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Great Divide “Yeti”

95 A


This imperial stout is the base brew belonging to a family of beers, each of which include an additional ingredient. I really love this idea, because it allows us the ability to discover how oak, chocolate, espresso, and belgian yeast can fundamentally alter taste. This review just so happens to be a bottle I picked up straight from the Great Divide brewery! Pictures just can’t capture the beautiful, coke float-style head produced by a healthy pour. Aromas are dark and musty, like charred oats, cocoa covered brownies, walnut husks, and some delicious herbal notes below (C-hops).


The palate opens up with a big body of chocolate that swells up with a well-rounded, ultra-creamy feel. A robust, bitter bite of blackened barley pairs with a few drops of hop oil that rise up and strike midway. After this one-two punch backs down, flavors evolve into manifestations of cold brewed coffee. Herbal, pine-based hops occupy the final stage of flavor, with a citric astringency that soon rises up, propelling the beer toward climax. Alpha acids cling with an impressive amount of sustain. Alcohol is noted, but it’s such an integral part of the palate, it’s really of no concern at all. The level of bitterness (75 IBU) falls in proper proportion to sweetness, which eventually rises up into a semi-sour finish. The hops may be heavy-handed, but these malts sure do put up a fight, and I can tell they’re giving it all they’ve got.


For me, it was ‘Old Rasputin’ that first lead to my love of the double stout, but it was Yeti that revealed to me what the style could do with some hoppy aggression. I’ve got a soft spot for this original, but the Chocolate and Oaked Yeti are my two favorites, because they both seem to take the edge off the hops. I love to revisit them all as they fall in and out of season. If you have never had any of these in your life, I suggest you start here with the original, then work your way up to the Belgian. This would make an awesome addition to a Saturday brunch, but it’s good anytime. I recommend it to those of you who love a good hoppy double stout.


9.5%

75 IBU

Denver, Colorado


Review: Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti (Bottle)

Considering it’s our one year birthday here at GBQ I thought I’d throw a bunch of reviews out there for you guys in celebration. Probably the most difficult to find of the sometimes elusive Yeti’s, Chocolate adds cacao nibs to create a creamy dessert beer. There’s also a good bit of dark fruit in the aroma and taste, accompanied by vanilla from the oak, and a powdered chocolate finish. Overall, I like this at least as much as the regular Yeti, though maybe not quite as much as the double espresso oak aged. 

Niko (FF) Score = 9.5/10

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Cryptid Themed Alcohol

Mothman Black IPA is described as  “a balanced bitterness of citrus, hints of floral, with a touch of roasted toffee and chocolate”. It is made by Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company out of West Virginia. This specific drink has a 6.7% ABV.

Beast of Bodmin Moor is “deep chestnut red ale, great complex malt flavours with a berry, fruity bitter finish.” Made by Penpoint Brewery, this alcohol has a 5.0% ABV and is from Cornwall, England.

Brewed in Mexicali, Mexico, Chupacabras Pale Ale is made by Cervecería Cucapá. Its ABV is 5.8% and it is described as “tastes like hops, caramel, malt and shows notes of fruit, toasted bread.”

Yeti Imperial Stout is an umbrella that covers several different beers including:  Yeti Imperial Stout, Oak Aged Yeti, Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, Belgian Yeti, and Oatmeal Yeti. The brewery is located in Denver, Colorado and is called Great Divide. Yeti Imperial’s ABV is 9.5%.

Beer of the Month- March


Looks like winter has come and gone, but that certainly didn’t stop me from enjoying some big bruising snowy night brews last month. I may have given out as many 9+’s as ever before, so if you’re looking for great beer, the March reviews might not be a bad place to start. Anyway, my top three are all stouts aged in some type of barrel, which is fine by me. 

Winner: Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti

Second Place: Hoppin’ Frog Barrel Aged BORIS

Third Place: Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (Cognac Barrel Aged)

Review: Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti (Bottle)

The standard Yeti and Espresso Oak Aged versions are both phenomenal stouts. So I know that the espresso oak aged uses oak chips not barrels, but I’m not sure if this one does the same. I couldn’t find the info on their website so if anyone knows y'all should share your oh so valuable insider beer knowledge with me. Anyway the flavors are very distinct regardless - less coffee, more burnt smoky oak character. There’s a lot of chocolate and the mouthfeel is very thick and oily. There’s some vanilla but not as much as I would expect from the oak. The result is a unapologetically big beer fit for the adventurous. I can just picture a bunch of old men in the woods with massive wooly beards sippin’ on this stuff in their fireside mugs, getting ready to go hunt the Yeti himself. 

Niko I (FF) Score = 9.5/10