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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,684 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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Reviews: 1,684
Hads: 4,899
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 264
Gots: 834 | FT: 20
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:
Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003

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Reviews: 1,684 | Hads: 4,899
Photo of MaximalC
3.54/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours nearly black with a finger’s worth of mocha foam with surprisingly good retention for its ABV--now this is what an imperial stout is supposed to look like. This stuff is DARK even as it’s being poured; not quite Founders dark, but getting there. Geographic lacing clings to the glass as the beer recedes. The aroma features molasses and dark chocolate, along with a curious spiciness akin to coriander. Not sure if that’s the yeast, the hops, or something else, but it is certainly unexpected.

The taste features a huge, piney, peppery hop kick up front before yielding to roasted malt and molasses. A touch of warming alcohol lingers on the back end along with strong roast malt notes. Not a complex flavor profile by any stretch of the imagination, just intense. Medium-full body and smooth mouthfeel are appropriate for the style, if unremarkable.

Overall, this comes off as an imperial stout for IPA connoisseurs. The presentation is gorgeous and the malt profile is fine, but the abundance of hops takes it outside of my comfort zone. Admirable boldness notwithstanding, this isn’t a stout I would gravitate toward as a course of habit. (1,166 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Received numerous recommendations on BA for this beer.

Bottle poured into pint glass

Pitch black, dense brown pencil thin layer. Very good lacings.

Aroma of coffee and roasted malts

A sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Coffee and roast malts on the middle of the tongue.

Bitter malts, not too sharp, on the aftertaste. Full bodied , not too much sudsing. Hint of alcohol

Really good stout. Well balanced . Repeatable (424 characters)

Photo of mitch3114
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip pint glass

A- One of the boldest, best looking pours I have ever seen on a stout. Very dark, thick, visous liquid. Very dark brown, opaque. The thick, thick, dark, dark head rose and rose. The head initially was a very dark brown with a little rusty orange in the color...very nice looking top to bottom. Looks very enjoyable and delicious!

S- Smelled of the roasted maltiness typical of a strong stout.

T- Good, a little bitter not from hops, although there were some hop flavors present. The bitterness was from the earthy roasted malts.

M- Very thick and viscous. A great thick imperial stout. Not something you'd want on a hot day while mowing the lawn! A nice beer to sit down with on a cool winter night.

O- Overall this was pretty good. I'm surprised that it took me so long to finally try this. I picked up one 12 oz. bottle from my local beverage center. I wish I had tried this two years ago when I was on an imperial stout kick. For some reason I haven't been impressed with the style lately and I really no longer have the desire to try new beers in the style. I guess my palette has changed as Brooklyn Black Chocolate was once my favorite beer. I now have no desire to drink it. I'd rather have a good porter in the 5-7% range. Although I've maintained the desire to drink a good, strong barley wine the rich, bold flavors of imperial stouts are a bit much for my palette at this time...I suppose it could change though as I used to like IPA's and DIPA's but about a year ago I really couldn't take the happiness for about a whole year, now, recently I've been drinking a lot of IPA's. I guess I have an ever-changing palette! (1,667 characters)

Photo of Act25
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lovely hoppy RIS from a favorite brewer. This one so dessert like

A - Opaque black chocolate look with dense head and lacing.
S - More than most. Excellent chocolatey, brandy-like scent, some caramelized malts, strong bitter coffee...powerful nose.
T - Follows smell. Tastes sweet with rum, licorice, sweet coffee, brandy balanced by roasted espresso and wild berry tartness. Nice hop bitters in the long, long finish with piney resin finale.

MF- The body is thick, chewy, but perhaps a bit too chunky on the tongue.

Myself, I like the extra hops in this style. (571 characters)

Photo of asmangat
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

2014 Vintage
A - Very dark and opaque.

S - Smells sweet. Chocolate, coffee and malt with slight dark fruit.

T - Tastes lives up to its super sweet scent... I got plenty of chocolate and actually more fruit than initially expected. Light lingering coffee and booze astringency. Lingers for quite some time.

