Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared with hobbersr and macadem. Pours inky black with a fine dark tan head, good lacing. Nose is very hoppy, exceedingly so. This was a super-fresh batch, or an off bottle. Either way, big Three-C nose, pine plus cigar ash, roasted malt, coffee, hops really detract from the beer though. Must be far far too young. Palate is huge milk chocolate, hops are present, but restrained and acceptable. Roasted malt, coffee, a touch of oak on the finish, very tasty, shame about the nose though. Must get an older bottle to re-rate in future.
UltraViolence (23) - USA - AUG 29, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The Espresso Yeti acquits itself far better than the Chocolate Yeti. The original Yeti still reigns supreme. The Espresso does what it says on the label by whacking your palate with coffee flavor...some derived from the Yeti itself, the more forward coffee flavor derived from the espresso proposition. Very good...just not as good as itís ancestor/predecessor.
Macadem (103) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells of pine and hops, though tastes nothing like it. Pours dark, rich black, with a chocolate head. A bit of chocolate and coffee for flavor, pretty boozy, and feels like a big swig of boozy motor oil in the mouth. Damn good but doesnt knock my socks off.
DJMonarch (9165) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2010 1. On Tap at the GABF Colorado Convention Center, Denver 11/10/2008
Fruit and roast aromas. Small tan head. Black very strong in alcohol fruity and hoppy with a crisp bitter and slightly dry coffee roast finish.
2. On Tap at the Rake, Southwark 02/08/2010
Coffee roast aroma. Beige head. Black strong in alcohol and a little sweet on the palate with a hint of dryness and bitterness in a coffee roast finish.
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Picked up this long awaited bastard at Ds in Swissvale. Full disclosure: this beer on paper looks made for my tastes.
Look is pretty phenominal, black as night and a nice sized tan head gives way to a crown and lacing the whole way down the glass.
Nose is good as well, chocolate, coffee, wood, vanilla. Someone below wrote a coffee shop scent, I can see that.
Taste comes off rather successful as well, the familiar yeti taste which is an already great mix of chocolate, cream, and coffee with some oak and a ton of espresso. I donít think it is overpowering but it is prevalent. There is also a hop presence I never noticed in a yeti, likely because I have never had one this fresh.
Body is pretty thick and chewy with low to med carbonation.
Glad to have another bottle of this waiting in the wings.
malrubius (2190) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - AUG 15, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle in Duvel glass. Black with tan head and lace. Espresso grounds and chocolate aroma. Bitter roasted chocolate espresso with subdued fruit and bitter vanilla coffee wood finish. Thick and rich. If it were possible to improve upon Oaked Aged Yeti, this would do it. But, yet, it is not possible.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 13, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Pours deep brown/ black with a creamy chocolate head. Nose of espresso beans, cocoa, vanilla. Flavor was bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and maybe a little unexpected hint of pepper spice? Overall a pretty good brew, glad I could share it with 2 others, wouldnít have been able to finish the bomber by myself.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an opaque black color with a brown head. Aroma is espresso, oak, chocolate, caramel, roast, a hint of vanilla, and some earthy spicy hops. Flavor is chocolate, roast, espresso, caramel, oak, vanilla, some alcohol, and a bitter spicy finish.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Source:22 oz bottle purchased at Chuckís in Bowling Green.
Appearance:Black pour with a two finger brown/beige head.
Aroma:Tons of chocolate (very little coffee?) and resinous hops.
Flavor:Lots of espresso, milk chocolate, bitter chocolate and dark fruits.
Palate:Full body with solid carbonation.
Overall:The aroma was a bit puzzling. No coffee. The flavor however did present the bitter espresso. This was another solid, drinkable brew from Great Divide.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Woe be unto he or she should they run into me in the morning pre-coffee; it is not a pretty sight, indeed. Coffee is one of lifeís intricate pleasures and blessings, second only to beer. Combine the two and you have a veritable quaffing nirvana of sensory ecstasy.
She descended from the night sky black as pitch with nary a flicker, moment, or time for light of any source. Oily, thick, and viscous, she continues to suck all the light out of my glass, topped by dark blackish tan clouds of mousse consistency. Dark tan lace crackles and sparks along the sides while her thick cloud-cover melts into a thin ominous haze. Hold the cream and sweetener please, because this brew is all coffee. Thick, rich, and freshly brewed, her nose billows and blossoms with each passing moment. Dark, roasty, and deliciously bitter bone dry with a topping of earthy crema. Dark, dank oak, spice, licorice root, dates, and a wisp of chili spice entertain my senses from behind the fields of Arabica. As the back of my nose melts under her gaze, my lips part ways to allow her thick pleasures to slide down my throat. As richly thick as her visage and nose promised, all porous surfaces are immediately coated in coffee, espresso, coffee, and more espresso with an equally rich crema. Black cacao beans still covered in fresh soil from the earth rests in barrels of well-used oak. They crunch with dry espresso richness even as the chocolate leads into a burnt, ashy finish. Burnt sugars and smoke mingle in my breath long after each quaff, but not as long as the burgeoning warmth which is slowly seeping throughout my whole body, head to toe. Wow. Grab a snifter, sit back, sip and contemplate the inner mysteries of the universe. A winner all the way; Iím sure her gift of age was an additional blessing.
Great Divide is one of those small, undiscovered breweries for me. Of the few beers I have tried, my tastebuds danced in glee and delight. It should have been no surprise to me that their Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout would be nothing less than fantastic. She is not for the faint of heart though, and if you are hanging onto an older bottle, donít be afraid to hold on even longer. There was no trace of any downward spiral approaching, though if you want to go ahead and crack her open, by all means please do. Remember, take time to stop and taste the beer.