Another 100 points from Rate Beer for Great Divide's Chocolate Yeti!
This Denver-based craft brewery is a home town favorite and brews some extraordinary beers. The Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti is an Imperial Stout brewed with cocoa nibs to contribute a bit of pleasing bitterness. Vanilla notes from the oak combine with the cocoa to create an aroma and flavor akin to a gourmet chocolate bar. A dash of cayenne pepper keeps things lively, adding just a touch of heat to the finish. 9.5% ABV $9.99/22 oz.
If you've never tasted a true sour ale, you should start here!
Crisp and dry, this sour ale is aged in French oak casks for 1 - 3 years and emulates the spontaneous fermentation beers of Flanders with sour apple notes, a dry effervescence, and earthy undertones.
100 points at ratebeer.com
$17.99 22 oz. bottle
A brand new addition to the beer cooler is the Boulder brewery Upslope's Foreign Style Stout in a can. A very limited canned 6-pack release (they only made 200 barrells) of what previosly was only available on tap from bars in the Denver/Boulder area. Made with snowmelt, malt, Patagonia hops, Irish ale yeast and roasted barley. A toasty dry style that goes down very easy. Available while supplies last. $10.99
So, somewhere in the Middle East about 2,000 years ago, three kings sent off on camel-back and followed this bright star. They brought gifts of stuff we've never really heard of, stuff like frankincense and myrrh. What's 'myrrh' anyway? It doesn't really matter. What matters is they didn't bring beer, and they should have. So, we're making up for their extraordinary oversight by offering this wonderful golden ale from The Lost Abbey brewery in San Marcos, California. Heading out to a Holiday party? Forget the myrhh, Stop by Amendment XXI and grab a 'Gift of the Magi.' Your host will be very happy! $10.99 - 750 mL