Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout

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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.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle with no freshness date. The liquid is very black and thick with no transparency. It is topped by the most unique head I have ever seen, an orange, brown color that leaves the stickiest and thickest lace ever. The aroma, at first, is a bit hard to discern, but is characterized by a bitter roasted malt smell that is similar to a sweet dark chocolate.

The taste is a sweet malt, darkly roasted. The hop flavor is fantastic for a stout with post notes of hop bitterness. There is some distinct warm, alcohol flavor from the high abv but it is not overpowering.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy along with some fabulous tanginess. This is an excellent beer, matched by only a few.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours an attractive, seal brown with a semi-thick, dark tan head that sticks around longer than most RIS's and leaves excellent lacing. It's hard to take a whiff of this brew and not immediately drinki it. Nevertheless, I resisted long enough to take some notes on the aroma. At first, all I can think of is chocolate chip cookies, with its cocoa malts and sweet bready notes. But then, it's followed by some hidden hops, organic barley, and raisins.

The taste is both subtle and direct at the same time. Bitter coffee and chocolate malts command the flavor at the front of the palate, while hop notes discreetly work the rest. Absolutely no hint of alcohol here, which can be good or bad, depending on who you are. For this beer, however, it definately works. The mouthfeel is the epitome of "velvety", as an amazingly smooth, thick body coats the tongue and inside of the mouth. Semi-sweet bitterness kisses the back of the throat on the finish. Even though I love most brews from Great Divide, I hadn't yet found a RIS that truly hit the spot. Consider the position filled. This beer has it all: taste, complexity, smoothness, a 9.5% ABV that only reveals itself halfway through the bottle (or by checking it on BA). Job well done, Great Divide.

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Photo of sstackho
3.64/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased from Total Wine in Clearwater FL. My first imperial stout! As such, I should mention that I'm not much of a stout drinker. More of a hop fan. So I figured an imperial stout with a lot of hops could be up my alley. Pours black with some head depending on the pour. Smells very very much like a stout. All strong malts. Tastes pretty much like a stout too - in fact, somewhat surprisingly so. Lots of roasted malts and some hints of coffee. There are some hops in the aftertaste, but it's not as substantially different from some other stouts as I was expecting. But it's definitely a very full flavoured stout - I would drink more stouts if they were like this one. Can't say I particularly tasted the alcohol - though I felt it!

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$10.99 for a 22 oz bomber at Lone Hill Liquor in Glendora, CA. in March, 2007. Tasted in April 2007.

Pours a deep dark brown with a pretty brown-tan head, swirling leaves lots of tiny brown bubbles on the side of the Piraat tulip.

Aroma of espresso and bitter chocolate, also some weediness. Rich full and velvety aromas are generally quite good.

Flavor is of Postum & chicory coffee, rich and bitter. Behind that, there's an intertesting sweet counterbalance. Thick rich full heaviness on the tongue. Mouth is on the bitter side and the alcohol burn is very strong, much moreso than it should be. Well done imperial stouts can easily hide the alcohol, but this one missed it in this area. As such, as much as the richness makes me want to drink this faster, the alcohol burn keeps me from enjoying it as much as I want.

A good big stout, but I like some others better.

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

22 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Opaque black in color. Dense dark tan head pours one finger thick. Solid retention. Nice sticky lacing that clings to the glass.

S: Roasted coffee. Dark Chocolate. Toffee. Dark Fruit. Yeast.

T: Deep dark roasted coffee and dark bitter chocolate give way to an earthy wet pine hop that has a bitter bite. Burnt caramel malts and the flavor of toffee give off a pleasant astringency and are followed by dark fruits and a hint of licorice. Finish is warm and dry with the taste of yeast and wet earth.

M: Silky smooth and creamy. Minimal carbonation. Warm and dry.

D: A complex stout that has alittle more hop flavor than most for the style. Each sip leaves you wanting another. I enjoyed this brew with a nice steak and it was a good pairing. Recommended.

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Photo of BlazmoIntoWowee
2.62/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber

Appearance - Well, hello tall, dark and handsome. What a beautiful pour - thick, mahagony brown with a cocoa head that seems to sort of fade into the beer (no clear division at first). Leaves thick lacing when head fades.

