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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into Rochefort goblet.

A: This beer pours like thick motor oil. Pitch black and completely impenetrable, even when held up to bright light. No bubbles or head at all. I am so impressed and intimidated by the appearance.

S: Wow. Just wow. Lots of strong smells vying for attention. Alcohol and fruits complement a dark cocoa/coffee blend. The smell of this beer is almost a tangible entity. Very impressed.

T: At first, I was unimpressed -- it wasn't nearly as strong or as bold as it looked or smelled. Then I swallowed, and BAM! flavours came out of nowhere. A slightly sticky berry burst was first, lasting for several seconds. It was replaced by a chalky feeling, as if I had just eaten very dark chocolate. This bitter taste, hinting also at coffee, lingers for minutes between sips. The main body is smooth but viscous, with a nutty, roasted flavour, largely bitter.

M: The aftertaste alone provokes a 5.0 mouthfeel. The various sensations -- slick, sticky, drying, chalky -- are a complex series of strangeness. Captivating.

O: If yetis drank beer, this is likely the one they would choose. Monstrously hefty, the label is correct is describing it as "an onslaught of the senses." This is not a caveat, but a recommendation! An imperial stout which fulfils my cravings for strong, dark, bitter, stout beer. Highly recommended, praised, even, but not obviously drinkable. I could not -- and would not want to -- drink more than one of these in an evening. However, I will definitely buy many more of these.

Photo of beergambit
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A dark drink, with a mouthful of dark fruits hops. The color is just great to admire in a glass lacing is thick. Taste recommendable to anyone. You can taste the burnt caramel, fruits and hops, masking the high alcohol contents of course not in a extreme way though. Smooth down to the last sip.

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

Bottled on 2/2008.

Pitch black color. Nice creamy head, lacing looks quite nice on the glass.

Dark chocolate, some roasted malts and coffee, hint of dark fruit.

Rich dark chocolate up front, mocha, some little roasted malts. There's some bitter hops in the middle, along with some dark fruit. Finish of smooth with mild burnt caramel aftertaste. Body is thick and creamy. Carbonation feels pretty good.

It's very good.

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

12oz bottle served in a st bernardus oversized wineglass.

pours your usual RIS dark, almost black color with a finger and a half, maybe 2 of a tan head with sort of burgundy notes to it. very good looking beer. smell is of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate... also common of the style. IMO taste exceeds the nose with more hops, stronger dark chocolate and bold coffee flavors interwoven; alcohol present but not by much. mouthfeel is extraordinary: big, full, and luxurious. this guy is a winner. drinkability is a bit of a dilemma... i will definitely have another - i can't wait to do so - just not tonight; i'm already full.

Photo of halo21
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured very dark opaque viscous black with zero light passing through. Nice mocha colored head that is nice sized and great lacing.

Smell: Rich roasted malts, no burnt notes. Notes of bakers chocolate and slight heat.

Taste: Smooth deep roast with drying licorice finish. This beer has a ton of hops, which adds an anise component played against the earthy licorice.

Mouthfeel: Thick and heavy, like a chocolate milk. Carbonation adds a pleasant movement that is not distracting.

Drinkability/Palitability: This is a huge beer, which warms going down. I split the bomber, but could have finished it all; more than that would be too much.

Notes: I have tried the Oak Aged Yeti before having this one. I really enjoyed the heavier mouthfeel and bolder flavors of the Oak Aged; I would recommend the regular version before this one, especially if you are not use to large beers. This is a fantastic Imperial Stout that would be great to try after being cellared for a year or two longer. I paired this bottle with some dark chocolate, that complemented this beer.

Photo of rawthar
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 12/21/09

A- Pours as black and thick as dark chocolate syrup with a thick and stubborn coffee & cream head that defies the higher abv. Head leaves a marshmallow fluff lacing as it slowly recedes. Really a pretty looking RIS.

S- Coffee and dark chocolate battle for supremacy as the signature aroma, with a bit of molasses and toffee in the background. More than a hint of oak and a little bit of bourbony smoke, although this isn't a Yeti of the oak aged variety. Smells pretty smooth as it warms up.

T- The chocolate wins the epic battle in the mouth that begun in the nose. So complex that I can almost pick out multiple chocolates, dark, then milk, than moccha. Finishes real dry, though the hops lend less flavor than they do bitterness, which sort of cleans the palette after all of the intense flavors in the front.

M- Perhaps thicker than any other brew I've had, and I tend to gravitate toward some thick stuff. Chewy and syrupy.

