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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,172 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,172
Reviews: 1,621
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 197
Gots: 498 | FT: 17
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 tommy78
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark as night colour with a serious amount of head. The head was thick and brown like caramel.

S: This was my favorite part of the beer. Very malty aroma. Along with the malts, I can smell the coffee and hops distinctly.

T: Good taste for a high-alcohol stout. I tasted a good amount of chocolate, along with some of the coffee that I detected in the aroma.

M: My least favorite part of the beer. It had too much of a kick at the start. As I continued sipping the beer, it got easier on the palate.

D: I could easily have three or four pints in one sitting. It goes really well with a juicy grilled hamburger.

tommy78, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- really dark and thick looking on the pour. A big sandy reddish brown colored head rises up. Decent retention but nothing superb. It slowly fades to the typical RIS collar.

S- the nose lets you know this is a well hopped RIS. Its full of roasted, charred, peppery, meat tenderizer, and some chocolate notes.

T- well balanced. The finish is hopped and slightly bitter which helps to even out the chocolate and roasty characters found on the front.

M- Lighter than it looks. Dry with mild to medium carbonation. Slightly sticky

D- goes down easy. Easier than a lot of beers like it. Its just not living up to its oak aged brother.

MbpBugeye, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of ne0m00re
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into an oversized red wine glass to capture the aroma. I've had this plenty of times (mostly on-tap), but I'm only just now getting around to reviewing it.

A: It poured a thick, frothy milk chocolate head that slowly died to a thick lace. It's jet black with a thin amber brown hue.
S: Roasted malty chocolate with banana, vanilla, and oak. There is not much alcohol nor a whole lot of hops in the aroma, but a bit of the piney-earthy hops comes through.
T: Dark chocolate mocha espresso, syrupy sweet with a twinge of spicy hops and alcohol. The hops and alcohol linger until a slight burnt flavor comes through.
M: Syrupy thick with a medium frothy carbonation.
D: This is definitely a sipping beer, but a rather enjoyable one at that. That being said, I really couldn't have more than a couple of them in a row, even if the alcohol was much lower.

ne0m00re, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of WakeandBake
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle . A very dark black pour with a huge lasting faomy brown head , leaving sheeting and lace all down the glass , good amount of carbonation . Aroma is big and roasty , sweet caramel, toffee , rasins , char , nuts , and some spicy hops ( nice) . Flavor is huge roastyness , quite sweet , lots of dark caramel , bitter coffee and dark chocolate, and tea ,a nice level of bitterness in the roast and with the noticable hops . Creamy mouthfeel , full body , long roasty sweet finish with a hint of alcohol in the tail end , very drinkable , i could not put it down and drained the bomber quite quickly . This was very good in every aspect , top notch Stout for sure .

WakeandBake, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of mavbrew
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on October 30, 2008....about 16 months from first taste.

A: Jet black with a finger think tan head. Head recedes somewhat quickly.

S: Roasted malt with a hint of coffee and chocolate, not as potent as anticipated but a solid smell none the less.

T: Taste starts with a strong roasted malt flavor with some coffee and chocolate. This is followed by the strong taste of the hops that make up the 75 IBUs.

M: Light to medium body with a creamy and smooth feel. Not much carbonation present.

D: The beer is smooth and delicious. The 9.5% ABV is masked quite well, makes drinking it a little dangerous since it goes down so easily.

mavbrew, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Jet black with just a hint of brown on the edges. Beautiful two finger head that foamed up and dissipated slowly. Nice retention and lacing.

S - Huge chocolate, roasted coffee malts. Get some subtle hops on the end.

T - Roasted coffee malts are by far the strongest part of this brew. Lot of chocolate taste as well, but coffee turns a little bitter and gives it a nice bite with some hops on th eend.

M - Too thin, needs more body to it. It's not enjoyable but would like this one to be a little thicker.

D - Gets a little too bitter to drink a lot of, but goes down pretty easy.

