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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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1,706 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,706
Hads: 5,009
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 16.11%
Wants: 282
Gots: 894 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003

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Reviews: 1,706 | Hads: 5,009
Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown hue with a one and a half finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a lightly sweet malt with hints of raisins and prunes. A subtle smokiness as well.

The taste consisted of clean malts with raisin and dark fruit flavor elements. There was a very nice toasted grain toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was full and very chewy.

Overall a very good and suprisingly clean RIS. Very drinkable.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.


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Photo of vfgccp
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

March 2011 bottle. Opened July 2014.

A - Solid, almost bowling ball black body. Creamy milk chocolate head has great retention and lace.

S - An excellent nose, sweet and chocolately. Malted milk balls, deep milk chocolate, chestnuts, touch of burt coffee.

T - Opens smooth, bold, and round with milk chocolate, dark roast coffee, and thick caramel. The center drops out a little, but features nice roast grain and molasses flavors. Really nice dry roast finish.

M - Smooth with a light, well balanced carbonation. Medium-full body with a great coating on the back end.

O - Really enjoyable, and arguably the best of the entire series.

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

Poured an amazing pitch black color and formed a nice huge foamy dark head that stuck around and left me thinking of some decedant float experiment gone wrong. It finally decided to diminish, leaving a lactice of lace etched on the side of the glass. The aroma was malt, coffee, chocolate and a touch of raisin. A flavor of malt, coffee and chocolate with a body a touch light for this style. Great finish and the oak aged was even better.

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Photo of wl0307
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from a very good Britain-based beer shop, "Beers of Europe", through on-line order; tasted during a horizontal tasting of two American RIS, the other one being the Flying Dog's "Gonzo Imperial Porter" (F). Coming in a 355ml, slim dark brown bottle, BB 08/2008, served cool in Hapkin's bulb-shaped sniffer.

A: the colour is totally black, while the 3cm-thick dark khaki brown head retains the creamy texture ever so well, leaving tight lacing as it retreats slowly. Carbonation is pretty much a mystery, as I really can't see any in the pitch-black soup...
S: a potent, decent sourness of fat black prunes pairs with the rich roasted malts, well-tuned aromatic citric+flowery American hops and vanilla-ish sweet woods just perfectly. A slightly stinky bitter-sweet, miraculous note as of chocolates, soy-sauce plus blue cheese hides in the background. A good swirl brings out some alcoholic touches and spicy notes. At 9.5%abv., the nose is bolder and slightly more alcoholic than (F), but overall a beautiful balance is retained as is the commendable, understated complexity.
T: marvellous bitter-sweet jammy-dark-fruits + chocolate-fudge + sweet coffee-ish malts prevail upfront, followed by a semi-aggressive flow of bitter hops in the middle, then the spicy aftertaste develops on top of chicory, apricot, and bitter grapefruity aromatic undertone that lingers in the end. The roasty flavour is not so heavy as the oily maltiness, but lingers nicely in the very back of the tongue, then slips down the throat as well...
M&D: full-bodied, superbly soft on the carbonation, and mellow, with all flavours to offer but not OTT on the overall balance. The alc. does catch up, after all, but not in an intrusive manner. As this ale is tasted right after (F), I can't help thinking this is a more potent version of RIS, endowed with a bolder hop profile and more assertive roastiness from the malts. Hops are big and juicy but firmly in the parameter of the malty influence. All in all, this is a fantastic RIS that I'd love to savour just once in several months...

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated April 2007.

A - Black, viscous chocolate syrup with a faint brown ring and a glimpse of light at the base.

S - Dark raisins, dried figs, sweet chocolate, rubbing alcohol, touch of roasty wood.

T - Bittered chocolate upfront, slightly warming alcohol and chewy malts. Sweet milk sugar and chocolate with a balance of some hops thrown in. Bitter on the back of the tongue.

M - Syruppy smooth and soft. This one is viscous with some mild carbonation in there. A dry finish.

O - At 9.5% this imperial stout has aged nicely, slight warmth and a full body and mouth of flavor. All youd want from this style of beer. A great stout.

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

Pours with a one-finger brown head that fades slowly and leaves some lace. Totally black color. Medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is roasted coffee. Starts sweeter than their Maverick Imperial Stout, finish is a smooth coffee/chocolate flavor. The high ABV is not noticeable. $6.30 for a 22 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma

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

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours an inky black body that is opaque with no sign of carbonation. The head is a dark creamy brown head that last for a bit and then turns into a thin film.

S- The smell of deep roasted grain has an earthy, coffee hint to it with a slight sweet creamy hint. The finish has a nice green floral hop note to it.

T- This beer has lots of dark malt layers. Notes of graham cracker and roasted barley blend with some molasses and prune/raisin hints. The finish has a nice hop bitterness that is enhanced by a faint alcohol hint.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with some slippery texture. No alcohol warmth or overt fizz.

