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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,381 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,381
Reviews: 1,637
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 212
Gots: 560 | FT: 19
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003)
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Photo of tigg924
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: one inch light chocolate head, dark brown in color

Smell: toated malt, sugar, and chocolate

Taste: dark chocolate, expresso, burnt malt, wood, cream

Mouthfeel: heavy, smooth, semi-sweet, chewy

Drinkability: I will only be having one due to high abv, but this is very good. I will get this again. This is easily in the top 1/4 of the style that I have had.

tigg924, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of PALMEJ1
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into st bernardus chalice.
great dark chocolate color while pouring. almost 1 finger head formed after finishing the pour, nice. mocha/hazelnut bubbles form after a few

smells of chocolate hops, this ones about 6 months old. also getting some dark fruit but hard to distinguish.

taste great with bitter chocolate and what almost taste like caramel. But the hops bite along with the alcohol. cant wait for a few to age...

rich and creamy with a nice warming burn as the glass goes down

drinkability will only improve with age. but don't get me wrong, I could drink 2 12oz servings fresh! great beer to rely on

PALMEJ1, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of vividox
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I cracked this open and took a whiff, I knew I was in for a treat. The smell is a very bold, almost chocolate coffee smell. It poured opaque with a brown head that dissipated fairly quickly. I was amazed by the complexity of the taste, it started off all malt - tasting almost like very chocolately milk. That taste gave way over time to an absolute onslaught of hops. It had a very smooth, creamy mouthfeel that made for a very pleasurable drinking experience. The taste definitely stayed on the tongue awhile, I put almost half an hour between this and my second beer and still felt like I was washing the Yeti down with the second beer. An excellent choice for anyone who likes stouts.

vividox, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of kbnooshay
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured super black with no light let in at all. A lot of carbonation is sticking to the side of the glass. The insanely brown frothy head didn't stick around for more than a minute.

The aroma is sweet, roasty, malty and reminds me of chocolate milk and thick creme.

Wow this is roasty. Roasted coffee dominates along with a STRONG citrusy hoppiness. Hints of bitter dark chocolate are there also.
I like some hoppiness in my stouts but this is kind of annoying.

The feel in my opinion is actually a tad thin. Its smooth but kinda prickly from the sharp carbonation.

Fairly drinkable, but the bitter hops, dark chocolate and cofee flavor is all too much. There needs to be a mellow malt backbone here and there isn't.

kbnooshay, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma of this beer is pure delight - thick and oily, strongly of fine coffee with hints of molasses, miso and unsweetened chocolate. It pours a deep, rich, warm, opaque sable with a very thick and fairly persistent tan head. Flavor does not disappoint - it is strongly chocolaty with coffee and malty tones and hints of toffee plus a bit of a hoppy bitter bite. Texture is thick and smooth, and fairly tingly so you know that you're drinking a fine beer. Almost perfection, this one!

Cyberkedi, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of jsapunor
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The shrimp is on the grill so it's time to break out the stout. The Yeti is very dark with a dark tan head. It smells like a stout should with burnt malt up front. The taste is also just what it should be. Very smooth with the roasted malt and coffee flavors. A very easy drinking beer. The flavors linger on the palate just long enough to set you up for the next sip. I barely noticed the alcohol in the taste.

This is a great stout, smooth and strong and worth trying by anyone who likes the style.

jsapunor, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of gmfessen
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is black as motor oil on the pour and has a deep mocha colored head. The nose is a nice mixture of deeply roasted malts - black licorice, milk chocolate and smokey burnt coffee, as well as an assertive west coast citrusy hop pressence. The taste begins with the citrusy, piney hops and transitions into the burnt malty flavors and has a little alcohol bite. The finish is rather smooth and leaves a nice combo of the hops and roasted malt on the palate and just a hint of alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is very viscous, chewy and has little carbonation, just like a RIS should be. Drinkability is high for such a big beer with such huge flavor but I wouldn't recommend chugging this one!

gmfessen, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of argock
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.79.

A: Black, black, black with muddy brown 2-3 finger head with excellent retention and scads of lace.

S: The aroma profile is amazingly varied with coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, burnt dark and black malts, alcohol, citrus and floral hops, and milky sweetness to boot.

T: The hops and alcohol run free and wild in the flavor, which is by no means bad, but is a less than the amazing aroma. The amount of flavor is still huge with early coffee and chocolate with blistering molasses and acrid burnt dark malts followed by loads and loads of citrus and floral hops with major bite. The hops are at least equal to the malt if not a little overwhelming in the flavor overall. The alcohol, however, introduces a harshness that is the only major fault in this brew. Other big, exceptional stouts (see Rasputin and Expedition) have some subtler notes where Yeti shows none of this.