AgentZero, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of jwillcourt
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a stemmed water glass. Bottled on September 4, 2009, nearly 6 months ago.

A - Pours like motor oil, black even when held to the light. There is a finger of reddish-brown head that settles to a fine, crema that never goes away. The head comes back easily with brisk swirl or two. It leaves a good amount of lacing.

S - This is hugely fragrant. I can smell it easily from arms length. There is a strong malt base, along with chocolate, roasted coffee, and a slight molasses smell. An earthy hops smell grows stronger as it warms. The molasses smell also increases over time. In the end, the molasses is just as strong as the initial malt base.

T - The flavor follows the smell. Initial flavor is strong, roasted malt, followed by cocoa powder, chocolate, and a slight roasted coffee flavor. The finish is very interesting and includes both a slight sweetness and an earthy hops bitterness. The sweetness is on the lips, while the earthy hop flavor is in the mouth, allowing them to coexist. The sweetness consists of molasses and plum, and grows much stronger as it warms. The alcohol is also present in the finish, but it fades over time. Towards the end of the bottle, a slight saltiness emerges in the finish.

M - This has a medium body but very low carbonation, providing a very smooth, creamy feel. There is a slight alcohol burn, but it's not too boozy. It grows increasingly creamy as it warms.

D - This beer is very delicious and smooth. The alcohol is fairly well hidden, but it's there. This is a sipper, which is true to the style. It took me about 50 minutes to drink the 22oz bottle. However, when it was done, I wished there were more.

I am really looking forward to trying the other permutations on this basic Yeti RIS. I was tempted to give 5's to this bottle, but I want to try the oaked, aged, and coffee versions first. Otherwise, assuming they are better, what would I give them?

jwillcourt, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of urwithdave
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured form a bomber into my imperial pint glass.

A- Almost solid black. However, I can see hints of brown. Pours a solid 2'' thick brown head. Has great retention and the lacing is superb.

S- Dark chocolate, coffee, and some molasses.

T- Really really good. The chocolate was very dark and bitter. The coffee taste was almost sweet. There is a hint of hops throughout. The alcohol is masked by the other flavors, but you still no it's there. A really great blend.

M- Solid. Thick like mo thick. A very nice creamy beer that really coats your whole mouth. Just long enough to make you want more. The only knock is that I'd prefer a little less carbonation.

D- I really liked this one a lot. I think I could def drink a few throughout the night. However, the alcohol is masked so well that it would be easy to forget the 9 plus ABV.

urwithdave, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of illidurit
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber courtesy daknole, thanks dude. According to the label this was bottled exactly 13 months ago. Appears black in the glass but you can clearly see through to its brownness while it's pouring. Nice thick creamy head, pretty dark too. Like hot cocoa-colored almost. Frothy lacing all over the place. Aroma is chocolatey but also very bready, which I wasn't expecting really. Like smelling a loaf of dark wheat bread. Maybe a teensy little bit of orangey hops. Flavor is less bready with a lot more of the standard coffee/chocolate dynamic going on. I was expecting more hoppiness in the aroma but it comes through in the taste. Hops lend a piney, almost minty character that marries nicely with the chocolate. Finishes dry but a little too astringent. Solid hoppy bitterness on the back of the tongue, the 75 IBUs boasted on the label seems just about right. Chewy full body and very drinkable. Better than the oaked one if you ask me.

illidurit, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of Teleweizen2
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes

A - pours inky black with a huge deep tan head. Great retention. Thick lacing.

S - dark chocolate aroma is just huge. I can smell it with the glass even a foot away. Some coffe and an earthy piney scent is detected as well.

T - the bitter sweet chocolate is apparent right away along with coffee notes and a nice hoppy finish.

M - thick and creamy. Medium to low carb.

