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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutEspresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
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Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by John_M on 05-16-2008

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1,050
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3,690
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
17.69%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,050 | Ratings: 3,690
Photo of bradleyp
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again very much to the Bier Stein for having this beer.

Pours a dark black color, similar to black licorice.

The espresso/coffee aroma is very pungent. I could also smell some vanilla, and of course hints of oak.

Tasted like how a coffee stout should. Deep coffee notes throughout the taste of it.

At 9.5%, this beer could easily be drank again and again. Just not too much in one night.

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

Bottled April of 2010, so about a year and a half old. This is a pretty beer on the pour, mahogany in color with a nice dark tan head.
There are potent smells of coffee, dark chocolate, oak vanilla and molasses or toffee.

The taste certainly follows the nose, with coffee and chocolate dominating. Medium bodied, not overly creamy nor carbonated, in my opinion. The oak is there throughout, and lingers in the finish. There is a nice malt/hop balance for the style.

This is a nice offering from GDBC, a good all around stout. Great Divide is definitely a brewery I'm paying more attention to.

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Photo of Janderson91
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on December 15, 2010, enjoyed on February 20, 2011.

A - Pours an opaque pitch black with a large chocolate milk colored head. Leaves excellent lacing. Good looking beer.

S - Smell is a lot of the dark chocolate found in the normal Yeti. Accompanied by some roasted malts and some coffee.

T - Begins chocolatey with some roasty bitterness and has a coffee-like finish. The coffee taste feels kind of synthetic however and takes away from it's taste score slightly. Also leaves a pretty dry dark chocolate taste on the tongue for a while.

M/D - This is a rich beer but it still has decent drinkability.

I enjoyed this beer but I'd probably reach for a normal Yeti before this one again.

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

Pours a sludge-like deep, deep brown with a finger of dense, dark khaki head, like the crema on top of a shot of espresso. Impressive lacing for an imperial stout.

Smells of bitter chocolate, black licorice, roasted, borderline burnt barley and a touch of oak.

Tastes big and bold -- bitter chocolate, black coffee, oaky vanilla, milk chocolate. A little caramel sweetness. Smooth espresso on the finish. Nice lasting roasty bitterness.

Full mouthfeel that coats the entire palate and lingers. Creamy, with slightly prickly carbonation.

Overall, this is a roasty, roasty stout with just enough sweetness to balance it out. There doesn't seem to be a huge oak presence, but I guess it may have served to soften the edges and meld the bold flavors. A great barrel aged impy stout, though not the best.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on December 22, 2014, reviewed on April 9, 2016. Bomber poured into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with a chocolate colored head, head was creamy and full of tiny bubbles before it disappeared, slight lacing, no light coming through at all, big looking stout.

A: Touch of coffee, oak, roasted malts, not picking up any dark fruits, smells dry and roasty.

T: Espresso has really died off, lots of oak coming through, touch of dark fruits, finish is dry with oak lingering in the aftertaste, not as bright as I was expecting.

M: Big dry finish, could use some more body for a RIS, however it's very drinkable and smooth.

O: This bottle is 16 months old and it has not aged well, espresso has died off leaving the oak with a strong presence, it's very drinkable but I'm really going to have to try a fresh bottle to see what difference it's make.

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

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. No bottling date present (worn off?).

Very tiny bubbles with a large head off the pour. It seems to fall normally. Head is a gorgeous dark brown like dark hot chocolate. Body is just nearly black couldn't see a thing. Looks great! Love this head color so dark and nice looking.

First whiff is a good coffee roast complete with faint sour espresso. There's a little faint hint of chocolate here too.

First impression on taste in feel is a little wet but the flavor is all there. Great coffee espresso feeling with sour finish. There's a sense of heat on this too making it feel warm and inviting. A nice lingering bitter too. Hot Hot Hot!

Overall pretty solid here another solid yeti for the pack.

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

Bottled February 13, 2009

I poured into a pint glass to a good two inches of brown head. It is black. The first aroma I got when I poured was milk chocolate. Once I bury my nose in the glass I seem to get more dark fruits, raisins. There is a faint coffee smell. I taste chocolate and some sweetness, but the bitterness of the expresso is more defined in the taste. It is a pretty tasty beverage. It is going down a lot faster than I anticipated. It leaves a nice coating on my mouth and lips. Now I need to try the other Yetis.

Cheers!

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Photo of papat444
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber, bottled Dec. 23, 2013.

Pours pitch black with a very dark brown head, all bubbly and frothy. Concentrated espresso in the aroma. Taste has the harshness of oak aging but coffee flavors do a good job of keeping it in check. Lots of deep & dark bittersweet chocolate thrown in for good measure.

