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Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

1,744 Reviews
Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cokes on 08-09-2003

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Photo of jcalabre
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up on one of my business trips to Longmont, Colorado.
Appearance: This pours motor oil black with a cocoa brown head.
Aroma: It has a nice chocolately, after dinner drink aroma.
Flavor: It's rich and very silky on the tongue. It's a very nicely done imperial stout.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle of this into a shaker glass.

A: Pours an oilo black body with a small, dark brown head with pretty poor retention, yielding only a ring of head on the beer. There was some lacing along the sides of the glass until the finish.

S: A slightly bitter smell with some roasted barley notes.

T: A very roasted taste with some slight bitterness to it as well. There was also a nice, complimenting, coffee bean aftertaste that was very nice.

M: A fairly thick and smooth mouthfeel that was nice for the style.

D: A pretty decent mouthfeel and taste combination that was good for an Imperial Stout. The alcohol was fairly warming, but not overwhelming in the taste of the beer. A nice drinking beer overall.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a black body with a brown chocolately foamy head. looks like a chocolate milkshake when looking from directly overhead, not much lacing.
caramel, chocolate and coffee seem to be fighting to be the dominant aroma, but no clear winner.
coffee and caramel are the most dominant in the taste with chocolate in there too. there is also a slight hint of the alcohol present on the back of the tongue.
good mouthfeel, very creamy full bodied stout but has a slight aftertaste.
pretty drinkable beer, good RIS, look forward to trying the oak aged version

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Photo of clvand0
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This came in a 22oz bomber and was the 2003 version. Pours a very dark color with a nice full head and leaves a huge amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma was mostly comprised of a coffee smell with some notes of rum(?) and possibly a little chocolate. The flavor is much the same as the aroma. Coffee feel with some chocolate and very thick. Not a bad Imperial Stout at all.

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Photo of treyrab
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Pitch black with a huge creamy extremely dark brown head that lasts and laces. This is one of the darker stouts I have seen recently!

S: Wow. Very pungent with coffee and dark cocoa along with alcohol.

T: Extremely powerful with a huge kick. Tons of dark cocoa and coffee followed by a nice kick of hops. The alcohol is present in this one for sure!

M,D: The mouthfeel is very, very thick and the alcohol is definitely there. I may try aging one to calm it down some!

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Photo of tillmac62
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

BOD 6/17/14. Pours dark as a starless night. Very good head with exceptional lacing and very good retention. Rich nose of dark chocolate, very little roast character, over a nice citrus hop background with only a hint of coffee. As it warms, light vanilla notes are noticed. Rich full body with a creamy texture. Below normal carbonation with no effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is complex, but the alcohol is not well hidden. It begins with rich dark chocolate that flows into notes of coffee coupled with vanilla over a rich malt sweetness. Roast is noted in the middle over a citric hop flavor and mild bitterness. The smooth finish is dominated by alcohol and leaves a warm back of throat burn and a burnt sugar lingering aftertaste. Dial the alcohol back a bit and this one becomes outstanding.

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Photo of SeanRedd
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good to go as the R.I.S.'s get. Flat body, head lil earlier disappeared. Smells of smashed dates, sweet, molasses, brown sugar. Possibly fresher fruits in the aroma, cherry and grape. Body hits at a complex fermented dark fruit orgy, chocolate then raspberry. Booze is gone behind a flavorful, roasty, chocolate curtain. Lil grainy after several sips, and a hard hitter. I dig but can't get in a habit, they'd be my ruin.

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Photo of Todd
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber bottle. 2003 Series.

Geezers Xmas! Pours a pitch black beer topped with a magnificent dark coffee coloured head. Loads of retention, heavy stick on the glass and an initial cascading effect that took me by surprise and hypnotized me briefly. Man, this beer simply looks gorgeous.

Aroma his the nose with strong notes of sherri, dairy, coffee, chocolate and hints of spice.

Luscious mouthfeel. So damn smooth! A bit chewy, thick and viscous. More notes of sherri, wood, coffee, chocolate and molasses. Malt profile is quite sweet. Alcohol is very present, with a sting and spice behind the malt. Some brief citric hop bitterness in the mix. Dry grain and a roasted malt/molasses twang in the finish.

