Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.16/5 rDev -2.3%
Straight pour from a 32oz twist-off growler to my trusty Cigar City snifter; filled on the same day at the Syracuse Real Food Co-op.
Appearance (4.0): Half a finger of hot cocoa-colored head comes off the pour, but it doesn’t last, despite having a fine-grained texture and leaving immediate (small amounts of) lacing. The body is black and undeniably dark, but interestingly not opaque—dark, dark red-amber tones come through at the edges if you hold it up next to a light. There’s some modest lacing composed of thin layers of scattered suds and fat legs here and there.
Smell (4.25): Strong, rich aromas of dark-roast coffee and a smooth, lightly vanilla-ish scent mixed with mellow wood tones (not as spicy as the scent of fresh-cut wood, but similar) make an interesting dynamic here. There’s some very nice, thick, understated molasses and dark cocoa powder undertones that add some depth here, mixed with a little booze but not bad. I really like the way the oak comes across clearly but not too strongly, in a supporting role.
Taste (4.25): Some biting, almost acidic coffee bitterness comes through first on the palate, but moderate in strength, balanced out by the rich layers of dark chocolate, toffee, boozy fruitcake, and the again clear-but-subordinate woody, mellow oak character—until the finish. The finish is dominated by that cutting coffee bitterness again, not acidic but strong enough and somewhat astringent—like cold-brewed black coffee. There’s also a tang on the back end like dry cocoa powder. Thankfully, whatever booze character is in here is covered up by or blended into this coffee and cocoa finish nicely. As it warms, it shows some lighter and brighter but still creamy sweetness in the mid-palate, like caramel ice cream—but subtly.
Mouthfeel (4.0): The body is full and modestly viscous, having a consistency that’s somewhat heavy and sticks together but doesn’t make it to the “syrupy” level. The carbonation is understated and smooth, while offering a nice, evenly-distributed tingle towards the end. It finishes relatively smooth, all in all.
Overall (4.0): This is a really nice, really smooth Imperial Stout that shows strong character in a smooth blend of different elements: the coffee, chocolate, molasses, and fruitcake-y tones of the malt body, mixed with the thankfully understated oak aging, and the faded remnants of some serious hopping. This makes a great sipper with plenty of character that won’t bludgeon you to death, but stands up to the style easily.
01-29-2013 04:56:39 | More by fmccormi
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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