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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,261 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 4,261
Reviews: 1,630
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 205
Gots: 533 | FT: 19
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 TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours to a deep black with a thick, foamy brown head, which fades slowly and leaves a thick lace.

S: The aroma is rich and malty with heavy tones of mocha and toffee, also a bit of alcohol.

T: The taste is heavily malted and a little bit smoky, with chocolate & coffee flavor which remains dominant most of the time, but gives way to some bitterness. However it's not the typical bitterness you'd expect from hops, more like a black coffee/dark chocolate type of bitterness, which stick around in the after-taste. As it warms a bit, you taste the alcohol more and the sweetness levels out.

M: Very smooth as you drink it, with a heavy body and medium-to-light carbonation. Leaves a very sticky, syrupy film behind.

D: Definitely drinkable, but certainly not poundable. It goes down easy but is very filling.

Most places in this area carry the Oaked Yeti which I intend to try to compare the two. However I found this a just little bit north of RI and jumped at the chance to try it. I've had the Fresh Hop & Hercules Double from Great Divide and wasn't as impressed as most, but I wanted to make sure I sampled the full spectrum of styles for this brewery to make sure my judgment is fair. I definitely think this beer is better in its style those beers are in theirs and I can taste the same signature that I did in the other two. So I guess this beer has salvaged my opinion of Great Divide. Even though I lean more towards beers that I can put away en masse, this was a good beer.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of Enola
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer really shocked me. It tasted just like the Hickory Stick Stout but in a higher alcohol form. Served in a Chimay Chalice. A dark black with a tan colored head. The smell was roasted grain and a bitterness. The taste was very similar to the stout offered by the house. As noted before there was a alcohol presence. Not over the top enough to affect the mouthfeel though. The drinkability is good but you would have to be carefull with this one. It would be easy to over do it. A good beer that I will drink again.

Enola, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of orsulacp
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a seriously dark beer, absolutely no light getting through this one. There was a 1" creamy tan head on top of the black body. The smell was great, very complex, earthy, piney and floral hops with some dark chocolate and roasted malt. The taste starts off bitter, like dark chocolate, then the bitter piney hops, then some plum flavors sweeten it up and it leave a bitter aftertaste. It has a medium mouthfeel with low carbonation. Very filling so it is a sipper, but that is good, as it warmed up the smells and flavors were amplified.

orsulacp, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of briman
3.3/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from bottle in standard pint glass.

Poured pitch black, with a small tan/brown head that dissipated pretty quickly.

Aroma seems very chocolatey, with notes of coffee mixed in with dark roasted malts.

Taste is of dark roasted malts, slightly sweet, leaning more towards a burnt malt flavor in the finish, accompanied by a slight hop bitterness.

Smooth, slick mouthfeel....coats as it goes down. Medium to full bodied...maybe a little too burnt for my taste...so, for me it's probably the type of beer that is limited to one in a sitting.

briman, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of SetarconeX
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly black in color with an unexpectedly huge bit of foam on top that almost bubbled over onto my table. Lovely dark tan foam to boot. Malts, heafty roasting and large amounts of chocolate on the nose. Also a tiny bit of sweetness and the faintest, though very well masked, whif of alcohol.

Taste is not unlike ground espresso beans sprinkled over charcoal, with a tiny bit of sweetness up front, and finishing with an unexpectedly biting, slightly bitter hoppiness.

A big beer in every way (Roastiness, ABV, and unfortunately price). Certainly deserves the name Yeti!

SetarconeX, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of ECdOc
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yeti Came in an amber 1pint, 6 ounce standard bottle. Poured with a real thick dark copper colored small bubble head that rose high and almost looked red as I poured which remained throughout the review, dark on the Lovibond scale. I dont see a date on the bottle but im opening it on 3/21/06. Smells relatively hoppy for a stout. Strong malt flavour coating the mouth with a thin alcoholic flavour profile. No noticeable hop bitterness over the malt profile which is rather deep. Relatively smooth as it goes down, no noticeable alcoholic bite. This is a nice example of an Imperial Stout.

ECdOc, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a pitch black with a massive, fluffy khaki colored head. Beautiful head that rests on top of the beer with sheer brilliance. Incredible trails and patterns of sticky lace decorate the glassware.

Unbelievable aroma of roasted coffee beans, heavy dairy and snappy hops.

Smooth milk chocolate and caramel flavors mixed with a sugary cream sweetness. The mouthfeel is extremely soft on the palate. Dark roasted malt backbone with a freshly brewed espresso quality. Biting and clinging hop command on the finish.

Without question a marvelous and enjoyable double stout. This beer presents depth, complexity and drinkability in one package. Highly recommended.

