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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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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

From a 22oz. bomber to my 11oz. GLBC snifter.

The latest in the march of stouts through my fridge, Espresso Oak Aged Yeti by Great Divide.
Appearance: Pitch black with a little less than a finger’s worth of dark mocha brown head after a mild pour. Head is frothy and thick, and sticks to the glass like velcro. A few stray carbonation bubbles make their way up the glass. A pretty stout. 4.75

Smell: A rich imperial stout aroma blended with espresso coffee notes. The oak aging is present in small doses. Chocolates and coffee are the base of the nose. 4

Taste: A very rich and dark coffee-chocolate flavor flows upon the taste buds. Espresso it is! It’s bitter, dark, sweet and delicious. Wood and vanilla from the oak aging ride side by side with the bitter espresso. Sappy hop presence provides a nice complement to the roasty malt. A bit of alcohol is present due to the high ABV, but it is masked well. Mild aftertaste is of bitter dark chocolate and rich coffee. It lasts for a long time and builds up with each sip. One could easily confuse this with a coffee! Bitterness tames and oak vanilla comes out with warmth. 4.75

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy body, a little rough because of the medium bitterness and dark intense malts. The carbonation is low. A little sticky on the lips. 4.25

Overall: This is my kind of brew. Behind the west coast IPA, the Russian Imperial stout is my favorite style. I find this one to be done very well. The dark chocolate, coffee and oak aging meld perfectly for a rich and delicious winter brew. Couldn’t have more than one with the strong mouthfeel and ABV, but very enjoyable. 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, the Publican (Seattle), paired with brisket hash

appearance: served in a 12oz short shaker-esque glass, nearly ebony body, 1/4" creamy mocha cap with some sticky lace

smell: espresso, charred malt, dark chocolate, oak, green leafy

taste: Rich and decadent - dark chocolate, espresso and cream, charred malt, lots of roasted oats, fresh green hops, molasses, rich warming alcohol presence

mouthfeel: rich, velvety, heavy on the roast with a twist of fresh hops

overall: great stuff - not sure why i was never able to find this in the midwest, but glad i finally did

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color with a perfect two finger chocolate head. Massive lacing on my snifter glass. A true black hole in this beer. The nose is awesome- chocolate, espresso, malt, hops. Really well done, and just about perfectly balanced. Taste follows the nose profile, with a little vanilla and oak thrown in. Fantastic. None of the 9.5% abv is evident at all. Feel is medium full, with a nice malt/hops battle happening all the way through the aftertaste. Overall, this is an amazing beer- and I highly recommend you pick it up if you haven't tried it. Cheers.

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

On-tap at the South Philly Tap Room.

Beer is black, big brown head in this 12oz tulip-ish glass. Leaves nice lacing as I drink.

Aromas of smooth, roasted coffee, mostly. Chocolate as well.

Robust stout flavor, heavy on the espresso. Notes of bittersweet chocolate. Lightly sweet. The oak flavors are light, but detectable and a nice addition.

Medium-heavy mouthfeel, which is right for this kind of beer.

I liked this one quite a bit. I've definitely like stouts with coffee in them. The oak is nice in this one, too.

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4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on Mar. 19, 2010. Cellared nearly 2 years.

A: Much like the siblings, it pours a jet/inky black and has a nice thick and creamy, dark mocha head that slowly dissipates and leaves nice lacing down the glass.

S: The smell is more chocolate than the Oaked and has obvious notes of coffee, but has very little alcohol scent, which was very noticeable in the Oaked. Also present is a hint of the woody undertones.

T: Very intense roasted malt flavor hits you right up front, followed by a woody flavor and some hints of chocolate. The coffee flavor is there, but not as prominent as I would like, still very good though. Finish is burnt wood and coffee notes.

M: Full bodied with average carbonation. Feel is smooth and creamy, much like the others.

D: I love the Yeti beers, they are all just what you'd expect from a solid Imperial Stout. Big, bold, flavorful and very smooth, I could sip these beers all night.

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4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A - Dark, dark beer, black almost, incredible head, thick, frothy head that hangs around for as long time and leaves a very thick billowy lace.

S - First thing that hits me is actually a hops aroma followed by coffee and then some chocloate.

T - Wicked taste of roasted/smoked malts, coffee and chocolate with almost a piney finish. Kind of get hints of the oak

M - Creamy, mild carbonation

O - Weighing in at 9.5% ABV, a fairly heavy hitter, good brew for this cold snowy day. Lost of character.

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4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So there I was, pouring motor oil into a glass, captivated by the beautifully cascading dark chocolate head. I may have poured the beer a touch aggressively because the head is standing tall around 3 inches in this pint glass. As the head starts to fall it clings to the glass in full force and full coverage. It has tons of strength and falls very slowly and maintains a pillowy appearance.

The nose is action packed with coffee and chocolate. There is a touch of sweetness behind the coffee, but it smells like an iced drink that you'd get from Starbucks. There is a slight hop character to it that offsets the sweetness, I'm excited to see how that comes on the palate.

The mouthfeel is very full, very creamy, and only slightly coating than I thought it would be. There is slight carbonation though that gives it a little more jump. There's a bitterness that rears it's head right behind the coffee character. This beer is pretty big, lots of flavor and some complexity that will deepen over time. I'm excited to see how this beer gets after a year or more. 3 bottles in the cellar.

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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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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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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