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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,623 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,623
Reviews: 1,674
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 245
Gots: 683 | FT: 22
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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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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.

Photo of eddocron
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from Prince's Liquors, Plymouth, MN. March 10, 2010 production, 9.5% Alcohol.

Poured dark, dark with a rick 1 inch caramel colored head that stayed. Good lacing.

Strong roasted malt, coffee and some sweetness.

Taste was very good, this is my kind of beer - full body, lots of hops, roast malts, with caramel and coffee taste. Not bitter, easy to drink.

Full taste, good heavy feel in the mouth, made to sip or slug.

Very drinkable. Looking forward to my second bottle calling me from the fridge...

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

Pours very dark brown with a lovely caramel head. Average retention and lacing.

Smells of espresso and light chocolate.

Taste is big coffee up front, roasty and powerful. Chocolate undertones, hops in the background.

Solid mouthfeel, smooth and dense with animated carbonation.

Solid offering from Great Divide, new in SoCal!

Photo of billshmeinke
3.32/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Palms. Poured into a snifter.

One inch rocky dark beige head that stays and astays. Sits atop a pitch black body. Lacing just coates the glass, and the retention is exceptional. Really pretty.

Nose is kinda hop dominated. Pine and earth. Some roast notes and just the slightest hint of bakers chocolate and malted milk balls. Has some milk/sweet stout notes.

The taste is really roasty, almost smokey. Baker's chocolate. Not really sweet at all. Really earthy and some piney hops. A smoke and slightly piney flavor lingers. The malted milk balls scent I got in the nose seems more like oxidation in the taste.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and super creamy, full bodied and slightly sticky/coating. Just spot on.

Overall quite good. The earthiness is a little much and there seems like there's some oxidation. A bit more sweetness would be welcomed.

Photo of SuperNova777
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 09/30/10
Poured into a snifter, bottle date 08/10/2009

A:Pours a jet oil black with a fingers worth of tan head that leaves scattered lacing down
the glass as it is drank down

S:Smells of caramel malt, toffee, chocolate and coffee. Also a slight hop hint in
there as well

T:Up front the malt lay the foreground for the toffee to make way and then a bite
of hops on the back burner, which is rather surprising since this has been sitting
around for over a year. A syrupy coating is left on the palate leaving a desire
to take another sip

M:A thinner body for the style but makes it for good drinkability, a small hint of
alcohol but nothing to overwhelming

D:I really enjoyed drinking this one, was in the mood for a imperial stout and this one
stepped up. Had the basic qualities that you would expect from a brew like this but obviously you can tell they added a lot of hops to the process which I found very enjoyable similar to Night Stalker. With that said I would really like to try the barrel aged versions and expresso/coffee ones as well

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

12oz bottle with a Bottled On date of March 18, 2010 into a large tulip.

A - Jet black body reveals nothing. Large dark tan head fades slowly leaving a dark sheet of lace.

S - Sweet chocolate, toffee, caramel and a hint of roasted barley. Sweet and clean.

T - Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, honey on toast base is met with assertive bitterness. Slight burnt aftertaste and alcohol warmth is noticed in the finish. As this begins to warm the solvent bite of booze becomes more prominent.

M - Rich and viscous body with moderate carbonation. Sweetness lingers and the ABV heats up the throat and belly. Creamy malt goodness in a glass.

D - Moderate to low. Big alcohol and malt profile make this a sipper for me. For the style however, this brew is on the higher side of drinkability.

Photo of zhanson88
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The original Yeti pours jet black with just over a finger of dark tan head. Reduces down fairly slowly, and the remaining lacing is great. One of the best I've seen on an Imperial Stout. It clings all over the glass.

Smell: Dark roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee are all huge in this beer. I also get quite a bit of vanilla.

Taste: Chocolate, expresso and roasted malts all compete for the upper hand in this beer. Also some vanilla, and a slight kick of hops at the end to balance it all out. Tasty as hell.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy and luscious. Just about as smooth as an imperial stout can get, I think. Also, some bitterness at the end from the dark chocolate. Body is very full.

Drinkability: This beer hides it's alcohol pretty well, I'd say. It's a full-bodied beer, but still quite drinkable.

