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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

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by John_M on 05-16-2008

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Photo of kegger22
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a dark brown head that lasted only a little while. The aroma is coffee, chocolate and a little boozy. The taste is coffee and chocolate too, but the alcohol taste make it too harsh. Feel is creamy and heavy. Drinkability is fair and would be better without the alcohol taste.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: About a finger of light brown head that has a creamy and bubbly consistency. Brew is jet black. Barely-there retention and zero lacing.
S: This is a really nice smelling stout. Coffee, vanilla, wood, and dark berries. Very nice.
T: Big bitter coffee stout. The oak aging is so present in the flavors, with its big vanilla bite. Roasted malts and the alcohol play with each other; I get a lot more bourbon than I do coffee, which makes this label a tad misleading for me! More alcohol with warmth.
M: Viscous and creamy, with low carbonation. Velvety and smooth.
D: I wanted coffee, and the oak/vanilla combo just seemed to stamp it all out here. Maybe it will come out with a bit of age. A nice one to sip on for dessert.

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Photo of bum732
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark as all night black, nice tan head leaving unbelievable lacing. Smells of strong chocolate and coffee, some oak, molasses, little dark fruit, some smokiness. Tastes of semi-sweet chocolate malt, oak starts coming through as the bitterness arrives. Finishes with a nice charred dryness with more chocolate and coffee coming through. Little dark fruit intermingling with the coffee, maybe some smokiness and bourbon. Fairly dry finish with a decent creamy mouthfeel. Low carbonation with the alcohol pretty well hidden.

A very good Imperial stout. I really like the subtleness of the oak without being too overpowering. I wish the espresso came through more, it was more chocolate on the palate. Nice complexity with the smokiness and dark fruit, almost like a RIS.

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

A: This one, like it's chocolate brother, pours a seriously black color - no light gets through this one. A healthy pour produces a thick brown head that eventually makes it way down to a half finger that persists throughout the entire event and produces good amounts of lacing.

S: Coffee is right up front but I expected that given its name. Of the other typical stout aromas the toffee our weighs the chocolate. The oak is in there but it is well blended and doesn't overwhelm anything. As it approaches the more appropriate temperature there is a sweetness - maybe a slight dark fruitiness.

T: This is awesome and complex. The oak makes a little more of an appearance here but again it is well blended with the other flavors. Heck, everything is well blended in this one. The coffee is a little more noticeable but, again, the name dictates that. Malt and hops, chocolate and toffee... It's all good.

M: Creamy going down with a little warming sensation. It feels a little oily as it leaves a coating on my tongue. Heavy body and a little light on the carbonation - perfect for the style.

D: I found it really easy to down a full 750ml bottle. The folks at Great Divide seem to love to produce oak-aged imperial items and I love to drink them. This is very enjoyable. This is one to experience.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours out loose, not thick, but substantial enough to let you know you are dealing with a decent sized beer here. Smooth, brownish black body with two inches worth of a bloody plum/chocolate kind of deep dark red, purple and brown colored head that fades into a cap, there are some pretty decent alcohol legs on this beer as well.

S: Toasty coffee, dry, dark chocolate, faint caramel. Lots and lots of chocolate, more so than any coffee aspects. Perhaps some time on the shelf sapped some of the coffee aroma but there certainly isn't any lack of chocolate. More of a mocha aroma than any kind of coffee I am familiar with. Slightly creamy but dry mostly, which is weird to me as I didn't think something could smell like both, but somehow it does.

T/MF: Chocolate, dark and dry and bitter. Not really that much coffee, bits here and there but much less than I was expecting going in. Finishes with a slightly drying alcoholic finish that pinches the back of the throat ever so slightly. Medium side of full bodied and quite quaffable if a bit one dimensional.

D: I am sort of on the fence about what to think about this beer. On one hand it sort of delivers what it promises, a coffee infused imperial stout, and on the other hand it delivers what it promises, a coffee flavored imperial stout that lacks any kind of depth or complexity behind the initial blast of coffee and chocolate flavors. It does taste pretty darn good and goes down quite easy but it sort of reminds me of a McDonald's chocolate shake, not that this beer tastes like a chocolate shake, but more so what it feels like after you've finished a chocolate shake from McDonalds. You knew you wanted chocolate going in and it was good while you were drinking it but when you finished the shake you already have forgotten what it tasted like. Yes, it tasted like chocolate but beyond that there was really nothing more there, you asked for chocolate and that's what you got, nothing more. The same thing sort of happens with this beer. You get what you were expecting, maybe even a little less, it tastes good but beyond that there was nothing else there, the depth and complexity that you find in other stouts was not there, the dark fruits, the earthiness, the roasty/toasty flavors that dry the tongue after an initially dark and fruity kick are not here. You get what you ask for out of this beer and not much more. A good beer, but not really worth another ten dollar investment.

