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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout

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3,675 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3675
Reviews: 1587
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%

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 velohomme


4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I consider myself a RIS connoisseur and this is one of my favs now. But apparently I must say more because this site has a minimum for a comment...so I am adding this worthless text which every reader must now view. Doh! Not enough yet...here is some more worthless words.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 23:55:22 | More by velohomme
Photo of 2013beer101


4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very dark and heavy stout. Carbonation seemed to liven up as the beer warmed as did the booze. Loved visual of the dark color and cinnamon head on top. Great beer for having on occaision but wouldnt make it a regular go to. also getting lots of coffee flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 00:00:53 | More by 2013beer101
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/24/13, poured into a snifter.

A- pours pitch black with no light seeping through, thick and creamy tan head retains long after the pour and leaves solid layers of lace around the glass upon agitation, you could float a bottle cap in this five minutes after the pour, perfect appearance

S- dark and roasty notes provide a light charred smokiness, strong melted toffee and caramel aromas give it a nice sweetness mid-palate, bitter chocolate and a kick of hops at the end

T- the smoky roast comes through more in flavor than it does aroma. Charred wood flavors quickly transition into toffee and caramel malty sweetness, reminds me of the caramel chews. Bitter hop notes break through near the end, despite the bold roasted malt flavors, balancing it out nicely. Bitter coffee with piney hops on the finish with more herbal coffee on the linger

M- thick and creamy body, like liquid velvet. Low carbonation provides a silky mouthfeel and a smooth finish, just a touch of warming alcohol but hidden quite well overall

O- this is a fine RIS. Perfect pour, roasty, smoky, sweet and bitter, with a creamy smooth mouthfeel. This is my first Yeti, I'm looking forward to trying more.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 02:01:07 | More by Treyliff
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours very thick and pitch black. Absolutely no light penetration. Head starts off big, brown, bubbly and beautiful. It dies off to a thin skin of foam and leaves swirls of lacing.

S-Thick Hershey's syrup. Burnt coffee and burnt caramel. Light leather and light anise. A lick of alcohol as well. A rumble of bitter hops too surprisingly enough.

T-The mix of chocolate, coffee and hops makes this a bitter, roasty brute. Dutch chocolate and espresso. Burnt maltiness. Finishes bitter. Light notes of dark fruitiness and black licorice. A bit leathery too. Has a pretty unique flavor.

M-Creamy and full. Boozy but far from offensive. Fudgy and chewy with tons of body. Soft carbonation.

O/D-I can see why this is a classic. Its been around for quite a while but it is definitely a pretty unique RIS. Shocked that I haven't had this until now.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 16:47:21 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle dated " FEB 06 2012," poured into a goblet.

Pours a deep, dark chocolate brown, almost black. Very thick, small, mocha head, no lace.

Chocolate, plum, booze, cherry and slight pine make up the smell.

Dark chocolate, with a hint of orange starts this beast off. Dark fruit and roasted malts follow, toffee and alcohol. It has a nice chocolate finish. Thick, but smooth going down.

I honestly love this simple, drinkable, rich Imperial Stout. A solid, ageable beer, need more.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 05:28:20 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
Photo of joeseppy


4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled Jul 30 2012. Happy Birthday to this Yeti-time to git you into my belly! Ironically I just pulled this out the fridge-I'll splain later.

Very deep brown, a one inch mocha head with large bubbles. Head recedes to the edges with a wispy top.

Aromas of espresso grounds, chocolate covered raisins, sweet malt/toffees/caramels. The alcohol notes bring to mind dark sugarcane rum with the lower alcohol content the islands used to produce locally-not shipped to the U.S..

I gotta start with the back end because the front is so complex. Bitter black coffee, of course hops related with roasted grain. 70% dark cocoa bark with sweet malt. The balance is nothing short of superb.

Very rich mouthfeel; like cold dark creamy coffee with juz 'nuff carbonation. Lips are sticky from the sugars. I really enjoyed at a chilled temp.. Pert perfecto para mi.

I bought this last year- was not impressed and left a few in the fridge. Now I know this carries spectacular ratings and I wanted to give this some time before I dissed it. I felt when young, this was very chalky and way too bitter. Exactly one year has passed and this still has enough hop strength carrying over to balance with the malt sweetness to make just short of a perfect Imperial Stout. I have an Oak Aged raring to go on one year also. This is a brew for me that keeps it interesting and teaches me not to be too judgmental when it comes to Imperial Stouts. Bottom line, age this, experiment, and enjoy! Chewy enough to say 'Bon Appetite'!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 04:00:45 | More by joeseppy
Photo of 007rtw


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large wine glass. Pours a thick, syrupy black. Totally opaque. Virtually no head.

