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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout | 9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003

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Photo of vividox
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I cracked this open and took a whiff, I knew I was in for a treat. The smell is a very bold, almost chocolate coffee smell. It poured opaque with a brown head that dissipated fairly quickly. I was amazed by the complexity of the taste, it started off all malt - tasting almost like very chocolately milk. That taste gave way over time to an absolute onslaught of hops. It had a very smooth, creamy mouthfeel that made for a very pleasurable drinking experience. The taste definitely stayed on the tongue awhile, I put almost half an hour between this and my second beer and still felt like I was washing the Yeti down with the second beer. An excellent choice for anyone who likes stouts.

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Photo of meechum
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint mug. Pours very dark, pretty much black into the mug with an agressive, tight bubbled, thick tan head that fades slowly leaving big sticky lacing down the side of the glass

S - Immediately smell the big personality of this beer with huge caramel and toffee smells with an underlying hint of the malts and even just a small twinge of alcohol, I presume from the gravity

T - Wow..the first sip was awesome..so let's start..roasted malts assaults you right away with a pretty strong mocha flavoring and fading into some caramel or chocolate notes..just a small bit of hoppy taste in there to cut some of the sweetness, finishes off with a bit of the burn of alcohol.

M - This is big and creamy, just the right amount of carbonation to set it off without being too much with a small burn of the alcohol at the end

D - This is a serious beer and should be taken seriously. This is the last beer of my session and with the high grav I don't think I'd have more than one of these in an evening at a time but I sure would be waiting for the next time I could break open a bottle of this.

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Photo of cameraman
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very heavy, dark brown color, and is opaque. It has a nice caramel head that laces nicely. The aroma is very strong, and can be smelled several feet away, strong hop aroma and hints of the dark malt. The taste, the hops just come right up there and attack your tastebuds, folowed by this sweet chocolate flavor. The mouthfeel is full bodied and rich, much like whole milk. This is sipping beer, with big flavor. Sit back and enjoy this one.

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Photo of ugaterrapin
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer is one of the darkest I have had. It is completely black with a deep brown finger thick head. It resembles a thin motor oil.

S: It has a strong aroma that boasts a hearty helping of chocolate and roasted malts. There is a definitive coffee presence as well. The smell is incredible and completely invigorates the nostrils.

T: This beer has an incredible taste. The coffee flavor has a strong prescence with some slight chocolate notes. There is an overall roasted character that accompanies the flavors as well. The alcohol is well hidden. It is a little warm on the end with a slight hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is well balanced. Not too heavy, but has a nice body to hold up the great flavor profile.

Overall this is an incredible beer. It would probably make it into my top 10 list of best beers I have ever had and definitely one of the best imperial stouts I have had. I am anxious to try the other versions of the Yeti.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark reddish brown pour gets opaque, nearly black as it fills the glass. The well-formed, dense dark brown head clings to the walls as it slowly recedes. The first thing noticed is deep chocolate & powdered-cocoa scent of roasted malt, and pronounced herbal/leafy hop aroma. Furthermore there's rich malt with caramel-biscuity and brown sugar character and raisiny esters in the background, while the alcohol remains well hidden. Flavor is based on roasted malt foundations with deep chocolate character and lightly burnt tones, counterbalanced by warming alcohol and assertive leafy/herbal, slightly spicy hops (resembling spicy mint) that didn't deteriorate even this aged example is just about to expire. Some might say that the beer is overly hopped but the style allows much liberty to the brewer thus the aroma/flavor elements can be clustered around anything, be it malt, hops or esters.
Although the beer is relatively sweet on the palate it finishes relatively dry with roastiness, hop-bitterness and alcohol warmth all lingering into the aftertaste. Full and viscous with moderate soft carbonation trapped within. This is the best American beer I've had to date and easily beats the majority of over-hyped top-rated American beers any day. Fortunately, the legend is true - yeti DOES exist.

(330 ml bottle, BB date reads 09-01-2011, consumed 08-12-2011. )

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Photo of Colt4540
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- This maybe the darkest beer I have ever drank. It's pitch black with a rust colored head that starts as a one finger but then leaves with a film on top. That leaves good lacing. Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

S- Smells like chocolate and alcohol with a slight bit of hoppiness.

T- Has a real bitter taste but not overwhelming. You can kinda taste the alcohol but the bitterness of the hops matches with it nicely.

M- Real crisp kind of a light feel for an imperial stout. You can almost feel the alcohol burning your mouth.

