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Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cokes on 08-09-2003

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Reviews: 1,735 | Ratings: 5,202
Photo of uustal
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a really deep mahogany brown. Huge brown head with a reddish hue to it. Nice lacing and retention for the style. Aroma of sweet milk chocolate, dark fruits and a bit of hops. Awesome chocolate notes to start, really good creamy sweetness. Roasted coffee beans follow. Big dark fruit and really crisp hop bitterness round out the beer. Really nice big, but well-balanced flavor profile. Wickedly creamy mouthfeel and awesome drinkability for a RIS.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like motor oil. Thick, opaque black with a thick creamy brown head. Looks like a frothy milkshake. Quite lacy and tantalizing. Smells like milk chocolate with some coffee bitterness underneath.

Taste is a wave of roasty dark malt. There's a coffee bitterness that steps right up and bites you. Sweet malty chocolate, mily offset by that powerful mocha bitterness. The mouth is surprisingly creamy with that lingering coffee bean aftertaste. Tasty beer and surprisingly drinkable.

A newcomer to ATL and a welcome one. A fantastic imperial stout that takes no prisoners.

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Photo of dgilks
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black. Pecan highlights. Small, creamy tan head. Good head retention.

Rich malt aroma. Bitter chocolate along with touches of sweeter chocolate. Good light espresso note. Moderate fruitiness. Well balanced and no off notes.

Sweet and rich but not overly so. Good bitterness and chocolate. Well balanced stout flavour.

Medium-full body. Good richness that complements the flavours.

This isn't the world's biggest stout. But it is one of the nicest. Excellent.

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4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, served in a tulip
Bottled on 21NOV12, Sampled 03MAR13

[A] An aggressive pour yields only a quarter finger high head. The color is dark brown, the texture is foamy/creamy and retention is above average. The body is as black as black gets. Lacing in sheets initially, then hanging and breaking apart later.

[S] Really dark chocolate with a deeper than average roasted tar-like quality. The hop character is as strong as advertised, coming through with notes of earth and pine wood. Slight soy sauce with a light metallic edge in the background.

[T] Fantastic. Dark, bitter chocolate impresses upon the palate first. The roastiness creates a touch of acridness that fades slowly into the healthy dose of hop bitterness. Piney, earthy, woodsy and a perfect compliment to the malts, keeping the sweetness completely in check.

[M] Not one complaint. And no room for improvement...really. Thick and full, viscous and chewy - and wonderfully tongue coating. The effervescence is just enough to graze the tongue and promote the body in a wonderful way. Love it.

[O] Very similar to Victory's Storm King but a little less hoppy, a better overall flavor and a more complete mouthfeel.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours jet black with a burnt sienna head that feel into lace and belgian lace on the side of the glass.

the aroma is rich with malt, chocolate, burnt chocolate.

the flavor is slightly sweet, chocolate, carmelized malt, hopsack, burnt something; man this is rich.

the mouthfeel is perfect coat the inside as it goes down.

beer is very drinkable and very enjoyable on a cold night.

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Photo of Suds
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This brew is completely black, with essentially no light penetration at all. The head is thick, dense, and intricate, leaving a very agreeable lace. Nice smell: chocolate and coffee, highly roasted grain, a bit of roasted malt, and a hint of dark and meaty fruit. Chocolate malt is maybe the preeminent characteristic. There’s a creeping background of alcohol as well, becoming notably present as the beer warms. Nice flavor. Lots of roastiness and bitterness. Heavy, thick, full, creamy, and strong. More bitterness than many beers, which fits the flavor perfectly. This is an extremely satisfying and very luxurious stout.

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Photo of ncm45
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with a brown head that disappeared fairly quickly

S - Bitter chocolate and coffee. Fairly strong and pleasing.

T - Powerful taste (again coffee and chocolate comes to mind) which goes bitter afterward.

M - Creamy and very pleasant to drink. Goes down very well and the alcohol doesn't detract from the feeling. One of the best I've ever experienced.

