Chai Yeti | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by superspak on 07-06-2017

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#6,276
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
90
pDev:
6.14%
 
 
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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by PicoPapa:
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4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
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 superspak
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
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 oberon
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heddar33
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tvenne
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ryancl
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
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 MattyG85
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of socon67
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlueKurenai
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vonerichs
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheGent
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bluejacket74
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
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 sbuck
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MAUEX_MFA
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BirdsandHops
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeLev
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VashonGuy
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stratusjeans
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HattedClassic
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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 stortore
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Chai Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 90 ratings