Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout
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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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.

Added by cokes on 08-09-2003

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Photo of Mar02x
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this beer @beer&zo - not cheap, but their delivery service is excellent.

A - An amazing strong and good looking head, one of the best I ever saw. The color is brown/beige and the structure is small bubbly, the rejection is slow. The fluid rejects the light, there is something dark and powerful in here.

S - Strong liquor smell, very nice and inviting because I thought there was none in there. The chocolate, dark cherries and malts finish the smell quite excellent.

T - Dry up front, chocolate, malts, wood and peat. A good representative of the style (like beer buddy Jeffo explained) .

M - A very nice creamy thickness, slightly bitter aftertaste and sof carbonation that goes excellent with the taste.

O - An excellent RIS, worth trying.

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

First word that I can think of to describe this imperial stout is black. From the 22-ounce bomber pours an inky, jet black liquid with a vibrant brown head. After a minute or so, the head dissipates to a small ring, leaving trails of lace down my chalice. Very impressive appearance. The nose features an array of scents, notably freshly ground espresso, road tar, roasted malt, tobacco, and minor bittering hops. Once again, quite impressive. The taste department delivers a variety of flavors. Roasted malt, fresh coffee beans, cocoa, and almost citric hops appear at first. As the beer settles for a while, a caramel/toffee flavor becomes evident, and it's very nicely done. The IBUs and alcohol come through on the finish, which is distinctively hoppy and warming in a good way. This is one viscous brew. Mouthfeel is incredibly oily and silky smooth. This is definitely an aggressive imperial stout, but it drinks very well, especially for its 9.5% abv. Overall, a great imperial stout. Drink this while you can, as this is a limited run. Best beer I've tried from Great Divide, hands down.

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

A - Completely opaque black which allows no light through at all. Dark, creamy, tan head - probably the darkest head of any beer I've ever tried. Great retention and leaves very nice lacing down the glass.

S - Sweet, rich, roasted malt aroma with chocolate and coffee tones most pronounced. Has a notable hop presence in the aroma as well. Just a hint of alcohol on the nose also.

T - Complex, sweet, roasted malts with chocolate, coffee, caramel, and toffee flavors. Also has a slightly spicy character as well. The immense malt profile is balanced with a nice, bitter hop presence. The hop bite really compliments the dark malts and balances this one out very nicely. Slight alcohol noticeable in the flavor, but it really goes pretty well with this one.

M - Thick, full-bodied, smooth, and rich. Also has the nice bitter kick in the finish. Great level of carbonation, not overdone at all.

D - Despite the full-body and relatively high abv on the Yeti, it is a very drinkable beer. Has a great, complex flavor and is balanced almost perfectly. I love the hop kick they added into this style. Great brew.

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

Obviously obsidian onyx opaque. Swaths of chocolately cling.

Charred alcoholic hop-encrusted sweetness on the nose with hints of oak, oats, prickly green herbal hops, pinetar, and marshmellows drowned in cocoa.

Smacks of chocolate on the first sip, then a rushing wave of alcohol-laden hop fusels, then finally a lingering roasty Russian Imperial acidity. A wonderous overall flavor with just a twinge of heat.

At first velvety smooth on the mouthfeel, then just a catch of astringent bitterness.

This was a gorgeous beer but didn't have both the fantastic viscocity or drinkability as Stone's...which i've come in recent samplings to find as about the best RIS out there. Still, stands by itself as wonderous and I think the oak-aged version could make this one exemplary, especially with slightly toned down alcohol and hop-flavors.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. Bottled on Mar 26 2010. Single purchased at John's Market for $2.99.

A-Pours a beautiful dark brown, nearly black hue with a two finger tan head with strong retention. Settles into an abundant cap that produces lacing that is even all the way down the glass. This is a beautiful craft beer.

