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 | website

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 JimLetson
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottled on January 12 into my tulip glass.

Appearance - black, just black. You have to ask yourself how much blacker can this get, and the answer is none...none more black. Two fingers of creamy, frothy brown head that takes it's time going away. It is very visually appealing.

Smell - a lot of dark roast coffee with hop aromas making their way through underneath the initial coffee.

Taste - the bitterness of the black malt bites you at first, but it mellows after a bit to reveal some of the coffee from the nose, along with the flavour of very high cacao percentage chocolate - think Lindt 95% cacao bar. Hop bitterness brings up the rear and ends the sip with a very crisp sensation. As the beer warms, the chocolate both increases in presence and mellows in intensity.

Mouthfeel - the carbonation is moderate, and the beer is big and full bodied. No surprises here, this is one that requires some time to finish. It's flavours linger without a heavy, mouth-coating sweet feeling in the aftertaste.

Drinkability - the nice balance and the lack of the aforementioned heavy sweetness in the aftertaste makes me think that, apart from the alcohol being up there, I could drink a couple of these.

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Photo of WeymouthMike
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 22oz bottle this poured a super black with a good size, brownish head. Smells of nuts and alcohol are easily detected. As this beer warmed the alcohol taste and smell increased while there was a good amount of lacing on the pint glass. This is a very good beer and for the price to ounce ratio this is a great beer. I believe I paid around $5.99 for the 22oz and let this sit around for 2-3 months, no freshness or born on date on this one but this had no effect as this was great from start to finish.

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Photo of quikfish13
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a frothy creamy 3-finger head with a pitch black body that is impossible to see through. If I was to look at the top of my glass I would think I was drinking chocolate milk. Chocolate in high doses eminates from the top of the glass, not so muych a coffe taste but pure rich chocolate.

The taste matches the smell, leaveing a feeling in my mouth of a rich and creamy taste. Malts and roasted grain are abound until the very end when the coco flavors burst through. Quite bitter and with a higher alcohol taste then I would care for but the complex flavors of this beer more than make up for it.

Not a beer I would drink all the time but on special occasions or with a large dinner. It does go down smooth but this beer is to rich to enjoy in mass quantities.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this plenty of times. I'm originally from CO and I drink out of a Great Divide balloon glass. I loved going on my first ever brewery tour there. Yeti is also so versatile. Oak aged, chocolate and espresso subspecies are all interesting. I would have given this a higher rating if I would have reviewed this earlier... but after having a number of RISes, this just doesn't stand out that much.

This is definitely a stout... dark and deep. Light brown head. Good bubble density. Dies down a bit quickly, but can be easily roused. Good looking beer, but no Ten FIDY.

The nose delivers a varied bouquet. Dark chocolate. A distinctly dry roast. Burnt fruits. Alcohol bite. A bit of everything you want... bit the roast is a bit too astringent. Knocks down the quality deserved from the variety.

The taste is dominated by that same dry roast. I guess that sensation might be the hop bitterness? Maybe I'm drinking this too fresh... There's a rich chocolate underneath that wants to come out, bit it's shoved back down by the roast. I'd like some chocolate nibs or something to balance it better :). Still, it's a strong, varied, raw beast of a beer.

The mouthful is full and rich, but the roast takes it back a step. Overall, it's a good beer, bit I've definitely had more satisfying.

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Photo of jtingue
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dated May 12 2011. Poured into tulip.

Appearance. Pitch black. A huge 4 fingers of dense tan head, beautiful. Great lacing, sticks to the side of the glass for quite a while.

Smell. Very chocolatey, with some roastyness and some yeasty esters. Really sweet all around.

Taste. Starts out with some caramel and chocolate. Some roasted malt builds, while retaining the chocolate. Some of the yeasty ester that were detected in the smell come forward to join the roastyness, specifically some berry and dark fruit flavors. The finish has some roasty bitterness, and is quite sweet.

Mouthfeel. Huge body on this one with little carbonation.

A great example of a chocolate based imperial stout. With almost a year of age on it, I am wondering what it would be like fresh.

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Photo of trep
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bottle thanks to prAna

Pours dark black, blacker than black. No light penetrating except the edges which are a burnt orange color. One finger head fades to leave massive bubbles strewn about, as well as a bit of lacing.

