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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout

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3,943 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,943
Reviews: 1,601
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 179
Gots: 426 | FT: 15
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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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out very syrupy, jet black in color. About two fingers of brown sugar colored head top it, excellent lacing and head retention. Smells are of roasted coffee, caramel malts, toffee and even a hint of hops. Pretty well balanced smell and taste. Plenty of roasted flavors right off the bat followed by a bit of toffee-like sweetness finished off with a slight bite of bitterness from the hops. Not much alcohol is detected surprisingly, given that it's 9.5%. The beer goes down very smooth with little carbonation, not quite a chewy mouthfeel like other IS's I've had, but very thick nonetheless. I kept wanting to drink more of this beer but one or two would probably do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 13:32:33 | More by kbeals
Photo of JMBSH


4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black with a brown, thick head from the hard pour. The head sticks around for quite some time. After it finally shrinks, a good amount of thich lacing is left on the sides of the glass.

S - Strong coffee like tones. Burnt malts.

T - Rich and thick tasting. Very dark chocolate.Strong bitter hop aftertaste. Some smokey like notes also. Very smooth.

M - Smooth and easy to drink. The hop bite is great but nicely balanced with the malts.

D - Very easy to drink. While you can take your time to savor it, you feel that afterwards you can have another. It is big on flavor but doesn't feel heavy. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 04:41:37 | More by JMBSH
Photo of Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Why has it taken me so long to review this beer?! It's always been one of my favorites and the recent incarnation in my glass is as good as ever.

A: Near pitch black with just the slightest bit of light making its way through. Creamy, cocoa-like light brown head. Nice mix of large an ultra small bubbles. Great carbonation.

S: Ahhh!! Love the smell of this beer. Light chocolate, cocoa, Ovaltine, some bright citrusy/piney hops.

T: Exceptional! Sweet milk chocolate, cocoa, malted milk balls, muscavado sugar, stewed prunes, hops are less pronounced then in the smell, but still a grassy pine taste can be found in the glorious aftertaste.

M: So damn creamy and cocoa-like (I know I've used cocoa four times in this review, but hey, a spades a spade!) Solid viscosity but not too thick - exemplary for an imperial stout.

D: I love this beer, but it can become too much after 15 ounces or so.

Overall a great beer and one of the many reasons why Great Divide is such a solid brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 23:30:59 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of matty


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

Black colored beer with a rich ,thick creamy head.Aroma is chocolate.Taste is roasted malts,cocoa,chocolate,sweet cream and alcohol on the back end.One of the best beers I've had in years.A no brainer that I will purchase again.If your a stout fan you're missing something great.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 20:11:41 | More by matty
Photo of bytor


4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark obsidian black almost no light here

S- Coffee oak slight chocolate

T- Awesome malty choco coffee goodness with a hoppy bite at the back of your tongue.

M- Thick.. almost like you'd expect motor oil to feel like. much staying power

An excellent beer that I'll look for again. I love the fact that the bitterness clings to the back of your tongue. A very well done beer indeed. Now I see why it made this month's issue of BA.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 03:38:41 | More by bytor
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4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer never fails to impress me. I love everything about it. It pours jet black, with a beautiful chocolate head. It smells of malty goodness and it tastes exactly like it should. It is very rich in taste and more chocolately than bitter. I think it is one of the best Imperial Stouts I have tasted so far. Just wish they sold it in a six pack, I hate 4 packs.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 18:56:25 | More by mirish72
Photo of markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

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

A - opaque, dark tan head, very creamy and fluffy, leaves a thick coat of lace down the sides of my snifter

S - sweet citrus hops, creamy chocolate, mild roast, light malty sweetness, clean

T - great mix of chocolatey malt and some citrus hops, caramel and toffee undertones with a balancing sweetness, finish is bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, and delicious hop bitterness

M - full body, viscous, chewy, mild carbonation is very creamy, finish is dry without being astringent, alcohol has almost no character

D - there is a ton of great flavour crammed into this beer, yet it manages to stay quite drinkable

It's been over a year since I had a sample of the Oak Aged Yeti at a tasting, and I have been craving it ever since. I was disappointed when I couldn't find it in Dallas, but I "settled" for the "plain" Yeti. There aint a damn thing wrong with this version, and there is a whole lot that is right. I love that the hops stay the hell out of the way in the flavour dept, preferring to make their presence felt in the aroma and finish, yet still integrating with the roasted malt. A couple hoppy imperial stouts I have tried seem to tone down the roast too much, which makes me think I'm drinking an Imperial Porter moreso than an Imperial Stout, but this mistake has not been repeated in the Yeti. The size and body of this beer are a perfect match, as are the hops and malt; all are quite big, yet not overdone, and perfectly intergrated. This beer is every bit as good as I remember the Oaked version was. Superb!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 03:50:25 | More by markaberrant
Photo of agirlnamedjess


