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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,574 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,574
Reviews: 1,661
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 235
Gots: 649 | FT: 20
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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

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Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003

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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!

Photo of roblowther
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with a thick dark tan head, sticky lace, and lingering iridescent bubbles. The smell is chocolate, coffee, sugar, cherries, and bananas. None of the harsh roast you might expect from such a dark, dark beast. The taste is sweet, but with a biting edge that balances it nicely. The aftertaste is slightly bitter for my taste, but then again this isn't my favorite style, so to come that close to delicious in my jaded opinion is a real testament. The mouthfeel is soft, almost chewy, but very, very smooth. The drinkability is good, but just a bit too bitter to sit & drink it all night. That being said....the rest of the bottle's not going to waste!

Photo of turbine2475
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours motor oil black with a thin mocha head. That disipated slowly into a decent lace.
S - Chocolate, roasted espresso, with some dark fruits and earthy hops.
T - Smoke and hops. Lots of chocolate and coffee malts, but the roasted accents are what stand out. Slight dark fruit fullness and moderate sweetness.
M - Velvety feel with a moderate carbonation that coats your mouth and pushes the flavor.
D - Good brew that is in the middle of the pack in my opinion but is a good example of the style.

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

I poured this one hard, probably too hard because I got about a 3 inch head on it. Beer is black as night. Head is dark brown and sturdy. This is one solid looking brew. Aromas I am picking up: spices (not sure which), sweet, dark fruit, alcohol, pine. I am loving smelling this. Little bit of chocolate flavor, strong alcohol, but in a good way, wow. Sweet alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel, with a bit of zing at the end. Good warming. Strong and flavorful. Great beer. Definitely suggested, just watch yourself, it's a doozy.

Photo of BucBasil
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from the 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. There is a "bottled-on" mark on the side of the bottle that indicates that this beer is over a year old. The beer is literally black, and no light shines through, even when held directly in front of light. Head grew to 4 fingers quickly, and held there for quite a while Color of the head is a dark brown that is darker than most beers I've seen. Truly exceptional.

Smell: Chocolate malts are the interoduction to this beast. Underneath are various notes of rich coffee, roasted malt, caramel and toffee. A straight up blast of malt right to the brain.

Taste: Huge roasted malt flavor giving way to coffee, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and sort of a beefy note that was kind of strange but not entirely unpleasant. Finishes extremely smooth with toffee and sticky caramel.

Mouthfeel: Just pouring this into the glass told me everything I needed to know about the feel of this beer. The feel is thick and almost chewy, with little carbonation, but just enough to let you know it's there. Goes down as smooth as silk.

Fantastic in every sense of the word.

Photo of JEdmund
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ink black with a thin, French-press coffee-like head; head reduces quickly, but leaves thick rings of lace; top looks a little oily; so black light will not pass through this! I can't even see carbonation bubbles.

Big and roasty, with dates/raisins and dark chocolate, and somewhat sweet. Easily the most assertive aroma I've encountered in a RIS.

Taste & Mouthfeel
Wow! So good. A little sharp on the tongue and a slight burn through my nose; it's not an overpowering alcohol flavor though, thankfully; it's just more of a sensation in my mouth and nasal passage. The hops and malts are really big here but manage to stay balanced. There's a nice bitterness mixed with doughy and roasted maltiness. The texture is superb--thick and creamy--and it has a perfect level of carbonation. Aftertaste leaves a good bit of toffee sweetness.

This lives up to the hype and is well worth the affordable price of $5. It's probably the best RIS I've had to date and maybe my all time favorite beer. Score another one for Great Divide!

Side note: I had the Oak Aged Yeti and it, too, was equally fantastic. As expected, it was a little softer and smoother, with nice hints of oak and vanilla. I actually liked the regular Yeti more simply for it's assertiveness and personality though.

Photo of blackjack000
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Preface: This beer struck me seriously. It was honestly delicious and impressive. I'm a serious spendthrift, and if quality beers came in two-ounces bottles, I would be rating a two-ounce bottle. It was hard for me to reach for this twenty-two ouncer, since I was paying a premium for the size. But--hold on--by the time I finished this beer, I was hoping for twenty-two more ounces. It was delicious and filling like the most delicate cheesecake, with a beautiful, thick, and complex flavor that speaks of heartiness.

