Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout

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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 nickthetick
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
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 +5.5%
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 +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of killcore
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of zerocool88
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Jbk81
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TCgoalie
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
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 +5.5%
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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Photo of DennisDullea
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Junkman13
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of craigbelly
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Antg8989
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of micromaniac129
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For an even greater affect I used my Chimay goblet, celebrant of my 500 review some 10 beers ago. lets see what happens...

Dark as dark can be like a black hole. A small deeply mocha head sits on top but fades extremely quick. I was expecting a rather thick brew when poured but was not.
Aroma is smooth melted chocolate roasted or burnt malts espresso and hints of vanilla.
Taste is bitter dark coffee beans and deeply roasted malts maybe even burnt. I get a nice hop bite in the middle and flows easily into the aftertatse.
Drinks smooth and not nearly as thick as one might expect. Some gritty ash very slight at end along with a high bitterness.
A world class brew no doubt and I think a beer of this caliber would pair nicely with Frampton's live recording of Do you feel like I do.

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Photo of n00tz
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep Brown body, tan head, undetectable carbonation.

S - Roasted nutty malts. Smoky wooded scent. Astounding chocolate character picked up after it warms up (be patient).

T - Bitter hops, cocoa and coffee. In a wonderfully well- balanced bitter brew.

M - Soft palate, low carbonation, and a chocolate-hoppiness that lingers.

D - Man what a brew, I'll be looking out for more Great Divide.

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Photo of Angerhaus
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alex-Alkis
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Draught2012
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sgoodship
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another cold day here in Chicago and I wanted to warm myself up. Picked this brew up at Binny's in the South Loop. Don't know that much about Great Divide but selected this because of it's reputation. The label would certainly not have enticed me but never judge a beer...

A: Poured from a bomber, I got a nice 2 finger head. Beautiful golden brown head that started clinging to the glass immediately. Slick and black looking liquid. A hint of red in the black and hardly a touch of ruby on the edges against the light - dense stuff. A thin head remained throughout and the lacing was fantastically fine.

S: Lovely deep, stale roasted malt. There's a caramel malt sweetness there too. I can smell the alcohol but it's not very dominating considering the ABV. Coffee came across dominantly in the roastiness but some tartness with the alcohol like black cherry.

T: First taste was a very big malt followed by a bite that wasn't a tart fruit, it was actually a hefty clout of hops. Very sour hop finish with a malt breadiness. Very nicely orchestrated progression and very enjoyable. When I have had brews that try to deliver massive malt and hop, one tends to dominate. With this brew, the malt is destined to win (because it's a Stout) but because the two play out at different times in the progression, you feel like they both get to have their 15 minutes of fame without butting heads. I think this qualifies it as well balanced in my book. I had a feeling that I would enjoy this as it warmed up and I wasn't wrong. Just got deeper and more malty but kept a nice hop bite that makes the finish active and leaves a hop aggressiveness in the mouth that then welcomes the return of the malt. This beer just really works for me.

M: Full bodied, smooth and creamy. Light on the carbonation. Perfect.

D: It's obviously a heavy beer but very drinkable - knocked it back way too quickly and felt the rosie cheeks and buzz. Would love to drink one after another but the high ABV makes that impossible.

I was starting to despair about not finding Stouts that I truly enjoyed but, I have broken my cold spell - this is my new go-to IRS.

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Photo of ajaxivan
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been meaning to try this, finally found it

A: Black Hole, Great look

S: Espresso, caramel, Dont notice any alcohol smell given the high abv

T: Complex, Espresso and choc. This is tasting great right now.

M: Full and bold.

D: This beer is way to drinkable for the abv. One of the best ive had and shouldve grabbed sooner,This might be one of my favorite beers ever.

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Photo of Rammed96
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bloberglawp
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing this one with my brother, for mouthfeel he said "wet". :D

Big thanks to jasonjlewis for this bottle!

Pours pitch black, dark murky frothy head, leaves lace nicely, big aroma of roast and a bit of hops! Flavor of very dark chocolate, roasted malt and coffee.

Exellent beer, scare your bud drinking brother in law and give him one for a wedding anniversary.

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Photo of Thiestru
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint-sized pub glass.

Appearance: Wow. This looks like slightly-less-thick motor oil as it's pouring from the bottle. It's pitch-black. A one-finger brown head sits atop it like a crown, lacing the glass in curtains as the level lowers. Such an awesome-looking beer.

Smell: Dark, bitter chocolate, noticeable floralness.

Taste: If you haven't prepared your palate properly (as I hadn't when I first had this a couple of years ago), the taste is like a sledgehammer relentlessly smiting against your tongue. Dark chocolatey malts rush out at you, yet it's not quite sweet - the bitterness from the hops sees to that. And I get the impression that it's not just the hops doing that, it's the malts themselves. It's pretty intense. Here we have a beer that doesn't screw around. It's the Strapping Young Lad of beer. I can't help feeling like this beer is enjoying itself in a sort of diabolical way, tag-teaming you with such immense flavors from both the malt AND the hops. Between those two, I don't even really notice the considerable alcohol presence. What a great beer for a cold winter's night this would be! So warm and thick.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, yet somehow not easy-going.

Drinkability: If you couldn't tell from my description of its taste, this is a formidable beer. I for one wouldn't want more than one of these in a sitting, but that's only because my taste buds would need some sort of break after being punished (in a good way) by one of these. Yet, if someone was already handing me another one....

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A true sipper. Has 75 IBU's and a best before date of 08. Pours with a medium sized brown head that puts up a fight before settling. And leaves behind some great lacing. The colour is as black as you can get.

Smells of coffee, molasses, alcohol, chocolate and hops. This is one powerfully aromatic stout.

Everything the nose picked up is on the palate. Coffee, molasses, chocolate, hops the alcohol is very warming. The coffee flavour seems to linger on and on. Amazing! I can sip this all night long.

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Photo of elvislwyr
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours thick, dark, viscous. A vigorous pour yields a mocha colored head the width of your thumb. This dissipates fairly quickly and I did not observe it to leave lacing on the glass. Completely opaque, the beer is maybe more dark brown than black. An appetizing appearance.

S: Dark baking chocolate, or cocoa, which to me is the dominant note. Some background alcohol booziness wafts in, along with some brush strokes of espresso.

T: Complex, balanced between sweet and bitter, decadent maltiness with hops that would be aggressive in an ale, but leave you questioning whether the lingering bitterness is charry malt or the hops in this beer. A beer to be pondered.

M: It drinks like it pours; full and thick and viscous. There is a nice carbonated tingle on the front end, balanced with mousse-like silkiness. Maybe the best part of the beer.

O: This is an impressive stout. A superb example of artful craftsmanship.

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Photo of redneckchugger
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber poured into an an imperial pint.
i got the whole bomber to fit, si it had very little head, my fault not the beers though
smell is strong roasted malts, hops and alcohol
taste deep, complex, hard hit of burnt and roasted malt, followed by hop bite, and loads of booze in the finish.
thick mouthfeel, a sipper but one i could sip al night.
this is a great beer, of of the best i have ever had, much better than the oa version.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 5,571 ratings