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

22 oz bomber. A dark, nearly opaque black colour with blood red edges, and a big frothy head of espresso. The aromas are of espresso, chocolate, roasted malts, alcohol, piney hops, and more. This smells like an excellent American Double Stout should! The taste follows suit with some amazing, roasted flavors up front, some piney hops in the middle, and a lovely finish of dark, bitter chocolate and minutely sweetened espresso. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy and the drinkability is absolutely fabulous. Great Divide is one hell of a brewery.

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

22 oz. bomber bottle with just a plain simple blue label with a picture of one of the snow covered tops of the Himalayas or it could be the Rocky Mountains because Great Divide is from Denver. It doesn't matter because on the right side of the mountain on the label is a shadowy figure which could be the famous Yeti. That's why I thought the mountain on the label was the Himalayas because that's where the Yeti lives. On the left of the picture is a nice sized paragraph of information about the beer and on the right is all the usual information, like Govt. Warning and Redemption Value. It's another bottle where you don't bother to look for a date because there isn't one anywhere. I like their slogan under the info of beer, "Great Minds Drink Alike."

Appearance: I thought this beer would look great in my Samuel Smith Imperial pint glass and let me tell you that it didn't disappoint. The beer was a solid ink black color. No light could penetrate the color of this beer because it so black. It had a half an inch of head of foam that was mocha colored. It had good retention leaving behind some mocha rings and a minimal amount of mocha colored lace around the glass. Very nice coloring.

Smell: The aroma was just filled with dark roasted malts, sweet caramel, dark chocolate, roasted nuts, splash of dark fruits, and all of this ended with the slight sweet smell of bitter hops. As you can tell the aroma was very dark like its color.

Taste: To me it tasted almost exactly like it smelled, by having the taste filled with sweet dark chocolate, sweet caramel, dark roasted malts, roasted nuts, hint of dark fruits, some alcohol, and all of this ended with the taste of strong bitter hops. Very hoppy finish. Great Divide wasn't lying when they say that "it's an onslaught of the senses."

Mouthfeel: Thick, Thick, Thick, and did I mention Thick? I would also have to say that it's full bodied and chewy too. There was also the aftertaste of bitter hops and just the slightest taste of sweet caramel. This beer doesn't bother to hide it's alcohol content.

Drinkability: Like the Yeti, this beer is a monster and I mean that in a good way. This beer is very flavorful with almost every dark flavor out there. A must try RIS that's widely available. I'm glad I got to try this beer.

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Photo of endovelico
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into stein.

Appearance: Beautiful mousse creamy brown head. The brew itself is near jet black. Even when pouring the liquid is incredibly dark. Unperceived effervescence. Some lacing and decent head retention.

Aroma: Relatively intense aroma of cacao, chocolate, vanilla, coffee on the frontend and hops, honey and dark fruit complexity on the back.

Taste: Flavorful. Nice complexity and layering. Cacao, sweet chocolate, coffee, earthy, smoky and some dark fruit. Tasty but could use some smokiness.

Palate: Silky and creamy. Light carbonation. High bitterness. Full bodied. Perfect palate, great play on the tongue. Alcohol doesn't get in the way.

Drinkability: Fits the style. Alcohol well hidden. Interesting, relatively unique and tasty.

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

Poured an amazing pitch black color and formed a nice huge foamy dark head that stuck around and left me thinking of some decedant float experiment gone wrong. It finally decided to diminish, leaving a lactice of lace etched on the side of the glass. The aroma was malt, coffee, chocolate and a touch of raisin. A flavor of malt, coffee and chocolate with a body a touch light for this style. Great finish and the oak aged was even better.

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

A lovely imperial stout - clean, smokey and satisfying.

Pours deep black with a thick, dense off color head. The aroma is rich and woody. The flavor is smokey and chocolaty, with a rich, round mouthful of sweetish malt and a satisfying bitterness. The alcohol sneaks up on you, with a bite in the back end that is reminiscent of a rich black rum. The mouthfeel is surprisingly fluid for such a thick beer, almost more like a porter than a stout. It clings around the back of the mouth, emphasizing a smokey bitterness. This is a highly drinkable imperial.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black like oil with the same viscosity, and khaki colored head. Chocolate, roasted malt, a little coffee, and some booze on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with roasted malt and raw cocoa.

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

22oz Bottle no Date.This bad boy poured black and as opaque as could be. Leaves a huge dark bown head that lingers for a long while. An impressive looking stout for sure. The aroma is quite hoppy for the style and blends well with its notes of sweet roasty chocolatey decadence. Some licorice is also present yet faint. The body is full and smooth and everything you expect in this style. Very creamy with just enough carbonation to keep it in check. The flavor is a chocolatey espresso treat. The licorice detected in the aroma is even more subtle in the flavor. This all adds up to a winner in my opinion. Overall an excellent Imperial and probably equal to or possibly better than my other favorite from Left Hand, another Colorado gem.

