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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,626 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,626
Reviews: 1,674
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 246
Gots: 684 | FT: 22
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a black body with a brown chocolately foamy head. looks like a chocolate milkshake when looking from directly overhead, not much lacing.
caramel, chocolate and coffee seem to be fighting to be the dominant aroma, but no clear winner.
coffee and caramel are the most dominant in the taste with chocolate in there too. there is also a slight hint of the alcohol present on the back of the tongue.
good mouthfeel, very creamy full bodied stout but has a slight aftertaste.
pretty drinkable beer, good RIS, look forward to trying the oak aged version

Photo of bobsy
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oooh... review 1000 for Yeti!

Grabbed some of this at Mondial de la Biere.

Pours an oily black with a finger of mocha head that leaves sheets of lace on the glass to complete a classical imperial stout appearance. Big and intense roast aroma, with lots of chocolate, coffee, molasses and burnt sugar. Great dark roasted flavour with coffee and cream very prominent, then chocolate, dark fruits and a pleasant grapefruit bite in the finish. There's also a faint hint of vanilla in there, but obviously not as much as the oak-aged version. Good thick and creamy body with a restrained carbonation that plays to the luxurious flavour of this stout.

A very good imperial stout that's transformed into something special when its thrown into a barrel. I always knew there was a quality beer underneath all that oak, and it was a pleasure to try it at Mondial!

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

Bottled Jan 23rd 2009

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip glass. Huge, billowy, tan head on top of a dark, opaque body. Sticky webbed lacing left behind. Looks great.

Lots of rich, dark, sweet malts on the nose followed by some light strawberry and cherry notes. Chocolate is fairly dominant with a touch of anise and hop.

Tipping back the glass reveals dark, slightly burnt malt mixed with chocolate and a bit of woodiness. Hop bitterness comes through nicely, but is not overbearing. A faint hint of cherry lingers in the background. Toffee and a touch of alcohol round out the flavor. This beer has some nice complexity to it, moving it beyond many of the one-dimensional stouts, but it isn't quite up there with some of the other big guns.

The body is chewy and smooth over a decent hop bitterness. Carbonation is on the lower end, but spot on for the style. Slight warming alcohol.

Drinkability is good. This is definitely a tasty RIS. I'm glad it comes in a 22oz serving, because 12oz would leave you wanting more. At 9.5% its not sessionable, but at the same time its hard to put down.

Overall, this beer is a good example of the style and a well crafted brew. With over a year of cellaring, the hops are still well defined and I feel that this beer could still go for another 3 years. The complexity is decent, but it leaves you wanting just a bit more. However, this is an easy beer to obtain and is reasonably priced, so I will definitely be picking more up for the cellar sometime in the near future. I also can't wait to try the oak-aged and the barrel-aged at some point. This beer can definitely improve from some wood aging.

Photo of rwf08
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duvel glass. Bottled on Feb 22 2010.

A: Pours a luscious dark black. Looks like chocolate syrup coming out of the bottle. Dense mocha one finger head that dissipates slowly and leaves a thin head and good dense lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, cocoa, sweet chocolate syrup. A slight coffee like roast comes through.

T: Dark roasted grains and chocolate. Some hop bitterness on the finish that gives it the taste of coffee. I get a lot of coffee and chocolate in this one despite it isn't the chocolate or coffee Yeti.

M: Good medium carbonation, medium mouth feel that coats the tongue well. Very luxurious mouthfeel.

D: Good drinkability for a 9.5% Imp. Stout. Very comforting beer to relax with. I could use a little more complexity on the flavor profile but other than that this is a very solid brew.

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

I enjoyed this beer with neighbors on a warm spring night. The beer poured a nice dark rich color, with a nice foamy head. A nice lacing was present throughout the drink. The beer was smooth with excellent malty flavors. The hops rounded this beer out beautifully, excellent flavor without the bitterness.

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my snifter this brew pours a deep space black with a dark, russet brown head. I've said it before and will again, you can tell when a stout is dark, when it's head is darker then most other beers. Impressive.

