Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,823 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 4,823
Reviews: 1,708
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 259
Gots: 793 | FT: 22
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 Beer-Revelry
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours an oily black with a very dark brown head, dissipates down to a film. Whispy lacing.
S - A nutty, fatty, bready, cereal aroma. Espresso, caramel, toffee and marzipan. Very pleasant aroma.
T - Slightly sweet malts, toffee, chocolate, coffee and a boozy warming finish. Nice creamy mouthfeel.
O - A damned good stout, would be excellent on a cold winter day.

Photo of jdhchi
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Worth seeking out...a very enjoyable stout. My first experience was out if a bottle...looking forward to sampling out if the tap!

Photo of TylerKitchens
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 Vintage--aged quite nicely, still had awesome carbonation, lots of chocolate, caramel, and toffee flavors

Photo of getatmeimevil
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours absolutely beautiful, the looks may have overshadowed the taste, but only because of its beauty. Wonderful beer!

Photo of Garrett19
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smooth tasting stout. A little boozy on the back end. Great beer!

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

Bottled April 23, 2014

pours deep black with dark tan, with some ruby tint head.

Smells a bit fruity and some alcohol.

Initial taste is woody ash and a touch of alcohol. Roasted coffee and some dark fruit. Maybe even a bit of cherry. On the sweet side but carries well with some dark roasted malt. Coffee like bitterness finishes this off.

Little more than medium body. Low to medium carbonation. Has a syrupy feel enhanced some by the sweetness.

Has a good bit of flavor and some depth. Carries the variety well and mouthfeel fits the flavor profile. looking forward to the oak aged version I've been aging for 2 years

Photo of Md3cpu
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Liquid Heaven Best Stoudt Going

Photo of Ironstutz
4.25/5  rDev +1%

A- Dark in color,

S- Great aroma, full of coffee and chocolate

T- Man this is a tasty stout! you can really identify malt, hop, coffee, chocolate, etc.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied, it coats your mouth nicely

Drink it!!

Photo of TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black like oil with the same viscosity, and khaki colored head. Chocolate, roasted malt, a little coffee, and some booze on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with roasted malt and raw cocoa.

Photo of EOsborne
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 17oz snifter.

A - This beer is almost completely opaque, but not completely black. It pours a dark dark chocolate brown with visible viscosity. Even the head is dark, with the color and texture of a chocolate mousse. In true stout fashion, the head doesn't linger long, but the ring that persists leaves a lovely thick lacing. Everything about the presentation screams decadence.

S - Dark chocolate and coffee grounds are apparent even before taking a whiff. There's toffee and caramel mingling with some warm, scotchy aromas of smoke and booze.

T - Bitter coffee and baker's chocolate lead the onslaught, with a soft bed of sweet and toasty caramels quickly following. There's a peaty flavor reminiscent of a fine scotch that blends with cleverly masked but lingering alpha acids into something beautifully pungent and earthy. The sweetness is thoroughly satisfying, but never cloying. Let this beer slosh around your pallet and you could get lost in the subtly unfolding grains.

M - This is a heavy beer. Let me repeat that, this is a heavy beer. It fills the mouth and coats the tongue with a dense, oily sensation that positively commands you to stop and pay attention. Carbonation is present, and helps to buffer the sugars, but any tingle is absorbed with the sheer thickness of the malts. Drinking more than one is a herculean effort.

O - In a world overpopulated with coffee/chocolate/vanilla/cream etc stouts, a traditionally brewed stout that evokes all of those flavors with nothing but barley, hops, and yeast is a breath of fresh air. The Yeti exudes a regal, ancient quality, one that really evokes the halls of czarist Russia that gave the style its name. The generous allotment of American hops counteracts the overpowering sweetness that so many Impy Stouts have, and what results is a complex, sophisticated offering perfectly represents the style while pushing it in a new, more evolved direction.

Photo of BethanyB
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Upon a deep ebony background, a wide band of deep gold beads come together to form a tightly formed mosaic upon which rests a frosty light brown head.

Smell: Dark fruit hits the nose first, laced with a vinous, boozy scent. Sweet milk chocolate is balanced by roasted malt and exotic spices.

Taste: Very roasty, much more so than the bouquet leads one to predict. The resulting bitterness, however, is sandwiched between two quick nips of raw sugar sweetness. The first makes a brief appearance on of the tongue upon the beginning of each sip. The second flashes in the throat upon swallowing, but is quickly swallowed up by espresso-like bitterness that lasts through the finish. Peppery spices give the beer a refreshing snappiness, while plums, bourbon, and black cherries languish in the background. The characters' performances are all impressive, but they don't quite come together to create a cohesive scene. In fact, they seem to want to outdo one another. At times the taste is on the verge of being cloyingly sweet. At others, the smoky bitterness is on the brink of becoming a bit tiresome. And still, each taste is teetering at its peak of intensity, which is much better than not quite fulfilling their respective potential.

