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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,385 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,385
Reviews: 1,637
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 213
Gots: 560 | FT: 18
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 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
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On the pour, this was a clear, dark brown beer with a very thin layer of head. Sampled at Julio's, so it was only a 4 ounce sample, not a lot of room for pouring a big head.

Aroma was mostly dark, roasted malts. Some dark bread crusts, faint-but-not-quite whispers of coffee.

Taste was all about roast. Roasted dark malts, with a long finish. No coffee on the tongue with this one.

Mouthfeel was smooth, rich and full. Very good.

Drinkability... where the hell was the alcohol? Deceptively hidden, to be sure. A great drinking beer. but keep watch of how much you consume.

connecticutpoet, May 06, 2009
Photo of BDLbrewster
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick and opaque black, like opening a can of oil. Smell is full of rich coffee with some vanilla extract and smokey wood. Full-bodied and heavy in the mouth throughout the tasting. Roasted caramel malt flavor is present up front along with flavors of baking chocolate followed by a little smoke and bitter grapefruity hops, leaving a rather dry finish. The high alcohol level is very well hidden. Drinkability is fair, I would be good after probably two. Good stuff.

BDLbrewster, May 06, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 24oz brown pop-top with typical GD-style label

Appearance: PITCH black beer with a dark mocha cap with decent retention; this is utterly opaque

Smell: Sweet, super dark grainy huskiness with just a touch of earthy hops.

Taste: Beautiful dark burnt roasted malt, mild caramel, and a nice bit of citrus hops in the background; this has a nice, pleasantly sharp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy bodied

Drinkability: Kind of scarily high

Conclusion: This is a great beer, much better (IMHO) than their Oak Aged Yeti (I truly hated that beer)...this is wonderfully balanced, but packs a punch as well.

BedetheVenerable, May 03, 2009
Photo of brow1901
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh man this may be a new favorite beer, if it wasn't so expensive I'd drink a bomber every day! This is soo good. I never really liked imp stouts but this has opened my eyes.

A- Pitch black, no light shines though. Big head for a beer like this, the head is pretty fluffy too. Nice retention and beautiful lacing.

S- Smells much more like hops than normal Imp stouts. Faint alcohol, lots of roasted malts and coffee. As it warms it just gets so much better too.

T- Sweet caramel hits the mouth to begin. Moves to roasted dark malt, then coffee. Finally a faint hint of chocolate. The hop bitter comes as the beer slides down the throat. It's amazing.

M- Slick but not syrup. Nice dry finish, no alcohol burn.

D- Very drinkable huge beer. Hardly notice the 9.5 abv. And like I said to begin with, the beer is so good. I highly recommend everyone seeks this out.

brow1901, May 03, 2009
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up a month or two back because I heard so many good things about this. Usually, if you've had one beer of a style, you've pretty much had them all but in this instance, that is certainly not the case! This is a strong RIS, make no mistake, but it's pretty smooth and as many, many other reviewers have said on here, this is the "chewiest" beer of it's kind out there. How is it possible that a beer can be thick and go down easily? I guess that's the mystery behnid the Yeti!

All kidding aside, this had a nice pour to it. It looked like dark milk chocolate with enough head to nearly overflow out of my pint glass and somewhat decent lacing to go with it. The taste...very hard to describe. Roasted notes, toffee, chocolate, with a lot of caramel, peat moss, and burnt notes in the back. There's a lot of depth to this and quite a kick of alcohol in the mouthfeel but nothing ever feels overwhelming. Somehow, everything works well together here and unlike most stouts, I can see myself drinking this during this time of the year.

I think I'm used to RIS's having that dark "motor-oil"-like attribute to them and resembling fermented dark chocolate. That's not the case here. Yes, this has a lot of alcohol and it's bold but a beer with 9.50% ABV isn't bad when there are lots of flavors and a solid backbone to tie them together. Not the best beer I've had but one that certainly lived up to the hype and well worth going out of the way for.

JerzDevl2000, May 02, 2009
Photo of dogfishandi
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber at cellar temp poured into pint glass. pours completely opaque black with a wonderful mocha colored extremely creamy head. very delicious looking head. great head retention. amazing sticky lace that seems to nearly cover the whole inside of the glass. beautiful appearence.

in the aroma you can tell this is definately a RIS. solvent like alcohol with roasted malts, dark dark chocolate, maybe some anise, toffee, and a small hop aroma is present.

big complex flavors. roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, anise, lots of citrus hops, finishs with big alcohol with a sweet hop bitterness, from the malts.

big heavy body. chewy, meaty mouthfeel, almost sticky. about as drinkable as any big RIS. i enjoyed this one very much and look forward to trying some of the other versions of this. not for the beginer beer drinker, but if stout are your thing, a must have.

dogfishandi, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of mjl21
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle purchased at Central Market in Fort Worth, TX. Poured into a snifter. Bottled on date is a little blurry, but it appears to be 12/2/08. Comes in at 9.5%. The bottle I drank has the new artwork.

