Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.31/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
A- darker than the darkest depth of the dark lord sauron's soul in a snifter but there are miniscule hints of brown as it streams from the bottle. Oddly enough, the head is the EXACT same color as a dirty juvenile Sasquatch, which is somewhere between cappuccino and hot cocoa. Studly. Impressive holding power and a thick crocheting of lace make for an abominable looking brew.
S- monstrously roasted, with some smoke, licorice, molasses, soil and mushroom. Coffee and black chocolate dominate and swirling the glass releases lots of burnt citrusy, spicy, floral and almost briny hops with a whiff of pineapple alcohol. Wet leather, rotting wood, and pipe tobacco come together is the best way.
T- dry and spicy, not so sweet, with a squatchy bitterness from start to finish, porpoising over and under the surface from aggressively hoppy and brash to smoothly roasted and black. The flavor of the water still shows through despite the full onslaught of coffee and dark chocolate. If it weren't for the Himalayan quantity of earthy yet sweetish malt, this would be a tongue smashing amount of hops, possibly one of the more hoppy RIS's I've tried. There's some acidity on the back end that seems to be both citric and fermented and it reminds me vaguely of those dark chocolate oranges. Or orange peel flavored dark chocolate, lasting well past the finish. The label boastes caramel and toffee, neither of which I can detect amidst this chaos, unless of course they were blowtorched. In that case yes absolutely. Bitter burnt blackness.
MF- oily thick and chamois dry. Coffee dry and barely astringent. Sticky malty on the lips with mouth numbing alcohol and a slight menthol coolness. There's a lot goin on here. The carbonation, as it should be, is there merely as an accent to break the intensity of this ape's body. It's fuzzy and almost scratchy, but tamed, muzzled, and together.
D- I thought the "real" yeti would be lighter colored to blend in with the snow? Apparently not this time. Ominous and black, seeping and angry, and absorbing all whiteness from anything in both appearance and flavor, this a bad ass and fun brew that I'm glad to keep in my roster however it's psycho hoppiness can become tiresome I mean, burps taste like a DIPA and that's just absurd. The barrel aged version has some serious tits tho.
Serving type: bottle
03-26-2013 02:14:40 | More by hustlesworth
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