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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,569
Reviews: 1,661
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
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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 GRG1313
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5/17/10. This is truly a wonderfully delicious drink.

Pours thick viscous black with a thick, firm and rich brown head that's lasting.

Nose is all sweet black chocolate and rich sweet roasted coffee and grain.

Mouthfeel is creamy and rich, almost like a coffee/chocolate shake for adults!

Flavors follow nose and mouthfeel with rich, bold and assertive sweet black chocolate, turkish coffee and rich roasted grains. Nice bitter espresso finish.

This stout is far better than I expected from the bottle and better than the examples I'd previously tasted. This one is worthy of a place high in the stout rankings.

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

The beer is pitch black, with a dark brown head, that leaves good lacing, and ample curtains.

The smell is clear roasted aromas, dark dried fruits, heavy pungent

Sweet burnt sugar, Madeira, heavily roasted coffee, bitter roasted pine nuts.

Medium high carbonation, heavy and complex, slightly oily and a dry long finish.

A really heavy stout, nothing for the weak!

Photo of CaptainTripps
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Black, dark as motor oil. Dark mocha head, 3 fingers worth.

S- Rich dark chocolate intertwined with roasted malts and a bitter coffeeness. Toffee and caramel notes are present as well. Man this thing smells good. Strong aroma's.

T- Just as it smells, rich chocolate taste, roasted malts with toffee and caramel. Nice amount of hops in the flavor as well. (This thing has 75 IBU's!)

M- Thick and creamy. Alcohol gets more apparent when the beer warms up to room temp but doesn't hurt the taste or the drinkability.

D- Perfect night cap

/end review.

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into Chimay chalice. Bottled January 2010

A- Pours black as night with a thick, luscious dark mocha colored head, about a fingers worth. The heads sticks around for awhile and leaves some nice lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Big amounts of roasted malts, brown sugar, dark chocolate and a hint of cinnamon. A little bit of black licorice mixes with the alcohol and becomes more apparent as the beer warms.

T- Rich roasted malts greet the tongue followed by some bitter coffee and dark chocolate. The alcohol comes out earlier than it did in the nose but I am still able to pick up black licorice and just a hint of brown sugar.

M- Thick. The beer just coats the tongue. You can feel the carbonation initially on the tip of the tongue but fades after that. A little heat on the back of the throat from the alcohol.

D- The flavors were a little more mellow that the nose would have led me to believe. The alcohol becomes more apparent as it warms but doesn't deter. A pretty good beer to warm you up on a chilly fall night in Wisconsin.

Photo of tjfinkle
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just recently started getting Great Divide down in San Diego so I figured I should try this one out before moving on to the oak aged Yeti. I enjoyed this beer in a tulip glass. The pour was very thick and dark with some slight mocha colored head. The smell was of heavy roasted malts with some underlying dark fruit. On my initial taste of this beer, I noticed heavy roasted coffee flavors and some slight chocolate with a slight alcohol burn. The heavy coffee put me off at first, but by my third taste it had grown on me. The carbonation was just about right for this beer and as a result it was rather easy to drink for 9.5%. I very much enjoyed this beer and could easily drink too much of it very quickly and I am looking forward to trying some more of Great Divide's beers.

Photo of adam42381
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled on: Apr 16, 2010 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a motor oil black with a 2 finger creamy chocolate brown head. Excellent lacing. Looks pretty much perfect for a stout.

Smell: Chocolate, toffee, roasted malt, coffee and floral hops.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt up front followed by hoppy bitterness in the middle then ending with toffee and burnt toast at the finish. The alcohol comes through a bit as it warms up. Aftertaste is bittersweet chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: High drinkability. This isn't one you'd have several of but it is definitely one to savor and enjoy.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. I would highly recommend Yeti to anyone.

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

A: Pours pitch black with a dark brown large thick head. Dissipates into really nice lacings.

S: Roasted chocolate malt and bitter hops, some floral ones as well. Coffeenotes.

T: Chocolate and coffee dominates over everything else. Some vanilla and some bitterhops is noticable, though.

M: Full bodied, moderatly carbonated brew with a long bitter full aftertaste.

D: This is really nice. You can enjoy a bottle for a very long time - it takes it's time!

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capital Alehouse in Fredericksburg. Can't believe I've never had this one!

Pours a near black tone, with a one finger deep tan head that has great retention and left some lacing down the glass. Smells of chocolate and coffee, with a notieable hop presence not always so obvious in a RIS.

