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Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cokes on 08-09-2003

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Photo of rayjay
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle. Purchased in Oregon, not available in CA. Pours motor oil black with a big creamy head. Sweet, rich, dark as hell with a creamy nitro texture. Aftertaste lasts forever, full of rich roasted malts and some bitter hops along for the ride. Really drinkable, quite a fine example of the style. Loads of extreme flavors are totally working together to make one fine sipping beer. This would age great. Cheers!

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Photo of zeff80
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours out a dark black color with a one finger, chocolaty-brown head. It leaves good lacing.

S - It smells strongly of malt, chocolate and caramel. The alcohol aroma is also present.

T - Tastes of toffee, chocolate and malt. The carmel flavors come through more and more as it warms.

M - It is soft and creamy, but a fairly heavy beer.

D - Unbelievable. I've never found a RIS that I didn't like but this may be the best.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled December 1st 2010.

Yeti pours an intimidating, viscous, inky black body with a frothy cappuccino colored head that build to about one inch in height before slowly settling, leaving a sheet of lacing in its wake.

From the second the cap is removed, enticing aromas of dark chocolate fill the air. Roasty coffee, fig and vanilla round out the bouquet.

Roasted flavors hit first with dark chocolate, and bitter espresso notes. Dark stone fruits like figs or even dates peek through along with a light vanilla character. Throughout each of these waves of flavor, peppery, warming alcohol holds steady. The defining attribute of Yeti is the powerful hop presence that lingers beneath the surface before its surging to a crescendo on the finish. This is the key. There are dozens of remarkable Imperial Stouts that display intense, dark, roasted malt. Malt freaks know what I'm talking about. But at some point, for all but those with the blindest of allegiance, these beers simply become too much, too sweet, too cloying. Yeti's insane level of hoping insures that this will never happen. It is not simply balanced by the natural bitterness of roasted barley, it has a seemingly unnatural level of hop bitterness that scrapes all that sweet malt right off your tongue.

Yeti is big beer. Calling it full bodied seems like an insult. Full doesn't tell half the story. It is oily, chewy, sludgy. They make spoons for beer like this.

No doubt about it, Yeti is one seriously hefty brew. A case could be made that it is more of a Black IPA than a Russian Imperial Stout. If you don't have a serious threshold for both roasted barley and hop bitterness, you may want to try something else.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night, absolutely opaque. It has a thick pancake head that is tan and disappears pretty quickly but leaves great lacing. The smell is of rum soaked raisins, dark chocolate, prunes, licorice, port wine and a finish of cocoa. The alcohol is definitely noticeable, but its more in the nose than the taste. The taste is wonderful. A perfect blend of roasty flavors, creamy mouthfeel, and chocolate and dark fruit with brandyish overtones. Wonderful flavors very well balanced, and with a big finish. Big but smooth and creamy mouthfeel. For the high abv and big flavors,its still quite drinkable.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark oily black with a large brown head - into a 12 oz glass on tap at Tapwerks in OKC. This keg was tapped after I asked for it - I think it might have been finished the night before and they had a replacement at the ready.

Smelled of strong roasted malts and a great hop presence for a RIS - some plum present, a powerful milk chocolate aroma but the grassy hops are really noticeable and it was top notch fresh to add to the great aroma I smelt.

Tasted great - one of the better RIS's that I have had - it was very hoppy , not too much black patent malt to detriment the chocolate flavors as some RISs do. Rich creamy chocolate, slightly oily body from the cocoa flavors, but wow, this could be a dessert for me. Strong bittering flavors from grassy hops blending with dark malt. Plum flavors present slightly from a good boil .

Good carbonation - very drinkable - I have seen this many times in bombers but I am very glad the first time I had it , it was off a freshly tapped keg - Definitely will be keeping a few of these around in the future.

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Photo of bisonkron
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - very dark black, poured a 1/8th inch super dark brown head that faded after about 30 seconds.

S - The smell is light, but great. Smells of sweet chocolate milk, smoked wood, and roasted malts.

T - Had a great coffee taste to accompany the chocolate notes. Exceptional taste.

M - Creamy, syrup, smooth.

D - Amazingly drinkable.

Going to buy another pack as soon as I can to see how it does with age.

Glass: Snifter.

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Photo of Gatch
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can Great Divide brew a bad big beer? I don't think it's possible. Yeti shined in every describable characteristic. My ratings are according to style, and this is definitely one of the best Imperial Stouts I've had.

A - Black as night with a little hint of deep brown. Crazy thick & creamy head which almost looks curdled. Kind of like a milkshake.
S - A surprisingly hoppy nose. Roasted malt, roasted coffee, dark chocolate.
T - A lot of the nose came out in the taste. Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, brown sugar, some dark fruits. A nice subtle alcohol warmth that I really enjoyed. I love this stuff.
M - A very smooth, warming feel. The roasted tastes explode all over the palate. It stays with you, which is great.
D - One of the more drinkable Imperial Stouts I've tried. The alcohol is hidden incredibly well, which attributes to the great taste. I really can't say enough about Yeti and Great Divide. They seem to exhibit every passion possible involved in brewing.

