Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

5,433 Ratings
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 OB1
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mmellow12
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rutager
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours black with a little deep chocolate head on it.

Smell. Chocolate, roasty, smokey malts, and some dark roasted coffee and a little booze.

Taste. Huge roasty toasty dark malt, some coffee and molasses, smokey wood and dry bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel. Full body, slightly oily with smooth, medium-light carbonation. Slightly warming.

Overall. Awesome imperial stout. I have a few other variations of this which I'm really excited to try after this one.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a small tan head.

Smells deeply of chocolate along with some licorice.

Taste follows the nose. Rich chocolate notes with an underlying, but not hot booze. Slight roasted malts, coffee, and licorice as well as some floral hoppiness.

Very smooth with lower carbonation. Not cloying at all and alcohol is well hidden.

One of the better readily available imperial stouts around. Very smooth and chocolately.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a dark, deep black, with a one inch mocha colored head, and a small amount of lacing.

This one smells like dark chocolate, bitter piney hops, some coffee beans, and roasted malt.

This one of the more perfect straight up stouts that I've had. It's got a fairly intense hop character, for an Imperial stout, quite bitter, burnt pine, with some roasted malt, dark chocolate powder, and roasted coffee. Just all flavors in perfect unision here.

This one is really thick and creamy, quite full and smooth, with a moderate level of carbonation.

Although all the variants of Yeti are quite nice, the OG is still one of the best stouts on the market.

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Photo of D11
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from bottle into tulip

A- pours black with almost a two finger dark cocoa head that hangs around. decent lacing

S- chocolate, some alcohol, nice malt, sweet fruit, toffee and caramel

T- chocolate, malt. has a sweet taste thats hard to pinpoint

M- a great mouthfeel. thick, almost syrupy. carbonation is good too. yummy as it warms up

O- this is a great brew. like the rest of the Great Divide brews ive had the pleasure to try everything is blended so well. ive enjoyed this fairly fresh (within a month or two of bottling date) and also have had some that was aged a year. with aging i noticed the carbonation was more subtle and the chocolate seemed to come through a lot more. Yeti is a delicious, dependable RIS that wont let you down.

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Photo of Lupe
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black - no light makes it through. Thick coffee colored head that recedes to a 1/4 inch dense cap that stays. Nice sticky lace clings to the sides of the class.

Wonderful aroma of chocolate milk, vanilla, coffee, and berries. Some alcohol is present - sherry-like, and a hint of spice.

Begins with massive roasted flavors of dark chocolate and coffee. This gives way to rich toffee, molasses, and burnt caramel. Some berry fruitiness is mixed in as well. There is a faint woodiness that is present in the beer. Alcohol kicks in with a dose of sherry. Has a slightly citrusy and piney hop finish.

Thick, creamy, and smooth. Nice and slick, not sticky or cloying. Finishes dry. Full in body. Good drinkability - subtle yet complex flavors with alcohol that sneaks up on you.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomb into a mug. Wow. Deep and dark, almost black with nice frothy head. Chocolate caramel malt explodes on the nose. Burnt caramel malt coats the palate with just enough hops to even it out. Nice viscous feel to it. Could drink way more of this than one probably should.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, bottled Sep 21 2011 (on label), purchased 12/2011 and well stored.

Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

Pours a ¼” head which quickly reduces to a thin cap. Typical of the style I think.
Deep black color, with a darkish tan head. Some sticky lace clings to the glass. Classic looks.

Big, distinct, immensely rich aroma of roasted malt and Turkish coffee. Black bread yeast. Rich caramel. Constantly changing and very enjoyable.

Crisp, luscious, full bodied entry on the palate of exceptionally rich roasted malt, followed by bitter dark unsweetened chocolate and dark caramel. Huge massive mouth feel, liquor like. As the ale warms just a little bite of alcohol comes out, and the ale is all the better for it. Fine small bubble carbonation rounds out this “complete package”. Delicious!

Long rich finish of roasted malts, and bitter coffee and dark chocolate. Clings to your mouth like glue.

What a wonderful ale. Everything that starts in the smell carries right thru the flavor and into the finish. As this ale warms everything “pops” out of the glass. Massive body and richness. Wow!
Of course the 9.5% ABV is buried under this avalanche of flavor and texture.
Did I mention that this ale is flat out delicious! A true pleasure to drink. One of the best.
Highly recommended!

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Photo of jdhchi
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Worth seeking out...a very enjoyable stout. My first experience was out if a bottle...looking forward to sampling out if the tap!

