Great Divide Yeti
As mythical creatures go, the Yeti is pretty well known. A larger than human, hairy, almost ape-like creature that is more elusive than a virgin in Panama City Beach during spring break. There has been hit television shows and major motion pictures based on the story of the Yeti (there has also been movies based on virgins at Spring Break for that matter, but that’s a different story). Many people have claimed to see the beast, yet no real “evidence” has been supplied to prove his existence. I for one didn’t believe in the Abominable Snowman or Yeti, that was until my first Magic City Brewfest. It was a dark Friday night, and I was all alone, well as alone as someone can be in a crowd of thousands. As I wandered around the masses, with no real destination in mind, I stumbled across the magical creature. Under a tent with only a few beers present, I saw the famous Yeti. Not the overly hairy man-like creature that reminds me of my friend John’s little brother, but the Imperial Stout by Great Divide. We just passed our high gravity laws here in Alabama, and we were all thirsty for something big. Now the term “big” when referring to beer can mean many things. It can mean that the beer has a high ABV, it can mean that the beer has a ton of flavor. It can also mean that the mouthfeel or body of the beer is thick. Yeti is all of that, and this time, we have the proof!
I couldn’t remember everything about the beer from just my tasters at Brewfest. Trust me though; I had many samples of this brew that night, so I’m surprised I remember anything at all. One thing I did remember however was that this brew hit every one of my “must haves” in a beer. Because of things like the app Untappd and websites like RateBeer, it’s hard for me not to want to try something new every time I buy a beer. Like a spell though, the more I thought about Yeti, the more I knew I had to buy it again. Before I go any further, I have to specify, I’m talking about the original version of Yeti. There are a few different varieties of this brew, all are outstanding of course, but I’m focusing on my favorite…The original. So anyway, while I was at one of my favorite beer establishments, City Vineyard on 280, I saw a four pack of Yeti sitting on the shelf. I didn’t hesitate one bit, off to the register I was, with Yeti in hand. I haven’t been that excited to get home in a long time.
I didn’t realize it, but before I could get my beer in the fridge, I already had my snifter out of the cabinet and sitting on the table. Seconds after I popped the top, my snifter was full. I don’t know if you can make a beer anymore viscous than this one. Imagine used motor oil mixed with some thick syrup, that’s what Yeti looks like. Black as night with a thick, dense, brown head to match, this beer looks awesome. You have to love a beer that pours darker than coffee and allows no light to pass through your glass. My memory of Brewfest was starting come to back to me once I put my nose close to the beverage. Huge amounts of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and licorice flood my nostrils. When I close my eyes and breathe again, I can smell hints of vanilla and a whiff or two booze. To me, Imperial Stouts have the best flavor profile you can get in a beer, Yeti is spot on. Almonds and toffee give some sweet character to this mammoth brew. Roasted coffee, bitter chocolate and the previously mentioned flavors are balanced perfectly by the presence of hops. I’m not sure what variety or quantity of hops were added, but Great Divide got it right. This beer is big in both aroma and flavor, mouthfeel isn’t any different. I can almost chew this monster it’s so thick. A lusciously flavorful film coats all sides of my mouth. The corners of my mouth seemed to steal little bits of the beer to save for later. Damn this beer is good, just as I remembered. As big and hairy as a beer can be, especially with the amount of booziness and flavor, I expected it to have a higher abv than 9.5%. I know, that’s still high compared to most beers, I just thought it would be a little more. I like Yeti a lot, and while it’s hard for me to give a beer a perfect 10 rating, I give this one a score that matches it’s alcohol content. This brew is as big and scary as any beer I can think of, yet it’s still vegan friendly.
Just like the Yeti Girls sang in their cover of the hit song “Don’t Bring Me Down”, this beer doesn’t let me down either. Next time I won’t wait so long to search for the elusive creature, instead I’ll just grab a four pack, stare at the stars and enjoy.