Hibernator, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of Lancer211
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I love stout, and this is one of the better stouts I've ever had.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a glass. Appearance is dark, dark, dark. Held the glass up to the light.... nothing shone through. This beer is darker than Guinness. Even the head is dark brown, resolving to a lighter color after awhile. Lacing is prevalent, settling eventually.

Smell is of chocolate mostly, with some hops, but smell isn't really prevalent in this one. It also smells faintly like.... olives.... hmmm....

Taste is exceptional! It's like biting into a bar of baking chocolate, not quite sweet, but extremely pleasing and a little bitter. Caramel and especially coffee flavor is present as well. Additionally, despite the 9.5 ABV, there is no taste whatsoever of alcohol here, not much of a drying finish. Probably the most pleasing beer I have ever had.

Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth, like a nitro except where you can feel the carbonation. Bubbles are very fine. Flows down the throat like a million bucks.

Drinkability, eh.... if it weren't so heavy, I could drink a million of these. But it is, so after a bottle or two (of 22ozers) I'm done. It's almost mournful once it's actually done.

All in all, this could be the best beer I have ever (or will ever) have. Thank you to Great Divide for brewing such an excellent beer!

Lancer211, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of Gavage
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours black in color with a thick tan colored head. The head lasted quite a while.

Smell: tons of chocolate and roasted malts, with some bitterness lingering in the background.

Taste: thick roasted malts, strong chocolate, mild coffee, pepper, alcohol, and a strong bitterness. Wonderfully balanced and mouth watering.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth at the start and finish. Aftertaste is long on the roasted flavors and chocolates.

Drinkability: nice drinkability, more than one bottle can be enjoyed in an evening. Must buy this one.

Gavage, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of Optimat0r
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - makes samuel l jackson look like chandler bing, its so black. light cannot penetrate it at all. even the tiny amount of bubbles are dark brown. ahahaah i love it.

smell - like chocolate. even more than a chocolate stout.

taste - this beer is a beast. the first few sips were arguably the best beer ive ever tasted. intense, but certainly not in a bitter hoppy way; this is the richest, sweetest, most CHOCOLATE flavored beer ive ever put in my mouth. a tiny bit of coffee is present, smaller bit of malts, even smaller amount of hops. it tastes like biting into a hershey's dark chocolate bar. far more chocolaty than even rogues chocolate stout. surprisingly the acohol cannot be tasted.

drinkability - this is way too big a beer to have very much of. it looks smells and tastes amazing, but only in small doses. it is extremely , incredibly sweet.

Optimat0r, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of Tupperwolf
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out an intense black into my stout-dedicated Rogue pint glass - Damn, that's black! The stream of beer going into the glass is amazingly opaque and dark, coffee-bean brown. The head that forms is the color of a Hershey's bar - one of the darkest I've seen. It forms dripping, sticky walls of fuzzy lacing. Better than the oak aged by far.

At first, I get almost no scent other than hops from the glass, but it takes only a couple of minutes of warming before I begin to note bitter baker's chocolate and fluffy alcohol. Dark bitterness meets slight sugary molasses and rounding hops. Certainly different from its oak aged brother.

And the taste is certainly different! The oak aged version is smooth and vanilla-flavored, astringent and grainy. This is deep, rich, decadent, luxurious! Bitter, luscious, growling chocolate and hops, a very itty bitty bit of smoke - Some alcohol in the middle, but not astringent whatever, a soft, decadent rummy flavor, with a noticeable hop flavor - they do hops well, and the hop profile is tasty.

So... thick...

So very thick...

It's as though someone put several bottles of chocolate syrup into a blender and whipped them until they were frothy and aerated. This feels incredible on the tongue, thick and rich and decadent, but fluffy at the same time - Chewy to the max...

Imperial Stouts are my favorite style. I can't drink them every day, because they're simply so intense. Drinking a full glass of something like this beer takes effort and determination. It's so heavy, so decadent, it's like that fudge cake your aunt Julie makes that you have to eat, but feel so guilty for eating. Drinking this makes you feel guilty, it's so good.

Very close to fives across the board.

Tupperwolf, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of thetachibro
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours out black with a nice brown fluffy 1in head that leaves nice lacing and has some nice retention.... Rich coffee and chocolate smells first hit me along with a slight hoppy and fruity scent...A very complex taste...Roasted malts..somewhat hoppy and of course a little bit of an alcohol punch....Very full bodied mouthfeel and definatley a sipper for me ...Bomber was the perfect size don't know if i could of had a couple more and truly enjoyed them...Still a very tasty brew

thetachibro, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours ink black with a 4 finger plus choclate colored foamy head. Very good head retention and insane lacing

Smell: Malt, sweetness, licorice and choclate

Taste: Vinous character, with hops, bitter choclate, coffee, and slight rye taste (i dig that). Hop and grain bitterness, dryness and alcohol in the finish

MF: Super chewy, excellent carbonation

A little to chewy to do more than one, but well worth the struggle. Not a lawnmower brew by any means!

