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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,195 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,195
Reviews: 1,624
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 199
Gots: 509 | 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 pwsoldier
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a North Coast snifter.

A - Pours opaque black with a creamy tan head that slowly dissipates into a thin layer of foam, leaving a modest amount of lacing.

S - Dark chocolate and coffee dominate, accompanied by hints of vanilla, anise, and piney hops.

T - Bitter up front, with dark chocolate and black coffee coming out the strongest. A hint of vanilla and anise comes through in the finish, accentuated by even more bitterness from the hops. Sweetness from the roasted malts is scant and hard to pick up. Unlike some other RIS's I've tried *cough* Abyss *cough*, this one doesn't really balance itself out very much as it warms. The bitter notes still persist, with the roasted malts and sweet vanilla and anise notes struggling to keep up. It's not necessarily a bad thing, just not exactly my cup of tea. On the plus side, the alcohol remains very well hidden throughout.

M - Full-bodied and rich. A bitter aftertaste of dark chocolate and hops lingers quite noticeably on the palate.

D - I won't lie, I prefer the Oak-aged version over this one. This beer is slightly off-balance. I like bitterness in my IPAs/DIPAs, but I prefer some balance in my RIS's. It's a very good beer, but I found myself wishing that the bitterness wasn't so strong in it. The heaviness of it doesn't help either. I'd drink it again, but I can honestly say that I've had better beers of this style.

pwsoldier, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of BierFan
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on date on the label of January 23rd 2009, making this a fairly fresh bottle. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Very opaque black body with a small brown head.

Smell: The smell is lighter than I thought it would be. So far it's not the "onslaught of the senses" that the label boasts. Some coffee and hops.

Taste: Lots of caramel and buttery toffee in the taste. Bitter and sweet chocolate. Finishes with some roastiness and hops.

BierFan, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of PSUBeerman
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a large tulip

Pour a deep dark with a rich mahogany tan head. The head was thick and creamy. It held on for awhile to the glass leaving some lacing.

The smell was wonderful. I noticed the hops and some creaminess in the strong aroma.

As far as the taste, the hops were ever present and left a nice bitterness. It has a roasted flavor with some sweetness. The alcohol is somewhat noticeable, but I expected it to be more noticeable considering the ABV. I picked up the toffee flavor and thought there was some sort of fruitiness, but I could not narrow it down.

Overall, this is a great Imperial. Nice job.

PSUBeerman, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of MasonBeerMan
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

App- Dark black, 1 finger head which quickly leaves. Great head retention, lacing left on glass entire way through

Smell-sweet, chocolate, roasty and alchohol

Taste-slight alchohol, biterness, chocolate and roasted malts

Mouthfeel-smooth and chewy

Drink-great beer, easy to drink, will definitely have more of these

Had 1/5/2007

MasonBeerMan, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of slk22
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours like motor oil. Completely opaque having a brown medium size head and extensive lacing that is unwilling to let go of the glass.

S - Aroma is a nice balance of coffee beans and roasted malt with a hint of caramel and chocolate. Very inviting.

T - Initially hit by robust espresso and roasted malt flavors, which are then followed by sweetness in the form of malt and caramel. Bitterness from the strong hop presence comes though in the finish along with lingering coffee notes and a bit of alcohol. Well balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and smooth. Moderate carbonation was noticeably present. A bit more than I expected for this style.

D - A delicious beer, but its heavy nature and high ABV would prevent me from having several.

slk22, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of leif86
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. brown bottle. No date found.

A: All black body with a rich, dark tan head that leaves some beautiful lacing.

S: Smells very alcoholic - definite fruit ester aroma. Definite coffee and chocolate as one would expect.

T: Begins quite sweet and fruity, figs in the mix, before yielding to coffee and dark chocolate - both end extremely bitter and linger.

M: Perfect. Delectably creamy without being flat or syrupy.

D: Feels like 9.5% abv but I dig it. Best if you let it warm up a bit.

leif86, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of cbn
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, burnt umber in color with a hard pour yeiding a one-quarter inch head. Only a small, wispy cloud of bubbles with a ring arond the glass remains on the surface throughout this session.

