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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,577 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,577
Reviews: 1,662
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 235
Gots: 649 | FT: 20
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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 TrippnFiasco
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick, 2.5 finger head, dark caramel color. Head diminishes to about one finger but sticks around for quite a white, moderate lacing. Pours a very dark brown.

S: Smells like dark caramel. Slight coffee/espresso scent in the back of the nose as well. Fair amount of malted barley coming through, although there actually seems to be a bit of hops coming through.

T: Flavor matches the smell quite well. Caramel malts are strong but not overpowering, and well balanced with slight hoppiness. There is a nice sweetness and mild espresso flavor on the finish. Delicious.

M: Great smoothness, moderate carbonation doesn't hurt flavor, but adds to the experience.

D: Very drinkable stout. One bottle per person might last a little while, but split between two people may not be enough unless this is a dessert beer.

Fantastic! Definitely recommend this for Imperial Stout-lovers

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

Bomber with a bottled-on date of 02/03/10, poured into a Duvel tulip.

An enormous dark tan head leaves plenty of sticky lacing as it slowly fades. Plenty of burnt and chocolatey dark roasted malt in the aroma with a definite hoppiness looming.

I was happy to find this so soon after trying the disappointing (to me- overpowering coffee) espresso version. As I suspected, the base beer is pretty damned good. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth and a bit sticky, allowing the bitter sting of hops and burnt malts to linger in all the right places. Excellent balance between roasted and sweet flavors. Molasses, toasted wood, a touch of sherry. A bit boozy and citrusy in the finish. It's a little raw, but tasty, and I bet it gets even better with age. Picking up a few bottles to cellar is certainly tempting considering the very reasonable price point.

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

A: Pours a deep dark brown, and chocolate head, with decent lacing.

S: Big notes of roasted malt and chocolate. Faint amount of coffee and fruit in the background.

T: Great combination of dark chocolate, nice and roasty with malt. Some caramel and dark fruits are floating around in there, and a tiny bit of coffee and hop bitterness that is much appreciated.

M: Very smooth, creamy, almost milkshake category. No sign of 9.5% ABV here.

D: A pleasure to drink, ABV is so well hidden. It's hard not to drink it fast, but slow it down a bit and enjoy.

Photo of brewdub17
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Completely black with a tan head and some dark tan hues within the lacing and head.

Smell: Bold and great. This beer throws many flavors at you simultaneously.

Taste: Dark roasted malt flavors come and then settle with the bitterness of hops. Amazing amounts of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very thick feeling but drinkable and definitely palatable.

Drinkability: Because it is so thick it might not be as drinkable as others. My senses would go numb if I were to drink a few more.

Photo of endovelico
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into stein.

Appearance: Beautiful mousse creamy brown head. The brew itself is near jet black. Even when pouring the liquid is incredibly dark. Unperceived effervescence. Some lacing and decent head retention.

Aroma: Relatively intense aroma of cacao, chocolate, vanilla, coffee on the frontend and hops, honey and dark fruit complexity on the back.

Taste: Flavorful. Nice complexity and layering. Cacao, sweet chocolate, coffee, earthy, smoky and some dark fruit. Tasty but could use some smokiness.

Palate: Silky and creamy. Light carbonation. High bitterness. Full bodied. Perfect palate, great play on the tongue. Alcohol doesn't get in the way.

Drinkability: Fits the style. Alcohol well hidden. Interesting, relatively unique and tasty.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown, almost black with a small brown head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells of roasted malts characterized by molasses and dark chocolate.

Tastes of the big roasted malt flavor with some bitterness. Flavors of dark chocolate, molasses, and coffee come through. Citrus hops make an appearance and add a delicious bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full and has a creamy amount of carbonation.

Photo of pwoody11
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes:

Poured a jet black w/ tan head.

Aroma is a little pungent. Picking up fudge, espresso and hops as well in the nose.

Taste is rather complex. Chocolate, caramel, roasted coffee and pine. Heat was a little heavy for my liking, but not so heavy it detracted from the overall flavor profile.

