Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout (review)

Beer Review #138

A couple of days ago I reviewed Oatmeal Yeti Imperial Stout (review #136) from Great Divide Brewing. Today I'm checking out another variation on their Imperial Stout, the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti. Be sure to check out my earlier review and companion video: here.

"We toned down the hops a bit to allow cocoa nibs to contribute some pleasing bitterness, while vanilla notes from the oak combine with the cocoa to create an aroma and flavor akin to a gourmet chocolate bar. A dash of cayenne keeps things lively, adding just a bit of heat to the finish. Another great Yeti? Hell yes."

This beer pours absolutely black, like strong coffee, with a huge thick head of alarmingly dark foam that stays, and stays, and stays.

The aroma is primarily dark chocolate with just a dash of pepperiness.

I'm not sure that I've ever had a beer brewed with cayenne pepper (or any other pepper for that matter.) To read it, without trying it, the used cayenne pepper initially sounds kind of odd, but here it adds an interesting dimension. Spiciness and bitterness are natural bedfellows, and the cayenne compliments the bakers chocolate perfectly, providing a bit of burn as the beer goes down, dark, decadent and bitter.

 9.5%ABV


Twin Tiers Beer Trail:
-Twin Tiers Craft Beer Club (Sayre)
I-86 Beer Trail
The Jolly Farmer, Waverly (Waverly)
Bluestone Brewing Company (Sayre)
- Diversion Brewing Co. (Chemung)
The Grille at the Train Station (Sayre)
River Rat Brew Trail (Central Pa)

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