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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,891 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,891
Reviews: 1,597
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 173
Gots: 416 | 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 Naugros

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This inky brew has a brown head, maybe more of a dark tan...which might be another definition of brown. Anyway, it doesn't last long...15 seconds...until it leaves just a ring and a few tiny islands of bubbles. There's some lacing, but it's irregular and what doesn't stick tends to slide down the glass.

It smells like espresso with galliano poured into it. Read that to mean: toasty, bitter and with vinous notes. There's a slight sweetness in the nose if you look for it that brings a little bit of chocolate to the party. The smell of this brew has all the classic earmarks of a quality imperial stout.

The smell doesn't quite translate to the taste, but the difference is not a bad thing. The taste is a bit more complex with burnt toast...seriously burnt toast coming to the forefront. It's not smoke, but char. Ever torch a burger on a grill and make it indistinguishable from a briquette? It tastes like that, but there's so much more going on that makes it okay. The alcohol is there, but that's to be expected from the 9.5% this baby boasts. There's still a little chocolate that edges past the burnt flavor, but it's bitter and gives way to toffee-like accents in the wash...especially after a nice belch. The coffee aroma is not all that present on the tongue, but the bitterness remains in the aftertaste.

Velvety medium-bodied. Not a chewy beer, but still a full mouthfeel nonetheless as all the flavors play around in there looking for attention. Complex and quality-controlled.

This is my first Great Divide beer and I think I picked a winner. These guys know how to make a stout, I'll give them that. Now I need to try some of their other stuff. This is the first beer I've drank in the past couple of days that has made me want to seek out more from the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 00:28:09 | More by Naugros
Photo of kirkpjr


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

Poured into a tulip. Bottle dated Jan 12, 2010.

Nothing like a nice thick RIS on a blistering hot summer day.

A: Pours a thick, oily black color. Three full fingers of chocolate caramel colored head. Large sheets of lacing line the entire length of the glass as the head dissipates into a small ring.

S: Roasted malts, sweet chocolate, and vanilla notes - very full and inviting.

T: The roasted malts follow through strongly here, with a sharp and sweet bitterness brought on with the hops. Strong dark chocolate and a hint of toffee. Nice balance here.

M: Full in body and moderate carbonation. Not quite creamy, but delectable nonetheless.

D: Great nightcap or dessert beer. Equally good on a cold night. Kinda too thick and heavy to drink to many, but very smooth and easy because of the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 02:20:05 | More by kirkpjr
Photo of bigfnjoe


4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours straight up jet black with a 2 finger brown head. Lacing is incredible. This is what a RIS should look like.

S- huge aroma of dark fruits, dark chocolate, and dark coffee. A little bit of alcohol in there too. If it were just a little more pungent, it would be a 5. But alas...

T- wooow. HUUUGE bites of very bitter chocolate and coffee. No plum/fig or alcohol flavors here. This is insanely flavorful. It may even be too bitter...but hell, its damn good.

M- thick. So ridiculously thick. But you need thickness with something as strong and flavorful as this. The texture probably couldn't be more perfect.

D- its reeeally powerful, so make sure to treat this like a sipper. But DAMN is it good. Fantastic beer

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 00:52:52 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of drabmuh


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

About time I reviewed the base beer for all of those exciting spinoffs that everyone is creaming about.

Beer is black and forms an irresponsibly large head of brown bubbles, small that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. It looks fine.

Aroma is sweet with alcohol and some coffee / roasted notes. Smells fine.

Medium to full body, slightly hot strong roast in the back. There is no aftertaste but the roasted malt flavors linger for a while on the palate. I don't feel the rarity in this beer like I felt in the barrel aged version but I may like this one better. Don't believe the hype. I prefer this to the other versions by a lot.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 02:44:08 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Gobzilla


3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle shared at woodshop 5.1

Poured a deep dark brown with maroon highlights with a finger of head that left good blotchy lacing on the glass. I got roasted malts and chocolate aromas with hints of coffee and faint hop notes. Up front the taste was chocolaty with a roasted malts and a nice hop bite that had coffee and earthy woody accents. The beer was full bodied with a low amount of carbonation that had a silky slight sweet but bitter finish. Pretty decent RIS from great divide that drank quite well. I would definitely want to try out the other variations of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 18:07:22 | More by Gobzilla
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4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a great example of the style, with all of the features that make a great Russian Imperial Stout: pitch black in color, roasty and rich aroma, slightly sweet taste balanced with coffee and chocolate, chewy and luxurious mouthfeel, a smooth finish. This is a great beer with the excellent flavor profile from the complex malts and yeasts, but still finishes dry and with enough bitterness to make this drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2010 02:52:16 | More by Soonami
Photo of n00tz


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

A - Deep Brown body, tan head, undetectable carbonation.

