Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

5,410 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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Photo of slaintemhor
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just had a January of '09 12 oz. bottle of this that I found "hiding" at a local market. The colour was ebony with a thick khaki head. The aroma was tangy with brown sugar, molasses and Caramello. On the palate, a coating, viscous body with a smidge of hops, roasty malt, booze, a creamy cafe au lait character, and a long bitter cream and salt caramel finish. Yowza!

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle dated " FEB 06 2012," poured into a goblet.

Pours a deep, dark chocolate brown, almost black. Very thick, small, mocha head, no lace.

Chocolate, plum, booze, cherry and slight pine make up the smell.

Dark chocolate, with a hint of orange starts this beast off. Dark fruit and roasted malts follow, toffee and alcohol. It has a nice chocolate finish. Thick, but smooth going down.

I honestly love this simple, drinkable, rich Imperial Stout. A solid, ageable beer, need more.

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Photo of davesway10
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

wow, this is a really fantastic beer. I've had this beer sitting around for a while and hopefully these will be available to me for years to come. The beer pours pitch black with a beautiful deep, rich, tan head. Smooooth, so smooth. If you see this on the shelf and have never had it. BUY it.

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Photo of ghetto90007
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into my New Belgium snifter from the 12 oz. bottle procured at this wonderful place called Whole Foods.

This one pours black as your soul. Like motor oil that you haven't changed for 20,000 miles. Great brown head bubbles up and sticks all over the sides of the glass. A bit splashed onto my white countertops and I quickly wiped it up as if it were stain-inducing espresso. This stuff probably makes your teeth yellow.

When you sip, a little bit more head boils to the surface. It's quite cool. You look down and see beer without head. And new bubbles come in to replace it. Head is very resilient as a result.

Smell. I know they're different styles of stout, but this takes Guinness and kicks it repeatedly in certain vulnerable parts. Aromatic roasted malts along with a sweetness and even a touch of something like spice. Intoxicating aroma. I am waiting a minute or two between sips just sitting there with my nose over the glass letting it's redolence drift into my olfactory organs.

Starts out with a powerful roasted malt and earthy flavors. Seriously it's like roasted malt and dry dirt. And I mean that in the fondest way. But this is not a dry stout - in comes the sweetness - there are decadent notes of caramel, toffee and hints of cocoa. Some espresso in the aftertaste. One thing I like to do with imperial stouts is go back and taste for the hops. They definitely spilled a bushel of them in this one. The hops are there in their own regard, not overpowered or intimidated by the beastly, Sasquatch-like maltiness.

Mouthfeel is chewy as a mouthful of dry dirt. And I mean that in the fondest way.

I just wish I had some smoked cheese to enjoy with this one. A real rich, enjoyable and yet drinkable Russian imperial.

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

It's hard to make this style look bad. Probably why scores overall tend higher than others. Opaque black, rich tan head that leaves perfect rings of lace around my Chimay goblet.
The scent is of rich, delicious, high quality, artisanal chocolate mixed with some great coffee. It's a deep, deep scent that you have to dig a little bit for, but once you find it, you want to keep sniffing. There's evidence of hops judging from my eventual sneezing.
Flavors mirror the scent with sharp, sweet malty spikes that get smoothed over by a hoppy, coffee bitterness. The occasional cola flavor sneaks its way in from time to time. Has a bit of a candy finish to it.
Yeti isn't quite as rich on the palate as some examples of the style. It's almost a little bit thin. However the lighter texture bumps up the drinkability by a bit. Not that the drinkability needs any help in this tasty libation.
Great Divide does it again! Great Divide will unite us all someday.

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

A generous gift from my girlfriend.
Black with a quarter-inch tan head that fades slowly, leaving some patches.
Smell is intense, chocolatey, roasted malts, with an assertive hop presence. Smoke, dark chocolate, caramel, and some faint coffee comes in as well. Definite burn on the nose from the alcohol.
Taste is roasted, chocolatey malts up front, with more assertive hops coming in right after. Some smoke, dark chocolate and spicey heat follow. Slight presence of alcohol.
Mouthfeel is velvety, yet there is a bit of bite from the hops. Lots of heat from the alcohol. Medium-heavy body.
Very good drinkability. It's a sipper, and as that it's an excellent beer.

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Photo of aqualung23
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark black with one-finger, dark tan, creamy head that lasted a couple minutes. Great lacing.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee.

T: Light sweetness and moderate bitterness. Deep roasted character. Dark bittersweet chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Crisp and slightly warm. Sticky.

O: Really good Russian Imperial stout. I slightly creamier mouthfeel would have made it even better, but not a complaint.

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

Poured from a bomber into a stemmed water glass. Bottled on September 4, 2009, nearly 6 months ago.

