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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,265 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,265
Reviews: 1,631
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 206
Gots: 533 | FT: 19
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 alovesupreme
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a portsmouth snifter this beer yielded a rich full dark brown head with rainbow bubbles from the hops. This beers head had a fantastic glistening effect that was beautiful. It could be a bit thicker but is almost perfect.
Bakers coco, hops and alcohol.
A big beer with lots going on. Big dark chocolate character dominates with some fruity hops going on. Very bitter beer,both from hops and roasted malts. Alcohol is a bit much when the beer warms but a fantastic beer.
Very rich with good carbonation.
A great RIS that I will have on a fairly regular basis.

alovesupreme, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of BarrelO
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured in a goblet. Bottled on October 30, 2008.

A: Pours like motor-oil with a pitch-black body. Two-finger tan head.

S: Lots of roasted malts and unsweetened chocolate.

S: A rich roasty flavor with some nice chocolatey notes. However, the hops are a bit too prominent even at eight months, and there's a bit of an alcohol burn.

M: Thick and creamy.

D: I'm going to go ahead and say that this is a notch below the oak aged version. The components are there, but it needs some time to age for it to all come together.

BarrelO, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of CarlP2
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4-8-2009. Poured into my test mug.

A- Dark, thick black body. One finger of orangish brown head. Head recedes to a thin layer on top. Some lacing on the side too. This is a good looking brew.

S- Smells sweet like molasses and cocoa. Some alcohol reaching the nose too.

T- Chocolate and alcohol are the dominant tastes. Also some toasted malt and coffee flavors. I'm not noticing any hops at all. I'd like to taste a little hops to balance out the other strong flavors, and maybe to mask the alcohol taste a bit.

M- Thick and slick. Very nice. Leaves my lips sticky.

D- ABV aside, it is a very drinkable beer. Because of the higher ABV, it would have to be a slow sipper for me to drink more than one.

CarlP2, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of Fish113d
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a small tulip glass

Pours like used motor oil and the same color. A mocha foam head forms on top of about 1 finger thick. Head retention is awesome with a nice ring around my glass at the top and little dissipation even 3 to 5 minutes later.

Toffee and roasted almonds come to mind at first on the nose. A solid amount of bakers' chocolate then comes in and takes this one over that reminds me of hershey's cocoa.

Sipping is very smooth and reminds me of chocolate milk. Up front on this one reveals a sweet mocha flavor along with a sweet caramel flavor. Sweet chocolate comes in as I leave it "fester". The swallow dries out a bit and brings out a roasty burnt coffee flavor while some floral hops come in on the aftertaste. Very complex.

Very smooth feel with a bit of alcohol phenols and burn coming through just a bit at the end. Carbonation is insignificant, and this one is a beauty!

Drinkable? Does a Yeti poop in the woods!?

Fish113d, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of JonMich13
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A = Beautiful pure blackness underneath a two finger DARK brown head with staying power. Head held up through half the glass, and it was a slow half. Light lacing.

S = Aroma of toasted malts and abundant hops. Underlying were some subtle caramel, coffee, and chocolate notes, but the hops really dominate.

T = Very bold. Toasted malts and brown sugar or toffee sweetness hit upfront. Big spicy hop presence controls through the majority of the taste profile. A bit boozy hot to go along with the hop spice. The typical coffee/chocolate RIS notes are here but subtle compared to the toasty/sweet/hop. Very large hop presence should be noted and considered for those not into big hops in their stouts. I, for one, love it.

M = Nice smooth coating mouthfeel. Not as smooth as some others I've had, but not bad at all. A little hot, but I don't mind.

D = Altogether wouldn't consider this in the top tier of drinkable RIS's that I've had. Its boozy and spicy character holds it back in this respect. While I don't mind this in the taste department, it prevents me from really wanting more than one in a sitting.

On whole, a very good RIS that will probably stay in my rotation. Will seek the Oaked version for comparison. I imagine it's a big one.

JonMich13, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of Richardberg
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Dark dark black with a small brown foam. Just the slightest ruby tinge when angled to the light.

S: roasted malts, toffee, vanilla, aromatic hops

T: extremely well balanced. Bitter coffee rounded with sweetness; complex blend of different malt & hops characters without any of them getting out of line for the style. Alcohol isn't obtrusive at all, but has enough background presence to keep things interesting. Even in the aftertaste you're left with just a weaker version of the whole, not 1 or 2 minor flavors lingering past their welcome.

