Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,676
Hads: 4,867
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 265
Gots: 813 | FT: 20
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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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Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 13/4/12

A shes nearing jet black almost right to the edge of the glass, large three finger of dark mocha foam condenses to a pinky after quite some time leaving spider web lacing to the bottom

S creme brulee comes too mind right away with burnt cream and caramel but its been covered in coco powder with just a little booze and faded hops, smells like something I want too eat

T there's more going on in the mouth but I preferred the nose, a little coffee and char mix well with everything I smell but the burnt wood takes away from the coco and caramels I could smell and the booze is noticeable

M shes silky at first and creamy soon after, the carbonation is right on and its a pretty thick brew, sticky on the lips with some heat and a long finish of caramel and char

O there's some great liquid in my glass without doubt, I'm not sure if I'd like a fresher hop bomb bottle or if I'd like a booze mellowed aged one

I just wish I had some chocolate based desert to go with this one because it's a big boy that would enjoy some company. Today my glass and gut will be all the company this one needs and I'm thanking the Great Rutager for allowing me to have this brew for company (1,221 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 puboflyons
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 22 oz. bottle marked Bottled on Oct. 03 2011. Sampled on February 29, 2012 - Leap Day. A special beer for a special day I guess. It pours black as a moonless night with loads of fluffy, mocha head that slowly simmers down but never disappears totally. Chocolate malts and coffee take center stage with the aroma as well as a bit of yeast and a drip of forest green pine hops. The body is bold yet also very smooth. The taste is much like the aroma with a notable chocolate presence but an incredibly bitter and dry hop finale. Nicely balanced. (552 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 vintage. Been holding to this for quite a while. I almost don't want to open it but I still got a bottle of oak-aged Yeti aging away.

Pours a dark black color with a two-finger brown head into my fluted glass. Nice presentation.

Taste is rich and creamy and full of chocolate, mild roasted coffee and dark fruit. No harshness or anything.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering cream, coffee and chocolate. Not harsh at all. Very easy-going in the mouth. Dare I say, smooth.

Wow a very nice example of the style that lives up to the hype. Definitely worth what I paid for it nearly 2 years ago. Perfect for this cold fall night. (630 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ours a soupy blac with leather brown highlights. There was a quick brownie brown head. Can't see any bubbles and there is no lacing. Marshmellowed brownies made wth dark chocolate, thanks to this beers hopping. With a slight creamy booze warmth that you can feel in the nostrils throughout. Bitter roasted chocolate malts and hops mix to give the taste buds the gift of marshmellowy, vanilla-ey, brownies. The finish is a bitter cream and heavily milked coffee. Liquid dessert in a 22 oz. bottle. Great to slowly sip on a cool night before you retire for the evening. (567 characters)

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yeti is pitch black with a large, light brown head. The body of the head is very thick and creamy. Retention is good, but not as high as expected. Aroma is of very pungent hop atop a very rich malt smell. Chocolate is the most noted of the malt aromas. Taste is similar to the aroma: very rich and very hoppy. A thick, oily hop flavor combines piney and citrussy elements nicely and is first noted in a sip. Bitterness is high. Dark, rich malt flavors soon roll in with flavors of espresso, chocolate, and roast. An overall creamy sweetness is noted as well. Throughout a sip strong hop flavors compete with and usually beat out the malts for domination. The layers of flavor are amazing. Finish is sweet and creamy with a touch of alcohol. This is a big, badass double stout and is easily the hoppiest that I've sampled. Highly recommended! (841 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a very dark brown color; no light - even on the edges. Poured a thick 2 finger chocolate head with fair retention. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Lots of toasted malts; burnt caramel, espresso and bitter coffee. Some hop character in the background.

T: Very consistent with aroma with the caramel flavors a bit more pronounced. Mellow bitter espresso in the middle that lingers in a mildly bitter finish.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation (but in a good way). Smoother than many RIS's and a little alcohol bite.

D: Definitley a sipper, but a flavorful beer. Well worth experiencing. (594 characters)

Photo of bark
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The colour is pinch back; the compact two finger head is deep brown. It sinks slowly, leaving lots of fine lacing.

