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

Wow. This is a great looking brew. Pours pitch black with a huge thick + sticky chocolate milk colored head. Lacing is all over the glass. Great retention. As you pour the beer you can see how thick and heavy it is. Awesome to look at. The beer smells like dark and milk chocolate, coffee, malts, nuts, toffee, spice, fruit and some caramel. When you drink, the beer forms a blanket over your mouth. Tastes like roasty malts and coffee, nuts, oak, and dark chocolate. The beer comes on very sweet with thick flavor and turns into a nice bitterweet finish, with slight alcohol warming. Very full body and very smooth. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy ending with sticky and chewy. Quite drinkble and ultra fulfilling.

A really nice Imperial Stout. Very thick and satifying with gigantic flavor. This beer could easily take the place of a meal. I would really love this off tap in December.

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Photo of egajdzis
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured opaque black with a nice looking dark tan head and nice lacing on the glass as well. Aroma of burnt malts, chocolate, dark fruits, HOPS, and a little bit of alcohol. More roasted and burnt malts in the flavor, chocolate, java and espresso in the flavor. Dark fruits and hops balance the malts. Alcohol becomes pronounced as this hits room temperature. Very nice... why did it take me so long to discover this brewery?

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Photo of hero27
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.

Pours pitch black with a muddy, reddish head. Great retention for a beer this high in just sits..and sits..then sits some more. With every drink, it leaves a shadow of lacing behind. Rich toffee, alcoholic aroma... you can definitely pick up the strong addition of hops, which gives this baby the high IBUs...and all 75 of them show their muscle. Bold, rich flavor, but still slides down the hatch effortlessly. Relatively thick & full mouthfeel..not harsh at all despite being so bitter...silky smooth, really.. A very solid Imperial Stout. Glad I've still got another one stored away.

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Photo of battlekow
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing this and the Oak Aged Yeti at the same time. I'm drooling at the chance.

Appearance: A thick, inky, truly impenetrable black. A small, dark brown head crowns the beer. Has less head than its Oak Aged cousin.

Smell: Smells intense and complex. There's hoppiness, a raspberry/fruity-chocolatey character, and some deep roasted scents.

Taste: Very sweet--too sweet--and dark chocolatey upfront, followed by hoppiness and roasted malt huskiness that gives it a deep, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Oddly thin and dead. Just not as thick and chewy as I was expecting.

Drinkability: The regular Yeti is good, just not quite as good as the Oak Aged Yeti. Its smell and taste are a too sweet upfront; the Oak Aged is mellower. Still, pretty tasty.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a bomber from Lina's outside Cleveland last month for $4.99 (not available around these parts). No born on or freshness dating. However, given the nature of the beast, I really don't have to worry about this one. Had the resident beertard take me to the back to get a fresh one to boot.

Pours a heavily viscous motor oil-like black goodness. Blackhole like quality, with no light shining through whatsoever. It sucks in the light of the shade when I even attempt to spy out some red hues. A thick dark burned chocolate chip cookie colored head oozes up after the pour to a thick three fingers. Eventually dies down to an eighth to a quarter of an inch of clinging foam that leaves trademark lacing. Perfection.

The aroma is noteworthy, with all the expected flavors of molasses, espresso, bourbon. It smells thick and chewy. I already want a thick piece of chocolate cake to enjoy it with.

There are three levels of flavor here. Initial rush of malty sweetness as the molasses shows off its goodness. Light bitterness, almost hoplike in nature comes next and perfectly compliments the former. It finishes nicely bitter, like the remains of a turkish coffee. You know, that thick chewy blackness at the bottom of the espresso cup. I always mix a little table sugar in it and spoon it into my mouth. I get wonderful images of seaside restaurants in the Meditteranean enjoying after dinner coffee.

As with that image, I think I'd need a limoncello just to clear the bitter and sweet mixture that has infected and taken over my tastebuds. Mmm, the thick and chewy, but easy, mouthfeel is captivating.

9.5%! Are you kidding me! This one isn't even close to being a sipper. I could, evilly and stupidly, pound this at happy hour and pay the price. Yes, mid west trips will have me picking this baby up again.

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Photo of bewley
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Wow" this is one hell of a stout!

Pours a thick, robust, ink-black viscous fluid topped with a thick tan head that lasts a long time. I think this may become one of my all time favorites. It’s a bit unusual for its over-the-top hoppiness, but that just adds to its overall complexity. This is a real keeper indeed! I’m going back out to the woods for another . . .

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Undoubtedly a special beer. It ranks among the best because of its controlled boldness, but not for it's complexity-- it's a straight forward brew with few dimensions, but all those dimensions are well sculpted.

