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.

Added by John_M on 05-16-2008

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of NEhophead
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel snifter.

Jet black color with a huge shake like 2 finger head that lasts a long time. Incredible lacing clings to the glass.

Big expresso and bitter chocolate on the nose. Light hops sit in the background. Quite a bit of oak in this. No booze in the smell. Very inviting.

Taste mimics the nose. Sweet coffee and chocolate hit right away. Finishes with a big amount of bittering coffee and wood. Super nice and delicious.

Creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation results in a smooth sipper.

This is an impressive variation of the original. Fantastic flavors that pop and blend perfectly. Well made and really enjoyable. Highly recommended. An awesome desert beer.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Photo of adamette
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of dogfishandi
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-basically black with no visible highlights and two fingers worth of dark tan head that sticks to the glass

S-Roasted coffee and malt, dark chocolate, and some light alcohol

T-Huge espresso taste. Big roasted malt, espresso, and dark chocolate. Some light alcohol but not overpowering.

M-medium to full body, light to medium carbonation, very smooth, leaves a dry coffee aftertaste

Overall the espresso flavors in this beer work very well. Really well blended flavors make this beer easy to drink and enjoy.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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

Photo of draheim
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (bottled 12/13/10) poured into a snifter. Jet black color with a 1-finger mocha head.

Aroma is rich strong coffee and dark roasted malt. A lot of bitterness in the nose.

Taste is rich and velvety, with lots of swirling complexity - espresso, dark bitter chocolate, vanilla, oak, and booze. Really robust. Even though this beer is 8 months old, the coffee is right there in harmony with all the other elements.

This is a really good, layered imperial stout and another great version of Great Divide's wonderful Yeti lineup.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/2/14. Pours dark as night with significant head, dissipates fairly quickly. Coffee influence is still present albeit perhaps a bit too bitter for me at this stage. The barrel presence is clear at this stage. I'd like it to be a bit more chewy / viscious but I'm so used to the extremely high ABV stouts I have to adjust expectations accordingly for 9.5%. Overall, a pleasing offering and I'm sure I would rate this one higher if I had a fresher bottle!

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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 3,776 ratings