Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.53/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Bottled on 12/13/10. Poured into the KBS snifter, while listening to The Pogues' If I should Fall From the Grace of God, after finally figuring why the new turntable wouldn't work (Damnit Ion, if I'm not supposed to put the input jacks into the phono spot, maybe you should tell me somewhere!)
A - Almost black with dark, dark brown tints. Reddish-brown head with good retention and lacing.
S - Glad to be greeted by the stubble vanilla sweetness under the hammer of roasted malt and chocolate that for me is the calling card of the Oak-Aged Yeties. They also did a great job of making the slight acidity and mild fresh-roast coffee flavors come though, without making the beer over-spiced.
T - Man the espresso is expressive in this beer! Lots of coffee dryness and acidity, but not so much that it takes away from the big roasted malt, smoke, light fruity esters, and alcohol bite that makes Yeti such a great imperial stout to begin with (wow, can you say run-on sentence.) I do not notice a ton of oakiness in the flavor, maybe a little sweet toastiness.
M - Where I do detect the oak is in the mouthfeel. The body is incredibly soft for a beer of this size, and seems to help soften the assertive alcohol presence a bit.
D - I don't often feel this way about American Imperial Stouts anymore, but I am going to say that this is craft brewing at it's best, extreme, classic, and a work of art. Plenty of expressive flavors, with great balance and fantastic use of the different ingredients. It's not just a great barrel aged beer, not just a great coffee stout, and not just a great big imperial stout, but all combined to make a well planned and executed beer.
Serving type: bottle
01-20-2011 00:20:38 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
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