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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,093 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 4,093
Reviews: 1,609
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 187
Gots: 463 | FT: 15
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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BigJTrucker

Oregon

4.65/5  rDev +10.5%

Pours a deep dark black, with a cocoa brown head that settles fairly slowly leaving some light lacing. Aroma is amazing! Notes of oak, coffee, vanilla, chocolate. Flavor is extremely well balance for such a big stout. Just enough of a chocolate flavor , but not so much as to be a "chocolate stout", a bit of rosted coffee flavor as well. Flavors hide the 9.5% abv very well, as it is nowhere to be found. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Not harsh at all. I am very impressed with this RIS. I would definitely advise you to seek this one out.

09-08-2008 07:12:00 | More by BigJTrucker
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OlieIPA

California

3.93/5  rDev -6.7%

I acquired this beer from Lone Hill Liquor in Glendora...awesome place.

A: Poured thick and black. Tan/brown head which made me immediately want to whiff this thing of beauty as soon as possible.

S: Toffee aroma was immense with hints burnt coffee and caramel. Alchohol was evident as the beer warmed up.

T: The intial taste emobodied burnt, coffee (toffee and caramel), and a chocolate like taste. Again, the alcohol was prevalent in this beer. The finish had a bite to it as well. If I was to compare this to other stouts, I would say that the first half was similar to "Old Rasputin" and the second half was similar to "Storm King Stout".

M: Typical of any Imperial Stout that I have had. Nothing special, just about average. Medium to full body with almost no carbonation.

D: Good drinkability for a Stout.

Overall: A hybrid between the "Old Rasputin" and "Storm King Stout". I enjoyed this beer a lot, but I would give the edge to Old Rasputin. I would definitely buy this again; you won't be disappointed. Worthy of the top 100 of BA.

09-06-2008 09:19:22 | More by OlieIPA
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mixcat

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

Well I really enjoyed this beer. Super dark and you can taste the coffee and chocolate.. I was very surprised to find out this was made here in America. Its no doubt the best stout here in the USA we have. Enjoy it with friends as its strong and tasty.

09-02-2008 01:44:58 | More by mixcat
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roadhouse

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appears jet black with a one inch dark tan head. Leaves some spotty lacing on the side of the glass.

Aromas of coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, and some citrusy hops. A bit of alcohol is also noticable.

Taste has lots of coffee and chocolate flavors as the aroma suggests. Finishes nice and smooth with the perfect amount of citrusy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full, but not very thick. Finishes up dry and very smooth. A bit more drinkable than some other RIS.

Overall I enjoyed this one quite a bit. It's also a good thing that it's cheaper than a bottle of Stone RIS, but just about as good.

08-31-2008 06:50:08 | More by roadhouse
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atigerlife

Hawaii

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours black. Black hole black. Dark brown creamy fluffy head. Good head retention. Very impressive to look at.

Aroma of dark chocolate, dark malts, expresso.

Taste is dark chocolate, dark malts, dark fruits. Some charcoal and coffee in there. Bitter.

Mouthfeel was heavy. Dry at the end. Somewhat chewey.

Overall, a very, very good brew. Very drinkable. It hides the alcohol well. Great sipping beer at day's end.

08-31-2008 01:55:05 | More by atigerlife
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Rzzzzz

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

Thanks to kwakwhore for this bottle.

Poured this thick, black brew into a Chimay goblet. Straight out of the fridge, somewhat colder than optimum tasting temp, but it's hot and that's the way I feel like drinking this one.

Thinnish head quickly dissipated, scant lacework left behind. When I stuck my nose in there and took a whiff the hops hit me first, followed by some chocolate and roasted malt.

Flavor is bitter dark chocolate and toffee, with some warming alcohol, and the mouthfeel is full and smooth, moderately carbonated.

Not quite as much going on as with the oak-aged version, from what I can recall, but damn this is good. And getting better as it warms.

08-24-2008 04:22:43 | More by Rzzzzz
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Stonebreaker

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%

Appearance: Motor oil, head is a little on the thin side.

Smell: Sweet alcohol, caramel, coffee, a little faint.

Taste: Chocolatey to a fault. Bam!! it hits you over the head with rich dark chocolate, creamy dark roasted richness. Coffee and caramel, and the alcohol comes on strong, with a sweet effervescence from the ample carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and delicious.

