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 Rastacouere
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Black body with a very dark brown head that sticks like a rolemodel. Quite hoppy aroma comparable to a storm king with a deep maltiness of milk chocolate and light coffee notes. Taste is immensely balanced with a touch of everything required in a good imperial stout. Initially mild chocolate to start up and quickly fades into a very dry roastiness, hoppy finish. Body is thick, ultra-creamy, pretty carbonated. Very neat imperial with a stupendous balance and as much flavor as it should contain.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Coal black with a cappuccino colored head that is frothy, big and bold. Lacing is amazing, as the head clings tightly to the inside of the glass.

This aroma is big on hops, with rich, creamy coffee and bitter chocolate lingering in the background. Probably one of the hoppiest smelling RIS's that I have had. I don't get any of the dark fruity notes that I enjoy so much.

Taste is again up-front with big hops, but creamy rich latte and milk chocolate are right there with it, along with some prune, raisin and alcohol. Interesting and complex. I look forward to each and every sip.

Big bodied, thick and creamy in the mouth. Enjoyable even on a hot summer day for sure.

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3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first review, so bear with me here, guys (+feel free to critique my critique!). I just turned 21 eight months ago and have been working on my beer palate daily (trying roughly at least one new beer every day) until I now feel comfortable enough to review one. And this guy seems unique enough to pop my cherry.

So anyway, I've been wanting to try the Yeti for some time now after seeing variations of it all over the place. It must be damn good if its good enough to produce spin-offs, right?
Well, I bought the 22oz bottle and poured it into my Ommegang glass (not the right glass, I know, but I just got it and am super psyched to use it!!). Second pouring went into a standard pint glass.

Appearance - Deep, dark brown. Looks like 22 ounces of espresso. The head, once died down, even looks like espresso foam.

Smell - Milder smell than one would expect (or maybe that's just my stuffed-up nose talking). Smells like a bar of roasted caramel candy with an added oakiness.

Taste - Tastes like hugely over-roasted espresso with about a cup of caramel dumped in. I hate sweets, yet somehow this baby grows on me with every sip. It hits you with an immediate sweetness, but, quickly, the bitterness of the hops + roasted malt flavor hugely overpower the fleeting sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Standard stout feel: thick, creamy, filling. Though the intense flavor leaves your mouth in shock, feeling like you've just woken up after falling asleep with coffee beans in your mouth all night. You're forced to use the hair of the dog to quench this bitterness with more of it!

Overall - Yeti is a perfect name for this one. This guy is really the Sasquatch of beers! 22oz is just right and leaves me satisfied enough that I won't need another beer for at least six hours. To fully enjoy this mammoth, be sure to eat bland tasting food leading up to it and come on a light stomach. It'll kick you in the balls. High marks!

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Photo of darklordlager
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a solid black with an abundant head of very dark brown bubbles which show incredible retention--perhaps the best looking RIS I am yet to encounter.

S: I can feel it luring me in before I am even near it. Even 1.5 feet away it oozes chocolatey roasted malt goodness. Sweet, and a little bit smoky/roasty. Rich dark chocolate and an acidity that makes one think of coffee even though this isn't the espresso-aged version. Light floral element in the nose as well, courtesy of the hops.

Taste: Rich dark chocolate and coffee envelop the mouth, with the roasted malt and light smokiness coming through in the finish. Nice warming feeling pops up to provide company. A bit of dark fruit in there as well. Citrus note throughout, with a bitterness that matches the dark grains' acidity fairly well. The bitterness seems to accumulate with each sip.

M: Medium-high carbonation, a bit more than I prefer in a RIS. Still a pleasant creaminess though.

D: A fine offering from Great Divide. The citrus and bitterness seem to dominate after sitting with it for a while--I think I would prefer this aged a bit to mellow out the hops. Nice complexity of mlats and hops, just not exactly in the proportions I prefer.

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Photo of rawfish
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black, moonless night in the forest. Incredible cascading effect on the pour nets a 3 finger high coffee brown head with incredible retention and all sorts of sticky lacing.

Smell highlights coffee and bittersweet chocolate as well as some sweet syrupy cherry, citrus hoppiness and noticable alcohol.

Bold yet boozy, coffee and chocolate malt follows the nose, there is also some dark fruit that detracts from the overall flavor. Earthy and citrus hops are faded but provide some balancing effect. Notes of tobacco, smoke and bing cherries come up near the end of the drink.

