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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,900 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,900
Reviews: 1,598
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 173
Gots: 418 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
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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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bamadog

Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first shot at Yeti, I picked up a 4 pack about a year ago and am just now getting around to trying it. Review is from notes taken on 4/15/2011 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Yep, pours black. Pitch black. Black as midnight. Black. The pour yields a good sized 2 and 1/2 finger dark tan head. Dark tan, like, dark. Head is foamy and creamy and looks to leave plenty of lacy webbing on the sides of the glass; body is, of course, entirely opaque and it appears to engulf any light in the immediate area; head eventually fades to a thin and incomplete skim on the surface.

Smell: Wow -- pretty robust upon the popping of the cap -- I pick up a lot of smokey malts, along with a definite presence of chocolate (bittersweet/bakers variety) and a bit of a sugary malt ball like scent (reminiscent of Whoppers); bit of alcohol, and I believe there is still a present of some bitter hoppiness left over, despite sitting the bottle for an additional year. I believe the bottle says it sits at 75 IBUs, so I'll be very curious to see how this continues to change over the next year when I get to the next bottle of this 4 pack.

Taste: Taste is good, and really what I would expect from an RIS from the West and Rocky Mountain region -- plenty of earthy hops still present (not the dominant flavor, mind you, but still abundantly present). There is plenty of the bittersweet bakers chocolate, and just a touch of some smokiness that was more prevalent in the nose; there is an earthy/woody/dirt-like malty aspect as well, and that is followed and complimented by the hops and it creates a bit of a metallic tinge to it; for being close to 10%, the alcohol is well masked and barely perceptible.

Mouthfeel: Body is between medium and heavy, but really not quite as thick as I thought it would be. Don't get me wrong, it's fairly thick and comes across as creamy (the carbonation is there, but very soft and fitting of the style), but there are definitely thicker stouts available in general. A thick, dry and sticky coating is left on the roof of the mouth, and the belly is left a little warm from the ABV.

Overall: An excellent RIS that is well worth picking up and trying. I can't wait for the next 12 months to roll by to see how it continues to develop -- I feel there is still a lot of potential in this one. The weight and ABV of the style in general prevents one from considering drinking too much of it, so one is plenty.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 01:29:32 | More by bamadog
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haddon

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a rich-looking, black body with a tall, tan-colored head.

Earthy, roasted malts with notes of espresso and rich, dark chocolate. Pine and citrus hop scents battling in the glass.

Creamy, dark chocolate, caramel represent the sweeter side of things, while the roasted malts and resinous pine hop flavor brings the countering bitterness. dry, roasty bitter finish.

Full-bodied. oily mouthfeel. Ample carbonation.

A very solid, powerfully roasty beer. would sip on this just about any night of the week. looking forward to cellaring a few and revisiting in a year or so.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 22:16:38 | More by haddon
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alex667gbg

Sweden

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A extreme black with a latte brown foam. This is an Imperial stout of the epic kind.

Roasty chocolate promise a lovely stout. Some sweetness and a coffee tone.

Oh.. coffee hits you, with a creamy sharp tone. Wonderful aftertaste of bitter, well rounded balance of malt and hops. Any stout fan will become joyous. A real treat!

Yes. In this category, a true winner, and it glads me that my "systembolaget" in Sweden, have done their research and claimed this winner.

A good priced, well made beer. Great beer! Get it now.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 20:05:53 | More by alex667gbg
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottle dated Feb 7th 2011.

Giant huge head, super super DARK brown and fist full sized. Body is black BLACK as midnight, liquid motor oil but not as thick and viscous, out of the bottle. Rock hard, big headed, dark as night... looks great.

Smell is a great chocolate malt with that chewy grain sensation. Real simple, real soild, just good. Little bit of heat gives a feel of almost wood grain.

Taste is just right. Nice just right mouthfeel, with a good malty chocolate like backbone. Small hint of tobacco, almost hoppy finish strangely. Dense and thick but not syrupy.

Overall yeah man it's another yeti winner this flagship and it's variations just can't seem to do wrong.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 23:27:22 | More by smakawhat
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bubseymour

Maryland

4.81/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've always stayed away from this beer because it goes for $16 a 4 pack and always thought it seemed way overpriced. I finally picked up a single though and was very surprised at how outstanding this is.

