Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

1,763 Reviews
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 DaveFL1976
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A black, black body that sucks in all the light near it. Topped with a frothy tan head that settles down to a thinnish head but clings to the side of my Westvleteren glass. It’s a really fine looking stout. Really fine.
Smell is coffee, cocoa, a bit of roastyness. Not much alcohol, and not a whole lot of complexity other than that, but nice.
Taste is full, bold coffee and cocoa. A really smooth overall taste with a pleasant, clean aftertaste. Not much alcohol in the taste, either. It’s hidden behind walls of malty goodness. Mouthfeel is also big and full. But low carbonation helps it go down smooth. It’s hard to find fault in this brew. Perhaps the only downside is the bigness and chewyness of this beer and the fact that its 9.5% will kick you in the ass.

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Photo of mjc410
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour from the bomber is like turbo-diesel motor oil. Forms a slight dark tan head that falls to a short ring. Forms opaque, sudsy lacing.

Smells of thick, old coffee, pac nw hops, toffee, caramel, and cocoa. Comes together very nicely.

First taste is of alcohol, then rolls to hops, burnt caramel, ending with a toffee/chocolate combination.

The mouth is not quite as thick as I thought, has low carbonation, very smooth and warming.

This is a fun beer, but very heavy-handed.

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

Poured motor oil black from a big ol' 22oz bottle. Not much medium brown head with some lacing as it went down. The aroma was what I call the typical "dark roasted stout smell" along with alcohol. I wanted to find more but couldn't. The taste was similar, but I detected notes of bourbon and dark chocolate. The high alcohol was notable but not overpowering. Overall, it felt creamy, had a somewhat lingering bitter aftertaste, and went down relatively easy. There are other stouts that I like better, but this was a good one.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I've heard good things about Great Divide's beers, but I've never tried one. Downtown Wine & Spirits has a pretty good selection of their beers, so I decided to pick one up. I let this warm to around 50º and served it in one of my New Belgium glasses.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with slight ruby tints against the light. It's topped by a thick, dark, brown head that fades to a persistent layer that leaves heavy lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is predominantly roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. There are hints of fruit and hops.

Taste: The flavors are very rich. Dominant roasted malt flavors: chocolate and coffee. There are also sweet dark fruit flavors. The finish is roasted and hoppy bitterness, with a warming alcoholic spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Rich, full-bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: The alcohol is strong and evident, but is balanced well by the rich flavors.

Overall: Rich, bold and strong, but incredibly mellow and smooth in some respects. The flavors blend very well creating a nice balance.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Black as night with a nice brown head.

S- Sweet coffee and malty toffee. Some complex fruit, cherries, raisins.

T- Super smooth, heavy sweet chocolate and smoke. Wonderful malts and a strong hop balance. Sweet fruit and toffee come through in the finish.

M- Thick as hell, smooth and creamy.

D- Absolutely love this one. Wish we had it in our top 10 tasting recently. So creamy and smooth it is hugely drinkable. I'll have a few more!

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

This is a bomber of Yeti (non-oak aged). Heretofore I've only had the oak-aged version, so I am anxious to dig in. The stout is slightly chilled.

A: The stout is pitch black, nothing is getting through this baby. There is a very nice head that laces quite well.

S: The stout has a bit of coffee in the nose, providing a nice kick. There are several big smells at play here: deep roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, even some buttery aroma.

T: The hops provide a vibrant change of pace in this beer. The oak aged version masks the hops a bit, here they are allowed to roam free. They grab the taste buds up front and shake 'em up a bit before giving way to the roasted character.

M: The ale is robust and intense with quite an assault on the palate.

D: This ale is quite good, I much prefer it to the oak-aged version. A very good West Coast hopped stout, although the abv is limiting.

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Photo of Brian700
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark black with a brown head that doesn't really leave any lacing but hangs around for a while.

The aroma is mostly of coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate, and mild hops.

The flavor is chocolate, caramel, coffee, burnt malt, and a bitterness that leads me to believe there is a decent amount of hops in there. (after reading the bottle it looks like there are 75 IBU's) Some of the bitterness could be attributed the black patent, and ??coffee?? maybe.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a pretty drinkable beer and is damn delicious. I like this way better than the oaked version. This is a good example in the theory that not every beer needs to be oak aged. This is definately worth picking up if you see it...actually its worth trying to find someone to send it to you in a trade. The effort will pay off once its in your glass.

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Photo of riversider76
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black. Very thin tan head. Not much retention, but very nice lacing. Smell is strangely wine like, with a bit of roasted malt. Body is medium, with not much carbionation. Taste is again wine like,with roasted coffee, malt, nut, very complex, but...WOW. You must try this beer! Excellent.

