Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,494 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,494
Reviews: 1,649
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 229
Gots: 602 | FT: 17
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 JohnK17
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, that's a perfect looking beer, enjoyed at the brewery tasting room. Jet black, thick consistency, perfect 1"+ deep tan head. Amazing retention and lacing. That's how its done boys. Aroma, massive amount of roasted two row and chocolate malt. No alcohol perceptible in the aroma.

Taste, rocksolid, sturdy. Again, deep roast, mild chocolate malt notes. Very chewy and thick on the palate, in a complete good way. Its straight forward, and not really complex (that's what all the varieties are for right?), and I mean that as a compliment. There's plenty of bitterness from the heavy roasting and relatively forward hopping. Earthy and dry at the same time, this does make 9.5% drink so damn easy. Remember how stoked I was when they put this into 4 packs. Kind of sad to think how this doesn't get a lot of stroking these days, being widely avaiable and around for so long. But then again, it is well up on the beers of fame list, so maybe I'm dabbling in hyperbole a little much here. Regardless, even if it is well respected, I think it deserves it even moreso.

A real great beer, that is a great base beer to so many other varieties as well.

Photo of srandycarter
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque. No light goes thru. Nice, tall creamy head that lasts a long time.

S - Malty, milk chocolate and cocoa.

T - Very rich cocoa, very malty. Similar to smell.

M - Medium to heavy body, low on carb as expected in a cask, but nice non the less.

D - One of the best cask beer I have had.

Photo of phingdong
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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

Bottle poured into a snifter glass

Pours a dark black with a rich chocolate colored head.

Smell is roasty with chololate and hints of coffee.

Taste follows the nose. The chocolate and coffee flavors are very pronounced with the roasty maltyness strong in the finish. Alcohol is hidden nicely and does not overpower.

An excellent stout that is not available enough to me. I do see the variations quite a bit and am almost always picking them up and enjoying them.

Photo of wbumgarner
2.75/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of johnyb
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of anewlanguage
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of hexx462
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Kevtoddy
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: extremely dark, almost pitch black

Smell: roasted coffee, dark chocolate, a hint of pine from the hops

Taste: chocolate and espresso, very sweet and malty

Mouthfeel: thick- almost like chocolate milk, chewy

Overall: I love the nose and the upfront chocolatey taste, I just wish the hops that it boasts on the side shined through a bit more.

Photo of dbell23
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. If poured aggressively there is a three finger head the color of coffee with a little cream. The beer is the color and viscosity of motor oil with about 10,000 miles on it - thick and black. The head has good retention and nice heavy lacing. Nice looking stout.

Smell is all imperial stout. Very dark almost burnt chocolate, expresso, roasted, maybe burnt malt. Mmmmm. Maybe a hint of alcohol but not much.

Taste is a stout assault. Just like the nose, super dark chocolate and three day old coffee. Intense stout taste, just like an imperial stout should be. There is a lingering bitterness that maybe hops that keeps this from being a perfect imperial stout taste. It's difficult to tell where it comes from because of the other favors.

Mouthfeel is good. Thick almost chewy . Low carbonation like most stouts but the lingering bitterness detracts for it.

Overall a really good imperial stout. I will definitely buy again.

Photo of frogfan
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of davidkennedy85
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of donactive
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of DaveStroud
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of mjtiernan
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on May 18, 2012.

A: Thin brown head tops a completely black body. Head quickly dissipates leaving just a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Lots of alcohol legs.

S: Semi-sweet chocolate, heavily roasted malt, a little coffee and a dab of licorice.

T: Each sip takes you to extremes. It’s fairly sweet and chocolatey to start, then it transitions to one of the more intense roasted (burnt?) malt flavors. Each part is nice in it’s own way. The start much more like a traditional smooth stout, and the end is bitter almost like chewing on a few grains of black patent malt.

M: The alcohol is very well hidden, but so many bold flavors and the astringent/warming finish make this a sipper. Full bodied and chewy. Low carbonation.

O: I love this beer when I’m in the mood for it, and I enjoy the Chocolate and Espresso variations even more.

Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Pitch black, so black that I can see myself in the reflection of the glass. Very Fluffy Dark Brown 3 Finger Head with excellent retention, and it looks really creamy. The lacing along the sides of the glass is very plentiful and abundant.

Smell - Sweet Chocolate, Piney Hops, Coffee, Caramel, Burnt Malts, all of which have a strong aroma to it. It's also worth noting that for an Imperial Stout, this smells surprisingly hoppy compared to the others which I have had before.

Taste - Chocolate, Coffee, Hops, Roasted Malts, Vanilla, and Burnt Malts. This is a very malty and sweet tasting Imperial Stout and I love it. My only complaint is that the aftertaste is a bit too resiny for my tastes; Everything else is excellent

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly Light albeit a bit syrupy, which makes it feel off for it's style. Luckily the carbonation is light so you can be sure that nothing will get in the way of the flavor and that it is easy to drink.

Overall - This is an excellent Imperial Stout, even with it's minor flaws which are easy to overlook. I'm very eager to get my hands on the other Yeti offerings from Great Divide, because I know if they are anything like this, then I know I'm in for a treat.

Photo of niner9
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of mpedara429
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours out like motor oil. Beer appears to be pitch black in color and poured out with two fingers of a creamed coffee colored head. Super sticky lacing.

S: Big, big smell of roasted coffee and dark chocolate.

T: Follows the nose. There is definitely a roasted/smoky flavor. A good amount of bitterness that is balanced out by sweet chocolate and malt. Hides the ABV very well.

M: Full bodied and a little creamy. Low-medium carbonation. For being full bodied and creamy, it is not too sticky.

O: I had heard rave reviews about this beer from some of my friends and it is definitely near the top of my list for an imperial stout. While many other similar beers will have similar attributes, not all are as well put together as this beer.

Photo of sunsetdigger
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of JustinS83
1/5  rDev -76.2%

Photo of The_Kings_Quart
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Sludge. Motor oil. Liquid darkness. Beautiful 3 fingers of head that clings to the glass for dear life. Retains at 1 finger with nice lacing.

S: BIG! Coffee up the wazoo and roasty. Flutters of burnt sugar and slightly peppery. Zero alcohol to be found.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, more coffee, and big roasty malts. Had to double check the ABV because there was way too little of an alcohol presence. Really well masked and deadly easy to drink.

MF: Letsmyou know it's there, but treats you right. Excellent, smooth texture with a good bite.

O: This beer's a beast, but a subtle one. Nuanced and delicious. Powerful, but strangely tender. Yeti wants to love you, but will crush you if you're not careful.

Photo of Mlawrence
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of mfield14
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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