Photo of aepb1
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black with a dark brown head

S- Coffee, chocolate, an alcohol sweetness that I'd place as cheri

T- Wood, coffee and chocolate, the roastiness is very present in the finish as well

M- Smooth and fairly creamy

D- Very good and will revisit. Oak-aged seems intriguing as the woody roastedness is already apparent

Photo of mdfb79
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a black color with one finger of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Nice head retention and lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of fruity hops, citrus hops, roasted malts, caramel malts, alcohol, and bitter chocolate. Smell is a lot hoppier than I was expecting.

t - Tastes of bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, hops, dark fruit, and alcohol. Coffee is very prominent, as are the hops again.

m - Full body and moderate carbonation. Thick and chewy, pretty smooth.

d - A very solid stout. It was a lot hoppier than I expected overall. I thought the nose was better than the taste; I just wish the taste had a little less coffee. None the less, a very good RIS. I think I like the barrel aged and oak aged yeti better than this one, but I like it more than the chocolate and espresso versions. Would definitely have again.

Photo of Gosox8787
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Split a bomber bottle with a friend. Poured into a snifter glass. Bottled on date of March 2010.

Appearance: Midnight black with an equally dark, almost black, two finger head. Very good retention.

Aroma: Baker's chocolate and espresso notes. Very roasted and bitter. A slight bit of citrus rind in there as well.

Taste: Really deep and bitter espresso notes dominate throughout. Some dark chocolate and citurs plays in a little toward the back. Really flavorful and really bitter.

Mouthfeel: Really full bodied and creamy. Very suitable for a sipper.

Drinkability: The extreme bitterness from the roasted malt makes this one hard to have more than a couple of.

Overall, a nice stout where the bitterness too often dominates and the backing flavors aren;t allowed to shine. I prefer the Chocolate and Espresso versions of this much more than the base beer. Certainly worth a try and a good candidate for cellaring in my opinion.

Photo of scottfrie
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle dated April 2010 poured into Delirium Noël glass side by side with 12oz Feb 2008 bottle poured into Delirium Tremens glass. Big thanks to SneezyAchew for both!

A: Both beers poured thick and black with about a finger of dark brown head that formed a dense film on top of the liquid. These beers just look thick. Both left wisps of foamy lace down their glasses.
S: Both vintages had notes of dark chocolate and fire roasted malt, but the fresher one had a much smokier odor to it.
T: Both followed the nose with big dark chocolate and malt flavors. Again, the 2010 one had a smoky flavor which wasn't as apparent in the 08. The 2010's finish had a touch of caramel sweetness to it that gave way to a pretty substantial dark chocolate and hop bitterness. The bitterness really lingered through the aftertaste long after the swallow. The 08 wasn't very bitter at all, and had more of a roasted finish with a hint of vanilla. Not as sweet either.
M: Both were full bodied and chewy with the 2010 one having a touch of coffee acidity and sharp mouthfeel. The 08's mouthfeel was silky and had only a slight hint of acidity. Carbonation was soft and smooth in both.
D: Overall, the differences between a bottle with a half a year of age versus a bottle with two and a half years of age wasn't substantial. I would say the biggest difference is that the 08 bottle had almost no bitterness to it, which made it a little more pleasant to drink. I was surprised at how much bitterness the 2010 bottle actually had. Also the coffee acidity had died down. Flavor wise they were pretty close though, and they both looked and pretty much smelled the same. All in all, this beer definitely ages well, and as far as I can tell, the longer you wait to drink it the better. Scores based on the 08 bottle.

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

A-Black with a medium, tan head.

S- Suprisingly hoppy, citrus and pine notes, a whiff of alcohol and some faint roasted and chocoalte malts.

T- Citrus hops mixed with roasted flavors, a touch of bitter chocolate and a some alcohol. Lingering note of toasted/burnt bread crusts.

M- Medium body with a medium feel.

D- On the hoppy side for a stout, but brought a new balance than what I'm used to with this style.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter. The date on the bottle is January 22, 2010 making it just short of a full-term baby.

A: This beer is totally opaque, the color of black coffee, with about a finger beautiful caramel-colored head. The foam dispersed fairly quickly, but left some nice lacing.

S: Coffee and dark chocolate malt aromas, with a hint of bourbon/alcohol.

T: Roasted malt and coffee with the almost-bitter punch of really good dark chocolate. It gets smoother and sweeter as it warms, and virtually no alcohol for such a high ABV

M: Smooth and creamy, and it just keeps getting better as you go.

D: This is definitely a slow-sipping brew, and the longer you spend with it the better the payoff. I wouldn't think of pairing this stout with a dessert: it IS a dessert.

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

Bottled on Feb. 3, 2010. Reviewed on July 9, 2010, from notes.

