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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,894 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,894
Reviews: 1,597
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 173
Gots: 416 | FT: 14
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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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 48 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip. Bottled: 01/12/2010. Thank you so much Great Divide for your easy-to-decifer bottle dates.

A: It pours a pitch black color with a finger and a half of dark khaki head with average retention and decent lacing.

S: The strongest notes are of sweet dark fruits, while the chocolate comes on strong late, and the roastiness remains mild to moderate throughout.

T: Very strong dark fruits, strong dark and milk chocolates, coffee, and some hazelnut. It is not as mellow as the oak-aged version but it arguably has more flavor.

M: It has a medium to medium-thick body that is very oily and does not have an alcohol presence.

D: It is a little rougher around the edges than its oak-aged sibling but this is still a great stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 13:48:01 | More by bucklemyshoe
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

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

Bottled on date is somewhat muddled, but I think it says Jan '11 (definitely Jan)

This is a beer I swear I've reviewed... But the system says I have not. I am thinking this review was lost in the crash a while back. Oh well, time to try again.

Poured into my tulip glass and the head explodes from within just like an Imp Stout can. The head is a very creamy dark tan color. Held to the light, not a single ray of light gets through this black brew. The retention in the head borders on insane. It just sits there like a dollop of whipped cream. In some areas that thick clumps of lacing are quite impressive.

The aroma is thick noticeably hoppy with some pine notes. Can this smell balanced? I am shocked more dark roasted malt isn't coming through. But it's not. Mostly hoppy with a touch of chocolate.

OK, so balance is the word of the beer here. Dark roasted malts, but not burnt.... Nice hoppy notes from front to back.

The mouth feel borders on perfect for this style. Thick, creamy, tiny carbonations brightens the flavor. Smooth and silky front to back.

If my original review was lost, I am happy. It caused me to pause and ponder this wonderful beer again. Cheers to the Yeti!!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 10:40:14 | More by Reagan1984
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tewaris

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottled 11.23.2009 poured into a 25 oz. snifter on 03/04/2011. Poured very very dark - even the stream was opaque! The color of the huge head can put the color of some feebler stouts to shame! As the head subsided, some lacing stuck around on the glass and upon sipping or swirling, distinct legs were seen. Very good looking stout!

Smelled of sweet malts, strong roast with some vanilla-cream undertones, and hops! Almost after year and a freakin' half, it still retained some of its hop character!

Fruity and bittersweet tasting, with distinct dark chocolate notes and intense roast, Yeti finished pleasantly clean for its size. The bitterness of roasted coffee beans stayed on palate and alcohol warmth was felt as it went down. The fruit and acidic character kept getting enhanced with temperature.

Smooth but not to the extent of velvety, perhaps because of the strong astringency of roast. The carbonation was spot on, and while the body seemed a little thin at times, it was still quite "meaty". Excellent stout with great drinkability for its alcohol and size.

Scores: 5, 4, 4, 4.5, 4.5

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 03:38:13 | More by tewaris
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welldigger888

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber with brewed on date of april 15 2010, opaque black elixer with an expresso type head that fades quickly leaving good lace.
Chocolatey roasty grain,some boozey charcoal and molasses enough said.
Creamy rosty chocolatey goodness with a hint of warming alcohol on the finish.
Thick and creamy, wow these cats did well!
This bomber should do me!!! Good stuff here.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 04:15:12 | More by welldigger888
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Franz4

Ohio

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

A- pours dark with a pretty dark brown/tan head that was just over a finger before settling to a thin ring. Lacing left as it settles. Looks great.

S- Strong notes of coffee with a greater hop presence than most RIS, then lots of malt and toastiness.

T- coffee is more mild in the taste balanced by chocolate flavors, very roasty, lots of malt, but good balance with the hops that are there. somewhat of just a slightly bitter aftertaste, but this is very good.

M- full-bodied with just the slightest carbonation, very nice. Seems to be on the drier side.

D- This is a very nice RIS, I can see why it's the base beer for so many other variations, it seems like it's flavor profile would hold up well under many circumstances. This could become one of my favorite stouts, everything came together very nicely for a pleasurable experience.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 02:39:22 | More by Franz4
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ryantho00

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a nice 3 finger head that lasts and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

It has a slight alcohol ting and smokey coffee/mocha scent.

