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 numenor1
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like liquid obsidian, with a thick brown head that leaves nice lacing. Looks very imposing. Smell is of bitter chocolate, dark cherries and roastiness and a slight whiff of alcohol. Starts with a jab of dark roastiness, then powerful cherry sweetness that melds into bitter, hoppy roastiness lingering on and on. Tremendous flavor, sweet but never cloying and alcohol only shows in the throat warming. Loads of hop bitterness in the finish, it dries out quite nicely, but not exactly in a delicate fashion. Delicious. Mouthfeel is quite full with medium, tongue coating carbonation. Quite drinkable for the strength. It's within me to drain both of my bombers of this...

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Photo of AdamBear
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-black with a nice dark brown head

S-smells like oatmeal brownies fresh out of the oven. I'm serious!it smells that good.

T-tastes like oatmeal brownies too with a distinct flavor of dark roasted grains. Matching after-taste

M-heavy. Creamy Low carbonation. Creamy finish

O-for the price, you'll have a seriously difficult time finding a more flavorful stout. This drinks like a big stout.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a - Pitch black with micro fin brown body.
s - Smell was absolutley dominated by, however, there were very pleasant hoppy notes that I just couldnt put my finger.
t - ROASTY. charred malts, nuts, no fruit. Extremely long lasting bitterness.
m - Big bodied beer. Smooth, slick.
d - Very nice, but a little hot and heavy for summer drinking.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Egad, I could not get enough of this beer. 100% opaque, onyx black with a bubbly chocolate head. Sweet smoky chocolate coffee roast flavor, with a light milky sourness. It's as thick as a mouthful of maple syrup, you've got to love a heavy beer to drink this stuff. Could you guess it was malty? Very, very malty. But in a good way. A great way. A holy-crap-I-just-bought-out-the-bar way. I love 9%-plus beers that come in alluring 22oz bottles. Might be a good idea tape a car service's number to the bottle.

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Photo of acevenom
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks are due to EgadBananas for providing this bottle. This was bottled on February 21, 2012, so this is still very young. Poured into a pint glass. Pours black with a two-finger length dark brown head that retains well. The head dissipates very slowly. Lacing is left down the glass as the head dissipates. There are big aromas of dark roasted barley malt and chocolate. It has a bready and slightly earthy smell. I can't detect the alcohol in the aroma, which is a plus for such a high ABV beer. The flavor follows the nose. The roasted malt flavor is very prominent and there is creamy chocolate in there as well. There's bitterness on the back end as well as roastiness. It's mildly sweet as well. I can pick up some of the alcohol, but it's masked very well. The body is full with adequate carbonation. It is creamy and smooth. The drinkability is very high. Overall, this is an excellent beer and yet another great RIS. For someone just getting into this style, this is one that should be recommended.

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Photo of habanosdarklord
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

January 2010 bottle.

Drinking at cellar temp.
This beer pours very black, glugs from the bottle like motor oil. The head on this beer is an incredible dark espresso color. This beer just looks awesome. The smell is very much like a dessert. German chocolate cake comes to mind, truffles, creme brulee, roasted nuts, and a nice rich espresso note. The aroma is world class. The taste does not fall short. Big rich creamy chocolate notes up front, cake like flavors, I also get a creamy like flavor that does remind me of creme brulee. This beer is just great, one of my favorite stouts, seriously good stuff.

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Photo of OKCNittany
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a Yeti tulip

A: Poured a 1 finger, rich looking, brown head that slowly fell to a ring & cloud leaving nice lacing. Pitch black body.

S: Aroma of dark chocolate, chocolate milk, with alcohol and a touch of roasted coffee. Quite powerful.

T: Rich chocolate up front. Burnt malt & toffee too. Then finishes with bitter roasted coffee and an alcohol warming. Hops are very much in the background, but keep it from being out of balance. Very powerful and complex.

M: As smooth a beer as you'll ever have. Thick, full body. Lasting, creamy finish where the hops finally get a chance to assert themselves a bit.

D: The alcohol presence cuts into the drinkability a bit, but it's so good you won't care. Big beer fans will love this.

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Photo of LovingCup
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Comes out of the bottle like motor oil. Black; can't see through; minimal brown head on this pour. Looks heavy. Very nice appearance.