Creamy, chewy yet somewhat smooth drink. Finishes bittering but with a mouth coating of syrup that holds the bitterness and coffee flavors. Average body for a stout not too viscous despite the pour but the carbonation is a little low, sits heavy on the palate and you need to work to get the flavors out from the middling alcohol background.

I get the hype but this stout seems to be more about being bold then balance. Benchmark imperial stout, rather affordable and readily available.

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Photo of RattleheadKV2
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into Unibroue tulip.

Appearance: Pours an almost pitch black, with about a fingersworth of dark burnt caramel colored head that disipated rapidly. Not much lacing to speak of.

Smell: Lots of chocolate, and roasted malt tones everywhere, with hints of coffee. A faint hint of alcohol.

Taste: Dark chocolate, roasty notes, coffee. A nice bready malt base here.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, as any RIS should be.

Overall: Very good brew, especially for the price.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti

12oz bottle, Sam Adams Perfect Pint

A: Pours darker than night, jet black and opaque. Viscous and well carbonated with a creamy dark brown head that shows good staying power and excellent legs.

S: Hops and dark malt, chocolate, a little booze. I don't detect a lot of roasted or coffee character.

T: Hops and dark malts, bittersweet chocolate, some grapefruit on the finish mixed with coffee and coffee bitterness. Alcohol burn on the way out.

MF: Viscous and full bodied. Pretty bitter for a stout, and very drying.

O: Liked it. It's a good RIS that doesn't try to do too much. I liked the hop presence but I can see how it turns some people off.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark borwn beer with a big frothy head that coats the glass in lacing. The head takes forever to subside at that.

S - Coffee, chocolate, molasses, alcohol and burnt malt.

T - A lot of slightly sweet chocolatey malt with a touch of coffee and alcohol. The aftertaste is a faint coffee bitterness.

M - Smooth, thick, pretty refreshing. No complaints.

D - Good. I think I prefer the oak aged, but this isn't far behind. I will certainly have one of them again sometime.

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Photo of TuckerCarlson
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Lost Dog Lounge in Ithaca, NY, inexplicably served in a plastic pint glass (whose shockingly effective insulation made it really, really hard to warm up).

Very thin dark tan head (par for the course on a Russian Imperial Stout with this much alcohol), but it definitely stuck around, even as I held my beer for twenty minutes or so to warm it up. Very nice lacing on the glass (well, plastic), and a dark, inky, opaque near-black.

Nice toffee and caramel aroma with some darker coffee and chocolate hiding back there. A little bit of herbal hops back there, too, and some nonspecific fruitiness. A big, pleasing smell overall.

Huge malty, toffee flavor, secondary on the chocolate and coffee flavors. The finish is beautiful; the alcohol and hops take it from an incredibly sweet brew to a nice, crisp dryness that lingers with some herbal flavors. Definitely a big, thick brew that coats the mouth and the tongue; very satisfying.

Big, tasty, and gets a lot right as far as I'm concerned. I would, however, definitely consider this a food beer. The first time I had it (from a bottle, not on tap), it was with barbecued spare ribs, and it was just about the best beer/food combination ever. On its own, it's a little harder to down, especially because it's not as much of a dessert beer as something like Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours thick and black with a dark cocoa colored 2 finger head. Good retention gives way to a thin layer of suds across the surface. Fair lacing around the glass, with good stick.

Smell - Chocolate and a touch of roast sitting behind it. Really distant caramel.

Taste - Milk chocolate hits first, then lesser notes of roasted malt and coffee spring to life and provide an edge to the chocolatey sweetness. Light coffee astringency rides into the aftertaste, then gives way to a faint earthy/nutty character and a light caramel sweetness. Certainly not the strongest of Impy stouts, but a nicely balanced flavor when all's said and done.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low carbonation. Velvety smooth. Goes down stupid easy.

