Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,494 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,494
Reviews: 1,649
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 229
Gots: 598 | FT: 18
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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:
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(Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003)
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Photo of johnnnniee
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a tan head that dissipates quickly leaving lace all the way down the glass. Smell is spicy floral hops, roast, some coffee and chocolate. Taste is a balance between hops and roast, like they are both fighting to be the dominant taste. Thick mouthfeel with a coffee aftertaste. A decent impy stout, and I'm sure it would be fantastic in a year or so, but I think the hop taste and aroma are to up front right now. I prefer my stouts less hoppy.

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

Beautiful black pour with a thick 2 inch tan head on top that leaves lacing behind as it recedes.The nose is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, pretty much what one would expect given the style.

Flavour is smooth and creamy with both the chocolate and the coffee from the nose sharing top billing. Caramel is also present, perhaps even a hint of smoke with the vaguest hop bitters on the back of the tongue and a touch of alcohol. Good stuff.

The mouthfeel on this is thick and enjoyable. Not the very best in the style, but I'm not complaining. Drinkability: about what one would expect for the style in terms of actual drinking, and in terms of rebuy it is a shade above average as well, inexpensive for a Russian Imperial.

The bottom line: A tasty take on the style by the folks at Great Divide. While I prefer the oak version of the beer, the standard Yeti holds its own and is also worthy of a rebuy.

Photo of williamherbert
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like thick, black motor oil. Dark as midnight. Large dark brown puffy head. Looks big and formidable.

The smell is a heavy roasted coffee smell. Undercurrent of light berries and also dark grapes. Both sweet and bitter.

The flavor is a major burnt roasted taste. Very strong alcohol presence. Sweet second wave. Tastes like a burnt cookie. Incredibly harsh. Not smooth like a typical Imperial stout. Really brutal. Bitter/sour berry aftertaste.

Feels thick and coarse. Not at all smooth, not in the least. This baby is a heavy-hitter. It's really strong. Which isn't to say it isn't good, it's just frickin' harsh.

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

Appearance: Deep black with a dense, brown head that lingers and laces well.

Smell: Chocolate malt, caramel, toffee, molasses. Strong hop presence, with a small alcohol undercurrent.

Taste: Sweet chocolate flavors that evolve into a bitter chocolate finish. Alcohol softens the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Very dense, full body brew. Very smooth and waxy.

Drinkability: Very big and bold. A pleasure to consume.

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

Jet black with a gorgeous milky coffee colored head with good retention. Heavy lacing on the glass. Chocolate and coffee nose with hints of vanilla ice cream. Big coffee taste upfront with chocolate and a very sweet malt taste. Alcohol is faint but present. If you don't taste it, you'll definitely feel it 22 ounces later. Wonderful feel that's smooth and very creamy. Almost orgasmic. Very dry roasted malt tasting finish. This is a great beer. Thank you Beer Gods.

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

Pours an opaque darkness with better than a full finger fluffy dark tan head that fades slowly to sheets of lacing. The smell is awesome rich cocoa, roasted java over syrupy vanilla notes. Lightly carbonated, the mouth feel is thick and rich without being syrupy. Full flavored, the chocolaty taste over just the right amount of roasted malt and coffee characters. Really opens up as is warms. The chocolate-caramel complexity lingers appropriately. The 9.5% ABV can be detected in the nose and with the swallowing breath. Nicely done by a great bunch of people!! Happy Thanksgiving. Peace.

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

22oz bottle split with my gf.

A: Pours jet black from the bottle. Nice chocolate/mocha head. Fairly thick but it quickly dissipated.

S: Malt, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, hops in that order. Pleasant but nothing remarkable.

T: Malt and coffee up front. Slight smoky flavor most likely associated with the malt. Finishes with choclate then alcohol. The alcohol is fairly prevelent in this one. I had it after a Saranac Imperial Stout and that did a better job of hiding the alcohol.

M: Nice and thick. Carbonation is low which leads the alcohol taste to be a little more up front.

D: Took me a while to drink half the 22. A nice sipping beer on a cool evening. Not that this beer ever would be an easy drinker. A good beer but there are better cheaper alternatives.

