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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,174 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,174
Reviews: 1,621
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 197
Gots: 498 | FT: 17
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 biggietattoos
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

with a high abv stout like this one I would usually expect an overly heavy boozy taste and a thick syrupy pour but I was pleasantly surprised as soon as I poured this beer.

For an imperial stout Yeti poured a smoother nicer black tone with a small dark brown head and some light lacing.

The pour released some nice nutty, oakey notes.

The oakiness stayed upon the first sip and as the beer warmed closer to room temperature its complexities definitely showed through, Nice nutty malt taste with a strong but not overpowering finish made it a substantial yet very drinkable imperial stout.

The mouthfeel was heavy but smooth and left a warm tingle behind

being my first experience with GDBC I am very pleased and will continue to try everything I can from them

biggietattoos, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of dbell23
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. If poured aggressively there is a three finger head the color of coffee with a little cream. The beer is the color and viscosity of motor oil with about 10,000 miles on it - thick and black. The head has good retention and nice heavy lacing. Nice looking stout.

Smell is all imperial stout. Very dark almost burnt chocolate, expresso, roasted, maybe burnt malt. Mmmmm. Maybe a hint of alcohol but not much.

Taste is a stout assault. Just like the nose, super dark chocolate and three day old coffee. Intense stout taste, just like an imperial stout should be. There is a lingering bitterness that maybe hops that keeps this from being a perfect imperial stout taste. It's difficult to tell where it comes from because of the other favors.

Mouthfeel is good. Thick almost chewy . Low carbonation like most stouts but the lingering bitterness detracts for it.

Overall a really good imperial stout. I will definitely buy again.

dbell23, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of Tianjoja
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter glass from a 22oz bottle

A - Pitch black, three finger fluffy dark brown mocha head. Beautiful looking beer.

S - Roasted Malts, Chocolate. Little alcohol on the nose.

T - Chocolate, Coffee. Nice bitterness not typical of the style. Espresso on the end. Sweet Malty offset by a nice hop punch that I wasn't expecting.

M - Velvety smooth. Nice carbonation. Tiny bubbles dancing on my tongue. Would say full bodied.

O - My first Yeti - I'm impressed. Would love to try some of the barrel aged versions of this. Hoppier than I expected, but I like that.

Tianjoja, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of Gaisgeil
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one is aptly named, it's a beast!

Immediatly upon pouring this the comparisons started spinning in my head, this thing reminds of the dark lord. Poured an amazing viscous dark black with a thick dark brown head darker than most beers are themselves. Smell is incredibly strong, kind of hoppy actually to go along with the usual roast and coffee tones inherent in the style. Taste is quite massive, tons of roast of hints of dry cocoa. There is a nice hop presence as well though, quite a bit more than most stouts boast. Mouthfeel is very palate coating, with bits of sediment swirling about, very thick and rich. A very nice a heavy brew, impressive! I can't wait to try the oaked version!


Gaisgeil, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of mhaugan
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served in a snifter

First pour is black as night with a very thin tan head. Subsequent pours gave a much thicker and heavier head. Smell is of coffee and chocolate. Taste is coffee and chocolate with a alcohol finish. Goes down much smoother than I expected. Polished off the bottle with dinner and loved every sip.

mhaugan, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on-tap and served in a stemmed vase, the beer is a jet black coloring, oil-like. Dark tan head, clingy all over the glass, with a great lacing left behind as you drink. Nose of roasted grains, smoke, bittersweet chocolate, bitter coffee, booze, and molasses. Great aromas! Flavors are huge, with cocoa nibs, coffee, and booze all over the palate, with earthy highlights. Rich, heavy, velvety body, with a bitter, smoked, roasted aftertaste. The finish is bitter and smooth, with enough linger to remind you what you're missing in between sips. Fantastic!

GarthDanielson, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of WanderingFool
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yeti pours a deep black into the glass with a big, frothy two finger brown foam on top. There was more head on this beer than I was anticipating. As the foam dissolves it leaves behind a thick netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma is a rich malt flavor with some hoppy notes mixed in. Present in the aroma are notes of chocolate, toffee, nuts and pine.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is smooth and dry on the palate with a mild fizz on the tip of the tongue. The mouthfeel reminded me of a milk shake. The rich malt flavor is loaded with chocolate, coffee and nuts. A hint of ripe fruit, like plum or raisin, is also present. Balancing out the malt is a moderately strong hop bitterness with a flavor of pine. Once gone some of the chocolate and pine notes linger on the palate.

