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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,668 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3668
Reviews: 1587
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%


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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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a thick, creamy, tan head. Lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of rich chocolate. Roasted coffee notes. Dark maltiness abounds. Caramel/toffee. Gentle smokiness in the back.

The taste is of rich chocolate/dark malts. Caramel and toffee emerge as it progresses, as does a suggestion of wood. As it progresses, the ashy smokiness becomes very noticeable, almost too much so. Balancing breadiness and citrus mixing with the dark maltiness give it a bittersweet finish. Spicy, warming alcohol creeps in.

Full-bodied, rich and creamy.

Richness and alcohol make this one a very slow sipper, but an enjoyable one. I had the oak-aged version a few months ago. I remember it being a bit better, but it would be interesting to compare them head-to-head.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2007 23:22:48 | More by jwc215
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.1/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The first beer on my 4th July American beer evening. Poured into a 'Forbidden Fruit' chalice.

Darker than a dark night on a moonless hill, a deep tan coloured head sat on top of the smouldering body. The head however soon left leaving a thin collar around the glass.

The aroma was of rich fruitcake, slightly burnt or overcooked, baked plums were also in the smell.

The taste was of dry burnt caramel, with the hops adding to the dryness. As the beer warmed, it appeared to lose some of its dryness, but it was still pretty dry to me.

Over hopped and to much alcohol for me. I am no expert on Imperial Stouts, but if this typical, then they obviously aren't my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 16:38:16 | More by BlackHaddock
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours slow and thick with a pitch black color. One inch dark tan head. Nose is smooth and creamed. Not very strong or overpowering. Flavor is thick with an even roasted malt edge. Very sweet tone to it, and the alcohol peeks out a bit with it. Seems a bit too sweet, but it is still even and good. Feel is very good. Creamy and smooth, even though the liquid is thick like most anything else. Drinkable? Well. It is almost TOO thick and almost TOO sweet. Between this and the Oaked Yeti, I’ll take the Oak. Even without going back to read my review of the latter, I can still remember the awesome complexities and how overall it kicked ass. This one is good, but when you’ve got a bigger brother who’s more accomplished, it is harder to compete.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 12:05:49 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried it side by side Storm King at Mad Mex Robinson. Appears pitch black until held up to the light to show a dark ruby brown tone with a moccha tan head leaves lacing around the snifter it was poured into. Aroma is full of chocolate and coffee tones brought out by the dark roasts along with a boozy fruit brandy esque note and loads of floral hop character. Flavor is big very on chocolate and alcohol especially as it warms the hop bitterness isn't standing out entirely b/c of the massive loads of dark malt flavor here as well, not balanced at all in your face with loads of flavor. Mouthfeel is big and chewy with carbonation producing slow gurgling bubbles. Drinkability: Small snifter of it I would probably not attempt a bomber of this one on my own, but it is damn tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2005 14:52:43 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours black in color with a thick tan colored head. The head lasted quite a while.

Smell: tons of chocolate and roasted malts, with some bitterness lingering in the background.

Taste: thick roasted malts, strong chocolate, mild coffee, pepper, alcohol, and a strong bitterness. Wonderfully balanced and mouth watering.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth at the start and finish. Aftertaste is long on the roasted flavors and chocolates.

Drinkability: nice drinkability, more than one bottle can be enjoyed in an evening. Must buy this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2006 20:54:59 | More by Gavage
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smcolw

Massachusetts

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

A solid four-finger mocha colored head. The liquid is nearly black. The head is very stable, lasting a long time and leaving a thick lace.

High caramel aroma, some coffee notes and solid alcohol presence. I'm predicting a thick rich beer.

This is a BIG beer. Lots of black patent malt, chocolate malt, high alcohol oiliness, and a positive hop presence that gives some awsome balance. This is perhaps one of the richest beers I've ever had. Moderate carbonation doesn't thin it out at all.

I want to try this one in a flight of Imperial Stouts. My initial impression is that this is the best IS I've had. Very nice. Seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2005 18:06:32 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, bought at the Walnut Liquorette, in Walnut, CA,

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a medium brown head, which leaves some lacing, good retention, looks a lot like a beer milkshake.

S: Coffee grounds, chocolate, alcohol, robust smell, with typical RIS scents.

