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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,313 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,313
Reviews: 1,634
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 209
Gots: 545 | FT: 20
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 kzczp0
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 ounce bottle purchased this past August in Fort Collins Co. Not ink, but pretty darn close. Has amber hue in the head that stays low with super fine bubble detail and lacing that hasn't changed from initial pour. Deep carmel, toffee and chocolate smell tastes exactly that til the strong taste of hops and alcohol finishes with some cigar and chocolate. This brew is very rich with oily mouth feel which I like. The alcohol is strong but seems to be separate from the overall taste which reduces my "taste" score somewhat. The lacing and carbonation have not changed in the 20 minutes I have tasted. This is an excellent version of Imperial Stout that needs to hide the alcohol somewhat.

kzczp0, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of CrumpledFish
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured pitch black with a thick chocolate milk-colored head.

S: Malty and lots of chocolate.

T: Wow, that is one heck of a smoky aftertaste! Quite a bit of coffee in it. Up front, I can't really identify the flavors but they are definitely good.

M: Very smooth. I could just swish this around my mouth for a while.

O: This is a great stout with many flavors that I will be more than happy to try again, hopefully soon.

CrumpledFish, May 15, 2011
Photo of PDXHops
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber with a bottled-on date of 02/03/10, poured into a Duvel tulip.

An enormous dark tan head leaves plenty of sticky lacing as it slowly fades. Plenty of burnt and chocolatey dark roasted malt in the aroma with a definite hoppiness looming.

I was happy to find this so soon after trying the disappointing (to me- overpowering coffee) espresso version. As I suspected, the base beer is pretty damned good. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth and a bit sticky, allowing the bitter sting of hops and burnt malts to linger in all the right places. Excellent balance between roasted and sweet flavors. Molasses, toasted wood, a touch of sherry. A bit boozy and citrusy in the finish. It's a little raw, but tasty, and I bet it gets even better with age. Picking up a few bottles to cellar is certainly tempting considering the very reasonable price point.

PDXHops, May 02, 2010
Photo of jc85
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured a jet black with a finger of thick brown, frothy head. It left good lacing and nice retention.

Smell- Nice chocolate, some ground cofee, after it warms up a bit you can definitly smell the alcohol.

Taste- The nose says it all, nice light chocolate and cofee flavor. The alcohol sting at the end balances everything out.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodies, a little sticky.

Drinkability- This is a great beer, goes down really smoothly.

jc85, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - completely black, no light passing through from anywhere. Pours in thickly like syrup and creates a small to medium head, mocha in color. Keeps a thin cover and fairly thick collar.

Aroma - light aroma of sweet chocolate with some coffee. The nose is distant and unsatisfying. What's there is pleasant enough but I think an I.S. should have more.

Taste - it's big and malty up front, some chocolatey sweetness and some seriously roasted, even burnt, coffee beans. Some vinous notes creep in with an alcohol warming effect, along with a nice hop bitterness too. A tremendous range of taste though the burnt taste could be a little less dominating.

Mouthfeel - quite thick and chewy, you will know that much from the pour. Perfectly smooth on the palate. Slightly below average carbonation.

Drinkability - a fantastic beer worthy of the Imperial Stout category. The charred element could be tamer but there's lots of other flavors to enjoy.

brewdlyhooked13, May 18, 2005
Photo of bifrostguard
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful black pour with a tall dark tan head and tons of carbonation bubbles. Minimal lacing.

S - Roasted malts, coffee and a fair amount of hops.

T - Roasted malts, coffee and hops. A bit more bitter than other stouts I have tried.

M - Thick with a good amount of carbonation.

D - Very smooth and enjoyable stout. The bitterness and levels of flavor make this an easy drinker for me.

bifrostguard, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of ramseye4
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an oily black color with a two finger head wirth great retention and lacing. Lots of coffee and espresso in the aroma, with some milk chocolate and roasted malt. Roasted malt pops up in the taste as well, with some coffee and faint chocolate.Silky mouthfeel and good drinkability.

ramseye4, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Body is jet black. The tan foamy head dissipates to a thin cap of foam and ring, leaving some lacing on the glass.

Aromas of roasted malt, burnt toast, chocolate, brown sugar, and a little dark fruit.

