Great Divide Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #436
Ranked #1,421
4.22 | pDev: 9.48%
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
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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OldManMetal from North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A viscous pour yields a large, slightly pebbly dark-brown head on an effervescent, impenetrably black body that shows just the faintest glimmer of mahogany at its base. Head retention is modest, and lacing is good, consisting of sticky slabs and ladders. The nose is medium-big: a sweetish, mouth-watering blend of milk chocolate, molasses and dark toffee backed by a more subtle, drier cocoa-like character and a hint of licorice, all topped by significant alcohol overtones. The palate is a bit more roasty than the nose would suggest, and not as sweet. It is a nice, rich blend of dark, dark bitter chocolate, semi-sweet baker's chocolate and a bit of creamy milk chocolate, with more subtle touches of black-strap molasses, dark toffee and black coffee. In net, it lands just on the sweet side of the balance. The finish is a moderate hit of booze and molasses, and is slightly warming; the linger is a mild, oaky/chocolatey roast bitterness that lasts for good while. Mouthfeel is biggish for the full body, and the texture is thick, creamy/sticky and slightly peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. (12 oz bottle, 120 days after pkg)

Aug 06, 2016
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RoyalT from Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This beer is darker than dark with a beautiful, full head. The head is very dark as well, a solid milky brown I'd say, and laced the hell out of my class. It was a beauty shop in the best sense.

Smell - This bouquet is a nice mix of roasty malts, coffee grounds, and dark chocolate from the finest shop in San Francisco. The raw coffee grounds and dark chocolate work incredibly well together, giving this one a very bitter nose.

Taste - Oh, this is really good. The notes from the nose are here in spade, but the roasted malts are super-juiced and are much sweeter at the tongue. It's a dark sweetness, again like chocolate, maybe mixed with some brown sugar. The alcohol, which I didn't pick up at the nose, is very much present at the taste. This is very rich and has what I call a "pre-aged" flavor, meaning that it takes on that good, syrupy flavor that you get after aging a strong, complex stout.

Mouthfeel - This medium to full-bodied stout is slick in the mouth and very bitter. The big sugars take the bite out of the bitterness and the huge alcohol warms the throat. All the flavors play amazingly well in the mouth. This has what I consider to be a perfect balance of dark, bitter malts, light leafy hop dryness, mouth-puckering sugars, and a sharp but mature alcohol warmth.

Drinkability - This was beer, dinner, and dessert all rolled into one. It was incredibly drinkable for such a big ADS.

Comments - Do not age this beer. Drink as is for best results.

Update - It had been five years since I've had this beer before they started selling it in SoCal so thought I'd give my original review an update.

I wrote before about how dark and beautiful the head was but just can't emphasize it enough. It is absolutely one of the most beautiful heads I have ever seen and it sticks around for eternity. As you drink the beer the film leaves thick rings on the inside of your mug almost like ring on a tree bark.

The only other thing that I would add, which I mentioned at the end of my original review, is that although this style of beer is good for aging, this should be consumed upon purchase. You age a big, dark, malty beer like this to bring out the sugars but the sweets here are so well-developed that there's no need to hold this in a cellar.

Jul 10, 2005
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infinitebruner from Arkansas

4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

September 11, 2015

12 oz bottle, snifter

A – Black, oily, thick, luscious. A quarter-inch of light brown foam that disappears immediately, leaving light lacing. Looks like dessert.

S – Rum-soaked raisins, vanilla, marshmallow, milk chocolate, caramel. Some fruit, cherries and plum, minor tropical/papaya-like notes. Then back around and around, endlessly complex.

T – Vanilla, moderately dark chocolate, and marshmallow. Boozy fruit, raisins and low cherry notes. Some roastiness and strong, high hop bitterness. Not as interesting as the aroma.

M – Full-bodied with low to moderate-low carbonation. A lot of sweetness from the massive malt profile, but very much offset by roasty and hoppy bitterness, both of which are quite high.

O – The O.G. Yeti, definitely surpassed by some of its variants (Oatmeal, Belgian, Chocolate, Espresso), but without this one, there would be no others. Still a classic, an excellent, inspired imperial stout.