Photo of PlaywrightSam
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into tulip glass. A: Very, very dark, thick as oil, moderate amount of dark brown head that goes down after a couple minutes. S: Really dark malts, coffee, caramel, with dark fruit and maybe even some citrus notes. T: Up front there's a lot of dark fruit and cocoa, giving way to a really intense bitter chocolate favor on the finish. Lots of stuff going on here. M: Very, very thick, coarse. D: A very intense beer, I couldn't drink much more than the 22oz bomber in front of me. But a great beer all around. I'll definitely pick it up again.

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

This bottle had a few years on it. Cracked it open to celebrate the arrival of our first nice cold front. Beautiful jet black pour into the trusty Duvel leaves a mountainous 2 inch frothy dark beige head. Smell is all chocolate and roasted coffee - appropriate as I am watching "O Lucky Man" while I enjoy this wonderful beer. Taste - bye bye hops. If you were ever in there, the smooth chocolate and roasted malts have sent you packing. But then, after several long sips, the funniest thing happened. There, in the aftertaste, at the base of my tongue, some bitterness vainly hung on, a nice counter to the sweet onslaught. Very nice. This has held up wonderfully. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Alcohol is not noticeable. Drinkability? I killed this in under 30 minutes without even trying.

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Presented with a dark brown/black opaque color. Virtually non-existent head that dissipated almost immediately. Very little lacing adhered to the glass during the sampling. Smell of malt and roasted coffee. Strong taste of coffee and chocolate with a subtle taste of toffee (it took me a few minutes to detect the flavor). Smooth milky consistency with a slight tingle of carbonation and alcohol on the tongue. Taste of coffee and chocolate lingers on the back of the tongue at the finish. A nice imperial very representative of the style. You won't be disappointed with the flavor; however a little pricey at $7.99 for a 22oz. bottle.

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

Third sampling of this one. Bottle's probably had 2 months in the cellar.

Poured into a B. B. Bürgerbräu 500ml pintish-type glass. Let it sit for a while to marvel at the 1"+ head that settled to about 1/4" after 3 minutes. Cocoa sweetnes can be smelled several inchess off the glass, although the bubbles have pretty much stopped popping at this point. No clarity whatsoever when held to light. Nom nom nom.

This is one of those beers I like to serve cold and sip over an hour or so. It tastes like coffee ice cream with black chocolate syrup. No chalkiness in the mouthfeel, and a very nice cocoa bitterness on the sides of the tongue that can be easily avoided for some sweeter relief for those of you who can't tolerate it. It will punch your taste buds full of bitter maltiness as it warms, so be carefull.

Part of me wishes they brewed this in 12 ounce bottles because, without sharing it, the 22 ounces can be just a little too much of a good thing.

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

Appearance- Poured a nice black color with a thick brown head.

Smell- Smells very sweet with a hint of chocolate and coffee.

Taste- This beer tastes of chocolate and coffee. No spices like the oak aged version though.

Mouthfeel- Very heavy with little carbonation.

Drinkability- This is a good beer. Again like the oak aged it is something nice to drink during winter.

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

My mouth has been watering for this one...

Pours a thick black used motor oil color with a head that looks like chocolate milk. I held this up to a halogen light and saw nothing but pure black goodness. Nice two finger head that slowly dissipated into some nice sticky lacing.

Smell is dark chocolate, malt, hops, smoky, and some fig. It seriously reminds me of fig newtons!

This tastes wonderful...bakers chocolate, raisins, hoppy bite with a smooth finish. As it warms the alcohol is a little more pronounced and this beer leaves a nice coating in your mouth with a yummy hop aftertaste.

The drinkability really depends on your tastes and what you like. I could drink a couple of these but the high abv might slow some down a bit. I don't really taste the 9.5% abv but I can sure feel it :-).

Photo of sinistrsam
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a heavy and opaque black body which appeared almost thick and syrupy. The head was large brown and foamy with extensive lacing and good retention.
The aroma was chocolate, caramel, cherry, prunes dark fruits and raisin, and roasted grains. Very complex and plesant.
The taste in my mind was dominated by smokey burnt and roasted malts, with coffee, chocolate and alcohol being the otehr major players. Mild hints of dark fruits were present but overshaddowed by the smokey roast tastes.
The feel hits you with a deep bitter adn almost sour smoky acrid feel, then quickly mellows into a balanced sweetness before you can complain. It changes once again to finish a very good bittersweet.
This is an excellent example of balance, and is tehrefore a great sipping beer. Kudos to GD.