S-The aroma is magnificent. Deep, dark roasted chocolate malts, Arabic coffee, and the hint of vanilla and cinnamon, as in snickerdoodle cookies. Awesome. Prominent dark dried fruits and sugars, like figs, Turkish apricots, caramelized brown sugar and molasses. Amazing.

T-A delicious, malt bomb. It is adequately hoppy, but is balanced by deep, rich malt flavors reminiscent of figs, brown sugar, chocolate fudge, and vanilla pudding. This is truly imperial, and would be a fine compliment to any Russian winter night, be it enjoyed by a Czar or a peasant. This is the best offering I have had from Great Divide. It has a very distinctive, possibly addictive taste. This is wonderful.

M-Substantial yet smooth. The mouthfeel is delectable. In a word, nearly perfect.

D-This is very drinkable. It must be, since I want more and don't have any. At 9.5% ABV the alcohol is not noticeable in the taste, but it definitely contributes to the overall character of this great beer. Extremely well done, Great Divide. I especially like that this is available in 12 oz. bottles. Great value.

I love this style and this is another great contribution. Very well done.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe. The beer is a deep, rich coffee black with a dark roasted caramel foamy head. It dissipates to a wisp with a circle of foam in the center with sticky lacing. Smells of dark bitter chocolate, burnt malts. The taste is rich, dark, and delicious. At first there is sweetness, like sweet yet bitter chocolate, followed immediately by the burnt malt smokiness. The finish is dry hopped and bitter. The mouthfeel is full bodied and dry.

Overall, this beer is a treat. Great dessert beer, great special occasion beer. It is to be sipped and enjoyed. I look forward to trying some of the other Great Divide Yeti concoctions.

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

22 oz bottle which I've kept in my cellar for a bit less than a year.

Pours a perfectly opaque black with an abundant dark tan head which laces the glass.

Scent is sweet molasses, bitter chocolate, roasted malt and spicy hops.

Taste is sweet, rich and complex with roasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate, coffee and a spicey and citric hoppiness. After several sips I have the distinct impression that I've just eaten a dark chocolate covered coffee bean! The taste lingers at the middle back of my mouth and I savor it until I can't postpone the next sip any longer.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium. Drinkability is very good - I have to slow myself down!

I'm a nut for Russian Imperial Stouts; they're probably my favorite style. Yeti just became one of my favorite RIS's.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle I picked up this summer and have been saving for a cold night to enjoy (-8 degrees last night? Perfect!).

A: Dark, oil, with a great inch and a half or so of very tan, creamy head.

S: Coffee and hops.

T: Now we're talking! Chocolate, coffee, some bitterness on the finish. I really enjoy this beer.

M: Creamy and smooth with enough carbonation that it sort of dances on the tongue.

D: Well, it's 9.5%, so I'm not going to drink a six-pack, but a bomber is about perfect. A highly enjoyable RIS, one of my favorites. I think the few months of age on it really helped it out and it makes me look forward to my bottle of 2006 Oak Aged Yeti I have in the cellar.

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

A: Thick, 2.5 finger head, dark caramel color. Head diminishes to about one finger but sticks around for quite a white, moderate lacing. Pours a very dark brown.

S: Smells like dark caramel. Slight coffee/espresso scent in the back of the nose as well. Fair amount of malted barley coming through, although there actually seems to be a bit of hops coming through.

T: Flavor matches the smell quite well. Caramel malts are strong but not overpowering, and well balanced with slight hoppiness. There is a nice sweetness and mild espresso flavor on the finish. Delicious.

M: Great smoothness, moderate carbonation doesn't hurt flavor, but adds to the experience.

D: Very drinkable stout. One bottle per person might last a little while, but split between two people may not be enough unless this is a dessert beer.