A-Pours black with a one and a half finger sandy head that goes fiarly quickly to a bubbly half finger head.

S-Sweet caramel malts hit first. Minor hop notes are detectable. There is also some roasted malt coming through. As it warms vanilla comes out. The smell is not overly powerful but as all the different notes hit my nose, you know this one is going to be big.

T-A blast of citrus hops and roast malt assault my palate at once. You would never guess how hoppy this is based on the nose. The citrus hops keep coming and are followed by some caramel sweetness and a nice level of bitterness. Dark chocolate can be tasted all through the back of my mouth. The vanilla notes come through as it warms.

M-Medium to full bodied. It is very rich and creamy. Not surprisingly it is thicker when cooler and lighter as it warms.

D-A great sipper. The 9.5% is well hidden and the citrus hops make this a great one to drink.

One of my favorites to pick up when visiting Texas. Love all of the citrus hops. Makes me want to go down into the cellar and crack open the oak aged Yeti.

mjl21, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of grayburn
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

She pours the muddiest dirtiest grittiest (screw commas) color I've seen. The head is a chocolate milkshake of delight that leaves some lacy catacombs everywhere it looks. The retention is excellent. Perfect.

The smell and taste will group together with this beer, as they really intertwine to create something better than the lone ingredients. Starts bitter and toffee-like, to be rounded out by some caramelly smoothness, very nice. There is some definite hop bitterness to balance everything out.

The mouthfeel is nice, per style it is huge and creamy, excellent silky smoothness.

For an imperial stout, I could drink this all day long...very impressive. I cannot believe how well this beer melds together, it has restored my interest in the style.

grayburn, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of bsp77
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Seems to be black (although it may just be an exceedingly dark brown), opaque, cappuccino head that subsides but leaves lacing. Can easily recreate a small head with a quick swirl.

Smell: Chocolate, dark fruit, sweet caramel, some roasted malts, a trace of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet chocolate, burnt malts, some coffee, a lot more bitter than the smell indicated (but not as bitter as Storm King).

Feel: Warming, thick and chewy. It doesn't get any smoother.

Drinkability: About as drinkable as a Russian Imperial Stout can be. I could keep sipping this until I die.

I need to try the Oak Aged Yeti now!

bsp77, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of jacobseyb
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A=Deep dark brown, black with golden brown head that took a vigorous pour to two fingers

S=Caramel, coffee, chocolate malts and alcohol

T=Roasted malts that bring flavors of chocolate, coffee, and caramels, some bitterness follows on aftertaste.

M=Thick, oily, good carbonation

D=Good, given the style, sweetness and thickness don't lend to sessionability.

jacobseyb, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of Larrytown
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with two fingers of foamy brown head. The first thing to hit the nose is the chocolate, but the roasted malt is short behind.

This is a delicious beer. Like with the nose, the chocolate is up front, but there's more going on here. Really a beer to savor. By the end of the bottle the sweetness is getting to be a bit more than I'd like, but that's nitpicking.

Delicious beer that goes down much easier than you'd think at that ABV.

Larrytown, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of mullenite
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz from March 08 (1yr 1mo old)

Pours a thick opaque black with a 1 finger cappuccino colored head which fades to a cap and leaves a thick solid lace on the glass.

Aromas of caramel/toffee, roasted malts and sweet alcohol are present and hold equal ground. Very light scent of dark chocolate lingers in the background but doesn't contribute too much.

Roasted malts stand out the most in the taste, some slight caramel sweetness and a little bit of the alcohol flavor come through as well. Finish is primarily of coffee beans and is very long. The flavors seem to clash a little at first but find their place and separate later on.

Mouthfeel is moderately heavy with nice carbonation.

Overall pretty easy to drink, the long finish keeps me from going back for more too quickly but only because the taste on the palate is so pleasant.

mullenite, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of cavedave
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This elixir pours reluctantly into my tulip. It is a thick and alive deepest brown, opaque, with a thin brown head of thick determined foam atop.

The smell is stupefyingly rich and complex. To use the usual catchphrases and categories for describing this seem inadequate. I shall say only that fireworks of joy erupt in my nose, it is temptingly sweet and aromatic beyond reason.

The taste, ummm, what a wonder of darkest coffee, chocolate, fierce herbosity, deep burnt caramel, balanced so that each sip features a different lineup in creating a taste masterpiece. Words again fail me to adequately describe exactly how delicious this dank brew is. As this last sip fades I am craving madly the next.

The feel in the mouth is fantastic. Yeti has infiltrated past the touch capsules of my tongue, and has extended nerveways of deliciosity and delight straight into the flavor section of my brain. Believe me this description is more accurate of the mouthfeel than any analogy I could use.

