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 YumYumGumGum
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: one and half fingers of very dark brown head. Opaque body and maximum lacing. The dark brown head is very even and fluffy not oily like some dry coffeed beers. Poured in bar glass.

S: raw coffee smell dominates other components, and notes of burnt roasts, maybe chocolate or nuts.

T: strong coffee imperial flavors, lots of burnt malts. Chocolate is nice, didnt taste the nuts in the scent.

M: great level of carbonation. Very fulll body which is what i look for in an imperial. I like more wholesome beer and this a great show of a super grain imperial dark black stout. Almost plead the 5th quality in mouth feel.

O: in a store 15$ for a 4pk. Not worth the money considering beers that i compare it to, like plead the 5th are only 13$. Not worth the money but definately a well made imperial centering around coffee worth trying. I cant wait to try and review the 22 of the expresso version but wont be buying another half case.

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

I enjoyed a bomber of this brew.

A- Jet black color with a 3+ brown head that was retained for a good long time.

S-Sweet dark malts and chocolate with undertones of licorice and carmel. Very appealing!

T- Well balanced sweet malty flavor with a mixture of chocolate, molasses, coffee, carmel, toffee, locorice, and alcohol. There was also a subtle hoppy taste.

M-heavy but very smooth and warm.

D-Very drinkable imperial stout that has amazing aroma and a balanced flavor.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter. The date on the bottle is January 22, 2010 making it just short of a full-term baby.

A: This beer is totally opaque, the color of black coffee, with about a finger beautiful caramel-colored head. The foam dispersed fairly quickly, but left some nice lacing.

S: Coffee and dark chocolate malt aromas, with a hint of bourbon/alcohol.

T: Roasted malt and coffee with the almost-bitter punch of really good dark chocolate. It gets smoother and sweeter as it warms, and virtually no alcohol for such a high ABV

M: Smooth and creamy, and it just keeps getting better as you go.

D: This is definitely a slow-sipping brew, and the longer you spend with it the better the payoff. I wouldn't think of pairing this stout with a dessert: it IS a dessert.

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Photo of TwinButte
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had many Great Divide brews yet so I have to beg steal and borrow to drink any!

Poured into a snifter with a thin brown head. Smells of cocoa and coffee. Can't wait to take a sip! Oh boy this one is smooth on the mouth and has a slight bitterness in the back but really easy to drink. Leaves a lingering espresso type taste long after each drink unlike other RIS I have drank. I like that. It's different but I really like this one. Can't wait to try the Oak Aged bomber that I picked up at the same time.


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

Yeti Imperial Stout is awesome...

A: Pours pitch black and thick like used motor oil. So dark I think almost created a blackhole in my kitchen. Thick dark brown head, the color of brown sugar. Great head retention and lacing.

S: Toffee, coffee, malt, and alcohol.

T: Same as smell. Very slight sweetness immeduiately attacked by alcohol, then bitterness. Part of the bitterness taste like black malt, not hops (acrid, but in a good way).

M&D: Coats the mouth, but is certainly not overly heavy. Mouthfeel is dominated by alcohol and bitterness (again, in a good way). Quite drinkable for such a "stout" beer (pun intended). I can't wait to have another one of these this winter.

Yeti reafirms everything I love about stouts and everything I am learning about imperial versions. An absolutely terrific beer.

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

Beer pours very dark, relatively thick, beautiful thick cocoa colored head. Beer itself is jet black, with the barest hints of ruby at the edges when held to light. Smell is dark, velvety. Cocoa, coffee, toffee, some hop bitterness. Taste is very similar to smell. Rich, luscious flavor, like cold cocoa with coffee beans and dark toffee. Mouthfeel is very smooth and luxurious. Again, the word that comes to mind most thinking about his beer is "velvety". Drinkability is good, though it goes down smooth enough that the relatively high ABV (9.5) can sneak up on you. I certainly don't think I could drink this all night (though there aren't many beers that I could), but putting this bomber away will be no problem. Very nice beer.

