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Belgian Style Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 852
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 39
Gots: 135 | FT: 7
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DenverLogan on 06-19-2011)
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Photo of chocosushi


4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on June 17th, 2011
750ml->Chimay Goblet

A ~ Black & Opaque with half an inch of tan head, which fades into evil looking swirls on the surface of the beer.

S ~ Dates, Grapes, Roasted Malt (almost burnt), Banana Bread, Wet tobacco

T ~ Banana Bread, Chickory Coffee, Cream, Plum, Very Dark Bread...Very earthy. Prune juice, figs, & bittersweet chocolate mid-palette, with hops leaving a distinct bitterness on the tounge akin to mulched grass or peat moss. There is Clove & Black Pepper spicyness as well.

M ~ Extremely lush & flavorful. What I love about the Yeti variations are the fact that they improve on the original. Beer is heavily hopped & malted, with the Belgo yeast making it just great.

D ~ Superb. Wish I could buy more, but OK is already out. An excellent addition to the lineup.

Paired with Bleu D'auvergne

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 02:11:49 | More by chocosushi
Photo of bsp77


4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter. Bottled June 2011.

Appearance: Pitch black with initial massive brown head and decent lacing for an Imperial Stout.

Smell: Mostly smells like a standard RIS (chocolate, coffee, molasses, licorice) with just a touch of fruity, musty and spicy Belgian yeast.

Taste: Quite fruity overall, which plays very nicely over the roasted characteristics of milk chocolate, coffee and molasses. Ends slightly spicy.

Feel: Full-bodied but not nearly as thick as other Yetis. Silky, smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. Somewhat dry finish. Not at all harsh for a fresh Imperial Stout.

Overall: Besides for the added fruitiness, this does not seem very Belgian. However, the yeast likely helped lighten and mellow the beer, as if it had been aged for years. Deliciousness incarnate.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 19:31:06 | More by bsp77
Photo of stephens101


3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A firm dark tan head abates in its own good time, leaving strands of lace around the glass. Color is of profound darkness. Aroma of chocolate, mocha and candied fruit are present, along with the anticipated notes of sour fruits and Belgian yeast. An exceptionally open mouth-feel is obvious up front, then I get some dark chocolate, light fruits, phenols and hops. No alcohol heat to speak of, and has a medium mouth-feel with a certain dryness.

Definitely an interesting take on the style, and leaves something to be desired in the complexity and character departments, but still a fine result from out-there experimentation, on an already fairly extreme style.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 00:46:28 | More by stephens101
Photo of TenHornsProud


3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black with a thick, creamy, brown head.

Smells of roasted malt with some phenolic overtones and an almost woody character. The aroma seems to be less impressive in this version of the Yeti.

Taste is Belgian phenols up-front that give way to the nice roasty character that fades into a smooth, sweet finish with some hop bitterness.

Yeti is always creamy and smooth with a perfect level of carbonation. Great mouthfeel.

The best comparison I can make is to orange-flavored dark chocolate. It is Belgian phenol, with that funk and slight fruit ester, that fades into stout, and mixes in the finish. The finish is nice, as the then blended flavors meld well, but like orange-flavored dark chocolate, it depends on if you like blends rather than just one more distinct flavor. Me, I like one amazing flavor more than two, blended, good ones.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 23:29:12 | More by TenHornsProud
Photo of BarryMFBurton


4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great Divide’s Yeti series has always been just out of reach for me. I want to try them, but the pricing and wide availability of this Imperial Stout has led me to cheaper or more limited release beers. This time, though, I couldn’t pass it up; I saw “Belgian Style” and I grabbed it in a heartbeat. Not only do I love full-flavored stouts, but I’ve also had an insatiable Belgian craving ever since I tried my first Duvel. This promises to satisfy both needs. Here’s hoping it really does…

Brewed less than two months before the time of this tasting (“BOTTLED ON JUN 17 2011”).

A: Is pitch brown a real color? If it is, I’ll use it to describe this monster’s body. It’s like the most bitter dark chocolate you can find; you know, the candy bar that’s “90% Cocoa.” The brown is so dark that it’s almost black. Anyway, hardly any light is coming through. The head is a super thick tan as soon you pour it, and then it moves to more of the bubbly side after you let it sit for a moment. The thing that really catches my eye is the lacing – a veritable spider-web of foamy goodness. A sexy stout look, indeed.

