Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutEspresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
4.27/5
3,757 Ratings
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#647
Reviews:
1,064
Ratings:
3,757
pDev:
9.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32 oz. growler filled a couple days ago poured into a 20 oz. highball shaker.

A - Pours a thick dark chocolate, producing a one-inch head of fluffy, bubbly foam that looks like a chocolate mocha milkshake and which falls at a decent pace, leaving a pronounced band of lace around the sides and patchy bubbles of foam across the surface. Holding the beer to a full-spectrum light is meaningless - this beer is on the edge of being black motor oil and absolutely, solidly opaque; not a spec of light gets thru, even at the edges of the glass.

S - Freshly medium-roasted coffee softened by a touch of cream. Hints of woody hops come up behind, followed by notes of 50% milk chocolate. Dark caramels with slightly burnt toast. Malted chocolate balls, like Whoppers, only somewhat darker.

T - The chocolate is noticeably more pronounced on the tongue. The roast of the malts tilts the chocolate profile towards a darker taste than the nose has, 70-75%. The woodiness combines with the roast to create a burnt-from-wood-charcoal flavor in the profile. Dark caramel sugars and molasses with a touch of vanilla slide across the sides of the tongue. Finish is marked by echos that alternate between dark brown sugars and pretty burnt toast. The first suggestion of the ABV is halfway through the growler when the tummy starts to warm. Letting this warm in the glass really allows the subtle flavors to emerge, making it even better - dark plum and raisins, smoked vanilla beans, Meyers dark rum, exceptional semi-sweet chocolate, pine notes from the hops develop in the back end.

M - Predominantly smooth and creamy, but with just a bit of fizziness on the tongue. Medium body shows some substance, with good silky viscosity that's surprisingly clean by the finish. Components are well-integrated. All the rough edges of a typical stout have been sanded down, leaving a smooth edge throughout.

O - This growler is why I like to taste new beers. Outstanding. Delicious. Nicely roasted without being overdone, the oak aging takes the edge off but leaves this subtle woody campfire taste in the profile that's mostly about rich, dark sugars, from caramels to chocolate, without being at all thick and cloying. This would be the beer to have snowbound with a roaring fire and several friends playing board games. My defining standard of a beer is, am I profoundly disappointed when I reach for another quaff and I discover that it's all gone? In this case, the answer is a definitive yes.

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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 3,757 ratings
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