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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,680 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,680
Reviews: 1,681
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 253
Gots: 719 | FT: 21
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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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Ratings: 4,680 | Reviews: 1,681
Photo of corby112
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours adark black with a nthick coffee colored head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and sugar. Tastes of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee and smoe dark berries. Has a very smooth taste in which the high alcohol content is nicely masked.

Photo of Poser
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Darkest black with a milky, frothy tan top. Excellent retention. Smells of dark, roasted chocolate. Milky chocolate taste with some expresso. Roasted malts. A slight bitter bite in the finish. Thick and chewy with some slightly acidic tones - not sure if it's the alcohol or what. Aftertaste of coffee and roasted malts.

Photo of eagles22
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: black like night with a tan head that dimishes quick lacing is good

Smell: lots of roasted malts, hops and also hints of bitter chocolate

Taste: lots of malts and also hints of carmel and floral taste

Mouthfeel: is very smooth and silky and when you take a sip it leaves you wanting more

Drinkability: for a heavy beer they are easy to drink but only can have a couple but great on a cold day

Photo of katan
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from a four pack. Appears to be from 12/2007.

A - Am I pouring out Molasses here? Pours almost like motor oil also. Very thick and dark. The head was very slow to form, quick to disappear.

S - Chocolate and roasted malts dominate the nose. Lots of sweetness on the nose. This thing has to be made with tons of malted barley.

T - Starts off with an unassertive malt note which immediately builds to more of a roasted malt sweetness. There is bitterness, but it plays second fiddle to the pile of fermentables/sugars in this beer. Bittersweet chocolates. Some phenolic undertones. Finishes with an interesting spicy aftertaste. Almost astringent in someway. Not sure it is intended by the brewer. Aftertaste reveals the bitterness, which apparently was hidden by the sweetness.

M - Thick and creamy. This baby has backbone. Fits my definition of a RIS - all the body of the piles of sugars plus the phenolic dryness.

D - Potent and thick, this beer is more for the single than the session. An excellent start or finish to a night, but not something I could come back to more than once in a session. Admittedly, I doubt that is the goal of the style.

A good RIS - I'd put it in the same vein with the Rogue Imperial Stout. Love to have it, but not my favorite in the style.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small, creamy tan head and good lacing.

Scent of cocoa powder, hops, roasted malts, raisins, and a hint of alcohol. While it's not the best out there, this is one damn fine smelling Imperial Stout. Some warmth brings, out a more prominent hop character, but more alcohol as well.

Taste of cocoa powder, hops, and roasted malts with a coffee undertone initially. Warms into a stronger malt character with some raisins, alcohol is very well hidden. Finishes with roasted malts and some coffee. With some warmth more hops come out, and it makes the beer quite good, I recommend letting this one warm before drinking.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with a full body, not too heavy either.

Photo of DoctorDog
3.23/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into an over-sized wine glass.

A- Oily black/opaque. Pours with a thin brown head, which fades rapidly, leaving a thin, filmy covering. Ample lacing noted.

S- Alcohol bite, chocolate, coffee, indiscernible dark fruitiness, and a bit of molasses.

T- Fleeting hints of coffee and chocolate, quickly obscured and diminished by the biting alcohol presence. No experience with this, but perhaps one that might do well aged?

M- Fairly thick with fairly low carbonation

D- Not more than one as a slow sipper on a lazy evening. ABV is too high and too pronounced to consider more.

Future outlook: Might get again to sock away for a long time....

Photo of BillyBeernut
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful, almost black into a tulip, old motor oil with a nice head the color of Haagen Dazs coffee ice cream, which dissipates into sticky lacing. The scents of toffee, dark chocolate, espresso, and nutty bread drift up to your nose. The leading taste is a charred coffee bean, followed quickly by sweet caramel, very dark chocolate, coffee, and followed by a tangy hop bite. This is almost a dessert - I can almost, but not quite, see pouring it on waffles. I could swear there are tiny bits of something like brown sugar or toffee drifting in the liquid, and if it has a drawback at all, it is almost too sweet.
A very high quality product, another winner from Great Divide, and not as expensive as many RISs. A sipper, not a quaffer. Highly recommended.

Photo of littlekidlover
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW!! just poured some of this 22oz into a wine glass, swished it around to take in the aroma, although I didn't need to because I could smell it from two feet away. It poured a thick khaki head that went to the way side with light lacing fairly quickly. The nose is a dark chocolate, coffee, and hop wallup! The taste is very well balanced with everything I smelled and a bit of raspberry. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and exceptionally drinkable. I put this stout on the short list of the greats, including Dark Lord and Bourbon County. This really kicks you in the ass! This weekend I am having some friends over for Yeti, Oak Aged Yeti, and Southern Tier Choklat. I may look for a couple more stouts as well to rate. KILLER!