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

Been wanting to try for a while and finally got the chance.

A - Pours a thick very dark brown and settles into a deep black with a plentiful brown colored head with strong lacing.

S - Rich roasty aroma with chocolate and coffee secondary. Sweeter maltiness than many RIS's which I really like but not as powerful as some that I've experienced.

T - Very similar to the smell; has the roastiness from the smell first but closely accompanied by the rich chocolate, malt, and coffee tones. It is full flavored with a good bitterness that helps balance the sweetness. Not as big as some but plenty of flavor to keep sipping away on this one.

M - Big mouth-feel. High carbonation. This one just erupted with carbonation as I poured not expecting such vigor from the solution. I like the carbonation because even though it is a pretty viscous beer the carbonation and bitterness do a good job of tricking your mind into thinking that it is lighter. This beer finishes smooth and balanced.

Overall, this is a very good imperial stout. This is an above average RIS just because I like the feel of it but I still prefer Ten Fidy with its sheer power. I would definitely recommend this beer and I would suggest getting the bomber instead of the 12oz because you will want more than 12oz of this at a time!

Glass- Snifter

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Photo of TheViolator666
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into stout glass.

Different label than the one pictured. I'm diggin' the updated look on all the Yeti's.

A: Pours as black as pitch. Dark brown head, but not much of it. Light traces of beautiful lacing.

S: Actually surprising amount of hopes in the nose, balanced well by sweet malts and dark chocolate. Alcohol is much more present in the aroma than it is in the taste.

T: Delicious. Heavy on the deep roasted coffee flavor, sweet chocolate malts as well balanced by a hint of vanilla and a very slight amount of licorice/anise. Piney hops come through in the back. At 9.5% there actually is not much alcohol present in the taste, very well hidden. Finishes like chocolate milk.

M/D: Pretty thick and as smooth as silk, especially as it warms. Very pleasant aftertaste. Low carbonation.

Overall, a very, very good beer and well worth the price, luckily I can get singles. Probably more of an American Stout due to the amount of hops present. I'll be sure to grab this one again!

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Photo of wl0307
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from a very good Britain-based beer shop, "Beers of Europe", through on-line order; tasted during a horizontal tasting of two American RIS, the other one being the Flying Dog's "Gonzo Imperial Porter" (F). Coming in a 355ml, slim dark brown bottle, BB 08/2008, served cool in Hapkin's bulb-shaped sniffer.

A: the colour is totally black, while the 3cm-thick dark khaki brown head retains the creamy texture ever so well, leaving tight lacing as it retreats slowly. Carbonation is pretty much a mystery, as I really can't see any in the pitch-black soup...
S: a potent, decent sourness of fat black prunes pairs with the rich roasted malts, well-tuned aromatic citric+flowery American hops and vanilla-ish sweet woods just perfectly. A slightly stinky bitter-sweet, miraculous note as of chocolates, soy-sauce plus blue cheese hides in the background. A good swirl brings out some alcoholic touches and spicy notes. At 9.5%abv., the nose is bolder and slightly more alcoholic than (F), but overall a beautiful balance is retained as is the commendable, understated complexity.
T: marvellous bitter-sweet jammy-dark-fruits + chocolate-fudge + sweet coffee-ish malts prevail upfront, followed by a semi-aggressive flow of bitter hops in the middle, then the spicy aftertaste develops on top of chicory, apricot, and bitter grapefruity aromatic undertone that lingers in the end. The roasty flavour is not so heavy as the oily maltiness, but lingers nicely in the very back of the tongue, then slips down the throat as well...
M&D: full-bodied, superbly soft on the carbonation, and mellow, with all flavours to offer but not OTT on the overall balance. The alc. does catch up, after all, but not in an intrusive manner. As this ale is tasted right after (F), I can't help thinking this is a more potent version of RIS, endowed with a bolder hop profile and more assertive roastiness from the malts. Hops are big and juicy but firmly in the parameter of the malty influence. All in all, this is a fantastic RIS that I'd love to savour just once in several months...

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

The color is ink black. The thin head is a light brown mocha color. Smells roast and toasty. Vanilla, coffee, chocolate, slight hop presence, and a little booze. The taste is fantanstic. Thick, creamy, sweet. It has a burnt flavor like roasted marshmallows that I enjoy very much. Maybe too much hop flavor, but that's the only flaw, and really not that bad of a thing. I might want to age it to mellow out the alcohol flavor and the hop presence.

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

Black hole body, topped by a superbly cascading dark tan micro bubble head which takes half the glass and rocked above the rim with a lunar surface efffect. Very good stretching lace.

Powerful, inviting, daring aroma of dark fruits, licorice, alcohol, coffee, and chocolate is readily apparent without even lifting the glass.

