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:
5,410
Reviews:
1,783
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
9.48%
 
 
Wants:
325
Gots:
1,107
For Trade:
21
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,410 |  Reviews: 1,783
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of n2185
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours black with two fingers of brown head that recedes into a thin layer with good lacing.

S: lots of roasted malts on the nose. Semi-sweet cocoa, coffee, and char notes dominate.

T: again, roasted malts dominate. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate mostly, with notes of bitter char. Slight alcohol presence on the finish.

M: thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer could be a bit creamier.

O: a good impy stout overall. Lots of nice roasted characters, though could use more complexity.

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Photo of yergermeister
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of martino_cappachino
3.32/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz glass into a beeradvocate recommended pint glass.

About a finger-tip length of dark foamy, head... almost at points appearing a dark cherry in hues. Medium-sized to large bubbles that never fully diminish.

Sky black, thick dark fondue chocolate in appearance... Feels like it's completely engulfing the glass, and becoming its own entity as I let it warm...

Aromas of lots of roasted malt. Some notes of black licorice, bourbon vanilla and beachwood as the brew warms.

Surprising amount of citrus hop in first sips, which was completely unexpected. Expresso bitterness in between sips. Spices started loading up as the beer warmed, and gained subtle notes of a sort of smooth chocolate vodka / liquor (Black Russian?)... Accidently sent some of this brew down the wrong tube though, and the IBU's and alcohol were quite apparent.

Smooth mouthfeel, a little more carbonation than compared with a Guiness. Slight tingle with every sip when cold.

Wanted very much to enjoy this beer more than I did. But I feel like I've had better stouts. Maybe the 72% cacao w/ expresso nibs chocolate bar I accompanied withh the brew wasn't the right choice (too sweet)? Or I was just thinking about the review too much... All in all, maybe I just need to try and enjoy this beer more than once.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 13/4/12

A shes nearing jet black almost right to the edge of the glass, large three finger of dark mocha foam condenses to a pinky after quite some time leaving spider web lacing to the bottom

S creme brulee comes too mind right away with burnt cream and caramel but its been covered in coco powder with just a little booze and faded hops, smells like something I want too eat

T there's more going on in the mouth but I preferred the nose, a little coffee and char mix well with everything I smell but the burnt wood takes away from the coco and caramels I could smell and the booze is noticeable

M shes silky at first and creamy soon after, the carbonation is right on and its a pretty thick brew, sticky on the lips with some heat and a long finish of caramel and char

O there's some great liquid in my glass without doubt, I'm not sure if I'd like a fresher hop bomb bottle or if I'd like a booze mellowed aged one

I just wish I had some chocolate based desert to go with this one because it's a big boy that would enjoy some company. Today my glass and gut will be all the company this one needs and I'm thanking the Great Rutager for allowing me to have this brew for company

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Photo of aztraz
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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

Beer bottle (35.5 cl.) purchased from "Le souffleur de bières" and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : dark black color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : roasted malty, caramel & dark chocolate aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : roasty malt flavor with rich caramel and coffee notes, leading to dry bitter finish (75 IBU).
Drinkability : a very nice beer in the style Imperial Stout.
To drink at cellar t°.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of rodkin
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely dark brown, looks black in the glass. Looks super thick, with almost non-existent head.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, some malt, sweetness.

Taste's like a little milk chocolate upfront, with some coffee and dark chocolate bitterness following on the way down. It warms well, and the milk chocolatey sweetness becomes more pronounced. The finish is mildly bitter, and lingers slightly.

Feel is great. It's well carbonated, although maybe just slightly thinner than I'd like.

Overall a very good stout, great for sipping.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of denver10
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown appearance, bordering on black, with a thumbs width brown head. Nice lacing. A rich aroma of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, roasted barley, and a touch of alcohol hiding in there. Flavor wise, off the bat you get the roasted barley paired with some sweetness from some liquorice, chocolate, coffee and some dark fruit, towards the end a nice healthy hit of hoppy bitterness introduces itself and carries though into the finish. The alcohol hides itself pretty well but not completely. Medium bodied to this with a creamy feel though not the most impressive mouthfeel for the style. Overall, this is a big beer and a sipper. It's definitely the best beer I have tried from Great Divide. I'm going to have to give their Oak Aged Yeti a 2nd shot after this, I liked the Oaked when I initially tried it but I am sure a second go of it will be even better. Also going to have to try their Chocolate Yeti. Also...LET THIS BEER WARM.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,410 ratings.
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