Brew Review-Great Divide Espresso Oaked Age Yeti Imperial Stout
Despite my original impressions of Meridian Pint, it has continued to grow on me. Don’t get me wrong, the food is still a tad overpriced and anything under $10 is usually on the fried side, but the stew is pretty good and their tap list has improved. Thankfully two things happened a couple of weeks ago: 1) I started following them on twitter (like all good bars, they post new taps) and 2) Sam, their beer director, was on vacation, so as a humorous punishment, they’ve put some of his favorite beers on tap – one of which is the Yeti.
Like all stouts, the Espresso Oak Aged Yeti pours so dark you can’t see through it. In the aroma, I picked up mainly coffee with a side of chocolate. As for the taste, the brew was dominated by a heavy smoky (due to the oak barrels) coffee flavor with a faint chocolate aftertaste — beyond those, I couldn’t determine any other flavors as the smoky coffee flavor was overpowering. The beer was smooth up front, but the smokiness felt like it burned the throat.
The beer isn’t a bad choice on draft, but it is neither a sessionable beer nor one that I would put in as a go-to/would-seek-out-when-it-comes-to-the-area.