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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,386 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,386
Reviews: 1,637
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 213
Gots: 560 | FT: 18
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 ClavisAurea
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle in a stein
Appearance: poured very syrupy and black as night with a rich and thick dark brown head
Nose: flowery, chocolate, coffee
Taste: hops infused with dark chocolate, spicy and rich finish
Mouthfeel: thick and rich
This is amazing and I can't wait to try the oak aged Yeti.

2nd Review 11/6/14
22oz bomber in small kolsch glasses served at fridge temps. Date on the bottle is Feb 26, 2014 so this bottle has about 9 months of age on it.

Appearance: creamy head, thick and rich dark brown head of medium to small bubbles. Opaque, black, no light getting through even on the edges of the glass. The head shrank to a small layer on the top of the beer and rode the glass down.

Nose: roasted coffee, chocolate, rich dark malts like chocolate and black. slight flowery hop note but really faint

Taste: thick and full bodied, coats the mouth in cream, still has a slight hop bitterness but that has not really left as much as I would have thought after the few months. Chocolate, coffee, a little toffee, milk chocolate, just a wonderful example of a RIS.

I need more bottles of this to age. I'm going to get a hold of the coffee and barrel aged versions as well.

ClavisAurea, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of BetterDarker
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into snifter.

A- Pours a deep black used motor oil color and looks nice and thick. The head is amazing for a RIS, solid finger high and is a nice dark brown color. Decent lacing with some retention.

S- True paradigm of a RIS. Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts all over the place with some malty sweetness.

T- Like the aroma/smell only with some bitterness thrown in. This will sound crazy, but this RIS is balanced. It's imperial in every sense, yet there's not one aspect that dominates, other than fantastic.

M- Moderate to low carbonation. Thick, but not as thick as I expected from the pour.

D- Amazing beer in every way, can not wait to crack open a Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti to see how this compares.

BetterDarker, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of wangbruins
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown with a frothy two inch mocha colored head

S- Coffee and smoky scents with some cherries

T- Chocolate and coffee with a very smokey aftertaste

M- Very smooth with a very little throat bite at the end

D- It's pretty good with some tang to it, not the best but not bad

wangbruins, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of darkmaven
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hopjacks in Mobile, Alabama

Intense black-brown color with a dark brown mocha mousse colored head. If you don't know what mocha mousse looks like, think the color of coffee with just a dabble of milk in there...This sucker is opaque, and coats the glass. Lovely. I am reminded of that crazy, intense espresso on every corner in Italy. That stuff will keep you up for days.

In the Riedel, you get dark syrupy and pepper aromas combined with a burst of hoppiness. There is an essence of orange here, but not like in the grocery store, more like standing in an orange grove, with the green smells of leaves and grass around you.

On the palate, you get that punch of espresso I was expecting, along with tobacco and paper on the finish. There is a definite, measurable bitterness here, which seems to be a combo of both the hops and the roasted malts. This is a wonderfully balanced, interesting brew that for me, should be one of THE Imperial Stouts you try if you are setting out to understand the American style.

darkmaven, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of DoppleJock
3.2/5  rDev -24%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1 pt. 6 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.
Bottled on 11/23/2009.

A: Holy cow, did this pour thick. Felt like molasses slipping out of the bottle. Super dark, almost completely opaque with frothy dark caramel head. Ridiculous retention every sip of the way.

S: Strong roasted malts with a little dark chocolate. Some toffee notes.

T: Crazy roasted malt taste. Really strong stuff. Bitter aftertaste that you can't shake off your tongue.

M: Really thick, almost syrupy. Coats your tongue and keeps the bitterness there whether you want it to or not.

D: Looks amazing. Smells great. Taste completely destroyed my palate. I love Imperial Stouts but I feel like I'd only get the bitterness off my tongue with a scraper.

Always willing to give beers another try so maybe I'll change my mind at the end of the bottle. Hoping the other variations of the Yeti are better.