The smell is just as "dark". Deep roasted malt, molasses, and a slight hop back ground.

Toasted, roasted, malt....extra dark chocolate...a slight espresso tingle....and finally what I've come to expect for a big RIS; a hop background crafted to complement the HUGENESS of the Yeti.

The mouth feel is big, and well carbonated. Chewy goodness.

Yeti is drinkable for a stout. Two bombers will go down fine, but I'll be done for the night after that. This is beer is impressive, and a fine example of when big malt is complemented with hops.

I can't wait till the day when I line up the Yeti's and drink 'em side by side.

Photo of grittybrews
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a syrupy black into a Duvel tulip with a lovely dark espresso head that fizzled up and quickly receded, leaving a hint of sticky lacing.

Subtle aroma of licorice and a bit of hops. Burnt espresso taste that quickly expands into bitter dark chocolate and roasty malts with a hint of vanilla. Hoppy bitterness on the finish followed by more lingering coffee, chocolate, and especially molasses.

Moderate carbonation, but still more than expected. Nice full mouthfeel and a nicely complex taste make this one a pleasure to sip.

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

A very good example of an Imperial Stout. No need to go into extreme details. If it had poured green or smelled like sauerkraut, I would have scored it lower than I did.

Review must be over 250 characters and less than 5,000. Apparently we shouldn't be snobs, but shouldn't not be snobs, either.

Photo of korguy123
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Thick, black, creamy pour not one ounce of light peeking through this glass. Dark rich coffee colored head. Literally looks like a Starbucks espresso. Lacing is wonderful.

S- Espresso, vanilla, brown sugar, dark chocolate.

T- Semi sweet chocolate, burnt coffee, brown sugar, vanilla, faint alcohol bite at the end.

M- Thick, creamy light carbonation.

D- This is a heavy beer. The alcohol is hidden very well, the taste is remarkable but the overall weight of the beer would make it a good sipper after dinner. Would last me a good hour.

Photo of ugaterrapin
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer is one of the darkest I have had. It is completely black with a deep brown finger thick head. It resembles a thin motor oil.

S: It has a strong aroma that boasts a hearty helping of chocolate and roasted malts. There is a definitive coffee presence as well. The smell is incredible and completely invigorates the nostrils.

T: This beer has an incredible taste. The coffee flavor has a strong prescence with some slight chocolate notes. There is an overall roasted character that accompanies the flavors as well. The alcohol is well hidden. It is a little warm on the end with a slight hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is well balanced. Not too heavy, but has a nice body to hold up the great flavor profile.

Overall this is an incredible beer. It would probably make it into my top 10 list of best beers I have ever had and definitely one of the best imperial stouts I have had. I am anxious to try the other versions of the Yeti.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted side-by-side with the Oak Aged Yeti.

Bottled on date: December 21/09

Poured in to brandy snifter.

A - Dark brown/black in colour with a small amount of espresso coloured head.

S - Chocolate with some coffee and sweet molasses and licorice in the background. A nice, complex nose.

T - The nose is reversed in the taste: heavy coffee flavour with some chocolate. No discernible alcohol taste. Some sweet molasses and bitter hops in the background.

M - medium body, some carbonation.

D - A very good RIS. The hops become more prevalent as I continue to drink this & it is a little hoppier than I like for a RIS, but otherwise an excellent beer.

Photo of kiddynamite920
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Big, black and oily. Dark tan head. Imperial stout perfection here. You can see the high abv in the way that the lace falls.

S: Roasty, campfire type smells. Smokey wood and malts. Chocolate and coffee aromas. Malts are sweet with a touch of vanilla and a marshmallow like aroma. Rich, roasted malts on the foreground. Sweetness on the back end. Not too much of a bitterness on the nose.

T: Bitterness comes through on the palate in the form of dry cocoa. Wow this is complex. Some burnt wood, tobacco and oaky flavors. Good amount of bitter hops here, IBU is pretty high. In fact, this is one of the hoppier RIS's I've had. The sweetness on the nose doesn't come through, but the big roasty bitterness is very pleasing.

