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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,625 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,625
Reviews: 1,674
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 245
Gots: 685 | FT: 22
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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

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Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003

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

Poured into a portsmouth snifter this beer yielded a rich full dark brown head with rainbow bubbles from the hops. This beers head had a fantastic glistening effect that was beautiful. It could be a bit thicker but is almost perfect.
Bakers coco, hops and alcohol.
A big beer with lots going on. Big dark chocolate character dominates with some fruity hops going on. Very bitter beer,both from hops and roasted malts. Alcohol is a bit much when the beer warms but a fantastic beer.
Very rich with good carbonation.
A great RIS that I will have on a fairly regular basis.

Photo of rwf08
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duvel glass. Bottled on Feb 22 2010.

A: Pours a luscious dark black. Looks like chocolate syrup coming out of the bottle. Dense mocha one finger head that dissipates slowly and leaves a thin head and good dense lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, cocoa, sweet chocolate syrup. A slight coffee like roast comes through.

T: Dark roasted grains and chocolate. Some hop bitterness on the finish that gives it the taste of coffee. I get a lot of coffee and chocolate in this one despite it isn't the chocolate or coffee Yeti.

M: Good medium carbonation, medium mouth feel that coats the tongue well. Very luxurious mouthfeel.

D: Good drinkability for a 9.5% Imp. Stout. Very comforting beer to relax with. I could use a little more complexity on the flavor profile but other than that this is a very solid brew.

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

Super frothy brew with a head that is long lasting and thick. Super dark fluid and rich brown head. Sweet burnt molasses smell with big coffee and charcoal notes. Taste is the same with the most charcoal you can enjoy. Rich strong coffee and burnt molasses body with firm bitter finish. Feel is thick and rich with a touch of creaminess, A big sticky strong beer that has no trace of abv on the mouth. lots of refreshing bitterness.

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

Poured from a bomber into a DFH Snifter:

A-Jet black, some dark khaki head (not much) with a bit of lacing, looks really cool

S-very strong molasses, coffee and some licorice

T-good, some noticeable bite from the abv, seems to have some more richness and depth as it warms

M-also very good, no real aftertaste, at least nothing unpleasant

D-definitely a sipper, but a good variation on the style from folks who clearly have a handle on what they are doing

Photo of Proteus93
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice stout-black pour into a Stone IRS snifter. The light brown head on here is quite nice, a shimmering light golden-brown - like brown sugar. Looked quite thick on the way to the glass.

S: Slightly burnt sugars, some coffee aromas, a dash of vanilla (a little like soft-serve vanilla icecream, even).

T + M: A deep roasted malt, not as thick as it might have hinted to being on the pour. Both flavour and body hold a little something back, as if to exercise a little restraint. Some alcohol kick, a bit of espresso and unsweetened chocolate (very literal!) bitterness on the finish. The slightly burnt, bitter flavour sticks around for a while, and gets comfortable.

D: Sip away... the flavour almost builds up as it goes, and holds on for longer and longer on the palate. The finish is a particularly intriguing part of this drink, and allows for several minutes to ponder over the lasting flavour in the mouth.

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
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 mullenite
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz from March 08 (1yr 1mo old)

Pours a thick opaque black with a 1 finger cappuccino colored head which fades to a cap and leaves a thick solid lace on the glass.

Aromas of caramel/toffee, roasted malts and sweet alcohol are present and hold equal ground. Very light scent of dark chocolate lingers in the background but doesn't contribute too much.

Roasted malts stand out the most in the taste, some slight caramel sweetness and a little bit of the alcohol flavor come through as well. Finish is primarily of coffee beans and is very long. The flavors seem to clash a little at first but find their place and separate later on.

Mouthfeel is moderately heavy with nice carbonation.

Overall pretty easy to drink, the long finish keeps me from going back for more too quickly but only because the taste on the palate is so pleasant.

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

Pours a very dark brown in color, we'll just call it black. A very nice inch of brown head forms on the pour. Smell is heavily roasted malts and some nice coffee. I was expecting a ton of hops in the nose, but thankfully they're not there. More of the hops show up in the taste, but still, for the better, not as much as was aniticipated. This is much better than I remember it being. I think with some age this would be a very good beer. Comparable to, dare I say it, Bells Expedition. Full on the mouthfeel and nice.

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

Poured from the bottle into my Stone IRS glass

A - Black as night with a small tan had. Lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.

