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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,485 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,485
Reviews: 1,649
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 229
Gots: 589 | FT: 18
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 silver0rlead
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a stunning pitch black (i mean no light shining through whatsoever) with a nice thick tan head that stays around as long as you could expect. Aroma is also striking; scents of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, citrus and floral hops, blackstrap molasses, and cocoa. Flavor is intense but balanced: notes of dark chocolate, expresso, vanilla, floral and citrus hops, blackstrap molasses and roasted malt. I have been continually impressed by great divide's "big beers" and this is no exception, complex, drinkable and delicious. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth with light carbonation and a big body, alcohol is only noticeable in the finish (and only lightly so). Drinkability is good and the finish is bitter and a bit dry. Extremely tasty double stout, balanced and smooth this is another winner from great divide.

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 longbongsilver
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got some good deals while getting groceries, decided to splurge. Big-ass bottle, pours dark brown virtually black, w/ well over an inch of tan-tone thick head. Half the head stays quite awhile, can practically bite it.

Smell is like dark chocolate with a hint of...raisin? Think I even smell an oakish tone, maybe they mislabled this one an' it was the oak-aged? Oddly complex, yet subtle at the same time.

Taste is sweeter than I'd think considering the smell. Humongous malt still, and a slight warming from the 9.5%. Goes down creamy, almost milk-like, w/ the hops coming near the end.

Drinkability takes a slight hit, but only because it demands so much respect. This is strictly post-meal, preferably one involving hunks of pork ripped off the carcass like you think you're Henry the 8th or something. I'm a sucker for that kind of thing though, so the overall is a plus to me.

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 Tomdee74
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide makes some pretty good beers. I do enjoy their Titan IPA as well as their Hercules DIPA. Their Yeti is also a pretty good stout!

A - Pours black into a tulip glass with a head about 2 fingers thick and very good lacing.

S - Smell the coffee and chocolate. alcohol is very well hidden in the smell..

T - Very smooth.. Hard to believe it is a high abv. I really like this stout this is a good sipper..

M - Smooth, Silky, chocolatey... A tiny hop bite

D - Pretty easy to drink. I can drink a full bomber of this no problem as alcohol is hidden very well and this is an enjoyable stout!

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 DrDemento456
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally had a bomber of this at Fatheads in the south side! Been looking to get it for a while.

A - Nice imperial pitch black color with a decent head with an aggressive pour.
S - Smells of very slight chocolate, caramel, and molasses.
T - Holly alchohol! I haven't had a stout hit me this hard since Dragons milk. Taste of harsh (and almost overbearing) bourbon like flavor with a slight coffee taste in the background. Chocolate as well but it's hard to detect over the burn.
M - Heavy and chewy a nice thick stout.
D - I appreciate the art of brewing in bourbon barrels and this is true to this but I really can't ever get used to strong bourbon flavor in a beer. I really need to find the oak aged version...

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 M_C_Hampton
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle (bottled May 2, 2013) into a pint glass, very dark purple brown almost black with a short dark brown head that dissipates leaving a little lacing, clear

S: coffee, chocolate, dark stone fruits, raisins, slightly nutty, charred wood

T: dark chocolate, sweetened espresso, dark brown sugar, molasses, raisins, finish bitters with pine hop presence, nice balance and complexity of flavors

M: thick and oily with lower carbonation, slight alcohol but pretty well hidden

O: solid RIS, really nice with a few months age, probably best about 1yr

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

12oz bottle

A- Pitch black colour. Dense two finger brown head after quite hard pouring on a pint. Good retention throughout the whole tasting, nice amounts of lacing on the sides of the glass

S- Deep roasted and chocolate malts mix. Some notes of dark/dried fruits on the back. A touch of wonderfully mellowed alcohol note. Burnt but soft and inviting at the same time

T- Again that burnt but still very soft mix of chocolate and dark roasted malts. Notes of vanilla, molasses, dark fruits show up as well. A bit of bitterness on the tongue brings balance, with some delicate herbal/piny notes, as well as maybe a faint citric note. Overall slightly on the sweet side despite 75IBU, though hops definitely make their presence felt in the aftertaste, bringing a gently bitter, refreshing feel that makes you longing for another sip. Very complex but so wonderfully balanced

M- Full bodied beer with low-to-medium carbonation. Soft and creamy on the palate. More on the slick side on the tongue, which is good, cause while swallowing the beer finishes on the dry/refreshing side

O- The 9.5%AVB is nowhere to be felt. Despite it's rich, bold and complex character this beer is so damn well balanced and drinkable. Great

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

12oz bottle served in a st bernardus oversized wineglass.

pours your customary RIS deep dark brown / almost black color while yielding a finger and a half, maybe 2, of a tan head with some burgundy notes to it. very good looking beer.

aroma is of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate - also common to the style. IMO taste exceeds the nose with a slight presence of hops, stronger dark chocolate and bold coffee flavors interwoven; hints of caramel and molasses... alcohol present but not by much. mouthfeel is extraordinary: big, full, and luxurious. this guy is a winner. drinkability is a bit of a dilemma; i will definitely have another - i can't wait to do so - just not tonight. this one's filling.

original review on: 07-25-2010

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

Oh baby, this brew pours like oil. Dark, dark brown with a brown chocolate foamy head. It's got a nose like a cafe mocha, rich dark toffee chocolate aromas. Very very inviting. Fantastic taste, this brew is all roast. Follows up with a nice chocolatey after taste. The mouthfeel has slight carbonation with a strong alcoholic tone. Smooth and delicious, highly recommended.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 2/6/10

Bottled Oct. 6th 2009

Pours near-black with highlights of burnt brown around the edges. No light is getting through this beer. Two fingers worth of milk chocolate colored foam billows up quickly but doesn't last very long. After a few minutes the head is reduced to a skim of small bubbles, though a decent amount of lace has begun. Thin retention & lacing by the end.

