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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout

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3,672 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3672
Reviews: 1587
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:
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(Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003)
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Photo of NeroFiddled


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

Great Divide's Yeti pours a full head of dark tan foam over an opague black body. The head retention is quite good, and it leaves solid walls of sticky lace about the glass.

The nose is a rich invitation to the flavors within, offering some very dark caramelish malt; almost burnt brown sugar; molasses; leafy hops; and a whiff of alcohol-soaked dark fruit with both a juicy and lightly tart side to it.

In the mouth, it's medium-full bodied with a standard carbonation that leaves a light bristle on the tongue before it warms to become more airy.

The flavor is rich, but intensely dark - almost burnt - and awash in alcohol. It's not as wide or rounded as some; but the caramelish malt somehow finds it's way upfront (and appears again in the finish!); followed by a slap of slightly tart dark fruit (oh, those burnt currants again!), chickory, baker's chocolate, and piney/muddy-grass hops. What a ride! It finishes a little less burnt with a dollop of fruit, and a swirl of caramelish malt that slowly fade to reveal lingering mocha java.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2005 23:24:25 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Opethsprite


3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I reviewed this beer once several years back, and have been puzzled why my scores were so utterly different from other reviewers. With much, much more beer under my belt (so to speak), I sat down to try this beer again. To control for any bias from previous experience or the reviews of others, I tasted this beer blindly.

A: Dense, black beer with a sticky, caramel head

S: Malts and dense fruits are the main thing I smell... Sweet, but not overpowering. Very nice.

T: Everything indicated by the nose was delivered in a very lush, balanced flavor.

M: Thick at first, but carbonation is sufficient to balance it. Sticky, though not unpleasant finish.

D: I don't particularly find stouts very drinkable, but this is better than most.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2005 14:37:10 | More by Opethsprite
Photo of Boilermaker88


4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served up on-tap into a snifter glass. Yeti had a uniformly black coloring and a thick mocha-hued head that showed good retention and left decent lace.
The smell was quite pleasing with a solid aroma of espresso and herbal hops buttressed up against the sweetness of raisins, plums, and chocolate.
The taste was initially sweet, full of rich dark fruits and chocolate. Then things started taking a turn for the bitter side as the roasted malts commenced yielding that great espresso-and-baking chocolate flavor I really can get into. The alcohol content wasn't lacking in the taste but didn't club the palate or distort the other flavors. Yeti had a full, velvety texture that effortlessly coated the tongue.
Yeti is another superb beer by Great Divide. Some impy stouts can take a while to get through. Not so here. Yeti has an ease of drinking that verges on being unbelieveable. I'm not a huge fan of impy stouts, but Yeti has won me over.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2005 19:24:14 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of budsboy


4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A surprise find at my LBS. Pours deep black with a trace of dark ruby on the edges. Big, thick and healthy sand colored head.

Smell is fabulous. It's got that deep malt and dark fruit smell that appeals. Bitter chocolate and espresso, raisen, plum and the hop aroma is not lost. Beauty.

Taste is not as bold as aroma. Roasted malt, toffee and chocolate, warming, with a substantial hoppiness toward the end. Finishes with a pure black bitter bite and a whiskey-warming flow down the hatch.

Full and smooth as silk. Truly a pleasure in the mouth.

A great impy stout. One of my new favorites. I wonder if I would have rated this beer higher if I hadn't recently had a Dark Lord. Yeti actually has many of the Dark Lord flavors, and comes close to the mouthfeel. Think of it as a Dark Lord primer. Try some.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2005 13:43:30 | More by budsboy
Photo of far333


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

Just like the namesake Sasquatch, this beer is rarely seen but much heard of in these parts. Thanks to Brent for sending it along.

Black impenetrable liquid with woody brown highlights. A low dark brown head rises slightly off the surface, and sits suspended about a quarter inch high, slowly receding downward.

Thick aroma of bitter coffee and dark chocolate, raisins, molasses, and burnt brown sugar. First sip kicks with flavor - strong and rich espresso upfront, morphing quickly to softer, velvety cocoa and sweet coffee, and understated raisin. The ABV is noticeable and leaves a lingering burn in the cheeks and on the tip of the tongue, but it's warming, glowing almost. Just like the Yeti, it may sneak up on you. A noticeable hop bitter pokes through at the end, and compliments the other flavors well.

