Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,675 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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Reviews: 1,675
Hads: 4,861
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 265
Gots: 809 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003

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Reviews: 1,675 | Hads: 4,861
Photo of Jfn
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Quality stout. A perfect beer on a cold night. This offers a strong, bold chocolate taste and very smooth. Great Divide is a quality brewery and this certainly lives up to their standards. (188 characters)

Photo of Jeffsta1
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Darkest chocolate brown, with deep caramel color head.

Flavor is moderate, not as intense as the color or finish suggest. Well-balanced, well integrated, classic stout flavors, not the slightest hint of sweetness.

Nice rich mouthfeel.

Long, strong finish of coffee and bitter licorice. The finish is just... intense. More than I love, really; and my scoring reflects that. This is a super high quality beverage that I don't personally love. (443 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.99/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 edition, 22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed a few wispy clouds that collected atop the beer.

Aroma: Massive aromas of roasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked dark bread, dark chocolate and a ton of hops.

Taste: Wow!! Strong, big, bold flavors of roasted malt up front, imparting notes of coffee, dark chocolate, caramel-like sweetness and beautifully balanced with some hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and extremely smooth as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 9.5%, there is a very pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: Wow, what another damn excellent imperial stout! Big, bold flavors all wrapped up in a very creamy beer. Delicious! (908 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try for a while and finally got the chance.

A - Pours a thick very dark brown and settles into a deep black with a plentiful brown colored head with strong lacing.

S - Rich roasty aroma with chocolate and coffee secondary. Sweeter maltiness than many RIS's which I really like but not as powerful as some that I've experienced.

T - Very similar to the smell; has the roastiness from the smell first but closely accompanied by the rich chocolate, malt, and coffee tones. It is full flavored with a good bitterness that helps balance the sweetness. Not as big as some but plenty of flavor to keep sipping away on this one.

M - Big mouth-feel. High carbonation. This one just erupted with carbonation as I poured not expecting such vigor from the solution. I like the carbonation because even though it is a pretty viscous beer the carbonation and bitterness do a good job of tricking your mind into thinking that it is lighter. This beer finishes smooth and balanced.

Overall, this is a very good imperial stout. This is an above average RIS just because I like the feel of it but I still prefer Ten Fidy with its sheer power. I would definitely recommend this beer and I would suggest getting the bomber instead of the 12oz because you will want more than 12oz of this at a time!

Glass- Snifter (1,317 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding appearance, beautiful dark color, nice full brown head that does not dissipate quickly. The lacing is awesome, grabs the glass and does not let go. Exactly what you want a stout to look like. You pick up the roast, there is a chocolate and some coffee. You do not get the coffee and the roast in the taste but there is limited sweet malt and a touch of lingering bitter, but by no means to much. Maybe, maybe, slightly out of balance but that is picking. Age it and I bet that it is perfect. Feel is a little light for a stout, I prefer them to be a little more chewy. Overall this is an outstanding beer that I would gladly have any day. (658 characters)

Photo of uvachief
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a slightly chilled 12ox bottle into a cheap Miller Lite pint glass. Pours sort dark chocolate brown with less than a half a finger of head. Lingered for a bit. Decent lacing throughout. Smells of dark chocolate, coffee and sugar..maybe molasses? First taste is really good. I do think it is molasses. Roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. Really smooth and tasty. Hides the abv well. Aftertaste is much the same. Outstanding beer. Definitely buying more of this. (487 characters)

Photo of Chiefy770
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 Fl Oz Bottle
Bottled on November 19th, 2014
Reviewed on January 11th, 2015
Served in a Snifter

Eyes
Rich dark brown, nearly black body. The thickness of this brew is apparent right from the pour. Very thin bubbly brown head. A sparse amount of soapy lacing throughout.

Nose
Overall a very sweet and earthy nose. Dark chocolate and molasses make up the sweet notes. Earthier notes of grains and coffee tame the strong initial sweetness.

Mouth
Tastes somewhat like a dark chocolate truffle shelled in a gigantic roasted coffee bean. The heavy hit of sweet notes were followed by a surprising hopped-out finish. This did a pretty good job of masking the alcohol. Speaking of alcohol, a bit broke through in the finish but it was well-masked for the most part. Rich, full body. Low carbonation.

