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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,674 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,674
Reviews: 1,680
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 251
Gots: 714 | FT: 21
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003

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Ratings: 4,674 | Reviews: 1,680
Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The bomber is dated at Mar. 2010, so that makes it nearly 1 year old.

Pours a pitch black, stout dark color into my snifter, beige-mocha colored head of about an inch results. Leaves behind a lot of lacing. Perfect looking beer in the glass.

Sweet chocolate cake and a roasted malt type of smokiness in the smell. Very pleasant.

The taste is extremely smooth. Like the smell, I get that sweetness of the milk chocolate cakeiness. It almost reminds me of fudge. The hops have mellowed out after a year and it drinks like velvet smooth malt. Outstanding taste.

The mouthfeel is definitely full bodied, it coats the mouth and has a chewy quality to it. Nice thick and creamy feeling. Moderate carbonation.

This beer has improved dramatically with 1 year on it and has mellowed out compared to drinking it with only a month after the bottled on date. This is by far the best Russian Imperial Stout i've ever had in my life.

Photo of ramseye4
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an oily black color with a two finger head wirth great retention and lacing. Lots of coffee and espresso in the aroma, with some milk chocolate and roasted malt. Roasted malt pops up in the taste as well, with some coffee and faint chocolate.Silky mouthfeel and good drinkability.

Photo of jc85
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured a jet black with a finger of thick brown, frothy head. It left good lacing and nice retention.

Smell- Nice chocolate, some ground cofee, after it warms up a bit you can definitly smell the alcohol.

Taste- The nose says it all, nice light chocolate and cofee flavor. The alcohol sting at the end balances everything out.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodies, a little sticky.

Drinkability- This is a great beer, goes down really smoothly.

Photo of dfclav
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Been down and out with a nasty lung infection so I have only drank three beers in three weeks! Gotta catch up....

A - pours a jet black with a nice  foamy 2 finger creamy head that leaves lacing that doesn't go anywhere. Beautiful!

S - the nose is very powerful even after just getting over being sick they come out huge. Earthy hops and chocolate dominate followed by more licorice then in usual stouts. A nice wave of roasted malt and coffee lurk around as well. Soy sauce notes at room temperature at the end of the bomber.

T - lot of chocolate malt here, without a doubt top 5 chocolate forward stouts I have ever had. Huge on hops, too. And licorice. If stouts like old Rasputin are too hop-forward for you then stay away here. I'll have more of this to myself! Vanilla notes as it  warms.

M - medium and creamy, good carbonation. Alcohol is hidden very well and the high malt bill keeps the initial twang in check. Very well crafted.

D - did they use Kent Goldings as the bittering on these? I keep getting that vibe more and more as it warms. Anyway, drinkability is very good and I am glad this comes in a bomber because more and more flavors present themselves as temperatures change.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a chocolate brown head. In the aroma, sweet coffee and chocolate. In the taste, dry coffee, chocolate, and roasty malt. A smooth and a medium too big bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry coffee taste in the aftertaste. Hides the alcohol and great flavor.

Photo of xnicknj
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from growler into tulip glass - thanks to cjo for sharing

Pours a totally black color with a nice layer of toffee brown head, solid retention and patches of curtain like lacing left around the glass.

Coffee with light smoke, roasty malt and chocolate, sweet yet subtle nose with an overall pleasant softness.

Nice roasty slightly sweet dark malt up front wraps around the palate. Dark bittersweet chocolate w some noticeable coffee undertones. Light smoked malt coupled with some hop bitterness. Finishes dry, robust, and rich with some boozy warmth.

Full soft body, decent carbonation, smooth and pleasant on the palate. Great drinking and flavor, alcohol is almost invisible even at 9.5%. This is one of those beers that I forget about on occasion, but am reminded every once in a while of how delicious it really is.

Photo of BamaViper1
3.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. April 2010 vintage.

This beer pours a dark brown into the glass forming an inch thick mocha-colored head. The lacing from this beer is gorgeous.

The Yeti has aromas of oats and chocolate with hints of coffee/espresso.

Immediately, a burned coffee takes over the tongue. This fades as bitter dark chocolate and malt come into play. The finish is bitter but hardy, consisting of roasted malt and bitter chocolate.

This is a full bodied beer with just the right amount if carbonation (ie not too much). The finish leaves almost a tiny bit of an oily film which only allows the tastes of the finish to linger for forever.

Although I prefer the oak-aged Yeti, I do enjoy this stout quite a lot. Upon first taste, the beer is very hardy, but as you drink it becomes excessively palatable. I could definitely drink a couple of pints of this beer, even with it being a year old.

