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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,401 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 4,401
Reviews: 1,638
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 216
Gots: 567 | 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 BigPlay1824
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a deep black with a small amount of foamy chocolate head that disipates rapidly. Leaves a nice amount of lacing

S: nice deep chocolate scents with deep malty notes

T: strong chocolate/coffee combination finishes with a slight dark chocolate like taste that lingers on the back of the tongue

D/M: drinks smooth, thick brew with deep flavors, very slight carbonation tingle

My dessert brew for thanksgiving!

BigPlay1824, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of ECdOc
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yeti Came in an amber 1pint, 6 ounce standard bottle. Poured with a real thick dark copper colored small bubble head that rose high and almost looked red as I poured which remained throughout the review, dark on the Lovibond scale. I dont see a date on the bottle but im opening it on 3/21/06. Smells relatively hoppy for a stout. Strong malt flavour coating the mouth with a thin alcoholic flavour profile. No noticeable hop bitterness over the malt profile which is rather deep. Relatively smooth as it goes down, no noticeable alcoholic bite. This is a nice example of an Imperial Stout.

ECdOc, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of denver10
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown appearance, bordering on black, with a thumbs width brown head. Nice lacing. A rich aroma of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, roasted barley, and a touch of alcohol hiding in there. Flavor wise, off the bat you get the roasted barley paired with some sweetness from some liquorice, chocolate, coffee and some dark fruit, towards the end a nice healthy hit of hoppy bitterness introduces itself and carries though into the finish. The alcohol hides itself pretty well but not completely. Medium bodied to this with a creamy feel though not the most impressive mouthfeel for the style. Overall, this is a big beer and a sipper. It's definitely the best beer I have tried from Great Divide. I'm going to have to give their Oak Aged Yeti a 2nd shot after this, I liked the Oaked when I initially tried it but I am sure a second go of it will be even better. Also going to have to try their Chocolate Yeti. Also...LET THIS BEER WARM.

denver10, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of ectomorph
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Bottled On date of March 18, 2010 into a large tulip.

A - Jet black body reveals nothing. Large dark tan head fades slowly leaving a dark sheet of lace.

S - Sweet chocolate, toffee, caramel and a hint of roasted barley. Sweet and clean.

T - Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, honey on toast base is met with assertive bitterness. Slight burnt aftertaste and alcohol warmth is noticed in the finish. As this begins to warm the solvent bite of booze becomes more prominent.

M - Rich and viscous body with moderate carbonation. Sweetness lingers and the ABV heats up the throat and belly. Creamy malt goodness in a glass.

D - Moderate to low. Big alcohol and malt profile make this a sipper for me. For the style however, this brew is on the higher side of drinkability.

ectomorph, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of maximum12
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Somehow, over the years of my advocacy, I've managed to avoid the Yeti, at least in its pure form. No longer. Twelve ounces of dark love is now mine.

Pours night-with-no-lights black. Tan head that falls quickly. Spattered lacing, who cares? Smell is primarly roasted malts, not sweet, but a touch of bitterness to them. Faint coffee, too.

Is it heresy to let a Yeti warm up? Does it kill them? Wow, this is one smooth customer. The roasted malts in the nose are the dominant strain on the palate as well, along with timid coffee, very faint chocolate, & an aftertaste of bittering hops that keep this from sensory overload.

Very thick, very roasty, & the smoothness makes it easy to down, despite the ABV (which is no where to be found in tate or smell). This is a quicksand of a beer that you could fall into & drown if you're not careful.

Excellent brew. While I prefer the Yetis that have been tampered with in some way, they wouldn't be nearly as impressive if this weren't a very good base beer.

maximum12, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of afksports
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yeti Imperial Stout is a Russian Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company in Colorado. Well-distributed, and about $8 bucks a bottle, and 9.5% alcohol by volume, it's a cheap thrill with definite substance. I've had the pleasure of doing a semi-vertical tasting of an 07, an 08, and a '10 Oak Aged Yeti. All of them were big and bold. Sorta like a Yeti? Do they exist? Sounds like a job for Google.

But beer reviews are the job for BeerAdvocate, so let's get into this Top100 of mine from my BeerQuest.

