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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,159 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,159
Reviews: 1,619
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 194
Gots: 494 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003)
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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted side-by-side with the Oak Aged Yeti.

Bottled on date: December 21/09

Poured in to brandy snifter.

A - Dark brown/black in colour with a small amount of espresso coloured head.

S - Chocolate with some coffee and sweet molasses and licorice in the background. A nice, complex nose.

T - The nose is reversed in the taste: heavy coffee flavour with some chocolate. No discernible alcohol taste. Some sweet molasses and bitter hops in the background.

M - medium body, some carbonation.

D - A very good RIS. The hops become more prevalent as I continue to drink this & it is a little hoppier than I like for a RIS, but otherwise an excellent beer.

TheSevenDuffs, May 23, 2010
Photo of nataku00
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, around two years old, poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark brown, bordering on black, with two fingers of creamy chocolate colored head. Head sticks around for a bit, before slowly receding leaving thick lacing on the edge of the glass.

Nose is medium roasted coffee, dark fruit, dark chocolate, smoked and roasted malt.

Taste is mainly roasted flavors, bitter coffee and dark roasted malt, mellows into some light sweeter dark chocolate flavors. Lingering coffee bitterness on the tongue.

Full body, thick and creamy, coating your mouth with a sip.

nataku00, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark, opaque brown, appearing black in the glass. Thin brown head with good retention and light lacing. Good Russian imperial stout aroma of toasted malt, chocolate, dark dried fruit and a hint of coffee. Flavor follows aroma, with well integrated dark toasted malt, chocolate and light brown sugar and dark dried fruit. Finishes with toasted malt and a perfect hop kick. Medium bodied with creaminess. A very nicely integrated, flavorfull RIS that has been a long time favorite. I was surprised to see that I had never reviewed this before. A standby, favorite stout.

LiquidAmber, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the thickest, blackest, gooiest oil looking looking liquid I have ever had the pleasure of sipping on! Hue big creamy frothy head, colored dark brown that would not fade on me, had to stay around and hang out. Black as night with big lace, looked perfect for an Imperial Stout, had to give it a 5! Smell was complex, albeit not as strong as I would have liked, but Chocolate, caramel, and coffee all were able to come through for me. Hint of alchol, which is to be expected at over 9%abv. The taste was ...yummy! Totally coffee and chocolate duking it out to predominate this one. Alcohol definatly there s well, but not bad at all, just enough to let you know to watch out. Hint of chocolate came through as it warmed, big dry hoppy finish, very nice! This is a very thick drink, like a chocolate milkshake, very warming a it goes down, very creamy and great late at night before bed! Overall I really enjoyed this and it is a toss up between this and the oaked yeti, I love them both, but definatly distinct and I could see why they chose to experiment with it, though it can definatly hold its own with any Imperial Stout!

mikesgroove, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of ThaCreep
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose mature large. No oxidation. Mocha, chocolate and pure arabica coffee black nose. Drink very smooth and heavy body. In the mouth, a mixture of pure chocolate Black invade the palace comes to bitterness and to the saturation of the cacao beans on the tongue. The power is amazing and there are many flavors in the drink. In addition, it offers a balance between simply amazing sweet creamy bitterness and roasting. A beer that wears its name perfectly.

ThaCreep, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of carln26
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a beautiful looking beer. I poured from the bottle into a tulip glass a deep brown to black. It was topped by a thick, rich tan colored head that retained nicely, and left a delicate tracing of lace on the side of the glass as it receded. The nose has many layers of character. Light roasted malt comes to the front, followed by black cherry, espresso, and a hint of milk chocolate. On the finish there is just a touch of citrus, and yeast. The flavor was just as complex. The cherry and chocolate come to the front, the hops are a bit more pronounced bringing citrus and a subtle bitterness. The roasted malt and espresso are on the finish in the flavor. The mouth feel is very smooth, full and rich. There is little alcohol in the flavor or feel, and this adds to a high drinakbility. I had the oak-aged version of this a few weeks ago, and normally I prefer the subtleties that oak lends to a beer, but I agree with the earlier reviews. This is a superior beer. The oak seems to mask some of the layers of flavor. Left alone, this beer is a wonderfully complex experience.

carln26, May 01, 2005
Photo of papat444
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle, bottled Nov-16-2013.

Pours as black as motor oil and the head is a very dark brown, very wicked looking. Smell is a mix of coffee, milk chocolate, macadamia nuts and brownies. Much the same in the flavor but has more of a bitter coffee & dark chocolate overtone. Thick and rich, it easily coasts the mouth with a real long feel. An excellent RIS at an excellent price.

papat444, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark with a little red to it. Head is about a finger that has a tan/bourbon color.

