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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,078 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,078
Reviews: 1,608
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 188
Gots: 460 | 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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Photo of grittybrews


4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured a syrupy black into a Duvel tulip with a lovely dark espresso head that fizzled up and quickly receded, leaving a hint of sticky lacing.

Subtle aroma of licorice and a bit of hops. Burnt espresso taste that quickly expands into bitter dark chocolate and roasty malts with a hint of vanilla. Hoppy bitterness on the finish followed by more lingering coffee, chocolate, and especially molasses.

Moderate carbonation, but still more than expected. Nice full mouthfeel and a nicely complex taste make this one a pleasure to sip.

05-26-2010 05:25:33 | More by grittybrews
Photo of welldigger888

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured from 22oz bomber with brewed on date of april 15 2010, opaque black elixer with an expresso type head that fades quickly leaving good lace.
Chocolatey roasty grain,some boozey charcoal and molasses enough said.
Creamy rosty chocolatey goodness with a hint of warming alcohol on the finish.
Thick and creamy, wow these cats did well!
This bomber should do me!!! Good stuff here.

03-05-2011 04:15:12 | More by welldigger888
Photo of kirok1999


4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

A- Black as night with a nice brown head.

S- Sweet coffee and malty toffee. Some complex fruit, cherries, raisins.

T- Super smooth, heavy sweet chocolate and smoke. Wonderful malts and a strong hop balance. Sweet fruit and toffee come through in the finish.

M- Thick as hell, smooth and creamy.

D- Absolutely love this one. Wish we had it in our top 10 tasting recently. So creamy and smooth it is hugely drinkable. I'll have a few more!

08-09-2006 00:44:26 | More by kirok1999
Photo of jamie2dope


4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

Tonight was an Imperial Stout night, so I decided I would visit one that I do not partake in often, Yeti Stout from Great Divide. I poured this one in to a Rapscallion snifter glass. Color was motor oil black, with a large dark tanned head show. Bitter chocolate, caramel, earth, faint mint, and booze come through in the nose. Dark and milk chocolate meet quite nicely in the flavor, with a breath of hops, and acrid bitter finish. Very robust in body, one to sip for sure. For some reason this one has always given me a very heavy buzz that other Imperial Stouts have not. That being said, this is one to be wary of as far as strength. On the flip side, this is one of the best stouts out there IMO. A true beast of a beer that I should go for more than I do. Beautiful drinking here, Cheers

10-10-2008 03:55:30 | More by jamie2dope
Photo of rapidsequence


4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

12 oz bottle bottled 10-20-2010. I think I got it at Total Wine in northern VA.

Appearance: Thick and black. A beautiful brown head. Very nice sheets of lacing.

Smell: Great smelling melted chocolate and cold coffee. Sweet dark malt with some fruit notes, caramel, and vanilla. A little booze.

Taste: Very much like the smell, with the addition of a still surprising amount of hoppy bitterness and piney flavor. The aftertaste is excellent with the combination of roasty and hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very soft and creamy, but not real big feeling. A little on the thin side I guess, but only because I expected a huge feel.

Overall: A very good RIS. Not the most complex or brawny, but damn good, and I like the 12 oz bottles.

12-21-2011 02:08:08 | More by rapidsequence
Photo of sweetbrew82


4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

22 oz. bottle into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: Inky black from the bottle, and sits completely opaque in the glass. Big, dark brown head that showed good retention & left webbed lacing behind.

A: Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, caramel, a hint of dark fruits, and some alcohol (bourbon?)

T: Follows the nose. Bourbony alcohol on top of chocolatey roasted malts, and coffee from the start, while some molasses and dark fruit flash underneath. Much more hoppy than I expected! Adds some citrus to the flavor profile. Caramel really comes out on the tail end as well. The finish is slightly dry, but leaves an oil slick behind, probably from the considerable hops bill. Alcohol adds some spiciness as well, and really warms the chest on the way down.

M: Full-bodied, thick & rich, slick & oily, not chewy but luxuriously silky.

D: Since RIS is my favorite style, I think the drinkability is just great! But, the hefty 9.5% ABV would make it hard to drink more.

