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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

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#987
Reviews:
1,802
Ratings:
5,491
pDev:
9.26%
Bros Score:
3.97
 
 
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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 ounce Bomber, and as with the previous offering Titan IPA, my bottle looks exactly like the one in the BA Database. No strength or freshness listed, but it proudly states that this one is 75 IBU’s, not bad for an Imperial Stout!

Appearance: Dark black body, ebonyious reflections fracture the artificial light in my apartment. The head is a dark cocoa brown affair that looks good at first but soon depletes to a thin covering. Carbonation is below average but somehow a quick swirl reinstates a uniform covering as do top-ups.

Nose: This brew smells like it has been set of fire and roasted alive. Burnt flesh and malts linger in the nasal cavities with a powdered but rich instant coffee odor. Flecks of burnt cartridge paper and expended shotgun cartridges mingle with charcoal sticks in your upper nostrils.

Taste: Flexi-adoption of the nasal sinuations. Bitter coffee ridges the middle. Fantastic flaccid bitterness that strips the allied caramel toffeeness and eventually leaves an astringent roast bitter ending. Drying starch like scorched malts fight with lighter hops to reveal a tort, bitter and twisted coffee finish.

Mouthfeel: Apparently Yeti's have huge testicles. They are the size of large watermelons. After supping this I can believe it. Hot body that drinks like licking hot tarmacadam.

Drinkability: At 9.5%, it most certainly should not be a session brew, but you know what, it drinks like one.

Overall: Not exactly a Stone Imperial Russian Stout, but it is in the queue for approval.

An Abominable Sasquatch Cheers Dude to BigHuge for supplying the third of the Great Divide Brewing Company brews to cross my desk this week.

Bigfoot my arse, try the Yeti!!

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Photo of texashammer
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours black as ink, like motor oil. No color may be seen even when held to the light, except a deep red at the edges; the beer remains jet black. Little head, but what there is stays till the very end, as a fine lace that coats the glass. Going nowhere. The beer itself also coats the glass, very much like motor oil, with a syrupy thickness and a yellow-brown color.
Smells just like bittersweet chocolate to me. That is the dominant aroma, but the hops are right behind like they should be with an imperial stout. Very exciting smell; I can't wait to taste it.
Taste follows the smell as expected. What is not expected is that it is surprisingly light-bodied. Syrupy, yes, and sticky in my mouth; but not thick at all. I taste bittersweet chocolate and caramel, and it is quite hoppy at the finish. Lingers for quite some time, with a mouth-puckering bitterness. I would give this a 4 to 4.5 on drinkability but only if you truly appreciate this style; a 3.5 at best if you don't (which I guess applies to most styles of beer). My conclusion is: very good example of an imperial stout. I appreciate it a great deal. But make sure you like imperial stouts or of course you won't like this.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured black like motor oil, light doesn't stand a chance trying to penetrate this beer. The head was brown and rose slowly but fell fast to stick around and lace the glass.

The aroma was deep chocolate and coffee with caramel and dark fruits and a nice grassy hop aroma in the background.

The flavor was chocolate and coffee with caramel and dark fruits and a distict hop character and bittering. There was also present a nice blend of flavors, roasted and dark fruits are well done. The bitterness was distinct and present.

The finish was dry with chocolate and coffee and roasted that last long into the aftertaste. The body was full...all the way.

22 ounce bottle. Label says Maverick Imperial Stout, but read like Yeti on the website.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown like old motor oil. The head is dark brown like a chocolate mousse; low retention, but leaves a nice layer. Lacing is think and sticky. Aroma is pungent; roasted grains, chocolate, aroma hops, and toffee. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected, but full bodied; creamy smooth and oily with a touch of co2 and a lingering hop finish. Flavor is of roasted barley, caramel, coffee and a strong hop presence.

Interesting, but a little over the top.

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Photo of mudhoney
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The prince of darkness, this one is as deep as a freshly roasted espresso.
Almost black in color, with a 2 fingered chocolate brown head, this beers appearance is incredible.The super chocolatey aroma leads me straight into an ecstacy of chocolate and smokey oak flavors.
The taste is fruity, almost plum flavored as it layers into a vanilla- latte creaminess with a nice bitter chocolate finish.
Smoked flavor is an oaky woodiness that compliments the fruit flavor nicely.
More chocolate aftertaste than any stout I have tried so far.
A grand and definitely Imperial Stout.
I may have found heaven.