Photo of craytonic
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a dark coffee head.

Smell: Bitter old coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, blackstrap molasses

Taste: Starts out with chocolate, tobacco, & coffee, but finishes with harsh bitter hops and the taste of old coffee grinds.

Mouthfeel: Excellent think mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Never again. Over-hopped and over-hyped. No balance.

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

For some reason this was widely available in the Netherlands for a very short while but I managed to get my hands on quite a lot. It's an impressive Imperial Stout for sure. Very well balanced, stable and rubust. It has all you could probably imagine it should have. However there's one thing that's just not perfect. I think it's a bit one demensional. Loads of roasted coffee and chocolate but it lacks some complexity and subtile flavors like licorice, blackcurrant or even honey. But as said, wonderful beer.

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

this brew pours up an absent of all colors black with a nice dark brown head. nice lacing as well. the nose is sweet and roasted malts, subtle earth, subtle marshmallow, hints of sweet vanilla. very rich taste. I get sweet malts, coffee, yeast, a lot of roasted malts, nice hop bitterness, a little vanilla bean in the finish, full bodied, high carbo. A very nice beer...

Photo of CHADMC3
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Jet-black body with an aggressive deep tan head that lasts throughout the beer. A substantial sticky lacing clings to the glass and hangs around for the duration.

Wow, the hearty aroma wafts from the glass and I can smell it from about a foot and a half away after the pour. Generous roasted malt and toffee, but also abundant hop aroma as you get closer.

Amazing deep flavors of roasted malt and caramel to chocolate; quite an impressive balance of sweetness and bitterness.

Delightfully thick with mild to medium carbonation and abundant flavor character.

This is a sipper, but man could I enjoy a couple in one sitting. It's just so good, you crave another.

Photo of BarryNL
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, I've never given an all 5 review before, but I can't fault this beer at all. If I had to choose one beer to drink for the rest of my life this would be it.

A: Pitch black with a deep tan head, which lasts well considering the alcohol level of this beer.

S: Fresh, citrusy hops aroma dominates with dark, sweet malts coming through underneath.

T: An amazing explosion of flavour. Spicy, citrus hops; sweet and roasty malts; a perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness in the mouth followed by a pleasant bitter astringent aftertaste which lasts forever...

M: Rich and smooth in the mouth, with a pleasant astringency after swallowing.

D: Very refreshing considering the strength of this beer, and not cloying or tiring - an easy drinker - dangerously so.

All in all, I have to rate this as my favourite beer - for home drinking at least. For an evening in the pub I might prefer Timmy Taylor's Landlord but for quiet appreciation, this is the one.

Photo of tpd975
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on draft in the Great Divide tap room while in Denver.

A: Pours a perfect deep dark black with a small but tight khaki colored head. Good retention with layer after layer of lace.

S: Nice charred malt up front with nice tones of bitter chocolate. Hints of molasses and coffee.

T: The taste is very rich and complex. Dark roasted malts and chocolate dominate. Hints of dark fruit peeks thru the bitter coffee in the middle. Bold bitter hops in the finish.

M: Medium in body very rich; downright smooth and creamy. Even better on draft than in a bottle.

D: Very good. I really enjoyed sitting in the tap room watching the brewers at work while sipping this gem.

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

Picked up a single in fort collins and have been excited for it for a while. Here goes.

A: poured an opaque black with a huge brown three finger head. Excellent clumpy lacing. This is dark and enticing.

S: initially the hop character really pops out. There is also a huge chocolate presence. Coffee. There is also an interesting caramel hint in there. Piney hops as well.

T: this one is very bitter initially. Very heavy on the coffee flavors. Dark roasted coffee is the most present. Cocoa powder chocolate flavors. Hops aren't well defined but are piney. Interesting and complex.

M: a little thin for the style. Bitterness lingers a while the beer nicely coats the mouth.

D: fair. This one bomber is enough for me. I enjoy it but there are some better examples out there.