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Photo of EdwardK77
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- After coming to the proper temp, poured this into a tulip glass and received an impressive head that left great lacing and retained a nice khaki colored coating.

S- Really nice stout appropriate smell. Coffee is pronounced but not overpowering.

T- The taste is in keeping with the smell, very pleasant chocolate and coffee.

M- Sticky is the operative word, full mouthfeel.

O- This is an upper tier imperial stout. I am certainly interested in their oak aged stout etc.

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Photo of The_Kings_Quart
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Sludge. Motor oil. Liquid darkness. Beautiful 3 fingers of head that clings to the glass for dear life. Retains at 1 finger with nice lacing.

S: BIG! Coffee up the wazoo and roasty. Flutters of burnt sugar and slightly peppery. Zero alcohol to be found.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, more coffee, and big roasty malts. Had to double check the ABV because there was way too little of an alcohol presence. Really well masked and deadly easy to drink.

MF: Letsmyou know it's there, but treats you right. Excellent, smooth texture with a good bite.

O: This beer's a beast, but a subtle one. Nuanced and delicious. Powerful, but strangely tender. Yeti wants to love you, but will crush you if you're not careful.

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Photo of IPAcraig
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying this beer as I prepare for the MPRE, which is tomorrow.

Poured into an oversized wine glass to reveal a nice looking beer. It pours a deep syrupy black. The head had to be coaxed out by a vigorous pour, and it emerged a very dark mocha. Nice, but could have used a wee bit bigger head.

Smells like a bowl of dark chocolate intermingled with hop flowers.

Big sweet chocolate malt and roasty characters dominate. But the hops are not quite overshadowed as this beer has a massive hop bitterness. A lingering coffee flavor sticks with you.

Low carbonation, though not detracting. Thick, viscous brew.

One of my all time favorites. This beer is as nuanced as almost any you will find; but that doesnt stop it from kicking you in the teeth with flavor. Booya.

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a charcoal black color with the darkest head I have ever seen; decent retention and lacing

Smell: Incredibly rich charcoal roasted malt, chocolate and espresso with plenty of hops, as well

Taste: Starts out with a roasty bittersweet chocolate and coffee base that also features a graham cracker and caramel flavor; but this is just the beginning as it doesn't take long for the hops to kick in and complement the sweet flavors and bring it all home with an espresso and tobacco finish

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous, almost velvety, with moderate to low carbonation; alcoholic warmth drips down the gullet

Drinkability: What a great example of the double stout style; this one has it all, particularly on a cold winter night; I have tasted this with some age and tasted it in its youth - with the hops in here it is best consumed while fresh

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a deep dark brown with just a ring of light brown for head. It leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is malty and roasty, coffee and chocolate-like. Kinda chocolate cake-like in aroma. The flavor is malty and very roasty with a coffee and slighty chocolate taste. This is a full bodied brew that kicks ass over storm queen & expedition. I really wanna try this one oak aged. I'm glad I had the opportunity to present StuBob with such a great beer...even though he is unworthy....he can be a real bitch don't ya know.

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Photo of Brian700
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark black with a brown head that doesn't really leave any lacing but hangs around for a while.

The aroma is mostly of coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate, and mild hops.

The flavor is chocolate, caramel, coffee, burnt malt, and a bitterness that leads me to believe there is a decent amount of hops in there. (after reading the bottle it looks like there are 75 IBU's) Some of the bitterness could be attributed the black patent, and ??coffee?? maybe.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a pretty drinkable beer and is damn delicious. I like this way better than the oaked version. This is a good example in the theory that not every beer needs to be oak aged. This is definately worth picking up if you see it...actually its worth trying to find someone to send it to you in a trade. The effort will pay off once its in your glass.

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Photo of petrusek23
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of willjschmidt
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Stone IRS glass.

A: Pours jet black with a nice dark tan head. Stick lacing on the glass.

S: Chocolate hits the nose first followed by coffee and molasses.

T: A very good imperial stout. Very complex. Not too boozy. Chocolate, vanilla, cherries, espresso, and molasses. Very smooth, mild bitterness.

M: Light carbonation, full bodied.

D: A very nice RIS. One of the better ones out there.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with a pretty thick tan head of big bubbles that holds fairly well and leaves a very nice lacing.

Smell is roasted grains, baker's chocolate, a substantial hoppiness, and some little hints of caramel. Not a huge fruitiness, but a very lush roasted character.

