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

Darker than used motor oil. Pours with wall beige head. Lacing surprisingly robust. Smell is mostly coffe with a chocolate background.

Taste is blindingly sweet for the first second or so, followed by a brutally strong coffee flavor mixed nicely with chocolate. Nice hope notes.

Feels light and gritty. Pretty drinkable for an imperial stout.

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

This had been on my wants for a while, so a big thanks to ritzkiss for pulling it out of his endless stash of coffee flavoured stouts.

Pours a pitch black with a thick mocha head. The retention is excellent and it leaves behind sheets of lace. A first class appearance worthy of an emperor. The aroma goes heavy on the espresso, but also marries it perfectly to chocolate, dark fruit and grapefruit. This perfect marriage is also found in the flavour - a shot or two of espresso, bittersweet chocolate and light citrus in the finish. Its rich, thick and heavy in flavour. Surprisingly I don't find much of the vanilla that I do in the regular oaked version. Body and carbonation are medium.

I liked this a lot, though I'd probably stick to the regular oak aged in the future.

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Photo of drewba
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours opaque black with a nice, big milk chocolate colored head. A small, thin head remains with heavy lacing.

S - Obvious expresso and coffee grounds with fair amount of hop aroma.

T - All of the usual suspects are here - expresso, dark chocolate, roasty malts with a touch of molasses. The finish is quite bitter with lots of dark chocolate and dark coffee.

M - the carbonation is spot on, but this feels a little thin to me for an imperial stout.

D - Very enjoyable beer right here, but if you are not a coffee drinker, this will be overwhelming. Coiffee is still a little hot...

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Thick, dark mocha head that sticks around for about a min. Opaque black in color. Zero light coming through. Wonderful lacing. Ring of retention hangs around the whole time. Just a flat out beautiful looking stout!

S- Rich coffee beans, touch of wood, milk chocolate, toffee, faint vanilla. Pretty intense aroma here. Booze ever so slightly makes its way in the end. Some fruity esters. More malt vs espresso than I figured, but not all bad.

T- Robust flavor profile. Big time espresso/coffee character to start it off. Oak settles in nicely. Waves of complexity. bitterness. Finish is surprisingly more harsh than I expected. Overpowering toast? Strong hop bill? A little perplexed by this.

M- Full body, big beer that as viscous as can be. Thick, rich, creamy. A bit boozy as the alcohol is certainly present. Goes down fairly easy though for how big it is. Dry to the next sip.

O- This was a delicious beer and a puzzling one at the same time. Just when I thought it was going to be top of its class, the finish didn't follow though with the high bar set by the start and feel. An impressive stout nonetheless, but just missed the "tell all your friends about it" mark for me.

Bottled 1/9/13
Consumed 6/20/13

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great Divide Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti, cask at The Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen, NY.

Appearance: Extremely voluptuous head, almost overflowing, with lots of carbonation and bubbles. Over one finger of head, with great retention. Great temperature too! (some casks at Pony are at times too cold). Head and bubbles stay on and on. Color is pitch black, no nuances there.

Smell: Incredibly smooth, subdued. I don't get any coffee, but chocolate instead. A lacking nose.

Taste: The coffee beans are there, at the end, but thankfully (or sadly, if you love coffee beers) they are far from strong. The oak is also mellow, hints of wood come at the end. Chocolate at the end of the sip too (again, as in the nose, more chocolate than coffee). Some bitterness around the mouth, cooked sugars, even a hint of banana bread. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation of course (this is a cask after all), medium-to-low chocolaty body and medium flavor. Oaky finish.

Drinkability: Superb. This is incredibly smooth, chuggable. The 9.5% cannot even be hinted. A little underwhelming (or a lot!), but tasty nonetheless.

My least favorite of all the Yetis I've had so far, though. I expected more.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a thick fluffy brown head with some good lacing going on. Smell is mostly of obust roasted coffee other roasted malts with only hints of dark bitter chocolate. The oak character comes in more through the taste coupled with the dark roasted coffee and a slight taste of alcohol. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth with medium carbonation. Very good. Overall this is a great Coffee RIS.

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Photo of Purplepunch36
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark, no light passing through this one. First pour left a 1 finger deep, mocha brown head that stayed till the very last drop. Looked very appetizing.

S- dark roast coffee, coco, hazlenut and vanilla with a hint of nutmeg. Alcohol taste was there more towards the end when it warmed up. Overall great taste

T- Strong coffee and bitter chocolate up front finished with a molasses bitter vanilla

M- Thick and creamy

O- Amazing Imperial Stout. Quite session able despite it's first appearance. One of the top BA coffee beers I've tried. At $10 a bomber, I think it's a great deal.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Boulevard snifter. Bottle was dated 04/02/2010.

A: This beer pours coffee black with a thin chocolate brown colored head. The head dissipated fairly quickly.

S: Smells like dark roast coffee that has been sitting in a pot on a burner for just a little too long. I'm also picking up a little bit of chocolate and a hint of bitter hops.