Roasted yet somewhat restrained maltiness with a pronounced floral hop aroma and an alcohol tail wind.

Big, sweet roasted malt, cereal goodness bordering on syrupy,
saved by a healthy dose of bitter and floral hoppiness, clean alcohol finish.

Thick, smooth and sticky.

Drinkability suffers only from high alcohol content ond overall heaviness of this brew.

A well made brew, flavors are well integrated, aroma betrays little of the complex malt profile, very tasty.

cbn, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of bowersdm
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a nonic.

A - straight black with a chocolate milk/lightly creamed coffee colored head measuring 3cm (it would be more, but it spilled over the side of the glass.)

S - roasted barley, chocolate, hops, alcohol, mocha, espresso, raisins, tobacco, burnt malt.

T - roasted barley, chocolate, mocha, raisins, tobacco, burnt malt that imparts a slight smoky quality, finished off with a touch of alcohol and hops that provide a touch of bitterness (along with bitterness from dark chocolate) that brings a nice balance to the beer. as the beer warms, i also got notes of toffee and...vanilla?

M - near textbook for an RIS.

D - this is one of the best RISs out there. try it, now.

bowersdm, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of Keith238
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into tulip pint glass.

Poured black with milk chocolate colored head. Self described with rich caramel and toffee notes. I can't help but pick up strong notes of chocolate. Also claiming 75 IBUs. I'm not picking up on that due to the strong malt flavor, except in the finish. Very pleasant surprise. I had no idea what I was getting when I picked this up. Must try for all stout lovers!

Keith238, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a ton of beautiful red highlights. A thick frothy one inch dark caramel color head (with hints of pink) majestically crowns the beer. Smells of deep roasted malts, dark chocolate, and dark fruits dominate the nose. Heavy, thick lacing covers the inside of the glass like a 1970's shag carpet. First sip is burnt malts, tobacco, and dark chocolate. The bitterness is from start to finish. Mouthfeel is super creamy milkshake like adding to a wonderful experience. World Class.

ATLbeerDog, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a nice, fluffy dark brown head that left delicate lacing all down the glass.

Nose is cocoa and espresso, roasty, with the hops lending a slightly acidic note to the roastiness.

Taste matches - espresso, roasty, hint of cocoa, with a dry, slightly acidic hop finish that hints of pine. Good, but the acidity and roastiness are better when slightly checked by the smooth vanilla of the oaked version. Just a bit rough around the edges for my taste.

Mouthfeel has just a bit of carbonation bite, thick, but not quite as viscous as i would have liked.

JohnQVegas, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of sleazo
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A_Very dark black with a rocky mocha two fingered head. Good lacing but retention is weak.

S_A bit of fusel alcohol almost like gin, minor chocolate notes.

T_Lighter on the alcohol than I thought. A nice melange of espresso and dark chocolate. Not very complex but nicely smooth.

M_Viscous but not overly so. Nice carbonation.

D_A very drinkable stout but not one that grabs me.

sleazo, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of Bookseeb
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark rich almost black with a thin head and lace. Smell of big roasted malts, molassas and maybe some light chocolate. Taste of sweet roasted malt, bitter coffee and definate alchohol, but not overpowering. Mouthfeel is chewy, slick with a good bite of carbonation as it's going down. A good sipper brew with a good hop bite, a good one to try among Imperial stouts.

Bookseeb, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow- Why haven't I had this before? I always see it- and now I'm glad that I finally picked it up one day on a whim.

Pours dead black, and after an agressive pour I find the mocha colored head overflowing my tulip glass. Oops!

Some chocolate in the aroma along with roasted malt and just a twinge of alcohol present. Time could only help this brew. The taste follows with a full bodied, borderline creamy mouthfeel. Some chocolate flavors and roasted, almost burnt malt. Some alcohol plays though as well- which is odd because I wasn't noticing it as much when I first poured it- it's becoming much more present as it warms. (as expected)

Overall a solid brew, I can't wait for the espresso version to come out.