Roasted malts, dark chocolate, smokey wood, some booze and a little bit of citrus hops.

Tastes very toasty and of bakers chocolate. Some coffee is also floating around. The hops are also apparent more so now than in the nose. Very smooth and rich with a nice transition to the slightly hoppy bitter finish. Good balancing act of hop bitterness with the malt. A bitter smokey finish.

This goes down nicely for the alcohol content. Creamy smooth.

DrinkingDrake, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of faernt
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drink Imperial Stout often. I am a fan of the style. When I opened this up it met all the usual expectations. It has no flaws on style. It's drinkable and since so many breweries are yanking their prices up for the special big beers...it's a relief to buy a really good beer at a reasonable price.

I'll buy it again and again. It does the job. Don't jack with the price.

faernt, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of grub
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

crwills hooked me up with this one in a recent trade. thanks craig!

12oz bottle, bottled april 2006.

pours very dark brown, nearly black, and opaque at all but the thinest edge. a thin dark brown head comes up when poured but quickly disappears. the thin ring leaves some spotty lace.

aroma is nice. alcohol. light roast. caramel. bit of bready malt. milk chocolate.

taste is good. alcohol. high bitterness level. bittersweet chocolate. espresso. tons of roast. burnt wheat bread. bit of caramel. seems a bit out of balance, with strong bitterness and alcohol but little sweetness and malt. this gets better as it warms, but still feels a little off.

mouthfeel is good. bit of astringency. fairly big body, with a low carbonation level.

drinkability is good. alcohol is obvious but not overpowering. balance is a little off, but not bad. very enjoyable, even at 9.5%abv.

grub, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of flexabull
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beer pours from the bomber a deep black color with a perfect tan head. Great looking RIS.

Aromas are a of dark fruits stewed in booze, chocolate, coffee, and dark roasted malts.

Flavors start with a blast of dark roasted chocolate malts. There is a touch of creaminess and sweetness. The finish is crisp and biting, with a nice hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good, very supple and creamy. A tad on the light side, but still nice.

This is a smooth and very drinkable RIS. It is very tasty, and super easy to sip. It's not going to blow you away with huge flavors like others in the style. But this is still an excellent beer, and well worth the ratings it has racked up.

Thanks again for the bottle brentk56!

flexabull, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of cvstrickland
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle won't initially fit into an imperial pint seidel with an aggressive pour. Coal black body is capped with a gigantic froth of tarry brown, rocky, creamy head that reduces to a multicolored sheet that leaves persistent and sticky lacing.

A nice whiff of hops in the nose; piney and grapefruit; caramel, alcohol, chocolate, rich dark malt lurking;

Richly malty, earthy, minerally, and sweetly fruity with lightly roasted coffee, diacetyl, some spicy herbal quality (thyme?), and a twist of piney citrus hops. Dark malt shines with a nice hop balance in the finish. Lingering aftertaste of bitter chocolate and saltwater taffy.

Tingle of carbonation lightens this complex and substantial brew in the mouth, but a sticky, oily finish persists.

Superb and absolutely drinkable. So many flavors reveal themselves as the brew's temperature changes... experiment with service temps for some very interesting results!

cvstrickland, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of haazer
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pitch black brew pours out with a very condensed, saturated tan colored head. So thick, is this beer. Lacing is caked all of the glass from the immense head that eventually settles to a quarter inch cap.

S - Dark roasted malt nose. Heavy amounts of sweet chocolate cocoa, and vanilla tied in. Toffee, and a tiny bit of coffee aroma. All the normal ingredients in here for an RIS. A bit of roasted peanuts perhaps too. I'm not sure why but with most RIS's I always detect some presence of mint in the nose.

T - The flavor starts out with a bitter roast on the palatte. Transitions nicely into a sweet chocolate, then a vanilla swirl for good measure. Caramel makes an appearance, but is not the last flavor. It ends with a very pleasant toffee flavor. All this would suggest a cloying brew, but the bitter roast balance's everything out nicely.

M - Thick, full bodied brew with mid to high carbonation. I can feel this beer sticking to my teeth.

O - One of my favorite RIS's. So much flavor, so many variations. May be the most well balanced RIS out there. I've had the oak version and it beats the base for me, but what a base beer. I believe in the Yeti.

haazer, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Naugros
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This inky brew has a brown head, maybe more of a dark tan...which might be another definition of brown. Anyway, it doesn't last long...15 seconds...until it leaves just a ring and a few tiny islands of bubbles. There's some lacing, but it's irregular and what doesn't stick tends to slide down the glass.

