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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout

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3,672 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3672
Reviews: 1587
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of jcalabre


3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up on one of my business trips to Longmont, Colorado.
Appearance: This pours motor oil black with a cocoa brown head.
Aroma: It has a nice chocolately, after dinner drink aroma.
Flavor: It's rich and very silky on the tongue. It's a very nicely done imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2003 02:30:21 | More by jcalabre
Photo of Wildman


4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer poured an amazing pitch black color and formed a nice huge foamy dark head that stuck around and left me thinking of some decedant float experiment gone wrong. It finally decided to diminish, leaving a lactice of lace etched on the side of the glass. The aroma was malt, coffee, chocolate and a touch of raisin. A flavor of malt, coffee and chocolate with a body a touch light for this style. The finish was of burnt chocolate. A fine stout from Great Divide.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2003 02:45:24 | More by Wildman
Photo of Jon


4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First word that I can think of to describe this imperial stout is black. From the 22-ounce bomber pours an inky, jet black liquid with a vibrant brown head. After a minute or so, the head dissipates to a small ring, leaving trails of lace down my chalice. Very impressive appearance. The nose features an array of scents, notably freshly ground espresso, road tar, roasted malt, tobacco, and minor bittering hops. Once again, quite impressive. The taste department delivers a variety of flavors. Roasted malt, fresh coffee beans, cocoa, and almost citric hops appear at first. As the beer settles for a while, a caramel/toffee flavor becomes evident, and it's very nicely done. The IBUs and alcohol come through on the finish, which is distinctively hoppy and warming in a good way. This is one viscous brew. Mouthfeel is incredibly oily and silky smooth. This is definitely an aggressive imperial stout, but it drinks very well, especially for its 9.5% abv. Overall, a great imperial stout. Drink this while you can, as this is a limited run. Best beer I've tried from Great Divide, hands down.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2003 02:31:40 | More by Jon
Photo of cokes


4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Darker than absolute pitch black. Into the void. No light. No gradients near the edges. Just cold, emotionless, flat, black.
Chocolate Cake-like dark brown head. Holds strong and grips tight to the glass to prevent itself from falling in to the abyss.


Roasty scents of mocha, tar and char. Not exactly strong, but that is soon forgotten.

Begins with a burnt chocolate chip cookie sensation. Segues to mochacchino. Dashes past charcoal, and reaches smoked woodchips. Globs of brown sugar and liquorice emerge, and quickly drown in a pool of molten toffee. Lingers here for a while. Oceans of caramel, with lapping milk chocolate waves. Concord grape jam squeezes in late. Port visits quickly in the finale, adding the only hint of alcohol. Smoldered ripe grapefruits counteract everything, but in actuality, are hardly noticed. The 75IBUs of Simcoe (and Columbus) are precision balanced and work wonderfully.
Post swallow, a woody, cinnamon hue grabs the throat, as the frosting-like vanilla-tinged caramelized cocoa dripped grapes slide down the esophagus.

God damn this is good.

Intense and capivating. Not really a traditional Imperial. Compare this to a Sammy Smith's and prepare for a shock. But I'd be lying if I said this was anything other than one of the very best beers I've tasted.

Heavy in the mouth, but quaffable to the edge of delerium.

Like dessert. You don't really need it. But you NEED it.
And you want it.
And when it is gone, though you are full and satiated, you desire more of it.
And you begin lusting over the next time.
And salivating.
And you are happy.
And it gives you something to look forward to.
And you remember it. A month from now. A year from now. Always.
And it makes you come back.
And when you can't come back, it makes you want to.
And it rewards you, over and over and over.
And thrills you like it was the very first time
And it assures you that this is as good as it gets.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2003 07:56:08 | More by cokes
Photo of Flounder57


4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on-tap and served in a stemmed vase, the beer is a jet black coloring, oil-like. Dark tan head, clingy all over the glass, with a great lacing left behind as you drink. Nose of roasted grains, smoke, bittersweet chocolate, bitter coffee, booze, and molasses. Great aromas! Flavors are huge, with cocoa nibs, coffee, and booze all over the palate, with earthy highlights. Rich, heavy, velvety body, with a bitter, smoked, roasted aftertaste. The finish is bitter and smooth, with enough linger to remind you what you're missing in between sips. Fantastic!

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2014 03:34:14 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of PieOhMy


3.54/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A. Black with a quarter inch dark brown head. Foamy. Head hangs around.