Tastes of roasted malt, really burnt toast, chocolate milk, raisins, hops. It is quite tart from the roasted malt and has a pronounced bitter hop taste. That is counterbalanced partly by sweet chocolate and dark fruit. This is an intense taste experience. For me, it is a bit overboard with the roasted malt/burnt toast. The alcohol is somewhat palpable at 9.5%.

Body is thick, and carbonation is sufficient to give this a creamy mouthfeel.

This is an intense imperial stout in all respects. It is a good beer in small amounts.

Beerenauslese, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of stxSS07
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber into an imperial pint
Bottled Feb 8th, 2011

A- Pours like used oil out of the bottle. Black and viscous with a 1 finger mocha head. Lacing hangs around fairly well.

S- Sweet smells of chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, and a faint presence of both hops and alcohol.

T- First hit is of bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Roasted malt/grain make an appearance along with a hint of hop character and toffee. Espresso-like flavors linger along with the roasted grain on the finish with a tinge of alcohol on the very back.

M- Thick and full bodied. Carbonation does a nice job cleaning the palate.

O- Really glad I picked this up. I've had the oak and espresso versions of this stout and the base beer did not disappoint.

stxSS07, May 10, 2011
Photo of theformula
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #29 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 1/29.
Had this laying down for 1 1/2 yrs. or so, let's see how it's held up...

A: Pours a jet black body into a tulip glass. A mountainous head forms w/ excellent retention and is a very dense mocha color. Nice, patchy lacing left over.

S: Big, intensely appetizing aroma. Dark chocolate, toffee and roasted grain, along w/ a lactic quality helped along by citrusy, woody hops. The general idea isn't brute force, but a more refined meld. Almost no alcohol in the nose.

M: Med. body, low carbonation. M.F. is ultra-thick & chewy but still smooth.

T: Massive flavor, this is a proper American RIS w/ huge malts and nearly as assertive hops that all comes together in great balance. An initial burst of sweetness like milk chocolate and toffee w/ some cookie-like malts combine w/ roasty notes like charcoal. A kick of alcohol comes through in the middle & is warming.
Big, citrusy, woody hops balance it well and leave a lasting bitterness.

D: A near-world class RIS, this is a bruiser of a beer. Big on all fronts, the bittersweet, heavy malts can be too much after awhile, but this is an awesome sipper. A bitch of a beer!

theformula, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of CarlP2
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4-8-2009. Poured into my test mug.

A- Dark, thick black body. One finger of orangish brown head. Head recedes to a thin layer on top. Some lacing on the side too. This is a good looking brew.

S- Smells sweet like molasses and cocoa. Some alcohol reaching the nose too.

T- Chocolate and alcohol are the dominant tastes. Also some toasted malt and coffee flavors. I'm not noticing any hops at all. I'd like to taste a little hops to balance out the other strong flavors, and maybe to mask the alcohol taste a bit.

M- Thick and slick. Very nice. Leaves my lips sticky.

D- ABV aside, it is a very drinkable beer. Because of the higher ABV, it would have to be a slow sipper for me to drink more than one.

CarlP2, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of hsway
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased at Cambridge Wine and Spirits. Dark in color - almost black - and very opaque with an unusually dark brown head. Taste has tones of chocolate and coffee. I thought the mouthfeel was a bit syrupy, but that was my only complaint. 12 oz. was about the most I could handle, but that's ok - not a session beer (for me, at least).

hsway, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of raoulduke37
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 750 mL bottle. Head is incredible. Thick, creamy, and dense, looks like that weird foam that foams up when waves pound really hard on a beach. Smells chocolatey, malty, and with that slight bit of green olive smell that I detect in some of these RIS's. Taste is good - espresso, chocolate, malt, and some slight hoppiness. Mouthfeel is deep, rich, and creamy.

raoulduke37, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of dubinsky
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a C&B Bruges snifter

A - Pitch black with a very short and short lasting dark mocha head. Beautiful lacing sticks to the side of the glass after a swirl to build up the head from a poor pour.

S - Chocolate, caramel, smoke, and some espresso are a prevalent in the aroma. Slight alcohol smell is noticeable as well.