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Photo of marc77
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pure, opaque black in color. Rocky, pitted deep bister head leaves muddled, tattered lace. Beautiful. Suggestions of rum splashed grapefruit along with rich, milk chocolate coated crushed coffee bean upfront in aroma. Swirling releases stately wafts of anise and fermented prune. Incipient in flavor is an agreeably brash suggestion of bitter espresso and quinine, softened only slightly by a backdrop of sweet fudge. Bitterness subsides promptly though, allowing notes of chocolate covered candied orange peel and dark toffee to arise and provide contrast. Becomes more raisin like in fruit character as it breathes, with orange hints fleeting. Underbaked gooey brownie hints surface as well, but sweetness never becomes overbearing, as it held in check by stalwart bitterness, both roasted barley and hop derived. Moderate in body, but aptly dextrinous to support the malt profile. Thins a bit late, with light mocha hints supplanting the fudge presence. Finishes with transient snap of black currant yielding to lingering bitter and smokey roasted grains. A delicious imperial with a tingling, firm bitterness offset by an enveloping, velvety cocoa tone. This could age incredibly, but I'd never have the willpower. Thanks to Bighuge for sending fine brew.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

That's the darkest brown head I've ever seen. Small pocks in the muffin dough. The beer is a thick, thick, black tar: no color, no highlights. Nose is sweet, bready, roasty with tons of rich chocolate. Bitter chocolate in the front gives way to a syrupy, alco-choco-rich middle. Finishes bitter with hops and more bitter chocolate. Turns really tangy well above 70F. Nice. Smoky alcohol aftertaste has some veggie. This is a strong, rich, bitter, chocolatey alcoholic brew. It could be a little roastier and creamier for my taste.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an absolute motor-oil black with a minimal head, but what head it has is almost as dark as the beer. Nose is rich, black-roasted malts, molasses, a little vinous, some dark, sweet fruity bits. Doesn't so much leave lacing as coat the sides on the way down.

Taste is rich, dark and sweet roasted-beyond-all-recognition malt. Large espresso or Viennese coffee flavors, sorghum, smoke, charcoal and a dark fruity element like raisins or figs. Finish is dry and clean with a mild hoppy bitterness that emerges as it warms.

Mouthfeel is thick and heavy, smooth and silky, as to be expected for the style. Very little to no trace of alcohol in the taste which, despite its heft, makes it frighteningly drinkable. This one rates a definite "Wow," especially from an otherwise unremarkable regional brewer.

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Photo of alexgash
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This cryptozoological stout pours like mid-viscosity tar, with burnt sienna edges and a surprisingly large, thick dark brown head. A thing of beauty that reminds me of Expedition. Smells of slightly smoked whiskeyish malts, dollops of ripened raisin pudding, alcohol-infused plums, and a bitter hop edge. The taste is WOW. Very big sweetened fruit, with roasty, burned edges. Meaty, whiskeyish alcohol edge. But then a wave of hops knocks all that out of the yeti cage. Hops are big and the bitterness is lasting, well into the finish that still manages to sport some residual syrupy sweet roastiness. Big mouthfeel, but not too cloying. A great big stout that makes me believe that yetis and sasquatch are not only real, but great brewers as well.

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Photo of nomad
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I came to these Great Divide bombers with zero expectations, except for an attempt at BIG American-beer making. This one pours out a deep brown color with a head as soft and smoothly rolling as a Miracle Whip. It has a great dark-cocoa color that leaves a thin pasty wall of intermittent lace. Great reverse cascade on every pour of this stout, and slow to settle, two signs of a healthy stout in no need of nitrogen infusion. No sir, this one is pretty enough on its own, quite pretty in fact.

Forget being in the glass, I could smell the sweet but calm piney hops as soon as I cracked the bottle cap. Once settled it has luscious amounts of hops quietly departing for a smell of fresh baked chocolate cake. The roasty notes are inquisitive to say the least, I'm at a loss to describe them other than to say they are wrapped into how the beer opens to more sweet and fruity hop scents - sweet but with a rough enough edge to them. A little shy for an imperial stout but wholly pleasing.

Tastes of a fascinating hop flavor, vaguely fruity and pine edged but meshed extremely well with the large roasty body. Chewy toasty flavors with a beechwood smoked dynamic usher in a body of just-so sweetish dark malt - enough to entice as well as to balance. Opens to succulent flavors of smooth but robust roastiness tempered by dark chocolate and sweet hop flavor (with little hop bitterness). Mouthfeel strikes that silky balance between thin and thick found in a glass of fresh milk. For me thats like just more danger tipping the balance of this beer.