D- Too many of these would leave you in gutter. Probably two or three is all you can drink. But other then that its real easy drinking.

Note- The date on the bottle was from June of 06'.

Overall a good beer and I'm quite fond of it.

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Photo of jhartley
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on June 17, 2015. 12 oz. bottle
A: Poured a dark black thick used motor oil consistency (I know that's a old tired description, but it works). A thin dark khaki latte type head that coats the inside of the glass. Beautiful!

S: Espresso, chocolate, slight amount of hop pine, roasty goodness.

T: Strong espresso, bakers chocolate, burnt caramel, brown sugar, bitter hops. Like chewing on a dark chocolate dipped espresso bean and a fresh hop at the same time.

M: Tongue coating goodness! Just a full mouth feel on this one, no surprise there. Not a hint of the 9.5% abv.

O: A great beer! Everything you would want from a non-BA Imperial Stout; roasty, chocolaty, hoppy! Just all around delicious. A sipper that is hard to just sip.

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Photo of McWoods
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


The smell that came from the bottle when I cracked it open was phenomenal. Sweet, carmel-like, with a shot of espresso.

It poured about that color too, thick and dark. The head was a thick dense foam as well a medium brown color.

The thickness almost gave it a syrup type texture at times, but the feeling it left behind was sweet and delicious. Rich.

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Photo of Fugazme
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from notes:

Pitch black with excellent lacing... great legs with a dark tan/caramel head.

Aroma is sweet and chocolatey. Nice coffee aroma, slight bitter hops... some delicious caramel and bourbon-like aromas... molasses and maple... awesome.

Smokey-sweet with a great balance on the drink. Bitter finish and very good.

Quite smooth palate... velvety. A great beer.

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Photo of nectar14
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice Lebowski reference, Armstrongm. It inspired me to write this review... even though I had this beer two months ago.

A- Dark, dark, dark with a thin tan head. Looks thick and viscous.
S- Woah, big roasted malts, coffee, nuts, chocolate, caramel. Beautiful smells.
T- Big beer, but not unbalanced. More dark malts, coffee, and chocolate. Some bitterness in there to balance.
M- Really nice sipper, not a guzzler, obviously. Went down pretty easily for a beer this big.
D- Yummy, but not for a lightweight. Might go well with a steak.

Will look for more of this next time I'm back in CO.
Until then---
The Dude abides

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Photo of JBStith
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yeti Imperial Stout is awesome...

A: Pours pitch black and thick like used motor oil. So dark I think almost created a blackhole in my kitchen. Thick dark brown head, the color of brown sugar. Great head retention and lacing.

S: Toffee, coffee, malt, and alcohol.

T: Same as smell. Very slight sweetness immeduiately attacked by alcohol, then bitterness. Part of the bitterness taste like black malt, not hops (acrid, but in a good way).

M&D: Coats the mouth, but is certainly not overly heavy. Mouthfeel is dominated by alcohol and bitterness (again, in a good way). Quite drinkable for such a "stout" beer (pun intended). I can't wait to have another one of these this winter.

Yeti reafirms everything I love about stouts and everything I am learning about imperial versions. An absolutely terrific beer.

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Photo of eddocron
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from Prince's Liquors, Plymouth, MN. March 10, 2010 production, 9.5% Alcohol.

Poured dark, dark with a rick 1 inch caramel colored head that stayed. Good lacing.

Strong roasted malt, coffee and some sweetness.

Taste was very good, this is my kind of beer - full body, lots of hops, roast malts, with caramel and coffee taste. Not bitter, easy to drink.

Full taste, good heavy feel in the mouth, made to sip or slug.

Very drinkable. Looking forward to my second bottle calling me from the fridge...

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Photo of CWiggins
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I first tried this beer several months back. Now that I have some experience tasting and reviewing beer, I thought I'd retry this one. It pours black-as-night in a syrupy manner into my Sam Smith pint glass. A beautiful light brown head formed, but it soon withered away into a thin lacing that remained throughout the session. I'm always impressed when a stout is this thick and creamy in appearance. This is sure impressive thus far!

The aroma is of dark malts, chocolate, and coffee, with hints of dark cherry, brown sugar, molasses, alcohol, and a delightful hops bitterness. It doesn't have as big a smell as some other stouts, but it makes up for that in sheer complexity.

