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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Reviews: 1,058 | Ratings: 3,726
Photo of dbl_delta
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Growler into pint glass. Pours an opaque black with a big, durable dark-tan head. Initial impression is bitter dark chocolate, strong coffee and oak, plus a pretty evident alcohol burn. Pretty smooth, though. Mouthfeel is medium - I'd prefer if it were a little thicker. Carbonation is medium - could be a little lighter, for the style. Finish is lighter than I'd expect, dry, and expresso-bitter.
This is definitely not a sweet liqueur-type stout. It makes you sit up and take notice.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoying a 12oz snifter pour at the Nashua Garden during Happy Hour.

It's dark and thick like sludge, with a creamy layer of mocha colored foam covering the surface. Lacing is exquisite, with nice stick all over. Has a great mix of mocha, espresso, vanilla and dark choco in the nose. Body is more than medium though surprisingly not real full or chewy. Still very smooth though.

Taste is superb, with more roasty coffee, bitter dark choco, espresso and hints of dark fruit. Has some earthy, tobacco notes and a decent amount of florality in the finish. Quite tasty; would love to try this side-by-side with the standard Yeti. Prosit!!

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


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Photo of silverblaze540
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Motor oil black, no head.

S - Prunes and malts.

T - Sweet with prominent notes of bourbon and espresso.

M - Tasted very flat with a medium body. Maybe possible that the bottle leaked before opening.

O - Was pretty disappointed by the flatness. Otherwise the taste was good. I may have to try to find this one again and see if the bottle leaked before opening.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My favorite of the Yeti's, this one pours the same pitch black with a dark tan head that sticks well. Love the aroma of this one, with the deep roasted malt and espresso blending perfectly. Flavor is right on pace with the nose, with a subtle contribution from the oak. Nice and bitter, not too sweet like some Imperial Stouts, good medium feel that isn't overly rich or thick, and hugs the line bordering a RIS. Overall, this is a wonderful Imperial stout and as I've stated above, my favorite of the Yeti's. I Believe. Cheers!

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Photo of Suds
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 22 ounce bomber, this is a serious beer. Fully black, the beer has a chocolate-milk colored head. Lots of lace. The aroma is intense....heavy roast, alcohol, earthy-spicy hops. The taste is warm...almost hot...with coffee and lots of bitterness. Wood is notable as well, and lots of warmth. Full in body, and with a lingering bitterness. Good, but not extraordinary.

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Photo of flaskman
3.28/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into my favorite tulip glass. Dark brown with a rich generous head and excellent lacing. I am a huge stout fan and like my coffee black. I enjoy Yeti stouts. Mouth feel is what is expected and you experience a brief taste of vanilla before the bitterness of the expresso totally takes over. Way to bitter for me. I almost dumped it out. The finish tastes like tannin from the oak mixed with hard core espresso blended with the tang of bile. A total miss in my opinion.

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Photo of Getalegup
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost black with thin chocolate brown foam, smells of chocolate, oak and booze, tastes of smooth dark chocolate w/ithsome coffee, low carbonation

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Photo of q33jeff
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice. All Yeti i’ve had are awesome. Aroma is dark roast coffee. Very peaty. Appearance is dark black. Foamy brown head. Like carmelizing sugar. Taste is bitter chocolate. Feel is suprisinglt light and airy. Good carbonation for a thick beer. Velvety smooth. Only knock is maybe a touch too bitter in the aftertaste from the espresso, but other than that, perfect."
22 oz Bottle to snifter. Bottle dated 01/08/15.

At almost 2 years this is still awesome.
Go Yeti.


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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

slowly making my way through the 22oz bombers of Yeti variants. My ratings have been consistently lower than the BA community, and this follows suit, so take that into context. Loved the look and aroma of this beer. Black body with a thick brown head that lasts. Looks fantastic. Big aroma of coffee, fudge, bakers chocolate, cocoa and oak. Taste is very bitter - all coffee and coca nibs - and leaves behind a thick coating in the mouth followed by a heavy oaken taste. The flavors stand out individually but they don't work for me in concert. Alcohol is noticeable but not pronounced. Big bitter coffee stout without enough sweetness to balance it out.

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Photo of EMH73
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown with a half inch, well retained dark tan head that left very nice lacing. Smells of coffee, malt, chocolate and just a hint of oak. Tastes of mildly bitter espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malts, a touch of oak and some sweet caramel notes. Full bodied, lightly carbonated with a smooth mouthfeel. Very good Imperial Stout.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark brown with a caramel brown head. good retention and beautiful lace.

roasted malt and espresso notes are prominent, well complimented by oak, leather, dark chocolate, light booze, earthy hops providing some bitterness. mouthfeel is decent.

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Photo of Jishguy
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured a solid black body with what could possibly be the darkest mocha colored head I've seen. The aroma was dominated with dark espresso notes, followed by dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a hint of oak. Taste was almost identical to the smell. Initial coffee flavor, not overly bitter but not overly sweet. The coffee is quickly followed by the slightly sweeter chocolate and roasted malts. The oak wasn't nearly as present in the taste as the aroma. This was an extremely creamy and thick brew. The mouth feel was nearly perfect. I'll definitely be drinking more in the future.

