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Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cokes on 08-09-2003

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Reviews: 1,739 | Ratings: 5,223
Photo of fragilemacabre
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is, as someone I know says, a tasty fellow.

It's very typical stout in looks-- very black opaque color, some light but sticky lacing along the sides of the glass. It was poured carefully so not much of a head, but there is some fun marble-ish foam along the top of it when left to sit for a moment or three.

It smells and tastes like dark chocolate, a bittersweetness that varies from sip to sip (and inebriation level to inebriation level). The scent has more of a coffee note than the taste does. There's some cirtus when sipping, but that brightness could be due to carbonation.

Nothing displeasing to the palate in terms of taste or mouthfeel, a very smooth, rich feeling (almost like drinking cold hot chocolate, but definitely NOT like drinking yoohoo or chocolate milk).

I've liked many stouts, and this is one I would definitely revisit.

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Photo of D11
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from bottle into tulip

A- pours black with almost a two finger dark cocoa head that hangs around. decent lacing

S- chocolate, some alcohol, nice malt, sweet fruit, toffee and caramel

T- chocolate, malt. has a sweet taste thats hard to pinpoint

M- a great mouthfeel. thick, almost syrupy. carbonation is good too. yummy as it warms up

O- this is a great brew. like the rest of the Great Divide brews ive had the pleasure to try everything is blended so well. ive enjoyed this fairly fresh (within a month or two of bottling date) and also have had some that was aged a year. with aging i noticed the carbonation was more subtle and the chocolate seemed to come through a lot more. Yeti is a delicious, dependable RIS that wont let you down.

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Photo of mwearl
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle, the beer was black with a thumbnail worth of head with some lacing. The smell was pleasant yet plain. Based on this beer being classified as a Russian Imperial, I was dissapointed in the taste. I'd classify more like a standard stout and question the rated ABV. If it was in fact 9.5% then it was the smoothest Imperial Stout I've tasted, but lacked any real character. A little hop finish was nice and I'm not criticizing the overal flavor. Mouthfull was medium and nice on the tongue without the expected bite. This is definitely a drinkable beer just not a great Imperial Stout.

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Photo of ABCJiugui
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber into tulip

A- dark, opaque blackish/brown, no light gets thru. Head pours 2 fingers mocha colored, creamy smooth look, retains fairly decent, if thin. No real lacing to speak of- few bubbly bits of foam stick to the sides, but minimal and spotty at best.

S- Chocolate, some dried fruit/rum soaked dates-figs. Can really sense the alcohol as well on the exhale.

T- Sweet up front with some chocolate flavor, moves into some citric hop and bitterness, with some burnt coffee at the end along with some more sweetness (malt?). Surprised by the lingering bitterness- not a sharp bitterness, but a slow, astringent one (tannic from the hops perhaps).

M- full bodied, fairly thick, not the most viscous stout I've ever had, but it's not the lightest either! Definite feeling of chew with the alcohol volume.

D- overall, it's a good stout to drink. If not for the harsh alcohol which tended to come thru more than I'd like, this would rate as one of the better american imperial stouts I've had. Sweet, but not too sweet, bitter, but not insanely so, a good balance and overall, very drinkable.

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Photo of BringusKilkenney
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a very dark black with mocha colored head that is very thin and takes a vigorous pour to even arouse.

The smell is great with dark malts and dark fruit notes and still has a hoppy background

Taste is great too very different and complex. Dark chocolates and coffee with fruit and a nice hoppy bitterness in the end not found in most imperials.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth but still get the hoppy crispness not really what i am looking for in a stout but different and nice at the same time.

Hard to put to many away kinda sits heavy and has a high abv but still a very nice beer.

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Photo of bridgetowhophead
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had the unusual experience of trying Oak Aged and Chocolate Oak Aged yeti before the original, and I gotta say, the original is probably my favorite with Oaked a close second and Chocolate a distant third (cayenne wtf?) This is probably my favorite stout. I have so much love for GD.

A: Jet black pour, impenetrable to light, 2-finger light brown head receded to a thin cap. This is a beautiful beer.

S: Perfect balance of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee, with little alcohol burn.

T: Like the nose but more intense. Good God, this beer is delicious. I will drink so much Yeti this winter.

M: Thick without being syrupy, bubbly without being light.

D: This is a heavy-duty RIS, and one 12 oz. bottle will definitely do it for me, but whoo baby is it a good one.

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Photo of GNWBC
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P: strait up jet black, nice head that leaves a good lacing

S: malt, and alcohol and little bit of smokeyness to it also

T: sweet malt, some faint chocolate and carmel notes, little bit of a hop bite somewhere in there if you look for it.

M: just like most stouts, goes down pretty smooth, although the beer can be a bit thick it is still very drinkable.

O: a favorite and go to of mine when im in the mood for a good stout, also try the bourbon ages yeti.

