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Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cokes on 08-09-2003

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Photo of RyanGoodman
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at The Publick House in Boston, kudos for having this. Although apparently it should almost be expected at this place.

Yeti poured black, with a creamy head, dissapating to a film on top after a little.

Nose gave off the imperial stout norms, with hickory overtones and a type of tangy sauce.

Taste gave me a chocolaty wash with dark malt presence. The bottle indicates 75 IBU's...this is not fully detected, however.

Mouthfeel was average.

Overall, I have to say was a bit of a disappointment. Not that it was bad, but I expected more from this highly hyped beer. That being said, though, I can not find anything wrong with it. I suppose it's almost in the higher end of it's genre, but still lacking somewhat in complexity. Would try again.

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Photo of marieli
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Not sure about temp. Pours pitch-black brown. Very little head. Smell is primarily coffee/espresso, as is taste. I liked the beer at first but it took on a distinct bitterness as it warmed that was a bit much for my taste. Mouthfeel is smooth and on thick side. If you like coffee and some bitterness in your beer this should be a winner.

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Photo of Rogerlb
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark as tar into a tulip, with a thick brown head made up of foamy bubbles. Dissipates vveerryy slowly. Beautiful. Aroma is hoppy (citrus?) coffee and chocolate. Some sour plum in there; very much body promised.

Taste is bitter, slight burnt coffee (the bitter seems more hop-based than like espresso) and some dark unsweetened chocolate coming in. Oily and rich and cream comes in at the middle. Dark fruit, burned cherries under a heavy roast malt profile. Everything's fighting to get out from under the roasted burnt malt. Feels like a Russian Stout should feel -- some czar would like this. Main detracter is the bitterness throughout which doesn't fade. Dry finish, with sticky lingering...

Booze is pretty well hidden for a 9.5%. As the brew warms it mellows and cherries and cream come out more. I would have preferred the burnt malt to be less all over the sip.

Lists 75 IBU and I believe it. I don't remember this being so "burnt" tasting the first time I tried it.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle shared at woodshop 5.1

Poured a deep dark brown with maroon highlights with a finger of head that left good blotchy lacing on the glass. I got roasted malts and chocolate aromas with hints of coffee and faint hop notes. Up front the taste was chocolaty with a roasted malts and a nice hop bite that had coffee and earthy woody accents. The beer was full bodied with a low amount of carbonation that had a silky slight sweet but bitter finish. Pretty decent RIS from great divide that drank quite well. I would definitely want to try out the other variations of this brew.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 20+ months ago

A - pours a deep rich near black brown color with less than a cm of rich chocolate/molasses colored head. Retention is decent as is lacing.

S - tons of desert chocolate, fairly boozy and toffe vanilla sweet aromas. Earthy mildly piney hops as well. Very robust.

T - Lots of toasty caramel, toffee notes. Considerable earthy hops and boozyness. A bit mellow but still a bit too boozy. Still a 4/10 for balance

M - full bodied, yetis always a sipper but its definitely mellowed out a bit making it a bit more drinkable.

O - the age has helped, but I really think 4-5 year yeti will drink the way I want it to. Lots of great big (unbalanced) flavors are slightly mellowed but still not where I'd like them to be at 20 months.

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Photo of movingtrain
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Dark, black coffee, espresso-crema colored head, good lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Alcohol, chocolate, prunes, brown sugar.

T: Bitter-sweet...some chocolate across the tongue, the alcohol is coming through a bit heavy here...not overpowering, but perhaps a bit too much.

Overall: This is good. The "bottled on" date reads Mach 9, 2009...so this is pretty young yet. It was a bottle of this from early in 2008 (which I recently drank) that turned me on to this beer. That one was wonderful, complex, full of vanilla, chocolate, and wood notes...I'm hoping that, with a year on this on, it will do the same.

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Photo of ryantho00
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a nice 3 finger head that lasts and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

It has a slight alcohol ting and smokey coffee/mocha scent.

