Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
4.5/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bought this a few months back and finally got around to trying it this week. Even though dark beers like this are normally my forte in the winter, it's been so cool and damp out that this turned out to be the perfect week to give this and the non oak-aged version of this a shot. Little did I know how different than other RIS's this would be. Chalk it up to my whiskey and bourbon swilling days, or to the fact that this is just a damn good beer!
Nice pour, no doubt. Dark, frothy, and with quite a bit of lacing. This did NOT have that "motor-oil" aspect to it as I figured that it would, but the alcohol is still there nevertheless. I can't quite pinpoint what effect the oak has on this beer. For starters, it's incredibly smooth. Like I said before, the alcohol is here but by no means is it overpowering. This has a nice warming effect without being over-the-top or so strong as to be sipped. The flavors might do it as well. Vanilla bitterness, smooth dark chocolate, the woody caramel hints of the oak, and currant all combine to tease the palate without crowding the other notes out. There is almost no carbonation to be found in this once the head fizzles out, but it's still light enough that downing a whole bottle solo is not a difficult task.
Comparing RIS's is so hard to do since it's a style with a lot of strong competitors - in terms of taste, quality, and alcoholic content. This is no exception to that and having a brew of this style aged in such a manner only raises the bar higher. Yes, there's a bit of peat taste just like ya'd find in a good bottle of Jack Daniels but no matter, nothing about this beer is detracting. Make no mistake, this Yeti is worth the search to find, but beware!
Serving type: bottle
05-06-2009 07:09:42 | More by JerzDevl2000
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3.31/5 rDev -22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Look- opaque black, thick poor, thin dark tan head
Smell- hints of milk chocolate almost reminiscent of pudding, oak, coffee, molasses, nutty plum. Some cooked cabbage as well, unfortunately.
Taste- charred oak, bittersweet chocolate, earthy hops, semi-sweet malt in the middle followed by bitter dry finish with notes of cabbage. Alcohol is well hidden.
Feel- medium full, slightly sticky, medium carbonation
Overall- Despite the obvious infection, the aroma and appearance were quite inviting. Flavor was disappointing to me and I'm sure the infection played a role but I'm just not fond of the balance of roasted malt in Yeti.
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2014 14:11:13 | More by joemetric
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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