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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,674 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,674
Reviews: 1,680
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 251
Gots: 714 | FT: 21
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
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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Ratings: 4,674 | Reviews: 1,680
Photo of JHamm
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Jan-09 opened Dec-10

Appearance: extremely dark, nice head that disipates, excellent lacing in glass

Smell: most notably chocolate followed by a hint of coffee

Taste: bitter chocolate followed by a slight hint of coffee that lingers behind. slight aciditic feel that dissolves quickly leaving behind the chocolate/coffee flavor

Mouthfeel: coats mouth with pleasant aftertaste.

Drinkability: very pleasant; not overpowering but rather smooth with subtle aftertaste. Would definitely purchase again

Photo of FosterJM
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

94th review on BA
Bottle to pint.

12oz. Bottle

App- It's a big black pour with very little head on it.

Smell- Its a mix of smells on this. Some malt in the front, followed by Chocolate, the some coffee then some malt and eventually some hops.

Taste- Very few words needed here, and I quote " BIG stout little bottle" Awesome beer.

Mouth- Very complex because you see the pour and thinks its like oil but its not. Very smooth.

Drink- I want all the other ones now. I've created a monster.

Photo of OakedCanuck
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into snifter.

I have had this beer many times and thought I would put a little something on 'paper'. I make a point to keep my cellar stocked with all versions of Yeti. This black as night beer gives you a very nice mocha brown head that accompanies you through the rest of your glass. Roasted chocolate, coffee, sweet sugars are the smell. The taste follows the nose, delicious. The sweetness isn't too overbearing and is perfectly balanced with the hops, just enough bitterness to notice but not in your face. This heavy beer is super creamy and so easy to drink. The only bad part is that you'll want to drink as much as possible, which, with an ABV pushing 10%, might not be a great idea! Amazing beer.

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

A-This is one of the sexiest beers i have poured. It looks amazing. No light will pass through this beer very black. For the style this beer is a bench mark

S-Smell's like a stout. Good smell

T-This beer is amazing. It taste like a chocolate coffee wonder. Splashing this around in my mouth I find a nice initial chocolate coffee flavor and then it is finished with a great bittering that surrounds my salivation glands

M-Great mouth feel very creamy; very rich

D-At 9.5% you would think that this beer would be a heavy hitter, but it is actually quite subtle. Very easy to drink...very easy to drink a lot before you even notice

This beer is exceptional no more needed to say

Photo of Fieldzy27
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes

A-Pours jet black. Small amount of light penetration. Emphasis on small.Mocha head that's rocky and pits nicely. Leaves a decent amount of spotty lace.

S-Lots of chocolate not too bittersweet coffee hints. sparks of hops that are undetermined.

T-Bittersweet chocolate dominates. Not much in the way of roasted coming through but hints of coffee are apparent. Hops are in the taste as well just enough to add a little intricacy.

M-Extremely smooth and full with light carbonation and a drying character at the finish.

D-Great beer overall. A shinning example of the style. Classic stout with some hope character.ABV is hidden expertly.

Photo of orangesol
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on nitro-tap at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint.

A - Pours pitch black with a small chocolate colored head that leaves small patches of lace down the entire glass.

S - Lots of roasted malt up front. Some coffee, chocolate, and a bit of hops break thru once it warms up a bit. A bit too much roast when it was first poured but once it warmed up a bit it was much better.

T - Starts off with plenty of dark roasted malts with hints of coffee, chocolate, and a bit of vanilla. A little bit of a hop bite in the middle that quickly gives way to a strong roasted finish. The flavors are well balanced and it is not overly sweet like some of the other big bodied stouts. I like this one a lot.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Not as creamy as I was hoping for from the nitro-tap but it still has a pretty smooth feel. I could have a few of these no problem.

D - I really like Yeti. It is a great intro into the world of big flavored stouts. I was hoping the nitro-tap would make the feel a bit better but it may have actually dulled it a bit.

