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

Poured from a12 ounce bottle dated Sept 20, 2011 into a tulip.

A: Pitch black with a 2 finger rocky brown head. The epitome of what a stout should look like.

S: A nice roasted scent with toffee and caramel hints.

T: A nice roasted malts forefront that stays through to the finish with caramel and toffee mixed in. Slight bitterness from the hops are noted at the end.

M: Thick and creamy with almost no carbonation.

O: A very drinkable stout with good flavor. This is one of my go-to stouts for a reason.

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

Poured into a shaker pint glass. An inch thick creamy head formed that was the color of chocolate milk. Color of the beer was extremely dark with no light penetrating except at the very edges of the glass and that was very rich reddish brown. Very nice looking beer, tough I was surprised by the low level of lacing.

The aroma is lots of chocolate sweetness, a bit of alcohol esters, and more cocoa. A very rich luscious aroma.

Taste is even more thick, rich, and chocolatey than the aroma. Nice balancing bite of hop bitterness that balances out the sweetness nicely. Finishes with a pleasant warming alcohol sensation. Mouthfeel is appropriately chewy, rich, and thick. Really great.

This is such an easy to drink Imperial stout. I would not have a problem knocking back several of these in short order. Of course, I'd pay for it, but it might just be worth it. Delicious, wonderful stout.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yeti, what is there to say? Pours jet black, can't see any light coming through, and has a nice brown head on top. Looks thick! Aroma of big chocolate, lots of roast, and still a definite hop presence. A slight roast-hop combination bitterness up front on the tongue that mellows into chocolate sweetness on the way down. A bit of roasted grain and sweet chocolate lingers on the palate. Finishes with some more bitterness. Big thick mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Oh yeah. Well done.

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

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Pitch black, so black that I can see myself in the reflection of the glass. Very Fluffy Dark Brown 3 Finger Head with excellent retention, and it looks really creamy. The lacing along the sides of the glass is very plentiful and abundant.

Smell - Sweet Chocolate, Piney Hops, Coffee, Caramel, Burnt Malts, all of which have a strong aroma to it. It's also worth noting that for an Imperial Stout, this smells surprisingly hoppy compared to the others which I have had before.

Taste - Chocolate, Coffee, Hops, Roasted Malts, Vanilla, and Burnt Malts. This is a very malty and sweet tasting Imperial Stout and I love it. My only complaint is that the aftertaste is a bit too resiny for my tastes; Everything else is excellent

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly Light albeit a bit syrupy, which makes it feel off for it's style. Luckily the carbonation is light so you can be sure that nothing will get in the way of the flavor and that it is easy to drink.

Overall - This is an excellent Imperial Stout, even with it's minor flaws which are easy to overlook. I'm very eager to get my hands on the other Yeti offerings from Great Divide, because I know if they are anything like this, then I know I'm in for a treat.

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

I've heard good things about Great Divide's beers, but I've never tried one. Downtown Wine & Spirits has a pretty good selection of their beers, so I decided to pick one up. I let this warm to around 50º and served it in one of my New Belgium glasses.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with slight ruby tints against the light. It's topped by a thick, dark, brown head that fades to a persistent layer that leaves heavy lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is predominantly roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. There are hints of fruit and hops.

Taste: The flavors are very rich. Dominant roasted malt flavors: chocolate and coffee. There are also sweet dark fruit flavors. The finish is roasted and hoppy bitterness, with a warming alcoholic spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Rich, full-bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: The alcohol is strong and evident, but is balanced well by the rich flavors.

Overall: Rich, bold and strong, but incredibly mellow and smooth in some respects. The flavors blend very well creating a nice balance.

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

You can see that this is brown when pouring, but once it's in the glass it's black as night. Two solid fingers of thick, rich dark tan head. Odd for the style, but the first scent I noticed was hops. Then alcohol, chocolate, and espresso. The taste is phenomenal. Bitter chocolate, alcohol, ashes, espresso, piney hops, molasses, and plum. Pretty good viscosity, but I'd like it to be a hair thicker if I had to get nitpicky. I'm not a big stout fan, but this is the best tasting stout I've had. I liked it better than the highly regarded KBS I recently had. Fantastic.

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Photo of Getalegup
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of OB1
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mmellow12
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rutager
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours black with a little deep chocolate head on it.