Notes: While the Yeti is not the best RIS I've ever had, it definitely belongs on the top shelf for sure. A great, hoppy, Russian Imperial that will quench any stout lovers' thirst for a big, bold, beer. Highly recommended

01-16-2009 03:31:09 | More by sweetbrew82
Photo of Gagnonsux


4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

Yeti is pitch black with a large, light brown head. The body of the head is very thick and creamy. Retention is good, but not as high as expected. Aroma is of very pungent hop atop a very rich malt smell. Chocolate is the most noted of the malt aromas. Taste is similar to the aroma: very rich and very hoppy. A thick, oily hop flavor combines piney and citrussy elements nicely and is first noted in a sip. Bitterness is high. Dark, rich malt flavors soon roll in with flavors of espresso, chocolate, and roast. An overall creamy sweetness is noted as well. Throughout a sip strong hop flavors compete with and usually beat out the malts for domination. The layers of flavor are amazing. Finish is sweet and creamy with a touch of alcohol. This is a big, badass double stout and is easily the hoppiest that I've sampled. Highly recommended!

02-01-2006 01:15:17 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of drseamus

New York

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

A: Great pitch black body with a healthy dark mocha colored head. Just like it should be.

S: A bunch of chocolate, roast, and coffee. The ABV is fairly evident in the aroma.

T: Coffee, chocolate, coffee, and chocolate. Double of each.

M: Nice and thick with good creaminess. The ABV is apparent though.

D: I think its better than the Oak Aged version.

03-21-2008 03:35:00 | More by drseamus
Photo of Teke0611


4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

Out of the 12oz bottle into my handy Lion-branded "stout" glass.. Poured well, with a small head. Dark as can be - nothing was showing through it even when held up to a window. After a sip, a tan-brown lacey head slowly crept back down into the glass. Some hints of carbonation in the mouth, along with definite roasted malt and wood flavors. Perhaps a hint of an un-sugared chocolate? Quite drinkable, this is a good beer!

07-22-2006 00:33:38 | More by Teke0611
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

Oooh... review 1000 for Yeti!

Grabbed some of this at Mondial de la Biere.

Pours an oily black with a finger of mocha head that leaves sheets of lace on the glass to complete a classical imperial stout appearance. Big and intense roast aroma, with lots of chocolate, coffee, molasses and burnt sugar. Great dark roasted flavour with coffee and cream very prominent, then chocolate, dark fruits and a pleasant grapefruit bite in the finish. There's also a faint hint of vanilla in there, but obviously not as much as the oak-aged version. Good thick and creamy body with a restrained carbonation that plays to the luxurious flavour of this stout.

A very good imperial stout that's transformed into something special when its thrown into a barrel. I always knew there was a quality beer underneath all that oak, and it was a pleasure to try it at Mondial!

06-09-2010 18:56:15 | More by bobsy
Photo of greenmonstah

New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

22 oz bomber into DFH snifter, bottled May 11 2010
Re-review of 12 oz bottle into tulip on 2/8/12

A - Pours black like used motor oil, with a finger of beautiful brown head. So damn dark, light cannot escape. Beautiful brown head laces the glass. Retention is average.

S - Dark roasted malt, some dark fruity sweetness. Chocolate and a bit of booze. Coffee. Very pleasant.

T - Everything from the nose is here and play off each other really well. There's coffee and chocolate, some slight fruit sweetness. The coffee isn't too bitter and the chocolate is more akin to milk chocolate than dark. Bitter coffee and bitter dark chocolate, only a touch of hop bitterness. Hops are mild-mannered and don't do too much, taking a backseat to the bevy of other tastes in this fine beer. There is certainly a presence of alcohol here, but it actually helps to balance things out a bit, adding a bit of a kick where the hops may be lacking. Very tasty and one of my favorite base Imperial stouts that is at least reasonably readily available.

M - Full body. Creamy and thick. Medium carbonation provides a sharpness that isn't quite right.

O - Very damn drinkable. While I can certainly taste the 9.5% ABV, it didn't stop me from finishing this in record time. This will always be a favorite of mine.