Both 07 and 08 pour a pitch black beer with tan head and good lacing. The smell of each is slightly different, with malts being pronounced, chocolate, yeast and booze coming through. The '08 actually proved a little more enticing with notes of caramel and molasses coming through too. The 07's were in 12oz bottles and the '08 was a 22oz, so it would be interesting to see if that had an effect on anything. I suspect minimal. The taste followed the nose for each, with the '08 being slightly more chocolate, which covered the yeasty characteristic that I happen to dislike with all the Great Divide beers at the back end. A typical Russian Imperial Stout, but well-crafted and big, GD's Yeti stays strong as it warms, with the chocolate middle getting stronger and stronger. A bitey back end on the 07 kept it in the running for the taste of the day, but ultimately the 08 won because of the sweetness that covered up the finish that I don't like about Great Divide's beers.

All in all, Yeti is undoubtedly a drinkable beer that has a great viscous feel as it goes down. The 2008, aged 2 years, had a lot more umph than the 07, which felt too boozy.

Maybe 2 years is the sweet spot for this beer, because it's my favorite from Great Divide - even if not near my favorite in this category.

afksports, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of SilentSabre
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured up jet black with a bit of a rocky, caramel coloured foamy head that hung around for several minutes before subsiding to a layer of khaki coloured frost. Very sticky lacing looks like cake batter stuck to the sides of my glass. Beautiful!! I get only two fragrances from this monster: hops & chocolate. Nothing else. Smells delicious! Taste is big, bitter hops up front, with a heavy malty middle. Finish leaves powerful dry chocolate malt with a touch of coffee beans in your mouth. Fantastic!! Mouth feel is boldly heavy while still smooth and pleasant to drink. Drinkability is good for one bomber. As heavy as this is, I'd be hesitant to open a second one of these. Absolutely smashing!

SilentSabre, Apr 16, 2006
Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, bought at the Walnut Liquorette, in Walnut, CA,

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a medium brown head, which leaves some lacing, good retention, looks a lot like a beer milkshake.

S: Coffee grounds, chocolate, alcohol, robust smell, with typical RIS scents.

T: Get a lot of coffee on the first sip, mocha, some burnt sugar, and then one gets an underlying milk chocolate character which I feel is major taste in this beer.

M: Smooth, robust, creamy, thick, chewy, very good for an RIS.

D: This is a good RIS, but not like the Oak-Aged version, which was great. This one is kind of rough around the edges, tasty and solid as a beer, and of this style, but I have to go with the Oak if I'm comparing the 2.

Halcyondays, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of pwsoldier
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a North Coast snifter.

A - Pours opaque black with a creamy tan head that slowly dissipates into a thin layer of foam, leaving a modest amount of lacing.

S - Dark chocolate and coffee dominate, accompanied by hints of vanilla, anise, and piney hops.

T - Bitter up front, with dark chocolate and black coffee coming out the strongest. A hint of vanilla and anise comes through in the finish, accentuated by even more bitterness from the hops. Sweetness from the roasted malts is scant and hard to pick up. Unlike some other RIS's I've tried *cough* Abyss *cough*, this one doesn't really balance itself out very much as it warms. The bitter notes still persist, with the roasted malts and sweet vanilla and anise notes struggling to keep up. It's not necessarily a bad thing, just not exactly my cup of tea. On the plus side, the alcohol remains very well hidden throughout.

M - Full-bodied and rich. A bitter aftertaste of dark chocolate and hops lingers quite noticeably on the palate.

D - I won't lie, I prefer the Oak-aged version over this one. This beer is slightly off-balance. I like bitterness in my IPAs/DIPAs, but I prefer some balance in my RIS's. It's a very good beer, but I found myself wishing that the bitterness wasn't so strong in it. The heaviness of it doesn't help either. I'd drink it again, but I can honestly say that I've had better beers of this style.

pwsoldier, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of baggio
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My 50th beer-review! What better way to celebrate than with an imperial stout :)

A: Dark with a thick, creamy, brown head that sticks to the glass.

S: Bitter coffee, hops, alcohol, chocolate/cocoa.

T: Heavily roasted malts, coffee, toffee, cream (like cream in coffee). The bitter aftertaste is really pleasant and kick-ass at the same time.

M: Thick liquid with a creamy aftertaste. Carbonation is quite low with wee bubbles.

