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 Westsidethreat
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours in inky black brew with a good viscosity. Head is a healthy ½ inch of creamy mocha colored bubbles.

S: Bitter bakers chocolate, licorice, charred wood, vanilla and café au lait.

T: Starts oily and slick like melted chocolate. The chocolate continues with strong roasted qualities and a little bit of sweetness around the tip of the tongue. Good amount of piney bittering hops showcased as well. Caramel splash almost like whipped cream laced with butterscotch can be found as well. Finishes alcoholic with chocolate liqueur features.

M: Medium body, full mouthfeel.

D: Decent beer but no idea why its reviewed so high.

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

A: Pours a deep black with a creamy head finish. The head sticks around for a while, leaving some very nice lacing. Just a beautiful beer to see.

S: Chocolate and coffee malty goodness abound here. Also there are some floral hops that play very well off the deep malt aromas, leaving a very pleasant balanced aroma.

T: Very malty, sweet flavor, definitely caramel followed by chocolate notes. The sweetness comes in at the end to balance this beauty out. It starts deep and rich and creamy, but finishes smooth.

M: This beer leaves the tongue tingling with just a touch of carbonation. There is a little alcohol flavor there, but its not over bearing.

D: At 9.5%, it will give you a kick in the rear, but its well worth it.

I can only imagine what the Oak Aged is like in comparison to this, great beer, highly recommended.

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Photo of boelker62
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love it when you just swipe a beer off the shelf as a last ditch effort, and find it's the best of your shopping trip. That's what happened here, thank god.

A - pours a rocky, frothy brown head atop a pitch black body. The head was mostly-lasting, and left a nearly glue-like substance of lacing down the glass as it went. This is serious stuff.

S - kicks out a full nse of caramel and molasses with a light hint of resiny hops to boot.

T - really, quite nice and completely unexpected. With initial notes of the toasted versions of the aromas, then changing to the warming alcohol, with a completely separate, heavy hop finish. The balance this beer has would let it walk a tight rope.

M - not quite motor oil (like the look) but yet a ull-bodied brew with a long hoppy and slightly alcoholic finish cleans up the palate enough to keep moving on this.

D - with it's high ABV, but cleansingly lingering mouthfeel, you could get in trouble with this one. Very good.

Overall, biggest surprise of my vacation, paied with a serving of Chimay Grand Cru cheese from the local cheesemonger. I would buy a case of his in a heartbeat, and it can be had in any season, IMO.

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Photo of genog
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into snifter.

Black with tan head that quickly disappears and leaves tan bubbles. With agitation tan head returns to generous proportion.

Smell is s slight hint of a strong alcohol scent. candy, cherry smell, subtle.

Very roasted malty flavor, dark chocolate, coffee as well.

Limited carbonation, very smooth and rich. Little stickyness, and Alcohol lingers in your mouth to warm you quickly. Have an oak aged version that now I can't wait to try.

Very impressive, thoroughly enjoyed this beer as the evening went on. Slowly sipped with a tiramisu dessert.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells sweet with rich, dense, roasted malt. A touch of hop adds nice floral balance. Mmmm.

Pours pitch black with a nice large medium-brown head – so creamy. Moderately good retention.

Tastes wonderful. Begins with a rich blend of malts providing sticky sweetness, roasted bitterness, and a killer body. Medium-high to high malt sweetness and high malt flavor: roasted barely, black roasted chocolate/coffee notes, and just a hint of caramel/toffee. High bitterness that I attribute to the hops as well as the roast. Medium hop flavor: fairly clean with some floral/herbal notes. Rounds out with some medium-low to low earthy/grassy/musty and low fruity yeast action. Finishes highly dry with woody/spicy sharpness (from the roast and/or alcohol), mustiness, dark chocolate flavors, and floral hops. An insanely smooth, thick, alcoholic body with medium carbonation leaves a good impression on the mouth.

Overall impression: Quite nice. Yeti is high drinkable with the velvety smooth sweetness that morphs into a dry bitterness. It is a good Imperial Stout and a good beer overall. A dark ale for a dark night. Oh yes.

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

On tap at the Lost Dog Lounge in Ithaca, NY, inexplicably served in a plastic pint glass (whose shockingly effective insulation made it really, really hard to warm up).

Very thin dark tan head (par for the course on a Russian Imperial Stout with this much alcohol), but it definitely stuck around, even as I held my beer for twenty minutes or so to warm it up. Very nice lacing on the glass (well, plastic), and a dark, inky, opaque near-black.

