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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Ratings: 5,514 |  Reviews: 1,806
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle provided by AKSmokedPorter via BS-BIF

Pours a used motor oil black with a thick chocolate head that fades. Nice lacing on the glass.

Quite a robust aroma of dark roasted grains and earthy hops with some hints of sweet malt. Hints of chocolate are also present.

An immediate taste of sweet malt that rushes into a dark rosated grain flavor. This is followed by a big bitter hop bite and finishes with a blend of hops and roated malt. A slight alcohol presence in the aftertaste. Seems on the young side.

Big full body, slick and smooth.

No problems consuming the bomber. I think that with some age, this will become even better as the flavors have more time to mesh. I look forward to trying the Oak Aged version.

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

12oz. bottle acquired in a recent trade with nflmvp. Thanks Steve!

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A slow-forming, foamy, light brown head emerges from a muddy brown-black body. Glimmers of red can be seen at the outermost edges. Head dies to a thin, sticky crown after a few minutes, but is easily reignited with a moderate swirl. Gorgeous Spanish moss-like lacing all the way down.

Smell: Rich cream and dark chocolate mousse stand out the most. Molasses and sharp dark fruits (namely figs) bring about some mild nostril flarage. Struggling to get much else.

Taste: Starts out smooth, malty, and chocolaty; then shifts to sharp fruity esters, molasses, and hops. Maybe some sour cherries in there as well - yep, definitely sour cherries. Smokey roasted malt makes an appearance in the aftertaste along with bitter, oily hops. Nicely balanced and damn good.

MouthfeeL: Thick, creamy (excellent job with the carbonation), sugary, and even prickly. Coats the mouth with a thick, flavorful, resin. Belly-warming and edge-dulling. Nummers.

Drinkability: A very nicely done RIS. I think I may even like it better than the oak-aged version. If it were available in my area, Yeti would be a staple in the fridge. This one didn't knock my socks off, but it was definitely solid. I could drink this anytime.

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Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Opaque. Pours with a brown foamy head then settles. Lacing is fairly sticky.
S) Smoky. Coffee. Light chocolate. Bread.
T) Smoky and mild sweetness at the front. Alcohol in the aftertaste. Smoky and very mellow hop bite.
M) Slight syrupy feel. Chewy. Full bodied. Alcohol effervescence. Slightly dry. A bit chalky.
D) A good stout. I'd have another. True to form.

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Photo of Scott_McCool
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle brewed 6 months ago.

A: I was surprised at the very small brown head. This was my first Russian Imperial Stout, so the low carbonation caught me a bit by surprise. Color is as black as Spinal Taps "Smell the Glove".

S: Smells a bit like Coffee

T: Nice thick taste. Coffee, Malt, Chocolaty with some bitter aftertaste. Didn't taste as flat as I thought it would.

M: Very smooth, creamy and very heavy.

O: I have been having a lot of IPAs recently and it is good to get back to a good stout as a change of pace. I'll be looking to have this one again.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of aforbes10
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

4-6 month old bottle picked up a while ago at City Wide. Decided last night to drink it finally. Pours big and black tar colored with foamy, cream-topped khaki head. looks impressive. Hoppy, chocolate odor, full of fruit and treacle, fudge and cream. The odor of a good imperial stout makes it for me almost as much as the taste does and this one really makes the grade. Taste is great...a massive beer full of drity, leafy hops, roast chocolate malts, anc clingy boozy fruits. Hoip character bitters the beer throughout, especially on the finish. Thick and sticky mouthfeel. glug glug. A great beer. my only question is why this doesn't cost more? Holy crap, i'm rich! i can buy tons of this decious elixir

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Photo of redleg411
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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3.8/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of CayseyW
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeastLU
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of BigAl18
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of TXhomebrewer
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Richter525
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
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 +7.1%
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%
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 seedyone
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle dated1/25/2016 at home. Pitch black. Deep tan head of fine bubbles leaving good lacing. Aroma of coffee & deep chocolate. Little bitterness or sweet but rich flavor nonetheless. Good aftertaste but not cloying. Good solid creamy stout.

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Photo of jtierney89
5/5  rDev +18.8%
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 Stigs
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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 -10.7%
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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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 5,514 ratings
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