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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,573 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,573
Reviews: 1,661
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 236
Gots: 651 | FT: 20
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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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Photo of diamondc
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Apr 15 2011.

A: Pitch black, motor oil, mocha colored head. Lots o' lacing. Great.

S: A lot of hops... pine mostly, and tobacco up front. Coffee and roast lurk in the background.

T: First taste is of IPA level hops, piney, woodsy, almost juicy. Dark chocolate, highly roasted coffee flavors appear afterwards. A little bit of booze on the aftertaste. A great combo.

M: Sure, its a sipper as all the best RIS are, very full bodied here, almost chewy in a way.

O: Classic RIS. Worth multiple purchases.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A viscous ink black body sits beneath a finger+ of tan foam. Not much staying power as the cap quickly retreats to form some patches along the top of the liquid.

The nose is of bitter dark chocolate, molasses, piney hops, coffee grounds, alcohol soaked dark fruit and some burnt brown sugar. This is hugely inviting and extremely rich.

Dark chocolate and roast coffee grounds lend a huge dose of bitterness to this brew. Molasses, burnt brown sugar, alcohol soaked plums/cherries and piney hops to round it all out.

Full, rich, velvety and almost decadent mouthfeel. Carbonation is right on point. Some warming in the finish that builds as you work your way through the bottle and becomes a bit of a detractor with time.

Overall, this beer is pretty on point. Thick, rich, complex, very good array of flavors. I still prefer the Oak out of this series.

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

Opaque viscous black with purple highlight and slow-fading chocolate milkshake-like thick stiff creamy foam that sheets and trails from the start - looks imposing from the start. Fresh roasted coffee, 70% chocolate with orange oil underneath; mouth-watering.
Ash, fig, molasses, black malt acidity and astringent roastiness with black grape and salty caramel hints, then big resin and orange hops to end. Burnt sugar comeback and bitter linger.
Heavy, creamy, silky and burning.

Dark but not sweet, and, man, there's some bitterness. This needs some time. There's clearly an epic beer in here, but it's too hot and edgy when it's new. Still, a chewy, dark, hoppy monster.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown with a big foamy brown/tan head. Some slight lace. Head sticks around.

Big charred malt, molasses, coffee, bitter chocolate for aroma. Smells sweet and bitter.

A punch in the mouth with bitter, sweet, and alcohol -- all at once. Big flavors here. Sweet charred malt, some bitterness, some molasses. And the alcohol, ever present washes alot of what could have been cloyingly sweet away. You get a nice layered beer here. Waves of malt, sugars, bitter, and finally a long malt/bitter finish. Terrific RIS.

Fully bodied, thick, and chewy.

Wonderful stuff. Boozy, but what is present really works in this one. Lots of flavor. I will have this again.

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

Pours pitch black with a tan half inch head that really sticks around.

Smells strongly of coffee and roasted malts.

I get assaulted by the coffee and roasted malts, but that leads to something else--a good something else. There is somewhat of a sweet smoothness that lingers around. That then subsides to a floral hop bitterness that really balances the sweetness. They really help balance out what would be a very singular beer.

The aftertaste was something of a combination of roasty malts a hop bitterness that reminds me the hop bill from Two-Hearted.

Photo of zoolzoo
3.51/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle dated Jan 2010

A: Motor oil pour, large coffee bean head. Good retention. Actually looks like a chocolate milk shake from the top.

S: Boozy dark chocolate, raisins. Hops seemed to have faded after almost 2 years of age. I always thought Yeti was a bit too hoppy anyway.

T/M: Nice oaky flavors open up, along with cocoa and coffee bean. Really not much sweetness. Finish is burnt, chalky, minerally, earthy. Probably tasting some hop remnants here. Mouthfeel is as thick as it ever was, carbonation is low.

O: Finish is a bit awkward, but Ill take that over the normally hoppy finish. I would guess that although Yeti has held up decently for 21 months, I don't see it improving all that much in the long run.

Photo of jcartamdg
3.51/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark thick black appearance with a two finger dark brown head. Aroma of smokey roasted malts, hops and chocolate. Taste follows the nose. Wow is this hoppy, a little two hoppy for a stout in my opinion. Bitter with an aftertaste that hangs around. Pretty good but not in my top five impy stouts

Photo of BrewStoutMagic
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

THis is a fine example of an imperial stout.I may not be an expert but this is a full bodied and aromatic imperial stout. Appearance is very undoubtley black with dark tan head.Smell has fine dark sugary esspresso smoky mocha aroma. Taste has a sweetly bitter smoked feel with strong taste and bold imperial alcohol content to give you that warm feeling about half way through a pint. Overall I could be gratefuly yeti to enjoy another one.