Wonderful smokey flavorings and hop aroma, not boozy at all, perfect balance between malts, chocolates and hop bite at the end but perfect in every way.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 22:55:09 | More by bubseymour
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negroobserver

New York

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout - 9.5% ABV
Served at Room temp.

C: Black with about one inch of dark cappucino colored head. No light penetrates the glass.

S: Malts. Coffee. Roasted scent. Light floral/fruity scent. Sweetness.

T: Barley Malts. Slight mossy quality. The coffee flavors linger throughout the middle. Soft rounded fruity uundertones in the flavor. Not very bitter. It has a strong aftertaste of coffee. The alcohol is present and noticeable, but doesn't dominate or spoil the taste. It lingers almost wholly in the background. I was concerned that the warm serving would detract from the experience, but it is actually complimentary. Good complex combination of flavors and very well balanced.

M: A little watery. Medium carbonation.

D: Highly drinkable and enjoyable.

OVERALL: A/A+

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2011 15:41:05 | More by negroobserver
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alenonbeeradv

California

3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - jet black brown with creamy head, the little that there is, and a reddish/copperish hue near the edges (thanks to a previous review for this description). the head kinda has this same color.

s - soil, faint cocoa, a bit of coffee. slightly smokey.

t - yeah, a lot better tasting than smelling. way more chocolate at first, then finishing to more coffee. still a little bitter like dirt.. but its more acceptably earthy than nasty. pretty strong coffee bean aftertaste. hmm and something else i cant put my finger on. almost a little metallic/rusty tasting?

m - more carbonation than expected. nice though kinda brings all the nicer, sweeter flavors forward a lot quicker. pretty damn smooth and creamy.

o - yeah ill buy it again. id much rather go with the oak aged or espresso oak aged but what are you gonna do when you dont have those extra couple of bucks to your name? nice one.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 01:05:43 | More by alenonbeeradv
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vandemonian

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yeti Imperial Stout is an excellent imperial stout. They pack a lot of flavour in to this bottle, so don't expect subtlety. Sip it.

A: Black with a huge brown head that lasts well. Exceptional looking stout.

S: Nice coffee smell with noticeable hops

T: Malty and roasty when it first swishes around your mouth. The finish is all earthy coffee.

M: Foamy; thick; yum.

O: Very good. Very rich. It's a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 04:07:56 | More by vandemonian
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shaunb81

Florida

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

Bought this at Total Wine for on a dark beer whim.

Appearance - Pours very dark, almost black. Had a bit of a dark reddish, brown hue toward the top of the body. Only about a 1/4" light brown foam head. Light lacing.

Smell - Sweet malts right off the bat with a roasted take shortly after. Hint of toffee and caramel. I can definitely smell some earthy hops here.

Taste - Coffee, coffee, coffee. Wow. I think I found my new breakfast drink. The coffee on the front end is accompanied by a sweet, but nutty middle. It finishes with that bitterness that only only hop heads love.

Mouthfeel - Not too dense. I think the carbonation is a little much. Pretty smooth brew, though.

Overall - Decent beer. I've had some better Imperial Stouts, but it brings another dimension that I really like. If you hadn't had it yet, I suggest you get it and experience it for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 02:43:44 | More by shaunb81
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obrike

Texas

4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 4 pack at Specs in Austin.

Black as black...very nice. Big, lovely tan head that stuck around for quite a bit, leaving bits of lace for the entire drink.

Got a nice whiff of chocolate right off the bat, followed by a bit of coffee, then medicinal/alcohol...strange, but good.

Lovely taste. Not overpowering in the least considering this is nearly a 10% brew. Chewy chocolate, coffee, a bit of hop kick in the beginning...followed by a super smoothness.

Very drinkable. So freak'n smooth...goes down like butta. Even better as it warms a bit.

A great Imperial Stout a a fair price. Great Divide once again proves itself to be a superb brewery with this tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 23:56:02 | More by obrike
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shand

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a chalice.

