Saturday, July 2, 2016

Oatmeal Yeti Imperial Stout (review)

Yesterday I reviewed a couple of impressive stouts: Avery Vanilla Bean Stout (review #134) and Zinneke Belgian Style Stout (review #135). On tap for today are two more dark behemoths, the first of which is Oatmeal Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewery. This Denver based brewing company was founded in 1994. Be sure to check them out here on wikipedia for a complete history (I for one, like to educate myself about the origins of every beer I drink. So be sure to research your purchases folks!)

Much like its legendary predecessors, this Yeti is big, bold and dark.  The addition of rolled oats softens Yeti’s notoriously roasty backbone and the small amount of raisins added in the brew kettle create a unique dark fruit character.  Just as admired as those that came before it, Oatmeal Yeti Imperial Stout is a gentle beast.

ABV: 9.5%  |  AVAILABLE: Seasonal  |  SIZES: 22oz and 5 gal kegs

FOOD PAIRINGS:Duck poutine, steak au poivre, grilled portabella mushrooms, Stilton blue cheese, banana cream pie. - Source

Each year the spring and summer line of IPA's comes out earlier and earlier. That being the case, i found myself on a pale beer kick ridiculously early in 2016 - like January early folks! This probably has something to do with the fact that although it is only July 2nd, I'm beginning to feel the pull of darker concoctions again. Sometimes a guy just want's something thick and black in his mouth - oh wait - that didn't sound right. But I digress...

Great Divide's Oatmeal Yeti is an impenetrably black Imperial Oatmeal Stout with a head of mocha foam that lingers and lingers.

This beer has a twangy (read as: metallic) aroma comprised of dark roasted coffee and charred / BBQ notes.

Although brewed with raisins, they are a small player in the taste, which leans between coffee and vanilla. The oatmeal gives it a creaminess on the mouth, mitigating some of the harshness of unsweetened coffee and chocolate.

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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