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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,153 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,153
Reviews: 1,619
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 193
Gots: 491 | FT: 16
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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2.75/5  rDev -34.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -34.7%

qazeqaz, Jan 28, 2014
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2.78/5  rDev -34%

I love stouts. GIve me oatmeal, cream, imperial. I'll take 'em all.

I suppose I should appreciate what Great Divide was trying to do here, but Yeti was just lost on me. It's not every brewery that tries to make a beer that's supposed to be savory into something so bitter.

The pour was beautiful. Great color, and a head that grabbed the glass and clinged to the end. From there, the hop overload really put a damper on what could have been an awesome imperial. I just don't believe that so much dry bitterness properly complements a roasty, toasty, malty stout. The citrus profile from the hops really confused the flavor of the brew. It also sucked away the substantial, sometimes silky, mouthfeel of a true imperial. Drinkability also suffered, as the hop presence commanded the long finish that should have belonged to the malt.

Different is often good, but not this time.

MrBen, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of schellsbeer
2.78/5  rDev -34%

Review from notes taken from sampling party early December 2008.

If you are going to get a Great Divide Yeti....pay the extra $1 and get the Oak Aged one...MUCH better!!!!

A - Black....Yeti material....Yeti means snow...and snow is white....just don't get it. Anyways...Black and "appears" thick, but looks can be wrong....read on.

S - High alcohol. Other than that, not great for a RIS

T - Burns when cold. No flavor. Make sure this one is at room temperature or else you just wasted the $8 for the bottle. Crazy. Little to like when cool, ok to like when warm. Other then that, not great. Just average at best.

M = Thin. Alcohol bite. Thats it.

D - 9.5% plus expensive compared to other great RIS...no. Try the Oak Aged Yeti...much better. That review next.

schellsbeer, Jan 03, 2009
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2.85/5  rDev -32.3%

For me balance is key in a RIS. to much hops takes away from the malty character. Not enough hops and it is too sweet.

Yeti Imperial Stout, lost me on the aroma. To much aroma hopping, overpowered the aroma and to some extent the flavor of the beer.

Apperance: Looked good, dark and think! Poured with a 2 finger head which held up a long time for a stout

Aroma: The Washington hops hit me on the fist sniff, and I had a hard time smell anything else. The malt was there, but any complexity was covered by the hops.

Taste: The initial taste was hoppy, it mellows though the taste into a more traditional RIS flavor, and ends up good.

Mouthfeel: Thick and what you would expect from a RIS.

Drinkability: To much hop in the aroma and the beginning of the taste for me.

njmoons, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of TheDoorman
2.9/5  rDev -31.1%

On tap at Ginger Man in NYC.

Pours a think syrupy black body with a brown head, and truly beautiful lacing. Aroma is a potent combination of chocolate, tofee and roast malt. The taste is similar to the nose. Reminds me of chocolate/maple syrup and molasses. Don't even think about detecting any hops. The beer coats my mouth with a real syrupy feel. This beer is actually too think and syrupy and too sweet. Roastyness is barely noticeable. Not properly balanced.

This beer has excellent reviews, so I was shocked to be dissappointed with this beer. It may have been served too cold. I may give it a try out of a bottle sometime.

TheDoorman, Jan 24, 2009
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2.9/5  rDev -31.1%

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Can't read the bottled on date but pretty sure it's sometime this year

A: Obsidian colored, leaving an initial 1/2 finger worth of head. This disappears within a minute

S: Dark coffee and roasted malt. Hint of charcoal it seems. Pretty big hop character for a stout, with some citrus notes coming through

T: All roasted malt here. Tastes like I'm drinking soot. Very earthy. Big smokey flavor. At the very end, I pick up some bitter chocolate

M: Pretty average for an imperial stout. Medium, somewhat creamy. Roasty, earthy aftertaste

D: Not a fan. Way too roasty. The smokey flavor was very overwhelming. Finished about half and gave the rest to my girlfriend (who seemed to like it)

Brez07, Dec 29, 2010
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2.95/5  rDev -29.9%

Poured from a bottle dated 3/7/12 into a pint glass and choked down with a slow cooked BBQ pulled pork sandwich.

A: Pours pretty darn close to pitch black; little light gets through. Unfortunately, no head whatsoever, despite a solid pour. No lacing either.

S: Chocolate, overwhelmingly, with hints of toffee. Earthy hops are well blended with the chocolate for pleasant aromas.

T: Starts off chocolate, but quickly gives way to a highly astringent, herbal hop quality. Unfortunately, the hop character dominates and lingers, leaving behind an unpleasant medicinal bittnerness. The first thing that comes to mind is an herb I took while a child (astragalus). This isn't much better, and I question how much more palatable it would be even after considerable cellaring. None of the stout-like flavors linger - they come in strong when it hits the tongue, but vanish into a sea of overwhelming bitterness (and this from a DIPA fan and fervent drinker of Old Rasputin RIS).

M: Not at all creamy. MF-wise goes down smooth, almost crisp. Does not foam in the mouth. Alcohol is evident. In summary, has none of the qualities I look for in a stout.

O: Another huge disappointment from the folks at Great Divide. I'm normally a huge fan of the brewery, but this was pretty darned near undrinkable. I'll be sticking with the oak-aged Yetis, which are DELICIOUS.

tylerprince, May 09, 2012
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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,153 ratings.