12-12-2010 23:16:41 | More by greenmonstah
Photo of Jimmys


4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

A: entirely pitch black. like pouring oil. i dont think i have seen this dark of a head on a beer in a while. very rich dark brown. not as big or lasting as i would have hoped. good lacing.

S: a dark chocolate aroma. like a dark chocolate truffle covered in coffee ground bits. also notes of mossy, earthy english hop qualities.

T: sweet and rich. big lactose flavor moves into lingering coffee flavor has a tint of sweetness that makes it more like a latte. for not having any coffee added to this stout, it has excellent coffee-like flavor. any alcohol is exceptionally masked and considering the recent bottling date (3/11/11) im impressed.

M: very, very gentle carbonation on a very full body.

D: definitely not a let-down stout. deliciously flavorful and a great way to wind down. wish i had one every night.

07-30-2011 02:13:50 | More by Jimmys
Photo of Skidz


4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

22 oz bomber, no dates.

Pours out deep and dark, chocolate brown, syrupy looking. Sits completely opaque in the glass, no way for light to escape it's clutches. Nice sized dark brown head on top of the beauty. Sticks to the sides the whole way down.

Smells of chocolate, caramel, and thick on the roastedness. Mild alcohol on the back of the nose. I'm thinking double chocolate fudge, caramel syrup and a good sprinkling of walnuts on top. Some nice earthiness to this stout, kinda woody. Hop aroma is subdued by the malts and roasy aromas protruding from this black hole of a beer.

Tastes lightly sweet up front, but that doesn't last longer than a blink of an eye. Intense roastedness kicks in as your caffeine withdrawl is soon put on the back burner. Coffee is the main man here, big, black coffee. Coffee, meet chocolate, chocolate, coffee. It's like a coffeehouse was airlifted from columbia and then dropped onto a Swiss Chocolate factory. Don't forget about the hops though. Bales of hop flavor push through from behind the roastedness to unleash a torrent of ciric and piney hop flavors. Leaves your mouth feeling treated and cured.

Speaking of mouth, this one is creamier than goat's milk. Take that one to the bank. From the looks of this on the pour, I though it would be nearly flat, but a tingle of carbonation eases its way through. Big burly body that has nothing better to do than spread its tasty goodness across the deepest pits of your mouth.

A delicous Impy Stout, I haven't had many better than this. Comparable to a Shakespeare Stout in flavors, and a Stone Impy Stout in body. I'm keeping at least one of these in my fridge at all times.

Edit: Drinkability is going down. It's roasty flaovrs are almost too much to handle, especially when a bomber is involved. Still a killer stout, just can't drink as much of it as I'd like.

09-10-2004 01:18:55 | More by Skidz
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

I thought it was springtime, here in early March, but, look outside at all the falling snow, andI think it's time to escape into a comforting bottle of Imperial Stout!
Appearance: solid black color, dark as the Devil's skidmark's, with a lush, bubbly roasted, dark tan head...beautiful, can't wait to lift it to my lips, ah, but first, to smell...
Aroma: bittersweet espresso, rich cocoa, creamy, delicious, toasty, tasty, with further sensations of anise, molasses, dark rum, just lingering in association.
Taste: Ah! That's what I like! Full-on flavor, thick mouthfeel, rich, tasty, coating the entire palate with this dark delight, a chocolatey paradise in the mouth.
Not too heavy, either, not too overwhelming, not too dominated by alcohol, though it does slowly make it's presence felt, this is an exceptionally drinkable IS, almost surprisingly so. Even at 9.9%, it's not knocking me over the head with booze, not even halfway into this bomber, the integration is so perfect, it seems. Flavor never ends, and stews on the palate for nearly an eternity, for as long as it takes to enjoy this beer, which might be forever.
Were I a Coloradan, I'd stock up severely on this brew, and as I'm not, I can only lay back and enjoy it just this once!
Like a blissfully bewitching Butterfingers in the mouth, this one, and not about to overtake any in my Pantheon of Imperial Stouts, it admirably takes up the rear!
Vast, ne'er ending thanks to prAna!

