I think I’m just going to call it Yeti Thursday!
As I shared on Tuesday, I’ve got a solid line of Yeti beers from Great Divide brewing, and I’ve got to share them all with you. But I don’t want to rush things, for crying out loud, this blog is all about relaxing and having a good time.
Great Divide beers have been awarded 17 medals at the GABF and 5 World Beer Cup awards. Also ranked 8th in Ratebeer.com’s 2010 “The Best Brewers in the World” and 7th in Beer Advocate’s 2010 “All-Time Top Breweries on Planet Earth,” so I would say it’s safe to say that they provide a better than average brew.
Great Divid has a special place in my heart even though Avalanche Ale was my first craft beer that I really liked, Great Divide broke me from the sad yellow bonds of Coors Light and opened the door to a new world of wonder.
Starting off with the original Yeti, I was impressed from the pour on.
Dark Black with no auburn or brown at all, the head forms with a nice dark cocoa colored foam that builds quickly but is stable and becomes rocky. During the pour it is hard not to notice that there is some viscosity to this beer.
The nose is of toasted bread, almost smokey... but not. Not really sweet, but robust with little to no hop aroma.
Flavors are thick in this brew. Roasted barley and hella-bitter. They state that it weighs in at 75 IBU and that actually seems a little low to me. A mildly sweet opening, roasty middle, and IPA style bitter finish make this beer a real treat on a cold Colorado night.
As the beer warms, the bitterness increases even more, and hints at strong coffee or very dark chocolate play with your senses but never really develop. It just stays a bitter, roasty stout.
I certainly would not call any beer that is this bitter, sweet, but there is a lot of sugar and malt there balancing a tone of hop bitterness.
9.5% alcohol? Where? Oh, yeah... RIGHT THERE! And all the way through the finish there is a omnipresent boozieness that I quite enjoy.
The full bodied mouthfeel is greatly intensified when cold, but certainly does not suffer at warmer temperatures.
Ok, I’ve always liked this beer, but never really given it this much thought! It’s a rich flavorful dark horse that keeps on trudging through the snow and pulling the cart.
Not that you need me to tell you, but this is a truly great Imperial Stout. I guess that’s why nearly every beer blogger on the interwebz has reviewed it.... and come to basically the same conclusion.
If you are into stouts, this one should certainly be on your shopping list.