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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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1,691 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,691
Hads: 4,948
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 266
Gots: 856 | 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of budsboy
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of far333
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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

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Photo of paterlodie
4.48/5  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.

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4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.4/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Beervis
4.11/5  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!

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Photo of WesWes
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of beerinator
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

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Photo of mgdeth
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Southernbrew
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of guinnessman
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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!!!!

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Photo of dgallina
3.26/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

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Photo of fizzyfred
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,691 ratings.