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 | website

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.

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Photo of SargeC
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep black with a dense, brown head that lingers and laces well.

Smell: Chocolate malt, caramel, toffee, molasses. Strong hop presence, with a small alcohol undercurrent.

Taste: Sweet chocolate flavors that evolve into a bitter chocolate finish. Alcohol softens the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Very dense, full body brew. Very smooth and waxy.

Drinkability: Very big and bold. A pleasure to consume.

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Photo of Nowhereman529
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like the look of this one, pours from the bottle a very dark, nearly black color with about two fingers worth of dark brown fluffy head.

Smell is heavy on chocolate, malt and coffee. A little hops and alcohol can be appreciated as the beer warms a little.

Taste is crazy bitter, right along the lines of bitter baker's chocolate. It's smooth though with an end that is malty and an aftertaste that is distinctly coffee, like good coffee (think starbucks without the burnt aftertaste). There is seriously very little sweetness here, but it is a very complex taste with hops shining through here and there and dark malt making up much of the base of the flavor.

Mouthfeel does not disappoint either, with sort of a velvet creamy mouthfeel upfront that bubbles just enough to make it not feel like a syrup.

Overall this is a very drinkable imperial stout. I would say it tops my list of overall favorite dark beers. Would highly recommend to anyone with a flair for dark beer.

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Photo of nickfl
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Just under one finger of brown foam on an opaque, black body. The head settles down to a thin film and leaves a moderate ring of lace in its wake.

S - Big, rich aroma of dark chocolate with a hint of coffee. Notes of almond, vanilla, and a non-specific hoppiness that doesn't have a particular hop character, but warns of significant bitterness in the flavor.

T - Roast barley note, followed by dark chocolate flavors. The chocolate is followed by a velvety bitterness and then notes of smoke and tobacco. Some minor alcohol notes fade in and out during the finish while malt and hop bitterness battle for dominance and a strong smokey character coats the palate.

M - Thick, oily body and moderate carbonation. The finish is just sweet enough to balance the significant bitterness.

D - This is a very heavy, very complex beer and obviously built for sipping. The chocolate malt in the aroma is quite nice, but what really makes this beer memorable is the awesomely powerful, deep burnt tobacco character of the finish. While it may sound unpleasant to some, the lingering finish of this beer reminds me of nothing so much as the aftertaste of a good cigar and, under the right circumstances, that makes it quite drinkable.

This beer easily lends itself to pairing with dark chocolate and it may be the best match for a cigar of any beer I have yet encountered.

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Photo of AmitC
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing yeti bottled on 28th Feb 2012. SO almost 10 months on this one.

Pours very thick dark brown in color. Not to say, pitch black inside the glass. About one finger thick shining brown colored head. Excellent lacing on the sides. Head does not have a lot of standing bu a thin layer does stay throughout.

A very good smelling RIS. And that too after 10 months. Good roasted malts upfront. Some dark chocolate, caramel and licorice or chicory. Some English toffee. A little bit of alcohol also does enter the nose.

Taste: A Very solid taste. Enters with roasted, charred malts but surprisingly they are not overpowering. A very good amount of hop bitterness accompanied by some alcohol. Finish is dry and slightly bitter. Nothing is too strong. Sweetness of malts is very well nullified by the hops and charring. Some coffee and chocolate flavors are also observed.

Mouth feel: One of the very thick looking stout but has surprisingly smooth and creamy feel. Full bodied. Whatever astringency is observed, is seen at the time when the brew enters the mouth. Ends with a very balanced taste. Extremely good finish. Stout is a bit chewy and thick. Gives a kick. Very nice warmth and a must for winter season.

Drink slow. Enjoy. Let it warm you and itself.

Style Rate: 4.5
Personal Rate: 4.5

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very dark midnight black with a dark almost brown colored thick head. Very great smelling beer, tons of aromas great the nose. Chocolate, caramel, toffee and hops. Tons of retention, this beer looks like motor oil. Very complex flavor, some caramel toffee flavor with a hoppy finish. This beer tastes like a delcious desert treat. Smooth mouthfeel and very drinkable. The alcohol is hard to detect, but at 9.5% it will hit you by the end of the bomber. If you like RIS definitely give this beer a try!

