Sunday, March 23, 2008
Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
'Crack open Yeti Imperial Stout's sophisticated sibling -- Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout. Although these beers come from the same clan, they have entirely different personalities. Aging on a blend of French and toasted oak chips infuses a subtle oak and vanilla character into Yeti's already intense chocolate, roasted coffee malt flavor and hugely assertive hop profile. Who says you can't tame a Yeti? 75 International Bittering Units (IBUs).'
This is my first barrel aged beer that wasn't all full of bourbon and I still love it. Oak aging seems to add a good amount of bitterness to the flavor of Yeti Imperial Stout. The vanilla flavoring goes a long way to offset the bitter coffee flavoring without neutering the overall experience. This is a killer stout, definitely a 'big beer' with plenty of kick to it. I think the best thing Yeti has going to is that all the flavors are distinct and strong but they never cross the line where they become to much. The end result gives you a strong yet drinkable brew. Great stuff.