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.


Chipper (Dave) said...

It's funny. I've not been able to find the Oak Aged Yeti in my local store for over 2 months now. In fact this weekend, they no longer hold an empty spot for this beer in their fridge. I guess I'll just have to go to a few other stores to get some of this. I sampled an Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout this weekend and mmmm was that good. Still, I'd rather be sipping on a Yeti.

sonnett said...

I haven't seen many Great Divide's in Cincinnati, but the ones I have tried I have liked. Hope to get to this one soon.

Matt C. said...

review Fort and Terrible.. think you'll like Terrible but I dunno if you'll like Fort