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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,485 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,485
Reviews: 1,649
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 228
Gots: 588 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Fcolle2
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled feb 14 2013

Pours jet black in color and pretty thick. Head Is about half a finger, tan, and retains nicely.

Smell is great. Rich, dark chocolate malt is forward and has a moderately sweet and mildly roasted aroma. Faint hints of vanilla are present alongside a grainy note and some slight alcohol.

Taste is malt forward. Way more roasted husky malt flavors are present in the taste relative to the nose. A Light coffee bitterness is balanced well with a toffee like malt sweetness. Some hops add slightly to the bitterness however are light in taste.

Mouthfeel is great. Rich, creamy bitter and sweet everything you would expect from a good imperial stout.

Photo of jshusc
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of acrawf6
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out a beautiful black, one of the most potent black hues i have had. Almost no light at all come through. Great tan head foams up. Beautiful indeed.

Smells quite interesting. At first smell, i honestly have to say it reminded me of my dog's old dry dogfood, but that really isnt the case. I just wanted to bring that up if anyone else first got that. Very natural smell. Sweet smell and like a dry fruit like prunes, perhaps. Very potent smell. More malty than the hops in it. To me the smells remind me of a barley wine.

Taste is quite good. Very complex. First it is quite sweet and heavy. the hops (75 ibus) is quite present, more than i expected. It is very creamy. Lots of toffee flavor comes through, a very good amount. Under that is the coffee flavor. Does have quite a sherry flavor to it, or port wine. Aftertaste is more malty and a deep sweetness like molassis. Aftertaste also has a slight chocolate hint to it with some more coffee flavor. Alcohol does slightly come out in the aftertaste, but at 9.5%alc. by vol., not all that direct.

Mouthfeel is great. Very, very creamy. Great balance. good amount of carbonation.

Overall, i think this beer is quite incredible. This beer can be enjoyed right after being bottled, or after time cellared and be great either way (havent tried the aging, but i'm sure it would be). So full and complex, but still so very drinkable. What a great beer! Can't wait to try the oak aged tomorrow....

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of atigerlife
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black. Black hole black. Dark brown creamy fluffy head. Good head retention. Very impressive to look at.

Aroma of dark chocolate, dark malts, expresso.

Taste is dark chocolate, dark malts, dark fruits. Some charcoal and coffee in there. Bitter.

Mouthfeel was heavy. Dry at the end. Somewhat chewey.

Overall, a very, very good brew. Very drinkable. It hides the alcohol well. Great sipping beer at day's end.

Photo of confer
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A -Dark brown with a creamy tan head
S - Smell is coffee and sweet vanilla
T - Just a nice roasted coffee flavor
O -A smooth easy drinking RIS

Photo of czfreeman
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a great RIS. Pours out completly, utterly pitch black. Used motor oil, vicious looking brew with a head that is darker than most stouts
Aromas is huge, complex as a well roasted infused coffee. Notes of bitter chocolates, deeply roasted malts, vanilla, oaks, alcoholic phenols singe your nose as you breath in this deliciousness.
Flavor is bliss at first sip. The alcohol, as noted by other BA users is very dominant, but spikes the beer thoughout drinking. The mouthfeel is thick, yet light. Flavor is bitter chocolates, loads of maltiness, coffee, rum, caramelized toffee, yet balance by spicy hops and alcohol. The finish is warm, but very smooth. This was suprisingl good, I highly reccommend and will purchase again

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of JMad
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The beer pours like oil, it's black with a thick frothy brown head that hugged the glass. I smell aromas of roasted chocolate and toffee with some dark fruit. The taste is bitter with dark chocolate, molasses, maybe a hint of bourbon and a bitter black coffee flavor, the aftertaste is of piney hops. The beer is heavy with perfect carbontaion and a long, dry and bitter finish. This is an excellent imperial stout, it is an explosion of flavor.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of EPICAC
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I've heard good things about Great Divide's beers, but I've never tried one. Downtown Wine & Spirits has a pretty good selection of their beers, so I decided to pick one up. I let this warm to around 50º and served it in one of my New Belgium glasses.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with slight ruby tints against the light. It's topped by a thick, dark, brown head that fades to a persistent layer that leaves heavy lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is predominantly roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. There are hints of fruit and hops.

