Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,750
Ratings:
5,263
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
16.35%
 
 
Wants:
308
Gots:
1,047
For Trade:
22
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Reviews: 1,750 | Ratings: 5,263
Photo of Chcshammonde
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle about 5 months old. L: jeez, what a great looking beer! Huge, thick mocha head with carbonation slowly rising through. Pours motor oil black. S: I immediately smell chocolate. Then sweet, resinous caramel mixed with unsweetened cocoa. Sweet malt. Just a great smell. T: whipped chocolate frosting mixed with bitter chocolate . Bitter hop aftertaste. Tastes better when cold - as it warms the flavors change a bit but not in a bad way. F: chewy, thick, like a good milkshake. O: damn good. First beer from GDBC and certainly not the last.

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Photo of rjd722
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 4/29/15, poured a jet black color with a light brown, creamy head. Tons of little bubbles are apparent on the side of the foam, while the top displays a silky, smooth appearance. Great lacing. Aroma is full of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Deep, roasted malts hit you right away and then a semi-sweet, hoppy molasses comes front and center. Overall, the booze is nicely masked by the total balance of the beer.

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Photo of tasteandenjoylife
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one tasy imperial stout. It pours beautifully with its heavey dark brown color with a dark head to match. Has the aroma of roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate and malt.

Silky, creamy, full body stout with the taste of sweet dark chocolate, fresh roasted coffee, toffee and Carmel notes balanced by some bitter hops with a slight boozy finish.

A creamy beer with a full aftertaste of semi sweet bitter espresso.

Overall this is an amazing stout with alot of complexity to its taste that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of Knilas
2.34/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Jet black sludge. Smells like dirty feet. Overwhelming burnt coffee flavor. Thick as motor oil. Unimpressed! Suffered thru half a glass hoping it get better as it warmed. No such luck. Tossed it. Not worth the coin...

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pours dark brown, with a huge and long-lasting rich espresso head that gives way to full lacing.
S: bitter chocolate, coffee, raisin, cherry, with piney hops
T: cocoa, bitter chocolate give way to sharply resinous, piney hops on the finish
M: low carbonation with a medium body
O: this is a classic for a reason, well worth having on occasion.

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Photo of barczar
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark cocoa notes, fairly sweet, with a touch of espresso.

Flavor is roasty malt, becoming fairly bitter at the finish. Slight sweetness, big dark, rich chocolate notes are decadent.

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

Been a long time coming for this classic. Here goes:

A: Pitch black. Leaves a large, dark head that has plenty of lacing, Good.

S: Roasted grains. A lot of dark chocolate and coffee. However, the bitterness is alleviated somewhat by dark fruit characteristics such as prunes and raisins

T: Taste is quite good. Lots of roasted coffee, dark soil, and bitter chocolate. However, it also contains lots of dark fruit (i.e., prunes, raisins) in the aftertaste; you know, the sweet, raisiny aftertaste characteristic of many imperial stouts.

F: Nice and thick. Great.

O: A great RIS. Contains the full spectrum of stout characteristics. Dark chocolate and coffee supplemented by lots of dark fruit. Great.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Black, opaque, with a brown head, fading slowly, fairly tight, with lacing.

S - Roast, chocolate, and boozy alcohol nose.

T - Very strong roasted malts, with chocolate and prune, raisin and burnt toast. The middle introduces a subtle umami hit of soy and smoke. Close turns more bitter, with black coffee acidity and a slight herbal hint. The bitter line lingers as a slow fade.

M - Silky, coating the tongue, with the drying partially clearing the weight, but a ghost of the beer rests on the tongue, and only fades out after several minutes.

O - A core RIS without a doubt, Yeti delivers depth, full flavor, silky mouthfeel, and an extraordinary visual presence. It is as big as its namesake. It hangs around a bit too long, but is so good you won't mind.

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Photo of Robomunky
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Such a beautiful pour I cried a little. Smells like dark chocolate. Tastes like the best year-round, easily available imperial stout on the market. I swear I don't work for them.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Whoa: I think the label says something about being intense and Great Divide isn't lying. Pours like a syrupy black-coffee. Not an overwhelming amount of head from this one--somewhat surprisingly--but it does have "off the charts" lacing. Taste is intensely dark, roasty, smoky, espresso-like, with some upfront sweetness and a lasting coffee bitterness at the close. Mouthfeel is very creamy and full; Filling and a pretty respectable kick to it. (I don't think I could drink more than 1, even if I were a huge fan.) In the end, probably not enough sustained and counterbalancing sweetness to really win me over as a big-time proponent, but I will give GD a thumbs-up for coming up with something that definitely makes a statement + has me extremely interested to try some of their other offerings: The oak-aged chocolate version of this will be on my wants list for sure.

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Photo of DIM
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I never tried this. There was a lot going on with this stout that didn't have time analyze. Black strap molasses, dark chocolate, coffee, and maybe a hint of anise. Top notch.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a bright brown so dark it is almost black under a 1” clingy tan head.
S: Chocolate with traces of bitterness.
T: Rich malts, chocolate, dark roast, traces of coffee, hints of dark fruit with a bitter chocolate finish.
F: Creamy full body with slightly below average carbonation.
O: A rich imperial stout. Even though the bottle lists 75 IBU the malt is king.