Charred wood, roasted malt, dark chocolate, sweet dark fruits...DARK i say! Some smooth vanilla and oak woodiness to round everything out. Hardly any alcohol.

Very hoppy as well as roasty. Dark bitter chocolate comes through and finishes quite bitter. Sticky, oily mouthfeel that coats your mouth and seemingly oozes down your throat like pepto bismol. The burnt woodiness also comes out as it warms. Not too bad. Very complex.

Alcohol never really shows itself in this one. Quite easy drinking, in fact. To drink more than two of these would be pushing it though.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up on one of my business trips to Longmont, Colorado.
Appearance: This pours motor oil black with a cocoa brown head.
Aroma: It has a nice chocolately, after dinner drink aroma.
Flavor: It's rich and very silky on the tongue. It's a very nicely done imperial stout.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle of this into a shaker glass.

A: Pours an oilo black body with a small, dark brown head with pretty poor retention, yielding only a ring of head on the beer. There was some lacing along the sides of the glass until the finish.

S: A slightly bitter smell with some roasted barley notes.

T: A very roasted taste with some slight bitterness to it as well. There was also a nice, complimenting, coffee bean aftertaste that was very nice.

M: A fairly thick and smooth mouthfeel that was nice for the style.

D: A pretty decent mouthfeel and taste combination that was good for an Imperial Stout. The alcohol was fairly warming, but not overwhelming in the taste of the beer. A nice drinking beer overall.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a black body with a brown chocolately foamy head. looks like a chocolate milkshake when looking from directly overhead, not much lacing.
caramel, chocolate and coffee seem to be fighting to be the dominant aroma, but no clear winner.
coffee and caramel are the most dominant in the taste with chocolate in there too. there is also a slight hint of the alcohol present on the back of the tongue.
good mouthfeel, very creamy full bodied stout but has a slight aftertaste.
pretty drinkable beer, good RIS, look forward to trying the oak aged version

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Photo of clvand0
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This came in a 22oz bomber and was the 2003 version. Pours a very dark color with a nice full head and leaves a huge amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma was mostly comprised of a coffee smell with some notes of rum(?) and possibly a little chocolate. The flavor is much the same as the aroma. Coffee feel with some chocolate and very thick. Not a bad Imperial Stout at all.

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Photo of treyrab
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Pitch black with a huge creamy extremely dark brown head that lasts and laces. This is one of the darker stouts I have seen recently!

S: Wow. Very pungent with coffee and dark cocoa along with alcohol.

T: Extremely powerful with a huge kick. Tons of dark cocoa and coffee followed by a nice kick of hops. The alcohol is present in this one for sure!

M,D: The mouthfeel is very, very thick and the alcohol is definitely there. I may try aging one to calm it down some!

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Photo of tillmac62
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

BOD 6/17/14. Pours dark as a starless night. Very good head with exceptional lacing and very good retention. Rich nose of dark chocolate, very little roast character, over a nice citrus hop background with only a hint of coffee. As it warms, light vanilla notes are noticed. Rich full body with a creamy texture. Below normal carbonation with no effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is complex, but the alcohol is not well hidden. It begins with rich dark chocolate that flows into notes of coffee coupled with vanilla over a rich malt sweetness. Roast is noted in the middle over a citric hop flavor and mild bitterness. The smooth finish is dominated by alcohol and leaves a warm back of throat burn and a burnt sugar lingering aftertaste. Dial the alcohol back a bit and this one becomes outstanding.

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Photo of SeanRedd
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good to go as the R.I.S.'s get. Flat body, head lil earlier disappeared. Smells of smashed dates, sweet, molasses, brown sugar. Possibly fresher fruits in the aroma, cherry and grape. Body hits at a complex fermented dark fruit orgy, chocolate then raspberry. Booze is gone behind a flavorful, roasty, chocolate curtain. Lil grainy after several sips, and a hard hitter. I dig but can't get in a habit, they'd be my ruin.

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Photo of Todd
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber bottle. 2003 Series.

Geezers Xmas! Pours a pitch black beer topped with a magnificent dark coffee coloured head. Loads of retention, heavy stick on the glass and an initial cascading effect that took me by surprise and hypnotized me briefly. Man, this beer simply looks gorgeous.

Aroma his the nose with strong notes of sherri, dairy, coffee, chocolate and hints of spice.

