Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

5,434 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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 11/10/12

Appearance: Deep, dark brown - some clarity around the edges - pours with a minimal, tan head, retains a small ring and leaves some streaks of lacing

Smell: Burnt grains and chocolate - tons of chocolate malt, dark chocolate, and coffee - grassy, piney, and citrusy hops - burnt, charred, and also roasty - some vegetal aromas - interesting, but not particularly complex

Taste: Burnt - burnt, roasty charred grains - chocolate malt, with some dark chocolate - burnt espresso, burnt caramel, vanilla - burnt bitterness and hoppy bitterness - pine, and damp citrus rinds - burnt starchy vegetable

Mouthfeel: On the low end of the heavy spectrum, oily, slick, and sticky, low carbonation

Overall: Beastly, but not epic

This is a good RIS, but compared to others in the style, it's not exceptional. Very burnt, very roasty, but not much else. Worth a try, but there are better, similarly accessible standards.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We pour a syrupy brew of the deepest chocolate brown. It holds a one finger head of medium to dark brown bubbles. This bubbles away, showing nice retention. Sheets of lacing are left, softly adherent to the sides of the glass. Carbonation appears slow but active, and no haze or sediment is noted. The nose shows deep complexity of roasty malts, with heavy chocolates, coffee, and caramel malt notes. These retain sweetness, and don’t take on too much of a char. Molasses, black cherry, and frank melted toffee add to this sugary quality. With warmth comes stinging ethanol, mineral, metallics, and solid buttery diacetyls. Our first impression is that it is not nearly as sweet as the aroma might suggest, but it is robust as hell. As we sip, bittering char blackened chocolate hits the palate hard for an instant pucker. Soy sauce saltiness, more milky, creamy chocolates, metallic coffee malts, and cooked caramel sweetness follow shortly thereafter. Booze hits at the peak, with equally as bittering coffee and chocolate malts that suck even more residual sweetness out of mouth. Molasses sugars, as in the nose, come back through the finish, with smoke, leathery char, cooling vanilla, and faint musk. The faintest grassy and soapy hops come here as well, but this is greatly subdued. The aftertaste breathes bitterly, of light char, those same ghostly hops, sticky sweetness of caramel and toffee, mineral, and fusel booziness. The body is full, syrupy, and thick, and the carbonation is medium. There is great slurp, smack, cream, with outstanding froth. The mouth is coated with chalky dryness, and the lips are left sticky. The abv is big, but appropriate, and the beer sips nicely once to temperature.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the nose. The aromatics were bold, sweet, warming, and inviting all in one. The froth and stickiness to the mouth was equally as pleasant, adding to the tactile portion of the experience. It is easy to see why this is the base for such a fantastic Russian Imperial series, as the flavors follow nicely. It does lean towards the bitter side, but completely within the stylistic guidelines, making for a tasty, winter treat.

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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into tulip.

A - Pours thick and black as night, with a dense, dark tan head. The head soon recedes down to a thin, wispy brown ring that leaves sticky webs of lace down the glass. Great looking stout, with an awesome label design as well.

S - Strong base of roasty, charred malt with notes of cocoa and coffee being very subdued. There's an intense metallic aroma that seems to permeate the nose on this one, and I really don't care for it. Sort of vegetal even. There's definitely a great stout underneath these strange notes, but the metallic/vegetal aromas are really throwing me off. A touch of earthy hops, and some rich chocolatey notes coming through. Could be a little more dark and complex on the nose. Some dark fruits and alcohol are also detectable.

T - Flavor is actually quite different than the aroma. Roasted malt and light coffee notes upfront, with chocolate and a touch of vanilla bringing some sweetness. Finishes with an intense earthy bitterness; an assertive mixture of burnt malt, earthy wood, soil, anise, and leather. Alcohol makes a slight appearance, but is kept in check nicely. Earthy hops and dark fruits become more prominent as it warms. The thing that really strikes me about this stout is the earthiness to it, that seems to permeate every piece of the flavor profile. For me that's what sets this apart from most other stouts I've tried.

M - Thick. Low but prickly carbonation, probably a bit high for my preference. Smooth and creamy on the palate, with a lingering bitterness and minimal alcohol warmth.

D - In some ways this stout is simple and straightforward, without a great deal of complexity or depth to the profile (although given the style it's naturally quite complex still). But it's the unique resinous earthy flavor that still sets this apart from most other stouts, which to me fits perfectly with the concept behind the brew (Yeti) and the geographic location of the brewery. Altogether this makes for a superb stout that I hope to seek out again.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this several times over the years, just never reviewed it for some reason.
Opaque black color with a finger or so of frothy mocha head; decent retention and lacing. Typical stout qualities in the nose, dark roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, and additionally, some definite hops notes. More of the same in the taste, roast, sweet malts, coffee and bakers' chocolate, caramel, resinous hop notes contributing a lasting bitterness, with a somewhat mineral aftertaste. Body is on the fuller side of medium. It's not an out-of-this-world stout, but it's a solid brew and quite drinkable overall. It makes a good base beer for some of GD's more adventurous selections.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Great Divide Yeti branded snifter

Pours a opaque black with a fluffy dark beige two finger head. Fantastic retention and a considerable amount of lacing coats the inside of the glass. Dark fruit, wood, chocolate and booze on the nose. Opens with overripe black cherry and plum joined by vanilla, dark chocolate and roastiness midpalate. Finishes with dark roast malted and espresso-accented bitterness. Full bodied, well carbonated, slick and creamy. An exceptional Russian Imperial Stout that delivers everything a brew in the style should.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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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%

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2.25/5  rDev -46.7%

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

Tasted On: 11-01-2012
Freshness: bottled on 07-30-2012
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Single from the Great Divide taproom

Appearance: Black colored beer, with no light permeating the glass. Head is small and a frothy dark tan, with a little amount of retention and very good lacing.

Smell: Rich and dark roasts, as in French coffee, plus cocoa and a wood/oak character.

Taste: Dark chocolate and roasted bitterness at the beginning, then some alcohol warming, followed by bittering of the hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full-bodied, with a low-to-medium amount of carbonation. The finish has coffee-like bitter roasts, a bit to the astringent level, tempered with bittersweet dark chocolate.

Overall: A big hefty stout for sure, I enjoyed this but think if the hops were scaled back a bit it would be an improvement.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,434 ratings.
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