Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

5,427 Ratings
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 tillmac62
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

BOD 6/17/14. Pours dark as a starless night. Very good head with exceptional lacing and very good retention. Rich nose of dark chocolate, very little roast character, over a nice citrus hop background with only a hint of coffee. As it warms, light vanilla notes are noticed. Rich full body with a creamy texture. Below normal carbonation with no effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is complex, but the alcohol is not well hidden. It begins with rich dark chocolate that flows into notes of coffee coupled with vanilla over a rich malt sweetness. Roast is noted in the middle over a citric hop flavor and mild bitterness. The smooth finish is dominated by alcohol and leaves a warm back of throat burn and a burnt sugar lingering aftertaste. Dial the alcohol back a bit and this one becomes outstanding.

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Photo of ruzzal
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Quality beer, bit too bitter for my taste.

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Photo of Timtac
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of TXhomebrewer
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served up on-tap into a snifter glass. Yeti had a uniformly black coloring and a thick mocha-hued head that showed good retention and left decent lace.
The smell was quite pleasing with a solid aroma of espresso and herbal hops buttressed up against the sweetness of raisins, plums, and chocolate.
The taste was initially sweet, full of rich dark fruits and chocolate. Then things started taking a turn for the bitter side as the roasted malts commenced yielding that great espresso-and-baking chocolate flavor I really can get into. The alcohol content wasn't lacking in the taste but didn't club the palate or distort the other flavors. Yeti had a full, velvety texture that effortlessly coated the tongue.
Yeti is another superb beer by Great Divide. Some impy stouts can take a while to get through. Not so here. Yeti has an ease of drinking that verges on being unbelieveable. I'm not a huge fan of impy stouts, but Yeti has won me over.

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

Pours like motor oil. Thick, opaque black with a thick creamy brown head. Looks like a frothy milkshake. Quite lacy and tantalizing. Smells like milk chocolate with some coffee bitterness underneath.

Taste is a wave of roasty dark malt. There's a coffee bitterness that steps right up and bites you. Sweet malty chocolate, mily offset by that powerful mocha bitterness. The mouth is surprisingly creamy with that lingering coffee bean aftertaste. Tasty beer and surprisingly drinkable.

A newcomer to ATL and a welcome one. A fantastic imperial stout that takes no prisoners.

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

Pitch black with pink-tan lacing.

Cidery smell. Roasted barley. Much hoppier than the dark stouts like this that I am used to. Intense flavor keeps it from being exceptionally drinkable.

This isn't my favorite Imperial stout, but still an excellent beer.

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Photo of DavidST
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass. I've had this for a while it was bottled 1.5 years ago, bottled date of Mar. 25, 2010.

This pours a pitch black, motor oil consistency with a nice mocha head which leaves a lacing, absolutely no light gets through the black color. The smells are of dark chocolate, roasted malts, a little of hops. The feel is very thick completely coats the mouth, among the best I've had. The taste is beautiful, dark chocolate, bitter malts and bitter hops. A wonderful IRS.

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Photo of jtierney89
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rich and black with no opaqueness whatsoever. Dirty brown head. Smells of slight charcoal, alcohol, chocolate and coffee. Some piney hops resonate to the back of the nostrils as well.

Lacing is amazing.

Caramel and burnt coffee and black bitter chocolate malt backbone which is massive. Its balanced nicely with a burnt bitter malt presence as well as a good deal of hops that attack and destory any malty sweetness. Beautifully balanced with tons and tons of perfectly layered flavors. Simply fantastic.

Big thick and chewy mouthfeel. Such a big body.

The flavors are abundant and complex and leave you craving another sip each time you drink to find more hidden beauty within the beer.

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Photo of lilsmizzul1225
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

12oz bottle, snifter

A - poured big and (almost) black...thin layer of chocolate milkshake colored head. looks like what it is.

S - first whiff is of chocolate (like bitter bakers chocolate) and some toasted nuttyness. notes of caramel, toffee, a bit of stale coffee, which comes out more and more as the beer warms.