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

Pours an inky black with a late rising finger of mocha head.

Aroma has some dusty cocoa and pine hoppiness. Thick roasted malts and marshmallow sweetness.

The flavor starts out with some acrid roasted malts and pine hop bitterness. Dark chocolate bitter finish.

The body is a bit fuller than medium and carbonation is high but appropriate.

Overall this beer is definitely a solid, classic flavored imperial stout. Nothing really makes it stand out and I prefer its oaked variations though.

Photo of salvo
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yeti on tap is amazing; thick and rich it coats the mouth tongue and palate.

Tan head is so thick it is almost like meringue; head stays for an hour as I let the cold stout warm for different tasting profiles. Black as night; thick as marine fog. Completely opaque: so black it was almost blue. Carbonation was nicely tingly: the bubbles formed light foam in the beer, on the glass.

Hoppy nose; shockingly hoppy for a big stout. Finishes dry, with pine and citrus asserting itself both in the finish and more apparently as the stout warms. Chocolate and coffee balance in the nose with coffee winning out in the taste. Dried fig and dates in the unfolding flavor, hints of dry black cherry. Toffee and caramel. Complex and layered. High praise especially from me as stouts are not my favorite style.

Enjoyed at the Black Dog in Urbana, IL: a great place for BBQ and beer. See my Beerfly review.

Photo of THECPJ
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes 2/3/2011

A: dark brown to black with a 2 finger dark brown head, left nice lacing on the glass

S: roasted malts, perhaps a bit smokey, very boozey smelling

T: roasted barley and malts, very grainy tasting, sweet yet bitter

M: mild carbonation, smooth, but has an alcohol/acidic bit to it, thick

D: I wanted this to be good, but it just didn't meet my expectations


Photo of badboyrsl84
3.46/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in a tulip glass at hoffers cigar bar. It pours a jet black with no head.

Is it me or is there a smell at all? I get a hint of alcohol and some bitter roasted chocolate.

I get bitter chocolate up front that stays throughout. Its very carbonated and I feel it over powers the flavor. There is an alcohol kick with some tobacco. Nothing special.

Overlall its a decent stout but not my favorite.

Photo of herman77
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a small, yet thick looking very dark brown head. Pretty good retention. Nice lacing. Looks awesome.

S: Deep roasted malt, dark bittersweet chocolate, coffee and a bit of smoked wood. Hints of rich carmel. Big and bold nose.

T: Lots and lots of roasted malt, slightly burned carmel malt. More dark bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee. Some bitter hops near the finish to provide some relief from all the heavy malt. The hops are actually pretty strong. Very little sweetness, not a bad thing at all. Big roasty malt aftertaste.

M: Fuller body, smooth and soft carbonation. Pretty thick.

D: Great drinkability. Its a big bruiser and very rich, but I could have a few no problem.

Photo of aasher
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours an oily midnight black with a ever so light dark, dark khaki head that quickly dissipates and laces the glass. It smells of sweet milk chocolate and dark roasted malts. It tastes very sweet. The flavors include milk chocolate, light coffee, possibly some oak and some vanilla. It is a little too sweet for my liking. The mouthfeel is the best aspect. Like a lot of Great Divide's beers, this one has a thick, soapy mouthfeel to it that coats the mouth. It goes down smoothly but is just too sweet to drink multiples of at once. Solid beer, not great.

Photo of mafiasentinel21
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Damn! This is a dark, black beer. I...am a little...scared? Haha. A one finger head that winds down slowly and lacing that clings to the glass! Smells like thick coffee, alcohol, vanilla. A nice bouquet.
Taste - smoky chocolate. Black licorice. Faint esters if alcohol. A very smooth (yet thick) taste and mouthfeel. Nice.

This is one fine beer. Not often do stouts get this hoppy, and it is very becoming of the brew. I'm not huge on stouts but fortunately my roommate turned me on to this one. Drinkability is not so high due to thickness, but that's ok!