Taste is chocolate, coffee, plums soaking in alcohol. Mild hop tingle at the swallow, warmth but not burn in the belly. Dark fruits ooze through the hop tingle and into the after taste.

Mouthfeel is full-plus. Creamy and thick and decadently rich.

Beyond dangerously drinkable. I not only want to drink this again, I want another now.

An outstanding example of an imperial stout. Highly recommended.

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Photo of beertastegood
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, dark viscous black with a small rocky head that is almost as dark as the beer. Smells of burned coffee and toasted malt, with a bit of earthy hop notes as well.

Tastes much like it smells, predominantly of black malt and coffee. Towards the finish, there is a very slight taste of alcohol that merges nicely into a bitter hop flavor. Even better, right after the hops come in, I could detect a chocolatey flavor that just made the taste experience even better.

Mouth feel: standard imperial stout fare, medium carbonation with a full, chewy body. Drinkability is about medium, but I could drink a lot of this stuff, just because it tastes so damn good.

An outstanding Impy Stout from the Great Divide.

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

Served out of a three month old 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Dark, intimidating, imperial stout. Little to no light getting through. Super dark brown, if not black. A fairly aggressive pour produced a half-inch khaki head, which slowly dissipated into a nice lacing.

S- Coffee, chocolates, roasted malts. Noticeable aroma when diving in for a taste. Has my nasal hairs dancing.

T- A toffee flavored, smooth front-end, with a sharp, coffee-like bitterness on the back-end. Coats the whole mouth and the taste lingers until your next sip. Delicious.

M- Great mouthfeel for this beer. A little thickness compliments the taste, adds depth and shows how full bodied this beer is. Exactly what you would expect from a 9.5%er...

O- Definitely a widely available go-to imperial stout. Love the Great Divide bottle as well. Suggests food pairings, lists the IBUs, has a clear bottling date, nice texture, and a spot on description of what you're getting yourself into. Gave this beer 4.5's all around to express how well balanced it is. Won't guarantee this will be your favorite imp. stout ever, but I can say you will not be disappointed.

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

Appearance: Deep black with a dense, brown head that lingers and laces well.

Smell: Chocolate malt, caramel, toffee, molasses. Strong hop presence, with a small alcohol undercurrent.

Taste: Sweet chocolate flavors that evolve into a bitter chocolate finish. Alcohol softens the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Very dense, full body brew. Very smooth and waxy.

Drinkability: Very big and bold. A pleasure to consume.

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Photo of Nowhereman529
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like the look of this one, pours from the bottle a very dark, nearly black color with about two fingers worth of dark brown fluffy head.

Smell is heavy on chocolate, malt and coffee. A little hops and alcohol can be appreciated as the beer warms a little.

Taste is crazy bitter, right along the lines of bitter baker's chocolate. It's smooth though with an end that is malty and an aftertaste that is distinctly coffee, like good coffee (think starbucks without the burnt aftertaste). There is seriously very little sweetness here, but it is a very complex taste with hops shining through here and there and dark malt making up much of the base of the flavor.

Mouthfeel does not disappoint either, with sort of a velvet creamy mouthfeel upfront that bubbles just enough to make it not feel like a syrup.

Overall this is a very drinkable imperial stout. I would say it tops my list of overall favorite dark beers. Would highly recommend to anyone with a flair for dark beer.

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Photo of nickfl
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Just under one finger of brown foam on an opaque, black body. The head settles down to a thin film and leaves a moderate ring of lace in its wake.

S - Big, rich aroma of dark chocolate with a hint of coffee. Notes of almond, vanilla, and a non-specific hoppiness that doesn't have a particular hop character, but warns of significant bitterness in the flavor.

T - Roast barley note, followed by dark chocolate flavors. The chocolate is followed by a velvety bitterness and then notes of smoke and tobacco. Some minor alcohol notes fade in and out during the finish while malt and hop bitterness battle for dominance and a strong smokey character coats the palate.

M - Thick, oily body and moderate carbonation. The finish is just sweet enough to balance the significant bitterness.

D - This is a very heavy, very complex beer and obviously built for sipping. The chocolate malt in the aroma is quite nice, but what really makes this beer memorable is the awesomely powerful, deep burnt tobacco character of the finish. While it may sound unpleasant to some, the lingering finish of this beer reminds me of nothing so much as the aftertaste of a good cigar and, under the right circumstances, that makes it quite drinkable.

This beer easily lends itself to pairing with dark chocolate and it may be the best match for a cigar of any beer I have yet encountered.

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

Reviewing yeti bottled on 28th Feb 2012. SO almost 10 months on this one.

Pours very thick dark brown in color. Not to say, pitch black inside the glass. About one finger thick shining brown colored head. Excellent lacing on the sides. Head does not have a lot of standing bu a thin layer does stay throughout.