Feel: Creamy softness gains maturity through a good amount of dryness inducing carbonation. No alcohol warming is felt, but the back of the throat sizzles a bit with the punchiness of the spice.

It's difficult to formulate a concrete opinion of this beer. There is enough to enjoy that it must be said that it is undeniably good, but the roastiness and the sweetness seem to be in so much competition (there is a general sense of tasting a burnt espresso with too much added sugar), that they both end up becoming a tad annoying. More harmony is needed in this concoction. And as an Imperial Stout, it would be acceptable, and in this case advisable, to let the fruit and spice shine through a bit more.

Photo of flyingpig
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£6.60):
Another week, another excellent American brewed imperial stout. This one is like Larry Holmes trying to follow Muhammed Ali, while this one is very good in its own right it has a ridiculously hard act to follow in the shape of last weeks Bourbon County Stout. Despite this one not being quite in the same league as the bottle of Bourbon County that I tried last week this one is still an excellent beer & one that I'd consider picking up again were it a little more reasonably priced. The taste was definitely a good one, perhaps a little heavy on the alcohol with this one surprisingly seeming stronger than the 15% Bourbon County. I enjoyed this one & I'm anxious to get my hands on a bottle of the Oak Aged version at some point to see how it compares to this one

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

App - Pours a warm dark brown with brown head which resolves to fine brown lacing and very fine effervescent.
Smell – A medley of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate/carob and a good bit of leather.

Taste - A complex blend of sweet malt, bitter chocolate/cocoa, molasses a tad syrupy but not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel – Medium body (somewhere between 2% and whole milk), strong alcohol cleanses the palate and provides some twang and warmth.

Overall: An excellent imperial stout, complex and thoroughly enjoyable. The perfect winter warmer, to be sipped by the fire with a mild cheese (mozzarella)

Photo of MaximalC
3.54/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours nearly black with a finger’s worth of mocha foam with surprisingly good retention for its ABV--now this is what an imperial stout is supposed to look like. This stuff is DARK even as it’s being poured; not quite Founders dark, but getting there. Geographic lacing clings to the glass as the beer recedes. The aroma features molasses and dark chocolate, along with a curious spiciness akin to coriander. Not sure if that’s the yeast, the hops, or something else, but it is certainly unexpected.

The taste features a huge, piney, peppery hop kick up front before yielding to roasted malt and molasses. A touch of warming alcohol lingers on the back end along with strong roast malt notes. Not a complex flavor profile by any stretch of the imagination, just intense. Medium-full body and smooth mouthfeel are appropriate for the style, if unremarkable.

Overall, this comes off as an imperial stout for IPA connoisseurs. The presentation is gorgeous and the malt profile is fine, but the abundance of hops takes it outside of my comfort zone. Admirable boldness notwithstanding, this isn’t a stout I would gravitate toward as a course of habit.

Photo of WunderLlama
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Received numerous recommendations on BA for this beer.

Bottle poured into pint glass

Pitch black, dense brown pencil thin layer. Very good lacings.

Aroma of coffee and roasted malts

A sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Coffee and roast malts on the middle of the tongue.

Bitter malts, not too sharp, on the aftertaste. Full bodied , not too much sudsing. Hint of alcohol

Really good stout. Well balanced . Repeatable

Photo of confer
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A -Dark brown with a creamy tan head
S - Smell is coffee and sweet vanilla
T - Just a nice roasted coffee flavor
O -A smooth easy drinking RIS

Photo of mitch3114
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip pint glass

A- One of the boldest, best looking pours I have ever seen on a stout. Very dark, thick, visous liquid. Very dark brown, opaque. The thick, thick, dark, dark head rose and rose. The head initially was a very dark brown with a little rusty orange in the color...very nice looking top to bottom. Looks very enjoyable and delicious!

S- Smelled of the roasted maltiness typical of a strong stout.

T- Good, a little bitter not from hops, although there were some hop flavors present. The bitterness was from the earthy roasted malts.

M- Very thick and viscous. A great thick imperial stout. Not something you'd want on a hot day while mowing the lawn! A nice beer to sit down with on a cool winter night.

O- Overall this was pretty good. I'm surprised that it took me so long to finally try this. I picked up one 12 oz. bottle from my local beverage center. I wish I had tried this two years ago when I was on an imperial stout kick. For some reason I haven't been impressed with the style lately and I really no longer have the desire to try new beers in the style. I guess my palette has changed as Brooklyn Black Chocolate was once my favorite beer. I now have no desire to drink it. I'd rather have a good porter in the 5-7% range. Although I've maintained the desire to drink a good, strong barley wine the rich, bold flavors of imperial stouts are a bit much for my palette at this time...I suppose it could change though as I used to like IPA's and DIPA's but about a year ago I really couldn't take the happiness for about a whole year, now, recently I've been drinking a lot of IPA's. I guess I have an ever-changing palette!

