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 | website

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.

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Photo of azdback
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this many times in the past but never reviewed it. So here is goes.

Poured into a large tulip glass. Black, black, black. No light what so ever. Not even any hued edges. Head is about three fingers and dark cocoa colored. Head lays down nicely but the lace is staying around for the night. Beautiful times 3!!

Smell is mostly of dark roasted malt. Coffee bean, dark chocolate nibs. Just the slightest hint of booze. As it warms the booze is a little more detectable.

Wow!! The initial taste is of charred wood, but that was not long lived. Deeply roasted coffee beans and dark dark chocolate. Trying really hard to look for it I have found some bitter or tart taste. Figs? Hops?

Fantastic mouthfeel. Carbonation prefect. Smooth, creamy, chewy and full to the back of my tongue.

It's drinkabilty is scary. There is almost no hint of alcohol in the smell the taste or the mouthfeel. So beware!! With that being said, I believe that this beer is very easy to drink and very desired to have more.

Overall this is fantastic and world class Imperial Stout. A must for your pallet!! Buy it if you get the chance!!

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Photo of Imbiber
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Chuck for this bottle.

Appearance is black as black can be, with a coffee-like tan head which sits on the beer like a collar. A good start indeed.

Aroma is a little vinous. Hops and alcohol beckon too, not bad.

Taste is very rich indeed. A 'train wreck' some could describe this as - but in my opinion it's a great coupling of different carriages (sorry!) of flavour. Notes of cocoa mingle with hops, malt, and carried by a distinct carbonation which certainly helps in this case.

To sum up... one great 'big' beer packed with flavour and richness.

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Photo of CHickman
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 4/3/2012: pours spent motor oil pitch black color with a massive 2 finger creamy brown head that was full of bubbles like a lava pit and faded extremely slowly, leaving great lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down. The head never completely dissipated and settled with a foamy layer on top; a great looking stout.

Smells of molasses, toffee, chocolate, burnt wood, cocoa powder, roasted grains, piney hops, coffee, charcoal, burnt malt, floral hops, herbs and some light alcohol like bourbon or rum; while very chocolate and malt dominant in the nose, it was great to have the hops keep jumping out for attention to prove that the 75 IBU’s listed on the bottle was no BS. The booze is strong, but the complex malt and caramel/toffee sweetness keeps it in check. A great smelling beer that had a lot of nice components working together to inhale and savor.

Tastes like it smells, with molasses, toffee, caramel, dark chocolate, burnt wood, cocoa powder, roasted grains, piney hops, coffee grinds, charcoal, burnt malt, floral hops, herbs, brown sugar, dry or almost burnt cinnamon buns and some light alcohol like bourbon or rum; after the beer slides down there is a bitterness like lemon zest, a Starbucks coffee and some light spices. The sweet toffee and caramel flavors mix well with the hops and combine for a nice bitterness normally associated with a DIPA; the chocolate and hops seem like a frozen coffee drink thawed out and warmed up a bit, unleashing all kinds of complex malty notes. The ABV is not well hidden but gets lost in the big time stout flavors, so it’s actually easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is creamy, slick and smooth like thick chocolate milk coated with fresh hop oil; it has almost no carbonation, a very thick chewy body that feels like a straw would stand up in it, and a sweet finish that’s bitter and hoppy at the same time. A lot more hops than I expected, especially after sitting for a year. Damn flavorful at this stage, so I imagine a fresh bottle would be quite hoppy.

This bottle was aged for a year and went down super easy; I need to get some more and try it fresh to maximize the hop flavor. Well balanced, but yet very powerful, this was incredibly tasty and enjoyable like the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti Stout. Great Divide makes some great beers and I highly recommend trying this.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from DEC 06 2011

A: A black beer that pours with a finger of creamy, medium brown head made of mousse-like,compact bubble.

S: An awesome smelling beer with moderately-strong aromas of unsweetened chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. A moderately-light citrus hops aroma and light perfume alcohol aroma.

