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.

Added by cokes on 08-09-2003

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Photo of andrewroush
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle with date of 12/2/08

A - Extremely dark black with chocolatey tan 2 finger head. Great head retention for an IS and a good amount of lacing

S - Hops! This is a very hoppy IS and I love it. Chocolate and coffee notes come through strong as well, but the aroma is very well balanced.

T - Outstanding. Big roasted malt character with the chocolate and coffee from the nose. With 75 IBU's, this beer adds a good amount of bitterness from the hops as well. Dry finish, with a slight hint of alcohol. It's strong but the alcohol isn't overbearing.

M - Rich and creamy, perfectly carbonated

D - I could drink this all night if I could stay standing. After a 22oz I'm feeling great and could easily drink another, but I probably shouldn't

Incredible beer. I will be sure to add this to my usual rotation.

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Photo of nogoodreason
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thicker than snot and darker than black. A surprisingly poofy, espesso foam head forms after a rather vigorous poor. The damn bottle weighed noticeably more than the other bombers in my fridge. This is a monster.

Nose is surprisingly sweet with traces of C hops and alcohol. Lots of rich, carmelized and burnt aspects apparent. Not as vinuous in the nose as a lot of impy stouts, but still with a slight, date and fig asspect. Bitter chocolate is apparent. This is just the nose.

Sweeping, huge-bodied thickness in the mouth, carbonation forms a pleasing tingling roundness. The roast and the bitter chocolate come through at first, with the pleasing, though subdued, grapefruit hops peeking out. Rolls smoothly from chocolate, to nutty toffee and thick lucious caramel rolled and a fruity port. Finish is lingering and layered with mild, bitter hops and espresso beands in dark chocolate.

One hell of an Imperial Stout and up there with Expedition in my mind. Great beer.

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Photo of Wackyfoot
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Inky black with a thick tan head. Smells of alcohol, chocolate, coffee and tastes of the same with some licorice thrown in. Surprisingly heavily hopped for such a heavy stout, but the hops aren't intrusive and acutally add much to the overall enjoyment level. Absolutely love this one.

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Black as night. Pours almost as thick as motor oil. Robust nose of espresso and chocolate. Full, rich flavor. Strong coffee with notes of chocolate and a little hint of caramel. Finish is pleasantly bitter.

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark reddish brown. Creamy milk chocolate head that hangs around a bit. Heavy lacing. Chocolate, coffee and malt aroma. Dark chocolate, coffee and alcohol explode. Nice, nice bitterness. Coats the tongue. This is nearly a perfect stout. It's complex, but everything comes together so well.

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Photo of budgood1
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours out of the 22oz. bomber a ink black colour, with a monstrous coffee coloured head that has plenty of staying power. plenty of clinging, billowy lace. aromatic nose; ripe berries, piles of toffee and caramel malten notes with a nice citric hop presence. love the smell. the taste is heavenly balance of boozy spiciness, dark roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, nougat, yeast and a big northwest citric hop bite that just makes things almost perfect. full figured and well rounded body with a smooth, sticky and velvety mouthfeel that is just short of outstanding. finishes with a mix of warming alcohol and bitter hoppiness. drinkability rates are off the charts! while a great sipper, i find myself having to restrain myself from gulping this one too fast.

a great RIS. the perfect 1st beer for new years eve on a very cold northern minnesota night.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Why has it taken me so long to review this beer?! It's always been one of my favorites and the recent incarnation in my glass is as good as ever.

A: Near pitch black with just the slightest bit of light making its way through. Creamy, cocoa-like light brown head. Nice mix of large an ultra small bubbles. Great carbonation.

S: Ahhh!! Love the smell of this beer. Light chocolate, cocoa, Ovaltine, some bright citrusy/piney hops.

T: Exceptional! Sweet milk chocolate, cocoa, malted milk balls, muscavado sugar, stewed prunes, hops are less pronounced then in the smell, but still a grassy pine taste can be found in the glorious aftertaste.

M: So damn creamy and cocoa-like (I know I've used cocoa four times in this review, but hey, a spades a spade!) Solid viscosity but not too thick - exemplary for an imperial stout.

D: I love this beer, but it can become too much after 15 ounces or so.

Overall a great beer and one of the many reasons why Great Divide is such a solid brewery.

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Photo of CrystalShipMS3
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Big tan head that dissipates quickly. Black chocolate color.