Great brew. Can't wait to re-visit soon!

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

Pours a deep, dark, almost opaque black color, with some beautiful mocha colored head. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, alcohol and earthy hops. On the palate, deep, dark roasted chocolate, alcohol and a bit of fresh brewed coffee. A wonderfully balanced, easy to drink imperial stout.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep dark black color, even on the edges it is dark black. Huge full, thick, creamy dark tan head with great retention with a lot of sticky lacing left over.

S - Dark roasted chocolate, malt, molasses, and caramel. Also some licorice, cocoa, mocha, and a hint of rum soaked dark fruit. A touch of fudge sweetness and a background of bitter and tartness.

T - Rich roasted chocolate and dark malt makes up a lot of the flavor. A fair amount of woody and earthy flavors, licorice, coffee, and some dark fruit. Also some caramel and toffee malt. Pretty standard stout flavors, some bitterness and some tartness. Alcohol is pretty present. Good amount of pine and earthy hops as well.

M - Full body with low carbonation. Slick, viscous, and velvety feel, and a very slight drying finish.

D - Between the hops and the strong roasted flavors this is a little too bitter and unbalanced for a stout for me to really enjoy more than one. It would just be a little harsh on the palate especially given the alcohol taste, also at 9.5% ABV it wouldn't be wise to drink too many. The body definitely makes it easy to drink though, and it is enjoyable to sip on.

Notes: Nice beer that is a good, hoppy stout. Not one that particularly blew me away, but a solid offering. Does have a lot of strong roasted flavor (most of the flavor components have a roasted taste to them). I would try it again if it were a reasonable price, but I won't really be searching for it.

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

Single bottle (bottled on 02-13-10) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Completely black - no color even when I hold it up to the light. Poured a huge brown head that had a slow-growth overflow. Plenty of lacing all over the place.

Smell: Definitely have to let this one warm up to get everything. When first poured cold it's nothing but hops. As it warms up I get the hops and some of the roasted malts, but the hops still dominate.

Taste: Can a beer taste like a hoppy chocolate milkshake? Well....I think this one fits that description. The hop bitterness comes first, followed quickly by chocolate and creamy flavors, then a bitter coffee/roasted malt finish. Rather tasty and it went very well with a krispy kreme sour creme donut. Alcohol completely hidden.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth, thick, and creamy. The mouthfeel helps me think it really is a hoppy chocolate-coffee milkshake.

Drinkability: Well I can't have anything this rich more than once in an evening, but it's pretty damn good. The hoppiness threw me a bit, but overall quite nice. The mouthfeel and taste combined really make the beer outstanding.

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

You can see that this is brown when pouring, but once it's in the glass it's black as night. Two solid fingers of thick, rich dark tan head. Odd for the style, but the first scent I noticed was hops. Then alcohol, chocolate, and espresso. The taste is phenomenal. Bitter chocolate, alcohol, ashes, espresso, piney hops, molasses, and plum. Pretty good viscosity, but I'd like it to be a hair thicker if I had to get nitpicky. I'm not a big stout fan, but this is the best tasting stout I've had. I liked it better than the highly regarded KBS I recently had. Fantastic.

Photo of tbizzle0
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bomber into my Duvel tulip.

A - Black with a dark mocha colored head. Looks amazing in a glass

S - Excellent smell, lots of coffee and a little bit of chocolate. I got a bit of dark fruit in there from the roasted malts, but not much. A small amount of earthy hops

T - Follows the smell almost exactly, but there was more coffee flavor than anything else. A nice, mildy complex flavor, but the only thing I can distinguish is the coffee (I don't have a very advanced palate)

M - Full bodied, just coats your mouth. A nice amount of carbonation, but not too much. I bet a year of age and it would mellow out and be amazing

D - Great. It's not absolutely amazing, but I'm gonna try to trade for it again someday. Maybe the oak aged version ;)

Photo of Jesstyr
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought this one out with the start of NHL playoffs for the Washington Capitals.

