Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

5,442 Ratings
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 Norsebrew
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed a bomber of this brew.

A- Jet black color with a 3+ brown head that was retained for a good long time.

S-Sweet dark malts and chocolate with undertones of licorice and carmel. Very appealing!

T- Well balanced sweet malty flavor with a mixture of chocolate, molasses, coffee, carmel, toffee, locorice, and alcohol. There was also a subtle hoppy taste.

M-heavy but very smooth and warm.

D-Very drinkable imperial stout that has amazing aroma and a balanced flavor.

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Photo of r0nyn
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Bottled on August 10, 2009.

Split with fellow BA infi. Pours an inky blackness that is completely opaque. Really a beautiful thing, no matter how many stouts I see it from. There's FAT dark brown head that results from a vigorous pour, and it takes its damn sweet time in receding. Leaves a ridiculous ring of lacing as it goes down. Great to look at. Smell has a pretty evident chocolate character along with tiny twinge of maltiness. Also has some sourness wafting around, probably from the barley.

Taste is big and chocolatey off the bat. Mild malt flavoring follows towards the middle along with minute nuances of coffee. Hoppy bitterness after that that lingers all over the palate, but isn't overly harsh in any way, which definitely works for me. Finish is a bit on the sticky side, with the hops staying around as part of the aftertaste. The 9.5% ABV shows up towards the end as a distinct, but subtle alcoholic twinge. Mouthfeel is great, it felt like I was drinking a milkshake from the first sip to the last, it was that creamy and thick. One of the better stouts that I've had an opportunity to roll around in my mouth.

Drinkability is good, tempered by the big and thick mouthfeel and the alcohol content. Something that you'll sip and enjoy over the course of a couple of hours or more. It's something I'd definitely try again, so I can only imagine what the Oak Aged variety of this will taste like.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: this thing is beyond black. One of the murkiest and muddiest stouts I have ever seen. The pour was thick black with clouded bourbon-like edges. The head was almost as dark as the body. Lacing was finely spread around the glass with small speckles.
All jokes aside, this thing is Mr. Blackness...5 points!

S: dang, the nose borders some of the darkest whiffs around. Lets see: fudge, bitter chocolates, molasses, light amounts of coffee and not so light whiffs of alcohol. Some of my whiffs come across rather clean

T: well, where do I start. I taste fudge brownies swirled with molasses and/or caramel, sprinkled with shavings of bitter bakers chocolate, some coarsely crushed kona beans, and a (surprisingly strong) wallop of crusty green hops. The malts and hops battle on the tongue in a good clean manner, wild stuff
I have to set this down for a second and gather what I am drinking. Great stuff and a lot going on
However, alcohol is not wearing a mask and sometimes the overall flavors seem interestingly burnt in character

M: body is as close to a beer syrup as possible and very smooth. This beer has a soothing quality. Amongst such dark flavors how do the hops hang on the tongue so nicely, great stuff

D: absolutely a unique beer. As far as Imperial stouts go it charts some new territories with such a huge hop presence. Lest we not forget the burly malt flavors and the snooping amount of alcohol

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Photo of Blanco
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

black color with a solid brown head. head doesn't retain for very long, but wonderful lacing follows this brew from start to finish. the smell is of delicious malt chocolate. the flavor is also very sweet, very pleasant chocolate. no bitterness and very smooth. thick mouthfeel, almost feels like a hot cocoa (but cold). extremely drinkable for the ABV. a tremendous imperial stout. awesome!

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4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap.Tumbler glass.Enjoyed on novĀ“11.Pure black color.Beige creamy crown.Medium bubbled, excellent retention head.Nice lacing rings.Yeast & intense sweet chocolate to the nose.Puckering dry upfront then candy & roasted malt flavors. Sweet & velvet palate.Slightly bitter notes. Coffee finish.Intense full body,moderate carbonation.Sweet licorice on the aftertaste. Perfect balanced beer.Very good drinkability -where is the ABV?.