M- Full-bodied with low carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

O - Very sweet up front and has a lingering bite...not in a bad way, but I think it'll open up in a year or two and the booziness will fade. Overall, really easy to drink! (545 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours black with tall, long lasting, creamy, brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, toast, dark fruit, alcohol and cacao. Body is full, creamy and smooth. Taste is of nutty, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruit and herbal hops. Finish is long and bitter. Great RIS. (319 characters)

Photo of PhillyJ
5/5  rDev +18.5%

This is the standard against which all imperial stouts shall be judged! Are there better well yes. But this is an easily obtainable gem that can be found in almost any serious craft beer section.. it pours motor oil with heavy lacing and tastes of smoky complexity this stout is best enjoyed on the warm side of chilled.. This is a go to imperial stout that shouldn't be overlooked and at 9.5%abv it'll do the trick quite nicely (428 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%

Was able to snag a couple on a trip. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a thin khaki head. Has deep scents of coffee and espresso as well as dark chocolate. The taste had these great highlights although it also had a nice clean finish as well as a deep nutty flavor. One of my all time favorites. (305 characters)

Photo of TheCondor
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I made a run to the store to grab some of the beers I needed to continue my quest for the Beers of Fame. This was one of them. I am buckling down and doing this thing. Side poured from the bottle into a pint glass like a boss.

Appearance - Just like you would expect as far as coloration, a deep dark brown with a towering caramel head of three fingers that is as foamy and pillowy as can be. Head retention is at least half the beer, leaving good lacing. Awesome packaging, cool name, this is a legit beer presentation.

Smell - Roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee beans and deliciousness. The nose is a little more subdued than I expected.

Taste - Exactly what you thought was coming, although there is certainly a warmth to the booze as well. This beer will get you feeling good pretty fast at almost 10% ABV. Malts come first, combined with a lingering sweetness from toffee and caramel notes. There is a little bit of a hop kick in there, as stated on the bottle, although I did not particularly enjoy the addition of the hops. The alcohol adds a boozy warmth.

Mouthfeel - Finishes with a bit of bitterness and booziness. One of which is good, the other I could do without. Needless to say, the hops can go.

Overall - This is an outstanding beer, nonetheless, deserving of its place on the Beers of Fame. Highly recommended, a good mix for lovers of stouts and the hoppier beers. Best offering I have ever had from GDBC. (1,431 characters)

Photo of corywalston
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A. Very aggressive poor causing an explosion of hypnotically mesmerizing reverse waterfall of dark brown bubbles that live and move as if they have a mind of their own. Once the explosion of our new universe settles, what is left is 2 inches of thick dark brown insulating foam with the density that could hold a quarter upright. Beneath the constellation of heavenly foam lies a black ether than absorbs all the light in the room. A glimpse of brownish hue is the only secret this black hole lets out. While drinking it leaves a beautiful lacing resembling an oil slick across the glass.
S. The smell is of deep dark rich chocolate, espresso, roasted malt, with hints of floral and smoked charcoal. Very light hint of alcohol seals the deal. Time to drink.
T. Taste like liquid German chocolate cake followed by toffee, caramel, figs, raisins, coffee, vanilla, and sweet alcohol. Every time I take a sip it’s a different flavor adventure that always ends in chocolate love. If this beer had tits I would motorboat it.
M. Thick delicious, chewy syrup. It’s so thick the Yeti drinks you. Drink one for breakfast and you will be full till dinner.
O. Overall the Yeti is like making love to a seasoned cougar. A night with this fine dark beautifully aged women will ruin you for any future experience to come. When I die put a bottle of this in my coffin too usher me into the afterlife. What else do I have to say, denounce your God and worship the Yeti. Slightly above average buzz for 9.5% ABV (1,498 characters)

Photo of sjccmd
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black...really black. Thick and oily. Pretty incredible. I am not sure if I've seen a darker beer. Medium sized dark tan/brown head. Surprisingly sticky lacing.

