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  rDev -5%

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

Appearance - Well, this is thick. Looks like somewhere between chocolate syrup and motor oil. Deep, dark, black, dark brown head. Long lasting head.

Smell - I got some aroma just in pouring it. Chocolate licorice, some alcohol, rich rum raisin, vanilla extract. Very good.

Taste - Very good. Roast, chocolate, very warm going down, definite alcohol finish. Nutty as well. Sweet. Just a hint of dark fruit. The boozyness destroys a lot of the flavor on the following sips.

Mouthfeel - Medium-full to full mouthfeel. Carbonation is low. Appropriate.

Overall - Like a lot of RIS's I'm always very impressed until the finish, which is usually a bit hot, as it is in the case. This might be amazing aged another 6 months (it's only been about 3 according to the bottle date.) Still, a very good RIS.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Kate the Great snifter. Bottled 1/28/2011.

Appearance - Inky black with a small mocha head off a vigorous pour. Nothing retained and only a ring of foam. Looks nicely viscous, though.

Smell - Chocolate and vegetal hops. Really intense on both counts. The chocolate is nice but the hops become grassy and even a bit chemical in nature. Smells like Pine Sol.

Taste - Strong hops again in the flavor, but they aren't as grassy and herbal. They definitely blend thoroughly with a more impressive chocolate and coffee roasted malt. Not all that sweet, but I wonder if I'd notice given all the hops. Needless to say, it has a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Good mouthfeel, despite all the flavors I don't love. Maybe not as thick as I'd expect considering how it looks, but still medium-heavy.

Overall - I don't get why this is so well regarded. I can think of quite a few readily available RIS's that are much better than this. I'm interested to see how the various treatments of this taste.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L - Pitch black color with a 2-finger bubbly brown head. Pretty good retention that fades into a nice thin cap over the beer that leaves behind some of the best lacing I’ve seen in a stout.

S - Roasted barley aromas with a hint of coffee and a strong presence of sweet aromas with vanilla, cocoa, plum, and raisin notes. Possibly a hint of hops. Smells great.

T - Milk, cocoa, and vanilla sweetness fades quickly into surprising floral, maybe even citrus, hop bitterness. The roasted malt bitterness is there as well, but it’s mostly from the hops. I know the bottle says that it’s brewed with “an enormous quantity of American hops,” but it’s still surprising.

F - Full-bodied, not much carbonation but fitting for the style, creamy and sticky mouthfeel, with a bitter finish that lingers for a while. A slight warming sensation from the alcohol but that fades quickly.

O - This is a pretty unique imperial stout. At first glance and sniff, it seems like it’s going to be par for the course. However, upon tasting this thing, you realize that it’s not like most other imperial stouts. There’s a tremendous amount of hop bitterness for the style. After thinking about it, those plums and raisins that I caught in the aroma may have actually been fruity and floral hop aromas. Normally, I’m a total hop head, but it just doesn’t seem to fit here. This is a still a good stout that looks great and has a great mouthfeel. Definitely worth a try. I’ll have to get around to trying all of the variations of this beer that Great Divide puts out.

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4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a st bernardus oversized wineglass.

pours your customary RIS deep dark brown / almost black color while yielding a finger and a half, maybe 2, of a tan head with some burgundy notes to it. very good looking beer.

aroma is of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate - also common to the style. IMO taste exceeds the nose with a slight presence of hops, stronger dark chocolate and bold coffee flavors interwoven; hints of caramel and molasses... alcohol present but not by much. mouthfeel is extraordinary: big, full, and luxurious. this guy is a winner. drinkability is a bit of a dilemma; i will definitely have another - i can't wait to do so - just not tonight. this one's filling.

original review on: 07-25-2010

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.02/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle dated 3/7/12 into a pint glass and choked down with a slow cooked BBQ pulled pork sandwich.

A: Pours pretty darn close to pitch black; little light gets through. Unfortunately, no head whatsoever, despite a solid pour. No lacing either.

S: Chocolate, overwhelmingly, with hints of toffee. Earthy hops are well blended with the chocolate for pleasant aromas.

T: Starts off chocolate, but quickly gives way to a highly astringent, herbal hop quality. Unfortunately, the hop character dominates and lingers, leaving behind an unpleasant medicinal bittnerness. The first thing that comes to mind is an herb I took while a child (astragalus). This isn't much better, and I question how much more palatable it would be even after considerable cellaring. None of the stout-like flavors linger - they come in strong when it hits the tongue, but vanish into a sea of overwhelming bitterness (and this from a DIPA fan and fervent drinker of Old Rasputin RIS).

M: Not at all creamy. MF-wise goes down smooth, almost crisp. Does not foam in the mouth. Alcohol is evident. In summary, has none of the qualities I look for in a stout.

O: Another huge disappointment from the folks at Great Divide. I'm normally a huge fan of the brewery, but this was pretty darned near undrinkable. I'll be sticking with the oak-aged Yetis, which are DELICIOUS.

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1.25/5  rDev -70.3%

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 5,543 ratings