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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:
#987
Reviews:
1,802
Ratings:
5,492
pDev:
9.26%
Bros Score:
3.97
 
 
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333
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Photo of kojevergas
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355 ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectatons are above average; I've had this beer before in my native Denver. Bottled: 11/05/2010.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger head of beautiful tan colour, great cream, incredible thickness, and impressive retention considering the high ABV. Colour is a predictable nontransparent solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Opaque.

Sm: Great roasted barley foundation. Fantastic dark malts. Cream and hints of chocolate. Hints of caramelization. A moderate strength aroma.

T: The creamy open gives way to the pleasant roasted barley foundation with dark malts abound. The presence of hops is notable - which is curious for the style (I don't care for it). Some chocolate and caramel. No yeast comes through. Hints of coffee. The cream is nice. Somewhat layered. Not horribly complex or subtle, but nicely balanced for what it is. Built pretty much to style. The roasted character is lovely.

Mf: Smooth and wet; should be coarse and dry. Adequately carbonated. The thickness is slightly off, but I can't discern in which direction.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable for the style. Hides its ABV well. This won't disappoint. But it's not exemplary, especially in comparison to its better variants. A great Russian imperial stout worthy of attention, but nowhere near perfect. Very well priced (especially in Colorado) and worth your time. I'd have it again. I would like more of a yeasty character.

Age does it well, but you're better off going with a variant of this beer for cellaring.

Drinks just fine out of a narrow-mouthed goblet. The masses will stick to snifters, but secretly I'll harbour goblets as the preferred vessel.

Pairs well with hard pretzels. Steak is also probably quite nice.

B

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12.20.14: Truncated impressions below:

A: Pours a gorgeous head with an incredibly shiny complexion and a lush rich dark tan colour. Fantastic creaminess and thickness, great retention...just a solid head for an imperial stout.

Body colour is an opaque ink-black.

A benchmark appearance for an imperial stout.

Sm: Rich roasty dark malts, chocolate malt, caramel, cream. Screams "dark beer" at the top of its lungs. Moderate to high aromatic intensity.

T: Aw, yeah. Dark malts, heavy roast, caramel, some toffee...this is how you do an imperial stout backbone. There's some alcohol warmth, but it's pleasant. Cream helps take the edge of the roasted barley. Some mild char and burnt character. Well-balanced and built.

Mf: Creamy. Coarseness and smoothness are locked into a constant tug-of-war, accentuating the roast in the taste. Well-carbonated.

O: Still one of my go-to imperial stouts. Rivals Storm King and Ole Raspy for best widely available beer in the style. A must-try, but not perfectly balanced. The burnt/char could be toned down, and why is this 75 IBUs?

B

***
06.20.17 on-draught at the Thirsty Lion in Denver:

Silky smooth and delicious.

B / GOOD

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of TriggerFingers
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery in Denver, CO

As most people gave a complete rundown, I will just give you my overall impression. For an Imperial Stout, the Yeti is quite approachable. The man at the brewery said the IBU's were high (around 100ish)-- ummm....I guess?....it seemed very well balanced to me....I was actually getting more bitterness from the Black Malt, rather than hop bite. Some slightly medicinal notes on the nose, and faintly on the taste buds...other than that...the Yeti is a top quality high-octane stout that displays the cocoa and coffee in spades...

This one is lighter and a little more enjoyable than Old Rasputin out of a bottle, IMHO

Grade: 93-, A

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Photo of DM1293
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black and thick as tar. No head whatsoever to it. Granted this thing is ice cold but I usually expect SOME carbonation. This thing is liquid black!

Smell - Mingling of the usual suspects; toasty malt, coffee, chocolate. A bit of something...else too, something kinda sweet. Can't place it.

Taste - There is a nice light carbonation in the back, a tingling on the palate. Lets the flavor perk up, and its really solid; A good chocolate-malt mix with coffee notes in the back to balance it.

Mouthfeel - Creamy.

Overall - I wanna rate it a little higher overall. But there is something about it that I like and I hate at the same time in the taste.

Still its a good stout...and if nothing else, its got me curious about its oak aged espresso brothers...

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the famous and acclaimed yeti! not a cheap 4pack. pours a very thick syrupy almost black brown with a surprisingly large mocha bubbly head a few inches high. smells like espresso and molasses right up front, bittersweet with a touch of spice. also the high alcohol content is obvious. flavor is large and complex, melted dark chocolate runs into licorice notes and a strong coffee finish. the beer is also rather sweet, especially as it gets warmer in the glass. its almost too sweet as it goes on. booze presents itself too. feel is very full bodied, and a little syrupy. the carbonation is very tame, which is stypical of the style. overall i like this a lot, and even better than some of the specialty yeti beers. this is an excellent imperial stout if you dont mind the sweeter finish.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of n2185
3.83/5  rDev -9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of martino_cappachino
3.32/5  rDev -21.1%
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 +12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Jerry
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of SalMineo
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Soxfanmcgee
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of laxer8811
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of dgeebs07
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of grs100
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of thierrynantes
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 5,492 ratings
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