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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout

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3,669 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3669
Reviews: 1587
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%

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 JohnnyMc


4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite Imperial Stouts and one of the easiest to drink too. The aroma has a nice roasted malt and coffee smell.

Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts dominate the taste, but there is a creamy and smooth texture that compliments the slight sweetness well. For being such a big beer, it's surprisingly not heavy.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 04:08:22 | More by JohnnyMc
Photo of ilikebeer03


4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1-28-13 drinking bottle dated 7/30/12

A: pours pitch black and oily. Nice heard. About a fingers worth or tan head that slowly turns into a tan ring around the glass with decent lacing.

S: heavy on chocolate. some roasted malts. roasted coffee.

T: this is an amazing beer! The alcohol is hidden very well. Chocolate is very forward. Taste follows the nose. Roasted coffee present as well. DELICOIUS

M: smooth, creamy, oily. light/medium carbonation.

O: This is one of my favorite beers! Will definitely be buying again. I have a bottle from 4/12 that im sitting on to drink with my oak/chocoate/espersso yetis.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 22:19:43 | More by ilikebeer03
Photo of shapudding


4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark and guinesslike appearance, with a great chocolate/medium brown head that quickly reduced down to a thin ring. Amazing scents of a sherry/port... warm and oaky... maltiness in the background. Medium mouthfeel, not too heavy, just right. Dark and lovely flavors, and freakin yummy! Black coffee, chocolate malts, oaky whiskey, bit of vanilla... Easy drinking for us stout lovers! Very good overall!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2004 03:09:02 | More by shapudding
Photo of beerceller99


4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle pours a pitch black fluid with a nice brown head. Awesome lacing. Earthy, woody smell with toffee and fresh hops.
Viscosity is 10w 40 weight motor oil. Taste is of toasted malts, coffee,dark chocolate with a slight sweetness of dark plums. Has a pleasantly bitter blackened malt, rich coffee taste finish followed by a nice, fresh hop tasting burp.
A great Stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2005 20:34:58 | More by beerceller99
Photo of TastyTaste


4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a large dark tan 1” head. Smell is dominated by alcohol, with strong hops present, makes sense, with a listed IBU level of 75. Smell does not have as much of a coffee presence as most stouts. Taste is not for the rookie or the faint of heart. Booming flavors of coffee and alcohol immediately greet you, and then finishes with a titanic portion of hops. The 3 huge flavors balance each other out and make this a true sipper for both the hophead and the stout fiend. Excellent and very drinkable for the high IBU and ABV.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2005 20:02:39 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of KarlHungus


4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The brew pours an opaque black with a large, creamy dark tan head. It doesn't appear as thick and motor oil like as other big stouts. The aroma is all that you could ask for in a stout. Chocolate, creamy, crackers, butter, alcohol. The taste fills your entire mouth with chocolate. Its not overpowering in any flavor, but rather a bunch of small flavors working in harmony. The mouthfeel is incredibly creamy. It is full bodied, but without being thick. Overall, this is a great brew. Its big, flavorful, complex, subtle, and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2005 22:01:17 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of ultralarry2006


4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Left an espresso foam colored two finger head with excellent retention and amazing web-like lacing all the way down. The body was the richest, darkest possible brown, almost black, very rich looking.

Smell - chocolate, toffee, coffee, tea, dark breads, some hint of esters, but overall a thick, hearty, caramelly, rich roasted maltiness.

Taste - exactly as promised by the nose. Rich roastiness like chocolate and coffee, with caramelly tones of toffee and caramel, and some tea-like tones, and of course, dark bread. The roasted malts here are perfectly done - no burnt flavor, or smokiness, no acridity, just pure rich roasted heartiness. Finishes with some slight alcohol astringency, not too much really, this beer hides its abv exceedingly well.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, a little chewy, low carbonation, some hop oil slickness.