Sep 15, 2015
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corywalston from North Dakota

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A. Very aggressive poor causing an explosion of hypnotically mesmerizing reverse waterfall of dark brown bubbles that live and move as if they have a mind of their own. Once the explosion of our new universe settles, what is left is 2 inches of thick dark brown insulating foam with the density that could hold a quarter upright. Beneath the constellation of heavenly foam lies a black ether than absorbs all the light in the room. A glimpse of brownish hue is the only secret this black hole lets out. While drinking it leaves a beautiful lacing resembling an oil slick across the glass.
S. The smell is of deep dark rich chocolate, espresso, roasted malt, with hints of floral and smoked charcoal. Very light hint of alcohol seals the deal. Time to drink.
T. Taste like liquid German chocolate cake followed by toffee, caramel, figs, raisins, coffee, vanilla, and sweet alcohol. Every time I take a sip it’s a different flavor adventure that always ends in chocolate love. If this beer had tits I would motorboat it.
M. Thick delicious, chewy syrup. It’s so thick the Yeti drinks you. Drink one for breakfast and you will be full till dinner.
O. Overall the Yeti is like making love to a seasoned cougar. A night with this fine dark beautifully aged women will ruin you for any future experience to come. When I die put a bottle of this in my coffin too usher me into the afterlife. What else do I have to say, denounce your God and worship the Yeti. Slightly above average buzz for 9.5% ABV

Oct 21, 2014
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doktorhops from Australia

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I’ve been searching for this Yeti ever since I heard of Great Divide’s mighty Imperial Stout a few years back, and now it is here. Right in front of me. Right now. Waiting patiently for me to crack it open... screw my usual preamble - I’m tucking in right now.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Obsidian black, imposing like some colossal dreadnaught battlecruiser, with a dense russet brown half centimetre head atop this beast of a beer. I don’t care what you think this is one of the best looking Imperial Stouts I’ve ever seen, I am in awe of this mythical creature they call “Yeti”. 10/10.

S: The aroma doesn’t cut back on the impressive scale of this brew with some crazy complexity going on: Milk chocolate, coffee cherries, roasted espresso bean, vanilla prune and herbal/floral hops in the background. Man am I ever looking forward to the next part. 9/10.

T: Hits the tongue straight up with some bitter herbal/espresso notes, then the sugars kick in with dark chocolate and vanilla not far behind. Wow this is one intimidating beer for 9.5% ABV - it’s big sugar and bitterness to boot. The aftertaste is rich and bitter espresso which distracts a little (it’s a bit harsher in the aftertaste than other favourite Imperial Stouts like FBS or Old Rasputin). Of note: I did drink this a little bit warmer than was probably intended by the brewer at around 10 degrees Celsius, which has quite obviously intensified the flavours. 8/10.

M: Rich heavy body with a tongue coating chewiness and a light but dense carbonation - this is up there with FBS for best body in a Stout. 10/10.

D: This certainly lives up to its name in that it’s a big and hairy (not like that imposter Fat Yak). Too big and hairy? Maybe a little. I found drinking this a bit of a challenge, and I rarely (if ever) find Imperial Stouts to be a challenge. I was born into a Guinness bath and weaned on Tooheys Old in my formative years, so I’m no stranger to the Stout style. So I was somewhat surprised by the sheer onslaught of bitter herbal/espresso notes, and TBH I kinda like an Imperial Stout that is a bit more subtle... yes, yes I shouldn’t of drunk it at room temp, it is a BIG beer after all, but this minor quibble is the difference between this and a Founders Breakfast Goodness... still this is good, just a bit hairy. 8/10.

Food match: I’m going to be lazy and go with what the label suggests: Grilled steak and leeks, rosemary potatoes au gratin, Rochefort cheese and crème brûlée.

Aug 11, 2015
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EOsborne from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 17oz snifter.

A - This beer is almost completely opaque, but not completely black. It pours a dark dark chocolate brown with visible viscosity. Even the head is dark, with the color and texture of a chocolate mousse. In true stout fashion, the head doesn't linger long, but the ring that persists leaves a lovely thick lacing. Everything about the presentation screams decadence.

