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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,194 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,194
Reviews: 1,624
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 198
Gots: 508 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003)
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Photo of spinrsx
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours an opaque black/brown colour with a large frothy and foamy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, grains, coffee

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and its feels very velvety on the tongue. Most of the taste consists of coffee, chocolate, breads/grains and malts. I could hardly pick up on the booze and there was a little bit of a vanilla flavour during the very chocolatey aftertaste.

Overall – This is one of the best RIS's I've had to date. The chocolate taste is fantastic and the mouthfeel is near perfect. I'll be sure to have a few of these on hand for after dinner drinks with friends.

spinrsx, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of Waltherpk380
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from world market. Pours a deep dark black color with a mocha head. No light whatsoever gets through this one, and that is what I expect from an imperial stout. The smell is amazing, a nice milk chocolate character, some nice resinous hops in the aroma, and also a slight nuttiness. The taste is assertively bitter with a mix of chocolately roasted malts and piny hops, there is a nice thick body to this beer which I enjoy. But Cigar City Marshal Zhukov's still has one up on this beer in my opinion. Still a very solid imperial stout for those who like there stouts with some hop bitterness.

Waltherpk380, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of stumac
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this brew pours up an absent of all colors black with a nice dark brown head. nice lacing as well. the nose is sweet and roasted malts, subtle earth, subtle marshmallow, hints of sweet vanilla. very rich taste. I get sweet malts, coffee, yeast, a lot of roasted malts, nice hop bitterness, a little vanilla bean in the finish, full bodied, high carbo. A very nice beer...

stumac, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of Wegbier
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

YES i have been waiting awhile, this is an Oct 2008
A- This beer tells a dark tale, no light will ever penetrate it. The thick espresso head protects its secrets. The lacing covers the glass so as to let no one peek at this scandalous experience. The head reduces to a light thin covering with a few bubbly mtns.

S- from the instant the is bent off the bottle sweet roasted malts burst out with divine toffee licorice and a hint of alcohol.

t-:) The taste is beastly and in your face; untamed. packed with roast and toast espresso beans that do no give up with a lingering lightly sweet finish, coffee ice cream! Deep in the back is the licorice from the smell. As it warmed it gave up on me leaving only licorice around which is less pleasing.

M- a little course with a silky finish, it is big and full in the mouth with no trace of alc

D- immediately bombs the stomach after very little.

Wegbier, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of mjc410
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour from the bomber is like turbo-diesel motor oil. Forms a slight dark tan head that falls to a short ring. Forms opaque, sudsy lacing.

Smells of thick, old coffee, pac nw hops, toffee, caramel, and cocoa. Comes together very nicely.

First taste is of alcohol, then rolls to hops, burnt caramel, ending with a toffee/chocolate combination.

The mouth is not quite as thick as I thought, has low carbonation, very smooth and warming.

This is a fun beer, but very heavy-handed.

mjc410, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here’s a classic: Great Divide’s Yeti. To be honest, I wasn’t infatuated with the Belgian version of this one, but it never hurts to sample the original. Cheers!

Brewed nine months before the date of this tasting (“BOTTLED ON: FEB 08 2011”).

A: Pours a silky black, with a gorgeous dark-brown head of oily bubbles. Climbing to a good three fingers, it slowly retreats to moderate lacing and a half-finger layer of cream. Looks thick and sexy.

S: Rich, smooth, and incredibly inviting. Warm vanilla syrup, woody alcohol, and caramel cream show off a gorgeous array of dark sugars; it almost smells bourbon barrel-aged. Grains of light toffee and coffee, a great roasted barley allowing bitters to take its time. Chocolate here and there, with breads, black cherry, and a nice kick of something more unusual: chili powder. Bold, powerful, lovable – everything an RIS should be.

T: Strength is readily apparent, with woody bourbon at the top of the palate. It stings with a peppery flavor and unexpected piney hops; the bitters are appropriately earthy. A hint of chocolate malts and the passing of a chalky yeast (not as strong and frustrating as in the Belgian version) come soon after, making way for the smooth residual sugars. It’s a mocha and caramel apple taste, naturally sweet. Aftertaste is dry, stinging chili pepper and dense cinnamon bread. In my opinion, this is better than the Belgian-Style Yeti – much more drinkable.

M: Clears your nostrils on the first sip – not like wasabi, but close. Carb is a light fizz, which stops this brew from ever getting mouth-coating; still, its viscosity is evident.

O: Impressive; an imperial stout with a complex bitter body that proves undeniably drinkable. I’ve had beers of this style that were more to my liking, but this was a very nice representation of RIS flavor. A barrel would do this a world of good to this beer – Oak-Aged Yeti, here I come.

BarryMFBurton, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a thick, creamy, tan head. Lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of rich chocolate. Roasted coffee notes. Dark maltiness abounds. Caramel/toffee. Gentle smokiness in the back.

The taste is of rich chocolate/dark malts. Caramel and toffee emerge as it progresses, as does a suggestion of wood. As it progresses, the ashy smokiness becomes very noticeable, almost too much so. Balancing breadiness and citrus mixing with the dark maltiness give it a bittersweet finish. Spicy, warming alcohol creeps in.

Full-bodied, rich and creamy.