Drinkability - rich, hearty, and satisfying, the only thing here is the high abv.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2006 20:27:54 | More by ultralarry2006
Photo of Gehrig


4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe it's taken me this long to get around to having Yeti, a first-rate Russian Imperial for certain. A finger of long-lasting, mocha froth tops an incredibly black body, with curtains of mocha lacing marking its territory around my pint glass. The body IS darkness. The smell is outstanding, full of hops, molasses, toffee and caramel malts--just an amazing nose.

The taste brings the bouquet home and then some. It might be the most hopped Russian Imperial I've ever had, but this blends ideally with butterscotch, molasses, chocolate, and caramel. Bitterness finishes Yeti, though nothing off-putting or overwhelming. The high ABV (9.5%) also makes its presence known as this wraps up its work, detracting slightly from the "ability" aspect of drinkability. But any lover of stout, Russian Imperial, or even hopped-up beer should love Yeti.

Nothing short of incredible, Yeti is my favorite from Great Divide, which has moved into the cluster of genius breweries atop my favorites list. Their wares are outstanding, and those who have yet to try them will thank themselves when they finally do.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 21:51:55 | More by Gehrig
Photo of CHADMC3


4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Jet-black body with an aggressive deep tan head that lasts throughout the beer. A substantial sticky lacing clings to the glass and hangs around for the duration.

Wow, the hearty aroma wafts from the glass and I can smell it from about a foot and a half away after the pour. Generous roasted malt and toffee, but also abundant hop aroma as you get closer.

Amazing deep flavors of roasted malt and caramel to chocolate; quite an impressive balance of sweetness and bitterness.

Delightfully thick with mild to medium carbonation and abundant flavor character.

This is a sipper, but man could I enjoy a couple in one sitting. It's just so good, you crave another.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 02:13:53 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of BillyBeernut


4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful, almost black into a tulip, old motor oil with a nice head the color of Haagen Dazs coffee ice cream, which dissipates into sticky lacing. The scents of toffee, dark chocolate, espresso, and nutty bread drift up to your nose. The leading taste is a charred coffee bean, followed quickly by sweet caramel, very dark chocolate, coffee, and followed by a tangy hop bite. This is almost a dessert - I can almost, but not quite, see pouring it on waffles. I could swear there are tiny bits of something like brown sugar or toffee drifting in the liquid, and if it has a drawback at all, it is almost too sweet.
A very high quality product, another winner from Great Divide, and not as expensive as many RISs. A sipper, not a quaffer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 19:11:08 | More by BillyBeernut
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Ontario (Canada)

4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Approximately 8 months old.

A- Pours more of a black than I can recall ever seeing for a stout. Good carbonation and head as well.

S- Roasted malts, coffee, and hops.

T- Everything that I love about a good RIS, and blended amazingly. Begins with some roasted malt that you couldn't miss if you tried, and then a bit of a dark roast coffee flavor comes in. 30 seconds in and the chocolate starts to come out and after about a minute after notes of wood and caramel sweetness are emphasized. I've found a drink that seems to be made just for me. The hop bitterness really makes this for me. It accentuates all the flavors so well. I even taste a little bit of hop flavor aside from bitter after 8 months of aging. If this beer is better without the age it would blow my mind fresh.

M- Full, creamy, smooth, and dry. A little bit of stickiness to it.

D- It couldn't get much more drinkable. It's not session beer material, and you have to watch yourself with it, but for a RIS, it's only 9.5% which is nowhere to be found at all.

I can't say enough good things about this beer. It blew me away.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 23:49:29 | More by BBP
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The blackest thing on Earth? Probably. And that includes a freakishly dark head that is almost more black than brown. Suds flourish in that creamy mocha-coloured mousse, which admirably relents none in the face of time. The lacing it leaves glints with a whole spectrum of colour and is thick and thorough enough you'd need a snow brush to clear it off.

