Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,675 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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Reviews: 1,675
Hads: 4,861
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 265
Gots: 809 | FT: 21
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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Reviews: 1,675 | Hads: 4,861
Photo of ybnorml
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A black as ink beer no highlights from light save one, IT's Black. Has a big creamy brown head with good lace. The aromas of coffee and chocolate just pour over the sides of the glass with maybe a hint of cherry deep in the background. The taste starts with a bittersweet and alcohol combo snap. That quickly slides into a creamy choclatey mouthfeel and some nice coffee notes on the finish. (391 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into pint glass. Very dark, like a Guinness but with a darker and 'gooey' head. Looks like a Yeti.
Smell of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Had a bit dark fruit. Raisin, molasses.
Tastes of chocolate and coffee dominate. Roasted malt and toasted biscuit. black plum, some raisin, black strap leather. Goodness
Easy drinking once you get used to it. Looks thicker than it tastes, drink at cellar temp. (411 characters)

Photo of shbobdb
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks ColoradoBob!

This is a mighty impressive ADS. It pours black-on-black with a thick coffee-and-creme head. The smell is burnt chocolate.

The taste follows smell, the rich sugary malt mixing with lucious dark chocolate, nice roasted accents, with some dark candied plums thrown in. Truly a decadent brew. It reminded me of a very well-made mocha.

I can see why people recommend drinking this bomber over an entire day. Wow. It takes a while to drink, but I savoured every sip. (490 characters)

Photo of SilentSabre
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured up jet black with a bit of a rocky, caramel coloured foamy head that hung around for several minutes before subsiding to a layer of khaki coloured frost. Very sticky lacing looks like cake batter stuck to the sides of my glass. Beautiful!! I get only two fragrances from this monster: hops & chocolate. Nothing else. Smells delicious! Taste is big, bitter hops up front, with a heavy malty middle. Finish leaves powerful dry chocolate malt with a touch of coffee beans in your mouth. Fantastic!! Mouth feel is boldly heavy while still smooth and pleasant to drink. Drinkability is good for one bomber. As heavy as this is, I'd be hesitant to open a second one of these. Absolutely smashing! (697 characters)

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The head is thin with a little lacing that's not very stuck. Color is dark black, very thick.

Smell is strong dark coffee and a little oaky.

The taste is of heavy coffee with woody flavors, a strong salt taste is apparent until it warms up.

Mouthfeel is good stuff, very smooth like silk.

I will definetly look forward to my next bottle. I'll let it warm up further before drinking it. (397 characters)

Photo of bignick
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber purchased from the Wine Gallery in Brookline for $7. Poured into an Ommegang glass.

This is a very well-crafted brew, and one of the best Russian Imperials on the market. It meets my expectation of a full body with a roast maltiness without being overwhelimgly cloying. The coffee, chocolate, and raisin flavors are all present, and they are balanced with a touch of hops. This is a wonderfully drinkable beer, that is good enough to be considered a special-occasion beer. (487 characters)

Photo of Matthew
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 Yeti pours out of the bottle pitch black with a fluffy and almost rocky dirty brown head.
Lots of rich bitter chocolate aromas mixed with espresso, some sweetness, alcohol, and a slight smokey character.
Big rich espresso flavor mixed with bitter sweet chocolate, smoke, and a tail of hop bitterness and alcohol. The flavors of this beer blend together fairly well for the style. The alcohol flavor is very big in this beer but not overly abrassive.
Pretty decent drinkability if you are careful! (506 characters)

Photo of KyleVick4
2.2/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

22oz bomber
Ok here goes, Im a big russian imperial stout guy, but this one wasnt me. I can see how many people would like this, just not me. That being said...

A: A good looking imp stout. Pitch black in color with a tan head that has good retention and leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Good smells of alcohol, chocolate and coffee hit you at first then spices.

T: Whoa thats alcoholy. Too syrupy and thick plus a heavy taste of alcohol turned me off. As it warmed up maybe a little better. Good coffee and a little chocolate, but the 9.5% really lets you know its there. I drank on a kinda cold day in april, but maybe if it was jan and below freezing and a blizzard and you were naked maybe that much alcohol would feel good. But for now it just kinda burns.

M: Thick. Chewy. Heavy. Too heavy. I like heavy stouts but this has a property that I am unfamiliar with, and I dont like it.

