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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,678 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 4,678
Reviews: 1,680
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 253
Gots: 716 | FT: 21
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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Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black as a stout can get. The head is dark mocha but the pour must be very aggressive to get any decent height out of it.

S - The sweet malts smell like bittersweet cocoa and boozy dark fruits. A little coffee.

T - Chalky dark chocolate followed by dates, figs and raisins. There is a coffee presence here, but it is minimal, I guess they want to keep that flavor for the Espresso Yeti (and of course they use real coffee in that one). The alcohol scent in the nose is nearly absent in the flavor; an amazing feat!

M - Nice and creamy. Medium body with the style and nearly void of carbonation. The sweet malts tend to linger.

D - This is super easy to drink for how heavy of a beer it is. I don't want to know how many calories is in one because I could down a few...

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

Edit: Poured into a tulip from a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours an oily viscous dark dark almost pitch black with a nice thick 1 inch head that is dense and very very dark tan. The head recedes slowly and is slightly sticky. Very attractive pour with that nice viscous consistency.

S - Starts off with some great bitter sweet chocolatey hints that leans a bit more toward the sweet. There is some slight roast and very nice coffee hints on the back end. Delicious and inviting. The malty sweetness is delicious with some slight maple syrup sweetness and vanilla spice as well.

T & M - Starts off with some nice roasted and burnt malty hints that invoke coffee. There is also some slight mocha hints because of the delicious chocolatey sweetness that is present. Nice bitter-sweet dark chocolate is present as well as some slight grassy hop finish. Great RIS very true to style with a good strong roasted malt backbone and good supporting coffee hints and chocolate sweetness. Mouthfeel is delicious and full, oily and complex. There is also some nice oatmeal flavors that are very delicious.

D - For a RIS this is very high. ABV is not too crazy and the beer is delicious.

Photo of mulder1010
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First revisited review so why not start with a Yeti
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass
Cellared for 10 months

A-- Poured black, no visible light at all on the beer. Very nice looking reverse cascading head, got to a height of one and a half fingers and then slowly faded to a bit above film. Swirling gets a half a finger of head again. Beer retains its head quite well for almost a year old now.

S-- Far richer and more complex than my original review. Much bolder smell, in the way of carmel, hazelnut, vanilla, coffee and roasted malts.

T-- Soy sauce start and from there it goes to vanilla, bitter coffee and very dark and thick baking chocolate. Like eating a huge thick brownie. Soy sauce is a new element that was not in the last Yeti I had.

M-- Bitterness from the chocolate just dominates the mouth. Has a very dry coco finish to this. Vanilla drops off a lot from the smell and taste. Big, bold chocolate bomb.

D-- Slower to drink than fresh Yeti is. This has evolved into a sipper, yet the ABV is even more hidden than the fresh version. So much more about the chocolate in an aged version of this. It does become a bit overwhelming. Still quite good even though the addition of soy sauce is a bit of a bummer.
Good version but I prefer the fresh stuff, miss the vanilla and the ability to drink 3-4 in a night of the fresh stuff.

Original review from 2009 A 355 ML poured into an oversized glass

A-- Poured a jet black, with a very dark brown head ( coffee bean color). Had a halfinch of head and quickly faded away. Good lacing and almost no carbonation. 4.0

S-- Chocolate, roasted malt, and vanilla. A little bit of toffee but not a lot. Swirled the beer around and the toffee came out a bit more. Excellent nose on this. 4.5

T-- A big heap of chocolate to start off. A little bit of bitterness from the malt. Very thick. 4.5

M-- Heavy but not overpowering. The chocolate and the malt are not overpowering and work well. Right hint of toffee as well. It is an addictive beer and flavor profile. 4

D-- Excellent drinkability. Can do 2-3 of these, thank you. Best beer Great Divide makes. If you like malt and chocolate this has to be at the top of the list. Does nto feel like a 9.5 ABV at all. Well done. 4.5 A 4.35

Photo of velosuds
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. Bottled on Mar 26 2010. Single purchased at John's Market for $2.99.

A-Pours a beautiful dark brown, nearly black hue with a two finger tan head with strong retention. Settles into an abundant cap that produces lacing that is even all the way down the glass. This is a beautiful craft beer.

S-The aroma is magnificent. Deep, dark roasted chocolate malts, Arabic coffee, and the hint of vanilla and cinnamon, as in snickerdoodle cookies. Awesome. Prominent dark dried fruits and sugars, like figs, Turkish apricots, caramelized brown sugar and molasses. Amazing.

