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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 fank2788
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle filled Feb 07 poured into a pint glass
I was pleasently surprised to see my local beer store carrying great divide beers so I just had to pick up a bottle of Yeti to try
This one pours an inky black with one of the darkest brown heads I've ever seen on a beer, too bad it doesn't stick around much. When cold the smell is dominated by american citrus hops as it warms the malts move to the foreground led by chocolate and other roasted malts, the smell stays a bit on the weak side. The taste starts out bitter both from hops and bitter roasted malts, there is also a good deal of dark chocolate like flavor from the malt along with caramels, black coffee and a touch of alcohol spice. Mouthfeel is good nice and full low levels of carbonation however it is noticable the finish is fairly dry but there is a somewhat strong bitter aftertaste with some warming from the alcohol. Drinkability is above average I tend to be a bigger fan of the english style RIS's where the malt is in the forefront with little to no hop contribution this is good but I think I have had better.

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Photo of udubdawg
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

oh hell yes. Black pour, big tan head. Nice lacing over much of the glass.

Nose is just short of harsh, and full of big charred bitter roasty aromas - really in your face, and in face, near perfect. Alcohol is all over the place but seems well suited. This is a big beer, not suitable for many, but I'm game.

Everything noted in the aroma is present - this is a rich, full flavored bitter, charred and otherwise heavily roasted beer. In fact bitterness is heavier than expected from the aroma. I know from experience that this beer will improve to a 4.5 with a year of aging, but it is still tasty now. There are only the faintest hints of residual sweetness making this quite drying. This isn't the (arguably better) oak-aged version, but something here is reminiscent of oak. Surprisingly smooth finish and lots of alcohol warming - not for everyone, but I declare myself worthy!

Some higher than expected initial carbonation in this one, but otherwise some nice creaminess. Never quite easy drinking, in fact this is one where I have no trouble sipping and enjoying.

This one's fresher than I prefer, but this is still a damn fine beer. And I know it'll get better - it's a good thing, or I'd never be able to resist drinking the rest of these.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black pour with only a hint of brown tinting, topped with a thin dark-tan head of foam. Big, rich nose full of notes of cocoa and dark chocolate and a substantial spicy, citrusy hop presence. An initial bitter chocolate, coffee flavor gives way quickly to a spike of intense bitterness, but the malt lingers in a way the hops don't, leaving a taste of well-roasted barley long after one swallows. Big bodied, though a little low in carbonation for my tastes.

A very big beer, a bit much for a late nightcap in fact. I wish you could grab it in four-packs.

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Photo of SaltyLime
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark, very dark. nice voluptuous pour. dark mocha head that starts foamy and pops away to a thin sliver.

Smell - nice maltiness and fresh hops.

Taste - Hoppiness leans towards stealing the flavor, but is overall a well controlled hops/roasted malt balance. seemed to be absent of the usual coffee flavor, but did have a minute chocolate taste. What was a little different is that when the brew warmed up, the flavors didn't seem to expand.

Mouthfeel - Thick, leaves a film on the tongue that distracts from the taste. The alcohol dry feel did seem to come out more as it sat.

Drinkability - OK, not bad, but would not have converted me if it was the first Imperial Stout I ever tried.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After a thorough inspection, I can ascertain that this beer is completely black, no slivers or tinges of color anywhere. The head was also impressive, with a chocolate brown hue and big, dark bubbles, but unfortunately it didn't last long. The nose is heavy on the sweet coffee malt with hints of caramel and toffee and a strong dose of hop balance.

The first sip reveals a strong, almost tastebud overwhelming flavor of hops railing against the traditional coffee and roasted malt. Alcohol is present and accounted for and layers heavily on every sip. Mouthfeel is thick and oily and the aftertaste lasts forever. A rea nice beer bbut I could stand a touch less on the boozeometer and just let the taste shine through on it's own...

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Photo of dbalsock
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

App: Pourd dark black (dark black?)... black. Had a tan head that was a lighter tone than I expected about 1 finger thick. The lacing was very heavy and had a cascading effect.

Smell: Caramel and hops with a sweet coffee niceness.

Taste: The hops came out very distinctly agaisnt the coffee and light cocoa background. The caramel was nice too, but the coffee was a little too intense and made it kinda one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel: A little too bitter with out the air of alcohol or the sweet body. The alcohol is noticeable on the aftertaste, but is lacking during the rest of the journey.

Drinkability: Not nearly as drinkable as other RIS but is still enjoyable once in awhile. I bet it ages well, and would consider cellaring it for a awhile.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge nose on this one, big fragrant dark malts spring forth in fine fashion.
Toffee and caramel with smooth fruity esters in the background.
Deep chocolate and coffee deep inside the smell.