The smell is bitter and hoppy with lots of roasted malts. I noticed some coffee, almonds, cocoa and some alcohol.

The intensive taste is sweet, generous and inviting. Lots of roasted (almost burned) malt and a growing clean dry bitterness. Notes of mild coffee, brown sugar, toffee, alcohol and roasted meat are present. The long and strong aftertaste got pleasant notes of cream, chocolate toffee, nuts, cappuccino and an elegant fresh bitterness.

The carbonation is mild to medium; the bubbles are very small. The liquid is thick and very creamy.

If one wants to brew a powerful Russian Imperial Stout, there are lots of unwanted flavours that could spoil the palette. But Great Divide knows exactly what they want and how to get it. Brilliant! (868 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled January 2008. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours very dark brown/black with an inch and a half frothy brown head. Head retention and lacing is excellent. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee and dark/bittersweet chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's licorice noticable and also a lot of citrusy and pine hops in the finish. The hoppiness overpowers the roasted malt character of the beer somewhat. It's still good, but I prefer more malt than hops in my stouts. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's viscous, creamy and smooth. Drinkability is good too, it is pretty easy to drink. I think it's a good stout, but I prefer the oak aged version. I'll age a couple bottles of this and see if it improves with time. (748 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a Great Divide bomber into a Stone IPA glass. Right off the beer looked really good, dark black color with chocolate milk colored foamy and thick head. It smelled rich and malty.

The taste is dominated by chocolate and hops, with a burning alcohol presence. Pretty good stuff. (291 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally tried the unadulterated version - cask at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a two-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, smooth dark chocolate, and citrus hops with hints of molasses.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark chocolate flavors barely edge out roasted malt flavors up front. Midway through the sip a good amount of light citrus hop flavors pervade that lead into a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with soft carbonation. I actually envisioned it being a bit thicker.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall I liked this a tad bit less than the oak aged version but more than the chocolate and espresso versions. Worth a shot. (808 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours super dark, almost completely opaque with frothy dark caramel head. Ridiculous retention every sip of the way.

Aromas of strong roasted malts with a little dark chocolate; some coffee/toffee notes.

Taste is extreme roasted malt; really strong stuff. Bitter aftertaste that' hard to shake off your tongue, but in a good way.

Really thick, syrupy. Coats your tongue and keeps the bitterness there whether you want it to or not, whether it's from the hops or not is undecernable.

Overall it looks amazing, smells great, and taste is great, but it's a situational beer for me. Cold weather, late in the evening, after a steak dinner, etc. (644 characters)

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours an opaque black/brown colour with a large frothy and foamy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, grains, coffee

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and its feels very velvety on the tongue. Most of the taste consists of coffee, chocolate, breads/grains and malts. I could hardly pick up on the booze and there was a little bit of a vanilla flavour during the very chocolatey aftertaste.

Overall – This is one of the best RIS's I've had to date. The chocolate taste is fantastic and the mouthfeel is near perfect. I'll be sure to have a few of these on hand for after dinner drinks with friends. (851 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Release 2003
The beer after disemboguing the 22 ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a pitch-black with a moderate and creamy chocolate brown head, the lace formed is a thick and glutinous blanket to conceal the glass from view. “Ah That Smell”, that only a big bad boy Imperial Stout gives you, heavy aroma of coffee, burnt grains, bitter-sweet chocolate, all supported by a pleasant sweetness, also a nice bit of hop floral spiciness to seal off this treat to both the ocular and olfactory senses, start is sweet, thick with malted grain, the top is rich and full bodied,. Finish is dynamic in its hop spiciness, the acidity moderate and the rich chocolate and coffee flavors continue to the very dry and alcohol bitter end, the 9.5 percent ABV, leaves a warm trail right along to the bottom of the tummy. What a majestic beer, quite reminiscent of “Dark Lord”. (868 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally had a bomber of this at Fatheads in the south side! Been looking to get it for a while.

