Great Divide Brewing – Espresso Oak Aged Yeti

Great Divide - Espresso Oak Aged YetiYeah, I know, you were expecting another IPA review. What can I say? We like our IPAs around here. But we drink other beers too, and this here is proof. This is an Imperial Stout. Not just any Imperial Stout, mind you, this is a Yeti. But not only is it a Yeti, it’s an Oak Aged Yeti. But wait there’s more, it’s not merely an Oak Aged Yeti, it’s an Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout. So what does that mean? Well keep reading and you’ll find out.

The Beer

Great Divide Brewing Company
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti – Bohemian Imperial Stout Black – 9.5%
Stout Aged on Oak chips with coffee added.

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout is a new addition to the Yeti clan. A generous infusion of Denver’s own Pablo’s espresso adds yet another layer of complexity to this beer, combining with the vanilla oak character, intense roasty maltiness and bold hop profile to create a whole new breed of mythical creature. It’s official: You can now have Yeti with breakfast.

Suggested Food Pairings:
Breakfast burrito, eggs Benedict, hash browns, cheesecake, creme brulee.

The Review

Great Divide - Espresso Oak Aged YetiAt first glance at the label you might miss that the classic Great Divide Yeti logo silhouette is holding a coffee cup. As you can see from the photo it pours a rich black color with a healthy light-brown head. It has a definite coffee smell to it as well as earthy oak overtones. As far as pairing this with breakfast I’m sure that’s a joke as this beer would overpower anything I’d eat for breakfast. Although I can see pairing it with a dark chocolate dessert of some sort, or maybe even a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s a complex beer with lots of bold flavors rounding out the profile. I can definitely taste the coffee and oak flavors in this beer, they are right up front. It’s an intense roasty malt flavor, coupled with the earthy oak notes with a hint of vanilla, and an unmistakeable bitterness.

I’m a big fan of the original Yeti Imperial Stout, so it’s hard not to compare this one to the original or even the Oak Aged Yeti. For me, I prefer the original Yeti, with Oak Aged sitting at #2 and this one coming in a close third. (I haven’t yet tried the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti.) The Espresso Oak Aged Yeti weighs in at 9.5% ABV and is pleasing to the pallette, with tons of flavors to appreciate. So if you see a bottle pick it up and give it a taste. This is a bottle I’d share with a craft beer fan, but I wouldn’t want to have a non-beer drinker try it. It’s a bit too bold for noobs. 3 1/2 caps from me.
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Cheers,
Beer Soaked Erik

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