D - for a thick stout of it's sature it's very drinkable I would have scored it higher but the abv is to high for that. It also paired amazingly well with my gfs double chocolate cup cakes :)

Teleweizen2, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rich, dark, black with a cap of stiff brown foam. Good retention & lacing. Smell of dark roasted malts, molasses, tar, dark dried fruit. Taste begins with a molasses and tar like quality, mellowing out to reveal an underlying brown sugar and dried fruit sweetness. Hints of black licorice, chicory, cocoa, italian coffee, earth and pine round out the finish. Full bodied, smooth, but slight grainy and chalky finnish. Very nice tasting beer with a great ingredient profile. A little bolder than a stout, but not as fruity and boozy as other RIS's.

rfgetz, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of MOB210SA
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2 fingers of deep dark brown chocolate head. Probably one of the darkest heads Ive ever seen. Sinks down to a a great even layer. Deep black in color. Good head retention.

Delicious waves of chocolate/coca, with an equal amount of sweet coffee. Abundance of burnt, dark roasted malts. Good amount of hoppiness.

Ive always loved Yeti since the first time I tried it. Big, bold flavored RIS. Predominate coffee, and dark maltiness. That lingers on and on. Chocolate cake.

Mouthfeel is big, bold and creamy. Full bodied.

The bottle went so quickly I haven't had enough time to properly review this. I will buy another in the next couple days, to finish.

MOB210SA, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of darklordlager
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a solid black with an abundant head of very dark brown bubbles which show incredible retention--perhaps the best looking RIS I am yet to encounter.

S: I can feel it luring me in before I am even near it. Even 1.5 feet away it oozes chocolatey roasted malt goodness. Sweet, and a little bit smoky/roasty. Rich dark chocolate and an acidity that makes one think of coffee even though this isn't the espresso-aged version. Light floral element in the nose as well, courtesy of the hops.

Taste: Rich dark chocolate and coffee envelop the mouth, with the roasted malt and light smokiness coming through in the finish. Nice warming feeling pops up to provide company. A bit of dark fruit in there as well. Citrus note throughout, with a bitterness that matches the dark grains' acidity fairly well. The bitterness seems to accumulate with each sip.

M: Medium-high carbonation, a bit more than I prefer in a RIS. Still a pleasant creaminess though.

D: A fine offering from Great Divide. The citrus and bitterness seem to dominate after sitting with it for a while--I think I would prefer this aged a bit to mellow out the hops. Nice complexity of mlats and hops, just not exactly in the proportions I prefer.

darklordlager, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of jdmcel
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. I had to travel to the whole foods in Dedham MA to find this.

A: A nice dark, dark brown almost black pour with an 3/4 inch of head that fades quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

S: Roasted malts and toffee smell come through but the roasted malts is the strongest.

T: A very balanced taste not too sweet or over roasted. Very enjoyable hints of caramel and coffee/toffee.

M: Very smooth. Medium bodied, not over carbonated.

D: Very Drinkable. The 9.5% does not come thru. I am sure it will sneak up on you tho.
This is my second offering from Great Divide, I had the Titan IPA, which was great, and I have a Hercules waiting in the fridge.

jdmcel, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Great Divide
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV 9.5%
IBU 75

L= 4.5 Pours a beautiful black with dark coffee 1 finger head

S= 4.5 Pungent nose! Big smells of dark roasted coffee, black chocolate, and hops! Wow lots of hops on the nose

T= 4.5 True nose. It carries over great. Lots of French of Italian roasted coffee. Hops come in at the end and carry through.

F= 4.0 Full bodied! Wow this a great beer. Thick, creamy, velvety body.

D= 4.0 I could drink this beer for a while. Another great beer from great divide. Nice job

tippebrewcrew2, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle in Dec. of 2008

A-pours a thick jet black liquid resembling motor oil. the head is a very dark mocha color, thick and creamy. very good retention, slowly dissipating. thick lace left on the glass. can't really ask for anything else in terms of appearance.

S-the nose is pretty nice. some bitter sweet bakers chocolate, roasted malt, touch of caramel and toffee, notes of coffee, dark fruits at the back, plum and fig.

