Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,829 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 4,829
Reviews: 1,709
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 261
Gots: 796 | FT: 22
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:
Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003

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Photo of vfgccp
4.63/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.63/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of Bizz88
4.63/5  rDev +10%
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!

Photo of jjanega08
4.63/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of KKB
4.63/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of Jameson77
4.63/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of StaveHooks
4.63/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of FloppyDog
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

Photo of bsp77
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

Photo of shlap
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of Sorgasm
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

great beer; one of my favorite imperial stouts.

a - pitch black with a nice mocha head.

s - chocolate, roasted malt, coffee.. yumm!

t - just like it smells.. delicious! has a lot of nice subtleties.

m - smooth and thick. slight burn from the alcohol but not even close to being offensive.

d - very drinkable, especially for an imeprial stout!

as a side note, i tried this beer side by side with the oak aged yeti and thought the original was the tastier of the two!

Photo of JaxBeerBear
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding RIS, one of my favorites and has been for years now. Runs a bit expensive though here in Jacksonville, FL unfortunately.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22ounce bomber purchased at Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, CO.

During the pour into a tulip glass I looked through the stream and could see some light. In the glass, held it up to a 100 watt bulb -- like holding a brick or a piece of wood in front of the bulb: totally opaque. Black as the inside of a cave.
Nice milk-chocolate brown rocky bumpy head. Small streams of tiny bubbles work their way up the sides of the glass through this viscous turbidity. The head gets rockier and bumpier as it sits, and clings to the glass.

Smell at first is malt, chocolate, espresso, more malt, burned chocolate-chip cookies. Then some piney hops come up as I let this sit. What an amazing mix. SOO much malt and a great hop presence as well. I can hardly wait to taste this.

WOWOWOW! What an assault of flavors! Chocolate, wood smoke, espresso, burnt toast, a hint of pine resin and some soy sauce, hay and a slight note of grapefruit from the hops. Then there's a warm tingling in the back of my mouth, like pepper/cinnamon. Freakish. Extraordinary. Not for the faint of palate, and I really love it. Long slow burned flavor, like the syrup that bubbles out of your grandma's cherry pie and burns onto the catch-pan underneath. All the malty sweetness is balanced by excellent hop bitterness. All the hop bitterness (75 IBU's worth!) is fully balanced by the amazing roasty malt. (Never thought I would be waxing poetic about something with 75 IBU's!)

The mouthfeel is so smooth and sauce-like, you hardly want to swallow this. Roly-poly round and round slurpalicious. The lacing is thick and heavy, and chocolatey brown on the glass.

Only drawback is the 9.5%. However, it is entirely masked: I don't taste or feel it in my mouth or throat at all. Still, I feel it in my head in a few minutes.

This is a tail-kicking monster of a beer. You will want some more. I know I do.

Photo of niknot
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a Yeti glass provided by the company. A very deep black color with a reddish-brown head that is very slow to reside.

There is a powerful chocolate coffee aroma that rises from this magnificent creation.

The taste is phenomenal. With an imperial stout, you would expect a slight overtone of alcohol to be present, but surprisingly none is to be found. Low carbonation allows for the complexities of the roasted malts to burst through.

This is by far the most smooth imperial stout I have ever drank. Hard to find, but worth the effort to acquire.

Photo of Foxman
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It came to be a raven haired beauty, black as night and impermeable by any light, devoid of any ebon detail. Two fingers of cocoa brown head sat creamily and stubbornly atop the glass. Tawny loops of lacing played about the inside of the glass.

The aroma preceded the beer, and swelled as I brought it closer, driving currents of dark roasted malt and dark fruits and deep floral hops noseward. A note of soy flirted a bit amid swirls of coffee and chocolate and alcohol, and even a smidge of licorice.

Upon tasting, the bittersweet signature of roasted grain clambered in, toting waves of coffee and cocoa, earthy tones of cherry and sloe, and the very upfront presence of King Alcohol. The first onslaught ebbs to a more diverse middle, rife with continued fruit and coffee and alcohol, some overall air of spiciness, and accompanied by a more vinous character and the perfume of hops. The finish dries quickly, leaving the hops on stage to linger for some time. It sends waves of flavor in, but subtly so, blended in a bold but nuanced fashion.

Heavy bodied, it's a wonderfully essenced oil, slick and spicy, with a lingering glow that evokes a likewise lingering grin.

It's a subtle brute, and I mean that in the nicest possible way. It's complex, big, bold, brash, and brave, but it never loses it's subtlety. Everything is there for you to taste and experience, should you care to take note, or you can simply sip it slow and bask in its glory. The ABV is a potent creature, and it will lay you open if you let it, but never once does it get out of sync with the rest of the beer. There's no taming this one, but that feral but sublime nature is what makes it as good as it is, so sit back, relax, and immerse yourself. Done cautiously, I would think there could be no regrets.

Photo of BigJTrucker
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark black, with a cocoa brown head that settles fairly slowly leaving some light lacing. Aroma is amazing! Notes of oak, coffee, vanilla, chocolate. Flavor is extremely well balance for such a big stout. Just enough of a chocolate flavor , but not so much as to be a "chocolate stout", a bit of rosted coffee flavor as well. Flavors hide the 9.5% abv very well, as it is nowhere to be found. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Not harsh at all. I am very impressed with this RIS. I would definitely advise you to seek this one out.