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Photo of morimech
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick and very black. The mocha colored head was slow to form and was limited to a half inch before settling down to a thin cap. Minimal spotty lacing is left on the glass. The aroma conists of roasted malt, vanilla, and hints of chocolate and espresso. I can taste the oak barrel influence on this beer but where is the espresso? Roasted malt with a slight burnt and charcoal element is the main flavor element. Hints of vanilla and chocolate as well. Slight taste of alcohol in the finish and has a warming affect. A burnt bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. The body is thick, rich, almost decadent with soft carbonation. A good stout but it is missing the claimed espresso flavor so the score gets lowered. The concept is a definate winner but just not perfected.

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

22 ounce bottle poured into a Piraat glass.

Pours a dark, dark chocolate black. Huge head, calming down to about one finger.

Smells of chocolate, molasses, coffee, dried fruit, tobacco, malted milk balls, vanilla bean, caramel...and, of course, serious roasted malts.

Taste is super. Molasses, coffee (espresso?), chocolate taste is bitter on the back of the tongue. Vanilla, most likely from the oak. Alcohol is very present, but not overpowering...blending well with the flavors here. Some raisin, dried salted black olives, coffee and cream, brown sugar. Makes me want to smoke a good cigar.

Overall, this is a great beer. Good body, excellent flavor, and comfortable mouthfeel. It's drinkable for sure, and would be a perfect pair for a nice, sweet cigar.

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3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours absolutely gorgeous just like a big stout should, hosting a nearly four finger thick malted milk chocolate brown head. Great retention as it slowly fades leaving a wall of fat lace and rocky bubbles. Body is thick tar blackness. Nose has tones of smoked malts, espresso beans, dark fruits and even faint minerally hop character. Wow, they were going for an espresso feel(of course) with this one and they hit it o the nose. The first thing you taste is full rich espresso feel that is silky as it glides across the tongue. The second thing I notice is the distinct oaky feel which I may have overlooked as hops on the nose. Definitely more oaky than the other aged Yeti. As you drink that oak feel really wears on the tongue and becomes to dominate for me. Mouthfeel is of oak and dry dark fruits. Drinkability would be much better if the oak wasn't so overpowering.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty excited to see a bottle of this still left on the shelf at my local shop.

Pours a deep viscous darkest of blacks with a 1-inch tan head resting comfortably on top. Retention was pretty stable, but there was little lacing left behind. Smells of big vanilla notes, oak, bourbon, cream, and hints of espresso, though I thought this would be bolder.

The mouth on this was silky smooth. Just a perfect blend of creamy goodness and subtle carbonation playing on the tongue. Very easy to sip. Now where the espresso characteristics were lacking in the scent dept, they made up for in flavor. Big bold chilled coffee taste jived very well with the vanilla sweetness. Finishes very roasty and slightly drying. This was a well-made stout, that I was thankful to have had the pleasure of enjoying.

[Note]: I split this with a friend that is just starting to test the waters of craft brew and he loved it! Could not stop talking about it all night.

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Photo of bort11
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, bottled in May 09. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack goblet. Dark chocolate colored head that is quick to disappear. Color is a black/brown with slivers of dark mahogany highlights.

Smell is strong with dark roasted malts, a little peat smoke and bitter chocolate. I don't really smell the espresso here. The espresso comes through more in the taste. Dark bitter beans that has a crunch. The oak is in the back and finish, and is drying.

Mouthfeel has a medium body with a thin carbonation. A lot like a cold espresso shot. I little creamy, but not enough to be thicker.

Blipped "The Yeti" by Clutch

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a rather large light brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dry espresso coffee with some lightly bitter roasted oats. Taste is also dominated by astringent and dry notes with bitter roasted malt. Espresso is a bit too astringent for my taste but very well done nonetheless. Body is full with light creamy notes and great carbonation with no alcohol showing. Another fine brew from a great brewery that I sometime forget about.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, bottled Mar 06 2009

A: Dark black body under a huge brown head. Good lace and OK retention. Good looking beer.

S: Roasted malt, hint of chocolate, lots of coffee and espresso. I felt at the beginning of drinking the lighter coffee notes outweighed the rich espresso I was expecting, but after a few sips they tend to come to an equilibrium.

T: Creamy sweetness up fronts turns to huge espresso, coffee and roasted malt finish. Decent amount of bitterness. Booze is there, and at times is unfortunately medicinal in character. Bit of a grassy hop can be had as well.

