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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,095 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,095
Reviews: 1,609
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 187
Gots: 464 | 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 jlindros


4.11/5  rDev -2.4%

This is quite an older bottle, old label, maybe 3-4 years old at this point, but there's no date that I can see.

Pours a darker colored creamy mocha head that barely covers the top, then fades at a decent pace that tries to leave lacing but the lacing also slides down the glass with some decent legs, and a super pitch black beer.

Nose brings tons of chocolate, dark chocolate and cocoa, baker's choc as well, some older soft aged malts and dusty cocoa, dark malts with a little roast and hint of char, just a hint of oxidation, lots of oats too, slight fluffy nougat like aroma and some caramel.

Taste starts rich and creamy, a bit of a luscious melting chocolate, baker's chocolate and dark chocolate, cocoa, a little caramel and fluffy nougat. Some dry cocoa dust and a little cereal like grain, some creamy oats. Mild warming booze still with a bit of a booze flavor even, and mild oxidation again but barely. Also that soft aged malt character, the dark aged malt, with mild roast and char, and quite dark malts and touch of fudge. It also still has a bit of an earthy hop character but not a lot left after the age. Finish is a little syrupy and sticky, creamy dark chocolate and cocoa lingering, little fudge still lingering, bit more earthy spicy hops.

Mouth is fuller bod, a little creamy and lush but lighter than I expected, lighter but decent carb, hint of warming booze.

Overall interesting, def need to try it again fresh and review notes, but a nice aged feel to it and still very tasty.

01-26-2014 02:36:04 | More by jlindros
Photo of da_beers


4.11/5  rDev -2.4%

A - pours a beautiful, thick black with nice dark tan head of a little over a finger. Has that nice tan lace all the way down.

S - roasty, chocolatey, hints of coffee. This has a good, deep nose to it.

T - great bitterness to it. Great espresso and chocolates. Deep flavors. Some roastiness in the back end. Caramel notes come through at end as well. So good.

M - full body and then some. This is thick and savory. Leaves you smacking your lips or more. This is exactly hoe a stout should feel.

O - not disappointed. Only knock would be its slight booziness... But it's an imperial, so what do you expect, right? Great imp stout.

03-16-2014 18:21:14 | More by da_beers
Photo of Flounder57


4.11/5  rDev -2.4%

Served in a tulip at Estelle's in Boston

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin late. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super awesome lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted coffee, toffee, caramel, smoke, and a little booze.

Taste: Same as above with lingering ash bitterness. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, ash, full bodied, boozy alcohol, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty awesome RIS. I like all the different variations of this beer too.

01-21-2014 00:33:33 | More by Flounder57
Photo of mattdunc

South Carolina

4.12/5  rDev -2.1%

08-22-2014 00:24:40 | More by mattdunc
Photo of secondtooth


4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

Note that this is a review of a 2-year old bottle, aged in a cool basement.

Pours oil-slick black, with a formidable and impressive head of dark tan carbonation.Thick and attractive lace.

Nose is roasty, charred cocoa and mocha. And booze, but not in a bad way.

Taste is huge -- tons of flavors here. I get cocoa, burnt malts, and a finish that hints at caramel/toffee and some hops, even. Finish is warming and alcoholic.

Definitely a tasty and impressively massive Imperial Stout, and an experience to savor.

12-30-2012 21:04:24 | More by secondtooth
Photo of cjgator3


4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from it's 22oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a thick pitch black with a tannish brown head. Aroma consists of a vast array of flavors that range from dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, molasses and alcohol. Taste is dark and almost burnt malt and chocolate that make way for the long roasty bitter finish in which the hops peak their head out to say hello. This is a big complex beer that should be treated as one especially considered it's high ABV. Overall, this is a wonderful Imperial Stout that is strongly recommended.

10-07-2006 03:35:24 | More by cjgator3
Photo of Kegatron


4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

22 oz bottle into a tulip a snifter.

