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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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1,691 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,691
Hads: 4,947
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 267
Gots: 854 | 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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Reviews: 1,691 | Hads: 4,947
Photo of CrystalShipMS3
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Big tan head that dissipates quickly. Black chocolate color.

Smell: Bold, roasty. Somewhat sweet with very defined vanilla, coffee, and cocoa. Smells amazing.

Taste: Big roasted chocolate malt balanced perfectly with very piney hops. Very christmasy. Coffee and vanilla flavors come in second. Leaves a pleasant bitterness of coffee and hops. It's perfect.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light. Not too sticky at all. It's, again, perfect.

Overall: it's brilliant. I'll be back for more. I should also note that I like the simplicity of this one compared to it's oak aged brother.

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Photo of cokes
4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Darker than absolute pitch black. Into the void. No light. No gradients near the edges. Just cold, emotionless, flat, black.
Chocolate Cake-like dark brown head. Holds strong and grips tight to the glass to prevent itself from falling in to the abyss.


Roasty scents of mocha, tar and char. Not exactly strong, but that is soon forgotten.

Begins with a burnt chocolate chip cookie sensation. Segues to mochacchino. Dashes past charcoal, and reaches smoked woodchips. Globs of brown sugar and liquorice emerge, and quickly drown in a pool of molten toffee. Lingers here for a while. Oceans of caramel, with lapping milk chocolate waves. Concord grape jam squeezes in late. Port visits quickly in the finale, adding the only hint of alcohol. Smoldered ripe grapefruits counteract everything, but in actuality, are hardly noticed. The 75IBUs of Simcoe (and Columbus) are precision balanced and work wonderfully.
Post swallow, a woody, cinnamon hue grabs the throat, as the frosting-like vanilla-tinged caramelized cocoa dripped grapes slide down the esophagus.

God damn this is good.

Intense and capivating. Not really a traditional Imperial. Compare this to a Sammy Smith's and prepare for a shock. But I'd be lying if I said this was anything other than one of the very best beers I've tasted.

Heavy in the mouth, but quaffable to the edge of delerium.

Like dessert. You don't really need it. But you NEED it.
And you want it.
And when it is gone, though you are full and satiated, you desire more of it.
And you begin lusting over the next time.
And salivating.
And you are happy.
And it gives you something to look forward to.
And you remember it. A month from now. A year from now. Always.
And it makes you come back.
And when you can't come back, it makes you want to.
And it rewards you, over and over and over.
And thrills you like it was the very first time
And it assures you that this is as good as it gets.

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Photo of Louski
4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap poured in a frosted glass (not by choice) so I had to sit on it a bit to warm up.

A: poured pitch black with that dark tan head thick and fluffy.
S: Chocolate malt is evident but a nice oak smell caught me too. Mild coffee tones As well.
T: Perfect blend of chocolate and coffee followed by an earthy finish with hints of smokiness to it. Finishes slightly bitter (in a good way).
M: Bitter finish coats the tongue and leaves the smokiness around for a while. Full-bodied flavor.
O: Real pumped to have found this on tap locally. And to have it served in a pint glass for $6.95 isn't bad either. Perfect balance of flavor for the style and a winner in my book.

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Photo of Raven3464
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: It pours a deep black body with a thin brown head. Retention is incredible and there is more carbonation than expected.

Smell: Bitter, dark chocolate, fresh coffee, toffee, a touch of booze and a "woody" flavor I can't quite put my finger on are all noted. This may be the best smelling Russian Imperial Stout I've ever experienced.

Taste: Bitter chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee dominate early but are then followed by toffee and a hop kick. The "woody" taste shows up more along with a slight burn as the beer warms.

Mouth feel: It's thick like syrup and sticky. There's a perfect amount carbonation to compliment the dryness from the hops. This is a full bodied brew. and none of the flavors are ever overwhelming. I have a new favorite stout.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super pitch black with no light escaping, thick with a creamy tan head that fades fast but leaves creamy walls of lace.

The smell is of rich chocolate, toffee, and robust roasted black coffee. Hints of dark fruit like raisin and fig. Some earthy hops peek through.

The taste is superb with a great balance of chocolate liquer, sweet toffee, bitter-sweet cocoa and richly roasted coffee. earthy, spicy hops hides in the background with an underlying dark fruit hint. Very nicely balanced between sweet, bitter, and roasted.

Rich, creamy,silky, smooth and thick. Full bodied with a slight booze burn.

Decadent sipper.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one hell of an amazing stout! Thanks, vintage cellar!

Pours to a completely opaque thick and viscous black with a nice chocolatey head. The head doesn't seem to be forming from a hard pour, but as soon as I let up the foam immediately begins to cascade up the glass. Beautiful. Leaves nice sheets of lacing on the glass.

