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

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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Photo of garymuchow
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is sweet, dark rich roasted malt, fruity, a little alcohol. Wonderfully complex. A little vinous.
Impressively large head that is coffee with milk dark. Black. Black. Black. Head is creamy, heavy and shows thorough lacing.
Flavor is every bit as complex as aroma. This depth of flavors starts with the rich malt beginning through the somewhat dry moderately high bitter finish. In between there is burnt malt, rather high hop flavors and bitterness. Bits of fruitiness and alcohol.
Feel is heavy, creamy and almost velvety smooth. Incredibly fine carbonation. Wow.
Very well done. One of the best. Less cloy than many and I like that.

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Photo of Beervis
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of the gates it pours very dark with an incredible tan head, what a gorgeous looking brew. I'm excited!!

Smell is of vanilla and spice with an underlying bourbony character.

Very smooth mouthfeel, silky, and full. Can really taste the sweet malt and alcohol, but it's the bourbon accents that really caught me. The oak aging definitely adds alot of character to this beer. Hops are kickin, but very well balanced. As it warms, layers of taste truly unfold.

Overall, and amazing brew, extremely complex and robust. I will definitely have another!

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Photo of WesWes
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich black malt scent that boasts of patent, chocolate, and roasted malts. It is dry and sweet with some toffee notes. The taste is great. It has a dry and bitter black malt flavor that is thick and rich. It goes down smooth and finishes warm. It has a nice hop balance. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. It's full of flavor; a thing of beauty.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - completely black, no light passing through from anywhere. Pours in thickly like syrup and creates a small to medium head, mocha in color. Keeps a thin cover and fairly thick collar.

Aroma - light aroma of sweet chocolate with some coffee. The nose is distant and unsatisfying. What's there is pleasant enough but I think an I.S. should have more.

Taste - it's big and malty up front, some chocolatey sweetness and some seriously roasted, even burnt, coffee beans. Some vinous notes creep in with an alcohol warming effect, along with a nice hop bitterness too. A tremendous range of taste though the burnt taste could be a little less dominating.

Mouthfeel - quite thick and chewy, you will know that much from the pour. Perfectly smooth on the palate. Slightly below average carbonation.

Drinkability - a fantastic beer worthy of the Imperial Stout category. The charred element could be tamer but there's lots of other flavors to enjoy.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This may be classed as an American Double Stout, but it tastes to me like a Russian Imperial Stout. It has all the makings of an Imperial stout. It pours out a thick, motor oil brown that gives a black appearance in the glass. The head is deep khaki, and while most Imperial stouts have a rather thin head, this one is quite dense and pillowy.

The smell is typical of Imperial stouts: malts, toffee, chocolate, espresso and winey hints. Taste is similar, with an good emphasis on the espresso and bitter chocolate. The subtle wine-like flavours are not lost.

This is definitely an Imperial stout, and should be treated as such. Drinkability gets a lower than desired score because of the bottle size and the high ABV.

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Photo of beerinator
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark opaque blackness. Pretty tan "mocha-ish" head with excellent lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Chocolate and bitter coffee fills the nose. It's not just the roastyness of the chocolate either, it seems that some of the sweetness compliments the chocolate smells. Very very pleasant aroma.

Taste: The sweet chocolate smell continues onto the tongue. The beer has a very nice mouthfeel, and the finish is bitter with coffee and dark chocloate flavors. The finish lingers a bit, in a very pleasant manner. There is a slight tingle from the alcohol content, but it's relatively hidden.

Notes: Very good beer. Superbly drinkable if you like chocolate flavors and smells. Don't miss this one.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

Pours a deep black with a nearly brown head. Lacing is nice as is retention.
Smell is bakers chocolate, slight caramel, coffee, a little bit of alcohol and just a hint of earthy hops.
Taste is bitter coffee, bakers and dark chocolates, very slight caramel, roasted malts, fairly bitter hop flavor, and a hint of alcohol heat.
Mouthfeel is pretty good, not quite as coating and sweet as I like my Imperial Stouts, but still pretty darn good.
Overall, a good Imperial stout, pretty sraight forward actually, nothing particularly out of the ordinary, but nothing to scoff at either. A fine beer from a damn fine brewery!

