Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,691
Hads: 4,945
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 16.11%
Wants: 267
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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 JHamm
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Jan-09 opened Dec-10

Appearance: extremely dark, nice head that disipates, excellent lacing in glass

Smell: most notably chocolate followed by a hint of coffee

Taste: bitter chocolate followed by a slight hint of coffee that lingers behind. slight aciditic feel that dissolves quickly leaving behind the chocolate/coffee flavor

Mouthfeel: coats mouth with pleasant aftertaste.

Drinkability: very pleasant; not overpowering but rather smooth with subtle aftertaste. Would definitely purchase again

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

From bomber without a date.

Pours black with a glorious tan head. Head has staying power and leaves lots of lacing.

This one smells sweet and candy-like with some raisins and coffee undertones.

This one follows its nose and tastes sweet as it hits your tongue. This one shows lots of toffee and a firm alcohol presence. This is quickly abated by chocolate and roasty coffee flavors. Sweetness lingers, but is overwhelmed by bitter hops. The aftertaste is bittersweet chocolate. Some fruits play a part but I can't put my finger on the taste.

Yeti is thick and chewy without a lot of carbonation. Right on.

Overall, Yeti tastes great and leaves you begging for more. Each sip brings more complexity and new flavors.

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

blind tasting of this and the oak aged. The beer pours wonderfully black with a nice tan head that lingered for the whole drink. The Aroma is of chocolate and strong roasted malt. The flavor (chocolate, coffee) just goes on and on. This is a big beer full of flavor and lots of bitterness. If not for the oak aged comparison I would have rated it higher.

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Photo of browner
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beauty of a thick pour. If you love stout and coffee this is for you. Deep, delicious and well balanced. Big start and long finish. The depth of rich flavor dominates this stout which is another big, bold and beautifully crafted beer. from Great Divide.Well done !

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Photo of PALMEJ1
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into st bernardus chalice.
great dark chocolate color while pouring. almost 1 finger head formed after finishing the pour, nice. mocha/hazelnut bubbles form after a few

smells of chocolate hops, this ones about 6 months old. also getting some dark fruit but hard to distinguish.

taste great with bitter chocolate and what almost taste like caramel. But the hops bite along with the alcohol. cant wait for a few to age...

rich and creamy with a nice warming burn as the glass goes down

drinkability will only improve with age. but don't get me wrong, I could drink 2 12oz servings fresh! great beer to rely on

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

A - Beer pours dark as night, with rusty, ruddy and rich brown head.

S -Smokey and woody.

T - A very nice chocolate flavor, but still smokey. Great.

M - Very well balanced. Perfect body, slight carbonation, what I would expect from this style.

O - Man, I really dig this beer. I really enjoy a smokey flavor in stouts and porters. THis one was right up my alley.

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Photo of jc85
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured a jet black with a finger of thick brown, frothy head. It left good lacing and nice retention.

Smell- Nice chocolate, some ground cofee, after it warms up a bit you can definitly smell the alcohol.

Taste- The nose says it all, nice light chocolate and cofee flavor. The alcohol sting at the end balances everything out.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodies, a little sticky.

Drinkability- This is a great beer, goes down really smoothly.

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Photo of FoundersFanatic
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark black with a deep copper head that dissipates quikcly

S- smells like a regular stout, chocolate like smells

T- tastes like a pretty good stout, but nothing special. Chocolate, strong coffee, some malts, and bitter. Also has some hop bitterness as well. It's not one of the best Imperial stouts I've had, but it's good. Is pretty smooth with not much bitter bite that some low quality stouts have. Plenty of room for improvement though compared to some of the top Imperial Stouts

M- has a nice feel in the moth, very smooth

O- solid Imperial Stout, but is VERY overpriced. At this price I would be expecting one of the top Imperial Stouts and it's only above average, but not amazing. I'd look elsewhere for a top notch Imperial Stout. Was a good beer, but disappointed me after reading rave reviews.

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Photo of Teke0611
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of the 12oz bottle into my handy Lion-branded "stout" glass.. Poured well, with a small head. Dark as can be - nothing was showing through it even when held up to a window. After a sip, a tan-brown lacey head slowly crept back down into the glass. Some hints of carbonation in the mouth, along with definite roasted malt and wood flavors. Perhaps a hint of an un-sugared chocolate? Quite drinkable, this is a good beer!

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Photo of CarlP2
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4-8-2009. Poured into my test mug.

A- Dark, thick black body. One finger of orangish brown head. Head recedes to a thin layer on top. Some lacing on the side too. This is a good looking brew.

S- Smells sweet like molasses and cocoa. Some alcohol reaching the nose too.

T- Chocolate and alcohol are the dominant tastes. Also some toasted malt and coffee flavors. I'm not noticing any hops at all. I'd like to taste a little hops to balance out the other strong flavors, and maybe to mask the alcohol taste a bit.

M- Thick and slick. Very nice. Leaves my lips sticky.

