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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout

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3,675 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3675
Reviews: 1587
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:
No notes at this time.

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


4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a pint glass from the bottle. Labeling is very inviting.

A: 2 inch head, thick dark brown head, extremely dark black color, cannot see through even with a light behind it

S: Smells like coffee and some malt, and lots of hop

T: Tastes like coffee and chocolate with hints of caramel ends with a nice lingering hop taste. A pretty hoppy stout.

M: Thick creamy, no carbonation, just like how I want a stout to be.

O: This stout is a heavy hitter stout, it's extremely dark with tons of different flavor but balanced well. High ABV content but you cannot taste it really. I would pick this up again if I saw it and was in the mood for an imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 05:58:18 | More by awesomeandrew
Photo of EseLocoSS


4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black oily body with a big lasting creamy chocolate head. Aroma is sweet and light roasted with some dark fruits, coffee, mocha and hints of burned toast. Really nice aroma! Really full-bodied, softly carbonated and has a fantastic creamy and oily mouthfeeling. Sweet but still quite bitter on the flavors. Oaky and there is much stronger roasted flavors then the aroma would suggest. Burned toast and some nice sweet alcohol that’s leaving a lava-like warming sensation.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 20:48:36 | More by EseLocoSS
Photo of Scott_McCool


4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle brewed 6 months ago.

A: I was surprised at the very small brown head. This was my first Russian Imperial Stout, so the low carbonation caught me a bit by surprise. Color is as black as Spinal Taps "Smell the Glove".

S: Smells a bit like Coffee

T: Nice thick taste. Coffee, Malt, Chocolaty with some bitter aftertaste. Didn't taste as flat as I thought it would.

M: Very smooth, creamy and very heavy.

O: I have been having a lot of IPAs recently and it is good to get back to a good stout as a change of pace. I'll be looking to have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 16:49:14 | More by Scott_McCool
Photo of kzczp0


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

Poured from 12 ounce bottle purchased this past August in Fort Collins Co. Not ink, but pretty darn close. Has amber hue in the head that stays low with super fine bubble detail and lacing that hasn't changed from initial pour. Deep carmel, toffee and chocolate smell tastes exactly that til the strong taste of hops and alcohol finishes with some cigar and chocolate. This brew is very rich with oily mouth feel which I like. The alcohol is strong but seems to be separate from the overall taste which reduces my "taste" score somewhat. The lacing and carbonation have not changed in the 20 minutes I have tasted. This is an excellent version of Imperial Stout that needs to hide the alcohol somewhat.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 02:22:32 | More by kzczp0
Photo of leviathan85


3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dense black. Holding the beer up to the light, the darkness remained exactly the same; impenetrable. Only about a one inch head, but great retention.

S: Definitely alcohol, also a little malt. Alcohol was a little overwhelming.

T: Again, alcohol is definitely prevalent. Moves to dark chocolate and finishes with a bitter kick.

M: A bit disappointing for me. Given the appearance I was expecting something a little thicker.

D: As others have said, this one is a sipper. But when the mood for a complex, highly abv stout strikes this one fits the bill.

Overall a solid Stout. Not my favorite, but certainly unique and worthwhile.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2007 03:03:45 | More by leviathan85
Photo of mixcat


4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well I really enjoyed this beer. Super dark and you can taste the coffee and chocolate.. I was very surprised to find out this was made here in America. Its no doubt the best stout here in the USA we have. Enjoy it with friends as its strong and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 01:44:58 | More by mixcat
Photo of agirlnamedjess


4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a beautiful pour. pored black with a small tan head.

smell- milk chocolate and malt with a hint of alcohol

taste- a bittersweet chocolate malt flavor and almost a bitter hoppy espresso flavor.

mouthfeel- good carbonation went down smooth. great drinkability

pour me another!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 21:35:27 | More by agirlnamedjess
Photo of Cmuska902


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

A: Deep, brooding black color, not the least bit opaque, with a thick, dark, brown/amber head. Has a rather large sticky head, with a color that is unfamiliar. Looks absolutely enticing.

S: Surprisingly, hops are the first of many smells I acquired. Hops, roasted malt, some caramel, chocolate, and toffee undertone. I always seem to get a hint of coffee in this style beer as well.

T: The best word I had to describe this beer was "big". It is not lacking flavor in any dimension. Incredibly diverse flavors, very hoppy for the style, deep, roasted malt, coffee, toffee, and chocolate.

M: This beer is thick. A syrupy mouthfeel, although not lacking carbonation. Very well rounded, coats the mouth entirely with its sweet, sticky hops, and finishes dry with a crisp malt backbone.

D: Not as drinkable as other imperial stouts, but delicious nonetheless. There is a warm undertone of alcohol, and a strong bitter-sweet presence of hops and chocolate which can take some getting used to. Good for sipping, although I could see myself drinking a few of these rather quickly. I love big beers.

Overall: Delicious. Why did I wait so long to try this beer?

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 15:51:05 | More by Cmuska902
Photo of iso


4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black. There's no visible light coming through this beer. Pours with a large dense gorgeous brown colored head.