Scents of coffee, toffee, dark chocolate, smoked meats, toasted bread, plum. *Slight* notes of solvent, but far less than often found in high ABV beers. Excellent.

Chocolate, bourbon, coffee, red fruit (pomegranate?) taste. Best tasting beer I have had.

Mouthfeel loses some points due to the stickyness and syrupy quality. Still very good. Neither astringent nor overly round and flat.

Overall, this is the best beer I have had to date, surpassing even Trappistes Rochefort 10. The texture could use a bit of work, but otherwise, it's truly fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 23:13:13 | More by 007rtw
Photo of Mojo


3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -> snifter

A - dark mahogany brown, almost black with the thinnest of heads, only a small retention ring, and no lacing to speak of.

S - Coffee, chocolate, soy sauce

T - Very chocolate malty with coffee notes. The finish is warm due to the high ABV but a soy sauce salty taste just kind of ruins it for me.

M - very nice and thick

O - lots good about this one; I just wish the soy sauciness was not there.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 01:28:11 | More by Mojo
Photo of Louski


4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap poured in a frosted glass (not by choice) so I had to sit on it a bit to warm up.

A: poured pitch black with that dark tan head thick and fluffy.
S: Chocolate malt is evident but a nice oak smell caught me too. Mild coffee tones As well.
T: Perfect blend of chocolate and coffee followed by an earthy finish with hints of smokiness to it. Finishes slightly bitter (in a good way).
M: Bitter finish coats the tongue and leaves the smokiness around for a while. Full-bodied flavor.
O: Real pumped to have found this on tap locally. And to have it served in a pint glass for $6.95 isn't bad either. Perfect balance of flavor for the style and a winner in my book.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2013 03:17:54 | More by Louski
Photo of RWLawman

North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Jet black, like oil in a glass. Thin head which dissipates almost immediately.

S - Heavily roasted malts, black coffee, licorice, alcohol, and dark fruits.

T - Follows the nose, for the most part. Immediately punched by malts, followed by chocolate and coffee notes, along with licorice on the back, and finished up with an alcohol bite. There's also a dark fruit presence in there as well.

M - Thick, smooth heavy mouth feel. Carbonation is there, but it's certainly not overwhelming. There's also the slightest alcohol burn on the back of the throat at the end.

O - Absolutely delicious imperial. This is officially one of my favorite imperials. Highly recommended. I'd like to find this one on tap somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 01:32:10 | More by RWLawman
Photo of socon67

New York

4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Inky black pour that is syrupy thick. Mocha foam head on top dissipates fast. Slight lacing.

S - Scents of roasted malt explode from the glass to the nose. Some cocoa powder smell along with toffee is present.

T - The roasted malt flavor is intense. Almost gives off a chicory flavor. Some coffee bitterness is in the finish. There is a bit of sweetness of milk chocolate.

M - For the style this was quite easy to drink. It does feel like a heavy stout, though not a chore to drink. Worked well with dinner; I finished the bomber myself over the meal.

O - Why I never got around to this until now is beyond me. But this is a solid RIS that appeals to those who like a roasted malt jolt in their glass.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 23:56:38 | More by socon67
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great Divide : Yeti

LOOK: Pours a dark brown color with a deep tan head. This beer is ominous looking, in a good way. Leaves some lace on the glass. Totally opaque, there is no light getting through the Yeti.

SMELL: The aroma really gets better after it warms slightly. Chocolate, coffee and deeply roasted malts make for a pretty good nose.

TASTE: Outstandingly malty and actually quite bitter. Some chocolate malt flavor, with a good helping of hoppy acidity and subtle pine flavor. Coffee notes are in the finish. The alcohol has mild spicyness, but far from omnipresent. Halfway through the draft I can sense the Yeti has great strength.

FEEL: Full bodied but quite smooth. Chewy malt flavor does not want to let go.

OVERALL: The base beer for many Yeti spinoff brews from this brewer, there's just something about this beer that screams "Age me in Bourbon barrels". Still quite nice, a fine beer in its own right actually.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2013 17:59:28 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of RickS95


4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on Feb 6, 2012

Only the head keeps this from being a 5. It pours like old used motor oil. It's thick, black and looks chewy. The head forms slowly. It's very dark brown. As soon as it hits a finger thick, it just disappears. There is sparse lacing, but it's really an attractive beer for a few seconds.

Licorice or anise, alcohol, possibly figs, and roasted grains. It's simple and sweet. As it warms, bittersweet chocolate scents emerge.

Huge hit of roasted malty stuff up front. As it works its way back, slight toffee flavors develop before alcohol and hops end the treat. For what it is, I'm not sure you improve the flavor.

For such a big drink, it's extremely smooth. It's creamy and goes down a bit too easy given its high ABV and 75 IBUs. It's equal parts sweet and bitter, and enough bite from the alcohol to let you know it means business. Full bodied.

