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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,079 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,079
Reviews: 1,608
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 188
Gots: 461 | FT: 15
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003)
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Photo of mdaschaf


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

12oz bottle, review form notes.

A: Pours a black with a very nice looking brown head on top, very bubbly. Decent retention, lasting a minute or two, before reducing to a thin layer on top.

S: Some dark chocolate, a little coffee, dark fruit, and a little bit of bitterness. There is a little bit of roasted malt that grows as it warms.

T: More on the bitter side than I was expecting, but not in a bad way at all. Dark chocolate, a little roast, some light coffee, and hints of dark fruit.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks pretty smooth. It was a nice sipper over the course of dessert and the rest of the evening.

O: A really well done RIS, not my favorite, but considering its availability very nice. With the last little bit, I put in a scoop of chocolate ice cream, and that was fantastic.

11-29-2011 21:29:12 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

On tap at the Village Draft House

Arrived in a 12oz chalice. It's pitch black with 1/4" of dense, brown head. Great retention. Those nose deep, roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. The taste is much the same; coffee and roasted malts up front with notes of chocolate and hops for balance in the finish. As the beer warms some alcohol becomes noticeable, but it adds a welcomed warmth to the beer. The mouthfeel is full bodied, rich, and very smooth.

This is an amazing beer. The flavors are intense and well balanced, the alcohol is noticeable but doesn't overpower and is actually welcomed when it shows up, and the mouthfeel is so rich, smooth and pleasing. This is definitely one of the better stouts on the market. I love it! I'll be back for more, and I'll even check out the other varieties of Yeti now.

10-16-2011 11:51:54 | More by tdm168
Photo of Bighuge


4.45/5  rDev +5.7%

This intensely black beer has a nice looking dark brown head with good retention. It recedes to a nice collaring that leaves nice lace patterns for an Imperial. Nose is charred, burnt, woody, alcoholic, bitter and roasted. Perfect!! I wish the flavors followed through in the HUGE way that the nose promised, but it just doesn't... at least to the expectations I had. The flavor is good, don't get me wrong, but not the wedded biss I was promised from the nose. There's a nice roasted and mildly charred malt presence. A little tobacco. And some bitter hops. Very little alcohol presence. The body's a little light for an Imperial...maybe medium or so. Carbonation is appropriate. This one doesn't overwhelm me, but you know what, it's pretty damn good.

Cokes, thanks for the Maverick, cowboy.

04-29-2004 04:42:25 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.43/5  rDev +5.2%

Wow, that's a perfect looking beer, enjoyed at the brewery tasting room. Jet black, thick consistency, perfect 1"+ deep tan head. Amazing retention and lacing. That's how its done boys. Aroma, massive amount of roasted two row and chocolate malt. No alcohol perceptible in the aroma.

Taste, rocksolid, sturdy. Again, deep roast, mild chocolate malt notes. Very chewy and thick on the palate, in a complete good way. Its straight forward, and not really complex (that's what all the varieties are for right?), and I mean that as a compliment. There's plenty of bitterness from the heavy roasting and relatively forward hopping. Earthy and dry at the same time, this does make 9.5% drink so damn easy. Remember how stoked I was when they put this into 4 packs. Kind of sad to think how this doesn't get a lot of stroking these days, being widely avaiable and around for so long. But then again, it is well up on the beers of fame list, so maybe I'm dabbling in hyperbole a little much here. Regardless, even if it is well respected, I think it deserves it even moreso.

A real great beer, that is a great base beer to so many other varieties as well.

10-18-2012 20:18:11 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

01-23-2013 05:35:54 | More by Kelp
Photo of sendbeer


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

11-01-2012 15:53:35 | More by sendbeer
Photo of dmorgan310


4.25/5  rDev +1%

10-11-2013 04:12:26 | More by dmorgan310
Photo of DrJay


4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

This poured a viscous black with faint brown highlights. It had a thin tan head that produced fine lace. Giant maltiness in the aroma, with lots of caramel, molasses, and a bit of roast. Hop character was quite restrained. The bitterness was quite high and there was a lot of grapefruit hop flavour mixed with a bit of pine resin to start. Sweetness kicked in at the mid, followed by a lingering roasted bitterness and lower levels of hop flavour. Full, thick body with a smooth texture and a bit of slickness from the residual sugar. Pretty good balance for such a big beer. Great flavour and aroma. Thanks Zithal!

