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 Eric_Edwardson
3.41/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick, black color with a caramel head about a finger and a half thick. Bitter coffee smell with hints of wood, maybe oak? Smooth front with a bitter aftertaste. Strong notes of Espresso coffee which make for a bitter stout.


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Photo of evanackerman
3.42/5  rDev -19%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

the bottle says that the beer is "an onslaught of the senses" and this is certainly true!

Yeti pours out like the darkest of used motor oils, thick and smooth with a monstrous billowing head that never goes away.

aroma is of rotten fruit with a bit of hop presence.

the initial taste is a wallop of malt that would make the strongest dopplebock pale in comparison. strong prune and fig characteristics followed by roasty malt flavor. Second comes the hop kick which is pretty severe.

This beer is not for the faint of heart - almost too much for me but i still enjoy it.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Kate the Great snifter. Bottled 1/28/2011.

Appearance - Inky black with a small mocha head off a vigorous pour. Nothing retained and only a ring of foam. Looks nicely viscous, though.

Smell - Chocolate and vegetal hops. Really intense on both counts. The chocolate is nice but the hops become grassy and even a bit chemical in nature. Smells like Pine Sol.

Taste - Strong hops again in the flavor, but they aren't as grassy and herbal. They definitely blend thoroughly with a more impressive chocolate and coffee roasted malt. Not all that sweet, but I wonder if I'd notice given all the hops. Needless to say, it has a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Good mouthfeel, despite all the flavors I don't love. Maybe not as thick as I'd expect considering how it looks, but still medium-heavy.

Overall - I don't get why this is so well regarded. I can think of quite a few readily available RIS's that are much better than this. I'm interested to see how the various treatments of this taste.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark, dark, and more dark. Thick and impossible to see through. Huge head with strong aromas. I got a 22 and it was tougher and tougher as the sips continued. Smells of roasted malts with hints of vanilla/chocolate. Taste is not bad and has some character but not balance. Nice roasted malts, some chocolate and vanilla. More hops that I expected in the taste, moreso than Storm King even. Alcohol was very noticeable towards the end. Medium to full mouthfeel but overly bitter, still not bad. Drinkability is average, it's a RIS. They're high in alcohol but it's also easier to pick up the alcohol here, so I don't know what to say. Great Divide is great...this one, though, more average.

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Photo of biglite351
3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - nice and dark. Foam is also darker than most stouts that I have seen.

S - very inviting and full.

T - the taste is a bit hit and miss for me. It has a nice layered flavor. However, it is a bit bitter for me.

M - there is a tingle in the back of the top of the mouth and tongue. Basically comparable to a mild hard alcohol burn.

D - I would only go for one of these and then move on to something else... or just go with something else from the start.

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Photo of badboyrsl84
3.46/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in a tulip glass at hoffers cigar bar. It pours a jet black with no head.

Is it me or is there a smell at all? I get a hint of alcohol and some bitter roasted chocolate.

I get bitter chocolate up front that stays throughout. Its very carbonated and I feel it over powers the flavor. There is an alcohol kick with some tobacco. Nothing special.

Overlall its a decent stout but not my favorite.

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Photo of wangbruins
3.46/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown with a frothy two inch mocha colored head

S- Coffee and smoky scents with some cherries

T- Chocolate and coffee with a very smokey aftertaste

M- Very smooth with a very little throat bite at the end

D- It's pretty good with some tang to it, not the best but not bad

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.46/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This bottle is about 2.5 months old so still pretty fresh.

It pours a solid black with nice mocha head.

The smell is alcohol and piney hops.

The taste is very boozy on the front and leans towards chocolate with a burnt roast on the back.

I have had a few of the variants of this beer and enjoyed them but I assume they had some age. I can see this beer aging very well but I wouldn't drink such a fresh bottle again.

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Photo of sleazo
3.46/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A_Very dark black with a rocky mocha two fingered head. Good lacing but retention is weak.

S_A bit of fusel alcohol almost like gin, minor chocolate notes.

T_Lighter on the alcohol than I thought. A nice melange of espresso and dark chocolate. Not very complex but nicely smooth.

M_Viscous but not overly so. Nice carbonation.

D_A very drinkable stout but not one that grabs me.

