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Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cokes on 08-09-2003

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Reviews: 1,730 | Ratings: 5,171
Photo of kbm
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dense black with a moderate and nice tan head. Good lacing.

Smell: Great coffee is about all I smell on the first whiff. Followed up with coco and little bit of booze.

Taste: The initial taste is great. Lots of bitter coffee, cinnamon and coco. Unfortunately, I'm getting a weird saccharin/coffee breath after taste that is a little bit of turn off.

Mouthfeel: Good mouth feel with prickily carbonation. Not at all viscous or syrupy.

Drinkability: Definitely a more drinkable imperial stout.

This is the second bottle I 've had in a week. Both times I was turned off by the after taste. All other aspects of the beer are great.

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Photo of WeedKing4
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber pours a dark black with two fingers of caramal brown foam that disappears quickly. Smell is of roasted dark malts as most typical RIS do. This tastes a little too watery to me, with the burnt coffee taste as well. Its ok, but I was expecting something more from this. Its easy to drink, and you don't notice the abv%. However, was expecting something bigger and better from this Yeti. Not a bad beer though. That being said, I don't think I will pick this one up again.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, dark brown. Head is ochre, quite generous, sinks though to a thin film but retains a touch of head. Nice trails of lace around, pretty sticky. Looks great.

Smells very pleasant. Roasty with a nutty edge - peanuts maybe and a sweet musk aroma. Hints of mint and lots of chocolate. Very sweet and very pleasant.

Taste seems a bit lacking, compared to the nose. Lots of roasty flavours on the front that kind of flag off midway, developing hints of espresso and a slight boozey heat. There are hints of that mint and musk on there, and it's overall sweet, but doesn't really have any lift to the palate. There's a complex journey, but it seems like the highest and most flavoursome parts are at the front, and they diminish slowly as the palate progresses. Finish is a bit hot with touches of dark bitterness. Pretty pleasant overall, but could have more flavour, considering the strength.

Has a noticeable heat from the alcohol. Nice viscosity but the booze kind of scorches the mouth at times.

Pleasant enough beer, but has a deficiency in some areas where it needs reinforcing. A bit weak on the body that allows the booze to blaze through a bit too much. Good, just not great.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Pours jet black, 2 finger dark mocha head. no lacing at all.

S- Dark chocolate, coffee, hint of alcohol.

T- Dark chocolate, tons of coffee! A little ash, and very bitter coffee/chocolate.

M- Medium body. Low carbonation, bitterness leaves aftertaste.

O- Good imperial stout, but bitter coffee is a bit much! Will enjoy more though.

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Photo of msolar
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was expecting this beer to be rated in the high 80’s, not the low 90’s. I liked it quite a bit, but 91? Impressive.

Regardless, it’s a great looking beer. Like everyone says, it pours black with a very dark tan head. I didn’t notice quite such a predominant chocolate taste as others have mentioned, but certainly molasses and burnt malt are very evident.

9.5% alcohol is pretty nice. I probably won’t buy it again – for the price I can get nearly three times as much from Berkshire Brewing Company, an arguably equivalent (or better) beer.

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Photo of SQNfan
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with a brown head that left a thin layer. Aromas were sweet with scents of chocolate, vanilla and coffee. On the other hand, in the mouth it showed hoppy bitterness throughout along with sweet roasted malt in the backgroud. It had solid weight but it did not come off as heavy. There was a touch of alcohol noticable on the finish but it was not obtrusive.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours black with a one finger mocha head and moderate to heavy lacing. There are some slightly brownish-red highlights when held up to the light. The lacing stays on the glass until then end.

The smell is strong, dominated by roasted malts and bitter, burnt coffee.

The taste is bitter burnt coffee and roasted malts. The roasted malts are good but the bitterness is too strong. I know this is an "Imperial" but the extreme bitterness detracts from the chocolate and coffee tastes. Also, the alcohol bleeds though too much for my liking.

The mouthfeel is thick, chewy and malty. Good carbonation. There is a bitter aftertaste left on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall this is a nice try but it is not as refined as other Imperial Stouts. The bitterness and alcohol dominate to the point of detracting from the chocolate and coffee tastes. Maybe it will mellow out if stored for a while.

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Photo of TheFlern
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black. Dark tan head. Lots of sticky lacing. Good retention.

Smell: Roasted malts. A sort of burnt aroma. A little bitterness from the hops.

Taste: Follows the nose. Basically just a bigger and badder stout.

Mouthfeel: Thick and smooth. Good amount of carbonation. Just like you'd expect from a RIS.

Overall: Not the best RIS I've ever had but this is still worth checking out. However, I would discount any hype you may have heard regarding this beer and its derivatives.

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful black pour with a thick 2 inch tan head on top that leaves lacing behind as it recedes.The nose is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, pretty much what one would expect given the style.

Flavour is smooth and creamy with both the chocolate and the coffee from the nose sharing top billing. Caramel is also present, perhaps even a hint of smoke with the vaguest hop bitters on the back of the tongue and a touch of alcohol. Good stuff.

