Sunday, October 18, 2009

Great Divide's Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

Brewery: Great Divide Brewing Co. (Denver Colorado)
Brew: Oak Aged Yeti
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 9.5%
IBU: 75

Great Divide Brewing Co. Oak Aged Yeti

Enjoyed this one quite a bit, but definitely a sipper! This is one you'll want to enjoy slowly over a good conversation (and perhaps some good vanilla ice cream--we think that would complement it nicely). Opaque in color, its aroma and flavor are distinctly chocolately, with hints of molasses and a nice roasted quality. Like many stouts, Yeti has a very smooth and consistent flavor throughout, unlike some IPAs, which tend to build gradually. Also noticeable is a pleasant lingering hoppiness, which reveals itself most strongly at the end of each sip.

Potent in all areas (flavor, aroma, and strength), it's practically a meal in itself, but a light snack would not be out of order--Great Divide suggests fudge brownies (we agree), grilled NY strip steak (we disagree), and strong/salty blue cheese (Erin thinks yes, Ethan thinks no). When it comes down to it, it's a matter of personal taste preference, but whatever you choose, small portions are advised, so that you have room to enjoy both to their fullest!

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