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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutEspresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
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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 jzeilinger
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours totally jet black in color with a generous one fingered toffee colored head. The lacing sticks to the sides of the glass and clings like glue.

S - Dominated by expresso and coffee, bitter chocolate, and with a mild smokey character.

T - The name lives up to the taste. This beer is a big time, in your face type of coffee/expresso stout. Expresso flavor totally dominates...and I do mean DOMINATES! There's a mild bitter chocolate, somewhat smokey flavor with alot of charcoal mixed in. Burnt malt in the back ground leaves a sticky, mouthsmacking impression of just sucking down a mouthful of raw coffee beans. Pour this in place of your morning cup of java and it will definitely kick start your day!

M - A little chewy, thick, full bodied, and rich.

D - I couldn't drink more than one. I'm not a fan of coffee, but I do enjoy Imperial Stouts and this is definitely worth checking out. I'd have to say this is the biggest and strongest coffee flavored beer I've had to date.

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

650ml bottle poured into an unlabeled snifter 6/1/2014.

A- Dark cola-coloured body, one finger mocha head with fine retention. No lacing. The beer has some nice legs, quite oily as it is swirled in the snifter.

S- Dark fruits, damp oak, black coffee grounds, dark chocolates.

F- Dark chocolate, coffee, oak, a little bit of booziness. Some dark fruit. I could be tricked into thinking this had some bourbon. A bit heavy on the oak.

M- Full bodied. Lower in carbonation. The oak is very strong here and may even be a bit overpowering along with the earthiness. Very dry oak lingers with a slight medicinal finish.

O- Good coffee RIS; the oak is a bit too strong in this one for me but there is a nice bit of complexity with the expected RIS flavour profile and coffee.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this on tap, into a tulip at the Map Room.

The beer is black, with a remarkable three finger of thick foamy head. There is great retention and excellent lacing, lasting several minutes and fully coating the side of the glass as it falls.

The aroma is really strong but mostly on the same note. There is tons of coffee here, but its a nice coffee that isn't just bitter, sweetness and complexity. At the end only a hint of the oak.

The taste is also just one note of really smooth coffee. This is perfect for a big coffee drinker, but if your not a little boring. The finishes kind of detracks from the beer as it is an intense bitter coffee which almost killed what I was enjoying.

Overall, this was a very good, but not great coffee stout. I wish it had a little more sweet in the start and oak on the end to balance out the coffee.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great Divide bomber, capped and corked, $9.99 in Columbus. Bottled on Feb 13, 2009, less than 2 months ago.

The beer is dark brown, not quite black, with a thick tan froth that looks perfect on the pour (tons of bubbles cascading up through the beer, just the way I like a RIS). The smell is a bit of a disappointment I'm afraid, not nearly as rich as I'd expect from a beer marketed as "Espresso oak aged". I didn't smell any coffee, maybe no oak either, this just smelled like yeti. The taste was better, I got the oak and chocolate (still no coffee), and lots of roasted malt. Astringently bitter which might be pleasing for others but I like RISs to be sweeter. Good body and mouthfeel, substantial. Overall a bit of a disappointment for $10, I had hoped for more coffee and more massiveness.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. there's a spot for the date, but it's blank.

black, with dark brown head. beauty, eh. head fades to thin covering.

smells exactly as expected - espresso and roasted malt. a touch of vanilla. the coffee flavors are more subdued than the aroma. taste and aroma improve as the beer comes up closer to room temperature. no alcohol detected. super smooth and creamy, on the thicker side.

great beer, but I think I still like the regular Oak Aged and Chocolate Oak Aged better.

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Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours completely black with a one-finger brown head that slowly dissipates into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted coffee with roasted malts. There's also a hint of unsweetened chocolate as the beer warms. Not quite the bouquet I was hoping for, but still solid.

Tastes more complex than it smells. Roasted coffee up front is joined by roasted malt flavors. Near the end of the sip a bit of earthiness comes in from the oak along with unsweetened chocolate. The ending is full of bitter coffee flavors that linger for a bit. I wasn't terribly impressed with the first third of the beer, but it definitely comes into its own as it warms.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a very good thickness, but the carbonation was a bit on the heavy side. I'll definitely try this at a later date and see if it's the same from a bottle.

