Chai Yeti
Great Divide Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,703
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #6,818
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 5.93%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
106
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Great Divide Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
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91
Outstanding
Notes: Our beloved Yeti is going back to its roots with this Himalayan-inspired variation. Traditional Chai spices of cinnamon, green cardamom, black pepper, ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla blend seamlessly with Yeti’s rich, roasted malt backbone for a spicy beast fit to tackle Everest.
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Photo of Bruno74200
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bomber this version of Yeti delivers a handful of spices. I get mostly cardamon, ginger and nutmeg.
The mouthfeel is velvety. The roastiness is nice

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Photo of EMV
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Inky black pour with 2 fingers of tannish head. No light gets through the pour. Great lacing.

S: Rich and roasty. Bitter coffee, dark chocolate, and spice.

T.F: Follows the nose. Rich and bittersweet. Espresso and chicory, dark cocoa, and chai spices. Some ginger, black pepper, and clove. Cardamom at the finish. Medium bodied... oily on the tongue. Warming... booze hidden.

O: A very nice spiced Imperial Stout. Great flavor... cellarable, and great for the cooling weather.

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Photo of VABA
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a very dark color with a slight tan head and lacing
A- Aroma has abundant spice hints
M-The taste follows the nose with a generous spice flavor
M-A medium bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A well done Imperial Stout

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Photo of cbutova
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Tar black pour from the bomber into a chalice. The head shoots up very fast and has a creamy and puffy consistency with a moderate thickness. Absolute coating of lacing all around the glass in thin but plentiful sheets.

S- I guess it should come as no surprise but chai spices are in the absolute forefront of the brew trumping even the massive base beer of Yeti. Fresh ginger leads the way with the black pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg up next in terms of strength. The green cardamom rounds out the chai feel and the vanilla is fairly hard to pick up. The chocolate, espresso, burnt barley and hops of the base brew are secondary to the massive fresh, aromatic chai spices.

T- The Yeti wakes up on the palate, at least compared to the aroma, with the spices still leading the way and imposing themselves over the classic base. Better this way than totally diluted or overspiced as Great Divide do well to get a strong chai flavor without losing the Yeti. Ginger, cinnamon and roast barley are the bulk of it with chocolate, toasted nuts, black pepper, floral spicy cardamom, vanilla sweets, brownies, earthy nutmeg, spicy phenolics and licorice. Big chai big stout.

MF- Slick and silky smooth heavy bodied brew. The texture seems to get cut into from the spices compared to the base brew as it comes off a bit less creamy and chewy. Ends with spice flavor and bitterness lingering forever as well as some acrid roast barley bitters.

Spiced stouts are certainly not my favorite cup of tea as Warlock brings back scary memories everytime I find strong spice in a stout but Chai Yeti succeeds as they find a balance between a ton of strong but complimentary flavors.

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Photo of NeilSilber1
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep dark chocolate with beige head. Notes of dark chocolate and chai coffee. Sweet malty backbone with Stout hoppy backbone and a dash of spice - beautiful!

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Photo of BenHoppy
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into shifter at room temp after year of aging:

L: dark chocolatey fudge
A: lots of spice, nutmeg in particular, tobacco, baking chocolate, roasted malts
T: very much like it smells along with vanilla, cacao, cinnamon, peppers, coffee, light tobacco dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with nutmeg, ginger, dark fruits, very good
F: thin but chewy and creamy
o: I got this for $5 as it had aged one year but this thing ages well and now would like another. It's a good Christmas beer and could only imagine it gets better Christmas morning watching the snow fall sitting by the fireplace. Also very much reminds me of Bells Expedition Stout heavily spiced.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled July 2018 into a goblet.
A - Bursting with carbonation gave me a two inch foam deep mocha that takes quite a while to settle. Beer itself looks typical yeti deep dark blackness with a thick body.
S - Chocolate and roasted malts mostly bittersweet chocolate but very little allspice which was kind of a letdown. I sip.
T - Well it's a fairly mellow yeti not very bitter or overly roasty but just enough hop bitterness to hide quite a bit of the chai spices. If I really had to look I can pick up some camomile and just a hint of cinnamon but thats pretty much it.
M - Smooth and fairly balanced a much more evolved version of the typical yeti. Easy to drink medium bodied goodness.

Overall pretty much with everyone else could have used MORE SPICE or at least more chocolate flavor to simulate a good chai spiced flavor. Not bad just not worth the 10+ bucks a bottle.