03-05-2004 12:54:23 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of hero27


4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

22oz bomber.

Pours pitch black with a muddy, reddish head. Great retention for a beer this high in alcohol...it just sits..and sits..then sits some more. With every drink, it leaves a shadow of lacing behind. Rich toffee, alcoholic aroma... you can definitely pick up the strong addition of hops, which gives this baby the high IBUs...and all 75 of them show their muscle. Bold, rich flavor, but still slides down the hatch effortlessly. Relatively thick & full mouthfeel..not harsh at all despite being so bitter...silky smooth, really.. A very solid Imperial Stout. Glad I've still got another one stored away.

08-09-2005 00:37:40 | More by hero27
Photo of BEERMILER12


4.29/5  rDev +1.9%


A: Pours a pitch black color with a little more than a fingers worth of dark tan head that reduces slowly down to a decent sized cap

S: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, caramel, and quite a bit of hoppiness. Get a hint of alcohol towards the back end

T: Starts off with roasted malts, dark chocolate, toffee, and a light hint of coffee (it might just be more of the intense roastiness) and then goes into a good bit of bitter hoppiness. Finishes with a light lingering bitterness from both the hops and roasted malts. Alcohol is well hidden

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Thick

O: A very nice stout with quite a bitter kick. Quite drinkable despite the bitterness and 9.5%. Definitely recommended, especially if you enjoy a good amount of hops in your stout

06-15-2013 23:34:01 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of badbeer


4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

Black with a tan head, leaves no lacing, but the head forms a creamy swirl in the glass. Mostly toffee and caramel in the nose with a hint of coffee. Starts out toffee with coffee and piney hops bursting through in the finish; dark chocolate in there as well. Full bodied with not very much carbonation, heavy in the mouth, fits great. It was a joy drinking this, and wouldn't hesitate to buy it again.

05-03-2006 06:23:32 | More by badbeer
Photo of OStrungT


4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

This beer pours an inky black with a dark brown head. The head fades slowly leaving thick laces. This beer has a strong coffee aroma. It also smells like chocolate. I also detect a sweet caramel aroma. Hop aroma is also present. The alcohol content is present in the aroma. This beer has a very strong coffee flavor. Chocolate is also a strong flavor present. It is very malty. I can taste the alcohol clearly. The hop bitterness is also more noticable than in most other Imperial Stouts I have had. This beer has an aggressive flavor. It is a little more carbonated that usual, but it is still very good. It leaves a malty, chocolate like aftertaste. I think that this beer might not be the best session beer because it is high in alcohol, and the taste is very aggressive. I think that this is a great beer, and if I ever get a chance to have it again, I definately will. Thanks mentor for taking care of me again.

10-26-2005 23:47:59 | More by OStrungT
Photo of pwoods


4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Belmont Party Supply, poured into a tulip.

A: Solid black and thick. Big dark mocha head with nice retention. Some decent lacing.

S: Robust coffee with a rich sweetness. An added sweetness from some molasses.

T/M: Great roasted malts. Chocolate, coffe, molasses, licorice... everything an RIS needs from the malts. Hops add a slight bitterness that tries to add some balance. Body is full and almost chewy. Carbonation adds a nice smoothness.

D: One is enough for now but I'm sure I'll try more of this.

02-25-2008 02:39:28 | More by pwoods
Photo of carwreCk


4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Beer is black with a dark mocha head. Very appealing.

Smells of roasted malts, coffee, and lots of chocolate. Plenty of hops for an RIS.

Taste is more of the same. I find it leaning more towards chocolate than anything else. Hops can definitely be detected behind the malt backbone.

The mouthfeel is thick and a bit rough around the edges, which I don't mind. Drinkability is pretty good since I much prefer a thicker RIS. I find thinner versions are actually more difficult to drink in any quantity. All around a very good beer.

11-22-2009 09:42:05 | More by carwreCk
Photo of Southernbrew


4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a very dark black with a nice, healthy tan head. Nice head retention, and some good lace down the glass.

Aroma shows off some nice smooth alcohol as well as some wine-like aromas and some coffee. Maybe a bit of milk as well.