This beer has a nice full body with full viscous mouthfeel and an almost molasses and toffee beginning, moving to a coffee and chocolate taste, then finishing strong with a warming smokey aftertaste. There is a nice blend of maltiness and bitterness. I detect some hoppiness near the end and in the aftertaste, but nicely balanced, and the alcohol warms you but is masked nicely with this smooth flavorful beer.

As with the other yeti's I have tried, this goes down smooth and seems like it would age well, be careful though, at 9.5% it could be harmful. It is very smooth and has the nice imperial stout taste nicely balanced with maltiness and bitterness.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 00:49:41 | More by ryantho00
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Kinsman

California

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black body in the glass with a nice sticky looking head about 2 fingers thick with a nice brown sugar coloring.

Aroma is sweet with the usual chocolate and coffee aromas but with a bit of a caramel and toffee character too. Maybe a bit of a piney hop aroma but a bit subdued.

Chocolatey sweet with a nice roasted from the barley and a lot of coffee/espresso notes too. Also picking up on a pleasant hop bitterness with a bit of a leafy or piney hop flavor. One of the hoppier imperial stouts I've had in a while.

Mouthfeel is a bit chewy with a smooth slightly dry feel. Overall, I'm really enjoying thous stout right now. Nothing mind blowing here but nothing to complain about either.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 02:42:48 | More by Kinsman
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imagese

California

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

Bottled on 8/10/10 poured in IRS tulip

A- Super viscous pour, like oil in color and thickness. Zero light coming thru. Two finger dark tan head that fades slowly, hangs around at the end, and laces like a chocolate shake.

S- So many different things hit the nose. Roasted malt, tobacco, coffee, licorice, chocolate, earthy hops, caramel sweetness... Each sniff seems to pull something else forward

T- Pretty much the same as the nose, but the tobacco and licorice elements seem to really stand out to me, and I LOVE IT! Hoppy bitterness has faded a bit, but still there

M- very full and chewy, with a slight resin feel. Nice carbonation. Bitterness coats the mouth

D- For me, it's more than a sipper, but for the style, some may find it too big...

Had this when GD first came to SoCal in late Summer '10, and got some to age. So glad I did, and can't wait to keep trying it at different stages. For the price of this beer locally, it's an insane bargain!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 07:25:20 | More by imagese
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yourchoice

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Beer pours dark as night, with rusty, ruddy and rich brown head.

S -Smokey and woody.

T - A very nice chocolate flavor, but still smokey. Great.

M - Very well balanced. Perfect body, slight carbonation, what I would expect from this style.

O - Man, I really dig this beer. I really enjoy a smokey flavor in stouts and porters. THis one was right up my alley.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 04:31:40 | More by yourchoice
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goalie33

New York

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into Duvel tulip. Bottled December 2010.
A) Pitch black with 2 fingers of brown head. Cannot see any carbonation in the beer. Leaves lots of lacing in the glass.
S) Hops with roasted malt, lots of espresso notes. Very rich aroma.
T) Hoppy bitterness upfront with strong flavors of chocolate and espresso right behind that. Some underlying notes of dark fruit and licorice. A slight bitter coffee aftertaste.
M/D) Full, thick mouthfeel. Smooth, creamy beer with some slight carbonation. Easy to drink, but not really sessionable. More of a one-and-done dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 04:25:09 | More by goalie33
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zrab11

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark muddy color with decent 1 finger head

S-Smells of roasted coffee with hints of tabacco an carmel

T-HAs roasted malts up front with some chocolate carmel notes in the middle then finishes with a almost tobacco feel

M-Medium bodied with ok carbonation

D-Overall this is a good beer. But at times i felt like i was drinking a stout beer while i was smoking a cigarette. The tabacco flavor came through too much sometimes but still a good beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 17:53:08 | More by zrab11
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LittleDon

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with no visible light passing through when back lit. Beautify tan head with plenty of staying power and lots of lace. Earthy, vanilla ice cream aroma. A bit of a bite up front. Some of the alcohol appears in the middle, but is well hidden. Subtle earthy flavor middle to end, almost peppery. Bittersweet back end, dark roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Rich body.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 22:27:32 | More by LittleDon
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours jet black with a 2 finger, creamy, mocha head that has excellent retention. Aroma is roast, dark caramel, milk chocolate, smoke, mild coffee, nutty toffee, light pine and surprising floral hops. Flavor is roast, sweet chocolate, sweet toffee, toasted pine nuts, dark caramel, earth, leather, espresso and a nice array of pine, citrus and floral hops to the finish. Odd lingering aftertaste of smoked meat, char and licorice, not bad, but seems to last forever. Palate is medium to heavy bodied, creamy on entry and a little oily, but with an extremely sharp, but light carbonation throughout.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 16:29:42 | More by CuriousMonk
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black and syrupy, with a one-finger coffee-colored head (one of the darkest I've seen) that slowly relaxes to a film. Smell is all roasted malts, chocolate and coffee with some sweetness. Taste starts out very malty, but rolls into a strong hop-bitter finish. Much hoppier than most stouts, which adds complexity to the beer, but isn't my favorite. Mouthfeel is pleasantly thick and heavy, as expected. Good beer, just a little more bitter than I like.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 06:08:42 | More by zeledonia
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drinkiusmaximus