Luscious mouthfeel. So damn smooth! A bit chewy, thick and viscous. More notes of sherri, wood, coffee, chocolate and molasses. Malt profile is quite sweet. Alcohol is very present, with a sting and spice behind the malt. Some brief citric hop bitterness in the mix. Dry grain and a roasted malt/molasses twang in the finish.

Although this beer shows signs of much oxidation, and it's a 2003 reviewed in 2003, it's still quite good.

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Photo of spartan2k
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Yeti out of a bomber. Have an OA version in waiting, but figured it would be best to start with the original.

When reading about the "legend" of the Yeti on the bottle, can't help but thinking...
Scientists have proven that the Sasquatch, he is real.
Take a look at the plaster cast of his foot, now you know he's real.
Listen real close to the audio tape, not human no you know he's real.
Couldn't be a man in gorilla suit, no way.
No, you know he's real.
Real, real, real real, real, real, really real, real.

On to the beer...

Pours black. Thick, viscous, black. Head forms after pouring, looks like a delicious brew.

First taste was relatively unimpressive. Beer was in the fridge, so I assume that the cold is masking the flavors. As the beer warms, the experience is much more pleasant. More than anything else, the hop presence (especially at the end and in the aftertaste) is what is really surprising. Not necessarily bad, just unexpected. Almost reminds me of a barleywine aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, but there is a hop bitterness at the end that makes the beer really interesting.

Overall, a nice BIS. The hop presence grows on me as I drink the beer, but doesn't seem to match the creamy-ness of the beer. Excited to move on and taste the variations.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle
Dated August 25, 2011

Pours a pitch black color with a perfect sized light brown head, the head is as dark as some brown ales haha, fades at a slow rate to leave some patchy lacing on the glass.

Smell is primarily roasted malt, hints of bitter cocoa and coffee, touch of burnt malt.

Taste has a strong roasted malt front, coffee lingers in and finishes with a burnt bitterness, decent thickness and approaches chewy, the heat is very evident though and definitely could have used some age, rough around the edges.

Not as refined as Old Rasputin but it also seems a bit larger as well.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1 Dec. '14 and rated on 16 Jan '16, so it's aged a year in the cooler. Absolutely the thickest beer we've ever poured. Pitch black with a rich brown head. Roasted grain aroma. Taste is malt, toffee and expresso. The IBU of 75 seems high, but perhaps it's the aging has mellowed them out. Lingering bitterness and a hint of licorice.

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Photo of Floydster
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber purchased from Liquid Solutions for about six dollars

Poured into my Aventinus glass with an opaque black color and a 3/4 inch foamy mocha-colored head, left sticky lacing until about halfway through

Smell had a few different things going on, some vanilla and milky aromas, lots of cocoa, toffee, molasses, and also some hoppiness

Taste was very good and had tons of chocolate right off the bat followed by a surprising amount of spice that faded into a sweet hoppy bitterness, as it warmed the chocolate really started to come out but the finish remained dry and full of hoppiness, tasted as if there was nutmeg or coriander in this even though there probably was not, spiciness made this one unique and worth trying again and potentially aging in the future

Not much carbonation and a super thick body, taste lasted a pretty good amount of time, heavy mouthfeel

Could drink a couple bombers of this until the nine plus percent alcohol would catch up to me, not too filling for how much thickness there is throughout,

Cannot wait to try the Oak Aged version sometime soon after seeing how good this was, highly recommend, especially for the low price, luckily they also have this at Walnut Liquorette near me if I need some more bottles in the future

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Photo of Homebrew35
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle date May 2011
Pours a quarter finger of a milk chocolate creamy head. Blackish brown body with mahogany coming through at the edges.

Smells of milk and dark chocolate, coffee, roast, fruity esters and some sweet carmel.

Tastes of dark chocolate, rum raisins, carmel, coffee. Alcohol is well hidden. Some fruity notes are mixed in, probably from the english yeast. The finish is lightly bitter with a sharp acrid roast which detracts from the overall beer quite a bit for me.

Medium full bodied, low carbing. Quite smooth and creamy on the finish.

Overall this is a tasty RIS, big chocolate and roast with some nice fruity qualities. Again the roasty acrid note on the finish detracts from the overall beer. I'll try it again to see if it was a batch variation.
$3.50 a single.