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Photo of GPHarris
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a two fingers thick light brown head into a pint glass. pours so dark that it's impossible to interpret any shades except black. great looking brew.
s - smells very syrupy and sweet. hints of caramel and toffee.
t - very malty and roasty with a sweet aftertaste.
m - very heavy and chewy.
d - incredible from beginning to end. creates a warming sensation as you drink it from it's heaviness and higher alcohol content. a great beer on a winter's night.

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Photo of jmz62565
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a jet black, no light thru this beer, with a huge chocolate/milk like foamy head. Absolutely beautiful. Great head retention and lacing make this a classic beer. The smell is chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malt, making this a nice sweet aroma. The taste is sweet with chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and dark fruit. A great tasting stout, more sweet with chocolate than dark fruit makes this a heavy m/f and very drinkable for a high octane beer. A classic that should not be missed. Cheers.

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Photo of Robomunky
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Such a beautiful pour I cried a little. Smells like dark chocolate. Tastes like the best year-round, easily available imperial stout on the market. I swear I don't work for them.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Yeti has a magnificent obsidian color with a voluminous mocha colored head. Tons of lacing left on the glass. The aroma draws comparisons to bakers chocolate, new leather, port wine, and creamy milk. To my delight, the flavor is very chocolatey, along with some earthy wood and tobacco notes. Surprisingly a fair amount of hops are included in the mixture. The finish is tart and bitter. I appreciate the heavy, velvety mouthfeel, and the warming sensation of the high ABV. Definitely a must try when in the mood for a bold RIS.

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Photo of adamhimself
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This has to be one of the best examples of Imperial Stout I have ever had.

The appearance is jet black with a dark brown head. It looks great sitting in my imperial pint glass. The head looks awfully creamy.

The smell is roasty with hints of coffee and chocolate. It wasn't overpowering or anything special, but I have been a little stuffy recently.

The taste is superb. Its slightly sweet with notes of caramel, coffee, and nuts. I love the roasted flavor it brings across and the alcohol is barely present which is amazing since its 9.50% ABV. It all meshes very well. I would say the taste is the best thing about this beer.

The mouthfeel is definitely creamy. Its very smooth and not too thick. So you could have a couple and not feel overly full like some other Stouts.

Drinkability is good at best. The high ABV and the fact its an Imperial Stout means its still heavy, but on the lower end of Stouts. This beer is perfect for those cold wintery nights and it not something I would suggest during the summer months.

Overall, I imagine myself sitting in some cold Colorado mountain, hanging out in the snow and drinking this very tasty beer.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz Bottle into standard pint.

A: sidepour gets absolutly no head at first. But it pours thick and dark like crude oil. A few bubble push through the thick ooze to get a millimeter cap that dissapears into nothing shortly after. Any bubbles that form are dark brown like coffee, beautiful.A very fine ring sits around the outside of the beer. No light getting through and ans I poured it was showing DEEP browns and red. This looks amazing.

S: big big chocolate nose, hints of dark fruit. a hint of bitter coffee but only a hint. A touch of alcohol on the nose but no fusel smell. Smells big and bad!

T: oh god here we go! First sip is a symphony of darkness. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee play on the front followed by a bit of hops that finishes it off. Second sip I notice more alcohol up front and some roasty malt. Finishes off with a bit of bitterness both from dark malts and hops it seems. hardly any alcohol burn like I expect from such a huge brew, especially since I can smell the ethanol in it. this tastes like the dark, and the dark is good.

M: thick and chewy. Coats the mouth in pleasure like a syrup. I could eat this with a spoon. if other stouts are full bodied this is overfilled.

O: goood sipping beer, can't hardly take a real swig of this bad boy. Paid $3.80 for this 12oz and woukd gladly pay up to $5 for it again if I had to.

