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.

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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 ztaylor1
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance- pours deep brown with a chocolate head that retains and laces the glass like a curtain

Smell- malty chocolate with just a bit of coffee.

Taste- roasted, almost charred, malts. Then sweet milk chocolate and bitter hops.

Mouthfeel- rich and frothy.

Drinkability- too powerful for me to have more than one or two.

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Photo of dfclav
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Been down and out with a nasty lung infection so I have only drank three beers in three weeks! Gotta catch up....

A - pours a jet black with a nice  foamy 2 finger creamy head that leaves lacing that doesn't go anywhere. Beautiful!

S - the nose is very powerful even after just getting over being sick they come out huge. Earthy hops and chocolate dominate followed by more licorice then in usual stouts. A nice wave of roasted malt and coffee lurk around as well. Soy sauce notes at room temperature at the end of the bomber.

T - lot of chocolate malt here, without a doubt top 5 chocolate forward stouts I have ever had. Huge on hops, too. And licorice. If stouts like old Rasputin are too hop-forward for you then stay away here. I'll have more of this to myself! Vanilla notes as it  warms.

M - medium and creamy, good carbonation. Alcohol is hidden very well and the high malt bill keeps the initial twang in check. Very well crafted.

D - did they use Kent Goldings as the bittering on these? I keep getting that vibe more and more as it warms. Anyway, drinkability is very good and I am glad this comes in a bomber because more and more flavors present themselves as temperatures change.

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Photo of WrathsU
3.54/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep black. Thin head that doesn't retain too well.

S - Milk and dark chocolate tones. Caramel, and brown sugar are prevalent as well.

T - Alcohol all the way through for sure, also notes of bittersweet chocolate and molasses.

M - A bit more alcohol burn than I'd like but also a smooth creaminess when it goes down.

D - Overall a decent beer. Not the best, not the worst. Probably a good beer to judge other in the style against.

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Photo of JonMich13
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A = Beautiful pure blackness underneath a two finger DARK brown head with staying power. Head held up through half the glass, and it was a slow half. Light lacing.

S = Aroma of toasted malts and abundant hops. Underlying were some subtle caramel, coffee, and chocolate notes, but the hops really dominate.

T = Very bold. Toasted malts and brown sugar or toffee sweetness hit upfront. Big spicy hop presence controls through the majority of the taste profile. A bit boozy hot to go along with the hop spice. The typical coffee/chocolate RIS notes are here but subtle compared to the toasty/sweet/hop. Very large hop presence should be noted and considered for those not into big hops in their stouts. I, for one, love it.

M = Nice smooth coating mouthfeel. Not as smooth as some others I've had, but not bad at all. A little hot, but I don't mind.

D = Altogether wouldn't consider this in the top tier of drinkable RIS's that I've had. Its boozy and spicy character holds it back in this respect. While I don't mind this in the taste department, it prevents me from really wanting more than one in a sitting.

On whole, a very good RIS that will probably stay in my rotation. Will seek the Oaked version for comparison. I imagine it's a big one.

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

Well, I've never given an all 5 review before, but I can't fault this beer at all. If I had to choose one beer to drink for the rest of my life this would be it.

A: Pitch black with a deep tan head, which lasts well considering the alcohol level of this beer.

S: Fresh, citrusy hops aroma dominates with dark, sweet malts coming through underneath.

T: An amazing explosion of flavour. Spicy, citrus hops; sweet and roasty malts; a perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness in the mouth followed by a pleasant bitter astringent aftertaste which lasts forever...

M: Rich and smooth in the mouth, with a pleasant astringency after swallowing.

D: Very refreshing considering the strength of this beer, and not cloying or tiring - an easy drinker - dangerously so.

All in all, I have to rate this as my favourite beer - for home drinking at least. For an evening in the pub I might prefer Timmy Taylor's Landlord but for quiet appreciation, this is the one.

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Photo of Wackyfoot
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Inky black with a thick tan head. Smells of alcohol, chocolate, coffee and tastes of the same with some licorice thrown in. Surprisingly heavily hopped for such a heavy stout, but the hops aren't intrusive and acutally add much to the overall enjoyment level. Absolutely love this one.

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

650ml, bottled May 11, 2010

A - Pours a tar black, with a fairly abundant thick, dark mocha head, similar to dark espresso crema, with good lacing. A greater amount than the average imperial.

S - Heavy dark chocolate smell, similar to a chocolate stout, with a good amount of alcohol, and a little coffee.

T - Big blunt taste of cocoa, malts, and roasted nuts right off the top, followed by a perfect amount of medium-low carbonation, with a strong boozey taste at the end. Other reviewers have talked about a mild-to-medium alcohol flavour. Maybe it was it's age, or what my "strong" is. Long lingering taste of cocoa and chocolate.

M - Big, thick and heavy. A really good imperial stout. Not the kind of beer to have a number of, but it would definitely be nice by a fire in the winter. And at 9.5%, you might not need much more.

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Photo of 120minuteman
3.22/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into my anderson valley "can" pint glass

Appearance: Extremely dark, almost like a black hole. No light is passing through this beer.

