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 Cfred371
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours a dark ruby red, and looks dark brown in the glass. No light is getting through the glass, and a nice finger of khaki head sits upon the top of the beer.

Smell: First thing I get is a leather and anise, followed by some dark chocolate and roasted coffee.

Taste: The taste follows the nose-leather and anise, some bitter chocolate and coffee. The leather is a bit overwhelming for me, and is why I am not so big on this beer. At times there's a toffee hint that can be grabbed, and is enjoyable.

Feel: medium full with carbonation. The beer certainly has a bitterness to it, and is slightly drying.

Overall: While flavorful, the taste of this beer is something geared towards others, and not something I enjoy. I'd be curious how one of the many variants tastes in comparison, as it could drown out that leather taste for me.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pitch black with a creamy, bubbly mocha brown head. Surprisingly good retention; there's always at least some head, and nice splotchy lacing.

S: Tons of dark chocolate; plums, burnt raisins, licorice, anise; a little bit soy sauce/umam; burnt sugar, toffee, and a bit of espresso/dark roast coffee, blending with the sweet dark chocolate, like mocha. Also a very woody character.

T: Very sweet dark chocolate upfront, with toasted brown bread, caramel, and toffee. A hint of the soy sauce/umami, but it's very subtle. Not quite as dark fruity as the aroma, but there is a bit of burnt raisin and dried black cherry. A lot more roast than the aroma, like roasted coffee beans and burnt toast. This leads to a more bitter finish, with lingering cocoa power, black coffee, and earth.

F: Starts out full and chewy, but tapers off into a lighter finish. Not as thick as one might expect, but fairly satisfying. Moderate carbonation.

O: Still holds its own as a very good imperial stout. Definitely worth buying on multiple occasions.

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Photo of SandmanGator
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a solid, solid, solid beer. It never disappoints, but it pales in comparison with some of the heavier beers made by Great Divide. It's a reliable beer but if you get the chance, take a risk with one of the funkier stouts and porters.

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Photo of jp32
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a dense brown foamy head on top. If there was a color darker than black, that's what I'd score this one at. It looks exactly like how I hope every stout is about to look before I pour it in my glass. Smells rich and malty, somewhat sweet. Delicious smelling, without extra bells and whistles.

Taste department is also strong. Roasty and rich with coffee, molasses, and dark chocolate. Slight twangy sharp hop notes that I would probably perfer this without, but they don't interfere with the other terrific flavors of this beer too much. Smooth and silky up front, leaving way to a harsher, more aggressive aftertaste.

Heavy mouthfeel and body, well carbonated. Enough malts to please Bigfoot in this one. An imperial stout I likely will be buying again and again.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.76/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated May 24 2016 (Aged 6 months),into a Cigar City snifter.

Thin 1/2 finger khaki/brown head,with dark brown splotches.The head dissolved into a dark khaki ring around the glass,with a nice lacing in the middle.Also leaves a beautiful lacing on the side of the glass.Silky jet black color,absolutely no light coming through the glass.There is still a decent amount of carbonation for an imperial stout,aged 6 months.

The nose is black licorice,cherries,dark roasted malts,some dark fruits,and small notes of rich dark chocolate.

The palate follows the nose with some cherry,chocolate,and dark fruits on the front.Some toffee and caramel as well.Im getting some hints of coffee too.Nice warming alcohol finish,with a smokey,chalk flavor.I feel like there are slight hints of piney hop bitterness hidden in there as well.

The body is like molasses,very thick and sticky.The texture is right on the border of syrup.Nice little hop fizzle on the tongue...Just enough.

This is a very good Imperial Stout,one of my top 10 definitely.It is even better with a little aging...I can't wait to try this one at 1 year of aging!!!!

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/19/14; drank 2/12/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Inky midnight black appearance.

Dark brown head; frothy lace.

Toasted oats, cherry & mild black licorice notes in the nose.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Cherry, fresh earth & bakers chocolate flavors up front; mild booze heat on the finish. A study, drinkable RIS that served me well on a winter evening.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a reluctant formation of head. Once I began pouring straight into the glass, a dark caramel-colored head fizzed up to half a finger height. Head retention is good, with a solid ring of foam being left around the edge of the glass for a while. Lacing is a rich caramel color, and splattered all around the glass. Aroma is controlled by roasted and toasted malts, with rich caramel and toffee seeping through. It is not an overly complicated or robust aroma, but still substantial. A good benchmark for an Imperial Stout. Flavor profile is rich and malty, with notes of roasted and toasted malts, caramel, toffee, butter, and cream. Mouth feel is borderline thick, with a filling, grainy feel. Very pleasing. Thin enough that it is easy to drink a little quicker, and not feel like you're eating your beer, but thin enough that it doesn't feel incredibly robust and hearty like a stout made for consumption during a winter storm. Overall, it's a stellar stout with good characteristics all around. It isn't life changing, or overly stacked with flavors. It's a solid imperial stout made for consumption and conversation.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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

From Beergium. In Teku glass. Playing Electroniic Super Joy. The darkest foam Ive ever seen. Awesome in all aspects. Greatly balanced, with an initial sweetness that is quickly acompained with a delicious roast

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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 AnthonyJS
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

One of the best drinks I've ever had. Not just one of the best beers, but one of the best drinks period. This beer is extremely rich, strong, and malty as all hell. I couldn't believe how velvety and rich it was with it's immaculate dark chocolaty flavors. I bought this at a restaurant that charges rather high prices for craft beers, and this bottle of Yeti was $9. For once in my life, I feel like I got what I paid for when paying more for some food or drink than usual. I highly recommend this for any stout fan.

