Velvet Yeti
Great Divide Brewing Company

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Stout - American
Ranked #487
Ranked #22,896
3.86 | pDev: 9.33%
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Very Good
Notes: Introducing the smoothest member of the Yeti family, VELVET YETI. The surprisingly velvety and rich mouthfeel of the nitro pour rounds out the unmistakeable roasty, caramel & toffee notes that make Yeti such a beast. Despite its minimal 5.0% ABV, this smooth operator is sure to provide maximum joy.
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Parmesan from Colorado

4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L:. Pours a dark black with a beige tan head and lots of lacing around the glass.

S:. Lots of sweet dark chocolate and roast malt, a hint of coffee, smells very inviting.

T:. Roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate, a hint of bitter coffee, a strong bitterness.

F:. Smooth and medium body.

O:. This is a very nice and tasty stout.

Jan 24, 2021
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stevoj from Idaho

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft at DIA. Black pour with a nice lasting creamy beige head. Aroma is simple, roast malts with a touch of chocolate. Taste is very soft roasty malts and chocolate, with some mild sweetness. Smooth, satiny. Nice!

Jul 26, 2020
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nitro pour. Thick lasting beige head which blankets the glass with lace throughout the tasting. Dark brown, near black, color and no light passes through the edge of the glass.

Slightly chalky with a strong bittering presence of black patent malt.

Creamy body with little "carbonation." The flavor is more burnt but it remains smooth devoid of sugar or cream -- a true dry stout. This would be an excellent beer in a flight with Guinness and Murphys.

Feb 09, 2020
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured black with a two finger tan nitro head. Weak aroma of toasted malt and caramel. Taste followed the nose but was surprisingly weaker than what I expected. Nice velvet full body. Better than average. But not something I would seek out.

Jan 11, 2020
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On nitro at Wyoming Ale Works.

Pitch black pour, an inch of tannish foam, lacing typical for a nitro.

Smells of dark chocolate, coffee, bit of bitterness going on.

Taste has both dark and milk chocolate, sweet and bitter, coffee adds more bitterness but it isn't that bitter overall. Nice.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel.

I am enjoying it muchly.

Apr 14, 2019
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peepicheep from Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Funck's Leola. A disappointment. Beautiful looking in the glass. Head that lasts. But too much caramel and toffee for me. This is clearly a matter of personal taste. Would not order again.

Mar 09, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A huge, creamy tan head has a thick, soft round clinging mound all the way around the glass, above a dull black body.

Light on aroma, it's mostly coffee and baker's cocoa.

The light, watery body is strongly bitter with woody cacao as a thin carbonation kicks up notes of almond, coffee, milk chocolate and pine.

Sep 03, 2018
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ordybill from Georgia

3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is pitch black with a large tan head. The aroma is coffee and malt. Taste is roasted malt, vanilla and cocoa. A decent stout.

Apr 30, 2018
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on nitro draft, in a shaker pint glass

opaque black in color, thick off-white colored head. aroma is quite roasty. not as bold as the normal version of Yeti. Taste is fairly dry too - coffee, dark chocolate flavors. medium bodied.

Jan 21, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nitro Tap at Flynn's Mansfield

Nice creamy nitro waterfall head, black beer, typical lacing

Nose nitro out front, creamy, milk chocolate, little roast, caramel, biscuit, touch coffee and caramel

Taste creamy, milk chocolate, bitter roast and coffee, little dark choc cocoa, faint caramel, decent spicy hop bitterness, creamy lactose and oats, dried milk and chocolate. Finishes dry with a little bitter spicy hop, more cocoa and coffee lingering, nitro flavor too

Mouth is med bod, very creamy lush velvety, typical nitro carb creamy but a bit light on overall carbonation

Overall nice, glad to get a very drinkable yeti, like the flavor.

Jan 20, 2018
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Badger2121 from Illinois

3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Jet black, creamy head. Very little nose. Taste small hints of chocolate. Very creamy feel as it’s nitro. Very dry finish. Love the nitro, overall alright beer.

Dec 13, 2017
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OKbrew89 from Oklahoma

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap. Pitch black beer with three finger tan head that leaves lacing all the way down the glass. Nose is nitro-diminished coffee, vanilla, and roasted malt. Taste is roasted malt, subtle sweetness from vanilla and chocolate, and the coffee gets stronger as it warms. Full bodied and low carbonation with the dreamy creaminess of nitro shining through.
Nitro has upsides and downsides and what it does to this beer is a master thesis on the effect of nitro on beer. It fades the taste and takes a lot out of the nose, but boy does it make a pretty and smooth, creamy piece of art. It's a lesser yeti that is super drinkable and creamy. Drinks well cold and at room temp.

