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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,684 Reviews
THE BROS
89
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003

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Reviews: 1,684 | Hads: 4,899
Photo of Gaisgeil
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one is aptly named, it's a beast!

Immediatly upon pouring this the comparisons started spinning in my head, this thing reminds of the dark lord. Poured an amazing viscous dark black with a thick dark brown head darker than most beers are themselves. Smell is incredibly strong, kind of hoppy actually to go along with the usual roast and coffee tones inherent in the style. Taste is quite massive, tons of roast of hints of dry cocoa. There is a nice hop presence as well though, quite a bit more than most stouts boast. Mouthfeel is very palate coating, with bits of sediment swirling about, very thick and rich. A very nice a heavy brew, impressive! I can't wait to try the oaked version!

Slàinte! (711 characters)

Photo of kmcnair
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours like a black coffee and creates a thin burnt sienna colored head and makes a nice spattering of lace on the walls of my goblet. Smell is of deep roasted malts and chocolate. Bittersweet dark chocolate and roasted malts, coffee flavors fill the mouth, strong alcohol and a rather bitter finish. Mouthfeel is exceptional, very smooth and soft carbonation and is not cloying or sticky on the palate, has a relatively dry finish. Yeti is welcome for dinner any time, it stacks up well to the other players in this field of massive American stouts. (549 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The brew pours an opaque black with a large, creamy dark tan head. It doesn't appear as thick and motor oil like as other big stouts. The aroma is all that you could ask for in a stout. Chocolate, creamy, crackers, butter, alcohol. The taste fills your entire mouth with chocolate. Its not overpowering in any flavor, but rather a bunch of small flavors working in harmony. The mouthfeel is incredibly creamy. It is full bodied, but without being thick. Overall, this is a great brew. Its big, flavorful, complex, subtle, and enjoyable. (536 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one hell of an amazing stout! Thanks, vintage cellar!

Pours to a completely opaque thick and viscous black with a nice chocolatey head. The head doesn't seem to be forming from a hard pour, but as soon as I let up the foam immediately begins to cascade up the glass. Beautiful. Leaves nice sheets of lacing on the glass.

The smell is surprisingly hoppy. Very piney with a nice dose of chocolate. Only a mild coffee and roast aroma. I could sit and sniff this beer all night, but at some point I'll get thirsty.

The taste is equally amazing. Very rich and thick molasses flavor with some chocolate and a mild roast. The hops also play quite an essential role in the taste. A nice citric and piney hop flavor lingers on the tip of the tongue while a roasted coffee and hoppy bitterness envelops the rest of the mouth.

This beer coats the mouth quite well without leaving any unpleasant residuals. The alcohol might as well be non-existent if not from the strong buzz after the bottle is done. I simply cannot wait to crack open the bomber of Oaked Yeti I still have in my cellar fridge, but alas I will have to save it for tomorrow night, or another date.

As for the non-oaked variety, I will definitely have to get more of this some time, somehow, some way. (1,279 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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! (362 characters)

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

Bomber obtained from Ace Liquor (Boulder) and consumed the next day. Pours a two finger thick light brown head over a pitch black liquid. Smells of roasted garins, chocolate, alcohol. Burnt chocolate brownies and hardwood bark. Tastes strong roasty and somewhat dry to start and quickly changing to a rich sweet chocolate, coffee caramel toffee. Yum that was *really* good! The aftertaste has a bit of vodka alcohol sting and a rough grassy hop floral that rolls forward. The finish is dry from burnt grains and a forward-rough hop bitter. Thick smooth mouthfeel with moderate-heavy carbonation. I'm left with a feeling that there are miniscule bits of roasted grain hanging on my tongue leaving a persistent dry roasty flavor. A bit less alcohol sting would be nice, as well as quite a bit less carbonation. (808 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with ruby highlights. Nice thick dark tan head leaves behind a sticky sheet-like lacing. Smells of rich bitter chocolate, roasted malts, toffee, coffee sweetness, and lingering traces of alcohol. Tastes darkly malty, roasty, burnt flavors - big and thick, viscous, slick, with a slight sharp bitter finish - 9.5% alcohol evident, warm on the throat.

