Thursday, February 9, 2012

Oak Aged Yeti

While packing through the freshly fallen Colorado snow, beneath the light of a nearly full moon, I heard a beastly cry from the beer fridge. When I mustered the courage to investigate, I found a creature so large and so illusive it could only be one thing... The Yeti!

An Eruption of flavor! The Yeti in it's natural habitat!
Oak aged, brewed and bottled in Denver, Colo. and yearning to fill my glass, this bottle was certainly worth the $11 price tag.

This Oak Aged Yeti is at least eight or maybe ten feet tall, with a shiny black neck and footprint that a normal man could trip over. It’s bold and powerful, there is no doubt that this one could hurt you.

As I cracked it open and poured it, the color is the same dark black with cocoa colored head that the original had.

Sticking my nose deep into the glass, I had a hard time convincing myself to drink it... I just wanted to breathe it’s wonderful aroma of oak and a floral hops for the rest of the night.

Once I did take a sip, the flavor is a very roasty malt base that compliments a hop forward oak aged beer worthy of my best glass. The flavor profile reminds me more of a barley wine than stout. It is extremely flavorful with a nice amount of carbonation. The carbonation is high enough to help break up the very thick mouthfeel, but not so much as to seem foamy in the mouth.

The finish is oak on the back of the throat and continued bitterness that lingers and lingers. The beer coats the inside of your mouth and helps the flavor linger. Certainly a sipper, and a beer that I would not be embarrassed to pair with a tall glass of water if I were out for a night on the town.

My bottle was capped shut on Nov, 22, 2011. I would like to know when it was brewed because the 9.5% ABV is totally hidden with almost no alcohol presence. The boozy flavor of the original is perhaps masked by the additional bitterness, but regardless of why, I am not getting it.

As the beer warms, the bitterness forms more at the back of the tongue and hints of vanilla start to peak out as a separate tone against the oak and becomes very seductive.

This big scary creature turned out to be a very nice critter. It was just looking for someone to love it... and I’m glad it found me!

Thanks for joining me for another Yeti-Thursday!



Dave Butler said...

Seems like I frequently have foam volcano's also with many different stouts. Perhaps it's the thicker consistency of the beer that makes it foam up so much. Some people tell me that a clean glass will prevent that from happening but I don't think so, it's a combination of the beer temperature, the glass temperature and the shape of the glass that stores the dark stouty beer.

BigKahuna Brew said...

The only thing I can say, is that it was -2, I was freezing, and the glass was CLEAN!
Hand washed and polished!

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