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

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3,746
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Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
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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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark brown quarter finger head on a jet black body with no light getting though. still has nice lacing.

S: oak, bourbon, roasted malts, dark chocolate and vanilla. Not getting much espresso from the aroma.

T: roasted malt base with the espresso not overpowering and mostly in the finish. vanilla, oak, nuts and some milk chocolate although it is light.

M: thick body and moderate carbonation. smooth.

Overall: I really like how the espresso is applied with this one. The supporting notes arent overdone. The yeti base stout is just so good to start that these "special editions" all taste good.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a super thick sludge black with a nice 2 inch milk chocolate colored head that fades to a tiny cap. Sticky and frothy ring lacing on the drink down. Exactly like what a great stout should look like. Smells of freshly brewed espresso, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, some vanilla. Taste is very up front with the espresso followed up with cocoa powder, dark roasted malts, and an oak woodiness on the finish. Slight espresso/hop bitterness after each sip. Very creamy and thick in the mouth with a slight coating. Good drinkability on this rich and enjoyable brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | 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.

edit: this does age far better than other coffee beers have in my experience though, had a 2015 last night, 2 years old, and it was as good or better than a fresh one, so there is something at work here preserving the coffee notes and mellowing the whole thing out beautifully. picked up some carbonation too. delicious experience!

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of metter98
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured jet black with a think layer of mocha-colored bubbles that quickly died down forming lacy patterns.
S: There is an intense aroma of dark roasted malts and espresso beans in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has lots of flavors of roasted malts and espresso along with some bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to heavy-bodied and smooth on the palate. There is a lot of viscosity that really makes it coat the mouth.
D: The beer is particularly easy to drink and the alcohol isn't really perceptible in the smell or taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just when you thought they Yeti couldn't get better. Great Divide has taken the Yeti and really turned it into a better base beer and added a strong espresso character that compliments the beer greatly.

The beer's look is as deep and dark as the day is night. This is to be expected. However the strong head formation takes on a deeper brown toffee color that is significanly darker and more sturdy than the other versions.

Coffee dominates the nose but not as aggressive as I expect. There's a lot of 'stout' qualities from the maltiness to cocoa and toast. The coffee notes seem to surpress the sweetness and fruitiness to virtually nothing.

Flavors are also coffee dominant with French Roast taste, oils, and bitterness. Background notes of cocoa powder, charred toast, and a meaty maltiness that remind me of dry Dopplebocks. Light notes of soy sauce, molassas, hops give enough complexity to keep it from screaming, "Espresso".

Full and rich up front but the well attenuated malt character keeps the beer dry and palatable. Bitterness from coffee, hops, and cocoa gives ample amounts of repreive from the moderate sweetness. The sharp, charred textures flirt with astringency and alternate between burnt toast and ashy. Finishes with a deep lingering coffee flavor with much bitterness.

Again, Great Divide knocks it out of the park.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

9.5% ABV confirmed. 650ml brown glass bottle with foiled-over pressure cap and simple stylistic label acquired at a local SoCal bottle shop for $9.99 USD and served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high; I've looked forward to trying this Yeti variant for a long time.

Bottled 12/18/12.

Served straight from the refrigerato and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a gorgeous two finger rich tan colour head with beautiful frothy cream, fantastic thickness, and excellent retention for the high ABV (~5+ minutes); the head just sits there for a good two minutes before receding at all, and when it does it leaves sticky thick lacing on the sides of the glass. Beautiful. Body colour is a predictable solid jet black - typical of the style. Nontransparent and opaque; no yeast particles are visible as a result. No bubble show. A great appearance for the style. Constructively, the head could be richer and darker, and a bubble show would aid presentation (albeit superficially).

Sm: Delightful assertive espresso and a bit of coffee/java roast. Coffee notes come off cold-pressed rather than freshly brewed, but that's fine - the coffee here is well balanced against the chocolate and dark malts of the body. Cream. Underlying sturdy oak foundation. Hints of light vanilla. Espresso - and espresso specifically, not just coffee - is dominant, to its benefit. It has a unique presence that coaxes you into trying it. A moderate strength subtle aroma. It could be more complex, but I'm already enchanted. It could use a roasted barley presence; not just coffee roast but actual roasted barley. I'm nitpicking, but it's worthy noting. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

It hasn't warmed too much, but I can't wait for the first sip...