Although this beer shows signs of much oxidation, and it's a 2003 reviewed in 2003, it's still quite good.

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Photo of spartan2k
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Yeti out of a bomber. Have an OA version in waiting, but figured it would be best to start with the original.

When reading about the "legend" of the Yeti on the bottle, can't help but thinking...
Scientists have proven that the Sasquatch, he is real.
Take a look at the plaster cast of his foot, now you know he's real.
Listen real close to the audio tape, not human no you know he's real.
Couldn't be a man in gorilla suit, no way.
No, you know he's real.
Real, real, real real, real, real, really real, real.

On to the beer...

Pours black. Thick, viscous, black. Head forms after pouring, looks like a delicious brew.

First taste was relatively unimpressive. Beer was in the fridge, so I assume that the cold is masking the flavors. As the beer warms, the experience is much more pleasant. More than anything else, the hop presence (especially at the end and in the aftertaste) is what is really surprising. Not necessarily bad, just unexpected. Almost reminds me of a barleywine aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, but there is a hop bitterness at the end that makes the beer really interesting.

Overall, a nice BIS. The hop presence grows on me as I drink the beer, but doesn't seem to match the creamy-ness of the beer. Excited to move on and taste the variations.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle
Dated August 25, 2011

Pours a pitch black color with a perfect sized light brown head, the head is as dark as some brown ales haha, fades at a slow rate to leave some patchy lacing on the glass.

Smell is primarily roasted malt, hints of bitter cocoa and coffee, touch of burnt malt.

Taste has a strong roasted malt front, coffee lingers in and finishes with a burnt bitterness, decent thickness and approaches chewy, the heat is very evident though and definitely could have used some age, rough around the edges.

Not as refined as Old Rasputin but it also seems a bit larger as well.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1 Dec. '14 and rated on 16 Jan '16, so it's aged a year in the cooler. Absolutely the thickest beer we've ever poured. Pitch black with a rich brown head. Roasted grain aroma. Taste is malt, toffee and expresso. The IBU of 75 seems high, but perhaps it's the aging has mellowed them out. Lingering bitterness and a hint of licorice.

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Photo of Floydster
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber purchased from Liquid Solutions for about six dollars

Poured into my Aventinus glass with an opaque black color and a 3/4 inch foamy mocha-colored head, left sticky lacing until about halfway through

Smell had a few different things going on, some vanilla and milky aromas, lots of cocoa, toffee, molasses, and also some hoppiness

Taste was very good and had tons of chocolate right off the bat followed by a surprising amount of spice that faded into a sweet hoppy bitterness, as it warmed the chocolate really started to come out but the finish remained dry and full of hoppiness, tasted as if there was nutmeg or coriander in this even though there probably was not, spiciness made this one unique and worth trying again and potentially aging in the future

Not much carbonation and a super thick body, taste lasted a pretty good amount of time, heavy mouthfeel

Could drink a couple bombers of this until the nine plus percent alcohol would catch up to me, not too filling for how much thickness there is throughout,

Cannot wait to try the Oak Aged version sometime soon after seeing how good this was, highly recommend, especially for the low price, luckily they also have this at Walnut Liquorette near me if I need some more bottles in the future

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Photo of Homebrew35
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle date May 2011
Pours a quarter finger of a milk chocolate creamy head. Blackish brown body with mahogany coming through at the edges.

Smells of milk and dark chocolate, coffee, roast, fruity esters and some sweet carmel.

Tastes of dark chocolate, rum raisins, carmel, coffee. Alcohol is well hidden. Some fruity notes are mixed in, probably from the english yeast. The finish is lightly bitter with a sharp acrid roast which detracts from the overall beer quite a bit for me.

Medium full bodied, low carbing. Quite smooth and creamy on the finish.

Overall this is a tasty RIS, big chocolate and roast with some nice fruity qualities. Again the roasty acrid note on the finish detracts from the overall beer. I'll try it again to see if it was a batch variation.
$3.50 a single.