Altogether way too easy to drink - good lord did I destroy that bomber faster than I could remember. A definite re-buy; no, the definition of a beer you buy again. And again. All I can think is balance: juicy hops, big roast, bigger dark malts, and enough ineffable edges. Almost made me forget about Brooklyn Black Chocolate, its that kind of wonderful balanced big boy beer.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown bomber, no date. Lists 75 IBU’s. Yeti… a tribute/knockoff of Bigfoot?
Aroma: Rather mild aroma, a good dose of hops, seems like Cascade, some roasted malt and alcohol notes. It smells good, just not powerful at the pour. As it warmed, some nice stewed plums and raisin scents came out.
Appearance: Good LORD! I’ve never seen a head that dark. Looks like brown shoe polish but faded pretty quickly into the inky body. Only the slightest peek of deep brown at the edges. The head died completely but left a wisp of lace here and there. Looks like motor oil.
Flavor: Impressive. The hops take the stage after a very balanced opening. The hops are juicy and citric. While there is almost an Imperial IPA hop taste going, I didn’t get much bitter until deep in the aftertaste. It’s like an IIPA that just kept adding rich roasted malt until most of the bitter went away, but stopped before the malt taste kicked in. There are some coffee tastes as well as some dark fruit. The one thing I don’t taste is alcohol, and as warm as the room seems to be getting, that’s scary.
Have to say it again: balanced, massive, heavy handed balance, but the hop tastes predominate in the end.
Mouthfeel: Almost milkshake thick. I can almost form it into different shapes in my mouth. It has a heavy creamy consistency and a mouth numbing effect. This stuff is so thick I’m chewing well after the swallow. Left sticky lips
Overall Impression: Outstanding! The subtle Bigfoot analogy holds true: big hops, rock solid malt base, stunning alcohol, no noted flaws. Drinkability? This is TOO drinkable. Great Divide went big, and it paid off! This is a very enjoyable beer. I think it’s a bit hoppy for the style (erm, which style, what format), but it’s hard to argue with the results. Strongly recommended, but in small glasses with several friends.

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

Thick used 5,000 mile motor oil pour, settles opaque onyx, medium tall, darkest of broken chocolate brown cap of firm foam with some bigger bubbles lingering for a bit. A solid skim remains present nearly the whole glass down and the lacing mega sticks in thin sheets and whispy strings.

Aroma is mellow and tangy with dark malts, charred woodened roasty notions, mild chocolate mostly, some molasses, anise, licorice, and vanilla. Deceivingly complex but mild and docile compared to Expedition or Thumbsucker, still quite full and inviting, especially as it warms.

Flavors are nice, lots of dark roasty malts, smokey and charred, chocolate and molasses make up a large part of this big taster. Smooth and calm with strong flavors of roast and slight tang of dark fruity plums and prunes. Exquisite finish of hop spice and slight coffee roast with a mix of burnt chocolate hovering across the drying finish, Very nice.

Feel is nearly full with a low set carbonation, as it should be for a Imp. Stout, solid roasty, burntish edge and chocolatey sweet dry finish. Oh so fine with a solid, mega firm roastyness throughout the whole palate that lingers so well.

A very nice Imperial Stout, a pleasant surprise, never a hint of alcohol any where, which is a good quality to have. I picked this up at Cellar's in Stillwater for $5.99 a bomber, a bit spendy; I can get a sixer of Expedition for $12 so... its almost worth it here. But if this is sitting on the shelf and Expediton isn't, I'd grab it without any hesitation, perhaps even over a sixer of Storm King as well.

Heavenly nice! I'm alooped with glee and becoming warm with love of great beer as I continue to sip this delightful brew. Cheers eh!

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Photo of Brent
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample was a bit old - 2003 "Maverick" series, sampled in 2004, but, happily and to my surpise, no oxidation. Poured black - pick your descriptive term - pitch black, coal black, inky, any would apply. Slight mocha head that quickly faded. Gentle aroma of chocolate. Bold flavored with chocolate, coffee, roasted and almost burned grain, and an unusual, slightly salty hint of something both caramel and almost soy sauce, but not at all disconcerting. Beefy abv lent a touch of spicyness that toned down after the tongue numbed a bit. This beer is subtile, like a velvet-wrapped hammer.