DoppleJock, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
3.23/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass. Formed a dense single finger head the color of a dark mocha drink. Slow dissipation leaving behind lots of frothy lace. The body is about as dark a possible...you cannot force light through this.

The nose has chocolate, molasses and caramel up front. Deeply roasted malts are undertones on a meaty backbone.

Flavors come at you in waves. You are hit right up front with a hoppy burst. This calms down to some of the roasted malts and caramel flavors. Then, boom, hops again at the end. Bitter finish with a slightly warming alcohol bite. The hops are not in balance...

Mouth feel is medium to thick, semi astringent with very light carbonation.

Drinkable, but I could not handle more than one per setting.

mgbickel, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of dasenebler
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bomber was bottled 1/23/09. So it's practically a year old and has been cellared for the past few months.

Pours the double O: opaque onyx. Great initial lacing, and an especially impressive head for a high-abv stout.

Getting lots of licorice and dark-roasted coffee in the nose, with ethanol fumes in the rear.

This is one excellent stout. Has all of the robust characteristics of a rich imperial, with a huge, silky mouthfeel to boot. Flavor is a complex mixture of the following: dark figs, chocolate, sweet coffee, molasses syrup and anise. Alcohol is not nearly as noticeable in the drink as it is in the aroma. Outstanding stuff, a great example of the style.

dasenebler, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 23, 2009

22oz. bomber. Bottle is about 2 years old. Pours thick black with a huge brown head. Leaves layers of sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, a bit of dark fruit and some piney hops.

Flavor is big and impressive. Malty up-front, chocolate, coffee, molasses, toffee with a nice hoppy finish. Wonderfully balanced.

Mouthfeel is virtually perfect. Thick, rich, smooth and creamy with low to medium carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden...some age probably helped here.

An excellent stout. Very well crafted and balanced!

elgiacomo, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of billab914
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting around to cracking this one open. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Pours black with a thick two finger tan head. The head subsided and clung to the edges but left very good lacing. This is an excellent looking beer.

Aroma is big on chocolate and roasted flavor. There is also a pretty good amount of hop aroma in it for an Imperial stout. Taste has a good amount of chocolate and caramel but isn't too sweet. The bitterness and the roasted flavor help balance out the sweetness. like the nose suggested it is also pretty hoppy with some citrus flavors. Nicely balanced between sweet and bitter with a lot of very good complex flavors going on.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with moderate carbonation. it has a very nice mouthfeel to it, like I expect in an imperial stout. Drinkability is very good, it's very well balanced and delicious and drinking this one was a pleasure. Looking forward to the Yeti variants.

billab914, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of martinmayhem
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a truly delightful brew. after trying this RIS consistently for about six months it was like a rollercoaster ride. some bombers were excellent while others were below expectations. i have a feeling it was due to the shipping. for the most part my experience has been positive.
the bitter dark chocolate up front w/ a subtle hoppy finish- i can see why this gets such high ratings. its going to be in the low twenties tonight in orlando and im just glad to have this one chillin in my glass.

martinmayhem, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of Hypersomnia
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just said "Oh my god, this smells so good" at least three times in a row right after pouring this beer. This smells AMAZING!

"Mmmm.... woah this is good". I need to let this warm up a bit but already this is pretty amazing. Creamy, chocolately, coffee taste. A little sweet, way more smooth then I would have expected. Less bitter than I was expecting honestly given the 75IBUs but this is awesome. Amazingly light, not heavy in the mouthfeel at all but silky smooth, this is pretty great. I keep saying "Wow that's awesome". I think this may be one of the top 5 beers I have had. I can't find anything wrong with this at all, it's just very very good. I'll definitely be buying more of this. I just pinned it down, this smells ALOT like a tootsie roll. Wow seriously this is awesome.

If I had to find anything "wrong" with it, maybe it could be a bit longer in the finish, but this actually makes the beer super drinkable, I can drink tons of these. I love this beer.