What a flavor! The sugary sweetness appears first, followed by dark coffee, chocolate, and a wonderful alcohol sensation. There's no hiding the alcohol here; it's upfront and in-your-face. The finish is mainly a hop bitterness, with lingering aspects of toasted malts and bread. I found the alcohol to persist throughout each gulp.

A creamy mouthfeel completes the package. It's incredibly smooth; there's practically no carbonation at all. It coats the mouth, fills all available surface space, and the full body makes you feel complete and full.

A wonderful libation. I can't wait to have a few more of these over the winter. Thanks a bunch, Great Divide!

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Photo of Brad007
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 vintage. Been holding to this for quite a while. I almost don't want to open it but I still got a bottle of oak-aged Yeti aging away.

Pours a dark black color with a two-finger brown head into my fluted glass. Nice presentation.

Taste is rich and creamy and full of chocolate, mild roasted coffee and dark fruit. No harshness or anything.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering cream, coffee and chocolate. Not harsh at all. Very easy-going in the mouth. Dare I say, smooth.

Wow a very nice example of the style that lives up to the hype. Definitely worth what I paid for it nearly 2 years ago. Perfect for this cold fall night.

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Photo of horshack7
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: From the depths of a twelve ounce bottle comes forth a black opaque beer with a head on that is about one finger thick. That may have been an understatement. This pure black evil that makes dark as night look brighter than the sun. This is an abyss of darkness with a stunning brown coffee colored head on top.

Aroma: Dark and milk chocolate and dark roasted malty goodness. Molasses notes like no other incredible burnt hopiness grace the nose so very gently.

Taste: Wow the sweetness from the roasted malts is remarkable. Lots of dark roasted hopiness. Great notes of molasses and incredible notes of dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is thick yet silky smooth.

Notes: This is a great Russian Imperial perfect for the coldest of days or nights. Cheers.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

March 2011 bottle. Opened July 2014.

A - Solid, almost bowling ball black body. Creamy milk chocolate head has great retention and lace.

S - An excellent nose, sweet and chocolately. Malted milk balls, deep milk chocolate, chestnuts, touch of burt coffee.

T - Opens smooth, bold, and round with milk chocolate, dark roast coffee, and thick caramel. The center drops out a little, but features nice roast grain and molasses flavors. Really nice dry roast finish.

M - Smooth with a light, well balanced carbonation. Medium-full body with a great coating on the back end.

O - Really enjoyable, and arguably the best of the entire series.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hard to put down this beer. On the downside <sic>, too much of this will make you cross-eyed. Pours a dark, dark chocolate brown with a kona brown foamy head. The head tried to recede but never completely vanished. Nose was a hodge-podge of ground coffee beans and chocolate. Great balance to the flavor. Hops rise towards the end and provide a nice evergreen bite. It actually brings out the sweet flavors of the malt even more. Malt has lots of toasted grains and nice coffee bursts. Chocolate milk too. Alcohol started to come out towards the end of hte bottle--otherwise it was nicely hidden. The beer feels like milk in the mouth. Full body that kind of rolls around and clings to the cheeks.

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Photo of Bizz88
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this pitch black Imperial Stout a little on the agressive side finding little to no head, but left subtle brown sticky lacing, go figure, maybe the temp wasn't just right. Aromas of expresso, carmel with a touch of pine. This heavy bodied brew coats the tongue with a carpet bomb of flavors ranging from burnt carmel coffee,semi sweet chocolate, raw almonds. and tart black cherries which hide the alcohol. Quite the stay at home stout. Cheers!

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Photo of jjanega08
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A= pours a deep deep deep black color. This isn't just brown and looks black in a cup. This baby is BLACK. The head on it is awesome for an RIS. It stands up a nice two and a half fingers high with amazing lacing and retention. The heads color makes me drool. Complete dark brown color. The only thing that would make this beer more bad ass is if the head were black which I don't even believe is possible. Awesome looking.

S= Awesome combination of everything RIS. Coffee and chocolate all over the place. This thing that makes this so unique is the small amount of hops that make this beer very well balanced for an RIS. The deep roasty malts are amazing.

T= Awesome. Just like the nose I get a ton of great RIS notes. The main thing like I said that confuses me is the hop notes. There is of course loads of coffee and chocolate... great roasty malts and just plain amazing dark malt flavor. All this awesome RIS flavor is complemented by the nice hop flavor. The hops come through even more in the taste than the nose led on to believe. Great taste. My favorite part is when I burp I get the hops like I'm drinking an IPA

M= Low carbonation despite the awesome head on this beer. Really quite coating. A little sticky and lasting. This beer lingers in the taste for quite a while which is nice because when it warms up it just gets better and better.