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

Yeti, Yeti, Yeti....this is definitely one hairy giant of a stout! Think this is from '04 can't be sure though. Aroma is silky smooth lots of mellow chocolate, raisins, plums, and tons of roasted malt with a touch of hops. Black pour with an ample head and some lacing what a great surprise for an imperial, for that I give it the tops. Mouthfeel is well blended and exceptionally smooth, just the right burn from the abv to round out another top score. Awesome flavor, I believe that this has been sitting for at least a couple of years. Incredibly mellow and well blended. Heavy thick malts with a complimenting sweetness matched by a trace of bittering hops. Great stout, great label, and well priced This is a must try.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found a 4-pack with the new labels at Oak Tree this weekend. I guess this will be about as fresh as I'll find this beer, as there are no bottling dates indicated. I plan to drink one now and every 3-6 months to see how this comes along. Into my snifter

A: Pours a pitch black with a dense one-finger dark brown head with great retention. As the head recedes, it leaves a good deal of foam on the side of the glass. Very appealing.

S: I'd seriously forgotten how hoppy this beer is! Lots of aggressive citrus (lemon and orange zest) hops up front with an equally intense dark chocolate with just the hint of creaminess to keep this from being overly bitter. There's some coffee grounds in there too. As it warms up, you get some dark fruit character as well. All in all, wonderfully balanced and wonderfully complex.

T: Holy crap on a stick, this is fantastic. Starts off with an equally potent dark chocolate with a solid hoppy bitterness to balance it out with coffee and cream thrown in to balance it out. This is simply spectacular in balance! In addition, it has some vinous character with a dark fruit/red wine character coming through on the bitter and creamy finish

M: Medium-to-big in body that is silky smooth on the palate with a soft, lush carbonation and a wonderfully bitter finish. I can't possibly ask for more

D: This is going way too fast. I could probably drink another tonight

Notes: I usually dislike the aggressively hoppy stouts and porters but this beer shows me that it _is_ possible to brew a hoppy stout that I like. Exceptional stuff. This makes me even more intrigued to try Darkness. Time to ISO?

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

A: Looks like something I shouldn't be drinking, which I like in a beer. I would say darker than Guinness with a frothy brown head that soaps up the glass.

S: Gives off different kinds of smells, the strongest to me seems to be a blueberry toffee. They're basically dead on accurate with the label.

T: Heaven. Very smooth, not bitter. Again.. blueberry. Makes me wonder why I haven't found this earlier.

M: Not too thick, not too thin. Not extremely carbonated but gives a nice tingle to the throat. Best of all, no disgusting aftertaste. Actually it leaves my teeth feeling clean, I'd swear it was a breath freshener.

D: Very smooth, keeps my attention and wanting more because each sip is something new.

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

Pours a very dark brown in color, we'll just call it black. A very nice inch of brown head forms on the pour. Smell is heavily roasted malts and some nice coffee. I was expecting a ton of hops in the nose, but thankfully they're not there. More of the hops show up in the taste, but still, for the better, not as much as was aniticipated. This is much better than I remember it being. I think with some age this would be a very good beer. Comparable to, dare I say it, Bells Expedition. Full on the mouthfeel and nice.

Photo of woemad
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased some time ago at - I think - Jim's Homebrew in Spokane. According to the label, this was bottled in February of 2007. Brought out to commemorate a team I root for actually winning a game yesterday.

Poured a tar-black color, with an inch of mocha-colored foam. Lace was left on the sides of the glass in a pattern reminiscent of that found on the sides of your average tiger! Weird...

From the nose I get dark, dried fruits like dates and raisins, cherries, chocolate, brown sugar and coffee.

The taste is similar to the mouthfeel, but more sweet than I would have expected. It's not cloying at all, and is, in fact, pretty good. Still, I'd like things to be a little more bitter and roasty.

Slick, coating mouthfeel.

This won't make me forget Abyss anytime soon, but still a very tasty Impy stout, and I'm happy to toast EWU for a great halftime turnaround against Montana State. I'll be drinking this again.

Photo of erikm25
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rich motor oil and Colombian coffee black. The head is a compressed dark brown chocolate marshmallow that looks delicious. Recedes quickly leaving the same rich tinted lacing.

S: Roasted chocolate coffee malts coupled with a surprisingly big pine hops. Aromas of toasted caramelized dark fruits splashed with spiced toffee, vanilla, and milk chocolate.

T: The sweetened candied chocolate and caramel tastes are perfectly tinged with hops bitterness. Slight brown sugar mocha with sweet ripened raisins, burnt plums, and subtle scorched piney citrus tang. Perfect roasted malts and hops complexity. This was only a 12oz and the ABV had a nice little kick.

M: Mouth feel is thick, rich, and massively creamy.

