1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

4,156 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,156
Reviews: 1,619
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 194
Gots: 492 | FT: 16
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Yeti Imperial Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,156 | Reviews: 1,619 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of IPAcraig
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%

Enjoying this beer as I prepare for the MPRE, which is tomorrow.

Poured into an oversized wine glass to reveal a nice looking beer. It pours a deep syrupy black. The head had to be coaxed out by a vigorous pour, and it emerged a very dark mocha. Nice, but could have used a wee bit bigger head.

Smells like a bowl of dark chocolate intermingled with hop flowers.

Big sweet chocolate malt and roasty characters dominate. But the hops are not quite overshadowed as this beer has a massive hop bitterness. A lingering coffee flavor sticks with you.

Low carbonation, though not detracting. Thick, viscous brew.

One of my all time favorites. This beer is as nuanced as almost any you will find; but that doesnt stop it from kicking you in the teeth with flavor. Booya.

IPAcraig, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%

What a dark beer. It looks like black velvet poured into my glass. There is a thick milk chocolate brown head that is very pillowy. There are microscopic bubbles on the edges that collect into larger bubbles in the center of the glass. Amazing head retention that leaves rings on the glass as you drink. I currently count three.

The smell is of dark malts and dried fruits. Raisins, currents and plum are the dominate scents that I get. There is also an alcohol twinge that is carried on faint chocolate wings.

This brew is thick. It solidly coats your pallet with a creamy smooth mouthfeel. I can feel it solidifying my saliva, kind of like eating good chocolate.

Taste is pleasant. There is a malty chocolate flavor that hints of some hops but never reveals them. A fruity alcohol flavor rips through your mouth and warms your tongue from front to back. There is a sweet malt aftertaste.

A nice big beer. This one is great for drinking on that cold march nights when the late snows are falling. Go ahead, drink the whole bottle and cross your fingers for a freeze so you can go to work late.

jbphoto88, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Poured from a bottle a black-black with a large-bubbled, foamy mocha-red head.

Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, and a sweetness from the alcohol.

Tastes of dark chocolate, espresso, and roasted malts. A nice hoppiness is found at the finish. The alcohol is present but doesn't overwhelm.

Full mouthfeel, smooth and creamy, and mildly carbonated.

A fine example of what a good RIS should be. A real pleasure to drink.

Monkeyknife, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.63/5  rDev +10%

I was hooked after sampling Great Divide's Oak-Aged Yeti Imperial Stout, so I decided to give their original a shot as well...
Bottle purchased from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa...
Pours a jet-black, engine-oil, deep, dark hue with a massive red, tan, foamy and frothy head which exhibited impressive staying power and left a copious amount of lacing around the glass...
Wonderful, rich, creamy, vanilla-tinged Stout smell, bursting with deep, dark espresso, cocoa powder, and dark lattee nuances...
As with their Oak-Aged version, this one too was world-class... The main difference being a lack of strong oak, vanilla, whiskey and bourbon flavors associated with the former...
Deep, roasted malts combined with dark, burnt chocolate, rich cocoa, espresso, and cream flavors to produce an exceptional, top-of-the line RIS that is one of the best in its class, hands down...
Very rich, ultra-creamy and extra-sweet mouthfeel coupled with an easy level of drinkability where the hefty 9.5% ABV struggles to make itself noticeable behind a rich conglomeration of sweet, chocolate-laden, creamy flavors...
Excellent stuff...
Definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

Appearance - Pitch black with a slightly wispy tan head that dissipated within a minute or two.

Smell - Roasted malts, burnt bread, dark chocolate and a hint of coffee.

Taste/mouthfeel - Very roasty, but smooth - no astringency whatsoever. Moderate sweetness, with flavors of dark chocolate and molasses coming to mind. Medium-bodied. Hops take on an herbal bitterness in the background, blending quite nicely with the roasted, grainy bitterness from the malt. Alcohol is completely hidden, though I wouldn't exactly call this quaffable - the richness makes it a definite sipper.

Notes - Quality stuff for sure. A no-frills RIS with plenty of complexity to keep it interesting.

largadeer, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of elmore
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%

I have had this on tap several times at Bodega in Columbus, OH and finally decided to review it. Came to me in a pint glass with a one finger tan head. Like a typical RIS this is pitch black with no light penetrating. Lacing is minimal.