T: Get a lot of coffee on the first sip, mocha, some burnt sugar, and then one gets an underlying milk chocolate character which I feel is major taste in this beer.

M: Smooth, robust, creamy, thick, chewy, very good for an RIS.

D: This is a good RIS, but not like the Oak-Aged version, which was great. This one is kind of rough around the edges, tasty and solid as a beer, and of this style, but I have to go with the Oak if I'm comparing the 2.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2007 21:00:49 | More by Halcyondays
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mactrail

California

3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looking at the label,it says bottled on March 11, 2011. I should have waited two more days for its second anniversary! Very dark, with a nice beige head and plenty of lacing in the Ommegang chalice. A pleasant aroma of toasted fruitbread and burnt raisins.

Flavors of licorice and a little smoke. You could imagine this as a black, oily Scottish Ale. Rather bitter in the aftertaste. A lot of malt, but it tastes mostly burnt and dark roasted. This is a more austere and glowering style without much sweetness. It's possible that any residual sugar has vanished with the aging, but there is not trace of unwanted bacterial flavors, so it's a bonus for Great Divide.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at Liticker's Liquor & Deli in Ocean Beach.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 06:02:17 | More by mactrail
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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

the famous and acclaimed yeti! not a cheap 4pack. pours a very thick syrupy almost black brown with a surprisingly large mocha bubbly head a few inches high. smells like espresso and molasses right up front, bittersweet with a touch of spice. also the high alcohol content is obvious. flavor is large and complex, melted dark chocolate runs into licorice notes and a strong coffee finish. the beer is also rather sweet, especially as it gets warmer in the glass. its almost too sweet as it goes on. booze presents itself too. feel is very full bodied, and a little syrupy. the carbonation is very tame, which is stypical of the style. overall i like this a lot, and even better than some of the specialty yeti beers. this is an excellent imperial stout if you dont mind the sweeter finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 18:54:50 | More by StonedTrippin
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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

Poured an amazing pitch black color and formed a nice huge foamy dark head that stuck around and left me thinking of some decedant float experiment gone wrong. It finally decided to diminish, leaving a lactice of lace etched on the side of the glass. The aroma was malt, coffee, chocolate and a touch of raisin. A flavor of malt, coffee and chocolate with a body a touch light for this style. Great finish and the oak aged was even better.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 18:22:18 | More by barleywinefiend
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this back to back to Old Rasputin and the czar is a touch better. I'm first hit by a clean grainy, pale malts aroma back up by cocoa. Definitely less bitterness and smoother than OR, but that's not necessarily good or bad. There a little citrus rind from hops hidden in the back. Flavor grows as the beer warms, but like OR I never found a fantastic complexity. It drinks smooth for the strength, but it's still thick and a bit tough to finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 15:26:36 | More by tempest
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mdfb79

New York

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a black color with one finger of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Nice head retention and lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of fruity hops, citrus hops, roasted malts, caramel malts, alcohol, and bitter chocolate. Smell is a lot hoppier than I was expecting.

t - Tastes of bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, hops, dark fruit, and alcohol. Coffee is very prominent, as are the hops again.

m - Full body and moderate carbonation. Thick and chewy, pretty smooth.

d - A very solid stout. It was a lot hoppier than I expected overall. I thought the nose was better than the taste; I just wish the taste had a little less coffee. None the less, a very good RIS. I think I like the barrel aged and oak aged yeti better than this one, but I like it more than the chocolate and espresso versions. Would definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 23:31:58 | More by mdfb79
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kojevergas

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355 ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectatons are above average; I've had this beer before in my native Denver. Bottled: 11/05/2010.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger head of beautiful tan colour, great cream, incredible thickness, and impressive retention considering the high ABV. Colour is a predictable nontransparent solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Opaque.

Sm: Great roasted barley foundation. Fantastic dark malts. Cream and hints of chocolate. Hints of caramelization. A moderate strength aroma.

T: The creamy open gives way to the pleasant roasted barley foundation with dark malts abound. The presence of hops is notable - which is curious for the style (I don't care for it). Some chocolate and caramel. No yeast comes through. Hints of coffee. The cream is nice. Somewhat layered. Not horribly complex or subtle, but nicely balanced for what it is. Built pretty much to style. The roasted character is lovely.

