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
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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 liamt07
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of MasterSki, split with my girlfriend into two tulips. Bottled on February 12, 2010.

Pours a few shades off black, three fingers of light brown head. Mild retention and great lace. Nose of dark fruits, light vanilla and oak. Some espresso and dark chocolate when I dug a bit deeper into this, I suspect it's faded a bit. Light notes of alcohol. Taste is more prominent in terms of oak and vanilla initially, leading into some milk and dark chocolate. Some citrus hops in the late finish, coming long after the dry espresso and lingering bitterness it have long gone. Good heavy medium body, and drinkability and enjoyable overall. Thanks Alex.

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Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked up a bomber from Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem. Bottled on Feb 13 09. Appears pitch black with a tan head and lacing.

I'm torn with this beer. On one hand, there's great, complex flavor profile. However, there's an unpleasant booze sting, like when you take a shot of vodka. The aroma holds big fruity, bready chocolate and coffee smells. The flavor has a huge espresso bean note that's rich but not terribly deep. That boozy tang quickly kicks in and ruins an otherwise awesome beer. What a shame.

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

Well now. EOAYIS on cask. Yes please.
Now, I'm not a coffee guy (or espresso) so I do try to hold objective.
Pours deep black with rich ruby hints on along the rim. More noticeable as it is drank. A thick, rich, chocolate malt looking foaming head on this one. Oh..beauty.
A dry espresso, dark chocolate and slight anise aroma. A bit boozy, but hidden quite well. Some fig and nutmeg hints.
A fruity start, dark soft fruit. Dry. Dark chocolate coated in espresso comes in like gang-busters. Flows smoothly over the tongue, a quick bite and flush of anise and prune. Coffee like aftertaste. Leaves clean. Easy drinking. A bit boozy in the finish with an exhale.
Great beer

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to brandy snifter
Bottled on: March 5, 2010

A - Thick dark black colour with a finger of espresso coloured head.

S - A very robust nose heavy on the roasted malts and dark roasted coffee with some licorice in the background.

T - Dark roasted malts with a nice dark roasted coffee (espresso) taste and a nice subtle oak flavour in the finish. Very slight alcohol bite that is barely noticeable.

M - Slightly watery for an imperial stout; lightly carbonated.

D - Another excellent beer in the long line of GD Yeti Stouts. I would buy this one over and over again.

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a 1/2" brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome! It has a dry, expresso scent along with a rich, black and chocolate malt aroma. It has a bitter black malt, coffee feel. The taste is great as well. It has a dry, expresso flavor up front with some chocolate malt notes. It goes down easy with minimal warming and a nice subtle oak finish. This is a complex beer with lots going on. The expresso character is quite pronounced. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tremendous beer. I'm a huge fan of the coffee flavor.

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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 Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap, 12oz pour. Appears black in color, with a dark brown head. This is one bad mutha, and you can tell from how impenetrably dark it is. Aromas of a starbucks cafe at 8:00 in the morning. Espresso, chocolate, roasted coffee and malts. In the flavor, some vanilla, espresso and dark chocolate. Roasted malts. A beauty of a brew and well worth the purchase. Reccommended to coffee lovers, barrel aged fans, and the beer geek. Would love to pair this with some pancakes.

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Photo of dar482
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It comes in a deep black color with a wonderful coffee head. It's a beautiful brown head. One of the more beautiful stouts.

The aroma and flavor are just huge. It smells of big espresso beans and bitter chocolate. There's also big oak character.

Such a smooth stout, it has wonderful roasted espresso flavor and sweetness and then woody oak chip flavor. It has a lovely body. It's almost like a rich, dark chocolate coffee milkshake. It hits the flavors with its complex flavors, the creaminess, and mouthfeel spot on.

My issue with this beer however is the aftertaste. It's hard to pin down, but it makes you rub your tongue on the top of your mouth. I prefer this beer colder because as it warms up, the aftertaste gets more prominent. It's almost a chalkiness or Nestle malt that sticks and lingers around. A slight offensive flavor.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just had my cellared 2005, and can't recommend enough. I have always enjoyed Yeti and Espresso in particular has never failed, but this was extraordinary. I used a large snifter with a vigourous pour. It was a dark deep black/brown as expected with a notable head and fairly good retention. As hoped the aroma exploded...roasty malts, subjugated hops and coffeehouse fresh roasted beans. All the characteristic flavors had both melded and still retained some distinct isolation. The taste was a blend of rich bold coffee swirling in a sea of intense dark malts, but wonderfully mellow and decadent. The mouthfeel was criminally smooth.
Higly suggest you put down a bottle, and be patient. The wait is worth it.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very solid beer. Somewhat austere, not as lush as the chocolate version, but also not as straight up woody as the regular oak version (which I'm not a huge fan of). That one is simply a demonstration of using too much oak. This one pours black with a tan head that fades just a little too quickly. Smells toasty with oak and espresso and a touch of cream. The roasty notes of the coffee and stout blend nicely. The taste is quite dry, with more of a woody austerity than a lush creaminess. Full coffee notes, with a nice flavor, but not exceedingly bitter or over the top. Instead you get a nice lingering roasty bitterness, some bitter chocolate, and a touch of cream, with the oak drying things out and playing a supporting role. A little unbalanced, but enjoyable. A little woody in the mouth, and quite bitter. A sipper, would be a good dessert beer to cleanse the palate.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a large snifter split with a friend. I guess this is about a month or two old.

