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

Pours deep black with a wide tan foam head, very little retention. Aroma is of malts, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, dark fruits. Taste is rich and complex, very solid Imperial Stout, coffee and chocolate notes are dominant, some alcohol and roasted malts. Great bold body with low carbonation. Excellent beer.

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Photo of Shippy
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber. Pours black with a big, brownish head made up of dense little bubbles. Aromas of roasted malts, a little smokiness, and some dark fruit on the end. Taste is malts up front, lots of roasted malts, followed by some chocolate and some lingering bitterness. Dark chocolate and milk chocolate flavors are clearly present. The aftertaste is of strong dark chocolate, while the flavor earlier is more milk chocolatey. Heavy, smooth, milky mouthfeel. Very full bodied, with a hint of carbonation. Definitely some noticeable booziness. Overall very good imperial stout. Let it warm up a bit and it's a great dessert on its own. Or, make a Yeti float!

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Photo of thepenguin
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 9/9/12

L: Pours dark as a Biggie lyric on a bad day, with perhaps the darkest head I’ve ever seen on a beer, almost mahogany in color.

A: Delightfully complex. There’s a sort of lactic quality, like day-old coffee, with a strong roastiness undercut by pleasant sweet caramel. Strong hop aroma as well, with hints of wood.

T: This is a no-holds-barred stout. Aggressive hop and roast bitterness, which just lingers forever. Tastes like some of that 90% cacao dark chocolate drenched in alcohol. Finishes fairly sweet yet bitter.

F: About as full a body as a beer this big can have. Moderate carbonation. Some alcoholic warmth but rather tame for the abv.

O: An excellent imperial stout. Fabulously complex aroma, luscious mouthfeel, and not too alcoholic in the taste. It would be even better if they could bring the bitterness down a touch. I remember now why I saw fit to buy a poster for this beer back in the day.

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Photo of mchegash
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Black, with a couple fingers of medium-brown head.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, smoke.

T: Dark, roasted malts, chocolate, smoke, much stronger than the aroma.

F: Medium full body. Slightly less than average carbonation.

O: A delicious Russian imperial stout.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle, bottled on Aug 10, 2015.

Black in color, opaque, with a two-finger, creamy, dark tan/brown head. Good head retention and a fair amount of lacing.

Heavy roasted/burnt malt aroma with plenty of chocolate and coffee. Not much complexity at all.

Taste follows the malty aroma but throws in a bunch of hops, which cause an intense bittersweet finish that lingers for a while.

Medium-full bodied. Thick texture despite the lively carbonation.

Overall, this is a straightforward, aggressively hopped, Imperial Stout. What it lacks in complexity, it makes up for in balance and just simple, good flavor. Make no mistake though, it's a big beer that hides its 9.5% ABV very well, so it can sneak up on you. Paired really well with some Jasper Hill Bayley Hazen Blue cheese. I'm throwing a bottle in the cellar to revisit in a year or so.

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Photo of jhartley
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on June 17, 2015. 12 oz. bottle
A: Poured a dark black thick used motor oil consistency (I know that's a old tired description, but it works). A thin dark khaki latte type head that coats the inside of the glass. Beautiful!

S: Espresso, chocolate, slight amount of hop pine, roasty goodness.

T: Strong espresso, bakers chocolate, burnt caramel, brown sugar, bitter hops. Like chewing on a dark chocolate dipped espresso bean and a fresh hop at the same time.

M: Tongue coating goodness! Just a full mouth feel on this one, no surprise there. Not a hint of the 9.5% abv.

O: A great beer! Everything you would want from a non-BA Imperial Stout; roasty, chocolaty, hoppy! Just all around delicious. A sipper that is hard to just sip.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter at cellar temperature. This looks thick, and is coal black. It had a big two finger mocha head. I was surprised at the retention given the ABV. This is a great looking brew. The aroma is roasted malt with hints of coffee and chocolate. Some dark fruit in the background too. The flavor follows the nose, with a little hint of hops, or perhaps that's more of a coffee bitterness. The alcohol stays well hidden. This body is rich and full. Man, this is a nice smooth sipper. Highly recommended....