Dec 07, 2017
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nunitn from Arizona

4.69/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing velvet head a sharp finish but a good sharp finish kind of taste like a lot better version of Guinness I'm not saying that cuz it's a stout cuz I've tried lots of Stouts I'm saying it cuz it kind of taste like Guinness but a lot better and not watered down it's an American style I like that not exactly my style even though I do like American Stout but I think some people would really like this beer

Dec 03, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On nitro tap:
Pours opaque black in a poorly lit bar. The creamy head of nitro is tan/mocha and sits in its creamy state above the beer for a while.

Nose is wood as much as char, and roasted malt that has a little more bitterness than a dark chocolate.

A slightly astringent coffee meets my tongue, but the light feel adds a weak, watery aspect that does not completely define the feel. Soft and light, coffee and dark toasted bread doesn't come with very much sweetness.

A nice lower ABV stout, roasted malt with a little extra bitter kick (mildly woody) results in a solid offering.

Aug 23, 2017
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Great beer nitro perfect smooth like a lighter version of yeti. My only gripe for it being light it doesn't have much sweetness mostly burnt sugars and licorice.

Aug 20, 2017
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RyanK252 from California

4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On nitro tap at Great Divide Barrel Bar

A: Pours cascading dark brown with a creamy light brown head that hangs around and laces nicely.

S: Good and roasty, hints of chocolate and coffee, and some toffee sweetness.

T: Roasted malt, milk chocolate, mild coffee, touch of burnt toast, and toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, mild carbonation, creamy smooth.

O: Nice way to get your feet wet into the Yeti family.

Aug 16, 2017
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Nhazu10 from California

3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very smooth on tap. It's a nitro beer. Velvet stout is a great many because I would describe the texture as such, velvet. Medium bodied. You get the coffee notes in there for sure. Nothing overbearing.

Jun 09, 2017
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap 4/18/2017 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a nonic pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large dense beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains coffee, chocolate, lactose and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of coffee and chocolate. Then some lactose creaminess comes in along with some breadiness from a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

Apr 19, 2017
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mactrail from Washington

3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big nitro pour in the pint glass. Pleasant creamy mouthfeel while it lasts. Then it turns quite bitter and austere. Flavors are burnt chocolate and yesterday's coffee.

Woody, mineral, and astringent aftertaste. Charred grain and not much else. This style of stout must be an acquired taste. It's my least favorite beer ever from Great Divide. On tap at the Patio in San Diego.

Feb 04, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro. Poured an opaque, jet-black color with a bubbly, light brown head of foam. It smelled of chocolate, toffee and coffee. Sweet chocolate taste, caramel and toffee.

Jan 17, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this has been a long time coming i think, a smaller more drinkable yeti variant, designed for nitro. creamy, dark, bitter, hearty, wintery, and amazing, this is something that has instant legs, and i think fills a needed void in this market. its also just downright delicious. eggshell black in a schooner glass with well over an inch of lighter brown foam, gorgeous creaminess, the nitro is sexy. aroma is minimal, suggestions of coffee and ashy roast, pleasing and inviting, but very little else, i often find nitro beers to be a little lacking in the aroma. first sip is a wintery dream, cling to every nook and cranny in my mouth comforting rich black malts and lots of cocoa, i almost want to drink it hot! bitterness is pretty high, more flavorful than the dry irish stout types that dominate these tap handles, and far drier and "beery" than say a left hand milk stout, which can get to be a bit much after a few, i could make an entire day of these. i like that they left the alcohol kind of low, it makes it real drinkable, and the silky texture is awesome. not overly flavored, certainly very mild compared to the normal yeti and its variants, but i think a pretty textbook robust session stout, and something i will never get tired of. good on great divide for putting this one together!

Jan 16, 2017
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From tap at Industry Public house with Leah. First Great Divide beer for us. Didn't know what to expect. Not really getting much of anything from this choice.

Jan 14, 2017
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dcscientist from Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is, as expected, a very smooth nitro stout. At only 5%, you can have a couple of these and not feel bogged down, which is great. It's very heavy on the coffee flavor; in fact I thought it was just a nitro coffee stout at first. You get a little bit of caramel roast at the finish, but the dominant flavor is certainly the roasted coffee. Interesting experiment and a nice slant on the traditional Yeti.

Dec 06, 2016
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with an off-white head. Lightly roasted malt aroma. The taste has roasted malt, a little alcohol, and a bit of oxidation. Pretty nice with a dark chocolate note in there. Good nitro feel, smooth and indeed velvety. Overall, it's a decent beer, but nothing much more than it being a bit bolder than a Guinness.

Nov 18, 2016
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