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Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by cokes on 08-09-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,743
Ratings:
5,240
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
16.35%
 
 
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Photo of CWiggins
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I first tried this beer several months back. Now that I have some experience tasting and reviewing beer, I thought I'd retry this one. It pours black-as-night in a syrupy manner into my Sam Smith pint glass. A beautiful light brown head formed, but it soon withered away into a thin lacing that remained throughout the session. I'm always impressed when a stout is this thick and creamy in appearance. This is sure impressive thus far!

The aroma is of dark malts, chocolate, and coffee, with hints of dark cherry, brown sugar, molasses, alcohol, and a delightful hops bitterness. It doesn't have as big a smell as some other stouts, but it makes up for that in sheer complexity.

What a flavor! The sugary sweetness appears first, followed by dark coffee, chocolate, and a wonderful alcohol sensation. There's no hiding the alcohol here; it's upfront and in-your-face. The finish is mainly a hop bitterness, with lingering aspects of toasted malts and bread. I found the alcohol to persist throughout each gulp.

A creamy mouthfeel completes the package. It's incredibly smooth; there's practically no carbonation at all. It coats the mouth, fills all available surface space, and the full body makes you feel complete and full.

A wonderful libation. I can't wait to have a few more of these over the winter. Thanks a bunch, Great Divide!

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Photo of Rudgers73
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Served at room temp because I like it that way, ok?

A- This is midnight black with really dark reddish brown head that consumes 1/2 the glass.

S- Deep burnt woody with notes of sweet caramel and sugar.

T- Wow. Deep burnt, earthy, bitter aftertaste. Sweet dark chocolate through the middle. Slight alcohol warming effect.

M- Heavy, creamy, thick, like swallowing sweet mercury.

D- This is right up there with Victory strom king stout. Bold, black, rough and strong. I like.

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Photo of dblinkhorn
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter glass.

Appearance - Pours with a finger-thick dark tan/brown creamy head. It leaves good lacing as you drink, and the head has good retention, remaining a creamy cap on the beer throughout the drink. Its color is opaque black.

Smell - Strong aroma of coffee and dark bitter chocolate. Lots of brown sugar and molasses make up a sweet aroma as well. Mild and slightly sour hop character with little bitterness. Hints of black liquorice, too. Some slight cherry aroma is noticeable as well. Powerful roasted malts tie it all together. Moderate alcohol throughout.

Taste - Sweetness up front, with slight brown sugar and caramel, but mainly a taste of molasses and some candied fruit. Super mellow middle and finish with a mix of oily but very subdued hops, and a mild roasted and sweet malts. A bready character is there as well. Liquorice is again noticeable throughout, but definitely a background flavor. The aftertaste becomes bitter and sour much more than in the actual taste from the hops, and some mild earthiness is present as well. Moderate alcohol all the way through.

Mouthfeel - WOW! This stuff is INCREDIBLY smooth. I've never had a beer that is this smooth, it seriously feels like liquid velvet. The carbonation is definitely responsible in part for this effect, as it is mild yet has a wonderful massaging and smoothing character on the beer's mouthfeel. It is full-bodied and smoooth.

Drinkability - It's a stout... Although, while very flavor, it is quite easy to drink. The strongest part of the flavor is the aftertaste, and only from the bittering/sour hops.

A simply amazing stout! This is a MUST have beer. You won't believe how smooth it is.

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Photo of xav33
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout
22 oz bomber
Bottled Fall 05(?), tamed 10/06
Medium pour in an English pint.

Poured black with a mostly lasting light brown frothy head with excellent lacing.

Smelt strongly of dark chocolate, dark coffee roast.

Taste was upfront strong bitter dark chocolate followed by an equally strong bitter coffee feel and moderate bitter grassy hops with a moderate toffee sweetness, and faint fruity esters, on a long smoky vinous perfumey finish. Mouthfeel was medium/heavy, syrupy, soft carbonation and light to moderate soothing alcoholic warmth, and moderate to strong astringency.