S - Roasted nutty malts. Smoky wooded scent. Astounding chocolate character picked up after it warms up (be patient).

T - Bitter hops, cocoa and coffee. In a wonderfully well- balanced bitter brew.

M - Soft palate, low carbonation, and a chocolate-hoppiness that lingers.

D - Man what a brew, I'll be looking out for more Great Divide.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 21:57:54 | More by n00tz
Photo of Traquairlover


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

12-oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A = Very, very dense mahogany, completely opaque even at edges, large firm deep mocha foamy head with great retention.

S = Dark chocolate and Turkish coffee with a small amount of evaporated milk, very light traces of biter herbs.

T = Bitter coffee, with bitter cocoa powder. For all the underlying sweetness, this is a very bitter beer. Luckily, it is not to strong in flavors from the hops relying mostly on them for simple bitterness, however, there is just a little bit of green vegetables detracts just slightly from the taste and keeps it from garnering a perfect score.

M = Heavy body, great mouthcoating, luscious feel, perhaps just a bit hot and biting from a combination of alcohol and carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 20:39:00 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of Radome


3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a goblet.

A - The beer is super dark brown, but not black. It has a dark brown head made up of tiny, silky bubbles that stick well to the glass. Tiny golden pinprick-sized bubbles are constanly rising through the beer. This is truly a beautiful beer.

S - Aroma is dominated by hops, although there are strong malt and alcohol contributions. There is a woody or nutty note, that appears to be from the malt rather than wood aging.

T - The taste is hops up front with the malt running to catch up later, but not quite making it. There are some nutty, coffee and grainy notes, but everything is muted under the overwhelming hops. This is out of balance for my taste.

M - Thick body, that is lightened some by the silky carbonation. Surprisingly, I get no alcohol burn. Mouth-puckering astringency from the hops.

D - Overall, this is a good representation of a Russian Imperial Stout. However, the hops seem over the top even for that style. Perhaps it's a West Coast take on the style and I prefer a more traditional take, but this beer left me wishing for more balance.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 04:01:00 | More by Radome
Photo of jpmclaug

South Carolina

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

Poured from the bottle into my Stone IRS glass

A - Black as night with a small tan had. Lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.

S - Dark malts with hins o chocolate, vanilla, caramel. Roasted malt and hints of smoke are also present

T - Rich chocolatey flavor mixed with lots of dark roasted malt. Maybe a little bit of hoppiness lie's in the background behind the massive layers of malt, add's a little spice at the end.

M - Thick rich and creamy. Heavy body. Light amount of carbonation

D - Its a RIS so it isn't what I'd call easy drinking but it doesn't have anything making it more difficult to drink than your normal RIS. Not as delicious as the Oak Aged or Chocolate Yeti but still a real good RIS. I would drink this one again. One more thing is this comes in 12oz bottles so it is good if I just want a smaller serving size than your normal RIS.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 01:00:00 | More by jpmclaug
Photo of pastradul


4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to wchesak!

Poured into Stone IRS tulip

Easy pour produces an amazing 2-3 finger head. Super dark brown head, very dense head that hangs around forever. Want to get a spoon and eat it like ice cream.

The nose is a complex coffee and chocolate mix that I have never smelled before.

The mouthfeel is like melted ice cream, so thick and creamy.

The taste is amazing. the high hop content adds such a different level of complexity in this.The Coffee, malt and chocolate notes dance around like nothing else!

This was pretty close to a perfect brew for me! Can't wait till they get to SD!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 19:48:43 | More by pastradul
Photo of ckeegan04


4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black as oil with a very dark brown head. Head is only about one finger thick and quickly fades to a thicn cap. Thin rings of brown lace are left on the glass.

S - Rich aroma of roasted malts, hints of smoke, dark chocolate and just a hint of fresh orasted coffee beans.

T - Roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate dominate the palate initially. Citrus hops linger underneath and provide even more bitterness to match the malty sweetness.

M/D - Full bodied but not overly viscous. Very easy drinking for such a large beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 18:14:32 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of biggietattoos


4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

with a high abv stout like this one I would usually expect an overly heavy boozy taste and a thick syrupy pour but I was pleasantly surprised as soon as I poured this beer.

For an imperial stout Yeti poured a smoother nicer black tone with a small dark brown head and some light lacing.