Mouthfeel is a little slick, not too much carbonation. Moderate drinkability due to the strength and richness, but I seem to be getting through the bomber pretty quickly and wanting another.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2005 02:31:00 | More by far333
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a one-finger brown head that fades slowly and leaves some lace. Totally black color. Medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is roasted coffee. Starts sweeter than their Maverick Imperial Stout, finish is a smooth coffee/chocolate flavor. The high ABV is not noticeable. $6.30 for a 22 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2005 22:34:18 | More by jdhilt
Photo of paterlodie


4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance is perfect with a everlasting browngrey head and a black beercolor. Nose is great too, being very fresh from hops but also lots of roast and a caramellicmaltyness together with litle alcohol. Taste is full to the max, sweet and very roasty + bitter.
The moutfeel is also perfect, what a thick oily stuff. Maybe for some to massive but I loved the brew. Drinkability is fine but cause of the strength not that easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2005 07:59:15 | More by paterlodie


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

My first new beer Sunday and I was rewarded.
This 22oz bottle poured out jet black with a beautiful caramel head (1 1/2") that lingered for a long time. Awesome dense lacing down the glass. This beer looks beautiful in my glass!
The aroma was coffeeish with evident alcohol. As it warmed I could pick up some slight fruity aromas in the nose.
The mouthfeel is wonderful, thick and smooth. The first flavor to hit my tastebuds is roasted malt, followed by coffee and bitter dark chocolate. I am having a hard time figuring out if the bitterness is slight hops or roasted bitterness from the malt. Either way this is the bomb!!! The great thing about it is the finish, it comes on and on for a while after I drink it down. Nice warming from the alcohol.
This is a great Imperial in my book. I will definitely look for it again. I can get this with no problem($4.99 and in my area!), unlike many other Imperial Stouts considered to be the best on BA. Not much to choose from down here. Anyway, great beer and I can't wait to crack open the Oak Aged Yeti in my fridge!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2005 02:10:23 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS


3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Impressive looking beer. Deep, deep brown, almost black appearance with a tannic laced head. Heavy chocolate and toffee whiffs along with a pretty serious alcohol parfait. Very hoppy and very bitter, unfortunately they do not balance out the strong coffee and chocolate flavors. Way too heavy of a beer, too strong in the alcohol department, too heavy in the stomach, I am not sure when or what you could eat when drinking this beer. This is a well crafted beer that from its rating definitely has some fans, I'm not one of them.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2005 21:30:08 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
Photo of garymuchow


4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is sweet, dark rich roasted malt, fruity, a little alcohol. Wonderfully complex. A little vinous.
Impressively large head that is coffee with milk dark. Black. Black. Black. Head is creamy, heavy and shows thorough lacing.
Flavor is every bit as complex as aroma. This depth of flavors starts with the rich malt beginning through the somewhat dry moderately high bitter finish. In between there is burnt malt, rather high hop flavors and bitterness. Bits of fruitiness and alcohol.
Feel is heavy, creamy and almost velvety smooth. Incredibly fine carbonation. Wow.
Very well done. One of the best. Less cloy than many and I like that.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2005 16:07:12 | More by garymuchow
Photo of Beervis

Ontario (Canada)

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

Out of the gates it pours very dark with an incredible tan head, what a gorgeous looking brew. I'm excited!!

Smell is of vanilla and spice with an underlying bourbony character.

Very smooth mouthfeel, silky, and full. Can really taste the sweet malt and alcohol, but it's the bourbon accents that really caught me. The oak aging definitely adds alot of character to this beer. Hops are kickin, but very well balanced. As it warms, layers of taste truly unfold.

Overall, and amazing brew, extremely complex and robust. I will definitely have another!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2005 12:25:04 | More by Beervis
Photo of WesWes

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2005 01:30:45 | More by WesWes
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - completely black, no light passing through from anywhere. Pours in thickly like syrup and creates a small to medium head, mocha in color. Keeps a thin cover and fairly thick collar.

Aroma - light aroma of sweet chocolate with some coffee. The nose is distant and unsatisfying. What's there is pleasant enough but I think an I.S. should have more.