S: I didn’t expect the Belgian aromas to be this forward – I’m glad that they are, though. A warm, familiar yeasty note comes sailing right through the usual stout smells, providing peppery phenols, a savory fruit presence, and that beautifully bright acidic backbone that I was really hoping for. They absolutely nailed the Belgian character here. And, while they’re not as surprising to find, the malts are very well represented. Slightly roasty with a bit of chocolate, they aren’t huge like I see in most imperial stouts these days; they are balanced, letting the Belgian yeast come out with full effect. A slightly sinus-clearing dash of hops and spiced booze, and we’re set.

T: Damn! Once you get it out of your nose and into your mouth, this stout has a different character altogether. Like a lot of other imperial stouts you’ll find on the shelves today, the roasts are the predominant flavor. They have a smooth, smoky flavor, though, so they’re quite pleasant. I just wish they didn’t dominate the palate so much. The Belgian yeasts that really got me interested in this are nothing but subtle compared to the big, bad malts. Still, they leave a contribution of medicinal and estery flavors, and some overall earthy leanings. They provide, along with some slight hop resins, a tart, lemony aftertaste. That’s really where I get the most Belgian flavors, in the moments after I drank it. Sad but true…

M: For a 9.5% ABV, this has a bit of a thin quality. It feels a bit like flavored water at times, though it’s not always that bad. It’s just more light than needed.

O: I don’t really think the yeasts in this Yeti were the most “Belgian,” as far as flavor goes. I took a big swig of the yeast slug at the bottom of the bottle, only to find that it was a more chalky fruit taste than anything else. It was almost like an artificial Belgian flavoring. Oh well, this beer turned out pretty well; it had its moments with the lovely chocolate maltiness that the Yeti series is famous for. More than anything, it makes me want to try the Chocolate and Espresso Yetis; I’d love an imperial stout from these guys that accentuates the nice malts that are already there. I don’t think I’ll be as wary about the price next time, though...these Yetis are delicious!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 01:38:09 | More by BarryMFBurton
Photo of billshmeinke


3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black, one finger beige head, bits of lacing left behind.

Smells of carob, chocolate, a bit of smoke, fruity belgian esters.

Tastes of chocolate, ash, smoke, carob, hints of licorice and coffee with dried prunes and figs/raisins come through subtly. A hint of bubblegum is in there too.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, rich, without being syrupy, nice carbonation, alcohol lends some spice.

Interesting take on the yeti. Luckily the belgian influence was fairly subtle.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 20:06:28 | More by billshmeinke
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick texture. There was an inch of foamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A nice, if somewhat underplayed, aroma of coffee, chocolate, malt, and something sweet.

T: Tasted of coffee, chocolate, molasses, yeast, and a shade of hops. Not quite as yeasty as advertised, but a very flavorful and complex stout.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Full-bodied.

O: A very enjoyable, well made and interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 11:35:50 | More by avalon07
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark black with some tan , 1/4 inch head and little lacing.

Smell - Belgium yeast. Dark malts, coffee, chocolate, nut, mollasses, carmal, some cocoa.

Taste - Very yeasty first taste. The yeti stout is a little hidden, but after mouth adjusts, that famous stout flavor comes alive. Cocoa and roasted malts are the backbone, as is molasses and a strong lemon/banana flavor from the yeast. The fruitness is main flavor, the stout takes a backseat to this.

Mouthfeel - A thick beer, but not as thick as regular yeti. Mouth is coated, tounge gets alot of yeast and spices, then some malts. Palette gets quite the workout, sweet floral yeast, then dark chocolate malts.

Overall - A nice change from regular yeti but a little out of balance imo. The belgian flavor overpowers this stout. The flavor isnt too strong or sweet, but its more present then the yeti stout. I would loved to have it as a yeti with some belgian flavor, not a belgian yeti. Still pretty good but ill stick with expresso, oak aged or chocolate for a twist on the yeti.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 06:01:28 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of KickInTheChalice


4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Bangers & Lace in a tasting glass.

Appearance: This is black in the center with mahogany and cherry edges. A tan head has a sea foam appearance, lingering for a while and lacing up the glass.

Smell: The aroma is cocoa, a little bit of coffee, and roasted malts. Not really any Belgian anything here.

Taste: A bit of molasses and vanilla come in with the chocolate malt sweetness up front. The gooey chocolate turns to roasted malt, which in turn changes into a bitter, creamy coffee. Some Belgian yeast provides a little bit of spice in the middle but is not too prevalent in the flavor overall. A light earthy bitterness at the end provides a little hop kick without becoming a dreaded hop-centric stout.

Mouthfeel: As with the regular Yet, this is full bodied, with a full, creamy carbonation. Sweet, but not syrupy, and a little bit sticky on the tongue.

