Monday, April 21, 2008

Vintage Review - 2003 Great Divide Maverick Imperial Stout

22oz bomber. 2003 Series. How is this brew doing at 5 years out?? Let's see!

Pours into my glass an inky black color that only lets a smidge of light in creating a dark brown hue around the edges. A half inch of creamy dark tan foam sits atop the brew and leaves spotting lacing in its wake. Aromas are big on dark, roasted malts with deep molasses, dark fruits and a solid bittersweet chocolate in there as well. Mild fig and licorice aromas in the background with a touch of oxidation. For the age on this one I have no complaints, still very very nice.

First sip brings a flow of dark, deeply roasted malt upfront. Strong notes of molasses and slight spiciness move in, followed by dark fruit (cherry) and a good amount of chocolate flavor as well. Light licorice and vanilla on the way down. Somewhat smoky as well. The finish brings a mellow bitterness and faint ghostly hop tones. This brew has aged nicely and is still a tasty treat!

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied and somewhat viscous. Goes down pretty smooth, with a somewhat prickly carbonation. Good body overall. When all things are said and done this is a darn tasty imperial stout and it has held up to the test of time in my cellar. I'm guessing this could even go another year no problem, but if you have one it's not a bad time to drink it now!! Great Divide continually impresses me.

Overall I gave this brew a rating of Great.

As a side note this brew went on to become Yeti Imperial Stout, which you can buy now at your favorite local retailer, wherever Great Divide distributes

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