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Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cokes on 08-09-2003

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When I first cracked this bomber, my entire kitchen smelled like Hershey’s syrup and hops. needless to say, I started drooling.

This pours jet black with a head that looks like it came from a cup of hot cocoa that leaves a thick lace. Even the mag-lite to the side only registers subtle browns and purples. This is dark folks!

A closer investigation of the smell reveals big barley with a subtle roast to it along with some cleverly paired hopps. Reminds me a lot of Storm King by Victory.

Superb flavor! Wow! There’s a huge malt with only a slight roasted flavor that is neatly paired with a sweet floral hops. This flavor disintegrates into almost a chocolate pudding in both flavor and texture. The finish is a creamy chocolate milk with only a hint of the hopps and roast that leaves the palate dying for more.

The mouth feel is pure smoothness. Delicate bubbles and big creamy texture.

This is an awesome beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of wingnutter
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber

Pours jet black with a thick, juicy brown 2 fingered head. Retained a film and had decent lacing throughout.

Smell: Alcohol aroma was pretty big, which I didnt care for. Hints of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and hops. The smell didnt captivate me enough to want to keep smelling it. One sniff was enough.

Taste: Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. I could really feel the alcohol upon swallowing. Being 9.5% ABV I knew going in there would be some alcohol in the taste, but its not masked very well at all. One it warmed, the alcohol presense actually faded a bit, but it was still a bit much.

Mouthfeel: Slick, oily, and very nice. If I could get past the alcohol this would rate higher for me.

Drinkability: I cant go higher than 3.5 here because of the in-your-face- alcohol. Plus, at 9.5%, drinkability is limited no matter HOW good it tastes.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried it side by side Storm King at Mad Mex Robinson. Appears pitch black until held up to the light to show a dark ruby brown tone with a moccha tan head leaves lacing around the snifter it was poured into. Aroma is full of chocolate and coffee tones brought out by the dark roasts along with a boozy fruit brandy esque note and loads of floral hop character. Flavor is big very on chocolate and alcohol especially as it warms the hop bitterness isn't standing out entirely b/c of the massive loads of dark malt flavor here as well, not balanced at all in your face with loads of flavor. Mouthfeel is big and chewy with carbonation producing slow gurgling bubbles. Drinkability: Small snifter of it I would probably not attempt a bomber of this one on my own, but it is damn tasty.

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Photo of bunn4funn
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750ml bottle into a snifter

A- Pour DARK no light gets past this beast. No sign of any other color but black. Contains a nice tan one finger head that subsides to an oily top with nice lacing to the end.

S- Caramel, roasted malts, fruity sweetness, with a whiff of alcohol. Nice aroma very inviting.

T- Yum Yum sweet roasted malts and brown sugar kick things off with a fruity sweetness and some caramel in there. This stuff is well balanced with a hoppy finish. With 75ibu' s on tap right now i dont feel that it is THAT bitter, the hops and alcohol are really played down though not to the point that the brew is boring but just right. I am very impressed!! At the time of this review i am even more eager to try the its oak aged counterpart !!!!

M- Huge,Thick, Oily, you know its there. No doubt just the way i would expect and like my stouts

D- This stuff is necter!! I could sip this all night long and not get tired of it, though i would be hammered at 9.5abv!!

Overall- Another great well balanced brew from the Great Divide!!! I love this stuff and when i turn to a stout it will be top on my list. note, i at the time of reviewng i had not yet tried the oak aged version,never the less this brew will not leave you disappointed!! Go hunt a Yeti today!!!!

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Photo of orfeu
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint ordered at Cole's on Elmwood Ave. in Buffalo. Dark, nearly black with the faintest reddish-brown glow, thin cocoa-colored head. The nose is a bit faint -- roasted espresso, bitter chocolates, pine, caramel. With a big, satisfying mouthfeel, there is a full, bitter chocolate and sprucey hop taste with a nice caramel malt finish. Doughy and chewy. Thick coffee aftertaste. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden. This is very smooth and highly drinkable. Seek it out.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with a pretty thick tan head of big bubbles that holds fairly well and leaves a very nice lacing.

