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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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1,691 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,691
Hads: 4,948
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 16.11%
Wants: 267
Gots: 856 | 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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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle marked 29A1E020 at 50 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma of roasted malt which lasts the entire glass
Head large (5 cm), light brown, creamy with rocks, diminishing to a 2 mm layer.
Lacing good – covers about 40% of glass with interconnected reticulum between each swallow.
Body dark brown, opaque; no light passes at even the glass/beer interface.
Flavor of slightly sweet roasted malt which ends with a slight roasted bitterness. No alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl. A slowly-rising alcohol warmth is felt in the stomach after a couple of minutes.
Palate full, creamy, carbonation soft

My database indicates that I have only previously had the oak-aged Yeti in bottles in 2010 and that I was unimpressed. Obviously there have been some changes in my palate since then. Yeti seems to be a lower priced version of TenFidy, but nearly as good, sort of like Ford and Mercury.

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Date - Easy to find date on label say Nov -7- 2013

A - Pours out motor oil black with a nice tight dark brown head that dies relatively fast and leaves beautiful lacing.

S - Nice robust roast smell, chocolate, creaminess, slight dark fruit. Nice strong smell but somehow smooth for a imperial stout.

T - Roasted malts, earthiness, dark fruit, dark chocolate, slight sugar candy, clinging bitterness on the back end. A very complex flavor with no sign of alcohol.

M - Full bodied, soft and creamy with an aggressive bitterness between the hops and the carbonation that move over the tongue rather nicely.

O - A really enjoyable Imperial Stout that delivers. If you like imperial stouts this is a must try if you can get it. Definitely a treat since Great Divide does not distribute to Michigan, and I was lucky enough to get to try it, Cheers!

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Photo of nodder
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Used motor oil black with a tan head. Decent lacing.

S- Roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee. The smell is subdued compared to other IS I've had.

T- Coffee/chocolate. Slightly boozy. Some bitterness going down.

M- Very silky. Full body. Low carbonation. A nice coffee aftertaste.

O- Very well done. Hits all the right notes. Recommended.

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

12 oz bottled poured into a snifter

A - motor oil black. Minimal dark brown head (as with most RIS) and lacing.

S -dark chocolate, roasted malts, hint of dark fruit, coffee

t - all the yeti's (including expresso and particularly chocolate) have this hint of mint in the taste. Roasted malts are heavy, coffee bitterness is present along with some hops, chocolate is very light. Little bit of alcohol in the finish

m - fairly carbonated for an IS, medium mouthfeel. Just about right.

o - one of my favorite year round imperial stouts. a little more bitterness and bite than some of the other seasonal/special release classics like Zhukov or KBS but something you can find almost anywhere it's one of the best.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

dark black pour with a creamy brown head. smell of chocolate and roasty malts and quite in your face and big. real rich. taste of burnt bittersweet chocolate and a lot of roasty notes. very true to style and drinkable. body is almost full and carbonation is very on point. its definitely a great beer. recommended.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is pitch black, no light shall ever penetrate this pour.

Smells very sweet, immediate nose full of chocolate and malts, the slightest hint of booze.

Taste is very sweet, very chocolaty, velvety, and smooth, however not as boozy as I was anticipating.

Mouthfeel is very thick, think milk shake and very chocolaty.

Overall a killer brew, with an ABV to match! Would pick up again.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours thick and black with a dark cocoa colored 2 finger head. Good retention gives way to a thin layer of suds across the surface. Fair lacing around the glass, with good stick.

Smell - Chocolate and a touch of roast sitting behind it. Really distant caramel.

Taste - Milk chocolate hits first, then lesser notes of roasted malt and coffee spring to life and provide an edge to the chocolatey sweetness. Light coffee astringency rides into the aftertaste, then gives way to a faint earthy/nutty character and a light caramel sweetness. Certainly not the strongest of Impy stouts, but a nicely balanced flavor when all's said and done.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low carbonation. Velvety smooth. Goes down stupid easy.

