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Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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4.21/5
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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
Ranking:
#980
Reviews:
1,798
Ratings:
5,476
pDev:
9.26%
Bros Score:
3.97
 
 
Wants:
336
Gots:
1,144
Trade:
21
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,476 |  Reviews: 1,798
Photo of kinggimp
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AJmon13
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PlinyMeNow
3.29/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours opaque thick black with a beautiful dark tan head with good retention and lacing. Smell is not overkill, pretty simple with brunt malt and roasted dark espresso beans. All this heralds great things to come. It has a rich creamy mouth feel. The problem for me is the taste which is heavily toasted burnt malts that creates an overpowering bitterness that prevented me from enjoying the other notes. There is a little bit of alcohol, a touch of unsweetened chocolate and more than a hint of espresso, but I felt it was out of balance. The finish was a strong lingering bitterness, like when you eat something charred that lingers in your throat. I kept taking another sip to wash it out, and so the cycle continued. Everything was stellar.... except the taste.

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Photo of Daver32nh
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nicolaiw
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a large mocha head.
Aroma has coffee, bitter chocolate, vanilla, muscovado sugar, roasted malt, dried dark fruits.
Taste is coffee, milk chocolate, roasted malt, bitter cocoa.

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decided on this over Guiness for St. Patrick's Day drinking. Guiness is just too watered down. This does not taste watered down! (of course). Great look and silky creamy feel. Taste is very smooth for a 9.5er imperial. Taste of chocolate, malt, nut - nothing over powering but everything balanced. This is pretty damn good stuff. Happy St. Patrick's Day! Cheers!

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Photo of matcris
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black with a huge, pillowy, tan head that sticks to the glass. Smells like dark chocolate and cocoa, a little hit of alcohol, and a little molasses. The flavor is rich roasted malt almost to the burnt characteristic, molasses, dark chocolate, pipe tobacco, and a little toffee. Just a touch of alcohol. The feel is smooth and pretty full bodied; about average carbonation, and dryer on the finish. This is a young bottle, and so it tastes very layered. It would be good to pick up two and sit on one for a year or two, to see how it all comes together. Nice stuff, though.

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Photo of thoglund
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emptyglassagain
3.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of token_23223
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In a snifter the beer was a very dark brown color. There was a moderate-sized tan head, and a bit of lace.
Dark, smoky malt aroma, a little chocolate.
Lots of char in the taste, some dark chocolate.
Dry, big-bodied.

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Photo of soundaurora
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Biggtriksta
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Joshpu
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep black pour with an impressively built and stable 2 finger dark brown head.

Aromas of cocoa, smoked meats, molasses, licorice, and roast malts.

Taste is pretty intense with lots of ash and burnt alcohol coming forward first, followed by chocolate and even faint hot fudge, some pure smoke, faint meat locker, and firewood/ash at the end.

Feel is pretty thick but also has a decent carbonation keeping it lively.

Overall, Yeti is majorly hindered by its almost completely covered ash and smoke profile. I think with less of this, it would be a great beer. I'm kind of sensitive to cigarette ash flavors, and this one has it in spades. Time to shelve it and let it age.

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Photo of BeerCarousel
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate coffeestout that is well balanced, slight bitterness but perfect enough to enjoy, heavy beer

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Photo of rarigney
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jcooper0027
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EMH73
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a half inch, poorly retained light brown head that left almost no lacing. Smells of roasted malts, coffee, smoke and coffee. Taste follows the nose along with dark chocolate, toffee and what I can only describe as some burnt fruit flavor. Yeti finishes quite bitter, going to let the other three age a bit. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy, lightly carbonated and medium to heavy bodied.

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Photo of Nolster
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Awesome. taste and feel were great. PAins me to admit I drank this amazing imperial from the can (cans available while shopping at the local liquor store... but no glasses) so didn't enjoy the look or full smell... gave an even score across the board but will update next time I enjoy.

The drops I did see on the rim were oil black. Taste was chocolate roasted gourmet coffee with light vanilla and barely a hint of warming alcohol (surprise Considering the abv). Feel was creamy smooth viscous all at the same time.
I'm a stout guy and this one is up there.

Update: poured it from the can this time. Look is as good as the taste. Jet black body. Head was the color of chocolate milk and had a tight pillowy head of small Bubbles. Excellent

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Photo of Jodio
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Ryan_DelMastro
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 5,476 ratings
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