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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,568 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,568
Reviews: 1,661
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 236
Gots: 648 | FT: 20
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003

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

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The beer pours like oil, it's black with a thick frothy brown head that hugged the glass. I smell aromas of roasted chocolate and toffee with some dark fruit. The taste is bitter with dark chocolate, molasses, maybe a hint of bourbon and a bitter black coffee flavor, the aftertaste is of piney hops. The beer is heavy with perfect carbontaion and a long, dry and bitter finish. This is an excellent imperial stout, it is an explosion of flavor.

Photo of Act25
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lovely hoppy RIS from a favorite brewer. This one so dessert like

A - Opaque black chocolate look with dense head and lacing.
S - More than most. Excellent chocolatey, brandy-like scent, some caramelized malts, strong bitter coffee...powerful nose.
T - Follows smell. Tastes sweet with rum, licorice, sweet coffee, brandy balanced by roasted espresso and wild berry tartness. Nice hop bitters in the long, long finish with piney resin finale.

MF- The body is thick, chewy, but perhaps a bit too chunky on the tongue.

Myself, I like the extra hops in this style.

Photo of HumphreyLee
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of blknikon
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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

I've heard good things about Great Divide's beers, but I've never tried one. Downtown Wine & Spirits has a pretty good selection of their beers, so I decided to pick one up. I let this warm to around 50º and served it in one of my New Belgium glasses.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with slight ruby tints against the light. It's topped by a thick, dark, brown head that fades to a persistent layer that leaves heavy lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is predominantly roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. There are hints of fruit and hops.

Taste: The flavors are very rich. Dominant roasted malt flavors: chocolate and coffee. There are also sweet dark fruit flavors. The finish is roasted and hoppy bitterness, with a warming alcoholic spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Rich, full-bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: The alcohol is strong and evident, but is balanced well by the rich flavors.

Overall: Rich, bold and strong, but incredibly mellow and smooth in some respects. The flavors blend very well creating a nice balance.

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.

Photo of Michaeldmanley
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of alex_hart
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Skidz
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber, no dates.

Pours out deep and dark, chocolate brown, syrupy looking. Sits completely opaque in the glass, no way for light to escape it's clutches. Nice sized dark brown head on top of the beauty. Sticks to the sides the whole way down.

Smells of chocolate, caramel, and thick on the roastedness. Mild alcohol on the back of the nose. I'm thinking double chocolate fudge, caramel syrup and a good sprinkling of walnuts on top. Some nice earthiness to this stout, kinda woody. Hop aroma is subdued by the malts and roasy aromas protruding from this black hole of a beer.

Tastes lightly sweet up front, but that doesn't last longer than a blink of an eye. Intense roastedness kicks in as your caffeine withdrawl is soon put on the back burner. Coffee is the main man here, big, black coffee. Coffee, meet chocolate, chocolate, coffee. It's like a coffeehouse was airlifted from columbia and then dropped onto a Swiss Chocolate factory. Don't forget about the hops though. Bales of hop flavor push through from behind the roastedness to unleash a torrent of ciric and piney hop flavors. Leaves your mouth feeling treated and cured.

Speaking of mouth, this one is creamier than goat's milk. Take that one to the bank. From the looks of this on the pour, I though it would be nearly flat, but a tingle of carbonation eases its way through. Big burly body that has nothing better to do than spread its tasty goodness across the deepest pits of your mouth.

A delicous Impy Stout, I haven't had many better than this. Comparable to a Shakespeare Stout in flavors, and a Stone Impy Stout in body. I'm keeping at least one of these in my fridge at all times.

Edit: Drinkability is going down. It's roasty flaovrs are almost too much to handle, especially when a bomber is involved. Still a killer stout, just can't drink as much of it as I'd like.

Photo of Dithyramb
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of phingdong
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of abcramer
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of JLapadura
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of twowheelssoar
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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

Appearance: It poured slick and dark from the bottle, might as well have been motor oil. No highlights on this thing at all, that is usually a good sign on a stout! The head bubbled vigorously to about two fingers in width. The dark brown foam coats the side of the glass as the glass is tipped.

Smell: The nose is full of roasted malts. There is also some sweetness, like raisins, there as well from the malt character. The roasted profile also brings out some leather and nut profiles, also makes the nose a little spicy.

It all comes together very nicely. It could be a little bigger as it is a stout. I shouldn’t have to bend way over into my glass to find these profiles I don’t think.

Taste: Yeti starts out very strong, and then just stomps right on to the back of the throat, leaving a roasted and warm finish. As it first enters there is the kick from the hops that makes for a semi bitter taste. Then that is slowly overwhelmed by the roasted malt profile, which is not near as sweet on the tongue.

The flavor is definitely more roasted caramel malt that is very warm from the higher alcohol. Do not be alarmed though. This alcohol that gets into the finish fits perfectly with the stout. Overall, it’s very bold and damn good.

Mouth feel: The finish is dry from the high IBU’s of the drink, and it definitely warms the belly. Although, the alcohol finish is not distracting and doesn’t take away from the drink at all. It goes down very easy and is big, as in full bodied, like a stout should be.

Overall: This offering from Great Divide is very solid indeed. The only problem is how drinkable it ultimately is. With its higher alcohol, one does really need to be careful. It’s one of the few Imperial stouts that is so easy on the palate and so big at the same time.

Well worth the try, and again, just be careful, Yeti sightings are always easier to prove when one doesn’t wake up with a pounding head ache the next day.

Photo of spedprof
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of bishopdc0
3.18/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this bottle in Mass after Kate Day, shared it with my wife
couldn't read the bottle on date on any of the bottles in the store
The beer pours dark with a very dark head. The head forms big and hugs the glass. It is dark tan and very small bubbles.

The is surprisingly full of hops. Chocolate and roasted malts take a back burner to the hops upfront. it is a unique but i want more roasted and maltyness.

It starts with a huge alcohol bite i've hd 13% that were less alcoholic then this. Roasted and chocolate malts enter with a thick creaminess. It finishes with a huge amount of alcohol feel and roasted on the tongue leaving a dry very grain taste.

This is a great beer to drink with something, I had chili, as the dry taste is a little off. i could see how aging would improve this beer. Last note is that this beer is all over the place I appreciate where this beer goes but i don't think i will follow

Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,568 ratings.