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Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

1,744 Reviews
Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cokes on 08-09-2003

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours an inky black body that is opaque with no sign of carbonation. The head is a dark creamy brown head that last for a bit and then turns into a thin film.

S- The smell of deep roasted grain has an earthy, coffee hint to it with a slight sweet creamy hint. The finish has a nice green floral hop note to it.

T- This beer has lots of dark malt layers. Notes of graham cracker and roasted barley blend with some molasses and prune/raisin hints. The finish has a nice hop bitterness that is enhanced by a faint alcohol hint.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with some slippery texture. No alcohol warmth or overt fizz.

D- This beer has lots of nice dark malt flavors and aromas. It is very smooth and the hops are really nice balance of the not-to-sweet-not-to-dry body.

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Photo of bighoppymonster
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black. Absolutely no light is escaping from this black hole of a beer. Dark tan thick head is slow to form -- overflowed from my glass as I was pouring over my dinner. Laces the glass nicely. Smells of roasted malts and alcohol with some light traces of alcohol. Tastes of dark chocolate and coffee up front followed by roasted malt. Some nice oily hopiness rounds it out to complete the taste. Alcohol not as prevelent as I thought it would be, which is a nice surprise. Overall one hell of an Impy Stout. One of the best I've had. Nicely complex and very stout in both character and strength, I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of Derek
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Jet black with a tan head. Nice lace.

S: Not a lot of odour. Mainly hop bitterness.

T: Bittersweet. Dark caramel, a little tar, plenty of american hop bitterness.

M: Very syrupy, slightly oily, full body, moderate carbonation.

The oak-aged version is smoother, with considerably more depth. This one's a good double stout, but not great.

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

It came to be a raven haired beauty, black as night and impermeable by any light, devoid of any ebon detail. Two fingers of cocoa brown head sat creamily and stubbornly atop the glass. Tawny loops of lacing played about the inside of the glass.

The aroma preceded the beer, and swelled as I brought it closer, driving currents of dark roasted malt and dark fruits and deep floral hops noseward. A note of soy flirted a bit amid swirls of coffee and chocolate and alcohol, and even a smidge of licorice.

Upon tasting, the bittersweet signature of roasted grain clambered in, toting waves of coffee and cocoa, earthy tones of cherry and sloe, and the very upfront presence of King Alcohol. The first onslaught ebbs to a more diverse middle, rife with continued fruit and coffee and alcohol, some overall air of spiciness, and accompanied by a more vinous character and the perfume of hops. The finish dries quickly, leaving the hops on stage to linger for some time. It sends waves of flavor in, but subtly so, blended in a bold but nuanced fashion.

Heavy bodied, it's a wonderfully essenced oil, slick and spicy, with a lingering glow that evokes a likewise lingering grin.

It's a subtle brute, and I mean that in the nicest possible way. It's complex, big, bold, brash, and brave, but it never loses it's subtlety. Everything is there for you to taste and experience, should you care to take note, or you can simply sip it slow and bask in its glory. The ABV is a potent creature, and it will lay you open if you let it, but never once does it get out of sync with the rest of the beer. There's no taming this one, but that feral but sublime nature is what makes it as good as it is, so sit back, relax, and immerse yourself. Done cautiously, I would think there could be no regrets.

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

Wow. I need to redefine what I consider a black beer. This is BLACK beer. It is black as it moves from bottle to glass. The head is very heavy, short and somewhat mottled, with lighter creamy and cocoa colored spots. It stains the glass like none other. The smell is incredibly complex. Chocolate malt, hops, dark fruits, alcohol, and a few I can't quite put a finger on. The taste is not as heavy as I expected, but still quite weighty. Lots of chocolate flavors up front, some quite bitter hops, a little coffee mixed in with the hop flavors, other malty flavors, floral and herbal hops, and a little rubbing alcohol. It has an extremely complex and long lasting in flavor and aftertaste. The mouth feel is really thick, like somewhere between eggnog, motor oil, and hot cocoa. There is not much carbonation to offset this, but it is not terribly cloying. I do recommend a square or two of chocolate to finish the last third of the bottle, just to give the palate a break. This is surprisingly drinkable, and highly recommended.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When I first cracked this bomber, my entire kitchen smelled like Hershey’s syrup and hops. needless to say, I started drooling.

This pours jet black with a head that looks like it came from a cup of hot cocoa that leaves a thick lace. Even the mag-lite to the side only registers subtle browns and purples. This is dark folks!

A closer investigation of the smell reveals big barley with a subtle roast to it along with some cleverly paired hopps. Reminds me a lot of Storm King by Victory.

