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Belgian Style Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Belgian Style YetiBelgian Style Yeti

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299 Reviews
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Reviews: 299
Hads: 904
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 46
Gots: 141 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DenverLogan on 06-19-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 299 | Hads: 904
Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some dark cola highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy dark tan head that reduces to a couple of medium sized slightly thin patches of larger bubbles, a very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Slightly more than moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of chocolate malts along with some lighter notes of dark fruits (plum, fig, and raisin) as well as some faint hints of spices.

T: Moderate flavors of roasted malts with some cocoa, chocolate, and dark fruits (plum, fig, and raisin). There are light to moderate notes of coffee, candi sugar, and some faint spices.

M: Medium to full bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This is an interesting beer as it seems to fall somewhere between a Belgian Strong Dark Ale and a Russian Imperial Stout - with the lighter body than normally found in a stout and the spices along with dark fruits. The alcohol is extremely well hidden and this us an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Total Wine in Tampa. From notes.

A - Poured black with one finger of tan head. Alcohol legs very present, film retention, no lace.

S - Coffee, chocolate, yeasty, funk, booze, licorice.

T - Yeast and funk up front with lot's of chocolate. Really earthy with some dark fruit too. Nice.

M - Medium tingly carbonation, medium to full body, Belgo yeast finish with lot's of dryness.

O/D - A nice brew. Complex and adds a nice twist that works well. A little bit of alcohol was noticeable, but not enough to include as a flaw. Good stuff.

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Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

June 20th, 2011 bottling date. Just about 2 years old.

A: Pours black with a nice big thick and dense medium brown head. Head fades at a moderate pace, with great retention. Medium-sized small splotches of lacing left behind.

S: Funny, markedly different from "normal" yeti. Very fruity, lots of dark fruits like raisins and figs. Plums too? A little smoke and a little earth too. Tiny bit of umami floating in the background. Very little roasted malt stands out, a little char perhaps.

T: Yup, very fruity up front again. Cherries in there too now. Almost even stronger than the aroma. Tiny bit of char, smoke and chocolate to go with it. A little bitter chocolate briefly. Sweetness disappears in the finish; lingering bitter, acrid smoke in the aftertaste with some earthy belgian yeast.

M: Somewhat heavy, super super super smooth. Goes down like silk.

O: Hmph, interesting. Pretty typical of the belgian treatment of stouts. Body is a little lighter, but smoother. Roasted malt takes a backseat to fruitiness and earthiness. I prefer a more robust roasted malt character but this is still quite nice. Good flavors, good balance and super smooth drinkability. An interesting and tasting variation of the venerable yeti line.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Beertopia, Omaha, NE
Bottled 2011-07-27
Glass: Tulip

Great Divide's Belgian Yeti is a quite solid imperial stout with the interesting twist of phenolic flavors produced via the Belgian yeast. While not the most amazing stout I've tried, this is a very good and satisfying take on the style.

Beer pours a 1cm-tall head of dark tan foam, with below average retention of about 1 minute. The head fades to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lcing is present, a sparse arrangement of medium-sized blotches that cling to the insides of the glass. The body is dark brown to black, opaque, with light bringing out very dark amber colors around the edges. Carbonation not visible.

Aroma heavy on semi-dark chocolate (50% or so), surprising levels of caramel-like sweetness, a slight black dried fig ester, some spicy Belgian yeast phenolics, and slight roasted coffee beans.

Overall, taste of mild, acrid, roast malt with caramel malt sweetness, black dried fig, raisin, prune, burnt toast, slightly spicy Belgian phenolics. Front of palate finds roasted malt acridity mixed with dark and caramelized malt sweetness, Belgian nutmeg-like phenolics, and cocoa powder. Mid-palate finds plenty of roasted malt, dark chocolate, spicy and slightly nutmeg-like Belgian yeast phenolics, slight vanilla, and dried black fig and prune esters. Back of palate picks up roasted malt with a slight caramelized sugar undertone, nutmeg-like Belgian yeast phenolics, and very mild ethanol as the beer warms. Aftertaste is of acrid, darkly roasted malt with substantial dark chocolate, which is balanced by sweetness from caramel malt, a bit of black dried fig, and Belgian yeast phenoics.

Beer is heavy-bodied, with medium-low levels of carbonation, resulting in a light fizziness that very quickly transitions to a foamy, soft, and smooth mouthfeel. Ethanol warmth can be mildly felt from mid-palate on, but is mild and generally pleasant and appropriate. Closes quite dry, with massive amounts of stickiness coating the mouth and lips.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Thick black pour, thick frothy tan head that leaves sticky lacing.

