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 | website

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

On Tap into a tall ale glass.
A-Thick chocolate brown stout with a scant head of tan foam that hung onto the edge of the glass all the way down. Amazingly thick.

S-Roasted coffee, chocolate, fresh baked bread

T-Wow. More like an after dinner drink than a beer. Chocolate (I know I've used it before) with a very slight hint of bitter. My wife who doesn't like "beer" drank half of my glass.

M-Syrupy, thick with just alittle carbonation. If a beer could be called chewy, this is it.

D-Depends upon where you are and the time of year. I will wait to go back for this one until the winter or the restaurant starts serving Irish Stew.

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Photo of bewley
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Wow" this is one hell of a stout!

Pours a thick, robust, ink-black viscous fluid topped with a thick tan head that lasts a long time. I think this may become one of my all time favorites. It’s a bit unusual for its over-the-top hoppiness, but that just adds to its overall complexity. This is a real keeper indeed! I’m going back out to the woods for another . . .

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

This is an excellent stout that I would not hesitate to buy and drink again (and again). If beer was horse racing, this would belong in a group of several excellent horses in this class, chasing about a length behind the leader, which would be Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout.

I seem to have been drinking this from my pint glass for quite a while now and feel like I have been taking generous mouthfuls every time I put the glass to my lips, and yet a quick glance at the beer level in the glass shows that I have made only a modest impact on it.

Interesting...very interesting.

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Photo of hike20
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle in a Duvel glass. Pours pitch black with a thick, rich, warm brown head and nice lacing. The aroma is nice with strong notes of dark chocolate and coffee with an underlying maltiness. Not too surprisingly this smells a lot like Founder's Breakfast Stout, though perhaps slightly less rich. As it warms up a little I think I get a hint of cinnamon.

Wow, the flavor really jumps out at you and has good layers. The alcohol is up front and maybe a touch too strong at first, overpowering the other flavors a little. Once that settles down I get the expected sweetness, with chocolate and a bit if coffee. Mouthfeel is pleasing, not too thick nor thin. Drinkability suffers a bit from the strong alcohol taste (and content). Overall very nice though.

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Photo of bisonkron
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - very dark black, poured a 1/8th inch super dark brown head that faded after about 30 seconds.

S - The smell is light, but great. Smells of sweet chocolate milk, smoked wood, and roasted malts.

T - Had a great coffee taste to accompany the chocolate notes. Exceptional taste.

M - Creamy, syrup, smooth.

D - Amazingly drinkable.

Going to buy another pack as soon as I can to see how it does with age.

Glass: Snifter.

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Photo of RattleheadKV2
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into Unibroue tulip.

Appearance: Pours an almost pitch black, with about a fingersworth of dark burnt caramel colored head that disipated rapidly. Not much lacing to speak of.

Smell: Lots of chocolate, and roasted malt tones everywhere, with hints of coffee. A faint hint of alcohol.

Taste: Dark chocolate, roasty notes, coffee. A nice bready malt base here.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, as any RIS should be.

Overall: Very good brew, especially for the price.

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

First of all, this is poundboy's fiance, reviewing... because for some reason that rests between this site and our computer, we can only seem to have one user, not two or more.

Appearance: Fabulous! Pours very black with a very dark, almost wood colored head. I don't normally pour very vigorously, as I tend not to drink the yeast (btw this brew doesn't seem to have a yeast sediment, but well, live and learn) It's a very fine bubbled, merangue-like head. Absolutely fabulous!!

Smell: Coffee, malt, hops, hops, and coffee, and malt. And hops. Did I mention hops and coffee? :-)

Taste: Yummmm!! I love Imperial stouts! Like really Love.... had to go in the other room for a minute to be alone with my beer.... JUST KIDDING... sort of. It is darkly rich and coffee-like, lots of roasted barley, black patent malt I'm sure and then the hops come slamming in. And then once you've registered roastiness, and hoppiness (in very quick succession) then it's alcohol. Warming in throat and belly, and mouth, just plain ol' good IRS alkeehawl. It's a sipper, as expected, and grew a bit too hoppy at times as it warmed, till I went back and cooled it down with the rest of the bottle out of the fridge. So for that, I'd say it could maybe be a little less hoppy, but at this point, with more than three quarters of my bomber gone, I don't care that much.

