95pointsGreat Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

#9 Top 25 beers 2015
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This classic oak-aged stout is always a highly sought-after selection when it's released each winter, thanks to its decadent roasty character, warming alcohol level and remarkable overall balance. It's a complex and flavorful brew, with assertive aromas and flavors of roasted malt, cocoa powder, burnt coffee, charred oak, dried black cherry, Raisinets, black pepper and vanilla bean. The mouthfeel is full and round, with a resinous hop slick that lingers through the warm close. A perfect cold-weather sipper that can be enjoyed now, or cellared through 2018. Lauren Buzzeo

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  • Rating
    95
  • Alcohol
    9.5%
  • Bottle Size
    22 oz
  • Category
    Russian Imperial Stout
  • Date Published
    12/31/2015
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    Not rated yet [Add Your Review]
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