Smell is fairly subdued. Smoky dark malts, coffee and dark chocolate. The typical RIS flavour of dark malts, chocolate and espresso blend nicely with a moderate hops bitterness. This is a particularly balanced, smooth RIS, which is unusually drinkable. No real alcohol burn, which I'm used to with RISs. Very dry with minimal sweetness.

Carbonation is adequate and body is chewy and viscous - all of which are on the spot for the style.

Smooth! A very good RIS. Drinkable, which I rarely say about this style. I love a good RIS, but rarely find them as drinkable as this one.

elmore, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of soupyman10
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

Got this one from Whole Foods in DC. Nice surprise there. $7.99 for a bomber, which I could deal with. Pours a deep black color with a maroon-brown head that dissolves pretty quickly down. Nice looking. Nose is surprisingly mild, a little too quiet for my taste, although still quite good. Lots of dried fruit, chocolate and caramel malt. Taste was similar, although crazy strong. Tons of dried fruit, chocolate, and roasted malt. A good bit of citrus spice too, that shows up as the hop profile kicks in at the end of the beer. Very mild alcohol presence, although its not biting at all. Feel is creamy and thick and very full. Perfect mild carbonation. Thought this one was incredible, although I'm not sure if it's quite as good as the Oak-Aged version (although I really can't remember what I rated that one, so who knows). A really perfect example of the style.

soupyman10, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of jjboesen
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%

During a recent visit to Washington DC's RFD (See Review), I stumbled onto a bottle of this ebony elixir. Needless to say, it was love at first sip. In fact, it was a superlative rendition of a style that is destined to become my favorite.

Yeti begins with a beige foam head that leaves a thick lacing lather (I may have also stumbled upon a new tongue-twister) around the glass rim.

Upon settling, Yeti is the color of machine oil and is completely impervious to light. We're talking zero clarity. My nose detected a very strong chocolate note, one that will increases if it sits long enough - I noticed an increase by manually agitating (stirring the beer to you Bud drinkers).

The taste? A warm blanket of chocolate malt goodness overwhelms the palate and provides a comfortable blanket of warmth for a cold winter night. Yeti is beautifully structured and provides the Drinker with that perfect balance between a splendid sipping beer and a subtly sweet after dinner quaff.

The Yeti is a splendid beast raised in the Rocky Mountains with love and compassion by a wonderful brewery - and what a balance that is.

jjboesen, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of baseballrock
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

the Yeti imperial stout poured pitch black. not a trace of light can be seen through the glass when held to light. an amazing dark creamy coffee looking head. loads of lacing is left on the glass. smell is chocolatey and the smell of smokey malts. taste is thick, flavors of sweet caramel, toffee, and chocolate. this beer also has a nice hoppy bitterness to it and i think it matches well with the sweetness. mouthfeel is thick and heavy. the drinkablity is good on a cold day. and of course with the ABV it warms you and keeps you warm for a while.

baseballrock, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%

I can't believe it's taken me this long to get around to having Yeti, a first-rate Russian Imperial for certain. A finger of long-lasting, mocha froth tops an incredibly black body, with curtains of mocha lacing marking its territory around my pint glass. The body IS darkness. The smell is outstanding, full of hops, molasses, toffee and caramel malts--just an amazing nose.

The taste brings the bouquet home and then some. It might be the most hopped Russian Imperial I've ever had, but this blends ideally with butterscotch, molasses, chocolate, and caramel. Bitterness finishes Yeti, though nothing off-putting or overwhelming. The high ABV (9.5%) also makes its presence known as this wraps up its work, detracting slightly from the "ability" aspect of drinkability. But any lover of stout, Russian Imperial, or even hopped-up beer should love Yeti.

Nothing short of incredible, Yeti is my favorite from Great Divide, which has moved into the cluster of genius breweries atop my favorites list. Their wares are outstanding, and those who have yet to try them will thank themselves when they finally do.

Gehrig, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of pwoods
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Belmont Party Supply, poured into a tulip.

A: Solid black and thick. Big dark mocha head with nice retention. Some decent lacing.

S: Robust coffee with a rich sweetness. An added sweetness from some molasses.

T/M: Great roasted malts. Chocolate, coffe, molasses, licorice... everything an RIS needs from the malts. Hops add a slight bitterness that tries to add some balance. Body is full and almost chewy. Carbonation adds a nice smoothness.

D: One is enough for now but I'm sure I'll try more of this.

pwoods, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of swizzlenuts
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

A: Pours almost oily black, with a slight bit of carbonation. The head comes out to b 2-3 cm in height and with a brown tint.