Smell: Bold, roasty. Somewhat sweet with very defined vanilla, coffee, and cocoa. Smells amazing.

Taste: Big roasted chocolate malt balanced perfectly with very piney hops. Very christmasy. Coffee and vanilla flavors come in second. Leaves a pleasant bitterness of coffee and hops. It's perfect.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light. Not too sticky at all. It's, again, perfect.

Overall: it's brilliant. I'll be back for more. I should also note that I like the simplicity of this one compared to it's oak aged brother.

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Photo of cokes
4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Darker than absolute pitch black. Into the void. No light. No gradients near the edges. Just cold, emotionless, flat, black.
Chocolate Cake-like dark brown head. Holds strong and grips tight to the glass to prevent itself from falling in to the abyss.


Roasty scents of mocha, tar and char. Not exactly strong, but that is soon forgotten.

Begins with a burnt chocolate chip cookie sensation. Segues to mochacchino. Dashes past charcoal, and reaches smoked woodchips. Globs of brown sugar and liquorice emerge, and quickly drown in a pool of molten toffee. Lingers here for a while. Oceans of caramel, with lapping milk chocolate waves. Concord grape jam squeezes in late. Port visits quickly in the finale, adding the only hint of alcohol. Smoldered ripe grapefruits counteract everything, but in actuality, are hardly noticed. The 75IBUs of Simcoe (and Columbus) are precision balanced and work wonderfully.
Post swallow, a woody, cinnamon hue grabs the throat, as the frosting-like vanilla-tinged caramelized cocoa dripped grapes slide down the esophagus.

God damn this is good.

Intense and capivating. Not really a traditional Imperial. Compare this to a Sammy Smith's and prepare for a shock. But I'd be lying if I said this was anything other than one of the very best beers I've tasted.

Heavy in the mouth, but quaffable to the edge of delerium.

Like dessert. You don't really need it. But you NEED it.
And you want it.
And when it is gone, though you are full and satiated, you desire more of it.
And you begin lusting over the next time.
And salivating.
And you are happy.
And it gives you something to look forward to.
And you remember it. A month from now. A year from now. Always.
And it makes you come back.
And when you can't come back, it makes you want to.
And it rewards you, over and over and over.
And thrills you like it was the very first time
And it assures you that this is as good as it gets.

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

Had on tap poured in a frosted glass (not by choice) so I had to sit on it a bit to warm up.

A: poured pitch black with that dark tan head thick and fluffy.
S: Chocolate malt is evident but a nice oak smell caught me too. Mild coffee tones As well.
T: Perfect blend of chocolate and coffee followed by an earthy finish with hints of smokiness to it. Finishes slightly bitter (in a good way).
M: Bitter finish coats the tongue and leaves the smokiness around for a while. Full-bodied flavor.
O: Real pumped to have found this on tap locally. And to have it served in a pint glass for $6.95 isn't bad either. Perfect balance of flavor for the style and a winner in my book.

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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 Raven3464
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: It pours a deep black body with a thin brown head. Retention is incredible and there is more carbonation than expected.

Smell: Bitter, dark chocolate, fresh coffee, toffee, a touch of booze and a "woody" flavor I can't quite put my finger on are all noted. This may be the best smelling Russian Imperial Stout I've ever experienced.

Taste: Bitter chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee dominate early but are then followed by toffee and a hop kick. The "woody" taste shows up more along with a slight burn as the beer warms.

Mouth feel: It's thick like syrup and sticky. There's a perfect amount carbonation to compliment the dryness from the hops. This is a full bodied brew. and none of the flavors are ever overwhelming. I have a new favorite stout.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super pitch black with no light escaping, thick with a creamy tan head that fades fast but leaves creamy walls of lace.

The smell is of rich chocolate, toffee, and robust roasted black coffee. Hints of dark fruit like raisin and fig. Some earthy hops peek through.

The taste is superb with a great balance of chocolate liquer, sweet toffee, bitter-sweet cocoa and richly roasted coffee. earthy, spicy hops hides in the background with an underlying dark fruit hint. Very nicely balanced between sweet, bitter, and roasted.

Rich, creamy,silky, smooth and thick. Full bodied with a slight booze burn.

Decadent sipper.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one hell of an amazing stout! Thanks, vintage cellar!