T - Espresso and dark chocolate malts dominate the flavor profile. It starts out caramely and sweetness and finishes with a nice hop bitterness. Very complex. As the beer warms up it opens up and becomes even more complex. I'm digging this.

M - Very thick and chewy. Its like drinking a delicious cough syrup in the way it coats the throat. The carbonation is spot on for the style. The sweetness and the hop oils leave a nice stickiness behind on your lips to remind you what you just imbibed.

D - A delicious RIS that doesn't disappoint and worthy of the high ranking it has. For the high ABV, i'm finding this very easy to enjoy.

dubinsky, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of Retsinis
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Light black in color, with dark brown hue on the edges. The head is a dark tan, and is a very creamy head, solid quarter inch in height, and is almost nitro clean in head consistency. Milk Shake smooth coating lacing film.

S: Aroma's of milk chocolate, medium roasted malt, faint coffee, earth, faint tobacco and light leather scents.

T: Mirrors the nose, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, earth hops, & some mild licorice with a kiss of plus and raisin.

M: Medium mouth, medium carbonation.

O: Very good. I actually prefer just this, Yeti, to all the variants. Good stuff.

Retsinis, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to Phatz for allowing me to taste this fine ale out of a snifter side by side with the Oak aged Yeti.

A - Pitch Black with a healthy tan head. It appears dense, opaque and has highlight of darkness swirling underneath it all.

S - Berry and bittersweet chocolate aromas dark and roasted scents emanate

T - Rich, luscious, tip of the tonque tannic likened to a ruby red center enveloped in malt.

M - Candied nuts, berry and prune flavors are apparent. The essence of pine hop flavors and mild grapefruit bitterness up front with sweet roasty malts in the finish.

D - not highly quaffable due to the gravity, but luscious and intense to say the least. One to sip and savor for all of it fullness and depth

Slatetank, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of mltobin
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bomber of this while shopping at Whole Foods.

Appearance is dark black with a tan head, looks nice. The nose on Yeti has chocolate, espresso, roasted malts and toffee. Upon sipping this beauty, I taste coffee, oak, chocolate, hops and more of those malts. Mouthfeel is full bodied, a rich texture to this ris. All in all, this is a very good beer; a fantastic beer to pair with a dessert.

mltobin, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of Jmamay22
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pure opaque black beer. Not a hint of mahogany around the edges like other stouts. Dark brown head settles to a thin cap and thicker collar.

Smells of coffee, roasted malt, dark fruit, sweet molasses with a background of booze.

Tastes sweet. Reserved bitterness compared to other imperial stouts. Less roasted flavors than in the nose and less complex than expected or hoped. Well done with the alcohol well hidden, but for me this isn't top shelf. I had hoped for a greater hop/roasted qualities here. I am nitpicking as it is still amazing, but it isn't mind numbing. Coffee laced with alcohol aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thick viscous and chewy. I could have enjoyed this with a knife and fork. I expected a higher abv given the various qualities shown by the beer. Alcohol does smack you in the face a bit.

Amazing bang for the buck. Not sure I'd call this world class. I found Great Divide's Barlwey Wine to be more impressive.

Jmamay22, Feb 22, 2008
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4.08/5  rDev -3.1%

Johnroby, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of kbub6f
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

That's the darkest brown head I've ever seen. Small pocks in the muffin dough. The beer is a thick, thick, black tar: no color, no highlights. Nose is sweet, bready, roasty with tons of rich chocolate. Bitter chocolate in the front gives way to a syrupy, alco-choco-rich middle. Finishes bitter with hops and more bitter chocolate. Turns really tangy well above 70F. Nice. Smoky alcohol aftertaste has some veggie. This is a strong, rich, bitter, chocolatey alcoholic brew. It could be a little roastier and creamier for my taste.

kbub6f, Jul 30, 2004
Photo of RossCain
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a year old (2010) 22 oz. bottle into a snifter

A: Pours from the bottle jet black and props up a thick, foamy cappuccino head in the glass. Great head retention and the beer leaves big webs of lace on the glass upon each sip.

S: Big, roasty, and robust. Figs and raisins are the most notable character, underlined by the very roasty aromas of the thick malts.

T: Full bodied maltiness with a the character of a bold cup of french roast coffee. Notes of prunes, lightly burnt toast, and a big and robust roasty finish.

