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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout

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3,667 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3667
Reviews: 1586
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%

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


4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this on November 8, 2009; bottle says it was filled on Jul 10.

It's a heck of a pour. The head stays around, and the color is surprising. I held my glass up to a lightbulb and couldn't see any light coming through. I bet I could trick someone into thinking I was drinking used motor oil.

Smells and tastes like coffee and chocolate. The smell is slightly more coffee, and the taste is slightly more chocolate. It actually has a sweet aftertaste, and then the coffee taste lingers. There's also a neat hoppiness to it all that seems very strong to non-beer fans, but tastes great to me.

Really smooth, and definitely drinkable. But, I think the drinkability stops around 1. I'd definitely make this the last beer of the night.

I wish I had a steak to go with this. The bottle suggests it, and I agree with this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 00:36:30 | More by timrosenblatt
Photo of ermeis06


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer!

A: This beer poured a nice dark black into the pitcher. It had about 3 fingers of dark creamy head that stuck around for what seemed like forever! Good lacing.

S: Good smell of coffee, along with some chocolate.

T: Intense coffee flavor, but it is balanced out by a burnt malt flavor. You get the warmth from the alcohol as well. While the coffee taste was very present, you can still get some of the hop flavor, burnt sugar and a little woodiness as well.

M: Very chewy malt flavor. Good mouthfeel. Very creamy!!

Overall I really like this beer. There is an excellent balance of flavor and it has great body, and did I mention the head retention!? We got a pitcher on tap at Great Divide, and I had to step out for a work phone call, and when I came back 20 minutes later, there was still 2 fingers of dark, creamy head. Amazing!!

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2011 01:40:11 | More by ermeis06
Photo of BeerHiker


4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second time drinking this beer; 22oz bottle poured into a large German beer mug.

Upon pouring, I am immediatly intimidated by the thick, black, syrupy-ness of this motor-oil resemlbing beer. Poured softly, but suprized by the abundant, dark brown head that forms; especialy for how softly i poured. One of the darkest heads I have ever seen.

The smell is no less intimidating.. strong nutty roasted malt, with a forceful boozy backbone, with espresso and dark chocolate overtones.

The taste is a big relief..a beautiful symphony of cacao, espresso, and roasted nuts with minimal booze taste. Wonderful nutty rich aftertaste left in my mouth. This beer is alot more drinkable than the color and smell infer. A truely decandent Imperial Stout.

The mouthfeel is nice and thick, without being too syrupy.

Overall, I am very impressed with this beer.A wonderfully crafted imperial stout. I would have to say it is my favorite so far. Very good drinkability despite its daunting smell and look. Everyone should go out and try this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 23:34:35 | More by BeerHiker
Photo of matthewalee


4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 YETI old bottle. Blue, White and Yellow mountains, wait...white mountains...yellow yeti!!!

poured into a Deschutes snifter

A - looks like used oil. dark brown. murky

S - chocolate, wood, oak and some sour berries. awesome aroma

T - sticks to the side of everything. outstanding! old chocolate, fruit, caramel and more caramel and tobacco...has been with me for 45 minutes.

O - nice find in South Chicago! someone had some idea about something good!! Age has done wonders for this RIS! I have 3 more I found and cannot wait to find any reason to pop one open

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 06:01:07 | More by matthewalee
Photo of The_Kings_Quart


4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Sludge. Motor oil. Liquid darkness. Beautiful 3 fingers of head that clings to the glass for dear life. Retains at 1 finger with nice lacing.

S: BIG! Coffee up the wazoo and roasty. Flutters of burnt sugar and slightly peppery. Zero alcohol to be found.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, more coffee, and big roasty malts. Had to double check the ABV because there was way too little of an alcohol presence. Really well masked and deadly easy to drink.

MF: Letsmyou know it's there, but treats you right. Excellent, smooth texture with a good bite.

