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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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1,685 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,685
Hads: 4,904
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 4.98%
Wants: 263
Gots: 836 | FT: 20
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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: 1,685 | Hads: 4,904
Photo of Nowhereman529
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like the look of this one, pours from the bottle a very dark, nearly black color with about two fingers worth of dark brown fluffy head.

Smell is heavy on chocolate, malt and coffee. A little hops and alcohol can be appreciated as the beer warms a little.

Taste is crazy bitter, right along the lines of bitter baker's chocolate. It's smooth though with an end that is malty and an aftertaste that is distinctly coffee, like good coffee (think starbucks without the burnt aftertaste). There is seriously very little sweetness here, but it is a very complex taste with hops shining through here and there and dark malt making up much of the base of the flavor.

Mouthfeel does not disappoint either, with sort of a velvet creamy mouthfeel upfront that bubbles just enough to make it not feel like a syrup.

Overall this is a very drinkable imperial stout. I would say it tops my list of overall favorite dark beers. Would highly recommend to anyone with a flair for dark beer. (981 characters)

Photo of FloppyDog
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a thick jet black with a quarter inch deep mocha head. As dark as they come.

Aroma is of chocolate, sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol (but in an enjoyable way that lets you know what this beer is capable of).

Taste knocks you back with that chocolate malt sweetness coupled with a hop bite that mingles in with the alcohol quite well. Lingering chocolate on the back of the tongue for 10-20 seconds after it is swallowed.

Mouthfeel is extremely viscous...a real plus when it comes to imperial stouts.

Overall, one word: delicious!

I highly recommend trying it if you come across one! (595 characters)

Photo of EseLocoSS
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black oily body with a big lasting creamy chocolate head. Aroma is sweet and light roasted with some dark fruits, coffee, mocha and hints of burned toast. Really nice aroma! Really full-bodied, softly carbonated and has a fantastic creamy and oily mouthfeeling. Sweet but still quite bitter on the flavors. Oaky and there is much stronger roasted flavors then the aroma would suggest. Burned toast and some nice sweet alcohol that’s leaving a lava-like warming sensation. (487 characters)

Photo of FlatRabbitRed
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best Imperial stout that I have had so far!

It's beast! lights out in a cavern dark, Very thick, thin head retention, strong aroma!

Poring this beer gives you since of what your in for, there is no light coming through even the thinnest points. Bold aromas and flavor, coffee, licorice, heavy roasted malt, some caramel notes. You feel the whiplash from this one, high in alcohol but very smooth!

You will be seeing black your at least 24 hours! (460 characters)

Photo of thetachibro
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours out black with a nice brown fluffy 1in head that leaves nice lacing and has some nice retention.... Rich coffee and chocolate smells first hit me along with a slight hoppy and fruity scent...A very complex taste...Roasted malts..somewhat hoppy and of course a little bit of an alcohol punch....Very full bodied mouthfeel and definatley a sipper for me ...Bomber was the perfect size don't know if i could of had a couple more and truly enjoyed them...Still a very tasty brew (480 characters)

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

A: Pours a deep black with a creamy head finish. The head sticks around for a while, leaving some very nice lacing. Just a beautiful beer to see.

S: Chocolate and coffee malty goodness abound here. Also there are some floral hops that play very well off the deep malt aromas, leaving a very pleasant balanced aroma.

T: Very malty, sweet flavor, definitely caramel followed by chocolate notes. The sweetness comes in at the end to balance this beauty out. It starts deep and rich and creamy, but finishes smooth.

M: This beer leaves the tongue tingling with just a touch of carbonation. There is a little alcohol flavor there, but its not over bearing.

D: At 9.5%, it will give you a kick in the rear, but its well worth it.

I can only imagine what the Oak Aged is like in comparison to this, great beer, highly recommended. (839 characters)

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

A: Pitch black body topped by a frothy brown head that clumps while it slowly settles. Laces paint every inch of the glass.