Overall
A tasty and complex slow-sipper. (843 characters)

Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I'm a fan of the variants but for some reason I just didn't enjoy this one much. Harsh bitterness and somewhat thin mouthfeel. Pretty hoppy for a stout as well (159 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours an oily black with a very dark brown head, dissipates down to a film. Whispy lacing.
S - A nutty, fatty, bready, cereal aroma. Espresso, caramel, toffee and marzipan. Very pleasant aroma.
T - Slightly sweet malts, toffee, chocolate, coffee and a boozy warming finish. Nice creamy mouthfeel.
O - A damned good stout, would be excellent on a cold winter day. (369 characters)

Photo of hopflyer
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled April 23, 2014

pours deep black with dark tan, with some ruby tint head.

Smells a bit fruity and some alcohol.

Initial taste is woody ash and a touch of alcohol. Roasted coffee and some dark fruit. Maybe even a bit of cherry. On the sweet side but carries well with some dark roasted malt. Coffee like bitterness finishes this off.

Little more than medium body. Low to medium carbonation. Has a syrupy feel enhanced some by the sweetness.

Has a good bit of flavor and some depth. Carries the variety well and mouthfeel fits the flavor profile. looking forward to the oak aged version I've been aging for 2 years (630 characters)

Photo of Ironstutz
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

A- Dark in color,

S- Great aroma, full of coffee and chocolate

T- Man this is a tasty stout! you can really identify malt, hop, coffee, chocolate, etc.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied, it coats your mouth nicely

Drink it!! (230 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black like oil with the same viscosity, and khaki colored head. Chocolate, roasted malt, a little coffee, and some booze on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with roasted malt and raw cocoa. (206 characters)

Photo of EOsborne
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 17oz snifter.

A - This beer is almost completely opaque, but not completely black. It pours a dark dark chocolate brown with visible viscosity. Even the head is dark, with the color and texture of a chocolate mousse. In true stout fashion, the head doesn't linger long, but the ring that persists leaves a lovely thick lacing. Everything about the presentation screams decadence.

S - Dark chocolate and coffee grounds are apparent even before taking a whiff. There's toffee and caramel mingling with some warm, scotchy aromas of smoke and booze.

T - Bitter coffee and baker's chocolate lead the onslaught, with a soft bed of sweet and toasty caramels quickly following. There's a peaty flavor reminiscent of a fine scotch that blends with cleverly masked but lingering alpha acids into something beautifully pungent and earthy. The sweetness is thoroughly satisfying, but never cloying. Let this beer slosh around your pallet and you could get lost in the subtly unfolding grains.

M - This is a heavy beer. Let me repeat that, this is a heavy beer. It fills the mouth and coats the tongue with a dense, oily sensation that positively commands you to stop and pay attention. Carbonation is present, and helps to buffer the sugars, but any tingle is absorbed with the sheer thickness of the malts. Drinking more than one is a herculean effort.

O - In a world overpopulated with coffee/chocolate/vanilla/cream etc stouts, a traditionally brewed stout that evokes all of those flavors with nothing but barley, hops, and yeast is a breath of fresh air. The Yeti exudes a regal, ancient quality, one that really evokes the halls of czarist Russia that gave the style its name. The generous allotment of American hops counteracts the overpowering sweetness that so many Impy Stouts have, and what results is a complex, sophisticated offering perfectly represents the style while pushing it in a new, more evolved direction. (1,954 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Upon a deep ebony background, a wide band of deep gold beads come together to form a tightly formed mosaic upon which rests a frosty light brown head.

Smell: Dark fruit hits the nose first, laced with a vinous, boozy scent. Sweet milk chocolate is balanced by roasted malt and exotic spices.

Taste: Very roasty, much more so than the bouquet leads one to predict. The resulting bitterness, however, is sandwiched between two quick nips of raw sugar sweetness. The first makes a brief appearance on of the tongue upon the beginning of each sip. The second flashes in the throat upon swallowing, but is quickly swallowed up by espresso-like bitterness that lasts through the finish. Peppery spices give the beer a refreshing snappiness, while plums, bourbon, and black cherries languish in the background. The characters' performances are all impressive, but they don't quite come together to create a cohesive scene. In fact, they seem to want to outdo one another. At times the taste is on the verge of being cloyingly sweet. At others, the smoky bitterness is on the brink of becoming a bit tiresome. And still, each taste is teetering at its peak of intensity, which is much better than not quite fulfilling their respective potential.

