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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,979 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,979
Reviews: 1,603
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 184
Gots: 430 | FT: 15
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 MuenchenerKindl


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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a large steamed glass. The liquid is a dark brown to black, with good carbonation. The is slight about one fat finger, but dark brown and quite inviting. A little lace present.

The smell is roasty & toasty almost burnt.

The taste follows the nose, Dark roasty malts, burnt toast flavor, Some coffee notes and hint of dark chocolate. This beer is excellent one of the smoothest, creamiest, easy drinkable brews of this style I have had. This is well balanced with a great Hopy finish that covers a huge alcohol presents.

The Mouthfeel is very good, nice full body, good carbonation, very smooth, creamy, velvety liquid passing through. What a winner!

The drinkability is great, no defects in this robust RIS offering. A huge and magnificent brew. Prosit und Zum Wohl! MK

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2006 18:57:20 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of foureyedgeek


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

Two part review, sort of, since I opened a bomber of this last night, poured half and then ended up closing up the 2nd half until this afternoon.

Upon pouring, there seems to be little effect obvious from the overnight delay on the 2nd half of the bottle, so my half-assed, wrap&seal seems to have worked. Still plenty of carbonation, leading to one of the most layered pillowy heads I've seen. Its all dark, from the black-brown of the beer to the creamy dark tan of the 2 inch head.

Smell is very aromatic, the huge head adding to that aesthetic. Hops, chocolate and dark, dark malts.

Tastes just like it smells and thats not a bad thing at all. Mouthfeel is spot on as well for the style, thick and creamy with just a touch of stickiness.

The high ABV is hidden well, making for a very drinkable beer that could possibly lead to trouble if you have a few. Great beer that's making me reallly look forward to the oak aged Yeti I have on storage.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 18:31:15 | More by foureyedgeek
Photo of Suds


4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This brew is completely black, with essentially no light penetration at all. The head is thick, dense, and intricate, leaving a very agreeable lace. Nice smell: chocolate and coffee, highly roasted grain, a bit of roasted malt, and a hint of dark and meaty fruit. Chocolate malt is maybe the preeminent characteristic. There’s a creeping background of alcohol as well, becoming notably present as the beer warms. Nice flavor. Lots of roastiness and bitterness. Heavy, thick, full, creamy, and strong. More bitterness than many beers, which fits the flavor perfectly. This is an extremely satisfying and very luxurious stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 20:35:39 | More by Suds
Photo of tattooedtolley


4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Blackass pour with a huge head that decided not to stick around long, to no real surprise.

Smell: Big roasted malt aroma with some hops peeking through. Some toffee/coffee aroma as well.

Taste: I dig the bitterness of this RIS, the hops do a great job of toning down what could have been a too sweet for me beer. Great roasted malt flavor with some notes of dark chocolate a touch of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer.

Drinkability: Nice slow sipper and a great tasting RIS. I won't hesitate to buy this one over and over again.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 20:23:09 | More by tattooedtolley
Photo of rayjay


4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle. Purchased in Oregon, not available in CA. Pours motor oil black with a big creamy head. Sweet, rich, dark as hell with a creamy nitro texture. Aftertaste lasts forever, full of rich roasted malts and some bitter hops along for the ride. Really drinkable, quite a fine example of the style. Loads of extreme flavors are totally working together to make one fine sipping beer. This would age great. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 02:22:54 | More by rayjay
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

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

1 Pt 6 Fl oz > oversize wine goblet.

Pours a near black (or extremely DARK brown) Massive frothy, medium-brown head is lively and thick. Very thick and sticky lacing remains.

Nose: Sweet malt, caramel, leafy hop, cappachino.

Taste: Roasty!! and bitter malt taste at first, Turns to a sweet caramel and molases flavor then a very bitter-leafy, grassy hop taste. The alcohol content is pretty In-your-face and strong.

Feels very thick like light syrup. smooth!! this is a classic full-heavy body RIS. Heavy and rubbery on the palate.

DA: 9.5% ABV and you can really taste the alcohol! This one is wcked tasty and heady but beware...the ABV!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 03:36:02 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of Wasatch


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

A - Pours a black color, nice carbonation, nice dark tan foamy head, nice lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of sweet/roasted malts, and toffee.

T - The taste is kinda sweet and bitter, with a nice toffee flavor.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. This is an exceptional RIS from GD.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 23:56:26 | More by Wasatch
Photo of BeerSox


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1pt 6fl oz bottle into a brandy snifter.

