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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutEspresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
A generous infusion of Denver's own Pablo's espresso adds yet another layer of complexity to this beer, combining with the vanilla oak character, intense roasty maltiness and bold hop profile to create a whole new breed of mythical creature. It's official: You can now have Yeti with breakfast.

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Photo of anon
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick, oily, opaque black with zero penetration of light. Deep coffee colour crown, nice and foamy, topping off this version of the Yeti beautifully. Trails of lace clinging to the glass on the way down. Smells very malt forward with subtle Oak and burnt coffee grounds. I'm not sure what I'm picking up here, but there's also a light metallic scent that's a little off putting to me. Maybe my nose was just off today and the next bottle will up my rating on this trait.

That small nuance aside, this tastes phenomenal. Crushing malt profile lays the smack down on your taste buds. Sweet, sweet goodness of toffee and caramel give way to a hefty dose of roasted barley, followed by a heavy blast of bitter chocolate and coffee. Hints of lactose, molasses, earth, vanilla, marshmallow fluff, oak and a resonating note of pine resin round the Yeti out. Thick, creamy, chewy and full bodied. Fantastic.

Pouring this beautiful brew with the gold foil makes it seem like royalty, and it's oh so close. I still prefer the regular Oak Aged Yeti over this one, as the coffee overpowers the oak, here, but this is by all means still an excellent stout that I intend on enjoying again.

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Photo of DavidSomers
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fabulous chocolate pour with an espresso colored foam head of 1-2 fingers. Gorgeous pour. Malt and coffee aromas blend nicely. Taste is spot on - an espresso stout. Great beer that's actually available

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Photo of FerarriPaul
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The espresso here is a very welcome spin on the regular ol' Yeti I've grown to love. It pours just as dark as it's Imperial famous brethren with that inherent tar appeal. The coffee addition to the Yeti morphed to be far more brunch worthy than expected. Hints of robust espresso officially saddle this Stout right up next to those tailored for that 10am beer breakfast. The coffee boasts a faint, but noticeable scent in this beer yet remains fairly within the foreground of Yeti's overall flavor. It won't consume nor overpower like most other Espresso Stout's in this growing field.

Like a heavy creamed Colombian coffee, the Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti can stiffen a weekend morning for any potential task; a caffeinated addition to an already delicious and hoppy friendly recipe.

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

Motor oil pour out of a 22oz bottle (2016)
Nice head creamy tan brown. Perfect
Rich smell of creamy chocolate, coffee and oak
Full creamy mouth feel that's dry but leaves a very tasty aftertaste
Taste is very rich and bold. Roasted espresso is the most prominent character here. Dark bitter chocolate and oak barrel stands out as well. Coffee has nice character and complexity. I'm going to age 2 of these and see if that strong espresso lightens up balances out more with the rest of the beer.
I highly suggest the oak coffee stout lovers pick up a bottle try a 5oz out of the frig, another 30 minutes later and kill it at 45 minutes.

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Photo of Reema
4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Serving type: 22 oz split between me and the girlfriend

Pours pitch black with brown bubbles. Heavy coffee, milk chocolate, small alcohol scent, mild roastiness. Taste reflects the smell. Initial coffee and dark chocolate tastes lead into a pleasant herbal and coffee roastiness that finishes with a lingering sweetness and alcohol burn. Feel is thick and slick, just enough carbonation to not be completely flat. Overall this is a good beer with great coffee aspects.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black in color with an inch of tightly packed brown head resting on top. The aroma is intensely dark espresso, roasted barley, and dark chocolate. I taste espresso, dark chocolate, and dark roasted barley. The mouth is viscous, thick, and chewy. Bottled 12/14.

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Photo of edisacoolcat
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: sweet and slightly boozy. Green grapes plum molasses and caramel. Slight oak

A: Dark black, brown head. Falls quickly

T: Wave of chocolate with dark roast malts and some charred flavor. Strong oak and some bitter flavors. Coffee comes throught a little. Less complex than expected.

A: full body with nice carbonation. Flavors float around in the mouth. Deep roasted coffee comes through in the aftertaste.

