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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,485 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,485
Reviews: 1,649
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 228
Gots: 588 | FT: 18
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 franksnbeans
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with a chocolate milk head that goes nowhere. Smell is chocolate, sweet molasses, some hops and some alcohol. Taste matches the smell. Chocolate notes, sweets, some hops some warming from the alcohol though it’s not as present as the abv indicates. Full in the mouth yet not filling. Finishes a little dry. This is an amazing brew with amazing flavors all over the place. Could, and will try this again and again. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to try this one.

Photo of leviathan85
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dense black. Holding the beer up to the light, the darkness remained exactly the same; impenetrable. Only about a one inch head, but great retention.

S: Definitely alcohol, also a little malt. Alcohol was a little overwhelming.

T: Again, alcohol is definitely prevalent. Moves to dark chocolate and finishes with a bitter kick.

M: A bit disappointing for me. Given the appearance I was expecting something a little thicker.

D: As others have said, this one is a sipper. But when the mood for a complex, highly abv stout strikes this one fits the bill.

Overall a solid Stout. Not my favorite, but certainly unique and worthwhile.

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

22 oz bottle served in a snifter

First pour is black as night with a very thin tan head. Subsequent pours gave a much thicker and heavier head. Smell is of coffee and chocolate. Taste is coffee and chocolate with a alcohol finish. Goes down much smoother than I expected. Polished off the bottle with dinner and loved every sip.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A true sipper. Has 75 IBU's and a best before date of 08. Pours with a medium sized brown head that puts up a fight before settling. And leaves behind some great lacing. The colour is as black as you can get.

Smells of coffee, molasses, alcohol, chocolate and hops. This is one powerfully aromatic stout.

Everything the nose picked up is on the palate. Coffee, molasses, chocolate, hops the alcohol is very warming. The coffee flavour seems to linger on and on. Amazing! I can sip this all night long.

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

22oz bottle into a snifter.

Had the oak-aged Yeti first, so time to taste the orig.
Pours midnight black with a very small coffee colored head. Leaves some good lace.

Smell is chocolate and alcohol. Some hints of toffee as well.

Taste is coffee at first, then a spot of heat from the alcohol in the middle. Finishes with some chocolate and caramel notes. Very good!

Nearly perfect mouthfeel. Thick, but not quite chewy.

Overall, an extremely tasty brew. I think I like the orig. better than the oak-aged version. Either way, Great Divide is doing a fantastic job!

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

12 oz. bottle. Pours black with a small, brown head that is fully diminishing. The aroma of chocolate dominates. Coffee and caramel were the two flavors that stood out to me. The chocolate flavor was more on the back end for me along with some nice hoppiness. Great mouthfeel with a medium/full body that is creamy smooth. I look forward to more of these in the future.

Photo of plaid75
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown hue with a one and a half finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a lightly sweet malt with hints of raisins and prunes. A subtle smokiness as well.

The taste consisted of clean malts with raisin and dark fruit flavor elements. There was a very nice toasted grain toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was full and very chewy.

Overall a very good and suprisingly clean RIS. Very drinkable.

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

Deep black brew, tan head tinged brown is surprising. As I poured, I thought no more than a finger's depth, even with some zeal. However, the foam quickly catches up, building to three times its original height. Lacing thick and extensive, with impressive retention.

Good power and character in the nose. I was surprised at the sweetness and accessibility here; a lot of vanilla cream along with coffee and chocolate. Maybe a tiny hint of berry.

Fairly tame for the style, very tasty with nice hints of wood and slightly astringent, actually a bit like a dessert wine. More molasses than chocolate, in a reversal of the nose. Quite a bit of hop bitterness, moreso than seriously roasted bitterness. Citric, maybe a bit piney, with peppery alcohol backing.

Creamy and smooth, just shy of the chewiest thick Imperial Stouts. Rather dry, with plenty of roast character in the finish. Big brew, very tasty and admirable effort.

