Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutEspresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
3,757 Ratings
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutEspresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 3,757 |  Reviews: 1,064
Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Adamostella
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of JRod1969
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of aandresen
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Jspriest
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of Travisnin
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Miamilice
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of bbadger
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of sjstraub
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of TastyTaste
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark black inkiness with a dark tan head, as expected. The smell starts setting it apart. Alcohol burn, cold espresso, chocolate, vanilla, burnt malts. A fine permutation on an excellent stout to begin with. Let it warm, see what happens. Dark chocolate flavors abound, coffee becomes more apparent. The oak aging starts to come out, the finish is of dark roast.

Serve this at room temperature, I urge you.

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Photo of MrKennedy
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from Platinum Liquor, poured into a Triple Karmeliet tulip glass.

Lovely thick pour, resulting in a jet black beer with a solidly rocky head of tan foam on top. About three fingers of foam that adds a touch of spotty lacing as it falls down to sit at about a centimetre.

Solid hop presence on the nose, along with caramel and toffee from the base beer. Some roasted coffee as well. Not getting a lot of the oak presence in this, however.

Taste has a good blend of coffee and hop flavour. The hops are first, along with some caramel in the middle and the coffee backs it up at the end.

Mouthfeel is very good, perhaps a little more carbonation than the older Yeti i drank recently. Smooth throughout and some bite at the end with the hops and coffee.

On another winner here, very good all round beer. Not as good as the base beer in my opinion, but still a fantastic stout that combines drinkability with plenty of flavour and plenty for a hop head to get excited about.

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Photo of RobertColianni
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer has a ring of caramel around the outside edge, but aside from that it is black. No head. A little spotty. Not laced, but will leave lines.

S: It's nice. Sort of makes me want to crack another bottle of Lost Abbey Angel's Share... Smells like chocolate pudding with a little bit of coffee grinds. Maybe even like a dark mousse.

T: It's really nice. Light. Not overwhelming. It's a cooled down version of Yeti with a sweet, black coffee/espresso hint.

M: There may be a little too much carbonation to this one for my liking, but it's interesting, because the carbonation thins out the stout allowing that dry oily black coffee feel to come out.

OVERALL: I'm breaking down a bomber of 2010 in 8oz. pours. This beer isn't going to get old any time soon. It's a great beer to nurse. Very well done. Ultimate compliment: My mother doesn't come across many beers that she likes, but Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter, Nut Brown, and Oatmeal Stout were some of her favorites. She loves this Yeti.

NOTE: Live review.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz capped and foiled bottle. It was $10.99, and I think I got it at Pints O'Plenty. Bottled Dec 20, 2010, so its about 11 months old.

Appearance: Its increbibly dark and thick, pours like used motor oil. A very large, dark brown, foamy head. The head fades over a few minutes and leaves just a few brown bubbles. Nice spots and globs of lacing.

Smell: One of those beers that you smell and say "Wow!". Rich roasted and chocolate malts with loads of sweetness. Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, caramel, and vanilla.

Taste: Big mouthful of dark chocolate and strong cold coffee. Roasted malts are not overpoweringly roasted, burnt, or bitter-- very smooth roast (if that's a thing). There is a lot of sweetness, but a lot of balancing bitterness from the roast and a hit of oak that comes through on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Quite full, creamy, smooth. A bit of tannic oaky dryness in the finish accentuates the bitterness.

Overall: This is an excellent stout. I expect the espresso has faded somewhat, but I wouldnt want it to have more coffee presence. I'll definitely get this one again.

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Photo of BeforeNoon
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a Smuttynose Big Beer Series tulip. Picked this guy up at Belmont Station in Portland.

A: opaque with 1/2" dark tan head

S: bourbon, toffee, oak, coffee

T: hints of vanilla, mild chocolate, sweet malt, coffee

M: sticky oak and coffee, medium/full body

O: This is an exceptional beer. The coffee aroma is quite strong, but not overwhelming in the overall taste. The backbone is the oak and bourbon with a mild bitterness at the end. Creamy malt compliments the extremely slight coffee bitterness at the end. I love this beer. I would love more.

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Photo of SykDoc
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours a basically black thick color with a 1/2 inch mocha colored head that slowly reduces to a minimal lacing.

The aroma is a solid blend of oak with a dark fruit sweetness. A touch of coffee is mixed nicely with vanilla notes.

The taste is solid with a oaky semisweet chocolate blend with some vanilla and coffee hints. A uniquely hoppy presence lingers with a dark fruit sweetness.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with a hearty viscous component. Carbonation is more than adequate. A nice bitter dry components hangs out at the end. Thick but smooth.

Overall, this is a solid beer. The abv is well hidden and the tastes are solid in all facets. It is both drinkable and meets up to expectations. Some enhanced stouts are not as good, but this at least achieves.

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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
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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4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
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 -4.4%
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 +1.2%
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 -0.9%
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 +4.2%
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 -1.9%
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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