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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1,055
Ratings:
3,717
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
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Photo of ratedz
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Boulevard snifter. Bottle was dated 04/02/2010.

A: This beer pours coffee black with a thin chocolate brown colored head. The head dissipated fairly quickly.

S: Smells like dark roast coffee that has been sitting in a pot on a burner for just a little too long. I'm also picking up a little bit of chocolate and a hint of bitter hops.

T: Dark roast coffee is the predominate flavor, but I'm getting a little bit of chocolate up front also. My wife took a sip and, after thinking for a second, said that it tastes like drinking a cup of pure coffee grounds and therefore it was delicious. I've never tried straight coffee grounds and since she's the coffee drinker, I'll take her word for it. A hint of oak is in there too, but it's definitely overpowered by the coffee flavor.

M: Medium to full bodied. Slightly creamy with mild carbonation. Finishes dry and slightly bitter as a result of the coffee.

D: The alcohol is very well hidden, which makes it easier to drink. The bitterness of the coffee does, however, reduce drinkability ever so slightly.

Overall, I enjoyed the Espresso Oak Aged Yeti. I like coffee as much as the next guy, but it almost got to be a bit much as it overpowered other scents and tastes. I don't regret buying the bottle, but I don't know if I'd rush out and buy another. There are several other imperial stouts that I enjoy more.

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Photo of jgagne
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-A dark as night beer, a perfect color for an Imperial. Very impressive dark brown head.

S-The smell was somewhat disappointing. It wasn't terrible but i expected a great chocolate aroma but instead it was more of a hint of chocolate.

T- The chocolate is definetly prominet in this beer, but definitely not over done. Was expecting more espresso flavor, which in turn probably made this Imperial somewhat sweet

M-The beer sat wonderfully. It was heavy but not overpowering. Very impressive.

O- Very good beer. I would prefer more presence of espresso but i still found it very enjoyable and will look forward to my next one.

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this was a great 32 growler this weekend and much better than the one bottle I had last year. Poured into my 8 oz stout glass produced big mocha head with tons of chocolate up front, vanilla notes in the middle and the coffee notes on the finish. Poured tighter into my 4 oz taster and or 5 oz snifter opened with huge coffee, with the vanilla and chocolate finish. So either way I enjoyed both and this is a chocolate coffee bomb. Terrific mouthfeel, this 32 dissapeared in no time at all. Overall outstanding.

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Photo of scottyb88
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

**This is a year old review of this beer

A- a nice thick pour with pitch black color; minimal lacing with a dark tan head that disappears fairly fast

S- surprisingly still has quite a bit of espresso and oak in the aroma but definitely faded; hints of dark chocolate of course

T- really good...the oak is still present after sitting for a year and it starts out to be a bit "oaky" but as it warms up it really fades into a great balance of the oak, with it's vanilla flavor, a tiny bit of chocolate covered cherry with some non-bitter espresso flavor and dark chocolate; the hops are still there to make sure it's not overly sweet; the oak really gives it a nice toasted flavor that you don't find in a regular imperial stout

M- decent mouthfeel, I wish it was a bit thicker, but it's still really nice; the aftertaste is good with no harsh oak flavor that lingers

D- overall it's a great, fairly complex stout, with very little detection of it's 9.5%; I haven't had this beer fresh so I'm not sure how strong the oak flavor is, but with a year on it it's really good

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Photo of jbowers56
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as the night, with a lighter brown head. Great lacing all around the glass, and good head retention for the abv.

On the nose I get coffee, cocoa, some vanilla and also hints of charcoal or burnt wood.

The elements all come through nicely. There is certainly a great whack of coffee and roasty notes in there. I can also get the oak, for sure. This nice chocolate flavour comes in after that, but gets swept away by a firm bitterness and roast flavour. Very much reminiscent of cocoa rather than chocolate.

Goes down a treat, a lovely winter nightcap. I really like this beer. Overall, I prefer a slightly sweeter, more luxurious imperial stout to this. The flavours are balanced well, for sure, but I'd just like them to indulge with the chocolate flavours a little more. Totally personal taste, of course.