Mouthfeel: I've had thicker IRS's and thinner ones, and I prefer them with more body, but not so much that this is a genuine complaint (I mean I gave it a 4) It is nicely carbonated and this handles the alcohol well.

Drinkability: Bring 'em on!!! Only I have to be at work at 7:30 tomorrow morning.... no that's not the point. I'll finish this bottle quite happily and stumble off to bed and have very pleasant dreams but to have any more than that would be asking for trouble. Meaning.... this beer is tasty!!!! and it's kicking my butt!!!! So I'll finish it and wish for more and go to bed. G'nite!

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Photo of leviathan85
3.62/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dense black. Holding the beer up to the light, the darkness remained exactly the same; impenetrable. Only about a one inch head, but great retention.

S: Definitely alcohol, also a little malt. Alcohol was a little overwhelming.

T: Again, alcohol is definitely prevalent. Moves to dark chocolate and finishes with a bitter kick.

M: A bit disappointing for me. Given the appearance I was expecting something a little thicker.

D: As others have said, this one is a sipper. But when the mood for a complex, highly abv stout strikes this one fits the bill.

Overall a solid Stout. Not my favorite, but certainly unique and worthwhile.

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Photo of Hawksfan79
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Glass: Over sized wine glass

Appearance: Motor oil, completely opaque. Has a thick and creamy mocha colored head.

Smell: Vanilla, alcohol, peaty

Taste: Peaty, alcohol, vanilla, toffee, chocolate notes, slight hops flavor. The alcohol kind of overrides the bitterness and as a result it's really easy to miss the hops flavor in this. Very sweet, earthy, and roasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Slick texture with a dry finish.

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Photo of fizzyfred
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, deep, dark color with an almost non-existent deep brown head. Smell is complex, with a strong roast smell. The taste is amazinginly smooth with the roasted barley and chocolate, no real hop flavor detected. This is one of the most full bodied beers I have ever had. Definitely deserves the motor oil comparison that Guiness wrongfully receives. Slight alcohol warmness on the backend. I would love to use this beer in a bbq marinade or in a bbq sauce. This beer is amazing.

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

This is, as someone I know says, a tasty fellow.

It's very typical stout in looks-- very black opaque color, some light but sticky lacing along the sides of the glass. It was poured carefully so not much of a head, but there is some fun marble-ish foam along the top of it when left to sit for a moment or three.

It smells and tastes like dark chocolate, a bittersweetness that varies from sip to sip (and inebriation level to inebriation level). The scent has more of a coffee note than the taste does. There's some cirtus when sipping, but that brightness could be due to carbonation.

Nothing displeasing to the palate in terms of taste or mouthfeel, a very smooth, rich feeling (almost like drinking cold hot chocolate, but definitely NOT like drinking yoohoo or chocolate milk).

I've liked many stouts, and this is one I would definitely revisit.

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Photo of D11
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from bottle into tulip

A- pours black with almost a two finger dark cocoa head that hangs around. decent lacing

S- chocolate, some alcohol, nice malt, sweet fruit, toffee and caramel

T- chocolate, malt. has a sweet taste thats hard to pinpoint

M- a great mouthfeel. thick, almost syrupy. carbonation is good too. yummy as it warms up

O- this is a great brew. like the rest of the Great Divide brews ive had the pleasure to try everything is blended so well. ive enjoyed this fairly fresh (within a month or two of bottling date) and also have had some that was aged a year. with aging i noticed the carbonation was more subtle and the chocolate seemed to come through a lot more. Yeti is a delicious, dependable RIS that wont let you down.

