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RATINGS: 2648   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Great Divides Yeti Imperial Stout is an onslaught of the senses. An almost viscous, inky-black brew, Yeti opens with a massive, roasty, chocolate, coffee malt flavor that eventually gives way to rich toffee and burnt caramel notes. Packed with an enormous quantity of American hops, Yetis hop profile reveals a slightly citrusy, piney, and wonderfully dry hoppy finish. 75 International Bittering Units (IBUs).

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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 1, 2006
22oz bottle. Black opaque body with a deep tan, tight head. Strong vinuous coffee nose. Spicy and earthy aromas. Full and smooth. Creamy body. Cola, burnt coffee and vanilla. Bitter chocolate. Rich and sweet with a nice alcohol burn. Rather lively. Great finish with a nice burn.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bailz316 (256) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 29, 2006
Pours a syrupy black with small ring of tan head. Roasty, sweet and malty. Extremely rich. Coffee, chocolate prominent. Notes of caramel.. Vinious. Dry, bitter finish.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2006
Poured dark, opaque brown-black with a generous rocky tan head. As it recedes, it leaves a nice trail of intricate lace. Aromas were malt, grain, dust, earth, coffee, cocoa powder, grapefruit, herbs, faint smoke and peat. Flavor was big, bold and absolutely wonderful, full of equal parts of smoky burnt malt and grapefruity bitter hops, with notes of sweet dark chocolate, espresso, toasted black bread, caramel, toffee, molasses, herbs, smoke and peat. Exquisitely malty and hoppy at the same time. I was encouraged to down this one way too fast and it was quite an effort to respect the 9.5 ABV. Palate was viscuous and mouth-coating, most appropriate.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Stefano (1986) - Thisted, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2006
Black color with a dark brown foam...nice...a coffee and chocolate dominated nose with hints of the awaiting hops. Flavour is strong, fruity and sweet with nice aromatic hoppiness. Liquorice aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy. I really love this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4051) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Pour is beautiful I am inclined to mention. Jet black with long lasting, thick milkshake head. Looks yummy. roasted coffee, chocolate, sweet malts come first with piney resinous hops liingering in the foreground. Initially, chocolate and rich fruit cake come through strong , quickly followed by smoke, and coffee, and culminates with a bitter tinge. Not as smooth as it could be. I guess thats just a preference, but it is my rating. On the whole, very good balance. I liked this more than the Oak Aged version. Less smoke overtones in my opinion. I dont know shit though. Anyway, the regular Yeti is choice. sorry if you read that whole thing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1768) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2006
On the contrary, my opinion is that this is very easy to beat (re: Expedition). Nice coffee and roasted malt aroma. Subdued sweet flavors of licorice and honey buried under a mountain of black malt, with a slightly dry hop finish. This is a sipper, but its not as deeply gratifying/rewarding as one of its type ought to be.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2008 Pours the blackest of black, to the point where the foam is bordering on a reddish brown. Lovely! A good head too, though while it dissipated somewhat quick, the lacing was very nice and stuck around to the very end. Aroma is more subtle than expected, but its roasty and sambuca-like. Flavor is similar with some black coffee aspects and a little dark chocolate but nothing too sweet. The vanilla notes of the Oak Aged version are a bit lesser here. The finish, while being hoppy, is quite appropriate and I think it added a wonderful dimension to the roasty finish. Despite the strong hop presence in the finish, they only enhance the aroma rather than become it entirely. Carbonation was low, and mouthfeel was thick and creamy without much stickiness. Theres a whole lot to like about this beer, but I think the Oak Aged version blends all of the flavors together a bit more. Even still, this is tough to beat.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2006
12 oz. bottle. Totally opaque pour with a great dark tan head; this looks tasty. Woodsy, piney, caramel and creamy buttery aromas. Flavor is good, with roasted malt and dark chocolate dominating, but theres also a pretty stong hop finish that doesnt quite balance with the rest of the beer. Solid Impy Stout though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3605) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2006
650 ml bottle (2005 vintage)


I had this side by side with a 2003 vintage (then called Maverick Imperial Stout). Both had interesting characteristics; for the sake of the rating I am going to focus on the 2005 bottle which was slightly better. If you have any pre-Yeti, I would recommend you drink it soon. If not, go buy a new bottle and try it alongside the oak aged.

Aroma / Appearance - Vanilla, chocolate, cocoa powder, cherries, plums and walnuts were the most obvious elements of the aroma. The beautiful tan colored head left a half-finger over the top of the dense, dark black body. The lacing slid coyly down the sides of the glass leaving a thin caramel colored film.

Flavor / Palate - A malty alcoholic presence dominates the first impression. In the older bottle this is not so strong, instead becoming a more raisiny tone. Once the malts subside, there is a nice mixture of plums, raisins, bittersweet chocolate, slight hops and roasted expresso beans. Overall it is extremely full and creamy. The alcoholic content is a little overpowering in my opinion but otherwise this is a very well done imperial stout.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bajahobo (30) - USA - SEP 19, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2006 Bottle. Looks like your pouring motor oil. Nice tan-brown head, great look for a stout. Smells piney - almost woody. Assault on the senses indeed. Extremely thick, creamy, caramel/toffe/sometimes fruity taste, with a great hop finish that hides the alcohol remarkably well for a bomber. This will be perhaps too sweet for some - but I cant complain. A big, beautiful beer.


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