Espresso Oak Aged Yeti (Great Divide Brewing)

Day 2 of October’s THEME WEEK brings us a beer that is new to California: ESPRESSO OAK AGED YETI from Great Divide Brewing.

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti is a variation of the classic Yeti.  This imperial stout is only available between February-March and clocks in at 9.5% ABV.

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti is a new addition to the Yeti clan.  A generous infusion of 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.

E.O.A.Y. pours a dark brown/black with a thin brown head.  Small carbonation bubbles line the rim of the glass.

As one would expect, this beer smells like chocolate (German dark chocolate to be exact), oak and bourbon.  If espresso notes are present in the smell, then I didn’t pick them up.

Wow, this is a woody beer.  The flavor profile goes: chocolate, burnt coffee, than a definite woody taste.  Sadly the flavors don’t balance very well and lead to a “tiered” drinking experience.

Mouthfeel is light and dries quickly, leaving a burnt taste in your mouth.  This is a hot beer that burns your lips.

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti is definitely flavorful, but not balanced enough for my liking.  I think this beer might need to be cellared for a bit to allow the flavors to mellow out.  I’ve heard such good things about this beer (it has an A- rating on BeerAdvocate) that I feel that I may have just had a bad bottle/bad experience.  I hope to pick up another bottle and let it sit for a bit, then give it another shot.

Overall: 6 out of 10

As an IMPERIAL STOUT: 5 out of 10

FOR FANS OF: Lagunitas CAPPUCCINO STOUT, Gentleman Scholar REQUIEM ESPRESSO STOUT, Laurelwood PORTLAND ROAST ESPRESSO STOUT

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