Photo of BeardedSquash
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black body topped by a frothy brown head that clumps while it slowly settles. Laces paint every inch of the glass.

S: Bright citrusy hops matched equally by dark velvety chocolate.

T: I love this beer. Aggressive hops with an attacking malty richness make for a big bitter beer that is naturally sweet at the swallow. Some roasted barley with a touch of anise in my sinuses. They've hidden the alcohol well with an array of flavors.

M: A little more lively than I expected, but not overly so. Still has that chewy malt body. Oily on the lips.

D: Definitely too much for session drinking, but one a day would make me a very, very happy man. Score big for Great Divide.

Photo of tempest
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this back to back to Old Rasputin and the czar is a touch better. I'm first hit by a clean grainy, pale malts aroma back up by cocoa. Definitely less bitterness and smoother than OR, but that's not necessarily good or bad. There a little citrus rind from hops hidden in the back. Flavor grows as the beer warms, but like OR I never found a fantastic complexity. It drinks smooth for the strength, but it's still thick and a bit tough to finish.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours in inky black brew with a good viscosity. Head is a healthy ½ inch of creamy mocha colored bubbles.

S: Bitter bakers chocolate, licorice, charred wood, vanilla and café au lait.

T: Starts oily and slick like melted chocolate. The chocolate continues with strong roasted qualities and a little bit of sweetness around the tip of the tongue. Good amount of piney bittering hops showcased as well. Caramel splash almost like whipped cream laced with butterscotch can be found as well. Finishes alcoholic with chocolate liqueur features.

M: Medium body, full mouthfeel.

D: Decent beer but no idea why its reviewed so high.

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

A: Pours a deep black with a creamy head finish. The head sticks around for a while, leaving some very nice lacing. Just a beautiful beer to see.

S: Chocolate and coffee malty goodness abound here. Also there are some floral hops that play very well off the deep malt aromas, leaving a very pleasant balanced aroma.

T: Very malty, sweet flavor, definitely caramel followed by chocolate notes. The sweetness comes in at the end to balance this beauty out. It starts deep and rich and creamy, but finishes smooth.

M: This beer leaves the tongue tingling with just a touch of carbonation. There is a little alcohol flavor there, but its not over bearing.

D: At 9.5%, it will give you a kick in the rear, but its well worth it.

I can only imagine what the Oak Aged is like in comparison to this, great beer, highly recommended.

Photo of boelker62
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love it when you just swipe a beer off the shelf as a last ditch effort, and find it's the best of your shopping trip. That's what happened here, thank god.

A - pours a rocky, frothy brown head atop a pitch black body. The head was mostly-lasting, and left a nearly glue-like substance of lacing down the glass as it went. This is serious stuff.

S - kicks out a full nse of caramel and molasses with a light hint of resiny hops to boot.

T - really, quite nice and completely unexpected. With initial notes of the toasted versions of the aromas, then changing to the warming alcohol, with a completely separate, heavy hop finish. The balance this beer has would let it walk a tight rope.

M - not quite motor oil (like the look) but yet a ull-bodied brew with a long hoppy and slightly alcoholic finish cleans up the palate enough to keep moving on this.

D - with it's high ABV, but cleansingly lingering mouthfeel, you could get in trouble with this one. Very good.

Overall, biggest surprise of my vacation, paied with a serving of Chimay Grand Cru cheese from the local cheesemonger. I would buy a case of his in a heartbeat, and it can be had in any season, IMO.

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

22oz bottle poured into snifter.

Black with tan head that quickly disappears and leaves tan bubbles. With agitation tan head returns to generous proportion.

Smell is s slight hint of a strong alcohol scent. candy, cherry smell, subtle.

Very roasted malty flavor, dark chocolate, coffee as well.

Limited carbonation, very smooth and rich. Little stickyness, and Alcohol lingers in your mouth to warm you quickly. Have an oak aged version that now I can't wait to try.

