Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

5,435 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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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep black pour with an impressively built and stable 2 finger dark brown head.

Aromas of cocoa, smoked meats, molasses, licorice, and roast malts.

Taste is pretty intense with lots of ash and burnt alcohol coming forward first, followed by chocolate and even faint hot fudge, some pure smoke, faint meat locker, and firewood/ash at the end.

Feel is pretty thick but also has a decent carbonation keeping it lively.

Overall, Yeti is majorly hindered by its almost completely covered ash and smoke profile. I think with less of this, it would be a great beer. I'm kind of sensitive to cigarette ash flavors, and this one has it in spades. Time to shelve it and let it age.

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Photo of BeerCarousel
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate coffeestout that is well balanced, slight bitterness but perfect enough to enjoy, heavy beer

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

Photo of Jcooper0027
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EMH73
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a half inch, poorly retained light brown head that left almost no lacing. Smells of roasted malts, coffee, smoke and coffee. Taste follows the nose along with dark chocolate, toffee and what I can only describe as some burnt fruit flavor. Yeti finishes quite bitter, going to let the other three age a bit. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy, lightly carbonated and medium to heavy bodied.

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Photo of Nolster
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Awesome. taste and feel were great. PAins me to admit I drank this amazing imperial from the can (cans available while shopping at the local liquor store... but no glasses) so didn't enjoy the look or full smell... gave an even score across the board but will update next time I enjoy.

The drops I did see on the rim were oil black. Taste was chocolate roasted gourmet coffee with light vanilla and barely a hint of warming alcohol (surprise Considering the abv). Feel was creamy smooth viscous all at the same time.
I'm a stout guy and this one is up there.

Update: poured it from the can this time. Look is as good as the taste. Jet black body. Head was the color of chocolate milk and had a tight pillowy head of small Bubbles. Excellent

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

Photo of Ryan_DelMastro
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CleSpartan57
3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L. Oaque black tan head
A. Burnt sweet molasses
F. Sweet up front finished bitter. Roast bordering on burnt ashy.
M. Medium heavy mouthful with significant carbonation for the style

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Photo of iftcoach
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of michaelsmith11
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

And if it wasn't for the huge foaming tobacco stained head it would be like opening a can of black tar
Roasty coffee and chicory aroma
Big boozy coffee flavour
Slick slightly oily mouthfeel

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

Looks like dirty motor oil coming out of the can, big frothy brown head that dissipates in a minute or to, leaving some nice lacing and a dark brown film in the glass.
Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, smoke and ash.
Flavors follows with some chocolate, licorice and raisin.
Nice oily mouthful, as close to ten-fidy as anything.
This is one great big Imperial Stout. Awfully good stuff.

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

Photo of ccg
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeti is one of my favorite-looking stouts. Rich and dense, with a thick, fluffy, creamy head that lingers forever and lots of tiny bubbles clinging to the glass.
The smell is sort of a milky sweetness with some chocolate, a little coffee, and that hard-to-describe floral scent that I also get in the stouts I've had from Mikkeller and To Ol -- some kind of Northern European hops? Whatever it is, I like it. It's not the simple sweetness of a milk stout. There's still sweetness in the smell, but it's more complex than that.
You'll find the same notes in the flavor, but with a bit more subtlety.
Yeti has a bit of a prickly feeling from the carbonation, medium body, nice oily feeling.
Yeti has a strong component of bitterness, but if you're in the mood for that, this is one of the best stouts you can buy off the shelf.

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

Photo of Andy_Luft
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wingnut93
3.61/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cfred371
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours a dark ruby red, and looks dark brown in the glass. No light is getting through the glass, and a nice finger of khaki head sits upon the top of the beer.

Smell: First thing I get is a leather and anise, followed by some dark chocolate and roasted coffee.

Taste: The taste follows the nose-leather and anise, some bitter chocolate and coffee. The leather is a bit overwhelming for me, and is why I am not so big on this beer. At times there's a toffee hint that can be grabbed, and is enjoyable.

Feel: medium full with carbonation. The beer certainly has a bitterness to it, and is slightly drying.

Overall: While flavorful, the taste of this beer is something geared towards others, and not something I enjoy. I'd be curious how one of the many variants tastes in comparison, as it could drown out that leather taste for me.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pitch black with a creamy, bubbly mocha brown head. Surprisingly good retention; there's always at least some head, and nice splotchy lacing.

S: Tons of dark chocolate; plums, burnt raisins, licorice, anise; a little bit soy sauce/umam; burnt sugar, toffee, and a bit of espresso/dark roast coffee, blending with the sweet dark chocolate, like mocha. Also a very woody character.

T: Very sweet dark chocolate upfront, with toasted brown bread, caramel, and toffee. A hint of the soy sauce/umami, but it's very subtle. Not quite as dark fruity as the aroma, but there is a bit of burnt raisin and dried black cherry. A lot more roast than the aroma, like roasted coffee beans and burnt toast. This leads to a more bitter finish, with lingering cocoa power, black coffee, and earth.

F: Starts out full and chewy, but tapers off into a lighter finish. Not as thick as one might expect, but fairly satisfying. Moderate carbonation.

O: Still holds its own as a very good imperial stout. Definitely worth buying on multiple occasions.

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Photo of eng_lee
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of elle_belles17
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tharper178
4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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