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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,155 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 4,155
Reviews: 1,619
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 193
Gots: 491 | FT: 16
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 Lance87
3/5  rDev -28.7%

Lance87, Jun 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.7%

anon, Aug 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.7%

tatums1984, Jan 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.7%

OptionParalysis, Aug 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.7%

vahughes, Sep 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.7%

GrindFatherBob, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of NODAK
3.03/5  rDev -28%

Aroma is very chocolaty...a semi-sweet and roasted chocolate smell is very noticeable with some floral hoppiness in the background.

Pours black in the glass with a loose, dark brown head of about an inch.

Taste has a pretty interesting mix of floral hoppiness and roasted chocolate malt with a hint of coffee. While still certainly a malty beer, this beer has more hoppiness than most beers of this style. The finish has a very roasted quality to it, with a bit of sharp bitterness along the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel seems a little thinner than most beers of this style.

I wouldn't count this amongst my favorites for style. It's a personal preference I'm sure, but I don't think the floral quality helps in this beer...I really just would prefer less hoppiness...and it just seems a little thin in general.

NODAK, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of pinyin
3.04/5  rDev -27.8%

Had high hopes for this one based upon the price point and the reviews here on BA, but sadly I was let down once again by a highly touted stout, that turned out to taste like coffe grinds and rubbing alcohol.

Well, that might be a bit of a stretch, but I really should have bought the sixer of Dragon Stout or the 4 pack of Old Rasputin instead of the two bombers of Yeti Imperial.

this is definitely not an imperial grade product just based upon how prevalent the taste of alcohol was.

Texture and color were nice but this taste so average and redundant.

Would not purchase again.

pinyin, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of Beertinez
3.05/5  rDev -27.6%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a very dark brown, almost black. 1 finger, chocolate color head.

Smell of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. The nose is mostly sweet. I can also pick up an alcohol smell.

The taste starts off with very sweet malts, sweet chocolate, followed by roasted malts. I'm picking up this tangy, tart, syrupy flavor near the finish. Molasses, i think. It finishes with huge hops and a lingering bitterness

The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Combine that with the high ABV and you get a sipping beer. Not very drinkable.

Overall, i thought this beer was ok. I like hoppy finishes in my beer but im used to it with an IPA/DIPA not with a stout. I like my stouts creamy, sweet, and lightly hopped. Also, i wasn't a big fan of this tangy taste i was getting on the finish. it was weird.

Beertinez, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of quasimoto
3.05/5  rDev -27.6%

A - Its very black, very very black witha big fluffy tan head. Dark tan.

S - Strong aroma of hops in there, not IPA strong but a good wiff of it starts this off. Its followed up by some sweet molasses, dark chocolate, and strong alcohol.

T - The high bitterness hides a lot of the flavors. There are the typical chocolate and molasses, with a background of a coffee/hops mixture flavors. But the sharpness on the tounge hides a lot of it.

M - It is big and chewy. The carbination wraps the tounge and once again the bitterness encompasses all.

D - It along the BJCP guidelines of a Russian Imperial Stout, but it needs a stronger flavor profile.

quasimoto, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.1/5  rDev -26.4%

The first beer on my 4th July American beer evening. Poured into a 'Forbidden Fruit' chalice.

Darker than a dark night on a moonless hill, a deep tan coloured head sat on top of the smouldering body. The head however soon left leaving a thin collar around the glass.

The aroma was of rich fruitcake, slightly burnt or overcooked, baked plums were also in the smell.

The taste was of dry burnt caramel, with the hops adding to the dryness. As the beer warmed, it appeared to lose some of its dryness, but it was still pretty dry to me.

Over hopped and to much alcohol for me. I am no expert on Imperial Stouts, but if this typical, then they obviously aren't my cup of tea.

BlackHaddock, Jul 15, 2008
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3.13/5  rDev -25.7%

A: It's like a black hole, no light will escape.
S: Molasses, strong coffee.
T: Dark-roast coffee bean (burnt is the proper word). Citrusy American hop aftertaste. Bitter from all sides (roasted malts and hops).
M: Full-bodied. Moderate carbonation.
O: Well, this kind of hoppiness is really not to my liking, so I can't drink much of this. Amazingly, the hops seem to overwhelm both the alcohol, the roastedness, and the maltiness!

jibbyvonjibb, Nov 30, 2010
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3.13/5  rDev -25.7%

Poured a big beer into a giant frozen crystal mug.

A: Black as midnight in the middle of a northwestern woods. With no moon out. Black as used crude oil. Thick, brown head that lingered for quite awhile.

S: Whew. Very hoppy with a sea water character surrounded by ripe dark fruit. Very light toasty malt and a hint of coffee.

T: Salty black coffee, roasted malt, campfire smoke, scotch and a red wine note. Salty, espresso finish.

Value: Man, if you're into Russian Imp Stouts, I guess this one is a good deal. Just too hoppy and salty for me.

WeezyBoPeep, Jan 26, 2010
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3.15/5  rDev -25.2%

I do enjoy a stout to end my trip at the pub, but this was a bit disappointing.
I would have liked a heaver body to this beer. What I was served was a bit warmer (near british standards) with a creamy off white head. It's first sip was the expected flavor of over roasted, bitter malts. Nice nose of chocolate and coffee and a bit of caramel. It's mouthfeel was weak and thin, almost too thin. I could have been drinking a black lager. I was expecting something with a bit of weight and cling to your teeth stability, but alas, i received a quick entry/quick finish beer.

I'll definitely try it again when it's available on tap, and if I see it in a store I'll buy a sixer. I have hope for this beer and look forward to my next pint.

