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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,195 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,195
Reviews: 1,624
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 199
Gots: 509 | 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 AChamberlain
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one hard, probably too hard because I got about a 3 inch head on it. Beer is black as night. Head is dark brown and sturdy. This is one solid looking brew. Aromas I am picking up: spices (not sure which), sweet, dark fruit, alcohol, pine. I am loving smelling this. Little bit of chocolate flavor, strong alcohol, but in a good way, wow. Sweet alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel, with a bit of zing at the end. Good warming. Strong and flavorful. Great beer. Definitely suggested, just watch yourself, it's a doozy.

AChamberlain, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of BucBasil
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from the 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. There is a "bottled-on" mark on the side of the bottle that indicates that this beer is over a year old. The beer is literally black, and no light shines through, even when held directly in front of light. Head grew to 4 fingers quickly, and held there for quite a while Color of the head is a dark brown that is darker than most beers I've seen. Truly exceptional.

Smell: Chocolate malts are the interoduction to this beast. Underneath are various notes of rich coffee, roasted malt, caramel and toffee. A straight up blast of malt right to the brain.

Taste: Huge roasted malt flavor giving way to coffee, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and sort of a beefy note that was kind of strange but not entirely unpleasant. Finishes extremely smooth with toffee and sticky caramel.

Mouthfeel: Just pouring this into the glass told me everything I needed to know about the feel of this beer. The feel is thick and almost chewy, with little carbonation, but just enough to let you know it's there. Goes down as smooth as silk.

Fantastic in every sense of the word.

BucBasil, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of JEdmund
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ink black with a thin, French-press coffee-like head; head reduces quickly, but leaves thick rings of lace; top looks a little oily; so black light will not pass through this! I can't even see carbonation bubbles.

Big and roasty, with dates/raisins and dark chocolate, and somewhat sweet. Easily the most assertive aroma I've encountered in a RIS.

Taste & Mouthfeel
Wow! So good. A little sharp on the tongue and a slight burn through my nose; it's not an overpowering alcohol flavor though, thankfully; it's just more of a sensation in my mouth and nasal passage. The hops and malts are really big here but manage to stay balanced. There's a nice bitterness mixed with doughy and roasted maltiness. The texture is superb--thick and creamy--and it has a perfect level of carbonation. Aftertaste leaves a good bit of toffee sweetness.

This lives up to the hype and is well worth the affordable price of $5. It's probably the best RIS I've had to date and maybe my all time favorite beer. Score another one for Great Divide!

Side note: I had the Oak Aged Yeti and it, too, was equally fantastic. As expected, it was a little softer and smoother, with nice hints of oak and vanilla. I actually liked the regular Yeti more simply for it's assertiveness and personality though.

JEdmund, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of blackjack000
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Preface: This beer struck me seriously. It was honestly delicious and impressive. I'm a serious spendthrift, and if quality beers came in two-ounces bottles, I would be rating a two-ounce bottle. It was hard for me to reach for this twenty-two ouncer, since I was paying a premium for the size. But--hold on--by the time I finished this beer, I was hoping for twenty-two more ounces. It was delicious and filling like the most delicate cheesecake, with a beautiful, thick, and complex flavor that speaks of heartiness.

Appearance: Poured as a beautiful, thick, dark brown; almost glossy. A rich color, like the color of aged engine oil gushing out past the plug and coating your fingers. The beer pours out as a deep brown, like melted chocolate, hits the glass and shifts to ebony as it swirls to equilibrium. The head manifests as a creamy caramel froth, and retains to entice you to sip past it to taste the beer that hides beneath.

Smell: Scent of fresh, virgin, peeled-back maple bark. Hot caramel melts through, and drizzles on the scent of fresh-baked multi-grain bread as you impatiently open the oven door. I could barely wait to finish writing my impression of the smell before I sampled the taste.

Taste: Solid, textured, strong, full hops flavor--a full range. Usually when I have a beer of heavy hop magnitude, I get annoyed from a feel like a singular high note twanging against my taste buds, like I swallowed a mothball. This beer's pleasant and full hop flavor blankets me like a deep chord resonating against my taste buds. The hops are balanced well, with a taste of freshly ground coffee beans complementing.

Mouthfeel: The beer holds a good weight in the mouth, like a hearty and warm whole grain thick-sliced piece of bread fresh from the toaster, somehow in liquid form.

Drinkability: This beer was filling and warming. The Imperial and thick alcohol personality nature of this twenty-two ouncer hit me well and left me pleasant. Two of these bottles would definitely disqualify one from complex tasks, but leave a person entirely content with the experience that has just transpired.

blackjack000, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of Pencible
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured with slightly darker and thinner head than the Old Rasputin. It had the scent of malt and coffee, and a bit of alcohol, but not too much chocolate. The flavor matched the scent with malt and coffee up front, followed by a hops and alcohol finish. It had a heavy and smooth texture, again as expected. I would describe this overall as a powerful beer, good for sipping but not outstanding.