Smell is dark fruit, cocoa, and coffee. Spicy and citrusy hops make a small appearance beyond the hefty malt character. Molasses and maple syrup.

Rich chocolate and coffee followed by dark fruits and again a bit of citrus. Quite a bit more hop character on the second sip bringing grapefruit and pine. While the aggressive hopping adds character, perhaps it also makes the beer a little less drinkable.

Luscious velvety mouthfeel which clears out surprisingly quickly finishing more dry than one would expect. The high hop bitterness perhaps adds to this effect. Appropriately low carbonation.

Extremely rich and flavorful. It may have a bit too much going on, but I definitely prefer this to sweeter RIS's. (882 characters)

Photo of BenwayPHD
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

The color is ink black. The thin head is a light brown mocha color. Smells roast and toasty. Vanilla, coffee, chocolate, slight hop presence, and a little booze. The taste is fantanstic. Thick, creamy, sweet. It has a burnt flavor like roasted marshmallows that I enjoy very much. Maybe too much hop flavor, but that's the only flaw, and really not that bad of a thing. I might want to age it to mellow out the alcohol flavor and the hop presence. (450 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The most excellent Yeti from a growler. This fine Russian imperial pours pitch black with a
nice deep brown head and decent lacing from it's dissipating head turning into thin pools of
foam. The nose is of beefy dark chocolate, rich espresso like coffee, and deeply roasted grains.
Flavors are straight up rich with a huge chocolate flavor up front, sweet malts to the sides, and
a bitter sweet bakers chocolate flavor on the back. A hint of hops in the background adds to
the bitterness and a smooth mouth feel round it all out. A great go to for stout drinkers. A
personal favorite whether it is for one in the middle of an evening or to finish off one.

Cheers (672 characters)

Photo of OrangeMen
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep dark, black in color, opaque. Pours one finger thick cinnamon, mocha, deep tan color head, frothy and sticky to glass. One of the best looking beers i've seen in a glass.
Smell: Big roasted malt up front, coffee notes present as well, some sweet chocolate. Also pick up some vanilla/caramel type aromas.
Taste: Roasted/charred malts, but balanced by a sweetness from chocolate and caramel flavors. Coffee/roast hangs around in aftertaste, dry finish, also some dry hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and silky feel, only slightly sticky. Medium to full bodied. Light to medium carbonation, alcohol masked very well.
Overall: Excellently balanced stout, roastiness and bitterness from charred malts seemlessly blends with sweet chocolates and creamy caramel notes. More subtle flavors such as coffee, vanilla, and hops compliment as well. Truly a beautiful visual in the glass as well, this beer hits on all style points. (936 characters)

Photo of jellikit
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Bottle.
Appearance: black with a thin, brown head.
Smell: light chocolate. Faint raisin. Light roasted barley.
Taste: chocolate. Coffee. Alcohol. Light roasted barley. Medium hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: light carbonation. Big body. Thick and creamy. Sweet.
Overall: well balanced between roasted grains and alcohol. Will buy again. (345 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from a bottle with a bottled on date of 7/14/14; into a snifter.
Appearance - pours thick and black and sits in the glass like the dark side of the moon! A chocolate ice cream brown head starts off thick, but quickly dissipates to a thin layer. Lacing is sticky and plentiful!
Smell - creamy dark and milk chocolate, blended with robust coffee and mocha!
Taste - very bold coffee flavors with an excellent touch of dark chocolate!
Feel - heavy, but the 9.5% ABV is hard to detect; excellent balance between roasted malt characters and bitterness from the hops that make this complex brew feel like a gourmet coffee!
Overall - I am revisiting this after a year or more, and as my palate has matured, my appreciation for the original Yeti is growing! (755 characters)

Photo of NickTheGreat
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

I'm new to these Great Divide Beers. So far so good, I think.

Aroma (4): Good aroma, get some coffee smells. Really what a Imperial should smell like
Appearance (5): Beautiful DARK color. I'm talking almost black. Almost.
Taste (4.5): Really spot on taste. Thick, bitter, roasted, awesome. Second Great Divide I've had and it has that boozy taste. It works, and makes sense with the higher ABV.
Palate (4.5): Dead nuts on. Nothing I can think of to critique here.

