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RATINGS: 2703   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Great Divide’s 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, Yeti’s hop profile reveals a slightly citrusy, piney, and wonderfully dry hoppy finish. 75 International Bittering Units (IBUs).

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3.3
asheft (3062) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2006
[on tap at Dieu de Ciel during the Mondial de la Biere] Fruity mocha and butterscotchy oak aroma that doesn’t have the usual oaky vanilla. Black, opaque, with brown foam cover. Salty and sour, intense dark malt, with sherry notes, but strangely no chocolate or coffee in the flavour. Medium body and moderately astringent.

4
AlKHall (161) - West Hartford, Connecticut, USA - AUG 25, 2006
Very dark and thick - like black tar. has all the roasted fmalt, coffee, chocolate lavors of a stout plus the hint of dark fruit like grapes. Overall -- an excellent beer!

4.1
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2008 (Bottle at Olbaren, Copehagen) Pours black with a small brown head. Smell: wet asfalt in sunshine. Rum raisins. Fresh and heavy at the same time. Notes of dark fruits. Some alcohol sweetness. Notes of cocoa. Taste: In the beginning sweet, ends with dry afterbitterness, cocoa. Coffee. Salty liquorice. Sweet but dry. Complex. Good body but not excelent. Second try: (Bottle) Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of roasted and light burned malt with tones of chocolate, light coffee and light caramel. Also a lot of piny, grapefruit-ish and resiny hops. Undertones of black berries and asphalt. A great deal of alcohol warmth is also present in the nose. Burned malt flavour with citric and resiny hops. Malt brings dark chocolate and coffee, mostly espresso. A salty, full bitterness is covering everything. Grapefruit-ish hops and burned liquorice in the finish. Round and lightly soft mouthfeel but with a black belt karate bitterness cover everything. Full bodied and with an aggressive IIPA bitterness.

4
Sputerbug (114) - Nacogdoches, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2006
220z bottle.A very dark brew with a small light tan head.Aromas of coffee,mocha,molasses,dark bittersweet chocolate,and roasted malt barley.Well balanced,tastes of mocha coffee,a hint of grapefruit,roasted barley which hides the alcohol .A great sipper.

4.5
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Aroma is spices, banana, chocolate and toffee. Thick, pillowy tan head looked like tan whipped cream. Lots of toffee, vanilla, chocolate and some coffee in the flavor. ABV not even noticed. Very good.

3.4
beachbum25 (1092) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - AUG 20, 2006
22 oz bomber-Poured a dark ruby red, almost black color. Strong sweet roasted malty aroma. Overpowering flavor of coffee, chocolate, cherry. Sweet & bitter all at once. There is a whole lot going on here-maybe a little too much. Long, strong, rough finish of peat/burnt toast that I did not find refreshing or enjoyable-or I would have rated this one higher. Would probably benefit from some cellar time to mellow out a little.

4.2
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2006
Appearance: This beer pours such a dark brown that it appears black; but with strong deep red hues, almost suggesting mahogany. It has a dark sienna head that is so tight and creamy it almost seams like memory foam. The lacing is remarkably thick. What a beauty! Smell: Dark red cherries and unsweetened chocolate, caramelized malts, a hint more of red, then a bit of toffee and some creamy coffee ice cream scents fill the nose with this enticing aroma that left me salivating profusely. Taste: The taste is filled with dark roasted malts nearly burnt (ashy), plenty of coco and espresso, some toffee and caramel, and a very pleasant dollop of cream (reminiscent of a shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream). The flavor may be best described as earthy; the combination of burnt malts, leather, and charcoal meeting some subtle green hops, and a mild tart attribute keeping it balanced but *bold!* The front end is pure smooth dark sweetness and the finish is a bit chalky and dry; exactly what is needed to keep the beer nicely balanced. The aftertaste left me with a very pleasant lingering flavor of mocha on the breath. Mouthfeel: Full bodied, and very creamy this big beer is heavy and chewy in the mouth but very easy to put down the throat. A bit of a chalky charcoal feel on the swallow but otherwise very creamy. Drinkability: Okay, so this is definitely a beer to sit back, relax and take your time with. Tonight we had a wicked thunderstorm. I could not have been happier watching the lightning and sipping this Yeti Imperial Stout. When it is cold and miserable, this beer will no-doubt lift your spirits and warm your insides! I highly recommend! Hope this is helpful. Cheers!

4.8
gnoff (10226) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2014 First rating
Initial Rating Date: 8/7/2006
Bottle at Ølbaren in Copenhagen, Denmark. Shared with Marsiblursi.
Black color, brown head. Sweet chocolate scent. Full palate. Sweet burnt taste. Initial sweetness, turning to bitter dry cocoa and cold old coffee.
8/3/7/4/15=3.7

Second rating
(Big bottle purchased at Ölbutikken, Copenhagen)
Pitch black color, brown head. Sweet roasted scent. Also caramel and chocolate. Roasted and acidic taste. Coffee aftertaste, dry. Full mouthfeel. Medium high bitterness.
8/5/8/4/16=4.1

Rerate (Bottled, thanks to ekstedt!) On November 14, 2008.
Black color, dark brown head. Roasted, sweet, chocolate, alcohol, grainy scent. Sweet, roasted, dry, lingering cocoa, bitter, coffee taste. Full smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness.
Even though this was a blind tasting, I could spot this as a Yeti. Nice!
8/4/8/5/17=4.2

Rerate
355 ml bottle I’ve had in the fridge since 2006. Had many, one after one they’ve all left me, now it’s time for the last one to depart.
On October 20, 2012
Still had a good hizz of co2 to it when opened.
Chocolate smell hit my nose from a foot away when pouring, promising riches and good times.
Pitch black color, rich dark brown head, looks amazing! Chocolate, prunes, cocoa, alcohol, sweet, caramel, roasted scent, wonderful, want to keep sniffing it. Also fruity and some berries, all mixed in that chocolate mousse, I wish I had more bottles of this. Rich, smooth, chocolate, bitter, cocoa, alcohol, caramel, roasted taste. Roasted and chocolate finish, warming alcohol. Lingering cocoa and chocolate on the tongue. Slight hints of coffee mixed with the alcohol and chocolate in the aftertaste. Smooth, rich, creamy mouthfeel. Medium high bitterness, but oh so well balanced with the sweetness as well. This is superb, this is a masterpiece, this comes close to perfection.
What is it that they say, the yeti is having sex in my mouth?
Am I being fair raising the points on an aged beer? Ah hell, what is fair anyhow? Screw it, just age your Yeti in 12 degrees Celsius for around 6 years and call me a liar, or be happy you stored more than one bottle... I’ve been through many many Yeti over the years since I bought that big bunch back in 2006, I’m very happy I left at least one bottle this long, mmmm!!!!
10/5/9/5/19=4.8

Bottle from Systembolaget in Ludvika. Sampled on July 31, 2014.
Black color, dark brown head. Sweet, malty, roasted, hoppy, citrus scent. Hoppy, bitter, roasted taste. Bitter, hoppy aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.
8/5/8/3/16=4.0

3.4
rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2006 Pours BLACK (the black hole of beers; no light escapes) with good dark brown head. Aroma non-descript with good earthy/woody, chocolate tones. Flavor not spectcular but very good with woody tones and strong flavor. A good imperial that I wasn’t too excited about.

4.2
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Bottle. Pours a thick black color with brown head. Aroma is chocolate, malt, caramel, and roast malt. Flavor is bitter chocolate, with hints of toffee at the finish. I am also tasting some hops in there too. Starts off bitter but finishes sweet. A nice combination of bitter and sweet. Extremely balanced and excellent imperial stout!


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