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.

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

Poured into my snifter this brew pours a deep space black with a dark, russet brown head. I've said it before and will again, you can tell when a stout is dark, when it's head is darker then most other beers. Impressive.

The smell is just as "dark". Deep roasted malt, molasses, and a slight hop back ground.

Toasted, roasted, malt....extra dark chocolate...a slight espresso tingle....and finally what I've come to expect for a big RIS; a hop background crafted to complement the HUGENESS of the Yeti.

The mouth feel is big, and well carbonated. Chewy goodness.

Yeti is drinkable for a stout. Two bombers will go down fine, but I'll be done for the night after that. This is beer is impressive, and a fine example of when big malt is complemented with hops.

I can't wait till the day when I line up the Yeti's and drink 'em side by side.

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Photo of Mar02x
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this beer @beer&zo - not cheap, but their delivery service is excellent.

A - An amazing strong and good looking head, one of the best I ever saw. The color is brown/beige and the structure is small bubbly, the rejection is slow. The fluid rejects the light, there is something dark and powerful in here.

S - Strong liquor smell, very nice and inviting because I thought there was none in there. The chocolate, dark cherries and malts finish the smell quite excellent.

T - Dry up front, chocolate, malts, wood and peat. A good representative of the style (like beer buddy Jeffo explained) .

M - A very nice creamy thickness, slightly bitter aftertaste and sof carbonation that goes excellent with the taste.

O - An excellent RIS, worth trying.

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

First word that I can think of to describe this imperial stout is black. From the 22-ounce bomber pours an inky, jet black liquid with a vibrant brown head. After a minute or so, the head dissipates to a small ring, leaving trails of lace down my chalice. Very impressive appearance. The nose features an array of scents, notably freshly ground espresso, road tar, roasted malt, tobacco, and minor bittering hops. Once again, quite impressive. The taste department delivers a variety of flavors. Roasted malt, fresh coffee beans, cocoa, and almost citric hops appear at first. As the beer settles for a while, a caramel/toffee flavor becomes evident, and it's very nicely done. The IBUs and alcohol come through on the finish, which is distinctively hoppy and warming in a good way. This is one viscous brew. Mouthfeel is incredibly oily and silky smooth. This is definitely an aggressive imperial stout, but it drinks very well, especially for its 9.5% abv. Overall, a great imperial stout. Drink this while you can, as this is a limited run. Best beer I've tried from Great Divide, hands down.

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

A - Completely opaque black which allows no light through at all. Dark, creamy, tan head - probably the darkest head of any beer I've ever tried. Great retention and leaves very nice lacing down the glass.

S - Sweet, rich, roasted malt aroma with chocolate and coffee tones most pronounced. Has a notable hop presence in the aroma as well. Just a hint of alcohol on the nose also.

T - Complex, sweet, roasted malts with chocolate, coffee, caramel, and toffee flavors. Also has a slightly spicy character as well. The immense malt profile is balanced with a nice, bitter hop presence. The hop bite really compliments the dark malts and balances this one out very nicely. Slight alcohol noticeable in the flavor, but it really goes pretty well with this one.

M - Thick, full-bodied, smooth, and rich. Also has the nice bitter kick in the finish. Great level of carbonation, not overdone at all.

D - Despite the full-body and relatively high abv on the Yeti, it is a very drinkable beer. Has a great, complex flavor and is balanced almost perfectly. I love the hop kick they added into this style. Great brew.

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

Obviously obsidian onyx opaque. Swaths of chocolately cling.

Charred alcoholic hop-encrusted sweetness on the nose with hints of oak, oats, prickly green herbal hops, pinetar, and marshmellows drowned in cocoa.

Smacks of chocolate on the first sip, then a rushing wave of alcohol-laden hop fusels, then finally a lingering roasty Russian Imperial acidity. A wonderous overall flavor with just a twinge of heat.

At first velvety smooth on the mouthfeel, then just a catch of astringent bitterness.

This was a gorgeous beer but didn't have both the fantastic viscocity or drinkability as Stone's...which i've come in recent samplings to find as about the best RIS out there. Still, stands by itself as wonderous and I think the oak-aged version could make this one exemplary, especially with slightly toned down alcohol and hop-flavors.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. Bottled on Mar 26 2010. Single purchased at John's Market for $2.99.

A-Pours a beautiful dark brown, nearly black hue with a two finger tan head with strong retention. Settles into an abundant cap that produces lacing that is even all the way down the glass. This is a beautiful craft beer.

S-The aroma is magnificent. Deep, dark roasted chocolate malts, Arabic coffee, and the hint of vanilla and cinnamon, as in snickerdoodle cookies. Awesome. Prominent dark dried fruits and sugars, like figs, Turkish apricots, caramelized brown sugar and molasses. Amazing.

T-A delicious, malt bomb. It is adequately hoppy, but is balanced by deep, rich malt flavors reminiscent of figs, brown sugar, chocolate fudge, and vanilla pudding. This is truly imperial, and would be a fine compliment to any Russian winter night, be it enjoyed by a Czar or a peasant. This is the best offering I have had from Great Divide. It has a very distinctive, possibly addictive taste. This is wonderful.

M-Substantial yet smooth. The mouthfeel is delectable. In a word, nearly perfect.

D-This is very drinkable. It must be, since I want more and don't have any. At 9.5% ABV the alcohol is not noticeable in the taste, but it definitely contributes to the overall character of this great beer. Extremely well done, Great Divide. I especially like that this is available in 12 oz. bottles. Great value.

I love this style and this is another great contribution. Very well done.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe. The beer is a deep, rich coffee black with a dark roasted caramel foamy head. It dissipates to a wisp with a circle of foam in the center with sticky lacing. Smells of dark bitter chocolate, burnt malts. The taste is rich, dark, and delicious. At first there is sweetness, like sweet yet bitter chocolate, followed immediately by the burnt malt smokiness. The finish is dry hopped and bitter. The mouthfeel is full bodied and dry.

Overall, this beer is a treat. Great dessert beer, great special occasion beer. It is to be sipped and enjoyed. I look forward to trying some of the other Great Divide Yeti concoctions.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,372 ratings.
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