Fantastic! Definitely recommend this for Imperial Stout-lovers

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Photo of animal69
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i tried this 1 (bot. date 3/07) side-by-side w/ my staple RIS, Storm King ; pours like used motor oil, viscous black w/ a non-existent brown head leaving a cap of iridescent bubbles and little lacing in my nonic ; a piney citrus hop and dark roast malt and a coffee-like aroma w/ dark fruits and vanilla note, a hint of wood and hot alcohol present as well ; a sweet, robust burgundian malt flavor blends w/ a "twangy" grapefruit hop initially followed by choc. and dark fruit, a woody, brandy-like flavor, coffee, caramel, nuts, clove(?), finishes making you wonder what's in the next sip ; a full bodied, low carbonated number, rich w/o being cloying ; drinks exceptionally well for a 9.5% ABV, on the downside, i'd prob. drive my truck thru a conv. store wall before i figure all the nuances of this one out...

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

Aroma is sweet, dark rich roasted malt, fruity, a little alcohol. Wonderfully complex. A little vinous.
Impressively large head that is coffee with milk dark. Black. Black. Black. Head is creamy, heavy and shows thorough lacing.
Flavor is every bit as complex as aroma. This depth of flavors starts with the rich malt beginning through the somewhat dry moderately high bitter finish. In between there is burnt malt, rather high hop flavors and bitterness. Bits of fruitiness and alcohol.
Feel is heavy, creamy and almost velvety smooth. Incredibly fine carbonation. Wow.
Very well done. One of the best. Less cloy than many and I like that.

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Photo of rawthar
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 12/21/09

A- Pours as black and thick as dark chocolate syrup with a thick and stubborn coffee & cream head that defies the higher abv. Head leaves a marshmallow fluff lacing as it slowly recedes. Really a pretty looking RIS.

S- Coffee and dark chocolate battle for supremacy as the signature aroma, with a bit of molasses and toffee in the background. More than a hint of oak and a little bit of bourbony smoke, although this isn't a Yeti of the oak aged variety. Smells pretty smooth as it warms up.

T- The chocolate wins the epic battle in the mouth that begun in the nose. So complex that I can almost pick out multiple chocolates, dark, then milk, than moccha. Finishes real dry, though the hops lend less flavor than they do bitterness, which sort of cleans the palette after all of the intense flavors in the front.

M- Perhaps thicker than any other brew I've had, and I tend to gravitate toward some thick stuff. Chewy and syrupy.

D- This isn't the kind of beer that's made for chaining together, but the quality makes you want that first one to never end.

I have an Espresso Oak Aged bomber in the cellar, which I'll be saving for a special occasion. This is an excellent beer without a doubt, and I'll be sure to grab a few more the next time the opportunity presents.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours quite nearly black. Head is solidly brown with a slight reddish tint as well. Head is one finger, reduces to almost nothing. Lots of lacing.
S- Smell is the standard smells of chocolate and coffee. I am also getting a bit of a tobacco aroma.
T- This is one of the tastist and most layered beers I've ever tasted. It's at the very start sweet like milk chocolate but it gets more bitter with a burnt coffee and bitter chocolate flavor set playing off each other. Hop are mild until the finish where they come through with an herbal, and ever so slightly citrusy punch. The finish with the roasted malts and the hops coming together like that really pushes it up for me.
M- It is smooth but it's not quite as creamy as I'd like for the style. Finish is nearing dry.
O- One of my new favorites for the style. I really enjoyed how they let the big flavors of roasted malt and hops play off each other. Really really spot on.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from Harvest fine Wine and Liquors, W. Hartford, CT. Bottled MAR 25 2010.

Pours like jet black motor oil with probably the thickest layer of dark-tan foam I've ever seem. Looks like chocolate pudding great lacing.

Awesome aroma of roasted malts, chocolate truffles and hints of dark fruits I smells like an indulgent piece of chocolate cake from Cheesecake Factory.

Yeti is full-bodied, a thick n' creamy texture leaves a syrupy slickness on the palate. Dessert in a glass.

Up front sweetness of caramelized sugars, toffee, bittersweet chocolate and dark fruits. A huge roasted flavor comes in midway and finishes dry and bitter like espresso. There is a delayed onset of earthy hop bitterness looms on the palate.