Pours crude dark black with a dense frothy dark tan head, however I am a little dissapointed with the retention. Settles to a dark brown rim with doily-esque lacing.

Bitter roasted flavors balanced by scents fo sweet dried fruit. Light dusty hints of cedar. Warming alcohol notes in the background. Overall a sweet smelling brew.

Strong bitter roasted malt flavors in the front give way to considerable hoppiness. Smooth alcohol tastes with every sip. Mild fruit flavors to compliment the aromas.

Very full bodied with a chewy feel Light carbonation with a dry and pleasing finish.

Very well rounded beer. Strong alcohol that doesn't mask the flavors. Great Divide makes a fine example of a Russian Imperial Stout. Be sure to introduce this one to your friends.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 03:29:41 | More by BeerSox
Photo of Naerhu


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

a - Pitch black with micro fin brown body.
s - Smell was absolutley dominated by, however, there were very pleasant hoppy notes that I just couldnt put my finger.
t - ROASTY. charred malts, nuts, no fruit. Extremely long lasting bitterness.
m - Big bodied beer. Smooth, slick.
d - Very nice, but a little hot and heavy for summer drinking.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 02:04:26 | More by Naerhu
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black stout with a medium off-white foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and vanilla is very enjoyable. Taste start with some bitterness from the roasted malt and hops but then fades away to leave a strong vanilla finish. Body is about medium full and could have been fuller and alcohol is well hidden. A bit more sweet then the oak-aged version but as enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 16:09:45 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of AltBock


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber bottle with just a plain simple blue label with a picture of one of the snow covered tops of the Himalayas or it could be the Rocky Mountains because Great Divide is from Denver. It doesn't matter because on the right side of the mountain on the label is a shadowy figure which could be the famous Yeti. That's why I thought the mountain on the label was the Himalayas because that's where the Yeti lives. On the left of the picture is a nice sized paragraph of information about the beer and on the right is all the usual information, like Govt. Warning and Redemption Value. It's another bottle where you don't bother to look for a date because there isn't one anywhere. I like their slogan under the info of beer, "Great Minds Drink Alike."

Appearance: I thought this beer would look great in my Samuel Smith Imperial pint glass and let me tell you that it didn't disappoint. The beer was a solid ink black color. No light could penetrate the color of this beer because it so black. It had a half an inch of head of foam that was mocha colored. It had good retention leaving behind some mocha rings and a minimal amount of mocha colored lace around the glass. Very nice coloring.

Smell: The aroma was just filled with dark roasted malts, sweet caramel, dark chocolate, roasted nuts, splash of dark fruits, and all of this ended with the slight sweet smell of bitter hops. As you can tell the aroma was very dark like its color.

Taste: To me it tasted almost exactly like it smelled, by having the taste filled with sweet dark chocolate, sweet caramel, dark roasted malts, roasted nuts, hint of dark fruits, some alcohol, and all of this ended with the taste of strong bitter hops. Very hoppy finish. Great Divide wasn't lying when they say that "it's an onslaught of the senses."

Mouthfeel: Thick, Thick, Thick, and did I mention Thick? I would also have to say that it's full bodied and chewy too. There was also the aftertaste of bitter hops and just the slightest taste of sweet caramel. This beer doesn't bother to hide it's alcohol content.

Drinkability: Like the Yeti, this beer is a monster and I mean that in a good way. This beer is very flavorful with almost every dark flavor out there. A must try RIS that's widely available. I'm glad I got to try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 19:17:27 | More by AltBock
Photo of hunteraw


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

Appearance: Absolutely opaque, darkest head I think I've ever seen. Pretty big head,

Smell: Some dark fruits, definitely. Raisin and fig characteristics are evident, along with some hops in the background.

Taste: Bitterness is a lot more assertive than I'd expected, and maybe even more than I might have prefered. Dark chocolate and dark fruits as well. Quite an intense beer. Alcohol is fairly present.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Fairly light in the way of carbonation, but in a way that seems fitting for the style.

Drinkability: This wasn't a favorite when I shared it with the neighbors - "too bitter!" went the refrain. I liked it, but that said I drank it slowly, and probably a little bit more than I would have prefered. "Intense" is the word.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 02:31:52 | More by hunteraw
Photo of watermelonman


4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured to a very dark and black color with a thin head that lasted well. It's leaving a fair amount of lace.