D: Seeing that I didnt like the taste or the mouthfeel, this baby was not exactly asking me to drink more. Its a shame, I was really looking forward to enjoying this one. Heard lots of good reviews. Maybe I just got a bad bottle. Who knows. (1,146 characters)

Photo of quasimoto
3.06/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Its very black, very very black witha big fluffy tan head. Dark tan.

S - Strong aroma of hops in there, not IPA strong but a good wiff of it starts this off. Its followed up by some sweet molasses, dark chocolate, and strong alcohol.

T - The high bitterness hides a lot of the flavors. There are the typical chocolate and molasses, with a background of a coffee/hops mixture flavors. But the sharpness on the tounge hides a lot of it.

M - It is big and chewy. The carbination wraps the tounge and once again the bitterness encompasses all.

D - It along the BJCP guidelines of a Russian Imperial Stout, but it needs a stronger flavor profile. (660 characters)

Photo of Phatz
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours such a dark brown that it appears black; but with strong deep red hues, almost suggesting mahogany. It has a dark sienna head that is so tight and creamy it almost seams like memory foam. The lacing is remarkably thick. What a beauty!

Smell: Dark red cherries and unsweetened chocolate, caramelized malts, a hint more of red, then a bit of toffee and some creamy coffee ice cream scents fill the nose with this enticing aroma that left me salivating profusely.

Taste: The taste is filled with dark roasted malts nearly burnt (ashy), plenty of coco and espresso, some toffee and caramel, and a very pleasant dollop of cream (reminiscent of a shot of Bailey's Irish Cream). The flavor may be best described as earthy; the combination of burnt malts, leather, and charcoal meeting some subtle green hops, and a mild tart attribute keeping it balanced but *bold!* The front end is pure smooth dark sweetness and the finish is a bit chalky and dry; exactly what is needed to keep the beer nicely balanced. The aftertaste left me with a very pleasant lingering flavor of mocha on the breath.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, and very creamy this big beer is heavy and chewy in the mouth but very easy to put down the throat. A bit of a chalky charcoal feel on the swallow but otherwise very creamy.

Drinkability: Okay, so this is definitely a beer to sit back, relax and take your time with. Tonight we had a very wicked thunderstorm. I could not have been happier watching the lightning and sipping this Yeti Imperial Stout. When it is cold and miserable, this beer will no-doubt lift your spirits and warm your insides! I highly recommend!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (1,702 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black. Head is tan creamy goodness.

Smell is burnt grain with a subtle smokiness. Hints of chocolate. Overall, rather understated.

Taste is big and satisfying. Dark grains add offer plenty of bitterness, but it doesn't become overpwering or obnoxious. Complemented with the sweetness of chocolate and hints of dark fruit. Alcohol is present but doesn't give away the high ABV. Finish is clean with lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

This is a very tasty well crafted stout. Very full flavored and balanced creating a satisfying experience. (594 characters)

Photo of bashiba
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this side by side with the Oak aged version to see the differences.

Poured a very dark black with mahogony highlights and thick creamy tan head and great lacing.

Smell is very low key with a very bitter chocolate aroma.

Taste is very bitter black chocolate flavor with esspresso and burnt malts really coming through and a suprising amount of hops in the finish, a touch of alcohol is noticeable. Very Very Stouty.

Mouthfeel is big and full with a good deal of warmth.

Overall a good solid big stout. Has so much more bitterness and stoutyness than its Oaked version. The difference between the 2 is striking. (630 characters)

Photo of MrSeth
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App: Pours black, and has an opaque black body under a coffee-brown head that is about four inches high and rising with rapid unfolding underneath.

Sm: Sweet milk chocolate, green grass, candied orange.

Ta/Mf: Huge malt in a medium bodied stout. Somewhat thick, but not too much so. Raisin and grilled fig flavors, also ripe fried platanos, soft caramels. A combination of bold malt and equally forward hops make this a stand out offering. Extremely rich, alcohol seems heavy on the palate.

Da: High. A pleasure for the die hard stout lover. I very much enjoyed having another bomber of the Yeti. But at 9% ABV I strongly recommed sensible portions. (659 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - imperially dark stout, with a hot chocolate colored head that lasts and lasts, looks great

S - smells like a typical imperial stout, hops with the assimilated espresso/mocha aroma

T - alcohol and hops at first, then mocha aftertaste, has balance potential, but not achieved, had good alcohol/hop bitterness and then espresso/mocha aftertase, well balance flavors just not at the same time, good flavors, but this detracts from the drinkability

M - good, nice and smooth

D - medium-high a good brew slightly too alcohol flavor for me (548 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours to a deep black with a thick, foamy brown head, which fades slowly and leaves a thick lace.