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Photo of lighthabit
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

tired, so these are more notes to myself than anyone else -

pours well, good thick head, but seems to not retain lacing others are seeing, is a young one from july '12.

solid stout characteristics, with a bit of smoke that i've never tasted before (that voodoo maple bacon atrocity from rogue could learn a thing or two from this, because i find hint of smoke interesting in this brew, whereas the voodoo was just plain awful). a tad bit on the thin side as it warms, but not in a bad way. hides its 9.5 abv rather well.

dies down to not much lacing, a pleasing, semi-sweet licorice/burnt molasses/malty kind of flavor, and as others mention, earthy, but very tasty. i can swirl this around for a while and pick out good complexities. at $8 for a bomber, not an everyday drink, but surely on my list of beers worth coming back to.

nice job, great divide brewing!

p.s, normally wouldn't disparage another beer, but am using rogue as a reference point for myself - note to self, might want to try other brews with subtle smoke characteristics.

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Photo of uustal
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a really deep mahogany brown. Huge brown head with a reddish hue to it. Nice lacing and retention for the style. Aroma of sweet milk chocolate, dark fruits and a bit of hops. Awesome chocolate notes to start, really good creamy sweetness. Roasted coffee beans follow. Big dark fruit and really crisp hop bitterness round out the beer. Really nice big, but well-balanced flavor profile. Wickedly creamy mouthfeel and awesome drinkability for a RIS.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like motor oil. Thick, opaque black with a thick creamy brown head. Looks like a frothy milkshake. Quite lacy and tantalizing. Smells like milk chocolate with some coffee bitterness underneath.

Taste is a wave of roasty dark malt. There's a coffee bitterness that steps right up and bites you. Sweet malty chocolate, mily offset by that powerful mocha bitterness. The mouth is surprisingly creamy with that lingering coffee bean aftertaste. Tasty beer and surprisingly drinkable.

A newcomer to ATL and a welcome one. A fantastic imperial stout that takes no prisoners.

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Photo of dgilks
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black. Pecan highlights. Small, creamy tan head. Good head retention.

Rich malt aroma. Bitter chocolate along with touches of sweeter chocolate. Good light espresso note. Moderate fruitiness. Well balanced and no off notes.

Sweet and rich but not overly so. Good bitterness and chocolate. Well balanced stout flavour.

Medium-full body. Good richness that complements the flavours.

This isn't the world's biggest stout. But it is one of the nicest. Excellent.

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4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, served in a tulip
Bottled on 21NOV12, Sampled 03MAR13

[A] An aggressive pour yields only a quarter finger high head. The color is dark brown, the texture is foamy/creamy and retention is above average. The body is as black as black gets. Lacing in sheets initially, then hanging and breaking apart later.

[S] Really dark chocolate with a deeper than average roasted tar-like quality. The hop character is as strong as advertised, coming through with notes of earth and pine wood. Slight soy sauce with a light metallic edge in the background.

[T] Fantastic. Dark, bitter chocolate impresses upon the palate first. The roastiness creates a touch of acridness that fades slowly into the healthy dose of hop bitterness. Piney, earthy, woodsy and a perfect compliment to the malts, keeping the sweetness completely in check.

[M] Not one complaint. And no room for improvement...really. Thick and full, viscous and chewy - and wonderfully tongue coating. The effervescence is just enough to graze the tongue and promote the body in a wonderful way. Love it.

[O] Very similar to Victory's Storm King but a little less hoppy, a better overall flavor and a more complete mouthfeel.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours jet black with a burnt sienna head that feel into lace and belgian lace on the side of the glass.

the aroma is rich with malt, chocolate, burnt chocolate.

the flavor is slightly sweet, chocolate, carmelized malt, hopsack, burnt something; man this is rich.

the mouthfeel is perfect coat the inside as it goes down.

beer is very drinkable and very enjoyable on a cold night.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

(12 oz can poured into a snifter)

L: completely-opaque, pitch black liquid... visible dense viscosity, like filthy motor oil... the foam maintains one of the darker brown colors you'll see, however, its volume and retention are a bit lacking

S: the smell charges up toward your nose as it's pouring - dark chocolate, mint, coffee liqueur... subtle roast-toast twinkling in the back, raisin... the dark chocolate is almost tangible... overall intensity powerful - you can smell its thickness