Photo of thain709
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Two words...pitch black...this one is a black hole and no light is being let in...a two finger, creamy, tan head forms...it slowly receeds and becomes thin but it comes back with just a quick swirl...some decent lacing

S - Huge roasted aromas...lots of chocolate as well...there is some underlying dark fruit and a touch of caramel

T - The roastiness carries over into the flavor and is there from start to finish...roasted malt gives the beer some depth and pairs well with the dark chocolate flavor that is present...the dark fruits appear in the middle and have some caramel to sweeten things up...back comes the roasted flavors again...this time the chocolate becomes bitter...and I believe there might be a few hops at the end of this one

M - Full bodied...no doubt about it...smooth and creamy...just a touch of alcohol keeping it from a 5

D - This is one tasty stout...I tried this the day after having a TenFIDY and I must say I prefer this one...huge roasted characteristic through out the entire beer plus lots of chocolate...a very nicely done imperial stout...I'd like to try aged versions

Photo of Jeffo
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht, again.

From a bottle into a snifter.

Note: This is a re-review. After going through my share of limited release, hyped, highly valued imperial stout, it's about time I looked at this one again with my experienced, more "developed" palate.

APPEARANCE: Pours out pitch black and thick, producing a one finger, thick, mocha colored head with great retention. Jet black body with little carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp and ring remain and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass. Thick, viscous looking imperial stout.

SMELL: Huge nose on this one. Lots of roasted malts, dark baker's chocolate, with notes of coffee and smoke. Touches of caramel, but really roasted, chocolaty, and quite hoppy for a stout, with some nice citrus notes. Bold and enticing for sure.

TASTE: This is basically as good as it gets in the style. Big flavors. Roasted and smoky malts, lots and lots of dark baker's chocolate, some caramel sweetness, with some coffee and cocoa notes. Ends with a bold and lingering roasted, smoky, chocolaty, bitter, citrusy hop aftertaste that just won't quit. Very rich and full flavored. Superb.

PALATE: Full body and medium, soft carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Big, full, thick palate that really makes its presence felt. Fantastic.

OVERALL: Yeti is, without a doubt, the best readily available imperial stout in the USA. In fact, it is better than at least 90% of the limited release stouts out there as well. Wonderful, bold flavor profile, and a look worthy of top prize. This is the imperial stout I compare all others to, and up to this point, very few can even hold a candle to this fine example of the brewing art. Cheers to Great Divide for making such a gem, and cheers again for making it easily available to a large portion of the beer drinking world.

Photo of fdw3
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a beautifully thin, dark brown head.

S - Aromas include sweet scents of chocolate and caramel, roasted malts, and a surprisingly strong hop essence.

T - Dominated by roasted malt flavors, with accompanying flavors of bittersweet chocolate and dark coffee. Taste is considerably bitter (no surprise) and contains very little sweetness. Alcohol isn't masked particularly well but at 9.50%, it's certainly appropriate.

M - Thick, syrupy mouthfeel that coats the mouth wonderfully thanks to a very low level of carbonation.

D - A very bold, hoppy stout that that is expressly bitter. A good one to split with someone else; very good but I wouldn't recommend more than one at a single sitting. One of the better beers I've had, but there's other stouts I would reach for first.

Photo of biegaman
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The blackest thing on Earth? Probably. And that includes a freakishly dark head that is almost more black than brown. Suds flourish in that creamy mocha-coloured mousse, which admirably relents none in the face of time. The lacing it leaves glints with a whole spectrum of colour and is thick and thorough enough you'd need a snow brush to clear it off.

The aroma - which is indeed the beer writ large - is like a blend of coffee liqueur, chocolate liqueur and, if such a thing should exist, hop liqueur. It has everything dark and decadent possible plus a piny, spruce-y, outright spicy hoppiness to boot. It's like they burned down some kind of marvelous, mythical, magical forest and dipped it in 85% cocoa chocolate.

The taste emulates the nose note for note. Thank God for that. Mocha and black forest cakes, served alongside shots of rich espresso and chocolate liqueur, makes for the most tremendously decadent dessert. And that's to mention the lesser flavours of cigar, black licorice and dark berries drizzled in a balsamic reduction. This is sinfully decadent.

The mouthfeel belongs in a hall of fame somewhere, and on the walls of an art gallery, and on the city's most expensive dessert menu, and in the sermon of a preacher, and in university textbooks. How does one engineer something so seamlessly cohesive out of so many standout individual pieces? It is a work of the most skilled and audacious brewer.

Piny, prickly hops abound to such an extent that I can feel them under my skin. The beer is as chocolaty-malty rich as any of the world's strongest or highest-rated imperial stouts but is at least thrice as drinkable than the majority. It is smooth like heavy cream and has a slick, oily-bitter aftertaste. The alcohol hides in plain sight; it is sensed but never tasted.