With the look of a opaque black concoction that suits milky and chocolaty descriptions, the beer has a tremendous loose knit brown-tan head, retention lingers forever and laced very well. What's not to like?

Smells chocolatey with a burnt cocoa scent, sweet caramelized malts, cherry rum-like alcohols, strong bitter coffee, and highly kilned grains. Extremely powerful to the nose.

Tastes initially sweet of caramelized barley malts, cocoa, and and light licorice. Robust with espresso and roastiness. Mild berry tartness fills in the blanks. Agressive hop bittering compounds the roasted grain to create intense piney resiny flavors deep into the taste

The body is thick, creamy, chewy, and heavy on the palate. Slides down the gullet thick and creamy, chased by the coffee bittering and berry tartness. Lingers malty sweet, complexly bitter, and long. Aftertaste is roasty, coffee, and reminescent of bittering and cocoa. High levels of mainly sweet (mildly fusal) alcohols hide behind the sweet body and shows in the finish.

I am very impressed with this one although it is unneccessarily hopped for the style. There is plenty going on without it. Still, a very good straight-forward Stout.

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Photo of JackStraw22
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber
Appearance: Pours a thick, pitch black body with a dark caramel head. Head retention was ok, nice lacing.

Smell: Big malty sweetness with a good dose of roasted malt. Chocolaty mocha aroma. Very nice.

Taste: HUGE dark chocolate taste, it really sticks with you. Hops are big, but not overpowering, balanced well (for a hoppy stout). Alcohol is slightly biting, but I like it. Tons of roasty malt flavor, awsome.

Mouthfell: Creamy and full, yet refreshing.

Can't wait to try this again, awsome brew.

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Photo of SwillinBrew
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn, now this is an Imperial Stout.

This poured a dark can't-see-through-even-though-held-to-light, formula 44, dark ass coffee bean color with a solid finger of cappcino colored froth head. The smell was a lovely slap of toasted coffee and roastiness.

The taste was a wall of chewy toffee and coffee goodness that really masked the alcohol content rather well... the toastiness just kept exploding and my mouth couldnt get enough like a piglet on the teat. I highly reccommend this Imperial Stout that fully lives up to it's name... don't let the Yeti scare you.

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Photo of soulfly967
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle.

Poured nearly black in color with a thick, frothy dark tan head that refused to fall and left tons of lacing. The smell is of roasted malts, coffee, and hops, but none were all that dominant. The taste profile begins with malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and finishes with a hoppy bite and some alcohol, but nothing sectacular. The mouthfeel was thick and chewy with nice carbonation. The drinkablility of this brew was not quite what I was hoping for. Overall, this was a decent beer, but I probably would not seek it out again.

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Photo of gbontrag
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Okay, it's a big stout and looks the part. This has a nice firm burnt froth that makes my heart race as it makes me wait.

Such a nice nose: Chase the dragon over this brick of burnt dried fruits and molasses that was soaked in hop juice. Don't worry about defining the hops, it's hoppy.

Tastes of rich dutch cocoa, and cherry jubilee that has been lit, and re-lit a few times. There's residual alcohol, and it's topped with crinkled dried mint leaves. Great Divides big beers have such creamy mouth appeal. This is impossibly easy to quaff, I just don't get how I can sit here and pound such a large beer. I don't care, GIVE-ME-MORE. Getting slapped by the yeti is a treat.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated bomber poured into an imperial pint.

Black with a little more than two fingers of a dark tan head. There's a little cascade effect. Great retention and the lace is a rather thick and somewhat lumpy sheet that clings.

Dark, roasted malts, dark chocolate, cocoa and a little heavy cream and dry hops make up the nose. There's a little bit of good coffee underneath. I really like the nose on this one.

The taste is very dark chocolate. This flavor holds on throughout and lingers in the finish, but without wearing out it's welcome. The roasted malt notes carry through, but not as strong. Has some suggestions of roasted nuts, coco powder and some acidic hops. All kinds of neat stuff going on, but everything is in balance. The 9.5% bareley registers after exhaling, but otherwise its totally hidden by all the other flavors.

I like beers that have a mouthfeel that is full without being too chewy or oily/sticky, and this is one of them. NOT a session beer. Between the abv and complexity, this one should be sipped with respect.

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Photo of germaniac
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great Imperial stout. Or American Double Stout, whatever you want to call it. Dark chocolate, coffee, and alcohol fight for the nose's attention. The taste is more coffee and roasted malts with a sharp hop bite following the chocolate sweetness, with the ever present taste of alcohol. One is enough.

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

Appearance - This beer is darker than dark with a beautiful, full head. The head is very dark as well, a solid milky brown I'd say, and laced the hell out of my class. It was a beauty shop in the best sense.

