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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

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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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Reviews: 1,052 | Ratings: 3,698
Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a almost black in color with a minimal tan head forming.

S: Smells like cocoa powder, spicy oak notes, roasted malts, and coffee. Definitely a lot of coffee, which you would anticipate given it being Espresso Yeti. Perhaps a bit of caramel sweetness as well.

T: The oak is really pronounced on the flavor, maybe a bit too much so. Lots and lots of coffee without much of the chocolate that is present on the nose. This is fairly bitter, as well.

M: The body is medium with a fairly smooth carbonation that I would classify as medium.

D: Definitely better than the regular oaked version, but not one of my favorite imperial stouts. Decent enough beer, though.

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Photo of russpowell
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ebony with a finger of mocha colored head. Nice motor oily viscosity to this, a bit of lacing & zero head retention

S: Mocha, charred grains & coffee. Coffee takes over once warm.

T: Mocha, dryness, roasty grains & charred grains up front. Roasty coffee, a hint of dark fruit, more dryness, a bit of Irish coffee once warm. Finishes with Folgers coffee, a bit of booze, charred grain & baker's chocolate. Almost pulled a 5.0

MF: Smooth, creamy nice medium body, turning chewy as it warms. However carbonation picks up & body thins a bit as this warms

Drinks a bit slow due to the ABV & dryness. Having said this, this & surly are probably now my faves when it comes to coffee beers, this skews a bit more capuchino IMO

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a very thick opaque jet black in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the sides of the glass and some very faint crimson highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy extremely dark mocha head made up of moderately sized bubbles that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of deeply roasted dark and chocolate malts with stronger aromas of espresso beans. There is also a light to moderate aroma of oak.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of deeply roasted dark and chocolate malts which are followed by some strong flavors of espresso (both freshly brewed as well as almost like the chocolate covered beans themselves). Light to moderate amounts of oak flavors towards the finish as well. Slightly heavier than moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers for a moderate amount of time.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and coats the entire inside of your mouth with some light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: For a big beer like this one (high ABV), the alcohol is extremely well hidden and that makes it easier to drink then some of the others in the style (DIS). Nice flavors of coffee/espresso that are very complementary to the flavors and aroma of the beer without overpowering or dominating it. Really an enjoyable world class beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a ChurchKey becher.

I knew I'd find Bigfoot (or, at least, his Asiatic cousin) in DC! I mean, how many other elusive hairy beasts reside here? (Now that's good- er...actually pretty crappy political commentary. Sorry. I'll try harder next time.) Regardless, I was pleasantly surprised to find this cryptozoologically-inspired brew on tap here at CK. It pours pitch darkness into the glass, with a sad excuse for a dirty bubbly head. (Apparently one of Mermaid Man's nemeses procreated and settled atop my beer.) The smell is of darkly roasted coffee (I know, I'm shocked too), chocolate, and a tiny bit o' smoked oak. The full picture is of an espresso machine powered by a camper's stone-ringed fire. (Clearly, I have no idea how an espresso machine works.) When the 'buds get at it, the coffee lightens up a bit, apparently loosened by that tactfully tasteful joke. The chocolate comes back, followed by some cream (half-and-half, I think), dark malts, and some o' that oak from before, only lighter and sans fumee. The body is heavy, but lighter than other hefty brews'. The carbonation is moderate at best, and a slight coating is found along my mouth's walls, allowing a bit o' aftertatse to linger a spell. Now, if only this ape-like creature weren't so damn elusive...

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.61/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an oily black with a very nice tan/brown head on top, very tight and, well, pretty looking. Good retention, eventually settling to a thin cap on top. Thin lacing that sticks around and never leaves.

S: Lots of burnt/bitter chocolate and roasted malt. Not as much coffee/espresso as I was expecting at all. There is a bit of oak and caramel as well. Reminds me of regular oak aged yeti.

T: More dark chocolate and roasted malt. Definitely some woody oak, but just like the aroma I am not really getting much espresso/coffee. For a bottle that is only a few months old, I am quite surprised.

M: Full bodied and rather thick. A nice level of carbonation, abv well hidden.

O: A good beer, but not very different from plain oak yeti. Where as chocolate yeti has a ton of chocolate flavor, this one is a bit of a let down.

