Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

1,779 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.

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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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Photo of seedyone
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle dated1/25/2016 at home. Pitch black. Deep tan head of fine bubbles leaving good lacing. Aroma of coffee & deep chocolate. Little bitterness or sweet but rich flavor nonetheless. Good aftertaste but not cloying. Good solid creamy stout.

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Photo of imiller21
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle. Impenetrably black with a massive brown head with lacing that refused to budge. Seriously, this thing is dark. Not my typical cup, but pretty impressive nonetheless.

Not a strong scent to me, honestly. A bit roasty but tangy, perhaps.

A complex flavour. Starts off strong with a roasty and bitter taste, akin to dark and burnt coffee, yet slightly sweet. Gives way to toffee and chocolate that lingers with a pleasantly bitter aftertaste.

Very light, smooth, and creamy, not very carbonated. Nice

Overall, I am biased as it's not my typical drink. I like pretty much everything about it except the initial taste, though the look and feel as well as the aftertaste are very nice. Must be paired correctly. Would drink again, though not as a top 5 choice.

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Photo of akolb
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with an espresso head. Dark chocolate dominates the aroma, nice and roasty. The taste is a perfect balance of sweet and bitter. Coffee is more present in the taste than in the aroma. Nice and hoppy, not too cloying. Bitter and dry aftertaste, despite the high ABV. Also a little bit of alcohol. A thick beer, moderate carbonation. This is an excellent Imperial Stout. When compared to the other great Colorado stout, Ten Fidy, Yeti is more bitter, and has more coffee and chocolate instead of dark fruits. The bottle I had was only about 3 months old, so some aging might mellow out the hops a bit. Will have to experiment.

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Photo of Slack
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep brown and opaque with a razor thin head.

Smells of chocolate and roasted coffee dominate with a mild sugar note present.

Taste is black coffee, malt, and bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthful is smooth and velvety with medium to heavy body and light carbonation. Finish is lingering and bitter.

A big RIS with loads of flavor that does not disappoint.

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Photo of FerarriPaul
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pair with a good beef stew or crispy grilled kabobs of asparagus, mushrooms, broccoli and chicken.
If you can land this on tap, especially at their brewery, it's far better than any bottle. This Stout is a mighty, mighty-man beer which comes in bomber or 12oz. 4-packs which are always found in my fridge. If I'm not motivated to crack a more expensive or craftier beer, this is generally the brew I reach out to when decelerating a long or tiresome work day.

It pours dark and smells rich with well rounded malty-caramel undertones. A typical frothy load of head rests patiently atop this Stout for you to bury your nose in. Great Divide favors copious amounts of hops in their brews providing their Yeti a crisp bite with a mild-bitter lip smackery finish. It cold rolls with a creamy feel over the tongue until the sip transcends to a hops party as it meanders down your pipes. It provides a little bit of burn as it settles into your stomach, but be careful... they're easy to drink so you'll continually reach for another which may allow the ABV to pull a ninja and catch you by slurprise.


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Photo of nephthes89
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very roasty, very dark. Pours heavy with a dark tan head. This is very nice stout. The right amount of malt flavor with mild bitterness. I enjoyed this a lot.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep inky black with a short finger of tan head with decent retention and great lacing. Big chocolate, coffee, and roasted grain on the nose. The same with the taste, big chocolate, espresso, cocoa nibs, deep roasted grains and a finish that starts to dry out. Big round, smooth and full mouthfeel. Just a great beer.

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Photo of Samp01
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The pour is black color with a small brown head. Aroma is of dark fruity plum notes, roasted caramel malt, some notes of cacao and espresso. Taste same as aroma with some notes of licorice, and a good bit of dark malt and a kind of dry roasted espresso bitterness. Palate is a full rich body, mild carbonation, slight viscous mouth feel. Finish has some dark fruit plum notes, licorice with a rich dark malt cacao and espresso bitterness. Overall a very good full flavored and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1 Dec. '14 and rated on 16 Jan '16, so it's aged a year in the cooler. Absolutely the thickest beer we've ever poured. Pitch black with a rich brown head. Roasted grain aroma. Taste is malt, toffee and expresso. The IBU of 75 seems high, but perhaps it's the aging has mellowed them out. Lingering bitterness and a hint of licorice.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter. It pours a dark mahogany, virtually black, with a thick, creamy mocha-colored head and extensive lacing that lasted throughout the pour. It looks great! It smells of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee, with some slight smoke. It tastes of burnt coffee, dark chocolate, malt, toffee, and just a hint of dark fruit. It finishes with some hoppy bitterness which nicely balances the malt and chocolate. This stout is medium-bodied, creamy, and masks its 9.5% ABV quite well. You don't immediately notice it but it sneaks up on you. Overall, this is a very fine Russian Imperial Stout. The only improvements I can think of would be a little more more dark fruit and a little heavier in body. That said, it merits its excellent rating.

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Photo of SLewis
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap
Pours jet black with a dark tan head that lingers throughout. Great appearance
Smells of roasted malts and chocolate
Tastes like a typical imperial stout/very chewy mouthfeel. Definitely has an alcohol bite on the end.
A decent beer

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours jet black with almost no head.

smell is sweet, some coffee and mostly sweetness like chocolate in it.

taste is sweet and finishes very bitter. sweet coffee taste, nothing special but not bad.

overall this is good but isn't anything special. there are many better RIS' out there.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with thick caramel colored head, the head stays for a while good lacing around the glass.
Smell good chocolate some coffee notes
Taste excellent taste chocolate little hoppy bitterness some vanilla
Feel very thick and full coats the mouth very smooth
Overall an great beer I will have many more times.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Real perfect looking substantial black, thick viscosity, full inch of tan head. Excels in the field of lacing and retention. Grip load of chocolate malt, deep roast.

Taste was thick, roasted chocolate malt notes. Substantial hopping and bitterness underneath it all.

Chewy but avoids the dark fruit bitterness that a lot of RIS get into trouble with.

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Photo of OKbrew89
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a sniffer. Dark black color with a two finger, cappuccino head that receded slowly leaving three inches of lacing. Aroma of alcohol, oak, and roasted malt. Massive roasted malt, oak, caramel, and chocolate combine to make an almost barrel aged effect. The alcohol pokes it's strong head into the aftertaste. Full bodied and low carbonation with a hit of alcohol. Super creamy texture. Taste changed as it named up. The roasted malt and oak became more noticeable as it got warmer.
Very good imperial stout. It had been cellar aged for 6 months, which might've affected it. Creamy, complex, and very good.

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Photo of prost2hefeweizen
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - pours black body w small khaki head
S - chocolate, coffe
T - malty, toffee, coffee, chocolate
F - moderate coat of mouth w slight carbonation
O - good imperial stout, can can drink a few more of these

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - Dark oil black with caramel/chocolate colored one finger head

Aroma - Chocolate, coffee/expresso

Taste - roasted malt with a hop bitterness that linger...hints ofchocolate, coffee, sweet caramel throughout the flavor...well balanced stout

Feel - Full bodied...mild carbonation and very little alcohol flavor for this ABU

Overall - This was really good...I've had Old Rasputin and Founder Breakfast Stout near the top of my list and this is close...very well balanced, flavorful and smooth.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The Yeti from Great Divide was a very solid stout and definitely worth a try. It poured a rich opaque black with tan head that did not leave much lace. The scent and taste carried chocolate and coffee. The mouthfeel was fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall.....excellent.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Always excellent. Not in the first group of my favorite stouts, but definitely in the second! All of the variations are good, and this beer never disappoints. I like almost everything by this terrific brewery.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,390 ratings.
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