Photo of Act25
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lovely hoppy RIS from a favorite brewer. This one so dessert like

A - Opaque black chocolate look with dense head and lacing.
S - More than most. Excellent chocolatey, brandy-like scent, some caramelized malts, strong bitter coffee...powerful nose.
T - Follows smell. Tastes sweet with rum, licorice, sweet coffee, brandy balanced by roasted espresso and wild berry tartness. Nice hop bitters in the long, long finish with piney resin finale.

MF- The body is thick, chewy, but perhaps a bit too chunky on the tongue.

Myself, I like the extra hops in this style.

Photo of asmangat
4.25/5  rDev +1%

2014 Vintage
A - Very dark and opaque.

S - Smells sweet. Chocolate, coffee and malt with slight dark fruit.

T - Tastes lives up to its super sweet scent... I got plenty of chocolate and actually more fruit than initially expected. Light lingering coffee and booze astringency. Lingers for quite some time.

M- Full-bodied with low carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

O - Very sweet up front and has a lingering bite...not in a bad way, but I think it'll open up in a year or two and the booziness will fade. Overall, really easy to drink!

Photo of mikeg67
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours black with tall, long lasting, creamy, brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, toast, dark fruit, alcohol and cacao. Body is full, creamy and smooth. Taste is of nutty, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruit and herbal hops. Finish is long and bitter. Great RIS.

Photo of PhillyJ
5/5  rDev +18.8%

This is the standard against which all imperial stouts shall be judged! Are there better well yes. But this is an easily obtainable gem that can be found in almost any serious craft beer section.. it pours motor oil with heavy lacing and tastes of smoky complexity this stout is best enjoyed on the warm side of chilled.. This is a go to imperial stout that shouldn't be overlooked and at 9.5%abv it'll do the trick quite nicely

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%

Was able to snag a couple on a trip. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a thin khaki head. Has deep scents of coffee and espresso as well as dark chocolate. The taste had these great highlights although it also had a nice clean finish as well as a deep nutty flavor. One of my all time favorites.

Photo of D35TR00
4/5  rDev -5%

Epitome of what a stout should be!

Photo of TheCondor
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I made a run to the store to grab some of the beers I needed to continue my quest for the Beers of Fame. This was one of them. I am buckling down and doing this thing. Side poured from the bottle into a pint glass like a boss.

Appearance - Just like you would expect as far as coloration, a deep dark brown with a towering caramel head of three fingers that is as foamy and pillowy as can be. Head retention is at least half the beer, leaving good lacing. Awesome packaging, cool name, this is a legit beer presentation.

Smell - Roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee beans and deliciousness. The nose is a little more subdued than I expected.

Taste - Exactly what you thought was coming, although there is certainly a warmth to the booze as well. This beer will get you feeling good pretty fast at almost 10% ABV. Malts come first, combined with a lingering sweetness from toffee and caramel notes. There is a little bit of a hop kick in there, as stated on the bottle, although I did not particularly enjoy the addition of the hops. The alcohol adds a boozy warmth.

Mouthfeel - Finishes with a bit of bitterness and booziness. One of which is good, the other I could do without. Needless to say, the hops can go.

Overall - This is an outstanding beer, nonetheless, deserving of its place on the Beers of Fame. Highly recommended, a good mix for lovers of stouts and the hoppier beers. Best offering I have ever had from GDBC.

Photo of corywalston
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A. Very aggressive poor causing an explosion of hypnotically mesmerizing reverse waterfall of dark brown bubbles that live and move as if they have a mind of their own. Once the explosion of our new universe settles, what is left is 2 inches of thick dark brown insulating foam with the density that could hold a quarter upright. Beneath the constellation of heavenly foam lies a black ether than absorbs all the light in the room. A glimpse of brownish hue is the only secret this black hole lets out. While drinking it leaves a beautiful lacing resembling an oil slick across the glass.
S. The smell is of deep dark rich chocolate, espresso, roasted malt, with hints of floral and smoked charcoal. Very light hint of alcohol seals the deal. Time to drink.
T. Taste like liquid German chocolate cake followed by toffee, caramel, figs, raisins, coffee, vanilla, and sweet alcohol. Every time I take a sip it’s a different flavor adventure that always ends in chocolate love. If this beer had tits I would motorboat it.
M. Thick delicious, chewy syrup. It’s so thick the Yeti drinks you. Drink one for breakfast and you will be full till dinner.
O. Overall the Yeti is like making love to a seasoned cougar. A night with this fine dark beautifully aged women will ruin you for any future experience to come. When I die put a bottle of this in my coffin too usher me into the afterlife. What else do I have to say, denounce your God and worship the Yeti. Slightly above average buzz for 9.5% ABV

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,823 ratings.