M: The harshness and big presence of the alcohol detracts here a bit, but the out-of-this-world maltload gives a huge body with low carbonation.

D: This is a major player in the RIS group, but the alcohol pushes it down the line a bit due to harshness. I still like this beer. I am going to grab another and cellar it and see if the booze factor falls away some at the cost of some hoppiness. As I like my RIS more on the malt side, this should work out nicely.

Great Divide Yeti
Bottled on May 29, 2009
Pours an interesting black with almost violet head. Earthy with hefty amounts of tobacco hops complementing the roasted character. There are some sweet unfermentables really hitting the palate. Alcohol qualities are minimal. Soy and licorice are evident in the nose, the soy is prevalent in the finish. The feel continues to be smooth and coating. A great beer. I followed the 1.5 year old Yeti with a 1 year old Old Rasputin and there was no comparison -- GD Yeti is substantially more complex and flavorful. I will be picking up some 2010s to put down for a good long while as I bet the sweetness of the unfermentables will calm with time.

argock, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of Albinoh
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice nice color, they way an imperial stout should be, dark deep, petroleum like. Nice head, misty brown, you can quickly feel the very nice sweet and burned aroma. The taste is great, the burnt flavors are quite strong but balanced perfectly by the sweetness of the malt. Very nice beer, its going to my favorites list.

Highly recommended.

Albinoh, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks again to BeerLovinGrl for a great beer acquired in a great trade.

This brew is black at night with a beautifully cascading light brown fat, thick pillow of a head that dissipates to a layer three fingers tall that I'm fairly certain could rest a 2-lb weight on it without sinking. There's hardly a dry patch free of lacing on the glass when this one's been drained. This one's got an incredible look to it.
While not as big and bold as the imposing appearance would leave me to believe, the aroma is nevertheless those things in its own right. Big dark chocolate and roasted coffee with some vague dark fruits, possibly some vanilla or the like, brown sugar and faint alcohol presence.
Very woody, earthy, and pleasantly smoky, the flavor hits the palate with an unexpectedly high hops content to balance a very heady malt backbone. Underneath is your typical molasses, dark chocolate and coffee with a gentle spiciness and a hint of something herbal. That nice woody smokiness is ever present, and even more so in the mouthfeel, where some fruit notes are also evident. Alcohol is well-masked given its high content, and hit me in the head without my quite noticing.
There's that nice, almost chewy thick mouthfeel that is evident of a great RIS. It's very smooth and the body is rich and full, as it should be.
The ABV might hold you back from having too much of this, but you've got to try it.

Brenden, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of kittywamp
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poored from 12 oz bottle in to standard pint glass. Looks good solid black small tan head. Smells like cold been in the fridge for a day coffee with slight vanilla creeping in. Taste is a little more of the same but with more chockolate and spicy hops. Feel is smooth and I mean smooth verry nice. Drinkability suffered slightly do to the wrong style to drink on a warm day, it would be higher if it were cold and snowy that is when this beer would shine I am sure.

kittywamp, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of movingtrain
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Dark, black coffee, espresso-crema colored head, good lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Alcohol, chocolate, prunes, brown sugar.

T: Bitter-sweet...some chocolate across the tongue, the alcohol is coming through a bit heavy here...not overpowering, but perhaps a bit too much.

Overall: This is good. The "bottled on" date reads Mach 9, 2009...so this is pretty young yet. It was a bottle of this from early in 2008 (which I recently drank) that turned me on to this beer. That one was wonderful, complex, full of vanilla, chocolate, and wood notes...I'm hoping that, with a year on this on, it will do the same.

movingtrain, May 31, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gushing 3-finger brown head that died medium-paced on top of a black body. An interesting smell of grape and other fruits (berries, citric) mixed with some roasted and coffee malts (hints of cocoa, toffee, molasses). Smooth, creamy, full-bodied and slightly bready, this beer passes over the tongue easily with a balance of roasted and coffee malts that have a drying sensation and also residual sticky sweetness from cocoa, caramel and something akin to molasses/maple syrup. The dryness is helped by a good ol' helping of hop bitterness on the backend, although the hops don't really have much of their own taste; they are overpowered. A good sippin' stout to have after a meal.

clayrock81, May 31, 2009
Photo of webbcreative
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured Black as night, with brown small head. Smell is pretty sweet and chocolate, smell the hops, coffee. Taste is the same, sweet, bitter chocolate, coffee [espresso], and a hops at the end to balance it all out. mouthfeel is nice and smooth and creamy.