For a nearly 10% abv beer this one is easy to drink, well balanced and loaded with flavor. The thick head and lace patterns gives the beer a pleasing appearance.

WanderingFool, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of MrStark
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter glass.

Appearance is a dark opaque black with a frothy mocha colored head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is pretty malty, with coffee, chocolate and a bit of the hops on the end.

Taste is pretty heavy with malts, bitter coffee and dark chocolate upfront followed by hop finish. The alcohol makes itself known with a nice warming bite to it.

Mouthfeel is rich and full bodied. Pretty thick and creamy.

Drinkability is pretty good. It goes down pretty easy but I don't think I'd have more than one bottle at a time. Its fairly rich and I think it be better in moderation. Overall a tasty brew.

MrStark, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of JamisonM
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

May 2008 Vintage

A: black body even black as the beer poured really nice and thick mocha head

S: huge roasted notes coffee leather tobacco and some anise

T: Huge roasted flavor coffee bakers chocolate complex thick and rich. tobacco and leather coming though as well no alcohol in smell or taste

M: med to heavy mouth with med carbonation

D: its a very big beer and its a sipper cant drink this one down very fast.

Overall: A great beer that really aged well. A very intense beer! Great job Great Divide!

JamisonM, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of goalie33
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into Duvel tulip. Bottled December 2010.
A) Pitch black with 2 fingers of brown head. Cannot see any carbonation in the beer. Leaves lots of lacing in the glass.
S) Hops with roasted malt, lots of espresso notes. Very rich aroma.
T) Hoppy bitterness upfront with strong flavors of chocolate and espresso right behind that. Some underlying notes of dark fruit and licorice. A slight bitter coffee aftertaste.
M/D) Full, thick mouthfeel. Smooth, creamy beer with some slight carbonation. Easy to drink, but not really sessionable. More of a one-and-done dessert beer.

goalie33, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of Hawksfan79
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Glass: Over sized wine glass

Appearance: Motor oil, completely opaque. Has a thick and creamy mocha colored head.

Smell: Vanilla, alcohol, peaty

Taste: Peaty, alcohol, vanilla, toffee, chocolate notes, slight hops flavor. The alcohol kind of overrides the bitterness and as a result it's really easy to miss the hops flavor in this. Very sweet, earthy, and roasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Slick texture with a dry finish.

Hawksfan79, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of IronLover
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Completely black in color. Poured with a brief caramel brown foam that dissiaptated quickly leaving behind a light wisps of foam. Roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee with hints dark fruits and vanilla. Thick, viscous, incredibly smooth, almost chewable feel. Deep roasted malt, dark coffee and dark chocolate flavors up front transitioning to a steadily intensifying hop bitterness through the finish. Finishes with a boozy, pine hop bitterness that lingers for quite some time.

IronLover, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of utopiajane
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and slightly thick. No light escapes the edges and has a scant head of mocha colored foam that fell rather quickly to a thin ring. Leaves shimmering lace that falls to alcohol legs. Nose is alluring with dark bittersweet chocolate, toasted malt, roasty coffee, a smooth vanilla that was just right to accentuate the chocolate and a little burned toast. There are some perfumey and floral hops just on top with a light pine that I find adds to the overall sweetness. There's a good helping of molasses and just a little alcohol to make it truly tempting. Taste is downright luscious. Malt is hefty but smooth and soft with molasses and caramel sweetness. The alcohol warms right away and then the flavors start to unfold. Chocolate is dark and bittersweet, not too smooth like if you had some as a chocolate bar. Burned toast and a smooth molasses that combine so well. The espresso roast rides in to keep it from becoming too sweet. And to my delight some floral hops bring a nonchalant bitter to the dry finish. The coffee beans have a dual character. They taste both roasted and like they are still on the vine red, ripe and fresh. Mouthfeel is creamy, full and just a bit sticky.

This was an extraordinary stout that realized each of it's many flavors to a deep fullness and harmonious complexity. The hop character made it boisterous. You linger over a stout and this one kept intensifying. Generous and evocative.

utopiajane, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of blackjack000
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Preface: This beer struck me seriously. It was honestly delicious and impressive. I'm a serious spendthrift, and if quality beers came in two-ounces bottles, I would be rating a two-ounce bottle. It was hard for me to reach for this twenty-two ouncer, since I was paying a premium for the size. But--hold on--by the time I finished this beer, I was hoping for twenty-two more ounces. It was delicious and filling like the most delicate cheesecake, with a beautiful, thick, and complex flavor that speaks of heartiness.

