Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,489 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 4,489
Reviews: 1,649
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 229
Gots: 597 | FT: 18
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 ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a rich-looking, inky black body with a tall, tan-colored head.

Smell: Earthy, roasted malts with notes of espresso and rich, dark chocolate. Pine and citrus hop scents vie for attention.

Taste: Creamy, dark chocolate, anise, and dark caramel represent the sweeter side of things, while the roasted malts and resinous pine hop flavor brings the countering bitterness. Ends with a rather dry, roasty bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Concentrated, oily mouthfeel. Ample carbonation.

Drinkability: A very solid, powerfully roasty beer.

Photo of oberon
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pitch black with no light shoowing thru even when held up to a strong light with a mocha colored creamy two fingered head that took its time to settle leaving a ring of lace behind.Big bitter chocolate aromas along with an underlying earthiness from a nice dose of hop thrown in obviously with a beer so dark you are also gonna get a big roasty aroma as well.What I like best about this beer is the fact its no overly sweet like a alot of Impy souts are sue u get the chocolate and roasted elemants but what a great earthy/dry fifnsh gives this beer such balance making it just so damn drinkable.Creamy mouthfeel this beer glides down easy,another gem from Great Divide their big beer kick immense ass and I will keep enjoying them.

Wow I thought this beer was categorized as a Imperial Stout but a double stout it is and rightly so,damn good.

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

Appearance - Pitch black with a slightly wispy tan head that dissipated within a minute or two.

Smell - Roasted malts, burnt bread, dark chocolate and a hint of coffee.

Taste/mouthfeel - Very roasty, but smooth - no astringency whatsoever. Moderate sweetness, with flavors of dark chocolate and molasses coming to mind. Medium-bodied. Hops take on an herbal bitterness in the background, blending quite nicely with the roasted, grainy bitterness from the malt. Alcohol is completely hidden, though I wouldn't exactly call this quaffable - the richness makes it a definite sipper.

Notes - Quality stuff for sure. A no-frills RIS with plenty of complexity to keep it interesting.

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

12oz bottle, procured in one of those upscale American grocery stores (Portland, this time) that make me seethe with envy every time I stand dumbfounded in one of their beer 'departments' (what a concept!)...

This beer pours an oily black, with very slight auburn highlights, and two fingers of densely foamy chocolate milk head, which leaves some thin limestone arch lace around the glass in its wake. It smells like s'mores - smoky chocolate, bready caramel malt, vanilla, molasses, and (analogy ends here) bitter leafy, earthy hops. The taste is big chalky, roasted choco-malt, vanilla bean cream, astringent woody esters, simmering tobacco leaf, scorned bitter pine hops, and a subtle booze warming. The carbonation is on the low side, but still in the game, the body pretty damned full in weight, smooth, and creamy, but tinged with some dastardly (depending on how you look at it) hop prickliness. It finishes as polarized as ever was - semisweet chocolate, and zesty pine resin hops.

A very well-wrought RIS - big all around, and solid in all respects - the hops overdose a somewhat unexpected, but still enjoyable foil to the base nature of this particular beast.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the famous and acclaimed yeti! not a cheap 4pack. pours a very thick syrupy almost black brown with a surprisingly large mocha bubbly head a few inches high. smells like espresso and molasses right up front, bittersweet with a touch of spice. also the high alcohol content is obvious. flavor is large and complex, melted dark chocolate runs into licorice notes and a strong coffee finish. the beer is also rather sweet, especially as it gets warmer in the glass. its almost too sweet as it goes on. booze presents itself too. feel is very full bodied, and a little syrupy. the carbonation is very tame, which is stypical of the style. overall i like this a lot, and even better than some of the specialty yeti beers. this is an excellent imperial stout if you dont mind the sweeter finish.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic tumbler.

I find it odd that I've had the wood-aged varieties of this beer before the base version. Go figure. It pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of dark tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate syrup, molasses, and some light coffee. The taste brings in more of the same, though the spotlight is definitely on the roasted malts, the coffee (slightly more intense), and the (now dark) chocolate. The body is on the lighter side of heavy, with a very light moderate carbonation and a chewy feel. Overall, a very nice stout, a standout of the style, especially in terms of cost and availability.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of zeff80
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours out a dark black color with a one finger, chocolaty-brown head. It leaves good lacing.

S - It smells strongly of malt, chocolate and caramel. The alcohol aroma is also present.

T - Tastes of toffee, chocolate and malt. The carmel flavors come through more and more as it warms.

M - It is soft and creamy, but a fairly heavy beer.

D - Unbelievable. I've never found a RIS that I didn't like but this may be the best.