Pours thick black with plenty of dark brown, creamy head. Good head retention and lacing.

Pine, resinous hop aroma hits the nose off the bat. Backed up with a hint of roasted malt; but surprisingly it's is all hops and very little malt aroma going on.

Flavor of roasted malts up front with plenty of chocolate and a touch of dark roast coffee beans. Earthy, not nearly as hoppy but plenty of bitterness still. Leaves a bitter chocolate aftertaste with hints of resinous hops bubbling through.

Huge body and thick mouthfeel. Sticky and resinous at first, becomes creamy as the beer warms and the tongue gets acclimatized.

Photo of kk73
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. Bottle into my glass. Should mention this is the '08 vintage. Thanks to dmunroe for this one.

A - This pours black with a toffee colored 2 finger head, that slowly receded into a layer of foam. Good amount of lacing that sticks to and slides down the glass.

S - Aromas of dark malts, chocolate, molasses, and creamy vanilla.

T - Boy one of the best non BA stouts I've had in a while. Bitter chocolate, roasted malts, creamy vanilla and a bit of herbal hops.

M - Thick, chewy, creamy just the way all stouts should be IMO. Very smooth almost sticky in the mouth. Carbonation was on point.

D - Never had this fresh, and considering this bottle was at least 2 years old the drinkability was off the charts for a nonBA stout. So smooth and decadent, alcohol burn was non existent. It's a good thing I only got one bottle or this could be a short night.

ISO - more '08 Great Divide Yeti

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

This brew was poured into a chalice from a 650ml bottle.

A huge mocha head on a pitch black brew, that slowly recedes to a light ring of bubbles and lacing.

I can smell mocha, some malty tones, caramel.

Taste of bitter coffee, creamy mocha, big malt flavors. The hops have a presence, a bitter finish.

A slick, medium mouthfeel, the carbonation is a little more then I am used to.

Not a bad beer, slightly hoppier then I like in an imperial stout. The label boasts 75 IBU's, the hops may be slightly out of balance with the malt. This is not something I can get without much trouble. If I could find this beer locally I would go for round two.

Photo of beeragent
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bottle.

A - Pours a thick dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights. 1 inch dark mocha head with thick lacing on the glass.

S - Strong aroma of roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate. There is a hint of alcohol but not overpowering.

T - Huge robust flavor of roasted malts/coffee and dark chocolate coat the palate. Bitter cocoa throughout. Alcohol is well hidden in the taste, only making its presence in the finish.

M - Heavy bodied and very thick. Smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation.

D - It doesnt get much better than this!!! This is a great example of the style and IMO one of the best. Flavor is huge and robust, and the body is exactly as it should be.

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

A - Black as a stout can get. The head is dark mocha but the pour must be very aggressive to get any decent height out of it.

S - The sweet malts smell like bittersweet cocoa and boozy dark fruits. A little coffee.

T - Chalky dark chocolate followed by dates, figs and raisins. There is a coffee presence here, but it is minimal, I guess they want to keep that flavor for the Espresso Yeti (and of course they use real coffee in that one). The alcohol scent in the nose is nearly absent in the flavor; an amazing feat!

M - Nice and creamy. Medium body with the style and nearly void of carbonation. The sweet malts tend to linger.

D - This is super easy to drink for how heavy of a beer it is. I don't want to know how many calories is in one because I could down a few...

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

Edit: Poured into a tulip from a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours an oily viscous dark dark almost pitch black with a nice thick 1 inch head that is dense and very very dark tan. The head recedes slowly and is slightly sticky. Very attractive pour with that nice viscous consistency.

S - Starts off with some great bitter sweet chocolatey hints that leans a bit more toward the sweet. There is some slight roast and very nice coffee hints on the back end. Delicious and inviting. The malty sweetness is delicious with some slight maple syrup sweetness and vanilla spice as well.

T & M - Starts off with some nice roasted and burnt malty hints that invoke coffee. There is also some slight mocha hints because of the delicious chocolatey sweetness that is present. Nice bitter-sweet dark chocolate is present as well as some slight grassy hop finish. Great RIS very true to style with a good strong roasted malt backbone and good supporting coffee hints and chocolate sweetness. Mouthfeel is delicious and full, oily and complex. There is also some nice oatmeal flavors that are very delicious.

D - For a RIS this is very high. ABV is not too crazy and the beer is delicious.