M: A bit astringent, tongue and the roof of the mouth dry out. A lot of hops for an RIS. Would like more of a malt backbone, but I certainly can't complain about the flavors here.

D: The drying effect of this beer makes it quite a sipper, would certainly play a game of poker while enjoying one or two of these. Fantastic beer, just needs time to be enjoyed.

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

Pours thick and black into my snifter. The pour produced a finger of reddish brown head that layered nicely and provided some excellent lacing.

Smells like licorice, coffee, molasses and chocolate. When I took the first whiff, I knew it was going to be a good experience.

Lots of coffee and chocolate on the front, more of a molasses taste on the finish. Very nice! No alcohol burn in this brew, outstanding for a 9.5% ABV.

Thick and creamy mouth feel, it's so nice, you almost want to forgo the swallow.

I could have drank a couple more of these, but at 9.5% ABV, it probably would have put me under.

Great brew! Highly recommend!

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

Bottled on: Feb 03 2010

A. Pours like thick motor oil with a dark head that rests for a brief moment before it fades into the abyss.
S. The roasted coffee scents hit my nose as soon as I opened the bottle. The roasted malt scents of coffee and chocolate are very strong. Carmel malt sweetness also shines through.
T. Coffee and sweet caramel upfront. Dark fruit flavors are present, but subtle. Toward the end some nutty flavors come out and dominate the aftertaste. As the nutty flavors emerge, there is a brief moment where the alcohol is more evident, but it is still well hidden. The swallow also brings some bitterness, which helps the brew continue its coffee drinking experience.
M. Dense with a medium level of carbonation.
D. This ranks up with Old Rasputin, one of my favorite imperial stouts. I'm glad I finally got around to trying it; I'll need to hunt down some of the aged versions of this as well as a six pack to cellar.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium chalice deep black with a two finger dark tan head with good retention and great lacing all the way down. The smell is of rich carmel and chocolate notes. There is a slight alchol presence in the nose. The taste is of rich carmelized malts. There's also some cocoa in there just like the nose. No noticable alcohol burn for this high of a abv. The mouthfeel is smooth and finishs slightly dry.

Photo of chaz01
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at Thai Nine Restaurant in Dayton. Served in a tulip glass.

A: Rich, dark and thick with a generous foamy brownish/tan head that leaves some nice lacing.

S: Coffee and roasted malts in the aroma.

T: Huge coffee flavor with notes of charcoal and burnt toast in the finish that nicely lingers for a long time.

M: Very thick full bodied and chewy in the mouth with low carbonation.

D: Very much a sipping beer, and I can see this on a cold winter's night. But the coffee flavor was dominant for me, and maybe a bit too much for my particular taste to enjoy this on a regular basis. I even asked the bartender if by chance this was the expresso oak-aged version of Yeti, but as far as we could tell, it was not. Still a wonderful full flavored imperial stout.

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

A: Poured a very dark brown color; no light - even on the edges. Poured a thick 2 finger chocolate head with fair retention. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Lots of toasted malts; burnt caramel, espresso and bitter coffee. Some hop character in the background.

T: Very consistent with aroma with the caramel flavors a bit more pronounced. Mellow bitter espresso in the middle that lingers in a mildly bitter finish.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation (but in a good way). Smoother than many RIS's and a little alcohol bite.

D: Definitley a sipper, but a flavorful beer. Well worth experiencing.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.4/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this at a tasting held by the esteemed DVelcich. Between him and StoutFest, we had some crazy good beers. This is reviewed from notes.

This poured very dark, almost black. The head was tannish white with almost a greyness to it. The lace was present, but unimpressive.

Smells like any imp stout should smell... Big roasty chocolate notes with coffee kicking the back end. This actually seems to have a much hoppier presence than I remember this beer having, and in checking the bottled on date we find it isn't even a month old yet.