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

1st Review
Poured from a bottle into Duvel tulip.
Bottled date - Jan 10 2011

Pours rich black with a nice brown head that lingers.

Smells of roast and coffee. Not overly strong.

Tastes of chocolate up front that leads into the espresso. It is almost like easting chocolate covered espresso beans.

Nice carbonation and good mouthfeel.

Great beer. the coffee flavor stays for a long time. Could use a little more sweetness. Nice beer to start the new year with.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into three pint glasses. Thanks to Steve and Chris for the assist!

Bottled On: FEB 13 2009

A: Pours pure black with a dark espresso crema colored layer of foam. Head is of the sticky and bubbly variety. Lots of lace and great retention.

S: Heavily roasted malt, with rich espresso, brown sugar/molassas, and dark chocolate fudge brownies.

T: Same as above with just a slight touch of spicy alcohol. I really liked the rich espresso flavor...with booze...and dark fruit.

M: Suprisingly smooth with a sharp and prickly spike at the end.

D: Excellent! Over a year after bottling and it had aged nicely.

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

Poured into a tulip at cellar temp. Pours a jet blac body with a good sized cola colored head. Beautiful beer. Smell is of chocolate at first, then I get the coffee, some vanilla and some alcohol. Taste is very complex. I get a ton of different flavors as I drink it. At first a ton of chocolate. Almost Kate-like. That stops as I continue to drink and I get a bunch of oak, bitter, bitter coffee and some alcohol burn. The bitterness dominates as I continue to drink, but I don't mind this. Mouthfeel is slick as can be with that much bitterness. Fairly full bodied, but not creamy. Good stout, one that I would try again.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a jet black viscous looking liquid with a dark mohagany colored head that is tight and creamy. the retention is short but the lace is thick.

S-the nose is big time malt. tons of espresso up front with a fair bit of roasted maltiness coming along for the ride. Hints of dark bakers chocolate underneath. The finish adds a good bit of toffee and a light malty sweetness in the very back. the espresso keeps hitting hard with a touch of burnt coffee note in the back.

T-the taste has a ton of malt and espresso similar to the nose. bitter and slightly burnt espresso and roasted malts dominate. hints of dark chocolate, a good bit of toffee, and light caramel. Light dark fruits but very faint towards the back. Light bitter hop presence and herbal hop notes to close it out.

M-this has a slightly light full body and is extremely smooth. it feels thick but the back is a little thin.

D-this is a very drinkable stout, it doesn't show any alcohol and has good malt backbone. Decent complexity and a nice bit of espresso. the oak aging doesn't really seem to show, but good none the less.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Bruery tulip. On first pour the beer appears thick and viscous with about a one inch head that dissipated shortly after the pour. The head has a nice stouty brown color to it. The beer smells of all malt, sweetness and some faint coffee aroma. This is a very smooth beer for 9.5%. The oak aging definitely helps to round it out a bit. This is a sweet beer but deceptively little alcohol taste comes through. The espresso hits you up front with a lingering malty finish with tastes of vanilla. The beer does not taste as viscous as it looks. This is a full bodied beer but it does not feel as thick and oily as I was expecting, There is a little bit of viscosity on the tongue, but not a lot. This beer is very drinkable for 9.5%. My beer was bottled on 4/2/10 (cheers for date stamps!), I am enjoying this fine beer almost seven months post bottling and if anything I think it was too soon. This is a beer that I think would only improve with some more time as the flavors round out and meld together. I will have to buy another bottle to age.

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

Jet black with a bubbly and dark, two-finger head that seems forced up by the mass of beer below.

Big coffee smell with a lot of chocolate too. Deep, rich, sweet malts. Also a nice zesty scent, almost like lemon or citrus.

Holy smokes that's a rich beer. Huge coffee tastes. Almost overpowering. The coffee powers through a sturdy malt body. I actually think this is waking me up. Unbelievable coffee. Very dry finish. The vanilla oak taste breaks through in the aftertaste.

This is a good beer, but you must like coffee to enjoy it.

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Photo of PhilDaBrewer
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with deep amber accent and thin, brown, relatively quickly dissipating head. Nice lacing.

Smell consists of dark cherries, roasted malt, anise, and coffee. For an espresso stout, the coffee is rather subdued.

Tastes of roasted malt, vanilla, and coffee. Again, coffee is definitely present, but not overbearing. Sweet, slightly alcoholic finish.

Mouthfeel suits style. Full bodied.

Overall, this is a really pleasant beer. As for Yeti variants, I put this in a close second place to the Choco Yeti, but still very good.

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

A gift from a client who knows I like coffee and big stouts...

