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: American 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 Beaver13
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours an opaque motor oil black. It has a good sized creamy head that is very dark brown. The head quickly goes to a bubbly film and collar that laces the glass.

The aroma is lactose, chocolate, some bitter hops, wood, and anise. There's also some dark fruits and alcohol.

The flavor is anise, lactic cream, coffee, chocolate and some fruitiness. It has a pretty sharp burnt bitter finish that leaves a slight sticky aftertaste. It's well balanced between the sweet and the bitter (tending a little more towards bitter), and the alcohol is well hidden (yet belly warming). The mouthfeel is full and creamy.

Overall, similar to the oak aged version, but I liked this much better. It was a little more tamed in terms of alcohol and bitterness. One of the best imperials I've had to date. It's still a tad rough around the edges...I bet this would age nicely.

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Photo of LuckySkuff
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, a truly delicious beer. I also have a bottle of the Oak Aged in my fridge - new purchases at Whole Foods market, apparently the first day in stock as well (God bless the NC PopTheCap campaign).

I'll be succinct, as so many others have already put it better than I. Pours a delicious dark brown color, completely opaque, with a beautiful inch of dark tan-colored head. (note: with an aggressive pour, lots of head.... a very slow, careful pour yielded almost none)

Smells of roasty-chocolate and maltiness: the high alcohol rating is completely shrouded by the complex tastes.

Mouthfeel is perfect for an Imp Stout; thick, rich and velvety, with a nice alcoholic warmth felt in the back of the throat on the way down. Tastes like semi-sweet chocolate with coffee highlights in the background, a nice cavalcade of malts crowned with a slight bitterness. All in all, perhaps the best Imperial I've tried; of course, I may change my mind after I try the Oak Aged tomorrow evening.

Cheers mates!

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

This is an excellent stout that I would not hesitate to buy and drink again (and again). If beer was horse racing, this would belong in a group of several excellent horses in this class, chasing about a length behind the leader, which would be Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout.

I seem to have been drinking this from my pint glass for quite a while now and feel like I have been taking generous mouthfuls every time I put the glass to my lips, and yet a quick glance at the beer level in the glass shows that I have made only a modest impact on it.

Interesting...very interesting.

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

Dense 1" coffee colored head that sits up and stays for a few moments before receding to the glass' sides. Intricate patterned lacing with very good durability. Coal in color with chunks of floating sediment.

The aroma is charcoal-filled freshly ground coffee beans with waves of dark, bitter chocolate. Whaffs of alcohol and hints of vinous fruits.

Big chewy, roasted malt character; dark chocolate, espresso, and a rough toffee flavor. Robust and moderately sweetened. Also a splash of almonds in and out of the coffee bean and rough chocolate. The finish is bitter and dry with an aftertaste of muddy cocoa and warming alcohol. Very tasty!

Full bodied; full and chewy on the palate. The alcohol gives this version a touch of slickness on the palate.

A very solid version of the style, meant to be shared due to the high octane abv% and how good it tastes. Congrats to Great Divide for such a nice offering.

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

This beer pours an inky black with a dark brown head. The head fades slowly leaving thick laces. This beer has a strong coffee aroma. It also smells like chocolate. I also detect a sweet caramel aroma. Hop aroma is also present. The alcohol content is present in the aroma. This beer has a very strong coffee flavor. Chocolate is also a strong flavor present. It is very malty. I can taste the alcohol clearly. The hop bitterness is also more noticable than in most other Imperial Stouts I have had. This beer has an aggressive flavor. It is a little more carbonated that usual, but it is still very good. It leaves a malty, chocolate like aftertaste. I think that this beer might not be the best session beer because it is high in alcohol, and the taste is very aggressive. I think that this is a great beer, and if I ever get a chance to have it again, I definately will. Thanks mentor for taking care of me again.

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

Appearance: Pours black as coffee with a thin tan head of tight bubbles. The head managed to stick around for a long time, and left a bunch of lacing in it’s wake.

Aroma: Toasty malts among some evident roast (imagine that). There is a bit of a spicy alcohol presence even through the cold foam.

Taste: Rich and syrupy with malt out the wazoo. It has a floral hop presence in the flavor that hidden in the aroma. After you notice the hops in the middle of the profile, there is a subtle fade-in of the bittering hops mixed with the syrupy malt to coat your throat. Finally somewhere at the end, there is a definitive warming that sets in to hang out until your next sip.

Opinion: This is one rich beer! I think that I prefer this one to Stone’s Imperial Stout because the flavor is more well rounded and palatable. This beer is very bold, but remains drinkable…instead of coming across as a bottle of espresso with a shot of vodka in it. This is a quality beer!

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

Jet-black, thick pour. Beautiful thick dark-brown chocolate milkshake head. Very impressive appearance. Head gradually subsides to leave lots of beautiful lacing. Top marks here. To a stout fan, it is a thing of beauty.