I really like this one. One of the better Imperials I've had. I see what the fuss is all about. (575 characters)

Photo of dcscientist
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Ah yes, the classic imperial stout. Great Divide makes a fine version of this one, no doubt. They have a few different takes on it, but this is the original version, and it'll do when you want a solid, heavy beer. Goes great with beef or other hearty dishes. This is another very popular offering from this brewery. (319 characters)

Photo of zoober911
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - As anticipated it pours black. I pour vigorously, and an inch and a half of brown head forms. As the tight bubbles dissipate it leaves little head behind with just a touch of a crown.

S - Ever so slight smell of booze. Predominantly chocolate on the nose. As it warms this is more apparent and is pleasant. It smells good, but not the best Imperial Stout I have smelled. Some burnt notes present when revisited.

T - The taste is mostly of chocolate and dark malt. There is a slight burnt/bitter character to it. LIke the smell, a slight taste of booze on the end, but it's nothing that a little time can't cure.

M - Mouthfeel is relatively smooth as expected with an Imperial Stout. Very light carbonation is present. Overall it is a very nice mouthfeel and the most desirable aspect of this beer.

O - Overall with everything said and done it is very good. I would recommend this to anyone as a go-to RIS if that's the flavor of the night. I have had the Espresso variant and prefer it to this one without a doubt. (1,023 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a brownish off white head. Pretty much perfect for the style.

The smell is dark roasted malts, slightly sweet.

The taste is roasted malts, bitter coffee with a bit of sweetness.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with medium carbonation.

Overall a delightful imperial stout, heavy and delicious. (322 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

BOD 6/17/14. Pours dark as a starless night. Very good head with exceptional lacing and very good retention. Rich nose of dark chocolate, very little roast character, over a nice citrus hop background with only a hint of coffee. As it warms, light vanilla notes are noticed. Rich full body with a creamy texture. Below normal carbonation with no effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is complex, but the alcohol is not well hidden. It begins with rich dark chocolate that flows into notes of coffee coupled with vanilla over a rich malt sweetness. Roast is noted in the middle over a citric hop flavor and mild bitterness. The smooth finish is dominated by alcohol and leaves a warm back of throat burn and a burnt sugar lingering aftertaste. Dial the alcohol back a bit and this one becomes outstanding. (824 characters)

Photo of Acidik_Inc
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

I have a soft spot for cryptozoology, so its name piqued immediately. This was my first sampling from the Great Divide Brewing Company. A pretty good test to how tall this company stands. Yeti provides an excellent serving of hops to its Imperial Stout tradition. A dark, frothy ale best served cold and as soon as purchased. Personally, I enjoy it right before a movie in bed. (378 characters)

Photo of KONARTHEBARBARIAN
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Drank this from the cask at Falling Rock Ale House in Denver. Perfect temp brought out the many layers of this exceptional Imperial Stout. This is a treat! (157 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%

12 oz bottle.
Thick and smooth with low carbonation; likely better if on nitro tap.
This is a big beer with a huge load of dark malts and plenty of hops as well. Enough coffee in the flavor to suggest there's actually some in here. Rich, very dark roast flavor. (264 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, nearly black color, with a frothy dark brown head. One of the darkest heads I've ever seen. Dissipates quickly. Not much lacing.

Aroma is heavily roasted caramel malts, with a little bit of coffee and molasses. Alcohol. Some pleasant vanilla.

Taste has more of the heavily roasted caramel malts. Surprisingly sweet for a stout. Roasted coffee beans and chocolate stick to the tongue. A little bit of a bite from the alcohol. Sweet milk chocolate and molasses. A surprising amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full and thick. A little bit of alcohol warmth. One of the easier Stouts you'll find to drink, but by no means a chugger.

Overall, not my favorite RIS, but still very good. Definitely recommend, especially if you can find it at a good price. (779 characters)

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,684 ratings.