Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout
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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,770
Ratings:
5,361
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
9.48%
 
 
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Photo of garymuchow
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
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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Photo of rawthar
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 12/21/09

A- Pours as black and thick as dark chocolate syrup with a thick and stubborn coffee & cream head that defies the higher abv. Head leaves a marshmallow fluff lacing as it slowly recedes. Really a pretty looking RIS.

S- Coffee and dark chocolate battle for supremacy as the signature aroma, with a bit of molasses and toffee in the background. More than a hint of oak and a little bit of bourbony smoke, although this isn't a Yeti of the oak aged variety. Smells pretty smooth as it warms up.

T- The chocolate wins the epic battle in the mouth that begun in the nose. So complex that I can almost pick out multiple chocolates, dark, then milk, than moccha. Finishes real dry, though the hops lend less flavor than they do bitterness, which sort of cleans the palette after all of the intense flavors in the front.

M- Perhaps thicker than any other brew I've had, and I tend to gravitate toward some thick stuff. Chewy and syrupy.

D- This isn't the kind of beer that's made for chaining together, but the quality makes you want that first one to never end.

I have an Espresso Oak Aged bomber in the cellar, which I'll be saving for a special occasion. This is an excellent beer without a doubt, and I'll be sure to grab a few more the next time the opportunity presents.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours quite nearly black. Head is solidly brown with a slight reddish tint as well. Head is one finger, reduces to almost nothing. Lots of lacing.
S- Smell is the standard smells of chocolate and coffee. I am also getting a bit of a tobacco aroma.
T- This is one of the tastist and most layered beers I've ever tasted. It's at the very start sweet like milk chocolate but it gets more bitter with a burnt coffee and bitter chocolate flavor set playing off each other. Hop are mild until the finish where they come through with an herbal, and ever so slightly citrusy punch. The finish with the roasted malts and the hops coming together like that really pushes it up for me.
M- It is smooth but it's not quite as creamy as I'd like for the style. Finish is nearing dry.
O- One of my new favorites for the style. I really enjoyed how they let the big flavors of roasted malt and hops play off each other. Really really spot on.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from Harvest fine Wine and Liquors, W. Hartford, CT. Bottled MAR 25 2010.

Pours like jet black motor oil with probably the thickest layer of dark-tan foam I've ever seem. Looks like chocolate pudding great lacing.

Awesome aroma of roasted malts, chocolate truffles and hints of dark fruits I smells like an indulgent piece of chocolate cake from Cheesecake Factory.

Yeti is full-bodied, a thick n' creamy texture leaves a syrupy slickness on the palate. Dessert in a glass.

Up front sweetness of caramelized sugars, toffee, bittersweet chocolate and dark fruits. A huge roasted flavor comes in midway and finishes dry and bitter like espresso. There is a delayed onset of earthy hop bitterness looms on the palate.

Great beer, complex RIS. The ABV warms my cheeks. Excellent beer to sip on a cold December night in New England!

Cheers!

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated what looks to be dec. 24, 2008. I could be mistaken about the exact date, but regardless it is roughly a year old.

A-Pours like motor oil. It is pitch black, as dark as a Siberian night. It has a beautiful, thick, billowy mocha colored head that slowly dissipates leaving a thick ring of foam. It leaves some lacing on the glass.

S-Chocolate, coffee, and hops stand out alongside hints of brown sugar, molasses, and dark fruits. The nose is complex, but it is more subtle than expected.

T-First of all it needs to be stated that this is a complex beer to say the least. Chocolate fudge, heavy cream, espresso, and hops dominate at first. As it warms brown sugar and dark fruit flavors come into play. The espresso flavor and dark chocolate dominate once it gets near room temperature.

M-Thick and creamy.

D-This is a very drinkable RIS. Its abv is not as high as others of the style which makes it easy to finish an entire bomber.

Overall, this is a great imperial stout. I would highly recommend it to fans of the style. I will say it was one of the more unique imperial stouts that I have had due to the overwhelming taste of cream. It is also the most hoppy imperial stout I have had by far which surprised me due to it being roughly a year old. I can't imagine what it was like when first released. I just purchased a 2009 oak yeti imperial stout which I think I will try to age for about two years so the hops can calm down.

