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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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Photo of dismal
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bomber into a pint glass. This bottle in particular was fresh only being bottled one month ago. Pours pitch black with a really nice big dark brown head, just the way a good stout should look. The head has great retention, there till almost the last drop. Leaves great lacing all the way down the glass. The smell right away for me was surprisingly chocolate followed by coffee/espresso. There was also a big roasted malt flavor as well as hints of vanilla. The taste was chocolate and coffee. A huge coffee/espresso after taste. Roasted malt was also big in the taste. Not as much coffee flavor as I was expecting as some reviews say it's too much but I found it to be almost perfect. Not overpowering by any means. The mouthfeel was perfect for a stout, thick and mildly chewy. High ABV which was nicely hidden. A very drinkable stout. Another beer from the Yeti family that is fantastic. I've got another one in the cellar thats got over a year on it so I'm anxious to see how it's aged compared to this fresh one. Though I'm going to pick up some more fresh ones as well.

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

Served from on-tap at Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, Maryland into a snifter at the appropriate temperature (04/10/10). I enjoyed this one during a nice Saturday brunch.

A: Pours a thick an creamy motor oil black capped off with Great Divide's signature creamy tan head of about 2 fingers that graces each of the Yeti releases. Great retention and sticky, patchy lacing is left behind.

S: Powerful aroma of espresso, chocolate and roasted malt. A slight burnt quality is there as well and this smells exactly as it should.

T: Full-flavored Imperial Stout that hits the palate with espresso, chocolate, roasted malt, slightly burn coffee and a of molasses. Very nice flavor, but I wish that the espresso was a bit more pronounced.

M: Very full-bodied and heavy with some oiliness. Good lingering bitterness in the finish. This one and creamy and has rather low carbonation.

D: For a 9% Imperial Stout that is very full-flavored, this one drinks nicely. The richness of the flavor and its overall thickness drags it down a shade.

Overall this is another wonderful Yeti variation from Great Divide. Recommended.

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Photo of farrago
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Close to a finger of dark brown sludge masquerading as foam, really just looks like the top of a chocolate milkshake, lacing has good stickiness even as the head dissolves. Jet black liquid, consistency of motor oil, nary a hint of color to be found. The nose explodes with coconut, sweeter espresso bean, dark chocolate, toffee and butterscotch, the roast is a little lower than expected leading to a sweeter overall profile, raisin bread to rum raisin ice cream, cinnamon stick, almost obligatory feel to the pine and grass notes, as if I guess we have to use hops here don't we. Full-bodied, thick and dense, the carbonation makes a decent showing of it but nowhere near able to rouse the slumbering beast. Coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla bean, licorice and butterscotch predominate, more roast leads to a drier mouth feel if not the same in terms of flavors. Allowing for this, the bread, wheat, oat flavors have a welcome place. Given its weight smooth enough and doesn't betray any alcoholic burn.

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

A: Poured into a tulip with a finger of head that slowly begins to recede. The aerial view shows a blanket of creamy toffee foam.

S: A roasted and fresh brewed cup of joe is upfront, with a little cream mixed in. Some chocolate and burnt espresso lurks below.

T: The tastes come through in the exact order as the smells, coffee up front, chocolate then burnt espresso. Some bitter hops mingle with the espresso leaving a bitter and heavy roast flavor on the palate. Sweetness is suggested here, like drinking a thick Ovaltine shake but in reality it's pretty dry. Some toasted oak flavors are apparent throughout.

M: This is a thick brew with a minimal carbonation element. Suits me just fine. I can't get the feeling that there is some half and half in here out of my head.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - It appears like the prototypical 2x Stout, black and tan head, great lacing.

S - I can tell this stuff will give me the coffee-jitters from the smell alone; a coffee-lover's dream. Huge espresso aroma dominates. In this regard it is a one-trick pony, as many of Yeti's intricacies are overwrought by the massive dose of java.

T - The strong dark roast coffee flavor pervades, with small suggestions of lemon zest. This bottle is about 2 years old; it probably could've chilled out at least another year. I would say that the hop flavor has dwindled substantially but the bitterness hasn't, and when fused with the coffee it verges on acrid. But espresso is supposed to be like that anyway, so it isn't a problem, but it would be nicer if more of the sweetness would come out. My verdict, as far as aging this: I would either drink it pretty fresh, or chill it out for at least three years.

M - On the thin side, but very slick, so it all evens out. Fairly well-carbonated.

D - This beer is a bit much, strong flavor for a one-trick pony. Second-tier stout at best.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this on tap, into a tulip at the Map Room.

The beer is black, with a remarkable three finger of thick foamy head. There is great retention and excellent lacing, lasting several minutes and fully coating the side of the glass as it falls.