A- Espresso Yeti is a dark brown color coming out of the bomber. Once in the glass it has a dark thick black look to it. On top sat a nice espresso colored tan head, how appropriate. A nice while before the head died down and some lace remained on the glass.

S- Like expected this smells like Yeti with espresso coffee added, there that was not to hard. In more detail oak from the barrel leading to the obvious vanilla that comes from it. Some roast from the malts and maybe some smoke. Chocolate is there as well but not as prevelant as the espresso.

T- Not the greatest coffee beer that I have had but this is damn fine stuff. This is probably due to it being another variation in the oak aged series and not a new recipe all together. Either way espresso shoots out at you with rich tastes in that variety. Chocolate and vanilla as well blending nicely plus an oak barrel backbone. What's not to love?

M- Full and luxurious. This one is a small step down from full bodied with the carbonation to show. This one is still a bit green so some small aging time should do the trick as this one goes down a bit hot, distracting from the overall goodness this has to offer. Also getting some bitterness towards the end from the fresh hops, no biggie smalls.

D- Im a sucker for coffee beers so this one was a no brainer for me. Either way I feel this could benefit from a little aging as the flavors are not all quite together presently. A bit high in alcohol to but what are you going to do, it's a imperial stout for pete's sake.

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

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip. Bottled on 12/19/11.

Appearance: impenetrable black hue with a thick, creamy head of dark tan foam. A nice lace is left on the glass, too; quite good indeed.

Smell: rich coffee aroma is very good, but it's a bit one-note and lacking in complexity. Still, very enticing.

Taste: coffee flavor is just as big as the aroma, and there is some underlying chocolate and alcohol complexity. Toward the end there is a vegetal quality from the hops which I don't love. Bitterness is right and the end and is just the right level. Oak contribution seems pretty mild. Quite good, but I would like more contribution from the non-coffee characteristics.

Mouthfeel: extremely silky with a nice underlying creaminess. Big body; while the carbonation seems low, it is well-integrated and plays very well with the thick mouthfeel. Great.

Overall: a tasty and satisfying imperial stout, though I would like a little more oak and yeti and maybe a little less espresso.

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

The beer draws a corollary to espresso right off the bat with its inky, opaque black body. Yeti Imperial Stout is by nature a dark creature, but adding coffee has surely sealed the deal: finding even a flicker of colour is about as easy and probable as picking winning lottery numbers. Its head is dark too, but the oils in the coffee have killed-off retention.

When these kinds of hops are used in this kind of quantity, there are few things that can compete on the same olfactory level - espresso, apparently, is one of them. The oily, roasty, strong scent of bitter, smoky beans is about on par with that of bitter, piny hops. The two seem to have a mutual respect for one another, neither intrudes much with the other.

I mention this every time I review a coffee-beer: I am not a coffee drinker, but I do love the flavour of it. What turns me off about coffee is its distinct astringency that leaves that dry, ashy, stale taste in the mouth afterwords - we've all smelt it on a co-worker's breath! Usually malts supersede that with a silky, caramelly sweetness, but not in this example...

The brewery makes a point to call it 'espresso' (not just 'coffee') Oak Aged Yeti on the label, and they're even more emphatic about it in the flavour. This smoky, strong, ostentatiously bean-y taste get's the point across with the confidence of an alpha lion, edging out any delicate subtleties that might have accompanied the malts, hops or oak chips.

Not to suggest, however, that there aren't also some redeeming and, frankly, rather decadent qualities too. It is an eloquently flavoured beer, and the caffeine is likely to hit you more than the alcohol. A strong cigar-like oakiness lingers in taste and texture, lending the beer an arid dryness that soaks things up before they risk becoming syrupy.