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Photo of Jwburns75
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the very best year round Imperial Stouts. This one has it all. Huge chocolate nose and nice roasty and sweet taste. Just delicious from first sip to last!!

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

My first beer that I give a perfect score. Nice rich chocolate, coffee, vanilla to the nose and with a slight berry scent at the end. Beautiful mouth feel from start to finish with no excessive bitterness. Beautiful brown/black with a chocolatey head which disappears quickly. Bought this while on a trip on impulse and I am so glad I did! Bottled almost a year ago. Fandamntastic!

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - medium- high coffee, red wine, blueberry note, low level caramel, cocoa and earth, medium piney/ resinous hop character, higher pear note, very harmonious and enticing, no strong alcohol

Flavor- rounded dark, fresh fruit character really comes out, almost like a fruit- forward pinot noir. Very pleasing. Medium- high sweetness, chocolate character is high, with bittersweet bakers chocolate, black currant, and background coffee flavors stacked in dimishing intensity. medium resinous hop flavor, with secondary herbal and minty dimensions, with medium high hop bitterness in a longbbittersweet finish. Light note of cigarette tobacco w warmth.

MF - full bodied, sticky and creamy at once medium- low carbonation, no harsh astringency, no alcohol heat, slight numbing on palate

APP - pitch black, opaque, persistent, foamy, espresso head with excellent lace.

Overall- excellent, standout features are sweetness, wine-like character, lack of noticeable alcohol or aggressive roast, and high american hop character

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Photo of Spacedog666
4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I live in Denver so I was lucky enough to get a bottle that was bottled 4 days prior to my consumption. Poured into a pint glass.
Look: Very dark with a nice dark khaki head. The head does not fade greatly over time. It went from 1 finger to a half finger. When sloshed around it is a little more watery than I would like, so I deducted .25 points (for a solid 4.75 points, this shit it is awesome).
Smell: A little bit herbal. Someone in the comments said rum-soaked raisins. 100% agree. Chocolate, charcoal or maybe smoke. Musky and awesome.
Taste: Dark. Chocolate. Coffee and some vanilla extract. YES.
Feel: A little fizzy, but not too much for a stout. Thicker than I would expect from the look of it.
Overall: Great beer. 10/10 will drink again. This has a prominent spot in my fridge.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz, dated 08/10/2015, snifter, cellar temperature. Pours perhaps a little darker than a standard imperial stout, with a nice chocolate-colored head, that lasts; very nice lacing when swirled. The aroma is of dark, roasted malts and dark fruits, with a hint of booze. The taste is strongly of roasted malts (almost burnt), some chocolate, a bit of hops, with a dry finish. Full, rich and creamy mouth-feel.

I expected a lot from this beer, and it met and perhaps even exceeded my expectations. The appearance and aroma are nearly unparalleled in any imperial stout I have previously encountered. The effect on the palate is powerful--full and rich--and the malts and hops are nicely balanced. This is very smooth (can't even taste the alcohol) and thus dangerously drinkable. If I were to have anything critical to say about it, it is that I would like it to be a bit sweeter--but that's a personal preference. I am amazed at how good this is fresh, and I very much look forward to seeing how it ages.

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

Stepping out of the box on the one, usually stick to IPAs, but could not resist this well-reviewed brew. Got at my local packy for about fifteen dollars for a six pack. Very impressive, would buy again.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black body, sparkly milk-chocolate head with plenty of lacing. Smells like dark chocolate, roasty malt, bitter hops, and, yuck, a bit of harsh acetone. Taste is still bitter chocolate, lots of roasted malt, touch of smoke, with an intensely bitter finish. Dry as the Atacama. Feels oily but with formidable carbonation.
Don't know why they ruined an otherwise great roasty dry RIS with lots of hops, but they did. The flavor stuck to its guns about not having any oases of sweetness for newcomers, but then got downright brutal and off track with bitterness. The price point really makes this one hurt.