M: Thick and viscous with a moderate level of carbonation, consistent with the style. Borderline chewy with a particular coating character in the mouth. A noticeable warming alcohol doesn't try to hide itself. Smooth and lingering in the finish with a bitter coating punch to the palate.

O: A well done Imperial Stout in my books that strikes a great balance between big flavors and ease of drinking. It does not stress the palate like some other bold Imperial Stouts tend to do but it really makes its statement known that this isn't a beer lacking in malty, roasty character.

RossCain, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled FEB 06 2012
Quite possibly the freshest imperial stout I’ve ever had. Poured thick and black. Minimal brown head that falls apart quickly.
Big roasty notes pop out at you. Chocolate and coffee are there as well. The hop character is a whole lot easier to pick up on once it warms up.
Wow roasty right off the bat on the taste as well. The coffee and chocolate are there as well as a well defined hop presence. At 75 IBU’s you get some bitterness.
Goes down smooth. Med-full body.
Even though it is fairly fresh there is nothing really offputting. Maybe some age would take off some of the bitterness and I could see rating it higher. A very well made Imperial. Paired it with some dark chocolate(albeit Hersheys) towards the end of the bottle, and it doesn’t really meld all that well. Oh well.

MattSweatshirt, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

About time I reviewed the base beer for all of those exciting spinoffs that everyone is creaming about.

Beer is black and forms an irresponsibly large head of brown bubbles, small that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. It looks fine.

Aroma is sweet with alcohol and some coffee / roasted notes. Smells fine.

Medium to full body, slightly hot strong roast in the back. There is no aftertaste but the roasted malt flavors linger for a while on the palate. I don't feel the rarity in this beer like I felt in the barrel aged version but I may like this one better. Don't believe the hype. I prefer this to the other versions by a lot.

drabmuh, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of nomomentwasted
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this a few times before it was in California, but now that I have ready-access to it, I've had it quite a few more times in the past week. I've had it twice on tap and twice out of the bottle, and both times, I thought the bottle was better. In the interest of good beer, that's the one I'll review.

Appearance: Very dark, almost black upon the pour. Held to the light, it's apparent that it's dark, dark brown approaching near-black. Very nice crown of tan head that washes the glass nicely as it goes down. A RIS look to be emulated, for sure.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, tobacco, anise, and alcohol, in that order. It's taken me a while to settle on it, but I think coffee is still the most up-front smell. Chocolate as it warms comes through more, but so does the alcohol. More hop-forward than some other stouts out there, as the slight grass and citrus peaks through as it opens up. Not too sweet either, which I've come to love the Yeti series for.

Taste: I love when a beer comes through with exactly what you're smelling in the nose, and Yeti delivers. All the best parts of the nose are in the taste. Nice and bitter for a stout, which covers up some of the roastyness (at least at first). More roasty than I would've anticipated initially, but that's not a bad thing (at least at first). As the beer opens up, the roasty can evolve towards burnt, which is not as awesome as the beer starts out being. However, the chocolate also comes through more and more as well. If there were a 4.25, I'd go for that, but having had this beer in several other permutations, I'll go for a 4 and say that this one is certainly good, and has room to get better (which it certainly does in the Oak and Chocolate versions).

Mouthfeel: The roastyness makes for a dryer finish, and the bitterness leaves the palate ready for more. I know I have a soft spot for bitter stouts, primarily because I love the mouthfeel, and this beer is no exception.

Drinkability: The roasty nature in the taste brings it down just a little below its brethren in the Yeti clan. The original is great, but I've never really wanted more than 12oz. Which, for California, is great, since we're only getting 12oz. However, Chocolate, Oak, Chocolate/Oak, and Espresso Yeti were all had in 22oz bombers and I had nooo problems dusting those.

In all, this is a great go-to stout when you're looking for what it provides: a solid, roasty, bitter, and ultimately tasty stout. Definitely worth picking up, but if you're in an area that has its brothers, I'd say pick them up and complete the family. Thumbs up, Great Divide, and thanks Stone for picking them up for CA distribution!

nomomentwasted, Oct 10, 2010
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4.08/5  rDev -3.1%

SarahMGirard, Sep 10, 2014
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 4,313 ratings.