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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout

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3,667 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3667
Reviews: 1586
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%

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 pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tulip glass.

Pours a slick, motor oil black with a fine tannish film which recedes quickly to a collar. Aroma is roasted malt, roasted malt, roasted malt. Some dark chocolate and black molasses provide a bit of balancing, but this is mostly just a big, malty beer. Taste is again big roasted malt, though a firm undercurrent of hops provides some bitterness, along with slight molasses and chocolate on the end, with a long finish featuring more hoppy bitterness. Full bodied, medium carbonation, slick on the tongue. This is tasty but a bit one-dimensional, and my personal preference is against roasty/hoppy RISs.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 01:38:24 | More by pmarlowe
Photo of DaveBlack


4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful, dark as sin, big 2-finger brown head. The head lasts forever, and leaves a ton of lacing. Clearly a big beer.

S: Deeply roasted malts, big chocolate aroma. Ash, sweet espresso. The nose brings just about everything you would expect from a stout.

T: Heavy hit of chocolate malts, burnt sugars, alcohol. Enormous flavor. Nicely balanced hint of hop bitterness at the end keeps this from becoming cloying, but it definitely trends that way.

M: low carbonation, thick and creamy body.

O: A meal unto itself. I don't think that drinking more than one of these is much of an option. Well balanced, loads of flavor. A solid imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 00:09:58 | More by DaveBlack
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle, bottled Nov-16-2013.

Pours as black as motor oil and the head is a very dark brown, very wicked looking. Smell is a mix of coffee, milk chocolate, macadamia nuts and brownies. Much the same in the flavor but has more of a bitter coffee & dark chocolate overtone. Thick and rich, it easily coasts the mouth with a real long feel. An excellent RIS at an excellent price.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 19:21:13 | More by papat444
Photo of precariouslydaniel


4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I went through a four pack of these before I decided to review one. This thing pours a viscous motor oil black with two fingers of dark brown head that dissipates quickly. Very little lacing but leaves a faint dark film on the edges of the glass.

Aroma is of milk chocolate, espresso, and little vanilla and roast. You pick up a touch of pine on the back end from the hops but no citrus whatsoever.

Taste is more of the nose, rich milk chocolate and dark roasted coffee. It's quite bitter but more from the dark notes than any real hop character. It finishes long with a bit of ash.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with an oily resonance. You taste the roasty notes long after a sip.

Overall this is my favorite stout to date, and I am normally a quad and ipa drinker. It is elegant, beautiful and a glorious example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 15:49:49 | More by precariouslydaniel
Photo of TreyIsWilson


4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a midnight black with a reddish tan one-finger head.

S - Lots of dark roasted malts with hints of dark chocolate and coffee.

T - Just like the smell. Tons of dark roasted malts. Nice amount of sweet dark chocolate. Coffee comes through in the finish producing a nice lingering bitterness.

M - Heavy bodied with medium carbonation. Nice cream mouthfeel.

O - Excellent imperial stout. Very smooth with lots of big flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 03:29:49 | More by TreyIsWilson
Photo of JohnParadee


4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into chilled pint glass. Deep dark color. Not much of a head at all. Lots of tiny bubbles and more carbonation than the average stout. Not much retention or lacing. On the nose, chocolate/vanilla/bourbon scents are evident. Smells more boozy than it tastes. On the palate, dark chocolate and coffee roast are strong. Malt and alcohol are subdued. Mouthfeel is ample, more full and lingering than most. Alcohol burn becomes more evident on the backside. My hunch is that this would benefit greatly from some aging -- would soften the bite, smooth out the flavor profile, and allow sweeter chocolates to emerge. Will definitely revisit this one after some time.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 02:35:53 | More by JohnParadee
Photo of jlindros


4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is quite an older bottle, old label, maybe 3-4 years old at this point, but there's no date that I can see.

Pours a darker colored creamy mocha head that barely covers the top, then fades at a decent pace that tries to leave lacing but the lacing also slides down the glass with some decent legs, and a super pitch black beer.

Nose brings tons of chocolate, dark chocolate and cocoa, baker's choc as well, some older soft aged malts and dusty cocoa, dark malts with a little roast and hint of char, just a hint of oxidation, lots of oats too, slight fluffy nougat like aroma and some caramel.