The mouthfeel on this is thick and enjoyable. Not the very best in the style, but I'm not complaining. Drinkability: about what one would expect for the style in terms of actual drinking, and in terms of rebuy it is a shade above average as well, inexpensive for a Russian Imperial.

The bottom line: A tasty take on the style by the folks at Great Divide. While I prefer the oak version of the beer, the standard Yeti holds its own and is also worthy of a rebuy.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black body, sparkly milk-chocolate head with plenty of lacing. Smells like dark chocolate, roasty malt, bitter hops, and, yuck, a bit of harsh acetone. Taste is still bitter chocolate, lots of roasted malt, touch of smoke, with an intensely bitter finish. Dry as the Atacama. Feels oily but with formidable carbonation.
Don't know why they ruined an otherwise great roasty dry RIS with lots of hops, but they did. The flavor stuck to its guns about not having any oases of sweetness for newcomers, but then got downright brutal and off track with bitterness. The price point really makes this one hurt.

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Photo of GNWBC
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P: strait up jet black, nice head that leaves a good lacing

S: malt, and alcohol and little bit of smokeyness to it also

T: sweet malt, some faint chocolate and carmel notes, little bit of a hop bite somewhere in there if you look for it.

M: just like most stouts, goes down pretty smooth, although the beer can be a bit thick it is still very drinkable.

O: a favorite and go to of mine when im in the mood for a good stout, also try the bourbon ages yeti.

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Photo of goatgoat
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into pint glass.

Everything about this beer is thick and dark, perfect for an imperial stout. A beautiful pour, dark as sin, with a thick coffee head of about 3 fingers. Nose is very molasses-like, which continues into the taste. There is a slight bite of alcohol in the mouth and a noticeable bitterness from the hops that complemented the heavy malt body well.

The last half of the 22 was paired with some dulce de leche flavored milk chocolate. Very nice. The hop balance of the beer kept this combo from being too sweet.

22 with a chocolate interlude is about all I can handle though.

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Photo of CoolJosh
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really have been really spoiled lately by Russian Imperial Stouts, fingers crossed in hope that my lucky streak continues

Midnight black in color, and pours a creamy mocha brown head 1 finger in height that leaves behind a nice coat of lacing. No seeing through this one. Truely beautiful.

Its all here. Chocolate, caramel, red cherries, plum, vanilla, slight roasted malt scent. It blends very well together, with nothing standing out more then any other component. A very smal touch of coffee tops this off perfectly.

Dry roasts come right out to bite the tongue. A very dry and woody taste is apparent in addition to all the aforementioned. Both sweet dark and bitter chocolate. There is a slight bit of heat that takes away from the overall complexity. Not as creamy as I'd like.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into my Duvel Tulip glass

Appearance - pours a jet black/eggplant color with some tan head

Smell - Coffee beans, vanilla, dark chocolate

Taste - Deep roasted coffee flavor, hints of vanilla, black licorice and dark choocolate, malts

mouthfeel - highly carbonated, full bodied, this is great for a winter night, bitter upfront, creamy texture

drinkability - price brings drinkability down on this one and at 9.5%, this is a sipper, there may be some better value out there in the category of Russian Imeprial Stouts, but this was no doubt an enjoyable beer

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Photo of callmescraps
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see Great Divide here in California. Stoked to give this one a try. Love the look of their bottles.

Appearance- Pours black. Almost completely opaque. It has a beautiful, thick, creamy head about an inch full. Then it recedes and laces very nicely. Nice looker.

Smell- Cocoa powder up front. Definitely some roast. As well as a little smoke. Chocolate covered dark fruits. Definitely some booze as well. Definitely dark chocolate. Coffee beans. Definitely more hop than expected.

Taste- Lots of dark, bittersweet chocolate. Plenty of roast as well. It's like very black coffee with unsweetened chocolate mixed in. Tons of roast. Definitely some booze. Once again, more hops than expected. Finishes with some earthiness, bitter hop. Very bitter on the end. Almost astringent. Burnt, honestly.

Mouthfeel- Full and rich. Thick, creamy. It's lovely.

Drinkability- Too much roast, too bitter on the end. Coffee hops are not my favorite, thanks. Wish it had more of that chocolate.

Looks great, tastes ok. The earthy, bitter, dry, roastiness is just too much for me. Not my favorite.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle split with my gf.

A: Pours jet black from the bottle. Nice chocolate/mocha head. Fairly thick but it quickly dissipated.

S: Malt, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, hops in that order. Pleasant but nothing remarkable.

T: Malt and coffee up front. Slight smoky flavor most likely associated with the malt. Finishes with choclate then alcohol. The alcohol is fairly prevelent in this one. I had it after a Saranac Imperial Stout and that did a better job of hiding the alcohol.

M: Nice and thick. Carbonation is low which leads the alcohol taste to be a little more up front.

D: Took me a while to drink half the 22. A nice sipping beer on a cool evening. Not that this beer ever would be an easy drinker. A good beer but there are better cheaper alternatives.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a rich-looking, inky black body with a tall, tan-colored head.