The smell is very good, with tons of roasted malt and a soft hop flavor with some wood and alcohol. The taste is rich and creamy, with more roasted malt joining chocolate up front, and big hops clearing out the finish. The mouthfeel is somewhat light but still nice, and drinkability is good.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 22:41:36 | More by watermelonman
Photo of SacoDeToro


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

The beer poured a deep translucent black with a dense chocolate-colored head that quickly diminished into a nice brown lace.

The aroma was that of intense roasted malts and floral hops. The alcohol was there in the nose and helped carry the scent of the beer through the nose.

The flavor of the beer was intensely malty with a dominating roastiness that wasn't too harsh or astringent. The hops were there in reasonable force, but definitely followed the roasted malts. The beer was on the drier side for an American-style RIS and not quite as malty sweet as, say, North Coast's Rasputin. There were some mild fruity notes in the background.

The mounthfeel was chewy and the carbonation was perfect.

Ever since having a Titan IPA a few years ago, I continue to be impressed with Great Divide's lineup of beers. They are always consistently good and as the years go by, increasingly more available. The Yeti RIS is excellent and ranks and the top of the American-style Russian imperial stouts. Of course, if you can get a hold of the oaked Yeti, that's even more of a treat.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 13:55:53 | More by SacoDeToro
Photo of hanco005


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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A—pours solid black with a massive 2 inch foamy head that is light tan on top and darker tan on the bottom, the head is going nowhere fast and thick lacing is produced

S—chocolate, some soy and licorice, some dark fruits, and alcohol come out as it warms

T—strong and bold, chocolate and alcohol dominate this one, some bitter mocha notes, a light soy after taste as well. It’s very good and gets better as it warms

M—thick and smooth, full bodied, great carbonation

D—a sipper for the colder months I think, It’s very good and I will return to this again in the winter.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 18:03:20 | More by hanco005
Photo of DaveFL1976


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

A black, black body that sucks in all the light near it. Topped with a frothy tan head that settles down to a thinnish head but clings to the side of my Westvleteren glass. It’s a really fine looking stout. Really fine.
Smell is coffee, cocoa, a bit of roastyness. Not much alcohol, and not a whole lot of complexity other than that, but nice.
Taste is full, bold coffee and cocoa. A really smooth overall taste with a pleasant, clean aftertaste. Not much alcohol in the taste, either. It’s hidden behind walls of malty goodness. Mouthfeel is also big and full. But low carbonation helps it go down smooth. It’s hard to find fault in this brew. Perhaps the only downside is the bigness and chewyness of this beer and the fact that its 9.5% will kick you in the ass.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 01:18:38 | More by DaveFL1976
Photo of mjc410


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

The pour from the bomber is like turbo-diesel motor oil. Forms a slight dark tan head that falls to a short ring. Forms opaque, sudsy lacing.

Smells of thick, old coffee, pac nw hops, toffee, caramel, and cocoa. Comes together very nicely.

First taste is of alcohol, then rolls to hops, burnt caramel, ending with a toffee/chocolate combination.

The mouth is not quite as thick as I thought, has low carbonation, very smooth and warming.

This is a fun beer, but very heavy-handed.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 14:31:12 | More by mjc410
Photo of MDekker


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

Poured motor oil black from a big ol' 22oz bottle. Not much medium brown head with some lacing as it went down. The aroma was what I call the typical "dark roasted stout smell" along with alcohol. I wanted to find more but couldn't. The taste was similar, but I detected notes of bourbon and dark chocolate. The high alcohol was notable but not overpowering. Overall, it felt creamy, had a somewhat lingering bitter aftertaste, and went down relatively easy. There are other stouts that I like better, but this was a good one.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2006 01:08:34 | More by MDekker
Photo of EPICAC


4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I've heard good things about Great Divide's beers, but I've never tried one. Downtown Wine & Spirits has a pretty good selection of their beers, so I decided to pick one up. I let this warm to around 50º and served it in one of my New Belgium glasses.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with slight ruby tints against the light. It's topped by a thick, dark, brown head that fades to a persistent layer that leaves heavy lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is predominantly roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. There are hints of fruit and hops.

Taste: The flavors are very rich. Dominant roasted malt flavors: chocolate and coffee. There are also sweet dark fruit flavors. The finish is roasted and hoppy bitterness, with a warming alcoholic spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Rich, full-bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: The alcohol is strong and evident, but is balanced well by the rich flavors.