4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a beautiful pour. pored black with a small tan head.

smell- milk chocolate and malt with a hint of alcohol

taste- a bittersweet chocolate malt flavor and almost a bitter hoppy espresso flavor.

mouthfeel- good carbonation went down smooth. great drinkability

pour me another!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 21:35:27 | More by agirlnamedjess
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4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 2-12-09

Done horizontally with Peg Leg Imperial Stout

Eye: When poured it is easy to see that this beer is much darker than Peg Leg. The color of the head tells one that. The head on this beer is muddy brown in color and has nice retention and moderate formation. I think that I'd rather it be this way (the head formed at 3/4 finger) and hasn't moved rather than it form a large head and then recede to something much less as the Peg Leg did. The texture of the head is creamy and it looks very inviting. Lacing here is thick rings connected by sheets of lace, far superior to Peg Leg.

Nose: More caramel and roasted malt in this beer than in the Peg Leg. Also some chocolate. Overall this one has a deeper and richer aroma than the Peg Leg. More robust as well, yet not quite as strong, the aroma didn't fill the room when poured. Chocolate aroma here is of milk chocolate whereas Peg Leg was more of a baker's chocolate. Yeti is much more appetizing where aroma is concerned.

Tongue: Bigger, more robust flavor than Peg Leg. This is by far a higher quality brew. Lots of chocolate, lots of roasted character. Black malt is identifiable. Burnt character as well. This one has a much deeper and much more complex flavor than the Peg Leg. Yet they are both different, whilst the Peg Leg leans toward the sweeter side of the spectrum this one leans towards the bitter side-by means of roasted and black grain bitterness. Hints at dark fruit with some dark malt sweetness on the front of the tongue.

Feel and Drinkability: Perfect amount of light and delicate carbonation, just enough to let you know that it is carbonated and enough to partially cleanse the palate letting different/renewed flavors come out in the finish. A drier finish definitely works well with this beer, it compliments the roasted grain bitterness. Body if full and feels heavy on the palate, no mixed feelings here as with the Peg Leg. This is one I'd drink again, and I'll definitely take it over Peg Leg, yet for $13 and change I'd rather drink Old Rasputin, one of my favorite RIS and so right for the price. This is one that I'll enjoy drinking the rest of, however I'm at a debate as whether to finish this one first or finish the 1/2 glass of Peg Leg first. Prolly go with the Peg Leg first then finish with this one...bad news before good is always best. This is a real nice beer definitely check it out.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 21:56:44 | More by becktone
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4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a towering brown pillow of a head with huge retention and sticky lacing. Beer is opaque black.

Smell- Roasty malts, bitter nose of hops and creamy yeast notes.

Taste- Thick with roasted malts, espresso coffee and a big hops presence. Earthy and slightly musky in the middle and finish. Alcohol is noticible but masked well by big flavor.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and lightly carbonated, very thick and mouthcoating like a bitter milkshake.

Drinkability- Some odd aftertaste and high ABV cut down on the drinkability. Born on date is only two months old so off flavors might be due to relative youngness of this beer. I'm going to cellar the rest of the four pack and revisit.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 04:38:31 | More by olmatty
Photo of PeprSprYoFace


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

Thanks to DrDogbeer for this one.

Pours a nice black with a nice looking tan head. Decent lacing.

Smells sort of bourbon-esk. Chocolate and coffee are smelling pretty good.

Taste is great. I swear it tastes a little oaky and bourbon like. And this isn't the barrel aged version. Great coffee and bitter sweet chocolate. Very smooth and satisfying.

Mouthfeel is great. No complaints.

Overall an awesome beer that I would trade for to get my hands on some more.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 20:04:19 | More by PeprSprYoFace
Photo of sevopie


4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black, hardly even any hints of brown. Medium-dark brown head thats rocky and laces well.

Smell - Bitter chocolate, coffee, and a tad bit alcohol.

Taste - Chocolate malts run thick, but not burnt, with a mild espresso flavor. There's a bit of hop on the finish, along with a rum-like alcohol bite, but only mildly so.

Mouthfeel - Much like the Espresso Oak-aged Yeti, this one is thick and properly carbonated.

Drinkability - Suffers slightly compared to the EAO version, but still is fantastically easy for a 9.5% beer. The alcohol being slightly more present is the deciding factor here.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 06:34:59 | More by sevopie
Photo of Beejay


4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark, nice dark brown head on the top. The head starts out very thick, almost like a thick bread, though it quickly goes about fading.

S: Rich chocolate, malty, and thick. A bit of booze in the nose as well as a very rich malt scent.

T: Big, slight kick of bitter. Sweet with a lot of chocolate flavor. Thems good. Slight taste of alcohol.. There is a nice roastiness to this as well as some good earthy hop notes, even with some age on it.