Smell is roasted grains, baker's chocolate, a substantial hoppiness, and some little hints of caramel. Not a huge fruitiness, but a very lush roasted character.

Flavor is just fantastic. A big, almost charred roastiness that lets little edges of smoke in, but counterbalanced nicely by a very full milk-chocolate flavor that manages to avoid getting grainy like so many similar stouts. The hops are very assertive and give a nice little bitterness on the finish and aftertaste, which locks in well with the chocolate in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel isn't too ridiculously chewy, but it's nicely medium.

Overall: Maybe not quite as good as Stone RIS, but very close. Very, very close.

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Photo of Shaw
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks great after pouring from a 22-ounce bottle. It's dark as night with a nice, rocky brown head that leaves sticky lace down my glass.

It smells of hops -- more than I was expecting -- and roasted malts and chocolate. It's quite nice.

The flavor is also good. It's not as strong as I was expecting, which is good for a beer in a 22-ounce bottle. But don't get me wrong: This is still a damn strong beer. The usual roasted malt flavors are very big, but so are floral hops flavors and a good bitterness.

The body is slick and smooth. This beer glides over my tongue.

The drinkability is also good because this isn't so extreme.

This is another good beer from Great Divide. I see from their Web site that they've been around since 1994, but they've just started being sold here in Florida. They are really impressing me with their offerings. This is a brewery to watch.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: This is a great looking beer. The pour is dead black with a mountanous head of java goodness. The lacing is absolutely incredible sticking to the side of the glass in defiance of gravity.

Smell: A great chocolate covered pine cone dunked in a herbal coffee.

Taste: This beer taste great. There is a woody herbal coffee goodness to this beer.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is full bodied and chewy at times. The alcohol content is high but it creeps up on you like the Abominible Snow man. This stuff is great and I am looking forward to the Oaked version.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz Bomber from Warehouse Liquors.

Appearance: Chocolate Velvet with assertive lacing. Pitch black. Dark brown head like the bottom of a cup of Turkish coffee. The bubbles are just plain fun to watch disperse after the pour. Like a herd of wildebeests crossing the Nile during Gator mating season, these little black-brown bubbles scatter from the head back into the brew from which they came.

Aroma: Tit bit of spice entwined in coffee and chocolate. Carmel macchiato sans crème. Blueberries.

Taste: More Blueberries then a Muffin shop in Maine. Plentiful amounts of coffee and chocolate. A pinch of juniper in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Like drinking a cloud. Wet bitter finish. Well hopped. Burns the tongue a little, it’s so bitter.

Drinkability: Great. To easy for 9.5 ABV.

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Photo of oberon
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pitch black with no light shoowing thru even when held up to a strong light with a mocha colored creamy two fingered head that took its time to settle leaving a ring of lace behind.Big bitter chocolate aromas along with an underlying earthiness from a nice dose of hop thrown in obviously with a beer so dark you are also gonna get a big roasty aroma as well.What I like best about this beer is the fact its no overly sweet like a alot of Impy souts are sue u get the chocolate and roasted elemants but what a great earthy/dry fifnsh gives this beer such balance making it just so damn drinkable.Creamy mouthfeel this beer glides down easy,another gem from Great Divide their big beer kick immense ass and I will keep enjoying them.

Wow I thought this beer was categorized as a Imperial Stout but a double stout it is and rightly so,damn good.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours an opaque motor oil black. It has a good sized creamy head that is very dark brown. The head quickly goes to a bubbly film and collar that laces the glass.

The aroma is lactose, chocolate, some bitter hops, wood, and anise. There's also some dark fruits and alcohol.

The flavor is anise, lactic cream, coffee, chocolate and some fruitiness. It has a pretty sharp burnt bitter finish that leaves a slight sticky aftertaste. It's well balanced between the sweet and the bitter (tending a little more towards bitter), and the alcohol is well hidden (yet belly warming). The mouthfeel is full and creamy.

