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
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

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4.24
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9.43%
 
 
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Photo of CHADMC3
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black body beneath the thick, creamy, mocha colored head that patiently dissipates to leave behind a dense, sticky lacing.

Aromas of oak, dark chocolate, and espresso float from the glass with faint hints of vanilla.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma highlighted by the espresso and oak notes and again offering hints of vanilla with a stronger coffee-like finish.

Thick and viscous mouthfeel with medium to generous carbonation and more pronounced woody profiles as it warms.

This is a fantastic oaked Imperial Stout. The oak is not overwhelming and does not take away from the traditional American Imperial Stout flavors. Great flavors and aromas that are exactly as advertised.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Pours a thick, syrupy black. 1 finger dark cola head with lacing that resides quickly.

S- Coffee, chocolate, maple syrup

T- Whoa coffee! Amazing amount of coffee flavor, bitter chocolate, oak, slight hop bitterness at finish.

M- Full body, creamy, medium carbonation.

O- Awesome coffee imperial stout. This beer may have the most coffee flavor of any beer I have ever had! Glad I have another bottle of this.

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Photo of ejl4
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated Dec 2010

A - Pours black with brown edges and a 2 finger brown head.

S - oak, faint coffee, chocolate, and roast come together nicely. Oak is more dominant than expected

T - Sweet taste, strong chocolate and roast. Not much coffee as expected with age, some hop bitterness. Sharp oaky flavor

M - low carbonation, smooth, full bodied

O - a really great stout, with a lot of sweetness, would like to try one fresh

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Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber to a stout glass.

Pours a pitch black color, darker than midnight. Thin head that dissipates into fine bubbles, light to medium brown in color. Lacing remains about one finger as the stout is consumed.

Aroma is coffee, roasted chocolate and almost burnt caramel.

Taste is roasted chocolate and almost-burnt coffee. Might be espresso, but I've never had any.

Mouthfeel is heavy with an alcohol bite that quickly disappears into a semi-smooth cream. Hangs around for a lengthy period of time.

A well-done imperial stout. This is my second of the 2011 brewing. I am looking forward to another.

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Photo of shortbus7
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as night with a cocoa colored head. Head dissipates into a thin lacing.
S: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, with a slight touch of booze.
T: Much like the smell. I had one about 10 months ago and remember the coffee being much more present, which I enjoyed.
M: Spectacular. Thick, rich, creamy, with just a touch of carbonation.
O: This is a very good beer, however, I preferred it with a little less age due to the stronger presence of the coffee. I do have a few more bottles that I will try later to see how the tastes continue to mellow.

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Photo of stabzmcgee
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

aroma is that of chocolate, caramel and nutty malt. Appearance is deep black with a milk chocolate brown head. Taste is that of a chocolate covered espresso bean. Palate is full bodied, oily, thick with a soft carbonation and long finish. overall an amazing version of yeti.

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Photo of Stockfan42
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black body with a creamy brown head. Not much of a lace left after the head decipitates.

Smells of dark roast coffee and oak with some hints of dark chocolate and vanilla bean. Also a slight boozyness but not too much.

Taste starts with a strong espresso flavor that seems to have held up very well for a year old bottle. Dark chocolate and vanilla bean linger in the background as well as hints of oak, and finishes with a nice bitter bite left from the hops. There isn't too much of a hoppy flavor that I can detect.

Mouthfeel is a bit smooth, not as chewy as I would have expected. Pretty creamy and well carbonated.

Overall this is a pretty damn good beer. Smooth, lots of flavor and a nice bitter aftertaste. I prefer it too the Yeti Imperial Stout and highly recommend it to stout lovers.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle dated Dec 20, 2010, poured into a DFH Snifter

A - Pitch black pour with an impressive, creamy looking, mocha colored head. Retention seems to go on forever and leaves a sticky lace...an impressive looking beer.

S - Nose immediately following the pour is heavenly; very smooth smelling with notes of milk chocolate and coffee beans. After sitting for a moment a decent amount of boozy aroma comes through, and waiting a little longer yields sort of a bitter, coffee grounds sort of scent.

T&M - Smooth and creamy up front, velvety even. Alcohol is discernible in the back but is relatively well hidden for almost 10%. I think some of the coffee/espresso notes may have faded with the age I put on this bottle, but a light bitterness reminiscent of espresso remains. More of a baker's chocolate flavor than the nose gave me, with a hint of coffee bean at the end.

O - A very nice, big beer; smooth enough to warrant reminding oneself not to drink it too fast. This one has been in my cellar for a bit; I'm going to have to grab a fresh one and compare; impressive nonetheless.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. there's a spot for the date, but it's blank.

black, with dark brown head. beauty, eh. head fades to thin covering.

smells exactly as expected - espresso and roasted malt. a touch of vanilla. the coffee flavors are more subdued than the aroma. taste and aroma improve as the beer comes up closer to room temperature. no alcohol detected. super smooth and creamy, on the thicker side.

great beer, but I think I still like the regular Oak Aged and Chocolate Oak Aged better.