Now this is a proper imperial stout. Full of taste and a solid mouthfeel makes this one a winner. Higly recommended if you can stand the bitterness :)

baggio, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of Bookseeb
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark rich almost black with a thin head and lace. Smell of big roasted malts, molassas and maybe some light chocolate. Taste of sweet roasted malt, bitter coffee and definate alchohol, but not overpowering. Mouthfeel is chewy, slick with a good bite of carbonation as it's going down. A good sipper brew with a good hop bite, a good one to try among Imperial stouts.

Bookseeb, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of 2GOOFY
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%

2GOOFY, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of egajdzis
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured opaque black with a nice looking dark tan head and nice lacing on the glass as well. Aroma of burnt malts, chocolate, dark fruits, HOPS, and a little bit of alcohol. More roasted and burnt malts in the flavor, chocolate, java and espresso in the flavor. Dark fruits and hops balance the malts. Alcohol becomes pronounced as this hits room temperature. Very nice... why did it take me so long to discover this brewery?

egajdzis, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of beerandcycling88
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A pours out thick and black. There is a thick tan head that leaves some lacing.

S the nose is rich with milk chocolate, coffee, coco and roast. With a hint of dark fruits.

T the taste follows the nose with lots of coffee chocolate roast with some booze and a slight almost floral hop note.

M thick creamy mouthfeel

Overall this is a solid imperial stout worth seeking out and drinking

beerandcycling88, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of noproduction
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%

noproduction, Oct 24, 2014
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 4/19/08. Bottle (probably was sitting around for awhile). Pours dark black with a beautiful thick light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, hops. I loved the hop profile of this beer! Flavor of hops, roasted malt. Mouthfeel was a little less rich and dense compared to the Oaked Yeti. Yum! 8/5/8/4/16 (4.1/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yeti. Bigfoot. Sasquatch. Wiitigo. Cool name no matter what. Bomber to glass after lunch...

Not the blackest black I've ever seen but pretty damn black. Pour yields a half finger light brown head. Will be more aggressive on the next glassful. ***Second pour resulted in desired head, so I'm only half an idiot***

Smell of stout. Coffee.

Huge flavor. Malts. Some nice bitterness as the back end. Stone RIS is my yardstick, so this puppy would be about 25 inches. It's chilled right now so I'm gonna hit the shower and be back for another look-see. ***Takes shower*** Mmmm. It seems like warming dulled the scent if that's possible.

Love the feel. Thick creamy stuff. I get disappointed when a stout is even slightly watery.

Overall: good stout, should trade places with Old Rasputin on the BA Top 100

PatronWizard, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of whatthehull
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip

A - Deep gluggy brown/black pour, velvety deep tan half finger head and some nice lacing

S - Vanilla, molasses, coffee, dark chocolate, some nice hops, earth, wood, grass, charred and toasted malts and grains, some nice yeast and velvety smoothness

T - Flowers, nice hops, vanilla, bitterness, yeast (very sweet), dark chocolate, charred wood, deep bitter-toasted-sweet malts, a very nice soapy note, slight citrus and tons of flavor

M - Huge body, tons of complexity, nice balance, low acidity and very nice bitterness

D - For the stout lover or the lover of beers with velvety smoothness and lots of flavor, this one is for you. Goes down like chocolate milk, but it is delicious beer

Final thought - Upwards of 9% abv and only $4 a bottle, why not try this stout? You should!

whatthehull, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

ONovoMexicano, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of kagent777
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber that I purchased during a trip to Denver a while ago. The bottled on date is May 12, 2011. It is about 2.5 years old and has been kept cool up until now. I poured it into my beer goblet.

Appearance: Pitch black and pours almost the thickest I have ever seen on a beer (Cigar City Marshal Zhukov). A vigorous pour yields only a thin film of a head, but it does persist.

Smell: I know this one is not oaked, but I get a bit of wood that is subtle. I also get the usual dark roast, ash, and dried dark fruit (black cherry). A touch of cocoa without being overwhelming.

Taste: A syrupy molasses sort of cooked sugar taste is predominant here. Wood and smoke with a touch of ash. The flavor is very long lasting, well integrated. Subtle cocoa and dark fruit are mixed in as well.

Mouthfeel: A wonderfully thick mouthfeel with a long lasting finish. Light carbonation is just right.

Overall: A solid Imperial stout that is not too hard to get, even if I have to go to another state.

kagent777, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of bobhits
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Yep....bitch black. Yeti nails the dark stout look. Good half inch of head that isn't going anywhere, rather impressive. OK this is good looking stuff.

