Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,676
Hads: 4,864
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 265
Gots: 809 | 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

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Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003

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Reviews: 1,676 | Hads: 4,864
Photo of mfergus3
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A - Dark brown color, with a milk-chocolaty head. Nice two-finger head.

S - Hops, touch of malty grain, and a hint of alcohol. Hoppy smell but not overpowering - very pleasing,

T - Complex malt body, hint of coffee, toffee, a creamy taste is definitely there. Somewhat bitter. Somewhere between dry and sweet, a touch of sweetness is present. Candied plums? No descernable burnt or astringent flavors. Hops are definitely present, adding earthy tones and only the slightest hint of fruitiness Overall a very complex taste, enjoyable.

M - Creamy, full-bodied mouthfeel.

D - Goes down surprisingly easy. Clearly not a session beer, but very drinkable for the style.

Overall a great beer - I'd recommend it, and certainly will be drinking it again. A great beer for hopheads looking for an imperial stout. (843 characters)

Photo of velohomme
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
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 I am adding this worthless text which every reader must now view. Doh! Not enough is some more worthless words. (272 characters)

Photo of johnpmitchell
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. Bottle into a large pilsner glass.
Appearance is astounding. Starts pitch black. Others have used motor oil to describe, and I agree-in a good way. For a split second it looks uncarbonated, and then the tiny bubbles start to cascade up and form a gorgeous froth.

Smell's sweet and bitter at the same time, like a fine dark chocolate, followed by a bit of alcohol but not
overwhelming. Hops are evident in every sniff, but they do not drown out the other smells. Then the smoke hits. Awesome.

Taste begins with espresso coffee, then chocolate. A little alcohol but not overwhelming. Hop finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, a little more carbonated than other RIS's. Leaves a little bitter aftertaste.

Overall this is an outstanding beer. The hoppiness is distinct and welcomed. I will be drinking all winter. (829 characters)

Photo of FormatKid
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz’s of Imperial Stout…it’s a beautiful thang. Pouring out into my goblet it leaves the bottle with viscous reluctance. The body is dead black, impenetrable, etc. thin brown head emerges and then recedes to a thin ring about the edge of the glass and a greasy cap. The nose is ripe with damp, dark berry esters, charred malt, coffee and bitter chocolate. Berries and bitter chocolate up front on my palate, all the great flavors of a good Imperial Stout are here espresso, charred malt. One thing that set this apart from other Imp Stouts to me though is the fresh green hop presence, almost immediately I started tasting citrus/pine hop flavors and they just became more prevalent into the finish. Bravo!, this may be the hoppiest stout I’ve had to date. The mouthfeel is a tad lacking, not too shabby anyway. That charred bitter/hoppy aftertaste is mind-blowing though, I have to get more of this! (905 characters)

Photo of jsdunlop
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours out like motor oil with a tan-brown head that forms to roughly 1/4 inch, sticky lacing left behind with each sip.
S: Roasty, oatmeal, bakers chocolate, light coffee bean aromas, lactose and caramel
T: Begins with a slight piney hop bitterness, some grapefruit shines through while a massive amount of oats assault the palate. Grainy oatmeal hits strongly, while a bready-caramel charactered malt presence takes control and leads the way. Oats, plums, figs and raisins infiltrate next, accentuating the malt presence. Nice bready graininess in the finish with a touch of bitterness round the brew out. Some coffee, smoke and tobacco flavors seem to appear randomly throughout each sip.
M: Thick, full and creamy with a moderate carbonation level. Extremely smooth and slick.
D: Amazing drinkability for an RIS, complex and invigorating while being balanced and layered in flavor. Recommended- (901 characters)

Photo of headlessclown
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewing from notes

A: Poured black/very dark brown with a dark brown head and good retention. Excellent lacing.

S: It was stored cold and the first impression from the aroma was a dark chocolate milkshake. Yum. More complex dark roast aromas make themselves evident as it warmed. Really quite beautiful for a stout.

T: Again, very much dark chocolate. A malt bitterness that is restrained and nicely balanced with a slight sweetness.

M: Thick, lovely, barely any alcohol burn.