The pour released some nice nutty, oakey notes.

The oakiness stayed upon the first sip and as the beer warmed closer to room temperature its complexities definitely showed through, Nice nutty malt taste with a strong but not overpowering finish made it a substantial yet very drinkable imperial stout.

The mouthfeel was heavy but smooth and left a warm tingle behind

being my first experience with GDBC I am very pleased and will continue to try everything I can from them

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 07:58:55 | More by biggietattoos
Photo of nukem5


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

A: Pours a beautiful black rich color with elegant dark brown foamy head about 1/2 inch and stays till the end, lacing all the way down the glass.

S: First is the coffee and then the chocolate with hints of carmel.

T: *BANG* Big explosion in mouth of coffee carmel chocolate and then the big finish is the hppiness wich is a whopping 75 IBU's .

M: Fantastic is the only word comes to mind. Smooth , rich, creamy, thick like a good stout should be.

D: Very, Very, Very, drinkable, but at 9.5 you may want to show some respect for the Yeti and induldge at a slow and careful pace.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 02:57:00 | More by nukem5
Photo of TheFightfan1


4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Pours an opague black with some of the best heading and lacing I've seen in a RIS.A heavy,creamy light brown heading.

Smell is all roasted,quickly turns into a light caramel aroma and finishes like a fresh cup of coffee. Slight aroma of hops touch down.

Taste starts out again. Very heavy in roasted malt. Slight chalkiness and coffee grind taste right in the middle.Then the warming booze warms the tummy and leaes a heavy hop bite. ( I am really not a homebrew expert yet but I've brewed a stout with a s**tload of cascade pellets and this leaves that same linger in the tastebuds).

Mouth is smooth with an awesome full body but does have a slight gritiness left in the mouth. Awesome texture.

Well this is right up there with the very best RIS 's IMO. Simply all around great beer that is very drinkable and does sneek up on you a bit.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 00:25:29 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of JordonHoltzman

New York

3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a black body with a brown chocolately foamy head. looks like a chocolate milkshake when looking from directly overhead, not much lacing.
caramel, chocolate and coffee seem to be fighting to be the dominant aroma, but no clear winner.
coffee and caramel are the most dominant in the taste with chocolate in there too. there is also a slight hint of the alcohol present on the back of the tongue.
good mouthfeel, very creamy full bodied stout but has a slight aftertaste.
pretty drinkable beer, good RIS, look forward to trying the oak aged version

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 21:58:29 | More by JordonHoltzman
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Oooh... review 1000 for Yeti!

Grabbed some of this at Mondial de la Biere.

Pours an oily black with a finger of mocha head that leaves sheets of lace on the glass to complete a classical imperial stout appearance. Big and intense roast aroma, with lots of chocolate, coffee, molasses and burnt sugar. Great dark roasted flavour with coffee and cream very prominent, then chocolate, dark fruits and a pleasant grapefruit bite in the finish. There's also a faint hint of vanilla in there, but obviously not as much as the oak-aged version. Good thick and creamy body with a restrained carbonation that plays to the luxurious flavour of this stout.

A very good imperial stout that's transformed into something special when its thrown into a barrel. I always knew there was a quality beer underneath all that oak, and it was a pleasure to try it at Mondial!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 18:56:15 | More by bobsy
Photo of sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Jan 23rd 2009

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip glass. Huge, billowy, tan head on top of a dark, opaque body. Sticky webbed lacing left behind. Looks great.

Lots of rich, dark, sweet malts on the nose followed by some light strawberry and cherry notes. Chocolate is fairly dominant with a touch of anise and hop.

Tipping back the glass reveals dark, slightly burnt malt mixed with chocolate and a bit of woodiness. Hop bitterness comes through nicely, but is not overbearing. A faint hint of cherry lingers in the background. Toffee and a touch of alcohol round out the flavor. This beer has some nice complexity to it, moving it beyond many of the one-dimensional stouts, but it isn't quite up there with some of the other big guns.

The body is chewy and smooth over a decent hop bitterness. Carbonation is on the lower end, but spot on for the style. Slight warming alcohol.

Drinkability is good. This is definitely a tasty RIS. I'm glad it comes in a 22oz serving, because 12oz would leave you wanting more. At 9.5% its not sessionable, but at the same time its hard to put down.

