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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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1,690 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,690
Hads: 4,940
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 16.11%
Wants: 267
Gots: 852 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
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 ThisWangsChung
4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Re-review. 12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a pitch fuckin' black color. The head is two fingers high and dark tan in shade. While retention isn't the greatest, its texture and softness is just perfect. This is what every imperial stout should look like, I think!

Smell: Dark. Chocolate. Goodness. I could stop there, but I also love how damn roasty it smells. There are additional nuances of brown sugar, umami, smoke, and vanilla. It's not hyper-complex, so why a 4.75? Because it balances every single note in nigh-perfect harmony, yet with a rich boldness to it. And that's pretty much the holy grail of beerdom.

Taste: This is a reasonably fresh bottle, so I'm noticing the initial hit of piny hops more than normal. And yet, its integration within the big-ass stout is absolute gravy. I'm also picking up lots of dark chocolate, vanilla, smoke, and roast - EXACTLY what the nose suggested. Why do I love this one so much? Because it brings the richness and decadence of a great stout without the excessive sugary sweetness. Basically, this is one of the most balanced stouts I've ever drank, if not THE most.

Mouthfeel: I love an imperial stout I could (almost) session. But I also love an imperial stout that feels silky-smooth and thick like a milkshake. This does both. BOTH! The hoppy finish does a fantastic job of drying out an other wise decadent beast. Carbonation is fairly low, appropriately for the style. This is a sipper, but I could sip this one all damn day and not grow tired of it.

Overall: I love this beer so damn much - hands-down, this is my favorite standard imperial stout ever. It takes the "roasty as hell, hop-forward" approach that Old Rasputin and Storm King do, and then cranks everything up to 11. The balance, the bigness, the flavor, e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. As much as I adore some of the variants, this still remains my favorite Yeti of the bunch.

4.66/5: My favorite readily available beer EVER

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Photo of cjohns73
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a fat tulip. Color is deep black with a brown-gray head. The remaining foam has a definite oil-spill look to it. Smell is not overpaowering, mostly roastiness. Taste is a huge chocolate bomb right off the bat; more coffee later in the glass. Has a somewhat dry mouthcoating that gives a kind of unpleasant aftertaste. Nothing to complain about. Great beer.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft in snifter at The Stone Grille in York, PA. Beautiful black, with a creamy tan head. Initial coffee, molasses, and cocoa, with a little coffee bitterness in the background which lingers after each sip. Thick, oily, viscous mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation. A really black, thick, smooth Imperial Stout. Alcohol is barely noticeable - dangerously well hidden. Excellent.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

September 11, 2015

12 oz bottle, snifter

A – Black, oily, thick, luscious. A quarter-inch of light brown foam that disappears immediately, leaving light lacing. Looks like dessert.

S – Rum-soaked raisins, vanilla, marshmallow, milk chocolate, caramel. Some fruit, cherries and plum, minor tropical/papaya-like notes. Then back around and around, endlessly complex.

T – Vanilla, moderately dark chocolate, and marshmallow. Boozy fruit, raisins and low cherry notes. Some roastiness and strong, high hop bitterness. Not as interesting as the aroma.

M – Full-bodied with low to moderate-low carbonation. A lot of sweetness from the massive malt profile, but very much offset by roasty and hoppy bitterness, both of which are quite high.

O – The O.G. Yeti, definitely surpassed by some of its variants (Oatmeal, Belgian, Chocolate, Espresso), but without this one, there would be no others. Still a classic, an excellent, inspired imperial stout.

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Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber served in a Teku.

One of the best looking beers. Pours black with a great dark khaki head that leaves behind a nice foamy lacing as it goes down. Nose is over roasted coffee and chocolate. Taste is dominated by bitter chocolate with coffee, brown sugar, and a hint of vanilla. Feel is thick and smooth. Overall, a great RIS. I love every beer in the Yeti family and I'm sure it's due to this being a great base brew for all those variants. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Tilly
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P: Black with a thick root beer head.
A: Deep burnt chocolate with roasted coffee.
T: Bitter dark chocolate, Italian dark roast coffee, sweet vanilla.
M: Stout, chewey, acute alcohol, great back of the mouth bitterness!
O: This is one of the best RIS I've had to date!

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great Divide has produced many great beers and this one is one of them. This variety called Yeti is an Imperial Stout boasting a robust 9.5% ABV.

Look-This beer pours an impressive black tuxedo body with a thick foamy head that is like double chocolate ice cream. I’ve never seen such a dark head so that was nice to see. The lacing is foamy and just as dark. The impenetrable blackness of the beer gives up nothing even when viewed through a 5 million candle power flashlight that is used for froggin’.

Smell-The smell is rich and delicious. It has an immediate aroma of brown sugar, chocolate, dark coffee, molasses, aged oak barrel syrup, a toasted flavor, alcohol, and also a tinge of grassy notes.

Taste-The taste follows the nose, but is stronger. I taste the dark notes first like the coffee, molasses, brown sugar, chocolate, and aged oak. The alcohol is strong and cuts the sweetness nicely and lingers for a long time. The bite from the alcohol is accompanied by a sugar dusted cherries mixed with a sherry wine flavor.

