Belgian Style Yeti | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Belgian Style YetiBelgian Style Yeti

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by DenverLogan on 06-19-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DenverLogan
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love imperial stouts...Alesmith Speedway, Left Hand, regular or altered Yeti, Dark Horse (yeah, Horse, not Lord!), and this rocks. The head, the mouthfeel, the aroma, but largely the lack of the bitterness/bite that many impy stouts have... that chalk that can exist even in a fresh big ABV's simply not here in this fresh Belgian Style Yeti.

I think this yeast blends beautifully with the big dark roasted malts to create a phantasmagoric harmony. Oh yes!!

Again, yum...I'm thinking my favorite Yeti, and perhaps my favorite Impy Stout, and one of my favorite brews...yum...try for yourself...cheers ~ Ayieee ~ Logan

P.S. bottled June 17th, 2011

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Highly tempting aroma has firm tones of sweet chocolate and hay with a strong undertone of quality coffee and nutty, caramel and brown sugar hints. It pours a gorgeous opaque dark-chocolate brown with a respectable, if not persistent, light tan head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. Semi-sweet chocolate dominates the smoky flavor, which has coffee, nutty, molasses and licorice notes - quite the lip-smacker! Full-bodied texture is fairly fizzy, leaving behind a smoky, slightly sweet tingling finish. A must! Look for it, or trade for it!

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Photo of bsp77
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter. Bottled June 2011.

Appearance: Pitch black with initial massive brown head and decent lacing for an Imperial Stout.

Smell: Mostly smells like a standard RIS (chocolate, coffee, molasses, licorice) with just a touch of fruity, musty and spicy Belgian yeast.

Taste: Quite fruity overall, which plays very nicely over the roasted characteristics of milk chocolate, coffee and molasses. Ends slightly spicy.

Feel: Full-bodied but not nearly as thick as other Yetis. Silky, smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. Somewhat dry finish. Not at all harsh for a fresh Imperial Stout.

Overall: Besides for the added fruitiness, this does not seem very Belgian. However, the yeast likely helped lighten and mellow the beer, as if it had been aged for years. Deliciousness incarnate.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Bottled June 17, 2011.

4.0 A: The Yetis are a damn fine looking group and this is no different. Black color. Two and a half fingers of creamy light brown head. The head seems to fall a good bit faster than the regular Yeti, but like the regular, plenty of lacing is left behind.

5.0 S: Glory be this is nice. The Belgian yeast combine with the base beer to give off an explosion of coffee. If I didn't know better, I'd think I was smelling the espresso version. Deep roastiness is balanced equally intense milk chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, and dark fruitiness. There's also a good bit of vanilla and an almost milk stout vibe. The Belgian component is complementary to the base flavors rather than the main attraction.

5.0 T: I guess it's the Belgian yeast, but I'm getting the milk stout vibe again. It's like a coffee creme stout featuring coffee, vanilla, lactose, and Yeti as the base. Anyway, the forementioned flavors work very well with the smooth roastiness and milk chocolate. Lots of caramel, molasses, and brown sugar and especially molasses (yep, twice). Again, the Belgian yeast offers complementary flavors to give this a new taste.

4.0 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Incredibly smooth with a vanilla roast aftertaste. Could be either a bit creamier or a bit thicker.

4.5 D: I haven't had a Yeti in a while even though I love them, but I still think I can place this one atop all the others. Really fantastic beer.

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Photo of sdmvd6
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours deep black with a slight deep red hue and a finger of tan head that dissipates about halfway through the glass. Moderate lacing.

S - The typical boozy roastiness that should accompany an impy stout is definitely present along with a strong chocolaty smell. Also present are hints of spicy citrus from the Belgian yeast.

T - Brighter, spicy fruit notes up front followed by intense bittersweet chocolate. Then roasted malt and coffee and back to lingering chocolate.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Definitely a chewy brew.