S - Dark malts with hins o chocolate, vanilla, caramel. Roasted malt and hints of smoke are also present

T - Rich chocolatey flavor mixed with lots of dark roasted malt. Maybe a little bit of hoppiness lie's in the background behind the massive layers of malt, add's a little spice at the end.

M - Thick rich and creamy. Heavy body. Light amount of carbonation

D - Its a RIS so it isn't what I'd call easy drinking but it doesn't have anything making it more difficult to drink than your normal RIS. Not as delicious as the Oak Aged or Chocolate Yeti but still a real good RIS. I would drink this one again. One more thing is this comes in 12oz bottles so it is good if I just want a smaller serving size than your normal RIS.

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

The beer is pitch black, with a dark brown head, that leaves good lacing, and ample curtains.

The smell is clear roasted aromas, dark dried fruits, heavy pungent

Sweet burnt sugar, Madeira, heavily roasted coffee, bitter roasted pine nuts.

Medium high carbonation, heavy and complex, slightly oily and a dry long finish.

A really heavy stout, nothing for the weak!

Photo of Luk13
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5 oz sample at the Mondial. Pours pitch black with good looking mocha head. Aroma is mostly chocolate with some roasted grain and coffee. The roastiness and coffee are more present in the taste. The bitter hop bite is also a nice addition. This one is pretty heavy but could use more compelxity. I prefered the oak aged Yeti. Maybe not the best place to drink such a sipper.

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

Pours a dark dark brown with a tan head. Smells of licorice, chocolate and a bit of sweet coffee. Tastes as it smells, with just a bit too much coffee flavor for me. I thought Speedway was overwhelmed with coffee, and didn't care for it that much. This was much better, though a notch less coffee would have been preferred. Not a huge falw, though. Very drinkable, and could have had a second bottle if I'd had one. Recommended.

Photo of chilly460
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - About as perfect looking a pour as I've seen, pitch black with a thick 1/4" mocha colored head that you could sleep on. Head sticks around a long time then settles to an 1/8", and sticks to the glass forever.

S - Very clean, distinctive hops up front with a nice chocolate and light roasted malt.

T - Better then the aroma, nice piney hops up front settles into an awesome light roasted coffee taste, with definite dark chocolate, and finishes with the nice roasted flavors. I don't like too much roasted bitterness, and this one balances perfectly, and only got better and more chocolatey as it warmed. I didn't pick up any dark fruits. Never tasted the alcohol but definitely gives it the warmth I like in a stout.

M - Very good and as expected for the style, thick, smooth and almost chewy.

D - Exceptional for the style, I drank a bomber with a NY strip and could easily drink more. About as "sessionable" as a big stout gets.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a rich chocolate colored head - good retention.

In the nose is chocolate, coffee, caramel malt, with a slight piney bitterness - a delightful bouquet worthy a the deep mysterious north west forest.

Taste is chocolate, caramel, coffee, pine the flavors dance. It has a smooth subtle kick that none-the-less hits home finishing dry with the bitterness of an ipa.

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

A brutally dark and intense stout. Flavors of coffee and bittersweet chocolate entice the back of your tongue whilst the bitterness of hops sweep across your pallet and stick to your taste buds. I felt that the hops dominated the flavor profile a wee much.

Photo of depechemode1983
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black. Head is dark brown in color and very rocky. Excellent retention on this one. Lacing is awesome. Curtains all around the glass.

S - The nose is full of roasted coffee, toasted grains, and dark chocolate. Very bitter sweet character with a burnt finish. Not much alcohol coming through even at 9.5% abv.

T - Lots of burnt coffee flavors. Sweet upfront and then fades into bitter coffee and dark chocolate with smokey undertones. Not too much complexity but very flavorful.

M - Full bodied, silky smooth and creamy. Carbonation is moderate which compliments the soft mouth feel.

O - Excellent. 8 dollars well spent.

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

Bottled 3/11/2011

A: Pours black ale with a single finger of dark mocha head. This sticks around for quite some time and leaves strong and persistent lacing. Can't see through this one. Great appearance.

S: complex. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, toffee, graham, figs, nougat, caramel. Hops are resiny, piney, earthy.

T: Dark and sweet and bitter. The beer is multilayered. coated with coffee, soil, dates, and hops. The meat is chocolate, toffee, anise, dark malts. Finishes with plenty of charred cocoa and coffee.

M: Thick and creamy. Fine carbonation. Slick at the edges and dry centrally.

O: This beer is outstanding. I don't believe the adjusted variations I've had so far are as good as the original.

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.

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,625 ratings.