T: A thick, smooth moderately-strong flavors of unsweetened chocolate flavor, roastiness and coffee with some malt sweetness and molasses . There is a moderate hops bitterness and a citrus hops flavor. The balance is moderately towards the bitterness. The alcohol certainly does go unnoticed but it doesn't over well. The finish balanced between dry and sweet with a bitter chocolate aftertaste.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation that is made of fine bubbles give evne more of an impression of weight on the palate.

O: Well I've got a new favorite stout, it's been far to long since I've enjoyed a bottle of this world class stout. This beer has layers of rich flavor from dark grains giving chocolate and coffee with some sweetness the balanced by a firm hops bitterness. this beer just brings ton of flavor sip after delightful sip.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle with the old "Maverick" label. 9.5% ABV, 75 IBU, $5.99 at Carytown Wine & Beer.

Poured an extremely dark black in color with ruby-tinged edges that barely allow light to penetrate. Mucho aggressive poruing yields a finger-thin layer of creamy smooth toffee-colored head. Thick. Long-lasting. Glass-coating. Aromas burst forth from the glass. Dark chocolate, hefty dose of cashews, rum-soaked dark fruit, toffee, campfire smoke. Flavor mirrors the aromas so very nicely. Toasted malt with strong bitter notes up front. Middle sees a slick chocolate (very very strong) espresso character show up, and finishes with a roasted nut bitterness. Only a slight warming sensation from the ABV. Very well-done. Mouthfeel is gargantuan. It sits on your palate like a 700 pound gorilla and goes nowhere. Hugely creamy smooth and thick. For a double stout with a 9.5% ABV and 75 IBU, this is one smooth beer. Very easy to drink (dangerously so...). Certainly one to keep the eyes peeled for and definitely worth trading for.

I shall hunt the Yeti again...and soon.

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Photo of MrKennedy
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle thanks to mulder1010. Poured into a Victory Golden Monkey tulip.

Jet black with a very dark tan head of foam that adds strips of lacing and has a nice rockiness to it. Beautiful appearance and good head retention.

Smell is enticing. Plenty of complex roasted malt, some toffee and caramel in the mix. Nice and complex overall.

Taste is a good mix of chocolate and roasted malt and then caramel and toffee. Great interaction between what is there.

Mouthfeel is world class. So smooth, no overcarbonation at all. Solid hop bitterness at the end is enough to keep you coming back for more, no matter if it is 20+ degrees outside.

Overall this exceeds the reputation. Balance, complexity and a wonderful interaction of all the flavours makes this a really top beer. I believe!

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Photo of injuredreserve
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bad-ass 22oz brown bottle, courtesy of the great FeloniousMonk.

Pitch black body, one of the darkest brown heads I've ever seen. Just a dark beer. Decent sized head, gradually fades to a tight stubborn cap. Amazing lacing with acceptable retention. Big hearty aroma, the required chocolate coffee notes are out in full force. Rather bitter smell (which is OK by me), but the dark fruity notes are quite subdued and the smell overall is slightly one-dimensional. Just slightly, though - it's still yummy.

Plenty of roasted malts - make no mistake about it, this is a big beer. Starts off pretty sweet, with an almost milk stout-like taste. The bitterness follows quickly, with plenty of dark-roasted coffee notes (think Sumatra x5). Finishes pretty sweet, with just a dash of citrusy hops. Leaves a sticky chocolate coating on my lips. Once again, the fruity characters run amok but only n the background, like little Oompa Loompas. Mouthfeel is thick but not viscous. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, although by the end of the bottle I'm made well aware of its presence. It's a sipper for sure, but I'm sipping dangerously fast.

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Photo of sjverla
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown bottle dated 12/21/09 into a snifter. (Had 10/9/11)

Nose: Chocolate and a little alcohol. Deep cocoa notes. A little syrupy, but plenty inviting.

Appearance: Jet black and opaque. Very thin espresso-colored head skimmed the top briefly.

Taste: Chocolate. Chocolate. Chocolate. Burnt cocoa bitterness like Baker's chocolate. Coffee dryness balances the velvety texture.

Overall: Wow. I accidentally bought an older bottle. I haven't had the chance to play much with aging beers, but I will now. I'll have to pick up a fresh bottle and compare.