S - Dark chocolate and coffee grounds are apparent even before taking a whiff. There's toffee and caramel mingling with some warm, scotchy aromas of smoke and booze.

T - Bitter coffee and baker's chocolate lead the onslaught, with a soft bed of sweet and toasty caramels quickly following. There's a peaty flavor reminiscent of a fine scotch that blends with cleverly masked but lingering alpha acids into something beautifully pungent and earthy. The sweetness is thoroughly satisfying, but never cloying. Let this beer slosh around your pallet and you could get lost in the subtly unfolding grains.

M - This is a heavy beer. Let me repeat that, this is a heavy beer. It fills the mouth and coats the tongue with a dense, oily sensation that positively commands you to stop and pay attention. Carbonation is present, and helps to buffer the sugars, but any tingle is absorbed with the sheer thickness of the malts. Drinking more than one is a herculean effort.

O - In a world overpopulated with coffee/chocolate/vanilla/cream etc stouts, a traditionally brewed stout that evokes all of those flavors with nothing but barley, hops, and yeast is a breath of fresh air. The Yeti exudes a regal, ancient quality, one that really evokes the halls of czarist Russia that gave the style its name. The generous allotment of American hops counteracts the overpowering sweetness that so many Impy Stouts have, and what results is a complex, sophisticated offering perfectly represents the style while pushing it in a new, more evolved direction.

Dec 14, 2014
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GaryJR from South Carolina

4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This goes down so easily the challenge is to sip a 9.5% glass instead of gulping it. To me the taste seems equal parts chocolate and coffee and how does it get any better than that? On top of that the aftertaste is about as good as the real thing. This is one I always have on hand in the bar or Yeti cooler of the same name.

Jul 05, 2016
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HotDogBikeRide from Texas

4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

650ml bottle poured between my love and I into our favorite tulips. Rich, black beer with a big, foamy brown head. Webby lacing sticks to the glass as the impressive head receeds. Fantastic roasted smell directly from the glass, chocolate and toffee - the bottle smells even better.

A roasted, chocolate beer with a creamy texture - touching all the bases I wanted and then some. Malts take the forefront with a coffee-like roast to them, but the beer sports a surprisingly easy-drinking character in the wash, accentuated by the unoffensive addition of a healthy serving of hops. A little bit of alcohol detected. Overall a smooth, creamy taste is all that's left before I start drvouring my jalapeño hummus pizza (hey, it's Cinco de Mayo, and I'm not into tequila).

Very impressive beer by Great Divide again! Here in Beaumont, TX, we pretty much only have Titan and Yeti available, and Yeti is only available in the 1 pint, 6 oz bottles. This is a bucket list brewery for my baby and I, they have done nothing but provided top notch brews for us. Count this is a winner amongst stouts and a very, very worthwhile brew.

May 06, 2017
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nephthes89 from Texas

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very roasty, very dark. Pours heavy with a dark tan head. This is very nice stout. The right amount of malt flavor with mild bitterness. I enjoyed this a lot.

Feb 03, 2016
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pulled out a bottle from the cellar yesterday in anticipation of Hermine crashing through (the storm which never came). 06/17/15 bottle poured into a snifter glass, so about 14 months old. Oily black body slowly seeps out and eventually a tan fluffy head forms.

Boozy aroma of rum, fruits, chocolate, and espresso. Flavor wise there's a large sweet note upfront, molasses and vanilla, chocolate and coffee, bit of lingering char and earth near the end. Some rum soaked raisin notes hang around after the swallow. It's a big sweet beer for sure.

A year did this beer well, it's still got a big, sticky mouthfeel but no present alcohol. I assume this was hoppy when fresh but a year just revealed some bitterness and that's it. Would like to try fresh next.

Sep 06, 2016
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Re-review. 12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a pitch fuckin' black color. The head is two fingers high and dark tan in shade. While retention isn't the greatest, its texture and softness is just perfect. This is what every imperial stout should look like, I think!

