Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

1,773 Reviews
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 jmd1978
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Jet black color thick like motor oil. Dark brown lingering head. Nose roasted coffee, toffee, notes of chocolate and vanilla, piney hops. Taste is espresso, molasses, bitter chocolate, brown sugar, pine, and raisin. Finish is strong with feel of strong espresso and a hoppy IPA. This beer is very bitter because of the coffee and hop notes which isn't a bad thing. It's complex enough for the novice drinker but may be a bit intense for the rookies. Overall a very good imperial stout but not a great one. Great Divide is new to my area so looking forward to trying more.

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Photo of Marius
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3 month old bottle. Pitch black pour, visibly thick, with a very tall and long lasting espresso head. Smells like roasted malts, chocolate, cherries, a bit of smoke, citrus hops and pine resin. The fresh hop aroma is quite nice. Tastes like chocolate, cocoa, a bit of coffee, grapefruit. Smoothish mouthfeel with low carbonation and a chocolate bitter aftertaste.

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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 jjamadorphd
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first try at a Yeti. A big name with a Sasquatch-sized flavor.

Right out of the glass it had an amazing black color on a thick pour. Very little head, no staying power and no lacing to mention - but the total blackness alone was amazing to behold. The scent was everything advertised - toffee, malty, hoppy, and even some caramel (to my nose) for good measure. The beer had a nice heavy texture to the tongue, definitely carbonated, but it doesn't hold long. Though I have had plenty of 9 and 10% brews in my day, and I enjoy them immensely, this one didn't quite mesh well with the strong hops they claim to use. I was expecting something more balanced, not terrible, just not what I was hoping for. Anyway, a good beer and one to have on hand to impress those fellow craft aficionado's when they drop by for a visit.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A viscous pour yields a large, slightly pebbly dark-brown head on an effervescent, impenetrably black body that shows just the faintest glimmer of mahogany at its base. Head retention is modest, and lacing is good, consisting of sticky slabs and ladders. The nose is medium-big: a sweetish, mouth-watering blend of milk chocolate, molasses and dark toffee backed by a more subtle, drier cocoa-like character and a hint of licorice, all topped by significant alcohol overtones. The palate is a bit more roasty than the nose would suggest, and not as sweet. It is a nice, rich blend of dark, dark bitter chocolate, semi-sweet baker's chocolate and a bit of creamy milk chocolate, with more subtle touches of black-strap molasses, dark toffee and black coffee. In net, it lands just on the sweet side of the balance. The finish is a moderate hit of booze and molasses, and is slightly warming; the linger is a mild, oaky/chocolatey roast bitterness that lasts for good while. Mouthfeel is biggish for the full body, and the texture is thick, creamy/sticky and slightly peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. (12 oz bottle, 120 days after pkg)

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick and dark with a dense two finger cocoa head. The aroma is roasted malt, cocoa and milk caramel notes. It is sweet but bitter tasting with a bit of char and the milk caramel showing up in the flavor. The bitterness is both hoppy and char. This thing tastes a little like burnt caramel to me. I like it. It is delicious and complex.

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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 macrosmatic
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Had on tap 6.23.16 at Mellow Mushroom in Brandon. Served in a waisted pilsner-type glass.

A: Very, very dark brown and opaque. Has about a half-finger of tan head and no visible carbonation by the time it's delivered to me. Good head retention.

S: Chocolate and cacao powder dryness predominate, along with the dark roasted malts. Vanilla, tobacco, and a touch of lactose-like sweetness. Nice aroma for sure.

T: Chocolate, cacao nibs, drying tobacco, and a caramel nougat sweetness. Roasted malts with a mix of sweetness and roasted bitterness. Vanilla, a bit of caramel and Twix bars. Again, a lactose sweetness, though it doesn't come across as milky. A modest hop bitterness in the hang.

M: Medium body and average carbonation (low overall) for an American imperial stout. Mouthfeel is smooth - not Zhukov thickness, but hefty all the same. Alcohol is noticeable but not at all hot for style.

O: Very tasty. I'm not buying into this as an comes across as an American Imperial Stout with the hop presence. Either way, it's a distributed, easily accessible, very good imperial stout. I'll be happy to grab this again whenever I happen to see it.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cool bottle, cool name. Pitch black beer with a nice mocha head. Nice chocolate, dark malts smell. Taste is more roasted malts, but also chocolate, mostly dark chocolate, and dark malts. Mouthfeel is heavy but not that heavy, alcohol completely covered, aftertaste is all roasty stout. Overall this is a good russian imperial stout. It reminds me of Old Raspy.

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Photo of Bleer
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really interesting imperial stout. Very hop forward I disagree that this is in the RIS family. Heavy taste of char/roast. Huge almost black head that lasts for the entire beer. A not great but really good imperial stout.