Taste has that same hop presence. Some of the people I was with thought it was a bit overdone for the style, but I thought it added a lot to this brew. Some more flavors from the deep malts are there as well. Vanilla, caramel, and toffee add to the bittersweet chocolate and coffee that was present in the aroma. Very nice. Mouthfeel is creamy and somewhat viscous, with a tiny bit of prickly carbonation that adds to the beer nicely.

Very nice stout. Much better imo than the chocolate version, which I, for some reason, had before I had the base brew.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single of this now that it is available in CA.

Appearance - Pours an utter opaque black into my SA Perfect Pint. Over two fingers of dark mocha colored head is achieved with a moderate pour, that dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving nice looking lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Heavy roasted coffee, licoraice, dark chocolate, molasses, slight dark fruits. Just from the aroma you can tell this is going to be a heavy beer.

Taste - The initial taste is not a taste, it is the creaminess of the beer (yes I know that should go under Mouthfeel but damn!). Bitter malts, bittersweet chocolate/cocoa, bitter roasted coffee beans...then on to smokiness...then on to sweet molasses, toffee, caramelized sugar and vanilla.

Mouthfeel - As I stated in the taste, very creamy. Moderate to thick Mouthfeel, lower carbonation.

Drinkability - While the beer hides its alcoholic content surprisingly well, I'm glad I picked up a 12oz single of this rather than a bomber. I am pretty sure it would have been a chore to finish off a bomber, but 12oz was easy enough. While not my favorite RIS to be honest, not bad at all.

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

This was not brewed on the slopes of Mt Everest by monks and blessed by the Dali Lhama,it was not even brewed by Yeti's in Colorado,as the last Yeti moved from Colorado to Canada sometime in 1976. It is however a big brew full of adventure and mystery and quite the beer a Yeti would have enjoyed with his breakfast of berries and wild flowers on a frosty morning in the Rockies,or Tibet.

Appearence...We have abominable blackness atop which is a brown finger of bubbles. Leaves lots of lace.

Aroma....Coffee,Chocolate and Mince Pie are fighting to dominate. The Sherpas say the Yeti are fond of mince pie.

Taste. Interesting,Neither coffee nor Chocolate won,and there's a deep cola flavor,some moments each of sweet and bitter,a roasty smokey thing close to burnt toast. Quite stouty.
The Coffee does win in the aftertaste with an espresso bitter finish.

Feel, Big Bodied and a bit syrupy. If you hold a sip,the roast bitter seems to crank up a notch,interesting as I expected the sweeter side of the malts as it warms.

Drinkable? Well, it is quite a heavyweight. It is also a nice,tasty,balanced stout and I suppose were I trekking the Himalayas,one of these would be a nice lunch in a bottle.

No negatives to this beast aside from a semi-high price tag,that's acceptable for an elite stout.

Photo of slayer3604
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I pour Yeti into a Bruery goblet and observe a thick blackish brown beast with a nice peanut butter brown with some slick lacing on the glass.
Then I dropped it. It bounced off my desk and spilled everywhere, leaving about a sip left.
proceeded to clean YETI out of my carpet and keyboard while trying not to cry.

Smells like cocoa, burn, and chocolate. Nice bit of hop bitterness in there as well. Awesome.

Tastes a little too hoppy but its delicious. Very chocolaty and has a pronounced spice to it.

very smooth and creamy. Way way too delicious for its alcohol content and I'd like to have some vanilla ice cream Yeti floats!!!!

Very smooth and classy alcohol wise but leaves you with a nice palate kicking bitterness in the finish.

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

I had the unusual experience of trying Oak Aged and Chocolate Oak Aged yeti before the original, and I gotta say, the original is probably my favorite with Oaked a close second and Chocolate a distant third (cayenne wtf?) This is probably my favorite stout. I have so much love for GD.

A: Jet black pour, impenetrable to light, 2-finger light brown head receded to a thin cap. This is a beautiful beer.

S: Perfect balance of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee, with little alcohol burn.

T: Like the nose but more intense. Good God, this beer is delicious. I will drink so much Yeti this winter.

M: Thick without being syrupy, bubbly without being light.

D: This is a heavy-duty RIS, and one 12 oz. bottle will definitely do it for me, but whoo baby is it a good one.

Photo of Blanco
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

black color with a solid brown head. head doesn't retain for very long, but wonderful lacing follows this brew from start to finish. the smell is of delicious malt chocolate. the flavor is also very sweet, very pleasant chocolate. no bitterness and very smooth. thick mouthfeel, almost feels like a hot cocoa (but cold). extremely drinkable for the ABV. a tremendous imperial stout. awesome!

Photo of stimulus
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Posting an old review from April 2010. 12 oz bottle from a 4 pack.