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Photo of Gusler
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Release 2003
The beer after disemboguing the 22 ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a pitch-black with a moderate and creamy chocolate brown head, the lace formed is a thick and glutinous blanket to conceal the glass from view. “Ah That Smell”, that only a big bad boy Imperial Stout gives you, heavy aroma of coffee, burnt grains, bitter-sweet chocolate, all supported by a pleasant sweetness, also a nice bit of hop floral spiciness to seal off this treat to both the ocular and olfactory senses, start is sweet, thick with malted grain, the top is rich and full bodied,. Finish is dynamic in its hop spiciness, the acidity moderate and the rich chocolate and coffee flavors continue to the very dry and alcohol bitter end, the 9.5 percent ABV, leaves a warm trail right along to the bottom of the tummy. What a majestic beer, quite reminiscent of “Dark Lord”.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This came in a 22oz Bomber with and old western looking label to go with the Maverick theme. Pours a rich black color with a good sized tan foamy head about half an inch high. Not good retention as it quickly faded and there was not much lacing or signs of its existence afterwards. The aroma is of dark chocolate and espresso coffee with a slight hint of hops. There are also notes of dark fruit that seemed to emerge as I drank this. Very similar in taste to the aroma as the chocolate and coffee flavors dominate. The chocolate is a bittersweet one with and there are also notes of roasted malts. The hops are present but not too bitter and there are no signs of the alcohol. About a medium body on this beer with fairly good drinkability. This is a very smooth and complex imperial stout and is highly recommended.

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Photo of cncbofh
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured blacker than night, as expected. The head was minimal and left tiny bubbles that sat at the top of the glass throughout the tasting. The smell - astringent and reminds me of opening a bag of black licorice.

It tastes like black licorice too, but without the astringency. The taste is earthy and complex but somewhat sweet. I like the lightness that comes with this Stout, rather than the muddied and overly deep flavors that is common with Imperials.

At 9.5%, one was enough for a nice night sleep.

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Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit of hops at the beginning with bit of bitterness. Earthy. Sharp roast acidyaftertaste. Malt, bark. Full body.
What's the fuss? Did I cellar it for too long at weeks? Its 9.5% and 2003 after all, and was cellared at the store. Was actually better late that eveing when it lost a bit of carbonation.

OK beer but not a great imperial stout.
like the bottle.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.76/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

75 IBU, 9.5% ABV. 2003 Series.

Pours out to a clear black, forming a good-sized dark brown head with very good retention and pretty, delicate sticky lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma is very fruity with what smells like Cascade hops and abundant burnt malt. Not alot of depth here, akin to Grant's Imperial Stout. Mouthfeel is crummy, with a dry finish, harsh burnt astringency and dense body. Taste is very "green"...predominated by leafy hops, burnt malt, some off-alcohols, not-so-subtle metals, over-roasted and quickly-pulled espresso, rum, burnt sugar, and TONS of chalky grain in the finish. Nail-polish remover exsanguinates my palate. Bitterness lingers on the tongue but I can't tell if it's from hops, acetone, or blackened grains.

Thoroughly unimpressed. One-dimensional charcoal, with no complexity and riddled with off-flavors and problems. Pass on this one. I've had much worse, but this just isn't what Imperial Stouts are about.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This intensely black beer has a nice looking dark brown head with good retention. It recedes to a nice collaring that leaves nice lace patterns for an Imperial. Nose is charred, burnt, woody, alcoholic, bitter and roasted. Perfect!! I wish the flavors followed through in the HUGE way that the nose promised, but it just doesn't... at least to the expectations I had. The flavor is good, don't get me wrong, but not the wedded biss I was promised from the nose. There's a nice roasted and mildly charred malt presence. A little tobacco. And some bitter hops. Very little alcohol presence. The body's a little light for an Imperial...maybe medium or so. Carbonation is appropriate. This one doesn't overwhelm me, but you know what, it's pretty damn good.

Cokes, thanks for the Maverick, cowboy.

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Photo of merlin48
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never heard of this one before I decided to take it off the shelf and put it into my cart in Lexington, Ky., Friday afternoon. Slightly chilled, now, I pour this 2003 edition, bomber into an imperial pint glass. Pours a darkest ebony, with an eternal, brown head that exhibits garnet hues at the fringes. Massive sheets of cocoa lace coat the glass. Very impressive.

Cocoa and charcoal aromas were distracting me during the pour, from three feet away. Almond nuttiness, dark fruits, and a hint of anise add additional pleasantries to the complex nose.

Mouthfeel reveals a full bodied, creamy, rich character. A bitter, nutty, hop zing is present in the back of the mouth.