It smells like espresso with galliano poured into it. Read that to mean: toasty, bitter and with vinous notes. There's a slight sweetness in the nose if you look for it that brings a little bit of chocolate to the party. The smell of this brew has all the classic earmarks of a quality imperial stout.

The smell doesn't quite translate to the taste, but the difference is not a bad thing. The taste is a bit more complex with burnt toast...seriously burnt toast coming to the forefront. It's not smoke, but char. Ever torch a burger on a grill and make it indistinguishable from a briquette? It tastes like that, but there's so much more going on that makes it okay. The alcohol is there, but that's to be expected from the 9.5% this baby boasts. There's still a little chocolate that edges past the burnt flavor, but it's bitter and gives way to toffee-like accents in the wash...especially after a nice belch. The coffee aroma is not all that present on the tongue, but the bitterness remains in the aftertaste.

Velvety medium-bodied. Not a chewy beer, but still a full mouthfeel nonetheless as all the flavors play around in there looking for attention. Complex and quality-controlled.

This is my first Great Divide beer and I think I picked a winner. These guys know how to make a stout, I'll give them that. Now I need to try some of their other stuff. This is the first beer I've drank in the past couple of days that has made me want to seek out more from the brewery.

Naugros, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of sinistrsam
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a heavy and opaque black body which appeared almost thick and syrupy. The head was large brown and foamy with extensive lacing and good retention.
The aroma was chocolate, caramel, cherry, prunes dark fruits and raisin, and roasted grains. Very complex and plesant.
The taste in my mind was dominated by smokey burnt and roasted malts, with coffee, chocolate and alcohol being the otehr major players. Mild hints of dark fruits were present but overshaddowed by the smokey roast tastes.
The feel hits you with a deep bitter adn almost sour smoky acrid feel, then quickly mellows into a balanced sweetness before you can complain. It changes once again to finish a very good bittersweet.
This is an excellent example of balance, and is tehrefore a great sipping beer. Kudos to GD.

sinistrsam, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of jojox
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tasted this back to back with the Oak Aged Yeti.

a - Black balck, tan creamy head, two fingers

s - Nice and rich, but not so strong.

t - Nice and typical RIS. Fairly bitter at the finish.

m - Thick, smooth/rocky.

d - super high. 9.5% is hard to believe.

Delicious beer. I could easily make this my house RIS if it was more readily availablee. Delicious.

jojox, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of riversider76
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black. Very thin tan head. Not much retention, but very nice lacing. Smell is strangely wine like, with a bit of roasted malt. Body is medium, with not much carbionation. Taste is again wine like,with roasted coffee, malt, nut, very complex, but...WOW. You must try this beer! Excellent.

riversider76, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of birchstick
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours like motor oil with a small head

S - smells strongly of chocolates and coffee. More chocolates than coffee.

T - the taste follows the nose. Very chocolaty with a lot of coffee to balance it out. There is also a hint of piney hops on the finish. There is a lot of flavor in this beer.

M - very smooth and full mouthfeel. Couldn't ask for anything else.

D - This is an excellent RIS. It is very in-your-face with flavor and walks the line of being overpowering. However, it is balanced with its malt profiles and has some decent hop characteristics to it.

birchstick, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of allengarvin
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black pour with only a hint of brown tinting, topped with a thin dark-tan head of foam. Big, rich nose full of notes of cocoa and dark chocolate and a substantial spicy, citrusy hop presence. An initial bitter chocolate, coffee flavor gives way quickly to a spike of intense bitterness, but the malt lingers in a way the hops don't, leaving a taste of well-roasted barley long after one swallows. Big bodied, though a little low in carbonation for my tastes.

A very big beer, a bit much for a late nightcap in fact. I wish you could grab it in four-packs.

allengarvin, May 16, 2007
Photo of beerinator
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark opaque blackness. Pretty tan "mocha-ish" head with excellent lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Chocolate and bitter coffee fills the nose. It's not just the roastyness of the chocolate either, it seems that some of the sweetness compliments the chocolate smells. Very very pleasant aroma.

Taste: The sweet chocolate smell continues onto the tongue. The beer has a very nice mouthfeel, and the finish is bitter with coffee and dark chocloate flavors. The finish lingers a bit, in a very pleasant manner. There is a slight tingle from the alcohol content, but it's relatively hidden.