S. Roasted malts. Coffee. Has a peated smokey arroma. Hint of herbs and spice.

T. Bitter. Dark fruit, grapes, raisens, plums. Has a unique (for a stout) citrus/lemon peel taste. Not too boozy.

M. Medium. Runny for a stout this big. Finishes warm but fairly easy.

O. Eh. Nothing wrong with this but nothing great either. Got some interesting mixtures of flavors but nothing that knocks your socks off.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2013 00:03:20 | More by PieOhMy
Photo of J-Evans


3.15/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

I do enjoy a stout to end my trip at the pub, but this was a bit disappointing.
I would have liked a heaver body to this beer. What I was served was a bit warmer (near british standards) with a creamy off white head. It's first sip was the expected flavor of over roasted, bitter malts. Nice nose of chocolate and coffee and a bit of caramel. It's mouthfeel was weak and thin, almost too thin. I could have been drinking a black lager. I was expecting something with a bit of weight and cling to your teeth stability, but alas, i received a quick entry/quick finish beer.

I'll definitely try it again when it's available on tap, and if I see it in a store I'll buy a sixer. I have hope for this beer and look forward to my next pint.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2013 05:37:51 | More by J-Evans
Photo of ONUMello


4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler to a pint glass
A: Pitch black (like black hole pitch black) with a one-finger mocha colored head that slowly settles to a thin lacing
S: Tons of coffee, burn sugar, toasted malts & molasses
T: Quite nice, filled with coffee, molasses, dark malts and fair touch of hops
M: Full-bodied, rich, and a VERY long finish
O: It may not be the right time of year for this, but seeing it on tap for the first time I had to pick up a growler and am very glad I did

Serving type: growler

08-27-2013 00:19:56 | More by ONUMello
Photo of Louski


4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap poured in a frosted glass (not by choice) so I had to sit on it a bit to warm up.

A: poured pitch black with that dark tan head thick and fluffy.
S: Chocolate malt is evident but a nice oak smell caught me too. Mild coffee tones As well.
T: Perfect blend of chocolate and coffee followed by an earthy finish with hints of smokiness to it. Finishes slightly bitter (in a good way).
M: Bitter finish coats the tongue and leaves the smokiness around for a while. Full-bodied flavor.
O: Real pumped to have found this on tap locally. And to have it served in a pint glass for $6.95 isn't bad either. Perfect balance of flavor for the style and a winner in my book.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2013 03:17:54 | More by Louski
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2013 17:59:28 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of tjsdomer2


4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thick black elixir with chocolate ice cream-like foam cascading over the glass. Very good lacing. Some of the darkest foam I've ever seen.

Smell: Good balance between chocolate and espresso. Some fruit too.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Roasted coffee with a more than a hint of chocolate. Extremely creamy mouthfeel...almost like a cappuccino.

Overall Drinkability: Definitely makes me want to find more Russian Imperials.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2013 23:51:24 | More by tjsdomer2
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 Rifugium


3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this several times over the years, just never reviewed it for some reason.
Opaque black color with a finger or so of frothy mocha head; decent retention and lacing. Typical stout qualities in the nose, dark roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, and additionally, some definite hops notes. More of the same in the taste, roast, sweet malts, coffee and bakers' chocolate, caramel, resinous hop notes contributing a lasting bitterness, with a somewhat mineral aftertaste. Body is on the fuller side of medium. It's not an out-of-this-world stout, but it's a solid brew and quite drinkable overall. It makes a good base beer for some of GD's more adventurous selections.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2012 06:36:45 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, that's a perfect looking beer, enjoyed at the brewery tasting room. Jet black, thick consistency, perfect 1"+ deep tan head. Amazing retention and lacing. That's how its done boys. Aroma, massive amount of roasted two row and chocolate malt. No alcohol perceptible in the aroma.

Taste, rocksolid, sturdy. Again, deep roast, mild chocolate malt notes. Very chewy and thick on the palate, in a complete good way. Its straight forward, and not really complex (that's what all the varieties are for right?), and I mean that as a compliment. There's plenty of bitterness from the heavy roasting and relatively forward hopping. Earthy and dry at the same time, this does make 9.5% drink so damn easy. Remember how stoked I was when they put this into 4 packs. Kind of sad to think how this doesn't get a lot of stroking these days, being widely avaiable and around for so long. But then again, it is well up on the beers of fame list, so maybe I'm dabbling in hyperbole a little much here. Regardless, even if it is well respected, I think it deserves it even moreso.

A real great beer, that is a great base beer to so many other varieties as well.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2012 20:18:11 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of srandycarter


4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque. No light goes thru. Nice, tall creamy head that lasts a long time.

S - Malty, milk chocolate and cocoa.

T - Very rich cocoa, very malty. Similar to smell.

M - Medium to heavy body, low on carb as expected in a cask, but nice non the less.

D - One of the best cask beer I have had.

Serving type: cask

10-18-2012 04:17:13 | More by srandycarter
Photo of The_Kings_Quart


4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Sludge. Motor oil. Liquid darkness. Beautiful 3 fingers of head that clings to the glass for dear life. Retains at 1 finger with nice lacing.

S: BIG! Coffee up the wazoo and roasty. Flutters of burnt sugar and slightly peppery. Zero alcohol to be found.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, more coffee, and big roasty malts. Had to double check the ABV because there was way too little of an alcohol presence. Really well masked and deadly easy to drink.

