Having long been a fan of the Yeti series from Great Divide Brewing Company, it was with great anticipation that I embarked on the quest to acquire and sample the most recent creation in this line of popular imperial stouts. Descendants from the original Yeti thus far have included Oak Aged Yeti and Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, with each subsequent release adding a bit more to the mystique. Continuing that tradition is the youngest member of the clan, Espresso Oak Aged Yeti.
For this incarnation, Great Divide has taken the highly touted Oak Aged Yeti and added a shot of Pablo’s Espresso. This product is a signature blend created by Pablo’s Coffee, a coffee shop located near the brewery in downtown Denver, Colorado. Together they have crafted an ale of distinction, which captures your attention from the moment it’s unleashed.
Emerging from the shadows of its glass enclosed habitat, this Yeti manifests itself as an impossibly dark pour, exhibiting opacity while seemingly absorbing all manner of visible light. A blanket of deep mocha quickly covers the exposed liquid, within it a landscape of nebulous bubbles giving the impression of a sprinkling of coffee grounds. Even cold, aromas of roasted grain, freshly ground espresso beans, and dark chocolate leap from the glass, eventually mingling as it warms with discoveries of oak, vanilla, and a layer of sweet caramel. Further in, an almost milky sweetness develops amidst a luscious, creamy texture providing just the right balance for a finish brimming with rich, black coffee.
Naturally, Espresso Oak Aged Yeti is touted as a breakfast beer, but it also has all the makings of a fine after-dinner drink. Moreover, the creaminess and underlying sweetness would seem to pair well with variety of dessert options, especially cheesecakes and custard-based recipes.
The Yeti, or Abominable Snowman, is of course a mythical creature borne out of legends passed down for generations. The spirit of that tale is infused in to each bottle of dark beer bearing the name Yeti, but unlike the elusive beast these brews are tangible and meant to be captured. Enjoy them while you can, for Yeti sightings are rare and, while unhidden, only available for a limited time.
Special Note: Bottles are becoming scarce, but this is one of many limited edition brews being tapped Thursday, March 17th as part of the St. Crafty’s Day celebration at The Common Table.
- ABV: 9.5%
- Glassware: Snifter, Willi Tumbler, or Nonic Pint.
- Pair with: Breakfast foods, cheesecake, crème brulee.
- Availability: Limited release.
- Where to get it: Found in 22oz bottles at premium craft beer retailers around the Metroplex.
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