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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,481 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,481
Reviews: 1,648
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 227
Gots: 588 | 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 VictoriaMazz
4.04/5  rDev -4%

Photo of richard_stanton
4.04/5  rDev -4%

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

Tried it side by side Storm King at Mad Mex Robinson. Appears pitch black until held up to the light to show a dark ruby brown tone with a moccha tan head leaves lacing around the snifter it was poured into. Aroma is full of chocolate and coffee tones brought out by the dark roasts along with a boozy fruit brandy esque note and loads of floral hop character. Flavor is big very on chocolate and alcohol especially as it warms the hop bitterness isn't standing out entirely b/c of the massive loads of dark malt flavor here as well, not balanced at all in your face with loads of flavor. Mouthfeel is big and chewy with carbonation producing slow gurgling bubbles. Drinkability: Small snifter of it I would probably not attempt a bomber of this one on my own, but it is damn tasty.

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

Wow. Huge espresso and cocoa aroma with a thick tan head that leaves lacing down the sides of my glass. I think, "oh boy, oh boy, is this going to be a good stout." I'm correct in my thinking. Big, intense chocolate-cocoa flavors give way to some biting hops and black coffee bitterness, before a chocolate liqeur-like finish coated with a biting bitterness from hops. This stout is intense! A bit tartness in the finish, which seems to get drier the more I drink -- is this tannins? Reminds me of the flourless chocolate tart I had for dessert yesterday. A thick and chewy stout; finally something worthy of tonight's sub zero weather.

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

22 oz bottle shared and poured into an American Tumbler. 9.5% ABV, no date, but it's the old design label. Shared with Beerwolf77!

A - Totally black in appearance with no light showing through. The beer cascades through the dark tan-toffee-like head to lave a whopping three-fingers. Fantastic retention and thick, foamy lacing is left. Perfect appearance.

S - A good hop splash is recognizable right away on the nose. A lot of heavily roasted malts just flow out with a dark sweetness. Some alcohol is apparent but it blends well with the coffee and chocolate.

T - Lots of roasted malts in the flavor with a chocolate milkiness and a dry cocoa neutrality that's complimented by a big hop flavor for an imperial stout. The bitter finish seems to be derived from both the roasted malts and a hop addition as well.

M - Rich and full-bodied, it's a dense, creamy imperial stout with a dry and bitter finish.

D - A good imperial stout that has an interesting hoppiness to it. Splitting the bomber was a good idea. A bit much of this beer isn't so good for me.

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The head is thin with a little lacing that's not very stuck. Color is dark black, very thick.

Smell is strong dark coffee and a little oaky.

The taste is of heavy coffee with woody flavors, a strong salt taste is apparent until it warms up.

Mouthfeel is good stuff, very smooth like silk.

I will definetly look forward to my next bottle. I'll let it warm up further before drinking it.

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

Pours a deep dark black being in a cave with no lights black, sitting on top is this big dark brown head, mud from the cave no doubt. The head receeds to a ring surrounding many clumps of foam floating in the middle, leaves a light coating of lace, a very fine looking stout.
Aroma is roasted malts with plenty of hops some coffee notes manage to escape this citrus and pine onslaught but the hops dominate the nose of this beast.
Taste is good say mediumish roasted malt flavors not as intense as other double stouts. Coffee expresso flavor turn bitter and the hops take over the show with some light alcohol hints arising with the grapefruit, pine and oragne peel mixture. Some where in the middle of the hop onslaught some sweet chocolate notes come up and stay around for the bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is pretty good almost full and creamy but not quite there, a nice big beer though.
Drinkability is good a nice double stout hop heads will rejoice. While I do love hops thought this was a little lacking in the roasted barley character that it needed to be a great double but then again that could be just me. Hell worth buying just to look at.

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

Appearance: A deep brown head that borders on black, quite thick and creamy, retains well.

Aroma: Sweet dark bread and malt aroma, dark fruits, mild hops, and quite intense alcohol.

Taste: Begins with an intense wave of sweet, dark malt, which carries throughout. Prominent citrus hops are present, but they seem to be restrained by the malt flavor. Finishes dry with sweet alcohol notes and a lingering medicinal bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, creamy, extraordinarily rich and full, with very soft carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Rich and pleasant, very drinkable, extreme, but nonetheless, excellent, but best taken in small servings. I find it difficult to imagine drinking a bomber of this by myself.

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

Obtained in trading with RustyDiamond.

Dense black colored beer with an equally dense yellowish brown colored head that doesn't diminish very quickly at all.

The smell is sweet with lots of chocolate and fig aromas. There is a boozy scent here of raisin and plum like Korean plum wine. There is a little chocolate and coffee in the scent but in this RIS it is very understated.

The taste begins sweet with chocolate liqueur and patent malt finish. Definite ethanol in the taste and the taste of carob, which to me doesn't taste like chocolate. Lots of patent malt flavor but it isn't as complex as I had hoped.

The mouthfeel is good.