The aroma - which is indeed the beer writ large - is like a blend of coffee liqueur, chocolate liqueur and, if such a thing should exist, hop liqueur. It has everything dark and decadent possible plus a piny, spruce-y, outright spicy hoppiness to boot. It's like they burned down some kind of marvelous, mythical, magical forest and dipped it in 85% cocoa chocolate.

The taste emulates the nose note for note. Thank God for that. Mocha and black forest cakes, served alongside shots of rich espresso and chocolate liqueur, makes for the most tremendously decadent dessert. And that's to mention the lesser flavours of cigar, black licorice and dark berries drizzled in a balsamic reduction. This is sinfully decadent.

The mouthfeel belongs in a hall of fame somewhere, and on the walls of an art gallery, and on the city's most expensive dessert menu, and in the sermon of a preacher, and in university textbooks. How does one engineer something so seamlessly cohesive out of so many standout individual pieces? It is a work of the most skilled and audacious brewer.

Piny, prickly hops abound to such an extent that I can feel them under my skin. The beer is as chocolaty-malty rich as any of the world's strongest or highest-rated imperial stouts but is at least thrice as drinkable than the majority. It is smooth like heavy cream and has a slick, oily-bitter aftertaste. The alcohol hides in plain sight; it is sensed but never tasted.

Feel free to travel across the country, shell out for rare barrel-aged variations, spend hours in line-ups, cram like sardines into limited release parties or blow hundreds of dollars on Ebay but you're not likely to find anything better than the Yeti (or any of its spin-offs for that matter). This is one of the unrivaled series in the whole of American craft brewing.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 03:23:49 | More by biegaman
Photo of wolfinthemirror


4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The bomber is dated at Mar. 2010, so that makes it nearly 1 year old.

Pours a pitch black, stout dark color into my snifter, beige-mocha colored head of about an inch results. Leaves behind a lot of lacing. Perfect looking beer in the glass.

Sweet chocolate cake and a roasted malt type of smokiness in the smell. Very pleasant.

The taste is extremely smooth. Like the smell, I get that sweetness of the milk chocolate cakeiness. It almost reminds me of fudge. The hops have mellowed out after a year and it drinks like velvet smooth malt. Outstanding taste.

The mouthfeel is definitely full bodied, it coats the mouth and has a chewy quality to it. Nice thick and creamy feeling. Moderate carbonation.

This beer has improved dramatically with 1 year on it and has mellowed out compared to drinking it with only a month after the bottled on date. This is by far the best Russian Imperial Stout i've ever had in my life.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 04:14:52 | More by wolfinthemirror
Photo of 77ships


4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: pure black with a mocha coloured head and great lacing
S: roasted malt, chocolate, fresh coffee beans, black chocolate,...
T: espresso, black chocolate, ground up coffee beans, toffee, minor bitterness at the end.
M: nice, thick, creamy body to it and goes down nicely.
D: drank mine & my friends bottle when he said that he didn't want to finish it & I wanted more. I definitely, absolutely loved this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 10:51:39 | More by 77ships
Photo of tmm313


4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Perfect. Black as black gets and black around the edges. Beautiful, creamy, 2 finger, chocolate milk colored head. Super sticky. Amazing lacing and crazy trailing. Again, perfect.

S- Dark fruit, dark chocolate, and oats dominate. Citrusy/spicy hops and a touch of pine when you really dig in.

T- Its so f'ing good, I don't even want to think about what's going on, much less write it out. Just let me enjoy it, please. I'll update my review the next time I drink it.

M- Crazy. Super viscous, smooth and silky. Slightly drying. Nice, subtle burn from the alcohol over a roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee aftertaste.

O- This beer is insane. Oak Aged Yeti is my favorite beer of all time, and this one may have just broken into my top 5. Decadent is the only word I can pull out at the moment. Every aspect being rated is superb on its own, but when you mix them all together, things just stop making sense. I'm going to go order some Yeti merch now.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 21:23:52 | More by tmm313
Photo of 3Vandoo

Quebec (Canada)

4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very pitch black beer with a medium foamy beige head that quickly let itself down to a nice white lace in my glass.