O - RIS are my favorite style and this one is one of the best I've had. Not something I'd drink a lot of, but would be wonderful to enjoy after a good meal. A real treat to come across and I look forward to the chance to have one again.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one hell of a stout..WOW! Pours a craggy, tan head about 2 fingers. Smells of caramel, chocolate, vanilla, toffee..lots of scents. Pours also an opaque black color. Very heavy mouthfeel, very malty and chewy. Has some nice hop kickback, but the rich malt rounds it out beautifully. One of the best beers you can find in this country.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This may be classed as an American Double Stout, but it tastes to me like a Russian Imperial Stout. It has all the makings of an Imperial stout. It pours out a thick, motor oil brown that gives a black appearance in the glass. The head is deep khaki, and while most Imperial stouts have a rather thin head, this one is quite dense and pillowy.

The smell is typical of Imperial stouts: malts, toffee, chocolate, espresso and winey hints. Taste is similar, with an good emphasis on the espresso and bitter chocolate. The subtle wine-like flavours are not lost.

This is definitely an Imperial stout, and should be treated as such. Drinkability gets a lower than desired score because of the bottle size and the high ABV.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a snifter from a bomber.

This beer pours jet black with a creamy tan head that holds nicely and laces well. The smell is rich roasted and chocolate malts. The taste is rich roasted chocolate malts again. This beer is if nothing else, extreamly smooth. Just a great mouthfeel. Overall highly drinkable, just a fantastic brew.

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Photo of crashoveride
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap as part of a Beer fest at Union Jack' @ the Matawney Inn. The pour was a deep black almost molasses like with a one finger dark tan head. The smells were very strong of bitter chocolate and sweet like brown sugar, it smelled delicious. The taste was just as good as it smells with hints of coffee and oak/smokey flavors as well as chocolate. The drinkability was down just a bit since it is high in alcohol. It is more like a sipping beer. This Beer is a must try !

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Photo of BadBadger
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wowza, Yeti Imperial Stout is one very pleasant beast. It pours from the bottle a nice dark color (not pitch black but almost there). There is a beastly proportioned coffee colored head which sticks around for some time. The smell is a very nice aroma of malt, coffee, and floral hops. The taste is both a sweet and bitter smack to the senses, with a hearty coffee kick to to teeth. There is a chewy coating to the lingual side of the teeth, the tongue and the palate. This is a true delight. I certainly recommend searching for this beast!

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Photo of TKEbeerman
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my snifter this brew pours a deep space black with a dark, russet brown head. I've said it before and will again, you can tell when a stout is dark, when it's head is darker then most other beers. Impressive.

The smell is just as "dark". Deep roasted malt, molasses, and a slight hop back ground.

Toasted, roasted, malt....extra dark chocolate...a slight espresso tingle....and finally what I've come to expect for a big RIS; a hop background crafted to complement the HUGENESS of the Yeti.

The mouth feel is big, and well carbonated. Chewy goodness.

Yeti is drinkable for a stout. Two bombers will go down fine, but I'll be done for the night after that. This is beer is impressive, and a fine example of when big malt is complemented with hops.

I can't wait till the day when I line up the Yeti's and drink 'em side by side.

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Photo of Mar02x
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this beer @beer&zo - not cheap, but their delivery service is excellent.

A - An amazing strong and good looking head, one of the best I ever saw. The color is brown/beige and the structure is small bubbly, the rejection is slow. The fluid rejects the light, there is something dark and powerful in here.

S - Strong liquor smell, very nice and inviting because I thought there was none in there. The chocolate, dark cherries and malts finish the smell quite excellent.

T - Dry up front, chocolate, malts, wood and peat. A good representative of the style (like beer buddy Jeffo explained) .

M - A very nice creamy thickness, slightly bitter aftertaste and sof carbonation that goes excellent with the taste.

O - An excellent RIS, worth trying.

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Photo of Jon
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First word that I can think of to describe this imperial stout is black. From the 22-ounce bomber pours an inky, jet black liquid with a vibrant brown head. After a minute or so, the head dissipates to a small ring, leaving trails of lace down my chalice. Very impressive appearance. The nose features an array of scents, notably freshly ground espresso, road tar, roasted malt, tobacco, and minor bittering hops. Once again, quite impressive. The taste department delivers a variety of flavors. Roasted malt, fresh coffee beans, cocoa, and almost citric hops appear at first. As the beer settles for a while, a caramel/toffee flavor becomes evident, and it's very nicely done. The IBUs and alcohol come through on the finish, which is distinctively hoppy and warming in a good way. This is one viscous brew. Mouthfeel is incredibly oily and silky smooth. This is definitely an aggressive imperial stout, but it drinks very well, especially for its 9.5% abv. Overall, a great imperial stout. Drink this while you can, as this is a limited run. Best beer I've tried from Great Divide, hands down.

