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

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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass. One finger, tan head consisting of fine bubbles atop a dark brown clear body. Head color was appropriate for the style.

Aroma was of roasted malts, dark chocolate, a little vanilla, and some oak tannins. A little rich coffee at the end.

Taste started with rich roasted malt, mingled with bitter chocolate. Roasted malt and coffee were both present in the aftertaste. Very nice.

Mouthfeel was smooth and silky, good body that supported the flavors. Well balanced, not watery at all.

Good drinkability marks for this one. One bottle went down well. Price was a little high for me to make this a regular offering, but I would readily have another were it available.

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

Had this at a tasting held by the esteemed DVelcich. Dan-- you are a great host, thanks again for the invite.

This is reviewed off of notes--

Poured into my Duvel tulip-- pours a VERY deep dark opaque black with kind of tan hues on the sides of the glass and in the legs. Very tanned head like a light cocoa powder. Decent head rose a little over a finger and had great retention. Pretty decent lacing for an espresso stout.

This smells of coffee and espresso with some great roasty and toasty chocolaty notes, almost like baked brownies.
After having the Regular, oaked, chocolate--- this is easily the best of them. Unlike the regular and oaked, I'm not getting that soy sauce flavor I was seeing, so this is a marked improvement in that regard. The taste presents all that roasty chocolaty goodness with a fresh-ground espresso bean kick. Just the slightest hint of bitter cocoa on the finish that helps the finish to be nice and dry.

The level of carbonation is very nice-- nice and creamy mouthfeel is quite drinkable. It could have just a little more carbonation, but the beer is a nice full-bodied beer, with a velvety feel on the swallow.

Easily the best of the available Yeti lineup... I exclude Barrel aged Yeti from that statement, because there are only 1100 bottles or so, and therefore it isn't really available.

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

Looks: all-encompassing black. Like creamy liquid dark chocolate. A dense head of pancake batter sits atop, the color of coffee with just a touch of cream. Sticky horizontal layers of lace are left in its wake.

Smells: oaky. The wood-aging is definitely noticeable, mixing with notes of tangy dark chocolate, Worcestershire and muted espresso. I actually pick up more chocolate in the nose than espresso, which is interesting but not disappointing.

Tastes: like a coffee campfire. Acrid charcoal and very bitter espresso breakdance on the palate, along with a heavy wooded oakiness and flavors of sweet marshmallow. A bit of piney northwest hops finish it off.

Feels: drinkable. Light in body, but silky and smooth. The coffee comparisons continue, as this feels like a caffeinated drink with a bit of cream added.

Drinks: the strong espresso and oak flavors create an interesting blend that totally gels with my palate. It's heavily, but not undrinkably so. My favorite iteration of the aged yetis.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of yergermeister
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of peabody
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out really black with two fingers of brown suds and creamy at that. Good lacing.
Smell is coffee and coffee and more coffee.
Some malt and some yeast but mostly black coffee beans freshly roasted.
Taste is malt sugar and bitter coffee. Pretty one sided here. Not much fruit here.
Aftertaste is bitter and this sticks with you.
Mouthfeel is a bit dirty but I like it a lot.
Pretty nice beer from Great Divide.

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Photo of bluntedboywonder
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of delta490
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- pours an impenetrable black. A hard pour gets a mocha colored head, which doesn't last particularly long but still manages to leave some nice lacing on the glass

S- deep, rich coffee notes and a slight alcohol sweetness in the background

T- there a big malt notes, dark toasted grains, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and some mild earthy hops all bouncing around for great effect.

M- not as thick on the palatte as I would have thought, but still nice. There's a slicker, slightly oily feeling

O- all in all this is a great, big flavored Imperial Stout

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4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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

22 fl oz brown bomber, wrapped in gold foil. Served in a snifter.

Bottled on 02/13/09.

Pours a silky, near opaque chocolate-maple in color. Dense, coffe-colored foam that sits up a full two inches receding outside-in with tremendous strength. Walls of ringed lacing with remarkable strength.

Bright, earthen floral hops with phenolic aromas. Rich, bitter espresso with a moderately peat-smoked addition. Light toffe, milk and dark chocolate with licorice and saffron spices.

