Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

1,773 Reviews
Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An onslaught of the senses. It starts with big, roasty malt flavor that gives way to rich caramel and toffee notes. YETI gets its bold hop character from an enormous quantity of American hops.

Added by cokes on 08-09-2003

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Photo of jtierney89
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rich and black with no opaqueness whatsoever. Dirty brown head. Smells of slight charcoal, alcohol, chocolate and coffee. Some piney hops resonate to the back of the nostrils as well.

Lacing is amazing.

Caramel and burnt coffee and black bitter chocolate malt backbone which is massive. Its balanced nicely with a burnt bitter malt presence as well as a good deal of hops that attack and destory any malty sweetness. Beautifully balanced with tons and tons of perfectly layered flavors. Simply fantastic.

Big thick and chewy mouthfeel. Such a big body.

The flavors are abundant and complex and leave you craving another sip each time you drink to find more hidden beauty within the beer.

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

22 ounce bomber drank from a large wine glass. This beer was bottled in late Febtuary. It is now early May.

A - Very black with brown lacey brown foam.

S - Piney hops, roasted aroma, "dark fruit", alcohol.

T - Throw out the book - this beer screams "to know me is to love me." I'm sold. First of all, this is a HOPPY imperial stout. Hops flavor is big and really colors the flavor filling in any potential mild spots. There's nothing understated about this beer.

M - Big and silky. Great body. A mouth is not enough - if I were wealthy I'd swim in this beer.

D - A total pleasure.

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

My first beer that I give a perfect score. Nice rich chocolate, coffee, vanilla to the nose and with a slight berry scent at the end. Beautiful mouth feel from start to finish with no excessive bitterness. Beautiful brown/black with a chocolatey head which disappears quickly. Bought this while on a trip on impulse and I am so glad I did! Bottled almost a year ago. Fandamntastic!

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

A 650 ml poured into a wide wine glass.
A: Light doesn't go through my glass, looks really dark, thick and creamy. The head is dark brown and stays long. Really nice lacing on the glass.
S: Lots and lots of grain, the malt smell wonderful. Alcohol blends nicely into the overal smell.
T: The balance of the malt richness and the presence of alcohol is amazing. Some cofee and cacao beans.
M: This is a full body beer, pass it beteen the teeth and you feel the greatness of this brew.
D: Very powerful, very drinkable. Have to be a liitlle careful, this baby can knock you out.

This is my first Great Divide beer, and I can tell by the taste and complexity of the mighty Yeti that this brewery has awesome things for my palate.

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Photo of PhillyJ
5/5  rDev +18.5%

This is the standard against which all imperial stouts shall be judged! Are there better well yes. But this is an easily obtainable gem that can be found in almost any serious craft beer section.. it pours motor oil with heavy lacing and tastes of smoky complexity this stout is best enjoyed on the warm side of chilled.. This is a go to imperial stout that shouldn't be overlooked and at 9.5%abv it'll do the trick quite nicely

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

Opague black body. Huge brown undulating head with great retention and lace. Bubbles of all sizes.
Very strong and spiced molasses, caramel, brown sugar and hops with a grassy hint in the nose.
Intense flavors of burnt cocoa and coffee bean. Caramel on steroids and a pleasant smoked note spanning the whole. Plenty of residual sugars. Incredible aftertaste of dark chocolate truffle with a generous serving of rough hops spiking the experience.
Beyond full body. Thick and heavy finishing somewhat dry with a good coating.
Great brew and highly drinkable. Beware of the Yeti's strength though. The alcohol is not readily apparent in the smell or taste but it's there alright.