D- This isn't the kind of beer that's made for chaining together, but the quality makes you want that first one to never end.

I have an Espresso Oak Aged bomber in the cellar, which I'll be saving for a special occasion. This is an excellent beer without a doubt, and I'll be sure to grab a few more the next time the opportunity presents.

Photo of ferrisskull
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bought a bottle and drank it out of a snifter. It had the appearance of a little carbonation, very dark body with a thin,dark caramel head. An expresso smell was the first thing my nose picked up along with dark malts. the taste was typicial of stout but this one was very robust and went down smooth. It was very drinkable and would highly recommend this to anyone.

Photo of Naugros
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This inky brew has a brown head, maybe more of a dark tan...which might be another definition of brown. Anyway, it doesn't last long...15 seconds...until it leaves just a ring and a few tiny islands of bubbles. There's some lacing, but it's irregular and what doesn't stick tends to slide down the glass.

It smells like espresso with galliano poured into it. Read that to mean: toasty, bitter and with vinous notes. There's a slight sweetness in the nose if you look for it that brings a little bit of chocolate to the party. The smell of this brew has all the classic earmarks of a quality imperial stout.

The smell doesn't quite translate to the taste, but the difference is not a bad thing. The taste is a bit more complex with burnt toast...seriously burnt toast coming to the forefront. It's not smoke, but char. Ever torch a burger on a grill and make it indistinguishable from a briquette? It tastes like that, but there's so much more going on that makes it okay. The alcohol is there, but that's to be expected from the 9.5% this baby boasts. There's still a little chocolate that edges past the burnt flavor, but it's bitter and gives way to toffee-like accents in the wash...especially after a nice belch. The coffee aroma is not all that present on the tongue, but the bitterness remains in the aftertaste.

Velvety medium-bodied. Not a chewy beer, but still a full mouthfeel nonetheless as all the flavors play around in there looking for attention. Complex and quality-controlled.

This is my first Great Divide beer and I think I picked a winner. These guys know how to make a stout, I'll give them that. Now I need to try some of their other stuff. This is the first beer I've drank in the past couple of days that has made me want to seek out more from the brewery.

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

Poured into a tulip. Bottle dated Jan 12, 2010.

Nothing like a nice thick RIS on a blistering hot summer day.

A: Pours a thick, oily black color. Three full fingers of chocolate caramel colored head. Large sheets of lacing line the entire length of the glass as the head dissipates into a small ring.

S: Roasted malts, sweet chocolate, and vanilla notes - very full and inviting.

T: The roasted malts follow through strongly here, with a sharp and sweet bitterness brought on with the hops. Strong dark chocolate and a hint of toffee. Nice balance here.

M: Full in body and moderate carbonation. Not quite creamy, but delectable nonetheless.

D: Great nightcap or dessert beer. Equally good on a cold night. Kinda too thick and heavy to drink to many, but very smooth and easy because of the flavor.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours straight up jet black with a 2 finger brown head. Lacing is incredible. This is what a RIS should look like.

S- huge aroma of dark fruits, dark chocolate, and dark coffee. A little bit of alcohol in there too. If it were just a little more pungent, it would be a 5. But alas...

T- wooow. HUUUGE bites of very bitter chocolate and coffee. No plum/fig or alcohol flavors here. This is insanely flavorful. It may even be too bitter...but hell, its damn good.

M- thick. So ridiculously thick. But you need thickness with something as strong and flavorful as this. The texture probably couldn't be more perfect.

D- its reeeally powerful, so make sure to treat this like a sipper. But DAMN is it good. Fantastic beer

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

About time I reviewed the base beer for all of those exciting spinoffs that everyone is creaming about.

Beer is black and forms an irresponsibly large head of brown bubbles, small that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. It looks fine.

Aroma is sweet with alcohol and some coffee / roasted notes. Smells fine.

Medium to full body, slightly hot strong roast in the back. There is no aftertaste but the roasted malt flavors linger for a while on the palate. I don't feel the rarity in this beer like I felt in the barrel aged version but I may like this one better. Don't believe the hype. I prefer this to the other versions by a lot.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle shared at woodshop 5.1

Poured a deep dark brown with maroon highlights with a finger of head that left good blotchy lacing on the glass. I got roasted malts and chocolate aromas with hints of coffee and faint hop notes. Up front the taste was chocolaty with a roasted malts and a nice hop bite that had coffee and earthy woody accents. The beer was full bodied with a low amount of carbonation that had a silky slight sweet but bitter finish. Pretty decent RIS from great divide that drank quite well. I would definitely want to try out the other variations of this brew.