Overall - I wouldn't call this an RIS. To me it's more along the lines of an American Impy... And I'll be honest, I really like this beer, but I don't love it. I'm a sucker for brutality in my Impies, and this thing just doesn't have it. It's incredibly smooth, balanced and delicious, but it lacks that kick-in-the-teeth depth of flavor and bitterness that makes Impys so damn delicious. In summary: if you like smooth, well-balanced stouts, you can't go wrong with this one. If you like 'em rough and punchy and you're looking for a fight tonight, move along.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yeti pours impenetrable black. The head is good for an impy with good lace. The nose has more vanilla than the oaked version suprisingly. The taste is of vanilla, dark malt, and some slight fruit flavor. Nice subtle hop bitterness on the finish. Good kind of stoneish creamy flavor. Mouthfeel is a little bit thinner than i would like for an impy, but thick enough. drinkability is real high for an impy. Good brew, should age well.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours a jet black color - oil looking, very slight tan head.
Smells of intense roasted coffee malts. Taste is of bitter roasted coffee and malts. Slightly sweet notes, like chocolate or dried/candied fruit, and slight hops.
Slightly bitter mouthfeel, but very easy to drink.
Overall its a great and enjoyable brew. A bit overly sweet...and bitter for my palate, but very enjoyable nonetheless.
I have my eye on the espresso yeti and think it would be great.

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Photo of vkv822
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into pint glass.

It is dark chocolate, almost black in color. With a thick foamy tan head with great retention and very nice lacing.

It has a roasty caramel and chocolate malt smell, with a nice hint of hops. The flavor is of chocolate and roast malts.

A medium to full body with fairly active carbonation, though it does subside as it warms.

Overall a nice imperial stout, though it is a bit hoppier than I'd expect and I'd like to see the mouthfeel a bit creamier.

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Photo of ABCJiugui
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber into tulip

A- dark, opaque blackish/brown, no light gets thru. Head pours 2 fingers mocha colored, creamy smooth look, retains fairly decent, if thin. No real lacing to speak of- few bubbly bits of foam stick to the sides, but minimal and spotty at best.

S- Chocolate, some dried fruit/rum soaked dates-figs. Can really sense the alcohol as well on the exhale.

T- Sweet up front with some chocolate flavor, moves into some citric hop and bitterness, with some burnt coffee at the end along with some more sweetness (malt?). Surprised by the lingering bitterness- not a sharp bitterness, but a slow, astringent one (tannic from the hops perhaps).

M- full bodied, fairly thick, not the most viscous stout I've ever had, but it's not the lightest either! Definite feeling of chew with the alcohol volume.

D- overall, it's a good stout to drink. If not for the harsh alcohol which tended to come thru more than I'd like, this would rate as one of the better american imperial stouts I've had. Sweet, but not too sweet, bitter, but not insanely so, a good balance and overall, very drinkable.

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Photo of Hopstout
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black in color with a little dark tan head

Aroma - Molasses with the tiniest hint of smoked wood

Taste - Backwoods malt, vintage, dark grains, dry roast with a drop of coffee

Mouthfeel - Full flavored and bodied with low carbonation and a nice perfect balance of malt and hops

Overall - Will be purchasing this again. Great flavor!

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow- Why haven't I had this before? I always see it- and now I'm glad that I finally picked it up one day on a whim.

Pours dead black, and after an agressive pour I find the mocha colored head overflowing my tulip glass. Oops!

Some chocolate in the aroma along with roasted malt and just a twinge of alcohol present. Time could only help this brew. The taste follows with a full bodied, borderline creamy mouthfeel. Some chocolate flavors and roasted, almost burnt malt. Some alcohol plays though as well- which is odd because I wasn't noticing it as much when I first poured it- it's becoming much more present as it warms. (as expected)

Overall a solid brew, I can't wait for the espresso version to come out.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours very thick and pitch black. Absolutely no light penetration. Head starts off big, brown, bubbly and beautiful. It dies off to a thin skin of foam and leaves swirls of lacing.

S-Thick Hershey's syrup. Burnt coffee and burnt caramel. Light leather and light anise. A lick of alcohol as well. A rumble of bitter hops too surprisingly enough.

T-The mix of chocolate, coffee and hops makes this a bitter, roasty brute. Dutch chocolate and espresso. Burnt maltiness. Finishes bitter. Light notes of dark fruitiness and black licorice. A bit leathery too. Has a pretty unique flavor.

M-Creamy and full. Boozy but far from offensive. Fudgy and chewy with tons of body. Soft carbonation.

O/D-I can see why this is a classic. Its been around for quite a while but it is definitely a pretty unique RIS. Shocked that I haven't had this until now.

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decided on this over Guiness for St. Patrick's Day drinking. Guiness is just too watered down. This does not taste watered down! (of course). Great look and silky creamy feel. Taste is very smooth for a 9.5er imperial. Taste of chocolate, malt, nut - nothing over powering but everything balanced. This is pretty damn good stuff. Happy St. Patrick's Day! Cheers!