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Photo of MikeyBadnews
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours inescapably dark with no initial head but it eventually comes to a head like rising molten chocolate caramel lava,

Smell is incredible dark chocolate covered raisin with maybe a hint of caramel.

Taste is like a dark fruit infused liquor drained through a sugary chocolate cheese cloth, warming but smooth.

Theres minimal stickiness with this. amazing for an Imperial.

Huge fan, quality beer.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

08/01/2015, and previous
updated from old notes......Strong dark chocolate aroma. Dark black pour, small tan head, lively bubbles. Head fades quickly, but mostly due to thickness of beer. Tan lacing remains. Taste is dark bitter chocolate, some hints of dark fruits,,,raspberry, blueberry. Really nice.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark pour for sure with small mocha top. Aroma is great roast malt. The big stouts always have a hop character that I can't really detect - similar to my favorite - ten fidy. Flavor is deliciously roasted goodness. Slightly sweet and maybe a hint of smoke. While there are a few delicious choc or coffee imperials, straight-up stout is the bomb. I'll put this in my top 3 with Stone RIS and Ten Fidy.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pulled out a bottle from the cellar yesterday in anticipation of Hermine crashing through (the storm which never came). 06/17/15 bottle poured into a snifter glass, so about 14 months old. Oily black body slowly seeps out and eventually a tan fluffy head forms.

Boozy aroma of rum, fruits, chocolate, and espresso. Flavor wise there's a large sweet note upfront, molasses and vanilla, chocolate and coffee, bit of lingering char and earth near the end. Some rum soaked raisin notes hang around after the swallow. It's a big sweet beer for sure.

A year did this beer well, it's still got a big, sticky mouthfeel but no present alcohol. I assume this was hoppy when fresh but a year just revealed some bitterness and that's it. Would like to try fresh next.

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Photo of 911CROFT
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355ml bottle into a Spiegleau Stout glass. Paid £5.50 for a single bottle.
Bottled April 2015, Drunk September 2016

Pours a completely opaque, pitch-black, viscous body that remains unchanged when held to the light. A dense, creamy, one-finger in height, dark tan coloured head reduces slowly to a thin cap with excellent retention, leaving behind plenty of sticky, soapy lace.

A rich and robust mixture of heavily roasted dark malts, sweet roasted grains, dark chocolate, cocoa, and fresh-ground espresso comprises the majority of the nose. Noticeable in the background are hints of smoke, char and a vaguely rum-like alcohol. Taste follows suit, matching the nose with equally intense flavour profiles. Toasted grains, caramelised sugar and hints of blackberry sweeten bitter dry dark roasted chocolate malt, burnt cocoa, and roasted espresso upfront. Mid palate, soft brown sugar moves quickly towards moderately bitter and drying earthy roast and hop profiles. In the mouth, a thick, oily and chewy full-body is lifted by just enough fine carbonation to give a luxuriously rich and silky smooth feel, encouraging sipping and savoring despite surprisingly high drinkability. Towards the finish, a complex mixture of lingering roast, cocoa and coffee are complimented by hints of char, smoke and lightly bitter woody hop profiles. On the very end, notes of caramel and rum-like alcohol finish more sweet than bitter, drying the palate with pleasant warming astringency.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Dark, rich and intense, it is undoubtedly well crafted. A year and half in the cellar has done it no harm whatsoever, allowing a supreme overall smoothness to more than make up for a slight lack in complexity. Recommended.

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Photo of jmd1978
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Jet black color thick like motor oil. Dark brown lingering head. Nose roasted coffee, toffee, notes of chocolate and vanilla, piney hops. Taste is espresso, molasses, bitter chocolate, brown sugar, pine, and raisin. Finish is strong with feel of strong espresso and a hoppy IPA. This beer is very bitter because of the coffee and hop notes which isn't a bad thing. It's complex enough for the novice drinker but may be a bit intense for the rookies. Overall a very good imperial stout but not a great one. Great Divide is new to my area so looking forward to trying more.

