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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,887 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,887
Reviews: 1,597
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 173
Gots: 415 | FT: 14
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003)
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Photo of tripelhops


4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a 2011 bottle of this and it pours a very dark black with a dark brown finger's worth of foam into a tulip glass. The smell is of chocolate and coffee, but leans more towards the chocolate side with little to no hop presence notable. Alcohol is well hidden, and the taste is thick, and has more of a bitter/roasted malt taste than the chocolate aroma would make you expect. Overall I liked this, but prefer Founders Imperial for a 'regular' RIS.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 17:06:22 | More by tripelhops
Photo of Kayn169


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

2011 poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A- Beautiful dark brown, pretty much black. About a finger of tan head. Just a lite carbonation visible.

S- Does amazing have a smell? Well it does now. Although the coffee presence really comes out, I couldn't help be drawn to the dark chocolate smell. Not that it was overwhelming, just the right amount, but distinctive. The hop presence also really came through, which I like in this style

T- The aroma didn't lie. First thing I noticed was the roasted coffee, followed by a dry hop bite, then a little chocolate. What I really liked was the crisp finish on this beer.

M- Not as thick or syrupy as the pour would make you think. Smooth like velvet.

O- Unlike a lot of Russian Imp Stouts. This has high drinkability. Due to the perfect amount of hop bite, it has a nice clean finish for this style. No real lingering residue left on the tongue. Although still a sipper, the bomber didn't last long. If it wasnt for that pesky rule againstbeginning at work, I could drink this instead of my morning coffee.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 12:06:58 | More by Kayn169
Photo of Knapp85


3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one a while ago, it poured out very thick black with a dark brown head. The lacing was good here. The smell is a deep roasted chocolate malts with a rich nose of toast and coffee. The taste is rather complex going some a semi sweet to a dry burnt bitterness. The mouthfeel is thick making this one a sipper. I'd like to re-visit this one again one day. I feel it's worthy.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 16:49:38 | More by Knapp85
Photo of habanosdarklord


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

January 2010 bottle.

Drinking at cellar temp.
This beer pours very black, glugs from the bottle like motor oil. The head on this beer is an incredible dark espresso color. This beer just looks awesome. The smell is very much like a dessert. German chocolate cake comes to mind, truffles, creme brulee, roasted nuts, and a nice rich espresso note. The aroma is world class. The taste does not fall short. Big rich creamy chocolate notes up front, cake like flavors, I also get a creamy like flavor that does remind me of creme brulee. This beer is just great, one of my favorite stouts, seriously good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 02:27:47 | More by habanosdarklord
Photo of harrymel


4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/11/2011

A: Pours black ale with a single finger of dark mocha head. This sticks around for quite some time and leaves strong and persistent lacing. Can't see through this one. Great appearance.

S: complex. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, toffee, graham, figs, nougat, caramel. Hops are resiny, piney, earthy.

T: Dark and sweet and bitter. The beer is multilayered. coated with coffee, soil, dates, and hops. The meat is chocolate, toffee, anise, dark malts. Finishes with plenty of charred cocoa and coffee.

M: Thick and creamy. Fine carbonation. Slick at the edges and dry centrally.

O: This beer is outstanding. I don't believe the adjusted variations I've had so far are as good as the original.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 16:06:26 | More by harrymel
Photo of tykees88


3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice rich black with a dark tan heavy head.

S- It smells hoppy, oaky, and then of course there is that rich scent of roasted malts.

T- It tastes much like it smells. The malts greet you then give way to an oaky hoppy flavor that finishes with a bite and burn of alcohol.

M- Big beer. It's how it should be.