T: Chocolate up front playing with the vanilla sweetness; ultimately the vanilla wins - but the battle is enjoyable. The vanilla is less a vanilla bean character and more an oak-derived subtle vanilla. Unobtrusive dark chocolate malts fill out the foundation, but the body is dominated by the namesake espresso - and it works wonderfully here. Very little coffee roast, but lots of deep evocative espresso and condensed milk. Not at all too bitter, but it does have that espresso bite. Oak is present s an undertone and gives the flavour profile guidance and unity, but it doesn't contribute all that much in itself. Some may find this too sweet; I do not. That said, I would like more roast to hone the balance. It really does sorely lack roasted barley, but it's forgivable. Hop presence is minimal (as it should be); hop character is generic floral. Not quite the "bold hop profile" suggested by the label, but I'm glad. The creaminess is a highlight - as is its interplay with the rich espresso notes. Complex, balanced, and very enjoyable.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Delightfully creamy and smooth, with a lighter more fleeting presence than expected. Smoothness aids drinkability and evokes espresso texture - and aptly so. Slight overcarbonation. Perfect thickness. Good presence on the palate. Complements the flavour profile wonderfully.

Dr: Obscenely drinkable for the high ABV and for the style. My favourite Yeti variant yet (and only Barrel Aged remains). A fantastic brew from Great Divide, Espresso Oak Aged Yeti provides what the other variants lack. I'd definitely pick this one up again, but as far as aging goes, I'd be worried the espresso would fade. Still, I wouldn't mind finding out. I'd easily recommend this to friends. A fantastic beer in the style that sets itself apart with unique characteristics; you have to bring a lot to the table to compete in today's imperial stout market, and this one provides. Fairly priced at $9.99; I'd pay more. Give this one a go and you won't be disappointed.

A-

Probably drinks best from a snifter; my goblet did alright though. Also a teku would suit it nicely I imagine.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black pour into a tulip glass, cascading muddy mocha foam forms a sturdy cap that takes awhile to dissipate. Concentric rings of drippy lace form inside the glass, and there's an ever present covering on it's surface.

Deep coffee aroma, rich and roasty with some dark chocolate traces underneath.

Intense coffee flavors, oak is present, lending some dryness and distinct woody notes. Creamy feel, roasty and dry, light bitterness lingers into the aftertaste. Medium to full bodied with light carbonation. Overall an intense imperial coffee stout, one to sip and savor over the course of an hour or two.

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Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fudgy brown color with a huge beige head that leaves plenty of lacing and never fades away

Smell: A surprising amount of hops are apparent in the aroma, but the base elements of oak and espresso, as well as roasted and chocolate malts are all very apparent

Taste: Dark chocolate and roasty flavors jump out up front, along with a burgeoning oak/vanilla flavor; shortly thereafter, the hops make their presence felt; after the swallow, the espresso and oaky flavors emerge in a massive fashion and provide a lengthy, chocolatey finish

Mouthfeel: Thick and full-bodied, with moderate carbonation; considerable warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Clearly a beer that will benefit from age, this has some harsh tendencies in its youth; I imagine a couple of years would make this extraordinary

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

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a rather large light brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dry espresso coffee with some lightly bitter roasted oats. Taste is also dominated by astringent and dry notes with bitter roasted malt. Espresso is a bit too astringent for my taste but very well done nonetheless. Body is full with light creamy notes and great carbonation with no alcohol showing. Another fine brew from a great brewery that I sometime forget about.

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Photo of zeff80
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It had okay retention and left a sudsy film on the glass.

S - Great Espresso aroma with notes of chocolate, caramel and a touch of vanilla.

T - A coffee beer that delivers nicely with a coffee taste. Rich espresso flavors with sweet chocolate, toffee and caramel. There is a touch of hop bitterness to provide some needed balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a subtle warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a delicious imperial coffee stout. Another well-done version of Yeti.

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