Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

5,433 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.

Added by cokes on 08-09-2003

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

This beer has an awesome look to it. A pitch black beer with a darker tan head that leaves solid rings of lace down the glass. The smell is quite complex with roasted malt, chocolate, and a sweet maltiness. The taste is very similar to the smell though in reversed order. The first thing noticed is the sweetness of the malt, followed by chocolate and then a coffee like bitterness from the roasted malt in the finish. I may even be picking up on a hint of hop bitterness as well, but that may just be the coffee like bitterness from the roasted malt. The mouthfeel is quite thick and sticky. For drinkability, it's not too bad. I could grab a 22 oz. of this sip it over an evening.

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Photo of Ri0
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter. Bottled on 2/6/13

A - Obsidian with a thin 1 finger brown head. Minimal retention and a thin ring clings to the glass. Only a bit of spotty lacing.

S - I pick up big roasty malts and dark fruit. Bitter chocolate, caramel, toffee provide a nice sweetness. There are also notes of bitter hops.

T - Wow, the taste is fantastic! Bold bitter chocolate, dark fruit, more bitter coffee and some woodiness. The middle finds the sweetness of caramel and toffee. The finish is bold and bitter from the hops.

M - Creamy, rich and smooth with thick body. Carbonation is low but very nice for this style.

O - Great RIS and a nice treat for those that have GD distributed to their area. I put it up there with Ten Fidy and Founders RIS.

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

I got this precious gem from dogfooddog. It has been in my cellar for almost a year and now I have finally grabbed it at this rainy and mistySunday afternoon.

Appearance is a thick viscous beer, pitch black with a thin, off-white head that has bubbles in all shapes and sizes.

Smell of molasses and soysauce, the burned and roasted notes are deep and complex, backed up by this woody, rich oily graininess of what is probably barley flakes or something. The bitterness is high, but not sharp and nicely balanced by the fullness of the beer. Also the dark malts give the beer a gentle malt bitterness. After all this violence, there is also a sourness that gives the beer a smell of Chinese fish sauce. Somehow this complements the beer.

Taste follows the smell and is also very dark and complex. There are these mild roasted and burned notes that give the beer a coffee and dark unsweetened chocolate taste, followed by a great maltbitterness that reminds me of molasses, liquorice and soysauce. There is a grainy taste, which has an oily taste of adjunct, but it fits the bigness of the beer and makes the beer tend towards soysauce or Chinese fishsauce.
Bitterness is high, but not out of balance and the hops are giving the beer a great bitterness, although this is a bit subdued by the big body. With it's 9,5% alcohol I still get a warming feeling with every sip and my lips are a little sticky. This is truly a big beer with every aspect of the beer has been blown up to taste explosion proportions.

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Photo of granger10
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If someone were to ask me what an American Double Stout tastes like, I would point them to the direction of this beer. I love the pour. Deep dark dankness with a large cappachino like frothy head that holds nicely. Tons of lacing. Looks like a meal! Aroma is strong on the roasted tones and sharp tingly hops. Mildly citric after it's all said and done. Taste brings about more of these intense flavors. A super strong roasted black strap molasses flavor off the bat. Unsweetened chocolate comes next. A shot of espresso hits me in the middle. The hops are there the whole time but a huge hop strike gets me after the espresso. Very piney and somewhat bittering. Finish has a dry grainy bitterness to it and then chocolate coats the mouth. Lingers nicely. Quite a sipper with all the intensity. Well worth the price. A great example of the American Double Stout style!

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Photo of tmitch75
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge cascading brown head, 4 fingers worth. Lots of brown lacing too. Beer itself is black black black. Opaque. The head looks like a DQ malt.

Heavy bitter dark chocolate smell, very roasty. Some piney hop notes in there too, with a bit of mint.

Big bitter chocolate with a slight caramel flavor. Coffee too. Floral and piney hops finish it off.

Thick and creamy, super smooth. Absolutely wonderful mouthfeel.

A unique RIS, very good and surprisingly drinkable considering the 9.5% ABV.

