Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,495
Reviews: 1,649
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 230
Gots: 603 | FT: 17
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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 AKBelgianBeast
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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 would be an early night though. This is a great winter sipping beer. Just about the best stout I've ever had.

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

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.

Photo of bigdeuce
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of billybob
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of champ103
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of budgood1
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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

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 :)

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

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.

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

(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!

Photo of joepais
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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.

Photo of brendan13
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of bark
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The colour is pinch back; the compact two finger head is deep brown. It sinks slowly, leaving lots of fine lacing.

The smell is bitter and hoppy with lots of roasted malts. I noticed some coffee, almonds, cocoa and some alcohol.

The intensive taste is sweet, generous and inviting. Lots of roasted (almost burned) malt and a growing clean dry bitterness. Notes of mild coffee, brown sugar, toffee, alcohol and roasted meat are present. The long and strong aftertaste got pleasant notes of cream, chocolate toffee, nuts, cappuccino and an elegant fresh bitterness.

The carbonation is mild to medium; the bubbles are very small. The liquid is thick and very creamy.

If one wants to brew a powerful Russian Imperial Stout, there are lots of unwanted flavours that could spoil the palette. But Great Divide knows exactly what they want and how to get it. Brilliant!

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

Poured black and smelling citirc with yeast, coffee and chocolate notes. Alcohol too. The taste was of bitter chocolate, coffee, ashes, sweet fruits and alcohol. It's a well-crafted beer but a little to strong for my palate. Yeti is very sensitive to temperature and should not be consumed too cold since it will make the alcohol dominate the taste.

Photo of Trueant1
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy mother duck, love Yeti Stouts!

Pours an almost black. You guessed it, It sits in the glass as black as night. Nice tan creamy head that has good lacing.

Smells wonderfull...way above average. Smells like a fresh malted milk...overly malted. YUM.

Tastes of Roasty milk chocolates. Nice hop bitterness that is more pronounced than the smoked version. This beer still tastes of some smoke and is very similar to that version. The alcohol is evident as it goes down. Between the creamy malted milk profile, and the bittering hops so well blended..this imp gets a 5 on taste. Exceptional.
Creamy sticky moutfeel. A bit to syrupy for me. I think the smoked covered up this fact a bit more. Still very good.

A great Imperial stout. Wished they made a third version ..Smoked AND espresso induced. It may be all fives!

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

22oz. bottle -- 75 IBU's

Opaque, deep dark brown/black liquid. Small, light brown colored head composed of very small bubbles. Good legs, OK lacing.

Scents of chocolate and some coffee. Touch of grass and herbal notes. Caramel. Alcohol, faintly.

Taste is big and roasty. Sweetness comes on with temperature, chocolate, dark cherries and molasses. Big hops along for the ride, citrus and pine. Pepper/spice at the finish.

Full bodied and coating. Carbonation is medium, leading to a creamy mouthfeel. Fairly dry. Alcohol warming comes on early.

Very complex, very good. Lots of hops.

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

22 oz bottle which I've kept in my cellar for a bit less than a year.

Pours a perfectly opaque black with an abundant dark tan head which laces the glass.

Scent is sweet molasses, bitter chocolate, roasted malt and spicy hops.

Taste is sweet, rich and complex with roasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate, coffee and a spicey and citric hoppiness. After several sips I have the distinct impression that I've just eaten a dark chocolate covered coffee bean! The taste lingers at the middle back of my mouth and I savor it until I can't postpone the next sip any longer.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium. Drinkability is very good - I have to slow myself down!

I'm a nut for Russian Imperial Stouts; they're probably my favorite style. Yeti just became one of my favorite RIS's.

Photo of biggmike
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an attractive pitch black color that lets no light through. Had a brown head that it retained for a while before dissipating. Has malty aromas of chocolate and of coffee. Flavor is also of chocolate, coffee, but there is also hop flavor that sneaks through on the finish. Hides the 9.5% alcohol content extremely well. Mouthfeel is good. Drinkability for the ABV is good. This is an excellent beer.

Photo of Iceman77
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice and velvety with an almond colored head, not too thick but remains throughout the entire glass. The color is dense black, like a good stout should be. The initial smell that you get is a mixture of malt, coffee, and a little of the alcohol hits the nose almost like a wine. In the taste you get more malt, good amount of hops for an imperial, and the sweetness of chocolate/caramel. It coats the inside of the mouth very nicely with a sweet aftertaste and the alcohol warming, but doesn't linger too long which is key. Suprisingly drinkable for 9.5%, although i couldn't see polishing off a whole sixer in one sitting (which is not as suprising). Definitely one of the best imperial stouts out there.

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

22 oz bomber half-poured into a working glass.

Pours absolutely black; I couldn't get any light through at all. The head is reasonably thick, falls quickly and chocolatey, coffee colored brown. Leaves some interesting traces on the glass. The nose is extremely dense. Vanilla, light roast coffee, lots of malts, very heavy. The palate is equally dense and complex. Lots of roast malts, coffee, chocolate, nutty lots of alcohol warming. Bittering is very minimal. I can tell there are some hops characteristics, but I can't pick them out. Heavy mouthfeel, very minimal carbonation and an added lightness from high alcohol. Yeti follows the style of stout, but is absolutely immense, it feels big even for a sipper. Huge alcohol presence and dark, complex flavors limits this considerably.

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

Pours pitch black - no light makes it through. Thick coffee colored head that recedes to a 1/4 inch dense cap that stays. Nice sticky lace clings to the sides of the class.

Wonderful aroma of chocolate milk, vanilla, coffee, and berries. Some alcohol is present - sherry-like, and a hint of spice.

Begins with massive roasted flavors of dark chocolate and coffee. This gives way to rich toffee, molasses, and burnt caramel. Some berry fruitiness is mixed in as well. There is a faint woodiness that is present in the beer. Alcohol kicks in with a dose of sherry. Has a slightly citrusy and piney hop finish.

Thick, creamy, and smooth. Nice and slick, not sticky or cloying. Finishes dry. Full in body. Good drinkability - subtle yet complex flavors with alcohol that sneaks up on you.

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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