Notes: Very good beer. Superbly drinkable if you like chocolate flavors and smells. Don't miss this one.

beerinator, May 18, 2005
Photo of thierrynantes
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (35.5 cl.) purchased from "Le souffleur de bières" and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : dark black color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : roasted malty, caramel & dark chocolate aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : roasty malt flavor with rich caramel and coffee notes, leading to dry bitter finish (75 IBU).
Drinkability : a very nice beer in the style Imperial Stout.
To drink at cellar t°.

thierrynantes, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of BeerNemesis
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yeti Imperial Stout | 650 ml. | 9.5% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Great Divide Brewing Company (Denver, Co.)
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Glass: Snifter

As always, I'm a fan of Great Divide's stylized labels.

Black as night and thick like motor oil. It grows an intimidating, hazelnut-brown head that refused to settle below an inch. I tried to imagine a better look for a Russian Imperial Stout and failed.

Very pungent. Cappuccino, vanilla, dark chocolate, wet peat, and an ever-so-slight fruitiness.

With all the hype on the label, I was prepared for a let-down. And while the flavors hitting my lips didn't impress, by the time they'd cleared my epiglottis I knew I was in for a wild ride. You see the most astonishing thing about this stout is how the hops stand a fighting chance -- 75 IBU. About midway, violent hop oils assert themselves only to be quashed by bitter dark chocolate, coffee, and earthy malts. The battle rages in my mouth till the last drop. Now that's epic.

Lighter than you'd think. Medium-bodied on the lower end I'd say. Carbonation keeps things lively. It does slap down an impressive collage of textures: oily, chalky, sticky, and slick.

While the hops seem a bit out of line, I can't help but applaud them for spicing things up. Very nice brew.

Would I get it again?:
In a word, Yes.

Bottled: May 17, 2010
Served: August 26, 2010

Price = $7.97 at Whole Foods (Bowery)

BeerNemesis, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of LittleDon
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with no visible light passing through when back lit. Beautify tan head with plenty of staying power and lots of lace. Earthy, vanilla ice cream aroma. A bit of a bite up front. Some of the alcohol appears in the middle, but is well hidden. Subtle earthy flavor middle to end, almost peppery. Bittersweet back end, dark roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Rich body.

LittleDon, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of jampics2
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Buckeye Beer Engine. Served in a snifter.

The beer looks great in the glass. There's something almost intimidating about the shade of black that the beer in this snifter is colored. Almost like the color of the deepest, darkest corner of the woods where the Yeti actually lives. A place man shouldn't visit, unless he risks being swallowed by the woods themselves. The beer is totally opaque and has a small milk chocolate colored head that doesn't stick around or provide much lace. But the color itself puts this beer well above average.

The smell of Yeti is smooth and rich, with just a bit less expression than the very best of the style. All of the requisite Russian Imperial Stout notes are there, especially a nice cocoa powder note and a touch of smoke. Some black strap molasses and coffee lurk in the background, as do the hops. Just a bit of alcohol hotness is noticeable. This is very pleasant and just a step down from the best of the style.

The first sip of Yeti reminds me of the first RIS I ever had. I remember being blown away by the depth of the flavors and how the brashness of each element interlocks in a puzzle that, when absorbed as a whole, is perfectly balanced and not that brash at all. Cocoa powder, bakers chocolate, and a light coffee note make this a winner. Some hops and alcohol are well concealed. This keg must be a few months old because everything has gelled. A wonderful example of the style and perhaps the perfect base beer for all the variants Great Divide has found success with. But, for all the hype about bourbon barrels, coffee, vanilla, chile peppers and oak, the basic Yeti stands tall and lets out a bloodcurdeling Grassman howl, announcing his dominance to the world.

The beer is milkshake thick and I think I've only had a beer or two ever with this much viscosity. The only superior beer that comes to mind in New Holland Night Tripper, so, given that I've had over 300 RIS in my life, this is truly exceptional. The carbonation is creamy and delicious and roast and only a hint of booze linger. This beer is smooth and enjoyable. A great stout that everyone should try!

jampics2, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of assurbanipaul
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an absolute motor-oil black with a minimal head, but what head it has is almost as dark as the beer. Nose is rich, black-roasted malts, molasses, a little vinous, some dark, sweet fruity bits. Doesn't so much leave lacing as coat the sides on the way down.

Taste is rich, dark and sweet roasted-beyond-all-recognition malt. Large espresso or Viennese coffee flavors, sorghum, smoke, charcoal and a dark fruity element like raisins or figs. Finish is dry and clean with a mild hoppy bitterness that emerges as it warms.

Mouthfeel is thick and heavy, smooth and silky, as to be expected for the style. Very little to no trace of alcohol in the taste which, despite its heft, makes it frighteningly drinkable. This one rates a definite "Wow," especially from an otherwise unremarkable regional brewer.

assurbanipaul, Jul 21, 2004
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,159 ratings.