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Photo of teetee523
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a complex beer with alot going on, which I love. The color was dark brown with a brownish, mahogany head. Little or no lacing here. The aroma was bready with cocoa and vanilla mixed in. Strong, dark, near burnt coffee flavors at first with big chocolate flavors developing. Alcoholic finish dominates the hoppy malts at the ends. Somewhat of a thin mouthfeel, my only complaint with this beer. Overall, a great beer.

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Photo of schmoopsbeer
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter
9 oz pour

Color: Dark brown, almost black. A think caramel colored head forms after the pour and then it quickly disappears. A good amount of lacing is left behind on the glass.

Nose: Bitter coffee, but not a good kind of coffee. Lets just sy I wouldn't enjoy that cup of joe if I had to drink it. Roasted malts, but nothing impressive. The faint chocolate and vanilla flavors save the the nose from being below par.

Palate: Bitter and just blah. Nothing to great here the coffee is present, but its not pleasing. The abv goes in and out and ruins the good parts of this beer. Drinkability is not great, but its not bad when the beer is chilled.

Finish: Just coffee, not much complexity. This beer isn't awful, but its def not good. I expect better from great divide.

86 out of 100

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Photo of agent2550
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Its beauty is the most pronounced characteristic. Heavy body, bitter taste, smooth texture. Coffee lovers will rejoice.

This beer must be paired with food. Although the bottle suggests a breakfast burrito, cheesecake, eggs Benedict, etc. I would suggest (as odd as this sounds) buffalo wings.

This is probably the oddest review I will ever write, but if you taste this beer you will understand.

Cheers.

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Photo of doopydoogle
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz growler poured into a snifter:

A - Black with a rich, creamy brown head that almost looks like the cream of a nice espresso.

S - Oak, dark chocolate, cherry, alcohol, dark roast coffee, mulch, slight anise-like spiciness, milk chocolate.

T - Explosive rich and slightly bitter coffee that gives way to a smoky woodiness which collapses into hay, grass, an bitter chocolate and coffee grinds. The finish leaves a bit of burned caramel and herbal tones with a bit of vanilla and warm chocolate fudge. Cassis and an almost cabernet-like quality are implied by the oak but complemented by a pleasant warming alcohol quality. There is a nice roasted malt sweetness to the brew, but the bitterness is very present and limits the overall impact of the sweet.

M - Radical carbonation for such a high ABV. Coating mouthfeel that leaves you with a good stickiness.

O - An excellent beer. Has an oddly red wine like quality from the omnipresent oak character. The coffee aspect gives the beer a good bitterness that complements the massive malts well.

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Photo of uawildcat
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 1/2 year old bomber. Found at the local BevMo!, sitting at low 70s. The guy at the checkout said that they got it on accident, so it was a lucky find.

Pours extremely dark, forms a nice reddish-brown head that slowly goes away leaving lacing in my oversized Bordeaux wine glass. Looks perfect for a stout of this kind.

Putting my nose in the glass gives mostly oak smell. Which is strong vanilla aroma. I was a bit sad that there wasn't any espresso smell.

Maybe the age helped mellow this bottle out. There isn't much of a taste of alcohol, its very well hidden. The taste is much like the smell. A lot of vanilla flavor from the wood which is balanced out with the dark malt which brings a burnt carmel flavor. The finish tastes like bitter chocolate and espresso beans, kind of a like the coffee beans covered in dark chocolate.

The mouthfeel is very creamy. I would say this beer is medium to heavy bodied. It feels kind of thick, but not too much so.

Overall, this is a well made beer that I wish I could find more of. Not sure if the age on the beer or storage conditions have altered the flavors.

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

Pours black with nice brown half inch frothy head. Smell is sweet with hints of alcohol and coffee. Goes down very bitter and strong alcohol taste. I hoped a little more coffee flavor here, but otherwise this brew stands true to the name and style. I probably wouldn't get it again though, just because I don't care for Imperials too much.

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Photo of AdamToomey
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled April 2nd 2010

A: Poured from a 650ml bottle into a snifter. The beer looks absolutely gorgeous. Dark black with a 1 and a half inch tan head that quickly dissipates into a nice a ring. A lot of lacing.

S: I didn't get a whole lot of espresso on the nose which was mildly disappointing. The dominant characteristic is definitely oak, followed by a hint of vanilla and coffee. You really have to try hard to get anything beyond the oak in this one.

T: Again, I was mildly disappointed. Perhaps the age on the beer diminishes its coffee qualities but all I get on the palate is oak followed by hints of roasted malts, vanilla, and coffee. The dominant characteristic is definitely the woodiness. While this is excellent and delightful at first, even when shared among two people the woodiness really starts to become overwhelming. A bit challenging to get through.

M: On par with other imperial stouts. Thick and chewy with some residual woodiness lingering.

