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Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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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 LAND_MINE
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aoampm
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jondeelee
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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 +5.7%
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 +5.7%
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 +5.7%
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 +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Damian
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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 +5.7%
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 +5.7%
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 +5.7%
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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Photo of NateMac13
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GregSemenza
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of taez555
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a thick pitch black body with a small thick brownish tan head.

Nose was a huge fat creamy chocolate, toffee, coffee, vanilla, milk chocolate, ice cream and slightly dark fruit smell. There's definitely a bite of hops and alcohol giving a nice little sting. Extremely inviting.

Full bodied and very thick. A rich creamy coffee, dark rich chocolate and dark dark espresso bean taste. There's a strong citrus hop bite that really balances almost perfectly with the bite roasted malt bite. Never overpowering but sits perfectly in the mix. Bitterness is almost identical. Big and present, but just enough and not too much. Grapefruit peel, charcoal and some leafy piney hops as well. Ends surprisingly smooth without much of a long lingering bitterness.

Great Divides big beers are out this world good, and this beer is no exception. Big, creamy, full bodied, just enough bite and just enough bitterness to be both in your face and yet never overpowering. Almost the session beer of big beers.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An almost black pour fills the glass with actual black liquid. No light penetrates, not even on the edges. A huge dark mocha head takes forever to dissipate, retains rather well, and leaves some lacing. Bubbles slide up the side of the snifter for most of the quaff.

Smells of roasted malts, coffee, bitter chocolate, dark and inviting me to enjoy.

Tastes of chocolate, which leads to bitter chocolate and roasted malts. A bitter hop and coffee flavor rounds out and excellent stout.

Feels very smooth, but for some reason, it doesn't feel as chewy as the other Yetis I have tried, though still full bodied.

Stellar beer, plenty of coffee and chocolate, and a great hop bitterness. Everything I am looking for in a big stout, except my perception of the texture.


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Photo of Gushue3
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- black with a nice mocha head that lingers a bit.

Smell- roasty with little chocolate notes. Also a wood smell is at the end.

Taste- big and malty, roasty oak, toffee. Excellent hop taste great big flavor

Mouthfeel-starts very smooth on the tongue and leaves with a slight carbonation.

Drinkability- very drinkable. Great character and various tastes. I want more of this..

I found this bottle at granite liquors in weymouth with a bottled date of april 22, 2009. So good

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Photo of dms7502
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Yeldarb92
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of slaintemhor
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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 SuomenAmerikkalainen
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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 +5.7%
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 +5.7%
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 +5.7%
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 +5.7%
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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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 5,477 ratings
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