I have had the craziest weekend so far. A Bday party, a sleepover, a beer meetup, and an evening of UFC fights. It’s approaching 1:00pm on Sunday and it’s the first chance I’ve had to get online. As always, Silvio diligently provided me a review yesterday and I didn’t get to post it. So here we go. Silvio SUNDAY….
I’ve been really into buying 22-ounce bottles of new beer lately, and on my last beer store run, saw the enticing Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti. Josh had previously given the standard Yeti a really positive review, and had reviewed the Espresso Oak Aged on another blog.
The decision to buy it literally made itself, and I had a bit of a different reaction than Josh, so I figured the Espresso Oak Aged Yeti needed its own review on LIBA.
To start, the pour was ridiculous. I should have listened to Josh’s advice to pour the Yeti slowly, because the foam head just accelerated from my pour unlike any other beer I’ve had. The result? An overflowing chocolate milkshake, from the looks of it.
Beyond the cool appearance of the thick, frothy tall foam head, the foam actually tasted really good – like an espresso foam smoothie. The color of the beer is pitch black, and absolutely zero light gets through even when held up to a light. There isn’t much aroma here, maybe some faint hints of coffee.
The Yeti definitely follows through on a serious taste promised by the pour. The espresso dominates the front of the first sip, and stays around in the background during the middle. There’s a great stout backbone throughout the flavor, and it ends on a rich roasted maltiness. I didn’t distinctly pick up the oak, but it may have just been overwhelmed by the espresso. The label also promised hops, but I didn’t really taste them.
Overall, this is an exceptional brew. The foam is serious, not to be taken lightly, as is the 9.5% ABV. Taste wise, it’s crisp and refreshing throughout, which I think is really important for a stout. Too often they fill you up with a heavy taste, but you get none of that here. I loved this brew, and would recommend it to anyone who can find it.