Ineedabeerhere, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at union jacks pub, 9oz serving

A- Yeti came to me with a 1/2 inch tan mocha head that dissipated quick. Yeti had a deep burnt black look to it. What it left was a sparce pattern of thin foam on the surface. No lacing to be seen.

S- Roasted malt goodness with a nice burnt aspect. Some cream and milky scents giving off some faint vanilla. Chocolate malts also with some hops in the background with a smell of alcohol.

T- A lot of sweet and roasty malts are detected first along with the creamy flavors resembling chocolate milk. Some coffee presence with a twinge of espresso. Earthy hops towards the end leaving a roasty and dry taste together.

M-Rich and full leaving some alcohol heat behind. A nice amount of carb with a somewhat slick feel to it as it goes down. This is my first time having this on tap and it really improves from the bottle version.

D- The creaminess and milk chocolate within yeti is my favorite aspect of the taste, which came out more on tap. At 9.5% this is nowhere near sessionable but I would drink a few if i had enough courage. A very nice RIS from great divide.

BARFLYB, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip a snifter.

Pours black with several fingers of super rich & creamy (and EXTREMELY burnt looking) dark mocha colored head that looks a bit like chocolate milk at times. This simmers down into a rigid 1/4 finger of smooth and creamy retention that flares up extremely well, leaving a massive coating of lace and brown residues down the sides of the glass. The aroma is huge with roasted chocolate malts and underlying notes of caramel, coffee, and earthy, fresh smelling, floral hops in the back.

The aroma is thick chocolate and caramel sweetness up front that is met with equally robust notes of roasted malts, zippy coffee character, and a firm hop profile behind it. The finish is roasted bitterness that hangs in the mouth for a good bit. The mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy feeling overall, with a layer of prickly carbonation underneath that accentuates the aggressive bitterness of this. The feel slickens out a bit as it warms, revealing some toasty alcohol character underneath.

A winner of an Imperial Stout and definitely one of the better easier to find versions of the style out there. This doesn't go quite as deep as some of the tops in the style but is still an extremely solid look for those needing a Stout fix.

Kegatron, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of damienblack
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an inky black. Very healthy two-finger head, leaves some good lacing, while good carbonation leaves it reactive, bubbly and live looking. Surface looks like I just poured a tall glass of chocolate milk. Appearance is everything I expect from a RIS. Smells pretty boozey from the initial noseful. Smells a little chalky, but there's some good coffee and chocolate underneath. Also smells like it's got a good hop kick at the end.

It's certainly got big flavor. Medium coffee profile with just a bit of chocolate. But the two most prevalent aspects are an absolutely huge presence of dark burnt malt, and a prominent bitterness at the end from hops. I prefer my Imp Stouts to be on the sweeter side rather than being more burnt, and this is a little overly hopped for me. It's still very good, but that just makes it more of a sipper for me than something I can quaff endlessly (which isn't necessarily a bad thing). Decent mouthfeel, a little less carbonated by the end than it seems. Coffee and roastiness just sits on the palate, tantalizing you. I might actually need to take some water halfway through this alone just to get a fresh cleanse. It does a decent job at hiding the ABV, but it still tastes a little boozey. Overall, not a bad impression of a RIS. It's plenty flavorful, just not quite as accessible as I like, nor as focused on the coffee & chocolate flavors. A very solid sipper, but not among my all time favorites.

damienblack, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of beachbum1975
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes...

Bottled October 08. Shared with newtonty recently.

Pours as a RIS should - Dark brown/blackish with a 1 inch dark mocha head. Great mocha lacing!

The nose has coffee and bitter hop on the nose.

Low carbonation on the mouthfeel. Full bodied and medium to full flavored. The front and middle of this beer is coffee, heavily roasted chocolate malts and a hint of smokiness. Wet like an oil slick on my tounge with a slippery and bitter, hoppy finish.

Nice, but didn't do a great deal for me...

beachbum1975, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of niknot
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a Yeti glass provided by the company. A very deep black color with a reddish-brown head that is very slow to reside.

There is a powerful chocolate coffee aroma that rises from this magnificent creation.