12-26-2005 20:41:59 | More by DrJay
Photo of billab914


4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

Finally getting around to cracking this one open. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Pours black with a thick two finger tan head. The head subsided and clung to the edges but left very good lacing. This is an excellent looking beer.

Aroma is big on chocolate and roasted flavor. There is also a pretty good amount of hop aroma in it for an Imperial stout. Taste has a good amount of chocolate and caramel but isn't too sweet. The bitterness and the roasted flavor help balance out the sweetness. like the nose suggested it is also pretty hoppy with some citrus flavors. Nicely balanced between sweet and bitter with a lot of very good complex flavors going on.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with moderate carbonation. it has a very nice mouthfeel to it, like I expect in an imperial stout. Drinkability is very good, it's very well balanced and delicious and drinking this one was a pleasure. Looking forward to the Yeti variants.

01-11-2010 00:10:15 | More by billab914
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.93/5  rDev -6.7%

12oz picked up Friday at Brewforia.. paid about $4.. sharing with Brenda.. mine is poured into my Delirium goblet.

Bottled on Nov 9th, 2009... woo hooo... very fresh..

2 finger dark brown head... nice retention and lacing.. great cap... the brew is of course very black.

Nose has tons of hops.. resinous and very citric.. the dark malts are also very present.. but are blown out of the water by the hops..

Tons of hoppy bitterness at the front.. a bit rough going into the dark malts.. bittersweet chocolate.. lite French Roast.. and then the citrus hops lay waste to everything prior.. oily hops combine with the roasty malts and just tear everything to shreds.... the finish isn't as hoppy as I would have expected.. instead it is a bit dry with some malt astringency and residual hoppiness.. the body is on the lite side of full... the carbonation is very nice... smooth and always present... small bubble lends toward a velvety mouthfeel..

This is not my idea of a great RIS.. or American Double Stout.. the hops are just too much... but I do appreciate it... this is exactly what many BA's are going to want of a big hoppy stout.


12-13-2009 02:05:56 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of PEIhop


5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-24-2011 01:31:50 | More by PEIhop
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4/5  rDev -5%

07-27-2014 13:51:28 | More by wrightst
Photo of glid02


4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

08-18-2009 03:47:55 | More by glid02
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

A: Jet black with a tan head. Nice lace.

S: Not a lot of odour. Mainly hop bitterness.

T: Bittersweet. Dark caramel, a little tar, plenty of american hop bitterness.

M: Very syrupy, slightly oily, full body, moderate carbonation.

The oak-aged version is smoother, with considerably more depth. This one's a good double stout, but not great.

11-27-2005 17:00:09 | More by Derek
Photo of Gusler


4.47/5  rDev +6.2%

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”.

06-14-2004 18:45:47 | More by Gusler
Photo of Brad007


4.63/5  rDev +10%

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.

09-21-2009 01:41:02 | More by Brad007
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured on-tap and served in a stemmed vase, the beer is a jet black coloring, oil-like. Dark tan head, clingy all over the glass, with a great lacing left behind as you drink. Nose of roasted grains, smoke, bittersweet chocolate, bitter coffee, booze, and molasses. Great aromas! Flavors are huge, with cocoa nibs, coffee, and booze all over the palate, with earthy highlights. Rich, heavy, velvety body, with a bitter, smoked, roasted aftertaste. The finish is bitter and smooth, with enough linger to remind you what you're missing in between sips. Fantastic!

01-04-2014 03:34:14 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -15%

Pours black with a tan head that dissipates quickly leaving lace all the way down the glass. Smell is spicy floral hops, roast, some coffee and chocolate. Taste is a balance between hops and roast, like they are both fighting to be the dominant taste. Thick mouthfeel with a coffee aftertaste. A decent impy stout, and I'm sure it would be fantastic in a year or so, but I think the hop taste and aroma are to up front right now. I prefer my stouts less hoppy.

12-09-2007 05:42:03 | More by johnnnniee
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4/5  rDev -5%

11-14-2011 23:06:30 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of THECPJ


3.63/5  rDev -13.8%

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


02-05-2011 05:28:52 | More by THECPJ
Photo of TurdFurgison


4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

05-11-2006 00:10:49 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of dirtylou


4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

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!

02-04-2006 04:42:52 | More by dirtylou
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4/5  rDev -5%

08-01-2013 19:26:02 | More by harpus
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

12-12-2011 22:20:44 | More by drummermattie02
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Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

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

04-14-2012 03:08:22 | More by wordemupg
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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