Not incredibly amazing if you ask me, but very, very good. Alcohol presence high for my liking. Obviously not meant to be drank in large quantities. A quality imperial stout - and quite solid. Tasty but not an overachiever...I shall have to sample the "oak aged" variety. (636 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow. This is a great looking brew. Pours pitch black with a huge thick + sticky chocolate milk colored head. Lacing is all over the glass. Great retention. As you pour the beer you can see how thick and heavy it is. Awesome to look at. The beer smells like dark and milk chocolate, coffee, malts, nuts, toffee, spice, fruit and some caramel. When you drink, the beer forms a blanket over your mouth. Tastes like roasty malts and coffee, nuts, oak, and dark chocolate. The beer comes on very sweet with thick flavor and turns into a nice bitterweet finish, with slight alcohol warming. Very full body and very smooth. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy ending with sticky and chewy. Quite drinkble and ultra fulfilling.

A really nice Imperial Stout. Very thick and satifying with gigantic flavor. This beer could easily take the place of a meal. I would really love this off tap in December. (889 characters)

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

Poured opaque black with a nice looking dark tan head and nice lacing on the glass as well. Aroma of burnt malts, chocolate, dark fruits, HOPS, and a little bit of alcohol. More roasted and burnt malts in the flavor, chocolate, java and espresso in the flavor. Dark fruits and hops balance the malts. Alcohol becomes pronounced as this hits room temperature. Very nice... why did it take me so long to discover this brewery? (424 characters)

Photo of hero27
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.

Pours pitch black with a muddy, reddish head. Great retention for a beer this high in alcohol...it just sits..and sits..then sits some more. With every drink, it leaves a shadow of lacing behind. Rich toffee, alcoholic aroma... you can definitely pick up the strong addition of hops, which gives this baby the high IBUs...and all 75 of them show their muscle. Bold, rich flavor, but still slides down the hatch effortlessly. Relatively thick & full mouthfeel..not harsh at all despite being so bitter...silky smooth, really.. A very solid Imperial Stout. Glad I've still got another one stored away. (615 characters)

Photo of battlekow
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing this and the Oak Aged Yeti at the same time. I'm drooling at the chance.

Appearance: A thick, inky, truly impenetrable black. A small, dark brown head crowns the beer. Has less head than its Oak Aged cousin.

Smell: Smells intense and complex. There's hoppiness, a raspberry/fruity-chocolatey character, and some deep roasted scents.

Taste: Very sweet--too sweet--and dark chocolatey upfront, followed by hoppiness and roasted malt huskiness that gives it a deep, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Oddly thin and dead. Just not as thick and chewy as I was expecting.

Drinkability: The regular Yeti is good, just not quite as good as the Oak Aged Yeti. Its smell and taste are a too sweet upfront; the Oak Aged is mellower. Still, pretty tasty. (760 characters)

Photo of Dithyramb
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a bomber from Lina's outside Cleveland last month for $4.99 (not available around these parts). No born on or freshness dating. However, given the nature of the beast, I really don't have to worry about this one. Had the resident beertard take me to the back to get a fresh one to boot.

Pours a heavily viscous motor oil-like black goodness. Blackhole like quality, with no light shining through whatsoever. It sucks in the light of the shade when I even attempt to spy out some red hues. A thick dark burned chocolate chip cookie colored head oozes up after the pour to a thick three fingers. Eventually dies down to an eighth to a quarter of an inch of clinging foam that leaves trademark lacing. Perfection.

The aroma is noteworthy, with all the expected flavors of molasses, espresso, bourbon. It smells thick and chewy. I already want a thick piece of chocolate cake to enjoy it with.

There are three levels of flavor here. Initial rush of malty sweetness as the molasses shows off its goodness. Light bitterness, almost hoplike in nature comes next and perfectly compliments the former. It finishes nicely bitter, like the remains of a turkish coffee. You know, that thick chewy blackness at the bottom of the espresso cup. I always mix a little table sugar in it and spoon it into my mouth. I get wonderful images of seaside restaurants in the Meditteranean enjoying after dinner coffee.

