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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,154 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,154
Reviews: 1,619
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 193
Gots: 491 | 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)
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Photo of danielharper
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

A: Pours jet-fuel black with a thin but persistent dark khaki head. Leaves significant lacing on the glass.

S: Rich, heavily malted. Notes of coffee and chocolate. Perhaps cherries, way down deep? Slight hoppiness on the nose.

T: Those chocolate malts hit first, followed closely by the hops. Rich, bready. Slight notes of yeast with a touch of astringency on the finish. Finishes dry, leaves significant aftertaste. Very dry for an Imperial.

M: Thick, chewy. Carbonation heavy, and the hoppiness tickles the tongue. Doesn't really coat the palate the way the truly top-tier RIS's do, but still very fulfilling.

D: Overall a bit dry for my taste, but it's well-balanced and a nice example of the style. Highly recommended.

danielharper, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
4.25/5  rDev +1%

I must say the appearance to this was nearly perfect. Beautifully dark with a huge dark head and just unable to see through at all. Very sharp aromas, almost to the point of them being stingy, were sensed. These included sweet malts, barley, caramel and chocolate flavors. It had a bittersweet taste to it, explicit with its caramel and hop overtones. This one was smooth and creamy but surprisingly crisp too. Overall this was a pretty exceptional beer.

fitzy84, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%

22 oz. bomb into a mug. Wow. Deep and dark, almost black with nice frothy head. Chocolate caramel malt explodes on the nose. Burnt caramel malt coats the palate with just enough hops to even it out. Nice viscous feel to it. Could drink way more of this than one probably should.

IBUnit63, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of Gmann
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a pitch black color with an average brown head that dissipated into a slight ring around the glass. The smell is heavily roasted malt, chocolate, charcoal, and resiny hops. The taste is a blast of roasted malt and resiny hops; really attacks the palate. There are notes of dark chocolate and prunes as well. The feel is moderate with slightly fizzy carbonation, finishes quite bitter with an alcohol burn. Between the malt and the hops this is a bitter bomb.

Gmann, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of PBoegel
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

22 oz bomber into a tulip glass, pours midnight and thick with a big dark brown head, one and half inches thick and mousse like at first. The head breaks down a bit, but still retains some resinous lace during drinking.

The aromas of this beer are deep roast, espresso, coffee ice cream, mingled with a low pine hop scent. Follows with dark chocolates, chocolate oatmeal cookies. No overt or noticeable flaws, alcohol is very reserved.

The taste is equally deep and complex. Chewy, chocolate, cream, some american pine hop notes, the hops meld together with the malts to create the chewy and slick feel. Mocha coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and some burnt caramel. Esters are restrained and pleasant, no harsh grains or alcohol notes.

The mouthfeel is full bodied, thick, and palate inviting for a big tasty brew.

PBoegel, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of jobyone
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%

blind tasting of this and the oak aged. The beer pours wonderfully black with a nice tan head that lingered for the whole drink. The Aroma is of chocolate and strong roasted malt. The flavor (chocolate, coffee) just goes on and on. This is a big beer full of flavor and lots of bitterness. If not for the oak aged comparison I would have rated it higher.

jobyone, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of JDV
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%

Black bour with a thick rich, sticky caramel brown head that lasted the entire time. Thick creamy lacing. Smells delicious. Coffee, chocolate, roasty sweetness. Taste is rich, thick, and coats the entire tongue with a powdery bitterness, similar to bitter cocoa powder. Long lasting finish with a good mouthfeel. From the pour, look, and smell, I was very excited, and the flavor didn't let me down, either. The high alcohol content was hidden well in my opinion. A great imperial stout.

JDV, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of jmalex
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%

I needed something delicious to crack open to root on the Jaguars tonight, and sure enough when I opened the fridge, there was Yeti staring right back at me. Been saving this one since May, so this will be a special treat.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Duvel chalice pitch black. A one-finger tan head forms and takes a while to shrink down. When it does, it forms a hearty collar and almost full surface coating. Lacing comes in spotty points as I drink.

SMELL: It just the perfect balance of chocolate and roast coffee with a nice licorice accent and a neutral hop aroma for perfect balance. Not much more needs to be said. This is exactly what an imperial stout should smell like.

TASTE: Once again, this is really spot on. The taste mirrors the smell perfectly. It's hopped quite robustly with a piny and slightly citrus hop choice. Alcohol is almost indetectible except slightly on the finish. Brilliant.

MOUTHFEEL: Thick, chewy, and robust. And carbonation is low, but not too low.

DRINKABILITY: As I said, alcohol is nearly indetectible so a bomber is absolutely a single serving of this. Sure it's a huge imperial stout, but as far as they go, this drinks like one of the best.