Feel: Creamy softness gains maturity through a good amount of dryness inducing carbonation. No alcohol warming is felt, but the back of the throat sizzles a bit with the punchiness of the spice.

It's difficult to formulate a concrete opinion of this beer. There is enough to enjoy that it must be said that it is undeniably good, but the roastiness and the sweetness seem to be in so much competition (there is a general sense of tasting a burnt espresso with too much added sugar), that they both end up becoming a tad annoying. More harmony is needed in this concoction. And as an Imperial Stout, it would be acceptable, and in this case advisable, to let the fruit and spice shine through a bit more. (1,955 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£6.60):
Another week, another excellent American brewed imperial stout. This one is like Larry Holmes trying to follow Muhammed Ali, while this one is very good in its own right it has a ridiculously hard act to follow in the shape of last weeks Bourbon County Stout. Despite this one not being quite in the same league as the bottle of Bourbon County that I tried last week this one is still an excellent beer & one that I'd consider picking up again were it a little more reasonably priced. The taste was definitely a good one, perhaps a little heavy on the alcohol with this one surprisingly seeming stronger than the 15% Bourbon County. I enjoyed this one & I'm anxious to get my hands on a bottle of the Oak Aged version at some point to see how it compares to this one (820 characters)

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

App - Pours a warm dark brown with brown head which resolves to fine brown lacing and very fine effervescent.
Smell – A medley of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate/carob and a good bit of leather.

Taste - A complex blend of sweet malt, bitter chocolate/cocoa, molasses a tad syrupy but not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel – Medium body (somewhere between 2% and whole milk), strong alcohol cleanses the palate and provides some twang and warmth.

Overall: An excellent imperial stout, complex and thoroughly enjoyable. The perfect winter warmer, to be sipped by the fire with a mild cheese (mozzarella) (604 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
3.54/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours nearly black with a finger’s worth of mocha foam with surprisingly good retention for its ABV--now this is what an imperial stout is supposed to look like. This stuff is DARK even as it’s being poured; not quite Founders dark, but getting there. Geographic lacing clings to the glass as the beer recedes. The aroma features molasses and dark chocolate, along with a curious spiciness akin to coriander. Not sure if that’s the yeast, the hops, or something else, but it is certainly unexpected.

The taste features a huge, piney, peppery hop kick up front before yielding to roasted malt and molasses. A touch of warming alcohol lingers on the back end along with strong roast malt notes. Not a complex flavor profile by any stretch of the imagination, just intense. Medium-full body and smooth mouthfeel are appropriate for the style, if unremarkable.

Overall, this comes off as an imperial stout for IPA connoisseurs. The presentation is gorgeous and the malt profile is fine, but the abundance of hops takes it outside of my comfort zone. Admirable boldness notwithstanding, this isn’t a stout I would gravitate toward as a course of habit. (1,166 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Received numerous recommendations on BA for this beer.

Bottle poured into pint glass

Pitch black, dense brown pencil thin layer. Very good lacings.

Aroma of coffee and roasted malts

A sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Coffee and roast malts on the middle of the tongue.

Bitter malts, not too sharp, on the aftertaste. Full bodied , not too much sudsing. Hint of alcohol

Really good stout. Well balanced . Repeatable (424 characters)

Photo of mitch3114
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip pint glass

A- One of the boldest, best looking pours I have ever seen on a stout. Very dark, thick, visous liquid. Very dark brown, opaque. The thick, thick, dark, dark head rose and rose. The head initially was a very dark brown with a little rusty orange in the color...very nice looking top to bottom. Looks very enjoyable and delicious!

S- Smelled of the roasted maltiness typical of a strong stout.

T- Good, a little bitter not from hops, although there were some hop flavors present. The bitterness was from the earthy roasted malts.

M- Very thick and viscous. A great thick imperial stout. Not something you'd want on a hot day while mowing the lawn! A nice beer to sit down with on a cool winter night.

