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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,943 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,943
Reviews: 1,601
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 179
Gots: 426 | FT: 15
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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4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Active review from a bottle:

A- pours a pitch black into the tulip glass reminds me some realy dark choclate milk with a perfect coffee colored head. The head has great retention as it site in my glass and sticks firmly to the rim with good lacing.

S- the smell isnt as't a vibrant as I like. Sweet malty and chocolaty

T: Roasted malt front, with a range of bittersweet and chocolate malts, coffee and caramel tones. As I swirl the brew through my mouth I taste some sweetness fromvdark fruits. There is some hoppy flavors too. Great complexity.

M: Smooth! A bit chewy and thick/creamy

D: With most russian imperails that I have tried I find them to be too overbearing, with too much complexitiy and no real balance... this beer is complex but balanced you can pick out the flavors that make it great. I am glad I finaly tried it and this is a beer I will try ove rand over again. Bravo!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 03:13:21 | More by beersensei305
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4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second time drinking this beer; 22oz bottle poured into a large German beer mug.

Upon pouring, I am immediatly intimidated by the thick, black, syrupy-ness of this motor-oil resemlbing beer. Poured softly, but suprized by the abundant, dark brown head that forms; especialy for how softly i poured. One of the darkest heads I have ever seen.

The smell is no less intimidating.. strong nutty roasted malt, with a forceful boozy backbone, with espresso and dark chocolate overtones.

The taste is a big relief..a beautiful symphony of cacao, espresso, and roasted nuts with minimal booze taste. Wonderful nutty rich aftertaste left in my mouth. This beer is alot more drinkable than the color and smell infer. A truely decandent Imperial Stout.

The mouthfeel is nice and thick, without being too syrupy.

Overall, I am very impressed with this beer.A wonderfully crafted imperial stout. I would have to say it is my favorite so far. Very good drinkability despite its daunting smell and look. Everyone should go out and try this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 23:34:35 | More by BeerHiker
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4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I pour Yeti into a Bruery goblet and observe a thick blackish brown beast with a nice peanut butter brown with some slick lacing on the glass.
Then I dropped it. It bounced off my desk and spilled everywhere, leaving about a sip left.
proceeded to clean YETI out of my carpet and keyboard while trying not to cry.

Smells like cocoa, burn, and chocolate. Nice bit of hop bitterness in there as well. Awesome.

Tastes a little too hoppy but its delicious. Very chocolaty and has a pronounced spice to it.

very smooth and creamy. Way way too delicious for its alcohol content and I'd like to have some vanilla ice cream Yeti floats!!!!

Very smooth and classy alcohol wise but leaves you with a nice palate kicking bitterness in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 06:03:27 | More by slayer3604
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4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark black with a light coffee colored head. The aroma is sweet, smelling of brown sugar, roasted malts, and some coffee, with just a hint of hops. The flavor is rich and malty. Lots of chocolate, some toast, a slight smokiness, and a coffee flavor that lasts into the background. There is a nice piney hop balance. A full, chewy mouthfeel with nice carbonation. This is pretty well balance and hides the alcohol amazingly well.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 03:00:48 | More by nvsblman
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4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This RIS pours jet black, like old motor oil. The super deep, brown/mocha head resembles the color of a cup of coffee with a splash of cream added. The foam holds very well and leaves a uniform, clean ring of lace. The quintessential looking RIS. Just wicked and unforgiving.

Tons of chocolate in the nose initially; both bitter and dark, and semi-sweet. Super roasty with some vanilla and a hint of bourbon. Cappuccino and black strap molasses. Luscious, juicy dark fruit: sweet prunes, figs, and burnt raisins. Complex and pungent with a ton of roasty complexity.

Again, extremely roasty and moderately sweet with milk chocolate and even more dark fruit. Leafy bittering hops present themselves as well. Just slightly harsh with some noticeable booze. The booze notes are pleasant and welcomed at first but wear on the palate a bit once I get closer to the end of the bomber. In all honesty I probably would not have found issue if this was a 12oz. bottle. That may not be very fair but who knows...

Very juicy and slick on the palate with low to moderate carbonation. Full bodied and viscous with a syrupy texture. Slick and somewhat creamy in the finish.

Actually the drinkability is not bad provided the decently high ABV. I, myself, actually prefer to sit back, sip this one, and take in all that wonderfully roasty goodness. Also if I inhale it like I would like to, I'll be kicked in the ass sooner than I'd like to be.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 01:11:22 | More by letsgopens
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West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark black/tan, creamy tan 1/2 head, plenty of lacing

Smell - Smoke, malts, chocolate, coffee, nuts, charcoal, alcohol and hops. Some other spices

Taste - Malty, smokey and strong, first impressions of the yeti. Bold coffee and roasted malt kick with dark chocolate and nut flavors, mixed with smokey overtones. Not real sweet or rich, more bold and stout. The dark chocolate adds some sweetness, but the malts and alcohol overpower the sweet.

