Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,675
Hads: 4,859
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 4.98%
Wants: 265
Gots: 809 | FT: 21
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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: 1,675 | Hads: 4,859
Photo of EdwardK77
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- After coming to the proper temp, poured this into a tulip glass and received an impressive head that left great lacing and retained a nice khaki colored coating.

S- Really nice stout appropriate smell. Coffee is pronounced but not overpowering.

T- The taste is in keeping with the smell, very pleasant chocolate and coffee.

M- Sticky is the operative word, full mouthfeel.

O- This is an upper tier imperial stout. I am certainly interested in their oak aged stout etc. (475 characters)

Photo of ThePaintedGrey
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Black. Absolutely black. No color. No highlights around the edges. No light peering through during the iPhone flashlight test. A liquid black hole with a creamy crown the shade of raw sugar. Unreal amounts of burnt caramel colored lacing down the glass. Everything I want to see in a RIS.

S: Slightly bitter. Dark roasted malts, pure cocoa powder, heavy molasses, light hints of dark roasted coffee. An unexpected whiff of citrus hop presence underneath adds a bit of a unique and pleasant touch.

T: The taste follows suit near perfectly with the nose, except that everything is more powerful on the tongue than it was in the nose. Not super complex, but it doesn't need to be. With a flavor profile this decadent and well-executed, who needs something over-the-top? Not me.

M: Full-bodied, creamy, decadent, viscous, all without being too overwhelming. This is a slow-drinker, but definitely still goes down easy.

O: I see this around A LOT and I've recently been trying to stop myself from IPA binging, so I decided to grab something different that seems to be a crowd favorite. Two sips in, I understand the praise. This is one serious stout! It's nothing overly complex, but when you execute flavors THIS well, who needs off-the-wall recipes? I tip my hat to the folks at Great Divide, for they've hit it out of the park with this imperial stout. (1,404 characters)

Photo of cambabeer
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This was a great imperial stout. Everything I wanted it to be, but nothing more. No surprises. Nice smooth silky mouthfeel and light carbonation. Earthy, chewy, sweet, and bitter. Hazelnut coffee with a weird hint of mint? I like it. Served a little too cold though. (266 characters)

Photo of Ya_Boy_Uneek
3.56/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- its nice, black, like black velvet. It hugs the curves of my lightly fluted pint glass. Its kind of sexy in a dark alluring way.

S- rich, robust coffee and caramel. I picked up slight grass & fresh tilled earth smells after a deep sniff. Just love those earthy smells in this beer.

T- Its kind of a toss up. I have much better, but I did enjoy it. I wont buy the 22oz bottle again, definately not at the 9 dollar price point.

M- Nice, coated my mouth like a good rich creamy cheese would while drinking a nice CAB wine. I drank this beer alone, without food and it did well. As it warmed, mouth feel improved quite a bit.

O- I'd buy this again in a "Build Your Own 6pack" situation, but at 9bucks for a 22oz single, or 14 bucks for a 6pack, I'll pass. You'd be better off with Stillwaters Folklore Imperial Stout in this price point. (840 characters)

Photo of pinyin
3.05/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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. (587 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I got introduced to the Yeti a bit chilly, poured into a tumbler.

It pours an inky black with an attractive two-finger cap of mocha brown froth.

This beverage smell quite a bit more pleasant than I'd imagine an actual Yeti to smell. I pick up coffee, rich dark chocolate mixed with malty milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and earth. Outstanding just to smell.

I taste bitter, roasty coffee and toasted bread of some dark variety. There's a fairly strong bitterness which may be caused by plentiful hops... Earthy. But some chocolate is still there... maybe a dark, bittersweet chocolate.

The body is almost dauntingly thick. This is a good thing.

A stand-out imperial stout that offers up an intense but balanced taste of the bitter side of darkness. This one speaks to me. (778 characters)

Photo of LovingCup
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Comes out of the bottle like motor oil. Black; can't see through; minimal brown head on this pour. Looks heavy. Very nice appearance.

Smell: Lots of big and roasty going on here; espresso; chocolate; some alcohol; grassy hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Pretty much follows the nose. Just big roasty, thick, chewy, bittersweet, chococolate, espresso, some sort of fruit(prune; fig; raisin?) Tiny hint of booze. Heavy. Big ups

Overall: When I think stouts 2013-14 I'll think of
1.) Tried and true N.C. Old Raspy 2.) Dark Horse Plead the 5th 3.) Founders Breakfast Stout 4.) Sierra Nevada Narwhal 5.) Grand Teton Black Cauldron and 6.) That one Deschutes porter and.... 7.) Great Divide Yeti!
I'd like to do a blind taste test between them all but the Yeti is super dank outta Denver. It's just a tad pricey is the only thing I can find fault in it. I want to give it all 4.75's but if I were to taste it stacked up against all those others as well as the other versions of Yeti i don't know I would rate it as high, so for that reason I lowered it.
Point is, Yeti is a decadent beer that packs a walloping 9.5% . If you're looking for an imperial stout and you've yet to find Yeti, look no further. (1,205 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Jan,. 24, 2013. A year and a quarter old. Bought in August and cellared.

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Opaque black with an inch and a half tall light brown head which reeceded slowly to rocky surface foam and very dense lacing.

s: Chocolate! And some black coffee.

t: Chocolate which turns more black coffee and roasty maltlike in the aftertaste and as it warms. Bitterness initially lingers on the sides of the tongue.

m; Silky smooth medium plus.

o: I aged this bottle for about eight months, no way to know for sure what that did for it or to it, but it's a very tasty imperial stout treat now. Strong flavors and aftertastes. Probably would go well with a good cigar and/or a sharp cheese. Mellows out beautifully to the end. (788 characters)

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. (884 characters)

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! (851 characters)

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. (345 characters)

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. (716 characters)

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. (342 characters)

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. (394 characters)

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. (1,299 characters)

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. (359 characters)

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 (964 characters)

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. (820 characters)

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. (958 characters)

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. (468 characters)

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. (623 characters)

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. (637 characters)

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! (737 characters)

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. (904 characters)

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. (616 characters)

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,675 ratings.