A: Pours a jet black with a light tan head that disappears quite quickly.
S: Chocolate and a bit of coffee.
T: Like the nose, chocolate and coffee dominate this brew, with hints of vanilla and alcohol creeping in through the finish.
M: Thick and heavy with carbonation on the low end.
D: This is certainly a dessert beer, like the other Yeti, but without the oak aging, it is interesting that the vanilla flavors are still present.

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

Had this a few times before it was in California, but now that I have ready-access to it, I've had it quite a few more times in the past week. I've had it twice on tap and twice out of the bottle, and both times, I thought the bottle was better. In the interest of good beer, that's the one I'll review.

Appearance: Very dark, almost black upon the pour. Held to the light, it's apparent that it's dark, dark brown approaching near-black. Very nice crown of tan head that washes the glass nicely as it goes down. A RIS look to be emulated, for sure.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, tobacco, anise, and alcohol, in that order. It's taken me a while to settle on it, but I think coffee is still the most up-front smell. Chocolate as it warms comes through more, but so does the alcohol. More hop-forward than some other stouts out there, as the slight grass and citrus peaks through as it opens up. Not too sweet either, which I've come to love the Yeti series for.

Taste: I love when a beer comes through with exactly what you're smelling in the nose, and Yeti delivers. All the best parts of the nose are in the taste. Nice and bitter for a stout, which covers up some of the roastyness (at least at first). More roasty than I would've anticipated initially, but that's not a bad thing (at least at first). As the beer opens up, the roasty can evolve towards burnt, which is not as awesome as the beer starts out being. However, the chocolate also comes through more and more as well. If there were a 4.25, I'd go for that, but having had this beer in several other permutations, I'll go for a 4 and say that this one is certainly good, and has room to get better (which it certainly does in the Oak and Chocolate versions).

Mouthfeel: The roastyness makes for a dryer finish, and the bitterness leaves the palate ready for more. I know I have a soft spot for bitter stouts, primarily because I love the mouthfeel, and this beer is no exception.

Drinkability: The roasty nature in the taste brings it down just a little below its brethren in the Yeti clan. The original is great, but I've never really wanted more than 12oz. Which, for California, is great, since we're only getting 12oz. However, Chocolate, Oak, Chocolate/Oak, and Espresso Yeti were all had in 22oz bombers and I had nooo problems dusting those.

In all, this is a great go-to stout when you're looking for what it provides: a solid, roasty, bitter, and ultimately tasty stout. Definitely worth picking up, but if you're in an area that has its brothers, I'd say pick them up and complete the family. Thumbs up, Great Divide, and thanks Stone for picking them up for CA distribution!

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

First taste of anything from Great divide Brewing....

Haven't heard or seen anything from great divide but was very excited to hear that it was coming to a store near me in california.

A - Poured with a very dark brown to almost deep midnight black color. The head was a dark brown about two inches thick with the most appetizing look.

S - The smell was of dark chocolate with a hint of coffee. Some light smell of black berries and hops. something to make you mouth water.

T - Toffee and espresso. Light hops and with some dark chocolate. Also a light hint on smokiness.

M - Mid to Heavy but something that will want you to keep sipping.

D - very smooth and easy to drink. Has a bit of dryness on the back end that makes you want to drink more of this beer. Defiantly a sipping beer because of the ABV

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Welcome to Southern California Great Divide...

Poured from a bomber into a BJ's Brewery pint glass. Bottled on May of 2010...

A - Pours black with a one finger brown head. Head does not stick around very long, but the lacing on this one is beatifull...

S - Lots of chocolate and coffee notes come through...

T - Dark roasted malts, chocolate, licorice and a little bit of smokiness. Ends with a slight coffee bitterness, and a bit of hoppiness. Very tasty, but I could do with a litlle less hop presence. Abv well hidden...

M - A nice and thick full bodied beer...

D - This one is good. Definitely something I would recommend. Will be aging the next ones though, to let the hopiness smooth out a little. Looking foward to aging a couple of different Yeti's and having a Yeti night...


Photo of DovaliHops
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled Dec. 21, 2009. My first Yeti experience! Pours a jet black that doesn't even turn red or brown around the edges when held up to light. Medium sized brown head. Looks beautiful! Scent is quite roasty with light hints of hoppiness and fruit. Nice coffee/chocolate aroma. Taste is very delightful. Not as burnt tasting as was expected. The hop profile is not as strong as I thought it would be either (probably due to being almost 10 months old). This is sweeter than a lot of IRSs I've had in the past. The alcohol is somewhat present at the end. Strong sugar and vanilla flavors. Mouthfeel is OH SO CREAMY and full bodied. Drinkability is quite high.

