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Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding
1,739 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,739
Ratings:
5,223
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
16.35%
 
 
Wants:
304
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Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by cokes on 08-09-2003

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Reviews: 1,739 | Ratings: 5,223
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Beer was about 50 degrees when poured but has been in 90 degree weather for about 10 minutes now. A huge, stiff, mocha colored head forms on top of a pitch black, syrupy looking beer. Tons of lacing all the way down the glass as the head recedes.

Aroma is dark fruit, molasses, chocolate, plums, raisins, alcohol. Very enticing indeed. Not much coffee which is fine. Slight hop presence by the way of citrus in the aroma as well.

Taste is sublime. Very smooth and creamy. Raisins and mollasses hit me first followed by the hops and then the chocolate. In the finish, a sort of rum character emerges giving this a nice finish. Alcohol is noticeable in the taste. At 9.5%, the alcohol presence is somewhat subdued, making this a wonderfully drinking beer.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Alcohol is warming (which is a little tough to handle today with the heat) but pleasant. Body is medium-full. Carbonation seems to be perfect.

This is a great Impy. Probably one of my favorites so far. I would like to try this on a colder day to see if the tastes and aromas and overall feelings and interpretations are the same. A great beer in my opinion.

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Photo of AlesRTasty
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh baby, this brew pours like oil. Dark, dark brown with a brown chocolate foamy head. It's got a nose like a cafe mocha, rich dark toffee chocolate aromas. Very very inviting. Fantastic taste, this brew is all roast. Follows up with a nice chocolatey after taste. The mouthfeel has slight carbonation with a strong alcoholic tone. Smooth and delicious, highly recommended.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a snifter from a bomber.

This beer pours jet black with a creamy tan head that holds nicely and laces well. The smell is rich roasted and chocolate malts. The taste is rich roasted chocolate malts again. This beer is if nothing else, extreamly smooth. Just a great mouthfeel. Overall highly drinkable, just a fantastic brew.

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Photo of taez555
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a thick pitch black body with a small thick brownish tan head.

Nose was a huge fat creamy chocolate, toffee, coffee, vanilla, milk chocolate, ice cream and slightly dark fruit smell. There's definitely a bite of hops and alcohol giving a nice little sting. Extremely inviting.

Full bodied and very thick. A rich creamy coffee, dark rich chocolate and dark dark espresso bean taste. There's a strong citrus hop bite that really balances almost perfectly with the bite roasted malt bite. Never overpowering but sits perfectly in the mix. Bitterness is almost identical. Big and present, but just enough and not too much. Grapefruit peel, charcoal and some leafy piney hops as well. Ends surprisingly smooth without much of a long lingering bitterness.

Great Divides big beers are out this world good, and this beer is no exception. Big, creamy, full bodied, just enough bite and just enough bitterness to be both in your face and yet never overpowering. Almost the session beer of big beers.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In the glass it was black, not dark brown, full blown black. When I held it to the light I still could not determine it's clarity or lack thereof.
If you were to take 8 ounces of milk and add 4 heaping tablespoons of Nestle's Quik powder that would be close to the color of this dense mousse-like head.
Lace was indulgently thick and sticky.

Smell was dark toasty malts, chocolate milk (Whopper Malted Milk Balls), sweet dark fruits. The reported 75 IBUs and the alcohol were well hidden.

Taste is charred sweet dark fruits, bitter coffee beans and warming alcohol. Perfumy, bitter, lingering aftertaste.

Medium-heavy bodied. Creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

Looked incredible, smelled like heaven on earth. I just really had trouble getting past the heavily perfumed after-taste. I could not drink this regularly. Sorry guys.

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Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Pours a murky black with a good brown red head. The head lasts very well and produces good lacing. Has a very nice aroma of roasted malts with hints of toffie and carmel chocolate. The taste is blended excellently. Has a good amount of hops to produce a smooth sweetness with its malt backbone. Has a medium body and a good amount of carbination. This is real good. A nice bold stout with soft touches to produce an excellent brew.

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

Deep black beer with no head but slick as oil when it comes in contact with the glass.
Espresso, deep chocolate, will dominate your nose. A slight hop aroma whiffs by barely noticeable.
Roast malt, chocolate, and coffee with another hit of hops, small but noticeable. As an Imperial I would think hops wouldn't be noticeable. Still a great beer though.
Thick and chewy with the 9.5 ABV coming on slow and warm makes this great sipping brew that I will definitely have again.

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Photo of waldowin
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a roasty black, thick as tar with no splashing. A tan head forms exceedingly slowly, but continues to grow long after th pour, until it is a monster, and refuses to fade.

Smells of cherries, plums, sourdough. Thick, sweet and inviting.

Taste is of espresso, cherries, plums, and a hint of smoke in the finish. Outstandingly smooth and enjoyable!

Mouthfeel is large, smooth, and silky. The smoke/coffee/hops give it a nice bite at the crest of the tongue, making it a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Slightly thicker would have been good, but with this ABV, I'm not sure that's possible.

