Great Divide Brewing Company

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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #980
Ranked #2,894
4.2 | pDev: 9.52%
Mar 31, 2022
Aug 09, 2003
Notes: Yeti Imperial Stout is an onslaught of the senses. It starts with big, roasty malt flavor that gives way to rich caramel and toffee notes. Yeti gets its bold hop character from an enormous quantity of American hops. It weighs in at a hefty 75 IBUs.

2005 Great American Beer Festival, Silver Medal, Imperial Stout
2008 Great American Beer Festival, Bronze Medal, Imperial Stout
2009 Great American Beer Festival, Silver Medal, Imperial Stout
2010 BeerAdvocate “Top 100 Beers On Planet Earth,” #36
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4.17 by not2quick from Missouri on Mar 31, 2022
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Iamaskier from Idaho

Very nice lacey head. Smell is sweet— caramel malt, coffee, and a hint of citrus. Taste follows- a pronounced pine hoppiness upfront becomes leather, roasted malt, caramel, and salt, finishing with coffee and chocolate notes. Moderate to high carbonation, and quite masked alcohol. A very nicely balanced, not overly sweet stout. Can’t ask for more than that.

Mar 23, 2022
4.27 by sdm9465 from Canada (NS) on Mar 19, 2022
4.29 by magine from Pennsylvania on Feb 20, 2022
4.61 by bitterbeer from New York on Feb 12, 2022
4.08 by dan_amdg from Illinois on Feb 12, 2022
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2.94/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by Chris_Taps

virtually no head on the one I poured

Feb 03, 2022
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4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by tradershmulie from Connecticut

Stunning pour. Huge thick lacey brown rich head, that just stayed there.

Slight hoppiness on the nose, and in the taste. Not really enough maltiness to break through, but still very enjoyable overall.

A very solid, well priced beer.

Jan 26, 2022
4.24 by Resistance88 from California on Jan 24, 2022
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by dd53grif from Michigan

Pours a dark brown color with a foamy head that lasts quite a while. Aroma of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Tastes of black coffee, caramel and vanilla. Smooth but bitter at the finish.

Jan 13, 2022
4.06 by irishevans from California on Dec 01, 2021
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4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
by BigGinge from New York

Look: Wo bud. Black with straight up tan sea foam everywhere. Lacing is mesmerizing.

Smell: Hoppy, roasted and sour.

Taste: Ink in beer form. Bitter, dark chocolate, coffee, grass, hint of aspirin. No remorse.

Feel: Medium to full bodied. Carbonation is barely there.

Overall: One of my favorite stouts. Thank you, Great Divide.

Nov 26, 2021
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4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by detgfrsh from Texas

From a can dated 5/5/21. Jet black with a quarter inch of dark brown head. Roasted malt smell. Heavier body but very smooth feel. Roasted malts and coffee flavors with a lasting bitter finish. This is great!

Nov 14, 2021
4.19 by cgrunin from Texas on Sep 12, 2021
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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by gooddaydiablo from Texas

toast, smoke, bread, it's not well rounded or complex, but it's straight to the point

Aug 22, 2021
4.25 by Taenim from New Jersey on Aug 01, 2021
4.21 by funku2 from Colorado on Jul 13, 2021
4.35 by igl from Russian Federation on Jun 27, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

12 ounce can poured into a tulip glass. Canned on 2/3/21.

L---Darkest, impenetrable brown color. Massive light brown head had great retention and left phenomenal lacing.

S---Roasted malts. Coffee, caramel.

T---Follows the nose perfectly, but a little bit stronger..

F---Feels big, although the high ABV is hidden. Well carbonated. A sipper, not a gulper.

O---Just excellent.

Jun 04, 2021
4.5 by doctorgary from New York on May 17, 2021
4 by Burg from New Hampshire on May 05, 2021
3.98 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Apr 30, 2021
4 by eameslover from Michigan on Apr 28, 2021
3.75 by blackcloud from Alaska on Apr 24, 2021
4 by BeerRay from Rhode Island on Apr 10, 2021
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4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by lastmango from Pennsylvania

Poured pitch black with a two finger choco malt milkshake head that dissipated slowly leaving heavy lacing. Absolutely beautiful! Nose of roasted malt, molasses, toffee and coffee. Taste follows the nose but is very robust with layering of flavors followed by black licorice, leather and pronounced hop bitterness that lingers for a long finish. Moderate - heavy body and medium carbonation. Dry finish. This is a real sipper with its fullness, pronounced flavor layering and higher ABV that is hidden. I would have scored this higher but the bitterness seems to overwhelm the brew, which I do not believe is characteristic of a well balanced RIS.