The aroma is really strong but mostly on the same note. There is tons of coffee here, but its a nice coffee that isn't just bitter, sweetness and complexity. At the end only a hint of the oak.

The taste is also just one note of really smooth coffee. This is perfect for a big coffee drinker, but if your not a little boring. The finishes kind of detracks from the beer as it is an intense bitter coffee which almost killed what I was enjoying.

Overall, this was a very good, but not great coffee stout. I wish it had a little more sweet in the start and oak on the end to balance out the coffee.

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Photo of riored4v
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 3/21/10

Poured into a snifter. Pours thick, pitch black with a 2 finger dark tan head. Fades to a thin layer.

Smell had rich chocolate, coffee and raosted aromas. Some hints of oak in the background.

Taste had gooa droasted flavors with an excellent balance between malts, coffee and hints of oak. Mild biterness in finish to a give a great finish that isnt heavy or sweet. Subtle hints of vanilla as well.

Mouthfeel had a medium body with medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish that makes it easy to want more.

Drinkability was very good. Excellent balance of flavors with no signs of abv.

Overall this is an excellent beer. once my favorite stouts hands down and my favorite out of the Yeti lineup.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap @ Great Divide Brewery, Denver, CO into a tulip.

Pours a deep black color. I mean, it is dark-ass brown but not much brown is showing through the cloak of darkness, not even when held to the light of this sunny Denver day. The remarkably tan head was two fingers; pretty big I'd say, and much bigger than I'd likely get pouring from a bottle. Lacing never developed; the foam slid easily down the glass leaving no trace of having been there. You can't ask for impy stouts to look much better than this.

You first smell, of course, the coffee. It lies on the Maxwell House side of coffee aromas as opposed to a premium roast. It isn't dominant. The coffee begins after a few minutes to take on a sour, acrid tone. This is due to the amount of hops present in the beer; it seems that Great Divide didn't skimp on the hops here. Lots of grassy hop aromas cut through the roasted malts.

The taste of Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti pretty much follows the nose. The coffee is a bit acerbic because of how it melds with the hops and the woody, drying oak barrel flavor. It is heavily malty; you don't have to worry about the hops "taking over" this beer if you're not a hophead. Everything is in respectable balance. Good beer.

I loved the mouthfeel of this beer on-tap! It wasn't on nitro or anything, just straight CO2. It was thick and rich and everything you want in a big stout beer. Drinkability was great too. Now, understand that this is a sipper. It took me close to an hour to polish off my full pour. But knowing that the beer isn't too heavy and it doesn't get boring or watery.

This is a splendid imperial stout and probably the best Great Divide beer I've ever had.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark black color with good carbonationa nd nice big brown head. Looked great. Nose of espresso,chocolate,woodiness, and roasty. Taste is wood roasty, espresso, chocolate, and lighter vanilla. Mouthfeel has a oak, wood flavor on the end with a charred note coupled with espresso, light booze. Very good.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dave for sharing this tasty brew.

A: Pitch black with a thick, sandy beige head. Great lacing.

S: The Incredible Hulk of all coffee aromas. While I can detect some roasted malt, the coffee is just ridiculously strong and present and detectable from across the room. Alcohol detectable in the nose.

T: This beer is rich and malty, with a bit of an alcohol and bitter finish. There are massive, delicious, fresh, crisp coffee flavors. The coffee rules the roost here.

M: This beer is a little hot. I wonder how negatively the coffee aspect would be affected by cellaring. Perhaps one year might do wonders. I can't imagine the coffee aspect fading too much, as it is more than substantial now.

D: Great beer in small quantities. The intense, sweet coffee limits my consumption of this brew. A must try for all coffee/beer lovers.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout is remarkably smooth, creamy, and rich.

It poured black with a massive creamy dark tan head. Thick lace was left on the glass from the rim on down. The smell and flavor were roasted dark coffee. The feel was creamy yet bitter, with a great smoothness followed by an aggressive after-feel.

The varieties of Oak Aged Yeti are life-changing. This notion is something I must credit an employee where I bought this Espresso Oak Aged version. She was right. It's a sweet, bitter, dark coffee treat. Oak Aged Yeti is the ultimate Imperial Stout. I prefer it without the added coffee; however it's still a darn good experience.

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

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a thick deep black color...almost like motor oil. Good one finger deep mocha color that stays around for a long time. Great ringing lacing on this beer!

S- Coffee coffee coffee notes. This is mostly all I can smell to be honest. Vanilla comes into play next with some oak off notes. Some hops do come into play here under most of the aroma. Light alcohol in the ending of the nose.

T- This is a very tasty beer. Big coffee notes come rushing through with light chocolate notes following. Some light hops come through right after the coffee and chocolate. Vanilla and oak come through in the middle to last half of the beer itself. Light alcohol in the backend of this with more roasted malts in the backing of this beer.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style. Left a malty slickness throughout the entire palate. Some light drying alcohol features on the tongue. Clean flavors throughout the entire beer.