Great beer, complex RIS. The ABV warms my cheeks. Excellent beer to sip on a cold December night in New England!

Cheers!

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated what looks to be dec. 24, 2008. I could be mistaken about the exact date, but regardless it is roughly a year old.

A-Pours like motor oil. It is pitch black, as dark as a Siberian night. It has a beautiful, thick, billowy mocha colored head that slowly dissipates leaving a thick ring of foam. It leaves some lacing on the glass.

S-Chocolate, coffee, and hops stand out alongside hints of brown sugar, molasses, and dark fruits. The nose is complex, but it is more subtle than expected.

T-First of all it needs to be stated that this is a complex beer to say the least. Chocolate fudge, heavy cream, espresso, and hops dominate at first. As it warms brown sugar and dark fruit flavors come into play. The espresso flavor and dark chocolate dominate once it gets near room temperature.

M-Thick and creamy.

D-This is a very drinkable RIS. Its abv is not as high as others of the style which makes it easy to finish an entire bomber.

Overall, this is a great imperial stout. I would highly recommend it to fans of the style. I will say it was one of the more unique imperial stouts that I have had due to the overwhelming taste of cream. It is also the most hoppy imperial stout I have had by far which surprised me due to it being roughly a year old. I can't imagine what it was like when first released. I just purchased a 2009 oak yeti imperial stout which I think I will try to age for about two years so the hops can calm down.

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Photo of stewart124
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 09-24-09

Pours pitch black with reddish hues. Whoa this rocky head starts out brick red! Turns into an inch of dense tan foam. This lingers along the sides of the glass.

Bitter chocolate in the nose with dense roasted notes. Smells amazing.

Delicious! Silky smooth. Plenty of roasted malts with an underlying chocolate bitterness that is unrivaled. Whoa buddy this is velvety smooth. Bits of chocolate chewy goodness in the mouthfeel. Plenty of character and body with a nice bite from the piney hops. The hop bitterness coupled with the bitterness from the roasted malts just builds plenty of depth in this Imperial Stout. Outstanding!

This beers seems to come out in layers. Each sip unveils another amazing layer and I wish I could keep sipping throughout the night. Everything blends together so well. Amazing

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with a reddish hue of head that I have never seen before. Very good looking stuff.

Smelled strongly of chocolate as it was being poured, now that is in the glass I can sense roasted malts and toffee. This is supposedly a hop forward stout, but very little if any is present in the nose.

Tastes extremely smooth with no major alcohol kick as in some other RISs. Tastes are the same roasted coffee, toffee, and chocolate found in the nose, with the 75 ibus coming from the chocolate itself. I wouldn't call this a hop forward stout, though they are present. All in all very tasty and easy to drink.

Mouth is med/heavy and carbonation is low/med. Good combination.

Drinkability is very good. I don't see this around too much, but will be sure to pick it up. I look forward to trying the oaked yeti in my cellar next.

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

She pours the muddiest dirtiest grittiest (screw commas) color I've seen. The head is a chocolate milkshake of delight that leaves some lacy catacombs everywhere it looks. The retention is excellent. Perfect.

The smell and taste will group together with this beer, as they really intertwine to create something better than the lone ingredients. Starts bitter and toffee-like, to be rounded out by some caramelly smoothness, very nice. There is some definite hop bitterness to balance everything out.

The mouthfeel is nice, per style it is huge and creamy, excellent silky smoothness.

For an imperial stout, I could drink this all day long...very impressive. I cannot believe how well this beer melds together, it has restored my interest in the style.

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

Served from a 12oz. bottle purchased at Wells in Baltimore, Maryland (12/25/09) into my Great Divide Yeti snifter at the appropriate temperature.

A: As with other Yeti variations that I have had, this is an exceptional looking beer that is pitch black capped off with 2.5 fingers of a creamy mocha head with great retention and lacing.