This is really a solid beer, borderline perfect. There's nothing wrong with it and improvements are nothing more than nit picking. It's a great dessert beer or a night cap. Hell, it's good whenever you have it.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 03:39:55 | More by RickS95
Photo of Premo88


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

12 oz. bottle poured into stout glass

(bottled on 1/23/13; drank 4/14/13)

L: black; only the absolute tip is dark amber when held up to light; chocolate head, about 1/2-inch of fluffy foam, very thick with plenty of lacing; the head looks red from top down

S: malt; burnt/toasted chocolate; sweet biscuits at times; alcohol shows up at times

T: espresso, chocolate ... the first sip is as good as it gets; loads of malt with a solid backbone of hops; very chocolatey with a lot of alcohol in the taste; finishes very dry; tastes more burnt than the smell, but it's not a bad thing.

F: thick, full, not syrupy but at times feels lumpy ... carbonation keeps it drinkable

O: it's quite a bit ... LOVE the fact that you can get it in 12 oz. bottles because 12 oz. is about all I'd ever want in a session; as good a malt fix as I've run into in the darker malt family; a testament to this one's gateway prowess: I CRAVED this brew by the time I reached the fourth and final bottle in my four-pack.

When the weather starts to cool and/or I get in the mood for some stout, I will definitely be going back to this one. A really good brew, and though the 9.5% ABV is ever-present, it's never overbearing.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 02:48:38 | More by Premo88
Photo of utopiajane

New York

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and slightly thick. No light escapes the edges and has a scant head of mocha colored foam that fell rather quickly to a thin ring. Leaves shimmering lace that falls to alcohol legs. Nose is alluring with dark bittersweet chocolate, toasted malt, roasty coffee, a smooth vanilla that was just right to accentuate the chocolate and a little burned toast. There are some perfumey and floral hops just on top with a light pine that I find adds to the overall sweetness. There's a good helping of molasses and just a little alcohol to make it truly tempting. Taste is downright luscious. Malt is hefty but smooth and soft with molasses and caramel sweetness. The alcohol warms right away and then the flavors start to unfold. Chocolate is dark and bittersweet, not too smooth like if you had some as a chocolate bar. Burned toast and a smooth molasses that combine so well. The espresso roast rides in to keep it from becoming too sweet. And to my delight some floral hops bring a nonchalant bitter to the dry finish. The coffee beans have a dual character. They taste both roasted and like they are still on the vine red, ripe and fresh. Mouthfeel is creamy, full and just a bit sticky.

This was an extraordinary stout that realized each of it's many flavors to a deep fullness and harmonious complexity. The hop character made it boisterous. You linger over a stout and this one kept intensifying. Generous and evocative.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 13:59:39 | More by utopiajane
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not certain how long this has been in the cellar due to the lack of bottling date, but makes reference to a 2009 GABF award so can't have been too long. It's an iconic beer that’s been saved on purpose and was brought up solely (and strangely) due to Untapd's “Colorado badge” motivation...

Pours an inky near-black, a dark chocolate colour with limited head. Mouthfeel is creamy and fulsome, much less oily or viscous than I'd expected from the silkiness of the pour. Malt-forward aroma of roasted chocolate and other dark malts, with a nice barrel undertone. Those oak tannins are even more prevalent in the taste. Taste starts with chocolate and caramelized malts before moving through the spectrum of barrel flavours and a delightfully crisp bitterness in the finish.


Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 00:35:13 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of BEERMILER12


4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


A: Pours a pitch black color with a little more than a fingers worth of dark tan head that reduces slowly down to a decent sized cap

S: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, caramel, and quite a bit of hoppiness. Get a hint of alcohol towards the back end

T: Starts off with roasted malts, dark chocolate, toffee, and a light hint of coffee (it might just be more of the intense roastiness) and then goes into a good bit of bitter hoppiness. Finishes with a light lingering bitterness from both the hops and roasted malts. Alcohol is well hidden

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Thick

O: A very nice stout with quite a bitter kick. Quite drinkable despite the bitterness and 9.5%. Definitely recommended, especially if you enjoy a good amount of hops in your stout

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 23:34:01 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of IchLiebeBier


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

Appearance: Very dark chestnut, almost black; huge frothy brown head, long lasting, good lacing

Aroma: Initial whiff of hops, followed by roasted malts and chocolate

Taste: Very interesting creamy start with bitter hop flavor on back of tongue with accompanying sweetness; very well balanced and quite tasty; excellent overall

Remarks: I didn't score A, S, T, M at that time, so please disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 23:17:41 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of nataku00


4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, around two years old, poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark brown, bordering on black, with two fingers of creamy chocolate colored head. Head sticks around for a bit, before slowly receding leaving thick lacing on the edge of the glass.