O- It's good. I will say that. But there are alot of other Impy's to try and I am not going to pay 4.50 for a bottle of this. Sorry

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 23:03:39 | More by tykees88
Photo of ADZA


4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a nice dark as cola hue with average carbonation that leaves behind a half finger head and little lacing,the smell upfront is all about roasty,roasty malts and piney hops,it has a medium bodied averagely carbonated mouthfeel and has tastes of caramel,dark roasted coffee,dark begian chocolate and is finished with a piney hop bitterness that really reminds you that this is not a desert brew but indeed a very nice nightcap and overall a very nice drop but have had better RIS's cheers.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 12:02:25 | More by ADZA
Photo of gnemesis


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

Bottle dated 05/11/10 and poured into snifter on 05/03/2011... I wonder how the last year has treated this Yeti.
Pours black with a huge dark brown head. Good retention and leaves decent lace. Nose is full of bitter chocolate, burnt sugar, caramel, roasted malt, toffee. Taste follows. Full body with low/medium carbonation. Lightly dry mouthfeel. Great impy and one of my favorites... Great Divide please don't leave Michigan!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 18:10:34 | More by gnemesis
Photo of ermeis06


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

Great beer!

A: This beer poured a nice dark black into the pitcher. It had about 3 fingers of dark creamy head that stuck around for what seemed like forever! Good lacing.

S: Good smell of coffee, along with some chocolate.

T: Intense coffee flavor, but it is balanced out by a burnt malt flavor. You get the warmth from the alcohol as well. While the coffee taste was very present, you can still get some of the hop flavor, burnt sugar and a little woodiness as well.

M: Very chewy malt flavor. Good mouthfeel. Very creamy!!

Overall I really like this beer. There is an excellent balance of flavor and it has great body, and did I mention the head retention!? We got a pitcher on tap at Great Divide, and I had to step out for a work phone call, and when I came back 20 minutes later, there was still 2 fingers of dark, creamy head. Amazing!!

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2011 01:40:11 | More by ermeis06
Photo of RuudJH


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

A Yeti imported. bb date 4-2011. I hope it's still ok. I expect so.

Untamed imposing stout. My 2nd encounter with yeti (previously the oak aged).

Very dark brown, with a dark brown head as well.
Once again the pine hoppy smell strikes me violently, but pleasantly. This is a smell that's intriguing.
I have not found it anywhere on the European market, at all...

After a while, in both smell and taste, the coffee, chocolate, and roasted nutts come forward.. but the hops are never far away. They're pine, spice, floral.
Mouthfeel is full heavy, creamy. Dark bitter chocolate in the aftertaste... and it's lasting a long time.

Easily one of the best beer drinking experiences you can have.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 14:02:04 | More by RuudJH
Photo of legalpete19340


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

A: What more do you want? Poured pitch black and syrupy into the glass. Initially no head but then about a finger and a half of dark brown creamy head formed. Adequate lacing but not amazing.

S: Hello dark chocolate, wood, molasses. Faint grass, herbs and alcohol.

T: Thank you. Hits upfront with molasses, creme brulee, burnt sugar. Grass and bit of herbalness bounce around with some woodiness. Then dark chocolate fades into a bit more burnt sugar and finally the dark espresso bitterness. Alcohol glow follows.

M: Thick and creamy. So thick and creamy.

O: Wow. I have had this a few times but I forgot how good it is. Dark, creamy, burnt sweetness, bitter. I drank the entire bomber no issue. Gonna find more and cellar it. My description sounds like it could be a milk stout but its not. Get this beer and drink it.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 02:00:10 | More by legalpete19340
Photo of khumbard


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

Bottle dated Aug 2009. Into a snifter.

Pours black, reasonably thick, with a small dissipating head which recedes to leave just a ring around the glass. Nose is full of dark fruit and roasted malts, nice. Taste is complex... this has aged nicely. Well integrated roast, chocolate, raisin. Not overly sweet, a decent bitterness... pretty well balanced for a big stout. Mouthfeel is thick with moderate carbonation, almost spot on. Overall, I've had this beer a number of times from fresh to this 2 year old version. Both are good, but I think a year to two years in the cellar turns this beer from good to great. Not quite as good as its Oak'd brethren, but still very nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 21:23:28 | More by khumbard
Photo of fox227


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

A: Poured into a snifter, the Imperial Stout glass of choice. It's a stout - ink black with a tan, one fingered head, with nice lacing.