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

This is a great example of the style, with all of the features that make a great Russian Imperial Stout: pitch black in color, roasty and rich aroma, slightly sweet taste balanced with coffee and chocolate, chewy and luxurious mouthfeel, a smooth finish. This is a great beer with the excellent flavor profile from the complex malts and yeasts, but still finishes dry and with enough bitterness to make this drinkable.

Photo of n00tz
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep Brown body, tan head, undetectable carbonation.

S - Roasted nutty malts. Smoky wooded scent. Astounding chocolate character picked up after it warms up (be patient).

T - Bitter hops, cocoa and coffee. In a wonderfully well- balanced bitter brew.

M - Soft palate, low carbonation, and a chocolate-hoppiness that lingers.

D - Man what a brew, I'll be looking out for more Great Divide.

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

12-oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A = Very, very dense mahogany, completely opaque even at edges, large firm deep mocha foamy head with great retention.

S = Dark chocolate and Turkish coffee with a small amount of evaporated milk, very light traces of biter herbs.

T = Bitter coffee, with bitter cocoa powder. For all the underlying sweetness, this is a very bitter beer. Luckily, it is not to strong in flavors from the hops relying mostly on them for simple bitterness, however, there is just a little bit of green vegetables detracts just slightly from the taste and keeps it from garnering a perfect score.

M = Heavy body, great mouthcoating, luscious feel, perhaps just a bit hot and biting from a combination of alcohol and carbonation.

Photo of Radome
3.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a goblet.

A - The beer is super dark brown, but not black. It has a dark brown head made up of tiny, silky bubbles that stick well to the glass. Tiny golden pinprick-sized bubbles are constanly rising through the beer. This is truly a beautiful beer.

S - Aroma is dominated by hops, although there are strong malt and alcohol contributions. There is a woody or nutty note, that appears to be from the malt rather than wood aging.

T - The taste is hops up front with the malt running to catch up later, but not quite making it. There are some nutty, coffee and grainy notes, but everything is muted under the overwhelming hops. This is out of balance for my taste.

M - Thick body, that is lightened some by the silky carbonation. Surprisingly, I get no alcohol burn. Mouth-puckering astringency from the hops.

D - Overall, this is a good representation of a Russian Imperial Stout. However, the hops seem over the top even for that style. Perhaps it's a West Coast take on the style and I prefer a more traditional take, but this beer left me wishing for more balance.

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

Poured from the bottle into my Stone IRS glass

A - Black as night with a small tan had. Lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.

S - Dark malts with hins o chocolate, vanilla, caramel. Roasted malt and hints of smoke are also present

T - Rich chocolatey flavor mixed with lots of dark roasted malt. Maybe a little bit of hoppiness lie's in the background behind the massive layers of malt, add's a little spice at the end.

M - Thick rich and creamy. Heavy body. Light amount of carbonation

D - Its a RIS so it isn't what I'd call easy drinking but it doesn't have anything making it more difficult to drink than your normal RIS. Not as delicious as the Oak Aged or Chocolate Yeti but still a real good RIS. I would drink this one again. One more thing is this comes in 12oz bottles so it is good if I just want a smaller serving size than your normal RIS.

Photo of pastradul
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to wchesak!

Poured into Stone IRS tulip

Easy pour produces an amazing 2-3 finger head. Super dark brown head, very dense head that hangs around forever. Want to get a spoon and eat it like ice cream.

The nose is a complex coffee and chocolate mix that I have never smelled before.

The mouthfeel is like melted ice cream, so thick and creamy.

The taste is amazing. the high hop content adds such a different level of complexity in this.The Coffee, malt and chocolate notes dance around like nothing else!

This was pretty close to a perfect brew for me! Can't wait till they get to SD!

Photo of ckeegan04
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black as oil with a very dark brown head. Head is only about one finger thick and quickly fades to a thicn cap. Thin rings of brown lace are left on the glass.

S - Rich aroma of roasted malts, hints of smoke, dark chocolate and just a hint of fresh orasted coffee beans.

T - Roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate dominate the palate initially. Citrus hops linger underneath and provide even more bitterness to match the malty sweetness.

M/D - Full bodied but not overly viscous. Very easy drinking for such a large beer.

Photo of biggietattoos
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

with a high abv stout like this one I would usually expect an overly heavy boozy taste and a thick syrupy pour but I was pleasantly surprised as soon as I poured this beer.

