Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Ratings: 4,095 | Reviews: 1,609 | Display Reviews Only:
4.85/5 rDev +15.2%
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Left an espresso foam colored two finger head with excellent retention and amazing web-like lacing all the way down. The body was the richest, darkest possible brown, almost black, very rich looking.
Smell - chocolate, toffee, coffee, tea, dark breads, some hint of esters, but overall a thick, hearty, caramelly, rich roasted maltiness.
Taste - exactly as promised by the nose. Rich roastiness like chocolate and coffee, with caramelly tones of toffee and caramel, and some tea-like tones, and of course, dark bread. The roasted malts here are perfectly done - no burnt flavor, or smokiness, no acridity, just pure rich roasted heartiness. Finishes with some slight alcohol astringency, not too much really, this beer hides its abv exceedingly well.
Mouthfeel - full, smooth, a little chewy, low carbonation, some hop oil slickness.
Drinkability - rich, hearty, and satisfying, the only thing here is the high abv.
06-05-2006 20:27:54 | More by ultralarry2006
3.68/5 rDev -12.6%
12oz bottle poured in a goblet. Bottled on October 30, 2008.
A: Pours like motor-oil with a pitch-black body. Two-finger tan head.
S: Lots of roasted malts and unsweetened chocolate.
S: A rich roasty flavor with some nice chocolatey notes. However, the hops are a bit too prominent even at eight months, and there's a bit of an alcohol burn.
M: Thick and creamy.
D: I'm going to go ahead and say that this is a notch below the oak aged version. The components are there, but it needs some time to age for it to all come together.
06-28-2009 03:35:47 | More by BarrelO
4.43/5 rDev +5.2%
Pours an opaque purple/brown, almost black color.The head takes a second to develop and is dark tan and fades quickly to a ring with a purple hue where the liquid and froth meet. There is some decent lacing.
Very complex this smells more like a Barleywine than an RIS. It is earthy, and smokey, with hints of coco, and chocolate; there are some fruity notes and roasted meat also. Intriguing to say the least. One could sit and ponder all night the nuances of this beer.
This is the Holidays served up on your taste-buds. There are a lot of different flavors. Dark, sweet, dried fruit come first; next comes a smokey, coco, and coffee, the coffee flavors carry over into the finish along with some spice, and anise. Like the nose there is a lot more going on then I can explain in words.
Full body, sticky, thick, and creamy. Feels like a flat soda on the palate.
For all that is going on this is a highly drinkable beer. Everything is well balanced.. It is interesting how the flavors come in waves.
I love Barley wines and I love RIS's; this beer is like a meeting of the two styles offering the best of what both styles have to offer. This is a must have.
03-21-2010 04:14:01 | More by sitarist
4.4/5 rDev +4.5%
A: Pours a beautiful black rich color with elegant dark brown foamy head about 1/2 inch and stays till the end, lacing all the way down the glass.
S: First is the coffee and then the chocolate with hints of carmel.
T: *BANG* Big explosion in mouth of coffee carmel chocolate and then the big finish is the hppiness wich is a whopping 75 IBU's .
M: Fantastic is the only word comes to mind. Smooth , rich, creamy, thick like a good stout should be.
D: Very, Very, Very, drinkable, but at 9.5 you may want to show some respect for the Yeti and induldge at a slow and careful pace.
06-17-2010 02:57:00 | More by nukem5
4.28/5 rDev +1.7%
Black with a tan head, leaves no lacing, but the head forms a creamy swirl in the glass. Mostly toffee and caramel in the nose with a hint of coffee. Starts out toffee with coffee and piney hops bursting through in the finish; dark chocolate in there as well. Full bodied with not very much carbonation, heavy in the mouth, fits great. It was a joy drinking this, and wouldn't hesitate to buy it again.
05-03-2006 06:23:32 | More by badbeer
4.9/5 rDev +16.4%
Pitch black and opaque. Pours like warm molasses. One of the darker beers I've seen and definitely the thickest by sight. The head is chocolate mouse and has the retention of such, pours two fingers and holds at one finger for most of the session. What else do you need for the style?
Caramel, roast malt, alcohol, milk chocolate, and a very little bitter hop aroma.
Toffee and astringent roast flavors of dark chocolate and char. The hop character, at 75 IBUs, is incredibly balanced and very supportive of the malt bill and doesn't fight it at all. Bitter in the finish, but the sweet residual maltose helps to balance. That being said the alcohol is apparent, but not too obtrusive. As it warms the roast barley melts to burnt sugar, like that atop creme brulee. As it warms further a lot more milk chcolate. That turns this from 4.5 to 5.
A very pleasing texture, not as thick as it appears to pour. Lots of unfermentables in this one, like a milk stout. No alcohol burn in the finish.
Can't drink a lot of these due to the high abv, but easy to sip. Easier than other beers of the style. Delicious on so many levels, tastes different every 5 minutes as it warms. If you drink this one quickly you are really losing out.
08-11-2010 02:32:57 | More by tapman
4.22/5 rDev +0.2%
12 oz bottle poured into an oversized red wine glass to capture the aroma. I've had this plenty of times (mostly on-tap), but I'm only just now getting around to reviewing it.
A: It poured a thick, frothy milk chocolate head that slowly died to a thick lace. It's jet black with a thin amber brown hue.
S: Roasted malty chocolate with banana, vanilla, and oak. There is not much alcohol nor a whole lot of hops in the aroma, but a bit of the piney-earthy hops comes through.
T: Dark chocolate mocha espresso, syrupy sweet with a twinge of spicy hops and alcohol. The hops and alcohol linger until a slight burnt flavor comes through.
M: Syrupy thick with a medium frothy carbonation.
D: This is definitely a sipping beer, but a rather enjoyable one at that. That being said, I really couldn't have more than a couple of them in a row, even if the alcohol was much lower.
03-11-2010 01:27:07 | More by ne0m00re
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,095 ratings.