O: Overall, this has not been my favorite imperial stout but it is definitely worth trying if you are looking to explore the world of wood aged beers. However, shy away from an aged version of this style if you are looking to get a dominant espresso quality. My only advice is that I would suggest sharing this beer with one or two other people, as the woodiness can become a bit sore on the palate as you make your way through. I do plan to return to this beer, perhaps as a tasting with the other Yeti's to showcase the versatility and uniqueness of the style.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite yeti!!
4oz Pour->Leinenkugel Flight Glass
A ~ The usual viscous black characteristic of Yeti with a reddish/cocoa powder colored head. Lacing stains the glass.

S ~ Cough Syrup, Stale Coffee, Salty Caramel, Burnt Barley, Powdered Baking Chocolate.. All melded in a very Lovely way.

T ~ Stiff Coffee with Milk, Heavily Roasted Malt, Overcookeed Caramel, Crème brûlée layered over more notes of Powdered Baking Chocolate. Chickory, Wood, Mousse, & Lawn Clippings peppered throughout.

M ~ Coffee plays well over the base of the Oak-Aged Yeti.
Creamyness reminiscent of Teramisu. Good bittering against the sweetness.

D ~ Love this beer. If you enjoy Imperial Stouts check this one out, even if you don't like OG Yeti.

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

Bottled 2/13/05 Consumed 9/9/11

Appearance: Pours the deepest mahogany to black with a 1.5 finger dark brown crown that displays good retention and lace.

Smell: Faded espresso, hints of oak, deep dark roast, a bit of staleness, and the slightest hint of oxidation.

Taste: Chocolate upfront, with a hint of espresso following, oak then makes itself known and transitions into a fairly oxidized finish.

Mouthfeel: Light side of thick bodied and quite syrupy despite a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall: A fairly drinkable and enjoyable 6 year old imperial stout. I'd guess 4 years would have been peak.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark brown. Lote of nice brown head. Looks pretty. Smells very coffee heavy. A very nice aroma. Roasted malts, sweet dark malts. Tastes bitter, lots of coffee. Roasted malts. The oak is almost non existent covered by the coffee. Pretty good mouthfeel. Overall enjoyable.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just had my cellared 2005, and can't recommend enough. I have always enjoyed Yeti and Espresso in particular has never failed, but this was extraordinary. I used a large snifter with a vigourous pour. It was a dark deep black/brown as expected with a notable head and fairly good retention. As hoped the aroma exploded...roasty malts, subjugated hops and coffeehouse fresh roasted beans. All the characteristic flavors had both melded and still retained some distinct isolation. The taste was a blend of rich bold coffee swirling in a sea of intense dark malts, but wonderfully mellow and decadent. The mouthfeel was criminally smooth.
Higly suggest you put down a bottle, and be patient. The wait is worth it.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a deep deep ebony colour with a large tanned tight thick head that sits there and hardly moves. An oily appearance.

S - Hops and nice coffee roast with a little smoke.

T - The flavour is vanilla and oak maynbe a little dark chocolate with an old coffee / burnt wood flavour on the finish. The bitterness on the finish is nice and the alcohol is well hidden.

M - Full body and low carbonation and very smooth.

O - Really enjoyed this brew and would have another.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.54/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is dated 2/13/09

A - Strong pour. Tan foamy head. Age did the appearance well. Lots of nice lacing. Brew is black as night.

S - Some small coffee, not too much remains. Definite black stank! Lots of caramelized coffee. Scent is mildly dead.

T - Lots of dark deep roasty chocolate. Great flavor!

M - Perfect Carbonation. Nice deep bitterness.

O - Glad I got to see what this brew did with age... I won't age another coffee stout, but this one was good.

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Photo of adam42381
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Cigar City snifter. Bottled on December 13, 2010 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a motor oil black with a 1 finger creamy milk chocolate brown head. Head dissipates slowly into chocolate milk-like bubbles. Excellent lacing. Like all the other Yetis, this one looks perfect.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, toasted and roasted malt.

Taste: Chocolate and espresso up front followed by roasted malt, bitter hops and a touch of oak in the middle before ending with a very bitter burnt toast and roasted coffee. Aftertaste is coffee and bitterness. Very long-lasting aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, thick and creamy with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. I'm having no problem with the bomber, but this would be great on a cold evening.

Overall: Very good beer overall. Like all the other Yetis, this one is an excellent Imperial Stout. I would recommend giving it a shot.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: Black with a 1/2 finger dark brown head. Gorgeous.

S: Lots of roasted malt and dark roasted coffee.

T: Heavy on the dark roasted coffee upfront. Then some powdery dark chocolate, espresso and some charred oak and hops on the finish. Pretty nice.

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

22oz bottle (bottled 12/13/10) poured into a snifter. Jet black color with a 1-finger mocha head.

Aroma is rich strong coffee and dark roasted malt. A lot of bitterness in the nose.

Taste is rich and velvety, with lots of swirling complexity - espresso, dark bitter chocolate, vanilla, oak, and booze. Really robust. Even though this beer is 8 months old, the coffee is right there in harmony with all the other elements.

This is a really good, layered imperial stout and another great version of Great Divide's wonderful Yeti lineup.

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