Mouthfeel-It is silky smooth and creamy. The mouthfeel is amazingly pleasant and is like drinking liquefied silk. This full-bodied brew leaves a lingering coating on the tongue that can be described as grassy notes with a bite of alcohol.

Overall-This beer is excellent. It is refreshing, unique, well-balanced, and packs a ton of flavor. It is quite strong and dark so I think I’ll definitely try this one again in the winter in front of my fireplace. It warms the body even before you finish the first one. The only thing I’ll say is that it tastes similar to the Old Rasputin. There are some differences, but this one and Old Rasputin just so happen to be the best in their class and are cousins so to speak. Cheers!

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Photo of kbwalters
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a Libby style stout glass. Bottled on January 29th, 2014 consumed on 8/26/14.
Look = 4.5 Pours a pitch black, looks like melted dark chocolate coming out of the bottle. 1 finger of deep brown head which fades to a ring. Good, not great lace.
Aroma = 4.0 Dark chocolate; roasted malts and a bit of coffee. Pleasant.
Taste = 4.0 Coffee notes are first noticed. Bitter dark chocolate through the middle of the taste leading to a strong hop bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Pretty intense and somewhat unique taste to this one.
Feel = 4.5 Smooth, syrupy, a little creamy. Low to medium carbonation.
Drinkability = 3.5 Hurt a little by the intense bitterness and 9.5% ABV.
Overall = 4.1 A really solid RIS all around, it excels in appearance and mouthfeel.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Had this one before, now drinking a bottle from May 2013. This is a good-looking brew, pitch black with thick tan head that coats the glass as it subsides. Big sweet chocolate coffee aroma. Taste is full of coffee beans, more bitter than sweet but some sugar on the edges. Finishes dry with a little smokiness. Mouthfeel is thick, chewy, smooth. Overall this one hasn't lost much over 2.5 years. Overall very good stout on the bitter side.

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Photo of martinfletwood
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, creamy and thick. I was expecting a much stronger beer by the look and feel, but was pleasantly surprised by how rich, yet smooth Yeti is. I've actually never heard of this beer until I seen it today. So then I looked it up on my beeradvocate app and seen it was rated fairly high, so thought I'd give it a try. The high rating is spot on. Great beer.

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Photo of gautch726
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Never before have I looked at a beer poured in my glass that I wanted to drink so badly based on look alone. It's dark and inviting with a thick, frothy head. You cannot see light through this. It's excellent.

The taste hits you sweetly then fades into bitterness. The one detractor I have from it is that it lingers on the tongue as a bitter tang for too long. Excellent flavor overall. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I’ve been searching for this Yeti ever since I heard of Great Divide’s mighty Imperial Stout a few years back, and now it is here. Right in front of me. Right now. Waiting patiently for me to crack it open... screw my usual preamble - I’m tucking in right now.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Obsidian black, imposing like some colossal dreadnaught battlecruiser, with a dense russet brown half centimetre head atop this beast of a beer. I don’t care what you think this is one of the best looking Imperial Stouts I’ve ever seen, I am in awe of this mythical creature they call “Yeti”. 10/10.

S: The aroma doesn’t cut back on the impressive scale of this brew with some crazy complexity going on: Milk chocolate, coffee cherries, roasted espresso bean, vanilla prune and herbal/floral hops in the background. Man am I ever looking forward to the next part. 9/10.

T: Hits the tongue straight up with some bitter herbal/espresso notes, then the sugars kick in with dark chocolate and vanilla not far behind. Wow this is one intimidating beer for 9.5% ABV - it’s big sugar and bitterness to boot. The aftertaste is rich and bitter espresso which distracts a little (it’s a bit harsher in the aftertaste than other favourite Imperial Stouts like FBS or Old Rasputin). Of note: I did drink this a little bit warmer than was probably intended by the brewer at around 10 degrees Celsius, which has quite obviously intensified the flavours. 8/10.

M: Rich heavy body with a tongue coating chewiness and a light but dense carbonation - this is up there with FBS for best body in a Stout. 10/10.

D: This certainly lives up to its name in that it’s a big and hairy (not like that imposter Fat Yak). Too big and hairy? Maybe a little. I found drinking this a bit of a challenge, and I rarely (if ever) find Imperial Stouts to be a challenge. I was born into a Guinness bath and weaned on Tooheys Old in my formative years, so I’m no stranger to the Stout style. So I was somewhat surprised by the sheer onslaught of bitter herbal/espresso notes, and TBH I kinda like an Imperial Stout that is a bit more subtle... yes, yes I shouldn’t of drunk it at room temp, it is a BIG beer after all, but this minor quibble is the difference between this and a Founders Breakfast Goodness... still this is good, just a bit hairy. 8/10.

Food match: I’m going to be lazy and go with what the label suggests: Grilled steak and leeks, rosemary potatoes au gratin, Rochefort cheese and crème brûlée.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: black with a creamy mocha head
Aroma: chocolate, dark roasted malt, coffee, caramelized sugar
Taste: roasted malt upfront followed by chocolate and coffee bitterness. Lingering roasted, almost smoky, bitterness.
Feel: fully bodied and silky smooth.
Overall: a great imperial stout which is readily available. I will be coming bake to this one.

