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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,174 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,174
Reviews: 1,621
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 197
Gots: 498 | FT: 17
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 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.

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. 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.

tmm313, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of NickyDee21
4.25/5  rDev +1%

NickyDee21, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Nordbier
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Nordbier, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of tonistruth
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- deep dark brown, maybe black, 3 finger frothy, thick, creamy brown head, good lacing, really good retent.

S- roasted malts, coffee, sweet cream, burnt malts, alcoholic

T- burnt malt galore, also roasted malts, sweet creamy flavor, hint of caramel. strong sweet warming alcoholic finish, coffee in the aftertaste.

M- creamy and smooth, coats the palate a little bit

D- good brew, no complaints to register here, pretty drinkable as well.

tonistruth, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of spedprof
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

spedprof, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of marshmeli
4.25/5  rDev +1%

marshmeli, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of timoteo833
4.25/5  rDev +1%

timoteo833, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of marcobrau
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. Huge espresso and cocoa aroma with a thick tan head that leaves lacing down the sides of my glass. I think, "oh boy, oh boy, is this going to be a good stout." I'm correct in my thinking. Big, intense chocolate-cocoa flavors give way to some biting hops and black coffee bitterness, before a chocolate liqeur-like finish coated with a biting bitterness from hops. This stout is intense! A bit tartness in the finish, which seems to get drier the more I drink -- is this tannins? Reminds me of the flourless chocolate tart I had for dessert yesterday. A thick and chewy stout; finally something worthy of tonight's sub zero weather.

marcobrau, Jan 15, 2005
Photo of obrike
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 4 pack at Specs in Austin.

Black as black...very nice. Big, lovely tan head that stuck around for quite a bit, leaving bits of lace for the entire drink.

Got a nice whiff of chocolate right off the bat, followed by a bit of coffee, then medicinal/alcohol...strange, but good.

Lovely taste. Not overpowering in the least considering this is nearly a 10% brew. Chewy chocolate, coffee, a bit of hop kick in the beginning...followed by a super smoothness.

Very drinkable. So freak'n smooth...goes down like butta. Even better as it warms a bit.

A great Imperial Stout a a fair price. Great Divide once again proves itself to be a superb brewery with this tasty beer.

obrike, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of jadler16
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

jadler16, May 02, 2014
Photo of Skye1024
4/5  rDev -5%

Skye1024, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of mhenson42
5/5  rDev +18.8%

mhenson42, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of razorsdescent
5/5  rDev +18.8%

razorsdescent, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of johnhenryconway
4.25/5  rDev +1%

johnhenryconway, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of atoulouk
4.25/5  rDev +1%

atoulouk, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of yeaprolly
4.25/5  rDev +1%

yeaprolly, May 13, 2014
Photo of Noxious26
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bomber with a pry off cap poured in a pint glass. Bottled on Jan 31, 2011. Purchased at Knightly Spirits in Orlando.

Obsidian in colour and absolutely opaque. The head is a milk chocolate colour and 3/4 inch on an aggressive pour. Head recedes to a tight thin cap. Big gobs of sticky lace all down the sides.

Aroma of chocolate, coffee and dark malts with a vinuous undertone. Just a hint of alcohol.

Dark malts, unsweetened chocolate, dried fruit (figs and raisins), dark roast coffee. Delicious! Finish is chocolate and malt with hints of burnt and alcohol. Nice long lasting aftertaste. As it warms, the alcohol becomes much more prominent.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Bold and full bodied. Mild carbonation, as would be expected from a stout.

All I can say is WOW! A wonderfully balanced and drinkable RIS. Probably my favourite that I've tried to date. I have always been partial to balanced and highly drinkable beers rather than big smashmouth tastes. The alcohol does become a little heavy handed, but that's a minor point compared to the body of work. A must buy if you have an opportunity!

Noxious26, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of Luk13
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5 oz sample at the Mondial. Pours pitch black with good looking mocha head. Aroma is mostly chocolate with some roasted grain and coffee. The roastiness and coffee are more present in the taste. The bitter hop bite is also a nice addition. This one is pretty heavy but could use more compelxity. I prefered the oak aged Yeti. Maybe not the best place to drink such a sipper.

Luk13, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of zachary80
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on dec 21 2009
Current date oct 2 2010

Poured into a pint glass. I tried holding it up to the light, nothing but black at any angle. There is a small but surprisingly good head to start which then depletes into a brown ring

Smells like sweet chocolate and dark malts

Tastes like an awesome, complex RIS. Perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness. Pleasant aftertaste. Get your specifics from another reviewer :)

Heavy/thick mouthfeel. Very good drinkability for the 9.5%

zachary80, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of jburd19
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

jburd19, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of assurbanipaul
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an absolute motor-oil black with a minimal head, but what head it has is almost as dark as the beer. Nose is rich, black-roasted malts, molasses, a little vinous, some dark, sweet fruity bits. Doesn't so much leave lacing as coat the sides on the way down.

Taste is rich, dark and sweet roasted-beyond-all-recognition malt. Large espresso or Viennese coffee flavors, sorghum, smoke, charcoal and a dark fruity element like raisins or figs. Finish is dry and clean with a mild hoppy bitterness that emerges as it warms.

Mouthfeel is thick and heavy, smooth and silky, as to be expected for the style. Very little to no trace of alcohol in the taste which, despite its heft, makes it frighteningly drinkable. This one rates a definite "Wow," especially from an otherwise unremarkable regional brewer.

assurbanipaul, Jul 21, 2004
Photo of EStreet20
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thumbs up for Great Divide making it to NJ

22 ounce bomber poured into a 20 ounce nonic

A - Pours black with a large head of light brown foam. The thick head is staying like crazy and lacing up the walls of the glass.

S - A sweet smell on the nose with some chocolate hints. A coffee like aroma hints in as well with some buttery, toffeelike smell.

D - A great stout to sip as the fall nights fade into winter

T - An initially sweet chocolatey flavor gives way to a roasty character with a nice coffee like flavor. That burnt roasty flavor stays throughout and really provides a great taste. A nice fruity flavor is present in the background as well as some citrusy hops. A lot going on here flavorwise.

M - A nice thick, full body here really coats the mouth. Very nice.

EStreet20, Oct 15, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

hockeypuck, Nov 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

mmmbeerNY, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of Soonami
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a great example of the style, with all of the features that make a great Russian Imperial Stout: pitch black in color, roasty and rich aroma, slightly sweet taste balanced with coffee and chocolate, chewy and luxurious mouthfeel, a smooth finish. This is a great beer with the excellent flavor profile from the complex malts and yeasts, but still finishes dry and with enough bitterness to make this drinkable.

Soonami, Jun 30, 2010
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,174 ratings.