Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout

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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.

Added by cokes on 08-09-2003

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours thick black (quid pro quo here) and a lovely brown head than just leaves a ring around the glass. Great lacing.

S - Roasted malt abounds! Some coffee, sweet caramel and vanilla shining through.

T - Dark chocolate leading to a weak coffee flavor, roasted malt shines through as well.

M - Medium bodied, low carbonation. Really coats your mouth.

O - A great stout that delivers time and time again.

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful! Dark brownish black beer with a creamy-looking tan head. The head soon fades but leaves behind a nice skim of bubbles and strong lacing that clings in layers all down the glass.

S: Coffee, chocolate, and an undercurrent of boozy alcohol.

T/M: Lots of coffee and chocolate up front, giving way to a bit of hoppy bitterness and spice on the back end, and a bit of warming alcohol underneath it all. Nice and creamy mouthfeel.

O: A really excellent RIS with loads of rich flavor. Delicious.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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3/5  rDev -28.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yeti, what is there to say? Pours jet black, can't see any light coming through, and has a nice brown head on top. Looks thick! Aroma of big chocolate, lots of roast, and still a definite hop presence. A slight roast-hop combination bitterness up front on the tongue that mellows into chocolate sweetness on the way down. A bit of roasted grain and sweet chocolate lingers on the palate. Finishes with some more bitterness. Big thick mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Oh yeah. Well done.

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3/5  rDev -28.7%

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4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Nice, motor oil-like apprearance out of the 12oz. bottle and into my snifter. A reasonably aggressive pour results in a half-inch, coffee colored head without much staying power that vanishes in a few seconds. The lacing is stronger than anticipated with several nice arches clinging to the back side of the glass.

SMELL: Roasted malt is the predominant aroma with a little caramel and toffee lurking beneath the surface. As the head settles some notes of coffee become more pronounced.

TASTE: Although it is not the dominant flavor, the first thing to stand out here is the big, hoppy bite. 75 IBUs are present and despite the big malt bill, all of them are tasted. The big malt balances the big hops with vanilla, chocolate and caramel. A nice dose of espresso serves to compliment the bitter hop bite.

MOUTHFEEL: The Yeti coats the tongue and goes down smooth, rich and oily. A big body with a little heat from the 9.5% gives the palate plenty to experience. Despite the impressive hoppiness it eventually falls on the sweet side with the chocolate, caramel and vanilla becoming more pronounced as the beer warms.

OVERALL: Exceptional is a good word for this beer. While all the other flavors of the Yeti are delicious as well, this is a classic that is worth returning to again and again. It should age quite nicely as well. This is a complex beer that should be sipped slowly and savored. Each and every sip will reveal something different if you take the time to pay attention.

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4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An almost black pour fills the glass with actual black liquid. No light penetrates, not even on the edges. A huge dark mocha head takes forever to dissipate, retains rather well, and leaves some lacing. Bubbles slide up the side of the snifter for most of the quaff.

Smells of roasted malts, coffee, bitter chocolate, dark and inviting me to enjoy.

Tastes of chocolate, which leads to bitter chocolate and roasted malts. A bitter hop and coffee flavor rounds out and excellent stout.

Feels very smooth, but for some reason, it doesn't feel as chewy as the other Yetis I have tried, though still full bodied.

Stellar beer, plenty of coffee and chocolate, and a great hop bitterness. Everything I am looking for in a big stout, except my perception of the texture.


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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 5,568 ratings