Rich milk chocolate and caramel with only a moderate amount of sweetness. Peanut brittle and almond add a cutting dryness that compliment and ease the rich malt character. Faint hints of dried fruit: grape, cherry, fig, and raisin. An underlying warmth alcohol presence that is very subtle for the listed 9% abv. The finish is velvety smooth, aided by a mild layer of vanilla and cut by a modest espresso that really shines in the aftertaste.

Full in body; the richness, dryness, sweetness, and earthen characters are all remarkably balanced. Exactly what you would expect and want in an Imperial coffe stout.

I can't really identify many (if any) flaws in this brew. Obviously, it's heavy given the different flavor components, but I would be happy with this offering anytime that I'm in the mood for an Imperial Stout. Once again, the Yeti does not disappoint.

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4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of adamette
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Live review. Poured from the 1 pint, 6 fl. oz bottle that I bought at Siciliano's in Grand Rapids, MI for $11.49 during a recent trip there. I remember loving standard Yeti and so I was excited to find this one. Label mentions: BOTTLED ON: MAR 06 2009. 9.5% ABV. Poured into my gold rimmed Brewery Ommegang labeled Westvleteren style goblet. The label features a sillouhette of a Yeti (like the others) holding a coffee cup. That is pretty cool. I also like the "Great Minds Drink Alike" cap under the gold foil cover.

A The look of the entire "Yeti" line has been great. This version's look returns to the greatness that I recall from the standard Yeti in that there is actually a dark brown, super creamy head over an oil black body. The lacing that is left on the inside of the glass is significant as well. It cannot be improved in my opinion. 5.0

S I do smell espresso but also I perceive chocolate. It actually smells like a mocha java with some dark roast malt. I do not smell alcohol (like I did in other versions of Yeti) and that is welcome. This beer actually has a smell that is very close to some of my favorite chocolate based Stouts such as Southern Tier Choklat. Overall the smell is sweet, inviting and deep and interesting. 4.5

T Really great deep dark roast coffee and malt taste with the taste of chunks of chocolate. I don't taste any alcohol but the warmth that bubbles up from underneath tells me that it is indeed there. Dark roast malt is what lingers into the aftertaste but the alcohol taste is again not there. Just great! 5.0

M Big, huge creamy head contributes to a soft, creamy feel but there is a kick of hops and possibly the dark roast malt (kind of like dark chocolate has an edge to it) that keeps this from having the feel of a chocolate milk shake. I really like the feel of this beer since it is really fitting to what was promised by the label...A big, fat coffee, oak, Imperial Stout. 4.5

D Only fair. This is a huge beer that should be savored and sipped and could easily have been shared with another person. 3.0

Notes: The Espresso, unlike the slightly thin and disappointing Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, delivers on all of its promises and presents as a huge, satisfying beer.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle had around nine months of age on it. Poured an inky black with two fingers of gorgeous dark chocolate head; good retention before fading to persistent slick of film. Espresso dominates the aroma with hints of roasty chocolate and a touch of oak.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, deceptively light mouthfeel. Lots of espresso up front with plenty of dark chocolate bitterness, a trace of vanilla, and a nice kick of bitter hops on the lingering finish.

Lots of coffee character--even more than I expected--but I found this Yeti version to be a little one-dimensional and I didn't get as much of the oak character as I would have liked. Still, a really nice stout that I'd certainly revisit...very smooth and drinkable with a well-hidden alcohol kick.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of dogfishandi
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. foiled top bomber at cellar temp. split 3 ways with friends, poured into a standard pint glass. bottled DEC 10 2010.

pours super opaque motor oil black with a wonderfully creamy caramel brown head (one of the darkest heads ive seen) with great retention and tons of sticky lace. shows some nice legs on the glass as well.

the aroma is almost straight expresso coffee beans at first. behind that theres lots of heavily roasted, burnt malts, chocolate cookie dough, bits of marshmallow and vanilla, and just a hint of some dark dried fruits. amazing.

the taste is spot on expresso coffee beans. as well as heavily roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, bits of burnt marshmallow. so tasty, i almost wanted to go with a 5. coffee like bitter finish.

amazingly creamy, smooth mouthfeel with a heavy body, but hardly any alcohol detectable. carb is slightly minimal, spot on for the style.

an easy bottle to the head, but at the sametime im glad my friends got to expierience this great beer. this is easily one of my favorite stouts and so far my favorite yeti. a must have, and i think freshness is key with this one if you want all that good coffee.

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


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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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