Pours to a completely opaque thick and viscous black with a nice chocolatey head. The head doesn't seem to be forming from a hard pour, but as soon as I let up the foam immediately begins to cascade up the glass. Beautiful. Leaves nice sheets of lacing on the glass.

The smell is surprisingly hoppy. Very piney with a nice dose of chocolate. Only a mild coffee and roast aroma. I could sit and sniff this beer all night, but at some point I'll get thirsty.

The taste is equally amazing. Very rich and thick molasses flavor with some chocolate and a mild roast. The hops also play quite an essential role in the taste. A nice citric and piney hop flavor lingers on the tip of the tongue while a roasted coffee and hoppy bitterness envelops the rest of the mouth.

This beer coats the mouth quite well without leaving any unpleasant residuals. The alcohol might as well be non-existent if not from the strong buzz after the bottle is done. I simply cannot wait to crack open the bomber of Oaked Yeti I still have in my cellar fridge, but alas I will have to save it for tomorrow night, or another date.

As for the non-oaked variety, I will definitely have to get more of this some time, somehow, some way.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled July 30, 2012 Poured from a bomber into a Redhook Limited Release glass.

Appearance- Beautiful pitch black with little to no caramel head. Little lacing.

Smell- Chocolate roasted malts, bitter coffee, some hop presence, caramel. Very nice aromas.

Taste- Initial hop bitterness goes to roasted malts and finishes with chocolate at the back of my tongue. Nice bitter aftertaste (it is 75 ibu). Very well balanced. 9.5ABV is completely masked.

Mouthfeel- Nicely carbonated. very smooth, but I'd like it to be a little more viscous.

Overall- Awesome RIS. Very well balanced and smooth. I will be sure to have this again.

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Photo of beeragent
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bottle.

A - Pours a thick dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights. 1 inch dark mocha head with thick lacing on the glass.

S - Strong aroma of roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate. There is a hint of alcohol but not overpowering.

T - Huge robust flavor of roasted malts/coffee and dark chocolate coat the palate. Bitter cocoa throughout. Alcohol is well hidden in the taste, only making its presence in the finish.

M - Heavy bodied and very thick. Smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation.

D - It doesnt get much better than this!!! This is a great example of the style and IMO one of the best. Flavor is huge and robust, and the body is exactly as it should be.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on April 8, 2009.

Yeti pours from the bottle in an oily black stream filling the glass with liquid darkness. This stout is is completely opaque, light has no chance of penetrating it's depths. The lovely thick chocolate brown head fades but leaves a foamy collar and loads of thick oily lacing.

The aroma is dense and wonderfully full of dark chocolate, molasses, roasted coffee beans and hops! The aroma is redolent of the aforementioned items but the hop scent is clean and very fresh.

The flavor profile is built upon a massive bedrock of darkly roasted malts bursting with sweet milk chocolate, dark bitter chocolate and the blackest gourmet coffee in equal measure. Molasses makes an appearance as in the nose along with small measure of anise. The hops are quite present as well in a large dose equal to and cutting through the massive malt bill and they come across clean and grassy. Oddly I also am picking with the faintest aftertaste of mint! Alcohol is noted but as an integral portion of the flavor profile and is actually wonderfully hidden in the inky blackness.

Mouth feel is full, thick and chewy. The carbonation is very fine lending a bit of creaminess while the alcohol leaves just the slightest of burn on the tongue in the finish.

Yet, is a big dark beer full of mystery but there is no mystic of hype here. This is just a big high quality Russian Imperial Stout quite possibly the equal to my current favorite, Bell's Expediton. Despite the high ABV this beer is very drinkable but is best enjoyed one delicious slurp of mouthbursting flavor at a time.

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Photo of bogus564
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 fl oz, poured into a pint glass...

It's a perfect storm, so to speak; I picked up the 'Star Wars' complete saga on blu-ray, I have a full beer fridge, the divorce paperwork is in (no alimony), and it's a football weekend. Waiting for the beer to hit the right temperature... there it is. Here we go...

A: Wow; incredible looking beer. Beautiful dark brown color, outstanding caramel colored head, 3 cm in height, holds up nicely. This beer could be a contender.

S: I've learned that wih an imperial stout, you expect it to smell like coffee, chocolate, perhaps caramel, and citrus hops. Check. Varying degrees of power; this particular beer is a powerful Jedi.

