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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,993 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,993
Reviews: 1,605
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 184
Gots: 429 | FT: 15
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 yamar68


4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage:

Looks dangerous... inky black body that provides roughly zero percent visibility. A three finger pillow of medium brown head fills the glass and eventually fades to a half finger cap, leaving loads and loads of dramatic lacing.

Tons of smooth coffee and dark pitted fruits. Fudge and milk chocolate as well, a variety of dessert aromas... incredibly smooth without any real alcohol presence. For such a classic imperial stout, this one really has a unique yet assessable profile.

The bittering hops are a thing of the past at this point - coffee grounds, milk chocolate, smoked malts, a bit of red fruit... it finishes really dry, yet sticky. A bitter coffee flavor grasps the palate right up until the next sip.

What can I say? It's a classic.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 03:37:29 | More by yamar68
Photo of Chas58

New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a growler filled at Joe Canal's Iselin into my Firestone Walker Nonic Pint Glass

Appearance - pours a viscous inky black, leaving a growing thick, milkshake like head that grows. The head has a very dark brown appearance and leaves a nice lacing and clingy head. A inky black beer with a lasting head. 

Smell -  Strong and very pleasant initial aroma of chocolate, cocoa and a hint of coffee. The smell is very well balanced and changes with each new taste. 

Taste - a very strong coffee, taste with a slight hint of alcohol and cocca, with a bitterness that lingers. Very hoppy and with a nice strong bittering. Although strong, it continues to be balanced and appropriate for the style. 

Mouthfeel  - very smooth thick and nicely carbonated, with a lingering bitterness and filmy coffee like residue. The mouthfeel and the after taste, hint at the strong ABV, abut an alcohol burn is not apparent. A maltiness and slight sweetness remain

Overall  -  this is a true imperial stout, with big taste, big hop and big maltiness.  A truly great beer, with a complexness that makes it so appealing and drinkable for stout lovers. This is big beer and so good. 

Serving type: growler

01-21-2013 01:29:20 | More by Chas58
Photo of DaPeculierDane


4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz Bomber from Warehouse Liquors.

Appearance: Chocolate Velvet with assertive lacing. Pitch black. Dark brown head like the bottom of a cup of Turkish coffee. The bubbles are just plain fun to watch disperse after the pour. Like a herd of wildebeests crossing the Nile during Gator mating season, these little black-brown bubbles scatter from the head back into the brew from which they came.

Aroma: Tit bit of spice entwined in coffee and chocolate. Carmel macchiato sans crème. Blueberries.

Taste: More Blueberries then a Muffin shop in Maine. Plentiful amounts of coffee and chocolate. A pinch of juniper in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Like drinking a cloud. Wet bitter finish. Well hopped. Burns the tongue a little, it’s so bitter.

Drinkability: Great. To easy for 9.5 ABV.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 01:21:11 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of far333


4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just like the namesake Sasquatch, this beer is rarely seen but much heard of in these parts. Thanks to Brent for sending it along.

Black impenetrable liquid with woody brown highlights. A low dark brown head rises slightly off the surface, and sits suspended about a quarter inch high, slowly receding downward.

Thick aroma of bitter coffee and dark chocolate, raisins, molasses, and burnt brown sugar. First sip kicks with flavor - strong and rich espresso upfront, morphing quickly to softer, velvety cocoa and sweet coffee, and understated raisin. The ABV is noticeable and leaves a lingering burn in the cheeks and on the tip of the tongue, but it's warming, glowing almost. Just like the Yeti, it may sneak up on you. A noticeable hop bitter pokes through at the end, and compliments the other flavors well.

Mouthfeel is a little slick, not too much carbonation. Moderate drinkability due to the strength and richness, but I seem to be getting through the bomber pretty quickly and wanting another.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2005 02:31:00 | More by far333
Photo of GilGarp


4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I've been a big fan of russian imperial stouts, this local favorite has been on my must-try list. Lets see how it stacks up...

Pours from a 12oz brown bottle into the curvy sam adams glass. It's very dark brown but with hints of red around the edges. The light tan colored bubbles rise slowly through the beer and settle into a fine head on top.

Aroma is a combination of roasted malts and (surprisingly) hops. Most beers of this style don't have the hop aroma that this one does and I like it.