Drinkability is extremely dangerous for a brew of this power. I warn against the amazing drinkability of this luscious stout.

cavedave, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of Ragingbull
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with a foamy brown head. There is some prickle but you can't really see it because the beer is so dark. Strong and rich malty nose. The attack and the mouthfeel are both creamy and extremely pleasant. The beer explodes with hoppiness at the finish and in the aftertaste. The creamy texture is incredible and it would give any beer a run for its money for the "best mouthfeel." This beer was so good I went back to the store and bought more while I knew it would still be in stock. The hoppiness of this stout is definitely enough to make it stand out amongst its peers, but when you add in that texture and mouthfeel. . . great!

Ragingbull, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of kbeals
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out very syrupy, jet black in color. About two fingers of brown sugar colored head top it, excellent lacing and head retention. Smells are of roasted coffee, caramel malts, toffee and even a hint of hops. Pretty well balanced smell and taste. Plenty of roasted flavors right off the bat followed by a bit of toffee-like sweetness finished off with a slight bite of bitterness from the hops. Not much alcohol is detected surprisingly, given that it's 9.5%. The beer goes down very smooth with little carbonation, not quite a chewy mouthfeel like other IS's I've had, but very thick nonetheless. I kept wanting to drink more of this beer but one or two would probably do it for me.

kbeals, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of JMBSH
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black with a brown, thick head from the hard pour. The head sticks around for quite some time. After it finally shrinks, a good amount of thich lacing is left on the sides of the glass.

S - Strong coffee like tones. Burnt malts.

T - Rich and thick tasting. Very dark chocolate.Strong bitter hop aftertaste. Some smokey like notes also. Very smooth.

M - Smooth and easy to drink. The hop bite is great but nicely balanced with the malts.

D - Very easy to drink. While you can take your time to savor it, you feel that afterwards you can have another. It is big on flavor but doesn't feel heavy. Excellent.

JMBSH, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Why has it taken me so long to review this beer?! It's always been one of my favorites and the recent incarnation in my glass is as good as ever.

A: Near pitch black with just the slightest bit of light making its way through. Creamy, cocoa-like light brown head. Nice mix of large an ultra small bubbles. Great carbonation.

S: Ahhh!! Love the smell of this beer. Light chocolate, cocoa, Ovaltine, some bright citrusy/piney hops.

T: Exceptional! Sweet milk chocolate, cocoa, malted milk balls, muscavado sugar, stewed prunes, hops are less pronounced then in the smell, but still a grassy pine taste can be found in the glorious aftertaste.

M: So damn creamy and cocoa-like (I know I've used cocoa four times in this review, but hey, a spades a spade!) Solid viscosity but not too thick - exemplary for an imperial stout.

D: I love this beer, but it can become too much after 15 ounces or so.

Overall a great beer and one of the many reasons why Great Divide is such a solid brewery.

Rochefort10nh, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of matty
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black colored beer with a rich ,thick creamy head.Aroma is chocolate.Taste is roasted malts,cocoa,chocolate,sweet cream and alcohol on the back end.One of the best beers I've had in years.A no brainer that I will purchase again.If your a stout fan you're missing something great.

matty, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of bytor
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark obsidian black almost no light here

S- Coffee oak slight chocolate

T- Awesome malty choco coffee goodness with a hoppy bite at the back of your tongue.

M- Thick.. almost like you'd expect motor oil to feel like. much staying power

An excellent beer that I'll look for again. I love the fact that the bitterness clings to the back of your tongue. A very well done beer indeed. Now I see why it made this month's issue of BA.

bytor, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of mirish72
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer never fails to impress me. I love everything about it. It pours jet black, with a beautiful chocolate head. It smells of malty goodness and it tastes exactly like it should. It is very rich in taste and more chocolately than bitter. I think it is one of the best Imperial Stouts I have tasted so far. Just wish they sold it in a six pack, I hate 4 packs.

mirish72, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of markaberrant
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - opaque, dark tan head, very creamy and fluffy, leaves a thick coat of lace down the sides of my snifter

S - sweet citrus hops, creamy chocolate, mild roast, light malty sweetness, clean

T - great mix of chocolatey malt and some citrus hops, caramel and toffee undertones with a balancing sweetness, finish is bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, and delicious hop bitterness

M - full body, viscous, chewy, mild carbonation is very creamy, finish is dry without being astringent, alcohol has almost no character

D - there is a ton of great flavour crammed into this beer, yet it manages to stay quite drinkable

It's been over a year since I had a sample of the Oak Aged Yeti at a tasting, and I have been craving it ever since. I was disappointed when I couldn't find it in Dallas, but I "settled" for the "plain" Yeti. There aint a damn thing wrong with this version, and there is a whole lot that is right. I love that the hops stay the hell out of the way in the flavour dept, preferring to make their presence felt in the aroma and finish, yet still integrating with the roasted malt. A couple hoppy imperial stouts I have tried seem to tone down the roast too much, which makes me think I'm drinking an Imperial Porter moreso than an Imperial Stout, but this mistake has not been repeated in the Yeti. The size and body of this beer are a perfect match, as are the hops and malt; all are quite big, yet not overdone, and perfectly intergrated. This beer is every bit as good as I remember the Oaked version was. Superb!

markaberrant, Mar 26, 2009
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,385 ratings.