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 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 AwYeh
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours pitch black, with a thin, dark brown head on top.

S: Tons of chocolate, alongside roasted malts, marshmallow, wood, and smoke- almost like being next to a fireplace in the wintertime.

T: Huge kick of charred and roasted malts to start things off, with some caramel coming out of those, and a good deal of chocolate as well. Light vanilla tones as it warms. A moderate bitterness helps balance everything out.

M: Medium-thick bodied; very creamy and sticky. Light carbonation.

D: A sipper due to its strength; however, something about the flavor (while still very enjoyable) didn't keep me coming back to it with as much desire as I have done with many other imperial stouts. I liked this glass, but probably won't be having another for a while.

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

A beauty of a thick pour. If you love stout and coffee this is for you. Deep, delicious and well balanced. Big start and long finish. The depth of rich flavor dominates this stout which is another big, bold and beautifully crafted beer. from Great Divide.Well done !

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Photo of Francepants06
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured the beer in a Young's glass

it had a dark espresso body. With a medium size dark brown foaming head.
dark bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee grinds with espresso finish. It has a little alcohol taste at the end, I think if I taste it again I will age it for a year or two. I actually buzzed a bit after drinking this beer. Price wise I don't think it's as good as a Old stock ale by north coast brewery or Rasputin for that matter as some other reviewers mentioned.

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

22oz bottle dated April 2010 poured into Delirium Noël glass side by side with 12oz Feb 2008 bottle poured into Delirium Tremens glass. Big thanks to SneezyAchew for both!

A: Both beers poured thick and black with about a finger of dark brown head that formed a dense film on top of the liquid. These beers just look thick. Both left wisps of foamy lace down their glasses.
S: Both vintages had notes of dark chocolate and fire roasted malt, but the fresher one had a much smokier odor to it.
T: Both followed the nose with big dark chocolate and malt flavors. Again, the 2010 one had a smoky flavor which wasn't as apparent in the 08. The 2010's finish had a touch of caramel sweetness to it that gave way to a pretty substantial dark chocolate and hop bitterness. The bitterness really lingered through the aftertaste long after the swallow. The 08 wasn't very bitter at all, and had more of a roasted finish with a hint of vanilla. Not as sweet either.
M: Both were full bodied and chewy with the 2010 one having a touch of coffee acidity and sharp mouthfeel. The 08's mouthfeel was silky and had only a slight hint of acidity. Carbonation was soft and smooth in both.
D: Overall, the differences between a bottle with a half a year of age versus a bottle with two and a half years of age wasn't substantial. I would say the biggest difference is that the 08 bottle had almost no bitterness to it, which made it a little more pleasant to drink. I was surprised at how much bitterness the 2010 bottle actually had. Also the coffee acidity had died down. Flavor wise they were pretty close though, and they both looked and pretty much smelled the same. All in all, this beer definitely ages well, and as far as I can tell, the longer you wait to drink it the better. Scores based on the 08 bottle.

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

22oz bomber poured into a nonic glass. Pours a deep dark colour with a 2 inch tan head.

Their is a huge coffee aroma you can smell as soon as you pour the beer, some cocoa and roasted malts are also present.

Roasted malt, dark chocolate and alcohol are all present at the start and then cocoa hits you and it finishes with grapefruit hop bitterness.

Their is a light creaminess to it with low carbonation. The alcohol is not well hidden in this one and lowers its drinkability.

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

Appearance: Absolutely opaque, darkest head I think I've ever seen. Pretty big head,

Smell: Some dark fruits, definitely. Raisin and fig characteristics are evident, along with some hops in the background.

Taste: Bitterness is a lot more assertive than I'd expected, and maybe even more than I might have prefered. Dark chocolate and dark fruits as well. Quite an intense beer. Alcohol is fairly present.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Fairly light in the way of carbonation, but in a way that seems fitting for the style.

Drinkability: This wasn't a favorite when I shared it with the neighbors - "too bitter!" went the refrain. I liked it, but that said I drank it slowly, and probably a little bit more than I would have prefered. "Intense" is the word.

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

A-Black with a nice chocolate looking head that lingers. Nice lacing. Looks great

S-A nice roasty scent of malts and chocolate, with some hops and coffee notes thrown in.

T-Malts, chocolate, coffee with a somewhat boozy taste. The alcohol is not overwhelming but noticeable. Its good.

M-Smooth and creamy with a nice medium to heavy mouthfeel.

D-It was good, but one was enough. I can't see having more than one in a sitting.

I definitely prefer the Oak Aged Yeti to this, but this certainly is no slouch. A solid beer I will pick up again.

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Photo of OlieIPA
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I acquired this beer from Lone Hill Liquor in Glendora...awesome place.

A: Poured thick and black. Tan/brown head which made me immediately want to whiff this thing of beauty as soon as possible.

S: Toffee aroma was immense with hints burnt coffee and caramel. Alchohol was evident as the beer warmed up.

T: The intial taste emobodied burnt, coffee (toffee and caramel), and a chocolate like taste. Again, the alcohol was prevalent in this beer. The finish had a bite to it as well. If I was to compare this to other stouts, I would say that the first half was similar to "Old Rasputin" and the second half was similar to "Storm King Stout".