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Photo of Gavage
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours black in color with a thick tan colored head. The head lasted quite a while.

Smell: tons of chocolate and roasted malts, with some bitterness lingering in the background.

Taste: thick roasted malts, strong chocolate, mild coffee, pepper, alcohol, and a strong bitterness. Wonderfully balanced and mouth watering.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth at the start and finish. Aftertaste is long on the roasted flavors and chocolates.

Drinkability: nice drinkability, more than one bottle can be enjoyed in an evening. Must buy this one.

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Photo of tronester
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an oily, pitch black. The head is almost non existent, and dark brown in color. The smell is earthy, and of roasted malts. Exceptionally smooth tasting, the hops wonderfully balance out the rich malt flavor. Hints of coffee, brown sugar, and an ever so slight citrus character. The mouthfeel is incredibly rich, carbonation is just right. I was surprised at how carbonated it was, especially after the pour. A world class beer.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted side-by-side the Yeti and the Oak Aged Yeti. Both purchased at K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, and brought back to Australia to drink with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

This one pours a deep black, with twinges of brown only with the influence of the head. Lacing is sudsy but solid, and the bead is incredibly fine. Yellowish brown head. It looks great. Really lovely.

Nose is sweet and dark, with big characters of aniseed and liquorice to go pleasantly with the roasty notes of dark malt and char. A little bit denser than the oak-aged version, which brings in big organic characters. It's the better for it, I feel, giving a true robust and distinguished sweet and roasted stout character. Lovely.

Deep and rich, and really pleasantly sweet American Impy Stout characters here. Lots of toasted coconut and chocolate sweetness, but with a huge backup of roasty, charred grains to give it body and that back-palate bitterness. Smooth vanilla notes come through deviously to entice you for another sip, where you can be pummeled with flavour yet again.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, like melted chocolate. Divine.

I loved this beer. This is a fantastic American Imperial Stout. I'm surprised that side-by-side I preferred this to the oak-aged version, which blends better but doesn't have the raw power and robustness of this one. That's what I'm looking for in the style.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Opaque black with about a half inch of milk-chocolate head. Laces ok.

S- A little alcohol, some apple, but mainly dark roasted malt and light citrus hops. Smell isn't super strong, but it's definitely good.

T- Interesting. Not as hoppy as some others are saying. Complex roasted malts of chocolate and coffee. Some citrus hop undertone. Kind of fruity too... light on the cherry side of things, some lighter pear/pineapple/apple notes too (hops?). Slight woody aftertaste. I keep getting more things out of this one. Becomes hoppier as it warms--somewhat piney and bitter. That's nice. Complex too.

M- Big and creamy. Oily. Love it.

D- Surprisingly drinkable for the ABV, style, and mouthfeel. Delicious beer and one that I would definitely have again. IMO, this definitely competes with Old Rasputin and FBS.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours pitch black with a two finger mocha colored head that lingers. the smell is roasty bitter chocolate with some coffee notes and a hint of booze. the taste follows suit with the dark chocolate flavors coming up front followed by the hint of coffee and a warm slighlty alcohol finish. the mouthfeel is full bodied and well carbed. a very good example of the style

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Photo of larryi86
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle dated Oct 20 2010 poured into a snifter

A- Black with a one finger dark tan head.

S- Chocolate, roasted coffee, a hint of hops, and a touch of alcohol.

T- Nice balance between chocolate and coffee with a nice bitter finish with a hint of piney hops.

M- Big, thick, creamy, smooth.

D- Easy to drink and just a solid and great example of an Imperial Stout. Really opens up as it warms.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black like motor oil with a thick dark brown head. Great retention; thick, sticky lacing.
Chocolate, roasted black coffee and alcohol in the nose.
Robust roasted coffee bean flavor with bakers chocolate and a hint of char. A slight smokiness in the background and plenty of biting hop bitterness in the finish.
Insanely thick and full bodied. One of the darkest and thickest beers I've tried.

