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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,485 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,485
Reviews: 1,649
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 229
Gots: 589 | 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:
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(Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003)
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Photo of darklordlager
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a solid black with an abundant head of very dark brown bubbles which show incredible retention--perhaps the best looking RIS I am yet to encounter.

S: I can feel it luring me in before I am even near it. Even 1.5 feet away it oozes chocolatey roasted malt goodness. Sweet, and a little bit smoky/roasty. Rich dark chocolate and an acidity that makes one think of coffee even though this isn't the espresso-aged version. Light floral element in the nose as well, courtesy of the hops.

Taste: Rich dark chocolate and coffee envelop the mouth, with the roasted malt and light smokiness coming through in the finish. Nice warming feeling pops up to provide company. A bit of dark fruit in there as well. Citrus note throughout, with a bitterness that matches the dark grains' acidity fairly well. The bitterness seems to accumulate with each sip.

M: Medium-high carbonation, a bit more than I prefer in a RIS. Still a pleasant creaminess though.

D: A fine offering from Great Divide. The citrus and bitterness seem to dominate after sitting with it for a while--I think I would prefer this aged a bit to mellow out the hops. Nice complexity of mlats and hops, just not exactly in the proportions I prefer.

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

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. I had to travel to the whole foods in Dedham MA to find this.

A: A nice dark, dark brown almost black pour with an 3/4 inch of head that fades quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

S: Roasted malts and toffee smell come through but the roasted malts is the strongest.

T: A very balanced taste not too sweet or over roasted. Very enjoyable hints of caramel and coffee/toffee.

M: Very smooth. Medium bodied, not over carbonated.

D: Very Drinkable. The 9.5% does not come thru. I am sure it will sneak up on you tho.
This is my second offering from Great Divide, I had the Titan IPA, which was great, and I have a Hercules waiting in the fridge.

Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Great Divide
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV 9.5%
IBU 75

L= 4.5 Pours a beautiful black with dark coffee 1 finger head

S= 4.5 Pungent nose! Big smells of dark roasted coffee, black chocolate, and hops! Wow lots of hops on the nose

T= 4.5 True nose. It carries over great. Lots of French of Italian roasted coffee. Hops come in at the end and carry through.

F= 4.0 Full bodied! Wow this a great beer. Thick, creamy, velvety body.

D= 4.0 I could drink this beer for a while. Another great beer from great divide. Nice job

Photo of cpetrone84
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle in Dec. of 2008

A-pours a thick jet black liquid resembling motor oil. the head is a very dark mocha color, thick and creamy. very good retention, slowly dissipating. thick lace left on the glass. can't really ask for anything else in terms of appearance.

S-the nose is pretty nice. some bitter sweet bakers chocolate, roasted malt, touch of caramel and toffee, notes of coffee, dark fruits at the back, plum and fig.

T/M-the taste is pretty big. it is smooth and creamy, rather thick, slightly chewy. the bakers chocolate sets in first, some toffee, hints of molasses, coffee towards the middle. the end brings some malty sweetness of dark fruits and a touch of hop bitterness, a good bit of carbonation.

D-very good RIS, nice body and good flavor. good balance, could use just a touch more sweetness; but altogether one of the better yearly RIS'

Photo of Tomdee74
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide makes some pretty good beers. I do enjoy their Titan IPA as well as their Hercules DIPA. Their Yeti is also a pretty good stout!

A - Pours black into a tulip glass with a head about 2 fingers thick and very good lacing.

S - Smell the coffee and chocolate. alcohol is very well hidden in the smell..

T - Very smooth.. Hard to believe it is a high abv. I really like this stout this is a good sipper..

M - Smooth, Silky, chocolatey... A tiny hop bite

D - Pretty easy to drink. I can drink a full bomber of this no problem as alcohol is hidden very well and this is an enjoyable stout!

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

Bottled 11-23-09

Poured inky black with a big, creamy brown head.

Aromas of burnt cookies, gentle roast, coffee, and a pleasant, piney hoppiness.

Thick and robust with lots of roasty, bitter chocolate, wood, the alcohol is present but doesn't dominate, and the finish and dry and very bitter from the massive hop character. Classy, right along with the entire Yeti series.

Photo of fastsrt
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle to snifter
bottled on jan of 08 ( just over 2 years old)
A: black, thin brown head that last 2 minutes. amazing lacing
S: awesome mellow chocolate lots going on here
T: coffee, roasted barley, dark malts, a small touch of the hops.
M: thick, low carbonation coats the pallet, smooth and balanced. this one is great.
D: I could put down a few. this a awesome drinking beer and is way better aged a bit, as I had one on draft a few weeks ago, this one is far superior. the balance is perfect.