D: Delicious and drinkable. As a fan of stouts, this is a treat. All my notes said: "love it love it love it" which I think sums it up perfectly. (629 characters)

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 DrewV
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this from a 2012 bomber around 8 months old.

Either Great Divide has improved the recipe of this brew since the Bros reviewed it back in 2003, or they were just dead wrong on their tasting. This is a phenomenal beer, perfectly balanced with roasty chocolate malt and well-balanced hops. Absolutely NOT a sub-4.0 rated brew here.

Pours pitch-black with a really dark brown foamy head. Aroma is pure roasty malt, coffee, dark chocolate, perfectly balanced. Taste is pure roasty malts with up-front coffee and molasses/chocolate with just a hint of booze. Aftertaste is more of the same, but never wavers from the initial flavor profile and certainly never goes south. Flavors are well-balanced, creamy, yet still pungent and non-tiresome. I just drank an entire 22 oz. bomber and my palate is not saturated at all. The flavors are consistent from the first sip right to the last. A top-notch brew here, one that I would be proud to keep in my fridge. The ONLY drawback might be the price -- nearly $10 for a bomber is a bit rich for my blood, but the high quality is certainly there. If you have the cash to blow on this brew, it's definitely worth it, no doubt in my mind. A solid A+ beer and completely deserves one of my highest ratings.

As an aside, I always laugh when people say "A good beer, but not as good as other RIS's." I call bullshit on that one. Notice that nobody ever actually NAMES the other RIS's that are supposedly superior. For me, the closest peer to Yeti is Founders Imperial Stout, but it's just about a tie. Slightly different, but equally high in quality. Don't listen to anyone that uses B.S. to justify their rating. Show your experience or shut the hell up. (1,695 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great Divide- Yeti Imp. Stout

A- Dark thick black with a dark brown thick whipped head. Big solid messy lacing down the glass, looks like hot chocolate.
S- Solid bitter dark chocolate with a light touch of cream.
T- Thick milk and dark chocolate malt with a light touch of cream, sugar, lightly burnt roasted coffee beans, and a dollop of resiny pine hops.
M- Thick sweet and dry chocolate dominates throughout. Creamy feel with a touch of bitter hops near the end. Thick sweet fudgy finish.

Overall- This is hot chocolate with a touch of alc. Very tasty very sweet. This is so good! 1 of the best RIS I've tasted. (616 characters)

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber let to warm on the counter & then into my Funky Buddha snifter.

Jet fucking black & a caramel reddish hued brown khaki head leaving lacing everywhere. It's everywhere!!! Booze legs cling to the glass to accompany the lacing.

Huge sweet & dark mocha chocolates with an ice cream like sweetness and a strong booze presence. Coffee beans, vanilla, and a touch of cinnamon. Thick, rich, smooth soft mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall, amazing imperial stout, world class brew in my humble opinion. This will be my go to imp stout! (562 characters)

Photo of stevegamburg
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just had my first one yesterday watching the Bears spank the Saints in the NFC Championship game.
Pours pitch black and I knew I was in for a treat when I saw how dark and thick the head was.
Tastes awesome with very dark malt and a fair amount of hop bitterness.
I haven't had an Imperial Stout this good in a while. In my opinion, it is one of the best out there, second only to Victory Storm King. (405 characters)

Photo of StevieW
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 bomber.
Black. No color, no tints, Black. Darker than I thought a beer could be. Impressive, creamy, dense, bubbly, dark tan head.
Smells of fresh baked chocolate cake, roasted coffee, and sum soaked cherries and raisans.
Taste was a myriad of thick creamy smooth German chocolate cake, roasted bitter expresso bite.Also a nice hop bite. Roasted expresso bitterness snaps you the other way, and leaves your head spinning. Then a nice supersmooth underneath of alcohol that doesn't surprise you, but walks, like a supermodel with a smile, and wraps you in a blanket. Finish is smooth but yields a subtle undertone of rum soaked cherries, plums, and roasted fruits. Bitterness is a constant reminder of the need for more of this sooner rather than later. Very impressive stout, one to remember for a while, it's really the only one I remember from our recent Imperial Stout tasting session. Compliments of the BelgianBum from his recent trip to Colorado. (961 characters)

Photo of mcintits
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (620 characters)

Photo of gfshoexc
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

first review on here, and a great beer for it.

poured from bottle into pint glass

A: pours a deep black. hints of a dark reddish brown at the very edges of the glass when held up to a light. a dense, coffee & cream colored head that reduces to a ring in fair time. sticks around for the whole brew leaving tight sticky lacing the whole way through

S: chocolate and espresso are prominent with hints of toasted malt and molasses

T: wow. true to the nose, with chocolate and coffee coming out quickly. didn't catch the hoppiness at the end. that some reviews mention

M: not too carbonated. feels quite smooth and somehow sticky.

