Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.55/5 rDev +8.1%
12oz bottle, served in a tulip
Bottled on 21NOV12, Sampled 03MAR13
[A] An aggressive pour yields only a quarter finger high head. The color is dark brown, the texture is foamy/creamy and retention is above average. The body is as black as black gets. Lacing in sheets initially, then hanging and breaking apart later.
[S] Really dark chocolate with a deeper than average roasted tar-like quality. The hop character is as strong as advertised, coming through with notes of earth and pine wood. Slight soy sauce with a light metallic edge in the background.
[T] Fantastic. Dark, bitter chocolate impresses upon the palate first. The roastiness creates a touch of acridness that fades slowly into the healthy dose of hop bitterness. Piney, earthy, woodsy and a perfect compliment to the malts, keeping the sweetness completely in check.
[M] Not one complaint. And no room for improvement...really. Thick and full, viscous and chewy - and wonderfully tongue coating. The effervescence is just enough to graze the tongue and promote the body in a wonderful way. Love it.
[O] Very similar to Victory's Storm King but a little less hoppy, a better overall flavor and a more complete mouthfeel.
03-30-2013 15:02:55 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
4.31/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
03-26-2013 02:14:40 | More by hustlesworth
4.19/5 rDev -0.5%
12oz. bottle from 7/30/12
A: Jet black with no head even on the pour. There was a slight mocha film, but that is it.
S: All roast and malt. I am not good at distinguishing between the liquor smells, but it seems like a bourbon/brandy/whiskey. There is also the distinct smells of a mocha, high % dark chocolate.
T: Not a big fan of the aftertaste though, but it diminishes as it warms up and has less of a bite. It tastes like burnt hops, kind of like the usual bitter hop aftertaste of an IPA, but with a hint of cheap coffee. However, the hops that are present in the swallow are a great addition to this. Also, it really warms up nicely in the mouth. The alcohol is very well hidden too. The liquor flavors don't come through as much as the dark chocolate mocha.
M: Crisp up front at the teeth, with the tell tale bubble massage that fills up your mouth. It has a very smooth mouthfeel overall.
O: This is a good stout. I think stouts might be falling out of favor with me though. Overall, the taste and flavor is quite good, but I am still new to stouts; so, I am less knowledgeable about the nuances. It does smell delicious though.
03-26-2013 01:50:16 | More by gillagorilla
4.35/5 rDev +3.3%
A-almost black with dark chestnut highlights and dark tan head that sticks to the glass
S-roasted coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, molasses, light hops, and a little smoke
T-roasted malt and dark coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, and a surprisingly bitter finish for the style which makes this beer really stand out from other RIS's
M-medium to full body, light carbonation, very dry roasted finish
Overall I think this is one of the most bitter RIS's I have had, but you still get plenty of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Very interesting and delicious.
03-24-2013 22:31:14 | More by ksimons
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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