S: Slight chocolate and dark roasted malt flavour.

T: The first thing to hit your tongue is a subtle chocolate/coffee taste, but it leaves quite quickly. The hops come in after with the roasted malt flavour hanging out behind it. There are quite a lot of hops in this beer, but the roasted malt flavour stays on your tongue rather than the hops.

M: Slight carbonation in the beer, but has a thick feeling to it; however, the thickness is just about perfect. You don't feel like you have to drink it with a spoon

D: This is halfway drinkable. I really enjoy all the flavours that come out, but I don't think my stomach could handle the thickness of the beer; I think I would get full quit fast.

Another great beer by Great Divide!

swizzlenuts, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of NBake
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

From bomber without a date.

Pours black with a glorious tan head. Head has staying power and leaves lots of lacing.

This one smells sweet and candy-like with some raisins and coffee undertones.

This one follows its nose and tastes sweet as it hits your tongue. This one shows lots of toffee and a firm alcohol presence. This is quickly abated by chocolate and roasty coffee flavors. Sweetness lingers, but is overwhelmed by bitter hops. The aftertaste is bittersweet chocolate. Some fruits play a part but I can't put my finger on the taste.

Yeti is thick and chewy without a lot of carbonation. Right on.

Overall, Yeti tastes great and leaves you begging for more. Each sip brings more complexity and new flavors.

NBake, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of mfergus3
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A - Dark brown color, with a milk-chocolaty head. Nice two-finger head.

S - Hops, touch of malty grain, and a hint of alcohol. Hoppy smell but not overpowering - very pleasing,

T - Complex malt body, hint of coffee, toffee, a creamy taste is definitely there. Somewhat bitter. Somewhere between dry and sweet, a touch of sweetness is present. Candied plums? No descernable burnt or astringent flavors. Hops are definitely present, adding earthy tones and only the slightest hint of fruitiness Overall a very complex taste, enjoyable.

M - Creamy, full-bodied mouthfeel.

D - Goes down surprisingly easy. Clearly not a session beer, but very drinkable for the style.

Overall a great beer - I'd recommend it, and certainly will be drinking it again. A great beer for hopheads looking for an imperial stout.

mfergus3, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of Kendo
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is thick and dark black with a 1/2-finger rusty, chocolatey-brown head. No light coming through that body at all. Good lacing early, none on the way down the glass, however.

S: Dark chocolate, brown sugar and some roasted coffee -- not too strong on the coffee, however. Also a hint of citrusy hops over all that sweet malty goodness.

T: Starts out with roasted malt, molasses and dark rum-soaked fruit. Finishes with what seems at first to be a dark chocolate or coffee bitterness, but after a few sips seems more like a hoppy bitterness. Nicely balanced either way between the malt and hops. No taste of alcohol, though it's felt in the belly.

M: Body is probably about as heavy as you get. Smooth and creamy, however.

D: For a beer of this strength, drinkability is very good.

Notes: No freshness dating, so I'm not sure of the age of this one -- it's been in my cellar for awhile, possibly a year or even a little more. If that's the case, the aging certainly didn't seem to hurt. . . . I shared this bomber with a friend and wished I hadn't . . . . Nice flavors, nice buzz. Well done. I would definitely get this again. And again. . . .

Kendo, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of Jmamay22
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%

Pure opaque black beer. Not a hint of mahogany around the edges like other stouts. Dark brown head settles to a thin cap and thicker collar.

Smells of coffee, roasted malt, dark fruit, sweet molasses with a background of booze.

Tastes sweet. Reserved bitterness compared to other imperial stouts. Less roasted flavors than in the nose and less complex than expected or hoped. Well done with the alcohol well hidden, but for me this isn't top shelf. I had hoped for a greater hop/roasted qualities here. I am nitpicking as it is still amazing, but it isn't mind numbing. Coffee laced with alcohol aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thick viscous and chewy. I could have enjoyed this with a knife and fork. I expected a higher abv given the various qualities shown by the beer. Alcohol does smack you in the face a bit.

Amazing bang for the buck. Not sure I'd call this world class. I found Great Divide's Barlwey Wine to be more impressive.

Jmamay22, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of letsgopens
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

This RIS pours jet black, like old motor oil. The super deep, brown/mocha head resembles the color of a cup of coffee with a splash of cream added. The foam holds very well and leaves a uniform, clean ring of lace. The quintessential looking RIS. Just wicked and unforgiving.

