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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,569 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,569
Reviews: 1,661
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 236
Gots: 649 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003

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Here’s a classic: Great Divide’s Yeti. To be honest, I wasn’t infatuated with the Belgian version of this one, but it never hurts to sample the original. Cheers!

Brewed nine months before the date of this tasting (“BOTTLED ON: FEB 08 2011”).

A: Pours a silky black, with a gorgeous dark-brown head of oily bubbles. Climbing to a good three fingers, it slowly retreats to moderate lacing and a half-finger layer of cream. Looks thick and sexy.

S: Rich, smooth, and incredibly inviting. Warm vanilla syrup, woody alcohol, and caramel cream show off a gorgeous array of dark sugars; it almost smells bourbon barrel-aged. Grains of light toffee and coffee, a great roasted barley allowing bitters to take its time. Chocolate here and there, with breads, black cherry, and a nice kick of something more unusual: chili powder. Bold, powerful, lovable – everything an RIS should be.

T: Strength is readily apparent, with woody bourbon at the top of the palate. It stings with a peppery flavor and unexpected piney hops; the bitters are appropriately earthy. A hint of chocolate malts and the passing of a chalky yeast (not as strong and frustrating as in the Belgian version) come soon after, making way for the smooth residual sugars. It’s a mocha and caramel apple taste, naturally sweet. Aftertaste is dry, stinging chili pepper and dense cinnamon bread. In my opinion, this is better than the Belgian-Style Yeti – much more drinkable.

M: Clears your nostrils on the first sip – not like wasabi, but close. Carb is a light fizz, which stops this brew from ever getting mouth-coating; still, its viscosity is evident.

O: Impressive; an imperial stout with a complex bitter body that proves undeniably drinkable. I’ve had beers of this style that were more to my liking, but this was a very nice representation of RIS flavor. A barrel would do this a world of good to this beer – Oak-Aged Yeti, here I come.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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