Overall: I thought this was good, but there were only fleeting differences between this and the regular version. There were definitely not a lot of Belgian qualities to this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 00:08:54 | More by KickInTheChalice
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4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours black with a light tan head. Solid retention and lace.

S: Milk chocolate, caramel candies, coffee and a bit of Belgian spice.

T: Chocolate heavy with considerably more dark fruit character and less of a hop attack than the regular Yeti. Notes of orange and white pepper along with licorice and molasses. Just a slight hint of ethanol.

M: Velvety smooth and lush which makes this beer very drinkable for its size, a so-called 'dangerous' beer. Full-bodied for sure with light carbonation.

O: Another enjoyable Yeti incarnation, the Belgian yeast didn't take over the beer, but just added another dimension of flavour. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 04:55:04 | More by Halcyondays
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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to Founders Tulip glass.

A - Black with one finger of fluffy espresso-foam coloured head.

S - Sweet chocolate, roasted malts, molasses. Not an overly complex nose.

T -Roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate. Light licorice and dark fruit notes. It took a while for the Belgian yeast characteristics to really become noticeable but they did half way through the glass (perhaps this one really needs to be served at room temperature) and contributed more notes of raisin and other dark fruit and a noticeable sweetness that was not chocolate flavoured. Once this warmed up it becamse complex and unique.

M - Medium body with light to moderate carbonation. At times the body felt somewhat viscous, but not consistently.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 23:39:42 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of OWSLEY069


4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a small tan head. In the aroma, a sweet Belgian like candy sugar and a nice roasted malt. In the taste, sweet oatmeal, a bit oaky, and a small Belgian presence all the way through. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry oak presence in the aftertaste. A bit oaky and some nice sweet oatmeal, dig it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2011 15:49:27 | More by OWSLEY069
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4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's very exciting to see what effect that the peculiar Belgian yeast will contribute to a fan favorite stout such as this. More complexity, more fruitiness, more spice, and an appreciable lower char character are just a few of the changes to expect.

As with all other Yeti stouts, the beer creaps into the snifter with an inky coat to the sides of the glass. Legging fades and a dense mocha head forms before settleing into a heavy creme, showing slight pockets of lace behind. Jet black, masculine, and with an onyx-like sheen, the beer is as mouthwatering as it is intimidating.

Stout aromas of espresso, cocoa powder, heavy toast, burnt molassas, and walnuts are the usual suspects. But the added fruitiness of apple, pear, and dark berries are all new attributes from Belgian yeast; and so are the spices of black peppercorn, cumin, and grassy sage.

Flavors follow suit- the common Stout-like flavors of burnt toast, espresso, and bitter cocoa hit the tongue with great force. As the berry, currant, grape, plumb, and raison flavors kick in, so does the malt sweetness of black strap molassas, over caramelized toffee, and malted milk- all creating a smoother and better rounded envelope than the original yeti. Grassy hops carry a resiny bitterness that in conjunction with black pepper and grassy herbs cause the finish of char, spicy bite, and bitter.

Robust and full bodied, the beer captivates the mouth with an oily coat of malt sweetness, heavy weight, and expressive carbonation. All give a very full impression with no appologies. Alcohol heat, spicy bite, and mild grassy astringency all give a sharp and crisp feel to the dry-char finish but the malt character is intent to linger well into the next sip.

Surprisingly, the beer adds even more complexity to the Yeti line of Stouts which have always been ones of high complexity by design. Dare I say that there's too much going on? Regardless, the fruity esters actually help to soften the acrid char of roasted grains in finish and allow for a smoother and less abrassive finish. I very much enjoyed this beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 17:45:39 | More by BEERchitect
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3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in tulip. Poured the usual solid black of the Yeti (which is one of my favorites of the style) with about 1/4 inch of deep beige head that had decent retention and good lacing.

The expected roasted notes of the style show up and there's a slight chocolaty scent. The flavors are are very similar and I'm not really picking up any kind of "Belgian" aspect.

The body is nicely full and smooth, as is expected from Yeti. Drinkability was very good, I could easily have a few of these. Overall, it's hard to go wrong with any of the Yeti's. I'm not the biggest ImpStout fan and Yeti is among my favorites. This example is certainly worth trying, and perhaps even seeking out, even though it didn't really trip my trigger.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2011 03:23:37 | More by beertunes
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured jet black,not even when held up to the light was there anyway to see thru this,a fluffy mocha colored head atop.Aromas of dark coffee roast,vanilla,and dark fruit,the Belgian yeast was pretty subdued in my opinion.Molasses and raisin-like sweetness and slight yeasty tones on the palate,its quite roasted but it takes a back seat to yeasty fruitiness.Not quite as full in the body as I would like but its a pretty good new rendition of Yeti,the Belgian yeast doesnt play a huge role.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 01:37:05 | More by oberon
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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, thick body with a moch head.