D- This beer has lots of nice dark malt flavors and aromas. It is very smooth and the hops are really nice balance of the not-to-sweet-not-to-dry body.

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

Poured into a Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark, opaque brown, appearing black in the glass. Thin brown head with good retention and light lacing. Good Russian imperial stout aroma of toasted malt, chocolate, dark dried fruit and a hint of coffee. Flavor follows aroma, with well integrated dark toasted malt, chocolate and light brown sugar and dark dried fruit. Finishes with toasted malt and a perfect hop kick. Medium bodied with creaminess. A very nicely integrated, flavorfull RIS that has been a long time favorite. I was surprised to see that I had never reviewed this before. A standby, favorite stout.

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Photo of aasher
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours an oily midnight black with a ever so light dark, dark khaki head that quickly dissipates and laces the glass. It smells of sweet milk chocolate and dark roasted malts. It tastes very sweet. The flavors include milk chocolate, light coffee, possibly some oak and some vanilla. It is a little too sweet for my liking. The mouthfeel is the best aspect. Like a lot of Great Divide's beers, this one has a thick, soapy mouthfeel to it that coats the mouth. It goes down smoothly but is just too sweet to drink multiples of at once. Solid beer, not great.

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Photo of akorsak
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a bomber of Yeti (non-oak aged). Heretofore I've only had the oak-aged version, so I am anxious to dig in. The stout is slightly chilled.

A: The stout is pitch black, nothing is getting through this baby. There is a very nice head that laces quite well.

S: The stout has a bit of coffee in the nose, providing a nice kick. There are several big smells at play here: deep roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, even some buttery aroma.

T: The hops provide a vibrant change of pace in this beer. The oak aged version masks the hops a bit, here they are allowed to roam free. They grab the taste buds up front and shake 'em up a bit before giving way to the roasted character.

M: The ale is robust and intense with quite an assault on the palate.

D: This ale is quite good, I much prefer it to the oak-aged version. A very good West Coast hopped stout, although the abv is limiting.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: entirely black with a very thick, very dark, slowly dissipating head.

Smell: it started off with the heady aroma of alcohol and evergreen forest. After a little bit, I got a nice chocolate smell mixed in there. I'll say it again: heady.

Taste: heavy. Coffee and bitter hops abound. Some bright fruitiness mixed in there; I want to say notes almost of cherry and raspberry. I feel that if I were a more patient guy, I could study this beer all evening.

Mouthfeel: thick. Not yet syrupy, but this is one heavy mother. Carbonation is relatively low.

Drinkability: this is a hard one to score. It might be eminently drinkable as imperial stouts go, but it isn't really a session beer. Actually, *one* of these is a session.

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Photo of corby112
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours adark black with a nthick coffee colored head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and sugar. Tastes of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee and smoe dark berries. Has a very smooth taste in which the high alcohol content is nicely masked.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

dark black pour with a creamy brown head. smell of chocolate and roasty malts and quite in your face and big. real rich. taste of burnt bittersweet chocolate and a lot of roasty notes. very true to style and drinkable. body is almost full and carbonation is very on point. its definitely a great beer. recommended.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great looking stout, near pitch-black, totally opaque, with a huge dark tan head that has excellent retention and leaves solid lacing.

Nose is full of prominent chocolate, with coffee and rich malt underneath.

Delicious flavor has more concentrated chocolaty notes than most other beers that say “chocolate” on the label. Rich, moderately sweet, with an underlying bitterness but not an overly forceful hoppiness, something I appreciated. I feel at times an aggressive hop character can overwhelm the other flavors in a stout and this beer doesn’t do that at all. A touch of coffee character and spice in here too.

Medium full-bodied but not super viscous. Just the right amount of chewiness but not over-the-top. Easy to drink for the style without much in the way of apparent alcohol. Carbonation is moderate, just right to give it a little life but not making it overly fizzy. Lingering finish of rich bittersweet chocolate and a trace of the underlying hops.

Wow, this will definitely become one of my go-to beers in the future, it’s easy to find and nicely priced. Can’t wait to try all the Yeti variations now!

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

A: Pours pitch black with a dark brown large thick head. Dissipates into really nice lacings.

S: Roasted chocolate malt and bitter hops, some floral ones as well. Coffeenotes.

T: Chocolate and coffee dominates over everything else. Some vanilla and some bitterhops is noticable, though.

M: Full bodied, moderatly carbonated brew with a long bitter full aftertaste.

D: This is really nice. You can enjoy a bottle for a very long time - it takes it's time!

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a viscose pitch coal in the glass with a monsterous 3 finger plus creamy, cinnamon sugar colored head that displayed an extraordinary retention while leaving splotchy, broken concentric circles all the down for a lacing. A very nice coloring and head retention as well lacing gives this a very brooding appearance worthy of its name.