Photo of brdc
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Small capped bottle, poured into a snifter.

Pitch black with a minimal dark tan head, that leaves very little lacing.
A great aroma, mostly caramelized, with notes of alcohol, chocolate, coffee and hints of fruits.
Medium bodied, I expected a beer as balanced as the aroma, but there is an excessive amount of undisguised alcohol, and most of the caramel and coffee notes are "burnt".
It starts well, but the alcohol and excessive burnt notes get overwhelming quite fast. Disappointing.

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

I got this one in a trade with franksnbeans, thanks.

Pours really dark and thick with a good inch of brown foam. Great lacing and retention.

Smells of cocoa, toffee, hints of coffee, some wood notes, and slight aromas of chocolate covered cherries. The aroma is not a strong as I thought it would be.

Taste of coffee, cocoa, bitter chocolate, a bit of raisins and roasted malts. Slightly alcoholic in the taste and finish. Tastes less bitter/burnt when it warms up to room temperature; also the chocolate and powdery cocoa flavors are more pronounced at a warmer temp.

Definitely above average RIS, but I was expecting to be more impressed from the Yeti.

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

22oz bomber into a Yeti tulip

A: Poured a 1 finger, rich looking, brown head that slowly fell to a ring & cloud leaving nice lacing. Pitch black body.

S: Aroma of dark chocolate, chocolate milk, with alcohol and a touch of roasted coffee. Quite powerful.

T: Rich chocolate up front. Burnt malt & toffee too. Then finishes with bitter roasted coffee and an alcohol warming. Hops are very much in the background, but keep it from being out of balance. Very powerful and complex.

M: As smooth a beer as you'll ever have. Thick, full body. Lasting, creamy finish where the hops finally get a chance to assert themselves a bit.

D: The alcohol presence cuts into the drinkability a bit, but it's so good you won't care. Big beer fans will love this.

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

Finally getting around to reviewing this one...let's give it a whirl:

a - pour as much like motor oil as any beer I've had minus Dark Lord and Old Viscosity, super black, one-inch tan head with retention around the edges and nice lacing

s - smells of dark bittersweet chocolate and burnt malt predominantly, hints of alcohol, really sweet smelling

t - very smooth taste, nice roasted malt sweetness up front that rolls nicely into the mid-palate that is dominated by bittersweet chocolate, finish has a nice presence of bitter hops that give a slight brightness, finish lingers and evolves into subtle booziness, very complex and tasty

m - full-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation, coats the mouth very well, balanced finish

d - for a big stout, drinkability is not bad, but this is a big beer

This is certainly one of the best widely available stouts out there. I'm very impressed with the complexity of this brew.

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

I got this precious gem from dogfooddog. It has been in my cellar for almost a year and now I have finally grabbed it at this rainy and mistySunday afternoon.

Appearance is a thick viscous beer, pitch black with a thin, off-white head that has bubbles in all shapes and sizes.

Smell of molasses and soysauce, the burned and roasted notes are deep and complex, backed up by this woody, rich oily graininess of what is probably barley flakes or something. The bitterness is high, but not sharp and nicely balanced by the fullness of the beer. Also the dark malts give the beer a gentle malt bitterness. After all this violence, there is also a sourness that gives the beer a smell of Chinese fish sauce. Somehow this complements the beer.

Taste follows the smell and is also very dark and complex. There are these mild roasted and burned notes that give the beer a coffee and dark unsweetened chocolate taste, followed by a great maltbitterness that reminds me of molasses, liquorice and soysauce. There is a grainy taste, which has an oily taste of adjunct, but it fits the bigness of the beer and makes the beer tend towards soysauce or Chinese fishsauce.
Bitterness is high, but not out of balance and the hops are giving the beer a great bitterness, although this is a bit subdued by the big body. With it's 9,5% alcohol I still get a warming feeling with every sip and my lips are a little sticky. This is truly a big beer with every aspect of the beer has been blown up to taste explosion proportions.

