Sunday, June 26

Beer Review: Great Divide Belgian Style Yeti Imperial Stout

Was refreshing to see this at The BeerMongers recently. I never even read about, or knew of this beer before I spotted the bright orange label on the bottom shelf in the cooler. I was a bit let down with Stones Belgo Imperial Russian Stout.


Bottled on June 17th, 2011.

Appearance: (4.5)
- Nice thick dark brown and black. Big fingers of thick dense light mocha colored head. Slowly settled to a spotty island of larger bubbles riding over a thin layer of cream. Lace all about the glass. Very pretty stout.

Smell: (4.0)
- Wonderful light cocoa and semi sweet grains melded with a smokey salty Belgian yeasty touch. Light vanilla, grassy hops, and some earthy notes. I don't know what it is about the Belgian yeast and stouts, but they give off a wonderful smoked chickory or other wood scent.

Taste: (4.0)
- Robust smokey bready woody stout. Nice light sweetness, vanilla, and cocoa grain with a salty smoked chickory-like wood touch. Bit of a bitter hopping with a light citrus grassy candy-like flare. Not bad at all. Quite relaxed compared to Stones Belgo RIS.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Medium to heavy bodied, well carbonated and only slightly chalky. A little drying and chewy. Dusty finish. Lightly creamy and well carbonated. Not a bad drinker.

Overall: (4.0)
- Not a bad rendition of their flagship Yeti Imperial stout. Though it is not their oak aged version, the Belgian yeast pronounces a lot of woody and smoked flavors. Overall quit good, and much better fresh compared to Stones fresh RIS. I am thinking Stones would age better though. I don't know if this one would get any better with age. Solid brew.

A- / 4.03

(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

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