Very impressive, thoroughly enjoyed this beer as the evening went on. Slowly sipped with a tiramisu dessert.

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

Smells sweet with rich, dense, roasted malt. A touch of hop adds nice floral balance. Mmmm.

Pours pitch black with a nice large medium-brown head – so creamy. Moderately good retention.

Tastes wonderful. Begins with a rich blend of malts providing sticky sweetness, roasted bitterness, and a killer body. Medium-high to high malt sweetness and high malt flavor: roasted barely, black roasted chocolate/coffee notes, and just a hint of caramel/toffee. High bitterness that I attribute to the hops as well as the roast. Medium hop flavor: fairly clean with some floral/herbal notes. Rounds out with some medium-low to low earthy/grassy/musty and low fruity yeast action. Finishes highly dry with woody/spicy sharpness (from the roast and/or alcohol), mustiness, dark chocolate flavors, and floral hops. An insanely smooth, thick, alcoholic body with medium carbonation leaves a good impression on the mouth.

Overall impression: Quite nice. Yeti is high drinkable with the velvety smooth sweetness that morphs into a dry bitterness. It is a good Imperial Stout and a good beer overall. A dark ale for a dark night. Oh yes.

Photo of TuckerCarlson
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Lost Dog Lounge in Ithaca, NY, inexplicably served in a plastic pint glass (whose shockingly effective insulation made it really, really hard to warm up).

Very thin dark tan head (par for the course on a Russian Imperial Stout with this much alcohol), but it definitely stuck around, even as I held my beer for twenty minutes or so to warm it up. Very nice lacing on the glass (well, plastic), and a dark, inky, opaque near-black.

Nice toffee and caramel aroma with some darker coffee and chocolate hiding back there. A little bit of herbal hops back there, too, and some nonspecific fruitiness. A big, pleasing smell overall.

Huge malty, toffee flavor, secondary on the chocolate and coffee flavors. The finish is beautiful; the alcohol and hops take it from an incredibly sweet brew to a nice, crisp dryness that lingers with some herbal flavors. Definitely a big, thick brew that coats the mouth and the tongue; very satisfying.

Big, tasty, and gets a lot right as far as I'm concerned. I would, however, definitely consider this a food beer. The first time I had it (from a bottle, not on tap), it was with barbecued spare ribs, and it was just about the best beer/food combination ever. On its own, it's a little harder to down, especially because it's not as much of a dessert beer as something like Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout.

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

Beer pours from the bomber a deep black color with a perfect tan head. Great looking RIS.

Aromas are a of dark fruits stewed in booze, chocolate, coffee, and dark roasted malts.

Flavors start with a blast of dark roasted chocolate malts. There is a touch of creaminess and sweetness. The finish is crisp and biting, with a nice hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good, very supple and creamy. A tad on the light side, but still nice.

This is a smooth and very drinkable RIS. It is very tasty, and super easy to sip. It's not going to blow you away with huge flavors like others in the style. But this is still an excellent beer, and well worth the ratings it has racked up.

Thanks again for the bottle brentk56!

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber bottle.

A- Pours a deep brown, nearly black, with a deep brown head.

S- Very malty, coffee, fig, and licorice.

T- Very sweet malt with a strong alcohol overtone, fruity and spicy, with a decent sour-dry finish however.

M- Very well carbonated with small bubbles, very thick on the tongue.

D- One of the better examples of the style.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a rich-looking, inky black body with a tall, tan-colored head.

Smell: Earthy, roasted malts with notes of espresso and rich, dark chocolate. Pine and citrus hop scents vie for attention.

Taste: Creamy, dark chocolate, anise, and dark caramel represent the sweeter side of things, while the roasted malts and resinous pine hop flavor brings the countering bitterness. Ends with a rather dry, roasty bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Concentrated, oily mouthfeel. Ample carbonation.

