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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,625 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,625
Reviews: 1,674
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 246
Gots: 684 | FT: 22
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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 Buebie
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my Ommegang snifter.
This is a cellard 2006 bottle.

Poured pitch black, not rigerous, but not gentle.
3 Finger brown fluffy head, leaving super thick clumps of lace on the glass. This is probably the thickest lace I've come across on a beer, leading to a 5.0 on appearance.

Smell is chocolate toasted grain, coffee, sweet cream, mild vanilla, with a hint of alcahol.

Upfront its thick and creamy, with a bit more carbonation. Rich roasted chocolate malt character. Through the middle the sweetness drops out. Dry in finish with a zesty hop linger.
Very smooth all the way through with a faint cry at the finish from the alcahol.

The head on this beer is awsome as is the thick clumps of lace. IMHO its the beers greatest attribute. But the beer is damn fine as well. This is not ment as a stab, but just a highlight of how great the retention, head and lace are.

Photo of BirdFlu
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

first, let me just suggest that if you have the opportunity to try this beer and it's oak-aged counterpart, try this one first. It's definitely not bad at all, but the oak-aged is better. Much smoother with greater drinkability. But back to this one here. A lot about it seemed like just a bit above avg imperial stout affair. Pours a super dark ebony with dark head. Smells and tastes very, very roasted. Lots of roasted malt and some dark chocolate, but with a nice presence of hops as well that is particularly detecable in the back of themouth and aftertaste. Again in reference to the oak aged, this ones drinkability ranks a little lower as it seems a lot thicker and more syrupy with real weight and gravity to it. It makes the prospect of having another beer after it questionable. But I'm sure a lot of people would see that as a reason to rank it higher. So have this one and enjoy it, but certainly make your way to the oak-aged to experience its superiority.

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

As I've been a big fan of russian imperial stouts, this local favorite has been on my must-try list. Lets see how it stacks up...

Pours from a 12oz brown bottle into the curvy sam adams glass. It's very dark brown but with hints of red around the edges. The light tan colored bubbles rise slowly through the beer and settle into a fine head on top.

Aroma is a combination of roasted malts and (surprisingly) hops. Most beers of this style don't have the hop aroma that this one does and I like it.

Flavor is rich in chocolate and roasty malt but also has a distinctive hop taste. It's almost an IPA RIS if there ever was one. The bitterness from the malts is there but the hops play a major part as well. It's all very well balanced too not leaning too much towards sweet or bitter.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy smooth with just enough carbonation to get by.

Drinkability is good but keep in mind it's
nearly 10%.

I opened both this and the oak-aged version together. As good as this one is, the oak is clearly better. If I needed an everyday RIS, it would be between this and Ten Fidy. For something a bit more special, the oak aged yeti is the one.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ours a soupy blac with leather brown highlights. There was a quick brownie brown head. Can't see any bubbles and there is no lacing. Marshmellowed brownies made wth dark chocolate, thanks to this beers hopping. With a slight creamy booze warmth that you can feel in the nostrils throughout. Bitter roasted chocolate malts and hops mix to give the taste buds the gift of marshmellowy, vanilla-ey, brownies. The finish is a bitter cream and heavily milked coffee. Liquid dessert in a 22 oz. bottle. Great to slowly sip on a cool night before you retire for the evening.

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

This beer pours very dark/opaque with a beautiful 2 fingered head, with very nice lacing. The smell is of vanilla, chocolate, coffee and lovely malts. The taste... as my wife put it is very complex. You get some vanilla, lots of chocolate and some coffee, a great selection of malts in this beer! The mouthfeel is nice, the carbonation level is good. I could see myself drinking one or two of these bombers pretty easily but I would go on stout overload after that.

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

A: Medium dark black with a thick brown head... good lacing left behind

S: Caramel, Chocolate, and Coffee... a

T: Strong on the coffee and chocolate... the caramel is a little more subtle than the nose would suggest... a dash of alcohol burning through

M: Medium full body... slightly carbonated

D: Solid.

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

Yeti. Bigfoot. Sasquatch. Wiitigo. Cool name no matter what. Bomber to glass after lunch...

Not the blackest black I've ever seen but pretty damn black. Pour yields a half finger light brown head. Will be more aggressive on the next glassful. ***Second pour resulted in desired head, so I'm only half an idiot***

Smell of stout. Coffee.

Huge flavor. Malts. Some nice bitterness as the back end. Stone RIS is my yardstick, so this puppy would be about 25 inches. It's chilled right now so I'm gonna hit the shower and be back for another look-see. ***Takes shower*** Mmmm. It seems like warming dulled the scent if that's possible.

Love the feel. Thick creamy stuff. I get disappointed when a stout is even slightly watery.

