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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,569 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,569
Reviews: 1,661
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 236
Gots: 649 | FT: 20
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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 Jayli
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a thick opaque black, with a 1/4 inch of brown head that recedes to a film almost instantly. Film retains for the duration of the beer with some spotty sheets of lacing.

S: Nose is of bitter chocolate, some coffee, roasted malts, and alcohol in present.

T: Taste is first of toffee malts and a huge dose of alcohol, middle is a hefty dose of roasted and toasted malts that have a touch of hop bite character, finishes with bitter chocolate and coffee flavoring that leaves a bitter coffee aftertaste.

M: Full body, mild carbonation, oily, creamy and rich feel, alcohol burn and a bitter aftertaste.

D: Given the ABV, not a sessionable brew, but a well done beer worthy of sitting down to one or two.

Photo of JDV
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black bour with a thick rich, sticky caramel brown head that lasted the entire time. Thick creamy lacing. Smells delicious. Coffee, chocolate, roasty sweetness. Taste is rich, thick, and coats the entire tongue with a powdery bitterness, similar to bitter cocoa powder. Long lasting finish with a good mouthfeel. From the pour, look, and smell, I was very excited, and the flavor didn't let me down, either. The high alcohol content was hidden well in my opinion. A great imperial stout.

Photo of sevopie
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black, hardly even any hints of brown. Medium-dark brown head thats rocky and laces well.

Smell - Bitter chocolate, coffee, and a tad bit alcohol.

Taste - Chocolate malts run thick, but not burnt, with a mild espresso flavor. There's a bit of hop on the finish, along with a rum-like alcohol bite, but only mildly so.

Mouthfeel - Much like the Espresso Oak-aged Yeti, this one is thick and properly carbonated.

Drinkability - Suffers slightly compared to the EAO version, but still is fantastically easy for a 9.5% beer. The alcohol being slightly more present is the deciding factor here.

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black into my pint glass and then magic a rich brown head starts to come up from the dark black liquid; two fingers of head, excellent retention and lacing.

S - Roasted malts, caramelized sugar, bitter dark chocolate.

T - Roasted malt, toffee, caramelized sugar, bitter cocoa, coffee like bitterness that lingers. Not much alcohol noticed. Would really like to try this one aged for a bit.

M - A little higher than my personal preference on the carbonation level, but it does give it a much lighter feel then one would expect.

D - If you like imperial stouts that this is definitely a beer worth trying. It's very good, I am sure better aged, and also comes in some other variations that I am anxious to try.

Photo of damienblack
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an inky black. Very healthy two-finger head, leaves some good lacing, while good carbonation leaves it reactive, bubbly and live looking. Surface looks like I just poured a tall glass of chocolate milk. Appearance is everything I expect from a RIS. Smells pretty boozey from the initial noseful. Smells a little chalky, but there's some good coffee and chocolate underneath. Also smells like it's got a good hop kick at the end.

It's certainly got big flavor. Medium coffee profile with just a bit of chocolate. But the two most prevalent aspects are an absolutely huge presence of dark burnt malt, and a prominent bitterness at the end from hops. I prefer my Imp Stouts to be on the sweeter side rather than being more burnt, and this is a little overly hopped for me. It's still very good, but that just makes it more of a sipper for me than something I can quaff endlessly (which isn't necessarily a bad thing). Decent mouthfeel, a little less carbonated by the end than it seems. Coffee and roastiness just sits on the palate, tantalizing you. I might actually need to take some water halfway through this alone just to get a fresh cleanse. It does a decent job at hiding the ABV, but it still tastes a little boozey. Overall, not a bad impression of a RIS. It's plenty flavorful, just not quite as accessible as I like, nor as focused on the coffee & chocolate flavors. A very solid sipper, but not among my all time favorites.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 24oz brown pop-top with typical GD-style label

Appearance: PITCH black beer with a dark mocha cap with decent retention; this is utterly opaque

Smell: Sweet, super dark grainy huskiness with just a touch of earthy hops.

Taste: Beautiful dark burnt roasted malt, mild caramel, and a nice bit of citrus hops in the background; this has a nice, pleasantly sharp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy bodied

Drinkability: Kind of scarily high

Conclusion: This is a great beer, much better (IMHO) than their Oak Aged Yeti (I truly hated that beer)...this is wonderfully balanced, but packs a punch as well.

Photo of mdfb79
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a black color with one finger of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Nice head retention and lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of fruity hops, citrus hops, roasted malts, caramel malts, alcohol, and bitter chocolate. Smell is a lot hoppier than I was expecting.

t - Tastes of bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, hops, dark fruit, and alcohol. Coffee is very prominent, as are the hops again.

m - Full body and moderate carbonation. Thick and chewy, pretty smooth.

d - A very solid stout. It was a lot hoppier than I expected overall. I thought the nose was better than the taste; I just wish the taste had a little less coffee. None the less, a very good RIS. I think I like the barrel aged and oak aged yeti better than this one, but I like it more than the chocolate and espresso versions. Would definitely have again.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The one leaves the bottle, looking a bit like morot oil being poured, as it was so black and so thick. The head is 2 fingers that falls to a quarter inch, and it is a really dark tan...the darkest head I have ever seen on a beer. The nose is a lot of fig initially, with dark chocolate covered espresso beans coming through. The flavor is really interesting. The initial taste is a blast of dark fruits with a lot of alcohol in there. This moves to a really potent bitter coffee, finishing with a sweet and bitter dancing on my tongue. The finish is almos a bit much for me. Really complex in my opinion. The feel is thick and syrupy, totally coating my mouth. can't get much better than that. The drinkability is okay. Its a little much for me to handle on my own. I sure wish my friends were here to share this.

