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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,631 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,631
Reviews: 1,674
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 248
Gots: 688 | FT: 23
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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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of KKB
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – Complete utter black oil. I have never seen such a dark beverage in all my life. Devoid of any light—pure perfect darkness. The head is extremely dark as well, and the appearance is just overall without flaw.

S – Woah, so much malt. So many hops. What in the world is this? It smells of dark chocolate, intense dark coffee, huge citrus hops, licorice and a little bit of alcohol. Overall, it smells overwhelmingly good. I need to taste this immediately.

T – That’s all she wrote. What a huge, over the top, outrageously flavorful Imperial Stout. I have never had anything quite like this. Just a grossly indecent amount of malt in this that gives it such an over the top, smooth, bittersweet chocolate flavor that is combined with ground coffee beans, caramel, fudge…and perhaps the most ridiculous thing about this beer is that despite the titanic malty aspect, it is the hops that come to dominate the beverage. This thing is just such a beautiful combination of bitter and sweet. So, so good.

M – This is a FULL bodied stout, as all good stouts are, but this has one of the largest bodies that I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. It is silky, sticky, smooth and lightly syrupy. Everything about this imperial stout is spot on.

O – This beer is just a comedy of contrasts, and a dream of an imperial stout. It’s for someone who loves outrageous stouts that are loaded with not only malt but hops as well. It is one of the best things that I have ever had, and one of my favorite all time beers. I look forward to many, many more of these.

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark black with one-finger, dark tan, creamy head that lasted a couple minutes. Great lacing.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee.

T: Light sweetness and moderate bitterness. Deep roasted character. Dark bittersweet chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Crisp and slightly warm. Sticky.

O: Really good Russian Imperial stout. I slightly creamier mouthfeel would have made it even better, but not a complaint.

Photo of Pinknuggets
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a lawson's sniffer

A: Black as your gonna see in and IS seriously motor oil status here. There was no head but there is a thin mocha colored ring that lingers around the top of the glass.

S: Exactly what I was looking for lots of roasted coffee and dark chocolate up front still maintains the smell of a beer though without even a hint of alcohol but not too strong

Edit drinking a bottle from 09: there are a lot more dark fruit notes that come out after some age

T: Follows the nose lots of dark chocolate upfront followed by a deep coffee flavor that is in-between black and mocha not a hint of alcohol either really really solid

Edit 1: The dark fruit taste comes out more with age, but there is still a strong full chocolate flavors though the coffee has completely faded. It seems to go down much smoother though as the alc is gone.

M: Thiner then a IS but it has that chewy toffee like feel to it that weighs it down more. It is oily with no carbonation what so ever but it goes down smooth

O: Really solid imperial stouts great representation of the style I cannot say its the best I have ever had but its damn good if you like the style get a hold of one of these. I can't wait to try the expresso and oaked versions.

Edit1: I have now had much better stouts but interms of a readily available year round stout and a great base beer for varieties this is a really quality beer, but I did have it regarded too high in terms of numbers so I lowered some of my rankings.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of niday2288
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-black as night color with dark tan head. Good lacing

S-roasted malt, black coffee, molasses

T-dark roasted malt, burnt marshmallow, coffee and caramel.

F-thick and smooth with a pleasant mouthfeel. Lingering tingle on the tongue.

O-good RIS. Not a category leader but a solid choice

Photo of Gehrig13
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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

A-dark black color with a nice brown head and some decent lacing and retention

S-espresso, chocolate, earthy and some bitter notes

T-dark roasted malt, espresso, chocolate, vanilla caramel, some bitter hop flavor coming through

F-full body with light carbonation, smooth and luscious mouthfeel, alcohol not overly apparent

O-a solid RIS but not as good a some others in this category

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

A - Pours a deep, jet black with a mild ring of foam that rests atop. No real head to speak of, just a crisp, creamy brown ring that stays for while. Very stout looking!

S - Up front I get some cocoa powder, mild hop profile, and a generally dry, roasted scent. Very interesting smell. All the traditional smells of a stout are featured, it's just rearranged in a subtle way. Fresh smelling, new almost. Crisp on the nose, if that makes sense.

T -Like the smell, I get a blast of cocoa powder. Unlike the smell, this is followed not by a hop profile, but by a malty sweetness that's not surprising, but still pleasant. A backbone of dry, stout flavor on a bed of hop bitterness keeps it all delicious and flavorful. Further tastes reveal different angles on the same view, that is to say the chocolate, roasty flavors are a little different as it warms, bringing up hints of butter, caramel, biscuit and something liike dark, smoked meat. Very flavorful, shifting stout.

M - Thick and creamy, with a carbonation base of thicker and creamier. This beer will grow in your mouth into a foam of delicious, chocolatey brew. Not for a warm day and definitely not for a post-work out chug-along. This beer is strictly for a chewing drinker.

O - Me and this beer will meet again. Pleasant, strong, interesting and enjoyably drinkable, this beer is about as reliable a stout as you could hope for.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a dark black with some.deep browns and reds at the edges when held to direct light. No head. Very still. Tiny collar of dark tan creaminess.

Smell: Super roasted. Chocolate and caramel malts. Tons of dark fruit. Cherry, plum, and raisin. Chocolate everywhere. Sweet milk.chocolate, cocoa, bitter baker's chocolate. Leather, some huge malt sweetness. Lingering alcohol. Seriously roasted. Burnt, with some lingering meaty char. So much raw chocolate.