S: Bright citrusy hops matched equally by dark velvety chocolate.

T: I love this beer. Aggressive hops with an attacking malty richness make for a big bitter beer that is naturally sweet at the swallow. Some roasted barley with a touch of anise in my sinuses. They've hidden the alcohol well with an array of flavors.

M: A little more lively than I expected, but not overly so. Still has that chewy malt body. Oily on the lips.

D: Definitely too much for session drinking, but one a day would make me a very, very happy man. Score big for Great Divide. (689 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 Wegbier
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

YES i have been waiting awhile, this is an Oct 2008
A- This beer tells a dark tale, no light will ever penetrate it. The thick espresso head protects its secrets. The lacing covers the glass so as to let no one peek at this scandalous experience. The head reduces to a light thin covering with a few bubbly mtns.

S- from the instant the is bent off the bottle sweet roasted malts burst out with divine toffee licorice and a hint of alcohol.

t-:) The taste is beastly and in your face; untamed. packed with roast and toast espresso beans that do no give up with a lingering lightly sweet finish, coffee ice cream! Deep in the back is the licorice from the smell. As it warmed it gave up on me leaving only licorice around which is less pleasing.

M- a little course with a silky finish, it is big and full in the mouth with no trace of alc

D- immediately bombs the stomach after very little. (895 characters)

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

Served into an oversized wine glass.

A: Pours heavy, jet black color no light go through, small brown head with a tiny bubbles lace that paints the side of the glass.

S: As it says in the bottle toffee and caramel it's present (but for me the caramel its more apparent), got some notes of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, malt, wood and some vanilla, overall an smokey smell.

T: Almost the same flavors as you can catch with your nose, feels a little bit dry in the mouth, leaves a coffee bitter aftertaste.

Overall a very complex and delicious beer that I would have again, it's my third review of great divide Yetis and all of them share the same traits but the coffeness (if you can say that way) it whats differentiates them. (732 characters)

Photo of Graham21
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is black and head is very nice two finger head. coats the glass like a snow flake. It's rich like butter!!! It definitely has a buttery oily taste to it. It has undertones of caramel and chocolate. Tastes like freshly cooked greasy choclotate chip cookies. Also a bit of fruits and a deep burnt malt flavor, along with some hops, and fruits.

Too rich to have more than one, this beer is thick and coats the throat well. Leaves a bit of alcoholic taste. Nice imperial stout made wery well for tasting, but def. not a session beer. (538 characters)

Photo of AlesRTasty
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh baby, this brew pours like oil. Dark, dark brown with a brown chocolate foamy head. It's got a nose like a cafe mocha, rich dark toffee chocolate aromas. Very very inviting. Fantastic taste, this brew is all roast. Follows up with a nice chocolatey after taste. The mouthfeel has slight carbonation with a strong alcoholic tone. Smooth and delicious, highly recommended. (373 characters)

Photo of BamaViper1
3.76/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. April 2010 vintage.

This beer pours a dark brown into the glass forming an inch thick mocha-colored head. The lacing from this beer is gorgeous.

The Yeti has aromas of oats and chocolate with hints of coffee/espresso.

Immediately, a burned coffee takes over the tongue. This fades as bitter dark chocolate and malt come into play. The finish is bitter but hardy, consisting of roasted malt and bitter chocolate.

This is a full bodied beer with just the right amount if carbonation (ie not too much). The finish leaves almost a tiny bit of an oily film which only allows the tastes of the finish to linger for forever.