For an imperial stout Yeti poured a smoother nicer black tone with a small dark brown head and some light lacing.

The pour released some nice nutty, oakey notes.

The oakiness stayed upon the first sip and as the beer warmed closer to room temperature its complexities definitely showed through, Nice nutty malt taste with a strong but not overpowering finish made it a substantial yet very drinkable imperial stout.

The mouthfeel was heavy but smooth and left a warm tingle behind

being my first experience with GDBC I am very pleased and will continue to try everything I can from them

Photo of nukem5
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful black rich color with elegant dark brown foamy head about 1/2 inch and stays till the end, lacing all the way down the glass.

S: First is the coffee and then the chocolate with hints of carmel.

T: *BANG* Big explosion in mouth of coffee carmel chocolate and then the big finish is the hppiness wich is a whopping 75 IBU's .

M: Fantastic is the only word comes to mind. Smooth , rich, creamy, thick like a good stout should be.

D: Very, Very, Very, drinkable, but at 9.5 you may want to show some respect for the Yeti and induldge at a slow and careful pace.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Pours an opague black with some of the best heading and lacing I've seen in a RIS.A heavy,creamy light brown heading.

Smell is all roasted,quickly turns into a light caramel aroma and finishes like a fresh cup of coffee. Slight aroma of hops touch down.

Taste starts out again. Very heavy in roasted malt. Slight chalkiness and coffee grind taste right in the middle.Then the warming booze warms the tummy and leaes a heavy hop bite. ( I am really not a homebrew expert yet but I've brewed a stout with a s**tload of cascade pellets and this leaves that same linger in the tastebuds).

Mouth is smooth with an awesome full body but does have a slight gritiness left in the mouth. Awesome texture.

Well this is right up there with the very best RIS 's IMO. Simply all around great beer that is very drinkable and does sneek up on you a bit.

Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a black body with a brown chocolately foamy head. looks like a chocolate milkshake when looking from directly overhead, not much lacing.
caramel, chocolate and coffee seem to be fighting to be the dominant aroma, but no clear winner.
coffee and caramel are the most dominant in the taste with chocolate in there too. there is also a slight hint of the alcohol present on the back of the tongue.
good mouthfeel, very creamy full bodied stout but has a slight aftertaste.
pretty drinkable beer, good RIS, look forward to trying the oak aged version

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

Oooh... review 1000 for Yeti!

Grabbed some of this at Mondial de la Biere.

Pours an oily black with a finger of mocha head that leaves sheets of lace on the glass to complete a classical imperial stout appearance. Big and intense roast aroma, with lots of chocolate, coffee, molasses and burnt sugar. Great dark roasted flavour with coffee and cream very prominent, then chocolate, dark fruits and a pleasant grapefruit bite in the finish. There's also a faint hint of vanilla in there, but obviously not as much as the oak-aged version. Good thick and creamy body with a restrained carbonation that plays to the luxurious flavour of this stout.

A very good imperial stout that's transformed into something special when its thrown into a barrel. I always knew there was a quality beer underneath all that oak, and it was a pleasure to try it at Mondial!

Photo of sisuspeed
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Jan 23rd 2009

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip glass. Huge, billowy, tan head on top of a dark, opaque body. Sticky webbed lacing left behind. Looks great.

Lots of rich, dark, sweet malts on the nose followed by some light strawberry and cherry notes. Chocolate is fairly dominant with a touch of anise and hop.

Tipping back the glass reveals dark, slightly burnt malt mixed with chocolate and a bit of woodiness. Hop bitterness comes through nicely, but is not overbearing. A faint hint of cherry lingers in the background. Toffee and a touch of alcohol round out the flavor. This beer has some nice complexity to it, moving it beyond many of the one-dimensional stouts, but it isn't quite up there with some of the other big guns.

The body is chewy and smooth over a decent hop bitterness. Carbonation is on the lower end, but spot on for the style. Slight warming alcohol.

Drinkability is good. This is definitely a tasty RIS. I'm glad it comes in a 22oz serving, because 12oz would leave you wanting more. At 9.5% its not sessionable, but at the same time its hard to put down.

Overall, this beer is a good example of the style and a well crafted brew. With over a year of cellaring, the hops are still well defined and I feel that this beer could still go for another 3 years. The complexity is decent, but it leaves you wanting just a bit more. However, this is an easy beer to obtain and is reasonably priced, so I will definitely be picking more up for the cellar sometime in the near future. I also can't wait to try the oak-aged and the barrel-aged at some point. This beer can definitely improve from some wood aging.

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