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

In a tulip:

Has a creamy and thick light brown head over jet black body. Decent webby lacing is left on the glass which is notably sticky. Smells include chocolate, vanilla, coffee, alcohol, and a bit of oak. Taste presents with tons of coffee bitter from start to finish. Wonderful vanilla sweetness at the beginning, quite a bit of dark chocolate in the finish. Aftertaste is predominantly coffee bitter. Perfect carbonation and excellent velvety body. Drinkability is reduced by heavy coffee bitter.

Overall: Espresso Oak Aged Yeti is absolutely wonderful - but it may be more coffee than it is beer. Whatever it is, I like it. Aging one for later to see how the flavors mellow.

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Photo of TK5150
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours black with a reddish brown head. Nice lacing. Head consists of small tightly knit bubbles. Very nice.

S- Espresso, chocolate, liquor, dark fruit (plumbs, raisins), licorice.

T- Chocolate, liquor, espresso, sweet and sugary. Roast balances out most of the sweetness. Dark fruit becomes more and more prominent as I drink (and as it warms). It also becomes quite tart which I am not liking.

M- Lighter side of full bodied. Silky. Low carbonation. Feels lighter as it warms.

D- Very drinkable beer that goes down very easily, even for an imperial stout.

Overall, significantly better than the chocolate yeti. Good beer that I would have again. Would like to have fresher next time, so the espresso would take an even bigger role.

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Photo of EnemyWithin
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Drank on July 22, 2011 into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: 4.5
A black body with a mild chocolate brown head of one and a half inches. Very dense. Nice looking beer.

Smell: 4
Prominent notes of coffee, a slight candy sugar sweetness. Notes of dark and milk chocolate.

Taste: 4
Initially slight sweetness and a soft coffee flavor. Oaki-ness comes through more as beer warms. Notes of vanilla from the oak. Midway through the hops bitterness bursts through on the palate. Finishes with bitter chocolate roasti-ness.

Mouthfeel: 3.5
Mild to moderate carbonation, a little thinness. (thinner that I thought it would be). Slight dryness from hops which is more noticeable near the finish.

Overall: 4
A very enjoyable beer, but not as amazing as I thought it would be. Still definitely worth trying once, but I have many other RIS that I enjoy more. Espresso does work well.

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

Pitch black with a few inches of espresso/dark brown head.
Smells of strong espresso and chocolate.
Tastes very creamy and the espresso has a nice kick to it.
Medium amount of carbonation.
A very good stout. Highly recommend it!

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Photo of KevCan
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 22 oz. bottle from Hazel's in Boulder, CO. Bottled on Feb 10, 2016. Poured into an Avery cognac snifter.

Look: Very dark with medium brown head. More head than I would have expected for this high of ABV.

Smell: Surprisingly strong hop profile. Very roasty malt. Coffee. Smells like Founders Breakfast Stout.

Taste: Nicely balanced, but a little bitter when it's still cold. Not as complex as I was expecting, to be honest. Could use a touch of sweetness to balance the espresso.

Feel: Medium plus body, medium carbonation. Pretty dry finish.

Overall: Okay, not great. This promised a lot from the name and description, but falls short of other beers in the same style.

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Photo of joshrosborne
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Couldn't possibly be darker. Light brown head which is large when poured aggressively.

S - A lot of chocolate and, of course, espresso. Oak is in the background.

T - Coffee and chocolate again; lots of roasted malts. Just a tiny bit bitter for what I like in stouts, though.

M - Creamy and chewy, the perfect texture.

D - I can't even believe this is 9.5%. You can't even taste the alcohol at all. Regardless of whether you can taste it or not, 9.5% is dangerous. Tread carefully.

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

First beer of the day!

Pours a dark, dirty motor oil...awesome! Brown head that lingers throughout the entire consumption. Not one bit of light coming through this brew.

Aroma is amazing. Heavy coffee aroma with chocolate and toffee notes. Slightest bit of oak character in the smell, but very very nice. Balanced.

Taste lived up to my expectations. Smooth. Marshmallow meets chocolate and coffee. Oak character is minor, but I think it works well. Great Lingered coffee flavor!