M/D: Full bodied, low carbonation, alcohol can be felt. Drinkability is decent. A big beer that needs to be sipped. Overall, I'm slightly underwhelmed with the total package, but it's still a fine beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch light chocolate head, black in color

Smell: burnt malt, oak, expresso and chocolate

Taste: a creamy start, chocolate, expresso, then a long oak taste, with a coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium to heavy in body, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a good beer, but probably my least favorite of the three Yeti's that I have tried. It almost tastes like a Baltic porter/RIS mix, which I do not get with the other Yeti's...A good beer which I would like to have again, but for the price one is enough.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-I had this on tap at City Beverage in Winston-Salem, NC. It was served in a Chimay Chalice. It is pitch black with a nice dark tan head. It leaves some descent lacing and a beautiful cascade effect.

S-There is lots of depth on the nose; chocolate, espresso, brown sugar, molasses, and alcohol.

T-Dark chocolate, espresso, brown sugar, and some dark fruits are flavors that stick out the most to me. At first the complexity is really subdued by the strong espresso and chocolate flavors, but as it warms the brown sugar and dark fruit flavors emerge. Also some oak characteristics come in after it warms as well.

M-Thick with very light carbonation.

D-Pretty drinkable Imperial Stout, though the high alcohol would definitely limit the number consumed.

Overall, this is a good Imperial Stout though not as complex as I had hoped it would be.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Gold foiled cap.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/2" orangey dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head falls gradually down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet coffee and light alcohol. Taste starts richly sweet, gives a peek of coffee in the middle, heads out with a coffee bitterness that fades in alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, with pretty good drinkability for the style. Liked the CHocolate version better.

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black, huge fluffy coffee stained head with impressive retention. Spotty lacing left along sides of the snifter after each sip.

The aroma is slightly understated. Not nearly as strong as I had anticipated. No one smell is really standing out over another. Chocolate, oak, hop, and vanilla aromas mesh well together on the forefront. I am struggling to find anything but subtle coffee scents. Slight whiffs of alcohol are noticed.

The espresso come through much more clearly in the taste. Large amounts of coffee flavors up front followed closely by bittersweet chocolate. Lingering bitterness is hard to differentiate between espresso and hops. The vanilla and the oak flavors are present yet seemingly overwhelmed by the coffee's presence. Slight alcohol taste but not enough to be put off by it.

Full bodied while maintaining a smooth and almost creamy texture.

Tremendously drinkable assuming you are a coffee drinker. Drinks relatively easy given the size and complexity. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on either Mar or May 06 2009. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. Emerges pitch black with no light penetration. Topped by a huge, creamy, foamy light chocolate covered head. Beautiful and perfect in both size and structure. Lacing creats a veil impenetrable by light or sight.

Aroma was a bit of a let down. Not a whole lot of espresso or coffee aromas. Mostly chocolate and raisins and figs and licorice. Sweet and alcoholic with a touch of bakers chocolate.

Certainly a bit of the espresso emerges in the flavor. The coffee makes its way to the palate about midway through; preceded by sweet chocolate and followed by bittersweet chocolate. Their is a bit of astringency and a weird kind of metallic/raw alcohol flavor, kind of like cheap vodka. The espresso bitterness really lends itself toward the end but is a bit earthy and almost like tree bark.

Full bodied with a bit of astrigency. Good beer overall. Some weird flavors going on though. Not sure if it is from the espresso or just off flavors all around. Cant quite put my finger on why, but this one needs a little bit of rounding out.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a perfect pint and a snifter

pours a coffee black, very thin tan/almost brown head. sticky lacing on each sip.

smells like a chocolate espresso, bit of malt, but pretty straight to the point.

very rich and roasted. bitter coffee dominates the flavor with some chocolate poured in. everything tasted double roasted. full bodied that was thick and creamy. i forgot it was even aged in oak barrels. there was no oak in the taste or smell, but it obviously made this beast even darker and more robust.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, no tint, but not quite black. Huge fluffy chocolate brown head with exceptional retention.
Strong dry, hop/oak scent. Malt is there somewhere but oak really dominates with this particular bottle.
Rich chocolate flavor, some coffee, vanilla and slight pine flavor...and tea.
Nice smooth, syrupy, mouthfeel. Thick and not too carbonated (but the head is there). Good mouth coating.
Very, very drinkable.

No question this is upper tier. Oak could be toned down slightly, but definitely a beer that I get excited about drinking.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 7-10-09
Bottled on 3-6-09

Pours very thick and pitch black, with an awesome tan head that settles to a thick, almost solid layer.

Smell is tons of coffee, big malt, subtle aromas of vanilla and anise, and very good. The oak is nowhere near as prevalent as it is in a regular Oak-Aged Yeti.