Tasted on 6/5/08.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip.


S: Bready malt, rich chocolate, and a generous dollop of coffee. None of the 9.5% abv is evident and just of hint of hop aroma peeks through.

A: Deep chocolate brown body as dark as the devil's soul. Topped with a dense brown foam that has phenomenal retention leaving behind dense lacing and a thick creamy head. This looks perfect.

T: Dark, milky chocolate, bready malt, and just a hint of bitterness on the back end. Coffee notes hide most of the hop flavor, and -OH remains hidden until the very end. Fantastic beer.

M: Medium to heavy body with low carbonation. Super creamy, and smooth. Chewy. Just the slightest bitterness left on the tongue.

D: This beer is trouble waiting to happen. A 9.5 abv should not go down this easy! Great on its own or with food.

O: Glorious. I know BA is developing a stigma as a haven for hopheads and big stout drinkers, but with beer like this who can blame us?

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

A- Black as can be with a monstrous brown head that has amazing retention and leaves amazing lacing. Looks absolutely delicious.

S- Chocolate, coffee, some citrusy hops, cinnamon, and alcohol. Some cherries as well. This has a beautiful slightly-aged quality to it.

T- Chocolate and coffee with a citrusy hops background. Also noticeable are hints of cinnamon, vanilla, cherries, and alcohol. Nice and complex. The flavors have blended really well with this one.

M- Nice and creamy. The carbonation is just about right. Maybe a tad dry on the tail end.

D- This is always damn tasty. There are better stouts out there, but this is really impressive.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black, no light shining through at all. A creamy dark tan head sits on top for a while, leaving thick lacing as it dissapates. Dark chocolate, mocha, dark roasted malts, and some herbal hops come to mind. Smells full and appealing.

Creamy smooth chocolate hits hard first, followed by a big note of coffee, definitely mocha-like. Coffee or hop bitterness balances it all out with ease, making sure that the chocolate doesn't ever become cloying. A taste of vanilla sneaks in to help with the process of keeping a seriously smooth beer. Where's that 9.5% alcohol? Hidden almost completely behind that same balancing bitterness perfectly. There is a breath of alcohol in the very end, but nothing that ever becomes distracting. The texture is creamy as well, creating a very smooth mouthfeel and setting the tone for the whole bottle. And the whole bottle is delicious through and through. Some how every sip seems to be just as good, if not better than the last one. One of the best RIS's I've had and I will definitely buy more, as well as all the other cool variations. Great beer.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into NB globe.

A: pours motor oil black with some serious viscosity. A dark coffee colored head forms a nice fluffy layer and sticks around. This looks perfect for an imperial stout.

S: burnt malts, roasted barley, dark chocolate, coffee all on the front with a huge whiff of earthy resinous hops on the back which lends aromas of tobacco and pine

T: this starts out as a decadent chocolate delight followed by the huge hop character. The flavors seem more bold and assertive than the oaked version. The roasted notes are incredibly bold but the hops bite through and provide an interesting balance for a beer loaded with flavor

MF: thick, creamy, velvety texture, dense

D: this is extremely rich and is best enjoyed sipping over a long period of time as it warms. I was happy to see this beer in a 12oz/4pk vs. the bombers I have always seen in the past. This is an incredible imperial stout and among the best.

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Photo of grue_soda
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GarbageMan10
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Poured from a bomber into an oversized wine glass. Bottled on October 20th, 2010.

This is definitely the darkest beer I've ever had. As I pour it out into the glass, I'm trying to recall another liquid I've seen that's this dark; none comes to mind. The beer itself is so heavy that it almost has a sort of viscous appearance, but I know it's merely a product of the insane amount of malt in this baby. The head is surprisingly huge and seems to be flecked with dark cinnamon and chocolate. It takes its time to recede back into my wine glass. This beer is (and I know I've said this before, but I REALLY mean it this time) absolutely gorgeous. I do not think a stout could look better than this...nay, I KNOW it. Five in this category.

