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By The Professor JW Faulkner – @EngProfJW
It might be close to 90 degrees outside with sticky sweat in every body crevasse, but it is getting closer to winter brew drinking season. And that means dark stouts and smooth porters. So regardless of weather or temperature, this weekend, Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout is what’s on tap.
When Harry and Lloyd wanted to go to a place where the beer flows like wine, they should have gone to Denver, not Aspen. Denver, home to the Great American Beer Fest and some of the finest craft breweries is also home to Great Divide. Since 1994, Great Divide Brewing Company has been producing some of the best and most distinct craft beers on the market, and Yeti Imperial Stout is no exception. Upon first sip, you get hit with a taste of roasted malts, but then you get the beer’s chocolate and toffee flavors finished with just a hint of hoppy bitterness, all of which combine to make an awesome stout.
Now I know many of you might be adverse to drinking a beer named after the animal that killed the greatest claymation character ever, Yukon Cornelius. But like he said, “I didn’t ever tell you about Bumbles? Bumbles bounces!” Though I am not sure if he is talking about a clay or real Abdominal Snowman, Yeti, Bumble (which I am not sure what a “Bumble” actually is) or a delicious stout, you always trust a man with that great of a mustache to tell the truth.
One of the most confused and misunderstood characteristics is the darker the beer, the “heavier” it is. This might come from the belief darker beers have a higher ABV. But in reality, many stouts and porters are in the 5.5 to 6% range. Because of the malts and other dominate flavors, most stouts and porters have a “smooth” taste, Great Divide’s Yeti really is the best of both worlds as it is full of flavor and not heavy despite its higher-than-normal 9.5% ABV.
Tonight I am living like a true mountain man by drinking Yeti and eating smoked brisket. The smoked flavors go great with the roasted malts and caramel. As I eat, I can feel my facial hair growing.
Alcohol by Volume: 9.5%
Hop Bitterness (IBU’s): 75
Color: Motor Oil Black