Tasting: September 11, 2011
When I brewed my own beer, I always tried to come up with a clever name for the beer. My first beer was named â€œJungfrauâ€. Since I was a â€œvirgin brewerâ€, I really wanted the German translation for â€œVirginâ€, but â€œyoung girlâ€ was the closest translation I could find. I just canâ€™t see asking someone â€“ hey do you have any of that â€œYoung Girlâ€. Iâ€™d beg my wife to create labels for me and every once in a while sheâ€™d oblige me with a design. One that comes to mind was a stout called â€œPigâ€™s Headâ€ â€“ (an ode to my stubborn nature). My last brew was named â€œAnvilâ€ â€“ with the catch phrase â€œPound an Anvilâ€. Unfortunately, my Anvil was pounded by some airborne organisms. But, nonetheless â€“ I thought it was a cool name.
As youâ€™d guess from my own attempts, Iâ€™d probably never have a career in naming beer. To me, probably the best named beers come from Lagunitas: Hairy Eyeball; Undercover Investigation Shut Down; Hop Stoopid and WTF to name a few. Take a look at a beer shelf and youâ€™ll see that todayâ€™s beer seems to follow a few themes in their naming convention — biblical, beastly and some twist on the word hop. Great Divide out of Colorado seems to like the beastly route. They have beers like â€œTitanâ€, â€œHossâ€, â€œHerculesâ€, â€œOld Ruffianâ€ and this stout — â€œYetiâ€.
Yeti is offered in a number of styles: Belgian Style Yeti â€“ Chocolate Yeti â€“ Oak Aged Yeti. This one is simply â€œYetiâ€. It’s an imperial stout. From the label — says it has massive hops that create a 75 IBU. Kind of surprising in a stout. Most the of IBU typically come from the bitter roasted malts (ala coffee). Also — 9.5 % ABV.
Pours dark with coffee colored head. Coffee, chocolate on the nose. Rich mouthfeel but a little fizzy. Coffee dominates at first. Then the hops kick in with a citrus (lemon) finish . Really and interesting and complex combination. here. I do get some earthy notes like oak and leather tucked in deep. Alcohol has perfect warmth. Really nice 89 points.