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Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Sept 28, 2017
Huge goofy creamy darker head fades slowly, good retention and lacing, pitch black beer long legs

Nose typical base yeti, lots of dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, a little chai spice, mild roast, so much fudge

Taste more yeti, tons of cocoa and dark chocolate again, roasted malts and a little coffee, good bitterness from spicy hops and roast, very light chai almost nothing, nice bitterness and roast lingering, fudge, creamy oatmeal

Mouth is full bod, rich little creamy, decent carb, no alcohol

Overall great base yeti but no chai, thankfully it's not over chai but I'd at least like some

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle, bottled SEP 26 2017. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch and a half tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. I like the aroma, the brew smells like chai spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, peppery spice, cardamom) along with vanilla, roasted malt, and bittersweet chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, with chai spice, vanilla, coffee, roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate flavors. Slight bitter finish. The chai is very noticeable but not overpowering in both the aroma and flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I liked this, wouldn't have minded if the chai was stronger but no big deal because it's still good and tasty. Maybe I should try this fresher next time. $11.99 a bomber.

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Photo of Bacon_Ninja
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a nice tan head. But that was the most exciting part of the beer. Sadly didn't get nearly as much chai as I was hoping for. Some of the other spices came through on the aroma and taste; such as the cardamom and cinnamon. Overall felt a little underwhelmed.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black in color with a fingernail of creamy dark brown on top. Moderate lacing. The aroma is of chai spices and dark chocolate. I'm tasting a moderate chai spice presence that blends well with the rich, dark chocolate flavor. The mouth is silky smooth, creamy, and decadent.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An interesting addition to the Yeti series. There are a lot of positives to the Chai Yeti, especially the dry spice flavors on the finish of the taste. There is a nice black coffee/tea texture to the beer. However there are shortcoming too. Body is way too light for a imperial stout. Smell was kind of bland.

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Photo of stortore
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 9/26/17, had 12/13/17.

Pours near black and opaque, with a one and a half inch head of darker foam and some loose lacing. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, malt, some vanilla, caramel, very light spices- more as it warms, maple. The taste is mostly similar- roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, cocoa, caramel, some spices- again, more as it warms. There’s a fair amount of bitterness throughout, especially on the finish. Seems like malt and spice bitterness. Smooth, a good full body, well carbonated.

The Yeti base is solid as always, but the spices are fairly subtle and don’t really strike me as chai. But, the spices don’t intrude and are pleasant as it warms up. Yeti in any form is always worth a purchase.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into 20oz imperial snifter glass. Bottled on September 28, 2017.

Look: Pours dark black, near motor oil in color. Forms a 1/4 inch tan/hazelnut colored head. Moderate lacing on the glass.

Smell: Heavy notes of chocolate and malts. The roasted malt and chocolate smell overrides the spices, as I don't get much spice (if any) on the nose.

Taste: Primarily follows the nose, with chocolate and malts the star of the show. Initially, the spices were more prominent, but they aren't as pronounced as it warms. Chocolate and roasted/smoked malts complement an array of subtle spice flavor. Haven't had much "chai" but a spicy flavor is present. Balanced fairly well. Alcohol very well masked.

Feel: Feel is medium bodied, with low carbonation. Wish it had a little more heft to the beer.

Overall: This is a good easy-drinking stout. I was hoping for a little more spice/chai integration, but maybe my expectations were high. Regardless, the chocolate and roasted malt implement a really good stout. Cheers!

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Photo of q33jeff
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

**
02/17/2018

Bottle to tulip glass while preparing a belated Valentines Day dinner.

LOOK: Like all Yeti, this is thick black with a gorgeous 2"-3" light brown head. Head diminishes to a quarter inch, but remains frothy. Head imparts "legs" on the sides of the glass when jostling.
AROMA: Some light chai spices, but more baking soda.
TASTE: a little more of the chai spice flavors here. milk chocolate,
LOOK: Smooth sipping and thick. Light carbonation, right for the style.

Tasty and impressive looking like all the Yeti family, but this one is maybe a bit hollow. The chai flavoring is subtle. I don't think this one is oak aged and I think that is the character that it is missing. Still very good though.

**

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Bottled on Nov 08 2017. Pours a viscous black color with an inch of dark brown head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is fudge, dark chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. The taste is pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted malts and earth. Nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper finish with some more roasted malts. Thick, heavy mouthfeel. This is a interesting variant on the traditional Yeti. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a very strong and vigorous dark brown head that dissipates very quickly while the beer itself is a very nice dark chocolate black with brownish hues. The beer also leaves some very nice lacing around the inside of the glass. The texture is and has a bit of a milky texture to it.

The smell is pretty good. It has some good cocoa notes that mixes well with the cinnamon and very light spice notes such as black pepper and a tiny bit of cayenne pepper. It's not as roasted as the original.

The taste is pretty good. It has a strong cocoa and cinnamon mix with a light cream taste to it. The black pepper and cayenne notes come out a little bit in the finish with a light roasted malt note as well.

The feel is good. It has a creamy and full bodied feel to it. There is some light feeling cloudy carbonation.

Overall, pretty good and interesting and worth it.