Nice toffee and caramel aroma with some darker coffee and chocolate hiding back there. A little bit of herbal hops back there, too, and some nonspecific fruitiness. A big, pleasing smell overall.

Huge malty, toffee flavor, secondary on the chocolate and coffee flavors. The finish is beautiful; the alcohol and hops take it from an incredibly sweet brew to a nice, crisp dryness that lingers with some herbal flavors. Definitely a big, thick brew that coats the mouth and the tongue; very satisfying.

Big, tasty, and gets a lot right as far as I'm concerned. I would, however, definitely consider this a food beer. The first time I had it (from a bottle, not on tap), it was with barbecued spare ribs, and it was just about the best beer/food combination ever. On its own, it's a little harder to down, especially because it's not as much of a dessert beer as something like Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout.

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

Beer pours from the bomber a deep black color with a perfect tan head. Great looking RIS.

Aromas are a of dark fruits stewed in booze, chocolate, coffee, and dark roasted malts.

Flavors start with a blast of dark roasted chocolate malts. There is a touch of creaminess and sweetness. The finish is crisp and biting, with a nice hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good, very supple and creamy. A tad on the light side, but still nice.

This is a smooth and very drinkable RIS. It is very tasty, and super easy to sip. It's not going to blow you away with huge flavors like others in the style. But this is still an excellent beer, and well worth the ratings it has racked up.

Thanks again for the bottle brentk56!

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber bottle.

A- Pours a deep brown, nearly black, with a deep brown head.

S- Very malty, coffee, fig, and licorice.

T- Very sweet malt with a strong alcohol overtone, fruity and spicy, with a decent sour-dry finish however.

M- Very well carbonated with small bubbles, very thick on the tongue.

D- One of the better examples of the style.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a rich-looking, inky black body with a tall, tan-colored head.

Smell: Earthy, roasted malts with notes of espresso and rich, dark chocolate. Pine and citrus hop scents vie for attention.

Taste: Creamy, dark chocolate, anise, and dark caramel represent the sweeter side of things, while the roasted malts and resinous pine hop flavor brings the countering bitterness. Ends with a rather dry, roasty bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Concentrated, oily mouthfeel. Ample carbonation.

Drinkability: A very solid, powerfully roasty beer.

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Photo of Contra
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is truly exceptional. Very thick, creamy, and viscous. A range of flavors - chicory, coco, espresso, perfect for sipping. Aroma matches the flavor. There is a nice lack of bitterness on the palliate, which adds to the mouthfeel/drinkability.

Overall, this is a fantastic Russian Imperial Stout. I'll certainly be getting this again.

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

Pours very thick and dark (two shades from black) with a thick toasted brown head that sticks to the glass and the beer's surface. Aromas of sweet, caramelly chocolate, doughy yeast and a burnt fruitiness. Highly roasted quality. On the palate, rather tight and winey compared to the aroma; there's also a green hop taste throughout the palate. Rather hot alcohol note crops up at the mid-palate and lasts through the finish, which is a touch thin. Mouthfeel is marked by surprisingly thinness, big carbonation the style, some hop oils felt on the sides of the tongue. Overall, this is a decent imperial stout, but it's a bit non-cohesive and doesn't stand among the leaders of the genre.

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Photo of jwc215
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a thick, creamy, tan head. Lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of rich chocolate. Roasted coffee notes. Dark maltiness abounds. Caramel/toffee. Gentle smokiness in the back.

The taste is of rich chocolate/dark malts. Caramel and toffee emerge as it progresses, as does a suggestion of wood. As it progresses, the ashy smokiness becomes very noticeable, almost too much so. Balancing breadiness and citrus mixing with the dark maltiness give it a bittersweet finish. Spicy, warming alcohol creeps in.

Full-bodied, rich and creamy.

Richness and alcohol make this one a very slow sipper, but an enjoyable one. I had the oak-aged version a few months ago. I remember it being a bit better, but it would be interesting to compare them head-to-head.

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

Popped open a bottle and poured it into my Stella Artois chalice.

Appearance is excellent. Looks like a stream of chocolate coming out of the bottle. No head at first, but after a moment, the head sneaks up with a milk chocolate appearance.

Smell is about average. Doesn't overpower the room, which is good, but it's not too pronounced in the first place. For a beer like this though, that's to be expected.

