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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout

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3,665 Ratings
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Ratings: 3665
Reviews: 1586
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%

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 CTbrew32


4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance and the beer is pitch black with a one finger head. The head is one of the nicest ive seen with a mahogany color. The aroma is a pretty strong consisting of hops and coffee, and very little chocolate. The taste matches the scent pretty well as this is a hoppier stout with a tiny bit of citrus in the taste. The chocolate presence is very low, but at the same time this isnt a strong coffee brew. The mouthfeel isnt too thick or syrupy which lends to a nice drinkability. Overall this is a well balanced and unique beer. One of the most pleasant surprises is the lack of an alcohol presence, which is something that I had seen in reviews was present. At only two months old there was only a slight bit of alcohol when cold, but when warm there was no trace. Definitely a top tier beer that demands at least a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 05:42:46 | More by CTbrew32
Photo of BeerWizard


4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Let me start off by saying that I don't think I've ever seen a beer with a head this dark, just straight up brown layer of bubbles. Ale is completely black and poured like motor oil. Awesome and slightly intimidating to behold. Laces the glass like crazy.

Aroma is cocoa and light smoke, with a murky background of malt and biscuit. Some fruit comes through in the flavor, even a little vanilla, but predominantly chocolate and light smoke. Mouthfeel is insanely thick, like a melted milkshake, lightly carbonated, and the finish is bitter, but balanced by the huge malts.

Overall, totally kickass. Yeti. Rawrrr!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 04:31:31 | More by BeerWizard
Photo of CFHMagnet


3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour yields a half finger of dark brown head over a nearly black body. This goes away quickly and leaves nothing behind. Lace tries to cling but does not quite make it.

Dark roasty malt and dark fruit is a strong aroma. A little coffee and chocolate filter through.

Dark, roasty malt and deep characters of dark fruit start this one off. Coffee really takes off from there, and finishes with a little chocolate.

The mouthfeel is full bodied. It leaves a little residue on the back of the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 07:33:13 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of M_C_Hampton


4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle (bottled May 2, 2013) into a pint glass, very dark purple brown almost black with a short dark brown head that dissipates leaving a little lacing, clear

S: coffee, chocolate, dark stone fruits, raisins, slightly nutty, charred wood

T: dark chocolate, sweetened espresso, dark brown sugar, molasses, raisins, finish bitters with pine hop presence, nice balance and complexity of flavors

M: thick and oily with lower carbonation, slight alcohol but pretty well hidden

O: solid RIS, really nice with a few months age, probably best about 1yr

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 02:37:58 | More by M_C_Hampton
Photo of Dsimenson


4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a 16 oz champaign flute--it pours thick and dark, and reminds me of grandma pouring nasty medicine into a spoon. Lovely finger and a half tan head, then beautiful lacing. Held up to an intense xenon kitchen track light--pure black, no light penetrates. Aroma is thick and sank--coffee, a bit of molasses, and I think dome alfalfa hay from the barn--a unique and intriguing aroma. Flavor is coffe, toffee, a bit of molasses, a bit of fruit, and the hops bitterness comes afterward and wafts up into your nose. Mouthfeel is very thick and chewy. Overall this is an outstanding stout, one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 21:36:24 | More by Dsimenson
Photo of KYGunner


4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The most gorgeous of black hues the head was dense and thick with a deep brown foam that settled into a creamy layer of thick lace.

So much character in aroma as a creamy lactose gives the impression that this is a milk stout. Graham cracker malts with touches of char and smoke round out a diverging and wonderful scent.

The flavor is dry roast coffee, Graham cracker toastiness, smoke, char and a burnt ember malt. The taste is strong, assertive and lasts clear through the end.