A - Pours like motor oil, black even when held to the light. There is a finger of reddish-brown head that settles to a fine, crema that never goes away. The head comes back easily with brisk swirl or two. It leaves a good amount of lacing.

S - This is hugely fragrant. I can smell it easily from arms length. There is a strong malt base, along with chocolate, roasted coffee, and a slight molasses smell. An earthy hops smell grows stronger as it warms. The molasses smell also increases over time. In the end, the molasses is just as strong as the initial malt base.

T - The flavor follows the smell. Initial flavor is strong, roasted malt, followed by cocoa powder, chocolate, and a slight roasted coffee flavor. The finish is very interesting and includes both a slight sweetness and an earthy hops bitterness. The sweetness is on the lips, while the earthy hop flavor is in the mouth, allowing them to coexist. The sweetness consists of molasses and plum, and grows much stronger as it warms. The alcohol is also present in the finish, but it fades over time. Towards the end of the bottle, a slight saltiness emerges in the finish.

M - This has a medium body but very low carbonation, providing a very smooth, creamy feel. There is a slight alcohol burn, but it's not too boozy. It grows increasingly creamy as it warms.

D - This beer is very delicious and smooth. The alcohol is fairly well hidden, but it's there. This is a sipper, which is true to the style. It took me about 50 minutes to drink the 22oz bottle. However, when it was done, I wished there were more.

I am really looking forward to trying the other permutations on this basic Yeti RIS. I was tempted to give 5's to this bottle, but I want to try the oaked, aged, and coffee versions first. Otherwise, assuming they are better, what would I give them?

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Photo of Kayn169
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A- Beautiful dark brown, pretty much black. About a finger of tan head. Just a lite carbonation visible.

S- Does amazing have a smell? Well it does now. Although the coffee presence really comes out, I couldn't help be drawn to the dark chocolate smell. Not that it was overwhelming, just the right amount, but distinctive. The hop presence also really came through, which I like in this style

T- The aroma didn't lie. First thing I noticed was the roasted coffee, followed by a dry hop bite, then a little chocolate. What I really liked was the crisp finish on this beer.

M- Not as thick or syrupy as the pour would make you think. Smooth like velvet.

O- Unlike a lot of Russian Imp Stouts. This has high drinkability. Due to the perfect amount of hop bite, it has a nice clean finish for this style. No real lingering residue left on the tongue. Although still a sipper, the bomber didn't last long. If it wasnt for that pesky rule againstbeginning at work, I could drink this instead of my morning coffee.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The original Yeti pours jet black with just over a finger of dark tan head. Reduces down fairly slowly, and the remaining lacing is great. One of the best I've seen on an Imperial Stout. It clings all over the glass.

Smell: Dark roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee are all huge in this beer. I also get quite a bit of vanilla.

Taste: Chocolate, expresso and roasted malts all compete for the upper hand in this beer. Also some vanilla, and a slight kick of hops at the end to balance it all out. Tasty as hell.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy and luscious. Just about as smooth as an imperial stout can get, I think. Also, some bitterness at the end from the dark chocolate. Body is very full.

Drinkability: This beer hides it's alcohol pretty well, I'd say. It's a full-bodied beer, but still quite drinkable.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Tasted side by side with Oak Aged Yeti.

Appearance: Mahogany, nearly black with slightly translucent ruby edges. A creamy tan head rests on top, eventually fading to an island and a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: A touch of booze in the nose. Lots of roasted malt, nice blended coffee notes, and some chocolate round out the aroma. Some

Taste: Up front there is a blast of bitter chocolate, coffee, and heavily roasted malt. The bitterness grows, and the coffee flavor seems to grow over the course of the sip. Toward the end of the sip a citrus hoppiness comes in, but the flavor is less noticeable than the bitterness, which just never ends. The finish is fully bitter.

Mouthfeel: The feel is smooth up front. Slightly sticky, although nothing out of the ordinary for a 9.5% stout. The body starts out on the fuller side of medium, but it feels lighter as the sip progresses and the hops step in.

Overall: This is a very good imperial stout, and its availability should make it a regular in my cellar.

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

Photo of barnzy78
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled on 1/30/2012. Pours opaque black with a milk chocolatey colored, foamy head that is quick to dissipate but leaves good lacing on the glass. Aromas are rich and sweet with dark chocolate, espresso, caramel, and somewhat boozy. Tastes are also rich and bold with notes of rich dark chocolate and creamed dark coffee, while finishing peppery with a load of piny, bitter hops. Mouth-feel is medium-to-full bodied, while being creamy yet oily on the palate. The real treat in this one is when it warms to room temperature; fruity esters reveal flavors of dark fruits, plum, and cherry. Balance is extraordinary as all the complexities battle on the palate. Alcohol is warming. Overall, great example of the style and definitely recommendable.