Pours an intense pitch perfect black with an incredible chocolate head that is a sight on the initial pour, though is less and less for future pours. Lacing is prevalent, if not significant. Struggled with the nose - it was heavily toasted, but nothing really else was there - maybe chocolate.

Taste was incredibly roasted, with heavy coffee and a little bit of toffee. Finish shows more significant hop notes than I like to see in an imperial stout - just a little bit bitter on the finish that negatively affects the drinkability and the flavor. Heavy full body, that is perfect for the style.

I really like this beer, just is a step or two away from being "great".

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

Chilled bomber into a glass. Dec. 2008 bottling date. From a generous trade with MiguelMandingo. Thanks, Mike!

A: A motor oil black body poured into a snifter. The beer develops an inch of dark mocha-colored head that recedes over a few minutes into a thin film on the brew, with some lacing left behind.

S: In order of strength: bittersweet chocolate (baker's bar), roasted malt, some coffee, and an earthy hop aroma.

T: Velvety chocolate and roasted malts on the initial taste. Coffee does peek its head out a bit, but it's submerged beneath caramel and toffee. It's almost 1.5 years old, but it's still pleasantly hoppy, with a bitter, earthy and citric bite at the end of the taste. It's no Night Stalker or Smuttynose IS, but it's definitely unique against many malt-forward imperial stouts.

M: Medium-full bodied. Carbonation may be slightly too high, but it cleans the mouth nicely and prevents the oiliness of the beer from dominating the palate.

D: This is definitely my favorite of the 4 variants. I'll definitely seek it out again. I wouldn't call it world-class against many other imperial stouts, but to say it's upper-tier would be appropriate.

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

A generous gift from my girlfriend.
Black with a quarter-inch tan head that fades slowly, leaving some patches.
Smell is intense, chocolatey, roasted malts, with an assertive hop presence. Smoke, dark chocolate, caramel, and some faint coffee comes in as well. Definite burn on the nose from the alcohol.
Taste is roasted, chocolatey malts up front, with more assertive hops coming in right after. Some smoke, dark chocolate and spicey heat follow. Slight presence of alcohol.
Mouthfeel is velvety, yet there is a bit of bite from the hops. Lots of heat from the alcohol. Medium-heavy body.
Very good drinkability. It's a sipper, and as that it's an excellent beer.

Photo of MURF0320
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into typical pint glass. Poured black and opaque with a dark tan 1 finger head. Nice retention but lacing did not stick.
Aroma is dominated by hops, roasted malts, rich dark chocolate, coffee beans, and alcohol.
First thing that hit my tongue was a surprise burst of hops, which then gave way to heavy roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses, and a splash of coffee. Finished bitter with more piney hops and a slightly smokey flavor. Delicious. Slight alcohol presence, and the coffee flavor became more predominant as the beer warmed.
Mouthfeel was very creamy and smooth.
Drinkability is decent but i felt that the alcohol presence and warming had this beer fading on me.
This beer is definitely recommended.

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

Pours a purely black oily color with a chocolate-mocha head-thick and well retained.
Smells is well smoked with chocolate and caramel notes- very strong malts.
Taste comes out very sweet at first- like cool "hot" chocolate- a quality of iced mocha is here with some like hops blended well.
Finish is like eating a toffee bar- thick with sweet caramel and light notes of coffee beans.
Drinks well here- very tough beer-not for the faint of heart- but very little bite from its gravity.

Photo of AEK
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml brown bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A. Pitch black with a mocha brown head that shrinks into a thin film covering the beer.

N. Prunes, caramelised fruit soaked in rum?, port and red wine. A wonderfully complex brew.

T. Lots of alcohol and a strong espresso coffee taste. A sweet maltiness is detected followed by a short bittering hop finale leaving the sensation of roasted coffee beans on the palate. I can detect a slight smokiness in the finish.

M. Not heavy at all for a strong stout of this magnitude. Clean and smooth.

I had aged this beer for 4 months and was drunk with only 8 days remaining before its BBE date. How long the shop had this in stock for before I purchased it I am unaware. I could easily sip a few of these during the course of an afternoon and evening. A well crafted, complex stout that definitely needs seeking out if you have never had it before.