T: solid core of roast and dark sugars, shot forward with an aggressive swarm of piney, outdoorsy hops... dark coffee and triple chocolate cookie in the middle... the finish shows a bit of that toasted raisin... the sweetness doesn't get cloying as the hops maintain an almost spicy, vaguely peppery buzz underneath, slowly fading, and surely the stealthy booze does its part interfering with any blanketing and seepage of sugars upon the palate

F: medium-full bodied, mild-moderate viscosity as if one poured a tsp or two of chocolate syrup into an imperial stout... the booze warms the torso most wonderfully and never ever scorches... quite the mood stabilizer

O: the gist of this is its extra-thick, malty flavor and body and bold but tamed hops, roast, and booze... for a malt-head like myself, this is heaven - smooth, rich, potent, more-or-less balanced in its boldness... very satisfying - just try to resist having another

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Photo of Suds
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This brew is completely black, with essentially no light penetration at all. The head is thick, dense, and intricate, leaving a very agreeable lace. Nice smell: chocolate and coffee, highly roasted grain, a bit of roasted malt, and a hint of dark and meaty fruit. Chocolate malt is maybe the preeminent characteristic. There’s a creeping background of alcohol as well, becoming notably present as the beer warms. Nice flavor. Lots of roastiness and bitterness. Heavy, thick, full, creamy, and strong. More bitterness than many beers, which fits the flavor perfectly. This is an extremely satisfying and very luxurious stout.

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Photo of ncm45
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with a brown head that disappeared fairly quickly

S - Bitter chocolate and coffee. Fairly strong and pleasing.

T - Powerful taste (again coffee and chocolate comes to mind) which goes bitter afterward.

M - Creamy and very pleasant to drink. Goes down very well and the alcohol doesn't detract from the feeling. One of the best I've ever experienced.

O - RIS are my favorite style and this one is one of the best I've had. Not something I'd drink a lot of, but would be wonderful to enjoy after a good meal. A real treat to come across and I look forward to the chance to have one again.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one hell of a stout..WOW! Pours a craggy, tan head about 2 fingers. Smells of caramel, chocolate, vanilla, toffee..lots of scents. Pours also an opaque black color. Very heavy mouthfeel, very malty and chewy. Has some nice hop kickback, but the rich malt rounds it out beautifully. One of the best beers you can find in this country.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This may be classed as an American Double Stout, but it tastes to me like a Russian Imperial Stout. It has all the makings of an Imperial stout. It pours out a thick, motor oil brown that gives a black appearance in the glass. The head is deep khaki, and while most Imperial stouts have a rather thin head, this one is quite dense and pillowy.

The smell is typical of Imperial stouts: malts, toffee, chocolate, espresso and winey hints. Taste is similar, with an good emphasis on the espresso and bitter chocolate. The subtle wine-like flavours are not lost.

This is definitely an Imperial stout, and should be treated as such. Drinkability gets a lower than desired score because of the bottle size and the high ABV.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a snifter from a bomber.

This beer pours jet black with a creamy tan head that holds nicely and laces well. The smell is rich roasted and chocolate malts. The taste is rich roasted chocolate malts again. This beer is if nothing else, extreamly smooth. Just a great mouthfeel. Overall highly drinkable, just a fantastic brew.

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Photo of crashoveride
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap as part of a Beer fest at Union Jack' @ the Matawney Inn. The pour was a deep black almost molasses like with a one finger dark tan head. The smells were very strong of bitter chocolate and sweet like brown sugar, it smelled delicious. The taste was just as good as it smells with hints of coffee and oak/smokey flavors as well as chocolate. The drinkability was down just a bit since it is high in alcohol. It is more like a sipping beer. This Beer is a must try !

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Photo of BadBadger
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wowza, Yeti Imperial Stout is one very pleasant beast. It pours from the bottle a nice dark color (not pitch black but almost there). There is a beastly proportioned coffee colored head which sticks around for some time. The smell is a very nice aroma of malt, coffee, and floral hops. The taste is both a sweet and bitter smack to the senses, with a hearty coffee kick to to teeth. There is a chewy coating to the lingual side of the teeth, the tongue and the palate. This is a true delight. I certainly recommend searching for this beast!

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