Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

5,426 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.

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4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap.Tumbler glass.Enjoyed on novĀ“11.Pure black color.Beige creamy crown.Medium bubbled, excellent retention head.Nice lacing rings.Yeast & intense sweet chocolate to the nose.Puckering dry upfront then candy & roasted malt flavors. Sweet & velvet palate.Slightly bitter notes. Coffee finish.Intense full body,moderate carbonation.Sweet licorice on the aftertaste. Perfect balanced beer.Very good drinkability -where is the ABV?.

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Photo of brurevu
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

There is a lot of hype surrounding the Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout and now I know why. In full disclosure, my sample had aged for about 18 months. The Yeti poured a deep opaque brown with minimal dark tan head. The aroma was straight up semi-sweet chocolate, just like the Nestle morsels. The initial tastes were a bit bitter as it was still cold, but as it warmed the Yeti turned into a deep semi-sweet chocolate wonderland. This brew definitely benefited from a warming drinking temperature. Underneath the chocolate notes were hints of a roasted coffee and a smokey nuttiness that finished with a caramel and toffee sweetness. I believe the hype! The Yeti is an incredible stout and a fantastic drinking experience.

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Photo of Buzz3d
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Keeling
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Date - Easy to find date on label say Nov -7- 2013

A - Pours out motor oil black with a nice tight dark brown head that dies relatively fast and leaves beautiful lacing.

S - Nice robust roast smell, chocolate, creaminess, slight dark fruit. Nice strong smell but somehow smooth for a imperial stout.

T - Roasted malts, earthiness, dark fruit, dark chocolate, slight sugar candy, clinging bitterness on the back end. A very complex flavor with no sign of alcohol.

M - Full bodied, soft and creamy with an aggressive bitterness between the hops and the carbonation that move over the tongue rather nicely.

O - A really enjoyable Imperial Stout that delivers. If you like imperial stouts this is a must try if you can get it. Definitely a treat since Great Divide does not distribute to Michigan, and I was lucky enough to get to try it, Cheers!

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4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bomber with a pry off cap poured in a pint glass. Bottled on Jan 31, 2011. Purchased at Knightly Spirits in Orlando.

Obsidian in colour and absolutely opaque. The head is a milk chocolate colour and 3/4 inch on an aggressive pour. Head recedes to a tight thin cap. Big gobs of sticky lace all down the sides.

Aroma of chocolate, coffee and dark malts with a vinuous undertone. Just a hint of alcohol.

Dark malts, unsweetened chocolate, dried fruit (figs and raisins), dark roast coffee. Delicious! Finish is chocolate and malt with hints of burnt and alcohol. Nice long lasting aftertaste. As it warms, the alcohol becomes much more prominent.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Bold and full bodied. Mild carbonation, as would be expected from a stout.

All I can say is WOW! A wonderfully balanced and drinkable RIS. Probably my favourite that I've tried to date. I have always been partial to balanced and highly drinkable beers rather than big smashmouth tastes. The alcohol does become a little heavy handed, but that's a minor point compared to the body of work. A must buy if you have an opportunity!

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Photo of InkedinRi
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This stout is outstanding! Creamy mouth feel! Chocolate, roasted malts, coffee.. Top notch!

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Photo of fizzyfred
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, deep, dark color with an almost non-existent deep brown head. Smell is complex, with a strong roast smell. The taste is amazinginly smooth with the roasted barley and chocolate, no real hop flavor detected. This is one of the most full bodied beers I have ever had. Definitely deserves the motor oil comparison that Guiness wrongfully receives. Slight alcohol warmness on the backend. I would love to use this beer in a bbq marinade or in a bbq sauce. This beer is amazing.

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Photo of farrago
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inky jet black, looks like a pint glass of espresso, the one finger head foamy with big bubbles, strong lacing. In the nose the coffee and chocolate actually more restrained than you'd think by looking at it, strong blackberry, plum, raisin cake notes, molasses, the lower malt roast allows more hops to surface and refresh, never unloads on you as you expect. Full-bodied, here you get the full onslaught with Kahlua and cream infused coffee, bitter dark chocolate, molasses, a strong bitter roast and some curry spice keeps it agile on the tongue. Good carbonation but hard to register with a beer of this density. Less fruity here but there are discernible mixed black fruits. The hops more present through a grainy bite and drying texture than primary presence. Releases credibly through the finish, allowing for the palate to relax before the next sip.

