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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,572 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,572
Reviews: 1,661
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 235
Gots: 648 | FT: 20
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003

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Photo of kelsietate
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of coldriver
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass. Pours a crude-oil black with fantastic toxic chemical looking head. Great retention and lacing. Aroma is Italian roast coffee and chocolate. Strong caramel, coffee, chocolate, and licorice flavors with bitter hop finish. Alcohol well hidden. Nicely carbonated and balanced, stick to the tongue finish.

Right on the edge of totally repulsive and totally loveable, this is a damn fine brew.

Photo of BullCityB
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Oh my goodness... poured into a goblet, this is one of the most menacingly beautiful beers I've laid eyes on. The head is a prodigious milk chocolate, quite thick and with good retention, the body a viscous inky black. Just amazing to look at.

What hits me first in the nose is a big blast of resinous American hops. There's definitely some dark, sweet maltiness, but it's not nearly the lead component here. This is one hoppy stout.

The flavor is amazing. Huge malty sweetness up front, richer than any chocolate torte in existence, followed by a sucker punch of beautiful hops and roasted barley. In its own twisted way, this is rather balanced! The sweetness, the roasted barley character, the bitter, piney hops, all there battling for your tastebuds. It's incredible.

In the mouth, this beer is absolutely luscious. It's thick in a way that I've never experienced before. Each sip coats every square centimeter with this massive ale, which I am beginning to believe is the devil's own personal brew. The carbonation is just enough to keep it from going over the edge.

Damn! This is the third Imperial Stout I've had in a week, and it's the first to hit the spot. Such a beautiful combination of malt, hops, water and yeast. A superb ale.

Photo of jpaltan
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

bottled on christmas eve, 2008. Blacker than coal... really, really dark with a caramel colored head that pours thick and sticks around forever. lacing up and down the insides of the glass. in the nose, first thing that hits is the booze. there are some hints of dark fruit and cocoa. some tobacco in there too. taste is booze and hot in the beginning, then comes bitter espresso, then even more bitterness as the hops close out the taste. mouthfeel is damn perfection in the glass. chewey, creamy, viscous. it's thick like motor oil. this beer needs a bit of aging and it would be absolutely amazing.

Photo of jwent91
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of atrus138
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in a chalice at Sportstime Pizza. Deep black color with a monster chunky head that is a darker brown than most ales are. Serious lacing. Smell is a little faint, though still complex and sweet-smelling. Vanilla, chocolate, caramel. Taste is fantastic! A wonderful dessert unto itself. Sweet chocolate is met with burnt coffee, toffee, and vanilla. Huge malt presence, though well balanced by the hops (also huge). Mouthfeel is amazing - what all imperial stouts should try to achieve. Huge and creamy. It felt a lot like melted ice cream. Alcohol is pretty well hidden in the taste, but you can definitely feel it.

Notes: This is a HUGE beer. Not for rookies. I found it to be a lot less abrasive than the oaked version. Definitely a treat that I hope to have again and again.

Photo of kevinconroy
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-This is one of the sexiest beers i have poured. It looks amazing. No light will pass through this beer very black. For the style this beer is a bench mark

S-Smell's like a stout. Good smell

T-This beer is amazing. It taste like a chocolate coffee wonder. Splashing this around in my mouth I find a nice initial chocolate coffee flavor and then it is finished with a great bittering that surrounds my salivation glands

M-Great mouth feel very creamy; very rich

D-At 9.5% you would think that this beer would be a heavy hitter, but it is actually quite subtle. Very easy to drink...very easy to drink a lot before you even notice

This beer is exceptional no more needed to say

Photo of skybluewater
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glugs out a black as dark as the Mariana Trench. Very nice malted milk-colored head. Smell's a touch weak, but what I can detect is nice. Taste is a little bitter, but sweet at the same time, with figgy raisin flavors dominating. Mouthfeel's creamy, but the aftertaste isn't the greatest. Alcohol is well hidden. Not that I'd gulp this down, but it's highly drinkable.

This is an outstanding Imperial Stout, very warming on a cold fall night/early morning. I think this beer and I are going to get to know each other much better as the weather grows colder.

Photo of watermelonman
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured to a very dark and black color with a thin head that lasted well. It's leaving a fair amount of lace.

The smell is very good, with tons of roasted malt and a soft hop flavor with some wood and alcohol. The taste is rich and creamy, with more roasted malt joining chocolate up front, and big hops clearing out the finish. The mouthfeel is somewhat light but still nice, and drinkability is good.