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Photo of smcolw
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Near black color, no light shining through. Excellent beige head, but it fades quickly and leaves nearly no lace.

Smells like a malted chocolate milk shake. I detect no espresso or even coffee, but I do note some hop in the background.

Rich and thick; slightly oily from the alcohol. Strong dark chocolate flavors. Again, no real coffee/espresso tastes here. The finish and aftertaste features a generous amount of balancing hops to the bittersweet cocoa. This is a deceptively easy to drink Imperial Stout.

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Photo of billab914
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter. Poured pitch black with a one finger mocha head. The head faded away after a bit but it did leave some good lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a big coffee and roasted malt bitterness coming through. It also has a pretty big dark bitter chocolate present in the nose. Very big bold and delicious nose on this one for sure.

The taste not surprisingly has a big coffee espresso taste to it. The chocolate malts really help to smooth out the flavor and cut the coffee bitterness a little. The bitterness of the coffee comes through more in the finish. It has a lot of bold flavors but they really come together well and make for an excellent flavor.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker side with lower carbonation. It has a very nice creamy mouthfeel to it that I really like in my stouts. Drinkability is good, despite the bold espresso flavors it really is a pretty smooth and delicious beer. Excellent imperial stout in my opinion.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. Bottled on 2/12/10, drank on 3/21/10.

a - Pours a dark brown with 3 fingers of brown head. No carbonation evident and very good retention and lacing. Almost identical to the Chocolate Oak Ahed Yeti, but a little more head.

s - Coffee obviously dominates the smell. Also getting some oak, chocolate, and roasted malts.

t - Again coffee dominates here. Also a little chocolate, oak, malt, and maybe a hint of vanilla.

m - Full body and almost no carbonation to it. Very smooth and creamy.

d - A pretty good stout. I personally felt as though the coffee dominated the smell and taste, hiding some of the other flavors/smells. I personally liked the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti better, but if you like yeti and coffee you'd probably love this. I'd try it again but given the opportunity, would buy Chocolate or regular Oak Aged Yeti over this.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been drinking this on tap across the Burgh, it's been money every time, creamy moccha tan head forms thick above a beligerent black body, straight up ebony. Fine speckled lacing wraps around my chalice here. Aromatics deep chocolate/coffee (iced brewed espresso beans take off) with mild alcoholic hints some anise and dark chocolate melted on the experience the best of the Barrel Aged Yeti quite possibly the best overall version. Full on flavor creamy/vanilla/oak/coffee beans explicitly barrage the palate yet it's uniform and welcoming compared to some extreme beers out there. Mouthfeel is fuller bodied carbonation is mellow smooth this beer is big but it pulls of a smooth velvet texture from all of the different components going on. Drinkability overall is incredible, my wife loved her portion from a chalice and I only had a four ounce version because I was tasting more beers than her and I was driving home.

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

Thanks to Dave for sharing this tasty brew.

A: Pitch black with a thick, sandy beige head. Great lacing.

S: The Incredible Hulk of all coffee aromas. While I can detect some roasted malt, the coffee is just ridiculously strong and present and detectable from across the room. Alcohol detectable in the nose.

T: This beer is rich and malty, with a bit of an alcohol and bitter finish. There are massive, delicious, fresh, crisp coffee flavors. The coffee rules the roost here.

M: This beer is a little hot. I wonder how negatively the coffee aspect would be affected by cellaring. Perhaps one year might do wonders. I can't imagine the coffee aspect fading too much, as it is more than substantial now.

D: Great beer in small quantities. The intense, sweet coffee limits my consumption of this brew. A must try for all coffee/beer lovers.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.41/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Black with a nice khaki head. Excellent retention and nice legs.

Smell - Heavily roasted malt. Grassy aromas. Coffee. Dark chocolate.

Taste - Bitter burnt malt flavor up front. Grassy flavors just behind it. Bitter character before a subtler coffee flavor comes in.

Mouthfeel - Overly bitter for me. Bitter and dry. It could use with some creaminess and a bit more body.

Overall - My least favorite of the Yeti series, besides infected bottles of BA Yeti. Leaves a dry bitter coffee flavor without the rich components I'd like to get from it.

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Photo of jwc215
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled March 05 2009 -

Poured into snifter -

POurs very dark brown to black with a rich brown head with ruby highlights. Head stays a few seconds before slowly descending to a slowly vanishing cover. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of chocolate, licorice, roasted coffee, and a touch of vanilla/oak.