Photo of biglite351
3.38/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - nice and dark. Foam is also darker than most stouts that I have seen.

S - very inviting and full.

T - the taste is a bit hit and miss for me. It has a nice layered flavor. However, it is a bit bitter for me.

M - there is a tingle in the back of the top of the mouth and tongue. Basically comparable to a mild hard alcohol burn.

D - I would only go for one of these and then move on to something else... or just go with something else from the start.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 2/6/10

Bottled Oct. 6th 2009

Pours near-black with highlights of burnt brown around the edges. No light is getting through this beer. Two fingers worth of milk chocolate colored foam billows up quickly but doesn't last very long. After a few minutes the head is reduced to a skim of small bubbles, though a decent amount of lace has begun. Thin retention & lacing by the end.

The nose is quite enticing, offering bold malts aromas of various ilk. Dark malts? Check. Roasted malts? You betcha. Toasted malts? Absolutely. Bittersweet dark chocolate is in no shortage. Dark sugars are apparent as well, with hints of toffee & molasses. I get the impression of vanilla overtones. While it tends to smell sweet, it is offset by an earthy hop note that, while restrained, helps add complexity & intrigue.

The sweetness found in the nose doesn't seem to translate all that much to taste. While surprising, it's not at all upsetting. Instead, Yeti tastes extremely dry & bitter. Sure, upfront there is a brief sweetness (maybe caramel or some sort of dark sugar - it's tough to distinguish) but it's almost immediately drowned out by bitter chocolate & roasted coffee. A good bit of hoppy bitterness is in there too, which fine by me. A few hints of vanilla are present as well.

Yeti is quite full bodied with low, creamy carbonation. I would say it's almost silky, but there is way too much resiny grit that manifests after but a moment with each sip. The finish is very dry with a long lingering bitterness.

I am really impressed how this beer is packed with roasted malt flavor without becoming too sweet. It's very enjoyable & is certainly a sipper. I've yet to try anything from the Yeti family that disappoints. Great Divide sure knows how to make 'em.

Photo of jeranbrews
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased 11-'09. Consumed 2-'10 in a pint glass.

A - Low dark head. The foam on this beer was like a chocolate milkshake with a bit of blood. I'm not kidding. It was dark mocha and crimson. The beer itself was a mystifying light trapping dark black coffee color. Opaque. Plenty of yeasty sediment at the bottom of the glass. And symmetric hula-hoop lacing slides down the side of the glass.

S - Meaty German hops. Very fragrant. The hop they use is unmistakable. The obvious use of roasted malts are hidden and all the yummy yeast you can't find at all. Even after warming the smell didn't change much. If anything it became more meaty and bestial. Livestock.

T - Smokey charcoal with roast malt. Lots of chocolate malt and a hint of vanilla at the beginning. At first it's a bit sweet, then bitter....then bitter again. Then a bit more bitter. Good but lacks complexity for me.

M - Smooth. So smooth and creamy. This is they way beer was meant to be.

D - Good, but I was hoping for a lot mroe from an Imperial stout. Lacks complexity of smell and flavor. No 5's here sadly.

Photo of jera1350
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate syrup like color and texture as it pours into a snifter. Huge chocolatey brown head that leaves a ton of lacing.

Loads of chocolate fill the nose with a large amount of grassy hops added. Almost a sweet ice cream like scent.

Like the nose, lots of rich chocolate, undertones of mocha and vanilla bean and the outstanding presence of those grassy hops which I absolutely love in an IS. Awesome, awesome, awesome!

Quite a bit of prickly carbonation for the style. It's not a bad thing, just unexpected especially judging by the appearance.

I can't believe I've waited so long to try this beer. I love a hoppy RIS and this fits the bill. At it's price, I would venture to call this a bargain beer. All around awesome and I look forward to having it many more times!

Photo of JosephLondon
4.93/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a treat! Thank you to Natlocc787 for giving me the heads-up on where I could find this one. I really appreciate it.