T: I'm dumbfounded at how tasty this beer is. It has the taste of coffee, chocolate, caramel, a bit of toffee, orange, well-proportioned. My goodness, this is a well-done beer. This is one of those that make slugging through the bad ones worth it.

M: Excellent, as close to spectacular as it gets. Medium in body, the carbonation is excellent, it washes over the palate beautifully, and leaves a nice citrus hop finish. Very well done.

O: As a reviewer, it's my nature to try and find the thing or things that I don't like about a beer so as not to appear like a fanboy. Trouble is, I can't find anything I don't like about this beer. It's damn tasty, and quite powerful. Great with red meat, which I prefer medium rare. Cheers.

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Photo of redteg02
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: like changing the oil in my car, this one poured a nice deep thick black. the head at the top collects a quarter inch thick and is a darker brown than new castle itself.

Smell: the smell of roasted nuts fills the air. there is also a sweet, maybe a molasses, hiding in there somewhere. very robust smell

Taste: roasted nuts take the forefront, followed by a subtle sweetness. the roast nut flavor is amazing and strong. very tasty.

Mouthfeel: wonderful, absolutely wonderful. chewy and full, my favorite feeling.

Notes: definitely take this one out of the fridge before opening. once it hits that 50-55F it opens up nicely.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 22 oz. bomber. The color is jet-black, with a good bit of foamy tan head. The smell is of sweet malt and alcohol. The taste is a nice chocolate sweetness, and the alcohol isn't at all apparent. Mouthfeel is nice and thick. Drinkability-wise, if I could find these, I'd have em.

I picked this one up on a lark on a trip to Columbus, and I'm certainly glad I did. A fantastic Imperial Stout, and a nice little treat from a brewery that I've sadly never heard of before, but will be looking for in the future!

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Photo of sudsface69
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer lover's beer. This is not for the meek. If you are a true stout enthusiast, you will love this one. When I first poured this into my glass, I wanted to take a picture it was so beautiful. Jet black with a wonderful, rich, mocha-colored head. You know a stout is going to be good when the head is so thick and creamy is looks like it could fit on top of a meringue pie! Sticking my nose into the glass I got a rich dose of hops plus a dark, roasty, raisiny aroma from the malts. This is a beer that bulges out of its seams on both ends. Not only does it have all the richness you would expect from such a heavy roast on the malts, but it also delivers a HUGE hop wallop. Nothing faint here. This one gives it to ya straight up. Body is huge! - as full as full gets. Flavor is packed with tons of dark-roasted malt, with dried black fruit, bittersweet chocolate, anise, tobacco, and burnt sugar. The noble dose of hops balances out the big malt attack, leaving you completely and utterly satiated. If this beer doesn't satisfy even the biggest of beer cravings, I don't know what would. An awesome product of craftmanship. I've had some other beers from this brewery that I remember liking quite a lot but haven't had in some time. After drinking this one tonight, I'm going to revisit this brewery. What a beer!! Two thumbs up!

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Photo of BeerdedEric
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black body with a brown head that faded into a ring around the snifter glass. It leaves some nice sticky lacing on the glass.

Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel and very sweet. I don't detect any alcohol.

Big time dark chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel, dark fruits, slight, dry bitterness, smoke and some alcohol detection at the end.

Medium to thick body, smooth, dry, it leaves the lips very sticky, some noticeable carbonation and some alcohol warmth.

Overall, wow, this is delicious - one of the best Imperial Stouts out there. The flavors work incredible together. This is a A+ brew. This must be insane on tap. I'm going to try to get my hands on some of the different variations of the Yeti's.

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Photo of punkrkr27
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with a dense tan head that lasts and lasts. Rich coffee, chocolate, and molasses aroma with a pronounced citrus hop note. Big roasted malts up front, strong flavor of brown sugar and a pronounced roasted hop finish. Thick full creamy mouthfeel. This just might be one of my new favorites. Good stuff!

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Photo of MikeyBadnews
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours inescapably dark with no initial head but it eventually comes to a head like rising molten chocolate caramel lava,

Smell is incredible dark chocolate covered raisin with maybe a hint of caramel.

Taste is like a dark fruit infused liquor drained through a sugary chocolate cheese cloth, warming but smooth.

Theres minimal stickiness with this. amazing for an Imperial.

Huge fan, quality beer.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and a hint of alcohol. Upon first pour it looked like used motor oil being slowing changing into chocolate pudding. Weirdly enough I knew I was in for a treat.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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