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Photo of awesomeandrew
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a pint glass from the bottle. Labeling is very inviting.

A: 2 inch head, thick dark brown head, extremely dark black color, cannot see through even with a light behind it

S: Smells like coffee and some malt, and lots of hop

T: Tastes like coffee and chocolate with hints of caramel ends with a nice lingering hop taste. A pretty hoppy stout.

M: Thick creamy, no carbonation, just like how I want a stout to be.

O: This stout is a heavy hitter stout, it's extremely dark with tons of different flavor but balanced well. High ABV content but you cannot taste it really. I would pick this up again if I saw it and was in the mood for an imperial stout.

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jebrew
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Harvest06
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LAND_MINE
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aoampm
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jondeelee
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What immediately sets Yeti apart from many of its peers is the nose: not only does the brew have many of the standard Imperial Stout aromas--thick chocolate malts, equally thick dark chocolates, coffees, caramelized brown sugars, and a hint of maple syrup--but Yeti comes with an added bonus in the form of enough hops to make most IPAs tremble.

On the tongue, the brew is no less formidable, first crushing the tongue under such a sheer weight of chocolate malts, coffee and heavy cocoa as to make the beer seem more chocolate blizzard than fermented beverage (and this without, as far as I've been able to tell, any coffee or cocoa actually added to the mixture--all you're tasting are malts), and then slamming the inside of the head with 75 IBUs of hoppy bitterness. For comparison, Harpoon IPA, which is arguably the easiest IPA to find in Boston-area pubs, only has 42 IBUs.

This is truly a beverage to be dealt with, in other words, and not only because of the 9.5% ABV. I have no doubt that many will find Yeti overpowering and unapproachable because of its sheer audacity, much like the bespectacled and braces-ridden high school chess-club champion who wants to ask the head cheerleader to the prom. As for me, I've just placed this beer in my top ten. Let the pom-pom swaying begin.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on Jan 08, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a dark oily black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of deep tan head which slowly recede into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A big dark roasty aroma with lots of chocolate hints. Starts with a big scent of sweet dark roasted malts with good hints of dark toasted bread, dark chocolate, coffee, burnt caramel, toffee, yeast, nuts, and a little smoke. A good amount of burnt molasses sugar and a hint of anise spicing. Subtle undertones of dark fruits including fig, raisin, dark cherry, and plum. Also a pretty lively hop presence with some earthy and grassy hints. Smells very big and rich.

Taste: As big, rich, and complex as it smells. Dark roasted malts with a big taste of chocolate, toasted bread, coffee, burnt caramel, toffee, dough, yeast, nuts, and a touch of smoke. Molasses adds some moderate sweetness. Some anise spice comes through. Notes of subtle dark fruit with some fig, dark cherry, raisin, plum, and dates. A pretty sharp hop presence for a stout with a good bitter bite of earthy hops and grass. Big flavor and nicely balanced. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, thick, and pretty drying on the finish. Alcohol heat is masked well.

Overall: A really great stout. Very bold with the dark malts and a bigger hop presence than what is typical for a stout. Hops are very big when this is fresh.

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Photo of gnemesis
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 05/11/10 and poured into snifter on 05/03/2011... I wonder how the last year has treated this Yeti.
Pours black with a huge dark brown head. Good retention and leaves decent lace. Nose is full of bitter chocolate, burnt sugar, caramel, roasted malt, toffee. Taste follows. Full body with low/medium carbonation. Lightly dry mouthfeel. Great impy and one of my favorites... Great Divide please don't leave Michigan!

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Photo of wnh
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter.

Pours a thick, viscous black with a deep tan, frothy head. No light passing through.

Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, alcohol, and milky caramel. Bitter, roasty entry, consisting of coffee and dark chocolate, leading into a slightly sweet chocolate and caramel middle, before finishing bitter and lightly dry. Earthy, dried leaf hop bitterness on the finish that lingers alongside bitter dark chocolate for a long while, with pine hop flavors showing up as the beer warms.

Thick and viscous on the palate, oily and mouthcoating. A pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Tunic
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Damian
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz./355 ml bottle
Month and year bottled: March/April(?) '07
Served in a snifter

Thanks to my roommate Mel for bringing this one back from Oregon.

