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

Bottled 1/9/13: Pours motor oil black color, like a black hole, with a thick 1 finger creamy/foamy light brown head that faded very slowly with lava like bubbles popping as it eased down leaving excellent lacing gripping the sides with foamy rings after each sip. A layer remains on top, officially making this a very impressive stout to admire as the aroma seeps out of the glass like an alluring siren (yes, siren was used in the classic mythology context…).

Smells of fresh coffee beans, chocolate syrup or hot fudge, cocoa powder, vanilla, peat moss, burnt wood which I assume is the oak aged influence, and a whole muddled wave of chocolate and coffee malts mixed together for an incredibly rich aroma. Might be detecting hints of brown sugar and molasses, but in the grand scheme of things the differentiation is not required as this is dominated by coffee and chocolate and it smells really damn great.

Tastes as good as it smells, and if you are into coffee stouts then this is sublime perfection: roasted malts, fresh coffee beans, chocolate syrup or hot fudge, cocoa powder, vanilla, peat moss, burnt wood, oak notes, brown sugar, molasses, burnt grains, burnt toast, light floral hops, and what seems like dry chalk ; it’s quite acidic and bitter, but the robust coffee and chocolate notes cradle the hops to balance this just enough not to make this like a cold stale coffee, but in fact like a dynamic espresso infused stout. This Yeti series pretty much nails it every time and this brew is smooth, flavorful and extremely complex for a beer that is actually dependent on two main flavors which somehow seem to alter a bit with each sip as it warms up. The bottle states that this is a stout aged on oak chips with coffee added in the mix, so that must be the secret to the hyper reaction of the intense mixed flavors. I don’t know how else to explain the complexity of the ingredients used, but I can surely state that I have enjoyed every sip of this bomber.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and slick for such a thick, chewy beer with a heavy body, mild carbonation, lots of coffee bitterness like a cup of Starbucks, and a semi-dry finish that trails off with plenty of roasted malts, cocoa and coffee notes. The alcohol is kept in check, and while it peeks through at times it is just another element in the very complex brew that doesn’t let up.

Overall an excellent stout, and with almost 6 months of aging it was delicious, so I’m hoping the next bottle I open at year’s end is even better with some age adding more depth and flavor. This was a great beer and one I highly recommend trying if you are a fan of big, bold coffee stouts. World class indeed.

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Photo of alucard6679
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of nrombes
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of jakecattleco
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodchip
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of JamLand
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of dasmusik
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Very cool label in the Great Divide style. Label gives bottled on Date(1-10-13), web info, ABV info, Brewery info, a small description of the beer, food pairing info, Cap is wrapped in an attractive gold foil.

Appearance: Pours out a deep black that lets no light penetrate, with a deep brown 1½ finger of a medium density. Head retention was 2min 44sec before fading to a very thick frothy coating and ring. Excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is intoxicating with strong hints of deep espresso beans along with a sweet dark cocoa. Oak and a slight vanilla also come through along with a slight alcohol scent. A very slight hoppiness is detected. Impressive.

Flavor/Taste: Taste starts out with a smoked oak along with sweet dark chocolate flavor, followed by an ever so slight vanilla that quickly turns bitter with a nice hop bite. Finishes very roasty with a slight warming alcohol bite.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Thick, creamy, and full bodied with a medium carbonation. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Overall/Comments: Wow. This beer was impressive. The nose was intoxicating and complex leaving me wanting to just enjoy the aroma all day. The flavor profile was just as impressive and complex. I was left wanting more. Highly recommended. Consumed 3/24/13. Classified as an American Double/Imperial Stout at 9.5% ABV.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I’ve been anticipating this Yeti ever since I tasted the oaked version; adding a little coffee to that stout sounds like a prescription for awesome.

Brewed over five months before the date of this tasting (December 17, 2012).

A: The body pours thick, colored a chocolate brown with reddish hues. It’s covered by a dark tan head that bubbles slowly out of existence, leaving a few strings of lacing behind.

S: An unrelentingly coffee-forward nose, erupting with intense aromas of rich roasts, mocha, hazelnut, and charred oak barrel – an aromatic coffee tone on a bed of chocolaty, round tones. Cocoa, cinnamon-sugar, and the warm hint of bourbon are blended beneath.

T: Like the other Yetis, this is dense and chocolaty: chalky, bittersweet cocoa, fig, anise, and vanilla taffy form the base character. Bitter hop flavors of earthy pine and grass intensify the palate, coupled with a woody, astringent alcohol taste. Though one-dimensional, there is an oaky, smoked finish that brings this beer to a dry, toasted aftertaste. Simple, sweet, satisfying.

M: Moderate body with a pronounced crack of fizzy carbonation. While this is a high-alcohol stout, there’s nothing here that’s too thick to keep it from being undrinkable.

O: Though it’s a potent coffee stout, this beer, like most of the Yetis, has a blended flavor – it’s tough to pick out individual tastes, that is, when everything runs together with a single roasted character. Nonetheless (again, like most of the Yetis), I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Sludgeman
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 1/9/13. Poured into a chalice.

A great beer! Overwhelmingly coffee flavored as one might expect from the beer's name, but a beer more complex than that. This beer exhibits the whole range of the dark roast flavor palate. A cold winter's day beer. I would rate this beer higher if not for the alcohol finish.

A - Pours a dark opaque brown with a light reddish brown rocky head, which dissapates quickly (-).

S - Coffee, dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, black licorice.

T - Dark roast coffe, even some dark fruit, some sweetness, medium bitterness, slight unassuming alcohol taste. oak/whiskeyy flavor begins to dominate as the beer warms and the session lasts.

MF - A medium body beer, slight mineral edge, not the viscousness or even the creaminess one might expect. Definitely alcohol in the finish.

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Fcolle2
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: pours dark black, thick like molasses, no light gets through this beer. Half finger dark tan head that dissipates quickly.

S: deep wood nose, slight notes of chocolate. Espresso is subtle and blends well with the other notes this beer hits

T: wow, instant wood!

M: thick, light carbonation. Alcohol is hidden beautifully. Coats the mouth lettinge savor ever moment.

O: great beer, very well balanced. Oak, subtle chocolate and espresso with a nice malty char wood finish. I'm defiantly getting more to put away. Can't wait.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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