A - Nice imperial pitch black color with a decent head with an aggressive pour.
S - Smells of very slight chocolate, caramel, and molasses.
T - Holly alchohol! I haven't had a stout hit me this hard since Dragons milk. Taste of harsh (and almost overbearing) bourbon like flavor with a slight coffee taste in the background. Chocolate as well but it's hard to detect over the burn.
M - Heavy and chewy a nice thick stout.
D - I appreciate the art of brewing in bourbon barrels and this is true to this but I really can't ever get used to strong bourbon flavor in a beer. I really need to find the oak aged version... (714 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this 2009 from a 22 oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

This beer is very light black, you can see lots of brown in it with a very weak medium tan head. It only rises about a finger but is gone instantly. The lacing is equally weak.

The aroma is nice because its dominated by light coffee but its not terribly strong overall. You can also detect a little bit of vanilla and alcohol.

The taste is much stronger than the aroma. It starts off sweet but then is interrupted with lots of burnt roasted coffee that finishes off the beer. The taste isn't bad, its ok, but just not terribly complex which is what you look for in a ris.

The mouthfeel is viscous and lasting. The drinkability takes a hit because of the burnt coffee.

Overall the beer is ok. I would drink it again but I wouldn't actively search it out or pick over any number of RIS I've had. (864 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes 2/3/2011

A: dark brown to black with a 2 finger dark brown head, left nice lacing on the glass

S: roasted malts, perhaps a bit smokey, very boozey smelling

T: roasted barley and malts, very grainy tasting, sweet yet bitter

M: mild carbonation, smooth, but has an alcohol/acidic bit to it, thick

D: I wanted this to be good, but it just didn't meet my expectations

The CPJ (405 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, had a coal-black color and a thick consistency. Had a big, long-lasting head and good lacing. This is basically how an imperial stout should look.

S: Had a strong aroma of coffee, malt and hops. Well-balanced in this category.

T: This one had a big taste, with coffee, sweets, roasted malt and hops. A very lively mix.

M: High amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. A full-bodied beer, almost too full-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable beer, especially if you like the style. This is a great example of an imperial stout, but like its brethren, it's very heavy. Not exactly a beer you can drink a lot of, but still a great brew. (679 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber....this one has been resting in the cellar fridge for 6 months at least, first time trying

appearance: sweet label. pours a bold, dare i say black, colour with a gorgeous chocolate brown head...this one looks like a big chocolatey beast in the snifter, tremendous chocolate lacing

smell: bold and smooth chocolate, heavy roastiness, strong dark roast, stong hop bitterness present as expected from the 75IBU claim. espresso, mild alcohol present

taste: smooth and very rich, a chocolate-espresso syrupy snifter of joy, imperial roast coffee bean, roasted malt, silky chocolate, alcohol warming...the hops add a nice touch, though they have probably subdued since this was bottled - they provide a nice chocolate/hop bitterness underneath everything. a pretty great american double stout, cant wait to drink the oak aged in the coming days

mouthfeel: silky and creamy, smooth yet full bodied, slight alcohol present, hop bitterness in the aftertaste

drinkability: its syrupy, its got some bitterness, its rich, its loaded with alcohol, but its tasty! (1,076 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into my Meantime snifter, Yeti is pitch black with a burnt tan/light brown head, large, dense and long lasting, leaving sticky lace.

Smell is strong, even at the colder serving temp, booze soaked cured fruits and roasted grains, chocolate, prominent citrus hops. Similar aroma from some of the black, west coast style IPAs, I like how citrus hops work with dark malts. As it warms, the chocolate really dominates, wow - this is definitely best served cellar temp or warmer nose wise, although taste suffers once it hits room temp, too astringent with the booze and roast.

Taste is very robust, big maltiness and bright hoppy backbone. Roasty and dry, with a bitter, ashy finish. Not bad, awfully assertive.

Mouthfeel is thick, with a full carbonation

Drinkability is pretty good, even for what I assume is a pretty young beer, just judging by the big hop presence - I just grabbed from my local store's cooler this afternoon. Lots of flavors, they could use rounding out for sure, but it is nice to taste them so overtly. Nevertheless, it's a long commitment to finish the bomber unless your forcing yourself. (1,130 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from growler into tulip glass - thanks to cjo for sharing

Pours a totally black color with a nice layer of toffee brown head, solid retention and patches of curtain like lacing left around the glass.