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

Nice nice color, they way an imperial stout should be, dark deep, petroleum like. Nice head, misty brown, you can quickly feel the very nice sweet and burned aroma. The taste is great, the burnt flavors are quite strong but balanced perfectly by the sweetness of the malt. Very nice beer, its going to my favorites list.

Highly recommended.

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

I came across this bottle at a fairly unsual local place. Originally, I was more attracted by the bottle and label than by the beer itself. Until pouring it into a glass, I still thought this is an IPA (did NOT pay attention by any means!).

Pour was very nice, choclatty smell went through the kitchen right away. The look was just awesome and the decent carbonation left a nice little head. About average for a (imperial) stout.

The mouthfeel is great, taste is very smooth and it goes down just smooth. The beer is balanced very nicely and was a great roasty aroma.

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Photo of aandresen
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz. bottle poured into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: Pours very dark, a nice two finger mocha head. Dissipates quick with good lacing.

S: Dark bitter chocolate, coffee, roasty aroma.

T: Lots of chocolate and roastiness. Coffee and roasted malts throughout the rest of the mouth. There are plenty of hops but mostly balance out all those delicious malts. Don't taste a lot of alcohol which is good and bad.

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation, perfect for me.

O: My favorite available RIS. Love the roastiness and dark chocolate.

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Photo of reg1214
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick, opaque brownish black with a dark mocha head that lingers. Strong chocolaty aroma. Malty yet bitter taste with notes of chocolate. Not much boozy taste for 9.5%. Smooth feel. Residual bitter aftertaste. Overall a great imperial stout.

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Photo of kbm
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dense black with a moderate and nice tan head. Good lacing.

Smell: Great coffee is about all I smell on the first whiff. Followed up with coco and little bit of booze.

Taste: The initial taste is great. Lots of bitter coffee, cinnamon and coco. Unfortunately, I'm getting a weird saccharin/coffee breath after taste that is a little bit of turn off.

Mouthfeel: Good mouth feel with prickily carbonation. Not at all viscous or syrupy.

Drinkability: Definitely a more drinkable imperial stout.

This is the second bottle I 've had in a week. Both times I was turned off by the after taste. All other aspects of the beer are great.

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

Third sampling of this one. Bottle's probably had 2 months in the cellar.

Poured into a B. B. Bürgerbräu 500ml pintish-type glass. Let it sit for a while to marvel at the 1"+ head that settled to about 1/4" after 3 minutes. Cocoa sweetnes can be smelled several inchess off the glass, although the bubbles have pretty much stopped popping at this point. No clarity whatsoever when held to light. Nom nom nom.

This is one of those beers I like to serve cold and sip over an hour or so. It tastes like coffee ice cream with black chocolate syrup. No chalkiness in the mouthfeel, and a very nice cocoa bitterness on the sides of the tongue that can be easily avoided for some sweeter relief for those of you who can't tolerate it. It will punch your taste buds full of bitter maltiness as it warms, so be carefull.

Part of me wishes they brewed this in 12 ounce bottles because, without sharing it, the 22 ounces can be just a little too much of a good thing.

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Photo of alenonbeeradv
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - jet black brown with creamy head, the little that there is, and a reddish/copperish hue near the edges (thanks to a previous review for this description). the head kinda has this same color.

s - soil, faint cocoa, a bit of coffee. slightly smokey.

t - yeah, a lot better tasting than smelling. way more chocolate at first, then finishing to more coffee. still a little bitter like dirt.. but its more acceptably earthy than nasty. pretty strong coffee bean aftertaste. hmm and something else i cant put my finger on. almost a little metallic/rusty tasting?

m - more carbonation than expected. nice though kinda brings all the nicer, sweeter flavors forward a lot quicker. pretty damn smooth and creamy.

o - yeah ill buy it again. id much rather go with the oak aged or espresso oak aged but what are you gonna do when you dont have those extra couple of bucks to your name? nice one.

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

Poured from 750ml to snifter.

Appearance - Poured black and syrupy thick. Bringing it to the light shows it to be espresso colored - cloudy and extremely dark brown. Finger of coffee colored head that dissipated quickly, but had glistening lacing that clung beautifully. Top notch - only thing missing was a pancake head.

