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.

Added by cokes on 08-09-2003

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Photo of Fieldzy27
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes

A-Pours jet black. Small amount of light penetration. Emphasis on small.Mocha head that's rocky and pits nicely. Leaves a decent amount of spotty lace.

S-Lots of chocolate not too bittersweet coffee hints. sparks of hops that are undetermined.

T-Bittersweet chocolate dominates. Not much in the way of roasted coming through but hints of coffee are apparent. Hops are in the taste as well just enough to add a little intricacy.

M-Extremely smooth and full with light carbonation and a drying character at the finish.

D-Great beer overall. A shinning example of the style. Classic stout with some hope character.ABV is hidden expertly.

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

Bomber poured into snifter.

A- Pours a deep black used motor oil color and looks nice and thick. The head is amazing for a RIS, solid finger high and is a nice dark brown color. Decent lacing with some retention.

S- True paradigm of a RIS. Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts all over the place with some malty sweetness.

T- Like the aroma/smell only with some bitterness thrown in. This will sound crazy, but this RIS is balanced. It's imperial in every sense, yet there's not one aspect that dominates, other than fantastic.

M- Moderate to low carbonation. Thick, but not as thick as I expected from the pour.

D- Amazing beer in every way, can not wait to crack open a Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti to see how this compares.

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

This brew was poured into a chalice from a 650ml bottle.

A huge mocha head on a pitch black brew, that slowly recedes to a light ring of bubbles and lacing.

I can smell mocha, some malty tones, caramel.

Taste of bitter coffee, creamy mocha, big malt flavors. The hops have a presence, a bitter finish.

A slick, medium mouthfeel, the carbonation is a little more then I am used to.

Not a bad beer, slightly hoppier then I like in an imperial stout. The label boasts 75 IBU's, the hops may be slightly out of balance with the malt. This is not something I can get without much trouble. If I could find this beer locally I would go for round two.

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Photo of soulfly967
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle.

Poured nearly black in color with a thick, frothy dark tan head that refused to fall and left tons of lacing. The smell is of roasted malts, coffee, and hops, but none were all that dominant. The taste profile begins with malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and finishes with a hoppy bite and some alcohol, but nothing sectacular. The mouthfeel was thick and chewy with nice carbonation. The drinkablility of this brew was not quite what I was hoping for. Overall, this was a decent beer, but I probably would not seek it out again.

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Photo of Stonebreaker
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Motor oil, head is a little on the thin side.

Smell: Sweet alcohol, caramel, coffee, a little faint.

Taste: Chocolatey to a fault. Bam!! it hits you over the head with rich dark chocolate, creamy dark roasted richness. Coffee and caramel, and the alcohol comes on strong, with a sweet effervescence from the ample carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and delicious.

Drinkability: A sipping brew for sure, and so far of the two RIS I've had, the Old Rasputin was better.

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Photo of jlb307
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the tap in a small pilsner glass.

This was my first Russian Imperial, so I'm glad I got to try this as my first!

A: Like the blackest coffee I've ever seen! A reddish brown head, nice and thick and retained well. Reddish tint in the beer, too, but hard to tell if that was from the lighting in the Ale House. Decent lacing.

S: Even more coffee, but with a nice toasted malt character. Kind of smelled like bitter-sweet chocolate. Mouth watering smell.

T: Not what I expected at all, but like I said, this was my first Russian Imperial. Bitter chocolate, dark coffee, roasted malt, and very hoppy for a stout, more of a porter. Malty, but not sweet. Was not expecting that but very enjoyable. Slight alcohol taste, but not bad at all.

M: Smooth like drinking a thick hot chocolate. Nice clean finish and excellently balanced.

D: Fantastic beer and very easy to drink! Would gladly go looking for this again.

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Photo of rawthar
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 12/21/09

A- Pours as black and thick as dark chocolate syrup with a thick and stubborn coffee & cream head that defies the higher abv. Head leaves a marshmallow fluff lacing as it slowly recedes. Really a pretty looking RIS.

S- Coffee and dark chocolate battle for supremacy as the signature aroma, with a bit of molasses and toffee in the background. More than a hint of oak and a little bit of bourbony smoke, although this isn't a Yeti of the oak aged variety. Smells pretty smooth as it warms up.

T- The chocolate wins the epic battle in the mouth that begun in the nose. So complex that I can almost pick out multiple chocolates, dark, then milk, than moccha. Finishes real dry, though the hops lend less flavor than they do bitterness, which sort of cleans the palette after all of the intense flavors in the front.

M- Perhaps thicker than any other brew I've had, and I tend to gravitate toward some thick stuff. Chewy and syrupy.

D- This isn't the kind of beer that's made for chaining together, but the quality makes you want that first one to never end.

I have an Espresso Oak Aged bomber in the cellar, which I'll be saving for a special occasion. This is an excellent beer without a doubt, and I'll be sure to grab a few more the next time the opportunity presents.