Overall, similar to the oak aged version, but I liked this much better. It was a little more tamed in terms of alcohol and bitterness. One of the best imperials I've had to date. It's still a tad rough around the edges...I bet this would age nicely.

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Photo of LuckySkuff
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, a truly delicious beer. I also have a bottle of the Oak Aged in my fridge - new purchases at Whole Foods market, apparently the first day in stock as well (God bless the NC PopTheCap campaign).

I'll be succinct, as so many others have already put it better than I. Pours a delicious dark brown color, completely opaque, with a beautiful inch of dark tan-colored head. (note: with an aggressive pour, lots of head.... a very slow, careful pour yielded almost none)

Smells of roasty-chocolate and maltiness: the high alcohol rating is completely shrouded by the complex tastes.

Mouthfeel is perfect for an Imp Stout; thick, rich and velvety, with a nice alcoholic warmth felt in the back of the throat on the way down. Tastes like semi-sweet chocolate with coffee highlights in the background, a nice cavalcade of malts crowned with a slight bitterness. All in all, perhaps the best Imperial I've tried; of course, I may change my mind after I try the Oak Aged tomorrow evening.

Cheers mates!

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Photo of beerogre
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent stout that I would not hesitate to buy and drink again (and again). If beer was horse racing, this would belong in a group of several excellent horses in this class, chasing about a length behind the leader, which would be Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout.

I seem to have been drinking this from my pint glass for quite a while now and feel like I have been taking generous mouthfuls every time I put the glass to my lips, and yet a quick glance at the beer level in the glass shows that I have made only a modest impact on it.

Interesting...very interesting.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dense 1" coffee colored head that sits up and stays for a few moments before receding to the glass' sides. Intricate patterned lacing with very good durability. Coal in color with chunks of floating sediment.

The aroma is charcoal-filled freshly ground coffee beans with waves of dark, bitter chocolate. Whaffs of alcohol and hints of vinous fruits.

Big chewy, roasted malt character; dark chocolate, espresso, and a rough toffee flavor. Robust and moderately sweetened. Also a splash of almonds in and out of the coffee bean and rough chocolate. The finish is bitter and dry with an aftertaste of muddy cocoa and warming alcohol. Very tasty!

Full bodied; full and chewy on the palate. The alcohol gives this version a touch of slickness on the palate.

A very solid version of the style, meant to be shared due to the high octane abv% and how good it tastes. Congrats to Great Divide for such a nice offering.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an inky black with a dark brown head. The head fades slowly leaving thick laces. This beer has a strong coffee aroma. It also smells like chocolate. I also detect a sweet caramel aroma. Hop aroma is also present. The alcohol content is present in the aroma. This beer has a very strong coffee flavor. Chocolate is also a strong flavor present. It is very malty. I can taste the alcohol clearly. The hop bitterness is also more noticable than in most other Imperial Stouts I have had. This beer has an aggressive flavor. It is a little more carbonated that usual, but it is still very good. It leaves a malty, chocolate like aftertaste. I think that this beer might not be the best session beer because it is high in alcohol, and the taste is very aggressive. I think that this is a great beer, and if I ever get a chance to have it again, I definately will. Thanks mentor for taking care of me again.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours black as coffee with a thin tan head of tight bubbles. The head managed to stick around for a long time, and left a bunch of lacing in it’s wake.

Aroma: Toasty malts among some evident roast (imagine that). There is a bit of a spicy alcohol presence even through the cold foam.

Taste: Rich and syrupy with malt out the wazoo. It has a floral hop presence in the flavor that hidden in the aroma. After you notice the hops in the middle of the profile, there is a subtle fade-in of the bittering hops mixed with the syrupy malt to coat your throat. Finally somewhere at the end, there is a definitive warming that sets in to hang out until your next sip.

