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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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1,704 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,704
Hads: 5,000
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 16.11%
Wants: 277
Gots: 884 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 1,704 | Hads: 5,000
Photo of Mora2000
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/4/09 and consumed 3/4/10.

Pours black with a brown head. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, rum and dark fruit. The flavor is roasted/burnt malt with chocolate. There is a nice amount of hop bitterness at the end. The aftertaste is highly roasted almost burnt malt. Thick mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation.

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottle dated Feb 7th 2011.

Giant huge head, super super DARK brown and fist full sized. Body is black BLACK as midnight, liquid motor oil but not as thick and viscous, out of the bottle. Rock hard, big headed, dark as night... looks great.

Smell is a great chocolate malt with that chewy grain sensation. Real simple, real soild, just good. Little bit of heat gives a feel of almost wood grain.

Taste is just right. Nice just right mouthfeel, with a good malty chocolate like backbone. Small hint of tobacco, almost hoppy finish strangely. Dense and thick but not syrupy.

Overall yeah man it's another yeti winner this flagship and it's variations just can't seem to do wrong.

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Photo of Billolick
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle w/o any freshness indication. Pours jet black, with a dark tan head, and leaving fine, longlasting and scattered lacing. Nose is all about rum soaked raisins, honey rolls and hazelnut-vanilla coffee. Rich, bold, flavorfull brew, loaded with notes of rum, coffee, maple etc, etc. Top quality sipper. 9.5% hid expertly. Wish I had bought two bottles!

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at union jacks pub, 9oz serving

A- Yeti came to me with a 1/2 inch tan mocha head that dissipated quick. Yeti had a deep burnt black look to it. What it left was a sparce pattern of thin foam on the surface. No lacing to be seen.

S- Roasted malt goodness with a nice burnt aspect. Some cream and milky scents giving off some faint vanilla. Chocolate malts also with some hops in the background with a smell of alcohol.

T- A lot of sweet and roasty malts are detected first along with the creamy flavors resembling chocolate milk. Some coffee presence with a twinge of espresso. Earthy hops towards the end leaving a roasty and dry taste together.

M-Rich and full leaving some alcohol heat behind. A nice amount of carb with a somewhat slick feel to it as it goes down. This is my first time having this on tap and it really improves from the bottle version.

D- The creaminess and milk chocolate within yeti is my favorite aspect of the taste, which came out more on tap. At 9.5% this is nowhere near sessionable but I would drink a few if i had enough courage. A very nice RIS from great divide.

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Photo of Gavage
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours black in color with a thick tan colored head. The head lasted quite a while.

Smell: tons of chocolate and roasted malts, with some bitterness lingering in the background.

Taste: thick roasted malts, strong chocolate, mild coffee, pepper, alcohol, and a strong bitterness. Wonderfully balanced and mouth watering.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth at the start and finish. Aftertaste is long on the roasted flavors and chocolates.

Drinkability: nice drinkability, more than one bottle can be enjoyed in an evening. Must buy this one.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Kate the Great snifter. Bottled 1/28/2011.

Appearance - Inky black with a small mocha head off a vigorous pour. Nothing retained and only a ring of foam. Looks nicely viscous, though.

Smell - Chocolate and vegetal hops. Really intense on both counts. The chocolate is nice but the hops become grassy and even a bit chemical in nature. Smells like Pine Sol.

Taste - Strong hops again in the flavor, but they aren't as grassy and herbal. They definitely blend thoroughly with a more impressive chocolate and coffee roasted malt. Not all that sweet, but I wonder if I'd notice given all the hops. Needless to say, it has a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Good mouthfeel, despite all the flavors I don't love. Maybe not as thick as I'd expect considering how it looks, but still medium-heavy.