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

From Beergium. In Teku glass. Playing Electroniic Super Joy. The darkest foam Ive ever seen. Awesome in all aspects. Greatly balanced, with an initial sweetness that is quickly acompained with a delicious roast

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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 corywalston
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A. Very aggressive poor causing an explosion of hypnotically mesmerizing reverse waterfall of dark brown bubbles that live and move as if they have a mind of their own. Once the explosion of our new universe settles, what is left is 2 inches of thick dark brown insulating foam with the density that could hold a quarter upright. Beneath the constellation of heavenly foam lies a black ether than absorbs all the light in the room. A glimpse of brownish hue is the only secret this black hole lets out. While drinking it leaves a beautiful lacing resembling an oil slick across the glass.
S. The smell is of deep dark rich chocolate, espresso, roasted malt, with hints of floral and smoked charcoal. Very light hint of alcohol seals the deal. Time to drink.
T. Taste like liquid German chocolate cake followed by toffee, caramel, figs, raisins, coffee, vanilla, and sweet alcohol. Every time I take a sip it’s a different flavor adventure that always ends in chocolate love. If this beer had tits I would motorboat it.
M. Thick delicious, chewy syrup. It’s so thick the Yeti drinks you. Drink one for breakfast and you will be full till dinner.
O. Overall the Yeti is like making love to a seasoned cougar. A night with this fine dark beautifully aged women will ruin you for any future experience to come. When I die put a bottle of this in my coffin too usher me into the afterlife. What else do I have to say, denounce your God and worship the Yeti. Slightly above average buzz for 9.5% ABV

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

WOW!! just poured some of this 22oz into a wine glass, swished it around to take in the aroma, although I didn't need to because I could smell it from two feet away. It poured a thick khaki head that went to the way side with light lacing fairly quickly. The nose is a dark chocolate, coffee, and hop wallup! The taste is very well balanced with everything I smelled and a bit of raspberry. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and exceptionally drinkable. I put this stout on the short list of the greats, including Dark Lord and Bourbon County. This really kicks you in the ass! This weekend I am having some friends over for Yeti, Oak Aged Yeti, and Southern Tier Choklat. I may look for a couple more stouts as well to rate. KILLER!

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

I dont think Ive ever had a better Imperial Stout, and I doubt I ever will. Very large beer in many mays; big roasted malts, big American hops! Not smooth, hell yeah. Great when fresh, great when aged. Unbelievably easy to drink. Rich and bitter in the finish, yet supprisingly dry (for and Imperial Stout). A true masterpiece. My hat goes off to Great Divide for this phenominal beer.

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

Well, I've never given an all 5 review before, but I can't fault this beer at all. If I had to choose one beer to drink for the rest of my life this would be it.

A: Pitch black with a deep tan head, which lasts well considering the alcohol level of this beer.

S: Fresh, citrusy hops aroma dominates with dark, sweet malts coming through underneath.

T: An amazing explosion of flavour. Spicy, citrus hops; sweet and roasty malts; a perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness in the mouth followed by a pleasant bitter astringent aftertaste which lasts forever...

M: Rich and smooth in the mouth, with a pleasant astringency after swallowing.

D: Very refreshing considering the strength of this beer, and not cloying or tiring - an easy drinker - dangerously so.

All in all, I have to rate this as my favourite beer - for home drinking at least. For an evening in the pub I might prefer Timmy Taylor's Landlord but for quiet appreciation, this is the one.

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

solid black body. three finger head, dark brown cascading into even darker clay and mud hues. small, tight bubbles; eventually reduces to a maintained finger head. smells sweet. taste is rich; coffee, chocolate, sometimes a clear sustained note of vanilla. an alcohol warmth sometimes suffuses. mouthfeel is complex, every sip draws from the flavor palette in new and pleasing mixtures.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.99/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 edition, 22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed a few wispy clouds that collected atop the beer.

Aroma: Massive aromas of roasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked dark bread, dark chocolate and a ton of hops.

Taste: Wow!! Strong, big, bold flavors of roasted malt up front, imparting notes of coffee, dark chocolate, caramel-like sweetness and beautifully balanced with some hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and extremely smooth as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 9.5%, there is a very pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: Wow, what another damn excellent imperial stout! Big, bold flavors all wrapped up in a very creamy beer. Delicious!

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Photo of aandresen
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz. bottle poured into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: Pours very dark, a nice two finger mocha head. Dissipates quick with good lacing.