Appearance: Poured as a beautiful, thick, dark brown; almost glossy. A rich color, like the color of aged engine oil gushing out past the plug and coating your fingers. The beer pours out as a deep brown, like melted chocolate, hits the glass and shifts to ebony as it swirls to equilibrium. The head manifests as a creamy caramel froth, and retains to entice you to sip past it to taste the beer that hides beneath.

Smell: Scent of fresh, virgin, peeled-back maple bark. Hot caramel melts through, and drizzles on the scent of fresh-baked multi-grain bread as you impatiently open the oven door. I could barely wait to finish writing my impression of the smell before I sampled the taste.

Taste: Solid, textured, strong, full hops flavor--a full range. Usually when I have a beer of heavy hop magnitude, I get annoyed from a feel like a singular high note twanging against my taste buds, like I swallowed a mothball. This beer's pleasant and full hop flavor blankets me like a deep chord resonating against my taste buds. The hops are balanced well, with a taste of freshly ground coffee beans complementing.

Mouthfeel: The beer holds a good weight in the mouth, like a hearty and warm whole grain thick-sliced piece of bread fresh from the toaster, somehow in liquid form.

Drinkability: This beer was filling and warming. The Imperial and thick alcohol personality nature of this twenty-two ouncer hit me well and left me pleasant. Two of these bottles would definitely disqualify one from complex tasks, but leave a person entirely content with the experience that has just transpired.

blackjack000, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 1/31/11.

Pours a midnight black with an immense 4 inch tan head. The head forms towards the middle of the glass and bubbles rush towards the surface. Nice thick globs and rings on lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malts, cocoa powder, subdued coffee, and citrus zest. Slight alcohol notes as the beer warms. Taste is of dark malts, roasted coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate, and slight soy sauce. There is a mild hop/coffee/chocolate bitterness on the palate after each sip. Low carbonation with a very thick and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer. It's nice to try the base for all the other Yeti beers in it's original form. I am glad this is available year-round where I live.

UCLABrewN84, May 04, 2011
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A viscous ink black body sits beneath a finger+ of tan foam. Not much staying power as the cap quickly retreats to form some patches along the top of the liquid.

The nose is of bitter dark chocolate, molasses, piney hops, coffee grounds, alcohol soaked dark fruit and some burnt brown sugar. This is hugely inviting and extremely rich.

Dark chocolate and roast coffee grounds lend a huge dose of bitterness to this brew. Molasses, burnt brown sugar, alcohol soaked plums/cherries and piney hops to round it all out.

Full, rich, velvety and almost decadent mouthfeel. Carbonation is right on point. Some warming in the finish that builds as you work your way through the bottle and becomes a bit of a detractor with time.

Overall, this beer is pretty on point. Thick, rich, complex, very good array of flavors. I still prefer the Oak out of this series.

ColForbinBC, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours slow and thick with a pitch black color. One inch dark tan head. Nose is smooth and creamed. Not very strong or overpowering. Flavor is thick with an even roasted malt edge. Very sweet tone to it, and the alcohol peeks out a bit with it. Seems a bit too sweet, but it is still even and good. Feel is very good. Creamy and smooth, even though the liquid is thick like most anything else. Drinkable? Well. It is almost TOO thick and almost TOO sweet. Between this and the Oaked Yeti, I’ll take the Oak. Even without going back to read my review of the latter, I can still remember the awesome complexities and how overall it kicked ass. This one is good, but when you’ve got a bigger brother who’s more accomplished, it is harder to compete.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of JHamm
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Jan-09 opened Dec-10

Appearance: extremely dark, nice head that disipates, excellent lacing in glass

Smell: most notably chocolate followed by a hint of coffee

Taste: bitter chocolate followed by a slight hint of coffee that lingers behind. slight aciditic feel that dissolves quickly leaving behind the chocolate/coffee flavor

Mouthfeel: coats mouth with pleasant aftertaste.

Drinkability: very pleasant; not overpowering but rather smooth with subtle aftertaste. Would definitely purchase again

JHamm, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of roadhouse
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appears jet black with a one inch dark tan head. Leaves some spotty lacing on the side of the glass.

Aromas of coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, and some citrusy hops. A bit of alcohol is also noticable.

Taste has lots of coffee and chocolate flavors as the aroma suggests. Finishes nice and smooth with the perfect amount of citrusy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full, but not very thick. Finishes up dry and very smooth. A bit more drinkable than some other RIS.