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Photo of mwearl
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle, the beer was black with a thumbnail worth of head with some lacing. The smell was pleasant yet plain. Based on this beer being classified as a Russian Imperial, I was dissapointed in the taste. I'd classify more like a standard stout and question the rated ABV. If it was in fact 9.5% then it was the smoothest Imperial Stout I've tasted, but lacked any real character. A little hop finish was nice and I'm not criticizing the overal flavor. Mouthfull was medium and nice on the tongue without the expected bite. This is definitely a drinkable beer just not a great Imperial Stout.

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Photo of ABCJiugui
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber into tulip

A- dark, opaque blackish/brown, no light gets thru. Head pours 2 fingers mocha colored, creamy smooth look, retains fairly decent, if thin. No real lacing to speak of- few bubbly bits of foam stick to the sides, but minimal and spotty at best.

S- Chocolate, some dried fruit/rum soaked dates-figs. Can really sense the alcohol as well on the exhale.

T- Sweet up front with some chocolate flavor, moves into some citric hop and bitterness, with some burnt coffee at the end along with some more sweetness (malt?). Surprised by the lingering bitterness- not a sharp bitterness, but a slow, astringent one (tannic from the hops perhaps).

M- full bodied, fairly thick, not the most viscous stout I've ever had, but it's not the lightest either! Definite feeling of chew with the alcohol volume.

D- overall, it's a good stout to drink. If not for the harsh alcohol which tended to come thru more than I'd like, this would rate as one of the better american imperial stouts I've had. Sweet, but not too sweet, bitter, but not insanely so, a good balance and overall, very drinkable.

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Photo of BringusKilkenney
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a very dark black with mocha colored head that is very thin and takes a vigorous pour to even arouse.

The smell is great with dark malts and dark fruit notes and still has a hoppy background

Taste is great too very different and complex. Dark chocolates and coffee with fruit and a nice hoppy bitterness in the end not found in most imperials.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth but still get the hoppy crispness not really what i am looking for in a stout but different and nice at the same time.

Hard to put to many away kinda sits heavy and has a high abv but still a very nice beer.

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

I had the unusual experience of trying Oak Aged and Chocolate Oak Aged yeti before the original, and I gotta say, the original is probably my favorite with Oaked a close second and Chocolate a distant third (cayenne wtf?) This is probably my favorite stout. I have so much love for GD.

A: Jet black pour, impenetrable to light, 2-finger light brown head receded to a thin cap. This is a beautiful beer.

S: Perfect balance of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee, with little alcohol burn.

T: Like the nose but more intense. Good God, this beer is delicious. I will drink so much Yeti this winter.

M: Thick without being syrupy, bubbly without being light.

D: This is a heavy-duty RIS, and one 12 oz. bottle will definitely do it for me, but whoo baby is it a good one.

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

The Yeti Imperial Stout is brewed in Colorado at the Great Divide Brewing Co, and is like its namesake, a big hairy beast. At first glance I thought that it was going to be a little fatter than I was ready for, but it grows on you quick. This drink pours thick, dark and heavy, and foams like a science experiment gone awry. It smells heady and rich – a cocoa, toffee, coffee. Initially, upon appearance, I thought that this beverage would be too malty and cloying. And while a mouthful is dense and lingering it is not overpowering or intrusive. It’s a good example of a full, well balanced Russian Imperial Stout, and with a 9.5% alcohol it’ll warm you up on a cold winter’s night.

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Photo of GNWBC
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P: strait up jet black, nice head that leaves a good lacing

S: malt, and alcohol and little bit of smokeyness to it also

T: sweet malt, some faint chocolate and carmel notes, little bit of a hop bite somewhere in there if you look for it.

M: just like most stouts, goes down pretty smooth, although the beer can be a bit thick it is still very drinkable.