Taste is an incredible malt explosion. Tasty chocolate and creamy toffee malt caress the palate and never let go. They hang on from the first sip and hang to the palate with strong viscosity. The malts in this beer are incredible, they mend and meld perfectly and achieve a perfect balance throughout the sip. Piney hops join the flavor board midway through works well to produce a nice balanced flavor. Toned and refined, Yeti Stout is a fierce and dangerously drinkable RIS. A malt bomb that is nearly flawless. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Gingerman pint glass.

Appearance - This isn't a bad looking beer. Pours like thick, syrupy, coffee with a fingers worth of head. Lacing is minimal and the head disappears after several minutes.

Smell - I love the smell of a good RIS. Alcohol, vanilla, dark malts and maybe some dark chocolate, and some kind of spice...

Taste - Pretty delicious. Dark roasted malt, and quite a bit of hop spiciness. Sweet opening with a bitter finish. The bitter just makes me want to take another sip. There is a faint hint of bitter chocolate behind the hops that shows up in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Pretty good compared to some other RISs. Thick (as should be expected) and creamy with a bitter finish. A little more carbonation to balance with the bitterness would have been nice, but that just sounds like I am nitpicking.

Drinkability - This beer has very good drinkability when compared to some others in the same style. Drinkability is better if you just take frequent small sips as opposed to a few large gulps. I noticed some friends of mine who were not very experienced with such a stout beer trying to take it down in large gulps, while I took frequent tiny sips, and I actually finished my beer before they did.

This is a great beer. Try it if you haven't, but, I prefer the oaked version over this one. The oaked version has smoother edges when compared to the original. This is still a great beer, let alone a great RIS. Yummy.

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Photo of zdk9
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a deliciously flavorful brew that was overshadowed by an imbalance of hops.

A- Pours out a midnight black with a fingers worth of dark cocoa (very nice color for a beer foam). Not a lot of lacing.

S- Nose of brown sugar, a wide variety of fruitiness (berries, grapes, prunes), some sweet cinnamon. Suprisingly, not a lot of coffee or chocolate- nice difference from so many other dark beers.

T- Great complexity of malt flavors- milk chocolate, molasses, ginger bread (I love the ginger!), blueberry, winey. Very strong hops bitterness, especially in the aftertaste- flavors of grapefruit pith, with a touch of pine resin.

M- Great creaminess without overshadowing the flavors of the beer. Bitterness was just too strong for my taste and left my mouth puckering.

D- Great smell and flavor, once again the bitterness was a degrading factor for me, along with the alcohol not being very well covered up.

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Photo of kajerm
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, with hugeass lettering. I'll start this review off with a confession: the beer was a little too cold and I was pretty drunk when I tasted it. If I get a hold of another bottle (and I will), I'll rerate sober at cellar temperature.

Pours black with a thick brown head.

The smell is vanilla and an assload of sweet dark malts.

Opens up sweet, malty, and chocolatey, and finishes with black malt flavor. Alcohol is absent in the flavor, but that could just be an artifact of the temperature.

Mouthfeel is thick and moderately chewy; drinkability is standard for an Imp.

This is an awesome, awesome stout-- I can't wait to rerate.

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Photo of BadRockBeer
3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Serving Type Sampled: Out of a 22oz. crown top brown bottle at the Pump House in Longmont CO.

Appearance: Pours black with crimson hue. Very nice 2 finger mocha head that last throughout.

Smell: Bourbon, banana, vanilla and alcohol.

Taste: This is another complex extreme beer. The huge malt is rather apparent fight up front. There is a residual sweetness that is kind of cloying. There is a huge bourbon taste as a result from the oak aging. The hops are subtle but never the less still tasty.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body, light carbonation.

Drinkability: Poor, I really found this to be a great beer however I could only enjoy it in small pours, maybe 4-5oz. at a time.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle with no freshness date. The liquid is very black and thick with no transparency. It is topped by the most unique head I have ever seen, an orange, brown color that leaves the stickiest and thickest lace ever. The aroma, at first, is a bit hard to discern, but is characterized by a bitter roasted malt smell that is similar to a sweet dark chocolate.

The taste is a sweet malt, darkly roasted. The hop flavor is fantastic for a stout with post notes of hop bitterness. There is some distinct warm, alcohol flavor from the high abv but it is not overpowering.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy along with some fabulous tanginess. This is an excellent beer, matched by only a few.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours an attractive, seal brown with a semi-thick, dark tan head that sticks around longer than most RIS's and leaves excellent lacing. It's hard to take a whiff of this brew and not immediately drinki it. Nevertheless, I resisted long enough to take some notes on the aroma. At first, all I can think of is chocolate chip cookies, with its cocoa malts and sweet bready notes. But then, it's followed by some hidden hops, organic barley, and raisins.