Photo of mulder1010
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First revisited review so why not start with a Yeti
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass
Cellared for 10 months

A-- Poured black, no visible light at all on the beer. Very nice looking reverse cascading head, got to a height of one and a half fingers and then slowly faded to a bit above film. Swirling gets a half a finger of head again. Beer retains its head quite well for almost a year old now.

S-- Far richer and more complex than my original review. Much bolder smell, in the way of carmel, hazelnut, vanilla, coffee and roasted malts.

T-- Soy sauce start and from there it goes to vanilla, bitter coffee and very dark and thick baking chocolate. Like eating a huge thick brownie. Soy sauce is a new element that was not in the last Yeti I had.

M-- Bitterness from the chocolate just dominates the mouth. Has a very dry coco finish to this. Vanilla drops off a lot from the smell and taste. Big, bold chocolate bomb.

D-- Slower to drink than fresh Yeti is. This has evolved into a sipper, yet the ABV is even more hidden than the fresh version. So much more about the chocolate in an aged version of this. It does become a bit overwhelming. Still quite good even though the addition of soy sauce is a bit of a bummer.
Good version but I prefer the fresh stuff, miss the vanilla and the ability to drink 3-4 in a night of the fresh stuff.

Original review from 2009 A 355 ML poured into an oversized glass

A-- Poured a jet black, with a very dark brown head ( coffee bean color). Had a halfinch of head and quickly faded away. Good lacing and almost no carbonation. 4.0

S-- Chocolate, roasted malt, and vanilla. A little bit of toffee but not a lot. Swirled the beer around and the toffee came out a bit more. Excellent nose on this. 4.5

T-- A big heap of chocolate to start off. A little bit of bitterness from the malt. Very thick. 4.5

M-- Heavy but not overpowering. The chocolate and the malt are not overpowering and work well. Right hint of toffee as well. It is an addictive beer and flavor profile. 4

D-- Excellent drinkability. Can do 2-3 of these, thank you. Best beer Great Divide makes. If you like malt and chocolate this has to be at the top of the list. Does nto feel like a 9.5 ABV at all. Well done. 4.5 A 4.35

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. Bottled on Mar 26 2010. Single purchased at John's Market for $2.99.

A-Pours a beautiful dark brown, nearly black hue with a two finger tan head with strong retention. Settles into an abundant cap that produces lacing that is even all the way down the glass. This is a beautiful craft beer.

S-The aroma is magnificent. Deep, dark roasted chocolate malts, Arabic coffee, and the hint of vanilla and cinnamon, as in snickerdoodle cookies. Awesome. Prominent dark dried fruits and sugars, like figs, Turkish apricots, caramelized brown sugar and molasses. Amazing.

T-A delicious, malt bomb. It is adequately hoppy, but is balanced by deep, rich malt flavors reminiscent of figs, brown sugar, chocolate fudge, and vanilla pudding. This is truly imperial, and would be a fine compliment to any Russian winter night, be it enjoyed by a Czar or a peasant. This is the best offering I have had from Great Divide. It has a very distinctive, possibly addictive taste. This is wonderful.

M-Substantial yet smooth. The mouthfeel is delectable. In a word, nearly perfect.

D-This is very drinkable. It must be, since I want more and don't have any. At 9.5% ABV the alcohol is not noticeable in the taste, but it definitely contributes to the overall character of this great beer. Extremely well done, Great Divide. I especially like that this is available in 12 oz. bottles. Great value.

I love this style and this is another great contribution. Very well done.

Photo of injuredreserve
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bad-ass 22oz brown bottle, courtesy of the great FeloniousMonk.

Pitch black body, one of the darkest brown heads I've ever seen. Just a dark beer. Decent sized head, gradually fades to a tight stubborn cap. Amazing lacing with acceptable retention. Big hearty aroma, the required chocolate coffee notes are out in full force. Rather bitter smell (which is OK by me), but the dark fruity notes are quite subdued and the smell overall is slightly one-dimensional. Just slightly, though - it's still yummy.

Plenty of roasted malts - make no mistake about it, this is a big beer. Starts off pretty sweet, with an almost milk stout-like taste. The bitterness follows quickly, with plenty of dark-roasted coffee notes (think Sumatra x5). Finishes pretty sweet, with just a dash of citrusy hops. Leaves a sticky chocolate coating on my lips. Once again, the fruity characters run amok but only n the background, like little Oompa Loompas. Mouthfeel is thick but not viscous. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, although by the end of the bottle I'm made well aware of its presence. It's a sipper for sure, but I'm sipping dangerously fast.

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,623 ratings.