433. Yeti Imperial Stout

433. Yeti Imperial Stout

The cap says "Great Minds Drink Alike".

I've heard good things about Great Divide's beers, but I've never tried one. Downtown Wine & Spirits has a pretty good selection of their beers, so I decided to pick one up. I let this warm to around 50ยบ and served it in one of my New Belgium glasses.

The bottle says:
Yeti Imperial Stout is an onslaught of the senses. It starts with big, roasty malt flavor then gives way to rich caramel and toffee notes. Yeti Imperial Stout gets its bold hop character from an enormous quantity of hops. It weighs in at a hefty 75 IBUs.
Beer Stats:
Brewery: Great Divide Brewing Company
Alcohol: 9.50%
Serving: Bottle, 22 oz.
Style: Russian Imperial Stout, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (5.0): Pours an opaque black with slight ruby tints against the light. It's topped by a thick, dark, brown head that fades to a persistent layer that leaves heavy lace on the glass.

Smell (4.5): The aroma is predominantly roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. There are hints of fruit and hops.

Taste (4.5): The flavors are very rich. Dominant roasted malt flavors: chocolate and coffee. There are also sweet dark fruit flavors. The finish is roasted and hoppy bitterness, with a warming alcoholic spiciness.

Mouthfeel (5.0): Rich, full-bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability (4.0): The alcohol is strong and evident, but is balanced well by the rich flavors.

Overall (4.6): Rich, bold and strong, but incredibly mellow and smooth in some respects. The flavors blend very well creating a nice balance.

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