The taste is sweet and boozy with a strong roast presence. The coffee gives a roast - nearly burnt character to the underlying chocolate, slight licorice, and molasses. A touch of vanilla/oak comes through in the finish.

It is full-bodied, as the style requires.

As with the other two Yetis I've had (the standard and the oak aged), this is a very nice, strong sipper. I don't know that I liked quite as much as the other two, as the roasted coffee dilutes the other complexities a bit. Still, a the base beer is great and the espresso adds a roasty character and the oak is there, but not overwhelming. Another winner in the Yeti family.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was introduced to this one at EBF and was blown away, so when I saw this in a bottle I had to buy some.

Pours a solid black with a creamy tan head that doesn't persist for very long, but leaves lots of lace on the way down. Smells of citrus hops, coffee, vanilla, oak, roasted grains. Taste is much like the smell. Citrus hops followed by a touch of alcohol, some roasted coffee and slight chocolate, oak and vanilla followed by a lingering roast hop and alcohol finish. Theres a lot going on here and its all tasty. Carbonation is low to medium, mouthfeel is oily/creamy, body is thick like tar. Great Imperial stout! The coffee is there, but its subtle enough to not be in your face like some other coffee brews. I wish it were a little cheaper so I could afford to drink it more, but at 11.99 a bomber I may not enjoy this one regularly.

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Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh.

A - pitch black with a big brown head that has great retention

S - huge espressio aroma with some bitter, roasty notes

T - espresso, roasty bitter, creamy, faint chocolate, charcoal, oak, burnt sugar, alcohol, piney, woody, earthy

M - well carbonated, rich, bitter

This is a delicious, earthy, coffee-heavy stout. The flavors are well blended with just enough hop character to leave some balance and drinkability. This is a fantastic stout that is most definitely worth a try.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great Divide Espresso Oak-aged Yeti Russian Imperial Stout, Great Divide Brewing, Denver, Colorado.

Fully black, utterly deep, with dark brown head. Looks fantastic, very promising.

Aroma: Espresso is detected first, with chocolate not far behind, rich, decadent cocoa. Very nice.

Taste: On the tongue, it's thick, rich and hoppy. Not getting the oak just yet, but the flavor is dominated by cocoa and coffee. Great and surprising balance in this big, big beer. The espresso flavor is here, but doesn't dominate like in some coffee stouts. Full-bodied, with a long, sweet and hoppy finish. There's a certain cherry-like sweet character that stands on top and melds well with the bitter notes. Cocoa and coffee lurk in the back of the throat, hang in there, never letting go.

This is not the behemoth I worried it would be, it's a complex, and wonderful ale. Many flavors unfold during it's duration. Massive malt, incredibly full-bodied, flush with flavor.
Knockout stout, this. Maybe my favorite Yeti? No, it has to stand just behind regular oak-aged Yeti, though I haven't had it in a while. Maybe I should…

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

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. No bottling date present (worn off?).

Very tiny bubbles with a large head off the pour. It seems to fall normally. Head is a gorgeous dark brown like dark hot chocolate. Body is just nearly black couldn't see a thing. Looks great! Love this head color so dark and nice looking.

First whiff is a good coffee roast complete with faint sour espresso. There's a little faint hint of chocolate here too.

First impression on taste in feel is a little wet but the flavor is all there. Great coffee espresso feeling with sour finish. There's a sense of heat on this too making it feel warm and inviting. A nice lingering bitter too. Hot Hot Hot!

Overall pretty solid here another solid yeti for the pack.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 2011 bottle, opened Mar 2014

A - Great looking stout. Beautiful mud and khaki colored head with great retention and lace. Virtually solid black body with dark cola edges.

S - Dry, assertive, and complex. Bright wood, raw coffee beans, vanilla, dark roasted grains, dry grape seeds, dark chocolate, touch of booze.

T - Nice complexity. Bitter coffee, vanilla, oatmeal, touch of caramel, darkly toasted white bread, touch of cream, and warm subtle booze.

M - Full and creamy. Super smooth.

O - A little past it's prime. Of all the adjunct flavored stouts, I find that coffee variants are more likely to take a dive with age. Definitely interested in trying this fresh.