D: i could easily go for a second after finishing the first (694 characters)

Photo of mtalley999
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a room temperature 22oz bottle into a generic class borrowed from the hotel bar.

An aggressive pour resulted in a huge amount head that slowly dissipated leaving substantial lacing. The color of the head reminds me of chocolate milk. The beer is jet black with no light showing through.

Aroma is very good. My first smell gave me a strong hop aroma with roasted malts and chocolate on the back. Second smell was less hops, more malt and chocolate.

Wow. The taste of this is just awesome. A combination of roasted malts and chocolate with a hop presence and a faint hint of coffee. A bit of alcohol comes through on the finish, but not in an unpleasant way.

Mouthfeel is silky and viscous, and lingers for a while after that first sip.

I'm suffering from a pretty good cold right now, so I know my sense of smell and taste is affected. Even with that being said, this is an awesome beer. I'll be adding it into my normal rotation at home and I can't wait to taste it once this cold is gone. (1,010 characters)

Photo of SwillinBrew
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn, now this is an Imperial Stout.

This poured a dark can't-see-through-even-though-held-to-light, formula 44, dark ass coffee bean color with a solid finger of cappcino colored froth head. The smell was a lovely slap of toasted coffee and roastiness.

The taste was a wall of chewy toffee and coffee goodness that really masked the alcohol content rather well... the toastiness just kept exploding and my mouth couldnt get enough like a piglet on the teat. I highly reccommend this Imperial Stout that fully lives up to it's name... don't let the Yeti scare you. (570 characters)

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle in a stein
Appearance: poured very syrupy and black as night with a rich and thick dark brown head
Nose: flowery, chocolate, coffee
Taste: hops infused with dark chocolate, spicy and rich finish
Mouthfeel: thick and rich
This is amazing and I can't wait to try the oak aged Yeti.

2nd Review 11/6/14
22oz bomber in small kolsch glasses served at fridge temps. Date on the bottle is Feb 26, 2014 so this bottle has about 9 months of age on it.

Appearance: creamy head, thick and rich dark brown head of medium to small bubbles. Opaque, black, no light getting through even on the edges of the glass. The head shrank to a small layer on the top of the beer and rode the glass down.

Nose: roasted coffee, chocolate, rich dark malts like chocolate and black. slight flowery hop note but really faint

Taste: thick and full bodied, coats the mouth in cream, still has a slight hop bitterness but that has not really left as much as I would have thought after the few months. Chocolate, coffee, a little toffee, milk chocolate, just a wonderful example of a RIS.

I need more bottles of this to age. I'm going to get a hold of the coffee and barrel aged versions as well. (1,179 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the best example of a regular imperial stout in tne world. This is the style that this brewery is known for. Its absolultely dynamite. Tons of coffee flavors fighting woth deep dark chocolate. The flavors are dominating and take over your mout. This is a great afters dinner drink or pair it up with a chcoclate death dessert. I love this beer and the whole series. Great job great divide. You hit alot of homeruns with me. (440 characters)

Photo of andrewroush
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle with date of 12/2/08

A - Extremely dark black with chocolatey tan 2 finger head. Great head retention for an IS and a good amount of lacing

S - Hops! This is a very hoppy IS and I love it. Chocolate and coffee notes come through strong as well, but the aroma is very well balanced.

T - Outstanding. Big roasted malt character with the chocolate and coffee from the nose. With 75 IBU's, this beer adds a good amount of bitterness from the hops as well. Dry finish, with a slight hint of alcohol. It's strong but the alcohol isn't overbearing.

