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:
5,436
Reviews:
1,789
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
9.24%
 
 
Wants:
330
Gots:
1,124
For Trade:
21
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter at cellar temperature. This looks thick, and is coal black. It had a big two finger mocha head. I was surprised at the retention given the ABV. This is a great looking brew. The aroma is roasted malt with hints of coffee and chocolate. Some dark fruit in the background too. The flavor follows the nose, with a little hint of hops, or perhaps that's more of a coffee bitterness. The alcohol stays well hidden. This body is rich and full. Man, this is a nice smooth sipper. Highly recommended....

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Photo of jbarletto
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of 31Sam13
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheDoctor
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A:
Pours an impenetrable black the color (and seemingly the texture) of used motor oil with a very nice two or three inches of dark chocolatey brown head that maintains quite well for the beer's ABV. Really active and gloppy head on the whole. Very good retention; good, even lacing.

S:
Rich thick chocolate aromas with some coffee and lots of grassy-smelling hops in the background. Extremely malty but by no means one-dimensional.

T:
Rich and round. The flavor is quite smoky but only verges on burnt. Lots of roasty malts and chocolate. The hops are there but are pretty evenly spaced, so to speak.

M:
Rich, warm, and chewy. Full-bodied with a pretty creamy feel overall. There is a lingering burnt aftertaste but it is right on the edge of being too much.

O:
Really good Imperial Stout.
The beer is impressive and obviously meant to be so. However, it walks the line between adequate and too much expertly. Really looks good for 9.5% and has a nice teasing aroma. The hops come through a lot more in the nose than the taste and I find that works pretty well for breaking the beer up experience-wise. The feel tends to be soft and warming but is not as suffocating as it can sometimes be in RISs. Overall, very good.
Would have again; well worth seeking out.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

Photo of Mortarforker
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of fitzy84
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must say the appearance to this was nearly perfect. Beautifully dark with a huge dark head and just unable to see through at all. Very sharp aromas, almost to the point of them being stingy, were sensed. These included sweet malts, barley, caramel and chocolate flavors. It had a bittersweet taste to it, explicit with its caramel and hop overtones. This one was smooth and creamy but surprisingly crisp too. Overall this was a pretty exceptional beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.48/5  rDev +6.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of ruzzal
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Quality beer, bit too bitter for my taste.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle provided by AKSmokedPorter via BS-BIF

Pours a used motor oil black with a thick chocolate head that fades. Nice lacing on the glass.

Quite a robust aroma of dark roasted grains and earthy hops with some hints of sweet malt. Hints of chocolate are also present.

An immediate taste of sweet malt that rushes into a dark rosated grain flavor. This is followed by a big bitter hop bite and finishes with a blend of hops and roated malt. A slight alcohol presence in the aftertaste. Seems on the young side.

Big full body, slick and smooth.

No problems consuming the bomber. I think that with some age, this will become even better as the flavors have more time to mesh. I look forward to trying the Oak Aged version.

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

12oz. bottle acquired in a recent trade with nflmvp. Thanks Steve!

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A slow-forming, foamy, light brown head emerges from a muddy brown-black body. Glimmers of red can be seen at the outermost edges. Head dies to a thin, sticky crown after a few minutes, but is easily reignited with a moderate swirl. Gorgeous Spanish moss-like lacing all the way down.

Smell: Rich cream and dark chocolate mousse stand out the most. Molasses and sharp dark fruits (namely figs) bring about some mild nostril flarage. Struggling to get much else.

Taste: Starts out smooth, malty, and chocolaty; then shifts to sharp fruity esters, molasses, and hops. Maybe some sour cherries in there as well - yep, definitely sour cherries. Smokey roasted malt makes an appearance in the aftertaste along with bitter, oily hops. Nicely balanced and damn good.

MouthfeeL: Thick, creamy (excellent job with the carbonation), sugary, and even prickly. Coats the mouth with a thick, flavorful, resin. Belly-warming and edge-dulling. Nummers.

Drinkability: A very nicely done RIS. I think I may even like it better than the oak-aged version. If it were available in my area, Yeti would be a staple in the fridge. This one didn't knock my socks off, but it was definitely solid. I could drink this anytime.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

BOD 6/17/14. Pours dark as a starless night. Very good head with exceptional lacing and very good retention. Rich nose of dark chocolate, very little roast character, over a nice citrus hop background with only a hint of coffee. As it warms, light vanilla notes are noticed. Rich full body with a creamy texture. Below normal carbonation with no effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is complex, but the alcohol is not well hidden. It begins with rich dark chocolate that flows into notes of coffee coupled with vanilla over a rich malt sweetness. Roast is noted in the middle over a citric hop flavor and mild bitterness. The smooth finish is dominated by alcohol and leaves a warm back of throat burn and a burnt sugar lingering aftertaste. Dial the alcohol back a bit and this one becomes outstanding.

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Photo of u2carew
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.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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 redleg411
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.8/5  rDev -10%

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,436 ratings.
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