Opinion: This is one rich beer! I think that I prefer this one to Stone’s Imperial Stout because the flavor is more well rounded and palatable. This beer is very bold, but remains drinkable…instead of coming across as a bottle of espresso with a shot of vodka in it. This is a quality beer!

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Jet-black, thick pour. Beautiful thick dark-brown chocolate milkshake head. Very impressive appearance. Head gradually subsides to leave lots of beautiful lacing. Top marks here. To a stout fan, it is a thing of beauty.

Rich smell of roasted malt. Somewhat bitter, earthy, lots of coffee scent. Some hint that reminds me of soy sauce.

Dark, rich flavor, really a treat. Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. Raisins, molasses, currants. Very nice combination of flavors, indeed. The alcohol is present and mildly warming, but not dominant. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter, but in a really good way.

Rick, thick and chewy. Everything I look for in an Imperial Stout.

Very good drinkability. Not top marks here, because of the bitter aftertaste that, while generally exceptional in flavor, would limit my ability to enjoy more than one of these.

Now, the question is, do I spring for the Oak-Aged Yeti to compare the two? Based on how much I enjoyed this tasting, I think I will, so this is a definite two thumbs up in my book.

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Photo of smcolw
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A solid four-finger mocha colored head. The liquid is nearly black. The head is very stable, lasting a long time and leaving a thick lace.

High caramel aroma, some coffee notes and solid alcohol presence. I'm predicting a thick rich beer.

This is a BIG beer. Lots of black patent malt, chocolate malt, high alcohol oiliness, and a positive hop presence that gives some awsome balance. This is perhaps one of the richest beers I've ever had. Moderate carbonation doesn't thin it out at all.

I want to try this one in a flight of Imperial Stouts. My initial impression is that this is the best IS I've had. Very nice. Seek this one out.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obviously obsidian onyx opaque. Swaths of chocolately cling.

Charred alcoholic hop-encrusted sweetness on the nose with hints of oak, oats, prickly green herbal hops, pinetar, and marshmellows drowned in cocoa.

Smacks of chocolate on the first sip, then a rushing wave of alcohol-laden hop fusels, then finally a lingering roasty Russian Imperial acidity. A wonderous overall flavor with just a twinge of heat.

At first velvety smooth on the mouthfeel, then just a catch of astringent bitterness.

This was a gorgeous beer but didn't have both the fantastic viscocity or drinkability as Stone's...which i've come in recent samplings to find as about the best RIS out there. Still, stands by itself as wonderous and I think the oak-aged version could make this one exemplary, especially with slightly toned down alcohol and hop-flavors.

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Photo of numenor1
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like liquid obsidian, with a thick brown head that leaves nice lacing. Looks very imposing. Smell is of bitter chocolate, dark cherries and roastiness and a slight whiff of alcohol. Starts with a jab of dark roastiness, then powerful cherry sweetness that melds into bitter, hoppy roastiness lingering on and on. Tremendous flavor, sweet but never cloying and alcohol only shows in the throat warming. Loads of hop bitterness in the finish, it dries out quite nicely, but not exactly in a delicate fashion. Delicious. Mouthfeel is quite full with medium, tongue coating carbonation. Quite drinkable for the strength. It's within me to drain both of my bombers of this...

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Photo of blackie
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On one of the first somewhat cold nights of this fall, I deemed it time to break out this beast.

appearance: The head is thin and a dark tan color. The beer itself is black, with practically no light escaping.

smell: Plenty of green, piney and oily hops on the nose. The sweet, fruity (cherries and maybe some plum) characteristic of the malt is surprisingly noticeable, very much so, which is a big plus. Sweet chocolate flavors are present, as well as a little coffee. I really like the smell of this stout, all of the components contribute to a really nice aroma. Not any ethanol worth mention.

mouthfeel: medium carbonation, almost medium heavy body. The beer is very smooth, almost creamy in texture.

taste: A nice interplay between the hops and sweet malt is the first thing I notice. I really haven't had a beer of this type in which that was pulled of so well. The malt sweetness is very nicely tempered by the hops, but also by the coffee like flavors and astringency. Plenty complex, and really tasty to boot. Slight ethanol presence. Finishes bitterly with some lingering roasted flavors. Glad I can get this one on the regular now.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From Colorado with love. Yeti pours a deep, black thick color. Very impressive pour that is very thick. Almost like a syrup would pour. Very nice. A rich amber brown head that remains throughout the tasting. There is chocolate quality like you could just pour this all over ice cream. There is good lacing although it does decrease over time.