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Photo of dancinwillie
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one into a pint glass.
Not much of a head, dissipates to just covering the beer within seconds. Color isn't quite jet black, but rather a sooty, thick black. You can almost see the light coming through the fog.
Aroma promises dark fruits, foremost. Also picking up roasted malt, coffee, and maybe a hint of chocolate/cocoa to come.
The taste fufills the promise of the dark fruits. Vinous, or to be more understood, winelike. But still, the beer side of Yeti comes through in the burnt malt. The chocolate malt comes into play, but goes as quickly as it came. The flavor lingers on the very back of my tongue, and lasts until I take the next drink. A mild, and not overbearing taste of alcohol comes through on the finish.
Mouthfeel is rather nice, considering the lack of head, has adequate carbonation. Smooth, medium thick, and slightly chewy.
Overall, I like this beer for everything that it is, and I say the drinkability is good.
For anyone looking into this style, this is a great introduction to Russian Imperial Stouts.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. I am so glad Great Divide started bottling in smaller bottles. Nice light brown head that hangs on and slowly deflates into a rocky covering. Plenty of lace left on the sides of the glass.

The beer itself is jet black as an imperial stout should be. The initial smell is chocolate, dark roasted malt, coffee, and something sweet. No real alcohol present in the nose of this beer.

The first sip is chocolate and coffee upfront. The sweetness of the malt comes through in the middle and then ends with a nice combination of hop bitterness and alcohol warming. The alcohol is very present in the aftertaste but not in a terrible way.

This beer is very chewy and thick. It coats the tongue and the bitterness hangs with you for a while. The overall drinkability is good and it is one of my favorite RISs.

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Photo of Imbiber
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Chuck for this bottle.

Appearance is black as black can be, with a coffee-like tan head which sits on the beer like a collar. A good start indeed.

Aroma is a little vinous. Hops and alcohol beckon too, not bad.

Taste is very rich indeed. A 'train wreck' some could describe this as - but in my opinion it's a great coupling of different carriages (sorry!) of flavour. Notes of cocoa mingle with hops, malt, and carried by a distinct carbonation which certainly helps in this case.

To sum up... one great 'big' beer packed with flavour and richness.

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

Pours a Dark muddy brown with a sticky 2 inch carmel colored head that stayed throughout the whole drink. Smell is of raosted carmel nuts with a hint of warm apples. Taste of of chocolate coffee with hints of espresso and roasted almonds, alcohol is masked very well, I was really feeling this one after it was over. I could sip this one all night it went very well with the pizza I was eating and wished that it wasn't over, damn fine stout from the good ole Great Divide.

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

Opague black body. Huge brown undulating head with great retention and lace. Bubbles of all sizes.
Very strong and spiced molasses, caramel, brown sugar and hops with a grassy hint in the nose.
Intense flavors of burnt cocoa and coffee bean. Caramel on steroids and a pleasant smoked note spanning the whole. Plenty of residual sugars. Incredible aftertaste of dark chocolate truffle with a generous serving of rough hops spiking the experience.
Beyond full body. Thick and heavy finishing somewhat dry with a good coating.
Great brew and highly drinkable. Beware of the Yeti's strength though. The alcohol is not readily apparent in the smell or taste but it's there alright.


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Photo of Teke0611
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of the 12oz bottle into my handy Lion-branded "stout" glass.. Poured well, with a small head. Dark as can be - nothing was showing through it even when held up to a window. After a sip, a tan-brown lacey head slowly crept back down into the glass. Some hints of carbonation in the mouth, along with definite roasted malt and wood flavors. Perhaps a hint of an un-sugared chocolate? Quite drinkable, this is a good beer!

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

a - poured a two fingers thick light brown head into a pint glass. pours so dark that it's impossible to interpret any shades except black. great looking brew.
s - smells very syrupy and sweet. hints of caramel and toffee.
t - very malty and roasty with a sweet aftertaste.
m - very heavy and chewy.
d - incredible from beginning to end. creates a warming sensation as you drink it from it's heaviness and higher alcohol content. a great beer on a winter's night.

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

ok...this is my first post so bear with me.

22oz bomber poured into a water goblet.

A - pours jet black. very thick and creamy look. 1/4" head that stuck around for a minute or so.

S - burnt coffee and malts at first then followed by dark chocolate with a little licorice. a faint smell of hops at the very end. more alcohol smell when the beer made it to room temp. got more balanced as it warmed

T - YUMMY!! first thing i notice is the balance. it's very true to the smell: coffee & chocolate with the beautifully balanced hop finish. nice drying alcohol finish. takes like a 6-7% beer, not a 9.5%. taste got sweeter and more blanced once it got to room temp.

M - like carbonated milk. smooth, smooth, smooth. perfect carbonation. just enough to feel alive.