D- This has always been my favorite of the Yeti's. Big flavors and big alcohol brings this crushing beer to only one glass or two. This should be on a lot of peoples lists for a beer to try. Not for the weak of heart...that's for sure!

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Photo of scottyshades
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Scrooge's Spirits in Anderson, SC for about $9

A: Pours like 10W-40...extremely viscous and thick, creating a dark mocha colored head that retains excellently and leaves thick sheets of foam along the glass.

S: Cocoa powder, lots of espresso and coffee grounds, bittersweet chocolate, lots of strong oak notes (wood), vanilla, burnt malts, burnt sugar, and molasses. Definitely less balanced than the Oak Aged Yeti (which had a solid amount of hops on the nose). The oak is actually quite strong, and adds a unique note; a little must, almost like the inside of a sauna

T: Wow, much much different than the regular Oak Aged Yeti. Oak is extremely potent and very very strong, almost taking away from everything else happening. Espresso is less pronounced than in the nose. Bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder, fudge, lots of lactose for that creamy flavor, and a brooding bitterness from the hops (although I cannot really count them in the profile because they are so subtle). Very very rich- best to share a bomber. I'm not sure if the Espresso Yeti has 75 IBUs like the Oak Yeti, but if so, they seem to be more subdued and give less to the balance.

MF/D: Extremely viscous (possibly the thickest stout I've come across), velvety creamy feel, lingering espresso and oak flavor.

Differences from Oak Aged Yeti:
-Hops are much more prominent in OAY, and much less in the Espresso Yeti
-Oak is very strong, almost overpowering in the flavor of the Espresso Yeti
-Espresso Yeti seems to be a bit thicker and has a better feel

Winner; Oak Aged Yeti for a more balanced and less intense flavor

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

pours dark brown/black with a fat finger of thick, even brown head which has long retention and leaves a solid ring of lacing.

smell is awesome coffee, rounded out with the classic yeti malt bill and a whiff of alchohol.

taste: a little more subtle with the coffee, the coffe is still present though along with smooth soul warmin roasted malts.

mouthfeel: noticeably more oily than regular yeti.

drinkability: my god, drink it.

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Photo of billab914
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter. Poured pitch black with a one finger mocha head. The head faded away after a bit but it did leave some good lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a big coffee and roasted malt bitterness coming through. It also has a pretty big dark bitter chocolate present in the nose. Very big bold and delicious nose on this one for sure.

The taste not surprisingly has a big coffee espresso taste to it. The chocolate malts really help to smooth out the flavor and cut the coffee bitterness a little. The bitterness of the coffee comes through more in the finish. It has a lot of bold flavors but they really come together well and make for an excellent flavor.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker side with lower carbonation. It has a very nice creamy mouthfeel to it that I really like in my stouts. Drinkability is good, despite the bold espresso flavors it really is a pretty smooth and delicious beer. Excellent imperial stout in my opinion.

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

22oz bomber into a snifter...bottle dated Mar 5 2010.

A: Pours a deep black with a big dark tan head that slowly fades to a ring a small layering on the top leaving good lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is tons of coffee with a roasty bitterness in the background. There's also a slight piney aroma as well.

T: Taste is huge with coffee, piney hops, and a sweet/roasted malt flavor on the finish. The coffee is really upfront in this one making you realize they really mean "Espresso" like the label says. It really drowns out any oak flavors that I can tell though.

M: The feel is creamy but slightly thin on the finish for an Imperial Stout.

D: This one would wear on me with the coffee, hops, and ABV.

Worth a try if you are fan of the Yeti stouts.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This batch of beer was bottled March 5, 2010. This is the fourth version of Yeti that I have sampled - only missing the barrel aged version - and like all of the others, it was very good.

The beer pours black with a medium brown head. The aroma is strong coffee with some chocolate and some light hop character. The flavor is strong coffee with some strong pine hop character. There is also a little chocolate but not as much as was in the aroma. Thick, creamy mouthfeel and low carbonation. I have a 15-month old bottle of this as well that was sent to me by HopHead101 and I look forward to seeing how the beer, specifically the hops, age.

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Photo of antoines15
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - black, dark with a one finger tan head that holds for a decent amount of time, good lacing all around the glass

S - strong coffee and chocolate smell

T - again, coffee and chocolate

M - very smooth, no harsh aftertaste

D - too strong of a coffee smell for me to drink this too many times but the one bomber was delicious and would definitely recommend it to others

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Photo of argock
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz brown bottle into a St. Feuillien stemmed glass (snifter broken unfortunately). Bottled on Feb 12 2010 on label. Purchased at WIne Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $10.99.

