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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,629
Reviews: 1,674
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 248
Gots: 688 | FT: 23
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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 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.

Photo of Lukie
3.61/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally, I open up my Yeti, since my dad drunk my other one, then proceeded to tell me it was shit. Yes, good going Dad, since you know, it only cost me 16 bucks a bottle.

Poured Jet Black. I have never seen a beer this black before in my life. There was very little head, but it was lively with the bubbles, then it cascaded quickly to slight lacing which clung to the side of the beer, but was completely flat.

Coffee, burnt dark chocolate, roasty smells, and then a hop kick, with some slight citrus notes, and alcohol coming through.

Smooth bitter chocolate, burnt dark chocolate, mocha coffee. It's quite bitter and hoppy, which I am not used too in stouts so much. The alcohol gives it a punch of warmth.

It is smooth as anything, but the bitterness lingers, and it's not all too great when trying to get through such a heavy and full bodied brew. I couldn't have more then one of these, and I reckon there are better stouts out there that balance flavour with drinkability.

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

$4.99/22oz'er. Pours like year old motor oil; thick,black and viscous. Dark brown tight head prevails. Moderate aromas of dark chocolate, espresso and roasted malt emmanate from the snifter. Mouthfeel replicates the visual on the pour, thick and oily. Overwhelming blast of bitter-sweet black malts, coffee, and chocolate assault the palate, immediately sliding into a crisp, dry hoppy bitterness which very successfully balances this delicious brew out quite nicely. Admirably well done!!

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

Pours a very dark delicious black/brown with a clumpy tan head that clings finely to the glass.

Smells of very thick sugars and surprising hoppiness.

Taste is excellently thick, sweet, and a generous hop finish. The initial taste invades the palate with an almost tangy sweetness, and the aftertaste coats the palate. It's one of those thick sugary stouts.

A great stout!

Photo of tedpeer
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce poured into a chalice.

A - Pours black with a half inch mocha head that quickly settled into a ring around. Minimal lacing.

S - Hops and alcohol.

T - Roasted coffee and chocolate. Very Bitter aftertaste. Slight alcohol warming.

M - Medium carbonation, mouth coating thick.

D - Not to me, the taste made me keep wishing the glass was already empty.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Coal black with a cappuccino colored head that is frothy, big and bold. Lacing is amazing, as the head clings tightly to the inside of the glass.

This aroma is big on hops, with rich, creamy coffee and bitter chocolate lingering in the background. Probably one of the hoppiest smelling RIS's that I have had. I don't get any of the dark fruity notes that I enjoy so much.

Taste is again up-front with big hops, but creamy rich latte and milk chocolate are right there with it, along with some prune, raisin and alcohol. Interesting and complex. I look forward to each and every sip.

Big bodied, thick and creamy in the mouth. Enjoyable even on a hot summer day for sure.

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

A: Pours a deep DARK jet black color (no light passing through this one!) with a nice initial chocolaty head but lacking in retention. Consistency looks pretty viscous when swirled in glass.

S: very aggressive floral hoppy smell, if blindfolded could easily be mistaken for an IPA or DIPA. slight alcoholic aroma with a somewhat noticeable sweetness

T: Well not surprisingly this is quite intense on the hops and a little bitter with some burnt tones. Kinda lingers in the throat with mild but noticeable alcoholic aftertaste. If you're a hop head you'll love this beer! Personally, not for me but it more than less fits the style guidelines.

M: medium to high carbonation, noticeable alcoholic "burn".

D: Pretty high ABV, mostly hoppy. First time trying this - wouldn't buy it again.

I've had better RIS' and this one just lacks in complexity, smoothness and balance that I like to see in a RIS. Too hoppy - I can't really taste anything else. This is more of a black IPA.

While I wouldn't buy this again, I will try to cellar this and age it at least a year and try the oak aged version...

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint-sized pub glass.

Appearance: Wow. This looks like slightly-less-thick motor oil as it's pouring from the bottle. It's pitch-black. A one-finger brown head sits atop it like a crown, lacing the glass in curtains as the level lowers. Such an awesome-looking beer.

Smell: Dark, bitter chocolate, noticeable floralness.

Taste: If you haven't prepared your palate properly (as I hadn't when I first had this a couple of years ago), the taste is like a sledgehammer relentlessly smiting against your tongue. Dark chocolatey malts rush out at you, yet it's not quite sweet - the bitterness from the hops sees to that. And I get the impression that it's not just the hops doing that, it's the malts themselves. It's pretty intense. Here we have a beer that doesn't screw around. It's the Strapping Young Lad of beer. I can't help feeling like this beer is enjoying itself in a sort of diabolical way, tag-teaming you with such immense flavors from both the malt AND the hops. Between those two, I don't even really notice the considerable alcohol presence. What a great beer for a cold winter's night this would be! So warm and thick.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, yet somehow not easy-going.