S: The aroma is rich and malty with heavy tones of mocha and toffee, also a bit of alcohol.

T: The taste is heavily malted and a little bit smoky, with chocolate & coffee flavor which remains dominant most of the time, but gives way to some bitterness. However it's not the typical bitterness you'd expect from hops, more like a black coffee/dark chocolate type of bitterness, which stick around in the after-taste. As it warms a bit, you taste the alcohol more and the sweetness levels out.

M: Very smooth as you drink it, with a heavy body and medium-to-light carbonation. Leaves a very sticky, syrupy film behind.

D: Definitely drinkable, but certainly not poundable. It goes down easy but is very filling.

Most places in this area carry the Oaked Yeti which I intend to try to compare the two. However I found this a just little bit north of RI and jumped at the chance to try it. I've had the Fresh Hop & Hercules Double from Great Divide and wasn't as impressed as most, but I wanted to make sure I sampled the full spectrum of styles for this brewery to make sure my judgment is fair. I definitely think this beer is better in its style those beers are in theirs and I can taste the same signature that I did in the other two. So I guess this beer has salvaged my opinion of Great Divide. Even though I lean more towards beers that I can put away en masse, this was a good beer. (1,532 characters)

Photo of Enola
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer really shocked me. It tasted just like the Hickory Stick Stout but in a higher alcohol form. Served in a Chimay Chalice. A dark black with a tan colored head. The smell was roasted grain and a bitterness. The taste was very similar to the stout offered by the house. As noted before there was a alcohol presence. Not over the top enough to affect the mouthfeel though. The drinkability is good but you would have to be carefull with this one. It would be easy to over do it. A good beer that I will drink again. (521 characters)

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

This is a seriously dark beer, absolutely no light getting through this one. There was a 1" creamy tan head on top of the black body. The smell was great, very complex, earthy, piney and floral hops with some dark chocolate and roasted malt. The taste starts off bitter, like dark chocolate, then the bitter piney hops, then some plum flavors sweeten it up and it leave a bitter aftertaste. It has a medium mouthfeel with low carbonation. Very filling so it is a sipper, but that is good, as it warmed up the smells and flavors were amplified. (543 characters)

Photo of briman
3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from bottle in standard pint glass.

Poured pitch black, with a small tan/brown head that dissipated pretty quickly.

Aroma seems very chocolatey, with notes of coffee mixed in with dark roasted malts.

Taste is of dark roasted malts, slightly sweet, leaning more towards a burnt malt flavor in the finish, accompanied by a slight hop bitterness.

Smooth, slick mouthfeel....coats as it goes down. Medium to full bodied...maybe a little too burnt for my taste...so, for me it's probably the type of beer that is limited to one in a sitting. (555 characters)

Photo of SetarconeX
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly black in color with an unexpectedly huge bit of foam on top that almost bubbled over onto my table. Lovely dark tan foam to boot. Malts, heafty roasting and large amounts of chocolate on the nose. Also a tiny bit of sweetness and the faintest, though very well masked, whif of alcohol.

Taste is not unlike ground espresso beans sprinkled over charcoal, with a tiny bit of sweetness up front, and finishing with an unexpectedly biting, slightly bitter hoppiness.

A big beer in every way (Roastiness, ABV, and unfortunately price). Certainly deserves the name Yeti! (577 characters)

Photo of ECdOc
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yeti Came in an amber 1pint, 6 ounce standard bottle. Poured with a real thick dark copper colored small bubble head that rose high and almost looked red as I poured which remained throughout the review, dark on the Lovibond scale. I dont see a date on the bottle but im opening it on 3/21/06. Smells relatively hoppy for a stout. Strong malt flavour coating the mouth with a thin alcoholic flavour profile. No noticeable hop bitterness over the malt profile which is rather deep. Relatively smooth as it goes down, no noticeable alcoholic bite. This is a nice example of an Imperial Stout. (590 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a pitch black with a massive, fluffy khaki colored head. Beautiful head that rests on top of the beer with sheer brilliance. Incredible trails and patterns of sticky lace decorate the glassware.

Unbelievable aroma of roasted coffee beans, heavy dairy and snappy hops.