Flavor is rich in chocolate and roasty malt but also has a distinctive hop taste. It's almost an IPA RIS if there ever was one. The bitterness from the malts is there but the hops play a major part as well. It's all very well balanced too not leaning too much towards sweet or bitter.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy smooth with just enough carbonation to get by.

Drinkability is good but keep in mind it's
nearly 10%.

I opened both this and the oak-aged version together. As good as this one is, the oak is clearly better. If I needed an everyday RIS, it would be between this and Ten Fidy. For something a bit more special, the oak aged yeti is the one.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 00:13:07 | More by GilGarp
Photo of PeprSprYoFace


4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to DrDogbeer for this one.

Pours a nice black with a nice looking tan head. Decent lacing.

Smells sort of bourbon-esk. Chocolate and coffee are smelling pretty good.

Taste is great. I swear it tastes a little oaky and bourbon like. And this isn't the barrel aged version. Great coffee and bitter sweet chocolate. Very smooth and satisfying.

Mouthfeel is great. No complaints.

Overall an awesome beer that I would trade for to get my hands on some more.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 20:04:19 | More by PeprSprYoFace
Photo of nickd717


4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber review, recorded in early 2009 and transcribed from my RateBeer ratings.

Pours jet black with a fairly large tan head and good lacing.

Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate on the aroma. Very rich.

Has most of your standard American RIS flavors: coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt. Also adds vanilla, slight bourbon, and more hop bitterness than usual.

Full-bodied and very smooth palate.

A very good beer, but doesn't quite stand up to something like AleSmith Speedway Stout. A very solid (but not standout) imperial stout overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 16:58:32 | More by nickd717
Photo of bashiba


4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this side by side with the Oak aged version to see the differences.

Poured a very dark black with mahogony highlights and thick creamy tan head and great lacing.

Smell is very low key with a very bitter chocolate aroma.

Taste is very bitter black chocolate flavor with esspresso and burnt malts really coming through and a suprising amount of hops in the finish, a touch of alcohol is noticeable. Very Very Stouty.

Mouthfeel is big and full with a good deal of warmth.

Overall a good solid big stout. Has so much more bitterness and stoutyness than its Oaked version. The difference between the 2 is striking.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 00:10:59 | More by bashiba
Photo of output01x


4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Bottled On: FEB 15 2012) into a snifter glass.

A strong pour yields a 1 1/2-finger deep mocha-colored head that slowly fades after a few minutes to a thin dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a nearly black dark brown that permits no passage of light. Thick lacing can be seen coating the glass throughout consumption but fails to cling to the glass for long.

Deep, dark, roasty, complex, and welcoming. Aromas of dark coffee, burnt coffee beans, and dark chocolate carry slight notes of alcohol and dark fruits (raisins and black cherries?).

Flavors of milk chocolate and dark chocolate caress the taste buds along with notes of dark fruit and vanilla. Swallowing unleashes flavors of black coffee, burnt coffee beans, and espresso. A bit of bittering hops become noticeable in the finish that combines well with the dark coffee flavors. Dark, bittersweet chocolate persists on the tongue as an aftertaste. A sharp alcohol warmth stings the back of the throat.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is as smooth and creamy as melted butter. The thick body coats the mouth well but is kept well in control by the carbonation. It is slightly sticky but in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 02:29:25 | More by output01x
Photo of edchicma


4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A chewy delight. Appearance is outstanding ....almost black...creamy brown head..extreme lacing. Smell is malt, burnt malt, coffee, chocloate and hops...whew! Taste is slightly below smell, but still well above average...malt then hops and a hoppy finish and aftertaste...not as much coffee and burnt malt tasts as I expected. Nice full, chewy mouthfeel. For 9.5 abv very smooth on the drinkability scale.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2005 23:23:52 | More by edchicma
Photo of jacobseyb


4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A=Deep dark brown, black with golden brown head that took a vigorous pour to two fingers

S=Caramel, coffee, chocolate malts and alcohol

T=Roasted malts that bring flavors of chocolate, coffee, and caramels, some bitterness follows on aftertaste.

