Saturday, September 26, 2009

Good Stuff #5: Yeti Imperial Stout

It's been a few weeks since my last Good Stuff review. Today I picked up my next entry at Total Wine. Good Stuff #5: Yeti Imperial Stout brewed by Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado. Here was my original review from the middle of February. Looking back, I was educating my readers that day that the Tooth Fairy and Easter Bunny are not real. Guess what? They are still not real.

Finally today I get to sit down. After hitting the gas station, Total Wine, the dollar store, Publix, McDonalds, and playing outside with my kids on this slip and slide hose toy, I deserve a beer or five. Thinking back, if only that cashier at the dollar store could have complained a little more about me paying my $1.06 due with a $20 bill. When she asked if I had something smaller, I offered to pay it with a credit card, at which point she made the long-and-obviously-irritated jaunt to the money office to get herself some change. Too bad she was such a bitch too, because I'd have invited her over for a beer otherwise. Not!

Today's review: The aroma is awesome, full of raisins and other dark fruits, plenty of chocolate and a nice maltiness about it. Soooo inviting! The flavors start out with chocolate and a roasted, nutty goodness. This beer is not sweet and not bitter, but is perfectly balanced between the two. You will taste some raisins, plums and dark cherries while at the same time get some citrus orange notes and black licorice. Very complex and all the flavors work beautifully together. The 9.5% alcohol content also makes sure to tell you it's there, providing a satisfying bite and warming kick. Yeti is rich and creamy with a medium-full body and medium carbonation. You finish this guy with more licorice and alcohol and a drier bitterness left on your palate. Even after big 22 is gone, I am still longing for more. Absolutely delicious! For the record, since this bottle is going bye-bye, this Yeti was bottled on April 21, 2009.

Great Divide offers around two dozen beers, although not all of them are available in my area. However, I have had my share, and have yet to find one of their beers that isn't terrific. This Yeti Imperial Stout is clearly my favorite so far, but apparently they offer an Oak Aged Yeti, a Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, and an Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, all of which sound like they have the potential to beat this one out. For now, though, I am super happy with this one.

Others from Great Divide that I have reviewed include DPA Denver Pale Ale, Wild Raspberry Ale, Hercules Double IPA, Saint Bridget's Porter, and Titan IPA. Some were better than others, but all were solid beers. Between these I've had and the others they offer, their beers sound a little like an American Gladiators episode if you're not paying attention.

According to the brewery, Yeti Imperial Stout "is an onslaught of the senses. It starts with 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." The label also refers to it as "Untamed" and "Imposing". OK, all of you know how I feel about label bragging (probably the Arrogant Bastard does it best), but let's let the beer speak for itself. You can for sure agree that if I put out a beer name tomorrow like Tits and Ass Sex Forever Ale that I better back it up with a smokin' brew. Anyway, I digress.

Yeti Imperial Stout has won some awards including Bronze Medal at the Great America Beer Festival, 2008; Silver Medal at the Great American Beer Festival, 2005; and Bronze Medal at the Great International Beer Competition, 2005. I don't usually pair food with beer, but they suggest you pair this guy with grilled steaks, strong/salty blue cheese, or chocolate. The brewery has won numerous other awards for other beers as well since setting up shop in 1994 in an abandoned dairy-processing plant at the edge of downtown Denver.

You can find a lot of information and rap with these guys on their blog, on Twitter, on Facebook, or if you're so lucky as to live nearby, in their Tap Room, where their "Hop Disciples" will make sure you drink and be merry.

In summary, Yeti Imperial Stout is great and you should go out of your way, if necessary, to bring home a few bottles tonight. Share it with your friends and that asshole down the street (if it can get him to be less of an asshole), and let me know what you think. BTW, the Yeti is not real either!

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