The creaminess of this reminds me of Anchor Porter.

One of the best beers I've had.

Hypersomnia, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of kzoobrew
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml, bottled on 03/30/2009

Black. We are talking really black here. There is no hope for even a glimmer of light to break through. Murky and opaque body. The head is the darkest I can recall at the moment. Color and texture of rich chocolate ice cream. As the head melts away leaving a trail of very decent sticky lacing in its wake. This is what a stout should look like.

Chocolate covered hops. To an outsider this would sound disgusting, for a beer geek it is pure bliss. Heavily roasted malt and rich, fudgy chocolate aromas radiates from the snifter. Sweet brown sugar and caramel permeate through the more devilishly dark scents. Bright leafy hop aroma brings a bit of liveliness to the nose. A slight booziness is noted but acceptable with in the style. I do hope the taste follows the nose, is so I am in for a treat.

Charred malt, singed espresso roast and dark chocolate pour across the palate. Lactic sweetness and a more subtle molasses flavor help lighten the overall profile a bit. Alcohol is warm and inviting. I love the brewers who can hop up their stouts and do it well. The bitterness has a wide array of flavors to play off of creating new layers which would not otherwise exist. The hops do not just compliment in Yeti, they hold their own. Resinous piny hops ooze through pleasantly.

Full bodied beer lacking only the slightest amount of viscosity for my likings. Do not get me wrong, Yeti is plenty thick, though falls just short of the top tiered mouthfeels. Mouthfeel is creamy, entirely too smoothy. Finish leaves a bit of an oily feel on the tongue. Carbonation levels are moderate and appropriate.

I have never met a Yeti I did not like. The granddaddy of em all is no exception. Easy to drink and enjoy. The booziness in the nose and warming qualities do not become overwhelming and obstructive. Wonderful choice any day of the year, although much more appropriate on an ugly cold miserably snowing kinda day.

kzoobrew, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of alpinebryant
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark oily black with a large brown head - into a 12 oz glass on tap at Tapwerks in OKC. This keg was tapped after I asked for it - I think it might have been finished the night before and they had a replacement at the ready.

Smelled of strong roasted malts and a great hop presence for a RIS - some plum present, a powerful milk chocolate aroma but the grassy hops are really noticeable and it was top notch fresh to add to the great aroma I smelt.

Tasted great - one of the better RIS's that I have had - it was very hoppy , not too much black patent malt to detriment the chocolate flavors as some RISs do. Rich creamy chocolate, slightly oily body from the cocoa flavors, but wow, this could be a dessert for me. Strong bittering flavors from grassy hops blending with dark malt. Plum flavors present slightly from a good boil .

Good carbonation - very drinkable - I have seen this many times in bombers but I am very glad the first time I had it , it was off a freshly tapped keg - Definitely will be keeping a few of these around in the future.

alpinebryant, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of Lunch
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz. bottle purchased at Wells in Baltimore, Maryland (12/25/09) into my Great Divide Yeti snifter at the appropriate temperature.

A: As with other Yeti variations that I have had, this is an exceptional looking beer that is pitch black capped off with 2.5 fingers of a creamy mocha head with great retention and lacing.

S: Extremely roasty and hoppy (for an RIS) containing notes of coffee, dark chocolate, milk chocolate and cocoa. Hints of dark fruits are apparent as well.

T: Roasted malt and some slightly bitter hops hit the palate first followed by coffee, dark chocolate, and cocoa. As the beer warms layers of dark fruits emerge especially raisin.

M: Medium to full-bodied with appropriate carbonation. Quite silky and creamy.

D: I have always found this to be one of the most drinkable Imperial Stouts and this bottle confirmed that. The 9.5% abv. is hidden expertly.

Overall this is certainly an icon for me in the Imperial Stout style. One of the first real craft beers that I enjoyed in college and one that I revisit often, along with its oak-aged brethren. Highly Recommended.