The smell is surprisingly hoppy. Very piney with a nice dose of chocolate. Only a mild coffee and roast aroma. I could sit and sniff this beer all night, but at some point I'll get thirsty.

The taste is equally amazing. Very rich and thick molasses flavor with some chocolate and a mild roast. The hops also play quite an essential role in the taste. A nice citric and piney hop flavor lingers on the tip of the tongue while a roasted coffee and hoppy bitterness envelops the rest of the mouth.

This beer coats the mouth quite well without leaving any unpleasant residuals. The alcohol might as well be non-existent if not from the strong buzz after the bottle is done. I simply cannot wait to crack open the bomber of Oaked Yeti I still have in my cellar fridge, but alas I will have to save it for tomorrow night, or another date.

As for the non-oaked variety, I will definitely have to get more of this some time, somehow, some way.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled July 30, 2012 Poured from a bomber into a Redhook Limited Release glass.

Appearance- Beautiful pitch black with little to no caramel head. Little lacing.

Smell- Chocolate roasted malts, bitter coffee, some hop presence, caramel. Very nice aromas.

Taste- Initial hop bitterness goes to roasted malts and finishes with chocolate at the back of my tongue. Nice bitter aftertaste (it is 75 ibu). Very well balanced. 9.5ABV is completely masked.

Mouthfeel- Nicely carbonated. very smooth, but I'd like it to be a little more viscous.

Overall- Awesome RIS. Very well balanced and smooth. I will be sure to have this again.

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Photo of beeragent
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bottle.

A - Pours a thick dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights. 1 inch dark mocha head with thick lacing on the glass.

S - Strong aroma of roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate. There is a hint of alcohol but not overpowering.

T - Huge robust flavor of roasted malts/coffee and dark chocolate coat the palate. Bitter cocoa throughout. Alcohol is well hidden in the taste, only making its presence in the finish.

M - Heavy bodied and very thick. Smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation.

D - It doesnt get much better than this!!! This is a great example of the style and IMO one of the best. Flavor is huge and robust, and the body is exactly as it should be.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on April 8, 2009.

Yeti pours from the bottle in an oily black stream filling the glass with liquid darkness. This stout is is completely opaque, light has no chance of penetrating it's depths. The lovely thick chocolate brown head fades but leaves a foamy collar and loads of thick oily lacing.

The aroma is dense and wonderfully full of dark chocolate, molasses, roasted coffee beans and hops! The aroma is redolent of the aforementioned items but the hop scent is clean and very fresh.

The flavor profile is built upon a massive bedrock of darkly roasted malts bursting with sweet milk chocolate, dark bitter chocolate and the blackest gourmet coffee in equal measure. Molasses makes an appearance as in the nose along with small measure of anise. The hops are quite present as well in a large dose equal to and cutting through the massive malt bill and they come across clean and grassy. Oddly I also am picking with the faintest aftertaste of mint! Alcohol is noted but as an integral portion of the flavor profile and is actually wonderfully hidden in the inky blackness.

Mouth feel is full, thick and chewy. The carbonation is very fine lending a bit of creaminess while the alcohol leaves just the slightest of burn on the tongue in the finish.

Yet, is a big dark beer full of mystery but there is no mystic of hype here. This is just a big high quality Russian Imperial Stout quite possibly the equal to my current favorite, Bell's Expediton. Despite the high ABV this beer is very drinkable but is best enjoyed one delicious slurp of mouthbursting flavor at a time.

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Photo of bogus564
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 fl oz, poured into a pint glass...

It's a perfect storm, so to speak; I picked up the 'Star Wars' complete saga on blu-ray, I have a full beer fridge, the divorce paperwork is in (no alimony), and it's a football weekend. Waiting for the beer to hit the right temperature... there it is. Here we go...

A: Wow; incredible looking beer. Beautiful dark brown color, outstanding caramel colored head, 3 cm in height, holds up nicely. This beer could be a contender.

S: I've learned that wih an imperial stout, you expect it to smell like coffee, chocolate, perhaps caramel, and citrus hops. Check. Varying degrees of power; this particular beer is a powerful Jedi.

T: I'm dumbfounded at how tasty this beer is. It has the taste of coffee, chocolate, caramel, a bit of toffee, orange, well-proportioned. My goodness, this is a well-done beer. This is one of those that make slugging through the bad ones worth it.

M: Excellent, as close to spectacular as it gets. Medium in body, the carbonation is excellent, it washes over the palate beautifully, and leaves a nice citrus hop finish. Very well done.

O: As a reviewer, it's my nature to try and find the thing or things that I don't like about a beer so as not to appear like a fanboy. Trouble is, I can't find anything I don't like about this beer. It's damn tasty, and quite powerful. Great with red meat, which I prefer medium rare. Cheers.

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Photo of redteg02
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: like changing the oil in my car, this one poured a nice deep thick black. the head at the top collects a quarter inch thick and is a darker brown than new castle itself.