The taste is both subtle and direct at the same time. Bitter coffee and chocolate malts command the flavor at the front of the palate, while hop notes discreetly work the rest. Absolutely no hint of alcohol here, which can be good or bad, depending on who you are. For this beer, however, it definately works. The mouthfeel is the epitome of "velvety", as an amazingly smooth, thick body coats the tongue and inside of the mouth. Semi-sweet bitterness kisses the back of the throat on the finish. Even though I love most brews from Great Divide, I hadn't yet found a RIS that truly hit the spot. Consider the position filled. This beer has it all: taste, complexity, smoothness, a 9.5% ABV that only reveals itself halfway through the bottle (or by checking it on BA). Job well done, Great Divide.

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Photo of sstackho
3.64/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased from Total Wine in Clearwater FL. My first imperial stout! As such, I should mention that I'm not much of a stout drinker. More of a hop fan. So I figured an imperial stout with a lot of hops could be up my alley. Pours black with some head depending on the pour. Smells very very much like a stout. All strong malts. Tastes pretty much like a stout too - in fact, somewhat surprisingly so. Lots of roasted malts and some hints of coffee. There are some hops in the aftertaste, but it's not as substantially different from some other stouts as I was expecting. But it's definitely a very full flavoured stout - I would drink more stouts if they were like this one. Can't say I particularly tasted the alcohol - though I felt it!

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$10.99 for a 22 oz bomber at Lone Hill Liquor in Glendora, CA. in March, 2007. Tasted in April 2007.

Pours a deep dark brown with a pretty brown-tan head, swirling leaves lots of tiny brown bubbles on the side of the Piraat tulip.

Aroma of espresso and bitter chocolate, also some weediness. Rich full and velvety aromas are generally quite good.

Flavor is of Postum & chicory coffee, rich and bitter. Behind that, there's an intertesting sweet counterbalance. Thick rich full heaviness on the tongue. Mouth is on the bitter side and the alcohol burn is very strong, much moreso than it should be. Well done imperial stouts can easily hide the alcohol, but this one missed it in this area. As such, as much as the richness makes me want to drink this faster, the alcohol burn keeps me from enjoying it as much as I want.

A good big stout, but I like some others better.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Opaque black in color. Dense dark tan head pours one finger thick. Solid retention. Nice sticky lacing that clings to the glass.

S: Roasted coffee. Dark Chocolate. Toffee. Dark Fruit. Yeast.

T: Deep dark roasted coffee and dark bitter chocolate give way to an earthy wet pine hop that has a bitter bite. Burnt caramel malts and the flavor of toffee give off a pleasant astringency and are followed by dark fruits and a hint of licorice. Finish is warm and dry with the taste of yeast and wet earth.

M: Silky smooth and creamy. Minimal carbonation. Warm and dry.

D: A complex stout that has alittle more hop flavor than most for the style. Each sip leaves you wanting another. I enjoyed this brew with a nice steak and it was a good pairing. Recommended.

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Photo of BlazmoIntoWowee
2.62/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber

Appearance - Well, hello tall, dark and handsome. What a beautiful pour - thick, mahagony brown with a cocoa head that seems to sort of fade into the beer (no clear division at first). Leaves thick lacing when head fades.

Smell - I'm not getting much from this. A faint citrus hops smell and an even fainter rosted odor. Also I think there's a hint of coffee like bitterness, but even a hint is making my mouth water.

Taste - Wargh, hop avalanche! Way hoppier than any beer this dark I've ever had. Roasted coffee type flavor present in the after taste, but only after the hop-punch-to-the-face fades.

Mouthfeel - substantial, warms the tongue

Drinkability - Too alcoholic and bitter to go down smooth. Overall a disapointment to me. Lacks balance

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Photo of wspscott
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle in pint glass

Pours very dark, lightly carbonated, only a hint of a head/lacing. The smell is a dark chocolate/ raisin nose, almost a port-like, very nice. Taste/mouthfeel comes across "thick" feeling, coats the mouth like a rich stout should. It is obvious there is a lot a alcohol here, but it does not come across as overly hot. This is difinitely a sipping beer, I think this bomber is going to knock me over. I would recommend finding a friend to share this. If you are a stout fan, this is worth checking out. I will almost certainly give this a try again.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night, absolutely opaque. It has a thick pancake head that is tan and disappears pretty quickly but leaves great lacing. The smell is of rum soaked raisins, dark chocolate, prunes, licorice, port wine and a finish of cocoa. The alcohol is definitely noticeable, but its more in the nose than the taste. The taste is wonderful. A perfect blend of roasty flavors, creamy mouthfeel, and chocolate and dark fruit with brandyish overtones. Wonderful flavors very well balanced, and with a big finish. Big but smooth and creamy mouthfeel. For the high abv and big flavors,its still quite drinkable.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

03/28/07- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info on the bottle. Purchased in early 2006.