Drinkability is good. Despite the high carbonation, I still finished this very quickly and could go for a few more.

Overall this is very good, though I like the regular Oak Aged a bit better. Still, for coffee fans this is a beer that definitely warrants trying, and for that matter it warrants trying for anyone.

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

The Yeti series is a pretty safe bet for Imperial Stouts and nice Oak aging, had this one a few times but not for a while, reviewed from notes.

A- Black as oil with a big dark tan head that has good retention. Huge amount of thick lace and a nice dark tan cloud and ring.

S- A dessert. Strong mix of caramel, cocoa and roast malt. Huge oak lends wood notes and a nice vanilla. The coffee also comes into play and adds a great layer.

T- "Massive wood in my face" (lol). The oak is just crazy strong in this one, like chewing on a tree. Finishes with more roast malt, caramel and some espresso (seems to be on and off with the oak). Slight hops at the very end of a bitter cocoa finish.

MF- Nice warming, thick oily body. Moderate sting from carbonation on the palate but smooth.

DB- A very flavorful beer. The oak cannot be missed in this ale. Great meld of caramel, oak and roast malt with some coffee. I would prefer a bit more espresso and a bit less oak but I still love the flavor of this one.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle served in my DFH snifter. Bottled on 2/13/2009 indicated on the label. Poured one shade shy of black with a dense, mocha-colored cap embedded with ringlets. Head dissipates within seconds into a cluster of bubbles and a frothy band around the edges of the glass. Some spots of lacing appear as the brew recedes. Nose suggests espresso roast and bittersweet chocolate. More espresso roast in the mouth, but taste is somewhat charred and bitter rather than roasty. Some woody characteristics, but missing the vanilla. Bitterness lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Some carbonation burn on the front of the tongue, but as it dissipates it leaves behind a residual milky slickness. Alcohol is well-hidden on this one, but balance is off - way too bitter. May improve with cellaring.

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Photo of champ103
3.04/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nearly opaque black color. A two finger bubbly tan head forms with good retention. A little lace is left behind.
S: Right up front is a huge acrid, burnt coffee aroma. Burnt malt and charcoal. This is to much.
T: Still, a ton of acrid and burnt coffee. Though much more balanced than the nose. Some roasted malt and chocolate.
M/D: A full body and low carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Some hot alcohol, and the huge burnt character with the malt and coffee makes this harder to drink than I would like.

Very one dimensional. For the most part, just a burnt flavor that dominates. There are much better coffee stouts out there.

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Photo of maximum12
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I haven't tried much Yeti yet. Too much trading, too little sampling what's available around here. Time to start remedying that sad, sad situation. Although it has a tough act to follow after a couple short pours of Hands of Doom with dinner...

Black. Why must we judge the appearance of a stout? All the damn things are black as a monkey's asshole. Smells promisingly yummy, like a melting Herschey's Kiss.

The Espresso character of the Yeti is surprisingly subdued. Lush, rich chocolate is predominant, assisted by roasted malts, all wound up in a flourishing finish of mild espresso notes. The espresso serves as a tonic rather than the gin, which makes this a far more drinkable, warm, welcoming brew than many coffee infused beers.

The chocolate makes this rich & smooth, not to mention rich & smooth. And full. Did I mention rich? This is the most chocolatey drink I've had without it being sickeningly sweet. The balance here is exquisite. For a big stout I could take this on for a while.

Excellent brew. I need to haul my ass hither to sample some more Yeti. And someone needs to send me the BA version, pronto!

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Photo of dirtylou
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, the Publican (Seattle), paired with brisket hash

appearance: served in a 12oz short shaker-esque glass, nearly ebony body, 1/4" creamy mocha cap with some sticky lace

smell: espresso, charred malt, dark chocolate, oak, green leafy

taste: Rich and decadent - dark chocolate, espresso and cream, charred malt, lots of roasted oats, fresh green hops, molasses, rich warming alcohol presence

mouthfeel: rich, velvety, heavy on the roast with a twist of fresh hops

overall: great stuff - not sure why i was never able to find this in the midwest, but glad i finally did

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 9.5% ABV, food (mostly breakfast!) pairings suggested, Bottled on Mar 06 2009.

