This beer has plenty of fans among my co-authors here on this blog (led by Shannon), but until now I had yet to sink my teeth (and tongue) in the Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Co. I bought this bottle before Christmas last year and decided to lay it down for the year. It’s starting to get cool in New England, so it seemed like it was a good idea to take this one out for a spin. It’s date stamp says it was bottled on 10/18/10, so let’s just say we’re celebrating it’s birthday.
First of all, I love, love, love the Great Divide packaging and have since the first bottle I saw. A designers dream, it’s playful, fun and full of great information.
The beer… oh, the beer. Out of the bottle you can immediately tell this is a BIG one. It pours a deep, dark brown with a head that looks like you could float a quarter on it. The smell is slightly sweet with coffee and burnt chocolate coming through. At first taste I was suprised by how mellow the oak was in this beer. I’ve gotten used to tasting the big oak beers from Founders and was expecting a much more in-your-face oak experience. It’s not there… perhaps it’s the year in the cellar? I also tasted (not necessarily in this order), Tootsie Roll, Hershey’s chocolate syrup, the coffee bean that you eat after finishing a glass of Frangelico and Copenhagen chewing tobacco.
Taste: A. For the style I can’t imagine getting something better than this one.
Drinkability: B+. This is sneaky easy to drink. Maybe not on a hot day, but it’s a very enjoyable brew.
Vitals: 22oz bomber served at 45F in a pint glass. 9.5% ABV.