M: Thick, and slightly syrupy.Oily on the tongue as it goes down. The carbonation seems to be about right for the brew.

D: I could do a whole night of these.. Ahh good old brew from my home state! Delicious to be sure.

Reviewed 09 bottles:

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 01:45:39 | More by Beejay
Photo of mbunje


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

12oz bottle purchased in Colorado, flown home to San Diego, and poured into my hi tech Sam Adams glass

A - As close to black as dark brown can get. Cannot see through this. Decent head calms to a nice tan film. Same tan color lacing sticks all over the sides. Very nice looking stout.

S - Roasted chocolaty malt is very present and a slight smell of alcohol. Smells rich and deep.

T - Toasted malt. Gives a chocolate flavor and then a bitter hop in the background and finish. Nice on a couple levels

M - Very smooth, velvety finishes dry.

D - High ABV makes this limited, but price is very good and the flavor, mouthfeel and overall experience makes this a highly drinkable IRS.

Great Divide has some great beers. This one is great. it is up there with Stone IRS, not quite as refined in the taste, but very good. Their Espresso oak aged version is good to. Can't wait to try the barrel aged.

Must have this if you like imperial stouts.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 03:56:10 | More by mbunje
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4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A-Pours a black, very black, quite black, black beer. It's dull, opaque, deadly, black. A big deep-brown head rose off the pour, sustaining nicely, fading slowly to blotchy bubbles and a nice collar.

S-Roasted barley, heavy and dry (if that can be an aroma?). Hints of caramel. Some alcohol, borderline harsh, but not quite.

T-MMmmm... Roasted malt, and lots of it, mixes pleasantly with a chocolate character, later joined by an emerging caramel. Bitterness is large, providing a good, clean feel in the finish. Some hoppy characters appear here and there.

M-Full, chewey body. Low carbonation, appropriate and smooth. This beer has a huge presence on my palate, and it couldn't be better.

D-Smooth, big, complex, and enjoyable. Yes, yes, yes this is a good beer. Surprisingly drinkable, despite how big it is.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 17:31:07 | More by CHSLBrew
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4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 750 mL bottle. Head is incredible. Thick, creamy, and dense, looks like that weird foam that foams up when waves pound really hard on a beach. Smells chocolatey, malty, and with that slight bit of green olive smell that I detect in some of these RIS's. Taste is good - espresso, chocolate, malt, and some slight hoppiness. Mouthfeel is deep, rich, and creamy.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 04:38:38 | More by raoulduke37
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4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This one's a very dark brown chocolate color. There's no light getting through giving it a near black color. The head is a dark mocha color and stands two fingers tall. It was incredibly slow to dissipate and left a thick, sticky coat of lace clinging to the glass.

Smell: I'm hopeful that the nose will open up more as it warms. Edit: Unfortunately, it does not. As it is, it's merely good in terms of strength. It features a load of chocolate malts and smells sweet. Espresso comes through as a secondary feature, but smells delicious. There's a slight roasted character to it which I would attribute to roasted malts. Hops are surprisingly strong in this one and add a slight citric/piney twist. Alcohol is noted, but isn't offensive.

Taste: The flavor profile is very impressive. Chocolate malts are very flavorful and sweet. There's not much roasted malt coming through here. Instead, there's an aggressive, bitter hop flavor. I'm honestly not all that shocked at how strong the hop flavor is. I recall Oak Aged Yeti having the same attribute. Nonetheless, it works like a charm here. The hops are citric and piney. There's a hint of molasses on the tail. Alcohol is noted, but it doesn't really run warm. Finishes bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It has a full body with a very creamy, lush feel. Carbonation is noticeable, but doesn't hinder its great feel at all. Drinkability is good, but a little limited by its big feel and high abv. But, man, it goes down easy. Way too easy for a beer of this size.

Yeti Imperial Stout is very impressive. I was expecting it to be good, but not quite this good. I really like the strong hoppy character of this beer. It's unusual in beers of this style, but works amazingly well. The only small complaint here is that the news is just a little weak. Aside from that small qualm, Yeti is very impressive. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 01:36:40 | More by prototypic
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4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12 oz bottle early last November at AJ's for $1.99..it must have been mismarked!

Beer pours black as night with a strong brown head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is roasted coffee and mocha. Taste is roasted coffee, hints of dark fruit, chocolate all blending nicely with a generous portion of northwest hops. Mouthfeel is perfectly smooth with a full body that gracefully glides across the palate. Drinkability is near perfect as the abv is well hidden. This is a must try for imperial stout fans as this is an outstanding representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 23:07:43 | More by arizcards
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4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the tap in a small pilsner glass.

This was my first Russian Imperial, so I'm glad I got to try this as my first!

A: Like the blackest coffee I've ever seen! A reddish brown head, nice and thick and retained well. Reddish tint in the beer, too, but hard to tell if that was from the lighting in the Ale House. Decent lacing.