Smell: the smell of roasted nuts fills the air. there is also a sweet, maybe a molasses, hiding in there somewhere. very robust smell

Taste: roasted nuts take the forefront, followed by a subtle sweetness. the roast nut flavor is amazing and strong. very tasty.

Mouthfeel: wonderful, absolutely wonderful. chewy and full, my favorite feeling.

Notes: definitely take this one out of the fridge before opening. once it hits that 50-55F it opens up nicely.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 22 oz. bomber. The color is jet-black, with a good bit of foamy tan head. The smell is of sweet malt and alcohol. The taste is a nice chocolate sweetness, and the alcohol isn't at all apparent. Mouthfeel is nice and thick. Drinkability-wise, if I could find these, I'd have em.

I picked this one up on a lark on a trip to Columbus, and I'm certainly glad I did. A fantastic Imperial Stout, and a nice little treat from a brewery that I've sadly never heard of before, but will be looking for in the future!

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Photo of sudsface69
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer lover's beer. This is not for the meek. If you are a true stout enthusiast, you will love this one. When I first poured this into my glass, I wanted to take a picture it was so beautiful. Jet black with a wonderful, rich, mocha-colored head. You know a stout is going to be good when the head is so thick and creamy is looks like it could fit on top of a meringue pie! Sticking my nose into the glass I got a rich dose of hops plus a dark, roasty, raisiny aroma from the malts. This is a beer that bulges out of its seams on both ends. Not only does it have all the richness you would expect from such a heavy roast on the malts, but it also delivers a HUGE hop wallop. Nothing faint here. This one gives it to ya straight up. Body is huge! - as full as full gets. Flavor is packed with tons of dark-roasted malt, with dried black fruit, bittersweet chocolate, anise, tobacco, and burnt sugar. The noble dose of hops balances out the big malt attack, leaving you completely and utterly satiated. If this beer doesn't satisfy even the biggest of beer cravings, I don't know what would. An awesome product of craftmanship. I've had some other beers from this brewery that I remember liking quite a lot but haven't had in some time. After drinking this one tonight, I'm going to revisit this brewery. What a beer!! Two thumbs up!

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Photo of 9InchNails
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black body with a brown head that faded into a ring around the snifter glass. It leaves some nice sticky lacing on the glass.

Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel and very sweet. I don't detect any alcohol.

Big time dark chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel, dark fruits, slight, dry bitterness, smoke and some alcohol detection at the end.

Medium to thick body, smooth, dry, it leaves the lips very sticky, some noticeable carbonation and some alcohol warmth.

Overall, wow, this is delicious - one of the best Imperial Stouts out there. The flavors work incredible together. This is a A+ brew. This must be insane on tap. I'm going to try to get my hands on some of the different variations of the Yeti's.

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Photo of punkrkr27
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with a dense tan head that lasts and lasts. Rich coffee, chocolate, and molasses aroma with a pronounced citrus hop note. Big roasted malts up front, strong flavor of brown sugar and a pronounced roasted hop finish. Thick full creamy mouthfeel. This just might be one of my new favorites. Good stuff!

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and a hint of alcohol. Upon first pour it looked like used motor oil being slowing changing into chocolate pudding. Weirdly enough I knew I was in for a treat.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a bomber from Lina's outside Cleveland last month for $4.99 (not available around these parts). No born on or freshness dating. However, given the nature of the beast, I really don't have to worry about this one. Had the resident beertard take me to the back to get a fresh one to boot.

Pours a heavily viscous motor oil-like black goodness. Blackhole like quality, with no light shining through whatsoever. It sucks in the light of the shade when I even attempt to spy out some red hues. A thick dark burned chocolate chip cookie colored head oozes up after the pour to a thick three fingers. Eventually dies down to an eighth to a quarter of an inch of clinging foam that leaves trademark lacing. Perfection.

The aroma is noteworthy, with all the expected flavors of molasses, espresso, bourbon. It smells thick and chewy. I already want a thick piece of chocolate cake to enjoy it with.

There are three levels of flavor here. Initial rush of malty sweetness as the molasses shows off its goodness. Light bitterness, almost hoplike in nature comes next and perfectly compliments the former. It finishes nicely bitter, like the remains of a turkish coffee. You know, that thick chewy blackness at the bottom of the espresso cup. I always mix a little table sugar in it and spoon it into my mouth. I get wonderful images of seaside restaurants in the Meditteranean enjoying after dinner coffee.

As with that image, I think I'd need a limoncello just to clear the bitter and sweet mixture that has infected and taken over my tastebuds. Mmm, the thick and chewy, but easy, mouthfeel is captivating.

9.5%! Are you kidding me! This one isn't even close to being a sipper. I could, evilly and stupidly, pound this at happy hour and pay the price. Yes, mid west trips will have me picking this baby up again.