Taste is fantastic. Hints of chocolate and coffee. ABV is very well masked.

Mouthfeel is the best part of the beer. Fills the whole mouth and every tastebud gets something out of this beer.

Drinkability is good. Can't have more than 1 or 2 since these pack a punch.

Overall, an excellent beer. Highly recommend.

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Photo of fank2788
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle filled Feb 07 poured into a pint glass
I was pleasently surprised to see my local beer store carrying great divide beers so I just had to pick up a bottle of Yeti to try
This one pours an inky black with one of the darkest brown heads I've ever seen on a beer, too bad it doesn't stick around much. When cold the smell is dominated by american citrus hops as it warms the malts move to the foreground led by chocolate and other roasted malts, the smell stays a bit on the weak side. The taste starts out bitter both from hops and bitter roasted malts, there is also a good deal of dark chocolate like flavor from the malt along with caramels, black coffee and a touch of alcohol spice. Mouthfeel is good nice and full low levels of carbonation however it is noticable the finish is fairly dry but there is a somewhat strong bitter aftertaste with some warming from the alcohol. Drinkability is above average I tend to be a bigger fan of the english style RIS's where the malt is in the forefront with little to no hop contribution this is good but I think I have had better.

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

12 oz bottle

oh hell yes. Black pour, big tan head. Nice lacing over much of the glass.

Nose is just short of harsh, and full of big charred bitter roasty aromas - really in your face, and in face, near perfect. Alcohol is all over the place but seems well suited. This is a big beer, not suitable for many, but I'm game.

Everything noted in the aroma is present - this is a rich, full flavored bitter, charred and otherwise heavily roasted beer. In fact bitterness is heavier than expected from the aroma. I know from experience that this beer will improve to a 4.5 with a year of aging, but it is still tasty now. There are only the faintest hints of residual sweetness making this quite drying. This isn't the (arguably better) oak-aged version, but something here is reminiscent of oak. Surprisingly smooth finish and lots of alcohol warming - not for everyone, but I declare myself worthy!

Some higher than expected initial carbonation in this one, but otherwise some nice creaminess. Never quite easy drinking, in fact this is one where I have no trouble sipping and enjoying.

This one's fresher than I prefer, but this is still a damn fine beer. And I know it'll get better - it's a good thing, or I'd never be able to resist drinking the rest of these.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black pour with only a hint of brown tinting, topped with a thin dark-tan head of foam. Big, rich nose full of notes of cocoa and dark chocolate and a substantial spicy, citrusy hop presence. An initial bitter chocolate, coffee flavor gives way quickly to a spike of intense bitterness, but the malt lingers in a way the hops don't, leaving a taste of well-roasted barley long after one swallows. Big bodied, though a little low in carbonation for my tastes.

A very big beer, a bit much for a late nightcap in fact. I wish you could grab it in four-packs.

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Photo of SaltyLime
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark, very dark. nice voluptuous pour. dark mocha head that starts foamy and pops away to a thin sliver.

Smell - nice maltiness and fresh hops.

Taste - Hoppiness leans towards stealing the flavor, but is overall a well controlled hops/roasted malt balance. seemed to be absent of the usual coffee flavor, but did have a minute chocolate taste. What was a little different is that when the brew warmed up, the flavors didn't seem to expand.

Mouthfeel - Thick, leaves a film on the tongue that distracts from the taste. The alcohol dry feel did seem to come out more as it sat.

Drinkability - OK, not bad, but would not have converted me if it was the first Imperial Stout I ever tried.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After a thorough inspection, I can ascertain that this beer is completely black, no slivers or tinges of color anywhere. The head was also impressive, with a chocolate brown hue and big, dark bubbles, but unfortunately it didn't last long. The nose is heavy on the sweet coffee malt with hints of caramel and toffee and a strong dose of hop balance.

The first sip reveals a strong, almost tastebud overwhelming flavor of hops railing against the traditional coffee and roasted malt. Alcohol is present and accounted for and layers heavily on every sip. Mouthfeel is thick and oily and the aftertaste lasts forever. A rea nice beer bbut I could stand a touch less on the boozeometer and just let the taste shine through on it's own...

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

App: Pourd dark black (dark black?)... black. Had a tan head that was a lighter tone than I expected about 1 finger thick. The lacing was very heavy and had a cascading effect.

Smell: Caramel and hops with a sweet coffee niceness.

