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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,171 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 4,171
Reviews: 1,621
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 197
Gots: 498 | FT: 17
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 Cokken
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Cokken, Today at 12:07 AM
Photo of zoober911
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - As anticipated it pours black. I pour vigorously, and an inch and a half of brown head forms. As the tight bubbles dissipate it leaves little head behind with just a touch of a crown.

S - Ever so slight smell of booze. Predominantly chocolate on the nose. As it warms this is more apparent and is pleasant. It smells good, but not the best Imperial Stout I have smelled. Some burnt notes present when revisited.

T - The taste is mostly of chocolate and dark malt. There is a slight burnt/bitter character to it. LIke the smell, a slight taste of booze on the end, but it's nothing that a little time can't cure.

M - Mouthfeel is relatively smooth as expected with an Imperial Stout. Very light carbonation is present. Overall it is a very nice mouthfeel and the most desirable aspect of this beer.

O - Overall with everything said and done it is very good. I would recommend this to anyone as a go-to RIS if that's the flavor of the night. I have had the Espresso variant and prefer it to this one without a doubt.

zoober911, Today at 12:07 AM
Photo of blinky1717
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%

blinky1717, Yesterday at 10:49 PM
Photo of Sunn
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Sunn, Yesterday at 05:44 PM
Photo of thezenkeeper
4.76/5  rDev +13.1%

thezenkeeper, Yesterday at 02:19 AM
Photo of lobos62
4.25/5  rDev +1%

lobos62, Yesterday at 12:45 AM
Photo of Dave1999
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a brownish off white head. Pretty much perfect for the style.

The smell is dark roasted malts, slightly sweet.

The taste is roasted malts, bitter coffee with a bit of sweetness.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with medium carbonation.

Overall a delightful imperial stout, heavy and delicious.

Dave1999, Saturday at 10:00 PM
Photo of Skwalk47
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

Skwalk47, Saturday at 06:22 PM
Photo of Herky21
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Herky21, Friday at 10:01 PM
Photo of Jrdonohue10
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%

Jrdonohue10, Friday at 01:08 PM
Photo of kotzbauerm
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

kotzbauerm, Thursday at 10:42 PM
Photo of dagubna
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

dagubna, Thursday at 06:20 AM
Photo of tillmac62
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%

BOD 6/17/14. Pours dark as a starless night. Very good head with exceptional lacing and very good retention. Rich nose of dark chocolate, very little roast character, over a nice citrus hop background with only a hint of coffee. As it warms, light vanilla notes are noticed. Rich full body with a creamy texture. Below normal carbonation with no effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is complex, but the alcohol is not well hidden. It begins with rich dark chocolate that flows into notes of coffee coupled with vanilla over a rich malt sweetness. Roast is noted in the middle over a citric hop flavor and mild bitterness. The smooth finish is dominated by alcohol and leaves a warm back of throat burn and a burnt sugar lingering aftertaste. Dial the alcohol back a bit and this one becomes outstanding.

tillmac62, Tuesday at 08:00 PM
Photo of finz2thestout
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

coffee, malty, dark....I would like to start my day with this beer.

finz2thestout, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of Chamby1457
4/5  rDev -5%

Chamby1457, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of tulpenhiney
4.25/5  rDev +1%

tulpenhiney, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of JasonL02
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%

JasonL02, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Acidik_Inc
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

I have a soft spot for cryptozoology, so its name piqued immediately. This was my first sampling from the Great Divide Brewing Company. A pretty good test to how tall this company stands. Yeti provides an excellent serving of hops to its Imperial Stout tradition. A dark, frothy ale best served cold and as soon as purchased. Personally, I enjoy it right before a movie in bed.

Acidik_Inc, Sep 14, 2014
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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,171 ratings.