Taste: Crazy burnt. Char and burnt meat ends. Roasty sweet. Fresh leather and dark fruit. Loaded with dark cherry and raisin Chocolate. Bitter baker's chocolate. Tons of cocoa and some milk chocolate sweetness in the back. Sweetness builds with some smoky notes. Burnt and more burnt with enough sweetness to compliment and counter.

Mouthfeel: Full without being syrupy. Creamy and heavy with a weird smoothness tempered by the bitter cocoa.

Overall: Ughgghghahahghhhuhggg

Yeti is big. Yeti is strong. Yeti could live in cave, get old, be wise.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 11/10/12

Appearance: Deep, dark brown - some clarity around the edges - pours with a minimal, tan head, retains a small ring and leaves some streaks of lacing

Smell: Burnt grains and chocolate - tons of chocolate malt, dark chocolate, and coffee - grassy, piney, and citrusy hops - burnt, charred, and also roasty - some vegetal aromas - interesting, but not particularly complex

Taste: Burnt - burnt, roasty charred grains - chocolate malt, with some dark chocolate - burnt espresso, burnt caramel, vanilla - burnt bitterness and hoppy bitterness - pine, and damp citrus rinds - burnt starchy vegetable

Mouthfeel: On the low end of the heavy spectrum, oily, slick, and sticky, low carbonation

Overall: Beastly, but not epic

This is a good RIS, but compared to others in the style, it's not exceptional. Very burnt, very roasty, but not much else. Worth a try, but there are better, similarly accessible standards.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We pour a syrupy brew of the deepest chocolate brown. It holds a one finger head of medium to dark brown bubbles. This bubbles away, showing nice retention. Sheets of lacing are left, softly adherent to the sides of the glass. Carbonation appears slow but active, and no haze or sediment is noted. The nose shows deep complexity of roasty malts, with heavy chocolates, coffee, and caramel malt notes. These retain sweetness, and don’t take on too much of a char. Molasses, black cherry, and frank melted toffee add to this sugary quality. With warmth comes stinging ethanol, mineral, metallics, and solid buttery diacetyls. Our first impression is that it is not nearly as sweet as the aroma might suggest, but it is robust as hell. As we sip, bittering char blackened chocolate hits the palate hard for an instant pucker. Soy sauce saltiness, more milky, creamy chocolates, metallic coffee malts, and cooked caramel sweetness follow shortly thereafter. Booze hits at the peak, with equally as bittering coffee and chocolate malts that suck even more residual sweetness out of mouth. Molasses sugars, as in the nose, come back through the finish, with smoke, leathery char, cooling vanilla, and faint musk. The faintest grassy and soapy hops come here as well, but this is greatly subdued. The aftertaste breathes bitterly, of light char, those same ghostly hops, sticky sweetness of caramel and toffee, mineral, and fusel booziness. The body is full, syrupy, and thick, and the carbonation is medium. There is great slurp, smack, cream, with outstanding froth. The mouth is coated with chalky dryness, and the lips are left sticky. The abv is big, but appropriate, and the beer sips nicely once to temperature.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the nose. The aromatics were bold, sweet, warming, and inviting all in one. The froth and stickiness to the mouth was equally as pleasant, adding to the tactile portion of the experience. It is easy to see why this is the base for such a fantastic Russian Imperial series, as the flavors follow nicely. It does lean towards the bitter side, but completely within the stylistic guidelines, making for a tasty, winter treat.

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

Bomber into tulip.

A - Pours thick and black as night, with a dense, dark tan head. The head soon recedes down to a thin, wispy brown ring that leaves sticky webs of lace down the glass. Great looking stout, with an awesome label design as well.

S - Strong base of roasty, charred malt with notes of cocoa and coffee being very subdued. There's an intense metallic aroma that seems to permeate the nose on this one, and I really don't care for it. Sort of vegetal even. There's definitely a great stout underneath these strange notes, but the metallic/vegetal aromas are really throwing me off. A touch of earthy hops, and some rich chocolatey notes coming through. Could be a little more dark and complex on the nose. Some dark fruits and alcohol are also detectable.

T - Flavor is actually quite different than the aroma. Roasted malt and light coffee notes upfront, with chocolate and a touch of vanilla bringing some sweetness. Finishes with an intense earthy bitterness; an assertive mixture of burnt malt, earthy wood, soil, anise, and leather. Alcohol makes a slight appearance, but is kept in check nicely. Earthy hops and dark fruits become more prominent as it warms. The thing that really strikes me about this stout is the earthiness to it, that seems to permeate every piece of the flavor profile. For me that's what sets this apart from most other stouts I've tried.

M - Thick. Low but prickly carbonation, probably a bit high for my preference. Smooth and creamy on the palate, with a lingering bitterness and minimal alcohol warmth.

D - In some ways this stout is simple and straightforward, without a great deal of complexity or depth to the profile (although given the style it's naturally quite complex still). But it's the unique resinous earthy flavor that still sets this apart from most other stouts, which to me fits perfectly with the concept behind the brew (Yeti) and the geographic location of the brewery. Altogether this makes for a superb stout that I hope to seek out again.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,631 ratings.