T-A delicious, malt bomb. It is adequately hoppy, but is balanced by deep, rich malt flavors reminiscent of figs, brown sugar, chocolate fudge, and vanilla pudding. This is truly imperial, and would be a fine compliment to any Russian winter night, be it enjoyed by a Czar or a peasant. This is the best offering I have had from Great Divide. It has a very distinctive, possibly addictive taste. This is wonderful.

M-Substantial yet smooth. The mouthfeel is delectable. In a word, nearly perfect.

D-This is very drinkable. It must be, since I want more and don't have any. At 9.5% ABV the alcohol is not noticeable in the taste, but it definitely contributes to the overall character of this great beer. Extremely well done, Great Divide. I especially like that this is available in 12 oz. bottles. Great value.

I love this style and this is another great contribution. Very well done.

Photo of injuredreserve
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bad-ass 22oz brown bottle, courtesy of the great FeloniousMonk.

Pitch black body, one of the darkest brown heads I've ever seen. Just a dark beer. Decent sized head, gradually fades to a tight stubborn cap. Amazing lacing with acceptable retention. Big hearty aroma, the required chocolate coffee notes are out in full force. Rather bitter smell (which is OK by me), but the dark fruity notes are quite subdued and the smell overall is slightly one-dimensional. Just slightly, though - it's still yummy.

Plenty of roasted malts - make no mistake about it, this is a big beer. Starts off pretty sweet, with an almost milk stout-like taste. The bitterness follows quickly, with plenty of dark-roasted coffee notes (think Sumatra x5). Finishes pretty sweet, with just a dash of citrusy hops. Leaves a sticky chocolate coating on my lips. Once again, the fruity characters run amok but only n the background, like little Oompa Loompas. Mouthfeel is thick but not viscous. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, although by the end of the bottle I'm made well aware of its presence. It's a sipper for sure, but I'm sipping dangerously fast.

Photo of StaveHooks
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black with an espresso frothy 2 finger head. The head has a slight red tint.

S - Roasted dark coffee, molasses, milk chocolate, burnt caramel, a bit of alcohol.

T - Roasted chocolate malt, rich dark caramel, burnt raisins. Gentle citrus hops shows up towards the end to add some bitterness. It's viscous and smooth as glass.

The flavor of this beer is amazing, but the texture really stands out. Wonderfully layered and balanced. This is a go to RIS.

Photo of BeerNemesis
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yeti Imperial Stout | 650 ml. | 9.5% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Great Divide Brewing Company (Denver, Co.)
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Glass: Snifter

Presentation:
As always, I'm a fan of Great Divide's stylized labels.

Appearance:
Black as night and thick like motor oil. It grows an intimidating, hazelnut-brown head that refused to settle below an inch. I tried to imagine a better look for a Russian Imperial Stout and failed.

Aroma:
Very pungent. Cappuccino, vanilla, dark chocolate, wet peat, and an ever-so-slight fruitiness.

Taste:
With all the hype on the label, I was prepared for a let-down. And while the flavors hitting my lips didn't impress, by the time they'd cleared my epiglottis I knew I was in for a wild ride. You see the most astonishing thing about this stout is how the hops stand a fighting chance -- 75 IBU. About midway, violent hop oils assert themselves only to be quashed by bitter dark chocolate, coffee, and earthy malts. The battle rages in my mouth till the last drop. Now that's epic.

Mouthfeel:
Lighter than you'd think. Medium-bodied on the lower end I'd say. Carbonation keeps things lively. It does slap down an impressive collage of textures: oily, chalky, sticky, and slick.

Harmony:
While the hops seem a bit out of line, I can't help but applaud them for spicing things up. Very nice brew.

Would I get it again?:
In a word, Yes.

Bottled: May 17, 2010
Served: August 26, 2010

Price = $7.97 at Whole Foods (Bowery)

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

Poured from bottle into a New Belgium snifter.
A: Black. Pours thick black with a light fluffy mocha colored head.

S: Dark chocolate with coffee bitterness. Also some alcohol and hops are present. Also shows hints of dark fruits/brown sugar.

T: Big chocolate up front. Gives way to roasty coffee flavors with slight alcohol warming. Gives more plum and dark fruit as it warms.

M: Thick and smooth. Low carbonation.

D: Medium to low due to high abv and thick body.

This is a stout. It is heavy and has bold, roasty flavors.

Photo of claspada
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours super dark, almost completely opaque with frothy dark caramel head. Ridiculous retention every sip of the way.

Aromas of strong roasted malts with a little dark chocolate; some coffee/toffee notes.