O - Wow. What an offering from Great Divide. Probably the best Yeti I have tried. The Belgian yeast adds incredible balance to the roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color from a 22 oz bottle, with % ABV clearly marked on the bottle. This was a one year old bottle.
One finger dark mocha colored head that dissipated very slowly.
Aroma is a sweet assault on the senses; lots of alcohol soaked chocolate covered dark fruits, especially raisins in the nose. Notes of chocolate, cocoa with notes of coffee. Almost like a mocha with alcohol soaked chocolate covered dark fruits. Amazing nose on this version of the Yeti.
Taste likewise is sweet upfront to the middle with lots of chocolate, cocoa and coffee towards the finish. Hints of bitterness towards the finish with nice robust malt notes coming through. Chocolate/coffee notes in the finish.
Smooth, luscious silky full-bodied stout. Alcohol is also very well masked, making this a very easy to drink RIS.
I never imagined that the Belgian incarnation of the Yeti would "hands down" be the best (and I have had all the other available bottled versions of The Yeti, except the barrel-aged).
Overall, this is a FANTASTIC stout. Comes highly recommended and is definitely worth a try. A 'must-try' for every stout lover.

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Photo of soughtbygod
4.66/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours the darkest of dark with a thick tan head, and immediately you can smell dark bitter chocolate and hops in the air. As you take a deeper whiff of the aroma you get hints of roasted caramel. Now my favorite part the taste. you pick up notes of liquorice and syrup along with roasted coffee. The mouth feel is exceptionally smooth and at and abv of 9.5 there is no alcohol profile. The beer really is exceptional my favorite yeti yet.

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Photo of KingPuuChuu
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent beer. Poured from bottle into goblet. A coffee colored head dies pretty quickly, but has fruity & dark chocolate notes.

Taste is fantastic. The belgian yeast creates a tartness, almost too tart. Roasted malt really takes off on the palate, bursting with dark chocolate and coffee. The mouthfeel is definitely a little weird, with a bubbliness not too common in this style, but I attribute that to the yeast. It's weird, but not a bad thing. No alcohol bite, and it finished very smoothly. A little dry, but not too dry.

I'm currently making brownies with cayenne, and this beer goes with it perfectly.

First glass is delicious! It'll be interesting to see what happens as the beer gets warmer.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: 1/8" light brown head over black liquid.

S: Chocolate, caramel, citrus hops.

T: Chocolate, caramel, hazelnut, figs, lemon, and grass.

M: Medium to thick viscosity and a low level of carbonation.

O: Extremely drinkable, I think this is the best Yeti I have tried yet.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours motor-oil-black with a very thick brown medium-large head that slowly sets into nice lacings.

S: Chocolate galore, with dry notes of strong black coffee. Liqourice, but surprisingly enough notes of fresh tropical fruits (but not in an American hoppy way) - nice. Some balanced vanilla, modest but still obvious.

T: Like the taste; rich chocolate together with nice coffee notes. Fresh fruits and liqourice. Dark bread (a bit like Pumpernickel). Yet another surpirse; rather obvious spices and yeast - Belgian style.

M: Long rich burnt bready aftertaste. Body is full while carbonation is mild. The alcohol is well hidden. Smooth!

O: This is probably what would happen if the most beautiful Russian Imperial Stout had a love-child with the brightest Schwarzbier; and the baby turned out to be the next Messiah! This was truely a treat. I didn't get the Belgian part of this beer (except for some things in the flavour) everything else was a marriage between Germany and Russia...

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Photo of GilGarp
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle with no date stamp, unusual for Great Divide. Served at around 50 degrees into a goblet.

Belgian Yeti looks just like it's older brother with nearly black color and thick, tight, tan head. Good retention and nice lacing. A great looking beer.

Aroma is rich, roasty, and robust. Lots of great dark malt, coffee, and chocolate. I don't get a lot of Belgian yeast character but it's there, just subtle.