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

Great Divide's Yeti pours a full head of dark tan foam over an opague black body. The head retention is quite good, and it leaves solid walls of sticky lace about the glass.

The nose is a rich invitation to the flavors within, offering some very dark caramelish malt; almost burnt brown sugar; molasses; leafy hops; and a whiff of alcohol-soaked dark fruit with both a juicy and lightly tart side to it.

In the mouth, it's medium-full bodied with a standard carbonation that leaves a light bristle on the tongue before it warms to become more airy.

The flavor is rich, but intensely dark - almost burnt - and awash in alcohol. It's not as wide or rounded as some; but the caramelish malt somehow finds it's way upfront (and appears again in the finish!); followed by a slap of slightly tart dark fruit (oh, those burnt currants again!), chickory, baker's chocolate, and piney/muddy-grass hops. What a ride! It finishes a little less burnt with a dollop of fruit, and a swirl of caramelish malt that slowly fade to reveal lingering mocha java.

Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz brown bomber with a vintage date of 2003 on the label. Not to worry, @ 9.5% ABV this beer should age well.

Appearance: Pitch-black colour. A thick rise of brown foam wants to gush over, nice web like trail of lace down the glass.

Smell: Creamy vanilla, creamed coffee, vague berry fruitiness and a mild alcohol presence. Aromatic yet mellow.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very creamy on the palate, smooth and slick in the mouth within the heavy full body. Soft charcoal, roasted twang and espresso. Balanced hopping with a mild citric flavour in the finish. More soft roasted character in the finish with a layered sweetness. Bit of yeast in the end and a drying roasted husk as well.

Notes: Without a doubt a tasty brew, tame but I like it that way. The alcohol sneaks up on you and there are so many subtle complexities to deal with that it makes it so worth the while.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried it side by side Storm King at Mad Mex Robinson. Appears pitch black until held up to the light to show a dark ruby brown tone with a moccha tan head leaves lacing around the snifter it was poured into. Aroma is full of chocolate and coffee tones brought out by the dark roasts along with a boozy fruit brandy esque note and loads of floral hop character. Flavor is big very on chocolate and alcohol especially as it warms the hop bitterness isn't standing out entirely b/c of the massive loads of dark malt flavor here as well, not balanced at all in your face with loads of flavor. Mouthfeel is big and chewy with carbonation producing slow gurgling bubbles. Drinkability: Small snifter of it I would probably not attempt a bomber of this one on my own, but it is damn tasty.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours to a deep black with a thick, foamy brown head, which fades slowly and leaves a thick lace.

S: The aroma is rich and malty with heavy tones of mocha and toffee, also a bit of alcohol.

T: The taste is heavily malted and a little bit smoky, with chocolate & coffee flavor which remains dominant most of the time, but gives way to some bitterness. However it's not the typical bitterness you'd expect from hops, more like a black coffee/dark chocolate type of bitterness, which stick around in the after-taste. As it warms a bit, you taste the alcohol more and the sweetness levels out.

M: Very smooth as you drink it, with a heavy body and medium-to-light carbonation. Leaves a very sticky, syrupy film behind.

D: Definitely drinkable, but certainly not poundable. It goes down easy but is very filling.

Most places in this area carry the Oaked Yeti which I intend to try to compare the two. However I found this a just little bit north of RI and jumped at the chance to try it. I've had the Fresh Hop & Hercules Double from Great Divide and wasn't as impressed as most, but I wanted to make sure I sampled the full spectrum of styles for this brewery to make sure my judgment is fair. I definitely think this beer is better in its style those beers are in theirs and I can taste the same signature that I did in the other two. So I guess this beer has salvaged my opinion of Great Divide. Even though I lean more towards beers that I can put away en masse, this was a good beer.

Photo of nickfl
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Just under one finger of brown foam on an opaque, black body. The head settles down to a thin film and leaves a moderate ring of lace in its wake.

S - Big, rich aroma of dark chocolate with a hint of coffee. Notes of almond, vanilla, and a non-specific hoppiness that doesn't have a particular hop character, but warns of significant bitterness in the flavor.

T - Roast barley note, followed by dark chocolate flavors. The chocolate is followed by a velvety bitterness and then notes of smoke and tobacco. Some minor alcohol notes fade in and out during the finish while malt and hop bitterness battle for dominance and a strong smokey character coats the palate.

M - Thick, oily body and moderate carbonation. The finish is just sweet enough to balance the significant bitterness.