Rich smell of roasted malt. Somewhat bitter, earthy, lots of coffee scent. Some hint that reminds me of soy sauce.

Dark, rich flavor, really a treat. Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. Raisins, molasses, currants. Very nice combination of flavors, indeed. The alcohol is present and mildly warming, but not dominant. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter, but in a really good way.

Rick, thick and chewy. Everything I look for in an Imperial Stout.

Very good drinkability. Not top marks here, because of the bitter aftertaste that, while generally exceptional in flavor, would limit my ability to enjoy more than one of these.

Now, the question is, do I spring for the Oak-Aged Yeti to compare the two? Based on how much I enjoyed this tasting, I think I will, so this is a definite two thumbs up in my book.

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

A solid four-finger mocha colored head. The liquid is nearly black. The head is very stable, lasting a long time and leaving a thick lace.

High caramel aroma, some coffee notes and solid alcohol presence. I'm predicting a thick rich beer.

This is a BIG beer. Lots of black patent malt, chocolate malt, high alcohol oiliness, and a positive hop presence that gives some awsome balance. This is perhaps one of the richest beers I've ever had. Moderate carbonation doesn't thin it out at all.

I want to try this one in a flight of Imperial Stouts. My initial impression is that this is the best IS I've had. Very nice. Seek this one out.

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

Obviously obsidian onyx opaque. Swaths of chocolately cling.

Charred alcoholic hop-encrusted sweetness on the nose with hints of oak, oats, prickly green herbal hops, pinetar, and marshmellows drowned in cocoa.

Smacks of chocolate on the first sip, then a rushing wave of alcohol-laden hop fusels, then finally a lingering roasty Russian Imperial acidity. A wonderous overall flavor with just a twinge of heat.

At first velvety smooth on the mouthfeel, then just a catch of astringent bitterness.

This was a gorgeous beer but didn't have both the fantastic viscocity or drinkability as Stone's...which i've come in recent samplings to find as about the best RIS out there. Still, stands by itself as wonderous and I think the oak-aged version could make this one exemplary, especially with slightly toned down alcohol and hop-flavors.

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Photo of numenor1
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like liquid obsidian, with a thick brown head that leaves nice lacing. Looks very imposing. Smell is of bitter chocolate, dark cherries and roastiness and a slight whiff of alcohol. Starts with a jab of dark roastiness, then powerful cherry sweetness that melds into bitter, hoppy roastiness lingering on and on. Tremendous flavor, sweet but never cloying and alcohol only shows in the throat warming. Loads of hop bitterness in the finish, it dries out quite nicely, but not exactly in a delicate fashion. Delicious. Mouthfeel is quite full with medium, tongue coating carbonation. Quite drinkable for the strength. It's within me to drain both of my bombers of this...

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

On one of the first somewhat cold nights of this fall, I deemed it time to break out this beast.

appearance: The head is thin and a dark tan color. The beer itself is black, with practically no light escaping.

smell: Plenty of green, piney and oily hops on the nose. The sweet, fruity (cherries and maybe some plum) characteristic of the malt is surprisingly noticeable, very much so, which is a big plus. Sweet chocolate flavors are present, as well as a little coffee. I really like the smell of this stout, all of the components contribute to a really nice aroma. Not any ethanol worth mention.

mouthfeel: medium carbonation, almost medium heavy body. The beer is very smooth, almost creamy in texture.

taste: A nice interplay between the hops and sweet malt is the first thing I notice. I really haven't had a beer of this type in which that was pulled of so well. The malt sweetness is very nicely tempered by the hops, but also by the coffee like flavors and astringency. Plenty complex, and really tasty to boot. Slight ethanol presence. Finishes bitterly with some lingering roasted flavors. Glad I can get this one on the regular now.

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

From Colorado with love. Yeti pours a deep, black thick color. Very impressive pour that is very thick. Almost like a syrup would pour. Very nice. A rich amber brown head that remains throughout the tasting. There is chocolate quality like you could just pour this all over ice cream. There is good lacing although it does decrease over time.

The smell is stronger malty. Great tones of rich roasted malt and chocolate tones. Very malty with a tad sweet smell. Very limited fruit or plum notes but are there if you really look for them. A little bit of phenols but nothing that would indicate a 9.5 beer.

The taste is mostly malt. A deep dark chocolate with a bittersweet taste. Very rich in the flavor, very much like a high end deep chocolate bar. Stronger coffee flavors are also present. More of coffee beans then coffee taste. There is a sweetness that brings out a sort of milk stout quality. One thing that you don’t taste is the plums or raison quality. This is mostly rich malt and lactose. The flavor is very smooth with some limited bit and phenol tastes at the end.