OK in the drinkability but I really expected more, especially since I like the oak-aged version so much. This is just OK, what it lacks is subtle flavors and layers.

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

A: Initial pour is a large brownish-tan head full of small bubbles. The beer is deep deep black. Totally opaque.

S: Slightly sweet, but also a definite hoppyness. Hints of sweet, bitter cooked fruit, like a cherry pie, but hoppier. A hopheads RIS for sure.

T: Similar to the smell, but much more roasted character, even a little bit of pepper. Really accentuates any spicey food you might be eating. The dry roasted bitterness can really come through. There's a bit of a coffee taste as well that dissipates as you go.

M: Thick like motor oil. But the bitter bite makes it feel a little lighter. Really nice for such a big beer.

D: I could see this being a very drinkable RIS for some people, but not for me. The roastedness is too much for me.

Photo of zdk9
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a deliciously flavorful brew that was overshadowed by an imbalance of hops.

A- Pours out a midnight black with a fingers worth of dark cocoa (very nice color for a beer foam). Not a lot of lacing.

S- Nose of brown sugar, a wide variety of fruitiness (berries, grapes, prunes), some sweet cinnamon. Suprisingly, not a lot of coffee or chocolate- nice difference from so many other dark beers.

T- Great complexity of malt flavors- milk chocolate, molasses, ginger bread (I love the ginger!), blueberry, winey. Very strong hops bitterness, especially in the aftertaste- flavors of grapefruit pith, with a touch of pine resin.

M- Great creaminess without overshadowing the flavors of the beer. Bitterness was just too strong for my taste and left my mouth puckering.

D- Great smell and flavor, once again the bitterness was a degrading factor for me, along with the alcohol not being very well covered up.

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

Pours an extremely dark brown, looks black in the glass. Looks super thick, with almost non-existent head.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, some malt, sweetness.

Taste's like a little milk chocolate upfront, with some coffee and dark chocolate bitterness following on the way down. It warms well, and the milk chocolatey sweetness becomes more pronounced. The finish is mildly bitter, and lingers slightly.

Feel is great. It's well carbonated, although maybe just slightly thinner than I'd like.

Overall a very good stout, great for sipping.

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

poured into a imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Black bodied beer with a massive mocha brown head with dense bubbles. Lacing sticks to everything.

Smell: Lots of milk chocolate and bittersweet chocolate.

Taste: Sweet malts and sweet milk chocolate interplay with each other nicely in a rich tasting stout. Finishes with a short bite of bitterness that hints towards flavors of coffee. Caramel and toffee are in there too.

Mouthfeel: Man this beer is sooo smooth and chewy and creamy all at the same time. Full bodied beer and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Yeti is such a solid Imperial stout without anytime spent in a barrel! Just a well made beer with a great mouthfeel and great example of the style. Man this is a treat, but if you really want to spoil yourself go for the Oak aged, chocolate oak aged or Expresso Oak aged yeti; can't go wrong with any of these beers!

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great Divide : Yeti

LOOK: Pours a dark brown color with a deep tan head. This beer is ominous looking, in a good way. Leaves some lace on the glass. Totally opaque, there is no light getting through the Yeti.

SMELL: The aroma really gets better after it warms slightly. Chocolate, coffee and deeply roasted malts make for a pretty good nose.

TASTE: Outstandingly malty and actually quite bitter. Some chocolate malt flavor, with a good helping of hoppy acidity and subtle pine flavor. Coffee notes are in the finish. The alcohol has mild spicyness, but far from omnipresent. Halfway through the draft I can sense the Yeti has great strength.

FEEL: Full bodied but quite smooth. Chewy malt flavor does not want to let go.

OVERALL: The base beer for many Yeti spinoff brews from this brewer, there's just something about this beer that screams "Age me in Bourbon barrels". Still quite nice, a fine beer in its own right actually.

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

My fourth Yeti encounter is actually my first with one that hasn't been aged on oak. Poured from a bottle dated March 2010.

A: pours a not-quite-black dark purple-brown with a half-finger head the color of ginger that slowly falls and transforms to a thick, triangular ring that hangs out forever, leaving great lacy ant-hill trails as it recedes.

S: this isn't your average RIS. It begins rather hoppy strong pine and grapefruit notes tickling the nose before acquiescing to a background of espresso and dark chocolate. The combination reminds of smoked cedar, like the inside of a wood cabin.

T: the bottle informs me that this thing has a whopping 75 IBUs, and it's obvious here, as this beer seems hopped to black IPA levels. Hoppy grapefruit and pine combine with bitter coffee, tangy dark chocolate and subtle sweet cocoa puffs. It tastes like the inside of a drawer -- in a good way.

M: soft and medium-bodied, with a light and fuzzy carbonation. For such an imposing brew, this feels rather gentle about the palate.

D: though I'm usually a fan of stouts that trend more toward the roasty side of things rather than the hoppy side, this Yeti worked for me. The strong hops combined with a striking and distinct roastiness to create new, unintended flavors that reminded me of a walk through a forest -- much like the elusive beast this beer's named for. Only the barrel-aged yeti remains...