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Photo of cfrobrew
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a Yeti tulip style glass

A - Dark with a dark brown small head

S - Strong malt flavor, strong chocolate and cocoa, heavy alcohol smell.

T - Very rich chocolate taste, strong malt and alcohol. Similar to smell.

M - Heavy and thick but carbonated.

O - One of my favorite Imperial stouts, solid go to and not too expensive.

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Photo of fank2788
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle filled Feb 07 poured into a pint glass
I was pleasently surprised to see my local beer store carrying great divide beers so I just had to pick up a bottle of Yeti to try
This one pours an inky black with one of the darkest brown heads I've ever seen on a beer, too bad it doesn't stick around much. When cold the smell is dominated by american citrus hops as it warms the malts move to the foreground led by chocolate and other roasted malts, the smell stays a bit on the weak side. The taste starts out bitter both from hops and bitter roasted malts, there is also a good deal of dark chocolate like flavor from the malt along with caramels, black coffee and a touch of alcohol spice. Mouthfeel is good nice and full low levels of carbonation however it is noticable the finish is fairly dry but there is a somewhat strong bitter aftertaste with some warming from the alcohol. Drinkability is above average I tend to be a bigger fan of the english style RIS's where the malt is in the forefront with little to no hop contribution this is good but I think I have had better.

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Photo of alenonbeeradv
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - jet black brown with creamy head, the little that there is, and a reddish/copperish hue near the edges (thanks to a previous review for this description). the head kinda has this same color.

s - soil, faint cocoa, a bit of coffee. slightly smokey.

t - yeah, a lot better tasting than smelling. way more chocolate at first, then finishing to more coffee. still a little bitter like dirt.. but its more acceptably earthy than nasty. pretty strong coffee bean aftertaste. hmm and something else i cant put my finger on. almost a little metallic/rusty tasting?

m - more carbonation than expected. nice though kinda brings all the nicer, sweeter flavors forward a lot quicker. pretty damn smooth and creamy.

o - yeah ill buy it again. id much rather go with the oak aged or espresso oak aged but what are you gonna do when you dont have those extra couple of bucks to your name? nice one.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black and syrupy, with a one-finger coffee-colored head (one of the darkest I've seen) that slowly relaxes to a film. Smell is all roasted malts, chocolate and coffee with some sweetness. Taste starts out very malty, but rolls into a strong hop-bitter finish. Much hoppier than most stouts, which adds complexity to the beer, but isn't my favorite. Mouthfeel is pleasantly thick and heavy, as expected. Good beer, just a little more bitter than I like.

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Photo of gomejar
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Jet black with a very creamy, thick tan head that doesn't want to go away. Good lacing. This is what a stout should look like.

S: Lots of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. I smell more chocolate than coffee. Secondary aroma of spicy hops and alcohol also comes through.

T: Upfront it's loads of chocolate malt with coffee tinges. Hop flavor does a nice job supporting but certainly plays second fiddle. Aftertaste is of burned grain and bittersweet chocolate. Slight alcohol burn also.

M: My favorite part of this beer. It's exceptionally creamy; the mouthfeel reminds me of an ice cream float. Only thing that hurts it is that it's a little too carbonated.

D: The higher ABV and alcohol spiciness make it hard to have more than a couple of these at a time. Still, as far as Imperial stouts go, this is as drinkable as they come.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a dark black with some.deep browns and reds at the edges when held to direct light. No head. Very still. Tiny collar of dark tan creaminess.

Smell: Super roasted. Chocolate and caramel malts. Tons of dark fruit. Cherry, plum, and raisin. Chocolate everywhere. Sweet milk.chocolate, cocoa, bitter baker's chocolate. Leather, some huge malt sweetness. Lingering alcohol. Seriously roasted. Burnt, with some lingering meaty char. So much raw chocolate.

Taste: Crazy burnt. Char and burnt meat ends. Roasty sweet. Fresh leather and dark fruit. Loaded with dark cherry and raisin Chocolate. Bitter baker's chocolate. Tons of cocoa and some milk chocolate sweetness in the back. Sweetness builds with some smoky notes. Burnt and more burnt with enough sweetness to compliment and counter.

