Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by Chadpaq:
4.43/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a bomber into an oversized wine glass. Bottled on October 20th, 2010.
This is definitely the darkest beer I've ever had. As I pour it out into the glass, I'm trying to recall another liquid I've seen that's this dark; none comes to mind. The beer itself is so heavy that it almost has a sort of viscous appearance, but I know it's merely a product of the insane amount of malt in this baby. The head is surprisingly huge and seems to be flecked with dark cinnamon and chocolate. It takes its time to recede back into my wine glass. This beer is (and I know I've said this before, but I REALLY mean it this time) absolutely gorgeous. I do not think a stout could look better than this...nay, I KNOW it. Five in this category.
The smell's initially a bit shocking. I guess I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm hit initially by a strong odor of quality tobacco, followed by chocolate, licorice, and a nice yeasty quality. This beer simply SMELLS warm. Perfect for the night I'm enjoying it. I don't think a single-malt scotch could get the job done any better than this Yeti. The alcohol finally emerges in the nose as I proceed and it warms, but it isn't at all unwelcome. The smell, despite how intricate it is, is nearly perfect. If the alcohol were concealed a BIT more, it would indeed have garnered a five in this category as well. As it stands, there isn't much more it can do. Nearly flawless in the nose.
As it hits my lips, I first taste a melted bar of 80% Cocoa Belgian chocolate, but I'm instantly bombarded with copious complications to this initial claim. A hint of biscuit, and a distinct coffee flavor pokes its head out at the culmination of the sip. I'm no stout expert, but this one certainly fits the bill of what I'd imagine the "perfect stout" to taste like.
Minimal carbonation, subdued probably by the extreme malt content. Smooth, liquid chocolate moving around the inside of my mouth. Feel is incredible. Fluid, yet thick; Flowing, yet full. I'm very impressed.
9.5% puts severe hindrance on consumption amounts. But I'll be feeling quite good at the end of this bomber. There was a lot of hype around this beer, but I daresay Yeti has lived up to it.
Serving type: bottle
12-24-2010 16:56:29 | More by Chadpaq
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4.39/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
12 oz bottled poured into a snifter
A - motor oil black. Minimal dark brown head (as with most RIS) and lacing.
S -dark chocolate, roasted malts, hint of dark fruit, coffee
t - all the yeti's (including expresso and particularly chocolate) have this hint of mint in the taste. Roasted malts are heavy, coffee bitterness is present along with some hops, chocolate is very light. Little bit of alcohol in the finish
m - fairly carbonated for an IS, medium mouthfeel. Just about right.
o - one of my favorite year round imperial stouts. a little more bitterness and bite than some of the other seasonal/special release classics like Zhukov or KBS but something you can find almost anywhere it's one of the best.
Serving type: bottle
04-20-2014 05:04:39 | More by Swedgin_Wu
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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