The Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado pours out jet black in color and is somewhat viscous. Literally looks like you are pouring out a slightly runny, black oil. No light gets through in the glass and this craft brew is topped with a dense, uniformly bubbled, three finger, dark tan head that hangs around for a good while before reducing to a film with a nice sized collar. On the nose, big roast coffee aromas mingle with the sweet bourbon from the barrel. Bittersweet chocolate and vanilla also come through with a hint of molasses. In the mouth, this is big with layers of flavor well intertwined. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, deeply roast coffee, cinder toffee, dark chocolate and a hint of cream. Full bodied. Good carbonation. Viscous, velvety, creamy mouthfeel. The finish is long and slightly drying with the bourbon and coffee flavors prominent right to the end.
A wonderful craft beer that is truly a delight to drink. At 9 months since bottling, the flavors are magnificent and well meshed. There is no discernible alcohol heat but I can still see this getting even better with some more time. This is the beer bottle you hold upside down over the glass hoping for a few more drops to fall out. I want more. Highly recommended.
22 ounce bottle, 9.5% ABV, Bottled Jan 11 2012
Beer 280 of 366 for 2012