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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,401 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,401
Reviews: 1,638
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 216
Gots: 567 | 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 ATGHomebrewer
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thick, brown/black in color. no light penetrates. 2 fingers of tan/brown head.
S: roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and I think a little toffee. a light hint of hoppiness.
T: for being dominated by sweet, roasted flavors (chocolate, coffee, toffee) it has a very nice complexity.
M: creamy, thick and nicely carbonated. (personally would like more thickness, but I like motor oil)
D: A great beer for about two pints, but the alcohol and sweetness may get intense after that.

ATGHomebrewer, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of Scelestus
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a rich dark black color with about a finger width of a caramel colored head which fades slowly to lots of beautiful lacing.

Smell- Rich caramel, chocolate and roasted coffee with a bit of hops.

Taste- Very nice moderately complex flavor. Lots of caramel and chocolate. Roasted coffee and malts also very prominent. The hops shines through more as it warms, as does the alcohol. Delightfully bittersweet.

Mouth Feel- Low carbonation. It has a thick velvety smoothness to it. Goes down incredibly smooth.

Overall- A great imperial stout. Definitely one worth buying again.

Scelestus, May 09, 2011
Photo of Coplains
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with dark brown mocha head that dissipates with fair lacing. Smells of malt and coffee. Delicious. Very
Big beer with dark roasted malt toffee/coffee flavor balanced with good hops. Would definitely buy again and try to keep on hand.

Coplains, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of Haybeerman
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a very dark brown color; no light - even on the edges. Poured a thick 2 finger chocolate head with fair retention. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Lots of toasted malts; burnt caramel, espresso and bitter coffee. Some hop character in the background.

T: Very consistent with aroma with the caramel flavors a bit more pronounced. Mellow bitter espresso in the middle that lingers in a mildly bitter finish.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation (but in a good way). Smoother than many RIS's and a little alcohol bite.

D: Definitley a sipper, but a flavorful beer. Well worth experiencing.

Haybeerman, May 12, 2010
Photo of ChugginOil
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When poured, a luscious dark dark brown liquid seeps out and settles pitch black in my Maudite snifter. A 2 inch wall of dark mocha colored head sits atop and slowly dissipates, leaving walls of bubble lacing along the glass.

The nose brings scents of chocolate up front, big time. Some sweet and roasty malts are thrown into the mix, all wrapped in a booze blanket that can be smelled throughout. There is a faint coffee scent noticed as well.

The taste is outstanding! Willy Wonka would be this beers biggest fan. Bitter dark chocolate lathers my palate like it's it's job. Behind the intense chocolate lies a slight smokey characteristic followed by some sweet malt. There is a slight hop bitterness noticed as well. The roasted malt is backing this mythical beast throughout and works to mask the high ABV offered by the Yeti. A true dessert to say the least. All it needs is whipped cream!

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. A light carbonation allows the flavors to be further explored with each sip.

Overall, this beer is like melted chocolate bars with a kick ass twist. I am in love and cant wait to taste the barrel aged chocolate version. With all the dessert characteristics in this basic Yeti, the chocolate must be very intense in it's older cousin. BOOM

ChugginOil, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of Crosling
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Maverick poured the blackest of the blacks. The head was a beautiful coffee colored head that molded together nicely to the glass and the liquid symphony throughout the entire session.

The nose was full of expresso, burnt chocolate, and roasted malts. The nose wasn't bad but it certainly was the low point on the Maverick.

The flavor is big, what you would expect from an Imperial Stout but much more. Nice Roasted Malt flavor up front, then caramel, toffee and then a huge roasted coffee aftertaste which lingers on the palate. OHHH, What a beautiful beer. My only complaint and yes I always seem to have one is that it isn't that big up front. Still awesome though and a beer I will definately be revisiting soon.

Crosling, Nov 30, 2003
Photo of chalsk
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very thick black body, with a thin brown head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee hit the nose. The beer has a grainy feel to it. Tastes of bitter and chocolate up front, with a taste of coffee in the finish. Creamy thick on the palate. Nice stout. Nice balance.

chalsk, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of dblinkhorn
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter glass.

Appearance - Pours with a finger-thick dark tan/brown creamy head. It leaves good lacing as you drink, and the head has good retention, remaining a creamy cap on the beer throughout the drink. Its color is opaque black.

