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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,572
Reviews: 1,661
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003

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Photo of tedpeer
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce poured into a chalice.

A - Pours black with a half inch mocha head that quickly settled into a ring around. Minimal lacing.

S - Hops and alcohol.

T - Roasted coffee and chocolate. Very Bitter aftertaste. Slight alcohol warming.

M - Medium carbonation, mouth coating thick.

D - Not to me, the taste made me keep wishing the glass was already empty.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Coal black with a cappuccino colored head that is frothy, big and bold. Lacing is amazing, as the head clings tightly to the inside of the glass.

This aroma is big on hops, with rich, creamy coffee and bitter chocolate lingering in the background. Probably one of the hoppiest smelling RIS's that I have had. I don't get any of the dark fruity notes that I enjoy so much.

Taste is again up-front with big hops, but creamy rich latte and milk chocolate are right there with it, along with some prune, raisin and alcohol. Interesting and complex. I look forward to each and every sip.

Big bodied, thick and creamy in the mouth. Enjoyable even on a hot summer day for sure.

Photo of julian
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep DARK jet black color (no light passing through this one!) with a nice initial chocolaty head but lacking in retention. Consistency looks pretty viscous when swirled in glass.

S: very aggressive floral hoppy smell, if blindfolded could easily be mistaken for an IPA or DIPA. slight alcoholic aroma with a somewhat noticeable sweetness

T: Well not surprisingly this is quite intense on the hops and a little bitter with some burnt tones. Kinda lingers in the throat with mild but noticeable alcoholic aftertaste. If you're a hop head you'll love this beer! Personally, not for me but it more than less fits the style guidelines.

M: medium to high carbonation, noticeable alcoholic "burn".

D: Pretty high ABV, mostly hoppy. First time trying this - wouldn't buy it again.

I've had better RIS' and this one just lacks in complexity, smoothness and balance that I like to see in a RIS. Too hoppy - I can't really taste anything else. This is more of a black IPA.

While I wouldn't buy this again, I will try to cellar this and age it at least a year and try the oak aged version...

Photo of Thiestru
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint-sized pub glass.

Appearance: Wow. This looks like slightly-less-thick motor oil as it's pouring from the bottle. It's pitch-black. A one-finger brown head sits atop it like a crown, lacing the glass in curtains as the level lowers. Such an awesome-looking beer.

Smell: Dark, bitter chocolate, noticeable floralness.

Taste: If you haven't prepared your palate properly (as I hadn't when I first had this a couple of years ago), the taste is like a sledgehammer relentlessly smiting against your tongue. Dark chocolatey malts rush out at you, yet it's not quite sweet - the bitterness from the hops sees to that. And I get the impression that it's not just the hops doing that, it's the malts themselves. It's pretty intense. Here we have a beer that doesn't screw around. It's the Strapping Young Lad of beer. I can't help feeling like this beer is enjoying itself in a sort of diabolical way, tag-teaming you with such immense flavors from both the malt AND the hops. Between those two, I don't even really notice the considerable alcohol presence. What a great beer for a cold winter's night this would be! So warm and thick.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, yet somehow not easy-going.

Drinkability: If you couldn't tell from my description of its taste, this is a formidable beer. I for one wouldn't want more than one of these in a sitting, but that's only because my taste buds would need some sort of break after being punished (in a good way) by one of these. Yet, if someone was already handing me another one....

Photo of BullCityB
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Oh my goodness... poured into a goblet, this is one of the most menacingly beautiful beers I've laid eyes on. The head is a prodigious milk chocolate, quite thick and with good retention, the body a viscous inky black. Just amazing to look at.

What hits me first in the nose is a big blast of resinous American hops. There's definitely some dark, sweet maltiness, but it's not nearly the lead component here. This is one hoppy stout.

The flavor is amazing. Huge malty sweetness up front, richer than any chocolate torte in existence, followed by a sucker punch of beautiful hops and roasted barley. In its own twisted way, this is rather balanced! The sweetness, the roasted barley character, the bitter, piney hops, all there battling for your tastebuds. It's incredible.

In the mouth, this beer is absolutely luscious. It's thick in a way that I've never experienced before. Each sip coats every square centimeter with this massive ale, which I am beginning to believe is the devil's own personal brew. The carbonation is just enough to keep it from going over the edge.

Damn! This is the third Imperial Stout I've had in a week, and it's the first to hit the spot. Such a beautiful combination of malt, hops, water and yeast. A superb ale.

Photo of Proteus93
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice stout-black pour into a Stone IRS snifter. The light brown head on here is quite nice, a shimmering light golden-brown - like brown sugar. Looked quite thick on the way to the glass.