The feel is not nearly as creamy as the appearance would have suggested but it's dry, easy and full. There's absolutely no evidence of 9 plus ABV which held make this truly special.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 00:20:45 | More by KYGunner
Photo of brurevu


4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

There is a lot of hype surrounding the Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout and now I know why. In full disclosure, my sample had aged for about 18 months. The Yeti poured a deep opaque brown with minimal dark tan head. The aroma was straight up semi-sweet chocolate, just like the Nestle morsels. The initial tastes were a bit bitter as it was still cold, but as it warmed the Yeti turned into a deep semi-sweet chocolate wonderland. This brew definitely benefited from a warming drinking temperature. Underneath the chocolate notes were hints of a roasted coffee and a smokey nuttiness that finished with a caramel and toffee sweetness. I believe the hype! The Yeti is an incredible stout and a fantastic drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 19:06:42 | More by brurevu
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New York

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The Yeti poured dark black with a deep beige head that was quite small. The lacing sat on the edge of the glass for the entire time I drank.
The nose was rather tame but produced chocolate, coffee, and toasted notes. I really had to still my nose in to grab the aroma.
The taste was excellent, and complex. A strong toffee flavor dominating followed by sweet malt, caramel and chocolate.
The mouthfeel was creamy and stuck to your mouth, in a good way. Very thick, and made me want more. The finish was deep, instilling a roasted coffee flavor. The alcohol was extremely well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 14:02:47 | More by WheelsPSU
Photo of Duane_Opfer


4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 10/16. Consumed on 11/18. Written from notes.

A - Thick brown approaching black. Half finger of light brown small bubble head. Dissipates quickly. No lasting lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, and vanilla. No booziness.

T - Very pleasant and complex. Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, toffee, and a smoky flavor. Slightly boozy. Low acidity. Touch of dark fruit as the beer warms. Slight bitterness associated with the dark chocolate.

M - Thick and creamy. VERY smoooth. Slight stickiness. Nicely carbonated.

O - Really enjoyed this beer. Complex palate and great mouthfeel. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 18:19:45 | More by Duane_Opfer
Photo of a0lbudman


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

`A-black with a small brown head that quickly disappears, but leaves lacing on the side of the glass.
S-strong roasted malt, toffee chocalate, and hops smell. You can also smell he alcohol. There are many smells at once.
T-chocalate was the first taste that fades to a roasted malt and then goes to a hoppy aftertaste with a warming. It then finishes with a caramel malt
M-creamy feel in the mouth that is syrupy
O-very complex from the smell to the last drop

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 23:21:02 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of PieOhMy


3.54/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A. Black with a quarter inch dark brown head. Foamy. Head hangs around.

S. Roasted malts. Coffee. Has a peated smokey arroma. Hint of herbs and spice.

T. Bitter. Dark fruit, grapes, raisens, plums. Has a unique (for a stout) citrus/lemon peel taste. Not too boozy.

M. Medium. Runny for a stout this big. Finishes warm but fairly easy.

O. Eh. Nothing wrong with this but nothing great either. Got some interesting mixtures of flavors but nothing that knocks your socks off.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2013 00:03:20 | More by PieOhMy
Photo of J-Evans


3.15/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

I do enjoy a stout to end my trip at the pub, but this was a bit disappointing.
I would have liked a heaver body to this beer. What I was served was a bit warmer (near british standards) with a creamy off white head. It's first sip was the expected flavor of over roasted, bitter malts. Nice nose of chocolate and coffee and a bit of caramel. It's mouthfeel was weak and thin, almost too thin. I could have been drinking a black lager. I was expecting something with a bit of weight and cling to your teeth stability, but alas, i received a quick entry/quick finish beer.

I'll definitely try it again when it's available on tap, and if I see it in a store I'll buy a sixer. I have hope for this beer and look forward to my next pint.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2013 05:37:51 | More by J-Evans
Photo of MacQ32

South Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 20+ months ago

A - pours a deep rich near black brown color with less than a cm of rich chocolate/molasses colored head. Retention is decent as is lacing.

S - tons of desert chocolate, fairly boozy and toffe vanilla sweet aromas. Earthy mildly piney hops as well. Very robust.

T - Lots of toasty caramel, toffee notes. Considerable earthy hops and boozyness. A bit mellow but still a bit too boozy. Still a 4/10 for balance

M - full bodied, yetis always a sipper but its definitely mellowed out a bit making it a bit more drinkable.

O - the age has helped, but I really think 4-5 year yeti will drink the way I want it to. Lots of great big (unbalanced) flavors are slightly mellowed but still not where I'd like them to be at 20 months.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 03:45:52 | More by MacQ32
Photo of fourstringer


4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Brewer's Art goblet with a moderate hand. Label reads: Bottled on Apr 19 2013. The usual cool Great Divide artwork with the silhouette of the abominable snowman.