Careful, once you start, you can't stop. It's a good thing I only have this one 22oz bottle, or I'd be in real trouble. The ABV WILL get you eventually, though, so pace yourself.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a Great Divide bomber into a Stone IPA glass. Right off the beer looked really good, dark black color with chocolate milk colored foamy and thick head. It smelled rich and malty.

The taste is dominated by chocolate and hops, with a burning alcohol presence. Pretty good stuff.

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Photo of jorjoria
3.66/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: The beer itself is tar back and pours with a nice dark brown head.

Smell: Very alcoholic nose with lots of coffee and espresso notes complemented well with a heavy dose of hopping and some biscuit notes that you have to search out.

Taste: Nice sweet express flavor also complements by a large amount of bittering hops. The astringency is balance nicely by the sweetness making this brew very drinkable. Over all a good brew.

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Photo of TheBungyo
3.39/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I feel bad giving this beer such a low score. But as an objective BA it is my duty to call it like I see it. We'll start from the top ...
Pour is almost perfect. Nice brown colored inch thick head... check.
Midnight hued body .... check.
Lacing ... errm ... kind of?
Had there been lacing this would have been a solid 5.
Nose is full of grapefruit and pine. Are you kidding me? In a stout? I want to smell coffee or molasses or chocolate ... but the hops dominate. Don't get me wrong, I am a hop devotee, but I do not want them to dominate in a stout.
Taste is like a stout styled double IPA. I hate to say it, but I do not want hops up front, in the middle and in the finish when it comes to a no nonsense stout. I taste grapefruit, chocolate, pine, and then a bit of coffee. It tastes good, but not what I want from a stout. Surely this is too young to sell fresh. But at the price this should be aged by GD before it hits the market. Help a brother out.
Mouth is very good. Nice and creamy.
Nope, no desire to buy this again when I need a stout fix. There are far better stouts on the market, many of them far cheaper. Great Divide, you're a kick ass brewery but you dropped the ball here.

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

Black with a tan head, leaves no lacing, but the head forms a creamy swirl in the glass. Mostly toffee and caramel in the nose with a hint of coffee. Starts out toffee with coffee and piney hops bursting through in the finish; dark chocolate in there as well. Full bodied with not very much carbonation, heavy in the mouth, fits great. It was a joy drinking this, and wouldn't hesitate to buy it again.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of bditty187.

Pours an absolutely pitch black with no hints of light creeping through the edges. It's topped by a one inch dark brown head that slowly fades to a thick cap and leaves behind an impressive webbing of lace.

Smell; some bitter hops are first to float out of the glass, followed very closely by roasted malts, dark chocolate and rich espresso. I also get some hints of dark fruits and molasses.

Taste; the piney hops, roasted malts and coffee really play well together. Dark chocolate and fruits flow through in the middle, and a nice sweetness counters a strong alcohol presence in the finish. Muhfeel is full bodied and silky smooth, but with the high abv the drinability takes a bit of a hit.

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Photo of Maestro
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been enjoying this at my local beer bar this last month or so. The beer is a rich, full stout. Lots of cream and foam in the head. The beer is black. I really appreciate the chocolate and espresso notes because they are barely noticeable through the roasted malt presence. Hops are big but not too big. This beer is a great imperial stout that all should sample. Beware of the ABV.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A black as ink beer no highlights from light save one, IT's Black. Has a big creamy brown head with good lace. The aromas of coffee and chocolate just pour over the sides of the glass with maybe a hint of cherry deep in the background. The taste starts with a bittersweet and alcohol combo snap. That quickly slides into a creamy choclatey mouthfeel and some nice coffee notes on the finish.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into pint glass. Very dark, like a Guinness but with a darker and 'gooey' head. Looks like a Yeti.
Smell of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Had a bit dark fruit. Raisin, molasses.
Tastes of chocolate and coffee dominate. Roasted malt and toasted biscuit. black plum, some raisin, black strap leather. Goodness
Easy drinking once you get used to it. Looks thicker than it tastes, drink at cellar temp.

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

Thanks ColoradoBob!

This is a mighty impressive ADS. It pours black-on-black with a thick coffee-and-creme head. The smell is burnt chocolate.

The taste follows smell, the rich sugary malt mixing with lucious dark chocolate, nice roasted accents, with some dark candied plums thrown in. Truly a decadent brew. It reminded me of a very well-made mocha.

I can see why people recommend drinking this bomber over an entire day. Wow. It takes a while to drink, but I savoured every sip.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured up jet black with a bit of a rocky, caramel coloured foamy head that hung around for several minutes before subsiding to a layer of khaki coloured frost. Very sticky lacing looks like cake batter stuck to the sides of my glass. Beautiful!! I get only two fragrances from this monster: hops & chocolate. Nothing else. Smells delicious! Taste is big, bitter hops up front, with a heavy malty middle. Finish leaves powerful dry chocolate malt with a touch of coffee beans in your mouth. Fantastic!! Mouth feel is boldly heavy while still smooth and pleasant to drink. Drinkability is good for one bomber. As heavy as this is, I'd be hesitant to open a second one of these. Absolutely smashing!