Richness and alcohol make this one a very slow sipper, but an enjoyable one. I had the oak-aged version a few months ago. I remember it being a bit better, but it would be interesting to compare them head-to-head.

jwc215, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of SilverFoxxy
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle on 14 Aug 2010. Bottled April 2010. Drank in small tulip.

Look: Looks thick and black while pouring. When held to light it is very dark brown with a small light brown head. Would like a little more head but respectable for the abv.

Smell: Roasted malt, chocolate and little bit of smoke. Smells hoppy and bitter too, much more so than British stouts. No alcohol at all which impressed.

Taste: Initially sweet chocolate that is quickly overtaken by the bitterness. This manifests in a coffee flavour but can definitely taste the hops in there too. Very nice but could be more complex. Very well masked alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick as some other US stouts I've had recently (TenFidy, Mokah) but feels nice in the mouth. Not as silky smooth as some of the UK imperial stouts I've had on cask (St Petersburg, Bolvig, Marcus Aurelius).

Drinkability: Very good indeed. This was gone before I knew it, aided by the mouthfeel and lack of burn.

Very nice beer. Will seek it and its variations out again.

SilverFoxxy, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of Reneejane
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We got the oak aged Yeti, so a slightly different beer than otherwise reviewed. So, this refers to the aged beer! The beer has a nice hoppy aroma. The beer is jet black with a brown head, which has great head retention and is very fluffy. It sticks around as the beer is drained.

The first taste is of hops, with a taste of malt as well. I think it might need maybe more of a malt flavor? But then as you age beers the flavor moves from taste to aroma, so it may just be a factor of the aging.

It has a taste of alcohol, and then finishes very sweet!

Overall this is a very smooth beer, and very drinkable.

Reneejane, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of adam42381
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled on: Apr 16, 2010 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a motor oil black with a 2 finger creamy chocolate brown head. Excellent lacing. Looks pretty much perfect for a stout.

Smell: Chocolate, toffee, roasted malt, coffee and floral hops.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt up front followed by hoppy bitterness in the middle then ending with toffee and burnt toast at the finish. The alcohol comes through a bit as it warms up. Aftertaste is bittersweet chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: High drinkability. This isn't one you'd have several of but it is definitely one to savor and enjoy.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. I would highly recommend Yeti to anyone.

adam42381, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of bmwats
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Black. Pours a 2 finger, frothy, dark brown head. Settles slowly. Some beer ring lacing settles around a thin layer of carbonation which settles on the surface of the brew. Plenty of dry sticky lacing remains as you drain the glass.

S: Licorice, molasses, oakey and malty. Kind of a rye bread nose.

T: Bitter, roasted malty goodness. Very, very woody. Strong licorice. Strong alcohol tone in general.

M: Bitterness coats the palette. Not a strong bitterness, but full on with the slightly sweet licorice hint. Interesting. Finishes very dry.

D: You have to sip this one. The combo of dry and bitter dictates it.

Atmosphere pretty much rocks. Tall, dark, and handsome appearance. Nose is very prominent with great balance of tones. Flavor is not complex, but very full, and very flavorful (kinda' redundant). Overall, this is a great quaff.

bmwats, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of Larrytown
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with two fingers of foamy brown head. The first thing to hit the nose is the chocolate, but the roasted malt is short behind.

This is a delicious beer. Like with the nose, the chocolate is up front, but there's more going on here. Really a beer to savor. By the end of the bottle the sweetness is getting to be a bit more than I'd like, but that's nitpicking.

Delicious beer that goes down much easier than you'd think at that ABV.

Larrytown, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of littlelorib
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is thick and black with a thin mocha head. Smell is lovely, chocolate and burnt sugar. There is some chocolate in the taste, but the taste is mostly coffee. While i can detect the alcohol its not overpowering. Mouthfeel is substantial. The carbonation is present but not overpowering.

Overall an enjoyable beer. As it warms, more varied flavors are starting to come through, as is the alcohol. This is definitely something i'd get again if i see it locally.

littlelorib, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of BrewStoutMagic
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

THis is a fine example of an imperial stout.I may not be an expert but this is a full bodied and aromatic imperial stout. Appearance is very undoubtley black with dark tan head.Smell has fine dark sugary esspresso smoky mocha aroma. Taste has a sweetly bitter smoked feel with strong taste and bold imperial alcohol content to give you that warm feeling about half way through a pint. Overall I could be gratefuly yeti to enjoy another one.

BrewStoutMagic, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of Albertv05
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours black with hints of brown and red. Almost no head and lacing. The aroma is cascade hops (?) and a little maltiness and roasted grains. The first sip is intense; total hops on the palate followed by roasted grains and maltiness. The hops uses pair extremely well with the maltiness and roasted flavors of the brew. It finishes with some residual sweetness that leaves you wanting more. This is a sipper beer but very delicious. I'll definnitly get this one again when I'm craving a hoppy beer but not necessarily an IPA. Great for a cool, autumn night.

Albertv05, Oct 07, 2006
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.

BiereBlanche, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
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.

CAMRAhardliner, Jan 01, 2007
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.

match1112, Dec 02, 2011
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.

spointon, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of EStreet20
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.

EStreet20, Oct 15, 2006
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.

TheStove, Oct 06, 2010
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.

EseLocoSS, Sep 18, 2011
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!

SuperSpy, Apr 03, 2011
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.

clayrock81, May 31, 2009
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.

woemad, Oct 20, 2008
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,194 ratings.