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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 rickalessi
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

apperarance- small head little carbonation very dark w/ light brown rim
smell- coffee chocolate molasses not overbearing
taste - malty w/ significant burnt coffee/ hoppy aftertaste, pleasant on the palate, smooth
mouthfeel - thin given its flavors, no phenols
overall- very drinkable full bodied w/o being overbearing , alcohol is hidden nicely

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Photo of gpcollen1
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a wondefully dark black into my Smutty Big Beer Glass, my favorite glass for Imperial Stouts. A dark cocoa head rises a mighty inch and a half and is very slow to settle. Ha to pour this 3 times to get it all in the glass. Aroma rides in the dark overripe cherries and roasty chocolate with short doses of alcohol rising up and out.

Taste is strong and in your face with roasted coffe beans and dark chocolate and gives way to a bit of alcohol burn. Packed full of flovor but not much in the way of fruit in there. Finish is soft, once the chocolate gives way, and dries up nicely.

I think this one smelled a bit better than it tasted but it is still pretty good. Will drink it again but not as a staple.

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Photo of MURF0320
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into typical pint glass. Poured black and opaque with a dark tan 1 finger head. Nice retention but lacing did not stick.
Aroma is dominated by hops, roasted malts, rich dark chocolate, coffee beans, and alcohol.
First thing that hit my tongue was a surprise burst of hops, which then gave way to heavy roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses, and a splash of coffee. Finished bitter with more piney hops and a slightly smokey flavor. Delicious. Slight alcohol presence, and the coffee flavor became more predominant as the beer warmed.
Mouthfeel was very creamy and smooth.
Drinkability is decent but i felt that the alcohol presence and warming had this beer fading on me.
This beer is definitely recommended.

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Photo of dandandan79
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

at first i thought damn this is too bitter of an ending. I continued to drink and the complexity of this beer hit me. Its a well balanced and with personality, with taste. Before I knew it i finished and i wanted a bit more so I could unpack all the flavors in here. Overall a very good, strong beer. I can smell the chocolate now and i have a few more sips left.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought this one out with the start of NHL playoffs for the Washington Capitals.

Pours an intense pitch perfect black with an incredible chocolate head that is a sight on the initial pour, though is less and less for future pours. Lacing is prevalent, if not significant. Struggled with the nose - it was heavily toasted, but nothing really else was there - maybe chocolate.

Taste was incredibly roasted, with heavy coffee and a little bit of toffee. Finish shows more significant hop notes than I like to see in an imperial stout - just a little bit bitter on the finish that negatively affects the drinkability and the flavor. Heavy full body, that is perfect for the style.

I really like this beer, just is a step or two away from being "great".

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Photo of shbobdb
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks ColoradoBob!

This is a mighty impressive ADS. It pours black-on-black with a thick coffee-and-creme head. The smell is burnt chocolate.

The taste follows smell, the rich sugary malt mixing with lucious dark chocolate, nice roasted accents, with some dark candied plums thrown in. Truly a decadent brew. It reminded me of a very well-made mocha.

I can see why people recommend drinking this bomber over an entire day. Wow. It takes a while to drink, but I savoured every sip.

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Photo of n2185
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours black with two fingers of brown head that recedes into a thin layer with good lacing.

S: lots of roasted malts on the nose. Semi-sweet cocoa, coffee, and char notes dominate.

T: again, roasted malts dominate. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate mostly, with notes of bitter char. Slight alcohol presence on the finish.

M: thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer could be a bit creamier.

O: a good impy stout overall. Lots of nice roasted characters, though could use more complexity.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a February 2007 vintage bottle (cool label + cool cap!) into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Dark as night with a good amount of dark brown wispy carbonation.

S: The hop aroma stuck around and is present in a rare sort of form - bug spray and pine trees blended together. This is not necessarily a bad thing.

T: Surprising hop presence (they must have thrown A LOT of hops into this boil), smoked and seasoned wood, and very bitter finish. Chocolate, coffee, and oak are just an afterthought in this RIS.

M: The carbonation hung around in this one just fine. Dry finish.

D: Despite the bitterness, this is a very drinkable beer after 3 and a half years in a cellar. Please note that bitter does not mean acrid. I happen to like bitter versus sweet.

Overall, this is such a well-crafted beer. This tastes nothing like other imperial stouts I've had and ages phenomenally.

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Photo of YumYumGumGum
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: one and half fingers of very dark brown head. Opaque body and maximum lacing. The dark brown head is very even and fluffy not oily like some dry coffeed beers. Poured in bar glass.

S: raw coffee smell dominates other components, and notes of burnt roasts, maybe chocolate or nuts.

T: strong coffee imperial flavors, lots of burnt malts. Chocolate is nice, didnt taste the nuts in the scent.

M: great level of carbonation. Very fulll body which is what i look for in an imperial. I like more wholesome beer and this a great show of a super grain imperial dark black stout. Almost plead the 5th quality in mouth feel.