Taste: The hops came out very distinctly agaisnt the coffee and light cocoa background. The caramel was nice too, but the coffee was a little too intense and made it kinda one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel: A little too bitter with out the air of alcohol or the sweet body. The alcohol is noticeable on the aftertaste, but is lacking during the rest of the journey.

Drinkability: Not nearly as drinkable as other RIS but is still enjoyable once in awhile. I bet it ages well, and would consider cellaring it for a awhile.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge nose on this one, big fragrant dark malts spring forth in fine fashion.
Toffee and caramel with smooth fruity esters in the background.
Deep chocolate and coffee deep inside the smell.

Taste is an incredible malt explosion. Tasty chocolate and creamy toffee malt caress the palate and never let go. They hang on from the first sip and hang to the palate with strong viscosity. The malts in this beer are incredible, they mend and meld perfectly and achieve a perfect balance throughout the sip. Piney hops join the flavor board midway through works well to produce a nice balanced flavor. Toned and refined, Yeti Stout is a fierce and dangerously drinkable RIS. A malt bomb that is nearly flawless. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Gingerman pint glass.

Appearance - This isn't a bad looking beer. Pours like thick, syrupy, coffee with a fingers worth of head. Lacing is minimal and the head disappears after several minutes.

Smell - I love the smell of a good RIS. Alcohol, vanilla, dark malts and maybe some dark chocolate, and some kind of spice...

Taste - Pretty delicious. Dark roasted malt, and quite a bit of hop spiciness. Sweet opening with a bitter finish. The bitter just makes me want to take another sip. There is a faint hint of bitter chocolate behind the hops that shows up in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Pretty good compared to some other RISs. Thick (as should be expected) and creamy with a bitter finish. A little more carbonation to balance with the bitterness would have been nice, but that just sounds like I am nitpicking.

Drinkability - This beer has very good drinkability when compared to some others in the same style. Drinkability is better if you just take frequent small sips as opposed to a few large gulps. I noticed some friends of mine who were not very experienced with such a stout beer trying to take it down in large gulps, while I took frequent tiny sips, and I actually finished my beer before they did.

This is a great beer. Try it if you haven't, but, I prefer the oaked version over this one. The oaked version has smoother edges when compared to the original. This is still a great beer, let alone a great RIS. Yummy.

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Photo of zdk9
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a deliciously flavorful brew that was overshadowed by an imbalance of hops.

A- Pours out a midnight black with a fingers worth of dark cocoa (very nice color for a beer foam). Not a lot of lacing.

S- Nose of brown sugar, a wide variety of fruitiness (berries, grapes, prunes), some sweet cinnamon. Suprisingly, not a lot of coffee or chocolate- nice difference from so many other dark beers.

T- Great complexity of malt flavors- milk chocolate, molasses, ginger bread (I love the ginger!), blueberry, winey. Very strong hops bitterness, especially in the aftertaste- flavors of grapefruit pith, with a touch of pine resin.

M- Great creaminess without overshadowing the flavors of the beer. Bitterness was just too strong for my taste and left my mouth puckering.

D- Great smell and flavor, once again the bitterness was a degrading factor for me, along with the alcohol not being very well covered up.

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

Bomber, with hugeass lettering. I'll start this review off with a confession: the beer was a little too cold and I was pretty drunk when I tasted it. If I get a hold of another bottle (and I will), I'll rerate sober at cellar temperature.

Pours black with a thick brown head.

The smell is vanilla and an assload of sweet dark malts.

Opens up sweet, malty, and chocolatey, and finishes with black malt flavor. Alcohol is absent in the flavor, but that could just be an artifact of the temperature.

Mouthfeel is thick and moderately chewy; drinkability is standard for an Imp.

This is an awesome, awesome stout-- I can't wait to rerate.

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Photo of BadRockBeer
3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Serving Type Sampled: Out of a 22oz. crown top brown bottle at the Pump House in Longmont CO.

Appearance: Pours black with crimson hue. Very nice 2 finger mocha head that last throughout.

Smell: Bourbon, banana, vanilla and alcohol.

Taste: This is another complex extreme beer. The huge malt is rather apparent fight up front. There is a residual sweetness that is kind of cloying. There is a huge bourbon taste as a result from the oak aging. The hops are subtle but never the less still tasty.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body, light carbonation.

Drinkability: Poor, I really found this to be a great beer however I could only enjoy it in small pours, maybe 4-5oz. at a time.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,372 ratings.
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