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
greatdivide.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,435
Reviews:
1,789
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
9.48%
 
 
Wants:
330
Gots:
1,123
For Trade:
21
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Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit of hops at the beginning with bit of bitterness. Earthy. Sharp roast acidyaftertaste. Malt, bark. Full body.
What's the fuss? Did I cellar it for too long at weeks? Its 9.5% and 2003 after all, and was cellared at the store. Was actually better late that eveing when it lost a bit of carbonation.

OK beer but not a great imperial stout.
like the bottle.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kylehay2004
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewery.

A: very dark, No light getting through. 2 finger off white head with tons of lacing.

S: peppery and smokey

T: the hops are well represented initially which fades to a smokey with sweet milk chocolate finish.

M: thick and oily. Moderate to high carbonation

Overall: incredibly drinkable for an imperial stout. Very good beer with excellent transition between flavors.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5/17/10. This is truly a wonderfully delicious drink.

Pours thick viscous black with a thick, firm and rich brown head that's lasting.

Nose is all sweet black chocolate and rich sweet roasted coffee and grain.

Mouthfeel is creamy and rich, almost like a coffee/chocolate shake for adults!

Flavors follow nose and mouthfeel with rich, bold and assertive sweet black chocolate, turkish coffee and rich roasted grains. Nice bitter espresso finish.

This stout is far better than I expected from the bottle and better than the examples I'd previously tasted. This one is worthy of a place high in the stout rankings.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 1/31/11.

Pours a midnight black with an immense 4 inch tan head. The head forms towards the middle of the glass and bubbles rush towards the surface. Nice thick globs and rings on lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malts, cocoa powder, subdued coffee, and citrus zest. Slight alcohol notes as the beer warms. Taste is of dark malts, roasted coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate, and slight soy sauce. There is a mild hop/coffee/chocolate bitterness on the palate after each sip. Low carbonation with a very thick and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer. It's nice to try the base for all the other Yeti beers in it's original form. I am glad this is available year-round where I live.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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

the famous and acclaimed yeti! not a cheap 4pack. pours a very thick syrupy almost black brown with a surprisingly large mocha bubbly head a few inches high. smells like espresso and molasses right up front, bittersweet with a touch of spice. also the high alcohol content is obvious. flavor is large and complex, melted dark chocolate runs into licorice notes and a strong coffee finish. the beer is also rather sweet, especially as it gets warmer in the glass. its almost too sweet as it goes on. booze presents itself too. feel is very full bodied, and a little syrupy. the carbonation is very tame, which is stypical of the style. overall i like this a lot, and even better than some of the specialty yeti beers. this is an excellent imperial stout if you dont mind the sweeter finish.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one a while ago, it poured out very thick black with a dark brown head. The lacing was good here. The smell is a deep roasted chocolate malts with a rich nose of toast and coffee. The taste is rather complex going some a semi sweet to a dry burnt bitterness. The mouthfeel is thick making this one a sipper. I'd like to re-visit this one again one day. I feel it's worthy.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured into a snifter glass with a finger high creamy mocha head that died down yet consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface..
S: The nose is filled with aromas of roasted malts and also has notes of chocolate and cocoa powder.
T: Like the smell, flavors of roasted malts dominate the overall taste, which also has notes of chocolate, cocoa and coffee beans. The finish has a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels full-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
D: Considering its strength, the beer is quite drinkable for the style.

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

Undoubtedly a special beer. It ranks among the best because of its controlled boldness, but not for it's complexity-- it's a straight forward brew with few dimensions, but all those dimensions are well sculpted.

With the look of a opaque black concoction that suits milky and chocolaty descriptions, the beer has a tremendous loose knit brown-tan head, retention lingers forever and laced very well. What's not to like?

Smells chocolatey with a burnt cocoa scent, sweet caramelized malts, cherry rum-like alcohols, strong bitter coffee, and highly kilned grains. Extremely powerful to the nose.

Tastes initially sweet of caramelized barley malts, cocoa, and and light licorice. Robust with espresso and roastiness. Mild berry tartness fills in the blanks. Agressive hop bittering compounds the roasted grain to create intense piney resiny flavors deep into the taste

The body is thick, creamy, chewy, and heavy on the palate. Slides down the gullet thick and creamy, chased by the coffee bittering and berry tartness. Lingers malty sweet, complexly bitter, and long. Aftertaste is roasty, coffee, and reminescent of bittering and cocoa. High levels of mainly sweet (mildly fusal) alcohols hide behind the sweet body and shows in the finish.

