Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.19/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
9.5% ABV confirmed. 650ml brown glass bottle with foiled-over pressure cap and simple stylistic label acquired at a local SoCal bottle shop for $9.99 USD and served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high; I've looked forward to trying this Yeti variant for a long time.
Served straight from the refrigerato and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a gorgeous two finger rich tan colour head with beautiful frothy cream, fantastic thickness, and excellent retention for the high ABV (~5+ minutes); the head just sits there for a good two minutes before receding at all, and when it does it leaves sticky thick lacing on the sides of the glass. Beautiful. Body colour is a predictable solid jet black - typical of the style. Nontransparent and opaque; no yeast particles are visible as a result. No bubble show. A great appearance for the style. Constructively, the head could be richer and darker, and a bubble show would aid presentation (albeit superficially).
Sm: Delightful assertive espresso and a bit of coffee/java roast. Coffee notes come off cold-pressed rather than freshly brewed, but that's fine - the coffee here is well balanced against the chocolate and dark malts of the body. Cream. Underlying sturdy oak foundation. Hints of light vanilla. Espresso - and espresso specifically, not just coffee - is dominant, to its benefit. It has a unique presence that coaxes you into trying it. A moderate strength subtle aroma. It could be more complex, but I'm already enchanted. It could use a roasted barley presence; not just coffee roast but actual roasted barley. I'm nitpicking, but it's worthy noting. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.
It hasn't warmed too much, but I can't wait for the first sip...
T: Chocolate up front playing with the vanilla sweetness; ultimately the vanilla wins - but the battle is enjoyable. The vanilla is less a vanilla bean character and more an oak-derived subtle vanilla. Unobtrusive dark chocolate malts fill out the foundation, but the body is dominated by the namesake espresso - and it works wonderfully here. Very little coffee roast, but lots of deep evocative espresso and condensed milk. Not at all too bitter, but it does have that espresso bite. Oak is present s an undertone and gives the flavour profile guidance and unity, but it doesn't contribute all that much in itself. Some may find this too sweet; I do not. That said, I would like more roast to hone the balance. It really does sorely lack roasted barley, but it's forgivable. Hop presence is minimal (as it should be); hop character is generic floral. Not quite the "bold hop profile" suggested by the label, but I'm glad. The creaminess is a highlight - as is its interplay with the rich espresso notes. Complex, balanced, and very enjoyable.
No yeast character or alcohol comes through.
Mf: Delightfully creamy and smooth, with a lighter more fleeting presence than expected. Smoothness aids drinkability and evokes espresso texture - and aptly so. Slight overcarbonation. Perfect thickness. Good presence on the palate. Complements the flavour profile wonderfully.
Dr: Obscenely drinkable for the high ABV and for the style. My favourite Yeti variant yet (and only Barrel Aged remains). A fantastic brew from Great Divide, Espresso Oak Aged Yeti provides what the other variants lack. I'd definitely pick this one up again, but as far as aging goes, I'd be worried the espresso would fade. Still, I wouldn't mind finding out. I'd easily recommend this to friends. A fantastic beer in the style that sets itself apart with unique characteristics; you have to bring a lot to the table to compete in today's imperial stout market, and this one provides. Fairly priced at $9.99; I'd pay more. Give this one a go and you won't be disappointed.
Probably drinks best from a snifter; my goblet did alright though. Also a teku would suit it nicely I imagine.
Serving type: bottle
01-17-2013 06:10:32 | More by kojevergas
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