26. Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout

This may be one of the last beer reviews that I’ll be writing for the next few weeks. About to enter a 5-day birthday binge followed by a 3-week long winter detox. I have a bad habit of trying to combine completely opposite life strategies. Exercise, whole foods and natural living are great, but so are parties and black-outs followed by days upon days of Netflix and bed. Oh well. Hey, beer!

Pouring a glass of Great Divide’s Yeti Imperial Stout  looks like you’re pouring a cup of straight motor oil. It’s pitch black with coffee-colored foam that soars right to the edge of the glass. The lacing is incredible and retains itself for a while; one of the best looking beers I’ve ever seen.

Specifics: 9.5% alc/vol, 75 IBU

The aroma is full of dairy-like properties; cream, coffee and chocolate; a very mellow and comforting aroma. The flavor is rich and dark, like a strong espresso. Sweet and hoppy, full of chocolate and roasted, woody hops. The finish is all toasted grains and mild citrus hops.

This is a heavy beer. It’s chewy and thick but stays smooth and has a carbonation that leaves your tongue bristling.

Yeti Imperial Stout is beer candy.

Grade: A


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