Smell - Roasted mocha latte - blend of bitter and sweet. Slight molasses.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Started drinking this way too cold. Hops were overpowering the rest of the flavor... Excellent sweet roasted chocolate malts served with bitter coffee and a dollop of caramel to further counter the bitterness of the hops that overtook me from the start. A hint of vanilla. Once warmed, the real flavors came through and the hops took a back seat. Hops were mildly citrusy and finished dry, but left a bitter aftertaste. Smooth to start, bitter to finish. Prevalent alcohol - warms mouth and throat - not face numbing. Heavy. Lightly carbonated. Sticky on my lips. Sticky drops drying around the edges of the glass. Heavy like a truck.

Overall - Excellent stout - rich and complex. Bitter hop aftertaste that hung around is the only aspect I wasn't too fond of, but that is a characteristic that some enjoy.

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Photo of martinfletwood
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, creamy and thick. I was expecting a much stronger beer by the look and feel, but was pleasantly surprised by how rich, yet smooth Yeti is. I've actually never heard of this beer until I seen it today. So then I looked it up on my beeradvocate app and seen it was rated fairly high, so thought I'd give it a try. The high rating is spot on. Great beer.

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Black as night. Pours almost as thick as motor oil. Robust nose of espresso and chocolate. Full, rich flavor. Strong coffee with notes of chocolate and a little hint of caramel. Finish is pleasantly bitter.

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

A: Thick, 2.5 finger head, dark caramel color. Head diminishes to about one finger but sticks around for quite a white, moderate lacing. Pours a very dark brown.

S: Smells like dark caramel. Slight coffee/espresso scent in the back of the nose as well. Fair amount of malted barley coming through, although there actually seems to be a bit of hops coming through.

T: Flavor matches the smell quite well. Caramel malts are strong but not overpowering, and well balanced with slight hoppiness. There is a nice sweetness and mild espresso flavor on the finish. Delicious.

M: Great smoothness, moderate carbonation doesn't hurt flavor, but adds to the experience.

D: Very drinkable stout. One bottle per person might last a little while, but split between two people may not be enough unless this is a dessert beer.

Fantastic! Definitely recommend this for Imperial Stout-lovers

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Photo of thatsfine
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle date of May 11, 2010.

Nice black appearance and a thick brown head that leaves nice lacing. A good looking stout.

Smells very roasty, chocolately, and somewhat sweet.

All of the above smells are prevalent in the taste, but there are a ton of hops in this stout. Both taste and bittering hops. I love hops, so this was good for me. However, I don't like as many hops in my stouts as other brews.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel but nothing special.

I split a bomber and that was enough for me. I would buy more of this, but if I want a hoppy stout I will buy Old Rasputin, which is a bargain and more reliable. I will buy a couple more bottles to age for a couple years, which I think will do this brew well.

I also have had the oaked version of this brew and prefer it to the original. It is more smooth. I have nothing against this brew at all. In fact, it is great but I prefer others.

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

This beer pours as dark as a moonless night. No light visible through the pint glass. A nice deep leathery almost orange colored head forms and falls back into the brew.

Smell is of roasted malts and a bit of alcohol comes through.

Taste is again a nice heavy roasty one. Bitter upfront and the malts come in quickly to the rescue of the taste buds.

Mouthfeel is a little more carbonation than I would like but does not take away any greatness of the Yeti!

This is one great representation of the style. To be enjoyed over and over just like the tale of the Yeti.

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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 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 Martin194
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Black, totally opaque, with a small, brown head.

Smell: Alcohol, some coffee, toffee, sugar, caramel.

Taste: Strong taste, coffee, alcohol, hops, some toffee. Bitter aftertaste (not in bad way though).

Feel: Pleasant carbonation. Warm, very dry aftertaste.

Overall: A great stout! I personally would follow the bottle's instructions and pair it with a steak or something rather than drink it by itself like I did, I think it would go wonderfully with food.

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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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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,371 ratings.
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