D - This is a very heavy, very complex beer and obviously built for sipping. The chocolate malt in the aroma is quite nice, but what really makes this beer memorable is the awesomely powerful, deep burnt tobacco character of the finish. While it may sound unpleasant to some, the lingering finish of this beer reminds me of nothing so much as the aftertaste of a good cigar and, under the right circumstances, that makes it quite drinkable.

This beer easily lends itself to pairing with dark chocolate and it may be the best match for a cigar of any beer I have yet encountered.

Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip a snifter.

Pours black with several fingers of super rich & creamy (and EXTREMELY burnt looking) dark mocha colored head that looks a bit like chocolate milk at times. This simmers down into a rigid 1/4 finger of smooth and creamy retention that flares up extremely well, leaving a massive coating of lace and brown residues down the sides of the glass. The aroma is huge with roasted chocolate malts and underlying notes of caramel, coffee, and earthy, fresh smelling, floral hops in the back.

The aroma is thick chocolate and caramel sweetness up front that is met with equally robust notes of roasted malts, zippy coffee character, and a firm hop profile behind it. The finish is roasted bitterness that hangs in the mouth for a good bit. The mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy feeling overall, with a layer of prickly carbonation underneath that accentuates the aggressive bitterness of this. The feel slickens out a bit as it warms, revealing some toasty alcohol character underneath.

A winner of an Imperial Stout and definitely one of the better easier to find versions of the style out there. This doesn't go quite as deep as some of the tops in the style but is still an extremely solid look for those needing a Stout fix.

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

Pours slow and thick with a pitch black color. One inch dark tan head. Nose is smooth and creamed. Not very strong or overpowering. Flavor is thick with an even roasted malt edge. Very sweet tone to it, and the alcohol peeks out a bit with it. Seems a bit too sweet, but it is still even and good. Feel is very good. Creamy and smooth, even though the liquid is thick like most anything else. Drinkable? Well. It is almost TOO thick and almost TOO sweet. Between this and the Oaked Yeti, I’ll take the Oak. Even without going back to read my review of the latter, I can still remember the awesome complexities and how overall it kicked ass. This one is good, but when you’ve got a bigger brother who’s more accomplished, it is harder to compete.

Photo of jlindros
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is quite an older bottle, old label, maybe 3-4 years old at this point, but there's no date that I can see.

Pours a darker colored creamy mocha head that barely covers the top, then fades at a decent pace that tries to leave lacing but the lacing also slides down the glass with some decent legs, and a super pitch black beer.

Nose brings tons of chocolate, dark chocolate and cocoa, baker's choc as well, some older soft aged malts and dusty cocoa, dark malts with a little roast and hint of char, just a hint of oxidation, lots of oats too, slight fluffy nougat like aroma and some caramel.

Taste starts rich and creamy, a bit of a luscious melting chocolate, baker's chocolate and dark chocolate, cocoa, a little caramel and fluffy nougat. Some dry cocoa dust and a little cereal like grain, some creamy oats. Mild warming booze still with a bit of a booze flavor even, and mild oxidation again but barely. Also that soft aged malt character, the dark aged malt, with mild roast and char, and quite dark malts and touch of fudge. It also still has a bit of an earthy hop character but not a lot left after the age. Finish is a little syrupy and sticky, creamy dark chocolate and cocoa lingering, little fudge still lingering, bit more earthy spicy hops.

Mouth is fuller bod, a little creamy and lush but lighter than I expected, lighter but decent carb, hint of warming booze.

Overall interesting, def need to try it again fresh and review notes, but a nice aged feel to it and still very tasty.

Photo of Slatetank
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to Phatz for allowing me to taste this fine ale out of a snifter side by side with the Oak aged Yeti.

A - Pitch Black with a healthy tan head. It appears dense, opaque and has highlight of darkness swirling underneath it all.

S - Berry and bittersweet chocolate aromas dark and roasted scents emanate

T - Rich, luscious, tip of the tonque tannic likened to a ruby red center enveloped in malt.

M - Candied nuts, berry and prune flavors are apparent. The essence of pine hop flavors and mild grapefruit bitterness up front with sweet roasty malts in the finish.

D - not highly quaffable due to the gravity, but luscious and intense to say the least. One to sip and savor for all of it fullness and depth

Photo of russpowell
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours ink black with a 4 finger plus choclate colored foamy head. Very good head retention and insane lacing

Smell: Malt, sweetness, licorice and choclate

Taste: Vinous character, with hops, bitter choclate, coffee, and slight rye taste (i dig that). Hop and grain bitterness, dryness and alcohol in the finish

MF: Super chewy, excellent carbonation

A little to chewy to do more than one, but well worth the struggle. Not a lawnmower brew by any means!