Wow. It's been a while since I've had a Yeti, so I expected good things, but not like this. This is absolutely fantastic. If you ever need to explain to someone what a Russian Imperial Stout is, give them a Yeti.

jmalex, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of atrus138
4.38/5  rDev +4%

Had this on tap in a chalice at Sportstime Pizza. Deep black color with a monster chunky head that is a darker brown than most ales are. Serious lacing. Smell is a little faint, though still complex and sweet-smelling. Vanilla, chocolate, caramel. Taste is fantastic! A wonderful dessert unto itself. Sweet chocolate is met with burnt coffee, toffee, and vanilla. Huge malt presence, though well balanced by the hops (also huge). Mouthfeel is amazing - what all imperial stouts should try to achieve. Huge and creamy. It felt a lot like melted ice cream. Alcohol is pretty well hidden in the taste, but you can definitely feel it.

Notes: This is a HUGE beer. Not for rookies. I found it to be a lot less abrasive than the oaked version. Definitely a treat that I hope to have again and again.

atrus138, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%

Yeti pours impenetrable black. The head is good for an impy with good lace. The nose has more vanilla than the oaked version suprisingly. The taste is of vanilla, dark malt, and some slight fruit flavor. Nice subtle hop bitterness on the finish. Good kind of stoneish creamy flavor. Mouthfeel is a little bit thinner than i would like for an impy, but thick enough. drinkability is real high for an impy. Good brew, should age well.

AKBelgianBeast, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%

This one was bottled exactly one year ago.

A - Crude oil black with no trace of brown. Looks like obsidian. A big chunky two fingers of dark brown head stay put for some time and leave a lot of outstanding brown lace on the glass. This one looks thick and chewy!

S - Wow. Rich dark chocolate and espresso notes are equally matched by a shit-ton of oily and dank hops. This smells like a coffee/hash house in Amsterdam! Wet hay, baker's chocolate, herbal (you know what I mean) hops,

T - This is really impressing me with enormous quantity of hops in the mix! I taste sweet milk chocolate and dark bitter chocolate simultaneously, and those rich flavors are perfectly balanced with oily, dank, slightly piney hops with a touch of grapefruit. A gentle touch of mint is there too. Outstanding.

M - Thick, oily, and rich like chocolate cake with a good amount of heat from the alcohol. I like big warming beers that let you know they aren't a kiddie's soda pop, and this one has got that bourbon warming winter quality down pat.

D - Damn the ABV! I'd drink this all night...it would be an early night though. This is a great winter sipping beer. Just about the best stout I've ever had.

pmcadamis, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of bloberglawp
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%

I'm reviewing this one with my brother, for mouthfeel he said "wet". :D

Big thanks to jasonjlewis for this bottle!

Pours pitch black, dark murky frothy head, leaves lace nicely, big aroma of roast and a bit of hops! Flavor of very dark chocolate, roasted malt and coffee.

Exellent beer, scare your bud drinking brother in law and give him one for a wedding anniversary.

bloberglawp, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of bigdeuce
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%

This is one hell of a stout..WOW! Pours a craggy, tan head about 2 fingers. Smells of caramel, chocolate, vanilla, toffee..lots of scents. Pours also an opaque black color. Very heavy mouthfeel, very malty and chewy. Has some nice hop kickback, but the rich malt rounds it out beautifully. One of the best beers you can find in this country.

bigdeuce, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of billybob
4.8/5  rDev +14%

very impressive appearance in the glass. pours as dark as a black hole no light is allowed to pass though. three finger dark tan head that holds very well and sheets of lace with every sip.

aromas of burnt malt, coffee, dark molasses and some alcohol come through.

taste is complex, sweet up front, fruity, roasted/burnt malt, coffee, smokey, charcoal, with a pleasant bitterness from start to finish and it gets better as the beer warms a little.

very smooth mouthfeel and carbonation is ok.

only had one 12oz. to try so don't know if three or four or more would be to much but i would like to try.

billybob, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of champ103
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%

A: Pours a jet Black color with the consistency of motor oil. A huge rocky, creamy, tan head that sticks around. Does not leave a lot of lace though.
S: Some sweet malt with chocolate and toffee aromas. Maybe a little dark fruit. Tons of hops. A grapefruit bitterness lingers, and is at odds with the malty aromas. The nose is huge.
T: Follows the nose. Dark chocolate and toffee flavors. Again, tons of hops. It gets a bit harsh though as the beer warms.
M/D: This is such a creamy and rich beer. A truly exceptional coat of the mouth. As the beer warms, the bitterness and alcohol come through which makes this a little hard to drink. A sipping beer all the way.

This is an interesting beer. One of the most bitter stouts I think I have had. Interesting and worth a try. Though there are other stouts I will reach for first.

champ103, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of TheBierBand
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%

Well, here's another one that has to go into the "RIGHT UP THERE WITH THE BIG DOGS" category! Perhaps this one is just short of my favorites due to a predominant bitter taste.

I poured this monster into a pint glass to be instantly rewarded by a perfect 1-1/2" tan head over the darkest of ebonies.... no light was able to penetrate the Yeti. Nice stickage and head retention.

Smell: Pretty typical of a quality RIS.... lot's of chocolate, toffee and coffee.

Taste: Some initial sweeness from the dark roasted malt like dark chocolate mixed with a sweet toffee... but then the bitterness creeps in to give you a smokey, espresso coffee taste that prevails and lingers.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and rich as you'd expect. medium carbonation. Good mouth coating with a bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: just a little too bitter for my taste.... still a quality RIS.... I just favor the sweeter ones.