Photo of jmerloni
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet black, thick pour. Tan head that laces pretty well.

S - Molasses, big malt, and fruits darker than your mother's ever seen them.

T - Vanilla comes through all the way on the tastebuds, sweet chocolate, dates.

M - Thick, viscous. So big that it can't be real dry.

D - This is a big, big beer. Worth trying. Up there with the best imperials I've tried, though it does not necessarily stick out between any of them. Nevertheless, this is a great, great beer, worth all the praise it gets, and I'd encourage everyone to try it. It's actually a great starter beer for beer drinkers new to imperial stouts. If that's you, check it out!

Photo of PSUBeerman
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a large tulip

Pour a deep dark with a rich mahogany tan head. The head was thick and creamy. It held on for awhile to the glass leaving some lacing.

The smell was wonderful. I noticed the hops and some creaminess in the strong aroma.

As far as the taste, the hops were ever present and left a nice bitterness. It has a roasted flavor with some sweetness. The alcohol is somewhat noticeable, but I expected it to be more noticeable considering the ABV. I picked up the toffee flavor and thought there was some sort of fruitiness, but I could not narrow it down.

Overall, this is a great Imperial. Nice job.

Photo of tattooedtolley
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Blackass pour with a huge head that decided not to stick around long, to no real surprise.

Smell: Big roasted malt aroma with some hops peeking through. Some toffee/coffee aroma as well.

Taste: I dig the bitterness of this RIS, the hops do a great job of toning down what could have been a too sweet for me beer. Great roasted malt flavor with some notes of dark chocolate a touch of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer.

Drinkability: Nice slow sipper and a great tasting RIS. I won't hesitate to buy this one over and over again.

Photo of Lupin
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third sampling of this one. Bottle's probably had 2 months in the cellar.

Poured into a B. B. Bürgerbräu 500ml pintish-type glass. Let it sit for a while to marvel at the 1"+ head that settled to about 1/4" after 3 minutes. Cocoa sweetnes can be smelled several inchess off the glass, although the bubbles have pretty much stopped popping at this point. No clarity whatsoever when held to light. Nom nom nom.

This is one of those beers I like to serve cold and sip over an hour or so. It tastes like coffee ice cream with black chocolate syrup. No chalkiness in the mouthfeel, and a very nice cocoa bitterness on the sides of the tongue that can be easily avoided for some sweeter relief for those of you who can't tolerate it. It will punch your taste buds full of bitter maltiness as it warms, so be carefull.

Part of me wishes they brewed this in 12 ounce bottles because, without sharing it, the 22 ounces can be just a little too much of a good thing.

Photo of PBoegel
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into a tulip glass, pours midnight and thick with a big dark brown head, one and half inches thick and mousse like at first. The head breaks down a bit, but still retains some resinous lace during drinking.

The aromas of this beer are deep roast, espresso, coffee ice cream, mingled with a low pine hop scent. Follows with dark chocolates, chocolate oatmeal cookies. No overt or noticeable flaws, alcohol is very reserved.

The taste is equally deep and complex. Chewy, chocolate, cream, some american pine hop notes, the hops meld together with the malts to create the chewy and slick feel. Mocha coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and some burnt caramel. Esters are restrained and pleasant, no harsh grains or alcohol notes.

The mouthfeel is full bodied, thick, and palate inviting for a big tasty brew.

Photo of martinmayhem
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a truly delightful brew. after trying this RIS consistently for about six months it was like a rollercoaster ride. some bombers were excellent while others were below expectations. i have a feeling it was due to the shipping. for the most part my experience has been positive.
the bitter dark chocolate up front w/ a subtle hoppy finish- i can see why this gets such high ratings. its going to be in the low twenties tonight in orlando and im just glad to have this one chillin in my glass.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter.

Had the oak-aged Yeti first, so time to taste the orig.
Pours midnight black with a very small coffee colored head. Leaves some good lace.

Smell is chocolate and alcohol. Some hints of toffee as well.

Taste is coffee at first, then a spot of heat from the alcohol in the middle. Finishes with some chocolate and caramel notes. Very good!

Nearly perfect mouthfeel. Thick, but not quite chewy.

Overall, an extremely tasty brew. I think I like the orig. better than the oak-aged version. Either way, Great Divide is doing a fantastic job!