The smell is stronger malty. Great tones of rich roasted malt and chocolate tones. Very malty with a tad sweet smell. Very limited fruit or plum notes but are there if you really look for them. A little bit of phenols but nothing that would indicate a 9.5 beer.

The taste is mostly malt. A deep dark chocolate with a bittersweet taste. Very rich in the flavor, very much like a high end deep chocolate bar. Stronger coffee flavors are also present. More of coffee beans then coffee taste. There is a sweetness that brings out a sort of milk stout quality. One thing that you don’t taste is the plums or raison quality. This is mostly rich malt and lactose. The flavor is very smooth with some limited bit and phenol tastes at the end.

The body is medium to full. The carbonation is light as per expected but overall a good tasty brew. I think I would have liked to see more complexity and fruity or plum/raison tastes but still an exceptional beer. A definite recommendation.

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Photo of Melchizedek
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Yowzas. Oily black into the glass--seriously, it looked like I was pouring motor oil into my glass, except it had a beautiful inch-high cappuccino-brown head on top of it.

The smell is rich, portending good things; it's nothing out-of-style, mostly caramel and toffee malts (as the label indicates). In the mouth, this stuff feels like 2% milk, very rich. The bitter roasty malt character hits hard, with caramel and toffee once again. Dark chocolate notes abound, aided by the strong presence of alcohol to provide a taste not unlike something you'd expect from a box of good chocolates. The hops come through after the malts smack you in the face and provide a grassy/earthy finish, with a bit of fruity tartness as well. The hops, as they push through the malt assault, really give the whole thing a very coffee-like bitterness that really shows a different side of itself with each sip.

This stuff goes down pretty easy, and it tastes wonderful--it's definitely an American west-coast interpretation of the style with its hop presence (the label brags about the 75 IBUs). I wish the label also mentioned the ABV--22 oz. of this stuff definitely made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside (and charming and witty on the outside). Yum.

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a charcoal black color with the darkest head I have ever seen; decent retention and lacing

Smell: Incredibly rich charcoal roasted malt, chocolate and espresso with plenty of hops, as well

Taste: Starts out with a roasty bittersweet chocolate and coffee base that also features a graham cracker and caramel flavor; but this is just the beginning as it doesn't take long for the hops to kick in and complement the sweet flavors and bring it all home with an espresso and tobacco finish

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous, almost velvety, with moderate to low carbonation; alcoholic warmth drips down the gullet

Drinkability: What a great example of the double stout style; this one has it all, particularly on a cold winter night; I have tasted this with some age and tasted it in its youth - with the hops in here it is best consumed while fresh

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is black, with a light, somewhat reddish brown head. The nose is smoky and roasty. A little bit of chocolate, and a little bit of alcohol.

At first taste, my sample is slightly below cellar temperature. Roasty notes of coffee and a slight chocolate flavor are present. A piney hop presence is also noticed. As it warms, this beer becomes much more drinkable. That is, the flavors become more blended. A combination of sweetness and dry roastiness wins the day. I just wish that Great Divide and all other breweries would put a bottled on date on the bottle. Seriously, how hard would that be? This tastes like it has some age on it, but I have no way of knowing.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated for the ABV and style. It is also thick. The drinkability is very good, possibly owing to the 9.5% ABV, which is on the low end of the scale for the style. I have waited far too long to try this super hopped stout. Another winner from Great Divide.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,739 ratings.