Photo of SawDog505
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22 oz bottle into my 16 oz snifter, bottle 5/12/11. Pours just amazing. Black as black, with a wonderful looking mocha creamy head. A inch worth, with plenty of lacing. Smell is huge chocolate, coffee, with some tobacco & smoke. A little booze. Taste all those, with a nice herbal hops finish. Mouthfeel is great, big.but approachable. Lots of life. This is my favorite non oaked or barrel aged stout. Great Divide makes some of the best stouts on planet earth, thanks.

Photo of jsprain1
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours quite nearly black. Head is solidly brown with a slight reddish tint as well. Head is one finger, reduces to almost nothing. Lots of lacing.
S- Smell is the standard smells of chocolate and coffee. I am also getting a bit of a tobacco aroma.
T- This is one of the tastist and most layered beers I've ever tasted. It's at the very start sweet like milk chocolate but it gets more bitter with a burnt coffee and bitter chocolate flavor set playing off each other. Hop are mild until the finish where they come through with an herbal, and ever so slightly citrusy punch. The finish with the roasted malts and the hops coming together like that really pushes it up for me.
M- It is smooth but it's not quite as creamy as I'd like for the style. Finish is nearing dry.
O- One of my new favorites for the style. I really enjoyed how they let the big flavors of roasted malt and hops play off each other. Really really spot on.

Photo of tbmurphy89
3.59/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Oil (no light shines through this one), head is a chocolate color.
S- Hops, alot of hops, hint of chocolate
T- roasted malt flavor with hops on the tailgate.
M- Coats your mouth like a thin jacket.
O- I like it. Not something to drink too much of at 9.5 % plus the "liquid bread" effect with the stout style.

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black like motor oil with a thick dark brown head. Great retention; thick, sticky lacing.
Chocolate, roasted black coffee and alcohol in the nose.
Robust roasted coffee bean flavor with bakers chocolate and a hint of char. A slight smokiness in the background and plenty of biting hop bitterness in the finish.
Insanely thick and full bodied. One of the darkest and thickest beers I've tried.

3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first review, so bear with me here, guys (+feel free to critique my critique!). I just turned 21 eight months ago and have been working on my beer palate daily (trying roughly at least one new beer every day) until I now feel comfortable enough to review one. And this guy seems unique enough to pop my cherry.

So anyway, I've been wanting to try the Yeti for some time now after seeing variations of it all over the place. It must be damn good if its good enough to produce spin-offs, right?
Well, I bought the 22oz bottle and poured it into my Ommegang glass (not the right glass, I know, but I just got it and am super psyched to use it!!). Second pouring went into a standard pint glass.

Appearance - Deep, dark brown. Looks like 22 ounces of espresso. The head, once died down, even looks like espresso foam.

Smell - Milder smell than one would expect (or maybe that's just my stuffed-up nose talking). Smells like a bar of roasted caramel candy with an added oakiness.

Taste - Tastes like hugely over-roasted espresso with about a cup of caramel dumped in. I hate sweets, yet somehow this baby grows on me with every sip. It hits you with an immediate sweetness, but, quickly, the bitterness of the hops + roasted malt flavor hugely overpower the fleeting sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Standard stout feel: thick, creamy, filling. Though the intense flavor leaves your mouth in shock, feeling like you've just woken up after falling asleep with coffee beans in your mouth all night. You're forced to use the hair of the dog to quench this bitterness with more of it!

Overall - Yeti is a perfect name for this one. This guy is really the Sasquatch of beers! 22oz is just right and leaves me satisfied enough that I won't need another beer for at least six hours. To fully enjoy this mammoth, be sure to eat bland tasting food leading up to it and come on a light stomach. It'll kick you in the balls. High marks!

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

A - Jet black, thick pour. Tan head that laces pretty well.

S - Molasses, big malt, and fruits darker than your mother's ever seen them.

T - Vanilla comes through all the way on the tastebuds, sweet chocolate, dates.

M - Thick, viscous. So big that it can't be real dry.

