The base Yeti Imperial Stout is one of Great Divide’s (Colorado) most popular beers and as a result, the brewery has created a bevy of different variants of the stuff. The Oak Aged Yeti is fairly straightforward in that it is the base beer that has been aged for some time in Oak barrels. We cracked open a bottle and were greeted with a brown to dark brown coloration and a decent amount of a white head.
The nose of the beer yields hints of wood, a sharpness from the alcohol and a little bit of sweetness at the end of the sip. Our initial experience with the taste of the Oak Aged Yeti showcases a great many of these notes. While the beer comes forth ain a strong and assertive fashion, there is greater nuance to the Oak Aged Yeti.
A fair amount of hops counter the tendency of the Imperial Stout style to go into an overly sweet avenue, while the oakiness and leather components provide a constellation of tastes that one will experience before they finish up a bottle. The interesting challenge for Great Divide would be to go and place the base Yeti Stout in a number of different barrels and offer them after a three-to-five year aging process to allow individuals the see the difference present in each. The Oak Aged Yeti was a tremendous imperial stout that continues to provide individuals with a wide array of twists and turns before the bottle is finished. For the latest in information about the full array of year-round and seasonal efforts that Great Divide release, check out their website. We have reviewed a number of the brewery’s efforts over the last few years, including their Hibernation Ale, Showdown Rye, Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, Orabelle, and Old Ruffian.