A: Essentially black body with 1 finger of tan colored head. Down to a coating at 1-2 minutes. Moderate lacing. This is one dark brew.

S: Dark chocolate, bittersweet with accents of brown sugar, caramel, mocha, coffee. Toasted malt. Indistinct hop presence. Traces of alcohol.

T: Initially sweet with toasted maltiness developing into a bittersweet finish. A blend of dark chocolate and hop bitterness. Bold beer for sure. Similar to the nose with strong elements of dark chocolate, mocha and toasted malt. The hops are quite present, but really blend well with the darker, roasted flavors. Alcohol is actually pretty well hidden. Quite nice.

M: Low to moderate carbonation with a nice fullness. Very smooth and creamy without any detracting prickliness. Velvety.

O: I'll admit that imperial stouts are not really my thing, but I am enjoying this quite a bit. Finishing the bomber will not be a problem. It's like a dark chocolate beer party in my mouth.


Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 22:03:40 | More by fourstringer
Photo of Fcolle2


4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled feb 14 2013

Pours jet black in color and pretty thick. Head Is about half a finger, tan, and retains nicely.

Smell is great. Rich, dark chocolate malt is forward and has a moderately sweet and mildly roasted aroma. Faint hints of vanilla are present alongside a grainy note and some slight alcohol.

Taste is malt forward. Way more roasted husky malt flavors are present in the taste relative to the nose. A Light coffee bitterness is balanced well with a toffee like malt sweetness. Some hops add slightly to the bitterness however are light in taste.

Mouthfeel is great. Rich, creamy bitter and sweet everything you would expect from a good imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 21:58:05 | More by Fcolle2
Photo of kagent777


4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber that I purchased during a trip to Denver a while ago. The bottled on date is May 12, 2011. It is about 2.5 years old and has been kept cool up until now. I poured it into my beer goblet.

Appearance: Pitch black and pours almost the thickest I have ever seen on a beer (Cigar City Marshal Zhukov). A vigorous pour yields only a thin film of a head, but it does persist.

Smell: I know this one is not oaked, but I get a bit of wood that is subtle. I also get the usual dark roast, ash, and dried dark fruit (black cherry). A touch of cocoa without being overwhelming.

Taste: A syrupy molasses sort of cooked sugar taste is predominant here. Wood and smoke with a touch of ash. The flavor is very long lasting, well integrated. Subtle cocoa and dark fruit are mixed in as well.

Mouthfeel: A wonderfully thick mouthfeel with a long lasting finish. Light carbonation is just right.

Overall: A solid Imperial stout that is not too hard to get, even if I have to go to another state.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 02:38:24 | More by kagent777
Photo of Furlinator


3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on May 2, 2013

Pours opaque black with ¼ inch of brown head that settles into a ring on top that leaves medium lace.

Smell is black coffee and dark chocolate up front with grassy hops and faint alcohol on the back end. None of which is overwhelming.

Taste follows the smell quite closely with black coffee, dark chocolate and a bitter hoppy finish. Slight alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel is thick and heavy bodied, yet smooth. This seems to be more carbonated than the other imperial stouts I've encountered.

Overall, a solid effort yet, the hoppy bitterness is a little overwhelming for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 19:39:06 | More by Furlinator
Photo of delta490


4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- impenetrably dark. A foamy dark brown head barely arrives and then quickly disappears. It does leave some good lacing, though.

S-strong coffee with a hint of alcohol esters.

T- big roast malt flavors. Coffee, chocolate, alcohol.

M-a little oily a light tingle on the tip of tongue from the alcohol.

O- delicious big malty stout

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 20:47:22 | More by delta490
Photo of Ri0


4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter. Bottled on 2/6/13

A - Obsidian with a thin 1 finger brown head. Minimal retention and a thin ring clings to the glass. Only a bit of spotty lacing.

S - I pick up big roasty malts and dark fruit. Bitter chocolate, caramel, toffee provide a nice sweetness. There are also notes of bitter hops.