Mouthfeel - Thick, coats mouth and tounge with stout syrup. Alcohol numbs tounge some and there is a bitter aftertaste from the hops. Better stick with stouts after this one, or eat and drink water first.

Drinkabilty - This is a bold stout beer. Not so much as sweet and smooth, more alcohol and malt influenced stout. Not for the week. Its 9.5% so i wouldnt recommend drinking more then 2. Its not as smooth and easy drinking as alot of stouts. Very good brew, espically if you enjoy strong russian stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 07:18:28 | More by wvsabbath
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4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout
22 oz bomber
Bottled Fall 05(?), tamed 10/06
Medium pour in an English pint.

Poured black with a mostly lasting light brown frothy head with excellent lacing.

Smelt strongly of dark chocolate, dark coffee roast.

Taste was upfront strong bitter dark chocolate followed by an equally strong bitter coffee feel and moderate bitter grassy hops with a moderate toffee sweetness, and faint fruity esters, on a long smoky vinous perfumey finish. Mouthfeel was medium/heavy, syrupy, soft carbonation and light to moderate soothing alcoholic warmth, and moderate to strong astringency.

Overall, a great imperial stout that offers bold taste and aroma, and looks dangerously satisfying. Hits strongly but satisfyingly. A great winter warmer.

Side note: It is more well rounded in flavors and mouthfeel than its oak-aged counterpart, but this brew is as good as it gets flavorwise, whereas aging the oak-aged version would soften it and propel it over the regular version.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2006 04:03:29 | More by xav33
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New York

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into small cocktail glass.

A - Poured non-transparent black with tan head rising afterwards about a finger high. Lots of lacing left around the glass.

S - Dark chocolate with hints of coffee and malts towards the end.

T - Again chocolates and coffee upfront with slight sweetness of malts.

M - Full bodied with high carbonation.

D - Definitely a sipping beer. Definitely would love to have more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 15:31:26 | More by taigor
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4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The most gorgeous of black hues the head was dense and thick with a deep brown foam that settled into a creamy layer of thick lace.

So much character in aroma as a creamy lactose gives the impression that this is a milk stout. Graham cracker malts with touches of char and smoke round out a diverging and wonderful scent.

The flavor is dry roast coffee, Graham cracker toastiness, smoke, char and a burnt ember malt. The taste is strong, assertive and lasts clear through the end.

The feel is not nearly as creamy as the appearance would have suggested but it's dry, easy and full. There's absolutely no evidence of 9 plus ABV which held make this truly special.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 00:20:45 | More by KYGunner
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Ontario (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not certain how long this has been in the cellar due to the lack of bottling date, but makes reference to a 2009 GABF award so can't have been too long. It's an iconic beer that’s been saved on purpose and was brought up solely (and strangely) due to Untapd's “Colorado badge” motivation...

Pours an inky near-black, a dark chocolate colour with limited head. Mouthfeel is creamy and fulsome, much less oily or viscous than I'd expected from the silkiness of the pour. Malt-forward aroma of roasted chocolate and other dark malts, with a nice barrel undertone. Those oak tannins are even more prevalent in the taste. Taste starts with chocolate and caramelized malts before moving through the spectrum of barrel flavours and a delightfully crisp bitterness in the finish.


Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 00:35:13 | More by hopsolutely
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4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pitch black pour with a copper-brown 1 finger head. Quick dissipation but it coats the entire glass as I drink it. Minimal lacing

S-Raw oats. Malted hops. Dark chocolate and burnt oak wood. Rich caramel and a lingering alcoholic twinge.

T-Follows the nose, mostly. Heavy dark chocolate. A little dark coffee. Malty finish.

MF-Very smooth. Like extra thick whole milk.

O-Fantastic brew. One of the better Imp. Stouts I've ever had. Very complex. Has the best appearance of a beer I've ever seen.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 23:49:33 | More by Jacurdy60
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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New York

4.25/5  rDev +1%

01-15-2013 20:08:29 | More by SkiBum22
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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured nearly opaque black with a nice and thick chocolate milk colored head on top. Very inviting and just what I wanted to see when I poured this one. Smell is mainly slightly sweet with malts and with some vinous aspects which add to the slight sweetness. The background is of coffee with light hints of chocolate. Could be a bit more powerful in the aroma department, but good none the less. Mmm…the taste is quite amazing and very complex. Initially there is a toasted malt flavor which quickly transitions over to a mild chocolate and finishes with a coffee aftertaste. This flavor profile covers all that I expect in an impy stout. Mouthfeel is full but not as creamy thick as other impy stouts I’ve had. Drinkability is good as well, but the slight biting effects of alcohol in this one brings it down a bit.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2005 04:02:11 | More by blitz134
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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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