Taste is extreme roasted malt; really strong stuff. Bitter aftertaste that' hard to shake off your tongue, but in a good way.

Really thick, syrupy. Coats your tongue and keeps the bitterness there whether you want it to or not, whether it's from the hops or not is undecernable.

Overall it looks amazing, smells great, and taste is great, but it's a situational beer for me. Cold weather, late in the evening, after a steak dinner, etc.

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

Served into an oversized wine glass.

A: Pours heavy, jet black color no light go through, small brown head with a tiny bubbles lace that paints the side of the glass.

S: As it says in the bottle toffee and caramel it's present (but for me the caramel its more apparent), got some notes of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, malt, wood and some vanilla, overall an smokey smell.

T: Almost the same flavors as you can catch with your nose, feels a little bit dry in the mouth, leaves a coffee bitter aftertaste.

Overall a very complex and delicious beer that I would have again, it's my third review of great divide Yetis and all of them share the same traits but the coffeness (if you can say that way) it whats differentiates them.

Photo of JackieTH
4.61/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured black as pitch with a rich creamy mocha brown head. Exceptionally inviting.

Smell: A citrus fresh hop is the first element on the nose followed by roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. This is the weakest link in the package (if there is one) if only because the nose was not bold enough to complete the appearance, or the taste. Perhaps the hops masked the other scents?

Taste: Fantastic flavor! Big and bold. The big hop bitterness perfectly complements the robust coffee and sweetness of caramel, toffee and chocolate. A roasted malt backbone ties it all together. Finish is slightly warming from the alcohol, dry and crisp, leaving the palate surprisingly clean.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. It compliments the taste exceptionally well.

Drinkability: I had to be really, really careful not to down this brew in one, long, and impressively delicious pull. This is a big beer. The bottom of the glass came way, way too quickly. Very well done.

Photo of davesway10
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

wow, this is a really fantastic beer. I've had this beer sitting around for a while and hopefully these will be available to me for years to come. The beer pours pitch black with a beautiful deep, rich, tan head. Smooooth, so smooth. If you see this on the shelf and have never had it. BUY it.

Photo of Luk13
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5 oz sample at the Mondial. Pours pitch black with good looking mocha head. Aroma is mostly chocolate with some roasted grain and coffee. The roastiness and coffee are more present in the taste. The bitter hop bite is also a nice addition. This one is pretty heavy but could use more compelxity. I prefered the oak aged Yeti. Maybe not the best place to drink such a sipper.

Photo of Cmuska902
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, brooding black color, not the least bit opaque, with a thick, dark, brown/amber head. Has a rather large sticky head, with a color that is unfamiliar. Looks absolutely enticing.

S: Surprisingly, hops are the first of many smells I acquired. Hops, roasted malt, some caramel, chocolate, and toffee undertone. I always seem to get a hint of coffee in this style beer as well.

T: The best word I had to describe this beer was "big". It is not lacking flavor in any dimension. Incredibly diverse flavors, very hoppy for the style, deep, roasted malt, coffee, toffee, and chocolate.

M: This beer is thick. A syrupy mouthfeel, although not lacking carbonation. Very well rounded, coats the mouth entirely with its sweet, sticky hops, and finishes dry with a crisp malt backbone.

D: Not as drinkable as other imperial stouts, but delicious nonetheless. There is a warm undertone of alcohol, and a strong bitter-sweet presence of hops and chocolate which can take some getting used to. Good for sipping, although I could see myself drinking a few of these rather quickly. I love big beers.

Overall: Delicious. Why did I wait so long to try this beer?

Photo of bmwats
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Black. Pours a 2 finger, frothy, dark brown head. Settles slowly. Some beer ring lacing settles around a thin layer of carbonation which settles on the surface of the brew. Plenty of dry sticky lacing remains as you drain the glass.

S: Licorice, molasses, oakey and malty. Kind of a rye bread nose.

T: Bitter, roasted malty goodness. Very, very woody. Strong licorice. Strong alcohol tone in general.

M: Bitterness coats the palette. Not a strong bitterness, but full on with the slightly sweet licorice hint. Interesting. Finishes very dry.

D: You have to sip this one. The combo of dry and bitter dictates it.

Atmosphere pretty much rocks. Tall, dark, and handsome appearance. Nose is very prominent with great balance of tones. Flavor is not complex, but very full, and very flavorful (kinda' redundant). Overall, this is a great quaff.