Coffee with light smoke, roasty malt and chocolate, sweet yet subtle nose with an overall pleasant softness.

Nice roasty slightly sweet dark malt up front wraps around the palate. Dark bittersweet chocolate w some noticeable coffee undertones. Light smoked malt coupled with some hop bitterness. Finishes dry, robust, and rich with some boozy warmth.

Full soft body, decent carbonation, smooth and pleasant on the palate. Great drinking and flavor, alcohol is almost invisible even at 9.5%. This is one of those beers that I forget about on occasion, but am reminded every once in a while of how delicious it really is. (832 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found a 4-pack with the new labels at Oak Tree this weekend. I guess this will be about as fresh as I'll find this beer, as there are no bottling dates indicated. I plan to drink one now and every 3-6 months to see how this comes along. Into my snifter

A: Pours a pitch black with a dense one-finger dark brown head with great retention. As the head recedes, it leaves a good deal of foam on the side of the glass. Very appealing.

S: I'd seriously forgotten how hoppy this beer is! Lots of aggressive citrus (lemon and orange zest) hops up front with an equally intense dark chocolate with just the hint of creaminess to keep this from being overly bitter. There's some coffee grounds in there too. As it warms up, you get some dark fruit character as well. All in all, wonderfully balanced and wonderfully complex.

T: Holy crap on a stick, this is fantastic. Starts off with an equally potent dark chocolate with a solid hoppy bitterness to balance it out with coffee and cream thrown in to balance it out. This is simply spectacular in balance! In addition, it has some vinous character with a dark fruit/red wine character coming through on the bitter and creamy finish

M: Medium-to-big in body that is silky smooth on the palate with a soft, lush carbonation and a wonderfully bitter finish. I can't possibly ask for more

D: This is going way too fast. I could probably drink another tonight

Notes: I usually dislike the aggressively hoppy stouts and porters but this beer shows me that it _is_ possible to brew a hoppy stout that I like. Exceptional stuff. This makes me even more intrigued to try Darkness. Time to ISO? (1,631 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle shared and poured into an American Tumbler. 9.5% ABV, no date, but it's the old design label. Shared with Beerwolf77!

A - Totally black in appearance with no light showing through. The beer cascades through the dark tan-toffee-like head to lave a whopping three-fingers. Fantastic retention and thick, foamy lacing is left. Perfect appearance.

S - A good hop splash is recognizable right away on the nose. A lot of heavily roasted malts just flow out with a dark sweetness. Some alcohol is apparent but it blends well with the coffee and chocolate.

T - Lots of roasted malts in the flavor with a chocolate milkiness and a dry cocoa neutrality that's complimented by a big hop flavor for an imperial stout. The bitter finish seems to be derived from both the roasted malts and a hop addition as well.

M - Rich and full-bodied, it's a dense, creamy imperial stout with a dry and bitter finish.

D - A good imperial stout that has an interesting hoppiness to it. Splitting the bomber was a good idea. A bit much of this beer isn't so good for me. (1,060 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma of this beer is pure delight - thick and oily, strongly of fine coffee with hints of molasses, miso and unsweetened chocolate. It pours a deep, rich, warm, opaque sable with a very thick and fairly persistent tan head. Flavor does not disappoint - it is strongly chocolaty with coffee and malty tones and hints of toffee plus a bit of a hoppy bitter bite. Texture is thick and smooth, and fairly tingly so you know that you're drinking a fine beer. Almost perfection, this one! (483 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gushing 3-finger brown head that died medium-paced on top of a black body. An interesting smell of grape and other fruits (berries, citric) mixed with some roasted and coffee malts (hints of cocoa, toffee, molasses). Smooth, creamy, full-bodied and slightly bready, this beer passes over the tongue easily with a balance of roasted and coffee malts that have a drying sensation and also residual sticky sweetness from cocoa, caramel and something akin to molasses/maple syrup. The dryness is helped by a good ol' helping of hop bitterness on the backend, although the hops don't really have much of their own taste; they are overpowered. A good sippin' stout to have after a meal. (689 characters)

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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