This beer has a nice full body with full viscous mouthfeel and an almost molasses and toffee beginning, moving to a coffee and chocolate taste, then finishing strong with a warming smokey aftertaste. There is a nice blend of maltiness and bitterness. I detect some hoppiness near the end and in the aftertaste, but nicely balanced, and the alcohol warms you but is masked nicely with this smooth flavorful beer.

As with the other yeti's I have tried, this goes down smooth and seems like it would age well, be careful though, at 9.5% it could be harmful. It is very smooth and has the nice imperial stout taste nicely balanced with maltiness and bitterness.


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Photo of bushwhacker
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had it from "distant" tap, so no pour observations other than the lovely tan head and healthy lacing. Good clean clear black color, medium viscosity from what this amateur dark beer drinker would expect. I thought it was very balanced with a very good flavor profile, burnt malts, etc., creamy mouthfeel, clean finish for a 'meal in itself' brew. I seldom can sample these brews and I enjoyed this very much. Looking forward to sampling all the GD's products at the wellhead.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle (bottled on Mar 30 2009) into snifter.
A: Pours like motoroil from the bottle. Thick and black with absolutely no light coming through even with backlighting. Just a hint of a dark tan head presents itself.
S: Hops strike the nose first...sharp and floral. Quickly replaced with darker notes of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt.
T: Bitter chocolate and dark chocolate with a hint of roasted caramel malt. Floral hops play in the background. Nice, but a bit sharp and assertive. As this warms, it settles down and becomes softer with more chocolate coming through.
M: Initially sharp with a bitter bite, then softens and smooths with warming. Thick and oily.
D: Fairly drinkable, especially for style. Even so, hard to give this high marks here. 12 oz is more than enough for me in one sitting.

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Photo of kbm
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dense black with a moderate and nice tan head. Good lacing.

Smell: Great coffee is about all I smell on the first whiff. Followed up with coco and little bit of booze.

Taste: The initial taste is great. Lots of bitter coffee, cinnamon and coco. Unfortunately, I'm getting a weird saccharin/coffee breath after taste that is a little bit of turn off.

Mouthfeel: Good mouth feel with prickily carbonation. Not at all viscous or syrupy.

Drinkability: Definitely a more drinkable imperial stout.

This is the second bottle I 've had in a week. Both times I was turned off by the after taste. All other aspects of the beer are great.

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Photo of WeedKing4
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber pours a dark black with two fingers of caramal brown foam that disappears quickly. Smell is of roasted dark malts as most typical RIS do. This tastes a little too watery to me, with the burnt coffee taste as well. Its ok, but I was expecting something more from this. Its easy to drink, and you don't notice the abv%. However, was expecting something bigger and better from this Yeti. Not a bad beer though. That being said, I don't think I will pick this one up again.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, dark brown. Head is ochre, quite generous, sinks though to a thin film but retains a touch of head. Nice trails of lace around, pretty sticky. Looks great.

Smells very pleasant. Roasty with a nutty edge - peanuts maybe and a sweet musk aroma. Hints of mint and lots of chocolate. Very sweet and very pleasant.

Taste seems a bit lacking, compared to the nose. Lots of roasty flavours on the front that kind of flag off midway, developing hints of espresso and a slight boozey heat. There are hints of that mint and musk on there, and it's overall sweet, but doesn't really have any lift to the palate. There's a complex journey, but it seems like the highest and most flavoursome parts are at the front, and they diminish slowly as the palate progresses. Finish is a bit hot with touches of dark bitterness. Pretty pleasant overall, but could have more flavour, considering the strength.

Has a noticeable heat from the alcohol. Nice viscosity but the booze kind of scorches the mouth at times.

Pleasant enough beer, but has a deficiency in some areas where it needs reinforcing. A bit weak on the body that allows the booze to blaze through a bit too much. Good, just not great.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Pours jet black, 2 finger dark mocha head. no lacing at all.