Overall - I wouldn't call this an RIS. To me it's more along the lines of an American Impy... And I'll be honest, I really like this beer, but I don't love it. I'm a sucker for brutality in my Impies, and this thing just doesn't have it. It's incredibly smooth, balanced and delicious, but it lacks that kick-in-the-teeth depth of flavor and bitterness that makes Impys so damn delicious. In summary: if you like smooth, well-balanced stouts, you can't go wrong with this one. If you like 'em rough and punchy and you're looking for a fight tonight, move along.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeti pours a black color with a nice tan head. There is a strong alcohol aroma, good notes of chocolates, subtle notes of black licorice. Taste is very similar, good notes of black licorice, chocolate notes, very creamy, and a nice but noticeable alcohol finish. Good full flavors, nice feel, good warmth from the alcohol. Overall a very good flavorful stout.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Nov-13. Drank March-14

Appearance: very viscous. pitch black not even allowing light or browning at the edges. a finger plus of a dark tan head that leaves a sticky lacing on the sides. needless to say completely opaque. pretty good looking imperial stout

Smell: greeted with caramel but closely followed by charred malts, espresso, earthy bitterness. some chocolate. very strong smell

Taste: i taste a little bit of caramel right up front but this is assaulted by darker stronger malts. char, espresso, dark rich chocolates. huge bitterness at the back end comes with earthy hops. leaves behind a mixture of espresso and char. No alcohol to be found

Mouthfeel: thick and sticky. warm and bitter

Overall: this is a great example of the style. unfortunately for me I am not the biggest fan of the espresso and hoppy stout flavors. next bottle I get is spending years in the cellar before i return to this one. Overall I would highly recommend this beer

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Photo of tmm313
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Perfect. Black as black gets and black around the edges. Beautiful, creamy, 2 finger, chocolate milk colored head. Super sticky. Amazing lacing and crazy trailing. Again, perfect.

S- Dark fruit, dark chocolate, and oats dominate. Citrusy/spicy hops and a touch of pine when you really dig in.

T- Its so f'ing good, I don't even want to think about what's going on, much less write it out. Just let me enjoy it, please.

M- Crazy. Super viscous, smooth and silky. Slightly drying. Nice, subtle burn from the alcohol over a roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee aftertaste.

O- This beer is insane. Decadent is the only word I can pull out at the moment. Every aspect being rated is superb on its own, but when you mix them all together, things just stop making sense. I'm going to go order some Yeti merch now.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a solid opaque black with dark mohogany highlights around the edges when held to the light. One finger of dark tan head leaves a solid collar and some soft lacing. Aroma is mostly bitter dark chocolate, burnt coffee, and faint molasses.

The first thing I notice is the silky smooth, creamy texture. Full-bodied and slightly chewy with just enough carbonation to tickle the tongue. Nothing fancy going on with the flavors, but they're bold and well done. It's got a little more bite than some, with prominent dark chocolate and black coffee bitterness. But there are also some sweeter cocoa and faint toffee notes that provide some balance. Hints of piney hop bitterness and alcohol warmth linger after the finish.

Very solid imperial stout that I would highly recommend for anyone that likes intense dark flavors and a thick, full mouthfeel. Not as good as the Espresso Oak Aged version but excellent nonetheless.

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Photo of dgilks
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black. Pecan highlights. Small, creamy tan head. Good head retention.

Rich malt aroma. Bitter chocolate along with touches of sweeter chocolate. Good light espresso note. Moderate fruitiness. Well balanced and no off notes.

Sweet and rich but not overly so. Good bitterness and chocolate. Well balanced stout flavour.

Medium-full body. Good richness that complements the flavours.

This isn't the world's biggest stout. But it is one of the nicest. Excellent.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle from the mixed 12er.

A- Pitch black with a half finger thick head, dark espresso in color.