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Photo of cfrobrew
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a Yeti tulip style glass

A - Dark with a dark brown small head

S - Strong malt flavor, strong chocolate and cocoa, heavy alcohol smell.

T - Very rich chocolate taste, strong malt and alcohol. Similar to smell.

M - Heavy and thick but carbonated.

O - One of my favorite Imperial stouts, solid go to and not too expensive.

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Photo of fank2788
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle filled Feb 07 poured into a pint glass
I was pleasently surprised to see my local beer store carrying great divide beers so I just had to pick up a bottle of Yeti to try
This one pours an inky black with one of the darkest brown heads I've ever seen on a beer, too bad it doesn't stick around much. When cold the smell is dominated by american citrus hops as it warms the malts move to the foreground led by chocolate and other roasted malts, the smell stays a bit on the weak side. The taste starts out bitter both from hops and bitter roasted malts, there is also a good deal of dark chocolate like flavor from the malt along with caramels, black coffee and a touch of alcohol spice. Mouthfeel is good nice and full low levels of carbonation however it is noticable the finish is fairly dry but there is a somewhat strong bitter aftertaste with some warming from the alcohol. Drinkability is above average I tend to be a bigger fan of the english style RIS's where the malt is in the forefront with little to no hop contribution this is good but I think I have had better.

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Photo of alenonbeeradv
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - jet black brown with creamy head, the little that there is, and a reddish/copperish hue near the edges (thanks to a previous review for this description). the head kinda has this same color.

s - soil, faint cocoa, a bit of coffee. slightly smokey.

t - yeah, a lot better tasting than smelling. way more chocolate at first, then finishing to more coffee. still a little bitter like dirt.. but its more acceptably earthy than nasty. pretty strong coffee bean aftertaste. hmm and something else i cant put my finger on. almost a little metallic/rusty tasting?

m - more carbonation than expected. nice though kinda brings all the nicer, sweeter flavors forward a lot quicker. pretty damn smooth and creamy.

o - yeah ill buy it again. id much rather go with the oak aged or espresso oak aged but what are you gonna do when you dont have those extra couple of bucks to your name? nice one.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black and syrupy, with a one-finger coffee-colored head (one of the darkest I've seen) that slowly relaxes to a film. Smell is all roasted malts, chocolate and coffee with some sweetness. Taste starts out very malty, but rolls into a strong hop-bitter finish. Much hoppier than most stouts, which adds complexity to the beer, but isn't my favorite. Mouthfeel is pleasantly thick and heavy, as expected. Good beer, just a little more bitter than I like.

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Photo of gomejar
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Jet black with a very creamy, thick tan head that doesn't want to go away. Good lacing. This is what a stout should look like.

S: Lots of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. I smell more chocolate than coffee. Secondary aroma of spicy hops and alcohol also comes through.

T: Upfront it's loads of chocolate malt with coffee tinges. Hop flavor does a nice job supporting but certainly plays second fiddle. Aftertaste is of burned grain and bittersweet chocolate. Slight alcohol burn also.

M: My favorite part of this beer. It's exceptionally creamy; the mouthfeel reminds me of an ice cream float. Only thing that hurts it is that it's a little too carbonated.

D: The higher ABV and alcohol spiciness make it hard to have more than a couple of these at a time. Still, as far as Imperial stouts go, this is as drinkable as they come.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a dark black with some.deep browns and reds at the edges when held to direct light. No head. Very still. Tiny collar of dark tan creaminess.

Smell: Super roasted. Chocolate and caramel malts. Tons of dark fruit. Cherry, plum, and raisin. Chocolate everywhere. Sweet milk.chocolate, cocoa, bitter baker's chocolate. Leather, some huge malt sweetness. Lingering alcohol. Seriously roasted. Burnt, with some lingering meaty char. So much raw chocolate.

Taste: Crazy burnt. Char and burnt meat ends. Roasty sweet. Fresh leather and dark fruit. Loaded with dark cherry and raisin Chocolate. Bitter baker's chocolate. Tons of cocoa and some milk chocolate sweetness in the back. Sweetness builds with some smoky notes. Burnt and more burnt with enough sweetness to compliment and counter.

Mouthfeel: Full without being syrupy. Creamy and heavy with a weird smoothness tempered by the bitter cocoa.

Overall: Ughgghghahahghhhuhggg

Yeti is big. Yeti is strong. Yeti could live in cave, get old, be wise.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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