Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

I am taking a breather from the Trippels today, more on that tomorrow. Tonight I decided to crack open one of my big beers for a taste....
This tasting note will be somewhat shorter in length, but I have spoken about Great Divide here, and Imperial Stouts here.
The Beer: Great Divide does have a very popular regular Imperial Stout, the YETI, this is an oak aged version, using toasted oak chips. The beer pours an opaque black, no light shining through here, with a thick foamy darkly tan head. After a while the head dissipates, creating a creamier beer with plenty of lacing against the glass. In those there is an oaky toastiness with plenty of coffee and a slight floral hoppy scent along with some raisins. In the mouth there is plenty of esspresso bitterness but not as much chocolate as I was expecting. There is a nice level of bitter hops on the palate and the mouthfeel is heavy and creamy. As the beer warmed up a bit the hints of toffee and some chocolate began to come through. This was a very silky smooth beer that belied its alcohol at 9.5%. This would be a great beer to sit in your cellar and check out in a year or two. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and here is what the folks over at Beer Advocate say.

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