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Photo of Marius
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3 month old bottle. Pitch black pour, visibly thick, with a very tall and long lasting espresso head. Smells like roasted malts, chocolate, cherries, a bit of smoke, citrus hops and pine resin. The fresh hop aroma is quite nice. Tastes like chocolate, cocoa, a bit of coffee, grapefruit. Smoothish mouthfeel with low carbonation and a chocolate bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

(12 oz can poured into a snifter)

L: completely-opaque, pitch black liquid... visible dense viscosity, like filthy motor oil... the foam maintains one of the darker brown colors you'll see, however, its volume and retention are a bit lacking

S: the smell charges up toward your nose as it's pouring - dark chocolate, mint, coffee liqueur... subtle roast-toast twinkling in the back, raisin... the dark chocolate is almost tangible... overall intensity powerful - you can smell its thickness

T: solid core of roast and dark sugars, shot forward with an aggressive swarm of piney, outdoorsy hops... dark coffee and triple chocolate cookie in the middle... the finish shows a bit of that toasted raisin... the sweetness doesn't get cloying as the hops maintain an almost spicy, vaguely peppery buzz underneath, slowly fading, and surely the stealthy booze does its part interfering with any blanketing and seepage of sugars upon the palate

F: medium-full bodied, mild-moderate viscosity as if one poured a tsp or two of chocolate syrup into an imperial stout... the booze warms the torso most wonderfully and never ever scorches... quite the mood stabilizer

O: the gist of this is its extra-thick, malty flavor and body and bold but tamed hops, roast, and booze... for a malt-head like myself, this is heaven - smooth, rich, potent, more-or-less balanced in its boldness... very satisfying - just try to resist having another

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first try at a Yeti. A big name with a Sasquatch-sized flavor.

Right out of the glass it had an amazing black color on a thick pour. Very little head, no staying power and no lacing to mention - but the total blackness alone was amazing to behold. The scent was everything advertised - toffee, malty, hoppy, and even some caramel (to my nose) for good measure. The beer had a nice heavy texture to the tongue, definitely carbonated, but it doesn't hold long. Though I have had plenty of 9 and 10% brews in my day, and I enjoy them immensely, this one didn't quite mesh well with the strong hops they claim to use. I was expecting something more balanced, not terrible, just not what I was hoping for. Anyway, a good beer and one to have on hand to impress those fellow craft aficionado's when they drop by for a visit.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A viscous pour yields a large, slightly pebbly dark-brown head on an effervescent, impenetrably black body that shows just the faintest glimmer of mahogany at its base. Head retention is modest, and lacing is good, consisting of sticky slabs and ladders. The nose is medium-big: a sweetish, mouth-watering blend of milk chocolate, molasses and dark toffee backed by a more subtle, drier cocoa-like character and a hint of licorice, all topped by significant alcohol overtones. The palate is a bit more roasty than the nose would suggest, and not as sweet. It is a nice, rich blend of dark, dark bitter chocolate, semi-sweet baker's chocolate and a bit of creamy milk chocolate, with more subtle touches of black-strap molasses, dark toffee and black coffee. In net, it lands just on the sweet side of the balance. The finish is a moderate hit of booze and molasses, and is slightly warming; the linger is a mild, oaky/chocolatey roast bitterness that lasts for good while. Mouthfeel is biggish for the full body, and the texture is thick, creamy/sticky and slightly peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. (12 oz bottle, 120 days after pkg)

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

Pours thick and dark with a dense two finger cocoa head. The aroma is roasted malt, cocoa and milk caramel notes. It is sweet but bitter tasting with a bit of char and the milk caramel showing up in the flavor. The bitterness is both hoppy and char. This thing tastes a little like burnt caramel to me. I like it. It is delicious and complex.

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Photo of Gryphon69
3.47/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Hop profile overrides the "stout" flavors, the oak versions are much better than the base imo. It is not a RIS and quite misleading to be in that category, it is a straight up American Imperial Stout with lots of hops.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Had on tap 6.23.16 at Mellow Mushroom in Brandon. Served in a waisted pilsner-type glass.

A: Very, very dark brown and opaque. Has about a half-finger of tan head and no visible carbonation by the time it's delivered to me. Good head retention.

S: Chocolate and cacao powder dryness predominate, along with the dark roasted malts. Vanilla, tobacco, and a touch of lactose-like sweetness. Nice aroma for sure.

T: Chocolate, cacao nibs, drying tobacco, and a caramel nougat sweetness. Roasted malts with a mix of sweetness and roasted bitterness. Vanilla, a bit of caramel and Twix bars. Again, a lactose sweetness, though it doesn't come across as milky. A modest hop bitterness in the hang.

M: Medium body and average carbonation (low overall) for an American imperial stout. Mouthfeel is smooth - not Zhukov thickness, but hefty all the same. Alcohol is noticeable but not at all hot for style.

O: Very tasty. I'm not buying into this as an comes across as an American Imperial Stout with the hop presence. Either way, it's a distributed, easily accessible, very good imperial stout. I'll be happy to grab this again whenever I happen to see it.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cool bottle, cool name. Pitch black beer with a nice mocha head. Nice chocolate, dark malts smell. Taste is more roasted malts, but also chocolate, mostly dark chocolate, and dark malts. Mouthfeel is heavy but not that heavy, alcohol completely covered, aftertaste is all roasty stout. Overall this is a good russian imperial stout. It reminds me of Old Raspy.

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Photo of Bleer
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really interesting imperial stout. Very hop forward I disagree that this is in the RIS family. Heavy taste of char/roast. Huge almost black head that lasts for the entire beer. A not great but really good imperial stout.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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