A very good smelling RIS. And that too after 10 months. Good roasted malts upfront. Some dark chocolate, caramel and licorice or chicory. Some English toffee. A little bit of alcohol also does enter the nose.

Taste: A Very solid taste. Enters with roasted, charred malts but surprisingly they are not overpowering. A very good amount of hop bitterness accompanied by some alcohol. Finish is dry and slightly bitter. Nothing is too strong. Sweetness of malts is very well nullified by the hops and charring. Some coffee and chocolate flavors are also observed.

Mouth feel: One of the very thick looking stout but has surprisingly smooth and creamy feel. Full bodied. Whatever astringency is observed, is seen at the time when the brew enters the mouth. Ends with a very balanced taste. Extremely good finish. Stout is a bit chewy and thick. Gives a kick. Very nice warmth and a must for winter season.

Drink slow. Enjoy. Let it warm you and itself.

Style Rate: 4.5
Personal Rate: 4.5

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very dark midnight black with a dark almost brown colored thick head. Very great smelling beer, tons of aromas great the nose. Chocolate, caramel, toffee and hops. Tons of retention, this beer looks like motor oil. Very complex flavor, some caramel toffee flavor with a hoppy finish. This beer tastes like a delcious desert treat. Smooth mouthfeel and very drinkable. The alcohol is hard to detect, but at 9.5% it will hit you by the end of the bomber. If you like RIS definitely give this beer a try!

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Photo of GPHarris
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.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a jet black, no light thru this beer, with a huge chocolate/milk like foamy head. Absolutely beautiful. Great head retention and lacing make this a classic beer. The smell is chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malt, making this a nice sweet aroma. The taste is sweet with chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and dark fruit. A great tasting stout, more sweet with chocolate than dark fruit makes this a heavy m/f and very drinkable for a high octane beer. A classic that should not be missed. Cheers.

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Photo of Robomunky
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Such a beautiful pour I cried a little. Smells like dark chocolate. Tastes like the best year-round, easily available imperial stout on the market. I swear I don't work for them.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Yeti has a magnificent obsidian color with a voluminous mocha colored head. Tons of lacing left on the glass. The aroma draws comparisons to bakers chocolate, new leather, port wine, and creamy milk. To my delight, the flavor is very chocolatey, along with some earthy wood and tobacco notes. Surprisingly a fair amount of hops are included in the mixture. The finish is tart and bitter. I appreciate the heavy, velvety mouthfeel, and the warming sensation of the high ABV. Definitely a must try when in the mood for a bold RIS.

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Photo of adamhimself
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This has to be one of the best examples of Imperial Stout I have ever had.

The appearance is jet black with a dark brown head. It looks great sitting in my imperial pint glass. The head looks awfully creamy.

The smell is roasty with hints of coffee and chocolate. It wasn't overpowering or anything special, but I have been a little stuffy recently.

The taste is superb. Its slightly sweet with notes of caramel, coffee, and nuts. I love the roasted flavor it brings across and the alcohol is barely present which is amazing since its 9.50% ABV. It all meshes very well. I would say the taste is the best thing about this beer.

The mouthfeel is definitely creamy. Its very smooth and not too thick. So you could have a couple and not feel overly full like some other Stouts.

Drinkability is good at best. The high ABV and the fact its an Imperial Stout means its still heavy, but on the lower end of Stouts. This beer is perfect for those cold wintery nights and it not something I would suggest during the summer months.

Overall, I imagine myself sitting in some cold Colorado mountain, hanging out in the snow and drinking this very tasty beer.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz Bottle into standard pint.

A: sidepour gets absolutly no head at first. But it pours thick and dark like crude oil. A few bubble push through the thick ooze to get a millimeter cap that dissapears into nothing shortly after. Any bubbles that form are dark brown like coffee, beautiful.A very fine ring sits around the outside of the beer. No light getting through and ans I poured it was showing DEEP browns and red. This looks amazing.

S: big big chocolate nose, hints of dark fruit. a hint of bitter coffee but only a hint. A touch of alcohol on the nose but no fusel smell. Smells big and bad!

T: oh god here we go! First sip is a symphony of darkness. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee play on the front followed by a bit of hops that finishes it off. Second sip I notice more alcohol up front and some roasty malt. Finishes off with a bit of bitterness both from dark malts and hops it seems. hardly any alcohol burn like I expect from such a huge brew, especially since I can smell the ethanol in it. this tastes like the dark, and the dark is good.

M: thick and chewy. Coats the mouth in pleasure like a syrup. I could eat this with a spoon. if other stouts are full bodied this is overfilled.

O: goood sipping beer, can't hardly take a real swig of this bad boy. Paid $3.80 for this 12oz and woukd gladly pay up to $5 for it again if I had to.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,361 ratings.
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