D - suprisingly high for a 9.5% beer. i spaced it out over an hour & i could easily have another if i didn't have to work in the morning.

overall a fantastic beer. a great start to many reviews to come

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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 rtratzlaff
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has an awesome look to it. A pitch black beer with a darker tan head that leaves solid rings of lace down the glass. The smell is quite complex with roasted malt, chocolate, and a sweet maltiness. The taste is very similar to the smell though in reversed order. The first thing noticed is the sweetness of the malt, followed by chocolate and then a coffee like bitterness from the roasted malt in the finish. I may even be picking up on a hint of hop bitterness as well, but that may just be the coffee like bitterness from the roasted malt. The mouthfeel is quite thick and sticky. For drinkability, it's not too bad. I could grab a 22 oz. of this sip it over an evening.

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

Bought in a 12 oz single.
Great looking beer black with mahogany tinges round the edge..fantastic and huge light brown head.
Good roasty aroma, dark coffees, chocolates, burnt oats.
Nice smooth semi-sweet roasted bitterness, slight fruitiness,hints of alcohol and no more, a certain wine like flavor a deep burgundy wine, becomes sweeter, hints of raw demerara sugar.
Complex beer indeed.
Great mouthfeel..keeps you guessing.
For its style this is quite drinkable, in that the alcohol is largely hidden..though it does tend to heat the belly after a while.

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Photo of walleye
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the bottle. poured black with a huge brown head that left a lot of lacing. aroma roasted malts, coffee, dark sweet chocolate, raisins, brown sugar, alcohol comes ot nicely along with some sweet oranges. flavor wow this beer is packed with roasted flavor from the coffee, malts to a nuttyness, got some dark cherries and a hint of citrus. very good beer.

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Photo of Drew966
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yeti Imperial Stout pours a virtually pitch black color with only the slightest amount of brown head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. This is a very aromatic beer, good strong chocolatey malt stands out, with a little bit of hops in the background. Big taste too, chocolate malts are noticeable, alcohol is fairly well hidden, though I suspect that drinking this bomber is going to put me in bed for the night. Overall this is truly an excellent beer. Well worth seeking out and even hoarding! LOL, well, seeking out and drinking anyway. I'm trying to stop hoarding, no room left in the fridge for food. Enjoy!

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

This beer poured black as night into a 16oz pint glass with a half inch head that lingered. Aroma was of espresso coffee, licorice and hops. Taste was of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and some brandyish/liquor flavors. A nice hop bitterness added to the mix of flavors. Mouthfeel was very rich and thick. This is not a stout for the faint of heart and is better suited for a cold, cloudy day in December than a warm muggy day in June. But hey, I drink whatever I'm in the mood for. I plan on cellaring some bottles of this beer for the upcoming fall and winter.

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

22oz Bottle thanks to prAna

Pours dark black, blacker than black. No light penetrating except the edges which are a burnt orange color. One finger head fades to leave massive bubbles strewn about, as well as a bit of lacing.

Charred wood, roasted malt, dark chocolate, sweet dark fruits...DARK i say! Some smooth vanilla and oak woodiness to round everything out. Hardly any alcohol.

Very hoppy as well as roasty. Dark bitter chocolate comes through and finishes quite bitter. Sticky, oily mouthfeel that coats your mouth and seemingly oozes down your throat like pepto bismol. The burnt woodiness also comes out as it warms. Not too bad. Very complex.

Alcohol never really shows itself in this one. Quite easy drinking, in fact. To drink more than two of these would be pushing it though.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Left an espresso foam colored two finger head with excellent retention and amazing web-like lacing all the way down. The body was the richest, darkest possible brown, almost black, very rich looking.

Smell - chocolate, toffee, coffee, tea, dark breads, some hint of esters, but overall a thick, hearty, caramelly, rich roasted maltiness.

Taste - exactly as promised by the nose. Rich roastiness like chocolate and coffee, with caramelly tones of toffee and caramel, and some tea-like tones, and of course, dark bread. The roasted malts here are perfectly done - no burnt flavor, or smokiness, no acridity, just pure rich roasted heartiness. Finishes with some slight alcohol astringency, not too much really, this beer hides its abv exceedingly well.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, a little chewy, low carbonation, some hop oil slickness.

Drinkability - rich, hearty, and satisfying, the only thing here is the high abv.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very pitch black beer with a medium foamy beige head that quickly let itself down to a nice white lace in my glass.

Smell is quite weird, at first I thought I was smelling an american barley wine, fruity, hoppy and floral sweet notes. Then more I was drinking it, the smell change from what above to caramel and malty, to a dark chocolate finish.

Taste is hoppy at first, where it tickles your palate then followed by a floral touch which ends with a distintive roasted coffee taste. A very complex beer that drinks itself in three stages, Hops, malt- chocolate and coffee.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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