Overall I enjoyed this one quite a bit. It's also a good thing that it's cheaper than a bottle of Stone RIS, but just about as good.

roadhouse, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of gford217
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, it's taken me long enough to get around to this one. I've tried the Oak Aged, Espresso and even the Barrel Aged, but never cracked a bottle of the base beer.

Pours just like the others - pitch black with no light coming through, with a smallish tan head that leaves a heavy ring and a swirl along the top. Lacing is minimal but it shows some legs after each sip.

The aroma is massive, with an initial (surprising) citrus hop kick giving way to the huge roasted malts, dark chocolate and tons of brown sugar and molasses.

The taste is just a bigger, darker version of the nose. The hops are there up front but just get washed away by the waves of dark, burnt malts and bakers chocolate. There are some dark fruits in there and a bit of the molasses, but the toasted character really dominates the taste...and I like it.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and thick on the palate with enough carbonation to keep it from getting syrupy.

Well, I figured I might enjoy this one, given how much I've enjoyed the other iterations, and I was not surprised at all. It's one of the better impy stouts out there and, given it's wide distribution, should be a go-to stout for most folks out there. Big, dark and damn tasty.

gford217, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of dbatch
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep black with a creamy head finish. The head sticks around for a while, leaving some very nice lacing. Just a beautiful beer to see.

S: Chocolate and coffee malty goodness abound here. Also there are some floral hops that play very well off the deep malt aromas, leaving a very pleasant balanced aroma.

T: Very malty, sweet flavor, definitely caramel followed by chocolate notes. The sweetness comes in at the end to balance this beauty out. It starts deep and rich and creamy, but finishes smooth.

M: This beer leaves the tongue tingling with just a touch of carbonation. There is a little alcohol flavor there, but its not over bearing.

D: At 9.5%, it will give you a kick in the rear, but its well worth it.

I can only imagine what the Oak Aged is like in comparison to this, great beer, highly recommended.

dbatch, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of mixcat
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well I really enjoyed this beer. Super dark and you can taste the coffee and chocolate.. I was very surprised to find out this was made here in America. Its no doubt the best stout here in the USA we have. Enjoy it with friends as its strong and tasty.

mixcat, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of peacebone116
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Phoenix2443 for sharing this awesome bottle of beer with me.

A: Poured from bottle (bottled on 2/23/2010) into tulip glass.
Appears a deep dark brown with small chocolate-milk colored head. Little delicate lacing at side of glass.

N: Chocolate! a bit of coffee with a slight and very subtle hint of hop/alcohol comes through in the background.

T/M: Bitter chocolate flavor coats the tongue. Not much carbonation; beer feels a bit syrupy and thick. Slight prune/date fruitiness follows the chocolate. No alcohol burn while the beer is colder, but as it warms it becomes much more complex; chocolate, coffee, hoppy fruitiness mingle and dance on the tongue. Alcohol becomes more noticeable, but the beer remains sip-able the entire time.

peacebone116, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of marburg
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A hell of an imperial stout. Pours a viscous, powerful black with an initially big head that recedes to swirls of brown film atop the body of the brew. Not really a dominant nose -- but a fabulous, subtle dark chocolate aroma. Starts a little sweet with a predominantly chocolate flavor.

Grates in a pleasant way across the tongue -- feels like sandpaper or a 9-volt battery rolling across the inside of the mouth. The roasty toaster roller coaster crashes into the back of the palate with force providing a measurable coffee-like bitterness and a little bit of balancing hop action.

Really somethign to behold. So viscous and rich in color that it temporarily stains the side of the glass with brown liquid that just clings...and clings...and clings. Pretty damn drinkable for 9.5% -- but after this warms a bit, it's a little more noticeable (especially in the nose). Well crafted.

marburg, Oct 19, 2003
Photo of mckeowbc
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a short curved glass at Melt Bar & Grilled in Lakewood, OH

A - Appearance is black with a creamy head and good lacing. What you'd expect from a stout.
S - The nose on this beer is sweet with a bit of detectable hops.
T - The taste of this beer is a wonderful caramel sweetness. Not overdone, well balanced and enjoyable.
M - Mouthfeel is smooth and heavy. The high alcohol content and malt give it a lot of body and it coats your tongue.
D - This is one of those beers that I'd want to drink more of than I'm able to. The taste is well balanced and doesn't wear on you, but because it is so heavy and high in alcohol I probably couldn't drink more than one or two.

This is already one of my favorite beers. It's hard to explain why since really it is just a sweet, heavy stout. However, it's so well done and balanced that you can't help but love it.

mckeowbc, Jan 01, 2011
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,174 ratings.