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Photo of stewart124
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 09-24-09

Pours pitch black with reddish hues. Whoa this rocky head starts out brick red! Turns into an inch of dense tan foam. This lingers along the sides of the glass.

Bitter chocolate in the nose with dense roasted notes. Smells amazing.

Delicious! Silky smooth. Plenty of roasted malts with an underlying chocolate bitterness that is unrivaled. Whoa buddy this is velvety smooth. Bits of chocolate chewy goodness in the mouthfeel. Plenty of character and body with a nice bite from the piney hops. The hop bitterness coupled with the bitterness from the roasted malts just builds plenty of depth in this Imperial Stout. Outstanding!

This beers seems to come out in layers. Each sip unveils another amazing layer and I wish I could keep sipping throughout the night. Everything blends together so well. Amazing

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with a reddish hue of head that I have never seen before. Very good looking stuff.

Smelled strongly of chocolate as it was being poured, now that is in the glass I can sense roasted malts and toffee. This is supposedly a hop forward stout, but very little if any is present in the nose.

Tastes extremely smooth with no major alcohol kick as in some other RISs. Tastes are the same roasted coffee, toffee, and chocolate found in the nose, with the 75 ibus coming from the chocolate itself. I wouldn't call this a hop forward stout, though they are present. All in all very tasty and easy to drink.

Mouth is med/heavy and carbonation is low/med. Good combination.

Drinkability is very good. I don't see this around too much, but will be sure to pick it up. I look forward to trying the oaked yeti in my cellar next.

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

She pours the muddiest dirtiest grittiest (screw commas) color I've seen. The head is a chocolate milkshake of delight that leaves some lacy catacombs everywhere it looks. The retention is excellent. Perfect.

The smell and taste will group together with this beer, as they really intertwine to create something better than the lone ingredients. Starts bitter and toffee-like, to be rounded out by some caramelly smoothness, very nice. There is some definite hop bitterness to balance everything out.

The mouthfeel is nice, per style it is huge and creamy, excellent silky smoothness.

For an imperial stout, I could drink this all day long...very impressive. I cannot believe how well this beer melds together, it has restored my interest in the style.

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

Served from a 12oz. bottle purchased at Wells in Baltimore, Maryland (12/25/09) into my Great Divide Yeti snifter at the appropriate temperature.

A: As with other Yeti variations that I have had, this is an exceptional looking beer that is pitch black capped off with 2.5 fingers of a creamy mocha head with great retention and lacing.

S: Extremely roasty and hoppy (for an RIS) containing notes of coffee, dark chocolate, milk chocolate and cocoa. Hints of dark fruits are apparent as well.

T: Roasted malt and some slightly bitter hops hit the palate first followed by coffee, dark chocolate, and cocoa. As the beer warms layers of dark fruits emerge especially raisin.

M: Medium to full-bodied with appropriate carbonation. Quite silky and creamy.

D: I have always found this to be one of the most drinkable Imperial Stouts and this bottle confirmed that. The 9.5% abv. is hidden expertly.

Overall this is certainly an icon for me in the Imperial Stout style. One of the first real craft beers that I enjoyed in college and one that I revisit often, along with its oak-aged brethren. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Beer was about 50 degrees when poured but has been in 90 degree weather for about 10 minutes now. A huge, stiff, mocha colored head forms on top of a pitch black, syrupy looking beer. Tons of lacing all the way down the glass as the head recedes.

Aroma is dark fruit, molasses, chocolate, plums, raisins, alcohol. Very enticing indeed. Not much coffee which is fine. Slight hop presence by the way of citrus in the aroma as well.

Taste is sublime. Very smooth and creamy. Raisins and mollasses hit me first followed by the hops and then the chocolate. In the finish, a sort of rum character emerges giving this a nice finish. Alcohol is noticeable in the taste. At 9.5%, the alcohol presence is somewhat subdued, making this a wonderfully drinking beer.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Alcohol is warming (which is a little tough to handle today with the heat) but pleasant. Body is medium-full. Carbonation seems to be perfect.

