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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout

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3,665 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3665
Reviews: 1586
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)
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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 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 scootny

New York

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super frothy brew with a head that is long lasting and thick. Super dark fluid and rich brown head. Sweet burnt molasses smell with big coffee and charcoal notes. Taste is the same with the most charcoal you can enjoy. Rich strong coffee and burnt molasses body with firm bitter finish. Feel is thick and rich with a touch of creaminess, A big sticky strong beer that has no trace of abv on the mouth. lots of refreshing bitterness.

Serving type: growler

06-19-2011 05:09:47 | More by scootny
Photo of xnicknj


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

poured from growler into tulip glass - thanks to cjo for sharing

Pours a totally black color with a nice layer of toffee brown head, solid retention and patches of curtain like lacing left around the glass.

Coffee with light smoke, roasty malt and chocolate, sweet yet subtle nose with an overall pleasant softness.

Nice roasty slightly sweet dark malt up front wraps around the palate. Dark bittersweet chocolate w some noticeable coffee undertones. Light smoked malt coupled with some hop bitterness. Finishes dry, robust, and rich with some boozy warmth.

Full soft body, decent carbonation, smooth and pleasant on the palate. Great drinking and flavor, alcohol is almost invisible even at 9.5%. This is one of those beers that I forget about on occasion, but am reminded every once in a while of how delicious it really is.

Serving type: growler

02-11-2011 16:40:17 | More by xnicknj
Photo of RichT73

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wow! This was a meal for me. I honestly shouldn't have eaten anything before drinking this beer because it filled me up considerably. I should have known it was filling by the pour, which was almost like a melted chocolate. Considering how much this beer tastes like coffee and chocolate (and some toffee) I'm surprised it's not yet available at Starbucks. With all that being said, this is kind of a tossup for me, somewhat of a hophead. I did enjoy the taste, but it became more and more difficult to drink the more I had. Wouldn't get it again, but I wouldn't turn down a free one either.

Serving type: growler

01-27-2009 00:44:52 | More by RichT73
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

dark black pour with a creamy brown head. smell of chocolate and roasty malts and quite in your face and big. real rich. taste of burnt bittersweet chocolate and a lot of roasty notes. very true to style and drinkable. body is almost full and carbonation is very on point. its definitely a great beer. recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 01:26:03 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours thick and black with a dark cocoa colored 2 finger head. Good retention gives way to a thin layer of suds across the surface. Fair lacing around the glass, with good stick.

Smell - Chocolate and a touch of roast sitting behind it. Really distant caramel.

Taste - Milk chocolate hits first, then lesser notes of roasted malt and coffee spring to life and provide an edge to the chocolatey sweetness. Light coffee astringency rides into the aftertaste, then gives way to a faint earthy/nutty character and a light caramel sweetness. Certainly not the strongest of Impy stouts, but a nicely balanced flavor when all's said and done.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low carbonation. Velvety smooth. Goes down stupid easy.

Overall - I wouldn't call this an RIS. To me it's more along the lines of an American Impy... And I'll be honest, I really like this beer, but I don't love it. I'm a sucker for brutality in my Impies, and this thing just doesn't have it. It's incredibly smooth, balanced and delicious, but it lacks that kick-in-the-teeth depth of flavor and bitterness that makes Impys so damn delicious. In summary: if you like smooth, well-balanced stouts, you can't go wrong with this one. If you like 'em rough and punchy and you're looking for a fight tonight, move along.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 04:28:03 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of vette2006c5r


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

Yeti pours a black color with a nice tan head. There is a strong alcohol aroma, good notes of chocolates, subtle notes of black licorice. Taste is very similar, good notes of black licorice, chocolate notes, very creamy, and a nice but noticeable alcohol finish. Good full flavors, nice feel, good warmth from the alcohol. Overall a very good flavorful stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 00:36:58 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of SportsandJorts


4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Nov-13. Drank March-14

Appearance: very viscous. pitch black not even allowing light or browning at the edges. a finger plus of a dark tan head that leaves a sticky lacing on the sides. needless to say completely opaque. pretty good looking imperial stout

Smell: greeted with caramel but closely followed by charred malts, espresso, earthy bitterness. some chocolate. very strong smell

Taste: i taste a little bit of caramel right up front but this is assaulted by darker stronger malts. char, espresso, dark rich chocolates. huge bitterness at the back end comes with earthy hops. leaves behind a mixture of espresso and char. No alcohol to be found

Mouthfeel: thick and sticky. warm and bitter

Overall: this is a great example of the style. unfortunately for me I am not the biggest fan of the espresso and hoppy stout flavors. next bottle I get is spending years in the cellar before i return to this one. Overall I would highly recommend this beer

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 23:41:44 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of tmm313


4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Perfect. Black as black gets and black around the edges. Beautiful, creamy, 2 finger, chocolate milk colored head. Super sticky. Amazing lacing and crazy trailing. Again, perfect.

