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Great Divide Brewing Co.
Denver, CO

Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 9.5%

Rings’s Rating:
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I mentioned my motivation for reviewing a few Great Divide brews in my review of their 17th Anniversary Ale.

Today, I climbed into their most “famous” brew, the Yeti. It’s an imperial stout in the traditional sense—no barrel aging or special treatment. It pours like motor oil, heavy and thick. The head is a soft mocha that hangs around through the entire pour. The body is hearty with big notes of sweetness, chocolate, and roasted malt balanced by a firm 75 IBU hoppiness that is darn near perfect.

This is another outstanding brew, although I would not quite place it in the league of a KBS or an Eddie Fitz as it lacks in some of the complex layering evident in those superstars.

Nonetheless, it’s a much better than average effort and saddens me to realize that these brews will no longer be distributed in the fair state of Michigan.

Reviewed by Rings on June 4, 2012.
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