Taste is...there's the oak. Huge maltiness gives way to a great combination of coffee and smoke, with a great woody finish and coffee bitterness. The aftertaste is all vanilla, in an almost bourbon way.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, and goes well with the oak and coffee flavors.

Drinkability is quite good, not too sweet, not too bitter, and not too much alcohol.

Overall, a great twist on an already excellent beer.

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Photo of BierFan
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a flute. It has a bottled on date but it's a little unclear. I think it's from either March or May of this year, but I'm unsure.

Appearance: Beautiful brown head had a little cascading action after it was first poured. The body is, unsurprisingly, jet black. Lacing is very nice.

Smell: The vanilla aroma from the oak aging is the first thing I notice. Smells very sweet as well.

Taste: Taste is pretty extraordinary. The vanilla and espresso flavors are very complimentary to each other.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.43/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared at a Yeti comparison tasting. Received in a trade from drgonzo3705. Thanks Paul!

A: A decadent motor oil black capped by a mocha-colored head. Each sip is accompanied by a wash of foam as I drink, but nothing sticks to the glass.

S: Surprisingly, chocolate is first and strongest on the nose, with espresso following after. I can pick up some roasted grains in there.

T: Again, the chocolate dominates the taste, but it very quickly gives way to an espresso flavor that remains for the duration of the taste. Roasted grains, oak dryness, and vanilla make appearances throughout. Some caramel as well. There is a substantial hop bitterness toward the end that reminds me where the base beer came from.

M: Huge body, well pronounced taste with a nice complexity, and a bitter finish. The ABV is noticeable, but not unbearable, and there's just enough carbonation to cleanse the palate without becoming too foamy.

D: I wasn't impressed with my first glass of this, but I came around to the second. It is a nice variation on the Yeti. I still prefer the base beer, as I'm not a coffee fan, but I could see myself getting some of this if Great Divide ever manages to distribute to CA.

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

Great to finally get my hands on this brew I have wanted to try it for a long time.Poured into a imperial nonic a jet black with a tight formed creamy dark mocha colored head.A mix of dark fruit and vanilla tinged rum stand out most in the nose,the espresso beans show up in a passing lingering note.Wow full rich,thick mouthcoating mouthfeel,it glides down easy and is very lush....perfection in my mind.Big complex flavors,a mix of vanilla-like rum and dark fruit with that espresso roast and bitter chocolate rounding out the finish,there is a hint of char and wood after it warms a little as well.Hell yeah this is where its at,just kick ass.

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

Quite possibly the richest, most roasty beer I've ever had. It looks like oil as it pours from the bottle into the glass. A thick head of creamy, orange-tinged brown foam rises up. It holds quite impressively, and leaves a thin curtain of solid lace that has thin rings embedded in it, marking each sip you've taken.

The aroma is like bittersweet chocolate and espresso.

The flavor is a bit daunting. It's extremely rich, roasty, and bitter and dry. Some of the dryness is coming from the oak, and I get a very small suggestion of vanilla that may or may not have anything to do with it. I do get a bit of oak flavor in the burp though, and once that's found I can pick it up a bit more within the dark richness of the malt. It's got notes of dark caramel, roasted malt, spent coffee grounds, char, espresso, bittersweet chocolate, some coconut, a splash of alcohol, a hint of cola, some piney hops, and scorched sugar. Yeti? Yeah, this is a monster of a beer.

As to drinkability, this is clearly a cigar beer. It will stand up, and never back down. Or it works as a relaxing sipper. If I find a chance to slip away for a camping trip this fall I am definitely bringing a bottle of this to enjoy by the fire once the stars come out. But the label states "You can now have Yeti with breakfast", and I think that's true as well, which really says something about it's drinkability. I think it would pair well with a spicy, salsa-infused breakfast burrito. And I think it would also work as a bitter springboard for the desserts they suggest. That said, I'd call it pretty damned drinkable - at least in the world of bigger beers. You could never quaff this as you could a Kolsch or soft Pilsener - and please don't try that at home! - but it's certainly a beer I'd step up to the plate for again. Kudos!

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

A: Pours black with zero light getting through. The head was really nice looking. Very deep brown almost reddishi in color. The first glass had 3 finger of head. Nice tight bubbles that left a faint whisper on the top of my glass and a nice amount of lacing.

S: Espresseo coffee chocolate. A touch of booze and a little burnt character as well. The espresso dominated but that is the point of this.

T: Starts off a little rough with the booze leading. Then it goes into a nice blast of chocolate and finishes with the bitterness from the coffee. Really reminds me of an aged bottle of black chocolate stout.

M: Very slick mouthfeel. Reminded me of an oatmeal stout almost.

D: Spliting the bottle as desert. Really a nice beer all around. The price was a little high and I prefer the chocolate version but this is still a damn fine beer.

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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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