S: Extremely roasty and hoppy (for an RIS) containing notes of coffee, dark chocolate, milk chocolate and cocoa. Hints of dark fruits are apparent as well.

T: Roasted malt and some slightly bitter hops hit the palate first followed by coffee, dark chocolate, and cocoa. As the beer warms layers of dark fruits emerge especially raisin.

M: Medium to full-bodied with appropriate carbonation. Quite silky and creamy.

D: I have always found this to be one of the most drinkable Imperial Stouts and this bottle confirmed that. The 9.5% abv. is hidden expertly.

Overall this is certainly an icon for me in the Imperial Stout style. One of the first real craft beers that I enjoyed in college and one that I revisit often, along with its oak-aged brethren. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Beer was about 50 degrees when poured but has been in 90 degree weather for about 10 minutes now. A huge, stiff, mocha colored head forms on top of a pitch black, syrupy looking beer. Tons of lacing all the way down the glass as the head recedes.

Aroma is dark fruit, molasses, chocolate, plums, raisins, alcohol. Very enticing indeed. Not much coffee which is fine. Slight hop presence by the way of citrus in the aroma as well.

Taste is sublime. Very smooth and creamy. Raisins and mollasses hit me first followed by the hops and then the chocolate. In the finish, a sort of rum character emerges giving this a nice finish. Alcohol is noticeable in the taste. At 9.5%, the alcohol presence is somewhat subdued, making this a wonderfully drinking beer.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Alcohol is warming (which is a little tough to handle today with the heat) but pleasant. Body is medium-full. Carbonation seems to be perfect.

This is a great Impy. Probably one of my favorites so far. I would like to try this on a colder day to see if the tastes and aromas and overall feelings and interpretations are the same. A great beer in my opinion.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: opaque; very dark brown - virtually black; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 2 finger dark tan head that receded slowly to a thick cap; OK lacing;

S: bittersweet chocolate that morphs into roasted grain that morphs into milk chocolate;

T: malted milk up front, then roasted grain, then milk chocolate; the aftertaste is moderately bitter;

M: full bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish; smooth - hides the ABV very well;

O: dangerously smooth; complex aromas and flavors;

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

Pours an opaque darkness with better than a full finger fluffy dark tan head that fades slowly to sheets of lacing. The smell is awesome rich cocoa, roasted java over syrupy vanilla notes. Lightly carbonated, the mouth feel is thick and rich without being syrupy. Full flavored, the chocolaty taste over just the right amount of roasted malt and coffee characters. Really opens up as is warms. The chocolate-caramel complexity lingers appropriately. The 9.5% ABV can be detected in the nose and with the swallowing breath. Nicely done by a great bunch of people!! Happy Thanksgiving. Peace.

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Photo of jera1350
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate syrup like color and texture as it pours into a snifter. Huge chocolatey brown head that leaves a ton of lacing.

Loads of chocolate fill the nose with a large amount of grassy hops added. Almost a sweet ice cream like scent.

Like the nose, lots of rich chocolate, undertones of mocha and vanilla bean and the outstanding presence of those grassy hops which I absolutely love in an IS. Awesome, awesome, awesome!

Quite a bit of prickly carbonation for the style. It's not a bad thing, just unexpected especially judging by the appearance.

I can't believe I've waited so long to try this beer. I love a hoppy RIS and this fits the bill. At it's price, I would venture to call this a bargain beer. All around awesome and I look forward to having it many more times!

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Photo of SawDog505
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22 oz bottle into my 16 oz snifter, bottle 5/12/11. Pours just amazing. Black as black, with a wonderful looking mocha creamy head. A inch worth, with plenty of lacing. Smell is huge chocolate, coffee, with some tobacco & smoke. A little booze. Taste all those, with a nice herbal hops finish. Mouthfeel is great, big.but approachable. Lots of life. This is my favorite non oaked or barrel aged stout. Great Divide makes some of the best stouts on planet earth, thanks.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,750 ratings.
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