Smell - I'm not getting much from this. A faint citrus hops smell and an even fainter rosted odor. Also I think there's a hint of coffee like bitterness, but even a hint is making my mouth water.

Taste - Wargh, hop avalanche! Way hoppier than any beer this dark I've ever had. Roasted coffee type flavor present in the after taste, but only after the hop-punch-to-the-face fades.

Mouthfeel - substantial, warms the tongue

Drinkability - Too alcoholic and bitter to go down smooth. Overall a disapointment to me. Lacks balance

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Photo of wspscott
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle in pint glass

Pours very dark, lightly carbonated, only a hint of a head/lacing. The smell is a dark chocolate/ raisin nose, almost a port-like, very nice. Taste/mouthfeel comes across "thick" feeling, coats the mouth like a rich stout should. It is obvious there is a lot a alcohol here, but it does not come across as overly hot. This is difinitely a sipping beer, I think this bomber is going to knock me over. I would recommend finding a friend to share this. If you are a stout fan, this is worth checking out. I will almost certainly give this a try again.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night, absolutely opaque. It has a thick pancake head that is tan and disappears pretty quickly but leaves great lacing. The smell is of rum soaked raisins, dark chocolate, prunes, licorice, port wine and a finish of cocoa. The alcohol is definitely noticeable, but its more in the nose than the taste. The taste is wonderful. A perfect blend of roasty flavors, creamy mouthfeel, and chocolate and dark fruit with brandyish overtones. Wonderful flavors very well balanced, and with a big finish. Big but smooth and creamy mouthfeel. For the high abv and big flavors,its still quite drinkable.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

03/28/07- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info on the bottle. Purchased in early 2006.

Appearance- Super black in color with a nice chocolate malted powder colored head. Probably a good 3/4 inch at the pour. A nice 1/8 inch remains. Lacing is about average...spotty.

Smell- Mostly some deep roasted chocolate malts with a whiff of coffee grounds. A bit of a hop bite as well.

Taste- Has a cigarette ash flavor the same as the Founders Bourbon Stout I just had. It lasts for a few seconds and then the coffee and chocolate roasted malts take over. A very nice hop bitterness is present as well. Great overall flavor combinations. Alcohol is present, but melds well with the beer.

Mouthfeel- One of the more creamy imperial stouts I have had. Lower carbonation and a medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Right up there with my favorite stouts (Stone and Alesmith). Worth trying for sure.

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Photo of grub
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

crwills hooked me up with this one in a recent trade. thanks craig!

12oz bottle, bottled april 2006.

pours very dark brown, nearly black, and opaque at all but the thinest edge. a thin dark brown head comes up when poured but quickly disappears. the thin ring leaves some spotty lace.

aroma is nice. alcohol. light roast. caramel. bit of bready malt. milk chocolate.

taste is good. alcohol. high bitterness level. bittersweet chocolate. espresso. tons of roast. burnt wheat bread. bit of caramel. seems a bit out of balance, with strong bitterness and alcohol but little sweetness and malt. this gets better as it warms, but still feels a little off.

mouthfeel is good. bit of astringency. fairly big body, with a low carbonation level.

drinkability is good. alcohol is obvious but not overpowering. balance is a little off, but not bad. very enjoyable, even at 9.5%abv.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to Phatz for allowing me to taste this fine ale out of a snifter side by side with the Oak aged Yeti.

A - Pitch Black with a healthy tan head. It appears dense, opaque and has highlight of darkness swirling underneath it all.

S - Berry and bittersweet chocolate aromas dark and roasted scents emanate

T - Rich, luscious, tip of the tonque tannic likened to a ruby red center enveloped in malt.

M - Candied nuts, berry and prune flavors are apparent. The essence of pine hop flavors and mild grapefruit bitterness up front with sweet roasty malts in the finish.

D - not highly quaffable due to the gravity, but luscious and intense to say the least. One to sip and savor for all of it fullness and depth

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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 BeerBelcher
2.74/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I wasn't as impressed with this beer as most other reviewers, objecting some to what I detected as a lack of maltiness, and an abundance of sour fruitiness in this beer.

