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HOW TO PAIR BEER WITH EVERYTHING: Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti by Great Divide Brewing Company

HOW TO PAIR BEER WITH EVERYTHING: Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti by Great Divide Brewing Company
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Beer: Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti

Brewer: Great Divide Brewing Company

Style: American Imperial/Double Stout

ABV: 9.50%

Description: Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti pours a deep black with slight ruby highlights and a dark beige head that leaves a thin lacing on the glass. The aroma is dominated by chocolate, with backing notes of roasted malts, vanilla, hints of coffee, and oak. The taste follows the nose with chocolate, again, being the dominate flavor, with vanilla and oak melting into the flavor to impart the taste of a top-notch chocolate bar. Slight touches of bitter coffee and a slight surprise of heat from cayenne pepper round out the flavor in yet another world-class rendition of Great Divide’s classic Yeti beer.

The lower carbonation and full body impart a smooth mouthfeel that aids in the high drinkability of this beer. The higher ABV is also not apparent, so be careful with this beauty. Fans of darker beers or those seeking a beer with substance will absolutely want to try this first-rate offering!

Ideal setting: Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti is the perfect beer to enjoy while unwinding after a long day. The perfect place to enjoy a beer of this caliber would be outdoors watching the sun set or while sitting by a relaxing fire pit on a summer evening.

Ideal music: Typically, imperial stouts give the feeling of something loud and dark, such as black metal, but the chocolate in this version of Yeti gives the beer a more relaxing vibe. This is a perfect beer for kicking back, and the music should follow suit, so put on some great indie or folk records, pour some Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, and let the day fade away.

Some great albums to enjoy with Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti are:

  • Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors – “Good Light”
  • We Were Promised Jetpacks – “Unravelling”
  • Starflyer 59 – “Leave Here a Stranger”
  • Sunny Day Real Estate – “How It Feels to Be Something On”
  • Teenage Fanclub – “Songs from Northern Britain”

Ideal movie: The 9.5 percent ABV in the beer will catch up to you eventually, so a movie with a very complicated, drawn-out plot would not be the best thing to watch while drinking this beer. However, the playful chocolate and spicy cayenne combination make this a great beer to enjoy while relaxing and watching a great indie comedy.

Some great movies to watch with Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti are:

  • “Ghost World”
  • “Happythankyoumoreplease”
  • “Hamlet 2”
  • “Garden State”
  • “Rushmore”

Ideal book: Books are a great way to escape reality for a while, and when paired with Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, it makes for one tasty escape. Classic fiction novels are a truly delightful pairing with this beer and will make it a phenomenal evening or afternoon if that’s your thing!

Some great books to read with Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti are:

  • “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There” by Lewis Carroll
  • “Journey to the Center of the Earth” by Jules Verne
  • “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding
  • “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl

The perfect experience: The long, hot days of summer can drain even the most energetic person, and sometimes it’s best not to fight the urge to relax. Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti is a beer that will most definitely soothe the most savage of beasts, so enjoying this beer while listening to some great music and reading some classic literature will surely create a perfect experience.

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