This is a great Impy. Probably one of my favorites so far. I would like to try this on a colder day to see if the tastes and aromas and overall feelings and interpretations are the same. A great beer in my opinion.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: opaque; very dark brown - virtually black; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 2 finger dark tan head that receded slowly to a thick cap; OK lacing;

S: bittersweet chocolate that morphs into roasted grain that morphs into milk chocolate;

T: malted milk up front, then roasted grain, then milk chocolate; the aftertaste is moderately bitter;

M: full bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish; smooth - hides the ABV very well;

O: dangerously smooth; complex aromas and flavors;

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

Pours an opaque darkness with better than a full finger fluffy dark tan head that fades slowly to sheets of lacing. The smell is awesome rich cocoa, roasted java over syrupy vanilla notes. Lightly carbonated, the mouth feel is thick and rich without being syrupy. Full flavored, the chocolaty taste over just the right amount of roasted malt and coffee characters. Really opens up as is warms. The chocolate-caramel complexity lingers appropriately. The 9.5% ABV can be detected in the nose and with the swallowing breath. Nicely done by a great bunch of people!! Happy Thanksgiving. Peace.

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Photo of jera1350
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate syrup like color and texture as it pours into a snifter. Huge chocolatey brown head that leaves a ton of lacing.

Loads of chocolate fill the nose with a large amount of grassy hops added. Almost a sweet ice cream like scent.

Like the nose, lots of rich chocolate, undertones of mocha and vanilla bean and the outstanding presence of those grassy hops which I absolutely love in an IS. Awesome, awesome, awesome!

Quite a bit of prickly carbonation for the style. It's not a bad thing, just unexpected especially judging by the appearance.

I can't believe I've waited so long to try this beer. I love a hoppy RIS and this fits the bill. At it's price, I would venture to call this a bargain beer. All around awesome and I look forward to having it many more times!

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Photo of SawDog505
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22 oz bottle into my 16 oz snifter, bottle 5/12/11. Pours just amazing. Black as black, with a wonderful looking mocha creamy head. A inch worth, with plenty of lacing. Smell is huge chocolate, coffee, with some tobacco & smoke. A little booze. Taste all those, with a nice herbal hops finish. Mouthfeel is great, big.but approachable. Lots of life. This is my favorite non oaked or barrel aged stout. Great Divide makes some of the best stouts on planet earth, thanks.

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

Total, complete, absolute, utter black that is devoid of even a hint of lightening at the edges. The head is one of the darkest I've ever seen and has the texture, persistence and lace generation of the hoppiest IPA imaginable. I hope Great Divide isn't simply blowing smoke with their claim that this beer contains "an enormous quantity of hops". Simply put, the appearance is American double stout perfection.

The nose is impressively powerful. I'd even go so far as to call it darkly pungent. It consists of concentrated blackstrap molasses, bittersweet chocolate fudge, crushed coffee beans, scathingly citric hops and (unfortunately) alcohol. There's power to burn and any number of dark aromas to love, but I need a better job of ethanol masking to mention Yeti in the same breath as the world's best stouts.

Alcohol is also noted on the palate, although it's an integral part of the flavor profile rather than an outsider. The flavor is as big time as the appearance and the aroma suggested it would be. The thing that gives YIS its distinctive personality is sweetness and a wonderful tongue shredding hoppiness. The contrast between those two is what provides the lip smacking, gotta-gulp-it, out of this world deliciousness.

The malt structure is Titanic and oozes black maltiness from every porthole. The beer tastes like dark caramel-centered, fudge-covered, anise seed-flecked, coffee bean-studded beer candy. Given the behemoth that is malt, it's even more mind blowing that hops steal the show. This bottle is at least 6 months old, so it must have been a real humdinger when fresh. Only Bear Republic Big Bear Black gives it a run for its money in terms of hoppiness.

Not only does the sweet-bitter contrast work beautifully when it comes to the flavor profile, but it creates an interesting mouthfeel as well. The high malt sugar load results in one of the most full, sticky, lightly syrupy mouthfeels in recent memory, even as the hops cut through it like a razor-sharp stiletto. It's soothing and beautifully biting at once.

Yeti Imperial Stout is a hop lover's stout. If you have a low lupulin tolerance or believe that stouts are about malt and malt only, then give this beer a wide berth. If you like over the top beer, beer that is full to bursting with both barley malt and hop flowers, then you owe it to yourself to acquire Yeti by the case. My knees have gone weak at the thought of an oak aged version.

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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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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,361 ratings.
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