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: deep brown, tan head, nice lacing
S: spice, roasted malts
T: roasty, some chocolate, some spice
F: full bodied, great mouthfeel
O: what you expect from Yeti

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Photo of cjgiant
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap:
Pours black with a mocha brown head that supplies crooked lines of lace.

A combination of charred malt and spice - cardamom comes out mostly to me. Nutmeg/cinnamon and dark roast coffee also play a role.

Taste is heavy on the roasted malt, char leaning smoky. Bitter almost burnt malt notes combine with nutmeg, cardamom, and coffee beans. The bitterness is nearing acrid when the somewhat smoky aspect is brought in. This occurs up front, and does meld with the other notes by mid taste.

Those who like their bold, highly roasted stouts might enjoy this more. The spices add an interesting flair, but are noted more in the nose to me. A solid bold stout with spiced up aromatics and an accented flavor.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at George Street Ale House in New Brunswick. Pours a jet black ebony hue with moderate frothing. Assertive aroma replete with hints of chocolate and mocha. Similar overall flavor profile.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

$ 10.00 (Including tax)/22 oz bottle ($ 0.454/oz) at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA.
Bottled 27 Sep 17. Stored at room temperature at the sales point, at 40 degrees in my garage, and served at 60 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Chocolate, chai. Fades to nothing before the glass is consumed.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.8 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, dense, average retention, diminishing to three mm ring and a complete layer, partially rocky. Head retraction leaves a very open reticulum on the inside of the glass.
Lacing - Excellent. Wide, complete connected rings of tiny bubbles.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque.
Flavor – Dark chocolate and some chai spiciness. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – Full, creamy, lively carbonation.
Impression: Another decent variation of Yeti, chocolatey, creamy, decent aroma and a good appearance. Solid, but not spectacular. About what’s expected for the price point.
Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.

Update 2 Dec 18 - have had four more bombers dated Sep 18 2018 and I have to agree with my earlier review - no change.

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Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick texture. There was a half inch of creamy, tan-colored head that lasted a good amount of time. Fair lacing.

S: A decent, but somewhat underpowered, aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a bit of dark chocolate (could have used more), a lot of roasted malt, some vanilla notes, a tinge of coffee, a little shot of the advertised chai spices, light hops,, and some cinnamon as well. Not a bad taste by any stretch, but it is a little bit blander than it should be. It has its good points, though.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Certainly an uneven beer in several respects, but worth a look. Drinkable.

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Photo of superspak
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/27/2017. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky dark tan head with insane retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts the whole glass. Thick soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Insane appearance. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, toffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon, peppercorn, ginger, clove, biscuit, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of smoke, charcoal, raisin, licorice, cherry, date, herbal, wood, and roast/toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, spices, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, toffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon, peppercorn, ginger, clove, biscuit, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of smoke, charcoal, raisin, licorice, cherry, date, herbal, wood, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light roast/char and herbal hop/spice bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, toffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon, peppercorn, ginger, clove, biscuit, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, dark fruits, herbal, wood, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, spices, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with an amazing hop/roast bitter/sweet and spice balance; with zero acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from hop/char bitterness and spice. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, velvety, and rich mouthfeel that is insane. Light hop/spice stickiness and chalky roast. Minimal warming alcohol for 9.5%. Overall this is a mind blowing spiced imperial stout! All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, spices, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV, with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Just as impressive as a well aged standard Yeti. Usually the hops are strong when fresh, but not here. The spice balance is perfectly complementing to the base RIS profile, and never overwhelming. Really blew me away, one of the best non-barreled imperial stouts I've ever had.

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Photo of Ob512316
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into glass.
Look: black with a thin tan head minimal lacing.
Smell: chai spice, chocolate, and coffee.
Taste: Chai spices, dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and cinnamon. The chai stands out at first, followed by cinnamon, and vanilla. Dark chocolate, and coffee round out this beer.
Feel: a little strong, the alcohol is not hidden well.
Overall: An average stout, great chai taste

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Great Divide balloon glass.

This beer is a shade lighte than dirty motor oil black — mix in some bitte dark chocolate bars and you get an idea with a dark khaki head that is almost worth a paragraph of its own. It is thick, bubbly, soapy, and without even taking a sip, it leaves massive spotty lacing on the glass as it recedes on its own. Head retention leaves a thick bubbly film.

Aroma: I’m afraid to say the chai spices are secondary to the roasted, rich malt aroma. Dark, bitter coffee grounds explode with a following of fresh cinnamon, black pepper, and vanilla.

Taste: The taste is more of what I expected: Yes it starts out with dark roasted malts and bitter rich coffee, but there are a lot of spices coming in such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and a smooth vanilla note in the end.

Mouthfeel: Thick and rich, this is definitely a sipper.

Overall: I was expecting the spices to be a bit bolder but they do offer some cinnamon spiciness and subtle notes over the typical imperial stout flavors.

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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 106 ratings