Photo of pwoody11
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes:

Poured a jet black w/ tan head.

Aroma is a little pungent. Picking up fudge, espresso and hops as well in the nose.

Taste is rather complex. Chocolate, caramel, roasted coffee and pine. Heat was a little heavy for my liking, but not so heavy it detracted from the overall flavor profile.

Great brew. Can't wait to re-visit soon!

Photo of drumrboy22
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Yeti chalice. Beer was pitch black with a two-finger light brown head. Heavy lacing and light carbonation.

Aroma was hops, chocolate, toffee and light coffee.

Taste was chocolate, molasses, coffee, vanilla and roasted grains, followed by a moderately hoppy finish. Deelish.

The Yeti is an amazing beer. Whether it's aged w/ oak chips, chocolate, espresso, in whiskey barrels or on it's own, you can't beat it. Fantastic beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with a dark brown large thick head. Dissipates into really nice lacings.

S: Roasted chocolate malt and bitter hops, some floral ones as well. Coffeenotes.

T: Chocolate and coffee dominates over everything else. Some vanilla and some bitterhops is noticable, though.

M: Full bodied, moderatly carbonated brew with a long bitter full aftertaste.

D: This is really nice. You can enjoy a bottle for a very long time - it takes it's time!

Photo of jettjon
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an engine oil brown, completely opaque. One finger of solid brown, thick foam head that fades very slowly leaving heavy lacing. Great looking dark stout. Nose is dominated by strong hops (cascade?), cocoa-like chocolate malt and coffee, with some sweet malt in the background. Taste is sweet malt quickly dominated, though not overwhelmed by bitter hops (75 IBU advertised on bottle). Things even out to a good balance of hops against the malt, but overall this is a nicely bitter stout. Mouth is thick, viscous, and semi-creamy. Drinkability is very good though it is a heavy, moderately bitter beer.

Overall, a nice bitter hopsy strong stout, great looking and enjoyable. Paired with steak and potatoes, this was a real winner for me. Cheerfully recommended.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Just got a shipment in from the K&L boys...Much love to Bryan Brick, the beer buyer there!! Three fro GDBC and three from Haandbryggeriet!!!

Pours an inky, opaque black like the soul of Glen Benton. An upside down cross-crown of pure evil, dark tan head rises up a couple fingers and then recedes into the pit again. The lacing is sticky like the lake of fire...My mouth waters...Very roasty chocolate malt spews forth from the glass to your nose. Right now this strikes me as less an Imperial and more a rich Oatmeal stout. I like the hint of hops in the aroma profile - like someone sitting in Purgatory and not yet released to the bowels of Hell...Oh my - it's an Imperial Stout alright! The flavor is amazing. Super rich and malty, but with a creamy texture and flavor that keeps the malt TANG, that is usually more like Satan's Trident, from piercing your taste buds. This is so robust it's like a sipping whiskey. The alcohol at 9.5ABV is hardly masked, and it shows it's demonic head right around the middle, crushing your tattered soul and then hanging out while it watches your demise. I can't get over the huge malt character. It's very close to Rasputin in "OOMPH!", but smoother in every facet. The finish lines you up for Satan's call, and lets out an enormous hop burst, belching it into your face. Very nice and refreshing, for a huge Imperial. Super-expensive at $7.99/bomber, so drinkability suffers a little. Not a sessionable beer, either. This is for your last supper...

What I like most: The huge malt profile in the flavor.

What I like least: the price and astringent, yet short, hit of alcohol.

Verdict: Delicious, enormous and like Satan - only right for some.

Photo of webbcreative
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured Black as night, with brown small head. Smell is pretty sweet and chocolate, smell the hops, coffee. Taste is the same, sweet, bitter chocolate, coffee [espresso], and a hops at the end to balance it all out. mouthfeel is nice and smooth and creamy.

Overall this is much better than I remembered when I had it on tap. This is near the top of my list now for RIS, right there with Old Raspy - they have different flavor profiles but are equally good. This is a good one to switch between with Rasputin. nice.
Would love to try with some age on it.

Photo of Shaw
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks great after pouring from a 22-ounce bottle. It's dark as night with a nice, rocky brown head that leaves sticky lace down my glass.

It smells of hops -- more than I was expecting -- and roasted malts and chocolate. It's quite nice.

The flavor is also good. It's not as strong as I was expecting, which is good for a beer in a 22-ounce bottle. But don't get me wrong: This is still a damn strong beer. The usual roasted malt flavors are very big, but so are floral hops flavors and a good bitterness.