Pours black with several fingers of super rich & creamy (and EXTREMELY burnt looking) dark mocha colored head that looks a bit like chocolate milk at times. This simmers down into a rigid 1/4 finger of smooth and creamy retention that flares up extremely well, leaving a massive coating of lace and brown residues down the sides of the glass. The aroma is huge with roasted chocolate malts and underlying notes of caramel, coffee, and earthy, fresh smelling, floral hops in the back.

The aroma is thick chocolate and caramel sweetness up front that is met with equally robust notes of roasted malts, zippy coffee character, and a firm hop profile behind it. The finish is roasted bitterness that hangs in the mouth for a good bit. The mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy feeling overall, with a layer of prickly carbonation underneath that accentuates the aggressive bitterness of this. The feel slickens out a bit as it warms, revealing some toasty alcohol character underneath.

A winner of an Imperial Stout and definitely one of the better easier to find versions of the style out there. This doesn't go quite as deep as some of the tops in the style but is still an extremely solid look for those needing a Stout fix.

02-04-2009 17:55:25 | More by Kegatron
Photo of Kinsman


4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

Pitch black body in the glass with a nice sticky looking head about 2 fingers thick with a nice brown sugar coloring.

Aroma is sweet with the usual chocolate and coffee aromas but with a bit of a caramel and toffee character too. Maybe a bit of a piney hop aroma but a bit subdued.

Chocolatey sweet with a nice roasted from the barley and a lot of coffee/espresso notes too. Also picking up on a pleasant hop bitterness with a bit of a leafy or piney hop flavor. One of the hoppier imperial stouts I've had in a while.

Mouthfeel is a bit chewy with a smooth slightly dry feel. Overall, I'm really enjoying thous stout right now. Nothing mind blowing here but nothing to complain about either.

03-02-2011 02:42:48 | More by Kinsman
Photo of Bung


4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

Solid black pour with large dark tan head. Heavy roast, coffee, mocha, port aromas. Tastes similarly with power in each flavor, alcohol is lingering the whole time. Full bodied to say the least. I was a little surprised by the hop bitterness later on. In your face with the espresso and bitter staying with you a while. Barrel does mellow it out, but it has it's drawbacks also, so I like them about equally. Both are definetely agers.

12-15-2008 03:14:39 | More by Bung
Photo of OatmattStout


4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

On tap at prime 16 in a snifter. Jet black with espresso crema head.

Nose was light of roasted malts and licorise.

Head was small as bartender eased it into glass like a little old lady. Some lace and avg retention.

Taste was packed with big roasted coffe malt with a bit of fresh fennel.
Mouthfeel is insanely velvety.

Drinkability is moderate as any large ris should be.

12-23-2009 20:55:34 | More by OatmattStout
Photo of ReelBigwigFish

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured into pint glass

A: Black syrup with a medium brown 1 finger head that stuck around for a bit and is now a froth puddle sitting atop this sludge. Patches of thick lacing here and there.

S: Intense burnt malt, coffee, dark chocolate aromas mixing with boozy alcohol imparting scents of sweet dark fruit. I'd be lying if I didn't smell some piney American hops in there as well. This smells great.

T: Sweet boozy alcohol turning to a drier astringent mix of dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, pine hop, earthy wet wood. For how dry is gets in the middle, it finishes rather nice and earthy.

M: Heavy, thick, full-bodied, and boozy.

O: Excellent R.I.S., I think this beats out Storm King as my new favorite. And I like seeing that Great Divide makes multiple small batch versions of this beer as well!

11-21-2011 03:28:51 | More by ReelBigwigFish
Photo of Flipadelphia84


4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a snifter

A- Pitch black with a creamy mocha head that sticks to the side of the glass.

S- Smokey malts, chocolate, caramel, espresso. The alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering.

T- Very flavorful. Espresso changes to a caramel like sweetness, to a hoppy bitterness. Very complex. I'm Not sure I can detect everything thats going on here, but I like it. Every single sip changes flavor several times which leads me to think about the ingredients that go into this monster beer.

M- Very thick and drooly. Coats the throat. I don't even want to swallow it. Its like heaven on my palette. The carbonation gives it a tangy character, and the hop oils make your lips sticky. Nice!

