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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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1,691 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,691
Hads: 4,948
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 16.11%
Wants: 267
Gots: 856 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
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 Derek
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Jet black with a tan head. Nice lace.

S: Not a lot of odour. Mainly hop bitterness.

T: Bittersweet. Dark caramel, a little tar, plenty of american hop bitterness.

M: Very syrupy, slightly oily, full body, moderate carbonation.

The oak-aged version is smoother, with considerably more depth. This one's a good double stout, but not great.

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Photo of chaz01
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at Thai Nine Restaurant in Dayton. Served in a tulip glass.

A: Rich, dark and thick with a generous foamy brownish/tan head that leaves some nice lacing.

S: Coffee and roasted malts in the aroma.

T: Huge coffee flavor with notes of charcoal and burnt toast in the finish that nicely lingers for a long time.

M: Very thick full bodied and chewy in the mouth with low carbonation.

D: Very much a sipping beer, and I can see this on a cold winter's night. But the coffee flavor was dominant for me, and maybe a bit too much for my particular taste to enjoy this on a regular basis. I even asked the bartender if by chance this was the expresso oak-aged version of Yeti, but as far as we could tell, it was not. Still a wonderful full flavored imperial stout.

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Photo of tjkinate
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had always wanted to drink this beer, just with so many choices out there it took me awhile to get to around to it. Not quite what I was expecting.

Poured into a Stone snifter where it produced a beautiful 2+ finger, highly frothy, ashy bronzed head. Deep brown nearly black body, massive amounts of thick lacing encompasses the glass.

Strong hop profile, other scents include chocolate malts and molasses. Besides the hops the beer seemed to lack much of a punch in the smell department.

As the smell indicated, LOTS of hops that blend fairly well with the bitter sweet chocolate. Following the initial flavor some great subtle undertones of malt and molasses poke through. I only wish they were more pronounce. Upon completion of the beer, I found the hops were the standout feature, love them in pale ale's, but they were too strong for my type of stouts.

Fairly heavy, silky smooth, low carbonation

Many other stouts I would reach for before this one. However, I do plan on trying the rest of their Yeti line up, hoping for the best.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Whoa: I think the label says something about being intense and Great Divide isn't lying. Pours like a syrupy black-coffee. Not an overwhelming amount of head from this one--somewhat surprisingly--but it does have "off the charts" lacing. Taste is intensely dark, roasty, smoky, espresso-like, with some upfront sweetness and a lasting coffee bitterness at the close. Mouthfeel is very creamy and full; Filling and a pretty respectable kick to it. (I don't think I could drink more than 1, even if I were a huge fan.) In the end, probably not enough sustained and counterbalancing sweetness to really win me over as a big-time proponent, but I will give GD a thumbs-up for coming up with something that definitely makes a statement + has me extremely interested to try some of their other offerings: The oak-aged chocolate version of this will be on my wants list for sure.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into Chimay chalice. Bottled January 2010

A- Pours black as night with a thick, luscious dark mocha colored head, about a fingers worth. The heads sticks around for awhile and leaves some nice lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Big amounts of roasted malts, brown sugar, dark chocolate and a hint of cinnamon. A little bit of black licorice mixes with the alcohol and becomes more apparent as the beer warms.

T- Rich roasted malts greet the tongue followed by some bitter coffee and dark chocolate. The alcohol comes out earlier than it did in the nose but I am still able to pick up black licorice and just a hint of brown sugar.

M- Thick. The beer just coats the tongue. You can feel the carbonation initially on the tip of the tongue but fades after that. A little heat on the back of the throat from the alcohol.

D- The flavors were a little more mellow that the nose would have led me to believe. The alcohol becomes more apparent as it warms but doesn't deter. A pretty good beer to warm you up on a chilly fall night in Wisconsin.

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Photo of zrab11
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark muddy color with decent 1 finger head

S-Smells of roasted coffee with hints of tabacco an carmel

T-HAs roasted malts up front with some chocolate carmel notes in the middle then finishes with a almost tobacco feel

M-Medium bodied with ok carbonation

D-Overall this is a good beer. But at times i felt like i was drinking a stout beer while i was smoking a cigarette. The tabacco flavor came through too much sometimes but still a good beer!