M: Typical of any Imperial Stout that I have had. Nothing special, just about average. Medium to full body with almost no carbonation.

D: Good drinkability for a Stout.

Overall: A hybrid between the "Old Rasputin" and "Storm King Stout". I enjoyed this beer a lot, but I would give the edge to Old Rasputin. I would definitely buy this again; you won't be disappointed. Worthy of the top 100 of BA.

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

Poured a 22oz bomber with the older style blue label that I found on the shelf of my beer store flying solo with the rest of the new label Yeti's getting a better position in the front of the store into a snifter. I read a lot recently about the Yeti going downhill after the best before date. This bottle did not have a best before date that I could find on the label, but I was worried and cracked it being it was the older label.

A - Poured a deep black that let absolutely no light through. A nice 2 finger mocha color head lasted quite a while before dissipated into a covering over the beer.

S - The alcohol hits you first followed by a burnt coffee bean scent that is then slightly followed by toffee and caramel.

T - Booze there is, upfront, and at only 9.5% it taste like it should be up around 11%. Then you get the coffee roast flavor followed then again my more booze. Not much of the hop flavor that the label says but that could have faded with age.

M - It's actually quite light on the palette for a big stout. It doesn't leave much after coating of the mouth.

D - I think that I have to try a fresh one to really compare being the first imperial stout that I have heard of with a shelf life. I wouldn't buy another blue label but that may be different fresh.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had the Oak Aged version of this beer as well as the Espresso but never the original...

Lots of fudgey chocolate aromas present as well as a healthy dose of hoppiness that surprises me a bit actually... Hints of coffee as well and maybe a touch of booze...

Fairly smooth cocoa flavors although the booze hits hard on the finish... The hops make themselves known loud and clear as well... touches of burnt malt as well bring a bitterness with them...

A pretty decent stout here... I liked the Oak Aged version better but this is still pretty good

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Photo of claspada
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours super dark, almost completely opaque with frothy dark caramel head. Ridiculous retention every sip of the way.

Aromas of strong roasted malts with a little dark chocolate; some coffee/toffee notes.

Taste is extreme roasted malt; really strong stuff. Bitter aftertaste that' hard to shake off your tongue, but in a good way.

Really thick, syrupy. Coats your tongue and keeps the bitterness there whether you want it to or not, whether it's from the hops or not is undecernable.

Overall it looks amazing, smells great, and taste is great, but it's a situational beer for me. Cold weather, late in the evening, after a steak dinner, etc.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled in February 2013.

Appearance: Looks black at first glance but more like very dark brown. Even though it is too dark to see through, it looks to have nice clarity and no cloudiness. Retains a brown frothy half finger head.

Aroma: Not super aromatic but giving off a nice blend of dark malts with hints of chocolate and roasted barley. No alcohol in the nose. Pretty much average for an Imperial Stout.

Taste: Immediately get a bright and slightly grass hop bitterness that blends well with the roasted malt and chocolate flavor. The first half and second half are basically the same with the finish adding in darker flavors of cocoa and black coffee. There is a nice woody character throughout as well, perhaps from the yeast. The hops are really only present in the first bit but it's good that they don't linger because the charred malt offers up a good amount of bitterness on the back end and aftertaste. The 9.5% ABV is no where to be found in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full in body and robust yet drinks like something lighter. I recommend an aggressive pour to rid of excess carbonation. Very pleasant feel all around and exactly what it should be for the style.

Final Thoughts: Yet another enjoyable brew by Great Divide. The brewers obviously know how to make a good Imperial Stout. I'd recommend this beer to anyone who has not tried this style and is looking for a jumping off point. Yeti Imperial Stout is a good example of an Imperial Stout can be great without any extra bells and whistles. Have it with or without a meal as it can serve as one on its own. Would I drink it again? Yes, cellaring a few to see how it ages.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours in inky black brew with a good viscosity. Head is a healthy ½ inch of creamy mocha colored bubbles.

S: Bitter bakers chocolate, licorice, charred wood, vanilla and café au lait.

T: Starts oily and slick like melted chocolate. The chocolate continues with strong roasted qualities and a little bit of sweetness around the tip of the tongue. Good amount of piney bittering hops showcased as well. Caramel splash almost like whipped cream laced with butterscotch can be found as well. Finishes alcoholic with chocolate liqueur features.

M: Medium body, full mouthfeel.

D: Decent beer but no idea why its reviewed so high.

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Photo of bkilpatr
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 04/28/08.

Pours a very dark, almost pitch black, with a tinge of brown. A moderate pour produces nearly four fingers of soft chocolaty brown head. The head faded down slowly, leaving beautiful lacing around the glass. Aroma is a nice combination of burnt malt, dark chocolate, slight roasted coffee, and piny hops.

Chocolate flavors dominate the flavor profile. Sweet milk chocolate up front, with a strong bitter dark chocolate finish in the back. Piny hops and roasted malts make their presence known in the aftertaste. A bit on the hoppy end for a RIS, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The alcohol taste is barely noticeable.

This one is very thick, smooth, and creamy. It's almost chewy. The carbonation level is spot on for this one. Drinkability is alright, for a RIS. The hop bitterness builds up over awhile. And the 9.5% ABV definitely creeps up on me.

Definitely a slow sipper. I'd recommend splitting with a friend or two.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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