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Photo of mgdeth
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The color of midnight in a glass with a creamy tan head. Good lace.

Smell - Coffee galore, and roasty. No hops that I can detect. Maybe some licorice and a dash of alcohol are in the nose as well.

Taste - Very rich roasty coffee flavor, which has to be offset by a serious dose of hops. The roasted malt profile dominates the beer, but it is well balanced to be in style. Alcohol is present towards the aftertaste, which is sort of gratifying. Fruity ale esters buttress the malt profile.

Mouthfeel - Velvety smooth with a slight alcohol bite. The medium carbonation rounds out the full body very well.

Drinkability - Despite being such a big beer, Yeti is relatively soft on the palate at fisrt. The hops build up and cling to the tongue, which adds to the beer's complexity.

Comments - Masterful. This is a beer to be purchased and consumed often.

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Photo of Southernbrew
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black with a nice, healthy tan head. Nice head retention, and some good lace down the glass.

Aroma shows off some nice smooth alcohol as well as some wine-like aromas and some coffee. Maybe a bit of milk as well.

Nice smooth, full body here. A nice blend of coffee and molasses show up and are combined with a noticable but not excessive alcohol flavor. Some nice roasted flavors come through in the end along with a nice molasses sweetness.

Very nice big stout. Probably better in colder weather, but still enjoyable on a warm May night.

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Photo of guinnessman
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a huge 2in. thick dark brown creamy head. A great appearance and smell. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, & coffee.
A very nice mouthfeel; creamy and smooth with a great bitterness from the added hops. Defineatly 75 IBU's. Awsomeee! Also, there is a chocolaty tartness that lingers on the finish, and hints of caramel and coffee. I'm amazed at the bitterness, I'm not aware of many Imperial stouts that are this bitter.
What a great Imperial Stout!!!!

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Photo of dgallina
3.26/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Syrupy black with a thin but extremely persistent head and generous lace. Smells strongly of citrus hops with an undercoat of sweet malt. The mouth is immediately hit with a huge rush of grapefruit hops, followed by a slow build-up of sweet toasted malts. Taste buds are quickly overwhelmed by a stingingly bitter hop finish and lots of piney resins. Viscous and chewy mouth-feel.

Impressive looking, but finally under-whelming and overrated in my opinion. The malts are strong, but no match for the incredible overdose of cascade hops. Simplistic, unbalanced, and unsatisfying. The oak-aged version is much more mellow and textured.

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Photo of fizzyfred
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, deep, dark color with an almost non-existent deep brown head. Smell is complex, with a strong roast smell. The taste is amazinginly smooth with the roasted barley and chocolate, no real hop flavor detected. This is one of the most full bodied beers I have ever had. Definitely deserves the motor oil comparison that Guiness wrongfully receives. Slight alcohol warmness on the backend. I would love to use this beer in a bbq marinade or in a bbq sauce. This beer is amazing.

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Photo of carln26
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a beautiful looking beer. I poured from the bottle into a tulip glass a deep brown to black. It was topped by a thick, rich tan colored head that retained nicely, and left a delicate tracing of lace on the side of the glass as it receded. The nose has many layers of character. Light roasted malt comes to the front, followed by black cherry, espresso, and a hint of milk chocolate. On the finish there is just a touch of citrus, and yeast. The flavor was just as complex. The cherry and chocolate come to the front, the hops are a bit more pronounced bringing citrus and a subtle bitterness. The roasted malt and espresso are on the finish in the flavor. The mouth feel is very smooth, full and rich. There is little alcohol in the flavor or feel, and this adds to a high drinakbility. I had the oak-aged version of this a few weeks ago, and normally I prefer the subtleties that oak lends to a beer, but I agree with the earlier reviews. This is a superior beer. The oak seems to mask some of the layers of flavor. Left alone, this beer is a wonderfully complex experience.