Photo of ztaylor1
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance- pours deep brown with a chocolate head that retains and laces the glass like a curtain

Smell- malty chocolate with just a bit of coffee.

Taste- roasted, almost charred, malts. Then sweet milk chocolate and bitter hops.

Mouthfeel- rich and frothy.

Drinkability- too powerful for me to have more than one or two.

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.15/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: It's like a black hole, no light will escape.
S: Molasses, strong coffee.
T: Dark-roast coffee bean (burnt is the proper word). Citrusy American hop aftertaste. Bitter from all sides (roasted malts and hops).
M: Full-bodied. Moderate carbonation.
O: Well, this kind of hoppiness is really not to my liking, so I can't drink much of this. Amazingly, the hops seem to overwhelm both the alcohol, the roastedness, and the maltiness!

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

A - Super deep ruby with a towering brown head that has good retention and curtains of lacing down the glass.

S - Upon cracking the bottle I got a quick whiff of citrus hops, but then its quickly balanced by milk chocolate and roasted coffee.

T - Rich roasted coffee and chocolate, and finishes with a healthy dose of earthy pine hops.

M - Full bodied, low carbonation, oily across the palate, goes down nice and smooth.

D - The Yeti has a certain richness in the coffee/chocolate flavors to it that I thoroughly enjoyed, balanced well with strong hops. Wonderful job masking the alcohol, I didn't notice it a bit. This is one I will be picking up again.

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a deep black with a small amount of foamy chocolate head that disipates rapidly. Leaves a nice amount of lacing

S: nice deep chocolate scents with deep malty notes

T: strong chocolate/coffee combination finishes with a slight dark chocolate like taste that lingers on the back of the tongue

D/M: drinks smooth, thick brew with deep flavors, very slight carbonation tingle

My dessert brew for thanksgiving!

Photo of EgadBananas
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick, oil-like pour produced a big ol' dark chocolate head that dissipated to a creamy film. The alcohol was stickin' all over the side of the glass.

Dark roasted malts on the nose, with a good bit of chocolate and coffee. Most surprisingly, there was a huge floral hop aroma throughout the duration. Dark fruits rounds it out.

Lots of dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, raisins, with a nice bit of bitterness, and slight bit of booze.

The feel was naturally thick, creamy, heavy, full bodied. No carbonation.

Great tasting brew, but this is a heavy hitter. 1 was satisfying.

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

Pours a very thick black body, with a thin brown head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee hit the nose. The beer has a grainy feel to it. Tastes of bitter and chocolate up front, with a taste of coffee in the finish. Creamy thick on the palate. Nice stout. Nice balance.

Photo of JimLetson
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottled on January 12 into my tulip glass.

Appearance - black, just black. You have to ask yourself how much blacker can this get, and the answer is none...none more black. Two fingers of creamy, frothy brown head that takes it's time going away. It is very visually appealing.

Smell - a lot of dark roast coffee with hop aromas making their way through underneath the initial coffee.

Taste - the bitterness of the black malt bites you at first, but it mellows after a bit to reveal some of the coffee from the nose, along with the flavour of very high cacao percentage chocolate - think Lindt 95% cacao bar. Hop bitterness brings up the rear and ends the sip with a very crisp sensation. As the beer warms, the chocolate both increases in presence and mellows in intensity.

Mouthfeel - the carbonation is moderate, and the beer is big and full bodied. No surprises here, this is one that requires some time to finish. It's flavours linger without a heavy, mouth-coating sweet feeling in the aftertaste.

Drinkability - the nice balance and the lack of the aforementioned heavy sweetness in the aftertaste makes me think that, apart from the alcohol being up there, I could drink a couple of these.

Photo of gregshead
3.57/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a smooth black with a good 2-3 fingers of khaki brown colored head.

S: Deep roasted grains and some alcohol smell.

T: Taste is very similar to the smell but not as much heat as the smell might suggest.

M: Smooth and creamy feel in my mouth. Very nice.