Roasty grain jumps on the palate at the first sip. Cocoa, wood smoke, and nutty almond immediately jump into the arena. Coffee is noticeably missing, but is picked up, faintly, in the background. Figs and dates emerge midway through, and add another complexity. 75 IBUs here, and provide a balance that is pleasantly almond in its nutty bitterness. 9.5 abv is well hidden in the flavor and aroma, but lends a pronounced warming effect.

Excellent, imperial stout here, even without the coffee notes. This goes down incredibly smooth, with the smoked almond chocolate bar flavor providing a unique, and highly enjoyable result. The dark fruits and anise add even more beguiling character to this excellent stout. Very well crafted, and highly recommended by this reviewer.

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Photo of BierReise
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bottle no Date.This bad boy poured black and as opaque as could be. Leaves a huge dark bown head that lingers for a long while. An impressive looking stout for sure. The aroma is quite hoppy for the style and blends well with its notes of sweet roasty chocolatey decadence. Some licorice is also present yet faint. The body is full and smooth and everything you expect in this style. Very creamy with just enough carbonation to keep it in check. The flavor is a chocolatey espresso treat. The licorice detected in the aroma is even more subtle in the flavor. This all adds up to a winner in my opinion. Overall an excellent Imperial and probably equal to or possibly better than my other favorite from Left Hand, another Colorado gem.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Imperial pours as dark as a starless, moonless night, if possible. No light can penetrate or escape from this black hole. Head was creamy and thick at the outset, with a dark tan hue. It fades fairly quickly to a thin, fine layer, and leaves top-shelf Belgian lacing in the glass. Silky smooth on the tongue, it has a medium-plus body and lovely chewiness. The nose has some roasty notes, as well as dark fruit, like raisins, currants, and what seems like a smidge of licorice.

This Bier tastes lovely as well. Strong roasty notes combine here, too, with dark fruit for a superb start. There is a robust hop hit at the end of the sip, with a lot of floral qualities. This particular aspect really manages to find the nooks and crannies of the mouth and throat, and sticks there for an inordinate amount of pleasurable time. The alcohol is hidden well in the flavor, though I can feel its warmth in the belly. Quite a tasty offering. Thnx go to my "Bro", Artied2, who brought this back for me from Virginia. Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.5
appearance: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

697

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Photo of clvand0
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This came in a 22oz bomber and was the 2003 version. Pours a very dark color with a nice full head and leaves a huge amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma was mostly comprised of a coffee smell with some notes of rum(?) and possibly a little chocolate. The flavor is much the same as the aroma. Coffee feel with some chocolate and very thick. Not a bad Imperial Stout at all.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2003 Bottle: This Imperial pours a thick syrupy black with a dark brown head. Nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma consists of coffee, caramel and hops. Rich bodied and overly bitter for my tastes. The label boasts of the hoppiness of this beer at 75 IBUs, and it threw off the balance of it in my estimation. I learned that while I like hoppy beers I do not like hoppy Imperial Stouts. The bitterness overpowers the malt, roasted coffee and chocolate flavors that would otherwise make this more enjoyable. The finish remains bitter with hops and coffee. Overall this beer would be much better if the the scales were not tipped so far on the bitter side. The one saving grace is that by the time it really, really warmed the balance was noticeably better.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought it was springtime, here in early March, but, look outside at all the falling snow, andI think it's time to escape into a comforting bottle of Imperial Stout!
Appearance: solid black color, dark as the Devil's skidmark's, with a lush, bubbly roasted, dark tan head...beautiful, can't wait to lift it to my lips, ah, but first, to smell...
Aroma: bittersweet espresso, rich cocoa, creamy, delicious, toasty, tasty, with further sensations of anise, molasses, dark rum, just lingering in association.
Taste: Ah! That's what I like! Full-on flavor, thick mouthfeel, rich, tasty, coating the entire palate with this dark delight, a chocolatey paradise in the mouth.
Not too heavy, either, not too overwhelming, not too dominated by alcohol, though it does slowly make it's presence felt, this is an exceptionally drinkable IS, almost surprisingly so. Even at 9.9%, it's not knocking me over the head with booze, not even halfway into this bomber, the integration is so perfect, it seems. Flavor never ends, and stews on the palate for nearly an eternity, for as long as it takes to enjoy this beer, which might be forever.
Were I a Coloradan, I'd stock up severely on this brew, and as I'm not, I can only lay back and enjoy it just this once!
Like a blissfully bewitching Butterfingers in the mouth, this one, and not about to overtake any in my Pantheon of Imperial Stouts, it admirably takes up the rear!
Vast, ne'er ending thanks to prAna!

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 5,491 ratings
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