T - Wow, the taste is fantastic! Bold bitter chocolate, dark fruit, more bitter coffee and some woodiness. The middle finds the sweetness of caramel and toffee. The finish is bold and bitter from the hops.

M - Creamy, rich and smooth with thick body. Carbonation is low but very nice for this style.

O - Great RIS and a nice treat for those that have GD distributed to their area. I put it up there with Ten Fidy and Founders RIS.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 15:23:48 | More by Ri0
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark brown black opaque beer w brown head, leaves sparse lacing on the glass
S - chocolate, coffee, espresso, dark fruits, vanilla, caramel
T - chocolate, coffee, espresso, raisins, roasty taste, vanilla, caramel
M - thick, heavy mouth feel, roasted aftertaste, alc warmth but no harsh taste from it
O - similar to ten fidy or stone ris, great beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 02:19:29 | More by ISmith87
Photo of abeerwiseguy


4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a 22 oz bottle with 12/16/12 date. 9.5% ABV on the bottle.

Thin brownish head with midnight black color.

Aggressive aromas of expresso, malty chocolate and caramel.

Flavor profile was very smooth and even with chocolate, coffee, caramelized sugar, and with an IBU of 75 definite floral, citrus taste.

Very rich, smooth body. This Imperial Stout has the most even and lingering flavor profile of any I have tasted. Light carbonation that increased as the beer warmed up.

No gaps exist between the first lovely aromas and tastes to the solid middle of the flavor profile to the long lingering exquisite finish. This beer will now replace North Coast Old Rasputin as my go to Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 13:12:05 | More by abeerwiseguy
Photo of ONUMello


4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler to a pint glass
A: Pitch black (like black hole pitch black) with a one-finger mocha colored head that slowly settles to a thin lacing
S: Tons of coffee, burn sugar, toasted malts & molasses
T: Quite nice, filled with coffee, molasses, dark malts and fair touch of hops
M: Full-bodied, rich, and a VERY long finish
O: It may not be the right time of year for this, but seeing it on tap for the first time I had to pick up a growler and am very glad I did

Serving type: growler

08-27-2013 00:19:56 | More by ONUMello
Photo of AdamBear


4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-black with a nice dark brown head

S-smells like oatmeal brownies fresh out of the oven. I'm serious!it smells that good.

T-tastes like oatmeal brownies too with a distinct flavor of dark roasted grains. Matching after-taste

M-heavy. Creamy Low carbonation. Creamy finish

O-for the price, you'll have a seriously difficult time finding a more flavorful stout. This drinks like a big stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 18:56:01 | More by AdamBear
Photo of joe1510


4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. Bomber
Binny's Orland

Finally getting around to trying this one. Yeti pours solid black into my snifter. It lets zero light through at all an actually makes my room darker. A 2 finger creamy brown head formed on the pour that fell to a cap with thick edges. Left lacing as it receded and continued to do so with each drink. A really nice looking beer.

I read on the bottle this beer had 75 IBUs. The hop presence really comes through in the smell. Big floral hop aromas. As it warms I even get some mild grapefruit rind. Not as much roasted malt as I expected but this is a rather nice surprise. Mild roasted malts, very mild. Some caramel makes a showing as well. I'm really liking the smell of this stuff. It's a hop bomb in a stout.

Mildly roasted malts in the flavor along with caramel malts. The roast comes through in the taste more than the smell. Roasted malts leave you with the familiar burnt coffee bitterness but this beer also finishes with an unfamiliar floral hop bitterness that lingers. Very good and unique.

Body is big but very smooth and creamy. A body like this usually tends to mean the beer is a sipper but the smoothness of Yeti makes this an easy one to put away. Hops cause the tongue to take a beating.

For such a big stout this is an extremely easy drinking beer. I could drink on this beer until it put me to sleep.

Yeti is a wonderful stout. A very unique beer with the big hop addition. Reminds me somewhat of Alpha Klaus. Definately a pleasure to drink.

Reviewed: 3/17/07

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 01:13:17 | More by joe1510
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I consider myself a RIS connoisseur and this is one of my favs now. But apparently I must say more because this site has a minimum for a comment...so I am adding this worthless text which every reader must now view. Doh! Not enough yet...here is some more worthless words.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 23:55:22 | More by velohomme
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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