S- Dark fruit, dark chocolate, and oats dominate. Citrusy/spicy hops and a touch of pine when you really dig in.

T- Its so f'ing good, I don't even want to think about what's going on, much less write it out. Just let me enjoy it, please. I'll update my review the next time I drink it.

M- Crazy. Super viscous, smooth and silky. Slightly drying. Nice, subtle burn from the alcohol over a roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee aftertaste.

O- This beer is insane. Oak Aged Yeti is my favorite beer of all time, and this one may have just broken into my top 5. Decadent is the only word I can pull out at the moment. Every aspect being rated is superb on its own, but when you mix them all together, things just stop making sense. I'm going to go order some Yeti merch now.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 21:23:52 | More by tmm313
Photo of glass_house


4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a solid opaque black with dark mohogany highlights around the edges when held to the light. One finger of dark tan head leaves a solid collar and some soft lacing. Aroma is mostly bitter dark chocolate, burnt coffee, and faint molasses.

The first thing I notice is the silky smooth, creamy texture. Full-bodied and slightly chewy with just enough carbonation to tickle the tongue. Nothing fancy going on with the flavors, but they're bold and well done. It's got a little more bite than some, with prominent dark chocolate and black coffee bitterness. But there are also some sweeter cocoa and faint toffee notes that provide some balance. Hints of piney hop bitterness and alcohol warmth linger after the finish.

Very solid imperial stout that I would highly recommend for anyone that likes intense dark flavors and a thick, full mouthfeel. Not as good as the Espresso Oak Aged version but excellent nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 14:49:39 | More by glass_house
Photo of dgilks


4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black. Pecan highlights. Small, creamy tan head. Good head retention.

Rich malt aroma. Bitter chocolate along with touches of sweeter chocolate. Good light espresso note. Moderate fruitiness. Well balanced and no off notes.

Sweet and rich but not overly so. Good bitterness and chocolate. Well balanced stout flavour.

Medium-full body. Good richness that complements the flavours.

This isn't the world's biggest stout. But it is one of the nicest. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 09:51:15 | More by dgilks
Photo of ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle from the mixed 12er.

A- Pitch black with a half finger thick head, dark espresso in color.

S- Dark chocolate, oakiness, hint of booze

T- Sweet malt and dark roasty malts combine, yeasty and sweet, almost sugary, baker's chocolate on the finish

M- Sweet and creamy, then dry and bitter with a lactose-like sensation and effervescence... Slight odd bitterness

O- I love this beer, despite thinking it wouldn't be as good as the Oak-aged, the taste really impressed me. I loved the sensation that seemed to be from the lactose. My only complaint was a slight acidity and bitterness. Still good though.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 22:10:01 | More by ONovoMexicano
Photo of da_beers


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

Serving type: bottle

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


3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours black with a one finger mocha head and moderate to heavy lacing. There are some slightly brownish-red highlights when held up to the light. The lacing stays on the glass until then end.

The smell is strong, dominated by roasted malts and bitter, burnt coffee.

The taste is bitter burnt coffee and roasted malts. The roasted malts are good but the bitterness is too strong. I know this is an "Imperial" but the extreme bitterness detracts from the chocolate and coffee tastes. Also, the alcohol bleeds though too much for my liking.

The mouthfeel is thick, chewy and malty. Good carbonation. There is a bitter aftertaste left on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall this is a nice try but it is not as refined as other Imperial Stouts. The bitterness and alcohol dominate to the point of detracting from the chocolate and coffee tastes. Maybe it will mellow out if stored for a while.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 22:13:25 | More by microbrewlover
Photo of pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tulip glass.

Pours a slick, motor oil black with a fine tannish film which recedes quickly to a collar. Aroma is roasted malt, roasted malt, roasted malt. Some dark chocolate and black molasses provide a bit of balancing, but this is mostly just a big, malty beer. Taste is again big roasted malt, though a firm undercurrent of hops provides some bitterness, along with slight molasses and chocolate on the end, with a long finish featuring more hoppy bitterness. Full bodied, medium carbonation, slick on the tongue. This is tasty but a bit one-dimensional, and my personal preference is against roasty/hoppy RISs.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 01:38:24 | More by pmarlowe
Photo of DaveBlack


4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful, dark as sin, big 2-finger brown head. The head lasts forever, and leaves a ton of lacing. Clearly a big beer.