Smell - Strong aroma of coffee and dark bitter chocolate. Lots of brown sugar and molasses make up a sweet aroma as well. Mild and slightly sour hop character with little bitterness. Hints of black liquorice, too. Some slight cherry aroma is noticeable as well. Powerful roasted malts tie it all together. Moderate alcohol throughout.

Taste - Sweetness up front, with slight brown sugar and caramel, but mainly a taste of molasses and some candied fruit. Super mellow middle and finish with a mix of oily but very subdued hops, and a mild roasted and sweet malts. A bready character is there as well. Liquorice is again noticeable throughout, but definitely a background flavor. The aftertaste becomes bitter and sour much more than in the actual taste from the hops, and some mild earthiness is present as well. Moderate alcohol all the way through.

Mouthfeel - WOW! This stuff is INCREDIBLY smooth. I've never had a beer that is this smooth, it seriously feels like liquid velvet. The carbonation is definitely responsible in part for this effect, as it is mild yet has a wonderful massaging and smoothing character on the beer's mouthfeel. It is full-bodied and smoooth.

Drinkability - It's a stout... Although, while very flavor, it is quite easy to drink. The strongest part of the flavor is the aftertaste, and only from the bittering/sour hops.

A simply amazing stout! This is a MUST have beer. You won't believe how smooth it is.

dblinkhorn, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of bnuttz
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours a thick opaque black, pours like a thin used motor oil. A dark brown head is apparent on this one. Smells of bitter grassy hops, burnt grains and chocolate and finally solvent like alcohol. Taste is very much of black charred malts. Bitterness from these malts shows through quite a bit. taste is almost chalky thick. A hop bitterness lingers near the end. Alcohol is not as aparent in the taste as it is in the nose. Mouthfeel is thick and ideal for a bit stout like this one. A good stout, reminds me of some others.

bnuttz, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of indiapaleale
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - super dark and viscous (yeah, like motor oil, I know that analogy is getting old). The head is tan/coffee colored and boy is it thick and rich. Swirling it around provides quite a site. Very nice looking pour!

Aroma - cocoa powder, vanilla beans and quite a bit of floral hops in the nose. Reminds me of melted chocolate ice cream with a kiss of liquor. The alcohol permeates my sinuses just a bit.

Taste - the best way I can describe the first sip is cocoa liquer. Its strong and sweet with some dark coffee undertones. There are some burnt sugar flavors and lots of rich, roasty notes from all that dark malt. Finishes bitter and a little drying. Delicious and complex. Love it.

Overall - amazing stuff. A top notch Imperial Stout without a doubt. Super rich and flavorful with some malt muscle and a nice touch of hops.

Would I buy more of it? - yes, yes I would.

Vintage - This bottle rolled off the lines in January of 2009.

indiapaleale, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured a thick 3+ finger dark tan colored head. Color is almost pure black. Head lasts forever. Thick lacing.

S. Roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol, toffee, hops.

T. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, roastiness, booze, sweetness, faint bitterness, dark fruit.

M. Full bodied. Low-medium carbonation. Fairly thick. Lingering sweetness with a boozey aftertaste.

D. Very smooth and easy drinking imperial stout. Smoother than other imperials. Delicous.

siradmiralnelson, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of DovaliHops
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled Dec. 21, 2009. My first Yeti experience! Pours a jet black that doesn't even turn red or brown around the edges when held up to light. Medium sized brown head. Looks beautiful! Scent is quite roasty with light hints of hoppiness and fruit. Nice coffee/chocolate aroma. Taste is very delightful. Not as burnt tasting as was expected. The hop profile is not as strong as I thought it would be either (probably due to being almost 10 months old). This is sweeter than a lot of IRSs I've had in the past. The alcohol is somewhat present at the end. Strong sugar and vanilla flavors. Mouthfeel is OH SO CREAMY and full bodied. Drinkability is quite high.

DovaliHops, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of Biggness
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours very dark/opaque with a beautiful 2 fingered head, with very nice lacing. The smell is of vanilla, chocolate, coffee and lovely malts. The taste... as my wife put it is very complex. You get some vanilla, lots of chocolate and some coffee, a great selection of malts in this beer! The mouthfeel is nice, the carbonation level is good. I could see myself drinking one or two of these bombers pretty easily but I would go on stout overload after that.