Although I prefer the oak-aged Yeti, I do enjoy this stout quite a lot. Upon first taste, the beer is very hardy, but as you drink it becomes excessively palatable. I could definitely drink a couple of pints of this beer, even with it being a year old. (926 characters)

Photo of BrewStoutMagic
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

THis is a fine example of an imperial stout.I may not be an expert but this is a full bodied and aromatic imperial stout. Appearance is very undoubtley black with dark tan head.Smell has fine dark sugary esspresso smoky mocha aroma. Taste has a sweetly bitter smoked feel with strong taste and bold imperial alcohol content to give you that warm feeling about half way through a pint. Overall I could be gratefuly yeti to enjoy another one. (440 characters)

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

Jet black with a gorgeous milky coffee colored head with good retention. Heavy lacing on the glass. Chocolate and coffee nose with hints of vanilla ice cream. Big coffee taste upfront with chocolate and a very sweet malt taste. Alcohol is faint but present. If you don't taste it, you'll definitely feel it 22 ounces later. Wonderful feel that's smooth and very creamy. Almost orgasmic. Very dry roasted malt tasting finish. This is a great beer. Thank you Beer Gods. (467 characters)

Photo of Ben4881
3.57/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yeti Imperial Stout
Great Divide Brewing Co.

The Yeti pours thick and black as motor oil. One of the darkest I have seen, not even a suggestion of light could get through this beer. The head is about an inch and I wouldn't call it tan. This head is coffee with cream brown, on par with the darkness below it. However, it fades quickly leaving very thick lace in some parts of the glass, but not all. As the glass drains, the lace loosens up a bit, but remains semi-spotty.

I was expecting roasted coffee, chocolate, nuts, or a combination of sorts. However, the overwhelming scent is hops and alcohol. Faint notes of something roasty and toasty linger in the backdrop. As I pull my nose away, I sense something sweeter like caramel. But, up front, its all oily hops.

After the smell, I am a bit apprehensive, but still intrigued. First contact is quite soft and subtle. Surprisingly, there is not a whole lot of flavor going on up front. However, once the sip slides past the tongue, hello dry hop bitterness. As advertised in the smell, a strong lingering hop flavored aftertaste fades rapidly to faint alcohol to match the warm feeling swilling in the stomach.

A mouthful feels stagnant and thick, as I envisioned from the blackness of its appearance. There is very little carbonation. Some carbonation is detectable, but does not attack the tongue. The mouthful seems heavier without feeling thicker. I prefer a little livelier feel to relieve the stockiness.

The dry bitter hop aftertaste is its strong point. This imperial stout may make for a decent capper to reawaken the nasal passages. However, I don't see myself indulging in another right away. (1,712 characters)

Photo of slk22
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours like motor oil. Completely opaque having a brown medium size head and extensive lacing that is unwilling to let go of the glass.

S - Aroma is a nice balance of coffee beans and roasted malt with a hint of caramel and chocolate. Very inviting.

T - Initially hit by robust espresso and roasted malt flavors, which are then followed by sweetness in the form of malt and caramel. Bitterness from the strong hop presence comes though in the finish along with lingering coffee notes and a bit of alcohol. Well balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and smooth. Moderate carbonation was noticeably present. A bit more than I expected for this style.

D - A delicious beer, but its heavy nature and high ABV would prevent me from having several. (752 characters)

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

A: one and half fingers of very dark brown head. Opaque body and maximum lacing. The dark brown head is very even and fluffy not oily like some dry coffeed beers. Poured in bar glass.

S: raw coffee smell dominates other components, and notes of burnt roasts, maybe chocolate or nuts.

T: strong coffee imperial flavors, lots of burnt malts. Chocolate is nice, didnt taste the nuts in the scent.

M: great level of carbonation. Very fulll body which is what i look for in an imperial. I like more wholesome beer and this a great show of a super grain imperial dark black stout. Almost plead the 5th quality in mouth feel.

O: in a store 15$ for a 4pk. Not worth the money considering beers that i compare it to, like plead the 5th are only 13$. Not worth the money but definately a well made imperial centering around coffee worth trying. I cant wait to try and review the 22 of the expresso version but wont be buying another half case. (937 characters)

Photo of Norsebrew
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed a bomber of this brew.

A- Jet black color with a 3+ brown head that was retained for a good long time.

