I feel a bit like Drew Carrey as I share this brew with you guys.
I can remember that show with their brewery in the garage was a partial inspiration for me to learn to brew... and Buzz Beer was certainly my inspiration to add Coffee to my second ever batch of homebrew.
That was some 13 years ago, but I’m pretty sure that what I made was no where near as great as the Espresso Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing.
This is the third and likely next to last Yeti Thursday here at Big Kahuna Brew. Typing that fact actually makes me a little sad. These things are getting better and better!
I have shared enough beers with you that you know that I’m not exactly “Reviewing” the beers. I think that’s a misleading term. I’m not being paid by anyone, I’m not trying to sway your judgement in either direction, and I’m not really qualified to judge a beer for anyone other than myself.
What I am doing is sharing these beers with you. Hoping to help you experience the wonders of a great beer that you may not be able to get. If we are having a beer that you’ve had before, perhaps I can give you a new perspective on it or remind you of your own thoughts.
Anyway, I don’t need to tell you about the Yeti’s dark black pour or the cocoa powder colored head. But an interesting thing about this one is that the foam has been brought back under control from the last one that poured all over the snow. (Which made for very happy dogs!) In fact, after about four sips, the head has receded to a velvet layer just thick enough to cover the shiny black surface.
The coffee aroma is very forward and is accompanied by only a wisp of bitter-sweet malt aroma.
That coffee flavor is right up front in the flavor too. It’s much less lonesome in the mouth tho. The coffee has a great time playing with the hop bitterness, roasty grains and an ever so slight bit of oak.
And OH HELLO and welcome back to the boozieness. The alcohol flavor is back and beautiful in this version. I will likely be grabbing a few to lay down, if for no other reason than to see how that flavor develops.
As you swallow, the coffee ends up on the back edges of the tongue and that’s when the vanilla comes through and you can certainly tell this brew spent some time with wood. (Yes Mr. Woodchuck. Yes I did say Wood!)
Having brewed a few coffee beers myself, I must say that I am very impressed with not only the aggressive flavor that this Yeti has, but also the control of the bitterness. Coffee beer, especially with a lot of hops, can become very bitter causing me a nearly instant heartburn. Not here! This thing is smooth and powerful. Everything balanced and under control!
I thoroughly enjoyed the depth and complexity of this beer for what it is, but what has really set this apart from the rest of it’s lineage, and other beer on the market, has been the balance and harmony between alcohol, malt, hop, oak and Coffee!