D - This is a big, big beer. Worth trying. Up there with the best imperials I've tried, though it does not necessarily stick out between any of them. Nevertheless, this is a great, great beer, worth all the praise it gets, and I'd encourage everyone to try it. It's actually a great starter beer for beer drinkers new to imperial stouts. If that's you, check it out!

Photo of YumYumGumGum
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: one and half fingers of very dark brown head. Opaque body and maximum lacing. The dark brown head is very even and fluffy not oily like some dry coffeed beers. Poured in bar glass.

S: raw coffee smell dominates other components, and notes of burnt roasts, maybe chocolate or nuts.

T: strong coffee imperial flavors, lots of burnt malts. Chocolate is nice, didnt taste the nuts in the scent.

M: great level of carbonation. Very fulll body which is what i look for in an imperial. I like more wholesome beer and this a great show of a super grain imperial dark black stout. Almost plead the 5th quality in mouth feel.

O: in a store 15$ for a 4pk. Not worth the money considering beers that i compare it to, like plead the 5th are only 13$. Not worth the money but definately a well made imperial centering around coffee worth trying. I cant wait to try and review the 22 of the expresso version but wont be buying another half case.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter, sharred with 3 other friends.

Bottle Date: Jan 12, 2010

A- Very attractive beer, pours a one finger dark brown head that dissipates to nice brown ring around the glass, great lacing, pitch black opaque color.
S- The aroma is very roasty, roasted malts, earthy notes, chocolate, coffee.
T- The taste is very similar, big woody flavor comes out, roasted notes, malt, chocolate, just a nice classic tasting RIS, the alcohol is hidden in this brew, slight hop profile as well.
M- Medium mouth feel, well carbonated, smooth, coats the palate.
O- This is just a quality stout, very easy drinkability, perfect to drink on a cold winter day.

Photo of depechemode1983
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black. Head is dark brown in color and very rocky. Excellent retention on this one. Lacing is awesome. Curtains all around the glass.

S - The nose is full of roasted coffee, toasted grains, and dark chocolate. Very bitter sweet character with a burnt finish. Not much alcohol coming through even at 9.5% abv.

T - Lots of burnt coffee flavors. Sweet upfront and then fades into bitter coffee and dark chocolate with smokey undertones. Not too much complexity but very flavorful.

M - Full bodied, silky smooth and creamy. Carbonation is moderate which compliments the soft mouth feel.

O - Excellent. 8 dollars well spent.

Photo of coldriver
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass. Pours a crude-oil black with fantastic toxic chemical looking head. Great retention and lacing. Aroma is Italian roast coffee and chocolate. Strong caramel, coffee, chocolate, and licorice flavors with bitter hop finish. Alcohol well hidden. Nicely carbonated and balanced, stick to the tongue finish.

Right on the edge of totally repulsive and totally loveable, this is a damn fine brew.

Photo of McWoods
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


The smell that came from the bottle when I cracked it open was phenomenal. Sweet, carmel-like, with a shot of espresso.

It poured about that color too, thick and dark. The head was a thick dense foam as well a medium brown color.

The thickness almost gave it a syrup type texture at times, but the feeling it left behind was sweet and delicious. Rich.

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It poured slick and dark from the bottle, might as well have been motor oil. No highlights on this thing at all, that is usually a good sign on a stout! The head bubbled vigorously to about two fingers in width. The dark brown foam coats the side of the glass as the glass is tipped.

Smell: The nose is full of roasted malts. There is also some sweetness, like raisins, there as well from the malt character. The roasted profile also brings out some leather and nut profiles, also makes the nose a little spicy.

It all comes together very nicely. It could be a little bigger as it is a stout. I shouldn’t have to bend way over into my glass to find these profiles I don’t think.

Taste: Yeti starts out very strong, and then just stomps right on to the back of the throat, leaving a roasted and warm finish. As it first enters there is the kick from the hops that makes for a semi bitter taste. Then that is slowly overwhelmed by the roasted malt profile, which is not near as sweet on the tongue.

The flavor is definitely more roasted caramel malt that is very warm from the higher alcohol. Do not be alarmed though. This alcohol that gets into the finish fits perfectly with the stout. Overall, it’s very bold and damn good.

Mouth feel: The finish is dry from the high IBU’s of the drink, and it definitely warms the belly. Although, the alcohol finish is not distracting and doesn’t take away from the drink at all. It goes down very easy and is big, as in full bodied, like a stout should be.