Photo of goochpunch
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

New review and I'm gonna give this one another chance. Pours out a thick, inky black with a full burnt sugar head that sticks to the glass, leaving chunky and raised lacing. Aroma is chocolate ganache, medium roast coffee, orange/grapefruit oils, and subtle alcohol. Flavor starts off with intense roasted character that carries on throughout, along with a sweet underlying chocolate. Through the middle, there appears an out-of-place fruitiness from hops and the yeast. Some piney notes come out too and just don't sit well with me. Big bitterness from hops and highly-kilned malts in the finish in conjunction with lactic acid. There are some good things going on in the flavor, but it's all over the place and is something of a mess. Mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and viscous, but I'd really like the carbonation to be a touch more subdued. With some wild-ass flavors and super thick mouthfeel, drinkability is a little rough. I'd really like to try this with a few years on it. I'd take the oak aged version over this any day, even considering the price.

Photo of ndekke39
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 22 oz. bottle of the Yeti with my brother, served in pint glasses. No freshness date to be seen on the bottle. Poured a pitch black, like motor oil. Very thick. Small brown head on it. A few bits of lacing. Aromas of dark roast coffee, hoppy bitterness, chocolate. Taste begins with a fizzy alcohol at the front of the mouth. Mellows a bit in the middle - strong flavors there of very dark chocolate. Very appealling. Ends with bitter notes. We sipped this as the beer returned to room temperature, which brought out an oaty, dark malty taste. Very interesting to see how the flavor transforms through the temperature change. Light carbonation; fairly creamy complexion. Overall, one of the best stouts I have ever tasted - really gets me back into this style again. Outstanding selection - highly recommended.

Photo of bort11
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was my choice to bring to a get together with my wife's boss. 22 oz bottle poured into a Chardonnay wine glass. With no pint glasses at the house we were visiting, this was a good alternative. Dark mocha colored head with good retention. Nice lacing on the glass, leaving noticeable rings on the glass with each sip.
Smell was a fantastic chocolate malt, dark coffee blend. There was a subtle hops nose blended with the bitterness of the coffee aroma. Taste fan-freaking-tastic! All the dark yummy flavors you would expect in an RIS. Coffee, toffee, chocolate, some figs, and that little hint of hops in the back.
Mouthfeel is very full bodied, but has a dry finish. A pleasantly mild carbonation. Very, very drinkable. I had two bottles and I was done for the night. I am getting more soon.

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

Pours an oily, pitch black. The head is almost non existent, and dark brown in color. The smell is earthy, and of roasted malts. Exceptionally smooth tasting, the hops wonderfully balance out the rich malt flavor. Hints of coffee, brown sugar, and an ever so slight citrus character. The mouthfeel is incredibly rich, carbonation is just right. I was surprised at how carbonated it was, especially after the pour. A world class beer.

Photo of biking4beer
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to get this on cask at the brewery. Served in a Yeti glass of course.

Deep dark black in color. Almost no head typical of cask conditioning. Just a few big brown bubbles. The lack of the nice fluffy tan head usually associated with this beer brought the appearance rating down for me.

The smell was a little subdued too, but did help to bring out a nice grassy/floral aroma. Seems strange for a impy stout, but it fit well. Of course you have the typical chocolate notes too. A little vanilla and raisin come through.

I think the cask conditioning does wonders for this beer. I usually don't enjoy it as much when it's fresh (especially straight from the barrels at the brewery), but this one was great. The cask conditioning really brings out the sweet notes in the flavor. It's still super bitter, but not it has a nice contrast. Dark chocolate, caramel. And then the coffee like bitterness follows up strongly.

Mouthfeel is good. Obviously, it was low in carbonation. It fits this beer well. Dangerously smooth which makes it go down fast. I've never given a high ABV beer a 5 in my reviews, but I'm giving it to this one. I could have easily had another pint of this, but I new better and opted for a Titan. Not sure that was the best option for lowering the ABV.

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

This 12oz model had a freshness date of Apr 2006. The Yeti(sweet name) pours as dark as can be with a soft pillowy head that dissipates slowly. There is a cool little carbonation ring in between the head. The smell is good and has deep tones of roasted malt and coffee. The taste hits you with the 9.5 on the richter scale. You get the solid flavor of the roasted malt with a toffee undertone. It leaves the palate similar to after swallowing a piece of dark chocolate. The Yeti Stout is definitely imperial. This would be a great beer during the winter months or as a night cap.

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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