It poured an inky black with a small tan head. Aroma was rather white wine-ish, and not very roasty (roasty being what you expect in an Imperial Stout). Flavor was a bit better, with lots of wine fruitiness up front with some backing roastiness, but not nearly enough to wash away the fruitiness nor satisfy my expectation from an Imperial Stout. Texture was good, but the winey quality made this beer not very drinkable.

I had this beer on-tap at Landmark 1850 Inn in Milwaukee. I have some doubts as to the sanitation of their tap-lines; nothing I drink there seems to taste as good as it should.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark, dark, and more dark. Thick and impossible to see through. Huge head with strong aromas. I got a 22 and it was tougher and tougher as the sips continued. Smells of roasted malts with hints of vanilla/chocolate. Taste is not bad and has some character but not balance. Nice roasted malts, some chocolate and vanilla. More hops that I expected in the taste, moreso than Storm King even. Alcohol was very noticeable towards the end. Medium to full mouthfeel but overly bitter, still not bad. Drinkability is average, it's a RIS. They're high in alcohol but it's also easier to pick up the alcohol here, so I don't know what to say. Great Divide is great...this one, though, more average.

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

A beautiful jet black fills the glass with a dark tan half finger head that melts to very sticky lacing which covers the top of the glass.
Aromas are dark fruits...I smell mostly raisins... caramel, dark brown sugar and a little alcohol.
Flavor is dark, dark, bittersweet chocolate with bakers chocolate thrown in. Dark, dark French roast coffee...just a hint. A little sweet chocolate keeps sticking it's presence out for brief instances, then just when you go looking for it, it's gone, only to peek out again later as you indulge yourself by playing with this elixir in your mouth before slowly swallowing.
Dry, bitter, hops make themselves known in the aftertaste mixed with the bakers chocolate and French roast coffee or espresso.
Alcohol is slow to warm you after you swallow making this a very dangerous brew.

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Photo of bigone4
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber picked up from Nikki's liquors in N. Providence, RI. Nice frothy tanish offwhite head. Massive lacing down the pint. Smell is of roast and chocolate malts with a nice hoppy porfile in the background. Certainly smelled like an Imperial Stout. Had a rather strong alcohol tone throughout. Taste was of roasted malts with a nice flavor of hop bitterness. It was pretty smooth and enjoyable. Masive hop flavor for an Imperial Stout. Had a rather nice full body with massive roasted and chocolate flavor balance out with the hop profile. Overall a good tasting beer I would certainly drink it again. You can tell it is 9.5% but it is well rounded and drinkable.

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Photo of cheers2beers
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer pours a solid black liquid with a well stacked creamy brown head. Lots of web-like laceing left behind after a few swallows.

Smell: The aromas are strong wafts of chocolate, toasted wheat bread, premium coffee blend, and a potent alcohol is noted. Also, I am getting some dark fruits such as raisins and fig.

Taste: This resembles some of those dark chocolate candies with the burst of liqueor on the inside. Coffee notes are still present, light soy sauce, some wood notes, and a vague licorice.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy motor oil, sweetness upfront with a very strong alcohol presence throughout. High carbonation.

Drinkability: This has always been a great beer for me. This isn't what I would call one of the best, but lets just say I keep coming back to it. It's definitely worth the try.


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

This bad-boy poured a jet black with a large, thick head that was off-white. It tends to stick to the glass a bit before dripping back down into the body. Very creamy and solid. The smell was roasted throughout: coffee, chocolate, malts, with a bit of a burnt character. The taste was exceptionally rich with a light burn on the finish as the roasted nuttiness fills the mouth. Very thick and creamy in the mouth as if a generous portion of whipped cream was added to the mix. Warms the body as it goes down. For an exceptionally rich taste and character, it still remains quite drinkable. Good, well-crafted stuff here.

