Yeti Imperial Stout
The color of Yeti Imperial Stout is black as night. It pours thick and has a very pretty, mocha brown head at about 2 fingers. Highly aromatic beer, with roasted malts, coffee, and dark soil aromas lifting from the glass. On the palate the beer seems to have more of a medium body mouth feel, but the beer grows quickly on the palate into a much more full bodied experience.
The Yeti Imperial Stout is a complex beer with an enormous amount of flavor. The roasted malts give the beer a crispy chocolate chip cookie-like characteristic–you know, the kind of cookies that are almost burned, but you got them out of the oven just in time. Subtle hints of coffee, cocoa, and toasted marshmallow layer the beer as the fruitiness from the American hops begins to cut through the bitterness from the drier, earthier characteristics on the finish. The finish has a bit of a bourbon characteristic which is a common occurrence in higher alcohol brews. The immense amount of warming flavors in this beer make it perfect for that cold, rainy or snowy day. Cheers
Tansey’s Blind Rating – 95 Points
The Break Down
Beer Selection – Yeti Imperial Stout
Producer – Great Divide Brewing Company
Region – Denver, Colorado
Style – Imperial Stout
Hops – American
Malts – Unknown
Yeast – Unknown
Preferred Glassware- Snifter
Alcohol – 9.5%
IBU International Bittering Units – 75
Food Pairing – Crème Brûlée,Chocolate Raspeberry Tart http://tanseyreviews.com/2016/09/02/chocolate-raspberry-tart/
What is an Imperial Stout?
Imperial stouts are beefed up Stouts, which in turn, are simply beefed up Porters. Made with roasted malts and barley, these beers are high in alcohol content at about 8% and above. Characteristics often include dry chocolate, earth, bitter black coffee, tobacco, and licorice. These beers are great for aging and will often mellow out and become more balanced over time. Cheers! Eric Tansey, CSW.
From the Brewery
YETI IMPERIAL STOUT is 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. It weighs in at a hefty 75 IBUs. http://greatdivide.com/beers/yeti-imperial-stout/
2005 Great American Beer Festival, Silver Medal, Imperial Stout
2008 Great American Beer Festival, Bronze Medal, Imperial Stout
2009 Great American Beer Festival, Silver Medal, Imperial Stout
2010 BeerAdvocate “Top 100 Beers On Planet Earth,” #36
2014 RateBeer.com “Top Beer in Colorado”
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