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Photo of brurevu
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

There is a lot of hype surrounding the Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout and now I know why. In full disclosure, my sample had aged for about 18 months. The Yeti poured a deep opaque brown with minimal dark tan head. The aroma was straight up semi-sweet chocolate, just like the Nestle morsels. The initial tastes were a bit bitter as it was still cold, but as it warmed the Yeti turned into a deep semi-sweet chocolate wonderland. This brew definitely benefited from a warming drinking temperature. Underneath the chocolate notes were hints of a roasted coffee and a smokey nuttiness that finished with a caramel and toffee sweetness. I believe the hype! The Yeti is an incredible stout and a fantastic drinking experience.

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Photo of Buzz3d
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Keeling
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Date - Easy to find date on label say Nov -7- 2013

A - Pours out motor oil black with a nice tight dark brown head that dies relatively fast and leaves beautiful lacing.

S - Nice robust roast smell, chocolate, creaminess, slight dark fruit. Nice strong smell but somehow smooth for a imperial stout.

T - Roasted malts, earthiness, dark fruit, dark chocolate, slight sugar candy, clinging bitterness on the back end. A very complex flavor with no sign of alcohol.

M - Full bodied, soft and creamy with an aggressive bitterness between the hops and the carbonation that move over the tongue rather nicely.

O - A really enjoyable Imperial Stout that delivers. If you like imperial stouts this is a must try if you can get it. Definitely a treat since Great Divide does not distribute to Michigan, and I was lucky enough to get to try it, Cheers!

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Photo of Noxious26
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bomber with a pry off cap poured in a pint glass. Bottled on Jan 31, 2011. Purchased at Knightly Spirits in Orlando.

Obsidian in colour and absolutely opaque. The head is a milk chocolate colour and 3/4 inch on an aggressive pour. Head recedes to a tight thin cap. Big gobs of sticky lace all down the sides.

Aroma of chocolate, coffee and dark malts with a vinuous undertone. Just a hint of alcohol.

Dark malts, unsweetened chocolate, dried fruit (figs and raisins), dark roast coffee. Delicious! Finish is chocolate and malt with hints of burnt and alcohol. Nice long lasting aftertaste. As it warms, the alcohol becomes much more prominent.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Bold and full bodied. Mild carbonation, as would be expected from a stout.

All I can say is WOW! A wonderfully balanced and drinkable RIS. Probably my favourite that I've tried to date. I have always been partial to balanced and highly drinkable beers rather than big smashmouth tastes. The alcohol does become a little heavy handed, but that's a minor point compared to the body of work. A must buy if you have an opportunity!

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Photo of InkedinRi
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This stout is outstanding! Creamy mouth feel! Chocolate, roasted malts, coffee.. Top notch!

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Photo of fizzyfred
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, deep, dark color with an almost non-existent deep brown head. Smell is complex, with a strong roast smell. The taste is amazinginly smooth with the roasted barley and chocolate, no real hop flavor detected. This is one of the most full bodied beers I have ever had. Definitely deserves the motor oil comparison that Guiness wrongfully receives. Slight alcohol warmness on the backend. I would love to use this beer in a bbq marinade or in a bbq sauce. This beer is amazing.

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Photo of farrago
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inky jet black, looks like a pint glass of espresso, the one finger head foamy with big bubbles, strong lacing. In the nose the coffee and chocolate actually more restrained than you'd think by looking at it, strong blackberry, plum, raisin cake notes, molasses, the lower malt roast allows more hops to surface and refresh, never unloads on you as you expect. Full-bodied, here you get the full onslaught with Kahlua and cream infused coffee, bitter dark chocolate, molasses, a strong bitter roast and some curry spice keeps it agile on the tongue. Good carbonation but hard to register with a beer of this density. Less fruity here but there are discernible mixed black fruits. The hops more present through a grainy bite and drying texture than primary presence. Releases credibly through the finish, allowing for the palate to relax before the next sip.

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Photo of awesomeandrew
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a pint glass from the bottle. Labeling is very inviting.