Smell: Dark. Chocolate. Goodness. I could stop there, but I also love how damn roasty it smells. There are additional nuances of brown sugar, umami, smoke, and vanilla. It's not hyper-complex, so why a 4.75? Because it balances every single note in nigh-perfect harmony, and still features a rich boldness to boot. And that's pretty much the holy grail of beerdom.

Taste: This is a reasonably fresh bottle, so I'm noticing the initial hit of piny hops more than normal. And yet, its integration within the big-ass stout is absolute gravy. I'm also picking up lots of dark chocolate, vanilla, smoke, and roast - EXACTLY what the nose suggested. Why do I love this one so much? Because it brings the richness and decadence of a great stout without the excessive sugary sweetness. Basically, this is one of the most balanced stouts I've ever drank, if not THE most.

Mouthfeel: I love an imperial stout I could (almost) session. But I also love an imperial stout that feels silky-smooth and thick like a milkshake. This does both. BOTH! The hoppy finish does a fantastic job of drying out an otherwise decadent beast. Carbonation is fairly low, appropriately for the style. This is a sipper, but I could sip this one all damn day and not grow tired of it.

Overall: I love this beer so damn much - hands-down, this is my favorite standard imperial stout ever. It takes the "roasty as hell, hop-forward" approach that Old Rasputin and Storm King do, and then cranks everything up to 11. The balance, the bigness, the flavor, e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. As much as I adore some of the variants, this still remains my favorite Yeti of the bunch.

4.66/5: My favorite readily available beer EVER

Oct 04, 2015
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Total, complete, absolute, utter black that is devoid of even a hint of lightening at the edges. The head is one of the darkest I've ever seen and has the texture, persistence and lace generation of the hoppiest IPA imaginable. I hope Great Divide isn't simply blowing smoke with their claim that this beer contains "an enormous quantity of hops". Simply put, the appearance is American double stout perfection.

The nose is impressively powerful. I'd even go so far as to call it darkly pungent. It consists of concentrated blackstrap molasses, bittersweet chocolate fudge, crushed coffee beans, scathingly citric hops and (unfortunately) alcohol. There's power to burn and any number of dark aromas to love, but I need a better job of ethanol masking to mention Yeti in the same breath as the world's best stouts.

Alcohol is also noted on the palate, although it's an integral part of the flavor profile rather than an outsider. The flavor is as big time as the appearance and the aroma suggested it would be. The thing that gives YIS its distinctive personality is sweetness and a wonderful tongue shredding hoppiness. The contrast between those two is what provides the lip smacking, gotta-gulp-it, out of this world deliciousness.

The malt structure is Titanic and oozes black maltiness from every porthole. The beer tastes like dark caramel-centered, fudge-covered, anise seed-flecked, coffee bean-studded beer candy. Given the behemoth that is malt, it's even more mind blowing that hops steal the show. This bottle is at least 6 months old, so it must have been a real humdinger when fresh. Only Bear Republic Big Bear Black gives it a run for its money in terms of hoppiness.

Not only does the sweet-bitter contrast work beautifully when it comes to the flavor profile, but it creates an interesting mouthfeel as well. The high malt sugar load results in one of the most full, sticky, lightly syrupy mouthfeels in recent memory, even as the hops cut through it like a razor-sharp stiletto. It's soothing and beautifully biting at once.

Yeti Imperial Stout is a hop lover's stout. If you have a low lupulin tolerance or believe that stouts are about malt and malt only, then give this beer a wide berth. If you like over the top beer, beer that is full to bursting with both barley malt and hop flowers, then you owe it to yourself to acquire Yeti by the case. My knees have gone weak at the thought of an oak aged version.

Dec 12, 2005
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bark from Sweden

4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The colour is pinch back; the compact two finger head is deep brown. It sinks slowly, leaving lots of fine lacing.

The smell is bitter and hoppy with lots of roasted malts. I noticed some coffee, almonds, cocoa and some alcohol.