S- Roasted malts dominate the nose, but the Belgian yeast comes through to provide a spiced bread aroma with a hint of dried fruit.

T- The classic yeti flavors are there, big roasty malts are up front. The Belgian yeast adds some spicy, fruity flavors that come in about halfway through the taste and not the finish.

M- Thick and rich, full bodied, medium carbonation.

O- My least favorite of the variants, but still a good beer. The Belgian yeast addition is interesting, but I do not think it improves the beer.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pour thick black with a one finger tan head. Head has good retention and lacing is good.

S: I definitely smell a lot of Belgian yeast upfront followed by the rich dark malt and some subtle hints of vanilla.

T: Belgian yeast up front followed by the dark malts and a few other notes I can't quite pick out. Yeast stays with you well after the beer has been swallowed. Interesting variation for the style.

M: light carbonation, thick, smooth.

O: interesting take on an already great style.

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Photo of hardy008
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark black with a 1/2 finger of mocha foam, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has chocolate, dark roasted malt, and some dark fruit.

The taste has chocolate, dark roasted malt, dark fruit, and Belgian Yeast, which I did not pick up in the aroma. Sweet, with a little bitterness from the dark roasted malt for balance. The Belgian yeast is different, and there are also some herbs. Interesting, and different.

Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden for 9.50 % abv. The aftertaste is both sweet, and bitter from the dark roasted malt. A well made beer.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Here we have another great beer from the Great Divide. And who does not love a robust imperial stout? The Yeti has so much to offer; from the beginning, as it pours out into a pitch black body beneath a chunky beige head, the thirsty Beer Advocate has much to anticipate. Once poured, the Yeti emits an initial waft of grape juice that fades into plum and cocoa powder. Once it hits the tongue, this beer lacquers the palate with a wooly coat of roasted malt, punctuated by sharp bits of fruit, clove and cinnamon, all of it empowered by the ubiquitous Belgian yeast that leaves the mouth dusted with subtle chalkiness.

And yeti, despite an intimidating 9.5% abv, in conjunction with the abovementioned details, the Yeti seems to maintain some surprising smoothness that allows this imperial stout rendition to come off as a sessional quaff – perhaps, the famed Yeti is some sort of impish hybrid. And yeti … this is one good beer.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bomber, bottled on 6/8/12. Poured into a chalice.

Overall - This beer started off hot (too much alcohol), but mellowed as I drank the bomber over about 2 hours (two pours, kept bottle in fridge inbetween). An enjoyable beer. I like this particular belgian twist on the Russian Imperial style. A really good beer that I would buy again. Proud to have these in my cellar and serve to my friends.

A - Poured black opaque with a one-finger rocky dark tan head (sort of the color of foamy chocolate milk). Average lacing. Lots of heavy sediment in this bottle. I accidently poured the sediment into my second glass. Due to the heavy nature of the sediment it went almost immediately to the bottom of the glass without clouding the beer.

S - Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, hints of alcohol, faint spicey notes.

T - Roasted malt, sugary (maybe fruity) sweetness, hints of bourbon. Not much, if any, coffee notes in this beer. Nor much bitterness, though a litte in the finish.

MF - Smooth

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Photo of beagle75
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a half-pint chalice.

A: Hazy, dark brown color with less than one finger of diminishing light beige foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Earthy roast is stretched by separate and distinct toastiness that rounds out the malt qualities. Faint fennel seed suggests Belgian yeast influence. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with nutty yeast-affected roast that extends into the middle. Yeast phenolics are subtle, vegetal, against the dominant roast. The finish features an odd combination of meaty as well as minty qualities. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, mostly balanced but slightly syrupy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Surprisingly approachable for a big experimental beer, its mellow Belgian yeast influences find a natural home amidst the heavy roast. This may be one of the friendliest Yetis encountered so far.

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Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass, brown around the edges and a one finger brown head.

S-Roasted malt, chocolate, darker fruits, tad vanilla and clove.

T-Roasted malt, darker fruits, clove, vanilla and chocolate.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

O-It was a good beer but doesn't hold up to the regular Yeti and the Espresso. However they might not be making it this year so it was worth the try.

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Photo of bashiba
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a nice deep dark black with a thin soap ring head.

The smell is a bit fruity and yeasty along with a touch of roastyness and a bit of chocolate.

The flavor is a nice blend of roasty and choclate stout flavors along with a light bit of sweet dark fruits and a mellow underlying bit of coffee and anise.

The mouthfeel is creamy and silky.

Pretty good overall.