MF: Letsmyou know it's there, but treats you right. Excellent, smooth texture with a good bite.

O: This beer's a beast, but a subtle one. Nuanced and delicious. Powerful, but strangely tender. Yeti wants to love you, but will crush you if you're not careful.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2012 04:31:57 | More by The_Kings_Quart
Photo of TriggerFingers

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery in Denver, CO

As most people gave a complete rundown, I will just give you my overall impression. For an Imperial Stout, the Yeti is quite approachable. The man at the brewery said the IBU's were high (around 100ish)-- ummm....I guess?....it seemed very well balanced to me....I was actually getting more bitterness from the Black Malt, rather than hop bite. Some slightly medicinal notes on the nose, and faintly on the taste buds...other than that...the Yeti is a top quality high-octane stout that displays the cocoa and coffee in spades...

This one is lighter and a little more enjoyable than Old Rasputin out of a bottle, IMHO

Grade: 93-, A

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2012 04:26:43 | More by TriggerFingers


4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap.Tumbler glass.Enjoyed on nov´11.Pure black color.Beige creamy crown.Medium bubbled, excellent retention head.Nice lacing rings.Yeast & intense sweet chocolate to the nose.Puckering dry upfront then candy & roasted malt flavors. Sweet & velvet palate.Slightly bitter notes. Coffee finish.Intense full body,moderate carbonation.Sweet licorice on the aftertaste. Perfect balanced beer.Very good drinkability -where is the ABV?.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2012 23:14:42 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of CampusCrew


4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the best example of a regular imperial stout in tne world. This is the style that this brewery is known for. Its absolultely dynamite. Tons of coffee flavors fighting woth deep dark chocolate. The flavors are dominating and take over your mout. This is a great afters dinner drink or pair it up with a chcoclate death dessert. I love this beer and the whole series. Great job great divide. You hit alot of homeruns with me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2012 02:35:51 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rich and black with no opaqueness whatsoever. Dirty brown head. Smells of slight charcoal, alcohol, chocolate and coffee. Some piney hops resonate to the back of the nostrils as well.

Lacing is amazing.

Caramel and burnt coffee and black bitter chocolate malt backbone which is massive. Its balanced nicely with a burnt bitter malt presence as well as a good deal of hops that attack and destory any malty sweetness. Beautifully balanced with tons and tons of perfectly layered flavors. Simply fantastic.

Big thick and chewy mouthfeel. Such a big body.

The flavors are abundant and complex and leave you craving another sip each time you drink to find more hidden beauty within the beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2011 03:21:33 | More by jtierney89
Photo of RJLarse


4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Jone's Radiator. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a black walnut color and is opaque. Creamy brown head.

Smells of sweet burnt caramel candy and coffee.

Taste is a burned flavor. Dark fruit flavors some burned caramel and molasses.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and cloying.

ABV is high to be sessionable. But tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2011 06:04:46 | More by RJLarse
Photo of KAP1356


4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter...

A - Presented an impenetrable, opaque, black color. Really nice creamy, mocha brown head that receded to a cap of the same color.

S - Big hits of sweet chocolate and coffee mixed with some nicely roasted dark malts. Some nice dark fruits come out as well adding even more depth to the aroma.

T - Rich chocolate, slightly bitter coffee, dark roasted malts, and dark fruits all come together nicely and mix very well together.

M - Very creamy and smooth. Medium to heavy bodied beer with a slight dryness on the finish.

O - I've loved this beer since the first time I had it. This was the first tap experience with it and I still love it as mucbh as ever.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2011 17:21:42 | More by KAP1356
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Village Draft House

Arrived in a 12oz chalice. It's pitch black with 1/4" of dense, brown head. Great retention. Those nose deep, roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. The taste is much the same; coffee and roasted malts up front with notes of chocolate and hops for balance in the finish. As the beer warms some alcohol becomes noticeable, but it adds a welcomed warmth to the beer. The mouthfeel is full bodied, rich, and very smooth.

This is an amazing beer. The flavors are intense and well balanced, the alcohol is noticeable but doesn't overpower and is actually welcomed when it shows up, and the mouthfeel is so rich, smooth and pleasing. This is definitely one of the better stouts on the market. I love it! I'll be back for more, and I'll even check out the other varieties of Yeti now.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2011 11:51:54 | More by tdm168
Photo of kylehay2004


4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewery.

A: very dark, No light getting through. 2 finger off white head with tons of lacing.

S: peppery and smokey

T: the hops are well represented initially which fades to a smokey with sweet milk chocolate finish.

M: thick and oily. Moderate to high carbonation

Overall: incredibly drinkable for an imperial stout. Very good beer with excellent transition between flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2011 22:51:25 | More by kylehay2004
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 3,672 ratings.