S: a fresh, roasty nature with deep chocolate, with a citrusy-pine hopping that truly dominated the senses. A beautiful dark roasty maltiness, with dried kindling, and a milky chocolate sweetness compliments and adds highlights to the helping dose of hoppiness blending well to provide a rich, smooth experience.

T: The flavor was as roasty as the nose led you to believe, with a milky creamer sweetness. Bitter citrus, strong freshly roasted coffee beans smoothers the tongue while a light lingering burnt woodiness adds campfire minerality to the mix. The hopping was bitter and earthy, with dried pine, while a roasted lacing and chalkiness closes things out. Overall the flavor was rich and robust and very bitter. Some may say this was a little over hopped per style distracting from the usual dark maltiness per style, but I thought this was refreshing, unique, and the hops complimented the dark brooding malting adding only layers of complexity making this an very good, and thus unusual drink per style that pushes the envelope.

M: creamy and full bodied, very softly accented with little carbonation which adds to the fullness and smoothness. The finish finds a bitter and chalky ending with a warming alcohol presence.

D: A very robust, hearty, and bitter imperial stout with an unusual west coast hopping that actually works really well here. Lives up to its billing and name starting strong, and finishes even stronger. A bomber is enough to fill one up and is like a meal in every bottle, sure to satisfy malt and hop wise making this a sure repeater in the future and great standard to measure up to.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.47/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased somewhere in VA, one of many things gathered at either Vienna Whole Foods, Norm's, or Westpark Wine & Beer.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a big-bubbled (in places), uneven 1/4" dark brown head over the black brew. What head there is stays as is, but no lacing at all. Aroma is of sweet, dark malts and alcohol. Flavor is similar to the nose, but the coffee flavor is more pronounced. Mouthfeel is okay, but the bitterness is somewhat off-putting, and I wish there was some semblence of carbonation happening here. Drinkability is limited by same. Ok stout, but had higher hopes...

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Photo of Derek
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yeti is pitch black with a large, light brown head. The body of the head is very thick and creamy. Retention is good, but not as high as expected. Aroma is of very pungent hop atop a very rich malt smell. Chocolate is the most noted of the malt aromas. Taste is similar to the aroma: very rich and very hoppy. A thick, oily hop flavor combines piney and citrussy elements nicely and is first noted in a sip. Bitterness is high. Dark, rich malt flavors soon roll in with flavors of espresso, chocolate, and roast. An overall creamy sweetness is noted as well. Throughout a sip strong hop flavors compete with and usually beat out the malts for domination. The layers of flavor are amazing. Finish is sweet and creamy with a touch of alcohol. This is a big, badass double stout and is easily the hoppiest that I've sampled. Highly recommended!

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Photo of puboflyons
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 22 oz. bottle marked Bottled on Oct. 03 2011. Sampled on February 29, 2012 - Leap Day. A special beer for a special day I guess. It pours black as a moonless night with loads of fluffy, mocha head that slowly simmers down but never disappears totally. Chocolate malts and coffee take center stage with the aroma as well as a bit of yeast and a drip of forest green pine hops. The body is bold yet also very smooth. The taste is much like the aroma with a notable chocolate presence but an incredibly bitter and dry hop finale. Nicely balanced.

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

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!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Wilbur's in Ft Collins for US$5.99

It pours from 22oz bottle a very dark brown, almost black, and it has a very nice tannish head of foam to go with it. The foam stays right through the session as a solid thin layer and it has some nice sticky lacing.

The smell is complex. I get lots of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, toffee and a touch of vanilla. It's been years since I've last had this and I forgot how well of a nose it had.

The taste is complex as the nose. Big caramel malt is the first thing I notice but I can also tast some dark chocolate and coffee and there's a nice fruity kick to it as well...black cherries comes to mind. And oh yeah, I get some warming with the swallow but hey, it's a pretty strong character at 9.5% so I kind of expected it. Nice, slow sips and I'll be alright. ;^)

It has a great mouthfeel to it and the carbo is lightly done...good combination for an RIS in my book. Btw, the hops are there as well and it gives the brew a nice bitter punch most notably in the finish. Very nice brew and 1 I'd visit again more often now that I'm reaquainted with it.

Bottom line: An excellent example of the style and I highly recommend it!

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Photo of cjgator3
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from it's 22oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a thick pitch black with a tannish brown head. Aroma consists of a vast array of flavors that range from dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, molasses and alcohol. Taste is dark and almost burnt malt and chocolate that make way for the long roasty bitter finish in which the hops peak their head out to say hello. This is a big complex beer that should be treated as one especially considered it's high ABV. Overall, this is a wonderful Imperial Stout that is strongly recommended.

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

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

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,706 ratings.