Photo of silentjay
3.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is probably a couple of years old since it has the old label, but there is no bottled on date, so I'm unsure of how old this vintage is.

pours out of the bottle looking like used synthetic motor oil (I say synthetic oil because it has a mahogany tint to the traditional thick black). It creates a generous dark tan head that recedes kinda quickly, but leaves a thick lacing on the glass. looks tasty!

aroma is heavy with licorice and molasses. not much in the way of chocolate or coffee that is found in many imperial stouts. not much in the way of hops either. Lots of black strap molasses and black licorice. Not too great.

molasses dominates the flavor as well, but not as much as the aroma. harsh licorice is toned back a bit and some bitter chocolate comes into play. very roasty and bordering on burnt malts. some earthy and citrus hops can be detected, but for the most part the 75 IBU's has mellowed with age. alcohol is still present and warming, though.

pretty viscous and creamy with just enough carbonation. finishes bitter and syrupy.

not a hard one to drink. a few harsh qualities keep this from being smooth, but it is definitely tasty.

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

Picked it up from one of the many excellent selections of brew available at Whip-In. Poured into the only available glass at the time (pint).

A- A dark viscous pour, slick and velvety in the glass

S- Rich dark coffee and caramel notes

T- First impression, dark bitter taste evolves into a pleasant malt coffee flavor

M- Moderate carbonation, luscious mouth filling qualities.

D- Surprisingly drinkable, nice mellow finish adds to this

Photo of dtivp
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a thick pitch black with a small mocha head and nice lacing.
Aroma of Roasted malt, coffee and slight hint of hops.
Slight sweetness at first, chocolate then the roasted malt and coffee kicks in, ending with a slight hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy, not as thick as I thought it would be when I poured the beer. Medium to heavy body with lasting moderate carbonation.
This is a very drinkable imperial stout, another very good beer from Great Divide.

Photo of Voonder
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with very attractive head coffee and cream color. Stays there for a while, good retention.
Very strong coffee aroma, slightly hoppy, some roasted malts are coming through as well. Very classic nose.
Taste is malty, lots of coffee, which adds some bitterness.I'd say it has some fruity profile as well, prunes are noticeable. Alcohol is coming through but it is not overwhelming and on rather warming side. Very thick, reach stout, fairly drinkable. Very well brewed.

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a February 2007 vintage bottle (cool label + cool cap!) into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Dark as night with a good amount of dark brown wispy carbonation.

S: The hop aroma stuck around and is present in a rare sort of form - bug spray and pine trees blended together. This is not necessarily a bad thing.

T: Surprising hop presence (they must have thrown A LOT of hops into this boil), smoked and seasoned wood, and very bitter finish. Chocolate, coffee, and oak are just an afterthought in this RIS.

M: The carbonation hung around in this one just fine. Dry finish.

D: Despite the bitterness, this is a very drinkable beer after 3 and a half years in a cellar. Please note that bitter does not mean acrid. I happen to like bitter versus sweet.

Overall, this is such a well-crafted beer. This tastes nothing like other imperial stouts I've had and ages phenomenally.

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

From bottle on 14 Aug 2010. Bottled April 2010. Drank in small tulip.

Look: Looks thick and black while pouring. When held to light it is very dark brown with a small light brown head. Would like a little more head but respectable for the abv.

Smell: Roasted malt, chocolate and little bit of smoke. Smells hoppy and bitter too, much more so than British stouts. No alcohol at all which impressed.

Taste: Initially sweet chocolate that is quickly overtaken by the bitterness. This manifests in a coffee flavour but can definitely taste the hops in there too. Very nice but could be more complex. Very well masked alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick as some other US stouts I've had recently (TenFidy, Mokah) but feels nice in the mouth. Not as silky smooth as some of the UK imperial stouts I've had on cask (St Petersburg, Bolvig, Marcus Aurelius).

Drinkability: Very good indeed. This was gone before I knew it, aided by the mouthfeel and lack of burn.

Very nice beer. Will seek it and its variations out again.

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

22 oz bomber tasted blind.

Pours black with hints of dark burgundy in the light.

Fantastic aroma of caramel, chocolate.

Nice vanilla sweetness up front with a solid coffee back end bitterness.

Full bodied incredibly drinkable impy stout and definitely one of my favorite straight up imperial stouts.

Photo of Khazadum
3.41/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Easy to come by and very cheap in the Chicago-land area. I heard lots of good things about this when I first started BA, and have slowly drank my way through the four pack. I decided on the last 12 ounce bottle, poured into my lovely brandy snifter, I would post a review. It was bottled on March 18th 2010.