Smooth milk chocolate and caramel flavors mixed with a sugary cream sweetness. The mouthfeel is extremely soft on the palate. Dark roasted malt backbone with a freshly brewed espresso quality. Biting and clinging hop command on the finish.

Without question a marvelous and enjoyable double stout. This beer presents depth, complexity and drinkability in one package. Highly recommended. (762 characters)

Photo of Lancer211
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I love stout, and this is one of the better stouts I've ever had.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a glass. Appearance is dark, dark, dark. Held the glass up to the light.... nothing shone through. This beer is darker than Guinness. Even the head is dark brown, resolving to a lighter color after awhile. Lacing is prevalent, settling eventually.

Smell is of chocolate mostly, with some hops, but smell isn't really prevalent in this one. It also smells faintly like.... olives.... hmmm....

Taste is exceptional! It's like biting into a bar of baking chocolate, not quite sweet, but extremely pleasing and a little bitter. Caramel and especially coffee flavor is present as well. Additionally, despite the 9.5 ABV, there is no taste whatsoever of alcohol here, not much of a drying finish. Probably the most pleasing beer I have ever had.

Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth, like a nitro except where you can feel the carbonation. Bubbles are very fine. Flows down the throat like a million bucks.

Drinkability, eh.... if it weren't so heavy, I could drink a million of these. But it is, so after a bottle or two (of 22ozers) I'm done. It's almost mournful once it's actually done.

All in all, this could be the best beer I have ever (or will ever) have. Thank you to Great Divide for brewing such an excellent beer! (1,331 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours black in color with a thick tan colored head. The head lasted quite a while.

Smell: tons of chocolate and roasted malts, with some bitterness lingering in the background.

Taste: thick roasted malts, strong chocolate, mild coffee, pepper, alcohol, and a strong bitterness. Wonderfully balanced and mouth watering.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth at the start and finish. Aftertaste is long on the roasted flavors and chocolates.

Drinkability: nice drinkability, more than one bottle can be enjoyed in an evening. Must buy this one. (563 characters)

Photo of Optimat0r
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - makes samuel l jackson look like chandler bing, its so black. light cannot penetrate it at all. even the tiny amount of bubbles are dark brown. ahahaah i love it.

smell - like chocolate. even more than a chocolate stout.

taste - this beer is a beast. the first few sips were arguably the best beer ive ever tasted. intense, but certainly not in a bitter hoppy way; this is the richest, sweetest, most CHOCOLATE flavored beer ive ever put in my mouth. a tiny bit of coffee is present, smaller bit of malts, even smaller amount of hops. it tastes like biting into a hershey's dark chocolate bar. far more chocolaty than even rogues chocolate stout. surprisingly the acohol cannot be tasted.

drinkability - this is way too big a beer to have very much of. it looks smells and tastes amazing, but only in small doses. it is extremely , incredibly sweet. (871 characters)

Photo of Tupperwolf
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out an intense black into my stout-dedicated Rogue pint glass - Damn, that's black! The stream of beer going into the glass is amazingly opaque and dark, coffee-bean brown. The head that forms is the color of a Hershey's bar - one of the darkest I've seen. It forms dripping, sticky walls of fuzzy lacing. Better than the oak aged by far.

At first, I get almost no scent other than hops from the glass, but it takes only a couple of minutes of warming before I begin to note bitter baker's chocolate and fluffy alcohol. Dark bitterness meets slight sugary molasses and rounding hops. Certainly different from its oak aged brother.

And the taste is certainly different! The oak aged version is smooth and vanilla-flavored, astringent and grainy. This is deep, rich, decadent, luxurious! Bitter, luscious, growling chocolate and hops, a very itty bitty bit of smoke - Some alcohol in the middle, but not astringent whatever, a soft, decadent rummy flavor, with a noticeable hop flavor - they do hops well, and the hop profile is tasty.

So... thick...

So very thick...

It's as though someone put several bottles of chocolate syrup into a blender and whipped them until they were frothy and aerated. This feels incredible on the tongue, thick and rich and decadent, but fluffy at the same time - Chewy to the max...

Imperial Stouts are my favorite style. I can't drink them every day, because they're simply so intense. Drinking a full glass of something like this beer takes effort and determination. It's so heavy, so decadent, it's like that fudge cake your aunt Julie makes that you have to eat, but feel so guilty for eating. Drinking this makes you feel guilty, it's so good.

Very close to fives across the board. (1,742 characters)

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,675 ratings.