Overall: This offering from Great Divide is very solid indeed. The only problem is how drinkable it ultimately is. With its higher alcohol, one does really need to be careful. It’s one of the few Imperial stouts that is so easy on the palate and so big at the same time.

Well worth the try, and again, just be careful, Yeti sightings are always easier to prove when one doesn’t wake up with a pounding head ache the next day.

Photo of Flightoficarus
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type - Bottle poured into snifter

A - Pours out as thick and black as used motor oil! Upon the pour there is also a thick, mocha brown head, which shortly gives way to creamy lacing.

S - Smell is of roasted coffee, chocolate brownies, molasses, dark fruits, and alcohol.

T - Taste is of rich chocolate brownie, with mocha and molasses notes, and a moderate hop presence. Alcohol is pretty well hidden compared to the smell.

M - Thick and full bodied as an imperial stout should be. Creamy, mild carbonation, but just the right amount!

O - Overall, this is a great dessert beer or nightcap. Now that I've finally introduced myself to the Yeti series, I'll have to try the other ones out.

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

650ml, bottled May 11, 2010

A - Pours a tar black, with a fairly abundant thick, dark mocha head, similar to dark espresso crema, with good lacing. A greater amount than the average imperial.

S - Heavy dark chocolate smell, similar to a chocolate stout, with a good amount of alcohol, and a little coffee.

T - Big blunt taste of cocoa, malts, and roasted nuts right off the top, followed by a perfect amount of medium-low carbonation, with a strong boozey taste at the end. Other reviewers have talked about a mild-to-medium alcohol flavour. Maybe it was it's age, or what my "strong" is. Long lingering taste of cocoa and chocolate.

M - Big, thick and heavy. A really good imperial stout. Not the kind of beer to have a number of, but it would definitely be nice by a fire in the winter. And at 9.5%, you might not need much more.

Photo of BeerHiker
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second time drinking this beer; 22oz bottle poured into a large German beer mug.

Upon pouring, I am immediatly intimidated by the thick, black, syrupy-ness of this motor-oil resemlbing beer. Poured softly, but suprized by the abundant, dark brown head that forms; especialy for how softly i poured. One of the darkest heads I have ever seen.

The smell is no less intimidating.. strong nutty roasted malt, with a forceful boozy backbone, with espresso and dark chocolate overtones.

The taste is a big relief..a beautiful symphony of cacao, espresso, and roasted nuts with minimal booze taste. Wonderful nutty rich aftertaste left in my mouth. This beer is alot more drinkable than the color and smell infer. A truely decandent Imperial Stout.

The mouthfeel is nice and thick, without being too syrupy.

Overall, I am very impressed with this beer.A wonderfully crafted imperial stout. I would have to say it is my favorite so far. Very good drinkability despite its daunting smell and look. Everyone should go out and try this one.

Photo of beerandcycling88
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A pours out thick and black. There is a thick tan head that leaves some lacing.

S the nose is rich with milk chocolate, coffee, coco and roast. With a hint of dark fruits.

T the taste follows the nose with lots of coffee chocolate roast with some booze and a slight almost floral hop note.

M thick creamy mouthfeel

Overall this is a solid imperial stout worth seeking out and drinking

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

What immediately sets Yeti apart from many of its peers is the nose: not only does the brew have many of the standard Imperial Stout aromas--thick chocolate malts, equally thick dark chocolates, coffees, caramelized brown sugars, and a hint of maple syrup--but Yeti comes with an added bonus in the form of enough hops to make most IPAs tremble.

On the tongue, the brew is no less formidable, first crushing the tongue under such a sheer weight of chocolate malts, coffee and heavy cocoa as to make the beer seem more chocolate blizzard than fermented beverage (and this without, as far as I've been able to tell, any coffee or cocoa actually added to the mixture--all you're tasting are malts), and then slamming the inside of the head with 75 IBUs of hoppy bitterness. For comparison, Harpoon IPA, which is arguably the easiest IPA to find in Boston-area pubs, only has 42 IBUs.

This is truly a beverage to be dealt with, in other words, and not only because of the 9.5% ABV. I have no doubt that many will find Yeti overpowering and unapproachable because of its sheer audacity, much like the bespectacled and braces-ridden high school chess-club champion who wants to ask the head cheerleader to the prom. As for me, I've just placed this beer in my top ten. Let the pom-pom swaying begin.

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,573 ratings.