Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutEspresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
94.4%
Liked This Beer
4.27 w/ 3,750 ratings
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:
#647
Reviews:
1,064
Ratings:
3,750
Liked:
3,541
Avg:
4.27/5
pDev:
9.37%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
306
Gots:
841
Trade:
53
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Ratings: 3,750 |  Reviews: 1,064
Photo of DW78715816
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just a fantastic beer.

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Photo of EMV
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

L: Inky black pour with 2 fingers of thick brown head. Great lacing.

S: Overpowering with charred malts, cocoa, and espresso.

T/F: Rich and decadent... charred grains mixing nicely with the bitterness of the espresso. Some sweetness as well with cocoa and chicory. Vanilla and wood character from the oak. Thick, hearty, and moderately carbonated. Finish is bitter Italian roast.

O: A top notch espresso oak aged Imperial Stout. A powerhouse of a sipper. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of mpolewan
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of degueulasse
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours a dark brown—almost black—with a chocolate brown head that lingers from some time. It smells like very rich coffee. It tastes like coffee and chocolate over a smooth vanilla and caramel base, but it never feels as if it were too sweet. It's a thick, milky beer with strong flavors that packs a full punch.

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Photo of kdivers
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dogleg_left
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beersplosion
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated Feb. 10, 2016. The beer pours black with a huge, thick, foamy tan head that coated the glass in lacing.

The smell is dominated by coffee, but I'm also getting some bourbon, which may just be the wood chips and dark malts. There is also chocolate on the nose.

The taste is also dominated by coffee, but there is a nice dark, bittersweet chocolate and dark malt flavor that balances very well. There is a lingering, bitter coffee afteraste.

The mouthfeel is smooth like velvet and reasonably thick.

Overall a great beer. The afteraste is a bit like burnt espresso after a while and becomes a little much, but the overall look and taste are great.

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Photo of SFNC
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbertsch
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of petrusek23
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of fryeguy52
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Elicoleman
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of christinelovesbeer
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of akolb
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ltdsaint
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ambruns1979
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mac31
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Coffee, chocolate, coffee, and ash notes in the entry. Spot on with the espresso notes. I'm a huge espresso fan so this hits home for me. GD nails it in the espresso department. Dark chocolate, almost bittersweet cocoa, falls in just after the espresso. This is a palate banger, for sure. The chocolate adds an under note of nuanced sweetness and backbone. It just keeps all the bold coffee and chocolate in from running rampant. As the beer warms, the beer softens up, as does the coffee/espresso notes. I pulled and poured this beer (tulip) at about 48F and let warm. The hops are present also. Notes of herbs, modest hoppy spiciness, along with a hint of minty "greeness"/freshness. Body is slightly creamy and carbonation is sudsy and welcoming. Big ash/acrid notes and black licorice-like spices linger on the palate. Overall, this is a very good beer. If you're not the breakfast stout type, walk away. If you are a fan this will be on the extreme edge of the sub-style. For me personally, it's a bit much on the coffee and roasted flavors. If it had just a little more pronounced sweetness, I would love it. That said, I like it. It's well crafted. I have friends who love beers like this. If you can find bottles I would suggest trying at least once. I will sit on my second bottle for a year or so and see how it mellows.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pens1967
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ntanner83
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of heddar33
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of petermethot
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbl_delta
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
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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