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

22 oz bottle served in a snifter

First pour is black as night with a very thin tan head. Subsequent pours gave a much thicker and heavier head. Smell is of coffee and chocolate. Taste is coffee and chocolate with a alcohol finish. Goes down much smoother than I expected. Polished off the bottle with dinner and loved every sip.

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Photo of johnnybravo
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason this was widely available in the Netherlands for a very short while but I managed to get my hands on quite a lot. It's an impressive Imperial Stout for sure. Very well balanced, stable and rubust. It has all you could probably imagine it should have. However there's one thing that's just not perfect. I think it's a bit one demensional. Loads of roasted coffee and chocolate but it lacks some complexity and subtile flavors like licorice, blackcurrant or even honey. But as said, wonderful beer.

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Photo of Iceman77
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice and velvety with an almond colored head, not too thick but remains throughout the entire glass. The color is dense black, like a good stout should be. The initial smell that you get is a mixture of malt, coffee, and a little of the alcohol hits the nose almost like a wine. In the taste you get more malt, good amount of hops for an imperial, and the sweetness of chocolate/caramel. It coats the inside of the mouth very nicely with a sweet aftertaste and the alcohol warming, but doesn't linger too long which is key. Suprisingly drinkable for 9.5%, although i couldn't see polishing off a whole sixer in one sitting (which is not as suprising). Definitely one of the best imperial stouts out there.

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Photo of Chas58
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
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. 

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Photo of fdw3
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a beautifully thin, dark brown head.

S - Aromas include sweet scents of chocolate and caramel, roasted malts, and a surprisingly strong hop essence.

T - Dominated by roasted malt flavors, with accompanying flavors of bittersweet chocolate and dark coffee. Taste is considerably bitter (no surprise) and contains very little sweetness. Alcohol isn't masked particularly well but at 9.50%, it's certainly appropriate.

M - Thick, syrupy mouthfeel that coats the mouth wonderfully thanks to a very low level of carbonation.

D - A very bold, hoppy stout that that is expressly bitter. A good one to split with someone else; very good but I wouldn't recommend more than one at a single sitting. One of the better beers I've had, but there's other stouts I would reach for first.

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Photo of Knilas
2.34/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Jet black sludge. Smells like dirty feet. Overwhelming burnt coffee flavor. Thick as motor oil. Unimpressed! Suffered thru half a glass hoping it get better as it warmed. No such luck. Tossed it. Not worth the coin...

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Black as night. Pours almost as thick as motor oil. Robust nose of espresso and chocolate. Full, rich flavor. Strong coffee with notes of chocolate and a little hint of caramel. Finish is pleasantly bitter.

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

a huge 2in. thick dark brown creamy head. A great appearance and smell. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, & coffee.
A very nice mouthfeel; creamy and smooth with a great bitterness from the added hops. Defineatly 75 IBU's. Awsomeee! Also, there is a chocolaty tartness that lingers on the finish, and hints of caramel and coffee. I'm amazed at the bitterness, I'm not aware of many Imperial stouts that are this bitter.
What a great Imperial Stout!!!!

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Photo of MURF0320
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into typical pint glass. Poured black and opaque with a dark tan 1 finger head. Nice retention but lacing did not stick.
Aroma is dominated by hops, roasted malts, rich dark chocolate, coffee beans, and alcohol.
First thing that hit my tongue was a surprise burst of hops, which then gave way to heavy roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses, and a splash of coffee. Finished bitter with more piney hops and a slightly smokey flavor. Delicious. Slight alcohol presence, and the coffee flavor became more predominant as the beer warmed.
Mouthfeel was very creamy and smooth.
Drinkability is decent but i felt that the alcohol presence and warming had this beer fading on me.
This beer is definitely recommended.

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Photo of CONOR8832
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Extremely dark, like espresso with a nice thick tan colored head. Leaves amazing lacing on the glass.

Smell - Very robust, some chocolate notes, rosted coffe notes, with the sweetness and twinge of the alcohol.

Taste - Has a very sweet and maltness to it but finishes slightly bitter from hops. Mild caramel, coffee, and chocolate flavors invade the taste buds

Mouthfeel - Very soothing on the palate, nice warming feel to it, carbonniation is perfect and gives you a very cozt feeling.

Overall - This is a fantastic beer. I was not much on imperial stouts at all. I often steered clear of them then somethin told me to try this one and now I am a closet stout lover and can not get enough of them.

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Photo of 20ozmonkey
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this bottle from a SoCal BevMo when I went down there this summer. It was bottled in January 2011 and I've been waiting for a decent time to try it out. Now is that time.

Holy cow this beer pours dark. I've had a decent amount of imperial stouts but I don't think I've seen a head on a beer that was this dark tan. The beer looks like a black mass in the glass.