A: 2 inch head, thick dark brown head, extremely dark black color, cannot see through even with a light behind it

S: Smells like coffee and some malt, and lots of hop

T: Tastes like coffee and chocolate with hints of caramel ends with a nice lingering hop taste. A pretty hoppy stout.

M: Thick creamy, no carbonation, just like how I want a stout to be.

O: This stout is a heavy hitter stout, it's extremely dark with tons of different flavor but balanced well. High ABV content but you cannot taste it really. I would pick this up again if I saw it and was in the mood for an imperial stout.

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jebrew
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Harvest06
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LAND_MINE
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aoampm
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jondeelee
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What immediately sets Yeti apart from many of its peers is the nose: not only does the brew have many of the standard Imperial Stout aromas--thick chocolate malts, equally thick dark chocolates, coffees, caramelized brown sugars, and a hint of maple syrup--but Yeti comes with an added bonus in the form of enough hops to make most IPAs tremble.

On the tongue, the brew is no less formidable, first crushing the tongue under such a sheer weight of chocolate malts, coffee and heavy cocoa as to make the beer seem more chocolate blizzard than fermented beverage (and this without, as far as I've been able to tell, any coffee or cocoa actually added to the mixture--all you're tasting are malts), and then slamming the inside of the head with 75 IBUs of hoppy bitterness. For comparison, Harpoon IPA, which is arguably the easiest IPA to find in Boston-area pubs, only has 42 IBUs.

This is truly a beverage to be dealt with, in other words, and not only because of the 9.5% ABV. I have no doubt that many will find Yeti overpowering and unapproachable because of its sheer audacity, much like the bespectacled and braces-ridden high school chess-club champion who wants to ask the head cheerleader to the prom. As for me, I've just placed this beer in my top ten. Let the pom-pom swaying begin.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on Jan 08, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a dark oily black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of deep tan head which slowly recede into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A big dark roasty aroma with lots of chocolate hints. Starts with a big scent of sweet dark roasted malts with good hints of dark toasted bread, dark chocolate, coffee, burnt caramel, toffee, yeast, nuts, and a little smoke. A good amount of burnt molasses sugar and a hint of anise spicing. Subtle undertones of dark fruits including fig, raisin, dark cherry, and plum. Also a pretty lively hop presence with some earthy and grassy hints. Smells very big and rich.

Taste: As big, rich, and complex as it smells. Dark roasted malts with a big taste of chocolate, toasted bread, coffee, burnt caramel, toffee, dough, yeast, nuts, and a touch of smoke. Molasses adds some moderate sweetness. Some anise spice comes through. Notes of subtle dark fruit with some fig, dark cherry, raisin, plum, and dates. A pretty sharp hop presence for a stout with a good bitter bite of earthy hops and grass. Big flavor and nicely balanced. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, thick, and pretty drying on the finish. Alcohol heat is masked well.

Overall: A really great stout. Very bold with the dark malts and a bigger hop presence than what is typical for a stout. Hops are very big when this is fresh.

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Photo of gnemesis
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 05/11/10 and poured into snifter on 05/03/2011... I wonder how the last year has treated this Yeti.
Pours black with a huge dark brown head. Good retention and leaves decent lace. Nose is full of bitter chocolate, burnt sugar, caramel, roasted malt, toffee. Taste follows. Full body with low/medium carbonation. Lightly dry mouthfeel. Great impy and one of my favorites... Great Divide please don't leave Michigan!

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Photo of wnh
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter.

Pours a thick, viscous black with a deep tan, frothy head. No light passing through.

Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, alcohol, and milky caramel. Bitter, roasty entry, consisting of coffee and dark chocolate, leading into a slightly sweet chocolate and caramel middle, before finishing bitter and lightly dry. Earthy, dried leaf hop bitterness on the finish that lingers alongside bitter dark chocolate for a long while, with pine hop flavors showing up as the beer warms.

Thick and viscous on the palate, oily and mouthcoating. A pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Tunic
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,442 ratings.
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