Drinkability: A sipping brew for sure, and so far of the two RIS I've had, the Old Rasputin was better.

08-18-2008 23:38:46 | More by Stonebreaker
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Hokies

Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev -6.7%

22oz bomber poured into a nonic glass. Pours a deep dark colour with a 2 inch tan head.

Their is a huge coffee aroma you can smell as soon as you pour the beer, some cocoa and roasted malts are also present.

Roasted malt, dark chocolate and alcohol are all present at the start and then cocoa hits you and it finishes with grapefruit hop bitterness.

Their is a light creaminess to it with low carbonation. The alcohol is not well hidden in this one and lowers its drinkability.

08-18-2008 02:01:35 | More by Hokies
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treyrab

California

3.9/5  rDev -7.4%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Pitch black with a huge creamy extremely dark brown head that lasts and laces. This is one of the darker stouts I have seen recently!

S: Wow. Very pungent with coffee and dark cocoa along with alcohol.

T: Extremely powerful with a huge kick. Tons of dark cocoa and coffee followed by a nice kick of hops. The alcohol is present in this one for sure!

M,D: The mouthfeel is very, very thick and the alcohol is definitely there. I may try aging one to calm it down some!

08-16-2008 16:53:01 | More by treyrab
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marksto

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -13.8%

Pours inky black with a cocoa-colored head. Retention medium low. Aroma dislays strong roast,cocoa, and perhaps a hint of vanilla.

Flavor starts with a chocolate-roast essence. In the middle are bittersweet coffee flavors, and the finish ends with a rather harsh acidity and some noticible hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium-full and not quite a chewy as some RIS's are. This one lacks the creamy nature and balanced complexity that the best of this style often show.

Overall, a respectable RIS but I've had a good number of others I liked better.

08-10-2008 01:49:02 | More by marksto
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longbongsilver

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

Got some good deals while getting groceries, decided to splurge. Big-ass bottle, pours dark brown virtually black, w/ well over an inch of tan-tone thick head. Half the head stays quite awhile, can practically bite it.

Smell is like dark chocolate with a hint of...raisin? Think I even smell an oakish tone, maybe they mislabled this one an' it was the oak-aged? Oddly complex, yet subtle at the same time.

Taste is sweeter than I'd think considering the smell. Humongous malt still, and a slight warming from the 9.5%. Goes down creamy, almost milk-like, w/ the hops coming near the end.

Drinkability takes a slight hit, but only because it demands so much respect. This is strictly post-meal, preferably one involving hunks of pork ripped off the carcass like you think you're Henry the 8th or something. I'm a sucker for that kind of thing though, so the overall is a plus to me.

08-04-2008 06:15:27 | More by longbongsilver
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czfreeman

California

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

What a great RIS. Pours out completly, utterly pitch black. Used motor oil, vicious looking brew with a head that is darker than most stouts
Aromas is huge, complex as a well roasted infused coffee. Notes of bitter chocolates, deeply roasted malts, vanilla, oaks, alcoholic phenols singe your nose as you breath in this deliciousness.
Flavor is bliss at first sip. The alcohol, as noted by other BA users is very dominant, but spikes the beer thoughout drinking. The mouthfeel is thick, yet light. Flavor is bitter chocolates, loads of maltiness, coffee, rum, caramelized toffee, yet balance by spicy hops and alcohol. The finish is warm, but very smooth. This was suprisingl good, I highly reccommend and will purchase again

08-01-2008 23:46:16 | More by czfreeman
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redneckchugger

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%

bomber poured into an an imperial pint.
i got the whole bomber to fit, si it had very little head, my fault not the beers though
smell is strong roasted malts, hops and alcohol
taste deep, complex, hard hit of burnt and roasted malt, followed by hop bite, and loads of booze in the finish.
thick mouthfeel, a sipper but one i could sip al night.
this is a great beer, of of the best i have ever had, much better than the oa version.

07-20-2008 13:09:24 | More by redneckchugger
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.1/5  rDev -26.4%

The first beer on my 4th July American beer evening. Poured into a 'Forbidden Fruit' chalice.

Darker than a dark night on a moonless hill, a deep tan coloured head sat on top of the smouldering body. The head however soon left leaving a thin collar around the glass.