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Photo of bulletrain76
3.46/5  rDev -18%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

355ml bottle from Systembolaget. Black. Brown head with lots of lace that sticks like glue to the glass. Aroma is intensely hoppy with some chocolate underneath it. Flavor has lots of hops, grapefruit, licorice. There is some roasted malt down there, but the hops almost completely trample it. The body is thick with low carbonation, and an astringent finish. Overall just really bitter and hoppy, not really going for balance I guess. I can live with that, but it doesn't blow me aw

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Photo of Gryphon69
3.47/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Hop profile overrides the "stout" flavors, the oak versions are much better than the base imo. It is not a RIS and quite misleading to be in that category, it is a straight up American Imperial Stout with lots of hops.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.47/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased somewhere in VA, one of many things gathered at either Vienna Whole Foods, Norm's, or Westpark Wine & Beer.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a big-bubbled (in places), uneven 1/4" dark brown head over the black brew. What head there is stays as is, but no lacing at all. Aroma is of sweet, dark malts and alcohol. Flavor is similar to the nose, but the coffee flavor is more pronounced. Mouthfeel is okay, but the bitterness is somewhat off-putting, and I wish there was some semblence of carbonation happening here. Drinkability is limited by same. Ok stout, but had higher hopes...

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Photo of busterthecat
3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sam adams perfect pint glass. Bottled on date of 2/18/2011

A- Pours a very dark brown. A dense 1/4'' of brown mocha head forms before leaving a nice ring and some filmy foam. Sits black in glass.

S- Chocolate notes here, both a slight sharp bittersweet and a rich smooth sweetness. A touch of heavily roasted coffee bean. On the lighter side of aroma for a >9% abv RIS.

T- Light sweet chocolate that fades to a semi-dense burnt coffee bitterness. Even after drinking coffee all day, this is some decent bitterness. No alc comes through in taste. Lingering taste is as if I just ate some bittersweet chocolate for cooking. Seems rather basic in flavor profile, but is good. Choc sweetness begins to come through as warms, but doesn't completely rise above. Faint sourdough crust comes through at the very end and finish.

M- Med-big in the body. The burnt bitterness lingers for a while. Some good full palate feel that gives it some chewiness upfront. Slightly on the rough side for the palate.

O- A good RIS overall. Nothing really stands out other then the intense bittersweet choc qualities. Solid, but many others have it beat. Maybe some age would help to intensify the subdued choc notes past the bittersweet domination. Quite easy to drink quickly considering the semi-rough bitterness.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very thick and dark (two shades from black) with a thick toasted brown head that sticks to the glass and the beer's surface. Aromas of sweet, caramelly chocolate, doughy yeast and a burnt fruitiness. Highly roasted quality. On the palate, rather tight and winey compared to the aroma; there's also a green hop taste throughout the palate. Rather hot alcohol note crops up at the mid-palate and lasts through the finish, which is a touch thin. Mouthfeel is marked by surprisingly thinness, big carbonation the style, some hop oils felt on the sides of the tongue. Overall, this is a decent imperial stout, but it's a bit non-cohesive and doesn't stand among the leaders of the genre.

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Photo of dbalsock
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

App: Pourd dark black (dark black?)... black. Had a tan head that was a lighter tone than I expected about 1 finger thick. The lacing was very heavy and had a cascading effect.

Smell: Caramel and hops with a sweet coffee niceness.

Taste: The hops came out very distinctly agaisnt the coffee and light cocoa background. The caramel was nice too, but the coffee was a little too intense and made it kinda one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel: A little too bitter with out the air of alcohol or the sweet body. The alcohol is noticeable on the aftertaste, but is lacking during the rest of the journey.

Drinkability: Not nearly as drinkable as other RIS but is still enjoyable once in awhile. I bet it ages well, and would consider cellaring it for a awhile.

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Photo of mwearl
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle, the beer was black with a thumbnail worth of head with some lacing. The smell was pleasant yet plain. Based on this beer being classified as a Russian Imperial, I was dissapointed in the taste. I'd classify more like a standard stout and question the rated ABV. If it was in fact 9.5% then it was the smoothest Imperial Stout I've tasted, but lacked any real character. A little hop finish was nice and I'm not criticizing the overal flavor. Mouthfull was medium and nice on the tongue without the expected bite. This is definitely a drinkable beer just not a great Imperial Stout.

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Photo of shaunb81
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought this at Total Wine for on a dark beer whim.

Appearance - Pours very dark, almost black. Had a bit of a dark reddish, brown hue toward the top of the body. Only about a 1/4" light brown foam head. Light lacing.

Smell - Sweet malts right off the bat with a roasted take shortly after. Hint of toffee and caramel. I can definitely smell some earthy hops here.

Taste - Coffee, coffee, coffee. Wow. I think I found my new breakfast drink. The coffee on the front end is accompanied by a sweet, but nutty middle. It finishes with that bitterness that only only hop heads love.

Mouthfeel - Not too dense. I think the carbonation is a little much. Pretty smooth brew, though.

Overall - Decent beer. I've had some better Imperial Stouts, but it brings another dimension that I really like. If you hadn't had it yet, I suggest you get it and experience it for yourself.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.51/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle dated Jan 2010

A: Motor oil pour, large coffee bean head. Good retention. Actually looks like a chocolate milk shake from the top.