D- Very tasty, but high in alcohol and price. This might be a beer for a special occasion and one at a time.

01-09-2011 22:57:47 | More by Flipadelphia84
Photo of meathookjones


4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

This came in a 22oz Bomber with and old western looking label to go with the Maverick theme. Pours a rich black color with a good sized tan foamy head about half an inch high. Not good retention as it quickly faded and there was not much lacing or signs of its existence afterwards. The aroma is of dark chocolate and espresso coffee with a slight hint of hops. There are also notes of dark fruit that seemed to emerge as I drank this. Very similar in taste to the aroma as the chocolate and coffee flavors dominate. The chocolate is a bittersweet one with and there are also notes of roasted malts. The hops are present but not too bitter and there are no signs of the alcohol. About a medium body on this beer with fairly good drinkability. This is a very smooth and complex imperial stout and is highly recommended.

06-09-2004 13:44:44 | More by meathookjones
Photo of cncbofh


4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured blacker than night, as expected. The head was minimal and left tiny bubbles that sat at the top of the glass throughout the tasting. The smell - astringent and reminds me of opening a bag of black licorice.

It tastes like black licorice too, but without the astringency. The taste is earthy and complex but somewhat sweet. I like the lightness that comes with this Stout, rather than the muddied and overly deep flavors that is common with Imperials.

At 9.5%, one was enough for a nice night sleep.

05-28-2004 05:23:59 | More by cncbofh
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass
Bottled on: March 4th, 2011

A: Pours out a moderately thick opaque black with dark brown edges and a big 3 fingers width of dense dark mocha colored head. The head takes forever to dissipate down to about a half fingers size, which remains throughout the drink. Leaves a decent amount of lacing but nothing to write home about. Quite a good looking beer, especially the great head and who doesn’t love good head?

S: The most prominent aromas are milk chocolate and vanilla, with a lesser roasted aroma present as well. There are subtle hints of alcohol and cherry, and if you use your imagination you could liken it to chocolate covered alcohol-soaked cherries, although that may be a stretch. Either way, it is a very pleasant and inviting aroma.

T: The first sip is much different than the aroma, with lots of roasted malt and a big hop presence that wasn’t appreciated in the scent at all. Early on there are some flavors of bakers chocolate on the taste, and a rich dark-roast coffee presence that comes and go’s but the flavor profile is definitely dominated by hop bitterness for the majority of the early part of the drink. There is citrusy hops upfront and a big piney hop bitterness on the backend/aftertaste. The flavor does improve towards the end of the drink. I started drinking this beer relatively warm and still it didn’t hit its peak flavor until about midway through the second glass, when the hop bitterness finally mellowed out and allowed the other flavors to come through. The chocolate and coffee flavors became more prominent, and some dark fruit characters come out as well to make it a much more balanced drink. Good flavor profile overall, but I do think the hop bitterness was a little overpowering and distracting.

M/D: It has a nice warming feeling. Moderately heavy body although not as heavy as you’d guess from the appearance. Its not very smooth, which I think can be attributed to the huge hop bitterness that is present (bottle says 75 IBU’s and I don’t doubt it. It’s probably the most aggressively hopped RIS I’ve had to date). It does do a good job masking the almost double digit ABV, and has about average drinkability for the style.

O: Overall, a very good RIS. I think it could really be fantastic if it was allowed to cellar for awhile to let some of the hop bitterness subdue. I will say that this, it is much better than the Oak Aged Yeti that I tried a couple months ago, which was just completely dominated by an alcohol presence that masked all the other flavors (although now I'm thinking I may have just got a bad batch). Because of that I have been shying away from trying the regular Yeti, but this turned out to be a pleasant surprise and a damn good RIS.

09-17-2011 01:59:23 | More by zac16125
Photo of HeyItsChili


4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

A - Poured from a growler into a pint glass. The beer pours dark, almost black brown with a decent, foamy dark tan head.

S - Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, maybe some brown sugar-toffee too.