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

Poured a 22oz bomber with the older style blue label that I found on the shelf of my beer store flying solo with the rest of the new label Yeti's getting a better position in the front of the store into a snifter. I read a lot recently about the Yeti going downhill after the best before date. This bottle did not have a best before date that I could find on the label, but I was worried and cracked it being it was the older label.

A - Poured a deep black that let absolutely no light through. A nice 2 finger mocha color head lasted quite a while before dissipated into a covering over the beer.

S - The alcohol hits you first followed by a burnt coffee bean scent that is then slightly followed by toffee and caramel.

T - Booze there is, upfront, and at only 9.5% it taste like it should be up around 11%. Then you get the coffee roast flavor followed then again my more booze. Not much of the hop flavor that the label says but that could have faded with age.

M - It's actually quite light on the palette for a big stout. It doesn't leave much after coating of the mouth.

D - I think that I have to try a fresh one to really compare being the first imperial stout that I have heard of with a shelf life. I wouldn't buy another blue label but that may be different fresh.

Photo of JamesS
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(On-tap at Sonka's Irish Pub). Pours a great deep dark black with fantastic head, and just a bit of lacing. Excellent scent, a deep malty aroma with some roasted grains and a little bit of thick plum. Huge deep malty scent; hints of prune and plum, some roasted grains and slight coffee twinge, with a decent hop ending. Goes down quite good, thick with a hint of alcohol. An excellent impy stout.

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

Bomber bottled Jan 12th, 2010 (maybe too early but I am cellaring another). Poured in to Duvel tulip. It's my first hoppy IS and I have been waiting for this for a while.

A: Full 2.5 fingers of creamy tan head, begins to dissipate slowly leaving some beautiful lacing. Trying to see some light through it but it is darker than a yeti cave.

S: Chocolate, burnt espresso and some grassy hops on the nose. I'm starting to salivate..

T: Bitter hops, some creamy Ovaltine, coffee roast, rinds and heavy booze exhaled off the tongue. Hop bitterness lingers on for quite a while.

M: It's fairly thick, letting me chew on this for a while. Carbonation is pretty light which is fine by me.

D: This is a good sipper, it'll take me a while to down the bomber.

The alcohol seemed a little hotter than I expected for 9.5 ABV. I'd love to give this some time to mellow the bitterness and tame the booze. The chocolate and coffee hang out for a while, keeping me company while I watch BSG. I can't wait to revisit my cellared bottle in a year or two.

Photo of Onenote81
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this at the Smoking Lamp in Charleston this weekend. Came out an absolute pitch black with a thin tan head resting on top. Left lots of sticky lace rings in its wake. Really pretty. Smells of roasted chocolate, booze, sour candy, and whiffs of coffee, just slightly.

The body is smooth and ever-so-creamy. Great sipper. Alcohol presence is not known in the flavor. Masked well by great bitter coffee and dark chocolate flavors. Slight sour bite on the backend, but nothing offputting. I really enjoyed this one. I've had a few of the various "aged" versions, but never had the original. Well done.

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

A- pitch black body, with thick toffee brown head that would not go away

S- rich toasted malt, toffee, chocolate, and caramel

T- much like the aroma, with a slight hoppiness and subdued alcohol characteristics

M- thick, warming, coating your entire tongue

D- one hell of a sipper

Photo of david18
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing beer in a bottle and it's an amazing beer on draft. It was raining today and this beer was the perfect way to warm up. Unbelievable and great dark color, great malty smokey aroma, strong at 9.5 alcohol by volume but not too hot to enjoy a whole glass. I love this beer and get it ever time I see it.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very, very dark brown with a dark tan head and a decent amount of lacing.

S: Definitely some hops, which stand out right away in this style of beer. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a little bit of dark brown sugar.

T: Similar to the smell, with everything coming together a little bit more. Nicely balanced between all the flavors, and quite complex.

M: Nice and thick without being too viscous. Creamy.

D: A pretty easy stout to take down, which could be trouble given that the 9.5% is very well hidden.

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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