Mar 20, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Sigmund from Norway

Bottle, kindly shared by gunnar. ABV 9.5%. Pitch black colour, brown head. Lovely aroma of heavily roasted malts, cigar box and leather. Intense roasty flavour with notes of strong coffee, dark bitter chocolate and English liquorice. Brilliant stuff!

Mar 20, 2021
3.98 by emerge077 from Illinois on Mar 18, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by KT3418 from Colorado

I mean this is solid, since it's imperial I wouldn't recommend if you're not into the higher alcohol realm. This tastes like 5% when it's really 9.5%. Easy drinking im not gonna say I had my mind blown but def real solid.

After trying this more and on tap I still really would keep coming back to it. This is just consistent

Mar 18, 2021
3.75 by robebo44 from Virginia on Mar 04, 2021
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3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by OB1Kubota from Michigan

up front it started pretty good buy buy the time it went down there was a long and lingering bitter dry that hung on for way to long

Feb 18, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Peach63 from New York

Pours deep mahogany with a 2 inch thick, foamy, meringue like brown head, which lasts. Heavy lacing to the end.

Aroma of coffee, roast malt, wood, ash.

Taste is strong coffee, leather, cocoa, ash, wood, roast malt.

Full bodied, light carbonation. Dry, astringent finish.

This is a nice Imperial Stout.

Feb 17, 2021
4.08 by WDWAoT from Arizona on Feb 08, 2021
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3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by barneyrubble from Colorado

Poured from can into tulip glass a large 3F head of light brown super sea foam develops. It fades slowly with lace from the top. The beer is ebony brown in color and totally opaque.

On the nose I get brown, eg. Molasses, coffee, brown sugar.

Upon tasting I am first hit with a bit of burnt brown sugar, brown licorice, espresso, cocoa nibs, and a light tang. The finish is dry and like black coffee. Middle is sweetish with a roof of the mouth hop tang.

Mouthfeel is stout like and medium in body with some astringency.

Overall a nice stout but not nearly as awesome as I was expecting. Too much coffee for me. Many more revisits will help me flesh out my thoughts and the review.

Jan 08, 2021
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

12 oz can

Pours opaque black, tan head retains as suds.

Aroma is smokey, toasty, with coffee notes and some nutty undertones.

Flavor is smokey and toasty up front with some brown sugar, coffee, mesquite, and anise flavors.

Fuller body, fizzy carbonation on the tongue.

I've had some of the Yeti variations but this is my first time trying the base version. Very slow drinking and heavy. Flavor is robust, rich, but far from sweet. A very smokey, bitter stout which is an interesting change of pace in the era of the pastry stout. Definitely worth trying and though my palate is a bit trained towards sweeter stouts, I really enjoy this.

Jan 01, 2021
4.41 by warrenc from Oregon on Jan 01, 2021
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4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by Argail from Louisiana

Oh this is my beloved stout, I love this resinous larch flavor...

Dec 30, 2020
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4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

Let's pour a 12 oz. can of this beast into a clear pint glass for observation. The liquid is a dense black coffee color with an abundant tight tan head on top. Sufficient glass lacing is left behind after each swallow. Its roasted malt aroma is somewhat resembling cocoa. The taste is rich, with a bitterness contributed to by well roasted malts, some hoppiness and a hint of the generous dose of alcohol. This is a fine Imperial Stout, full flavored, well bodied and devoid of any unnecessary sweetness.

Dec 25, 2020
4.24 by Hokie95PSU from Pennsylvania on Nov 24, 2020
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4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by andrewjraab from Michigan

A - Pitch Black with a pile of mocha head. Curtains of the mocha stick to the glass after each sip.

S - Roasted malts, charred oak, smoky, caramel, malts, coffee.

T - Malts and grains, some chocolate, a charred and smoky backbone, some hops come alive in a bitter and dry finish.

O - Extremely well done imperial stout. Glad I finally got my hands one one of these.

Nov 22, 2020
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