New York

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

pours pitch black with a nice frothy coffee colored head with plenty of retention and sticky lacing.

smells of roastiness and dark fruits raisin slight fig and some spiciness followed by a slight dark chocolate bitterness.

taste is nice and smooth with a creamy mouthfeel not too viscous and actually a tad on the thin side for an imperial stout. taste follows the nose.

drinkability is good at 9.5abv this and any other imperial stout should be respected and enjoyed slowly..

Prost!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 05:32:05 | More by drinkiusmaximus
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Fatheranderson

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, I think my brain just blew out the back of my skull from the insane amounts of flavor I'm tasting off of this brew. I truly thought it couldn't get more intense than Arrogant Bastard. I truly was wrong.

Appearance: pitch jet black. Light can't even penetrate the surface of this beer.

Smell: I'm getting... plum, raisin, dark chocolate, booze, maybe a hint of sugar.

Taste: *head explodes*. That's right. That's really how much taste is packed into this brew. The taste is identical to the smell, strong, overbearing, right in your face, and completely unapologetic. This would more than likely kill an inexperienced drinker with the simple amount of flavor packed in there.

Mouthfeel: thick and chewy, just like I like it.

Drinkability: Just like any Imperial Stout, it shouldn't be drank for refreshment. It should only be drank when you really feel like a savory beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 00:52:33 | More by Fatheranderson
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MadCat

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled December 1st 2010.

Appearance: Pours completely black with a good muddy brown head, that stays a bit. Leaves good lacing. Can't see one bit of light through it when held up to the light.

Smell: Roasted malt, hoppy, hints of chocolate, caramel, coffee, and spice.

Taste: Roasted malt, hoppy, hints of dark chocolate, coffee, and spice. Good balance between sweetness and bitterness. Very complex.

Mouthfeel: Thick, medium carbonation, feels great.

Drinkability: Drinks easier than it should, though I'm pretty much done after the bomber.

Overall: Exceptional. Gives me a bit of that Black IPA feel, but kicked up a couple notches into stout territory. Would like to try the other Yeti variations, but likely won't if they're much more than a bottle of the regular Yeti.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 01:45:57 | More by MadCat
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afksports

New York

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yeti Imperial Stout is a Russian Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company in Colorado. Well-distributed, and about $8 bucks a bottle, and 9.5% alcohol by volume, it's a cheap thrill with definite substance. I've had the pleasure of doing a semi-vertical tasting of an 07, an 08, and a '10 Oak Aged Yeti. All of them were big and bold. Sorta like a Yeti? Do they exist? Sounds like a job for Google.

But beer reviews are the job for BeerAdvocate, so let's get into this Top100 of mine from my BeerQuest.

Both 07 and 08 pour a pitch black beer with tan head and good lacing. The smell of each is slightly different, with malts being pronounced, chocolate, yeast and booze coming through. The '08 actually proved a little more enticing with notes of caramel and molasses coming through too. The 07's were in 12oz bottles and the '08 was a 22oz, so it would be interesting to see if that had an effect on anything. I suspect minimal. The taste followed the nose for each, with the '08 being slightly more chocolate, which covered the yeasty characteristic that I happen to dislike with all the Great Divide beers at the back end. A typical Russian Imperial Stout, but well-crafted and big, GD's Yeti stays strong as it warms, with the chocolate middle getting stronger and stronger. A bitey back end on the 07 kept it in the running for the taste of the day, but ultimately the 08 won because of the sweetness that covered up the finish that I don't like about Great Divide's beers.

All in all, Yeti is undoubtedly a drinkable beer that has a great viscous feel as it goes down. The 2008, aged 2 years, had a lot more umph than the 07, which felt too boozy.

Maybe 2 years is the sweet spot for this beer, because it's my favorite from Great Divide - even if not near my favorite in this category.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 19:52:58 | More by afksports
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SacredBeverage

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber bottle.