Taste starts rich and creamy, a bit of a luscious melting chocolate, baker's chocolate and dark chocolate, cocoa, a little caramel and fluffy nougat. Some dry cocoa dust and a little cereal like grain, some creamy oats. Mild warming booze still with a bit of a booze flavor even, and mild oxidation again but barely. Also that soft aged malt character, the dark aged malt, with mild roast and char, and quite dark malts and touch of fudge. It also still has a bit of an earthy hop character but not a lot left after the age. Finish is a little syrupy and sticky, creamy dark chocolate and cocoa lingering, little fudge still lingering, bit more earthy spicy hops.

Mouth is fuller bod, a little creamy and lush but lighter than I expected, lighter but decent carb, hint of warming booze.

Overall interesting, def need to try it again fresh and review notes, but a nice aged feel to it and still very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 02:36:04 | More by jlindros
Photo of 120minuteman

New York

3.19/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into my anderson valley "can" pint glass

Appearance: Extremely dark, almost like a black hole. No light is passing through this beer.

Smell: Very, very yeasty. Bread like smell. Similar to the aroma of a bakery of a summer afternoon.

Taste: Warm, doughy taste. Lots of chocolate as well. Mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel: This is one HEAVY beer. Felt more like eating a sandwich than drinking a beer. Mild carbonation.

Overall: This beer had A LOT of flavor, but lacked the complexity I seek in a RIS. Glad I tried it, but won't repeat. Will be trying the oak aged and chocolate oak versions though soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 18:42:44 | More by 120minuteman
Photo of BierJager89


4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a dark brown head. This is what a stout, especially an imperial stout, should look like.

S: Tons of roasted malt in the nose, some nice dark roast coffee notes, some dark fruits and a tiny hint of dark chocolate.

T: Chocolate, tons of roasted malt, one of the most bitter imperial stouts I've had, yet not off-putting for me (though not for those who can't stand bitter). Middle of the mouth has some more chocolate and roasted malt. Tons of molasses and some nice caramel notes. Almost tastes like a chocolate infused dry stout.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth.

O: Not the best imperial stout, nor the best non-barrel aged imperial stout, but a damn good one, and it really makes me want to try the barrel aged yeti. I'd say it's better than the belgian yeti, not as good as the espresso, oatmeal or chocolate yetis.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 04:24:55 | More by BierJager89
Photo of Flounder57


4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip at Estelle's in Boston

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin late. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super awesome lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted coffee, toffee, caramel, smoke, and a little booze.

Taste: Same as above with lingering ash bitterness. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, ash, full bodied, boozy alcohol, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty awesome RIS. I like all the different variations of this beer too.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2014 00:33:33 | More by Flounder57
Photo of MartzMimic


4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark reddish brown. Creamy milk chocolate head that hangs around a bit. Heavy lacing. Chocolate, coffee and malt aroma. Dark chocolate, coffee and alcohol explode. Nice, nice bitterness. Coats the tongue. This is nearly a perfect stout. It's complex, but everything comes together so well.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 02:02:25 | More by MartzMimic
Photo of CowsandBeer


4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bomber bottled on 04/09 picked up at Old Rum's years ago when I was still in school. Improperly stored in kitchen cabinets, closets and dirty basements. There was actually still a hiss when I popped the cap. If this beer is still good...

Appearance: Poured into a Boulevard Brewing tulip this beer pours like old, black engine oil. Surprisingly there was a finger of reddish brown head. Looks beautiful.

Smell: Nutty, bitter dark chocolate. Very mellow.

Taste: Smooth, rich dark chocolate and cream. At this point it tastes like a s'more. A bit of oxidation, but in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Very full and creamy. Slight warmth.

Overall: After so many years of lugging this bottle around I expected a mess. Instead, big notes of smooth chocolate malts. Stick one in your closet and wait. This is a solid stout fresh, but with some time it's basically a chocolate desert.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 06:10:34 | More by CowsandBeer
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on-tap and served in a stemmed vase, the beer is a jet black coloring, oil-like. Dark tan head, clingy all over the glass, with a great lacing left behind as you drink. Nose of roasted grains, smoke, bittersweet chocolate, bitter coffee, booze, and molasses. Great aromas! Flavors are huge, with cocoa nibs, coffee, and booze all over the palate, with earthy highlights. Rich, heavy, velvety body, with a bitter, smoked, roasted aftertaste. The finish is bitter and smooth, with enough linger to remind you what you're missing in between sips. Fantastic!