Photo of MasonBeerMan
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

App- Dark black, 1 finger head which quickly leaves. Great head retention, lacing left on glass entire way through

Smell-sweet, chocolate, roasty and alchohol

Taste-slight alchohol, biterness, chocolate and roasted malts

Mouthfeel-smooth and chewy

Drink-great beer, easy to drink, will definitely have more of these

Had 1/5/2007

Photo of khiasmus
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer many times. I've never sat down and dissected it. As I do... I'm absolutely astounded. It's completely unbelievable.

Pours completely black. Two fingers of dark tan head that has soapy bubbles but lasts forever and laces down the glass. there's a very faint ruby/brown tinge when held to the light.

The aroma is that of a monster. A mammoth. I suppose a yeti. Chocolate is there, as well as a rich earthy hop background... Galena? Chinook? Coffee, alcohol, a bit of raisin/plum...

Flavor is sweet and chocolatey at first, then the hops kick your ass. The flavor really is overwhelming. Yeti is an absolutely appropriate name for this beer. There is some grain roastiness and some warmth in the alcohol note.

This beer is monstrous. Don't doubt its potency... it's in the top few RIS's I've ever had. I'd rather drink this than Darkness.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black with a dark brown head that looks creamy and thick. Great retention.
Smell is malt, smoke, light hops, cardboard and molasses. Great balance.
Taste is all that with chocolate and alcohol.
Warming all over. Light effervescence. Full-bodied, creamy and chewy. An awesome brew. Have two, slowly.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours an attractive, seal brown with a semi-thick, dark tan head that sticks around longer than most RIS's and leaves excellent lacing. It's hard to take a whiff of this brew and not immediately drinki it. Nevertheless, I resisted long enough to take some notes on the aroma. At first, all I can think of is chocolate chip cookies, with its cocoa malts and sweet bready notes. But then, it's followed by some hidden hops, organic barley, and raisins.


The taste is both subtle and direct at the same time. Bitter coffee and chocolate malts command the flavor at the front of the palate, while hop notes discreetly work the rest. Absolutely no hint of alcohol here, which can be good or bad, depending on who you are. For this beer, however, it definately works. The mouthfeel is the epitome of "velvety", as an amazingly smooth, thick body coats the tongue and inside of the mouth. Semi-sweet bitterness kisses the back of the throat on the finish. Even though I love most brews from Great Divide, I hadn't yet found a RIS that truly hit the spot. Consider the position filled. This beer has it all: taste, complexity, smoothness, a 9.5% ABV that only reveals itself halfway through the bottle (or by checking it on BA). Job well done, Great Divide.

Photo of rwrk42
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: As black and dark as they come with a brown head that holds well
Smell: Roasted coffee & malts with a slight hint of chocolate
Taste: Immediate taste of strong coffee, malt and slight chocolate. Just the right amount of hops in this one to help it finish strong. A great smoooth stout.
One of the best Stouts I have ever had Highly recommend

Photo of abcsofbeer
4.66/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle with no freshness date. The liquid is very black and thick with no transparency. It is topped by the most unique head I have ever seen, an orange, brown color that leaves the stickiest and thickest lace ever. The aroma, at first, is a bit hard to discern, but is characterized by a bitter roasted malt smell that is similar to a sweet dark chocolate.

The taste is a sweet malt, darkly roasted. The hop flavor is fantastic for a stout with post notes of hop bitterness. There is some distinct warm, alcohol flavor from the high abv but it is not overpowering.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy along with some fabulous tanginess. This is an excellent beer, matched by only a few.

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.66/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle marked 29A1E020 at 50 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma of roasted malt which lasts the entire glass
Head large (5 cm), light brown, creamy with rocks, diminishing to a 2 mm layer.
Lacing good – covers about 40% of glass with interconnected reticulum between each swallow.
Body dark brown, opaque; no light passes at even the glass/beer interface.
Flavor of slightly sweet roasted malt which ends with a slight roasted bitterness. No alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl. A slowly-rising alcohol warmth is felt in the stomach after a couple of minutes.
Palate full, creamy, carbonation soft

My database indicates that I have only previously had the oak-aged Yeti in bottles in 2010 and that I was unimpressed. Obviously there have been some changes in my palate since then. Yeti seems to be a lower priced version of TenFidy, but nearly as good, sort of like Ford and Mercury.

Photo of Rutager
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours black with a little deep chocolate head on it.

Smell. Chocolate, roasty, smokey malts, and some dark roasted coffee and a little booze.

Taste. Huge roasty toasty dark malt, some coffee and molasses, smokey wood and dry bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel. Full body, slightly oily with smooth, medium-light carbonation. Slightly warming.

Overall. Awesome imperial stout. I have a few other variations of this which I'm really excited to try after this one.

Photo of beerfox
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours totally ebony with a 1/2" creamy, burnished-tawny head that settles to a light ring and gauzy netting over the body. Lacing wants to cling to the glass in delicate sheets.

Aromas of coffee and cream, or perhaps a fine cappuccino, waft upward to surround my head, like a caressing hand.

I lift the glass to my lips, where a bittersweet coating washes over my lips. The front of my tongue awakens with a light tingle, while a silken smoothness envelopes the middle.

I am greeted by rich, burnt-malt flavors, while freshly roasted coffee and elegant, bittersweet chocolate merge in a seduction-of-the-senses. A subtle sweetness sneaks around the corner. Piney, resinous hops arrest the entire back of my tongue - the bitterness is intensely appealing!

Most women may not try a stout, fearful that the robust flavors would overtake them - this one is so satisfying and "trance-inducing" - like a blend between a night with your lover and an exquisite morning espresso.

This is the kind of beer that creates desire! Definitely drinkable!

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,829 ratings.