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Photo of photomike
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

9-month-old bottle.

Pours pitch black with an explosive brown head. Two full inches in my Bruery tulip. Incredible lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell is intense: ashy, earthy and leafy, with sweet chocolate and carmelized sugars. A very slight hit of alcohol once the beer reaches room temp. Phenomenal.

Taste is similarly intense. Lots of earthy, ashy flavors with chocolate, chalk and a huge amount of roasty bitterness. Really complex, delicious and intense.

Full bodied and creamy, this beer has a slightly chewy finish, and an astringent and hot aftertaste. Only adds to the intensity.

These glasses always disappear way to quick. Distribute to CA, Great Divide!!

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Photo of joeseppy
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled Jul 30 2012. Happy Birthday to this Yeti-time to git you into my belly! Ironically I just pulled this out the fridge-I'll splain later.

Very deep brown, a one inch mocha head with large bubbles. Head recedes to the edges with a wispy top.

Aromas of espresso grounds, chocolate covered raisins, sweet malt/toffees/caramels. The alcohol notes bring to mind dark sugarcane rum with the lower alcohol content the islands used to produce locally-not shipped to the U.S..

I gotta start with the back end because the front is so complex. Bitter black coffee, of course hops related with roasted grain. 70% dark cocoa bark with sweet malt. The balance is nothing short of superb.

Very rich mouthfeel; like cold dark creamy coffee with juz 'nuff carbonation. Lips are sticky from the sugars. I really enjoyed at a chilled temp.. Pert perfecto para mi.

I bought this last year- was not impressed and left a few in the fridge. Now I know this carries spectacular ratings and I wanted to give this some time before I dissed it. I felt when young, this was very chalky and way too bitter. Exactly one year has passed and this still has enough hop strength carrying over to balance with the malt sweetness to make just short of a perfect Imperial Stout. I have an Oak Aged raring to go on one year also. This is a brew for me that keeps it interesting and teaches me not to be too judgmental when it comes to Imperial Stouts. Bottom line, age this, experiment, and enjoy! Chewy enough to say 'Bon Appetite'!

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Photo of bowersdm
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a nonic.

A - straight black with a chocolate milk/lightly creamed coffee colored head measuring 3cm (it would be more, but it spilled over the side of the glass.)

S - roasted barley, chocolate, hops, alcohol, mocha, espresso, raisins, tobacco, burnt malt.

T - roasted barley, chocolate, mocha, raisins, tobacco, burnt malt that imparts a slight smoky quality, finished off with a touch of alcohol and hops that provide a touch of bitterness (along with bitterness from dark chocolate) that brings a nice balance to the beer. as the beer warms, i also got notes of toffee and...vanilla?

M - near textbook for an RIS.

D - this is one of the best RISs out there. try it, now.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured black as pitch with a rich creamy mocha brown head. Exceptionally inviting.

Smell: A citrus fresh hop is the first element on the nose followed by roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. This is the weakest link in the package (if there is one) if only because the nose was not bold enough to complete the appearance, or the taste. Perhaps the hops masked the other scents?

Taste: Fantastic flavor! Big and bold. The big hop bitterness perfectly complements the robust coffee and sweetness of caramel, toffee and chocolate. A roasted malt backbone ties it all together. Finish is slightly warming from the alcohol, dry and crisp, leaving the palate surprisingly clean.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. It compliments the taste exceptionally well.

Drinkability: I had to be really, really careful not to down this brew in one, long, and impressively delicious pull. This is a big beer. The bottom of the glass came way, way too quickly. Very well done.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I got introduced to the Yeti a bit chilly, poured into a tumbler.

It pours an inky black with an attractive two-finger cap of mocha brown froth.

This beverage smell quite a bit more pleasant than I'd imagine an actual Yeti to smell. I pick up coffee, rich dark chocolate mixed with malty milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and earth. Outstanding just to smell.

I taste bitter, roasty coffee and toasted bread of some dark variety. There's a fairly strong bitterness which may be caused by plentiful hops... Earthy. But some chocolate is still there... maybe a dark, bittersweet chocolate.

The body is almost dauntingly thick. This is a good thing.

A stand-out imperial stout that offers up an intense but balanced taste of the bitter side of darkness. This one speaks to me.

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Photo of Manimal75
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer caught me by surprise with it's bitter after taste that was so good that my wife, which has never had a stout, really liked it. What a great brew from the near black hole color to the cocoa toffee caramel flavor with a bit of almost burnt malts that hits all the senses: great for a cool night by the fire!

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