Smell - This bouquet is a nice mix of roasty malts, coffee grounds, and dark chocolate from the finest shop in San Francisco. The raw coffee grounds and dark chocolate work incredibly well together, giving this one a very bitter nose.

Taste - Oh, this is really good. The notes from the nose are here in spade, but the roasted malts are super-juiced and are much sweeter at the tongue. It's a dark sweetness, again like chocolate, maybe mixed with some brown sugar. The alcohol, which I didn't pick up at the nose, is very much present at the taste. This is very rich and has what I call a "pre-aged" flavor, meaning that it takes on that good, syrupy flavor that you get after aging a strong, complex stout.

Mouthfeel - This medium to full-bodied stout is slick in the mouth and very bitter. The big sugars take the bite out of the bitterness and the huge alcohol warms the throat. All the flavors play amazingly well in the mouth. This has what I consider to be a perfect balance of dark, bitter malts, light leafy hop dryness, mouth-puckering sugars, and a sharp but mature alcohol warmth.

Drinkability - This was beer, dinner, and dessert all rolled into one. It was incredibly drinkable for such a big ADS.

Comments - Do not age this beer. Drink as is for best results.

Update - It had been five years since I've had this beer before they started selling it in SoCal so thought I'd give my original review an update.

I wrote before about how dark and beautiful the head was but just can't emphasize it enough. It is absolutely one of the most beautiful heads I have ever seen and it sticks around for eternity. As you drink the beer the film leaves thick rings on the inside of your mug almost like ring on a tree bark.

The only other thing that I would add, which I mentioned at the end of my original review, is that although this style of beer is good for aging, this should be consumed upon purchase. You age a big, dark, malty beer like this to bring out the sugars but the sweets here are so well-developed that there's no need to hold this in a cellar.

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Photo of Higravity
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is how I like my Imperial Stouts. Loud and in charge. At 9.5% it is not hot at all there is a faint whiff of alcohol in the nose and it is meet with the heavy roast, but mostly the smell is muted as the gravity of the liquid lets so little of it escape. The heavy black body and healthly chocolate milk head are a beauty to behold. The first sip is pure cream laced with bits of chocolate and slight citrus fruit all mixed in with the alcohol and blast of malty goodness. This is a smooth whip of a beer and is easily quaffable.

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

Great Divide's Yeti pours a full head of dark tan foam over an opague black body. The head retention is quite good, and it leaves solid walls of sticky lace about the glass.

The nose is a rich invitation to the flavors within, offering some very dark caramelish malt; almost burnt brown sugar; molasses; leafy hops; and a whiff of alcohol-soaked dark fruit with both a juicy and lightly tart side to it.

In the mouth, it's medium-full bodied with a standard carbonation that leaves a light bristle on the tongue before it warms to become more airy.

The flavor is rich, but intensely dark - almost burnt - and awash in alcohol. It's not as wide or rounded as some; but the caramelish malt somehow finds it's way upfront (and appears again in the finish!); followed by a slap of slightly tart dark fruit (oh, those burnt currants again!), chickory, baker's chocolate, and piney/muddy-grass hops. What a ride! It finishes a little less burnt with a dollop of fruit, and a swirl of caramelish malt that slowly fade to reveal lingering mocha java.

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Photo of Opethsprite
3.54/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I reviewed this beer once several years back, and have been puzzled why my scores were so utterly different from other reviewers. With much, much more beer under my belt (so to speak), I sat down to try this beer again. To control for any bias from previous experience or the reviews of others, I tasted this beer blindly.

A: Dense, black beer with a sticky, caramel head

S: Malts and dense fruits are the main thing I smell... Sweet, but not overpowering. Very nice.

T: Everything indicated by the nose was delivered in a very lush, balanced flavor.

M: Thick at first, but carbonation is sufficient to balance it. Sticky, though not unpleasant finish.

D: I don't particularly find stouts very drinkable, but this is better than most.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served up on-tap into a snifter glass. Yeti had a uniformly black coloring and a thick mocha-hued head that showed good retention and left decent lace.
The smell was quite pleasing with a solid aroma of espresso and herbal hops buttressed up against the sweetness of raisins, plums, and chocolate.
The taste was initially sweet, full of rich dark fruits and chocolate. Then things started taking a turn for the bitter side as the roasted malts commenced yielding that great espresso-and-baking chocolate flavor I really can get into. The alcohol content wasn't lacking in the taste but didn't club the palate or distort the other flavors. Yeti had a full, velvety texture that effortlessly coated the tongue.
Yeti is another superb beer by Great Divide. Some impy stouts can take a while to get through. Not so here. Yeti has an ease of drinking that verges on being unbelieveable. I'm not a huge fan of impy stouts, but Yeti has won me over.