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Photo of BringusKilkenney
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a very dark black with mocha colored head that is very thin and takes a vigorous pour to even arouse.

The smell is great with dark malts and dark fruit notes and still has a hoppy background

Taste is great too very different and complex. Dark chocolates and coffee with fruit and a nice hoppy bitterness in the end not found in most imperials.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth but still get the hoppy crispness not really what i am looking for in a stout but different and nice at the same time.

Hard to put to many away kinda sits heavy and has a high abv but still a very nice beer.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep black in color with a very nice tight tan head. Just a beautiful beer, it really is. Nice roasted aroma-coffee and vanilla note. Big roasted malt flavor-not overly done either. Port like flavors. Oakey,raisens,vanilla and chocolate all meld into a heavenly mix. Great "inky" mouthfeel-silky smooth. I could drink this stuff all night. Has to be one of the top 3 or 4 imperials I think I have ever had. Get some.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%

Was able to snag a couple on a trip. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a thin khaki head. Has deep scents of coffee and espresso as well as dark chocolate. The taste had these great highlights although it also had a nice clean finish as well as a deep nutty flavor. One of my all time favorites.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter... dark black color with a two-finger tan head. Looks fucking amazing. Easily one of the best looking beers I've seen in a while.

It smells of bitter chocolate, a little dark roast coffee as well... very nice.

The taste is more of the same... the chocolate flavors stick to the tongue more than any other. There is a nice coffee aftertaste to it as well. One of the best Imperial Stouts I've ever tried. I'm really enjoying this one so far.

It's a shame the closest I can find this one is Houston, but I'll be sure to look for it next time I'm there to get some more.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 3/30/15

On tap at Great Divide. Thick body. Very dark. Huge chocolate aroma. Lots of sweet chocolate taste with a nice balance of roasted flavor.

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Photo of pastradul
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to wchesak!

Poured into Stone IRS tulip

Easy pour produces an amazing 2-3 finger head. Super dark brown head, very dense head that hangs around forever. Want to get a spoon and eat it like ice cream.

The nose is a complex coffee and chocolate mix that I have never smelled before.

The mouthfeel is like melted ice cream, so thick and creamy.

The taste is amazing. the high hop content adds such a different level of complexity in this.The Coffee, malt and chocolate notes dance around like nothing else!

This was pretty close to a perfect brew for me! Can't wait till they get to SD!

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Photo of AlexJ
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OK, I finally get a long-awaited chance to sample this beauty, thanks to aracauna for picking these up for me. It glurps out the bottle a mysterious black brew, not reddish-black, or dark brown, I mean black. A brilliant head the color of milk chocolate puffs up with tiny bubbles as it rises to a peak where it just stays and stays. Head retention is epic, the last inch still wears a nice veil. Lacing is nothing short of fantastic. It is so thick looking, every time I swirl the glass, it just paints the sides, awesome.

The aromas of expertly roasted coffee, juicy raisins, plums, creamy dark malts, and piney hop beauty rise to greet me. It smells like I have gooey, scorched caramel brownie in my glass. There's an underlying hint of the alcohol within, but not unwanted. If the aroma stands up to the tasting, I'm in for a real treat.

Wow, wow, wow! It begins with dark malt flavors of good chocolate, espresso, dates, molasses, and burnt toffee sweetness. It develops further with a well-rounded helping of Pacific hops. It's absolutely rich and indulgant. Believe the hype, believe the hype, this one is for real!

Mouthfeel borders orgasmic with it's tiny cascading bubbles of gentle carbonation and chewy, dense, liquid velvet goodness. A lasting impression of coffee and floral and piney hops leaves me wanting. My god this is good, and to think there is an oak-aged version. I will scour the Earth looking for some, you should too!

The finish on this beauty is fantastic. Crazy hops and lingering coffe bean bitterness with a touch of lip smacking and creamy malt.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

During a recent visit to Washington DC's RFD (See Review), I stumbled onto a bottle of this ebony elixir. Needless to say, it was love at first sip. In fact, it was a superlative rendition of a style that is destined to become my favorite.

Yeti begins with a beige foam head that leaves a thick lacing lather (I may have also stumbled upon a new tongue-twister) around the glass rim.

Upon settling, Yeti is the color of machine oil and is completely impervious to light. We're talking zero clarity. My nose detected a very strong chocolate note, one that will increases if it sits long enough - I noticed an increase by manually agitating (stirring the beer to you Bud drinkers).

The taste? A warm blanket of chocolate malt goodness overwhelms the palate and provides a comfortable blanket of warmth for a cold winter night. Yeti is beautifully structured and provides the Drinker with that perfect balance between a splendid sipping beer and a subtly sweet after dinner quaff.

The Yeti is a splendid beast raised in the Rocky Mountains with love and compassion by a wonderful brewery - and what a balance that is.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,691 ratings.