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Beers: Great Divide Brewing Co Yeti Imperial Stout vs. Founders Brewing Breakfast Stout

Yes, another stout vs stout tasting. The main reason is that my “variable” beer this year is currently the stout, and I am still trying to figure out if I want to stick with that or to try to brew a different darker style. I acknowledge the beers are different; yet, this will allow to point out similarities and differences in the two beers. This is my first second with written notes. Specs of each beer below:

Great Divide Brewing Co. Yeti Imperial Stout
Pkgd: 10/29/2014
ABV: 9.5%
75 IBUs
Temp: Unknown – Warmer than typical refrigerator temps.

Founders Brewing Breakfast Stout
Pkgd: Unknown
ABV: 8.3%
60 IBUs
Temp: Unknown – Slightly warmer than typical refrigerator temps.

Great Divide:
Sweet aroma (Maybe this is the roast/toffee character?). Tan-to-brown head with high SRM (Dark brown to black) body. Medium body and carbonation. Almost low carbonation, very fine bubbles. Sweet caramel toffee, with the roast and bitterness creeping up in the back.

Founders:
Much more chocolate and coffee to the nose. Light tan head with dark, opaque body. Medium to low carbonation. Light mouthfeel. Less chocolate and more coffee as the tasting progresses. Perceived bitterness is much lower.

Comparison:

The Breakfast Stout seems much lighter bodied and much less bitter than the Yeti – though, this was expected given the different styles. Still, it was unexpected for these two to be 15 IBUs and a little over 1% ABV in difference, but to taste quite different.  The Breakfast Stout (Double Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Stout) is the style that personally comes to mind when I think of the “stout” style. The Yeti surprisingly drinks like a lower ABV/IBU stout – very smooth, and on the right night I might have 2 to 3 in a session. I would like to see how this compares with the likes of a Old Rasputin’s RIS.

 

As always, feel free to reach out to discuss the tastings, or if you have tips on tasting please let me know! Cheers!

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I acknowledge the beers are different; yet, this will allow to point out similarities and differences in the two beers. This is my first tasting with written notes. Specs of each beer below:

Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout
Pkgd: 06/13/2014
ABV: 6%
Temp: Unknown – Warmer than typical refrigerator temps.
Left Hand Brewing Co Milk Stout
Pkgd: Unknown
ABV: 6%
Temp: See Bell’s.

Bells:
Sweet, almost soy sauce aroma. Tan head with high SRM body. Chocolate with deeper notes of roast. Medium body and carbonation. Almost low carbonation. Chocolate in the back, but more roast than chocolate. After taste imparts fruity raisin like qualities.
Left Hand:
Much more chocolate to the nose. Hints of roasted coffee. Light tan head with dark, opaque body. Nice lace. Medium to low carbonation. Lighter mouthfeel. Less chocolate as the tasting progresses. More roast.

Comparison:

The Milk Stout seems much sweeter and lighter bodied than the K Stout. There’s a slight perceived astringency to the Milk Stout when compared to the K Stout. The K Stout appears to be less transparent, but has less roast to it. The K Stout is flavored in this pair as the lactose added a certain quality outside of my preference
*Note: Pretzels are apparently not a good snack with the stouts.*