M: smooth, pleasantly full, mouth-coating. Not creamy, but can't really expect that in a RIS.

D: very solid rendition all around. A little pricey for a domestic, but this one is worth it.

Richardberg, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of Lerxst
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Black with a nice chocolate looking head that lingers. Nice lacing. Looks great

S-A nice roasty scent of malts and chocolate, with some hops and coffee notes thrown in.

T-Malts, chocolate, coffee with a somewhat boozy taste. The alcohol is not overwhelming but noticeable. Its good.

M-Smooth and creamy with a nice medium to heavy mouthfeel.

D-It was good, but one was enough. I can't see having more than one in a sitting.

I definitely prefer the Oak Aged Yeti to this, but this certainly is no slouch. A solid beer I will pick up again.

Lerxst, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of sophisticated
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A) Pitch black with brown head, decent retention and lacing

S) Nuts, roasted malts, mild grape, mild hops

T) Good! Not overly sweet, but tones of coffee and caramel come through. Well balanced with the 75 IBUS and hops.

MF) Thick and chewey, but not slick like some stouts.

D) Great. Split a bomber of this 9.5% ABV which was a good idea, but I could have had the entire thing by myself, and enjoyed it. Not overly filling.

sophisticated, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: one inch light chocolate head, dark brown in color

Smell: toated malt, sugar, and chocolate

Taste: dark chocolate, expresso, burnt malt, wood, cream

Mouthfeel: heavy, smooth, semi-sweet, chewy

Drinkability: I will only be having one due to high abv, but this is very good. I will get this again. This is easily in the top 1/4 of the style that I have had.

tigg924, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of PALMEJ1
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into st bernardus chalice.
great dark chocolate color while pouring. almost 1 finger head formed after finishing the pour, nice. mocha/hazelnut bubbles form after a few

smells of chocolate hops, this ones about 6 months old. also getting some dark fruit but hard to distinguish.

taste great with bitter chocolate and what almost taste like caramel. But the hops bite along with the alcohol. cant wait for a few to age...

rich and creamy with a nice warming burn as the glass goes down

drinkability will only improve with age. but don't get me wrong, I could drink 2 12oz servings fresh! great beer to rely on

PALMEJ1, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of vividox
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I cracked this open and took a whiff, I knew I was in for a treat. The smell is a very bold, almost chocolate coffee smell. It poured opaque with a brown head that dissipated fairly quickly. I was amazed by the complexity of the taste, it started off all malt - tasting almost like very chocolately milk. That taste gave way over time to an absolute onslaught of hops. It had a very smooth, creamy mouthfeel that made for a very pleasurable drinking experience. The taste definitely stayed on the tongue awhile, I put almost half an hour between this and my second beer and still felt like I was washing the Yeti down with the second beer. An excellent choice for anyone who likes stouts.

vividox, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of kbnooshay
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured super black with no light let in at all. A lot of carbonation is sticking to the side of the glass. The insanely brown frothy head didn't stick around for more than a minute.

The aroma is sweet, roasty, malty and reminds me of chocolate milk and thick creme.

Wow this is roasty. Roasted coffee dominates along with a STRONG citrusy hoppiness. Hints of bitter dark chocolate are there also.
I like some hoppiness in my stouts but this is kind of annoying.

The feel in my opinion is actually a tad thin. Its smooth but kinda prickly from the sharp carbonation.

Fairly drinkable, but the bitter hops, dark chocolate and cofee flavor is all too much. There needs to be a mellow malt backbone here and there isn't.

kbnooshay, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma of this beer is pure delight - thick and oily, strongly of fine coffee with hints of molasses, miso and unsweetened chocolate. It pours a deep, rich, warm, opaque sable with a very thick and fairly persistent tan head. Flavor does not disappoint - it is strongly chocolaty with coffee and malty tones and hints of toffee plus a bit of a hoppy bitter bite. Texture is thick and smooth, and fairly tingly so you know that you're drinking a fine beer. Almost perfection, this one!

Cyberkedi, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of jsapunor
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The shrimp is on the grill so it's time to break out the stout. The Yeti is very dark with a dark tan head. It smells like a stout should with burnt malt up front. The taste is also just what it should be. Very smooth with the roasted malt and coffee flavors. A very easy drinking beer. The flavors linger on the palate just long enough to set you up for the next sip. I barely noticed the alcohol in the taste.