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The head is thin with a little lacing that's not very stuck. Color is dark black, very thick.

Smell is strong dark coffee and a little oaky.

The taste is of heavy coffee with woody flavors, a strong salt taste is apparent until it warms up.

Mouthfeel is good stuff, very smooth like silk.

I will definetly look forward to my next bottle. I'll let it warm up further before drinking it.

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

22oz bomber purchased from the Wine Gallery in Brookline for $7. Poured into an Ommegang glass.

This is a very well-crafted brew, and one of the best Russian Imperials on the market. It meets my expectation of a full body with a roast maltiness without being overwhelimgly cloying. The coffee, chocolate, and raisin flavors are all present, and they are balanced with a touch of hops. This is a wonderfully drinkable beer, that is good enough to be considered a special-occasion beer.

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Photo of Matthew
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 Yeti pours out of the bottle pitch black with a fluffy and almost rocky dirty brown head.
Lots of rich bitter chocolate aromas mixed with espresso, some sweetness, alcohol, and a slight smokey character.
Big rich espresso flavor mixed with bitter sweet chocolate, smoke, and a tail of hop bitterness and alcohol. The flavors of this beer blend together fairly well for the style. The alcohol flavor is very big in this beer but not overly abrassive.
Pretty decent drinkability if you are careful!

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Photo of KyleVick4
2.2/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

22oz bomber
Ok here goes, Im a big russian imperial stout guy, but this one wasnt me. I can see how many people would like this, just not me. That being said...

A: A good looking imp stout. Pitch black in color with a tan head that has good retention and leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Good smells of alcohol, chocolate and coffee hit you at first then spices.

T: Whoa thats alcoholy. Too syrupy and thick plus a heavy taste of alcohol turned me off. As it warmed up maybe a little better. Good coffee and a little chocolate, but the 9.5% really lets you know its there. I drank on a kinda cold day in april, but maybe if it was jan and below freezing and a blizzard and you were naked maybe that much alcohol would feel good. But for now it just kinda burns.

M: Thick. Chewy. Heavy. Too heavy. I like heavy stouts but this has a property that I am unfamiliar with, and I dont like it.

D: Seeing that I didnt like the taste or the mouthfeel, this baby was not exactly asking me to drink more. Its a shame, I was really looking forward to enjoying this one. Heard lots of good reviews. Maybe I just got a bad bottle. Who knows.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.06/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Its very black, very very black witha big fluffy tan head. Dark tan.

S - Strong aroma of hops in there, not IPA strong but a good wiff of it starts this off. Its followed up by some sweet molasses, dark chocolate, and strong alcohol.

T - The high bitterness hides a lot of the flavors. There are the typical chocolate and molasses, with a background of a coffee/hops mixture flavors. But the sharpness on the tounge hides a lot of it.

M - It is big and chewy. The carbination wraps the tounge and once again the bitterness encompasses all.

D - It along the BJCP guidelines of a Russian Imperial Stout, but it needs a stronger flavor profile.

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

Appearance: This beer pours such a dark brown that it appears black; but with strong deep red hues, almost suggesting mahogany. It has a dark sienna head that is so tight and creamy it almost seams like memory foam. The lacing is remarkably thick. What a beauty!

Smell: Dark red cherries and unsweetened chocolate, caramelized malts, a hint more of red, then a bit of toffee and some creamy coffee ice cream scents fill the nose with this enticing aroma that left me salivating profusely.

Taste: The taste is filled with dark roasted malts nearly burnt (ashy), plenty of coco and espresso, some toffee and caramel, and a very pleasant dollop of cream (reminiscent of a shot of Bailey's Irish Cream). The flavor may be best described as earthy; the combination of burnt malts, leather, and charcoal meeting some subtle green hops, and a mild tart attribute keeping it balanced but *bold!* The front end is pure smooth dark sweetness and the finish is a bit chalky and dry; exactly what is needed to keep the beer nicely balanced. The aftertaste left me with a very pleasant lingering flavor of mocha on the breath.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, and very creamy this big beer is heavy and chewy in the mouth but very easy to put down the throat. A bit of a chalky charcoal feel on the swallow but otherwise very creamy.

Drinkability: Okay, so this is definitely a beer to sit back, relax and take your time with. Tonight we had a very wicked thunderstorm. I could not have been happier watching the lightning and sipping this Yeti Imperial Stout. When it is cold and miserable, this beer will no-doubt lift your spirits and warm your insides! I highly recommend!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black. Head is tan creamy goodness.

Smell is burnt grain with a subtle smokiness. Hints of chocolate. Overall, rather understated.

Taste is big and satisfying. Dark grains add offer plenty of bitterness, but it doesn't become overpwering or obnoxious. Complemented with the sweetness of chocolate and hints of dark fruit. Alcohol is present but doesn't give away the high ABV. Finish is clean with lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

This is a very tasty well crafted stout. Very full flavored and balanced creating a satisfying experience.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,739 ratings.