Smell. Chocolate, roasty, smokey malts, and some dark roasted coffee and a little booze.

Taste. Huge roasty toasty dark malt, some coffee and molasses, smokey wood and dry bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel. Full body, slightly oily with smooth, medium-light carbonation. Slightly warming.

Overall. Awesome imperial stout. I have a few other variations of this which I'm really excited to try after this one.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a small tan head.

Smells deeply of chocolate along with some licorice.

Taste follows the nose. Rich chocolate notes with an underlying, but not hot booze. Slight roasted malts, coffee, and licorice as well as some floral hoppiness.

Very smooth with lower carbonation. Not cloying at all and alcohol is well hidden.

One of the better readily available imperial stouts around. Very smooth and chocolately.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a dark, deep black, with a one inch mocha colored head, and a small amount of lacing.

This one smells like dark chocolate, bitter piney hops, some coffee beans, and roasted malt.

This one of the more perfect straight up stouts that I've had. It's got a fairly intense hop character, for an Imperial stout, quite bitter, burnt pine, with some roasted malt, dark chocolate powder, and roasted coffee. Just all flavors in perfect unision here.

This one is really thick and creamy, quite full and smooth, with a moderate level of carbonation.

Although all the variants of Yeti are quite nice, the OG is still one of the best stouts on the market.

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Photo of D11
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from bottle into tulip

A- pours black with almost a two finger dark cocoa head that hangs around. decent lacing

S- chocolate, some alcohol, nice malt, sweet fruit, toffee and caramel

T- chocolate, malt. has a sweet taste thats hard to pinpoint

M- a great mouthfeel. thick, almost syrupy. carbonation is good too. yummy as it warms up

O- this is a great brew. like the rest of the Great Divide brews ive had the pleasure to try everything is blended so well. ive enjoyed this fairly fresh (within a month or two of bottling date) and also have had some that was aged a year. with aging i noticed the carbonation was more subtle and the chocolate seemed to come through a lot more. Yeti is a delicious, dependable RIS that wont let you down.

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Photo of Lupe
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black - no light makes it through. Thick coffee colored head that recedes to a 1/4 inch dense cap that stays. Nice sticky lace clings to the sides of the class.

Wonderful aroma of chocolate milk, vanilla, coffee, and berries. Some alcohol is present - sherry-like, and a hint of spice.

Begins with massive roasted flavors of dark chocolate and coffee. This gives way to rich toffee, molasses, and burnt caramel. Some berry fruitiness is mixed in as well. There is a faint woodiness that is present in the beer. Alcohol kicks in with a dose of sherry. Has a slightly citrusy and piney hop finish.

Thick, creamy, and smooth. Nice and slick, not sticky or cloying. Finishes dry. Full in body. Good drinkability - subtle yet complex flavors with alcohol that sneaks up on you.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomb into a mug. Wow. Deep and dark, almost black with nice frothy head. Chocolate caramel malt explodes on the nose. Burnt caramel malt coats the palate with just enough hops to even it out. Nice viscous feel to it. Could drink way more of this than one probably should.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, bottled Sep 21 2011 (on label), purchased 12/2011 and well stored.

Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

Pours a ¼” head which quickly reduces to a thin cap. Typical of the style I think.
Deep black color, with a darkish tan head. Some sticky lace clings to the glass. Classic looks.

Big, distinct, immensely rich aroma of roasted malt and Turkish coffee. Black bread yeast. Rich caramel. Constantly changing and very enjoyable.

Crisp, luscious, full bodied entry on the palate of exceptionally rich roasted malt, followed by bitter dark unsweetened chocolate and dark caramel. Huge massive mouth feel, liquor like. As the ale warms just a little bite of alcohol comes out, and the ale is all the better for it. Fine small bubble carbonation rounds out this “complete package”. Delicious!

Long rich finish of roasted malts, and bitter coffee and dark chocolate. Clings to your mouth like glue.

What a wonderful ale. Everything that starts in the smell carries right thru the flavor and into the finish. As this ale warms everything “pops” out of the glass. Massive body and richness. Wow!
Of course the 9.5% ABV is buried under this avalanche of flavor and texture.
Did I mention that this ale is flat out delicious! A true pleasure to drink. One of the best.
Highly recommended!