Photo of cooch69
3.51/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Yeti pours into a snifter a vicious black. There is no real head instead a nice film cover.
This beer smells of pine resin, alcohol and 90% dark chocolate. I getting a pleasant dryness in the nose as well.
Upon taste this beer deploys a boat load of flavor. I knew it would be a heavyweight from the 9.5 abv but it turns out to be pretty subtle within a few good swigs.
This beer is loaded with extra dark bitter chocolate, piny hops a little bit of lemon and a healthy dose of alcohol.
The mouthfeel is very full and coating with a pretty long finish and a bit of a lingering hopiness. This is an ok example for infront of the fireplace. Although i'm not a man of a thousand hops.

Photo of SolsticeDreamer
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large sniffer: Deep dark black body looks like a beautiful shot of espresso with a creamy brown head. Light will not pass through the body of the glass and the head laces the glasses fairly slowly.
Fruity hop aroma with sweet chocolate-ness.
Beautiful chocolate flavor with a sweet citrus middle and bitter finish. Digging deep into the beer one finds toffee, caramelized sugar and cocoa and a hint of licorice. I'm overwhelmed by the modest amounts of hoppiness that pour out in the aroma and flavor. The strong roasted flavors of the grain are muted in comparison.
A very medium-heavy body with a delightful nature, hides the 9.5%ABV very well. Smooth and light carbonation that fits this beer well. Very drinkable and enjoyable on a nice rainy day.

Photo of TheStove
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

Looks awesome as it pours a nice dark dark brown light black almost like a cup of coffee with a nice chocolately mocha brown looking head.

Smells deeply of chocolate light molasses and a hint of licorice?

Excellent taste as chocolate and toasted malt flavor rolls over the tongue mingling with some light hop sweetness. Finishes with bitter toasted malt, light cocoa and again with hops but a different taste. Almost a light sweetness like this could turn into a milk or sweet stout but it stays very bold. I think the chocolate flavors in this one are complex seeming to go from rich dark to easily enjoyed candy.

This is a great stout, excellent rendition of the style and unfortunately I think gets lost and ignored in favor of its buffed up (oak/barrel/double chocolate) yeti cousins.

Photo of TheSeeker61
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark as Motor oil with a brown head which begans to dissipate.

S- Love the aromatic fruity, chocolate smell.

T- Begins with coffee/dark fruits with an almost citrus chocolate finish.

M- Moderate to thick mouthfeel.

D- Definitely a sipper with the alcohol content which allows for
nice contemplation as one gauges the whole experience of this
stout. Certainly warms the chest.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The long awaited arrival of Great Divide has finally hit Southern California. That's cool. And right here I've got a Yeti. Food pairing: NY steak, Bleu de Basque, vanilla cheesecake, artisan chocolate. Are Lindt milk chocolate truffles an artisan chocolate, because that's what I have. So on to the beer:

As black as obsidian, dark tanned head with good lacing and fine retention. There's something beautiful in the nose, because I am falling for it. There's blackstrap molasses, roasted coffee, licorice, little bits of fruitiness <smiles>.

This is a tasty guy. Modests amounts of hoppiness pop out of the strong base flavor of roasted coffee beans. A little smokiness that is provided proves pleasant. Alcohol doesn't show up to play on the palate. This is a well structured stout, and a bite of the truffle makes the pairing a success. It's on the heavy side in feel, though not super thick and gloppy. The glass is emptying faster and faster, which is a good sign in this case.

I've had other Great Divide beers before, and ons I've tried are good quality. Chalk Yeti in there too. In fact, I prefer this regular version over the oak aged variety (heresy!). Welcome to Cali, Yeti.

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

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a small but dark brown head. Nose again has that classic yeti yeast nose, chocolate and coffee, similar to the oak aged but less mellow.

This is my least favorite yeti, it's good don't get me wrong but after having the others it seems just so tame. Chocolate and coffee are there, but it's a bit too sharp for me adding the barrl makes it all mellow and the coffee/chocolate versions add more smooth complexity to me.

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

A - Pours black into my pint glass and then magic a rich brown head starts to come up from the dark black liquid; two fingers of head, excellent retention and lacing.

S - Roasted malts, caramelized sugar, bitter dark chocolate.

T - Roasted malt, toffee, caramelized sugar, bitter cocoa, coffee like bitterness that lingers. Not much alcohol noticed. Would really like to try this one aged for a bit.

M - A little higher than my personal preference on the carbonation level, but it does give it a much lighter feel then one would expect.

D - If you like imperial stouts that this is definitely a beer worth trying. It's very good, I am sure better aged, and also comes in some other variations that I am anxious to try.

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,569 ratings.