Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,824 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 4,824
Reviews: 1,708
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 261
Gots: 794 | 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 sjccmd
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of BenwayPHD
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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

Photo of Eric03101
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

One of my favorite beers

Photo of OrangeMen
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of jellikit
4/5  rDev -5%

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.

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.21/5  rDev 0%

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!

Photo of NickTheGreat
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

Photo of MickeyTheHead
5/5  rDev +18.8%

This is an outstanding brew.

Photo of dcscientist
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

Photo of zoober911
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of Dave1999
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of tillmac62
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

Photo of finz2thestout
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

coffee, malty, dark....I would like to start my day with this beer.

Photo of Acidik_Inc
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

Photo of KONARTHEBARBARIAN
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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!

Photo of EHopkinsi
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Very dark. Balances deep malt taste with strong hoppy finish.

Photo of Celtics17
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Big,big, big imperial stout. Love the chocolate layering. Milk and dark..

Photo of bluehende
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely awesome. Oneof the best stouts out there.

Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

Photo of heygeebee
4.38/5  rDev +4%

Very roasty, full and flavoursome. Some choc but doesn't get near the roasts. Reasonably bitter finish. Carbonation low and smooth body.

Photo of turntable1973
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

full stout flavor. low carbonation, which really makes it as good as drinking a nice coffee.

Photo of ZETH_P
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

One of my favorite beers. Very drinkable for 9.5%

Photo of majorbase2
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of WoostaBia
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,824 ratings.