February Beer Series

Posted by on Feb 17, 2012 in Beer Blog | 0 comments

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
Great Divide
Denver, Colorado

In 1994, Colorado’s craft beer scene scarcely existed, but Brian Dunn recognized Denver’s potential to be a great beer city.

Combining his business background with his passion for beer, which was developed through his international travels and his experience as a homebrewer, he decided to start a brewery. He set up shop in an abandoned dairy-processing plant at the edge of downtown Denver and began brewing the beers in a place that would eventually be called The Great Divide Brewing Company. The Great Divide Brewing Company has the status of being one of America’s most decorated microbreweries and helped transform Denver into an international destination for beer lovers.

While Yeti Imperial Stout is made year round, the Oak Aged version, like the Abominable Snowman himself, is only around during the winter. Oak aging gives a subtle vanilla character, rounding out Yeti’s intense roastiness and huge hoppy nature. Who says you can’t tame a Yeti?

“Midnight black, slightly foamy and viscous brown head hold well. Mild burnt aroma of highly roasted coffee, suggestions of ripe bing cherries. Some fusel alcohol and faint vanilla in the back. Lush creamy smoothness in a heavenly full body. Rich overtones of dark chocolate over espresso beans comes from the layered roasted character. Dark berries and a deceiving warming alcohol in the middle. Bite from the burnt malt, oak and hops help to balance. Finishes roasty sweet. Certainly a sipper, but I could sip this one all night long. By far one of the best Impy Stouts as well as Wood Aged beers.” Beer Advocate

Perfect for beef stew.

Hop Stoopid

Lagunitas Brewing Company
Petaluma, California

From its inception Lagunitas had strived to make consistently good beer, and instead began making beer that ranged from vile, to barely drinkable, to wonderful, to elegant, to questionable-at-best. They were castigated then evicted from their original home in West Marin. Exiled from West Marin, they found the welcoming arms of Petaluma and succeeded in their mission to make consistently good beer, get their beer into bottles, onto the streets, and into the hands of sympathetic beer geeks, to steadily losing less money each month.

Hop Stoopid has a clear honey color, a small persistent head and nice lacing. Tropical fruit, grapefruit, pine, just a burst of hop aromas. Feels like it will be a hop bomb, which is to be expected with 102 IBUs. On the palate, the hops yield a sweet grapefruity affect that is not a bit unpleasant. Very smooth and drinkable IPA.

Drink on its own or even as a palate cleanser with spicy chili or barbecue.

Brother Adam’s Bragget Ale

Atlantic Brewing Co.
Bar Harbor, Maine

It has a truly unique & sophisticated flavor due to the use of wildflower honey as the catalyst for the production of alcohol. We simply use pale malt and a very small amount of Target hops in this Belgian style ale. The bulk of the body, color and sweetness come from the 2,000 lbs. of honey we add to the boil.

The Brother is cellared for up to a year before it is bottled, which helps to marry the flavors and create its complex palate.

“Pours somewhat dark, brown and leathery with shimmering amber hues. Carbonation is present, but moderate and quickly dissipates to a wispy trace. Dense and complex honey aroma with a spicy and nostril-warming alcohol, vanilla cookie wafer, wet earth, and subtle hop-leaf note. Syrupy and thick on the palate, with a creamy carbonation that tightens and pulls in a smooth and immensely complex honey and malt fusion. Toffee, caramel, booze-steeped cherries, golden raisins, raw honey comb, floral, toasty malts and a spicy and warming alcohol. Sweet, but not cloying. A bit husky here and there, with lingering tannins and sweet and toasty honey notes in the finish.” ~ 90 points Beer Advocate

Drink with spicy Asian cuisine, Thai or Szechuan.

Dean’s Beans Coffee Porter

Berkshire Brewing Company
Great Barrington, Massachusetts

Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. is a regional brewery located in South Deerfield, MA, established in 1994 by Christopher T. Lalli and Gary A. Bogoff, a pair of homebrewers with the vision of being Massachusetts’ local brewery. The goal at BBC is to produce clean, fresh, well-balanced ales & lagers in small batches. At the present time they are capable of producing 580 barrels (17,980 gallons) of fresh beer each week. All of their beer is unfiltered, unpasteurized and contains no chemical additives or preservatives. They now produce nine styles of beer year round and seven seasonally brewed beers.

This rich, dark ale takes BBC’s popular Drayman’s Porter and adds Dean’s Beans organic coffee to the mix, creating an enticing blend of everyone’s favorite beginning and end of day beverages.

“Thin cropped tan lace that struggles to stay but due to the active carbonation it does stay for the duration. A shade away from jet black, some dregs on the bottom of the bottle stay intact during the pouring. Iced coffee comes to mind and cocoa also with a laid back roasted grain smell. Very smooth with a crisp recoil, solid medium body. Lots of coffee flavor bouncing around; roasted grain enhances that flavor and brings in to a highly roasted coffee flavor. Vague astringencies don’t bother the palate at all. Good balance between hops, roasted flavors and sweetness. Hops are there but are quite mild with a slight earthiness that doubles with the yeast which is nutty in a way. Finishes lightly sweet with a big linger coffee flavor.” (Jason Alström) ~ Beer Advocate 90 points

Great for soups and stews.


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