The smell's initially a bit shocking. I guess I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm hit initially by a strong odor of quality tobacco, followed by chocolate, licorice, and a nice yeasty quality. This beer simply SMELLS warm. Perfect for the night I'm enjoying it. I don't think a single-malt scotch could get the job done any better than this Yeti. The alcohol finally emerges in the nose as I proceed and it warms, but it isn't at all unwelcome. The smell, despite how intricate it is, is nearly perfect. If the alcohol were concealed a BIT more, it would indeed have garnered a five in this category as well. As it stands, there isn't much more it can do. Nearly flawless in the nose.

As it hits my lips, I first taste a melted bar of 80% Cocoa Belgian chocolate, but I'm instantly bombarded with copious complications to this initial claim. A hint of biscuit, and a distinct coffee flavor pokes its head out at the culmination of the sip. I'm no stout expert, but this one certainly fits the bill of what I'd imagine the "perfect stout" to taste like.

Minimal carbonation, subdued probably by the extreme malt content. Smooth, liquid chocolate moving around the inside of my mouth. Feel is incredible. Fluid, yet thick; Flowing, yet full. I'm very impressed.

9.5% puts severe hindrance on consumption amounts. But I'll be feeling quite good at the end of this bomber. There was a lot of hype around this beer, but I daresay Yeti has lived up to it.

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

Pours pitch black with a ton of beautiful red highlights. A thick frothy one inch dark caramel color head (with hints of pink) majestically crowns the beer. Smells of deep roasted malts, dark chocolate, and dark fruits dominate the nose. Heavy, thick lacing covers the inside of the glass like a 1970's shag carpet. First sip is burnt malts, tobacco, and dark chocolate. The bitterness is from start to finish. Mouthfeel is super creamy milkshake like adding to a wonderful experience. World Class.

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

2010 vintage

A - Almost black dark brown body, with a nice brown head. Good head retention and some lacing on the sides of my snifter.

S - Rich in milk chocolate notes. Hints of dark fruit, earthy hops, smoke, and vanilla.

T - Starts out very chocolatey, with a very rich roasted maltiness and enough sweetness. Then comes some dark fruit notes (dates, prunes) and some woody flavours, with a hint of vanilla. The finish is roasty, bitter and sweet, with lingering chocolate notes. Once the beer had warmed up, I began tasting some earthy grapefruit, which must have been the remainder of the once massive hoppiness; very tasty!

M - Medium-bodied. Slightly thinner than your typical RIS. The ageing has made this beer really smooth and creamy. Drinks really well, thanks to the great body and impressively well-masked ABV. I couldn't taste any alcohol even after it had warmed up!

O - Considering it was a 2-year old bottle, this was one of the most drinkable and smooth Imperial stouts I've had. Creamy, chocolatey, hoppy and very enjoyable. Definitely one of the better American examples of the style! Recommended!

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

From bottle dated1/25/2016 at home. Pitch black. Deep tan head of fine bubbles leaving good lacing. Aroma of coffee & deep chocolate. Little bitterness or sweet but rich flavor nonetheless. Good aftertaste but not cloying. Good solid creamy stout.

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Photo of elle_belles17
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

First taste of anything from Great divide Brewing....

Haven't heard or seen anything from great divide but was very excited to hear that it was coming to a store near me in california.

A - Poured with a very dark brown to almost deep midnight black color. The head was a dark brown about two inches thick with the most appetizing look.

S - The smell was of dark chocolate with a hint of coffee. Some light smell of black berries and hops. something to make you mouth water.

T - Toffee and espresso. Light hops and with some dark chocolate. Also a light hint on smokiness.

M - Mid to Heavy but something that will want you to keep sipping.

D - very smooth and easy to drink. Has a bit of dryness on the back end that makes you want to drink more of this beer. Defiantly a sipping beer because of the ABV

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

Picked up a 12 oz bottle early last November at AJ's for $ must have been mismarked!

