Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

5,421 Ratings
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.

Added by cokes on 08-09-2003

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this from a 2012 bomber around 8 months old.

Either Great Divide has improved the recipe of this brew since the Bros reviewed it back in 2003, or they were just dead wrong on their tasting. This is a phenomenal beer, perfectly balanced with roasty chocolate malt and well-balanced hops. Absolutely NOT a sub-4.0 rated brew here.

Pours pitch-black with a really dark brown foamy head. Aroma is pure roasty malt, coffee, dark chocolate, perfectly balanced. Taste is pure roasty malts with up-front coffee and molasses/chocolate with just a hint of booze. Aftertaste is more of the same, but never wavers from the initial flavor profile and certainly never goes south. Flavors are well-balanced, creamy, yet still pungent and non-tiresome. I just drank an entire 22 oz. bomber and my palate is not saturated at all. The flavors are consistent from the first sip right to the last. A top-notch brew here, one that I would be proud to keep in my fridge. The ONLY drawback might be the price -- nearly $10 for a bomber is a bit rich for my blood, but the high quality is certainly there. If you have the cash to blow on this brew, it's definitely worth it, no doubt in my mind. A solid A+ beer and completely deserves one of my highest ratings.

As an aside, I always laugh when people say "A good beer, but not as good as other RIS's." I call bullshit on that one. Notice that nobody ever actually NAMES the other RIS's that are supposedly superior. For me, the closest peer to Yeti is Founders Imperial Stout, but it's just about a tie. Slightly different, but equally high in quality. Don't listen to anyone that uses B.S. to justify their rating. Show your experience or shut the hell up.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

Two year vertical, 2011 version and 2012 release.

Poured from bombers, both beers had great robust brown-black color with good white-creme heads that lasted for ages with great lacing.

Smell is of roasted barley, typical stout hops, sugar, bitter cocoa.

Taste represents the smell very well.

Carbonation is milder with the 2011 release, but this beer honestly could age for far longer. I'm not sure it would improve this brew, it's not a giant stout that's too boozy or too hoppy. Great Divide hit this one on the head.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -23%

Photo of Seanniek91
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled July 30, 2012 Poured from a bomber into a Redhook Limited Release glass.

Appearance- Beautiful pitch black with little to no caramel head. Little lacing.

Smell- Chocolate roasted malts, bitter coffee, some hop presence, caramel. Very nice aromas.

Taste- Initial hop bitterness goes to roasted malts and finishes with chocolate at the back of my tongue. Nice bitter aftertaste (it is 75 ibu). Very well balanced. 9.5ABV is completely masked.

Mouthfeel- Nicely carbonated. very smooth, but I'd like it to be a little more viscous.

Overall- Awesome RIS. Very well balanced and smooth. I will be sure to have this again.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,421 ratings.
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