T - lots going on here. sweetness at first...brown sugar, toffee, then the chocolate, followed by the coffee, and finally a nice big hop bitterness to balance it all out. not too showy, but just downright delicious. alcohol pokes its head in here and there.

M - thick and chewy, the flavors coat the mouth. carbonation is just a *tad* overdone

D - a great stout...not flashy like its oak aged brothers, just something to sip on again and again. very pleasant all around and every sip begs for more.

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Photo of silentjay
3.76/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is probably a couple of years old since it has the old label, but there is no bottled on date, so I'm unsure of how old this vintage is.

pours out of the bottle looking like used synthetic motor oil (I say synthetic oil because it has a mahogany tint to the traditional thick black). It creates a generous dark tan head that recedes kinda quickly, but leaves a thick lacing on the glass. looks tasty!

aroma is heavy with licorice and molasses. not much in the way of chocolate or coffee that is found in many imperial stouts. not much in the way of hops either. Lots of black strap molasses and black licorice. Not too great.

molasses dominates the flavor as well, but not as much as the aroma. harsh licorice is toned back a bit and some bitter chocolate comes into play. very roasty and bordering on burnt malts. some earthy and citrus hops can be detected, but for the most part the 75 IBU's has mellowed with age. alcohol is still present and warming, though.

pretty viscous and creamy with just enough carbonation. finishes bitter and syrupy.

not a hard one to drink. a few harsh qualities keep this from being smooth, but it is definitely tasty.

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

Opaque black beer with a dense, creamy, dark brown colored head that fades slowly to a thin film that leaves a solid coat of lace. Strong creamy caramel aroma with a pinch of coffee and vanilla. Vanilla and chocolate up front followed quickly by some bitter coffee and strong caramel malt flavors. Towards the finish a dry, dark malt bitterness fades in just before it all ends in a slightly warmer stomach. There is an interesting flavor throughout, kind of an earthy/woody character that really adds another dimension. Soft, smooth mouthfeel that borders on creamy. I've been impressed with the other Great Divide bombers I've had. They're all unique takes on popular styles. The first half of the bottle was a bit disappointing, but as the beer approached room temperature it greatly improved. There were plenty of inviting aromas and flavors that make this a big stout I'll come back to.

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Photo of bort11
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was my choice to bring to a get together with my wife's boss. 22 oz bottle poured into a Chardonnay wine glass. With no pint glasses at the house we were visiting, this was a good alternative. Dark mocha colored head with good retention. Nice lacing on the glass, leaving noticeable rings on the glass with each sip.
Smell was a fantastic chocolate malt, dark coffee blend. There was a subtle hops nose blended with the bitterness of the coffee aroma. Taste fan-freaking-tastic! All the dark yummy flavors you would expect in an RIS. Coffee, toffee, chocolate, some figs, and that little hint of hops in the back.
Mouthfeel is very full bodied, but has a dry finish. A pleasantly mild carbonation. Very, very drinkable. I had two bottles and I was done for the night. I am getting more soon.

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

Review from tasting notes:

Dark brown, ruby edges

Aroma: Boozy, hard to pick up other aromas around booze, light roastiness

Taste: Bitter roasted malts, huge hop presence, more bitter from roasted barley than hops, chocolate, strong alcohol

MF: Hot heat alcohol, medium to full bodied

Too much booziness in this one really keeps the flavor profile and dirnkability down. Tastes better as it warms.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an impenetrable black the color (and seemingly the texture) of used motor oil with a very nice two or three inches of dark chocolatey brown head that maintains quite well for the beer's ABV. Really active and gloppy head on the whole. Very good retention; good, even lacing.

Rich thick chocolate aromas with some coffee and lots of grassy-smelling hops in the background. Extremely malty but by no means one-dimensional.

Rich and round. The flavor is quite smoky but only verges on burnt. Lots of roasty malts and chocolate. The hops are there but are pretty evenly spaced, so to speak.

Rich, warm, and chewy. Full-bodied with a pretty creamy feel overall. There is a lingering burnt aftertaste but it is right on the edge of being too much.