As a non-coffee drinker, I'm not surprised to find that Espresso Yeti is my least favourite among the group. (We all have our biases.) I insist, however, it has less to do with the presence of coffee and more to do with the lack of typical Yeti characteristics: spruce-y, spicy hops and rich dark chocolate malts, both of which are relatively less pronounced. I also feel the $15 I shelled out was a little much given the comparative quality of standard Yeti.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

March 2009 Bottle Date; Sampled May 2009
A solid, but not aggressive pour, sneaks up on me and fills my 25cl tulip glass with three fingers of foam as well as overflowing a bit. The head is a full brown hue that is as dark as I can remember seeing in a long time. The beer is pitch black in color, though it does pass a hint of light around the edges if I really hunt for it (the hue is amber leaning, though it is still pretty opaque). The aroma has a sharp, acrid espresso character to it that is quite noticeable from the get go. The beer is a bit cold so in the microwave it goes for 15 seconds to make it cool. The warming smoothes out the acrid notes a bit, but they still play the dominant role here. Some aromas that do become noticeable though are a charred, blueberry-like, fruitiness, some notes of charcoal, a touch of sweet dark malt, charred tobacco, a toasted brown malt / biscuit maltiness and a touch of chocolate at times. The aroma is a bit simplistic in its overwhelming charred (both espresso and malt) character, though it is not bad.

The beer feels smooth and creamy as it first hits my tongue; it is not overly thick and seems a bit light compared to some heavy Imperial Stouts. Dark chocolate flavors are noticed along with an up front sweetness. Chewy, toasted and burnt whole-grain flavors are here along with a bread / cracker like middle. The finish has a burnt, lingering, roasted bitterness to it; there is also a huge hop bitterness here though, but I don't notice the ample hop flavor presence that is in the regular Yeti. The flavor is somewhat acrid, with a touch of roast derived acidity, but it is quite a bit smoother than the aroma would have suggested. As the beer warms and my palate gets used to it, the beer picks up a lot more roasted fruitiness; notes of burnt prunes, figs and perhaps a touch of raisin are noticeable. It also picks up a touch of dark / roast grain burnt vegetal character at times in the finish, though this is pretty light. The fruit notes are accentuated by the hoppiness and the vegetal note is enhanced by the herbal hop notes. This has a nice, complex sweetness from the dark malt. Some spicy oak accentuates the acrid notes a bit as well as adding a touch of hotness to the finish. The oak is fairly muted overall though.

I definitely like the regular Yeti better as the espresso just makes this a bit too harsh. It is not a bad beer though and I find myself even enjoying it.

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Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brown black color with outstanding head retention and lacing. On the nose this beer is unbelievable. There is a HUGE aroma of espresso, coupled with licorise and chocolate. One gets a hint of underlying bitterness too, but the espresso aroma completely dominates it. On the palate this beer is a stunner. Again, one gets a huge aroma of coffee, coupled with chocolate and very noticeable bitterness. This beer is excellent now, but I'll bet a year or so of aging would result in something divine. The beer has a nice polished mouthfeel, with a bit of grittiness from what has to be some substantial hops. The beer finishes well and the alcohol is well disguised.

An extremely impressive beer from Great Divide. This is great stuff!

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Photo of Zorro
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black colored ale with dark brown colored head; closest to a black colored head I have yet seen.

Strong espresso scent. Very strong coffee aroma that crowds out just about all other smells. Faint vanilla and caramel scent with a slight smell of wine.

Starts out mildly sweet with a heavy roasted malt flavor and a bit of smoke. Strong black coffee with a sharp bitterness to it at first. Bitterness abates as you drink it a bit. There is some vanilla and caramel in this. In summary though this is big damn bossy coffee beer.

Mouthfeel is chocolate milk shake thick.

Good drinkability / overall. But this isn't a mildly flavored beer, this is the Hells Angel of Coffee beers, it can get a little rough.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber picked up at Farmer's Harvest, into my brand new Great Divide pint glass,

A: Pours black with a small brown head, good retention, average lacing.

S: Coffee heavy, it certainly smells like espresso, you get what's advertised and it's big and appealing.

T: Bitter coffee dominates immediately with a lot of dark chocolate and a hint of charcoal thrown in there too. The residual sugar comes in and mixes with the espresso for a sweeter finish. The coffee is robust, overt and in your face, arguably the most pronounced coffee beer I've ever had, definitely one that's commercially brewed.

M: Full-bodied, smooth, strong coffee influence throughout, a hint of booze in the finish which is okay by me, with an off-dry finish.

D: This is a big one for sure. Not as integrated and balanced as Peche Mortel, the coffee isn't trying to be cute; it's a coffee beer and you know it. I don't drink coffee in my day to day life, but I do enjoy it in beer, but this was almost too much for me at times, hence the 3. Definitely an experience, be careful, this one can stain your clothes, I learned that first hand.

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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 HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks snojerk321! Appears dark brown, nearly black, with a light brown head and good retention.