S- Dark chocolate, oakiness, hint of booze

T- Sweet malt and dark roasty malts combine, yeasty and sweet, almost sugary, baker's chocolate on the finish

M- Sweet and creamy, then dry and bitter with a lactose-like sensation and effervescence... Slight odd bitterness

O- I love this beer, despite thinking it wouldn't be as good as the Oak-aged, the taste really impressed me. I loved the sensation that seemed to be from the lactose. My only complaint was a slight acidity and bitterness. Still good though.

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Photo of da_beers
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a beautiful, thick black with nice dark tan head of a little over a finger. Has that nice tan lace all the way down.

S - roasty, chocolatey, hints of coffee. This has a good, deep nose to it.

T - great bitterness to it. Great espresso and chocolates. Deep flavors. Some roastiness in the back end. Caramel notes come through at end as well. So good.

M - full body and then some. This is thick and savory. Leaves you smacking your lips or more. This is exactly hoe a stout should feel.

O - not disappointed. Only knock would be its slight booziness... But it's an imperial, so what do you expect, right? Great imp stout.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Black as a sinners heart.
A great, creamy beige-brown head that leaves a lot of lacing o the glass.

Nose: Fat milk, cream, dark chocolate, vanilla, ice cream, toffee, caramell malt and some roasted malt, a little bit of coffee, very complex, licorice and tobacco.
Taste: Licorice, espresso, dark chocolate, a lot of vanilla, oily taste, raisin and a bit of smoke.
FULL body with almoust no carbonation (thanks!)

I´ve had this brew a hundred times and rate it once before on ratebeer. I really don´t know how to put the words right to express my feelings. The best way I can say it - I´m deeply in love.
I just can´t get enough of that nose! If you don´t love this I can´t help you... This is as close to Heaven you can get!

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours black with a one finger mocha head and moderate to heavy lacing. There are some slightly brownish-red highlights when held up to the light. The lacing stays on the glass until then end.

The smell is strong, dominated by roasted malts and bitter, burnt coffee.

The taste is bitter burnt coffee and roasted malts. The roasted malts are good but the bitterness is too strong. I know this is an "Imperial" but the extreme bitterness detracts from the chocolate and coffee tastes. Also, the alcohol bleeds though too much for my liking.

The mouthfeel is thick, chewy and malty. Good carbonation. There is a bitter aftertaste left on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall this is a nice try but it is not as refined as other Imperial Stouts. The bitterness and alcohol dominate to the point of detracting from the chocolate and coffee tastes. Maybe it will mellow out if stored for a while.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tulip glass.

Pours a slick, motor oil black with a fine tannish film which recedes quickly to a collar. Aroma is roasted malt, roasted malt, roasted malt. Some dark chocolate and black molasses provide a bit of balancing, but this is mostly just a big, malty beer. Taste is again big roasted malt, though a firm undercurrent of hops provides some bitterness, along with slight molasses and chocolate on the end, with a long finish featuring more hoppy bitterness. Full bodied, medium carbonation, slick on the tongue. This is tasty but a bit one-dimensional, and my personal preference is against roasty/hoppy RISs.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful, dark as sin, big 2-finger brown head. The head lasts forever, and leaves a ton of lacing. Clearly a big beer.

S: Deeply roasted malts, big chocolate aroma. Ash, sweet espresso. The nose brings just about everything you would expect from a stout.

T: Heavy hit of chocolate malts, burnt sugars, alcohol. Enormous flavor. Nicely balanced hint of hop bitterness at the end keeps this from becoming cloying, but it definitely trends that way.

M: low carbonation, thick and creamy body.

O: A meal unto itself. I don't think that drinking more than one of these is much of an option. Well balanced, loads of flavor. A solid imperial stout.

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Photo of papat444
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle, bottled Nov-16-2013.

Pours as black as motor oil and the head is a very dark brown, very wicked looking. Smell is a mix of coffee, milk chocolate, macadamia nuts and brownies. Much the same in the flavor but has more of a bitter coffee & dark chocolate overtone. Thick and rich, it easily coasts the mouth with a real long feel. An excellent RIS at an excellent price.