The beer poured a thick and oily, absolute pitch black with a bubbly, one-finger, saddle brown head that quickly faded to a thin frothy film. Spotty drops of lacing trickled down the glass with each sip.

The aroma was intense. Super bourbony with notes of sweet brown sugar. Spicy, rich and complex with an almost port-like quality.

The taste was very similar to the aroma. Once again, bourbon and brown sugar notes dominated. Somewhat oaky. Deep, dark, roasted malts came through strong up front, but the malts were not at all bitter. Instead, they were creamy and a touch sweet. Dark chocolate notes were noticeable in the center. The dry, hoppy (piney) finish was somewhat boozy and a bit sharp with a lingering, espresso-like aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was super thick, slick, creamy and oily with a fine and mild carbonation. A thin, sticky film caused by the residual sugars coated my lips on each sip.

This beer is loaded with lots of rich, intense flavors. My only knock against it was that the hops and the booze became a bit much by the drink's end. This is definitely a sipping beer, perfect for savoring on a cold night.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle . A very dark black pour with a huge lasting faomy brown head , leaving sheeting and lace all down the glass , good amount of carbonation . Aroma is big and roasty , sweet caramel, toffee , rasins , char , nuts , and some spicy hops ( nice) . Flavor is huge roastyness , quite sweet , lots of dark caramel , bitter coffee and dark chocolate, and tea ,a nice level of bitterness in the roast and with the noticable hops . Creamy mouthfeel , full body , long roasty sweet finish with a hint of alcohol in the tail end , very drinkable , i could not put it down and drained the bomber quite quickly . This was very good in every aspect , top notch Stout for sure .

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Photo of chocosushi
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Late '09 Vintage.
Let's see how this one matured, shall we?
Poured into a Guiness Extra Stout Pint

A ~ Very rich burnt oak color, with intensely small bubbles and fantastic lacing. 1/2 inch of hot chocolate head. Just incredible, as usual.

S ~ Sea Salt Caramel jumping right out of the glass. Can smell the hefty hand of hops still (surprisingly), as well Caramelized pecans and burnt malts. Little bit of chicory and dark rum. Good balance between going all-the-way-sweet and savory.

T ~ Lots of roasty malt character bleeding into very black coffee (subtle) dusty earth. The hop character is leafy with an almost woody dryness to it. Little bit of a brown-sugar oatmeal flavor that fades fast into dark-wheat toast. There's a whisper of bitter-cherry acidity that makes me want to consume, consume, consume. The caramel flavors I come to expect have all but matured into little hints throughout the beer. Quality.

M ~ Chewy at first, but swallows very clean. Not hot at all for a 9.5 %er (drinks like a standard stout). Sticky but not too much so, and I wouldn't consider it sappy either. Very balanced.

D ~ Overall I love how this one aged, and I'm glad I opened it when I did. I have a feeling it wouldn't have lasted another six months. The acidity that came out, as well as more dead-forest flavors was really intriguing.
One of the few Great Divide beers worth cellaring.


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Photo of PintOHops
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Snifter

A - A very dark black color with a an almost brown 1-2 finger head that looks very sticky. The head dissipated quickly, leaving all kinds of brown sticky mess around the glass.

S - Right upfront I get lots of hop character in the way of herbal, citrus and grapefruit rind like notes. Underneath the pronounced hop characteristics, I get rich dark chocolate notes, licorice and coffee, the chocolate stands out the most. I get a bit of alcohol as well. Very inviting aroma!

T - Upfront I get a bit of herbal hop flavors but it's quickly washed away by rich dark chocolate, alcohol, licorice and coffee. It's not overly sweet either, which I appreciate. It finishes with herbal rind like hop flavors that cut right through the rich malty profile. Bitterness is pretty high and lingers just a bit.

M - Oily, smooth, very low carbonation and medium-full bodied.

O - Overall I really enjoyed this beer. I liked the extra hop kick, and how it didn't over power the rich malty profile. An almost balanced beer I'd say. I think the price is too high but it is a really delicious brew. Definitely give this beer a try, if your into RIS, it's got me wanting to try the Espresso aged one and the Chocolate aged one! Cheers!

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,426 ratings.
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