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Yeti Imperial Stout

January, 2016
Judges Rating: 
94
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
37 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
20 / 20

This opaque black ale starts with an aroma of very strong roasted coffee and dark chocolate malts that surpass most Imperial Stouts in strength and complexity. Rich, dark caramel, treacle, molasses, and dried fruit complement the dark malt aromatics. The body is very full with a strong dextrin sweetness that adds to the very strong dark malt presence of roasted chocolate, espresso, and dark caramel qualities. Appropriately, the bitterness (stated at 75 IBUs!) is strong enough to balance the sweetness of the malt yet also enough to allow the beer to finish with semi-sweet chocolate, roasted, and coffee elements. This Imperial Stout is quite strong, rich, sweet, and powerful – even when compared to other imperial stouts – lending credence to the bottle's claims of being an “untamed” and “imposing" examplar of the style.

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