Review: Yeti, Great Divide Brewing

Great Divide Brewing Co. — Denver, Colorado

  • Style:  Imperial Stout
  • Bitterness:  75 IBUs
  • ABV: 9.5%
  • Malts:  Not provided
  • Hops:  Not provided
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description:  "Yeti Imperial Stout is an onslaught of the senses.  It starts with a 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." — Great Divide Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:   The label has a bottled on date of May 11, 2010.  This is one of five Imperial Stouts I'm profiling.  I sampled an Oaked version of Yeti when I visited Great Divide's Denver taproom in November.   

The tasting:   Near black in color.  When held up to the light, no light passed through.  Dark tan head that  dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass.  Aroma of coffee, roasted malts, smoky malts and alcohol.  Flavor had all the same elements as the aroma with the addition of some sweet malts and hop bitterness.  While I could taste the hop bitterness, it was hard to distinguish the flavor of hops amongst all the other flavors--especially the smoky malts.  Medium to heavy in body, and lightly carbonated.  It has a smooth and creamy mouth feel.  It finishes with sweet malt and a smoky bitterness that lingers.

Rating:  4 star.  Really Good!  I want this again.   I'm really starting to enjoy Imperial Stouts and Yeti is a great one!  Yeti does have a very strong smoky flavor, which may not appeal to everyone.  If you're new to the style, give it a try.  In addition to the Oaked version, they also make Espresso Oaked and Chocolate Oaked version.  I need to find those.  I Believe...

Have you tried Yeti or any other Great Divide Beers?

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  1. Haven't tried this yet, but have enjoyed other Great Divide beers, such as the Claymore Scotch Ale.. Very good brewery.

  2. I saw Claymore in my grocery store. I like Scotch Ales, so I'll be sure to give it a try. Thanks Mark.

  3. Just tried the Rumble Oak aged IPA. I would recommend trying this one. Delicious.

  4. Mark, I didn't know about Rumble and just looked it up. First oak-aged IPA that I've heard of. I need to keep a lookout for that one as sounds great! Thanks for the tip!

  5. I'm going to try another Great Divide ale. I just picked up a 6-pk of Colette Farmhouse Ale. Never heard of it, but I really like the brewery.

  6. Mark, please let me know what you think of Colette. I don't have much experience with the farmhouse style. Is it a saison? Cascade Barrel House is holding a Saison Fest on Saturday. I'm going try to swing by and check it out.

  7. I tried this tonight and was not a fan. I had never heard of "farmhouse ale" style, but it sounded interesting. I found it too light and tart. After looking it up on Great Divide's site, it is a light belgian-style beer, a style I haven't really liked much in the past. The good news is that my wife really likes it, so it will be enjoyed.

  8. I've taken a liking to tart/sour beers, so I think I'll give it a try. I can buy single bottles, so I never worry about getting stuck with a six-pack I don't like. Glad to hear your wife likes it!


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