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2014 03:34:14 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of KiPhat


4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a big fan of stouts. I tend to gravitate towards their less opaque brethren. But this piqued my taste buds. This stout is nothing short of fantastic! It has a rich hop flavor and very malty.

A. Pours out black as motor oil. Nice coffee-colors head that's retained throughout the entire experience.

S. Chocolate aromas with a hint of coffee.

T. The hops really stand out on this beer. This is what I really like about this beer as it trends towards the bitter. It has a rich smokey flavor with hints of chocolate.

M. Smooth and creamy.

O. This beer has brought me into the realm of good tasting, unpredictable stouts. I honestly never thought I'd experience a stout quite like this. I love it and will definitely be buying more.. ;)

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 20:51:59 | More by KiPhat
Photo of TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an impenetrable black the color (and seemingly the texture) of used motor oil with a very nice two or three inches of dark chocolatey brown head that maintains quite well for the beer's ABV. Really active and gloppy head on the whole. Very good retention; good, even lacing.

Rich thick chocolate aromas with some coffee and lots of grassy-smelling hops in the background. Extremely malty but by no means one-dimensional.

Rich and round. The flavor is quite smoky but only verges on burnt. Lots of roasty malts and chocolate. The hops are there but are pretty evenly spaced, so to speak.

Rich, warm, and chewy. Full-bodied with a pretty creamy feel overall. There is a lingering burnt aftertaste but it is right on the edge of being too much.

Really good Imperial Stout.
The beer is impressive and obviously meant to be so. However, it walks the line between adequate and too much expertly. Really looks good for 9.5% and has a nice teasing aroma. The hops come through a lot more in the nose than the taste and I find that works pretty well for breaking the beer up experience-wise. The feel tends to be soft and warming but is not as suffocating as it can sometimes be in RISs. Overall, very good.
Would have again; well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 03:52:06 | More by TheDoctor
Photo of CTbrew32


4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance and the beer is pitch black with a one finger head. The head is one of the nicest ive seen with a mahogany color. The aroma is a pretty strong consisting of hops and coffee, and very little chocolate. The taste matches the scent pretty well as this is a hoppier stout with a tiny bit of citrus in the taste. The chocolate presence is very low, but at the same time this isnt a strong coffee brew. The mouthfeel isnt too thick or syrupy which lends to a nice drinkability. Overall this is a well balanced and unique beer. One of the most pleasant surprises is the lack of an alcohol presence, which is something that I had seen in reviews was present. At only two months old there was only a slight bit of alcohol when cold, but when warm there was no trace. Definitely a top tier beer that demands at least a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 05:42:46 | More by CTbrew32
Photo of BeerWizard


4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Let me start off by saying that I don't think I've ever seen a beer with a head this dark, just straight up brown layer of bubbles. Ale is completely black and poured like motor oil. Awesome and slightly intimidating to behold. Laces the glass like crazy.

Aroma is cocoa and light smoke, with a murky background of malt and biscuit. Some fruit comes through in the flavor, even a little vanilla, but predominantly chocolate and light smoke. Mouthfeel is insanely thick, like a melted milkshake, lightly carbonated, and the finish is bitter, but balanced by the huge malts.

Overall, totally kickass. Yeti. Rawrrr!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 04:31:31 | More by BeerWizard
Photo of CFHMagnet


3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour yields a half finger of dark brown head over a nearly black body. This goes away quickly and leaves nothing behind. Lace tries to cling but does not quite make it.

Dark roasty malt and dark fruit is a strong aroma. A little coffee and chocolate filter through.

Dark, roasty malt and deep characters of dark fruit start this one off. Coffee really takes off from there, and finishes with a little chocolate.