Appearance: Poured as a beautiful, thick, dark brown; almost glossy. A rich color, like the color of aged engine oil gushing out past the plug and coating your fingers. The beer pours out as a deep brown, like melted chocolate, hits the glass and shifts to ebony as it swirls to equilibrium. The head manifests as a creamy caramel froth, and retains to entice you to sip past it to taste the beer that hides beneath.

Smell: Scent of fresh, virgin, peeled-back maple bark. Hot caramel melts through, and drizzles on the scent of fresh-baked multi-grain bread as you impatiently open the oven door. I could barely wait to finish writing my impression of the smell before I sampled the taste.

Taste: Solid, textured, strong, full hops flavor--a full range. Usually when I have a beer of heavy hop magnitude, I get annoyed from a feel like a singular high note twanging against my taste buds, like I swallowed a mothball. This beer's pleasant and full hop flavor blankets me like a deep chord resonating against my taste buds. The hops are balanced well, with a taste of freshly ground coffee beans complementing.

Mouthfeel: The beer holds a good weight in the mouth, like a hearty and warm whole grain thick-sliced piece of bread fresh from the toaster, somehow in liquid form.

Drinkability: This beer was filling and warming. The Imperial and thick alcohol personality nature of this twenty-two ouncer hit me well and left me pleasant. Two of these bottles would definitely disqualify one from complex tasks, but leave a person entirely content with the experience that has just transpired.

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

This poured with slightly darker and thinner head than the Old Rasputin. It had the scent of malt and coffee, and a bit of alcohol, but not too much chocolate. The flavor matched the scent with malt and coffee up front, followed by a hops and alcohol finish. It had a heavy and smooth texture, again as expected. I would describe this overall as a powerful beer, good for sipping but not outstanding.

Photo of SammyB
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Awesome, pitch black with a carmel/coffee colored head that sticks around.

S - Sweet, dark roasted coffee and a little bit of burnt sugar

T - Big flavor! Malt of chocolate and a lot of roast flavors coming through. Alcohol deff peaks its head out. The malt is complemented with the hops which add to the complexity. Almost a licorice flavor that sticks with ya for a while.

M - Sticky with a little carbonation in mouth

D - some imperial stouts scare me or i enjoy the taste but they drink like straight booze this is drinkable. complex flavors and a sweetness all balanced

I enjoyed this beer very much

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

22oz. bomber with no date into a nonic.

A: Syrupy black with no light penetration through the glass capped with a light brown fluffy head thick head that could hold a quarter up.

S: Sweet smelling, almost like Bailey's Irish cream. A refreshing chocolate milk mixed with maple syrup and a heavy dose of alcohol.

T: The palate is sweet to start, with chocolate and caramel characteristics; then comes the espresso, lots of it. It literally coats your tongue. You finally get the alcohol kick in the back of the throat. Bitterness is present in the form of hops towards the end, as well.

M: Thick and syrupy, with medium to heavy carbonation. This is not a beer for wusses.

D: 1 bomber is more than enough for a sitting.

Great beer from the Divide.

Photo of joezak5
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the world famous Oak Tree Buy Rite in South Plainfield, NJ. I forget what I paid. Bottled in Jan2006.

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; black as night, excellent coffee colored head that reached the top and had good retention. The lacing is beautiful.

Smell: Sugary, sweet, caramel with a little spice in the background. The coffee is there with some roastiness as well. The alcohol does sneak through. Very complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low carbonation, chewy and creamy.

Taste: I just realized how aged this beer is. It's matured very nicely. Sweet malty toffee and caramel. This is like a dark barley wine. The roastiness isn't there like I'd expect. The finishing exhale has an excellent spicy hops that again I wouldn't expect.

Drinkability: Very smooth and complex, something to savor and ponder slowly.