Nice cocklewarmer. Another winner from great divide. Spring is fast approaching here, will soon be too warm for these monsters. Catch em before he retreats to the highground! Can't wait to try the oakaged version

russpowell, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of Byeast
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very opaque, yeti-fur black with a thick tan head of about a quarter inch. Spotty lacing was left on the glass as it went down. Smell is a creamy-milky blend of chocolate , light coffee , slight dark fruit and alcohol. Taste is smooth, rich, hearty roasted malt sweetness , bitter chocolate and esspresso , some hop bite , and warming alcohol. Slighty viscous and creamy-chewy mouthfeel. Overall this seems to be a very drinkable Double Stout , im glad i have 1 Pint 6 fl. OZ.

Byeast, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of murrayswine
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This and it's brother, oak aged, are the two best damn beers I've had in a long time! The pour is black like tar but with a Guinness head. The lacing has 20 minute legs, to bad the beer lasts maybe half that. The smeel is huge roasted malts, dark chocolate, alcohol, and plum fruits.
The taste is massive with oak (?), coffee, chocolate and alcohol, bu not in the least bit overpowering or offensive.
The mouthfeel is light and smooth, almost to easy.
This beer is fricking Stout Gold!!!

murrayswine, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber....this one has been resting in the cellar fridge for 6 months at least, first time trying

appearance: sweet label. pours a bold, dare i say black, colour with a gorgeous chocolate brown head...this one looks like a big chocolatey beast in the snifter, tremendous chocolate lacing

smell: bold and smooth chocolate, heavy roastiness, strong dark roast, stong hop bitterness present as expected from the 75IBU claim. espresso, mild alcohol present

taste: smooth and very rich, a chocolate-espresso syrupy snifter of joy, imperial roast coffee bean, roasted malt, silky chocolate, alcohol warming...the hops add a nice touch, though they have probably subdued since this was bottled - they provide a nice chocolate/hop bitterness underneath everything. a pretty great american double stout, cant wait to drink the oak aged in the coming days

mouthfeel: silky and creamy, smooth yet full bodied, slight alcohol present, hop bitterness in the aftertaste

drinkability: its syrupy, its got some bitterness, its rich, its loaded with alcohol, but its tasty!

dirtylou, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of Ellbert
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Huge rocky brown head with a black body.

Smell: Roasted coffee and chocolate. Sweet fruits with some fruity hops.

Taste: Sweet Chocolate and bitter hops are dominant. The hops subside but leaves a bitterness and roasted grains and bitter chocolate fill the palate.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and viscous just like an imperial stout should be.

Overall a great beer. Drink it up!

Ellbert, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of rustymoore
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Normally I am not the biggest on stouts but this one is pretty tasty. Pours with medium to heavy head and good lacing throughout. Colors is a deep black and tan with amber hues. Taste is strong with coffee and roasted malts. Quite bitter but I actually like it and normally doesn't usually equal me liking it. The hops are phenomenal. Also goes down very smooth and is pleasing to the palette from a texture stanpoint.

rustymoore, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of nickss
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a monstrosity of a head. 1.5", rocky, and of a khaki hue. Large globs of lace throughout.

Roasted malt in the aroma, chocolate, and a bitter smell... perhaps that of strong coffee or espresso.

Very subdued taste. Creamy coffee, roasted malt, barely noticeable twinge of bourbon and hops, offset by strong caramel notes. Bourbon-y/alcohol flavour become more intense as the brew warms.

Thick and creamy and lightly carbonated.... perfect for this style of beer.

I give this brew high marks for being so drinkable for a 9.5% brew. You could never tell its strength because of how smooth it is. That being said, its huge chewy thickness hurts it a bit in this category.

All in all, a real winner. Now to decide which I like more... this brew, or its oaky brother =)

nickss, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of Gagnonsux
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yeti is pitch black with a large, light brown head. The body of the head is very thick and creamy. Retention is good, but not as high as expected. Aroma is of very pungent hop atop a very rich malt smell. Chocolate is the most noted of the malt aromas. Taste is similar to the aroma: very rich and very hoppy. A thick, oily hop flavor combines piney and citrussy elements nicely and is first noted in a sip. Bitterness is high. Dark, rich malt flavors soon roll in with flavors of espresso, chocolate, and roast. An overall creamy sweetness is noted as well. Throughout a sip strong hop flavors compete with and usually beat out the malts for domination. The layers of flavor are amazing. Finish is sweet and creamy with a touch of alcohol. This is a big, badass double stout and is easily the hoppiest that I've sampled. Highly recommended!

