Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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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:
#996
Reviews:
1,806
Ratings:
5,514
pDev:
9.26%
Bros Score:
3.97
 
 
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333
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1,167
Trade:
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark, opaque brown, appearing black in the glass. Thin brown head with good retention and light lacing. Good Russian imperial stout aroma of toasted malt, chocolate, dark dried fruit and a hint of coffee. Flavor follows aroma, with well integrated dark toasted malt, chocolate and light brown sugar and dark dried fruit. Finishes with toasted malt and a perfect hop kick. Medium bodied with creaminess. A very nicely integrated, flavorfull RIS that has been a long time favorite. I was surprised to see that I had never reviewed this before. A standby, favorite stout.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from DEC 06 2011

A: A black beer that pours with a finger of creamy, medium brown head made of mousse-like,compact bubble.

S: An awesome smelling beer with moderately-strong aromas of unsweetened chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. A moderately-light citrus hops aroma and light perfume alcohol aroma.

T: A thick, smooth moderately-strong flavors of unsweetened chocolate flavor, roastiness and coffee with some malt sweetness and molasses . There is a moderate hops bitterness and a citrus hops flavor. The balance is moderately towards the bitterness. The alcohol certainly does go unnoticed but it doesn't over well. The finish balanced between dry and sweet with a bitter chocolate aftertaste.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation that is made of fine bubbles give evne more of an impression of weight on the palate.

O: Well I've got a new favorite stout, it's been far to long since I've enjoyed a bottle of this world class stout. This beer has layers of rich flavor from dark grains giving chocolate and coffee with some sweetness the balanced by a firm hops bitterness. this beer just brings ton of flavor sip after delightful sip.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this from a 2012 bomber around 8 months old.

Either Great Divide has improved the recipe of this brew since the Bros reviewed it back in 2003, or they were just dead wrong on their tasting. This is a phenomenal beer, perfectly balanced with roasty chocolate malt and well-balanced hops. Absolutely NOT a sub-4.0 rated brew here.

Pours pitch-black with a really dark brown foamy head. Aroma is pure roasty malt, coffee, dark chocolate, perfectly balanced. Taste is pure roasty malts with up-front coffee and molasses/chocolate with just a hint of booze. Aftertaste is more of the same, but never wavers from the initial flavor profile and certainly never goes south. Flavors are well-balanced, creamy, yet still pungent and non-tiresome. I just drank an entire 22 oz. bomber and my palate is not saturated at all. The flavors are consistent from the first sip right to the last. A top-notch brew here, one that I would be proud to keep in my fridge. The ONLY drawback might be the price -- nearly $10 for a bomber is a bit rich for my blood, but the high quality is certainly there. If you have the cash to blow on this brew, it's definitely worth it, no doubt in my mind. A solid A+ beer and completely deserves one of my highest ratings.

As an aside, I always laugh when people say "A good beer, but not as good as other RIS's." I call bullshit on that one. Notice that nobody ever actually NAMES the other RIS's that are supposedly superior. For me, the closest peer to Yeti is Founders Imperial Stout, but it's just about a tie. Slightly different, but equally high in quality. Don't listen to anyone that uses B.S. to justify their rating. Show your experience or shut the hell up.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two year vertical, 2011 version and 2012 release.

Poured from bombers, both beers had great robust brown-black color with good white-creme heads that lasted for ages with great lacing.

Smell is of roasted barley, typical stout hops, sugar, bitter cocoa.

Taste represents the smell very well.

Carbonation is milder with the 2011 release, but this beer honestly could age for far longer. I'm not sure it would improve this brew, it's not a giant stout that's too boozy or too hoppy. Great Divide hit this one on the head.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 5,514 ratings
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