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

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a jet black coloring that looks viscous and smooth, with a thick, foamy, dense, dark chocolate colored head. Pours beautifully, and looks delicious. Aromas are heavy in mocha coffee, with a dark, bitter characteristic to it, as well as a highlight of sweet, creamy chocolate. Flavors are super bitter, with a hint of the alcohol into the roof of the mouth and the sinuses. The palate is completely coffee based, with a strong, roasted, dark presence throughout that is heavy in espresso, with an earthy and woody balancing undertone. Minimal cling that slips down the glass slowly while you drink, catching up to the surface of the remaining beer if left for more than a minute. The aftertaste has the roast coffee and bitterness of spent coffee grounds, with a somewhat drying effect. The finish is rich, robust, and eerily similar to a pressed espresso lingering behing on the palate, with a boozy kick.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is black and forms a nice brown head of small and medium bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is sweet with some roast. Its about I expected.

Beer is really smooth, coffee flavors comes up late, there is no carbonation in the palate but connectivity is fine with the sweetness up front and the roasted bitterness in the back. Drinkability is high.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to brandy snifter
Bottled on: March 5, 2010

A - Thick dark black colour with a finger of espresso coloured head.

S - A very robust nose heavy on the roasted malts and dark roasted coffee with some licorice in the background.

T - Dark roasted malts with a nice dark roasted coffee (espresso) taste and a nice subtle oak flavour in the finish. Very slight alcohol bite that is barely noticeable.

M - Slightly watery for an imperial stout; lightly carbonated.

D - Another excellent beer in the long line of GD Yeti Stouts. I would buy this one over and over again.

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Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked up a bomber from Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem. Bottled on Feb 13 09. Appears pitch black with a tan head and lacing.

I'm torn with this beer. On one hand, there's great, complex flavor profile. However, there's an unpleasant booze sting, like when you take a shot of vodka. The aroma holds big fruity, bready chocolate and coffee smells. The flavor has a huge espresso bean note that's rich but not terribly deep. That boozy tang quickly kicks in and ruins an otherwise awesome beer. What a shame.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured black as night with a 2 finger brown head that left lots of frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: espresso chocolate aromas dominate the nose with hazelnut and vanilla notes but it did have oaky wood boozy character as well.

T: epsresso oaky wood notes hit the palate first with vanilla, chocolate, and cofffee accents. There was also some underlying booze that was not overpowering; great flavor.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slight astringent, coffee, and creamy finish.

D: it drank pretty damn good and I waiting to rate this beer till I opened up a bomber to the head. Really happy to see great divide in So Cal.

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

Well now. EOAYIS on cask. Yes please.
Now, I'm not a coffee guy (or espresso) so I do try to hold objective.
Pours deep black with rich ruby hints on along the rim. More noticeable as it is drank. A thick, rich, chocolate malt looking foaming head on this one. Oh..beauty.
A dry espresso, dark chocolate and slight anise aroma. A bit boozy, but hidden quite well. Some fig and nutmeg hints.
A fruity start, dark soft fruit. Dry. Dark chocolate coated in espresso comes in like gang-busters. Flows smoothly over the tongue, a quick bite and flush of anise and prune. Coffee like aftertaste. Leaves clean. Easy drinking. A bit boozy in the finish with an exhale.
Great beer

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a 1/2" brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome! It has a dry, expresso scent along with a rich, black and chocolate malt aroma. It has a bitter black malt, coffee feel. The taste is great as well. It has a dry, expresso flavor up front with some chocolate malt notes. It goes down easy with minimal warming and a nice subtle oak finish. This is a complex beer with lots going on. The expresso character is quite pronounced. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tremendous beer. I'm a huge fan of the coffee flavor.

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Photo of Gavage
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pourts a dark brown, almost black color with a 1/2" head that lingers a while. Spotty lace develops.

Smell: roasted malts and espresso are easily detectable and nice on the nose.

Taste: roasted malt, espresso, prunes, hints of citrus and oak, a mild amount of vanilla and a bit of alcohol. There is a bit of a bready quality to this too. Nice balancing bitterness here.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Light crispness to start, smooth and lucious at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste as the flavors linger forever.

Drinkability: slow drinking beer and the bomber is a great single session beer for an evening. Great for a dessert beer.

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