This brew is a dark black, with a sizable brown head that leaves as soon as it comes, leaving the viscous looking brew in the cup. Aroma is roasty malts, dark fruits, coffee, chocolate, hops and a bit of alcohol. The chocolate comes to the forefront on the tongue, this chocolate is up-front, bitter, and doesn't mess around. Malts are present, but are a little bit more sweet, but are paired with some slightly burnt coffee to take off the sweet edge. There's also a fairly substantial hop presence for the style. Well-done.

The mouthfeel is full and viscous, and the drinkability is quite good for the mouthfeel. This is a well-done RIS that's inexpensive (this bottle was 3.50) and a joy to drink, but doesn't do too much to stand out from it's peers. Nevertheless, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 18:20:35 | More by shand
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Bizz88

Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this pitch black Imperial Stout a little on the agressive side finding little to no head, but left subtle brown sticky lacing, go figure, maybe the temp wasn't just right. Aromas of expresso, carmel with a touch of pine. This heavy bodied brew coats the tongue with a carpet bomb of flavors ranging from burnt carmel coffee,semi sweet chocolate, raw almonds. and tart black cherries which hide the alcohol. Quite the stay at home stout. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 19:23:07 | More by Bizz88
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Tilley4

Tennessee

3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had the Oak Aged version of this beer as well as the Espresso but never the original...

Lots of fudgey chocolate aromas present as well as a healthy dose of hoppiness that surprises me a bit actually... Hints of coffee as well and maybe a touch of booze...

Fairly smooth cocoa flavors although the booze hits hard on the finish... The hops make themselves known loud and clear as well... touches of burnt malt as well bring a bitterness with them...

A pretty decent stout here... I liked the Oak Aged version better but this is still pretty good

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 13:58:39 | More by Tilley4
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ghetto90007

California

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into my New Belgium snifter from the 12 oz. bottle procured at this wonderful place called Whole Foods.

This one pours black as your soul. Like motor oil that you haven't changed for 20,000 miles. Great brown head bubbles up and sticks all over the sides of the glass. A bit splashed onto my white countertops and I quickly wiped it up as if it were stain-inducing espresso. This stuff probably makes your teeth yellow.

When you sip, a little bit more head boils to the surface. It's quite cool. You look down and see beer without head. And new bubbles come in to replace it. Head is very resilient as a result.

Smell. I know they're different styles of stout, but this takes Guinness and kicks it repeatedly in certain vulnerable parts. Aromatic roasted malts along with a sweetness and even a touch of something like spice. Intoxicating aroma. I am waiting a minute or two between sips just sitting there with my nose over the glass letting it's redolence drift into my olfactory organs.

Starts out with a powerful roasted malt and earthy flavors. Seriously it's like roasted malt and dry dirt. And I mean that in the fondest way. But this is not a dry stout - in comes the sweetness - there are decadent notes of caramel, toffee and hints of cocoa. Some espresso in the aftertaste. One thing I like to do with imperial stouts is go back and taste for the hops. They definitely spilled a bushel of them in this one. The hops are there in their own regard, not overpowered or intimidated by the beastly, Sasquatch-like maltiness.

Mouthfeel is chewy as a mouthful of dry dirt. And I mean that in the fondest way.

I just wish I had some smoked cheese to enjoy with this one. A real rich, enjoyable and yet drinkable Russian imperial.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 05:03:49 | More by ghetto90007
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SuperSpy

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a very thick black with a big, sticky head that's the color of chocolate milk. Not even the edges are highlighted when held up to the lamp. This is DARK with a big head that sticks to everything. This is one damned beautiful beer.

The aroma is full of sweet roasted malt flavors. Chocolate, cappuccino, sweet cream and unsweetened cocoa.

Thick, smooth and chewy. This heavy bodied beer is lusciously smooth. It casually glides across the tongue with flavors of molasses, dark chocolate, coffee, and it's even a bit woody. The flavors are dark, roasted and sweet in the beginning and middle, but it picks up some bitterness towards the end that has a creamy dark chocolate and unsweetened cocoa character. The finish is similar to an incredibly strong, heavily creamed, cappuccino.

