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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,684 Reviews
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very good

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Reviews: 1,684
Hads: 4,899
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 264
Gots: 833 | FT: 20
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: 1,684 | Hads: 4,899
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! (423 characters)

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. (716 characters)

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 (440 characters)

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 (2,390 characters)

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. (602 characters)

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. (773 characters)

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. (1,057 characters)

Photo of SQUIDPORT
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! (502 characters)

Photo of KONARTHEBARBARIAN
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! (157 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 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. (355 characters)

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! (1,341 characters)

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 (766 characters)

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... (746 characters)

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. (608 characters)

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. (589 characters)

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. (606 characters)

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

Oh my goodness... poured into a goblet, this is one of the most menacingly beautiful beers I've laid eyes on. The head is a prodigious milk chocolate, quite thick and with good retention, the body a viscous inky black. Just amazing to look at.

What hits me first in the nose is a big blast of resinous American hops. There's definitely some dark, sweet maltiness, but it's not nearly the lead component here. This is one hoppy stout.

The flavor is amazing. Huge malty sweetness up front, richer than any chocolate torte in existence, followed by a sucker punch of beautiful hops and roasted barley. In its own twisted way, this is rather balanced! The sweetness, the roasted barley character, the bitter, piney hops, all there battling for your tastebuds. It's incredible.

In the mouth, this beer is absolutely luscious. It's thick in a way that I've never experienced before. Each sip coats every square centimeter with this massive ale, which I am beginning to believe is the devil's own personal brew. The carbonation is just enough to keep it from going over the edge.

Damn! This is the third Imperial Stout I've had in a week, and it's the first to hit the spot. Such a beautiful combination of malt, hops, water and yeast. A superb ale. (1,249 characters)

Photo of mafiasentinel21
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Damn! This is a dark, black beer. I...am a little...scared? Haha. A one finger head that winds down slowly and lacing that clings to the glass! Smells like thick coffee, alcohol, vanilla. A nice bouquet.
Taste - smoky chocolate. Black licorice. Faint esters if alcohol. A very smooth (yet thick) taste and mouthfeel. Nice.

This is one fine beer. Not often do stouts get this hoppy, and it is very becoming of the brew. I'm not huge on stouts but fortunately my roommate turned me on to this one. Drinkability is not so high due to thickness, but that's ok! (557 characters)

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Beer is black with a dark mocha head. Very appealing.

Smells of roasted malts, coffee, and lots of chocolate. Plenty of hops for an RIS.

Taste is more of the same. I find it leaning more towards chocolate than anything else. Hops can definitely be detected behind the malt backbone.

The mouthfeel is thick and a bit rough around the edges, which I don't mind. Drinkability is pretty good since I much prefer a thicker RIS. I find thinner versions are actually more difficult to drink in any quantity. All around a very good beer. (573 characters)

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

On tap at Hopjacks in Mobile, Alabama

Intense black-brown color with a dark brown mocha mousse colored head. If you don't know what mocha mousse looks like, think the color of coffee with just a dabble of milk in there...This sucker is opaque, and coats the glass. Lovely. I am reminded of that crazy, intense espresso on every corner in Italy. That stuff will keep you up for days.

In the Riedel, you get dark syrupy and pepper aromas combined with a burst of hoppiness. There is an essence of orange here, but not like in the grocery store, more like standing in an orange grove, with the green smells of leaves and grass around you.

On the palate, you get that punch of espresso I was expecting, along with tobacco and paper on the finish. There is a definite, measurable bitterness here, which seems to be a combo of both the hops and the roasted malts. This is a wonderfully balanced, interesting brew that for me, should be one of THE Imperial Stouts you try if you are setting out to understand the American style. (1,024 characters)

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

A- opaque, doesn't allow any light through even when held to the sun. espresso in appearance, dark coffee. It's almost purple...eggplant. Strong head retention, you could write a sports plan in a head this thick.

S- Roasted dark malt

T- Dark thick toffee with a mellow burnt aftertaste. Rough and Tough in the gentlest of ways.

M-Same weight as milk, thick but not too syrupy.

D- I'd have another and love it, i'd have another and regret it, i'd have another and forget I'd had another. (490 characters)

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

Pour from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass

Appearance- Beautiful black and completely opaque. About 2 finger brown head.

Smell- Roaster Aroma, along with a chocolaty smell and a hint of alcohol.

Taste- Very hoppy, but also alot of coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt.

Mouth feel- Smooth, creamy, and somewhat carbonated

Drink-ability- One bomber is more than enough for me. I'm new to RIS's and I would not want drink a lot of this. (441 characters)

Photo of adamhimself
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This has to be one of the best examples of Imperial Stout I have ever had.

The appearance is jet black with a dark brown head. It looks great sitting in my imperial pint glass. The head looks awfully creamy.

The smell is roasty with hints of coffee and chocolate. It wasn't overpowering or anything special, but I have been a little stuffy recently.

The taste is superb. Its slightly sweet with notes of caramel, coffee, and nuts. I love the roasted flavor it brings across and the alcohol is barely present which is amazing since its 9.50% ABV. It all meshes very well. I would say the taste is the best thing about this beer.

The mouthfeel is definitely creamy. Its very smooth and not too thick. So you could have a couple and not feel overly full like some other Stouts.

Drinkability is good at best. The high ABV and the fact its an Imperial Stout means its still heavy, but on the lower end of Stouts. This beer is perfect for those cold wintery nights and it not something I would suggest during the summer months.

Overall, I imagine myself sitting in some cold Colorado mountain, hanging out in the snow and drinking this very tasty beer. (1,153 characters)

Photo of Flipadelphia84
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a snifter

A- Pitch black with a creamy mocha head that sticks to the side of the glass.

S- Smokey malts, chocolate, caramel, espresso. The alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering.

T- Very flavorful. Espresso changes to a caramel like sweetness, to a hoppy bitterness. Very complex. I'm Not sure I can detect everything thats going on here, but I like it. Every single sip changes flavor several times which leads me to think about the ingredients that go into this monster beer.

M- Very thick and drooly. Coats the throat. I don't even want to swallow it. Its like heaven on my palette. The carbonation gives it a tangy character, and the hop oils make your lips sticky. Nice!

D- Very tasty, but high in alcohol and price. This might be a beer for a special occasion and one at a time. (825 characters)

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,684 ratings.