D- ABV aside, it is a very drinkable beer. Because of the higher ABV, it would have to be a slow sipper for me to drink more than one.

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

Picked it up from one of the many excellent selections of brew available at Whip-In. Poured into the only available glass at the time (pint).

A- A dark viscous pour, slick and velvety in the glass

S- Rich dark coffee and caramel notes

T- First impression, dark bitter taste evolves into a pleasant malt coffee flavor

M- Moderate carbonation, luscious mouth filling qualities.

D- Surprisingly drinkable, nice mellow finish adds to this

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Photo of PaterMorse
3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I've only been around a handful of yeti; and those that I know are hairy, pungent, and unkept but friendly and, on balance, good creatures -- unless they're taken for granted, in which case you're likely to be clubbed over the head. Same with the beer.

A: The darkest brown imaginable. Stunning orange caramel head / lacing. When the head dissolves, it's almost like those flat glass displays filled with colored sands -- different looks with each swirl or shake, all as mesmerizing as the last (from a snowy dusting of suds across the surface to a peanut butter colored nucleus surrounded by dark chocolate -- akin to a Buckeye).

S: Roasted malt, coffee grounds, faint cocoa powder. As it warms, a sweeter but earthy peat moss.

T: Bitter, pungent. Not bad mind you, and uniformly well balanced. Just hairy and immodest. For me, while I often enjoy closing my eyes and allowing my tongue to define this adjective or that descriptor, this was "just stout" -- again, not a criticism; simply a straight forward and fun pour. (In fact, it reminded me of a blend between a good RIS and a Scottish ale).

M: Good balance, medium body (slackening a bit with a swirl or two). Low carbonation. Dry feel.

O: Beyond a gorgeous appearance and nice feel, not much to catapult it ahead of other stouts in terms of taste or aroma; but I find myself coming back to it again and again. Though not a poetic adjective evoking one of the five senses, it's just a flat-out "fun" beer -- and in my little humble saloon, a crowd favorite (where it's requested by name by even the most occasional visitor).

Repeat? Yes, but I'm glad I only see it in bombers. I crack them open with some frequency for parties, but would do so far less frequently if it was an individual bottle for personal sipping enjoyment. Not that it can't be enjoyed that way; it's just a great social beer with a good, hairy, fun characteristic. (That said, I will say that it's a wonderful sipping companion for specific food pairings -- most notably a good steak Pittsburgh rare and heavy cheeses).

Where? A cookout with charred steaks & dogs served up hot; a campfire with or without food. Or any party where you need a good beer in the middle of the line-up to get people telling stories they shouldn't. Just beware: this is the same brew that Jack used to fuel the ritualistic dance in Lord of the Flies...

Two Words: Well Named

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Photo of Albertv05
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours black with hints of brown and red. Almost no head and lacing. The aroma is cascade hops (?) and a little maltiness and roasted grains. The first sip is intense; total hops on the palate followed by roasted grains and maltiness. The hops uses pair extremely well with the maltiness and roasted flavors of the brew. It finishes with some residual sweetness that leaves you wanting more. This is a sipper beer but very delicious. I'll definnitly get this one again when I'm craving a hoppy beer but not necessarily an IPA. Great for a cool, autumn night.

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

Like others say, it pours like motor oil, but in the best way possible. Thick and syrupy.

The aroma is much like other imperial stouts, coffee, chocolate, and a slight presence of hops. A good, all around, malty aroma.

This beer has a sweet taste, touched with molasses, much like the smells of it. It has a strong flavor, and the hops are more present in the taste than in the aroma. A truly thick, chewy beverage.

This is my first beer from Great Divide Brewing Co. and certainly won't be my last. I was greatly pleased by this beer and will definitely be purchasing it again. However, where I live, this beer sells for $13.99 a four pack! That may be the standard price, but I am sure you can find it for cheaper.

Overall, an awesome Imperial Stout and a great beer.

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Photo of Kayn169
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A- Beautiful dark brown, pretty much black. About a finger of tan head. Just a lite carbonation visible.

S- Does amazing have a smell? Well it does now. Although the coffee presence really comes out, I couldn't help be drawn to the dark chocolate smell. Not that it was overwhelming, just the right amount, but distinctive. The hop presence also really came through, which I like in this style

T- The aroma didn't lie. First thing I noticed was the roasted coffee, followed by a dry hop bite, then a little chocolate. What I really liked was the crisp finish on this beer.

M- Not as thick or syrupy as the pour would make you think. Smooth like velvet.

O- Unlike a lot of Russian Imp Stouts. This has high drinkability. Due to the perfect amount of hop bite, it has a nice clean finish for this style. No real lingering residue left on the tongue. Although still a sipper, the bomber didn't last long. If it wasnt for that pesky rule againstbeginning at work, I could drink this instead of my morning coffee.

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

Pint Glass: Poured Black with red sparkle tan foam that fades out pretty fast.

S: Coffee, chocolate, alcohol

T: Black coffee, no cream or sugar here, with a slight hint of chocolate.