Smell: Roast coffee stands out here among the dark aromas, very inviting.

Taste: Wow. The roast coffee makes another appearance with sweet malts coming on in full force. The alcohol is palatable, coexisting alongside the rest of the beer and accentuates the general warm feeling this beer exudes. Throughout the beer, the hops roll a citrusy undercurrent, fighting to break through the waves of malt. On the finish the hops really show themselves, cutting through with citrus flavor and a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and doesn't feel too heavy.

Drinkability: I thoroughly enjoyed the potent hop mix in this stout, the balance is masterful.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 20:23:07 | More by iso
Photo of artruism


4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours thick like chocolate syrup with strong 1 inch chocolate brown head that remains thick and frothy long after pour.

Resembles a Root beer float head.

Strong roasted malts hit the nose along with a dark chocolate aroma...slightly sweet and bitter all at the same time...

Tastes very smokey with the roasted malts shining through and sloshes through my teeth like whole milk.

I love my malty beers and thouroughly enjoyed this one...my other half is more of a balanced ale drinker and didn't really care for this. To each his own right!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 19:07:20 | More by artruism
Photo of niday2288


4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-black as night color with dark tan head. Good lacing

S-roasted malt, black coffee, molasses

T-dark roasted malt, burnt marshmallow, coffee and caramel.

F-thick and smooth with a pleasant mouthfeel. Lingering tingle on the tongue.

O-good RIS. Not a category leader but a solid choice

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 02:24:20 | More by niday2288
Photo of Jeplacek


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

Served out of a three month old 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Dark, intimidating, imperial stout. Little to no light getting through. Super dark brown, if not black. A fairly aggressive pour produced a half-inch khaki head, which slowly dissipated into a nice lacing.

S- Coffee, chocolates, roasted malts. Noticeable aroma when diving in for a taste. Has my nasal hairs dancing.

T- A toffee flavored, smooth front-end, with a sharp, coffee-like bitterness on the back-end. Coats the whole mouth and the taste lingers until your next sip. Delicious.

M- Great mouthfeel for this beer. A little thickness compliments the taste, adds depth and shows how full bodied this beer is. Exactly what you would expect from a 9.5%er...

O- Definitely a widely available go-to imperial stout. Love the Great Divide bottle as well. Suggests food pairings, lists the IBUs, has a clear bottling date, nice texture, and a spot on description of what you're getting yourself into. Gave this beer 4.5's all around to express how well balanced it is. Won't guarantee this will be your favorite imp. stout ever, but I can say you will not be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 05:50:12 | More by Jeplacek
Photo of 007rtw


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large wine glass. Pours a thick, syrupy black. Totally opaque. Virtually no head.

Scents of coffee, toffee, dark chocolate, smoked meats, toasted bread, plum. *Slight* notes of solvent, but far less than often found in high ABV beers. Excellent.

Chocolate, bourbon, coffee, red fruit (pomegranate?) taste. Best tasting beer I have had.

Mouthfeel loses some points due to the stickyness and syrupy quality. Still very good. Neither astringent nor overly round and flat.

Overall, this is the best beer I have had to date, surpassing even Trappistes Rochefort 10. The texture could use a bit of work, but otherwise, it's truly fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 23:13:13 | More by 007rtw
Photo of 2013beer101


4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very dark and heavy stout. Carbonation seemed to liven up as the beer warmed as did the booze. Loved visual of the dark color and cinnamon head on top. Great beer for having on occaision but wouldnt make it a regular go to. also getting lots of coffee flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 00:00:53 | More by 2013beer101
Photo of ECdOc


4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yeti Came in an amber 1pint, 6 ounce standard bottle. Poured with a real thick dark copper colored small bubble head that rose high and almost looked red as I poured which remained throughout the review, dark on the Lovibond scale. I dont see a date on the bottle but im opening it on 3/21/06. Smells relatively hoppy for a stout. Strong malt flavour coating the mouth with a thin alcoholic flavour profile. No noticeable hop bitterness over the malt profile which is rather deep. Relatively smooth as it goes down, no noticeable alcoholic bite. This is a nice example of an Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 03:22:00 | More by ECdOc
Photo of tbmurphy89

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Oil (no light shines through this one), head is a chocolate color.
S- Hops, alot of hops, hint of chocolate
T- roasted malt flavor with hops on the tailgate.
M- Coats your mouth like a thin jacket.
O- I like it. Not something to drink too much of at 9.5 % plus the "liquid bread" effect with the stout style.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 23:56:47 | More by tbmurphy89
Photo of Waltherpk380


4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from world market. Pours a deep dark black color with a mocha head. No light whatsoever gets through this one, and that is what I expect from an imperial stout. The smell is amazing, a nice milk chocolate character, some nice resinous hops in the aroma, and also a slight nuttiness. The taste is assertively bitter with a mix of chocolately roasted malts and piny hops, there is a nice thick body to this beer which I enjoy. But Cigar City Marshal Zhukov's still has one up on this beer in my opinion. Still a very solid imperial stout for those who like there stouts with some hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 00:22:41 | More by Waltherpk380
Photo of Tianjoja

New York

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter glass from a 22oz bottle

A - Pitch black, three finger fluffy dark brown mocha head. Beautiful looking beer.