Feel free to travel across the country, shell out for rare barrel-aged variations, spend hours in line-ups, cram like sardines into limited release parties or blow hundreds of dollars on Ebay but you're not likely to find anything better than the Yeti (or any of its spin-offs for that matter). This is one of the unrivaled series in the whole of American craft brewing.

Photo of larryi86
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle dated Oct 20 2010 poured into a snifter

A- Black with a one finger dark tan head.

S- Chocolate, roasted coffee, a hint of hops, and a touch of alcohol.

T- Nice balance between chocolate and coffee with a nice bitter finish with a hint of piney hops.

M- Big, thick, creamy, smooth.

D- Easy to drink and just a solid and great example of an Imperial Stout. Really opens up as it warms.

Photo of ajaxivan
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been meaning to try this, finally found it

A: Black Hole, Great look

S: Espresso, caramel, Dont notice any alcohol smell given the high abv

T: Complex, Espresso and choc. This is tasting great right now.

M: Full and bold.

D: This beer is way to drinkable for the abv. One of the best ive had and shouldve grabbed sooner,This might be one of my favorite beers ever.

Photo of dubinsky
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a C&B Bruges snifter

A - Pitch black with a very short and short lasting dark mocha head. Beautiful lacing sticks to the side of the glass after a swirl to build up the head from a poor pour.

S - Chocolate, caramel, smoke, and some espresso are a prevalent in the aroma. Slight alcohol smell is noticeable as well.

T - Espresso and dark chocolate malts dominate the flavor profile. It starts out caramely and sweetness and finishes with a nice hop bitterness. Very complex. As the beer warms up it opens up and becomes even more complex. I'm digging this.

M - Very thick and chewy. Its like drinking a delicious cough syrup in the way it coats the throat. The carbonation is spot on for the style. The sweetness and the hop oils leave a nice stickiness behind on your lips to remind you what you just imbibed.

D - A delicious RIS that doesn't disappoint and worthy of the high ranking it has. For the high ABV, i'm finding this very easy to enjoy.

Photo of chilly460
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - About as perfect looking a pour as I've seen, pitch black with a thick 1/4" mocha colored head that you could sleep on. Head sticks around a long time then settles to an 1/8", and sticks to the glass forever.

S - Very clean, distinctive hops up front with a nice chocolate and light roasted malt.

T - Better then the aroma, nice piney hops up front settles into an awesome light roasted coffee taste, with definite dark chocolate, and finishes with the nice roasted flavors. I don't like too much roasted bitterness, and this one balances perfectly, and only got better and more chocolatey as it warmed. I didn't pick up any dark fruits. Never tasted the alcohol but definitely gives it the warmth I like in a stout.

M - Very good and as expected for the style, thick, smooth and almost chewy.

D - Exceptional for the style, I drank a bomber with a NY strip and could easily drink more. About as "sessionable" as a big stout gets.

Photo of bisonkron
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - very dark black, poured a 1/8th inch super dark brown head that faded after about 30 seconds.

S - The smell is light, but great. Smells of sweet chocolate milk, smoked wood, and roasted malts.

T - Had a great coffee taste to accompany the chocolate notes. Exceptional taste.

M - Creamy, syrup, smooth.

D - Amazingly drinkable.

Going to buy another pack as soon as I can to see how it does with age.

Glass: Snifter.

Photo of Landfill21
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into my half liter Hofbrau glass and poured into a nice dark black color with a half finger head that leaves a nice lace around the glass. Has a smell of roasted nuts, hint of chocolate, and some molasssed.

Has a full mouthfeel that would make it tough to drink more than 2, but this is definitely a nice stout that has a complex flavor.

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

22oz bottle, Boulevard tulip, bottled on 4/16/10.

This is at the top of the darkness list, with its tar-like hue and bark brown head. The head is the color of a bar of milk chocolate; there isn't much of it, but it's creamy.

The nose is of brownies, pipe tobacco, 85% dark chocolate, port, and dried orange peel, like the chocolate oranges sold around Christmas. Chocolatey and vinous with a spike of alcohol. Traces of herbal and citric hopping.

Bitter dark chocolate with a moderate roasted element. Again, the oily orange peel and chocolate combo fills the middle and seems very natural. Hints of espresso bean, alcohol, and dark fruits, but the bitter chocolate is center stage.

Mouthfeel is phenomenal. Perceptibly thick with moderate carbonation and very balanced as far as sweet versus dry.

This is one of the very best Imperial Stouts I've had to date. I find that chocolate flavors derived from malts turn out better than those from actual chocolate in beers, and this is a prime example of that. This is wonderfully graceful for its abv.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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