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Photo of Bone53
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap @ Blue Dust

Appearance: Black with a one finger dark brown head. Yetis are among my favorite looking beers

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, slight smoke

Taste: This is a coffee foward RIS. Nice espresso notes with a chocolate, light caramel undertone and a substantial hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied; Goes down fine for almost a 10 percenter, but it's too hoppy to be exceptionally smooth

Overall: I expected more from this beer. It has a solid coffee base and overall good but not great aromas and flavors. The Mouthfeel is where this beer falls short. Quite bitter and expected more creamy and smooth. This is a good base beer, but i enjoy the other Yeti variations much more

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Photo of bgold86
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful jet black with a dark golden foam head. dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans and dried dark fruits on the nose and taste, utterly fantastic.

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Photo of marieli
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Not sure about temp. Pours pitch-black brown. Very little head. Smell is primarily coffee/espresso, as is taste. I liked the beer at first but it took on a distinct bitterness as it warmed that was a bit much for my taste. Mouthfeel is smooth and on thick side. If you like coffee and some bitterness in your beer this should be a winner.

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Photo of samtrillo
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Delicious bitter espresso taste but balanced out by big chewy and creamy mouthfeel. Feels like some iced frappe drink. And it's not a flavored, just an imperial. The hop and bitterness factor will probably scare off otherwise dark beer drinkers, but if you're a true beer lover you will like this one.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look - brownish black with a slight dark tan head and good lacing
smell - sweet dark chocolate some coffee and toasted wood and booze
taste - first thing I taste is coffee followed by the dark chocolate then with some bitter hops creeping up behind and a great toasty malt backbone to hold it all in place
feel - full body with slight carbonation that gives that slight bit even though its a fairly creamy feel.
Overall - Really enjoy this beer, really complex and has a lot going on.

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Photo of Elsuperjefe
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Gorgeous dark ebony color with chocolate 1.5 finger head that lasted for a while. Hopy aroma and tasted as such. Definitely felt the carbonation as I swirled it around my mouth. The hopiness overpowered most other favors but I did get a slight sweet oaky aftertaste. Overall a nice beer that will definitely be enjoyed by most hop lovers.

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Photo of Forsman
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitchblack. Dark fingerhigh foam. Mediumsize bubbles. Taste a bit strong, quite hoppy for a stout, even an imperial one. Not bad at all, allthough not the best in this style in my opinion. Nice overall.

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Photo of Jameson77
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance-pours a large head, very dark almost black color with a dark brown tan head.
Smell- Sweet and Roasty with hints of chocolate
Taste- Once again chocolate notes with pretty strong hop flavor for a stout and a little boozy. Very well balance with a good finish on the back of the palate.
Mouthfeel-Full mouthfeel, that stays with you long in between tastes but it is a good taste that you like. Lite carbonation and very heavy as an imperial stout should be.
Overall- Love this beer, would not do anything to change it as it is very good. I drank it out of a 12oz snifter glass, it is like drinking a beer cognac.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 3/30/15

On tap at Great Divide. Thick body. Very dark. Huge chocolate aroma. Lots of sweet chocolate taste with a nice balance of roasted flavor.

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

The beer pours a nice brown and thick foamy head that takes a while to dissipate. The beer itself is an opaque black. Thee beer leaves some pretty substantial lacing on the glass.

The beer smell is fairly chocolatey with some roasted malt notes around the edges. The smell has a slight hop note to it but nothing too strong. It's just enough to balance against the chocolate and roast notes.

The beer taste is slightly similar. The beer taste still has the same strong chocolate notes with roasted malt adding a nice contrast. However, the hop presence is bitter and a bit stronger than the smell, which is strong enough to stand against the other notes. As a result, the aftertaste has a very nice and strong mixture of roasted malts and bitter hops.

The mouthfeel is fairy thick and creamy. The beer is heavy bodied but has a nice creamy feel to it. The carbonation is biting and adds a bit of texture to it.

Overall, the beer is pretty good and I highly recommend it. It may not be one of the strongest Imperial Stouts but it comes close.

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Photo of Eric_Edwardson
3.41/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick, black color with a caramel head about a finger and a half thick. Bitter coffee smell with hints of wood, maybe oak? Smooth front with a bitter aftertaste. Strong notes of Espresso coffee which make for a bitter stout.


Bitter

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Photo of alcoherent_notholic
3.54/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bought this beer for a recent staycation on a cold rainy day.

A: Thick, black color with a caramel head about a finger thick, about the color of North American Sasquatch fur. Foamy lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Light, bitter smell with hints of oak. Unusually hoppy smell that was unexpected.

T: Smooth front with a bitter aftertaste. Strong notes of Espresso coffee with a bitterness uncommon of stouts. Elusive hints of smoky wood that I was unable to capture on camera.

O: Nice beer, but not my first choice. I'm a sucker for a nice thick and smooth stout and this provided an extra bite that might give me rabies but I doubt anyone will believe the story later. A nice way to experience something different without leaving the house.

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Photo of dandandan79
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

at first i thought damn this is too bitter of an ending. I continued to drink and the complexity of this beer hit me. Its a well balanced and with personality, with taste. Before I knew it i finished and i wanted a bit more so I could unpack all the flavors in here. Overall a very good, strong beer. I can smell the chocolate now and i have a few more sips left.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,750 ratings.
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