D= Amazing beer... This beer reminds me of my favorite beer Darkness in many many ways. This baby is everything I want in a beer and lives up to any occasion. No matter weather I'm craving a hop bomb or a malty sipper this beer is both. Solid brew and I'm happy it's so available.

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Photo of KKB
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – Complete utter black oil. I have never seen such a dark beverage in all my life. Devoid of any light—pure perfect darkness. The head is extremely dark as well, and the appearance is just overall without flaw.

S – Woah, so much malt. So many hops. What in the world is this? It smells of dark chocolate, intense dark coffee, huge citrus hops, licorice and a little bit of alcohol. Overall, it smells overwhelmingly good. I need to taste this immediately.

T – That’s all she wrote. What a huge, over the top, outrageously flavorful Imperial Stout. I have never had anything quite like this. Just a grossly indecent amount of malt in this that gives it such an over the top, smooth, bittersweet chocolate flavor that is combined with ground coffee beans, caramel, fudge…and perhaps the most ridiculous thing about this beer is that despite the titanic malty aspect, it is the hops that come to dominate the beverage. This thing is just such a beautiful combination of bitter and sweet. So, so good.

M – This is a FULL bodied stout, as all good stouts are, but this has one of the largest bodies that I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. It is silky, sticky, smooth and lightly syrupy. Everything about this imperial stout is spot on.

O – This beer is just a comedy of contrasts, and a dream of an imperial stout. It’s for someone who loves outrageous stouts that are loaded with not only malt but hops as well. It is one of the best things that I have ever had, and one of my favorite all time beers. I look forward to many, many more of these.

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Photo of Jameson77
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance-pours a large head, very dark almost black color with a dark brown tan head.
Smell- Sweet and Roasty with hints of chocolate
Taste- Once again chocolate notes with pretty strong hop flavor for a stout and a little boozy. Very well balance with a good finish on the back of the palate.
Mouthfeel-Full mouthfeel, that stays with you long in between tastes but it is a good taste that you like. Lite carbonation and very heavy as an imperial stout should be.
Overall- Love this beer, would not do anything to change it as it is very good. I drank it out of a 12oz snifter glass, it is like drinking a beer cognac.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black with an espresso frothy 2 finger head. The head has a slight red tint.

S - Roasted dark coffee, molasses, milk chocolate, burnt caramel, a bit of alcohol.

T - Roasted chocolate malt, rich dark caramel, burnt raisins. Gentle citrus hops shows up towards the end to add some bitterness. It's viscous and smooth as glass.

The flavor of this beer is amazing, but the texture really stands out. Wonderfully layered and balanced. This is a go to RIS.

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Photo of FloppyDog
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a thick jet black with a quarter inch deep mocha head. As dark as they come.

Aroma is of chocolate, sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol (but in an enjoyable way that lets you know what this beer is capable of).

Taste knocks you back with that chocolate malt sweetness coupled with a hop bite that mingles in with the alcohol quite well. Lingering chocolate on the back of the tongue for 10-20 seconds after it is swallowed.

Mouthfeel is extremely viscous...a real plus when it comes to imperial stouts.

Overall, one word: delicious!

I highly recommend trying it if you come across one!

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Photo of bsp77
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Seems to be black (although it may just be an exceedingly dark brown), opaque, cappuccino head that subsides but leaves lacing. Can easily recreate a small head with a quick swirl.

Smell: Chocolate, dark fruit, sweet caramel, some roasted malts, a trace of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet chocolate, burnt malts, some coffee, a lot more bitter than the smell indicated (but not as bitter as Storm King).

Feel: Warming, thick and chewy. It doesn't get any smoother.

Drinkability: About as drinkable as a Russian Imperial Stout can be. I could keep sipping this until I die.

I need to try the Oak Aged Yeti now!

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Photo of shlap
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Taste: A perfect example of what an imperial stout should taste like; fruit, chocolate, and coffee, with a nice hoppy finish.

Body: Smooth and silky.

Appearance: Pitch black, totally opaque.

Aroma: Sweet fruit candy, chocolate.

Head: Nice brown head that dissapated quickly but left a light layer the whole way down.

Lacing: Quite a bit of lacing, very sexy :-)

Carbonation: Medium carbonation.

Have Another?: Definitely.

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