Lunch, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of babaracas
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with big dense medium brown head, clinging thick lacing. Smell: dark chocolate, chocolate graham cracker, dark brown sugar, coffee beans, big leafy and citrus hops. Taste: dark chocolate, dark brown sugar, hint of raisin, leafy, piney, citrus rind. Rich feel, near syrupy with a nice dose of carbonation. Really exceptional. Bottled 7/10/09.

babaracas, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of Trizzle
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque. The small tan head fades to a perfect crema with great lace.

Aroma is big. Raisins, muscatels, alcohol and Bonox (do you have Bonox outside of Australia?? It's a beef extract used by your grandparents in hot drinks but I have it on toast. Delicious). As it warms, the alcohol is less apparent, giving way to the raisins and fortified wine.

Taste is more of the smell. A sweet hit of dried fruits - raisins and dried muscatels soaked in rum. Sweetness hangs around quite a while before the bitterness arrives: a decent palette of hops and delicious roasted malts... Some more bonox even

Feels silk. Not especially thick, definitely not watery and about right for this style and ABV. A good level of carbonation adds to the body.

This is definitely a sipper and more than 1 may be gratuitous but this is in keeping with style, and in no way subtracts from a top notch imperial stout.

Trizzle, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of mdwalsh
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Initial pour is a large brownish-tan head full of small bubbles. The beer is deep deep black. Totally opaque.

S: Slightly sweet, but also a definite hoppyness. Hints of sweet, bitter cooked fruit, like a cherry pie, but hoppier. A hopheads RIS for sure.

T: Similar to the smell, but much more roasted character, even a little bit of pepper. Really accentuates any spicey food you might be eating. The dry roasted bitterness can really come through. There's a bit of a coffee taste as well that dissipates as you go.

M: Thick like motor oil. But the bitter bite makes it feel a little lighter. Really nice for such a big beer.

D: I could see this being a very drinkable RIS for some people, but not for me. The roastedness is too much for me.

mdwalsh, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of andrewroush
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle with date of 12/2/08

A - Extremely dark black with chocolatey tan 2 finger head. Great head retention for an IS and a good amount of lacing

S - Hops! This is a very hoppy IS and I love it. Chocolate and coffee notes come through strong as well, but the aroma is very well balanced.

T - Outstanding. Big roasted malt character with the chocolate and coffee from the nose. With 75 IBU's, this beer adds a good amount of bitterness from the hops as well. Dry finish, with a slight hint of alcohol. It's strong but the alcohol isn't overbearing.

M - Rich and creamy, perfectly carbonated

D - I could drink this all night if I could stay standing. After a 22oz I'm feeling great and could easily drink another, but I probably shouldn't

Incredible beer. I will be sure to add this to my usual rotation.

andrewroush, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of bobv
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours very dark (ya think?) 1/2 in. head subsides fairly quickly.

S: Coffee, chocolate and dark fruit (with a little banana after swirling vigorously.)

T: Delicious, chocolatey more than coffee-ey. Still carbonated even though the head has disappeared. Slightly dry finish, any more dryness would detract from my taste score substantially.

M: Good mouthfeel, still carbonated.

D: Alcohol is fairly well hidden. I could have another, in fact, I will have another!

In retrospect, this is definitely one of the best, even with the dry finish it seems to work very well. This is the best dry-finish Imperial Stout I think I've ever had.

bobv, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of OatmattStout
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at prime 16 in a snifter. Jet black with espresso crema head.

Nose was light of roasted malts and licorise.

Head was small as bartender eased it into glass like a little old lady. Some lace and avg retention.

Taste was packed with big roasted coffe malt with a bit of fresh fennel.
Mouthfeel is insanely velvety.

Drinkability is moderate as any large ris should be.

OatmattStout, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of taigor
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into small cocktail glass.