The aroma was of rich fruitcake, slightly burnt or overcooked, baked plums were also in the smell.

The taste was of dry burnt caramel, with the hops adding to the dryness. As the beer warmed, it appeared to lose some of its dryness, but it was still pretty dry to me.

Over hopped and to much alcohol for me. I am no expert on Imperial Stouts, but if this typical, then they obviously aren't my cup of tea.

07-15-2008 16:38:16 | More by BlackHaddock
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jakon

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

12oz bottle dated April '06

The Yeti pours black with a sizeable tan head that lasts quite awhile.

The aroma reveals mostly chocolate malt and alcohol.

A lot of cocoa in the taste. Raisinets, alcohol, and black coffee.

Despite being two years old, this beer still has plenty of carbonation. Very thick and creamy with a nice bite.

This is a great beer.

07-02-2008 08:39:46 | More by jakon
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tmitch75

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%

Huge cascading brown head, 4 fingers worth. Lots of brown lacing too. Beer itself is black black black. Opaque. The head looks like a DQ malt.

Heavy bitter dark chocolate smell, very roasty. Some piney hop notes in there too, with a bit of mint.

Big bitter chocolate with a slight caramel flavor. Coffee too. Floral and piney hops finish it off.

Thick and creamy, super smooth. Absolutely wonderful mouthfeel.

A unique RIS, very good and surprisingly drinkable considering the 9.5% ABV.

Tasted on 6/5/08.

06-28-2008 04:22:03 | More by tmitch75
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david131

California

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%

A- Black as can be with a monstrous brown head that has amazing retention and leaves amazing lacing. Looks absolutely delicious.

S- Chocolate, coffee, some citrusy hops, cinnamon, and alcohol. Some cherries as well. This has a beautiful slightly-aged quality to it.

T- Chocolate and coffee with a citrusy hops background. Also noticeable are hints of cinnamon, vanilla, cherries, and alcohol. Nice and complex. The flavors have blended really well with this one.

M- Nice and creamy. The carbonation is just about right. Maybe a tad dry on the tail end.

D- This is always damn tasty. There are better stouts out there, but this is really impressive.

06-27-2008 03:02:44 | More by david131
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Strix

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours black with a good head and lasting lacing.

Smells of malt, dark chocolate, and a slight twang of hops in the finish.

Tastes of bitter dark chocolate over a deep malty base. Citric hops in the finish. Definite alcohol presence. Some coffee notes. Hops are nice, but a bit dominant for my taste.

Mouthfeel is very nice, smooth and coating. The best part of this for me.

This is a quality beer. I can't say that it necessarily distinguishes itself from many of the other quality RISs out there. Pretty nice, but if were up to me, I'd cut back on the hops a bit.

06-24-2008 03:46:29 | More by Strix
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Lukie

Australia

3.6/5  rDev -14.5%

Finally, I open up my Yeti, since my dad drunk my other one, then proceeded to tell me it was shit. Yes, good going Dad, since you know, it only cost me 16 bucks a bottle.

Poured Jet Black. I have never seen a beer this black before in my life. There was very little head, but it was lively with the bubbles, then it cascaded quickly to slight lacing which clung to the side of the beer, but was completely flat.

Coffee, burnt dark chocolate, roasty smells, and then a hop kick, with some slight citrus notes, and alcohol coming through.

Smooth bitter chocolate, burnt dark chocolate, mocha coffee. It's quite bitter and hoppy, which I am not used too in stouts so much. The alcohol gives it a punch of warmth.

It is smooth as anything, but the bitterness lingers, and it's not all too great when trying to get through such a heavy and full bodied brew. I couldn't have more then one of these, and I reckon there are better stouts out there that balance flavour with drinkability.

06-22-2008 14:46:45 | More by Lukie
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macster

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1%

$4.99/22oz'er. Pours like year old motor oil; thick,black and viscous. Dark brown tight head prevails. Moderate aromas of dark chocolate, espresso and roasted malt emmanate from the snifter. Mouthfeel replicates the visual on the pour, thick and oily. Overwhelming blast of bitter-sweet black malts, coffee, and chocolate assault the palate, immediately sliding into a crisp, dry hoppy bitterness which very successfully balances this delicious brew out quite nicely. Admirably well done!!