Gagnonsux, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22ounce bomber purchased at Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, CO.

During the pour into a tulip glass I looked through the stream and could see some light. In the glass, held it up to a 100 watt bulb -- like holding a brick or a piece of wood in front of the bulb: totally opaque. Black as the inside of a cave.
Nice milk-chocolate brown rocky bumpy head. Small streams of tiny bubbles work their way up the sides of the glass through this viscous turbidity. The head gets rockier and bumpier as it sits, and clings to the glass.

Smell at first is malt, chocolate, espresso, more malt, burned chocolate-chip cookies. Then some piney hops come up as I let this sit. What an amazing mix. SOO much malt and a great hop presence as well. I can hardly wait to taste this.

WOWOWOW! What an assault of flavors! Chocolate, wood smoke, espresso, burnt toast, a hint of pine resin and some soy sauce, hay and a slight note of grapefruit from the hops. Then there's a warm tingling in the back of my mouth, like pepper/cinnamon. Freakish. Extraordinary. Not for the faint of palate, and I really love it. Long slow burned flavor, like the syrup that bubbles out of your grandma's cherry pie and burns onto the catch-pan underneath. All the malty sweetness is balanced by excellent hop bitterness. All the hop bitterness (75 IBU's worth!) is fully balanced by the amazing roasty malt. (Never thought I would be waxing poetic about something with 75 IBU's!)

The mouthfeel is so smooth and sauce-like, you hardly want to swallow this. Roly-poly round and round slurpalicious. The lacing is thick and heavy, and chocolatey brown on the glass.

Only drawback is the 9.5%. However, it is entirely masked: I don't taste or feel it in my mouth or throat at all. Still, I feel it in my head in a few minutes.

This is a tail-kicking monster of a beer. You will want some more. I know I do.

ColoradoBobs, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours jet black with a burnt sienna head that feel into lace and belgian lace on the side of the glass.

the aroma is rich with malt, chocolate, burnt chocolate.

the flavor is slightly sweet, chocolate, carmelized malt, hopsack, burnt something; man this is rich.

the mouthfeel is perfect coat the inside as it goes down.

beer is very drinkable and very enjoyable on a cold night.

plaztikjezuz, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of klewis
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with a two-finger tan head. Leaves tons of lacing on its way down the glass.

S: Huge smell of chocolate and toffee with hints of coffee and hops. Awesome.

T: This beer has intense coffee and bitter chocolate flavors balanced nicely with the hops and a prominent earthy character. Strong hop bitterness and a slight alcoholic presence in the finish.

M: Very viscous and full. Smooth carbonation and a nice stickyness make the mouthfeel very complimenting to the taste.

D: This beer doesn't have any qualities unique from its contemporaries, but is definitely worth trying and perhaps drinking on a regular basis.

klewis, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out a beautiful black, one of the most potent black hues i have had. Almost no light at all come through. Great tan head foams up. Beautiful indeed.

Smells quite interesting. At first smell, i honestly have to say it reminded me of my dog's old dry dogfood, but that really isnt the case. I just wanted to bring that up if anyone else first got that. Very natural smell. Sweet smell and like a dry fruit like prunes, perhaps. Very potent smell. More malty than the hops in it. To me the smells remind me of a barley wine.

Taste is quite good. Very complex. First it is quite sweet and heavy. the hops (75 ibus) is quite present, more than i expected. It is very creamy. Lots of toffee flavor comes through, a very good amount. Under that is the coffee flavor. Does have quite a sherry flavor to it, or port wine. Aftertaste is more malty and a deep sweetness like molassis. Aftertaste also has a slight chocolate hint to it with some more coffee flavor. Alcohol does slightly come out in the aftertaste, but at 9.5%alc. by vol., not all that direct.

Mouthfeel is great. Very, very creamy. Great balance. good amount of carbonation.

Overall, i think this beer is quite incredible. This beer can be enjoyed right after being bottled, or after time cellared and be great either way (havent tried the aging, but i'm sure it would be). So full and complex, but still so very drinkable. What a great beer! Can't wait to try the oak aged tomorrow....

acrawf6, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of cameraman
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very heavy, dark brown color, and is opaque. It has a nice caramel head that laces nicely. The aroma is very strong, and can be smelled several feet away, strong hop aroma and hints of the dark malt. The taste, the hops just come right up there and attack your tastebuds, folowed by this sweet chocolate flavor. The mouthfeel is full bodied and rich, much like whole milk. This is sipping beer, with big flavor. Sit back and enjoy this one.

cameraman, Jan 19, 2006
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,261 ratings.