Overall - I don't get why this is so well regarded. I can think of quite a few readily available RIS's that are much better than this. I'm interested to see how the various treatments of this taste.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this pours with an incredibly rich and frothy full brown colored head. The beer itself is, of course an opaque pitch black color. The aroma is quite surprising, it is not very strong at all, and after my first sniff nothing has really jumped out at me, perhaps a hint of port. It smells a bit of musty mild cheese, a hint of roasted coffee notes, and some alcohol, but that is it. The taste... well now, that is what I am expecting. All the power of this beer concentrates itself in the taste, after all what does a Yeti need with aromatics, it doesn't want to be tracked down. The taste is full and creamy up front with concentrated notes of espresso and a solid hop bitterness in the finish. This beer is thick and viscous, just like it should be. The malty sweetness is hidden by the deep roast malt notes. I get notes of burnt caramel, leather, charcoal, burnt raisins, and dark chocolate. This is a good example of an Imperial stout, but like a brute it is nice and simple, but still packs a powerful wallop of roasted grain flavors.

This is certainly enjoyable, and I am quite glad that the beer is quite a bit more flavorable than the aroma suggests, perhaps my schnozz is not working quite as well as it should be.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The long awaited arrival of Great Divide has finally hit Southern California. That's cool. And right here I've got a Yeti. Food pairing: NY steak, Bleu de Basque, vanilla cheesecake, artisan chocolate. Are Lindt milk chocolate truffles an artisan chocolate, because that's what I have. So on to the beer:

As black as obsidian, dark tanned head with good lacing and fine retention. There's something beautiful in the nose, because I am falling for it. There's blackstrap molasses, roasted coffee, licorice, little bits of fruitiness <smiles>.

This is a tasty guy. Modests amounts of hoppiness pop out of the strong base flavor of roasted coffee beans. A little smokiness that is provided proves pleasant. Alcohol doesn't show up to play on the palate. This is a well structured stout, and a bite of the truffle makes the pairing a success. It's on the heavy side in feel, though not super thick and gloppy. The glass is emptying faster and faster, which is a good sign in this case.

I've had other Great Divide beers before, and ons I've tried are good quality. Chalk Yeti in there too. In fact, I prefer this regular version over the oak aged variety (heresy!). Welcome to Cali, Yeti.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into pint glass. Very dark, like a Guinness but with a darker and 'gooey' head. Looks like a Yeti.
Smell of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Had a bit dark fruit. Raisin, molasses.
Tastes of chocolate and coffee dominate. Roasted malt and toasted biscuit. black plum, some raisin, black strap leather. Goodness
Easy drinking once you get used to it. Looks thicker than it tastes, drink at cellar temp.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this back to back to Old Rasputin and the czar is a touch better. I'm first hit by a clean grainy, pale malts aroma back up by cocoa. Definitely less bitterness and smoother than OR, but that's not necessarily good or bad. There a little citrus rind from hops hidden in the back. Flavor grows as the beer warms, but like OR I never found a fantastic complexity. It drinks smooth for the strength, but it's still thick and a bit tough to finish.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, bought at the Walnut Liquorette, in Walnut, CA,

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a medium brown head, which leaves some lacing, good retention, looks a lot like a beer milkshake.

S: Coffee grounds, chocolate, alcohol, robust smell, with typical RIS scents.

T: Get a lot of coffee on the first sip, mocha, some burnt sugar, and then one gets an underlying milk chocolate character which I feel is major taste in this beer.

M: Smooth, robust, creamy, thick, chewy, very good for an RIS.

D: This is a good RIS, but not like the Oak-Aged version, which was great. This one is kind of rough around the edges, tasty and solid as a beer, and of this style, but I have to go with the Oak if I'm comparing the 2.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.15/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The first beer on my 4th July American beer evening. Poured into a 'Forbidden Fruit' chalice.

Darker than a dark night on a moonless hill, a deep tan coloured head sat on top of the smouldering body. The head however soon left leaving a thin collar around the glass.

The aroma was of rich fruitcake, slightly burnt or overcooked, baked plums were also in the smell.

The taste was of dry burnt caramel, with the hops adding to the dryness. As the beer warmed, it appeared to lose some of its dryness, but it was still pretty dry to me.

Over hopped and to much alcohol for me. I am no expert on Imperial Stouts, but if this typical, then they obviously aren't my cup of tea.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great Divide : Yeti

LOOK: Pours a dark brown color with a deep tan head. This beer is ominous looking, in a good way. Leaves some lace on the glass. Totally opaque, there is no light getting through the Yeti.