S-Sweet dark malts and chocolate with undertones of licorice and carmel. Very appealing!

T- Well balanced sweet malty flavor with a mixture of chocolate, molasses, coffee, carmel, toffee, locorice, and alcohol. There was also a subtle hoppy taste.

M-heavy but very smooth and warm.

D-Very drinkable imperial stout that has amazing aroma and a balanced flavor. (477 characters)

Photo of Jeriba
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter. The date on the bottle is January 22, 2010 making it just short of a full-term baby.

A: This beer is totally opaque, the color of black coffee, with about a finger beautiful caramel-colored head. The foam dispersed fairly quickly, but left some nice lacing.

S: Coffee and dark chocolate malt aromas, with a hint of bourbon/alcohol.

T: Roasted malt and coffee with the almost-bitter punch of really good dark chocolate. It gets smoother and sweeter as it warms, and virtually no alcohol for such a high ABV

M: Smooth and creamy, and it just keeps getting better as you go.

D: This is definitely a slow-sipping brew, and the longer you spend with it the better the payoff. I wouldn't think of pairing this stout with a dessert: it IS a dessert. (792 characters)

Photo of TwinButte
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had many Great Divide brews yet so I have to beg steal and borrow to drink any!

Poured into a snifter with a thin brown head. Smells of cocoa and coffee. Can't wait to take a sip! Oh boy this one is smooth on the mouth and has a slight bitterness in the back but really easy to drink. Leaves a lingering espresso type taste long after each drink unlike other RIS I have drank. I like that. It's different but I really like this one. Can't wait to try the Oak Aged bomber that I picked up at the same time.

Cheers! (524 characters)

Photo of JBStith
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yeti Imperial Stout is awesome...

A: Pours pitch black and thick like used motor oil. So dark I think almost created a blackhole in my kitchen. Thick dark brown head, the color of brown sugar. Great head retention and lacing.

S: Toffee, coffee, malt, and alcohol.

T: Same as smell. Very slight sweetness immeduiately attacked by alcohol, then bitterness. Part of the bitterness taste like black malt, not hops (acrid, but in a good way).

M&D: Coats the mouth, but is certainly not overly heavy. Mouthfeel is dominated by alcohol and bitterness (again, in a good way). Quite drinkable for such a "stout" beer (pun intended). I can't wait to have another one of these this winter.

Yeti reafirms everything I love about stouts and everything I am learning about imperial versions. An absolutely terrific beer. (821 characters)

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

Beer pours very dark, relatively thick, beautiful thick cocoa colored head. Beer itself is jet black, with the barest hints of ruby at the edges when held to light. Smell is dark, velvety. Cocoa, coffee, toffee, some hop bitterness. Taste is very similar to smell. Rich, luscious flavor, like cold cocoa with coffee beans and dark toffee. Mouthfeel is very smooth and luxurious. Again, the word that comes to mind most thinking about his beer is "velvety". Drinkability is good, though it goes down smooth enough that the relatively high ABV (9.5) can sneak up on you. I certainly don't think I could drink this all night (though there aren't many beers that I could), but putting this bomber away will be no problem. Very nice beer. (733 characters)

Photo of RandyV
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful dark as night color with minimal head but sticky, consistent lacing. Smells of dark chocolate, molasses, wood and booze.

Taste matches the nose, with astringent coffee bitterness most prominent, although it is met head on by sweet malt character. The wood note is of a burnt (charcoal) nature. The alcohol is there, underlining and warming.

A nice offering from GDBC. For my money, Old Rasputin from North Coast still rules. (436 characters)

Photo of Albinoh
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice nice color, they way an imperial stout should be, dark deep, petroleum like. Nice head, misty brown, you can quickly feel the very nice sweet and burned aroma. The taste is great, the burnt flavors are quite strong but balanced perfectly by the sweetness of the malt. Very nice beer, its going to my favorites list.

Highly recommended. (341 characters)

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,685 ratings.