Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,442
Reviews:
1,790
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
9.48%
 
 
Wants:
329
Gots:
1,129
For Trade:
20
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2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

Photo of Mitchster
2.76/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

75 IBU, 9.5% ABV. 2003 Series.

Pours out to a clear black, forming a good-sized dark brown head with very good retention and pretty, delicate sticky lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma is very fruity with what smells like Cascade hops and abundant burnt malt. Not alot of depth here, akin to Grant's Imperial Stout. Mouthfeel is crummy, with a dry finish, harsh burnt astringency and dense body. Taste is very "green"...predominated by leafy hops, burnt malt, some off-alcohols, not-so-subtle metals, over-roasted and quickly-pulled espresso, rum, burnt sugar, and TONS of chalky grain in the finish. Nail-polish remover exsanguinates my palate. Bitterness lingers on the tongue but I can't tell if it's from hops, acetone, or blackened grains.

Thoroughly unimpressed. One-dimensional charcoal, with no complexity and riddled with off-flavors and problems. Pass on this one. I've had much worse, but this just isn't what Imperial Stouts are about.

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2.79/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Review from notes taken from sampling party early December 2008.

If you are going to get a Great Divide Yeti....pay the extra $1 and get the Oak Aged one...MUCH better!!!!

A - Black....Yeti material....Yeti means snow...and snow is white....just don't get it. Anyways...Black and "appears" thick, but looks can be wrong....read on.

S - High alcohol. Other than that, not great for a RIS

T - Burns when cold. No flavor. Make sure this one is at room temperature or else you just wasted the $8 for the bottle. Crazy. Little to like when cool, ok to like when warm. Other then that, not great. Just average at best.

M = Thin. Alcohol bite. Thats it.

D - 9.5% plus expensive compared to other great RIS...no. Try the Oak Aged Yeti...much better. That review next.

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2.82/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

For me balance is key in a RIS. to much hops takes away from the malty character. Not enough hops and it is too sweet.

Yeti Imperial Stout, lost me on the aroma. To much aroma hopping, overpowered the aroma and to some extent the flavor of the beer.

Apperance: Looked good, dark and think! Poured with a 2 finger head which held up a long time for a stout

Aroma: The Washington hops hit me on the fist sniff, and I had a hard time smell anything else. The malt was there, but any complexity was covered by the hops.

Taste: The initial taste was hoppy, it mellows though the taste into a more traditional RIS flavor, and ends up good.

Mouthfeel: Thick and what you would expect from a RIS.

Drinkability: To much hop in the aroma and the beginning of the taste for me.

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2.83/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I love stouts. GIve me oatmeal, cream, imperial. I'll take 'em all.

I suppose I should appreciate what Great Divide was trying to do here, but Yeti was just lost on me. It's not every brewery that tries to make a beer that's supposed to be savory into something so bitter.

The pour was beautiful. Great color, and a head that grabbed the glass and clinged to the end. From there, the hop overload really put a damper on what could have been an awesome imperial. I just don't believe that so much dry bitterness properly complements a roasty, toasty, malty stout. The citrus profile from the hops really confused the flavor of the brew. It also sucked away the substantial, sometimes silky, mouthfeel of a true imperial. Drinkability also suffered, as the hop presence commanded the long finish that should have belonged to the malt.

Different is often good, but not this time.

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2.84/5  rDev -32.7%

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2.97/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Can't read the bottled on date but pretty sure it's sometime this year

A: Obsidian colored, leaving an initial 1/2 finger worth of head. This disappears within a minute

S: Dark coffee and roasted malt. Hint of charcoal it seems. Pretty big hop character for a stout, with some citrus notes coming through

T: All roasted malt here. Tastes like I'm drinking soot. Very earthy. Big smokey flavor. At the very end, I pick up some bitter chocolate

M: Pretty average for an imperial stout. Medium, somewhat creamy. Roasty, earthy aftertaste

D: Not a fan. Way too roasty. The smokey flavor was very overwhelming. Finished about half and gave the rest to my girlfriend (who seemed to like it)

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2.98/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Ginger Man in NYC.

Pours a think syrupy black body with a brown head, and truly beautiful lacing. Aroma is a potent combination of chocolate, tofee and roast malt. The taste is similar to the nose. Reminds me of chocolate/maple syrup and molasses. Don't even think about detecting any hops. The beer coats my mouth with a real syrupy feel. This beer is actually too think and syrupy and too sweet. Roastyness is barely noticeable. Not properly balanced.

This beer has excellent reviews, so I was shocked to be dissappointed with this beer. It may have been served too cold. I may give it a try out of a bottle sometime.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,442 ratings.
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