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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout

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3,959 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,959
Reviews: 1,602
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 182
Gots: 428 | 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 BiereBlanche


4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber half-poured into a working glass.

Pours absolutely black; I couldn't get any light through at all. The head is reasonably thick, falls quickly and chocolatey, coffee colored brown. Leaves some interesting traces on the glass. The nose is extremely dense. Vanilla, light roast coffee, lots of malts, very heavy. The palate is equally dense and complex. Lots of roast malts, coffee, chocolate, nutty lots of alcohol warming. Bittering is very minimal. I can tell there are some hops characteristics, but I can't pick them out. Heavy mouthfeel, very minimal carbonation and an added lightness from high alcohol. Yeti follows the style of stout, but is absolutely immense, it feels big even for a sipper. Huge alcohol presence and dark, complex flavors limits this considerably.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2007 05:31:40 | More by BiereBlanche
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Pours total black with a rocky brown head that sticks around forever. Plentiful chunks and swathes of lace are left on the glass. The aroma is of soy sauce, dark chocolate, fresh roasted coffee beans and some citrusy hops. The taste is full of dark chocolate, sweet milk chocolate, prunes and other dark fruit and soy sauce. A formidable balast of hop bitterness shows as the beer warms. The finish is boozey and somewhat hoppy with some bitter chocolate malt. The mouthfeel is very thick and lightly carbonated, alcohol heat is kind of mouth numbing.

This is a great Imperial Stout. Very robust and full flavored, a little less (or no) soy sauce would make it perfect.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 01:00:51 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of match1112


4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks once again go out to beerhan! 12oz. bottled on march 11 2011. there is no way one could improve the appearance of this beer. a thick black body that sounds like used motor oil slapping into the tulip. a huge georgeous three finger mocha colored head that leaves tons of thick sticky lacing as it settles to a thin cap. smell is unique and interesting. coffee, chocolate, citrus hps and wood. taste is roasty malts, chocolate, caramel, hops and toffee, there is also a finishing touch i'm not fond of and can't quite place it. mouthfeel is excellent with a full body, great carbonation and an overall sticky feel. this is an interesting stout to say the least. i don't think i've had one with such a hop profile before, definatly interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 02:44:55 | More by match1112
Photo of spointon


4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This stout poured black as night with a dense 1" dark tan head (aggresive pour at fridge temp). The head eventually dropped to a thin cap and left some thin sheet lace down my glass.

S= This brew produced a heady mix of aromas, including sweet and roasted malts, coffee, vanilla frosting, and alcohol.

T= Lots of maltiness up front (sweet and roasty) followed by a big coffee/espresso punch. Pretty well balanced, even through the short earthy hop bit near the end. Finish was dry and full of bitter roast.

MF= Full heavy body with a slick and slippery mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

D= A fairly balanced and subtle RIS with a lot going on in the flavor and aroma department. Good beer that I will definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 07:28:40 | More by spointon
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thumbs up for Great Divide making it to NJ

22 ounce bomber poured into a 20 ounce nonic

A - Pours black with a large head of light brown foam. The thick head is staying like crazy and lacing up the walls of the glass.

S - A sweet smell on the nose with some chocolate hints. A coffee like aroma hints in as well with some buttery, toffeelike smell.

D - A great stout to sip as the fall nights fade into winter

T - An initially sweet chocolatey flavor gives way to a roasty character with a nice coffee like flavor. That burnt roasty flavor stays throughout and really provides a great taste. A nice fruity flavor is present in the background as well as some citrusy hops. A lot going on here flavorwise.

M - A nice thick, full body here really coats the mouth. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2006 05:44:12 | More by EStreet20
Photo of TheStove


4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

Looks awesome as it pours a nice dark dark brown light black almost like a cup of coffee with a nice chocolately mocha brown looking head.

Smells deeply of chocolate light molasses and a hint of licorice?

Excellent taste as chocolate and toasted malt flavor rolls over the tongue mingling with some light hop sweetness. Finishes with bitter toasted malt, light cocoa and again with hops but a different taste. Almost a light sweetness like this could turn into a milk or sweet stout but it stays very bold. I think the chocolate flavors in this one are complex seeming to go from rich dark to easily enjoyed candy.