The body is medium to full. The carbonation is light as per expected but overall a good tasty brew. I think I would have liked to see more complexity and fruity or plum/raison tastes but still an exceptional beer. A definite recommendation.

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Photo of Melchizedek
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Yowzas. Oily black into the glass--seriously, it looked like I was pouring motor oil into my glass, except it had a beautiful inch-high cappuccino-brown head on top of it.

The smell is rich, portending good things; it's nothing out-of-style, mostly caramel and toffee malts (as the label indicates). In the mouth, this stuff feels like 2% milk, very rich. The bitter roasty malt character hits hard, with caramel and toffee once again. Dark chocolate notes abound, aided by the strong presence of alcohol to provide a taste not unlike something you'd expect from a box of good chocolates. The hops come through after the malts smack you in the face and provide a grassy/earthy finish, with a bit of fruity tartness as well. The hops, as they push through the malt assault, really give the whole thing a very coffee-like bitterness that really shows a different side of itself with each sip.

This stuff goes down pretty easy, and it tastes wonderful--it's definitely an American west-coast interpretation of the style with its hop presence (the label brags about the 75 IBUs). I wish the label also mentioned the ABV--22 oz. of this stuff definitely made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside (and charming and witty on the outside). Yum.

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a charcoal black color with the darkest head I have ever seen; decent retention and lacing

Smell: Incredibly rich charcoal roasted malt, chocolate and espresso with plenty of hops, as well

Taste: Starts out with a roasty bittersweet chocolate and coffee base that also features a graham cracker and caramel flavor; but this is just the beginning as it doesn't take long for the hops to kick in and complement the sweet flavors and bring it all home with an espresso and tobacco finish

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous, almost velvety, with moderate to low carbonation; alcoholic warmth drips down the gullet

Drinkability: What a great example of the double stout style; this one has it all, particularly on a cold winter night; I have tasted this with some age and tasted it in its youth - with the hops in here it is best consumed while fresh

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is black, with a light, somewhat reddish brown head. The nose is smoky and roasty. A little bit of chocolate, and a little bit of alcohol.

At first taste, my sample is slightly below cellar temperature. Roasty notes of coffee and a slight chocolate flavor are present. A piney hop presence is also noticed. As it warms, this beer becomes much more drinkable. That is, the flavors become more blended. A combination of sweetness and dry roastiness wins the day. I just wish that Great Divide and all other breweries would put a bottled on date on the bottle. Seriously, how hard would that be? This tastes like it has some age on it, but I have no way of knowing.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated for the ABV and style. It is also thick. The drinkability is very good, possibly owing to the 9.5% ABV, which is on the low end of the scale for the style. I have waited far too long to try this super hopped stout. Another winner from Great Divide.

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Photo of sponberg
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big bottle with a mountain and the shadow from one of the Lost in Space characters on the front. Pours deep dark brown with a tan head with pinkish hues. I swear, it had a tinge of pink!!! Great aroma - roasted barley predominates but there's also toffee, malt sweetness, and some hoppiness in there as well. Diver down!

Starts with a "toasted Heath bar" flavor of dark cocoa, very dark toffee, and whiffs of alcohol across the tongue. Then it just sort of envelopes the mouth, with roasted barley, dark chocolate covered espresso beans, and the healthy, very firm bitterness that carries it home. Very, VERY tasty. The finish is where the alcohol shows up. vaporous and slightly hot but not offensively so. Very drinkable for such a big brew, with a moderately (not round-steak-medium-well-done) chewy mouthfeel.

Next time, I'm getting some espresso beans to go with this. Perfect dessert pairing.

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

I had this on tap at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. It came in a pint(!) glass. Yowzer.

Arrives an unbelievably thick, opaque black with a pretty brown head of foam. The head eventually drops off to a coating and a ring, with decent enough lacing.

Aroma is of sweet coffee, hot chocolate, and vanilla. Also some notes of dried prunes and dates, with a hint of piney hops.

Flavor is also sweet coffee and chocolate, rich and luxurious, with notes of vanilla, dried fruits, and fresh pine needles. Plenty sweet, and a good dose of alcohol to boot. Yummy!

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, sweet, and rich, with a resiny coating on the tongue, and alcohol burn for the finish. Carbonation is soft to medium.

This beer is awesome! One of the best double stouts I've had in a while. The night I first tasted this, I had three of them. That was a mistake. This stuff will knock your dick in the dirt!