TheBierBand, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of PhxHorn
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours a dark dark brown with a tan head. Smells of licorice, chocolate and a bit of sweet coffee. Tastes as it smells, with just a bit too much coffee flavor for me. I thought Speedway was overwhelmed with coffee, and didn't care for it that much. This was much better, though a notch less coffee would have been preferred. Not a huge falw, though. Very drinkable, and could have had a second bottle if I'd had one. Recommended.

PhxHorn, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev -5%

Appearance: Opaque black, big chocolate colored head.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted notes.

Taste: Dark bitter chocolate, black coffee dominate at first, later tastes included some caramel.

Mouthfeel: Not too heavy.

Drinkability: Pretty strong but the alcohol was not noticeable until later.

A solid imperial stout, nice to see it in 12oz bottles though this tasting was from a 22oz. Quite tasty and not overwhelming like some stouts.

Mdog, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of budgood1
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%

pours out of the 22oz. bomber a ink black colour, with a monstrous coffee coloured head that has plenty of staying power. plenty of clinging, billowy lace. aromatic nose; ripe berries, piles of toffee and caramel malten notes with a nice citric hop presence. love the smell. the taste is heavenly balance of boozy spiciness, dark roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, nougat, yeast and a big northwest citric hop bite that just makes things almost perfect. full figured and well rounded body with a smooth, sticky and velvety mouthfeel that is just short of outstanding. finishes with a mix of warming alcohol and bitter hoppiness. drinkability rates are off the charts! while a great sipper, i find myself having to restrain myself from gulping this one too fast.

a great RIS. the perfect 1st beer for new years eve on a very cold northern minnesota night.

budgood1, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of baggio
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%

My 50th beer-review! What better way to celebrate than with an imperial stout :)

A: Dark with a thick, creamy, brown head that sticks to the glass.

S: Bitter coffee, hops, alcohol, chocolate/cocoa.

T: Heavily roasted malts, coffee, toffee, cream (like cream in coffee). The bitter aftertaste is really pleasant and kick-ass at the same time.

M: Thick liquid with a creamy aftertaste. Carbonation is quite low with wee bubbles.

Now this is a proper imperial stout. Full of taste and a solid mouthfeel makes this one a winner. Higly recommended if you can stand the bitterness :)

baggio, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours slow and thick with a pitch black color. One inch dark tan head. Nose is smooth and creamed. Not very strong or overpowering. Flavor is thick with an even roasted malt edge. Very sweet tone to it, and the alcohol peeks out a bit with it. Seems a bit too sweet, but it is still even and good. Feel is very good. Creamy and smooth, even though the liquid is thick like most anything else. Drinkable? Well. It is almost TOO thick and almost TOO sweet. Between this and the Oaked Yeti, I’ll take the Oak. Even without going back to read my review of the latter, I can still remember the awesome complexities and how overall it kicked ass. This one is good, but when you’ve got a bigger brother who’s more accomplished, it is harder to compete.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of Redteketed
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

(28-12-2007 BB 11-08)
Black with even a dark brown head. Complexed noise: of coarse the odd coffee, burnt malts and hops. I sense citrus, ripe fruits a touch of flowers and anise. A very bitter taste, with lots of hops, spicy en flowery elements. Very dry strong/medium heavy body. Long bitter dry, hoppy spicy aftertaste,
What a beer, a feast for noise and tongue!

Redteketed, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of joepais
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%

Bottle poured black with a creamy tan head Aromas of alcohol, roasted malt and chocolate .Creamy full mouth feel. The flavor starts off sweat and roasted malts but finishes up with the strong hops bitter. almost to bitter for me I have an oaked age one of these in the cellar I’m waiting to get up the courage to give it a try

joepais, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%

22 oz. bomber, bought at the Walnut Liquorette, in Walnut, CA,

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a medium brown head, which leaves some lacing, good retention, looks a lot like a beer milkshake.

S: Coffee grounds, chocolate, alcohol, robust smell, with typical RIS scents.

T: Get a lot of coffee on the first sip, mocha, some burnt sugar, and then one gets an underlying milk chocolate character which I feel is major taste in this beer.

M: Smooth, robust, creamy, thick, chewy, very good for an RIS.

D: This is a good RIS, but not like the Oak-Aged version, which was great. This one is kind of rough around the edges, tasty and solid as a beer, and of this style, but I have to go with the Oak if I'm comparing the 2.

Halcyondays, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of brendan13
4.38/5  rDev +4%

A - Poured into a snifter a jet black with a couple of centimetres of light brown head. A bit of lacing is left behind.
S - Smell is chocolate roasty backed up by some dark fruit notes.
T - Chocolate and coffee come through with the taste. A bit of burnt roastiness, touches of dark fruit also in the taste. Some warming alcohol.
M - Quite full bodied, fairly low carbonation.
D - Very tasty RIS. High ABV% is fairly well hidden. Something to savour over an hour or so.

brendan13, Dec 24, 2007
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,154 ratings.