Pencible, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of SammyB
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Awesome, pitch black with a carmel/coffee colored head that sticks around.

S - Sweet, dark roasted coffee and a little bit of burnt sugar

T - Big flavor! Malt of chocolate and a lot of roast flavors coming through. Alcohol deff peaks its head out. The malt is complemented with the hops which add to the complexity. Almost a licorice flavor that sticks with ya for a while.

M - Sticky with a little carbonation in mouth

D - some imperial stouts scare me or i enjoy the taste but they drink like straight booze this is drinkable. complex flavors and a sweetness all balanced

I enjoyed this beer very much

SammyB, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of FleeVT
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber with no date into a nonic.

A: Syrupy black with no light penetration through the glass capped with a light brown fluffy head thick head that could hold a quarter up.

S: Sweet smelling, almost like Bailey's Irish cream. A refreshing chocolate milk mixed with maple syrup and a heavy dose of alcohol.

T: The palate is sweet to start, with chocolate and caramel characteristics; then comes the espresso, lots of it. It literally coats your tongue. You finally get the alcohol kick in the back of the throat. Bitterness is present in the form of hops towards the end, as well.

M: Thick and syrupy, with medium to heavy carbonation. This is not a beer for wusses.

D: 1 bomber is more than enough for a sitting.

Great beer from the Divide.

FleeVT, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of joezak5
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the world famous Oak Tree Buy Rite in South Plainfield, NJ. I forget what I paid. Bottled in Jan2006.

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; black as night, excellent coffee colored head that reached the top and had good retention. The lacing is beautiful.

Smell: Sugary, sweet, caramel with a little spice in the background. The coffee is there with some roastiness as well. The alcohol does sneak through. Very complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low carbonation, chewy and creamy.

Taste: I just realized how aged this beer is. It's matured very nicely. Sweet malty toffee and caramel. This is like a dark barley wine. The roastiness isn't there like I'd expect. The finishing exhale has an excellent spicy hops that again I wouldn't expect.

Drinkability: Very smooth and complex, something to savor and ponder slowly.

joezak5, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of Ehouse
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brutally dark and intense stout. Flavors of coffee and bittersweet chocolate entice the back of your tongue whilst the bitterness of hops sweep across your pallet and stick to your taste buds. I felt that the hops dominated the flavor profile a wee much.

Ehouse, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled January 2008. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours very dark brown/black with an inch and a half frothy brown head. Head retention and lacing is excellent. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee and dark/bittersweet chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's licorice noticable and also a lot of citrusy and pine hops in the finish. The hoppiness overpowers the roasted malt character of the beer somewhat. It's still good, but I prefer more malt than hops in my stouts. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's viscous, creamy and smooth. Drinkability is good too, it is pretty easy to drink. I think it's a good stout, but I prefer the oak aged version. I'll age a couple bottles of this and see if it improves with time.

bluejacket74, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of drseamus
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Great pitch black body with a healthy dark mocha colored head. Just like it should be.

S: A bunch of chocolate, roast, and coffee. The ABV is fairly evident in the aroma.

T: Coffee, chocolate, coffee, and chocolate. Double of each.

M: Nice and thick with good creaminess. The ABV is apparent though.

D: I think its better than the Oak Aged version.

drseamus, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: An inky, coal-black, and downright evil looking pour. Looks very oily after the beautiful cascade shows off for a little while. A pillowy/puffy dark mocha-colored head forms and leaves droopy sheets of lace as it recedes.

S: Strong nose of sweet & spicy plums, rum soaked raisins, roasted malt, molassas, dark chocolate, espresso, milk chocolate, and cocoa. Awesome!

T: See above. Starts with sweet dark fruit and chocolate chip bread pudding. Then come all the chocolates. Then come the fresh green hops. Woven in amongst all of this are brown sugar/molassas and sweet and tangy fruit.

M: Thick and coating. The sweet fruit and spicy/peppery hops stick to everything. This starts sweet, fruity, and creamy and eventually finishes with a coffee-like bitterness.

D: This has got to be one of the easiest drinking RIS's out there! Dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, and hops blended together so expertly, totally complimenting each other. And it's a year-rounder! There should be one of these in your beer fridge at all times.

GbVDave, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of Norsebrew
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed a bomber of this brew.

A- Jet black color with a 3+ brown head that was retained for a good long time.

S-Sweet dark malts and chocolate with undertones of licorice and carmel. Very appealing!

T- Well balanced sweet malty flavor with a mixture of chocolate, molasses, coffee, carmel, toffee, locorice, and alcohol. There was also a subtle hoppy taste.

M-heavy but very smooth and warm.

D-Very drinkable imperial stout that has amazing aroma and a balanced flavor.

Norsebrew, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of atsprings
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served a deep opaque black with a creamy tan head that was slow to diminish and left great lacing. The aroma was roasted malts and coffee with some cocoa. The taste was espresso and roasted malts, great complexity. The beer is medium bodied and smooth with warming alcohol. This one was very enjoyable.

atsprings, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of IPAcraig
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,195 ratings.