Overall I wasn't very impressed with this stout. It is definitely not a crap beer by any means, but it is too thick and the alcohol is too strong in the taste.

A: Nice dark coffee and chocolate appearance, not a great head though.

S: My first whiff was alcohol, molasses, chocolate and coffee, good smell.

T: I was disappointed with the taste, the alcohol is a little too strong, making it almost a syrupy in taste, too thick even for an Imperial Stout. Maybe it's just not my beer, Rogue's Chocolate stout is much better. This isn't a bad beer, I just think the alcohol overpowers this brew.

M: I did like the Mouthfeel, very creamy, very well done.

D: One is enough for me, I definitely wouldn't drink two or more.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 03:19:31 | More by SacredBeverage
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic tumbler.

I find it odd that I've had the wood-aged varieties of this beer before the base version. Go figure. It pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of dark tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate syrup, molasses, and some light coffee. The taste brings in more of the same, though the spotlight is definitely on the roasted malts, the coffee (slightly more intense), and the (now dark) chocolate. The body is on the lighter side of heavy, with a very light moderate carbonation and a chewy feel. Overall, a very nice stout, a standout of the style, especially in terms of cost and availability.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 00:13:34 | More by TMoney2591
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wolfinthemirror

Oklahoma

4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The bomber is dated at Mar. 2010, so that makes it nearly 1 year old.

Pours a pitch black, stout dark color into my snifter, beige-mocha colored head of about an inch results. Leaves behind a lot of lacing. Perfect looking beer in the glass.

Sweet chocolate cake and a roasted malt type of smokiness in the smell. Very pleasant.

The taste is extremely smooth. Like the smell, I get that sweetness of the milk chocolate cakeiness. It almost reminds me of fudge. The hops have mellowed out after a year and it drinks like velvet smooth malt. Outstanding taste.

The mouthfeel is definitely full bodied, it coats the mouth and has a chewy quality to it. Nice thick and creamy feeling. Moderate carbonation.

This beer has improved dramatically with 1 year on it and has mellowed out compared to drinking it with only a month after the bottled on date. This is by far the best Russian Imperial Stout i've ever had in my life.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 04:14:52 | More by wolfinthemirror
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ramseye4

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an oily black color with a two finger head wirth great retention and lacing. Lots of coffee and espresso in the aroma, with some milk chocolate and roasted malt. Roasted malt pops up in the taste as well, with some coffee and faint chocolate.Silky mouthfeel and good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 02:49:14 | More by ramseye4
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jc85

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured a jet black with a finger of thick brown, frothy head. It left good lacing and nice retention.

Smell- Nice chocolate, some ground cofee, after it warms up a bit you can definitly smell the alcohol.

Taste- The nose says it all, nice light chocolate and cofee flavor. The alcohol sting at the end balances everything out.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodies, a little sticky.

Drinkability- This is a great beer, goes down really smoothly.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 23:21:28 | More by jc85
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dfclav

New Jersey

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

Poured into a snifter. Been down and out with a nasty lung infection so I have only drank three beers in three weeks! Gotta catch up....

A - pours a jet black with a nice  foamy 2 finger creamy head that leaves lacing that doesn't go anywhere. Beautiful!

S - the nose is very powerful even after just getting over being sick they come out huge. Earthy hops and chocolate dominate followed by more licorice then in usual stouts. A nice wave of roasted malt and coffee lurk around as well. Soy sauce notes at room temperature at the end of the bomber.

T - lot of chocolate malt here, without a doubt top 5 chocolate forward stouts I have ever had. Huge on hops, too. And licorice. If stouts like old Rasputin are too hop-forward for you then stay away here. I'll have more of this to myself! Vanilla notes as it  warms.

M - medium and creamy, good carbonation. Alcohol is hidden very well and the high malt bill keeps the initial twang in check. Very well crafted.

D - did they use Kent Goldings as the bittering on these? I keep getting that vibe more and more as it warms. Anyway, drinkability is very good and I am glad this comes in a bomber because more and more flavors present themselves as temperatures change.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 05:24:20 | More by dfclav
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

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

Pours jet black with a chocolate brown head. In the aroma, sweet coffee and chocolate. In the taste, dry coffee, chocolate, and roasty malt. A smooth and a medium too big bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry coffee taste in the aftertaste. Hides the alcohol and great flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2011 21:01:11 | More by OWSLEY069
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 3,894 ratings.