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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,629 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,629
Reviews: 1,674
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 248
Gots: 688 | FT: 23
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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Photo of Kendo
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is thick and dark black with a 1/2-finger rusty, chocolatey-brown head. No light coming through that body at all. Good lacing early, none on the way down the glass, however.

S: Dark chocolate, brown sugar and some roasted coffee -- not too strong on the coffee, however. Also a hint of citrusy hops over all that sweet malty goodness.

T: Starts out with roasted malt, molasses and dark rum-soaked fruit. Finishes with what seems at first to be a dark chocolate or coffee bitterness, but after a few sips seems more like a hoppy bitterness. Nicely balanced either way between the malt and hops. No taste of alcohol, though it's felt in the belly.

M: Body is probably about as heavy as you get. Smooth and creamy, however.

D: For a beer of this strength, drinkability is very good.

Notes: No freshness dating, so I'm not sure of the age of this one -- it's been in my cellar for awhile, possibly a year or even a little more. If that's the case, the aging certainly didn't seem to hurt. . . . I shared this bomber with a friend and wished I hadn't . . . . Nice flavors, nice buzz. Well done. I would definitely get this again. And again. . . .

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

Nov 23, 2009

22oz. bomber. Bottle is about 2 years old. Pours thick black with a huge brown head. Leaves layers of sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, a bit of dark fruit and some piney hops.

Flavor is big and impressive. Malty up-front, chocolate, coffee, molasses, toffee with a nice hoppy finish. Wonderfully balanced.

Mouthfeel is virtually perfect. Thick, rich, smooth and creamy with low to medium carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden...some age probably helped here.

An excellent stout. Very well crafted and balanced!

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

12oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - black brew with a creamy brown head that left thick sheets of lacing on my glass.

S - bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee aroma.

T - dark roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate flavors are fantastic. Light taste of alcohol as it warms up.

F - full bodied, thick and creamy feel.

D - high abv is the only thing holding this one back from being rated higher.

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

What a great RIS. Pours out completly, utterly pitch black. Used motor oil, vicious looking brew with a head that is darker than most stouts
Aromas is huge, complex as a well roasted infused coffee. Notes of bitter chocolates, deeply roasted malts, vanilla, oaks, alcoholic phenols singe your nose as you breath in this deliciousness.
Flavor is bliss at first sip. The alcohol, as noted by other BA users is very dominant, but spikes the beer thoughout drinking. The mouthfeel is thick, yet light. Flavor is bitter chocolates, loads of maltiness, coffee, rum, caramelized toffee, yet balance by spicy hops and alcohol. The finish is warm, but very smooth. This was suprisingl good, I highly reccommend and will purchase again

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

Bottled on 2/2008.

Pitch black color. Nice creamy head, lacing looks quite nice on the glass.

Dark chocolate, some roasted malts and coffee, hint of dark fruit.

Rich dark chocolate up front, mocha, some little roasted malts. There's some bitter hops in the middle, along with some dark fruit. Finish of smooth with mild burnt caramel aftertaste. Body is thick and creamy. Carbonation feels pretty good.

It's very good.

Photo of thejohnnyo
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

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

A- pitch black body, with thick toffee brown head that would not go away

S- rich toasted malt, toffee, chocolate, and caramel

T- much like the aroma, with a slight hoppiness and subdued alcohol characteristics

M- thick, warming, coating your entire tongue

D- one hell of a sipper

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

10 Month old bottle. Review from notes (1/26/13).

A: Pours black with a brown head. Big head with good retention and some lacing.

S: Smell is mainly semisweet chocolate. Slight roasted smell that reminds be of coffee. General sweetness.

T: Taste is big with sweet chocolate upfront. Roasted malt and coffee seem to be minimal. Very very sweet. Almost no bitterness to it.

M: Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, with low carbonation. Lingering quality and slightly sticky.

O: Overall I would say that this beer was not balanced at all. Sweet and tasty but one dimensional. None of the "bold hop character" as suggested by the label. I enjoyed it and would be willing to try a newer bottle.

Photo of Ramjam1989
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

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

Poured from a Great Divide bomber into a Stone IPA glass. Right off the beer looked really good, dark black color with chocolate milk colored foamy and thick head. It smelled rich and malty.

The taste is dominated by chocolate and hops, with a burning alcohol presence. Pretty good stuff.