Nose is medium roasted coffee, dark fruit, dark chocolate, smoked and roasted malt.

Taste is mainly roasted flavors, bitter coffee and dark roasted malt, mellows into some light sweeter dark chocolate flavors. Lingering coffee bitterness on the tongue.

Full body, thick and creamy, coating your mouth with a sip.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 03:42:14 | More by nataku00
Photo of gleemonger


4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown to black, with a nice thick, dimpled beige head. The head stays nice and thick and lingers through the whole glass, with some nice lacing.

Rich roasty, chocolatey aroma with a touch of sweetness and some alcohol. It smells like a big one, and I can't wait to take a sip.

More bitter than I was expecting, almost a tad metallic - coming from what seems to be a combo of the burnt malts and some hops. The chocolate is there, but is more in the background than I expected. There is definitely a complexity there as I expect from a RIS though, with some good sweet malts backing ulp all of the above. I think it's just a little on the bitter side for my taste.

Nice and rich, as I come to expect from a good RIS. Moderate carbonation, and a nice creamy feel.

A very nice stout. For me, if the bitterness were toned way down, it would almost be perfect, as it is in most areas. I'm just not a fan of too much metallic hop bitterness in my stouts. But this is definitely a very solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 19:41:06 | More by gleemonger
Photo of Bowers-Brew


3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Super black pour with dark brown head. Foam doesn't overwhelm or last long.

S - Hops at first with a bit of malt and chocolate finish.

T - Hops, malt, and chocolate dominate. Don't really notice much of a caramel flavor, but did taste a little toffee notes. Slightly over bitter aftertaste keeps the score down a bit for me.

M - Thick and creamy.

O - Not sure I've had many Russian Imperial Stouts, but it did remind me of some American Imperial Stouts. Yeti is a classic for a reason. Good beer from a good brewery. Certainly a beer that should be on your list to try.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 21:55:16 | More by Bowers-Brew
Photo of jwhancher


4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a jet black with nice full thick tan head that lingers and clings quite a bit to the sides of the snifter sides. Smells of roast, caramel and toffee. Earthy hop aroma with wades of cocoa. Starts off sweet with waves of chocolate, roast, some vanilla, and some light oak like flavors. Feels luscious with creamy feel and ample bitterness. One of my favorite brews. I love the other Yeti brews to a T. This one is great. Just seems a little substandard compared with the the specialty Yeti beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 00:49:00 | More by jwhancher
Photo of dar482

New York

3.3/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was bottled on July 30, 2012. It’s been sitting around for 10 months.

The beer is a wonderful pitch black with a light tan head

The aroma has a bit of dark fruit, which is different for a stout. Then there’s big roast, chocolate, a bit of caramel sweetness, burnt sugar. There’s a bit of booze in there too, despite the aging.

The flavor follows with the roast and bitter chocolate.

However, the finish has this strange flavor behind it. It’s a huge amount of bitterness, but instead of grapefruit bitterness like IPAs, it’s a chalkiness. My friend related it to licking an envelope. The bitterness and strange metallic flavor really stands out instead of the smoothness. Sitting at 75 IBUs, this is quite bitter as the sweet malt does not counterbalance it much.

I’ve had the Oak Aged, Chocolate OA, and Espresso OA Yetis. This isn’t far from it. For me, Oak Aged and Chocolate hid that strange bitterness on the end much better than this or Espresso. The bitterness stands out in this and sort of messes up the beer for me. Not my kind of beer. It’s not poorly made, but not really for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 05:03:52 | More by dar482
Photo of Zachtheporter


4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really great RIS. Lots of great stuff going on here. There's plenty of chocolate, toffee and sweet milk notes, as well as notes of port wine and leather. Great mouthfeel, nice and smooth while still having a small bite at the end (for an RIS). I actually almost prefer this more than the Espresso Oak aged version which I tried side by side with this for the first time. This really is an awesome beer, but not my favorite of the style. It's really good, but it didn't WOW me (I was expecting it to be good anyway.) Due to the fact that it's impossible to get in my area I probably wont be going out of my way to seek this out again seeing as though there are just so many other things I want to try out there. All in all good beer though.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 16:11:34 | More by Zachtheporter
Photo of Neorebel

New Jersey

4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Yeti has a magnificent obsidian color with a voluminous mocha colored head. Tons of lacing left on the glass. The aroma draws comparisons to bakers chocolate, new leather, port wine, and creamy milk. To my delight, the flavor is very chocolatey, along with some earthy wood and tobacco notes. Surprisingly a fair amount of hops are included in the mixture. The finish is tart and bitter. I appreciate the heavy, velvety mouthfeel, and the warming sensation of the high ABV. Definitely a must try when in the mood for a bold RIS.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 15:49:30 | More by Neorebel
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 3,675 ratings.