O: This beer's a beast, but a subtle one. Nuanced and delicious. Powerful, but strangely tender. Yeti wants to love you, but will crush you if you're not careful.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2012 04:31:57 | More by The_Kings_Quart
Photo of PALMEJ1


3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into st bernardus chalice.
great dark chocolate color while pouring. almost 1 finger head formed after finishing the pour, nice. mocha/hazelnut bubbles form after a few

smells of chocolate hops, this ones about 6 months old. also getting some dark fruit but hard to distinguish.

taste great with bitter chocolate and what almost taste like caramel. But the hops bite along with the alcohol. cant wait for a few to age...

rich and creamy with a nice warming burn as the glass goes down

drinkability will only improve with age. but don't get me wrong, I could drink 2 12oz servings fresh! great beer to rely on

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 01:30:45 | More by PALMEJ1
Photo of ChuckR343


3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very dark brown almost black color, with a dark tan head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a thin ring around the edge. Nice hops smell and then a hint of chocolate and sweet. A bitter taste comes next, which combines hops, dark chocolate and of course malt. This is a thick beer and quite tasty. I had it in a 22 oz. bomber and that did me quite well.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 00:44:59 | More by ChuckR343
Photo of Chrisco88


3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Extremely dark brown, some may say black. Thick, luxurious foamy head that lasts, chocolate brown in color.

Aroma: Coffee, dark malts and glorious chocolate! Closer sniffs revealed subtle hints of that noble hop goodness, not overpowering or pungent at all.

Taste: Chocolate and malts are predominant, aftertaste has some coffee/toffee tones and a good portion of hop bitterness but not out of balance at all.

Palate: Silky smooth and almost chewy. Noticeable aftertaste of alcohol which puts me off a bit, but the strong coffee/chocolate tastes keep it from burning or feeling hot.

Overall: On the whole a great tasting beer but the strong and lasting flavors combined with the high ABV keep it from being enjoyable on a regular basis. While slowing sipping my one glass kept me impressed throughout, about half way through I realized I wouldn't care for another glass of this anytime soon... one was good but it'll do for a while.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 00:15:07 | More by Chrisco88
Photo of CoastieSimon


4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a brew. Poured into a Guinness Pint Glass. Great two finger head, brownish colored. Black as night, could not see through it even when held up to the light! Smeel was of Coffe and Booze. Tasted like dark chocolate at the beg, with a coffee aftertaste. Smooth as silk. At almost 10% ABV drinking one is all you need to get you through a cold winters night. Will def. be buying more of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 00:30:15 | More by CoastieSimon
Photo of BlazmoIntoWowee


2.6/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber

Appearance - Well, hello tall, dark and handsome. What a beautiful pour - thick, mahagony brown with a cocoa head that seems to sort of fade into the beer (no clear division at first). Leaves thick lacing when head fades.

Smell - I'm not getting much from this. A faint citrus hops smell and an even fainter rosted odor. Also I think there's a hint of coffee like bitterness, but even a hint is making my mouth water.

Taste - Wargh, hop avalanche! Way hoppier than any beer this dark I've ever had. Roasted coffee type flavor present in the after taste, but only after the hop-punch-to-the-face fades.

Mouthfeel - substantial, warms the tongue

Drinkability - Too alcoholic and bitter to go down smooth. Overall a disapointment to me. Lacks balance

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 19:52:22 | More by BlazmoIntoWowee
Photo of Sorgasm


4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

great beer; one of my favorite imperial stouts.

a - pitch black with a nice mocha head.

s - chocolate, roasted malt, coffee.. yumm!

t - just like it smells.. delicious! has a lot of nice subtleties.

m - smooth and thick. slight burn from the alcohol but not even close to being offensive.

d - very drinkable, especially for an imeprial stout!

as a side note, i tried this beer side by side with the oak aged yeti and thought the original was the tastier of the two!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 03:46:07 | More by Sorgasm
Photo of crashoveride


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap as part of a Beer fest at Union Jack' @ the Matawney Inn. The pour was a deep black almost molasses like with a one finger dark tan head. The smells were very strong of bitter chocolate and sweet like brown sugar, it smelled delicious. The taste was just as good as it smells with hints of coffee and oak/smokey flavors as well as chocolate. The drinkability was down just a bit since it is high in alcohol. It is more like a sipping beer. This Beer is a must try !

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2008 14:29:54 | More by crashoveride
Photo of MasonBeerMan


4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

App- Dark black, 1 finger head which quickly leaves. Great head retention, lacing left on glass entire way through

Smell-sweet, chocolate, roasty and alchohol

Taste-slight alchohol, biterness, chocolate and roasted malts

Mouthfeel-smooth and chewy

Drink-great beer, easy to drink, will definitely have more of these

Had 1/5/2007

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 00:22:21 | More by MasonBeerMan
Photo of VitaEBella87


4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from a bomber into a pint glass...