Photo of mirish72
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer never fails to impress me. I love everything about it. It pours jet black, with a beautiful chocolate head. It smells of malty goodness and it tastes exactly like it should. It is very rich in taste and more chocolately than bitter. I think it is one of the best Imperial Stouts I have tasted so far. Just wish they sold it in a six pack, I hate 4 packs.

Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Great Divide
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV 9.5%
IBU 75

L= 4.5 Pours a beautiful black with dark coffee 1 finger head

S= 4.5 Pungent nose! Big smells of dark roasted coffee, black chocolate, and hops! Wow lots of hops on the nose

T= 4.5 True nose. It carries over great. Lots of French of Italian roasted coffee. Hops come in at the end and carry through.

F= 4.0 Full bodied! Wow this a great beer. Thick, creamy, velvety body.

D= 4.0 I could drink this beer for a while. Another great beer from great divide. Nice job

Photo of flexabull
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

Photo of TenHornsProud
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid black with a big tan head that lingers and laces.

Smells of milk chocolate, coffee, alcohol, hop citrus, roast, and some grapefruit notes. Quite pleasant and interesting.

Taste is up-front sweetness with a grapefruit hop character that moves into a creamy sweetness and ends on a bitter roasted and hop note. It has a lingering finish of coffee...nice.

Full bodied, creamy, smooth, with just a hint of alcohol kick.

I've been drinking Yeti for a while now...for my money and availability, it's hard to beat.

Photo of Junnila
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an ultra dark blackness with a tan head that leaves a good deal of lace around the tulip. Creamed, milk chocolate nose that is eager to engage the lips. Roasted malts, charred caramel, dark fruits all come out in full force. I need to try this oak aged version soon as I am definitely digging this one. Mouthfeel was average for an RIS. Overall...definitely a tasty treat when you can find it.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undoubtedly a special beer. It ranks among the best because of its controlled boldness, but not for it's complexity-- it's a straight forward brew with few dimensions, but all those dimensions are well sculpted.

With the look of a opaque black concoction that suits milky and chocolaty descriptions, the beer has a tremendous loose knit brown-tan head, retention lingers forever and laced very well. What's not to like?

Smells chocolatey with a burnt cocoa scent, sweet caramelized malts, cherry rum-like alcohols, strong bitter coffee, and highly kilned grains. Extremely powerful to the nose.

Tastes initially sweet of caramelized barley malts, cocoa, and and light licorice. Robust with espresso and roastiness. Mild berry tartness fills in the blanks. Agressive hop bittering compounds the roasted grain to create intense piney resiny flavors deep into the taste

The body is thick, creamy, chewy, and heavy on the palate. Slides down the gullet thick and creamy, chased by the coffee bittering and berry tartness. Lingers malty sweet, complexly bitter, and long. Aftertaste is roasty, coffee, and reminescent of bittering and cocoa. High levels of mainly sweet (mildly fusal) alcohols hide behind the sweet body and shows in the finish.

I am very impressed with this one although it is unneccessarily hopped for the style. There is plenty going on without it. Still, a very good straight-forward Stout.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as night with a thin mocha colored head.

S: Faint at first, but as it warms a bit, notes of espresso, cocoa, wet earth and a touch of cinnamon emerge.

T: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, charred wood, espresso, a faint trace of hops and a touch of sweetness near the finish. Pretty great stuff.

Photo of Zimbo
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Superb very intense mix of coffee, dark chocolate and earth on the nose. Thick and black. One of the darkest heads I've seen in a long time leaving a rather delicate doily lacing. A rather thick creamy body but structurally it does seem slightly underpowered for all that flavour.
Very dark bitter, coffee, chocolate and a whiff of liquorice to taste with a surprisingly burpy intensely dry ending.
Decadent and luxurious. Mmmmm.

Photo of RedHaze
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of bditty187.

Pours an absolutely pitch black with no hints of light creeping through the edges. It's topped by a one inch dark brown head that slowly fades to a thick cap and leaves behind an impressive webbing of lace.

Smell; some bitter hops are first to float out of the glass, followed very closely by roasted malts, dark chocolate and rich espresso. I also get some hints of dark fruits and molasses.

Taste; the piney hops, roasted malts and coffee really play well together. Dark chocolate and fruits flow through in the middle, and a nice sweetness counters a strong alcohol presence in the finish. Muhfeel is full bodied and silky smooth, but with the high abv the drinability takes a bit of a hit.

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,572 ratings.