As with that image, I think I'd need a limoncello just to clear the bitter and sweet mixture that has infected and taken over my tastebuds. Mmm, the thick and chewy, but easy, mouthfeel is captivating.

9.5%! Are you kidding me! This one isn't even close to being a sipper. I could, evilly and stupidly, pound this at happy hour and pay the price. Yes, mid west trips will have me picking this baby up again. (1,833 characters)

Photo of bewley
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Wow" this is one hell of a stout!

Pours a thick, robust, ink-black viscous fluid topped with a thick tan head that lasts a long time. I think this may become one of my all time favorites. It’s a bit unusual for its over-the-top hoppiness, but that just adds to its overall complexity. This is a real keeper indeed! I’m going back out to the woods for another . . . (370 characters)

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

Undoubtedly a special beer. It ranks among the best because of its controlled boldness, but not for it's complexity-- it's a straight forward brew with few dimensions, but all those dimensions are well sculpted.

With the look of a opaque black concoction that suits milky and chocolaty descriptions, the beer has a tremendous loose knit brown-tan head, retention lingers forever and laced very well. What's not to like?

Smells chocolatey with a burnt cocoa scent, sweet caramelized malts, cherry rum-like alcohols, strong bitter coffee, and highly kilned grains. Extremely powerful to the nose.

Tastes initially sweet of caramelized barley malts, cocoa, and and light licorice. Robust with espresso and roastiness. Mild berry tartness fills in the blanks. Agressive hop bittering compounds the roasted grain to create intense piney resiny flavors deep into the taste

The body is thick, creamy, chewy, and heavy on the palate. Slides down the gullet thick and creamy, chased by the coffee bittering and berry tartness. Lingers malty sweet, complexly bitter, and long. Aftertaste is roasty, coffee, and reminescent of bittering and cocoa. High levels of mainly sweet (mildly fusal) alcohols hide behind the sweet body and shows in the finish.

I am very impressed with this one although it is unneccessarily hopped for the style. There is plenty going on without it. Still, a very good straight-forward Stout. (1,412 characters)

Photo of JackStraw22
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber
Appearance: Pours a thick, pitch black body with a dark caramel head. Head retention was ok, nice lacing.

Smell: Big malty sweetness with a good dose of roasted malt. Chocolaty mocha aroma. Very nice.

Taste: HUGE dark chocolate taste, it really sticks with you. Hops are big, but not overpowering, balanced well (for a hoppy stout). Alcohol is slightly biting, but I like it. Tons of roasty malt flavor, awsome.

Mouthfell: Creamy and full, yet refreshing.

Can't wait to try this again, awsome brew. (526 characters)

Photo of SwillinBrew
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn, now this is an Imperial Stout.

This poured a dark can't-see-through-even-though-held-to-light, formula 44, dark ass coffee bean color with a solid finger of cappcino colored froth head. The smell was a lovely slap of toasted coffee and roastiness.

The taste was a wall of chewy toffee and coffee goodness that really masked the alcohol content rather well... the toastiness just kept exploding and my mouth couldnt get enough like a piglet on the teat. I highly reccommend this Imperial Stout that fully lives up to it's name... don't let the Yeti scare you. (570 characters)

Photo of soulfly967
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle.

Poured nearly black in color with a thick, frothy dark tan head that refused to fall and left tons of lacing. The smell is of roasted malts, coffee, and hops, but none were all that dominant. The taste profile begins with malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and finishes with a hoppy bite and some alcohol, but nothing sectacular. The mouthfeel was thick and chewy with nice carbonation. The drinkablility of this brew was not quite what I was hoping for. Overall, this was a decent beer, but I probably would not seek it out again. (544 characters)

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

Okay, it's a big stout and looks the part. This has a nice firm burnt froth that makes my heart race as it makes me wait.

Such a nice nose: Chase the dragon over this brick of burnt dried fruits and molasses that was soaked in hop juice. Don't worry about defining the hops, it's hoppy.