S: Dark bitter chocolate, coffee, roasty aroma.

T: Lots of chocolate and roastiness. Coffee and roasted malts throughout the rest of the mouth. There are plenty of hops but mostly balance out all those delicious malts. Don't taste a lot of alcohol which is good and bad.

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation, perfect for me.

O: My favorite available RIS. Love the roastiness and dark chocolate.

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Photo of murrayswine
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This and it's brother, oak aged, are the two best damn beers I've had in a long time! The pour is black like tar but with a Guinness head. The lacing has 20 minute legs, to bad the beer lasts maybe half that. The smeel is huge roasted malts, dark chocolate, alcohol, and plum fruits.
The taste is massive with oak (?), coffee, chocolate and alcohol, bu not in the least bit overpowering or offensive.
The mouthfeel is light and smooth, almost to easy.
This beer is fricking Stout Gold!!!

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Photo of JosephLondon
4.92/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a treat! Thank you to Natlocc787 for giving me the heads-up on where I could find this one. I really appreciate it.

Poured from a bottle dated July 2007. This beast of a stout has been sitting, waiting for its consumption for 2 and 1 half years. And oh is it ripe! The appearance is spectacular. The bubbles are so tight it looks more like coffee whipped-cream than a typical head. The froth is rebellious in its submittal to gravity, finally giving its way to a highly decorated, multiple ring of lace. When tilted from side to side the cascading effects are that of a marching band; every member hitting its own note to cause a harmony unparalleled. I smell dark caramel chocolate, vanilla, Godiva liquor and raisin plum with hints of dated pear and a touch of tobacco. The taste is nothing short of perfection. It has bourbon and a wood backbone. Lots of vanilla caramel chocolate, also dates with the slightest alcohol finish. The feel is smooth. Not thick or thin but perfect for this beer. The feel is satin on the palate not demanding too much and going down smooth. I have paramount beer in my cellar: Abyss, Life and Limb, Peche Mortel and others. This is the beer I want most right now.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

first of the 2009 release

Color: pours an extremely dark brown. almost black without backlighting. sits almost completely black with an extremely small brown rim. creamy, very stable, 3 finger, light brown head.

Smell: dominated by chocolate, followed by coffee and an unimposing alcohol presence.

Taste: lots of bitterness, but is well balanced by a strong alcohol presence and chocolate and roast notes to smooth things out, esp in the finish

Mouthfeel: full bodied, moderate carbonation. very rich and smooth.

Notes: one of the better imperial stouts ive had. simply awesome. truly is "imposing". been passing up the hercules, but im hoping its just as good of a rep for its style.

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Photo of timrosenblatt
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of nortmand
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black, with a solid, lace forming brown head.

Very roasty aroma. Chocolate and some hop edge as well. Awesome.

Sweet roast and hazelnut. Chocolate and a solid, resinous hop bitteness. Some bitter orange notes as well.

Ginormous body, silky and luscious. Very strong, yet so silky smooth, that I could drink two of these. Awesome and clean. A very good brew.

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Photo of beveritt
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label is simple, with a large mountain and the silhouette of a yeti near the bottom. Looks like this was bottled January 2008, so not super fresh, but not yet aged. I picked up a bomber of this years ago and put it in the cellar, finally able to try some fresh.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of dark tan head. This settles slowly, eventually leaving just a thin coating of foam. The lacing coverage is nearly 100%. The beer itself is black and completely opaque. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Sweet alcohol with hints of dark molasses and tart cherries. Raisins in the finish.

Taste: Dark chocolate and bitter coffee with hints of spicy mint. Long lingering finish with a medium level of hop bitterness. Alcohol is very present and warming, but well blended as to not be offensive.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is average. Body is incredible.

Drinkability: An amazing beer that, while I wish I tried it earlier, i can't wait to sample the 3+ year old one i have in my cellar. I am really finding my likes in the dark,malty beers.