Thanks to sweemzander for picking one of these up in MI for me!

A - Pours completely black with no light shining through in the least. A dark tan head springs up with good retention. Tiny patchy lace is left on the glass.

S - Smooth, not ridiculously bitter espresso coffee in the nose with a bittersweet chocolate aroma. A hint of hops comes through with the very roasted malt aroma.

T - Strong roasted dark espresso. Almost Starbucks-like in burnt-ness. The huge roasted malt profile behind the big coffee flavor is reminiscent of burnt toast.

M - Full-bodied and dry with an acrid bitter finish, it's smooth going down and not hot or boozy at all.

D - A little huge on the coffee, it's a roasted bitter that's a little strong. The alcohol kicks you later on but it's mostly hidden.

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

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Bottled on 20 January 2012.

A: Black as sin and just as tempting. A coffee-dark head fades quickly. Completely opaque. Light-sucking.

S: Whole espresso beans. Roasted barley and cream. Oak-vanilla.

T/M: Mmmm. An excellent imperial stout. Deep, roasted bitterness. Dry malt, milk chocolate, light coffee with cream. The oak mellows out the main body, giving it a smoothness that contributes to an excellent mouthfeel. The milk chocolate grows more prevalent as time wears on, but the espresso bitterness counteracts any stray sweetness.

O: I love Yetis and this is not exception. Highly recommended, but perhaps not as superlative as the chocolate styling. Highly recommended.

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

Bottled Dec 13, 2010. Drank tonight, and a fine choice indeed.

Appearance. Pours a deep, dark and thick chestnut brown with half a finger of tan head.

Smell. Licorice and molasses, cocao powder, some sour coffee and a little wood.

Taste. Molasses and fantastic roasty, smokey malts. Coffee and dark chocolate explode in the middle with plenty of lingering roasty coffee and oak. Not sweet, but just sweet enough. Chocolate coats the mouth forever.

Mouthfeel. Full body with smooth, medium-low carbonation.Just a little warmth.

Overall. Wow, I was completely blown away by this one. This is how I always want a big stout to taste, but it rarely does. I really love this one. Hope I cross it's path again soon!!

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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 cpetrone84
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a jet black viscous looking liquid with a dark mohagany colored head that is tight and creamy. the retention is short but the lace is thick.

S-the nose is big time malt. tons of espresso up front with a fair bit of roasted maltiness coming along for the ride. Hints of dark bakers chocolate underneath. The finish adds a good bit of toffee and a light malty sweetness in the very back. the espresso keeps hitting hard with a touch of burnt coffee note in the back.

T-the taste has a ton of malt and espresso similar to the nose. bitter and slightly burnt espresso and roasted malts dominate. hints of dark chocolate, a good bit of toffee, and light caramel. Light dark fruits but very faint towards the back. Light bitter hop presence and herbal hop notes to close it out.

M-this has a slightly light full body and is extremely smooth. it feels thick but the back is a little thin.

D-this is a very drinkable stout, it doesn't show any alcohol and has good malt backbone. Decent complexity and a nice bit of espresso. the oak aging doesn't really seem to show, but good none the less.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A dark brown pour. Aroma is lots of coffee, or espresso, or whatever, but it wasn't like my favorite kind.

That coffee does dominate pretty much everything in the beer. Its a solid beer and stuff. Kind of a one trick pony. Would prefer if this was available in a 12oz format, the price structure is a lil much in the 22oz bomber.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Comes out of the bottle a rich opaque chocolaty sable with a thick brown head. Aroma is like a rich coffee and has a strong undertone of hops with a firm hint of chocolate, like a good IPA mixed with a fine mocha. Flavor has a strong coffee component, a hoppy overtone, and more than a hint of unsweet chocolate, with smoky and nutty hints. Texture is pleasingly smooth and thick, and finish is coffee-ish and a little hoppy. I thought there was no way to combine "stouty" and hoppy flavor - I am glad that I have been proven wrong!

