Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout
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Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An onslaught of the senses. It starts with big, roasty malt flavor that gives way to rich caramel and toffee notes. YETI gets its bold hop character from an enormous quantity of American hops.

Added by cokes on 08-09-2003

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here’s a classic: Great Divide’s Yeti. To be honest, I wasn’t infatuated with the Belgian version of this one, but it never hurts to sample the original. Cheers!

Brewed nine months before the date of this tasting (“BOTTLED ON: FEB 08 2011”).

A: Pours a silky black, with a gorgeous dark-brown head of oily bubbles. Climbing to a good three fingers, it slowly retreats to moderate lacing and a half-finger layer of cream. Looks thick and sexy.

S: Rich, smooth, and incredibly inviting. Warm vanilla syrup, woody alcohol, and caramel cream show off a gorgeous array of dark sugars; it almost smells bourbon barrel-aged. Grains of light toffee and coffee, a great roasted barley allowing bitters to take its time. Chocolate here and there, with breads, black cherry, and a nice kick of something more unusual: chili powder. Bold, powerful, lovable – everything an RIS should be.

T: Strength is readily apparent, with woody bourbon at the top of the palate. It stings with a peppery flavor and unexpected piney hops; the bitters are appropriately earthy. A hint of chocolate malts and the passing of a chalky yeast (not as strong and frustrating as in the Belgian version) come soon after, making way for the smooth residual sugars. It’s a mocha and caramel apple taste, naturally sweet. Aftertaste is dry, stinging chili pepper and dense cinnamon bread. In my opinion, this is better than the Belgian-Style Yeti – much more drinkable.

M: Clears your nostrils on the first sip – not like wasabi, but close. Carb is a light fizz, which stops this brew from ever getting mouth-coating; still, its viscosity is evident.

O: Impressive; an imperial stout with a complex bitter body that proves undeniably drinkable. I’ve had beers of this style that were more to my liking, but this was a very nice representation of RIS flavor. A barrel would do this a world of good to this beer – Oak-Aged Yeti, here I come.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92.6% out of 100 with 5,459 ratings
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