The appearance of this beer as it pours into the glass is awesome looking. It is thick and black with lacing on the side of the glass and a orangish, brown head.

The smell is of roasted malts and coffee. There is a faint scent of oak as well.

The taste is initially a roasted flavor with some oak. The coffee hits you pretty hard on the back end of each sip. It is bitter but with a faint sweetness.

The mouth feel was fairly full and it felt like it had more carbonation than what showed up on the initial pour.

Overall, a very solid coffee stout.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with one finger than head that left minor lace patches down the glass. The aroma is roasted and coffee malts, the espresso aspect being noticeable, and there seems to be a hint of the oak/woodiness and even vanilla. I get this same aspect in the beer as it is medium bodied, slightly chewy, and smooth with oak notes and a minor vanilla like sweetness. The coffee taste is strong and really noticeable on the backend and finish as this beer finishes real dry. I like the balance and how this beer first hits me with a sweet edge and then finishes dry and just tempts you to have another sip.

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

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, label is the new GD style. Bottled on Feb 13 2009. Label talks about the brand of espresso used, and recommends pairing with breakfast or dessert.

Appearance: Pours completely black, with a large head that fades slowly, leaving lots of lacing - great retention.

Smell: Dominate aroma is vanilla and oak, as it warms there is more coffee and a bit of chocolate.

Taste: A bit of alcohol warming, there is a strong oak presence here - the coffee is not overpowering but adds another layer of flavor.

Overall impression: Another nice addition to the yeti family - some interesting flavors, and plenty drinkable despite the high abv.

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Photo of Beric
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: On tap at Meadhall (Cambridge, MA) into a snifter
Served: 19 Jan 2016

Appearance: A deep, solid black with no head whatsoever. Looks like what you'd expect from an imperial stout.

Smell: I have one big criticism with the smell here- there is a big hop aroma which caught me off guard. I had this beer and an FBS on the table at the same time and was really surprised at how much stronger the coffee aromas were in the FBS than this beer. I found that there was an almost sour hop note in this one, which combined with some of the inherent acidity in the espresso and funked up the nose a bit.

Taste: The taste, however, redeems this beer. I couldn't really detect any emphasis from the oak- maybe a slight softness in flavor, or a more muddled flavor, but otherwise just seemed like a coffee stout to me. The espresso was especially strong and flavorful, without contributing burnt notes. At the same time, the beer didn't taste like coffee ice cream or a Starbucks mocha. Nicely done. Decent hop presence on the back end, especially perceptible when burped.

Mouthfeel: High body with medium carbonation makes it feel thick but still lively on the palate.

Overall: A great beer, for sure, but one where the nose to could some more improvement. Would recommend.

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

I split a bomber with my wife tonight after a full day of work and other events.

A: Completely devoid of light and it doesn't let any shards of light pass through of any kind. The very dark, grainy one finger + head stayed somewhat frothy throughout the session.

S: A generous amount of wood was almost bourbon-like in its consistency. Tons of dark roast, chocolate, and very subdued on coffee flair.

T: Even though it was subdued on the nose, it certainly wasn't on the taste. The espresso beans hit the palate hard, but the intensity softened after a few sips once my palate warmed up to the taste. Again, the wood help lessen some of the coffee bitterness, but not by much. The finish was very bitter and drying.

M: The low carbonation was appropriate for this style, and the mocha lacing was ridiculous. Again: bitter, bitter, BITTER!

D: I like the other permutations of Yeti much better, however, this was still a very worthy entry and variation on a fantastic base beer!

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

Black as sin color with a great brown head and even some spotty lacing. Looks pretty carbonated for the style by the foaming I can see on top.

Dry espresso with powdered cacao. No cream aromas to mention. Also lots of super roasted to almost burnt malt aromas. Not to mention some warmth from the abv%. Smells like a dry sipper.

Dry palate from the start that subsides a little at the finish. This beer is burnt bread crust, dark coffee, and some black chocolare powder. Dry, maybe even a little acidic as it warms. Plus the abv% heat. But still a good sipper.

I could not taste any oak or wood flavor in this beer. I wonder what this yeti "WOOD" taste like without the chips???? I think mostly the same.

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

reviewed from notes. poured from a 22oz into a wine glass (best think i had available)

pours nearly pitch-black, nice puffy, tan head. great lacing in the glass.

nose is a mix of oak, coffee, oak, chocolate, oak, a bit of smoke, did i mention oak? but it's a good thing.

taste - big earthy, chocolate bomb up front, with an even bigger dry-oak finish. in spite of the dryness, the lingering chocolate sweetness begs for further drinking.

overall a good, not quite great, beer. the oak is borderline overkill, but everything else is done so well, it's an extremely pleasing journey.

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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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