Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,497 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 4,497
Reviews: 1,649
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 231
Gots: 606 | 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:
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(Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003)
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Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of mdfb79
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a black color with one finger of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Nice head retention and lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of fruity hops, citrus hops, roasted malts, caramel malts, alcohol, and bitter chocolate. Smell is a lot hoppier than I was expecting.

t - Tastes of bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, hops, dark fruit, and alcohol. Coffee is very prominent, as are the hops again.

m - Full body and moderate carbonation. Thick and chewy, pretty smooth.

d - A very solid stout. It was a lot hoppier than I expected overall. I thought the nose was better than the taste; I just wish the taste had a little less coffee. None the less, a very good RIS. I think I like the barrel aged and oak aged yeti better than this one, but I like it more than the chocolate and espresso versions. Would definitely have again.

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

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich black malt scent that boasts of patent, chocolate, and roasted malts. It is dry and sweet with some toffee notes. The taste is great. It has a dry and bitter black malt flavor that is thick and rich. It goes down smooth and finishes warm. It has a nice hop balance. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. It's full of flavor; a thing of beauty.

Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a thick, creamy, tan head. Lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of rich chocolate. Roasted coffee notes. Dark maltiness abounds. Caramel/toffee. Gentle smokiness in the back.

The taste is of rich chocolate/dark malts. Caramel and toffee emerge as it progresses, as does a suggestion of wood. As it progresses, the ashy smokiness becomes very noticeable, almost too much so. Balancing breadiness and citrus mixing with the dark maltiness give it a bittersweet finish. Spicy, warming alcohol creeps in.

Full-bodied, rich and creamy.

Richness and alcohol make this one a very slow sipper, but an enjoyable one. I had the oak-aged version a few months ago. I remember it being a bit better, but it would be interesting to compare them head-to-head.

Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/4/09 and consumed 3/4/10.

Pours black with a brown head. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, rum and dark fruit. The flavor is roasted/burnt malt with chocolate. There is a nice amount of hop bitterness at the end. The aftertaste is highly roasted almost burnt malt. Thick mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation.

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

A solid four-finger mocha colored head. The liquid is nearly black. The head is very stable, lasting a long time and leaving a thick lace.

High caramel aroma, some coffee notes and solid alcohol presence. I'm predicting a thick rich beer.

This is a BIG beer. Lots of black patent malt, chocolate malt, high alcohol oiliness, and a positive hop presence that gives some awsome balance. This is perhaps one of the richest beers I've ever had. Moderate carbonation doesn't thin it out at all.

I want to try this one in a flight of Imperial Stouts. My initial impression is that this is the best IS I've had. Very nice. Seek this one out.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Why has it taken me so long to review this beer?! It's always been one of my favorites and the recent incarnation in my glass is as good as ever.

A: Near pitch black with just the slightest bit of light making its way through. Creamy, cocoa-like light brown head. Nice mix of large an ultra small bubbles. Great carbonation.

S: Ahhh!! Love the smell of this beer. Light chocolate, cocoa, Ovaltine, some bright citrusy/piney hops.

T: Exceptional! Sweet milk chocolate, cocoa, malted milk balls, muscavado sugar, stewed prunes, hops are less pronounced then in the smell, but still a grassy pine taste can be found in the glorious aftertaste.

M: So damn creamy and cocoa-like (I know I've used cocoa four times in this review, but hey, a spades a spade!) Solid viscosity but not too thick - exemplary for an imperial stout.

D: I love this beer, but it can become too much after 15 ounces or so.

Overall a great beer and one of the many reasons why Great Divide is such a solid brewery.

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355 ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectatons are above average; I've had this beer before in my native Denver. Bottled: 11/05/2010.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger head of beautiful tan colour, great cream, incredible thickness, and impressive retention considering the high ABV. Colour is a predictable nontransparent solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Opaque.

Sm: Great roasted barley foundation. Fantastic dark malts. Cream and hints of chocolate. Hints of caramelization. A moderate strength aroma.

T: The creamy open gives way to the pleasant roasted barley foundation with dark malts abound. The presence of hops is notable - which is curious for the style (I don't care for it). Some chocolate and caramel. No yeast comes through. Hints of coffee. The cream is nice. Somewhat layered. Not horribly complex or subtle, but nicely balanced for what it is. Built pretty much to style. The roasted character is lovely.