Smell: Very, very yeasty. Bread like smell. Similar to the aroma of a bakery of a summer afternoon.

Taste: Warm, doughy taste. Lots of chocolate as well. Mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel: This is one HEAVY beer. Felt more like eating a sandwich than drinking a beer. Mild carbonation.

Overall: This beer had A LOT of flavor, but lacked the complexity I seek in a RIS. Glad I tried it, but won't repeat. Will be trying the oak aged and chocolate oak versions though soon.

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Photo of marieli
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Not sure about temp. Pours pitch-black brown. Very little head. Smell is primarily coffee/espresso, as is taste. I liked the beer at first but it took on a distinct bitterness as it warmed that was a bit much for my taste. Mouthfeel is smooth and on thick side. If you like coffee and some bitterness in your beer this should be a winner.

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

WOW!! just poured some of this 22oz into a wine glass, swished it around to take in the aroma, although I didn't need to because I could smell it from two feet away. It poured a thick khaki head that went to the way side with light lacing fairly quickly. The nose is a dark chocolate, coffee, and hop wallup! The taste is very well balanced with everything I smelled and a bit of raspberry. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and exceptionally drinkable. I put this stout on the short list of the greats, including Dark Lord and Bourbon County. This really kicks you in the ass! This weekend I am having some friends over for Yeti, Oak Aged Yeti, and Southern Tier Choklat. I may look for a couple more stouts as well to rate. KILLER!

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

12 oz. bottle into a large tulip

Pour a deep dark with a rich mahogany tan head. The head was thick and creamy. It held on for awhile to the glass leaving some lacing.

The smell was wonderful. I noticed the hops and some creaminess in the strong aroma.

As far as the taste, the hops were ever present and left a nice bitterness. It has a roasted flavor with some sweetness. The alcohol is somewhat noticeable, but I expected it to be more noticeable considering the ABV. I picked up the toffee flavor and thought there was some sort of fruitiness, but I could not narrow it down.

Overall, this is a great Imperial. Nice job.

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Photo of ddarden
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. I am so glad Great Divide started bottling in smaller bottles. Nice light brown head that hangs on and slowly deflates into a rocky covering. Plenty of lace left on the sides of the glass.

The beer itself is jet black as an imperial stout should be. The initial smell is chocolate, dark roasted malt, coffee, and something sweet. No real alcohol present in the nose of this beer.

The first sip is chocolate and coffee upfront. The sweetness of the malt comes through in the middle and then ends with a nice combination of hop bitterness and alcohol warming. The alcohol is very present in the aftertaste but not in a terrible way.

This beer is very chewy and thick. It coats the tongue and the bitterness hangs with you for a while. The overall drinkability is good and it is one of my favorite RISs.

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Photo of BigBlacke
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a buddy of mine I am finally trying this one. Pours and opaque black with a 1/2 inch tan frothy head that simmers down to a ring. Smells of bittersweet chocolate, wood and coffee. Yeti tastes of dark roasted malt, mocha and wood. Yeti has a creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation. I find drinkability to be high due to my shear respect for the brew. Love it.

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Photo of blackenmn
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz into a pint glass:

Appearance and smell:Poured a very opaque oily black, left a great looking dark brown head which really stuck to the glass. Smelled of very roasty milk chocolate with some hints of burned sugar and feint licorice. Strong and sweet.

Taste and mouthfeel: Taste was of creamy but subtle milk chocolate, and extremely sweet malts. Very mild earthy hops presence with the ABV almost completely hidden. Finishes sticky and wet leaving alot of sweetness on the tongue.

Drinkability:Very drinkable. Creamy and smooth. Far too easy to drink for the ABV, this thing would sneak up in no time,

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

(28-12-2007 BB 11-08)
Black with even a dark brown head. Complexed noise: of coarse the odd coffee, burnt malts and hops. I sense citrus, ripe fruits a touch of flowers and anise. A very bitter taste, with lots of hops, spicy en flowery elements. Very dry strong/medium heavy body. Long bitter dry, hoppy spicy aftertaste,
What a beer, a feast for noise and tongue!

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

A: This beer is one of the darkest I have had. It is completely black with a deep brown finger thick head. It resembles a thin motor oil.

S: It has a strong aroma that boasts a hearty helping of chocolate and roasted malts. There is a definitive coffee presence as well. The smell is incredible and completely invigorates the nostrils.

T: This beer has an incredible taste. The coffee flavor has a strong prescence with some slight chocolate notes. There is an overall roasted character that accompanies the flavors as well. The alcohol is well hidden. It is a little warm on the end with a slight hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is well balanced. Not too heavy, but has a nice body to hold up the great flavor profile.

Overall this is an incredible beer. It would probably make it into my top 10 list of best beers I have ever had and definitely one of the best imperial stouts I have had. I am anxious to try the other versions of the Yeti.

