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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,152 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,152
Reviews: 1,618
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 191
Gots: 491 | FT: 16
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 hustlesworth
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%

A- darker than the darkest depth of the dark lord sauron's soul in a snifter but there are miniscule hints of brown as it streams from the bottle. Oddly enough, the head is the EXACT same color as a dirty juvenile Sasquatch, which is somewhere between cappuccino and hot cocoa. Studly. Impressive holding power and a thick crocheting of lace make for an abominable looking brew.

S- monstrously roasted, with some smoke, licorice, molasses, soil and mushroom. Coffee and black chocolate dominate and swirling the glass releases lots of burnt citrusy, spicy, floral and almost briny hops with a whiff of pineapple alcohol. Wet leather, rotting wood, and pipe tobacco come together is the best way.

T- dry and spicy, not so sweet, with a squatchy bitterness from start to finish, porpoising over and under the surface from aggressively hoppy and brash to smoothly roasted and black. The flavor of the water still shows through despite the full onslaught of coffee and dark chocolate. If it weren't for the Himalayan quantity of earthy yet sweetish malt, this would be a tongue smashing amount of hops, possibly one of the more hoppy RIS's I've tried. There's some acidity on the back end that seems to be both citric and fermented and it reminds me vaguely of those dark chocolate oranges. Or orange peel flavored dark chocolate, lasting well past the finish. The label boastes caramel and toffee, neither of which I can detect amidst this chaos, unless of course they were blowtorched. In that case yes absolutely. Bitter burnt blackness.

MF- oily thick and chamois dry. Coffee dry and barely astringent. Sticky malty on the lips with mouth numbing alcohol and a slight menthol coolness. There's a lot goin on here. The carbonation, as it should be, is there merely as an accent to break the intensity of this ape's body. It's fuzzy and almost scratchy, but tamed, muzzled, and together.

D- I thought the "real" yeti would be lighter colored to blend in with the snow? Apparently not this time. Ominous and black, seeping and angry, and absorbing all whiteness from anything in both appearance and flavor, this a bad ass and fun brew that I'm glad to keep in my roster however it's psycho hoppiness can become tiresome I mean, burps taste like a DIPA and that's just absurd. The barrel aged version has some serious tits tho.

hustlesworth, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of gillagorilla
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%

12oz. bottle from 7/30/12

A: Jet black with no head even on the pour. There was a slight mocha film, but that is it.

S: All roast and malt. I am not good at distinguishing between the liquor smells, but it seems like a bourbon/brandy/whiskey. There is also the distinct smells of a mocha, high % dark chocolate.

T: Not a big fan of the aftertaste though, but it diminishes as it warms up and has less of a bite. It tastes like burnt hops, kind of like the usual bitter hop aftertaste of an IPA, but with a hint of cheap coffee. However, the hops that are present in the swallow are a great addition to this. Also, it really warms up nicely in the mouth. The alcohol is very well hidden too. The liquor flavors don't come through as much as the dark chocolate mocha.

M: Crisp up front at the teeth, with the tell tale bubble massage that fills up your mouth. It has a very smooth mouthfeel overall.

O: This is a good stout. I think stouts might be falling out of favor with me though. Overall, the taste and flavor is quite good, but I am still new to stouts; so, I am less knowledgeable about the nuances. It does smell delicious though.

gillagorilla, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of ksimons
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

A-almost black with dark chestnut highlights and dark tan head that sticks to the glass

S-roasted coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, molasses, light hops, and a little smoke

T-roasted malt and dark coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, and a surprisingly bitter finish for the style which makes this beer really stand out from other RIS's

M-medium to full body, light carbonation, very dry roasted finish

Overall I think this is one of the most bitter RIS's I have had, but you still get plenty of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Very interesting and delicious.

ksimons, Mar 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Sparky44, Mar 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

user785335, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of brheuer
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

brheuer, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Ozzie1111
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Ozzie1111, Mar 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

s1ckboy, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of eriknordlund
4/5  rDev -5%

eriknordlund, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of haazer
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.

haazer, Mar 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

AngusOg, Mar 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

2bet, Mar 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Matagal, Mar 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

semaj, Mar 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

fiver29, Mar 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Spigs, Mar 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

twax, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of PaterMorse
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

PaterMorse, Mar 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Cubatobaco, Mar 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

DruRho, Mar 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

jderosia603, Mar 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

brycevolk, Mar 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

ironchefmiyagi13, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of screamking
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

screamking, Mar 18, 2013
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,152 ratings.