Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti 2013
Just two years in the cellar already yield hints of aging from aroma to sip. A substantial light brown head caps the inky pour, emitting a light milk chocolate, leather and Raisinets scent with a quiet, boozy halo. On the tongue, the dusty milk chocolate segues into dark cherry and raisin notes. The body has thinned a bit on this 9.5% imperial stout, but it retains its smoothness.
This year-round imperial oatmeal stout drinks beautifully now, but if you can delay gratification for even just a year, the dark chocolate and cocoa powder flavors should progress. The 8.1% ABV is well integrated but still present if the beer’s consumed fresh, adding a stomach-warming effect on the swallow. In time, the alcohol should mellow and dark fruit notes should emerge for an even more indulgent sip.