Barrel Aged Yeti
Brewer: Great Divide Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Denver’s Great Divide churns out several varieties of its popular Yeti Imperial Stout, and they’re all spectacular. Pay attention to the fine print though. The Oak Aged Chocolate Yeti and Oak Aged Espresso Yeti are aged on oak chips rather than in barrels. Breweries often age their beers in steel tanks containing oak chips, staves, or spirals as a space- and money-saving way to impart oak flavor into the beers. The oak will impart a woody vanilla character similar to barrel aging, but without the whiskey notes that previously used barrels impart. They’re great beers, but if you want the full barrel-aged experience you’ll need to hunt down a bottle of the limited release Barrel Aged Yeti. It spends at least nine months in Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey barrels that impart the warm whiskey notes and add another rich dimension of flavor.
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