Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

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Photo of shapudding
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark and guinesslike appearance, with a great chocolate/medium brown head that quickly reduced down to a thin ring. Amazing scents of a sherry/port... warm and oaky... maltiness in the background. Medium mouthfeel, not too heavy, just right. Dark and lovely flavors, and freakin yummy! Black coffee, chocolate malts, oaky whiskey, bit of vanilla... Easy drinking for us stout lovers! Very good overall!

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Photo of BillyBeernut
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful, almost black into a tulip, old motor oil with a nice head the color of Haagen Dazs coffee ice cream, which dissipates into sticky lacing. The scents of toffee, dark chocolate, espresso, and nutty bread drift up to your nose. The leading taste is a charred coffee bean, followed quickly by sweet caramel, very dark chocolate, coffee, and followed by a tangy hop bite. This is almost a dessert - I can almost, but not quite, see pouring it on waffles. I could swear there are tiny bits of something like brown sugar or toffee drifting in the liquid, and if it has a drawback at all, it is almost too sweet.
A very high quality product, another winner from Great Divide, and not as expensive as many RISs. A sipper, not a quaffer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1-28-13 drinking bottle dated 7/30/12

A: pours pitch black and oily. Nice heard. About a fingers worth or tan head that slowly turns into a tan ring around the glass with decent lacing.

S: heavy on chocolate. some roasted malts. roasted coffee.

T: this is an amazing beer! The alcohol is hidden very well. Chocolate is very forward. Taste follows the nose. Roasted coffee present as well. DELICOIUS

M: smooth, creamy, oily. light/medium carbonation.

O: This is one of my favorite beers! Will definitely be buying again. I have a bottle from 4/12 that im sitting on to drink with my oak/chocoate/espersso yetis.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a large dark tan 1” head. Smell is dominated by alcohol, with strong hops present, makes sense, with a listed IBU level of 75. Smell does not have as much of a coffee presence as most stouts. Taste is not for the rookie or the faint of heart. Booming flavors of coffee and alcohol immediately greet you, and then finishes with a titanic portion of hops. The 3 huge flavors balance each other out and make this a true sipper for both the hophead and the stout fiend. Excellent and very drinkable for the high IBU and ABV.

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Photo of bort11
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was my choice to bring to a get together with my wife's boss. 22 oz bottle poured into a Chardonnay wine glass. With no pint glasses at the house we were visiting, this was a good alternative. Dark mocha colored head with good retention. Nice lacing on the glass, leaving noticeable rings on the glass with each sip.
Smell was a fantastic chocolate malt, dark coffee blend. There was a subtle hops nose blended with the bitterness of the coffee aroma. Taste fan-freaking-tastic! All the dark yummy flavors you would expect in an RIS. Coffee, toffee, chocolate, some figs, and that little hint of hops in the back.
Mouthfeel is very full bodied, but has a dry finish. A pleasantly mild carbonation. Very, very drinkable. I had two bottles and I was done for the night. I am getting more soon.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled on Dec 2 2008.

Poured into Darkness Tulip. Pours deep brown, nearly black. Thick one finger brown head produced with excellent retention. Ten minutes later and there is still a thick coat. Very nice lacing, sheets and strings.

The nose is dark chocolate, fresh ground coffee, toasted malts, caramel, vanilla, molasses and a nice hop bitterness (impressive for a 8+ month old beer). It all molds together to make a wonderful smell, something I could easily enjoy smelling all night. The nose changes significantly as it warms, getting more and more powerful. Slight alcohol warming presence, but nothing too terrible.

As soon as it hits your lips, you know it's a winner. I truly believe that even someone who doesn't like big stouts could easily enjoy this. This was the very first Russian Imperial Stout I had, way back last fall early in my beer journey, and although I admittedly like it much more now, I could tell it was a solidly crafted and tasty beer, even with my novice palate. Now, I can pick out chocolate and coffee, vanilla and molasses, caramel and toasted malts, and it's all so wonderful.

The mouthfeel is great. Thick and coats your mouth. The hop bitterness has dropped off a lot, and you don't get the bite or the aftertaste, but I am doing just fine with this smooth and creamy liquid gold that is sliding past my tongue into my stomach.

Alcohol? What alcohol? This is one solidly drinkable brew. I can imagine a few of these would put me on my ass, but that doesn't mean I don't feel like I could drink a few in a sitting. Excellent stuff.

Possibly the best RIS I've had. Of the "Big 3 Common RIS's" up here (Stormking, Old Rasputin and Yeti) this is easily my favorite. Kudos Great Divide, on another excellent brew.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out an intense black into my stout-dedicated Rogue pint glass - Damn, that's black! The stream of beer going into the glass is amazingly opaque and dark, coffee-bean brown. The head that forms is the color of a Hershey's bar - one of the darkest I've seen. It forms dripping, sticky walls of fuzzy lacing. Better than the oak aged by far.