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Photo of mschrei
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd say it's a pretty standard stout with a little extra heat and alcohol on the taste due to the barrel aging. Sweet and leaning on the fuller side, not a bad little beer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Re-review. 12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a pitch fuckin' black color. The head is two fingers high and dark tan in shade. While retention isn't the greatest, its texture and softness is just perfect. This is what every imperial stout should look like, I think!

Smell: Dark. Chocolate. Goodness. I could stop there, but I also love how damn roasty it smells. There are additional nuances of brown sugar, umami, smoke, and vanilla. It's not hyper-complex, so why a 4.75? Because it balances every single note in nigh-perfect harmony, and still features a rich boldness to boot. And that's pretty much the holy grail of beerdom.

Taste: This is a reasonably fresh bottle, so I'm noticing the initial hit of piny hops more than normal. And yet, its integration within the big-ass stout is absolute gravy. I'm also picking up lots of dark chocolate, vanilla, smoke, and roast - EXACTLY what the nose suggested. Why do I love this one so much? Because it brings the richness and decadence of a great stout without the excessive sugary sweetness. Basically, this is one of the most balanced stouts I've ever drank, if not THE most.

Mouthfeel: I love an imperial stout I could (almost) session. But I also love an imperial stout that feels silky-smooth and thick like a milkshake. This does both. BOTH! The hoppy finish does a fantastic job of drying out an otherwise decadent beast. Carbonation is fairly low, appropriately for the style. This is a sipper, but I could sip this one all damn day and not grow tired of it.

Overall: I love this beer so damn much - hands-down, this is my favorite standard imperial stout ever. It takes the "roasty as hell, hop-forward" approach that Old Rasputin and Storm King do, and then cranks everything up to 11. The balance, the bigness, the flavor, e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. As much as I adore some of the variants, this still remains my favorite Yeti of the bunch.

4.66/5: My favorite readily available beer EVER

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Photo of cjohns73
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a fat tulip. Color is deep black with a brown-gray head. The remaining foam has a definite oil-spill look to it. Smell is not overpaowering, mostly roastiness. Taste is a huge chocolate bomb right off the bat; more coffee later in the glass. Has a somewhat dry mouthcoating that gives a kind of unpleasant aftertaste. Nothing to complain about. Great beer.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft in snifter at The Stone Grille in York, PA. Beautiful black, with a creamy tan head. Initial coffee, molasses, and cocoa, with a little coffee bitterness in the background which lingers after each sip. Thick, oily, viscous mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation. A really black, thick, smooth Imperial Stout. Alcohol is barely noticeable - dangerously well hidden. Excellent.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

September 11, 2015

12 oz bottle, snifter

A – Black, oily, thick, luscious. A quarter-inch of light brown foam that disappears immediately, leaving light lacing. Looks like dessert.

S – Rum-soaked raisins, vanilla, marshmallow, milk chocolate, caramel. Some fruit, cherries and plum, minor tropical/papaya-like notes. Then back around and around, endlessly complex.

T – Vanilla, moderately dark chocolate, and marshmallow. Boozy fruit, raisins and low cherry notes. Some roastiness and strong, high hop bitterness. Not as interesting as the aroma.

M – Full-bodied with low to moderate-low carbonation. A lot of sweetness from the massive malt profile, but very much offset by roasty and hoppy bitterness, both of which are quite high.

O – The O.G. Yeti, definitely surpassed by some of its variants (Oatmeal, Belgian, Chocolate, Espresso), but without this one, there would be no others. Still a classic, an excellent, inspired imperial stout.

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Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber served in a Teku.