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Photo of budsboy
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A surprise find at my LBS. Pours deep black with a trace of dark ruby on the edges. Big, thick and healthy sand colored head.

Smell is fabulous. It's got that deep malt and dark fruit smell that appeals. Bitter chocolate and espresso, raisen, plum and the hop aroma is not lost. Beauty.

Taste is not as bold as aroma. Roasted malt, toffee and chocolate, warming, with a substantial hoppiness toward the end. Finishes with a pure black bitter bite and a whiskey-warming flow down the hatch.

Full and smooth as silk. Truly a pleasure in the mouth.

A great impy stout. One of my new favorites. I wonder if I would have rated this beer higher if I hadn't recently had a Dark Lord. Yeti actually has many of the Dark Lord flavors, and comes close to the mouthfeel. Think of it as a Dark Lord primer. Try some.

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Photo of far333
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just like the namesake Sasquatch, this beer is rarely seen but much heard of in these parts. Thanks to Brent for sending it along.

Black impenetrable liquid with woody brown highlights. A low dark brown head rises slightly off the surface, and sits suspended about a quarter inch high, slowly receding downward.

Thick aroma of bitter coffee and dark chocolate, raisins, molasses, and burnt brown sugar. First sip kicks with flavor - strong and rich espresso upfront, morphing quickly to softer, velvety cocoa and sweet coffee, and understated raisin. The ABV is noticeable and leaves a lingering burn in the cheeks and on the tip of the tongue, but it's warming, glowing almost. Just like the Yeti, it may sneak up on you. A noticeable hop bitter pokes through at the end, and compliments the other flavors well.

Mouthfeel is a little slick, not too much carbonation. Moderate drinkability due to the strength and richness, but I seem to be getting through the bomber pretty quickly and wanting another.

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

Pours with a one-finger brown head that fades slowly and leaves some lace. Totally black color. Medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is roasted coffee. Starts sweeter than their Maverick Imperial Stout, finish is a smooth coffee/chocolate flavor. The high ABV is not noticeable. $6.30 for a 22 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma

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

Appearance is perfect with a everlasting browngrey head and a black beercolor. Nose is great too, being very fresh from hops but also lots of roast and a caramellicmaltyness together with litle alcohol. Taste is full to the max, sweet and very roasty + bitter.
The moutfeel is also perfect, what a thick oily stuff. Maybe for some to massive but I loved the brew. Drinkability is fine but cause of the strength not that easy to drink.

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4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first new beer Sunday and I was rewarded.
This 22oz bottle poured out jet black with a beautiful caramel head (1 1/2") that lingered for a long time. Awesome dense lacing down the glass. This beer looks beautiful in my glass!
The aroma was coffeeish with evident alcohol. As it warmed I could pick up some slight fruity aromas in the nose.
The mouthfeel is wonderful, thick and smooth. The first flavor to hit my tastebuds is roasted malt, followed by coffee and bitter dark chocolate. I am having a hard time figuring out if the bitterness is slight hops or roasted bitterness from the malt. Either way this is the bomb!!! The great thing about it is the finish, it comes on and on for a while after I drink it down. Nice warming from the alcohol.
This is a great Imperial in my book. I will definitely look for it again. I can get this with no problem($4.99 and in my area!), unlike many other Imperial Stouts considered to be the best on BA. Not much to choose from down here. Anyway, great beer and I can't wait to crack open the Oak Aged Yeti in my fridge!

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.4/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Impressive looking beer. Deep, deep brown, almost black appearance with a tannic laced head. Heavy chocolate and toffee whiffs along with a pretty serious alcohol parfait. Very hoppy and very bitter, unfortunately they do not balance out the strong coffee and chocolate flavors. Way too heavy of a beer, too strong in the alcohol department, too heavy in the stomach, I am not sure when or what you could eat when drinking this beer. This is a well crafted beer that from its rating definitely has some fans, I'm not one of them.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is sweet, dark rich roasted malt, fruity, a little alcohol. Wonderfully complex. A little vinous.
Impressively large head that is coffee with milk dark. Black. Black. Black. Head is creamy, heavy and shows thorough lacing.
Flavor is every bit as complex as aroma. This depth of flavors starts with the rich malt beginning through the somewhat dry moderately high bitter finish. In between there is burnt malt, rather high hop flavors and bitterness. Bits of fruitiness and alcohol.
Feel is heavy, creamy and almost velvety smooth. Incredibly fine carbonation. Wow.
Very well done. One of the best. Less cloy than many and I like that.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 5,577 ratings