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Photo of spicelab
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bomber shared with MrKennedy and danieelol, and courtesy of the former.

Jet black with a dark tan head, fairly thick set but only modest retention.

Coffee and nutty roasty character, stewed plums and chocolate brownie. Mellow Belgian yeaty edge.

Flavours are a bit one dimensional. Chocolate cake, cola, molassess and prunes.

Fairly thick and silky with lowish carbonation.

Definitely not one of the better Yeti variants but quite okay.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 6-17-11.

Black in color. Pretty quick dark tan colored head. This recedes to nothing. Looks like an RIS with ore carbonation.

Dry roasted, somewhat burnt malt aroma with soft fruity, yeast undertones. Makes me think of Belgian beer/coffee/chocolate mix.

Dark chocolate and coffee with some yeasty dryness and an oily texture. Pretty unique palate for sure. Lots of dark roasted malts that make for classic Yeti RIS. Smooth, mellow finish, but maybe a little thin in body towards the end. Great warmth as the flavors and alcohol linger. Good sipper worth buying again.

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Photo of looseteeth
3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured semi-anxiously from a bottle dated 06/07/12 into a 12oz. snifter...giving way to a medium-body, a little less burly then anticipated. Pleasantly hearty lacing crowned with marginal Werthers Original foam. The nose is predominant with a slightly stale bready, sour white fruit essence though this could merely be Great Divide's 'special' Belgian yeast strain in full command. On the other end are deep, almost astringent notes of steamy espresso. Mouthfeel is medium after initial pour but as the brew adjusts to a higher temperate climate there is some gain in viscosity which I appreciate, while a lower carbonation value remains a steady constant. Upon consumption, there is low-level heat customary to a basic 9.5% abv centric to imperial stouts which is preceded by a duality of wide-awake coffee roasts and earthy, open-air, charred malts. Overall, I was a bit underwhelmed with this one. However, glad to know that I've tried it and imagine the other Yetis are significantly more palatable. I do applaud Great Divide for their adventurous spirit here but am not wholly convinced that this particular brew is one they can hang their hats upon. That being said, I will try this again if they continue to produce this line as I'm curious if the bottle I purchased may have been qualitatively compromised due to heavily halogen-lit and variable degrees of exposure within Lou's Liquors. In other news, I could have bought a goddamned 4-pk of insurmountable Founders Breakfast for the cost of this bomber. So it goes.

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Photo of bobhits
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.25

Yeti with fruity esters, pear, apple, and just citrus notes. Just as dark and cream as the normal, but unlike the oaked versions this lacks. A bit beer with all the fun of the normal with a weird fruit cock tail left in it. Not really up to the Yetie standard.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is the same as the rest of the yetis. Thick, black, and minimal head. Nose is deep and roasty with bakers chocolate, earthy hops, and a touch of Belgian yeast. Taste is a lot less roasty than the other variants with notes of bubblegum in the background. Mouthfeel feels a little lighter tha. The rest of the yetis, still thick and mellow carbonation. Overall, this is my least favorite variant of yeti, but still mighty tasty.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: oily black pour into a chalice didn't reveal any head; tiny bubble island in center

S: sweet malts, dark and robust, fragrant hops and yeast suggestive of dark moldy fruit

T: molasses up front, then fruity bananas and dark, over-ripe fruits in a chocolate lake; hints of coffee and fruitcake, carob and holiday spice

M: slick and slippery, spicy tingle, medium-to-full body, smooth, somewhat coating

O: excellent - the standard Yeti is a solid stout with a smoky meat to it; this is a fruitier, sweeter, and slicker version with more flavor complexity and a lighter feel. A well-done variant on a classic

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Photo of flydudehsv
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber served in a snifter glass. Jet Black with a creamy dark yellow head. Bitter chocolate, coffee, spicy fruitiness with a light Belgium character. Very well balanced. Good beer with a light warming alcohol kick, one I'll see to get again!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on June 06, 2012.

Appearance: Pours a dark oily black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of deep tan head which quickly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A rich and roasty aroma that is sweet with a touch of Belgian yeast. Dark roasted malts with hints of sweet chocolate, coffee, burnt toast, caramel, and toffee. Big hint of molasses and a little anise spice. Some spicy Belgian yeast is in the mix along with some subtle hints of pear and apple. Undertones of dark fruit with some prune, fig, raisin, dark cherry, and plum. Also some grassy hops lingering in the background.