Smell: Lots of big and roasty going on here; espresso; chocolate; some alcohol; grassy hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Pretty much follows the nose. Just big roasty, thick, chewy, bittersweet, chococolate, espresso, some sort of fruit(prune; fig; raisin?) Tiny hint of booze. Heavy. Big ups

Overall: When I think stouts 2013-14 I'll think of
1.) Tried and true N.C. Old Raspy 2.) Dark Horse Plead the 5th 3.) Founders Breakfast Stout 4.) Sierra Nevada Narwhal 5.) Grand Teton Black Cauldron and 6.) That one Deschutes porter and.... 7.) Great Divide Yeti!
I'd like to do a blind taste test between them all but the Yeti is super dank outta Denver. It's just a tad pricey is the only thing I can find fault in it. I want to give it all 4.75's but if I were to taste it stacked up against all those others as well as the other versions of Yeti i don't know I would rate it as high, so for that reason I lowered it.
Point is, Yeti is a decadent beer that packs a walloping 9.5% . If you're looking for an imperial stout and you've yet to find Yeti, look no further.

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Photo of mpedara429
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours out like motor oil. Beer appears to be pitch black in color and poured out with two fingers of a creamed coffee colored head. Super sticky lacing.

S: Big, big smell of roasted coffee and dark chocolate.

T: Follows the nose. There is definitely a roasted/smoky flavor. A good amount of bitterness that is balanced out by sweet chocolate and malt. Hides the ABV very well.

M: Full bodied and a little creamy. Low-medium carbonation. For being full bodied and creamy, it is not too sticky.

O: I had heard rave reviews about this beer from some of my friends and it is definitely near the top of my list for an imperial stout. While many other similar beers will have similar attributes, not all are as well put together as this beer.

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Photo of kinger
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yeti, Yeti, Yeti....this is definitely one hairy giant of a stout! Think this is from '04 can't be sure though. Aroma is silky smooth lots of mellow chocolate, raisins, plums, and tons of roasted malt with a touch of hops. Black pour with an ample head and some lacing what a great surprise for an imperial, for that I give it the tops. Mouthfeel is well blended and exceptionally smooth, just the right burn from the abv to round out another top score. Awesome flavor, I believe that this has been sitting for at least a couple of years. Incredibly mellow and well blended. Heavy thick malts with a complimenting sweetness matched by a trace of bittering hops. Great stout, great label, and well priced This is a must try.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2013. Picked up recently from my local beer specialist.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Blackest black in colour, yielding a thin brown head of foam that rapidly subsides to a surface layer. An intense aroma of dark roasted malt, with notes of cocoa, coffee, burnt grain, molasses, dried fruit and aromatic hops. A warming, boozy whiff in the background. Complex and slightly sweet.

Tastes of roasted malt and hops with a rich, bitter finish. Notes of cocoa, coffee, molasses, dried fruit and aromatic hops. Slightly sweet, with an alcoholic finish. The dark malt and hops combine to produce a profound bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is thick and silky, with tingly carbonation and a spicy sensation on the tongue. Highly astringent. Aftertaste of roasted malt, coffee/cocoa and bitter hops.

A taste explosion - impressive stuff. Rich and intense. An exceptional imperial stout; the flavour components blend fantastically. Well worth trying if you have the chance.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Say hello to my little friend. A very dark brown in color with a well defined 1/3 inch tan bubbly head. The nose is first of hops, let’s get that clear; this is inviting; some chocolate and alcohol are also detected in the aroma. Lip smacking offerings – dark roasted coffee, some vanilla beans and some tender/bitter hops. Oh so tasty; alcohol offerings are right there in the body combined with intense grape and plum flavorings. Warming only intensifies this rich stout. An absolutely incredible and cleansing palate for the style. Very stiff; roasted malts round out the body. Full bodied and full of flavor; one of the top Imperial Stouts; search out this bad boy and enjoy!

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Photo of Martin194
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Black, totally opaque, with a small, brown head.

Smell: Alcohol, some coffee, toffee, sugar, caramel.

Taste: Strong taste, coffee, alcohol, hops, some toffee. Bitter aftertaste (not in bad way though).

Feel: Pleasant carbonation. Warm, very dry aftertaste.

Overall: A great stout! I personally would follow the bottle's instructions and pair it with a steak or something rather than drink it by itself like I did, I think it would go wonderfully with food.