O: Nice deep and rich stout. Oak comes though prominently with burnt malts. Coffee doesn't hit until the aftertaste. Less complex than expected and a little but too bitter.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, bottles December 22, 2015. Not to get too far ahead, but this could probably have used a little more time to mellow out.

Pours an absolutely beautiful black body with big, fluffy brown head. Looks thick and oily as it flows.

Smell is roasted and probably burnt malts. Could be the espresso, but hard to distinguish from the malts.

Taste follows the smell, and its kind of disappointing. There's not much sign of espresso, its just a really bitter stout. Maybe I'm missing something because everyone else seems to love this beer, but I'm not digging it.

Overall, I can't get on the train and I'm pretty disappointed. There's one note here, and its bitter, burnt malts/coffee, and I can't find anything redeeming (other than the tremendous appearance). I like GD, so I won't shy away from their beers, but this one isn't for me.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thick, luscious, creamy, . This one pours a rich black with a creamy khaki head that just screams espresso. Aromas are full of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak, marshmallows and Roasted malts. Flavors are full and extremely rich. This is a sweet beer but not syrupy or sugary. Feel is thick as well. This is a great example of a desert beer. Reminds me of snacking on those chocolate covered coffee beans. By far my favorite Yeti variation.

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Photo of TBonez477
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep dark brown with two fingers of mocha/olive colored head that lasts and lasts.

S: Scent is sweet roasted malt, strong coffee and chocolate with some light vanilla and caramel.

T: Flavor is brown sugar, bitter dark roasted espresso, light oak, chocolate and slight vanilla.

M: Deeply creamy, a bit chewy. Appropriately carbonated to support the style and flavors.

O: Wonderfully impressed by this one. Really everything I hoped it would be and more.

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Photo of Dunkelganger4
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 120z bottle into my Lucifer goblet.
Appearance: Dark jet black with a thin but lingering tan-colored head
Aroma: Chocolate dominates with espresso/coffee backing it up.
Taste: The espresso/coffee notes come through first laying a foundation for the chocolate to work off of throughout the beer. Some oak tannins are present to contrast the sweetness of the beer, and become increasingly more present as the beer warms. A hint of alcohol is present towards the finishes alongside the the increasing roastiness. After warming, the roastiness and booziness take over the taste and renders it barely drinkable.
Mouthfeel: Not as viscous as I would have thought but still quite smooth and medium-high with the alcohol adding a some mouthfeel to the beer. The carbonation is medium
Overall: An overhyped beer that doesn't deliver. The aroma needs more complexity and the taste needs the flavors to meld better instead of each flavor showing up at a different time by itself.

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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 yesterdayfaraway
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12-19-14....cellared a year now

L: pours thick, with dark yellowish mocha head
S: dark chocolate, black licorice, bitterness
T: chocolate, dark roast coffee and malt. It's the best yeti I've had. I'm happy it finishes sweet instead of bitter. Good stuff.
F: smooth, easy drinking. Medium thickness and coating.
O: a year in the cellar helped this one.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So dark, really enticing and rich hues of black with a dark mocha head lightening at a gradient.

Smell is so oaky and woody, but in a nice, dry, fresh sort of way, almost like cedar but not quite. Then comes really roasty dark malts, and Raisinettes.

Taste is a bunch of dry oak. Again it doesn't fall into the trap of seeming wet or soaked, stale or chewy, it's quite nice, with chocolate rounding and softening it. Even the coffee is woody and roasty. This beer is so expressive.

Full body, frothy, and dry.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A dark brown pour. Aroma is lots of coffee, or espresso, or whatever, but it wasn't like my favorite kind.

That coffee does dominate pretty much everything in the beer. Its a solid beer and stuff. Kind of a one trick pony. Would prefer if this was available in a 12oz format, the price structure is a lil much in the 22oz bomber.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 2014 bottle poured into a glass. Dark brown to blck with 1/2 finger of Mocha colored head. Smell is roasty fresh poured coffee and dark bready malt. Flavor is full on dark roast coffee well blended with toasty dark malts. Excellent!

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Photo of satoberg
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic coffee overtones, great mouth feel. High Abv wasn't apparent. But it must've had tons of caffeine. Nothing like being buzzed eyes wide open at 2am!