T - Strong, a little dark chocolate bittersweetness, malt, licorice. There is some nice, hoppy bitterness in the finish.

M - Light carbonation, smooth, creamy, full bodied.

D - Goes down smooth, but strong.

12-14-2008 19:45:54 | More by HeyItsChili
Photo of randeezy74


4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

07-11-2014 00:51:52 | More by randeezy74
Photo of bamadog


4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

My first shot at Yeti, I picked up a 4 pack about a year ago and am just now getting around to trying it. Review is from notes taken on 4/15/2011 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Yep, pours black. Pitch black. Black as midnight. Black. The pour yields a good sized 2 and 1/2 finger dark tan head. Dark tan, like, dark. Head is foamy and creamy and looks to leave plenty of lacy webbing on the sides of the glass; body is, of course, entirely opaque and it appears to engulf any light in the immediate area; head eventually fades to a thin and incomplete skim on the surface.

Smell: Wow -- pretty robust upon the popping of the cap -- I pick up a lot of smokey malts, along with a definite presence of chocolate (bittersweet/bakers variety) and a bit of a sugary malt ball like scent (reminiscent of Whoppers); bit of alcohol, and I believe there is still a present of some bitter hoppiness left over, despite sitting the bottle for an additional year. I believe the bottle says it sits at 75 IBUs, so I'll be very curious to see how this continues to change over the next year when I get to the next bottle of this 4 pack.

Taste: Taste is good, and really what I would expect from an RIS from the West and Rocky Mountain region -- plenty of earthy hops still present (not the dominant flavor, mind you, but still abundantly present). There is plenty of the bittersweet bakers chocolate, and just a touch of some smokiness that was more prevalent in the nose; there is an earthy/woody/dirt-like malty aspect as well, and that is followed and complimented by the hops and it creates a bit of a metallic tinge to it; for being close to 10%, the alcohol is well masked and barely perceptible.

Mouthfeel: Body is between medium and heavy, but really not quite as thick as I thought it would be. Don't get me wrong, it's fairly thick and comes across as creamy (the carbonation is there, but very soft and fitting of the style), but there are definitely thicker stouts available in general. A thick, dry and sticky coating is left on the roof of the mouth, and the belly is left a little warm from the ABV.

Overall: An excellent RIS that is well worth picking up and trying. I can't wait for the next 12 months to roll by to see how it continues to develop -- I feel there is still a lot of potential in this one. The weight and ABV of the style in general prevents one from considering drinking too much of it, so one is plenty.

04-16-2011 01:29:32 | More by bamadog
Photo of emmasdad


4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a deep, dark, almost opaque black color, with some beautiful mocha colored head. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, alcohol and earthy hops. On the palate, deep, dark roasted chocolate, alcohol and a bit of fresh brewed coffee. A wonderfully balanced, easy to drink imperial stout.

04-19-2010 02:44:16 | More by emmasdad
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours midnight black, very opaque, no light getting through this fucker, big tan head forms, some nice lacing. Smell is roast coffee, chocolate, carmael, dates, floral/pine hops, some alcohol. Taste is roasty, with caramel, then chocolate middle, super pine and floral hops, and then a chocolate/coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full bodied, with low carbonation, very smooth. Good stout but I liked the oak-aged better. This one seems a little unbalanced with the bitterness.

12-19-2005 16:52:13 | More by Viggo
Photo of pokesbeerdude


4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

Picked up a single in fort collins and have been excited for it for a while. Here goes.

A: poured an opaque black with a huge brown three finger head. Excellent clumpy lacing. This is dark and enticing.

S: initially the hop character really pops out. There is also a huge chocolate presence. Coffee. There is also an interesting caramel hint in there. Piney hops as well.

T: this one is very bitter initially. Very heavy on the coffee flavors. Dark roasted coffee is the most present. Cocoa powder chocolate flavors. Hops aren't well defined but are piney. Interesting and complex.

M: a little thin for the style. Bitterness lingers a while the beer nicely coats the mouth.

D: fair. This one bomber is enough for me. I enjoy it but there are some better examples out there.

