Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,675 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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Reviews: 1,675
Hads: 4,859
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 4.98%
Wants: 265
Gots: 810 | FT: 21
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: 1,675 | Hads: 4,859
Photo of corywalston
5/5  rDev +18.5%
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 (1,498 characters)

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

Pours black...really black. Thick and oily. Pretty incredible. I am not sure if I've seen a darker beer. Medium sized dark tan/brown head. Surprisingly sticky lacing.

Smell is dark fruit, cocoa, and coffee. Spicy and citrusy hops make a small appearance beyond the hefty malt character. Molasses and maple syrup.

Rich chocolate and coffee followed by dark fruits and again a bit of citrus. Quite a bit more hop character on the second sip bringing grapefruit and pine. While the aggressive hopping adds character, perhaps it also makes the beer a little less drinkable.

Luscious velvety mouthfeel which clears out surprisingly quickly finishing more dry than one would expect. The high hop bitterness perhaps adds to this effect. Appropriately low carbonation.

Extremely rich and flavorful. It may have a bit too much going on, but I definitely prefer this to sweeter RIS's. (882 characters)

Photo of BenwayPHD
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

The color is ink black. The thin head is a light brown mocha color. Smells roast and toasty. Vanilla, coffee, chocolate, slight hop presence, and a little booze. The taste is fantanstic. Thick, creamy, sweet. It has a burnt flavor like roasted marshmallows that I enjoy very much. Maybe too much hop flavor, but that's the only flaw, and really not that bad of a thing. I might want to age it to mellow out the alcohol flavor and the hop presence. (450 characters)

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

The most excellent Yeti from a growler. This fine Russian imperial pours pitch black with a
nice deep brown head and decent lacing from it's dissipating head turning into thin pools of
foam. The nose is of beefy dark chocolate, rich espresso like coffee, and deeply roasted grains.
Flavors are straight up rich with a huge chocolate flavor up front, sweet malts to the sides, and
a bitter sweet bakers chocolate flavor on the back. A hint of hops in the background adds to
the bitterness and a smooth mouth feel round it all out. A great go to for stout drinkers. A
personal favorite whether it is for one in the middle of an evening or to finish off one.

Cheers (672 characters)

Photo of OrangeMen
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep dark, black in color, opaque. Pours one finger thick cinnamon, mocha, deep tan color head, frothy and sticky to glass. One of the best looking beers i've seen in a glass.
Smell: Big roasted malt up front, coffee notes present as well, some sweet chocolate. Also pick up some vanilla/caramel type aromas.
Taste: Roasted/charred malts, but balanced by a sweetness from chocolate and caramel flavors. Coffee/roast hangs around in aftertaste, dry finish, also some dry hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and silky feel, only slightly sticky. Medium to full bodied. Light to medium carbonation, alcohol masked very well.
Overall: Excellently balanced stout, roastiness and bitterness from charred malts seemlessly blends with sweet chocolates and creamy caramel notes. More subtle flavors such as coffee, vanilla, and hops compliment as well. Truly a beautiful visual in the glass as well, this beer hits on all style points. (936 characters)

Photo of jellikit
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Bottle.
Appearance: black with a thin, brown head.
Smell: light chocolate. Faint raisin. Light roasted barley.
Taste: chocolate. Coffee. Alcohol. Light roasted barley. Medium hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: light carbonation. Big body. Thick and creamy. Sweet.
Overall: well balanced between roasted grains and alcohol. Will buy again. (345 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from a bottle with a bottled on date of 7/14/14; into a snifter.
Appearance - pours thick and black and sits in the glass like the dark side of the moon! A chocolate ice cream brown head starts off thick, but quickly dissipates to a thin layer. Lacing is sticky and plentiful!
Smell - creamy dark and milk chocolate, blended with robust coffee and mocha!
Taste - very bold coffee flavors with an excellent touch of dark chocolate!
Feel - heavy, but the 9.5% ABV is hard to detect; excellent balance between roasted malt characters and bitterness from the hops that make this complex brew feel like a gourmet coffee!
Overall - I am revisiting this after a year or more, and as my palate has matured, my appreciation for the original Yeti is growing! (755 characters)

Photo of NickTheGreat
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

I'm new to these Great Divide Beers. So far so good, I think.

Aroma (4): Good aroma, get some coffee smells. Really what a Imperial should smell like
Appearance (5): Beautiful DARK color. I'm talking almost black. Almost.
Taste (4.5): Really spot on taste. Thick, bitter, roasted, awesome. Second Great Divide I've had and it has that boozy taste. It works, and makes sense with the higher ABV.
Palate (4.5): Dead nuts on. Nothing I can think of to critique here.

