, rich aroma of charred grains and wet coffee grounds; cocoa nibs; hint of vanilla. Thick, rich, velvety mouthfeel; gently sweet sugary feel with an offsetting bit of wood and bitter dryness.

Oh, yeah! Take a big bite of this one and enjoy the thick, chewy richness that oozes dark grain and coffee-like flavors throughout the taste and feel experience. The oak aging adds a really nice roundness and softness to the coffee and dark grain sharpness and bitterness. Big, bad, and extremely delightful...

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Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one after Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - found them quite similar. I was expecting a bit more coffee here, but other than that, it was an excellent imperial stout.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.56/5  rDev -39.6%
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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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/4/15, served at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of coffee
Head large (5 cm, aggressive pour), dark brown, frothy, diminishing to 5 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing excellent – complete coverage with tiny bubbles and a few small ones
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor is very much coffee, not too bitter, with just a hint of vanillin from the oak. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl. A mild alcohol burn begins a few minutes after swallowing.
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.5

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Bright espresso black with a pillowy tan to brown 1” persistent foam cap that grips the side of the glass.
S: Espresso with traces of coffee and faint vanilla.
T: Rich malt with sweet cocoa and vanilla balance with the roast flavors form the malt and the added espresso.
F: Creamy silky smooth with a big body and ine soft carbonation.
O: A delightful beer that improves with age for at least three years.

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

Wonderful coffee flavor, great aroma and great stout look and feel. Pours black as night with a thick head. I'm not a coffee drinker, but this has a great balance of favors to it and the coffee accentuates the flavor without being too overpowering. I agree world class beer here.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours solid jet black and rather slick and oily in appearance, but with a solid finger of thick and frothy dark brown foam.

Huge notes of espresso and roast with some more subtle chocolate, oak, and vanilla undertones.

The oak and woody note comes out much more strongly in flavor than it did in aroma, but the espresso and roast still comes on strong. The vanilla is nowhere to be found.

Heavy-bodied, medium carbonation, slick, oily, chewy, sticky. A bit too much like tar.

Overall, this is a must try for any espresso or coffee fan, but the heavy oak flavor took away from my overall opinion and scoring of this.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip tumbler. Bottled on Jan 7, 2015. Pours like a chocolate syrup, espresso and oak aged not overpowering but still this smooth, unique flavor. Outstanding beer.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass:

Appearance: Dark, obsidian-black color, with a thick, frothy chocolate mousse head. Lots of speckled lacing throughout drinking, with minimal bubbles.

Aroma: Lots of roastiness and chocolate, with much less coffee than I expected. Delicious and desserty, with just a little bit of booziness in the nose.

Taste: Not overly coffee-forward as I expected, and as advertised as being a breakfasty beer. Delicious nonetheless though, with a really solid roasted malt backbone, and vanilla, dark chocolate and coffee coming forward as the beer warmed a little. Really a delectable, rich flavor.

Feel: The only area I was a little disappointed in. The body was a little thinner than I would've preferred, and with the decadence in the other areas, I feel like a bit thicker, more astringent body would elevate this one just a bit more.

Overall: A really great stout; the type to drink as a treat. Not available where I typically drink and buy beer, but if I saw it in any liquor store, I'd buy it again. Definitely on par with Founders Breakfast Stout if comparing to a pillar of coffee stout style.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 3/30

On tap at Great Divide. Also, this is the nitro version. Excellent beer. Sweet cocoa flavor with lost of espresso taste. Bought a bottle to take home. My guess is I’ll like the non-nitro version even more.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Some medium chocolate & vanilla espresso on the nose, but it has more of a roasted coffee flavor. Not quite as rich or creamy as you might think given the namesake. You can certainly get fragments of the espresso as well chocolate mocha, but most of it is the roasted coffee, not that it is a bad thing. It has a smooth feel & finishes pretty easy.

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Photo of nodder
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber

A- Pours oily black and thick. A dark brown head fades leaving bands of sticky lacing.

S- Dark coffee, dark chocolate mainly. Can smell the oak just slightly.

T- So much coffee flavor in this beer. There is dark chocolate, vanilla, slight oakiness present also. Strong black coffee is predominant.

M- Medium body and actually a bit lighter than I expected from the pour. Still very creamy, though. Very carbonated.

O- I like coffee. So, I love this beer. One of the most coffee forward stouts I've tried. Nice "in your face" stout. Recommended if you like coffee.

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Photo of Mmar0228
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber bottled on 1/08/15 into a footed stout glass. Fridge temp and allowed it to slowly come up to cellar temp.

Pitch black with no translucency. Two inch mocha head that dissipates within a few minutes. Sticky lacing that slowly creeps and reappears with each sip.