A: Deep opaque black color in glass with nice thick, very creamy looking medium tan head. Just from this first impression, looks delicious. Good head retention as well, and produces good lacing.

S: The main aroma that I noticed was chocolate, and while I couldn't specifically name the others present, there's certainly a lot there.

T: Many flavors buried within...vanilla, chocolate, oaky in both initial taste and aftertaste as well as a warming alcohol flavor that comes through in the aftertaste. No sip was the same, as different flavors played around on my tastebuds at different times.

M: Great mouthfeel...just what I'm looking for in a stout. It has a nice full body, very balanced taste, and is just carbonated enough so that it's not like cough syrup. Fades slowly after each sip and doesn't stick to your tastebuds that much.

D: Such an easy beer to drink, but full of flavor...supremely enjoyable! This may become my new stand-by for a great, high-quality stout when I feel like picking up a bomber at the store.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 14:03:37 | More by VitaEBella87
Photo of mlaroche


3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, poured into pint glass at about 55F. Bottled 12/24/2008.

Appearance: Dark body. Mocha colored, rocky head, fills the glass and sticks around. 3 fingers at first. Lacing remains later, residual head sticks to the glass.

Smell: A huge whiff of chocolate and malt when I opened the bottle. Mild fruit in the nose.

Taste: It's more assertively hopped than Ten Fidy, my go to RIS. Definitely dryer too. Strong roasted notes, slight coffee tate. Dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than Ten Fidy, even though they're just about the same ABV. Mild carbonation, appropriate for style. The body is thinner than I'd expect at the alcohol level.

Drinkability: definitely don't notice the alcohol. No problem finishing the whole bottle myself, but not something I'd seek out often.

The RIS category allows a lot of variability with dryness and bitterness. This is on the dryer and more bitter end of the spectrum.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 04:08:07 | More by mlaroche
Photo of sayerofthelaw


3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Opaque black with a chocolate colored head that's a little less than a quarter inch. Very appetizing.

S - Raisins stand out, with bitter chocolate underneath. There is not much of an alcohol aroma, which is both surprising and pleasant. Also appetizing.

T - Alcohol is there but it is undercut nicely by the flavor of the dark chocolate, which is lightly bitter on the back of the tongue. Not one bit overwhelming, which is a nice quality in an Imperial Stout.

M - Very smooth and rich, slightly syrupy.

D - Very smooth and easy to drink. Its 9.5%, so tread carefully!

This is the best American made stout that I've had I think, except for the Snow Plow Milk Stout from Widmer which I don't think they make anymore. The big alcohol flavor that's characteristic of the style is well under control in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 00:54:59 | More by sayerofthelaw
Photo of CrumpledFish

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured pitch black with a thick chocolate milk-colored head.

S: Malty and lots of chocolate.

T: Wow, that is one heck of a smoky aftertaste! Quite a bit of coffee in it. Up front, I can't really identify the flavors but they are definitely good.

M: Very smooth. I could just swish this around my mouth for a while.

O: This is a great stout with many flavors that I will be more than happy to try again, hopefully soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 04:18:30 | More by CrumpledFish
Photo of ncm45

West Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with a brown head that disappeared fairly quickly

S - Bitter chocolate and coffee. Fairly strong and pleasing.

T - Powerful taste (again coffee and chocolate comes to mind) which goes bitter afterward.

M - Creamy and very pleasant to drink. Goes down very well and the alcohol doesn't detract from the feeling. One of the best I've ever experienced.

O - RIS are my favorite style and this one is one of the best I've had. Not something I'd drink a lot of, but would be wonderful to enjoy after a good meal. A real treat to come across and I look forward to the chance to have one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 23:22:52 | More by ncm45
Photo of Hopstout


3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black in color with a little dark tan head

Aroma - Molasses with the tiniest hint of smoked wood

Taste - Backwoods malt, vintage, dark grains, dry roast with a drop of coffee

Mouthfeel - Full flavored and bodied with low carbonation and a nice perfect balance of malt and hops

Overall - Will be purchasing this again. Great flavor!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 01:38:39 | More by Hopstout
Photo of LuckySkuff

North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, a truly delicious beer. I also have a bottle of the Oak Aged in my fridge - new purchases at Whole Foods market, apparently the first day in stock as well (God bless the NC PopTheCap campaign).