Flavor is a little more unusal with some tart dark cherries, bittersweet chocolate, and espresso. Very intense and enjoyable, even on a warm summer night.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth with full body and perfect carbonation.

Overall a fantastic beer. Better than the standard Yeti but not quite up there with my favorite Oak Aged and Espresso.

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Photo of BelgiumBill
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I paid $8.99 for a bomber of this at Total Wine.

Poured into a Guinness pint glass nearly black with deepest brown edge and a medium brown head that didn't linger too long but was a bit sticky throughout.

This is classic Imperial Stout all around. The nose was coffee, heavily roasted malts, hops.

The flavors were intense and big. Coffee dominated, hops evident from start to end of the long finish. Burnt elements, touch of smoke, some molasses sweetness. All well structured in an envelope of hops and nicely concealed 9.5% ABV. As it warmed to the lower/mid 50s, more chocolate and sweetness came out. Nice to see the flavors pleasantly evolve as it warmed.

Big, chewy, viscous in the mouth. Classic Imperial stout and then some. Not a great value at 9 bucks so I probably wont be having this every week but certainly worth a special occasion.

This is something you need to be prepared for. Don't pop the cap on this thinking this will accompany your meal or football watching. This will grab you by the shirt collar and slap you in the face to get your attention.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled June 6th, 2012.

Pours out black with ruby edges. Thin mocha head. Smells of chocolate and coffee with a touch of buttery caramel. Faint Belgian yeast clove. I pick up some earthy hops as well. The flavor: wow. Lots of chocolate and buttery toffee up front. The roastiness come out a bit more in the middle along with some bitterness from the roast and hops. Belgian yeast is more prevalent in the aftertaste as a vapor in the mouth of esters. This is kind of like drinking a heath bar. Full of flavor, but it restrains itself from beating you over the head. A bit sweet overall. Mouthfeel is not as heavy as you would think, which is a good thing, and the carbonation is so smooth and creamy. Excellent version of Yeti, which is sadly retired.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Everything about this brew is BIG!

Thick, and dark liquid, under a massive thick and tan colored foamy cover. Heavy stuff.

The nose has a creamy, deep chocolat-ish, coffee, and cocoa thickness with dried fruits, and a n earthy, hearty scented yeast kick.

A huge, full and smooth feel with heady amounts of complex malt flavors: dry chocolate, with the hops and yeast providing almost equally as intense amounts of dried, sweet fruits and earthy, dry yeast. Chunky feel with big flavor's, balance is great concidering just how big this brew is in scope. Staggering effects that make you sip, savor and ponder. The hops come over as sweet and also very bitter, dry and a bit overwhelming for me personally. Subtle flavors include: mocha, coffee, vanilla, grapefruit, dry chocolate and dark wheat.

Intense stuff, it's like two of my favorite style had a love Monster!

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Photo of ckollias
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 22oz bomber out of a large snifter glass.

A: Dark, almost pitch-black brew with mild amber highlights. Therea thick dark brown 2-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Wonderful strong roasted malt espresso aroma. Hints of chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, and spicy hops are present throughout.

T: Dark rich ale with a great roasted chocolate malt flavor and a mellow sweetness. Solid malt background with hints of dark fruits, caramelized toffee, and cocoa powder. Very smooth and easy to drink beer.

M: Very strong and boozy. Heavy body and carbonation

O: Awesome double imperial stout. A nice sipping beer @ 9.5 % alcohol by volume, but who wants to sip such a great beer. This brewery continues to impress me.

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Photo of greyghost86
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this by whim when wondering around looking for something on a cold winter night. Guy behind the counter said it was retired and this was the last bottle they had. Bottle had a bottled on date of June 8, 2012.

Appearance: Nice almost black pour with a slight head that slowly evaporated leaving a brownish lacing on the glass.