SMELL: The aroma really gets better after it warms slightly. Chocolate, coffee and deeply roasted malts make for a pretty good nose.

TASTE: Outstandingly malty and actually quite bitter. Some chocolate malt flavor, with a good helping of hoppy acidity and subtle pine flavor. Coffee notes are in the finish. The alcohol has mild spicyness, but far from omnipresent. Halfway through the draft I can sense the Yeti has great strength.

FEEL: Full bodied but quite smooth. Chewy malt flavor does not want to let go.

OVERALL: The base beer for many Yeti spinoff brews from this brewer, there's just something about this beer that screams "Age me in Bourbon barrels". Still quite nice, a fine beer in its own right actually.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night, absolutely opaque. It has a thick pancake head that is tan and disappears pretty quickly but leaves great lacing. The smell is of rum soaked raisins, dark chocolate, prunes, licorice, port wine and a finish of cocoa. The alcohol is definitely noticeable, but its more in the nose than the taste. The taste is wonderful. A perfect blend of roasty flavors, creamy mouthfeel, and chocolate and dark fruit with brandyish overtones. Wonderful flavors very well balanced, and with a big finish. Big but smooth and creamy mouthfeel. For the high abv and big flavors,its still quite drinkable.

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Photo of Zorro
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained in trading with RustyDiamond.

Dense black colored beer with an equally dense yellowish brown colored head that doesn't diminish very quickly at all.

The smell is sweet with lots of chocolate and fig aromas. There is a boozy scent here of raisin and plum like Korean plum wine. There is a little chocolate and coffee in the scent but in this RIS it is very understated.

The taste begins sweet with chocolate liqueur and patent malt finish. Definite ethanol in the taste and the taste of carob, which to me doesn't taste like chocolate. Lots of patent malt flavor but it isn't as complex as I had hoped.

The mouthfeel is good.

OK in the drinkability but I really expected more, especially since I like the oak-aged version so much. This is just OK, what it lacks is subtle flavors and layers.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle shared at woodshop 5.1

Poured a deep dark brown with maroon highlights with a finger of head that left good blotchy lacing on the glass. I got roasted malts and chocolate aromas with hints of coffee and faint hop notes. Up front the taste was chocolaty with a roasted malts and a nice hop bite that had coffee and earthy woody accents. The beer was full bodied with a low amount of carbonation that had a silky slight sweet but bitter finish. Pretty decent RIS from great divide that drank quite well. I would definitely want to try out the other variations of this brew.

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Photo of weeare138
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gadzooks! This one is potent and I like a lot about it.
It appears black as night with plenty of bubbly brown head. Almost looks like a draft beer in the glass after being poured from my 22 oz bomber. The smell is really nice. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, coffee and creaminess coming through with a hint of the alcohol that lays beneath. Plenty of carbonation and lots of lacing for the entire duration of enjoyment.
Tastes very good. Smooth, creamy and full bodied flavor explosion in my mouth. Finishes real well with a nice balance of hops complementing the sweetness to this delicious brew. I'd be able to have maybe two of these in one night. Mighty tastey but like I said, this one is potent.

Finger licking good!

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Photo of biegaman
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The blackest thing on Earth? Probably. And that includes a freakishly dark head that is almost more black than brown. Suds flourish in that creamy mocha-coloured mousse, which admirably relents none in the face of time. The lacing it leaves glints with a whole spectrum of colour and is thick and thorough enough you'd need a snow brush to clear it off.

The aroma - which is indeed the beer writ large - is like a blend of coffee liqueur, chocolate liqueur and, if such a thing should exist, hop liqueur. It has everything dark and decadent possible plus a piny, spruce-y, outright spicy hoppiness to boot. It's like they burned down some kind of marvelous, mythical, magical forest and dipped it in 85% cocoa chocolate.

The taste emulates the nose note for note. Thank God for that. Mocha and black forest cakes, served alongside shots of rich espresso and chocolate liqueur, makes for the most tremendously decadent dessert. And that's to mention the lesser flavours of cigar, black licorice and dark berries drizzled in a balsamic reduction. This is sinfully decadent.