Beer pours black as night with a strong brown head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is roasted coffee and mocha. Taste is roasted coffee, hints of dark fruit, chocolate all blending nicely with a generous portion of northwest hops. Mouthfeel is perfectly smooth with a full body that gracefully glides across the palate. Drinkability is near perfect as the abv is well hidden. This is a must try for imperial stout fans as this is an outstanding representation of the style.

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Photo of legalpete19340
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: What more do you want? Poured pitch black and syrupy into the glass. Initially no head but then about a finger and a half of dark brown creamy head formed. Adequate lacing but not amazing.

S: Hello dark chocolate, wood, molasses. Faint grass, herbs and alcohol.

T: Thank you. Hits upfront with molasses, creme brulee, burnt sugar. Grass and bit of herbalness bounce around with some woodiness. Then dark chocolate fades into a bit more burnt sugar and finally the dark espresso bitterness. Alcohol glow follows.

M: Thick and creamy. So thick and creamy.

O: Wow. I have had this a few times but I forgot how good it is. Dark, creamy, burnt sweetness, bitter. I drank the entire bomber no issue. Gonna find more and cellar it. My description sounds like it could be a milk stout but its not. Get this beer and drink it.

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Photo of JackStraw22
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber
Appearance: Pours a thick, pitch black body with a dark caramel head. Head retention was ok, nice lacing.

Smell: Big malty sweetness with a good dose of roasted malt. Chocolaty mocha aroma. Very nice.

Taste: HUGE dark chocolate taste, it really sticks with you. Hops are big, but not overpowering, balanced well (for a hoppy stout). Alcohol is slightly biting, but I like it. Tons of roasty malt flavor, awsome.

Mouthfell: Creamy and full, yet refreshing.

Can't wait to try this again, awsome brew.

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Photo of BMan1113VR
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like pitch black syrup. By far the darkest brew I have ever had, cannot see anything when held up to a light. Pours with an average size dark-brown head that mostly disappears. Lacing is excellent. The smell is almost nothing like the taste. Both moderate amounts of Malty and Hoppy aromas surface. I detected lime, pine, a nutty toasty smell, grain, and a little bit of chocolate and maple syrup. The taste and feel are both heavenly. This medium boddied brew goes down cream smooth with just a faint hint of carbonation and alcohol. The intial flavor is heavly sweet and over the long duration finishes ever so slightly bitter. Tastes of freshly roasted coffee. . .with some chocolate, so a mocha? Amazing beer, and this is comming from someone who isn't the biggest fan of stouts. Best beer I have had in a while!

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

22oz bottle poured into a large mug

Pours black, with little head. Not much more to say about it than that. It's attractive. Smell is black licorice, coffee, chocolate. Some plums or dark fruit.

Taste is roasty bitter, malty sweet aftertaste, lots of roasty bitter flavor, like a rich coffee. Very pleasing.

Mouthfeel is rich and gritty, slightly dry, not sticky or thick. Very nice.

This beer is very good. I like it a lot. I'm very surprised I haven't reviewed it before.

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

This cryptozoological stout pours like mid-viscosity tar, with burnt sienna edges and a surprisingly large, thick dark brown head. A thing of beauty that reminds me of Expedition. Smells of slightly smoked whiskeyish malts, dollops of ripened raisin pudding, alcohol-infused plums, and a bitter hop edge. The taste is WOW. Very big sweetened fruit, with roasty, burned edges. Meaty, whiskeyish alcohol edge. But then a wave of hops knocks all that out of the yeti cage. Hops are big and the bitterness is lasting, well into the finish that still manages to sport some residual syrupy sweet roastiness. Big mouthfeel, but not too cloying. A great big stout that makes me believe that yetis and sasquatch are not only real, but great brewers as well.

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

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

Nice nice color, they way an imperial stout should be, dark deep, petroleum like. Nice head, misty brown, you can quickly feel the very nice sweet and burned aroma. The taste is great, the burnt flavors are quite strong but balanced perfectly by the sweetness of the malt. Very nice beer, its going to my favorites list.

Highly recommended.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,433 ratings.
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