Overall, a great imperial stout that offers bold taste and aroma, and looks dangerously satisfying. Hits strongly but satisfyingly. A great winter warmer.

Side note: It is more well rounded in flavors and mouthfeel than its oak-aged counterpart, but this brew is as good as it gets flavorwise, whereas aging the oak-aged version would soften it and propel it over the regular version.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- 2" tan head on a black body. Good head retention.
S- Toasted and burnt malts. Chocolate grains, hint of black currents, light grass hops, and hints of alcohol.
T- Nice roasted and burnt flavor with chocolate flavors blended in. Grassy hops come out and leave a nice size bitterness on tip of my tongue. Maybe a light hint of black currents or even black berries? Alcohol tickles tongue a little bit and warms up back of throat. Very nice complexity to it.
M- Full rich body with low carbonation but alcohol and hops tickle the tongue to make it feel a bit bigger than it actually is.
D- I think this is an amazing stout. It just has a great blend of flavors. I think this could easily be one of my favorite RIS that you could drink every night (unlike something like the Dark Lord where it's more for a special occasion).

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Photo of EStreet20
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thumbs up for Great Divide making it to NJ

22 ounce bomber poured into a 20 ounce nonic

A - Pours black with a large head of light brown foam. The thick head is staying like crazy and lacing up the walls of the glass.

S - A sweet smell on the nose with some chocolate hints. A coffee like aroma hints in as well with some buttery, toffeelike smell.

D - A great stout to sip as the fall nights fade into winter

T - An initially sweet chocolatey flavor gives way to a roasty character with a nice coffee like flavor. That burnt roasty flavor stays throughout and really provides a great taste. A nice fruity flavor is present in the background as well as some citrusy hops. A lot going on here flavorwise.

M - A nice thick, full body here really coats the mouth. Very nice.

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Photo of BillyB
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent imperial stout.

The aroma was faintly roasty,malty and toffee.

The taste was very full bodied with lots of roasty, malty, toffee and coffee flavors. It was missing a little alcohol kick that I had expected.

This stout was very hoppy with 75 IBU's and had the American hop influence .

It was very drinkable for the enormous abv and an incredible treat for all of the senses.

Overall I could have hoped for a little more whisky/alcohol taste and warmth but that is my only critique.

A fine Imperial Stout.

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Photo of Fugazme
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from notes:

Pitch black with excellent lacing... great legs with a dark tan/caramel head.

Aroma is sweet and chocolatey. Nice coffee aroma, slight bitter hops... some delicious caramel and bourbon-like aromas... molasses and maple... awesome.

Smokey-sweet with a great balance on the drink. Bitter finish and very good.

Quite smooth palate... velvety. A great beer.

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Photo of jmz62565
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a jet black, no light thru this beer, with a huge chocolate/milk like foamy head. Absolutely beautiful. Great head retention and lacing make this a classic beer. The smell is chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malt, making this a nice sweet aroma. The taste is sweet with chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and dark fruit. A great tasting stout, more sweet with chocolate than dark fruit makes this a heavy m/f and very drinkable for a high octane beer. A classic that should not be missed. Cheers.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from it's 22oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a thick pitch black with a tannish brown head. Aroma consists of a vast array of flavors that range from dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, molasses and alcohol. Taste is dark and almost burnt malt and chocolate that make way for the long roasty bitter finish in which the hops peak their head out to say hello. This is a big complex beer that should be treated as one especially considered it's high ABV. Overall, this is a wonderful Imperial Stout that is strongly recommended.

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Photo of Albertv05
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours black with hints of brown and red. Almost no head and lacing. The aroma is cascade hops (?) and a little maltiness and roasted grains. The first sip is intense; total hops on the palate followed by roasted grains and maltiness. The hops uses pair extremely well with the maltiness and roasted flavors of the brew. It finishes with some residual sweetness that leaves you wanting more. This is a sipper beer but very delicious. I'll definnitly get this one again when I'm craving a hoppy beer but not necessarily an IPA. Great for a cool, autumn night.