At first, I get almost no scent other than hops from the glass, but it takes only a couple of minutes of warming before I begin to note bitter baker's chocolate and fluffy alcohol. Dark bitterness meets slight sugary molasses and rounding hops. Certainly different from its oak aged brother.

And the taste is certainly different! The oak aged version is smooth and vanilla-flavored, astringent and grainy. This is deep, rich, decadent, luxurious! Bitter, luscious, growling chocolate and hops, a very itty bitty bit of smoke - Some alcohol in the middle, but not astringent whatever, a soft, decadent rummy flavor, with a noticeable hop flavor - they do hops well, and the hop profile is tasty.

So... thick...

So very thick...

It's as though someone put several bottles of chocolate syrup into a blender and whipped them until they were frothy and aerated. This feels incredible on the tongue, thick and rich and decadent, but fluffy at the same time - Chewy to the max...

Imperial Stouts are my favorite style. I can't drink them every day, because they're simply so intense. Drinking a full glass of something like this beer takes effort and determination. It's so heavy, so decadent, it's like that fudge cake your aunt Julie makes that you have to eat, but feel so guilty for eating. Drinking this makes you feel guilty, it's so good.

Very close to fives across the board.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht, again.

From a bottle into a snifter.

Note: This is a re-review. After going through my share of limited release, hyped, highly valued imperial stout, it's about time I looked at this one again with my experienced, more "developed" palate.

APPEARANCE: Pours out pitch black and thick, producing a one finger, thick, mocha colored head with great retention. Jet black body with little carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp and ring remain and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass. Thick, viscous looking imperial stout.

SMELL: Huge nose on this one. Lots of roasted malts, dark baker's chocolate, with notes of coffee and smoke. Touches of caramel, but really roasted, chocolaty, and quite hoppy for a stout, with some nice citrus notes. Bold and enticing for sure.

TASTE: This is basically as good as it gets in the style. Big flavors. Roasted and smoky malts, lots and lots of dark baker's chocolate, some caramel sweetness, with some coffee and cocoa notes. Ends with a bold and lingering roasted, smoky, chocolaty, bitter, citrusy hop aftertaste that just won't quit. Very rich and full flavored. Superb.

PALATE: Full body and medium, soft carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Big, full, thick palate that really makes its presence felt. Fantastic.

OVERALL: Yeti is, without a doubt, the best readily available imperial stout in the USA. In fact, it is better than at least 90% of the limited release stouts out there as well. Wonderful, bold flavor profile, and a look worthy of top prize. This is the imperial stout I compare all others to, and up to this point, very few can even hold a candle to this fine example of the brewing art. Cheers to Great Divide for making such a gem, and cheers again for making it easily available to a large portion of the beer drinking world.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

4-6 month old bottle picked up a while ago at City Wide. Decided last night to drink it finally. Pours big and black tar colored with foamy, cream-topped khaki head. looks impressive. Hoppy, chocolate odor, full of fruit and treacle, fudge and cream. The odor of a good imperial stout makes it for me almost as much as the taste does and this one really makes the grade. Taste is great...a massive beer full of drity, leafy hops, roast chocolate malts, anc clingy boozy fruits. Hoip character bitters the beer throughout, especially on the finish. Thick and sticky mouthfeel. glug glug. A great beer. my only question is why this doesn't cost more? Holy crap, i'm rich! i can buy tons of this decious elixir

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Photo of yourchoice
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Beer pours dark as night, with rusty, ruddy and rich brown head.

S -Smokey and woody.

T - A very nice chocolate flavor, but still smokey. Great.

M - Very well balanced. Perfect body, slight carbonation, what I would expect from this style.

O - Man, I really dig this beer. I really enjoy a smokey flavor in stouts and porters. THis one was right up my alley.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite Imperial Stouts and one of the easiest to drink too. The aroma has a nice roasted malt and coffee smell.

Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts dominate the taste, but there is a creamy and smooth texture that compliments the slight sweetness well. For being such a big beer, it's surprisingly not heavy.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Left an espresso foam colored two finger head with excellent retention and amazing web-like lacing all the way down. The body was the richest, darkest possible brown, almost black, very rich looking.

Smell - chocolate, toffee, coffee, tea, dark breads, some hint of esters, but overall a thick, hearty, caramelly, rich roasted maltiness.

Taste - exactly as promised by the nose. Rich roastiness like chocolate and coffee, with caramelly tones of toffee and caramel, and some tea-like tones, and of course, dark bread. The roasted malts here are perfectly done - no burnt flavor, or smokiness, no acridity, just pure rich roasted heartiness. Finishes with some slight alcohol astringency, not too much really, this beer hides its abv exceedingly well.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, a little chewy, low carbonation, some hop oil slickness.