Superb flavor! Wow! There’s a huge malt with only a slight roasted flavor that is neatly paired with a sweet floral hops. This flavor disintegrates into almost a chocolate pudding in both flavor and texture. The finish is a creamy chocolate milk with only a hint of the hopps and roast that leaves the palate dying for more.

The mouth feel is pure smoothness. Delicate bubbles and big creamy texture.

This is an awesome beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of wingnutter
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber

Pours jet black with a thick, juicy brown 2 fingered head. Retained a film and had decent lacing throughout.

Smell: Alcohol aroma was pretty big, which I didnt care for. Hints of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and hops. The smell didnt captivate me enough to want to keep smelling it. One sniff was enough.

Taste: Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. I could really feel the alcohol upon swallowing. Being 9.5% ABV I knew going in there would be some alcohol in the taste, but its not masked very well at all. One it warmed, the alcohol presense actually faded a bit, but it was still a bit much.

Mouthfeel: Slick, oily, and very nice. If I could get past the alcohol this would rate higher for me.

Drinkability: I cant go higher than 3.5 here because of the in-your-face- alcohol. Plus, at 9.5%, drinkability is limited no matter HOW good it tastes.

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

Tried it side by side Storm King at Mad Mex Robinson. Appears pitch black until held up to the light to show a dark ruby brown tone with a moccha tan head leaves lacing around the snifter it was poured into. Aroma is full of chocolate and coffee tones brought out by the dark roasts along with a boozy fruit brandy esque note and loads of floral hop character. Flavor is big very on chocolate and alcohol especially as it warms the hop bitterness isn't standing out entirely b/c of the massive loads of dark malt flavor here as well, not balanced at all in your face with loads of flavor. Mouthfeel is big and chewy with carbonation producing slow gurgling bubbles. Drinkability: Small snifter of it I would probably not attempt a bomber of this one on my own, but it is damn tasty.

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Photo of bunn4funn
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750ml bottle into a snifter

A- Pour DARK no light gets past this beast. No sign of any other color but black. Contains a nice tan one finger head that subsides to an oily top with nice lacing to the end.

S- Caramel, roasted malts, fruity sweetness, with a whiff of alcohol. Nice aroma very inviting.

T- Yum Yum sweet roasted malts and brown sugar kick things off with a fruity sweetness and some caramel in there. This stuff is well balanced with a hoppy finish. With 75ibu' s on tap right now i dont feel that it is THAT bitter, the hops and alcohol are really played down though not to the point that the brew is boring but just right. I am very impressed!! At the time of this review i am even more eager to try the its oak aged counterpart !!!!

M- Huge,Thick, Oily, you know its there. No doubt just the way i would expect and like my stouts

D- This stuff is necter!! I could sip this all night long and not get tired of it, though i would be hammered at 9.5abv!!

Overall- Another great well balanced brew from the Great Divide!!! I love this stuff and when i turn to a stout it will be top on my list. note, i at the time of reviewng i had not yet tried the oak aged version,never the less this brew will not leave you disappointed!! Go hunt a Yeti today!!!!

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

Pint ordered at Cole's on Elmwood Ave. in Buffalo. Dark, nearly black with the faintest reddish-brown glow, thin cocoa-colored head. The nose is a bit faint -- roasted espresso, bitter chocolates, pine, caramel. With a big, satisfying mouthfeel, there is a full, bitter chocolate and sprucey hop taste with a nice caramel malt finish. Doughy and chewy. Thick coffee aftertaste. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden. This is very smooth and highly drinkable. Seek it out.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with a pretty thick tan head of big bubbles that holds fairly well and leaves a very nice lacing.

Smell is roasted grains, baker's chocolate, a substantial hoppiness, and some little hints of caramel. Not a huge fruitiness, but a very lush roasted character.

Flavor is just fantastic. A big, almost charred roastiness that lets little edges of smoke in, but counterbalanced nicely by a very full milk-chocolate flavor that manages to avoid getting grainy like so many similar stouts. The hops are very assertive and give a nice little bitterness on the finish and aftertaste, which locks in well with the chocolate in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel isn't too ridiculously chewy, but it's nicely medium.

Overall: Maybe not quite as good as Stone RIS, but very close. Very, very close.

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Photo of Shaw
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks great after pouring from a 22-ounce bottle. It's dark as night with a nice, rocky brown head that leaves sticky lace down my glass.

It smells of hops -- more than I was expecting -- and roasted malts and chocolate. It's quite nice.