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Photo of aayooper
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours black with a one finger head which is maintained for an appreciable amount of time. A bit of a syrupy feel, but to be expected for the high abv of 9.5%. Starts out a little bitter but then hits a chocolate note and then hardens too a nice coffee finish. One bottle put me in a good frame of mind. Would I have a second, most definately yes, but not tonight.

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Photo of Vancer
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a pour, the 9.5% is appearing right from the get-go> coal black, frothy brown head that drowns in the alcohol within minutes.

TONS of anise, and grape- no kidding , grape! The quaff has pine popping up, sweet and sassy, slick but leaves an oily after finish. Stings a bit in the mouth, still on the green side. I bet this would age a year and really move up the ladder. Still, improves nicely as it warms.

I’m really liking this RIS, the high alcohol may limit my intake to one bomber for the night (hey, home alone on Friday, don’t ask)

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Photo of BigRedN
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes. Purchased and consumed in Ft. Worth, TX side-by-side with an Oaked Yeti. Probably not a good idea.

Appearance: Poured for the 22 oz bomber black into a pint glass (two pours). Brown head about 1/4 inch sits on the black viscous liquid that light does not penetrate.

Smell: Dark fruits and dark roasted malts abundant. Malt aroma more coffee-like than chocolate.

Taste: Malt, hops, intense, over-the-top? Roasted malty followed by pleasant bitterness. Good balance, but I fear that for me this one may be a little too much.

Mouthfeel: Full body, a little thick, yet smooth, touch oily and syrupy (but not sweet).

Drinkability: Its a damn fine beer but a 22 oz bomber (even by itself) is probably enough for me. This one began to feel a bit rough around the edges as I finished off my second glass. I was stupid enough to have it with an Oaked Yeti bomber.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a large steamed glass. The liquid is a dark brown to black, with good carbonation. The is slight about one fat finger, but dark brown and quite inviting. A little lace present.

The smell is roasty & toasty almost burnt.

The taste follows the nose, Dark roasty malts, burnt toast flavor, Some coffee notes and hint of dark chocolate. This beer is excellent one of the smoothest, creamiest, easy drinkable brews of this style I have had. This is well balanced with a great Hopy finish that covers a huge alcohol presents.

The Mouthfeel is very good, nice full body, good carbonation, very smooth, creamy, velvety liquid passing through. What a winner!

The drinkability is great, no defects in this robust RIS offering. A huge and magnificent brew. Prosit und Zum Wohl! MK

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Photo of foureyedgeek
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two part review, sort of, since I opened a bomber of this last night, poured half and then ended up closing up the 2nd half until this afternoon.

Upon pouring, there seems to be little effect obvious from the overnight delay on the 2nd half of the bottle, so my half-assed, wrap&seal seems to have worked. Still plenty of carbonation, leading to one of the most layered pillowy heads I've seen. Its all dark, from the black-brown of the beer to the creamy dark tan of the 2 inch head.

Smell is very aromatic, the huge head adding to that aesthetic. Hops, chocolate and dark, dark malts.

Tastes just like it smells and thats not a bad thing at all. Mouthfeel is spot on as well for the style, thick and creamy with just a touch of stickiness.

The high ABV is hidden well, making for a very drinkable beer that could possibly lead to trouble if you have a few. Great beer that's making me reallly look forward to the oak aged Yeti I have on storage.

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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 tattooedtolley
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Blackass pour with a huge head that decided not to stick around long, to no real surprise.

Smell: Big roasted malt aroma with some hops peeking through. Some toffee/coffee aroma as well.

Taste: I dig the bitterness of this RIS, the hops do a great job of toning down what could have been a too sweet for me beer. Great roasted malt flavor with some notes of dark chocolate a touch of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer.

Drinkability: Nice slow sipper and a great tasting RIS. I won't hesitate to buy this one over and over again.

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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 GratefulBeerGuy
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 Pt 6 Fl oz > oversize wine goblet.