Rather light aroma given the pour. Light chocolate malt, hops mixed with caramel, coffee, and maybe hints of butter scotch and molasses.

Opens with a soft malt bill, chocolate malt and light molasses. Then things get dark, bitter coffee, chocolate, and enforced by large amounts of piney hops. This creates a very funky finish though this is a bit more dark and roasted than I recall form the past.

A bit of heat and it drinks smooth to start then the body and thickness of this beer really hits you. A big beer that ties to drink like a light one, but smacks you for thinking so.

I'm not sure this one deserves all the hype and 14 bucks for a 4 pack is a great price given it was 8ish for a bomber in the past.

bobhits, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes written on 12/3/10.

Yeti pours scorched engine oil black with a fast disappearing, dark mocha head into my uber large snifter. When swirled and agitated a bit, the head returns and retains well. The lacing is rather sticky with vertical lines of small dots.

Very toasty malts and a strong hop presence lead me to smell notes of chewing tobacco. Really strong chewing tobacco. Other aromas include baseball glove leather, anise, cigar, dark chocolate, mocha-latte, and roasted peanuts. This is an original smell that makes me excited to imbibe.

At first, that chewing tobacco tang combines with a fine roasted malt flavor that really bombards the bitter receptors of my palate. I have to believe that that bitter tang is also the result of copious hops in this brew. As that initial tang washes away, a nice balance of toffee, coffe, and dark chocolate flavors emerge. Wow, this is right up there with Storm King for huge hop Character in an Imperial Stout.

A thrilling combination of bitter tang and a coating, rich fullness make for a very unique mouthfeel. It's just a little more aggressive than I would generally like in an IS MF, but I rate it high for excitement and originality.

I will certainly try Yeti again, but I might age my next bottle for awhile. This particular bottle had roughly seven months on it and it still felt raw and aggressive on my palate. I generally prefer slightly more mellow Imperial Stouts and I imagine this would turn into that with a little more bottle time.

TCHopCraver, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of Byeast
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very opaque, yeti-fur black with a thick tan head of about a quarter inch. Spotty lacing was left on the glass as it went down. Smell is a creamy-milky blend of chocolate , light coffee , slight dark fruit and alcohol. Taste is smooth, rich, hearty roasted malt sweetness , bitter chocolate and esspresso , some hop bite , and warming alcohol. Slighty viscous and creamy-chewy mouthfeel. Overall this seems to be a very drinkable Double Stout , im glad i have 1 Pint 6 fl. OZ.

Byeast, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, procured in one of those upscale American grocery stores (Portland, this time) that make me seethe with envy every time I stand dumbfounded in one of their beer 'departments' (what a concept!)...

This beer pours an oily black, with very slight auburn highlights, and two fingers of densely foamy chocolate milk head, which leaves some thin limestone arch lace around the glass in its wake. It smells like s'mores - smoky chocolate, bready caramel malt, vanilla, molasses, and (analogy ends here) bitter leafy, earthy hops. The taste is big chalky, roasted choco-malt, vanilla bean cream, astringent woody esters, simmering tobacco leaf, scorned bitter pine hops, and a subtle booze warming. The carbonation is on the low side, but still in the game, the body pretty damned full in weight, smooth, and creamy, but tinged with some dastardly (depending on how you look at it) hop prickliness. It finishes as polarized as ever was - semisweet chocolate, and zesty pine resin hops.

A very well-wrought RIS - big all around, and solid in all respects - the hops overdose a somewhat unexpected, but still enjoyable foil to the base nature of this particular beast.

biboergosum, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 Pt 6 Fl oz > oversize wine goblet.

Pours a near black (or extremely DARK brown) Massive frothy, medium-brown head is lively and thick. Very thick and sticky lacing remains.

Nose: Sweet malt, caramel, leafy hop, cappachino.

Taste: Roasty!! and bitter malt taste at first, Turns to a sweet caramel and molases flavor then a very bitter-leafy, grassy hop taste. The alcohol content is pretty In-your-face and strong.

Feels very thick like light syrup. smooth!! this is a classic full-heavy body RIS. Heavy and rubbery on the palate.

DA: 9.5% ABV and you can really taste the alcohol! This one is wcked tasty and heady but beware...the ABV!!!

GratefulBeerGuy, Sep 08, 2006
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,401 ratings.