J-Evans, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of bishopdc0
3.18/5  rDev -24.5%

Got this bottle in Mass after Kate Day, shared it with my wife
couldn't read the bottle on date on any of the bottles in the store
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The beer pours dark with a very dark head. The head forms big and hugs the glass. It is dark tan and very small bubbles.

The is surprisingly full of hops. Chocolate and roasted malts take a back burner to the hops upfront. it is a unique but i want more roasted and maltyness.

It starts with a huge alcohol bite i've hd 13% that were less alcoholic then this. Roasted and chocolate malts enter with a thick creaminess. It finishes with a huge amount of alcohol feel and roasted on the tongue leaving a dry very grain taste.

This is a great beer to drink with something, I had chili, as the dry taste is a little off. i could see how aging would improve this beer. Last note is that this beer is all over the place I appreciate where this beer goes but i don't think i will follow

bishopdc0, Mar 09, 2011
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3.19/5  rDev -24.2%

Poured into my anderson valley "can" pint glass

Appearance: Extremely dark, almost like a black hole. No light is passing through this beer.

Smell: Very, very yeasty. Bread like smell. Similar to the aroma of a bakery of a summer afternoon.

Taste: Warm, doughy taste. Lots of chocolate as well. Mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel: This is one HEAVY beer. Felt more like eating a sandwich than drinking a beer. Mild carbonation.

Overall: This beer had A LOT of flavor, but lacked the complexity I seek in a RIS. Glad I tried it, but won't repeat. Will be trying the oak aged and chocolate oak versions though soon.

120minuteman, Jan 25, 2014
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3.2/5  rDev -24%

01/10/2010
1 pt. 6 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.
Bottled on 11/23/2009.

A: Holy cow, did this pour thick. Felt like molasses slipping out of the bottle. Super dark, almost completely opaque with frothy dark caramel head. Ridiculous retention every sip of the way.

S: Strong roasted malts with a little dark chocolate. Some toffee notes.

T: Crazy roasted malt taste. Really strong stuff. Bitter aftertaste that you can't shake off your tongue.

M: Really thick, almost syrupy. Coats your tongue and keeps the bitterness there whether you want it to or not.

D: Looks amazing. Smells great. Taste completely destroyed my palate. I love Imperial Stouts but I feel like I'd only get the bitterness off my tongue with a scraper.

Always willing to give beers another try so maybe I'll change my mind at the end of the bottle. Hoping the other variations of the Yeti are better.

DoppleJock, Jan 13, 2010
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3.2/5  rDev -24%

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into an over-sized wine glass.

A- Oily black/opaque. Pours with a thin brown head, which fades rapidly, leaving a thin, filmy covering. Ample lacing noted.

S- Alcohol bite, chocolate, coffee, indiscernible dark fruitiness, and a bit of molasses.

T- Fleeting hints of coffee and chocolate, quickly obscured and diminished by the biting alcohol presence. No experience with this, but perhaps one that might do well aged?

M- Fairly thick with fairly low carbonation

D- Not more than one as a slow sipper on a lazy evening. ABV is too high and too pronounced to consider more.

Future outlook: Might get again to sock away for a long time....

DoctorDog, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of dgallina
3.23/5  rDev -23.3%

Syrupy black with a thin but extremely persistent head and generous lace. Smells strongly of citrus hops with an undercoat of sweet malt. The mouth is immediately hit with a huge rush of grapefruit hops, followed by a slow build-up of sweet toasted malts. Taste buds are quickly overwhelmed by a stingingly bitter hop finish and lots of piney resins. Viscous and chewy mouth-feel.

Impressive looking, but finally under-whelming and overrated in my opinion. The malts are strong, but no match for the incredible overdose of cascade hops. Simplistic, unbalanced, and unsatisfying. The oak-aged version is much more mellow and textured.

dgallina, May 05, 2005
Photo of Greggy
3.23/5  rDev -23.3%

A- Pours a thick black with no light showing through. Tiny speckled lace is present.

S- Dark chocolate, some dark raisiny fruits, a good amount of boozy alcohol on the nose.

T- Starts off with a bitter chocolate, with some green apple notes, some other dark fruits, with some heat on the finish.

M- Pretty boozy on the mouth feel makes this not terribly present.

D- Drinkability really suffers on this because of the alcohol heat in the nose,taste, and mouthfeel.

Greggy, Dec 14, 2008
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3.23/5  rDev -23.3%

Poured into a standard pint glass. Formed a dense single finger head the color of a dark mocha drink. Slow dissipation leaving behind lots of frothy lace. The body is about as dark a possible...you cannot force light through this.

The nose has chocolate, molasses and caramel up front. Deeply roasted malts are undertones on a meaty backbone.

Flavors come at you in waves. You are hit right up front with a hoppy burst. This calms down to some of the roasted malts and caramel flavors. Then, boom, hops again at the end. Bitter finish with a slightly warming alcohol bite. The hops are not in balance...

Mouth feel is medium to thick, semi astringent with very light carbonation.

Drinkable, but I could not handle more than one per setting.

mgbickel, Jan 11, 2010
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3.23/5  rDev -23.3%

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a dark coffee head.

Smell: Bitter old coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, blackstrap molasses

Taste: Starts out with chocolate, tobacco, & coffee, but finishes with harsh bitter hops and the taste of old coffee grinds.

Mouthfeel: Excellent think mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Never again. Over-hopped and over-hyped. No balance.

craytonic, Nov 20, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

DomingoOrtiz, Mar 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

cofeeguru, Jan 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

EdelweissDad, Jun 09, 2013
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,155 ratings.