Smell: A dark roasted cocoa, slight molasses and a far off fruit smell, maybe plum, burnt malt. Not overwhelming that I expect from this style.

Taste: The burnt malt is the first thing to hit the tongue with the cocoa streaming in quickly. As it sits the flavor of coffee takes over with a bit of dark fruit. It finishes with a little spicy something and a touch of sweet molasses. Great taste. The alcohol is hidden very well.

Mouth feel: medium to full body with a slight carbonation. Thought it was going to have a thicker heavier feel.

Overall: Love this for just picking it up on a whim. I've had others in the Yeti series and this one definitely does it justice. I had a slight concern over the Belgium style thinking it might take over the taste, but didn't feel that at all. Shame it's retired, glad I got a bottle before it was gone!!!

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Photo of mikem0487
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into Wicked Weed tulip glass.

A-Black chocolate body with a brown one finger width head. The head quickly receded back to the body of the beer. Lacing is minimal but does stick to the inside of the glass.

S-Nose is really appealing. Dark chocolate, roasted malt and coffee notes throughout. Fruity esters from the yeast are blended nicely. Banana and hints of vanilla and cherry are found in there. The bouquet of this beer is great and everything is blended beautifully with one another.

T-Dark roasted malts are at the forefront of this beer. Dark chocolate, toffee and coffee are found on the middle and back palates. The esters from the yeast are come in at the back of the palate than the beer finishes with a bittering roasted taste.

M-Medium in body with good carbonation. More on the sweet side for the finish.

O-A great Russian Imperial Stout that is extremely drinkable. Alcohol is not present. The beer draws you in with its amazing aroma and quenching balanced taste.

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Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bomber into 10oz Nebraska Brewing Company glass. This is a very nice looking beer! Poured pitch black with a thick 2-3 finger head that is a nice tan/caramel color. Leaves Thick sticky lacing as the head slowly dicipates. The smell is of burnt and roasted coffee beans with a chocolate character as well as a smokiness to it. The taste is of chocolate, coffee, smoke, hints of vanilla and very little fruit - can definitely tell it was brewed with belgian yeast. The mouthfeel is sensational with an almost welcoming burn and a lot of carbonation - but smooth for how heavy bodied of a beer this is. Overall I love this beer - Not sure whether I like it more than the Oak Aged Yeti with cayenne but damn good.


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Photo of Arenbeer
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Tulip Glass

Bottled June 20 2011

A- Pours pitch black and viscous with 1 finger of light brown head that leaves some splotchy lacing but nothing crazy.

S- Deep dark roasted malts with hints of coffee and tons of bittersweet dark chocolate. But what really shines through in this one are the Belgian yeast notes that give off tons of breadiness, banana, bubblegum, and most of all dark fruits. Really like how the yeast brings out such an array of sweet dark fruits in the aroma like raisins and figs. Really unique smelling beer for sure.

T- Up front the original Yeti dominates with roasted burnt malts, bitter dark chocolate, and coffee. But as it goes down and covers the palate more like the aroma the figs, plums, and raisins come out and blend beautifully with the original beer. This thing compliments itself through and though and tastes better and better every sip.

M- Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice slightly better yet wet finish.


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Photo of keanex
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle bottled on Jun 17, 2011 into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black or deep deep brown with a thin dark caramel colored head.

S: Very complex dark fruits and belgian yeast with chocolate roast smell. Rather strong as well.

T: Thick chocolate forefront which leads into a fruity finish with a slight spice note to it, similar to allspice. I can't place my finger on the fruit unfortunately, but this is very tasty.

M: Thick and creamy without much carbonation.

O: This beer is very good, an excellent blend of thick chocolate with a fruity finish and spice notes. This is even better considering I'm enjoying it on a chilly deck watching the stars.

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Photo of beer2day
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with 2 fingers of dark mocha cream head. Decent retention and thick sheets of lace.

Strong, sweet chocolate nose. Notes of vanilla bean compliment, but the chocolate totally overcomes everything else.