Drinkability: A very solid, powerfully roasty beer.

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

This beer is truly exceptional. Very thick, creamy, and viscous. A range of flavors - chicory, coco, espresso, perfect for sipping. Aroma matches the flavor. There is a nice lack of bitterness on the palliate, which adds to the mouthfeel/drinkability.

Overall, this is a fantastic Russian Imperial Stout. I'll certainly be getting this again.

Photo of geexploitation
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very thick and dark (two shades from black) with a thick toasted brown head that sticks to the glass and the beer's surface. Aromas of sweet, caramelly chocolate, doughy yeast and a burnt fruitiness. Highly roasted quality. On the palate, rather tight and winey compared to the aroma; there's also a green hop taste throughout the palate. Rather hot alcohol note crops up at the mid-palate and lasts through the finish, which is a touch thin. Mouthfeel is marked by surprisingly thinness, big carbonation the style, some hop oils felt on the sides of the tongue. Overall, this is a decent imperial stout, but it's a bit non-cohesive and doesn't stand among the leaders of the genre.

Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a thick, creamy, tan head. Lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of rich chocolate. Roasted coffee notes. Dark maltiness abounds. Caramel/toffee. Gentle smokiness in the back.

The taste is of rich chocolate/dark malts. Caramel and toffee emerge as it progresses, as does a suggestion of wood. As it progresses, the ashy smokiness becomes very noticeable, almost too much so. Balancing breadiness and citrus mixing with the dark maltiness give it a bittersweet finish. Spicy, warming alcohol creeps in.

Full-bodied, rich and creamy.

Richness and alcohol make this one a very slow sipper, but an enjoyable one. I had the oak-aged version a few months ago. I remember it being a bit better, but it would be interesting to compare them head-to-head.

Photo of mwearl
3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle, the beer was black with a thumbnail worth of head with some lacing. The smell was pleasant yet plain. Based on this beer being classified as a Russian Imperial, I was dissapointed in the taste. I'd classify more like a standard stout and question the rated ABV. If it was in fact 9.5% then it was the smoothest Imperial Stout I've tasted, but lacked any real character. A little hop finish was nice and I'm not criticizing the overal flavor. Mouthfull was medium and nice on the tongue without the expected bite. This is definitely a drinkable beer just not a great Imperial Stout.

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

Popped open a bottle and poured it into my Stella Artois chalice.

Appearance is excellent. Looks like a stream of chocolate coming out of the bottle. No head at first, but after a moment, the head sneaks up with a milk chocolate appearance.

Smell is about average. Doesn't overpower the room, which is good, but it's not too pronounced in the first place. For a beer like this though, that's to be expected.

Taste is fantastic. Hints of chocolate and coffee. ABV is very well masked.

Mouthfeel is the best part of the beer. Fills the whole mouth and every tastebud gets something out of this beer.

Drinkability is good. Can't have more than 1 or 2 since these pack a punch.

Overall, an excellent beer. Highly recommend.

Photo of fank2788
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle filled Feb 07 poured into a pint glass
I was pleasently surprised to see my local beer store carrying great divide beers so I just had to pick up a bottle of Yeti to try
This one pours an inky black with one of the darkest brown heads I've ever seen on a beer, too bad it doesn't stick around much. When cold the smell is dominated by american citrus hops as it warms the malts move to the foreground led by chocolate and other roasted malts, the smell stays a bit on the weak side. The taste starts out bitter both from hops and bitter roasted malts, there is also a good deal of dark chocolate like flavor from the malt along with caramels, black coffee and a touch of alcohol spice. Mouthfeel is good nice and full low levels of carbonation however it is noticable the finish is fairly dry but there is a somewhat strong bitter aftertaste with some warming from the alcohol. Drinkability is above average I tend to be a bigger fan of the english style RIS's where the malt is in the forefront with little to no hop contribution this is good but I think I have had better.

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,485 ratings.