T: Dark roast coffee is the predominate flavor, but I'm getting a little bit of chocolate up front also. My wife took a sip and, after thinking for a second, said that it tastes like drinking a cup of pure coffee grounds and therefore it was delicious. I've never tried straight coffee grounds and since she's the coffee drinker, I'll take her word for it. A hint of oak is in there too, but it's definitely overpowered by the coffee flavor.

M: Medium to full bodied. Slightly creamy with mild carbonation. Finishes dry and slightly bitter as a result of the coffee.

D: The alcohol is very well hidden, which makes it easier to drink. The bitterness of the coffee does, however, reduce drinkability ever so slightly.

Overall, I enjoyed the Espresso Oak Aged Yeti. I like coffee as much as the next guy, but it almost got to be a bit much as it overpowered other scents and tastes. I don't regret buying the bottle, but I don't know if I'd rush out and buy another. There are several other imperial stouts that I enjoy more.

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Photo of mkorpal
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses to be shared with the room mate. Thick, midnight black liquid sat beneath a frothy brown head. Head retained the entire time, and left behind a massive amount of brown lacing, to the point that I wondered if I could ever get the glass clean again. Awesome looking beer, to say the least.

Smell is of extreme coffee, mixing with some chocolate, and a healthy dose of hops. A little bit of oak mixes in as well, but it's definitly been hidden by all of the other dimensions.

Taste is of very bitter and tannic espresso, milk chocolate, more hop flavor, and subtle vanilla. The expresso, again takes it over.

Mouth feel is thick, but very dry. The bitterness and espresso combine to make for a very bitter beer that dry's out your pallet. In fact, I felt this may be one of the most bitter brews I have ever had. This brought down the drinkability for me, since it isn't something I really want out of my stout.

In the end, I felt like there were too many dimensions built into the beer. The oak and stout flavors ended up being muted while the espresso and hops too over. It was still good, but I prefer the normal or oak aged yeti. Either way, I was wired after this brew.

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

22oz. Bomber with a 3/5/2009 bottling date. Poured into a Darkness snifter.

A: Vigorous pour yields a 1 finger, semi-coarse dark, almost reddish mocha head with poor retention. Dissipates into a cluster of big bubbles atop the brew. Beer is an opaque black. Lacing is stringy and spotty with decent legs and cling.

S: Nose is rather aromatic. Resiny hops provides a unique background to roasted malt, chocolate, liquorice, and surprisingly subtle toasted espresso beans.

T: Opens fresh dark fruit. Prunes and raisins. Chocolate, roasted malt, and fresh hop bitterness. Creamy. Hint of coffee in the middle and as this one warms. Sweeter than expected. Sweet soy sauce right at the end with a bit of brownie and more fresh hop bitterness. Slight liquorice in the finish with a clean, coffee bean sour aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. Oily and silky in the mouth. A slight edge going down with small hints of bubbles. Finish is messy and sticky with a clean, slightly lingering aftertaste.

D: For a self-proclaimed espresso stout, this one's really faded with age. Don't get much coffee here which I really don't mind. A rather hoppy offering overall. A solid member of the yeti family. Worth trying.

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Photo of Soilworker
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black with absolutely no light shining through. There is a thick 2+ finger head that has amazing head retention. Its quite thick, almost like whipped cream.

S: Large amounts of dark malts assault the nose with strong notes of espresso and coffee. I don't get much oak notes, perhaps this will come through more in the taste. There is a pretty dominate hop presence here which adds to the complexity in this aroma.

T: Amazingly complex. There are strong notes of espresso, oak, and intense dark roasted malts. There is a bitterness but its hard to say whether or not it comes from the hops, it reminds me most of true espresso and the bitterness that comes along with that. There are some subtle vanilla notes but not much that I can pick up on.

M: Bold and smooth and quite dry in the finish.

D: This is a huge beer and the drinkability is understandably impacted by this fact. I can get through a bottle but anything more than that is testing my limits.

Notes: This is a hugely complex beer and reminds me a lot of its cousin, the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti. I actually prefer the COAY over this one and would buy it instead if I were able to choose between the two. That being said it is still an amazing beer.

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

sampled at a recent gathering of some fellow beer lovers.

Dark black head, khaki foam.

Espresso and heat smells waif up from the glass.

Roasted coffee tastes, dry finish. Wood, chocolate thrown in.

Excellent beer, enjoyed on a hot day in the sun and it didnt seem out of place.

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

Pours a three-finger brown head that fades slowly, leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is coffee and flavor is almost burnt coffee and hints of oak, some caramel sweetness. Higher ABV is hidden. Pricey at $11.99 for a 22oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a ChurchKey becher.