The flavor is also good. It's not as strong as I was expecting, which is good for a beer in a 22-ounce bottle. But don't get me wrong: This is still a damn strong beer. The usual roasted malt flavors are very big, but so are floral hops flavors and a good bitterness.

The body is slick and smooth. This beer glides over my tongue.

The drinkability is also good because this isn't so extreme.

This is another good beer from Great Divide. I see from their Web site that they've been around since 1994, but they've just started being sold here in Florida. They are really impressing me with their offerings. This is a brewery to watch.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: This is a great looking beer. The pour is dead black with a mountanous head of java goodness. The lacing is absolutely incredible sticking to the side of the glass in defiance of gravity.

Smell: A great chocolate covered pine cone dunked in a herbal coffee.

Taste: This beer taste great. There is a woody herbal coffee goodness to this beer.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is full bodied and chewy at times. The alcohol content is high but it creeps up on you like the Abominible Snow man. This stuff is great and I am looking forward to the Oaked version.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz Bomber from Warehouse Liquors.

Appearance: Chocolate Velvet with assertive lacing. Pitch black. Dark brown head like the bottom of a cup of Turkish coffee. The bubbles are just plain fun to watch disperse after the pour. Like a herd of wildebeests crossing the Nile during Gator mating season, these little black-brown bubbles scatter from the head back into the brew from which they came.

Aroma: Tit bit of spice entwined in coffee and chocolate. Carmel macchiato sans crème. Blueberries.

Taste: More Blueberries then a Muffin shop in Maine. Plentiful amounts of coffee and chocolate. A pinch of juniper in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Like drinking a cloud. Wet bitter finish. Well hopped. Burns the tongue a little, it’s so bitter.

Drinkability: Great. To easy for 9.5 ABV.

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Photo of oberon
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pitch black with no light shoowing thru even when held up to a strong light with a mocha colored creamy two fingered head that took its time to settle leaving a ring of lace behind.Big bitter chocolate aromas along with an underlying earthiness from a nice dose of hop thrown in obviously with a beer so dark you are also gonna get a big roasty aroma as well.What I like best about this beer is the fact its no overly sweet like a alot of Impy souts are sue u get the chocolate and roasted elemants but what a great earthy/dry fifnsh gives this beer such balance making it just so damn drinkable.Creamy mouthfeel this beer glides down easy,another gem from Great Divide their big beer kick immense ass and I will keep enjoying them.

Wow I thought this beer was categorized as a Imperial Stout but a double stout it is and rightly so,damn good.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours an opaque motor oil black. It has a good sized creamy head that is very dark brown. The head quickly goes to a bubbly film and collar that laces the glass.

The aroma is lactose, chocolate, some bitter hops, wood, and anise. There's also some dark fruits and alcohol.

The flavor is anise, lactic cream, coffee, chocolate and some fruitiness. It has a pretty sharp burnt bitter finish that leaves a slight sticky aftertaste. It's well balanced between the sweet and the bitter (tending a little more towards bitter), and the alcohol is well hidden (yet belly warming). The mouthfeel is full and creamy.

Overall, similar to the oak aged version, but I liked this much better. It was a little more tamed in terms of alcohol and bitterness. One of the best imperials I've had to date. It's still a tad rough around the edges...I bet this would age nicely.

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Photo of LuckySkuff
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, a truly delicious beer. I also have a bottle of the Oak Aged in my fridge - new purchases at Whole Foods market, apparently the first day in stock as well (God bless the NC PopTheCap campaign).

I'll be succinct, as so many others have already put it better than I. Pours a delicious dark brown color, completely opaque, with a beautiful inch of dark tan-colored head. (note: with an aggressive pour, lots of head.... a very slow, careful pour yielded almost none)

Smells of roasty-chocolate and maltiness: the high alcohol rating is completely shrouded by the complex tastes.

Mouthfeel is perfect for an Imp Stout; thick, rich and velvety, with a nice alcoholic warmth felt in the back of the throat on the way down. Tastes like semi-sweet chocolate with coffee highlights in the background, a nice cavalcade of malts crowned with a slight bitterness. All in all, perhaps the best Imperial I've tried; of course, I may change my mind after I try the Oak Aged tomorrow evening.

Cheers mates!

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

This is an excellent stout that I would not hesitate to buy and drink again (and again). If beer was horse racing, this would belong in a group of several excellent horses in this class, chasing about a length behind the leader, which would be Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout.

I seem to have been drinking this from my pint glass for quite a while now and feel like I have been taking generous mouthfuls every time I put the glass to my lips, and yet a quick glance at the beer level in the glass shows that I have made only a modest impact on it.