One of the best looking beers. Pours black with a great dark khaki head that leaves behind a nice foamy lacing as it goes down. Nose is over roasted coffee and chocolate. Taste is dominated by bitter chocolate with coffee, brown sugar, and a hint of vanilla. Feel is thick and smooth. Overall, a great RIS. I love every beer in the Yeti family and I'm sure it's due to this being a great base brew for all those variants. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Tilly
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P: Black with a thick root beer head.
A: Deep burnt chocolate with roasted coffee.
T: Bitter dark chocolate, Italian dark roast coffee, sweet vanilla.
M: Stout, chewey, acute alcohol, great back of the mouth bitterness!
O: This is one of the best RIS I've had to date!

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great Divide has produced many great beers and this one is one of them. This variety called Yeti is an Imperial Stout boasting a robust 9.5% ABV.

Look-This beer pours an impressive black tuxedo body with a thick foamy head that is like double chocolate ice cream. I’ve never seen such a dark head so that was nice to see. The lacing is foamy and just as dark. The impenetrable blackness of the beer gives up nothing even when viewed through a 5 million candle power flashlight that is used for froggin’.

Smell-The smell is rich and delicious. It has an immediate aroma of brown sugar, chocolate, dark coffee, molasses, aged oak barrel syrup, a toasted flavor, alcohol, and also a tinge of grassy notes.

Taste-The taste follows the nose, but is stronger. I taste the dark notes first like the coffee, molasses, brown sugar, chocolate, and aged oak. The alcohol is strong and cuts the sweetness nicely and lingers for a long time. The bite from the alcohol is accompanied by a sugar dusted cherries mixed with a sherry wine flavor.

Mouthfeel-It is silky smooth and creamy. The mouthfeel is amazingly pleasant and is like drinking liquefied silk. This full-bodied brew leaves a lingering coating on the tongue that can be described as grassy notes with a bite of alcohol.

Overall-This beer is excellent. It is refreshing, unique, well-balanced, and packs a ton of flavor. It is quite strong and dark so I think I’ll definitely try this one again in the winter in front of my fireplace. It warms the body even before you finish the first one. The only thing I’ll say is that it tastes similar to the Old Rasputin. There are some differences, but this one and Old Rasputin just so happen to be the best in their class and are cousins so to speak. Cheers!

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Photo of kbwalters
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a Libby style stout glass. Bottled on January 29th, 2014 consumed on 8/26/14.
Look = 4.5 Pours a pitch black, looks like melted dark chocolate coming out of the bottle. 1 finger of deep brown head which fades to a ring. Good, not great lace.
Aroma = 4.0 Dark chocolate; roasted malts and a bit of coffee. Pleasant.
Taste = 4.0 Coffee notes are first noticed. Bitter dark chocolate through the middle of the taste leading to a strong hop bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Pretty intense and somewhat unique taste to this one.
Feel = 4.5 Smooth, syrupy, a little creamy. Low to medium carbonation.
Drinkability = 3.5 Hurt a little by the intense bitterness and 9.5% ABV.
Overall = 4.1 A really solid RIS all around, it excels in appearance and mouthfeel.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Had this one before, now drinking a bottle from May 2013. This is a good-looking brew, pitch black with thick tan head that coats the glass as it subsides. Big sweet chocolate coffee aroma. Taste is full of coffee beans, more bitter than sweet but some sugar on the edges. Finishes dry with a little smokiness. Mouthfeel is thick, chewy, smooth. Overall this one hasn't lost much over 2.5 years. Overall very good stout on the bitter side.

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Photo of martinfletwood
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, creamy and thick. I was expecting a much stronger beer by the look and feel, but was pleasantly surprised by how rich, yet smooth Yeti is. I've actually never heard of this beer until I seen it today. So then I looked it up on my beeradvocate app and seen it was rated fairly high, so thought I'd give it a try. The high rating is spot on. Great beer.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,387 ratings.
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