S: Slightly burnt sugars, some coffee aromas, a dash of vanilla (a little like soft-serve vanilla icecream, even).

T + M: A deep roasted malt, not as thick as it might have hinted to being on the pour. Both flavour and body hold a little something back, as if to exercise a little restraint. Some alcohol kick, a bit of espresso and unsweetened chocolate (very literal!) bitterness on the finish. The slightly burnt, bitter flavour sticks around for a while, and gets comfortable.

D: Sip away... the flavour almost builds up as it goes, and holds on for longer and longer on the palate. The finish is a particularly intriguing part of this drink, and allows for several minutes to ponder over the lasting flavour in the mouth.

Photo of doppelmeup
3.33/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this during a RIS sampling evening at my house. My overall impression was that this was terribly over-hopped to the point that it tasted more like an IPA than an impy stout. Reminiscent of Stone's 11th Anniversary Ale. And compared to the other RIS's we tasted, this was my least favorite.

A: very dark, decent head and lacing
S: quite hoppy, some roasted and smoky overtones
t: much too hoppy for my tastes. while I expect there to be some roasted and hop bitterness, this was just not balanced well enough for my tastes.
M: Thick, but too much lingering hop bitterness
D: With so many other RIS choices, I wouldn't spend the $$ on this again.

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

Huge cloud of fluffy brown stuff caps this beer, and underneath it is a blacker-than-black black attack.

While there's an underlying coffee aroma, I was surprised and somewhat pleased to detect so much hops in the nose. Gives it a grassy flair, unusual for the style, and while I enjoyed its uniqueness, I missed the more assertive sweet dream/chocolate elements usually found in a Russian Imperial stout. Boasts 75 IBUs on the label. No wonder...

And still the hops rage on...the flavor sees them front and center. A nice amount of bitter dark baking chocolate threads its way in, as does dark-roast coffee, but Yeti breaks the mold by offering an incredible citrus tang amidst the usual RIS flavors. Coarse coffee bitterness and smoother, lactic sweetness rides out (with the hops) in the finish.

Texture is just as it should be: sensuously smooth, creamy, only lightly carbonated...and the hops continue to be a factor, adding a kind of peppery bite to not only the flavor but the feel as well.

A+ for uniqueness...this isn't like any other Russian Imperial Stout I've ever had...I don't even remember the Oak Aged Yeti offering such boisterous hops. But uniqueness isn't everything, and while I very much enjoyed this, I was kind of wanting a textbook-definition big-ass ultra-creamy rich-as-hell stout. This bottle was relatively young (bottled Jan. '08, drank 6 months later). Cellaring would probably bring down the bitterness to a more RIS-like level, but that's probably not the idea here. It's certainly more than good enough, no room for any real complaint. Take it for what it is.

Photo of erosier
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a dark black color with a tall and thick tan colored head. It laces the glass alot on the way down.
S: The smell is of very deep roasted malts, some chocolate and caramel aromas at the end of the nose.
T: The taste follows the nose - deep and somewhat bitter roasted malts underneath flavors of chocolate and a hint of caramel at the end.
M: The mouthfeel is very smooth, thick, and warming.
D: I liked this beer as it had alot of flavor for only 6.5% alcohol. Really drinkable. Excellent beer.

Photo of mcintits
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Oily black with a beautiful thick espresso brown head and lacing that just wants to hang around the glass in layers.

S - Sweet and a little malty with notes of burnt coffee, chocolate and hops.

T - Sweet and a malty to start with a chocolate and then slightly burnt coffee taste coming next. The hops finish it off and linger for a little while without being too bitter. Very complex taste with a little alcohol on the finish.

M - Not too heavy. Sticky on the lips and velvety smooth on the tongue with a little carbonation.

D - Delicious, good for sipping anytime.

Served from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Photo of mdagnew
4.87/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle bought online from the Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam...

Poured pitch black and oil like with no hint of colour even when held up to the light. Dirty brown head poured tight, thick and foamy with a frothy top then faded to thickish coating with thick edging... some good lines of lacing...

Aroma - Lots of rich roasted malts mixed with good does of molasses / treacle sweetness, burnt wood and sooty notes, strong dark sweet coffee, piney hops, some prunes and dates, toasted malt loaf, some fresh vanilla notes, milk chocolate, lots of nutmeg and peppery spiciness...

Taste - Roasted malt bitterness initially followed very quickly by a strong brown sugar / molasses sweetness, some burnt wood notes, rich dark chocolate mixed with some prunes and ripe plums, lots of peppery and piney hops, some milky vanilla traces, light liquorice, some warming alcohol just coming through...