S- Dark chocolate, coffee, hint of alcohol.

T- Dark chocolate, tons of coffee! A little ash, and very bitter coffee/chocolate.

M- Medium body. Low carbonation, bitterness leaves aftertaste.

O- Good imperial stout, but bitter coffee is a bit much! Will enjoy more though.

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Photo of msolar
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was expecting this beer to be rated in the high 80’s, not the low 90’s. I liked it quite a bit, but 91? Impressive.

Regardless, it’s a great looking beer. Like everyone says, it pours black with a very dark tan head. I didn’t notice quite such a predominant chocolate taste as others have mentioned, but certainly molasses and burnt malt are very evident.

9.5% alcohol is pretty nice. I probably won’t buy it again – for the price I can get nearly three times as much from Berkshire Brewing Company, an arguably equivalent (or better) beer.

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Photo of SQNfan
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with a brown head that left a thin layer. Aromas were sweet with scents of chocolate, vanilla and coffee. On the other hand, in the mouth it showed hoppy bitterness throughout along with sweet roasted malt in the backgroud. It had solid weight but it did not come off as heavy. There was a touch of alcohol noticable on the finish but it was not obtrusive.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours black with a one finger mocha head and moderate to heavy lacing. There are some slightly brownish-red highlights when held up to the light. The lacing stays on the glass until then end.

The smell is strong, dominated by roasted malts and bitter, burnt coffee.

The taste is bitter burnt coffee and roasted malts. The roasted malts are good but the bitterness is too strong. I know this is an "Imperial" but the extreme bitterness detracts from the chocolate and coffee tastes. Also, the alcohol bleeds though too much for my liking.

The mouthfeel is thick, chewy and malty. Good carbonation. There is a bitter aftertaste left on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall this is a nice try but it is not as refined as other Imperial Stouts. The bitterness and alcohol dominate to the point of detracting from the chocolate and coffee tastes. Maybe it will mellow out if stored for a while.

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Photo of TheFlern
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black. Dark tan head. Lots of sticky lacing. Good retention.

Smell: Roasted malts. A sort of burnt aroma. A little bitterness from the hops.

Taste: Follows the nose. Basically just a bigger and badder stout.

Mouthfeel: Thick and smooth. Good amount of carbonation. Just like you'd expect from a RIS.

Overall: Not the best RIS I've ever had but this is still worth checking out. However, I would discount any hype you may have heard regarding this beer and its derivatives.

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful black pour with a thick 2 inch tan head on top that leaves lacing behind as it recedes.The nose is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, pretty much what one would expect given the style.

Flavour is smooth and creamy with both the chocolate and the coffee from the nose sharing top billing. Caramel is also present, perhaps even a hint of smoke with the vaguest hop bitters on the back of the tongue and a touch of alcohol. Good stuff.

The mouthfeel on this is thick and enjoyable. Not the very best in the style, but I'm not complaining. Drinkability: about what one would expect for the style in terms of actual drinking, and in terms of rebuy it is a shade above average as well, inexpensive for a Russian Imperial.

The bottom line: A tasty take on the style by the folks at Great Divide. While I prefer the oak version of the beer, the standard Yeti holds its own and is also worthy of a rebuy.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black body, sparkly milk-chocolate head with plenty of lacing. Smells like dark chocolate, roasty malt, bitter hops, and, yuck, a bit of harsh acetone. Taste is still bitter chocolate, lots of roasted malt, touch of smoke, with an intensely bitter finish. Dry as the Atacama. Feels oily but with formidable carbonation.
Don't know why they ruined an otherwise great roasty dry RIS with lots of hops, but they did. The flavor stuck to its guns about not having any oases of sweetness for newcomers, but then got downright brutal and off track with bitterness. The price point really makes this one hurt.

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Photo of GNWBC
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P: strait up jet black, nice head that leaves a good lacing

S: malt, and alcohol and little bit of smokeyness to it also

T: sweet malt, some faint chocolate and carmel notes, little bit of a hop bite somewhere in there if you look for it.