06-17-2008 18:09:15 | More by macster
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bassmantin

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1%

Pours a very dark delicious black/brown with a clumpy tan head that clings finely to the glass.

Smells of very thick sugars and surprising hoppiness.

Taste is excellently thick, sweet, and a generous hop finish. The initial taste invades the palate with an almost tangy sweetness, and the aftertaste coats the palate. It's one of those thick sugary stouts.

A great stout!

06-17-2008 02:09:46 | More by bassmantin
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tedpeer

Iowa

3.58/5  rDev -15%

12 ounce poured into a chalice.

A - Pours black with a half inch mocha head that quickly settled into a ring around. Minimal lacing.

S - Hops and alcohol.

T - Roasted coffee and chocolate. Very Bitter aftertaste. Slight alcohol warming.

M - Medium carbonation, mouth coating thick.

D - Not to me, the taste made me keep wishing the glass was already empty.

06-16-2008 02:12:15 | More by tedpeer
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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%

12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Coal black with a cappuccino colored head that is frothy, big and bold. Lacing is amazing, as the head clings tightly to the inside of the glass.

This aroma is big on hops, with rich, creamy coffee and bitter chocolate lingering in the background. Probably one of the hoppiest smelling RIS's that I have had. I don't get any of the dark fruity notes that I enjoy so much.

Taste is again up-front with big hops, but creamy rich latte and milk chocolate are right there with it, along with some prune, raisin and alcohol. Interesting and complex. I look forward to each and every sip.

Big bodied, thick and creamy in the mouth. Enjoyable even on a hot summer day for sure.

06-15-2008 19:29:07 | More by ZimZamZoom
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julian

Washington

3.7/5  rDev -12.1%

A: Pours a deep DARK jet black color (no light passing through this one!) with a nice initial chocolaty head but lacking in retention. Consistency looks pretty viscous when swirled in glass.

S: very aggressive floral hoppy smell, if blindfolded could easily be mistaken for an IPA or DIPA. slight alcoholic aroma with a somewhat noticeable sweetness

T: Well not surprisingly this is quite intense on the hops and a little bitter with some burnt tones. Kinda lingers in the throat with mild but noticeable alcoholic aftertaste. If you're a hop head you'll love this beer! Personally, not for me but it more than less fits the style guidelines.

M: medium to high carbonation, noticeable alcoholic "burn".

D: Pretty high ABV, mostly hoppy. First time trying this - wouldn't buy it again.

Overall:
I've had better RIS' and this one just lacks in complexity, smoothness and balance that I like to see in a RIS. Too hoppy - I can't really taste anything else. This is more of a black IPA.

While I wouldn't buy this again, I will try to cellar this and age it at least a year and try the oak aged version...

06-13-2008 03:18:34 | More by julian
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Thiestru

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured from a bottle into a pint-sized pub glass.

Appearance: Wow. This looks like slightly-less-thick motor oil as it's pouring from the bottle. It's pitch-black. A one-finger brown head sits atop it like a crown, lacing the glass in curtains as the level lowers. Such an awesome-looking beer.

Smell: Dark, bitter chocolate, noticeable floralness.

Taste: If you haven't prepared your palate properly (as I hadn't when I first had this a couple of years ago), the taste is like a sledgehammer relentlessly smiting against your tongue. Dark chocolatey malts rush out at you, yet it's not quite sweet - the bitterness from the hops sees to that. And I get the impression that it's not just the hops doing that, it's the malts themselves. It's pretty intense. Here we have a beer that doesn't screw around. It's the Strapping Young Lad of beer. I can't help feeling like this beer is enjoying itself in a sort of diabolical way, tag-teaming you with such immense flavors from both the malt AND the hops. Between those two, I don't even really notice the considerable alcohol presence. What a great beer for a cold winter's night this would be! So warm and thick.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, yet somehow not easy-going.

Drinkability: If you couldn't tell from my description of its taste, this is a formidable beer. I for one wouldn't want more than one of these in a sitting, but that's only because my taste buds would need some sort of break after being punished (in a good way) by one of these. Yet, if someone was already handing me another one....

06-12-2008 18:17:13 | More by Thiestru
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,093 ratings.