Mf: Smooth and wet; should be coarse and dry. Adequately carbonated. The thickness is slightly off, but I can't discern in which direction.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable for the style. Hides its ABV well. This won't disappoint. But it's not exemplary, especially in comparison to its better variants. A great Russian imperial stout worthy of attention, but nowhere near perfect. Very well priced (especially in Colorado) and worth your time. I'd have it again. I would like more of a yeasty character.

Age does it well, but you're better off going with a variant of this beer for cellaring.

Drinks just fine out of a narrow-mouthed goblet. The masses will stick to snifters, but secretly I'll harbour goblets as the preferred vessel.

Pairs well with hard pretzels. Steak is also probably quite nice.

B

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 07:12:39 | More by kojevergas
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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

This is a bomber of Yeti (non-oak aged). Heretofore I've only had the oak-aged version, so I am anxious to dig in. The stout is slightly chilled.

A: The stout is pitch black, nothing is getting through this baby. There is a very nice head that laces quite well.

S: The stout has a bit of coffee in the nose, providing a nice kick. There are several big smells at play here: deep roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, even some buttery aroma.

T: The hops provide a vibrant change of pace in this beer. The oak aged version masks the hops a bit, here they are allowed to roam free. They grab the taste buds up front and shake 'em up a bit before giving way to the roasted character.

M: The ale is robust and intense with quite an assault on the palate.

D: This ale is quite good, I much prefer it to the oak-aged version. A very good West Coast hopped stout, although the abv is limiting.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 23:15:05 | More by akorsak
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this several times over the years, just never reviewed it for some reason.
Opaque black color with a finger or so of frothy mocha head; decent retention and lacing. Typical stout qualities in the nose, dark roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, and additionally, some definite hops notes. More of the same in the taste, roast, sweet malts, coffee and bakers' chocolate, caramel, resinous hop notes contributing a lasting bitterness, with a somewhat mineral aftertaste. Body is on the fuller side of medium. It's not an out-of-this-world stout, but it's a solid brew and quite drinkable overall. It makes a good base beer for some of GD's more adventurous selections.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2012 06:36:45 | More by Rifugium
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Billolick

New York

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

Bomber bottle w/o any freshness indication. Pours jet black, with a dark tan head, and leaving fine, longlasting and scattered lacing. Nose is all about rum soaked raisins, honey rolls and hazelnut-vanilla coffee. Rich, bold, flavorfull brew, loaded with notes of rum, coffee, maple etc, etc. Top quality sipper. 9.5% hid expertly. Wish I had bought two bottles!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 21:31:50 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours an inky black body that is opaque with no sign of carbonation. The head is a dark creamy brown head that last for a bit and then turns into a thin film.

S- The smell of deep roasted grain has an earthy, coffee hint to it with a slight sweet creamy hint. The finish has a nice green floral hop note to it.

T- This beer has lots of dark malt layers. Notes of graham cracker and roasted barley blend with some molasses and prune/raisin hints. The finish has a nice hop bitterness that is enhanced by a faint alcohol hint.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with some slippery texture. No alcohol warmth or overt fizz.

D- This beer has lots of nice dark malt flavors and aromas. It is very smooth and the hops are really nice balance of the not-to-sweet-not-to-dry body.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 01:22:43 | More by rhoadsrage
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

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

Tasted side-by-side the Yeti and the Oak Aged Yeti. Both purchased at K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, and brought back to Australia to drink with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

This one pours a deep black, with twinges of brown only with the influence of the head. Lacing is sudsy but solid, and the bead is incredibly fine. Yellowish brown head. It looks great. Really lovely.

Nose is sweet and dark, with big characters of aniseed and liquorice to go pleasantly with the roasty notes of dark malt and char. A little bit denser than the oak-aged version, which brings in big organic characters. It's the better for it, I feel, giving a true robust and distinguished sweet and roasted stout character. Lovely.

Deep and rich, and really pleasantly sweet American Impy Stout characters here. Lots of toasted coconut and chocolate sweetness, but with a huge backup of roasty, charred grains to give it body and that back-palate bitterness. Smooth vanilla notes come through deviously to entice you for another sip, where you can be pummeled with flavour yet again.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, like melted chocolate. Divine.