I knew I'd find Bigfoot (or, at least, his Asiatic cousin) in DC! I mean, how many other elusive hairy beasts reside here? (Now that's good- er...actually pretty crappy political commentary. Sorry. I'll try harder next time.) Regardless, I was pleasantly surprised to find this cryptozoologically-inspired brew on tap here at CK. It pours pitch darkness into the glass, with a sad excuse for a dirty bubbly head. (Apparently one of Mermaid Man's nemeses procreated and settled atop my beer.) The smell is of darkly roasted coffee (I know, I'm shocked too), chocolate, and a tiny bit o' smoked oak. The full picture is of an espresso machine powered by a camper's stone-ringed fire. (Clearly, I have no idea how an espresso machine works.) When the 'buds get at it, the coffee lightens up a bit, apparently loosened by that tactfully tasteful joke. The chocolate comes back, followed by some cream (half-and-half, I think), dark malts, and some o' that oak from before, only lighter and sans fumee. The body is heavy, but lighter than other hefty brews'. The carbonation is moderate at best, and a slight coating is found along my mouth's walls, allowing a bit o' aftertatse to linger a spell. Now, if only this ape-like creature weren't so damn elusive...

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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 pschul4
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into Snifter

A- Damn! Blacker than a black hole. Blacker than a singularity. Blacker than Lebron's Cleveland leaving heart. 1 inch mocha head that leaves decent lacing.

S- Tasty mocha coffee flavor. Really digging this scent

T- Bold black coffee flavor. Too rich for my liking, but a black coffee lover would also love this. Just too much acidic coffee ground taste.

M- Very smooth, low carbonation that I love in imperial stouts

O- I love everything about this beer except for the taste...I wish I was kidding

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at Room Temp. Poured into Great Divide Tulip.

Overall-Pours brown, turns to black. Light brown head. Head sticks around and slowly goes away leaving a lacing on the top, almost a dark red.

Smell-Lots of coffe/espresso. Vanilla and Oak. Not getting as much as chocolate as the Yeti.

Taste-Still no chocolate, but not dissapointed. Lots of coffee, I could drink this at room temp first thing in the morning.(especially aged)

Mouthfeel-Full bodied. Standard RIS mouthfeel.

Drinkability-Coffee definitely the star, so it doesn't dissapoint. Highly drinkable for 9.50. I will continue to purchase all Yeti's.

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Photo of taez555
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a thick dark black body with a thick tan head.

Nose is in your face chocolate, espresso, dark malt, dark chocolate, lots of alcohol right off the bat,

Taste is full bodied with an immediate hit of bitter coffee, espresso and dark chocolate. Very bitter. Coffee, triple shot dark citric espresso, unsweetened bakers chocolate, raw oak and some strong touches of alcoholic vanilla. Bitterness is all around, but it's hard to tell if it's the dark bitter malts, the dark bitter coffee or a strong bitter hop. What a conundrum. There's definatly a hop presence that gives it just a touch of citrus across the bitterness. Actually, if you're an espresso fan who drinks with a twist of lemon, the citrus actually fits very well with the bitterness. Ends with a longgg lingering coffee bitterness.

As a huge fan of the original oak aged yet(maybe top 5 greatest beers ever), I'm not sure if I like this one as much. The beer already had a nice coffee presence, now with espresso it just seems to be fighting for attention. Do I taste the oak, or the coffee, or the espresso, or stout, or dark malts, or dark malt coffee flavor, or is that just the espresso. The espresso is a cool idea, it just seem like they already reached perfection, the extra touch of espresso just doesn't fit right.

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

Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti has a body that is almost black and a thin, dark brown head. The retention is decent, and a few scraps of lacing remain behind on my glass.

Espresso dominates the aroma, with notes of hops and chocolate as well.

This is one that definitely needs to warm up, because when it's cold basically all you can taste is the hops. As it warms, the coffee really asserts itself and the flavor is quite nice. The hops are there, of course, with a hint of citrus and a lot of pine and resin. The bitterness is noticeable. Notes of chocolate and a hint of roast are present as well, pairing with a nice oak flavor in the background. A little bit of warmth comes through in the finish.

The mouthfeell full-bodied, warm and bitter.

I like all of the Yeti various, this one included. A lot of coffee flavor comes through for such a big beer. Let it warm first!

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Photo of jt31914
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. Bottle:

A: 2 1/2 fingers of head - carbonation is clear and doesn't dissipate quickly. This beer is dark as night, it is clearly an Imperial Stout. The head is even a nice dark brown color.

S: Great smell - espresso at the front with a slight hint of chocolate mixed in; faint alcohol in the mix. This smell is phenomenal - Great Divide mixed the odors perfectly.

T: Strong notes of coffee with hints of oak on finish. Phenomenal finish - smooth and creamy as it goes down; very drinkable for an Imperial. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but doesn't hurt the overall flavor of the beer (it is stronger when it hits the palate and fades through the finish).

M: Malty, smooth, and creamy.

Great beer, the vanilla wasn't as noticeable as I expected; still overall very good.

D: Surprisingly drinkable for how heavy this beer is. One is quite enjoyable and having more doesn't seem unfathomable.

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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 3,726 ratings.
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