D: Overall, an enjoyable RIS but it isn't the first one I would reach for.

Photo of Beertinez
3.08/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a very dark brown, almost black. 1 finger, chocolate color head.

Smell of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. The nose is mostly sweet. I can also pick up an alcohol smell.

The taste starts off with very sweet malts, sweet chocolate, followed by roasted malts. I'm picking up this tangy, tart, syrupy flavor near the finish. Molasses, i think. It finishes with huge hops and a lingering bitterness

The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Combine that with the high ABV and you get a sipping beer. Not very drinkable.

Overall, i thought this beer was ok. I like hoppy finishes in my beer but im used to it with an IPA/DIPA not with a stout. I like my stouts creamy, sweet, and lightly hopped. Also, i wasn't a big fan of this tangy taste i was getting on the finish. it was weird.

Photo of cetherid
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip


pours a nice dark brown/black color. About 2 fingers of nice frothy brown head.


great smell. Sweet caramelly malts, chocolate and roasted coffee.


sweet chocolate with some oakiness and roasted malt in there. Some piney hops that leave a big bitter finish. more bitter than most Imperial Stouts I've had.


medium bodied and creamy. It coats the mouth pretty well but still leaves mouth a little dry with some bitter aftertaste. A little too bitter for this type of beer.


decent tasting but doubt I'd drink a bomber by myself. One glass is perfect although I doubt I'll be seeking this out again. i will however try some of the other yeti's like espresso and oak aged yeti.

Photo of ChadQuest
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I really like the color of the head on this beer, its a big chocolate milkshake looking tower of tight lacing.
The aroma gives of a fragrance that is impossible to confuse with anything but sweet melted chocolate. It's a very inviting chocolate aroma even though it's powerful enough to overpower the other milder aromas of smooth espresso.
What a smooth drinking stout, everything about it is creamy, the flavors are more creamy but not syrupy milk chocolate with a bit of dark coco powder and espresso. the bottle says tons of hops, but im not noticing them here much.

Photo of Tifore
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Melt Bar & Grilled. Poured into a snifter of sorts.

A - Very very dark black with the darkest tan head I've ever seen. Looks delicious and I'm stoked to drink this. The head is about 2 fingers tall and hangs around for a while before turning into a little lacing that stays ontop of the beer the entire time. Also leaves alot of lacing all over the glass.

S - Smells very bold and in your face. Lots of bittersweet chocolate notes going on. Roasted carmel malts. Some light coffee in the background. Overall a heavy hitter on the nose. Smooth smelling though.

T - Tastes pretty much as it smells. Lots of heavy coffee and chocolate with carmel malts following it. Sweetness hangs on the tounge after.

M - Mouthfeel is heavy but enjoyable. Coats the tounge and mouth and stays around a while.

D - A drinkable beer. Not sure I could have many of these but one or two at the end of a night would be perfect.
I'd also like to see how ageing one of these would turn out. The chocolate would come more pronounced and I'd hope that some sweetness would come through a bit more to make this a stellar beer.

Photo of JamisonM
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

May 2008 Vintage

A: black body even black as the beer poured really nice and thick mocha head

S: huge roasted notes coffee leather tobacco and some anise

T: Huge roasted flavor coffee bakers chocolate complex thick and rich. tobacco and leather coming though as well no alcohol in smell or taste

M: med to heavy mouth with med carbonation

D: its a very big beer and its a sipper cant drink this one down very fast.

Overall: A great beer that really aged well. A very intense beer! Great job Great Divide!

Photo of stewart124
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 09-24-09

Pours pitch black with reddish hues. Whoa this rocky head starts out brick red! Turns into an inch of dense tan foam. This lingers along the sides of the glass.

Bitter chocolate in the nose with dense roasted notes. Smells amazing.

Delicious! Silky smooth. Plenty of roasted malts with an underlying chocolate bitterness that is unrivaled. Whoa buddy this is velvety smooth. Bits of chocolate chewy goodness in the mouthfeel. Plenty of character and body with a nice bite from the piney hops. The hop bitterness coupled with the bitterness from the roasted malts just builds plenty of depth in this Imperial Stout. Outstanding!