Taste - it's big and malty up front, some chocolatey sweetness and some seriously roasted, even burnt, coffee beans. Some vinous notes creep in with an alcohol warming effect, along with a nice hop bitterness too. A tremendous range of taste though the burnt taste could be a little less dominating.

Mouthfeel - quite thick and chewy, you will know that much from the pour. Perfectly smooth on the palate. Slightly below average carbonation.

Drinkability - a fantastic beer worthy of the Imperial Stout category. The charred element could be tamer but there's lots of other flavors to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2005 16:36:26 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This may be classed as an American Double Stout, but it tastes to me like a Russian Imperial Stout. It has all the makings of an Imperial stout. It pours out a thick, motor oil brown that gives a black appearance in the glass. The head is deep khaki, and while most Imperial stouts have a rather thin head, this one is quite dense and pillowy.

The smell is typical of Imperial stouts: malts, toffee, chocolate, espresso and winey hints. Taste is similar, with an good emphasis on the espresso and bitter chocolate. The subtle wine-like flavours are not lost.

This is definitely an Imperial stout, and should be treated as such. Drinkability gets a lower than desired score because of the bottle size and the high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2005 08:28:19 | More by BDTyre
Photo of beerinator


4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark opaque blackness. Pretty tan "mocha-ish" head with excellent lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Chocolate and bitter coffee fills the nose. It's not just the roastyness of the chocolate either, it seems that some of the sweetness compliments the chocolate smells. Very very pleasant aroma.

Taste: The sweet chocolate smell continues onto the tongue. The beer has a very nice mouthfeel, and the finish is bitter with coffee and dark chocloate flavors. The finish lingers a bit, in a very pleasant manner. There is a slight tingle from the alcohol content, but it's relatively hidden.

Notes: Very good beer. Superbly drinkable if you like chocolate flavors and smells. Don't miss this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2005 01:32:59 | More by beerinator
Photo of LuckySevens82


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

Pours a deep black with a nearly brown head. Lacing is nice as is retention.
Smell is bakers chocolate, slight caramel, coffee, a little bit of alcohol and just a hint of earthy hops.
Taste is bitter coffee, bakers and dark chocolates, very slight caramel, roasted malts, fairly bitter hop flavor, and a hint of alcohol heat.
Mouthfeel is pretty good, not quite as coating and sweet as I like my Imperial Stouts, but still pretty darn good.
Overall, a good Imperial stout, pretty sraight forward actually, nothing particularly out of the ordinary, but nothing to scoff at either. A fine beer from a damn fine brewery!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2005 00:54:21 | More by LuckySevens82
Photo of mgdeth


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

Appearance - The color of midnight in a glass with a creamy tan head. Good lace.

Smell - Coffee galore, and roasty. No hops that I can detect. Maybe some licorice and a dash of alcohol are in the nose as well.

Taste - Very rich roasty coffee flavor, which has to be offset by a serious dose of hops. The roasted malt profile dominates the beer, but it is well balanced to be in style. Alcohol is present towards the aftertaste, which is sort of gratifying. Fruity ale esters buttress the malt profile.

Mouthfeel - Velvety smooth with a slight alcohol bite. The medium carbonation rounds out the full body very well.

Drinkability - Despite being such a big beer, Yeti is relatively soft on the palate at fisrt. The hops build up and cling to the tongue, which adds to the beer's complexity.

Comments - Masterful. This is a beer to be purchased and consumed often.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2005 03:18:50 | More by mgdeth
Photo of Southernbrew


4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black with a nice, healthy tan head. Nice head retention, and some good lace down the glass.

Aroma shows off some nice smooth alcohol as well as some wine-like aromas and some coffee. Maybe a bit of milk as well.

Nice smooth, full body here. A nice blend of coffee and molasses show up and are combined with a noticable but not excessive alcohol flavor. Some nice roasted flavors come through in the end along with a nice molasses sweetness.

Very nice big stout. Probably better in colder weather, but still enjoyable on a warm May night.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2005 02:39:02 | More by Southernbrew
Photo of guinnessman


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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!!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2005 01:21:48 | More by guinnessman
Photo of dgallina


3.23/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Syrupy black with a thin but extremely persistent head and generous lace. Smells strongly of citrus hops with an undercoat of sweet malt. The mouth is immediately hit with a huge rush of grapefruit hops, followed by a slow build-up of sweet toasted malts. Taste buds are quickly overwhelmed by a stingingly bitter hop finish and lots of piney resins. Viscous and chewy mouth-feel.