I really like this one. One of the better Imperials I've had. I see what the fuss is all about. (575 characters)

Photo of dcscientist
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Ah yes, the classic imperial stout. Great Divide makes a fine version of this one, no doubt. They have a few different takes on it, but this is the original version, and it'll do when you want a solid, heavy beer. Goes great with beef or other hearty dishes. This is another very popular offering from this brewery. (319 characters)

Photo of zoober911
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - As anticipated it pours black. I pour vigorously, and an inch and a half of brown head forms. As the tight bubbles dissipate it leaves little head behind with just a touch of a crown.

S - Ever so slight smell of booze. Predominantly chocolate on the nose. As it warms this is more apparent and is pleasant. It smells good, but not the best Imperial Stout I have smelled. Some burnt notes present when revisited.

T - The taste is mostly of chocolate and dark malt. There is a slight burnt/bitter character to it. LIke the smell, a slight taste of booze on the end, but it's nothing that a little time can't cure.

M - Mouthfeel is relatively smooth as expected with an Imperial Stout. Very light carbonation is present. Overall it is a very nice mouthfeel and the most desirable aspect of this beer.

O - Overall with everything said and done it is very good. I would recommend this to anyone as a go-to RIS if that's the flavor of the night. I have had the Espresso variant and prefer it to this one without a doubt. (1,023 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a brownish off white head. Pretty much perfect for the style.

The smell is dark roasted malts, slightly sweet.

The taste is roasted malts, bitter coffee with a bit of sweetness.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with medium carbonation.

Overall a delightful imperial stout, heavy and delicious. (322 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

BOD 6/17/14. Pours dark as a starless night. Very good head with exceptional lacing and very good retention. Rich nose of dark chocolate, very little roast character, over a nice citrus hop background with only a hint of coffee. As it warms, light vanilla notes are noticed. Rich full body with a creamy texture. Below normal carbonation with no effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is complex, but the alcohol is not well hidden. It begins with rich dark chocolate that flows into notes of coffee coupled with vanilla over a rich malt sweetness. Roast is noted in the middle over a citric hop flavor and mild bitterness. The smooth finish is dominated by alcohol and leaves a warm back of throat burn and a burnt sugar lingering aftertaste. Dial the alcohol back a bit and this one becomes outstanding. (824 characters)

Photo of Acidik_Inc
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

I have a soft spot for cryptozoology, so its name piqued immediately. This was my first sampling from the Great Divide Brewing Company. A pretty good test to how tall this company stands. Yeti provides an excellent serving of hops to its Imperial Stout tradition. A dark, frothy ale best served cold and as soon as purchased. Personally, I enjoy it right before a movie in bed. (378 characters)

Photo of KONARTHEBARBARIAN
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 chinchill
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%

12 oz bottle.
Thick and smooth with low carbonation; likely better if on nitro tap.
This is a big beer with a huge load of dark malts and plenty of hops as well. Enough coffee in the flavor to suggest there's actually some in here. Rich, very dark roast flavor. (264 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, nearly black color, with a frothy dark brown head. One of the darkest heads I've ever seen. Dissipates quickly. Not much lacing.

Aroma is heavily roasted caramel malts, with a little bit of coffee and molasses. Alcohol. Some pleasant vanilla.

Taste has more of the heavily roasted caramel malts. Surprisingly sweet for a stout. Roasted coffee beans and chocolate stick to the tongue. A little bit of a bite from the alcohol. Sweet milk chocolate and molasses. A surprising amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full and thick. A little bit of alcohol warmth. One of the easier Stouts you'll find to drink, but by no means a chugger.

Overall, not my favorite RIS, but still very good. Definitely recommend, especially if you can find it at a good price. (779 characters)

Photo of WoostaBia
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Burnt malt bitterness overtake all other flavors with pronounced alcohol heat when swallowing. The hop flavor is there but indistinguishable. The beer is sweet smelling. Would try again. (187 characters)

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is not readily available in the UK but I found it in the Systembolaget on a visit to Sweden.

Pours dark black and syrupy looking. Small head that leaves good lacing.

The aroma is roasted notes mixed with coffee and dark chocolate.

The taste is roasted with a marmite falvour and a lot of complex chocolatey, coffee like suggestions and vanilla traces. Notably bitter as a balance to all the sweeter flavours.Very tasty and satisfying.

Mouthfeeel is thick and syrupy and very full. Extremely satisfying.

Overall a great imperial stout with tons of depth and complexity.

94/100 (591 characters)

Photo of iTunesUpdates
4.84/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 355 ml (12 oz) brown bottle with info about the beer on the side of the label as well as the bottled date and suggested food pairings. Oh and can't forget the YETI on the label!

Look: Has a deep black color with an espresso hued head.