This is a great stout, excellent rendition of the style and unfortunately I think gets lost and ignored in favor of its buffed up (oak/barrel/double chocolate) yeti cousins.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 04:47:18 | More by TheStove
Photo of EseLocoSS


4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black oily body with a big lasting creamy chocolate head. Aroma is sweet and light roasted with some dark fruits, coffee, mocha and hints of burned toast. Really nice aroma! Really full-bodied, softly carbonated and has a fantastic creamy and oily mouthfeeling. Sweet but still quite bitter on the flavors. Oaky and there is much stronger roasted flavors then the aroma would suggest. Burned toast and some nice sweet alcohol that’s leaving a lava-like warming sensation.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 20:48:36 | More by EseLocoSS
Photo of SuperSpy


4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a very thick black with a big, sticky head that's the color of chocolate milk. Not even the edges are highlighted when held up to the lamp. This is DARK with a big head that sticks to everything. This is one damned beautiful beer.

The aroma is full of sweet roasted malt flavors. Chocolate, cappuccino, sweet cream and unsweetened cocoa.

Thick, smooth and chewy. This heavy bodied beer is lusciously smooth. It casually glides across the tongue with flavors of molasses, dark chocolate, coffee, and it's even a bit woody. The flavors are dark, roasted and sweet in the beginning and middle, but it picks up some bitterness towards the end that has a creamy dark chocolate and unsweetened cocoa character. The finish is similar to an incredibly strong, heavily creamed, cappuccino.

Beautiful. Thick. Delicious. Boozy. A great beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 21:07:31 | More by SuperSpy
Photo of clayrock81


4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gushing 3-finger brown head that died medium-paced on top of a black body. An interesting smell of grape and other fruits (berries, citric) mixed with some roasted and coffee malts (hints of cocoa, toffee, molasses). Smooth, creamy, full-bodied and slightly bready, this beer passes over the tongue easily with a balance of roasted and coffee malts that have a drying sensation and also residual sticky sweetness from cocoa, caramel and something akin to molasses/maple syrup. The dryness is helped by a good ol' helping of hop bitterness on the backend, although the hops don't really have much of their own taste; they are overpowered. A good sippin' stout to have after a meal.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 20:51:13 | More by clayrock81
Photo of woemad


4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased some time ago at - I think - Jim's Homebrew in Spokane. According to the label, this was bottled in February of 2007. Brought out to commemorate a team I root for actually winning a game yesterday.

Poured a tar-black color, with an inch of mocha-colored foam. Lace was left on the sides of the glass in a pattern reminiscent of that found on the sides of your average tiger! Weird...

From the nose I get dark, dried fruits like dates and raisins, cherries, chocolate, brown sugar and coffee.

The taste is similar to the mouthfeel, but more sweet than I would have expected. It's not cloying at all, and is, in fact, pretty good. Still, I'd like things to be a little more bitter and roasty.

Slick, coating mouthfeel.

This won't make me forget Abyss anytime soon, but still a very tasty Impy stout, and I'm happy to toast EWU for a great halftime turnaround against Montana State. I'll be drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 00:52:31 | More by woemad
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's been a long time since I've had the standard ole' Great Divide Yeti. I often find myself slurping down one of its various incarnations. Here goes....

A: Dark... any surprises from anyone? The massive, 2 finger + head is still darker than about half the American bred, craft beer line-up.

S: Rye, chocolate, malt, and a good bit of hops. However, there was nothing fruity about this mother.

T: I had a little bit of that Rogue-like, Pacman yeastiness... but not quite in that direction. Gourmet cocoa for sure, along with some coffee notes.

M: Thick as hell. However, since I had Dark Lord last night, this was almost a Dortmunder compared to that. The carbonation was low, but the lacing was absolutely beyond ridiculous. I couldn't even see through my glass AFTER I had alread drunk the brew.

O: Wonderful stuff. I've enjoyed most of the various incarnations of this one, and it was totally nice to taste the base beer once again.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 03:24:44 | More by Chaney
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

dark black pour with a creamy brown head. smell of chocolate and roasty malts and quite in your face and big. real rich. taste of burnt bittersweet chocolate and a lot of roasty notes. very true to style and drinkable. body is almost full and carbonation is very on point. its definitely a great beer. recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 01:26:03 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of bpw28

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black as 1 am, three finger deep mocha shaving cream head, beautiful lacing.