Nice cocklewarmer. Another winner from great divide. Spring is fast approaching here, will soon be too warm for these monsters. Catch em before he retreats to the highground! Can't wait to try the oakaged version

Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is obviously an older bottle, as it has the old colorful mountain logo instead of the new drab brown one. Served in my Red Hook pint class.

A - Three fingers of late-rising dark mocha-brown foam that dissipates very, very slowly. Glass-coating lacing. Black. No light gets through this bad boy. Looks kind of evil actually...

S - Roasted malts, rum-soaked dark fruits, brown sugar, semi-sweet chocolate. Big smell, and superbly hidden alcohol. This bottle seems to be older, as the hoppiness is quite subdued, with only light floral notes peaking through.

T - Taste has a little more roasty bitterness and a touch of coffee. There's significantly less of the dark fruit sweetness. The finish is mostly burnt sugar and leaves an aftertaste that I don't care for all that much. Again, a touch of floral hoppiness peaks out just before the finish. A solid but somewhat unsophisticated RIS.

M - Very soft texture, big body that supports the ABV well. Lower carbonation and tons of residual stickiness. It's pretty much everything an RIS should have.

D - I'd be afraid to drink a bomber of this by myself - thankfully my wife is helping me tonight. The taste is good, but not complex enough to warrant consuming 22oz. Alcohol is well hidden, and only a slight warming hints to the mounting intoxication. The thick body makes it slow going, but thankfully it goes down smooth and easy.

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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

About time I reviewed the base beer for all of those exciting spinoffs that everyone is creaming about.

Beer is black and forms an irresponsibly large head of brown bubbles, small that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. It looks fine.

Aroma is sweet with alcohol and some coffee / roasted notes. Smells fine.

Medium to full body, slightly hot strong roast in the back. There is no aftertaste but the roasted malt flavors linger for a while on the palate. I don't feel the rarity in this beer like I felt in the barrel aged version but I may like this one better. Don't believe the hype. I prefer this to the other versions by a lot.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought it was springtime, here in early March, but, look outside at all the falling snow, andI think it's time to escape into a comforting bottle of Imperial Stout!
Appearance: solid black color, dark as the Devil's skidmark's, with a lush, bubbly roasted, dark tan head...beautiful, can't wait to lift it to my lips, ah, but first, to smell...
Aroma: bittersweet espresso, rich cocoa, creamy, delicious, toasty, tasty, with further sensations of anise, molasses, dark rum, just lingering in association.
Taste: Ah! That's what I like! Full-on flavor, thick mouthfeel, rich, tasty, coating the entire palate with this dark delight, a chocolatey paradise in the mouth.
Not too heavy, either, not too overwhelming, not too dominated by alcohol, though it does slowly make it's presence felt, this is an exceptionally drinkable IS, almost surprisingly so. Even at 9.9%, it's not knocking me over the head with booze, not even halfway into this bomber, the integration is so perfect, it seems. Flavor never ends, and stews on the palate for nearly an eternity, for as long as it takes to enjoy this beer, which might be forever.
Were I a Coloradan, I'd stock up severely on this brew, and as I'm not, I can only lay back and enjoy it just this once!
Like a blissfully bewitching Butterfingers in the mouth, this one, and not about to overtake any in my Pantheon of Imperial Stouts, it admirably takes up the rear!
Vast, ne'er ending thanks to prAna!

Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looking at the label,it says bottled on March 11, 2011. I should have waited two more days for its second anniversary! Very dark, with a nice beige head and plenty of lacing in the Ommegang chalice. A pleasant aroma of toasted fruitbread and burnt raisins.

Flavors of licorice and a little smoke. You could imagine this as a black, oily Scottish Ale. Rather bitter in the aftertaste. A lot of malt, but it tastes mostly burnt and dark roasted. This is a more austere and glowering style without much sweetness. It's possible that any residual sugar has vanished with the aging, but there is not trace of unwanted bacterial flavors, so it's a bonus for Great Divide.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at Liticker's Liquor & Deli in Ocean Beach.

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

I've had this several times over the years, just never reviewed it for some reason.
Opaque black color with a finger or so of frothy mocha head; decent retention and lacing. Typical stout qualities in the nose, dark roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, and additionally, some definite hops notes. More of the same in the taste, roast, sweet malts, coffee and bakers' chocolate, caramel, resinous hop notes contributing a lasting bitterness, with a somewhat mineral aftertaste. Body is on the fuller side of medium. It's not an out-of-this-world stout, but it's a solid brew and quite drinkable overall. It makes a good base beer for some of GD's more adventurous selections.

Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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