Tonight’s beer was an interesting hybrid style – an imperial stout brewed with Belgian yeast. The Belgian character took the back seat in this brew, but it was still nice to drink.
Final Rating: 4.3/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Yeti tulip glass. Purchased in Attleboro, MA. Bottled in June 2011, sat for nearly 3 years on the shelves (or in the stock room?)
Appearance- Pours a deep brown, nearly black opaque body with a decent sized, 3 finger mocha colored head that reduces slowly, leaving some lacing.
Smell- Very inviting on the nose.. strong vanilla, butterscotch, molasses, caramel, some milk chocolate and coffee.
Taste- Upfront I get cocoa powder, sweet molasses, french vanilla, toffee. The finish is delightful with a strong roasty character that I really like in imperial stouts.. like charred malt or heavily roasted coffee that sits on the palette for a while.
Mouthfeel- Low carbonation and pretty rich, not as rich and thick as the other variations of Yeti I’ve tried. Maybe it lost some body over the years.
As with the other Yeti’s I’ve tried, I was impressed with this variation. The only complaint I have and the reason I give it a 4.0 overall is that I really didn’t get much Belgian character, as advertised in the title. I tasted like an excellent imperial stout, but the Belgian yeast really didn’t add much.