Tastes of rich dutch cocoa, and cherry jubilee that has been lit, and re-lit a few times. There's residual alcohol, and it's topped with crinkled dried mint leaves. Great Divides big beers have such creamy mouth appeal. This is impossibly easy to quaff, I just don't get how I can sit here and pound such a large beer. I don't care, GIVE-ME-MORE. Getting slapped by the yeti is a treat. (680 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated bomber poured into an imperial pint.

Black with a little more than two fingers of a dark tan head. There's a little cascade effect. Great retention and the lace is a rather thick and somewhat lumpy sheet that clings.

Dark, roasted malts, dark chocolate, cocoa and a little heavy cream and dry hops make up the nose. There's a little bit of good coffee underneath. I really like the nose on this one.

The taste is very dark chocolate. This flavor holds on throughout and lingers in the finish, but without wearing out it's welcome. The roasted malt notes carry through, but not as strong. Has some suggestions of roasted nuts, coco powder and some acidic hops. All kinds of neat stuff going on, but everything is in balance. The 9.5% bareley registers after exhaling, but otherwise its totally hidden by all the other flavors.

I like beers that have a mouthfeel that is full without being too chewy or oily/sticky, and this is one of them. NOT a session beer. Between the abv and complexity, this one should be sipped with respect. (1,050 characters)

Photo of germaniac
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great Imperial stout. Or American Double Stout, whatever you want to call it. Dark chocolate, coffee, and alcohol fight for the nose's attention. The taste is more coffee and roasted malts with a sharp hop bite following the chocolate sweetness, with the ever present taste of alcohol. One is enough. (302 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This beer is darker than dark with a beautiful, full head. The head is very dark as well, a solid milky brown I'd say, and laced the hell out of my class. It was a beauty shop in the best sense.

Smell - This bouquet is a nice mix of roasty malts, coffee grounds, and dark chocolate from the finest shop in San Francisco. The raw coffee grounds and dark chocolate work incredibly well together, giving this one a very bitter nose.

Taste - Oh, this is really good. The notes from the nose are here in spade, but the roasted malts are super-juiced and are much sweeter at the tongue. It's a dark sweetness, again like chocolate, maybe mixed with some brown sugar. The alcohol, which I didn't pick up at the nose, is very much present at the taste. This is very rich and has what I call a "pre-aged" flavor, meaning that it takes on that good, syrupy flavor that you get after aging a strong, complex stout.

Mouthfeel - This medium to full-bodied stout is slick in the mouth and very bitter. The big sugars take the bite out of the bitterness and the huge alcohol warms the throat. All the flavors play amazingly well in the mouth. This has what I consider to be a perfect balance of dark, bitter malts, light leafy hop dryness, mouth-puckering sugars, and a sharp but mature alcohol warmth.

Drinkability - This was beer, dinner, and dessert all rolled into one. It was incredibly drinkable for such a big ADS.

Comments - Do not age this beer. Drink as is for best results.

Update - It had been five years since I've had this beer before they started selling it in SoCal so thought I'd give my original review an update.

I wrote before about how dark and beautiful the head was but just can't emphasize it enough. It is absolutely one of the most beautiful heads I have ever seen and it sticks around for eternity. As you drink the beer the film leaves thick rings on the inside of your mug almost like ring on a tree bark.

The only other thing that I would add, which I mentioned at the end of my original review, is that although this style of beer is good for aging, this should be consumed upon purchase. You age a big, dark, malty beer like this to bring out the sugars but the sweets here are so well-developed that there's no need to hold this in a cellar. (2,280 characters)

Photo of Higravity
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is how I like my Imperial Stouts. Loud and in charge. At 9.5% it is not hot at all there is a faint whiff of alcohol in the nose and it is meet with the heavy roast, but mostly the smell is muted as the gravity of the liquid lets so little of it escape. The heavy black body and healthly chocolate milk head are a beauty to behold. The first sip is pure cream laced with bits of chocolate and slight citrus fruit all mixed in with the alcohol and blast of malty goodness. This is a smooth whip of a beer and is easily quaffable. (533 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (1,052 characters)

Photo of Opethsprite
3.54/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (740 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (945 characters)

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