Smell- Clean coffee, cocoa, nougat, earthy, light herbal/floral, light woods, light brown sugar. Not one whiff of alcohol.

Taste: Hops really come out. Coffee, piney-floral-herbal hop, dark chocolate, brown sugar, smoky, earthy, woody, light dark fruits. Thick and slightly creamy feeling body. Alcohol is there but not overbearing.

Final Thoughts: Pretty nice. This ones a slow sipper.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 05:09:01 | More by bpw28
Photo of StRocco

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Completely black. No hints of reddish color around the edges, which you can typically find with most stouts. The head is a dark, almost chocolate milk looking color. Some really find bubbles coming from the body with lots of lacing around the glass.

S - smell consists of a lot of malt, small amounts of coffee/toffee smells and trace amounts of chocolate. Overall, the small was tame and not overpowering at all.

T - taste is a lot like the smell except with more malt and even the hops made an appearance. I didn't realize the IBU's were at 75 until after drinking the beer.

Overall, this is a very good beer. I will be looking for more brews from Great Divide

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 01:42:34 | More by StRocco
Photo of kmcnair


4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours like a black coffee and creates a thin burnt sienna colored head and makes a nice spattering of lace on the walls of my goblet. Smell is of deep roasted malts and chocolate. Bittersweet dark chocolate and roasted malts, coffee flavors fill the mouth, strong alcohol and a rather bitter finish. Mouthfeel is exceptional, very smooth and soft carbonation and is not cloying or sticky on the palate, has a relatively dry finish. Yeti is welcome for dinner any time, it stacks up well to the other players in this field of massive American stouts.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2005 06:22:44 | More by kmcnair
Photo of StargherKing


4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours very dark, relatively thick, beautiful thick cocoa colored head. Beer itself is jet black, with the barest hints of ruby at the edges when held to light. Smell is dark, velvety. Cocoa, coffee, toffee, some hop bitterness. Taste is very similar to smell. Rich, luscious flavor, like cold cocoa with coffee beans and dark toffee. Mouthfeel is very smooth and luxurious. Again, the word that comes to mind most thinking about his beer is "velvety". Drinkability is good, though it goes down smooth enough that the relatively high ABV (9.5) can sneak up on you. I certainly don't think I could drink this all night (though there aren't many beers that I could), but putting this bomber away will be no problem. Very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 02:15:05 | More by StargherKing
Photo of DM1293


4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black and thick as tar. No head whatsoever to it. Granted this thing is ice cold but I usually expect SOME carbonation. This thing is liquid black!

Smell - Mingling of the usual suspects; toasty malt, coffee, chocolate. A bit of something...else too, something kinda sweet. Can't place it.

Taste - There is a nice light carbonation in the back, a tingling on the palate. Lets the flavor perk up, and its really solid; A good chocolate-malt mix with coffee notes in the back to balance it.

Mouthfeel - Creamy.

Overall - I wanna rate it a little higher overall. But there is something about it that I like and I hate at the same time in the taste.

Still its a good stout...and if nothing else, its got me curious about its oak aged espresso brothers...

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 03:22:46 | More by DM1293
Photo of Beervis

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of the gates it pours very dark with an incredible tan head, what a gorgeous looking brew. I'm excited!!

Smell is of vanilla and spice with an underlying bourbony character.

Very smooth mouthfeel, silky, and full. Can really taste the sweet malt and alcohol, but it's the bourbon accents that really caught me. The oak aging definitely adds alot of character to this beer. Hops are kickin, but very well balanced. As it warms, layers of taste truly unfold.

Overall, and amazing brew, extremely complex and robust. I will definitely have another!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2005 12:25:04 | More by Beervis
Photo of BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated April 2007.

A - Black, viscous chocolate syrup with a faint brown ring and a glimpse of light at the base.

S - Dark raisins, dried figs, sweet chocolate, rubbing alcohol, touch of roasty wood.

T - Bittered chocolate upfront, slightly warming alcohol and chewy malts. Sweet milk sugar and chocolate with a balance of some hops thrown in. Bitter on the back of the tongue.

M - Syruppy smooth and soft. This one is viscous with some mild carbonation in there. A dry finish.