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Photo of tectactoe
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in 2009. Pours dark as hell and thick as hell. Surprisingly good amount of foam for a three year old imperial stout. The head is beautiful - dark tan leather, huge and foamy. The nose is full of intense bouts of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Upon taking a sip, the bittersweet cocoa hits you right away. A slight punch of bitterness on the back of the tongue with a nice sweetness that takes it over halfway through. Warmth brings out the deep coffee flavor in the brew, which is very dominant on the palate once it's picked up. Throughout the brew, you're battling back and forth between chocolate and coffee, trying to decide which one is more prominent. Sometimes you get a sip that reminds you of a dark roasted Columbian coffee, other times you'd swear you were drinking a liquid Godiva bar. Some sweetness at the end, which almost is reminiscent of figs or anise - very, very faint, however. The body is extremely rich, creamy, and chewy with a low level of carbonation.

This stout is simply delicious. It has two main flavors which battle for your tastebuds throughout the whole experience - coffee and chocolate - and it's quite amazing. Very rich and definitely something you'll want to sip, however one of the best stouts I've had.

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Photo of papat444
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber, bottled Dec. 23, 2013.

Pours pitch black with a very dark brown head, all bubbly and frothy. Concentrated espresso in the aroma. Taste has the harshness of oak aging but coffee flavors do a good job of keeping it in check. Lots of deep & dark bittersweet chocolate thrown in for good measure.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber without a freshness date. Pour is impenetrable black with a dark brown head, one of the darkest I have seen. Retention good, lacing good.

Not surprisingly, espresso coffee dominates, but the chocolate gives it more of a mocha nose overall. Oak is pretty faint and I probably would not have known had it not been on the label. Low on fruit.

Taste showcases more oak and slightly more semi-tart fruit. Coffee flavor smooths out some, but is still the main flavor showcased. Classic Yeti chocolate maltiness layers the palate on the back end. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy - bold. Drinks surprisingly smooth, but still has some rough hop and alcohol edges. Understated sweetness jumps out as it warms. A lot going on here, almost too much...I think I prefer the regular Yeti to this one. Fun to try though.

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Photo of mynie
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours o-f'in-paque into a stemmed chalice. The head is billowy milk chocolate brown and it's big and indefatigable.

Smells like a mild RIS and big, bitter coffee. Burnt porter grain, medium dry hops, and hot cocoa.

Tastes very big yet remarkably well balanced and smooth. Starts off with stouty malt, roasted bitter and lightly sour. This hangs around for a surprising while as the sourness turns into an intense coffee bitterness that overwhelms the malt and eventually mellows out into sweet chocolate and ends on a long node of nitrous oxidey pleasantly medicinal gas.

Yeti is like the blank canvas of RIS', and it lends itself much better to this kind of mellow coffee treatment than to bourbon aging.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Black in the glass, two finger head that leaves behind nice lacing.

S-Coffee, good deal of it, chocolate, oak and roasted malt.

T-Coffee is at the forefront but does not dominate. Chocolate oak and roasted malt round it out.

M-Medium to heavy, nice carbonation and creamy.

O-A wonderful coffee oak aged beer. Not as good as BCBCS, but a serviceable substitute at a nicer cost as well

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with one finger mocha head. Smell is strong chocolate, lots of earthy coffee, and a bit of black currant. Flavor is huge chocolate with that Yeti bitterness to go along. Coffee adds and extra kick and shines in the aftertaste and finishes this nice and clean. Thick and viscous mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. This is up there with the best coffee stouts around and it's on the shelf all the time. Stock up on this one!

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

This looks very much the the original oak-aged Yeti: rich, thick, dark as night and thick as motor oil. The brown head, a little bit darker in this version, might reach just a little higher off the pour from the tap; it stands and sticks hard. This stuff leaves lacing clinging to the snifter it's served in very nicely.
The espresso is in there, not as big and bold as I might expect (until it warms) but very nicely integrated. Otherwise, it takes on the same barrel character and oaky quality as the oak-aged, though the dryness and the roast, along with coffee notes, overcome the sweetness a touch in the nose. When you get to the flavor, though, this one's every bit as layered and complex as I'd hoped after trying the original oaked Yeti. Some char, coffee, cocoa, wood, vanilla and dark fruits lead into a finish that includes just enough hops to even it out and give even more depth.
The feel is still big, thick, rich and robust in a full body, though it goes slightly dryer this time. A bit of char going into the finish gives it something only very slightly astringent in the otherwise perfect mouthfeel.

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