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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,569 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,569
Reviews: 1,661
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
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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 aandresen
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz. bottle poured into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: Pours very dark, a nice two finger mocha head. Dissipates quick with good lacing.

S: Dark bitter chocolate, coffee, roasty aroma.

T: Lots of chocolate and roastiness. Coffee and roasted malts throughout the rest of the mouth. There are plenty of hops but mostly balance out all those delicious malts. Don't taste a lot of alcohol which is good and bad.

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation, perfect for me.

O: My favorite available RIS. Love the roastiness and dark chocolate.

Photo of Francepants06
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured the beer in a Young's glass

it had a dark espresso body. With a medium size dark brown foaming head.
dark bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee grinds with espresso finish. It has a little alcohol taste at the end, I think if I taste it again I will age it for a year or two. I actually buzzed a bit after drinking this beer. Price wise I don't think it's as good as a Old stock ale by north coast brewery or Rasputin for that matter as some other reviewers mentioned.

Photo of doughanson78
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black. Small one finger dark mocha head, that dissipates fairly quickly. Ok lacing.

S: Pine hoppy aroma. Very light dark bitter chocolate. Light roasted malts in the background. Faint traces of coffee. Little boosy.

T: Big chocolate on the front of the tongue. Coffee and roasted malts throughout the rest of the mouth. The hops barely come through at all, very faintly at the end just to balance it all out. Little alcohol at the back of the tongue and in the throat.

M: Medium to full-bodied. Fairly creamy. Not to carbonated.

O: I definitely liked this better than Old Rasputin. This was what I envisioned an Imperial Stout should taste like. A nice balance, not so bitter and hoppy. Leaves a warm tingly feeling in the stomach.

Photo of Rapax
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pitch black and opaque. Head is brown, fluffy and very stable.

Smell is surprisingly hoppy for the type. It also brings promises of coffee and caramel.

Taste is everything. A sharp bitterness with lots of coffe. Charcoal. Caramel sweetness a little in the background. Some fruity esters and definitely some dark chocolate. A touch of american hops that add complexity and character, but are not appropriate for the type. Imperial stouts are all about the malt and not supposed to be hoppy, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is just perfect. Heavy body, no overcarbonation and great texture.

Not all imperial stouts have the courage to go beyond black. This one does. And excels at it. If the brewery could only save the flavoring hops for their IPA...

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been bugging the lady at the local beershop to order me some Yeti because Jeffo told me I'd like them. After a few weeks she got them in. Now having a Yeti is a big flippin' deal in Holland as it should anywhere else...

Poured into Hoegaarden glass. The dishwasher is running and has my snifters in it.

It looks pretty thick. Not quite the thick motoroil look I like so much but also not the lightest I have ever seen. Nice to fingers of a tan head on a deep dark black body. This is a great looking stout.

Chocolates and coffee on the nose with tons roasted malts and smells of hops.

Tastes is all that the nose promised. Balanced so well that nothing has the upper hand while all flavors shine when it's their turn.

It has a wonderful full body. It's smooth with a perfect amount of stout carbonation.

The ladu ordered a whole case of these and in Holland these might not sell too fast. I so hope that other people will try this and love it as well. This is a beer that very stout lover needs to try because it's just damn good.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours an oily black ebony colour with a very taneed almost brown head that stays the distance.

S - Dark chocolate aromas and some decent hop as well.

T - Lots of roasted expresso like coffee aromas, the hops kick in to balance it out before soem very nice Vanilla flavours round off a very complex impy.

M - Medium to full body with a low amount of carbonation.

O - I really like the balance in this beer. The Vanilla is a nice touch that is complimented by an array of other flavours.

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

Had this plenty of times. I'm originally from CO and I drink out of a Great Divide balloon glass. I loved going on my first ever brewery tour there. Yeti is also so versatile. Oak aged, chocolate and espresso subspecies are all interesting. I would have given this a higher rating if I would have reviewed this earlier... but after having a number of RISes, this just doesn't stand out that much.

This is definitely a stout... dark and deep. Light brown head. Good bubble density. Dies down a bit quickly, but can be easily roused. Good looking beer, but no Ten FIDY.

The nose delivers a varied bouquet. Dark chocolate. A distinctly dry roast. Burnt fruits. Alcohol bite. A bit of everything you want... bit the roast is a bit too astringent. Knocks down the quality deserved from the variety.

The taste is dominated by that same dry roast. I guess that sensation might be the hop bitterness? Maybe I'm drinking this too fresh... There's a rich chocolate underneath that wants to come out, bit it's shoved back down by the roast. I'd like some chocolate nibs or something to balance it better :). Still, it's a strong, varied, raw beast of a beer.

The mouthful is full and rich, but the roast takes it back a step. Overall, it's a good beer, bit I've definitely had more satisfying.

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.

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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -9%
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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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!!

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.

Photo of legalpete19340
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of khumbard
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of fox227
4.42/5  rDev +5%
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.

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!

Photo of tbeckett
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of mater
4.38/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of CrumpledFish
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.

Photo of circuscyaneus
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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