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Photo of jmd1978
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Jet black color thick like motor oil. Dark brown lingering head. Nose roasted coffee, toffee, notes of chocolate and vanilla, piney hops. Taste is espresso, molasses, bitter chocolate, brown sugar, pine, and raisin. Finish is strong with feel of strong espresso and a hoppy IPA. This beer is very bitter because of the coffee and hop notes which isn't a bad thing. It's complex enough for the novice drinker but may be a bit intense for the rookies. Overall a very good imperial stout but not a great one. Great Divide is new to my area so looking forward to trying more.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this monster beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was black as tar, no light filtering through the dark thick slather. The head did not last very long. However the lacing was very tenacious. The taste was big coffee with a nutty/slightly chocolate hit afterward. I would buy again.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a wine glass, I purchased this to see if it could redeem itself vs. the draft version. The Oak Aged was quite enjoyable from the bottle.

Pours a deep and full black in color with nary a highlight. Half an inch of deep mocha foam rests atop the pour, offering good retention and lacing.

A rich carob nose is cut pleasantly with some earthen hops and a bit of alcohol. At this point this beer offers little resemblance to my draft experience. Rich and malty with chocolate and roasted malts prominent, other factors got beat up on the way to the game keeping the nose good but a bit one sided.

Flavor is muddy and rich like some sort of chocolate Frappe. Not much of a Starbuck's customer, this seems like something they would try to produce. Creamy in a chocolate sort of way up front with a balancing bitterness even given the size of this beast on the finish. Fresh grated chocolate on top of your chocolate Sir? Like the nose, the taste is big and bold, well done though a bit overwhelming at times.

Full feel has enough hop bite and roasted texture to keep the malts from being cloying. Yet, at the same time this is a meal in a glass which keeps one from consuming too much too fast. Would be nice to split about 5 ways with some mixed chocolates for a decadent dessert. Yeti, consider yourself redeemed!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up Friday at Brewforia.. paid about $4.. sharing with Brenda.. mine is poured into my Delirium goblet.

Bottled on Nov 9th, 2009... woo hooo... very fresh..

2 finger dark brown head... nice retention and lacing.. great cap... the brew is of course very black.

Nose has tons of hops.. resinous and very citric.. the dark malts are also very present.. but are blown out of the water by the hops..

Tons of hoppy bitterness at the front.. a bit rough going into the dark malts.. bittersweet chocolate.. lite French Roast.. and then the citrus hops lay waste to everything prior.. oily hops combine with the roasty malts and just tear everything to shreds.... the finish isn't as hoppy as I would have expected.. instead it is a bit dry with some malt astringency and residual hoppiness.. the body is on the lite side of full... the carbonation is very nice... smooth and always present... small bubble lends toward a velvety mouthfeel..

This is not my idea of a great RIS.. or American Double Stout.. the hops are just too much... but I do appreciate it... this is exactly what many BA's are going to want of a big hoppy stout.


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Photo of wedge
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with ruby highlights. Nice thick dark tan head leaves behind a sticky sheet-like lacing. Smells of rich bitter chocolate, roasted malts, toffee, coffee sweetness, and lingering traces of alcohol. Tastes darkly malty, roasty, burnt flavors - big and thick, viscous, slick, with a slight sharp bitter finish - 9.5% alcohol evident, warm on the throat.

Not incredibly amazing if you ask me, but very, very good. Alcohol presence high for my liking. Obviously not meant to be drank in large quantities. A quality imperial stout - and quite solid. Tasty but not an overachiever...I shall have to sample the "oak aged" variety.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an inky black with a late rising finger of mocha head.

Aroma has some dusty cocoa and pine hoppiness. Thick roasted malts and marshmallow sweetness.

The flavor starts out with some acrid roasted malts and pine hop bitterness. Dark chocolate bitter finish.

The body is a bit fuller than medium and carbonation is high but appropriate.

Overall this beer is definitely a solid, classic flavored imperial stout. Nothing really makes it stand out and I prefer its oaked variations though.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rich, dark, black with a cap of stiff brown foam. Good retention & lacing. Smell of dark roasted malts, molasses, tar, dark dried fruit. Taste begins with a molasses and tar like quality, mellowing out to reveal an underlying brown sugar and dried fruit sweetness. Hints of black licorice, chicory, cocoa, italian coffee, earth and pine round out the finish. Full bodied, smooth, but slight grainy and chalky finnish. Very nice tasting beer with a great ingredient profile. A little bolder than a stout, but not as fruity and boozy as other RIS's.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,371 ratings.
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