Old Yale Yeti White Stout

Reviewed by on April 4, 2016 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Old Yale Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Chilliwack, BC, CA

  • Rated On: April 4, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 8.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: White Stout

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

BC’s craft brewers have cranked out another winter-summer bridging pale stout (Steamworks’ was my most recent exposure), its colour the only thing not typically stoutish about it. I do rather like the tagline: ‘Light Colour, dark intentions’. Heh.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some dense underbrush lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells of acrid artisanal coffee, bittersweet chocolate, grainy pale and caramel malt, indistinct underripe citrus, and some leafy, herbal, and slightly perfumed floral hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, rich dark chocolate, equally creamy cafe-au-lait, vanilla cookies, hunkered-down fleshy citrus, and more leafy, herbal, and green floral hoppiness. The 16-proof booze does well to mostly keep to the metaphorical shadows, in the vein of the titular beast.  The carbonation is fairly understated in its generally structural frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and pretty much smooth, only the coffee maybe spoiling the party for this real world non-participant. It finishes off-dry, the chocolate, coffee, and vanilla morphing into some sort of Starbucks knockoff beverage ‘experience’.

I gotta say, this is one of the better examples of this hokey sub-style where the whole ‘close your eyes, and you won’t know the difference’ mantra really applies. A well-rounded, and very flavourful coffee stout is what we have here – it’s just been afflicted with albinism, of a sort. Worth trying out, even beyond the curio factor.

Brady White

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