Tons of chocolate in the nose initially; both bitter and dark, and semi-sweet. Super roasty with some vanilla and a hint of bourbon. Cappuccino and black strap molasses. Luscious, juicy dark fruit: sweet prunes, figs, and burnt raisins. Complex and pungent with a ton of roasty complexity.

Again, extremely roasty and moderately sweet with milk chocolate and even more dark fruit. Leafy bittering hops present themselves as well. Just slightly harsh with some noticeable booze. The booze notes are pleasant and welcomed at first but wear on the palate a bit once I get closer to the end of the bomber. In all honesty I probably would not have found issue if this was a 12oz. bottle. That may not be very fair but who knows...

Very juicy and slick on the palate with low to moderate carbonation. Full bodied and viscous with a syrupy texture. Slick and somewhat creamy in the finish.

Actually the drinkability is not bad provided the decently high ABV. I, myself, actually prefer to sit back, sip this one, and take in all that wonderfully roasty goodness. Also if I inhale it like I would like to, I'll be kicked in the ass sooner than I'd like to be.

letsgopens, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of ABCJiugui
4/5  rDev -5%

bomber into tulip

A- dark, opaque blackish/brown, no light gets thru. Head pours 2 fingers mocha colored, creamy smooth look, retains fairly decent, if thin. No real lacing to speak of- few bubbly bits of foam stick to the sides, but minimal and spotty at best.

S- Chocolate, some dried fruit/rum soaked dates-figs. Can really sense the alcohol as well on the exhale.

T- Sweet up front with some chocolate flavor, moves into some citric hop and bitterness, with some burnt coffee at the end along with some more sweetness (malt?). Surprised by the lingering bitterness- not a sharp bitterness, but a slow, astringent one (tannic from the hops perhaps).

M- full bodied, fairly thick, not the most viscous stout I've ever had, but it's not the lightest either! Definite feeling of chew with the alcohol volume.

D- overall, it's a good stout to drink. If not for the harsh alcohol which tended to come thru more than I'd like, this would rate as one of the better american imperial stouts I've had. Sweet, but not too sweet, bitter, but not insanely so, a good balance and overall, very drinkable.

ABCJiugui, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

nearly opaque, dark cola brown, nice light brown head that gradually fades but maintains a thin layer of wisps to the end. very sparse lacing however.

chocolatey aroma, maybe some dried dates or figs, and perhaps some coffee at the end, with hints of vanilla as it warms. several strong whiffs of alcohol however.

taste is chocolate sweetness upfront, although it turns into more of a dark dried fruit sweetness as it progresses. coffee notes and faint acidity accompany the relatively balanced hop bitterness into the finish. again, a bit alcoholic and solvent-like, which prevents me from giving this a "5.0"

smooth, thick and viscous, with some astringency that gives it texture but can also be slightly distracting. mild carbonation.

still, a very tasty stout.

tai4ji2x, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of jaxon53
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

Served at cellar temperature, in a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce bottle. I can't believe it took me this long to try this beer.

Appearance: Pours out a thick, almost sludgey looking black color. Definitely dark as the night. This dark mass was capped by a solid two fingers of thick, creamy, mocha colored head that just didn't seem to move. The great head retention left a thick brown coating of lace all the way down the glass. It doesn't get much better than this.

Smell: Alot going on here. Very rich, roasty, almost smokey malt aroma. Can just about pick out a slight hoppiness. Chocolate mixed with a sweet toffee. Just a touch of bitter coffee, vanilla, and a nose full of booze. Fantastic!

Taste:Now let's see what the Yeti is all about. The taste is just about as big as the nose. Nice bitter coffee flavor, paired up with some smooth dark chocolate. Some ripe black berries with a faint hint of cherry. A bit of a smokey, charred malt flavor. Finishes dry with a good amount of body warming alcohol. Flavors are actually balanced out quite nicely. Pretty smooth.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is silky smooth. Quite thick and chewey. Coats the palate beautifully. Just what I like in an RIS.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable despite the noticeable alcohol content. This one will warm you up on a cold day.

jaxon53, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of hops4me
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%

A - motor oil black. Pours in as thick as it looks. Fluffy light brown head leaves behind lots of lace.

S - Much chocolate. Vanallia. Caramel. Cherry.

T - Chocolate. Coffee roast and bitterness. Raisins. Finishes bitter with small alchohol heat.

M - Full as full can be.