Smell is quite weird, at first I thought I was smelling an american barley wine, fruity, hoppy and floral sweet notes. Then more I was drinking it, the smell change from what above to caramel and malty, to a dark chocolate finish.

Taste is hoppy at first, where it tickles your palate then followed by a floral touch which ends with a distintive roasted coffee taste. A very complex beer that drinks itself in three stages, Hops, malt- chocolate and coffee.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2006 02:02:41 | More by 3Vandoo
Photo of BlindPig


4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- 2" tan head on a black body. Good head retention.
S- Toasted and burnt malts. Chocolate grains, hint of black currents, light grass hops, and hints of alcohol.
T- Nice roasted and burnt flavor with chocolate flavors blended in. Grassy hops come out and leave a nice size bitterness on tip of my tongue. Maybe a light hint of black currents or even black berries? Alcohol tickles tongue a little bit and warms up back of throat. Very nice complexity to it.
M- Full rich body with low carbonation but alcohol and hops tickle the tongue to make it feel a bit bigger than it actually is.
D- I think this is an amazing stout. It just has a great blend of flavors. I think this could easily be one of my favorite RIS that you could drink every night (unlike something like the Dark Lord where it's more for a special occasion).

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2006 01:24:10 | More by BlindPig
Photo of GClarkage


4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

03/28/07- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info on the bottle. Purchased in early 2006.

Appearance- Super black in color with a nice chocolate malted powder colored head. Probably a good 3/4 inch at the pour. A nice 1/8 inch remains. Lacing is about average...spotty.

Smell- Mostly some deep roasted chocolate malts with a whiff of coffee grounds. A bit of a hop bite as well.

Taste- Has a cigarette ash flavor the same as the Founders Bourbon Stout I just had. It lasts for a few seconds and then the coffee and chocolate roasted malts take over. A very nice hop bitterness is present as well. Great overall flavor combinations. Alcohol is present, but melds well with the beer.

Mouthfeel- One of the more creamy imperial stouts I have had. Lower carbonation and a medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Right up there with my favorite stouts (Stone and Alesmith). Worth trying for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 22:04:57 | More by GClarkage
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New York

4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This elixir pours reluctantly into my tulip. It is a thick and alive deepest brown, opaque, with a thin brown head of thick determined foam atop.

The smell is stupefyingly rich and complex. To use the usual catchphrases and categories for describing this seem inadequate. I shall say only that fireworks of joy erupt in my nose, it is temptingly sweet and aromatic beyond reason.

The taste, ummm, what a wonder of darkest coffee, chocolate, fierce herbosity, deep burnt caramel, balanced so that each sip features a different lineup in creating a taste masterpiece. Words again fail me to adequately describe exactly how delicious this dank brew is. As this last sip fades I am craving madly the next.

The feel in the mouth is fantastic. Yeti has infiltrated past the touch capsules of my tongue, and has extended nerveways of deliciosity and delight straight into the flavor section of my brain. Believe me this description is more accurate of the mouthfeel than any analogy I could use.

Drinkability is extremely dangerous for a brew of this power. I warn against the amazing drinkability of this luscious stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 19:27:34 | More by cavedave
Photo of david18

New York

4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing beer in a bottle and it's an amazing beer on draft. It was raining today and this beer was the perfect way to warm up. Unbelievable and great dark color, great malty smokey aroma, strong at 9.5 alcohol by volume but not too hot to enjoy a whole glass. I love this beer and get it ever time I see it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2010 21:26:27 | More by david18
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml brown bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A. Pitch black with a mocha brown head that shrinks into a thin film covering the beer.

N. Prunes, caramelised fruit soaked in rum?, port and red wine. A wonderfully complex brew.

T. Lots of alcohol and a strong espresso coffee taste. A sweet maltiness is detected followed by a short bittering hop finale leaving the sensation of roasted coffee beans on the palate. I can detect a slight smokiness in the finish.