Poured from a bottle dated July 2007. This beast of a stout has been sitting, waiting for its consumption for 2 and 1 half years. And oh is it ripe! The appearance is spectacular. The bubbles are so tight it looks more like coffee whipped-cream than a typical head. The froth is rebellious in its submittal to gravity, finally giving its way to a highly decorated, multiple ring of lace. When tilted from side to side the cascading effects are that of a marching band; every member hitting its own note to cause a harmony unparalleled. I smell dark caramel chocolate, vanilla, Godiva liquor and raisin plum with hints of dated pear and a touch of tobacco. The taste is nothing short of perfection. It has bourbon and a wood backbone. Lots of vanilla caramel chocolate, also dates with the slightest alcohol finish. The feel is smooth. Not thick or thin but perfect for this beer. The feel is satin on the palate not demanding too much and going down smooth. I have paramount beer in my cellar: Abyss, Life and Limb, Peche Mortel and others. This is the beer I want most right now.

Photo of Chrisco88
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Extremely dark brown, some may say black. Thick, luxurious foamy head that lasts, chocolate brown in color.

Aroma: Coffee, dark malts and glorious chocolate! Closer sniffs revealed subtle hints of that noble hop goodness, not overpowering or pungent at all.

Taste: Chocolate and malts are predominant, aftertaste has some coffee/toffee tones and a good portion of hop bitterness but not out of balance at all.

Palate: Silky smooth and almost chewy. Noticeable aftertaste of alcohol which puts me off a bit, but the strong coffee/chocolate tastes keep it from burning or feeling hot.

Overall: On the whole a great tasting beer but the strong and lasting flavors combined with the high ABV keep it from being enjoyable on a regular basis. While slowing sipping my one glass kept me impressed throughout, about half way through I realized I wouldn't care for another glass of this anytime soon... one was good but it'll do for a while.

Photo of jazztoloc
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A 650 ml poured into a wide wine glass.
A: Light doesn't go through my glass, looks really dark, thick and creamy. The head is dark brown and stays long. Really nice lacing on the glass.
S: Lots and lots of grain, the malt smell wonderful. Alcohol blends nicely into the overal smell.
T: The balance of the malt richness and the presence of alcohol is amazing. Some cofee and cacao beans.
M: This is a full body beer, pass it beteen the teeth and you feel the greatness of this brew.
D: Very powerful, very drinkable. Have to be a liitlle careful, this baby can knock you out.

This is my first Great Divide beer, and I can tell by the taste and complexity of the mighty Yeti that this brewery has awesome things for my palate.

Photo of ATGHomebrewer
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thick, brown/black in color. no light penetrates. 2 fingers of tan/brown head.
S: roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and I think a little toffee. a light hint of hoppiness.
T: for being dominated by sweet, roasted flavors (chocolate, coffee, toffee) it has a very nice complexity.
M: creamy, thick and nicely carbonated. (personally would like more thickness, but I like motor oil)
D: A great beer for about two pints, but the alcohol and sweetness may get intense after that.

Photo of philbe311
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers worth of perfectly level compact rich deep dark chocolaty brown head comprised of varying sized bubbles... Only modest retention which gives way to a full thick layer of creamy lacing... Obsidian black in color - 110% opaque... Lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Powerful and assertive... Loaded with burnt roasted malts... Newly opened box of raisins... Chocolate fudge... Caramel... Marshmallow... Licorice... A hint of coffee... Quite appealing all the way around...

T - Smooth and even... Chocolate... Caramel... Licorice... A mild dark fruitiness... A very faint hoppy kick... The roasted malt rise to the forefront at the finish and resonate as the sole component of the aftertaste...

M - Wow... Heavy... Dense... Thick... Viscous... Chewy... Even with all that being said, this is a super smooth and exceedingly delectable stout... A slight alcoholic warming on the finish... The mouthfeel is quite simply the best that I've ever experience...

D - This is one damn fine brew, though no one should be surprised coming from the fine folks at Great Divide... This is my favorite of all the Yeti offerings... Loaded with flavor and an out of this world mouthfeel, this one is an all around winner... There aren't enough superlatives to go around for this one...

Photo of sayerofthelaw
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Opaque black with a chocolate colored head that's a little less than a quarter inch. Very appetizing.

S - Raisins stand out, with bitter chocolate underneath. There is not much of an alcohol aroma, which is both surprising and pleasant. Also appetizing.

T - Alcohol is there but it is undercut nicely by the flavor of the dark chocolate, which is lightly bitter on the back of the tongue. Not one bit overwhelming, which is a nice quality in an Imperial Stout.

M - Very smooth and rich, slightly syrupy.

D - Very smooth and easy to drink. Its 9.5%, so tread carefully!