Impressive looking, but finally under-whelming and overrated in my opinion. The malts are strong, but no match for the incredible overdose of cascade hops. Simplistic, unbalanced, and unsatisfying. The oak-aged version is much more mellow and textured.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2005 03:58:25 | More by dgallina
Photo of fizzyfred


4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, deep, dark color with an almost non-existent deep brown head. Smell is complex, with a strong roast smell. The taste is amazinginly smooth with the roasted barley and chocolate, no real hop flavor detected. This is one of the most full bodied beers I have ever had. Definitely deserves the motor oil comparison that Guiness wrongfully receives. Slight alcohol warmness on the backend. I would love to use this beer in a bbq marinade or in a bbq sauce. This beer is amazing.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2005 03:27:46 | More by fizzyfred
Photo of carln26


4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a beautiful looking beer. I poured from the bottle into a tulip glass a deep brown to black. It was topped by a thick, rich tan colored head that retained nicely, and left a delicate tracing of lace on the side of the glass as it receded. The nose has many layers of character. Light roasted malt comes to the front, followed by black cherry, espresso, and a hint of milk chocolate. On the finish there is just a touch of citrus, and yeast. The flavor was just as complex. The cherry and chocolate come to the front, the hops are a bit more pronounced bringing citrus and a subtle bitterness. The roasted malt and espresso are on the finish in the flavor. The mouth feel is very smooth, full and rich. There is little alcohol in the flavor or feel, and this adds to a high drinakbility. I had the oak-aged version of this a few weeks ago, and normally I prefer the subtleties that oak lends to a beer, but I agree with the earlier reviews. This is a superior beer. The oak seems to mask some of the layers of flavor. Left alone, this beer is a wonderfully complex experience.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2005 13:15:25 | More by carln26
Photo of beerfox


4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours totally ebony with a 1/2" creamy, burnished-tawny head that settles to a light ring and gauzy netting over the body. Lacing wants to cling to the glass in delicate sheets.

Aromas of coffee and cream, or perhaps a fine cappuccino, waft upward to surround my head, like a caressing hand.

I lift the glass to my lips, where a bittersweet coating washes over my lips. The front of my tongue awakens with a light tingle, while a silken smoothness envelopes the middle.

I am greeted by rich, burnt-malt flavors, while freshly roasted coffee and elegant, bittersweet chocolate merge in a seduction-of-the-senses. A subtle sweetness sneaks around the corner. Piney, resinous hops arrest the entire back of my tongue - the bitterness is intensely appealing!

Most women may not try a stout, fearful that the robust flavors would overtake them - this one is so satisfying and "trance-inducing" - like a blend between a night with your lover and an exquisite morning espresso.

This is the kind of beer that creates desire! Definitely drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2005 01:18:24 | More by beerfox
Photo of ADR


4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black with just the faintest transmission of burnt sienna highlights at the bottom. Good dark-colored head of foam on the pour, small bubbles and nice duration. Laces in thick sheets, especially on the near side of the glass. Exceptional smell, cream in coffee aromas, French vanilla beans and light cinnamon. Smooth texture, light pin prick carbonation that accents the early onset of the IBUs of the beer. Malts come across as very favorable, coffee and a distinct port-infused tobacco, toffee-like background. Interesting combination of semi sweet chocolate and a more resiny hoppiness than is noticed early shows up in the finish and aftertaste. A very nice beer, not as fruity as some or as oily and hoppy as others -- but an interesting combination of flavors going on here, and many are subtle for the Double Stout style.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2005 20:20:09 | More by ADR
Photo of edchicma


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

A chewy delight. Appearance is outstanding ....almost black...creamy brown head..extreme lacing. Smell is malt, burnt malt, coffee, chocloate and hops...whew! Taste is slightly below smell, but still well above average...malt then hops and a hoppy finish and aftertaste...not as much coffee and burnt malt tasts as I expected. Nice full, chewy mouthfeel. For 9.5 abv very smooth on the drinkability scale.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2005 23:23:52 | More by edchicma
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 3,672 ratings.