T/M-the taste is pretty big. it is smooth and creamy, rather thick, slightly chewy. the bakers chocolate sets in first, some toffee, hints of molasses, coffee towards the middle. the end brings some malty sweetness of dark fruits and a touch of hop bitterness, a good bit of carbonation.

D-very good RIS, nice body and good flavor. good balance, could use just a touch more sweetness; but altogether one of the better yearly RIS'

cpetrone84, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of Tomdee74
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide makes some pretty good beers. I do enjoy their Titan IPA as well as their Hercules DIPA. Their Yeti is also a pretty good stout!

A - Pours black into a tulip glass with a head about 2 fingers thick and very good lacing.

S - Smell the coffee and chocolate. alcohol is very well hidden in the smell..

T - Very smooth.. Hard to believe it is a high abv. I really like this stout this is a good sipper..

M - Smooth, Silky, chocolatey... A tiny hop bite

D - Pretty easy to drink. I can drink a full bomber of this no problem as alcohol is hidden very well and this is an enjoyable stout!

Tomdee74, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11-23-09

Poured inky black with a big, creamy brown head.

Aromas of burnt cookies, gentle roast, coffee, and a pleasant, piney hoppiness.

Thick and robust with lots of roasty, bitter chocolate, wood, the alcohol is present but doesn't dominate, and the finish and dry and very bitter from the massive hop character. Classy, right along with the entire Yeti series.

brownbeer, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of fastsrt
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle to snifter
bottled on jan of 08 ( just over 2 years old)
A: black, thin brown head that last 2 minutes. amazing lacing
S: awesome mellow chocolate lots going on here
T: coffee, roasted barley, dark malts, a small touch of the hops.
M: thick, low carbonation coats the pallet, smooth and balanced. this one is great.
D: I could put down a few. this a awesome drinking beer and is way better aged a bit, as I had one on draft a few weeks ago, this one is far superior. the balance is perfect.

fastsrt, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of biglite351
3.38/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - nice and dark. Foam is also darker than most stouts that I have seen.

S - very inviting and full.

T - the taste is a bit hit and miss for me. It has a nice layered flavor. However, it is a bit bitter for me.

M - there is a tingle in the back of the top of the mouth and tongue. Basically comparable to a mild hard alcohol burn.

D - I would only go for one of these and then move on to something else... or just go with something else from the start.

biglite351, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 2/6/10

Bottled Oct. 6th 2009

Pours near-black with highlights of burnt brown around the edges. No light is getting through this beer. Two fingers worth of milk chocolate colored foam billows up quickly but doesn't last very long. After a few minutes the head is reduced to a skim of small bubbles, though a decent amount of lace has begun. Thin retention & lacing by the end.

The nose is quite enticing, offering bold malts aromas of various ilk. Dark malts? Check. Roasted malts? You betcha. Toasted malts? Absolutely. Bittersweet dark chocolate is in no shortage. Dark sugars are apparent as well, with hints of toffee & molasses. I get the impression of vanilla overtones. While it tends to smell sweet, it is offset by an earthy hop note that, while restrained, helps add complexity & intrigue.

The sweetness found in the nose doesn't seem to translate all that much to taste. While surprising, it's not at all upsetting. Instead, Yeti tastes extremely dry & bitter. Sure, upfront there is a brief sweetness (maybe caramel or some sort of dark sugar - it's tough to distinguish) but it's almost immediately drowned out by bitter chocolate & roasted coffee. A good bit of hoppy bitterness is in there too, which fine by me. A few hints of vanilla are present as well.

Yeti is quite full bodied with low, creamy carbonation. I would say it's almost silky, but there is way too much resiny grit that manifests after but a moment with each sip. The finish is very dry with a long lingering bitterness.

I am really impressed how this beer is packed with roasted malt flavor without becoming too sweet. It's very enjoyable & is certainly a sipper. I've yet to try anything from the Yeti family that disappoints. Great Divide sure knows how to make 'em.