This is the best American made stout that I've had I think, except for the Snow Plow Milk Stout from Widmer which I don't think they make anymore. The big alcohol flavor that's characteristic of the style is well under control in this beer.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.13/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured a big beer into a giant frozen crystal mug.

A: Black as midnight in the middle of a northwestern woods. With no moon out. Black as used crude oil. Thick, brown head that lingered for quite awhile.

S: Whew. Very hoppy with a sea water character surrounded by ripe dark fruit. Very light toasty malt and a hint of coffee.

T: Salty black coffee, roasted malt, campfire smoke, scotch and a red wine note. Salty, espresso finish.

Value: Man, if you're into Russian Imp Stouts, I guess this one is a good deal. Just too hoppy and salty for me.

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

on tap at Mahar's. A really nice surprise as I have never seen any Great Divide on tap in Albany.

Yeti imp stout
Tap to nug

A: pitch black with a real dirty 1cm head that leaves lacing down mug.

S: a little bit of booze, a little hop bitterness, a lot of roasty malt.

T: a little hot but not bad up front, ends with some hop bitterness. Hides 9.5 well. The roasty charcter doesn't go far due to booze and hops.

M: full bodied, low carb, good for style.

D: surprisingly drinkable. Excellent but would be limited, it is an imp stout.

Photo of woosterbill
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Prime 16 into a 3/4 pint glass.

A: Thoroughly black body topped by a faint hint of brown foam that disappears straightaway and leaves minimal lace. Boring.

S: Roasted malts (chocolate and coffee) followed by a healthy dose of hops. Nice but understated.

T: Tons of bitter overripe fruit (dates and plums), as well as a very dark chocolate and a profoundly bitter coffee/hops/alcohol finish. Very powerful and in-your-face without sacrificing complexity.

M: Mouth-filling body with light, smooth carbonation.

D: Too intense with the booze and bitterness to score too highly here.

Notes: If I'd had this first, I might have been blown away - but I just can't help comparing this to Oak Aged Yeti, and it falls far short of its sibling's brilliance.


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

A: Extremely dense almost cottony head that lingers, the color reminds me of a dark brown espresso froth, the beer is pitch black and with some obvious viscosity, significant lacing - 5.00, S: Strong aroma of dark fruits such as dates and plums/prunes, heavy on the coffee and baker's chocolate, given that the beer is 9.5% ABV it is remarkably well masked, some slight toffee, though the nose is quite noticeable it is not overwhelming - 4.25,T: Flavors of dark molasses, chocolate covered espresso beans, fudge brownies, malty sweetness is very prevalent and nicely balanced with a solid hop bite which provides pine and citrus - 4.75, M: Extremely heavy body and creamy mouth feel - 4.50, D: Wonderfully drinkable and great mix of malts and hops - 4.25

Photo of njmoons
2.85/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

For me balance is key in a RIS. to much hops takes away from the malty character. Not enough hops and it is too sweet.

Yeti Imperial Stout, lost me on the aroma. To much aroma hopping, overpowered the aroma and to some extent the flavor of the beer.

Apperance: Looked good, dark and think! Poured with a 2 finger head which held up a long time for a stout

Aroma: The Washington hops hit me on the fist sniff, and I had a hard time smell anything else. The malt was there, but any complexity was covered by the hops.

Taste: The initial taste was hoppy, it mellows though the taste into a more traditional RIS flavor, and ends up good.

Mouthfeel: Thick and what you would expect from a RIS.

Drinkability: To much hop in the aroma and the beginning of the taste for me.

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into nonic pint...

A: black as night with just the slightest bit of brown near the bottom of the glass. Mocha cappucino colored head of rocky foam and large bubbles that forms very slowly and disappears just as slow leaving big bubbles and large globs of lacing

S: rich aromas of cocoa, roast coffee, orange peel, and some alcohol notes.

T: orange cocoa, roast coffee, nutty flavors, finishes with cookie dough and a salty/peppery hop spiciness

M: full body that is thick and oily with just enough carbonation to match the hops. finishes dry

Overall, a big, brawny beer with a soft side. The experience begins with the pour. It's, in my opinion, perfect. The cocoa aromas are rich in this one and can appease any chocolate lover. The flavor is also good as the roasted malts don't take center stage and the northwest hops are given a chance to come through. The mouthfeel is good and greasy, just like a RIS should be. Great Brew, even after 2 years from bottle date!

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.

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.

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,485 ratings.