Awesome first brew of the day.

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Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pored opaque into a chalice with a two layer head. One sticky tan skin with widely varying bubble sizes that lasts and lasts and a 1/2 finger head under that with all medium bubbles that faded rather quickly.

My nose is a little stuffy but there's no denying the roasted coffee and oak smell in this one. I may also be getting a little butter too, very appealing.

WOW! The taste is truly exceptional. Coffee, big bittersweet chocolate and a slight, well placed alcohol burn in the end. Really phenomenal.

Mouthfeel too, could not be better. As smooth as can be at the start then the carbonation flourishes to make it creamy and soft. There is an insignificant bite from the bitter chocolate that a few months in the cellar will surely polish over. This one was bottled less than three weeks ago, very fresh.

Drinkability for this beer may be closing the gap between session beers and imperial or bigger beers. I could have another one of these if I had another one of these but that would really just be indulgent. If there were a cask or a tap of this that I was not paying for I could have quite a few. I think my taste buds would give up before I wanted them to drinking this.

If you can afford it buy a case +1. Drink one and treat yourself in the months to come with a beer that will likely age very, very well.

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Photo of jtd1969
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark black like oil, frothy brown head with great lacing

S - some oak, chocolate, sweat malt, but mostly coffee.

T - Lot's espresso bean with roasty malts, smooth chocolate. Well blended

M - Full body, good carbonation, smooth, nice hop finish

O - Wow, what a beer! A must try! Really Really good

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

A - 650mL bottle (bottled 1/9/12, purchased 2/3/12) poured into Great Divide stemmed pils glass. Opaque black with super thick, creamy brown head that has its own occupy movement in the glass and refuses to go anywhere.

S - Coffee aromas shot at me right from the hiss of removing the cap. Big espresso presence, milk chocolate, some alcohol. Maybe a little brown sugar.

T - Rich coffee, toffee, dark and semi-sweet chocolates. Almost a Nutella cocoa-hazelnut presence. Hops and peppery coffee bitterness on the finish.

M - Nice medium-low carbonation does its part and doesn't stand in the way of the complex array of flavors. Rich and creamy while not really coating the mouth or having that chewy aspect to it like regular Oak Yeti. Almost thin finish.

O - Oak Aged Yeti is one of my favorite beers ever and this Espresso treatment is an excellent addition to the Yeti family. This an upper echelon coffee stout and I highly recommend picking some up.

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

22oz bottle dated March 2009 poured into a tulip glass. Thanks to BeerFM's own Andy for sharing this one!

Great Divide certainly know how to brew some great stouts. The Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout was excellent. From the rich black pour bursting of bittersweet chocolate, hops, malts, maple, and coffee, to the full bodied taste of dark roasted espresso, chocolate, mocha, and malts makes this one exceptional. If you can find it, PICK IT UP AND GET TO THE CHOPPER...NOW! BLAU!

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Photo of soughtbygod
3.56/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= looks like a deep rich chocolate malt shake, totally black (zero light passing through) with dark brown foamy head.

S= dark rich toasty malts, hops florals, chocolate. 4.0 on the Richter scale until it warms into a 4.5.

T= chocolate malt with a hops zip! Wow. Very rich complex roasted dark malts, milk chocolate and dry chocolate, very-present hops florals and some balanced bitters, amazing experience. A toffee taste that one would find in a fantastic soda-fountain chocolate malt.

M= dry yet rich chocolate malt, obviously present but not overdone hops florals, some toffee.

O= expensive at $9.99 for a 25-ounce wine-bottle but definitely worth it for the try, and to stock up on for special occasions once your stocks rise from the dead.

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Photo of dowen17
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours like black ink. Thick and viscous. Tight two finger milk chocolate head. Head fades but stays at a finger's thickness and leaves nice lacing down the glass.

Nose is strong bitter coffee, woody notes from the oak, chocolate, sweet malts... More chocolate and coffee. Very nice. A bit boozy also.

Taste is bitter coffee up front. Some bittersweet chocolate follows along with some woody notes from the oak chips, but not overpowering at all. Most of the oak aged beers I've had recently have been way overpowering on the oak. This is a nice change.