I loved this beer. This is a fantastic American Imperial Stout. I'm surprised that side-by-side I preferred this to the oak-aged version, which blends better but doesn't have the raw power and robustness of this one. That's what I'm looking for in the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 07:05:19 | More by lacqueredmouse
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

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

Pours with a one-finger brown head that fades slowly and leaves some lace. Totally black color. Medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is roasted coffee. Starts sweeter than their Maverick Imperial Stout, finish is a smooth coffee/chocolate flavor. The high ABV is not noticeable. $6.30 for a 22 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2005 22:34:18 | More by jdhilt
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz brown bomber with a vintage date of 2003 on the label. Not to worry, @ 9.5% ABV this beer should age well.

Appearance: Pitch-black colour. A thick rise of brown foam wants to gush over, nice web like trail of lace down the glass.

Smell: Creamy vanilla, creamed coffee, vague berry fruitiness and a mild alcohol presence. Aromatic yet mellow.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very creamy on the palate, smooth and slick in the mouth within the heavy full body. Soft charcoal, roasted twang and espresso. Balanced hopping with a mild citric flavour in the finish. More soft roasted character in the finish with a layered sweetness. Bit of yeast in the end and a drying roasted husk as well.

Notes: Without a doubt a tasty brew, tame but I like it that way. The alcohol sneaks up on you and there are so many subtle complexities to deal with that it makes it so worth the while.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2003 01:20:39 | More by Jason
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Zorro

California

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained in trading with RustyDiamond.

Dense black colored beer with an equally dense yellowish brown colored head that doesn't diminish very quickly at all.

The smell is sweet with lots of chocolate and fig aromas. There is a boozy scent here of raisin and plum like Korean plum wine. There is a little chocolate and coffee in the scent but in this RIS it is very understated.

The taste begins sweet with chocolate liqueur and patent malt finish. Definite ethanol in the taste and the taste of carob, which to me doesn't taste like chocolate. Lots of patent malt flavor but it isn't as complex as I had hoped.

The mouthfeel is good.

OK in the drinkability but I really expected more, especially since I like the oak-aged version so much. This is just OK, what it lacks is subtle flavors and layers.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 05:11:23 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

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

A - Pours a black color, nice carbonation, nice dark tan foamy head, nice lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of sweet/roasted malts, and toffee.

T - The taste is kinda sweet and bitter, with a nice toffee flavor.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. This is an exceptional RIS from GD.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 23:56:26 | More by Wasatch
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corby112

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours adark black with a nthick coffee colored head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and sugar. Tastes of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee and smoe dark berries. Has a very smooth taste in which the high alcohol content is nicely masked.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 08:58:27 | More by corby112
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased somewhere in VA, one of many things gathered at either Vienna Whole Foods, Norm's, or Westpark Wine & Beer.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a big-bubbled (in places), uneven 1/4" dark brown head over the black brew. What head there is stays as is, but no lacing at all. Aroma is of sweet, dark malts and alcohol. Flavor is similar to the nose, but the coffee flavor is more pronounced. Mouthfeel is okay, but the bitterness is somewhat off-putting, and I wish there was some semblence of carbonation happening here. Drinkability is limited by same. Ok stout, but had higher hopes...

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2005 00:58:13 | More by ppoitras
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DoubleJ

California

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The long awaited arrival of Great Divide has finally hit Southern California. That's cool. And right here I've got a Yeti. Food pairing: NY steak, Bleu de Basque, vanilla cheesecake, artisan chocolate. Are Lindt milk chocolate truffles an artisan chocolate, because that's what I have. So on to the beer:

As black as obsidian, dark tanned head with good lacing and fine retention. There's something beautiful in the nose, because I am falling for it. There's blackstrap molasses, roasted coffee, licorice, little bits of fruitiness <smiles>.

This is a tasty guy. Modests amounts of hoppiness pop out of the strong base flavor of roasted coffee beans. A little smokiness that is provided proves pleasant. Alcohol doesn't show up to play on the palate. This is a well structured stout, and a bite of the truffle makes the pairing a success. It's on the heavy side in feel, though not super thick and gloppy. The glass is emptying faster and faster, which is a good sign in this case.

I've had other Great Divide beers before, and ons I've tried are good quality. Chalk Yeti in there too. In fact, I prefer this regular version over the oak aged variety (heresy!). Welcome to Cali, Yeti.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 04:12:22 | More by DoubleJ
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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