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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,194 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,194
Reviews: 1,624
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 198
Gots: 508 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003)
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Photo of RoyalT
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This beer is darker than dark with a beautiful, full head. The head is very dark as well, a solid milky brown I'd say, and laced the hell out of my class. It was a beauty shop in the best sense.

Smell - This bouquet is a nice mix of roasty malts, coffee grounds, and dark chocolate from the finest shop in San Francisco. The raw coffee grounds and dark chocolate work incredibly well together, giving this one a very bitter nose.

Taste - Oh, this is really good. The notes from the nose are here in spade, but the roasted malts are super-juiced and are much sweeter at the tongue. It's a dark sweetness, again like chocolate, maybe mixed with some brown sugar. The alcohol, which I didn't pick up at the nose, is very much present at the taste. This is very rich and has what I call a "pre-aged" flavor, meaning that it takes on that good, syrupy flavor that you get after aging a strong, complex stout.

Mouthfeel - This medium to full-bodied stout is slick in the mouth and very bitter. The big sugars take the bite out of the bitterness and the huge alcohol warms the throat. All the flavors play amazingly well in the mouth. This has what I consider to be a perfect balance of dark, bitter malts, light leafy hop dryness, mouth-puckering sugars, and a sharp but mature alcohol warmth.

Drinkability - This was beer, dinner, and dessert all rolled into one. It was incredibly drinkable for such a big ADS.

Comments - Do not age this beer. Drink as is for best results.

Update - It had been five years since I've had this beer before they started selling it in SoCal so thought I'd give my original review an update.

I wrote before about how dark and beautiful the head was but just can't emphasize it enough. It is absolutely one of the most beautiful heads I have ever seen and it sticks around for eternity. As you drink the beer the film leaves thick rings on the inside of your mug almost like ring on a tree bark.

The only other thing that I would add, which I mentioned at the end of my original review, is that although this style of beer is good for aging, this should be consumed upon purchase. You age a big, dark, malty beer like this to bring out the sugars but the sweets here are so well-developed that there's no need to hold this in a cellar.

RoyalT, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of TheWiredDJ
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%

TheWiredDJ, Yesterday at 06:29 PM
Photo of DenverHopHead
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from a bottle with a bottled on date of 7/14/14; into a snifter.
Appearance - pours thick and black and sits in the glass like the dark side of the moon! A chocolate ice cream brown head starts off thick, but quickly dissipates to a thin layer. Lacing is sticky and plentiful!
Smell - creamy dark and milk chocolate, blended with robust coffee and mocha!
Taste - very bold coffee flavors with an excellent touch of dark chocolate!
Feel - heavy, but the 9.5% ABV is hard to detect; excellent balance between roasted malt characters and bitterness from the hops that make this complex brew feel like a gourmet coffee!
Overall - I am revisiting this after a year or more, and as my palate has matured, my appreciation for the original Yeti is growing!

DenverHopHead, Yesterday at 02:17 AM
Photo of clausr
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

clausr, Monday at 04:27 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

BentheBishop, Monday at 05:10 AM
Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Hellpop65, Monday at 02:58 AM
Photo of Woodman70
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Woodman70, Monday at 01:43 AM
Photo of osant37
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

osant37, Sunday at 10:14 PM
Photo of NickTheGreat
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

I'm new to these Great Divide Beers. So far so good, I think.

Aroma (4): Good aroma, get some coffee smells. Really what a Imperial should smell like
Appearance (5): Beautiful DARK color. I'm talking almost black. Almost.
Taste (4.5): Really spot on taste. Thick, bitter, roasted, awesome. Second Great Divide I've had and it has that boozy taste. It works, and makes sense with the higher ABV.
Palate (4.5): Dead nuts on. Nothing I can think of to critique here.

I really like this one. One of the better Imperials I've had. I see what the fuss is all about.

NickTheGreat, Saturday at 03:21 AM
Photo of James_Cody
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%

James_Cody, Saturday at 01:52 AM
Photo of MickeyTheHead
5/5  rDev +18.8%

This is an outstanding brew.

MickeyTheHead, Friday at 08:36 PM
Photo of dcscientist
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

Ah yes, the classic imperial stout. Great Divide makes a fine version of this one, no doubt. They have a few different takes on it, but this is the original version, and it'll do when you want a solid, heavy beer. Goes great with beef or other hearty dishes. This is another very popular offering from this brewery.

dcscientist, Friday at 07:40 PM
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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

rudeone, Friday at 05:31 AM
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4.52/5  rDev +7.4%

vernalagnia, Friday at 02:01 AM
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4.64/5  rDev +10.2%

zachthelaxer93, Friday at 01:29 AM
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4.44/5  rDev +5.5%

killcore, Sep 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Tyecko, Sep 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

dheldman, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of GeoffreyM
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

GeoffreyM, Sep 22, 2014
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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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