Overall: good stout, should trade places with Old Rasputin on the BA Top 100

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

Pours a deep dark black, with a cocoa brown head that settles fairly slowly leaving some light lacing. Aroma is amazing! Notes of oak, coffee, vanilla, chocolate. Flavor is extremely well balance for such a big stout. Just enough of a chocolate flavor , but not so much as to be a "chocolate stout", a bit of rosted coffee flavor as well. Flavors hide the 9.5% abv very well, as it is nowhere to be found. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Not harsh at all. I am very impressed with this RIS. I would definitely advise you to seek this one out.

Photo of OlieIPA
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I acquired this beer from Lone Hill Liquor in Glendora...awesome place.

A: Poured thick and black. Tan/brown head which made me immediately want to whiff this thing of beauty as soon as possible.

S: Toffee aroma was immense with hints burnt coffee and caramel. Alchohol was evident as the beer warmed up.

T: The intial taste emobodied burnt, coffee (toffee and caramel), and a chocolate like taste. Again, the alcohol was prevalent in this beer. The finish had a bite to it as well. If I was to compare this to other stouts, I would say that the first half was similar to "Old Rasputin" and the second half was similar to "Storm King Stout".

M: Typical of any Imperial Stout that I have had. Nothing special, just about average. Medium to full body with almost no carbonation.

D: Good drinkability for a Stout.

Overall: A hybrid between the "Old Rasputin" and "Storm King Stout". I enjoyed this beer a lot, but I would give the edge to Old Rasputin. I would definitely buy this again; you won't be disappointed. Worthy of the top 100 of BA.

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

Well I really enjoyed this beer. Super dark and you can taste the coffee and chocolate.. I was very surprised to find out this was made here in America. Its no doubt the best stout here in the USA we have. Enjoy it with friends as its strong and tasty.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appears jet black with a one inch dark tan head. Leaves some spotty lacing on the side of the glass.

Aromas of coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, and some citrusy hops. A bit of alcohol is also noticable.

Taste has lots of coffee and chocolate flavors as the aroma suggests. Finishes nice and smooth with the perfect amount of citrusy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full, but not very thick. Finishes up dry and very smooth. A bit more drinkable than some other RIS.

Overall I enjoyed this one quite a bit. It's also a good thing that it's cheaper than a bottle of Stone RIS, but just about as good.

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

Pours black. Black hole black. Dark brown creamy fluffy head. Good head retention. Very impressive to look at.

Aroma of dark chocolate, dark malts, expresso.

Taste is dark chocolate, dark malts, dark fruits. Some charcoal and coffee in there. Bitter.

Mouthfeel was heavy. Dry at the end. Somewhat chewey.

Overall, a very, very good brew. Very drinkable. It hides the alcohol well. Great sipping beer at day's end.

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

Thanks to kwakwhore for this bottle.

Poured this thick, black brew into a Chimay goblet. Straight out of the fridge, somewhat colder than optimum tasting temp, but it's hot and that's the way I feel like drinking this one.

Thinnish head quickly dissipated, scant lacework left behind. When I stuck my nose in there and took a whiff the hops hit me first, followed by some chocolate and roasted malt.

Flavor is bitter dark chocolate and toffee, with some warming alcohol, and the mouthfeel is full and smooth, moderately carbonated.

Not quite as much going on as with the oak-aged version, from what I can recall, but damn this is good. And getting better as it warms.

Photo of Stonebreaker
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Motor oil, head is a little on the thin side.

Smell: Sweet alcohol, caramel, coffee, a little faint.

Taste: Chocolatey to a fault. Bam!! it hits you over the head with rich dark chocolate, creamy dark roasted richness. Coffee and caramel, and the alcohol comes on strong, with a sweet effervescence from the ample carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and delicious.

Drinkability: A sipping brew for sure, and so far of the two RIS I've had, the Old Rasputin was better.

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

22oz bomber poured into a nonic glass. Pours a deep dark colour with a 2 inch tan head.

Their is a huge coffee aroma you can smell as soon as you pour the beer, some cocoa and roasted malts are also present.

Roasted malt, dark chocolate and alcohol are all present at the start and then cocoa hits you and it finishes with grapefruit hop bitterness.

Their is a light creaminess to it with low carbonation. The alcohol is not well hidden in this one and lowers its drinkability.

Photo of treyrab
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Pitch black with a huge creamy extremely dark brown head that lasts and laces. This is one of the darker stouts I have seen recently!

S: Wow. Very pungent with coffee and dark cocoa along with alcohol.

T: Extremely powerful with a huge kick. Tons of dark cocoa and coffee followed by a nice kick of hops. The alcohol is present in this one for sure!

M,D: The mouthfeel is very, very thick and the alcohol is definitely there. I may try aging one to calm it down some!

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

Pours inky black with a cocoa-colored head. Retention medium low. Aroma dislays strong roast,cocoa, and perhaps a hint of vanilla.