D - I could have one more and be very happy but that would be about it. This is alot of beer. Definite meal in a glass. I enjoyed it overall and would definitly buy it again. I would love to try the oaked version.

hops4me, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of jeonseh
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%

Got this from a bomber poured into my crystal snifter.

A - Very, very dark chocolate brown color. it has a slight tint to it that makes me think that it is brown and not black. A nice one thumb foamy.frothy, carbonated head sits on top.
Left some pretty good lacing down the sides as well especially given how small the head initially was.

S - Smell is rather sweet as I pick up notes of vanilla, chocolate and even a bit of dark plum fruit in there as well. Can also catch a hint of alcohol in the nose that mixes in well with the sweeter aspect.

T - Wow this is one beer that actually taste like it is barrel aged even though this is only the normal yeti. reminds me a bit of BCS actually. Get a bit of that oakey taste in there that mixes in with the sweeter overtones but not as much of the bourbon that ones gets in the BCS. The taste is initially very sweet with my tongue getting hit with notes of caramel, toffee, vanilla, and a bitter dark chocolate taste that lingers in the mouth and mixes with a light hint of deeper cherries flavor. Also get a bit of the alcohol taste coming through as well and this is especially true in the after taste which is a soft muted alcohol taste. that makes you feel nice and warm inside.

MF - at first it is nice and thick and sticky in the mouth with some light carbonation in there as well. At the end of this beer get the nice warm alcohol feel in the mouth and also a slight tingly feeling as well. I like the thick and sticky aspect of the mouthfeel since I think it goes well with the huge toffee aspect of this beer's flavor profile.

D - overall a good RIS that is relatively easy to find and easy to drink as well. A big beer without being hugely overpowering as well. It is good in its simplicity and not overly complex which in a way is somewhat expected from an RIS. Definitely in the upper half of the RIS category and one that I wouldn't mind having on a cold winter's night. Who would have thought that I'd run to a yeti to keep me warm when it's cold outside.

jeonseh, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a thick black color with a dark, frothy head that looks like chocolate mousse. Leaves chuncks of lacing on the sides of my snifter.

Initial aromas are of sweet molasses. After letting it warm to the proper temerature, the complex malt bill began to reveal aromas of milk chocolate, creamed coffee, and a touch of roasted malts. The hop additions revealed themselves as mostly piney, earthy aromas, but also a hint of fruity aromas.

The first sip brings the roasted malts more to the fore, also some semi-dark chocolate and a touch of caramel sweetness. The mouth feel is rich and full with enough carbonation to give it a velvety smoothness. The swallow finishes dry with lingering bits of slightly burnt pine needles and dark chocolate flavors. Also, a slight warming effect from the alcohol.

Overall, A big, bold beer. You'll need to take your time and sip it slowly. I definitely enjoyed it, and I'll drink more.

SafeAtFirst, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of nickfl
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%

A - Just under one finger of brown foam on an opaque, black body. The head settles down to a thin film and leaves a moderate ring of lace in its wake.

S - Big, rich aroma of dark chocolate with a hint of coffee. Notes of almond, vanilla, and a non-specific hoppiness that doesn't have a particular hop character, but warns of significant bitterness in the flavor.

T - Roast barley note, followed by dark chocolate flavors. The chocolate is followed by a velvety bitterness and then notes of smoke and tobacco. Some minor alcohol notes fade in and out during the finish while malt and hop bitterness battle for dominance and a strong smokey character coats the palate.

M - Thick, oily body and moderate carbonation. The finish is just sweet enough to balance the significant bitterness.

D - This is a very heavy, very complex beer and obviously built for sipping. The chocolate malt in the aroma is quite nice, but what really makes this beer memorable is the awesomely powerful, deep burnt tobacco character of the finish. While it may sound unpleasant to some, the lingering finish of this beer reminds me of nothing so much as the aftertaste of a good cigar and, under the right circumstances, that makes it quite drinkable.

This beer easily lends itself to pairing with dark chocolate and it may be the best match for a cigar of any beer I have yet encountered.

nickfl, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of Junnila
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours an ultra dark blackness with a tan head that leaves a good deal of lace around the tulip. Creamed, milk chocolate nose that is eager to engage the lips. Roasted malts, charred caramel, dark fruits all come out in full force. I need to try this oak aged version soon as I am definitely digging this one. Mouthfeel was average for an RIS. Overall...definitely a tasty treat when you can find it.

Junnila, Feb 09, 2008
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,156 ratings.