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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,631
Reviews: 1,674
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 248
Gots: 688 | FT: 23
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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 tjkinate
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had always wanted to drink this beer, just with so many choices out there it took me awhile to get to around to it. Not quite what I was expecting.

Poured into a Stone snifter where it produced a beautiful 2+ finger, highly frothy, ashy bronzed head. Deep brown nearly black body, massive amounts of thick lacing encompasses the glass.

Strong hop profile, other scents include chocolate malts and molasses. Besides the hops the beer seemed to lack much of a punch in the smell department.

As the smell indicated, LOTS of hops that blend fairly well with the bitter sweet chocolate. Following the initial flavor some great subtle undertones of malt and molasses poke through. I only wish they were more pronounce. Upon completion of the beer, I found the hops were the standout feature, love them in pale ale's, but they were too strong for my type of stouts.

Fairly heavy, silky smooth, low carbonation

Many other stouts I would reach for before this one. However, I do plan on trying the rest of their Yeti line up, hoping for the best.

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

Pours a solid black with a big tan head that lingers and laces.

Smells of milk chocolate, coffee, alcohol, hop citrus, roast, and some grapefruit notes. Quite pleasant and interesting.

Taste is up-front sweetness with a grapefruit hop character that moves into a creamy sweetness and ends on a bitter roasted and hop note. It has a lingering finish of coffee...nice.

Full bodied, creamy, smooth, with just a hint of alcohol kick.

I've been drinking Yeti for a while now...for my money and availability, it's hard to beat.

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

Pours a pitch black oily body with a big lasting creamy chocolate head. Aroma is sweet and light roasted with some dark fruits, coffee, mocha and hints of burned toast. Really nice aroma! Really full-bodied, softly carbonated and has a fantastic creamy and oily mouthfeeling. Sweet but still quite bitter on the flavors. Oaky and there is much stronger roasted flavors then the aroma would suggest. Burned toast and some nice sweet alcohol that’s leaving a lava-like warming sensation.

Photo of zac16125
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass
Bottled on: March 4th, 2011

A: Pours out a moderately thick opaque black with dark brown edges and a big 3 fingers width of dense dark mocha colored head. The head takes forever to dissipate down to about a half fingers size, which remains throughout the drink. Leaves a decent amount of lacing but nothing to write home about. Quite a good looking beer, especially the great head and who doesn’t love good head?

S: The most prominent aromas are milk chocolate and vanilla, with a lesser roasted aroma present as well. There are subtle hints of alcohol and cherry, and if you use your imagination you could liken it to chocolate covered alcohol-soaked cherries, although that may be a stretch. Either way, it is a very pleasant and inviting aroma.

T: The first sip is much different than the aroma, with lots of roasted malt and a big hop presence that wasn’t appreciated in the scent at all. Early on there are some flavors of bakers chocolate on the taste, and a rich dark-roast coffee presence that comes and go’s but the flavor profile is definitely dominated by hop bitterness for the majority of the early part of the drink. There is citrusy hops upfront and a big piney hop bitterness on the backend/aftertaste. The flavor does improve towards the end of the drink. I started drinking this beer relatively warm and still it didn’t hit its peak flavor until about midway through the second glass, when the hop bitterness finally mellowed out and allowed the other flavors to come through. The chocolate and coffee flavors became more prominent, and some dark fruit characters come out as well to make it a much more balanced drink. Good flavor profile overall, but I do think the hop bitterness was a little overpowering and distracting.

M/D: It has a nice warming feeling. Moderately heavy body although not as heavy as you’d guess from the appearance. Its not very smooth, which I think can be attributed to the huge hop bitterness that is present (bottle says 75 IBU’s and I don’t doubt it. It’s probably the most aggressively hopped RIS I’ve had to date). It does do a good job masking the almost double digit ABV, and has about average drinkability for the style.

O: Overall, a very good RIS. I think it could really be fantastic if it was allowed to cellar for awhile to let some of the hop bitterness subdue. I will say that this, it is much better than the Oak Aged Yeti that I tried a couple months ago, which was just completely dominated by an alcohol presence that masked all the other flavors (although now I'm thinking I may have just got a bad batch). Because of that I have been shying away from trying the regular Yeti, but this turned out to be a pleasant surprise and a damn good RIS.

Photo of bogus564
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 fl oz, poured into a pint glass...

It's a perfect storm, so to speak; I picked up the 'Star Wars' complete saga on blu-ray, I have a full beer fridge, the divorce paperwork is in (no alimony), and it's a football weekend. Waiting for the beer to hit the right temperature... there it is. Here we go...

A: Wow; incredible looking beer. Beautiful dark brown color, outstanding caramel colored head, 3 cm in height, holds up nicely. This beer could be a contender.

S: I've learned that wih an imperial stout, you expect it to smell like coffee, chocolate, perhaps caramel, and citrus hops. Check. Varying degrees of power; this particular beer is a powerful Jedi.

T: I'm dumbfounded at how tasty this beer is. It has the taste of coffee, chocolate, caramel, a bit of toffee, orange, well-proportioned. My goodness, this is a well-done beer. This is one of those that make slugging through the bad ones worth it.

M: Excellent, as close to spectacular as it gets. Medium in body, the carbonation is excellent, it washes over the palate beautifully, and leaves a nice citrus hop finish. Very well done.

O: As a reviewer, it's my nature to try and find the thing or things that I don't like about a beer so as not to appear like a fanboy. Trouble is, I can't find anything I don't like about this beer. It's damn tasty, and quite powerful. Great with red meat, which I prefer medium rare. Cheers.

Photo of BeerNoobNC
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was the first imperial stout that I have been fortunate enough to try. Needless to say, it was much stronger than I expected.

It had strong chocolate and coffee tastes. It also had some hop character. This little bit of foam is dark brown. Placed beside a porter, the porter looked like water almost.

Though the beer initially seemed to strong, I got more used to it with every sip. By the last sip, I really enjoyed it. And, at 10% ABV, this beer is not for the lightweights. In all, I will try this style and this beer again. For a first time drinker of this style, just give it a chance to get used to it.

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

Poured from 750ml to snifter.

Appearance - Poured black and syrupy thick. Bringing it to the light shows it to be espresso colored - cloudy and extremely dark brown. Finger of coffee colored head that dissipated quickly, but had glistening lacing that clung beautifully. Top notch - only thing missing was a pancake head.

Smell - Roasted mocha latte - blend of bitter and sweet. Slight molasses.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Started drinking this way too cold. Hops were overpowering the rest of the flavor... Excellent sweet roasted chocolate malts served with bitter coffee and a dollop of caramel to further counter the bitterness of the hops that overtook me from the start. A hint of vanilla. Once warmed, the real flavors came through and the hops took a back seat. Hops were mildly citrusy and finished dry, but left a bitter aftertaste. Smooth to start, bitter to finish. Prevalent alcohol - warms mouth and throat - not face numbing. Heavy. Lightly carbonated. Sticky on my lips. Sticky drops drying around the edges of the glass. Heavy like a truck.

Overall - Excellent stout - rich and complex. Bitter hop aftertaste that hung around is the only aspect I wasn't too fond of, but that is a characteristic that some enjoy.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark as the pits of hell tiny smear of muddy head...

Coffee and cocoa nibs in the depths of the nose

Coffee and cocoa nibs in the front of the flavor, slightly hidden alcohol, a little green tobacco and some heavy dark malts, a little hoppy resin in the background

Smooth texture with warm booze, heavily bodied

I'd give it to somebody on a cold CO night, whether for camping, cabins or breaking in the living room, quite a positive drink for a mature tongue

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.

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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