The taste is phenomenal. With an imperial stout, you would expect a slight overtone of alcohol to be present, but surprisingly none is to be found. Low carbonation allows for the complexities of the roasted malts to burst through.

This is by far the most smooth imperial stout I have ever drank. Hard to find, but worth the effort to acquire.

niknot, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of RichT73
3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wow! This was a meal for me. I honestly shouldn't have eaten anything before drinking this beer because it filled me up considerably. I should have known it was filling by the pour, which was almost like a melted chocolate. Considering how much this beer tastes like coffee and chocolate (and some toffee) I'm surprised it's not yet available at Starbucks. With all that being said, this is kind of a tossup for me, somewhat of a hophead. I did enjoy the taste, but it became more and more difficult to drink the more I had. Wouldn't get it again, but I wouldn't turn down a free one either.

RichT73, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of sonicdescent
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with a reddish hue of head that I have never seen before. Very good looking stuff.

Smelled strongly of chocolate as it was being poured, now that is in the glass I can sense roasted malts and toffee. This is supposedly a hop forward stout, but very little if any is present in the nose.

Tastes extremely smooth with no major alcohol kick as in some other RISs. Tastes are the same roasted coffee, toffee, and chocolate found in the nose, with the 75 ibus coming from the chocolate itself. I wouldn't call this a hop forward stout, though they are present. All in all very tasty and easy to drink.

Mouth is med/heavy and carbonation is low/med. Good combination.

Drinkability is very good. I don't see this around too much, but will be sure to pick it up. I look forward to trying the oaked yeti in my cellar next.

sonicdescent, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of Stimack
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this brew up the other day and thought that I would give it a try last evening. Brew poured to a pitch black color with a thick frothy dark tan head that head great retention and left chinky lacing down the side of the glass, nice looking brew. The aroma really showed of the hops, I was expecting this based on some research but it was a little more than I even expected. The other aromas where roasted to burn malt (charcoal?) , coffee (slight expresso like), and alcohol. The flavor follows the aromas as the big hop flavor really seems to dominate for me. Also in the background the malt comes out that seems astringent and that mixed with the hops seems a little to much for me. Also expresso/coffee favors really show. As it warms the alcohol comes out more and more giving a slightly burning feel. The feel of the brew is good, thick with a slight slick feel, creamy. For me the hopping of this brew is a little to much, I am not a hop head and would love to see what this brew would be like with that hop presence muted a bit. Still a good brew, but (at least for me) not a great one in my book.

Stimack, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of TheDoorman
2.9/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Ginger Man in NYC.

Pours a think syrupy black body with a brown head, and truly beautiful lacing. Aroma is a potent combination of chocolate, tofee and roast malt. The taste is similar to the nose. Reminds me of chocolate/maple syrup and molasses. Don't even think about detecting any hops. The beer coats my mouth with a real syrupy feel. This beer is actually too think and syrupy and too sweet. Roastyness is barely noticeable. Not properly balanced.

This beer has excellent reviews, so I was shocked to be dissappointed with this beer. It may have been served too cold. I may give it a try out of a bottle sometime.

TheDoorman, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark. Very dark. Jet black w/ a dark foamy head. Blocks out the light,

Smells of deep roasted malt, maybe toffee and chocolate.

The roasted malt commands the taste. The hops are there, but not overwhelming in this potent stout. The mouth holds the taste, long after the beer is gone.

Is this drinkable? Clearly. Could I have a few more? Well, I'm not the kind of person to turn down 22oz. of beautiful beer, but my second right might be something a bit mellower.

KTCamm, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of Seanibus
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lovely imperial stout - clean, smokey and satisfying.

Pours deep black with a thick, dense off color head. The aroma is rich and woody. The flavor is smokey and chocolaty, with a rich, round mouthful of sweetish malt and a satisfying bitterness. The alcohol sneaks up on you, with a bite in the back end that is reminiscent of a rich black rum. The mouthfeel is surprisingly fluid for such a thick beer, almost more like a porter than a stout. It clings around the back of the mouth, emphasizing a smokey bitterness. This is a highly drinkable imperial.

Seanibus, Jan 24, 2009
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,195 ratings.