O: a favorite and go to of mine when im in the mood for a good stout, also try the bourbon ages yeti.

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

22 oz bottle served in a snifter

First pour is black as night with a very thin tan head. Subsequent pours gave a much thicker and heavier head. Smell is of coffee and chocolate. Taste is coffee and chocolate with a alcohol finish. Goes down much smoother than I expected. Polished off the bottle with dinner and loved every sip.

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

For some reason this was widely available in the Netherlands for a very short while but I managed to get my hands on quite a lot. It's an impressive Imperial Stout for sure. Very well balanced, stable and rubust. It has all you could probably imagine it should have. However there's one thing that's just not perfect. I think it's a bit one demensional. Loads of roasted coffee and chocolate but it lacks some complexity and subtile flavors like licorice, blackcurrant or even honey. But as said, wonderful beer.

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Photo of Iceman77
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice and velvety with an almond colored head, not too thick but remains throughout the entire glass. The color is dense black, like a good stout should be. The initial smell that you get is a mixture of malt, coffee, and a little of the alcohol hits the nose almost like a wine. In the taste you get more malt, good amount of hops for an imperial, and the sweetness of chocolate/caramel. It coats the inside of the mouth very nicely with a sweet aftertaste and the alcohol warming, but doesn't linger too long which is key. Suprisingly drinkable for 9.5%, although i couldn't see polishing off a whole sixer in one sitting (which is not as suprising). Definitely one of the best imperial stouts out there.

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

solid black body. three finger head, dark brown cascading into even darker clay and mud hues. small, tight bubbles; eventually reduces to a maintained finger head. smells sweet. taste is rich; coffee, chocolate, sometimes a clear sustained note of vanilla. an alcohol warmth sometimes suffuses. mouthfeel is complex, every sip draws from the flavor palette in new and pleasing mixtures.

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Photo of Chas58
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a growler filled at Joe Canal's Iselin into my Firestone Walker Nonic Pint Glass

Appearance - pours a viscous inky black, leaving a growing thick, milkshake like head that grows. The head has a very dark brown appearance and leaves a nice lacing and clingy head. A inky black beer with a lasting head. 

Smell -  Strong and very pleasant initial aroma of chocolate, cocoa and a hint of coffee. The smell is very well balanced and changes with each new taste. 

Taste - a very strong coffee, taste with a slight hint of alcohol and cocca, with a bitterness that lingers. Very hoppy and with a nice strong bittering. Although strong, it continues to be balanced and appropriate for the style. 

Mouthfeel  - very smooth thick and nicely carbonated, with a lingering bitterness and filmy coffee like residue. The mouthfeel and the after taste, hint at the strong ABV, abut an alcohol burn is not apparent. A maltiness and slight sweetness remain

Overall  -  this is a true imperial stout, with big taste, big hop and big maltiness.  A truly great beer, with a complexness that makes it so appealing and drinkable for stout lovers. This is big beer and so good. 

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Photo of fdw3
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a beautifully thin, dark brown head.

S - Aromas include sweet scents of chocolate and caramel, roasted malts, and a surprisingly strong hop essence.

T - Dominated by roasted malt flavors, with accompanying flavors of bittersweet chocolate and dark coffee. Taste is considerably bitter (no surprise) and contains very little sweetness. Alcohol isn't masked particularly well but at 9.50%, it's certainly appropriate.

M - Thick, syrupy mouthfeel that coats the mouth wonderfully thanks to a very low level of carbonation.

D - A very bold, hoppy stout that that is expressly bitter. A good one to split with someone else; very good but I wouldn't recommend more than one at a single sitting. One of the better beers I've had, but there's other stouts I would reach for first.

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Photo of Knilas
2.34/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Jet black sludge. Smells like dirty feet. Overwhelming burnt coffee flavor. Thick as motor oil. Unimpressed! Suffered thru half a glass hoping it get better as it warmed. No such luck. Tossed it. Not worth the coin...

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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