S: Boozy dark chocolate, raisins. Hops seemed to have faded after almost 2 years of age. I always thought Yeti was a bit too hoppy anyway.

T/M: Nice oaky flavors open up, along with cocoa and coffee bean. Really not much sweetness. Finish is burnt, chalky, minerally, earthy. Probably tasting some hop remnants here. Mouthfeel is as thick as it ever was, carbonation is low.

O: Finish is a bit awkward, but Ill take that over the normally hoppy finish. I would guess that although Yeti has held up decently for 21 months, I don't see it improving all that much in the long run.

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Photo of cooch69
3.51/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Yeti pours into a snifter a vicious black. There is no real head instead a nice film cover.
This beer smells of pine resin, alcohol and 90% dark chocolate. I getting a pleasant dryness in the nose as well.
Upon taste this beer deploys a boat load of flavor. I knew it would be a heavyweight from the 9.5 abv but it turns out to be pretty subtle within a few good swigs.
This beer is loaded with extra dark bitter chocolate, piny hops a little bit of lemon and a healthy dose of alcohol.
The mouthfeel is very full and coating with a pretty long finish and a bit of a lingering hopiness. This is an ok example for infront of the fireplace. Although i'm not a man of a thousand hops.

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Photo of jcartamdg
3.51/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark thick black appearance with a two finger dark brown head. Aroma of smokey roasted malts, hops and chocolate. Taste follows the nose. Wow is this hoppy, a little two hoppy for a stout in my opinion. Bitter with an aftertaste that hangs around. Pretty good but not in my top five impy stouts

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 11/10/12

Appearance: Deep, dark brown - some clarity around the edges - pours with a minimal, tan head, retains a small ring and leaves some streaks of lacing

Smell: Burnt grains and chocolate - tons of chocolate malt, dark chocolate, and coffee - grassy, piney, and citrusy hops - burnt, charred, and also roasty - some vegetal aromas - interesting, but not particularly complex

Taste: Burnt - burnt, roasty charred grains - chocolate malt, with some dark chocolate - burnt espresso, burnt caramel, vanilla - burnt bitterness and hoppy bitterness - pine, and damp citrus rinds - burnt starchy vegetable

Mouthfeel: On the low end of the heavy spectrum, oily, slick, and sticky, low carbonation

Overall: Beastly, but not epic

This is a good RIS, but compared to others in the style, it's not exceptional. Very burnt, very roasty, but not much else. Worth a try, but there are better, similarly accessible standards.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured super black with no light let in at all. A lot of carbonation is sticking to the side of the glass. The insanely brown frothy head didn't stick around for more than a minute.

The aroma is sweet, roasty, malty and reminds me of chocolate milk and thick creme.

Wow this is roasty. Roasted coffee dominates along with a STRONG citrusy hoppiness. Hints of bitter dark chocolate are there also.
I like some hoppiness in my stouts but this is kind of annoying.

The feel in my opinion is actually a tad thin. Its smooth but kinda prickly from the sharp carbonation.

Fairly drinkable, but the bitter hops, dark chocolate and cofee flavor is all too much. There needs to be a mellow malt backbone here and there isn't.

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Photo of sidetracked
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a thin brown head. A ring and thin film of head linger. Little lacing.

Smell is bitter roasted coffee and chocolate. Reminiscent of brownie batter.

Taste upfront is bitter chocolate, roasted malts, and a little molasses and toffee. Lots of bitter baking chocolate at the finish along with some dark dried fruit sweetness and bitter coffee. Lingering bitterness.

Full bodied, light syrupyness, light to medium carbonation.

Very chocolate heavy--so much so that it reminds me of Chocolate Yeti. A so-so beer with a few interesting characteristics. Probably not something I'll purchase again.


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Photo of alcoherent_notholic
3.54/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bought this beer for a recent staycation on a cold rainy day.

A: Thick, black color with a caramel head about a finger thick, about the color of North American Sasquatch fur. Foamy lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Light, bitter smell with hints of oak. Unusually hoppy smell that was unexpected.

T: Smooth front with a bitter aftertaste. Strong notes of Espresso coffee with a bitterness uncommon of stouts. Elusive hints of smoky wood that I was unable to capture on camera.

O: Nice beer, but not my first choice. I'm a sucker for a nice thick and smooth stout and this provided an extra bite that might give me rabies but I doubt anyone will believe the story later. A nice way to experience something different without leaving the house.

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Photo of WrathsU
3.54/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep black. Thin head that doesn't retain too well.

S - Milk and dark chocolate tones. Caramel, and brown sugar are prevalent as well.

T - Alcohol all the way through for sure, also notes of bittersweet chocolate and molasses.

M - A bit more alcohol burn than I'd like but also a smooth creaminess when it goes down.

D - Overall a decent beer. Not the best, not the worst. Probably a good beer to judge other in the style against.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,361 ratings.
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