Aromas of fig, raisin and molassas.

The flavor is rich and complex with notes of raisin, butterscotch, and molassas. More nutty with less chocolate or hop character than the standard Yeti. Much smoother and more subtle.

Rich creamy body, very smooth, but tough a tough sell as a July release.

Cool addition to the lineup, but it would have been nice to see a stronger Belgian or even Wild influence.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 18:11:53 | More by BradLikesBrew
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4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was super excited to try this one on tap, and I was not disappointed. My main gripe with the other yetis, is they seem to finish a little to dry and astringent for my palate. Belgian yeti fixed that, the belgian yeast added a little sweetness to the beer.

What a fantastic base beer, Belgian yeti pours a deep black, with a little light coming through at the edges, nice head, fades to just a ring, but leaves some lacing on the glass when you give it a quick swirl. Smells delicious, graham cracker, chocolate, dark fruits, maybe a little coffee, great roast. Tastes pretty darn good too! Nice and oily on the tongue, this beer is delicious, the belgian yeast adds some sweetness, and gives the base beer a little earthy note. Lots of dark fruit, but finishes with a wonderful graham cracker note.

My favorite Yeti so far.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2011 14:48:52 | More by pkeigs
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3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a black color w/ a slight sliver of cocoa head. Decent carbonation and lacing on this brew. A true black hole- very dark w/ no highlights even when held to light. Swirling head on top of beer.

S- Coffee, malt, chocolate. Smell could be a little stronger- it's a little weak for me. Nice and fairly balanced though.

T- Chocolate, malt, coffee, vanilla, yeast. Different than the nose for sure. Some hops in the background as well.

M- Very smooth, silky and very balanced.

O- Nice beer- not my favorite Yeti, but definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 01:48:19 | More by jayhawk73
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District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff!

The beer is near black, with an inch of beige head that quickly fades to a thin, wispy layer. The aroma brings roast, dark fruits, chocolate. The flavor is slightly sweet, with equal parts dark fruits and roast. A somewhat unorthodox example of the style. I am enjoying this, as it's a nice departure from the norm. Alcohol content is well disguised, and the beer is quite smooth on the palate. While the beer is not bold, per se, it is remarkably well balanced. Simple and effective. I was excited by the addition of a new brew in the Yeti series, and this one did not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 00:31:52 | More by Huhzubendah
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3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

697th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter
22 oz

No bottle date

Walnut liquorette, served at 50 F

App - Lush, rich and smooth looking extremely dark brown that flirted with black in color. A perfect two finger light brown bubbly head. Lacing was very nice as well

Smell- A simple base yeti with a red wine quality. Seems a damp yeast quality. Don't pick up too much of the Belgian strain but it was still a nice deep rich smell, a bit malty and a bit chocolatey.

Taste- As always yeti came to play. Was very tasty but not earth shattering. It was malty, roasty, and still that normal chocolatey yeti. A bit different but still on par with what I associate a yeti to be. Had a somewhat dark fruit tinge to it, but no where near the Stone Belgo.

Mouth- A wonderfully thick deep stout with a low carbonation and a rich aftertaste of chocolate and dark fruits.

Drink- A well crafted and tasty beer. Wasn’t as I said above earth shatteringly different but was good none the less. I got simple flavors that were balanced and not over the top. Glad I got to try this one and it didn’t let me down.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 15:35:34 | More by FosterJM
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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch dark khaki head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of cocoa powder, dark roasted malt, and maybe a hint of dark fruits. I am not getting any Belgian yeast smells from this one. Taste is of dark roasted malt, coffee, and cocoa powder. Again, there is no indication of Belgian yeast in the taste either. Medium roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. A lower level of carbonation makes for a creamy and medium-heavy body. Overall, this is another good Yeti stout from Great Divide but the Belgian yeast is nowhere to be found in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 03:46:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
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North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

YetI always looks pretty pretty, as the Belgian proves no different in that regard. Oily thick blackness with frothy, dark cream suds. Can't recall if Yeti chasing human is part of the traditional label, but a unique Belgian spin would've worked well. A curious take on a proven winner made me bite the bullet.