S: Lots of milk chocolate, but the smell is much more complex than that. Unfortunately I'm not that good at picking it out, other than that it's really, really good.

T: I'm getting predominately chocolate, with some espresso, and maybe a little oak (although this is not the oaked version). The after-taste is pleasant coffee bitterness.

M: Nice, full bodied, thick with mild carbonation. This borders on being a Meal in a Glass.

O: There may be a lot of hard to get, seasonal stouts out there that get rave reviews. But I would shed far more tears if beers like Yeti and Old Rasputin were expensive and hard to find. Thankfully, they are not. This is a first rate Imperial Stout and I love the price.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 22:58:20 | More by fox227
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Black bodied beer with a massive mocha brown head with dense bubbles. Lacing sticks to everything.

Smell: Lots of milk chocolate and bittersweet chocolate.

Taste: Sweet malts and sweet milk chocolate interplay with each other nicely in a rich tasting stout. Finishes with a short bite of bitterness that hints towards flavors of coffee. Caramel and toffee are in there too.

Mouthfeel: Man this beer is sooo smooth and chewy and creamy all at the same time. Full bodied beer and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Yeti is such a solid Imperial stout without anytime spent in a barrel! Just a well made beer with a great mouthfeel and great example of the style. Man this is a treat, but if you really want to spoil yourself go for the Oak aged, chocolate oak aged or Expresso Oak aged yeti; can't go wrong with any of these beers!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 07:27:37 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Temple in Amsterdam. From notes.

A - Poured black with a film of mocha head and no visible carbonation. Good head retention with film and sticky lacing along the sides.

S - Cola, some roasted notes, chocolate, vanilla, and some additional milk chocolate.

T - Ohhh ya. Lot's of chocolate. Some wood, a little yeast and some bitter coffee in the finish. Sweet then bitter in the taste. Pretty good stuff.

M - Full body and mild carbonation. Bitterness in the finish.

O/D - There's a reason this beer is known as one of the more famous examples in the U.S. It's a really solid Impy stout with nothing to really complain about. Well done.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2011 22:04:14 | More by tbeckett
Photo of mater


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

Bottled on 2/18/11

A-Pours pitch black with a huge mocha colored head that recedes to a thin film and leaves excellent lacing. Nice looking stout.

S-Very malty, chocolate, coffee and some noticeable hops.

T-Malty, bitter dark chocolate, burnt coffee and finishes with a slight hop bite. A tad of alcohol detected, but it still taste great.

M-Thick, smooth and creamy. Not much carbonation.

O-I was always turned off by the $14 price tag. Glad I finally made the purchase. Will be buying more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 09:22:01 | More by mater
Photo of CrumpledFish

Ontario (Canada)

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

A: Poured pitch black with a thick chocolate milk-colored head.

S: Malty and lots of chocolate.

T: Wow, that is one heck of a smoky aftertaste! Quite a bit of coffee in it. Up front, I can't really identify the flavors but they are definitely good.

M: Very smooth. I could just swish this around my mouth for a while.

O: This is a great stout with many flavors that I will be more than happy to try again, hopefully soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 04:18:30 | More by CrumpledFish
Photo of circuscyaneus

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/1/10

A) yeti poured a very dark almost black with a thick tannish two finger head left some whispy lacing that stuck to the side of the glass.

S) chocolate, malts

T) tastes of dark chocolate, malts, coffee with hints of caramel and cherries.

M) Full bodied good mouth feel

all around a very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 00:34:05 | More by circuscyaneus
Photo of burkyburk


4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

Huge head over 2 inches of foam, dark coffee color. Fading to thick sticky lacing all around the glass. Smells of dark chocolate and coffee, a little vanilla. Tastes very chocolatey and malty. The high alcohol content gives it a nice sensation on the way down. Feels nice on the palate, a hint of bitterness but nothing huge.

