Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Ratings: 4,093 | Reviews: 1,609 | Display Reviews Only:
4.33/5 rDev +2.9%
A - Pitch black brew pours out with a very condensed, saturated tan colored head. So thick, is this beer. Lacing is caked all of the glass from the immense head that eventually settles to a quarter inch cap.
S - Dark roasted malt nose. Heavy amounts of sweet chocolate cocoa, and vanilla tied in. Toffee, and a tiny bit of coffee aroma. All the normal ingredients in here for an RIS. A bit of roasted peanuts perhaps too. I'm not sure why but with most RIS's I always detect some presence of mint in the nose.
T - The flavor starts out with a bitter roast on the palatte. Transitions nicely into a sweet chocolate, then a vanilla swirl for good measure. Caramel makes an appearance, but is not the last flavor. It ends with a very pleasant toffee flavor. All this would suggest a cloying brew, but the bitter roast balance's everything out nicely.
M - Thick, full bodied brew with mid to high carbonation. I can feel this beer sticking to my teeth.
O - One of my favorite RIS's. So much flavor, so many variations. May be the most well balanced RIS out there. I've had the oak version and it beats the base for me, but what a base beer. I believe in the Yeti.
03-23-2013 03:31:20 | More by haazer
3.68/5 rDev -12.6%
I've only been around a handful of yeti; and those that I know are hairy, pungent, and unkept but friendly and, on balance, good creatures -- unless they're taken for granted, in which case you're likely to be clubbed over the head. Same with the beer.
A: The darkest brown imaginable. Stunning orange caramel head / lacing. When the head dissolves, it's almost like those flat glass displays filled with colored sands -- different looks with each swirl or shake, all as mesmerizing as the last (from a snowy dusting of suds across the surface to a peanut butter colored nucleus surrounded by dark chocolate -- akin to a Buckeye).
S: Roasted malt, coffee grounds, faint cocoa powder. As it warms, a sweeter but earthy peat moss.
T: Bitter, pungent. Not bad mind you, and uniformly well balanced. Just hairy and immodest. For me, while I often enjoy closing my eyes and allowing my tongue to define this adjective or that descriptor, this was "just stout" -- again, not a criticism; simply a straight forward and fun pour. (In fact, it reminded me of a blend between a good RIS and a Scottish ale).
M: Good balance, medium body (slackening a bit with a swirl or two). Low carbonation. Dry feel.
O: Beyond a gorgeous appearance and nice feel, not much to catapult it ahead of other stouts in terms of taste or aroma; but I find myself coming back to it again and again. Though not a poetic adjective evoking one of the five senses, it's just a flat-out "fun" beer -- and in my little humble saloon, a crowd favorite (where it's requested by name by even the most occasional visitor).
Repeat? Yes, but I'm glad I only see it in bombers. I crack them open with some frequency for parties, but would do so far less frequently if it was an individual bottle for personal sipping enjoyment. Not that it can't be enjoyed that way; it's just a great social beer with a good, hairy, fun characteristic. (That said, I will say that it's a wonderful sipping companion for specific food pairings -- most notably a good steak Pittsburgh rare and heavy cheeses).
Where? A cookout with charred steaks & dogs served up hot; a campfire with or without food. Or any party where you need a good beer in the middle of the line-up to get people telling stories they shouldn't. Just beware: this is the same brew that Jack used to fuel the ritualistic dance in Lord of the Flies...
Two Words: Well Named
03-19-2013 05:32:33 | More by PaterMorse
4.38/5 rDev +4%
12oz bottle poured into snifter.
Bottled Jan. 17, 2013.
Apperance-pours jet black with a thick chocolate head that dispates slowly,very nice lacing. 4.5
Aroma-lots of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, hints of vanillia, brown sugar, little bit of toffee and cinnamon in there too. 4.25
Taste-loads of milk chocolate up front. Followed by creamy vanillia and hints of toffee. Very sweet not much roasted flavor in here. Getting a peppery finish as well. All the typical RIS notes are here but are a little stronger on the sweet side. 4.5
Feel-full bodied beer, coats palate completely and lingers for a long time. Alcohol is noticeable but acceptable. 4.25
Overall-this is a great RIS. I thing I wish it had more of is the roasted coffee taste some of the other RIS have. I guess I should just get the espresso version. I'm surprised I liked this as much as I did, I'm not the biggest great divide fan, this might be the beer I needed to try more. 4.25
03-18-2013 02:46:38 | More by screamking
4.23/5 rDev +0.5%
Bottled August 4th, 2011, so about a year and a half old.
A: Pours inky black with a really nice and large chocolate brown head. Head fades away slowly, leaving a heavy wall of lacing behind. Top notch head retention. Looks just right for a big RIS.
S: Nice roasted malt. Some char and chocolate and just a hint of smoke. Get a touch of pretzel in there too, or perhaps burnt toast.
T: Starts out a little sweet with some pretzel and a little chocolate. Turns into some meaty bbq smoke and char. Sweetness falls away and the char and smoke turns slightly acrid and a little bitter. Maybe a little hop presence in the finish too? Hard to catch exactly, especially with 1.5 years on it, but there's a little something in there - maybe pine or resin. Lingering light char, smoke and pretzel in the aftertaste. Maybe even a hint of coffee.
M: Nice slick medium/heavy body. Carbonation is dead on and leads to a nice full mouthfeel.
O: One of the best easily available year-round RISes. Pretty much a staple of any RIS lover, along with Old Raspy and Ten Fidy (in my opinion). If I'm honest I prefer the oak and chocolate versions a lot more but it's hard to ignore this one. Good complexity, good balance of flavor and goes down easily. All at a good price point and easy availability. Can't ask for much more.
03-16-2013 04:36:08 | More by Dope
4.44/5 rDev +5.5%
22oz bottle poured into a large mug
Pours black, with little head. Not much more to say about it than that. It's attractive. Smell is black licorice, coffee, chocolate. Some plums or dark fruit.
Taste is roasty bitter, malty sweet aftertaste, lots of roasty bitter flavor, like a rich coffee. Very pleasing.
Mouthfeel is rich and gritty, slightly dry, not sticky or thick. Very nice.
This beer is very good. I like it a lot. I'm very surprised I haven't reviewed it before.
03-15-2013 23:07:49 | More by snaotheus
4.06/5 rDev -3.6%
Yep....bitch black. Yeti nails the dark stout look. Good half inch of head that isn't going anywhere, rather impressive. OK this is good looking stuff.
Rather light aroma given the pour. Light chocolate malt, hops mixed with caramel, coffee, and maybe hints of butter scotch and molasses.
Opens with a soft malt bill, chocolate malt and light molasses. Then things get dark, bitter coffee, chocolate, and enforced by large amounts of piney hops. This creates a very funky finish though this is a bit more dark and roasted than I recall form the past.
A bit of heat and it drinks smooth to start then the body and thickness of this beer really hits you. A big beer that ties to drink like a light one, but smacks you for thinking so.
I'm not sure this one deserves all the hype and 14 bucks for a 4 pack is a great price given it was 8ish for a bomber in the past.
03-14-2013 01:31:28 | More by bobhits
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,093 ratings.