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Photo of NeubTube
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stephenlee
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pitch black with a creamy, bubbly mocha brown head. Surprisingly good retention; there's always at least some head, and nice splotchy lacing.

S: Tons of dark chocolate; plums, burnt raisins, licorice, anise; a little bit soy sauce/umam; burnt sugar, toffee, and a bit of espresso/dark roast coffee, blending with the sweet dark chocolate, like mocha. Also a very woody character.

T: Very sweet dark chocolate upfront, with toasted brown bread, caramel, and toffee. A hint of the soy sauce/umami, but it's very subtle. Not quite as dark fruity as the aroma, but there is a bit of burnt raisin and dried black cherry. A lot more roast than the aroma, like roasted coffee beans and burnt toast. This leads to a more bitter finish, with lingering cocoa power, black coffee, and earth.

F: Starts out full and chewy, but tapers off into a lighter finish. Not as thick as one might expect, but fairly satisfying. Moderate carbonation.

O: Still holds its own as a very good imperial stout. Definitely worth buying on multiple occasions.

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Photo of nickthetick
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black as hell into a DFH signature glass, even held up to the light not even a sparkle of brown or ruby tint. There is a thin skim of dark mahogany bubbles that thins out to a ring around the glass. It leaves no lacing.

S: quite the laundry list here, beautifully complex. Coffee, toffee, caramel, deep wood, figs, dates, plums, some dark berries and a lot of dark chocolate bitterness.

T: manages to match the nose quite well. A huge amount of bitter dark chocolate and small amounts of sweet caramel roll over the tongue first and are chased by a bit of grass and bitter dark fruit. A huge amount coffee and espresso on the back. It does a great job masking the alcohol.

MF: heavy, chewy, just a tad warm, moderate effervescence (for the lack of head), and dry.

O: a great imp stout, so glad I finally got my hands on a bottle of this. Its quite the beer and I won't be passing it up again.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Brewer's Art goblet with a moderate hand. Label reads: Bottled on Apr 19 2013. The usual cool Great Divide artwork with the silhouette of the abominable snowman.

A: Essentially black body with 1 finger of tan colored head. Down to a coating at 1-2 minutes. Moderate lacing. This is one dark brew.

S: Dark chocolate, bittersweet with accents of brown sugar, caramel, mocha, coffee. Toasted malt. Indistinct hop presence. Traces of alcohol.

T: Initially sweet with toasted maltiness developing into a bittersweet finish. A blend of dark chocolate and hop bitterness. Bold beer for sure. Similar to the nose with strong elements of dark chocolate, mocha and toasted malt. The hops are quite present, but really blend well with the darker, roasted flavors. Alcohol is actually pretty well hidden. Quite nice.

M: Low to moderate carbonation with a nice fullness. Very smooth and creamy without any detracting prickliness. Velvety.

O: I'll admit that imperial stouts are not really my thing, but I am enjoying this quite a bit. Finishing the bomber will not be a problem. It's like a dark chocolate beer party in my mouth.


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Photo of parintele
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.44/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.44/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of TCgoalie
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 3/17/10

I have spotted a Yeti and purchased it.

Yeti appears in my glass dark as midnight. His frothy dark tan head beckons my interest like he is calling me into his lair.

Yeti, your musk is very inviting. You have a pleasant combo of chocolate and coffee. There is also an earthy sweet hop scent about you with a touch of molasses.

The Yeti liquid starts very smooth with a large amount of chocolate and dark malts. There are hints of coffee, smoky molasses, followed by a kick-in-the-pants grassy hop bite. Very satisfying.

The mouthfeel of this Yeti is not as thick as I might have thought at 9.5%. There is a fair amount of stickiness but feels light in the mouth for its class.

This is as easy as a 9.5% stout is going to drink. I like.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter glass. Bottled on Dec. 24, 2008

(A)- Has a wonderful cascading action! Pours super thick pitch as night black that produced a rather large and bubbly 2+finger head that very slowly dissipated down to a 1-finger; superb retention. Its leaving bits behind as it dissipates.

(S)- Lots of roasted malts amidst mountains of dusty cocoa and raisins. Not much else in the aroma; its rather closed.

(T)- The 10 months of age on this really smoothed this out! Plenty of roasted malts with layered cocoa, toffee, coffee, and caramel notes with raisins and molasses. The way this is layered is really incredible; you dont get each nuance at once, in comes in waves.

(M)- Silky smooth despite its level of roasted malts. Lightly sweet with a superb balance and carbonation level. Excellent alcohol integration, though still present in a warming sensation.

(D)- At first I was concerned buying this with 10 months of age on it, but I was quickly relieved once I took my first sip. A superb stout that has aged superbly. Really smooth with all of the right nuances and flavors. I am curious how it would have continued to age even further. . . .

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,410 ratings.
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