Lots of rich, dark chocolate. Light resiny hops adorn the finish. Light roast malt, very light anise, but as in the nose just lots of rich dark chocolate.

Very smooth and creamy. A bit oily, too.

Surprisingly easy to drink for a big, rich beer. Hides the abv well.

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Photo of philbe311
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A finger's worth of rich medium brown colored slightly fizzy froth... Modest retention gives way to a creamy veil of lacing and moderate collar... Mostly still with just a couple of stray sluggish carbonation bubbles seen towards the top of the glass... The color is an opaque flat black...

S - A terrific nose with lots of depth and complexity... Milk chocolate is at the forefront and dominates throughout... Caramel... The Belgian yeast component is muted, but present in a very subtle fashion... Even subtler coffee notes... Very pleasant aroma...

T - Milk chocolate and raisins dominate the palate... A bit of booziness... A very light hop component... The Belgian yeast presence is slightly more pronounced on the finish... A bit of caramel and toffee...

M - Medium to full bodied... Slightly lush... A bit creamy... Rich... A touch of chalkiness... Muted carbonation... Smooth sip after sip... Very nice...

D - An excellent addition to both the Great Divide and Yeti families... Lots of character and depth... I wish this were a regular release with wider availability as I would drink this on a regular basis... Excels in all facets... Highly recommended... Stellar beer...

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours jet black with no light transmission. Half finger medium tan head dissipated rather quickly to a film and ring, leaving lacing. Nice aroma of dark malt and chocolate, excellent. Flavor is dark and toasty malt, lots of chocolate, light molasses, finishes in an unusual spicy, malty dark fruit flavor that leaves a very pleasant aftertaste. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. Nice and different flavor progression that is well integrated. An unusual, complex and tasty ale that I would classify as a Russian imperial stout with Belgian influences rather than a Belgian strong dark ale.

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Photo of WesWes
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a rich, chocolatey scent that boasts of black and chocolate malts a mild alcohol warmth and a faint Belgian yeast fruitiness. The taste is great as well. It has a silky smooth malt flavor that boasts of chocolate, roasted, and black malts. It goes down easy with a touch of warmth in the finish and a mild Belgian yeast character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine Belgian stout. If you like the original Yeti. You'll love this rendition.

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4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgian Style Yeti begins with an aroma that is remarkably un-Belgian, smelling almost entirely of a well-made Imperial Stout instead, being heavy with ash, coffee, chocolate and black malt, tobacco, and subtle hints of anise and deeply roasted Brazil Nut. Only the faintest shade of spicy banana at the edges belies the Belgian style, and I'm honestly not even sure if I'm just smelling that because I think I should.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a profile that does reveal the Belgian hints, for there are runnels of banana and clove mixed in with the heavier Imperial Stout flavors, imparting fruity, spicy tones to what is otherwise a beer heavy on ash, tobacco, coffee, toasted nut, fig, and aged port flavors. Hops add a good shade of bitterness, as well as light grapefruit and pine flavors, but it says much about the potency of the malts that even the 75 IBUs that the hops do bring to play are difficult to notice. Subsequent sips do reveal more of the hops, as well as heavy molasses and brown sugar. Towards the end of the mouthful, as the sugars die off and the hops take center stage, a heavy mouthful of ash and vodka-like alcohol emerges, marking one of the beer's few weaknesses. The aftertaste is largely tobacco and ash, and lingers for a very long time. Mouthfeel is a slightly weak medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, slightly burning the soft palate.

Overall, this is a very unique Imperial Stout, and well worth seeking out. The flavors imparted by the Belgian yeast strains bring interesting and surprisingly complementary flavors, and help tame the massive tobacco and ash flavors from the Imperial Stout. I personally don't think this beer quite matches up to the other Yeti offerings--especially the oak aged varieties--but it still ranks very highly on my list.

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Belgian Style Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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