O - At 9.5% this imperial stout has aged nicely, slight warmth and a full body and mouth of flavor. All youd want from this style of beer. A great stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 23:57:42 | More by BeerForMuscle
Photo of divineaudio


4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into my deschutes snifter. bottled on march 11, 2011.

a - pours a thick, greasy, dark brown, like used motor oil. gave me a thin cap of chocolate brown head that calmed to a thin film. spotty lacing.

s - roasted malt, molasses, tons of dark fruit, faintly vinous.

t - espresso like roasted malt with some faint chocolate notes. burnt toast, molasses. still has tons of hop character for being nearly a year old. a nice, almost piney bitterness rolls in slowly and hangs on the tongue for a while. finishes on the dry side. very rich and well put together.

m - full bodied with a formidable stickiness. almost too thick. lighter in carbonation. slight alcohol warming in the back of the throat.

o - untamed? not so much. imposing? absolutely. definitely one of the biggest flavors i have ever had in a ris. so rich i don't think i could have more than one bottle in a night. delicious and enjoyable though.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 06:24:11 | More by divineaudio
Photo of eagles22


4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: black like night with a tan head that dimishes quick lacing is good

Smell: lots of roasted malts, hops and also hints of bitter chocolate

Taste: lots of malts and also hints of carmel and floral taste

Mouthfeel: is very smooth and silky and when you take a sip it leaves you wanting more

Drinkability: for a heavy beer they are easy to drink but only can have a couple but great on a cold day

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 20:35:22 | More by eagles22
Photo of jlindros


4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is quite an older bottle, old label, maybe 3-4 years old at this point, but there's no date that I can see.

Pours a darker colored creamy mocha head that barely covers the top, then fades at a decent pace that tries to leave lacing but the lacing also slides down the glass with some decent legs, and a super pitch black beer.

Nose brings tons of chocolate, dark chocolate and cocoa, baker's choc as well, some older soft aged malts and dusty cocoa, dark malts with a little roast and hint of char, just a hint of oxidation, lots of oats too, slight fluffy nougat like aroma and some caramel.

Taste starts rich and creamy, a bit of a luscious melting chocolate, baker's chocolate and dark chocolate, cocoa, a little caramel and fluffy nougat. Some dry cocoa dust and a little cereal like grain, some creamy oats. Mild warming booze still with a bit of a booze flavor even, and mild oxidation again but barely. Also that soft aged malt character, the dark aged malt, with mild roast and char, and quite dark malts and touch of fudge. It also still has a bit of an earthy hop character but not a lot left after the age. Finish is a little syrupy and sticky, creamy dark chocolate and cocoa lingering, little fudge still lingering, bit more earthy spicy hops.

Mouth is fuller bod, a little creamy and lush but lighter than I expected, lighter but decent carb, hint of warming booze.

Overall interesting, def need to try it again fresh and review notes, but a nice aged feel to it and still very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 02:36:04 | More by jlindros
Photo of da_beers


4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a beautiful, thick black with nice dark tan head of a little over a finger. Has that nice tan lace all the way down.

S - roasty, chocolatey, hints of coffee. This has a good, deep nose to it.

T - great bitterness to it. Great espresso and chocolates. Deep flavors. Some roastiness in the back end. Caramel notes come through at end as well. So good.

M - full body and then some. This is thick and savory. Leaves you smacking your lips or more. This is exactly hoe a stout should feel.

O - not disappointed. Only knock would be its slight booziness... But it's an imperial, so what do you expect, right? Great imp stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 18:21:14 | More by da_beers
Photo of Flounder57


4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip at Estelle's in Boston

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin late. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super awesome lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted coffee, toffee, caramel, smoke, and a little booze.

Taste: Same as above with lingering ash bitterness. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, ash, full bodied, boozy alcohol, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty awesome RIS. I like all the different variations of this beer too.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2014 00:33:33 | More by Flounder57
Photo of secondtooth


4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note that this is a review of a 2-year old bottle, aged in a cool basement.

Pours oil-slick black, with a formidable and impressive head of dark tan carbonation.Thick and attractive lace.

Nose is roasty, charred cocoa and mocha. And booze, but not in a bad way.

Taste is huge -- tons of flavors here. I get cocoa, burnt malts, and a finish that hints at caramel/toffee and some hops, even. Finish is warming and alcoholic.

Definitely a tasty and impressively massive Imperial Stout, and an experience to savor.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 21:04:24 | More by secondtooth
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 3,959 ratings.