Appearance- Super black in color with a nice chocolate malted powder colored head. Probably a good 3/4 inch at the pour. A nice 1/8 inch remains. Lacing is about average...spotty.

Smell- Mostly some deep roasted chocolate malts with a whiff of coffee grounds. A bit of a hop bite as well.

Taste- Has a cigarette ash flavor the same as the Founders Bourbon Stout I just had. It lasts for a few seconds and then the coffee and chocolate roasted malts take over. A very nice hop bitterness is present as well. Great overall flavor combinations. Alcohol is present, but melds well with the beer.

Mouthfeel- One of the more creamy imperial stouts I have had. Lower carbonation and a medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Right up there with my favorite stouts (Stone and Alesmith). Worth trying for sure.

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Photo of grub
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

crwills hooked me up with this one in a recent trade. thanks craig!

12oz bottle, bottled april 2006.

pours very dark brown, nearly black, and opaque at all but the thinest edge. a thin dark brown head comes up when poured but quickly disappears. the thin ring leaves some spotty lace.

aroma is nice. alcohol. light roast. caramel. bit of bready malt. milk chocolate.

taste is good. alcohol. high bitterness level. bittersweet chocolate. espresso. tons of roast. burnt wheat bread. bit of caramel. seems a bit out of balance, with strong bitterness and alcohol but little sweetness and malt. this gets better as it warms, but still feels a little off.

mouthfeel is good. bit of astringency. fairly big body, with a low carbonation level.

drinkability is good. alcohol is obvious but not overpowering. balance is a little off, but not bad. very enjoyable, even at 9.5%abv.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to Phatz for allowing me to taste this fine ale out of a snifter side by side with the Oak aged Yeti.

A - Pitch Black with a healthy tan head. It appears dense, opaque and has highlight of darkness swirling underneath it all.

S - Berry and bittersweet chocolate aromas dark and roasted scents emanate

T - Rich, luscious, tip of the tonque tannic likened to a ruby red center enveloped in malt.

M - Candied nuts, berry and prune flavors are apparent. The essence of pine hop flavors and mild grapefruit bitterness up front with sweet roasty malts in the finish.

D - not highly quaffable due to the gravity, but luscious and intense to say the least. One to sip and savor for all of it fullness and depth

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Photo of StargherKing
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours very dark, relatively thick, beautiful thick cocoa colored head. Beer itself is jet black, with the barest hints of ruby at the edges when held to light. Smell is dark, velvety. Cocoa, coffee, toffee, some hop bitterness. Taste is very similar to smell. Rich, luscious flavor, like cold cocoa with coffee beans and dark toffee. Mouthfeel is very smooth and luxurious. Again, the word that comes to mind most thinking about his beer is "velvety". Drinkability is good, though it goes down smooth enough that the relatively high ABV (9.5) can sneak up on you. I certainly don't think I could drink this all night (though there aren't many beers that I could), but putting this bomber away will be no problem. Very nice beer.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.74/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I wasn't as impressed with this beer as most other reviewers, objecting some to what I detected as a lack of maltiness, and an abundance of sour fruitiness in this beer.

It poured an inky black with a small tan head. Aroma was rather white wine-ish, and not very roasty (roasty being what you expect in an Imperial Stout). Flavor was a bit better, with lots of wine fruitiness up front with some backing roastiness, but not nearly enough to wash away the fruitiness nor satisfy my expectation from an Imperial Stout. Texture was good, but the winey quality made this beer not very drinkable.

I had this beer on-tap at Landmark 1850 Inn in Milwaukee. I have some doubts as to the sanitation of their tap-lines; nothing I drink there seems to taste as good as it should.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark, dark, and more dark. Thick and impossible to see through. Huge head with strong aromas. I got a 22 and it was tougher and tougher as the sips continued. Smells of roasted malts with hints of vanilla/chocolate. Taste is not bad and has some character but not balance. Nice roasted malts, some chocolate and vanilla. More hops that I expected in the taste, moreso than Storm King even. Alcohol was very noticeable towards the end. Medium to full mouthfeel but overly bitter, still not bad. Drinkability is average, it's a RIS. They're high in alcohol but it's also easier to pick up the alcohol here, so I don't know what to say. Great Divide is great...this one, though, more average.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,322 ratings.
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