M: Caramel, Chocolate masterpiece. Bitter, bitter aftertaste. Not for the lighthearted. If your not a regular stout drinker, this beer will be too much for you. Try something else, baby steps folks, baby steps.

D: Drink it slow for all the bitterness. Drink it fast to get drunk! What are you waiting for drink up!

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Drank this from the cask at Falling Rock Ale House in Denver. Perfect temp brought out the many layers of this exceptional Imperial Stout. This is a treat!

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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!

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

pours black with a thin brown lacing, smells of coffee and malt, tastes like the bottle says, it has a strong roast malt flavor that flows into an alcoholic bite. I don't taste the caramel or toffee notes. mouthfeel is good, pretty light on the tongue and it tingles a bit. i could probably have a couple pints of this before i moved on to something else.

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Photo of sudsface69
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer lover's beer. This is not for the meek. If you are a true stout enthusiast, you will love this one. When I first poured this into my glass, I wanted to take a picture it was so beautiful. Jet black with a wonderful, rich, mocha-colored head. You know a stout is going to be good when the head is so thick and creamy is looks like it could fit on top of a meringue pie! Sticking my nose into the glass I got a rich dose of hops plus a dark, roasty, raisiny aroma from the malts. This is a beer that bulges out of its seams on both ends. Not only does it have all the richness you would expect from such a heavy roast on the malts, but it also delivers a HUGE hop wallop. Nothing faint here. This one gives it to ya straight up. Body is huge! - as full as full gets. Flavor is packed with tons of dark-roasted malt, with dried black fruit, bittersweet chocolate, anise, tobacco, and burnt sugar. The noble dose of hops balances out the big malt attack, leaving you completely and utterly satiated. If this beer doesn't satisfy even the biggest of beer cravings, I don't know what would. An awesome product of craftmanship. I've had some other beers from this brewery that I remember liking quite a lot but haven't had in some time. After drinking this one tonight, I'm going to revisit this brewery. What a beer!! Two thumbs up!

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Photo of biggietattoos
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

with a high abv stout like this one I would usually expect an overly heavy boozy taste and a thick syrupy pour but I was pleasantly surprised as soon as I poured this beer.

For an imperial stout Yeti poured a smoother nicer black tone with a small dark brown head and some light lacing.

The pour released some nice nutty, oakey notes.

The oakiness stayed upon the first sip and as the beer warmed closer to room temperature its complexities definitely showed through, Nice nutty malt taste with a strong but not overpowering finish made it a substantial yet very drinkable imperial stout.

The mouthfeel was heavy but smooth and left a warm tingle behind

being my first experience with GDBC I am very pleased and will continue to try everything I can from them

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Photo of Rapax
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pitch black and opaque. Head is brown, fluffy and very stable.

Smell is surprisingly hoppy for the type. It also brings promises of coffee and caramel.

Taste is everything. A sharp bitterness with lots of coffe. Charcoal. Caramel sweetness a little in the background. Some fruity esters and definitely some dark chocolate. A touch of american hops that add complexity and character, but are not appropriate for the type. Imperial stouts are all about the malt and not supposed to be hoppy, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is just perfect. Heavy body, no overcarbonation and great texture.

Not all imperial stouts have the courage to go beyond black. This one does. And excels at it. If the brewery could only save the flavoring hops for their IPA...

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

January 2010 bottle.

Drinking at cellar temp.
This beer pours very black, glugs from the bottle like motor oil. The head on this beer is an incredible dark espresso color. This beer just looks awesome. The smell is very much like a dessert. German chocolate cake comes to mind, truffles, creme brulee, roasted nuts, and a nice rich espresso note. The aroma is world class. The taste does not fall short. Big rich creamy chocolate notes up front, cake like flavors, I also get a creamy like flavor that does remind me of creme brulee. This beer is just great, one of my favorite stouts, seriously good stuff.

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Photo of CrystalShipMS3
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Big tan head that dissipates quickly. Black chocolate color.

Smell: Bold, roasty. Somewhat sweet with very defined vanilla, coffee, and cocoa. Smells amazing.

Taste: Big roasted chocolate malt balanced perfectly with very piney hops. Very christmasy. Coffee and vanilla flavors come in second. Leaves a pleasant bitterness of coffee and hops. It's perfect.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light. Not too sticky at all. It's, again, perfect.

Overall: it's brilliant. I'll be back for more. I should also note that I like the simplicity of this one compared to it's oak aged brother.

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

The prince of darkness, this one is as deep as a freshly roasted espresso.
Almost black in color, with a 2 fingered chocolate brown head, this beers appearance is incredible.The super chocolatey aroma leads me straight into an ecstacy of chocolate and smokey oak flavors.
The taste is fruity, almost plum flavored as it layers into a vanilla- latte creaminess with a nice bitter chocolate finish.
Smoked flavor is an oaky woodiness that compliments the fruit flavor nicely.
More chocolate aftertaste than any stout I have tried so far.
A grand and definitely Imperial Stout.
I may have found heaven.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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