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Photo of precariouslydaniel
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I went through a four pack of these before I decided to review one. This thing pours a viscous motor oil black with two fingers of dark brown head that dissipates quickly. Very little lacing but leaves a faint dark film on the edges of the glass.

Aroma is of milk chocolate, espresso, and little vanilla and roast. You pick up a touch of pine on the back end from the hops but no citrus whatsoever.

Taste is more of the nose, rich milk chocolate and dark roasted coffee. It's quite bitter but more from the dark notes than any real hop character. It finishes long with a bit of ash.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with an oily resonance. You taste the roasty notes long after a sip.

Overall this is my favorite stout to date, and I am normally a quad and ipa drinker. It is elegant, beautiful and a glorious example of the style.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a midnight black with a reddish tan one-finger head.

S - Lots of dark roasted malts with hints of dark chocolate and coffee.

T - Just like the smell. Tons of dark roasted malts. Nice amount of sweet dark chocolate. Coffee comes through in the finish producing a nice lingering bitterness.

M - Heavy bodied with medium carbonation. Nice cream mouthfeel.

O - Excellent imperial stout. Very smooth with lots of big flavors.

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

Poured from bottle into chilled pint glass. Deep dark color. Not much of a head at all. Lots of tiny bubbles and more carbonation than the average stout. Not much retention or lacing. On the nose, chocolate/vanilla/bourbon scents are evident. Smells more boozy than it tastes. On the palate, dark chocolate and coffee roast are strong. Malt and alcohol are subdued. Mouthfeel is ample, more full and lingering than most. Alcohol burn becomes more evident on the backside. My hunch is that this would benefit greatly from some aging -- would soften the bite, smooth out the flavor profile, and allow sweeter chocolates to emerge. Will definitely revisit this one after some time.

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

This is quite an older bottle, old label, maybe 3-4 years old at this point, but there's no date that I can see.

Pours a darker colored creamy mocha head that barely covers the top, then fades at a decent pace that tries to leave lacing but the lacing also slides down the glass with some decent legs, and a super pitch black beer.

Nose brings tons of chocolate, dark chocolate and cocoa, baker's choc as well, some older soft aged malts and dusty cocoa, dark malts with a little roast and hint of char, just a hint of oxidation, lots of oats too, slight fluffy nougat like aroma and some caramel.

Taste starts rich and creamy, a bit of a luscious melting chocolate, baker's chocolate and dark chocolate, cocoa, a little caramel and fluffy nougat. Some dry cocoa dust and a little cereal like grain, some creamy oats. Mild warming booze still with a bit of a booze flavor even, and mild oxidation again but barely. Also that soft aged malt character, the dark aged malt, with mild roast and char, and quite dark malts and touch of fudge. It also still has a bit of an earthy hop character but not a lot left after the age. Finish is a little syrupy and sticky, creamy dark chocolate and cocoa lingering, little fudge still lingering, bit more earthy spicy hops.

Mouth is fuller bod, a little creamy and lush but lighter than I expected, lighter but decent carb, hint of warming booze.

Overall interesting, def need to try it again fresh and review notes, but a nice aged feel to it and still very tasty.

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Photo of 120minuteman
3.22/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a dark brown head. This is what a stout, especially an imperial stout, should look like.

S: Tons of roasted malt in the nose, some nice dark roast coffee notes, some dark fruits and a tiny hint of dark chocolate.

T: Chocolate, tons of roasted malt, one of the most bitter imperial stouts I've had, yet not off-putting for me (though not for those who can't stand bitter). Middle of the mouth has some more chocolate and roasted malt. Tons of molasses and some nice caramel notes. Almost tastes like a chocolate infused dry stout.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth.

O: Not the best imperial stout, nor the best non-barrel aged imperial stout, but a damn good one, and it really makes me want to try the barrel aged yeti. I'd say it's better than the belgian yeti, not as good as the espresso, oatmeal or chocolate yetis.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,691 ratings.