O- Overall this was pretty good. I'm surprised that it took me so long to finally try this. I picked up one 12 oz. bottle from my local beverage center. I wish I had tried this two years ago when I was on an imperial stout kick. For some reason I haven't been impressed with the style lately and I really no longer have the desire to try new beers in the style. I guess my palette has changed as Brooklyn Black Chocolate was once my favorite beer. I now have no desire to drink it. I'd rather have a good porter in the 5-7% range. Although I've maintained the desire to drink a good, strong barley wine the rich, bold flavors of imperial stouts are a bit much for my palette at this time...I suppose it could change though as I used to like IPA's and DIPA's but about a year ago I really couldn't take the happiness for about a whole year, now, recently I've been drinking a lot of IPA's. I guess I have an ever-changing palette! (1,667 characters)

Photo of Act25
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lovely hoppy RIS from a favorite brewer. This one so dessert like

A - Opaque black chocolate look with dense head and lacing.
S - More than most. Excellent chocolatey, brandy-like scent, some caramelized malts, strong bitter coffee...powerful nose.
T - Follows smell. Tastes sweet with rum, licorice, sweet coffee, brandy balanced by roasted espresso and wild berry tartness. Nice hop bitters in the long, long finish with piney resin finale.

MF- The body is thick, chewy, but perhaps a bit too chunky on the tongue.

Myself, I like the extra hops in this style. (571 characters)

Photo of asmangat
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

2014 Vintage
A - Very dark and opaque.

S - Smells sweet. Chocolate, coffee and malt with slight dark fruit.

T - Tastes lives up to its super sweet scent... I got plenty of chocolate and actually more fruit than initially expected. Light lingering coffee and booze astringency. Lingers for quite some time.

M- Full-bodied with low carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

O - Very sweet up front and has a lingering bite...not in a bad way, but I think it'll open up in a year or two and the booziness will fade. Overall, really easy to drink! (545 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours black with tall, long lasting, creamy, brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, toast, dark fruit, alcohol and cacao. Body is full, creamy and smooth. Taste is of nutty, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruit and herbal hops. Finish is long and bitter. Great RIS. (319 characters)

Photo of PhillyJ
5/5  rDev +18.5%

This is the standard against which all imperial stouts shall be judged! Are there better well yes. But this is an easily obtainable gem that can be found in almost any serious craft beer section.. it pours motor oil with heavy lacing and tastes of smoky complexity this stout is best enjoyed on the warm side of chilled.. This is a go to imperial stout that shouldn't be overlooked and at 9.5%abv it'll do the trick quite nicely (428 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%

Was able to snag a couple on a trip. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a thin khaki head. Has deep scents of coffee and espresso as well as dark chocolate. The taste had these great highlights although it also had a nice clean finish as well as a deep nutty flavor. One of my all time favorites. (305 characters)

Photo of TheCondor
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I made a run to the store to grab some of the beers I needed to continue my quest for the Beers of Fame. This was one of them. I am buckling down and doing this thing. Side poured from the bottle into a pint glass like a boss.

Appearance - Just like you would expect as far as coloration, a deep dark brown with a towering caramel head of three fingers that is as foamy and pillowy as can be. Head retention is at least half the beer, leaving good lacing. Awesome packaging, cool name, this is a legit beer presentation.

Smell - Roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee beans and deliciousness. The nose is a little more subdued than I expected.

Taste - Exactly what you thought was coming, although there is certainly a warmth to the booze as well. This beer will get you feeling good pretty fast at almost 10% ABV. Malts come first, combined with a lingering sweetness from toffee and caramel notes. There is a little bit of a hop kick in there, as stated on the bottle, although I did not particularly enjoy the addition of the hops. The alcohol adds a boozy warmth.

Mouthfeel - Finishes with a bit of bitterness and booziness. One of which is good, the other I could do without. Needless to say, the hops can go.

Overall - This is an outstanding beer, nonetheless, deserving of its place on the Beers of Fame. Highly recommended, a good mix for lovers of stouts and the hoppier beers. Best offering I have ever had from GDBC. (1,431 characters)

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,675 ratings.