Ryan011235, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of jeranbrews
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased 11-'09. Consumed 2-'10 in a pint glass.

A - Low dark head. The foam on this beer was like a chocolate milkshake with a bit of blood. I'm not kidding. It was dark mocha and crimson. The beer itself was a mystifying light trapping dark black coffee color. Opaque. Plenty of yeasty sediment at the bottom of the glass. And symmetric hula-hoop lacing slides down the side of the glass.

S - Meaty German hops. Very fragrant. The hop they use is unmistakable. The obvious use of roasted malts are hidden and all the yummy yeast you can't find at all. Even after warming the smell didn't change much. If anything it became more meaty and bestial. Livestock.

T - Smokey charcoal with roast malt. Lots of chocolate malt and a hint of vanilla at the beginning. At first it's a bit sweet, then bitter....then bitter again. Then a bit more bitter. Good but lacks complexity for me.

M - Smooth. So smooth and creamy. This is they way beer was meant to be.

D - Good, but I was hoping for a lot mroe from an Imperial stout. Lacks complexity of smell and flavor. No 5's here sadly.

jeranbrews, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of jera1350
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate syrup like color and texture as it pours into a snifter. Huge chocolatey brown head that leaves a ton of lacing.

Loads of chocolate fill the nose with a large amount of grassy hops added. Almost a sweet ice cream like scent.

Like the nose, lots of rich chocolate, undertones of mocha and vanilla bean and the outstanding presence of those grassy hops which I absolutely love in an IS. Awesome, awesome, awesome!

Quite a bit of prickly carbonation for the style. It's not a bad thing, just unexpected especially judging by the appearance.

I can't believe I've waited so long to try this beer. I love a hoppy RIS and this fits the bill. At it's price, I would venture to call this a bargain beer. All around awesome and I look forward to having it many more times!

jera1350, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of JosephLondon
4.93/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a treat! Thank you to Natlocc787 for giving me the heads-up on where I could find this one. I really appreciate it.

Poured from a bottle dated July 2007. This beast of a stout has been sitting, waiting for its consumption for 2 and 1 half years. And oh is it ripe! The appearance is spectacular. The bubbles are so tight it looks more like coffee whipped-cream than a typical head. The froth is rebellious in its submittal to gravity, finally giving its way to a highly decorated, multiple ring of lace. When tilted from side to side the cascading effects are that of a marching band; every member hitting its own note to cause a harmony unparalleled. I smell dark caramel chocolate, vanilla, Godiva liquor and raisin plum with hints of dated pear and a touch of tobacco. The taste is nothing short of perfection. It has bourbon and a wood backbone. Lots of vanilla caramel chocolate, also dates with the slightest alcohol finish. The feel is smooth. Not thick or thin but perfect for this beer. The feel is satin on the palate not demanding too much and going down smooth. I have paramount beer in my cellar: Abyss, Life and Limb, Peche Mortel and others. This is the beer I want most right now.

JosephLondon, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of Chrisco88
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Extremely dark brown, some may say black. Thick, luxurious foamy head that lasts, chocolate brown in color.

Aroma: Coffee, dark malts and glorious chocolate! Closer sniffs revealed subtle hints of that noble hop goodness, not overpowering or pungent at all.

Taste: Chocolate and malts are predominant, aftertaste has some coffee/toffee tones and a good portion of hop bitterness but not out of balance at all.

Palate: Silky smooth and almost chewy. Noticeable aftertaste of alcohol which puts me off a bit, but the strong coffee/chocolate tastes keep it from burning or feeling hot.

Overall: On the whole a great tasting beer but the strong and lasting flavors combined with the high ABV keep it from being enjoyable on a regular basis. While slowing sipping my one glass kept me impressed throughout, about half way through I realized I wouldn't care for another glass of this anytime soon... one was good but it'll do for a while.

Chrisco88, Jan 31, 2010
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,172 ratings.