Mouthfeel is just as a stout should be. Big and chewy. Light carbonation.

Overall this is a great brew from a great company and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of doopydoogle
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz growler poured into a snifter:

A - Black with a rich, creamy brown head that almost looks like the cream of a nice espresso.

S - Oak, dark chocolate, cherry, alcohol, dark roast coffee, mulch, slight anise-like spiciness, milk chocolate.

T - Explosive rich and slightly bitter coffee that gives way to a smoky woodiness which collapses into hay, grass, an bitter chocolate and coffee grinds. The finish leaves a bit of burned caramel and herbal tones with a bit of vanilla and warm chocolate fudge. Cassis and an almost cabernet-like quality are implied by the oak but complemented by a pleasant warming alcohol quality. There is a nice roasted malt sweetness to the brew, but the bitterness is very present and limits the overall impact of the sweet.

M - Radical carbonation for such a high ABV. Coating mouthfeel that leaves you with a good stickiness.

O - An excellent beer. Has an oddly red wine like quality from the omnipresent oak character. The coffee aspect gives the beer a good bitterness that complements the massive malts well.

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Photo of hotpauko
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Holy crap this beer was a mouthful. I'm a hophead and don't drink coffee but I did like this one. Burnt coffee/non-sweet chocolate aroma and flavor start to finish. Coffee really sets in strongly after but maybe very noticeable for me because I don't drink coffee. Not much sweetness and any hops is hard to pull out. Very creamy mouthfeel. Wow 5 minutes later coffee flavor still lingers strongly. This was very good and I look forward to comparing with others.

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Photo of DogfishJoe
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

S. this beer smells like straight coffee with chocolate sprinkled on top.

A. Great lacing, black as a rabid panther.

T. Just great mouthfeel. Starts with some dark chocolate roasted malt, then finishes with dark roared coffee.

O. I could drink this regularly. Just a great stout. If I had to pick I would say oak is not very appearant.

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Photo of weazal
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

SMELL: Strong contrast of espresso acidity against the heaviness of bitter chocolate. There's a bright, weed-like note that dominates.

TASTE: A bulldozer of flavor! It feels like minutes after I tried one sip and I'm still rolling the flavors around in my mouth. Uh oh...this is going to take me a LONG time to drink/savor! Rich, heavy feel almost like drinking chocolate syrup that's not sweet. It's balanced, however by a bright acid note towards the top that carries equally through. Finishes PERFECTLY. There's vanilla, toasted malts, and some tongue grabbing hoppy bitterness - all a bit reigned in, but balanced.

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Photo of stonequarrywest
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Pour with a nice mocha colored 1 finger head that really looks gooood. Smell espresso and chocolate..some oak a bit of vanilla.

Taste Espresso, chocolate, burnt malt...as the beer warms I get more chocolate and less Coffee.

Has a creamy full bodied mouthfeel..with low carbonation....

Nice beer..I think I like The straight Oak aged Yeti a little more

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Photo of WOTO97
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle at the GD tap room. While appearance and feel were both very solid for style, the taste was a bit overloaded with coffee for my liking. I haven't had a coffee stout in a while, however, the coffee was so overpowering, it became difficult to overlook this aspect. Coffee was definitely front and center on the nose, but I still picked up a good deal of crusty bread and roast qualities from the malt. While I think a little time in the cellar will make this one a knockout, as of this tasting the coffee makes this almost too one note in terms of flavor profile.

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Photo of ebin6
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Quite possibly the slowest moving head I've encountered. Extremely dark; there is no light permeating this darkness

S - Coffee dominates, as expected, with chocolate coming in a close second. Also a decent amount of smokiness to the nose

T - Similar to the nose; lots of coffee with chocolate bringing up the rear with one glaring difference: there is a taste that reminds me of tobacco. Eating a piece of chocolate while drinking accentuates the coffee taste

M - Powerful all-in-one type mouthfeel that hits quickly and exits just as quickly. Perhaps I served it too cold

D - Considering the variables (complex taste, alcohol content), not bad. However, at 9.5% it drinks more like a 12 or 14% stout in my opinion

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