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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best Imperial stout that I have had so far!

It's beast! lights out in a cavern dark, Very thick, thin head retention, strong aroma!

Poring this beer gives you since of what your in for, there is no light coming through even the thinnest points. Bold aromas and flavor, coffee, licorice, heavy roasted malt, some caramel notes. You feel the whiplash from this one, high in alcohol but very smooth!

You will be seeing black your at least 24 hours!

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from September 09' into a snifter via the always generous jpmclaug. Thank you, Jason.

Thick mocha head puts up little resistance before being swallowed into the depths uber dark beast.

Smell is Willy Wonka's chocolatastic chocolatorium. Serious chocolate in all it's forms and glory: rich, dark, milk, powder, syrup, fudge...damn. It's complex in its layers and depth. Delicious.

Taste adds an initial hop blast that introduces the waves of the aforementioned dessert bomb. Hops and chocolate weaves themselves throughout so that both become intertwined throughout the glass from front to back.

Rich and syrupy with enough carbonation to carry the experience

Drinkability is near exceptional for the abv and depth of this beer. A hoppy imperial stout that can stand toe to toe with many a whale and harder to find RIS. Well done, Great Divide.

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Photo of abeerwiseguy
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a 22 oz bottle with 12/16/12 date. 9.5% ABV on the bottle.

Thin brownish head with midnight black color.

Aggressive aromas of expresso, malty chocolate and caramel.

Flavor profile was very smooth and even with chocolate, coffee, caramelized sugar, and with an IBU of 75 definite floral, citrus taste.

Very rich, smooth body. This Imperial Stout has the most even and lingering flavor profile of any I have tasted. Light carbonation that increased as the beer warmed up.

No gaps exist between the first lovely aromas and tastes to the solid middle of the flavor profile to the long lingering exquisite finish. This beer will now replace North Coast Old Rasputin as my go to Imperial Stout.

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Photo of russpowell
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours ink black with a 4 finger plus choclate colored foamy head. Very good head retention and insane lacing

Smell: Malt, sweetness, licorice and choclate

Taste: Vinous character, with hops, bitter choclate, coffee, and slight rye taste (i dig that). Hop and grain bitterness, dryness and alcohol in the finish

MF: Super chewy, excellent carbonation

A little to chewy to do more than one, but well worth the struggle. Not a lawnmower brew by any means!

Nice cocklewarmer. Another winner from great divide. Spring is fast approaching here, will soon be too warm for these monsters. Catch em before he retreats to the highground! Can't wait to try the oakaged version

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Photo of VitaEBella87
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from a bomber into a pint glass...

A: Deep opaque black color in glass with nice thick, very creamy looking medium tan head. Just from this first impression, looks delicious. Good head retention as well, and produces good lacing.

S: The main aroma that I noticed was chocolate, and while I couldn't specifically name the others present, there's certainly a lot there.

T: Many flavors buried within...vanilla, chocolate, oaky in both initial taste and aftertaste as well as a warming alcohol flavor that comes through in the aftertaste. No sip was the same, as different flavors played around on my tastebuds at different times.

M: Great mouthfeel...just what I'm looking for in a stout. It has a nice full body, very balanced taste, and is just carbonated enough so that it's not like cough syrup. Fades slowly after each sip and doesn't stick to your tastebuds that much.

D: Such an easy beer to drink, but full of flavor...supremely enjoyable! This may become my new stand-by for a great, high-quality stout when I feel like picking up a bomber at the store.

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Photo of wildvikes
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very good example of an Imperial Stout. No need to go into extreme details. If it had poured green or smelled like sauerkraut, I would have scored it lower than I did.

Review must be over 250 characters and less than 5,000. Apparently we shouldn't be snobs, but shouldn't not be snobs, either.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: An inky, coal-black, and downright evil looking pour. Looks very oily after the beautiful cascade shows off for a little while. A pillowy/puffy dark mocha-colored head forms and leaves droopy sheets of lace as it recedes.

S: Strong nose of sweet & spicy plums, rum soaked raisins, roasted malt, molassas, dark chocolate, espresso, milk chocolate, and cocoa. Awesome!

T: See above. Starts with sweet dark fruit and chocolate chip bread pudding. Then come all the chocolates. Then come the fresh green hops. Woven in amongst all of this are brown sugar/molassas and sweet and tangy fruit.

