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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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1,720 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,720
Hads: 5,087
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 16.35%
Wants: 298
Gots: 935 | FT: 24
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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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 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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Photo of SacredBeverage
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber bottle.

Overall I wasn't very impressed with this stout. It is definitely not a crap beer by any means, but it is too thick and the alcohol is too strong in the taste.

A: Nice dark coffee and chocolate appearance, not a great head though.

S: My first whiff was alcohol, molasses, chocolate and coffee, good smell.

T: I was disappointed with the taste, the alcohol is a little too strong, making it almost a syrupy in taste, too thick even for an Imperial Stout. Maybe it's just not my beer, Rogue's Chocolate stout is much better. This isn't a bad beer, I just think the alcohol overpowers this brew.

M: I did like the Mouthfeel, very creamy, very well done.

D: One is enough for me, I definitely wouldn't drink two or more.

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

This beer pours black as ink, like motor oil. No color may be seen even when held to the light, except a deep red at the edges; the beer remains jet black. Little head, but what there is stays till the very end, as a fine lace that coats the glass. Going nowhere. The beer itself also coats the glass, very much like motor oil, with a syrupy thickness and a yellow-brown color.
Smells just like bittersweet chocolate to me. That is the dominant aroma, but the hops are right behind like they should be with an imperial stout. Very exciting smell; I can't wait to taste it.
Taste follows the smell as expected. What is not expected is that it is surprisingly light-bodied. Syrupy, yes, and sticky in my mouth; but not thick at all. I taste bittersweet chocolate and caramel, and it is quite hoppy at the finish. Lingers for quite some time, with a mouth-puckering bitterness. I would give this a 4 to 4.5 on drinkability but only if you truly appreciate this style; a 3.5 at best if you don't (which I guess applies to most styles of beer). My conclusion is: very good example of an imperial stout. I appreciate it a great deal. But make sure you like imperial stouts or of course you won't like this.

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

Bottle date of May 11, 2010.

Nice black appearance and a thick brown head that leaves nice lacing. A good looking stout.

Smells very roasty, chocolately, and somewhat sweet.

All of the above smells are prevalent in the taste, but there are a ton of hops in this stout. Both taste and bittering hops. I love hops, so this was good for me. However, I don't like as many hops in my stouts as other brews.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel but nothing special.

I split a bomber and that was enough for me. I would buy more of this, but if I want a hoppy stout I will buy Old Rasputin, which is a bargain and more reliable. I will buy a couple more bottles to age for a couple years, which I think will do this brew well.

I also have had the oaked version of this brew and prefer it to the original. It is more smooth. I have nothing against this brew at all. In fact, it is great but I prefer others.

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

Good double/imperial stout (I'm not sure what the difference is). Pours an extrodinary deep black color, decent head to start, but it receeds quickly. Aroma is of straight up black patent roasted malt. Taste is similar to aroma, mostly the roasted burnt flavor of roasted malt coming into play, with a bit of an alcohol hit. Mouthfeel is a good bit thin and overcarbonated for a double/imperial stout. Not a bad one, but not a bit one dimensional on the roasty flavors for me.

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Photo of FleeVT
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber with no date into a nonic.

A: Syrupy black with no light penetration through the glass capped with a light brown fluffy head thick head that could hold a quarter up.

S: Sweet smelling, almost like Bailey's Irish cream. A refreshing chocolate milk mixed with maple syrup and a heavy dose of alcohol.

T: The palate is sweet to start, with chocolate and caramel characteristics; then comes the espresso, lots of it. It literally coats your tongue. You finally get the alcohol kick in the back of the throat. Bitterness is present in the form of hops towards the end, as well.

M: Thick and syrupy, with medium to heavy carbonation. This is not a beer for wusses.

D: 1 bomber is more than enough for a sitting.

Great beer from the Divide.

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Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this back to back to Old Rasputin and the czar is a touch better. I'm first hit by a clean grainy, pale malts aroma back up by cocoa. Definitely less bitterness and smoother than OR, but that's not necessarily good or bad. There a little citrus rind from hops hidden in the back. Flavor grows as the beer warms, but like OR I never found a fantastic complexity. It drinks smooth for the strength, but it's still thick and a bit tough to finish.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After a thorough inspection, I can ascertain that this beer is completely black, no slivers or tinges of color anywhere. The head was also impressive, with a chocolate brown hue and big, dark bubbles, but unfortunately it didn't last long. The nose is heavy on the sweet coffee malt with hints of caramel and toffee and a strong dose of hop balance.

The first sip reveals a strong, almost tastebud overwhelming flavor of hops railing against the traditional coffee and roasted malt. Alcohol is present and accounted for and layers heavily on every sip. Mouthfeel is thick and oily and the aftertaste lasts forever. A rea nice beer bbut I could stand a touch less on the boozeometer and just let the taste shine through on it's own...

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Split a bomber bottle with a friend. Poured into a snifter glass. Bottled on date of March 2010.

Appearance: Midnight black with an equally dark, almost black, two finger head. Very good retention.

Aroma: Baker's chocolate and espresso notes. Very roasted and bitter. A slight bit of citrus rind in there as well.

Taste: Really deep and bitter espresso notes dominate throughout. Some dark chocolate and citurs plays in a little toward the back. Really flavorful and really bitter.

Mouthfeel: Really full bodied and creamy. Very suitable for a sipper.

Drinkability: The extreme bitterness from the roasted malt makes this one hard to have more than a couple of.

Overall, a nice stout where the bitterness too often dominates and the backing flavors aren;t allowed to shine. I prefer the Chocolate and Espresso versions of this much more than the base beer. Certainly worth a try and a good candidate for cellaring in my opinion.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,720 ratings.