Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout (review)

Beer Review #141

I'm a completest. Be it movie, book or beer, when somebody produces a series I just have to finish it. Ten days ago I enjoyed a bottle of Great Divide Brewing Company's Oatmeal Yeti Imperial Stout (review #136). Three days later I knocked back a pint and a half of their Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti (review #138).  This afternoon I'm checking out a third iteration of the beer: Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout.

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.
The PR people at Great Divide joke that you could drink it for breakfast. While I'm sure the calorie count is likely enough to make a meal, at 9.5%ABV I suggest waiting until a little later in the day to imbibe.

Where Oatmeal Yeti was a smooth, creamy stout and Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti is a more bitter, spicy stout with a cayenne kick, Espresso Oak Aged Yeti falls somewhere in between. While all three beers have their charms,  this third brew represents a happy medium.

As per usual with stouts, I gave this one the 'light test' and its black to the core. The dark brown foamy head is substantial and refuses leave. Even after it does (finally) subside, it clings desperately to the glass.

The aroma is surprisingly mild (just hints of espresso and vanilla - which combine to become something like weak caramel).

While the beer comes up a little short on the nose scale, it more than makes up for in taste. While I'm not a coffee drinker, I do enjoy coffee stouts. This beer is big on coffee taste (along with hints of chocolate), however the vanilla notes pulled out of the wood during oak aging makes it more mild than the Chocolate Oak Aged version which is ore harsh and bitter. I also pick up something that reminds me a bit of extra sharp cheddar on the inhale. I like this beer.

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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