The aroma is initially espresso and cocoa, but beneath that is dark unsweetened chocolate. The oak is pervasive, and there are notes of roasted malt.

The flavor is pretty dominated by coffee and the malt is more roasted than in the aroma. The chocolate is dark and there's a medium level of bitterness. The finish is coffee with some acrid roasted bitterness that lingers.

Full bodied with a high level of carbonation.

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Photo of rudzud
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's, bottled back in January. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Yeah, hands down one of the nicest looking stouts. A nice deep rich dark brown nearly black pour with a three finger milk chocolate head that leaves big, sticky side lacing and a thick dense creamy half inch blanket. Amazing.

S - Typical Yeti aromas here thanks to the oak. A very distinct almost licorice. Very nice roasty coffee notes and roasted malts with light dark chocolate aromas.

T - Taste is solid, nice coffee and alot of chocolate. The oak lends a slight earthyness but for the most part this is nice solid espresso with bitter coffee ground finish and nice dark chocolate.

M - Just outstanding. Velvety silky smooth with some great coffee bitterness. The ABV is slightly noticeable on the end, but its mixed nicely with the bitterness.

O - Overall this is another impressive stout from Great Divide. Really cant go wrong with their stouts.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours totally jet black in color with a generous one fingered toffee colored head. The lacing sticks to the sides of the glass and clings like glue.

S - Dominated by expresso and coffee, bitter chocolate, and with a mild smokey character.

T - The name lives up to the taste. This beer is a big time, in your face type of coffee/expresso stout. Expresso flavor totally dominates...and I do mean DOMINATES! There's a mild bitter chocolate, somewhat smokey flavor with alot of charcoal mixed in. Burnt malt in the back ground leaves a sticky, mouthsmacking impression of just sucking down a mouthful of raw coffee beans. Pour this in place of your morning cup of java and it will definitely kick start your day!

M - A little chewy, thick, full bodied, and rich.

D - I couldn't drink more than one. I'm not a fan of coffee, but I do enjoy Imperial Stouts and this is definitely worth checking out. I'd have to say this is the biggest and strongest coffee flavored beer I've had to date.

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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 weeare138
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a pitch black midnight with a dark tan head that slowly fades into a small collar. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of obvious espresso, toasted nuts. cocoa, ripe dark fruit, vanilla, and rum.
Taste is of the aromas with a sugary rum filled brown sugar and coffee explosion.
Mouthfeel full bodes, gummy, chewy, and delicious.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle
Bottled Feb 13 2009

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark black color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is very dark and roasty with a lot of fresh roasted coffee in the nose. There is also some hops and a good dose of alcohol but the coffee is definitely the dominant smell in the aroma. Very nice! Can't wait for my first sip!

T- The taste starts out pretty smooth with some roasted malts and a hint of sweetness. It quickly to bitterness with a lot of bitter coffee and hop flavors in the finish. There is definitely a lot of hops in the finish, definitely one of the hoppier Imperial Stouts.

M- The mouthfeel is a little on the thick side with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout is some great stuff. Not exactly the most drinkable beer in the world, it is definitely a sipper. Overall, this is one that I would definitely pick up again. Highly Recommended!

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

I had this on tap at The Catalyst in Fort Collins but this is a review of the bottled version.

It pours a pitch black with a 2 finger head of tan foam.

The smell is a big dose of coffee and an almost as big nose of oak giving me a bitter sweet aroma overall. Nice.

The taste is huge. Lots of coffee permeates my every tastebud. There's plenty of oak flavour as well with side notes of cocoa and vanilla. Hop bitterness is also present. Wow. This a flavour monster! And quite warming though I can't really taste the alcohol. For my personal tastes, the only knock is that the coffee goes a bit overboard. Maybe further tastings will change my mind?

The mouthfeel borders on thick, the carbonation is fairly light, and it finishes on the bitter side with notes of coffee and hops.

Drinkability? It's very tasty but the coffee grinds on my tastebuds after a while so it isn't something I'd want to try to drink back to back. The 1 bottle will do me fine..

Oh and head retention is average but there's lots of sheeting after every sip. It's certainly interesting what GD did with their Oak Aged Yeti.

Edit Dec 15, 2010:

Well, I pulled my last bottle, mistakenly dated as bottled on Feb 13, 2005(I'm guessing it should be Feb 2009) and was amazed at how well the beer has evolved from the fresh product. The coffee flavour has mellowed out but is still dominant but within my range of comfort and the roasted malt just kicks it up a few notches. That, combined with a super tasty roasted malt flavour and a delicious flavour of dark chocolate takes this beer to a new level for me. Outstanding!

No choice but to edit my rating...

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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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