Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,494 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,494
Reviews: 1,649
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 229
Gots: 598 | 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:
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(Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003)
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4/5  rDev -5%

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3/5  rDev -28.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I really like the color of the head on this beer, its a big chocolate milkshake looking tower of tight lacing.
The aroma gives of a fragrance that is impossible to confuse with anything but sweet melted chocolate. It's a very inviting chocolate aroma even though it's powerful enough to overpower the other milder aromas of smooth espresso.
What a smooth drinking stout, everything about it is creamy, the flavors are more creamy but not syrupy milk chocolate with a bit of dark coco powder and espresso. the bottle says tons of hops, but im not noticing them here much.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of mdwalsh
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Initial pour is a large brownish-tan head full of small bubbles. The beer is deep deep black. Totally opaque.

S: Slightly sweet, but also a definite hoppyness. Hints of sweet, bitter cooked fruit, like a cherry pie, but hoppier. A hopheads RIS for sure.

T: Similar to the smell, but much more roasted character, even a little bit of pepper. Really accentuates any spicey food you might be eating. The dry roasted bitterness can really come through. There's a bit of a coffee taste as well that dissipates as you go.

M: Thick like motor oil. But the bitter bite makes it feel a little lighter. Really nice for such a big beer.

D: I could see this being a very drinkable RIS for some people, but not for me. The roastedness is too much for me.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of fitzy84
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must say the appearance to this was nearly perfect. Beautifully dark with a huge dark head and just unable to see through at all. Very sharp aromas, almost to the point of them being stingy, were sensed. These included sweet malts, barley, caramel and chocolate flavors. It had a bittersweet taste to it, explicit with its caramel and hop overtones. This one was smooth and creamy but surprisingly crisp too. Overall this was a pretty exceptional beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of DoctorDog
3.2/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into an over-sized wine glass.

A- Oily black/opaque. Pours with a thin brown head, which fades rapidly, leaving a thin, filmy covering. Ample lacing noted.

S- Alcohol bite, chocolate, coffee, indiscernible dark fruitiness, and a bit of molasses.

T- Fleeting hints of coffee and chocolate, quickly obscured and diminished by the biting alcohol presence. No experience with this, but perhaps one that might do well aged?

M- Fairly thick with fairly low carbonation

D- Not more than one as a slow sipper on a lazy evening. ABV is too high and too pronounced to consider more.

Future outlook: Might get again to sock away for a long time....

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of mjl21
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle purchased at Central Market in Fort Worth, TX. Poured into a snifter. Bottled on date is a little blurry, but it appears to be 12/2/08. Comes in at 9.5%. The bottle I drank has the new artwork.

A-Pours black with a one and a half finger sandy head that goes fiarly quickly to a bubbly half finger head.

S-Sweet caramel malts hit first. Minor hop notes are detectable. There is also some roasted malt coming through. As it warms vanilla comes out. The smell is not overly powerful but as all the different notes hit my nose, you know this one is going to be big.

T-A blast of citrus hops and roast malt assault my palate at once. You would never guess how hoppy this is based on the nose. The citrus hops keep coming and are followed by some caramel sweetness and a nice level of bitterness. Dark chocolate can be tasted all through the back of my mouth. The vanilla notes come through as it warms.

M-Medium to full bodied. It is very rich and creamy. Not surprisingly it is thicker when cooler and lighter as it warms.

D-A great sipper. The 9.5% is well hidden and the citrus hops make this a great one to drink.

One of my favorites to pick up when visiting Texas. Love all of the citrus hops. Makes me want to go down into the cellar and crack open the oak aged Yeti.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Say hello to my little friend. A very dark brown in color with a well defined 1/3 inch tan bubbly head. The nose is first of hops, let’s get that clear; this is inviting; some chocolate and alcohol are also detected in the aroma. Lip smacking offerings – dark roasted coffee, some vanilla beans and some tender/bitter hops. Oh so tasty; alcohol offerings are right there in the body combined with intense grape and plum flavorings. Warming only intensifies this rich stout. An absolutely incredible and cleansing palate for the style. Very stiff; roasted malts round out the body. Full bodied and full of flavor; one of the top Imperial Stouts; search out this bad boy and enjoy!

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4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an attractive pitch black color that lets no light through. Had a brown head that it retained for a while before dissipating. Has malty aromas of chocolate and of coffee. Flavor is also of chocolate, coffee, but there is also hop flavor that sneaks through on the finish. Hides the 9.5% alcohol content extremely well. Mouthfeel is good. Drinkability for the ABV is good. This is an excellent beer.

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3.23/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass. Formed a dense single finger head the color of a dark mocha drink. Slow dissipation leaving behind lots of frothy lace. The body is about as dark a cannot force light through this.

The nose has chocolate, molasses and caramel up front. Deeply roasted malts are undertones on a meaty backbone.

Flavors come at you in waves. You are hit right up front with a hoppy burst. This calms down to some of the roasted malts and caramel flavors. Then, boom, hops again at the end. Bitter finish with a slightly warming alcohol bite. The hops are not in balance...

Mouth feel is medium to thick, semi astringent with very light carbonation.

Drinkable, but I could not handle more than one per setting.

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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