The intensive taste is sweet, generous and inviting. Lots of roasted (almost burned) malt and a growing clean dry bitterness. Notes of mild coffee, brown sugar, toffee, alcohol and roasted meat are present. The long and strong aftertaste got pleasant notes of cream, chocolate toffee, nuts, cappuccino and an elegant fresh bitterness.

The carbonation is mild to medium; the bubbles are very small. The liquid is thick and very creamy.

If one wants to brew a powerful Russian Imperial Stout, there are lots of unwanted flavours that could spoil the palette. But Great Divide knows exactly what they want and how to get it. Brilliant!

Dec 23, 2007
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HopHunter19 from Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cool bottle, cool name. Pitch black beer with a nice mocha head. Nice chocolate, dark malts smell. Taste is more roasted malts, but also chocolate, mostly dark chocolate, and dark malts. Mouthfeel is heavy but not that heavy, alcohol completely covered, aftertaste is all roasty stout. Overall this is a good russian imperial stout. It reminds me of Old Raspy.

Jul 10, 2016
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PlinyMeNow from California

3.29/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours opaque thick black with a beautiful dark tan head with good retention and lacing. Smell is not overkill, pretty simple with brunt malt and roasted dark espresso beans. All this heralds great things to come. It has a rich creamy mouth feel. The problem for me is the taste which is heavily toasted burnt malts that creates an overpowering bitterness that prevented me from enjoying the other notes. There is a little bit of alcohol, a touch of unsweetened chocolate and more than a hint of espresso, but I felt it was out of balance. The finish was a strong lingering bitterness, like when you eat something charred that lingers in your throat. I kept taking another sip to wash it out, and so the cycle continued. Everything was stellar.... except the taste.

Mar 31, 2017
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jimboothdesigns from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first beer that I give a perfect score. Nice rich chocolate, coffee, vanilla to the nose and with a slight berry scent at the end. Beautiful mouth feel from start to finish with no excessive bitterness. Beautiful brown/black with a chocolatey head which disappears quickly. Bought this while on a trip on impulse and I am so glad I did! Bottled almost a year ago. Fandamntastic!

Oct 30, 2015
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Alpha309 from California

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip.

Very opaque in color. Black entirely the way through even on the edges. About a finger of thick frothy smokey caramel colored head with great retention.

Nose is malty. Chocolate and toffee is underneath the heavy malt scent.

Chocolate, toffee, coffee flavors dominate. Oak and earth flavor secondary. A little bit heavy on the alcohol in the flavor.

Feels great in the mouth. A nice thick body, but still smooth and not sticky in the mouth.

May 08, 2016
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide's Yeti pours a full head of dark tan foam over an opague black body. The head retention is quite good, and it leaves solid walls of sticky lace about the glass.

The nose is a rich invitation to the flavors within, offering some very dark caramelish malt; almost burnt brown sugar; molasses; leafy hops; and a whiff of alcohol-soaked dark fruit with both a juicy and lightly tart side to it.

In the mouth, it's medium-full bodied with a standard carbonation that leaves a light bristle on the tongue before it warms to become more airy.

The flavor is rich, but intensely dark - almost burnt - and awash in alcohol. It's not as wide or rounded as some; but the caramelish malt somehow finds it's way upfront (and appears again in the finish!); followed by a slap of slightly tart dark fruit (oh, those burnt currants again!), chickory, baker's chocolate, and piney/muddy-grass hops. What a ride! It finishes a little less burnt with a dollop of fruit, and a swirl of caramelish malt that slowly fade to reveal lingering mocha java.

Jul 07, 2005
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JackStraw22 from Virginia

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

22 oz. bomber
Appearance: Pours a thick, pitch black body with a dark caramel head. Head retention was ok, nice lacing.

Smell: Big malty sweetness with a good dose of roasted malt. Chocolaty mocha aroma. Very nice.

Taste: HUGE dark chocolate taste, it really sticks with you. Hops are big, but not overpowering, balanced well (for a hoppy stout). Alcohol is slightly biting, but I like it. Tons of roasty malt flavor, awsome.

Mouthfell: Creamy and full, yet refreshing.

Can't wait to try this again, awsome brew.