Overall this is much better than I remembered when I had it on tap. This is near the top of my list now for RIS, right there with Old Raspy - they have different flavor profiles but are equally good. This is a good one to switch between with Rasputin. nice.
Would love to try with some age on it.

webbcreative, May 31, 2009
Photo of jpaltan
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

bottled on christmas eve, 2008. Blacker than coal... really, really dark with a caramel colored head that pours thick and sticks around forever. lacing up and down the insides of the glass. in the nose, first thing that hits is the booze. there are some hints of dark fruit and cocoa. some tobacco in there too. taste is booze and hot in the beginning, then comes bitter espresso, then even more bitterness as the hops close out the taste. mouthfeel is damn perfection in the glass. chewey, creamy, viscous. it's thick like motor oil. this beer needs a bit of aging and it would be absolutely amazing.

jpaltan, May 28, 2009
Photo of jsh420
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottled feb 2008

pours black on black with a 1 finger tan head that leaves lacing down the glass

smells of dry alcohol - coffee - and some fruity berries

taste sweet roasted malts with alcohol fruit and hop bite maybe 1+ year was not long enough

mouthfeel i smooth heavey creamy - near perfection

drinkability is good but not more then one

overall not as good as the oak and espresso yeti but the only one sold in 12oz bottles

jsh420, May 24, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: this thing is beyond black. One of the murkiest and muddiest stouts I have ever seen. The pour was thick black with clouded bourbon-like edges. The head was almost as dark as the body. Lacing was finely spread around the glass with small speckles.
All jokes aside, this thing is Mr. Blackness...5 points!

S: dang, the nose borders some of the darkest whiffs around. Lets see: fudge, bitter chocolates, molasses, light amounts of coffee and not so light whiffs of alcohol. Some of my whiffs come across rather clean

T: well, where do I start. I taste fudge brownies swirled with molasses and/or caramel, sprinkled with shavings of bitter bakers chocolate, some coarsely crushed kona beans, and a (surprisingly strong) wallop of crusty green hops. The malts and hops battle on the tongue in a good clean manner, wild stuff
I have to set this down for a second and gather what I am drinking. Great stuff and a lot going on
However, alcohol is not wearing a mask and sometimes the overall flavors seem interestingly burnt in character

M: body is as close to a beer syrup as possible and very smooth. This beer has a soothing quality. Amongst such dark flavors how do the hops hang on the tongue so nicely, great stuff

D: absolutely a unique beer. As far as Imperial stouts go it charts some new territories with such a huge hop presence. Lest we not forget the burly malt flavors and the snooping amount of alcohol

Magpie14, May 22, 2009
Photo of gfshoexc
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

first review on here, and a great beer for it.

poured from bottle into pint glass

A: pours a deep black. hints of a dark reddish brown at the very edges of the glass when held up to a light. a dense, coffee & cream colored head that reduces to a ring in fair time. sticks around for the whole brew leaving tight sticky lacing the whole way through

S: chocolate and espresso are prominent with hints of toasted malt and molasses

T: wow. true to the nose, with chocolate and coffee coming out quickly. didn't catch the hoppiness at the end. that some reviews mention

M: not too carbonated. feels quite smooth and somehow sticky.

D: i could easily go for a second after finishing the first

gfshoexc, May 21, 2009
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle acquired in a recent trade with nflmvp. Thanks Steve!

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A slow-forming, foamy, light brown head emerges from a muddy brown-black body. Glimmers of red can be seen at the outermost edges. Head dies to a thin, sticky crown after a few minutes, but is easily reignited with a moderate swirl. Gorgeous Spanish moss-like lacing all the way down.

Smell: Rich cream and dark chocolate mousse stand out the most. Molasses and sharp dark fruits (namely figs) bring about some mild nostril flarage. Struggling to get much else.

Taste: Starts out smooth, malty, and chocolaty; then shifts to sharp fruity esters, molasses, and hops. Maybe some sour cherries in there as well - yep, definitely sour cherries. Smokey roasted malt makes an appearance in the aftertaste along with bitter, oily hops. Nicely balanced and damn good.

MouthfeeL: Thick, creamy (excellent job with the carbonation), sugary, and even prickly. Coats the mouth with a thick, flavorful, resin. Belly-warming and edge-dulling. Nummers.

Drinkability: A very nicely done RIS. I think I may even like it better than the oak-aged version. If it were available in my area, Yeti would be a staple in the fridge. This one didn't knock my socks off, but it was definitely solid. I could drink this anytime.

ThreeWiseMen, May 20, 2009
Photo of BringusKilkenney
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a very dark black with mocha colored head that is very thin and takes a vigorous pour to even arouse.

The smell is great with dark malts and dark fruit notes and still has a hoppy background

Taste is great too very different and complex. Dark chocolates and coffee with fruit and a nice hoppy bitterness in the end not found in most imperials.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth but still get the hoppy crispness not really what i am looking for in a stout but different and nice at the same time.

Hard to put to many away kinda sits heavy and has a high abv but still a very nice beer.

BringusKilkenney, May 18, 2009
Photo of VitaEBella87
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from a bomber into a pint glass...