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Photo of beerfox
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours totally ebony with a 1/2" creamy, burnished-tawny head that settles to a light ring and gauzy netting over the body. Lacing wants to cling to the glass in delicate sheets.

Aromas of coffee and cream, or perhaps a fine cappuccino, waft upward to surround my head, like a caressing hand.

I lift the glass to my lips, where a bittersweet coating washes over my lips. The front of my tongue awakens with a light tingle, while a silken smoothness envelopes the middle.

I am greeted by rich, burnt-malt flavors, while freshly roasted coffee and elegant, bittersweet chocolate merge in a seduction-of-the-senses. A subtle sweetness sneaks around the corner. Piney, resinous hops arrest the entire back of my tongue - the bitterness is intensely appealing!

Most women may not try a stout, fearful that the robust flavors would overtake them - this one is so satisfying and "trance-inducing" - like a blend between a night with your lover and an exquisite morning espresso.

This is the kind of beer that creates desire! Definitely drinkable!

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Photo of ADR
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black with just the faintest transmission of burnt sienna highlights at the bottom. Good dark-colored head of foam on the pour, small bubbles and nice duration. Laces in thick sheets, especially on the near side of the glass. Exceptional smell, cream in coffee aromas, French vanilla beans and light cinnamon. Smooth texture, light pin prick carbonation that accents the early onset of the IBUs of the beer. Malts come across as very favorable, coffee and a distinct port-infused tobacco, toffee-like background. Interesting combination of semi sweet chocolate and a more resiny hoppiness than is noticed early shows up in the finish and aftertaste. A very nice beer, not as fruity as some or as oily and hoppy as others -- but an interesting combination of flavors going on here, and many are subtle for the Double Stout style.

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Photo of edchicma
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A chewy delight. Appearance is outstanding ....almost black...creamy brown head..extreme lacing. Smell is malt, burnt malt, coffee, chocloate and hops...whew! Taste is slightly below smell, but still well above average...malt then hops and a hoppy finish and aftertaste...not as much coffee and burnt malt tasts as I expected. Nice full, chewy mouthfeel. For 9.5 abv very smooth on the drinkability scale.

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Photo of weeare138
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gadzooks! This one is potent and I like a lot about it.
It appears black as night with plenty of bubbly brown head. Almost looks like a draft beer in the glass after being poured from my 22 oz bomber. The smell is really nice. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, coffee and creaminess coming through with a hint of the alcohol that lays beneath. Plenty of carbonation and lots of lacing for the entire duration of enjoyment.
Tastes very good. Smooth, creamy and full bodied flavor explosion in my mouth. Finishes real well with a nice balance of hops complementing the sweetness to this delicious brew. I'd be able to have maybe two of these in one night. Mighty tastey but like I said, this one is potent.

Finger licking good!

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like motor oil. Thick, opaque black with a thick creamy brown head. Looks like a frothy milkshake. Quite lacy and tantalizing. Smells like milk chocolate with some coffee bitterness underneath.

Taste is a wave of roasty dark malt. There's a coffee bitterness that steps right up and bites you. Sweet malty chocolate, mily offset by that powerful mocha bitterness. The mouth is surprisingly creamy with that lingering coffee bean aftertaste. Tasty beer and surprisingly drinkable.

A newcomer to ATL and a welcome one. A fantastic imperial stout that takes no prisoners.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OK, I finally get a long-awaited chance to sample this beauty, thanks to aracauna for picking these up for me. It glurps out the bottle a mysterious black brew, not reddish-black, or dark brown, I mean black. A brilliant head the color of milk chocolate puffs up with tiny bubbles as it rises to a peak where it just stays and stays. Head retention is epic, the last inch still wears a nice veil. Lacing is nothing short of fantastic. It is so thick looking, every time I swirl the glass, it just paints the sides, awesome.

The aromas of expertly roasted coffee, juicy raisins, plums, creamy dark malts, and piney hop beauty rise to greet me. It smells like I have gooey, scorched caramel brownie in my glass. There's an underlying hint of the alcohol within, but not unwanted. If the aroma stands up to the tasting, I'm in for a real treat.