Mouthfeel: Full without being syrupy. Creamy and heavy with a weird smoothness tempered by the bitter cocoa.

Overall: Ughgghghahahghhhuhggg

Yeti is big. Yeti is strong. Yeti could live in cave, get old, be wise.

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Photo of aayooper
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours black with a one finger head which is maintained for an appreciable amount of time. A bit of a syrupy feel, but to be expected for the high abv of 9.5%. Starts out a little bitter but then hits a chocolate note and then hardens too a nice coffee finish. One bottle put me in a good frame of mind. Would I have a second, most definately yes, but not tonight.

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Photo of mtschmitz
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) dark. Completely opaque. Nice head that dissipates quickly

S) good imperial smell. Hops balanced w Malts w a licorice scent like anise

T) excellent taste comparable to a stone imperial but with more malt. Smokey, toffee,spicy

M) bold a bit chewy. Leftover malt on the back end

O) overall I was pleased. Surprised by the hoppiness of this imperial stout, well balanced though. Tasty and enjoyable

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L - Pitch black color with a 2-finger bubbly brown head. Pretty good retention that fades into a nice thin cap over the beer that leaves behind some of the best lacing I’ve seen in a stout.

S - Roasted barley aromas with a hint of coffee and a strong presence of sweet aromas with vanilla, cocoa, plum, and raisin notes. Possibly a hint of hops. Smells great.

T - Milk, cocoa, and vanilla sweetness fades quickly into surprising floral, maybe even citrus, hop bitterness. The roasted malt bitterness is there as well, but it’s mostly from the hops. I know the bottle says that it’s brewed with “an enormous quantity of American hops,” but it’s still surprising.

F - Full-bodied, not much carbonation but fitting for the style, creamy and sticky mouthfeel, with a bitter finish that lingers for a while. A slight warming sensation from the alcohol but that fades quickly.

O - This is a pretty unique imperial stout. At first glance and sniff, it seems like it’s going to be par for the course. However, upon tasting this thing, you realize that it’s not like most other imperial stouts. There’s a tremendous amount of hop bitterness for the style. After thinking about it, those plums and raisins that I caught in the aroma may have actually been fruity and floral hop aromas. Normally, I’m a total hop head, but it just doesn’t seem to fit here. This is a still a good stout that looks great and has a great mouthfeel. Definitely worth a try. I’ll have to get around to trying all of the variations of this beer that Great Divide puts out.

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Photo of SolsticeDreamer
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large sniffer: Deep dark black body looks like a beautiful shot of espresso with a creamy brown head. Light will not pass through the body of the glass and the head laces the glasses fairly slowly.
Fruity hop aroma with sweet chocolate-ness.
Beautiful chocolate flavor with a sweet citrus middle and bitter finish. Digging deep into the beer one finds toffee, caramelized sugar and cocoa and a hint of licorice. I'm overwhelmed by the modest amounts of hoppiness that pour out in the aroma and flavor. The strong roasted flavors of the grain are muted in comparison.
A very medium-heavy body with a delightful nature, hides the 9.5%ABV very well. Smooth and light carbonation that fits this beer well. Very drinkable and enjoyable on a nice rainy day.

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Photo of turboedtwo
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours black with a thin brown lacing, smells of coffee and malt, tastes like the bottle says, it has a strong roast malt flavor that flows into an alcoholic bite. I don't taste the caramel or toffee notes. mouthfeel is good, pretty light on the tongue and it tingles a bit. i could probably have a couple pints of this before i moved on to something else.

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Photo of CaptainTripps
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Black, dark as motor oil. Dark mocha head, 3 fingers worth.

S- Rich dark chocolate intertwined with roasted malts and a bitter coffeeness. Toffee and caramel notes are present as well. Man this thing smells good. Strong aroma's.

T- Just as it smells, rich chocolate taste, roasted malts with toffee and caramel. Nice amount of hops in the flavor as well. (This thing has 75 IBU's!)

M- Thick and creamy. Alcohol gets more apparent when the beer warms up to room temp but doesn't hurt the taste or the drinkability.

D- Perfect night cap

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,744 ratings.
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