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Photo of joepais
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured black with a creamy tan head Aromas of alcohol, roasted malt and chocolate .Creamy full mouth feel. The flavor starts off sweat and roasted malts but finishes up with the strong hops bitter. almost to bitter for me I have an oaked age one of these in the cellar I’m waiting to get up the courage to give it a try

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Photo of BarrelO
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured in a goblet. Bottled on October 30, 2008.

A: Pours like motor-oil with a pitch-black body. Two-finger tan head.

S: Lots of roasted malts and unsweetened chocolate.

S: A rich roasty flavor with some nice chocolatey notes. However, the hops are a bit too prominent even at eight months, and there's a bit of an alcohol burn.

M: Thick and creamy.

D: I'm going to go ahead and say that this is a notch below the oak aged version. The components are there, but it needs some time to age for it to all come together.

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Photo of ccrida
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into my Meantime snifter, Yeti is pitch black with a burnt tan/light brown head, large, dense and long lasting, leaving sticky lace.

Smell is strong, even at the colder serving temp, booze soaked cured fruits and roasted grains, chocolate, prominent citrus hops. Similar aroma from some of the black, west coast style IPAs, I like how citrus hops work with dark malts. As it warms, the chocolate really dominates, wow - this is definitely best served cellar temp or warmer nose wise, although taste suffers once it hits room temp, too astringent with the booze and roast.

Taste is very robust, big maltiness and bright hoppy backbone. Roasty and dry, with a bitter, ashy finish. Not bad, awfully assertive.

Mouthfeel is thick, with a full carbonation

Drinkability is pretty good, even for what I assume is a pretty young beer, just judging by the big hop presence - I just grabbed from my local store's cooler this afternoon. Lots of flavors, they could use rounding out for sure, but it is nice to taste them so overtly. Nevertheless, it's a long commitment to finish the bomber unless your forcing yourself.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2003 Bottle: This Imperial pours a thick syrupy black with a dark brown head. Nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma consists of coffee, caramel and hops. Rich bodied and overly bitter for my tastes. The label boasts of the hoppiness of this beer at 75 IBUs, and it threw off the balance of it in my estimation. I learned that while I like hoppy beers I do not like hoppy Imperial Stouts. The bitterness overpowers the malt, roasted coffee and chocolate flavors that would otherwise make this more enjoyable. The finish remains bitter with hops and coffee. Overall this beer would be much better if the the scales were not tipped so far on the bitter side. The one saving grace is that by the time it really, really warmed the balance was noticeably better.

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Photo of brdc
3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Small capped bottle, poured into a snifter.

Pitch black with a minimal dark tan head, that leaves very little lacing.
A great aroma, mostly caramelized, with notes of alcohol, chocolate, coffee and hints of fruits.
Medium bodied, I expected a beer as balanced as the aroma, but there is an excessive amount of undisguised alcohol, and most of the caramel and coffee notes are "burnt".
It starts well, but the alcohol and excessive burnt notes get overwhelming quite fast. Disappointing.

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Photo of PaterMorse
3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I've only been around a handful of yeti; and those that I know are hairy, pungent, and unkept but friendly and, on balance, good creatures -- unless they're taken for granted, in which case you're likely to be clubbed over the head. Same with the beer.

A: The darkest brown imaginable. Stunning orange caramel head / lacing. When the head dissolves, it's almost like those flat glass displays filled with colored sands -- different looks with each swirl or shake, all as mesmerizing as the last (from a snowy dusting of suds across the surface to a peanut butter colored nucleus surrounded by dark chocolate -- akin to a Buckeye).

S: Roasted malt, coffee grounds, faint cocoa powder. As it warms, a sweeter but earthy peat moss.

T: Bitter, pungent. Not bad mind you, and uniformly well balanced. Just hairy and immodest. For me, while I often enjoy closing my eyes and allowing my tongue to define this adjective or that descriptor, this was "just stout" -- again, not a criticism; simply a straight forward and fun pour. (In fact, it reminded me of a blend between a good RIS and a Scottish ale).