Nice smooth, full body here. A nice blend of coffee and molasses show up and are combined with a noticable but not excessive alcohol flavor. Some nice roasted flavors come through in the end along with a nice molasses sweetness.

Very nice big stout. Probably better in colder weather, but still enjoyable on a warm May night.

05-12-2005 02:39:02 | More by Southernbrew
Photo of bucklemyshoe


4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

12 oz bottle at 48 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip. Bottled: 01/12/2010. Thank you so much Great Divide for your easy-to-decifer bottle dates.

A: It pours a pitch black color with a finger and a half of dark khaki head with average retention and decent lacing.

S: The strongest notes are of sweet dark fruits, while the chocolate comes on strong late, and the roastiness remains mild to moderate throughout.

T: Very strong dark fruits, strong dark and milk chocolates, coffee, and some hazelnut. It is not as mellow as the oak-aged version but it arguably has more flavor.

M: It has a medium to medium-thick body that is very oily and does not have an alcohol presence.

D: It is a little rougher around the edges than its oak-aged sibling but this is still a great stout.

03-08-2011 13:48:01 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of machostacos


4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from bottle (can't read freshness date) into tulip glass.

A: Probably the closest to "motor oil" as I've ever seen in a beer. Super thick and viscous, black as a moonless night with a thick & creamy one-finger chocolate-milk-colored head. Absolutely gorgeous.

S: Roasty malt up front (french roast coffee and dark chocolate) with a surprisingly pungent citrus & pine hop presence. Some dark fruits are evident as well. I've never experienced an Imperial Stout with this level of hop aroma before. Quite intriguing, though not as strong as some of the best Imperial Stouts I've had.

T: Holy wow. Super rich. Espresso (and I'm talking real, legit espresso here) and dark chocolate, a hint of rich raspberry/blueberry syrupy fruit sweetness followed by a punch of resinous, piny hop flavor and bitterness. Finished dark, rich, and roasty; bittersweet from the roasted malt and hop character. Just fabulous.

M: Thick and viscous with an excellent amount of carbonation (on the cusp of being a tad too much, but not quite.) Very rich and decadent.

D: Imperial Stouts being at the top of my favorite styles, the Yeti puts me in beer heaven. I could easily drink 2 or 3 of these, though the high ABV and strong, rich flavors would would definitely get to me. Definitely a sipper, I'm very satisfied with one of these beauties.

Would not hesitate for a second to pick a second (or third, or fourth) Yeti up if I am lucky enough to see it again any time soon.

01-08-2011 05:00:30 | More by machostacos
Photo of Beejay


4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

A: Very dark, nice dark brown head on the top. The head starts out very thick, almost like a thick bread, though it quickly goes about fading.

S: Rich chocolate, malty, and thick. A bit of booze in the nose as well as a very rich malt scent.

T: Big, slight kick of bitter. Sweet with a lot of chocolate flavor. Thems good. Slight taste of alcohol.. There is a nice roastiness to this as well as some good earthy hop notes, even with some age on it.

M: Thick, and slightly syrupy.Oily on the tongue as it goes down. The carbonation seems to be about right for the brew.

D: I could do a whole night of these.. Ahh good old brew from my home state! Delicious to be sure.

Reviewed 09 bottles:

03-13-2009 01:45:39 | More by Beejay
Photo of largadeer


4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

Appearance - Pitch black with a slightly wispy tan head that dissipated within a minute or two.

Smell - Roasted malts, burnt bread, dark chocolate and a hint of coffee.

Taste/mouthfeel - Very roasty, but smooth - no astringency whatsoever. Moderate sweetness, with flavors of dark chocolate and molasses coming to mind. Medium-bodied. Hops take on an herbal bitterness in the background, blending quite nicely with the roasted, grainy bitterness from the malt. Alcohol is completely hidden, though I wouldn't exactly call this quaffable - the richness makes it a definite sipper.

Notes - Quality stuff for sure. A no-frills RIS with plenty of complexity to keep it interesting.

03-05-2008 02:52:10 | More by largadeer
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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