Vision
With a normal, gentle pour I generate absolutely no head from this beer. About three-fourths of the way through it I give it a few violent shakes and allow that to generate the half-finger of delightful head. It ranges the gamut from cappuccino to generic chocolate bar. I was enjoying myself quite profusely when most of the head dissipated to a tomato soup skin consistency within two minutes time. The Victorian era curtain lacing on the side betrays the nature of the body.

Not even light from my mini-mag light penetrates the backwoods darkness coloration. Black upon black upon inky black. It is a breeze-less night within the liquid, not a single bubble of carbonation can be found.

Bouquet
Roasty, bitter, burnt, malts. The roasted wanderer peeking its head out of the forest with no one to join him but his burnt out friend. They seem to have a crisp hint of a breeze swirling around their ankles... brings to mind sterile rooms and medicine. I can't help but want someone else to improve what little company he provides me.

Flavor Profile
The first tentative sips yield an explosion of roasted grains mingled with burnt notes. It doesn't last long because the chocolate notes spring to life. From our intrepid explorers pockets I am pelted with chocolate once more! Its a sneaky candybar. At first it looks like milk chocolate and tastes like it, but oh no! This bad boy has a core of dark bitter chocolate with pin needle pockets of pure alcohol.

Even though it is a sub-10% brew, I can tell from the very first sips its barely under that mark. Hell, my face alone can tell fairly quickly that this is a high alcoholic content beer.

I search and search for the supposed caramel and toffee notes, but they are missing on too many sips. Sure, I can feel them tickle my buds every fifth sip. However, that is not enough for me to even give them strong credit. If I had to describe this beer in similar terms as before it would be quite easy.

I have a hitch hiking gentleman who is wearing a jacket three times his size of roasted almost burnt grains, with a skin tight shirt of delicious smooth chocolate, an undershirt of pungent bitter chocolates, a body spray of alcohol, and a toffee necklace. Sure you can see some of these things, but they are dwarfed by that ridiculous jacket.

Oral Sensations
The lack of carbonation is now noted in two locations. This is not a bad thing. I actually think that to add any more carbonation to this brew would destroy the balance it has found within itself. here is so little carbon dioxide floating in this that it goes down relatively smooth with the barest of tickles upon my palate.

The liquid has a presence to itself, an attitude if you will. It swirls throughout my mouth and latches onto locations like algae to a creek bed. If you couldn't tell how full this was going to feel from the lacing that still exists on the rims of my snifter, well... I'd be left speechless, to be frank. It has a faint stickiness that mimics the most humid of summer days around my lips and inner cavity.

Conclusions
The 9.5% alcohol is no joke. I can feel it within the first few sips. It initially was dangerous, but like all scary concepts revisited over and over it lost the appeal. It began to drag at me and resent it.

The flavors, though complex when aggressively researched, are for the most part disappointing. If I could enjoy everything in every sip, it would have been a great beer. For this alone I can only feel it out as a good beer. Even the nose was on the whole a overly simplistic presence. Good for trying, not my top choice for this style.

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

Pitch black and opaque. Pours like warm molasses. One of the darker beers I've seen and definitely the thickest by sight. The head is chocolate mouse and has the retention of such, pours two fingers and holds at one finger for most of the session. What else do you need for the style?

Caramel, roast malt, alcohol, milk chocolate, and a very little bitter hop aroma.

Toffee and astringent roast flavors of dark chocolate and char. The hop character, at 75 IBUs, is incredibly balanced and very supportive of the malt bill and doesn't fight it at all. Bitter in the finish, but the sweet residual maltose helps to balance. That being said the alcohol is apparent, but not too obtrusive. As it warms the roast barley melts to burnt sugar, like that atop creme brulee. As it warms further a lot more milk chcolate. That turns this from 4.5 to 5.

A very pleasing texture, not as thick as it appears to pour. Lots of unfermentables in this one, like a milk stout. No alcohol burn in the finish.

Can't drink a lot of these due to the high abv, but easy to sip. Easier than other beers of the style. Delicious on so many levels, tastes different every 5 minutes as it warms. If you drink this one quickly you are really losing out.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Bottle on 1/2010

A:2 fingers of a mocha/tan head from a gentle pour. Pitch black as per the norm.

S:Chocolate malt, bitter coffee and dark chocolate aromas.

T: A combo of bitter dark chocolate, hot chocolate, and malt. Its yummy!

M:Syrupy, smooth, almost milk shake like.. Really nice mouthfeel. Makes me want to swoosh it around a little in my mouth.

D: Regardless of the season I could and would drink this all day long!

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,678 ratings.