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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,264 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,264
Reviews: 1,631
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 205
Gots: 533 | FT: 19
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 beernads
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

beernads, Yesterday at 11:23 PM
Photo of corywalston
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A. Very aggressive poor causing an explosion of hypnotically mesmerizing reverse waterfall of dark brown bubbles that live and move as if they have a mind of their own. Once the explosion of our new universe settles, what is left is 2 inches of thick dark brown insulating foam with the density that could hold a quarter upright. Beneath the constellation of heavenly foam lies a black ether than absorbs all the light in the room. A glimpse of brownish hue is the only secret this black hole lets out. While drinking it leaves a beautiful lacing resembling an oil slick across the glass.
S. The smell is of deep dark rich chocolate, espresso, roasted malt, with hints of floral and smoked charcoal. Very light hint of alcohol seals the deal. Time to drink.
T. Taste like liquid German chocolate cake followed by toffee, caramel, figs, raisins, coffee, vanilla, and sweet alcohol. Every time I take a sip it’s a different flavor adventure that always ends in chocolate love. If this beer had tits I would motorboat it.
M. Thick delicious, chewy syrup. It’s so thick the Yeti drinks you. Drink one for breakfast and you will be full till dinner.
O. Overall the Yeti is like making love to a seasoned cougar. A night with this fine dark beautifully aged women will ruin you for any future experience to come. When I die put a bottle of this in my coffin too usher me into the afterlife. What else do I have to say, denounce your God and worship the Yeti. Slightly above average buzz for 9.5% ABV

corywalston, Yesterday at 04:04 AM
Photo of sjccmd
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black...really black. Thick and oily. Pretty incredible. I am not sure if I've seen a darker beer. Medium sized dark tan/brown head. Surprisingly sticky lacing.

Smell is dark fruit, cocoa, and coffee. Spicy and citrusy hops make a small appearance beyond the hefty malt character. Molasses and maple syrup.

Rich chocolate and coffee followed by dark fruits and again a bit of citrus. Quite a bit more hop character on the second sip bringing grapefruit and pine. While the aggressive hopping adds character, perhaps it also makes the beer a little less drinkable.

Luscious velvety mouthfeel which clears out surprisingly quickly finishing more dry than one would expect. The high hop bitterness perhaps adds to this effect. Appropriately low carbonation.

Extremely rich and flavorful. It may have a bit too much going on, but I definitely prefer this to sweeter RIS's.

sjccmd, Yesterday at 03:28 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

beerded_drunk, Monday at 10:11 PM
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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.12/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.36/5  rDev +3.6%

kkazemi, Monday at 11:25 AM
Photo of BenwayPHD
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

The color is ink black. The thin head is a light brown mocha color. Smells roast and toasty. Vanilla, coffee, chocolate, slight hop presence, and a little booze. The taste is fantanstic. Thick, creamy, sweet. It has a burnt flavor like roasted marshmallows that I enjoy very much. Maybe too much hop flavor, but that's the only flaw, and really not that bad of a thing. I might want to age it to mellow out the alcohol flavor and the hop presence.

BenwayPHD, Monday at 06:33 AM
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4.62/5  rDev +9.7%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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