Interesting...very interesting.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dense 1" coffee colored head that sits up and stays for a few moments before receding to the glass' sides. Intricate patterned lacing with very good durability. Coal in color with chunks of floating sediment.

The aroma is charcoal-filled freshly ground coffee beans with waves of dark, bitter chocolate. Whaffs of alcohol and hints of vinous fruits.

Big chewy, roasted malt character; dark chocolate, espresso, and a rough toffee flavor. Robust and moderately sweetened. Also a splash of almonds in and out of the coffee bean and rough chocolate. The finish is bitter and dry with an aftertaste of muddy cocoa and warming alcohol. Very tasty!

Full bodied; full and chewy on the palate. The alcohol gives this version a touch of slickness on the palate.

A very solid version of the style, meant to be shared due to the high octane abv% and how good it tastes. Congrats to Great Divide for such a nice offering.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an inky black with a dark brown head. The head fades slowly leaving thick laces. This beer has a strong coffee aroma. It also smells like chocolate. I also detect a sweet caramel aroma. Hop aroma is also present. The alcohol content is present in the aroma. This beer has a very strong coffee flavor. Chocolate is also a strong flavor present. It is very malty. I can taste the alcohol clearly. The hop bitterness is also more noticable than in most other Imperial Stouts I have had. This beer has an aggressive flavor. It is a little more carbonated that usual, but it is still very good. It leaves a malty, chocolate like aftertaste. I think that this beer might not be the best session beer because it is high in alcohol, and the taste is very aggressive. I think that this is a great beer, and if I ever get a chance to have it again, I definately will. Thanks mentor for taking care of me again.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours black as coffee with a thin tan head of tight bubbles. The head managed to stick around for a long time, and left a bunch of lacing in it’s wake.

Aroma: Toasty malts among some evident roast (imagine that). There is a bit of a spicy alcohol presence even through the cold foam.

Taste: Rich and syrupy with malt out the wazoo. It has a floral hop presence in the flavor that hidden in the aroma. After you notice the hops in the middle of the profile, there is a subtle fade-in of the bittering hops mixed with the syrupy malt to coat your throat. Finally somewhere at the end, there is a definitive warming that sets in to hang out until your next sip.

Opinion: This is one rich beer! I think that I prefer this one to Stone’s Imperial Stout because the flavor is more well rounded and palatable. This beer is very bold, but remains drinkable…instead of coming across as a bottle of espresso with a shot of vodka in it. This is a quality beer!

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Jet-black, thick pour. Beautiful thick dark-brown chocolate milkshake head. Very impressive appearance. Head gradually subsides to leave lots of beautiful lacing. Top marks here. To a stout fan, it is a thing of beauty.

Rich smell of roasted malt. Somewhat bitter, earthy, lots of coffee scent. Some hint that reminds me of soy sauce.

Dark, rich flavor, really a treat. Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. Raisins, molasses, currants. Very nice combination of flavors, indeed. The alcohol is present and mildly warming, but not dominant. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter, but in a really good way.

Rick, thick and chewy. Everything I look for in an Imperial Stout.

Very good drinkability. Not top marks here, because of the bitter aftertaste that, while generally exceptional in flavor, would limit my ability to enjoy more than one of these.

Now, the question is, do I spring for the Oak-Aged Yeti to compare the two? Based on how much I enjoyed this tasting, I think I will, so this is a definite two thumbs up in my book.

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

A solid four-finger mocha colored head. The liquid is nearly black. The head is very stable, lasting a long time and leaving a thick lace.

High caramel aroma, some coffee notes and solid alcohol presence. I'm predicting a thick rich beer.

This is a BIG beer. Lots of black patent malt, chocolate malt, high alcohol oiliness, and a positive hop presence that gives some awsome balance. This is perhaps one of the richest beers I've ever had. Moderate carbonation doesn't thin it out at all.

I want to try this one in a flight of Imperial Stouts. My initial impression is that this is the best IS I've had. Very nice. Seek this one out.

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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 numenor1
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like liquid obsidian, with a thick brown head that leaves nice lacing. Looks very imposing. Smell is of bitter chocolate, dark cherries and roastiness and a slight whiff of alcohol. Starts with a jab of dark roastiness, then powerful cherry sweetness that melds into bitter, hoppy roastiness lingering on and on. Tremendous flavor, sweet but never cloying and alcohol only shows in the throat warming. Loads of hop bitterness in the finish, it dries out quite nicely, but not exactly in a delicate fashion. Delicious. Mouthfeel is quite full with medium, tongue coating carbonation. Quite drinkable for the strength. It's within me to drain both of my bombers of this...

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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