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a stunning pitch black (i mean no light shining through whatsoever) with a nice thick tan head that stays around as long as you could expect. Aroma is also striking; scents of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, citrus and floral hops, blackstrap molasses, and cocoa. Flavor is intense but balanced: notes of dark chocolate, expresso, vanilla, floral and citrus hops, blackstrap molasses and roasted malt. I have been continually impressed by great divide's "big beers" and this is no exception, complex, drinkable and delicious. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth with light carbonation and a big body, alcohol is only noticeable in the finish (and only lightly so). Drinkability is good and the finish is bitter and a bit dry. Extremely tasty double stout, balanced and smooth this is another winner from great divide.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hard to put down this beer. On the downside <sic>, too much of this will make you cross-eyed. Pours a dark, dark chocolate brown with a kona brown foamy head. The head tried to recede but never completely vanished. Nose was a hodge-podge of ground coffee beans and chocolate. Great balance to the flavor. Hops rise towards the end and provide a nice evergreen bite. It actually brings out the sweet flavors of the malt even more. Malt has lots of toasted grains and nice coffee bursts. Chocolate milk too. Alcohol started to come out towards the end of hte bottle--otherwise it was nicely hidden. The beer feels like milk in the mouth. Full body that kind of rolls around and clings to the cheeks.

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

Opaque black beer with a dense, creamy, dark brown colored head that fades slowly to a thin film that leaves a solid coat of lace. Strong creamy caramel aroma with a pinch of coffee and vanilla. Vanilla and chocolate up front followed quickly by some bitter coffee and strong caramel malt flavors. Towards the finish a dry, dark malt bitterness fades in just before it all ends in a slightly warmer stomach. There is an interesting flavor throughout, kind of an earthy/woody character that really adds another dimension. Soft, smooth mouthfeel that borders on creamy. I've been impressed with the other Great Divide bombers I've had. They're all unique takes on popular styles. The first half of the bottle was a bit disappointing, but as the beer approached room temperature it greatly improved. There were plenty of inviting aromas and flavors that make this a big stout I'll come back to.

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

This one is aptly named, it's a beast!

Immediatly upon pouring this the comparisons started spinning in my head, this thing reminds of the dark lord. Poured an amazing viscous dark black with a thick dark brown head darker than most beers are themselves. Smell is incredibly strong, kind of hoppy actually to go along with the usual roast and coffee tones inherent in the style. Taste is quite massive, tons of roast of hints of dry cocoa. There is a nice hop presence as well though, quite a bit more than most stouts boast. Mouthfeel is very palate coating, with bits of sediment swirling about, very thick and rich. A very nice a heavy brew, impressive! I can't wait to try the oaked version!


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

Pours like a black coffee and creates a thin burnt sienna colored head and makes a nice spattering of lace on the walls of my goblet. Smell is of deep roasted malts and chocolate. Bittersweet dark chocolate and roasted malts, coffee flavors fill the mouth, strong alcohol and a rather bitter finish. Mouthfeel is exceptional, very smooth and soft carbonation and is not cloying or sticky on the palate, has a relatively dry finish. Yeti is welcome for dinner any time, it stacks up well to the other players in this field of massive American stouts.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The brew pours an opaque black with a large, creamy dark tan head. It doesn't appear as thick and motor oil like as other big stouts. The aroma is all that you could ask for in a stout. Chocolate, creamy, crackers, butter, alcohol. The taste fills your entire mouth with chocolate. Its not overpowering in any flavor, but rather a bunch of small flavors working in harmony. The mouthfeel is incredibly creamy. It is full bodied, but without being thick. Overall, this is a great brew. Its big, flavorful, complex, subtle, and enjoyable.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one hell of an amazing stout! Thanks, vintage cellar!

Pours to a completely opaque thick and viscous black with a nice chocolatey head. The head doesn't seem to be forming from a hard pour, but as soon as I let up the foam immediately begins to cascade up the glass. Beautiful. Leaves nice sheets of lacing on the glass.

The smell is surprisingly hoppy. Very piney with a nice dose of chocolate. Only a mild coffee and roast aroma. I could sit and sniff this beer all night, but at some point I'll get thirsty.

The taste is equally amazing. Very rich and thick molasses flavor with some chocolate and a mild roast. The hops also play quite an essential role in the taste. A nice citric and piney hop flavor lingers on the tip of the tongue while a roasted coffee and hoppy bitterness envelops the rest of the mouth.

This beer coats the mouth quite well without leaving any unpleasant residuals. The alcohol might as well be non-existent if not from the strong buzz after the bottle is done. I simply cannot wait to crack open the bomber of Oaked Yeti I still have in my cellar fridge, but alas I will have to save it for tomorrow night, or another date.

As for the non-oaked variety, I will definitely have to get more of this some time, somehow, some way.

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

Bomber bottle w/o any freshness indication. Pours jet black, with a dark tan head, and leaving fine, longlasting and scattered lacing. Nose is all about rum soaked raisins, honey rolls and hazelnut-vanilla coffee. Rich, bold, flavorfull brew, loaded with notes of rum, coffee, maple etc, etc. Top quality sipper. 9.5% hid expertly. Wish I had bought two bottles!

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 5,604 ratings