Smells upfront dark chocolate, toffee, dark fruit, vanilla, earthy and strong espresso.

Tastes of chocolate, malty, vanilla, roasted espresso and ends slightly bitter and a hint of oak. ABV masked well.

Creamy mouth feel, moderately oily and medium bodied.

One of my favorite coffee stouts and and would put it right next tho FBS. I cant find to much wrong with this one.

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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 Bone53
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A free 3/4 filled growler @ Market District because they ran out mid pour. Lucky me!

Appearance: Black motor oil pour with a half finger brown head. Absolutely wonderful looking in the glass

Smell: Deep espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla, slight oak. Amazing

Taste: Big espresso characters upfront, chocolate and slight vanilla notes in the middle, with an oaky espresso finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very light for an imperial stout. Not as chewy as most, but the drinkability is great. I dont feel much if any of the alcohol

Overall: Iv loved every yeti iv had to date, so im not suprised i enjoyed this one so much. This may be the best in the series. I rated the regular oak aged Yeti higher, but thats because it was aged a few years and was less bitter. Enormous espresso aromas and flavors. The oak character adds a very nice complexity to it. This is underrated if you ask me, and would be up there with Breakfast stout if the aftertaste lingered longer.

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Photo of hotpauko
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Holy crap this beer was a mouthful. I'm a hophead and don't drink coffee but I did like this one. Burnt coffee/non-sweet chocolate aroma and flavor start to finish. Coffee really sets in strongly after but maybe very noticeable for me because I don't drink coffee. Not much sweetness and any hops is hard to pull out. Very creamy mouthfeel. Wow 5 minutes later coffee flavor still lingers strongly. This was very good and I look forward to comparing with others.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

After having this several times it is time I give this a proper review -enjoyed from the bomber in a goblet at cellar temp.

The color is dark like used oil with thin medium tan head with very fine bubbles and lace that clings. The smell is great with a lot of hop aroma and strong espresso with a moderate amount of citrus from the hops with light cocoa and nutty oak character with a light vanilla quality and mild dried fruit odor. The feel has a light woody texture and smooth quality from the espresso and light roasted middle with a slight sweet character and gentle alcohol in the finish.

The taste is great with lots of espresso up front with light vanilla type quality and slight hop flavor which adds a pine-like taste in the dark cocoa covered espresso bean flavor with mild dark toasted malt flavor supporting with cocoa and coffee quality and slight woody flavor comes through in the finish. Overall one of the better stouts made with espresso available -I would drink this repeatedly if it weren't for the 9.5% ABV level.

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Photo of OGShotzy
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On nitro at the brewery in Denver. One of the best looking beers I've ever seen. Perfect thick light brown head, approximately 1.5 in. Feels and tastes a little too milky for me, but an excellent stout nonetheless.

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Photo of Cuttlephish
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a dense, lingering, oak colored head. Smell is dates, dried dark fruit, lightly toasted coffee and slight hop bitterness. Taste hits with bitter, almost burnt roasted coffee. Mouthfeel is less smooth and oily than other aged stouts but is not unpleasant. Overall very nice especially if you enjoy the pungent, bitter and earth flavors of coffee and oak.

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Photo of Tylertut
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I usually don't review beers but I made an exception for this one.
Poured into a Teku Glass and slightly over celler temp.

Look: The color is right on par with other stouts, a dark, almost black, brown. But the head was a beautiful dark brown raj left a bit of lacing for me to stare at as I drank it.

Smell: lots of coffee with a bit of chocolate and roastiness.

Taste: Oh. My. God. Lots of bitter coffee with just the right amount of chocolate to cut the bitter to an appropriate level. Long coffee at the end as well which was wonderful.

Mouthfeel: Seemed it was a bit thin for me but I usually prefer thick body stouts. Still pretty good.

Overall: An amazing coffee stout that blows the regular out of the water. My general comparison for coffee stouts is FBS and never had a stout outdone that one like this one has. Wish I would have picked up another bottle.

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Photo of CoffeePorter
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 SoCal_Matt
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been impressed with all the Yeti brews and this one is no exception and would be considered my favorite version.

A - Poured from a bomber into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. Extremely dark, essentially black, and thick with very nice dark brown head. Strong lacing that lasts until the last sip.

S - Dominated by espresso, very roasted with some vanilla and oak.

T- Strong bitter espresso up front. Follows with semi-sweet chocolate and a good amount of vanilla. I get some slight oak towards the end.

F - Thick and creamy, although this is where I think it could improve the most. A bit more viscosity is needed IMO.

O - I really love this beer and enjoy it every time I have it. You definitely need to like coffee to fully enjoy and appreciate how good this one is. It's a little unbalanced towards the bitter espresso, but that's what I love about it.

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