Wow, wow, wow! It begins with dark malt flavors of good chocolate, espresso, dates, molasses, and burnt toffee sweetness. It develops further with a well-rounded helping of Pacific hops. It's absolutely rich and indulgant. Believe the hype, believe the hype, this one is for real!

Mouthfeel borders orgasmic with it's tiny cascading bubbles of gentle carbonation and chewy, dense, liquid velvet goodness. A lasting impression of coffee and floral and piney hops leaves me wanting. My god this is good, and to think there is an oak-aged version. I will scour the Earth looking for some, you should too!

The finish on this beauty is fantastic. Crazy hops and lingering coffe bean bitterness with a touch of lip smacking and creamy malt.

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Photo of oxmasterscream
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, opaque black with a fluffy, thick cocoa head. Poured like motor oil. So far, so good. Smelled purely of milk chocolate. Some raisins and spicy notes in there but mainly, chocolate. Yum. Taste was again, very chocolately, like drinking chocolate syrup and then chewing through a block of unsweetened, bitter chocolate. Nicely spicy in the middle. Finish was nicely bitter and drying. Also lots of fruitiness. Not a lot of the harsh burnt character one might expect. Malts seem to be roasted to perfection. Right off the bat, the higher ABV is felt on the insides. Mouth was big but not as syrupy as one might expect from its appearance. Tons of tiny bubbles make it really chewy. It's a mouthful–and a delicious one at that.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber. This beer pours out black with a dark brown head. Very thick looking in the pour. Rich chocolate and caramel aroma with some fresh hops in the background. Big malty flavor with chocolate and caramel. Roasted flavors. Hoppier than most Imperial Stouts, but not so much as to deviate from the style. Full mouthfeel. This is a great beer, and a good example of the style.

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Photo of blitz134
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured nearly opaque black with a nice and thick chocolate milk colored head on top. Very inviting and just what I wanted to see when I poured this one. Smell is mainly slightly sweet with malts and with some vinous aspects which add to the slight sweetness. The background is of coffee with light hints of chocolate. Could be a bit more powerful in the aroma department, but good none the less. Mmm…the taste is quite amazing and very complex. Initially there is a toasted malt flavor which quickly transitions over to a mild chocolate and finishes with a coffee aftertaste. This flavor profile covers all that I expect in an impy stout. Mouthfeel is full but not as creamy thick as other impy stouts I’ve had. Drinkability is good as well, but the slight biting effects of alcohol in this one brings it down a bit.

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Photo of karengarys
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is quite a beverage!

Pours nice and dark and thick, like a stout should. A bit heaver looking than others, more like 40 weight instead of 10 weight (oil, that is). not much foam, but the ring around the edge laces on the side of the glass. Imagine that (from a drink this thick).

This tastes very very very rich. nice and thick. syrupey. The taste is of chocolate, malt, carmel and alcohol. There is a bit of a pine hop bite which I am not very fond of, though. I had this rated at 4.5 for taste until I kept noticing that lingering on.

The mouthfeel is very nice. Very creamy. Righ throughout the drink.

The finish is failry sweet, and clean, but that bitter pine hop thing, again, is lingering. It leaves a bit of a bitter aftertaste which is easily remidied with the next sip.

It has a very nice heavy body.

I highly recommend this rich beverage.

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Photo of SamAdams
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a nice black beer with a dark head. Can't see light with this one.I got some lace going on, the head is down to a thin line. A nice chocolate raisin taste to it that ends with a good bite of hops. Very good beer. If you like a big Imperial Stout, this is a good one.

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Photo of bnuttz
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours a thick opaque black, pours like a thin used motor oil. A dark brown head is apparent on this one. Smells of bitter grassy hops, burnt grains and chocolate and finally solvent like alcohol. Taste is very much of black charred malts. Bitterness from these malts shows through quite a bit. taste is almost chalky thick. A hop bitterness lingers near the end. Alcohol is not as aparent in the taste as it is in the nose. Mouthfeel is thick and ideal for a bit stout like this one. A good stout, reminds me of some others.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 5,553 ratings