Overall: Rich, bold and strong, but incredibly mellow and smooth in some respects. The flavors blend very well creating a nice balance.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 04:23:04 | More by EPICAC
Photo of kirok1999


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

A- Black as night with a nice brown head.

S- Sweet coffee and malty toffee. Some complex fruit, cherries, raisins.

T- Super smooth, heavy sweet chocolate and smoke. Wonderful malts and a strong hop balance. Sweet fruit and toffee come through in the finish.

M- Thick as hell, smooth and creamy.

D- Absolutely love this one. Wish we had it in our top 10 tasting recently. So creamy and smooth it is hugely drinkable. I'll have a few more!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 00:44:26 | More by kirok1999
Photo of akorsak


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

This is a bomber of Yeti (non-oak aged). Heretofore I've only had the oak-aged version, so I am anxious to dig in. The stout is slightly chilled.

A: The stout is pitch black, nothing is getting through this baby. There is a very nice head that laces quite well.

S: The stout has a bit of coffee in the nose, providing a nice kick. There are several big smells at play here: deep roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, even some buttery aroma.

T: The hops provide a vibrant change of pace in this beer. The oak aged version masks the hops a bit, here they are allowed to roam free. They grab the taste buds up front and shake 'em up a bit before giving way to the roasted character.

M: The ale is robust and intense with quite an assault on the palate.

D: This ale is quite good, I much prefer it to the oak-aged version. A very good West Coast hopped stout, although the abv is limiting.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 23:15:05 | More by akorsak
Photo of Brian700


4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark black with a brown head that doesn't really leave any lacing but hangs around for a while.

The aroma is mostly of coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate, and mild hops.

The flavor is chocolate, caramel, coffee, burnt malt, and a bitterness that leads me to believe there is a decent amount of hops in there. (after reading the bottle it looks like there are 75 IBU's) Some of the bitterness could be attributed the black patent, and ??coffee?? maybe.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a pretty drinkable beer and is damn delicious. I like this way better than the oaked version. This is a good example in the theory that not every beer needs to be oak aged. This is definately worth picking up if you see it...actually its worth trying to find someone to send it to you in a trade. The effort will pay off once its in your glass.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 03:42:30 | More by Brian700
Photo of riversider76

New York

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

Pours almost black. Very thin tan head. Not much retention, but very nice lacing. Smell is strangely wine like, with a bit of roasted malt. Body is medium, with not much carbionation. Taste is again wine like,with roasted coffee, malt, nut, very complex, but...WOW. You must try this beer! Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 18:58:48 | More by riversider76
Photo of dancinwillie


3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one into a pint glass.
Not much of a head, dissipates to just covering the beer within seconds. Color isn't quite jet black, but rather a sooty, thick black. You can almost see the light coming through the fog.
Aroma promises dark fruits, foremost. Also picking up roasted malt, coffee, and maybe a hint of chocolate/cocoa to come.
The taste fufills the promise of the dark fruits. Vinous, or to be more understood, winelike. But still, the beer side of Yeti comes through in the burnt malt. The chocolate malt comes into play, but goes as quickly as it came. The flavor lingers on the very back of my tongue, and lasts until I take the next drink. A mild, and not overbearing taste of alcohol comes through on the finish.
Mouthfeel is rather nice, considering the lack of head, has adequate carbonation. Smooth, medium thick, and slightly chewy.
Overall, I like this beer for everything that it is, and I say the drinkability is good.
For anyone looking into this style, this is a great introduction to Russian Imperial Stouts.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 04:43:17 | More by dancinwillie
Photo of ddarden


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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. I am so glad Great Divide started bottling in smaller bottles. Nice light brown head that hangs on and slowly deflates into a rocky covering. Plenty of lace left on the sides of the glass.

The beer itself is jet black as an imperial stout should be. The initial smell is chocolate, dark roasted malt, coffee, and something sweet. No real alcohol present in the nose of this beer.

The first sip is chocolate and coffee upfront. The sweetness of the malt comes through in the middle and then ends with a nice combination of hop bitterness and alcohol warming. The alcohol is very present in the aftertaste but not in a terrible way.

This beer is very chewy and thick. It coats the tongue and the bitterness hangs with you for a while. The overall drinkability is good and it is one of my favorite RISs.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 03:00:04 | More by ddarden
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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