Drinkability: If you couldn't tell from my description of its taste, this is a formidable beer. I for one wouldn't want more than one of these in a sitting, but that's only because my taste buds would need some sort of break after being punished (in a good way) by one of these. Yet, if someone was already handing me another one....

Photo of BullCityB
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Oh my goodness... poured into a goblet, this is one of the most menacingly beautiful beers I've laid eyes on. The head is a prodigious milk chocolate, quite thick and with good retention, the body a viscous inky black. Just amazing to look at.

What hits me first in the nose is a big blast of resinous American hops. There's definitely some dark, sweet maltiness, but it's not nearly the lead component here. This is one hoppy stout.

The flavor is amazing. Huge malty sweetness up front, richer than any chocolate torte in existence, followed by a sucker punch of beautiful hops and roasted barley. In its own twisted way, this is rather balanced! The sweetness, the roasted barley character, the bitter, piney hops, all there battling for your tastebuds. It's incredible.

In the mouth, this beer is absolutely luscious. It's thick in a way that I've never experienced before. Each sip coats every square centimeter with this massive ale, which I am beginning to believe is the devil's own personal brew. The carbonation is just enough to keep it from going over the edge.

Damn! This is the third Imperial Stout I've had in a week, and it's the first to hit the spot. Such a beautiful combination of malt, hops, water and yeast. A superb ale.

Photo of Proteus93
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice stout-black pour into a Stone IRS snifter. The light brown head on here is quite nice, a shimmering light golden-brown - like brown sugar. Looked quite thick on the way to the glass.

S: Slightly burnt sugars, some coffee aromas, a dash of vanilla (a little like soft-serve vanilla icecream, even).

T + M: A deep roasted malt, not as thick as it might have hinted to being on the pour. Both flavour and body hold a little something back, as if to exercise a little restraint. Some alcohol kick, a bit of espresso and unsweetened chocolate (very literal!) bitterness on the finish. The slightly burnt, bitter flavour sticks around for a while, and gets comfortable.

D: Sip away... the flavour almost builds up as it goes, and holds on for longer and longer on the palate. The finish is a particularly intriguing part of this drink, and allows for several minutes to ponder over the lasting flavour in the mouth.

Photo of doppelmeup
3.33/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this during a RIS sampling evening at my house. My overall impression was that this was terribly over-hopped to the point that it tasted more like an IPA than an impy stout. Reminiscent of Stone's 11th Anniversary Ale. And compared to the other RIS's we tasted, this was my least favorite.

A: very dark, decent head and lacing
S: quite hoppy, some roasted and smoky overtones
t: much too hoppy for my tastes. while I expect there to be some roasted and hop bitterness, this was just not balanced well enough for my tastes.
M: Thick, but too much lingering hop bitterness
D: With so many other RIS choices, I wouldn't spend the $$ on this again.

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

Huge cloud of fluffy brown stuff caps this beer, and underneath it is a blacker-than-black black attack.

While there's an underlying coffee aroma, I was surprised and somewhat pleased to detect so much hops in the nose. Gives it a grassy flair, unusual for the style, and while I enjoyed its uniqueness, I missed the more assertive sweet dream/chocolate elements usually found in a Russian Imperial stout. Boasts 75 IBUs on the label. No wonder...

And still the hops rage on...the flavor sees them front and center. A nice amount of bitter dark baking chocolate threads its way in, as does dark-roast coffee, but Yeti breaks the mold by offering an incredible citrus tang amidst the usual RIS flavors. Coarse coffee bitterness and smoother, lactic sweetness rides out (with the hops) in the finish.

Texture is just as it should be: sensuously smooth, creamy, only lightly carbonated...and the hops continue to be a factor, adding a kind of peppery bite to not only the flavor but the feel as well.

A+ for uniqueness...this isn't like any other Russian Imperial Stout I've ever had...I don't even remember the Oak Aged Yeti offering such boisterous hops. But uniqueness isn't everything, and while I very much enjoyed this, I was kind of wanting a textbook-definition big-ass ultra-creamy rich-as-hell stout. This bottle was relatively young (bottled Jan. '08, drank 6 months later). Cellaring would probably bring down the bitterness to a more RIS-like level, but that's probably not the idea here. It's certainly more than good enough, no room for any real complaint. Take it for what it is.

Photo of erosier
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a dark black color with a tall and thick tan colored head. It laces the glass alot on the way down.
S: The smell is of very deep roasted malts, some chocolate and caramel aromas at the end of the nose.
T: The taste follows the nose - deep and somewhat bitter roasted malts underneath flavors of chocolate and a hint of caramel at the end.
M: The mouthfeel is very smooth, thick, and warming.
D: I liked this beer as it had alot of flavor for only 6.5% alcohol. Really drinkable. Excellent beer.

Photo of mcintits
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Oily black with a beautiful thick espresso brown head and lacing that just wants to hang around the glass in layers.

S - Sweet and a little malty with notes of burnt coffee, chocolate and hops.