Taste hits just like nose, bitter chocolate, like baking cocoa, and some coffee notes that taste slightly unfresh. I also pick up a little bit of soy sauce, which is quite off-putting. It actually really hurts the taste in my opinion, because after 2 sips when I narrowed in that soy sauce flavor, it has become all I can focus on. Very tough to pick up on the other nuances of the beer when all I can think about is how much I hate soy sauce. If it wasn't in there, then this could be much higher in taste and in drinkability. I just can't see myself drinking this one very much. The mouthfeel is spot on, with great carbonation and a nice full thick robust body.

Photo of theboozecruise
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter... dark black color with a two-finger tan head. Looks fucking amazing. Easily one of the best looking beers I've seen in a while.

It smells of bitter chocolate, a little dark roast coffee as well... very nice.

The taste is more of the same... the chocolate flavors stick to the tongue more than any other. There is a nice coffee aftertaste to it as well. One of the best Imperial Stouts I've ever tried. I'm really enjoying this one so far.

It's a shame the closest I can find this one is Houston, but I'll be sure to look for it next time I'm there to get some more.

Photo of alcurtsinger
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass

Appearance- Beautiful black and completely opaque. About 2 finger brown head.

Smell- Roaster Aroma, along with a chocolaty smell and a hint of alcohol.

Taste- Very hoppy, but also alot of coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt.

Mouth feel- Smooth, creamy, and somewhat carbonated

Drink-ability- One bomber is more than enough for me. I'm new to RIS's and I would not want drink a lot of this.

Photo of slaintemhor
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just had a January of '09 12 oz. bottle of this that I found "hiding" at a local market. The colour was ebony with a thick khaki head. The aroma was tangy with brown sugar, molasses and Caramello. On the palate, a coating, viscous body with a smidge of hops, roasty malt, booze, a creamy cafe au lait character, and a long bitter cream and salt caramel finish. Yowza!

Photo of WickedSluggy
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bomber drank from a large wine glass. This beer was bottled in late Febtuary. It is now early May.

A - Very black with brown lacey brown foam.

S - Piney hops, roasted aroma, "dark fruit", alcohol.

T - Throw out the book - this beer screams "to know me is to love me." I'm sold. First of all, this is a HOPPY imperial stout. Hops flavor is big and really colors the flavor filling in any potential mild spots. There's nothing understated about this beer.

M - Big and silky. Great body. A mouth is not enough - if I were wealthy I'd swim in this beer.

D - A total pleasure.

Photo of FloppyDog
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a thick jet black with a quarter inch deep mocha head. As dark as they come.

Aroma is of chocolate, sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol (but in an enjoyable way that lets you know what this beer is capable of).

Taste knocks you back with that chocolate malt sweetness coupled with a hop bite that mingles in with the alcohol quite well. Lingering chocolate on the back of the tongue for 10-20 seconds after it is swallowed.

Mouthfeel is extremely viscous...a real plus when it comes to imperial stouts.

Overall, one word: delicious!

I highly recommend trying it if you come across one!

Photo of nickd717
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber review, recorded in early 2009 and transcribed from my RateBeer ratings.

Pours jet black with a fairly large tan head and good lacing.

Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate on the aroma. Very rich.

Has most of your standard American RIS flavors: coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt. Also adds vanilla, slight bourbon, and more hop bitterness than usual.

Full-bodied and very smooth palate.

A very good beer, but doesn't quite stand up to something like AleSmith Speedway Stout. A very solid (but not standout) imperial stout overall.

Photo of TrippnFiasco
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick, 2.5 finger head, dark caramel color. Head diminishes to about one finger but sticks around for quite a white, moderate lacing. Pours a very dark brown.

S: Smells like dark caramel. Slight coffee/espresso scent in the back of the nose as well. Fair amount of malted barley coming through, although there actually seems to be a bit of hops coming through.

T: Flavor matches the smell quite well. Caramel malts are strong but not overpowering, and well balanced with slight hoppiness. There is a nice sweetness and mild espresso flavor on the finish. Delicious.

M: Great smoothness, moderate carbonation doesn't hurt flavor, but adds to the experience.

D: Very drinkable stout. One bottle per person might last a little while, but split between two people may not be enough unless this is a dessert beer.

Fantastic! Definitely recommend this for Imperial Stout-lovers

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,626 ratings.