The nose is quite enticing, offering bold malts aromas of various ilk. Dark malts? Check. Roasted malts? You betcha. Toasted malts? Absolutely. Bittersweet dark chocolate is in no shortage. Dark sugars are apparent as well, with hints of toffee & molasses. I get the impression of vanilla overtones. While it tends to smell sweet, it is offset by an earthy hop note that, while restrained, helps add complexity & intrigue.

The sweetness found in the nose doesn't seem to translate all that much to taste. While surprising, it's not at all upsetting. Instead, Yeti tastes extremely dry & bitter. Sure, upfront there is a brief sweetness (maybe caramel or some sort of dark sugar - it's tough to distinguish) but it's almost immediately drowned out by bitter chocolate & roasted coffee. A good bit of hoppy bitterness is in there too, which fine by me. A few hints of vanilla are present as well.

Yeti is quite full bodied with low, creamy carbonation. I would say it's almost silky, but there is way too much resiny grit that manifests after but a moment with each sip. The finish is very dry with a long lingering bitterness.

I am really impressed how this beer is packed with roasted malt flavor without becoming too sweet. It's very enjoyable & is certainly a sipper. I've yet to try anything from the Yeti family that disappoints. Great Divide sure knows how to make 'em.

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

Pint Glass: Poured Black with red sparkle tan foam that fades out pretty fast.

S: Coffee, chocolate, alcohol

T: Black coffee, no cream or sugar here, with a slight hint of chocolate.

M: Caramel, Chocolate masterpiece. Bitter, bitter aftertaste. Not for the lighthearted. If your not a regular stout drinker, this beer will be too much for you. Try something else, baby steps folks, baby steps.

D: Drink it slow for all the bitterness. Drink it fast to get drunk! What are you waiting for drink up!

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

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

Bottled on April 16, 2010.

A - Pours an incredibly viscous black, slowly glugging out of the bottle, it doesn't appear to be building any head, and after making it a bit more hard, still little. As the carbonation rushes back up, however, it resurges into rocky, 2.5-fingered mocha colored head with good retention. Absolutely pitch black, only the tiniest sliver of chocolate brown color on the bottom edge. Good lacing as well.

S - Smell is almost entirely bittersweet chocolate and slightly roasted malts. A little bit of espresso, but not much at all. Smells hoppy as well. Would compare this Victory's Storm King, and the only beer I've had since then to have this type of profile.

T - Taste follows the nose faithfully. Again, almost all bittersweet chocolate, mild coffee, and hop goodness. Rich and creamy, everything goes down very smoothly and everything flows together a bit nicer. This one has a little bit of age on it, so the hops have faded a bit, which I can only imagine helps everything meld together.

M - Mouthfeel is heavy, not surprising given the thickness of the pour. Finish is long and smooth, and is bitter with chocolate and hops.

D - Drinkability is high. The alcohol is masked incredibly well, and there isn't one taste that dominates or hurts the flavor. I would like to try this fresh to see how the hops add to it, but I would gladly enjoy one this age or older as well.

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

A great looking stout, near pitch-black, totally opaque, with a huge dark tan head that has excellent retention and leaves solid lacing.

Nose is full of prominent chocolate, with coffee and rich malt underneath.

Delicious flavor has more concentrated chocolaty notes than most other beers that say “chocolate” on the label. Rich, moderately sweet, with an underlying bitterness but not an overly forceful hoppiness, something I appreciated. I feel at times an aggressive hop character can overwhelm the other flavors in a stout and this beer doesn’t do that at all. A touch of coffee character and spice in here too.

Medium full-bodied but not super viscous. Just the right amount of chewiness but not over-the-top. Easy to drink for the style without much in the way of apparent alcohol. Carbonation is moderate, just right to give it a little life but not making it overly fizzy. Lingering finish of rich bittersweet chocolate and a trace of the underlying hops.

Wow, this will definitely become one of my go-to beers in the future, it’s easy to find and nicely priced. Can’t wait to try all the Yeti variations now!

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

all this time and no review of yeti! bottle picked up while passing through NJ. bottled 4/27/2011

a - opened the bottle and filled my E snifter. brew poured an oil sludge black and settled just as dark with a deep brown foamy head. the finger of head just sat there with occasional popping of bubbles until some of the deep black showed through the surface. head is easily rebuilt with a swirl...lacing is sparse and spotty, but clings.

s - wonderful roasted malt. fresh roasted coffee with flashes of vanilla and cream. booze soaked chocolate. smooth and even. decadent.

t - deep rich chocolate. like getting one of those fondue plates and just putting your glass under the molten chocolate. this thing is rich and wild. toasted malts dipped in chocolate. hint of coffee and drippy caramel.

m - thick and powerful. leaves a boozy tingle.

o - overall...i believe.

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.

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

Pours a thick black color with a dark, frothy head that looks like chocolate mousse. Leaves chuncks of lacing on the sides of my snifter.

Initial aromas are of sweet molasses. After letting it warm to the proper temerature, the complex malt bill began to reveal aromas of milk chocolate, creamed coffee, and a touch of roasted malts. The hop additions revealed themselves as mostly piney, earthy aromas, but also a hint of fruity aromas.

The first sip brings the roasted malts more to the fore, also some semi-dark chocolate and a touch of caramel sweetness. The mouth feel is rich and full with enough carbonation to give it a velvety smoothness. The swallow finishes dry with lingering bits of slightly burnt pine needles and dark chocolate flavors. Also, a slight warming effect from the alcohol.

Overall, A big, bold beer. You'll need to take your time and sip it slowly. I definitely enjoyed it, and I'll drink more.

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,485 ratings.