M: Good balance, medium body (slackening a bit with a swirl or two). Low carbonation. Dry feel.

O: Beyond a gorgeous appearance and nice feel, not much to catapult it ahead of other stouts in terms of taste or aroma; but I find myself coming back to it again and again. Though not a poetic adjective evoking one of the five senses, it's just a flat-out "fun" beer -- and in my little humble saloon, a crowd favorite (where it's requested by name by even the most occasional visitor).

Repeat? Yes, but I'm glad I only see it in bombers. I crack them open with some frequency for parties, but would do so far less frequently if it was an individual bottle for personal sipping enjoyment. Not that it can't be enjoyed that way; it's just a great social beer with a good, hairy, fun characteristic. (That said, I will say that it's a wonderful sipping companion for specific food pairings -- most notably a good steak Pittsburgh rare and heavy cheeses).

Where? A cookout with charred steaks & dogs served up hot; a campfire with or without food. Or any party where you need a good beer in the middle of the line-up to get people telling stories they shouldn't. Just beware: this is the same brew that Jack used to fuel the ritualistic dance in Lord of the Flies...

Two Words: Well Named

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Photo of Furlinator
3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on May 2, 2013

Pours opaque black with ¼ inch of brown head that settles into a ring on top that leaves medium lace.

Smell is black coffee and dark chocolate up front with grassy hops and faint alcohol on the back end. None of which is overwhelming.

Taste follows the smell quite closely with black coffee, dark chocolate and a bitter hoppy finish. Slight alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel is thick and heavy bodied, yet smooth. This seems to be more carbonated than the other imperial stouts I've encountered.

Overall, a solid effort yet, the hoppy bitterness is a little overwhelming for my taste.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Welcome to Southern California Great Divide...

Poured from a bomber into a BJ's Brewery pint glass. Bottled on May of 2010...

A - Pours black with a one finger brown head. Head does not stick around very long, but the lacing on this one is beatifull...

S - Lots of chocolate and coffee notes come through...

T - Dark roasted malts, chocolate, licorice and a little bit of smokiness. Ends with a slight coffee bitterness, and a bit of hoppiness. Very tasty, but I could do with a litlle less hop presence. Abv well hidden...

M - A nice and thick full bodied beer...

D - This one is good. Definitely something I would recommend. Will be aging the next ones though, to let the hopiness smooth out a little. Looking foward to aging a couple of different Yeti's and having a Yeti night...


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Photo of ztaylor1
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance- pours deep brown with a chocolate head that retains and laces the glass like a curtain

Smell- malty chocolate with just a bit of coffee.

Taste- roasted, almost charred, malts. Then sweet milk chocolate and bitter hops.

Mouthfeel- rich and frothy.

Drinkability- too powerful for me to have more than one or two.

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Photo of BTPete
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Mahar's. A really nice surprise as I have never seen any Great Divide on tap in Albany.

Yeti imp stout
Tap to nug

A: pitch black with a real dirty 1cm head that leaves lacing down mug.

S: a little bit of booze, a little hop bitterness, a lot of roasty malt.

T: a little hot but not bad up front, ends with some hop bitterness. Hides 9.5 well. The roasty charcter doesn't go far due to booze and hops.

M: full bodied, low carb, good for style.

D: surprisingly drinkable. Excellent but would be limited, it is an imp stout.

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Photo of CONOR8832
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Extremely dark, like espresso with a nice thick tan colored head. Leaves amazing lacing on the glass.

Smell - Very robust, some chocolate notes, rosted coffe notes, with the sweetness and twinge of the alcohol.

Taste - Has a very sweet and maltness to it but finishes slightly bitter from hops. Mild caramel, coffee, and chocolate flavors invade the taste buds

Mouthfeel - Very soothing on the palate, nice warming feel to it, carbonniation is perfect and gives you a very cozt feeling.

Overall - This is a fantastic beer. I was not much on imperial stouts at all. I often steered clear of them then somethin told me to try this one and now I am a closet stout lover and can not get enough of them.