All in all a great beer with a lot to offer.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 02:31:29 | More by burkyburk
Photo of stxSS07


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

22oz Bomber into an imperial pint
Bottled Feb 8th, 2011

A- Pours like used oil out of the bottle. Black and viscous with a 1 finger mocha head. Lacing hangs around fairly well.

S- Sweet smells of chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, and a faint presence of both hops and alcohol.

T- First hit is of bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Roasted malt/grain make an appearance along with a hint of hop character and toffee. Espresso-like flavors linger along with the roasted grain on the finish with a tinge of alcohol on the very back.

M- Thick and full bodied. Carbonation does a nice job cleaning the palate.

O- Really glad I picked this up. I've had the oak and espresso versions of this stout and the base beer did not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 04:55:15 | More by stxSS07
Photo of Scelestus

New Jersey

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

Appearance- Pours a rich dark black color with about a finger width of a caramel colored head which fades slowly to lots of beautiful lacing.

Smell- Rich caramel, chocolate and roasted coffee with a bit of hops.

Taste- Very nice moderately complex flavor. Lots of caramel and chocolate. Roasted coffee and malts also very prominent. The hops shines through more as it warms, as does the alcohol. Delightfully bittersweet.

Mouth Feel- Low carbonation. It has a thick velvety smoothness to it. Goes down incredibly smooth.

Overall- A great imperial stout. Definitely one worth buying again.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 07:05:58 | More by Scelestus
Photo of ngeunit1


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

A - Pours a really dark black color with a finger of frothy brown head that looks excellent. The head fades slowly down to a ring leaving behind quite a bit of lacing.

S - Aroma is full of roasted rich caramel malt and chocolate. There is also some fairly potent hops and a bit of milkiness.

T - Starts off with a lot of roasted caramel and chocolate flavor. There is a touch of hops and milkiness in the background. Through the middle, some richer dark chocolate and a ton of roasted flavor comes through. The finish is a mix of roasted flavor and a touch of milk, coffee, and chocolate that linger nicely.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Just a bit thick and creamy. Really smooth. Finish leaves a touch of warming and lots of roasted flavor.

D - Very drinkable. Amazing that the 9.5% abv stays as well hidden as it does. The flavors are really fairly potent and very well balanced. The hop addition is quite nice here.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 04:08:04 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of McNealc31


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

Black as the abyss with a dark sticky head. The smell is roasty and a lot hoppier than I had anticipated. The taste is huge and complex like an Imperial Stout should be! Bittersweet chocolate, caramel and toffee, then finally a big, musty, dry, woody finish. It doesn't have that currant flavor that a lot of RISs do. Velvety texture and so drinkable you need to be careful that the Yeti's 9.5% ABV doesn't unleash your untamed side. Superior lacing, as well. Every sip is a little different. The hops are more noticeable as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 03:15:33 | More by McNealc31
Photo of OrangeAmps


4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into pint glass.

This beer pours a jet black, with a fairly frothy head considering it's a stout. The smell is of chocolate, coffee, slight hops, and roasted dark malts.

This beer tastes great. It's a heavy stout and definitely a sipper. I found it to be bitter, but not overly so.

It's a great drinking beer and I'm glad this is available for most of th year. Definitely worth picking up

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 14:14:12 | More by OrangeAmps
Photo of UCLABrewN84


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

Bottled on 1/31/11.

Pours a midnight black with an immense 4 inch tan head. The head forms towards the middle of the glass and bubbles rush towards the surface. Nice thick globs and rings on lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malts, cocoa powder, subdued coffee, and citrus zest. Slight alcohol notes as the beer warms. Taste is of dark malts, roasted coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate, and slight soy sauce. There is a mild hop/coffee/chocolate bitterness on the palate after each sip. Low carbonation with a very thick and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer. It's nice to try the base for all the other Yeti beers in it's original form. I am glad this is available year-round where I live.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 02:00:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 3,887 ratings.