M: just like most stouts, goes down pretty smooth, although the beer can be a bit thick it is still very drinkable.

O: a favorite and go to of mine when im in the mood for a good stout, also try the bourbon ages yeti.

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Photo of goatgoat
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into pint glass.

Everything about this beer is thick and dark, perfect for an imperial stout. A beautiful pour, dark as sin, with a thick coffee head of about 3 fingers. Nose is very molasses-like, which continues into the taste. There is a slight bite of alcohol in the mouth and a noticeable bitterness from the hops that complemented the heavy malt body well.

The last half of the 22 was paired with some dulce de leche flavored milk chocolate. Very nice. The hop balance of the beer kept this combo from being too sweet.

22 with a chocolate interlude is about all I can handle though.

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Photo of CoolJosh
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really have been really spoiled lately by Russian Imperial Stouts, fingers crossed in hope that my lucky streak continues

Midnight black in color, and pours a creamy mocha brown head 1 finger in height that leaves behind a nice coat of lacing. No seeing through this one. Truely beautiful.

Its all here. Chocolate, caramel, red cherries, plum, vanilla, slight roasted malt scent. It blends very well together, with nothing standing out more then any other component. A very smal touch of coffee tops this off perfectly.

Dry roasts come right out to bite the tongue. A very dry and woody taste is apparent in addition to all the aforementioned. Both sweet dark and bitter chocolate. There is a slight bit of heat that takes away from the overall complexity. Not as creamy as I'd like.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into my Duvel Tulip glass

Appearance - pours a jet black/eggplant color with some tan head

Smell - Coffee beans, vanilla, dark chocolate

Taste - Deep roasted coffee flavor, hints of vanilla, black licorice and dark choocolate, malts

mouthfeel - highly carbonated, full bodied, this is great for a winter night, bitter upfront, creamy texture

drinkability - price brings drinkability down on this one and at 9.5%, this is a sipper, there may be some better value out there in the category of Russian Imeprial Stouts, but this was no doubt an enjoyable beer

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Photo of callmescraps
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see Great Divide here in California. Stoked to give this one a try. Love the look of their bottles.

Appearance- Pours black. Almost completely opaque. It has a beautiful, thick, creamy head about an inch full. Then it recedes and laces very nicely. Nice looker.

Smell- Cocoa powder up front. Definitely some roast. As well as a little smoke. Chocolate covered dark fruits. Definitely some booze as well. Definitely dark chocolate. Coffee beans. Definitely more hop than expected.

Taste- Lots of dark, bittersweet chocolate. Plenty of roast as well. It's like very black coffee with unsweetened chocolate mixed in. Tons of roast. Definitely some booze. Once again, more hops than expected. Finishes with some earthiness, bitter hop. Very bitter on the end. Almost astringent. Burnt, honestly.

Mouthfeel- Full and rich. Thick, creamy. It's lovely.

Drinkability- Too much roast, too bitter on the end. Coffee hops are not my favorite, thanks. Wish it had more of that chocolate.

Looks great, tastes ok. The earthy, bitter, dry, roastiness is just too much for me. Not my favorite.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle split with my gf.

A: Pours jet black from the bottle. Nice chocolate/mocha head. Fairly thick but it quickly dissipated.

S: Malt, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, hops in that order. Pleasant but nothing remarkable.

T: Malt and coffee up front. Slight smoky flavor most likely associated with the malt. Finishes with choclate then alcohol. The alcohol is fairly prevelent in this one. I had it after a Saranac Imperial Stout and that did a better job of hiding the alcohol.

M: Nice and thick. Carbonation is low which leads the alcohol taste to be a little more up front.

D: Took me a while to drink half the 22. A nice sipping beer on a cool evening. Not that this beer ever would be an easy drinker. A good beer but there are better cheaper alternatives.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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