Mf: Smooth and wet; should be coarse and dry. Adequately carbonated. The thickness is slightly off, but I can't discern in which direction.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable for the style. Hides its ABV well. This won't disappoint. But it's not exemplary, especially in comparison to its better variants. A great Russian imperial stout worthy of attention, but nowhere near perfect. Very well priced (especially in Colorado) and worth your time. I'd have it again. I would like more of a yeasty character.

Age does it well, but you're better off going with a variant of this beer for cellaring.

Drinks just fine out of a narrow-mouthed goblet. The masses will stick to snifters, but secretly I'll harbour goblets as the preferred vessel.

Pairs well with hard pretzels. Steak is also probably quite nice.

B

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12.20.14: Truncated impressions below:

A: Pours a gorgeous head with an incredibly shiny complexion and a lush rich dark tan colour. Fantastic creaminess and thickness, great retention...just a solid head for an imperial stout.

Body colour is an opaque ink-black.

A benchmark appearance for an imperial stout.

Sm: Rich roasty dark malts, chocolate malt, caramel, cream. Screams "dark beer" at the top of its lungs. Moderate to high aromatic intensity.

T: Aw, yeah. Dark malts, heavy roast, caramel, some toffee...this is how you do an imperial stout backbone. There's some alcohol warmth, but it's pleasant. Cream helps take the edge of the roasted barley. Some mild char and burnt character. Well-balanced and built.

Mf: Creamy. Coarseness and smoothness are locked into a constant tug-of-war, accentuating the roast in the taste. Well-carbonated.

O: Still one of my go-to imperial stouts. Rivals Storm King and Ole Raspy for best widely available beer in the style. A must-try, but not perfectly balanced. The burnt/char could be toned down, and why is this 75 IBUs?

B

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this pours with an incredibly rich and frothy full brown colored head. The beer itself is, of course an opaque pitch black color. The aroma is quite surprising, it is not very strong at all, and after my first sniff nothing has really jumped out at me, perhaps a hint of port. It smells a bit of musty mild cheese, a hint of roasted coffee notes, and some alcohol, but that is it. The taste... well now, that is what I am expecting. All the power of this beer concentrates itself in the taste, after all what does a Yeti need with aromatics, it doesn't want to be tracked down. The taste is full and creamy up front with concentrated notes of espresso and a solid hop bitterness in the finish. This beer is thick and viscous, just like it should be. The malty sweetness is hidden by the deep roast malt notes. I get notes of burnt caramel, leather, charcoal, burnt raisins, and dark chocolate. This is a good example of an Imperial stout, but like a brute it is nice and simple, but still packs a powerful wallop of roasted grain flavors.

This is certainly enjoyable, and I am quite glad that the beer is quite a bit more flavorable than the aroma suggests, perhaps my schnozz is not working quite as well as it should be.

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of GClarkage
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

03/28/07- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info on the bottle. Purchased in early 2006.

Appearance- Super black in color with a nice chocolate malted powder colored head. Probably a good 3/4 inch at the pour. A nice 1/8 inch remains. Lacing is about average...spotty.

Smell- Mostly some deep roasted chocolate malts with a whiff of coffee grounds. A bit of a hop bite as well.

Taste- Has a cigarette ash flavor the same as the Founders Bourbon Stout I just had. It lasts for a few seconds and then the coffee and chocolate roasted malts take over. A very nice hop bitterness is present as well. Great overall flavor combinations. Alcohol is present, but melds well with the beer.

Mouthfeel- One of the more creamy imperial stouts I have had. Lower carbonation and a medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Right up there with my favorite stouts (Stone and Alesmith). Worth trying for sure.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, bought at the Walnut Liquorette, in Walnut, CA,

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a medium brown head, which leaves some lacing, good retention, looks a lot like a beer milkshake.

S: Coffee grounds, chocolate, alcohol, robust smell, with typical RIS scents.

T: Get a lot of coffee on the first sip, mocha, some burnt sugar, and then one gets an underlying milk chocolate character which I feel is major taste in this beer.

M: Smooth, robust, creamy, thick, chewy, very good for an RIS.

D: This is a good RIS, but not like the Oak-Aged version, which was great. This one is kind of rough around the edges, tasty and solid as a beer, and of this style, but I have to go with the Oak if I'm comparing the 2.

Photo of Gavage
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours black in color with a thick tan colored head. The head lasted quite a while.

Smell: tons of chocolate and roasted malts, with some bitterness lingering in the background.