Jul 30, 2005
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GPHarris from Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a two fingers thick light brown head into a pint glass. pours so dark that it's impossible to interpret any shades except black. great looking brew.
s - smells very syrupy and sweet. hints of caramel and toffee.
t - very malty and roasty with a sweet aftertaste.
m - very heavy and chewy.
d - incredible from beginning to end. creates a warming sensation as you drink it from it's heaviness and higher alcohol content. a great beer on a winter's night.

Jul 18, 2006
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Overlord from California

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Hbang for the trade.

Absolutely gorgeous beer. Black with dark brown edging, big brown/dark tan head, bubbling cascading appearance in the glass. Head had a fantastic retention, and the carbonation looked great and livened up the heavy flavor.

I knew I had something strange on my hands when I took a whiff. It smelled like ... pine? Some roasted malts and maybe some coffee, but overwhelmingly pine hops. I checked the bottle. Says 75 IBUS and a "ton of hops" right on it. Okay, I'm always up for something new.

The taste is, once again, overwhelmingly pine hops, with a touch of grapefruit. There's some chocolate and roasted malt, overlaid with an insane hop base. It could do with perhaps a touch of mellowing ... the base beer is delicious, and sometimes the hops can obliterate it. It takes some hard work to find some dark fruit overtones or maybe a hint of vanilla (both are there, along with chocolate and coffee, but the pine hops rule all).

Really good. Unique.

Apr 19, 2008
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kinger from Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yeti, Yeti, Yeti....this is definitely one hairy giant of a stout! Think this is from '04 can't be sure though. Aroma is silky smooth lots of mellow chocolate, raisins, plums, and tons of roasted malt with a touch of hops. Black pour with an ample head and some lacing what a great surprise for an imperial, for that I give it the tops. Mouthfeel is well blended and exceptionally smooth, just the right burn from the abv to round out another top score. Awesome flavor, I believe that this has been sitting for at least a couple of years. Incredibly mellow and well blended. Heavy thick malts with a complimenting sweetness matched by a trace of bittering hops. Great stout, great label, and well priced This is a must try.

Oct 29, 2008
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u2carew from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Opaque. Pours with a brown foamy head then settles. Lacing is fairly sticky.
S) Smoky. Coffee. Light chocolate. Bread.
T) Smoky and mild sweetness at the front. Alcohol in the aftertaste. Smoky and very mellow hop bite.
M) Slight syrupy feel. Chewy. Full bodied. Alcohol effervescence. Slightly dry. A bit chalky.
D) A good stout. I'd have another. True to form.

Aug 02, 2009
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dpcoz from Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Originally reviewed on 03/13/2010)
Serving - 12 oz bottle
Glassware - Church Brew Works Pint Glass
Cost - $5.00 per bottle - Pinocchio's Beer Garden

Appearance - Thick, Black, Poured almost like motor oil, head of dark chocolate, kinda reminded me of the 'shavings' you would see on a hershey's special dark chocolate bar. If the taste isn't full bodied I give up on rating beers

Smell - Roasted maltiness, oak, chocolate, some coffee. Swirl it around your glass enough, you're going to get a good strong hoppy aroma kicking in. As I am smelling halfway through the beer, I can pick up some toffee, too.

Taste - malts and coffee upon first sip, washed down with hops and bitterness. Seems to smoothly go down the throat with flavors of a nice pleasant caramel. Aftertaste of oak - very nice.

Mouthfeel - thick, almost silk-like (Maybe creamy? I think thats the caramel effect) This would make a great milkshake - or is it one already? Yes, full-bodied, this is smooth, yet hoppy and complex. Nice.

Drinkability - this is an awesome offering from Great Divide - 9.5% ABV yet it doesn't taste like it should be that strong. However, I consider it a 'night and day' beer - almost guinness-like smoothness combined with a nice but not overpowering IPA kick mashed together with a good variety of flavors we tend to like in our stouts. This one's a winner and if I had ever wanted to enjoy a beer in milkshake form, this would be that selection.

Jul 30, 2010
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duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sep 08, 2015
Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 5724 ratings