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Decided to enjoy this on a crisp Fall evening around the fire. Served at cellar temp. Poured into a snifter. This brew is black, and it looks thick out of the bottle. It had a big frothy mocha head. Nice retention too. The aroma is deep roast, light espresso, and a hint of black licorice. The taste follows the nose for the most part, with the exception being a little piney hop presence. The mouthfeel is rich and smooth. The alcohol is well hidden. Overall, it's a pretty outstanding offering. I'd love to try this on draft, particularly nitro. Cheers!

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. The liquid is blacker than black and completely opaque. A few lone bubbles cling to the sides of the glass. The head is moderately thick and super dark brown, almost purple! Leaves tons of lace. Exactly how I would want it to look.

Aroma is intensely roasty - cocoa nibs and charred coffee beans. Almost a firewood kind of aroma. Alcohol is present but not overbearing, giving it an extra intensity. Just a hint of citrus sneaks out from the roasty vortex. Aroma more than lives up to the blackness of the appearance.

Flavor starts out with an woody, milky sourness that gives way to a super roasty, bitter creaminess mixed in with hints of liquor-soaked cherries. The swallow is bitter and very hoppy for a stout. Aftertaste is a nice mix of all of these - super-dark chocolate, french-roasted coffee, and bitter, citrusy hops. Aftertaste feels very thick and sticks around for a while. Very nice! Most beers can't pull of this much roasty flavor without coming off like a charred mess.

Mouthfeel is pretty amazing. Very thick and creamy with just a little bit of carbonation.

Overall, really great! It's been a while since I've tried regular yeti, but I like this better than I remember liking that, so take that for what it's worth.

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Photo of bgold86
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter glass. Pours a nice dark black with a fair amount of brown head. Nose is essentially that of the regular Yeti, but the flavor is more milky with a nice coffee presence.

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Photo of robertcbeal
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is outstanding. Velvety chocolate, very smooth. This one will lead to debauchery. It tastes so good, that you lose track of how much you consume. This is especially true of the version on tap at Great Divide's taproom, which is tapped with nitrogen. You will be staggering around Denver all night long.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of those beers that would be on numerous trading and whale lists if it wasn't easy to find. It pours pitch black with a thick, golden head that rises to the top. The coffee and chocolate temper each other perfectly, especially the coffee which keeps the beer from being to sweet. All things considered, it is a fantastic stout

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Photo of cjgiant
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 12/2014:
Beer looks amazing, black with deep, dark tan head. The head sits atop the beer for a long time, settling into a foamy covering. Some legs on a swirl, and decent lacing after a few sips.

Given age, not expecting much coffee, but did get some initially. After sitting a little, a dark bitter roasted malt comes on more, with a light and growing oak scent, which might also be bringing some vanilla.

Taste is not big on the coffee (again, age?), but is true to the nose. Almost charred wood roastiness. A bit of astringency up front, strong black coffee notes eventually come out from underneath later in the taste. Decently thick in body and feel, and warmth brings about some smoothness.

The oak played more in this older bottle as a distinguishing feature over the coffee. So this pour seems similar to what I recall the regular Yeti to be, perhaps a bit deeper in coffee roasted notes, but not really as I expected. Need to try fresher bottle, for sure.

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Photo of bcsbeer
4.94/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bomber bottled on 2/3/15.

Poured into a DFH signature glass. Dark as night with a monster toffee colored, and fast rising head. Sad to say I lost some over the side. Flavors are mix of sweet dark chocolate and espresso. Very rich and heavy. The slightly bitter dark roast espresso notes saved the day by taming the sweetness. Makes a fantastic desert beer.
My recommendation is to drink it fresh. I can't imagine it getting any better with age.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/2/14. Pours dark as night with significant head, dissipates fairly quickly. Coffee influence is still present albeit perhaps a bit too bitter for me at this stage. The barrel presence is clear at this stage. I'd like it to be a bit more chewy / viscious but I'm so used to the extremely high ABV stouts I have to adjust expectations accordingly for 9.5%. Overall, a pleasing offering and I'm sure I would rate this one higher if I had a fresher bottle!

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