Biggness, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of drinkiusmaximus
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours pitch black with a nice frothy coffee colored head with plenty of retention and sticky lacing.

smells of roastiness and dark fruits raisin slight fig and some spiciness followed by a slight dark chocolate bitterness.

taste is nice and smooth with a creamy mouthfeel not too viscous and actually a tad on the thin side for an imperial stout. taste follows the nose.

drinkability is good at 9.5abv this and any other imperial stout should be respected and enjoyed slowly..


drinkiusmaximus, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewery.

A: very dark, No light getting through. 2 finger off white head with tons of lacing.

S: peppery and smokey

T: the hops are well represented initially which fades to a smokey with sweet milk chocolate finish.

M: thick and oily. Moderate to high carbonation

Overall: incredibly drinkable for an imperial stout. Very good beer with excellent transition between flavors.

kylehay2004, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of ksimons
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-almost black with dark chestnut highlights and dark tan head that sticks to the glass

S-roasted coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, molasses, light hops, and a little smoke

T-roasted malt and dark coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, and a surprisingly bitter finish for the style which makes this beer really stand out from other RIS's

M-medium to full body, light carbonation, very dry roasted finish

Overall I think this is one of the most bitter RIS's I have had, but you still get plenty of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Very interesting and delicious.

ksimons, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of rgrholmes168
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very impressive bottle with a cool label on it.

The beer poured nice and thick with a great one finger head that did not want to leave.

The beer is black as night and you cannot see thru, I anticipated the chocolate malts that should break through.

The malt and chocolate comes through and is very pleasing.

The beer has a nice smokey, dark taste to it with a strong burst of toasted malt.

This is a thick beer that someone can chew on and the lace continues to stream down the bottle.

The alcohol is present and while thick it is very drinkable.

A great beer.

rgrholmes168, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of Dsimenson
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a 16 oz champaign flute--it pours thick and dark, and reminds me of grandma pouring nasty medicine into a spoon. Lovely finger and a half tan head, then beautiful lacing. Held up to an intense xenon kitchen track light--pure black, no light penetrates. Aroma is thick and sank--coffee, a bit of molasses, and I think dome alfalfa hay from the barn--a unique and intriguing aroma. Flavor is coffe, toffee, a bit of molasses, a bit of fruit, and the hops bitterness comes afterward and wafts up into your nose. Mouthfeel is very thick and chewy. Overall this is an outstanding stout, one of my favorites.

Dsimenson, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of obrike
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 4 pack at Specs in Austin.

Black as black...very nice. Big, lovely tan head that stuck around for quite a bit, leaving bits of lace for the entire drink.

Got a nice whiff of chocolate right off the bat, followed by a bit of coffee, then medicinal/alcohol...strange, but good.

Lovely taste. Not overpowering in the least considering this is nearly a 10% brew. Chewy chocolate, coffee, a bit of hop kick in the beginning...followed by a super smoothness.

Very drinkable. So freak'n smooth...goes down like butta. Even better as it warms a bit.

A great Imperial Stout a a fair price. Great Divide once again proves itself to be a superb brewery with this tasty beer.

obrike, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of RWLawman
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Jet black, like oil in a glass. Thin head which dissipates almost immediately.

S - Heavily roasted malts, black coffee, licorice, alcohol, and dark fruits.

T - Follows the nose, for the most part. Immediately punched by malts, followed by chocolate and coffee notes, along with licorice on the back, and finished up with an alcohol bite. There's also a dark fruit presence in there as well.

M - Thick, smooth heavy mouth feel. Carbonation is there, but it's certainly not overwhelming. There's also the slightest alcohol burn on the back of the throat at the end.

O - Absolutely delicious imperial. This is officially one of my favorite imperials. Highly recommended. I'd like to find this one on tap somewhere.

RWLawman, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of BierJager89
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a dark brown head. This is what a stout, especially an imperial stout, should look like.

S: Tons of roasted malt in the nose, some nice dark roast coffee notes, some dark fruits and a tiny hint of dark chocolate.