S: Even more coffee, but with a nice toasted malt character. Kind of smelled like bitter-sweet chocolate. Mouth watering smell.

T: Not what I expected at all, but like I said, this was my first Russian Imperial. Bitter chocolate, dark coffee, roasted malt, and very hoppy for a stout, more of a porter. Malty, but not sweet. Was not expecting that but very enjoyable. Slight alcohol taste, but not bad at all.

M: Smooth like drinking a thick hot chocolate. Nice clean finish and excellently balanced.

D: Fantastic beer and very easy to drink! Would gladly go looking for this again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2009 14:42:35 | More by jlb307
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3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle with the old label on it. never had the regular yeti, only the oak aged one. first time trying out my resale shop over sized snifter.

A- black body with a finger and a half of coffee colored head. no light can be seen through the glass. came out of the bottle looking quite thick. very sticky solid ring of lace left on the sides of my glass.

S- lots of chocolate is the first thing i notice on this one. alot of roasted barley as well. faint odor of alcohol, and maybe a bit of coffee/hops.

T- roasted malt upfront. not nearly the amount of chocolate i could smell, but its still there. theres tons of coffee/hops at the end of this. small burn from alcohol, but at this strength thats expected. very dry and bitter

M- not as thick as i was expecting, but by no means could i call this watery or thin. nice level of carbonation, and a warming from the booze all the way down.

D- overall, the oak aged is better and can usually be found sitting right next to this one on the shelf. the potency makes more than one a bad decision, and the fact that its better tasting and more enjoyable brother can be found just about every time makes this one a hard sell to ever buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 04:27:05 | More by jwinship83
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New Jersey

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

Pour: As black and dark as they come with a brown head that holds well
Smell: Roasted coffee & malts with a slight hint of chocolate
Taste: Immediate taste of strong coffee, malt and slight chocolate. Just the right amount of hops in this one to help it finish strong. A great smoooth stout.
One of the best Stouts I have ever had Highly recommend

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 03:58:47 | More by rwrk42
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4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased at Cambridge Wine and Spirits. Dark in color - almost black - and very opaque with an unusually dark brown head. Taste has tones of chocolate and coffee. I thought the mouthfeel was a bit syrupy, but that was my only complaint. 12 oz. was about the most I could handle, but that's ok - not a session beer (for me, at least).

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 17:26:35 | More by hsway
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4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

first of the 2009 release

Color: pours an extremely dark brown. almost black without backlighting. sits almost completely black with an extremely small brown rim. creamy, very stable, 3 finger, light brown head.

Smell: dominated by chocolate, followed by coffee and an unimposing alcohol presence.

Taste: lots of bitterness, but is well balanced by a strong alcohol presence and chocolate and roast notes to smooth things out, esp in the finish

Mouthfeel: full bodied, moderate carbonation. very rich and smooth.

Notes: one of the better imperial stouts ive had. simply awesome. truly is "imposing". been passing up the hercules, but im hoping its just as good of a rep for its style.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 03:59:24 | More by Frosty80
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4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a North Coast snifter.

A - Pours opaque black with a creamy tan head that slowly dissipates into a thin layer of foam, leaving a modest amount of lacing.

S - Dark chocolate and coffee dominate, accompanied by hints of vanilla, anise, and piney hops.

T - Bitter up front, with dark chocolate and black coffee coming out the strongest. A hint of vanilla and anise comes through in the finish, accentuated by even more bitterness from the hops. Sweetness from the roasted malts is scant and hard to pick up. Unlike some other RIS's I've tried *cough* Abyss *cough*, this one doesn't really balance itself out very much as it warms. The bitter notes still persist, with the roasted malts and sweet vanilla and anise notes struggling to keep up. It's not necessarily a bad thing, just not exactly my cup of tea. On the plus side, the alcohol remains very well hidden throughout.

M - Full-bodied and rich. A bitter aftertaste of dark chocolate and hops lingers quite noticeably on the palate.

D - I won't lie, I prefer the Oak-aged version over this one. This beer is slightly off-balance. I like bitterness in my IPAs/DIPAs, but I prefer some balance in my RIS's. It's a very good beer, but I found myself wishing that the bitterness wasn't so strong in it. The heaviness of it doesn't help either. I'd drink it again, but I can honestly say that I've had better beers of this style.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 06:45:20 | More by pwsoldier
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4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on date on the label of January 23rd 2009, making this a fairly fresh bottle. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Very opaque black body with a small brown head.

Smell: The smell is lighter than I thought it would be. So far it's not the "onslaught of the senses" that the label boasts. Some coffee and hops.

Taste: Lots of caramel and buttery toffee in the taste. Bitter and sweet chocolate. Finishes with some roastiness and hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 01:38:54 | More by BierFan
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 3,943 ratings.