Great divide brewing co. ‘Yeti’ Imperial stout


image“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.”

This is our first crack at this American breweries range. Served in a beer tulip the pour is blacker than the ace of spades with a thick, 1 finger brown head that retains remarkably well leaving good trails of lacing down our glass. As to be expected a big presence of bitter roasted espresso beans invades the olfactories initially. Dark chocolate, treacle, molasses, marmite, booze, leather, wood fire and burned toast all come together beautifully to produce this dense and complex aroma. The mouth feel is oily with mild carbonation. Full bodied. The weight of the initial flavour profile here is incredible, following a sharp and highly bitter punch of espresso and hops is a prickly presence of dark chocolate and booze which slowly morphs into a dry an astringent mid-palate. The finish is long and drawn out displaying again, strident notes of espresso, rich chcocolate and molasses. Good length on the back end, the bitterness definitely hangs on. 9.5% ABV is quite evident in aroma and flavour, it definitely doesn’t try to hide it’s strength. What struck us initially as a very robust and chest beating stout definitely hasn’t disappointed. Very rich, bitter and highly alcoholic. Wow, you wouldn’t want more than one of these. Nevertheless, a tasty stout.