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

Poured from a year old (2010) 22 oz. bottle into a snifter

A: Pours from the bottle jet black and props up a thick, foamy cappuccino head in the glass. Great head retention and the beer leaves big webs of lace on the glass upon each sip.

S: Big, roasty, and robust. Figs and raisins are the most notable character, underlined by the very roasty aromas of the thick malts.

T: Full bodied maltiness with a the character of a bold cup of french roast coffee. Notes of prunes, lightly burnt toast, and a big and robust roasty finish.

M: Thick and viscous with a moderate level of carbonation, consistent with the style. Borderline chewy with a particular coating character in the mouth. A noticeable warming alcohol doesn't try to hide itself. Smooth and lingering in the finish with a bitter coating punch to the palate.

O: A well done Imperial Stout in my books that strikes a great balance between big flavors and ease of drinking. It does not stress the palate like some other bold Imperial Stouts tend to do but it really makes its statement known that this isn't a beer lacking in malty, roasty character.

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Photo of Opethsprite
3.54/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I reviewed this beer once several years back, and have been puzzled why my scores were so utterly different from other reviewers. With much, much more beer under my belt (so to speak), I sat down to try this beer again. To control for any bias from previous experience or the reviews of others, I tasted this beer blindly.

A: Dense, black beer with a sticky, caramel head

S: Malts and dense fruits are the main thing I smell... Sweet, but not overpowering. Very nice.

T: Everything indicated by the nose was delivered in a very lush, balanced flavor.

M: Thick at first, but carbonation is sufficient to balance it. Sticky, though not unpleasant finish.

D: I don't particularly find stouts very drinkable, but this is better than most.

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

Pours a very thick black body, with a thin brown head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee hit the nose. The beer has a grainy feel to it. Tastes of bitter and chocolate up front, with a taste of coffee in the finish. Creamy thick on the palate. Nice stout. Nice balance.

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Photo of tommy78
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark as night colour with a serious amount of head. The head was thick and brown like caramel.

S: This was my favorite part of the beer. Very malty aroma. Along with the malts, I can smell the coffee and hops distinctly.

T: Good taste for a high-alcohol stout. I tasted a good amount of chocolate, along with some of the coffee that I detected in the aroma.

M: My least favorite part of the beer. It had too much of a kick at the start. As I continued sipping the beer, it got easier on the palate.

D: I could easily have three or four pints in one sitting. It goes really well with a juicy grilled hamburger.

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Photo of cbn
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, burnt umber in color with a hard pour yeiding a one-quarter inch head. Only a small, wispy cloud of bubbles with a ring arond the glass remains on the surface throughout this session.

Roasted yet somewhat restrained maltiness with a pronounced floral hop aroma and an alcohol tail wind.

Big, sweet roasted malt, cereal goodness bordering on syrupy,
saved by a healthy dose of bitter and floral hoppiness, clean alcohol finish.

Thick, smooth and sticky.

Drinkability suffers only from high alcohol content ond overall heaviness of this brew.

A well made brew, flavors are well integrated, aroma betrays little of the complex malt profile, very tasty.

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Photo of Larrytown
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with two fingers of foamy brown head. The first thing to hit the nose is the chocolate, but the roasted malt is short behind.

This is a delicious beer. Like with the nose, the chocolate is up front, but there's more going on here. Really a beer to savor. By the end of the bottle the sweetness is getting to be a bit more than I'd like, but that's nitpicking.

Delicious beer that goes down much easier than you'd think at that ABV.

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Photo of wd40
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer I've been enjoying for a while and I'm finally getting around to reviewing.

Black pour with nice light brown head. Smells a bit smokey with hints of toasted almonds. Nice malty backbone that balances out the hops. Pretty decent mouthfeel. Nicely carbonated, but not super rich and creamy. Really solid base that works well with all sorts of variations. The oak aged version is still my favorite though.

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

Picked up a four pack or so at Dirk's fillet and vine in Montgomery Alabama on a paid trip to the south.

12oz bottle with the new label of brown and tan with the Yeti on the front.

A- Super dark coffee appearance with little to no lace or head. Even looks like black silk.

S- Coffee, dark sugar, malt, cherry, leather and roasted nuts.

M- heavy and thick with a creamy silk body.

T- Tastes of home made licorice, chocolate covered espresso beans and malted alcohol.

D- A liitle to hot for the 9.5% represents. Many 10.5%ers can pull off more drinkability because of their sweetness. This is a very dry stout which makes it not as smooth on the pallet as a sweeter less intrusive beer.

Great sample of a dry russian imperial stout.

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Photo of brewdub17
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Completely black with a tan head and some dark tan hues within the lacing and head.

Smell: Bold and great. This beer throws many flavors at you simultaneously.