Photo of Nbdreher
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

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

Jet black with a gorgeous milky coffee colored head with good retention. Heavy lacing on the glass. Chocolate and coffee nose with hints of vanilla ice cream. Big coffee taste upfront with chocolate and a very sweet malt taste. Alcohol is faint but present. If you don't taste it, you'll definitely feel it 22 ounces later. Wonderful feel that's smooth and very creamy. Almost orgasmic. Very dry roasted malt tasting finish. This is a great beer. Thank you Beer Gods.

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 mattcrill
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holy crap what a fantastic stout! This is my kind of beer.

Appearance: Way black with a chocolate head that quickly disappears. Leaves interesting and chunky lacings down the glass. This beer looks like a bad-ass mo fo...

Smell: Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Hints of espresso and maybe some alcohol. But the chocolate definitely dominates my sniffer.

Taste: Unbelievable! Spicy, peppery at first and then some sweetness with brushes of licorice and vanilla dancing on my tongue. There is definitely a hop bitterness at the end which they shamelessly plug on the bottle (75 IBU's). It wasn't overdone but it was definitely there. Helped the beer finish with a pleasant bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thick and milky. Alcohol numbs the lips. Good stuff.

Drinkability and overall: Drinkability suffers some just because this is a punch in the face, kick you to the curb kind of beer. Definitely one of my favorite stouts but this is to be sipped and savored for sure. A "must have" for all stout lovers.

Photo of Skwalk47
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

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

A: Pours a deep dark brown, and chocolate head, with decent lacing.

S: Big notes of roasted malt and chocolate. Faint amount of coffee and fruit in the background.

T: Great combination of dark chocolate, nice and roasty with malt. Some caramel and dark fruits are floating around in there, and a tiny bit of coffee and hop bitterness that is much appreciated.

M: Very smooth, creamy, almost milkshake category. No sign of 9.5% ABV here.

D: A pleasure to drink, ABV is so well hidden. It's hard not to drink it fast, but slow it down a bit and enjoy.

Photo of bennetj17
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As this beer starts to pour it looks as thick as motor oil, and is very black. Head develops slowly and although it's short it's still remarkable. The foam is a reddish brown/burnt orange color, very dark and inviting. Smells like coffee, chocolate and strong grassy hops. The taste is huge... chocolate, coffee, nuts, both sweet and sour flavors. I'm smiling and puckering at the same time. Good strong hop flavors also. This one is amazingly bitter. This beer feels as thick as whole milk, and is pretty darn chewy. With its rich fullness and intense taste it's like a delicacy so drink it slow and enjoy...

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

The blackest sea this side of Ol' Rasputin fills my glass and I love the cinnamon head that that rests on top. An aroma that permeates through the room, one of wood, charcoal, coffee, and chocolate. Wow, that is one of the richest beers I have ever had, creamy Godiva chocolate on top of malty coffee and whip cream. An unbelievable smoothness stands out among the heavy body of Willy Wonka goodness. This is a chocolate milkshake of a brew but could be enjoyed any time of day accompanying a croissant breakfast or as an after dinner dessert. This brew is one of the heartiest and I'm begging for the winter to come get me.

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

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

Pours a pitch black with big dense medium brown head, clinging thick lacing. Smell: dark chocolate, chocolate graham cracker, dark brown sugar, coffee beans, big leafy and citrus hops. Taste: dark chocolate, dark brown sugar, hint of raisin, leafy, piney, citrus rind. Rich feel, near syrupy with a nice dose of carbonation. Really exceptional. Bottled 7/10/09.

Photo of th0m
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerandboards
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rootscipio
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of whoneeds8
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium chalice deep black with a two finger dark tan head with good retention and great lacing all the way down. The smell is of rich carmel and chocolate notes. There is a slight alchol presence in the nose. The taste is of rich carmelized malts. There's also some cocoa in there just like the nose. No noticable alcohol burn for this high of a abv. The mouthfeel is smooth and finishs slightly dry.

Photo of brow1901
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh man this may be a new favorite beer, if it wasn't so expensive I'd drink a bomber every day! This is soo good. I never really liked imp stouts but this has opened my eyes.

A- Pitch black, no light shines though. Big head for a beer like this, the head is pretty fluffy too. Nice retention and beautiful lacing.

S- Smells much more like hops than normal Imp stouts. Faint alcohol, lots of roasted malts and coffee. As it warms it just gets so much better too.

T- Sweet caramel hits the mouth to begin. Moves to roasted dark malt, then coffee. Finally a faint hint of chocolate. The hop bitter comes as the beer slides down the throat. It's amazing.

M- Slick but not syrup. Nice dry finish, no alcohol burn.

D- Very drinkable huge beer. Hardly notice the 9.5 abv. And like I said to begin with, the beer is so good. I highly recommend everyone seeks this out.

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