This beers seems to come out in layers. Each sip unveils another amazing layer and I wish I could keep sipping throughout the night. Everything blends together so well. Amazing

Photo of dstc
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like black motor oil. Small, chocolate head is slow to fall but does to a very small one. Decent lace.

Big bold roasted aroma. Smells sweet, smells bitter, smells like chocolate, smells like coffee. A lot going on here.

A lot happens in the taste too. Sweet roasted malts. Bitter chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee and much more. Bitter hop finish. Boozy too.

Very thick and chewy in the mouth.

Good stuff. So much happening in your mouth. Love it.

Photo of Stacy53
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yeti Imperial Stout
Bottled Dec. 2009
Aged 8 months

A- Dark brown 3 finger head that stays

S- Smokey and sweet

T- Strong oak, tastes like I am having a nice charred brisket with a sweet caramel dipping sauce. I also taste smooth truffles and chocolate.

M- This beer is still kind of hot even after 8 months

D- Pretty boozy but works well with only 75 IBUs

I this is a great beer that I hope to revisit someday!

Photo of callmescraps
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see Great Divide here in California. Stoked to give this one a try. Love the look of their bottles.

Appearance- Pours black. Almost completely opaque. It has a beautiful, thick, creamy head about an inch full. Then it recedes and laces very nicely. Nice looker.

Smell- Cocoa powder up front. Definitely some roast. As well as a little smoke. Chocolate covered dark fruits. Definitely some booze as well. Definitely dark chocolate. Coffee beans. Definitely more hop than expected.

Taste- Lots of dark, bittersweet chocolate. Plenty of roast as well. It's like very black coffee with unsweetened chocolate mixed in. Tons of roast. Definitely some booze. Once again, more hops than expected. Finishes with some earthiness, bitter hop. Very bitter on the end. Almost astringent. Burnt, honestly.

Mouthfeel- Full and rich. Thick, creamy. It's lovely.

Drinkability- Too much roast, too bitter on the end. Coffee hops are not my favorite, thanks. Wish it had more of that chocolate.

Looks great, tastes ok. The earthy, bitter, dry, roastiness is just too much for me. Not my favorite.

Photo of paulozanello
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Took the bottle out of the fridge about two hours prior to opening it. Room temperature here is about 55F.

Yeti pours a pitch dark and opaque color with no light going through. This has a massive creamy light brown head that persists beautifully during the whole drinking process. Great amount of lacing. It is a solid 5 appearance for this style.

Smell is wonderful and strong. Lots of dark/roasted malt, chocolate and cherries/seasonal fruits.

Taste is basically roasted dark malts, bitter cocoa, fudge and some toffee. Towards the end I get those fruity/herbal notes that I first picked up in the nose. I guess they come from the hops. Aftertaste is malty and only slightly bitter.

The most impressive part of this beer other than the appearance is its mouthfeel. Very, very creamy! It leaves a silky and oily feel between the tongue and the palate. It feels very much like having a milk-shake.

Body is medium and carbonation moderate. Alcohol is completely hidden.

One of the best imperial stouts out there. It does lack a little complexity though. Highly recommended.

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

Appearance: Pitch black. There's no visible light coming through this beer. Pours with a large dense gorgeous brown colored head.

Smell: Roast coffee stands out here among the dark aromas, very inviting.

Taste: Wow. The roast coffee makes another appearance with sweet malts coming on in full force. The alcohol is palatable, coexisting alongside the rest of the beer and accentuates the general warm feeling this beer exudes. Throughout the beer, the hops roll a citrusy undercurrent, fighting to break through the waves of malt. On the finish the hops really show themselves, cutting through with citrus flavor and a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and doesn't feel too heavy.

Drinkability: I thoroughly enjoyed the potent hop mix in this stout, the balance is masterful.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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