I am very impressed with this one although it is unneccessarily hopped for the style. There is plenty going on without it. Still, a very good straight-forward Stout.

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

12oz bottle, procured in one of those upscale American grocery stores (Portland, this time) that make me seethe with envy every time I stand dumbfounded in one of their beer 'departments' (what a concept!)...

This beer pours an oily black, with very slight auburn highlights, and two fingers of densely foamy chocolate milk head, which leaves some thin limestone arch lace around the glass in its wake. It smells like s'mores - smoky chocolate, bready caramel malt, vanilla, molasses, and (analogy ends here) bitter leafy, earthy hops. The taste is big chalky, roasted choco-malt, vanilla bean cream, astringent woody esters, simmering tobacco leaf, scorned bitter pine hops, and a subtle booze warming. The carbonation is on the low side, but still in the game, the body pretty damned full in weight, smooth, and creamy, but tinged with some dastardly (depending on how you look at it) hop prickliness. It finishes as polarized as ever was - semisweet chocolate, and zesty pine resin hops.

A very well-wrought RIS - big all around, and solid in all respects - the hops overdose a somewhat unexpected, but still enjoyable foil to the base nature of this particular beast.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355 ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectatons are above average; I've had this beer before in my native Denver. Bottled: 11/05/2010.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger head of beautiful tan colour, great cream, incredible thickness, and impressive retention considering the high ABV. Colour is a predictable nontransparent solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Opaque.

Sm: Great roasted barley foundation. Fantastic dark malts. Cream and hints of chocolate. Hints of caramelization. A moderate strength aroma.

T: The creamy open gives way to the pleasant roasted barley foundation with dark malts abound. The presence of hops is notable - which is curious for the style (I don't care for it). Some chocolate and caramel. No yeast comes through. Hints of coffee. The cream is nice. Somewhat layered. Not horribly complex or subtle, but nicely balanced for what it is. Built pretty much to style. The roasted character is lovely.

Mf: Smooth and wet; should be coarse and dry. Adequately carbonated. The thickness is slightly off, but I can't discern in which direction.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable for the style. Hides its ABV well. This won't disappoint. But it's not exemplary, especially in comparison to its better variants. A great Russian imperial stout worthy of attention, but nowhere near perfect. Very well priced (especially in Colorado) and worth your time. I'd have it again. I would like more of a yeasty character.

Age does it well, but you're better off going with a variant of this beer for cellaring.

Drinks just fine out of a narrow-mouthed goblet. The masses will stick to snifters, but secretly I'll harbour goblets as the preferred vessel.

Pairs well with hard pretzels. Steak is also probably quite nice.

B

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12.20.14: Truncated impressions below:

A: Pours a gorgeous head with an incredibly shiny complexion and a lush rich dark tan colour. Fantastic creaminess and thickness, great retention...just a solid head for an imperial stout.

Body colour is an opaque ink-black.

A benchmark appearance for an imperial stout.

Sm: Rich roasty dark malts, chocolate malt, caramel, cream. Screams "dark beer" at the top of its lungs. Moderate to high aromatic intensity.

T: Aw, yeah. Dark malts, heavy roast, caramel, some toffee...this is how you do an imperial stout backbone. There's some alcohol warmth, but it's pleasant. Cream helps take the edge of the roasted barley. Some mild char and burnt character. Well-balanced and built.

Mf: Creamy. Coarseness and smoothness are locked into a constant tug-of-war, accentuating the roast in the taste. Well-carbonated.

O: Still one of my go-to imperial stouts. Rivals Storm King and Ole Raspy for best widely available beer in the style. A must-try, but not perfectly balanced. The burnt/char could be toned down, and why is this 75 IBUs?

B

***
06.20.17 on-draught at the Thirsty Lion in Denver:

Silky smooth and delicious.

B / GOOD

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a charcoal black color with the darkest head I have ever seen; decent retention and lacing

Smell: Incredibly rich charcoal roasted malt, chocolate and espresso with plenty of hops, as well

Taste: Starts out with a roasty bittersweet chocolate and coffee base that also features a graham cracker and caramel flavor; but this is just the beginning as it doesn't take long for the hops to kick in and complement the sweet flavors and bring it all home with an espresso and tobacco finish

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous, almost velvety, with moderate to low carbonation; alcoholic warmth drips down the gullet

Drinkability: What a great example of the double stout style; this one has it all, particularly on a cold winter night; I have tasted this with some age and tasted it in its youth - with the hops in here it is best consumed while fresh

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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 WillieThreebiers
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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