Aroma: Malty with a toasted caramel vanilla like aroma, very fragrant with undertones of toasted toffee and chocolate.

Taste: Full bodied with a smooth mouth feel and a creamy thick finish. Malt flavor is dominant though and the surprisingly sweet and spicy alcohol bodes well despite it's presence. Malt sweetness lingers with a big caramel and coco flavor. When taking a drink it feels very heavy on the lips and tongue(In a good way) and finishes extraordinarily smoothly.

Served out of a: Stout Glass (758 characters)

Photo of jsausley
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau stout glass.

A: Wonderful black with a rich brown-gold head. Nice lacing, very consistent liquid, thick and heavy. Gorgeous, wonderful, dark beer.

S: Thick, heavy massive malt body with huge coffee, chocolate and cinnamon on top.

T: Big roasted malt body, significant hop bite. Crisp coffee-like bitterness rises to the top after swallowing. A nice chocolate flavor on the aftertaste. Lots of deep earthy tones and spices. Very consistent, well bodied beer with a nice variety of flavors, but not complicated. Simple, but very good. Not very sweet.

M: Super smooth, some slight carbonation but a nice silky texture to the beer itself.

O: This is a very good example of an Imperial stout that makes no false claims. It's big, bold and huge on the roasted malt character. There is just enough bitterness and alcohol to clean up the malty body. It has notes of coffee and chocolate and is very well balanced, but lacks significant amounts of specialized textures and flavors that you might find in another imperial stout. It's very good, easy to drink and is consistent with its flavors throughout its temperature range. Solid A. (1,172 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

March 2011 bottle. Opened July 2014.

A - Solid, almost bowling ball black body. Creamy milk chocolate head has great retention and lace.

S - An excellent nose, sweet and chocolately. Malted milk balls, deep milk chocolate, chestnuts, touch of burt coffee.

T - Opens smooth, bold, and round with milk chocolate, dark roast coffee, and thick caramel. The center drops out a little, but features nice roast grain and molasses flavors. Really nice dry roast finish.

M - Smooth with a light, well balanced carbonation. Medium-full body with a great coating on the back end.

O - Really enjoyable, and arguably the best of the entire series. (640 characters)

Photo of Intelbeerlord
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a Lost Abbey Teku. Bottled on May 20th 2013, and poured July 26th 2014.

Poured jet black with a dark brown head. Head fell relatively quickly

Smell is of roasted malts and coffee undertones

Taste is Bold, with hints of coffee and chocolate

Mouthfeel. has alcoholic feeling, warming and full bodied (325 characters)

Photo of auee92
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Toasted nuts, roasted coffee and chocolate, with a little sweet liqueur thrown in for good measure

Appearance: Pours like slick black oil with a minimal, decadent, half-inch tan head

Taste: Bitter and slightly salty, with a nice, long, lightly sour aftertaste

Palate: Light bodied with a thin oily texture, flat with an astringent, bitter finish

Overall: A good stout, but perhaps a little too bitter to be named excellent. (438 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep-deep brown nearly black color with a one finger head of brown foam. The head holds on strong, slowly fading to leave a fantastic level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is a big, roasty, and sweet with a nice roasted malt smell mixed with plenty of milk chocolate, brown sugar, and some caramel. Along with these aromas comes some smells of coffee, bourbon and an earthy hop giving a heavy and nicely roasty aroma overall.

Taste- A big sweet roasted malt and chocolate flavor greets the tongue. This is accompanied by flavors of vanilla and caramel mixed within. As the taste advances coffee starts working its way in, with it beginning lighter and really gaining strength toward the end of the taste. Along with the coffee comes some boozy flavors with some smoke mixed within, melding very well with an increase in the roasted flavors of the brew. More booziness and sweetness (with hints of vanilla) hits the tongue at the end of the taste and with the now somewhat stronger coffee flavor, the robust roast and the sweeter chocolate flavors of the brew ends up leaving a thick and warming taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is quite thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is slightly on the lower side. Both the thick-creamy body and the low carbonation are fantastic for the big, warming and boozy roasted flavors of the brew, making a great slow sipper.

Overall – A very tasty Russian imperial with a big sweet and boozed roasted flavor. (1,600 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, firm dark brown head with excellent retention and sticky lacing. Beer is dark black with purple highlights.

Roast barley, a hint of coffee and dark cacao, and a slight bit of dark, overripe fruit dominate the nose. A bit of cream as well.

Waves of roasted barley wash over the mouth, carrying hints of cream and a not insignificant metallic taste. The barley is dominant; the metallic flavor is unwanted.

Full, thick mouthfeel; not quite chewy. Sticky finish. Alcohol is noticeable.

This is an enjoyable stout, but it's simply not up there with the best of them. (580 characters)

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