Feel - Superbly rich and creamy and very full bodied... for such a rich and strong beer this is supremely drinkable as the alcohol is almost completely hidden...

Overall - A world class Impy Stout... one of the best (if not the best) examples i've ever had... highly recommended...

Photo of rye726
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautifull looking stout. It is a rich black color with a creamy espresso head that settles to silky cover. Nice lacing down the glass. The nose has a roasted malt structure with molasses, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and nice bitter hops. The taste is rich and roasty with a good balance of piney hops. Again hints of coffee, molasses, coffee and ripe plums. The body is full and silky with perfecly quiet carbonation. Could a few years to mellow out.

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

easied from the bottle and dropped about 12 inches into the glass, created three fingers of a beautiful chocolate brown reverse cascading head, that dissapates quickly. very nice rich smokey dark malty smell. Black somewhat effervesant liquid even after a ruff pour.
smooth very black carbonated concoction with chocolate and licorice lingering on the tongue. gets better as it warms. nice thick mouth feel and drinkabilty is high, forgive the pun. nice stuff.

Photo of bonkers
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poure a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass
A-poured very dark, a solid opaque black, thin head with very little lacing
s-very sweeet aroma
t-sweet at top of the tongue with an espresso/chocalate finish
M&T- a full bodied sipping beer
overall-a great representation of an imperial stout

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last beer of the day.

A: Dark black, almost a Black No 1 color, no sunlight coming through.

S: Had a nice, sweet smell of dark roasted malts, coffee, hints of chocolate and some maple.

T: Starts off very sweet, the chocolate taste hitting the taste buds first. Finishes with a dark espresso taste, not too bitter.

M: Nice and thick, not chunky thick, a warm syrup thickness.

D: A complex set of flavors, mixes well, but not something I could drink a lot of in one sitting.

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

Got this at Green's in Atlanta. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint.

A: Dark black, letting no light through. Rich brown head rests on top creating a nice lacing.

S: Roasted malts, hops, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. There is also a touch of wood (pine maybe).

T: Rich with malt and a touch of alcohol. Coffee flavors and hops bitterness finishes off each sip. Flavors of vanilla and chocolate can also be found.

M: A perfect carbonation that allows this one to still pour thick and slow. Coats the roof of your mouth and the flavors mingle for quite a while.

D: Great RIS, but it is a RIS. It is meant to be savored and sipped, but I could savor and sip one of these every night if my wallet allowed for it. Very tasty.

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

Poured an amazing pitch black color and formed a nice huge foamy dark head that stuck around and left me thinking of some decedant float experiment gone wrong. It finally decided to diminish, leaving a lactice of lace etched on the side of the glass. The aroma was malt, coffee, chocolate and a touch of raisin. A flavor of malt, coffee and chocolate with a body a touch light for this style. Great finish and the oak aged was even better.

Photo of bkilpatr
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 04/28/08.

Pours a very dark, almost pitch black, with a tinge of brown. A moderate pour produces nearly four fingers of soft chocolaty brown head. The head faded down slowly, leaving beautiful lacing around the glass. Aroma is a nice combination of burnt malt, dark chocolate, slight roasted coffee, and piny hops.

Chocolate flavors dominate the flavor profile. Sweet milk chocolate up front, with a strong bitter dark chocolate finish in the back. Piny hops and roasted malts make their presence known in the aftertaste. A bit on the hoppy end for a RIS, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The alcohol taste is barely noticeable.

This one is very thick, smooth, and creamy. It's almost chewy. The carbonation level is spot on for this one. Drinkability is alright, for a RIS. The hop bitterness builds up over awhile. And the 9.5% ABV definitely creeps up on me.

Definitely a slow sipper. I'd recommend splitting with a friend or two.

Photo of SQNfan
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with a brown head that left a thin layer. Aromas were sweet with scents of chocolate, vanilla and coffee. On the other hand, in the mouth it showed hoppy bitterness throughout along with sweet roasted malt in the backgroud. It had solid weight but it did not come off as heavy. There was a touch of alcohol noticable on the finish but it was not obtrusive.

Photo of cvstrickland
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle won't initially fit into an imperial pint seidel with an aggressive pour. Coal black body is capped with a gigantic froth of tarry brown, rocky, creamy head that reduces to a multicolored sheet that leaves persistent and sticky lacing.

A nice whiff of hops in the nose; piney and grapefruit; caramel, alcohol, chocolate, rich dark malt lurking;

Richly malty, earthy, minerally, and sweetly fruity with lightly roasted coffee, diacetyl, some spicy herbal quality (thyme?), and a twist of piney citrus hops. Dark malt shines with a nice hop balance in the finish. Lingering aftertaste of bitter chocolate and saltwater taffy.