This is a great stout, smooth and strong and worth trying by anyone who likes the style.

jsapunor, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of gmfessen
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is black as motor oil on the pour and has a deep mocha colored head. The nose is a nice mixture of deeply roasted malts - black licorice, milk chocolate and smokey burnt coffee, as well as an assertive west coast citrusy hop pressence. The taste begins with the citrusy, piney hops and transitions into the burnt malty flavors and has a little alcohol bite. The finish is rather smooth and leaves a nice combo of the hops and roasted malt on the palate and just a hint of alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is very viscous, chewy and has little carbonation, just like a RIS should be. Drinkability is high for such a big beer with such huge flavor but I wouldn't recommend chugging this one!

gmfessen, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of argock
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.79.

A: Black, black, black with muddy brown 2-3 finger head with excellent retention and scads of lace.

S: The aroma profile is amazingly varied with coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, burnt dark and black malts, alcohol, citrus and floral hops, and milky sweetness to boot.

T: The hops and alcohol run free and wild in the flavor, which is by no means bad, but is a less than the amazing aroma. The amount of flavor is still huge with early coffee and chocolate with blistering molasses and acrid burnt dark malts followed by loads and loads of citrus and floral hops with major bite. The hops are at least equal to the malt if not a little overwhelming in the flavor overall. The alcohol, however, introduces a harshness that is the only major fault in this brew. Other big, exceptional stouts (see Rasputin and Expedition) have some subtler notes where Yeti shows none of this.

M: The harshness and big presence of the alcohol detracts here a bit, but the out-of-this-world maltload gives a huge body with low carbonation.

D: This is a major player in the RIS group, but the alcohol pushes it down the line a bit due to harshness. I still like this beer. I am going to grab another and cellar it and see if the booze factor falls away some at the cost of some hoppiness. As I like my RIS more on the malt side, this should work out nicely.

Great Divide Yeti
Bottled on May 29, 2009
Pours an interesting black with almost violet head. Earthy with hefty amounts of tobacco hops complementing the roasted character. There are some sweet unfermentables really hitting the palate. Alcohol qualities are minimal. Soy and licorice are evident in the nose, the soy is prevalent in the finish. The feel continues to be smooth and coating. A great beer. I followed the 1.5 year old Yeti with a 1 year old Old Rasputin and there was no comparison -- GD Yeti is substantially more complex and flavorful. I will be picking up some 2010s to put down for a good long while as I bet the sweetness of the unfermentables will calm with time.

argock, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of Albinoh
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice nice color, they way an imperial stout should be, dark deep, petroleum like. Nice head, misty brown, you can quickly feel the very nice sweet and burned aroma. The taste is great, the burnt flavors are quite strong but balanced perfectly by the sweetness of the malt. Very nice beer, its going to my favorites list.

Highly recommended.

Albinoh, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks again to BeerLovinGrl for a great beer acquired in a great trade.

This brew is black at night with a beautifully cascading light brown fat, thick pillow of a head that dissipates to a layer three fingers tall that I'm fairly certain could rest a 2-lb weight on it without sinking. There's hardly a dry patch free of lacing on the glass when this one's been drained. This one's got an incredible look to it.
While not as big and bold as the imposing appearance would leave me to believe, the aroma is nevertheless those things in its own right. Big dark chocolate and roasted coffee with some vague dark fruits, possibly some vanilla or the like, brown sugar and faint alcohol presence.
Very woody, earthy, and pleasantly smoky, the flavor hits the palate with an unexpectedly high hops content to balance a very heady malt backbone. Underneath is your typical molasses, dark chocolate and coffee with a gentle spiciness and a hint of something herbal. That nice woody smokiness is ever present, and even more so in the mouthfeel, where some fruit notes are also evident. Alcohol is well-masked given its high content, and hit me in the head without my quite noticing.
There's that nice, almost chewy thick mouthfeel that is evident of a great RIS. It's very smooth and the body is rich and full, as it should be.
The ABV might hold you back from having too much of this, but you've got to try it.