The body is slick and smooth. This beer glides over my tongue.

The drinkability is also good because this isn't so extreme.

This is another good beer from Great Divide. I see from their Web site that they've been around since 1994, but they've just started being sold here in Florida. They are really impressing me with their offerings. This is a brewery to watch.

Photo of rajendra82
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a brown 22 oz. bomber, and looked dark brown/black with a creamy brown head when it graced the tulip. Aromatically, a very chocolaty brew, with some prunes and piney hops thrown in. Taste was drier than the aroma suggested. Peppery, roasty, nutty mid palate, slightly hot alcoholic finish, and a lingering vinous bitter aftertaste. The citric hops were more evident than typical for the style. Body was chewy and stiff, and the myriad of flavors felt a bit disjointed. This is pretty good now, but likely will become most exceptional after some additional aging in my opinion. Will have to stop by the store again soon to pick up some for the cellar.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle from the mixed 12er.

A- Pitch black with a half finger thick head, dark espresso in color.

S- Dark chocolate, oakiness, hint of booze

T- Sweet malt and dark roasty malts combine, yeasty and sweet, almost sugary, baker's chocolate on the finish

M- Sweet and creamy, then dry and bitter with a lactose-like sensation and effervescence... Slight odd bitterness

O- I love this beer, despite thinking it wouldn't be as good as the Oak-aged, the taste really impressed me. I loved the sensation that seemed to be from the lactose. My only complaint was a slight acidity and bitterness. Still good though.

Photo of VictoriaMazz
4.04/5  rDev -4%

Photo of richard_stanton
4.04/5  rDev -4%

Photo of roblowther
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with a thick dark tan head, sticky lace, and lingering iridescent bubbles. The smell is chocolate, coffee, sugar, cherries, and bananas. None of the harsh roast you might expect from such a dark, dark beast. The taste is sweet, but with a biting edge that balances it nicely. The aftertaste is slightly bitter for my taste, but then again this isn't my favorite style, so to come that close to delicious in my jaded opinion is a real testament. The mouthfeel is soft, almost chewy, but very, very smooth. The drinkability is good, but just a bit too bitter to sit & drink it all night. That being said....the rest of the bottle's not going to waste!

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Nov-13. Drank March-14

Appearance: very viscous. pitch black not even allowing light or browning at the edges. a finger plus of a dark tan head that leaves a sticky lacing on the sides. needless to say completely opaque. pretty good looking imperial stout

Smell: greeted with caramel but closely followed by charred malts, espresso, earthy bitterness. some chocolate. very strong smell

Taste: i taste a little bit of caramel right up front but this is assaulted by darker stronger malts. char, espresso, dark rich chocolates. huge bitterness at the back end comes with earthy hops. leaves behind a mixture of espresso and char. No alcohol to be found

Mouthfeel: thick and sticky. warm and bitter

Overall: this is a great example of the style. unfortunately for me I am not the biggest fan of the espresso and hoppy stout flavors. next bottle I get is spending years in the cellar before i return to this one. Overall I would highly recommend this beer

Photo of hopflyer
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled April 23, 2014

pours deep black with dark tan, with some ruby tint head.

Smells a bit fruity and some alcohol.

Initial taste is woody ash and a touch of alcohol. Roasted coffee and some dark fruit. Maybe even a bit of cherry. On the sweet side but carries well with some dark roasted malt. Coffee like bitterness finishes this off.

Little more than medium body. Low to medium carbonation. Has a syrupy feel enhanced some by the sweetness.

Has a good bit of flavor and some depth. Carries the variety well and mouthfeel fits the flavor profile. looking forward to the oak aged version I've been aging for 2 years

Photo of pmarlowe
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tulip glass.

Pours a slick, motor oil black with a fine tannish film which recedes quickly to a collar. Aroma is roasted malt, roasted malt, roasted malt. Some dark chocolate and black molasses provide a bit of balancing, but this is mostly just a big, malty beer. Taste is again big roasted malt, though a firm undercurrent of hops provides some bitterness, along with slight molasses and chocolate on the end, with a long finish featuring more hoppy bitterness. Full bodied, medium carbonation, slick on the tongue. This is tasty but a bit one-dimensional, and my personal preference is against roasty/hoppy RISs.

Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz brown bomber with a vintage date of 2003 on the label. Not to worry, @ 9.5% ABV this beer should age well.

Appearance: Pitch-black colour. A thick rise of brown foam wants to gush over, nice web like trail of lace down the glass.

Smell: Creamy vanilla, creamed coffee, vague berry fruitiness and a mild alcohol presence. Aromatic yet mellow.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very creamy on the palate, smooth and slick in the mouth within the heavy full body. Soft charcoal, roasted twang and espresso. Balanced hopping with a mild citric flavour in the finish. More soft roasted character in the finish with a layered sweetness. Bit of yeast in the end and a drying roasted husk as well.

Notes: Without a doubt a tasty brew, tame but I like it that way. The alcohol sneaks up on you and there are so many subtle complexities to deal with that it makes it so worth the while.

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,569 ratings.