D: I was very partial to this beer because of the hops. This couples nicely with game 7 of the ALCS which is being played over the radio. I plan on picking up quite a few bombers for both drinking and aging.

Photo of aubuc1
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle in to a goblet.

Pours a dark black with a dark tan thick clingy head.

Smell is initially hoppy with pine and grapefruit. Second is roasted malt.

Taste is completely different than the smell. Sharp chocolate and coffee. If I liked coffee I would rate it higher.

Chewy mouthfeel that is very full.

Very complicated beer that is a sipping delight.

Photo of ccrida
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into my Meantime snifter, Yeti is pitch black with a burnt tan/light brown head, large, dense and long lasting, leaving sticky lace.

Smell is strong, even at the colder serving temp, booze soaked cured fruits and roasted grains, chocolate, prominent citrus hops. Similar aroma from some of the black, west coast style IPAs, I like how citrus hops work with dark malts. As it warms, the chocolate really dominates, wow - this is definitely best served cellar temp or warmer nose wise, although taste suffers once it hits room temp, too astringent with the booze and roast.

Taste is very robust, big maltiness and bright hoppy backbone. Roasty and dry, with a bitter, ashy finish. Not bad, awfully assertive.

Mouthfeel is thick, with a full carbonation

Drinkability is pretty good, even for what I assume is a pretty young beer, just judging by the big hop presence - I just grabbed from my local store's cooler this afternoon. Lots of flavors, they could use rounding out for sure, but it is nice to taste them so overtly. Nevertheless, it's a long commitment to finish the bomber unless your forcing yourself.

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

22oz bomber, poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Viscous, dark, midnight black and topped with a inch of thick and creamy, cola-colored, head. Not too much retention in the head department, but still some nice lacing left behind for a beer this size.

S: Very strong, fresh spicy hops, mild medical/piny aromas mixed with the standard creamy chocolate and coffee that creates a beguiling mix, but perhaps just the slightest bit too much hoppiness.

T/MF: Initial sips are quite dry and full of bitter hops, given a bit of time to warm this beer really opens up and deepens in complexity. Nutty coffee and chocolate mix together with a mild booziness, then closes with a return to the initial nuttiness that defined the opening, but even stronger this time and brought together with molasses, slight notes of bourbon and a solid amount of toffee and caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel is not all full as I thought it would be/ what I want it to be, just the slightest bit watery on the palate, but otherwise quite strong.

D: Whatever the mouthfeel lacks, the complexity and sheer tastiness of the beer more than makes up for the slight disappointment in the mouthfeel. A beer deserving of its accolades.

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

Bottle courtesy of edelweiss - thanks! Poured into an Allagash flute.

Appearance: Pours a deep, thick, practically black stream of motor oil, glug, slosh, slap down into the bottom of the flute. The moderate-to-aggressive pour yielded a two-and-a-half finger deep chocolate head with great retention that never really fades and finally settles into a still-impressive mound of cocoa-colored fluff. Amazing-looking lacing, too - huge pockets with gaping holes, like a net strewn along the edges fo the glass.

Aroma: Hops dominate the initial smell - spice, leafyness, citrus. Pure cocoa powder follows, with hints of chocolate-covered raisins, fruity, complex alcohol esters, and plenty of other complex fruity notes. A very full-bodied and complex aroma.

Taste: A step down, I think, but still damn good. I had the Oak Aged Yeti before I had this one, and honestly, I think there are some "oak"ish notes in this beer even without the aging - I get hints of wood and vanilla on the edges of this one. The dominant notes are dark chocolate, some milky, heavy cream-like sugars, more coffee than you'd expect from the nose, a moderate level of hop bitterness and spice, raisins, and only the faintest hint of warming, smooth alcohol. Very well balanced, and sweet without being cloying or too sweet - there are plenty of dry, toasted astringencies here.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, thick, chewy, milky, and fairly even, but surprisingly big-bubbled, which lends a little bit of roughness to the whole experience.

Drinkability: A damn good RIS with a lot of very good complex notes, a reasonable abv% (9.5% is up there, but by no means near the ceiling for the style), and a very nice balance with everything - sweet and dry malt notes, alcohol, hop bitterness and notes, etc. Stylistically, this is one of the most "drinkable" RISs I've ever had the pleasure of. It's definitely one to try, and another great brew from Great Divide. I don't have access to any of their products here in VA, but they're available in pretty much every surrounding state (damndest thing), so I never really got around to trying all of them until recently - I've been missing out!

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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