M: Thick and coating. The sweet fruit and spicy/peppery hops stick to everything. This starts sweet, fruity, and creamy and eventually finishes with a coffee-like bitterness.

D: This has got to be one of the easiest drinking RIS's out there! Dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, and hops blended together so expertly, totally complimenting each other. And it's a year-rounder! There should be one of these in your beer fridge at all times.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was hooked after sampling Great Divide's Oak-Aged Yeti Imperial Stout, so I decided to give their original a shot as well...
Bottle purchased from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa...
Pours a jet-black, engine-oil, deep, dark hue with a massive red, tan, foamy and frothy head which exhibited impressive staying power and left a copious amount of lacing around the glass...
Wonderful, rich, creamy, vanilla-tinged Stout smell, bursting with deep, dark espresso, cocoa powder, and dark lattee nuances...
As with their Oak-Aged version, this one too was world-class... The main difference being a lack of strong oak, vanilla, whiskey and bourbon flavors associated with the former...
Deep, roasted malts combined with dark, burnt chocolate, rich cocoa, espresso, and cream flavors to produce an exceptional, top-of-the line RIS that is one of the best in its class, hands down...
Very rich, ultra-creamy and extra-sweet mouthfeel coupled with an easy level of drinkability where the hefty 9.5% ABV struggles to make itself noticeable behind a rich conglomeration of sweet, chocolate-laden, creamy flavors...
Excellent stuff...
Definitely recommended...

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Photo of rayjay
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle. Purchased in Oregon, not available in CA. Pours motor oil black with a big creamy head. Sweet, rich, dark as hell with a creamy nitro texture. Aftertaste lasts forever, full of rich roasted malts and some bitter hops along for the ride. Really drinkable, quite a fine example of the style. Loads of extreme flavors are totally working together to make one fine sipping beer. This would age great. Cheers!

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Photo of zeff80
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours out a dark black color with a one finger, chocolaty-brown head. It leaves good lacing.

S - It smells strongly of malt, chocolate and caramel. The alcohol aroma is also present.

T - Tastes of toffee, chocolate and malt. The carmel flavors come through more and more as it warms.

M - It is soft and creamy, but a fairly heavy beer.

D - Unbelievable. I've never found a RIS that I didn't like but this may be the best.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled December 1st 2010.

Yeti pours an intimidating, viscous, inky black body with a frothy cappuccino colored head that build to about one inch in height before slowly settling, leaving a sheet of lacing in its wake.

From the second the cap is removed, enticing aromas of dark chocolate fill the air. Roasty coffee, fig and vanilla round out the bouquet.

Roasted flavors hit first with dark chocolate, and bitter espresso notes. Dark stone fruits like figs or even dates peek through along with a light vanilla character. Throughout each of these waves of flavor, peppery, warming alcohol holds steady. The defining attribute of Yeti is the powerful hop presence that lingers beneath the surface before its surging to a crescendo on the finish. This is the key. There are dozens of remarkable Imperial Stouts that display intense, dark, roasted malt. Malt freaks know what I'm talking about. But at some point, for all but those with the blindest of allegiance, these beers simply become too much, too sweet, too cloying. Yeti's insane level of hoping insures that this will never happen. It is not simply balanced by the natural bitterness of roasted barley, it has a seemingly unnatural level of hop bitterness that scrapes all that sweet malt right off your tongue.

Yeti is big beer. Calling it full bodied seems like an insult. Full doesn't tell half the story. It is oily, chewy, sludgy. They make spoons for beer like this.

No doubt about it, Yeti is one seriously hefty brew. A case could be made that it is more of a Black IPA than a Russian Imperial Stout. If you don't have a serious threshold for both roasted barley and hop bitterness, you may want to try something else.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night, absolutely opaque. It has a thick pancake head that is tan and disappears pretty quickly but leaves great lacing. The smell is of rum soaked raisins, dark chocolate, prunes, licorice, port wine and a finish of cocoa. The alcohol is definitely noticeable, but its more in the nose than the taste. The taste is wonderful. A perfect blend of roasty flavors, creamy mouthfeel, and chocolate and dark fruit with brandyish overtones. Wonderful flavors very well balanced, and with a big finish. Big but smooth and creamy mouthfeel. For the high abv and big flavors,its still quite drinkable.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,342 ratings.
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