Finding a great beer in Denver isn’t anywhere near as difficult as finding Bigfoot. But of all the great craft beer makers in the Mile High City, the Great Divide Brewing Company offers up one of the best seasonal treats of the year when it comes time to release its Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti.
A variation on Great Divide’s year-round Yeti Imperial Stout, the seasonal version includes a healthy dose of espresso coupled with an aging in an oak barrel.
The result is far from a monstrosity. It’s an intense imperial stout with enough malt balance to measure up to the pronounced coffee flavor and persistent hop character. Flavors include raisin, dark chocolate and vanilla, in an extremely smooth ale that doesn’t let on about its 9.5% ABV until it warms considerably.
In the glass, the stout resembles maple syrup in its color and the head — a light tan hue — lasts a good while. This Yeti is more of a sipper than a gulper, so don’t be afraid to crack it open on a night in or as an after-dinner aperitif.
As with many intense beers, Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti has garnered its share of accolades. The beer should be readily available through most of March, so head down to the Great Divide taproom and spend 30 minutes with a 10-oz. pour in a snifter, or grab a 22-oz. bomber from most local liquor stores that sport a decent craft beer selection.
You might want to stock up on your favorites to make it through the next couple of years....read more ›
Instead of wasting precious time shaking up individual cocktails , take advantage of these handy pitcher drink recipes....read more ›
This beer finishes crisp, sweet and tangy, almost like a glass of juice. ...read more ›
We also found two online retailers still carrying the first release....read more ›
Never been easier to fight cancer and support your drinking habit at the same time....read more ›
For the first time since Prohibition, making your own beer will be legal in all 50 states. ...read more ›
What do you think are the best beer towns in the USA?...read more ›
Not run-of-the-mill in any way, Doom is definitely worth your consideration....read more ›
Want to go on an awesome road trip? ...read more ›
These two great cultural institutions have more in common than you may realize. ...read more ›
It's time to begin thinking about one of the great pleasures of springtime: an afternoon sitting under the shade of a blossoming tree, stationed at a ...read more ›
One category the Mid-Atlantic is doing better than anyone else right now is India Pale Ales, and these five are tops. ...read more ›