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Photo of GarrisWH
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Completely opaque black which allows no light through at all. Dark, creamy, tan head - probably the darkest head of any beer I've ever tried. Great retention and leaves very nice lacing down the glass.

S - Sweet, rich, roasted malt aroma with chocolate and coffee tones most pronounced. Has a notable hop presence in the aroma as well. Just a hint of alcohol on the nose also.

T - Complex, sweet, roasted malts with chocolate, coffee, caramel, and toffee flavors. Also has a slightly spicy character as well. The immense malt profile is balanced with a nice, bitter hop presence. The hop bite really compliments the dark malts and balances this one out very nicely. Slight alcohol noticeable in the flavor, but it really goes pretty well with this one.

M - Thick, full-bodied, smooth, and rich. Also has the nice bitter kick in the finish. Great level of carbonation, not overdone at all.

D - Despite the full-body and relatively high abv on the Yeti, it is a very drinkable beer. Has a great, complex flavor and is balanced almost perfectly. I love the hop kick they added into this style. Great brew.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obviously obsidian onyx opaque. Swaths of chocolately cling.

Charred alcoholic hop-encrusted sweetness on the nose with hints of oak, oats, prickly green herbal hops, pinetar, and marshmellows drowned in cocoa.

Smacks of chocolate on the first sip, then a rushing wave of alcohol-laden hop fusels, then finally a lingering roasty Russian Imperial acidity. A wonderous overall flavor with just a twinge of heat.

At first velvety smooth on the mouthfeel, then just a catch of astringent bitterness.

This was a gorgeous beer but didn't have both the fantastic viscocity or drinkability as Stone's...which i've come in recent samplings to find as about the best RIS out there. Still, stands by itself as wonderous and I think the oak-aged version could make this one exemplary, especially with slightly toned down alcohol and hop-flavors.

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Photo of velosuds
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. Bottled on Mar 26 2010. Single purchased at John's Market for $2.99.

A-Pours a beautiful dark brown, nearly black hue with a two finger tan head with strong retention. Settles into an abundant cap that produces lacing that is even all the way down the glass. This is a beautiful craft beer.

S-The aroma is magnificent. Deep, dark roasted chocolate malts, Arabic coffee, and the hint of vanilla and cinnamon, as in snickerdoodle cookies. Awesome. Prominent dark dried fruits and sugars, like figs, Turkish apricots, caramelized brown sugar and molasses. Amazing.

T-A delicious, malt bomb. It is adequately hoppy, but is balanced by deep, rich malt flavors reminiscent of figs, brown sugar, chocolate fudge, and vanilla pudding. This is truly imperial, and would be a fine compliment to any Russian winter night, be it enjoyed by a Czar or a peasant. This is the best offering I have had from Great Divide. It has a very distinctive, possibly addictive taste. This is wonderful.

M-Substantial yet smooth. The mouthfeel is delectable. In a word, nearly perfect.

D-This is very drinkable. It must be, since I want more and don't have any. At 9.5% ABV the alcohol is not noticeable in the taste, but it definitely contributes to the overall character of this great beer. Extremely well done, Great Divide. I especially like that this is available in 12 oz. bottles. Great value.

I love this style and this is another great contribution. Very well done.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe. The beer is a deep, rich coffee black with a dark roasted caramel foamy head. It dissipates to a wisp with a circle of foam in the center with sticky lacing. Smells of dark bitter chocolate, burnt malts. The taste is rich, dark, and delicious. At first there is sweetness, like sweet yet bitter chocolate, followed immediately by the burnt malt smokiness. The finish is dry hopped and bitter. The mouthfeel is full bodied and dry.

Overall, this beer is a treat. Great dessert beer, great special occasion beer. It is to be sipped and enjoyed. I look forward to trying some of the other Great Divide Yeti concoctions.

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Photo of sethmeister
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle which I've kept in my cellar for a bit less than a year.

Pours a perfectly opaque black with an abundant dark tan head which laces the glass.

Scent is sweet molasses, bitter chocolate, roasted malt and spicy hops.

Taste is sweet, rich and complex with roasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate, coffee and a spicey and citric hoppiness. After several sips I have the distinct impression that I've just eaten a dark chocolate covered coffee bean! The taste lingers at the middle back of my mouth and I savor it until I can't postpone the next sip any longer.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium. Drinkability is very good - I have to slow myself down!

