Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.33/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
On tap @ the Buckeye Beer Engine. Served in a snifter.
The beer looks great in the glass. There's something almost intimidating about the shade of black that the beer in this snifter is colored. Almost like the color of the deepest, darkest corner of the woods where the Yeti actually lives. A place man shouldn't visit, unless he risks being swallowed by the woods themselves. The beer is totally opaque and has a small milk chocolate colored head that doesn't stick around or provide much lace. But the color itself puts this beer well above average.
The smell of Yeti is smooth and rich, with just a bit less expression than the very best of the style. All of the requisite Russian Imperial Stout notes are there, especially a nice cocoa powder note and a touch of smoke. Some black strap molasses and coffee lurk in the background, as do the hops. Just a bit of alcohol hotness is noticeable. This is very pleasant and just a step down from the best of the style.
The first sip of Yeti reminds me of the first RIS I ever had. I remember being blown away by the depth of the flavors and how the brashness of each element interlocks in a puzzle that, when absorbed as a whole, is perfectly balanced and not that brash at all. Cocoa powder, bakers chocolate, and a light coffee note make this a winner. Some hops and alcohol are well concealed. This keg must be a few months old because everything has gelled. A wonderful example of the style and perhaps the perfect base beer for all the variants Great Divide has found success with. But, for all the hype about bourbon barrels, coffee, vanilla, chile peppers and oak, the basic Yeti stands tall and lets out a bloodcurdeling Grassman howl, announcing his dominance to the world.
The beer is milkshake thick and I think I've only had a beer or two ever with this much viscosity. The only superior beer that comes to mind in New Holland Night Tripper, so, given that I've had over 300 RIS in my life, this is truly exceptional. The carbonation is creamy and delicious and roast and only a hint of booze linger. This beer is smooth and enjoyable. A great stout that everyone should try!
Serving type: on-tap
01-12-2011 17:47:15 | More by jampics2
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