M. Not heavy at all for a strong stout of this magnitude. Clean and smooth.

I had aged this beer for 4 months and was drunk with only 8 days remaining before its BBE date. How long the shop had this in stock for before I purchased it I am unaware. I could easily sip a few of these during the course of an afternoon and evening. A well crafted, complex stout that definitely needs seeking out if you have never had it before.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 16:49:32 | More by AEK
Photo of RedWingsRool


4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is a new favorite. Lots of chocolate and coffee, not too strong tasting for an aged beer.

Very Dark like motor oil with a slight light brown head. laces the glass nicely. The ABV is nicely masked with a creamy chocolate taste. Will definitely be coming back to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 05:36:32 | More by RedWingsRool
Photo of ktrillionaire


4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled on March 2008; this one is about 3.5 years old. It seems odd that I've not ticked regular Yeti before, but oversights do happen.

A - The brew pours a silky black hue and is capped with a scant smattering of bubbles that recedes to form a reddish encircling wisp. Despite the lack of head, spotty lace is still deposited.

S - As soon as I cracked this bad boy, I could smell a potent hoppiness. After three years! Notes of pine and grapefruit zest mingle with bittersweet chocolate, leather, and licorice, with an additional soft fruity note in the nose. As I dig deeper, I get suggestions of chocolate-covered strawberries and cherry pipe tobacco.

T - The flavor is a smorgasbord of delectable nuance; chocolate-covered raisins, dark dried fruit, leather, pine, white grapefruit pith, licorice, and navy rum are all notable impressions. It is complex, intense, and absolutely delicious. I must say that I am somewhat surprised at the notes I do not find present; the brew is sans vanilla, toffee, caramel, smoke, roast, and perhaps some other de rigueur elements of RIS, and yet it is very very successful without them.

M - The feel is silky-smooth, softly vibrant and super rich; totally enhancing.

O - The superb integration of all elements is a key to my appreciation here; this is a great beer. Overall, this is one of the better aged stouts I've had. Time serves this one very very well. It is also worth noting that this brew is immensely superior to the 3 year-old Expedition Stout I had quite recently.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 15:21:56 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of matthewalee


4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 YETI old bottle. Blue, White and Yellow mountains, wait...white mountains...yellow yeti!!!

poured into a Deschutes snifter

A - looks like used oil. dark brown. murky

S - chocolate, wood, oak and some sour berries. awesome aroma

T - sticks to the side of everything. outstanding! old chocolate, fruit, caramel and more caramel and tobacco...has been with me for 45 minutes.

O - nice find in South Chicago! someone had some idea about something good!! Age has done wonders for this RIS! I have 3 more I found and cannot wait to find any reason to pop one open

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 06:01:07 | More by matthewalee
Photo of RickS95


4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on Feb 6, 2012

Only the head keeps this from being a 5. It pours like old used motor oil. It's thick, black and looks chewy. The head forms slowly. It's very dark brown. As soon as it hits a finger thick, it just disappears. There is sparse lacing, but it's really an attractive beer for a few seconds.

Licorice or anise, alcohol, possibly figs, and roasted grains. It's simple and sweet. As it warms, bittersweet chocolate scents emerge.

Huge hit of roasted malty stuff up front. As it works its way back, slight toffee flavors develop before alcohol and hops end the treat. For what it is, I'm not sure you improve the flavor.

For such a big drink, it's extremely smooth. It's creamy and goes down a bit too easy given its high ABV and 75 IBUs. It's equal parts sweet and bitter, and enough bite from the alcohol to let you know it means business. Full bodied.

This is really a solid beer, borderline perfect. There's nothing wrong with it and improvements are nothing more than nit picking. It's a great dessert beer or a night cap. Hell, it's good whenever you have it.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 03:39:55 | More by RickS95
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 3,669 ratings.