S - Roasted Malts, Chocolate. Little alcohol on the nose.

T - Chocolate, Coffee. Nice bitterness not typical of the style. Espresso on the end. Sweet Malty offset by a nice hop punch that I wasn't expecting.

M - Velvety smooth. Nice carbonation. Tiny bubbles dancing on my tongue. Would say full bodied.

O - My first Yeti - I'm impressed. Would love to try some of the barrel aged versions of this. Hoppier than I expected, but I like that.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 22:13:22 | More by Tianjoja
Photo of precariouslydaniel


4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I went through a four pack of these before I decided to review one. This thing pours a viscous motor oil black with two fingers of dark brown head that dissipates quickly. Very little lacing but leaves a faint dark film on the edges of the glass.

Aroma is of milk chocolate, espresso, and little vanilla and roast. You pick up a touch of pine on the back end from the hops but no citrus whatsoever.

Taste is more of the nose, rich milk chocolate and dark roasted coffee. It's quite bitter but more from the dark notes than any real hop character. It finishes long with a bit of ash.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with an oily resonance. You taste the roasty notes long after a sip.

Overall this is my favorite stout to date, and I am normally a quad and ipa drinker. It is elegant, beautiful and a glorious example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 15:49:49 | More by precariouslydaniel
Photo of beerfox


4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours totally ebony with a 1/2" creamy, burnished-tawny head that settles to a light ring and gauzy netting over the body. Lacing wants to cling to the glass in delicate sheets.

Aromas of coffee and cream, or perhaps a fine cappuccino, waft upward to surround my head, like a caressing hand.

I lift the glass to my lips, where a bittersweet coating washes over my lips. The front of my tongue awakens with a light tingle, while a silken smoothness envelopes the middle.

I am greeted by rich, burnt-malt flavors, while freshly roasted coffee and elegant, bittersweet chocolate merge in a seduction-of-the-senses. A subtle sweetness sneaks around the corner. Piney, resinous hops arrest the entire back of my tongue - the bitterness is intensely appealing!

Most women may not try a stout, fearful that the robust flavors would overtake them - this one is so satisfying and "trance-inducing" - like a blend between a night with your lover and an exquisite morning espresso.

This is the kind of beer that creates desire! Definitely drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2005 01:18:24 | More by beerfox
Photo of SammyB


4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Awesome, pitch black with a carmel/coffee colored head that sticks around.

S - Sweet, dark roasted coffee and a little bit of burnt sugar

T - Big flavor! Malt of chocolate and a lot of roast flavors coming through. Alcohol deff peaks its head out. The malt is complemented with the hops which add to the complexity. Almost a licorice flavor that sticks with ya for a while.

M - Sticky with a little carbonation in mouth

D - some imperial stouts scare me or i enjoy the taste but they drink like straight booze this is drinkable. complex flavors and a sweetness all balanced

I enjoyed this beer very much

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 21:48:35 | More by SammyB
Photo of Armstrongm


4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this. Picked up a 22oz bomber at Glen-Ro Spirit Shoppe in Monroe, CT

A - Darker than a black steers tookas on a moonless prairie night (lebowski reference anyone?). Nice 2-finger, dark toffee head that held strong. Good looking lacing down the class.

S - Hops! Could easiily pick up the toffee and caramel malts.

T - Toffee, caramel. Sweet, with some coffee and chocolate undertones. The hops and malt really balance themselves out nicely.

M - Rich and delicious.

D - Went down way too easy for a 9.5%.

Looking forward to seeing what else Great Divide has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 00:22:02 | More by Armstrongm
Photo of danielofthedale


4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A--Very nice thick chocolate colored foamy head. Very black body in the glass.

S--While not the dominate aroma the most striking smell is that of the hops which is not what I tend to expect from an Imperial Stout. You still get the malty, coffee, and chocolate you would expect from this type of beer. You also get a fairly pronounced alcohol smell as well. All in all a very inviting aroma to the beer.

T-You get a full espresso taste that is common in this style. Chocolate notes and a full roast flavor are also quite pleasant. The piny hop flavor is a nice balance in the beer.

M--A thick chew mouthfell. What I want from an Imperial Stout

D--A very drinkable Imperial Stout. Not an overwhelming alcohol flavor. Only a slight bitterness at the end. A very good brew to work on for a while.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 03:56:40 | More by danielofthedale
Photo of rickalessi


3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

apperarance- small head little carbonation very dark w/ light brown rim
smell- coffee chocolate molasses not overbearing
taste - malty w/ significant burnt coffee/ hoppy aftertaste, pleasant on the palate, smooth
mouthfeel - thin given its flavors, no phenols
overall- very drinkable full bodied w/o being overbearing , alcohol is hidden nicely

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 02:26:33 | More by rickalessi
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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