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Photo of anvindr
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look: incredibly dark gorgeous looking stout

smell: not too strong of a smell hints of chocolate

taste: amazing. well balanced dont notice any heat from the alcohol easy to drink overall

feel: middle of the line. kinda thin for being sub 10% abv

overall i would have it again great beer

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Photo of BSiegs
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous beer. Motor oil black pour with ample viscous, sticky brown foam. Retention and lacing are superb. The aroma is chocolate, roast, oak. There is some dark, bitter espresso aroma, but it is not as strong as I expected. On taste, the chocolate, oak, and bitter coffee dominate the palate. The beer is full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Slightly sweet, bitter finish. Overall, a very nice beer.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a deep motor-oil black with a large mahogany colored head. The The aroma starts with very dark chocolate, maple syrup, and lots of brown sugar, accompanied by some scorched caramel and vanilla. The flavor is rich and roasty, with chocolate and vanilla most prominent to start, followed by big notes of brown sugar and burnt caramel, and then the coffee comes through very powerfully at the end, including some nice tingly acidity from the coffee beans. The mouthfeel is fairly full, but cut through by biting, sharp small bubble carbonation. Overall this is a hell of a beer - not my favorite yeti variant, but a damn nice way to start my Sunday.

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Photo of FBarber
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a thick oily appearance. Thin, one finger brown head quickly dissipates leaving some spotty lacing on the glass and a thin tan film around the outside of the beer.

Smell has aromas of roasted espresso beans, roasted malts, and dark chocolate. Undertones of vanilla and oak.

Taste has notes of roasted espresso and dark chocolate up front. Nice roasted malt character throughout with a definite noticeable bitterness from the hops. Aftertaste is a pleasantly mellow cocoa and espresso blend. Overarching that there is a mild undertone of vanilla and oak. The oak is slightly harsh, but the vanilla is very nice.

Feel is very nice for a stout. Mild carbonation, decently smooth, drinkable.

Overall a very good stout, probably my least favorite of the Yeti series, but still very good.

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a coffee drinker, but I enjoy coffee flavored beers. This is definitely a strong coffee flavor and profile. While not as enjoyable as the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, it is still a top class beer.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a medium-thick foamy dark caramel head. Fair retention with good lacing left behind at the top of the glass, but none later. Picking up roasted malts, with hints of espresso and oak in the aroma. Taste is roasted malts throughout, with sweet espresso notes. Sweet as in sugary. Feel is medium-thick, with some mouth coating ability. Overall, a pleasant imperial stout, but a bit on the sweet side so be wary. Otherwise, it's a pleasant sipper/drinker.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on December 22, 2014, reviewed on April 9, 2016. Bomber poured into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with a chocolate colored head, head was creamy and full of tiny bubbles before it disappeared, slight lacing, no light coming through at all, big looking stout.

A: Touch of coffee, oak, roasted malts, not picking up any dark fruits, smells dry and roasty.

T: Espresso has really died off, lots of oak coming through, touch of dark fruits, finish is dry with oak lingering in the aftertaste, not as bright as I was expecting.

M: Big dry finish, could use some more body for a RIS, however it's very drinkable and smooth.

O: This bottle is 16 months old and it has not aged well, espresso has died off leaving the oak with a strong presence, it's very drinkable but I'm really going to have to try a fresh bottle to see what difference it's make.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growler poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a 1+ finger head
S: Espresso, dark chocolate, a bit of cream
T: Coffee, cocoa but far more bitter than it needs to be
M: Full bodied, very very bitter
O: I guess I need to try this as it's bottled... I'll update my review if it's better. I've enjoyed the other GD Yetis I've had but this is so overwhelmingly bitter any positive notes that are there are hidden

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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 drdiesel9483
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Exactly what a stout is suppose to look like. Toasty malt slight coffee, not much scent. Strong boozy espresso taste. Medium body light carbonation, smooth and yummy. Incredible beer!

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Photo of thatche2
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is jet black with one finger thick head and excellent lacing around the glass.

Smell is oak, roasted malt, bitter coffee and alcohol.

Taste is like the nose except the oak comes through much stronger and the coffee not as strong. There is moderate sweetness throughout and some heat on the finish.

Mouth feel is medium-heavy in body and creamy with fairly low carbonation.

Overall this is a solid stout with a strong oak presence.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours jet black with a thick dark cream colored head. nice looking stout.

smell is fantastic, very creamy aroma. lots of coffee and chocolate in this, very nice so far.

taste hits hard with coffee and oak. finishes bitter and dry, with an oaky flavor. can taste the wood in this, in a good way. slight alcohol burn as well but still a damn good flavor. i'm not a barrel aged fan but this is subtly different and i like it.

pretty damn good beer, a full flavored oaky flavor coffee stout.

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Photo of dmgallag
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Chewy awesomeness here. Head that lasts forever. No innuendo intended. You get the coffee upfront, but a sweetness at the back of it. Rich and smooth in texture. Nice viscosity. Very solid brew. If I could afford it, I would drink more of these.

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