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Photo of GimpyCane
3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Last night session evolved around several RIS and Yeti was on that list. Poured a thick motor oil black with a 4 inch mocha coffee head that cascade to 2 inches. Left an excellent amount of sticky lacing an the glass. The aroma was harsh, roasted almost burnt malt, strong coffee witn a hint of vanilla. The flavor was intense but a tab harsh. Started of the way it ended, strong long bitter chocolate and dark coffee, that left a tart residue on my lips. Was surprise by the mouthfeel, medium to full body, softly carbonated with a small bite of alcohol and watery. The appearance led to to believe that this would be a thick even syrupy brew. One think I did notice was the hops shined through when consumed cold as oppose to warm when the harsh elements came out. Overall, I like this brew. Although, I enjoyed the Oaked Yeti more. Yeti has alot to offer in boldness and complexity.

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Photo of oakbluff
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out the expected pitch black. Creamy milk chocolate head with quite a lot of lacing. Aroma is sweet chocolate malt. Flavour backs up the aroma- chocolate, some licorice, sweet toffee, finished off by a hoppy dry finish. Thick and luxurious. Less hoppy than expected, although I have been sitting on this bottle for over six months. The roasted malts were actually subdued. I enjoyed the oak aged version slightly more as it has more complexity and I enjoy the vanilla notes in it. Still this is an excellent impy stout from one of my favourite breweries.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is black. It has a thick brown head that is persistent. The smell is heavy of malt and some big caramel tones. The taste is malty and caramel. There are some roast flavors as well. This is a big beer with lots of character – spiciness and alcohol are noticeable. The mouthfeel is heavy, but fits well with the flavor. As for drinkablity, while it is delicious…..I think that it is a bit rich for more than a few.

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

Can Great Divide brew a bad big beer? I don't think it's possible. Yeti shined in every describable characteristic. My ratings are according to style, and this is definitely one of the best Imperial Stouts I've had.

A - Black as night with a little hint of deep brown. Crazy thick & creamy head which almost looks curdled. Kind of like a milkshake.
S - A surprisingly hoppy nose. Roasted malt, roasted coffee, dark chocolate.
T - A lot of the nose came out in the taste. Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, brown sugar, some dark fruits. A nice subtle alcohol warmth that I really enjoyed. I love this stuff.
M - A very smooth, warming feel. The roasted tastes explode all over the palate. It stays with you, which is great.
D - One of the more drinkable Imperial Stouts I've tried. The alcohol is hidden incredibly well, which attributes to the great taste. I really can't say enough about Yeti and Great Divide. They seem to exhibit every passion possible involved in brewing.

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Photo of quikfish13
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a frothy creamy 3-finger head with a pitch black body that is impossible to see through. If I was to look at the top of my glass I would think I was drinking chocolate milk. Chocolate in high doses eminates from the top of the glass, not so muych a coffe taste but pure rich chocolate.

The taste matches the smell, leaveing a feeling in my mouth of a rich and creamy taste. Malts and roasted grain are abound until the very end when the coco flavors burst through. Quite bitter and with a higher alcohol taste then I would care for but the complex flavors of this beer more than make up for it.

Not a beer I would drink all the time but on special occasions or with a large dinner. It does go down smooth but this beer is to rich to enjoy in mass quantities.

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

Black hole body, topped by a superbly cascading dark tan micro bubble head which takes half the glass and rocked above the rim with a lunar surface efffect. Very good stretching lace.

Powerful, inviting, daring aroma of dark fruits, licorice, alcohol, coffee, and chocolate is readily apparent without even lifting the glass.

Taste is chocolate, coffee, plums soaking in alcohol. Mild hop tingle at the swallow, warmth but not burn in the belly. Dark fruits ooze through the hop tingle and into the after taste.

Mouthfeel is full-plus. Creamy and thick and decadently rich.

Beyond dangerously drinkable. I not only want to drink this again, I want another now.

An outstanding example of an imperial stout. Highly recommended.

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Photo of msolar
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was expecting this beer to be rated in the high 80’s, not the low 90’s. I liked it quite a bit, but 91? Impressive.

Regardless, it’s a great looking beer. Like everyone says, it pours black with a very dark tan head. I didn’t notice quite such a predominant chocolate taste as others have mentioned, but certainly molasses and burnt malt are very evident.

9.5% alcohol is pretty nice. I probably won’t buy it again – for the price I can get nearly three times as much from Berkshire Brewing Company, an arguably equivalent (or better) beer.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,750 ratings.
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