M - Rich and creamy, perfectly carbonated

D - I could drink this all night if I could stay standing. After a 22oz I'm feeling great and could easily drink another, but I probably shouldn't

Incredible beer. I will be sure to add this to my usual rotation. (827 characters)

Photo of nogoodreason
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thicker than snot and darker than black. A surprisingly poofy, espesso foam head forms after a rather vigorous poor. The damn bottle weighed noticeably more than the other bombers in my fridge. This is a monster.

Nose is surprisingly sweet with traces of C hops and alcohol. Lots of rich, carmelized and burnt aspects apparent. Not as vinuous in the nose as a lot of impy stouts, but still with a slight, date and fig asspect. Bitter chocolate is apparent. This is just the nose.

Sweeping, huge-bodied thickness in the mouth, carbonation forms a pleasing tingling roundness. The roast and the bitter chocolate come through at first, with the pleasing, though subdued, grapefruit hops peeking out. Rolls smoothly from chocolate, to nutty toffee and thick lucious caramel rolled and a fruity port. Finish is lingering and layered with mild, bitter hops and espresso beands in dark chocolate.

One hell of an Imperial Stout and up there with Expedition in my mind. Great beer. (981 characters)

Photo of Wackyfoot
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Inky black with a thick tan head. Smells of alcohol, chocolate, coffee and tastes of the same with some licorice thrown in. Surprisingly heavily hopped for such a heavy stout, but the hops aren't intrusive and acutally add much to the overall enjoyment level. Absolutely love this one. (285 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark reddish brown. Creamy milk chocolate head that hangs around a bit. Heavy lacing. Chocolate, coffee and malt aroma. Dark chocolate, coffee and alcohol explode. Nice, nice bitterness. Coats the tongue. This is nearly a perfect stout. It's complex, but everything comes together so well. (302 characters)

Photo of budgood1
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours out of the 22oz. bomber a ink black colour, with a monstrous coffee coloured head that has plenty of staying power. plenty of clinging, billowy lace. aromatic nose; ripe berries, piles of toffee and caramel malten notes with a nice citric hop presence. love the smell. the taste is heavenly balance of boozy spiciness, dark roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, nougat, yeast and a big northwest citric hop bite that just makes things almost perfect. full figured and well rounded body with a smooth, sticky and velvety mouthfeel that is just short of outstanding. finishes with a mix of warming alcohol and bitter hoppiness. drinkability rates are off the charts! while a great sipper, i find myself having to restrain myself from gulping this one too fast.

a great RIS. the perfect 1st beer for new years eve on a very cold northern minnesota night. (859 characters)

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Why has it taken me so long to review this beer?! It's always been one of my favorites and the recent incarnation in my glass is as good as ever.

A: Near pitch black with just the slightest bit of light making its way through. Creamy, cocoa-like light brown head. Nice mix of large an ultra small bubbles. Great carbonation.

S: Ahhh!! Love the smell of this beer. Light chocolate, cocoa, Ovaltine, some bright citrusy/piney hops.

T: Exceptional! Sweet milk chocolate, cocoa, malted milk balls, muscavado sugar, stewed prunes, hops are less pronounced then in the smell, but still a grassy pine taste can be found in the glorious aftertaste.

M: So damn creamy and cocoa-like (I know I've used cocoa four times in this review, but hey, a spades a spade!) Solid viscosity but not too thick - exemplary for an imperial stout.

D: I love this beer, but it can become too much after 15 ounces or so.

Overall a great beer and one of the many reasons why Great Divide is such a solid brewery. (990 characters)

Photo of CrystalShipMS3
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Big tan head that dissipates quickly. Black chocolate color.

Smell: Bold, roasty. Somewhat sweet with very defined vanilla, coffee, and cocoa. Smells amazing.

Taste: Big roasted chocolate malt balanced perfectly with very piney hops. Very christmasy. Coffee and vanilla flavors come in second. Leaves a pleasant bitterness of coffee and hops. It's perfect.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light. Not too sticky at all. It's, again, perfect.

Overall: it's brilliant. I'll be back for more. I should also note that I like the simplicity of this one compared to it's oak aged brother. (589 characters)

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,676 ratings.