T - Sweet and a malty to start with a chocolate and then slightly burnt coffee taste coming next. The hops finish it off and linger for a little while without being too bitter. Very complex taste with a little alcohol on the finish.

M - Not too heavy. Sticky on the lips and velvety smooth on the tongue with a little carbonation.

D - Delicious, good for sipping anytime.

Served from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Photo of mdagnew
4.87/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle bought online from the Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam...

Poured pitch black and oil like with no hint of colour even when held up to the light. Dirty brown head poured tight, thick and foamy with a frothy top then faded to thickish coating with thick edging... some good lines of lacing...

Aroma - Lots of rich roasted malts mixed with good does of molasses / treacle sweetness, burnt wood and sooty notes, strong dark sweet coffee, piney hops, some prunes and dates, toasted malt loaf, some fresh vanilla notes, milk chocolate, lots of nutmeg and peppery spiciness...

Taste - Roasted malt bitterness initially followed very quickly by a strong brown sugar / molasses sweetness, some burnt wood notes, rich dark chocolate mixed with some prunes and ripe plums, lots of peppery and piney hops, some milky vanilla traces, light liquorice, some warming alcohol just coming through...

Feel - Superbly rich and creamy and very full bodied... for such a rich and strong beer this is supremely drinkable as the alcohol is almost completely hidden...

Overall - A world class Impy Stout... one of the best (if not the best) examples i've ever had... highly recommended...

Photo of rye726
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautifull looking stout. It is a rich black color with a creamy espresso head that settles to silky cover. Nice lacing down the glass. The nose has a roasted malt structure with molasses, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and nice bitter hops. The taste is rich and roasty with a good balance of piney hops. Again hints of coffee, molasses, coffee and ripe plums. The body is full and silky with perfecly quiet carbonation. Could a few years to mellow out.

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

easied from the bottle and dropped about 12 inches into the glass, created three fingers of a beautiful chocolate brown reverse cascading head, that dissapates quickly. very nice rich smokey dark malty smell. Black somewhat effervesant liquid even after a ruff pour.
smooth very black carbonated concoction with chocolate and licorice lingering on the tongue. gets better as it warms. nice thick mouth feel and drinkabilty is high, forgive the pun. nice stuff.

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

poure a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass
A-poured very dark, a solid opaque black, thin head with very little lacing
s-very sweeet aroma
t-sweet at top of the tongue with an espresso/chocalate finish
M&T- a full bodied sipping beer
overall-a great representation of an imperial stout

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

Last beer of the day.

A: Dark black, almost a Black No 1 color, no sunlight coming through.

S: Had a nice, sweet smell of dark roasted malts, coffee, hints of chocolate and some maple.

T: Starts off very sweet, the chocolate taste hitting the taste buds first. Finishes with a dark espresso taste, not too bitter.

M: Nice and thick, not chunky thick, a warm syrup thickness.

D: A complex set of flavors, mixes well, but not something I could drink a lot of in one sitting.

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

Got this at Green's in Atlanta. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint.

A: Dark black, letting no light through. Rich brown head rests on top creating a nice lacing.

S: Roasted malts, hops, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. There is also a touch of wood (pine maybe).

T: Rich with malt and a touch of alcohol. Coffee flavors and hops bitterness finishes off each sip. Flavors of vanilla and chocolate can also be found.

M: A perfect carbonation that allows this one to still pour thick and slow. Coats the roof of your mouth and the flavors mingle for quite a while.

D: Great RIS, but it is a RIS. It is meant to be savored and sipped, but I could savor and sip one of these every night if my wallet allowed for it. Very tasty.

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

Poured an amazing pitch black color and formed a nice huge foamy dark head that stuck around and left me thinking of some decedant float experiment gone wrong. It finally decided to diminish, leaving a lactice of lace etched on the side of the glass. The aroma was malt, coffee, chocolate and a touch of raisin. A flavor of malt, coffee and chocolate with a body a touch light for this style. Great finish and the oak aged was even better.

Photo of bkilpatr
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 04/28/08.

Pours a very dark, almost pitch black, with a tinge of brown. A moderate pour produces nearly four fingers of soft chocolaty brown head. The head faded down slowly, leaving beautiful lacing around the glass. Aroma is a nice combination of burnt malt, dark chocolate, slight roasted coffee, and piny hops.

Chocolate flavors dominate the flavor profile. Sweet milk chocolate up front, with a strong bitter dark chocolate finish in the back. Piny hops and roasted malts make their presence known in the aftertaste. A bit on the hoppy end for a RIS, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The alcohol taste is barely noticeable.

This one is very thick, smooth, and creamy. It's almost chewy. The carbonation level is spot on for this one. Drinkability is alright, for a RIS. The hop bitterness builds up over awhile. And the 9.5% ABV definitely creeps up on me.

Definitely a slow sipper. I'd recommend splitting with a friend or two.

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,629 ratings.