Taste: Dark roasted malt flavors come and then settle with the bitterness of hops. Amazing amounts of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very thick feeling but drinkable and definitely palatable.

Drinkability: Because it is so thick it might not be as drinkable as others. My senses would go numb if I were to drink a few more.

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Photo of OrangeAmps
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into pint glass.

This beer pours a jet black, with a fairly frothy head considering it's a stout. The smell is of chocolate, coffee, slight hops, and roasted dark malts.

This beer tastes great. It's a heavy stout and definitely a sipper. I found it to be bitter, but not overly so.

It's a great drinking beer and I'm glad this is available for most of th year. Definitely worth picking up

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Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours motor oil black (and about the same consistency!) with a great light brown head. Lacing down the sides is perfect. Over all as pretty as a Imperial as you can get.

S- holy crap, smells like a double IPA, great citrus hops with some grassy undertones that make it special, also can get big whiffs of chocolate and coffee on the nose as well. So far so perfect!

T- Like a flavor explosion in my mouth. definitely roasted malt and coffee, with a big hint of chocolate. Not as hoppy as it smelled, but probably due to the fact that it is such a malty beer. still a bit of bitterness that as the beer lingers is more pronounced.

M- it also feels a bit like motor oil in the mouth, in a good way though! nice carbonation that makes it easier on the palate as well. Might be a little lighter on the mouth but it would be hard to change anything so far in this beer for fear of screwing it up.

D- One of the most drinkable Imperial stouts I have had, definetely can have a few pints, but probably wouldn't be able to drive home afterwards. Overall a KILLER beer

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Photo of Francepants06
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured the beer in a Young's glass

it had a dark espresso body. With a medium size dark brown foaming head.
dark bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee grinds with espresso finish. It has a little alcohol taste at the end, I think if I taste it again I will age it for a year or two. I actually buzzed a bit after drinking this beer. Price wise I don't think it's as good as a Old stock ale by north coast brewery or Rasputin for that matter as some other reviewers mentioned.

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

Pours inescapably dark with no initial head but it eventually comes to a head like rising molten chocolate caramel lava,

Smell is incredible dark chocolate covered raisin with maybe a hint of caramel.

Taste is like a dark fruit infused liquor drained through a sugary chocolate cheese cloth, warming but smooth.

Theres minimal stickiness with this. amazing for an Imperial.

Huge fan, quality beer.

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Photo of PhillyJ
5/5  rDev +18.5%

This is the standard against which all imperial stouts shall be judged! Are there better well yes. But this is an easily obtainable gem that can be found in almost any serious craft beer section.. it pours motor oil with heavy lacing and tastes of smoky complexity this stout is best enjoyed on the warm side of chilled.. This is a go to imperial stout that shouldn't be overlooked and at 9.5%abv it'll do the trick quite nicely

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Photo of halo21
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured very dark opaque viscous black with zero light passing through. Nice mocha colored head that is nice sized and great lacing.

Smell: Rich roasted malts, no burnt notes. Notes of bakers chocolate and slight heat.

Taste: Smooth deep roast with drying licorice finish. This beer has a ton of hops, which adds an anise component played against the earthy licorice.

Mouthfeel: Thick and heavy, like a chocolate milk. Carbonation adds a pleasant movement that is not distracting.

Drinkability/Palitability: This is a huge beer, which warms going down. I split the bomber, but could have finished it all; more than that would be too much.

Notes: I have tried the Oak Aged Yeti before having this one. I really enjoyed the heavier mouthfeel and bolder flavors of the Oak Aged; I would recommend the regular version before this one, especially if you are not use to large beers. This is a fantastic Imperial Stout that would be great to try after being cellared for a year or two longer. I paired this bottle with some dark chocolate, that complemented this beer.

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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 ryantho00
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a nice 3 finger head that lasts and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

It has a slight alcohol ting and smokey coffee/mocha scent.

This beer has a nice full body with full viscous mouthfeel and an almost molasses and toffee beginning, moving to a coffee and chocolate taste, then finishing strong with a warming smokey aftertaste. There is a nice blend of maltiness and bitterness. I detect some hoppiness near the end and in the aftertaste, but nicely balanced, and the alcohol warms you but is masked nicely with this smooth flavorful beer.

As with the other yeti's I have tried, this goes down smooth and seems like it would age well, be careful though, at 9.5% it could be harmful. It is very smooth and has the nice imperial stout taste nicely balanced with maltiness and bitterness.


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Photo of littlelorib
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is thick and black with a thin mocha head. Smell is lovely, chocolate and burnt sugar. There is some chocolate in the taste, but the taste is mostly coffee. While i can detect the alcohol its not overpowering. Mouthfeel is substantial. The carbonation is present but not overpowering.

Overall an enjoyable beer. As it warms, more varied flavors are starting to come through, as is the alcohol. This is definitely something i'd get again if i see it locally.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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