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Photo of jdhchi
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Worth seeking out...a very enjoyable stout. My first experience was out if a bottle...looking forward to sampling out if the tap!

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Photo of EdwardK77
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- After coming to the proper temp, poured this into a tulip glass and received an impressive head that left great lacing and retained a nice khaki colored coating.

S- Really nice stout appropriate smell. Coffee is pronounced but not overpowering.

T- The taste is in keeping with the smell, very pleasant chocolate and coffee.

M- Sticky is the operative word, full mouthfeel.

O- This is an upper tier imperial stout. I am certainly interested in their oak aged stout etc.

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Photo of The_Kings_Quart
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Sludge. Motor oil. Liquid darkness. Beautiful 3 fingers of head that clings to the glass for dear life. Retains at 1 finger with nice lacing.

S: BIG! Coffee up the wazoo and roasty. Flutters of burnt sugar and slightly peppery. Zero alcohol to be found.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, more coffee, and big roasty malts. Had to double check the ABV because there was way too little of an alcohol presence. Really well masked and deadly easy to drink.

MF: Letsmyou know it's there, but treats you right. Excellent, smooth texture with a good bite.

O: This beer's a beast, but a subtle one. Nuanced and delicious. Powerful, but strangely tender. Yeti wants to love you, but will crush you if you're not careful.

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Photo of IPAcraig
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying this beer as I prepare for the MPRE, which is tomorrow.

Poured into an oversized wine glass to reveal a nice looking beer. It pours a deep syrupy black. The head had to be coaxed out by a vigorous pour, and it emerged a very dark mocha. Nice, but could have used a wee bit bigger head.

Smells like a bowl of dark chocolate intermingled with hop flowers.

Big sweet chocolate malt and roasty characters dominate. But the hops are not quite overshadowed as this beer has a massive hop bitterness. A lingering coffee flavor sticks with you.

Low carbonation, though not detracting. Thick, viscous brew.

One of my all time favorites. This beer is as nuanced as almost any you will find; but that doesnt stop it from kicking you in the teeth with flavor. Booya.

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a charcoal black color with the darkest head I have ever seen; decent retention and lacing

Smell: Incredibly rich charcoal roasted malt, chocolate and espresso with plenty of hops, as well

Taste: Starts out with a roasty bittersweet chocolate and coffee base that also features a graham cracker and caramel flavor; but this is just the beginning as it doesn't take long for the hops to kick in and complement the sweet flavors and bring it all home with an espresso and tobacco finish

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous, almost velvety, with moderate to low carbonation; alcoholic warmth drips down the gullet

Drinkability: What a great example of the double stout style; this one has it all, particularly on a cold winter night; I have tasted this with some age and tasted it in its youth - with the hops in here it is best consumed while fresh

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a deep dark brown with just a ring of light brown for head. It leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is malty and roasty, coffee and chocolate-like. Kinda chocolate cake-like in aroma. The flavor is malty and very roasty with a coffee and slighty chocolate taste. This is a full bodied brew that kicks ass over storm queen & expedition. I really wanna try this one oak aged. I'm glad I had the opportunity to present StuBob with such a great beer...even though he is unworthy....he can be a real bitch don't ya know.

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Photo of Brian700
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark black with a brown head that doesn't really leave any lacing but hangs around for a while.

The aroma is mostly of coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate, and mild hops.

The flavor is chocolate, caramel, coffee, burnt malt, and a bitterness that leads me to believe there is a decent amount of hops in there. (after reading the bottle it looks like there are 75 IBU's) Some of the bitterness could be attributed the black patent, and ??coffee?? maybe.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a pretty drinkable beer and is damn delicious. I like this way better than the oaked version. This is a good example in the theory that not every beer needs to be oak aged. This is definately worth picking up if you see it...actually its worth trying to find someone to send it to you in a trade. The effort will pay off once its in your glass.

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Photo of petrusek23
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of willjschmidt
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Stone IRS glass.

A: Pours jet black with a nice dark tan head. Stick lacing on the glass.

S: Chocolate hits the nose first followed by coffee and molasses.

T: A very good imperial stout. Very complex. Not too boozy. Chocolate, vanilla, cherries, espresso, and molasses. Very smooth, mild bitterness.

M: Light carbonation, full bodied.

D: A very nice RIS. One of the better ones out there.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 5,477 ratings
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