S: Deeply roasted malts, big chocolate aroma. Ash, sweet espresso. The nose brings just about everything you would expect from a stout.

T: Heavy hit of chocolate malts, burnt sugars, alcohol. Enormous flavor. Nicely balanced hint of hop bitterness at the end keeps this from becoming cloying, but it definitely trends that way.

M: low carbonation, thick and creamy body.

O: A meal unto itself. I don't think that drinking more than one of these is much of an option. Well balanced, loads of flavor. A solid imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 00:09:58 | More by DaveBlack
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle, bottled Nov-16-2013.

Pours as black as motor oil and the head is a very dark brown, very wicked looking. Smell is a mix of coffee, milk chocolate, macadamia nuts and brownies. Much the same in the flavor but has more of a bitter coffee & dark chocolate overtone. Thick and rich, it easily coasts the mouth with a real long feel. An excellent RIS at an excellent price.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 19:21:13 | More by papat444
Photo of precariouslydaniel


4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I went through a four pack of these before I decided to review one. This thing pours a viscous motor oil black with two fingers of dark brown head that dissipates quickly. Very little lacing but leaves a faint dark film on the edges of the glass.

Aroma is of milk chocolate, espresso, and little vanilla and roast. You pick up a touch of pine on the back end from the hops but no citrus whatsoever.

Taste is more of the nose, rich milk chocolate and dark roasted coffee. It's quite bitter but more from the dark notes than any real hop character. It finishes long with a bit of ash.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with an oily resonance. You taste the roasty notes long after a sip.

Overall this is my favorite stout to date, and I am normally a quad and ipa drinker. It is elegant, beautiful and a glorious example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 15:49:49 | More by precariouslydaniel
Photo of TreyIsWilson


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

A - Pours a midnight black with a reddish tan one-finger head.

S - Lots of dark roasted malts with hints of dark chocolate and coffee.

T - Just like the smell. Tons of dark roasted malts. Nice amount of sweet dark chocolate. Coffee comes through in the finish producing a nice lingering bitterness.

M - Heavy bodied with medium carbonation. Nice cream mouthfeel.

O - Excellent imperial stout. Very smooth with lots of big flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 03:29:49 | More by TreyIsWilson
Photo of JohnParadee


4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into chilled pint glass. Deep dark color. Not much of a head at all. Lots of tiny bubbles and more carbonation than the average stout. Not much retention or lacing. On the nose, chocolate/vanilla/bourbon scents are evident. Smells more boozy than it tastes. On the palate, dark chocolate and coffee roast are strong. Malt and alcohol are subdued. Mouthfeel is ample, more full and lingering than most. Alcohol burn becomes more evident on the backside. My hunch is that this would benefit greatly from some aging -- would soften the bite, smooth out the flavor profile, and allow sweeter chocolates to emerge. Will definitely revisit this one after some time.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 02:35:53 | More by JohnParadee
Photo of jlindros


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

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 02:36:04 | More by jlindros
Photo of 120minuteman

New York

3.19/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into my anderson valley "can" pint glass

Appearance: Extremely dark, almost like a black hole. No light is passing through this beer.

Smell: Very, very yeasty. Bread like smell. Similar to the aroma of a bakery of a summer afternoon.

Taste: Warm, doughy taste. Lots of chocolate as well. Mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel: This is one HEAVY beer. Felt more like eating a sandwich than drinking a beer. Mild carbonation.

Overall: This beer had A LOT of flavor, but lacked the complexity I seek in a RIS. Glad I tried it, but won't repeat. Will be trying the oak aged and chocolate oak versions though soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 18:42:44 | More by 120minuteman
Photo of BierJager89


4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a dark brown head. This is what a stout, especially an imperial stout, should look like.

S: Tons of roasted malt in the nose, some nice dark roast coffee notes, some dark fruits and a tiny hint of dark chocolate.

T: Chocolate, tons of roasted malt, one of the most bitter imperial stouts I've had, yet not off-putting for me (though not for those who can't stand bitter). Middle of the mouth has some more chocolate and roasted malt. Tons of molasses and some nice caramel notes. Almost tastes like a chocolate infused dry stout.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth.

O: Not the best imperial stout, nor the best non-barrel aged imperial stout, but a damn good one, and it really makes me want to try the barrel aged yeti. I'd say it's better than the belgian yeti, not as good as the espresso, oatmeal or chocolate yetis.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 04:24:55 | More by BierJager89
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
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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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