A: Opaque and dark as hell with substantial chocolate milk-colored 1-finger head with good retention for the ABV and style and spotty lacing mixed with more craggy formations.

S: Black coffee and vanilla drown out most other aromas but hops are prominent in the second tier. Roasted malt is mainly represented by the coffee element, but the oak is easy to smell with the vanilla and tempers the hard coffee and hops edges nicely. A light anise note is present too and alcohol lightly tingles the nostrils.

T: The flavor is big and bold with coffee and chocolate taking first prize, but leafy, tobacco hops a close second creating the effect of a coffee/cigar house flavor which has a bittersweet character. The oak is more smoothing in the flavor with a little alcoholic touch to the vanilla and licorice notes. Alcohol is barely detectable and could easily be mistaken for the vanilla notes. Superb and grabs you more than the understated OA Yeti which is good but subtle. I prefer this brew to OA Yeti but it's a close call compared to the big and brash Yeti regular.

M: Smooth, lush, and full-bodied with minimal carbonation. The finish and aftertaste are tinged with alcohol, which keeps the feel from reaching top marks.

D: Unbelievably smooth for the ABV and for all the flavors. A GD brew to be savored no doubt, but alcohol component is minimal and there is huge coffee and chocolate flavors to enjoy in a lush package. Great brew. Price is steep but for once in a while, this is a great brew. I tried this right after sharing a bomber of Lagunitas Cappucino Stout, and, as much as I like that beer, the differences were sorely obvious. I wouldn't want to age this and let the coffee flavor fade personally, but some time would probably smooth things out further.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled Feb. 12, 2010.

I've had Yeti, I've had Oak Aged Yeti, I've had Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti. This one is definitely my favorite. Pours the typical Yeti black with chocolate head that leaves great lacing. Big coffee notes on the nose, though a few hints of the oak aging as well. Taste is incredible, reminds me a little bit of Peche Mortel, actually. Big coffee and roasted malt, with a hint of chocolate, and nice oak notes. Some sweet alcohol and maybe leafy hops are in there too. Unlike the regular Oak Aged Yeti, I feel like the oak in this one is not overdone. Delicious. MF is a bit creamier than typical Yeti, but similar in carbonation. Somewhat dry finish. Tremendous drinkability, my favorite so far out of the Yetis I've had. Glad I picked up more than one, a must find.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle pours a dark black with caramal brown foam lacing the duvel glass. The taste is so damn smooth on this one. Dark roasted coffee that just melts your mouth. Mmm, yummy. I want this for breakfast everyday. No hint of the 9.5% what so ever. I easily could have drank a second bomber of this, but I managed to save it for a later date. Fantastic coffee beer.

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Photo of kfsv034
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black with a thick tan head that bubbled down and left some lacing.

S - strong burn coffee smell, slight chocolate, maybe some hops but mostly coffee

T - Follows the nose with a vanilla finish

M - Medium to full bodied

D - dont pick up on the alcohol much.

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Photo of champ103
3.04/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nearly opaque black color. A two finger bubbly tan head forms with good retention. A little lace is left behind.
S: Right up front is a huge acrid, burnt coffee aroma. Burnt malt and charcoal. This is to much.
T: Still, a ton of acrid and burnt coffee. Though much more balanced than the nose. Some roasted malt and chocolate.
M/D: A full body and low carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Some hot alcohol, and the huge burnt character with the malt and coffee makes this harder to drink than I would like.

Very one dimensional. For the most part, just a burnt flavor that dominates. There are much better coffee stouts out there.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is black and forms a nice brown head of small and medium bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is sweet with some roast. Its about I expected.

Beer is really smooth, coffee flavors comes up late, there is no carbonation in the palate but connectivity is fine with the sweetness up front and the roasted bitterness in the back. Drinkability is high.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a 3/4 pint.

A: Black body with almost an inch of dense, creamy brown foam. Great retention and lots of lace. Beautiful stout.

S: Really brings the espresso - coffee, sweet maltiness, more coffee, some oaky vanilla, and more coffee. Wonderful.

T: Follows the nose precisely, and deliciously. Lots of dry oak on the finish, and no noticeable booze. Fantastic.

M: Rich, full, sticky, and alive with explosively creamy carbonation. Lovely.

D: For the strength and intensity of flavor, this one goes down in a hurry.

Notes: Just as Oak Aged Yeti is a dramatic improvement over the regular version, the Espresso OA is an improvement over the simple OA. Big, rich, creamy, and full of coffee goodness, this is truly a world-class stout. I need to have a coffee stout tasting with this, Speedway, FBS, and Péché Mortel. I just love them so much more than either regular stouts or regular coffee.

Cheers!

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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 3,717 ratings.
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