O: in a store 15$ for a 4pk. Not worth the money considering beers that i compare it to, like plead the 5th are only 13$. Not worth the money but definately a well made imperial centering around coffee worth trying. I cant wait to try and review the 22 of the expresso version but wont be buying another half case.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz little served in a real pint glass, reviewed live:

A - pours an appealing het black color with a dark brown, extremely creamy head. Retention and lacing are outstanding.

S - intense bitter chocolate and coffee. Dark cherry and rosary malts. A pungent but pleasing aroma.

T - cream and roasted malt open. Faint traces of bitter chocolate throughout. Adequately hopped. Well built, but leaves a very strong roasted/burnt aftertaste.

M - full bodied but a bit to smooth.

D - sure to satisfy fans of GD and imperial stouts alike. Not the best out there but very good. I'm excited to try the aged version.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours to a deep black with a thick, foamy brown head, which fades slowly and leaves a thick lace.

S: The aroma is rich and malty with heavy tones of mocha and toffee, also a bit of alcohol.

T: The taste is heavily malted and a little bit smoky, with chocolate & coffee flavor which remains dominant most of the time, but gives way to some bitterness. However it's not the typical bitterness you'd expect from hops, more like a black coffee/dark chocolate type of bitterness, which stick around in the after-taste. As it warms a bit, you taste the alcohol more and the sweetness levels out.

M: Very smooth as you drink it, with a heavy body and medium-to-light carbonation. Leaves a very sticky, syrupy film behind.

D: Definitely drinkable, but certainly not poundable. It goes down easy but is very filling.

Most places in this area carry the Oaked Yeti which I intend to try to compare the two. However I found this a just little bit north of RI and jumped at the chance to try it. I've had the Fresh Hop & Hercules Double from Great Divide and wasn't as impressed as most, but I wanted to make sure I sampled the full spectrum of styles for this brewery to make sure my judgment is fair. I definitely think this beer is better in its style those beers are in theirs and I can taste the same signature that I did in the other two. So I guess this beer has salvaged my opinion of Great Divide. Even though I lean more towards beers that I can put away en masse, this was a good beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this several times over the years, just never reviewed it for some reason.
Opaque black color with a finger or so of frothy mocha head; decent retention and lacing. Typical stout qualities in the nose, dark roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, and additionally, some definite hops notes. More of the same in the taste, roast, sweet malts, coffee and bakers' chocolate, caramel, resinous hop notes contributing a lasting bitterness, with a somewhat mineral aftertaste. Body is on the fuller side of medium. It's not an out-of-this-world stout, but it's a solid brew and quite drinkable overall. It makes a good base beer for some of GD's more adventurous selections.

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Photo of PALMEJ1
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into st bernardus chalice.
great dark chocolate color while pouring. almost 1 finger head formed after finishing the pour, nice. mocha/hazelnut bubbles form after a few

smells of chocolate hops, this ones about 6 months old. also getting some dark fruit but hard to distinguish.

taste great with bitter chocolate and what almost taste like caramel. But the hops bite along with the alcohol. cant wait for a few to age...

rich and creamy with a nice warming burn as the glass goes down

drinkability will only improve with age. but don't get me wrong, I could drink 2 12oz servings fresh! great beer to rely on

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Photo of Liverpool08
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark black pour with a oatmeal colored head.
Godd aroma of coffee and a little hops. A drier tasting stout than I expected. Not as creamy as some others, but still very good. Flavors of dark coffee and that great hop kick at the end.
The hops are what probably give it that drier taste. Very drinkible for an Imperial.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle with the old label on it. never had the regular yeti, only the oak aged one. first time trying out my resale shop over sized snifter.

A- black body with a finger and a half of coffee colored head. no light can be seen through the glass. came out of the bottle looking quite thick. very sticky solid ring of lace left on the sides of my glass.

S- lots of chocolate is the first thing i notice on this one. alot of roasted barley as well. faint odor of alcohol, and maybe a bit of coffee/hops.

T- roasted malt upfront. not nearly the amount of chocolate i could smell, but its still there. theres tons of coffee/hops at the end of this. small burn from alcohol, but at this strength thats expected. very dry and bitter

M- not as thick as i was expecting, but by no means could i call this watery or thin. nice level of carbonation, and a warming from the booze all the way down.

D- overall, the oak aged is better and can usually be found sitting right next to this one on the shelf. the potency makes more than one a bad decision, and the fact that its better tasting and more enjoyable brother can be found just about every time makes this one a hard sell to ever buy again.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one a while ago, it poured out very thick black with a dark brown head. The lacing was good here. The smell is a deep roasted chocolate malts with a rich nose of toast and coffee. The taste is rather complex going some a semi sweet to a dry burnt bitterness. The mouthfeel is thick making this one a sipper. I'd like to re-visit this one again one day. I feel it's worthy.

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Photo of mafiasentinel21
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Damn! This is a dark, black beer. I...am a little...scared? Haha. A one finger head that winds down slowly and lacing that clings to the glass! Smells like thick coffee, alcohol, vanilla. A nice bouquet.
Taste - smoky chocolate. Black licorice. Faint esters if alcohol. A very smooth (yet thick) taste and mouthfeel. Nice.