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

A brutally dark and intense stout. Flavors of coffee and bittersweet chocolate entice the back of your tongue whilst the bitterness of hops sweep across your pallet and stick to your taste buds. I felt that the hops dominated the flavor profile a wee much.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled January 2008. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours very dark brown/black with an inch and a half frothy brown head. Head retention and lacing is excellent. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee and dark/bittersweet chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's licorice noticable and also a lot of citrusy and pine hops in the finish. The hoppiness overpowers the roasted malt character of the beer somewhat. It's still good, but I prefer more malt than hops in my stouts. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's viscous, creamy and smooth. Drinkability is good too, it is pretty easy to drink. I think it's a good stout, but I prefer the oak aged version. I'll age a couple bottles of this and see if it improves with time.

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

A: Great pitch black body with a healthy dark mocha colored head. Just like it should be.

S: A bunch of chocolate, roast, and coffee. The ABV is fairly evident in the aroma.

T: Coffee, chocolate, coffee, and chocolate. Double of each.

M: Nice and thick with good creaminess. The ABV is apparent though.

D: I think its better than the Oak Aged version.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: An inky, coal-black, and downright evil looking pour. Looks very oily after the beautiful cascade shows off for a little while. A pillowy/puffy dark mocha-colored head forms and leaves droopy sheets of lace as it recedes.

S: Strong nose of sweet & spicy plums, rum soaked raisins, roasted malt, molassas, dark chocolate, espresso, milk chocolate, and cocoa. Awesome!

T: See above. Starts with sweet dark fruit and chocolate chip bread pudding. Then come all the chocolates. Then come the fresh green hops. Woven in amongst all of this are brown sugar/molassas and sweet and tangy fruit.

M: Thick and coating. The sweet fruit and spicy/peppery hops stick to everything. This starts sweet, fruity, and creamy and eventually finishes with a coffee-like bitterness.

D: This has got to be one of the easiest drinking RIS's out there! Dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, and hops blended together so expertly, totally complimenting each other. And it's a year-rounder! There should be one of these in your beer fridge at all times.

Photo of Norsebrew
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed a bomber of this brew.

A- Jet black color with a 3+ brown head that was retained for a good long time.

S-Sweet dark malts and chocolate with undertones of licorice and carmel. Very appealing!

T- Well balanced sweet malty flavor with a mixture of chocolate, molasses, coffee, carmel, toffee, locorice, and alcohol. There was also a subtle hoppy taste.

M-heavy but very smooth and warm.

D-Very drinkable imperial stout that has amazing aroma and a balanced flavor.

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

Served a deep opaque black with a creamy tan head that was slow to diminish and left great lacing. The aroma was roasted malts and coffee with some cocoa. The taste was espresso and roasted malts, great complexity. The beer is medium bodied and smooth with warming alcohol. This one was very enjoyable.

Photo of IPAcraig
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying this beer as I prepare for the MPRE, which is tomorrow.

Poured into an oversized wine glass to reveal a nice looking beer. It pours a deep syrupy black. The head had to be coaxed out by a vigorous pour, and it emerged a very dark mocha. Nice, but could have used a wee bit bigger head.

Smells like a bowl of dark chocolate intermingled with hop flowers.

Big sweet chocolate malt and roasty characters dominate. But the hops are not quite overshadowed as this beer has a massive hop bitterness. A lingering coffee flavor sticks with you.

Low carbonation, though not detracting. Thick, viscous brew.

One of my all time favorites. This beer is as nuanced as almost any you will find; but that doesnt stop it from kicking you in the teeth with flavor. Booya.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a dark beer. It looks like black velvet poured into my glass. There is a thick milk chocolate brown head that is very pillowy. There are microscopic bubbles on the edges that collect into larger bubbles in the center of the glass. Amazing head retention that leaves rings on the glass as you drink. I currently count three.

The smell is of dark malts and dried fruits. Raisins, currents and plum are the dominate scents that I get. There is also an alcohol twinge that is carried on faint chocolate wings.

This brew is thick. It solidly coats your pallet with a creamy smooth mouthfeel. I can feel it solidifying my saliva, kind of like eating good chocolate.