The mouthfeel belongs in a hall of fame somewhere, and on the walls of an art gallery, and on the city's most expensive dessert menu, and in the sermon of a preacher, and in university textbooks. How does one engineer something so seamlessly cohesive out of so many standout individual pieces? It is a work of the most skilled and audacious brewer.

Piny, prickly hops abound to such an extent that I can feel them under my skin. The beer is as chocolaty-malty rich as any of the world's strongest or highest-rated imperial stouts but is at least thrice as drinkable than the majority. It is smooth like heavy cream and has a slick, oily-bitter aftertaste. The alcohol hides in plain sight; it is sensed but never tasted.

Feel free to travel across the country, shell out for rare barrel-aged variations, spend hours in line-ups, cram like sardines into limited release parties or blow hundreds of dollars on Ebay but you're not likely to find anything better than the Yeti (or any of its spin-offs for that matter). This is one of the unrivaled series in the whole of American craft brewing.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted side-by-side with the Oak Aged Yeti.

Bottled on date: December 21/09

Poured in to brandy snifter.

A - Dark brown/black in colour with a small amount of espresso coloured head.

S - Chocolate with some coffee and sweet molasses and licorice in the background. A nice, complex nose.

T - The nose is reversed in the taste: heavy coffee flavour with some chocolate. No discernible alcohol taste. Some sweet molasses and bitter hops in the background.

M - medium body, some carbonation.

D - A very good RIS. The hops become more prevalent as I continue to drink this & it is a little hoppier than I like for a RIS, but otherwise an excellent beer.

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

A - Pours a black color, nice carbonation, nice dark tan foamy head, nice lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of sweet/roasted malts, and toffee.

T - The taste is kinda sweet and bitter, with a nice toffee flavor.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. This is an exceptional RIS from GD.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted side-by-side the Yeti and the Oak Aged Yeti. Both purchased at K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, and brought back to Australia to drink with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

This one pours a deep black, with twinges of brown only with the influence of the head. Lacing is sudsy but solid, and the bead is incredibly fine. Yellowish brown head. It looks great. Really lovely.

Nose is sweet and dark, with big characters of aniseed and liquorice to go pleasantly with the roasty notes of dark malt and char. A little bit denser than the oak-aged version, which brings in big organic characters. It's the better for it, I feel, giving a true robust and distinguished sweet and roasted stout character. Lovely.

Deep and rich, and really pleasantly sweet American Impy Stout characters here. Lots of toasted coconut and chocolate sweetness, but with a huge backup of roasty, charred grains to give it body and that back-palate bitterness. Smooth vanilla notes come through deviously to entice you for another sip, where you can be pummeled with flavour yet again.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, like melted chocolate. Divine.

I loved this beer. This is a fantastic American Imperial Stout. I'm surprised that side-by-side I preferred this to the oak-aged version, which blends better but doesn't have the raw power and robustness of this one. That's what I'm looking for in the style.

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Photo of John_M
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at RFD in DC today.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is impressive, with coffee grounds, dark chocolate, licorise, and some noticeable underlying hoppy bitterness. As a result, there's a very impressive sweet and bitter aroma profile going on. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this complex beer, though I thought it was dominated by flavors of licorise, dark chocolate and cherry vanilla. Still, what's really striking is the underlying hoppy bitterness in this beer, which counters the considerable sweetness in this beer rather well. Mouthfeel is full bodied, with a long sweet and bitter finish. Drinkability isn't bad, though the obvious high alcohol, sweetness and licorise detract just a bit. Still, while this beer is very much a sipper, it's nevertheless quite impressive and delicious.... a very easy to appreciate and enjoy beer from Great Divide. Excellent!

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Photo of Duff27
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Thin mocha head on a dark brown/black beer. Low head retnetion, spotty lacing.

S- Whiffs of sweet chocolate.

T- Deep chocolate notes with some coffee thrown in. Booziness suggest near 10%abv.

M- One the thicker side for a mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

D-O- Perhaps the best widely-available imperial stout, at least around these parts. Has everything you'd look for...chocolate, coffee, roastiness. Thanks coylefoto.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,704 ratings.