Drinkability - rich, hearty, and satisfying, the only thing here is the high abv.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe it's taken me this long to get around to having Yeti, a first-rate Russian Imperial for certain. A finger of long-lasting, mocha froth tops an incredibly black body, with curtains of mocha lacing marking its territory around my pint glass. The body IS darkness. The smell is outstanding, full of hops, molasses, toffee and caramel malts--just an amazing nose.

The taste brings the bouquet home and then some. It might be the most hopped Russian Imperial I've ever had, but this blends ideally with butterscotch, molasses, chocolate, and caramel. Bitterness finishes Yeti, though nothing off-putting or overwhelming. The high ABV (9.5%) also makes its presence known as this wraps up its work, detracting slightly from the "ability" aspect of drinkability. But any lover of stout, Russian Imperial, or even hopped-up beer should love Yeti.

Nothing short of incredible, Yeti is my favorite from Great Divide, which has moved into the cluster of genius breweries atop my favorites list. Their wares are outstanding, and those who have yet to try them will thank themselves when they finally do.

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Photo of iTunesUpdates
4.84/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 355 ml (12 oz) brown bottle with info about the beer on the side of the label as well as the bottled date and suggested food pairings. Oh and can't forget the YETI on the label!

Look: Has a deep black color with an espresso hued head.

Aroma: Malty with a toasted caramel vanilla like aroma, very fragrant with undertones of toasted toffee and chocolate.

Taste: Full bodied with a smooth mouth feel and a creamy thick finish. Malt flavor is dominant though and the surprisingly sweet and spicy alcohol bodes well despite it's presence. Malt sweetness lingers with a big caramel and coco flavor. When taking a drink it feels very heavy on the lips and tongue(In a good way) and finishes extraordinarily smoothly.

Served out of a: Stout Glass

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Photo of bubseymour
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've always stayed away from this beer because it goes for $16 a 4 pack and always thought it seemed way overpriced. I finally picked up a single though and was very surprised at how outstanding this is.

Wonderful smokey flavorings and hop aroma, not boozy at all, perfect balance between malts, chocolates and hop bite at the end but perfect in every way.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle pours a pitch black fluid with a nice brown head. Awesome lacing. Earthy, woody smell with toffee and fresh hops.
Viscosity is 10w 40 weight motor oil. Taste is of toasted malts, coffee,dark chocolate with a slight sweetness of dark plums. Has a pleasantly bitter blackened malt, rich coffee taste finish followed by a nice, fresh hop tasting burp.
A great Stout.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The brew pours an opaque black with a large, creamy dark tan head. It doesn't appear as thick and motor oil like as other big stouts. The aroma is all that you could ask for in a stout. Chocolate, creamy, crackers, butter, alcohol. The taste fills your entire mouth with chocolate. Its not overpowering in any flavor, but rather a bunch of small flavors working in harmony. The mouthfeel is incredibly creamy. It is full bodied, but without being thick. Overall, this is a great brew. Its big, flavorful, complex, subtle, and enjoyable.

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Photo of 77ships
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: pure black with a mocha coloured head and great lacing
S: roasted malt, chocolate, fresh coffee beans, black chocolate,...
T: espresso, black chocolate, ground up coffee beans, toffee, minor bitterness at the end.
M: nice, thick, creamy body to it and goes down nicely.
D: drank mine & my friends bottle when he said that he didn't want to finish it & I wanted more. I definitely, absolutely loved this one.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The bomber is dated at Mar. 2010, so that makes it nearly 1 year old.

Pours a pitch black, stout dark color into my snifter, beige-mocha colored head of about an inch results. Leaves behind a lot of lacing. Perfect looking beer in the glass.

Sweet chocolate cake and a roasted malt type of smokiness in the smell. Very pleasant.

The taste is extremely smooth. Like the smell, I get that sweetness of the milk chocolate cakeiness. It almost reminds me of fudge. The hops have mellowed out after a year and it drinks like velvet smooth malt. Outstanding taste.

The mouthfeel is definitely full bodied, it coats the mouth and has a chewy quality to it. Nice thick and creamy feeling. Moderate carbonation.

This beer has improved dramatically with 1 year on it and has mellowed out compared to drinking it with only a month after the bottled on date. This is by far the best Russian Imperial Stout i've ever had in my life.

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Photo of biegaman
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The blackest thing on Earth? Probably. And that includes a freakishly dark head that is almost more black than brown. Suds flourish in that creamy mocha-coloured mousse, which admirably relents none in the face of time. The lacing it leaves glints with a whole spectrum of colour and is thick and thorough enough you'd need a snow brush to clear it off.

The aroma - which is indeed the beer writ large - is like a blend of coffee liqueur, chocolate liqueur and, if such a thing should exist, hop liqueur. It has everything dark and decadent possible plus a piny, spruce-y, outright spicy hoppiness to boot. It's like they burned down some kind of marvelous, mythical, magical forest and dipped it in 85% cocoa chocolate.