This is one fine beer. Not often do stouts get this hoppy, and it is very becoming of the brew. I'm not huge on stouts but fortunately my roommate turned me on to this one. Drinkability is not so high due to thickness, but that's ok!

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Photo of RyanGoodman
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at The Publick House in Boston, kudos for having this. Although apparently it should almost be expected at this place.

Yeti poured black, with a creamy head, dissapating to a film on top after a little.

Nose gave off the imperial stout norms, with hickory overtones and a type of tangy sauce.

Taste gave me a chocolaty wash with dark malt presence. The bottle indicates 75 IBU's...this is not fully detected, however.

Mouthfeel was average.

Overall, I have to say was a bit of a disappointment. Not that it was bad, but I expected more from this highly hyped beer. That being said, though, I can not find anything wrong with it. I suppose it's almost in the higher end of it's genre, but still lacking somewhat in complexity. Would try again.

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Photo of marieli
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Not sure about temp. Pours pitch-black brown. Very little head. Smell is primarily coffee/espresso, as is taste. I liked the beer at first but it took on a distinct bitterness as it warmed that was a bit much for my taste. Mouthfeel is smooth and on thick side. If you like coffee and some bitterness in your beer this should be a winner.

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Photo of Rogerlb
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark as tar into a tulip, with a thick brown head made up of foamy bubbles. Dissipates vveerryy slowly. Beautiful. Aroma is hoppy (citrus?) coffee and chocolate. Some sour plum in there; very much body promised.

Taste is bitter, slight burnt coffee (the bitter seems more hop-based than like espresso) and some dark unsweetened chocolate coming in. Oily and rich and cream comes in at the middle. Dark fruit, burned cherries under a heavy roast malt profile. Everything's fighting to get out from under the roasted burnt malt. Feels like a Russian Stout should feel -- some czar would like this. Main detracter is the bitterness throughout which doesn't fade. Dry finish, with sticky lingering...

Booze is pretty well hidden for a 9.5%. As the brew warms it mellows and cherries and cream come out more. I would have preferred the burnt malt to be less all over the sip.

Lists 75 IBU and I believe it. I don't remember this being so "burnt" tasting the first time I tried it.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle shared at woodshop 5.1

Poured a deep dark brown with maroon highlights with a finger of head that left good blotchy lacing on the glass. I got roasted malts and chocolate aromas with hints of coffee and faint hop notes. Up front the taste was chocolaty with a roasted malts and a nice hop bite that had coffee and earthy woody accents. The beer was full bodied with a low amount of carbonation that had a silky slight sweet but bitter finish. Pretty decent RIS from great divide that drank quite well. I would definitely want to try out the other variations of this brew.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 20+ months ago

A - pours a deep rich near black brown color with less than a cm of rich chocolate/molasses colored head. Retention is decent as is lacing.

S - tons of desert chocolate, fairly boozy and toffe vanilla sweet aromas. Earthy mildly piney hops as well. Very robust.

T - Lots of toasty caramel, toffee notes. Considerable earthy hops and boozyness. A bit mellow but still a bit too boozy. Still a 4/10 for balance

M - full bodied, yetis always a sipper but its definitely mellowed out a bit making it a bit more drinkable.

O - the age has helped, but I really think 4-5 year yeti will drink the way I want it to. Lots of great big (unbalanced) flavors are slightly mellowed but still not where I'd like them to be at 20 months.

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Photo of movingtrain
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Dark, black coffee, espresso-crema colored head, good lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Alcohol, chocolate, prunes, brown sugar.

T: Bitter-sweet...some chocolate across the tongue, the alcohol is coming through a bit heavy here...not overpowering, but perhaps a bit too much.

Overall: This is good. The "bottled on" date reads Mach 9, 2009...so this is pretty young yet. It was a bottle of this from early in 2008 (which I recently drank) that turned me on to this beer. That one was wonderful, complex, full of vanilla, chocolate, and wood notes...I'm hoping that, with a year on this on, it will do the same.

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Photo of ryantho00
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a nice 3 finger head that lasts and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

It has a slight alcohol ting and smokey coffee/mocha scent.

This beer has a nice full body with full viscous mouthfeel and an almost molasses and toffee beginning, moving to a coffee and chocolate taste, then finishing strong with a warming smokey aftertaste. There is a nice blend of maltiness and bitterness. I detect some hoppiness near the end and in the aftertaste, but nicely balanced, and the alcohol warms you but is masked nicely with this smooth flavorful beer.

As with the other yeti's I have tried, this goes down smooth and seems like it would age well, be careful though, at 9.5% it could be harmful. It is very smooth and has the nice imperial stout taste nicely balanced with maltiness and bitterness.


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Photo of bushwhacker
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had it from "distant" tap, so no pour observations other than the lovely tan head and healthy lacing. Good clean clear black color, medium viscosity from what this amateur dark beer drinker would expect. I thought it was very balanced with a very good flavor profile, burnt malts, etc., creamy mouthfeel, clean finish for a 'meal in itself' brew. I seldom can sample these brews and I enjoyed this very much. Looking forward to sampling all the GD's products at the wellhead.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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