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Photo of Morris729
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and pitch black like opening a can of oil. Nose is similar to that of rich coffee with undertones of vanilla extract and smoked hickory wood. Full-bodied and heavy in the mouth throughout the tasting. Roasted caramelized malt flavors are present up front along with flavors of unsweetened chocolate followed by notes of smoky charcoal and bitter grapefruity raw hop leaves leading to a rather dry finish. The high alcohol level is very well hidden. Unfortunately, we don’t have many imperial stouts available here, but this one is a definite winner.

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Photo of Trueant1
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy mother duck, love Yeti Stouts!

Pours an almost black. You guessed it, It sits in the glass as black as night. Nice tan creamy head that has good lacing.

Smells wonderfull...way above average. Smells like a fresh malted milk...overly malted. YUM.

Tastes of Roasty milk chocolates. Nice hop bitterness that is more pronounced than the smoked version. This beer still tastes of some smoke and is very similar to that version. The alcohol is evident as it goes down. Between the creamy malted milk profile, and the bittering hops so well blended..this imp gets a 5 on taste. Exceptional.
Creamy sticky moutfeel. A bit to syrupy for me. I think the smoked covered up this fact a bit more. Still very good.

A great Imperial stout. Wished they made a third version ..Smoked AND espresso induced. It may be all fives!

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Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Pours a murky black with a good brown red head. The head lasts very well and produces good lacing. Has a very nice aroma of roasted malts with hints of toffie and carmel chocolate. The taste is blended excellently. Has a good amount of hops to produce a smooth sweetness with its malt backbone. Has a medium body and a good amount of carbination. This is real good. A nice bold stout with soft touches to produce an excellent brew.

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Photo of jlb307
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the tap in a small pilsner glass.

This was my first Russian Imperial, so I'm glad I got to try this as my first!

A: Like the blackest coffee I've ever seen! A reddish brown head, nice and thick and retained well. Reddish tint in the beer, too, but hard to tell if that was from the lighting in the Ale House. Decent lacing.

S: Even more coffee, but with a nice toasted malt character. Kind of smelled like bitter-sweet chocolate. Mouth watering smell.

T: Not what I expected at all, but like I said, this was my first Russian Imperial. Bitter chocolate, dark coffee, roasted malt, and very hoppy for a stout, more of a porter. Malty, but not sweet. Was not expecting that but very enjoyable. Slight alcohol taste, but not bad at all.

M: Smooth like drinking a thick hot chocolate. Nice clean finish and excellently balanced.

D: Fantastic beer and very easy to drink! Would gladly go looking for this again.

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Photo of bewley
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
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 danzyl
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours jet black, darker than Coca-Cola. With a very dark tan almost brown inch high head, very good looking beer.

Smell: I got some roasted malt notes, so chocolate, coffee, toffee/caramel. Very characteristic for the style.

Taste: It was bitter, but no to bitter, I got lots of the same notes from the smell, coffee, caramel. chocolate. Very well balanced with the low bitter toasted barley notes, with some hops up high. Great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel. It was thick, it coated my tongue and the rest of my mouth, not too much carbonation, which accentuates the complexity of this beer.

Drinkability: I had 2 from the 4 pack in about 2 hours. Smooth and easy to drink, i found this beer sessionable, but not overly so. But also don't get a 4 pack of these on a full stomach, you'll regret it later.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
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 Higravity
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
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 MuenchenerKindl
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a large steamed glass. The liquid is a dark brown to black, with good carbonation. The is slight about one fat finger, but dark brown and quite inviting. A little lace present.

The smell is roasty & toasty almost burnt.

The taste follows the nose, Dark roasty malts, burnt toast flavor, Some coffee notes and hint of dark chocolate. This beer is excellent one of the smoothest, creamiest, easy drinkable brews of this style I have had. This is well balanced with a great Hopy finish that covers a huge alcohol presents.

The Mouthfeel is very good, nice full body, good carbonation, very smooth, creamy, velvety liquid passing through. What a winner!

The drinkability is great, no defects in this robust RIS offering. A huge and magnificent brew. Prosit und Zum Wohl! MK

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
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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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,750 ratings.
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