Sunday, December 11, 2011

Beer Review: Oak Aged Yeti

Reviewing the Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company.
Score: 95

Appearance: Pours an attractive dark black, completely opaque color with a finger of creamy mocha head that settles into a ring around the glass. Above average lacing. 4.5/5

Smell: Figs, dark fruits and dark cherries upfront. Some syrupy molasses and brown sugar, with a touch of oak and vanilla. Creamy milk chocolate. Espresso and cocoa beans too. Some roasted coffee. 4.5/5

Taste: Dry oak and raw cocoa beans. Bitter dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans. Raisins, figs and dark fruit on the mid-palate. Brown sugar and molasses layers on the mid-palate too. A little warming alcohol in the end. Lingers long with a dry, dark cocoa flavor. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, syrupy and viscous. Minimal carbonation. A little chewy. Finish is dry and bitter. 4.5/5

Overall: Very complex, smooth and drinkable. An absolutely divine, underrated Russian Imperial Stout. It may not stand up to Barrel Aged Old Rasputin or Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S., but it is half the price of either and infinitely more available. Cheers!

Recommendation: A great starter Russian Imperial Stout for casual beer drinkers, and a Russian Imperial Stout beer geeks should seek out. I'll have to get another one next time I'm at Binny's.

Pairings: Warm dark chocolate cake or steak.

Cost: $11.49 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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