Taste: The flavors are very rich. Dominant roasted malt flavors: chocolate and coffee. There are also sweet dark fruit flavors. The finish is roasted and hoppy bitterness, with a warming alcoholic spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Rich, full-bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: The alcohol is strong and evident, but is balanced well by the rich flavors.

Overall: Rich, bold and strong, but incredibly mellow and smooth in some respects. The flavors blend very well creating a nice balance.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Skidz
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber, no dates.

Pours out deep and dark, chocolate brown, syrupy looking. Sits completely opaque in the glass, no way for light to escape it's clutches. Nice sized dark brown head on top of the beauty. Sticks to the sides the whole way down.

Smells of chocolate, caramel, and thick on the roastedness. Mild alcohol on the back of the nose. I'm thinking double chocolate fudge, caramel syrup and a good sprinkling of walnuts on top. Some nice earthiness to this stout, kinda woody. Hop aroma is subdued by the malts and roasy aromas protruding from this black hole of a beer.

Tastes lightly sweet up front, but that doesn't last longer than a blink of an eye. Intense roastedness kicks in as your caffeine withdrawl is soon put on the back burner. Coffee is the main man here, big, black coffee. Coffee, meet chocolate, chocolate, coffee. It's like a coffeehouse was airlifted from columbia and then dropped onto a Swiss Chocolate factory. Don't forget about the hops though. Bales of hop flavor push through from behind the roastedness to unleash a torrent of ciric and piney hop flavors. Leaves your mouth feeling treated and cured.

Speaking of mouth, this one is creamier than goat's milk. Take that one to the bank. From the looks of this on the pour, I though it would be nearly flat, but a tingle of carbonation eases its way through. Big burly body that has nothing better to do than spread its tasty goodness across the deepest pits of your mouth.

A delicous Impy Stout, I haven't had many better than this. Comparable to a Shakespeare Stout in flavors, and a Stone Impy Stout in body. I'm keeping at least one of these in my fridge at all times.

Edit: Drinkability is going down. It's roasty flaovrs are almost too much to handle, especially when a bomber is involved. Still a killer stout, just can't drink as much of it as I'd like.

Photo of Dithyramb
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a bomber from Lina's outside Cleveland last month for $4.99 (not available around these parts). No born on or freshness dating. However, given the nature of the beast, I really don't have to worry about this one. Had the resident beertard take me to the back to get a fresh one to boot.

Pours a heavily viscous motor oil-like black goodness. Blackhole like quality, with no light shining through whatsoever. It sucks in the light of the shade when I even attempt to spy out some red hues. A thick dark burned chocolate chip cookie colored head oozes up after the pour to a thick three fingers. Eventually dies down to an eighth to a quarter of an inch of clinging foam that leaves trademark lacing. Perfection.

The aroma is noteworthy, with all the expected flavors of molasses, espresso, bourbon. It smells thick and chewy. I already want a thick piece of chocolate cake to enjoy it with.

There are three levels of flavor here. Initial rush of malty sweetness as the molasses shows off its goodness. Light bitterness, almost hoplike in nature comes next and perfectly compliments the former. It finishes nicely bitter, like the remains of a turkish coffee. You know, that thick chewy blackness at the bottom of the espresso cup. I always mix a little table sugar in it and spoon it into my mouth. I get wonderful images of seaside restaurants in the Meditteranean enjoying after dinner coffee.

As with that image, I think I'd need a limoncello just to clear the bitter and sweet mixture that has infected and taken over my tastebuds. Mmm, the thick and chewy, but easy, mouthfeel is captivating.

9.5%! Are you kidding me! This one isn't even close to being a sipper. I could, evilly and stupidly, pound this at happy hour and pay the price. Yes, mid west trips will have me picking this baby up again.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,485 ratings.