Smell: Earthy, roasted malts with notes of espresso and rich, dark chocolate. Pine and citrus hop scents vie for attention.

Taste: Creamy, dark chocolate, anise, and dark caramel represent the sweeter side of things, while the roasted malts and resinous pine hop flavor brings the countering bitterness. Ends with a rather dry, roasty bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Concentrated, oily mouthfeel. Ample carbonation.

Drinkability: A very solid, powerfully roasty beer.

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Photo of smanson56
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark black color. Not a thick as I like in a good stout. Need something to sink my teeth into. The was a little hint of chocolate in the taste but not what I hoped for a stout of this class. I think the oak aged yeti is good but this version need a little more work.

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Photo of afdempse
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque dark brown beer with a fine film of a head.

Aromas of licorice, roasted barley, alcohol spirits.

Flavor begins with strong roasted malts and licorice. Slight toffee sweetness. Alcohol is present and warms the throat. Strong bitterness from the hops, combines with the edgy roastiness and provides a mouth puckering experience. Finishes semi-dry.

Mouthfeel is a bit astringent and not as smooth as I'd hoped for. The malts get overpowered by the intensity of the roast and excessive hop bitterness. Overall not a bad RIS, but I've certainly had others that were more enjoyable.

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Photo of Radome
3.76/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a goblet.

A - The beer is super dark brown, but not black. It has a dark brown head made up of tiny, silky bubbles that stick well to the glass. Tiny golden pinprick-sized bubbles are constanly rising through the beer. This is truly a beautiful beer.

S - Aroma is dominated by hops, although there are strong malt and alcohol contributions. There is a woody or nutty note, that appears to be from the malt rather than wood aging.

T - The taste is hops up front with the malt running to catch up later, but not quite making it. There are some nutty, coffee and grainy notes, but everything is muted under the overwhelming hops. This is out of balance for my taste.

M - Thick body, that is lightened some by the silky carbonation. Surprisingly, I get no alcohol burn. Mouth-puckering astringency from the hops.

D - Overall, this is a good representation of a Russian Imperial Stout. However, the hops seem over the top even for that style. Perhaps it's a West Coast take on the style and I prefer a more traditional take, but this beer left me wishing for more balance.

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Photo of BamaViper1
3.76/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. April 2010 vintage.

This beer pours a dark brown into the glass forming an inch thick mocha-colored head. The lacing from this beer is gorgeous.

The Yeti has aromas of oats and chocolate with hints of coffee/espresso.

Immediately, a burned coffee takes over the tongue. This fades as bitter dark chocolate and malt come into play. The finish is bitter but hardy, consisting of roasted malt and bitter chocolate.

This is a full bodied beer with just the right amount if carbonation (ie not too much). The finish leaves almost a tiny bit of an oily film which only allows the tastes of the finish to linger for forever.

Although I prefer the oak-aged Yeti, I do enjoy this stout quite a lot. Upon first taste, the beer is very hardy, but as you drink it becomes excessively palatable. I could definitely drink a couple of pints of this beer, even with it being a year old.

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Photo of silentjay
3.76/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is probably a couple of years old since it has the old label, but there is no bottled on date, so I'm unsure of how old this vintage is.

pours out of the bottle looking like used synthetic motor oil (I say synthetic oil because it has a mahogany tint to the traditional thick black). It creates a generous dark tan head that recedes kinda quickly, but leaves a thick lacing on the glass. looks tasty!

aroma is heavy with licorice and molasses. not much in the way of chocolate or coffee that is found in many imperial stouts. not much in the way of hops either. Lots of black strap molasses and black licorice. Not too great.

molasses dominates the flavor as well, but not as much as the aroma. harsh licorice is toned back a bit and some bitter chocolate comes into play. very roasty and bordering on burnt malts. some earthy and citrus hops can be detected, but for the most part the 75 IBU's has mellowed with age. alcohol is still present and warming, though.

pretty viscous and creamy with just enough carbonation. finishes bitter and syrupy.

not a hard one to drink. a few harsh qualities keep this from being smooth, but it is definitely tasty.

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Photo of ChuckR343
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very dark brown almost black color, with a dark tan head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a thin ring around the edge. Nice hops smell and then a hint of chocolate and sweet. A bitter taste comes next, which combines hops, dark chocolate and of course malt. This is a thick beer and quite tasty. I had it in a 22 oz. bomber and that did me quite well.

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Photo of JanM
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured black and smelling citirc with yeast, coffee and chocolate notes. Alcohol too. The taste was of bitter chocolate, coffee, ashes, sweet fruits and alcohol. It's a well-crafted beer but a little to strong for my palate. Yeti is very sensitive to temperature and should not be consumed too cold since it will make the alcohol dominate the taste.

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Photo of Acidik_Inc
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

I have a soft spot for cryptozoology, so its name piqued immediately. This was my first sampling from the Great Divide Brewing Company. A pretty good test to how tall this company stands. Yeti provides an excellent serving of hops to its Imperial Stout tradition. A dark, frothy ale best served cold and as soon as purchased. Personally, I enjoy it right before a movie in bed.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,730 ratings.