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Photo of smanson56
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark black color. Not a thick as I like in a good stout. Need something to sink my teeth into. The was a little hint of chocolate in the taste but not what I hoped for a stout of this class. I think the oak aged yeti is good but this version need a little more work.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and a hint of alcohol. Upon first pour it looked like used motor oil being slowing changing into chocolate pudding. Weirdly enough I knew I was in for a treat.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle about 5 months old. L: jeez, what a great looking beer! Huge, thick mocha head with carbonation slowly rising through. Pours motor oil black. S: I immediately smell chocolate. Then sweet, resinous caramel mixed with unsweetened cocoa. Sweet malt. Just a great smell. T: whipped chocolate frosting mixed with bitter chocolate . Bitter hop aftertaste. Tastes better when cold - as it warms the flavors change a bit but not in a bad way. F: chewy, thick, like a good milkshake. O: damn good. First beer from GDBC and certainly not the last.

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Photo of rjd722
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 4/29/15, poured a jet black color with a light brown, creamy head. Tons of little bubbles are apparent on the side of the foam, while the top displays a silky, smooth appearance. Great lacing. Aroma is full of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Deep, roasted malts hit you right away and then a semi-sweet, hoppy molasses comes front and center. Overall, the booze is nicely masked by the total balance of the beer.

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Photo of tasteandenjoylife
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one tasy imperial stout. It pours beautifully with its heavey dark brown color with a dark head to match. Has the aroma of roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate and malt.

Silky, creamy, full body stout with the taste of sweet dark chocolate, fresh roasted coffee, toffee and Carmel notes balanced by some bitter hops with a slight boozy finish.

A creamy beer with a full aftertaste of semi sweet bitter espresso.

Overall this is an amazing stout with alot of complexity to its taste that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of Knilas
2.34/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Jet black sludge. Smells like dirty feet. Overwhelming burnt coffee flavor. Thick as motor oil. Unimpressed! Suffered thru half a glass hoping it get better as it warmed. No such luck. Tossed it. Not worth the coin...

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pours dark brown, with a huge and long-lasting rich espresso head that gives way to full lacing.
S: bitter chocolate, coffee, raisin, cherry, with piney hops
T: cocoa, bitter chocolate give way to sharply resinous, piney hops on the finish
M: low carbonation with a medium body
O: this is a classic for a reason, well worth having on occasion.

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Photo of barczar
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark cocoa notes, fairly sweet, with a touch of espresso.

Flavor is roasty malt, becoming fairly bitter at the finish. Slight sweetness, big dark, rich chocolate notes are decadent.

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Photo of leantom
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Been a long time coming for this classic. Here goes:

A: Pitch black. Leaves a large, dark head that has plenty of lacing, Good.

S: Roasted grains. A lot of dark chocolate and coffee. However, the bitterness is alleviated somewhat by dark fruit characteristics such as prunes and raisins

T: Taste is quite good. Lots of roasted coffee, dark soil, and bitter chocolate. However, it also contains lots of dark fruit (i.e., prunes, raisins) in the aftertaste; you know, the sweet, raisiny aftertaste characteristic of many imperial stouts.

F: Nice and thick. Great.

O: A great RIS. Contains the full spectrum of stout characteristics. Dark chocolate and coffee supplemented by lots of dark fruit. Great.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Black, opaque, with a brown head, fading slowly, fairly tight, with lacing.

S - Roast, chocolate, and boozy alcohol nose.

T - Very strong roasted malts, with chocolate and prune, raisin and burnt toast. The middle introduces a subtle umami hit of soy and smoke. Close turns more bitter, with black coffee acidity and a slight herbal hint. The bitter line lingers as a slow fade.

M - Silky, coating the tongue, with the drying partially clearing the weight, but a ghost of the beer rests on the tongue, and only fades out after several minutes.

O - A core RIS without a doubt, Yeti delivers depth, full flavor, silky mouthfeel, and an extraordinary visual presence. It is as big as its namesake. It hangs around a bit too long, but is so good you won't mind.

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Photo of Robomunky
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Such a beautiful pour I cried a little. Smells like dark chocolate. Tastes like the best year-round, easily available imperial stout on the market. I swear I don't work for them.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Whoa: I think the label says something about being intense and Great Divide isn't lying. Pours like a syrupy black-coffee. Not an overwhelming amount of head from this one--somewhat surprisingly--but it does have "off the charts" lacing. Taste is intensely dark, roasty, smoky, espresso-like, with some upfront sweetness and a lasting coffee bitterness at the close. Mouthfeel is very creamy and full; Filling and a pretty respectable kick to it. (I don't think I could drink more than 1, even if I were a huge fan.) In the end, probably not enough sustained and counterbalancing sweetness to really win me over as a big-time proponent, but I will give GD a thumbs-up for coming up with something that definitely makes a statement + has me extremely interested to try some of their other offerings: The oak-aged chocolate version of this will be on my wants list for sure.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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