Flavor starts with a chocolate-roast essence. In the middle are bittersweet coffee flavors, and the finish ends with a rather harsh acidity and some noticible hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium-full and not quite a chewy as some RIS's are. This one lacks the creamy nature and balanced complexity that the best of this style often show.

Overall, a respectable RIS but I've had a good number of others I liked better.

Photo of longbongsilver
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got some good deals while getting groceries, decided to splurge. Big-ass bottle, pours dark brown virtually black, w/ well over an inch of tan-tone thick head. Half the head stays quite awhile, can practically bite it.

Smell is like dark chocolate with a hint of...raisin? Think I even smell an oakish tone, maybe they mislabled this one an' it was the oak-aged? Oddly complex, yet subtle at the same time.

Taste is sweeter than I'd think considering the smell. Humongous malt still, and a slight warming from the 9.5%. Goes down creamy, almost milk-like, w/ the hops coming near the end.

Drinkability takes a slight hit, but only because it demands so much respect. This is strictly post-meal, preferably one involving hunks of pork ripped off the carcass like you think you're Henry the 8th or something. I'm a sucker for that kind of thing though, so the overall is a plus to me.

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

What a great RIS. Pours out completly, utterly pitch black. Used motor oil, vicious looking brew with a head that is darker than most stouts
Aromas is huge, complex as a well roasted infused coffee. Notes of bitter chocolates, deeply roasted malts, vanilla, oaks, alcoholic phenols singe your nose as you breath in this deliciousness.
Flavor is bliss at first sip. The alcohol, as noted by other BA users is very dominant, but spikes the beer thoughout drinking. The mouthfeel is thick, yet light. Flavor is bitter chocolates, loads of maltiness, coffee, rum, caramelized toffee, yet balance by spicy hops and alcohol. The finish is warm, but very smooth. This was suprisingl good, I highly reccommend and will purchase again

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

bomber poured into an an imperial pint.
i got the whole bomber to fit, si it had very little head, my fault not the beers though
smell is strong roasted malts, hops and alcohol
taste deep, complex, hard hit of burnt and roasted malt, followed by hop bite, and loads of booze in the finish.
thick mouthfeel, a sipper but one i could sip al night.
this is a great beer, of of the best i have ever had, much better than the oa version.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.15/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The first beer on my 4th July American beer evening. Poured into a 'Forbidden Fruit' chalice.

Darker than a dark night on a moonless hill, a deep tan coloured head sat on top of the smouldering body. The head however soon left leaving a thin collar around the glass.

The aroma was of rich fruitcake, slightly burnt or overcooked, baked plums were also in the smell.

The taste was of dry burnt caramel, with the hops adding to the dryness. As the beer warmed, it appeared to lose some of its dryness, but it was still pretty dry to me.

Over hopped and to much alcohol for me. I am no expert on Imperial Stouts, but if this typical, then they obviously aren't my cup of tea.

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

12oz bottle dated April '06

The Yeti pours black with a sizeable tan head that lasts quite awhile.

The aroma reveals mostly chocolate malt and alcohol.

A lot of cocoa in the taste. Raisinets, alcohol, and black coffee.

Despite being two years old, this beer still has plenty of carbonation. Very thick and creamy with a nice bite.

This is a great beer.

Photo of tmitch75
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge cascading brown head, 4 fingers worth. Lots of brown lacing too. Beer itself is black black black. Opaque. The head looks like a DQ malt.

Heavy bitter dark chocolate smell, very roasty. Some piney hop notes in there too, with a bit of mint.

Big bitter chocolate with a slight caramel flavor. Coffee too. Floral and piney hops finish it off.

Thick and creamy, super smooth. Absolutely wonderful mouthfeel.

A unique RIS, very good and surprisingly drinkable considering the 9.5% ABV.

Tasted on 6/5/08.

Photo of david131
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Black as can be with a monstrous brown head that has amazing retention and leaves amazing lacing. Looks absolutely delicious.

S- Chocolate, coffee, some citrusy hops, cinnamon, and alcohol. Some cherries as well. This has a beautiful slightly-aged quality to it.

T- Chocolate and coffee with a citrusy hops background. Also noticeable are hints of cinnamon, vanilla, cherries, and alcohol. Nice and complex. The flavors have blended really well with this one.

M- Nice and creamy. The carbonation is just about right. Maybe a tad dry on the tail end.

D- This is always damn tasty. There are better stouts out there, but this is really impressive.

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

Pours black with a good head and lasting lacing.

Smells of malt, dark chocolate, and a slight twang of hops in the finish.

Tastes of bitter dark chocolate over a deep malty base. Citric hops in the finish. Definite alcohol presence. Some coffee notes. Hops are nice, but a bit dominant for my taste.

Mouthfeel is very nice, smooth and coating. The best part of this for me.

This is a quality beer. I can't say that it necessarily distinguishes itself from many of the other quality RISs out there. Pretty nice, but if were up to me, I'd cut back on the hops a bit.

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,625 ratings.