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Photo of Spacedog666
4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I live in Denver so I was lucky enough to get a bottle that was bottled 4 days prior to my consumption. Poured into a pint glass.
Look: Very dark with a nice dark khaki head. The head does not fade greatly over time. It went from 1 finger to a half finger. When sloshed around it is a little more watery than I would like, so I deducted .25 points (for a solid 4.75 points, this shit it is awesome).
Smell: A little bit herbal. Someone in the comments said rum-soaked raisins. 100% agree. Chocolate, charcoal or maybe smoke. Musky and awesome.
Taste: Dark. Chocolate. Coffee and some vanilla extract. YES.
Feel: A little fizzy, but not too much for a stout. Thicker than I would expect from the look of it.
Overall: Great beer. 10/10 will drink again. This has a prominent spot in my fridge.

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Photo of Packforever1976
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temp in my Darkness goblet.

A: Pours jet black with a dark tan head, nice and creamy. Amazing head retention. This one really sticks around! Very nice sticky lacing.

S: Smells amazing...espresso with some cocoa, some toffee, and a nice hop aroma as well.

T: Tastes of a nice espresso with some good bitter dark chocolate. Some vanilla and toffee flavors in there as well. The hops make their presence felt in the back, which really finishes this one off well. There is some alcohol burn in the back, which is to be expected considering this was bottled only 6 weeks ago.

M: Thick and creamy. Chewy. Proper carbonation level.

D: Solid drinkability for the style. One is enough, but puting that one down isn't very difficult. A very tasty RIS.

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Photo of kylejohnson03
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Great Divide Beer, and I have high expectations. Bottled April-09, and poured into a stout glass on Oct-11.

A: Pours a deep, dark opaque black. One finger of creamy brown head, which lingers for a minute before going away.

S&T: Everything you would expect from a great stout. Rich chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts. Get a little alcohol on the nose, but it's masked very well in the taste.

M&D: Incredibly smooth, with the weight you would expect from a great stout. Roasted malt aftertaste lingers and lingers... An incredibly drinkable beer, despite the high ABV.

Was not disapointed with my first Great Divide, and I can't wait to get my hands on the other varietals. A very well done RIS that I will be visiting again soon.

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Photo of Elsuperjefe
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Gorgeous dark ebony color with chocolate 1.5 finger head that lasted for a while. Hopy aroma and tasted as such. Definitely felt the carbonation as I swirled it around my mouth. The hopiness overpowered most other favors but I did get a slight sweet oaky aftertaste. Overall a nice beer that will definitely be enjoyed by most hop lovers.

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Photo of nectar14
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice Lebowski reference, Armstrongm. It inspired me to write this review... even though I had this beer two months ago.

A- Dark, dark, dark with a thin tan head. Looks thick and viscous.
S- Woah, big roasted malts, coffee, nuts, chocolate, caramel. Beautiful smells.
T- Big beer, but not unbalanced. More dark malts, coffee, and chocolate. Some bitterness in there to balance.
M- Really nice sipper, not a guzzler, obviously. Went down pretty easily for a beer this big.
D- Yummy, but not for a lightweight. Might go well with a steak.

Will look for more of this next time I'm back in CO.
Until then---
The Dude abides

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Photo of jsausley
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau stout glass.

A: Wonderful black with a rich brown-gold head. Nice lacing, very consistent liquid, thick and heavy. Gorgeous, wonderful, dark beer.

S: Thick, heavy massive malt body with huge coffee, chocolate and cinnamon on top.

T: Big roasted malt body, significant hop bite. Crisp coffee-like bitterness rises to the top after swallowing. A nice chocolate flavor on the aftertaste. Lots of deep earthy tones and spices. Very consistent, well bodied beer with a nice variety of flavors, but not complicated. Simple, but very good. Not very sweet.

M: Super smooth, some slight carbonation but a nice silky texture to the beer itself.

O: This is a very good example of an Imperial stout that makes no false claims. It's big, bold and huge on the roasted malt character. There is just enough bitterness and alcohol to clean up the malty body. It has notes of coffee and chocolate and is very well balanced, but lacks significant amounts of specialized textures and flavors that you might find in another imperial stout. It's very good, easy to drink and is consistent with its flavors throughout its temperature range. Solid A.

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Photo of MrBen
2.83/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I love stouts. GIve me oatmeal, cream, imperial. I'll take 'em all.

I suppose I should appreciate what Great Divide was trying to do here, but Yeti was just lost on me. It's not every brewery that tries to make a beer that's supposed to be savory into something so bitter.

The pour was beautiful. Great color, and a head that grabbed the glass and clinged to the end. From there, the hop overload really put a damper on what could have been an awesome imperial. I just don't believe that so much dry bitterness properly complements a roasty, toasty, malty stout. The citrus profile from the hops really confused the flavor of the brew. It also sucked away the substantial, sometimes silky, mouthfeel of a true imperial. Drinkability also suffered, as the hop presence commanded the long finish that should have belonged to the malt.

Different is often good, but not this time.

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Photo of ajaxivan
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been meaning to try this, finally found it

A: Black Hole, Great look

S: Espresso, caramel, Dont notice any alcohol smell given the high abv

T: Complex, Espresso and choc. This is tasting great right now.

M: Full and bold.

D: This beer is way to drinkable for the abv. One of the best ive had and shouldve grabbed sooner,This might be one of my favorite beers ever.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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