Taste: thick roasted malts, strong chocolate, mild coffee, pepper, alcohol, and a strong bitterness. Wonderfully balanced and mouth watering.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth at the start and finish. Aftertaste is long on the roasted flavors and chocolates.

Drinkability: nice drinkability, more than one bottle can be enjoyed in an evening. Must buy this one.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.1/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The first beer on my 4th July American beer evening. Poured into a 'Forbidden Fruit' chalice.

Darker than a dark night on a moonless hill, a deep tan coloured head sat on top of the smouldering body. The head however soon left leaving a thin collar around the glass.

The aroma was of rich fruitcake, slightly burnt or overcooked, baked plums were also in the smell.

The taste was of dry burnt caramel, with the hops adding to the dryness. As the beer warmed, it appeared to lose some of its dryness, but it was still pretty dry to me.

Over hopped and to much alcohol for me. I am no expert on Imperial Stouts, but if this typical, then they obviously aren't my cup of tea.

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of orangesol
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on nitro-tap at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint.

A - Pours pitch black with a small chocolate colored head that leaves small patches of lace down the entire glass.

S - Lots of roasted malt up front. Some coffee, chocolate, and a bit of hops break thru once it warms up a bit. A bit too much roast when it was first poured but once it warmed up a bit it was much better.

T - Starts off with plenty of dark roasted malts with hints of coffee, chocolate, and a bit of vanilla. A little bit of a hop bite in the middle that quickly gives way to a strong roasted finish. The flavors are well balanced and it is not overly sweet like some of the other big bodied stouts. I like this one a lot.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Not as creamy as I was hoping for from the nitro-tap but it still has a pretty smooth feel. I could have a few of these no problem.

D - I really like Yeti. It is a great intro into the world of big flavored stouts. I was hoping the nitro-tap would make the feel a bit better but it may have actually dulled it a bit.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some very light hints of visible carbonation at the edges of the glass near the surface of the beer. The beer has a half finger tall extremely dark mocha (bordering on brown) head that reduces to a medium sized patch of thick large bubbles and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark roasted (just on the edge of being burnt) malts along with some moderate notes of chocolate, coffee, and cocoa powder.

T: Very similar in taste to the smell, there is a strong flavor of very dark roasted malts bordering on burnt. There are moderately strong flavors of bittersweet chocolate and freshly brewed coffee along with some lighter notes of cocoa powder. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness that lingers shortly.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Dry with some moderate alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable with a nice amount of complexity to the smell and taste. The alcohol, while pretty strong and high in ABV, is pretty well hidden. Easy to drink but very much a sipping beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of corby112
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours adark black with a nthick coffee colored head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and sugar. Tastes of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee and smoe dark berries. Has a very smooth taste in which the high alcohol content is nicely masked.

Photo of superspak
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled 2/18/2011. Pours pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense tan head with fantastic retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some great soapy lacing on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa powder, caramel, roasted coffee, biscuit, molasses, roasted malt, nuttiness, and light herbal hops. Incredible aromas here with great balance and complexity. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, biscuit, caramel, toast, molasses, dark coffee, herbal spiciness, and nuttiness. Fair amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, caramel, molasses, coffee, herbal spiciness, and toast on the finish for a while. Great flavor balance and complexity. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a huge creamy and slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden at 9.5% with only a faint warming after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible imperial stout; and has lived up to the expectations of the last time I had it as well. I need to buy more of this just to keep around and age.

Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gadzooks! This one is potent and I like a lot about it.
It appears black as night with plenty of bubbly brown head. Almost looks like a draft beer in the glass after being poured from my 22 oz bomber. The smell is really nice. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, coffee and creaminess coming through with a hint of the alcohol that lays beneath. Plenty of carbonation and lots of lacing for the entire duration of enjoyment.
Tastes very good. Smooth, creamy and full bodied flavor explosion in my mouth. Finishes real well with a nice balance of hops complementing the sweetness to this delicious brew. I'd be able to have maybe two of these in one night. Mighty tastey but like I said, this one is potent.

Finger licking good!

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

Bomber bottle w/o any freshness indication. Pours jet black, with a dark tan head, and leaving fine, longlasting and scattered lacing. Nose is all about rum soaked raisins, honey rolls and hazelnut-vanilla coffee. Rich, bold, flavorfull brew, loaded with notes of rum, coffee, maple etc, etc. Top quality sipper. 9.5% hid expertly. Wish I had bought two bottles!

Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev -5%

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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