Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutEspresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
94.4%
Liked This Beer
4.27 w/ 3,750 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:
#646
Reviews:
1,064
Ratings:
3,750
Liked:
3,541
Avg:
4.27/5
pDev:
9.37%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
305
Gots:
841
Trade:
53
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Ratings: 3,750 |  Reviews: 1,064
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4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz from Belmont Station.

A: Pours with a big foamy dark mocha head. So black it obscures the printing on my Bailey's tulip. Some good stains.

N: Lots of smoke, espresso, and oak. Strong enough to smell from a few feet away. Chocolate, tobacco and leather. Overtures of vanilla. Coffee brings an overt acidity. Dry earth. Worth savoring.

T: Starts with the hoppy bitterness. Lots of smoke and coffee which adds another element to the bitter side. Oak dries this out. There's not a ton of sweetness, but it is there. Like drinking a heavily roasted espresso.

M: Oily and heavy, though it doesn't coat the palate like some other RISes. Still it's not slouch. Alcohol is well-hidden.

O: A hoppy coffee forward stout that has a lot of layers and which I very much enjoy. I wish it had a bit more sweetness to prop up the coffee, but it's a minor complaint. Well done. Need to buy more next year.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head and reminds me a lot of Stone's Espresso Imperial in appearance- no surprise. A very dark mocha/chocolate milk head that contains hints of purple perhaps a shade lighter than Stone. This appears as if it will take some time though big bubbles are forming. As for lacing, this is sheeting the glass. The body is also an opaque chocolate black. Very beautiful. The sheeting seems to be restricted to the top of the glass. No lacing is left after a little over a half and inch except for some connecting streaks. Leaves sheeting after each sip.

Nose- Fantastic! Smoke came out as I poured it. I can smell rich roasted coffee and chocolate and malts from a foot away. This is extremely rich with coffee and chocolate aromas. Hints of oak, vanilla, and caramel. If the flavor profile matches the aroma, this is going to be at least a 4.5 and maybe a 4.75. There's a good amount of nuttiness that arrives from the elegant roast of chocolate and coffee. Some light notes of cherry and coconut as well.

Taste- Pretty much the nose is represented on the palate. There's a lot going on here. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, cherry, coconut, and a warm tingle from the alcohol. This reminds me a lot of many of my favorite imperials. There is a tinge of vanilla and oak but this is much more subtle than Oak Aged Yeti. The oak is subtle in the beginning and has a small linger in the finish. The espresso is not as strong as in Stone because the espresso notes are spread throughout the entire flavor profile. Pretty much all the notes of this very complex beer are diffused throughout the entire tasting. Very dark chocolates and cacao are prominent. Hints of nut- peanut perhaps. The caramel becomes stronger as it opens up. Some honey shows through as well.

Mouthfeel- Between medium bodied and full. Very smooth, very creamy. This has a lovely texture to it. It is imbued with silkiness and tiny bit of grit and carbonation. Pretty much perfect.

Drinkability- This is even more dangerous than the Stone Espresso. I cannot get enough of this beer. At least, it's a little less alcoholic than the Stone. The 9.5% makes itself known at first but quickly fades into the background. This is definitely worth the 10+ (?) I paid. The one thing in Stone's favor- it's seven bucks. I think this one might have been 11,12.

Overall- This is a great beer. It's between A and A+, a definite 4.75. This makes it one notch above the Stone. An exquisite beer.

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4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gift from a client who knows I like coffee and big stouts...

The appearance of this beer as it pours into the glass is awesome looking. It is thick and black with lacing on the side of the glass and a orangish, brown head.

The smell is of roasted malts and coffee. There is a faint scent of oak as well.

The taste is initially a roasted flavor with some oak. The coffee hits you pretty hard on the back end of each sip. It is bitter but with a faint sweetness.

The mouth feel was fairly full and it felt like it had more carbonation than what showed up on the initial pour.

Overall, a very solid coffee stout.

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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94.4% out of 100 with 3,750 ratings
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