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

Bomber into pint glass.

This beer pours a jet black, with a fairly frothy head considering it's a stout. The smell is of chocolate, coffee, slight hops, and roasted dark malts.

This beer tastes great. It's a heavy stout and definitely a sipper. I found it to be bitter, but not overly so.

It's a great drinking beer and I'm glad this is available for most of th year. Definitely worth picking up

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

This is quite a beverage!

Pours nice and dark and thick, like a stout should. A bit heaver looking than others, more like 40 weight instead of 10 weight (oil, that is). not much foam, but the ring around the edge laces on the side of the glass. Imagine that (from a drink this thick).

This tastes very very very rich. nice and thick. syrupey. The taste is of chocolate, malt, carmel and alcohol. There is a bit of a pine hop bite which I am not very fond of, though. I had this rated at 4.5 for taste until I kept noticing that lingering on.

The mouthfeel is very nice. Very creamy. Righ throughout the drink.

The finish is failry sweet, and clean, but that bitter pine hop thing, again, is lingering. It leaves a bit of a bitter aftertaste which is easily remidied with the next sip.

It has a very nice heavy body.

I highly recommend this rich beverage.

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

first, let me just suggest that if you have the opportunity to try this beer and it's oak-aged counterpart, try this one first. It's definitely not bad at all, but the oak-aged is better. Much smoother with greater drinkability. But back to this one here. A lot about it seemed like just a bit above avg imperial stout affair. Pours a super dark ebony with dark head. Smells and tastes very, very roasted. Lots of roasted malt and some dark chocolate, but with a nice presence of hops as well that is particularly detecable in the back of themouth and aftertaste. Again in reference to the oak aged, this ones drinkability ranks a little lower as it seems a lot thicker and more syrupy with real weight and gravity to it. It makes the prospect of having another beer after it questionable. But I'm sure a lot of people would see that as a reason to rank it higher. So have this one and enjoy it, but certainly make your way to the oak-aged to experience its superiority.

Photo of 2013beer101
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very dark and heavy stout. Carbonation seemed to liven up as the beer warmed as did the booze. Loved visual of the dark color and cinnamon head on top. Great beer for having on occaision but wouldnt make it a regular go to. also getting lots of coffee flavor.

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

Aroma was as expected: roasted, coffee, but not very strong. Nice creamy, light-brown head. Excellent lacing and a fully lasting head. Color=black. Initial flavor was moderately sweet with a similar, long finish. Medium to full body with a syrupy texture. There was a heavy alcohol finish. I was a bit underimpressed with this one, as I really love the Oak-Aged version. I think this one needs a year with respect to the alcohol feel.

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

The body is the darkest of browns to black, and impenetrable to light. The head is at least two fingers of light brown foam that has good retention and leaves great lacing behind.

There is actually a pretty big hop presence in the aroma, with a big citrus smell to it. I also notice roasted malts, toffee, and whiff of alcohol.

The flavor is definitely "untamed" like the label suggests. Roasted malts are first with a hint of coffee flavor coming with them. Next is a very rich toffee flavor that is my favorite part of the beer. After that and into the aftertaste there is a massive hop presence. Grapefruit and other citrus flavors along with a noticeable amount of bitterness might be the most prominent flavors in Yeti. The finish comes with a blast of heat from the alcohol.

The mouthfeel is big, smooth, almost chewy. A great feel for a massive stout like Yeti.

I would say this yeti is still a bit hot; although I don't like aging many beers, with a little bit of time under its belt to mellow out the hops and heat, this one would probably improve. As it, it is still a pretty good beer though.

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

Tasted On: 11-01-2012
Freshness: bottled on 07-30-2012
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Single from the Great Divide taproom

Appearance: Black colored beer, with no light permeating the glass. Head is small and a frothy dark tan, with a little amount of retention and very good lacing.

Smell: Rich and dark roasts, as in French coffee, plus cocoa and a wood/oak character.

Taste: Dark chocolate and roasted bitterness at the beginning, then some alcohol warming, followed by bittering of the hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full-bodied, with a low-to-medium amount of carbonation. The finish has coffee-like bitter roasts, a bit to the astringent level, tempered with bittersweet dark chocolate.

Overall: A big hefty stout for sure, I enjoyed this but think if the hops were scaled back a bit it would be an improvement.

Photo of Onenote81
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this at the Smoking Lamp in Charleston this weekend. Came out an absolute pitch black with a thin tan head resting on top. Left lots of sticky lace rings in its wake. Really pretty. Smells of roasted chocolate, booze, sour candy, and whiffs of coffee, just slightly.

The body is smooth and ever-so-creamy. Great sipper. Alcohol presence is not known in the flavor. Masked well by great bitter coffee and dark chocolate flavors. Slight sour bite on the backend, but nothing offputting. I really enjoyed this one. I've had a few of the various "aged" versions, but never had the original. Well done.

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!

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,481 ratings.