T: Chocolate, tons of roasted malt, one of the most bitter imperial stouts I've had, yet not off-putting for me (though not for those who can't stand bitter). Middle of the mouth has some more chocolate and roasted malt. Tons of molasses and some nice caramel notes. Almost tastes like a chocolate infused dry stout.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth.

O: Not the best imperial stout, nor the best non-barrel aged imperial stout, but a damn good one, and it really makes me want to try the barrel aged yeti. I'd say it's better than the belgian yeti, not as good as the espresso, oatmeal or chocolate yetis.

BierJager89, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of sponberg
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big bottle with a mountain and the shadow from one of the Lost in Space characters on the front. Pours deep dark brown with a tan head with pinkish hues. I swear, it had a tinge of pink!!! Great aroma - roasted barley predominates but there's also toffee, malt sweetness, and some hoppiness in there as well. Diver down!

Starts with a "toasted Heath bar" flavor of dark cocoa, very dark toffee, and whiffs of alcohol across the tongue. Then it just sort of envelopes the mouth, with roasted barley, dark chocolate covered espresso beans, and the healthy, very firm bitterness that carries it home. Very, VERY tasty. The finish is where the alcohol shows up. vaporous and slightly hot but not offensively so. Very drinkable for such a big brew, with a moderately (not round-steak-medium-well-done) chewy mouthfeel.

Next time, I'm getting some espresso beans to go with this. Perfect dessert pairing.

sponberg, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of Beaver13
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours an opaque motor oil black. It has a good sized creamy head that is very dark brown. The head quickly goes to a bubbly film and collar that laces the glass.

The aroma is lactose, chocolate, some bitter hops, wood, and anise. There's also some dark fruits and alcohol.

The flavor is anise, lactic cream, coffee, chocolate and some fruitiness. It has a pretty sharp burnt bitter finish that leaves a slight sticky aftertaste. It's well balanced between the sweet and the bitter (tending a little more towards bitter), and the alcohol is well hidden (yet belly warming). The mouthfeel is full and creamy.

Overall, similar to the oak aged version, but I liked this much better. It was a little more tamed in terms of alcohol and bitterness. One of the best imperials I've had to date. It's still a tad rough around the edges...I bet this would age nicely.

Beaver13, Nov 03, 2005
Photo of zjungleist
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. I need to redefine what I consider a black beer. This is BLACK beer. It is black as it moves from bottle to glass. The head is very heavy, short and somewhat mottled, with lighter creamy and cocoa colored spots. It stains the glass like none other. The smell is incredibly complex. Chocolate malt, hops, dark fruits, alcohol, and a few I can't quite put a finger on. The taste is not as heavy as I expected, but still quite weighty. Lots of chocolate flavors up front, some quite bitter hops, a little coffee mixed in with the hop flavors, other malty flavors, floral and herbal hops, and a little rubbing alcohol. It has an extremely complex and long lasting in flavor and aftertaste. The mouth feel is really thick, like somewhere between eggnog, motor oil, and hot cocoa. There is not much carbonation to offset this, but it is not terribly cloying. I do recommend a square or two of chocolate to finish the last third of the bottle, just to give the palate a break. This is surprisingly drinkable, and highly recommended.

zjungleist, Nov 19, 2005
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Viscous, dark, midnight black and topped with a inch of thick and creamy, cola-colored, head. Not too much retention in the head department, but still some nice lacing left behind for a beer this size.

S: Very strong, fresh spicy hops, mild medical/piny aromas mixed with the standard creamy chocolate and coffee that creates a beguiling mix, but perhaps just the slightest bit too much hoppiness.

T/MF: Initial sips are quite dry and full of bitter hops, given a bit of time to warm this beer really opens up and deepens in complexity. Nutty coffee and chocolate mix together with a mild booziness, then closes with a return to the initial nuttiness that defined the opening, but even stronger this time and brought together with molasses, slight notes of bourbon and a solid amount of toffee and caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel is not all full as I thought it would be/ what I want it to be, just the slightest bit watery on the palate, but otherwise quite strong.

D: Whatever the mouthfeel lacks, the complexity and sheer tastiness of the beer more than makes up for the slight disappointment in the mouthfeel. A beer deserving of its accolades.

bluemoonswoon, Oct 12, 2008
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,401 ratings.