Tingle of carbonation lightens this complex and substantial brew in the mouth, but a sticky, oily finish persists.

Superb and absolutely drinkable. So many flavors reveal themselves as the brew's temperature changes... experiment with service temps for some very interesting results!

Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, had a coal-black color and a thick consistency. Had a big, long-lasting head and good lacing. This is basically how an imperial stout should look.

S: Had a strong aroma of coffee, malt and hops. Well-balanced in this category.

T: This one had a big taste, with coffee, sweets, roasted malt and hops. A very lively mix.

M: High amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. A full-bodied beer, almost too full-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable beer, especially if you like the style. This is a great example of an imperial stout, but like its brethren, it's very heavy. Not exactly a beer you can drink a lot of, but still a great brew.

Photo of Ben4881
3.57/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yeti Imperial Stout
Great Divide Brewing Co.

The Yeti pours thick and black as motor oil. One of the darkest I have seen, not even a suggestion of light could get through this beer. The head is about an inch and I wouldn't call it tan. This head is coffee with cream brown, on par with the darkness below it. However, it fades quickly leaving very thick lace in some parts of the glass, but not all. As the glass drains, the lace loosens up a bit, but remains semi-spotty.

I was expecting roasted coffee, chocolate, nuts, or a combination of sorts. However, the overwhelming scent is hops and alcohol. Faint notes of something roasty and toasty linger in the backdrop. As I pull my nose away, I sense something sweeter like caramel. But, up front, its all oily hops.

After the smell, I am a bit apprehensive, but still intrigued. First contact is quite soft and subtle. Surprisingly, there is not a whole lot of flavor going on up front. However, once the sip slides past the tongue, hello dry hop bitterness. As advertised in the smell, a strong lingering hop flavored aftertaste fades rapidly to faint alcohol to match the warm feeling swilling in the stomach.

A mouthful feels stagnant and thick, as I envisioned from the blackness of its appearance. There is very little carbonation. Some carbonation is detectable, but does not attack the tongue. The mouthful seems heavier without feeling thicker. I prefer a little livelier feel to relieve the stockiness.

The dry bitter hop aftertaste is its strong point. This imperial stout may make for a decent capper to reawaken the nasal passages. However, I don't see myself indulging in another right away.

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

Thanks to Hbang for the trade.

Absolutely gorgeous beer. Black with dark brown edging, big brown/dark tan head, bubbling cascading appearance in the glass. Head had a fantastic retention, and the carbonation looked great and livened up the heavy flavor.

I knew I had something strange on my hands when I took a whiff. It smelled like ... pine? Some roasted malts and maybe some coffee, but overwhelmingly pine hops. I checked the bottle. Says 75 IBUS and a "ton of hops" right on it. Okay, I'm always up for something new.

The taste is, once again, overwhelmingly pine hops, with a touch of grapefruit. There's some chocolate and roasted malt, overlaid with an insane hop base. It could do with perhaps a touch of mellowing ... the base beer is delicious, and sometimes the hops can obliterate it. It takes some hard work to find some dark fruit overtones or maybe a hint of vanilla (both are there, along with chocolate and coffee, but the pine hops rule all).

Really good. Unique.

Photo of animal69
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i tried this 1 (bot. date 3/07) side-by-side w/ my staple RIS, Storm King ; pours like used motor oil, viscous black w/ a non-existent brown head leaving a cap of iridescent bubbles and little lacing in my nonic ; a piney citrus hop and dark roast malt and a coffee-like aroma w/ dark fruits and vanilla note, a hint of wood and hot alcohol present as well ; a sweet, robust burgundian malt flavor blends w/ a "twangy" grapefruit hop initially followed by choc. and dark fruit, a woody, brandy-like flavor, coffee, caramel, nuts, clove(?), finishes making you wonder what's in the next sip ; a full bodied, low carbonated number, rich w/o being cloying ; drinks exceptionally well for a 9.5% ABV, on the downside, i'd prob. drive my truck thru a conv. store wall before i figure all the nuances of this one out...

Photo of Sorgasm
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

great beer; one of my favorite imperial stouts.

a - pitch black with a nice mocha head.

s - chocolate, roasted malt, coffee.. yumm!

t - just like it smells.. delicious! has a lot of nice subtleties.

m - smooth and thick. slight burn from the alcohol but not even close to being offensive.

d - very drinkable, especially for an imeprial stout!

as a side note, i tried this beer side by side with the oak aged yeti and thought the original was the tastier of the two!

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,572 ratings.