The mouthfeel is full bodied. It leaves a little residue on the back of the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 07:33:13 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of M_C_Hampton


4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle (bottled May 2, 2013) into a pint glass, very dark purple brown almost black with a short dark brown head that dissipates leaving a little lacing, clear

S: coffee, chocolate, dark stone fruits, raisins, slightly nutty, charred wood

T: dark chocolate, sweetened espresso, dark brown sugar, molasses, raisins, finish bitters with pine hop presence, nice balance and complexity of flavors

M: thick and oily with lower carbonation, slight alcohol but pretty well hidden

O: solid RIS, really nice with a few months age, probably best about 1yr

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 02:37:58 | More by M_C_Hampton
Photo of Dsimenson


4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a 16 oz champaign flute--it pours thick and dark, and reminds me of grandma pouring nasty medicine into a spoon. Lovely finger and a half tan head, then beautiful lacing. Held up to an intense xenon kitchen track light--pure black, no light penetrates. Aroma is thick and sank--coffee, a bit of molasses, and I think dome alfalfa hay from the barn--a unique and intriguing aroma. Flavor is coffe, toffee, a bit of molasses, a bit of fruit, and the hops bitterness comes afterward and wafts up into your nose. Mouthfeel is very thick and chewy. Overall this is an outstanding stout, one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 21:36:24 | More by Dsimenson
Photo of KYGunner


4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The most gorgeous of black hues the head was dense and thick with a deep brown foam that settled into a creamy layer of thick lace.

So much character in aroma as a creamy lactose gives the impression that this is a milk stout. Graham cracker malts with touches of char and smoke round out a diverging and wonderful scent.

The flavor is dry roast coffee, Graham cracker toastiness, smoke, char and a burnt ember malt. The taste is strong, assertive and lasts clear through the end.

The feel is not nearly as creamy as the appearance would have suggested but it's dry, easy and full. There's absolutely no evidence of 9 plus ABV which held make this truly special.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 00:20:45 | More by KYGunner
Photo of brurevu


4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

There is a lot of hype surrounding the Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout and now I know why. In full disclosure, my sample had aged for about 18 months. The Yeti poured a deep opaque brown with minimal dark tan head. The aroma was straight up semi-sweet chocolate, just like the Nestle morsels. The initial tastes were a bit bitter as it was still cold, but as it warmed the Yeti turned into a deep semi-sweet chocolate wonderland. This brew definitely benefited from a warming drinking temperature. Underneath the chocolate notes were hints of a roasted coffee and a smokey nuttiness that finished with a caramel and toffee sweetness. I believe the hype! The Yeti is an incredible stout and a fantastic drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 19:06:42 | More by brurevu
Photo of WheelsPSU

New York

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The Yeti poured dark black with a deep beige head that was quite small. The lacing sat on the edge of the glass for the entire time I drank.
The nose was rather tame but produced chocolate, coffee, and toasted notes. I really had to still my nose in to grab the aroma.
The taste was excellent, and complex. A strong toffee flavor dominating followed by sweet malt, caramel and chocolate.
The mouthfeel was creamy and stuck to your mouth, in a good way. Very thick, and made me want more. The finish was deep, instilling a roasted coffee flavor. The alcohol was extremely well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 14:02:47 | More by WheelsPSU
Photo of Duane_Opfer


4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 10/16. Consumed on 11/18. Written from notes.

A - Thick brown approaching black. Half finger of light brown small bubble head. Dissipates quickly. No lasting lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, and vanilla. No booziness.

T - Very pleasant and complex. Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, toffee, and a smoky flavor. Slightly boozy. Low acidity. Touch of dark fruit as the beer warms. Slight bitterness associated with the dark chocolate.

M - Thick and creamy. VERY smoooth. Slight stickiness. Nicely carbonated.

O - Really enjoyed this beer. Complex palate and great mouthfeel. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 18:19:45 | More by Duane_Opfer
Photo of a0lbudman


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

`A-black with a small brown head that quickly disappears, but leaves lacing on the side of the glass.
S-strong roasted malt, toffee chocalate, and hops smell. You can also smell he alcohol. There are many smells at once.
T-chocalate was the first taste that fades to a roasted malt and then goes to a hoppy aftertaste with a warming. It then finishes with a caramel malt
M-creamy feel in the mouth that is syrupy
O-very complex from the smell to the last drop

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 23:21:02 | More by a0lbudman
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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