Beautiful. Thick. Delicious. Boozy. A great beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 21:07:31 | More by SuperSpy
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

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

12oz bottle. Bottled on Date of March 25 2010, so just about a year old. Pours a brackish dark brown with very little head. Aromas of dark bittersweet chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Flavor is sweeter than it smelled. Coffee and dark chocolate taste. Chocolate malty aftertaste. Not very boozey tasting for being almost 10%. Heavy but really easy to drink. One of the better Russian imperial stouts around. Im going to miss this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 15:19:08 | More by PicoPapa
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rickalessi

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

apperarance- small head little carbonation very dark w/ light brown rim
smell- coffee chocolate molasses not overbearing
taste - malty w/ significant burnt coffee/ hoppy aftertaste, pleasant on the palate, smooth
mouthfeel - thin given its flavors, no phenols
overall- very drinkable full bodied w/o being overbearing , alcohol is hidden nicely

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 02:26:33 | More by rickalessi
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When poured, a luscious dark dark brown liquid seeps out and settles pitch black in my Maudite snifter. A 2 inch wall of dark mocha colored head sits atop and slowly dissipates, leaving walls of bubble lacing along the glass.

The nose brings scents of chocolate up front, big time. Some sweet and roasty malts are thrown into the mix, all wrapped in a booze blanket that can be smelled throughout. There is a faint coffee scent noticed as well.

The taste is outstanding! Willy Wonka would be this beers biggest fan. Bitter dark chocolate lathers my palate like it's it's job. Behind the intense chocolate lies a slight smokey characteristic followed by some sweet malt. There is a slight hop bitterness noticed as well. The roasted malt is backing this mythical beast throughout and works to mask the high ABV offered by the Yeti. A true dessert to say the least. All it needs is whipped cream!

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. A light carbonation allows the flavors to be further explored with each sip.

Overall, this beer is like melted chocolate bars with a kick ass twist. I am in love and cant wait to taste the barrel aged chocolate version. With all the dessert characteristics in this basic Yeti, the chocolate must be very intense in it's older cousin. BOOM

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 06:56:08 | More by ChugginOil
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raszputini

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a rock solid example of an Imperial Stout. Nose includes chocolate, coffee and burnt malt. Chocolate, coffee, smoky malts, mild hops and a lot of alcohol dominate the taste. It is smooth, with a nice thick mouth feel. rock solid. Highly recommend for fans of this genre.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2011 00:20:44 | More by raszputini
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caddybuyer

New Jersey

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

Poured from a bomber at cellar temperature into a snifter

A-Dark as night, with an ample thick creamy tan head.

S-Anise, molasses, bakers chocolate, coffee and hops present are present in the ample nose. Nice.

T-Deep roasted malts on the sweeter side of bittersweet feature molasses and licorice but give way to a toungue buzzing hop finish that lingers forever. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M-Rich and creamy but not over the top. Well balanced carbonation.

D-Nicely balanced super drinkable RIS for the hophead in all of us. I hear there is a barrel aged version. Bring it on.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 00:41:40 | More by caddybuyer
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AnPiobaire

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yeti Imperial Stout pours a dark, rich black with garnet hues at the edges when held to the light. It pours as rich as it appears, with a thick caramel colored head that fades with nice lacing.

The nose is of chocolate, leather, roasted malts, and coffee blending nicely together.

Think mocha coffee when initially tasting this stout, that has a well balanced finish.

Yeti is very rich and sooth in the mouth with a viscous creaminess that matches well with it's wonderful nose and taste.

Overall, this is a brew that I will reccomend highly to my fellow enlightened beer drinkers. I think I need to stop by the distributor I went to and releive him of the rest of his stock. I'll race ya!!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 22:27:12 | More by AnPiobaire
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rawfish

California

3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black, moonless night in the forest. Incredible cascading effect on the pour nets a 3 finger high coffee brown head with incredible retention and all sorts of sticky lacing.

Smell highlights coffee and bittersweet chocolate as well as some sweet syrupy cherry, citrus hoppiness and noticable alcohol.

Bold yet boozy, coffee and chocolate malt follows the nose, there is also some dark fruit that detracts from the overall flavor. Earthy and citrus hops are faded but provide some balancing effect. Notes of tobacco, smoke and bing cherries come up near the end of the drink.

Creamy, chewy yet somewhat smooth drink. Finishes bittering but with a mouth coating of syrup that holds the bitterness and coffee flavors. Average body for a stout not too viscous despite the pour but the carbonation is a little low, sits heavy on the palate and you need to work to get the flavors out from the middling alcohol background.