I'm a nut for Russian Imperial Stouts; they're probably my favorite style. Yeti just became one of my favorite RIS's.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle I picked up this summer and have been saving for a cold night to enjoy (-8 degrees last night? Perfect!).

A: Dark, oil, with a great inch and a half or so of very tan, creamy head.

S: Coffee and hops.

T: Now we're talking! Chocolate, coffee, some bitterness on the finish. I really enjoy this beer.

M: Creamy and smooth with enough carbonation that it sort of dances on the tongue.

D: Well, it's 9.5%, so I'm not going to drink a six-pack, but a bomber is about perfect. A highly enjoyable RIS, one of my favorites. I think the few months of age on it really helped it out and it makes me look forward to my bottle of 2006 Oak Aged Yeti I have in the cellar.

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Photo of TrippnFiasco
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick, 2.5 finger head, dark caramel color. Head diminishes to about one finger but sticks around for quite a white, moderate lacing. Pours a very dark brown.

S: Smells like dark caramel. Slight coffee/espresso scent in the back of the nose as well. Fair amount of malted barley coming through, although there actually seems to be a bit of hops coming through.

T: Flavor matches the smell quite well. Caramel malts are strong but not overpowering, and well balanced with slight hoppiness. There is a nice sweetness and mild espresso flavor on the finish. Delicious.

M: Great smoothness, moderate carbonation doesn't hurt flavor, but adds to the experience.

D: Very drinkable stout. One bottle per person might last a little while, but split between two people may not be enough unless this is a dessert beer.

Fantastic! Definitely recommend this for Imperial Stout-lovers

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Photo of animal69
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i tried this 1 (bot. date 3/07) side-by-side w/ my staple RIS, Storm King ; pours like used motor oil, viscous black w/ a non-existent brown head leaving a cap of iridescent bubbles and little lacing in my nonic ; a piney citrus hop and dark roast malt and a coffee-like aroma w/ dark fruits and vanilla note, a hint of wood and hot alcohol present as well ; a sweet, robust burgundian malt flavor blends w/ a "twangy" grapefruit hop initially followed by choc. and dark fruit, a woody, brandy-like flavor, coffee, caramel, nuts, clove(?), finishes making you wonder what's in the next sip ; a full bodied, low carbonated number, rich w/o being cloying ; drinks exceptionally well for a 9.5% ABV, on the downside, i'd prob. drive my truck thru a conv. store wall before i figure all the nuances of this one out...

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Photo of garymuchow
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is sweet, dark rich roasted malt, fruity, a little alcohol. Wonderfully complex. A little vinous.
Impressively large head that is coffee with milk dark. Black. Black. Black. Head is creamy, heavy and shows thorough lacing.
Flavor is every bit as complex as aroma. This depth of flavors starts with the rich malt beginning through the somewhat dry moderately high bitter finish. In between there is burnt malt, rather high hop flavors and bitterness. Bits of fruitiness and alcohol.
Feel is heavy, creamy and almost velvety smooth. Incredibly fine carbonation. Wow.
Very well done. One of the best. Less cloy than many and I like that.

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Photo of rawthar
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 12/21/09

A- Pours as black and thick as dark chocolate syrup with a thick and stubborn coffee & cream head that defies the higher abv. Head leaves a marshmallow fluff lacing as it slowly recedes. Really a pretty looking RIS.

S- Coffee and dark chocolate battle for supremacy as the signature aroma, with a bit of molasses and toffee in the background. More than a hint of oak and a little bit of bourbony smoke, although this isn't a Yeti of the oak aged variety. Smells pretty smooth as it warms up.

T- The chocolate wins the epic battle in the mouth that begun in the nose. So complex that I can almost pick out multiple chocolates, dark, then milk, than moccha. Finishes real dry, though the hops lend less flavor than they do bitterness, which sort of cleans the palette after all of the intense flavors in the front.

M- Perhaps thicker than any other brew I've had, and I tend to gravitate toward some thick stuff. Chewy and syrupy.

D- This isn't the kind of beer that's made for chaining together, but the quality makes you want that first one to never end.

I have an Espresso Oak Aged bomber in the cellar, which I'll be saving for a special occasion. This is an excellent beer without a doubt, and I'll be sure to grab a few more the next time the opportunity presents.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,735 ratings.