11-01-2008 23:14:19 | More by pokesbeerdude
Photo of Pintofbrown


4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

Appearance: It poured slick and dark from the bottle, might as well have been motor oil. No highlights on this thing at all, that is usually a good sign on a stout! The head bubbled vigorously to about two fingers in width. The dark brown foam coats the side of the glass as the glass is tipped.

Smell: The nose is full of roasted malts. There is also some sweetness, like raisins, there as well from the malt character. The roasted profile also brings out some leather and nut profiles, also makes the nose a little spicy.

It all comes together very nicely. It could be a little bigger as it is a stout. I shouldn’t have to bend way over into my glass to find these profiles I don’t think.

Taste: Yeti starts out very strong, and then just stomps right on to the back of the throat, leaving a roasted and warm finish. As it first enters there is the kick from the hops that makes for a semi bitter taste. Then that is slowly overwhelmed by the roasted malt profile, which is not near as sweet on the tongue.

The flavor is definitely more roasted caramel malt that is very warm from the higher alcohol. Do not be alarmed though. This alcohol that gets into the finish fits perfectly with the stout. Overall, it’s very bold and damn good.

Mouth feel: The finish is dry from the high IBU’s of the drink, and it definitely warms the belly. Although, the alcohol finish is not distracting and doesn’t take away from the drink at all. It goes down very easy and is big, as in full bodied, like a stout should be.

Overall: This offering from Great Divide is very solid indeed. The only problem is how drinkable it ultimately is. With its higher alcohol, one does really need to be careful. It’s one of the few Imperial stouts that is so easy on the palate and so big at the same time.

Well worth the try, and again, just be careful, Yeti sightings are always easier to prove when one doesn’t wake up with a pounding head ache the next day.

08-17-2011 21:55:25 | More by Pintofbrown
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

A - Pours pitch black with a dark mocha head (one of the darkest I've ever seen), solid retention and sheeting lacing.

S - Sweet milk chocolate, dark cocoa and a hint of espresso amidst some leafy hops.

T - CHaocolate malts dominate, hint of ABV sweetness, leafy green hops with a nice bitterness level that's mellowed by the cocoa malts.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet. ABV is well hidden and doesn't leave your mouth with any heat.

O - Extremely drinkable offering up some bold flavours. A well formulated Imperial Stout that will please your palette.

11-05-2011 13:03:01 | More by andrenaline
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4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

I came across this bottle at a fairly unsual local place. Originally, I was more attracted by the bottle and label than by the beer itself. Until pouring it into a glass, I still thought this is an IPA (did NOT pay attention by any means!).

Pour was very nice, choclatty smell went through the kitchen right away. The look was just awesome and the decent carbonation left a nice little head. About average for a (imperial) stout.

The mouthfeel is great, taste is very smooth and it goes down just smooth. The beer is balanced very nicely and was a great roasty aroma.

01-23-2009 02:50:23 | More by Schwab
Photo of BARFLYB


4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

Served on tap at union jacks pub, 9oz serving

A- Yeti came to me with a 1/2 inch tan mocha head that dissipated quick. Yeti had a deep burnt black look to it. What it left was a sparce pattern of thin foam on the surface. No lacing to be seen.

S- Roasted malt goodness with a nice burnt aspect. Some cream and milky scents giving off some faint vanilla. Chocolate malts also with some hops in the background with a smell of alcohol.

T- A lot of sweet and roasty malts are detected first along with the creamy flavors resembling chocolate milk. Some coffee presence with a twinge of espresso. Earthy hops towards the end leaving a roasty and dry taste together.

M-Rich and full leaving some alcohol heat behind. A nice amount of carb with a somewhat slick feel to it as it goes down. This is my first time having this on tap and it really improves from the bottle version.

D- The creaminess and milk chocolate within yeti is my favorite aspect of the taste, which came out more on tap. At 9.5% this is nowhere near sessionable but I would drink a few if i had enough courage. A very nice RIS from great divide.

02-07-2009 22:06:52 | More by BARFLYB
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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