Overall, this beer is a good example of the style and a well crafted brew. With over a year of cellaring, the hops are still well defined and I feel that this beer could still go for another 3 years. The complexity is decent, but it leaves you wanting just a bit more. However, this is an easy beer to obtain and is reasonably priced, so I will definitely be picking more up for the cellar sometime in the near future. I also can't wait to try the oak-aged and the barrel-aged at some point. This beer can definitely improve from some wood aging.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 01:36:13 | More by sisuspeed
Photo of rwf08


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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duvel glass. Bottled on Feb 22 2010.

A: Pours a luscious dark black. Looks like chocolate syrup coming out of the bottle. Dense mocha one finger head that dissipates slowly and leaves a thin head and good dense lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, cocoa, sweet chocolate syrup. A slight coffee like roast comes through.

T: Dark roasted grains and chocolate. Some hop bitterness on the finish that gives it the taste of coffee. I get a lot of coffee and chocolate in this one despite it isn't the chocolate or coffee Yeti.

M: Good medium carbonation, medium mouth feel that coats the tongue well. Very luxurious mouthfeel.

D: Good drinkability for a 9.5% Imp. Stout. Very comforting beer to relax with. I could use a little more complexity on the flavor profile but other than that this is a very solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 01:41:44 | More by rwf08
Photo of LuthersMug


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

I enjoyed this beer with neighbors on a warm spring night. The beer poured a nice dark rich color, with a nice foamy head. A nice lacing was present throughout the drink. The beer was smooth with excellent malty flavors. The hops rounded this beer out beautifully, excellent flavor without the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 02:36:21 | More by LuthersMug
Photo of TKEbeerman


4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my snifter this brew pours a deep space black with a dark, russet brown head. I've said it before and will again, you can tell when a stout is dark, when it's head is darker then most other beers. Impressive.

The smell is just as "dark". Deep roasted malt, molasses, and a slight hop back ground.

Toasted, roasted, malt....extra dark chocolate...a slight espresso tingle....and finally what I've come to expect for a big RIS; a hop background crafted to complement the HUGENESS of the Yeti.

The mouth feel is big, and well carbonated. Chewy goodness.

Yeti is drinkable for a stout. Two bombers will go down fine, but I'll be done for the night after that. This is beer is impressive, and a fine example of when big malt is complemented with hops.

I can't wait till the day when I line up the Yeti's and drink 'em side by side.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 00:20:27 | More by TKEbeerman
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4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a syrupy black into a Duvel tulip with a lovely dark espresso head that fizzled up and quickly receded, leaving a hint of sticky lacing.

Subtle aroma of licorice and a bit of hops. Burnt espresso taste that quickly expands into bitter dark chocolate and roasty malts with a hint of vanilla. Hoppy bitterness on the finish followed by more lingering coffee, chocolate, and especially molasses.

Moderate carbonation, but still more than expected. Nice full mouthfeel and a nicely complex taste make this one a pleasure to sip.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 05:25:33 | More by grittybrews
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4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very good example of an Imperial Stout. No need to go into extreme details. If it had poured green or smelled like sauerkraut, I would have scored it lower than I did.

Review must be over 250 characters and less than 5,000. Apparently we shouldn't be snobs, but shouldn't not be snobs, either.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2010 04:16:59 | More by wildvikes
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Ontario (Canada)

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

A- Thick, black, creamy pour not one ounce of light peeking through this glass. Dark rich coffee colored head. Literally looks like a Starbucks espresso. Lacing is wonderful.

S- Espresso, vanilla, brown sugar, dark chocolate.

T- Semi sweet chocolate, burnt coffee, brown sugar, vanilla, faint alcohol bite at the end.

M- Thick, creamy light carbonation.

D- This is a heavy beer. The alcohol is hidden very well, the taste is remarkable but the overall weight of the beer would make it a good sipper after dinner. Would last me a good hour.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 14:11:10 | More by korguy123
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4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer is one of the darkest I have had. It is completely black with a deep brown finger thick head. It resembles a thin motor oil.

S: It has a strong aroma that boasts a hearty helping of chocolate and roasted malts. There is a definitive coffee presence as well. The smell is incredible and completely invigorates the nostrils.

T: This beer has an incredible taste. The coffee flavor has a strong prescence with some slight chocolate notes. There is an overall roasted character that accompanies the flavors as well. The alcohol is well hidden. It is a little warm on the end with a slight hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is well balanced. Not too heavy, but has a nice body to hold up the great flavor profile.

Overall this is an incredible beer. It would probably make it into my top 10 list of best beers I have ever had and definitely one of the best imperial stouts I have had. I am anxious to try the other versions of the Yeti.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 23:30:43 | More by ugaterrapin
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 3,891 ratings.