I'll be succinct, as so many others have already put it better than I. Pours a delicious dark brown color, completely opaque, with a beautiful inch of dark tan-colored head. (note: with an aggressive pour, lots of head.... a very slow, careful pour yielded almost none)

Smells of roasty-chocolate and maltiness: the high alcohol rating is completely shrouded by the complex tastes.

Mouthfeel is perfect for an Imp Stout; thick, rich and velvety, with a nice alcoholic warmth felt in the back of the throat on the way down. Tastes like semi-sweet chocolate with coffee highlights in the background, a nice cavalcade of malts crowned with a slight bitterness. All in all, perhaps the best Imperial I've tried; of course, I may change my mind after I try the Oak Aged tomorrow evening.

Cheers mates!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2005 04:44:37 | More by LuckySkuff
Photo of bunn4funn

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750ml bottle into a snifter

A- Pour DARK no light gets past this beast. No sign of any other color but black. Contains a nice tan one finger head that subsides to an oily top with nice lacing to the end.

S- Caramel, roasted malts, fruity sweetness, with a whiff of alcohol. Nice aroma very inviting.

T- Yum Yum sweet roasted malts and brown sugar kick things off with a fruity sweetness and some caramel in there. This stuff is well balanced with a hoppy finish. With 75ibu' s on tap right now i dont feel that it is THAT bitter, the hops and alcohol are really played down though not to the point that the brew is boring but just right. I am very impressed!! At the time of this review i am even more eager to try the its oak aged counterpart !!!!

M- Huge,Thick, Oily, you know its there. No doubt just the way i would expect and like my stouts

D- This stuff is necter!! I could sip this all night long and not get tired of it, though i would be hammered at 9.5abv!!

Overall- Another great well balanced brew from the Great Divide!!! I love this stuff and when i turn to a stout it will be top on my list. note, i at the time of reviewng i had not yet tried the oak aged version,never the less this brew will not leave you disappointed!! Go hunt a Yeti today!!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2005 19:25:12 | More by bunn4funn
Photo of andrewroush


4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle with date of 12/2/08

A - Extremely dark black with chocolatey tan 2 finger head. Great head retention for an IS and a good amount of lacing

S - Hops! This is a very hoppy IS and I love it. Chocolate and coffee notes come through strong as well, but the aroma is very well balanced.

T - Outstanding. Big roasted malt character with the chocolate and coffee from the nose. With 75 IBU's, this beer adds a good amount of bitterness from the hops as well. Dry finish, with a slight hint of alcohol. It's strong but the alcohol isn't overbearing.

M - Rich and creamy, perfectly carbonated

D - I could drink this all night if I could stay standing. After a 22oz I'm feeling great and could easily drink another, but I probably shouldn't

Incredible beer. I will be sure to add this to my usual rotation.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 00:42:59 | More by andrewroush
Photo of jdmcel

Rhode Island

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

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. I had to travel to the whole foods in Dedham MA to find this.

A: A nice dark, dark brown almost black pour with an 3/4 inch of head that fades quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

S: Roasted malts and toffee smell come through but the roasted malts is the strongest.

T: A very balanced taste not too sweet or over roasted. Very enjoyable hints of caramel and coffee/toffee.

M: Very smooth. Medium bodied, not over carbonated.

D: Very Drinkable. The 9.5% does not come thru. I am sure it will sneak up on you tho.
This is my second offering from Great Divide, I had the Titan IPA, which was great, and I have a Hercules waiting in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 02:37:49 | More by jdmcel
Photo of wildvikes


4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very good example of an Imperial Stout. No need to go into extreme details. If it had poured green or smelled like sauerkraut, I would have scored it lower than I did.

Review must be over 250 characters and less than 5,000. Apparently we shouldn't be snobs, but shouldn't not be snobs, either.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2010 04:16:59 | More by wildvikes
Photo of beergambit


4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A dark drink, with a mouthful of dark fruits hops. The color is just great to admire in a glass lacing is thick. Taste recommendable to anyone. You can taste the burnt caramel, fruits and hops, masking the high alcohol contents of course not in a extreme way though. Smooth down to the last sip.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 22:29:50 | More by beergambit
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 3,667 ratings.