A: Deep opaque black color in glass with nice thick, very creamy looking medium tan head. Just from this first impression, looks delicious. Good head retention as well, and produces good lacing.

S: The main aroma that I noticed was chocolate, and while I couldn't specifically name the others present, there's certainly a lot there.

T: Many flavors buried within...vanilla, chocolate, oaky in both initial taste and aftertaste as well as a warming alcohol flavor that comes through in the aftertaste. No sip was the same, as different flavors played around on my tastebuds at different times.

M: Great mouthfeel...just what I'm looking for in a stout. It has a nice full body, very balanced taste, and is just carbonated enough so that it's not like cough syrup. Fades slowly after each sip and doesn't stick to your tastebuds that much.

D: Such an easy beer to drink, but full of flavor...supremely enjoyable! This may become my new stand-by for a great, high-quality stout when I feel like picking up a bomber at the store.

VitaEBella87, May 15, 2009
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Opaque black with about a half inch of milk-chocolate head. Laces ok.

S- A little alcohol, some apple, but mainly dark roasted malt and light citrus hops. Smell isn't super strong, but it's definitely good.

T- Interesting. Not as hoppy as some others are saying. Complex roasted malts of chocolate and coffee. Some citrus hop undertone. Kind of fruity too... light on the cherry side of things, some lighter pear/pineapple/apple notes too (hops?). Slight woody aftertaste. I keep getting more things out of this one. Becomes hoppier as it warms--somewhat piney and bitter. That's nice. Complex too.

M- Big and creamy. Oily. Love it.

D- Surprisingly drinkable for the ABV, style, and mouthfeel. Delicious beer and one that I would definitely have again. IMO, this definitely competes with Old Rasputin and FBS.

LordAdmNelson, May 13, 2009
Photo of bulletrain76
3.4/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

355ml bottle from Systembolaget. Black. Brown head with lots of lace that sticks like glue to the glass. Aroma is intensely hoppy with some chocolate underneath it. Flavor has lots of hops, grapefruit, licorice. There is some roasted malt down there, but the hops almost completely trample it. The body is thick with low carbonation, and an astringent finish. Overall just really bitter and hoppy, not really going for balance I guess. I can live with that, but it doesn't blow me aw

bulletrain76, May 12, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a viscose pitch coal in the glass with a monsterous 3 finger plus creamy, cinnamon sugar colored head that displayed an extraordinary retention while leaving splotchy, broken concentric circles all the down for a lacing. A very nice coloring and head retention as well lacing gives this a very brooding appearance worthy of its name.

S: a fresh, roasty nature with deep chocolate, with a citrusy-pine hopping that truly dominated the senses. A beautiful dark roasty maltiness, with dried kindling, and a milky chocolate sweetness compliments and adds highlights to the helping dose of hoppiness blending well to provide a rich, smooth experience.

T: The flavor was as roasty as the nose led you to believe, with a milky creamer sweetness. Bitter citrus, strong freshly roasted coffee beans smoothers the tongue while a light lingering burnt woodiness adds campfire minerality to the mix. The hopping was bitter and earthy, with dried pine, while a roasted lacing and chalkiness closes things out. Overall the flavor was rich and robust and very bitter. Some may say this was a little over hopped per style distracting from the usual dark maltiness per style, but I thought this was refreshing, unique, and the hops complimented the dark brooding malting adding only layers of complexity making this an very good, and thus unusual drink per style that pushes the envelope.

M: creamy and full bodied, very softly accented with little carbonation which adds to the fullness and smoothness. The finish finds a bitter and chalky ending with a warming alcohol presence.

D: A very robust, hearty, and bitter imperial stout with an unusual west coast hopping that actually works really well here. Lives up to its billing and name starting strong, and finishes even stronger. A bomber is enough to fill one up and is like a meal in every bottle, sure to satisfy malt and hop wise making this a sure repeater in the future and great standard to measure up to.

beerthulhu, May 11, 2009
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

5.0 A: Thick motor oil like black. Increadible dark brown head that refuses to back down and leaves good lacing.

4.5 S: Roasty, toasty and everything nice. Caramel, sweet chocolate, molasses. Everything you'd expect from a dark ass beer like this one, though everything is really pronounced.

4.5 T: Oak comes through finally. Bittersweet chocolate, toasty roasty malts. This is almost like ST Choklat only much much less cloying. Might be the best RIS I've had. Bit of an alcoholic tinge at the finish. Lastly, there's a healthy amount of bitterness and some grassy hop flavor.

4.0 M: Good carbonation and good overall, but could be creamier.

4.5 D: This is basically the same review as the one for the oaked version. Only difference is the lack of oak flavor, which is to be expected.

DavoleBomb, May 07, 2009
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,381 ratings.