Really good Imperial Stout.
The beer is impressive and obviously meant to be so. However, it walks the line between adequate and too much expertly. Really looks good for 9.5% and has a nice teasing aroma. The hops come through a lot more in the nose than the taste and I find that works pretty well for breaking the beer up experience-wise. The feel tends to be soft and warming but is not as suffocating as it can sometimes be in RISs. Overall, very good.
Would have again; well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Rborre321
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Benesi88
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of mwilbur
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle (bottled on Mar 30 2009) into snifter.
A: Pours like motoroil from the bottle. Thick and black with absolutely no light coming through even with backlighting. Just a hint of a dark tan head presents itself.
S: Hops strike the nose and floral. Quickly replaced with darker notes of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt.
T: Bitter chocolate and dark chocolate with a hint of roasted caramel malt. Floral hops play in the background. Nice, but a bit sharp and assertive. As this warms, it settles down and becomes softer with more chocolate coming through.
M: Initially sharp with a bitter bite, then softens and smooths with warming. Thick and oily.
D: Fairly drinkable, especially for style. Even so, hard to give this high marks here. 12 oz is more than enough for me in one sitting.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 8-13-07

Pours a super-thick pitch black, with a foamy tan head that coats the glass.

Smell is sweet roasted malt, with bits of anise, chocolate, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste is big roastiness, with a surprising hop bitterness balance. The flavor is complex, lots of chocolate of tons of coffee in the finish. A little alcohol is there, if you look for it.

Mouthfeel is perfect, thick and creamy.

Drinkability is good, but it's a big, big beer.

Overall, a great example of an RIS. Big in almost every way, but with balance. Recommended.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one hell of an amazing stout! Thanks, vintage cellar!

Pours to a completely opaque thick and viscous black with a nice chocolatey head. The head doesn't seem to be forming from a hard pour, but as soon as I let up the foam immediately begins to cascade up the glass. Beautiful. Leaves nice sheets of lacing on the glass.

The smell is surprisingly hoppy. Very piney with a nice dose of chocolate. Only a mild coffee and roast aroma. I could sit and sniff this beer all night, but at some point I'll get thirsty.

The taste is equally amazing. Very rich and thick molasses flavor with some chocolate and a mild roast. The hops also play quite an essential role in the taste. A nice citric and piney hop flavor lingers on the tip of the tongue while a roasted coffee and hoppy bitterness envelops the rest of the mouth.

This beer coats the mouth quite well without leaving any unpleasant residuals. The alcohol might as well be non-existent if not from the strong buzz after the bottle is done. I simply cannot wait to crack open the bomber of Oaked Yeti I still have in my cellar fridge, but alas I will have to save it for tomorrow night, or another date.

As for the non-oaked variety, I will definitely have to get more of this some time, somehow, some way.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark borwn beer with a big frothy head that coats the glass in lacing. The head takes forever to subside at that.

S - Coffee, chocolate, molasses, alcohol and burnt malt.

T - A lot of slightly sweet chocolatey malt with a touch of coffee and alcohol. The aftertaste is a faint coffee bitterness.

M - Smooth, thick, pretty refreshing. No complaints.

D - Good. I think I prefer the oak aged, but this isn't far behind. I will certainly have one of them again sometime.

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Photo of rrski198
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

12 oz poured into a Chimay goblet bottled date 3/4/11 cellared by me about 9 months.

A- pitch black w/ 1/2 finger of dark brown head. Head left fairly quickly leaving lacing around the edges of the goblet.

S- roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, w/ some licorice notes in the mix. very close in smell to Old Rasputin imo.

T- Mix of roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, and small bit of vanilla. Picking up subtle smokeyness and alcohol on the back end which adds nice character.

M- starts smooth w/ little carbonation and ends fairly dry. Has a nice tingling on the mouth and tongue from alcohol.

O- This is a very enjoyable beer w/ a nice flavor profile and big hop character. Really an excellent RIS, but im still left wanting something more. Having said that it will still be in my fridge during stout season. Cheers

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

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,427 ratings.
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