Flavor is just fantastic. A big, almost charred roastiness that lets little edges of smoke in, but counterbalanced nicely by a very full milk-chocolate flavor that manages to avoid getting grainy like so many similar stouts. The hops are very assertive and give a nice little bitterness on the finish and aftertaste, which locks in well with the chocolate in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel isn't too ridiculously chewy, but it's nicely medium.

Overall: Maybe not quite as good as Stone RIS, but very close. Very, very close.

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Photo of scotorum
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Jan,. 24, 2013. A year and a quarter old. Bought in August and cellared.

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Opaque black with an inch and a half tall light brown head which reeceded slowly to rocky surface foam and very dense lacing.

s: Chocolate! And some black coffee.

t: Chocolate which turns more black coffee and roasty maltlike in the aftertaste and as it warms. Bitterness initially lingers on the sides of the tongue.

m; Silky smooth medium plus.

o: I aged this bottle for about eight months, no way to know for sure what that did for it or to it, but it's a very tasty imperial stout treat now. Strong flavors and aftertastes. Probably would go well with a good cigar and/or a sharp cheese. Mellows out beautifully to the end.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 17 oz. snifter glass. Bottle dated January 24, 2013.

Appearance: A beautiful pitch black with subtle brown tint to it pouring like crude oil followed with a very dark tan head. Head rose to roughly 2/3" pretty thick and not willing settle down after the sip, looking real good.

Smell: Strong cocoa scent and believe it or not caramel, comes off like a slight roast similar to espresso.

Taste: A bitter coffee paired with a bitter dark chocolate, very fulfilling. It's heavy malt feel creates a complexity to it that is f'n addicting. Strong and bitter, if you don't like it in the beginning I promise it gets better and better with every sip.

Mouth: Medium and roasted finish, freaking sticky like a bitter espresso. I am pairing this with cheese and the flavor really hugs your cheeks.

Overall: This is by far one of the best Russian Imperials that I have ever had. It offers everything and would rate it higher if not to leave a little room for improvement. Quality brewing believe me, spend the ten bucks and smile. Salud!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This intensely black beer has a nice looking dark brown head with good retention. It recedes to a nice collaring that leaves nice lace patterns for an Imperial. Nose is charred, burnt, woody, alcoholic, bitter and roasted. Perfect!! I wish the flavors followed through in the HUGE way that the nose promised, but it just doesn't... at least to the expectations I had. The flavor is good, don't get me wrong, but not the wedded biss I was promised from the nose. There's a nice roasted and mildly charred malt presence. A little tobacco. And some bitter hops. Very little alcohol presence. The body's a little light for an Imperial...maybe medium or so. Carbonation is appropriate. This one doesn't overwhelm me, but you know what, it's pretty damn good.

Cokes, thanks for the Maverick, cowboy.

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Photo of trevorwideman
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle cellared approx. 1 1/2 years. Poured into a snifter. Thanks to demcorhip for getting this for me, albeit over a year ago!

Pours thick and black as used motor oil with a wisp of tan head and a bubbly ring around the glass. Ridiculously dark. Thin lace clinging to the sides. Heavy duty aromas of burnt sugar, molasses, figs, plums, anise, dark chocolate, espresso, and lots of herbal and acidic hop notes. Wow! incredibly complex aroma, ballsy yet oddly warming, getting close to a 5.

Once this entered my mouth the whole thing just set off an explosion of the taste buds and the alcohol sent it straight to my nose. So much malt in here, but the hops just balance it so well. There's a monstrous amount of both! Bitter chocolate and herbal licorice off the top, then astringent citric hops, coffee beans, vanilla, light brown sugar/molasses. Mouthfeel is so massive, near syrupy but I wouldn't expect anything less from a monster like this. Medium-low carbonation. I will not have a problem finishing this bomber by myself, and I'll be looking for more next time I hit the States.

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Photo of DIM
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I never tried this. There was a lot going on with this stout that didn't have time analyze. Black strap molasses, dark chocolate, coffee, and maybe a hint of anise. Top notch.

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Photo of Norsebrew
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed a bomber of this brew.

A- Jet black color with a 3+ brown head that was retained for a good long time.

S-Sweet dark malts and chocolate with undertones of licorice and carmel. Very appealing!

T- Well balanced sweet malty flavor with a mixture of chocolate, molasses, coffee, carmel, toffee, locorice, and alcohol. There was also a subtle hoppy taste.

M-heavy but very smooth and warm.

D-Very drinkable imperial stout that has amazing aroma and a balanced flavor.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,433 ratings.
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