M=Thick, oily, good carbonation

D=Good, given the style, sweetness and thickness don't lend to sessionability.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 02:10:29 | More by jacobseyb
Photo of rlee1390


4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep black in the glass, while pouring it is a slight ruby around the edges, one finger brown head with some lacing.

S-Molasses, coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, even some hops.

T-Nice blend of molasses, coffee and chocolate. Roasted malt sneaks in as well. Nice bitterness as well.

M-Medium bodied, thinner than I would have like but some carbonation.

O-A nice well balanced Imperial Stout, the added bitterness is a nice touch.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 22:32:03 | More by rlee1390
Photo of atigerlife


4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black. Black hole black. Dark brown creamy fluffy head. Good head retention. Very impressive to look at.

Aroma of dark chocolate, dark malts, expresso.

Taste is dark chocolate, dark malts, dark fruits. Some charcoal and coffee in there. Bitter.

Mouthfeel was heavy. Dry at the end. Somewhat chewey.

Overall, a very, very good brew. Very drinkable. It hides the alcohol well. Great sipping beer at day's end.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 01:55:05 | More by atigerlife
Photo of weeare138


4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gadzooks! This one is potent and I like a lot about it.
It appears black as night with plenty of bubbly brown head. Almost looks like a draft beer in the glass after being poured from my 22 oz bomber. The smell is really nice. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, coffee and creaminess coming through with a hint of the alcohol that lays beneath. Plenty of carbonation and lots of lacing for the entire duration of enjoyment.
Tastes very good. Smooth, creamy and full bodied flavor explosion in my mouth. Finishes real well with a nice balance of hops complementing the sweetness to this delicious brew. I'd be able to have maybe two of these in one night. Mighty tastey but like I said, this one is potent.

Finger licking good!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2005 20:37:57 | More by weeare138
Photo of ChrisPro


4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber tasted blind.

Pours black with hints of dark burgundy in the light.

Fantastic aroma of caramel, chocolate.

Nice vanilla sweetness up front with a solid coffee back end bitterness.

Full bodied incredibly drinkable impy stout and definitely one of my favorite straight up imperial stouts.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 03:43:25 | More by ChrisPro
Photo of foureyedgeek


4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two part review, sort of, since I opened a bomber of this last night, poured half and then ended up closing up the 2nd half until this afternoon.

Upon pouring, there seems to be little effect obvious from the overnight delay on the 2nd half of the bottle, so my half-assed, wrap&seal seems to have worked. Still plenty of carbonation, leading to one of the most layered pillowy heads I've seen. Its all dark, from the black-brown of the beer to the creamy dark tan of the 2 inch head.

Smell is very aromatic, the huge head adding to that aesthetic. Hops, chocolate and dark, dark malts.

Tastes just like it smells and thats not a bad thing at all. Mouthfeel is spot on as well for the style, thick and creamy with just a touch of stickiness.

The high ABV is hidden well, making for a very drinkable beer that could possibly lead to trouble if you have a few. Great beer that's making me reallly look forward to the oak aged Yeti I have on storage.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 18:31:15 | More by foureyedgeek
Photo of TMoney2591


4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic tumbler.

I find it odd that I've had the wood-aged varieties of this beer before the base version. Go figure. It pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of dark tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate syrup, molasses, and some light coffee. The taste brings in more of the same, though the spotlight is definitely on the roasted malts, the coffee (slightly more intense), and the (now dark) chocolate. The body is on the lighter side of heavy, with a very light moderate carbonation and a chewy feel. Overall, a very nice stout, a standout of the style, especially in terms of cost and availability.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 00:13:34 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Fatheranderson


4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, I think my brain just blew out the back of my skull from the insane amounts of flavor I'm tasting off of this brew. I truly thought it couldn't get more intense than Arrogant Bastard. I truly was wrong.

Appearance: pitch jet black. Light can't even penetrate the surface of this beer.

Smell: I'm getting... plum, raisin, dark chocolate, booze, maybe a hint of sugar.

Taste: *head explodes*. That's right. That's really how much taste is packed into this brew. The taste is identical to the smell, strong, overbearing, right in your face, and completely unapologetic. This would more than likely kill an inexperienced drinker with the simple amount of flavor packed in there.