Malt goodness prevails in the race to the nose. Even searching for it, a nasal strain gets only a hint of that tarty Belgian spice. Within the Belgian realm, there's a higher bar for smell. Since it's not really a "Belgian" beer (see style coming into play as a factor), I won't hit it too hard.

The taste is solid, no doubt. As with the nose, it's more Yeti than anything. That's certainly not all that big a problem, but beers like this one prompted me to recently pose the question: are Belgian Stouts for real? I do recall a Black Albert that was great--and pretty "true" to both...what about Black Tuesday?

Malty Yetis get kudos for mouthfeel. Overall, I prolly won't get it again at $13.25. At this point, I think it's fair to say I'd hesitate to get next year's (if that's the plan). I think it's the bronze on the widely available, special Yeti platform. Bretty Yeti, however, does sound interesting....

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 18:52:20 | More by marvin213
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3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured jet black with good carbonation leaving a tannish cap

S: Coffee, cocoa, some spice and roasted malts

T: The spice and sourdough bread flavor is immediate upfront. Not sure about the yeast strain on this. It provides a nice pepperness, floral kick with cocoa, coffee and roasted notes coming afterwards

M: Hearty and big, some booze.

O: Good. I usually do not dig Yeti and age them for a year before consuming. This may be another.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 03:08:54 | More by barleywinefiend
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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a Snifter style glass.

A - Beer pours with a black colored body: barley any head formed, which was light coffee in color; some visible carbonation was present in the beer; some lacing

S - Initial scents of ground coffee beans come up and its immediately followed up by chocolate; some grain and toasted bread; fantastic licorice scent profile; roasted malt

T - Chocolate; strong licorice taste; nice toasted bread malt flavor; coffee beans; most of these flavors are pretty strong up front but wash away really quickly; roasted malt flavors

M - Full body consistency; slight bitter aftertaste; some lingering chocolate and bitterness, but disappears pretty quickly for a DIS

D - Great drink; could have a bit more body to it, but overall it was smooth and easy to consume; I would not pass up this drink if it was offered to me and I would definitely make this a staple dessert drink

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 19:18:56 | More by ferrari29
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2.85/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

served on-tap @ Egan's, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass

Pours a deep, inky black color. It's pretty black; it'd be hard to get darker, really. This pour has two fingers, maybe more, of fluffy head that is nearly bronze in color. It's very dark, this foam, and looks like it has a texture to it in terms of mouthfeel, if that makes any sense. Impressive looking beer.

I'll get it out of the way right up front: this beer smells and tastes unimpressive to me. The Great Divide house Belgian yeast strain, which I've never been much of a fan of, actually works to neutralize a lot of the components that makes Yeti what it is. This version of Yeti does not have a deeply roasty aroma, it does not have an abundance of hops. It smells mostly of the yeast strain, with secondary stout qualities. Once the beer warms up, the yeast throws off a whole lot of peppercorn and some tinges of strawberry. Mostly though it smells like sourdough bread; I know that a lot of reviewers have mentioned this component already and I too join in on that particular chorus. That may sound good, but its pretty bland, really, and too yeast-dominant. This is not how an Imperial Stout should smell.

From start to finish this beer tastes like a sourdough biscotti with a thin layer of chocolate on top. It's pretty bland, unfortunately. The deep, impy stout flavors are sorely missed here. It's like this beer was designed from the top down and it didn't get around to establishing a proper stout base. Too much black pepper, too many phenols (which don't effectively take the place of normal Yeti's hop bitterness), not enough chocolate/coffee. If you weren't paying close attention to the beer then some mouthfuls might taste like nothing at all; that's how much this Belgian yeast strain neutralizes the beer's core flavors. I think the problem lies with the yeast strain itself. This doesn't taste like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale yeast strain, which would better compliment a stout. Instead it tastes like the yeast strain of a Belgian pale or Belgian Golden Ale. A misstep, it seems. This is, by far, the weakest member of the Yeti family.

The mouthfeel is just as thick and smooth as you'd come to expect from the Yeti family of beers. I wonder where all the malt flavor is hiding, since there's clearly malts here as indicated by the viscosity. Overall, this is the black sheep, the red-headed stepchild, of Great Divide's Yeti series. Props for experimentation, but the execution is quite lacking here. If you want to know how a Belgian yeast Imperial Stout is supposed to taste then drink a bottle of De Struise Black Albert or Boulevard Dark Truth Stout. This doesn't pass muster as a Belgian-inspired beer nor as an Imperial Stout.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2011 04:53:00 | More by Reaper16
Belgian Style Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 852 ratings.