Brenden, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of kittywamp
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poored from 12 oz bottle in to standard pint glass. Looks good solid black small tan head. Smells like cold been in the fridge for a day coffee with slight vanilla creeping in. Taste is a little more of the same but with more chockolate and spicy hops. Feel is smooth and I mean smooth verry nice. Drinkability suffered slightly do to the wrong style to drink on a warm day, it would be higher if it were cold and snowy that is when this beer would shine I am sure.

kittywamp, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of movingtrain
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Dark, black coffee, espresso-crema colored head, good lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Alcohol, chocolate, prunes, brown sugar.

T: Bitter-sweet...some chocolate across the tongue, the alcohol is coming through a bit heavy here...not overpowering, but perhaps a bit too much.

Overall: This is good. The "bottled on" date reads Mach 9, 2009...so this is pretty young yet. It was a bottle of this from early in 2008 (which I recently drank) that turned me on to this beer. That one was wonderful, complex, full of vanilla, chocolate, and wood notes...I'm hoping that, with a year on this on, it will do the same.

movingtrain, May 31, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gushing 3-finger brown head that died medium-paced on top of a black body. An interesting smell of grape and other fruits (berries, citric) mixed with some roasted and coffee malts (hints of cocoa, toffee, molasses). Smooth, creamy, full-bodied and slightly bready, this beer passes over the tongue easily with a balance of roasted and coffee malts that have a drying sensation and also residual sticky sweetness from cocoa, caramel and something akin to molasses/maple syrup. The dryness is helped by a good ol' helping of hop bitterness on the backend, although the hops don't really have much of their own taste; they are overpowered. A good sippin' stout to have after a meal.

clayrock81, May 31, 2009
Photo of webbcreative
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured Black as night, with brown small head. Smell is pretty sweet and chocolate, smell the hops, coffee. Taste is the same, sweet, bitter chocolate, coffee [espresso], and a hops at the end to balance it all out. mouthfeel is nice and smooth and creamy.

Overall this is much better than I remembered when I had it on tap. This is near the top of my list now for RIS, right there with Old Raspy - they have different flavor profiles but are equally good. This is a good one to switch between with Rasputin. nice.
Would love to try with some age on it.

webbcreative, May 31, 2009
Photo of jpaltan
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

bottled on christmas eve, 2008. Blacker than coal... really, really dark with a caramel colored head that pours thick and sticks around forever. lacing up and down the insides of the glass. in the nose, first thing that hits is the booze. there are some hints of dark fruit and cocoa. some tobacco in there too. taste is booze and hot in the beginning, then comes bitter espresso, then even more bitterness as the hops close out the taste. mouthfeel is damn perfection in the glass. chewey, creamy, viscous. it's thick like motor oil. this beer needs a bit of aging and it would be absolutely amazing.

jpaltan, May 28, 2009
Photo of jsh420
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottled feb 2008

pours black on black with a 1 finger tan head that leaves lacing down the glass

smells of dry alcohol - coffee - and some fruity berries

taste sweet roasted malts with alcohol fruit and hop bite maybe 1+ year was not long enough

mouthfeel i smooth heavey creamy - near perfection

drinkability is good but not more then one

overall not as good as the oak and espresso yeti but the only one sold in 12oz bottles

jsh420, May 24, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: this thing is beyond black. One of the murkiest and muddiest stouts I have ever seen. The pour was thick black with clouded bourbon-like edges. The head was almost as dark as the body. Lacing was finely spread around the glass with small speckles.
All jokes aside, this thing is Mr. Blackness...5 points!

S: dang, the nose borders some of the darkest whiffs around. Lets see: fudge, bitter chocolates, molasses, light amounts of coffee and not so light whiffs of alcohol. Some of my whiffs come across rather clean

T: well, where do I start. I taste fudge brownies swirled with molasses and/or caramel, sprinkled with shavings of bitter bakers chocolate, some coarsely crushed kona beans, and a (surprisingly strong) wallop of crusty green hops. The malts and hops battle on the tongue in a good clean manner, wild stuff
I have to set this down for a second and gather what I am drinking. Great stuff and a lot going on
However, alcohol is not wearing a mask and sometimes the overall flavors seem interestingly burnt in character

M: body is as close to a beer syrup as possible and very smooth. This beer has a soothing quality. Amongst such dark flavors how do the hops hang on the tongue so nicely, great stuff

D: absolutely a unique beer. As far as Imperial stouts go it charts some new territories with such a huge hop presence. Lest we not forget the burly malt flavors and the snooping amount of alcohol

Magpie14, May 22, 2009
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,265 ratings.