Mouthfeel: thick and chewy, just like I like it.

Drinkability: Just like any Imperial Stout, it shouldn't be drank for refreshment. It should only be drank when you really feel like a savory beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 00:52:33 | More by Fatheranderson
Photo of FosterJM


4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

94th review on BA
Bottle to pint.

12oz. Bottle

App- It's a big black pour with very little head on it.

Smell- Its a mix of smells on this. Some malt in the front, followed by Chocolate, the some coffee then some malt and eventually some hops.

Taste- Very few words needed here, and I quote " BIG stout little bottle" Awesome beer.

Mouth- Very complex because you see the pour and thinks its like oil but its not. Very smooth.

Drink- I want all the other ones now. I've created a monster.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 03:48:37 | More by FosterJM
Photo of AndyAvalanche


4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good Russian Imperial Stout. Pours thick and black with a thick dark brown chocolate milk colored head. The frothy head was very interesting, it was thick and would slide down the glass, but it didn't stick to it. The head itself stuck around for most of the session. The smell was good, not quite as strong as I expected. Smells of sweet and bitter chocolate with roasted/burned malts, and maybe some coffee, but more like a coffee milk smell. Had an excellent taste. Tasted smooth chocolate and some coffee taste followed by some roasted malts. Fairly sweet followed by a slight taste of alcohol at the end, not very strong though. Mouthfeel was very smooth, creamy and sweet. Pretty drinkable for such a thick beer, I'd certainly like to pick up a bottle and let it age for a bit and break it out later.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2009 01:23:05 | More by AndyAvalanche
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, had a coal-black color and a thick consistency. Had a big, long-lasting head and good lacing. This is basically how an imperial stout should look.

S: Had a strong aroma of coffee, malt and hops. Well-balanced in this category.

T: This one had a big taste, with coffee, sweets, roasted malt and hops. A very lively mix.

M: High amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. A full-bodied beer, almost too full-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable beer, especially if you like the style. This is a great example of an imperial stout, but like its brethren, it's very heavy. Not exactly a beer you can drink a lot of, but still a great brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 13:16:24 | More by avalon07
Photo of rustymoore


4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Normally I am not the biggest on stouts but this one is pretty tasty. Pours with medium to heavy head and good lacing throughout. Colors is a deep black and tan with amber hues. Taste is strong with coffee and roasted malts. Quite bitter but I actually like it and normally doesn't usually equal me liking it. The hops are phenomenal. Also goes down very smooth and is pleasing to the palette from a texture stanpoint.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2006 23:38:10 | More by rustymoore
Photo of Duff27


4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Thin mocha head on a dark brown/black beer. Low head retnetion, spotty lacing.

S- Whiffs of sweet chocolate.

T- Deep chocolate notes with some coffee thrown in. Booziness suggest near 10%abv.

M- One the thicker side for a mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

D-O- Perhaps the best widely-available imperial stout, at least around these parts. Has everything you'd look for...chocolate, coffee, roastiness. Thanks coylefoto.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 20:15:19 | More by Duff27
Photo of Stacy53


4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yeti Imperial Stout
Bottled Dec. 2009
Aged 8 months

A- Dark brown 3 finger head that stays

S- Smokey and sweet

T- Strong oak, tastes like I am having a nice charred brisket with a sweet caramel dipping sauce. I also taste smooth truffles and chocolate.

M- This beer is still kind of hot even after 8 months

D- Pretty boozy but works well with only 75 IBUs

I this is a great beer that I hope to revisit someday!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 18:56:09 | More by Stacy53
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque viscous black with purple highlight and slow-fading chocolate milkshake-like thick stiff creamy foam that sheets and trails from the start - looks imposing from the start. Fresh roasted coffee, 70% chocolate with orange oil underneath; mouth-watering.
Ash, fig, molasses, black malt acidity and astringent roastiness with black grape and salty caramel hints, then big resin and orange hops to end. Burnt sugar comeback and bitter linger.
Heavy, creamy, silky and burning.

Dark but not sweet, and, man, there's some bitterness. This needs some time. There's clearly an epic beer in here, but it's too hot and edgy when it's new. Still, a chewy, dark, hoppy monster.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 20:02:10 | More by StJamesGate
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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