I get the hype but this stout seems to be more about being bold then balance. Benchmark imperial stout, rather affordable and readily available.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 02:37:03 | More by rawfish
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque black pour with a beautiful one and a half finger chocolate milk colored head. The retention and lacing is wonderful, this is how a beer should look! 5

S: Coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts dominate the smell. Some booziness, but not a lot. 4

T: The coffee and chocolate tastes are BIG and dominate the flavor. Roasty malts mix with some caramel to balance it out. Very bitter and the coffee sticks around on the palate after everyone else has gone. 4.5

MF: Heavy body, not a lot of carbonation noticed, but it isn't flat. Very dry and bitter aftertaste. Creamy, and no hint of alcohol. 4

O: Was pleasantly surprised here. I was expecting to really enjoy this and I did. Going to pop open an old-label one next, we'll see if the Yeti has some legs! 4.5

Now on to the old labeled Yeti. Best guess has this as 2 to 3 years old. Found it at 3 Sons in Wexford, PA

A: Same dark pour, but the head has stepped back a bit, light brown in color with less retention, but similar lacing. 4.5

S: The smell is really boozy. Almost all of the wonderful coffee and chocolate smells from the fresh version have become subdued. Almost smells sweet. 4

T: The flavors have cooled down a lot. In fact if this was a blind test, I wouldn't even guess it was the same beer. The chocolate is mainstream here. Seriously almost like eating a melted chocolate bar. The sweetness from the smell is present, I'm going to chalk it up as a yeastiness that isn't unpleasant, it is, however, different. The big coffee aftertaste has decidedly subsided, but hints of it remain, and increase as the beer warms. 4

MF: The body is lighter, but the aftertaste is just as dry. The creaminess has gone as well. This has taken a hit over the years. 3.5

O: It's really interesting having these two back to back like this. The flavors have really changed. I love the big chocolate taste in the old label Yeti, but I have to admit I'm missing the coffee from the fresh Yeti. The booziness of the old label Yeti is also a little too much. If I had to guess, I'd say it might be a bit past its prime. I would recommend letting this beer warm, as the flavors seem to come out more and more as I let it sit. 4

Going to keep my review numbers as the fresh Yeti, as that's how Great Divide intended it. I'd be interested to see other people's inputs on the sweet spot for this one!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 21:43:57 | More by russwbeck
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jsdunlop

North Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours out like motor oil with a tan-brown head that forms to roughly 1/4 inch, sticky lacing left behind with each sip.
S: Roasty, oatmeal, bakers chocolate, light coffee bean aromas, lactose and caramel
T: Begins with a slight piney hop bitterness, some grapefruit shines through while a massive amount of oats assault the palate. Grainy oatmeal hits strongly, while a bready-caramel charactered malt presence takes control and leads the way. Oats, plums, figs and raisins infiltrate next, accentuating the malt presence. Nice bready graininess in the finish with a touch of bitterness round the brew out. Some coffee, smoke and tobacco flavors seem to appear randomly throughout each sip.
M: Thick, full and creamy with a moderate carbonation level. Extremely smooth and slick.
D: Amazing drinkability for an RIS, complex and invigorating while being balanced and layered in flavor. Recommended-

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 00:58:58 | More by jsdunlop
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robbrandes

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle, bottled 10.20.10

pours an inky black, thisclose to pitch black. somewhat thin head, with a pretty aggressive pour, but the tiny, light brown head laced my glass nicely and a thin film remained through the bottom.

smell is really the only less than great link here. it's not at all bad, just a bit underwhelming. the caramel-chocolately-malt is a terrific blend, i'd just like a lot more of it jumping out.

the taste is a great representative of a big imperial stout. the caramel-coffee punch combines with a bunch of hoppy dryness and clean finish. picking up some woody-oak undertones as well. tremendous body on this beer, swims around the mouth with a silky smoothness, but more than enough chewiness to offset the alcohol. yes, 9.5% is highly drinkable!

great beer, can't wait to try the oak-aged yeti.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 06:02:50 | More by robbrandes
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 3,900 ratings.