Taste is pleasant. There is a malty chocolate flavor that hints of some hops but never reveals them. A fruity alcohol flavor rips through your mouth and warms your tongue from front to back. There is a sweet malt aftertaste.

A nice big beer. This one is great for drinking on that cold march nights when the late snows are falling. Go ahead, drink the whole bottle and cross your fingers for a freeze so you can go to work late.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a black-black with a large-bubbled, foamy mocha-red head.

Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, and a sweetness from the alcohol.

Tastes of dark chocolate, espresso, and roasted malts. A nice hoppiness is found at the finish. The alcohol is present but doesn't overwhelm.

Full mouthfeel, smooth and creamy, and mildly carbonated.

A fine example of what a good RIS should be. A real pleasure to drink.

Photo of dsa7783
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was hooked after sampling Great Divide's Oak-Aged Yeti Imperial Stout, so I decided to give their original a shot as well...
Bottle purchased from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa...
Pours a jet-black, engine-oil, deep, dark hue with a massive red, tan, foamy and frothy head which exhibited impressive staying power and left a copious amount of lacing around the glass...
Wonderful, rich, creamy, vanilla-tinged Stout smell, bursting with deep, dark espresso, cocoa powder, and dark lattee nuances...
As with their Oak-Aged version, this one too was world-class... The main difference being a lack of strong oak, vanilla, whiskey and bourbon flavors associated with the former...
Deep, roasted malts combined with dark, burnt chocolate, rich cocoa, espresso, and cream flavors to produce an exceptional, top-of-the line RIS that is one of the best in its class, hands down...
Very rich, ultra-creamy and extra-sweet mouthfeel coupled with an easy level of drinkability where the hefty 9.5% ABV struggles to make itself noticeable behind a rich conglomeration of sweet, chocolate-laden, creamy flavors...
Excellent stuff...
Definitely recommended...

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

Appearance - Pitch black with a slightly wispy tan head that dissipated within a minute or two.

Smell - Roasted malts, burnt bread, dark chocolate and a hint of coffee.

Taste/mouthfeel - Very roasty, but smooth - no astringency whatsoever. Moderate sweetness, with flavors of dark chocolate and molasses coming to mind. Medium-bodied. Hops take on an herbal bitterness in the background, blending quite nicely with the roasted, grainy bitterness from the malt. Alcohol is completely hidden, though I wouldn't exactly call this quaffable - the richness makes it a definite sipper.

Notes - Quality stuff for sure. A no-frills RIS with plenty of complexity to keep it interesting.

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

I have had this on tap several times at Bodega in Columbus, OH and finally decided to review it. Came to me in a pint glass with a one finger tan head. Like a typical RIS this is pitch black with no light penetrating. Lacing is minimal.

Smell is fairly subdued. Smoky dark malts, coffee and dark chocolate. The typical RIS flavour of dark malts, chocolate and espresso blend nicely with a moderate hops bitterness. This is a particularly balanced, smooth RIS, which is unusually drinkable. No real alcohol burn, which I'm used to with RISs. Very dry with minimal sweetness.

Carbonation is adequate and body is chewy and viscous - all of which are on the spot for the style.

Smooth! A very good RIS. Drinkable, which I rarely say about this style. I love a good RIS, but rarely find them as drinkable as this one.

Photo of soupyman10
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Whole Foods in DC. Nice surprise there. $7.99 for a bomber, which I could deal with. Pours a deep black color with a maroon-brown head that dissolves pretty quickly down. Nice looking. Nose is surprisingly mild, a little too quiet for my taste, although still quite good. Lots of dried fruit, chocolate and caramel malt. Taste was similar, although crazy strong. Tons of dried fruit, chocolate, and roasted malt. A good bit of citrus spice too, that shows up as the hop profile kicks in at the end of the beer. Very mild alcohol presence, although its not biting at all. Feel is creamy and thick and very full. Perfect mild carbonation. Thought this one was incredible, although I'm not sure if it's quite as good as the Oak-Aged version (although I really can't remember what I rated that one, so who knows). A really perfect example of the style.

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,574 ratings.