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Photo of Elsuperjefe
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Gorgeous dark ebony color with chocolate 1.5 finger head that lasted for a while. Hopy aroma and tasted as such. Definitely felt the carbonation as I swirled it around my mouth. The hopiness overpowered most other favors but I did get a slight sweet oaky aftertaste. Overall a nice beer that will definitely be enjoyed by most hop lovers.

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Photo of ElJoebo
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not for the faint of heart. This sucker's strong. A really dark coffee flavor with a distinct boozy back end. I enjoyed it a lot but don't think I could do more than maybe one more bottle. Of course my lips where kind of numb by the end of the one 22oz bottle I had, so two would probably do me in.

The texture was a nice, thick, oily creaminess and it poured with a hefty head. My brother said it looked like used motor oil. Pretty much hit that nail on the head. So to speak.

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Photo of jorjoria
3.66/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: The beer itself is tar back and pours with a nice dark brown head.

Smell: Very alcoholic nose with lots of coffee and espresso notes complemented well with a heavy dose of hopping and some biscuit notes that you have to search out.

Taste: Nice sweet express flavor also complements by a large amount of bittering hops. The astringency is balance nicely by the sweetness making this brew very drinkable. Over all a good brew.

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Photo of RandyV
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful dark as night color with minimal head but sticky, consistent lacing. Smells of dark chocolate, molasses, wood and booze.

Taste matches the nose, with astringent coffee bitterness most prominent, although it is met head on by sweet malt character. The wood note is of a burnt (charcoal) nature. The alcohol is there, underlining and warming.

A nice offering from GDBC. For my money, Old Rasputin from North Coast still rules.

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Photo of aasher
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours an oily midnight black with a ever so light dark, dark khaki head that quickly dissipates and laces the glass. It smells of sweet milk chocolate and dark roasted malts. It tastes very sweet. The flavors include milk chocolate, light coffee, possibly some oak and some vanilla. It is a little too sweet for my liking. The mouthfeel is the best aspect. Like a lot of Great Divide's beers, this one has a thick, soapy mouthfeel to it that coats the mouth. It goes down smoothly but is just too sweet to drink multiples of at once. Solid beer, not great.

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Photo of battlekow
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing this and the Oak Aged Yeti at the same time. I'm drooling at the chance.

Appearance: A thick, inky, truly impenetrable black. A small, dark brown head crowns the beer. Has less head than its Oak Aged cousin.

Smell: Smells intense and complex. There's hoppiness, a raspberry/fruity-chocolatey character, and some deep roasted scents.

Taste: Very sweet--too sweet--and dark chocolatey upfront, followed by hoppiness and roasted malt huskiness that gives it a deep, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Oddly thin and dead. Just not as thick and chewy as I was expecting.

Drinkability: The regular Yeti is good, just not quite as good as the Oak Aged Yeti. Its smell and taste are a too sweet upfront; the Oak Aged is mellower. Still, pretty tasty.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours jet black with a 2 finger, creamy, mocha head that has excellent retention. Aroma is roast, dark caramel, milk chocolate, smoke, mild coffee, nutty toffee, light pine and surprising floral hops. Flavor is roast, sweet chocolate, sweet toffee, toasted pine nuts, dark caramel, earth, leather, espresso and a nice array of pine, citrus and floral hops to the finish. Odd lingering aftertaste of smoked meat, char and licorice, not bad, but seems to last forever. Palate is medium to heavy bodied, creamy on entry and a little oily, but with an extremely sharp, but light carbonation throughout.

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Photo of marksto
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours inky black with a cocoa-colored head. Retention medium low. Aroma dislays strong roast,cocoa, and perhaps a hint of vanilla.

Flavor starts with a chocolate-roast essence. In the middle are bittersweet coffee flavors, and the finish ends with a rather harsh acidity and some noticible hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium-full and not quite a chewy as some RIS's are. This one lacks the creamy nature and balanced complexity that the best of this style often show.

Overall, a respectable RIS but I've had a good number of others I liked better.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,691 ratings.