Taste: Like the smell indicates, big dark roast upfront with some Belgian yeast and complex fruity notes. Dark roasted malts with a big taste of dark chocolate and notes of toffee, caramel, coffee, toast, and biscuit. Some Belgian yeast adds a little spice along with fruit notes of pear, apple, and a little banana. Also a fairly strong presence of dark fruit with notes of raisin, fig, dark cherry, prune, and plum. Mild grassy hop presence towards the finish. A nicely roasty and complex stout taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the heavier side of medium with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and slick. Fairly smooth and drying. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: A pretty good imperial stout. Good roast flavor and fruit undertones. The Belgian yeast adds an interesting kick.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a beer of the darkest black. It holds a two finger head of medium brown bubbles, showing great retention. These fat, foamy bubbles eventually leave thick sheets and rings of lacing down the glasses. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears slow. The aroma is warming, with big booze, massively roasted coffee and chocolate malts, metallics, molasses bite, chalked cocoa, and subtle Belgian yeast. Our first impression is that there is a lot going on, but the desired union of styles can certainly be appreciated. As we sip, bright sweetness of creamy chocolate malts, metallic Belgian yeast, liquid caramel sugars, salty molasses, and grassy moss start things off. The flavoring comes to a peak with peppery booze, sweaty saltiness, biting medicinal phenols, and a stark move to more bittered, raw chocolate. The back of the swallow washes with a fruity cherry quality that, when mixing with the phenols and the chalky yeastiness, gives a brief flash of cough syrup. The chocolate flavoring actually turns sweeter here, like burnt milk chocolate, making for an easier, sweeter, and smoother finish. The aftertaste breathes of musk and dusk, chalky malts, raw coffee beans, unsweetened cocoa, vanillas, spicy booze, light banana esters, and echoes of those medicinal phenols. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is lighter. The mouth is warmed and coated with softness, with eventual crisp astringent dryness all along the hard palate and tongue. There is nice slurp, smack, cream, and pop. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the strong appearance on the pour, and the nice spicy Belgian qualities to the flavoring. At first it seems like there is almost too much going on. You feel like there is a different pull with each sip; one way to a spicy Belgian ale, and the other way to a dark mountain stout. These eventually blend rather nicely, adding spice, bite, and grit to that great Yeti base. At the same time, however, the aftertaste gives you everything at once, which may make things seem a bit muddy at times.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jet black. Inky. Mocha head. Tall pour still had 1/3" perched atop. Some lacing. 4

Roasty with char. Some chocolate, some berry. More yeast in the nose than an average impy. Nothing crazy. 3.75

Bitter chocolate, charred grains, roasted nuts, chicory, blueberry. Alcohol is sweet and sweatily spicy. Light sweetness, overall. 4

Full in body. Bristles of bubbles. Decently smooth. Controlled and efficient (not hot). 4.25

Pretty nice. Not my flair for Yeti, but a good stout proper. 4

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Photo of AnchorsAndAxes
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Glass: Snifter
A: Deep Black with a tan head
S: chocolate, coffee, roasted nuts
T: dark berries, lite smoke, bitter-sweet chocolate, coffee. nicely balanced
M: lightly carbonated, smooth, full bodied
O: defiantly worth trying. I think it is a great for someone expanding their palate into the belgian beer realm.

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Photo of spoony
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz (dated June 8, 2012) into a snifter.

A-This brew pours like motor oil...black and syrupy. A thin brown head fades quickly to thing ring around the glass.

S-I smell heavily roasted malts, dark chocolate, and maybe some black licorice. There is a also a wet earth scent and slightly musty note. Alcohol is well-concealed.

T-Taste is also malted, more sweet than bitter. I detect caramel and dark chocolate flavors. The brew finishes with a funky, slightly warming, sweet alcohol flavor.

M-As one would expect from the pour, this is a heavyweight brew with very little carbonation and a substantial feel.

O-I like this Yeti, but maybe not as much as other Yetis. I definitely detect the "Belgian" aspect, but I'm not sure that the funkiness and mustiness makes this beer stronger than its cohorts. Nevertheless, this is still a great RIS with an approachable flavor and a heavy feel that drinks well on a cold evening.

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Photo of mattkoon
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

not for the faint of heart...this one's a beast. this yeti pours a near opaque black with a tan head- also there seems to be something suspended in it- small chunks...(?) hope it doesnt kill me. the smell isnt as bold as i would expect. a little bit of nutty grain smells. the taste is bitter and earthy...similar to unsweet chocolate. the blackend flavor is in the forefront with limited sweetness at the back barely showing up. i actually like the "chocolate yeti" a good bit more than this. if i had to recommend one or the other i would say the "chocolate yeti" from great divide is better.

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Belgian Style Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.