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Photo of GaryJR
4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This goes down so easily the challenge is to sip a 9.5% glass instead of gulping it. To me the taste seems equal parts chocolate and coffee and how does it get any better than that? On top of that the aftertaste is about as good as the real thing. This is one I always have on hand in the bar or Yeti cooler of the same name.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L - Gorgeous. Thick pour. Dark as hell with a beige lacing that lasts

S - Wood, cherry, cocoa, piney and fruity

T - cocoa and mostly citrus and pine. Intensely hopped

F - Thick and sharp

O - In my opinion this is not a russian imperial stout. It's hop forward and I love it that way. When it's cold you Can definitely taste each flavor distinctly but the beer becomes a bit more complex at each sip. A beer bold but controlled. I love it. Drink fresh

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful thick opaque black with a fluffy dark brown sugar color head, absolutely gorgeous beer. Aroma is dark chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, dark roasted malts, coffee, and a hint of hops. Taste follows with big flavors of dark roasted malt, roast coffee, baking chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, dark chocolate and bitterness. Mouthfeel is full, mouthcoating, creamy, but with enough carbonation to not be oily. Overall, this is definitely a world class imperial stout, hoppier than most which isn't my favorite in an IS, but no denying it's status.

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Photo of NEdward
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

solid black body. three finger head, dark brown cascading into even darker clay and mud hues. small, tight bubbles; eventually reduces to a maintained finger head. smells sweet. taste is rich; coffee, chocolate, sometimes a clear sustained note of vanilla. an alcohol warmth sometimes suffuses. mouthfeel is complex, every sip draws from the flavor palette in new and pleasing mixtures.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours ultra dark brown with a massive dense light brown head that lasts and leaves a layer of dream-like foam and bands of sticky lace. Nose is burnt toast, espresso, and roasted malts. Taste is layered with toffee, burnt marshmallow, roasted grain, some sweetness with a firm bitter balance. Creamy mouthfeel. Overall, yummy.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.76/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best stouts I've had the pleasure to taste. The aroma and flavor overwhelm the senses with cocoa nibs, coffee, vanilla and caramel. Feel is so slick and exceedingly smooth. Booze is well hidden, too well. If I could get my hands on a dozen bottles I would.

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Photo of Oldejoe
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks. A very dark brown with a medium dark, thin head.
Smell. A mix of high, clear hops and low, full earthiness.
Taste. Toasted qualities first, hoppiness second, a fairly dry finish.
Feel. Good sparkle and a nice medium heavy body.
Overall. Very nice for a toasted dry stout. But I like'em maltier.

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Photo of Alpha309
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip.

Very opaque in color. Black entirely the way through even on the edges. About a finger of thick frothy smokey caramel colored head with great retention.

Nose is malty. Chocolate and toffee is underneath the heavy malt scent.

Chocolate, toffee, coffee flavors dominate. Oak and earth flavor secondary. A little bit heavy on the alcohol in the flavor.

Feels great in the mouth. A nice thick body, but still smooth and not sticky in the mouth.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding, and easily acquirable imperial stout. Big tan head, rich, bold, and roasty aroma and flavors with a sweet, dry finish. On the same level as Old Rasputin! Cheers!

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: opaque; very dark brown - virtually black; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 2 finger dark tan head that receded slowly to a thick cap; OK lacing;

S: bittersweet chocolate that morphs into roasted grain that morphs into milk chocolate;

T: malted milk up front, then roasted grain, then milk chocolate; the aftertaste is moderately bitter;

M: full bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish; smooth - hides the ABV very well;

O: dangerously smooth; complex aromas and flavors;

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Black with a thick dark tan head.

Faint on the nose. light wood, dark malts

Taste is predominately chocolate up front, very rich and slightly sweet. Nice dark and roasty malts, charred wood. Finish has a nice burn to it, seems like a combination of alcohol and a very subtle cayenne...nicely done!mouthfeel is just about perfect. Substantial body and very creamy, accentuates the flavors well.

Overall good stout!

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Black as night. Pours almost as thick as motor oil. Robust nose of espresso and chocolate. Full, rich flavor. Strong coffee with notes of chocolate and a little hint of caramel. Finish is pleasantly bitter.

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Photo of teromous
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on: Feb 11. 2016

Appearance: Dark black body with a thick dark khaki head that stands high and looks very nice with a creamy texture pockmarked with a few larger bubbles here and there. As the head slowly fades it leaves a sheet of fine lacing on the glass. It looks perfect.

Aroma: I get a bit of a metallic scent and a strong whiff of alcohol. There is a burnt wood aroma and a light scent of pine but it is a bit of a "back and forth" between the positives and negatives here. The alcohol aroma boasts a higher alcohol than it really possesses and the pine and woody aroma fights back with this lovely aroma.

Taste: The burnt wood and pine character that were present in the aroma make a front of the stage appearance in the flavor of this beer. It has a very classic character to it. Quite a large bitterness profile ranging from earthy and pine resin bitterness to a burnt coal bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a very large body with a slightly oily slickness and a rough edge of bitterness.

Overall: At one time I had this beer fresh on tap at the brewery and I can tell you with absolute certainty that this beer improves greatly with age. The two months of time from bottling to drinking this beer have vastly improved the experience over when I had it fresh. I would recommend this beer but with the caveat that you pay attention to the bottle date and age it a bit before drinking it. When I had it fresh it was just a boozy mess. At two months it still shows some signs of that character in the aroma but the flavor has cleaned up quite a bit.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz can into standard pint glass. Very dark, like chocolate syrup. Thick like molasses. A dark brown head that remained for some time, and left very thick lacing on my glass as I drank it. It smells of coffee & chocolate. The taste is sweet and rich - dark chocolate with hints of molasses and coffee. Silky mothfeel with a hint of that alcohol heat you get from stronger brews. Smooth and flavorful - a delicious dessert beer in my opinion.

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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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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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