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Photo of tapman
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black and opaque. Pours like warm molasses. One of the darker beers I've seen and definitely the thickest by sight. The head is chocolate mouse and has the retention of such, pours two fingers and holds at one finger for most of the session. What else do you need for the style?

Caramel, roast malt, alcohol, milk chocolate, and a very little bitter hop aroma.

Toffee and astringent roast flavors of dark chocolate and char. The hop character, at 75 IBUs, is incredibly balanced and very supportive of the malt bill and doesn't fight it at all. Bitter in the finish, but the sweet residual maltose helps to balance. That being said the alcohol is apparent, but not too obtrusive. As it warms the roast barley melts to burnt sugar, like that atop creme brulee. As it warms further a lot more milk chcolate. That turns this from 4.5 to 5.

A very pleasing texture, not as thick as it appears to pour. Lots of unfermentables in this one, like a milk stout. No alcohol burn in the finish.

Can't drink a lot of these due to the high abv, but easy to sip. Easier than other beers of the style. Delicious on so many levels, tastes different every 5 minutes as it warms. If you drink this one quickly you are really losing out.

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Photo of Mscarpen
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle donated by my buddy Ben.

Not your average Imperial Stout. I've had the espresso version of this beer, but it no way prepared me for this experience.

From the first pour, you know something amazing is going to happen here. The beer pours out deep, deep dark leaving only half a finger of roasted walnut tinted head. It pours, not like syrup, but something with high viscosity... something akin to 20 year aged balsamic vinegar.

Notes of chocolate, Kahlua, vanilla, sweet wood, raisin, plum, and faint hops.

When sipped, it cotes your mouth with a think heavy bodied silkiness, almost creamy in texture. Deep oak, chocolate, and roasted malts. Slight bitter hoppy finish. I have to say, it really is the texture that makes this beer so wonderful.

One of the best Imperial Stouts I've had to date. Simply wonderful!

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.87/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one was bottled exactly one year ago.

A - Crude oil black with no trace of brown. Looks like obsidian. A big chunky two fingers of dark brown head stay put for some time and leave a lot of outstanding brown lace on the glass. This one looks thick and chewy!

S - Wow. Rich dark chocolate and espresso notes are equally matched by a shit-ton of oily and dank hops. This smells like a coffee/hash house in Amsterdam! Wet hay, baker's chocolate, herbal (you know what I mean) hops,

T - This is really impressing me with enormous quantity of hops in the mix! I taste sweet milk chocolate and dark bitter chocolate simultaneously, and those rich flavors are perfectly balanced with oily, dank, slightly piney hops with a touch of grapefruit. A gentle touch of mint is there too. Outstanding.

M - Thick, oily, and rich like chocolate cake with a good amount of heat from the alcohol. I like big warming beers that let you know they aren't a kiddie's soda pop, and this one has got that bourbon warming winter quality down pat.

D - Damn the ABV! I'd drink this all would be an early night though. This is a great winter sipping beer. Just about the best stout I've ever had.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.87/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle bought online from the Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam...

Poured pitch black and oil like with no hint of colour even when held up to the light. Dirty brown head poured tight, thick and foamy with a frothy top then faded to thickish coating with thick edging... some good lines of lacing...

Aroma - Lots of rich roasted malts mixed with good does of molasses / treacle sweetness, burnt wood and sooty notes, strong dark sweet coffee, piney hops, some prunes and dates, toasted malt loaf, some fresh vanilla notes, milk chocolate, lots of nutmeg and peppery spiciness...

Taste - Roasted malt bitterness initially followed very quickly by a strong brown sugar / molasses sweetness, some burnt wood notes, rich dark chocolate mixed with some prunes and ripe plums, lots of peppery and piney hops, some milky vanilla traces, light liquorice, some warming alcohol just coming through...

Feel - Superbly rich and creamy and very full bodied... for such a rich and strong beer this is supremely drinkable as the alcohol is almost completely hidden...

Overall - A world class Impy Stout... one of the best (if not the best) examples i've ever had... highly recommended...

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