Pours a near black (or extremely DARK brown) Massive frothy, medium-brown head is lively and thick. Very thick and sticky lacing remains.

Nose: Sweet malt, caramel, leafy hop, cappachino.

Taste: Roasty!! and bitter malt taste at first, Turns to a sweet caramel and molases flavor then a very bitter-leafy, grassy hop taste. The alcohol content is pretty In-your-face and strong.

Feels very thick like light syrup. smooth!! this is a classic full-heavy body RIS. Heavy and rubbery on the palate.

DA: 9.5% ABV and you can really taste the alcohol! This one is wcked tasty and heady but beware...the ABV!!!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a black color, nice carbonation, nice dark tan foamy head, nice lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of sweet/roasted malts, and toffee.

T - The taste is kinda sweet and bitter, with a nice toffee flavor.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. This is an exceptional RIS from GD.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1pt 6fl oz bottle into a brandy snifter.

Pours crude dark black with a dense frothy dark tan head, however I am a little dissapointed with the retention. Settles to a dark brown rim with doily-esque lacing.

Bitter roasted flavors balanced by scents fo sweet dried fruit. Light dusty hints of cedar. Warming alcohol notes in the background. Overall a sweet smelling brew.

Strong bitter roasted malt flavors in the front give way to considerable hoppiness. Smooth alcohol tastes with every sip. Mild fruit flavors to compliment the aromas.

Very full bodied with a chewy feel Light carbonation with a dry and pleasing finish.

Very well rounded beer. Strong alcohol that doesn't mask the flavors. Great Divide makes a fine example of a Russian Imperial Stout. Be sure to introduce this one to your friends.

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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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black stout with a medium off-white foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and vanilla is very enjoyable. Taste start with some bitterness from the roasted malt and hops but then fades away to leave a strong vanilla finish. Body is about medium full and could have been fuller and alcohol is well hidden. A bit more sweet then the oak-aged version but as enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of AltBock
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber bottle with just a plain simple blue label with a picture of one of the snow covered tops of the Himalayas or it could be the Rocky Mountains because Great Divide is from Denver. It doesn't matter because on the right side of the mountain on the label is a shadowy figure which could be the famous Yeti. That's why I thought the mountain on the label was the Himalayas because that's where the Yeti lives. On the left of the picture is a nice sized paragraph of information about the beer and on the right is all the usual information, like Govt. Warning and Redemption Value. It's another bottle where you don't bother to look for a date because there isn't one anywhere. I like their slogan under the info of beer, "Great Minds Drink Alike."

Appearance: I thought this beer would look great in my Samuel Smith Imperial pint glass and let me tell you that it didn't disappoint. The beer was a solid ink black color. No light could penetrate the color of this beer because it so black. It had a half an inch of head of foam that was mocha colored. It had good retention leaving behind some mocha rings and a minimal amount of mocha colored lace around the glass. Very nice coloring.

Smell: The aroma was just filled with dark roasted malts, sweet caramel, dark chocolate, roasted nuts, splash of dark fruits, and all of this ended with the slight sweet smell of bitter hops. As you can tell the aroma was very dark like its color.

Taste: To me it tasted almost exactly like it smelled, by having the taste filled with sweet dark chocolate, sweet caramel, dark roasted malts, roasted nuts, hint of dark fruits, some alcohol, and all of this ended with the taste of strong bitter hops. Very hoppy finish. Great Divide wasn't lying when they say that "it's an onslaught of the senses."

Mouthfeel: Thick, Thick, Thick, and did I mention Thick? I would also have to say that it's full bodied and chewy too. There was also the aftertaste of bitter hops and just the slightest taste of sweet caramel. This beer doesn't bother to hide it's alcohol content.

Drinkability: Like the Yeti, this beer is a monster and I mean that in a good way. This beer is very flavorful with almost every dark flavor out there. A must try RIS that's widely available. I'm glad I got to try this beer.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,743 ratings.
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