The taste emulates the nose note for note. Thank God for that. Mocha and black forest cakes, served alongside shots of rich espresso and chocolate liqueur, makes for the most tremendously decadent dessert. And that's to mention the lesser flavours of cigar, black licorice and dark berries drizzled in a balsamic reduction. This is sinfully decadent.

The mouthfeel belongs in a hall of fame somewhere, and on the walls of an art gallery, and on the city's most expensive dessert menu, and in the sermon of a preacher, and in university textbooks. How does one engineer something so seamlessly cohesive out of so many standout individual pieces? It is a work of the most skilled and audacious brewer.

Piny, prickly hops abound to such an extent that I can feel them under my skin. The beer is as chocolaty-malty rich as any of the world's strongest or highest-rated imperial stouts but is at least thrice as drinkable than the majority. It is smooth like heavy cream and has a slick, oily-bitter aftertaste. The alcohol hides in plain sight; it is sensed but never tasted.

Feel free to travel across the country, shell out for rare barrel-aged variations, spend hours in line-ups, cram like sardines into limited release parties or blow hundreds of dollars on Ebay but you're not likely to find anything better than the Yeti (or any of its spin-offs for that matter). This is one of the unrivaled series in the whole of American craft brewing.

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Photo of tmm313
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Perfect. Black as black gets and black around the edges. Beautiful, creamy, 2 finger, chocolate milk colored head. Super sticky. Amazing lacing and crazy trailing. Again, perfect.

S- Dark fruit, dark chocolate, and oats dominate. Citrusy/spicy hops and a touch of pine when you really dig in.

T- Its so f'ing good, I don't even want to think about what's going on, much less write it out. Just let me enjoy it, please.

M- Crazy. Super viscous, smooth and silky. Slightly drying. Nice, subtle burn from the alcohol over a roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee aftertaste.

O- This beer is insane. Decadent is the only word I can pull out at the moment. Every aspect being rated is superb on its own, but when you mix them all together, things just stop making sense. I'm going to go order some Yeti merch now.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Jet-black body with an aggressive deep tan head that lasts throughout the beer. A substantial sticky lacing clings to the glass and hangs around for the duration.

Wow, the hearty aroma wafts from the glass and I can smell it from about a foot and a half away after the pour. Generous roasted malt and toffee, but also abundant hop aroma as you get closer.

Amazing deep flavors of roasted malt and caramel to chocolate; quite an impressive balance of sweetness and bitterness.

Delightfully thick with mild to medium carbonation and abundant flavor character.

This is a sipper, but man could I enjoy a couple in one sitting. It's just so good, you crave another.

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Photo of AEK
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml brown bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A. Pitch black with a mocha brown head that shrinks into a thin film covering the beer.

N. Prunes, caramelised fruit soaked in rum?, port and red wine. A wonderfully complex brew.

T. Lots of alcohol and a strong espresso coffee taste. A sweet maltiness is detected followed by a short bittering hop finale leaving the sensation of roasted coffee beans on the palate. I can detect a slight smokiness in the finish.

M. Not heavy at all for a strong stout of this magnitude. Clean and smooth.

I had aged this beer for 4 months and was drunk with only 8 days remaining before its BBE date. How long the shop had this in stock for before I purchased it I am unaware. I could easily sip a few of these during the course of an afternoon and evening. A well crafted, complex stout that definitely needs seeking out if you have never had it before.

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Photo of david18
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing beer in a bottle and it's an amazing beer on draft. It was raining today and this beer was the perfect way to warm up. Unbelievable and great dark color, great malty smokey aroma, strong at 9.5 alcohol by volume but not too hot to enjoy a whole glass. I love this beer and get it ever time I see it.

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Photo of BBP
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Approximately 8 months old.

A- Pours more of a black than I can recall ever seeing for a stout. Good carbonation and head as well.

S- Roasted malts, coffee, and hops.

T- Everything that I love about a good RIS, and blended amazingly. Begins with some roasted malt that you couldn't miss if you tried, and then a bit of a dark roast coffee flavor comes in. 30 seconds in and the chocolate starts to come out and after about a minute after notes of wood and caramel sweetness are emphasized. I've found a drink that seems to be made just for me. The hop bitterness really makes this for me. It accentuates all the flavors so well. I even taste a little bit of hop flavor aside from bitter after 8 months of aging. If this beer is better without the age it would blow my mind fresh.

M- Full, creamy, smooth, and dry. A little bit of stickiness to it.

D- It couldn't get much more drinkable. It's not session beer material, and you have to watch yourself with it, but for a RIS, it's only 9.5% which is nowhere to be found at all.

I can't say enough good things about this beer. It blew me away.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,372 ratings.
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