Smells like burnt caramel and dark alcohol. Not much chocolate or coffee smell like I get out of other imperial stouts. This one is pretty straight forward.

Burnt, sweet and malty up front. Sweetness continues in the finish. If I had to liken it to a chocolate I would say very dark chocolate (burnt chocolate?) I wonder how this beer would be if I had given it another year or so.

Medium carbonation and medium viscosity as far as mouthfeel goes.

4.0's all the way across. I'll grab a few more of these next time I head south. I also need to get ahold of some of the variations.

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

My mouth has been watering for this one...

Pours a thick black used motor oil color with a head that looks like chocolate milk. I held this up to a halogen light and saw nothing but pure black goodness. Nice two finger head that slowly dissipated into some nice sticky lacing.

Smell is dark chocolate, malt, hops, smoky, and some fig. It seriously reminds me of fig newtons!

This tastes wonderful...bakers chocolate, raisins, hoppy bite with a smooth finish. As it warms the alcohol is a little more pronounced and this beer leaves a nice coating in your mouth with a yummy hop aftertaste.

The drinkability really depends on your tastes and what you like. I could drink a couple of these but the high abv might slow some down a bit. I don't really taste the 9.5% abv but I can sure feel it :-).

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Photo of hsway
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased at Cambridge Wine and Spirits. Dark in color - almost black - and very opaque with an unusually dark brown head. Taste has tones of chocolate and coffee. I thought the mouthfeel was a bit syrupy, but that was my only complaint. 12 oz. was about the most I could handle, but that's ok - not a session beer (for me, at least).

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Photo of noslenwerd
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours out like Tar, but in a good way. Head is almost a dark bronze/cherry brown head to it.

S: Smells like your typical stout... Coffee/Bitter chocolate.

T: Taste reminds me a lot of Alesmith Speedway stout... Very sugary when you let it set on your lips. Very very thick. Only stout I have had thicker was the speedway. Only hit on this is it does not hide the alcohol quite as well as speedway (sorry for comparing it to that but it reminds me a lot of it)

Summary: Second thickest beer I have had. Very good taste, very thick, but would have been rated higher if it had hid the alcohol a little better.

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

Served on tap in a short curved glass at Melt Bar & Grilled in Lakewood, OH

A - Appearance is black with a creamy head and good lacing. What you'd expect from a stout.
S - The nose on this beer is sweet with a bit of detectable hops.
T - The taste of this beer is a wonderful caramel sweetness. Not overdone, well balanced and enjoyable.
M - Mouthfeel is smooth and heavy. The high alcohol content and malt give it a lot of body and it coats your tongue.
D - This is one of those beers that I'd want to drink more of than I'm able to. The taste is well balanced and doesn't wear on you, but because it is so heavy and high in alcohol I probably couldn't drink more than one or two.

This is already one of my favorite beers. It's hard to explain why since really it is just a sweet, heavy stout. However, it's so well done and balanced that you can't help but love it.

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Photo of beerbellydaddy
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Yeti Imperial Stout is brewed in Colorado at the Great Divide Brewing Co, and is like its namesake, a big hairy beast. At first glance I thought that it was going to be a little fatter than I was ready for, but it grows on you quick. This drink pours thick, dark and heavy, and foams like a science experiment gone awry. It smells heady and rich – a cocoa, toffee, coffee. Initially, upon appearance, I thought that this beverage would be too malty and cloying. And while a mouthful is dense and lingering it is not overpowering or intrusive. It’s a good example of a full, well balanced Russian Imperial Stout, and with a 9.5% alcohol it’ll warm you up on a cold winter’s night.

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Photo of headlessclown
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewing from notes

A: Poured black/very dark brown with a dark brown head and good retention. Excellent lacing.

S: It was stored cold and the first impression from the aroma was a dark chocolate milkshake. Yum. More complex dark roast aromas make themselves evident as it warmed. Really quite beautiful for a stout.

T: Again, very much dark chocolate. A malt bitterness that is restrained and nicely balanced with a slight sweetness.

M: Thick, lovely, barely any alcohol burn.

D: Delicious and drinkable. As a fan of stouts, this is a treat. All my notes said: "love it love it love it" which I think sums it up perfectly.

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Photo of quikfish13
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a frothy creamy 3-finger head with a pitch black body that is impossible to see through. If I was to look at the top of my glass I would think I was drinking chocolate milk. Chocolate in high doses eminates from the top of the glass, not so muych a coffe taste but pure rich chocolate.

The taste matches the smell, leaveing a feeling in my mouth of a rich and creamy taste. Malts and roasted grain are abound until the very end when the coco flavors burst through. Quite bitter and with a higher alcohol taste then I would care for but the complex flavors of this beer more than make up for it.

Not a beer I would drink all the time but on special occasions or with a large dinner. It does go down smooth but this beer is to rich to enjoy in mass quantities.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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