A - Poured non-transparent black with tan head rising afterwards about a finger high. Lots of lacing left around the glass.

S - Dark chocolate with hints of coffee and malts towards the end.

T - Again chocolates and coffee upfront with slight sweetness of malts.

M - Full bodied with high carbonation.

D - Definitely a sipping beer. Definitely would love to have more in the future.

taigor, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of mjryan
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I dont think Ive ever had a better Imperial Stout, and I doubt I ever will. Very large beer in many mays; big roasted malts, big American hops! Not smooth, hell yeah. Great when fresh, great when aged. Unbelievably easy to drink. Rich and bitter in the finish, yet supprisingly dry (for and Imperial Stout). A true masterpiece. My hat goes off to Great Divide for this phenominal beer.

mjryan, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of homebrew311
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into NB globe.

A: pours motor oil black with some serious viscosity. A dark coffee colored head forms a nice fluffy layer and sticks around. This looks perfect for an imperial stout.

S: burnt malts, roasted barley, dark chocolate, coffee all on the front with a huge whiff of earthy resinous hops on the back which lends aromas of tobacco and pine

T: this starts out as a decadent chocolate delight followed by the huge hop character. The flavors seem more bold and assertive than the oaked version. The roasted notes are incredibly bold but the hops bite through and provide an interesting balance for a beer loaded with flavor

MF: thick, creamy, velvety texture, dense

D: this is extremely rich and is best enjoyed sipping over a long period of time as it warms. I was happy to see this beer in a 12oz/4pk vs. the bombers I have always seen in the past. This is an incredible imperial stout and among the best.

homebrew311, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of natelocc787
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing beer. Huge foamy dark brown head atop a black body. Supreme nose showing roasted coffee, all shades of chocolate, molasses, a mild bourbon aroma and brown sugary notes. Taste is so well done I almost had to give it a 5. Cocoa nibs in the back but bursting with humongous roasted notes, espresso with milk, vanilla bean, dark and light chocolates, fudge and a wonderful hop presence. Mouthfeel is greatness, not the chewiest stout but more towards the creamy, silky feel, the mild bourbon in the finish is a nice touch, it's as if this beer was made to offer specific flavors at specific intervals during the taste experience and it got them just right. Amazingly smooth and drinkable, what a fine stout.

Had again, aged 2 years this time, hops faded but still bitter from the chocolate malt. Aroma is incredibly chocolaty, mouthfeel very mellow and smooth like cask, more earthy character this time.

natelocc787, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of jjanega08
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A= pours a deep deep deep black color. This isn't just brown and looks black in a cup. This baby is BLACK. The head on it is awesome for an RIS. It stands up a nice two and a half fingers high with amazing lacing and retention. The heads color makes me drool. Complete dark brown color. The only thing that would make this beer more bad ass is if the head were black which I don't even believe is possible. Awesome looking.

S= Awesome combination of everything RIS. Coffee and chocolate all over the place. This thing that makes this so unique is the small amount of hops that make this beer very well balanced for an RIS. The deep roasty malts are amazing.

T= Awesome. Just like the nose I get a ton of great RIS notes. The main thing like I said that confuses me is the hop notes. There is of course loads of coffee and chocolate... great roasty malts and just plain amazing dark malt flavor. All this awesome RIS flavor is complemented by the nice hop flavor. The hops come through even more in the taste than the nose led on to believe. Great taste. My favorite part is when I burp I get the hops like I'm drinking an IPA

M= Low carbonation despite the awesome head on this beer. Really quite coating. A little sticky and lasting. This beer lingers in the taste for quite a while which is nice because when it warms up it just gets better and better.

D= Amazing beer... This beer reminds me of my favorite beer Darkness in many many ways. This baby is everything I want in a beer and lives up to any occasion. No matter weather I'm craving a hop bomb or a malty sipper this beer is both. Solid brew and I'm happy it's so available.

jjanega08, Dec 15, 2009
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,386 ratings.